have a laugh

The next time someone asks you a dumb question wouldn’t you
like to respond like this?.....

Yesterday I was buying a large bag of Purina dog chow at Wal Mart
for Athena the wonder dog and was about to check out. A woman
behind me asked if I had a dog. What did she think I had,an elephant?
So since I’m retired, with little to do, on impulse, I told her that no,
I didn’t have a dog, and that I was starting the Purina Diet again.

Although I probably shouldn’t, because I’d ended up in the
hospital last time, but that I’d lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an
intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and
IVs in both arms.

I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way
that it works is to load your pants pockets with Purina nuggets
and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry and that the
food is nutritionally complete so I was going to try it again. (I have to
mention here that practically everyone in the line was by now
enthralledwith my story.)

Horrified , she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the
dog food poisoned me. I told her no; I stepped off a curb to sniff
an Irish Setter’s ass and a car hit us both.

I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack, he
was laughing so hard!

Thanks Jeff,


synsepalum dulcificum

Imagine cutting a lemon into four quarters and then
eating them like a delicious navel orange without
flinching or making a sour pucker face. Not too many
people can do this but now you can like the best of them.
When you eat a piece of this strange fruit, it makes
everything sour taste sweet for the next hour or so.
What the heck you say! Read on…



global cooling? nahhh!

All those urging action to curb global warming need to take off
the blinders and give some thought to what we should do if we
are facing global cooling instead.

It will be difficult for people to face the truth when their
reputations, careers, government grants or hopes for social
change depend on global warming, but the fate of civilization
may be at stake.

In the famous words of Oliver Cromwell, “I beseech you, in the
bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.”



War of ideals

Something to think about before the election takes place!

IN 2008.

This is a good essay . Well thought out and presented.


Historical Significance

Sixty-three years ago, Nazi Germany had overrun almost all of Europe and
hammered England to the verge of bankruptcy and defeat. The Nazis had sunk
more than 400 British ships in their convoys between England and America
taking food and war materials.

At that time the US was in an isolationist, pacifist mood, and most Americans
wanted nothing to do with the European or the Asian war.

Then along came Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and in outrage Congress
unanimously declared war on Japan, and the following day on Germany, who
had not yet attacked us. It was a dicey thing. We had few allies.

France was not an ally, as the Vichy government of France quickly aligned itself
with its German occupiers. Germany was certainly not an ally, as Hitler was
intent on setting up a Thousand Year Reich in Europe. Japan was not an ally, as
it was well on its way to owning and controlling all of Asia.

Together, Japan and Germany had long-range plans of invading Canada and
Mexico, as launching pads to get into the United States over our northern and
southern borders, after they finished gaining control of Asia and Europe.

America’s only allies then were England, Irel and, Scotland, Canada, Australia,
and Russia. That was about it. All of Europe, from Norway to Italy (except Russia
in the East) was already under the Nazi heel .

The US was certainly not prepared for war. The US had drastically downgraded
most of its military forces after WW I because of the depression, so that at the
outbreak of WW II, Army units were training with broomsticks, because they
didn’t have guns, and cars with ‘tank’ painted on the doors, because they didn’t
have real tanks . A huge chunk of our Navy had just been sunk or damaged at
Pearl Harbor.

Britain had already gone bankrupt, saved only by the donation of $600 million
in gold bullion in the Bank of England (that was actually the property of Belgium )
given by Belgium to England to carry on the war, when Belgium was overrun by
Hitler (a little known fact).

Actually, Belgium surrendered after one day, because it was unable to oppose the
German invasion, and the Germans bombed Brussels into rubble the next day just
to prove they could .

Britain had already been holding out for two years in the face of staggering losses
and the near decimation of its Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain, and was saved
from being overrun by Germany, only because Hitler made the mistake of thinking
the Brits were a relatively minor threat that could be dealt with later. Hitler, first
turned his attention to Russia, in the late summer of 1940, at a time when England
was on the verge of collapse.

Ironically, Russia saved America’s butt by putting up a desperate fight for two years,
until the US got geared up to begin hammering away at Germany .

Russia lost something like 24,000,000 people in the sieges of Stalingrad and Moscow
alone . . 90% of them from cold and starvation, mostly civilians, but also more than
a 1,000,000 soldiers.

Had Russia surrendered, Hitler would have been able to focus his entire war effort
against the Brits, then America. If that had happened, the Nazis could possibly
have won the war .

All of this has been brought out to illustrate that turning points in history are often
dicey things. Now, we find ourselves at another one of those key moments in history.

There is a very dangerous minority in Islam that either has, or wants, and may soon
have, the ability to deliver small nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons, almost
anywhere in the world .

The Jihadis, the militant Muslims, are basically Nazis in Kaffiyahs—they believe that
Islam, a radically conservative form of Wahhabi Islam, should own and control the
Middle East first, then Europe, then the world. To them, all who do not bow to their
will of thinking should be killed, enslaved, or subjugated . They want to finish the
Holocaust, destroy Israel, and purge the world of Jews . This is their mantra. (goal)

There is also a civil war raging in the Middle East—for the most part not a hot war,
but a war of ideas. Islam is having its Inquisition and its Reformation, but it is not
yet known which side will win—the Inquisitors, or the Reformationists.

If the Inquisition wins, then the Wahhabis, the Jihadis, will control the Middle East,
the OPEC oil, and the US , European, and Asian economies.

The techno-industrial economies will be at the mercy of OPEC —not an OPEC
dominated by the educated, rational Saudis of today, but an OPEC dominated by
the Jihadis. Do you want gas in your car? Do you want heating oil next winter? Do
you want the dollar to be worth anything? You had better hope the Jihad, the Muslim
Inqui sition, loses, and the Islamic Reformation wins.

If the Reformation movement wins, that is, the moderate Muslims, who believe that
Islam can respect and tolerate other religions, live in peace with the rest of the world,
and move out of the 10th century into the 21st, then the troubles in the Middle East
will eventually fade away. A moderate and prosperous Middle East will emerge.

We have to help the Reformation win, and to do that we have to fight the Inquisition,
i.e., the Wahhabi movement, the Jihad, Al Qaeda and the Islamic terrorist movements.
We have to do it somewhere. We can’t do it everywhere at once. We have created a
focal point for the battle at a time and place of our choosing . . . in Iraq. Not in New York,
not in London, or Paris or Berlin, but in Iraq, where we are doing two important things.

(1) We deposed Saddam Hussein. Whether Saddam Hussein was directly involved in the
9/11 terrorist attack or not, it is undisputed that Saddam has been actively supporting
the terrorist movement for decades Saddam was a terrorist! Saddam was a weapon of
mass destruction, responsible for the deaths of probably more than a 1,000,000 Iraqis
and 2,000,000 Iranians .

(2) We created a battle, a confrontation, a flash point, with Islamic terrorism in Iraq.
We have focused the battle. We are killing bad people, and the ones we get there, we won’t
have to get here. We also have a good shot at creating a democratic, peaceful Iraq, which
will be a catalyst for democratic change in the rest of the Middle East, and an outpost for
a stabilizing American military presence in the Middle East for as long as it is needed.

WW II, the war with the Japanese and German Nazis, really began with a ‘whimper’ in 1928.
It did not begin with Pearl Harbor. It began with the Japanese invasion of China. It was a
war for fourteen years before the US joined it. It officially ended in 1945—a 17-year war
and was followed by another decade of US occupation in Germany and Japan to get those
countries reconstructed and running on their own a gain . a 27-year war.

WW II cost the United States an amount equal to approximately a full year’s GDP,
adjusted for inflation, equal to about $12 trillion dollars. WW II cost America more than
400,000 soldiers killed in action, and nearly 100,000 still missing in action.

The Iraq war has, so far, cost the United States about $160,000,000,000, which is
roughly what the 9/11 terrorist attack cost New York. It has also cost about 3,000
American lives, which is roughly equivalent to lives that the Jihad killed (within the
United States) in the 9/11 terrorist attack .

The cost of not fighting and winning WW II would have been unimaginably greater,
a world dominated by Japanese Imperialism and German Nazism .

This is not a 60-Minutes TV show, or a 2-hour movie in which everything comes out
okay . The real world is not like that. It is messy, uncertain, and sometimes bloody
and ugly. It always has been, and probably always will be .

The bottom line is that we will have to deal with Islamic terrorism until we defeat it,
whenever that is. It will not go away if we ignore it .

If the US can create a reasonably democratic and stable Iraq, then we have an ally,
like England, in the Middle East, a platform, from which we can work to help modernize
and moderate the Middle East. The history of the world is the clash between the forces
of relative civility and civili zation, and the barbarians clamoring at the gates to
conquer the world.

The Iraq War is merely another battle in this ancient and never ending war. Now, for
the first time ever, the barbarians are about to get nuclear weapons. Unless somebody
prevents them from getting them.

We have four options:

1 . We can defeat the Jihad now, before it gets nuclear weapons.

2 . We can fight the Jihad later, after it gets nuclear weapons (which may be as early as
next year, if Iran’s progress on nuclear weapons is what Iran claims it is).

3 . We can surrender to the Jihad and accept its dominance in the Middle East now; in
Europe in the next few years or decades, and ultimately in America.


4 . We can stand down now, and pick up the fight later, when the Jihad is more widespread
and better armed, perhaps after the Jihad has dominated France and Germany and possibly

most of the rest of Europe. It will, of course, be more

dangerous, more expensive, and much bloodier.

If you oppose this war, I hope you like the idea that your children, or grandchildren, may
live in an Islamic America under the Mullahs and the Sharia, an America that resembles
Iran today.

The history of the world is the history of civilization clashes, cultural clashes. All wars
are about ideas, ideas about what society and civilization should be like, and the most
determined always win.

Those who are willing to be the most ruthless always win. The pacifists always lose, because
the anti-pacifists kill them .

Remember, perspective is everything, and America’s schools teach too little history for
perspective to be clear, especially in the young American mind.

The Cold War lasted from about 1947, at least until the Berlin Wall came down in 1989;
forty-two years!

Europe spent the first half of the 19th century fighting Napoleon, and from 1870 to 1945
fighting Germany! World War II began in 1928, lasted 17 years, plus a ten year occupation,
and the US still has troops in Germany and Japan . World War II resulted in the death of
more than 50,000,000 people, maybe more than 100,000,000 people, depending on
which estimates you accept.

The US has taken more than 3,000 killed in action in Iraq.. The US took more than 4,000
killed in action on the morning of June 6, 1944, the first day of the Normandy Invasion to
rid Europe of Nazi Imperialism.

In WW II, the US averaged 2,000 KIA a week—for four years. Most of the individual battles
of WW II lost more Americans than the entire Iraq war has done so far.

The stakes are at least as high . . A world dominated by representative governments with
civil rights, human rights, and personal freedoms . . or a world dominated by a radical
Islamic Wahhabi movement, by the Jihad, under the Mullahs and the Sharia (Islamic law).

It’s difficult to understand why the average American does not grasp this. They favor
human rights, civil rights, liberty and freedom, but evidently not for Iraqis.

‘Peace Activists’ always seem to demonstrate here in America, where it’s safe.

Why don’t we see Peace Activist demonstrating in Iran, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, North Korea,
in the places that really need peace activism the most? I’ll tell you why! They would be killed!

The liberal mentality is supposed to favor human rights, civil rights, democracy,
multiculturalism, diversity, etc., but if the Jihad wins, wherever the Jihad wins, it is the
end of civil rights, human rights, democracy, multiculturalism, diversity, etc.

Americans who oppose the liberation of Iraq are coming down on the side of their own
worst enemy!

Written by: Raymond S. Kraft, a writer living in Northern California.

As a side note, apparently there are some factual errors with this essay like,

Congress did not declare war unanimously on December 7th 1941. On December 8th,
Congress voted to declare war on Japan and one member of Congress, Jeannette Rankin
of Montana, voted against it.


Germany and Italy declared war on the United States on December 11th, the United States
then (afterwards) declared war on them.

but this doesn’t subtract from the meaning or message of the essay. Thanks for your comments.