MORE Gay Liberal Lies

When Advocate.com linked Ethan Sabo’s video, gay liberals assailed not only him but all who supported him. One commenter apparently felt that calling me a “quisling” made him sound sophisticated, because he kept saying it over and over again (it’s British slang that was used during the two world wars to describe those who collaborated with the enemy). None of them said anything new. I started off trying to have an intelligent debate and was immediately called names – hatemonger, collaborator, anti-gay (that was a hoot), neocon, traitor, angry…several accused me of wanting to pick a fight.

The legend in his own mind who kept calling me a quisling hysterically posted on his Tumblr page that his night had essentially been ruined because “I’ve spent the entire night slapping around a Log Cabin lesbian.” That was hilarious. Let’s talk about some of the idiotic things that were said, shall we? First of all, I’m not Log Cabin. I’m not a Republican. I don’t know how many times I said it – they never got it. I am conservative, and I don’t see the Republican party as conservative anymore, not after Bush’s miserable fiscal policies. Either they didn’t speak proper English or they weren’t even reading my comments.

First came the following comment: “If Republicans would live and let live instead of writing rants about how gay people bring on and DESERVE anti-gay bigotry, if Republicans weren’t passing laws restricting gay rights (like DOMA)…” Okay, kids. History lesson. DOMA, or the Defense of Marriage Act, was introduced by Robert L. Barr, Jr. (R-GA) on May 7, 1996 – impressively one year after he took office. It passed the House of Representatives on July 21, 1996 with an astounding vote of 342-67 with 22 not voting (it’s noteworthy that Democrats Sheila Jackson-Lee and Major Owens simply voted “present”, and the yea votes included Dick Gephardt, whose own daughter is a lesbian). It passed the Senate on September 10, 1996 with an equally crushing vote of 85-14 with 1 not voting (yays included notable Democrats Tom Daschle, Pat Leahy, Harry Reid, and Joe “FDR Went On TV” Biden). Then-president Bill Clinton wasted absolutely no time in signing it into law – he did so on September 21, 1996. For the third time in two years, I will remind us all of what Democrat Robert Byrd said in his impassioned speech on the floor of the Senate:

“Many legal scholars believe that only after a majority of society comes to a consensus on the legality or illegality of one issue or another should that issue be written down in our legal institutions. The drive for same-sex marriage is, in effect, an effort to make a sneak attack on society by encoding this aberrant behavior in legal form before society itself has decided it should be legal—a proposition which is far in the distance, if ever to be realized. Let us defend the oldest institution, the institution of marriage between male and female as set forth in the Holy Bible.”

Today, Bill Clinton staunchly defends his continuing support for DOMA. However, the Republican who introduced the bill in the first place – Rep. Robert L. Barr, Jr. – today supports the repeal of DOMA. Funny how some people change and others don’t.

At one point, I pointed out the simplified difference between socialism and communism. I said that socialism is an economic system, while communism is a form of government. Well, the same twit tried to tell me I was wrong – in the form of a “Yahoo! Answers” type of site where someone asks a question and the best answer from other users is chosen by the person who asked the question. The thing that’s really funny about the link is that it basically made MY point, not his. Here’s the truth: Marx himself called socialism just one stage on the road to outright communism. Both are considered systems of production, however, socialism will claim free enterprise while still enforcing severe regulations and making sure business owners weren’t ever wealthy (because, you know, that’s just unfair). Communism allows for no free enterprise whatsoever – nobody owns their own business because the state owns everything.

If I thought he couldn’t get any worse, he (yes, the same guy) tried to tell me that Nazis weren’t socialists. Oh, that was priceless. Let’s have another history lesson, shall we? The term “Nazi” is a name for Hitler’s political party that came from the first syllable of the party name as it is pronounced in German. In German, it was the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei. Translated to English, that says NATIONAL SOCIALIST GERMAN WORKERS PARTY. Yes, the Nazis were socialists. Believe it or not, socialism and fascism can exist on quite friendly terms in the same government. Fascism is extremist nationalism, socialism is – as I explained above – an economic system. Click here and here for full-color scans of Nazi propaganda posters that pushed socialism and worker’s rights, among other things. If anyone is in doubt of whether Hitler was a genuine socialist, here are his own words, from chapter 1 of Mein Kampf:

“I do not know which is more terrible: inattention to social misery such as we see every day among the majority of those who have been favored by fortune or who have risen by their own efforts, or else the snobbish, or at times tactless and obtrusive, condescension of certain women of fashion in skirts or in trousers, who ‘feel for the people.’ In any event, these gentry sin far more than their minds, devoid of all instinct, are capable of realizing. Consequently, and much to their own amazement, the result of their social ‘efforts’ is always nil, frequently, in fact, an indignant rebuff, though this, of course, is passed off as a proof of the people’s ingratitude. Such minds are most reluctant to realize that social endeavor has nothing in common with this sort of thing; that above all it can raise no claim to gratitude, since its function is not to distribute favors but to restore rights.”

And this, from chapter 12:

“As things stand today, the trade unions in my opinion cannot be dispensed with. On the contrary, they are among the most important institutions of the nation’s economic life. Their significance lies not only in the social and political field, but even more in the general field of national politics. A people whose broad masses, through a sound trade-union movement, obtain the satisfaction of their living requirements and at the same time an education, will be tremendously strengthened in its power of resistance in the struggle for existence”.

Then…there was this guy. Bill Armstrong. After he made a crass remark about gay conservatives being collaborators on the same level as a VERY small number of Jews were with Nazis during WWII, I pointed out what Hitler really believed. Here was Bill’s response to me: “…I do know, historically, what was done to collaborators at the end of WWII. They had their heads shaved, their throat slit and their bodies hung upside down on the lamp posts of Rome and Paris.”

As soon as that not-so-veiled threat was dropped, I ceased any and all attempts to reason with any of them. I will respond to that remark in person just as soon as I get my voice back.

If History Is Any Indication…

History has long been my absolute favorite subject. When my dad and I get together once a week, we usually watch something history-related. Most recently, we watched a very interesting documentary about the very similar lives that Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin lived – there were no surprises about Hitler, because I’ve done several studies on the man and his ideology, but I had no idea that Stalin was so much like him (he was so violent, in fact, that Lenin himself warned the Communist party against allowing him to take power, a rather sobering piece of information).

History tends to get in the way of the contention made by Ron Paul and his supporters. They point to a CIA-backed coup in Iran in 1953 and claim that every single thing that militant Islam has done to us since then stems from that singular incident. History is not on their side, however – in fact, it says quite the opposite. If you go all the way back to 1786, you see that Islam has, since its inception, taught that Islam will rule the world. Muslims have long been commanded to murder in the name of Allah and these followers have happily obliged. They consider Jews to be lower than dirt and Christians to be just barely above them. The Qur’an openly commands believers to kill all infidels. Don’t believe me? Here’s the text of the Qur’an, word-for word:

“Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth, and ye know not.” (2:216)

“Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him We shall bestow a vast reward.” (4:74)

“They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks.” (4:89)

“I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.” (8:12)

“And fight with them until there is no more struggle and religion should be only for Allah.” (8:39)

“So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.” (9:5)

“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” (9:29 – “People of the Book” refers to Christians and Jews, while the Jizya is a heavy tax that Christians and Jews are to pay just to survive in Sharia nations.)

“Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Quran: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme.” (9:111)

How about the Hadith? Here’s a few from that book, which give even more insight:

“Allah’s Apostle said, ‘The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.'” (Bukhari 52:177)

“The Prophet… was asked whether it was permissible to attack the pagan warriors at night with the probability of exposing their women and children to danger. The Prophet replied, ‘They (i.e. women and children) are from them (i.e. pagans).'” (Bukhari 52:256)

“The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Three things are the roots of faith: to refrain from (killing) a person who utters, ‘There is no god but Allah’ and not to declare him unbeliever whatever sin he commits, and not to excommunicate him from Islam for his any action; and jihad will be performed continuously since the day Allah sent me as a prophet until the day the last member of my community will fight with the Dajjal (Antichrist)” (Abu Dawud 14:2526)

“Allah’s Apostle said, ‘I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah’. And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally.'” (Bukhari 8:387)

“He (the Messenger of Allah) did that and said: There is another act which elevates the position of a man in Paradise to a grade one hundred (higher), and the elevation between one grade and the other is equal to the height of the heaven from the earth. He (Abu Sa’id) said: What is that act? He replied: Jihad in the way of Allah! Jihad in the way of Allah!” (Muslim 20:4645)

“Fight everyone in the way of Allah and kill those who disbelieve in Allah.” (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 992)

That last quote is Mohammed himself giving final orders.

We have seen fervently violent belief in the world’s past. Adolf Hitler was a nobody when he left home for Vienna to be a street artist. He lived a very bohemian life; he was rejected from the Academy of Fine Arts twice. He was living in a homeless shelter, working odd jobs and selling watercolor paintings when he joined the army at the outset of WWI. He was one of the most highly-decorated soldiers in the Bavarian unit; when the war ended, he entered politics and became an enormous fan of Anton Drexler, the anti-capitalist founder of the German Worker’s Party. Within just a few years he gained enormous support from the party. In November 1923, he led a failed coup that landed him in prison; while there, he wrote Mein Kampf. He only spent a year in prison for high treason and he immediately went back into politics. Despite a far more peaceful political landscape that had flourished while he was in prison, he wormed his way into government. Established, popular politicians mocked him at every opportunity. It only took him nine years to rise to the position of Chancellor. Within a couple of months of becoming Chancellor, Hitler became the fuhrer.

A man with only an elementary education was able to take full control of a nation still rebuilding after a devastating war. Germany in 1933 had no military to speak of, a poor economy and nations surrounding it that had threatened severe military action if the Germans so much as sneezed the wrong way. When he annexed Austria, which was a major break from the Treaty of Versailles, the allies did nothing. When he sent poor soldiers riding into the Rhineland on bicycles, all the French would have had to do was march to within view of the Germans and they would have turned and run like hell – but they were so worried about another war that they just let it go. He pushed and pushed until they were willing to give a portion of Czechoslovakia (without the Czech people’s knowledge, BTW) to him in an all-out attempt to avert war. He only pushed further by taking the rest of the country by force and eventually, Hitler overtook the whole of mainland Europe and built Nazi Germany into a nearly unstoppable juggernaut.

His aggressive actions were ignored entirely by nearly everyone, including the American people, who were still angry about our involvement in WWI. Everyone tried so hard to be “diplomatic” with Hitler that by the time they realized he wasn’t interested in diplomacy, it was nearly too late. We should have learned from that.

We haven’t. Now we have a religion that has thrived since around 610 AD at the tip of a very bloody sword still killing in the name of their god – and an increasing number of people are claiming that they’re only killing us because we didn’t leave them alone. We never should have meddled. It started in 1953. They’re angry because they don’t want us in their country. I have news for you, folks: Islam is far older than that. I can get into the major incidents of the past three decades later, but the fact will always remain that they are commanded by their religion to kill us until the survivors convert. They hate our very existence and culture, not the fact that we “meddle”. Even if we were to pull our troops out of every corner of the Middle East, they would still try to kill us.

If history is any indication, though, this is yet another lesson that will be learned the hard way. That we haven’t learned it by now is disheartening.

Breaking News: This Ain’t The First Time

Ann Coulter brought up an important part of history I had forgotten. The Occupy Wall Street protests are going a month strong now, and the same press that called Tea Partiers names that ought not be repeated in a professional office (and certainly not on TV) are comparing the communist uprising of this generation to the Tea Party. Here and I thought the Tea Party was so evil it could not have a link to the hippies.

They can’t figure out what the hell they want. I’ve heard them answer the “what do you want” question with all manner of responses, including everything from an investigation into 9/11 to an end to greed to “hang[ing] and shoot[ing] the Bush administration”. No joke. We’ve seen protesters defecating on police cars. We’ve seen signs that make no sense. We’ve heard calls for greedy businessmen to go to jail. And we’ve seen the owners of Zucotti Park – a privately-owned park on Wall Street with archaic rules such as “no pitching tents” – tuck their shafts between their cheeks and run away when asked if they’ll ever pitch the occupiers out of the park.

(You’ll pardon the crude humor, but I DO spend a lot of time with cops, firefighters and soldiers. If you thought we were all innocent…)

Major unions have paid people to go protest. Union heads have screamed for the blood of wealthy businessmen. They’re upset about outsourcing, foreclosures, problems with the stock market, having to move back in with mom and dad, not having a degree…they’re just mad as hell, and nobody will ever stop them from using their voice, dammit! There’s just one problem with this whole thing. The bible makes a very good point: “Is there anything of which it may be said, ‘see, is this new?’ It has already been in ancient times before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of things that are to come by those who will come after.” (Ecclesiastes 1:10-11)

What these anti-capitalist occupiers don’t realize is that this isn’t the first time a movement has risen in America out of anger with lenders and other businessmen, including those who foreclose on mortgages. They would have known that if they’d paid attention in history class when Shays’ Rebellion was taught (of course, that’s assuming that schools still see fit to tell kids that it happened in the first place).

In 1783, America took a leap toward her legitimate revolution becoming the bloody travesty that was the French Revolution. Daniel Shays, a veteran of the Revolutionary War, left the Army without being paid only to get home and find himself on the verge of having his home in Massachusetts foreclosed on by the mortgage holder. He also faced time in debtors’ prison. Over a span of years, Shays recruited friends and relatives – many of them fellow veterans of the war – for a massive protest. First they began by petitioning the state legislature and the courts to stop foreclosures; a large number of veterans were facing the same fate. Part of the problem was that they hadn’t been paid much for their service in the war; a large part, however, was that many of the lenders, most of them French, demanded payment in gold and silver – things that they didn’t have much of in the Republic at the time. It simply wasn’t possible to repay the debts in silver and gold.

In the middle of the protesting, one member of the uprising, Plough Jogger, said, “The great men are going to get all we have and I think it is time for us to rise and put a stop to it, and have no more courts, nor sheriffs, nor collectors nor lawyers.” Replace “the great men” with “the rich” and what have you got?

It was in August 1786 that things turned really violent. The occupations that had been intended to peacefully shut down courthouses in Massachusetts to stop judges from handing down the very rulings that would order foreclosures and evictions became a violent uprising. Shays led his rabble to seize the armory in Springfield only to be met by the state militia; the general of the militia fired directly into the protesters, killing a handful and wounding about two dozen. The rebels scurried away without firing a shot. Daniel Shays himself had been sentenced to death but was pardoned by governor James Bowdoin. After spending more than four years of his life blaming everyone else and screaming for the government to do something about it, Shays died in relative obscurity in New York and was buried in a potter’s field.

Shays actually had a serious grievance. Back in those days, we didn’t have a federal government in place to regulate lenders. He came home from helping to free his country and was told that he no longer had a home. How fair is that? His response, however, was what got him into trouble. It was that very rebellion that pushed our founding fathers to create a centralized federal government with the power to regulate the financial industry, particularly lending. Thomas Jefferson was just about the only one who objected. It was at the height of Shays’ Rebellion that he penned the famous words, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

Nowadays, we have a government big enough to take care of entire swaths of citizens. We don’t have soldiers coming home from war and not getting paid for their service. Banks don’t demand payment in precious metals. We don’t have debtor’s prison anymore. We even have courts that may side with a debtor and order a bank to cease and desist in the midst of foreclosure proceedings. Public opinion has become so fierce in recent years that JP Morgan Chase, one of the three biggest banks in the nation, has backed off of several foreclosures, particularly on mortgages owed by military families. Yet despite there being many ways to find relief, we still have hordes of people occupying Wall Street to decry capitalism as evil. The one thing that I find absolutely hilarious is that celebrities are coming out in their designer clothes and protesters are using the very devices of those evil, greedy corporations to social network their way into the history books as the most ridiculous display in US history.

Ecclesiastes said something else that I believe applies to this movement. “As I set my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under heaven; this burdensome task that God has given to the sons of man, by which they may be exercised. I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind.” (Ecc. 1:13-14)

God Bless America

Here in Arizona, we’re winding down the last hour of the 235th birthday of our country. It rained in the Valley of the Sun, so fireworks were cancelled. We had our own natural version: constant cloud-to-ground lightning, which I’ve never been a fan of. Where I grew up that was usually a sign of a coming tornado.

I talked to a man today who is celebrating his first year of American citizenship. He still speaks with an accent, but you can see the joy on his face and hear it in his voice…he is proud as all hell to finally be an American. He went through all the legal channels. He applied for a visa, got a job, changed his visa with sponsorship, went to school, and went through the long process of becoming a naturalized citizen. He knew things that I was surprised at, facts about this country that most people don’t know (I just happen to know them because I’m a total nerd, apparently). This man was positively beaming for the Fourth of July. He knew that our Declaration of Independence was actually ratified on July 2, and it took two days for the news to filter out to the rest of the colonies. He knew that the US Flag that we know was flown then was not all that important at the time, and different regiments fought under different flags depending on where they were from. He even knew that our Founding Fathers still considered themselves good Englishmen, and that their ideas were not novel for the time (having been, in fact, based on English Common Law).

He had no judgment for where America is today. He was simply happy to be here. He wasn’t independently wealthy, he was a working-class man who wanted a better life for himself and was willing to work for it.

Rick Rescorla was born in England in 1939 and, during the Allied push against the Nazis, he idolized the American soldiers based in his hometown of Hayle. After serving in the British army as a paratrooper, Rescorla came to America and enlisted in the US Army. He fought with the 7th Infantry at the Battle of Ia Drang and earned the nickname “Hardcore” from other members of the platoon. He, too, worked to earn his citizenship and eventually found his way to a position as the director of security at Morgan Stanley at the World Trade Center. In 1992, he warned the Port Authority that terrorists would have a perfect target in the WTC – specifically, he said that any terrorist worth a damn would put a truck bomb between the pillars in the parking sublevels. A year later, after the PA ignored his advice, Muslim extremists did exactly that. Rick led the evacuation of both towers and refused to leave until every other soul was out.

Eight years later, Rescorla was supposed to be on vacation but remained on to attend a meeting about Morgan Stanley’s lawsuit against the PA for the security lapses leading up to the 1993 bombing. He was preparing for that meeting when Tower 1 was struck. While the PA advised everyone to remain inside the buildings, Rescorla moved forward with the evacuation of all of Morgan Stanley’s employees from Tower 2. With a bullhorn in his hand, he called on everyone to “be good Americans!” and “be proud to be an American!” He even sang patriotic songs to lighten the tension. He managed to evacuate nearly all of Morgan Stanley’s employees and even a few other floors before the second plane ever hit, saving nearly four thousand lives in the process. He was last seen hiking the stairs somewhere around the tenth floor as the tower began to collapse. He had refused to leave until he’d found everyone. His remains were never found.

I think he’d be saddened if he could see that we’ve learned next to nothing from that day. However, like him, it doesn’t matter what happens – I may be unhappy with where my country is right now, and I may fear the direction she’s headed in, but I’m still damn proud to be an American. Nobody will ever be able to take that away from me.

It was Americans who invented the light bulb, the telephone and a host of other things that we take for granted today. America has led the way in medical research, having at one point eradicated diseases such as polio and leprosy within its borders (thanks to unchecked illegal immigration, that has gone by the wayside). Americans invented the automobile. While the French erupted into the emotional meltdown/temper tantrum that they called a “revolution”, Americans were showing how much one nation can accomplish in a short period with reason, education, and an even temperament.

We haven’t always been perfect but we are America. It will forever bring a tear to my eye to see that pride light up the eyes of those who love this country. God bless America.

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The Birth of Nazism

Germany did not become a killing machine overnight. When Adolf Hitler first arrived in the political arena of Germany, most of those in the middle- and upper-class saw him as little more than a thug and a nuisance (including then-president Paul von Hindenburg). He appealed heavily to the poor, however, and his party – the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (National Socialist German Workers’ Party), otherwise known as the Nazis for short – became a rising star in the German Reichstag. In 1932, Hitler made his one and only bid to run for office. He ran for the German Presidency; while garnering 11 million votes, he placed second behind Hindenburg. Other Nazi party members had been elected to German parliament, however, and once they gained enough of a foothold, they forced Hindenburg to accept Hitler as chancellor in exchange for agreement on legislation that would rebuild the German government in a more authoritarian bent. Hindenburg, who referred to Hitler as the “Bohemian Corporal”, also hoped that setting him up as chancellor would appease him and slake his thirst for political power.

Well before he was appointed chancellor, Hitler had made clear (largely through his manifesto, Mein Kampf) his beliefs in a “master race” and his intense hatred of the Jews. He didn’t suggest killing at first, but he slammed those who were mentally ill, disabled, homosexual, Jewish and Roma (Gypsies) as threats to the great Aryan race that he saw as being superior to all others. Hitler certainly wasn’t the only Antisemitic figure in German politics, but he was likely the most vehement. He spent more than 30 pages of his screed on syphilis and why those who carried the disease needed to be snuffed out.

Nobody knows what started the Reichstag fire. Marinus van der Lubbe, a Dutch communist and drifting bricklayer, was found inside the building as the fire was still being extinguished and claimed more than once that he was trying to ignite a communist rallying cry. It was later found that the Nazis had fabricated some of the evidence for van der Lubbe’s guilt, but that the Soviets in control of the former East Germany had also fabricated evidence of his innocence, so we really don’t know what happened despite a number of theories. Either way, it was the burning of the Reichstag that drove Hindenburg to approve the withdrawal of nearly every single basic right the German people had – including free speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and the right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure. Hitler used the Reichstag Fire Decree to “suspend” those rights. Only later did the Germans discover he had no intention of giving them back willingly.

Hitler didn’t actually become the Führer until 1934, when Hindenburg died. Having already consolidated power, removed Weimar Republic leadership from German states and cities, and imprisoned all political prisoners – to include anarchists, communists, and globalists – Hitler was now free to build his vision of Germania and the Aryan race.

The Nazi propaganda machine, under Josef Goebbels, had already done its part to all but brainwash Germans into believing Hitler’s lies. Young boys were drawn into the “Hitler Youth” movement, while young girls were openly required to join “Hitler Maidens” and were encouraged to start having children, in or out of wedlock, as early as possible. Girls aged 15 and 16 commonly came home from Hitler Maidens camps pregnant; at one Nuremberg rally, more than 900 girls went home pregnant. Parents, initially furious at what was happening, eventually gave up because they feared the Gestapo.

Those who were found to be lacking somehow in genetic purity, however, were forcibly sterilized. Upwards of 400,000 Germans were sterilized under the Nazis for all manner of weaknesses, including mental illness, blindness, deafness, homosexuality, and a number of other so-called genetic illnesses that Hitler believed would poison the Aryans. He was a firm believer in eugenics (a concept heavily pushed by Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood).

Worse than that, a rumbling began that would eventually be virtually unstoppable. Nazi hatred of the Jews was also a major part of their propaganda. It began with the identification of businesses owned by Jews and urges from the Nazis to refuse to shop in Jewish stores – only to patronize German-owned stores. Jews were stripped of their German citizenship and any and all rights as Germans. Jewish doctors were stripped of their medical licenses and practices. Jewish lawyers were disbarred, often in the middle of court hearings taken out to the street and beaten. Jewish farmers saw their land confiscated and were never allowed to return to farming. Jews were barred from German schools and colleges. Jews were forbidden from being members of the press. Jews were forbidden from marrying or having sex with Aryans. In 1938, after Kristallnacht, German and Austrian Jews were rounded up and sent to the first concentration camps – such as Dachau and Buchenwald. By 1939, Germany took over Poland and began emptying the ghettos with the intent of relocating Polish Jews to them. They were forced to give up 90% of their money and belongings; clothing, shelter and food were scarce in the ghettos, fostering unsanitary conditions and disease.

In 1940, after the Jews in these ghettos had descended into a pathetic existence, Goebbels took film crews to the ghettos and filmed them for a propaganda film called Der Ewige Jude. The film portrayed the Jews as lazy, greedy, filthy parasites content to live in bug-infested shacks. The film also attributed 82% of international crime rings and 98% of prostitution to the Jews. Interspersed throughout shots of starving Jews in tattered clothing being forced to do manual labor that they weren’t physically capable of carrying out were shots of rat infestations, driving home the accusation that the Jews were the cause of all the world’s ills. In short, the Nazis created deplorable, inhumane conditions and forced the Jews to live in them – then shot film of their handiwork and accused the Jews of being morally bankrupt and heartless.

Incredibly, in 1938, Adolf Hitler was named TIME Magazine’s “Man of the Year”. He was only getting started.

Death Panels and Brewers and Nazis, Oh My!

I have some of the most interesting conversations with liberals. Sometimes, like tonight, I’m both amused and think I should beat my head against the wall for all the good I’m doing. I thought you might like to hear about this one.

Remember during the big debate over nationalized health care, when Sarah Palin started talking about death panels? We all remember what happened. The Keith Olbermanns and Rachel Maddows of the left-wing press laughed until they cried, accusing her of using fear-mongering tactics to scare conservatives into being against universal health care. Well, things sure have changed since then. Jan Brewer, governor of my current home state of Arizona (yes, I still consider myself a Texan – AZ is my second home), has been forced to make cuts across the board to try to balance the state budget. Among those cuts are major cuts to AHCCCS, the state-funded health care system for the poor and uninsured. Democrats around the country have decried Brewer and ordered that she stop her DEATH PANELS and undo the cuts she signed for.

Don’t hold your breath, folks…the fact that liberals are now using the term themselves is about as close as we’re ever going to get to an apology. We’ll never see them give that sheepish look and hear them say, “okay, so…they do exist!” It ain’t gonna happen. Suggest, however, that they stop being as hysterical as they’ve accused us of being, and they go monkeynuts. Take a look:

Mel Maguire: Here and I thought death panels didn’t exist.

Dorothy Wellington: It is my prayer that Arizona will not become a “Hitler State.” Yourself and many others are on the right path and God’s will, will be accomplished.

Barbara Friedkin: She is a irrational woman cruel B—- Karen…Watch this!!! She is one sick blood thirsty! Bitch! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5muf5oBSppA

(Note, the video she linked had absolutely nothing to do with the conversation.)

MM: Please, Dorothy, do not demean the realities of Hitler’s Germany by claiming that we’re on the path to becoming a “Hitler state”. It isn’t just childish, it is disrespectful to those who survived the horrors that Hitler visited upon the world.

BF: I am a child from a polish survivor family. This is just how it began there!

MM: Really, Barbara? Seriously? It began with the government making cuts to health care? You are delusional. Nazism took hold because the government was broke and the people were so desperately demoralized after they were forced to abide by the Treaty of Versailles after WWI that they welcomed a charismatic individual who promised to give them their pride back.

BF: Really Mel It sounds like Sarah Palin to me! I am a student of the Holocaust. There were many reasons for it. First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up, because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me. by Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945

MM: Barbara, as I recall Sarah Palin was the first to bring up the notion of death panels – and liberals verbally flayed her for suggesting it was a possibility. Olbermann and Maddow laughed her off as a loon, saying she was being hysterical a…nd there would be no death panels in universal healthcare in the US. Now, as we can see, even when the government isn’t in control of all health care, those death panels DO exist. I haven’t heard a single liberal admit their mistake.

If you’re a student of that barbaric time in recent history, you’d know that the Jews call it Shoah, not the Holocaust (calling it that is an insult to Judaism as it refers to a burnt offering in Greek). While the quote is a powerful one, quoting Niemoller doesn’t justify you calling what’s going on now the next step toward a second Shoah. That is a hysteria that most conservatives point to when they try to prove that all liberals are insane.

BF: Mel it is waste of my time to even go there but the death panels she spoke of were end of life wishes that everyone should have in place and are MANDATORY UNDER ALASKA LAW! SARAH SIGNED THE BILL IN ALASKA AND HAD A DAY TO CELEBRATE IT! Go get an education but I sure you are against that too. http://pubrecord.org/politics/3560/palin-backed-end-of-life-counseling/

(Stop and read that last comment one last time. She is referring to a law that Palin signed that required that the elderly and terminally ill be counseled on advance directives by their medical care providers.)

MM: Unlike you, I have an education, hon. The death panels she was talking about were bureaucratic groups that exist in every government health care organization who convene to determine what they are capable and/or willing to pay for. Pay attention, sweetie. End-of-life counseling is a far cry from the death panels she talked about and what’s going on now. You didn’t even read three lines into that article you linked.

BF: Mel we got it you are a selfish self serving individual who has no interest in his community. We got it. You can’t handle the truth! It was the end of life counseling that she referred to as Death panels.

MM: An “advance directive” is what we in the health care field use to determine what a person’s legal wishes are. Yes, some people need counseling on the legal issues. I went on a call once for a man who died peacefully, surrounded by his fam…ily, after a long illness. According to his family, it was his wish that he die at home exactly as he did – however, because he didn’t understand what the law says about that sort of thing, the police had to round up the family, keep ’em in one place, question them all (and there were quite a few of them – including children) and investigate the man’s death.

Advance directives for those who are nearing the end of life due to either age or illness are important, believe it or not. Legal counseling on those issues is a good thing.

BF: Did they see your picture before they let you in their house. What are you afraid of Mel?

MM: Barbara…I would try correcting you again, but you are apparently so convinced of what you’re saying that you’re not going to listen or admit that you may have misunderstood the issue. I’m not afraid of anything. I’ve been stabbed, had guns pointed at me, been thrown off the second tier of an inmate housing unit, attacked with bare fists, thrown furniture – I have no fear, particularly not of a liberal who shows up for a battle of wits completely unarmed.

BF: IT IS YOU KIDS WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING THIS I HAVE BEEN AN ACTIVIST SINCE I WAS 16! MEL YOU ARE ONE ANGRY KID I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU DO.

There was a courageous gal named Karen also responding, but to cut down on the space, I only brought one part of the conversation over (it is all cut-and-pasted, spelling errors and all). Click here to read the entire exchange.

Liberal History Lessons

I couldn’t decide which I wanted to post more about, so I’m writing about both (and neglecting other important tasks at the moment).

I had a very interesting conversation with a liberal who thinks I have lost my mind. She is one of the many who can’t understand why I’d be conservative when so many liberals believe that all conservatives are anti-gay hatemongers. If that were the case then Ann Coulter would have refused to appear at Homocon last week. But, I digress.

Republican Congressional candidate Rich Iott was recently snapped with friends wearing a Waffen SS uniform. Several liberal outlets immediately jumped on it, and liberal commenters went completely monkeynuts over the photo. They screamed bloody murder about how he’s a racist and his opponent, incumbent Democrat Marcy Kaptur, has seized on the story. Nobody noticed the friend standing right next to him in a Scottish military uniform from WWII – and liberals refused to believe the truth. Iott was, for several years, involved in several organizations that re-enact historic battles from all of the wars that the US has been involved in. Iott has uniforms from both sides of nearly every war.

The liberal I was talking to said, “I don’t see why people don’t choose wars that aren’t over racist, ethnocentric issues. Why not do reinactments of World War I, where it was more of a war just to demonstrate all their cool new weapons.” (BTW, all comments from this person are cut and pasted directly from the conversation itself.)

I couldn’t understand the shallowness of the comment, and I let it be known. She told me I was rude and said, “I was in AP European and U.S. History. Yes, I’ve learned it. Considering the fact that all Arizona high schools require you to take both World and American history in order to graduate, you should know t…his. Unless, of course, you grew up in the stone age. I’m quite aware of why the Civil War was started. I don’t agree with any war re-inactments. See, in World War II, 12 million people died who weren’t actually a part of the war. That includes, 6 million of my ancestorage. Have you ever noticed that most people who engage in re-inactments are white people, usually not of a minority religion or ethnicity? Before WWI everyone had come up with nuclear weapons and “fun” new machinery. They were waiting for any excuse to go to war. Then Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated, who incidentally, most of the Austrian nobility didn’t want in power, it was an excuse to go to war. Some experts theorize that assassination was organized by the Austrian government, but I’m assuming you know that, since apparently you think you know everything. You seem to think I’m unaware of the connection with WWII. You do realize that anything that occurs has an effect, right?”

Okay…did you catch that? First she was upset because she felt Iott needed to find another war to do re-enactments of – one that was supposedly less “racist.” Then, she changed her tune and said battle re-enactments should NEVER be done. THEN, she says that BEFORE WWI, “everyone had come up with nuclear weapons and ‘fun’ new machinery.”

If this is what’s being taught in AP History in Arizona, then I have one more reason to move back to Texas.

The Civil War was, if nothing else, based entirely on racism. It was fought because the belief that blacks should remain slaves was so strong among some and the belief that they should be treated as humans was so strong in others that half the states tried to cede from the nation to defend what they felt was their right to keep slaves. When has there ever been a war fought that wasn’t based on some form of ethnocentricity? Even WWI was.

Then comes the remark about nuclear weapons. This is what much of her case is built on. I wrote a paper once about the use of nuclear weapons, so it’s a subject I know something about. I spent days poring over books on the subject. Here’s the basic history: radioactive elements were first discovered by Pierre Curie in 1898. Different parts of atoms were not discovered and laid out until 1911. In 1932, for the very first time, American physicists split an atom. The notion of an atom bomb was not considered until 1934, when Leo Szilard discovered the ability to cause a chain reaction while splitting atoms, though he hadn’t discovered how to actually do it yet. In 1939, nuclear fission was successfully discovered – that was the key to weaponizing the atom.

It wasn’t until July 1945 that a nuclear weapon was successfully detonated. One month later, two were actually used. The problem with her argument is that WWI ran from 1914 – 1918…long before nuclear weapons were even tested.

She’s not the only one who needs a history lesson. Just a couple of days ago, Sarah Palin warned her Tea Party supporters that the election isn’t over – “don’t party like it’s 1773” until the District is owned by conservatives, she warned. Within minutes (I’m pretty sure you can set your watch by the liberal responses to Sarah at this point), the liberals were guffawing joyously. DailyKOS writer Markos Moulitsas, former State Department employee Matt Ortega, PBS airhead Gwen Ifill and wine critic Steve Paulo all piped up on Twitter to mock Palin’s remark. They forgot their history, too – Paulo even said, “WTF happened in 1773?!”

Well, on December 16, 1773, colonists angry about taxation without representation boarded ships in Boston Harbor and dumped entire crates of tea overboard. She was referencing the original Tea Party – at a Tea Party Express tour stop. Oops.

There’s more to the Tea Party than liberals like to acknowledge, too. In 1698, British parliament gave the East India Company a near-complete monopoly on importing tea. Several foreign companies sold it in the American Colonies; but in 1721, the British crown passed a law requiring the Colonies to ONLY import tea from Britain. With the EIC paying a 25% tax to the crown on all imported tea, smuggling tea from Holland became popular – it provided much lower prices for tea lovers. In 1767, parliament passed the Indemnity Act, refunding that 25% tax to the EIC to drive prices down on tea sales in Britain; at the same time, they enacted the Townshend Revenue Act, which imposed greater taxes on several goods in the American Colonies. This went well for some time, providing competition for the tea smugglers. Then, in 1772, the Indemnity Act expired. Parliament brought back a lower tax against EIC, a 10% tax – but EIC passed this rise on to the consumers, and with the rise in price tea sales took a stiff nose-dive. The EIC didn’t stop importing the stuff, though, and ended up with a massive surplus of tea that nobody had the money to buy; this caused a crisis of mass proportions for the EIC. They were arguably Britain’s most important company; the country depended heavily on the East India Company (are we seeing the parallel yet?).

The EIC tried to have both the new post-Indemnity Act taxes and the Townshend Act taxes repealed, but parliament believed it would be viewed as a weakness and refused. After several possibilities were eliminated, the EIC managed to worm a different deal out. Parliament passed the Tea Act, which stopped the 10% tax entirely. It also allowed the EIC to directly import tea to the Colonies (previously they had been required to sell tea at wholesale only in Britain, where other companies shipped it to the Colonies, creating higher costs for the EIC). Parliament also kicked up the tax on this surplus tea, a tax to be paid by individual colonists rather than merchants. As the Townshend tax was meant to allow parliament to pay colonial governors and judges in an effort to keep them loyal to Britain rather than accountable to colonists, parliament refused to back down. The Boston Tea Party was considered the shudder that started the avalanche. Sound familiar?

I certainly hope we all have a better understanding of history now.