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    Our mission is to "Inform and Involve" via our forums for political coverage and commentary. We also hope to motivate and support efforts to encourage citizen involvement in our local and national leadership. We support our Constitution, as written and in its entirety. ~ Clio

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    Monday
    Sep292014

    Is Your Money Safer Under the Mattress?

    Don Hank, Guest Contributor

    Several investment advisers are now warning people not to put too much money in the bank, or if you have more than a ‘safe’ amount, to pull some out – and also to divvy up your deposits in more than one bank.

    They base this on some new laws being crafted right now in various parts of the world enabling banks to steal deposits under a euphemistic concept known as the “bail-in,” which first reared its hideous head in Cyprus last year (see links below for details on these new developments).

     

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    Saturday
    Sep272014

    Forget Global Warming – What About Global Madness?

    by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer

    Throughout history, human life has been dominated by misery. Wars, famines, plagues and natural catastrophes were rampant, not to mention tyrannies that were cruel and oppressive. Life was brutal and short.

    A few candles lit the darkness. For those of us fortunate enough to have been born in the Americas and Europe during the twentieth century, it may be difficult to understand what life is (and was) like for those born far from the glow of candles.

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    Friday
    Sep262014

    Shifting MSM Polls: Masking Barry's Plunging Popularity

    Wednesday
    Sep242014

    I Won’t Say I Told You So (But I Did)

    by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer

    Actually, I’ve said it several times. Here was the most recent: Seven Days in September – Will They Finally Do It?

    In an email that I recently sent to friends and colleagues, I asked: Did I predict this?

    I was watching Fox News and they were commenting on how unusual it is for
    military generals to openly question administration policy.

    Yet, some generals have been increasingly doing just that, openly expressing concerns.

    This may amount to little or nothing, but in my view, there must be serious worries among high officials about the danger into which Obama is putting the nation.

    The "rebellion of the generals," as one commentator put it, may snowball or not, we shall see. [End of quote]

    There may not yet be open rebellion, but the storm clouds are surely gathering. The Conservative Tribune website lists eight generals who have recently and publicly spoken out, in varying degrees, objecting to Barack Obama’s policies.

    Retired officers:
    Major General Bentley Rayburn (US Air Force)
    Brigadier General Charles Jones (US Air Force)
    General Jack Keane (US Army)
    Lieutenant General William G. “Jerry” Boykin (US Army)
    General Patrick Henry Brady (US Army)
    Major General Paul E. Vallely (US Army)

    Active duty officers:
    General and US Southern Command Commander John Kelly (US Marine Corps)
    General James Amos (US Marine Corps)

    Military officers, especially those still on active duty, take serious risks to their careers whenever they speak out in public in any way that is not in agreement with the president who is, after all, their Commander in Chief. Even retired officers can be recalled to active duty and court-martialed – a little-known fact. For these men, the risks are high, and the penalties can be severe.

    It is, therefore, more than a minor news item when such officers reveal their dismay at presidential decisions.

    Under normal conditions I would agree that officers should either keep quiet or resign, but these are not normal conditions. A military man’s first loyalty is not to the president, but to the Constitution, and that loyalty may require an officer to speak up.

    As it turns out, these generals may have done Barack Obama a favor, and the nation as well. Today, Obama gave a masterful speech (doesn’t he always?) at the United Nations, condemning terrorism in no uncertain terms, and calling for the active eradication of it at all levels, including military, financial and cultural.

    While Obama is no General Patton, and while he did allow some leftist sentiment in among his words, the influence of the generals was, in my fallible opinion, clear and distinct. At least, he is no longer calling for understanding what America did wrong to incite the nice terrorists to behave so rudely (oh my, am I being sarcastic?).

    Nor is Obama a General Douglas MacArthur, who told us, quite accurately, that when it comes to war, “There is no substitute for victory.”

    MacArthur was objecting to the policy of containing communism instead of defeating it. He also made other pronouncements objecting to the policies of President Harry Truman.

    Truman fired him.

    Tuesday
    Sep232014

    Forged in Faith

    by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer

    We can, and should, separate church from state, but we can no more separate faith in God from public policy than we can separate rights from the Constitution.

    The inception of the United States of America is rooted in two opposing philosophies. One of them is the Greek tradition of democracy and reason; the other is the Hebrew tradition of faith and discipline. Or, one might ask, are they really opposed?

    These two philosophies somehow fused during the years that saw Christianity rise from an obscure cult of Jews into a major world religion. During that time and later, the Greek idea of democracy gradually took ever firmer hold in Europe, which alongside Christianity, began its thousand year journey toward parliamentary democracy.

    This unnoticed revolution took hundreds of years to work its way into the psyche of western thinkers. The pinnacle of that revolution was the founding of the United States.

    While many secularists deny that America was founded as a Christian nation, the evidence is just too overwhelming to draw any other rational conclusion. Yes, many of the Founders were Deists, not Christians, but all of them were so well versed in the Bible that their writings are saturated with references to the God of Abraham. The Judeo-Christian influence on their thinking was a dominant factor in the formation of our country. Not one of their statements of principle comes from any other major religious tradition.

    Despite the fusion of the Greek and Hebrew worldviews, despite their being joined in the formation of the idea that, “all men are created equal, endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights,” despite all that, the two worldviews never quite completed their merger. They remained quietly at odds with each other for centuries during a period of truce.

    That truce is over. America is once again separating, philosophically speaking, into two warring factions.

    One of them is the familiar Christian faith, along with its Jewish root, the belief in a creator God who intervenes in the lives of individuals and nations, and who reveals to us what is morally right, and what is morally depraved.

    The other is the secular worldview, which combines atheism and naturalist-materialism.  This worldview holds that there is no credible evidence of God, and therefore no reason to believe in what it calls the myths of Christianity. That view avers that nature is all that there is, and that nature is composed only of material governed by mathematical rules.

    Such worldviews have consequences. One of the consequences of the Christian worldview is that all humans are regarded as specially created by God for a divine purpose, and are therefore to be treasured in their own right, not at the whim of an earthly ruler.

    The consequences of secularism are much darker. While one of the tenets of secularism is that, “Man is the measure of all things,” natural-materialism considers humans to be nothing more than a happenstance by-product of natural processes. If we are considered to be nothing more than biological processes, doomed to oblivion in an uncaring universe, then that cannot help but shape social policy, one that instead of being humanist, is inhumane.

    That dark effect has not yet reached its nadir, but only because the old moral traditions are still deeply embedded in our culture. They will not disappear overnight, but with time, the Biblical underpinnings of our culture will continue to erode. Legalized abortion is only one visible effect. It has already redefined what it is to be human, defining it downward.  We have seen only the beginning.

    As American society turns further away from God, so it will also turn further away from human rights, from liberty and freedom, and toward tyranny.

    The monstrous tyrannies of the mid twentieth century serve as dire warnings. Communism and fascism massacred untolled numbers in Europe, and the imperialism of a false god (emperor) murdered millions in Asia . All were based in a world view that considered individual humans to have no sovereignty, no inherent rights of their own. People were deemed to be simply tools of the state, to be sent to their deaths by the millions, in the pursuit of evil purposes.

    Faith is not, of course, a political tool. We do not embrace it for political purposes. That, indeed, would be contrary to what faith in God really is.

    Instead, faith is embedded in our human nature. Birds fly, fish swim, and humans worship God. We freely choose to accept faith or to reject it. In doing so, we also choose the consequences, which are either humanity or inhumanity.

    Faith is not contrary to reason. True, we can no more reason our way to faith than we can count by ones to infinity. In both cases, we get there all at once. Faith gives context to reason. It affirms that our lives have a plan, a purpose and a meaning far beyond merely the biological. Our deeds have eternal consequence.

    Apart from faith, nothing makes sense.  Apart from faith, there is no plan, no purpose, no meaning.

    Natural materialism strays so far from reason as to even deny that free will exists. Free will makes us into independent, sovereign entities, capable of choosing other than as nature would dictate. Therefore, natural materialism falls apart as soon as it accepts that free will is our nature. Free will cannot be the product of a cold, uncaring universe; it can only be the gift of God creating us in His own image and likeness.

    Faith will not destroy reason but uphold it. Faith will not conquer democracy, but give it meaning.

    There should be no war between reason and faith, but those who have rejected faith are drawing the battle lines. History is about to repeat itself, but the future is ours.

    Saturday
    Sep202014

    Obstruction of Injustice(s)

    Thursday
    Sep182014

    Nature of the Beast

    by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer

    In order to better understand the nature of Barack Obama, let us turn to history.

    Alexei Petrovich Romanov (1690 -1718) was the son of Peter the Great, czar of Russia. Alexei was supposed to inherit the throne, someday, and his father spent great effort in grooming him for the job. Alas, Alexei was not the stuff of which kings are made. He had neither the interest nor the stamina to lead the army, nor even to oversee the Russian navy’s construction projects. His true interests lay more in poetry than in political pogroms, and more in art than in artillery.

    Fearing his father, and with good reason, Alexei ran away to Vienna, and while there, reportedly attempted to persuade the Austrian emperor, Charles VI, to wage war against Peter, with Alexei leading the charge. The emperor might possibly have been persuaded, but his advisors intervened, saying something to the effect, just look at him. He is a delicate, spoiled child of privilege. He does not have it in his nature to lead an army, neither to rule a nation were he to succeed in usurping his father’s throne.

    Alexei’s final, fatal mistake was to trust his father, who promised that all would be forgiven if Alexei returned to Moscow. He did. He wasn’t.

    Peter the Great tortured Alexei, and also everyone connected with him, including Alexei’s mother, to learn every detail of Alexei’s alleged plot to overthrow Peter. Suffering protracted and unspeakable torment, Alexei finally died in the dungeon.

    What does this have to do with today? Just this:

    Expecting Barack Obama to wage war against terrorists is like asking a rabbit to kill a lion. As the counselors advised Charles VI concerning Alexei, Obama does not have it in his nature to lead an army, neither to govern a republic. Even were he to be given total power, it would not last. Obama is a speechmaker, not a leader. He is an academic, not a strategist. His effeminate mannerisms are not those of a warrior. They are in his case, a vital signal to be overlooked at our peril.

    Obama’s worldview is as surreal as Salvador Dali’s art. He has swallowed hook, line and sinker the suppositions of his radical leftist associates and professors from college onward. He is the Ward Churchill of the Democrat Party. The consequences have proved brutal and devastating.

    Obama sees the United States as an inherently unjust nation, based on an inherently unjust Constitution which, as he described it, protects people from government instead of mandating what it is that government must be required to do for the people. This, Obama declares, is where the Founders “got it wrong.”

    Obama is willing to kill terrorists, but only if he can do so without political risk, from the golf course. When successful, he struts boldly and claims credit, but when he fails, he whines and blames others.

    Like Alexei who astonishingly trusted his treacherous father, Obama astonishingly believes that America’s foreign enemies can be persuaded to abandon their vicious ideology and instead, “listen to reason.” The problem with that is that he is willing to place an entire nation at the merciless mercy of murderous thugs.

    Obama could never have been elected by an informed people. Many of those previously uninformed people are just now beginning to understand that. The election of America’s first black president seemed to them such a noble and lofty goal that they thought nothing could go wrong. Everything did.

    We are Alexei.

    Tuesday
    Sep162014

    How my son Mike came to recognize the wickedness in Washington

    by Don Hank

    A few years ago my son, a child of divorce, remarked to me that he was thinking about joining the military. I worried about him doing that not because I am unpatriotic but because years ago I recognized that the US government had for many years been risking young American lives for questionable causes to say the least, and worse, since Clinton, our military misadventures had pointedly redounded to the persecution and murder of Christians and to the burning of countless churches in the Muslim world. I began to have the sneaking suspicion that this was not an accident.

    As I read report after report on how Washington had given this or that group guns and materiel which later were used against us and against minorities in their countries, I became so impacted by this phenomenon of American officials' complicity with the murder of good and innocent people that I began warning about it at my blog. That was several years ago.

    Here are some examples:

    http://laiglesforum.com/ghadaffi-dies-of-propaganda-overdose/2772.htm
    http://laiglesforum.com/i-told-you-so-again/2697.htm
    http://laiglesforum.com/my-government-is-killing-me/2159.htm
    http://laiglesforum.com/spare-me-the-crocodile-tears-when-northern-africa-explodes/2215.htm
    http://laiglesforum.com/how-western-powers-abet-christian-persecution/2513.htm
    http://laiglesforum.com/us-media-cover-up-ivory-coast-massacre-details/2398.htm
    http://laiglesforum.com/why-i-am-not-on-our-side-any-more/2174.htm
    http://laiglesforum.com/the-far-left-connection-to-the-near-east-rebellion/2224.htm
    http://laiglesforum.com/2286/2286.htm
    http://laiglesforum.com/just-as-i-told-you-sharia-law-coming-to-libya/2774.htm

    I don't flatter myself to imagine that I was the first to notice this, but I can assure you it was almost a full year after I posted my first blog on this topic that another author and then another and another ventured to mirror my thinking in writing. I can also tell you that web sites that had once posted most or all of my material started passing on this kind of article.
    It seems that conservatives, too, have their own political correctness. I can't help but think it is hypocritical of them to criticize the MSM for spiking stories and ignoring facts when they themselves do the same sort of thing, and in ways that are often much more damaging and do more harm than the MSM themselves.

    In view of this generalized resistance to this kind of truth, I decided that if I should try to explain this to Mike; he might well react like a typical teenager who thinks his conservative dad is a nut and wind up doing just the opposite of what Dad recommended (I remembered my 'blockheaded self' as a boy). So, I decided to leave it up to God to set the stage for discovery. Something told me I would somehow, some day get the golden chance to give him an object lesson. My faith is often weak, but this was something I decided God would definitely do, not so much for me but for Mike, who has a kind heart and is a polite and obedient boy - with all the usual caveats of course. God has His eye on him.

    Years passed and when Obama was elected, sensing trouble ahead, my family and I decided to settle in my wife's home country of Panama. We moved in July of 2009. We asked Mike to join us but he wanted to be with his mom and his buds at home. I respected that. He came to see us every year for a while.

    Then about 2 years later, we decided to go back to the US for a visit. We stayed for a month and saw Mike several times a week.

    On one occasion we took him to Old Country Buffet in Lancaster, PA, one of our favorites before our move to Panama.

    We sat down at a table and our server came to introduce herself. She turned out to be an Egyptian girl I had met years earlier. (Being a foreign language buff, when I meet someone who speaks with an accent under circumstances like that I always try to ask where they are from - trying hard not to appear too giddy or gauche about it - to see if they speak a language I may have learned or studied. So, at that time I had learned she was a Coptic Egyptian and attended a Coptic church in Lancaster County, which I had also attended a few times.)

    This particular day she recognized us and we started to chat. I must admit I figured this might be my chance to give Mike a peek behind the wizard's curtain.

    This was during the brief period when the US-backed Islamist Morsi was in power, so I asked her about her family in Egypt. She told us that her husband had traveled back home to visit his parents, but when he got off the plane and was going through customs, they asked him where he was headed and when he mentioned the name of the village, apparently a known Coptic stronghold, he was immediately put on another plane and returned to the US. By the US-backed regime.

    I asked her questions designed to elicit the role of the US government in all of this. I said, for example, that it seemed strange to me that the US government would be supporting an anti-Christian regime of this kind. I was being coy. It didn't seem strange at all to me. By that time, I had already written all or most of those above linked warnings and it would have seemed stranger to me if Washington were in any way helping persecuted Christians anywhere in the world.

    She admitted that was strange. I then asked her if she didn't sometimes have the feeling that the US government is actually using the US military to support anti-Christian regimes in the Middle East. I knew she had to see it.

    She quietly nodded yes. I knew it hurt her to have to come to terms with this truth, especially before a group of customers in her restaurant, but hurt is the trigger for revolt and I believe America needs to revolt and people need to hurt and cry often in front of their friends and loved ones before people can be motivated to do what needs to be done. Jefferson said we needed a revolution every generation. We're 200 years past due. Christians have been busy waiting for the Second Coming since 1776. I guess they didn't believe Jesus when He said no one knows the day nor the hour. They forget that God uses men to do His work, fighting men like Gideon and Joshua who never once thought about sitting around and waiting for God to do the fighting all by Himself.

    After she left, I asked Mike if he still was considering joining the military. He said "no way."

    Kids want to do the right thing. It's just that they come into a world where good is called evil and evil is called good and they need to meet evil face to face and naked, without its Joker's smile before they recognize it for what it is.

    Mike met it that day, Lord be praised!
    I think our Egyptian friend was also able to see it more clearly at that point. I hoped it would stimulate her and her friends and family to talk about their hurt and deep disappointment with the American Dream, not only among themselves but to others.

    Recognition - always deeply painful - is the first step in combating evil.

    Communicating that recognition to others is the next. They won't want to hear it. Talk anyway. Let it out. Painful words from a broken heart are more powerful than bullets.

    The hour is late and the revolution is pending, but somehow I don't think God minds waiting just a little more. Until we're ready. Not a moment sooner. Not a moment later.

    We'll know when the time comes. I know we will. We have a kind heart and are a polite and obedient people - with the usual caveats.

    God has His eye on us.

    Friday
    Sep122014

    Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope...

    Wednesday
    Sep102014

    Sonnet of the Terror Warriors

    SONNET OF THE TERROR WARRIORS
    (Inspired by James Foley and Steven Sotloff)

     

    Those martyred souls who dared to fight
    And that evil, if allowed to reign
    That evil that would be their blight
    They only would have died in vain

    So fight we must with all our might
    With all our will and not to tame
    For those brave hearts, for what is right
    Send evil back to whence it came

    And even with no end in sight
    Never to flinch from fear or pain
    We must maintain our pledge and plight
    Our great resolve should never wane

    And that evil, if allowed to reign
    They only would have died in vain

    Shylock

    Click on Shylock to find is latest book, Poems of Shylock




     

    Wednesday
    Sep102014

    The Day That Time Stood Still

    by Genevieve, Senior Editor, Advisor

    As I think about the anniversary of September 11, it is hard to believe that 13 years have passed since that fateful day. The events still permeate my memory. I was hurrying, as usual, so that I wouldn’t be late for work when my phone rang. A friend called to tell me that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. Living in a world-weary time when tragic incidents don’t have much impact, I paid little attention and continued with my morning routine. The horrors that followed: three more plane crashes – another one at the WTC, one at the Pentagon and the third in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, foreshadowed far-reaching changes to life in America.

    All air transportation was brought to a complete halt – airports were closed. It was the eeriest feeling to look skyward and not see a single airplane. Our freedoms and liberties would gradually vanish as the struggle against terrorism stripped the tranquility from our daily lives.

    The nightmare is perpetuated by the ever-changing forces that threaten our very existence. There is little comparison to the atrocities committed by Al Qaida and the slaughters and bloodbaths executed by ISIS, Hamas and other terrorist-affiliated organizations. The most unsettling thing about relentless terrorism is that there is no opportunity for peace anymore. We are constantly looking over our shoulders waiting for the next shoe to fall. Fighting our enemies in past wars was considerably simpler. The battles were fought and ended. The war against terrorism, however, is never ended. We are continually confronted by the opposition when we least expect an offensive.

    We have no one to depend on for protection and security. Our government is clueless about how to circumvent the destruction and collapse of mankind. Our lives are controlled by apprehension and fear.


    “The LORD is my strength and my shield, my heart trusted in him, and I was helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth, and with my song will I praise him.” (Psalms 28:7)


    I live my life from day to day in humble and reverent remembrance of THE DAY THAT TIME STOOD STILL.

    Monday
    Sep082014

    Socialism – The World’s Most Intractable Addiction

    by Robert Arvay, Contributing Writer

    An alcoholic employee was called into the boss’s office and was given an ultimatum.  It went something like this.  You are a valued employee, and because of that, you have been given numerous chances to correct your deficiencies.  Yet you continue to come in late for work, or some days, not at all.  You continue to miss important deadlines.  When you meet the deadlines, your work is either incomplete, or contains numerous errors. Other employees have tried to cover for you, but it only detracts from their own work performance.  Therefore, no further concessions will be made to you, and no more excuses will be accepted.  This is it.  Either take control of your life and perform according to standards, or else, turn in your keys in return for your final paycheck.  Which will it be?

    The above story is probably true, many times over, but I have fictionalized several elements of it.  First, the reality is that instead of an employee, the real story involves a country. Second, instead of alcoholism, the reality is socialist economics.

    The country is Argentina, but many other countries fit the description. (Argentina Bets on Price Controls)

    Argentina is on the brink of collapse.  I wrote about this recently in The Bold Pursuit, "Yet Another Socialist Paradise is Collapsing." 

    Instead of the technical details, this time I wish to focus, as I did in the fictional account of the alcoholic, on the psychology of addiction, not addiction to a drug, but to ideological beliefs that have been consistently and repeatedly shown to be false, and worse than false, catastrophic.

    Socialism as an economic and political system is inexplicably addictive.  One can understand its initial appeal, because that appeal is simplistic, easily reduced to mindless slogans. Socialism addresses the scourge of poverty by saying simply, give money to the poor people. It addresses the problem of high prices by commanding sellers to lower their prices.  And when all the socialist remedies only dig the hole deeper, the last ditch resorts include raising taxes, confiscating wealth from those who produce it, and entrenching a class of voters who will never make the short-term sacrifices that are necessary for their long-term benefit.

    Socialism has even more appeal when it is contrasted to our present economic system, the one we mistakenly call capitalism, but which is more properly referred to as “crony capitalism.”  A better term for that system might be, feudalism.  In any case, the present system as practiced is a twisted perversion of the free market system.  Compared to it, socialism starts to look good to those who are stuck on the bottom rungs of the economic ladder.

    While socialism’s initial appeal might be understandable, what is not excusable is the persistent failure to recognize that socialism is not the easy way out of economic injustice, but is rather a fatal dependency on remedies that do not work.  Compared to truly free markets, socialism is a disaster.  Would that there were a truly free market to prove this.  Free markets have, alas, all but become extinct, and what now passes for capitalism is in reality a close cousin of socialism, even in the United States.

    Is there a remedy?

    It is no longer possible to simply do away with the century (and more) of clutter that has destroyed free markets, and to replace that clutter with the few basic principles that allow anyone—literally anyone—to have free and unfettered access to the marketplace.  Those principles include truly representative government, anti-trust laws, anti-fraud laws, and property rights.

    The entrenched social powers are so firmly in control of our economic system that—and this is quite literal—a child can no longer start and operate a sidewalk lemonade stand in the US. In order to do so, the child would have to hire a consultant to navigate the government regulations, the legal hurdles, and competition from lemonade producers who can crush any hint of competition.  In other words, to sell ten cents worth of lemonade, a ten-year-old child would have to have about ten thousand dollars in startup financing.  Think of it as the 10-10-10 rule.  The problem extends upward from there, to many thousands of good business ideas that are never given a chance to succeed.

    This inability to create new businesses without large investments up front would have, according to the founder of hardware giant Home Depot, prevented his corporation from ever having gained a foothold in the marketplace.

    Make no mistake, large corporations, although many of them benefited from free markets when they were first begun, now oppose the very idea.  Partnering with big government, big corporations lobby for ever more oppressive regulation of business, knowing that that will stifle competition.

    In doing so, they have persuaded millions of welfare recipients to settle for a life of indolence and hopelessness that is poisoning our society from within. 

    The real tragedy of this is that there are places in the world where there is a remedy. Argentina is a prime example.  When a social and economic system is in the early stage of collapse, the prospect for reform rises dramatically, as people become desperate to find a solution to their problems.  This brief window of opportunity has opened inArgentina.

    Unfortunately, the window is all too often closed by those who instead of free markets, impose the harsh hand of raw power.  This seems to be happening in Argentina and elsewhere.  Instead of more freedom, people tend to seek less of it, in the form of dictatorships.

    The outlook is bleak.  Nation after nation, addicted to spending, taxation and overregulation is killing the proverbial goose that lays the golden egg.  Revolutions are inevitable.  Social collapse will follow, as will wars and rumors of war.

    Still, even this outlook is not entirely bleak. There was a revolution in 1776 that, centuries later, still points the way to justice and prosperity. 

    We need a reset button.