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Boko Harem

May 1st, 2014 - 4:45 pm

While Donald Sterling’s racial epithets uttered in private conversation with his girlfriend have elicited a condemnation from president Obama and BBC host Jeremy Clarkson apologized on video for ‘appearing to use’ the N-word in unshown video, and as two British schoolgirls were convicted by a British court for ripping pages out of a Koran, a curious incident has been all but forgotten.

Guess what it might be?

The hashtag on Twitter is #BringBackOurGirls. It’s been set up by relatives and friends who know that the dark night of media forgetfulness has already descended on the story that hundreds of schoolgirls were kidnapped by the Boko Haram.  And you can bet them Boko Haram fellers ain’t no gentlemen.

“Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civic organization reported Wednesday,” according to news sources.  The others are being sold off to buyers for $12 each. You could probably eat at Subway for that. But don’t order any sandwiches with ham or bacon in certain parts of the UK. Those have been banned.

A Subway spokeswoman told MailOnline that stores have introduced the meat “following a strong demand from our Muslim customers.” Branches taking part in the scheme are required to display signs saying “All meats are Halal”. Subway sandwiches affected by the rules include the Italian BMT, the Meatball Marinara, Spicy Italian and Steak and Cheese.

It’s a good thing the Western elites have got their priorities right, though some disagree.  They want the incident remembered. ‘Zelli’ on #BringBackOurGirls says “234 names, 234 personalities, 234 innocent Black girls. 234 innocent human beings”. ‘Kim Moore’ on the same hashtag asks: “WHY DO WE HAVE TO BEG THE MEDIA TO COVER THE ABDUCTION OF CHILDREN WHO LOOK LIKE US?!?”

Why? Because no white men or Republicans or Christians were involved. So Move On.

Why? Because there’s no convenient narrative the media can hang over it. No talking points or “prep”, as Jay Carney puts it, can cover it. So it’s gone.

Plus it was in Africa. And you know what they say: “T.I.A. This Is Africa.” You can watch the famous bar scene here if you like. There’s no one to shake down in Africa. Nobody who cares enough to pay the money, and who even if they did, don’t have the money to pay anyway.

Funny how political correctness works only in the presence of the green sun of money. Poverty is like Kryptonite to it. As for the girls, well what of them?

“Some of them have been married off to insurgents. A medieval kind of slavery. You go and capture women and then sell them off,” community elder Pogu Bitrus of Chibok, the town where the girls were abducted, told the BBC Hausa Service.

Outrage over the failure to rescue the girls is growing and hundreds of women braved heavy rain to march Wednesday to Nigeria’s National Assembly to protest lack of action over the students. Hundreds more also marched in Kano, Nigeria’s second city in the north.

“The leaders of both houses said they will do all in their power but we are saying two weeks already have past, we want action now,” said activist Mercy Asu Abang.

“We want our girls to come home alive — not in body bags,” she said.

Nigerians have harnessed social media to protest, trending under the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.

Fat chance, right. Now, back to Sterling, Clarkson and the Koran desecration. All the news that’s print to fit.

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Its not surprising. The PC scorn that is heaped upon "oppressors" is really just a way of punishing those who you already don't like. The verdict precedes the trial so to speak. Virtually anything said or done can be warped to indicate the presence of cardinal PC sins such as racism, sexism, or Islamaphobia. And if a PC person doesn't like you, that is indeed what they will do.

They don't really care if someone is a racist or whatever unless they don't like them to begin with. Then its an issue. Its usually reserved for people whose politics are at odds with the Progressives as well as groups of people who tend to be opposed to such policies. And, a deep current of oikophobia tends to run through such folk.

Robert Byrd was a Democrat who once belonged to the KKK. He served in Congress for many years. There were no denunciations of him. After all, he was one of their own. No big deal. And you can find this with any of the unspeakable "isms." Its not even worth a mention when their guys engage in it.

Their concern for women and minorities isn't real. Its a political version of what little children do when they proclaim that someone they don't like has "cooties." That's all it is, and that's all it has ever been.
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Reprisals against Muslims are happening in the Central African Republic.

I don't think reprisals are a good thing either. During the time I lived and worked in the hills of Zamboanga I came across towns that wreaked revenge on passing Muslims for raids on their towns by gunmen.

The problem with reprisals is they never kill the right individuals. The guys who burned the towns went on to become top Muslim politicians. The guys the Christian villagers dumped down a hole were traders, peddlers and the like.

When passions are high people aren't particular about who they retaliate against. Anyone will do.

That's why the state must do it. The King's Justice replaces individual revenge. But since the state -- the PC state anyway -- isn't interested, then for good or ill the villagers take matters into their own hands. And the results are bound to be messy.

When the King is PC and refuses to provide justice then things revert back to the law of the jungle. Kill or be killed. Do unto others before they do unto you.
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The darkest black hole of Calcutta
Is brighter by far than the tomb
That’s lived in by western reporters
Where black holes are called the press room
The black holes are there for the purpose
Of keeping the news to their taste
All news has an event horizon
With never a cycle to waste
Beyond that the news is a service
To causes reporters embrace
The narrative must be observed and
The bad guys exposed in each case
That young girls are kidnapped in Niger
And sold as sex chattel enslaved
Is nothing to those in the newsrooms
Who think the deprived are depraved
Besides which no white men are present
No Christians to hammer with tongs
They sit before PCs and cameras
At ease with their scotch and their bongs

Does anyone else have a problem posting? I have to post each post two or three times, leaving the site each time then returning to re-post.
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It is time, at the risk of trying the Club's patience, to trot out my universal conscription and training plan yet again.

Postulate #1: The last year of High School is an almost complete waste of time.
Postulate #2: Anything hated by Obama and his crew is probably a Good Thing.
Postulate #3: The world is dangerous and getting more dangerous.
Postulate #4: A nation untrained, insular, ignorant, fearful, and dependent on government can neither control said authority nor evaluate and judge its conduct.
 : : : : :Sub-postulate 4 a: It cannot respond to threats with more than the Force in Being.
 : : : : :Sub-postulate 4 b: It is unlikely to support forces large enough to deter.
 : : : : :Sub-postulate 4 c: It is lacking the tools to restrain adventurism in the use of the Force in Being.
Postulate #5: It takes 6 months to train someone to be useful in the military.
 : : : : :Sub-postulate 5 a: Holding more than the needed Force in Being on active duty constitutes a regressive tax.
 : : : : :Sub-postulate 5 b: A defined break between adolescence and adulthood would benefit society.
Postulate #7: Membership in the militia is the minimum prior standard for gaining the rights and assuming the duties of citizens, as lawful immigrants may be enrolled.
 : : : : :Sub-postulate 7 a: The Juries (grand or petit) and the Police are subsets of the militia.
 : : : : :Sub-postulate 7 b: The subset of the militia who are citizens, not disqualified by felony conviction or other disability, are the voters.
 : : : : :Sub-postulate 7 c: A subset of the subset of the militia that are the voters constitutes the elected Legislature.

Proposed: Six months of universal basic training after the 17th birthday, or for immigrants under 50 years old. Failure to serve would disqualify from performing the duties of citizenship, including voting and serving on a jury, and receiving the benefits of a citizen. Said benefits should include 1) access to government employment, including but not limited to law enforcement, the civil service, and the active duty military, 2) and government financial aid, loans, and education or jobs support or business development programs, and licensure for positions such as the Merchant Marine, and Aviation, 3) access to government funded Health Care for veterans, merchant mariners, the indigent, and the elderly.

Service without assuming the duties of citizenship may suffice for licensure in specific roles, such as medicine, subject to a formal review in each instance.
43 weeks ago
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A bit OT--

Anybody: this video is repeatedly said to have been ''obscure'' so who knew about it such that it was ready to serve up so quickly, already on the shelf so to speak?
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Don't know, but it remained obscure until we apologized for the trauma it might cause in the future.
Kind of like putting an ad in the paper saying you're sorry about your 10 year old dropping a Koran in the Septic Tank.
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I think the real problem with doing something about Boko Haram is that, say we did go in there and wipe them out - they would just be replaced in a few years by something just as noxious, doing the same old stuff.

The only policy that would hold out real hope of ending this is Kurtz's last order in Apocalypse Now: "Kill them. Kill them all."

But it's probably slightly more moral to just wall them off and let them all kill themselves.
43 weeks ago
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Anybody see the Obama Operative on Fox News yesterday?

Bret Bair: "Did you change the talking points from "attack" to "protest?"

Obama White House Operative: "Dude! Maybe! I don't recall. That was two years ago! That's what bureaucrats do, change talking points, all the time."

I half expected him to then ask Brett where he parked his car.

Do y'all think the guy at Pearl Harbor who took the call saying that radar showed a large flight of airplanes inbound recalled it a whole 2 years later?
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''Dude!''? This guy was some kind of official?
43 weeks ago
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Former White House Spokesman Tommy Vietor.

And yes, he really did say, "Dude, this was like two years ago!"

He's probably had a lot of pot in those two years.

"Dude, where's my car?"

43 weeks ago
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Richard Nixon, 1974: "Watergate? That was two years ago!!! Watergate, watergate, watergate, why can't we talk about something else???"
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Nixon should have said "Dude, that was like two years ago!! Let's like move on! And what difference does it make now?"
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The Brits have not aspired to have a free country since 26 July 1945. The EUropeans never had aspirations. As the Canadians often remind us, “free speech is an American value.” And only an American value.

In a strong country, complainers about an alien “holy book” being ripped would be beaten; in a proud country, ridiculed; in a just country, ignored; in Britain….
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The problem with reprisals is they never kill the right individuals.

That's not really an argument, unless you want to go with the "law enforcement" theories of the Obamanation and the like or something even more pacifist. Whether it's Westphalian nations or Pashtun clans, some form of what the left calls "collective punishment" is standard operating procedure. In fact the conventions of western warfare often seek to exempt the leaders who are generally exactly who one would most want to kill.
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Let's not forget how the west ignored 20 years of slaughter and taking of slaves of Christians and animists in South Sudan. There are still open slave markets in Khartoum. For a long time, some westerners even bought slaves at these markets just to set them free!

Haven't heard of this? Thank our moralizers in the media. Yep - the basketball guy is a racist, so the left can get it's righteousness fix by ranting about it. But actual slavery of actual African blacks, by Muslims?

Nothing to see here... move on.
43 weeks ago
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Not a lot of talk about the more than one Million Christians that have left or been killed in Iraq since 2003, either.

In 2003 there were about 1.5 Million, now about 400 thousand.

Do you happen to be from Central California, John? (if I may ask)
43 weeks ago
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Under present circumstances, nobody will save those girls. Not the Nigerian military, not the United States military, not the Russian military, and not the French military. The anguish of “Bring Back Our Girls” is real, but it merely advertises their own weakness and Boko Haram's power. Boko Haram has shown it can act atrociously with impunity, which was the main point of its mass abduction.

The only way to rescue the girls is to defeat Boko Haram – without victory, the girls are lost. Even with victory, many of them will be dead. There is something that can be done, though. Rub it into the noses of Code Pink, day in and day out. Never let the anti-war activists ever forget what Boko Haram has done. The reason why the media ignore #BringBackOurGirls is because it is more scared of Code Pink than it is of African parents. Code Pink is adept at getting into other people's faces and yelling at them, but they are bullies – Code Pink won't know how to react if other people get into THEIR faces and yell at THEM, not out of ideological fanaticism but out of righteous anger.

The media fears Sudanese slave traders more than the righteous anger of abolitionists; the media only moves if pushed.
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Under the Constitution of the United States of America, what is a militia?

Here is what I think – it is something more than merely the National Guard. In an emergency, people (originally men) come together and elect their officers. The Union could not have won the Civil War were it not for the mobilization efforts at a grassroots level; the federal government simply lacked the social legitimacy of friends and neighbors recruited by a local politician, and Abraham Lincoln understood that. Even as late as the Spanish American War, Theodore Roosevelt led the First Volunteer Cavalry.

During the Wilson administration, something happened. The official military took complete control over war mobilization, with the effect that every draftee was expected to conform to the official military culture. This started a cultural tug-of-war. It seems that the principal reason why conscription ended in the 1970's is not because of anti-war demonstrations, but rather because the military wants to keep its institutional culture intact and relatively unaffected by cultural currents it doesn't like.
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under the Constitution of the United States of America . . . The Congress shall have Power . . . To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

The Militia Act of 1792, Passed May 8, 1792, providing federal standards for the organization of the Militia.

An ACT more effectually to provide for the National Defence, by establishing an Uniform Militia throughout the United States.

I. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That each and every free able-bodied white male citizen of the respective States, resident therein, who is or shall be of age of eighteen years, and under the age of forty-five years (except as is herein after excepted) shall severally and respectively be enrolled in the militia, by the Captain or Commanding Officer of the company, within whose bounds such citizen shall reside, and that within twelve months after the passing of this Act. And it shall at all time hereafter be the duty of every such Captain or Commanding Officer of a company, to enroll every such citizen as aforesaid, and also those who shall, from time to time, arrive at the age of 18 years, or being at the age of 18 years, and under the age of 45 years (except as before excepted) shall come to reside within his bounds; and shall without delay notify such citizen of the said enrollment, by the proper non-commissioned Officer of the company, by whom such notice may be proved. That every citizen, so enrolled and notified, shall, within six months thereafter, provide himself with a good musket or firelock, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch, with a box therein, to contain not less than twenty four cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket or firelock, each cartridge to contain a proper quantity of powder and ball; or with a good rifle, knapsack, shot-pouch, and powder-horn, twenty balls suited to the bore of his rifle, and a quarter of a pound of powder; and shall appear so armed, accoutred and provided, when called out to exercise or into service, except, that when called out on company days to exercise only, he may appear without a knapsack. That the commissioned Officers shall severally be armed with a sword or hanger, and espontoon; and that from and after five years from the passing of this Act, all muskets from arming the militia as is herein required, shall be of bores sufficient for balls of the eighteenth part of a pound; and every citizen so enrolled, and providing himself with the arms, ammunition and accoutrements, required as aforesaid, shall hold the same exempted from all suits, distresses, executions or sales, for debt or for the payment of taxes.
18 gauge is .63 caliber.

Here is what I think -- the National Guard as created by the Dick Act of 1902 is a Reserve Component of the Federal armed forces, armed, trained and paid with Federal money. The Unorganized Militia is so unorganized as to hardly exist except in the minds of people who fancy themselves militiamen or militiawomen.
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The Nixon administration's decision to move toward an all-volunteer military succeeded in keeping America's military culture intact at the cost of mobilization. In the future, however, there may come times when the United States needs a much bigger military than the military can mobilize through voluntary recruitment. There is a solution short of full scale conscription – it's “back to the future” with militia recruited under the aegis of various states while retaining their local character. These would not be America's “best” soldiers, but there are times when even a poorly trained militia can be better than no soldiers at all.

In the long run, the biggest problem for America's national defense may well be the federal government's propensity to micromanage and to distrust the patriotic instincts of the citizenry. The actions of Lee Joon-seok illustrate what a “shelter in place” policy really means.
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FWIW I spent some time, about 2 years, in the mobilization business, in the '80's and '90's (where I was mobilized myself).

The basic ideas haven't changed a lot since 1918. It is a step-by-step process. In the case of something like the response to Pearl Harbor, several steps can be started at one time.

The key is to buy time till fresh recruits get through the training pipeline. The shortest pipelines, for the most basic enlisted skills are about 6 months. Officer skills, depending on service and particular job, can also be as short as 6 months.

Our reserve communities are multilayered. Active drilling reserves are supplemented by various categories of non-drilling reserves. For example, a person who has completed a four year enlistment is eligible for recall for four more years. Obviously someone who has been out less than a couple of years is a very valuable asset.

Conscription, too, has many levels, from 'lottery' style small drafts to "all hands" each of these steps ratchet up as needed, depending on time.

One of the key events in Desert Storm was the use of the reserves as designed, unlike Korea or Viet Nam where reserve or Guard service often bought a pass because those units were not recalled and deployed. The reserve community itself lobbied against this system, wanting to be used as trained; thus recalls in the '90s.

Probably to much information, huh?
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Not at all. I used to talk myself hoarse trying to explain to civies the difference between Active, the IRR and the SMCR. Quickly learned not to even mention the Active Reserve. The thing that worries me about the current situation is I doubt we'll have time to mobilize reserves--it seems to me that future wars are going to be very fast and eat up material at much faster rate than Ops planners account for. This isn't really new, for example, the Yom Kippur war surprised everyone with quickly tanks and aircraft were consumed. Likewise, training--you could teach a raw recruit what he needed to do to at least sound like a Lt and to fly, say, an F6F in 6 months. You could go from concept to combat in less than a year--the P-51. We can't do that with F-35s, or even F/A-18s. I wonder if we're not setting ourselves up to suffer similarly to how Japan set herself up in the 30s, i.e. a small cadre of highly trained and tremendously skilled pilots and excellent aircraft against an enemy (China) who has less capable aircraft and pilots, but far more of them. Once we lose the folks we have in theatre, that's it. Maybe.
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There will never be large scale military forces, like existed during WW2, again in our lifetimes, just as the size of the Roman legions of the first century weren't equaled for nearly 1700 years. That historical moment has passed, and it won't come back again in this culture. (future civilizations, who knows, but I won't see them)

With the state of tech today, there's nothing a soldier can do that a drone can't do faster, cheaper, and more lethally. And just wait until we start building terminators.

The days of getting a big pile of ordinary men and having them stand out on some muddy field and attack some other big pile of ordinary men are long, long, gone.
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"...there's nothing a soldier can do that a drone can't do faster, cheaper, and more lethally. "

Except think
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"Why? Because no white men or Republicans or Christians were involved. So Move On."

Haha, well-done. The Orwellian racism of the politically correct shines like truth.

A QUILTBAG feminist science fiction author Tweeted a link to the kidnapping story with "let's see some men retweet this as well," and then put in the hashtags of male SF writers with question marks. I kid you not.

Just remember the PC mottos: "Segregation is Diversity" and "Racism is Justice."
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What! She merely retweeted it and did not call for sanctions against the leadership of the Boko Harem?

What a weak sister! (literally)

I still think we should have named our stealth bomber the B-2 Sanction.
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I wonder how much of this weirdness is really Fear. Like, we're in a cave, and outside there is Something Big padding around, back and forth, and our leaders, crouched around their bonfire, argue over their game of pinochle.

Thanks for reminding of us about the ongoing evil in Africa. And Churchill's book on the River War is well worth anyone's time. He was a great writer.
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Indeed. Something this scary is worth 234 virgins.

Really, why would we think that people who enthusiastically support aborting their children would give a damn about a bunch of kids elsewhere? How dare they bother me and get in my way. Kill them.
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