Barbarians in Our Midsts
Sept. 24, 2014
It's one thing to read news articles detailing horrors of radical Islamists and quite another to run up against these people firsthand. This is what happened to a personal friend in Australia two days ago. We all need to pay attention to this especially we women.
Last evening when I spoke with a girlfriend in Queensland, Patricia was uncharacteristically subdued. No bubbly enthusiasm spilling over. Since we often talk a couple times a week, her 'off' mood was immediately apparent. Normally she greets a 'hello' with 'it's only me' and a giggle, and we're off and running into a newsy, fun conversation. Usually an hour slips away without either of us noticing.
She'll share the latest ridiculous stuff done by their government and of course, Obama and Congress offer no shortage of material here. Last night there were no amusing tales about their animals like Bailey, their newest German Shepherd, chewing holes in the wall or 'redesigning' a table leg; no stories about work layoffs in the car and mining industries, no news about her latest foray into natural remedies or business challenges of people ripping off her work. Instead Patricia relayed the following sobering encounter.
Since her husband, Mike, was enjoying a 3-week vacation, he accompanied her to Coles a major grocery chain much like Safeway, Kroger or Winn-Dixie. This task is something Patty normally does by herself while Mike's at work.
After the groceries were purchased, Patty wandered outside for a newspaper. As she dropped coins in the vending machine and retrieved the latest Courier Mail, three Muslim men accosted her on the sidewalk. One of the three stuck his face right in hers and began to verbally harass her. Patty looked around for Mike, but he was 150 yards away unaware of her predicament. When she demanded to know what he wanted, this Muslim began clucking in her face.
What the heck was up with that?
Patty said his clucking indicated disgust. This was very unnerving for a woman seemingly alone and literally defenseless. The normally unflappable Patty sensed danger and fled back inside Coles.
SCHITTY SCHITTY BANG BANG
Stan and I still lived in Australia when their government took advantage of the actions of a deranged man, mentally challenged Martin Bryant, after he killed 35 people in Tasmania and injured another 23. Since Australia doesn't have the death penalty, Bryant is serving 35 life sentences plus 1,035 years without chance of parole. Quite a waste of space and resources to keep this crazy person alive. My personal opinion. No motive was released to the public for Martin's actions. However, his lawyer wrote a book detailing the massacre. In it he revealed that Bryant was fixated on murders committed at an elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland the month before. He continually prodded his lawyer asking how many people had he, Martin Bryant, killed was it more than the 17 who lost their lives in Scotland?
Photo: Martin Bryant
Within 6 months of what became known as the Port Arthur Massacre, the Aussie govt. initiated a total gun recall on Sept. 30, 1996. They hit people when they felt vulnerable and few resisted. Little did they reason out that the bad guys would still have weapons and the only people disarmed for the most part were law abiding citizens. Does this ring a Sandy Hook bell? Politicos took that opportunity to push through onerous firearms legislation here in America. If liberals could accomplish it, we too, would be completely without self protection of the 2nd Amendment.
DEADLY DUMB MOVE
Over the years, I've read numerous articles quoting Australian crime stats after their firearms buyback. Some were correct, some not. Below is the real deal. I kept the numbers from the SSAA (Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia) that published them straight from the Australian Bureau of Statistics' publication Recorded Crime, 1998.
"The data indicate that between 1996 and 1997, serious crime increased considerably in Australia. Murder rose by 3.2%; assaults increased by 8.6%; armed robbery grew by a frightening 44%; unarmed robbery increased by 21%; unlawful entry with intent, including both (UEWI) involving the taking of property and (UEWI) 'other', rose by 3.9%, while motor vehicle theft increased by 6.1%".
"The rise in the number of murders is particularly significant, bearing in mind that the increase took place at the same time as the Federal Government was forcibly appropriating people's firearms, premised on the argument that it would lead to a 'safer community' - the increase becomes even more dramatic if one allows for the 35 murders in one incident in 1996. Similarly, the enormous increase in the number of both armed and unarmed robberies raises some serious doubts about the government's claims. According to the ABS data, armed robbery underwent the most significant increase of any category of crime in 1997.
"Comparing the 1997 murder rates with the levels of firearm density within particular states also brings up some critical questions about the supposed relationship between homicide and gun ownership. According to the ABS figures, Western Australia, which is generally acknowledged as having the lowest firearm ownership density per head of population, with around 7.8% of persons over the age of 15 owning a gun, currently has a murder rate of 1.67 persons per 100,000.
"Tasmania, however, with the highest ratio of gun ownership at 13.6%, has a rate of just 1.48 persons per 100,000, 0.19 persons per 100,000 behind Western Australia (despite having nearly twice the number of gun owners per head of population) and 0.26 below the national average of 1.74.
The Northern Territory, on the other hand, which has had firm firearm regulation for some time compared (until recently) to Tasmania's generous laws, nevertheless has a murder rate of 4.28 persons per 100,000, 2.8 times that of Tasmania and almost 2.5 times the average for the rest of the country. Clearly, significant factors which have nothing whatsoever to do with firearm regulation are responsible for overall homicide rates.
"The details of the 1997 murder rate also offer another serious rebuke of the government's claim that 'Australia will be a safer place'. For example, despite the forced statewide surrender of 207,220 firearms (and roughly 640,000 throughout Australia), not only did Victoria's overall number of murders increase by 18% between 1996 and 1997, but the number of homicides committed with a firearm rose by nearly 300%. All jurisdictions, with the exception of the Northern Territory, experienced increases in their overall number of homicide offences in 1997. (Note: allowing for 35 murders in a single incident in 1996 (Martin Bryant), Tasmania's total number of homicides rose from 2 to 7 in 1997.) The total number of homicides committed in Western Australia rose by a very substantial 33%.
"Given the very real growth in serious crime, Australian shooters forced to surrender their firearms to the government would be right in asking just precisely what criteria (Prime Minister) John Howard had in mind for gauging a supposedly "safer community" when he made his predictions during his now infamous flak jacket address to gun owners at Sale in 1996. In assessing the impact of the government's ill-conceived anti-firearm agenda, the Australian Bureau of Statistics data clearly show that Howard's 1996 claims were nothing more than hot air. Indeed, Australia is less safe now than it was before the current Federal regime set about expropriating people's property and attempting to undermine private firearms ownership generally." 1
KNIFE FOR SOME
These are the times in which we live and removing firearms doesn't remove the threat. In China this March, 29 people were killed and another 130 were injured when 10 men armed long knives stormed a train station. Last April, a knife-wielding student stabbed 14 people at a Houston-area community college. December 14, 2013 the same day as the Newtown, Conn., school shooting a man attacked students at an elementary school in central China, wounding 22 children and one adult. Again, the weapon was a knife.
NO PLACE FOR MACE
It is even illegal to carry mace or pepper spray in Australia. Downunder it's referred to as capsicum spray. Let me digress a minute and share that every person especially if you are anti-gun, should carry mace. My dad gave me the first little can when I was in university. Then, most common were the 4" high dispensers that have a very short range of 6 feet max. Now we have several large cans that reach 30 feet. Think about it. If a person is threatening you, in two strides they would literally be on top of you. That's too close to get the little can out of your pocket or purse, remove the safety, aim and spray. Also, when spraying an attacker in close range, there is a large chance of it blowing back into your face. It's like taking aspirin for a headache. Don't fool around with just one and have it do no good. Take 2 and get the job done. Buy the big boy can.
BACK TO PATTY
She must have really caught these Muslims' attention as Patty is only 4' 11" with strawberry blonde hair. Quite a contrast to their dark, swarthy features. Contrary to what you might be thinking, she was dressed very conservatively in a calf-length white skirt and green blouse with a high enough neckline that no cleavage was even close to showing nor was anything see-through. Her hair was characteristically tied back and knowing Patty, she barely had on any makeup, if any.
Since when do we have to be concerned when just going to the grocery store? Apparently - now.
THE ISIS CRISIS SOMETHING TO LOSE YOUR HEAD OVER
It's likely you've heard or read by now that ISIS threatened about 5 weeks ago to hit Western countries with acts of terrorism. The first attacks were to target the UK within a month of this announcement and in the U.S., the month after. They intended to begin their terror reign in Australia last week when a horrific plot was uncovered and 15 Muslims were rounded up by 800 cops. However, only 2 people were charged. And yes, they found a very large, long sword in one of their apartments just right for severing heads. Their plan was to attack Brisbane and Sydney with random beheadings on the streets and to detach Prime Minister Tony Abbott's head.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald today, Abdul Numan Haider 'planned to behead Victoria Police officers and drape bodies in an IS (a.k.a. ISIS, ISIL) flag'. When searched, Haider was found carrying a larger knife and an Islamic State flag. Haider was described as "the most gentle, quiet, loving person" and "a devout Muslim". At a Muslim youth camp last year held in Victoria, he attended every lecture. While he didn't manage to behead these two policemen, Haider stabbed them before being fatally shot by an officer. In a few short months, somewhere between Muslim youth camp and yesterday, Haider was radicalized.
On Sept. 22, ISIS came out with another message specifically threatening the U.S., France and Australia. Think about yesterday's headline from CNN: Western Allies Reject ISIS Leader's Threats Against Their Civilians. Those in denial can reject ISIS' threats all they wish, but that doesn't make these crazies go away. Ask James Foley and Steven Sotloff. They would likely have a different opinion should they be reunited with their heads. Ask Daniel Pearl and British Army soldier, Lee Rigby, who met the same manner of death. Ask murdered David Haines. Whether or not kidnapped and threatened Brit journalists Alan Henning and John Cantlie are likewise beheaded remains to be seen. Also yesterday, The Caliphate Soldiers, a group linked to ISIS, uploaded a video to the Internet, claiming responsibility for kidnapping tourist Herve Gourdel, 55, from Nice, France.
AFTERNOON UPDATE: Hervé Gourdel, who was kidnapped on Sunday, Sept. 21, has just been beheaded. Muslim terrorists said they would kill Gourdel in retaliation for airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State. There are no words for these people…
Nearly every news agency stresses in subsequent articles these were killings were due to a lone wolf, not a terror cell. Based on the actions of Martin Bryant who dropped nearly 60 people in Tasmania and another lunatic, James Holmes, who shot a dozen people dead at a Colorado movie theater last year, this is any less damaging or frightening? It is more media panacea.
After James Foley's beheading, where was Obama? On the links! He took a scant 15 minutes to address this American's outrageous murder and then scampered back to his golf game. Who does this? Whatever your opinion is of George W. Bush, immediately after 911, he gave up golf until after he was out of the presidency, lest in the middle of a crisis, he was perceived as callous and uncaring. Either Obama doesn't give 2 rips about the people he supposedly leads or he is completely blind to public perception.
ISLAM, THE RELIGION OF PEACE
A week ago, Pamela Geller wrote about Muslims slicing off breasts of kidnapped Christian girls in Syria and Iraq. They were also raped repeatedly. Images are too graphic, too brutal to post. There should be no mercy for these savage people who physically resemble humans. Anyone who embraces such practices and desires death instead of cherishing life is beyond most people's understanding. Just guessing, they might have a nasty shock waiting for them when they die.
If any person is still sucking the cyanide that Islam is peaceful, read Monday's statement from Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, senior leader and spokesman for the Islamic State. The following is quoted from South Australia's Adelaide paper. If you know anything about Aussies, much like the Brits, they are masters of understatement. To see a headline such as this Islamic State Leaders Calls for Muslims to Kill Australians in Any Way Possible really makes us worry. We still have 2 sons, 1 daughter and 5 grandkids living Downunder, not to mention a bunch of real friends. No decent human could every embrace this urging. What does this say about them as people? Think about it… They are devoid of a soul.
“If you can kill a disbelieving American or European especially the spiteful and filthy French or an Australian, or a Canadian, or any other disbeliever from the disbelievers waging war, including the citizens of the countries that entered into a coalition against the Islamic State, then rely upon Allah, and kill him in any manner or way however it may be,” he said.
“Do not ask for anyone’s advice and do not seek anyone’s verdict. Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military.”
"He calls on all believers and any mujahideen in Australia to kill any of the allies, saying it is legal for any Muslim to kill any disbeliever.
“If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies,” he says.
“Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him.
“If you are unable to do so, then burn his home, car, or business, or destroy his crops … if you are unable to do so, then spit in his face.”
Yet PM Tony Abbott echoes Obama's sentiments that these statements and others like these are about terrorism, not Islam. Really? Then why does this Islamic leader encourage all manner of killing literally in the same breath saying to "rely on Allah".
Religion of peace? Not feeling it. When do we cease giving Islam a pass so to not offend? This and other very tiresome lines of thought has moved America away from God while promoting atheists' and wiccan preferences. As Paul Hellyer, formerly among Canada's cabinet and Parliament, adroitly pointed out on Coast To Coast AM the other night, America has moved away from its founding roots, away from Christianity and that a move back to those roots is America's only salvation.
NO PEACE, JUST BULLDUST AND SHARP SWORDS
With this in mind, understand that Patty lives in a town of about 100K people, some 8 hours away from Brisbane, but with 6 mosques close by. How many are in your area? This Wikipedia list is not exhaustive but includes over 2100 mosques just in America as of 2010. Consider that their numbers rocketed 74% in the past decade. In the intervening 4 years, the numbers have likely further escalated. Contrary to what Obama and other politically correct people prefer to put forth, certain surahs (chapters) in the Quran do advocate violence against unbelievers in Allah's name and lying to us for whatever purpose is fine. According to The Religion of Peace.com:
"The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called 'hypocrites' and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.
"Unlike nearly all of the Old Testament verses of violence, the verses of violence in the Quran are mostly open-ended, meaning that they are not restrained by the historical context of the surrounding text. They are part of the eternal, unchanging word of Allah, and just as relevant or subjective as anything else in the Quran.
"The context of violent passages is more ambiguous than might be expected of a perfect book from a loving God, however this can work both ways. Most of today's Muslims exercise a personal choice to interpret their holy book's call to arms according to their own moral preconceptions about justifiable violence. Apologists cater to their preferences with tenuous arguments that gloss over historical fact and generally do not stand up to scrutiny. Still, it is important to note that the problem is not bad people, but bad ideology.
"Unfortunately, there are very few verses of tolerance and peace to abrogate or even balance out the many that call for nonbelievers to be fought and subdued until they either accept humiliation, convert to Islam, or are killed. Muhammad's own martial legacy - and that of his companions - along with the remarkable stress on violence found in the Quran have produced a trail of blood and tears across world history."
Pray for Christians and Jews everywhere. The barbarians are in our midsts.
1 "Firearm Control - Assessing the Impact", Paul Peake, Sporting Shooters' Association of Australia, September 1998