Jun 8, 2016 Commentary
This week the world is mourning the death of Mohammad Ali (aka Cassius Clay) the former heavyweight boxer who converted to Islam and then refused to be conscripted during the Viet Nam War.
There are many stories about Ali being played over and over on the sports shows and there is no doubt the man was a great boxer and an entertaining person. He was also an advocate for several causes and he did a number of good deeds, as outlined in these stories, throughout his life.
All of this is well and good but he refused to serve his nation, the very nation that allowed him to enjoy success. He claimed to be a conscientious objector (but not until the standards were changed and he was eligible to be drafted – he was originally classified as too dumb) and that he would not violate his religious beliefs (anyone who sees Islam on a daily basis knows that fighting is right up their alley).
First off, there are plenty of jobs that CO’s can do in the military that will allow them to serve and remain true to their faith, if indeed their faith is at issue. Ali was first classified as not smart enough to serve but when the standards were lowered and he was inducted he chose not to participate at all, he disobeyed the law and he let better men than he go off and do the nation’s bidding while he stayed home and made money boxing.
Well, for a time anyway. The government would not let him box for a period of time because of his refusal.
The second point deals with the idea that he can’t go to war and fight people. He beat people up for a living. Boxing is not a peaceful sport and engaging in it causes harm (as evidenced by Ali in his later years) so claiming to be non-violent to avoid war rings kind of hollow. Then again, his objections were that he could not fight Christian wars or wars of unbelievers and could only fight a war declared by Allah or his messenger.
Rocky Marciano was a heavyweight boxer in the 1950s. He served in WWII and boxed for the Army IN ADDITION to his regular Army job.
While many folks have changed their views on Ali and his draft dodging over the years I am not one of them. He turned his back on the nation and ignored the law.
For me that act defines him more than anything else he did.
Never surrender, never submit.
There has been a lot of violence lately at political events featuring Donald Trump. I know a few of his supporters have responded to thugs disrupting things with violence and Trump has said he does not condone such actions (attacking those who have not gotten physical).
The reality though is that most of the violence at these events (or in the surrounding area) is being carried out by people who do not support Trump. These are Clinton and Sanders supporters who are showing up at Trump events and causing mayhem. These people are being sent to the events by the Clinton and Sanders people as well as by former Nazi worker George Soros.
I know that the media, the Democrats and some Republicans are blaming Trump for the violence but if he were the one initiating it then wouldn’t it be taking place at the Sanders and Clinton campaign events? Why would Trump supporters be creating violence at his events (with the exceptions of those who responded to thugs) when they support the guy?
No, it is being done by people who do not support him and it is being orchestrated by the left who then blames it on Trump.
Yes, I know Trump has made statements about punching back and attacking those who attack but his statements are no worse than those made by one Barack Obama when he was running for the presidency. You remember, the statements the media thought were cute and that he was praised for by his supporters.
The people responsible for what is going on are those who are committing the violence and those who are sending them to do so.
Those people are domestic terrorists and should be locked up for their crimes.
If people want to assemble and protest in peace they are free to do so but their right to do just that ends when they infringe on the rights of others and when they break the law.
It is time to clamp down on these terrorists and make them pay for their crimes and that includes the terrorists directing them to commit violence in the first place.
Time to make Soros pay to clean up the mess he paid to happen and then throw him in jail where he belongs.
Never surrender, never submit.
Woman beater and alleged musician Chris Brown is a violent thug coward who believes in violence to get what he wants. It appears as if Brown follows the Obama philosophy of a good brawl when necessary (or getting in their face or bringing a gun if they bring a knife, take your pick of Obama violence) to achieve what is desired politically.
The Chris [Brown] and black lives matter (except when they don’t) crowd see violence as a means to achieve political success, you know, like they do in third world dictatorships.
“I won’t but that sounded pretty scary. You’re a tough guy,” Obama said.
“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said. “Because from what I understand folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.” Fact Check
I know Donald Trump has stated violence is appropriate when dealing with violence** but I don’t recall him ever asking people to be violent for the sake of being violent or to push an agenda. Trump said he felt it was appropriate that his supporters fought BACK.
As for Brown, he wants retaliation for an incident in which a man at a Trump rally sucker punched a protester in the face [an act Trump did not condone] as he is being led out by police. Brown thinks this is getting out of hand and he wants blacks to show up 40 and 50 deep to Trump rallies and then dare people to punch. If the guy punched without provocation then he deserves to be prosecuted but if Brown’s response is deemed appropriate then we need to relook at all of it.
How many anti Trump folks have committed violence toward Trump supporters? Should Trump supporters line up 40 or 50 deep and inflict violence on those people? Look at how the anti Trump morons acted in Chicago. Their threats of violence and assaults on Trump supporters led to the event being cancelled and those who attended to see Trump fearing for their safety as Chicago’s finest kept their distance (I am sure they don’t support a guy like Trump either so they won’t protect his supporters).
Brown is a coward who beats up women for kicks. That is about the only fight this coward could ever hope to win, unless of course he had others, 40 or 50 deep, in front of him for protection. Did you notice how Brown, like most liberal pukes, wants others to commit violence in his name? Funny thing though, liberals like to talk about the violent people on the right when all the mass shootings and riots are done (or incited) by liberal dindu nuffins like Brown.
The only way Brown would lead the way is if he were attacking women, because you know, it makes gangstas tough if they can beat up a female. Guys like Brown don’t like to attack folks who might punch back.
So follow Brown if you want but keep in mind that most people are not going to stand around and let you attack them.
In other words, be careful what you ask for.
**The Blaze is owned by Glenn Beck so the take will be anti Trump even though the actions show nothing that would appear to be inappropriate.
Never surrender, never submit.
The Associated Press is upset that Pam Geller has no regrets that two terrorists were killed when they tried to attack an event she was part of. The event was a contest to draw MoHAMad something those ‘tolerant” Muslims don’t like.
Two guys tried to attack the event but were stopped by a good guy with a gun he knew how to use.
The liberal world is up in arms because Geller would dare to have such an event. But liberals are not the only ones. Bill O’Reilly is also blaming her. Hell, many alleged conservatives have decided to blame the victims here and those victims are the people whose First Amendment rights are being trampled upon.
Add me to the list about having no regrets that two terrorists died. If these jackasses had not shown up and started shooting they would still be alive to molest goats and spread hatred.
So as far as I am concerned there is no issue here. Geller and her group did nothing illegal and were only exercising their rights.
I would like to know why it is people will attack Geller and defend those who were “offended” so much so that they resorted to a terrorist attack but will not attack the people who walk all over the American Flag knowing this is provocative as well.
Perhaps it is because they know that those offended by the Flag walkers will not show up shooting those who demonstrate such ignorance. Sure folks show up and try to take the Flag or stop the people walking on it but they don’t show up shooting.
No one calls for the Flag walkers to stop because they might incite people.
No, they only tell people to stop when it might offend Muslims because that might lead to violence. It seems to me that the same people who tell us Islam is a religion of peace and full of tolerant people are also telling us not to upset members of that cult because they will resort to violence.
Here is an idea for the AP and others who are upset with Geller. Why not tell gays to stop holding hands and kissing in public because it might offend the Muslims? Why not tell women to cover up and stop driving because it might offend Muslims?
Or how about we live our lives in freedom and if people get upset so be it. If they resort to violence they can be dealt with, preferably like they were in Texas.
Geller did nothing wrong but the way the AP and others are acting one would think she is the reason for the attack.
What next AP? Will rape victims be blamed because they wore revealing clothes?
I side with Geller and all others who exercise their freedoms. That includes Muslims who want to PEACEFULLY object to things they do not like.
What I do not side with is blaming the victims and that is what is happening here.
Never surrender, never submit.
Mar 12, 2015 Commentary
I am skeptical of the police. I respect them as a group of people who, for the most part, do dangerous jobs to protect people. But we have continually militarized them and they have a culture that sees them remain silent when some among them do wrong. There are far too many cases of police officers beating people and violating their civil rights.
That small group causes the good among them to be viewed skeptically. I believe all agents of the government should be viewed with a bit of skepticism but the bad actions of a small minority of cops has tarnished the good work of honorable officers.
It is also true that far too often police officers are extensions of the taxing authority of a government. They write tickets for nuisance items just to generate revenue.
But no matter how one feels about what policing has become the reality is these folks are men and women who have families. Their lives matter just as much as anyone else’s. They should not be targeted. Don’t get me wrong. I believe people have the right to resist unlawful acts by any agent of the government but I do not think police officers should be targets just because some segment of society does not like them.
Last night two officers in Ferguson MO were shot. They are expected to survive but they should not have been shot in the first place. This is not an issue where police issued some no knock raid and got shot by a scared home owner. No, these police officers were monitoring yet another protest in ferguson when some jackass shot them.
We saw all the protests and riots when people believed that Michael Brown was shot with his hands up. That turned out to be a lie and he was the aggressor. Unarmed or not he ws dangerous and Officer Wilson was well within his right to shoot him.
Will there be protests in favor of these cops? The race baiting poverty pimps are already making excuses and rationalizing the shootings.
People get up in arms when they think a cop shot someone (or their dog) unnecessarily (and their anger is justified when that turns out to be the case especially when the cop is cleared of wrong doing) but they find no issue with police officers being shot while doing their jobs.
Imagine if you will a scenario where a group of people has been arrested after a long police investigation. Say they all had tons of drugs and illegal firearms when they were arrested. The cops all testify and they think this is a slam dunk. But for some reason the jury finds the defendants not guilty and they walk on all charges.
How would people respond if the police waited for them to gather someplace and then gunned them down?
The people of Ferguson were fed a false narrative and they were led to believe they would get the verdict they wanted from the Grand Jury. When they did not they burned the place to the ground. How many of them were arrested for that?
In any event, the false narrative and all the negative statements from Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton and plenty of other people has resulted in this violence against these police officers.
Their lives matter too and this should not be happening. They need to catch who did this and nail him to the wall.
Here is the key. Mutual respect. Police officers need to respect the people who pay their salaries and who they work for. They need to do their jobs with honor and dignity and without regard for ones color ar any other demographic.
The people need to obey the law and they need to respect the police.
If that happens people can work together to ensure their communities are safe.
Never surrender, never submit.