Worried Democrats

From the e-mails I have received today and yesterday, either the Democrats are worried about their chances in 2014 or there is another FEC fund raising deadline coming up.

Friend — The Republicans are reorganizing, fast.

Mitch McConnell just released another ad attacking President Obama, and Tea Party rallies are popping up all over the country.

The Republicans need only six seats to take over the Senate, own the entire Congress, and repeal President Obama’s agenda. And in this fight to stop the extreme right wing, every single day matters.

The FEC deadline is in just 12 hours, and we need you in the fight again today — can you help with a $3 contribution? The Republicans certainly aren’t stopping. They’re on the attack every day.

This year grassroots supporters like you have helped us raise an incredible $17,400,000 — leaving us only $100,000 to raise with 12 hours to go.

We’re so close! Will you pitch in $3 before the FEC deadline in just 12 hours?

Raised thru 5/30 $17.4 million
Left to raise by midnight $100,000
Your contribution $3 click here

Thanks so much for your urgent support,
Democratic Headquarters

 We can’t have Tea Party rallies popping up everywhere, and imagine the gall of Mitch McConnell attacking Obama. Only Barack Obama has the right to demonize his political enemies.

 

Friend — The cold, hard truth:

Only six Senate seats separate Mitch McConnell and the Republicans from taking the Senate, completely owning Congress, and repealing President Obama’s entire agenda.

That’s why the Republicans are reorganizing, quickly. This is their chance to destroy all of our progress. Mitch McConnell just launched a new ad slamming the President. And the Tea Party just reported a spike in fundraising.

To stop the Republicans, we’ve got to answer every attack they wage against us. Every single day matters.  And tonight’s FEC deadline in just 8 hours is a huge test of our strength — can you pitch in $3?

We’re very close to hitting our goal, but we aren’t there yet. Grassroots supporters like you have helped us raise an incredible $17,450,000 this year alone!

But to hit our goal tonight, we need just $50,000 more in grassroots support.

Will you help us cross the finish line? Pitch in $3 before the FEC deadline in just 8 hours.

Thanks for stepping up,

 

Democratic Victory

 

I wonder why the Tea Party reported a spike in find raising. There haven’t been any stories in the news lately that seem to confirm what the Tea Party has been saying all along, has there?

DEADLINE: FIVE Hours

Friend — It’s been a lightning-quick turnaround:

In a week, we’ve seen the Republicans regroup, gain momentum with a spike in Tea Party fundraising, and attack with a new anti-Obama ad from Mitch McConnell.

They know they can’t waste time. By winning just six Senate seats, they can take over the Senate, own Congress entirely, and completely repeal President Obama’s agenda.

To stop them, we must come together by answering every attack they wage. Can you join in the fight? Every day matters!

The FEC deadline hits in five hours. Please pitch in $3 right away to fight off Republican attacks.

Thanks,
Guy Cecil
Executive Director

Repealing Obama’s entire agenda sounds good to me.

I wonder if they are really worried or just want more money. It is too early to tell what will happen next November, I suppose.

 

Jacob and Esau

The Book of Genesis begins, as the name suggests, with the beginning of the universe. The story moves on to the creation of the human race, humanity’s fall from grace, the Flood of Noah, and the nations established by his sons. Starting with chapter twelve, the focus of the book narrows from the whole of humanity to a single family and three patriarchs who are to create the Jewish nation. These patriarchs were Abraham, his son Isaac, and his sons Jacob and Esau.

Jacob was the ancestor of the Jews and his sons were the ancestors of the twelve tribes of Israel. Esau was his twin brother and he was the ancestor of the Edomites, a nation related to Israel and was often an enemy to the Israelites. Jacob was, to be perfectly honest, scum. He was a clever and rather unscrupulous man who cheated his brother out of his birthright and his father’s blessing. Esau, quite understandably wanted to kill Jacob, so he was obliged to flee Canaan and return to their ancestral home in Mesopotamia to work for his uncle Laban. Laban was a bit of a con artist too and when Jacon agreed to work for Laban for seven years to marry his daughter Rachel, Laban had Rachel’s sister Leah take her place on the wedding night and made Jacob work an additional seven years for Rachel. Meanwhile, Jacob engaged in a selective breeding program that ensured that he ended up with the best of Laban’s flocks. The two got along famously.

I want to go back, however, to how Jacob aquired Esau’s birthright.

27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents. 28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.)

English: Easu sells his birthright to Jacob
English: Easu sells his birthright to Jacob (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”

32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”

33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.

So Esau despised his birthright. (Gen 25:27-34)

That red stew is often referred to as a mess of pottage, even though that particular phrase does not appear in any English translation of the Bible. A mess of pottage is any bargain in which something that gives a short term advantage is exchanged for something that may not mean much in the present, but in the long term is far more valuable.

Jacob cheated his brother Esau, but Esau must bear some part of the blame. Perhaps Esau did not believe that Jacob was really serious in suggesting the bargain, in which case, he was a fool. More likely though, Esau was simply the sort of man who saw only the advantage of something tangible, like a bowl of stew, while dismissing something as abstract as his birthright. Esau valued only what was right in front of him, and gave no thought to the future.

We can’t really condemn Esau, however. We Americans also have a birthright which many of us are all too willingly surrender for a mess of pottage. Our birthright is our tradition of  liberty and the mess of pottage is anything that we are ready to give up that birthright for, Obamacare, Obamaphones, a false sense of security, anything. Let us not make the same foolish choice Esau did.

By the Numbers

Raymond Ibraham explains the recent beheading in London is terms of Islam’s “Rule of Numbers”.

It reflects what I call “Islam’s Rule of Numbers,” a rule that expresses itself with remarkable consistency:  The more Muslims grow in numbers, the more Islamic phenomena intrinsic to the Muslim world—in this case, brazen violence against “infidels”—appear.

In the U.S., where Muslims are less than 1% of the population, London-style attacks are uncommon.  Islamic assertiveness is limited to political activism dedicated to portraying Islam as a “religion of peace,” and sporadic, but clandestine, acts of terror.

In Europe, where Muslims make for much larger minorities, open violence is common.  But because they are still a vulnerable minority, Islamic violence is always placed in the context of “grievances,” a word that pacifies Westerners.

With an approximate 10% Muslim population, London’s butcherers acted brazenly, yes, but they still invoked grievances.  Standing with bloodied hands, the murderer declared: “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone…. The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying by British soldiers every day.”

Days later in Stockholm, which also has a large Muslim minority, masked rioters  destroyed 100 cars and property.  The grievance for this particular outbreak was that police earlier shot a(nother) machete-wielding “immigrant” in self-defense.

Grievances disappear when Muslims become at least 35-40% of a nation and feel capable of waging an all-out jihad, as in Nigeria, where the Muslim-majority north has been terrorizing Christians—bombing hundreds of churches and beheading hundreds of infidels.

Sudan was an earlier paradigm, when the Khartoum government slaughtered millions to cleanse Sudan of Christians and polytheists.  Historically Christian-majority Lebanon plunged into a deadly civil war as the Muslim population grew.

Once Muslims become the majority, the violence ironically wanes, but that’s because there are fewer infidels to persecute.  And what infidels remain lead paranoid, low-key existences—as dhimmis—always careful to “know their place.”

With an 85% Muslim majority, Egypt is increasingly representative of this paradigm.  Christian Copts are under attack, but not in an all-out jihad.  Rather, under the Muslim Brotherhood their oppression is becoming institutionalized, including through new “blasphemy” laws which have seen many Christians attacked and imprisoned.

Attacks on infidels finally end when Muslims become 100% of the population, as in Saudi Arabia—where all its citizens are Muslim, and churches and other non-Islamic expressions are totally banned.

Islam is, at least in the violent, sumpremacist strain that seems to be in the ascendant, and is never very far under the surface, a thug religion. From the beginning, Muslims have counted on bullying and intimidation to keep non-Muslims from resisting or criticizing their religion. To an alarming extent this has worked in the West, thanks to lots of help from quislings in Western government and media.

The word quisling derives from the Norwegian politician Vidkun Quisling, who betrayed his country to the German invaders and served as the puppet leader under Nazi rule. Quisling has become a byword for traitor mostly because of the sound of the name which somehow sounds villainous. In fact, Quisling did not see himself as a traitor and did not intend to become a German puppet. He sincerely believed that he was doing what was best for his country and believed that Norway ought to be a free, independent ally of Germany. Hitler had other plans for Norway, however.

Our present day quislings cannot possibly believe that turning a blind eye to savage behavior and refusing to make the connection between Islam and violence best serves Western Civilization. Surely, they cannot believe that “Islamophobia” is a worse evil than beheading a British soldier in broad daylight, bombing the Boston Marathon, crashing planes into buildings or any of the more than 20,000 terrorist attacks by Muslims since 9/11. Either our present day quislings are so blinded by ideology and so ignorant of what is going on in the world that they ought not be be allowed to cross the street without an adult to guide them, or they are possessed of such a pathological hatred of their own civilization that they willingly side with barbarians.