Iraq voted; Wants American Troops Out

This is the opportunity of a millennia.

Donald Trump, don’t argue with them. Let’s get out.

Pull out all US forces from Iraq and Syria.

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It’s time for Iraq to put on their big boy drawers and run their own Nation.

It will fall apart and, eventually, a dictator will emerge.

Pull the US military out and let nature run her course.

 

 

The Killing of Qassem Soleimani

Soleimani was instrumental in several key events of the past 4 decades. He was instrumental in the Hezbollah takeover of Lebanon. He assisted Hezbollah in their political defeat of Israel in Lebanon. He was a major orchestrator of Shi’a militias in Iraq and insurgents in Afghanistan during the current Global War On Terror. I know we’re not supposed to call it that anymore. Nonetheless, that war on ideology is more global now than when Obama went full PC and forced the name change.

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Soleimani has been a thorn in the side of the West for decades.

But why is the West still treading paths that lead them to that thorn.

Why is the West incessantly meddling in the Middle East? Why have US political leaders from FDR to Dwight David Eisenhower to Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush, his father and Barack Obama kept the US in the Middle East. Why have we interposed ourselves within the Shi’a-Sunni divide. Why are we constantly involved in regime change in Islamic countries?

We’ve been meddling there since World War I. We have supported, thanks to the British and French, the creation of several Frankenstein monster States. Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Syria and Israel to name a few. None of these States are stable. None can exist without outside support and interference. Saudi Arabia, Israel and Iraq have been on the British or US teat since their creation. Syria and Algeria would in no way exist without having been colonial creations of the French. Certainly, they’ve operated independently for decades. Yet, they always run to the West when they, again, run into trouble.

All of these Middle Eastern nations, excepting possibly Israel, are controlled by despotic regimes. The people of these States have no real conception of being a nationality. Instead, they are a conglomeration of tribes, ethnicities, religions and mutated cultures mashed together for political expediency. And, one might cynically say, so that they can never unite and become a real Nation State for that was never the intent of the West.

The West has always understood that a united Islam or a united Middle East would be a threat. Though, I’m not certain that the political leaders of Western Europe retain this knowledge. Possibly, they do and have a death wish which is why they have allowed such open migration of Islamic masses to the shores of Europe.

Soleimani wanted the West out. He wanted Iran to fill that power vacuum.

Saudi Arabia stands in his way as does Israel.

Why is America standing between this inevitable showdown? Why did we remove Saddam Hussein who was the only man standing between that showdown?

Removing Saddam was a mistake.

Every foreign policy decision stemming from that mistake has been a mistake.

Now that Saddam is gone. Only Saudi Arabia can confront Iran. If Israel does so, it would unite the Sunni and Shi’a against Israel because Muslims will alway stand together against “the infidel” or kuffar.

Why is the US still meddling when we should be using Saudi Arabia as a proxy. We should still be using Saddam as a proxy.

Us troops should never have been re-introduced to the Middle East after Beirut. It was a mistake then. It was a mistake in 1990. It was a mistake in 2003. It is a mistake now. There is no end to the blood feud between the Shi’a and Sunni short of the destruction of Islam. There is no end to the Arab-Israeli conflict short of the complete destruction of Israel or Islamic unity. Likewise, there will never be an end to religious persecutions in the Middle East. Not even the complete destruction of Islam will accomplish this. Christians have always done the same and would simply pick up the persecution mantle if they replaced Islam.

Soleimani was a key figure in all of those conflicts. He would have continued to be a key figure in all of those conflicts.

Soleimani was instrumental in killing Americans and other Westerners in the Middle East and anywhere Shi’a terrorist plied their trade. He would have continued to kill if he had lived.

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Trump, in my opinion, made the realistic decision. He ordered the killing of a successful leader of the enemies of the West. He should do so again if given the opportunity.

I do not believe that Iran has the courage to “go to war” with the US. They’ll talk a good game. They’ll attack some targets. They would have anyway. The conflict will go on.

The United States should not commit to regime change in Iran.

If Iran does strike out at the US, I would be for bombing Qom and killing Ayatollah Khamenai. I would not be for invasion. I would be for punitive incursion. Lightning quick strikes inside Iran at key targets. In and out. Never invasion.

The United States cannot afford to be fearful of spilling the blood of our enemies.

If we are going to remain committed to being World Police. We should be committed to taking out the enemy wherever he or she might lie in hiding. Kill them. Destroy their will to fight. Sanctions will not accomplish much. To destroy the will to fight, we have to make it incomprehensible for the enemy to go on. They have to believe that the United States will do everything and anything that it takes to win.

If we aren’t willing to do that, we should bring the troops home.

I believe that we should bring our troops home.

We should disband NATO. We should leave Europe.

We should become a nation of merchants…with a scorpion’s tail. Trade with us in peace. Attack us and die.


 

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.

“Jew Holiday”: The American Left and Faux Outrage

This story illustrates the problem with the Left, Cancel Culture, Political Correctness and Virtue Signaling.

Last night Jeremy and I went to a Blazers game and it happened to be Hanukkah night. It was fun! They had a big menorah. But towards the end of the game (which was going poorly) some drunk guys behind us started yelling about this “f—ing Jew holiday
I was very alarmed! I kept looking at Jeremy like “Are you hearing this??” and he seemed confused. I was scared! And also thought I might be going insane.

Finally they left and I turned to J and said I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS WHAT DO WE DO THESE ANTI-SEMITES WHAT THE WHAT

but uh, turns out the other team had a player named Jrue Holiday and he was having a good night

I am not well versed in basketball but @JR******* is never letting me live this one down

Omg my husband just reminded me that once he was watching a game and I was like “WHY ARE THEY SCREAMING WHITE POWER?!!”
It was Dwight Howard. They were screaming for Dwight Howard.

I had a similar experience in Australia. Thought people were yelling “destroy all the blacks” at opposing players. Turns out they were yelling, “destroy the All Blacks.” Which is the name of the New Zealand team.

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That is your typical Democrat in a nutshell. Always on the lookout to be offended. Always seeking the opportunity to Virtue Signal. Always the desire to be [faux] outraged.

They don’t stop to think. They don’t stop to understand. Their feelings in the moment are all that matters.

In the name Dwight Howard, they hear “White Power” in the exact same way that they see White Power symbolized in the OK hand gesture. In the name Jrue Holiday, they hear “Jew Holiday” much like they claim that Donald Trump is a misogynist because he said that women will let famous and wealthy men do anything they want including grab them by the pussy. They heard him say that HE grabbed women by the pussy. A statement that he never made. If you don’t believe me, go back and listen to the video. He never claimed to have grabbed any woman by the pussy. He was speaking to the habit of many women, who are gold diggers, to exchange their body for use of a man’s wealth, influence and power. It is true. Many women do this and later claim that they were abused.

Democrats in their search for outrage and quest to virtue signal will take anything said or any gesture that a person whom they dislike or any person in general makes out of context in order to be outraged. They will mistake purposely any act or statement out of context and twist those words or actions in order to virtue signal.

They will never apologize when found to be mistaken.

The young teen from Kentucky whom they claim attacked the elderly Native American fellow was innocent. Democrats were out of their mind. They were faux outraged. They crawled all over themselves to virtue signal. When it was found that they had overreacted and that the young fellow was innocent, Democrats refused to believe, refused to apologize. That young man must have been guilty because he wore a MAGA hat.

Donald Trump has never stated that all immigrants or all Mexicans were criminals. Yet, Democrats have refused to acknowledge this simple fact.

Donald Trump is making inroads into the Black community in America. Democrats attack Black Americans who dare step away from the Democratic party. White Democrats will speak the most racist language about Black Republicans and Independents. They attack anyone who dares disagree with their party line.

And most of it stems from willful misrepresentation based upon ludicrous misunderstandings of the actual English language. It is almost as if the Democratic Party of America speaks another language.

It has always been my experience that the most bigoted people in America are Democrats. This has not changed. I doubt this will ever change. Democrats believe that they are superior. That has not changed since they fought for slavery, fought against the Union fight against slavery, fought against Civil Rights, fought in the ranks of the KKK. The Democratic Party has been and will always be the party of hate and bigotry.

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One Shot, One Kill: Why Can’t American Law Enforcement Do That?

The Texas Church shooter was taken out with one, well aimed bullet to the head.

 

 

 

My question is WHY CAN’T AMERICAN LAW ENFORCEMENT DO THAT?

I have never seen a Police involved shooting start and end in 2.5 seconds with one bullet fired.

People, the experts and police apologists, tell me that it is because Police are under pressure.

Well, the guy who killed the Texas Church shooter was under immense pressure. Had he missed, he’d have likely drawn the fire of the killer.

Yet, you see in the video. The murder kills two men within seconds. Instantly, the Citizen raises up and advances towards the gunman whilst aiming and firing his firearm. One well placed bullet in the head later and it’s all over.

That never happens with the Police. They fire dozens of times endangering everyone around them. I don’t think Law Enforcement Officers even take the time to aim. Often times, I’ve read in the after action reports in the media that Police Officers shoot each other and THEN charge whomever it was that they were shooting at.

Are American Police undisciplined? Are they incompetent?

The guy who took out the shooter is an ex deputy sheriff, I’ve read. These guys are like Army reservists. They’re rarely as good as “the professionals”. Except this guy just put the “professionals” to shame in 2.5 seconds.

Good Guy with a Gun Stops Bad Guy with a Gun in 2.5 Seconds

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In a Texas church near Fort Worth, a good guy with a gun takes out a bad guy with a gun in 2.5 seconds.

TWO POINT FIVE SECONDS!

The Left claims that this never happens.

Imagine if those Good Guys with Guns had been prohibited by a Beto O’Rourke fascist gun grab from carrying firearms into that church.

There would have been dozens killed.

This particular attempt at a mass killing involved a shotgun. Not the mythical “Assault Rifle” that Democrat love to use as a prop with which to fear monger the American people.

Every proponent of Gun Control should be hounded out of government. All of them should be shunned. All of them should be chased out of public spaces. They should all feel shame. Yet, they do not. These monsters hate Liberty. They know that the only way to maintain Liberty is a well armed populace. They would disarm Americans and remake us into Europeans and slaves for our own good.

Vote every one of the Gun Control cowards out of office in 2020. All of them.

They can move to China if they wish to live as slave.

 

 

It’s all Trump’s Fault

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Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, John Lewis, Joe Biden, Maxine Waters and their like have spent the last three years blaming Donald Trump for every ill that plagues the United States of America.

These are problems that have been with us for decades.

Mass Killings

Financial Inequality

Climate Change

Corruption

The Wars in Syria and the chaos of Israel and the faux Palestinians

Every and any thing else you can conjure.

It’s all the fault of Donald Trump.

Yet, Nancy, Maxine and the gang have been in Congress for decades. All the while that these problems have been building, Nancy has been there. Biden was there. Schumer was there. John Lewis was there. They were all in place to do something about these issues.

Yet, they did nothing.

Nothing but blame some Republican.

That is your Democratic Party. It’s their motto. “Do Nothing. Blame Someone Else!”

Nancy and Maxine decry the rudeness and chaotic violence of the day but only when it negatively affects them.

They urge others to attack Donald Trump. They attack anyone who disagrees with them. Then they whine when it happens to them.

This is typical of Democrats.

Always the victim. Never the solution.

Democrats have nothing if they do not have hate and if they can’t make you believe that you are a victim. The Democratic Party would die if they didn’t have victims, faux outrage and virtue signaling. They know how to do nothing else.

They create victims. They convince those victims that everyone else is to blame. They, the Democrats, then profit from the gullibility of those victims. It’s fool proof precisely because so many are such great fools.

Educate yourself. Become independent. Take control of your lives. This is exactly what Nancy and Maxine fear.

Trump is not to blame for the past forty years of political failures. Nancy is. Maxine is.

AOC and her posse are the future of the Democratic Party. They’re hoping that you will continue to be victims, to be fools and to blame Trump or anyone except those who are responsible.

Black Americans Most Likely To Be Racist

In a Rasmussen Poll, Americans opined that Black people were more likely to be racist than White or Hispanic folks.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of American Adults think most black Americans are racist, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just 15% consider most white Americans racist, while 18% say the same of most Hispanic Americans. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

My opinion based upon my experience: White Guilt Liberals are the most bigoted people in America. They secretly hate Black people, Asian folks, Hispanic folks, Arabs, Transgender people, Muslims and Christians. They loathe themselves most of all.

Is it not contradictory that most hate crimes occur in States and Cities that have been Democrat enclaves for decades?

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The Democratic party teaches victimization. Further, they teach the victim to hate their DNC Progressive assigned Oppressor. This is how they keep their voter base. You are always a victim and “they” are always out to get you. You can’t win without them for they are your perpetual savior.

If one is a member of the Democratic Party,
this is a sure sign of one’s bigotry and hatred of others.
The DNC has no other platform but hate.

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Where is the Racism? Evidently, Black people hate White people much more than White people hate Black people…as evidenced by violent crime in America.

And then there is this Spike Lee bigoty at 10:20:

Skip to 10:20 and 12:14 for great examples.

And, of course, the Progressive defended and celebrated bigotry of of Juicy Smulliet aka Jussie Smollet:

We never did get #JusticeForJussie.

On another note:  Why do stupid people
think that Puerto Rico is a “foreign country”?

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Correct. It wasn’t Alleged or Possible or Apparent. It was a complete fabrication and it was Racism.

 

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Jussie should be in prison.

 

In the end, though, Beyonce ain’t got shit on Kelly.  #FuckTheBeyHive

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The only reason that Kelly Rowland doesn’t have the career that Beyonce has is the COLOR OF HER SKIN. White People didn’t do that. Black people marginalized her because she is “too dark”.  That’s a shame because she’s freakin’ awesome. She has actual talent as opposed to good marketing.

 

 

Joe Biden’s Quid Pro Quo

This is the real Ukrainian quid pro quo. Joe Biden didn’t want revelations into the activities of his son coming to light. That is why he threatened to withhold the Billion Dollars. He admits his crime in the video above. This is exactly what they are accusing Trump of doing.

Empress Pelositine is using the Trump Impeachment to cover up the actual crimes committed in Ukraine (and China) by Joe Biden and his drug addled son, Hunter.

Joe is the real criminal. The Democratic Party are covering up for the Biden Family.

Journalism has no Soul

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A Washington Post journalist comes upon a 70 year old homeless man, Robert Fox, who needs 27USD to get home to see his daughter at Christmas.

Instead of giving the guy 27USD, the Journalist writes a “human interest story”, more than likely, aimed at Christians and Donald Trump.

Michael S. Williams has no soul. He is cruel and without heart. This is not a story. It’s an act of cruelty. Why couldn’t he have purchased the ticket for him? Why couldn’t he make the short drive to Fredericksburg? I lived in DC for five years. It is a 30 minute drive that would have lasted a lifetime in the memory of Fox and Willians. Instead, Williams decided to profit from misery as is usual for the Progressive Left. Michael S. Williams must be a sadist.

73% of Americans say that the American economy is good or excellent. Similar numbers say that their life is better economically and financially. These are numbers haven’t been seen in a generation or more. Democrats and their pets in the mainstream media hate this. The Progressive Left cannot grasp for power if things are going too well for Americans. The Progressive Left needs victims upon whom to prey for their power.

If there are no victims, there is no Democratic Party. The Left is left with a few small groups of Transsexuals who hate “Cis-genders” and other small special interest groups who wish to force Americans to pay for their AIDS drugs and gender reassignment surgeries and abortions. Hate and Anger are all that the Left has. This is all they know.

Warren, Biden, Mayor Petey and the rest of the Trans-Progs hate America and Americans. They want the bad times back so they can get votes and push their hate agenda all the way to the White House.

Robert Fox is homeless. In every city run by Democrats, homelessness is a scourge. What is the cause? Progressive policy encourages dependence and hopelessness. The Left encourages people to depend upon the State. The Left encourages faux outrage. The Left encourages virtue signaling. The Left encourages people to be or become victims and to blame any plight, any hardship on anyone else and, then, to seek “free stuff” from the State. The Left has discarded the Declaration of Independence for a dependence upon the tyranny of the State.

That isn’t America. That’s the stuff of the Soviet Union and Communist China. That is the process by which the Free become the Slave.

I’m surprised Williams didn’t echo Mayor Pete and tell us that Fox, like Jesus, was homeless on Christmas day.

Jesus was no Refugee

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Joseph was traveling with his family within the Roman Empire. There would have been no border crossing.

JESUS WAS NOT A REFUGEE!

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In the Bible, Joseph was leading his family to his hometown for the Roman Census within the Roman Empire. Jesus would have been born a Citizen of Judaea which was a client State of the Roman Empire. Joseph was not poor. He was either a Stone Mason or a Carpenter in the town of Nazareth. He was probably a solid member of the Middle Class (if such had existed at that time). Jesus was not born to poverty. These are lies that Leftists like to use to spread their Orwellian doublespeak propaganda. Buttigieg is an obvious liar and spreader of lies, fabrications and deceptions. Apparently, he has more in common with Jussie Smollet than being homosexual. He creates his own “facts” as well.

By the time of Yeshua and Paul, the land of Israel (Judea and Samaria) had been part of the Roman Empire for several decades. The first emperor, Julius Caesar, granted rights to Jewish communities because their ancestral laws predated RomeJews had legal privileges as a collegia (defined by Roman law as religious & legal entities), giving them the right to assemble, have common meals and property, govern and tax themselves, and enforce their own discipline.

All of this authority was placed under the auspices of the Synagogue and its legal body, the Sanhedrin. The Jews were also given exemption from military service and emperor worship. They were the only non-pagan religious group in the Roman empire to have these rights. Under Roman law, no new religions were allowed and all other religious societies (other than Judaism) were forbidden by Caesar to have presence in the city of Rome. All of these factors led to much resentment and the formation of a social anti-Jewish sentiment among the population. (1)

Joseph was not running from conflict, war, famine, drought or anything else. He was heading to his ancestral home to be counted because the Senate and the Emperor wanted a good count of the people in the Empire. It was a census. They weren’t be prosecuted. They were following the rules of the Nation in which they lived and of which they were members as recognized by Roman Law.

The State put Joseph and his Wife and Baby Jesus on the road and at that manger. The kind of State which Buttigieg and his ilk wish to impose upon the Free Citizens of the United States of America.

Why did they stay in a manger? Joseph was late and, apparently lacked planning ability,  and there was no room in what passed for hotels and inns in that age. Joseph asks for a room to rent. He’s not begging. He wants comfort and security for his wife and infant whilst on the road traveling.

They weren’t refugees. They were traveling and would return home to Nazareth once the census was finished. Once their obligations to the Senate and People of Rome had been fulfilled.

Again, Jesus was not a refugee. I’m not a Christian and I know this. Mayor Pete claims to be a Christian but, apparently, has never read the Bible or studied history.

This lets you know with a certainty that Democrats who sell this line of inane nonsense are not really Christians. If they were, they would know that Joseph was not a refugee fleeing some war torn city because of war. Caesar Augustus had granted Citizenship to the Provinces following the example of Julius before him. Jesus was born a Citizen of a client State in the Greatest Empire the Western World had known to that point.

Joseph lived in the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire at this time was at peace. Octavian had taken power during a war which, by the time of the birth of Jesus was over. Peace was in the land. Augustus was the Prince of Peace of his time. He brought a peace to the Empire that it had not known for 50 years or so.

Rome was stable at the time of the birth of the little Christ. Perhaps if Jesus had been born in the lands to the North of Rome, he might have been a refugee. Rome was on the march in the geo-political realm which we now call Germany and Eastern Europe.

The only refugees would have been OUTSIDE of the Empire. Perhaps in the bedouin world of the Arabs of Arabia not far off from Judaea or, as mentioned previously, in the Germanic tribal lands to the North.

Jospeh was traveling WITHIN the Roman Empire. Neither he nor his family were refugees.

Later, Joseph had to flee to Egypt because the State was attempting to murder his child. The State wanted to abort little baby Jesus and, according to Biblical lore, wanted to abort the Life of the Baby Jesus. They wanted to kill Baby Jesus before he could grow into a threat to the Empire or the safety of the Jewish Elite in the Province of Judaea. Depending upon whom you believe.

A more apt comparison would be the The Democratic Party to the Pharisees.   These leaders of Roman controlled Judaea were the Rulers and Judges who exercised local power at the behest of Rome. That is the better comparison here. Progressives persecute the followers of Jesus in our age all the while pretending to be Christians themselves.

This misconception of Jesus as a refugee is a perfect example of Progressive arrogance, ignorance and devious deception. We have an open homosexual who claims to be a Christian telling devout Christians that they aren’t Christian enough because the wish to not be controlled by an all powerful State. Liberty is an evil to Buttigieg. Giving more control and power to the State, he says, is the Christian thing to do. Buttigieg pretends to be Christian. What he truly worships is the State.

I am not Christian. Even so, I can read the Bible. In the Bible, homosexuality is called Sin. There is no refining it. There is no way to argue this. Homosexuality is Sin. It is called abomination. Therefore, in accordance with the Bible and the professed belief of Mayor Pete, he is in a constant state of Sin. Yet, he wishes to lecture others on Christianity based upon this Progressive fabrication that Jesus was a refugee.

Buttigieg uses Christianity. It is a tool for him. He’s no more Christian than I am.

I’ve never understood why Homosexuals have such a great desire to please a mythological creature who hates them and calls them abominations and considers their very existence a sin. It’s a self hating form of cognitive dissonance.

The thinking must go somewhere along these lines:  “I’m Christian and God hates me because I’m homosexual. Therefore, I can stop hating myself because God does it for me. AND I can use this same God to express my hatred for my fellows in humanity for not accepting me as a homosexual.”

 

JESUS WAS NOT A REFUGEE!

Jesus was a Citizen.

Jesus was not born into poverty.

Mayor Pete is attempting to deceive

you because he is a Progressive prevaricator.

 

 

Cancel Culture

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The subhumans of the Left who created cancel culture should be exiled from the West.

If there is an existential threat to Western Civilization, it is the Progressive Regressives of the American and Western Left.

Russia is not a threat to the West.

China and Chinese cheap labor is not a threat to the West.

Islamic extremism is not as dire a threat to the West.

The American Left and their kindred fascist scum in Europe are THE GREATEST threat to Liberty and Freedom that the West has seen since the founding of the Greek Democracies.

Nancy Pelosi is a traitor to American Ideals. Adam Schiff is a threat to the principles of the Declaration of Independence.

The Democratic Party is a greater evil than the African Slavery which they fought so hard to maintain in America for so long and which they now attempt to extend via their plantation attitudes towards the poor of America, in general, and Black Americans specifically.

Progressives are the epitome of Orwellian Statism.

Fight them. Wherever they are.

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30 Day Extension for your “90 day” Thai VISA

VISA extensions are pretty straightforward. However, if you’re a first timer or haven’t processed one for a few years, it can be a bit confusing.

Here’s the deal.

1. You have to make copies of:

a. Passport Data Page
b. TM 6 . Departure Card
c. Customs Stamp with Date
d. Thai VISA
e. 1x VISA Photo


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2. Fill Out TM 7 Application For Extension of Temporary Stay in the Kingdom.

You can fill this out at the Government Center or you can complete the form at home/hotel and bring it with you. I recommend completing it at your home or hotel, printing it out and bringing it with you.


(tm7 copy .  You can fill in the Text boxes on this form and print it out at your hotel or home.)

Once you have all of the forms and scans printed out, you take a taxi out to the Government Center.

If you are an experienced Bangkok tourist, you can take the BTS to Mo Chit and get a Taxi from there as well.

As you enter the Government Center, you’ll be required to scan your passport and pass through a metal detector. You’ll also need to pass any bag that you are carrying through the their scanner.

There are always lines but they’re pretty fast.

Once you have passed through security, you’ll see the Immigration Office to your immediate righthand side. Enter the door and you’ll see a counter on the righthand side at which you’ll have your documentation screened. If all is good to go, they’ll pass you through to the Number Counter. Hand that person your packet, he/she will screen it quickly and, if all is well, hand you a number with a section and number.

For VISA extensions, you’ll go to J Section.  Specifically, j23 – J25. Grab a seat and wait for . your number to be called. There is a digital screen on which numbers are posted and an overhead announcement which will vocally announce the same information.

“Number 45 at J23”

Once your number is called, you head to the desk associated with your number. The official behind that desk will screen your documentation one more time. You’ll sign two documents. She’ll ask you to look into the camera to take a photo. She’ll ask you for the 1,900baht fee. After that, she’ll ask you to take a seat in the waiting area.

Depending on how busy they are, you’ll receive your passport with the extension stamp a short while later. I waited about ten minutes for them to call my name and receive my passport.

The extension stamp will look like the highlighted area below.

application and extension stamp

It’s that simple.

After you have finished, you walk outside and grab a taxi. I recommend heading to Mo Chit BTS and getting home from there. You’ll miss all of the lovely Bangkok traffic on the BTS.

A word about the Government Center.  There are plenty of restaurants, stores and ATMs there. Downstairs on the righthand side are stores and venders that will make VISA photos for you or make copies if you’ve forgotten or lost a document on the way. Almost anything you need can be purchased there. There is also a 7-ll downstairs and a fairly large cafeteria if you like that kind of food. No McDonald’s though.

Up stairs in the center of the building is a large market selling everything. They even had a Tupperware seller. I didn’t know Tupperware was still in business!

If you have any question, please feel free to ask. I’ll try to help as well as I can.

The “OK” Symbol

download (2)Every time the @DNC   and the looney Left goes, well, looney over a new word or symbol being coopted by neo-Nazis or some fringe lunatic racist group, they give those groups power. How are they so ignorant that they do not understand this?

People have been using the OK symbol since I was a child.

People have been playing the “Circle Game” and beating hell out of each other since I was a kid.

At least.

For about a decade now, people have been using that same hand signal when they make a three point shot in basketball.

Suddenly the Lunatic Left sees half a dozen morons in neo-Nazi uniforms using that same symbol/signal and it is now super duper officially a neo-Nazi, White Power signal.

These same Leftist ignore the extensive use of this symbol when Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama Joe Biden and any other Leftist Socialist minion uses it BUT go off road insane when anyone else uses it.

The Left doesn’t seem to understand that they lend these meaningless groups power when they assign THEIR meaning to symbols.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,  Nancy Pelosi and their minions at MSNBC and CNN give these groups more power and legitimacy than they could have ever hoped to have every time they reference them and give power to their usage of language.

It’s time to get these morons out of Washington and out of the Media. These people empower the fringe racists and bigots whom they pretend to oppose. I firmly believe that Nancy Pelosi, AOC and the Democratic Party wish to legitimize these fringe groups so that they can say; “See, I told you so.”

The Left is a sick group of people who need therapy.

 

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OK.  If Sharpton uses it, I believe it is racist.

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Black Power –Acceptable .   White Power — Unacceptable .  HUH???

 

 

Getting a 90 Day Thai Tourist VISA in Phnom Penh

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I arrived in Thailand. Spent a month not doing much but chilling and enjoying some overdue time off from contracting overseas. After 30 days, it was time to do a VISA run. I decided on Phnom Penh.

It had been five years since I’d done a VISA run from Thailand. So I decided to do it in Phnom Penh. I decided on Phnom Penh primarily because I’m familiar with the city. I’ve been there about 50 times over the past 15 years. It’s a fun city that still isn’t too commercialized or Westernized. I value that above all things. I don’t come to Southeast Asia to experience the West or hyper-commercialized experiences. I like it the way it is…or was. The West and China are screwing up Cambodia as much as they’ve screwed up anything that they’ve touched. It’s just a slower process in Cambodia because everyone is so laid back. There’s not hurry in the land of the Khmers and, in my opinion, there’s nothing wrong with that.

I arrived in Phnom Penh expecting to give my passport to A2Z Tourism in the morning and receive my new VISA in my passport that evening.

Yeah, that didn’t happen.

It’s no longer possible to have a runner or a tourist shop turn in your VISA application. You have to do it yourself. You have to physically journey tot he Royal Thai Embassy, turn in your VISA application packet and retrieve your passport. You have to do it.

And…it’s not as difficult as it sounds. At least, it wasn’t for me.

After I contacted A2Z and was informed that they could no longer provide the VISA service for me, I did a bit of research. I read horror story after horror story. People being denied VISAs. People being turned back at the window at the Thai embassy for not having proper documentation. Story after story of people complaining about the experience and their documentation not being accepted. Folks being denied VISAs for abusing the tourist VISA system.

I was stressed. STRESSED. I thought for certain that I was going to be stuck in Phnom Penh and not able to get back to Thailand.

But that didn’t happen.

Turns out, the process was pretty simple and straight forward even if the Thai Embassy VISA page is a bit ambiguous.

The ambiguity, I’ll explain later.

According to the Thai Embassy webpage, one needs to show up between 0830 and 1200 Sunday through Saturday to turn in one’s VISA application and associated documentation.

The documentation consists of the following:

  • 1.      Visa Application form(s) and photograph(s): Completed and signed Visa Application form and recent photograph(s) (size 3.5×4.5 cm).2.      Passport (valid for no less than 6 months)3.      A copy of passport or travel document4.      Travel tickets out of Thailand5.      Evidence of adequate finance $1,000 per person or $2,000 per family or equivalent another currency.

    6.      Other documents: as may be requested by Consular officers in addition to the documents above. Please note that Consular officers reserve the right to require additional documents, or an interview with the applicant, as deemed necessary, without prior notice.

You show up with the documentation and the fee. Give it to the guy at the window. He checks your documentation. If all is good, he gives you back your documentation along with a number and sends you inside the embassy for processing.

They did not require an interview of any Western European or American who were  there that day. They did require interviews of the Khmer, the Arab and the Afghan who were seeking a VISA that day. The Afghan was rejected.

You go inside the building and the waiting room is right there. You wait for your number to be called. The person at the service window checks your documentation again. If it’s straight, she asks you for the fee, processes your package, gives you a receipt and tells you to come back at 1330 three days later with the receipt.

That is it.

The only way to be expedited is to have a doctor’s note. That is as of this moment. This may change. They will only approve single entry unless you are employed in Cambodia. you’ll need proof.

The fee was 40 USD. I gave them a 100 dollar bill. The woman at the window gave me 60 bucks change. No problem.

After that, you go back to your hotel and spend the next three days doing whatever you want to do.

Three days later, you show up with your receipt at 1330. They hand you your passport with VISA and you go on your way.  The three days does not include weekends or Thai and Khmer holidays. Check the calendar for holidays before you go.

Seems pretty straight forward. Yeah?
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Those are all of the documents that you need.

Now, to the ambiguity mentioned earlier. The Thai Embassy VISA page does not specifically state that one should bring a bank statement as proof of financial means. 20,000Baht is about 700 USD. I had 1,000 dollars on me. I took a stack of 100 dollar bills with me. That seemed to me to satisfy the requirement. They want proof that I have 700 bucks. I took a stack of Benjamins. Yeah, that didn’t work.

The Thai Embassy webpage doesn’t mention having a copy of the Passport data page either. I didn’t have one.

Luckily for me. The guy at the window was extremely helpful…and patient.

He allowed me to email him copies of my bank statement and my passport data page. He printed them out for me and included them in my package.

Once I had all of the documentation, I was sent inside with the number ticket.

For me, the process was easy. I did note that all of the non-Westerners had to interview. Everyone was nice or, at least, professional. I had no issues and they were helpful. If you are not a Westerner, you should contact the embassy before you go and plan on, at least, a month long process. It may go quicker for you. It may not.

I would estimate that 90% of Khmer moto taxi, tuk tuk drivers and cab drivers know where the Thai Embassy is located in Phnom Penh.

That’s pretty much it.

Black People and Bigotry

I have a unique perspective on this subject. I’m a White American who has both traveled widely in the world and who has a large number of Black friends from all over the world.

I have Black friends who are Muslim. Some who are Christian (obviously). Quite a few who are from outside of the United States.

One friend of mine is from Nigeria and an American Citizen. He’s a former United States Army Officer. He left the US Army as a Captain. Another friend who is Black is a retired Army Major. Yet another is a retired Army Command Sergeant Major. I’ve worked for two Black gentlemen who were retired Army Colonels. I’m hard on my supervisors. I rate them on a curve. What I call the Shit Curve. Most supervisors whom I’ve had have been horrible. These two Gents were superior in all facets in my experience. One was a Tanker Battalion Commander. The other was an Infantry Brigade Commander before he was retired short of his Star. Dude should have had that Star in my opinion. The Army missed out on a GREAT leader in letting McKenzie Collins get away.

I could keep this list going forever it seems. For every guy I’ve listed here, I have ten more whom I could use as examples.

I also have a few “bad apples” as friends who are the reason that the guys listed above get such short shrift in the reputation category.

I have traveled widely outside of America with some of these guys. In doing so, I’ve had occasion to see how they are treated.

I’ll say this beforehand. There are quite a few Africans and Black Americans who get into quite a bit of trouble in America and out in the wider world.  Yet, I know quite a few White Americans and Europeans who get in the same kind of trouble.

White people, on whole, get the benefit of the doubt.

Black people do not. Period.

Black people are judged by the lowest common denominator of their “race’ or skin color.

White people are judged, more often, by the best of us.

I remember being in Germany and walking into a club. Thinking that it was nice, I went back to another club to grab some friends. One of whom was Black. We went back to the aforementioned club and, suddenly, we could not gain entry. So we left.

The next night, I went back to that club. The door security apologized to me and said, “Sorry about last night. We don’t let Black people in.” He didn’t say “Black people, though.” I told them that they were wrong for that attitude and left.

This was Germany in the ’90s. As Racist as you’d associate with the Jim Crow South.

Every White person knows a few or a lot of really messed up White people. Yet, they don’t judge all White people by these folks. Yet, it isn’t that difficult to find White folks who judge all Black people by the worst of their number.

I’ve had similar experiences all over the world.

In Afghanistan, I had an Afghan Colonel tell me that he didn’t like Obama’s cousins meaning Black people. He didn’t like it when he was advised by Black people. Occasionally, he respected a Black advisor. More often than not, he ignored them.   I tried to tell him that this was a substandard attitude. I also reported his statement to my chain of command. Yet, the attitude was fairly prevalent amongst Afghans. The people for whom I worked listened to me and told me to drive on. Nothing happened because there was really nothing that we could do. We were there to advise them not to change their entire culture.

In the Arab world, Black people are treated as second class citizens. Usually, once they realize you are American, Canadian or British, that attitude changes.

In Southeast Asia, I’ve seen Black people treated like they are drug dealers even when it is obvious that they are just tourists. I cringe every time I see it happen. And I have. Not too far from my house is a bar where marijuana is regularly sold and used. Police rarely bother anyone there or on the street near the bar. However, the only people whom I have seen the Police harass have been Black people.

In America, Black peopleare automatically treated differently by Law Enforcement. Police interact with the average Black American as if they are a possible criminal. White people are afforded more respect and dignity automatically. These are defaults.

This is universal in the world in my experience. If you’ve never hung out with a Black person in public, you’ve probably never experienced this. It’s galling. To have a person treated as if they are less than or, worse, a criminal simply because of the color of their skin is a wretched thing to experience. I can only imagine how it feels to that person as it feels horrible enough to me as a bystander who is only vicariously affected by it. I can walk away and not be affected. I’m always White and will almost always be treated with default dignity because of this fact.

Yet, it is a misnomer to call the treatment of White people some kind of privilege. Is it a privilege to be treated with decency and dignity? Is it a privilege to have one’s rights respected? Is it a privilege to be treated innocent until proven guilty?

No. None of these are privileges. These are basic and universal rights.

White people aren’t privileged. Black people aren’t under privileged.

Not having one’s rights violated is not a privilege. It is basic human decency. It is the least that should be expected in America.

Having one’s rights disregarded or worse being brutalized simply because one is Black (or poor) is not being under privileged. It is a collapse of human decency and it is a failure of the system.

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Police and other government agents should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for violating the rights of Citizens. The problem and the reason that they are not is the legal standard called “qualified immunity”. As long as this evil construct is in effect and the public servant is held above the law via qualified immunity, no real or measurable progress towards justice is possible.

And justice is the end goal here.

The term White privilege does not good for anyone. It is not a privilege to be treated with respect and dignity. This should be the default.

The Transgender [un]Civil War of 2020

2020 will be the year.

The 2020 Olympics will be the first international event that brings Transsexual Women into the living rooms of billions of humans.

Men who claim to be women dominating women in Olympic competition in sport after sport.

Men who claim to be women beating women out for Gold and Silver Medals in sport after sport.

Right now, the major media outlets are crushing all dissenting voices in this argument.

Those voices will be more difficult to oppress in 2020 when “women” who look like men start dominating women in every sport that matters. This is when the media and the Trans community bullying will be exposed for what it is.

The Progressive, or as I like to call them, Transgressive Left will not be able to silence billions of humans who will more than likely be a bit offended by these manly women crushing their daughters in sports for which those women have been fighting, striving and bleeding for years.

The truth will out.

Transwomen should not be allowed to compete against biological women. Transwomen are not biologically female. The Left will not be able to shout down billions of voices of dissent.

Or maybe they will.

Maybe humanity will yawn and not care.

I don’t think that will happen.

The Transgressive movement will be exposed. The Left will disintegrate.

Just in time for the 2020 Presidential Elections in the United States.

This should be fun.

The Transgressive Left is setting themselves up for one hell of a backlash in 2020.

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The Thinking Man Abhors the State

“All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: its one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him. If it be aristocratic in organization, then it seeks to protect the man who is superior only in law against the man who is superior in fact; if it be democratic, then it seeks to protect the man who is inferior in every way against both. One of its primary functions is to regiment men by force, to make them as much alike as possible and as dependent upon one another as possible, to search out and combat originality among them. All it can see in an original idea is potential change, and hence an invasion of its prerogatives. The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are.”

~ H. L. Mencken, A Mencken Chrestomathy