No-till Gardening

In 1970 while on Sabbatical study leave at Landbouwhogeschool, the Dutch Agricultural University, in Wageningen, mentor Kees (C. T.) de Wit obm showed me a pasture where the only tillage for multiple years had been slit seeding of grasses and legumes into the clay soil. Good soil tilth and thriving vegetation was evident. His point was to eliminate plowing and disking, allowing vegetation to maintain soil health.

“In the first paragraph of the landmark 1943 book Plowman’s Folly, Edward H. Faulkner said, “The truth is that no one has ever advanced a scientific reason for plowing.” Nonetheless, 40 years after that publication cracked the foundations of agricultural science, most farmers still plow. Why?

“The most obvious (or at least the most frequently claimed) reason that soil is tilled is to loosen it so oxygen and water can reach the area where roots will grow. It seems logical that friable, loose earth would allow roots to spread evenly and to proliferate, and this is indeed the case. But using a moldboard plow doesn’t necessarily produce such soil. Plowing and disking a field results in a soil with broken structure lying atop a heavily compressed plow pan (the undisturbed layer that the plow doesn’t reach). This broken-up soil is very prone to being compacted by rainfall. In addition, many passes must be made over the field with very heavy equipment, the wheels of which further compress the soil. Untilled ground starts off being less compacted than a heavily machine-worked field, and it stays that way. What’s more, earth that has become compressed by tillage or machinery will return to a less compacted state after a few years of no-till planting. http://bit.ly/2iO52jf

Over the years I have read about minimum tillage or no-till management of soil and crops. Agricultural Engineering professional conferences have espoused the concept and supporting equipment. The most obvious example to my eye has been soybeans drilled directly into stubble as soon as wheat was cut, revealing strips of green in the golden standing straw visible from the road. Makes sense.

But I’ve never farmed crop or pasture acreage where I could try out the no-till concept. Articles emphasizing seedbed preparation, incorporating organic matter and fertilizer before planting seeds or transplants into my garden always led me to rototill as deeply as possible.

Cover crops I have also read about, but never practiced. Motivation and laziness are to blame. As a result each spring has found my beginning garden covered in dead crabgrass, weeds, fescue, etc., again encouraging rototilling to my mind, not wanting to burn and not willing to rake it off, thinking to incorporate what litter was there, so it would decompose.

Early this 2017 fall, after seeing cover crop seeds on http://sowtrueseed.com/, while chasing Bradford Watermelon seed, I began thinking about pursuit of a cover crop this winter on one or both of my bedded garden spots, one of which had not been cropped in 3 years.

My interest in garden winter cover crop was ratcheted up by a recent conversation with David Bradshaw, neighbor and retired well known Clemson horticulturist. His experimental winter treatment of Wrens Abruzzi Rye and Crimson Clover, knocked down and spring incorporated, resulted in yields of okra, cucumber and squash as I remember it, with no additional fertilizer, comparable to those under recommended rates of 10-10-10. The combination of N from the legume (peak when crimson clover heads begin to turn red) and decomposition of the biomass from the rye provided what the crops needed. Sustainable farming to my mind.

Browsing uncovered http://brownsranch.us/ emphasizing cover crops and zero-till. Gabe has increased organic matter content in North Dakota from 1.9% to 6.1% over the past 20 years, and infiltration rate from 0.5 to 8 in/hr.

“Today, the Brown Ranch includes about 3,000 acres of restored native rangeland and improved pasture producing cattle, pork and poultry, and 2,000 acres of no-till, cropland producing corn, peas (grain and forage types), spring wheat, oats, barley, sunflowers, vetch, triticale, rye and alfalfa, plus a great diversity of cover crops. No insecticides or fungicides have been used on the ranch for over a decade, herbicide use has been cut by over 75 percent and no synthetic fertilizer has been used since 2008. Corn yields average 20 percent higher than the county average. http://bit.ly/2iMlXD5

Further,
“Mycorrhizal fungi grow in healthy soils and are responsible for nutrient transfers between plants and soil biology. The most critical thing in a plant’s life is its relationship with mycorrhizal fungi, which is why tillage and synthetic chemicals should be avoided. http://bit.ly/2iOtjpw

And, earthworms proliferate under no-till practices. See http://bit.ly/2iRDCt9.

“Earthworms have significant impacts on soil properties and processes through their feeding, casting, and burrowing activity. The worms create channels in the soil, which can aid water and air flow as well as root development. The shallow-dwelling worms create numerous small channels throughout the topsoil, which increases overall porosity and can help improve water and air relationships. Nightcrawlers create large vertical channels, which can greatly increase water infiltration under very intense rainfall or ponded conditions. Nightcrawler channels can also aid root proliferation in the subsoil, due both to the ease of root growth in a pre-formed channel and the higher nutrient availability in the cast material that lines portions of the burrow. Earthworm casts, in general, are higher in available nutrients than the surrounding mineral soil, because the organic materials have been partially decomposed during passage through the earthworm gut, converting the organic nutrients to more available forms.

Earthworms improve soil structure and tilth. Their casts are an intimate mixture of organic material and mineral soil and are quite stable after initial drying. The burrowing action of the worms moves soil particles closer together near burrow walls, and the mucus secreted by the worms as they burrow can also help bind the soil particles together. Increased porosity, plus mixing of residues and soil, are additional ways that earthworms improve soil structure. http://bit.ly/2iOUd0D

So, my next question is how to incorporate cover crops and no-till into my vegetable gardening.

I like the results of David Bradshaw, so after rototilling with skid steer, have mixed Crimson Clover seed and winter rye (not Wrens Abruzzi) into 5 pounds of grits and dropped the mixture, using a Scotts Turf Builder Classic Drop Spreader, onto the two 8-ft wide beds above the bee hives, about 60 ft long. Those beds had been built wide 4 years ago so I could rototill them, and had added bark mulch and horse manure. After sowing I rolled the area with the wide tires of the lawn tractor to get soil-seed contact. Soil was damp. I was late, sowing late October, but germination was fine. Rye is now 2 – 3 inches tall; clover has put on true leaves.

I also rototilled the bamboo infested beds above 130, about 2 weeks ago, and ordered Wrens Abruzzi Rye from Hancock Seeds near Dade City FL. I sowed the remaining 1.5 lbs Crimson Clover and about 3 lbs Rye today after another light pass of rototilling. Rolled as above. Yes, I’m late. Beds are of similar size.

I also rototilled the 10-20 ft wide strip between driveway and bamboo, same day, and today sowed 3 lbs Austrian Winter Peas (by hand; seed would not go through seeder) and 3 lbs Hairy Vetch. We’ll see how deer respond.

Question: How to knock down the vegetation next year and seed?

“So, you’ve harvested the veggies from your garden and planted a mixture of cover crops in their place in order to protect and nourish the soil. How do you make the transition back from cover crop to your chosen vegetables the following season? It might be tempting to till and turn those cover crops over into the soil, but this is the last thing you should do. You do need to terminate the cover crop somehow though. There are a number of different ways to do this. You could:

  • Stomp the cover crop into the ground with your feet or a board (simply attach two rope handles to a 2×4 board and then use the board to step down the crop)
  • If the cover crop has started to form seed heads, you can kill it off by rolling crop roller or small barrel over it
  • Cut the growth down and leave the residue on top (although it works better if it’s rolled or stepped down)

“Once the cover crop has been killed off, you’re ready to plant your vegetable seeds. For a small garden, Gabe recommends using a hoe to part the cover crop remains over to the side. Create a small slice in the soil, drop in your seeds and cover with a small amount of soil. If you’re planting a transplant, simply move the cover crop aside, dig the hole and plant as normal. http://bit.ly/2iMBS48

With the heavy biomass litter I expect, using a hoe seems laborious. So how to get seed in the ground? Transplants I can see. But seeds?

My father had what is now called a jab planter, whereby one or a few seeds are dropped from waist level down a tube into a divot made by jabbing the tool into the ground. He used it to plant watermelon, in hills. I haven’t found one like his, but do find that Forest Service evaluated four similar at http://bit.ly/2BanXMb, preferring the Hatfield Transplanter, http://bit.ly/2iN1lKQ, apparently available only from Johnny’s Seeds, and Almaco Hand Jab (expensive).

A jab planter might work well for hill dropped seed. But things like beans, at close spacing, ? Planet Jr? Through the litter?

Crabgrass, brought in with horse manure, and perpetually reseeding, has been much more problematic than weeds in my gardens. I may try Treflan watered in by rainfall next spring. “A one-half inch rain or its equivalent in sprinkler irrigation must be received within 24 hours or poor weed control will result.” It is labeled for Asparagus, Carrot, Celery, Cole Crops, Cucurbits, Okra, Pepper, Potatoes, Southern Peas, Tomatoes, Beans, Greens, and Green Peas. See http://bit.ly/2BaKf07.

Jerry’s Journal # 19 • 24 November 2017

PS: An eBay search yielded several “corn planters” for sale.  I have bought one out of Kansas, yet to be seen.  An internet search also yielded http://bit.ly/2zLhg2Q.  So we’ll see.  3 December 2017

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Tear Them Down?

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Parable of the Haircut

A Modern Parable

One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut.  After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you; I’m doing community service this week.’ The florist was pleased and left the shop. 

When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door. 

Later, a cop came in for a haircut, and when he tried to pay his bill, the barber again replied, ‘I cannot accept money from you; I’m doing community service this week.’ The cop was happy and left the shop. 

The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a ‘thank you’ card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door. 

Then a Congressman came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, ‘I can not accept money from you; I’m doing community service this week’ The Congressman was very happy and left the shop. 

The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen Congressmen lined up waiting for a free haircut. 

And that, my friends, illustrates the fundamental difference between the citizens of our country and the politicians who run it. 

As Ronald Reagan said:  BOTH POLITICIANS AND DIAPERS NEED TO BE CHANGED OFTEN….AND FOR THE SAME REASON!

If you don’t forward this, I question your sense of humor and patriotism.  No, nothing bad will happen.  However, you must live with yourself knowing that laughter is not in your future. 🙂

Remember, politicians got us into the mess we are in. Let’s oust them and start over with more ordinary but courageous citizens, as our founding fathers were.  Jerry

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NY Times to critics – shut up

Jack Englehard in Israel National News

They hired her to monitor the paper’s integrity…and they fired her for doing her job.

She had two strikes against her. One – she criticized The New York Times first for publishing an op-ed written by imprisoned terrorist Marwan Barghouti, and then for neglecting to mention his crimes – at least 26 Israelis murdered from his work as an unrepentant jihadist.

Two – she complained that the paper’s constant pummeling of President Donald Trump was overly aggressive and had crossed “over the line.”

She wrote that there ought to be consequences for such un-journalistic behavior.

Instead – she became the consequence.

Her name is Liz Spayd and for 11 months she served as the paper’s “public editor,” which translates as house watchdog, or reader’s representative.

So what was her reward for being our representative, demanding, as we do, truthful journalism?

She got fired. This happened a few days ago to the girl who must have been snubbed in the hallways and left to sit alone in the cafeteria.

So they hired her to monitor the paper’s integrity…and they fired her for doing her job.

Let that be a lesson to anyone in the building who even THINKS about speaking his, or her, mind.

Spayd’s firing means that the Times won’t even pretend to be a fair-minded mirror of our times.

Speak up, and you’re done. That goes for every newsroom that uses the Times as its oracle. They follow the leader.

Objective reporting?

These days every headline must conform to OMG proportions for anything related to Trump…and Israel, always.

The paper has been shameless and quite ridiculous in its attempt to smear Trump as a fellow-traveler to the Russians. It’s done by rumor, gossip, whispers, innuendo, hearsay and unsubstantiated accusation. Those are Red Scare tactics that were used by HUAC and McCarthyism to ruin people. It’s how Inquisitions are done.

Spayd’s firing means that the Times won’t even pretend to be a fair-minded mirror of our times.

Even as it calls itself the paper of record and serves as the template for the rest of the news media, it’s a paper intended entirely for radical leftists.

They love it when the paper goes after Trump and the Jews, and it was probably the left that made Arthur Sulzberger Jr. get rid of her.

Sulzberger says there is no longer a need for an ombudsman. The paper can be trusted to serve as its own judge. Liberals cheered. They too know what’s best.

They complained that Spayd was “controversial” – and what is controversial to them?

Anyone who departs from the gospel according to Tom Friedman and Paul Krugman is a danger.

Liz Spayd’s firing is the latest evidence that Big Brother still wants us under heel.

So if a single lonely voice is silenced because it demurs from what is official policy – how is the Times of today any different from the Pravda of yesterday?

No dissent then and there; no dissent permitted here and now.

Which means that so far as getting news that is trustworthy and reliable, we are not in America anymore. We are back in the USSR.

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva. His books, including “The Bathsheba Deadline,” are available from Amazon and other retailers. Engelhard wrote the international bestseller “Indecent Proposal” and the award-winning Montreal memoir “Escape from Mount Moriah.” His latest is “News Anchor Sweetheart.” He is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: http://www.jackengelhard.com

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Whoa!

Dear Friend,

If it is to be lived with purpose, life is a delicate balancing act of body and soul, heaven and earth. It requires two feet firmly upon the ground and a clear head high up in the air. Only then are you the master.

In a rush, you are not in control of your world—the world is in control of you. Place your foot gently on the brakes, slow down, switch gears from madness to mind. Reclaim mastery.

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Fragrance is a gift of God, as long as it comes from nature, e.g. a rose, a broken egg, the seashore, a fart, a lemon, a thunderstorm, a mint leaf, a freshly plowed field, or freshly mown hay, and those fragrances never do us harm.  But then synthetically manufactured “fragrances” also pervade our home and personal care products, e.g. SC Johnson’s Pledge Lemon Clean Furniture Spray, which ingredients include “fragrance”:  butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT); citral; citronellal; citronellol; dipropylene glycol; geraniol; nerol; p-mentha-1,4-diene; terpenes and terpenoids, lemon-oil; terpenes and terpenoids, sweet orange-oil.  And Avon’s Senses Vanilla Body Lotion contains “Parfum/Fragrance” in its list of 24 ingredients plus water. (But what is in that Parfum/Fragrance?  Not a word.)

Many if not most home and personal care products contain “fragrance,” including sunscreen, shampoo, soap, body wash, deodorant, dryer sheets, air fresheners, fabric softeners, cleaning products, scented candles, body lotion, makeup, facial cream, skin toner, serums, exfoliating scrubs and perfume.1 Fragrance is defined by the FDA as a combination of chemicals that gives each perfume or cologne (including those used in other products) its distinct scent.

Dozens of children’s bath products have been found to contain chemicals that cause cancer in lab animals and are classified as probable human carcinogens. The companies argue that each product contains just low levels of these toxins—but there shouldn’t be any carcinogens in baby shampoo at all. Period.

When manufacturers list ingredients of a product, they may use the term “fragrance,” a term  entirely free of government oversight and safety regulations, which means that when you see “fragrance” on a product label, it does not refer to a single ingredient, but likely dozens of chemicals in combination.  Those chemicals may be natural, but not usually, or more predominantly petrochemically derived, e.g. benzene derivatives, aldehydes and phthalates.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency classifies benzene as a Class A carcinogen.2  One of the aldehydes, formaldehyde is classified by OSHA as a human carcinogen. Short-term exposure to formaldehyde can be fatal. Long-term exposure to low levels of formaldehyde may cause respiratory difficulty, eczema, and sensitization.  As CBS reported, “Phthalates are so ubiquitous, we all have traces in our bodies.  … The Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, put phthalates on a list of chemicals that ‘may present a risk’ to the environment or human health. That’s because they disrupt hormone activity and some preliminary studies show that they may be causing a slow and steady demasculinizing of men.”

If we purchase a product that lists fragrance as one of the ingredients, we have no way of knowing how many chemicals reside within, or how those chemicals might interact with each other. Many of the chemicals are increasingly linked to chronic health conditions.

The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) lists 3,059 materials that are reported as being used in fragrance compounds. Of these 3,059 ingredients, some have evidence linking them to health effects including cancer, reproductive toxicity, allergies and sensitivities.  Of these, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics lists 23 by common name that are of health concerns. (Under Health Concerns, click on More)  That site is also informative on the problem of fragrance in home and health care products.

You may be surprised to know that legislation put in place in the U.S. in 1976 — a measure called the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) — has perhaps done more harm than good in terms of regulating the chemicals used in products that you use daily.  Notably,

  • TSCA grandfathered in some 80,000 chemicals that are ready available and can be easily incorporated into all kinds of consumer products manufactured and sold in the U.S.
  • Certain substances are generally excluded from TSCA, including, among others, food, drugs, cosmetics and pesticides.

So, what can we do to protect ourselves from Big Fragrance Brothers and our government who are failing to regulate them?

  1. Read the label!  If the ingredients include fragrance, perfume, or parfum, leave it on the shelf or discard it if it is already in our home.
  2. Opt for Fragrance Free on the label. Unscented or Scent Free may well include fragrance to cover up odors.
  3. Evaluate a proposed product against the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic database, by product, ingredient or company
  4. Find safer alternatives.
  5. Read the myths on cosmetics safety.
  6. Take time to read what I’ve written here.
  7. Watch Annie Leonard’s The Story of Cosmetics or read the annotated script.
  8. Download the Think Dirty® app to your phone.  Scan the product barcode in your bathroom or store, and Think Dirty will give you easy-to-understand info on the product, its ingredients, and shop cleaner options!
  9. Question yourself, “Do I really need this product?”  “Might my health be better without it?”
  10. Forward this blog to those you love.
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Why the End of the Two-State Solution is the Beginning of Peace

The so-called Two-State Solution to Jewish-Arab conflict in Israel has been around since at least 1947.  Israel has many times agreed to such, while Arabs have refused, while stating their intentions to wipe Israel off the map.  Result: Pull the discussion off the table.

Israel and the world have grown weary of continually hearing the two-state solution, so emptily proposed.  Increasingly of late, instead, Israeli Sovereignty over Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley is gaining support from a widening variety of citizens, scholars, politicians, thinkers, clergy of all religions, and even Arabs.

Now Professor Martin Slann explains how cessation of further pursuit of the two-state solution is a breath of fresh air, the beginning of peace.  Dr Slann is Dean, Department of Political Science and History, University of Texas at Tyler, and is an expert student of Middle Eastern affairs.

He writes:

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“The recently concluded summit between President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was a refreshing change from the misery the Obama Administration attempted, usually without success, to inflict on Israel.  Trump understands that Netanyahu’s first priority is the security of his country and its continued presence on the map.  Obama and Secretaries of State Clinton and Kerry were persuaded that  only an Israeli decision to commit national suicide would guarantee justice for the so-called Palestinians as well as peace throughout the region and even trigger an end to the plague of Islamic terrorism.

“Kerry had insisted that time and demography were working against Israel and that, in the near future, Israeli Jews would be outnumbered by the Arabs of Israel, Judea and Samaria, and Gaza.  Better, he argued, to make a deal while it’s still possible.  As usual, Kerry was wrong.  The numbers he was using were inaccurate and had been distorted by the Palestinian Authority’s census bureau.  The Jewish birthrate is at least equal to the Arab one in all of these areas and has been for several years; moreover, Arabs are leaving Judea and Samaria in significant numbers each year, mostly to Europe or to other Arab countries.  Their future under a corrupt Palestinian Authority or the Hamas death cult is bleak.  Interestingly, Israeli Arabs aren’t going anywhere.  And why should they?  Israel is the home of the only Arab middle class anywhere in the region where the rule of law applies rather than the whim of a military dictator or the pronouncements of an unhinged religious fanatic.

“In the meantime, the ridiculous notion that Israel couldn’t be both democratic and Jewish has also been revealed as nonsense, Israel has been a parliamentary democracy for nearly seven decades.  Its non-Jewish citizens, Druse, Christians, and even some Muslims are voluntarily joining the Israeli military in record numbers because more and more of them are concluding that Israel is their country too.  This is good news.  Israel is the strongest economic, political, and military American ally in the Middle East.  The Obama Administration didn’t know this or, if it did, didn’t care.  Its foreign policy was based on reaching out only to those who despise the United States and are working for its downfall.  The Iranian nuclear treaty (which the Trump people are working to dismantle) is the best case in point.

“Best of all, there is a recognition that proposals for a two-state solution are deservedly are increasingly ignored.  The knife-jihad and the car-ramming jihad have convinced most Israelis, even those on the left, that Arabs occupying parts of Judea and Samaria don’t want peace with Israel regardless of how many concessions they receive.  They merely want all Israelis dead.  Four generations of institutionalized hatred perpetrated by the Palestinian media, schools, and Islamic clergy and the glorification of destruction have made the two-state solution an impossible eventuality.  Israeli children are encouraged by their parents to become engineers, teachers, and physicians while their Palestinian counterparts are constantly exposed to the spiritually fulfilling opportunity of martyrdom.

“Even Arabs should be happy that the two-state solution is gone.  It may just get them to focus on all the wasted years they’ve accumulated and begin to comprehend that their future doesn’t have to be as self-defeating and wasted as the past.  A lot of Israeli and foreign businesses are waiting to build the economic infrastructure in Arab areas in Judea and Samaria.  All that Arabs must do for that to happen is to rid themselves of hate and a thirst for ‘vengeance.’

February, 2017, #11

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Why Muslims back Trump on radical Islam

By    [I just discovered this lady, and am impressed by what I read at  and at @ShireenQudosi.  If you tweet, I suggest that you follow her (and @JihadWatch, and @PamelaGeller and Robert Spencer via @JihadWatchRS).   And if you don’t tweet, I suggest you start, an alternative way of learning.  Any youngster can show you how. 🙂 Jerry]

Is Trump’s Muslim ban strategy necessary to defeat terror?  Fox News

One week into his new administration President Trump has shown the American people that while he lacks the silver tongue of a statesman, he more than makes up for it with the decisiveness of a businessman.

This week, President Trump signed executive orders on building the border wall in a sweeping move that also targets sanctuary cities. Another executive order aims to stop the flow of immigration from seven red-flag states including Syria, which will curtail the acceptance of Syrian refugees. Some would argue that the order doesn’t go far enough to include terror-manufacturing states like the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. However, it does strategically target the greatest security gap: infiltration through the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program. A program directed by emotion in the past, the initiative fails to look at two key elements:

First, does this type of immigration benefit America?

And second, does it consider the big picture?

The big picture is that refugee plight is a vehicle for radical Islamic terrorists who easily infiltrate the stream of hard-to-vet victims of war.

Immigration, until President Trump’s executive order, was arguably the largest security blind spot for America to date.

President Trump’s security-driven agenda in the first week is a move welcomed by Muslims both domestically and abroad, many of whom have the same security concerns against growing Islamic extremism as Americans.

When I talked about this with Pakistani-American activist Ali Abbas Taj, he stressed the need for the administration to push further by focusing on the underlying extremist groups: Salafis from the Middle East and Deobandis from South Asia.

The focus on these two groups will help the administration avoid over-simplification under the banner of radical Islam.

Ali says, “We cannot win by making 2 billion Muslims our enemy through broad-brushing radical Islam. Only the extremists within these sub-sects [of Deobandis and Salafis] must be destroyed. We cannot destroy 2 billion Muslims.”

Being swept aside in the tide of policy or directly attacked by extremists themselves is a widespread worry that many other Muslims have (but don’t often publicly admit). Many American Muslims realize they’re on a fast-track to their own deportation process if the country doesn’t start taking radical Islam seriously.

Take Fatima, for example, a North American-Muslim woman, who welcomes a crackdown on domestic terrorism.

In a message exchange with me, Fatima confides, “Between extreme vetting and increased surveillance of mosques and monitoring the funding of mosques and organizations like CAIR, [these efforts] will help curb extremists and extremist ideas.”

And she poignantly adds, “This administration should be able to fight Islamic extremism without vilifying all Muslims.”

In London, Shaaz Mahboob manages the Facebook page British Muslims for Secular Democracy.

A Trump supporter, Mahboob is confident President Trump can navigate the minefield of radical Islam in part through strategic alliances with pro-reform Muslims.

He also calls for excluding Islamists from the conversation, which was a tactic practiced by the Obama administration for the last 8 years.

Islamists, aided by the Obama administration, were able to completely push out pro-reform Muslims from the national dialogue.

For Mahboob, it’s simple: “[It’s] time to play Islamists at their own game and beat them by isolating them.”

There is an undercurrent of support from Muslims for the newly elected president. Even those Muslims who couldn’t vote for Trump, but who are engaged with the problem of radical Islam, feel President Trump can act as a megaphone for their voice.

Empowered by a high caliber cabinet, the new administration should expand on the immigration policy with a crackdown on domestic targets. The first step would be to strike with precision at the problem by partnering with pro-reform Muslim allies.

Shireen Qudosi is a Muslim reformer and a Senior Contributor at CounterJihad.  She is working on her first book, “Islam’s Original  Story.” Follow her on Twitter @ShireenQudosi.

 

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Success

Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile.

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Islam’s Iron Curtain

The Iron Curtain was the ideological conflict and physical boundary dividing Europe into two separate areas from the end of World War II in 1945 until the end of the Cold War in 1991.  Now Professor Martin Slann warns of another, insidious one, Islam’s Iron Curtain.  Dr Slann is Dean, Department of Political Science and History, University of Texas at Tyler, and is an expert student of Middle Eastern affairs.

He writes:

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“Similar to communism, Islam is a totalitarian system that is characterized by a secret and very intrusive police force, economic stagnation, numerous lethal punishments for activities that the state perceives as subversive, and the brutality or even genocide visited on ethnic or religious minorities.  However, unlike communism, Islam has been able to establish statelets in what until recent decades had been thriving democracies.  These are mostly in Europe, but are slowly emerging in North America as well.  The United Kingdom currently has over 80 religious councils that adjudicate disputes on the basis of sharia law, the barbaric and violent code that is mostly based on the rantings of the seventh century pedophilic and murderous founder of Islam.

“The argument on behalf of sharia is that Muslims, because they are special, must govern themselves according to the indisputable and changeless laws of Allah.  Anyone who opposes this rather primitive doctrine is an islamophobe and a hate-filled bigot.  In practice, all of this means that Muslim men get to slap their wives around as much as they like, get to “marry” girls well under the age of 15, and even to commit “honor” killings of disobedient daughters who refuse to wear the hijab.  These atrocities are perfectly fine with the politically correct gang of liberals and progressives who keep running around condemning western civilization for its egregious history of imperialism and slavery.

“Even worse, though, is that liberals are as intolerant of criticism of Islamic practices as they are condemnatory of the Judeo-Christian tradition.  This is why courageous democratic leaders such as Geert Wilders in the Netherlands can be placed on trial for hate speech because he suggested that his country should stop importing Muslims, mostly from Morocco, and immediately signing them up for state welfare and subsidized housing.  After all, a Muslim man with four wives and a couple dozen children has a lot more important things to do than look for a job.  What was Wilders thinking?

“Don’t believe for a moment that feminists or liberals will even hint that this is at all wrong.  For them it isn’t:  it’s merely payback for the years of oppression by a privileged white male dominant class that has oppressed women for centuries and exploited Islamic countries in the Middle East for their oil.  Giulio Meotti, an Italian journalist, has written that we are witnessing the “sanctimony of liberal censorship.”  Condemn Christianity and Judaism while giving a pass to Islam.  The only hate speech that upsets liberals in Germany, for example, is the outrageous suggestion that Muslim men should accept German social norms and stop raping young German women and defecating in public pools.

“This is the Islamic iron curtain:  the closure of free speech when it comes to Islam and Muslims. [Emphasis mine. JRL] The new Muslim mayor of London, for example, has declared that sharia is perfectly compatible with English Common Law.  The mayor is lying, of course, but elements of the extremist Labor Party agree and support his contention.  We’ve seen this mess before.  After all, The New York Times during the 1930s sent reporters to the Soviet Union to report on the wonderful new society being built by the great humanitarian, Joseph Stalin.  While millions of Soviet citizens starved to death on collective farms that produced between nothing and very little, the Times reported that Soviet agriculture was setting record levels of wheat and corn production on collective farms.

“Establishing and sustaining an iron curtain is as dependent on self-hating liberals and cowards as much as it is on the thugs who build it.  Thirty years ago President Reagan told Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this [Berlin] Wall.”  Perhaps it’s time for President-elect Trump to tell Muslims to tear down their own walls that are built on the hate and fear of sharia law.  By the way, the Berlin Wall came down soon after Reagan issued his demand.

December 12, 2016, #10

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