ON this Day: ‘ Recollections of Riding Out a Natural Once in a Century Disaster ‘

Three years ago today l was to experience the most life changing event – surviving Hurricane Sandy. This is my story and recollections of what occurred on that day in 2012.

The water appears suddenly where the walls and floor meet. You look and see about two inches of cold salt water. Then instantly another three feet of water is inside the house.

Everything upend’s and is floating. A thud, followed by a second thud, as the front and rear doors of the house are opened, locks are man’s devices of foolishness, and everything that you own in life is swept from the house as tide and current are now in command of you and the house. It is only the beginning of a ten-hour storm.

My storm, lasted three-and-a half days, and Superstorm Sandy was met by a Nor’Easter. The water turned icy cold. Ten-and-a-half feet above the flood tide mark, about one foot under the roof sofit. You float and try to stand while current pushes you around like a rag doll in a child’s hand vigorously shaking you.

It taught me what torpedoed sailors felt like in the vortex of a dying ship in the cold waters. My tethered boat with survival gear awaiting for my decision to abandon should the roof crack and dislodge, rope safety lines to follow as my upper body strength is great, but my decision was to ride it out, my preparations and words were given to my wife who did very well.

My dog-tags around my neck: 

Identification and next of kin written and placed under the insole of my boot. My name and data written on my skin but that too was taken away by the sea. When the storm was in the calm eye, I locate a semi-floating bottle of Cabernet and I grasp two long-stem wine glasses and pour the wine. Looking at the full moon and black ocean around, my wife says that I am crazy, but few enjoy a good glass of wine under such circumstances.

In my family, I am the only one, born during a hurricane, and it remains with me to be my guide and strength. Then the eye closes and the reverse winds are here, along with another rise in tide and current, inside of what is left of my home, a lifetime of work, given to the sea, and I am forged as steel with renewed strength. Weaker hurricanes we have seen, and had my grandsons with us to teach them and toughen them to life on the oceanfront, but the greater storms such as Sandy, was an obligation to something inside of us to ride out, as we who live at the edge of the sea, do not run. It is not in our character.

Post Script:

As a postscript, most people do not have any idea of the impact, nor the fact that we were without natural gas for weeks, and electric service, fortunately, I threw the main circuit breaker early and saved my wiring. Electric crews (from Maryland) restored power the day after Thanksgiving, on November 23, 2012, as our street was one of the last and final streets without power due to the extent of damage caused to overhead electrical cables. Since the event.., locally, many people view me, as a sort of “Robert Shaw – JAWS” type of character.
“Ian, put up another barrel.” 😉

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The Leap Year’s Play!/ Revenge And Pay Back

Every four years on the leap year when Feb.is 29 days,the Americans chose the new president. Millions of banners every where representing the democrats and the republicans, thousands of commercials as the presidential candidates verbally attack each other.

The race for the oval office and who will occupy is gets very serious.In 1976 the American elected Jimmy Carter to pay back the republicans for the water gate scandal.In 198 the American elected Ronald Reagan to Jimmy Carters weakness.In 1992 the American elected Bill Clinton the democrat to teach the republican a lesson.

In 2000 they elected George W. Bush to revenge the sex scandal of Bill Clinton.In 20008 they elected the worst president in our history to revenge the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.This coming leap year 2016 the American will teach the liberals and the democrats a lesson they will never forget ever.

The American people  will elect a republican president. Its revenge time.

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The belief system of the Islamophobes

For better part of year now I have had exchanges with bloggers that are always going on about the dangers of Islam and Muslims….they see evil intentions behind everything they do……they believe that Sharia Law will become the law of the land or that Muslims all go around chanting “death to America”…..I am sure that they get their info from sites that find one incident that is un-American and extrapolate it into a movement within the Muslim community…..all that seems somehow familiar……

Makes me think of the chaotic and violent days of the 1920-30’s……

You see back in those days times were tough and there was this group that decided all the upheaval was the makings of another ethnic group…..the evil ones compared this other group to a pack of rats and other vermin….they were demonized for….basically being different…..

The evil mastermind, whose name is known by all and will remain anonymous,  put his thoughts down in a book on how to treat these other people……and better yet…….. control them……

“Propaganda must not investigate the truth objectively and, in so far as it is favourable to the other side, present it according to the theoretical rules of justice; yet it must present only that aspect of the truth which is favourable to its own side. (…) The receptive powers of the masses are very restricted, and their understanding is feeble. On the other hand, they quickly forget. Such being the case, all effective propaganda must be confined to a few bare essentials and those must be expressed as far as possible in stereotyped formulas. These slogans should be persistently repeated until the very last individual has come to grasp the idea that has been put forward. (…) Every change made in the subject of a propagandist message must always emphasize the same conclusion. The leading slogan must of course be illustrated in many ways and from several angles, but in the end one must always return to the assertion of the same formula.”

Some tactics never go out of favor….now do they?  When I hear words like “pack”and “horde” to describe a people then the thoughts of yesteryear return…..

The discourse over Muslims today resembles the way Jews were vilified around a century ago.

Source: The belief system of the Islamophobes – Al Jazeera English

The way this discourse is structured reminds me of that same evil fellow from the past…..he postulated the proper way of dealing with the ethnic group in question…..

“Propaganda must always address itself to the broad masses of the people. (…) All propaganda must be presented in a popular form and must fix its intellectual level so as not to be above the heads of the least intellectual of those to whom it is directed. (…) The art of propaganda consists precisely in being able to awaken the imagination of the public through an appeal to their feelings, in finding the appropriate psychological form that will arrest the attention and appeal to the hearts of the national masses. The broad masses of the people are not made up of diplomats or professors of public jurisprudence nor simply of persons who are able to form reasoned judgment in given cases, but a vacillating crowd of human children who are constantly wavering between one idea and another. (…) The great majority of a nation is so feminine in its character and outlook that its thought and conduct are ruled by sentiment rather than by sober reasoning. This sentiment, however, is not complex, but simple and consistent. It is not highly differentiated, but has only the negative and positive notions of love and hatred, right and wrong, truth and falsehood.”

All this fear-mongering is nothing new…….

This issue will be debated for years to come…..with no consensus because no matter how cogent an argument is….haters are going to always find someone to hate.

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Croatia Bracing For Electoral Tug of War

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic Announcing Croatian General Elections Photo: Screenshot dnevnik.hr 5 October 2015

On 8 November 2015, Croats will for the first time ever get a taste of a preferential voting system in their parliamentary elections. Voters will be able to circle the name of their preferred candidate on the List they vote for. Preferential votes will be valid for those candidates who receive at least 10% of the List total vote. Voter turnout hasn’t been great in the past and one wonders whether the newly installed preferential voting together with President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic’s appeal to the nation, particularly to the young and those who have stayed away from casting their vote at past elections, to vote and thus partake in the decision for the country’s future would change for the better the voter turnout on 8 November?
The fate of our Croatia will be in your hands on that day,” said president Grabar-Kitarovic in her televised announcement of the date for 2015 general elections. “That is the day when the politicians are accountable to you and when democracy takes on its full sense. Having that in mind I invite you to attentively follow what the candidates are offering, what are their programs like and how they will affect your everyday lives for the next four years. I especially wish to invite the youngest voters and those who are voting for the first time. Do not allow others to choose for you. Croatia needs your fresh outlook and your participation in the most important act of democracy … Come out to vote, utilise your right and take ownership of responsibility…”

Although president Grabar-Kitarovic has in the same televised appearance called for the politicians and candidates to steer away from turning the election campaigns into “carnival of democracy”, to behave with political correctness, leave the “ashes of the past” behind and look at ways of creating a better future with joint efforts, the fact remains that all candidates, all political parties are in the race to win seats in parliament, to carry significant clout in a future government.

The president has also asked the media to use its potent influence on shaping attitudes responsibly and contribute ethically to the strengthening of social responsibility.

The way the political pre-election platforms have ignited in Croatia during the past months tells us that Croatia has failed to produce a strong third political option and Croatian government contenders are firmly standing at two camps, and the smaller political satellites if they have not already entered into a coalition with a bigger party will just fit in with whoever wins.

Croatia is nowhere near hammering nails into the coffin of the two party politics and helping new coalitions, alliances and horse-trading bloom even if there are a few emerging forces (Orah, the Reformists, Milan Bandic 365, the Bridge…) that could possibly steal notable thunder from the ruling Social Democrats/SDP (centre left) and the largest opposition Croatian Democratic Union/HDZ (Conservative/ centre right). To hammer nails into the coffin of the two party politics Croatian voters will need to develop into what President Grabar-Kitarovic recommends: look at what candidates are offering you; look at their programs. Sadly, the Croatian votes are still driven by “being against” rather than “being for” when casting their vote. Being for or against what communist Yugoslavia was and being for or against what Franjo Tudjman led (independence) still seem to sit at the back of the voter minds with SDP backers being those who are fighting against coming clean with communist crimes of the past even though they are increasingly thumping their chests with gestures of Croatian patriotism. These ashes from the past are difficult to sweep away and feed the fire of two party politics; feed the “against” vote as opposed the “for” one. It still seems easier for Croatian voters to say “I’m against him, them…” than “I’m for this and that…(program)”.
Croatian voters will decide on 8 November whether the current Social Democrat led government will enter a second mandate or whether Croatian Democratic Union/HDZ – led coalition will get a mandate and a chance to demonstrate that its slogan “Growth-Development-Employment” is actually different from similar striving other political parties are promising at elections and will bring positive results as opposed to empty promises that stem from a seemingly economic impasse.

Electoral polling in Croatia 4 October 2015 Photo: Hina

Neither of the two major parties, SDP and HDZ, is expected to win enough seats, the 76 seats out of 151 needed to govern alone. They are teaming up with smaller parties instead and much will depend on which smaller parties have the best chance at local electorate to win power. This formula seems particularly important given that latest opinion polls, according to the Croatian news agency HINA, place Social Democrats and Croatian Democratic Union almost neck and neck – were the elections to be held beginning October the Social Democrats coalition would get 31.9% of the vote while Croatian Democratic Union and coalition would scoop 32.9% of the vote. In attempts to predict the election outcome the situation becomes more complex when one considers that both the leader of the Croatian Democratic Union (Tomislav Karamarko) and the leader of Social Democrats (Zoran Milanovic) are through opinion polls considered as the most negative politicians in Croatia.

The above polls seem to suggest that Croatia is in a de facto multi-party system when it comes to parliamentary elections, although the third option is still in tatters and competing egos. A third vote Conservative, a third vote Left wing, a third vote somebody else. That somebody else in more cases than not is a historical splinter from either HDZ or SDP and suffers from bad cases of inflated  political egos which see no unity on the horizon. These opinion polls figures may not be counted on as projecting the general elections results in any certain terms but they do suggest that Croatia is bracing for another tug of war during elections where the number of voters against the other main party will decide who wins. The third option, that somebody else, is far too disjointed in terms of being a more or less homogeneous political body to pose a real threat to either HDZ or SDP, but picking out supporting threads from it will be the stuff that will most likely define the majority seat winner at November elections.

If you are planning to cast your vote for the future of Croatia on 8 November, wherever you are – do not forget to register to vote! I believe registrations close 28 October 2015. Voters living abroad should contact the nearest Croatian consular-diplomatic mission and obtain form or simply information how to register to vote.

Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

First published on Oct.07:2015

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‘ Islamic Extremism & Liberalism Weakness ‘

The Islamic extremism is silencing the voice of the  freedom of expression through the blind and the misguided liberals.They are using the mainstream media to threaten and intimidate whoever expose their falsehood.Liberalism is befriending terrorism and siding with the enemy.
Where is Dr.Nawal El Saadawi ,the Egyptian heroine who exposed the barbarism of Islamic laws to enslave Muslim Women ?

Where is Salman Rushdie  ,the British Pakistani  author  who published his book the  Satanic verses ? He exposed the Islamic violence to silence people.

Where is Ayaan Hirsi Ali,the Somalian Muslim woman who opposes the Islamiss who want to kill her for telling the truth about the Islamic Sharia law ?

What happened to the French ? why they are silent ignoring the terrorist attack which killed Charlie Hebdo.”Je-Suis Charlie?

What happened to the Danish Cartoonist who draw few pictures of the founder of Islam.Is he still in hiding?

Where is Pamela Geller who organized the cartoon contest in Texas.What happened to Sios ,the Copenhagen movement.of free speech ?

They are being silenced by the mainstream media which serves the agenda of fear and violence

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Yemen vs Saudi Arabia or Daood Vs Goliath

The duel of the century….. the House of Saud bullies its neighbor all in the name of religion……a silly premise to kill……no matter which religion it is…..

Our story begins with the Houthi rebels in Yemen attacking and winning skirmishes with the Yemeni military….the Houthis are Shia and the House of Saud decided that a Shia country next to the Holy sites of Islam was unacceptable……so the war began with the Saudis attacking Houthi positions…..after months of constant airstrikes the small country of Yemen looks in worse shape than Syria after 4 years of civil war.

The Yemeni people are hungry and thirsty and the war continues…..a humanitarian crisis is looming even worse than it is today.

The civilian deaths are mounting up and up…..it is so bad that Saudi Arabia has been brought up on charges in front of the UN…..but that went no where…..the Western countries are running cover for the House of Saud……

Source: Mapping the Yemen conflict | European Council on Foreign Relations

For those that would like to get more information on this conflict may I suggest the following……..

The following maps aim to illustrate distinct facets of the Yemen conflict, and illuminate some rarely discussed aspects of its ongoing civil war.

In a U-turn at the United Nations Human Rights Council, Western governments dropped plans Wednesday for an international inquiry into human rights violations by all parties in the war in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians in the last six months.

The change of direction came as the Netherlands withdrew the draft of a resolution it had prepared with support from a group of mainly Western countries that instructed the United Nations high commissioner for human rights to send experts to Yemen to investigate the conduct of the war.

That proposal was a follow-up to recommendations by the commissioner, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, who detailed in a report this month the heavy civilian loss of life inflicted not only by the relentless airstrikes of the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia but also by the indiscriminate shelling carried out by Houthi rebels.

Of course the US is doing what it always does….protect the Saudis at all costs……a usual suspect for denying the truth is McCain……..when asked about civilian deaths caused by the Saudis…….

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., spent the most time discussing the issue with me. But his answers were perplexing.

“They may be bombing civilians, which is actually not true,” McCain said, when asked about civilian casualties in Yemen.

“Civilians aren’t dying?” I asked.

“No, they’re not,” the senator replied. “Oh, I’m sure civilians die in war. Not nearly as many as the Houthis have executed,” McCain continued, referring to the Shiite militia waging an insurgency against the Sunni government in Yemen.

Asked about the recent reports of Saudi forces bombing a wedding party in Yemen, McCain said, “I’m sure in wars terrible things happen and the Houthis however are an extremist group backed by the Iranians who are slaughtering Yemenis.”

Check out the other US politicians that will not say anything negative about the Saudis………Source: U.S. Senators Hem and Haw on Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Abuses

The Saudis are killing civilians at an alarming rate…….the most recent deaths were a wedding party…….

The death toll from a missile strike on a wedding party in Yemen has jumped to 131, medics have said, making it one of the deadliest attacks on civilians during the war and drawing strong condemnation from the UN secretary-general.

Residents said that two missiles tore through tents in the Red Sea village of Al-Wahijah, near the port of Al-Mokha. A local man affiliated with the Houthis – the Shia rebel group who are fighting the coalition – was holding his wedding reception.

A source at a hospital in Maqbana, where the casualties were taken, said on Tuesday that the death toll from the attack had risen to 131…….

There is no end in sight…..if things keep up this pace then Yemen will once again be divided into 2 separate states as it was in 1968-1990 when the two unified and became one state…Yemen.  (a little history never hurts)……

Shall we count the conflicts in the Middle East……sorry there is not enough time for that……there is NEVER enough time for the right thing in the Middle East.

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Apex Of Hypocrisy,Deception And False Pride ! / Dr.Ben Carson Is A Hero.

Must the whole world fear Islam? What gives Muslims this blind boldness to defy logic and the God-given freedom of expression ?
Muslims are furies as usual as always when a brilliant hero exposes Islam’s reality for the last 14 hundred years.
Muslims are demanding unjustly that Dr.Ben Carson should drop out the presidential race as a candidate.Are Muslims the Masters of human destiny ? Because Dr.Ben Carson said.””Muslim should not be president.”” 
The Muslims believe they are the only Pure race and their Allah call them through Jihadism  for the Obliteration of the disbelievers in the world.(The Jew,Yazidis,Buddahs,Hindous,Christians and atheists..) Muslims think firmly that they are right and the rest of humanity are wrong,they are good and the rest of the world is evil according th the Islamic teachings ,that the non-believers are not worthy to live.They must obey , surrender or die.
Muslims are trying to kill Salman Rushdie because he published his book the “”satanic Verses in 1988.He exposed the reality of Islam. Salman is among the Islamic hit list like the Danish Cartoonist,Ayaan Hirsi Ali the heroine from Somalia who exposed the enslavement of women in Islam.Islam defies  human rights and freedom of speech.Muslims will kill whoever opposes their destructive ideology..
Muslims want to silence the whole world despite God’s given equality and right to be free.They use terrorism,as a tool to accomplish their agendas.ISIS,Boko Haram,and other thousand extremist groups are beheading innocent people to spread chaos and destruction.Muslims danced in their capitals when September 11,2001 terrorist attack happened.The attach killed 3000 innocent people.
The disbeliever ought then to Sue Muslims and Islam because they are trying to annihilate them. Christians ,Jews,Hindous did not demons chaotically when their brothers , sisters,sons ,daughters  and mothers  were decapitated by Islamic ideology and thugs.These Islamic thugs are born from Islam they are not Martians .The 18 Saudis terrorists who committed the atrocity  of the century in 9/11 they  were raised in the capital of the Islamic world,MECCA/Saudi Arabia.They were financed by Arab  oil money .,Saudi Arabia used to give Usama Bin Laden 250 million dollars to spread terror in the world.Hijacking planes and kidnapping journalist.Who would forget these acts of hate and aggression?
The world is on the verge of religious destructive course .The weak and disoriented world leaders are deaf,mute and speechless.Millions of Muslims are begging to be accepted as refugees in Christian countries while the Arab world and the 57 Muslim countries are refusing to accept one Syrian Muslim refugee.Is this what Islam stands for?

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