Sunday, November 29, 2015

Squanto Was Answer to Pilgrim's Prayers In 1620 Plymouth

Before Thanksgiving fades too far in your memory, I wanted to share the amazing story of Squanto who, after his own amazing and tragic journey, presented himself to the starving Pilgrims at Plymouth after half of them had already perished.  Squanto, who had been kidnapped into slavery and taken to Europe where he learned English, was freed and finally made it back to Plymouth to find his entire tribe wiped out by Smallpox. The pilgrims happened to settle in the very place where Squanto grew up. When he presented himself to them, he spoke in perfect English and taught them how to survive in that area.  He must have seemed to be the answer to the Pilgrim's prayers for salvation.

Here's a great account from the Wall Street Journal:

"Every Thanksgiving we remember that, to escape religious persecution, the Pilgrims sailed to the New World, landing at Plymouth Rock in 1620. But numerous trading ships had visited the area earlier. Around 1608 an English ship dropped anchor off the coast of what is today Plymouth, Mass., ostensibly to trade metal goods for the natives’ beads and pelts. The friendly Patuxets received the crew but soon discovered their dark intentions. A number of the braves were brutally captured, taken to Spain and sold into slavery.

One of them, a young man named Tisquantum, or Squanto, was bought by a group of Catholic friars, who evidently treated him well and freed him, even allowing him to dream of somehow returning to the New World, an almost unimaginable thought at the time. Around 1612, Squanto made his way to London, where he stayed with a man named John Slany and learned his ways and language. In 1618, a ship was found, and in return for serving as an interpreter, Squanto would be given one-way passage back to the New World.

After spending a winter in Newfoundland, the ship made its way down the coast of Maine and Cape Cod, where Squanto at last reached his own shore. After 10 years, Squanto returned to the village where he had been born. But when he arrived, to his unfathomable disappointment, there was no one to greet him. What had happened?

It seems that since he had been away, nearly every member of the Patuxets had perished from disease, perhaps smallpox, brought by European ships. Had Squanto not been kidnapped, he would almost surely have died. But perhaps he didn’t feel lucky to have been spared. Surely, he must have wondered how his extraordinary efforts could amount to this. At first he wandered to another Wampanoag tribe, but they weren’t his people. He was a man without a family or tribe, and eventually lived alone in the woods.

But his story didn’t end there. In the bleak November of 1620, the Mayflower passengers, unable to navigate south to the warmer land of Virginia, decided to settle at Plymouth, the very spot where Squanto had grown up. They had come in search of religious freedom, hoping to found a colony based on Christian principles.

Their journey was very difficult, and their celebrated landing on the frigid shores of Plymouth proved even more so. Forced to sleep in miserably wet and cold conditions, many of them fell gravely ill. Half of them died during that terrible winter. One can imagine how they must have wept and wondered how the God they trusted and followed could lead them to this agonizing pass. They seriously considered returning to Europe.

But one day during that spring of 1621, a Wampanoag walked out of the woods to greet them. Somehow he spoke perfect English. In fact, he had lived in London more recently than they had. And if that weren’t strange enough, he had grown up on the exact land where they had settled.

Because of this, he knew everything about how to survive there; not only how to plant corn and squash, but how to find fish and lobsters and eels and much else. The lone Patuxet survivor had nowhere to go, so the Pilgrims adopted him as one of their own and he lived with them on the land of his childhood.

No one disputes that Squanto’s advent among the Pilgrims changed everything, making it possible for them to stay and thrive. Squanto even helped broker a peace with the local tribes, one that lasted 50 years, a staggering accomplishment considering the troubles settlers would face later.

So the question is: Can all of this have been sheer happenstance, as most versions of the story would have us believe? The Pilgrims hardly thought so. To them, Squanto was a living answer to their tearful prayers, an outrageous miracle of God. Plymouth Colony Governor William Bradford declared in his journal that Squanto “became a special instrument sent of God” who didn’t leave them “till he died.”

Indeed, when Squanto died from a mysterious disease in 1622, Bradford wrote that he wanted “the Governor to pray for him, that he might go to the Englishmen’s God in heaven.” And Squanto bequeathed his possessions to the Pilgrims “as remembrances of his love.”

These are historical facts. May we be forgiven for interpreting them as the answered prayers of a suffering people, and a warm touch at the cold dawn of our history of an Almighty Hand?"

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Clashes of Civilization

We're seeing clashes of civilization in both Europe and North America caused by waves of immigrants from less "civilized" countries where there are only poorly performing economies, poor education and very low job skill levels -- all reflecting the lower median intelligence (IQs) in those countries. In the case of Muslims, not only are their median IQs quite low, they also have a culture largely incompatible with the Judeo-Christian culture of Western Europe and the Americas.

Before you think that I'm rascist, when it comes to high IQ populations, it's only Northern Europeans and East Asians (and their descendants) that have the highest IQs of 100 to 108. Most of the rest have median IQs in the 70s and 80s (some in the 90s). This is the basis for the clash of civilizations. White Europeans and their descendants founded the greatest civilizations in world history. But vast swaths of the world, like the Middle East, Africa and Latin America are either in collapse or nearly so. And the blending of these lower IQ populations into the most advanced civilizations in high numbers eventually creates burdens on the citizens (permanent welfare), reduces the country's educational and economic performance and causes unnecessary problems. Japan knows this and doesn't allow it!

I'm reading this morning that, after 40 years of intentionally "diversifying" the previously homogenous (all-white) population of Sweden with large numbers of Muslim Middle Eastern and African immigrants, there are now numerous instances now where locals are burning immigrant centers and there are clashes by people fed-up with the continuing wave of immigration, a growing crime rate and a resentment of large 'welfare' support given these people. In Sweden, these foreigners now comprise 26% of the population (those foreign born or with at least one foreign- born parent).  In reality, these immigrants don't belong there!  It could hardly be more obvious, but the Liberal buffoons remain intentionally ignorant!

Now Sweden is the rape capital of Europe as the Muslim "culture" largely condones rape of women. Shamefully, the media in Sweden refuses to report these crimes as anything other than being committed by "Swedish men" even though they know very well it's being done overwhelmingly by Muslims. And the government keeps bringing in more of them! Outrageous political correctness prevents the reporting of evidence that these immigrants are creating a huge crime problem. Liberals control the media and refuse to report facts that "blow up" their world view. They remain willfully blind and immune to facts and reality or to anything that conflicts with their views! The problem is that they find themselves denying and ignoring nearly everything!  Only if their heads were being sawed off at the hands of a Muslim would there ever be a glint of insight!

Now an even worse and bigger immigration problem is coming to the rest of Europe. Vast throngs of Middle Eastern and African Muslim men are flooding to Europe. These people are fleeing failed cultures and failed countries in the Middle East and Africa as Arab/Muslim cultures in those regions are now completely collapsed. Their culture and countries are collapsed because these populations have lower intelligence, have no skills and extremely inferior education relative to the destination culture. Particularly in Europe, Muslims do not prosper and integrate and remain dependent on welfare assistance. They often create immigrant "ghettos" where crime rates are higher. They re-create the very failed culture that caused them to immigrate! European Liberals refuse to even admit the existence of these ghettos. But the terrorist attacks in France originated in Parisian Muslim ghettos.

In a naked attempt to "buy votes," the US President unlawfully threw open the doors of the US to nearly unlimited immigration of mostly Central Americans and many Mexicans in recent years. Immigrants take advantage of Government-sponsored free resettlement, free local education and free medical treatment at emergency rooms. The idea is to allow these "grateful" people into the country to vote Democratic.

But Latinos are also fleeing largely failed countries with poor economies -- not unlike Muslims that are fleeing their failed countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Although Latinos are much more culturally compatible with the US culture than Muslims, most US citizens want controlled immigration with criteria including a preference for those with higher education and English language skills. Latinos have somewhat lower intelligence (median IQ of ~89), lower quality education, and few to no skills including English compared to White Americans. (Latinos have higher IQ than Muslims or Africans due to blending of European genetics). And there are few jobs being created in the US for them. But like European Liberals, facts or evidence means nothing as they are immune to such things.

US black culture has collapsed with outrageous black-on-black violence,  murders and drug dealing. Like Muslims, US black "culture" is devolving in a dramatic way; 1 in 9 black men is in jail right now, some 56% of gun homicides in the US are committed by blacks, crime is out of control, and black families with intact parents are rare. It's getting worse too. These lower IQ black people remain a huge burden to the US and represent a serious clash of civilization with the rest of the country. Black citizens are receiving income support and welfare which is, in fact, encouraging the collapse of families, a lack of personal responsibility and has created a culture of dependency. And no one can even speak out due to extreme political correctness. Again, there is not a shred of common sense, understanding or real leadership from any black "leader" including the irresponsible Obama.  All of the rest of black leaders are race hustlers, liars, extortionists or criminals.  Expect the decline and devolution to continue and their burden to the country to worsen.

Japan allows no immigration and has intentionally chosen to remain a completely homogeneous culture.  A homogeneous society is a peaceful one where the population has no complaints and no resentments of lesser-performing minorities. The West needs to learn this lesson.

Monday, November 2, 2015

US Challenges Chinese Imperialist Pigs Who Claim Entire S. China Sea

My recent blog mentioned that the Obama administration finally did something correct after being wrong for 7 years. He's decided not to repeat his catastrophic mistake of a full withdrawal in Iraq by maintaining a contingent of soldiers and advisors in Afghanistan.

Now, within days he's done another correct thing. Obama directed a US destroyer to pass within 12 miles of man-made island in the Spratly chain now claimed by the Chinese. Their claim is outrageous given that the Spratlys are at least 500 miles from any Chinese territory. But it's worse than that.

The Chinese claim these islands and basically the entire South China Sea all the way to the Filipino, Vietnam, Malaysian and Brunei coasts. And these claims extend more than a 1000 miles from China. And they have enraged all of the SE Asian neighbors bordering this sea and have been "strong-arming" the Vietnamese and the Filipinos from time to time with showdowns and use of force.

 The Chinese Claim "Ownership" of the Entire South China Sea. To Hell With Everyone Else! This Figure Shows the UN's 200 mile Economic Exclusion Zone recognized by most of the World
Most of the world complies with the UNCLOS, the UN Convention for Law of the Sea which allows for a 200 mile economic exclusion zone for resource exploitation. The countries in SE Asia mostly have agreed to abide by this. Vietnam has already exploited this treaty by selling oil and gas leases out to the 200 mile limit (although they have recently reacted to Chinese aggression by making more claims). In fact, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia all have active drilling and production from leases in the South China sea.  Extending oil/gas leases out to 200 miles is what the US has done for 70 years on both coasts and Gulf of Mexico. So has Mexico for example. The Chinese will have none of that.

Such claims are outrageous and provocative.  It would be as if the US suddenly claims offshore rights all the way to Newfoundland which include active oil and gas production and exploration in offshore Canada! (yes, there is offshore production in Newfoundland).  And it would be like the US claiming the right to drilling in lucrative oil and gas acreage just offshore of Campeche, MX where the Mexicans are producing about 1 million barrels per day. But this is exactly what the Chinese are claiming. They are claiming rights to existing offshore oil and gas production underway in Vietnamese waters! Untenable and outrageous!

For example, in May 2014, China set a drilling rig within the 200 mile exclusion zone claimed by Vietnam but only 75 miles from Hainan Island to drill.  It was accompanied by a huge flotilla of navy ships. Rioting erupted in Vietnam and they chased Chinese nationals out of Vietnam at knifepoint if not gun point.

Basically the Chinese claim to own EVERYTHING!  This is a pure power play that can not stand.

Down with the Chinese Communist imperialist pigs!

Newsflash: Obama Administration Did Something Correct!

Well, surprise surprise! The Obama administration finally did something right! That's big news, since they have been wrong about everything for 7 years.

A few days ago, Obama announced that he won't completely abandon Afghanistan like he did in Iraq. I guess reality clubbed his thick head so hard that it finally penetrated his dumb and petrified brain. Following the US retreat from Iraq, leaving us without any influence there (all because Obama is the most failed and useless negotiator ever), Iraq went down a path of chaos as Al-Maliki substituted unqualified partisans in all the key military positions rendering their military completely and utterly incompetent (as opposed to just incompetent). ISIS erupted and spread like crazy -- kicking Iraqi soldier's butts. And ISIS has spread to every other place where the feckless US foreign-policy has failed: in Libya, Egypt and Syria.

After characterizing ISIS as the "JV" team, Obama touted how successful his drone strike program was in fighting the 'enemy' in both Iraq and Yemen. In both these cases, Obama's "strategies" soon were thoroughly and utterly discredited -- as should be the myth of his competence. Saudi had to put soldiers in Yemen. And now, Iran and Russia have stepped into into the US power vacuum in Iraq and together they are free to operate militarily in both Iraq and Syria. And what's next? Russia and Iran to "operate" in Kuwait, then Saudi Arabia? If that's not bad enough, Obama's incessant support of Iran's insane and evil Ayatollahs, the Obama administration has doggedly negotiated an agreement that gives Iran more than $100 billion to help finance this regional expansion and military adventures. This despite evidence that Iran has been violating and continues to violate this and every other agreement. All this is folly and incoherence is beyond anything ever seen on the world stage. You'd be forgiven if you ask whether Obama is really on our side. The answer to that question is very, very disturbing.

As if these failures aren't extreme enough, Obama's ludicrous program to identify and train "moderate" Syrian "rebels" resulted in only 1 or 2 persons trained and cost of $1/2 billion! Can waste of this magnitude signify some zenith of waste, incompetence and eventual collapse?  After all, such waste is widespread in every part of Big Government. Failures of Big Government really are all around us. What's needed is a total crash and burn to bankrupt the big banks and government itself. Only then can the great US political experiment be rebuilt. And a crash and burn is likely coming.

Obama's damage in the Middle East is catastrophic.  He's a one man wrecking ball in foreign policy. Come to think of it, he's a one-man wrecking ball for US domestic policy too.  Especially his assault on the US Constitutional system-- ignoring, bypassing and marginalizing Congress at every turn. He's declared himself Emperor, only he doesn't have any clothes. And NO ONE is allowed to state the obvious.