Penjihad's Blog

"To comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable"

Memorial Day; to Cry or to Rage?

As memorial Day ends to day perhaps we should reflect a bit about what it really means. It is generally accepted a s a day dedicated to the fallen soldiers, people visit graves and monuments and observe a moment of silence in respect for the many thousands…hundreds of thousands, of soldiers who have lost their lives in battle over time. For politicians it is a Must, to be seen participating in some ceremony for the dead soldiers.

The driving myth of war is that the soldiers who have already given their lives, should not have died in vain, that we MUST continue to avenge their deaths until victory is ours. Once a war starts, nobody dares to voice the thought that perhaps it may be better to cut, declare victory and run, rather than lose more of our own. No, that is hazardous to political futures. Continue reading

May 25, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Eid Mubarak to my MUSLIM, Sunni, Selafi friends ONLY

Eid.

I want to talk about our Muslim Eid, the murder of a young Muslim girl in the UK and the hate among Muslims, for this poor girl because of her sect.

Yes, Eid al-Fitr translates as “Festival” is upon us, today in some places, tomorrow in others and depending on which sect one belongs to, day after tomorrow in other areas.. This is the time when Ramadan ends and Haj, the annual Muslim pilgrimage begins. Muslims from all over the world, converge at Mecca to perform their once-in-a-lifetime, Islamic obligation. At Haj, there are no distinctions of wealth, race, sect, gender, national origin or anything else, we ALL stand among equals. We celebrate as equals and we wish each other “Eid Mubarak” (“Blessed Festival”) as Muslims, we even share it with our non-Muslim friends. Eid Mubarak!

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May 23, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 2 Comments

Seattle Police and Dept of Justice Oversight

I received a letter from the US Attorney for Western Washington today. In it US Attorney Moran said the Department of Justice (DOJ) agreed with the Seattle Police to remove ONE HUNDRED paragraphs from the Consent Decree that applied controls of oversight by the DOJ, over the Seattle Police Department (SPD).

The four-page letter essentially said SPD had reduced its use of “serious” force by 60% and “Further, out of all 2,252 uses of force, only 12 (or 0.5 percent) were determined to be out of policy.”. From the tone of the letter, one would imagine SPD was moving on a direct path of compliance and was now as friendly as possible. Continue reading

May 18, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Want civil rights in the US? Only if you have money

What do we do when we are cursed with a Congress that cares only for themselves and their own re-election fundraising and not for even the basic civil rights of people in the US?
 
I wrote to my Representative and to my two Senators, voicing concern about Department of Justice trying to sneak in permission to imprison anyone…without charges or trials…indefinitely.
 
Remember post-9/11?

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March 31, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Human Impact of Coronavirus

We are being led by a heartless idiot followed by a nation of Republicans who are selfish, deliberately ignorant, people and seem to care more about their guns than they do about the pandemic running through the country or, for the people. You cannot shoot your way through Coronavirus.

This country does not even have the capacity to send a couple of hundred test kits to the Life Care Center of Kirkland, where most of Washington State’s deaths have occurred yet here we are, the Trump Administration is bent on CUTTING the budget for the Center for Disease Control.

The Coronavirus pandemic has not even really touched the US so far and already this nation is practically at a halt. People are not flying, they are not going on vacations and gatherings of over 250 people have been banned in WA State (doctors recommend gatherings of no more than 10). In short, money is not being spent. Sure, this hurts the larger companies; airlines, hotels etc., but the unseen, unrecognized majority who are being hurt by this are those who do not make a lot of money.

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March 12, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Will Biden win?

Will Biden Win?

 

Well, Biden is coming back from the Dead to become a real possibility, he may even overrun Bernie. That would not be my choice.

Biden is winning because of the huge Black voter-turnout who seem to collectively suffer from amnesia. Do Black voters not recall how Biden colluded (yes, colluded!) with the Republicans to make sure there were no witnesses called on behalf of Anita Hill and then he watched in silence as Hill was lynched by the Republicans?

Biden is also unable to admit he made a mistake even when faced with it. He is also unable to apologize for his wrongs. Both issues make him unfit to lead this nation as a Democrat but perhaps as a Republican he would work out. Continue reading

March 4, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

VOTE! Vote Smart, Vote BERNIEEEE!

Ballots are in, VOTE!

VOTE, Vote, VOTE, Vote, VOTE, Vote, VOTE, Vote, VOTE, Vote, VOTE, Vote!!!

The ruling mythologies have it that:

  1. We MUST defeat Trump, no matter what
  2. We must vote for an electable Democratic candidate (i.e.,  not Bernie)
  3. We must vote for a younger Democratic candidate (i.e.,  not Bernie)
  4. We must NOT vote for a Socialist or a Communist (i.e.,  not Bernie)
  5. We must vote for a popular Democratic candidate (i.e.,  not Bernie)

What a load of rubbish!

There is little point in voting for “Trump Lite” and not “rock the boat”.
We have to vote for someone who is GOOD FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
People who sling labels like “Socialist” or, “Communist” at Bernie, have no idea what those terms mean, they are depending on emotionally-charged terms that will get a reaction from others who also do not know what those terms mean.
People who suggest Bernie is not popular are idiots who are blind to the FACTS that we see everywhere.

It is high time Americans decided that the well-being of the Americans who are not rich, is just as important as the well-being of the fat cats who have been on a rich diet of money, money and more money, no  matter who is at the WH or Congress.

Ballots are in, VOTE!
Vote your conscience, vote for the good of America and vote for BERNIEE!!!

February 22, 2020 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

The un-citizening of Muslims

US citizenship refused to woman who joined ISIS.
This case hinges on the State Departments argument that they did not know about Ms. Muthana’s birth until AFTER she was  born and considered her to be covered by the exception to born a citizen rule until then:
“Ms. Muthana’s father, Ahmed Ali Muthana, was a United Nations diplomat from Yemen. Children of people with diplomatic immunity are not automatically granted citizenship despite being born in the United States. But Mr. Muthana was discharged from his diplomatic post shortly before she was born in 1994.
The United States government, however, said it was notified about that change in early 1995, after she was born, and stopped considering him covered by diplomatic immunity only then.”
Pretty persuasive argument BUT…facts become facts when they occur, they do not become facts only after someone has been notified of them. The US constitution is clear about her citizenship as was the US government because they issued her a US passport.

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November 15, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Kashmir is back in the news…again!

Kashmir is back in the news…again! India has dissolved Kashmir’s autonomy and divided it into two districts ruled from the central government. India has shut down the entire area, established a news blackout and is busy arresting torturing and killing Kashmiris at unprecedented levels. At the same time, it is sending out stories for national consumption, that say Kashmir is at peace, there are no riots and people are friendly. In fact, Kashmir is an urgent situation that demands world action in spite of the successful Indian propaganda. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has turned Kashmir into a Hindu-Muslim “war”, thus bringing together, the Indian populace in an extremist position. Modi already has a record of being behind the 2002 genocide of Muslims  when he was the governor of the state of Gujarat. These days, he has created a national movement of India for Hindus which has sparked large numbers of attacks against Indian Muslims.

Kashmir is a very complex situation. In the Indian-occupied state as well as in the Pakistan-administered (semi-independent) state, the people want to be free from Indian rule, they want to preferably, be an independent state or, be a part of Pakistan. Back in 1949, Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistan, agreed to permit a plebiscite allowing Kashmiris to decide their own destiny but India backed out of this agreement. Today, after many wars over Kashmir, between India and Pakistan, Afghanistan has been added to the mix thus expanding the conflict across three nations; nothing can be resolved, no “peace” can occur in any of the three nations until the Kashmir issue is satisfactorily resolved. Continue reading

August 20, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

My Heart Transplant Journey

I have been very lucky, I have had FOUR heart offers in as many months in spite of my rare blood type.

The first was rejected by my surgeons at the last minute, as I was being wheeled into the operating room because it was not considered good enough by them. While they were prepping me for the second heart, I gave a piece of embroidery to Kathy that I had commissioned my niece Chloe to create, I thought it would provide her with some comfort no matter which way the surgery went. To my relief she liked it but the surgery was cancelled within a few hours of prep because again, the surgeons rejected the heart.

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August 11, 2019 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 6 Comments