Saturday, August 23, 2014

YOU ARE OFFICER DARREN WILSON, FERGUSON P.D.

by Marshall Frank

Imagine this.

You are a 28 year-old man with a bright future in law enforcement. You’re on the job in a small city outside of St. Louis, patrolling a predominantly black community for the last six years. You have received commendations for outstanding work and never disciplined for anything. You’re soft spoken, friendly to everyone and referred to in the highest terms of respect and honor by everyone who knows you.

You’re on routine patrol one day. A call that goes out about a strong-arm robbery at a convenience store. As you’re nearing the scene, you spot two black males walking in the street, one of whom is quite large. You do your job and order them to get off the roadway.

They ignore your order. You stop the patrol car. You are not expecting what follows. As you’re exiting the patrol car, the large male suddenly comes at you with a powerful punch to the face delivered by a humongous fist. In a split second, your whole world turns upside down. The large fellow starts walking away. He has just committed a felony. You’re stunned, in pain, confused, shaking. But you have to do something.

You reach for your pistol and order him to stop. He doesn’t. Instead he comes back at you, challenging. He’s already punched you in the face. He’s unarmed, but the mere size of a young man, 6’4”, 300 pounds, is intimidating enough to realize you’re no match, physically. You are suddenly scared to death, fearful of being pummeled by this behemoth of an angry young man. As he nears, you panic and start pulling the trigger in his direction, two, three, maybe six shots, whatever it takes to stop him from maiming or killing you.

The young man collapses. You don’t know he’s only eighteen years old. You don’t know he’s just committed a felony at a convenience store. All you know is that you’re shaking inside, injured and emotionally wracked because you just did something you hoped you would never do in your entire life.

This had nothing to do with the young man being white, black or purple. You were just doing your job by ordering two boys off the dangerous streets, and from there, it mushroomed into an incident. You did everything the right way.

But that doesn’t matter now.

Fast forward nearly two weeks later. You have been villainized as a racist by everyone in local, state and federal governments. Angry citizens by the thousands are chanting for vengeance, declaring you as a hater of black people. The media is on a frenzy, stoking the flames of disorder as you flee to an undisclosed location because of threats to kill you.

You are a symbol of the criminal justice system, but you see something else unfurling before your eyes as you read newspapers and watch television from your hiding place. You always thought the system was about evenness and fairness, where justice is determined in a court room where evidence is presented challenged and evaluated before judgment is reached.

But that’s not happening for you. You’re different. You’re a white cop. The dead kid is black. You’re guilty.

You are astounded at the responses by prominent individuals who seem to have already tried and convicted you, reaching conclusions before knowing the array of evidence.

Governor Jay Nixon: “A vigorous prosecution must now be pursued.”

Congressman Lacy Clay: “I have absolutely no confidence in the Ferguson Police or the County Prosecutor. I know we won’t get a fair shake.”

Captain Ron Johnson, Highway Patrol: “I wear this uniform and I should stand here and say ‘I’m sorry.’”

Al Sharpton: “Justice for Michael Brown and his family.”

Benjamin Crump, family attorney: “They tried it with Trayvon, now they’re trying it with Michael.”

Darrel Parks, Brown family spokesman: “The person who shot Michael should be on trial.”

Attorney General Eric Holder: “I understand the mistrust. I am Attorney General, but I am also a black man.”

You’re watching the purveyors of racial hatred signing petitions in a call for the removal of respected County Prosecutor from the case. Robert McCulloch has been elected four times in sixteen years by the predominantly black electorate with an impeccable record, including several successful prosecutions of police officers. But he’s not trusted because his father was killed by a black person fifty years ago.

You’re seeing the beginnings of a lynch mob, setting the ground for a vigorous hate-filled prosecution hell-bent on seeing you in prison, or else. And if you are not prosecuted and convicted, the communities will burn, just like they did in L.A. and Miami. Everyone is on edge.

And if you are not charged or fail to be convicted, the power of the federal government will step in by adding charges about violating civil rights. You’re going to prison, one way or another. Guilt or innocence is not an issue.

It’s all about revenge. You now realize you will pay the price for all those racist cops in America who abused black people over the last century.

You are sorry that you had to fire that weapon. You feel sorry for the family of Michael Brown. But no one is listening. You don’t matter. Everyone, from the top law enforcement officer of the nation to the street people, all declare the need for justice for Michael Brown. But justice doesn’t apply to you.

No national figures are coming to visit you. No celebrities, no whites, blacks or Asians. You are alone.

So you turn the channel to get your mind clear, and you see another issue stirring emotions from across the globe. An American journalist has had his head severed from his body by fanatics, though he is guilty of no crime.

Your heart skips a beat. You see what’s coming.

Welcome to America the beautiful

Friday, August 22, 2014

TIME TO STAND BEHIND THE POLICE

by Marshall Frank

I’m one former career police officer who is fed up with the likes of Al Sharpton and a sensation-hungry media rushing to judgment when a black person is shot and killed by a cop in a confrontation. It’s the same old script: Intimidation, threats, violence, looting, antagonism and racial divide.

And then the president and the attorney general weigh in on the federal level as though it’s a greater tragedy when a black person dies than a white person.

No cop enjoys shooting anyone. No cop anywhere decides to pull a trigger on another human being because they’re white, black or Asian. Not in this day and age. That’s a guarantee.

My thirty in law enforcement were in Miami-Dade, Florida. We had plenty of riots and disturbances. I watched from the inside out as hooligans seized opportunities to steal, rampage and do everything possible to egg on law enforcement into more confrontations. Once it starts, it becomes contagious. A few ignite the many. The outcry is always the same: Racism. And the media thrives. When the media thrives, it emboldens the rioters.

Race riots are scary. People get seriously injured and killed in horrible ways, as a few radical kids wait for the signal from a higher authority. They are criminals, not protesters.

Criticism of police for responding to the streets fully armed and protected is premature. The general public, nor the media, knows what threats are looming from behind the scenes. All that gear is for protection and prevention, because there are crazy people out there who seek excuses to kill cops.

Meanwhile, cops are men and women with families and private lives. They want these incidents like they want cancer. They hate the mere thought of shooting anyone. But sometimes it’s their job. Day in and day out, police officers put lives on the line to protect the very people who threaten, ambush, antagonize and hate them.

All the facts are not yet known about the Ferguson, Missouri shooting. An investigation is underway. But consider this: Cops work every day with a target on their backs, and they know it, their families know it. Training or no training, cops get scared too.

So let’s shift the focus a moment. At least 120 to 180 officers a year are killed in the line of duty. In 2014, the death toll is on track toward 130 dead officers. Half of those have been killed by gunfire. Most of those are killed because they are a cop. Why don’t we label that bigotry? Hate crime?

In July, in the one month prior to the August 9th shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, four American police officers were shot to death. They all had families. Where’s the outcry? Why aren’t the friends, families and outraged citizens of those communities in the streets burning, demonstrating, looting and threatening?

July 30th. Officer Scott Patrick, age 47, Mendota Heights P.D., Minnesota. Shot in the head and killed by a fugitive during a routine traffic stop. He’s survived by a wife and two teenage daughters. Killed because he was a cop. The suspect was a white male.

July 13th. Detective Melvin Santiago, 23, Jersey City P.D., New Jersey. Ambushed when responding to a robbery call. Killed because he was a cop. Suspect is a black male who was killed on the scene. The suspect’s wife said that more cops should have been killed.

July 6th. Officer Jeffery Westerfield, 47, Gary Police Department, Indiana. Responded to a domestic disturbance call. He was ambushed, shot in his patrol car as he arrived. Killed on his 47th birthday, he leaves behind four daughters. Another loyal, America officer… killed for being a cop. Suspect was a black male.

July 5th. Officer Perry Renn, 51, Indianapolis P.D., Indiana. Answered a call about shots being fired in the area. Shot as he arrived. Officer Renn was also an U.S. Army veteran. Killed because he was a cop. Suspect was a black male.

Many more officers will die this year and future years, killed by criminals of all races. But who’s paying attention? Who out there understands what it is like to be in the shoes of a police officer, especially when suddenly trapped in a life/death situation? Perhaps it’s the police who should start demonstrating.

Consider me in. Down with Al Sharpton and the racist pundits who seize every opportunity to cash in on seething bigotry against the bravest and most dedicated protectors of our society.

Why aren’t the likes of Al Sharpton, and the president doing something meaningful, like visiting the ghettos outside Chicago, L.A., Ferguson and other neighborhoods of violence where black kids are dying by the dozens at the hands of other black kids every day, every week and every month? What have they done to stem this terrible tide? I ask them, what difference have you made in the outrageous level of unemployment among young black males? What difference have you made in the pathetic rate of unmarried mothers and missing fathers, breeding more kids into the gangster world? What difference have you made in these and other horrific conditions that black youth live within?

Here’s the answer! Nothing! You’ve made no difference.

So leave the cops alone. They’re job is hard enough without racist rabble-rousers like you stoking the fires of violence.

Three cheers to law enforcement. May we all stand behind them.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

DESTROY ISIS IN IRAQ

by Marshall Frank

DESTROY ISIS IN IRAQ: THE TIME IS NOW

Radical Islam is a global threat; it is not just a middle-east quandary. Since writing my book “Militant Islam in America” in 2007, and starting this blog in 2008, I have buried my head in research and knowledge, so I could impart the truth concerning the clear and present threat to the western world. Scores of my articles have provided documentation of this impending danger. Now emboldened, these barbarians will not stop at Iraq, or the Kurds, or Syria and Lebanon. And they certainly will not stop at Israel. If ever there was a time to intercede, it is now.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has frequently warned that if Israel falls, the next step for radical Islamists is the western civilization. This is no empty threat, it is a part of their manifesto which is recorded into written documents, part of which states:

“The Ikhwan (brothers) must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers (Muslims) so that it is eliminated and God’s religion (Allah) is made victorious over all other religions.”

That was signed off by the hierarchy of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1991.

The Islamist Jihadists are in the process of making their big move. So far, they are successful. While they invade and conquer Northern Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, Israel is being shelled from the Gaza strip by Hamas, who knows they will suffer immense civilization casualties. But they don’t care because Allah’s will is a higher priority in their mind, which is to destroy Israel.

The ISIS forces are menacing Kurds and moderate Muslims in Iraq, threatening to murder all infidels. They have now seized control of the Mosel Dam which is vital for electrical power to over a half million people.

The president is authorizing humanitarian aid to the displaced Kurds and other victims, permitting targeted strikes in order to achieve that mission. But, it’s not enough.

I have a good friend who lived and worked in the journalistic field for three decades in the middle east, knows the languages, knows the cultures and is proud to call many Muslims her friend. While she is an intellectual liberal and past supporter of Barack Obama, she is also a pragmatist who has issued dire warnings about the Muslim Brotherhood in the past, and voices her opinions in a recent communique to me. These are her words:

”I am absolutely crazy about what is going on up in northern Iraq. We absolutely must arm the peshmerga so they will be able to take on those fanatics that have declared a caliphate and are killing everyone in sight.

”How well I remember the Yazidis, walking the streets of Erbil, Sinjar, the whole lot–an unassuming, peaceful people who never looked to impinge on anyone. I wrote to Obama saying that this whole situation with ISIS is a clear and present danger for us. There are Americans, blast their souls, who are fighting alongside these fanatics. Yazidis are totally misunderstood because their religion is full of dark mysteries and secrets and they have always been discriminated against–but a genocide was not in place under Saddam Hussein and they have existed for centuries in what is now Iraq. ISIS has supposedly surrounded Mount Sinjar.

”Send in planes and bomb the hell out of the perimeter. Send in drones and pick out Al Baghdadi who has threatened America in the past and said he would be in NYC flying his black flag. If these lunatics blast the dam, the whole country will be paralyzed. We are whistling “Dixie” if we think they will sit down and talk things out. People who decapitate other people (Syrian soldiers) and then appear on television, grinning, while they display these heads by holding them by their hair need to be taken away from civilized people and never appear again.

”I don’t want us to go to war but we have friends, and the Kurds have proven themselves to be friends, who will go to war to protect themselves and their families. Why are we hesitating to send what they need to do this?

She’s right. We better wake up.

Time to set politics aside. This president better do his job. There’s more to fighting an enemy who has sworn to kill us all, than sending boxes of food and water to the people who are facing certain death.

President Obama: Take real action, now!

Click here: Mosul Dam: Why Control of a Terrifying Dam in Iraq Is Life or Death for Half Million People – ABC News

Click here: Jihadists Rout Kurds in North and Seize Strategic Iraqi Dam – NYTimes.com

Click here: ISIS: ‘We Will Raise The Flag Of Allah In The White House’ | The Daily Caller

Friday, August 01, 2014

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD

by Marshall Frank

“Open Doors” is an organization which tracks Christian persecution on a global scale. They list the top fifty nations who are most notorious for anti-Christian activities and/or sentiments:

INDEX OF COUNTRIES IN WHICH IT IS MOST DIFFICULT TO BE A CHRISTIAN

2014 WORLD WATCH LIST: COUNTRY PROFILES

North Korea
Somalia
Syria
Iraq
Afghanistan
Saudi Arabia
Maldives
Pakistan
Iran
Yemen
Sudan
Eritrea
Libya
Nigeria
Uzbekistan
Central African Republic
Ethiopia
Vietnam
Qatar
Turkmenistan
Laos
Egypt
Burma/Myanmar
Brunei
Colombia
Jordan
Oman
India
Sri Lanka
Tunisia
Bhutan
Algeria
Mali
Palestinian Territories
United Arab Emirates
Mauritania
China
Kuwait
Kazakhstan
Malaysia
Bahrain
Comoros
Kenya
Morocco
Tajikistan
Djibouti
Indonesia
Bangladesh
Tanzania
Niger


Muslim majority countries dominate in eighteen of the top twenty that persecute Christians. (38 of the top 50) That’s seriously counter to the public comments Barack Obama has imparted about the subject:

“Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.” (really? public beheadings, hangings, mass murder and church burnings is tolerance?)

“…the Islamic faith which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world – including my own country.” (Hmm, what country is that?)

“Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism, it is an important problem in promoting peace.” (???)

“Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.” (huh?)

Who is he trying to snow? More curiously, what is the purpose of extolling such distortions?

There are many more examples of comments (see link below), but these four serve the purpose in exposing, not only the idiocy and the untruths, but the sheer audacity in attempting to sway the mindset of people from fact to falsehoods, all in the interest of loving Islam. This…from our alleged “Christian” president.

Meanwhile, our “Christian” president remains mute about the atrocities toward Christians at the behest of Islam around the world. For openers:

As this is written, the new Iraqi caliphate which recently terrorized and conquered the northern part of that country, has issued a fatwa to the existing Christians in and near Mosel; Convert, Pay a Special Tax, leave Iraq now or be prepared to die. That, by the way, is consistent with Quranic verses 9.5, 5.51 and 2.191.

Since Iraq has been “liberated” by American military operations, Christianity has been on the run. (Saddam Hussein protected Christians). Between 2003 and 2011, more than 60 churches have been targeted for bombings, thousands of Christians were murdered or displaced.

In Mali, a Christian leader is beheaded as hundreds flee. Systematic killings and displacements of Christians have become commonplace.

Nigeria: More than a thousand Christians were killed in 2012 for nothing other than being Christian. Since January this year, at least four Christian churches have been burned.

Somalia: There are few Christians remaining in Somalia since the crackdowns over the last several years. Still, the few who remain are facing persecution and/or death. In March of this year, a mother and her cousin were beheaded in the center of town for all villagers to watch, to see what happens when Christians refuse to convert.

Afghanistan: Christians are warned to convert to Islam or be killed. Beheadings of Christians have taken place in public places to warn non-Muslims of their fate.

Saudi Arabia: Conversion from Islam to Christianity is punishable by death. Christians who live and work in Saudi Arabia from foreign countries must conduct their worship within the confines of their house or in embassies. Carrying a Bible in public is illegal.

Egypt: During the Muslim Brotherhood uprisings of 2011-2012 (known as Arab Spring) Egypt lost nearly sixty churches to fires and desecrations while Christian Coptics ran for their lives, many of whom sought refuge outside the country. Bear in mind, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Morsi regime was supported by the Obama administration. Under President Mubarak, Christians had enjoyed full protections of the law. ((So did Jews)

We get the picture. The more that Muslims dominate in these nations, the less tolerance there is of any other religion. (Notice, there are no Jews allowed in the most extreme of these Islamic countries) Christians are under severe tyranny in these, and several other nations, while the world sits on their hands. The UN is impotent. And the leader of the free world, our president of the United States who says he’s a Christian, looks the other way. Not a peep.

Maybe he’s waiting to learn about it on the news. Maybe those fund raisers, golf games and vacations are just too important to pay heed to the world of INTOLERANCE by the religion that supposedly has such a great history of tolerance.

You don’t hear much about this in the news, so I thought it appropriate to provide the update. And by the way, I am not a Christian.


Click here: Barack Obama, in his own words, on Islam and Christianity

Click here: The Muslim Brotherhood’s War on Coptic Christians – The Daily Beast

Click here: Serving Persecuted Christians Worldwide – World Watch List – Open Doors UK & Ireland

Click here: List of Islamic Terror Attacks on Christians

Click here: Decade of Violence Threatens To Uproot Iraq’s Christians – Al-Monitor:

Click here: Christians flee from Islamists in northern Mali – CBS News

Click here: Militants Turn Nigeria into Christian Killing Field – World – CBN News –

Click here: Islamic Extremists in Somalia Behead Two Christians

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