FBI-Bundy Standoff Ends Badly

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium Online

 

The Author trains at First Army Trainer-Mentor Academy at Camp Shelby, MS.

The Author trains at First Army Trainer-Mentor Academy at Camp Shelby, MS.

I wanted to comment on this issue before it got too stale. As you may have heard, the FBI-BLM-Bundy Rancher standoff in Oregon has ended and it ended badly. What I want to comment about is the drone overhead video of the felony stop and the subsequent shooting death of Bundy ally LaVoy Finicum.

Normally I’m pretty pro-law enforcement, but I’m going to criticize them so hopefully they’re not too thin skinned. You might ask the question, “Ok Mr. Blogger smarty-pants, Mr. Arm Chair General! What makes you think you are qualified to critique video of a law enforcement felony stop!? What are you? Rambo?!”

Let me put your concerns to rest. I am a retired Captain in the Army Reserve with 22 years of experience. I worked with law enforcement providing security during the Republican National Convention of 2008 here in Minneapolis and I have great respect for them. My last job was as a team leader for about 30 trainer-mentors whose sole job was to assist in the training and education of military units going to war. I am a graduate of the First Army Training Academy which focused on training new trainer mentors to do their job. There’s a picture of me somewhere on the internet at the First Army school at Camp Shelby Mississippi on my birthday playing OPFOR sniper for my fellow classmates. So there’s that.

I’ve attached a video that basically expresses my views on how the situation went down, so I won’t belabor any points. I will also include the original video so you have a clear understanding of what I’m saying. I will say this at the outset. As a trainer mentor one of the first things I would do in an After Action Review of a training exercise is I would use the Socratic method with the BLUFOR commander and try to get him to tell me in his own words what was the plan going in, how they deviated from the plan, what went wrong, what went right, lessons learned. At the end of the briefing I would try to get the commander and unit members to pin the rose of responsibility over lessons learned in order that they take ownership of their improvement plan going forward.

So here’s my take. BLUFOR, or the law enforcement guys, did much better in this situation than they did many years ago in Ruby Ridge and Waco Texas. The loss of life here, while tragic, was much less than at these other two previous events, so thank you for keeping the casualty count down.

I think LE has learned some important lessons from Ruby Ridge and Waco that they put into practice here in Oregon. By calling the suspects out of their defensive position rather than meeting them in a fortified location, the LE guys took control of the situation and fought the battle on ground of their own chosing. Sun Tzu would have been proud.

 

I have this criticism however. What was with the circular ambush? If you look at the video, you see that you have officers hunkered down behind their vehicles blocking the road. The location of the vehicles forced the driver, LaVoy Finicum to drive off the road and get stuck in the snow, which to me seemed like part of their plan. Unable to continue to go forward, the driver exited the vehicle and is almost immediately shot by a flanker from the woodline. To me this raises three points. One: he was a little too quick to shoot. There was no negotiation, there was no orders from the officer. The driver was out of the vehicle, hands up don’t shoot, he reaches for his pocket and down he goes, shot dead.

I would like to ask this officer, what was going through your mind when the gentleman came out of the car with his hands up? Did you think to give an order to lay down and surrender. Did you use any less-than-lethal methods to get him to surrender?

Inevitably the lawyers for the state will argue that officer was justifiably afraid for his life and when he saw the subject reaching for his pocket, he feared the worst, gun or bomb or what have you. But from the point of view of the overhead drone, that defense doesn’t seem clear cut. There was no exchange of gunfire to this point, no threat to the officer, the guy clearly had his hands up most of the time and had his back turned to the officer when he was shot. What threat was he to you?

You might say he was charging the officer. Huh? This is a 55-year old guy allegedly charging uphill through deep snow. You could have watched him charge you for 10 minutes before he fell down from exhaustion or a heart attack. I really don’t see that argument holding up. I see an old guy up to his knees in snow wondering which way to go. I think you could have waited a minute before making the catastrophic decision to shoot.

Secondly: look at where knucklehead is shooting. If you draw an imaginary line from his line of sight through the target subject, what do you see on the other side. That’s right, he’s shooting at his own guys who are huddled behind their vehicles. This is called a circular ambush and it is held in derision for good reason. Imagine if everyone stands in a circle and shoots at a target in the center. What happens? That’s right, everyone in the perimeter of the circle is dead from gunshot wounds. I think in the future, law enforcement should go back to the training range and learn how to conduct an “L” shaped ambush rather than the circular or “O” shaped ambush they  ended up using. The “O” stands for “Oh shit! I shot Johnny! How the Hell did that happen!”

Third and last point for LE BLUFOR! I see you had stun grenades and used them. If Finicum was such a threat, why didn’t you use them to pacify him? He’d be alive today and you wouldn’t be the bad guys in this event. Just sayin’.

I have plenty of criticism for the Bundy’s and their friends. Ever here of a telephone?! You started out OK in all of this. You had a protest and you got on TV. You said your piece about the BLM and land management and the weird situation about those two guys going back to jail after already serving their judge ordered sentences. Great. Then you decided to go off the rails with this wild life refuge occupation. You are not black. You will not be allowed to occupy federal property. I know it’s not fair, get over it. Use the telephone and call your congressman. If your congressman doesn’t answer, get a lawyer and file a civil suit. There are appropriate ways of handling situations like this and armed occupation should be the last resort in a democratic Republic.

As I mention in the video, a guy in Colorado was mad at his legislators after they betrayed their oaths of office and attempted to crush the second amendment. This gentleman put down $4,000 of his own money on a campaign to recall those legislators and he won. Take a page from his book next time.

I’m a little sympathetic to western states where the government owns pretty much 90 percent of the land out there. I’m not sympathetic to the Bundy’s. You live out there on your own with no concept about how the Constitution actually works. You think a gun is the choice of first resort. It isn’t. And you should accept your half of the blame for the death of Mr. Finicum.

We can all learn from this event. I think LE officers will have to answer uncomfortable questions in the civil suit that inevitably follows and be forced to answer why they chose to shoot. It might not go in the direction they want it too. And for the rest of us, this shows that armed confrontation is not the way to go, unless you really like the site of blood. The Founders gave us a process to solve our problems with the government. We should use the Constitution to our advantage, and leave the guns locked up at home.

#bluelivesmatter

#all lives matter

 

 

 

Bill Ayers – Dinesh D’Souza Debate Rematch Scheduled Feb. 3.

by Jeremy Griffith
American Millennium Online

I recently watched a 2014 debate between conservative author and film maker Dinesh D’Souza and liberal educator and Weather Underground Bomber Bill Ayers, and I have a couple of comments. I ran across it recently when I found out he was doing another debate this coming Feb. 3. I unfortunately will not be able to see it live because I will be working, but perhaps You Tube will not fail me and I can view it later.

D’Souza is a gentleman from Indian descent who emigrated to this country as a young man. He has written many bestselling books on conservative/Christian values and has made several movies based on his books, including 2016: Obama’s America, the second most successful political documentary of all time.

Bill Ayers is a retired Chicago College professor and Weather Underground Terrorist. He has been influential in reforming education and it is rumored to have ghost-written Barack Obama’s two biographies.

You can view the whole debate at the link above. I have the following comments.

D’Souza has been a positive apologist for America, praising the greatness of the opportunity of America while at the same time not ignoring the few faults of this country like slavery and the persecution of Native American tribes. During his comments he makes note of the many opportunities the country offers to those who are willing to take them and make the best of them and work hard.

Ayers meanwhile is the typical liberal prof who is eager to note the failings of America while largely ignoring the goodness that America has done in its influence as a world power.

There were a couple of points Ayers tried to make that D’Souza didn’t directly address that I can’t pass up.

In answering a question from an audience member, D’Souza was trying to say that he was a small government guy, that the government doesn’t do anything really well. To this Ayers responded, “you don’t want the EPA, you don’t want fresh water?” Indicating his belief that only the government can provide for a clean environment. This is before the EPA flooded Colorado waterways with heavy metals after they opened an abandoned mine. So much for the good will and professionalism of the EPA. I would also point out that it was a democratic government responsible for the water contamination of the Flint Michigan drinking water. Nice huh?

Another point. D’Souza tries to make the point, responding to a question by a gay student, that unfortunately now a Christian Conservative trying to get tenure as an educator in today’s public universities has an uphill battle where a minority or LGBT prof would have things working in his or her favor. Ayers called that a straw man argument demanding examples of when that actually happened. Ayers should watch the Ben Stein movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed where Stein sites many examples where science professors attempting to get tenure who espouse a Intelligent Design point of view have been denied tenure and fired for their beliefs.

One other point. D’Souza makes the point that if you put a statue of noted playwright and Atheist Voltaire up in front of a public building, you’ll be applauded. But, if you put a statue of Moses or the 10 Commandments in front of that same building, you will be faced with a class action law suit citing separation of church and state. Ayers makes the point that he things the 10 Commandments are irrelevant and totally out of touch with a modern secular state. Really? I would like to know which of the commandments are out of touch. Do not kill, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not commit adultery. Actually I see why a committed progressive like Ayers and Clinton would be offended. What do you mean, they can’t kill unborn babies, steal money from those who work to give to those who don’t, lie about people they don’t like and ruin their reputations, and their favorite, sleep with someone who is not your wife or husband.

To his credit Ayers is brave for debating D’Souza in a public forum, but you have to remember, he’s on a home field, a university and college where leftist professors have brainwashed the young millennials. D’Souza, an Indian with dark skin is an oddity for the left that they don’t quite know how to handle. It will be interesting to see the upcoming debate on Feb. 3. It is important to remember that D’Souza spent 8 months in prison for violating campaign finance law and had the book thrown at him where a liberal who had done far more would get off with a more minor offense. I look forward to seeing this new debate sometime afterwards to see if D’Souza ups his game, or if Ayers takes the upper hand.

You can see the debate live at  the line below.

LIVE: D’Souza To Go Head-To-Head With Bill Ayers

Other related reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Ayers

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinesh_D%27Souza

 

What if God and The Devil were to have a debate, with the world as the audience?

devil_vs_jesus_by_ongchewpengby Jeremy Griffith
American Millennium Online

The political season is in full swing. The democrats just recently had a debate. The republicans have another debate on Thursday, the last one before the Iowa Caucus. One of the candidates, the frontrunner Donald Trump is skipping out because he thinks Fox News, specifically Megyn Kelly, has been unfair to him. All of this gave me an idea last night. What if God and The Devil had a debate, with all of us as the audience?! Who would moderate? What questions would they ask?

I imagine God the Father would be too important and too busy to show up to such a debate, but perhaps His son Jesus would accept his invitation? The Devil would no doubt show up, after all, he’s got a huge ego and probably wouldn’t trust any of his reprobate minions to give a good showing on his account. So there you have it, the candidates are set.

For the sake of argument, I’ll play the part of the moderator. We can have the debate at our own Rochester Civic Theater here in town, a small intimate setting.

I have no idea what the candidates would answer, so I’m not going to speculate. I’m just going to put out a couple of questions that came to mind last night.

This one is for both the candidates, 1. The Devil, and Jesus. Of the current candidates competing for the presidency of the United States, which one do you like the most? Which one do you like the least?

2. This one is for Jesus. Everyone says you are coming soon, but when exactly will that be, and what does that mean for the people of the Earth?

3. This one is for the Devil. They say you are a liar, a thief and a murderer. How do you respond to those charges and how can anyone believe what you say here today?

4. This one is for both candidates. Some people think that you are both mythical characters, made up out of the imagination of religious men. What would you say to such people?

5. Another question for both candidates. How old is the Universe, and the Earth specifically? Did it take a literal six days as it says in the Bible or did it take much longer?

6. Another one for both candidates. Who are the angels, and the demons? Are they the souls of humans gone to the other side, or are they something different?

7. This one is for Jesus. What will your followers be doing in the afterlife? Is Heaven really as great as they say?

8. For the Devil. What about your followers? Will they be cast into eternal punishment in Hell with you as their ruler, or will you all be cast down for eternal punishment in the lake of fire?

9. Here’s one for Christ. What did Lucifer do or say that got him and his followers kicked out of Heaven? Is there anything he could do or say to get himself back into the good graces of The Almighty?

10. For the Devil. How do you respond to the answer Jesus just gave? If offered amnesty, would you and your followers ever return to the fold, or would you continue your rebellion such as it is?

11. For both candidates. Did evolution happen, and is it happening now? What does that mean for the progression of life on this planet, both animal and human?

12. For the Devil. If for whatever reason you were to win this rebellion and take over as a god, what would your new domain look like? What would that mean for the people of the Earth?

13. Jesus, please respond to the answer Lucifer just gave.

14. For both candidates. The Crusades. During the time known as the Crusades, Christianity and  Islam fought for centuries and there was a lot of bloodshed. Who was right in that conflict, or did both sides share in the fault?

15. This one is for Jesus. They say God is good and can do no wrong, but He allows a lot of bad things to happen here on the Earth. Wars, plagues, suffering. If God is good, why does he allow all of these bad things to happen?

16. The Devil, please respond to the answer Jesus just gave.

17. Back to the Devil for this one. They say you are the ruler of the Earth and are responsible for all the bad things that happen here. You prey on the weakness of men’s minds and cause them to be tempted to be selfish and cruel to one another. Is that true, and if so, what is your motivation?

18. For Jesus, please respond to the answer The Devil just gave.

At the end of the debate I would of course allow a 3 minute time span for each candidate to wrap up their comments. I think that would be very interesting to hear the candidates give a three-minute spiel on whatever topic they wanted.

What other questions would you ask Jesus or the Devil if you had them in a room together? Write us a note and give us your question or just comment on this article. Tell us what you think. The new email address to this blog is americanmillennium@yahoo.com.

We look forward to hearing from you.

FYI. There is little likelihood of such a debate as I imagined above taking place in real life. But we have the next best thing. On February 3, liberal professor and Obama ally Bill Ayers will debate conservative film-maker and author Dinesh D’souza on a live stream. Information is available here. In this day and age, that’s the best we can do people. Apparently these two men have debated before. I’ve not seen the debate, but it is apparently available on You Tube, here. I think I might watch it, since I will likely miss the next one due to work. If you see it, let me know and give your comments. It will be interesting to see since D’Souza just got out of prison after serving 8 months for violating campaign finance laws. Ayers of course was a member of the infamous Weather Underground responsible for bombing the Pentagon and a judge’s house. It should be an interesting debate.

You can contact us at our new email: americanmillennium@yahoo.com.

 

Dealing with the militia: advice for the Sheriff in the Oregon Standoff

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium
Sheriff David Ward with Oregon Militia leader Ammon Bundy. -photo from The Oregonian.

Sheriff David Ward with Oregon Militia leader Ammon Bundy. Ward has done everything right so far in dealing with the militia, but may need help from the state in the near future. -photo from KOIN6.

In regards to the Bundy Militia in Oregon, which have occupied a game reserve in protest of the BLM, the county sheriff there has done everything right. The following is an examination of what he has done and a recommendation of how to conduct himself as the stand off continues.

 

But first, for those of you living under a rock, here is what has happened so far. Father and son ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond have returned to prison for their roles in an alleged arson that happened on federal land in Oregon. They served prison time previously, but the US Attorney, arguing that they were not required to serve the mandatory minimum sentence, successfully petitioned for the longer term and her appeal was upheld. Right or wrong, the Hammonds are returning to jail rather than create a fuss.

 

In protest, Ammon Bundy, son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, and a few followers have taken over a game reserve in Oregon with armed militia. There hasn’t been any violence yet, but the militia seems determined to occupy as long as it takes. Their stated goal is to have the federal government return federal land back to the control of the state. They’ve got a long-standing grudge against Bureau of Land Management, the BLM. You may remember that these are the militia that successfully ran off BLM agents in Nevada after the agents seized cattle owned by Cliven Bundy. The militia’s argument with the BLM may have some legitimacy. Their actions in taking of federal land in protest are not. The Harney County Sheriff was right to ask the militia to leave and we applaud his efforts.

 

David Ward, the Harney County Sheriff, has already met with Bundy and has offered him and his folks free passage out of the park where they are encamped. The meeting they had seemed amicable, but Bundy flat out refused his offer. So the stand off continues.

 

Ward is correct in his belief that he is ultimately responsible for the safety of his county. He is the lowest elected official in that area and he has the authority and responsibility to act at that level. We applaud his efforts and have recommendations as to how he is to conduct himself in the future.

 

We feel that that local law enforcement, while they have the authority to act, may not have the means to act given that they are faced with an unknown number of armed militia. The sheriff might not have the manpower to deal with the situation while at the same time continuing to patrol his county. He may need help. We feel that a call for National Guard troops at this time may be appropriate.

 

Commander of the 1186 MP company is congratulated on a successful mission by his Adjutant General. Military Police companies like the 1186 may be the right fit to deal with a lawless Oregon militia. -photo from The Oregonian.

Commander of the 1186 MP company is congratulated on a successful mission by his Adjutant General. Military Police companies like the 1186 may be the right fit to deal with a lawless Oregon militia. -photo from The Oregonian.

We don’t agree with popular radio personalities who have claimed it is necessary to use National Guard to “shoot and kill” ranchers occupying the wild life refuge. We do think that a unit of National Guard, showing up in armored Humvees and wearing full battle rattle would be a significant show of force to convince the remaining holdouts to leave. We feel that a military police company would be the best unit given the situation to be the tip of the spear.

 

The Bundys think they are the militia. They are not. They are armed ranchers operating in violation of the law. The Official militia of that state Is the Oregon National Guard, acting with the authority of the Governor of that state. The Bundys and their supporters don’t even live there! A military police company activated by the governor in support of the sheriff would be appropriate to maintain law and order and preserve the integrity of the park. As a state asset, they have literally no dog in the fight other than to preserve law and order. An appearance by federal authorities like the ATF or FBI would be seen as an attack and would undoubtedly end badly. An appearance of Battle Hardened National Guard troops would be a significant show of force, but would also be seen as less hostile than the FBI. The Bundys would be foolish to mess with them.

 

It just so happens we have recommendations as to which units to choose for this task. Research shows that the state of Oregon has a numbered Military Police company recently returned from Afghanistan, the 1186 MP Company. Under the leadership of an experienced commander, in concert with the local sheriff, this is the kind of unit I would employ. MPs can speak the language of law enforcement and would work well with the sheriff’s office. It makes sense that they be employed.

 

An individual numbered company doesn’t have as staff to help plan their operations. You need an experienced staff and commander at battalion or brigade level to help them. Oregon has such an element in the form of their 82th Troop Command Brigade. A troop command is a good choice to be the MP company’s higher headquarters in this situation because they are good at dealing with a mish-mash of different battalions and companies, they have an experienced Colonel in command, and he has a staff that is experienced at war gaming and planning. The troop command staff can plan the op, provide logistical support, task other units in support of the MPs and provide oversight. They can operate a Tactical Operations Center (TOC) 24/7 and keep the state Adjutant General and the governor apprised of the day-to-day operations. We feel this is a good fit for this situation.

 

Once employed, what would the National Guard do? If I was the commander, I would roll up to the wildlife center in a column of uparmored Humvees and set up camp right in the front yard of the Bundy militia. An experienced company commander knows how to conduct bilateral negotiations with foreign nationals in theater; he will have an easier time negotiating with militia, and he won’t even need an interpreter! I would set up a permanent radio relay point at the refuge. Four guys with a radio, a Humvee and a tent to monitor the situation there. They would operate 24/7 and be a release valve for the militia, constantly in contact and constantly monitoring.

 

The MP commander would set up shop off sight. He would have a TOC close enough to respond to the refuge with a quick reaction force if need be, but not so close that they would be in danger of attack by the armed militia. Once established, the commander would set up daily patrols of every acre of that park monitoring the activities of the militia. Any person attempting to build fortified battle positions on the park would be arrested. No digging of fighting positions, no obstacle emplacement, nothing. Anybody seen to be attempting to arm the refuge for a long-term siege would be taken into custody by the MPs and turned over to the sheriff. There would be strict shoot, don’t shoot criteria set up for the MPs to prevent any bloodshed, but the MPs would be given the ability to defend themselves if need be.

 

Once established, the MP commander would escort the sheriff onto the property for daily meetings with the militia. I would offer an ultimatum to Bundy. Leave or be arrested, and I would give him a time line, one month perhaps. Up until the deadline, if no crime is committed, the militia would be free to go. After the deadline, charges for disobeying a lawful order and trespassing. And then you lay siege. You let people out, but you forbid any new elements in. No food, no water, nothing.

 

Militia loves the idea of an armed martyrdom for liberty. They’re much less happy if their armed Armageddon is replaced with a boring and painful siege. A dispirited militia would eventually erode when there is nothing to eat and drink. Numbers will dwindle and eventually, a manageable handful of the hard-core supporters will remain. You might even get a full surrender and abandonment of the park.

 

If you go in there guns blazing, as Montel Williams has suggested, you give the militia what they want, civil war. Martyrs will gain sympathy from other supporters elsewhere in the country and you will compound the problem. People will die and it will be ugly. If you send the local state sanctioned militia, the National Guard, along with the local sheriff, you give your cause legitimacy and support for the Bundys, which is already quite low, will fall away.

Sheriff Ward has set the right tone with his actions so far in dealing with the Bundys. If he takes my advice and seeks out the council and support of the local National Guard leaders, I think he will be happier than if he tried to go it alone with the assets he has. Let the state Adjutant General and the Governor help you. Avoid direct clashes and loss of life. If you do this, you will look like the hero and you will have upheld your oath to protect the citizens of your county. Good luck!

 

Further reading:

https://www.rt.com/usa/328231-oregon-militia-bundy-sheriff-standoff/

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-cliven-bundy-fines-20160107-story.html

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/whats-next-for-the-armed-militiamen-in-oregon/

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/agency/army/82tc.htm

http://www.oregonlive.com/clackamascounty/index.ssf/2012/10/oregon_national_guard_holds_de.html

Captain Jeremy Griffith in Baghdad 2007

Captain Jeremy Griffith in Baghdad 2007

Jeremy Griffith is a retired Captain who served in units of the National Guard and Army Reserve. He has been a battle captain serving in support of Operation Caregiver and provided a security detail in support of the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis in 2008. His last posting was as a team leader for trainer mentors in a training support battalion stationed at Fort Snelling, Minnesota.

 

 

Video: The Candidates Speak To Iowa Voters

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

This past weekend we attended the Rising Tide Summit in Cedar Rapids Iowa. The event was sponsored by Freedomworks and hosted by First District Congressman Rod Blum-R. The event was MC’d by conservative radio talk show host Andrew Wilkow.

Below you will see the full video of the individual candidates’ comments at the event, including comments from Rand Paul, Ted Kruz, Carly Fiorina, and Dr. Ben Carson.

(Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. -video by Jeremy Griffith)

(Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. -video by Jeremy Griffith)

(Businesswoman Carly Fiorina. -video by Jeremy Griffith)

(Dr. Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon. -video by Jeremy Griffith)

We unfortunately had a camera issue and were not able to get video of Rick Santorum’s comments. Below is a video shot by Caffeinated Thoughts.

(Rick Santorum speaks at Freedomworks Rising Tide Summit in Cedar Rapids Iowa. -video posted on You Tube by Caffeinated Thoughts.)

Freedomworks Hosts Presidential Hopefuls at Cedar Rapids Rising Tide Summit

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul takes the stage at US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids Iowa. The presidential candidate took part in the Freedomworks Rising Tide Summit Saturday. -photo by Jeremy Griffith

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul takes the stage at US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids Iowa. The presidential candidate took part in the Freedomworks Rising Tide Summit Saturday. -photo by Jeremy Griffith

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium

This Saturday the conservative think tank Freedomworks hosted a successful Rising Tide Summit in Cedar Rapids Iowa, an event that drew over 2,000 participants and included five Republican Presidential hopefuls.

 

The Freedomworks event took place at the US Cellular Center in Downtown Cedar Rapids. Conservative presidential candidates Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Dr. Ben Carson and businesswoman Carly Fiorina spoke to a receptive crowd.

 

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul opened the event. As comfortable in his own skin as he his in denim jeans and shirt sleeves, Paul wowed the crowd with classic libertarianism themes, mostly aimed at young people. Paul remains one of the big mysteries of the 2016 presidential season, bringing in low approval numbers overall, but appealing to small crowds where ever he appears in public. Indeed, you would have thought a rock star had entered the stadium as enthusiastic supporters shouted chants of “President Paul” over and over as they waived Rand Paul campaign signs while waiting in line to enter the arena in the Center atrium.

 

Paul’s comments brought in some of the most enthusiastic and boisterous applause amongst the Iowa conservatives, second only to Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Despite his standing in the national polls, Paul remains one of the most important people in government today. He has been consistent in his opposition to a big government bent on depriving citizens of their constitutional rights for the sake of security while continuing to spy on personal emails and cell phones. In the age of global terror and the NSA, Paul supporters show they are big fans of the Kentucky senator and no fan of government intrusion in their personal lives.

 

But, the Kentucky libertarian would not overshadow Texas Senator Ted Cruz. In a dark suit and reddish brown cowboy boots, the big Texan also established is bone fides as a rock star of the conservative movement, being greeted by thunderous applause. Cruz focused his comments on recent tragic events in San Bernardino California, security and the continuing war on terror. In his comments he promised to destroy ISIS through “carpet bombing” of their desert strong holds.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is is greeted by an enthusiastic Iowa crowd in Cedar Rapids Saturday. -photo by Jeremy Griffith

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is is greeted by an enthusiastic Iowa crowd in Cedar Rapids Saturday. -photo by Jeremy Griffith

“I don’t know if desert sand glows,” bragged Cruz, “but we’re going to find out!”

 

The Iowa crowd didn’t find much they didn’t agree with in Cruz, showing their appreciation over and over with loud applause.

 

Each of the candidates were presented with three questions, usually one or two from a peer over video on the jumbotron screen, and maybe one or two from a live questioner at the event. First District Congressman Rod Blum was a co-host of the event and asked each of the candidates a question. Blum was recently elected to the First Iowa district and has already established himself as an enemy of the establishment Republicans through his opposition vote to House Speaker John Boehner.

 

Other questioners of the candidates present included Louisiana Governor and Presidential Candidate Bobby Jindal, Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, and CKE President and CEO Andrew Puzder, among others.

 

Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds rallies the Iowa conservative troops. -photo by Jeremy Griffith

Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds rallies the Iowa conservative troops. -photo by Jeremy Griffith

The Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds made an appearance to rally local voters to the conservative Republican cause.

 

Conservative radio talk show host Andrew Wilkow did a great job as MCEE of the event, impressing the crowd with his light hearted sense of humor and his gracious and skillful introduction of the various candidates.

 

Dr. Ben Carson was well received at the event as well, delivering a message of personal responsibility and achievement as a way for Americans to bring themselves out of tough economic situations without the help of government. Carson proved he still has a sense of humor regarding criticism of his quite manner and lack of “fire”. “I don’t do that sort of thing,” he said, “because that’s the kind of attitude that scares children!” Not a good way to behave if you’re a pediatric neurosurgeon, he joked.

Dr. Ben Carson was met by an enthusiastic and appreciative crowd. Over 2,000 people participated in the Freedomworks Rising Tide Summit Saturday. -photo by Jeremy Griffith

Dr. Ben Carson was met by an enthusiastic and appreciative crowd. Over 2,000 people participated in the Freedomworks Rising Tide Summit Saturday. -photo by Jeremy Griffith

Carson drew a clear distinction between him and President Barack Obama, calling the media “rabid dogs” for their intense criticism of him, while largely ignoring the blatant flaws of the current president.

 

Carson provided two of the more awkward and silly moments of the event Saturday. Operating under instructions of his Secret Service Protection Detail, Carson left the stage too early before the question and answer session. He had to be drawn back through the tactful nudging of event MCEE Andrew Wilkow who gently chided the Secret Service agents by saying, “are we done with the questions and answer portion?”

 

Radio Talkshow Host Andrew Wilcow (right) introduces Baptist Rev. CL Bryant. Bryant made an appeal for funding on behalf of Freedomworks while Wilcow lent his talents as MCee. -photo by Jeremy Griffith

Radio Talkshow Host Andrew Wilkow (right) introduces Baptist Rev. CL Bryant. Bryant made an appeal for funding on behalf of Freedomworks while Wilcow lent his talents as MCee. -photo by Jeremy Griffith

The video taped question from another presidential candidate, Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana to Dr. Carson was a second awkward moment. Dr. Carson was turning to answer the question when Governor Jindal, in his pre-taped question, launched into a second question.

 

“Yeah, yeah! We got it Bobby!” said Carson, to the amusement of the crowd.

 

Carly Fiorina promises an interesting debate between herself and Hillary Clinton. -photo by Jeremy Griffith

Carly Fiorina promises an interesting debate between herself and Hillary Clinton. -photo by Jeremy Griffith

International businesswoman and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina made an appearance at the event, proving to the crowd that she is a force to be reckoned with in this crowded Republican field.

 

“Admit it to yourselves,” Fiorina said. “It’s a guilty pleasure for you to think about the possibility of a debate between my self and Hillary Clinton!” Fiorina promised to take Democrats and Republicans to task in her administration, once and for all accomplishing what she promises instead of endlessly talking about it and making promises.

 

“It’s time to take our country back,” she said.

 

Rick Santorum tries to sell his National Defense credentials. -photo by Jeremy Griffith

Rick Santorum touts his National Defense credentials. -photo by Jeremy Griffith

Rick Santorum made an appearance at the event, touting his experience fighting and defeating the Clinton machine. He also attempted to establish his credentials in national defense where he has a proven track record. Through the course of the evening, however, it appeared that the crowd was not as enthusiastic about a Santorum candidacy as they were for the candidacy of other contenders who appeared on stage. Santorum’s comments were met with polite applause at several moments but not at the same level as the response to some of the other candidates.

 

Runaway Slave filmmaker Rev. C.L. Bryant made an appearance on behalf of Freedomworks fund raising efforts. He asked for the continued support of the think tank and talked briefly about the unusually high incarceration rate of African-Americans in the United States. Bryant’s comments were well received but also provided the other two more awkward moments of the evening. In the midst of his comments about the incarceration rate and the current state of the United States, Bryant promised a bit of good news. During a pause in Bryant’s comments, a young person in the crowd volunteered the question, “Obama’s Dead?!” The comment seemed to fluster the speaker and was met with quite and a few snicker of nervous laughter. A woman behind me in the upper deck could be heard saying, “not cool” echoing the feeling that the crowd supported the defeat of the current president and his policies, and not personal harm. The Secret Service, quiet professionals, were not amused.

Secret Service not amused by random crowd comment: Obama's Dead?!" -photo by Jeremy Griffith

Secret Service not amused by random crowd comment: “Obama’s dead?!” -photo by Jeremy Griffith

 

In reply to the random comment from the crowd, Bryant replied, “I’m not touching that with a ten foot pole!”

 

“You know the Secret Service is here!” Bryant warned.

 

Overall, the Freedomworks event was well received minus the few random moments of awkwardness. The only other criticisms I have are these. The Secret Service and TSA presence at the beginning of the event for the purposes of screening the public, while understandable, delayed the event as the participants trickled into the hall at a maddingly slow pace. That said, the young agent of the Secret Service that I encountered, the one who wanded me and checked my camera bag, was courteous and professional. In the future I would think that Freedomworks would warn participants to come early and expect the kinds of delays a security screening will guarantee.

Iowa First District Congressman Ron Blum signs Freedomworks pledge to champion conservative values in his state. Talk Show host Andrew Wilcow, left, looks on. -photo by Jeremy Griffith

Iowa First District Congressman Rod Blum signs Freedomworks pledge to champion conservative values in his state. Talk Show host Andrew Wilkow, left, looks on. -photo by Jeremy Griffith

Racist Politico Smears Minority GOP Presidential Candidate with Fraudulent Story about West Point Appointment

by Jeremy Griffith
American Millennium Online

 

Dr. Ben CarsonPolitico writer Kyle Cheney and his liberal news organization is receiving some heat today after fabricating a Dan-Ratheresque lie about claims made by Dr. Ben Carson, the African-American GOP presidential candidate. Caught in a lie meant to smear a minority that they fear, Politico editors are standing by their story despite the backlash from right wing blogs.

 

In a story published November 6th around noon and later updated, Politico claims that Dr. Ben Carson, once a junior ROTC cadet at the high school he attended, was offered an appointment to the prestigious Army Military Academy at West Point but turned it down. The author of the story states that Carson misled people about the appointment and full ride scholarship that didn’t really happen.

 

Says Politico: Ben Carson’s campaign on Friday admitted, in a response to an inquiry from POLITICO, that a central point in his inspirational personal story was fabricated: his application and acceptance into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Read more: http://therightscoop.com/politico-smears-ben-carson-says-he-admits-to-fabricating-story-when-absolutely-not-true/#ixzz3qvM0kAPX

 

Later on in the story, Politico states: When presented with these facts, Carson’s campaign conceded the story was false.

“Dr. Carson was the top ROTC student in the City of Detroit,” campaign manager Barry Bennett wrote in an email to POLITICO. “In that role he was invited to meet General Westmoreland. He believes it was at a banquet. He can’t remember with specificity their brief conversation but it centered around Dr. Carson’s performance as ROTC City Executive Officer.”

“He was introduced to folks from West Point by his ROTC Supervisors,” Bennett added. “They told him they could help him get an appointment based on his grades and performance in ROTC. He considered it but in the end did not seek admission.”

Read more: http://therightscoop.com/politico-smears-ben-carson-says-he-admits-to-fabricating-story-when-absolutely-not-true/#ixzz3qvMrnRqj

 

Conservative blog “The Right Scoop” get’s it right in exposing the hypocrisy in a great piece on this yet another political debacle perpetrated by a liberal news organization on a Republican political candidate. You can read the whole story at the link above. You’ll remember no doubt the political hack job done by CBS’s Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes on then president George W. Bush stating that he had shirked his duties as an Air National Guard pilot to pursue a political career. That whole nonsense was made up based on clearly forged documents made up by another political hack meant to smear Bush. Today Mapes and Rather no longer work at CBS; having been forced into retirement in shame. Don’t worry for them though. Their Hollywood buddies have doubled down on that shame by making and equally fraudulent movie about them starring none other than Robert Redford, a great actor but yet another shill for the liberal left.

 

Rich Lowry talks about this strange development in his column for the New York Post entitled: Dan Rather’s Big Lie Hits the Big Screen.

 

Lowry poignantly writes: In their perversely titled film (Truth), Robert Redford plays Dan Rather, and Cate Blanchet plays Mary Mapes, the erstwhile CBS News anchor and producer who collaborated on a spectacularly flawed September 2004 story about George W. Bush’s National Guard service. Their report should be taught at journalism schools for a long time to come as an object lesson in how not to attempt journalism.

Their report should be taught at journalism schools for a long time to come as an object lesson in how not to attempt journalism. -Rich Lowry, New York Post

It seems to me that so-called journalists can’t seem to learn from the past mistakes of others. The Bush National Guard story where well-known and heralded journalists got fired for fraudulent and shoddy work you would think would be an object lesson. But apparently, Politico doesn’t get it.

 

Lowry’s genius continues later in the story where he writes: In a better world, the bloggers who exposed the malfeasance of these seemingly untouchable mandarins of the media would be the ones to get the feature-length film. Not only did they uncover the truth — to borrow a term — they were plucky underdogs whose exertions to prevail against a broadcasting behemoth signaled the beginning of a new, more democratic era in the history of the country’s media.

In a better world, the bloggers who exposed the malfeasance of these seemingly untouchable mandarins of the media would be the ones to get the feature-length film. Not only did they uncover the truth — to borrow a term — they were plucky underdogs whose exertions to prevail against a broadcasting behemoth signaled the beginning of a new, more democratic era in the history of the country’s media. -Rich Lowry, New York Post

Absolutely right!

 

Politico’s story, like the Dan Rather George Bush story, is yet another political hack job meant to scare voters away from a conservative political candidate that they fear. Far from attempting to demonstrate the real political view and facts of the candidates, the left and their media arm, the main stream press, is obsessed with smearing candidates on the right and provide cover for the candidates on the left.

 

We’ve seen this clearly in the last CNBC GOP debate in Denver where the moderators attempted to excoriate the candidates and where their efforts blew up in their faces when Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and others stood up to them and pointed out their bias to raucous applause. We can only hope that blogs on the right keep up the fight for the truth against these left wing smear jobs.

 

No less than Rush Limbaugh piled on to the Carson West Point story with his expert analysis on his radio show this week. A clip of what Rush said is available here.

 

http://www.wnd.com/2015/11/limbaugh-carson-is-victim-of-electronic-lynching/

 

As the political season continues to unfold, you can expect to see more personal attacks on the candidates on the right, such as Marco Rubio’s credit issues, or Ben Carson’s West Point non-appointment, and more fawning over Hillary Clinton and less about here e-mails, classified documents, Benghazi, or the $6 Billion in tax payer funds she lost while she was Secretary of State.

 

In the leftist’s militaristic fashion it should be pointed out how this story would have gone if we were talking about a right wing media outlet attacking a minority leftist candidate like Barack Obama. Claims of racism would be flying everywhere. Would it be fair to label Politico writers as racist for attacking Ben Carson in this fashion? How much traction would that get?

 

In the end, Ben Carson doesn’t need to cry about racism because he transcends the whole race-baiting scenario. He’s a world famous brain surgeon responsible for saving people’s lives, the lives of young children specifically. Carson is a hero and that scares the left. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to realize that the leftist media is in panic mode in their efforts to discredit strong political opposition form the right.

Related: Ben Carson West Point Story from Politico. 

A Note To Law Enforcement

MN-RochesterPDfrom Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium Online

Nobody likes the blinking lights in their rear view mirror as they are being pulled over by law enforcement; but when you call for help, you want an armed officer there yesterday. It’s time we say thank you to our local men and women, (and dogs) of law enforcement.

I live in southeast Rochester. In my immediate neighborhood, and the extended neighborhood, there is crime. So much so that it can be dangerous. I’ve been awakened at night by gunfire. Not every night, but once in a while. In a park not far from my house, in broad daylight, a thug gunned down other thugs who robbed him previously. Right next to my house, on my very street, an county sheriff’s deputy was assaulted when he stopped an alleged drug trafficker in a routine traffic stop.

This week a Rochester police officer had his legs pinned when a drunk driver who was thrown out of a local bar drove off, struck a couple of cars and smashed into the officer. Nice huh?

In this day and age, there is a lot of animus about police, black lives matter and all of that nonsense. The fact is there are some bad police officers out there, and the system will work to weed those out. But the vast majority of law enforcement officers are hard working, loyal and dedicated. We should give them the benefit of the doubt.

In the upcoming holiday season I suggest that we remember how hard it is to be a cop and keep the neighborhoods safe. If you see a police officer in uniform, waive to him or her and say thank you. If you are an officer, know that we are grateful for your service and we want you to stay safe. We are proud of you and we want you to know it. Feel free to tell us what you need so that we can help you to continue to do the very difficult job that we require you to do. Thank you, and God bless you all.

jlg

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Concerned Veterans for America throws a party, calls for action in Minneapolis

(Highlights of Fort Snelling CVA event. Video by Jeremy Griffith, American Millennium Online.)

by Jeremy Griffith

The American Millennium Online

 

Madison Rising performs at CVA event at Fort Snelling MN 9-12-2015. Photo by Jeremy Griffith.

Madison Rising performs at CVA event at Fort Snelling MN 9-12-2015. – Photo by Jeremy Griffith.

This weekend my girlfriend and I attended an event in Minneapolis for veterans sponsored by Concerned Veterans for America. We had good food and entertainment, with a call to action at the end.

 

This was apparently the last stop of CVA’s Defend America 2015 Tour. Registration was free and they served hot beef and pork sandwiches and pop to those who attended. CVA’s Pete Hegseth headlined the event, flanked by Gold Star Mom Karen Vaughn, Army Ranger Captain Sean Parnell, Jason Quick, and popular musicians Ayla Brown and Madison Rising.

 

Pete Hegseth talks about the failures of the VA. Photo by Jeremy Griffith.

Pete Hegseth talks about the failures of the VA. – Photo by Jeremy Griffith.

Hegseth interests me because we have somewhat of a shared story. We served in the Minnesota National Guard together in the same division around the same time. He served in Afghanistan while I served in Iraq. I met him one time when he was running for congress. I covered his campaign for this blog. He’s gone on from that loss to become an advocate for veterans and a successful radio and TV pundit, now contributing to Fox News on a regular basis.

 

Hegseth high lighted the recent failures of the VA and proposed a way to change it and hold it accountable. He handed out a proposal to those of us who were interested prepared by expert advisors called Fixing Veteran Health Care. The veterans he said have been the victim of a horrible government monopoly where the customers are not valued for who they are: heroes. The employees are secure in the knowledge that they can’t be fired or held in any way accountable for failing to provide adequate service. As I drove to the venue there at Basecamp, located on the unsecure side of Fort Snelling, I pondered this issue as I observed several signs posted right on Fort Snelling property addressing this very issue. They said, “The VA Lied, Veterans Died!” I didn’t get to see what group published the large billboards.

 

I’ve heard it said on Facebook and elsewhere that over a third of all veterans waiting for health care from the Veterans Administration have died while they’ve been waiting. Some of them, too many, suffering while they wait have chosen to commit suicide rather than wait any longer. This is unacceptable to me and many veterans and is one of the reasons I was curious about this rally.

 

Hegseth says their proposal is the beginning of a bill that will be presented to congress to hold VA employees accountable for providing inadequate, (or no) care, giving administrators the ability to fire those employees who under perform, providing the administration has the political will to do so. I’m not convinced that they do provided their history. So far the VA head has resigned, and two people have been fired but none have been prosecuted, problematic considering that administrators in the Arizona VA actually purged patients names on waiting lists so as to make their numbers look better.

 

Outlaw Platoon Leader Sean Parnell. - photo by Jeremy Griffith

Outlaw Platoon Leader Sean Parnell. – photo by Jeremy Griffith

The Defend America tour seems like a political rah rah rally to get veterans fired up to take political action on their own behalf. Interesting if true. Hegseth says he wants to create an Army of veterans who don’t hang up their uniforms and stow their boots after they leave the service, but continually serve their country in the interest of the nation. I have to admit, I’m intrigued by the prospect. I think a lot of veterans of my generation are not interested in the current veterans organizations, who offer a club to drink beer and eat burgers and pull on pull tabs while telling war stories with other veterans. We want something a little more involved. This might be it. I signed on for grass roots training later this month. I’ll let you know what I learn.

 

This week was the anniversary of 9-11 and many of us remember that fateful day with sadness and loss. I remember it for another reason. On this day last year, my girlfriend turned fiancé passed her test in Minneapolis to become a US Citizen. Emigrating from the Philippines 8 years ago, she has settled in to the American way of life such as it is. She often says, watching the news of the day, that America isn’t the America it once was and I agree. This was a good way for us to celebrate her anniversary. She was all smiles that evening and it was great to see.

 

New friends made at CVA event at Fort Snelling , MN. -photo by Jeremy Griffith.

New friends made at CVA event at Fort Snelling , MN. -photo by Jeremy Griffith.

We sat across from new friends we’d just made. She met a Filipina married to an American gentleman and they became Facebook friends on the spot. Across from me, talking about weird coincidences, sat John, a former Command Sergeant Major from my old unit. I retired in January of this year from 1-340th Training Support Battalion there at Fort Snelling. He had served as that unit’s Sergeant Major until his retirement in 2005. Small world. I think everyone enjoyed the show and learned something new.

 

Army Veteran Sean Parnell spoke with passion about his unit’s service in Afghanistan, telling about one harrowing day of battle there where everyone in his small platoon sustained injuries fighting off Al Qaeda forces. Parnell is the author of The Outlaw Platoon, which is now going to be on my reading list. His story of courage was very moving.

 

Ayla Brown performs. - photo by Jeremy Griffith

Ayla Brown performs. – photo by Jeremy Griffith

Country Singer Ayla Brown and patriotic rock group Madison Rising performed at the event. The most interesting moment however was when Gold Star Mom Karen Vaughn got up to speak. She is the mother of fallen Navy SEAL hero Aaron Vaughn, a member of SEAL Team 6 who died with some of his colleagues on Aug. 6, 2011. Her story of her son’s courage and determination was riveting and made everyone’s eyes water. You can watch her testimony on You Tube and see for yourself.

 

Gold Star Mom Karen Vaughn talks about the sacrifice of her son, Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn. - photo by Jeremy Griffith.

Gold Star Mom Karen Vaughn talks about the sacrifice of her son, Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn. – photo by Jeremy Griffith.

I actually had low expectations of this event but I was actually pleasantly surprised. I’m eager to learn more about this organization. I will let you know more as I go. Attached you’ll find links to the highlights I shot of this event plus You Tube video of previous events on this tour.

(Video from Concerned Veterans For America – Defend America Tour, Austin Texas 2015.)

Glenn Beck Vows To Save Besieged Christian Families from the Middle East by Bringing Them to the United States

by Jeremy Griffith

The American Millennium Online

Glenn Beck speaks in Birmingham, Alabama.

Glenn Beck speaks in Birmingham, Alabama.

Late last month supporters of Glenn Beck, the popular conservative radio host, marched in Birmingham, Alabama as part of his Restoring Unity Event. The march garnered over 20,000 participants. Beck spoke at a local church there and made an astonishing announcement: that he was seeking to raise $10 million to bring 400 families of Christians besieged by ISIS in Iraq here to the United States, thus saving their lives.You can read about the Restoring Unity Rally here if you missed it and here for yourself his astonishing claims.

The American Millennium is a small one man blog for conservative thought. We would like to do our part to add to the Nazarne Fund by raising awareness and funds on our own. All the proceeds of this fund will go to Mercuryone.Org’s Nazarene Fund where the money will be used to bring Christian Families who want to leave the war zone to come here to the United States.

American Millennium has one more call to action: that people of Rochester Minnesota take a copy of this blog to your churches and secure from your congregations a vow that you will voluntarily bring a Christian Family here to your community and sponsor them until they can get on their feet and support themselves. The issue of illegal immigration is a tender one right now. It is our view that if these Christians from the most ancient Christian communities are not brought out, then we will be giving tacit permission to ISIS to slaughter these people and wipe them out. I don’t want to be responsible for that genocide.

If you approach your churches and you receive permission from your church councils to adopt a family, we would like to hear about it. Just email us at coyote61a@gmail.com and let us know your intentions. And then donate to the campaign listed below, or go to MercuryOne.org and donate directly. All of the funds donated to NazarneFund-Rochester will go directly to Mercury One. Your efforts are appreciated. Pay attention to this blog and the Glenn Beck Show and the Blaze for more information about this issue.

Jeremy Griffith

Creator of The American Millennium Online

http://www.mercuryone.org/

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/08/21/glenn-beck-vows-to-walk-middle-east-religious-persecution-victims-across-the-u-s-border-himself-if-sufficient-funds-can-be-raised/

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/08/29/glenn-becks-electrifying-never-again-is-now-speech-poses-major-challenge-stand-against-the-tide-of-evil/

 

Reich is Wrong on Iran

(Robert Reich on behalf of MoveOn.org on the US-Iran Accord.)

(Dennis Prager delivers a message on the US-Iran Deal.)

by Jeremy Griffith

Creator of The American Millennium

Robert Reich, a former Clinton Crony speaking on behalf of political action organization built by the Clintons, MoveOn.org, would like you to think that the current US-Iran Accord is a good idea, that it will lead to peace, and opposition to it will only lead to war. He’s wrong, dead wrong and here’s why.

 

Nations that want peace don’t call for the destruction of other nations. They try to work things out with other nations and find common ground. Iran, a Muslim Theocracy disguised as a Republic, has never done so. In fact, the sole aim of the Iranian Republic (Theocracy) is to dominate the Muslim World, destroy the Jewish State of Israel and then conquer or destroy the United States of America, who it calls, the Great Satan. Israel they call, the Little Satan.

 

From its inception, the Iranian nation has been opposed to a Jewish state and have fought for it’s destruction. They were involved in the Israeli war of independence, which Israel won handily despite overwhelming odds. They support terror organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas within Palestine, which constantly barrage Israel with rockets and car bombs, forcing the Israeli Defense Forces to retaliate in their defense. Iran has fought a proxy war in Iraq where they’ve tried to destabilize that nation’s provisional government and have been responsible for murdering over a thousand of our servicemen and women with their roadside bombs. The name of the nation, Iran, means Arryian in Arabic. Iran was a close ally with Nazi Germany and was all in favor of the destruction of European Jews at the hands of Hitler’s forces. They have one united worldview in that regard. Fortunately the Evil of Hitler’s Nazis has left the planet. But Evil still remains in the form of the Iranian government, led by radical Muslim cleric Ayatollah Khamenei.

 

People like Robert Reich believe you can make peace with these people. But they have no intention of honoring a peace. Like Britian’s Neville Chamberlain, Barack Obama and his allies go to make a deal with the devil that will all but assure the Iranians get the bomb, which they have stated they are more than happy to use. Winston Churchill, the next prime minister of Britain, that great leader, saw the danger of the Nazis and of Islam, and he fought against it his whole life. He steadied his nation and eventually led the way to ultimate victory against that Evil, with the help of the United States.

 

The world has a new Churchillian hero, the Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, who continually warns against the dangerous course the US is taking. They’ve ceded every point to the Iranians. There will be no rigorous inspections of Iran’s nuclear sites, Iran will be allowed to do their own. Iran will get 150 billion in assets unfrozen which they will inevitably use for terror around the world. Military leaders on house arrest in Iran due to previous harsh sanctions are now free to roam, to visit Russia and plot more mischief around the world.

Congress had a chance to oppose this terrible deal, but they chose instead to vote in favor, locking the US into inevitable war. Some have even surmised that such a deal would require that if Iran goes to war with Israel, which is it’s aim, that the US would be required to enter that war on behalf of Iran against our most loyal friend and ally Israel.

 

Reich is an intellectual. He’s very good at making his argument. He says the only course other than this deal is war. Well Dennis Prager thinks otherwise. The answer to war is to continue with the rigorous sanctions that kept Iran largely in check. Peace Through Strength as Ronald Reagan envisioned it is how to face Evil in the world and is the strategy Reagan used to defeat the Soviet Union without firing a shot.

 

Reich makes distracting arguments to confuse young millenials who are afraid of all out war. He says the 12-year war we’ve been fighting is too costly, to injurious, and the cost in treasure takes away valuable assets required to help the American people at home. If the liberal progressive governments would spend discretionary funds more wisely, our schools would not be so ineffectual, our streets and bridges broken, and our infrastructure in such dire need of repair. Indeed, the US spends billions on health care and social welfare on people who are here illegally, because they don’t believe it is necessary to defend US sovereignty.

 

In my view, Prager makes the better argument. We need to put Iran on notice, and reinstate the sanctions that will keep the monster in it’s cage. We need new leadership in Washington, not those who will rush off to war, but those who will not shrink form defending US interests and the interests of our allies around the world.

 

Check out some of Reich’s claims about the budget and discretionary spending here. And then decide for yourself who is right, Reich, or Prager.

https://www.nationalpriorities.org/budget-basics/federal-budget-101/spending/

The author at Fort Snelling, MN

The author at Fort Snelling, MN

 

Dueling Marches

by Jeremy Griffith

American Millennium Online

 

Dueling marches competed for media attention Saturday, one at the Minnesota State Fair in Minneapolis and one in Birmingham, Alabama; one conducted by #blacklivesmatter, the other by radio talk show host Glenn Beck.

The Black Lives Matter protest march clearly won the media coverage battle, but only garnered 300 or so actual participants. In contrast, the Glenn Beck #All Lives Matter march garnered 20,000-30-000 marchers while being largely invisible to the national media.

Along the mile and a half march route past the State Fair Grounds marchers enjoyed police escort while at the same time chanting the anti-police epithet “pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon”. In contrast, marchers at the Beck rally were peaceful and carried signs with slogans of peace such as All Lives Matter, God is the Answer and Love One Another.

There were no injuries or law enforcement confrontations at either march.

The Birmingham march drew such celebrities such as world famous star and martial artist Chuck Norris and Alveda King, the niece of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For more on the marches in Minneapolis and Birmingham, go to the following links below.

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/black-lives-matter-march/2015/08/29/id/672609/

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/252328-glenn-beck-touts-all-lives-matter-rally-as-biggest-in

 

 

Build Your Own Temple: Making Sense of the Tragedy in Virginia

By Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium Online

 

Many of you already know that yesterday a deranged young man destroyed the lives of two TV journalists in Virginia. It has been remarked that it is the first Social Media murder ever, since it happened on live TV.

 

Apparently it was the gunman’s goal to create horror and fear in people and to incite a race war. He deliberately destroyed the lives of his former co-workers and every life that touches theirs, who holds them dear.

 

Attempting to make sense of the senseless, I called my brother, a much wiser man than me. He put it to me in this way. He said, we all have to build the temple from our end.

 

It was like an experience he had in Bosnia in the service. There were people in tanks destroying a bridge. They were not able to appreciate the functionality and beauty of the bridge, were jealous of the artistry of those who created it, and in their jealousy and resentment, unable to produce a work of their own as beautiful, they chose to destroy and tear down that which others had built.

 

That is what I think encapsulated the mind of this person who murdered those innocent journalists in Virginia yesterday. A former TV journalist himself, he was never able to enjoy the same success as that of his coworkers. Unable to emulate their success, and unwilling to do the hard work on his own, he chose instead to tear down others.

 

The Bible tells us, “Do you not know that you are God’s Temple, and the spirit of the Lord dwell’s within you?” My brother put it to me this way. You have to do the work to build your life as a temple of God. You are building your end of a great extension bridge that leads to God. And God is building the bridge from the other end. It is futile to focus on the beauty of the bridges or temples of others. While you can appreciate the work of others, you have to work on your own. It is useless to try to tear down the bridges and temples of others and will only lead to your own destruction.

 

My brother’s daughter plays the flute, and plays it beautifully. He goes to her concerts and listens. He tells me he will never play the flute, but he appreciates the artistry and skill it takes to play a piece of music. I have seen some magnificent things in my life, the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount in Israel, the Great Pyramids in Egypt, the Cairo Museum, Mesada. In Germany I walked through a great museum dedicated to work made completely of porcelain. I will never have the skill to create such artifacts of beauty. I’m not supposed to. But I can appreciate the hard work and skill of others. I’m supposed to be working on my own temple or bridge, such as it is.

 

In many ways the individual who committed those awful murders is not unlike the Taliban, or Isis today, who are tearing down the things that others have built. They don’t believe in the gods of others and so they cannot appreciate the artistry and beauty. In 2001 the Taliban destroyed the beautiful statues of Buddha in Afghanistan. Today Isis is tearing down the monuments of others in Syria and Iraq. Moreover, they are destroying the lives of others who are not like themselves, Christians, Yezidis, and even other Muslims. Unable to build the temple from their end, they have to pull down the walls of others. Ultimately they will only destroy themselves, as this young murderer has done.

 

In the Bible there is a story about the city of Jerusalem. There was no wall around the city to protect it from invaders, and so the people were instructed to build their own portion of a wall, nearest to where they live. Everyone pitched in and built the wall, and so it got done much faster than if it had built by a crew of workman, and everyone had a hand in its construction. We all have a role to play in building the wall around our city. We must each concentrate on doing our part.

 

In our lives we may only lay a few stones in our temple or bridge, and that’s ok, because God is doing the vast majority of the work anyway, from His end. We won’t meet him in the middle; we won’t even make it a quarter of the way. But we must lay as many stones as we can in our lifetimes, and allow God to do the rest.

 

If you are building a temple, why would you let things that are unclean enter? That is what this young man did. Described as a troubled gay, black man, he let hatred and envy into his heart. He was fired over two years ago because he was impossible to work with. Feeling he was wronged apparently, he chose to destroy the lives of those he perceived had wronged him. Unwilling to build his own temple and to continue to work to build his own life, he tore down what he had built and what others had built as well. Envy, hatred, a feeling of victimhood destroyed him. We shouldn’t let it destroy us. We have to make our own temples clean so that the Lord will want to dwell within us and complete the work that we are helping Him with.

 

I challenge you to build your temple and to hold in your heart the lives of the people touched by this tragedy. Pray for the families, friends and coworkers of the dead, so that they can feel our love for them, so they won’t be burnt up and destroyed by their grief.

 

This weekend Glenn Beck and company are marching in Birmingham, Alabama. They are marching for unity in a time when the whole country seems to want to tear it all apart. I think we should pray for him and for the people who march for peace and love that the people who want to tear down and burn and create enmity between us are not successful.

 

Build the temple from your end.

 

1 Corinthians 3:10-17 NIV

 

10By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

16Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

Jeremy Griffith at the Temple Mount, Jerusalem 2008

Jeremy Griffith at the Temple Mount, Jerusalem 2008

Road to Fallujah: a review of the documentary film by Mark Manning

by Jeremy Griffith
American Millennium Online

Captain Jeremy Griffith in Baghdad 2007

Captain Jeremy Griffith in Baghdad 2007

I like documentaries, as everyone knows, and I came upon another one on Netflix that I wanted to review that was different than ones I’ve reported on in the past. This one is Road To Fallujah, a documentary by Mark Manning and it takes place in Iraq during the height of the war.

 

Manning reports that he is a retired underwater construction worker who worked on off shore oil rigs for some 20 years before finding an interest in documentary film making. He left his job, took a night class and armed with a camera, he left for Iraq to as he described it to discover the myths of why we went to war in the first place.

 

In the documentary, he follows a number of family members who lost loved ones in Iraq while they were working in Fallujah as contractors. A number of events were boiling up in the city of Fallujah and a couple of American contractors were caught up in the crossfire. The mob shot and killed the contractors, burned them in their car, then hung their bodies on nearby bridge. The event was well documented on news outlets at the time and led to the Marines’ eight-day invasion of the massive city. Reporters of every network, repeating what they heard from military sources, were calling the city of Fallujah a hotbed of insurgency and terrorism. And it was, but Manning and his team tell another story that has been overlooked. He tells the story of the suffering of the civilian population of that city who lived there at the time and were forced to flee the devastation.

 

The viewer will be bombarded with the stories of families who lost loved ones in that battle. The refugee camps in the surrounding hills were filled with the dispossessed who were living under the worst possible conditions, drinking foul water and finding little food or shelter. It’s heart-rending.

 

Manning and his team interview a number of former military members who were involved in the invasion to get their take, which I thought was fair.  All agree that more could be done to protect and sustain the civilian population, but at the time, they complain that resources were being focused on Baghdad, and not on Fallujah. The people of Fallujah had to fend for themselves.

 

I liked this documentary in that it showed me a side of the Iraqi invasion that I hadn’t seen before, that is not often reported on, the civilian casualties. At the same time, I think it unfairly attacks the soldiers who fought there and their leaders who made decisions. Remember that Fallujah, while important and strategic was one eight day battle in a larger campaign to rid the country of insurgency. The reason why the battle was so brief was to prevent civilian casualties from ballooning out of control.

 

A lot of blame has been lain at the feet of the first American Ambassador to Iraq, Paul Bremer, who made the decision to disband the Iraqi Army and recruit a new army in its place. That put a lot of career government officials and soldiers out of a job, many of whom were Bathist party officials loyal to Saddam Hussein. Bremer worried that in leaving those officials in place, the future of Iraq would be jeopardized. Perhaps when the Americans were gone, another Bathist, perhaps a friend of Saddam, would rise to power and take over, governing much the way as Saddam did. Bremer hoped for better and that’s why he did what he did. Was it a mistake? Perhaps. But Bremer’s actions weren’t the only factors. The mistakes of Iraq were compounded by mistakes made by the Iraqi government, with president Al Maliki, who deliberatively separated Sunnis from Shia and alienated them from participation in their own government.  In the film, Bremer gets all the blame. Maliki isn’t even mentioned.

 

And there are other factors. Fallujah didn’t happen in a vacuum. It was a hotbed of the insurgency and they were getting arms and munitions from the Iranian Quds force which they were using to kill Americans and members of the Iraqi provincial government. That had to stop. According to the film maker, American soldiers were terrorizing locals in Fallujah, taking over a local school as their headquarters and preventing school children from going to school. I guarantee nobody was going to school in that environment at that time. Parents and students would have been justifiably upset and would have wanted to protest. Which they did. But, it’s never a good idea to throw rocks at soldiers, they’re libel to fire back, and they did.

 

Manning and his team mates have done a relatively good job putting together this movie and showing that you can’t just paint everyone with the same brush. There was collateral damage with a face and Manning shows that face to you. I don’t like how he relies overmuch with war footage from the news sources, but I suppose it was necessary to tell the story. It would have been dangerous to get his own footage and he wasn’t imbedded with combat units. His safety would not have been guaranteed. It’s important to know what locals in Fallujah felt about the war. It’s also important that that may not have been the same in every area of the country. The Kurdish north for example would have a far different outlook then people living in the center of the country or the south.

 

Sure leaders have made mistakes in the war, but it was a complicated situation. If any one of us had been given the reigns of that operation today, would it have turned out as well, better? Who knows. It’s pointless to speculate. I think that some people would have liked never to have gone over there at all, which is the real point of this movie.

 

Fast forward to today. Whether it is former Saddam Bathists running the country or Islamic Jihadis, the result is much the same, suffering for the Iraqi people with no relief in sight. Someone should do a documentary on that.

 

Desmond Tutu makes a poignant appearance in this film. He says basically if you go to strike your neighbor ultimately you will be surprised that you will injure yourself, and I think that is true. Americans know this instinctively and that is why we hate war. We hate evil too and when evil rises we want to help, which is why we choose to keep our military strong. It’s not simply enough to refrain from striking, what if you see someone striking your neighbor, do you stop them? Or do you stand by and do nothing? We’ve done both. In Rwanda we refrained from action, in Bosnia we stepped in. In both we were criticized.

 

I would recommend this movie to anyone who wants to understand the human cost of war. I give it a 6 out of 10. I think the social political issues are bigger than this one film which is why I recommend you take it with a grain of salt.

Find out more about Road To Fallujah here at http://www.theroadtofallujah.com/.

 

White Shame: MTV Documentary Special Holds Millennials Responsible for Racism They Didn’t Cause

 

By Jeremy Griffith
American Millennium Online

 
 

Jeremy Griffith, the creator of The American Millennium Online.

Jeremy Griffith, the creator of The American Millennium Online.

Last week, MTV released a one-hour special documentary produced and starring by documentarian and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas. The documentary, while interesting and technically well shot and produced, fell short of its goal in my estimation.

 

In the film, Vargas, an undocumented Filipino immigrant, flies around the country and recruits millennial youth to join in a group conversation about race, an interesting premise. In the process of these discussions, Vargas asked the kids to define their beliefs about the meaning of the term ‘white privilege’. In offering their definitions in this heavily edited film, it is not clear if they are just answering the specific questions or they are defining the way they actually feel about being white.

 

In one discussion, a young white college freshman expresses frustration in her efforts to obtain scholarships for her university of choice. The reason, she feels is that far too much emphasis is made to give people of color those scholarships that someone like her should get by merit. When Vargas points out documented evidence that no, whites still get more scholarships as a percentage of population than do people of color, the student became uncomfortable. “I feel like you’re attacking me, “ she confesses.

 

In other conversations it becomes clear that many of the students, especially young males, are unwilling to open up about their feelings of race. They parse their words carefully so as not to come off as being racist.

 

And, that is the over all problem I hade with this short documentary film. Vargas asks carefully crafted questions about race that the young millennials, who don’t have the intellectual tools to recognize the tactics and fight back, are unable to cope with. Vargas’s technique is subtle, but real. He lays all of society’s problems with race squarely at the feet of white people and their white privilege and the youth are unable to fight back because they don’t want to be labeled as racist.

 

The strongest moment in the film happens in a rural white home where a young man is an instructor on the topic of white privilege in schools. His stepfather is a staunch conservative who has no idea of the kind of instructional program his stepson is involved in. Vargas and the young teacher reveal this to the old man and his wife over supper at their home. You can feel the tension in this particular scene as the young teacher expresses his frustration over attempting to talk to his step-father topics where the two men have vastly different views. Any one who has a difficult relationship with his father knows how this feels. It is clear by the look on the older man’s face that he is surprised by his stepson’s comments, and though he doesn’t agree on much, he listens politely. One wonders what the conversation would have been like if the participants were not aware they were being filmed. I feel like this was a great moment in this film, but it is one of only a few. Vargas could have done so much more with moments like this.

 

I would have liked to have seen more interracial interaction. But Vargas chooses to interview young white people almost exclusively, which I think is an opportunity missed. There is one scene where he does have an inter-racial discussion as a white southern gay man invites his black friends home to his mostly white southern community. There is a discussion about race and the black guests react emotionally when some of the young white students cavalierly use the word ghetto in conversation. We’re meant to automatically connect with this emotional young black woman as this supposed ‘trigger word’ is used, but like so much of this film, it falls flat. The word doesn’t have the same emotional impact as the N-word and the filmmaker fails to give back story about why there is such an emotional tie in to this word for this person.

 

There is one more scene that I want to mention. A young man is attempting to organize a city block party in his community but is running into roadblocks. There is a city requirement for a certain number of neighbors to sign off before the party is authorized. Much of this traditionally white community has given way to a huge insurgence of Asian American immigrants. The new immigrants have a sort of closed off community and decline to interact to this man and his petition. “Do you mind that this community has changed so much?” Vargas asked, implying the influx of so many Asians, who apparently don’t speak English and don’t choose to interact with their white neighbors.

 

“No, this is my home. I don’t mind that it’s evolved,” he says.

 

Overall this is a well-organized, well-shot documentary worth seeing. But I think it falls well short of it’s goal of having a well thought discussion about race. The difficulties of race relations in America today are not clear cut and this film makes light of the complexities, unfairly putting most of the blame on white people and unnecessarily shaming white millennial kids who had nothing to do with racism in this country.

Ultimately I feel that we will have an end to racism if we just people in academia and the work place by applying the standard enunciated in Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream, that we all be judged not on the color of our skin but on the content of our character. In order to realize that dream we must do away with artificial programs of favoritism such as affirmative action and base our judgement for everyone on merit and hard work.

Watch the full episode of White People here.

http://www.mtv.com/shows/white-people/white-people-full-episode/1736982/playlist/#id=1736982

 

Three Men and a Truck: Matt and His Friends Help Liberate Libya

A critique of Point and Shoot, a documentary film by rebel filmmaker Matthew VanDyke

By Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium Online

 

Captain Jeremy Griffith in Baghdad 2007

Captain Jeremy Griffith in Baghdad 2007

Recently I watched a war documentary filmed over five years by Matthew VanDyke. I’m a sucker for war films, but this one was way different that anything I’ve seen before, and definitely worth watching. You can find it now on Netflix.

 

The famous author Mark Twain is quoted as saying that the way to learn about a writer is to read his books. I think the same is true of the filmmaker. And so, even though I’ve never met Matt, I feel like I know him after watching this film. Here is a geeky guy from Baltimore, painfully awkward, looking for a “manly adventure”.

 

Most of us would join the military or something and go on deployment, but apparently for this guy, that never crossed his mind. I can see why. The guy is so tall and lanky, and painfully awkward as I said, the MEPS doctor would take one look at him and disqualify him as “unable to adapt to military life”, perhaps find a medical reason for doing so. One glaringly obvious reason to disqualify would be his OCD against bugs, germs, closed in spaces and other phobias that would be prohibitive for the life of a Soldier. And so, there is probably good reason this young man never darkens the door of a recruiter.

 

Instead he gets his Masters degree in Middle Eastern Studies or something and flies off to Africa with his Kawasaki bike and tours the country side for several years, filming himself as he goes. It’s kind of a Che Guevara type of motorcycle adventure, without the homicidal mania and the talk about communism. If that was the sum total of his adventure it would still be worth watching.

 

But the contacts and friendship Matt makes in Kaddafi’s Libya is preamble for the chapters that follow. Matt comes home to his girlfriend, wife? He never explains that part, and then the war in Libya happens and he’s drawn back to a war zone, this time to fight and not to document. In Iraq he embedded for a Baltimore paper to cover the war there from a Soldier’s perspective. They taught him how to load and shoot the various weapon systems. When he got to Libya, his experience handling weapons made him the SME, the subject matter expert, which is a frightening prospect.

 

In the midst of fighting that war he is captured in an ambush and spends a painful 5 months recuperating in solitary confinement in a Libyan prison. He goes a little nuts in prison, as one can well imagine and has visions about how the secretary of state Hillary Clinton comes to his aid and frees him. Of course he realizes after the fact that none of this is true. His release is secured because other prisoners riot and break out of the prison, and just happened to open the door of his cage on their way out the door. Matt is returned to the war and to his friends. He comes to realize that not all of his friends made it, having been killed in the ambush that landed him in prison.

 

Towards the end of the film, Matt describes how he participates in the final fall of the Kaddafi regime, fighting in a major battle. He’s not actually sure if he’s killed anyone, the enemy is always too far away and too impersonal. When he gets up close and personal with one sniper he fires, and misses his target. Then the end of the war arrives and Kaddafi is killed. Matt can take leave of his friends and go home.

 

Before the film wraps up, Matt meets up with his old Libyan friend Nuri. They go to the beach and go for a swim. It’s picturesque, very different from the conflict in the scenes before. Peaceful. There is nothing martial about Matt and his friends at all, they are all just peaceful people caught up in an ugly war for liberty. The videography is great and story is moving. I highly recommend it. Two thumbs up.

 

I’ve seen a few war documentaries in the past and I’ve enjoyed them. But this one is quite different. In this one, an awkward American turns from filmmaker to fighter in less than five years. If you met him on the street, you wouldn’t make him for a combat veteran, not like the ones I’ve seen. But in some ways he’s braver than many combat veterans I know. Courage is when you go outside your comfort zone and do the right thing even though it’s difficult. People who gravitate to the military and go on deployment are brave sure, but they’re built for that sort of thing. It’s not all that far out of their comfort zone. Matt is a fish out of water and yet he adapts. You won’t see him in a Navy SEAL bar acting all cavalier. He looks like a geek from Baltimore, a little more mature than when he left.

 

In some ways I admire this young man more than others who went with regular Army units to fight. When I went to Iraq, I was surrounded with the best trained, best equipped fighting force in the world. I felt pretty safe, having done some of that best of training myself at the home of the Infantry, Fort Benning Georgia. Matt and his friends had nothing; they were three men in a truck. That is a special kind of courage/slash foolishness, sometimes the distinction is too thin to really be sure.

“Matt and his friends had nothing; they were three men in a truck. That is a special kind of courage/slash foolishness, sometimes the distinction is too thin to really be sure.”

In a way I feel smallish following watching this film. I had all the best training in the world and in my retirement I watch angrily as ISIS takes over the greater Middle East, and Iraq where I was stationed for over 15 months. I could train, I could teach, I could mentor, and yet, here I am. I found myself yelling at the screen telling Matt and his friends, maneuver, don’t sit still, flank, find cover, return fire, go! But Matt and his friends didn’t have the training I had, just the availability. As the tragedy of the Christian and Yazidi genocide continues in the Middle East I wonder if more young men of little or no training will take up arms and join the “manly adventure” to liberate oppressed peoples. Maybe those few men and their truck will be more valuable than all the elite brigades the American Military has ever fielded?!

 

 

Science Class Kills Faith Amongst Millennials

 

by Jeremy Griffith
The American Millennium Online
The author at Fort Snelling, MN

The author at Fort Snelling, MN

I’ve often felt that science class kills faith amongst today’s youth and 20-somethings, and that’s too bad because, while science is interesting and helpful in understanding our universe, it doesn’t even touch the most interesting questions such as, “who am I” and “why am I here?”

 

Many years ago now the Star Trek franchise explored this idea in their first motion picture staring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. Shatner played the often emotional hotheaded, hard-charging star ship captain, while Nimoy’s played the alien half-Vulcan character which was much more complex and interesting, complete with a struggle against unnecessary human emotion.

 

Kirk and Spock encounter an alien entity that is on it’s way to Earth, presumably to invade. The crew of the Enterprise must figure out how to stop what appears to be a vastly superior life form before it decimates the planet. They learn through exploration that the life form is something humans created many years ago, a living breathing artificial conscious that is exploring its own meaning and attempting to find it’s “god” or creator.

 

Spock risks his own life to conduct a mind-meld with the creature (don’t make me explain that to non-trekkers!) and discovers the entity’s ulterior motive. There is a touching moment when Spock is recovering in the sick bay of the space ship Enterprise where the Vulcan explains his Earth-shattering discovery to his captain and friend, Jim Kirk. “This simple feeling is beyond Veeger’s (the entity) grasp. No feelings, no hope, no answers. It’s asking questions!”

 

“What questions?” Kirk asks.

 

“Is this, ALL that I Am?” replies Spock, grasping his friend’s hand. “Is there nothing more?!”

 

Science classes in both high school and college kills any pursuit of this question by brain washing students into thinking they are just animals, though high functioning animals on the food chain with the rest of the animals. They are the results of millions, sorry, billions of years of mistakes and chance mutations unguided by any sentient being that eventually ends up in a complex world we live in. Any indication that all this complexity is the result of intelligent design is merely a mirage or coincidence.

 

Serious scientists deny the metaphysical as being non-existent or irrelevant, unless of course they need it to explain something they can’t explain. Frank Sherwin illustrates this phenomenon in his article for ICR “The Strange Metaphysical World of Evolution”. You can read the article here.

 

Sherwin states, “Secular colleges and universities, the media, and the Internet are alive with vitriolic accusations regarding the supposedly unscientific nature of creation science.

“But is evolutionary science itself “scientific”? In opposition to what is normally claimed, it would seem that when it comes to the supernatural, secular science not only believes in it—it also depends on it.”

 

Sherwin sites examples of when supposed secular scientists drift into the metaphysical.

Apparently, evolutionary scientists believe in ghosts. When tetrapod tracks are found in Earth strata far deeper than their fossilized remains, that causes a problem of dates for the evolutionist, a factor of 18 million years worth.

Of course, scientists who believe in abrupt appearance or intelligent design have a solution to this problem. There was a flood and all of these creatures lived around the same time and were buried and fossilized at the same time, a theory the evolutionist totally reject as fantasy. But we are expected to believe in “ghost tracks”?

Sherwin has another example. Evolutionary biologists explain away seemingly complex design as compatible with the evolutionary model by citing, “magic” as their excuse. What?

Kathryn Applegate of BioLogos said, “The bacterial flagellum may look like an outboard motor, but there is at least one profound difference: the flagellum assembles spontaneously, without the help of any conscious agent.” Acknowledging that “the self-assembly of such a complex machine almost defies the imagination,” Dr. Applegate assures the reader that this is not really a problem, because “natural forces work ‘like magic.’”5 

 

A little explanation may be in order. Some bacteria exhibit motility through a projection like a hair that moves in a rotary motion like an outboard boat motor, called a flagellum. It moves them forward and backward, at different speeds and is really complex, making it hard to explain away through evolutionary methods. If evolution were a fact, then any mutation to create such a complex motor would have to be made in one step, which is not what the evolutionary model espouses. Any half measures of evolution would render such a system worthless and would die off before the trait was passed on. And this is a one-celled organism we’re talking about, not a more complex life form like a dog, an ape, or a man.

 

When explaining the motion of the cosmos, and why it defies evolutionary computer models, evolutionists make things up to explain it away, conjuring up dark energy and dark matter to bridge the gap.

 

Frank explains, “evolutionists believe in mysterious powers, like “the 5th Force: a mysterious new power [that] is shaping our cosmos,” according to New Scientist. The article says, “A force that keeps changing its spots might explain the mysteries of dark energy,” although this cryptic dark energy “has never been seen or produced on Earth.”3

Sherwin continues, “Some evolutionists believe in invisible hands:

“Our findings confirm that cooperation does not always require benevolence or deliberate planning. This form of cooperation, at least, is guided by an “invisible hand,” as happens so often in Darwin’s theory of natural selection.4”

 

My millennial nephew would swear that his eyes will bleed if he hears one more time that it takes just as much faith to believe in “science” that it does for “religion” that is translated, “evolution” vs. “creation”. Well cover your eyes and ears young nephew because I would reply that it does, and while evolutionists don’t mention it in textbooks, they sure will cite their faith in candid interviews outside the classroom.

 

Churches help the evolutionists inadvertently by contributing to the millennial unbelief by being irrelevant to their needs. There are ways to reverse that but it will take effort, and that is that churches need to address the issue of science in a way that educates the student on the errors and shortfalls of evolution and presents scientific information about creation that isn’t insulting to the intelligence of our youth. That means that youth pastors will have to get science instruction themselves before they present to the youth. But that is a subject for another day.

Bottom line is this, science is great, but is only one leg of the three legged stool called truth. The other two legs are called religion and philosophy, both touching the metaphysical realm that scientists say don’t exist. Ignoring a thing doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. The problem of who we are, where we came from and what we might become are questions that are too weighty for science alone to answer.

 

 

Response to Celebrity Gun Grabbers

by Jeremy Griffith
American Millennium Online
Jeremy Griffith, the creator of The American Millennium Online.

Jeremy Griffith, the creator of The American Millennium Online.

OK, so the above video is my response to the dopey celebrity gun grabbers in light of the recent events in Charleston. While we morn for the people who died and their families, we are not willing to sacrifice our constitutional rights to self defense because of any tragic event.

Have you noticed the common factor in all of these tragedies? Safe Zones! Safe or gun free zones are not safe. When law abiding citizens are deprived of their right to self defense, the psychopaths come out of the wood work and murder people in mass where they know there won’t be any resistance. There aren’t any mass shootings at police stations or gun shows.

Notice something else. Violence is not limited to guns. All over the world, violent mass casualty events happen in the absence of guns. In Great Britain, a soldier was murdered by a Muslim with an ax adjacent to his own barracks. In Japan, people with long knives murdered many people. In Boston and Oklahoma City, bombs made out of house-hold items were used.

It’s not a matter of the accessibility of guns. It’s the state of the heart and soul of people. And regular folks deserve a fighting chance. A society disarmed by the state is as safe today as a baby seal during hunting season, not very much.

Let’s stop the dopey lists and celebrity videos demanding that the rights of citizens who murdered no one yesterday be sacrificed because some knucklehead racist wanted to start a race war. Let’s use common sense. Bad guys don’t follow laws.

You want to stop these mass casualty events? Buy a gun, take a safety class, get your permit to carry. Don’t live in a state where you can do that? Change the laws or move to a state that recognizes your rights. End of story.

Watch the dopey celebrity gun grabbing video at the website below.

http://www.upworthy.com/one-minute-of-fed-up-celebrities-talking-about-guns-is-actually-worth-your-time?c=ufb3