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Where is Charles Martel? (ok, I know where he is, it’s a metaphor)
If I were a Muslim student and wanted to use the prayer room provided for that purpose at a major American university, and found the floor was dirty, I would vacuum it. If that wasn’t good enough, I’d rent a steam cleaner and would clean and shampoo it. But that’s me. I don’t lay on the floor to pray, but Muslims do. Apparently that’s way too much work for the Muslims attending Columbia University. The referenced article says that female Muslim students want a much larger (and presumably fancier) prayer room. Possibly one with a nice view. They are naturally not ponying up the money to pay for it. 
Then again, I have a lot of respect for Charles Martel and for his accomplishments in life. He wasn’t a big fan of the Islamic invasion of Europe.
The Shooting in Pennsylvania
Following the shooting in Pennsylvania, some Jews are saying that they will be attending synagog armed. My response to that is – why haven’t you been doing that all along? Waiting for another bunch of Nation of Islam thugs or some other sort of freak to replay Krystalnacht? I’m not a Jew but I always carry a handgun when I’m attending church, going to the store, pulling money out of an ATM, etc.
A friend of mine was taking money out of an ATM in San Diego and three hispanic males beat him up and stabbed him. He’s still recovering. Said friend was a naval officer who carried “the football” (nuclear launch codes) for President Reagan for two years during Reagan’s term in office. I asked, “D, why didn’t you shoot them?” He replied that he wasn’t armed.
Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6. Even in the People’s Republik of Kalifornia, where they only want criminals to be armed.
Turks in Syria
The Turkish zone of control in Syria gets larger and larger. Interesting.
On 26 October, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan issued what he said was a “final warning” to those who would endanger Turkey’s borders. He said Turkey was determined to focus its attention on Syrian Kurdish fighters east of the Euphrates.
Erdogan said the US turned the Manbij deal between Ankara and Washington into a tool to stall Turkey. The Manbij deal focuses on the withdrawal of the YPG from the city in Aleppo province in what Turkey says is a bid to stabilize the region.
The attack near Kobane is the first Turkish attack at Syrian Kurdish targets east of the Euphrates River. President Erdogan threatened at least six times to cleanse Syrian Kurdish fighters from northern Syria east of the Euphrates as he did to those west of the Euphrates. He finally backed up his threats with action.
Cooperation with the US and US-backed forces remains strained. Erdogan has accused the US of duplicity in protecting the YPG, whom the Turks consider a terrorist organization. Syrian Kurdish fighting groups remain in Manbij. They were supposed to have withdrawn to positions east of the Euphrates River months ago. Some 2,000 US soldiers and Marines are advising and assisting the Syrian Democratic Forces. Under the new US policy, they will remain until Iranian soldiers and Iranian-backed militias leave Syria.

The Middle East is a mess – and has been – since time began.

14 thoughts on “Observations

  1. Good question, where is Charles Martel? God seems to have an annoying habit of raising these people up at the very last minute.

    And Pittsburgh rabbis have told Trump to denounce "white nationalism." I never knew he endorsed it.

  2. Anyone who beats back the muslim vermin can't be all bad. And Chuck's grandson turned out OK, too.

  3. I carry everywhere I legally can. As to where I can't, no comment. Charles Martel would likely be disappointed in his descendants.

  4. "The Middle East is a mess – and has been – since time began."

    Indeed. It is a tribal culture. A who was it that drew those lines on the map? It can be most instructive to (re)-watch the movie "Lawrence of Arabia".

    I am a die hard 1911 fan and have never owned a Glock. However, Brownells has 80% Glock frames on sale. I'm starting to get that itch again.

  5. President Trump has Jews in his family, in his cabinet, and a large number of Jews worked in the Trump Organization. How can anyone say that he doesn't like Jews.

    Heroes do emerge – Some say that President Trump is one, who wants to MAGA. People who don't like America don't like President Trump. I sense history repeating.

  6. muslims get prayer rooms in government funded institutions of "education" … but Christians have to move their activities off campus… separation of church and state ya know. WHAT THE HELL????
    where is the freedom from religion group on this one.
    and don't think it's just colleges. my town's high school had to provide a prayer room for the muslim children of a college post grad exchange student. I didn't find out about it till after they left, or believe you me I would have been raising hell at the school board.

  7. Better still to read books by T. E. Lawrence: Evolution of a Revolt and Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

  8. The schools respond that they are "non-denominational" prayer rooms. Anyone can go in there, whip out a rug, face Mecca and pray.

  9. I just saw on the news tonight where the local Pittsburgh Muslim.. mosque? Has raised a lot of money for the Jewish survivors and family members. And the Muslim speaking on the air said if they need more money, or want protection for their services, just let the Muslim's know…

    Thanks for the update on Syria. I pray your friend heals (healed?) quickly.

  10. What the media could do is to start telling about history. Explain how the Roman empire disintegrated an how they used Arabs and other mercenaries as soldiers. The population growth at the Arab Peninsula and why they could easy conquer the former West Roman Empire. The way they also came up with a system to control the society by combining law and religion and created the Quran that arrived some 200+ years after a person named Mohammed had passed away. The many versions of different Qurans with quotes from other known texts finally ended up with something today some claim is the text given directly from God. While the Bible is scrutinized and studied and accepted as a research subject the muslims do not seem to have the same willingness nor interest in knowing more about the facts that evolved into the text they base their attitude on. Even people who call themselves Christians and embrace islam should spend some time on figuring out what the causes their belief and learn the differences between the Bible and the Quran. If more Christians had done it and actually understand the differences they might not be so willing to clean the floor.

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