Why “make” when you can “take?”

Unfortunately for the future of America, the old “Protestant Work Ethic,” instilled in so many of us while growing up; do your best, work hard, give your employer an honest day’s effort, is mostly a thing of the past (- must have been racist or something). It’s likely that anyone under 35 has never even heard the term. Which pretty much explains this phenomenon ➡ Unemployed More Likely to Go Shopping Than Look for a Job ~

Unemployed Americans are more likely to shop for things other than food and gas than to look for a new job on an average day, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 
Only 18 percent of unemployed Americans spent time searching or interviewing for a job on an average day, while 41.1 percent shopped online, in store, or by phone. About one in five unemployed Americans, or 21.2 percent, went shopping for items other than food and gas.
 
Nearly all of the unemployed, or 96.6 percent, socialized, relaxed, or took part in leisure activities, and 83 percent watched television and movies on an average day.

 

Heck yeah! Why help pull the wagon when you can ride on it?

 
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That old work ethic thing, which used to be woven into the fabric of America, came from a now-apparently outdated biblical worldview. Jack Wellman writing in this May, 2014 Patheos blog reminds us of God’s word on the subject ~ Top 7 Bible Verses About Work, Work Ethic or Employment ~

“Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.” ~ Prov. 12:11
 
There is no short cut to hard work and having sustenance. Nothing can replace hard work. For those who follow get-rich quick-schemes, these are really “worthless pursuits” that “lacks sense.” Work is its own reward but hard work always pays off, if not in this life, in the life to come.
 
There are so many welfare frauds who are really robbing those who work hard and pay taxes. These people lack bread because they lack the effort of working hard and someday those things done in secret will be exposed openly because “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” (Prov 14:23).

 
But who has time for that nonsense anymore? Let’s go shopping!

 
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Related:
Work for Every Person ~

God’s Law insists that every person should have meaningful work and be a contributing part of the local economy and society.

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Four more years?!

 
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2016 GOP Platform – Wonderful, if anyone would actually stand on it!

Amazingly enough, despite nominating the most brash, annoying and worse – progressive -presidential candidate in the history of the party, Republicans last week managed to produce quite a conservative platform.
 
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As expected, a quick perusal of the major search engines for “GOP Platform 2016” will return pages of leftist fear-mongering, distortions and outright lies about the latest positions (Note to conservatives: as usual, skip to page 5 or 6 of a search to increase your chances of actually finding an objective review). In a sane world they’d be dismissed out-of-hand for the drivel that they are ~  

• “Backward-looking agenda”
• “The Stuff Nightmares are Made Of”
• “11 ways the Republican platform attacks the environment”
• “Disavows the rights of women, same-sex couples, trans people, Palestinians, immigrants, and more”
“Proposes To Get Rid Of National Parks And National Forests”
• “The Most Extreme Republican Platform in Memory”
• “China Upset With ‘Groundless Accusations’” [Among other things, the Republican platform specifically mentions China’s “preposterous claim to the entire South China Sea,” “the timely sale of defensive arms” to Taiwan and “cultural genocide” in Tibet and Xinjiang.]
“Incredibly radical agenda: deregulate pollution, halt any action to prevent climate change, and expand fossil fuel use”

Steven Rosenfeld, writing at a reality-free site called “Raw Story,” wins the award for spurious hyperbole calling the platform “shockingly extreme right-wing.” (Gasp!) ~

The Republican Party platform is a wish list for what Republicans in Congress and Donald Trump would like to impose on America. What’s surprising is that it goes further to the right than what’s even been heard on the campaign trail from Trump as he has promised to build a wall along the Mexican border and embrace the religious right’s long-held tenets opposing abortion, LGBT rights and more.
 

The GOP 2016 platform would make Christianity the official American religion, (LIE) English the official American language (DISTORTION), replace sex education with abstinence-only advice for teenagers (LIE), privatize almost all areas of federal services (LIE), cut taxes and regulations for the rich and titans of industry (DISTORTION), and impose a belligerent foreign policy (LIE) and military build-up (DISTORTION).

[What planet is this dude living on?]
 

Essentially the 2016 GOP platform – to paraphrase the preamble – embraces the following positions ~

• Preserve our Constitutional Republic; the separation of powers; the rule of law

• Undo much of the damage Obama and his Leftist associates have done to the economy ( with their bloated government, outrageous entitlement programs and burdensome regulations), healthcare, the military and America’s international leadership (re-institute Reagan’s peace-through-strength philosophy).

• Supporting traditional family values

 

Matt Barber, writing at The Stream, believes that these goals have the potential to reunite even the #NeverTrumpers with the mainstream GOP if – and it’s a yuge IF – Donald Trump wholeheartedly embraces and supports it ~

(T)o unify the Republican Party and admit into triage an America on the precipice of total collapse (and to put us on the road to recovery), nominee Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress should immediately pledge to implement every plank of the platform over the next four to eight years, reversing that which may already be irreversible — the “fundamental transformation” of America (read: the tragic sabotage of this once great nation) at the hands of Barack Obama.
 
If Mr. Trump will make a very public guarantee that, if elected, he will work tirelessly to implement the 2016 GOP platform, such a pledge, followed by subsequent overt acts, would go a long way toward winning over his many remaining conservative naysayers. Who knows? Even National Review might hold its nose and hop on the Trump Train.
 
America can’t afford this platform to be ignored as simply a wish list of soaring platitudes intended to placate the conservative base of the GOP. It must be adopted and implemented as the blueprint for America’s future.

 

As a detailed plan to help restore the Republic to the Constitution-based government of the founders’ vision, the GOP platform is superb. In fact the only real problem with it – provided Trump could even be persuaded to promote it between now and November – ONCE ELECTED, NO ONE WILL FOLLOW IT!
 
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If the Republican platform ever actually meant anything to the elected officials who claim to support it while they’re running, they would have pushed back long ago (Kind of like senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee been trying to do for the last four years!), and we wouldn’t be “on the precipice of total collapse.”

 
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Related:
Just How ‘Far Right’ Is the GOP Platform? ~

(U)ntil just a few years ago, the (2016) Republican platform is what nearly all Americans believed. So exactly which party should more accurately be described as being “far” and “extreme”? Where Leftmedia outlets are concerned, if you’re not moving their direction, then you are the “extremist.”

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That moment when you realize the gender-bender nonsense is totally out of control

Watch Alternative for Germany (AfD) politician Steffen Königer with his brilliantly indirect commentary on that country’s multi-gender (60 separate categories!) insanity ~

 

Video via The Stream
😀 Appears that the clever sarcasm is lost on the stiffs behind him.

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Saturday Shorts – 7-23-16

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Random links of interest, concern or curiosity from the past week or so, that deserve at least a SHORT mention:

 
Where Are the Academic Boycotts of Turkey? ~ Just more evidence of the Left’s selective morality and hypocrisy ~

The Western academy doesn’t hesitate to boycott Israel — but outright suppression of academic freedom in Turkey draws silence.

 
Sleep on It: Housekeeping Night Crew Works Swing Shift ~ From Creation-Evolution-Headlines. Research is finding that sleeping has a purpose beyond just resting and recharging. It seems that it also allows…

… housekeeping processes to take place that stop our brains becoming overloaded with new memories.

Secular scientists assume that this phenomenon just evolved, but believers recognize the signature of an all-knowing Creator ~

(He) thought of everything. Imagine! While your conscious mind is mostly off, your body’s night crew knows what to do and springs into action.

 
Anti-Police leftists invited to White House meeting on ‘Police/Community Relations’ ~ Makes you wonder what Barack Obama would be doing if he were trying to make things worse?
 
Let’s pray these calmer heads prevail ~

In ‘Uncharted’ Period of Violence, Police Change Tactics but Keep Perspective ~ Staying engaged despite the tragedies, because that’s what good guys do ~

(P)olice departments are responding to recent ambush attacks in Dallas and Baton Rouge that left eight officers dead by mostly taking the long view, emphasizing the importance of shoring up community ties as a way to diffuse historic tension around law enforcement […]
 
“If they trust us and see and know you, they are our first line of defense. The community sees and hears things before we do, and promoting an environment that makes them comfortable enough to just call us leads to prevention and detection of criminal activity.”

 
Saudi Arabia revives a 15-year-old anti-Pokemon fatwa ~ As Pokemon Go recaptures the attention of the millennial generation, Saudi Arabia has revived a 15-year-old fatwa to prohibit the popular time-waster ~

“in response to public calls for guidance on the newly launched smartphone version of the game” […]
 
The kingdom’s Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta determined that gambling and evolution is promoted in the game, which is rejected by Islam. But beyond this, Saudi Arabia’s top clerical body determined that “most cards on the game carried symbols of ‘deviant’ religions and organisations, such as ‘international Zionism’ and Israel, Christian crosses, Freemasonry, and symbols from Japan’s native Shinto religion.”

A tad too totalitarian, but they do have a point.
 

Senator Mike Lee Warns of Revolt, Following RNC’s Defeat of the Free the Delegates Movement ~

In the battle to free the delegates at the GOP convention in Cleveland next week, it seems there has been a victor.
It’s not America.[…]
 
Senator Lee is like many who see Trump as unqualified, and someone who will possibly usher in a time of authoritarian rule in what is supposed to be republic.
 
“Instead of focusing on a message that could truly unite the party, you’ve got all these people in there who are shouting about, ‘Darn it, we’ve got to be united,’” Lee said, his voice rising. “And to be united we’ve got to shut you guys up. We’ve got to lock up the rules, so that anyone who disagrees with us will be silenced. That’s how we’re going to be unified.

 
How Trump Folk Talk ~ Excellent commentary from Jay Nordlinger at National Review captures the essence of “a political movement and its lexicon” ~

“It’s not about ideology.” This is something I hear from Trump folk when I or someone else points out that Trump is not a conservative, or that he takes left-leaning positions, or outright leftist positions (as on health care).
 
A related phrase is, “It’s not about box-checking.”
 
What do they mean by this? I think they mean, “No fair talking about issues. No fair talking about the federal debt or taxation or entitlements or trade or gun control or abortion or NATO or affirmative action or ethanol subsidies. Issues and positions don’t matter. Thinking doesn’t matter. What matters is that Donald Trump is a big strong man, and that’s what this country needs now.”

 
New U.K. leader Theresa May shuts climate change department ~ Brexit is paying dividends already :) ~ Britain’s New Prime Minister Drives A Stake Through The Heart Of The Green Vampire ~

This is good news. Very good news. The agonised screeching of all the usual suspects in the Environmental movement will be enough to sustain many of us in lols for weeks and months to come.

 
Famous Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sheremet killed in Kiev ~ You can take the boy (Putin) out of the KGB, but you can’t take the KGB out of the boy ~

A car bomb in Kiev has killed Pavel Sheremet, a pioneering journalist and outspoken critic of leaders in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

 
The NBA is the National Bullying Association ~ Who appointed the National Basketball Association the latest LGBTQ agenda enforcer? What stake do they have in forcing women to share their restrooms and locker rooms with potential predators? ~

(North Carolina) has taken a stand for commonsense, for safety, and for privacy, yet the NBA is punishing the state for protecting its residents, announcing that it will pull next year’s All Star game from Charlotte […]
 
Let us not forget that when the NBA decided to bring the All Star game to Charlotte, the laws were just as they are today: Men were expected to use men’s bathrooms and locker rooms and women were expected to use women’s bathrooms and locker rooms.

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The new face of the GOP; count me out

I posted this video back in May right before the Indiana primary. It epitomized the emotion-driven, irrational Trump voter. The person whose mind is made up and refuses – like a petulant child – to listen to facts or logic anymore. Americans like this guy interacting with Cruz are angry and feel disenfranchised, and they’re allowing that pent-up frustration to make all their decisions for them.
 
Because they’re mostly post-Christian they don’t believe in a Higher Authority; they have no desire or inclination to govern themselves. They’ve been looking for a savior – and think they’ve found him in Donald J. Trump.
 
I am officially ex-GOP – because this is the party’s new paradigm:
 

[This guy actually has a picture of Satan on his sweatshirt. Wow. Just wow.
How does he figure we’ll make America great again? By putting the devil in charge?]

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The World’s War on Christendom – Latest Dispatch from the Front

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Turkey, again.
As Erdogan clamps down in the wake of last week’s failed coup attempt, Islamists Attack Churches in Coup Frenzy ~

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s iron-fisted grip has strengthened in the country’s new post-coup reality. The man who is one of the world’s top supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas has now declared a state of emergency in Turkey.
 
His purges and detention of soldiers, police, judges, civil servants and teachers have now reached close to 50,000 in less than one week after the “surprise” coup.
 
Yet largely unreported in the Western media is the group of Islamists who attacked churches in the Trabzon and Malatya provinces in the frenzy of the coup […]
 
Shouting “Allahu akbar” (Allah is the greatest), a group of Islamists in Malatya stoned a Protestant church, breaking the buildings windows. Another group in Trabzon similarly attacked the Santa Maria church, breaking windows and using hammers to try to break down the door.

 
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Turkey: churches targeted during attempted coup

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Melania’s speech -“Squirrel!!”

America, Americans, should be focused on any number of serious issues right now:

 

• The abominable War on Cops

• The ongoing Islamist terror attacks – so tragically frequent now it’s difficult to keep track of the cities and body counts

Turkey’s transition from a secular nation to an Islamic theocracy

• The now-irrefutable proof that Barack Obama lied about the Iranian nuke deal
 

And – the most news-worthy story from the Cleveland convention thus far –
• the way the GOP establishment ruthlessly steamrolled grassroots efforts to create more equitable rules
 
Instead, yesterday, from the mainstream media – and even from much of the newer alternative media – we get this!
 

 
Misdirecting the sheeple with virtual nonsense. Neglecting news that really matters – ignoring events, the consequences of which may eventually effect the lives of every American – the MSM has managed to distract, dumb-down and brainwash the majority of the Americans. We’ve become a pack of inattentive canines.
 
 
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Related:
Melania Trump’s Pseudo-Crime ~

Melania’s offense, that her speechwriter (nice working with you!) stole some passages from Michelle Obama’s speechwriter, belongs in the register of grave crimes against the customs of pseudo-events. Modern national conventions, as perfect a form of pseudo-event as you could ask for, involve a series of people reading words written for them by someone else. If the speaker gives a good performance, bleats authoritatively according to the dictates of the teleprompter, really puts some life into it, the members of the press dutifully advise the nation to approve, and to consider handing the speaker or his candidate the nuclear codes. If he flubs it, no matter his other qualities and qualifications beyond being a TV performer, the press mocks him and invites the nation to join in. […]
 
None of this really excuses Melania’s speechwriter’s plagiarism, which is ridiculous. But this is all ridiculous, and says nothing good about the health of our democracy.

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The godless “Trump-effect”

Senator Ted Cruz formally announced his presidential campaign on March 23rd, 2015 – at Liberty University in Virginia, a private, non-profit Christian university. Ten months later the president of Liberty University, Jerry Falwell, Jr., endorsed… drum-roll please … Donald J. Trump and his “two Corinthians.”

The Falwell endorsement came together over the course of several months (and quite possibly – as I’ve always suspected – over the course of several millions), with the school leader and Trump exchanging private phone calls, according to Republicans familiar with the relationship.
 
By late last year, Falwell was publicly encouraging Trump, even though he held off on an endorsement. “Trump reminds me so much of my father,” he said in a December interview with Fox News. ~ Source: Washington Post

I don’t know about Jerry’s earthly father. But he couldn’t possibly have meant our heavenly One.

 

Personally – at the risk of being labeled “judgemental” – I’m having a rather difficult time trying to square Mr. Trump’s life thus far with anything remotely resembling Christian ideals. Writing recently in the New York Times, Peter Wehner offered his take on The Theology of Donald Trump ~

trumpsarrogance(Trump) embodies a worldview that is incompatible with Christianity. If you trace that worldview to its source, Christ would not be anywhere in the vicinity.
 
Time and again Mr. Trump has shown contempt for those he perceives as weak and vulnerable — “losers,” in his vernacular. They include P.O.W.s, people with disabilities, those he deems physically unattractive and those he considers politically powerless.
 
He bullies and threatens people he believes are obstacles to his ambitions. He disdains compassion and empathy, to the point where his instinctive response to the largest mass shooting in American history was to congratulate himself: “Appreciate the congrats for being right.”
 
scripture4Trump1What Mr. Trump admires is strength. For him, a person’s intrinsic worth is tied to worldly success and above all to power. He never seems free of his obsession with it. In his comments to that (June 21st) gathering of evangelicals, Mr. Trump said this: “And I say to you folks, because you have such power, such influence. Unfortunately the government has weeded it away from you pretty strongly. But you’re going to get it back.” […]
 
In eight sentences Mr. Trump mentioned some variation of “power” six times, to a group of individuals who have professed their love and loyalty to Jesus, who in his most famous sermon declared, “Blessed are the poor in spirit” and “Blessed are the meek,” who said, “My strength is made perfect in weakness,” and who was humiliated and crucified by the powerful.

 

At Liberty University, accepting Falwell’s endorsement, Trump had this rather questionable advice for a bunch of young Christians ~
 
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“I always say don’t let people take advantage – this goes for a country, too, by the way – don’t let people take advantage. Get even. And you know, if nothing else, others will see that and they’re going to say, ‘You know, I’m going to let Jim Smith or Sarah Malone, I’m going to let them alone because they’re tough customers,” Trump said in his remarks. ~ Source: ABCNews

 

While it’s unfortunate that the GOP has nominated such an unprincipled, socially liberal (libertine?) candidate, it’s distressing that his godless worldview appears to be rapidly infecting the entire party. Trump supporters are increasingly emulating their candidate; arrogant, obnoxious, intimidating.
 
scripture4Trump3At Free Republic, a site that used to be a big hangout for Tea Partiers, #NeverTrumpers are now persona non grata. Anyone who hasn’t enthusiastically jumped on the Trump Train is likely to be labeled “scum,” “brats” or “vermin.” I, a middle-aged, mild-mannered female have been called a “drama queen,” and a “fag” 😯 for daring to suggest that Trump brings out the worst in his supporters. Through their hostile new intolerance, “Freepers” are turning into the leftists they used to disparage.

 
And now, even though so many evangelicals have embraced Trump, it seems Christianity itself may be a bit too controversial for the RNC. CBN News reported this last week: Atheism will be advertised at the upcoming Republican National Convention, but a popular Christian film won’t be ~

Orange Barrel Media, a company spear-heading advertisement for the RNC, refused to approve a billboard for the film “God’s Not Dead 2.”
 
The advertising company called the 32 by 60 foot billboard “too political” and “way too incendiary.”
 
The billboard would have featured actress Melissa Joan Hart and the popular, “I’d rather stand with God and be judged by the world than stand with the world and be judged by God.”
 
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Orange Barrel Media told Pure Flix the quote and even the title of the film were problematic.

 

Non-problematic apparently are the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s billboards: “I’m an Atheist and I Vote” in addition to a billboard of former President Ronald Reagan saying “We establish no religion in this country.”.
I’m sure the atheists deliberately ignore Reagan’s much more famous – and relevant – quote: “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”

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As I’m writing this post the National Republican Convention is on in the background. One by one the various states are formally casting their votes for Donald J. Trump. Without meaning any irreverence, I’m reminded of Jesus’ words on the cross: “they know not what they’ve done.”

 
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Related:
5 Most Sickening Parts Of Trump’s Meeting With Evangelical Leaders ~

Donald Trump thinks religion is about temporal power. Apparently, leading evangelicals agree with him.

 
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Another faux pillar of the angry #BlackLivesMatter Movement crumbles

The fourth police officer to be charged in the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray was acquitted today – just like his three fellow officers. From the Daily Caller ~
 

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So far, the efforts of Baltimore City State’s Attorney ➡
to turn the death of small-time hoodlum Freddie Gray into a springboard to national political prominence, coasting on the wake of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, has turned into a political version of the Dead Sea fruit. The trials have been disastrous:
 

Rice is the fourth (and highest-ranking) officer to stand trial in the case. The first trial, of Officer William Porter, ended in a hung jury and mistrial in December. Officers Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson Jr. were acquitted of all charges in bench trials in May and June, respectively.

 
The veracity of the city’s medical examiner has been called into question. The prosecutors have been sanctioned for withholding evidence. The courtroom conduct of the Baltimore prosecutors is sort of what you would expect of a Kardashian reality show conducted in legal garb.
 
With the van driver and the senior officer on the scene not merely acquitted but vindicated it is hard to see how (Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn) Mosby presses on with more of this nonsense. But she will.

 
Of course she will. Because truth is irrelevant at all levels of government these days, especially when you’re focused on peddling anger and divisiveness, and exacerbating racism.

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TWA Flight 800 – will we ever know the truth?

On July 17, 1996 TWA Flight 800 blew up off Long Island – killing all 230 people on board. Twenty years later we still don’t know why.
 
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From the beginning, when the FBI unlawfully took over control from the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board), the investigation into the crash was shrouded in suspicion.
 
Jack Cashill has doggedly pursued the truth for the last two decades: TWA 800: Here is what we now know ~

In the last few years, researchers have unearthed an astonishing treasure trove of CIA documents, secured a confirmed video of a Long Island missile launch five days before TWA 800’s demise, and persuaded numerous witnesses and whistleblowers from inside the investigation to come forward.

 

Cashill’s article at WorldNetDaily lists a couple dozen facts that he’s uncovered since 1996, all of which point to a huge cover-up. Numerous witnesses insist that they saw a missile of some type ascend toward the plane immediately before it exploded ~

The NTSB eventually identified 258 eyewitnesses who had seen a glowing object streaking towards TWA 800. At least 56 had followed the object from the horizon.

 
However, oddly enough ~

The New York Times interviewed none of 258.

 
Apparently happy to be complicit in the obfuscation ~

At the FBI’s direction, the Times ran an above-the-fold, front-page headline on Aug. 23, 1996, “Prime Evidence Found That Device Exploded in Cabin of TWA 800.”
 
On Sept. 19, the Times signaled the government’s switch from a “bomb” to a “mechanical failure alone” explanation.
 
On Sept. 20, to make sense of the switch, the FBI claimed the TWA 800 aircraft had “previously been used in a law enforcement training exercise for bomb-detection dogs.”
 
As was easily proved, the test in question did not take place on the TWA 800 plane, and the training aids did not match in placement or in composition the explosive residue found.

 

This is just some of the bewildering information Cashill has unearthed in the course of his investigation. What’s truly disconcerting is that much of the evidence points to a possible test missile launched by… the U.S. Navy. If that’s actually the case it’s a good bet that we’ll never know the real reason that plane exploded.
 
Your government at work, doing what they do best; deceiving the public.

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Failed coup; the end of secular Turkey?

What’s up with that attempted coup in Turkey? Nothing good. That is, nothing good if you’re in favor of a secular Turkey. And Americans should be – because the alternative is another freedom-squelching Islamic theocracy.
 
Breifly, as the UK Telegraph reported, on Saturday (Friday EST.)…

In an astonishing and at times brutal 13-and-a-half hours that at one point reduced Mr Erdogan to broadcasting to his nation via a mobile phone, street protests and military forces loyal to the Turkish leader suppressed the coup that left at least 265 dead […]
 
The rebel army faction – who called themselves the Peace Council and denounced Mr Erdogan’s increasingly non-secular and autocratic approach – said they were trying to overthrow the government to “protect human rights”.

 
ErdoganQuoteTensions between hardline Islamists and secularists had been building in Turkey for at least the last year or two (just a few months ago Erdogan was candidly wishing for the same authoritarian power that Hitler had). From a timing perspective, perhaps the leaders of the revolt had hoped public support would be on their side in the wake of last month’s terrorist attack on the Istanbul airport.

 

Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, talking with Greta Van Susteren (Fox News) as the conflict was still underway on Friday, explained that the military coup was essentially anti-Erdogan. Its failure ensures that there will be no more checks and balances on the despotic president ~

 

Video via GretaWire

 
Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to recreate the Ottoman Caliphate. An obstacle to that ambition is the Turkish constitution, which gives the military the duty to maintain a secular government. So of course the president has been doing his best to subvert that constitution – and the military (sound familiar?).
 
Like his soul-brother Barack Hussein Obama, Erdogan has purged the military of any senior officers with a shred of integrity and replaced them with Islamists.
 
Once you see the similariites between the two men it’s no surprise that Obama backs Erdogan’s vigorous suppression of this revolt – just like he did Morsi in Egypt (Remember, Barack was on the side of hardline Muslims then as well.)
 
Bolton said to expect a harsh authoritarian crack-down if the coup fails. Sadly, that’s already happening ~

In response (to the uprising), Mr Erdogan rounded up nearly 3,000 troops suspected of a part in the plot and issued arrest warrants for 2,745 judges in what was widely expected to mark the start of a purge of opposition forces.
 
“They will pay a heavy price for this,” he warned, calling for the death penalty to be reintroduced.
 
“This uprising is a gift from God to us because this will be a reason to cleanse our army,” the president said in response to the bloodiest challenge to his 13-year-rule.

Source: UK Telegraph

 
Unfortunately – as is the case with all totalitarian regimes – it’s the average Turk who will suffer from the loss of freedom under Islamo-fascism.
 
Naturally our global ruling class is pleased; the peasants must be kept in line ~

Turkey’s NATO allies lined up to condemn the coup attempt. President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg urged all sides to support Turkey’s democratically elected government.

Source: The Stream

 
What a tragic farce.

 
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Turkish Security Forces Round Up More Military Officers, Continue Purge of Judges
 
Meanwhile, in another part of the world… Turkey’s role in the Kurd’s flight from Syria (Sept. 2014)
 
Turkey’s Frankenstein Monster ~ Writing at Gatestone Institute two years ago Burak Bekdil made the case that Turkey was primarily responsible for creating ISIS

It all began when Turkey’s leaders thought they could build a Sunni belt under Turkish hegemony, and resting geographically under the Crescent and Star. For that to actually happen, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq had to be ruled by Sunni — preferably Muslim Brotherhood-type — leaderships subservient to Ankara.

 
Fethullah Gülen: Turkey coup may have been ‘staged’ by Erdoğan regime ~ Interesting theory ~

Fethullah Gülen, the reclusive cleric blamed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the failed coup in Turkey, has said the uprising by members of the country’s military could have been “staged” by the government.

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