Former defense secretary Robert Gates has just released his book which slams Obama’s leadership ability, particularly as it relates to the American war effort in Afghanistan and Iraq.

His assessment of Obama’s failings is no surprise to those of us who recognized Obama as a charlatan from his first year in office. I am only surprised that this revelation has been revealed before the end of his term. For that we owe a debt of thanks to Secretary Gates. Taking into account Obama’s utter cynicism about our military, his ignorance of foreign policy, and his extreme Leftist ideology, I’m surprised Gates did not quit as he so often wanted to.

This book (of which I’ve read only excerpts) exposes Obama’s fatal flaws – fatal at least to the young men and women he sent to the fight without a conviction of winning the war. This attitude is also reflected in Hillary Clinton’s shocking outburst “What difference does it make...?” whether we responded to the calls for military assistance in Benghazi. With this Leftist crowd the only thing that matters is politics and getting elected. They are more than a stain on America’s moral history (lives forfeited for nothing) they are the corrosive stuff that is eating away morale and unit cohesiveness.

It does not take great knowledge of military history; it just takes a little common sense to understand the end game here. Obama, contrary to the opinions of his best military strategists, pulled our troops out of Afghanistan far too quickly and completely. This guaranteed that the Taliban, streaming in from Pakistan, would simply fill the vacuum and once again take over the country. Even after 10 years of training, the Afghan military is unable to defend against the Taliban.

Iraq will also probably fall to the Jihadists. Then Syria will fall. After this, Libya will follow suit.

Then, Jordan, Egypt, etc.

Knowing that Iran will soon have the bomb to share with its Jihadist friends, what should the average reasonable man expect Israel to do in order to protect its existence?

 


 

Happy New Year everyone. May it prove to be happier than last year (nationally)!

One particularly bright spot stands out for the City of Fillmore. That is the election of our new city council and the seating of our new City Manager, David Rowlands.

When I recall the dismal situation the city was in before the 2012 election it seems remarkable we have made so much progress since that time. Most of the worst problems we faced back then have been resolved to our benefit. Other fiscal challenges are well on the way to being fixed. I’ll try to include a summary of Fillmore’s achievements since 2012 in next week’s Gazette; they are impressive!

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One challenge on the city’s front burner for the New Year is the completion of the Business Park. This is the key to Fillmore’s economic future. It will provide the new jobs and cash flow needed to spark healthy growth for Fillmore. No other project comes close in importance for the city’s fiscal health. I know the city is working very hard to promote a successful outcome.

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NEW PRICE FOR THE GAZETTE.
Beginning January, 2014, the new retail price of the Fillmore Gazette will be set at 75 cents. Also be alert for the new paywall for our online edition, www.fillmoregazette.com.

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I wish I could be as optimistic concerning America’s future, but common sense and experience won’t permit it. When I consider the gross incompetence, corruption, and invincible political correctness imbedded in what pretends to be American leadership today, I want to shout duck and cover!

This is an alarming time for traditional Judeo-Christian conservatives. The Leftists seem to have a death grip on American culture. Our Constitution, at every level, is under deconstruction. Our republic has become deeply Orwellian. We have little personal defense remaining against Big Brother. Probable cause amounts to little more than the Leftist inclinations of a corrupt legal system. Otherwise, why would the District Attorney of Los Angeles County, in September of 2010 have been authorized to wiretap my office (Wiretap NO. 10-108)?

Why would Target capture my photo on its facial recognition apparatus? I wondered how anyone such as the pharmacy lady could welcome me by name as I approached the counter a year ago, as I had not been in the store for three weeks. I congratulated her on her superior memory, but on my way out it dawned on me that the store must be using that much vaunted secretive identity snatching software. That image, of course, is shared within the ever growing commercial network (shades of our NSA). After verifying that Target does use this system, I’ve never been back. Why bother asking why it was done?

America has abandoned its innocence. There is no longer a place for private life, to think, to act, to pray. Cameras search out the quietest corners, busiest streets, offices, bedrooms. No chance to foil or defend. We learn of these invasions only after they are revealed by equally secretive hackers. We now know that strangers can videotape us as we tap out our computer work. I especially resent this particular type of voyeurism because I don’t wish to have the rest of the world see me sleeping at my desk!

But, I think most of all, my hope for America ebbs when I remind myself that we Americans have consciously inflicted our rapid demise on ourselves. We elected (twice) the most radical Leftist in Congress to lead this nation as its Chief Executive Officer and Commander in Chief. He has neither the experience nor the ability to succeed at either job. Until he was elected president I didn’t know a profession entitled “community organizer” existed. But every aspect of Obama’s life is clouded with strangeness and uncertainty. He is not a leader and stands outside traditional American character and culture. In foreign policy, especially, he is bringing the country to catastrophe, and has plenty of time to succeed during the next three years.

 

The City of Fillmore is looking for volunteers to help with Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday September 15th from 9am-12pm. The Coastal Clean Up volunteers will meet at Sheills Park & take a short walk over to our Sespe Creek bed to do our part in keeping our waterways clean. For more information/to register 805-524-1500 ext. 713 OR email recreation@ci.fillmore.ca.us


 

Merry Christmas everyone. God bless all men of good will as America celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace.

For those who do not celebrate Christmas, or who may even object to the celebration of Christmas, I wish you the peace and happiness of this day as well.

We’re enjoying incredible December weather this year, something else to be thankful for.

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In September of this year the Gazette celebrated its 25th anniversary. It’s hard for me to believe it. Fillmore has changed so much during that period of time. We started-up on September 15, 1989. Recalling all of the issues and events we have reported during the past 25 years seems surreal to me. Millions of stories and photos, even more struggles overcome.

The Gazette will make some changes beginning the New Year. We want more readers to discover what’s going on in our town, so we will make it less expensive to purchase the paper. Starting January 1, 2014 the cost of a single issue of the Gazette will drop to 75 cents.

Also, the Gazette has faced a challenge as never before, the most ironic challenge in our history. This is the same challenge that every newspaper in the nation is dealing with, from the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times to the smallest community weekly. That is how to maintain both the printed edition of the paper and our online website, www.fillmoregazette.com.

The question is, how can we compete with ourselves? The online edition cannot exist without the print edition, yet the online edition, being part of the internet, reaches round the world while the print edition specializes in coverage of Fillmore, Bardsdale, and Piru in Ventura County.

The crux of the dilemma we face is while the print edition supplies the online edition, the online edition has been published to hundreds of thousands of readers free of charge while the print edition picks up most of the cost.

The online edition, about 8 years old, has been extremely costly over the years in production, and maintenance, and has been phenomenally successful, averaging 25,000 to 32,000 unique hits per month. In a city of 14,000 this is a very significant attraction.

Therefore, the online edition must start to carry its own weight or it must disappear. In order to make the website more viable we will be creating what we call a pay wall. This arrangement has already been designed. It is hoped that it will be launched in January of 2014. We have worked diligently to make the transition as quick and simple as possible.

Our loyal Gazette subscribers will not be adversely affected by the move.

It’s our hope that the new website arrangement will enable the Gazette to double its news coverage and add many exciting new features.

Following 25 years of serving Fillmore as its Newspaper of Record we are confident that this change will assure an even brighter future.

Thank all of our faithful readers for their support all of these years.

Again, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 


 

Well, I’ve been given 130 words this week. So, I’ll just concentrate on two topics.

First, I want to wish all Gazette readers a very Merry Christmas, and a happy and holy celebration. I would also like to encourage everyone to boycott stores who refuse to recognize Christmas; after all, it is a national holiday as well as a celebration of Christ’s birth.

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Secondly, we should think about recent remarks from Afghanistan’s president, Hamid Karzai. He no longer trusts the US and has entered into negotiations with the Taliban. America has spent more than a decade lavishing our blood and treasure (one trillion?) to clean out the Taliban and enable girls to attend school and bring Afghanistan into the modern world. We have sacrificed much to help this Muslim country. I hope America has finally learned that we have no friends in any Islamic country and that Israel is our only trustworthy friend.

 

Are you ready to Trunk-or-Treat?! Calling all groups, clubs and organizations that are interested in partaking in a FREE family-friendly Halloween activity! On September 24th the Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting an informational meeting at City Hall in the Council Chambers from 5:30pm-6:30pm. We invite you to join us on Monday September 24th to answer any questions and accept registration for spots available at our Trunk-or-Treat event.
Registration packets are available for pick up at City Hall on the 2nd floor in the Parks and Recreation Department. Feel free to call 805-524-1500 ext. 713 or recreation@ci.fillmore.ca.us for more information.


 

The staff at the Fillmore Gazette wishes all of our readers a very happy Thanksgiving.

I regret that this holiday is going the way of Christmas, with commercial interests coming before the day’s traditional purpose, which is to thank God for his bountiful blessings.

Everything is commercial today. Money has become our god. Christmas, in particular, is under attack, in our schools, government, and businesses. I refuse to shop in any store that refuses to acknowledge “Christmas”, and I won’t be shopping on Thanksgiving Day. If more people ignored the sales and respected the meaning of these special holidays our nation and families would be stronger.

So, have a safe, happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

 


 

It’s great to see the town coming together again after so many years of financial challenges. I have to attribute that to an excellent, professional city council and our new city manager. I see nothing but progress going forward at city council meetings these days, without the need for extra Sheriff’s deputies to keep the peace. Congratulations to the council and to City Manager David Rowlands for your excellent work.

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Now for a little less-than-positive from the DRUDGE REPORT:

“US May Have Let 'Dozens' of Terrorists Into Country As Refugees...” Check out this FBI surveillance video from 2010. Remember, this is a 3-year-old incident we’re being shown. Tens of thousands of Iraqi nationals have been brought to the US as “refugees”. (Why not help them find refuge elsewhere?) As it turns out, some are active Muslim Jihadist terrorists. This should not surprise us because our government has never taken border security seriously, north, south, east, or west.

“UPDATE: North Texas Drivers Stopped at Roadblock Asked for Saliva, Blood...” This also bothers me very much. Note the authorities here are federal government “contractors”.
It’s not the particular, coercive incident conducted by our government that bothers me. It’s now all far-beyond the Orwellian 1984 nightmare; the only thing lacking now is broad, simultaneous government implementation. We already have hyper-surveillance and well-armed, multiple government agency mini-armies. Imagine what the picture will look like with two more Leftist Supreme Court justices snuffing-out traditional Constitutional rights. When this happens all the hard-fought legal battles to preserve our Bill of Rights will have been for naught.
As we know, we get the government we vote for – well, at least what 51 percent votes for.

 


 

I regret that after covering a crime scene this a.m.—see FillmoreGazette.com. I have no time left for my column.
Just one observation: The word around Washington these days is that the Obama care website crash is Bush’s fault!

 

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I think Rush Limbaugh was right when he said, a week or so ago, that Obama and his team didn’t write this Affordable Health Care law. It’s probably been sitting in someone’s desk drawer for years. No one read it before passing the bill (certainly no member of Congress had read it). They just dusted it off and had a bunch of underlings draft thousands of pages of regulations to patch any obvious holes. Remember that famous Pelosi statement about having to pass the bill before we can understand what’s in it? Well now we know.

One prominent web program expert has said that he would be embarrassed to admit such a program had cost him more than a million dollars to create.

But, A clever company with a CEO who was a personal friend of Mrs. Obama was given 3 years and more than half a billion dollars to assemble this unworkable computer program which (working in tandem with the equally unworkable health care law) is wrecking millions of good health care policies. The Obama scheme, of course, is to collapse private health care and force the nation into a European-style government, single payer program. Another big government power grab to further his socialist inclinations.

So-called Obama Care is quickly raising havoc within the existing private healthcare system.

I have no hesitation repeating my opinion, expressed after Obama’s re-election. Obama will cause our nation to fall to our enemies and will destroy the stability of our military, economic, and moral foundations. He will appoint two new Supreme Court leftists, endangering our Constitutional freedoms) will pass so-called “comprehensive” immigration (which will end our two-party system) and be responsible for a WMD attack upon this country by Islamic Jihadists (including his Muslim Brotherhood pals).

Next week I’ll get into the negative aspects of my predictions.

 


 

Steve Rogers, long time proprietor of Fillmore Video, passed away last week. Our condolences to family and friends.

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Back in June of this year the Fillmore School District changed the schedule for its Board meetings. For as long as anyone can remember school board meetings were held on Tuesdays which alternated with City Council meetings, also held on Tuesdays. This change created a serious conflict for those residents who wished to attend both District and Council meetings, now set for the same evening.

The Gazette has always covered both meetings, but the change has made that impossible. The Gazette has asked the Board for an explanation. We were told the change was necessary to avoid vacation conflicts and that the schedule would change back after November 19.

Many very important issues are being discussed now, such as the new Core Curriculum which threatens some senior’s graduation hopes. Question: Asked once again: Why do we have to wait until November 19?

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I don’t know how much attention America is paying to the unparalleled barbarity the Religion of Peace (Jihadist Islam) is unleashing upon Christians of the Middle East today. It can’t be much, otherwise the call would go out for a new Crusader defense force.

Thousands of Christian churches are being destroyed and thousands of Christians are being systematically tortured, murdered, and enslaved in the name of Jihad.

Reports from Syria, Egypt, and (especially) Pakistan are horrific.

Pregnant women being targeted by Jihadist snipers. Rewards paid for those who shoot pregnant women in the belly. Pakistan: Christian wedding party exiting a church machine-gunned down, men, women, and children. This psychopathic conduct even involves domestic animals: Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood using "puppy bombs" dipped in gasoline and set on fire.

“But don't call it "savagery" Muhammad didn't like dogs:” "Once Gabriel promised the Prophet (that he would visit him, but Gabriel did not come) and later on he said, 'We, angels, do not enter a house which contains a picture or a dog.'" -- Sahih Bukhari 4.54.50 "Abdullah (b. Umar)...” (Robert Spenser)

Ignoring this explosive world-wide Jihadist insurgence only provokes and excites these butchers sworn to destroy everything associated with the Judeo-Christian West. Why do we continue to give billions of dollars to these energized Jihadist Middle Eastern Nations? The Far East is equally murderous.

President Obama is largely responsible for starting and fanning the flames. He supports the Muslim Brotherhood, which is at the center of the bloodshed, to the extent that even Saudi Arabia is rejecting him and America.

Things are quickly falling apart. With this absence of leadership, for another 3 years, I believe those countries we have squandered thousands of lives and trillions of dollars on (Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan, etc.) will very soon be lost to Al-Qaida. All for nothing.

Inform yourselves – visit Jihad Watch for a daily briefing.

 

No time left today for my usual scribbling. I just want to remind everyone that the City of Fillmore is truly back in business. The ladies and gentlemen pictured on this week’s front page are responsible for this incredible turnaround.

Our new City Manager, David Rowlands, with our new city council and diligent city staff are to be congratulated for this success.

Special thanks are due to Mike Sedell, former City Manager of Simi Valley. Mike has worked tirelessly to fix what was wrong with our city. He has volunteered his expertise and extraordinary talent, imagination and ideas, to bring new life back to our town. He and the entire new team have succeeded in an incredibly short period of time.

 

A few more comments on a few facts reported on DRUDGE: Debt Ceiling: “How Much is $16.699 Trillion?” Well, that figure was the old U.S. debt ceiling, and that was quietly passed back in May, made possible by “extraordinary measures.”

America is living in a deadly, politically correct dream bubble. This last-minute deal between the House and Senate changes nothing. Any rational person must know that our country, thanks to Leftist-Liberal-Socialist policies (since President Wilson’s time, but especially during the Obama régime) America is de facto bankrupt. Whether we suddenly crash or slowly suffocate, there is no longer time to recover normal economic stability. We have lived the good life for decades on borrowed money, most of it borrowed from our most treacherous and dangerous enemies. Now they mock and deride us for our fiscal foolishness. The situation is so obviously dire that even rank amateurs like me can see the approaching disaster; just look clearly at the facts and ignore the lies and deceptions of the Liberal Left media and you will awaken in a cold sweat.

Obama On 'Coolest' Perk Of Being Prez: 'If I Want To Call Anyone In World And Talk, They Will Answer'...
Spoken like the spoiled child that 51 percent of our electorate voted into office, twice. Ah, the cool phone calls, and those regular foot massages, the office of Commander in Chief is a great gig.

Graham: Politicians In Washington Have Greed and Lust In Their Hearts...
True. But then it’s always been that way. The difference today is that’s all that’s left of much public service.

Turkey missile deal shows China's growing Mideast clout...Turkey is no longer a trusted friend, if it ever was. America’s only Middle Eastern friend is Israel, and we are selling her out. Turkey is just putting the final touches on its Islamification plan.

Agent CAN publish book on 'Fast and Furious'... I can’t wait for this one!

Tourists Fined $125 For Stopping Outside Closed National Park To Pose For Picture... Another example of what the Liberal Left is inflicting on American liberties. Take notice of how quickly those kindly Smokey the Bear helpers snapped to quasi-Fascist attention after hearing their master’s voice. Dr. Jekyll meets General Hyde. Are we now expected to live in fear? Let’s hope the perception in this case does not become the reality.

 

I thought it would be interesting to just go down the DRUDGE links for today, making short comments.

WWII vets were kept from entering the national WWII memorial at our nation’s capital. President Obama refused to waive the Park Service closure so that an Honor Flight of vets could enter and threatened to arrest the group for removing the barriers. The vets obtained the objective of visiting their memorial with the same determination they had crossing the beaches on D Day.

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Just 6.6% of EPA employees deemed ‘essential’... during the government closedown. Now, if there were only some way to lock them out permanently the country would be a healthier, wealthier, and happier place.

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Would you like to see the full printout of the Obamacare legislation? Go to: freebeacon.com/lawsuit-challenging-obamacare-subsidies-moves-forward/.Of course this is not the entire law. Amendments, adjustments, (and 10,000 new regulations) have been added. Exemptions fo favored groups will continue to be added into law for years to come. Remember, not a single Republican voted for this monstrosity, and remember also the words of our brilliant House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it” I guarantee that no individual has ever read the entire law, nor ever will.

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PUTIN NOMINATED FOR NOBEL PEACE PRIZE... Why not? They gave Obama one for doing nothing. At least they’re consistently political.

 

I attended the District meeting this Tuesday and had it videotaped. It was a standing-room-only affair because the senior class perceives the new curriculum as a challenge to graduation.

For the first time in the 25 years that the Gazette has been covering the Fillmore Unified School District School Board, the Board calendar has been inexplicably changed. Instead of being scheduled on alternate Tuesdays, to avoid conflicting with the Fillmore City Council, the District now holds its meetings on the same days that the Council is in session. This makes it impossible for residents to attend both meetings, and very difficult for the Gazette to report on both as we have done for decades. We have asked the District to explain this curious change which inconveniences everyone. (Just in: it’s rumored that the change-back is done.)

I left the meeting after about 2 hours and missed the very informative comments made by Karen Ashem. She also criticized the Board meeting schedule change.

The elephant in the room last night, however, was the effect of the recent adoption of something called the Common Core State Standards Initiative. I have to learn more about this highly controversial government initiative. I pulled this off the web at the last minute: “The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a U.S. education initiative that seeks to bring diverse state curricula into alignment with each other by following the principles of standards-based education reform. The initiative is sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).” Conservatives are fighting this idea because they fear it’s just another government power grab.

The District chose to begin this curriculum change with this year’s Junior-Senior classes, which mandates the unexpected addition of Algebra II.

According to Mrs. Ashem, our District had a choice of when to adopt this Core curriculum. Their choice of starting with this year’s Junior and Senior classes, a complete surprise for them, has caused alarm. It would be more reasonable to begin with the Freshman class. Algebra II is the real fear among upperclassmen who see this as a last minute stumbling block to graduation. For complete coverage of these issues, please view the entire Board meeting video on fillmoregazette.com, soon.

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I watch with horror President Obama’s recent foreign policy moves. Among the other world leaders he is a laughingstock, an obvious amateur masquerading as some sort of political genius, a high-minded diplomatic prodigy destined to lead the world to peace and prosperity. The truth is, as David Horowitz states, “The President of the United States may be the most brazen and compulsive liar to ever occupy the White House...” And, he continues, “Obama has set the Middle East on fire and run down American power and prestige to the point where no enemy fears us and no ally trusts us. While Obama claims the terrorists have been defeated, America is closer to being the victim of terrorist attacks than at any time since 9/11.” Trusting Syria and Iran is simply insane. Duck and cover!

 

My deepest sympathies go out to the Marmont family for the truly tragic death of Astrid Marmont and the serious injuries suffered by her husband Lindsey. The incident was caused by an explosion of a propane bottle which overheated during a backyard barbecue. The prayers of many are with you.

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Another mass shooting has taken place at a military base in Washington, D.C. And again, the liberal-left media immediately blindly seized upon the opportunity to condemn that most popular American firearm, the AR-15. This has been the default option for the liberal press and leftist politicians for years. The usual irrational, hysterical firearms phobics, like Senators Feinstein, Boxer, and that wussy British talk show host, Piers Morgan, all opened their mouths before their brains were engaged – all for anti-gun political purposes. I’m waiting for apologies.

Had they waited even an hour they would have learned that it was not that notorious AR-15 that was used in this outrageous killing spree – it happened to be a shotgun.

But, once again, it was not the weapon that mattered most here. It was the fact that this perpetrator was known to have a dangerous, longstanding mental condition which was negligently overlooked. He was, as news commentator Charles Krauthammer (also a psychiatrist) has stated, a classic paranoid schizophrenic. The perpetrator had a long history of serious problems with the law including shooting incidents. But, he was able to obtain a secret clearance just the same, provided by the government, which gave him access to the naval base.

The shooter's profile here mimics the profiles of other mass shooters of the past several years. Once again, the problem is not the mechanical device used to kill people. The central problem is mental disorder which liberals refuse to admit is the proximate cause. Other problems include turning areas into “gun free zones”, especially at military bases (Clinton’s decision). This case also shares features with the Fort Hood masacre where political correctness promoted that killer in rank providing access and opportunity even though his problems were also clearly known, but ignored by his Politically Correct superiors. Both cases were caused more by gross criminal negligence than firearms.

I no longer have any confidence in our nation’s present ability to protect us against enemies foreign and domestic, on the border or battlefiels (if there's a difference) because of liberal incompetence and naivete. Liberals have rotted-away even our common sense defensive provisions. And liberals don't understand why hundreds of millions of Americans seek to arm themselves as a matter of right under our Second Amendment?

P.S. Navy Yard murderer Aaron Alexis created webpage with name "Mohammed Salem"
Sep 19, 2013 08:35 am | Robert Spencer, Jihad Watch.

 

Frankly, I’m so disgusted and angered at the sight of our Sad Sack Commander in Chief’s surrender to Putin and Assad that it’s going to take me a week to cool down.

The world can now see that all of Obama’s repeated red line threats and tough talk was sheer bluster, empty words. His pathetic inability to follow-up on military punishment in Syria shows the emperor has no clothes, and, for all her power, Obama has shown America is impotent in a show-down. Our enemy Russia has snookered the U.S. into a ridiculous plan to remove thousands of tons of nerve gas from Syria to someplace else; an impossible task given that security can never be satisfactorily provided. These weapons have been dispersed all over the country and will certainly fall into the hands of psychopathic Jihadists.

Most important here is the fact that Obama has sold the farm for a handful of beans. He has sold-out America’s reputation as a serious shield for the free world against the sworn enemies of peace, justice, and freedom. Now North Korea, Iran, China, Russia and of course Syria know they have little to fear in carrying-out their criminal activities. Now every throat-cutting Muslim Jihadist is energized to build that Caliphate. Look what’s happening across the Middle East today – particularly in Egypt.

“The Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters have began forcing the roughly 15,000 Christian Copts of Dalga village in Egypt to pay a jizya tax as indicated in Koran 9:29, author and translator Raymond Ibrahim reported on Sunday. In some cases, families not able to pay have been attacked. As many as 40 Christian families have now fled Dalga, Mr. Ibrahim reported. Just over the weekend Syrian rebels went into a Christian man’s “shop and gave him three options: become Muslim; pay $70,000 as a tax levied on non-Muslims, known as jizya; or be killed along with his family,” Christian Science Monitor reported.”

Obama has undercut our military to an extreme degree, just as the Muslim Jihad terrorist movement is spreading across the world. Welcome to the wacky world of the Leftist-liberal Democratic mindset.

And, oh – did you hear that Putin is sailing some “carrier-killing” war ships into Syria? Run, Barry, run!

 

The Gazette is dealing with some extra challenges this morning. I regret I don’t have more time for this column. I’ll try to summarize some thoughts about Syria and how we are dealing with the conflict.

I don’t know when I have had to disagree with so many prominent conservatives whose opinions I usually agree with. The issue is whether or not America should use its military power to attack Syria for “alleged” poison gas attacks by President Bashar al-Assad on his own people, multiple times. The attacks are reported to have killed thousands including nearly 500 children.

For more than 12 years America has expended its gold ($trillions) and blood (tens of thousands) in wars to free and assist Islamic nations of the Near East from killing themselves in their civil and religious wars. For all of the hundreds of billions of dollars America has given (of our taxpayer’s money) to hate factories like Pakistan, we are hated all the more.

What America has to get into its head is the fact that ALL of this incessant bloodletting is due to one thing, religion. More particularly, it’s all due to the fundamental Koranic command of perpetual war (Jihad) against all unbelievers of Islam. We should emphasize the word “perpetual” which is war without end, until the world is subdued by Islam.

Who are the “unbelievers”? They are those who, for any reason do not believe in Islam or its Prophet; that’s more than 5 billion human beings. This is problematic for many reasons because Muslim believers have violently disagreed about who the true believers are for 1,400 years. Ask any Sunni Muslim if Shi’ite Muslims are true believers and see what happens. Ask any Shi’ite believer the same for Sunni Muslims and get an opposite answer. These two groups, for whom we have shed our blood and treasure to bring the blessings of peace and justice all these years, remain the primary targets of their own murderous hatred. After leaving Iraq and Afghanistan behind America can take little comfort in what its Christian beneficence has facilitated there. This is why, by Koranic command, Muslim nations will never know peace without complete Muslim homogeneity.

I’ve come a long way from the issue of whether to attack the Assad government in Syria. Assad is a criminal, as was his father and most of his immediate family. Syria has been accurately described as the Assad family business. But most Middle East dictators are thugs and criminals; nothing new there.

What is new, however, is the fact that the “family” has decided to inflict a different kind of terror on its Syrian people by the use of poison gas. This particular weapon has been banned since shortly after WWI as intolerably inhumane. It is designated a weapon of mass destruction, like atomic, biological, and radiological weapons. Would we act so reluctantly after the use of smallpox?

America has a profound moral duty to respond militarily to such an outrage, despite the fact that we are war-weary as a nation with self-inflicted military emasculations. Doing nothing to retaliate, or doing minimal damage to the enemy, invites more of the same crimes. Iran’s Muslim Jihadists are salivating for conflict. Western weakness energizes their bomb-making activity. Imagine the consequences of a weak military response, or no response, to Assad’s gas attacks on the Iranian government. Imagine Iran dispensing atomic weapons to all its terrorist friends. How could America control that proliferation? Miniature A-bombs have been produced since the 1950s (check-out the “Davy Crockett” atomic mortar). A few weeks ago Turkey arrested some terrorists at the Syrian-Turkey border. They were caught with a 2kg canister of sarin gas. Where might others be? They are apparently very transportable. But, maybe our strong southern border protections will prevent gas attacks in America.

Reluctant as America may be to engage in more Muslim conflicts, a strong retaliation is the only moral choice.

 

We’re about to go to war again, I guess. It all depends upon whether our fearless Commander in Chief can make up his mind. The problem is, among many others with Obama, that he has no experience at all with foreign policy or military affairs – or just about anything else other than organizing communities.

As hard to believe as it may be, an equally serious problem regarding America’s relations with Syria (and all other Islamic countries and communities) is an astounding official ignorance of the main enemy, Islam.

I’m certainly no expert on the history of Islam but I have made a concerted effort to learn about it during the past decade or so. I’ve read the best of the best on the subject and believe me when I say that we remain ignorant of Islam at our peril. The entire western world, America in particular, remains stunningly naive on the subject; we have been duped by Islamic Jihadists into thinking Islam is a religion of peace, as they gobble-up the remnants of Western and Middle Eastern Christian civilization. Before the extraordinary, bloody Arab invasions of the seventh century virtually all of what today is considered Muslim territory was Christian. Historians call this period of history “late antiquity” and even today this history is usually being taught erroneously.

But new, much more accurate information on this hazy period of late antiquity is now available. For example, Christians have no reason to apologize for the Crusades, though several bloody excesses did happen during that violent time. Though several particular Crusades failed, some miserably, in the end these defensive efforts were largely responsible for saving all of Western Europe from being overrun by Islamic armies and vicious nomadic tribes warring for booty and slaves.

What continues to be utterly unique about Islam is the fact that it is infused with religious fanaticism. The sole reason for Islam’s existence, according to the Quran, is to convert the world. The 1.3 billion Muslims in the world demand that the 5-plus billion non-believers convert to Islam; three options are provided. The first is conversion to Islam. The second is to pay the tax and become a “protected” person. The third option is to reject Islam and die, preferably by the sword. This is the core of Islam as found in the Quran and Hadith. Though there are several factions in the faith, believers are bound by Sharia law.

Muslim believers are commanded to fight all non-believers to the end of the world. This means PERPETUAL WAR, and this is the essential fact that even our military leaders (certainly our president) don’t understand. The concept of democracy is anathema to Islam, as are the basic tenets of Christianity and Judaism.

What about the hundreds of millions of Muslim believers who do not want war? They don’t understand Islam, but hundreds of millions of others do. The true believers are burning down thousands of Christian churches today, and murdering innocent Christians and Jews.

Because of these facts there will never be a natural peace in the Middle East or in any Muslim country. Islam exists to bring the world into submission to its beliefs.

The Muslim concept of peace is a carefully constructed mirage to advance Islam against all non-believers – forever.

 

Another brutal, senseless murder has taken place, this time in Duncan, Oklahoma.

Two boys, 16-year-old and 15-year-old, have been charged with first-degree murder for fatally shooting 22-year-old Chris Lane, an Australian citizen visiting the U.S.

A third juvenile, Michael Jones, 17, was charged as an accessory to first-degree murder after the fact for driving the car from which Edwards is alleged to have shot Lane in the back while he was jogging.

Edwards is also alleged to have “danced and laughed” as he was taken into custody. District Attorney Jason Hicks told the press that Edwards displayed "an attitude of total disregard for law enforcement" when he was being charged over Lane's death. Hicks added that the accused, James Edwards, 15, was treating the murder as a joke. "He thinks it's funny, and it's all a joke," Hicks said.

This is another example of the massive number of (gang-inspired crimes – mostly black, check the stats) which has plagued America for the past 50 years. This sort of attitude towards crime and law enforcement is nothing new. The alleged perpetrators are described as "troublemakers" and "bullies" who had "no parental supervision." These troublemakers and bullies (and murderers) come from crime incubators, homes where there are no fathers, places where children grow-up without consciences, where life truly has no meaning beyond acquiring money by any means.

There are well more than one million gang members in America. They are anarchy’s Fifth Column, lying in wait for the collapse of our civilization. And, they are growing, fast.

I think of Chancey Allen Luna, 16, and James Francis Edwards Jr., 15, the accused killers, as zombies awaiting gang membership. Zombies because they are sufficiently indoctrinated in every manifestation of crime to the point of having destroyed their consciences. They have lost their God-given sense of right and wrong. They are empty husks of humanity, zombies, having snuffed-out their souls. They have grown outside the influence of natural law – and there are millions of them around us. In Edwards’ case it took only 15 years to morph from normalcy to psychopathy. Where was dad?

Many Americans are asking if this grotesque racist killing will receive the same explosive national coverage that the infamous Trayvon Martin case received. “Racist killing?” you might ask. By the “standards” of American media I am certainly entitled to make that judgment. Let’s see if our media (as well as state and federal government) charge to the sound of the liberal talking heads once again, or ignore this case to dampen racial rage and satisfy their need for Political Correctness.

Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, let’s hear your excuses this time. Piers Morgan barks again: “When an innocent Australian student is shot dead in Oklahoma for 'fun' - America's gun crisis becomes the world's problem.”
Piers, go home to your Islamo-England. You and your countrymen don’t understand America any better today than you did in 1775.

 

Fillmore is full of champions these days! Congratulations to our Fillmore Girls Softball team, now Western National Champions! That’s tremendous.

And this week, Fillmore walks away with ELEVEN 4-H, FFA County Champion ribbons!

Breanna Berrington raised a 1,342 lb market steer that won FFA Grand Champion and overall Grand Champion got $25/lb for $33,550. Macie Wokal raised a 274 lb market swine that was awarded FFA Grand Champion. Auction results: $40/lb for $10,960. What a year for our 4-H FFA!

Please see fillmoregazette.com for larger photos. There were so many winners this year that the Gazette had to publish them in two sections. Next week we will publish stories and photos of the remaining winners.
Thanks once again to Bob Crum who covers the fair for us every year.

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Now, for some world class losers.

Thanks to California’s radical leftist-liberal Democrat disease (super majority) we have an amoral madman sailing the ship of state into the perfect storm. Though we are teetering on the verge of bankruptcy this clown managed to snooker ignorant residents of the Golden State into going (a hundred billion dollars?) into debt to build a bullet train to nowhere, which will never be built. Most of the state has finally awakened (too late) to the fact that this is a scam, a wholly fraudulent scheme to enrich unions, which will destroy our economic future.

However, at a more fundamental level, Governor Moonbeam (I remember the day) has inflicted the product of his debauched intellect upon California’s vulnerable school children. This latest legislative assault on traditional moral values should have the populous charging into the street, pitchforks in hand.

San Francisco (surprise!)Assemblyman Tom Ammiano has persuaded our illustrious state senate and assembly to pass into law a bill (AB 1266) permitting students of either gender to use bathroom facilities of the opposite gender. For example if a boy should one day “feel” like a girl he is entitled to use the girl’s bathroom, or locker room. Girls may also use the boy’s bathrooms. You know, sometimes you feel like a nut – sometimes you don’t. He can come to school dressed as a girl, without notification to parents. The next day he can revert to his “normal” gender. Also, boys may choose to play on any girl’s sports team. Tennis anyone? This law was sponsored by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Equality California, Transgender Law Center and Gay Straight Alliance Network. They believe they are protecting the civil rights of transgender people. Traditionally, the bathroom has been protected by an expectation of privacy and simple decency. Those who cling to traditional notions of civil rights are just out of luck.

Problems arose in Washington State, 2006 when its legislature implemented a similar law. “Parents in Washington state became outraged last year when their young daughters, who participate in their local swim club, discovered a male sitting naked in the sauna ‘displaying male genitalia,’” the Christian News Net reported last fall. However, police and school representatives of Evergreen State College alike said there wasn’t anything they could do about the situation because of state law. The transgender “student” is 45 years old.” - See more at: http://calwatchdog.com/2013/05/16/bill-advances-civil-rights-claims-on-g...

I’ve pretty much had it with this gender confusion. Many people sympathize with these gender issues; My sympathy is on death watch. For those dreadfully confused students who can’t figure whether they are boys or girls (a small part of one percent of the population) seek a chromosome determination. If you still are unable to figure it out, get a chromosome change. Why should 99.9 percent of the normal population suffer because of the confusion of the tiny minority? These transgender groups have become a threat to our society, a potent enemy of Christianity in particular. They have accrued great political power by infiltrating our government. This Politically Correct issue of gender identity is turning our civilization on its head.

Traditional Judeo-Christian morals and the protections they have enjoyed for thousands of years are being destroyed. What about OUR civil rights? Normalcy and Natural Law have rights too.

 

Gee whiz. President Obama’s claim to have set al-Qaida back on its heels is apparently untrue. Just the internet “chatter” from this terrorist group has caused the US to shut down scores of our embassies around the world and actually evacuate many of them. Think of the expense involved in these precautions – all from the mere chatter of al-Qaida. Why didn’t Hillary Clinton (alleged to be the smartest woman in the world) take any precautions before the Benghazi attack, after repeated requests for assistance? Why didn’t she, as our brilliant Secretary of State, send help when those in Benghazi pleaded for assistance while under attack?

I hope someday the White House begins to understand that we are at war (not with terrorism, which is just a tactic) but with Islam (not radical Islam) but Islam as it has existed and acted since the seventh century. Islam’s entire reason for existence, according to the Quran and Hadith (which must be believed under penalty of death) is to conquer the world by reducing unbelievers to submission (dimitude) or death. Any Muslim who rejects this mission statement is either a heretic or apostate, which, again, deserves death under Sharia law.

Anyone who reads the history of Islam understands these facts and the facts are there for everyone to read. There is only one thing the traditional Muslim mind respects outside its own religious faith and that is force, overwhelming, credible military might – like America once had.

America’s pathetic lack of leadership and weakened state of moral and military readiness is why the dogs of war are once again salivating. Islam has always demanded perpetual war. This is why America must be perpetually strong and alert, and obviously so in the face of our enemies.

So, this latest threat to our embassies is just another example of Islam doing what it has been doing for a thousand years and more. It is, however, past time for our president to call it as it is, Islamic terror, not any form of “workplace violence”, which insults the intelligence of all thinking Americans, and makes us the laughingstock of the modern world.

Our very real bloodthirsty enemies are more inclined to react with contempt for America’s military as they observe some Cavalry units riding sidesaddle waving silken rainbow flags.

America still has the finest fighting force in the world. It’s the sworn moral duty of our Commander in Chief and the entire officer corps, to preserve the honor and integrity of that force, earned by the valor and bloody sacrifice of so many heroes. Anything less dishonors their sacrifice.