Chuq’s Daily Musical Interlude

Finally!  Friday has arrived and I can make it through the day I will have 2 days of relaxation with my fave lady…….

Today’s selection is one of my faves……

 

The More Things Change, The More They Remain The Same

As a child of the 60’s and an avid anti-war protester I was targeted by the government as a threat….the old COINTELPRO……..but that program was abandoned years back…..or was it?

Long live the SDS!

 

CENTCOM, SOCOM targets of ’60s-style protests at Florida university – U.S. – Stripes.

ISIS Coalition SITREP #42

Good day and welcome……this will conclude the briefings for this week…..today will be a short briefing because the prez has made his announcement on immigration and the war, the death and the destruction will just have to take a backseat……

Item 1–Months back the Iraqi Army tucked and ran in the face of ISIS…..and now the Iraqi government is demanding more weapons to fight……

The 2008-2009 Iraqi Army had a lot of very high-end US weaponry and vehicles. It was the best weaponry money (and a lot of taxpayer aid) can buy, and that gear was the envy of the region.

US officials are reportedly reluctant to sell Iraq a new collection of high-end weaponry because a large chunk of the weapons that were there a few years ago were abandoned by Iraqi troops in retreat and looted by ISIS.

A valid concern….if we send them more weapons how long will it be before they are in the hands of ISIS?

Item 2–Before funding is approved US troops will be deployed in Iraq……

Some of the 1,500 U.S. troops authorized to advise and train Iraqi forces in their fight against Islamic State militants will deploy to the country in the next few weeks without waiting for Congress to fund the mission, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said leading elements of the U.S. force would begin moving to Iraq in the coming weeks, even if Congress has not yet acted on a $5.6 billion supplemental request to fund the expanded fight against the militants who overran northwestern Iraq this year.

What is the rush?

Item 3–Finally!  Some truth coming out of the admin…….

Obama Administration suggested that a wholesale reconsideration of the ISIS war in Syria was going to be changing the near-term goals toward the ousting of President Bashar Assad.

Now, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is conceding again that Assad is “indirectly benefiting” from the war, even though the US doesn’t mean for that to happen.

The question is….how will they overcome this situation?

Item 4–Israel is getting closer to a possible intervention……

Another Syrian province looks set to fall out of Assad government control soon, with al-Qaeda’s Jabhat al-Nusra sending some 2,000 fighters against Ba’ath City and Khan Arnaba, the last towns they yet control in Quneitra Province.

The Quneitra Province covers the Syrian side of the Golan Heights frontier with neighboring Israel, and has been sieged by Nusra and some other more moderate rebel factions for months.

Will Israel sit on the sidelines?  If not what will be the rsult if they are dumb enough to intervene?

Item 5–Report of another major ISIS leader being killed…….

(Reuters) – An Islamic State leader has been killed in an air strike in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, residents and a local medical source said on Thursday.

Radwan Taleb al-Hamdouni, whom the sources described as the radical militant group’s leader in Mosul, was killed with his driver when their car was hit in a western district of the city

This is good news but NOT a game changer.

That concludes today’s briefing…..next briefing 24Nov14…….

Thanx for your time and attention…..

Turn The Page!

Shock and horror at killings, but not when victims are Palestinians

I admit it….I usually watch the news on BBC….why?  They for the most part are much better than the news in the US.  I have found their Achilles Heel…..Israel.

There needs to be more outrage at the treatment of Palestinians by the media……

In the latest violence in East Jerusalem they spent 2 or 3 days on the attack and the de4aths that it produced ….Jewish deaths.  They are not so forth coming when Palestinians are shot for throwing rocks……

This article makes good points and emphasizing the point that I question.

 

Shock and horror at killings, but not when victims are Palestinians.

Just How Pathetic Is The GOP?

The prez has made his case and now it is time for the Rights version of Looney Tunes………A question that us Lefties are always asking and then we find a reason why we believe they are mind numbing idiots….and this post is no different.

The GOP likes to hold up different people as just how diverse the party has become……..the one that gets the most exposure is Ayotte, a woman who thinks the GOP is just swell and I would bet that the new senator Ernst, you remember her….the ball cutter…..will be the new Ayotte…….then there is the black doctor that is a good GOPer, Ben Carson….and there is where this post is leading……

Ben Carson, the pediatric neurosurgeon and conservative darling who looks to be gearing up for a long-shot 2016 presidential run, has some thoughts about voter fraud. “Anyone caught involved in voter fraud should be immediately deported and have his citizenship revoked,” Carson wrote in a column on immigration reform for the far-right site WND.com.

He made it without a smile…….apparently this person does not understand how any of this works…….could learned person like a doctor be that STUPID?

But wait!  That is not the only moronic statement he has made over time…….

  • “Obamacare is really, I think, the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,” Carson said at the Values Voter Summit last year. “It is slavery, in a way.”
  • “Read Mein Kampf, and read the works of Vladimir Lenin,” if you want to understand Obama’s plan for America, Carson said in a recent interview with Newsmax. Mein Kampf, of course, was the Nazi manifesto written by Adolf Hitler a decade before he took power.
  • America today is “very much like Nazi Germany,” Carson said in March. “You know, you had a government using its tools to intimidate the population. We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they actually believe.”
  • If Democrats remain in control of the Senate, “there may be so much anarchy going on” in 2016 that elections can’t be held, Carson told Alan Colmes in September.
  • “I think most people when they finish that course, they’d be ready to go sign up for ISIS,” Carson said of an AP history curriculum that conservatives say is anti-American.
  • “What’s happening with the veterans is a gift from God,” Carson said earlier this year on Fox about the VA health care scandal, in which some vets waited over a year for hospital beds. Carson argued the scandal was welcome because it demonstrated the evils of big government running health care.
  • Carson lamented to WNC.com this summer that people he meets on the street don’t know about the Benghazi embassy attack controversy. ”And these people vote. That’s the sad thing,” he added.

The man is a wealth of stupidity!

Sad that many of the rank and file believe this guy is some sort of prophet……he is a doctor….would let this man operate on you?

This party just keeps getting more pathetic with each passing election.

Hug Your God Tightly

Knowing the atmosphere on the blogosphere I am prepared for the chastisement that I may receive following this post…….oh well….what is life without confrontation…..BORING!

For those that do not know….I live in Mississippi, the country’s most conservative and religious state in the Union.  I have always tried to understand their grasp on religion….I am not faulting therm for their beliefs…..just trying to understand why they hold their God so tightly.

A little background on Mississippi…….if there is a “Best” list then Mississippi will be on or near the bottom…..if there is a “Worst” list then it is on or near the top….and unfortunately for the residents it has been that way for many decades…..could this explain their religious fervor?

Living under harsh conditions like extreme weather or food scarcity? Then you’re more likely to believe in powerful, judgmental gods, according to a new study. A group of researchers from various fields reached their conclusion after synthesizing historical data from 583 societies around the world, phys.org reports. “When life is tough or when it’s uncertain, people believe in big gods,” says study co-author Russell Gray, who adds that religion may help people come together and beat the odds. If true, the Guardian says, this could explain the rise of Christianity and Islam in regions plagued by famine and dire climatic changes. But there’s more: The researchers also sought links between religion and other factors, like politics and farming.

Sure enough, the study found that societies with “political complexity” (a hierarchy of figures outside the local community) and animal husbandry often believe in high gods who impose a moral code. In the end, researchers could match societies to their religious beliefs with 91% accuracy, the Washington Post reports. The findings also overlap with research showing that religion brings people together after a disaster like an earthquake, or that societies facing dire threats tend to restrict people’s behavior. But studies until now have tried explaining religion either by environmental or cultural factors—not both. Gray also separates himself from “evolutionists … trying to bang religion on the head,” he says. “I think the challenge is to explain it.”

When you think about it…..it makes sense…..if life sucks and there seems to be NO way out of the cycle then religion becomes a prime motivator.  People must have something to believe in.

The powers that be within the state capital exploits religious beliefs in their search for total power…..this, in my opinion, is why….PERIOD!