Its fitting that May Day, or as it was known in uld times (before Christianity bulldozed everything we Irish owned), Beltane is here as Monday bought our first 90 degree day to Houston. By Memorial Day it seems likely that we’ll have switched to noting days that are not in the 90s.
Beltane or Beltain /ˈbɛlteɪn/ (also Beltine or Beltaine) is the Gaelic May Day festival. Most commonly it is held on 30 April–1 May, or halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. It was observed in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals; along with Samhain, Imbolc and Lughnasadh.
Beltane is mentioned in some of the earliest Irish literature and it is associated with important events in Irish mythology. It marked the beginning of summer and was when cattle were driven out to the summer pastures. Rituals were performed to protect the cattle, crops and people, and to encourage growth. Special bonfires were kindled, and their flames, smoke and ashes were deemed to have protective powers. The people and their cattle would walk around the bonfire, or between two bonfires, and sometimes leap over flames or embers. All household fires would be doused and then re-lit from the Beltane bonfire. Doors, windows, byres and the cattle themselves would be decorated with yellow May flowers, perhaps because they evoked fire. In parts of Ireland, people would make a May Bush; a thorn bush decorated with flowers, ribbons and bright shells. Holy wells were also visited, while Beltane dew was thought to bring beauty and maintain youthfulness. Many of these customs were part of May Day or Midsummer festivals in other parts of Great Britain and Europe.
As a festival, Beltane had largely died-out by the mid-20th century, although some of its customs continued and in some places it has been revived as a cultural event. Since the latter 20th century, Celtic neopagans and Wiccans have observed Beltane, or something based on Beltane, as a religious holiday. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beltane
Shall we proceed? There be a Maypole or 3 to dance ‘bout with some pretty fair maidens before Molly gets home!
Cash, Credit Cards, Gold and Precious Gems Only. No Checks Please!
YES, Just Occasionally, IT IS All Worth It
Just occasionally doing this blog results in the odd hidden perk for Impish or myself.
We make a lasting connection with someone (like him and I for example) or one of our readers (there are several). Then there are the occasional generous donations when we call for help to defray the costs of doing this.
Recently I was the lucky beneficiary of one of these perks. About 2 years ago Poppa Dragon the Most Senior ( aka Impish’s father) made me a very nice carving which actually won Second Place Masters Division in a Wood Carving Exposition.
Poppa Dragon Most Senior used this graphic which you have all seen as the inspirational basis to create a masterful rendition:
See what I mean?
Up until now its been me pride and joy, perched atop my desk hutch proudly displayed and bragged about. While still on display, as well as still extremely near and dear to my heart, recent it’s sort of been eclipsed by an even grander bit of statuary. The new one is a rendering of me as a wee scupper just out o me apprenticeship learning the uld ways from the Druids. Because of course this took place long before the advent of photography me graduation portrait was done in charcoal on parchment. See here:
Well Impish happened ta mention ta me that Poppa Dragon Most Senior was looking about for new inspiration for his next carving project.
I thought with all the folds in me robe, me scythe and froth tankard that me graduation portrait would make a fine challenge for his skills.
Apparently I was right because about a week ago I received this from Dragon Most Senior via Impish:
Pretty good likeness wouldn’t ya be sayin?
‘Tis blessed I am ta be owning not one but two o’ Poppa Dragon Most Senior’s finest works and both with me as the subject ta boot! The young me has joined the old me proudly on display atop my desk hutch and I gaze fondly at them whenever my give me eyes a break timer goes off.
‘Tis this opportunity I’ll be taking ta publicly thank Poppa Dragon Most Senior aka Bob Wydock Sr. for his largess in honoring me with not one but two of his finest works in my opinion.
It’s moments like opening that box and seeing this that help me get over the days when I’m frustrated at preaching to the choir and pissing against the blowhard liberal’s wind that keep me doing this. Thank You Poppa Dragon Most Senior, for honoring me with these fine examples of your talent.
Bide the Wiccan law ye must
In perfect love, in perfect trust
Eight Words the Wiccan Rede fulfill:
An ye harm none, do what ye will.
What ye send forth comes back to thee,
So ever mind the Rule of Three.
Follow this with mind and heart,
And merry ye meet, and merry ye part
There was a young sailor named Bates
Who danced the fandango on skates.
But a fall on his cutlass
Has rendered him nutless,
And practically useless on dates.
A mathematician named Hall
Has a hexahedronical ball,
And the cube of its weight
Times his pecker, plus eight,
Is his phone number – give him a call.
There was a young girl named Ann Heuser
Who swore that no man could surprise her.
But Pabst took a chance,
Found a Schlitz in her pants,
And now she is sadder Budweiser.
There was an old Count of Swoboda
Who would not pay a whore what he owed her.
So with great savoir-faire
She stood on a chair,
And pissed in his whiskey-and-soda.
On a maiden a man once begat
Cute triplets named Nat, Tat and Pat;
‘Twas fun in the breeding
But hell in the feeding:
She hadn’t a spare tit for Tat.
There was a young tar from the sea
Who screwed a baboon in a tree.
The results were most horrid –
All ass and no forehead,
Four balls and a purple goatee.
There was a young lady named White
Found herself in a terrible plight:
A mucker named Tucker
Had struck her, the fucker,
The bugger, the bastard, the shite!
Sobbed the wife of a worrisome veep,
“I’m so tired and worn I could weep.
It’s my husband’s demand
For a tit in each hand –
And the bastard walks ’round in his sleep!”
These two should be self explanatory
I’ve replaced the peanut butter with any of the following- a halved banana slice (because the 2 halves are a better fit and are an easier wrap), a slice of strawberry and finally 3-4 mini marshmallows (don’t try Fluff, yes it is, but then again, no its not the same thing as marshmallows) I’ve also replaced the Nutella with the banana which is great for breakfast.
I’m thinking the tops of those were either sprayed with an olive oil based cooking spray or brushed with melted butter before what appears to me to be Italian or Pizza Seasoning ,Garlic Powder and Parmesan Cheese were sprinkled liberally across them.
I’d heat some Marinara sauce for dipping. Also I think this would work with cut portions of thick sliced deli ham and Swiss. or cooled taco filing mixed with cheddar. You might come up with other combinations too. Brie comes to mind though not what to combine it with off hand
It seems that Archie Comics are tired of ol’ Archie Andrews stinking up their pages with his homespun brand of lovable goodness. So they’ve decided to do what any normal, decent human being would do when they can no longer stand the sight of someone: They are having him killed. Read all about it here: http://tinyurl.com/ljh9gkm
The Top 5 Other Fictional Character Deaths We’d Like to See
5> Michael Knight – KITT runs him over when he catches him looking at a De Lorean
4> Jar Jar Binks – Don’t care how, to be honest
3> Lassie – Falls down a well
2> Bugs Bunny – Tunneling for Pismo Beach, turns right at Albuquerque, emerges at Fukushima
and The Number 1 Other Fictional Character Death We’d Like to See…
1> Dora – Hit by an Explorer
That ought to keep Impish in nightmares for a long while!
We as both a people and a country could afford to take a few lessons &/or pointers in dealing with some modern day issues from our former Parent.
A thought provoking passage written by an Englishman about the current situation in HIS homeland –
Racist – me?
I have been wondering about why Whites are racists, and no other race is …
There are British Africans, British Chinese, British Asian, British Turks, etc, etc, etc
And then there are just British.,. You know what I mean, plain ole English people that were born here. You can include the Welsh, the Scottish and the people who live off our shores of Great Britain on tiny islands Yes, we are all true Brits.
The others that live here say the following: :
You pass me on the street and sneer in my direction. You call me ‘White boy,’ ‘Cracker,’ ‘Honkey,’ ‘Whitey,’ ‘Caveman’…. White trash……our women are ‘White Bread’ & ‘White c–t …. And that’s OK..
But when I call you, Nigger, Spade, Towel head, Sand-nigger, Paki, Camel Jockey, Beaner, Gook, or Chink .. You call me a racist.
You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you… So why are the ghettos the most dangerous places to live?
You have the Muslim Council of Great Britain.
You have Black History Month.
You have swimming pools for Asian women.
You have Islamic banks for Muslims only.
You have Year of the Dragon Day for Chinese people.
If we had a White Pride Day, you would call us racists.
If we had White History Month, we’d be racists.
If we had any organization for only whites to ‘advance’ OUR lives, we’d be racists.
A white woman could not be in the Miss Black Britain or Miss Asia, but any colour can be in the Miss UK .
If we had a college fund that only gave white students scholarships.. You know we’d be racists.
There are over 200 openly proclaimed Muslim only schools in England . Yet if there were ‘White schools only’, that would be a racist school !.
In the Bradford riots and Toxteth riots, you believed that you were standing-up for your race and rights. If we stood-up for our race and rights, you would call us racists.
You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and orange, and you’re not afraid to announce it. But when we announce our white pride, you call us racists.
We fly our flag, we are racists. If we celebrate St’ Georges day we are racists.
You can fly your flag and its called diversity. You celebrate your cultures and its called multiculturalism.
You rob us, carjack us, and rape our daughters. But, when a white police officer arrests a black gang member or beats up an Asian drug dealer running from the law and
posing a threat to society, you call him a racist.
I am proud…. But you call me a racist.
Why is it that only whites can be racists??
There is nothing improper about this editorial.. Let’s see which of you are proud enough (and brave enough) to send it on.
I sadly don’t think many will. That’s why we have LOST most of OUR RIGHTS in this country. We won’t stand up for ourselves!
BEING PROUD TO BE WHITE! It’s not a crime, YET… But getting very close!
We can all see the dire similarities between what was allegedly written by an patriotic English subject and our own problem here in the US.
Americans, especially white conservative Americans, are not only rapidly becoming the minority and increasingly penalized for their racial ethnicity and traditional beliefs, but beat over the head with the race card and unfairly labeled raciest for standing up for themselves.
Time for a bit of a history lesson boys and girls-
“The New Colossus” is a sonnet by American poet Emma Lazarus written in 1883. In 1903, the poem was engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the lower level of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.
The title of the poem and the first two lines refer to the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The poem talks about the millions of immigrants who came to the United States (many of them through Ellis Island at the port of New York).
The “air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame” refers to New York City and Brooklyn, not yet consolidated into one unit in 1883.
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Notice the line in the poem I have highlighted.
Let me translate that into modern speak even those with Ebonics, Hooked on Phonics and Ghettobonics educations can understand…
”Yo Dog! Don’t be bring your tired azzed bullshit into my hood! You come here you got to have and show me respect. Don’t be getting all up in muh grill cause you wuz all bad or special where you wuz. You be in our hood now and you duz yo’ bidnez just likes we duz. Dig?”
MY FIRST POINT: The “Race Card” and the “Equal Opportunity” have had their day. Its past high time to trash both of them! Both are hurting us by contributing detrimentally to our society, our way of life and our economy. Those who use both have abused the hell out of them turning them into crutches they were never meant to be instead of the steps up they were meant as. Even worse yet, liberals have forced the rest of us to sit still for it, allow it and fund it!
Yes I’ll even dare to say the situation has accelerated ever since Obama, the Liberal’s Messiah took office and that his Presidency has enabled if not out right promoted such attitudes.
A coalition of Blacks, Latinos, Feminists, Gays, Government Workers, Union Members, Environmental Extremists, The Media, Hollywood, uninformed young people, the “forever needy,” the chronically unemployed, illegal aliens and other “fellow travelers” have ended Norman Rockwell’s America.
The Cocker Spaniel is off the front porch… The Pit Bull is in the back
yard. The American Constitution has been replaced with Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” and Chicago shyster, David Axelrod, along with international Socialist George Soros will be pulling the strings on their beige puppet to bring us Act 2 of the New World Order.
People like you and I are completely politically irrelevant, and I will never
again comment on or concern myself with the aforementioned coalition which has surrendered our culture, our heritage and our traditions without a shot being fired.
You will never again out-vote these people. It will take individual acts
of defiance and massive displays of civil disobedience [for which we will be labeled Confrontational and therefore terrorists] to get back the rights we have allowed them to take away. It will take Zealots, not moderates & shy not reach-across-the-aisle RINOs to right this ship and restore our beloved country to its former status.
Those who come after us will have to risk their lives, their fortunes and
their sacred honor to bring back the Republic that this generation has
timidly frittered away due to “white guilt” and political correctness…
We welcome people sure. We (IMHO stupidly) have the most open and lax immigration policy of any country IN THE WORLD. We’ve labeled/thought of ourselves as a melting pot yes. Notice the triple emphasized phrase in that last sentence, melting pot, it means our society is an amalgamation, a melding of the beliefs & customs of all of us. IT DOES NOT MEAN we’re a bunch of concierges & caterers willing to bend over backwards for every person arriving here NOT for a fresh start but for an easier (or totally free ride) way of life!
You come here you adapt to US not us to you! Follow our laws. Learn our language. Accept that there are people from many countries ethnicities, and religions here. DO NOT expect us to follow your laws, learn your language to speak to you in our country or adopt your religious beliefs and practices. The damned Jehovah’s Witnesses were here long before you and have had practically no success in converting us (but a great deal in becoming hated for their incessant attempts) so where do you get off thinking your going to force us to adopt ort cater to your religion?!
Don’t like our laws, religions, customs? Don’t try telling me I’m racist in my own land which I have fought and bled for, just get the [expletive deleted] out of my [expletive deleted] country you miserable [expletive deleted} ungrateful for the opportunity we’ve graciously allowed you to join us from your third world backwater [Racial slur deleted] [expletive deleted] and don’t let the exit stamp on your Visa (If you even bothered entering the US legally) catch you in the seat of the pants on the way across our border!
Ahem! I apologize for that last micro rant paragraph folks. I tend to get a little worked up over that issue, particularly as I live with it in my face everyday. Ok moving on to the second lesson we can take from our former parent
Britain Increasingly Invokes Power to Disown Its Citizens
By KATRIN BENNHOLD APRIL 9, 2014 click here for original article.
LONDON — The letter informing Mohamed Sakr that he had been stripped of his British citizenship arrived at his family’s house in London in September 2010. Mr. Sakr, born and raised here by British-Egyptian parents, was in Somalia at the time and was suspected by Western intelligence agencies of being a senior figure in the Shabab, a terrorist group linked to Al Qaeda.
Seventeen months later, an American drone streaked out of the sky in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia and killed Mr. Sakr. An intelligence official quoted in news reports called him a “very senior Egyptian,” though he never held an Egyptian passport. A childhood friend of Mr. Sakr, Bilal al-Berjawi, a Lebanese-Briton also stripped of his citizenship by the British government, was killed in a drone strike a month earlier, after having escaped an attack in June 2011.
Senior American and British officials said there was no link between the British government’s decision to strip the men of their citizenship and the subsequent drone strikes against them, though they said the same intelligence may have led to both actions.
But the sequence of events effectively allowed the British authorities to sidestep questions about due process under British law, mirroring the debate in the United States over the rights of American citizens who are deemed terrorist threats. The United States and Britain have a long history of intelligence sharing and cooperation in fighting terrorist threats.
The cases of Mr. Sakr and Mr. Berjawi are among the most significant relating to the British government’s growing use of its ability to strip citizenship and its associated rights from some Britons at the stroke of a pen, without any public hearing and with only after-the-fact involvement by the courts.
Now, faced with concerns that the steady stream of British Muslims traveling to fight in Syria could pose a threat on their return, Prime Minister David Cameron’s government is pushing legislation that would give it additional flexibility to use the power, which among other things keeps terrorism suspects from re-entering the country.
In many Western countries, including the United States, citizenship is considered a right that cannot be taken away except in very limited cases, such as serving in another nation’s military or having obtained citizenship fraudulently. Others strip citizenship from people who take another passport. Britain, along with Israel, is one of the few countries that can revoke the citizenship of dual nationals — even if they are native born — if they are suspected or convicted of terrorist offenses or acts of disloyalty.
Britain is seeking to expand the practice to naturalized citizens who have no other nationality and would be rendered stateless. Citizenship, in the words of Home Secretary Theresa May, is a “privilege, not a right.”
Britain typically strips people of citizenship when they are outside the country. The procedure requires only that the home secretary find that stripping someone of citizenship would be “conducive to the public good,” then sign a deprivation order and send a letter to the person’s last known address. Loss of citizenship is effective immediately. It can be challenged in court, but that is a difficult task in most cases, given the inability of a targeted person to return to Britain for any proceedings.
“Deprivation can help disrupt the terrorist threat,” John Taylor, the junior minister for criminal information, said in a recent parliamentary debate. Mr. Taylor said the government refused to be “at the whim of other countries’ nationality laws” or the view of a court.
Other countries are watching closely. A Canadian bill giving the government some deprivation powers is now before Parliament. Australia and the Netherlands are considering drafting legislation.
I have selectively truncated the article for the editorial purpose of brevity and keeping this on point.
You can follow the link above to review the full article but I will state that the truncated portion deals largely with the internal debate in England on the subject and does not have a bearing for my purpose on the issue I speak regarding today.
Much was made recently of the decision to target US citizens abroad who were working for terrorist organizations sans trial. In a nutshell:
“An American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials say, and the Obama administration is wrestling with whether to kill him with a drone strike and how to do so legally under its new stricter targeting policy issued last year,” .
The wire service writes that “four U.S. officials said the American suspected terrorist is in a country that refuses U.S. military action on its soil and that has proved unable to go after him.”
The Washington Post, , writes that “U.S. officials” it has spoken with “said that no decision has been reached on whether to add the alleged operative to the administration’s kill list, a step that would require Justice Department approval under new counterterrorism guidelines adopted by President Obama last year.”
CNN writes that a senior U.S. official says “high-level discussions” are under way about “staging an operation to kill an American citizen involved with al-Qaida and suspected of plotting attacks against the United States.”
… a September 2011 drone strike in Yemen killed Anwar al-Awlaki, an Al Qaeda leader who had been born in the United States, and another U.S. citizen, Samir Khan, and after an October 2011 strike killed Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, al-Awlaki’s teenage son and also a U.S. citizen. Some legal scholars and human rights activists complained that it was illegal for the U.S. to kill American citizens away from the battlefield without a trial….
When can a government kill its own people?
The straightforward question has anything but a simple answer, especially for the government of a nation founded on inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Here’s where the lesson we are not learning from our former parent comes in. Were these people (for just and legal cause) stripped of their citizenship, much like England does with their Citizens actively working for terrorist groups abroad, the need to wrestle this thorny problem of when its proper and justified for a government to kill its own citizens would be at an end. In fact the entire matter would become a nonissue moot point because it wouldn’t be happening!
Currently the US Government can revoke US citizenship (the proper term for this being ‘Denaturalization’) for one of 7 specific reasons. Those are:
Involuntary Loss: Denaturalization
Loss of U.S. citizenship does not always have to occur through a voluntary relinquishment. There are several actions that may cause the Department of State (DOS) and USCIS to strip you of your citizenship to the United States. These acts can include:
Naturalizing in a foreign state
Taking an oath or declaration of allegiance to a foreign state
Serving in the armed forces of a foreign state engaged in a conflict with the United States or is an officer of any kind in the armed forces of a foreign state
Being employed by the government of a foreign state if the person has the nationality of that state or took an oath or declaration of allegiance to that state in order to accept the position
Providing false information to the USCIS or misrepresenting yourself during the naturalization process
Refusing to testify in front of Congress about any involvement in subversive activities within 10 years of naturalization
Being convicted of an act of treason against the United States
I propose we amend these guidelines to to reflect the realities of the present day as follows:
Naturalizing in a foreign state
Taking an oath or declaration of allegiance to a foreign state or foreign based terrorist organization.
Serving in the armed forces of a foreign state or foreign based terrorist organization engaged in a conflict with the United States or as an officer, trainer, interpreter, advisor of any kind in the armed forces of a foreign state or foreign based terrorist organization.
Being employed by the government of a foreign state if the person has the nationality of that state or took an oath or declaration of allegiance to that state in order to accept the position
Providing false information to the USCIS or misrepresenting yourself during the naturalization process.
Refusing to testify in front of Congress about any involvement in subversive/ terroristic activities/ associations/fund raising.
Being convicted of an act of treason against the United States. [see definition of Treason and subsequent comments by me below]
Being convicted of an act of Sedition against the United States. [see definition of Sedition and subsequent comments by me below]
Oran’s Dictionary of the Law (1983) defines treason as “…[a]…citizen’s actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation].” In many nations, it is also often considered treason to attempt or conspire to overthrow the government, even if no foreign country is aided or involved by such an endeavor. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treason
Treason is giving an enemy specific information in a time of war as to troop strength, movement, and nature of weaponry. Real time harm is done to the country’s effort in war.
I propose the definition be changed and made broader to include the sort of information a US citizen would have that would make him valuable in the planning of terrorist acts on US soil by foreign based terrorist groups. Further that the term ‘troop(s)’ be changed to include all all enforcement personnel Federal, State & Local, and all Emergency Services Personnel, their response and mass disaster plans and any and all information dealing with security screening concerning any method of mass travel/transit.
Note the underlining in the above paragraph, this is extremely important as this distinction keeps the Government from using the new definition and policy against those US groups and/or member citizens it has defined as terrorists so that they are still subject to due process under the US legal system and afforded all the rights of a US citizen they are entitled to.
Impish will tell you that in the course of his job he frequently runs training scenarios regarding terrorism. In order for these to be a good learning tool there needs to be a more or less constant supply of fresh problems, tricks, traps & gotchas to drive home the point the enemy is motivated, adaptive and clever as well as interested in not only taking out civilians but responders too.
To this end he will readily attest my knowledge (admittedly somewhat out of date & the loop as it might be) as to procedures, responses and what actually happens at a mass causality site has allowed me to provide him with multiple ‘game changers’ which easily and convincingly turn the responders into additional victims or at a minimum make their job exponentially harder. If I can do it off the top of my head for training purposes, just think about what could be accomplished with deliberate acquisition of knowledge and extensive fore planning plus the significantly greater resources groups like AL Qaida have as compared to what Impish and I dreaming up a training scenario and available because of budgetary constraints and training practicalities.
Sedition is the stirring up of rebellion against the government in power. Treason is the violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or state, giving aid to enemies, or levying war against one’s state. Sedition is encouraging one’s fellow citizens to rebel against their state, whereas treason is actually betraying one’s country by aiding and abetting another state. Sedition laws somewhat equate to terrorism and public order laws. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedition
Sedition is encouraging one’s fellow citizens to rebel against their state, whereas treason is actually betraying one’s country by aiding and abetting another state.
Of the two, Sedition is a more slippery commodity, which is why most anti sedition laws have been struck down as an attack on free speech here in America. That is why I propose the definition of Sedition be changed making broader to include terrorism.
The new definition would include such things as fund raising, recruiting, organizing or participating in rallies in support of a foreign based terrorist organization; maintaining websites or means of electronic communication for foreign terrorist groups on US soil, participation in any spontaneous celebration of a terrorist attack by Foreign Based Terrorists on US soil; aiding and abetting known members of foreign terrorist organizations &/or those suspected in having participated or aiding in such attacks successful, failed or aborted and finally the preaching of the values and goals of said organizations under the guise of celebration/observance of a religion.
Certain of these actions after further investigation may be found to rise to the level of treason and being charged with Sedition should not preclude the additional charge of Sedition.
Again note the underlining in the above paragraph, this is extremely important as this distinction keeps the Government from using the new definition and policy against those US groups and/or member citizens it has defined as terrorists so that they are still subject to due process under the US legal system and afforded all the rights of a US citizen they are entitled to.
No where in the Koran, or for that matter the holy books of any other legitimate religion that I am aware of does it say ‘use acts of terrorism against innocents in foreign nations to bring abut our desired religious goals’. Unarguably there are passages in all those same works with fundamentalist zealots can twist and deliberately misinterpret to further their own agendas in the name of their religions. They wish to do that that is their right, just not while enjoying the rights and protection of citizenship in the Nation they are preaching the overthrow of.
By swallowing a little pride opening our eye as well as our minds and learning the first of these two lessons from our former parent Great Britain and applying it properly and vigorously we can stop the stagnation and decline of our once great society. Hopefully we can turn the situation around before we reach the point of no return and lose everything we’ve accomplished in the last 238 years.
By adopting the second example as it applies within the framework of US law we can accomplish many things, avoid a prolonged destructive legal debate over when and what point a citizen becomes a threat to the Nation and eligible for attack in defense of the nation, restore a the status of Citizenship in the Untied States of America to the rare and special privilege it has been in the past which those seeking it in the last decade have sought to deprive it of. Place those who would come here seeking citizenship on notice that all the ‘respect my culture and I refuse to recognize your laws in favor of Sharia Law’ bullshit that has plagued our nation the last 10 years is over and done with. You can assimilate, meld and become part of a great country or we can send you right back to Wherethehelleveryoucamefromistan.
Finally, we can simultaneously make our shores safer while making acts of terrorism and the establishing of networks within the US that much harder for Foreign Terrorist Organizations.