Don’t Let Black Friday Create A Zombie Christmas

“Money, money, money! If Jesus came back and saw what’s going on in his name, he’d never stop throwing up.” — from Woody Allen’s 1986 movie, Hannah and Her Sister

On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the zombies took to the streets, cashing in on the best deals available to fulfill the true meaning of Christmas. In several instances, they created havoc and fear. This is Christmas in the 21st century. Rather than celebrating the birth of Christ, millions of people turn into prowling reptiles that stalk day and night in the rich hunting grounds of giant retailers like Wal-Mart.

We have been stripped of our humanity, at a time when we need to celebrate with family and God.

But there is a new god in town. It’s a primitive god that placates our pleasure centers and drives our unquenchable thirst to own and collect more, the tradition and spirit of Hanukkah and Christmas be damned.

The Seattle Times reported: “More than a dozen major U.S. retailers stayed open for 24 hours or more on Thanksgiving Day through Black Friday, and crowds formed early and often over the two days.”

As a result of stores opening early, multitudes lined up like zombies on Thanksgiving Day to feed on the deals first. Judy Espey proudly bragged to The Times that she snuck out during the family Thanksgiving dinner to nail a purchase at Wal-Mart near Clifton Park, N.Y. She paid $288 for a 50-inch flat-screen TV. That said, Espey admitted she doesn’t “really dig the Thanksgiving night thing.”

There’s no report on how Espey’s family felt about the aborted turkey dinner, but to hell with the hubby and kids. Zombie Judy has her TV! Best of all, she escaped the many fistfights, mass tramplings and, in the case of the video below, the use of a stun gun:

This year, Hanukkah began the day before Thanksgiving. It ends Thursday. In “Hanukkah, Christmas & Black Friday Presence,” Rabbi Baruch HaLevi wrote beautifully of his Hanukkah memories for The Huffington Post:

Thinking back upon my past 328 days of Hanukkah, I can only remember a handful of presents. There was the Atari (what a blessing), the Apple II (what a curse). I vaguely remember a Walkman, a Red Rider BB gun (or was that a movie) and for some odd reason Chia Pets embarrassingly ring a bell.

HaLevi wrote about something special that is lost in a world of zombie shoppers:

What our children, our grandchildren, our spouse, nieces, nephews, siblings, family and friends want, certainly what they need, is not only to show up to share stuff but to share soul, not just bearing gifts but bearing our heart, not merely presenting the presents but there, fully, consciously and lovingly presenting the ultimate present of presence.

Black Friday exemplifies why conservatives talk about family values and the accompanying love for God and family. The love we’ve had for each for more than 3,000 years — the love we share with our family and those we love even when they are far away — is being replaced by the blue-light special in aisle 13 in the electronics section.

The liberal progressives can laugh all they want about conservative longing for family values; but inside they must feel it, too. Because in the end, how we love and how we bear pain in others and in ourselves without complaint or malice are what is best in us — not a giant flat-screen TV, a BMW convertible or 48-foot motor home.

I know this to be true because there was a time when we owned a big house, two German cars and a cabin cruiser. The enjoyment that came from these things wasn’t in them but in how our young family was joyful with them. When my wife became incapacitated with pain from lupus for three years, I fell into a deep depression that lasted a decade. We had three great young children, and they suffered terribly because of my wife’s illness and my depression. No longer could our family enjoy our luxuries or anything else. It wouldn’t have mattered if our 27-foot boat was 47 feet or 87 feet. Over time, the enduring love of our children healed my wife and me.

Love, Not Gifts, Makes Christmas Special

I received one of my greatest Christmas gifts when I was 12. My father bought me a single-shot .22 rifle. What made it such a special gift is that he spent many hours teaching me to fire it. We practiced in our indoor range in the basement at our house and outdoors during the warmer months. He took pride as I improved. If he had just handed me a .22, that gift would have meant little.

It seems to me the greatest gifts are not something that can be bought at Wal-Mart, Nordstrom’s or Mercedes-Benz. The greatest gifts are laughter and love, and you don’t have to be rich to purchase them. They should come naturally. If they don’t, then all the cars, boats and vacation homes won’t fill that void.

Such thoughts are blasphemy to retailers. After all, “a diamond is forever.” According to marketers, only a diamond will tell her that you love her. The opposite is probably true. The great movie star Elizabeth Taylor died with one of the largest diamond collections of any private citizen. Late in her life, she confided that she had never really felt loved. I suspect screen star Marilyn Monroe felt very much the same way, and that is why she took her own life. Diamonds don’t tell people they are loved. People tell people they are loved. Or better yet, they demonstrate to people they are loved.

Yet the quest to buy and own more and more only accelerates. I heard one person actually say, “If I can just get that house, I will be truly happy.”

Yet in my life I have been more depressed and unhappy in the largest home we owned than in any apartment where love was present.

Don’t get me wrong. Money is a wonderful thing. It buys things like an education, opportunities and independence. It buys you wonderful little luxuries like vacations. Nobody wants to settle for hot dogs if they want a pork roast. Going to movies and being able to buy a book if you want makes all the difference in the quality of one’s life. It must be heartbreaking to see your child unable to have a basic bicycle when all his friends have one. But no child needs the best bike money can buy.

Case in point was when I was on the high school sophomore football team four decades ago. It was a mixed school, with many lower-middle-class kids and some ultra-rich kids. The first day of practice, a handsome blond kid announced to our team and coach he would be playing quarterback or he wouldn’t be playing at all. It turned out he wouldn’t be playing at all. Rumor had it that this was a big disappointment to him. So on his 16th birthday, his dad bought him a new 1975 red Chevrolet Corvette.

A year later, he was at a rich kid’s party and his girlfriend broke up with him. He drove his Corvette into the garage of the girlfriend’s parent’s house and poisoned himself with carbon monoxide as the party was still going on.

That boy didn’t need a Corvette. He needed understanding. And that’s not something you can buy on Black Friday or any other day.

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers

Knocked Out: Is America Becoming South Africa?

“They’re right. All those people who say it’s our job to just sit and watch people die. They’re right.” — Spoken by Taylor Kitsch in the role of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Kevin Carter in “The Bang Bang Club,” described by IMDB as “a drama based on the true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid in South Africa”

There is a new game spreading across urban America, my friends, and you cannot buy it from Nintendo. It’s called the “Knockout Game.” Caution: If you lose, it could cost you your life. But don’t expect the liberal media to report it. You see, it is perpetrated by blacks against whites. That kind of news simply doesn’t wash, especially under the Presidency of Barack Obama.

The game is not like chess. It comes down to human mechanics. Can a young man walk up on an unsuspecting stranger and knock him out cold with a single punch? It helps if the victim is old and an invalid. I am not sure whether there are bonus points for knocking out frail women over 70, but who knows?

Across New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia, black teens alone or in packs are being captured on video walking up to strangers on the street and sucker punching them as hard as they can. Robbery is not the motive — only a “clean” (think of the irony in that word) “knockout” of strangers whose only offence has been to walk down the street. The game has also been coined by inner city youths as “polar bear hunting” — a name that in itself indicates the color of the victims. The Knockout Game is becoming more popular and has spread to Illinois, Missouri and Massachusetts. Soon to be in a city near you?

News Blackout By The Liberal Media

I have not heard of such random and overt race violence since I spent time in South Africa at the very moment Nelson Mandela was being released from prison and the black majority was expecting him — a man who would not renounce violence — to ascend to the presidency of South Africa.

Fast-forward 23 years. In Brooklyn, the spread of gang violence has been captured over and over again. At least it has been recognized by Councilman David Greenfield, who said the victims rage in age between 12 and 78 years old. You don’t have to be an expert to figure that these teens prey upon people the way hyenas stalk the sick and weak gazelle.

At least New York is trying to protect its people with increased police presence and a new bill that would allow Knockout Game players to face up to 25 years in prison.

Yet don’t expect the mainstream media to report a word of it. They are too busy reporting on the latest happenings regarding George Zimmerman or any incident of white-on-black violence. News anchors like Anderson Cooper at CNN and others like Krystal Ball and Al Sharpton at MSNBC will never report such a story. Yet a few brave souls are willing to stand up to the liberals and their black agenda. That small group includes Greta Van Susteren, who wrote last week:

Do you know what is going on? That is young African-American teenagers viciously and gratuitously attacking a random victim, a teacher, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Now, this violent act is what the teens where this is happening laughingly call “The Knockout Game.”

I beg of Reverend Jesse Jackson, Reverend Al Sharpton and even President Obama to step up right now and speak out. Your silence will speak volumes, but your voice could make a big difference. Don’t wait. Be leaders, they need you. We need you.

Can Van Susteren expect honesty on what is happening regarding race violence from Jackson, Sharpton or Obama — three men who seem more committed to stirring it up rather than reducing its incidence? Of course not. Jackson is becoming irrelevant, while Sharpton plays the fool each weekday during his hour-long rants on MSNBC that attack what he calls the “white establishment.”

The far greater and more sinister threat to race relations in America is being carried out by Obama. He inserts himself each time a wrong is done to a black by a white, but he remains stone silent regarding black-on-black and black-on-white violence. It is Obama’s reach, politics and personal grievances against white people that shape his Presidency and, thus, threaten our safety and liberty.

How can we be surprised? Obama’s hero is Mandela, a man who refused to renounce violence. I wrote about it in Obama Condemns Slavery, Then Celebrates The Life Of Terrorist Nelson Mandela. I spoke of my month spent traveling throughout South Africa in 1990. That was the same month Mandela was waiting his release from prison and was on his meteoric rise to the presidency of South Africa. It was a time when black resentments planted by Mandela’s Marxist African National Congress (ANC) had taken root, and there was murderous black violence against other blacks and large numbers of whites.

One night, my uncle and I strayed a few blocks past our hotel in downtown Johannesburg. Two policemen with submachine guns came upon us in disbelief and asked what the heck we were doing outside of our hotel at night. They said there was a good chance that such a stroll could end our lives, and then they escorted us back to our hotel. I remember that — as an American who had lived only in Spokane, Wash., and in Calgary, Canada — I was completely shaken.

Today, South Africa is one of the most violent countries in the world. Instead of the black utopia that Mandela promised, 50 South Africans are murdered every day. Whites live and work behind barricaded walls protected by armed guards.

Protecting Yourself In Obama’s America

After I returned from South Africa, I took up self-defense training and boxing. (Today, it would be called mixed martial arts.) I had an instructor, Matt David, who was a black belt in karate and a former California Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion. David was an imposing man who more than once accidentally knocked me out cold while sparring, and he could throw me across the judo mats like a rag doll (not an easy feat because in those days I weighed more than 200 pounds). You might think a man like David and the presence he carried would be all the protection he needed. David didn’t think so. When outside his gym, he always carried his Glock on his hip.

I cannot say what David needed to feel safe. That was his personal decision and his 2nd Amendment right. What I can say is that many parts of America are far more dangerous than what Spokane was 20 years ago. And while I have never met a more capable person of defending himself without a firearm than David, his No. 1 rule for personal safety was not to carry a sidearm. It was to not be in a place where you need one.

What is tragic is that in America there is getting to be fewer and fewer such places, and we can’t even count on our leaders or their mainstream media to inform us where it is safe and where it is not safe. To do that would state the obvious: that America is becoming a less safe place by the month just as it was in South Africa two decades ago.

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers

P.S.: The South African Airways 747 we flew to South Africa was completely empty. On our return flight to London, every seat was taken, mostly by whites who were permanently leaving the country.

P.S.S.: The experience I had in South Africa and the violent meltdown are captured in the book The Bang Bang Club by Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva and in the 2010 movie of the same name.

Who Killed Kennedy And Why He Had To Die

“One pristine bullet? That dog don’t hunt!” — Senator Russell Long, as portrayed by Walter Matthau in Oliver Stone’s 1991 movie “JFK”

This Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It also represents a breaking point for all Americans. Either you were old enough to remember one of the worst events in American history, or you weren’t. I just turned 56, so I was just 6 years old and I remember it like it was yesterday. A children’s TV program was on, my favorite part of my morning, and it was interrupted by the news from Dallas. My mother overheard it, and she shrieked and began to sob. At 6, you don’t understand events; but you understand when your mother is upset.

I even remember later that evening when the family went for dinner. It was the first time I had ever tasted pizza, and I remember my brother was stoic but my mother and my sister were crying.

Over the following decades, my father and my uncle were always discussing who killed Kennedy. Big deal, you might think. Masses of others were, and remain, fixated on that question. But what made my dad, Vernon, and his brother, Dick, special was not only that they were both intelligent and successful men, but they were also expert marksmen who hunted big game in North America and in Africa. My dad told me that with his then-state-of-the-art bolt-action rifle, a 300 Weatherby Magnum, he was fortunate to fatally strike a charging elephant with a single shot that felled the animal 50 steps from where he stood.

They spent time after the assassination at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. Their conclusion that the three fatal shots that the Warren Commission pinned on Lee Harvey Oswald and his $13 rifle were next to impossible. This, above all the other improbable events (notably, the subsequent assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald), left both my dad and my uncle believing to their dying days that there was a second gunman.

Is It Possible BHO Serves The BHO?

Is it possible that President Barack Hussein Obama is nothing more than a pawn of the Black Helicopter Organization — a powerful, global government? It seems more likely that than the official explanation on the Kennedy assassination.

Many well-meaning Americans are calling for a third major political party. Few consider that since Kennedy’s death, there really has been only one party in the White House. This explains why Presidents such as Republican Richard Nixon prosecuted the Vietnam War the same way as his Democratic predecessor Lyndon B. Johnson, and why Democratic President Obama’s Mideast war machine is a continuation of Republican President George W. Bush’s. They are all members of The Presidents Club and all work for a higher authority than themselves or the government we think we elect to represent us.

Kennedy was independent — a President who rejected the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s directions during both the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Kennedy told two of his closest confidants, Ken O’Donnell and Dave Powers: “They couldn’t believe that a new President like me wouldn’t panic and try to save his own face. Well, they had me figured all wrong.”

More importantly, Kennedy was giving serious consideration to ending involvement in Vietnam because he believed it was a lost cause. His predecessor, Dwight D. Eisenhower, has said this on Jan. 17, 1961, 1,039 days before Kennedy’s murder:

Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of ploughshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions.

CNN debuted a special about the killing of Kennedy. Ironically, the main sponsor of “The Assassination of President Kennedy” was Lockheed Martin, one of the largest members of the military-industrial complex. My question is: Had Kennedy lived, would Lockheed Martin even exist? And if it did, how big would it be? As Deep Throat famously says in the 1976 film “All the President’s Men” about another President who, like Obama, was also an infamous liar, “Follow the money.”

The Lockheed Martin F-35 is an astonishing tactical fighter and interceptor, perfectly designed to shoot down Soviet bombers that once carried huge nuclear payloads to the edge of American airspace. But their efficacy in fighting clandestine Islamic terrorist organizations is almost nil. Still, they will fly the friendly skies six years late, in 2019, at a price of $161 million apiece.

The development of such an airplane along with America’s bloated military budgets were impossible before the coup d’état that launched the Presidency of Lyndon Johnson. Yet 50 years later, the military-industrial complex is more influential and powerful under Obama.

For half a century, Presidents have made boldfaced lies (from the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which launched the Vietnam War, to fresh revelations that Obama blatantly lied about Obamacare). They only further cement the power and wealth of the ruling elite, who garner ever greater control of our Nation as they shred our Constitution.

Things have become progressively worse for America since Johnson took the oath of office aboard Air Force One in Dallas. The past 50 years have been evolution in reverse; good leaders have mutated into cavemen with little less than greed and lust.

My birthday last week reminded me that I am on the downside to 60 and that, before long, few Americans will have firsthand memories of Eisenhower’s warning or Kennedy’s assassination. What they will remember is Presidents like Bill Clinton and Obama, who so easily lied and got away with it.

To borrow from T.S. Elliot: This is the way America ends. Not with a bang but a whimper.

The sound of the shots fired by two rifles 50 years ago Friday in Dallas are an echo that reverberates today.

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers

P.S. If you remember where you were and how you felt when you learned President John F. Kennedy had been shot, please share your memories. We live in remarkable times, and remembering the past is critical to finding a way through this fog to a better and more prosperous future.

Crack, Lies And Videotape

“Lyndon Johnson is a politician. You know the ethics those guys have. It’s like a notch underneath child molester.” — Woody Allen as Alvy Singer in the 1977 Academy Award-winning film “Annie Hall”

I remember growing up and learning about “Honest Abe” Lincoln and George Washington, who, according to my teacher, said: “I cannot tell a lie; I did it with my little hatchet.”

Times certainly have changed, because lying is all politicians do these days. Finding a successful and truthful politician is like finding a reputable lawyer.

I have no choice but to apologize to President Barack Obama for last week’s column, The Liar King. I said that Obama’s gift for lying had made him a terrible President. This past week, I have had an epiphany: Obama’s gift at lying has made him the consummate politician and, in time, will make him a beloved former President (not to me or most of you of course, but just wait and see how many schools, bridges and roads get named after him).

I came to my senses last week when it was revealed that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has totally lost his. It was a Canadian story back in May. It was said that Ford, mayor of the fourth-largest city in North America with an economy equal to the size of Sweden’s, had been caught on video smoking crack cocaine. The popular mayor said it was all made up by the media and that he had never, ever smoked crack.

It became an international story and the centerpiece of late-night comedians when this month the Toronto chief of police announced that his department had come into possession of the video, which clearly showed the mayor was smoking crack cocaine in a glass pipe.

To counter that charge, Ford said he was going to come “clean” and that, yes, in fact, he was smoking crack in the video.

“Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine,” Ford told reporters last week, offering an honest explanation, “probably in one of my drunken stupors.”

You might think the mayor would be pulled down the steps of city hall, tarred, feathered and run out on a rail. To the contrary, his poll numbers actually soared by five points from a 39 percent to a 44 percent approval rating. I wish I were clever enough to make up this kind of story, but I am not.

The inclination is to think that if people like you more because you admit to smoking crack, they, too, are probably all smoking crack. But I can tell you Toronto is a world-class city. Like all big cities, it has a crack problem; it is just that theirs is in the seat of power at City Hall. And people don’t seem to care that not only is the mayor a drunk and a drug user but that he is also a liar. In fact, he is heavily favored to win his re-election bid. Stupid Canadians, hey? I won’t argue that, but just how much smarter are people south of the 49th parallel?

Bill Clinton lied under oath. To this day I cannot believe that he was not removed from office because of that. Republican or Democrat, lying under oath is perjury. (And I’ve checked; there is no fine print in the law that says the law does not apply if it is about sex.)

It is so hard to choose favorites. I mean, there is former Vice-Presidential candidate John Edwards. It is true that he was a special case and not forgiven, but that was mostly because his dying wife did not forgive him. If she had not been ill and she had done a Hillary Clinton, I am sure Edwards would be in political office. Who knows? He might have had a successful presidential run in 2016.

And who can forget Mark Sanford? You might think voters would have told the Governor of South Carolina to take a hike after he lied about his hike and simply disappeared for six days back in June 2009. Instead, he was elected to Congress in a special election six months ago.

What Sanford did was a tad worse than calling in sick. He told his staff that he would be walking along the Appalachian Trail. He ignored 15 phone calls from his chief of staff and did not call his four sons on Father’s Day.

While his security detail was running around looking for the Governor afraid he had fallen off a cliff, Sanford was busy wining and dining his girlfriend in Argentina on a secret trip he took using public funds. As you might imagine, the now former Mrs. Sanford didn’t like being lied to. Yet people of South Carolina seem to have forgiven Sanford given that his girlfriend — Maria Belen Chapur, with a degree in “international relations” — is according to Sanford, his “soul mate.” Maybe it is because the public no longer minds electing cheats and liars that Sanford’s indiscretion has been swept under the rug.

This brings me back to Bill Clinton, a man whose dying ambition is to serve as President or at least co-President for another eight years. Given Hillary’s whirlwind California tour this past weekend, Bill may very well get his wish.

During his 1992 Presidential bid, Hillary told “60 Minutes,” “If you elect Bill, you get me.” It will be vice versa. If Hillary and Bill manage to win the Presidency in four years, it will be upon the back of one lie after another. And who will we have to blame for that? No one but ourselves.

As H.L. Mencken said, “People deserve the government they get, and they deserve to get it good and hard.”

But how could an honest politician — if even one still existed — become President of the United States? It is impossible, because he would have to admit to truths very few people want to consider, such as the truth that the national debt has soared so far out of control that massive spending cuts must be made, the truth that America’s military is stretched beyond its limits and the United States can no longer afford to be the world’s beat cop, or  this whopper of a truth: that the U.S. dollar is in jeopardy of collapsing because paying bills has come down to nothing more than the Federal Reserve’s acting worse than a Latin dictator.

If a potential candidate even hinted at these truths, the Dow Jones industrial average would fall by more than 1,000 points in less than an hour. It’s far better to fill up people with lies and, once caught, deep apologies. It’s far better to smoke the crack and then let people swallow the opiate for the masses — important issues of the day such as whether Bruce Jenner is keeping up with the Kardashians? Or who is the favorite to win the Super Bowl? Or this one, which has the attention of millions of people: What is the true relationship between Miami Dolphin players Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito? Along the way, we will get other stories from the press like how one politician after another lied to us and how they are now truly sorry plus how they are getting help with their problems. What we need to figure out is that it is these politicians that are the problem.

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers 

The Liar King

“So it is with a heavy heart that I assume the throne. Yet, out of the ashes of this tragedy, we shall rise to greet the dawning of a new era… in which lion and hyena come together, in a great and glorious future!” — Scar, the usurper in the 2004 Disney classic, “The Lion King”

My late mother used to say, “You can trust a thief, but you can’t trust a liar.” If President Barack Obama has proven anything over these five years of his insufferable Presidency, it is that he is a liar. Given the regal regard that he has for himself and his court (Administration), Obama is the Liar King. He was probably born in Africa, just as the character Scar. And like him, Obama has evil intentions on remaking the land he governs.

Recently, two of Obama’s biggest and boldest lies have fallen under a spotlight.

The Benghazi Attack

We know now more than ever that Obama lied about this attack after the Oct. 27 “60 Minutes” program. Interviewer Lara Logan sat down with insiders who confirmed that the bloody attack on the U.S. Consulate was a carefully planned al-Qaida terrorist operation — not a spontaneous event triggered by a YouTube video, as the Obama Administration had claimed. Chris Farrell, a member of Judicial Watch, which is suing for records of the Benghazi, Libya, attack, told OneNewsNow: “This 60 Minutes segment really stripped away all the doubletalk and outright lies,  It completely disassembles the Obama administration’s cover story, their lie about what they were doing.”

Obamacare

On this one, the President cannot hide behind the pantsuit of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or spread the blame as he has done with Benghazi. On this, the President let his titanic ego outweigh political caution.

On June 15, 2009, Obama said:

That means that no matter how we reform healthcare, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your healthcare plan, you’ll be able to keep your healthcare plan. Period. No one will take it away, no matter what.

Obama knew then that he was flat-out lying. He was lying to a Nation coming out of an economic collapse. He was lying to a tired and worried people, telling them that he was Santa Claus and that he would provide all the medical coverage they needed while cutting the national debt at the same time. Both were flat-out lies, and he knew it.

Of course he had a special reason to lie to the American public. It made him look good, and it would give him the progressive legacy that his ego so demands.

“If Obama could succeed where Truman, Johnson, Clinton and both Roosevelts failed, some officials contended he would have a historic legacy. He would accomplish a goal that the progressives had dreamed of, debated for, and demanded for more than a century. He would be the greatest progressive in American history. He would forever be the one who got it done,” wrote Richard Minter in his book, Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him.

To accomplish this, he had to become an adroit liar. It seems to come naturally to Obama — lying about his birthplace, lying to get into the best collages, lying to win the Presidency and even lying about his religious faith.

Last week, Bob Barr condensed Obama’s lies for Townhall under the headline, “Barack Obama: America’s Commander-in-Deceit”:

Obama lied about Black Panther voter intimidation in Philadelphia. He lied about his Administration’s role in “Operation Fast and Furious.” He lied about using the Department of Justice to intimidate journalists. He lied about NSA wiretapping. He lied about using drone strikes to kill American citizens overseas.

Then there is one of my favorites because it was so easy to spot. While in Africa in June, Obama said that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was not a priority in his mind and that he wouldn’t be “wheeling and dealing” to get Snowden extradited back to the United States.

When I heard Obama say that on the nightly news, I turned to my wife and said, “He’s lying!” Sure enough, in early August, Obama was so outraged that Snowden was granted asylum in Russia that he canceled a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

By The Time America Wakes Up To The Truth, It May Be Too Late

Bob Woodward, the greatest reporter of his generation and the man that helped bring down Republican President Richard Nixon understands politicians and their lies. According to Woodward, who has been accused of being a “liberal icon,” the White House is a nest of lies and the apex of the Obama Administration’s “secret world” operates with impunity and outside the rule of law. Woodward, who has spent more than six years covering candidate and President Obama, concludes that Obama has created a cabal whose authority comes from “concealment and lies.”

So far, I’ve touched on only the lies we know. Yet if experience tells us that if a person will lie about some things, he will probably lie about a great many things — especially if it has been so rewarding to do so.

I believe this to be the truth: Obama is a fraud born in Kenya and protected by progressives and the mainstream media because he is the first black President. I believe Obama is determined to inject Islam and its Marxist tenants into America the way Adolf Hitler infected Germany with National Socialism. I believe Obama will use further lies to accomplish his egomaniacal goals, which may include remaining President beyond 2016.

If I sound deranged, read history. Some of the best and brightest of the 1930s, men like Joseph Kennedy and Charles Lindbergh, were convinced Hitler was an ideal leader for a new and progressive Germany. What hundreds of millions of people did not realize was the evil inherent in a dictator who was first democratically elected.

America is going through a tragedy right now, the kind that Shakespeare wrote. I could have referenced one of his plays, “Macbeth” perhaps. Yet I have always found Shakespeare too highbrow for my taste.  What makes Disney stupendous at storytelling is the way it distills Shakespeare to an easy essence and then gives it a happy ending. I write to you today also wanting a happy ending for a great people who deserve it: Americans who have been deceived by this president, by this Liar King.

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers

The Cowards Of Congress

“If you win, you win. If you lose, you still win.”–Joey LaMotta, from the 1980 Martin Scorsese movie “Raging Bull”

Last Wednesday, the Republican Party caved to the government shutdown and the policies of President Barack Obama. It was not because the Republicans realized that holding out against Obamacare might endanger the Nation. It was not because an imminent default was hours away that would do irreparable harm to America. It was because of their poll numbers. It was because they wanted to save their sorry political careers, during which most Republicans have stood for nothing other than themselves.

You might think that the focus of mainstream Republicans would be Obama, who has yet to pass a budget. Instead, their outrage was against Republican Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah. As far as old-school Republicans are concerned, those two precipitated the crises with their demands that the Affordable Care Act be defunded.

“He’s the one who got us into this. He had no strategy. And it caused us to waste 16 days and get ourselves killed in the polls,” Representative Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) said of Cruz. “All for a guy who was fraudulent from the start.”

Fraudulent? You might think that King would consider that Obama is the fraud. It was Obama who promised to control spending and then sent American debt spinning out of control. It was Obama who promised a better America but after his 2008 election was hell-bent on installing his socialist ideals, of which Obamacare is his crown jewel.

Sarcastically, Senator Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) stated Republicans’ poll “numbers have gone down, Obamacare’s somehow mysteriously have gone up. And other than that, this has been great.”

Oh, no! Not the poll numbers, Senator Graham! If this keeps up, you might have to find another job. Wouldn’t that be tragic? As for Cruz, a man born in Calgary, Canada, just as I was, he is no hero either. He put on a 21-hour marathon in the Senate. Yet in the end, he crumbled. There is no courage in what Cruz did. When you prepare and are finally called to go to the mat, you don’t back down — not if you have a modicum of courage. Instead, Cruz’s actions are just one more example of Republicans who in the end believe that their political career is more important than standing up for principals, more important than putting oneself on the line for something bigger than oneself. That is courage.

Going To The Mat

Courage is so easily bandied about these days. But really what is courage? I know of only a few fleeting times in my life when I have had courage. So many of my bad decisions in life were influenced by my cowardice, taking the easy way out. But from these many cowardly acts manifested a legitimate moment of courage.

I was a fat child with asthma growing up. Unlike my best friend, I didn’t have a big brother to take care of me. I took many beatings at a tough school before I outgrew my physical limitations. When our first child, a boy, was born, I was determined he would not be a victim as I had been.

One of the toughest sections in Spokane, Wash., is along Sprague Street, where the Lilac City Boxing Club was. Against my wife’s protestations, I signed up my son. At 9 years old, he was the youngest and least experienced boy there.

I was at every practice with him. Afterward, I would critique what he had done, mostly regarding the full contact sparring he had to do against older boys. One evening, as I was giving him my opinions, he said: “If you think it is so easy, why don’t you try it?”

So for the next three years, in my mid-30s, I toiled along with him and his younger brother at a real boxing gym with real coaches, real training and real sparring, including the rounds against U.S. National Champion and world-ranked cruiserweight Frank Vassar.

When I was 36 years old, the team’s head coach, Dan Vassar, told me I was getting hit too much and that I had one last chance to have a fight on my boxing card. I traveled with the team to Yakima, Wash., for the annual Golden Gloves competition. By then, my eldest boy had already qualified as a 13-year-old to compete in the U.S. Jr. Nationals in Kansas City, Mo., where I knew he would face inner-city kids from big cities around the country. I had something I wanted to prove to him and to myself.

I ended up fighting a 52-year-old. No problem, right? So I thought before the weigh-in. Then I saw him. I was scared to death. This “old guy” was a monster, standing 6 feet 7 inches and weighing 270 pounds (against my 5 feet 11 inches and 205 pounds). I was sweating like I was in a rainforest before the fight started. I said to my coach, “Who is this guy!?”

“Oh, don’t worry, he’s nobody.”

I can tell you, Mr. Nobody punched like a mule kicks. After the first round, my head had been slammed back so many times I felt like Gumby. Between rounds, I said to my coach: “Seriously, who is this guy?” Only then was I told that the guy I was fighting was the 1972 U.S. Combined Armed Forces Super Heavyweight Champion. I slowly calculated that this guy was once a champion of a 3 million-man army.

In the second round, things got worse. At the end of it, I came back to my corner beaten and bloody. My eyes were already swelling shut, but I could still see my coach was reaching to the back of his sweatpants to where he tucked his infamous “white towel.” Any boxer will tell you he dreads the white towel.

I told my coach: “Don’t you dare! I’m going to finish this fight.”

In the third round, I took standing eight-count from the referee but finished the fight on my feet. I was beaten and bruised, but very happy. I had overcome my fears, and I had set a good example for my son. I had won something even though I had lost.

The Gutless Generation

I believe I was a better father because I did get my nose bloody. I didn’t just sit back in the stands and criticize.

But sitting back is exactly what our political leaders do these days. They talk a good game but won’t do anything if it will cost them politically.

It has not always been this way. Seventy years ago, when America was great, we were led by “the greatest generation.” My hero from that era is Teddy Roosevelt — not President Theodore Roosevelt but his eldest son, Brig. Gen. Theodore “Ted” Roosevelt III. He was the most senior officer to hit the beaches on D-Day in Normandy. He was rich, powerful and fought like hell just for the right to lead men into combat.

In his book The Guns at Last Light, Rick Atkinson provided a description of Roosevelt on June 6, 1944, who hit Utah Beach at age 56 and having to walk with a cane. Crossing the English Channel, an exasperated aid complained that he had given the general three lifejackets and that he had lost them all.

“I’ve got my pistol, one clip of ammunition, and my walking cane,” he announced in his foghorn bass.  “That’s all I expect to need.”

Years earlier, he was “sacked toward the end of the Sicilian campaign.” In an attempt to get another leadership assignment, he wrote:

“As long as I can fight in the front lines I’ve still got manhood.”  After pestering Eisenhower’s chief of staff, Beetle Smith, he asked to petition George Marshall, reasoning that it was “all right to pull strings… if what you wanted was a more dangerous job than the one you had.”

Roosevelt’s persistence paid off, and he went on to lead the Utah assault.

Compare his actions to those of former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, who used every available means to dodge combat during the Vietnam War.

The German general who opposed Roosevelt that day was Erich Marcks. When warned by his general staff not to approach the Normandy Beach because it was too dangerous, he said: “You people are always worried about your little piece of life.”

In a few weeks, both Roosevelt and Marcks had perished. They, like so many men of their generation, were men of courage. Those are two qualities lost in the halls of Congress and the White House.

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers

Writer’s note: In no way am I comparing my boxing to the courage of the young men and women that enlist and proudly serve in the U.S. armed forces.

The President Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest

“Don’t call me crazy. I’m a survivor. I do what I have to do to survive.” — From the novel The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

President Barack Obama has done more to inspire ill will against the United States than any President in history. Perhaps it is because he is so lacking in charisma. Perhaps it is because he continues to intervene in the Mideast with helter-skelter policies. Most likely it is because of the tangible disappointment that has followed in the wake of his Presidency, which has left hundreds of millions of people questioning whether America is a desperate and crumbling empire.

It is Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize winner who has overseen an unmitigated disaster in the Mideast. It is Obama, the President who bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia and who has been an apologist for Islam, even as he has tripled down on America’s use of killer drones. And it is Obama, who was hell-bent on war with Syria one week and then the next week did diplomatic somersaults to please Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

So far, Obama’s charm is not spilling over after his 15-minute phone call to Rouhani. Reportedly, Rouhani’s administration wants to eliminate the “Death to America” chant from at least from official ceremonies, but faces opposition from the public.

It seems strange that Obama is open to negotiations with Islamic terrorists who hate America but refuses to negotiate with Republicans who love America. It almost seems downright un-American.

But I have to defend Obama on one point: He is consistent. It is not just millions of Americans who despise him because of his domestic policies. (What policy besides Obamacare?) It is also hundreds of millions of people around the world who despise him and, therefore, America because of his schizophrenia: his Kenyan-taught anti-Colonial sympathies that strangely coexist with his Pax Americana ambitions shared with neoconservatives.

On Oct. 11, Global Research reported:

Obama’s rhetorical exercise in “peace talk” at the United Nations General Assembly impressed few delegations and even fewer Americans: Far more eloquent are his five years of wars, military interventions, cyber-spying, drone murders, military coups and the merciless prosecution of patriotic truth tellers.

If his “peace message” fell flat, the explicit affirmations of imperial prerogatives, threats of military interventions and over two dozen (25) references to Israel as a “strategic ally,” confirmed the suspicions and fears that Obama was preparing for even more deadly wars.

The headline is revealing: “Obama’s Double Discourse: Talking Peace While Making War.”

In March, Gallup World reported that America’s image under Obama has consistently fallen since he was first sworn into office. Gallup’s poll concluded that even in Africa, where U.S. leadership enjoyed the most support, the number of people who disapprove of American leadership almost doubled between 2009 and 2012, from 11 percent to 19 percent.

Multitudes around the world hate Obama and, thus, America because the President falsely represented his objectives when he claimed that he wanted to cement peace around the world. Instead, Obama has spent billions of dollars that the Nation could not afford in a series of deadly interventions in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Libya, while at the same time using the ultra-powerful National Security Agency to spy not only on Americans but also allies.

The Boy Who Shot The Hornet’s Nest

I was a kid sitting at the kitchen table with my mother when the front door of our house suddenly swung open. I knew this was not good because it was a beautiful day, the kind of day when my dad would ride his Arabian horse for hours. The look on his face and then the immediate presentation of his right hand confirmed there was a problem.

“Look!” he said, as he showed it to my mother. His hand was swelling before our eyes.

“There’s a damn wasp nest hanging over the eaves on the barn. We need to get that down.” I knew that “we” meant me. And since I had never been stung, that seemed a lot easier than real work.

I was all of 14 but already an expert on wasps, having watched ads for years that explained: “Raid kills bugs dead.” So it was simple. I declared chemical war on the wasp nest. I grabbed a stepladder from the barn, got the can of Raid and made my way to the wasp nest. After climbing a few steps with nary a protest, I began to spray the poison into the hole at the bottom of the nest. Forty years later, I still think Raid should be sued, because their can of poison didn’t kill bugs dead that day. Instead, it got them angry as hell. (Please give me a bit of editorial license; I know insects don’t get angry.)

The outcome was immediate: one sting to the neck and a 4-foot fall from the ladder. To me, that meant war. So into the house I went. I found my .22 rifle and went back to erase the wasps. That time, I had stand-off distance. (Picture a cruise missile fired from the deck of a ship hundreds of miles from a coast line.) It was shocking. Mushroom .22 shells shot through a wasp nest had hardly any affect.

Humans must smell. I say that because even with my good grooming, they found me with my Remington single shot and narrowed in on me. I did the only thing I could. I dropped my rifle and ran like hell back to the house.

My parents had left for the city, and that smelled like opportunity. I went to their bedroom, a restricted area, and pulled out my dad’s Winchester Model 21 side-by-side 12-gauge shotgun. I was set to launch a thermonuclear attack. I found one skeet shell and decided that I was going to end the wasp problem once and for all.

Between the Raid and the rifle, the hive was buzzing when I approached it the third time. I took the Old Man’s shotgun and aimed it at the nest. I pulled the forward trigger.

The destruction was almost total. The nest was almost obliterated. But the wasps weren’t. They swarmed everywhere like they do in those terrible killer bee movies. I didn’t dare drop the gun, so I ran back to the house with it swinging from my right arm and I got stung again.

It wasn’t long before the wasps rebuilt that nest under the barn. It took a long and cold winter before they were gone. Nature played out its course, not my war on the wasps.

Obama Pretends To Be David, Yet The World Sees Him As Goliath

I thought of my war with wasps after I finished David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. (It is a new book by Malcolm Gladwell. If you like non-fiction, I cannot recommend any better living writer than he.)

The key element to the book is how sometimes it is an advantage to be like David, who was swift and felt righteous about his fight, rather than to be Goliath, who was immense, immobile and unrighteous.

The story of David and Goliath is central to Christians, Jews and Muslims, which is perhaps why we inherently cheer for the Davids of the world. More than two centuries ago, America was that boy, David, overcoming the British Goliath. By the 20th century, America seemed to be the Nation that acted like King David, wise and the champion of the oppressed. But under Obama, the United States is becoming a Goliath, stirring up resentments around the world because of the actions of our President.

I don’t believe this is happenstance. “The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war,” wrote Ernest Hemingway. “Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists.”

Obama, the opportunist, has deeply eroded how the world thinks of America. We should be worried that the man who keeps kicking the hornets’ nests of the world will not stop until his term ends.

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers

Exceptionally Incompetent Obama Has The Temerity To Talk About Exceptionalism

Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times that was contrary to President Barack Obama’s mantra that America is exceptional.

Some of my friends were outraged at Putin’s remarks. After all, Putin is an ex-KGB thug and a dictator who controls Russia. He also has hang-ups about homosexuals. He has waged war on his neighbors and has been ruthless in expanding Russia’s influence. Yet was Putin wrong to write:

It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.”

But force has proved ineffective and pointless. Afghanistan is reeling, and no one can say what will happen after international forces withdraw. Libya is divided into tribes and clans. In Iraq the civil war continues, with dozens killed each day. In the United States, many draw an analogy between Iraq and Syria, and ask why their government would want to repeat recent mistakes.

Let’s focus on what Putin did not say. He did not say that Russia is exceptional. He said that America is no longer exceptional. It is a big difference, and the best way I know how to explain it is with a personal story.

One man in my group of friends 20 years ago was a gifted individual. He was handsome, had a degree from Yale and had been a competitive pianist and swimmer. He was even related to Hollywood royalty. One day after a group of us finished playing golf, he announced: “I have an exceptional body! I’m 6 feet tall and weigh 168 pounds.” I started laughing. Back then, I was in pretty good shape and so were the rest of my friends. His outburst cracked me up, and he was outraged: “What!? Myers, you think you have an exceptional body?” I told him that no, I never ever thought that and that just because I didn’t agree that his body was exceptional didn’t mean that I thought mine was.

Yet Obama tells the world that, under his Presidency, America is exceptional: his America, which has yet to recover from an ongoing recession; his country, which is troubled with worse race relations than it has been in 50 years; and his Nation, which is more politically divided than ever.

I have no doubt that, given the President’s ego, he is like that friend at the golf course with the exceptional body; both have been told they are exceptional their entire lives. But just because Obama believes he is exceptional doesn’t make it so.

Rather than exceptional, Obama has been unacceptable. Under Obama, America has become the biggest creditor and the largest debtor in the world. And when loans ran out (first from domestic creditors and then from foreign creditors), Obama has allowed the Federal Reserve to print as much money as needed just the way a Latin dictator would. No wonder that under Obama, America has seen its middle class decline while crime and poverty rates have soared.

Once Upon A Time

There was a time when America was exceptional. Yet in the past 50 years, Washington has thrust America into three insurgent wars. With the greatest fighting men and women in the world and the best military technology ever invented, America has lost one war (Vietnam) and at best eked out two ties (Iraq and Afghanistan). All that righteous intervention has cost the United States more than $10 trillion in inflation adjusted dollars and led to the deaths of more than 55,000 young Americans.

Given the spillage of red ink and American blood, it is hard for this writer to see how America has been exceptional since the 1960s, a decade when the Nation was a shining example to the rest of the world.

Now we are at the brink of default, with the Federal government unable to even function. What stands out most is a President who may secretly be a Muslim, who may not have been born in the United States and who rules more like a monarch than an elected leader.

Presidents before Obama refused to negotiate with terrorists. Obama has no qualms with talking with terrorists like Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the government he represents in Tehran, but won’t sit down with Republicans.

Our Federal government has shut down. America could yet default. Yet Obama and many other Democrats and Republicans believe they have not just a right but an obligation to tell other nations that speak different languages, have different cultures and customs, and are afflicted by different problems, how to best fulfill their destinies. To some countries that have to hear advice from America, it must seem like listening to a marriage counselor who has been through three divorces.

Writing for TomDispatch.com, Tom Engelhardt may have said it best:

Barack Obama is only the latest in a jostling crowd of presidential candidates, presidential wannabes, major politicians, and minor figures of every sort, not to speak of a raging horde of neocons and pundits galore, who have felt compelled in recent years to tell us and the world just how exceptional the last superpower really is. They tend to emphasize our ability to use this country’s overwhelming power, especially the military variety, for the global good — to save children and other deserving innocents. This particularly American aptitude for doing good forcibly, by killing others, is considered an incontestable fact of earthly life needing no proof.

How American Can Once Again Become Exceptional

The first thing that the United States needs to do is put its own house in order. That means getting back to the very roots that made America great. This means cutting taxes, getting government off people’s backs and rebuilding the economy. It means growing the middle class and focusing on growth while not shoving expensive legislation like Obamacare down the throats of tens of millions of Americans who don’t want it.

It also means electing a President who can get along with people and Congressmen who are willing to compromise to meet America’s goals and who are not obsessed with surviving the next election cycle. It mostly means dumping Democrats who think any humanitarian intervention is noble and Republican neocons who want to reshape the world in America’s image.

First and foremost, it means a return to American isolationism. It means the end to all foreign aid and any interference in the internal politics of other nations, particularly in the Mideast. It means making Israel stand on its own two feet.

It is not too late for America to again be exceptional, but it will mean hardship. We are already seeing that Washington has little ability to shape events in places like Syria, Egypt and even Iraq. Change also means a down and dirty fight with the American Jewish lobby who believe that America was put on Earth to support Israel from its inception throughout eternity.

There will be costs to becoming isolationist. It won’t be cheap or easy. Taxes should fall because less will have to be spent on the military. But higher energy prices, especially for gasoline, are a given. Withdrawal from the Mideast may mean the loss of cheap Mideast oil. It will be costly to replace, and it won’t be as clean. It will mean importing oil sands from Canada, using more domestic coal, oil and natural gas reserves. Most of all it will mean that new leaders in Washington will have to stand up to the military-industrial complex, which has been making a killing for 50 years by supporting candidates who are more warmongers than lawmakers.

If we take these steps, America can again be exceptional. Think about it and then decide. Ask yourself if you are willing to send your child or grandchild into another war. Ask yourself if fretting about global warming is more important than seeing your child or grandchild have a good career and a productive future. Ask yourself if you believe that if Islam is left alone, they will leave us alone.

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers

P.S.: Many great powers in decline labeled themselves as exceptional, including Rome, Spain and Great Britain. A good understanding of the history this can be found reading Paul Kennedy’s The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers.

What Is Obama’s Real Agenda With Islam And Iran?

Last Friday, President Barack Obama worked to mend fences with Iran — the greatest criminal nation on the planet. In his 15-minute phone conversation with Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, Obama lost track of the fact that Iran is a proponent of Islamic law and is a prime sponsor of terrorism around the world.

Obama can’t see Iran’s true color: red, stained with the crimson blood of Jews and Christians who won’t accept the Prophet Muhammad and Islamic domination in the Mideast and beyond.

It is the sad truth that Obama buckled under Iranian pressure only weeks after an Iranian official promised to slaughter Americans. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Forces, told Iran’s Assembly of Experts, a group that chooses the Supreme Leader, that Iran will provide brutal support to save the Syrian regime.

According to The Daily Caller, a former high official even made threats against our President:

[I]n an unprecedented statement, a former Iranian official has warned of mass abductions and brutal killings of American citizens around the world and the rape and killing of one of Obama’s daughters should the United States attack Syria.

Alireza Forghani, the former governor of southern Iran’s Kish Province, threw down the gauntlet last week. Forghani is an analyst and strategy specialist in the supreme leader’s camp and closely aligned with Mehdi Taeb, who heads the regime’s Ammar Strategic Base, a radical think thank (sic), and thus speaks with the blessing of the Islamic regime.

“Hopefully Obama will be pigheaded enough to attack Syria, and then we will see the … loss of U.S. interests [through terrorist attacks],” he threatened. “In just 21 hours [after the attack on Syria], a family member of every U.S. minister [department secretary], U.S. ambassadors, U.S. military commanders around the world will be abducted. And then 18 hours later, videos of their amputation will be spread [around the world].”

It reads like something from medieval times; yet it doesn’t seem to bother the President, as he continually displays his Islamic loyalties. Such is the leadership under Obama, who treats terrorists like Republicans and Republicans like terrorists.

The Real Iran

Rouhani succeeded former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who said Jews are “the most detested people in all humanity.” He also called the extermination of 6 million Jews during World War II “a myth,” claiming that Jews have played up Nazi atrocities during the Holocaust.

Iran produces only extremist leaders. During his State of the Union address in 2002, President George W. Bush said Iran and its “terrorist allies” are part of “an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world.” For more than three decades, Iran has been the primary sponsor of Hezbollah, which when translated into English is the “Party of Allah.” Based in Lebanon, Hezbollah’s paramilitary wing is considered one of the largest rebel armies for uniting Islam. And it has a large following that wants to harm America.

A just-released Pew Research Survey shows that 62 percent of Palestinians say suicide bombing is justified. Reported Pew: “[I]n some countries, substantial minorities of Muslims say attacks on civilians are at least sometimes justified to defend Islam from its enemies; in the Palestinian territories, a majority of Muslims hold this view.”

Iran throws a lot of weight in the Muslim world and has done more to advocate Islamic extremism than any other power in the world, both in terms of money and ideology. But exactly what do Iran and its brand of Islam stand for?

To get a bearing on just how crazy Revolutionary Iran is, consider the words of its revolutionary and spiritual leader, Ayatollah Khomeini as reportedly found in Tahrir al-Vasileh:

A man can have sex with animals such as sheep, cows, camels and so on. However he should kill the animal after he has his orgasm. He should not sell the meat to the people in his own village, however selling the meat to the next door village should be fine.

According to a post on Patheos, Khomeini’s also wrote:

A man can have sexual pleasure from a child as young as a baby. However, he should not penetrate vaginally, but sodomising [sic] the child is acceptable. If a man does penetrate and damage the child then, he should be responsible for her subsistence all her life. This girl will not count as one of his four permanent wives and the man will not be eligible to marry the girl’s sister… It is better for a girl to marry at such a time when she would begin menstruation at her husband’s house, rather than her father’s home. Any father marrying his daughter so young will have a permanent place in heaven.

The teachings of the Ayatollah are as powerful today as they were when he spearheaded the revolution in 1979. His sick and hateful ideology influences millions of people.

But nobody protests louder than Western Muslims and their liberal apologists, who always want to paint Islam as a reasonable, peaceful people. The propaganda was spewing about last week at the U.N. General Assembly meeting. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared that, “Islam is a religion of peace, compassion and brotherhood.” I expect that when Sharif got back to Pakistan, he was subjected to a lashing; because he doesn’t seem schooled in the most important subject taught to any Muslim: the Quran:

  • “God’s curse be upon the infidels! Evil is that for which they have bartered away their souls. To deny God’s own revelation, grudging that He should reveal His bounty to whom He chooses from among His servants! They have incurred God’s most inexorable wrath. An ignominious punishment awaits the unbelievers.” Quran 2:89-2:90
  • “Slay them wherever you find them. Drive them out of the places from which they drove you. Idolatry is worse than carnage.” Quran 2:190-2:191
  • “Muhammad is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another.” Quran 48:29

Those are hardly the words of the New Testament. Of course, liberals can argue these words are taken out of context (not sure what context it would be OK to proclaim such things, but so be it). But before anyone gets too defensive about Islam, take a look at what “good” Muslims have done recently, specifically in Saudi Arabia.

The House of Saud has a 70-year relationship with the United States and has been a major provider of petroleum to the free world. Without a doubt, Saudi oil helped build modern Western societies; and the Kingdom has been a stabilizing force in the Mideast. Yet Saudi Arabians do not have the liberties we take for granted, and they live in a society we would never tolerate. One incident that illustrates my point was a fire at a girls’ school in Mecca on March 11, 2002.

As the smoke billowed and flames spread, students and teachers began to run for the exits. There was just one problem; the school was patrolled on the outside by the Saudi religious police who were responsible for “educating” females in the Kingdom. The zealots had a serious problem: The girls and women fleeing didn’t have the good sense to cover themselves from head to toe before rushing out.

According to eyewitnesses some of the “holy ones” beat the girls to force them back into the school so they could retrieve their full gowns, some of which were probably already on fire. Then they blocked the doors. Then firefighters arrived and began to help some of the students and teachers escape. So what did the religious police do? They started beating up the firefighters. The same treatment was given to parents who arrived to help free their children from the flames. The teachers did the best they could; but when it was all over, there were 15 dead and 50 others badly injured.

This happened just 11 years ago in a moderate Muslim country — at least moderate when compared to Iran. None of that seems to concern Obama, who appears to be all ears when it comes to opening diplomatic relations with Tehran. The question we should all be asking ourselves is: Why?

Perhaps King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia knows the answer. Abdullah was one of the first to congratulate Obama on his election victory in the autumn of 2008. A couple days later, the king was in New York for a U.N. session. On Nov. 7 and within minutes of Abdullah’s arrival at Kennedy airport, the President-elect phoned him.

Robert Lacey writes of that conversation in his book Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia:

The call went on for around seven minutes, and it finished with Abdullah expressing the wish that the two leaders might meet and talk face-to-face before too long — “Inshallah” (“If it be God’s will”).

“Inshallah,” echoed Obama, making use of the pious Islamic expression with which he was obviously familiar.

Later the king recounted some details of the conversation to a group of Saudis who had assembled to welcome him to Manhattan.

“I clearly heard him say ‘Inshallah,’” mused Abdullah to the little gathering.

“God willing,” he added wryly, “we shall make a Muslim of him yet.”

In this writer’s opinion, Abdullah didn’t have to work very hard at it.

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers

Kill Obamacare Before It Kills You!

“Give me liberty, or give me death!”  When Patrick Henry proclaimed that to the Virginia Convention, he could not have imagined that it would resonate so loudly 238 years later.

Last Friday, Republicans in the House of Representatives felt those words, believed in those words and acted on those words. They defunded Obamacare.

By a vote of 230-189, the House passed a budget measure that will cease all funding for Obamacare. The Republican majority had the courage to say that Obamacare — that socialized-bastard brand of medicine — must cease. It simply must, because it is killing the economy and soon it could be killing you.

The sad news is that the Democratic-led Senate will save President Barack Obama’s Frankenstein regardless of the evil it will create. It is the centerpiece of Obama’s legacy, and many Democrats in Congress hitched their wagon to him and to Obamacare four years ago.

Primum Non Nocere, ‘First, Do No Harm’

Yes, my friends, it is politics as usual for the Democrats who always feel for the poor but never feel poor. These Democrats visit exclusive health clinics, have the home cellphone numbers of their personal physicians and visit plastic surgeons as often as they see their dry cleaners.

Since I am on the subject of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, I must mention she was rampaging against House Republicans last week.

POLITICO reported:

Striking a tone of disgust, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi ridicules the GOP as obsessed with its loathing of President Obama and hell-bent on hurting him politically, regardless the cost. She assigns little to no blame to the president (even though Democrats privately say that’s laughable) and instead portrays him as saintly, above reproach and the victim of jealousy or something worse.

After 26 years in the House, she says, “I haven’t seen anything like it. I haven’t seen anything like it.”

“You know why it is,” she said. “You know why it is. He’s brilliant, … he thinks in a strategic way in how to get something done … and he’s completely eloquent. That’s a package that they don’t like.”

Don’t Be Messing With Obama

Not true, Ms. Pelosi. (Also, you might see your doctor soon, because you repeat yourself.) What the majority of Americans don’t like is the dreadful leadership displayed by your President. And they especially don’t like Obamacare, a program that is already doing great harm to an ill economy.

The President also offered his own eloquent comments after Friday’s defeat. They were hardly the prose of Winston Churchill or Abraham Lincoln. To a crowd at a Ford plant in Kansas City, the President said this about the House of Representatives: “They’re focused on politics; they’re focused on trying to mess with me.”

Could it instead be, Mr. President, that the opposition wants to “mess” with your program and not with you? Why must it always be about you, sir, your ego and your place in history? Can you not consider what is happening to America because of your horrific leadership? Or do you believe that anyone who asks that is just wants to mess with you, the way fans mess with NBA superstar LeBron James?

Because even this writer can see there is something to mess with. Investor’s Business Daily reported that at least 301 businesses have laid off thousands of employees and are slashing workers’ hours to avoid government fines and penalties because of the healthcare mandate. It has become just as critics said it would happen under the Affordable Care Act, which mandates employers provide health insurance. It is forcing thousands of businesses to slash jobs.

It is also true that Obama said that the Affordable Care Act would lower healthcare costs. Not so, said a report from Medicare’s Office of the Actuary. Their projection is that U.S. healthcare spending will jump by 6.1 percent next year. That is 2 percent more expensive than the increase predicted by the Obama Administration.

No wonder Americans are growing dead set against Obamacare. Just last week, a poll from USA Today and the Pew Research Center found that 53 percent of people disapprove of Obamacare and Obama’s entire approach to healthcare. Both polls are at record highs.

Living And Dying With Socialized Medicine

A lifetime of experience tells me that even fewer Americans are going to like Obamacare after it has been imposed on them. I can sum it up by explaining what happened to me last week and how I feared I might not be able to write you today.

Twice in my life, I’ve had severe chest pains. Both times, I was swimming.

The first time I was at the Spokane Club doing high intensity training (H.I.T) with the master’s swim team. It amounted to wind sprints up and down the pool to make us faster. I retired my swim cap after one Friday afternoon in 1997 when my heart rate soared uncontrollably. My wife picked me up from the pool and took me to Rockwood Clinic. In minutes, I had a cardiologist hooking me up to an EKG machine and a nurse giving me an aspirin and testing my blood to see if I was having a heart attack. I got the results while I was there and was told nothing to worry about. I was suffering tachycardia, which is when the heart beats dangerously fast.

These past few months I’ve taken up swimming again. I work out with my daughter and her boyfriend at a Calgary public pool. After weeks of base training, I had forgotten about what happened all those years ago in Spokane or that I am now 16 years older and 40 pounds heavier then I was then.

I had three of us do H.I.T. training. We finished up by racing the last 50 meters. When we stopped, my daughter gave me a worried look and tried to take my pulse. She could not get it. After I changed, I went outside to the parking lot and began to vomit violently. I couldn’t catch my breath, so my wife rushed me to the emergency room at the Rockyview General Hospital. Even as I gasped for air, the triage nurse would not look at me. When my wife, who had once worked at that hospital, complained, she was told that the emergency room was “very busy.”

I didn’t want to die on some cot in a hallway. And that kind of thing happens too often in Canada. In Winnipeg, Manitoba, a man named Brian Sinclair died during his 34-hour wait to see a doctor at an emergency health clinic. The medical examiner said that he had been dead for a couple hours before the clinic staff even noticed him.

Because of such stories and my own personal experiences with socialized medicine I begged my wife to take me home. Once she measured my pulse at a reasonable 110 beats per minute, she did take me home. I continued to improve throughout the night. The next morning, we lined up for two hours at a nearby doctor’s clinic. I was one of the 60 or 70 patients the doctor would see that day. The good news is that the doctor said my heart seems to be “OK,” whatever that means. And he gave me an appointment to go see a cardiologist — in February.

I choose to live in Canada because of my career and my family. As for my health, I have become rather fatalistic. My hospital visit reminded me that it is my responsibility to take better care of myself and to not depend on Canada’s healthcare system.

Yet you, my friends, can be proactive. And it all starts by supporting those in Congress who oppose Obamacare. The future of the Nation, and perhaps your life, depends on defeating this abomination.

Yours in good times and bad,

–John Myers