IST Hits A Home Run

From time to time it feels good when a blog gets the jump on the government….In Saner Thought has had one of those times…..and all of us bloggers like to think that we have a better feel about events than the government or the media…..

Back in August of 2016 I recently wrote an op-ed for Ace News Room about the possible aftermath of the destruction of ISIS and/or AQ…..

Source: A Terrorist Diaspora | Ace News Room

I bring this up because of something that the FBI chief said at a recent (yesterday) Congressional hearing……..

The number of Americans traveling to Syria to fight alongside the Islamic State group has slowed to a trickle in the last year, but as the so-called caliphate is “crushed,” many militants from Western nations who are already there will stream out of the region and create new security threats.

“There will be a terrorist diaspora sometime in the next two to five years like we’ve never seen before,” Comey said.

Source: Senators press FBI director on response to terrorism threat

Really?  I wish I had said that……(sarcasm intended)…..I would like to think that IST was instrumental in this epiphany….but in reality he most likely reads the same reports that I do……just I am quicker on the draw than he.

May I suggest that they pay attention to the smaller blogs….some of us do have good instincts…..

Staying alert is the first rule of survival…….

Atta boy, Chuq

It’s Miller time!

The Economic Impacts of Removing Unauthorized Immigrant Workers

Every election has its diatribes about all those sneaky immigrants and as usual this one is no exception……..but this time the debate seems to be more “nasty” for lack of a better word.

The promise of one of our 2016 elections has promised to “rid” the country of all those “illegals” and the off-spring……a great applause line and possible vote generator….but is it realistic?

Is that a wise promise to try and keep?  Economically, that is?

The United States as a whole, as well as each state, stands to suffer widespread economic losses under a policy that removes unauthorized immigrants.

In every state and in every industry across the United States, immigrants—authorized and unauthorized—are contributing to the U.S. economy. Immigrant labor and entrepreneurship are believed to be powerful forces of economic revitalization for communities struggling with population decline. Estimates suggest that the total number of unauthorized immigrants currently residing in the United States is approximately 11.3 million, or about 3.5 percent of the total 2015 resident population of 324.4 million. Of those 11.3 million, we estimate that 7 million are workers. What is the economic contribution of these unauthorized workers? What would the nation stand to lose in terms of production and income if these workers were removed and returned to their home countries?

The main findings of this report are as follows:

Source: The Economic Impacts of Removing Unauthorized Immigrant Workers | Center for American Progress

If this study is accurate……just how will this loss be offset?

Or is that a plan that is secret until after the election?

‘there’s no real assimilation’

This press is an op-ed that I wrote for my friends at Ace News Room…..the US election of 2016 has had it all this time…immigrants and terrorism……fear and anguish seem to be the big pulls in the media coverage…..

The biggest fear that is being slung around the internet is that refugees will bring with them all the terror that others are experiencing…..

After the tragedy of Orlando was playing out in the media…I recall an interview by FOX with Trump I believe it was Hannity….when asked Trump said that US Muslims have not done very well…

Source: ‘there’s no real assimilation’

Nothing that I offer my readers will change anyone’s mind….but hopefully they will read and try to understand the situation from one of knowledge…..

Terror Attacks–USA

I have done lots of research on terrorism…..I have attempted to help people understand the tactic as well as see what can be done….a monumental chore.

Americans have their opinions on terrorism….most of which are nothing more than emotional responses for the act.

I had previously wrote that the overall incidents of terrorism across the world are on the rise….the exception being the US….to be fair I had read another report from a think tank, Intel Center, has issued another point of view…..

According to their research terror attacks in the US are on the rise……keep in mind that this is a think tank and are paid for their research….

The number of jihadi terrorist attacks in the US is now at the highest it has ever been and is continuing to rise based on attacks tracked in the IntelCenter Database (ICD). The current rate of attack in 2016 is at one attack every 38 days. In 2016 there have been seven attacks as of 20 Sep., which nearly doubles the previous record of four attacks in 2015. Sixty-eight percent of attacks in the US since 2002 have occurred in the past four years.

Small arms and bladed weapons were the most common tactics, which was driven by a significant increase in inspired attacks. The rise in inspired attacks also resulted in a shift with 58% of attacks occurring in areas not previously thought to be at significant risk from terrorism. Military/Police and recreational sectors were the most frequently targeted with a more detailed breakout putting police personnel, military facilities and civilians the most at risk. New York had the most attacks during the period, however, the attacks were spread out over a total of 13 states.

Source: IntelCenter: Jihadi Terrorist Attacks in US at HIghest Level Ever, Continues to Rise

I must point out that the attacks in the US are mostly “lone wolf” attacks….meaning that they are not organized in the sense of say the 9/11 attack was organized and carried out.

IST tries to offer as many views on the research as possible…..even if it originates at a think tank that probably gets its funding from the M-IC….while I may find their findings a bit dubious they deserve to be heard…..(plus it will give my detractor some ammo to use when they visit not that they will notice)

Vintage Social Networking

My granddaughter visited and we had a great talk about social media and where it was likely to go.

Then we talked about the “social media” in my day….she found it all so humorous… is official…I am OLD!

We have come a long way….but I still use the old school times….my granddaughter did a cartoon of me standing along side a T-Rex….(she did make it clear that there was NO religious content to her ‘toon)……I will get even…..

Who Has A Lock On Patriotism?

My Sunday begins……I would like to post on a subject that is all the rage right now.

Like so many elections before….we have a wealth of nose pickers that think that unless you support their candidate then you are not patriotic.  These people always describe themselves as “true American patriots”.  Apparently if you are a “true American patriot” then you must hate brown skin people, believe that you have a lock on religion and must support a bigoted asshole like Trump.  And that if you are a Left leaning individual then you cannot be called a patriot…..and are a sub-par intellect.

“You’re not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.”

“Guard against the postures of pretended patriotism”…..George Washington  1796

Ever noticed that the “true American patriot” never served in the military or served but not in a combat position….but they know all about what it takes to be patriotic and/or a hero.  Wearing a uniform does not make one a hero

Thomas Paine called these people “Sunshine Patriots”…….

Ask yourself this….what would have been said a couple of decades ago if a presidential candidate had praised a Russian leader?  Or the same people that condemn the disrespect of our flag or national anthem and are the same people that support a yahoo that goes on Russian State TV and criticizes the US and its leadership.  Yet today the “patriots” are celebratong this person as some sort of hero for speaking his mind.

It is simplistic thinking like this that is the most dangerous to this country.

I have been debunking these tools for years here on IST with posts on patriotism…..

Source: Patriotism – In Saner Thought

Or this one……

Source: What Is Patriotism? – In Saner Thought

Now days if you oppose the hemlock offered by Trump then you are an “apologist” or worse “liberal scum”… Trump supporters the term is just a way to categorize people….they have NO idea what patriotism is all about……

It’s been called the last refuge of scoundrels. It is undeniably linked to “us-against-them” tribal impulses, rooted in emotion and often impervious to reason. It feeds nationalism and militarism, making it a potentially dangerous phenomenon in a world of modern weaponry. Yet patriotism—outward, vocal, and enthusiastic patriotism—is still considered a vital element in American politics, an aspect of our culture that we not only tolerate but encourage.

Patriotism shouldn’t be hostile, divisive, and uninformed

Source: Is American Patriotism Getting Out of Hand? | Psychology Today

To some people the term “patriot” is a dog whistle for bigotry.

Then there is the pathetic use of un-American…….anyone that has a problem with an issue and then acts on that issue…then they are un-American…..but yet gun toting dipsticks can take over a government installation and they are somehow preserving our freedoms….

The very same people that think an educated person is  somehow a danger to the country.

“Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world–and NEVER will”  Mark Twain 1885

I Cannot Support Donald Trump–HH

I will admit that Trump has said a few things that I can agree with……but his social and economic issues just suck.

But one thing that he has that I cannot tolerate is the support he has received from hate groups like KKK, Neo-Nazis, etc…..

With his many appeals to nativism, bigotry, and bitter discontent, Donald Trump has enthralled far-right extremists with his campaign for president. According to an investigation by Mother Jones and the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, since Trump officially announced his bid in June 2015 he has drawn effusive praise and formal backing from some of the country’s most virulent neo-Nazis, white supremacists, militia supporters, and other extremist leaders. They include the head of the American Nazi Party, three former Ku Klux Klansmen, four people involved in a recent armed standoff against federal authorities at an Oregon wildlife refuge, and at least 15 individuals affiliated with organizations described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as hate groups.

Trump has disavowed none of them.

Source: Meet the Horde of Neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and Other Extremist Leaders Endorsing Donald Trump | Mother Jones

He, Trump, may not be a fascist himself but he has the support of many of them and their representative bodies….our country has enough problems we really do not need these toads sniffing after our candidates.

These people have a right to their beliefs and the right to support whomever echoes their beliefs……but that does not mean that I must follow suit…..

I would NEVER knowingly support any candidate that has the endorsement of these groups….and that is why I could NEVER support Donald J. Trump.