A nation, or an individual, cannot function unless the truth is available.

“A cause of many of our mistakes and problems is ignorance—an overwhelming national ignorance of the facts about the rest of the world. A nation, or an individual, cannot function unless the truth is available and understood; no amount of good on the part of the leaders or the media will offset ignorance and apathy in the common citizen.”  Admiral H. G. Rickover, Rotary, San Diego, California February 10, 1977

 

What’s happening in Iraq in a nutshell

 

By Fred Schnaubelt, (& Col. Chris Schnaubelt, Ret.), Tuesday, June 24, 2014

 

Iraq is in turmoil, ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) insurgents are on the march toward Bagdad with reports of mass killings — 1,700 in one incident — and videos showing beheadings, including one claiming the head of a police captain was their World Cup soccer ball. Yes, you can see the video on the Internet.

 

Some of you may recall the Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Pearl’s beheading on TV. It is incomprehensible to me how someone can behead another human being. To win headlines, terrorists formerly hijacked airliners, then went for car bombings, perfected suicide bombings and now beheadings as their a form of “shock and awe.”

 

Confused by the reports, I asked for the opinions of two Iraqi neighbors and my son, retired Col. Chris Schnaubelt, who served two tours in Iraq alongside Gen. David Petraeus, and was awarded a Bronze Star. He also served in Afghanistan as an adviser to Ambassador Ryan Crocker.

 

My next-door neighbor Nihad, a Chaldean from Baghdad, says the insurgents are not Iraqis but mercenaries from neighboring countries who speak a different dialect.

 

He prays Iraq will hold together, but it is essentially already three different countries, with the Kurdish part almost autonomous. Except in Baghdad, the Sunnis and Shiites live pretty much apart. However, in cosmopolitan Baghdad it’s hard to tell them apart.

 

Under the former dictatorship of Saddam Hussein, who ruled with an iron fist, there was far less strife. Nihad told me of a female carpenter whose tool belt scratched a wall poster of Saddam Hussein. Two men reported it and an hour later, the woman disappeared. Anyone who asked about her also disappeared.

 

Another Iraqi neighbor, Wallid, said his cousin was playing cards in a card room and casually mentioned when you’ve seen one dictator you seen them all, referring to Hussein. A couple hours later, he was arrested and his uncle found him nearly beaten to death in an alley. The family hid him in a hospital for two months until he recovered.

 

Speaking truth to power under Sunnis: Hussein, a Sunni, would wipe out entire families because of one outspoken dissident, and was known to have his enemies publicly decapitated. He was responsible for gassing 30,000 Kurds in 60 villages after he came to power. This is one way to maintain order in a dysfunctional society. Hussein was executed seven years ago for war crimes.

 

Speaking truth to power under Shiites: Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, was democratically elected by the majority Shiite population. Of 13 countries in the region, only Iran, Bahrain and Iraq have Shiite majority populations: 89 percent, 70 percent and 65 percent respectively.

 

My son points out, that after President Barack Obama pulled out our troops, perhaps as a response to years of minority Sunni rule, al-Maliki removed many competent Sunni military officers, police and bureaucrats from the previous Sunni regime. He has divided the country rather than uniting the Shia, Sunni and Kurdish factions.

Al-Maliki crippled the Iraqi Security Forces by appointing senior officers on the basis of sectarian and political cronyism rather than competence, thereby losing the support of many who would have fought for love of country against the ISIL invaders. He has been unable to build a majority coalition since his election.

 

With Sunnis funded by Saudi Arabia and Shiites by Iran, it would be surprising if Baghdad were to fall as al-Maliki has been creating an Iranian client state in Iraq. Baghdad is not Tikrit.

 

Chris believes the recent deployment of the Aircraft Carrier George H. Bush to the Persian Gulf most likely is to evacuate Americans if the $1 billion U.S. Embassy, the largest in the world, is overrun.

Petraeus commented last week that America can’t serve as an air force for a Shiite militia, which in effect would inadvertently be supporting Iran.

 

You may have heard that Iraqi soldiers are stripping their uniforms and running away. If Iraqis won’t fight against foreign insurgents, to save their country, why should we?

Fred Schnaubelt, president of Citizens for Private Property Rights, has been a commercial real estate broker for 45 years and was a San Diego city councilman from 1977 to 1981.

Election results vs Soviet Union determine food, rents, home, clothing, health, gas prices & taxes

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San Diego Registrar of Voters PRIMARY Election Results Final (not certified) as of 6/13/14

 

We were often told that only 5% of the people (the Communists) in the Soviet Union controlled the population.

Elections are important!

Results are similar across the country and in nearly all jurisdictions. Interesting how few votes determine elections in San Diego.

 

Congressional incumbents June 3, 2014 Primary Election Final count (not certified)  http://www.sdvote.com/voters/results/election.xml

 

50th Hunter: 18% of the Registered Vote           13.5% of Estimated Eligible Vote (VEP)

49th Issa :    15%                                             12.2 %

52nd Peters:  13%                                              9.7%

53rd Davis:    13%                                              9.7%

51st Vargas:  12%                                              9%

 

Assembly Speaker Atkins
17.5%                                           13%

Governor Brown San Diego County only

12.3%                                            8.9% per http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ror/ror-pages/15day-primary-2014/county.pdf

 

People who don’t vote defer to these incumbents a share of the power to determine (Maslow’s hierarchy) your food prices, water prices, clothing prices, home prices, apartment rents, interest rates on savings, automobile prices, gasoline prices, medical care, taxes which all inexorably go up and collectively and indirectly have the power to put you in jail or execute you.

These results supposedly justify politicians imposing their visions, rules,  regulations and laws upon us.

Minimum Wage Unions vs. Romancing The Voters Talking Points

  • ·        Fred Schnaubelt says, Unintentionally the supporters of raising the minimum wage are making the minimum wage zero as McDonald’s and others install robotics, self-checkout registers (Home Depot, Wal-Mart), and self-ordering devices to eliminate the counter trainees earning the “learning” wage. Purportedly, at some McDonald’s Drive-ups the order is first taken in India, relayed and electronically placed at the kitchen while you wait in-line.  Cash registers have pictures on them for  high school dropouts. We know how the “Minimum Wage” eliminated millions of jobs for elevator operators, gas station attendants, and newspaper boys.  Labor Unions surreptitiously love eliminating low paying jobs which reduce competition and many labor contracts require pay increases whenever the minimum wage is increased. They then pretend they are great humanitarians by advocating no job is better than a low-paying job, so long as they keep their own jobs. Go figure!
  • ·        A few letter writers imagine they have heart when advocating a raise in the minimum wage and rail against “sweat shops.” First, in California only 1.4% of full time workers receive the minimum wage, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and most workers receive the minimum “learning” wage for less than a year.  Once they  prove they can get to work on time, perform  basic  skills,  and show  up the day after getting a pay check they get a raise.
    • ·          Second, Milton Friedman said, “Thank God for Sweatshops.”  If it wasn’t for sweatshops his mother may not have survived coming from a foreign country with no skills and unable to speak English. At first she and Friedman’s father struggled until able to save enough money to send Milton to a university where he won the 1976 Nobel Prize in economics. Uninformed, misinformed and disinformed people seem to think that when children, teenagers, and young adults cannot get a job due to government paternalism and labor union opposition  they skip home to read Shakespeare and listen to Beethoven.  The alternative to a low-paying job in much of the world often is starvation and death. Consigning people to starvation does not show heart.
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  • ·        A few letter writers imagine they have heart when advocating a raise in the minimum wage and rail against “sweat shops.” First, in California only 1.4% of full time workers receive the minimum wage, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and most workers receive the minimum “learning” wage for less than a year.  Once they  prove they can get to work on time, perform  basic  skills,  and show  up the day after getting a pay check they get a raise. 
  • ·          Second, Milton Friedman said, “Thank God for Sweatshops.”  If it wasn’t for sweatshops his mother may not have survived coming from a foreign country with no skills and unable to speak English. At first she and Friedman’s father struggled until able to save enough money to send Milton to a university where he won the 1976 Nobel Prize in economics. Uninformed, misinformed and disinformed people seem to think that when children, teenagers, and young adults cannot get a job due to government paternalism and labor union opposition  they skip home to read Shakespeare and listen to Beethoven.  The alternative to a low-paying job in much of the world often is starvation and death. Consigning people to starvation does not show heart.

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President Obama’s Address to West Point

1.      If you saw President Obama’s Address to West Point now read Ayn Rand’s Address to the graduates. Philosophy: Who Needs It by Ayn Rand EXCERPTS
Address To The Graduating Class Of The United States Military Academy at West Point New York — March 6, 1974
Most men spend their days struggling to evade three questions, the answers to which underlie man’s every thought, feeling and action, whether h…e is consciously aware of it or not: Where am I? How do I know it? What should I do?
They have never discovered the fact that the trouble comes from the three unanswered questions — and that there is only one science that can answer them: philosophy.
The nature of your actions — and of your ambition — will be different, according to which set of answers you come to accept. These answers are the province of metaphysics — the study of existence as such or, in Aristotle’s words, of “being qua being” — the basic branch of philosophy. The extent of your self-confidence — and of your success — will be different, according to which set of answers you accept. These answers are the province of epistemology, the theory of knowledge, which studies man’s means of cognition.
These two branches are the theoretical foundation of philosophy. The third branch — ethics — may be regarded as its technology. Ethics does not apply to everything that exists, only to man, but it applies to every aspect of man’s life: his character, his actions, his values, his relationship to all of existence. Ethics, or morality, defines a code of values to guide man’s choices and actions — the choices and actions that determine the course of his life.
You might claim — as most people do — that you have never been influenced by philosophy. I will ask you to check that claim. Have you ever thought or said the following? “Don’t be so sure — nobody can be certain of anything.” You got that notion from David Hume (and many, many others), even though you might never have heard of him. Or: “This may be good in theory, but it doesn’t work in practice.” You got that from Plato. Or: “That was a rotten thing to do, but it’s only human, nobody is perfect in this world.” You got that from Augustine. Or: “It may be true for you, but it’s not true for me.” You got it from William James. Or: “I couldn’t help it! Nobody can help anything he does.” You got it from Hegel. Or: “I can’t prove it, but I feel that it’s true.” You got it from Kant. Or: “It’s logical, but logic has nothing to do with reality.” You got it from Kant. Or: “It’s evil, because it’s selfish.” You got it from Kant. Have you heard the modern activists say: “Act first, think afterward”? They got it from John Dewey. Some people might answer: “Sure, I’ve said those things at different times, but I don’t have to believe that stuff all of the time. It may have been true yesterday, but it’s not true today.” They got it from Hegel. They might say: “Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” They got it from a very little mind, Emerson. They might say: “But can’t one compromise and borrow different ideas from different philosophies according to the expediency of the moment?” They got it from from William James.
Many people, particularly today, claim that man cannot live by logic alone, that there’s the emotional element of his nature to consider, and that they rely on the guidance of their emotions. The joke is on them: man’s values and emotions are determined by his fundamental view of life. The ultimate programmer of his subconscious is philosophy — the science which, according to the emotionalists, is impotent to affect or penetrate the murky mysteries of their feelings.
When men abandon reason, they find not only that their emotions cannot guide them, but that they can experience no emotions save one: terror. If you feel nothing but boredom when reading the virtually unintelligible theories of some philosophers, you have my deepest sympathy. But if you brush them aside, saying: “Why should I study that stuff when I know it’s nonsense?” — you are mistaken. It is nonsense, but you don’t know it — not so long as you go on accepting all their conclusions, all the vicious catch phrases generated by those philosophers. And not so long as you are unable to refute them.
Nothing is given to man automatically, neither knowledge, nor self-confidence, nor inner serenity, nor the right way to use his mind. Every value he needs or wants has to be discovered, learned and acquired — even the proper posture of his body. In this context, I want to say that I have always admired the posture of West Point graduates, a posture that projects man in proud, disciplined control of his body. Well, philosophical training gives man the proper intellectual posture — a proud, disciplined control of his mind. In your own profession, in military science, you know the importance of keeping track of the enemy’s weapons, strategy and tactics — and of being prepared to counter them. The same is true in philosophy: you have to understand the enemy’s ideas and be prepared to refute them, you have to know his basic arguments and be able to blast them.
There is a special reason why you, the future leaders of the United States Army, need to be philosophically armed today. You are the target of a special attack by the Kantian-Hegelian-collectivist establishment that dominates our cultural institutions at present. You are the army of the last semi-free country left on earth, yet you are accused of being a tool of imperialism — and “imperialism” is the name given to the foreign policy of this country, which has never engaged in military conquest and has never profited from the two world wars, which she did not initiate, but entered and won. (It was, incidentally, a foolishly overgenerous policy, which made this country waste her wealth on helping both her allies and her former enemies.) Something called “the military-industrial complex” — which is a myth or worse — is being blamed for all of this country’s troubles. Bloody college hoodlums scream demands that R.O.T.C. units be banned from college campuses. Our defense budget is being attacked, denounced and undercut by people who claim that financial priority should be given to ecological rose gardens and to classes in esthetic self-expression for the residents of the slums.
You are attacked, not for any errors or flaws, but for your virtues. You are denounced, not for any weaknesses, but for your strength and your competence. You are penalized for being the protectors of the United States. Why hatred? Because America is the living refutation of a Kantian universe.
Hatred of the good for being the good, is the hallmark of the twentieth century. This is the enemy you are facing.
A battle of this kind requires special weapons. It has to be fought with a full understanding of your cause, a full confidence in yourself, and the fullest certainty of the moral rightness of both. Only philosophy can provide you with these weapons.
In conclusion, I feel deeply honored by the opportunity to address you. I can say — not as a patriotic bromide, but with full knowledge of the necessary metaphysical, epistemological, ethical, political and esthetic roots — that the United States of America is the greatest, the noblest and, in its original founding principles, the only moral country in the history of the world. There is a kind of quiet radiance associated in my mind with the name West Point — because you have preserved the spirit of those original founding principles and you are their symbol. I am speaking of your standards. You have preserved three qualities of character which were typical at the time of America’s birth, but are virtually nonexistent today: earnestness — dedication — a sense of honor. Honor is self-esteem made visible in action.
You have chosen to risk your lives for the defense of this country. In my morality, the defense of one’s country means that a man is personally unwilling to live as the conquered slave of any enemy, foreign or domestic. This is an enormous virtue.
West Point has given America a long line of heroes, known and unknown. You, this year’s graduates, have a glorious tradition to carry on — which I admire profoundly, not because it is a tradition, but because it is glorious. So, in the name of many people who think as I do, I want to say, to all the men of West Point, past, present and future: Thank you.
This excerpt from the text originally given as an address by Ayn Rand at West Point.. http://fare.tunes.org/liberty/library/pwni.html