Thursday, October 08, 2015

Rants & Raves

**Hillary Clinton is now against the trade bill she helped to formulate and promote while she was still secretary of state. The unions don't like it, Bernie probably doesn't like it, so between the unions and socialists (rock and a hard place) she just had to change. The unions carry the water even though they're dying on the vine, a shame because they can do some good things. Problem: They're as corrupt as management.

**NJ Governor Christie was talking tough this morning on TV...something about telling the Russians that either they bomb ISIS only or get out of Syria. He didn't say how they would be made to get out but, then, he has no military experience, so what else is new? Presidential candidates who talk war as glibly as that (or stupidly or whatever) need to be ignored via speech and ballot-box. Hillary called for a no-fly zone over Syria the other day, such zone now filled with Putin's helicopters and fighters. Obama reacted by saying there's a difference between running for president and being president. For once, he's right.

**The prez is slated to visit families of the recently slain in Roseburg, Oregon, Friday, meaning a trip that's almost completely cross-country—his kind of day to spend on Air Force One and get away from everything for a while. About as many folks are murdered each weekend in Chicago, his hometown, as were killed in Oregon, but he doesn't visit those families each weekend. But, then, Chicago is just a short hop, not worth the trouble. Hopefully, he won't tell the folks in Oregon that their loved ones were killed because of an eleven-minute film made by a mean American about Mohammad. Naw...he'll blame the whole thing on the NRA, the monsters, or Bush 41.

**University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino must be asking, “What's a poor coach to do these days?” The lady who just wrote the book detailing the sex orgies used at UL in one of its dormitories (a sort of publicly-financed frat house) to attract the best high-school athletes has put a huge crimp in the recruiting process. The gals were made available to even the fathers of the recruits for a little roll in the bedsheets, demeaning the boys' mothers, of course, but...hey... basketball is big in Kentucky. One wonders how many other universities do the same thing. Only the shadow knows, but some other folks might be crawling out of the woodwork soon, especially if profitable lawsuits are contemplated, as they might be by John Edwards-type lawyers out for a big caper.

**Christie said the other day that 300,000 have now died in Syria, but didn't say how he got that information, which may be nowhere near the truth. He also called for a no-fly zone (didn't say how to enforce it, as if Obama could or would...he's not that dumb), so as president he would say to Putin, “Bring it on.” Crazy! Trump says to let Putin destroy ISIS and just get out of the whole mess. That makes sense. Russia left Afghanistan in a shambles at the end of the 80s, and the U.S. is leaving Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan in a shambles currently. Do these politicians have any sense of history? No! The Middle East is a place to go to get a nation's nose bloodied, with nothing to show for its efforts but loss of life and treasure.

**Old Joe may get in the race pretty soon...or not. But, puh-l-e-e-z-z-e, Joe, don't say it's because your late son wanted you to do it. That may be good for the “highly sensitive” (politically correct warm-fuzzy-huggers), but not for anyone who thinks occasionally. You would be Obama's third term, as would Hillary, but U.S. citizens are becoming acclimated to the welfare state now so even Bernie Sanders would have a chance. With you in the mix, though, the looming democrat debate would be an even finer circus. So, don't say, “It ain't so,” Joe.

**ISIS honchos are more clever than a monkey. Whilst setting up the future world-ruling Caliphate in Iraq and Syria, they are driving all the Muslims possible into Europe to therefore extend the Caliphate to strong/rich/developed nations without firing a shot. Muslim women/men out-breed the Europeans by about 3:1, so there's the painless (except for the women) answer. France will be known as Little Algeria and Germany as Sharia-on-the-Rhine. They out-breed U.S. couples by about 2.5:1, so that's something to consider when 200,000 arrive, as Obama/Kerry would have it, though the newcomers might “evolve” (Obama's term) into trading having kids for the “good life,” as is the case in this country.

**FLASH! In the p.m. News, UL President Ramsey and Athletic Director Jurich appeared to say they are INVESTIGATING that evil stuff the woman wrote about. They did not appear with Coach Pitino to say all three were investigating, and Pitino also appeared by himself to caterwaul about the problem. Translation: The prexy and the AD have appointed themselves as the fox to investigate the hen-house, meaning that Ricky Babe is on his own and slated as the scapegoat. Ramsey knocked down a cool $1.67 million in income this year, while Jurich manages a yearly stipend of $1.41 million. These guys are not about to give that up. Of course, Pitino makes much let him take the heat and possible pink slip. Ramsey feuds with his board over his salary as a matter of course, so what else is new with the Card-house. Corruption, thy name is UL.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Monday, October 05, 2015

Univ. of Louisville Basketball

As Dirty as It Gets

So...a former stripper/prostitute who doubled as an apparatchik in the University of Louisville Athletics Department a few years ago has written a tell-all book about the perfidies of the wicked sports clambake and her equally wicked enhancement of them, even to the point of selling the bodies of her own daughters along with hers. This elicits a yawn/ho-hum if even more than a fraction of what she writes is true. Nothing new. The book has been thoroughly vetted.

The University of Louisville has been plagued for decades by shenanigans that would make decent people blush if they bothered to pay attention. The lurid actions noted in the book were designed apparently to lure high-schoolers to UL on fully paid scholarships to run fast, jump high, and knock the opponent senseless if possible, depending on the “sport.”

The basketball coach's drunken intimacy with a woman not his wife on a restaurant backroom floor a while back raised a few eyebrows not because it happened but because it got reported...vividly. Ho-hum. The woman later accused him of rape (charge went nowhere) and then tried unsuccessfully for extortion...wound up in jail.

The UL football coach was sacked at Arkansas a while back after sharing a motorcycle wreck with a woman not his wife—no one killed. By way of Western Kentucky University, he's now back at Louisville. The surprise is that he was ever fired, but Arkansas does have a lot of Baptists. In Bowling Green and Louisville, that's just par-for-the-course stuff.

You can see where this is going. Seducing teenage kids to the school by giving them stripper-shows and (for maybe a little extra charge to UL) a romp in the bedsheets with whoever is available was just common procedure. Predictably, alcohol (for minors?) played a large part in the sexual chaos/ecstasy. The basketball coach (same guy now as then) says he knew nothing about it and was SHOCKED to learn of it. Ho-hum. Recruiting is the name of the game and he's the recruiter-in-chief.

The period covered in the book was 2010-2014. The author is 43, so one wonders how old her three daughters and other girls were when all this enhanced recruiting took place. Were laws broken? If so, will the university ignore them perhaps like Penn State did a few years ago regarding a former coach's pedophilia, with some top Penn State officials severely punished (multiple charges and indictments) when their perfidy was outed? Not likely at Louisville, though if criminal activity was involved...maybe gangbusters.

The most recent pooh-bah involved, responsible for basketball operations (whatever that is), departed UL in 2014 to hire-on as a lowly assistant coach at a school nowhere near the rarefied sports strata occupied by UL . Why would he do that? Was he pushed? Who knew what when? The fun took place where most of the basketball players lived and the fun was shared by the recruits' fathers as well as UL players. Just one big happy orgy...and in a taxpayer-owned Playboy Mansion masquerading as a dormitory.

Since the most sought-after basketball athletes are black—also true at the University of Kentucky—this whole affair is a slam on African Americans...the notion that sex will attract when nothing else will. This implies that they mostly function on animal—rather than human—instincts. Build an athletic whorehouse and they'll come, and the dormitory-as-whorehouse remains open after they come, according to the author...disgusting!

Is UL an exception? The thinking here is that this goes on at most if not all major universities, with both the athletic gurus and coaches involved, just part of the game. Winning (all that matters + huge salaries) is not premised on actual coaching but on recruiting. At Kentucky, the recruit expects to be in school for only one year and then transported to basketball heaven, the NBA, his skills noted by the scouts during that year. The same is true to a lesser extent at UL. This minor-league system stinks and trivializes academics.

No UL employee is likely to be sacked, certainly not the basketball coach or athletic director. If anything substantive happens, it will have to do with girls being “used,” their ages being the determinant. That says it all concerning integrity in the corrupt sports-systems on the high-profile campuses, but if abuse of minors is determined, then look out! The sexual shenanigans can lead to prison.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Friday, October 02, 2015

Middle-East Exit-Time

Hands Off Civil Wars...Let Muslims Settle ISIS Problem

The view of republican presidential candidate Donald Trump may be the best regarding the dust-up among the UN, USA, Russia, Syria, ISIS and Iran, to wit, that the U.S. should just butt out now and leave the Russians and the Muslims to carry out the predictable carnage. At least, that's the way I read him though any politician or office-seeker is subject to an overnight change of mind.

The hawks like Senators McCain and Graham, both republicans, fear a loss of respect if that should happen, claiming that the militarily strongest nation in the world would be seen as waffling. The other candidates who share their view would do well to think twice before suggesting that the U.S. should become even more deeply involved than it is.

There are some ironies. President Obama told Syria President Assad to give up his office in 2011 and turn the country over to the “people.” He didn't identify the “people.” He told Libyan President Qaddafi to do the same, as well as Egyptian President Mubarak and Yemen President Saleh. None of them took him seriously although both Mubarak and Saleh did abdicate under the pressure of their own citizens.

Egypt immediately came under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood, featuring the barbaric Sharia Law as the governing instrument. Mubarak went to jail but has been completely exonerated, with his replacement, Mohammed Morsi (first democratically elected president) lasting only a year before he was ousted by the military and eventually sentenced to death. No Middle East nation—ruled viciously by the Islamic ayatollahs and mullahs—is capable of self-governance. This was found to be true in Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq, with actual elections held in the latter two, all completely meaningless.

Obama liquidated Qaddafi—took seven months in 2011 with civilian blood in the streets—but Assad demurred and continues to thumb his nose at the U.S., never mind that Obama set the infamous “red lines” that Assad ignored. Almost pushed completely into a corner by the hawks, Obama might have done something rash in Syria except that Russia's Putin acted as mediator, trading Assad's WMD for Obama's peace. I have a bridge for sale to anyone who believes that trade has been consummated.

Putin appreciates Syria as his outpost on the Mediterranean Sea and is now seeing to it that Assad stays in power, perhaps—or perhaps not, who knows?—under the guise of bombing ISIS into submission, thus hijacking the U.S air campaign against ISIS. Hopefully, the two air-forces will stay clear of each other but one never knows when the fatal incident will happen, like the assassination that triggered WWI in 1914.

Question: Does Putin have as much right to prop up Assad as Obama had in trying to remove him...or in the murder of Qaddafi? The stock answer is that Assad was killing his citizens by the thousands, though no one has a clue as to how many were actually wasted. The UN puts out figures but the UN has no credibility. The numbers of Syrian dead in 2011 rose so rapidly that one wonders if they were more propaganda than real though even one death is one too many. Thousands have died and thousands have fled but the Syrian “people” made the tragic mistake of uprising without either the military might or the leadership required to displace a stubborn chief-of-state, especially if he's an outnumbered member of a distinct minority and has a friend like Putin to furnish ammo and hardware.

Although he stated that he did not favor the action, Obama signed off on a $500 million plan to train 5,000 of the right Syrian “people” somewhere (Roosevelt's WWII Shangri-la?) to overthrow Assad. Fifty-four have actually been trained, with 50 of them now unaccounted for. The four “successes” sucked up $42 million worth of training, about $10 million per trainee. At that rate, 50 more “successes” can be realized with the remaining $458 million.

So...the U.S. is between a rock and a hard sand-dune. Trump may be right. Let the Muslims waste each other until there's a winner and then do business with the entity left standing. This means no more U.S. blood and treasure—especially blood—wasted in the Middle East, where all sides fight with materiel made in the good old U.S. of A. while U.S. citizens watch the scene on TV every evening.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Trump—Professor's Last Resort

Retired University of Kentucky professor Marty Solomon is a frequent columnist of the Lexington Herald-Leader, holding forth as the paper's resident socialist, though probably registered (assuming such) as a democrat or independent. He opened with this on 29 September: “For too long now, we have allowed lobbyists and special interests in America to control our politicians, buy their votes and even write the legislation that becomes laws.” How's that for something new?

After stating the obvious, he then goes down a list of things earning his disapproval that the evil lobbyists have pulled off, noting that the energy industry, for instance, invests $90 million a year in lobbying. He even accused Congress (a bunch of jihad-goons?) of disregarding human life at the behest of wicked lobbyists vis-a-vis the next elections. The lobbying culprit for this mayhem: the National Rifle Association, of course. In the president's hometown of Chicago, N-R-A stands for NO RIVALS ALIVE among the gang-bangers and other community organizers.

But I digress! The nation finally is seeing a candidate for the presidency that Solomon can support because the campaigner is not beholden to any PAC, lobby-group, or other special interest group. Solomon should just become a supporter of a financially pure office-seeker, who can afford to remain financially pure if elected—a totally free kind of guy—Donald Trump, who uses no one's money but his. The presumptive democrat candidate, Hillary Clinton, carries enough financial baggage to humble a railroad-boxcar and is the personification of insider-corruption.

Solomon mentioned the usual cure...term limits and new campaign finance laws...but dutifully adds that neither will ever happen. He then destroys his own argument by claiming that throwing out incumbents—the objective of term limits—might be like “throwing out the baby with the sewage.” Translated, this means that a 32-year democrat senator, with all that seniority, is too precious to lose.

To his credit, Solomon then suggested a “more surgical approach,” namely, discovering the voting records of the legislators (have them e-mailed for free, presumably) as one method, and provided a web-site for discovering a solon's top campaign contributors and amounts. He claimed that the appropriate bums could then be voted out of office, though he didn't mention that the successful office-seeker might be even more sewage-prone than the loser. So, that puts a voter back at square-one...PACs, interest groups, lobbyists masquerading as campaign gofers, etc.

Added to this is the fact that perhaps most voters just hit the “party-button” on the voting machine, come hell or high water, and figure that the risk is no greater that way than any other. Corruption is an equal opportunity fact of life in the U.S., sewage-bait knowing no favorites. Besides, the legislator, incumbent or wannabe, might be a political transgender, sort of like Vermont Senator Jeffords, who was elected as a republican in November 2000 but “evolved” (Obama's term) beyond cretin-republicanism two months later and handed the Senate to the democrats. That's dishonesty to the nth degree.

Add into the mix that nearly half of households pay no income taxes but vote hugely to try to determine how the money provided by the other half will be spent (or given away). These certainly are the party-button-pushers, so government is swinging toward the swingers—the socialists.

So...Solomon is stuck with the flamboyant Trump as the financially pure candidate, no questions asked. That might not be all bad since, without explaining how to pay for it, Trump insists that he would see to it that every American has healthcare, presumably side-stepping the whole issue of insurance companies. Trump has just released his tax program and Solomon is sure to despise it (hugely reduced taxes), but...hey, a voter can't have everything. Cut the guy some slack.

In the meantime, socialism is alive and well in the U.S. and is overtaking the system, no matter which party or individual wins.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Pope

CAVEAT ALERT: I'm not a Catholic but respect Catholics as fellow Christians and view the Pope as the spiritual authority for the worldwide Roman Catholic Church. Nothing here is to be taken as disrespect for the Pope or the Church. They are observations vis-a-vis my viewings of the Pope's activities on his U.S. visit.

I appreciate the Church's positions and the fact that the Pope must teach, protect, and even enforce them, no matter whether or not the rank-and-file pay attention and act accordingly. There's always been a question about the “infallibility” (incapable of error) of the Pope, since, despite his exalted position, he is just a person (to call him a man—the obvious—would be politically incorrect). Only God is infallible.

Right after his installation, Pope Francis said, regarding homosexual behavior, “Who am I to judge?” This made him a darling of the U.S. mainstream media, notwithstanding his church's stand on that subject, which is total intolerance, necessitating his backtracking that statement. Another Papal bone thrown to “sinners” was the recent announcement of a “year of mercy” December 2015-November 2016 wherein the “sin of abortion” will be forgiven, as if forgiveness can be granted by priests or the church. In any case, why not now instead of waiting for December?

President Obama, smiling (smirking) all the while, rubbed il Papa's face in sexual detritus by publicly inviting homosexuals and other sexual deviates to his grand reception for the Pope, as well as inviting former Episcopal Bishop Eugene Robinson, who married a woman, had two children, decided on divorce (anathema to Catholic dogma), adopted homosexuality, shacked up with a male “partner,” whom he later married (as if he could) and then divorced. This was Obama's penultimate insult, an insensitive trivializing of Pope and Church. Mohammad's ghost is still laughing at Obama's Papal beheading.

The Pope's emphasis was on help for the poor worldwide, meaning that developed nations such as the U.S. must “step up,” sort of divesting themselves of the good life and establishing that elusive “level playing field.” He doesn't understand that once that happens—capital/wealth destroyed—everyone becomes poor, with no further deliverance possible. He lectured the world (Congress?) about the evils of capitalism, the source of funds-for-relief, exhibiting ignorance of how it and socialism, his failed way, differ. He should check the second parable in Matthew 25 to get Christ's idea about capitalism/economics.

The colossal irony concerning the poor: The Pope—not God—was virtually deified—worshiped—as he made his way through the crowds in flowing robes, solid white while traveling, and, like multitudes of other church officials, in layers of colorful and expensive robes and strange head-wear for the Mass. The media folks were overwhelmed while describing the three-year $175 million renovation of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, its opulence for all to see. Repairs are one thing, excess quite another.

The supreme irony lay in the difference between the ministry in the U.S. of the Pope, amidst all the trappings of huge wealth, and that of Jesus Christ, who was a hunted man and fortunate to have clothes. The use of the small car was so transparently superficial as to be insulting. It's less than a hundred miles from New York City to Philadelphia—a short, quick helicopter ride—but the Pope (or somebody) rented a huge airliner for the trip, filling the atmosphere with toxic gasses and, like the helicopter, easily shot down by a Muslim with a shoulder-fired missile.

This introduces the Papal fear of climate-change, as if only he knows what the climate should be. He and Obama made common cause vis-a-vis stopping alleged man-made global warming when no warming has happened for nearly 20 years. Warming identified in the Arctic has been offset by temperatures in the Antarctic resulting in the highest volume of southern-ocean sea-ice ever recorded. Apparently, neither man—woefully out of his depth—knows that climatologists rate the year 1100 much warmer than 2015, with an ice-age following, or that climatologists warned in the 1970s that a cruel ice-age was about to follow the modern hottest-on-record decade, the 1930s. Man has nothing substantial to do with climate, though he can cause cleaner air.

The Pope was on target with his plea for the “least of these,” but disgust is felt at the virtual worship of the man. Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari tweeted that if he got close enough he would kiss the Pope's ring. That's sick. Pennsylvania Congressman Brady made off with the glass of water the Pope sipped during his speech in Congress, sipped it himself and made it available to others to stick their fingers in the “holy water” for a blessing. That's sick.

Sicker still has been the corruption, criminal pedophilia and rampant homosexuality in the priesthood (especially in the seminaries). The Pope lectured the bishops and seminarians decades after the fact. Hopefully, he will tend to the business and spirituality of the church and leave world politics and economics alone. I respect the Pope for being a religious leader but not a world politician.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Thursday, September 24, 2015

DNC Memorandum #18

From the office of the chairWOMAN 24 September 2015

***Listen up! Note: This appeared in a previous memorandum and is reproduced because of continued laxity: “The chairWOMAN is not happy with current efforts by young staffers (nearly everyone) to mentor young people regarding ACA. [Note: The term Obamacare is no longer in use. Never use it in any meetings except those involving people who can be expected to come up with big dollars. When in union meetings, avoid the subject altogether.] A check with the healthcare people (at least the ones who could be found—little joke there) has revealed that many staffers have elected to pay the fine instead of enrolling in a plan. This sets a bad example, so sign up, never mind if you're still on your parents' policies. Take responsibility.” This applies even if you can do five pushups, have a BMI in the low-20s, and have never been sick. In this regard, POTUS has promised to think again about enforcing the employer-mandate provision, hinting that he will do that on 20 January 2017 if his thinking evolves appropriately.

***In meetings this week, be especially respectful to the Pope (Catholic head honcho, for Harvard, Yale graduates who may not have heard of him), never mind that he might still be aligning himself with those wicked/insensitive evangelicals—especially Baptists—on the subjects of marriage, homosexuality and sex in general (exempting pedophilia, of course). POTUS has declared that the “new normal” now is homosexual and that he's evolving toward a new understanding of transgender-status as also normal, and has hired architects to redesign the White House bathroom configuration for homosexual activity, transgender comfort, and simply generic (for the straights and Qs [still searching for their sexual identities?]). In this regard, POTUS is asking the Rev. Jesse Jackson to change the logo of his clambake from the rainbow to something else and has insisted that “rain-bowing” the White House when SCOTUS had the same-sex epiphany was not a copyright infringement, since Noah started it a few thousand years ago.

***Even though he remarked her/his courage and even twittered same, the rumor that POTUS plans to award the Medal of Honor to Caitlin (nee Bruce) is patently untrue. As noted before, HHS is planning a homosexual manual for people who may not understand the sexual ecstasies connected to becoming the “new normal.” Former condom-queen Sandra Fluke will prepare a chapter on “safe government-supplied fun-and-games for all genders.” POTUS is planning to discontinue one military-medal (probably the bronze star) and replace it with a medal for bravery to be awarded anyone who comes out instead of being outed. For those protecting clothes from pin-holes, the medal will be configured to fit an ear-lobe, lower lip, or eyebrow, or as a necklace, whichever is preferred, and colored to match an appropriate tattoo in close proximity.

***I have heard giggling around the diet-enhanced, sugar-free, caffeine-free, calorie-free, taste-free, pork-free, beef-free, nicotine-free (unless POTUS lights up) and un-carbonated soft-drink/snack/vegan machines in the Bush dart-board area concerning the possible need of VPOTUS for speech- or anecdote-writers in case he decides to get in the race (third time a charm?), thus being rude and mean to a woman—not Bernie Sanders (for the same crowd mentioned above). WARNING! A possible jail-sentence awaits anyone who writes or says that Hillary Clinton is the first mainstream feminine-American who is articulate, and bright and clean. This is what VPOTUS said in 2007 about the first mainstream African American, referencing POTUS at the time. That was all in good fun then since VPOTUS was also running to be POTUS but, like then fellow-senator-loser Chris Dodd, made the fatal mistake of dodging the debate sponsored by the LGBTQ folks. Also, do not—REPEAT—do NOT go near a library or browser since you may be tempted to plagiarize someone else's speech, especially one of Irish extraction.

***POTUS plans a new executive order mandating updated enforceable tire-pressures on every kind of vehicle from baby-carriages to motorcycles to cars to trucks (even skateboards—little joke there), which means a new bureaucracy in the Transportation Department (job opportunity for crowd mentioned above) to handle on-site inspections. As already known, POTUS intends to change the climate before 2017, thus this activity is of extreme importance. There will also be regulations governing the kind, ply and usage of toilet tissue, the type and size of light bulbs (with smokeless candles an alternative), the flatulence of cattle and pigs (humans a bit later when people get used to the program and may be allowed to measure their own) and tobacco. For instance, a snuff-user can be arrested for spitting in a public place (baseball players exempted) or a smoker for dropping his/her butt on the ground. Staffers are encouraged to urge their friends to apply, though an applicant must have proof of accident insurance for obvious reasons. Being kicked by a cow or redneck snuffer is no laughing matter.

***POTUS is preparing to campaign for all democrats who are seeking or re-seeking office next year. To date, he has not been invited by any candidates but it's early in the game, though he will inform all candidates of his offer. Please contact the office-seekers in your respective states and urge them to apply early. Applicants must be able to supply extra security and guarantee that no one with pies, eggs, tomatoes or other objects for throwing purposes are allowed anywhere near POTUS.

***Currently, one of the two front-running candidates might be facing criminal charges (email ignorance no excuse) and the other believes everyone living comfortably should pay the government 90% of income, meaning that a tie-breaker, particularly a first-timer woman, might be needed, especially one 25 years younger than available options. So...keep that in mind as you accept my sincerest thanks for—I mean REALLY—doing such good, marvelous, fantastic, overwhelming—REALLY—great work.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Constitution vs. Sharia Law

Never the Twain Shall Meet

Republican candidate Dr. Carson has stirred the proverbial hornet's nest with his statement that he would be against a Muslim ever becoming president, though he probably has a lot of company in this country, especially in light of the worldwide atrocities being committed by Muslim jihadists in the name of their god, Allah, actually a figment of the imagination of Mohammad, an illiterate caravan-raider in the long ago. Carson's reasoning was that a Muslim president, instead of enforcing/upholding the U.S. Constitution, would attempt to make the inhumane Muslim “Sharia Law” the law of the land.

Freedom of religion is not the issue. American presidents of all faiths have sworn to uphold the Constitution, with their personal beliefs not a factor. Any Muslim in this country can freely practice his/her religion, though there are laws against polygamy, contrary to Sharia Law, which allows for a man to have four wives, though not for a woman to have four husbands. Actually, Mohammad had fourteen wives, one of them age ten.

The issue is seen clearly in the oath taken by Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison with his hand atop the Koran, the Muslim holy book in which are the directives, along with other writings, that infidels (everyone not a Muslim) at every opportunity are to be made to pay the tax (enslaved) or killed, except for Jews, who are to be killed only. Mohammad's recipe for the endgame is that the Dajjal (Muslim one-eyed, scar-faced warrior) will with his armies overcome the world and set up the eternal reign of the Twelfth Imam, who will then have the Dajjal assassinated, with all infidels enslaved or dead.

This is Ellison's belief, whether brought up in it or not. He, like many other African Americans, may be a convert. This surely is the belief of the Nation of Islam, headed by Louis (Calypso Louie) Farrakhan (nee Louis Eugene Walcott), the outfit deserted by Malcolm X when he discovered the infidelities of then-leader Elijah Muhammad. Malcolm left the NOI and was assassinated while making a speech. In 1984, Farrakhan and his friend, the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah (God damn America) Wright—Obama's mentor—traveled to Libya for a visit with Qaddafi. Memory says Farrakhan's purpose was to cadge a million bucks from the Libyan. Farrakhan returned to Libya in 1996 but was disallowed by the U.S. from accepting $1 billion from Qaddafi then.

President Obama, as all other presidents, took the oath of office with his hand resting on the Holy Bible, in which is not found a directive that Jews and Christians must at every opportunity gratuitously kill or enslave anyone, whether or not religious or atheistic. On U.S. currency as well as government buildings and documents are references to God—not Allah—as represented in the Bible. This involves faith (in God we trust) , loyalty, obeisance, and supplication concerning God while recognizing the separation of church and state. In Islam, the faith is the state, so an oath taken on the Koran is a repudiation—not an endorsement or upholding—of the Constitution. Ellison's oath was such a repudiation.

Whether or not by design, Carson has pointed to the number-one enemy of the world—Islam. ISIS is obsessed with establishing the Caliphate, the Islamic government it claims will rule the world through enslaving the infidels and is already entrenched (using U.S. weaponry abandoned by Iraqis) in its captured territory in Syria and Iraq and being spread through huge influxes of Muslims into Europe, especially Germany, France and Sweden. Many if not most of these people can be expected to do as their ayatollahs, imams and mullahs tell them, no matter how sanguinary the results.

In a press conference in Ohio on 22 September, Carson reiterated his position and called attention to the political-correctness craze in the country that inhibits folks from saying what they think. Carson said what he thought, let the chips fall where they may. No other candidates are likely to publicly agree with him, no matter how they feel. The super-tolerant elitists, whether of high or low esteem, will self-righteously castigate Carson as bigoted, biased, stupid, discriminatory and all the rest, including, as always in every disagreement, racist. He was being truthful, no matter the cost, and that counts for something.

And so it goes.
Jim Clark