Dave Stancliff 2015-11-15 blogarama.com

Saturday, November 21, 2015

A Revealing Conversation Among Two Terrorists

Good Day World!

While the world recoils in horror and anger over the Paris terrorist attacks, a conversation takes place in a candle lit mosque in Raqqa, Syria:

Two men.

One of them is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS.

The attacks on the French crusaders went well enough. What do you think Mohammed?”

The second man replies:

“Better than expected Caliph! Have you heard the reports coming from the United States?”

“No, tell me warrior of Islam.”

“The country is divided even more now, and their government is undermining it’s own foundations regarding immigrants!”

“How so?”

“Members of Congress have banned Syrian and Iraqi citizens from coming to America. I see this as just the beginning in the unraveling of their own constitution and long-held belief that they are the melting pot of the world.”

I see. Soon other refugees from around the world will be banned too. Just as I planned. The anti-refugee rhetoric will show Muslims worldwide that the infidels hate and distrust them.

“True my caliph. It will also lead to total anarchy as ethic groups already living in the USA will be forced to protect themselves from the ruling white class. Militias everywhere. Truly dark days for the great Satan!”

“It is Allah’s will. Now, go out my son and sow more discord among the crusaders to assure yourself a place in Paradise.”

Meanwhile, fear stalks America like a ravening beast as politicians fall over themselves in spewing hateful rhetoric and presidential campaign propaganda.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Friday, November 20, 2015

More Mexicans leaving USA than coming in: GOP claims collapse after study

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Donald Trump can forget building a wall between the US and Mexico.

The air has been let of the bombastic candidate’s campaign when this study came out yesterday. Research shows more Mexicans are leaving the country than are coming in!

Let me repeat that for any Republican readers – More Mexicans are LEAVING America than those who are coming in. You know what that means don’t you?

Those hoards of Mexican immigrants entering the country have been vastly exaggerated by Republicans for political gain.

The Republican candidates for president are going to have to change their narratives on immigration – an issue that’s been gleefully (and forcibly, I might add) pursued with hateful zeal.

However, knowing that Mexican immigration is down will only be a bump in the road for them. That’s because the immigration issue has expanded lately. I’m talking about Syrian and Iraqi refugees coming to the US.

GOP presidential wannabes are eagerly wetting themselves with patriotic excitement at this turn of events. Without missing a beat, the hate expands from Mexicans to Syrians and Iraqis.

Ted Cruz pushed for legislation barring Syrian and Iraqi refugees, and the House turned on the president passing it – despite the threat of a veto. Christians will be given priority when it comes to immigration according to the bill.

New Jersey Governor and presidential candidate Chris Christie said even orphans under the age of five should not be admitted.

The bottom line is Republicans use fear to push their agendas and scored another victory for bigotry and hate. This kind of action is just what terrorists want to see. Looks like they scored another victory!

Time for me to walk on down the road… 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thank goodness, I don’t have to quit drinking coffee!

Good Day World!

As I happily sip my third cup of coffee this morning, I want you to know it’s okay to join me because coffee is NOT a bad thing.

That’s right my fellow Java drinkers, we don’t have to worry about doctors taking away our daily doses of hot steaming Joe. I’ll bet Starbucks executives rejoiced when this recent study came out.

Researchers have found even more evidence that coffee can be good for you.

"The main message is that regular consumption, meaning three to five cups of coffee a day, is associated with lower risk in total mortality and mortality from several causes like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and suicide," Frank Hu, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology who helped lead the study, told NBC News.

Did you know that coffee is the No. 1 source in the American diet of antioxidants? Other research has found evidence that coffee can help people recover from colon cancer.

Needless to say, all of this information is good news for those of us who are dependent on our daily infusions of caffeine. I’m ready for my fourth cup. Won’t you join me?

Time for me to walk on down the road…

 

 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Imagine Supporting a Party That Punks You: Many Republicans Do Anyway

Republicans have a case of cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face syndrome.

For example;

There is a question that has puzzled some sociologists for years: If America’s poverty is concentrated in the South, as data clearly show, why is it that those states are the most reliably Republican voters – essentially voting against the government assistance they would seem to need?

Data also shows that the primary red axis of the country, running from Appalachia to the Southern coastal plains, is the epicenter of some of the nation’s greatest stresses.

It’s here that the lack of well-paying jobs and large-scale abandonment of the job market are most pronounced, where obesity and health problems are most dire, where Walmart is winning a race to the bottom of what the American consumer can afford amid stagnating wages, and where the rising dependence on disability and Medicare is most pronounced.

“We know that problems of poverty and health are more endemic … in the red parts of the country,” says Jacob Hacker, a political scientist at Yale University. “That suggests that there’s probably lots of Republicans who live in areas where more effective government action could help them.”

Yet the South is where Obamacare sign-ups lag far behind other parts of the country. (condensed version - originally ran in the Christian Science Monitor) 

How do you account for this situation?

The Christian Science Monitor has their take on what’s happening with Republicans today.

 

College Protests Disturbing Message – ‘Only Black Lives Matter’

                                       Good Day World!

As a former college student, I don’t see anything wrong with legitimate social protests on campus. For better, or worse, this country has a long history of student activism.

However, I think the current student protests have some very disturbing elements:

First, here’s some backround material for you to consider: 

Today student activists are calling their latest movement #StudentBlackOut — a collective day of action where student leaders are encouraged to organize events that, according to Yamiesha Bell, one of the organizers, uplift Blackness.

Racial Discrimination Protests Ignite at Colleges Across the U.S.

After days of protests, students occupy building at Occidental College

3 University of Kansas student leaders called on to resign

Second, here’s the response to the protests:

Backlash brews against student race protests at Claremont McKenna College

Debating the Campus Protests at Mizzou, Yale, and Elsewhere

Columbia protesters cheer: 'I love black criminals'

Third, it’s scary to think students want to run our colleges and are actually moving in that direction with a series of threats and accusations of racism.

If you took the opportunity to read the links above, one of the central points that surfaces is the protests are an extension of Black Lives Matter (a political group). They talk about Black Spaces (University of Missouri) where no other ethnic groups are allowed.

Just like today, it’s all about uplifting blackness.

The students at Mizzou got their way by enlisting the football team to threaten not to play (thus the school would lose millions of dollars), thus setting up the possibility of repeat performances at other colleges.

Student activists are pestering peers to attend campus protests and walk-outs in solidarity with college students at Missouri and Yale or risk social isolation, students say.

Finally, this whole movement traces back to an incident at Mizzou that’s never been verified. I’m talking about a supposed swastika made from feces smeared on a black dorm door.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

 

 

  

 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Anonymous announces plans to ‘hunt down” ISIS

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Over the years I’ve followed the antics of Anonymous (a hacker collective) with concern that eventually evolved into a grudging respect.

As the world reacted to the Paris bombings, Anonymous stepped up and warned ISIS they were coming after them.We will hunt you down!” the group declared.

Anonymous could start here:

ISIS Has Help Desk for Terrorists Staffed Around the Clock

Past targets of Anonymous hacktivism included government agencies of the US, Israel, Tunisia, Uganda, and others; ISIS; child pornography sites; copyright protection agencies; the Westboro Baptist Church; and corporations such as PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, and Sony.

While somewhat unpredictable, I’ve grown to believe there are good people involved with Anonymous – even if I personally dislike the idea of hiding one’s identity while claiming to do good.

Here’s something to consider:

ISIS, or Daesh (as they hate to be called), have enjoyed success using the internet as a recruiting tool. But, the internet is Anonymous’ backyard, so when they say they’re coming to kick some ass Daesh better believe it!

The western world is uniting to wage an air and ground war on Daesh. There’s no reason to believe they can’t drive them from their strongholds in Iraq and Syria. But to actually win the war, Daesh’s recruiting efforts on the internet have to be stopped.

Once the murdering bastards have lost their ability to recruit worldwide on a daily basis the core of their power will be nullified. Once they are driven out of their strongholds they’ll join the rest of the cockroaches scurrying around the world trying to avoid the light of retribution.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Monday, November 16, 2015

Real Heavy Metal Band Seeks Robot Lead Singer

Compressorhead at Musikmesse 2013 - Gibson

                                    Good Day World!

Developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, heavy metal bands sprang from blues rock and psychedelic rock. The bands evolved over the decades until reaching their current transformation:

Meet Compressorhead.

Compressorhead is a three-android, full-robot band that has performed live covers of Metallica, Motorhead and Black Sabbath — with real instruments — in cities from New York to Sydney, Australia, since 2013.

The group is now trying to raise more than $300,000 to help fund the development of a fourth robot — a "heavyweight" lead vocalist they hope will take their careers to the next level.

The band’s three human creators plan to produce their first original album of 14 tracks written by Canadian progressive punk rock musician John Wright.

The album, which will be available free for download, is scheduled to be released next summer and is due to be presented live for the first time at Europe's largest open air hard rock festival in Wacken, Germany, in August.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Time for a Worldwide Response Against Daesh – it could, and should happen

Good Day World!

The 21st century has been about technological advances, and the formation of an evil force that threatens innocent people across the planet.

After the Paris attacks it became clear that if this evil isn’t confronted head-on with a world-wide response, it will continue to spread terror like a cancer among countries.

Millions of people will die in the name of an ideology that can’t really be called mainstream Muslim – more like a bastard off-shoot based upon hate.

The fact that these terrorists spring from the Middle East causes many to suspect all Muslims are evil. That’s not fair. Bad people come from all over the world regardless of origin.

One thing is for sure, something decisive needs to be done quickly. Not next month, or a year from now. The fact is, retaliation could come quickly – as little as a couple of days from now.

A force of elite warriors is waiting for the word. NATO’s Naval Striking and Support Forces are fully capable of going after this group of murders who call themselves Islamic State, but are mostly referred to by the world as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh (which they particularly hate!)

Of course, the only thing holding this possibility of instant karma back is politics among the countries themselves. Perhaps that’s what Daesh is counting on. Time will tell.

Time for me to walk on down the road…

Sunday, November 15, 2015

‘Influencers’ in society: Or, where can I get that guy’s puffy jacket?’

Drake's "Hotline Bling" coat

Good Day World!

In elementary school, I was considered an influencer.

Not a good influencer, but someone who led other children astray! I was a bad boy. My friends parents pigeonholed me, and that was all there was to it.

Photo-Drake/Youtube

We know there are good influencers in society who take us down the high road to humanity. Sadly, there seems to be less of those than ever before.

Then we have influence marketing.

I compare it to a herd of sheep mindlessly following a viral ram. The idea is to get someone with media influence to appear with your product. The list of candidates is endless.

It reminds me of high school when popular kids wore certain shirts, pants, etc., that became an instant trend among social climbers.

Popular influencers run the gamut from athletes, musicians, singers, and actors. Cagey companies nowadays believe in picking out a person who already has a big following.

For example:

Drake's 'Hotline Bling' Moncler jacket is selling like crazy

The idea that people matter is always going to be the name of the game. Just like the cool kids in high school mattered. Instead of trying to market for the masses, it takes a completely opposite approach – tapping into an established specialty market (person).

Here’s an interesting documentary (you can watch the trailer or the whole film) Influencers – How Trends and Creativity Become Contagious. This video tells you a lot more about influencers than I ever could.

I would like to say, in passing, that as a parent I became an influencer by default. I just hope I was a good influence!

Time for me to walk on down the road…