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ISIS in the Philippines
By Dr. Jeff Sanders

The Philippines is the only country in Asia in which the vast majority professes belief in the Christian faith.  However, their is a sizable minority of Muslims, living primarily on the southern island of Mindanao.  The Muslims there far outnumber the Christians, and consequently jihadists have found another foothold in another country.

As ISIS is squeezed out of Iraq by Iraqi, Kudish, and US forces, and out of Syria by Syrian, Russian, Krdish, and US forces...they have redeployed to other areas of the world.  Most notably to the Philippines!  For awhile they even captured some cities, holding Christians and even some of their fellow Muslims hostage.  President Duterte of the Philippines has launched a counter offensive in which territory is slowly being regained, but cities are being reduced to rubble by artillery and airstrikes.  In the city of Marawi, some 1,700 hostages have been liberated and over 600 jihadist-terrorists have been killed.

The battle is far from over as the Filipino Army slowly flushes out terrorists who had found a safe haven to build up their strength.

Friday, September 22, 2017, 08:49 PM

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Antifa and Fascism
By Dr. Jeff Sanders

If you could sit down with someone from Antifa and ask them "What is fascism?  What, historically speaking, has fascism believed for the last 100 years?", what would they say? As I have been scanning the videos of the numerous riots in which the Antifa are involved, it seems to me that the vast majority of these people do not have a good grasp of what fascism is, and is not.

Fascism, historically speaking, began in Italy during World War I and spread quickly throughout Europe afterwards (Italy, Spain, Portugal being the most notable among professing fascist states).  Although fascism is normally classified as "right wing" because of its hypernationalsm and racism, I see it as left wing due to the fact that the fascist governments of Europe despised capitalism, believed that a strong central government should control all industry and commerce (a major tenet of socialism), and enforce all decrees through a police state apparatus.  Historically, Mussolini, Franco, and their blood brother Adolf Hitler were actually socialists, having much more in common with the blood-thirsty Communists of Stalin's Soviet Union than with free governments such as Great Britain, France, or the US.

In a fascist state, all views that are opposing the official state sanctified views are met with brute force.  There is no freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, freedom of peaceful assemble to ask the government for a redress of grievances.  There is only the freedom of government thugs to beat you up if you differ from the party line, haul you off to prison or a concentration camp, and kill you.

What do we see of Antifa day after day?  People who want to peacefully dialogue, or people who justify their use of violence and vandalism in order to crush all who dare to differ with them?  Seems to me, that they are the very same brutes they claim to be against.

Thursday, August 31, 2017, 11:57 AM

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Who Are The Antifa
By Dr. Jeff Sanders

Who are these people?  They call themselves "Antifa", and they seem to have just popped up recently.  The media has broadcasted numerous riots across the country, showing black-clad people (usually in their 20s and 30s) brandishing shields, baseball bats, and using them on people and property they deem "the enemy".  Antifa stands for "anti-fascist", and they believe they have the moral authority to destroy anyone or anything they think is associated with their loose definition of Fascism.

What is really curious to me is that this group or mob does not have a single leader who calls the shots (at least, not one I can positively identify), has no fixed headquarters, and no fixed outline of an agenda, other than attacking anyone associated with constitutional limited government, capitalism, and/or Christianity.  They do seem to have a symbol, however, the combined red flag of Marxism and the Black flag of anarchy.  

Now think about that for a minute.  Marxists and Anarchists are combined to attack their common enemy.  Marxism believes in total government control over industry and commerce, and teaches that the central government has the right to tell you what to think, what and where to work, and how to behave.  Anarchism by definition teaches that there should be no government at all.  So these two mutually cancelling ideologies are together?  To beat up and destroy all opposition? 

Yep, truth is often stranger than fiction.  More to come on this strange political phenomenon.  Stay tuned.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 03:19 PM

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Mayweather vs McGregor
By Dr. Jeff Sanders

Well all the hype is over and the dust has settled, and Floyd Mayweather is still undefeated in his twenty year boxing career.  He's still the champ, and Conor McGregor should learn a lesson in humility. (But he probably won't.) I am a student of martial arts, and a fan of all combat sports, whether it is boxing, judo, wrestling, tae kwon do, or mixed martial arts.  I know a little bit about the training, dedication, strategy, tactics, and pain involved.  Both Mayweather and McGregor gave us quite a show Saturday night, and I enjoyed watching every second of it.

I was surprised and impressed at Conor McGregor's boxing skills.  You must know some boxing (which is quite a science) but also kicking and grappling to be a mixed martial artist.  However, just because you know some boxing, does not mean you are a master at it. McGregor was definitely able to sting Mayweather several times in the first six or seven rounds. He demonstrated great skill in slipping punches and countering with an overhand Right or with an uppercut to Mayweather's jaw.  McGregor would quickly switch his stance and jab with his left, surprising the older boxer.

But it was all for nought.  Conor McGregor wore himself out in the first seven rounds, playing right into the Master's hands.  Mayweather knew the right moment to come alive after eating McGregor's punches for seven or eight rounds.  In the ninth round, Floyd Mayweather came out with a flurry of powerful punches all but destroyed Conor McGregor.  The Irishman was saved by the bell.  The tenth round began, and Mayweather finished him off, sending McGregor reeling around the ring in utter devastation and confusion.

This "fight of the century" as they billed it, lived up to its reputation.  It also showed us quite clearly the difference between someone who is very good at what they do....and someone who is an expert.

Monday, August 28, 2017, 08:54 PM

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Flight 93 Memorial
By Dr. Jeff Sanders

My wife and I were recently traveling through the great state of Pennsylvania.  While we were there, we noticed that the Flight 93 Memorial was just off the highway.  On the spur of the moment, we decided to go.  We have been to the 9-11 Memorial and Museum in DC, and I've driven past the Pentagon a hundred times, so now I've been to the site of all four terrorist attacks on America that awful day in September of 2001.

The memorial and museum is stark and moving, as it should be.  There are outer walls that actually trace the final flight of the plane as it crashed in the field near Shanksville.  I was surprised as we went through the very moving scenes in the museum--they were very blunt in admitting that the terrorists were Islamic jihadist fanatics.  (Isn't that interesting.  I am actually pleasantly surprised in this day and age when someone tells the truth about Islamic terrorism and is not afraid to name it.  What does that say about our country today and the poison of political correctness?)

But, as we milled around, I noticed most of the people were "older"--anywhere from mid-40's to senior citizen.  Some in their 20's and 30's.  Then there were the "kids"-- those in their early 20's and teens, then several who were much younger.  It dawned on me.  The ones who were 21 or younger had no memory of what happened that day.  They don't know how or why we were attacked.  And unless some brave soul teaches them about Islamic jihadism, then they will grow up not knowing or understanding the threat we face.

We see our collective national memory steadily being erased all around us.  How much longer before political correctness attacks even these modest (but truthful) monuments to what happened not that long ago?


Sunday, August 27, 2017, 07:33 PM

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