Thomas Jefferson on Islam

Thomas JeffersonThomas Jefferson was a draftsman of the Declaration of Independence and the third U.S. president (1801-09). He was also responsible for the Louisiana Purchase.  And he waged war on Islam, very early in his presidency..

The First Barbary War (1801-05) was the first declared war the United States fought on foreign land and seas. Islamic pirates from the Berber states of Tripoli, Algiers, and Tunis and the Sultanate of Morocco harassed for centuries the Western Mediterranean seas especially, but also the Eastern Atlantic coast and even South America. “The main purpose of their attacks was to capture Christian slaves for the Ottoman slave trade as well as the general Muslim market in North Africa and the Middle East.” (Wikipedia) Piratical activity by Muslim populations had been known in the Mediterranean since at least the 9th century.  Historian Robert C. Davis estimated that between 1530 and 1780 1–1.25 million Europeans were captured and taken as slaves to North Africa, principally Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli, but also Constantinople and Salé.

Prior to independence, American merchant vessels had enjoyed the protection of the British Navy.  But once the United States declared their independence, British diplomats were quick to inform the Barbary States that U.S. ships were open to attack.  In 1785, Dey Muhammad of Algiers declared war on the United States and captured several American ships.  The financially weak Confederation Government of the United States was unable and unwilling to raise a navy or the tribute that would protect U.S. ships. (U S Department of State Historian)

In 1786, Jefferson and John Adams met with Tripoli’s ambassador to Great Britain. “We took the liberty to make some enquiries concerning the ground of their pretensions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury, and observed that we considered all mankind as our friends who had done us no wrong, nor had given us any provocation.”  The answer was quite revealing.

The Ambassador [of Tripoli] answered us that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.

{Letter from the commissioners, John Adams & Thomas Jefferson, to John Jay, 28 March 1786} — Thomas Jefferson, Letters of Thomas Jefferson

NB: This attitude of 1786 by Muslim leaders persists today, as evidenced by numerous statements of ISIS and other terrorists.  Note also this translated quote from Quran (5:33).

“The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement”

Getting back to history, starting in about 1784, the US Congress decided to follow the same path taken by most of Europe—simply pay up the ransoms as their ships and crews were captured and pillaged.  Eventually, Jefferson (first as the Minister to France, later as President) became appalled by the payment of these ransoms to the Muslim barbarians.  Secretary of State Jefferson declared to Thomas Barclay, American consul to Morocco, in a May 13, 1791, letter of instructions for a new treaty with Morocco that it is “lastly our determination to prefer war in all cases to tribute under any form, and to any people whatever,” but the United States continued to negotiate for cash settlements. In 1795 alone the United States was forced to pay nearly a million dollars in cash, naval stores, and a frigate to ransom 115 sailors from the dey of Algiers. Annual gifts were settled by treaty with Algiers, Morocco, Tunis, and Tripoli. (Library of Congress) Paying the ransom would only lead to further demands, Jefferson argued in letters to future presidents John Adams, then America’s minister to Great Britain, and James Monroe, then a member of Congress.

When Jefferson became president, in 1801, he had had enough.  He refused to accede to Tripoli’s demands for an immediate payment of $225,000 and an annual payment of $25,000. Tripoli then declared war on the United States. Although as secretary of state and vice president he had opposed developing an American navy capable of anything more than coastal defense, President Jefferson dispatched a squadron of naval vessels to the Mediterranean.  As he declared in his first annual message to Congress, “To this state of general peace with which we have been blessed, one only exception exists. Tripoli, the least considerable of the Barbary States, had come forward with demands unfounded either in right or in compact, and had permitted itself to denounce war, on our failure to comply before a given day. The style of the demand admitted but one answer. I sent a small squadron of frigates into the Mediterranean. . . .” (Library of Congress, Jefferson Papers)

Jefferson’s backbone for war with the Islamic terrorists of the sea withstood four years of pressure from political opponents and even his own cabinet, with never a declaration of war by Congress, but an 1805 treaty culminated a significant decrease to the hostilities, even if they were revived causing the short lived 1815 war with Algiers.

But Jefferson had demonstrated to the world the immorality and inhumanity of Muslim terrorists who justified their warring practices by the Quran, stood up to them, and succeeded in corralling their threat to the world.  All because he had a backbone, and wisdom, and used it.

Oh, that we had such leadership today!

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Ebola — New Terrorist Weapon?

Bubonic plague is commonly believed to have been the cause of the Black Death thatBlackdeath2 swept through Europe in the 14th century and killed an estimated 25 million people, 30 – 60% of the population. “Some of the earliest instances of biological warfare were said to have been products of the plague, as armies of the 14th century were recorded catapulting diseased corpses over the walls of towns and villages to spread the pestilence.Wikipedia.

What, you may ask, does Bubonic Plague have to do with terrorism and Ebola?

ISIS is most likely thinking of ways to use Ebola as a low-tech weapon of bio-terror. Similar to enemies throwing corpses over town walls in the middle ages, so too can terrorists of today walk a living corpse, infected with the deadly Ebola virus, into the public assembly of their choice, and catapult him or her into liters of human body fluids spread over the multitude of individuals in the vicinity. Ball game, church, synagogue, mosque, shopping mall, political rally, you name it, all are fair game.

Far fetched? Not according to Capt. Al Shimkus, Ret., a Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College. reported in Forbes. Or collect body fluids from intentionally infected terrorist volunteers to use anyway, anywhere they choose. “And with a significant portion of West Africa now in an open epidemic, it arguably wouldn’t be difficult for a terrorist group to simply waltz in and make off with some infected bodily fluids for use elsewhere at another time,” says Shimkus.

So, bio-terrorism is nothing new, it just has a new vehicle: Ebola. Knowing the inhumanity of ISIS and their ilk, nothing will surprise me.

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Lessons in Leadership: From a Janitor

This lesson first came to me as a .pdf via email. Now I delete most messages I receive, without opening, but not from this friend. I open each and every one that comes from him. He has my back, and I have his.

I offer it to you with the hope of passing on wisdom that will benefit my progeny and others younger than I, whoever and wherever they may be.


I read to the bottom, then opened The President and The Janitor”

There I found a link to The President and The Janitor; Page 2″

and even The President and The Janitor; Page 3″

I trust you will enjoy!

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Because they were Jews

Explaining the outpouring of anguish after the death of three Israeli teenagers

Funeral of our 3 boys

We weep over our 3 boys

“To observers across the world, Israelis’ reaction to the abduction and murder of three teenagers may seem a bit overwrought. Of course, the deaths of any three children, anywhere, is horrific. And yes, a tightly knit country like Israel will invariably respond with greater emotion than might citizens of other countries.

“But still, how does one explain the presence of thousands of weeping people at the funeral, most of whom did not know the families?
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Yes to Israeli Sovereignty

Yes to Israeli Sovereignty over Judea and Samaria

Yes to Israeli Sovereignty over Judea and Samaria

Israeli sovereignty over Judea and Samaria is the most logical and Biblical political plan as the solution to the Israeli problem. An increasing number of Israeli rank-and-file, members of the Knesset, rabbis, and journalists are agreeing that sovereignty over the entire land, including Judea and Samaria (commonly, but erroneously called the West Bank) is the real alternative to the various schemes that Kerry and others propose from week to week. For more details on the necessary considerations in this bold move, click here for Issue 1 of “Sovereignty, a Political Journal, a groundbreaking publication which is a direct outgrowth of the conferences organized in the last few years around the several issues by Women in Green, a grass roots movement dedicated to “safeguarding our G-d given Biblical homeland.” Click here for Issue 2.

The photo above is of a billboard at entrance to Jerusalem from Highway 1.  Billboards that Women in Green have placed elsewhere are below.

sign at entrance to jerusalem 3 sign at entrance to jerusalem 2

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Two America’s

Bob Lonsberry     Check him out!
December 9, 2013

The Democrats are right, there are two Americas.

The America that works, and the America that doesn’t. The America that contributes, and the America that doesn’t.

It’s not the haves and the have nots, it’s the dos and the don’ts. Some people do their duty as Americans, to obey the law and support themselves and contribute to society, and others don’t.

That’s the divide in America. Continue reading

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The Imperial Presidency of Barack Obama

Wall Street Journal Editorial By TED CRUZ
Jan. 28, 2014 6:57 p.m. ET

Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama presidency, none is more dangerous than the president’s persistent pattern of lawlessness, his willingness to disregard the written law and instead enforce his own policies via executive fiat. On Monday, Mr. Obama acted unilaterally to raise the minimum wage paid by federal contracts, the first of many executive actions the White House promised would be a theme of his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

The president’s taste for unilateral action to circumvent Congress should concern every citizen, regardless of party or ideology. The great 18th-century political philosopher Montesquieu observed: “There can be no liberty where the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or body of magistrates.” America’s Founding Fathers took this warning to heart, and we should too. Continue reading

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2013: The Year of Broken Obamacare Promises

Sunday, 29 Dec 2013 07:50 PM
By Cathy Burke

President Obama’s inauguration in January kicked off a year of broken promises about his signature health care law, threatening to turn a presidency based on vows of hope and change to one doling out disappointment and failures.

The Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, but it was in 2013 that the health care reform law implode into a nightmare of broken promises. Assertions made by the president and Health Secretary weeks ago, months ago and even years ago have over and over again proved to been misleading at best and complete untrue at worst.

No, you may not be able to keep your doctor or your plan. And, no, the website is not user-friendly.

1. The website is simple and user-friendly
2. “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”
3. “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
4. Premiums will fall by as much as $2,500 per family.
5. Obamacare won’t add ‘one dime to our deficits’.
6. The ACA will cost around $900 billion over 10 years.
7. Families making less than $250,000 won’t see ‘any form’ of tax increase.
8. The ACA will keep healthcare costs down.
9. You have a deadline and a mandate.
10. Sure, the national exchange is glitchy, but the state sites are working great.

For explanation of the facts behind these broken promises, read 2013: The Year of Broken Obamacare Promises

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A Revolution Begins

Altair 8800

Altair 8800

Bill Bennett renewed my memory recently, when he wrote “A Revolution Begins” in his daily newsletter.  “Few people realized it at the time, but the issue of Popular Electronics magazine that hit the newsstands in late December 1974 marked the beginning of a modern revolution. On the cover, beneath the headline “World’s First Minicomputer Kit,” sat a photo of a plain-looking box covered with rows of switches and lights. The machine was the Altair 8800, and for about $400, anyone could buy the kit and assemble it themselves. It was the first truly personal computer to come to market, and thousands of hobbyists rushed to place orders.”

For the rest of Bill’s post, click here.
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Misrepresenting Mandela

Misrepresenting Mandela

by Michael Freund

Imagine a person who planned acts of sabotage and incited violence, resulting in the deaths of innocent civilians and damage to public property.

A man who embraced brutal dictators throughout the Third World, such as Libya’s Gaddafi and Cuba’s Castro, singing their praises and defending them publicly even as they trampled on the rights and lives of their own people.

A person who hugged Yasser Arafat at the height of the intifada, hailed Puerto Rican terrorists who shot US Congressmen, and penned a book entitled, How to be a good Communist.

Picture all this and, believe it or not, you will be staring at a portrait of Nelson Mandela.

The death of the South African statesman last week has elicited an outpouring of tributes around the world, with various leaders and media outlets vying to outdo one another in their praise of the man.

Highlighting his principled stand against apartheid, and his firm determination to erect a new, post-racial and color-blind South Africa, many observers have hailed Mandela in glowing terms, as though he were a saint free of blemish and clean of sin.

But such accolades not only miss the mark, they distort history in a dangerous and damaging way and betray the legacy of Mandela himself.

Take, for example, . . . more

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