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ANGLO MIGRATION

Friends of ours are leaving South Africa and moving to Australia.   They are not the first and certainly won’t be the last.

The “new” South Africa that came into being with the end of apartheid, just under 25 years ago, has become one of the most violent countries in the world.   The white farmers who live there, producing most of the region’s food, have been hit really hard by all the violence.   Hundreds have been murdered in the new South Africa.   Another friend’s grandson was murdered at 18 – for a cell phone!

Young families have to seek greater security for their children.   Australia is one of the best countries to go to, for now at least.

What’s been happening in South Africa and other countries before it, has been one of the minor news items in the world, a blip in the global disorder.   But facts are facts – as the British gave independence to their various colonies around the globe, so Brits who had settled there, contributing greatly to economic development, were forced to leave.   This was especially true in Africa.   This mass migration of people has been really bad for Africa and for Africans.   Their British “masters” have simply been replaced by Chinese bosses who often treat them with contempt.

South Africa’s white population was 20% of the population 25 years ago;  today, it’s down to 10%.

We may think that this migration is over, with South Africa being the last country to expel the whites.   It isn’t.   As South Africa’s majority black population took over the country, so, in the next few decades, new majorities in western nations will take over their new countries and push the original occupants out.

This is prophesied in Deuteronomy 28, the blessings and cursings chapter of the Bible.   The Israelites were told by God that if they obeyed Him, they would be greatly blessed; but, if they turned away from Him, they would suffer the negative consequences.   The modern Israelites are suffering these consequences now and will continue to do so, unless they repent and turn back to God.

16 “Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country.  17 “Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.  18 “Cursed shall be the [a]fruit of your body and the produce of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.  19 “Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.   (Deut. 28:16-19)

 “The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower.  44 He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail. ” (vs. 43-44)

The Anglo-Saxon-Celtic peoples are amongst the modern Israelites. At the end of World War II, a little over 70 years ago, they dominated the world.   The British Empire had emerged intact from the global conflict, which it had fought for six years; the United States had emerged from the war as a global superpower.   A constant theme of the last seven decades has seen these same Anglo-Saxon-Celtic peoples lose their power and prestige.     They will continue to do so.

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REVOLUTION IN THE AIR?

France has seen a great deal of violence the last three weekends and is expected to see more again this coming weekend.

The primary cause was increased fuel taxes to help cover an environmental project.   It was enough to trigger off the worst rioting in decades.

What the French elite, including President Macron, fail to understand is that ordinary people are suffering.  They are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet.  Higher fuel costs mean higher food costs as food has to be transported.

The rioting spread to neighboring Belgium and there is speculation there could be rioting elsewhere, including in neighboring Germany.   Once again, governments are out of touch with the reality of day to day living.

The following is a joke somebody sent me from Germany, a country not noted for its sense of humor:

“An African refugee is walking through the streets of Nuremberg – a well preserved medieval walled city. He fronts up to the first person he meets and says, “I would like to thank you for taking me in. For clothing me, feeding me, giving me healthcare and letting me stay.”

“But I’m not German, I’m Albanian,” the pedestrian responds.

The African walks on undeterred, and meets another pedestrian: “I would like to thank you for taking me in, clothing me, feeding me, giving me healthcare and letting me stay.”

“But I’m not German, I’m Turkish…”

The African tries once more, with a third pedestrian. “Thank you for taking me in, clothing me…”

“But I’m not German, I’m Arabic.”

“Then where are all the bloody Germans?” the African refugee asks.

The Arab looks at his watch, shrugs and says, “Probably at work.” (end of joke)

The cost of housing, clothing, feeding and educating all the refugees falls on the German tax-payer. It’s the same throughout the western world, in every single western nation.

Brexit started as a means to hit back against the system.   51.7% of the British people supported the “rebellion” against the ruling elite. Trump soon followed with victory in the US election.   The reality of what was behind Trump’s victory still has not been appreciated by the liberal intellectual community that has dominated the country for decades.   The reality is summed up in the title of a new book by Anthony Scaramucci:   “Trump – the Blue-Collar President,”   Trump was / is America’s revolution.   If his revolution fails, we should expect a worse one up ahead.

The same with Brexit.   If the British Establishment manages to thwart Brexit, as is certainly a possibility, the frustrations that ordinary people are experiencing could explode in something far worse.

Populist parties exist throughout the western democracies today – unless people see an improvement in their circumstances, we could see sweeping electoral changes ahead.   This could start in France.

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AN AGE OF ANGER

During a dinner in Washington, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde sent a warning to politicians whose decisions could create “an age of anger.”   She said:  “Imagine what the world might look like if we fail to build and adapt.   We could live in an age of anger.”

But this lesson is best learnt from Mr. Trump, the US President, who successfully harnessed the anger of America’s rustbelt communities to propel himself into the White House.  (BBC, 12/6)

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ARABS TIGHTEN BELTS

“A wave of economic austerity is squeezing the Arab world’s middle class, pushing a segment of society that is key to growth and stability into making painful cut-backs and fueling discontent.

“Egyptians say they are taking second jobs and dining out less often. Jordanians trying to make ends meet are pulling children from private schools.   In Tunisia, hundreds of thousands of civil servants staged a one-day strike last month to demand a pay increase.”  (“Arab Middle Class Tightens Belt,” Jared Malsin, WSJ, 12/6)

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IRAN AND ISRAEL PREPARING FOR WAR

Iranian leaders stepped up their war of words against Israel and the United States over the weekend while new information shows both the Israel Defense Forces and the Islamic Republic are actively preparing for a multi-front war in Israel.

The new war of words started when Iran’s so-called moderate president Hassan Rouhani told participants in an Islamic conference that Israel was a “cancerous tumor” and “a fake regime” founded by Western nations.

While calling upon the Islamic world to establish a “joint force” that could win the “battle against criminals,” Rouhani claimed Israel had killed and displaced the (non-existing) “historic nation of Palestine.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu responded to Rouhani’s belligerent rhetoric by warning Iran that Israel knows how to defend itself against the “murderous Iranian regime.”   (“Iran and Israel preparing for multi-front war,”  (Yochanan Visser,  Israel Today, 11/28)

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BREXIT — THE WORST DEAL IN HISTORY

This Brexit “deal” is anything but good for the nation.

This “deal” will cost the British taxpayer £60 billion; require that the British still comply with EU rules without having any say in what those will be, and worst of all, it permits the British to leave the EU only if the EU agrees.   It commits the British effectively to subjugation by the EU in perpetuity, with no recourse should the British change their mind. It is a prison.   It is also the first step of the EU toward its dream of global governance: unaccountable, untransparent, unelected by the public, and with no way out.

There is still a way out of this mess; an easy alternative.   The solution is No Deal.   Without any further action, the UK’s membership of the EU will lapse on March 29, 2019, and unless that majority can unite around a viable alternative, we will leave.   Even better, according to a House of Lords report, there would be no legal obligation for the UK to make any payment as part of a financial settlement.   (David Brown, Gatestone, 12/4)

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ANGELA MERKEL STEPS DOWN

Friday Angela Merkel, German Chancellor since 2005, stepped down as Chairman of her political party, the Christian Democratic Union.   She will remain Chancellor for the time being, but relinquishing her chairman role will likely result in change at the chancellery in the not too distant future.

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PROFOUND COMMENTS

Europe today is not afraid of Vladimir Putin reaching the Rhine. Europe is afraid of Africa and the Middle East reaching the Danube.  (“The Never-Trumpers are never coming back,” PB, 7/6)

A “sense of guilt” for colonialism is debasing the West from within, according to Professor Bruce Gilley, and authoritarian regimes such as Iran, Russia, China and Turkey are profiting from this weakness.

The Romans called it damnatio memoriae:   the damnation of memory that resulted in destroying the portraits and even the names of the fallen emperors.   The same process is now underway in the West about its colonial past.   The cultural elite in the West now seem so haunted by feelings of imperialist guilt that they are no longer confident that our civilization is something to be proud of.  (“Is guilt killing the West from within?”  Giulio MeottiGatestone, 7/6)

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ITALY CLOSES DOOR TO MIGRANTS

In Italy, rising popular sentiment against immigration has found a forceful spokesman and leader in Deputy PM Matteo Salvini, who has refused entry to Italian ports to migrant rescue ships, saying “NGO rescue ships will only see Italy on postcards.” 

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ANN COULTER PREDICTS END OF REPUBLICAN PARTY

“New York Times best-selling author and populist conservative columnist Ann Coulter says the Republican Party is “just at the point of extinction without a shot” due to mass illegal and legal immigration to the country that continues importing more than 1.5 million immigrants a year.

In an interview with SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Daily, Coulter told Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow that the United States — due to mass immigration and rapid demographic shifts — will be electorally dominated by Democrats indefinitely in “about five more years,” calling Trump “the last Republican president.” (Breitbart 11/28)

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MILITARY SPENDING

According to SIPRI’s 2016 data:

  • Only 4 out of 28 NATO countries — the United States, France, Greece and Estonia — pay above the 2 percent GDP
  • If under-paying countries began reaching the 2 percent threshold, total European nato-military spending would rise from $254 billion to $328 billion.
  • In comparison, U.S. military spending was $611 billion, China’s $215 billion, and Russia’s $69 billion.
  • If Germany spent 2 percent of its GDP on defense, its military spending would parallel Russia’s — $69 billion!

SIPRI stands for Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

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CHANGING RELATIONSHIPS

The US Congress is about to come out with a statement stating that the Saudi Arabian Crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, ordered the death of the Washington Post correspondent, Jamal Khashoggi. Mr. Khashoggi was assassinated in the Saudi Arabian embassy in Turkey on October 2nd.

Additionally, the US has requested the extradition of the top executive of the major Chinese company, Huawei.

“New York (CNN Business) — The arrest of a top Huawei executive has sent stock markets plunging around the world and threatens to derail the tenuous trade truce between the United States and China.

“Meng Wanzhou, the Chinese tech company’s chief financial officer, was detained in Vancouver on Saturday at the request of US authorities.” (12/6)

Thirdly, Mr. Trump ignored President Putin of Russia at the G20 summit last weekend.

Three major relationships, with Saudi Arabia, China and Russia are seriously threatened by these actions.

Interestingly, these three countries are the top oil producing countries in the world, after the United States.   Saudi Arabia and Russia are already co-operating on oil production, which will affect the global price.

It should also be noted that all three are murderous regimes.   The Saudi and Russian governments think nothing of murdering opponents in other parts of the world; while the Chinese have their gulags (sorry, re-education camps).

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OF INTEREST

Donald and Melania Trump did not recite The Apostles’ Creed nor did they sing the hymns during George H.W. Bush’s funeral Wednesday, sparking criticism of the president who claims to be Presbyterian and is portrayed as an evangelical Christian by many conservatives.   Video shows the first couple standing in silence alongside three former presidents and first ladies who all recited the creed.

Ivanka Trump also participated, despite having converted to Judaism.   The Apostles’ Creed is considered Christianity’s core prayer, at the heart of the Christian doctrine.   The version of the creed at the service was that of the Episcopal Church, to which the Bush family belongs.   The Apostles’ Creed is Trinitarian in structure with sections affirming belief in God the Father, Jesus Christ His Son and the Holy Spirit.   The Apostles’ Creed was based on Christian theological understanding of the Canonical gospels, the letters of the New Testament and to a lesser extent the Old Testament.   Its basis appears to be the old Roman Creed known also as the Old Roman Symbol.   (mailonline 12/6)

 

 

 

 

 

RANDOM THOUGHTS . . .

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Pull out, Betty! Pull out! You’ve hit an artery!!

The two grandchildren who live with us have been fighting a flu bug for well over a week now.  That has, of course, affected us all.  They whine or cry 24/7 – it’s impossible to explain anything to them as they are too young.  They are just miserable and don’t want to do anything.  Every hour or so one of them will throw up.  As liquids are coming out both ends, we are concerned about dehydration and have to keep a close watch on them.

In the midst of this, Sunday morning I started shaking uncontrollably, a sure sign of my annual reunion with an old friend from Africa – malaria.

When we lived in Ghana, we all got malaria at different times, It’s said that it’s impossible to live there more than three months without getting it.  If you are taking the prophylactic, you might not actually get the fever, but it will still be in your blood.  Mosquito bites are very difficult to avoid.  Any one bite can give you malaria.  As only the female mosquito carries the malarial virus, always check the sex when you’ve been bitten!

When I first got malaria 35 years ago, I asked a doctor what to expect. He said: “In the first 24 hours, you’re afraid you’re going to die; in the second 24 hour period, you will be afraid you might live.”  In other words, it gets worse.

It’s not so bad now that I live in a cold climate (very cold right now), but a sudden severe change of climate can bring it on, which is what likely happened on Sunday.

I suppose I should be thankful.  In my years as a minister in Ghana, I buried a few people who died from the disease.  It’s still the world’s biggest killer, but I’ve managed to survive half a lifetime with it inside me.

There are frequent rumors of developing a vaccine, but that would not help those of us who already have it.  There’s also a major problem with a vaccine – the malaria bug mutates, rather rapidly as it happens.  The same problem exists with flu and HIV.   So it’s doubtful any solution will be found in the foreseeable future.

You just have to learn to cope.  I have my pills, which I take as soon as the shakes start.  I get a new prescription every year and the pills usually last.

I have every confidence I will be OK (at least, this time).  I just hope the boys are as they work their way through the flu bug that has stricken them.

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Talking of Africa, the world was aghast at the sign language interpreter standing behind President Obama when he gave his speech at Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

People were flailing in the dark trying to figure out what happened.

There is a perfectly simple explanation.

It’s called BEE.  BEE stands for Black Economic Empowerment.  This is the South African government’s policy of advancing the majority black population, “encouraging” white and Indian employers to replace workers with Africans.

Sometimes, this results in people being advanced who are just not capable of handling the job.  The sign language interpreter is just one example of this.

It’s not just in South Africa that this happens.  My African-American doctor here in Michigan laments affirmative action programs that are designed to give minorities educational opportunities that lead to better jobs.

His point is that most white people are afraid to go to him because they wonder if he is really qualified, or was advanced by a government program that was well meant but clearly has negative side-effects.

It’s time to end affirmative action – and BEE!

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On Friday I went to a local grocery store and as I checked out with my groceries saw the cover of a tabloid that drew my attention.  It was the Globe and the cover showed Kate, Prince William’s wife, with a tiara on, under the headline “Queen Katie – it’s official.”

Now, I think most people realize that the “Globe” does not rank up there with the “Wall St Journal” or the “New York Times.”  It’s more likely to be read by those who have never read the other two papers.

But I still feel a need to comment.

The implication of this cover is that Kate will succeed Queen Elizabeth as Queen.

This is absolutely impossible.  I repeat – totally impossible.  (Hopefully, I’m putting the Globe out of business here!)

Kate’s husband will be king one day, after his father Prince Charles.  At that time his wife will have the courtesy title of “Queen,” simply by virtue of marriage.  It does not make her “Queen” like Queen Elizabeth, who is a reigning monarch.  Kate will simply be a consort to her husband, the King.  This is the same role the late Queen Mother had when her husband, King George VI, was alive.  As soon as he died, she assumed the title “Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.”  She was never vested with any political power.  That can only come by virtue of birth.

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After yet another school shooting on Friday, this time in Colorado, a police spokesman made a comment that needs to be corrected.  If anybody knows him please forward this.

I write this with great respect for the police, who have to deal with these incidents.  But we can never solve this problem if we don’t face up to an incontrovertible fact.

The police spokesman made the comment:  “We hear about these things happening in other parts of the world.  We never expect them to happen here.”

Again, with respect, we don’t get to read about them happening in other parts of the world.  They are a peculiarly American problem.  In one year since Newtown, we’ve had 28 school shootings if you include all those on school land as well as in buildings.  Seventeen children have died – since Newtown.

During that same twelve months, there has not been one school shooting anywhere else in the world – not even in Syria.  Yes, there have been isolated school shootings, Dunblane, Scotland, almost twenty years ago; and Beslan, Russia about ten years ago, a politically motivated attack.  But these were isolated – they have not become a regular feature of life in either country.

I’ve asked friends in Canada, the UK, Australia, South Africa and Zimbabwe if they worry about school shootings when their children or grandchildren go to school.  Sometimes, they can’t believe I’m asking the question – the very idea is inconceivable.  Even during the Zimbabwean civil war, there were no attacks on schools.

Again, this is an American problem and it requires an American solution!

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On a lighter note, the title of this column is “Random Thoughts.”  I hesitated before using it. It reminded me of Lord Haw Haw, an Irishman who broadcast German propaganda from Berlin during World War II, with the intent of undermining morale amongst the British people.

Having heard on the BBC that “German planes had been bombing at random,” he announced to the British people that the Luftwaffe had destroyed the city of “Random.”

There is no such city.

His credibility was destroyed, though people still listened for a good laugh.

He was hanged for treason after the war.