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Monstering: Inside America’s Policy of Secret Interrogations and Torture in the Terror War by Tara McKelvey

In April 2004, the Abu Ghraib photographs set off an international scandal. Yet until now, the full story has never been told. Tara McKelvey — the first U.S. journalist to speak with female prisoners from Abu Ghraib — traveled to the Middle East and across the United States to seek out victims and perpetrators. McKelvey tells how soldiers, acting in an atmosphere that encouraged abuse and sadism, were unleashed on a prison population of which the vast majority, according to army documents, were innocent civilians. Drawing upon critical sources, she discloses a series of explosive revelations: an exclusive jailhouse interview with Lynndie England connects the Abu Ghraib pictures to lewd vacation photos taken by England’s boyfriend Charles Graner; formerly undisclosed videotapes show soldiers “Robotripping” on cocktails of over-the-counter drugs while pretending to stab detainees; new material sheds light on accusations against an American suspected of raping an Iraqi child; and first-hand accounts suggest the use of high-voltage devices, sexual humiliation and pharmaceutical drugs on Iraqi prisoners. She also provides an inside look at Justice Department theories of presidential power to show how the many abuses were licensed by the government.

While I cannot say that this does not surprise me, I can say that I truly did not expect it to be this bad! It seems to me that man has a propensity to give in to his darker side when someone with authority, real or perceived, gives the nod of approval. I found this book to be not much different than any historical account of war-time scenarios where the conqueror enters & overtakes another country and then let the abuses begin. This should be a warning to all mankind as “enhanced interrogation techniques” has been found to not yield the information or the desired results overall. While this was a well written and laid out account of the atrocities, the problem lies squarely in the heart of man!

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Doc Murf

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How to Debate Leftists and Destroy Them: 11 Rules for Winning the Argument Kindle Edition by Ben Shapiro

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The problem, as Ben Shapiro puts it in this must-read, is that “because conservatives don’t think about how to win that they constantly lose” in confrontations with leftists. The solution is to stop taking the bullying and learning to argue for victory.
Among Shapiro’s rules for beating the left in confrontations are:
Be willing to take a punch. (conservatives tend to shy away from confrontations because the left is rhetorically violent; but it is important “to walk toward the fire.” )
Hit hard, hit first. (leftists stage muggings; instead of fighting by Marquis of Queensberry rules, conservatives need to accept the strategy Mike Tyson: “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”)
Immediately frame the debate. (“When you’re discussing global warming , for example, the proper question is not whether man is causing global warming but whether man can fix global warming—a question to which the universally acknowledged answer is no unless we are willing to revert to the pre industrial age.”)
There are eight more rules that will allow a conservative to debate a leftist and destroy him. How to Debate Leftists and Destroy Them is not just a “how to” book. It is a survival manual.

By far one of the most succinct and to the point discussions on debating someone from the opposite side of the isle (i.e., a leftest minded liberal.) Just as discussed in his book that the left has one play to knock you down and get you off your game. But a debate with a liberal minded individual is, in fact, a war. And you must be willing to strike first and strike hard! And keep striking until they are finished. This is one of the greatest failing of the conservative movement because they believe that they can overcome all these hits with something substantive…but people only see and understand when you have been knocked out…we all have this failing because we were brought up, overall with a sense of fair play. But in a war, all stops must be pulled and you must be willing to win the war, not just the argument.

Without a doubt, a very good read and worthwhile information! It is a short book and would & could very easily be put to memory and to the test!

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Doc Murf

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Universal Laws: 18 Powerful Laws & The Secret Behind Manifesting Your Desires (Finding Balance) by Jennifer O’Neill


When it comes to working with the Law of Attraction, or manifesting your desires, there are many, so called “secrets”…

When movies are produced or books are published on either of these two subjects some of the most important information is, well let’s just say… “missing.” You’re only provided with half of the information that you need. 
Is it on purpose? Maybe, sometimes…
Is it on accident? Probably, most of the time…

Is it because they don’t know the entire truth themselves? Most likely…

You will never, ever, be able to fully understand how to manifest things into your life without understanding the how the ENTIRE manifestation process works. 
While this book is more along the lines of New Age, I truly believe we can learn a thing or two from it; after all, we were told:

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 

Like the author mentions in her write-up that you do need to be open minded; but, in my opinion, not so open minded that you take another or a wrong path.

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Doc Murf

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Select Committee on Benghazi Releases Proposed Report

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While it is not my intention to turn this blog into any political platform, how can anyone in the Christian community ever believe that they can ever make a difference without ever harnessing the facts. While I believe the Benghazi attack is a pivotal point with respect to the Democratic presumptive nominee, you must choose carefully with both of your eyes open! As an American citizen, you should desire these kinds of reports. I disagree with the Democratic committee members  by not participating more openly & candidly; there are also certain aspects that I disagree with on the part of the Republican committee members, as well. Read this with an open mind and heart.

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Doc Murf

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81 New Witnesses, 75,000 New Pages of Documents Reveal Significant New Information,

Fundamentally Changes the Public’s Understanding of the 2012 Terrorist Attacks that Killed Four Americans

Washington, D.C. – Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after the committee’s Majority released a mark of its investigative report:

“Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were heroes who gave their lives in service to our country. Their bravery and the courageous actions of so many others on the ground that night should be honored.

“When the Select Committee was formed, I promised to conduct this investigation in a manner worthy of the American people’s respect, and worthy of the memory of those who died. That is exactly what my colleagues and I have done.

“Now, I simply ask the American people to read this report for themselves, look at the evidence we have collected, and reach their own conclusions. You can read this report in less time than our fellow citizens were taking fire and fighting for their lives on the rooftops and in the streets of Benghazi.”

The committee’s proposed report is just over 800 pages long and is comprised of five primary sections and 12 appendices. It details relevant events in 2011 and 2012.

The following facts are among the many new revelations in Part I:

  • Despite President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s clear orders to deploy military assets, nothing was sent to Benghazi, and nothing was en route to Libya at the time the last two Americans were killed almost 8 hours after the attacks began. [pg. 141]
  • With Ambassador Stevens missing, the White House convened a roughly two-hour meeting at 7:30 PM, which resulted in action items focused on a YouTube video, and others containing the phrases “[i]f any deployment is made,” and “Libya must agree to any deployment,” and “[w]ill not deploy until order comes to go to either Tripoli or Benghazi.” [pg. 115]
  • The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff typically would have participated in the White House meeting, but did not attend because he went home to host a dinner party for foreign dignitaries. [pg. 107]
  • A Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) sat on a plane in Rota, Spain, for three hours, and changed in and out of their uniforms four times. [pg. 154]
  • None of the relevant military forces met their required deployment timelines. [pg. 150]
  • The Libyan forces that evacuated Americans from the CIA Annex to the Benghazi airport was not affiliated with any of the militias the CIA or State Department had developed a relationship with during the prior 18 months. Instead, it was comprised of former Qadhafi loyalists who the U.S. had helped remove from power during the Libyan revolution. [pg. 144]

Report of the Select Committee on
the Events Surrounding the 2012
Terrorist Attack in Benghazi

 

Illustrations

Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Facilities in Benghazi

Internal and Public Government Communications about the Terrorist

Attacks in Benghazi

III. Events Leading to the Terrorist Attacks in Benghazi

Compliance with Congressional Investigations

Recommendations

Appendix A: Resolution Establishing the Select Committee on the

Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi

Appendix B: Significant Persons and Organizations

Appendix C: Questions for the President

Appendix D: Significant Events in Libya Prior to the Attacks

Appendix E: Security Incidents in Libya

Appendix F: Deterioration of Benghazi Mission Compound Security

Appendix G: Timelines of the Attacks

Appendix H: The September 12 Situation Report and the President’s

Daily Brief

Appendix I: Witness Interview Summaries

Appendix J: Requests and Subpoenas for Documents

Appendix K: Analysis of Accountability Review Board, House Armed

Services Committee and House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee

Reports

Appendix L: Glen A. Doherty, Sean P. Smith, J. Christopher Stevens,

and Tyrone S. Woods

Additional Views by Rep. Jordan and Rep. Pompeo

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THE NATURAL LAW THEORY of THOMAS AQUINAS by Thomas D. D’Andrea

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Thomas D. D’Andrea, “The Natural Law Theory of Thomas Aquinas,” Natural Law, Natural Rights, and American Constitutionalism — a project of the Witherspoon Institute.

Thomas D. D’Andrea considers Aquinas’ theory of natural law at the Witherspoon Institute’s Natural Law, Natural Rights, and American Constitutionalism site.

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Thomas Aquinas is generally regarded as the West’s pre-eminent theorist of the natural law, critically inheriting the main traditions of natural law or quasi–natural law thinking in the ancient world (including the Platonic, and particularly Aristotelian and Stoic traditions) and bringing elements from these traditions into systematic relation in the framework of a metaphysics of creation and divine providence. His theory sets the terms of debate for subsequent natural law theorizing.

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JOHN LOCKE and the NATURAL LAW and NATURAL RIGHTS TRADITION by Steven Forde

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John Locke was an English philosopher and physician, widely regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and commonly known as the “Father of (classical) Liberalism.” Considered one of the first of the British empiricists, following the tradition of Sir Francis Bacon, he is equally important to social contract theory. His work greatly affected the development of epistemology and political philosophy. His writings influenced a great number of philosophers and politicians, as well as, many more revolutionaries.

This four page report is just a snippet of his thoughts on Natural Rights and Natural Law.

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Understanding the Enemy by Dr. Sebabastian L . Gorka

Understanding the Enemy

The four key points of my article are simple:
  • First, if you want to understand the enemy,read what they say.
  • Second, we must understand al-Qaeda, not as something that was created by Osama bin Laden simply on the foundations of the Arab mujahedeen movement. Rather, it is the product of decades of ideological evolution that startedwith the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • Third, and this is hard for the special operations community and for people who like the lethal stuff — hunting people down, chasing high-value targets…
  • Finally, AQ does not keep me awake at night any longer. I am afraid of al-Qaeda’s soft jihadi colleagues, those who will not use violence — organizations such as The Muslim Brotherhood — that use legal tools, economic tools and lawfare as a weapon to undermine our constitutional order.

An interesting 6 page eye opener to understanding your enemy. It may not be all-inclusive, but still chills the imagination!

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Doc Murf

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What Every American Needs to Know About the Qur’an -A History of Islam & the United States By William J. Federer

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WHAT EVERY AMERICAN NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT THE QURAN – A HISTORY OF ISLAM & THE UNITED STATES
You will be fascinated by this fast-paced, objective history of the world from a perspective you never imagined.
Current events come into focus in the back drop of 1,400 years of unbelievable yet true events. Thousands of books, documents and articles have been researched over several years in preparation for this book.
In 2006, Keith Ellison became the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress. He swore in on a Qur’an. Most Americans know little about the Qur’an, who wrote it and how Islam spread.
Within 100 years of Mohammed’s death, his followers conquered North Africa, the Holy Land, Persia, Spain – from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean.
President Barak Obama stated in Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009: “Islam has always been a part of America’s story.”
Indeed, Islam has affected the Western World from 622 AD to today’s headlines. This book will give you a fascinating glimpse into captivating events and amazing stories— you won’t want to put it down!
Find how Islam is connected to:

• The stirrup for riding horses, who invented it and how Muslims used it to win military conquests?

• Santa Claus – how Islam caused the story of Saint Nicholas to spread from the Byzantine Empire to Western Europe in 1087 AD?

• How did Muslim Ottoman Turks invading the Byzantine Empire resulted in the Crusades, 1095-1272 AD?

• What did Marco Polo say was the origin of the word “assassin”?

• What happened to the Seven Churches of mentioned in the Book of Revelation?

• How did the 1000 year old Byzantine Empire get conquered?

• What did Sultan Mehmet II do to Constantinople in 1453 that led Columbus to set sail in 1492?

• Dracula – What is the real-life account of “Vlad the Impaler” in 1462, (not Bram Stoker’s 1897 fiction novel)?

• What did Martin Luther say in 1529 about Muslim Turkish Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent who was laying siege to Vienna?

• Who did Captain John Smith fight in Hungary in 1600 before founding Virginia in 1607?

• Who did James Oglethorpe fight in Serbia in 1717 before founding the Colony of Georgia?

• What happened to a Pilgrim ship returning to England to trade for supplies in 1625 when they met a Moroccan pirate man-of-war?

• September 11, 1683 – How the Muslims loss in the Battle of Vienna lead to coffee and croissant pastries spreading across Europe?

• How was Islamic expansion funded by the slave trade of millions Africans and Europeans?

• How did Thomas Jefferson and James Madison’s fighting the North African Barbary Pirates, 1805-1815, lead to the U.S. Marine nickname “leathernecks,’ Marine “Mameluke” sword, Marine Anthem “From the halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli”?

• What happened to over 1.5 million Armenian Christians when President Woodrow Wilson failed to convince the U.S. Senate in 1922 to adopt Armenia as a protectorate — similar to Puerto Rico?

• What was the impact of oil being discovered in Saudi Arabia in 1938?
You will not be the same after you have learned What Every American Needs to Know about the Qur’an.

I found this to be an intriguing explanation, especially with the historical background added, on the many attempts of the Islamic Jihadists to take over the world and spread their  mantra of: “Believe as I believe or die!” Truly enlightening, truly informative, truly filled with Quranic and Biblical facts and verses that are diametrically opposed.  To believe that Jesus was a prophet for Mohamed is ludicrous…Jesus’ teachings would make him a heretic in the eyes of any Imam and would be put to death!

The bottom line, in my opinion, is this: how can I believe what an Islamic believing person says if they are permitted, encouraged, to lie to others (non-believing infidels) in order to promote Allah’s agenda? How can one coexist with such people where you are obligated to tell the truth and they are obligated to lie to you?

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The Agenda: The homosexual plan to change America by Louis P Sheldon

Restore the foundations of moral order in America! Homosexual activists want their sexual lifestyles to be a civil right, but did you know that they seek to silence the truth about homosexuality and abolish moral judgment in any form? The Agenda takes you inside the culture war, exposing the shocking methods of the “gay” campaign and the strategies homosexual activists are employing to transform American society radically. Rev. Louis P. Sheldon, a prominent voice exposing the homosexual rights movement for thirty-three years, reveals their agenda and how it impacts Christianity, the business community, public schools, the church, and the media. Discover the powerful answers to these thought-provoking questions:

  • How and when did the homosexual movement get started?
  • How did militant homosexual activists force the American Psychiatric Association to abandon its official policy that classified same-sex attraction as a mental disorder?
  • How have the resources of the public health system and funds designated for AIDS research been co-opted by homosexual activists to promote their lifestyle to America’s children?
  • Why is same-sex marriage a bad idea?

You can help restore the moral fabric of the nation. This timely book will inform and motivate you to get involved in stopping the radical transformation of American culture and protecting future generations from the destructive forces of the homosexual agenda.

This was an interesting read as well as an eye opener, to say the least. Mush of what I have seen going on during this period up to the SCOTUS recent decision(s) and the Stat’s Supreme Courts (even here in Nebraska with Judge Batallion) was right in line when you look at all these incidents with an objective, or even a subjective, eye.  The Liberal agenda of abuse those you disagree with, denigrate their character, and claim you were injured.  Truly, shame on all of us for not seeing this and doing more.  Especially, in light of the recent jailing of the Kentucky County Clerk for standing up for her convictions.  This is just the tip of the iceberg(s) to come!  Beware to all of you.

As I have shared on Facebook with many of my friends, when Sir Thomas More came at odds with King Henry the VIII and when he was placed between a rock and a hard place, he by his conscience was forced to step down from his position.  And over the course of time lost all he had, including his life.

As a Christian, are you willing to lose all for Christ’s sake?  For the sake of principle or conscience?   Are you willing to suffer persecution as Paul did:

“Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.” ~2Tim 2:8-13 NKJV

Godspeed & Good Reads!

MK Murphy, PhD, DD

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Originalism: A Quarter-Century of Debateby Steven G. Calabresi (Editor)

 

 What did the Constitution mean at the time it was adopted? How should we interpret today the words used by the Founding Fathers? In Originalism: A Quarter-Century of Debate, these questions are explained and dissected by the very people who continue to shape the legal structure of our country.

Originalism: A Quarter-Century of Debate is a lively and fascinating discussion of an issue that has occupied the greatest legal minds in America, and one that continues to elicit strong reactions from both those who support and those who oppose the rule of law. Steven G. Calabresi, co-founder of the Federalist Society and professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law, has compiled an impressive collection of speeches, panel discussions, and debates from some of the greatest and most prominent legal experts of the last twenty-five years.

Being an originalist myself, I found this book interesting. It opened my eyes in a few respects and reminded me of a great number of things concerning constitutional interpretation. A great number of people spoke on behalf of originalism, textualism, and historical understanding. A great problem in our nation is the reliance on precedent, which can be dangerous in itself. An interesting read, if into the constitution & the court.

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Doc Murf

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