Wow. Shit’s ramping up (in Charlottesville, VA).

As usual, I was one of the last to hear about this rally in Virginia.

Not sure what to think of it all just yet. Just observing for the time being. Though I will say that I can understand why conservative white folks are so upset and feel the need to take a stand up against all this bullying from the Political Left that’s steadily been mounting in recent years. What did people expect would happen? That all white people would just lay down and take it without resisting? Did others assume they were simply weak and ineffective and unwilling to respond? That was a foolish assumption.

But I really don’t wish for our country to divide further. Many of us don’t wish to for segregation, though those who want to live apart certainly are free to go try that. I, for one, will not stand in anybody’s way if they do decide to self-segregate. Mostly I worry about people trying to force others out. We have enough hostility already. And I don’t think it’s an accident that tensions are being brought to this fever pitch. Lots of politically-sown divisiveness has been occurring in recent years, and we all know it. Then this Muslim immigration bullshit thanks Hillary Clinton’s State Department. That was a a tactical move, certainly not a naive oversight.

So what did people think might happen? The U.S. cannot withstand a major culture clash of that magnitude. We’re already experiencing an internal culture clash due to ideological differences. There’s only so much a society can take before we all wind up hurt as a result. The Muslim influx has made many of very nervous, and for good reason. Incompatible worldviews, religions and values — perhaps insurmountable at this point in history. The Middle East is their home, so whatever refugee aid people would like to offer to them would be best done on those folks’ own soil. Because it’s becoming very clear that not all can live together, not when there’s a demonstrable lack of respect shown for our Western civilizations and not when we already are experiencing far too much internal tensions among our own peoples (and by that I am referring to those affiliated with BLM and similar movements, like antifa, that are working hard to censor opposing speech and intimidate people on college campuses and in workplaces, who have overtaken the MSM with their political narratives that they actively try to suppress us all with, and who accuse anybody and everybody of “racism” or “sexism” or some other “ism” for not toeing their line). It’s all gone too far and is making people sick with frustration and indignation. As to be expected.

You know what this protest here also reminds me of? That Black Panther march up in Milwaukee back around Christmas time:

Free us or you die crackers…

Yet no one interrupted their protest march, despite the sort of language they were using and the fact that they were carrying weapons. Yet people want to get upset with a bunch of white folks carrying tiki torches and not threatening to kill anybody. See the difference? This is why so many people are fed up. And I can understand where they’re coming from.

BUT, I take issue with those who want to make this into a purely racial dispute. It is not. It is ideological in nature fundamentally. There are plenty of whites and blacks and others on both/all sides of the aisle. I refuse to side with people based only on arbitrary criteria such as race when that so obviously isn’t what’s at the root of the clash occurring. Racial grievances are being stoked by influential types like Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Oprah Winfrey, and their ilk. The racial grievance industry has made a whole lot of money through telling people how disadvantaged they are and convincing them that the blame lies with white people. Why do they say this, aside from making money? Because civil unrest suits their interests. That, or they know not what they’re doing (which I don’t believe for a second). The more fight among one another, the more they always stand to benefit. I agree when it comes to severely limiting Muslim immigration to this country since that’s necessary for maintaining the West, but for those of us already living here with generations of family born on this soil, this is our home and we cannot help but be in this together. Many of us love one another despite our perceived differences. And we do not want our fellow Americans to be categorically mistreated because tempers run too high. That is no good. That will only cause more pain to pay forward for generations to come. Too many of us are capable of working together where it really counts, and so this is the time to start acting like it, petty grievances aside.

Here I’ll offer up one voice of reason:

That man is right.

Please, dear God, don’t let us become blinded and unjust toward one another out of misplaced anger. While it’s understandable why people feel as they do, we have to be cognizant of what we’re doing so that we don’t make it all so much worse for ourselves and others undeserving of being targeted. That is my prayer this evening.

Evergreen State College’s Greatest Hits

Check out this insanity:

Naima Lowe, an educator at this publicly-funded institution, demonstrates her own flair for racist rudeness:

That that woman was ever (and remains) included on ESC’s equity council is completely mind-bending.

A silly parody of their 2017 graduation ceremony from Badger Pundit.

Glad I don’t have kids to worry about winding up indoctrinated in schools like this. Thank goodness. The universities I attended were nothing like this. Here’s hoping my friends’ kids find better institutions to attend.

“LIVE with Bret Weinstein: Evergreen State College Racism Controversy”

From The Rubin Report:

Saudi Arabia is no “ally” worth having

Saudi Arabia, as a country and as a culture, unnerves me. But, that being half of my bloodline (so says my mother), I’m drawn back time and again to learn about it. Unfortunately so much of what I’ve seen and heard over time (including what I was told by a Saudi man who had befriended my former husband many years back) isn’t pretty. The VAST majority of it isn’t actually. Not to mention their royal family appears sadistically nuts, yet still is claimed as an ally by the U.S. and European nations.

Before I begin posting up links tonight, it deserves to be stated that I did attempt a positive information hunt on Saudi Arabia and the Middle East in general that went on for a few years, particularly during my time volunteering within the pro-peace/anti-war movement. Back then I really strove to give peace a chance and to open up my mind, hoping I’d come across information that could contradict what all I’d managed to learn about that nation and its people up until then. But no such luck. Even the liberal peace community couldn’t sweep its human rights abuses under the rug despite sometimes trying. That culture’s atrocious human rights record is undeniable, plentiful, and completely unapologetic.

Tonight I’ll showcase a few examples, beginning with a graphic LiveLeak video of a male servant being whipped, hit, and spit on by his purportedly Saudi (Arab of some sort either way) “sponsor”: https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=850_1382853964

Saudi Arabia requires a “sponsorship” program for its immigrant workers whereby a “sponsor” is granted a great deal of control over the worker, including his or her right to leave the country. This was reported in the Human Rights Watch 2012 report on Saudi Arabia:

ScreenHunter_16 Jul. 26 01.07That was a screen-captured excerpt from the HRW link above. And, as you saw in the LiveLeak video linked above, the abuse isn’t confined to female migrant workers only.

Came across this article from the World Tribune (Sept. 22, 2013) titled “Opposition: Saudi king’s son promotes ‘racist policy’ against nation’s blacks“:

ScreenHunter_17 Jul. 26 01.12Hence why I was mistaken in my most recent video where I assumed there were little to no black people even living in Saudi Arabia these days. Come to find out they’re just being kept off the television and treated like second-class citizens (lower even than the migrant workers apparently in some cases) in what amounts to an apartheid setup. Not that that’s any better…

Here’s an article from The Guardian (Oct. 19, 2010) titled “Saudi prince guilty of servant’s murder“:

ScreenHunter_18 Jul. 26 01.19The House of Saud is showing itself to be the House of Sade (Marquis de Sade, that is). Oh, but it doesn’t stop there. It goes on and on and on with these folks…

Here’s an example from just last week, “Saudi royal arrested over videos purportedly showing abuse” (CBS News; July 20, 2017):

ScreenHunter_19 Jul. 26 01.31A “prison for wayward royals”? They necessitate their own prison?? How many frickin’ royals does that country have? Don’t know much about the new king, but I won’t be holding my breath and expecting any real change to occur. Takes time to evolve, and that goes for people and whole cultures. Won’t happen over the course of a few years, most certainly.

I’ll let Abby Martin of the Empire Files tell us a little more:

Appointed to the human rights panel at the UN. Yep, you heard that right. AND Saudi Arabia’s term on that panel won’t expire until 2019 (assuming they aren’t reappointed). Yet some continue to wonder why the United Nations is (increasingly) viewed as a sick, sad, twisted joke.

Am I uncomfortable with that half of my bloodline? No, not really. Though I am grateful to have not been born there and to not have been directly exposed to that disturbing culture/religion while growing up (spoken as someone raised in Mississippi  tongue_out  Imagine that seeming WAYYY better by comparison. Ha!). Guess it’s a good thing that my biological father wasn’t in my life. Might’ve turned out way worse. I’m willing to bet it probably would have, sad as that may sound to an outsider. Sure, that’s really unfortunate to have to acknowledge and accept, but the truth isn’t always a rose garden. I honestly would rather never know my biological father if he is much like many of the Arab men I’ve either encountered or learned about. Chances are great that he too was/is a Muslim (my mother hasn’t offered much information to shed light on who he was). Did he support Sharia Law? Would he have raised me in accordance with that religion had he known of my existence? If so, that warrants a write-off in my book.

That being of their own doing. Apostasy is a crazy concept. Remaining forever grateful to not have been raised up within a society that kowtows to Sharia Law. Color me biased, that’s fine. (Though, by the same token, I’m also very grateful to not have been raised by Christian Fundamentalists.)

So, what does this do to my own self-perception? Not as much damage as one might expect. Fills me with a sense of gratitude to be born an American and raised within an American family. Truth be told (biased as I can’t help but be). Also grateful to know I can’t be deported no matter what I do or so. Heh  Seriously though (and Guantanamo aside). Not even going to take chances with visiting a country like that since someone like me would probably be stoned while exiting the plane.  not_amused  Or kept there in some weirdo’s bathroom and tortured for my heathen Western ways… (Or lashed by the authorities for what I’ve blogged about.)  Oy.

Happen to like my skin tone. Wonder sometimes if possessing that genetic background is why I can be such an emotional hothead. Otherwise, I tend to find the whole situation a bit funny, ironically so. Am proud to be a “sand honky,” since I’m the only one I’ve ever known (meaning specifically a Southerner/Arab blend). And I feel it gives me all the more license to tell it like I see it when it comes to the Arab world. Not self-hating since my problem is with that CULTURE (along with its peculiar religion, or at least the extremes it tends to be taken to).

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A couple more links I’m perusing and wish to save for future reference. From the Pew Research Center (May 26, 2017): http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/05/26/muslims-and-islam-key-findings-in-the-u-s-and-around-the-world/

From Amnesty International (Saudi Arabia 2016/2017 Annual Report): https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/middle-east-and-north-africa/saudi-arabia/report-saudi-arabia/

Tidbits of wisdom and advice from Dr. Jordan Peterson

“How To Stop Procrastinating”:

“Wasting Time and Opportunities”:

“Daily Structure Keeps You Sane”:

“Go Out and Make Something of Yourself!”:

“Sam Harris Vs. Abby Martin”

Interesting to listen to them express their views on Islam, jihadists, and U.S. intervention in the Middle East.

Alice Cooper quit alcohol too

Didn’t know much about the man other than enjoying a few of his songs (a couple of which were showcased in the “Dazed and Confused” and “Wayne’s World” movie soundtracks in the ’90s).

Alice Cooper’s real name is Vincent Damon Furnier (for those of us who didn’t know). Currently age 69. And he’s been off alcohol since the ’80s.

Reportedly considers himself to be a born-again Christian. Interesting. An excerpt from that linked article (published Tuesday, 28 March 2006):

Though some have questioned combining his faith in God with his rock-and-roll background, Cooper doesn’t see a conflict. “I’m the first one to rock as loud as I can, but when it comes to what I believe, I’m the first one to defend it too,” he said. “It has also gotten me in trouble with the staunch Christians who believe that in order to be a Christian you have to be on your knees 24 hours a day in a closet somewhere. Hey, maybe some people can live like that, but I don’t think that’s the way God expected us to live. When Christ came back, He hung out with the whores, the drunks and miscreants because they were people that needed Him. Christ never spent His time with the Pharisees.”

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“I used to celebrate moral decay, the decadence of it,” he admitted in the KNAC.com interview. “I can look back on what I did then and what I’m doing now and they’re two different things. But at the time I was the poster boy for moral decay, you know. So yeah, I’ve got a lot to be forgiven for…out of ignorance, I thought I was doing the right thing. I was totally in agreement that every guy should sleep with every girl and drink as much as they can. I don’t believe that now. I don’t believe in it, because I see how destructive it is.”

Spiritual awakening is happening around the world, Cooper believes. “It’s obvious humanity is craving for answers directly born of awareness,” he said. “That’s the healthiest thing I’ve seen in a long time because there is something better and everybody’s gotta find it in their own way. People aren’t feeling fulfilled by how many cars they own or the size of their stock portfolio. Even the addicts are saying, ‘It doesn’t matter how many drugs I take, I’m not fulfilled. This isn’t satisfying.’ There’s a spiritual hunger going on. Everybody feels it. If you don’t feel it now, you will. Trust me. You will.”

Worth reading in full.

Far less interesting, though, is he’s now into golf.  But to each their own…

Learn something new everyday. Finding out more about this man has given me greater appreciation for him.

But I never forget his cameo appearance in the movie “Wayne’s World”:

Hehe   bow   cool