Easter Terror Attack, And A Respite *Open Thread*


Before I go on (and on), I must extend the deepest of gratitude to dear Kenoshamarge for her tremendous posts in my absence, and for her general oversight of my little blog while I was out of the country. As a very small token of my great appreciation, I will have a respite for you all, but especially for Marge at the end of this post. So stay tuned for that (and that is why I am a little late getting this up – I think it will be worth it, though!).

Naturally, a whole lot happened while I was out of the country. My internet time was greatly limited and I learned quickly that checking email was about all I had time to do since minutes are costly onboard. I did see a bunch of headlines though, especially from my regular sites like The Federalist, Legal Insurrection, Daily Signal, etc. And I caught some news from CNN or BBC . As you might imagine, the terrible attack in Brussels was big, big news, and continues to be so. Even on our last excursion this past Saturday in Buenos Aires (and to the Gaucho Ranch), embassies were flying their flags at half mast for the victims of that terrible attack.

And it certainly was that with the revised figures of 35 dead at the hands of Islamist extremists. As Bill Maher said, “Maybe Europe Will Have A Little More Sympathy For What Israel Goes Through…” One can hope so, but I kinda doubt it.

I have no doubt that Israel routinely gets the short end of the stick in how terrorist attacks there are covered. Too often (in my opinion), the concern is more for the dead Palestinian terrorist than the Israeli civilian or soldier assassinated, including parents in front of their children.

Sadly, they are not the only ones ignored by the so-called “human rights activists.” The others ignored by them, by the media, by our nation, and so many others, are the Christians in the Middle East who are being slaughtered at the hands of radical Islamist terrorists (I was reminded by our concierge and friend from previous cruises that our President told us not to call them that. He was being sarcastic, of course. Oh, he is from Chile, and lives in South Africa now. He is extremely well informed about our politics and what is going on in our country.). There is no doubt that what happened in Brussels is a terrible tragedy, especially since there is a connection between those terrorists and the Paris terrorists.

But since the Brussels attack, there has been an even more horrendous attack by Islamist terrorists, the Taliban specifically, killing almost twice as many people, and injuring hundreds. Those people were Pakistani Christians, and they were killed on Easter Sunday. The news mentions them in passing, but they are not having major segments about them, or about the wholesale slaughter of Christians on going in the Middle East. I don’t think we, or any other nation, has decided to fly the flag at half mast for these victims.

There is NO DOUBT that these people, mostly women and children, were killed because they are Christians. No doubt at all. From Legal Insurrection:

[…] Jamaat-ul-Ahrar’s spokesman told media that “we have carried out this attack to target the Christians who were celebrating Easter. Also this is a message to the Pakistani prime minister that we have arrived in Punjab [Pakistan’s most populous province].”

The attack comes at a time when Islamists are rioting in Pakistan in support of Islamist gunman Mumtaz Qadri, who murdered the governor of Punjab 5 years ago. Qadri was hanged for the murder last month, sparking nationwide protests from the Islamic fanatics.

With a population of just over 2 million, Christians make up around 1.5 percent on Pakistan’s population. The tiny minority has long been a target of terrorist attacks, as well as persecuted by state-sanctioned Sharia and blasphemy laws. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

It is just heartbreaking. It is heartbreaking that Christians are being singled out for death because of their beliefs, yet so many remain silent. This Federalist author, David Marcus, has a great article on why these victims seem to merit so little attention:

[…] Many of the dead are women and children guilty of nothing more than sharing a faith with so many of us in the United States. But while Americans mourn, fear, and post on social media about attacks in Paris and Brussels, attacks like yesterday’s fly under the radar. They are treated as the natural course of things in territories on fire.

But they are not. They are a careful and constructed attack on Christianity. As such, they are a direct attack on us all.



Such actions can and have been understood. They are evil. They are not the tragic result of Donald Rumsfeld’s failed policies, they are not the natural result of centuries of colonialism, they are not the deserved result of a history of Christendom replete with terror and murder. They are simply evil.

Evil is a more difficult enemy than Islam. But it, not the religion of Mohammad, is our true enemy. No walls can stop it. It respects no borders. It resides in all of us. The rejection and suppression of evil is why the religious pray and why the non-religious study. But where and when evil thrives until it twists men into murdering children, we must see it for what it is. We must not be too afraid, in the recognition of our own sins, failings, or privileges to destroy it. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Yes, we must strive to destroy it, strive to not dismiss these victims of terrorism “just because” they are Christians. How we got to this place confounds me, that Christians can be targeted because of their religion by Islamist terrorists and ignored, but here we are. That must change…

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims, and I pray for healing for those injured by this (and other) attacks simply because of their faith…

And for a total change, and as a way to thank Marge for her outstanding stewardship in my absence, I give you a video Suzy made with her GoPro on a tripod. These are Magellanic Penguins, and they are just the cutest things (ignore the clueless human who interfered with the recording of these adorable creatures):


Aren’t they  fantastic?! Love them! Hope you do, too.

This is an Open Thread.


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28 Responses to “Easter Terror Attack, And A Respite *Open Thread*”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I meant to tell you all that the Magellanic Penguins sound JUST like donkeys braying when they call. It is hilarious and so cute!

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Penguins! Thank you so much. They are adorable. And evidently very forgiving of the human invading their domain.

      Although at the end the one with just it’s butt sticking out of the hole may have been making a rude gesture. 😉

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        LOL – wasn’t that funny? And yes, probably so.

        People can be so ignorant. These are WILD animals, and while they are pretty docile, they WILL bite people if they get too close (and there were some I wish they had). I watched a group of 7 trying to make it across the area where people could walk but which was in between their burrows and the ocean. People kept walking right through them, even though you are supposed to give them space. There were 3 who were really afraid of people. I watched one guy who kept walking toward them even though they were CLEARLY scared, and one mom who let her kid start chasing them when they got brave enough to cross the distance between the two ropes. UGH. People can make me nuts…

        Anyway,t he 3 did finally make it when there was enough of a break between groups.

        In any event, you are welcome, and there will be more to come. Wait until you see the ROCKHOPPERS!!

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    I don’t understand a world where people are outraged when someone is guilty of “Islamaphobia” but silent on the murder of men, women and children simply because they are Christian.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      NO KIDDING, huh??? People go BALLISTIC when an Israeli soldier FIGHTS BACK against a terrorist from Palestine, but are suddenly mute when it comes tot he slaughter of Christians. Just infuriating…

  3. foxyladi14 Says:

    Welcome home Amy!!
    I love that video. ❤

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Trump did an interview with conservative radio host Charlie Sykes this morning and it was brutal. Sykes actually asked him questions and more than once noted that Trump wasn’t answering the question. I loved it.

    What was really surprising is that Charlie Sykes is part of the #NoTrump crowd and makes no secret of it. Why would Trump call in? Doesn’t’ that seem stupid?

    Here’s the interview. I read that he had a bad interview with Vicki McKenna too – in fact hung up on her – I’ll see if I can find that too.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Marge, I am listening to this now. WOW. You were not only kidding abt Sykes holding Trump’s feet to the fire. DANG, if only some other media personalities had done likewise…

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        BTW, it is painful indeed to have to listen to Trump blather on this long, twisting himself into loop after loop as Sykes holds him accountable for what he is actually saying…

        But – Sykes holding him accountable sure makes it worth it…


    • piper Says:

      One of the volunteers at the hospital talked about the interview. She was delighted that Sykes held him accountable.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        It was really something, wasn’t it? So glad you posted this, Marge! So glad you posted BOTH of them!

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Here’s the Vicki McKenna interview:


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks – I’ll listen to this one next!

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        OHMYGOSH – she is INCREDIBLE!!! Y’all have been holding out on us with these great radio hosts!! Dang!!!!

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          I hope you caught what really angers McKenna, that Trump is destroying the coalition that formed behind Scott Walker. A truly “purple” coalition. It was and is a fragile thing.

          Trump being, like Obama, the kind that divides people will not sit well with most conservative Wisconsinites. At least I don’t think so.

          My greatest concern has been the “open” primary and the Dem that like to mess with the Republican candidates.

          Now you have to wonder with Hillary losing all 3 Saturday caucuses if the Dems will dare play their usual shenanigans.

          The Bernie voters will want to defeat her, and the Clintonistas must defend her. Usually Wisconsin doesn’t’ have much input. This time we do. This is getting interesting.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Oh, absolutely!! I well remember how things were for Walker, especially with the recall effort, what people did to him and his family, all of that. That was one of the reasons I thought he would be such a GREAT president – his strength or character, and his convictions.

            And his ability to pull people together.

            Trump cannot do ANY of that. His people, as she and y’all have pointed out so well here, alienate and attack others in their party in adoration to Trump no matter what he says (and I heard him change positions a few times within each of the interviews – shocking, I know).

            Too bad the MSM didn’t act like these two interviewers did, huh?

    • piper Says:

      He’s so wonderful and will be the best president ever by being the best for the military, economy, the wall and omg for everything. /s/

      No real plans but plenty of bombastic statements after self and negative comments about Cruz. WCPGW

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    Women Hate Trump


    I can’t stand Chuck Todd but the numbers are what they are. The Republicans wanted to get more women to vote for the GOP – instead they are going to get less. A whole lot less.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I can’t stand him, either, but CNN has a new poll out saying 74% of women dislike Trump, so yeah – he is right.

      Excellent point, Marge. That is absolutely spot on…

  8. piper Says:

    Welcome back and ty for the awesome video. Marge did a wonderful job writing her informative threads and responding to our comments.

    Under my other alias, I posted a comment about Megan Kelly’s rejection of the amorous Trump and was schooled by a certain ‘kin’ to stop posting nasty unfounded comments. NQ is now Trump Central where only Cruz can be denigrated but Trump, the messiah, walks on water just like our current fearless leader in the WH.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks, piper! It was a wonderful, amazing trip, filled with sights I never thought I’d see as a child when learning abt these countries. It was truly a trip of a lifetime.

      Wow, that is really, really sad abt NQ. I am sorry to hear that. And I wish I could tell you I was surprised at the reaction abt Trump by ‘kin.” The initial Megyn Kelly thing was the bellweather for seeing where friends were coming down. It was astonishing to see people whom I had formerly considered reasonable go on the attack against Kelly for a question the likes of which they would have BEGGED for someone to ask Obama. But Trump? Oh, hell no – can’t hold him to account for ANYTHING without raising their ire…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        “Kin” is just a minor irritation because she’s so uninformed and basically stupid. The really vile viper is Buzzlatte. She stalks anyone that dares say anything positive about Cruz. And all the time she’s claimed she doesn’t support Trump but was just keeping things “honest”. A lot of people are gone.

        NQ seems to like tossing out the old and in with the new every now and again. I still miss Ferd and Cat. Oh well, time moves on and so did I.

        This where I come to breath. I also spend a lot of time over at The Right Scoop. They are really fast at getting new information up and the people are great.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Yes, it does seem like that happens there. And I can appreciate your irritation with it all. No doubt abt some of the people there and their lack of, um, brain power. Ugh.

          And I hate to tell you this, but Ferd and Kat are now Trumpanzees. Yes, sadly, it is true. Recently, Ferd attacked a mutual friend of ours – someone he knows personally – telling her to “wake (her) ass up.” It was discouraging, to say the least, and that was not the only thing he said. As for Katmoon, no clue since she stopped being my friend – literally and on Facebook (she not only unfriended me, she blocked me, because of things I said abt Trump. We were not just friends on the internet – we were friends in person. “Were” being the operative word.).

          That, my dear friends, is why I so value those of you here who, even if you disagree with me on an issue or topic, continue to engage with civil, often hilarious, discourse.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I don’t regret leaving and have never looked back. The sheer hypocrisy of several posters, and including LJ, that they weren’t supporting Trump and then excusing everything he did while continuing to smear Cruz was too disgusting for me.

      Chasing Deap away was the final straw for me. I peek in every now and then and nothing has changed – same Trump is wonderful and post after post after post lying about Cruz. It’s sad really when you find that someone you respected isn’t worthy of it.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I completely understand from where you are coming, Marge. Believe you me, I totally get it!

        I will have to add the Right Scoop to my daily reading. Thanks for that recommendation!

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