It Ain’t Nothin’ But a Thing

The Houthis, whose pajamas, socks, underwear, and COVID masks are embroidered with, “Ansar Allah” (Champions of God), are an armed Islamist political movement. They are ruthless, nondiscriminatory practitioners of all manner of death, mayhem, brutality, and creative violence.

The Houthi Slogan, which members of the group chant before, during, and after various acts of brutality and slaughter like launching repeated ballistic missile and drone attacks against Saudi Arabian cities as a proxy for Iran is “God is Great, Death to America, Death to Israel, Curse on the Jews, Victory to Islam.” When asked to defend the Slogan, the Houthis typically say it’s being taken out of context.

The Houthis also boast an impressive record of violating international humanitarian law by engaging in recreational activities like using child soldiers; shelling civilian areas; conducting forced evacuations and executions; planting landmines in urban areas; using civilians as human shields; taking hostages as a means of fund-raising; diverting food aid; conscripting teenage girls as informants, nurses, guards, brides in forced marriages, and objects of sexual violence; and recruiting children as young as seven years old with monetary incentives.

The good news is the week before last the United Nations Security Council approved a resolution designating the Houthis as a terrorist organization. The other good news is that In January of 2021, the United States designated the Houthis as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). The bad news is on February 5th of 2021, his 26th day in office, President Joe “You Know the Thing” Biden, removed the Houthis from the list of FTOs.

When asked his grounds for removing the FTO designation from the Houthis, Uncle Joe read this from a teleprompter, “Come on, man. No organization warrants designation as an FTO unless and until it’s killed five million people. And to date, the Houthis have only killed 4,999,999 — and didn’t even know most of them, for cryin’ out loud. Look. Let me be clear: We can’t have the FTO list getting too jammed up; otherwise, we’ll have to spend more time managing the list than we will protecting our southern border or playing pattycake with my pal, Vlad Putin, or playing with the hair on my legs.”

A point of context on the Presidency:

Before he enters on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” (The Constitution of the United States of America, Article II, Section 1, Clause 8)

Preserve and protect. Good grief. I don’t know what the hell’s going on. But whatever it is, it doesn’t say much for Uncle Joe’s ability to do the job we elected him — and he swore — to do. And we don’t seem to care.

But that’s okay. It ain’t nothin’ but a thing.


Mark O'Brien
Mark O'Brien
I’m a business owner. My company — O’Brien Communications Group (OCG) — is a B2B brand-management and marketing-communication firm that helps companies position their brands effectively and persuasively in industries as diverse as: Insurance, Financial Services, Senior Living, Manufacturing, Construction, and Nonprofit. We do our work so well that seven of the companies (brands) we’ve represented have been acquired by other companies. OCG is different because our business model is different. We don’t bill by the hour or the project. We don’t bill by time or materials. We don’t mark anything up. We don’t take media commissions. We pass through every expense incurred on behalf of our clients at net. We scope the work, price the work, put beginning and end dates on our engagements, and charge flat, consistent fees every month for the terms of the engagements. I’m also a writer by calling and an Irish storyteller by nature. In addition to writing posts for my company’s blog, I’m a frequent publisher on LinkedIn and Medium. And I’ve published three books for children, numerous short stories, and other works, all of which are available on Amazon under my full name, Mark Nelson O’Brien.

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