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Why do “They” hate “Us”?

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Hi everybody. I recently received an important communication from Fleet Headquarters. This is a little bit long, but it is an important example of how the Progressives, Activists, Liberals, Democrats, Communists, Socialists, ISIS,  and ALL the rest of the diseased brain dead emoting zombies of the left react to US. So please bear with me.

That really wasn’t very charitable, or “loving and forgiving”, just plain and simple “unchristian”. However, in my own defense, I believe that if one refuses to recognize an identifiable enemy of everything you believe in as the enemy that they are, then it is only a matter of time before they (the enemy) take you out, probably along with your squad mates. That’s just not fair to your squad mates. If it looks like a duck, and all that …

I stole all the following “content” from an email sent me by Bill Whittle, a blogger I subscribe to and have a great deal of respect for. I have been following Bill, oh, probably close to 15 years now, ever since I came across him on his first site “Eject, Eject, Eject” in a link from “U.S.S. Clueless” the original blog site of the legendary and much missed Steven DenBeste. I’ve posted the whole thing because I believe that context is important – your mileage may vary …  Anyway, here is Bill’s missive:


“… I’m writing this in the back of a car going through Lufkin, Texas. Last night I did a speaking event at Steven F. Austin University in Nacogdoches. I’ve been doing several speaking events at colleges, but this one was different.

One person (who I later discovered listed his occupation as “activist”) had put up a Facebook post, calling me the usual: racist, xenophobe, and without teaching credentials and so obviously of no educational value. And that’s his right, of course, but the Facebook post wasn’t about coming out to confront this new Hitler, but rather to write to the SFA authorities to ban me from campus. This campaign apparently generated one very angry call to the administrators office, and one very angry email as well — both from The Activist as it turned out.

Now here’s the rub. Ten seconds into my remarks, this individual, sitting directly in front of me, started shouting at the top of his lungs about my heinous crimes against humanity and he JUST. WOULDN’T. STOP.

There were a few policemen in attendance — who got to hear themselves be called mass murderers several times during the night, by the way — and the event organizers looked like they were going to escort this gentlemen outside the premises, but then something amazing happened — amazing to me in any case.

The more this fellow shrieked at what a hate-filled piece of s*** I am, the calmer I became. I am not built this way. At least, I didn’t think I was.

So I let him talk. He would make a statement, and I would calmly and respectfully engage that statement… which led him to a completely new form of genocide that I was espousing, and so on.

This went on for 20 minutes, and many of the students were 100% behind this unique individual. At first. But as the night went on and I got calmer and calmer, more and more quiet, more and more respectful and engaged, the rest of the Social Justice Warriors started to calm down and actually discuss things. And this alarmed The Activist very much. It alarmed him so much, in fact, that he started to interrupt them.

After the event was over, he followed me out to my car. After one particularly personal and remarkably obscene comment, delivered about five inches from my face, I found myself replying “You know, if I had any respect for you at all that would have hurt my feelings.” I have no idea where that came from.

As this was going on, I asked him what he was majoring in. Turns out, he was not a student at the university.

Now I’d love to tell you how I changed some minds in there and got people thinking, but I have no evidence of this at all. The only thing I can state with confidence was that, Professional Activist excepted, the overall level of hate and rage directed at me — and by extension at you and everything we believe together — began to abate.

People started asking questions instead of making speeches. So I don’t know if it made any difference with them, but it did make a difference to the many people who came up to me afterward, apologized on behalf of the university, Nacogdoches and Texas, and what outweighed all of the vitriol and stress of being called the vilest names imaginable for two hours were the thanks and the handshakes from the two police officers.

I was privileged to talk to one of them after The Activist had left; he had served as a heavy gunner in the Army for many years, risking his life (as opposed to me merely risking my comfort) to allow people like The Activist to accuse him of genocide. As I was leaving he said to me, “Don’t let him bother you, sir. His world is very small.”

I love my job. Which is why I am telling you all of this.

It’s been a year now since PJTV closed its doors and so many of you moved over to That means that for those of you who bought annual memberships, those memberships are about to auto-renew. I’d like to stress that this is not something we decided on or even have any control over: Auto-renewal is the only way online banks will accept credit/debit card payments.


So the rest was just a forecast of the directions Bill intends to take his content in the coming year. I find it interesting but probably many others who do not share his views would not. If it intrigues you maybe just visit his site and see what you think.  I especially like his series of YouTube videos titled We The People 2.0″.



Return of the KingIf it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family Anatidae on our hands.

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Meanwhile, On Other Fronts …

Meanwhile, on other fronts …

001-a-bellcay-bahamas-national-parkI hear that  Justin Trudeau and family had a wonderful Christmas/NewYears vacation in company with the Aga Khan at his private island in the Bahamas.

Time to have a coffee and ponder why a posh vacation at the Aga Kahn’s private island, Bellcay,  following Justin’s  “granting” of millions to the Aga Khan Foundation qualifies Justin as an appropriate representative for the “middle class” and “small business” in Canada.

Prince Karim Aga Khan IV is the hereditary spiritual leader and absolute ruler of the world’s 15 (some estimates place the number at 25) million Shia Ismaili Muslims and also happens to be a multimillionaire philanthropist. and his foundation seems to do a lot of good stuff  in hard hit parts of the world. For a lot more information please visit the blog site Ismailimail

These folks are some of the good guys by any measure, regardless of their faith, or perhaps its really because of their faith.  Nizari teachings emphasize human reasoning (Ijtihad, the individual use of one’s reason when using both the Quran and Hadith as resources), pluralism (the acceptance of racial, ethnic, cultural and intra-religious differences) and social justice. Ismailis are often referred to as the Muslim diplomatic and business elite. They started out as traders but now work in banking and real estate and are steadily permeating the law, engineering and medical professions. [2]


Justin and his wife having a photo op at Mr. Kahn’s summer cottage in 2015

The federal government under Justin Trudeau has contributed millions of taxpayer dollars to the Aga Khan Foundation to help fund its international development projects. Were they better spent in east Asia and Africa than here in Canada? Who knows.

Maybe Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV is trying to teach Justin how be a better leader, how to build up a loyal base of millions of followers so Justin can also become a multimillionaire philanthropist, doing real good in the world?

The Aga Khan’s family have been fully engaged in the real world since at least 1818. They appear to be a hugely successful family in business, as philanthropists  and also in the spiritual dimension, putting into practice the concept of “giving back”.

Justin, on the other hand, as a party leader in the House of Commons, earned a salary of $224,000 in 2015  (an MP’s base salary is $167,400, while a party leader makes an additional $56,800), according to a 2015 list of Parliamentary indemnities, salaries and allowances,  and his net worth is reported to be between 1 and 2 million dollars.

As prime minister, Justin is entitled to $334,800 for this year, not including a $2,000 car allowance. and his speaking fees garnered him more than $450,000 in his highest-earning year. While this is certainly NOT chump change, it also doesn’t begin to compare to the wealth influence  and accomplishments of the Aga Khan and the millions of Shia Ismaili Muslims around the world.  Justin just doesn’t seem to shine as brightly. In the world of the big fish Justin is a minnow and where does that analogy leave the rest of us.

I also wonder if Justin’s values are also acceptable Muslim values? I would bet not.  Justin Trudeau said in a statement issued Dec. 13 on the occasion of the Aga Khan’s 80th birthday. “I am proud to call His Highness both a mentor and friend. He has shown time and time again that no matter our faith, where we were born, what colour is our skin, or what language we speak, we are equal members of this world.

001-a-justin-trudeau-in-a-kiffeya1478026125322That may be true, under certain circumstances (like “if you paid your Jizya”) and maybe if you are a multimillionaire, perhaps.

But, if one is the Imam and Supreme Ruler of 25 million Muslims, and one is no doubt aware of the concept of  al-Taqiyya,  is there any way WE can be sure that Justin understands the possibilities or even that we have any reason to trust that he knows what he is saying and doing.

Do we believe that Justin understands that all the residents of Dar al-Harb, the  “Realm of the Heathens” are most definitely NOT “equal members of this world” as Justin so naively puts it … he seems in this statement to be out of touch with reality.

Even his language in this statement smacks of school yard charm, ignorance and an utter lack of any real understanding of Islam’s 1400 year old war against Dar al-Harb.

Castro and the trudeaus

Fidel, Margaret, and Pierre in better days…

Notwithstanding all of the above, His Highness and recently deceased Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro are and were long time close friends of the Trudeau family. In fact, His Highness and Mr. Castro were pall bearers at Justin’s daddy’s (Mr. Pierre Trudeau’s) funeral.

Let’s also remember that it was under Pierre Trudeau and Paul Martin and Jean Chretien, that the Canadian Government came out of the closet and fully endorsed homosexuality and abortion programs as rights and health care programs. “The state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation” right, Pierre?

Are these the sort of “values” that any righteous Muslim or Imam (or any righteous Christian) would embrace?

001-a-the-state-has-no-placeIt’s a pretty safe bet that Liberals in general and Justin in particular would definitely fall under the heading of “Unbeliever” in the eyes of any Muslim, but especially a Muslim Imam. So the “Unbeliever” makes a “Christmas” vacation visit to the private island of the absolute ruler of one of the larger divisions of Islam. Cognitive Dissonance Anyone?

Anyway, Justin’s most recent visit from the Aga Khan was in May 2016. The most recent grant from the Federal Government to the Foundation was a five-year, $55-million project to improve health services in Afghanistan that was announced in December 2015 under the Trudeau government.

In fact, The Prince Karim Aga Khan IV’s  Foundation has been a significant recipient of Canadian foreign aid (taxpayer’s dollars, eh?), receiving $310 million for 16 projects since 2004.  that’s about 26 million a year on average. Let’s see … $310 million as Jizya … Hmmm …. are Canadians “Dhimmi”?  Not yet, obviously, and is it even possible for a government to pay the taxes for their population? And would this be even close to a reasonable tax rate, being way less than the federal income tax rate. Silly idea, right?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the Aga Khan on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the Aga Khan on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

In May 2015 Justin had a visit from the Aga.Kahn.   Hmmm … May 2015 visit – December 2015 –  55 million dollars of taxpayer money for the Aga Kahn.  May 2016 visit – still looking and digging but I am optimistic that some sort of monetary transaction to some “independent” organization will pop up.  And this is all part of Canada’s foreign aide and development budget, right? Meanwhile, the Federal Government is cutting health care spending to the provinces, perhaps to put pressure on them about joining the Liberal Global Warming program?

The Ottawa-based Aga Khan Foundation, which supports development projects in Africa and Asia, has received tens of millions of dollars from the federal government.  The foundation is a registered government lobbyist and the Canadian Government also provided $30 million of taxpayer’s money for the group’s headquarters in Ottawa. There is nothing out of the ordinary in this, just business as usual in Ottawa.

justin-trudeau11So, now we have a wonderful scene to envision.  Justin was accused in the media of running a Pay-To-Play scheme for folks with a little spare change to buy some face time and present their needs and ideas.  So how much did the Aga Khan pay for his visit, or is he just an old family friend who can drop in anytime and ask for a grant?


Boy Justin and some of his chums. From left to right; Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Dr. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis Mark Brantley. (St Kitts and Nevis Observer)

The PMO was initially extremely secretive about the whereabouts of Justin, until the National Post broke the story and then and only then did  the the PMO confirm that Trudeau, his family and a few friends and employees were invited to join the Aga Khan on Bell Island for the holidays. “As you are aware, his Highness and the Prime Minister have been close family friends for many years,” a statement sent to media said, while noting Trudeau would repay the cost of flights to and from Nassau for himself and his family.

However, The flight manifest for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “Christmas”  vacation to the Caribbean, released to the Conservatives through an access to information request, was redacted to leave off the names of family members and a nanny who traveled on the government-owned Challenger jet.  What’s to hide if everything is on the up-n-up?


Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV, is the grandson and was the heir of Mowlana Imam Sultan Mohammed Shah. As the direct descendant and inheritor of the Aga Khan III can we assume that Aga Khan IV believes as his grandfather did?

But let’s get back to Justin’s friend and mentor, the Aga Khan. Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV, KBE, CC (Persian: شاه کریم حسینی، آقاخان چهارم‎‎; Aga Khan is also transliterated as Aqa Khan and Agha Khan;[1] born 13 December 1936) is the 49th and current Imam of Nizari Ismailism, a denomination of Isma’ilism within Shia Islam consisting of an estimated 25 million adherents (about 20% of the world’s Shia Muslim population).[2][3][4][5]

The Aga Khan is a British[6] business magnate,[2][7][8][9] racehorse owner and breeder.[7][10] He has held this position of Imam, under the title of Aga Khan IV, since 11 July 1957,[11] when, at the age of 20, he succeeded his grandfather, Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III

Now, the very private and secretive Prince Karim Aga Khan IV is on record as saying:


it is my deep conviction that a singular step should be taken, a magnificent relationship developed on which so much could be built if the West will cease to look at the Islamic architectural heritage simply as a matter of scholastic interest and admiration. On the contrary, give to it recognition of a different dimension, a dimension of the future. Enhance it, enrich it and enliven it, put at its disposal your talents, your knowledge and your creativity.

I do not wish to imply that the West is solely responsible for what is happening to Islamic environments. I am saying that you could do much more, as you are already doing for your own architectural heritage, to help revive the culture of Islam. Creativity knows no frontiers: it is not of the East nor the West, of the North nor the South, but it sometimes needs awakening, to be set alight, to be shown a purpose. I believe such a time is now.”



A Koran manuscript is displayed at the University of Birmingham on July 24, 2015 in Birmingham, England. The two leaves of parchment have recently been carbon dated at a laboratory at the University of Oxford and are thought to date back to the early seventh century, close to the time of the Prophet Muhammed.

So Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini, Aga Khan IV, as well as being the Imam of 20 million Muslims (? some sources say as many as 25 million which is almost as many as there are Canadians, eh?) , is also “a close family friend” of Boy Justin. I suppose that friendship would include more than a little back-scratching in “reviving the culture of Islam“.

The Aga Khan IV is that person who believes “… there is no one greater than MYSELF. If you think of God, then it is MYSELF. If you think of Pir, Then too it is ME. If you think about Imam, then too it is ME. And your beloved Master is also ME. There is no one except MYSELF“. I can’t see how a faithful Muslim of any status including an Imam could see themselves as God. I just don’t buy it.

But I  (who am not Muslim but rather a Christian) look around the world at all the trouble spots and wars, and violence, and in almost every single instance these “hot spots” and “conflicts” involve Islam. Curious thing that.

Again, I wonder if Pierre, or Justin ever encountered the concept of  al-Taqiyya: deception; the Islamic word for concealing or disguising one’s beliefs, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions, and/or strategies. 


New Islamic State

True, the Sunnis (ISIS or ISIL) are in a bitter war of extermination against the Shia Muslims.  It was in another time — more than 1,300 years ago — in a land known as the Islamic State that, after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, a succession crisis divided Muslims; and the widening schism continues to play out today as ISIS or ISIL carves its bloody notion of a new Islamic State on the same soil these feuds were first fought, lashing out at targets both within the Muslim world and in the West. Again, we see clearly that these folks are serious about their beliefs. The seem quite willing to die for them or because of them.


Iraqi Shiite fighters from a Popular Mobilization militia fire their weapons as they advance near the town of Tall Abtah, south of Tall Afar, on Nov. 30, 2016. (Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP/Getty Images)

Succession can be a tough adjustment for any group, but is especially emotional when a departing leader of a nascent religion is particularly strong, effective or loved.

A dispute over how to replace Muhammad as the leader of the Muslim world after his death in 632 — and increasingly after the deaths of subsequent leaders — led to competing iterations of the Islamic faith, diverting followers into two major branches — the Sunni and the Shia. and they have been fighting this bitter war of succession for 1300 years.

While doctrinal distinctions created the schism, evolving geopolitical notions make it an important matter for world attention.  The split began in the early history of Islam, but is now continued in the bitter war in the Middle East.

Does Justin want to bring that war here? Rhetorical question to be sure but that is the reality which Justin and his father before him have been playing with for two generations.  Here’s just a little bit of “History” for folks who might think the world was created by dad … (Justin?).

The most significant return to history for the Ismailis was in the mid-nineteenth century. The Khojas, a Muslim sect of mainly traders around Bombay, had refused in 1827 to make their customary payments to the head of their sect, Hasan Ali Shah, the son of the Persian Shah, Fath-Ali Shah Qajar.

The Shah had appointed Hasan Ali as governor of Mahallat and Qom in 1818, giving him the title of Aga Khan. The Aga Khan dispatched emissaries to Bombay and most secessionists relented. This post is worth a read – yes it is long – but it presents very necessary background to the current “friend and mentor” of our prime minister.


Having led an unsuccessful revolt against the Shah and then offered some help to the British in the closing stages of the First Anglo-Afghan War (1841-2), the Aga Khan went to Bombay and set himself up as the effective head of the Khoja community.

In April 1866, a group of secessionists filed suit in the High Court of Bombay asking that the Aga Khan have an injunction levied against him to stop him “interfering in the management of the trust property and affairs of the Khoja community.”

Judgment was rendered in November 1866: the Khojas were Ismailis, who had been converted four-hundred years previously by a Persian missionary, and were “still bound by ties of spiritual allegiance to the hereditary Imams of the Ismailis,” descended from the Lords of Alamut, the Fatimid Caliphs, and ultimately the Prophet Muhammad.

This led to the discovery of other Ismaili populations in southern Arabia, Russia, and Afghanistan.”


So, what significance is there for Canadians that their Prime Minister is using Canadian Taxpayer’s dollars to fund and support the works of the leader of the 25 million strong Nizari Ismailis branch of the Islamic Caliphate, the Dar al-Islam, who have been at war for 1400 non-stop years with Dar al-Harb the  “Realm of the Heathens”  (that would be us I would guess)?

What is right or wrong with being a Muslim believer? What is right or wrong with being a Christian believer? What is right or wrong with being a Secular Humanist Progressive?  I suppose one might posit that: Only a believer can truly understand or appreciate another believer, and that my experience of Muslims is that they take their faith much more seriously than much of the nominally “Christian” West. I find much to admire about Nizari Ismailism,  less so regarding Justin and the Liberals, and also things I question about both.  But God is God and he wants only the good for us, so I will pray on it.




Politics and Economics

There’s a Bad Storm Coming … part 4

(continued from part 3) …

Bob Dylan

Of course, as Bob laments in his song, The Times They Are A-Changing, but not to anything we haven’t seen before, even in our short lifetime.

C$11.So if the U.S. dollar is under threat then imagine what things are looking like for the Canadian dollar.  Anything denominated in dollars would be at risk if the dollar declines as a store of value, and derivatives of the US dollar like the C$ or the A$ are valued as a subset of the U.S.$ so we get hit even harder.

Folks on fixed or inelastic incomes get wiped out when the currency in which their incomes are denominated are wiped out. Look what happened in Wiemar Germany and the hyperinflation there, or Argentina under Peron, just to name a couple.

What we see below is a chart of world currencies against the U.S. $.

currency war212. Toronto-Dominion Bank’s TD Securities have told clients that the CAD could be in for yet more declines and only in mid-2016 will we likely see the tide finally turn in favour of the currency. At the time of publication of TD Securities report the CAD is weak following another dire economic growth reading.

“Still no growth in Canada this year, disheartening news that leaves the loonie poised to make a run at fresh decade-plus lows. Canada’s economy unexpectedly contracted 0.2 percent in May versus forecasts of a flat reading,” notes Joe Manimbo, referencing the underlying woes behind CAD under-performance.

We have to stop thinking in ways that use the fiat concept of “dollar” as a measure of value. I had a discussion not too long ago with a customer who did not appear to able to make the leap to a “dollar” as only a denomination of buying power rather than having actual intrinsic value.

Metal Farm BuildingsIf one can make that mental jump then its probably time to look for stores of “real” value rather than keeping resources in any dollar denominated security or cash. Real property and “real” assets tend to preserve value and if one can separate one’s mental connection of “dollar” to “value” it becomes a lot easier to make decisions about stores of value where “value” is defined by “buying power”, or a “production capacity”.

Silver Coin 2A “real property” store of value looks like this little farm building here, and what makes a store of value is that you can use it to make money, whatever that money happens to be, Dollars, Pounds, Fancy Sea Shells, Cigarettes, Beaver Pelts, or whatever society decides.  Homes can be a store of value but they have other factors affecting them and you can’t really use them to make money unless you are buying and selling homes as a product or service.

Real “buying power” looks like the 9999  silver coin in the image, or perhaps something like the gold coin in the other image. gold coin Or it could be gold wafers like the Valcambi wafers or just any item which society accepts in exchange for products or commodities. gold sheet

In 1965 my dad comfortably supported a family of five with a single family home and a car and few wants.  We weren’t rich but we never really went hungry or without warm clothes or shoes or any of the other “poor folks” stories popular in the media. He earned about $10,000.00 a year as a teletype technician with the Canadian Pacific Railroad.

300px-Richard_NixonThen on August 11th, 1971 Richard Milhous Nixon repudiated Bretton Woods and the gold standard. At the time gold was trading at about $35.00 U.S. for an ounce of gold. I was enjoying my first year away from home in the Navy. I phoned my dad and begged him to put everything he could into gold. He told me I was nuts, and anyway, he didn’t have much extra to put into gold so he passed.  And the rest, as they say, is history. My dad chose to believe the promises of politicians.  He chose wrong. He was a product of his generation and he still trusted his leaders. And, what about the politicians promises that devaluing the dollar would magically improve our competitive position?

During the past 44 years, the dollar has fallen in value by more than 70% against the euro/German mark and the Japanese yen. The U.S. had a modest net export surplus in 1971 before Nixon started the dollar on its downward path. Today, that deficit is over $400 billion and growing quickly. What will happen if the dollar slips out of use as the de-facto world currency?

purchasing power of US dollar _lgFinally, the dollar has done anything but keep its value. Today, the dollar is worth less than two dimes (17 cents last I checked) in buying power compared to the pre-Nixon dollar. The dollar now has only about 5 cents of buying power compared to my grandfather’s dollar. And, just 5 minutes ago the C$ spot price of gold was $1432.93 per Oz.

We are a long way from $35/Oz gold aren’t we? I sometimes wonder what my dad would say now. As the previous chart showed, the rest of the world currencies are declining against the US dollar and as this chart shows the US dollar is steadily going down. Fiat money always fails in the end.

With little reason to believe that the dollar will maintain even this paltry value, the average North American family is left with no meaningful way to save for their children’s education or their own retirement. We experience all of this in the form of financial insecurity and well-grounded anxiety about the future.

So how ya doin’ Alberta? Where is your real value kept? What are the socialist tea leaves tellin’ ya Rachel? With oil in the toilet, the dollar blowing away, no relief in sight and all your little vampire children coming home for dinner, whatcha gonna do? I am reminded of the little song “Bad Boys, Bad Boys, ” by Bob Marley. Its time for the closeted deviants of the new socialist ruling class to step out of the closet and into the light. Its time to lead, Rachel. We need more than re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic while the band plays on.

It is not popular with most folks these days, but it has never been more obvious that without God as our foundation, our Rock, there is nothing secure in the secular. And there is nothing new under the sun. There is a bad storm coming, soon.



CSRFreedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.






Politics and Economics

There’s a Bad Storm Coming … part 3

(continued from part 2) …

Bob Dylan

Of course, as Bob laments in his song, The Times They Are A-Changing, but not to anything we haven’t seen before, even in our short lifetime.


Russia4. The United States chose to deepen the void in bilateral relations with Moscow by expanding the sanctions list against Russian companies and individuals, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry. Moscow will respond to the expansion of the US sanctions list, which is destroying bilateral relations and leading to the escalation of confrontation, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday. “By imposing new sanctions against Russian citizens and companies, the United States have shown once again that they have chosen the path toward deepening the confrontation,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its official website.

5. Wages and salaries in the U.S. rose in the second quarter at the slowest pace on record, dashing projections that an improving labor market would boost pay. The 0.2 percent advance was the smallest since records began in 1982 and followed a 0.7 percent increase in the first quarter, the Labor Department said Friday. The agency’s employment cost index, which also includes benefits, also rose 0.2 percent in the second quarter from the prior three months.

A group of disputed islands, Uotsuri island (top), Minamikojima (bottom) and Kitakojima, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China is seen in the East China Sea, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo

A group of disputed islands, Uotsuri island (top), Minamikojima (bottom) and Kitakojima, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China is seen in the East China Sea, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo

6.Japan’s release of pictures of Chinese construction activity in the East China Sea will only provoke confrontation between the two countries and do nothing for efforts to promote dialogue, China’s Foreign Ministry said. In a defense review this week, Japan urged Beijing to stop building oil and gas exploration platforms close to disputed waters in the East China Sea and expressed concern that Chinese drills could tap reservoirs that extend into Japan’s waters. In a statement late on Wednesday, China’s Foreign Ministry said it had every right to develop oil and gas resources in waters not in dispute that fall under its jurisdiction. …

7. The IMF has developed a reserve currency basket called SDR, or Special Drawing Rights. For the past few years, the institution has openly called for the SDR to replace the dollar as the world reserve currency. And this day is closer than anyone thinks. Barron’s has already reported that “the talk [to replace the U.S. dollar by SDRs as the world’s reserve currency] has gained momentum recently.”

8. Coming on October 2015: The IMF will complete its twice-a-decade review of the currencies that set the value of the SDR. And it’s very likely the IMF will add the Chinese yuan as an official reserve currency to the SDR basket. yuanIn the last few years, the use of the Chinese currency in international markets has already grown in a very big way. The proportion of China’s trade that’s settled in yuan has risen to about 20%. And, in the last few years, the market for bonds denominated in yuan has grown from zero to $72.9 billion. China has also signed agreements to trade the yuan freely in cities from Hong Kong and Singapore to Frankfurt and London. All these developments greatly increase the chance the IMF will include the yuan in the SDR. And that will pose a major threat to the dollar.

9. While Russia has eclipsed Saudi Arabia as China’s largest supplier of oil, China is still Saudi Arabia’s biggest customer for oil exports. Saudi Arabia feels betrayed by the U.S. détente with Iran. It no longer feels obligated to maintain the petrodollar deal worked out by Henry Kissinger in the mid-1970s that required oil to be priced in dollars. China has worked out swap lines with Switzerland that allow yuan to be swapped for Swiss francs. This means that if Saudi Arabia takes yuan for its oil, it can swap the yuan for francs, which is one of the most sound currencies. Deals of this type, including the massive Russia-China energy deal announced in June 2014, spell the end for the dollar as the leading reserve currency.

10.China is also getting ready to launch its first crude oil futures contract denominated in yuan. This will give China greater influence in global pricing of oil, putting the petrodollar in danger. And it’s not just oil. China is conducting trials to launch a yuan-backed gold pricing benchmark. This means China could soon become the price setter for gold bullion. This new Chinese gold price benchmark may be launched before the end of the year, posing another major threat to the dollar.

(continued in part 4)




CSRFreedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.


Politics and Economics

There’s a Bad Storm Coming … part 2

(continued from part 1) …

Bob Dylan

Of course, as Bob laments in his song, The Times They Are A-Changing, but not to anything we haven’t seen before, even in our short lifetime.

….  For these accomplished proxy killers this is a perfectly natural, even normal and desirable state of affairs, as long as it doesn’t disturb their reign.

So with that for starters let’s proceed to current sources of conflict and future chaos in the world we live in with material wants and needs like groceries and gas and TV and so on.   (continued from part 1) …

So let’s take a look at other sources of conflict in the secular world, which most imagine as the “real” world, the short term, visible world. The world which tells us whether to buy pork or chicken, steak or hamburger. Or maybe just cat food and crackers if things are getting really bad.


1. Last week, the EIA announced in its Weekly Petroleum Status Report a OIL Production Drop- OST080515_IMG1head-turning decrease of 145,000 barrels per day in U.S. onshore oil production:

I think this is a big deal that U.S. production would be rolling over in Q2 of this year. There is no way that onshore U.S. production decreased by 145,000 barrels per day week on week. This was a “catch-up” adjustment by the EIA to correct prior estimation errors. This is already happening in real time and has been for a while.

2. The International Monetary Fund has urged China to eventually unwind measures taken to stem a stock sell-off that wiped out almost $4 trillion in market value, according to a person familiar with the matter. The Washington-based fund told the Chinese government that while interventions in general are appropriate to prevent major disorder, prices should be allowed to settle through market forces, said the person, who is familiar with IMF discussions on the issue and asked not to be identified because the talks are private. China Stock market 1200x-1Chinese officials assured the lender that the measures should be considered temporary, the person said.

3. Beijing’s efforts to engineer a strong stock rally and the recent Shanghai market collapse have had quite limited effects on western markets, but going forward the fallout from Chinese market meddling will likely be less benign. Unlike western corporations, Chinese businesses are much more dependent on bank financing than selling stock to raise capital. And ordinary Chinese workers have more of their savings in banks and less in equities than Americans.

(continued in part 3)


 There is a bad storm coming, soon.



CSRFreedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.





Politics and Economics

There’s a Bad Storm Coming … part 1

Bob Dylan

Of course, as Bob laments in his song, The Times They Are A-Changing, but not to anything we haven’t seen before, even in our short lifetime.

Alberta is cruising along on auto-pilot in a complete information vacuum. Not a single  peep out of the NDP or the media about what is happening since the brief flurry the week after they got elected. Where’s the budget? Where are the promises?  Where are the politicians? Is Rachel still running?  Are we there yet?

Rachel-Notley-runningFor a province which depends totally on the C$ and oil prices to keep the economy moving along and pay all the bills run up by the blood suckers we are hearing remarkably little about developments on the oil and dollar front. Is it possible that secular economic reality is getting ready to bite their socialist asses big time? One can only hope. Are we looking at blood in the streets soon?

The litany of conflict is global, and the signs are everywhere, as the “Disparate Data” posts allude to just a bit of it.  Just a top of the head lists of things that come to mind: trade conflicts, economic conflicts, ideological conflicts, societal conflicts, individual and group conflicts, religious and military conflicts, currency conflicts, and the list goes on and on.

First, we will touch briefly on religious conflicts. Nicaea_iconJust a minor religious sideshow in terms of the items which interest the secular world is the current conflict within the Roman Catholic Church, especially expressed in the conflict within the Jesuits between the traditionalists, loyal to the Church of Jesus Christ, and the progressives who express their loyalty to the church that will be (whatever that might be?). But this has been a problem for over 2000 years. Is there anything particularly special about this round of trials?

ISIS atrocities 3Another minor religious side show is the current conflict between the Islamic traditionalists of ISIS, and virtually every other Islamic group on the planet as well as everyone else, Christians, Jews, Orthodox, Yazidi, as well as groups in Asia. Of course this problem has also been around for about 1400 years. What’s new here?

Whatever your affiliations, you have to acknowledge that ISIS goes about things in a different way than the Roman Catholic Church. Who would you rather live next to?

Of course, it is a major dis-service, a major calumny, to the Roman Catholic Church even to include ISIS and the secularists and their conflicts in the same post as if there is some common ground of conflict.  That was not my intent here.

Nazi Atrocities 3The secularists are really no more than the short-sighted, disparaging narcissists, the “brights” who believe they run the “civilized” world (all the while murdering millions of babies and selling their body parts). The reality of the similarities is that the secularists are fraternal twins of the ISIS murderers. There is no significant difference between the two under the skin, excepting  possibly the use of color pictures.

Who are the secularists? Remi Brague, French Catholic philosopher and winner of the prestigious Ratzinger Prize, in a lecture at the University of St. Thomas,  suggested that the “secular” are those whose lives are defined by a horizon of a hundred years. “That is simply what the word ‘secular’ means,” he declared.

USHMM 89063 Men with an unidentified unit execute a group of Soviet civilians kneeling by the side of a mass graveIn that context it is easy to see that for the secularists, nothing of any significance has happened or exists within their horizon except themselves, and the most concentrated reign of death in the entire history of the human race.

For these accomplished proxy killers this is a perfectly natural, even normal and desirable state of affairs, as long as it doesn’t disturb their reign.

So with that for starters let’s proceed to current sources of conflict and future chaos in the world we live in with material wants and needs like groceries and gas and TV and so on.

(continued in part 2) …



CSRFreedom is not free. Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.






Pen as Sword - Social Commentary

The Progressive Secular West Will Never Stop ISIS …

I have been thinking for a long time about what is special about ISIS and why the Secular Progressives of our Western Enlightenment will never understand it and will never be able to stop ISIS.

As a true believer, aka an Orthodox Catholic (there are, in fact, really no other kinds of Catholic), and a man with considerable experience dealing with and within our secular governments and businesses, I recognize another tribe of true believers even as the brights and chattering classes of our society are frantically trying to make sense of ISIS and their plans and tactics.

I have posted several times about the inability of our current leadership to comprehend faith based motives since they themselves never have had any faith or lost it long ago. I have posted that modern progressives cannot fathom being willing to die for something one believes in. It just isn’t in them, they lack the tools to comprehend. ISIS will never be stopped by sanctions, or finger wagging, or any myriad of platitudes and misrepresentations and outright lies  about peaceful religions. They don’t want dialogue and respect, Mr. Obama, they want your head on a stake.  Anyway …

It was with much delight that I read this morning the article at this location “The Atlantic” entitled “What ISIS Really Wants“. The author, Mr Graeme Wood, has produced the most lucid, well written, accurate article which I have found to date on the topic of ISIS and what it wants and what it believes. This is the FIRST media report on ISIS that is not drowned in blather and smothered in PC duplicity. Even FOX chooses to “duck and cover” when they should be shouting from the rooftops.

Every thinking Westerner desperately needs to read and believe what is revealed in detail in this article for overcoming the ideology of ISIS will require a long drawn out conflict on many fronts over many decades.  We cannot hope to stop them in the space of one election cycle.  We are not our fathers, the Greatest Generation, we have grown soft and self centered, but we must find that which is still great within us lest everything good and beautiful in our world go down into the long darkness.

The Trojans laughed at Cassandra.  Where are they now? We are really almost out of time. It is time for ordinary folks to hold their leaders feet to the fire or dispose of them in yesterday’s garbage. Read the article, please.




Pen as Sword - Social Commentary

Liberal Hypocrisy … Justin as “Statesman”

I see a really simple comparison, a litmus test of thinking ability as it were, which reveals the mind set and moral values of our erstwhile self proclaimed “Natural Ruling Party” lead by Bieber Trudeau.

It involves two simple searches and a direct question for all Liberal supporters everywhere.

First, Google “Nazi Atrocities” and feast your eyes on a long litany of horrifying events and actions which the entire world of the 1940’s recognized as evil and which the whole world believed it was worth dieing to stop.

Second, Google “ISIS Atrocities” and feast your eyes on an absolutely horrifying litany of events and actions which are even worse than the NAZI atrocities because of what they say about this enemy.

In the 40’s, even the Nazis tried to hide the evil that they did, because at some level even they understood that what they were doing was evil.

In 2015, ISIS flaunts every gruesome detail, broadcasting it gleefully to all the world on the internet in bloody living colour.

Is it because they and their leftist, liberal supporters and apologists worldwide do not know or care about moral evil? Is it that they don’t recognize evil as evil? Do they see this as “just another lifestyle” choice which they “shouldn’t be judgmental” about?.

They appear to be perfectly comfortable with beheading and crucifying children, raping and torturing people to death in  a proliferation of horrifying ways that leave even Hollywood gore masters breathless with envy and in general inflicting the most misery possible on all they come in contact with. Is this where the progressive ideal is headed?

Can it be that the reason Liberal Progressives like Bieber Trudeau don’t want to stop this evil is because they sincerely don’t feel it is evil. They seem to have no moral compass and the only emotion they seem to feel is envy for ISIS’s courage to just kill their opponents. Is this another manifestation of the universal family of Orcs?

Would they do the same things themselves in a second if only they thought they could actually get away with it? Do they simply lack the courage to come out into the open, to put their desires into practice because they know that our society is “still not ready” for such actions? If you have any doubts about why I ask these questions simply pay a visit to the site “Being Liberal” and read the comments. You see a rolling litany of uncontrolled vitriol, an endless diatribe against everyone and anything that threatens their preferred lifestyle.

I experience a serious temptation to answer a resounding YES! to all of the above questions. That is the only reasonable human explanation which makes sense of all the observed data. But isn’t it more likely that this temptation is only another attack by the father of lies in his never ending work of sowing dissent and hatred throughout the human world.

The Book of Wisdom tells us that God is the author of life. God created and fashioned human beings as well as all creatures, that we might have life. We were created in His image and likeness. We are called to holiness. In contrast, we also read that death is the work of the devil, the result of the envy that the devil had for the life giving creation that God brought about.

The Book of Wisdom is clear. Our choice is life or death. We can choose to follow God and his life giving ways, or we can belong to the devil’s company and experience death. Denying that there is a choice or pretending that one “didn’t know” doesn’t absolve anyone of culpability in these choices.

My choice is to pray for all those who live in the culture of death, in all its many manifestations, that they may personally see Truth, and hear the Lord say to them “Talitha cumi”.

It takes courage to live through suffering; and it takes honesty to observe it. C. S. Lewis

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless. G. K. Chesterton.



ZombieThis is just about the tamest item I could find to present on that loving peace-centred flagship of Liberal Thought (aka “Being Liberal”). Like Bieber Trudeau, it is just infantile.


And as usual, nitpickers can go pound sand. I do this just to piss you off.

Pen as Sword - Social Commentary

The Pink Tribe Loves ISIS …

On Tuesday, ISIS terrorists drowned, shot, and burned alive three groups of prisoners. That same day, Justin Trudeau promised to stop all bombing missions against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. When Trudeau was pressed by a reporter on when he’d support military action if he wouldn’t support bombing a terrorist regime as ghastly as ISIS, he called the question “nonsensical.” Maybe he just didn’t understand the question, eh?

That’s not proven leadership. That’s infantile posturing and playing to the base, the same Cool Aide drinkers in Ottawa and Toronto and Edmonton and Vancouver that he is always playing to. That’s just Obama in a white suite. I have relatives in Ottawa who get delirious at just a short sniff of Justin’s panties. I know this sounds crazy – but click here to see it for yourself.

I am reminded of another stalwart historical Leftist poltroon, who lucked out and became Prime Minister of Britain in the 30’s.  Here’s a clip of one of his speeches.  We all know how THAT played out.  At least Prime Minister Harper knows that ISIS is a genocidal death cult that must be forcefully opposed. And he has made Canada a leader in the international coalition against them. Too bad Canada swore off nukes under Pierson. Remember Lester?  The UN gave him an award.

Of course that’s why they intend to target us. The bad guys always understand who their real enemies are. Justin Trudeau has proven once again that he is a simple child, maybe even a university student (ooohhhh)  but seriously folks, he is just not ready to take on the serious job of leading Canada on the international stage. He probably sincerely believes if he just performs unusual favours for ISIS (now quite fashionable among the progressive left) and pays them for the privilege of being (rude word deleted) they will leave him alone. He encourages his mindless followers amongst the intellectual Nomenklatura of the Ottawa elite to believe likewise.

The world is and always has been a dangerous place – and the threat of terrorism is a present reality, not some future possibility. Justin Trudeau would snuggle up to these paragons of evil in the hopes of avoiding the heavy lifting, and mollifying the chestless Pink Tribe in Toronto and Ottawa. The dopers in Vancouver will never notice ISIS until the rag heads are buggering them senseless and screaming  Allahu Akbar (Arabic: الله أكبر) in their ears, just before they blow their dazed heads off with a length of det cord.

These terrorists have named Canada as a target. and they are not going to stop at one blow job. They are gonna want the whole cow Justin. Believe it!. The Pink Tribe  and young Justin Trudeau are simply, obviously, blatantly not ready for the serious job of protecting Canadians. The grown up world demands real grownups to deal with our current batch of problems, not a bunch of moral deviants at a coffee klatch in some upscale Ottawa bistro.

This may sound harsh but the reality is that I know personally some supposedly “intelligent”  human beings who happily voted NDP in Alberta and just as many who will happily vote for Bieber Trudeau. Just do a brief online search on ISIS Atrocities to really understand what these pink tribe lowlife cool aide drinkers in our nation’s capital actually stand for. Pretending that evil is not really evil so it won’t visit you has never made evil OK. It is the quintessential example of magical thinking. It has always allowed and encouraged evil to proliferate

Cruxshadows, “Winterborn“, on Ethernaut, 2003.

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Common Justin, tell us what you really stand for, please.