Truth.

"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within."

Ariel Durant

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Looking down the long, dark tunnel for eyes shining.


 I keep in touch with a lot of people. Both on the blog, and through direct email.  I even write to, and receive paper letters from people, because they know the internet is not secure. They're only comfortable with letters passed through snail mail.

As I have said before, I get a lot of the things I post from other people, who are concerned with the way trends are going but want to keep off the skyline. I appreciate the material they send me and I understand their worries. If I were just getting started in self sufficiency, I'd feel the same way. But it's far too late for me to have those issues now, after 30 years of the life style.

Neither I, nor the people I talk about this with, really know what's coming.

Two things worry me. The conjunction of a series of powerful and catastrophic events going on in the world now, and the utter inability  of  Western governments to demonstrate any common sense in dealing with them.

Just a sample.   While ISIS is building up the most terrifying barbarian horde since the Mongols ravaged half the world, the President of the United States is in Alaska declaring that "climate change" is our most dangerous national security issue.  ISIS is strong enough now to control vast swaths of the Middle East, and to threaten military dependents in the continental U.S.  ISIS announces plans to "behead them in their own homes."  link.
The Caliphate is growing daily, in numbers, territory and people controlled, armaments. Virtually nothing is being done to stop them.

Titanic population migrations are taking place all across the globe, and the monumental cultural and practical ramifications of that are neither understood nor a concern of the people making the decisions. I saw a German politician in Hungary today excoriating the Hungarians for trying to defend their borders against this mad rush. The leadership both in the United States and Europe simply doesn't know what this means. When they do, it will be too late.  Chaos in European Immigration Invasion  link.

EU estimates more than 4 million people have either entered Europe illegally since April, or are on the way there at this moment. They have no solution. Countries that want to protect their borders are said to be "acting in an uneuropean manner." Nobody really knows the actual numbers as it's complete chaos.


The United States is coming apart at the seams largely because of idiotic, uncomprehending "leadership" at the top of the pyramid. People with no expertise to offer except in facile deal making and expediency.

A black mob attacked a white couple for the crime of being white. No police were forthcoming until after the husband was beaten to death with a claw hammer.  The wife survived, if you can call it that.


  I saw a news story today that says since Ferguson and Baltimore, recruiting has dropped catastrophically for police departments throughout the country. Seeing that politicians consider them expendable, and that they are either reviled or ignored by the general populace, veterans are leaving. Apparently this loss of active duty police, coupled with the lack of new recruits caused by the increasingly unalluring perception of the  career, means that now all major police departments and many others as well are running at less than 80% of their minimum staffing requirements. One of the police chiefs of a major city who was interviewed expressed the concern that the stress this placed on remaining officers would lead to a further attrition increase. He had honest doubts about the ability of the police to hold the line in some cities, where criminal elements have been emboldened by the knowledge that now they can do as they please and the police will either look the other way or be ineffective. He also pointed out that the lack of male applicants and departure of male officers has lead to a great increase in the number of young, white women into the police force. With the best will in the world, you have to wonder how long they will survive on the streets of a place like Chicago. It also means that the number of police on active duty includes these female rookies, skewing the statistics. Less than 12% of law enforcement officers in the U.S are black, according to this program, and that number is rapidly decreasing as active duty black officers seek employment in different fields while younger blacks have no interest in law enforcement as a career.   Crime soars in American Cities amidst policy debate.  link.

Slate magazine has an interesting article on the rising unease, and not just among survivalists and preppers.  Slate is inimically hostile towards the prepper movement, but ever so often a ray of light manages to shine through their myopic , narrow view of the world.

Slate Magazine - excerpts from the Jason Box interview with Esquire.   link

I got out my copy of The Long Emergency, read it for probably the eight time, and again had to acknowledge that the author, James Howard Kunstler, whom I personally detest, was prescient when he wrote the book back in the middle of the decade.



I just ordered the sequel.  I'm almost afraid to read it.  


If so many people, from so many walks of life, believe that society is right on the edge, might they not be right?  The New Scientist published an article in 2008 that essentially said civilizations go through this exact cycle.  That they become so complex, so fragile, so shaky that it only takes some major disruptive event to bring an entire society cascading down into ruins. I wonder if they were right.  New Scientist: The Collapse of Civilization  link.



It may be that this time the juxtaposition of events is going to be more than the system can endure. It's withstood some pretty severe shocks, but the aggregate sum of everything that is going on now is much greater than previous events.

All these negative trends are increasing in scope . I can't think of any problem, from the droughts to racial insanity, that hasn't gotten worse. There's nothing I can point to and say, "but we're getting a handle on this."

It isn't hard to draw a conclusion about the future from that fact.

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  1. Harry, do you think all these shootings increase the chance of Marshall law and in turn lead to a cancelling of the up coming elections?? and keeping Obama in power longer???

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    1. I don't think so, Rob. The two "recognized" political parties are perfectly happy with the current situation. They control everything that does and does not happen on that level, and they are going to do all they can to keep the machine that serves them so well just humming alone.

      They're not sorry with the way things are going in either party. The politicians and their lackeys don't have the common sense to see that it could lead to a complete breakdown, so they welcome all the disturbances and drama because it distracts the average citizen from things like a faltering economy, loss of rights, increased taxation, and all the problems associated with the system. The politicians want that system maintained at any cost.

      They never have to deal with financial hardship, violence, racial difficulties, or any of it. So none of that is really "real" to them. It's just fodder for political theater.

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  2. We could well be looking at another dark age as the lights of civilization slowly wink out. . . or it could just be a bump in the road. I know what I want, but I also know how to bet.

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    1. I think this is going to be a sinkhole for us, rather than a bump. I'm just glad I don't live in some city, when things go sour it will happen fast and that won't be any place to be. You should be ok out on your property. At least, as ok as any of us will be.

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    2. I think I'd be in pretty good shape here, but I might not be here when the fertilizer hits the cooling device. In a few weeks I'm heading down to Fl to be with my dad in his last months. Crazy, over crowded Florida. Too bad he's too sick to travel north. Believe me, we looked into it. At least dad has a decent gun collection and FL recognizes NH concealed carry.

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    3. Florida would be a bad place to be when it happens. I keep telling my wife, I don't want to go live down there, and be limited to what I can keep in a two bedroom condo. I can't think of a worse place to be WTSHTF than living in Palm Coast, in a condo that will lose power, water and sewage the instant something goes wrong. With a whole mob of blue hairs who are clueless. There just has to be a better way.

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    4. And running out of the medications that keep them alive. sane, or both......

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    5. That's a point I missed and it's very true.

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  3. Howdy Harry,
    As usual, I think you are spot on. Scary times are a coming. I have slowly been "preparing" for whatever comes for a while now. It's tough, money is tight... you know like most folks. I am glad there are some folks that have a good head start... People like you will probably be the foundation of whatever gets built after.
    I just fail to comprehend what our elected idiots are thinking and doing. Seems there is a grand plan to dismantle the US, but to what end? The "New Weird Odor"? What about their kids, their grand kids? This world wide "Invasion" of western countries is frightening. I used to think the invasion of the US was a thing, but Europe, Australia (!)... Has to be engineered. And no, they don't have a handle on anything. I only hope they underestimate the resolve of your basic average American to finally stand and say enough is enough, and hopefully before I get too damn old to stand with them
    Keep your powder dry folks, I think we live in interesting times, and I expect they are going to get more so.

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    1. I agree, things are going down hill fast, with no solution in sight. The anointed who run the country have no real contact with the gritty side of life, and I think they honestly don't understand the impact of the things they are doing. Obama and his class go home to a nice house and plenty of everything at night, no matter what happens to the rest of us. It doesn't matter to them that people are living in fear because crime is skyrocketing, that we have as many as 22 million illegals living here, more coming every day, and now Europe is being washed away in Africans , Pakistanis, Indians, Afghanis, Syrians, Palestinians and God knows what else. The Europeans who are pratting about "the rights of the refugees" are already getting a taste of the future, and they don't like it. Those millions from the third world are not going to settle down, adopt the local language and culture, and start paying taxes. They'll do just what they do here, in many cases, rob, murder, consume everything in sight like locusts.

      It's going to be a bumpy ride. One of my friends I correspond with said they were tired of waiting for the shoe to fall and just wished it would come on so we could start fixing it. I tend to feel the same way.

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    2. We too are being invaded by "muslim" refugees, by the hundreds of thousands. The stinking "United Nation"s are importing them, and quasi religious organizations, funded by our anti American government are "resettling" them. Over 100K Somalis in Michagan? Really? These barbarians will never assimilate, and I am sure that is the idea. Why in the hell are they not going to Muslim countries in the first place?

      I have decided that people that support the invasion are anti American, and should be treated as such. Complete contempt. I feel a little bad for the invaders I see. If I were in their shoes, I would do the same thing I guess. But my goddamn government facilitates them ahead of us, and that boils my blood. I need more canned food, and more ammo... Back to work....

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    3. We are, and the government is doing a fine job of keeping it quiet. I saw a list of where these new "citizens" were being settled. Boise , Idaho is one place I remember, and the mayor was saying how welcome they would all be. Just wait til he starts having honor killings, women beaten up on the streets for wearing a dress or a tank top, crime shooting through the roof. If ever there was a poster child for the negative effects of abject stupidity, the churches that brought Somalis into Minneapolis are it. That's a terrible story, but most people don't know it.

      Your synopsis at the end of your comment expresses the sentiments I feel better than I can. The results of all this insanity aren't going to be long in coming home to roost.

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  4. Although I pray you're wrong, my brain tells me you're right, Harry.

    I think we're on the verge of another Crusade, only this time the Moose-slimes are coming after the Christians, and most of the Christians have forgotten how to fight, or have no stomach for it.

    And that may come shortly after the 13% destroy most of the larger cities and urban areas......

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    1. Rome was destroyed by enemies from within and without. I don't think they had a monopoly on the process, we're looking good for it. The number of Moslems in the U.S. is skyrocketing, due both to conversions and to immigration. Christianity is declining. I can't remember exactly when, but sometime within the last month or so we had a discussion here about this exact issue, and the actual demographics were appalling.

      The Caliphate certainly sees this as a crusade. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has said repeatedly that the war against kafirs and other infidels (i.e. the west and unsympathetic moslems) will only be over when the entire world acknowledges the primacy of Islam and the stature of Allah as the sole deity. This is completely in keeping with the precepts of the Koran, and he's a true believer. This apparently didn't keep him from repeatedly raping an American female aid worker that ISIS picked up, until he tired of her and killed her, having announced she died in a U.S. air raid.

      So we have the 13%, among whom Islam is the predominant religion of the younger people, and the Islamofascists to deal with at the same time. We have the military strength, but not the political will. Barack Hussein, who is titular head of the U.S. will not even call Islamic terrorism "Islamic" for fear of offending the Arab states, with whom he is currying favor (he thinks.)

      Anybody who says these things out loud is going to be called "racist" and eventually their blog will get scuppered by Google as "offensive." I used to try to be very circumspect about the 13%, but I've had enough of being bullied by their loud mouth shrieks of "racist" when they're the most racist people in the country.

      I think the end result of the trends we are watching today will be a crushing decline in the quality of life here, which will in turn lead to lawlessness above anything we've seen, shortages of essential fuel, food and medical supplies, and a spiral down to a truly spectacular crash. What happens after that, is anybody's guess. If anybody is left around to guess.

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  5. About the police, consider this. If the govt can get groups to cause disruption, making the police the bad guys for protecting themselves or others, allowing people or groups to incite violence against the police leading to these recent killings, then they have what they want. It wouldn't take much for the govt to convince people that they need a state run police force that will replace local municipalities' police. Wasn't this one of the things that was brought up a few years ago? There would be outcry if this happened overnight, people would be screaming Hitler; however, if you push and nudge over the course of time, few will see it coming until it is here. Then you put in whatever "laws" you want and you control everything.

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    1. Kathy, it's always possible there is an element of calculation in these events. I tend to believe this is the result of a long time Democratic party policy, which is to court minority groups no matter what the consequences for the country as a whole. As long as the 13%, the Hispanics, the illegal aliens (and these aliens do vote, in large numbers, with Democratic collusion) vote Democrat, the people that control the party and their drones will be satisfied. If racial tensions deliberately fanned by the Dems get out of control, well, nobody is burning down the houses at the lake or on the golf course, nobody is setting light to the gated communities and their resplendent McMansions. So who cares? I believe things got out of hand in Ferguson and the "Black Lives Matter" clique is an unanticipated consequence of that which the Dems would gladly forego. But the premise that the system is manipulated for political gain is beyond question. To what extent, I don't know.

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  6. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    Your pretty munch right on the money about what our fate will be. The muslims from other countries are leaving in droves fleeing the Celephate and adding to our woes in western countries.

    It will continue to decline with no end in sight.

    The oligarchs that control Neo-Fascist America are in it for the money. They need masses of bottom feeders (immigrants) to support the upper tiers at the top of the pyramid.
    The bottom feeders will rise up and form a new Proletariat I fear and another bloody French styled "massacre of mayhem" will happen in our own backyards I fear.

    I once read somewhere the Marxism started too early. The real battles between the classes were yet to come. I can see that now happening to some extent.

    We wont be able to vote our way out of this mess. Over half the country has 'Drank the cool aide" of socialism and is lined up like pigs in a slaughterhouse.

    Some southern states stand a chance. Some western states stand a chance but overall it will continue to decline.

    I strongly recommend three books by Mathew Bracken I forgot the names of the books (Its his only three books set) that describes pretty much what is going on here. Look him up on the internet. Those books sometimes are available from him for download free. (Mathew Bracken is a former Navy seal from back in the 80's)



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    1. CC, I wouldn't be one to say you are wrong. That's an "in the nutshell" view of things that rings true. I have heard of Matthew Bracken, I believe The Other Ryan has written about him on his blog. I don't own any of his books but I will look at them on line and see what he's about.

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  7. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Here's the website for Matt Bracken and his books. All of which are a good read.

    Here it is http://enemiesforeignanddomestic.com/

    I wish Matt Bracken would write more books but I think he left the country. Seriously, he has 30 foot or so sailboat and I think he's already in the Carribean on permanent T.A.D.

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    1. I couldn't say I blame the guy. In fact, I respect his foresight. I'd be out of here too if any of the countries I wanted to go to (Canada and Australia come to mind) would have given me resident status. They wouldn't. Too many other Americans trying to do the same thing.

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  8. Harry, you said:

    "The United States is coming apart at the seams largely because of idiotic, uncomprehending "leadership" at the top of the pyramid."

    But actually they know exactly what they are doing.

    Further down you then stated:

    "It may be that this time the juxtaposition of events is going to be more than the system can endure."

    You're just about there, Harry, It's called the Cloward-Piven strategy. Overload the system in order to collapse it. It was originally designed back in the 60's with the US system in mind. Now the top has decided to take it world wide.

    If you apply this theory to the leadership's actions or lack of action in many cases, then what's happening around the world begins to start making sense. If you then begin looking at things from a leadership that's pro-muslim/pro-caliphate that's using this strategy world-wide....... it really makes sense.

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    1. Matt, I don't know what's going on. I tend to think of Democrats as people who never lived in the real world and so make decisions with no basis in fact. Most of the party rulers were born to the elite ruling class, and most of the party adherents were born poor, to families (and I use the term loosely) that had long traditions of taking largess from the Dems and voting Dem loyally in return. It's hard for me to believe that there are these cowled figures in some dark room who are smart enough to be orchestrating all this. However, I'm always the last one to believe things like that which then turn out to be true. For years I said the government would never read private citizens emails, listen to the phone calls, or censor their on line communications and that didn't work out too well for me.

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  9. I have many of the same thoughts as you. Very uncertain times. Always wondering when the next shoe will drop.

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    1. It's more like the patter of rain, when I think about it. One drop, two drops, you don't notice. But they make up the deluge that sweeps your house away.

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  10. I am terrified but not so much for me but for my grandchildren. I have tried to teach them but they have not seen the reality of things past.

    I ask myself, What is the answer? and I can no longer supply one. And That is the scariest part.

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    1. There are a lot of things in this country so far gone that they can't be solved. Education is one of them. Illegal immigration is another. A burgeoning mass of unproductive human beings who consume all and contribute nothing. Nobody is going to solve that one. The list goes on and there's simply nothing to be done. We just have to ride the elevator to the bottom of the shaft.

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  11. As far as ISIS goes, I couldn't agree more, they need destroying. When I look at the politics of the borders in Europe at the moment, whilst I perfectly understand that our response needs to be carefully managed; I try to remember one thing when I'm annoyed, when I see pictures of the children, they're just like mine and there is nothing I wouldn't do to protect them and keep them safe.
    Families drowning to get to Europe speaks of one thing, desperation. I cannot see the evil, foul, inhuman monsters of ISIS and not completely understand these refugees dread of them and their willingness to come here with nothing to keep their families safe.

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    1. Kirsty, I understand the refugees plight. But it's the lifeboat theory. A ship sinks at sea and there aren't enough life boats. The petty officer in charge has a choice. Does he keep pulling everyone out of the sea until the boat swamps and they all drown? Or does he stop when the boat reaches capacity, and save the ones aboard?

      In this country, the illegal immigration has been devastating. Our crime rates have sky rocketed, and I mean violent crime. Part of it is that many illegals come from violent backgrounds and they don't become lambs when they set food on our soil. They use the same methods they used "back home" to get what they want and the result has been a lot of dead Americans. Our culture has been diluted and in doing so, our social system has been damaged. A society built for people who respect law and order doesn't flourish when it's inhabited by a healthy dose of individuals who respect the Lex Taliones only. Norway is a perfect example. They welcomed refugees from Iraq, and now they are suffering an epidemic of rape because their new guests believe that the women walking around the streets of Oslo are "loose women" because of their dress. These guys didn't become enlightened because their side lost the civil war in Iraq. They're the same Islamists they were there. Somewhere back a few months there's a video posted on the blog here that was done by a female reporter in Oslo. It's pretty grim but it's the truth. (1)

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    2. Diseases we cured more than 40 years ago, including tuberculosis, are back in the states courtesy of illegals who came from countries with no health care system. Some of them like "chagras disease" are new to the U.S. , as we never had it here until it was brought here. There are some news articles on the right hand side of the blog about this.

      And then there's education. I was teaching in an elementary school when we got a big influx of Salvadorans. I was assigned 3 of these kids, who spoke no English. Each teacher got a quota. I already had ten more kids in my classroom than the Georgia state law allowed. A "Big Wheel" from Atlanta came and she said to the teachers "you must spend a minimum of 30 minutes a day working with your new pupils. You may not interact with the regular students during this time." Then she drove off in her Lexus back to the Department of Education in Atlanta. I asked my Principal what I was supposed to do with 37 other kids while I babysat these three spanish speakers. She said "let them draw or do crafts." This in a school where there wasn't enough time to teach the curriculum already.

      I know England has had some of the same thing. I have a video posted taken by three Islamic thugs as they stalked the streets of London, accosting young women , calling them whores and threatening them because they were not wearing Islamic dress. These were not immigrant women, they were English women. In another video on this blog somewhere, the same thing is shown happening in Birmingham except the women are being told to get out of the city or "face the consequences."

      The book "Londonistan" says it all.

      Who's going to pay for housing, free food, free education, free health care, etc for all these immigrants? How are the police going to handle them when they decide to riot, as they do in every country they come into. It doesn't help if mom and dad are "good people" who don't cause trouble if Junior is out hurling bricks and burning cars.

      It's a sad situation, but I have kids too. Mine are already taxed to the point where they might as well not work, so the government here can keep handing out free benefits to illegals. We are 17 trillion dollars plus in the hole, and we're getting to the point where we just create more worthless electronic money for the debt service. The most generally accepted number for the cost of having an illegal immigrant in this country is $2,600 a year , coming out of state and federal budgets. We think we have between 11 million and 22 million of them here, but nobody really knows.

      I can see how keeping the illegals out would help your kids. I can see only misery down the road from letting them in. (2)

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    3. Harry, you are right in so many ways. The problem with taking in any immigrants is that once here they must a) contribute, b) integrate and c) learn English (UK English, lets not take the u out of all our words like the US ;-)). Previous immigrants have not done this and as such people don't want more. We are a christian country and as such have a culture that reflects our ideals, any immigrant should be prepared to accept and live by these ideals or leave, period.
      My heart says that people who are willing to do anything for their kids need help, my head says what makes them different from countless others who haven't integrated?
      The answer lies in making their homeland safe for them from ISIS. Can we do that? No. We can't fight an ideological war against the brainwashed and expect to win. In areas where it's acceptable to behead people and take hostages to keep as sex slaves can we expect change? Hell no!
      So what is the answer? Who knows, someone with more intelligence than me will have to figure it out. It seems only ISIS's ideology or ours can survive, not both!
      All that said, I've got to still try to believe we can help or what's the point.

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    4. Kirsty, I understand. It's a normal human emotion to want to help others. But I see what a devastating impact immigration has had on my country, and I think about the cess pool my kids are going to wind up living in because of it, and whatever sympathy I might have felt for the hordes of refugees pushing into Europe fades. As you pointed out, the harvest of immigration from the third world has always been bitter and the average citizen doesn't want them. But the politicians, who's lives won't be touched by these events, couldn't care less what their citizens want. It works that way here too.

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  12. Harry - i keep trying to leave a comment...but i can't. my views are very opinionated, but they are also canadian. even though i truly understand people trying to flee ISIS or a mexican cartel. my politics and my heart just don't match up. that's why i am having such a hard time trying to leave a comment on this post.

    because of where we live, i feel much safer from all of this. i wish that everyone could feel this way.

    sending much love. you know where to send the kids if it all goes to heck. your friend,
    kymber

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    1. I understand being conflicted. I'm sorry some people live in bad places. But I remember what happened when the church morons in Minnesota imported all those Somalis. The quality of life went down the toilet for most of the people who had to live around them, because the Somalis did not suddenly throw over a thousand years worth of culture. They were still predatory and vicious. There's plenty of solid evidence for that, but the best is a video made by a Somali gang themselves. They taped themselves playing a game where they just beat up everyone they met. Most of the people they met were black. They beat up a guy on a bike, an old man with a cane trying to get across a road, and they chased two little kids about 10 years old, who got off the school bus and barely made it into the house with this pack of 20 somethings on their tail.

      That's what happens when you open your heart and your community to people who have nothing in common with you, and come from places where the only rule is "might makes right."

      It's not a problem for me, but I know it is for a lot of people.

      Don't worry about being opinionated. As you well know, it's not a trait I myself share but I can handle it in others! ;-)

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  13. Kirsty, I hope I didn't come across as some kind of ranting demagogue. It's just that having seen this play out so badly here, I would hate to see it happen there. I understand your concern for those people.

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