Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Pilot Point is on sale!
I know you all are
already being bombarded with sales of various permutations, so I might as well
Try finding another good
Texas Anglican novel at any price! ;)
I’m hoping this helps you
good readers with your Christmas shopping. I think when you begin reading the novel, relatives,
friends, even enemies will come to mind who would like this as a gift.
But if you just want to
buy it for yourself or as a “Thank you” for my dogged efforts on this blog,
that would be perfectly fine as well.
Here are the most recent posts about Pilot Point, including
some excerpts. And here is the
post announcing the publication of Pilot
Point last year.
You may find the on-sale
Kindle version of Pilot Point here.
Thanks. And may my U. S. friends have a Happy
Thanksgiving. (If my U. K. friends
wish not to celebrate us fleeing your shores, that is very understandable.)
Labels: Pilot Point
Ten Years Ago. . .
Yesterday, it occurred to
me that ten years ago, I was in England for the first time. I was still at my first destination
Cambridge, and still very much in awe of the Chapel of King’s College and of
I had recently become
Anglican, and it was a pilgrimage to my new spiritual roots. (I wish now I had the wisdom when young
to appreciate the glories of Anglicanism and England. But I couldn’t tell an Anglican from an angle. And England interested me little. Yes, I was a hapless fool and didn’t
In hindsight, I was
understandably a bit naïve during my first visit. And today, you would never see me order a HALF-pint with a
meal. I was only beginning to
become aware of the glories of English ale.
England got ahold of me
then and hasn’t let go. Lately, I’ve
been in one of those times when I yearn for England. And in fact, I’ve been looking into the possibility of
further studies there. (I studied at the Center of Medieval and Renaissance
Studies in Oxford in 2007 and did independent study in Oxford in 2011 as long
time readers may recall.) My
chances do not look good, to be honest, at least not to study where I really
want to. But if you wish to pray
for me, don’t let that stop you.
And if you wish to see my
first visit to England through my eyes, my posts from that time are over in the
archives to the right, late November and early December 2005. I regret that readers’ comments have
been lost due to a later technical issue.
I remember getting a lot of support from good readers.
Labels: life, this blog
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Hear No Evil. See No Evil… 2
I won’t delve into the
details of the growing scandal at the U. S. Central Command. Others can do that better than I. But it suffices to say intelligence
analysts were pressured not to be so serious in their assessments of ISIS.
Yes, given the events of
recent weeks and months, this is no trivial scandal.
And, of course, the
question immediately arises: how responsible is Obama for this? I consider it doubtful he was directly
responsible. But indirectly
responsible? Oh, yes.
I have already noted last week that
Obama is not interested in intelligence on terrorism that does not fit his rosy
world view. (And sometimes my
timing on posts is amazing if I say so myself. And I do.) It
is a well known phenomenon that if an executive treats with disdain unpleasant
information and those who provide it to him, then those under him will be all
the more reluctant to provide him with unpleasant information, no matter how
needful it may be.
Whether by intent or by the
withering pressure of group think and of trying to avoid displeasing one’s
superiors, Obama’s Hear No Evil, See No Evil attitude has resulted in Speak No
Evil beneath him in our military intelligence.
And that, in turn, has
helped enable ISIS.
Labels: ISIS, Obama, Obamagate, terrorism
Friday, November 20, 2015
Terrorists Already Have Gotten into the U. S. as “Refugees”
Christians and people of
good will want to be hospitable, especially to those fleeing bad
situations. So it should not
surprise that many of the same well meaning people are allowing those good
instincts to overwhelm common sense and oppose efforts to stop or severely
restrict bringing Middle Eastern “refugees” into the U. S. I see this myself in a number of
personal friends of mine. They are
good people. But on this subject,
they are mistaken.
I’ve already stated that
the very nature of Islam makes allowing the mass migration of Muslims pretty
much a death wish. But, leaving
that aside for now, it has become a meme that the U. S. screens refugees so
closely that we should not be concerned and let those that pass screening right
But it is already evident
that whatever screens we are using, they are not working with Muslim
refugees. Kentucky knows that well:
Of the 31 states that have declared their opposition
to taking in Syrian refugees, one state, Kentucky, has a specific reason to be
wary of the background check process: previously two Iraqi refugees who settled
in Bowling Green turned out to be al Qaeda-linked terrorists with the blood of
American soldiers on their hands, an ABC News investigation found. Both pleaded
guilty to terror-connected charges after trying to acquire heavy weapons while
in America’s heartland.
The 2013 ABC News investigation also revealed that
several dozen other suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some who were
believed to have targeted U.S. troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move
to the U.S. as Iraq and Afghanistan War refugees, among the tens of thousands
of innocent immigrants.
The Obama administration insists now that Syrian
refugees are subjected to intense vetting before they’re allowed to settle in
the U.S. and that a vast majority of the millions of refugees the U.S. has
resettled since the 1970s are normal, peaceful people, but the program has had
serious security problems before. In 2009, a flaw in background screening of Iraqi
refugees allowed the two al Qaeda-linked terrorists to settle in Bowling Green
and led to a temporary suspension of the refugee program, officials told ABC
News in a 2013 investigation.
More recently, refugees
from Bosnia and Somalia have been caught being involved with Islamic terrorist
groups as well.
And now we are supposed
to let in tens of thousands of Syrian “refugees” without letting in terrorists
or future terrorists? Why should
we trust our screens when they have already failed against lesser numbers?
Should Christians desire
to aid refugees who are refugees indeed?
Of course. But aiding them
and allowing masses of them to come to the U. S. even if they have problematic
backgrounds (And, again, Middle Eastern Islam is a problematic background if
there ever was one.) are two different things.
And I have not mentioned
that the behavior of most of the “refugees” is that of economic opportunists
rather than that of genuine refugees.
Why must so many of them go to countries with sweet welfare benefits,
I believe in prison
ministry and have contributed to it and even been involved in it on occasion. And many prisoners have good hearts
and/or changed hearts. But I have
no plans to let a bunch of prisoners I don’t know move into my house. Just no. Sorry.
I guess I’m xenophobic
Labels: Islam, Muslims, refugees, terrorism
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Hear no evil. See no evil…
There are certain
intelligence reports on terrorism Obama makes a point of ignoring. And it’s not just laziness or an
eagerness to get on the golf course.
Sharyl Attkisson says he
is not interested in intelligence on designated terrorist groups if he does not consider them terrorist.
Attkisson said, “I have talked to people who have
worked in the Obama administration who firmly believe he has made up his mind.
I would say closed his mind, they say, to their intelligence that they’ve tried
to bring him about various groups that he does not consider terrorists, even if
they are on the U.S. list of designated terrorists. He has his own ideas, and
there are those who’ve known him a long time who say this dates back to law
school. He does not necessarily—you may think it’s a good trait you may think
it’s a bad trait—he does not necessarily listen to the people with whom he
disagrees. He seems to dig in. I would suppose because he thinks he’s right. He
is facing formidable opposition on this particular point.”
Attkisson continued, “I don’t know the reason for
it. I’ve only been told by those who have allegedly attempted to present him,
or have been in the circle that has attempted to present him, with certain
intelligence that they said he doesn’t want it. He said he doesn’t want it or
he won’t read it, in some instances.”
So a technique of Obama
in dealing with terrorism . . . is to stubbornly pretend it doesn’t exist in at
least some instances and to ignore it.
Remember the Fort Hood
shooting being officially labeled as “workplace violence” by the Obama Regime?
Labels: Obama, terrorism
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Why Mass Muslim Immigration to the West Must Be Stopped, Illustrated
Those who advocate for
cramming yet more Muslim immigrants and “refugees” down the throats of the U.
S. and of European countries would have us think the overwhelming majority of
immigrant Muslims are good people.
Oh really? Such a sentiment, of course, begs the
question of whether bringing in all those wonderful Muslims is worth letting in
a few hundred more jihadis. But I
seriously doubt whether even a majority of Muslims
immigrating to the West are decent people. Yes, I said it.
The following video illustrates why I say it.
At a match in Turkey,
there was a moment of silence for the victims of the Paris attacks. That may be seen when the players and
referees gather around the circle.
Or at least there was
supposed to be a moment of silence.
Jeers and chants of “Allahu Akbar” rang through the stadium, and not
just from a few yahoos. Watch it
Now this is in Turkey,
one of those “moderate” Muslim countries.
Turkey even has a history of secularism, at least until recent years. Some
of the insane
even want to bring Turkey into the EU.
Yet a large number of those who went to this soccer match are such
cretins that they loudly jeer and even shout over a moment of silence of
victims of Islamic terror.
Now most of those doing
the shouting would not appear on a terror watch list. If they tried to immigrate to the West there would be no
indications they are sympathetic to Islamist terrorism. Yet they clearly are. At the very least, they do not share
Western standards of decency.
It may be shocking, but
it should not surprise. Islam
contains the seeds of these attitudes.
Islam from the very beginning is a religion which blesses killing and subjugating
non-Muslims. That is exactly how
Islam spread in the first place.
Early Christianity spread in the face of being killed. Early Islam spread by killing. (Not so early Islam as well.) This is not disputable. Inconvenient as it may be, it is basic
Most American Muslims may
have completely outgrown that history and those attitudes. But non-Western Muslims? Not so much. Sure, some have.
Maybe, perhaps, barely (though I doubt it), most.
But how the heck are we
to keep out the bad Muslims while letting in tens of thousands of the more
enlightened Muslims? Do we have a
brain scan which detects jihadi and anti-Western attitudes? Again, most of those who jeered in that
stadium would be welcome to travel or even immigrate to the West.
Obama, Hillary, yes, Jeb!,
too, Merkel etc. are wrong, dead wrong, to inflict hoards of non-Western Muslim
“refugees” on the West. Tony Blair
and Gordon Brown were wrong, dead wrong, to import Muslims to shore up the
Labour Party. And the victims of
the Paris attacks are only part of the dead.
We need to – we must –
stop fooling ourselves. Non-Western
Muslims as a whole are not compatible
with Western values and freedom.
The vile nature of Islam ensures that. As a whole, they should be kept out.
But they won’t be kept
out. I intend to comment on some
of the possible consequences before week’s end.
Labels: Hillary Clinton, immigration, Islam, Islamonazis, Jeb Bush, refugees, Turkey
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Another Pilot Point GUN SHOW Appearance!
It has been a while. But this weekend I am once again taking
my Texas Anglican novel Pilot Point to a gun show! The Liberty Gun Show in New Braunfels to be exact.
I will have a table from
9 to 5 Saturday and Sunday at the gun show which will be at the Convention
Center in New Braunfels, Texas.
Wurstfest is also going
on in New Braunfels through the weekend, and you know I will enjoy that, too! (“Wurst”
is German sausage. And don’t even
start with the puns.)
But I know not all readers can make it to New Braunfels. So Pilot Point remains on sale at Amazon
in both print and Kindle formats at very reasonable prices.
Have a great weekend! I know I will.
Labels: guns, Pilot Point