Monday, April 7, 2008

Gunner's views on current Political Issues

One of the issues in front of the US Supreme court this spring concerns the gun ban in Washington DC. The court may decide the case applies only to the district of Columbia, which is unique because it is not a state, or the court could confirm that the 2nd Amendment give individuals the right to own guns. This is the first time in 70 years a Second Amendment issue has been accepted by the court, and back then they dodged the issue of individual right. If things keep going the way they are in this country we may need our guns!
A long time back you asked about the Glock semi-auto. Personally I don’t like anything about it. The Glock was designed to be safe to carry, and to be reliable when carried by people with little training. It is a double action weapon without a hammer, so the trigger pull cocks and fire the gun each time the trigger is pulled, giving the gun a long and heavy trigger pull and making it difficult to shoot accurately. The safety is a button on the trigger, which prevents the gun from being fired unless it is depressed, so nervous cops can’t forget to release the safety when they need to fire the gun in a hurry. It also keeps them from shooting themselves in the leg if they forget to lower the hammer before they return the gun to the holster. I carry my Taurus with the hammer down, and the safety off. That makes the first shot double action, with a long, heavy trigger pull, and each succeeding shot single action with a short, light trigger pull. If I have time I can cock the hammer for the first shot.

As you know, I have mixed feelings about the war in the Middle East. I was very much against going into Iraq in the first place, but since we are there we need to finish the job. The most resent problems with Moqtada al-Sadr’s millitia in Basra just makes blood shoot out of my eyes. First, why is that jerk still alive? As far as I am concerned, you surround Basra. Then you announce that noncombatants have till sundown to leave the city, and after that you move into the city and kill every living thing left behind.

I recently told Dana that the only person I know off who actually solved the problem of poverty was Count Drakula. His city was overrun by beggars, who were mostly deceased and cripples. Drakula invited them all to a holiday feast at his castle, and then had them killed. Problem solved. Dana was not impressed by Drakula’s solution to poverty, although I reasoned that Drakula spared these poor people from a lifetime of misery.

Sometimes I can’t figure out if I am getting old and grumpy, or if the world really is going to Hell in a hand basket. Part of it may just be that humans were only designed to deal with the problems within their tribe or village, and now we are being inundated with the problems of the whole world. I follow the primaries as well as patience allow, and this crop of candidates are the most miserable, pathethic, lying bunch of thieves imaginable. First, the president does not control the economy, and never has, so the candidates are lying when they claim they will fix the economy. In fact, the economy is mostly a matter of perception, and the scare of a major recession is being used to distract the populace away from the greedy corporations who are exploiting us. The main reason for the present downturn in the economy right now are the fuel prices, and earlier this week the US Senate questioned a bunch of fuel company executives about making 40 billion dollars in profits during the past year, while collecting more billions in tax incentives from the government. Apparently these executives convinced the senators that that their profits are modest and reasonable. Hey, somebody get a rope.

This is enough bitching for this time, because I could write many more pages if I get into all the ways we will be exploited and controlled by the man-made global warming crowd if they get their way. I am working on a story about Grayulf, who settled in England to get away from the growing power of the Christian church and the kings in Denmark.


Sunday, April 6, 2008

Tribute of Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston died last night. To me the life he lived and the characters he played in film symbolized the ideal Man. He lived a reserved dignified life which is difficult to do when you are world famous. He was one of the great film stars of the fifties and sixties. There are very few of them left. Also he belonged to a select group of actors who has a screen present that was almost magical.

Charlton’s film roles were some of the most heroic ever depicted on film. My all time favored is Le Cid. The scenes with Sophia Loren are in a class all by themselves when it comes to romance. The battle scenes are also great. Of course, Charlton Heston’s film roles were often so pro Christian that a good Heathen had to bit his tongue. Anyway, Charlton would have made a great Heathen.

During Charlton’s later years he did not do much acting, but spent his time as a spokes person for the American Rifle Association. He became a leading advocate for "the right to bear arms". Charlton received much criticism because of this role by the liberal left, which tend to hold the belief that no one should own a gun. We in Canada also tend to hold the view that no one should own hand guns or assault rifles. This attitude works well in Canada for the most part. We do have relatively little gun violence compared to the US.

I will say that if I lived in the US my views on firearms would be much more in accordance with Charlton Heston. To live in an environment where the dangerous people have guns and you don’t, is kind of stupid. An excellent example of a country were all “law-abiding people” are armed at all times, is modern day Israel. There is less gun violence in Israel then there is in countries where carrying firearms are illegal. Of course in Israel, we only consider gun violence between Israelis.

To get back to Charlton, I will raise a glass tonight in his honor. In what ever next life he encounters, I wish him the best.


Friday, April 4, 2008

Sick of the US Primary

All we see on American news is the continuing story of the Democratic Primary race between Obama and Hillary. It has become rather nauseating to see which one will be the best President of the US. The impression you get from watching the news is that who ever wins the Primary will automatically become the next American President. Once in a while you catch a few seconds shot of the Republican candidate, McCain.

Obama and Hillary are trying to out do each other by being the most social conscious and race sensitive politician ever. They both talk about public health care, solving the illegal immigration problem, and ending the war in Iraq. The real problems of the country are being ignored. They both say that what ever is wrong is because of Bush's bad leadership and policies.

As much as I love democracy and the freedoms that come with it, I believe that these two politicians will be worse then the four years with Jimmy Carter.

If we take a hard sober look at world politics it becomes instantly clear that Western Democracies are in serious trouble. The current US debt of many trillion of dollars is like living with a time bomb. If and when it goes off, it will take the western economy with it. Both the Chinese and the Saudis are holding trillions of American dollars, and if they dumped them the US dollar would worth maybe .25 cents.

The most damaging policy of the west and especially the US is giving away its industrial industry to Asia, and especially to China. On the news today, it was announced that the US has lost a quarter of a million jobs in the last three months. A lot of these jobs were manufacturing jobs what will never come back. You can not buy a par of shoes or a piece of clothing in Canada and the US today that is not made in Asia. I could write pages of all the industry that have been given away. Most of it did not need to leave North America. The multinational corporations are moving out our industry and jobs to make a slight increase in profits. Our inept, corrupt, ineffective, bought off politicians, are standing by doing absolutely nothing.

Another totally serious issue is that current governments will not deal with is immigration. This is another time bomb not deal with. The reason, of course, is that they provide cheap labor.

A major issue that the Democrats will more then likely totally bungle is the foreign policy. In this area, Bush has left an unbelievable mess. To deal with this will take a strong focused president that will not hesitate to use force. Both Osama and Hillary believe they can deal with Muslim leaders by reasonable dialog and that they can end the Iraq war by negotiation. If they try that the US will be leaving Iraq in a way that will make the Vietnam route look like a walk in the park. McCain says that the US will stay in Iraq till they can leave with honor. I don't know it that is possible, but can the US survive the alternative.

So who will eventually become the next leader of the free world? Does it not almost seem funny to call western democracies the free world. Free to give away their economies, free to be over run, free to limit free speech to accommodate hateful religions.

Like I have said before, I will not have to deal with the traumatic experience of voting for one of these candidates because I am a Canadian. But I will have to live with the consequences of their actions.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Finding My Blog Niche

I am into my third month of this Blog and am starting to get a sense of where I‘m going and what I want to say. It is easy to vent anger and frustrations about all the problems I see around me and the abuses of agencies and governments. Taking a general approach to these issues is like shouting into the wind.

It is also very tempting to focus on organized religions and the suppression and control that they preach in the name of salvation. I am a Heathen and therefore a member of a religious community so I need to be careful about slamming religion and spirituality in general. The religions that I have the most issues with are what we sometimes call the Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The truth is that I know a lot of people who belong to these three religions and for the most part, they are great people. Some are actually very spiritual and respectful to other religions. It is not the individuals of these religions that I have issues with. They are victims of religious corporations and do not see how they are being controlled and manipulated for non spiritual purposes.

My issues are with the people behind the scenes who are manipulating religious organizations and political institutions. I believe they work to keep our society and governments in confused and turmoil. Their methods wary widely from using ultra conservative religion doctrine, to terrorist acts, and regional wars. The purpose for keeping society in perpetual conflict and ciaos is obvious to me; a peaceful and democratic society is the greatest threat to their power and control.

I do not want to sound like another promoter of conspiracy theories. That I am talking about is obvious when you stop and think about what is happening around us. I do not believe much of what I am told or what I read. I try to observe patterns of behaviors and political trends. Most often you find the truth in behaviors and actions, not in works. What I do know is that social conflict, religious hatred, and wars, are manipulated and orchestrated by very powerful individuals and groups behind the scenes. These are the people and groups I want to focus this Blog on.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

A Heathen's Breastplate

I arise today
Heir to the strength of Asgard;

Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Swiftness of wind,

Depth of the sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.

I arise todaywith mine own strength to pilot me;
Thor's might to uphold me,
Frigga's wisdom to guide me,Odin's hand to guard me,
Heimdall's watch to shield me,
Freya's love to bless me.

Afar and anear,
Alone or in a multitude.

The ancestors are with me,
before me,
behind me,
on my right,
on my left.

As sure as
The Earth beneath me,
The Sky above me,
The Holy Powers within me.

I arise today
Rooted in the mighty traditions
of my past.
And I walk Midgard,
Sending forth the blessings
of this day's deeds
to generations yet unborn.

-written by Brainwise
(Prophet or Madman -Blog)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Another Blow Job

Seeing Governor Spitzer and his mortified wife at the news conference was a sad sight. Spitzer was actually an excellent Governor, considering the American political system.

Even though Governor Spitzer was a publicly elected official it is difficult to believe that his financial miss behavior was discovered in a routine Bank audit, and his rendezvous with prostitutes were very discreat. Spitzer belonged to a class of Politicians that are generally thought of as untouchable. They are protected by the top decision makers or as I like to call them, the Power People, who are always behind the seen. This makes me conclude that Spitzer must have really pissed off some very important people, and they withdrawn their protection. I believe the same thing happened to President Clinton. The Police and investigation agencies do not go after Governors and Presidents with out first being given the go ahead by the Power People. I will be expanding on my theory in future blogs that there is a hidden group of people who are in control of governments, world triad, and wars. Please do not think that I am promoting a conspiracy theory. I am merely reacting to my observations of how I see society work. To understand society and its workings, I believe that you should not believe much of what you read and what you’re told. By observing patterns, trends, and outcomes, you start to see what is really happening and who is in control.

Politics, power, and sex, have gone hand in hand throughout history. The Bible is full of stories about shady sexual behavior; the most famous is Biblical King David. The British King, Henry VIII, had six wives, of which he had two executed. President Kennedy and his brother, Bobby had outrageous sexual escapes. Marten Luther King was known to have regular sexual encounters with female staff. FBI director Hoover was known to be gay. Non of these story's ever hit the news media. They were under protection and no reporter, journalist or editor in his/hers right mind would print a word about their behavior.

The religious right and conservative politicians take up the "hue and cry" when ever a public elected or appointed figure is linked to a sex scandal. The most famous of these was President Clinton and his affair with Monica. You would think that sexual interaction between two adults in private would be no one else’s business. Unfortunately that is not the case in a religious conservative American society that is obsessed with sex and sexually morality. The rule is that you may look but not do. The religious right would like it if all children were born from immaculate conceptions. Of course this group engages in sexual activities as much as anyone but they like to pretend they don't.

To get back to sexual morality; what would Heathen values be on this subject? First we hold that women and men are equal. We really don’t care who your have sex with as long as it is in private and falls with in the category of consenting adults. The only people that should have an opinion on your sexual behavior are your current partner or spouse. As far as going to a prostitute, it would be a sad Heathen who would have to pay for sex.

Prostitution, good or bad, has always been part of every society and you might as well try to work with it. This way you would at least get the tax benefit from this industry.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Song of a Vandal Warrior

Written by Gunner K

The People.
We are the Vandals. Our people came from the far North, in search of better land, and a friendlier climate. Our legends tell of a time when the weather was warmer in our homeland, and our people prospered and lived in peace. Then the climate changed, and there were years when we could not grow crops, and our people starved. We prayed to the Gods, but they did not hear us, and we became nomads to find grazing for our livestock. I was born on the trail, and have never known our homeland, but we are a people, and together we are strong and will prevail. We found places where we could live, but the Roman armies would not leave us alone. They could not stop us as long as we keep moving, and we defeat their armies in battle after battle; but they keep coming, and would eventually wear us down if we stayed.

I am big and strong, and have known battle since I was 12 seasons old. Now I have forgotten how many fights I have been in, and fighting has become a way of life. We have always fought the Celts. They were the first to get iron, and used their superior weapons to conquer the lands south of our homeland. The Celts are a treacherous people, and blocked our ancient trade routes to the Southern Sea. My forefathers tried to make peace with them, but they were betrayed, and our merchants killed and robbed. Now we hunt the Celts like rats through their own fields.

We became nomads, and learned to depend on our livestock and the crops we took from those in our way. Sometimes we stayed in one place for a time, but eventually the Celts and their Roman allies would move against us, and we would load our carts and travel further south. Our young men rode ahead of the people on their swift horses to scout the way. Behind them followed the Jarls and the older people with their carts, and the herds driven along by the youths. When we encountered resistance too strong for the young warriors we would avoid battle if we could. But when we had no choice the people painted their bodies for battle, and smashed through.

Our people were once farmers and merchants, and became warriors of necessity. Our traders traveled to the Southern Sea to trade furs and amber for knowledge and bronze. We had little need to fight, because our traders were respected and left alone, as long as they stayed on the established trade routes. When the Celts blocked our routes to the south we were deprived of the means to make weapons and tools, and our barter economy was destroyed. Some trade continued with the south, but it was dangerous, and not nearly sufficient for our needs. The traders were forced to become farmers, and we no longer had a wealthy upper class.

Eventually we discovered how to extract iron ore from the bogs, and made our own iron implements and weapons. But our lives were forever changed. Without regular trade with the south we became more isolated, and the weather changes made life more difficult so there was little leisure for play and for art. We also had to learn war, to protect our people from the bellicose Celts, and against hungry neighbors. Everyone became equal of necessity, because we had to cooperate to survive; and we learned to elect the most capable and aggressive people as our leaders, to assure the continuation of the Vandals as a people.

Central Europe.
There were more of us when my people left our homeland, but our leaders disagreed about the route to travel. Most of the people elected to take an easterly route around the Roman armies, but my group chose to continued south along our ancient trade routes to the Southern Ocean. This was the route the Cimbri had come before us, and some of our people knew the way. The Celts fought us, and raided our herds when they could, but mostly they fled before our young warriors. Theirs was a good land, and we would have settled there if their Roman allies had left us alone. The Roman armies are slow and cumbersome, and no threat to us as long as we are mobile, but there is always another army to replace the ones we destroy.

We are not afraid of the Romans, but it is costly to fight their armies. The Romans fight in formation, like mobile fortifications, and the only way to destroy them is to break through their lines and scatter their soldiers. We hit them like thunderbolts, and leap among them over the bodies of those who lead our wedge formations. And then we kill them. Our young men fight for glory and status, and would hunt the Roman armies if the choice was theirs, but the Jarls avoid the Romans when they can. The young are brave, but they want to live and therefore do not have the weight to break through the Roman lines. To succeed the fighting wedge is lead by the Jarls, who have dedicated their lives to the people and to the Gods, and know how to die when it is their time. Our people can not survive if we loose to many of them.

The Roman armies became more persistent as we neared their homeland, and their armies were stronger, so we generally moved towards the Southwest to avoid them. Eventually we had to chose between moving into Iberia between the Southern Ocean and the mountains that separate that land from that of the Celts, or turning West along the mountains. We choose Iberia, and utterly destroyed the Roman army that tried to stop us.

There were many Roman fortifications along the Iberian coast, and we destroyed them as we moved south. The Iberians had no love for the Romans, and eventually some of their leaders approached us about forming a confederation against them. Some of our Jarls were against such an alliance, but we had lost to many of our young warriors on the Roman fortifications to turn them away. It proved a good decision. The Iberians are a small people, but they are fierce fighters when they can anchor their forces on our fighting wedge, and eventually we cleared the Romans and their allies from the land.

The battles are over, and my men and I came to take possession of the lands we had chosen as our part of the spoils. I walked at the head of my fighting unit through the olive groves, towards the fortress on the hill. The fortress was built of stone, and from a distance looked like a pile of rocks. We were laughing and joking until we discovered the gate was closed, and armed men manned the walls. I yelled for the gate to be opened to its new owner, and demanded to know why they were closed. A tiny dark woman appeared above the gate and glared at me. She ordered me off her property. I bellowed in rage for the interpreter and ordered him to tell her that I now owned the land and all on it, and that I would rip the gate from its hinges if it were not opened immediately. And she laughed. Meanwhile some of my men had moved around the walls, where they were undefended because everyone was watching the exchange by the gate, and climbed into the yard. The woman screeched with rage when my men cuffed her retainers out of the way and opened the gates so I could enter the keep in a manner befitting a Jarl of the Vandals.

I ordered a feast to be prepared while I examined the fortress. It was like many we had destroyed, and would need much work to be secure from the likes of us.

It was a miserable feast, and there was hardly enough food to blunt our hunger, and the wine they served was tasteless compared to mjød. During the meal I had the small dark one brought to me, and had the interpreter ask her who she was. She said we had killed her husband in one of the battles, and that she was the mistress of the fortress; and she told me no smelly, disgusting barbarian would take it from her. I scoped he up, and laughingly told her we were about to make her title official, and carried her to the rooms I had chosen for myself at the top of the keep. That night she knifed me after I had fallen asleep.

Now it is many years later, and I carry other scars from the dark woman's knives. After her first attack my men tried to drive her from my rooms, but she claimed them as her own, and fought them off. Later, when I chose a woman from my own people she drove her from the fortress. I still don't know her well, but we are both proud of our children, and she is always at my side.

Our people have changed as we become accustomed to our new home, now called Vandalucia. Some have become traders again, and our ships ply the Southern Sea. We even trade with the Romans, who seem content to leave us alone as long as we stay in our new country. They have others to trouble them, as more tribes follow our trail south from the northern lands.

Gunner K

Sunday, March 9, 2008

What is Hethenry

The following 300-word essay was written by Bernulf Oswin of, A Heathen Blog, which is linked to this site. I have posted Bernulf's essay because it is the best short discreption of Hethenry that I seen.

Heathenry is the modern continuation or reconstruction of the religious practices of pre-Christian, northern European peoples, specifically those of Germanic / Teutonic origin, going as far back as 2000 years and farther. At its core, Heathenry is a polytheistic religion, honoring tribes of gods referred to as Æsir or Vanir. This contrasts with pantheism, where all gods are seen as being different aspects of one or a few gods. Along with reverence for the gods, Heathenry emphasizes reverance for our ancestors (regardless of where they come from), Elves, the Disir, as well as the landvættir and sjóvættir (land and sea wights). Heathenry is a nature-based religion, animistic and totemic, that embraces technological advances. With all of this considered, Heathenry is also a family and community-based religion: the true essence of Heathenry is found in the home and community.
Rules and roles in Heathenry are determined more by community than by gods, and are made to increase the Wyrd and Luck of the community and its members. The Nine Noble Virtues, a list of personal qualities drawn from the corpus of Heathen lore, is perhaps the simplest way to describe what many Heathens aspire to: Courage, Truth, Honor, Fidelity, Discipline, Hospitality, Industriousness, Self-Reliance, Perseverence.
Four primary holy tides are observed in Heathenry, with some Heathens observing several more (or less). These holy tides are Yule, Winternights, Eostre, and Midsummer (although sometimes Eostre and Midsummer are combined). Blot (sacrifice to the gods) is the most common ritual in Heathenry. Sumbel is also common in Heathenry - it is a form of ritualized drinking and toasting, whereby participants have the chance to learn of each other’s deeds and intentions. Magic and shamanism are also utilized in Heathenry.
Other names (or forms) of Heathenry are Ásatrú, Forn Sed, Odinism, Theodism, and Heithni.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Denmark, the Happiest Country

Most Danes must have had a great belly laugh when they read or heard that Denmark was rated as the Happiest Country in the World. The Danes do not see themselves as a “Happy People”. They do not even see themselves as a “Content People”. In fact they would have difficulties describing themselves in any way that involved a label. What would be much more descriptive of Danes is that they are a politically active and socially involved people. They take pride in their social democracy and their place in Europe and the international community. In the TV documentary that described Denmark as a happy country they also talked about the pried that Danes place on their chosen work career, and that no one have to worry about having the money to send their children to University, or looking after ageing parents.

To really understand what makes a Dane or Denmark, different from other cultures you need to know Danish history. I will list a number of significant historical facts and events that helped shape Denmark.
1) There has been a Danes nation for almost two thousand years.
2) The Danevirke, a 30 kilometre wall, was build and maintained in Southern Jutland between 738 and 1864ce. This was the largest ancient defences in Northern Europe . It protected Denmark from the Charlemagne conquest of the Saxons and forced conversion to Christianity. It marked Scandinavia 's political and cultural southern border for more then 1000 years. The Danevirke was finally lost in 1864, when Bismark took the two southern provinces of Slusvick and Holstine from Denmark. Loosing the the southern two provences was a psychological blow to the Danish psychic that is still felt today. The Danes do not trust Germany or the EU.

3) The Danes have never been conquered or subjugated into a foreign empire.
4) It is one of the oldest Democracies in the World.
5) Land reforms occurred relatively early, which established family farms that became a cornerstone of Danish society.
6) Denmark did not join the Holy Roman Empire and there by escaped the religious wars of Germany.
7) There was no Witch burning or religious inquisition in Denmark.
8) Denmark managed to stay neutral during the Napoleonic Wars and the First World War.

9)During the Second World War Denmark was occupied by the Germans. No battles or major destruction occurred in Denmark.
10) During the German occupation an incident occurs that depicts a significant
characteristic of the Danish people. When the Germans told the Danish authorities to hand over their Jews, they were told that there were no Jews in Denmark. There were about ten thousand “Danish People” who were follower of Judaism. All of these people were immediately hidden away by fellow Danes, and then smuggled to safety in Sweden.

It would be an excellent debate to argue, is the Danes the luckiest country in Europe or the smartest. The Danes have so often avoided the horrors that the rest of Europe suffered.

After World War Two, the Danish Government developed a social system where wealth is shared to a high degree, and all citizens receive free education through University, and complete health care.

The Danish nation has survived is Europe, surrounded by much larger and more powerful and aggressive countries, by maintaining a formidable army and navy. It has refused to take sides in European power struggles and maintained its own unique political focus and direction. Today, even as a member of the European Union, Denmark maintains its own monetary currency, and is prepared to step out of the Union if it means loosing it's own independence. The one thing that almost every person will agree on is that the most important thing to them is that they are Danish.

To return to the statement of the Danes being the happiest people, I am not sure that I have the correct word to describe this characteristic accurately. What I will say is that the Danes are focused on “Living Life in the Now” more then most people. My last, but important point, is that the government has made sure that beer prices are low.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

The US and Iraq War

For seven years George Bush has been president of the US. I can still not comprehend how the American people elected him their President. During these years I have watched a great country behave like an enraged blind giant being poked with sticks by nasty midget tormenters. It is too late to spend time talking about how they got themselves and other countries involved in a shooting war with Iraq and with the so called Al-Qaeda, forces of international terrorism. The question is that happens now. The Republican Party's candidate, McCain, states clearly that if he becomes President he will stay till the Americans soldiers can leave with Honor. This may take years and billion of more dollars. On the other hand the Democratic Party is all for cutting their losses and getting their soldiers home. The two would be candidates for the Democratic Party is Hillary and Obama. At this point it does not really matter which one becomes the candidate because they both say that they will end the war. The cost to American prestige and the tremendous advantage that this will give to opponents is not a major concern. A Democratic President will deal with these issues by diplomacy and negotiations.

It is very difficult for a Democratic country to fight in a foreign war because as soon as the war becomes nasty and costly in resources and lives of soldiers the liberal or lefties political partys always wants to cut and run. We saw this all too clearly with the Vietnam War. The Americans actually have not won a war since "WWII". The Korean War was a shameful sellout by politicians who were fearful of going to war with China. May be if the Americans had stood fast in Korea, there may not have been a Vietnam War. With Vietnam, the Americans made their usual mistake by not knowing international history. The average American can be an expert on their own history and not know anything about world history. We Canadians know all too well how little the Americans know of us, and we share a five thousand kilometer border with them. What I am trying to say is that if the Americans had known the history of South East Asia, they would never have gone near Vietnam. If the French could not hold it by military force, no one could. By the way, the Americans have sent invading armies to Canada twice. The first time was during their war of independence, and the second time was what we call, the war of 1812. Both times the Americans were defeated and sent fleeing back across our southern boarder. Let's get back to the subject.

The sad truth is that without US being the superpower during the better part of the Twenties Century the world would look and be quit different. I would not relish living in a world where the Nazis or Soviet had come out on top.

The damage done by this President can be overcome and to some extent forgiven. Bush is mentally challenged after all. We need to get through the next year with out further damage to the stability of international relationships, and the economic welfare of the world economy. The two Democratic candidates Clinton and Obama, both talk of bringing the troops home and ending the war. This sounds good, but what will the actually results be of another lost war and American withdrawal be. One thing I have learned over the years is not to get into a fight that I am prepared to loose. All the good advice about not getting into the war in Iraq is past. The Americans are in it, and the enemy or opponents will keep coming now that the fight is on. We are told that Islamic extremists will wake over all Moslem governments and will become the ultimate threat to western democracy. I don't believe a word of this, but also I am not in favor of letting them win power in Iraq or anywhere else. Actually, I believe the real demon in this whole mess is Saudi Arabia. My suspicion is that most of the financing to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda comes from the Saudis. But no American government that totally dependent on Mid East oil is going to confront them.

The choice for the next US President is a tough one. Elect an intelligent Republican that will continue the fight, or elect a Democrat that will cut and run. Since I will not be eligible to vote in the up coming election all I can do is sit back and observe and write my blog. Now I would get very upset if anyone ever called me an Republican. If some someone called me an American Democrat I would likely punch them out.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Danish Cartoons

This morning I heard on the radio that three Muslims, one a Danish citizen, were arrested for plotting to kill one of the Cartoonists who drew the Mohammad cartoons in 2005. The reason given by Moslems for the riots all over the Middle East was that the cartoons offended Islam. We all know that the riots were promoted by the Syrian and Iranian political leadership. The purpose for the riots and attacks on Danish interest had nothing to do with religion. The cartoons had been published a year earlier and had almost been forgotten. Denmark was the perfect attack target to get back at the west. Denmark is a small well respected country, but could do little to retaliate against the attackers. Of course, the US sat back and did nothing to support Denmark. If the New York Times had shown courage and pride in free speech and Democracy, it would have printed the Cartoons. But no, it didn’t. So Denmark took a month of international abuse from Middle Eastern politicians who were pretending to be offended devotees of the prophet Mohammed. Most of the people running around rioting and destroying Danish property had no idea that there was a country named Denmark, and had never seen the cartoons, but they would do what ever their religious politicians told them to do.

Now two years after the riots, we have three opportunists plotting to murder one of the Cartoonists. I suspect that the three “would be killers” will say that their actions was in revenge to the insult to Islam. I also suspect that there was a very big check in the mail from the same religious political leaders who first instigated the riots. Let me finish by saying that Islam is no worse then Christianity or Judaism. But at this time Islam does have the absolute worse leadership.

Monday, February 11, 2008

World Conflicts

I do not know of a period in history when there was not major and serious world conflicts going on. I grew up with the Soviet Union and the Western Alliance pointing nuclear missiles at each other. My father lived through WW II. A war over territory and resources.

Today we are told that the Western World is at war with Elkida, an Islamic terrorist organization whose aim is to destroy Democracy and the so called “free World”, lead by Omar bin Laden. Canadian soldiers are fighting in Afghanistan , supporting a government that is anything but Democratic. Today in Afghanistan women have no rights, and there is more Poppy being grown then ever before.

My belief is that these international conflicts are created and manufactured to divert our attentions away from what is really going on in the world. I believe that Elkida is no more a danger to the West then overeating at MacDonald's restaurants. The war against international Terrorist's is a huge manipulation by interest groups on both sides. No one is interested in establishing Democracy in Iraq or Afghanistan . The history and cultures in these countries are totally opposed to the Democratic process. The word Democracy gets both sides up in arms. The naïve Western idealist will go to war and fight for the rights of individuals to live as they wish, where women can walk around in mini skirts and men can get married to each other. (Please note that I have nothing against bare legs or men doing what ever with each other) The other side is made up of people with no history of individual liberalism, who value tribal loyalties and conservative Islam. They will go to war against Democracy because they see it as something that will destroy their way of life. Two rights always make a wrong.

At some point in the future these Muslim countries may develop into some sort of Democracies. They will have to do this in their own way, not have it imposed by a Western power that talks Democracy but has a difficult time actually practicing it.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Some Of My Heathen Beliefs

The religion of Heathens is Asatru, which consists of the Nordic Pantheon, the Gods of Aesir and Vanir. This Blog is not an Asatru religious sight but rather a place for a Heathens to voice his thoughts, opinions, beliefs and philosophy. Some common beliefs that most Heathens share are as following:

  1. Spirituality is personal and no other person should ever tell you what to believe or how to behavior in the practice of your religion.
  2. No person should ever come between you and your Gods.
  3. Proselytizing your religion is disrespectful and ignorant behavior. Only when someone shows interest and ask or inquires about your religion should you involve them.
  4. Secular Democracy is an awful way of governing as State or Country. As soon as a better system in invented, it will be replaced.
  5. It is a duty and responsibility of every citizen to participate in a Democracy by voting and holding our elected leaders accountable. Nother responsibility is to follow and obey the laws of the land. Disobedience should only be considered when it is obvious that the Government is no longer a Democracy.

These are a few of my main beliefs. I am sure I will add to it during my discourses.

What is a Heathen

A Heathen is a person of Northern Europe descent who follows the pre-christian Ethical and Spiritual teachings of his Culture and Ancestors. Heathenism is more then a religion; it is a Way of Life.