The Pentagon has completed is 30 Day review of its ISIS strategy, and today will present that to the White House for consideration of future efforts against ISIS. The President has made it clear that he wants to spend more – much more – on the military. I think that is a good idea. We need the best and the most of it. The question is – what are we planning to do with it?
The Pentagon has made it clear that it wants another “Authorization for the Use of Military Force” to allow it to go after ISIS, full bore. Currently, we operate on the 2001 AUMF specifying that Al-Qaeda and its “affiliates” are the only legitimate targets. That seems to make the military nervous, as it is not crystal clear that ISIS is AQ.
Since 1973, really since 1950, the US has not declared war on any other nation. That covers four major wars (Korea, Vietnam, Gulf 1, GWOT) and countless other “uses of military force” without an actual Declaration of War. In fact, since 1945 the US Congress has declared that a state of war exists exactly zero times. Read the rest of this entry
There are actually nine candles on a Hanukkah Menorah. Why? Because somebody has to do the dirty work.
And when we look at the darkness around us, with newspaper articles both blaming the victims in San Bernadino and proclaiming that you love guns because you love slavery, it’s so easy to become jaded and forget our purpose and our goals.
But then there is that 9th candle, to remind us of the real ideas of Hanukkah: Rededication.
The story is, no doubt familiar to you, if not, then today I will recount the basic points to you. At it’s climactic moment, is the the small jar of oil, one day’s worth, for the rededication of the Temple, will burn not for a day, but for eight days and nights. Time is gained for the procurement of new and properly consecrated oil.
But when all is said and done, the Holy Temple – the building that Solomon built, but has been used for the past century as a garbage dump and as an altar to the Greek deity. Zeus, has been restored. It has been reclaimed for its true purpose.
The lesson should be clear to us today. In these dark times, against what seems to be insurmountable opposition, we can rededicate ourselves to the true purpose for which we have been called.
As we light each light, we can recommit ourselves, we can rededicate ourselves, to the cause of liberty.
One of the big mistakes that we in the western world make is to presume that the PLRI is one giant, monolithic, homogeneous group of people who all have the exact same values and interpretations of their Holy Scriptures. As it turns out, Islam has a great deal in common with another major world religion that also is not a giant, monolithic, homogeneous group of people who also do not all believe the same thing or interpret their Holy Scriptures the same way.
A small, relatively unknown sect of the PLRI is the Sufi, which believes that it is destined – by its actions – to bring about the return of Jesus and the end of the world. Everything they do, as it turns out, is dedicated to this aim – to bring about the end of the world. They know that according to their prophetic beliefs, all but a few thousand of them will die in the effort. Nevertheless, they are totally dedicated to the cause of bringing about the end of the world.
Unlike some claims of late, they ARE Islamic. They share many beliefs and many of the same interpretations as say, the Saudi’s. What sets them apart from the rest of the world of Islam, is their dedication to bringing about the end of the world. And – again – EVERYTHING that they do, serves that singular purpose. It makes no sense to anybody else, Christian, Jew or Muslim, if you don’t look at what they are doing through that single goal and purpose.
Christianity certainly has it’s “crazy” offshoots, and there is nothing in the world that will get people to change their own interpretation of their beliefs faster than being attacked.
So, you can call ISIL a “Zebra” all you want, it’s still Islamic in it’s nature, beliefs and actions. But that doesn’t mean that every Muslim is a Sufi, nor that every Christian is a “warrior.”
Other stuff that Dave won’t get to on the Show today:
The Chicago Bears played a game yesterday which they lost by exactly 2 points. In that game, the Bears received zero penalties, but benefited from 118 yards of penalties on their opponent, including 64 in the last five minutes of the game. Oddly enough, the Vegas line on the game was…. 2 points. Coincidence?
Meanwhile, Rams starting QB Case Keenum was hit in the head and obviously hurt, but was NOT removed from the game for a concussion protocol. On Monday night last, Bryon Hoyer was not hit in the head, had no obvious symptoms of a concussion and was removed from the game, three series after the alleged hit, for concussion protocols and did not return to a game in which his team was the underdog but proving to be better than the odds. The difference? Aside from Vegas odds, it is unlikely that anyone- or that at least very few people – started Case Keenum as their QB on DraftKings yesterday.
On Friday, 49er’s QB Colin Kapernick was placed on IR, his season, and presumably his career in San Francisco, over. You need to understand this – that doesn’t happen. Backup QB’s are NEVER placed on IR on Friday, when the game plan is already in and the equipment is packed for the trip to Seattle. It doesn’t happen. But as we learn later, by IRing, Cap, the 49ers ‘save” more than $1 Million in roster bonus they would have owed him. In other words, this was gigantic “F**K You, Colin Kapernick. we hate you!” to the guy who had them literally one play from the Super Bowl win and one play from the Super Bowl a second time. Look, I said it then and I still say that the 49er’s made a mistake in going to Cap and getting rid of Alex Smith. This type of QB play in the NFL never lasts and is ultimately almost never (save Seattle?) successful. It’s sand lot football and professionals don’t like to be shown up by kids. I still think that Cap has potential, but NOT as a QB, and NOT in San Francisco. The problem is, what is some team going to give SF in a trade for a guy that they know is NOT a fit for their offensive system? Very little would be my guess. Which is why kids should take notice here, $164 Million contracts, don’t mean much if you aren’t winning. Look for the Jets or the Eagles to pick him up…
Look, I love football and the especially the NFL. But there is a whole lot of hanky-panky going on when it comes to injury reports and how concussions are handled. Problems that have always excited, but with the rise of on-line gambling (especially fantasy football) have exposed these issues for what they are – potential areas where unscrupulous and dishonest people can make a lot of money from the unsuspecting fan. frankly, if you feel the need to gamble on the NFL, just send the money you were going to play with to me. You’ll come out the same, and I will put it to better use than they will.
The overall reaction to Friday’s show (one of the biggest downloads ever), has been generally positive. I want you to understand that I do not dislike Homeless people. I spent, as I said, much of my life working with and supporting and even befriending them. If I were honest with you I would even tell you that at one point in my life I dated a homeless gal. But that doesn’t mean that boorish and stupid behavior isn’t boorish and stupid. Mr. Schutnecht is a great example of that – he is homeless by choice and now he wants money for his choice. I continue to believe that if Cities would stand up to this type of shakedown, that the Courts might indeed find that they (the Cities) do have the right to limit obnoxious behavior, the kind demonstrated over and again by Mr. Schutnecht. Unfortunately, the system is such that it would be very expensive and time consuming to the Citizens, while the plaintiffs sit back and laugh their way through the case, knowing that even if they lose they have no accountability or responsibility for the costs.