Friday, March 30, 2007

A chocolate Jesus

See Michelle Malkin's excellent post on the chocolate Jesus.

President Bush on lawyers

"I have to admit that we really blew it when we let those attorneys go. You know you’ve botched it when people sympathize with lawyers" (President Bush joking at a recent event)

Janice Rogers Brown


Janice Rogers Brown is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals. Her name frequently came up in discussions of potential nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court. The following are excerpts from an article about an address Ms. Brown gave at a lectureship series on “Faith and Freedom” at Harding University:

Brown said those who attack the religious right “essentially argue (that) the true American religion demands acceptance of, indeed submission to, a common political vision — their vision.”

In the 20th century, secular humanism crept into American and Western governments, promising openness and tolerance for diverse groups, religions and philosophies, she said.“What we got was narrow positivism, moral relativism and the totalitarian reign of the radical multiculturalist,” Brown said. “It promised peace. What we got was a process of permanent revolution, tumult, strife and a ceaseless assault upon the foundations of faith, family and civil society. It promised if not the pursuit of truth, at least rationality and acknowledgment of objective reality.

What we got was postmodernism.” The battle, in her view, is not political but
theological: “Contrary to the prevailing secularist dogma ... a society cannot
exist without a fighting faith. Where society has nothing to die for, it has
nothing to live for and cannot long survive.” Christian Chronicle.
Hmmm, I wonder if Ms. Brown would consider running for President.

The niqab and freedom of religion

In Detroit recently Ginnah Muhammad went to court to contest “a $2,750 charge from a rent a-car company to repair a vehicle that she said thieves had broken into. She was wearing a niqab which covered her entire face except for her eyes. The judge said “he needed to see her face to judge her truthfulness.” When she refused to remove the niqab, the judge dismissed the case.

Now Ginnah Muhammad is suing the judge for violating her First Amendment right to freedom of freedom of religion (Dhimmi Watch, AP).

So what do you think? Is this a genuine freedom of religion issue?

Thursday, March 29, 2007

New depths of Evil

In a recent Townhall article, radio talk show host Dennis Prager provides an interesting perspective on the Iraq War. He writes,
I never thought we could see a new form of evil. After the gas chambers of the
Holocaust, the tens of millions murdered in the Gulag, the forced starvation in
the Ukraine, the hideous medical experiments on people by the Germans and the
Japanese in World War II, the torture chambers in all police states, I had
actually believed that no new forms of evil existed.

I was wrong.

Mr. Prager goes on to say,
I do not know of an analogous form of evil. When the Allies conquered Nazi
Germany, disaffected Nazis did not go around murdering and cutting off the heads
of fellow Germans in order to make the Allies leave. Nor did disaffected
Japanese blow up Japanese students so as to make the American occupation of
Japan untenable...

These same "insurgents" routinely blow up children who line
up to receive candy from U.S. troops. Likewise, college students are targeted
for death, as are men lining up to apply for civilian jobs, men and women
attending mosques, physicians in hospitals, and so on. The more innocent the
Iraqi, the more likely he or she is to be targeted for murder....

I submit that there was no way to anticipate this. And no one did.
I think Mr. Prager is right. Read the rest of his excellent article at Townhall.com.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

School teacher clubbed to death

Christianah Oluwatoyin was dragged out of the principal’s office and clubbed on the side of the head. With blood pouring from the wound, the principal tried to save her but students dragged her outside, clubbed her to death and then burned her body. By the time it was all over, the students had also burned a car, a motorcycle, the school library and other school buildings.

What horrible crime had Ms. Oluwatoyin committed?

She was a Christian teacher in a predominantly Muslim school in Nigeria. She had collected papers, books and bags from students just before an exam to prevent cheating. While returning to the front of the class Ms. Oluwatoyin accidently dropped the material. One of the girls started crying, saying that her Qur’an was in a bag that had been dropped.

And for that Ms. Oluwatoyin was beaten to death.

As it turns out, the Qur’an was never found in any of the bags. Ms. Qluwatoyin is survived by two children. You can read the rest at Compass Direct.

British military in Iraqi waters

According to CBS/AP, "Iran's foreign minister has rejected Global Satellite Positioning evidence that the British military offered up as proof that 15 service members detained by Iranian forces at sea were in Iraqi waters, rather than Iranian territory as Tehran claims."

What a shocker! There is no word yet on whether Rosie O'Donnell will also reject the evidence. Her hatred for the West is so great that she had immediately sided with Iran on the crisis.

Tony Snow

Please remember to pray for the President's press secretary, Tony Snow. As you have no doubt heard, his cancer has returned and has spread to his liver and elsewhere.

Congress doesn't get it

Please read Bill Kristol's excellent article, Wrong on Timetables; The Democratic Congress doesn't understand what is going on in Iraq." It's short and sweet.

Intimidation and emotional blackmail

According to Star Parker on Townhall:
South Carolina appears close to becoming the first state in the country to
require that women considering an abortion view an ultrasound image of their
fetus before deciding to undergo the procedure.

The state House has passed the legislation 91-23, prospects that the Senate will pass it look good and Gov. Mark Sanford has stated his support for the initiative.

Opponents call it "intimidation" and "emotional blackmail" of women seeking to
abort.
Intimidation? Emotional blackmail? Are the kidding? This issue allows us to see behind the mask of abortion activists like NARAL and Planned Parenthood. They say they want women to have the right to choose, but they oppose any efforts to give women the right to an informed choice.

According to Ms. Parker, anywhere from 62% to 94% of women who were planning to have an abortion changed their minds after viewing ultrasounds of their babies. That’s a lot of Planned Parenthood profits down the hopper. They don’t mind flushing babies down the hopper but not profits!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Senator Webb and gun control

As Recliner Commentaries reported yesterday, an aide to Virginia Senator James Webb (D-VA) was arrested for trying to take a loaded gun into the Senate office building. Senator Webb said today that he feels strongly that he has a right to carry a gun to defend himself.

I agree that Senator Webb should have a right to carry a gun to defend himself.
What really burns me up, however, is that Senator Webb is apparently in favor of gun control. In other words, he wants to defend himself but he wants to take that right away from ordinary Americans!

Webb thinks he is special because he is a U.S. Senator. But what about honest, law-abiding, people who live in dangerous neighborhoods overrun by gangs, drug dealers, and other thugs? Aren't they in danger also? Shouldn’t they have the right to defend themselves?

UPDATE: I got my information about Mr. Webb and gun control from numerous websites. I heard an interview with Senator Webb this morning in which he said he was a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. Then I found this website which say he opposes gun control. I'm not sure why there seems to be confusion on this issue, but I apologize to my readers and Senator Webb for contributing to that confusion.

Clinton lawsuit

According to CNSNews, "Attorneys for Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) are trying to keep her out of a lawsuit that may ultimately force her to testify under oath about an alleged violation of campaign finance laws."

Peter Paul, a Hollywood businessman and convicted felon is suing Bill and Hillary Clinton. He was once one of the Clinton's biggest supporters spending 1.9 million for a funraising gala. In return, Bill Clinton supposedly promised to promote "the firm" but went back on his promise. The article goes on to say,
After investigating the matter, the FEC ruled that Sen. Clinton's 2000 campaign committee underreported cash it received at the fundraising event Paul sponsored and slapped the campaign committee with a $35,000 fine. The Clinton campaign
committee also amended financial reports to show Paul's share of the production
costs were understated by $721,000. The legal limit for an individual to
contribute was $2,000 at the time.
In a written response given last year, Ms. Clinton said,
"I have no recollection whatsoever of discussing any arrangement with him
whereby he would support my campaign for the United States Senate in exchange
for anything from me or then-President Clinton. I do not believe I would make
such a statement because I believe I would remember such a discussion if it had
occurred."

Monday, March 26, 2007

Loaded gun in Senate office building

According to the Virginian-Pilot, "A top aide to U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., was arrested Monday on charges that he attempted to carry a loaded gun and ammunition into a Senate office building."

I want to think that this was somehow just an oversight, but a loaded gun? What was he thinking?

UPDATE: See observations by Michelle Malkin.

Why did we go to war?

The Evangelical Outpost recently provided an outstanding post on the “Ten Things We’ve Forgotten About the Iraq War. I’ve copied brief excerpts from numbers 1, 2, 3, and 5 below but if you have the time, please read the entire article at The Evangelical Outpost. It’s worth the time.
1. Most people have forgotten--or never knew--all the reasons we went to war. -- H.J.RES.114 is the Congressional resolution that authorized the President to use force to overthrow the regime of Saddam Hussein….This law, however, provides the complete list of justifications for why we went to war with Iraq….The list includes:

Continuing to possess and develop a significant chemical and biological weapons capability (false); actively seeking a nuclear weapons capability (true); supporting and harboring terrorist organizations (true); continuing to engage in brutal repression of its civilian population (true); refusing to release, repatriate, or account for non-Iraqi citizens wrongfully detained by Iraq (true); failing to return property wrongfully seized by Iraq from Kuwait (true); demonstrated its capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction against other nations and its own people (true); attempting in 1993 to assassinate former President Bush (true); firing on many thousands of occasions on United States and Coalition Armed Forces (true); harbored members of al-Qaeda (true); continues to aid and harbor other international terrorist organizations (true).

Critics of the war who deny or downplay these reasons for going to war are either ignorant or dishonest. They are either unaware of the real reasons provided to the American people by their legislature or do know and are intentionally being deceptive.

2. The plan to overthrow Saddam began during the Clinton Administration -- The Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-338) was a Congressional statement of policy calling for regime change in Iraq which Bill Clinton signed the bill into law on October 31, 1998.

3. It wasn't just neo-conservatives who made the case for war. -- Kenneth Pollack was the Iran-Iraq military analyst for the CIA, and the director of Persian Gulf Affairs and Near East and South Asian Affairs for the National Security Council under Bill Clinton…. According to The New Yorker, Pollack’s 'comprehensive and convincing" case for war was presented, 'More effectively than Dick Cheney or Paul Wolfowitz or any other of the hawkish big thinkers in the Administration…"

5. Every Western government believed that Iraq had WMDs -- In a interview with The Atlantic Monthly (Dec. 30, 2003), Kenneth Pollack made clear that Bush is not the only one who believed that Iraq had WMDs:

It's important to remember that any intelligence service or country with the ability to monitor Iraq and its weapons programs—Germany, France, Britain, Russia, Israel—was a hundred percent certain that Saddam had these programs. There may have been some debate over just how aggressive they were or how far along they were….But no one doubted that Saddam had these weapons.

Heads should roll!

WorldNetDaily has a very disturbing report about our justice department. If the report is true, heads really need to roll, starting with Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez.

Hassan Butt on 60 minutes

Last night 60 minutes did an interview with Hassan Butt, a former terrorist who has now renounced violence. If you missed it you can read the transcript and watch the video at the CBS 60 Minutes website. Please take time to read/watch it. It is well worth the time.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

The part human sheep

According to England's Mail on Sunday scientists have now "created the world's first human-sheep chimera - which has the body of a sheep and half-human organs." The rationalization has to do with providing organs for transplanting into people.

"Dr Patrick Dixon, an international lecturer on biological trends, warned: 'Many silent viruses could create a biological nightmare in humans. Mutant animal viruses are a real threat, as we have seen with HIV."

Scientific knowledge has exceeded human wisdom.

Rob from the rich...and from the poor

If elected, Hillary Clinton promises to take money away from those who are well off, and to take profits away from corporations. As far as I know, she hasn't mentioned taking money away from the rest of us but according to the Green Eyeshade Blog, our new Democratic congress has now proposed the largest tax increase in American history, not just on the rich, but on all of us!

Polygamy in New York

Dhimmi Watch today has an intersting article on the increasing phenomena of polygamy in New York.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Ambassador of the world

ABC News reports that at a recent fundraising event Hillary Clinton said:
"People ask me all the time, if you are elected, will you make him
secretary of state?" she said to a crowd who giggled at the suggestion. "Since
President Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, I think that is illegal," Sen. Clinton
joked, "but I sure will make him ambassador of the world because we have a lot
of work to do."

It almost sounds like Bill would be more like a co-president than a first-lady... er, man. Even if Ms. Clinton was joking, after the way President Clinton failed to deal with terrorism on his watch, the very idea that he would be "ambassador of the world" (whatever that means) is chilling.

Moderate Muslims

LGF has an excellent post today entitled, "Why We Rarely Hear From Moderate Muslims."

The reason: They get death threats from the more radical Muslims. In many cases Muslims themselves are the victims of the radicals in their own religion. Not only are the moderates in danger if they speak out, they can actually be killed if they question Islam too much or, Allah forbid, change religions!

According to Ibn Ishaq, a devout Muslim who wrote the earliest biography on Muhammad, this practice goes back to Muhammad himself who ordered the execution of people who mocked Islam or changed religions.

A cancer in Islam

According to CBS News, a British-born Muslim radical who once recruited for Jihadist organizations now calls killing in the name of Islam a “cancer.” Excerpts of the article appear below:

"There is a violent streak within Islam. We need to be able to discuss and …
counter these arguments so that we don't have any more Mohammad Sadique Khans," he tells Simon.

Once recruits showed interest in learning more about Islam, says Butt, the next step was to enrage them by talking about the suffering of Muslims around the world. Then a Koranic rationale for killing innocents would be argued. Taking away the innocence of the potential victims was the next step, says Butt. "[Innocents] become non-innocent and hence combatants and allowed to be targeted."

Fundraising was also part of his job, and he says he relied on Muslim professionals in Britain to whom he revealed the money was for jihad. "Doctors. People who were businessmen, professional people, basically, who wanted to donate substantial amounts of money," says Butt. Another source of funds was drug dealing. Butt says he would offer Muslim drug dealers "cleansing" in the eyes of Islam for 20 percent of their take. "As long as the drugs weren't being sold to other Muslims. In fact we saw it as a tactic of war. … Let's poison them and kill them slowly with this as well," says Butt.
The interview will appear on CBS’s 60 minutes tomorrow night (Sunday, 3/25).
(Hat tip: Jihad Watch)

Products of conception


When people advocate for a woman's "choice" to abort her "products of conception" (or whatever other terms they might use to sidestep the reality that they are killing a human life), this is what they are killing at only 12 weeks old. For other 4d images go to ProLifeAmerica.Com.


Attorney General Gonzalez

According to newly released documents, Attorney Alberto General Gonzalez “approved plans to fire several U.S. attorneys in a November meeting.” No problem with that. These people serve at the pleasure of the President and he can fire them for any reason at any time. President Clinton certainly did—he fired 93 of them.

The problem, however, is that Gonzalez later stood up and told reporters although he knew his “chief of staff was involved in the process of determining who were the weak performers,” Gonzalez said that he “was not involved in any discussions about what was going on” (Fox News).

So why does the Attorney General of the United States flat-out lie about something that the administration had every right to do? Why didn’t he, or the President, just say that these U.S. attorneys serve at the pleasure of the President and we no longer wanted their services? Gonzalez’ lies make it look like there is more to this story than meets the eye and the Democrats may not be entirely unjustified in pursuing it. In the mean time, I think at least one more attorney needs to go—the Attorney General.

Iran captures British sailors

Fifteen British sailors were captured at gunpoint this morning is a waterway between Iran and Iraq. The British say they were in Iraqi waters. Iran says they were in Iranian waters (BBC).

In an article on the Counterterrorism Blog, terrorism expert Walid Phares believes this was part of a calculated “chess” move by the Iranian mullahs to provoke a limited counter strike by British and American forces. Why would Iran do that? Phares explains that one of the under-reported news stories is that many Iranians are “
...practically in slow motion eruption against the authorities. Students, women,
workers and political activists have been demonstrating and sometimes clashing
with the regime's security apparatus. Western media didn't report proportionally
on these events over the past few weeks.

So if Britain and the U.S. do nothing, Iran wins. If Britain and the U.S. launch a limited strike, the people of Iran rally around their government and Iran wins.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Judge says OK to beat wife

According to the New York Times, a Muslim man in Germany beat his wife from the beginning of their marriage. She finally had enough and separated. He then threatened to kill her. She filed for a speedy divorce. The German judge turned down her request citing the Qur’an which allows husbands to beat their wives.

Fortunately the judge has been removed from the case and even progressive Muslims in Germany are condemning the ruling.

I suspect that most Americans will be upset about this ruling as are most Germans. I don’t think advocates of multiculturalism, however, have any right to be upset. The ruling apparently deals with a Muslim couple, married in a Muslim country and presumably living by Muslim rules. If the ideology of multiculturalism is correct we shouldn’t pass judgment on other cultures, so why should this judge be condemned for judging this couple in accordance with their own religion and culture? And why should this victim have the right to opt out of Muslim law just because things are not going well for her?

Of course, this is absolute nonsense—but then, so is multiculturalism.

Hat tip to Ed for bringing this to my attention.

Albright and North Korea

Hat tip to Kevin for bringing this to my attention. It may not be entirely fair or objective---but it is certainly funny....and true!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hzH6X8g34Y

Run, Fred, Run!

Mona Charen's take on Fred Thompson for President:
So. What about that likable fellow from Tennessee? Thompson is not "just an
actor" (though they said that about Reagan, and he turned out OK). He began his
professional life as an assistant U.S. attorney, worked as Sen. Howard Baker's
campaign manager and did a stint as co-chief counsel to the Senate Watergate
Committee. It was he who asked the innocuous-sounding but momentous question of
Alexander Butterfield: "Were you aware of the existence of any listening devices
in the Oval Office of the president?"
After leaving Washington, he continued to practice law and slipped into acting
as easily as a wagon rolls downhill. They were making a film about his legal
exploits and couldn't find anyone who could do Fred Thompson as well as he did
himself.

His voting record is solidly conservative. He is articulate, self-made (his father was a car salesman), highly intelligent, and exudes calm authority. His star power offers him an opening with independent voters that other candidates can only dream of, while his solid conservative credentials will excite the Republican base.

He hasn't dreamed of becoming president since he was in diapers. But he has noticed that 57 percent of Republicans tell pollsters they are unsatisfied with the current field.

It may be that no one can play a Republican president better than Fred Thompson.
I agree. Run, Fred, Run! Read Ms. Charen's entire article on Townhall.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

ACLU supports sex offenders

Once again the ACLU shows its true colors. They apparently believe that convicted sex offenders have a constitutional right to live near schools, playgrounds, or day care centers! What about the rights of children to be safe from these predatory perverts? Read the article at Townhall.

SB 777 and political correctness

Conservative groups are upset over changes to the California education code proposed in SB 777. For example, the Traditional Values Coalition says,

SB 777 is clear… “No teacher”, “No textbook”, “No instructional materials”,
and no school “sponsored activity” shall “reflecting adversely” upon persons
because of their perceived gender or sexual orientation. Kuehl even goes as far
as redefining the term “gender.” It would no longer mean biological male or
female. It would now mean “gender identity and gender related appearance
and behavior” different than their sex at birth!

SB 777 cleverly accomplishes two major goals of radical homosexual
activists: It gives pro-homosexual teachers free reign to teach whatever they
want about the alleged positive aspects of homosexuality—and it silences all
opposition to it. Teachers would be free to promote homosexuality but banned
from discussing any negative consequences .

Can you imagine the outrage if Christians tried to propose a bill that said, no teacher, no textbook, no instructional materials and no sponsored activity shall reflect adversely upon Christianity? The Left—including the press, ACLU, the ALA, and NEA--would rightly have a meltdown!

Unfortunately, some gay rights activists don’t just want gay rights, they want to rob people of their freedom of speech by making it illegal for anyone to even express views that differ from their radical homosexual agenda. This is not really "liberal," it is fascist!

Actually, SB 777 is not much different than the current law except that the phrase “race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, handicap, or occupation” is replaced by “disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation…” and these are defined to include even the “perception that the person has any of those characteristics…” (hmm, maybe if I “perceived” myself to be a minority I could be eligible for affirmative action benefits :-)

My real question is not as much about sexual orientation or minorities, however, as it is about instruction in general. How does anyone legally teach history in California? Remember, the bill says that “No teacher shall give instruction…that reflects adversely upon persons because of...” a set of factors including nationality and religion.

Do California history teachers ignore the fact that the former Soviet Union was an atheist country responsible for literally tens-of-millions of deaths? After all, such teaching reflects adversely on Russians (nationality) and atheists (the bill includes atheism in the religion category).

Do California teachers ignore the fact that North African Muslims in Thomas Jefferson’s time regularly captured and enslaved Americans? After all, this historical fact reflects adversely on North Africans and Muslims.

Of course the bill doesn’t really mean what it says. It only protects those groups covered by political correctness. No one is going to prosecute someone for teaching that God had nothing to do with the universe even though such teaching exposes many Jews, Christians and Muslims to open ridicule. On the other hand, a science teacher would be fired for suggesting that God might have had something to do with it (CNSNews). The religion of atheism wins out over all other religions and political correctness trumps everything--even freedom of speech!

John Edwards' news conference

This morning The New York Times reported that,
John Edwards, the North Carolina Democrat making a second bid for the
presidency, called a news conference for Thursday to discuss the future of his
campaign, a day after he and his wife, Elizabeth, visited Mrs. Edwards’s doctor
to assess her recovery from a bout of breast cancer.

While I disagree with John Edward's politics, I sincerely hope the news about his wife's recovery was good. Please remember to keep them in your prayers today.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Obama--Hillary video on YouTube

Have you seen the ad in which an Obama supporter throws a sledge hammer through a screen on which Hillary Clinton is speaking? (Hat tip to Don B. for first bringing this video to my attention)

Tonight Fox News is reporting that the video was made by an employee of a company called Blue State Digital--a company which does contract work for the Obama campaign. In fact, the man who started Blue State Digital now works for the Obama campaign. Obama's people continue to deny that they had anything to do with the video.

UPDATE: Fox News is now (3/24/2007) reporting that the maker of the video once lived with a member of Obama's staff.

AiFD, truly "moderate" Muslims

AiFD (American Islamic Forum for Democracy) seems to be a genuinely moderate Muslim group! They are offering to defend passengers from a lawsuit by the six Imam's who are suing both U.S. Airways and the passengers who reported them (see Recliner Commentaries). AiFD, stands in stark contrast to the Muslim group CAIR which only pretends to be moderate for poltical advantage and which is on the Imam's side.

Another law firm, Faegre & Benson LLP is also offering to represent the passengers for free. Gerry Nolting, of this law firm undertands the issue perfectly. He said, “This has nothing to do with race or ethnicity, but trying to intimidate and discourage reporting of suspicious behavior and [also discourage] the promotion of safe travel” (Hot Air).

In the future, if our government needs suggestions or council on how to interact with Muslims, I would suggest they go to AiFD and avoid CAIR like a rattlesnake.

Is this support for the troops?

More pictures from the Portland peace rally. This is apparently the way the far Left "supports the troops. See also here and here. (See also my earlier post on the Radical Left's "love" for America).

Whenever someone on the Right like Ann Coulter or Pat Robertson makes some kind of a mis-statement others on the Right seem to come out of the woodwork to distance themselves. I haven't read or heard a single voice on the Left condemn or distance themselves from these radical, anti-American, hatemongers. Why is that?

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

And they call this “science”

Sir Fred Hoyle Hoyle, Chandra Wickramasinghe and Francis Crick were all world-renowned scientists who were atheists. The following are excerpts from a book which discusses their work on the origin of life:
Hoyle ran the numbers to determine the mathematical probability of the basic
enzymes of life arising by random processes. They conclude that the odds were 1
to 1 followed by 40,000 zeros, or ‘so utterly minuscule’ as to make Darwin’s
theory of evolution absurd.”

In order to explain the creation of the universe while carefully excluding God, Hoyle and Wickramasinghe came up with a theory called ‘panspermia,’ which holds that life began in space and spread to Earth by a steady influx of microscopic infectious agents delivered to Earth on comets.

Francis Crick, winner of the Nobel Prize for his codiscovery of DNA, also realized that spontaneous evolution of life could not be reconciled with the facts. As he said, ‘the probability of life originating at random is so utterly minuscule as to make it absurd.’ Consequently, Crick hypothesized that highly intelligent extraterrestrials sent living cells to Earth on an unmanned spaceship…”

Ahh, but more recent evolutionists speak of computer simulations proving evolution to be true. “…in his book River Out of Eden, Dawkins blathers on and on about ‘computer models of evolving eyes.”

David Berlinski got to the bottom of the famed computer simulation, tracking down scientists alleged to have performed this wonderous feat, and discovered…it doesn’t exist.

In The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science, Tom Bethell quotes Berlinski’s summary f the evidence: ‘…There is no such model anywhere in any laboratory. No one has the faintest idea how to make one. The whole story was fabricated out of thin air by Richard Dawkins. The senior author of the study on which Dawkins based his claim—Dan E. Nilsson—has explicitly rejected the idea that his laboratory has ever produced a computer simulation of the eyes’ development” (All quotations from Coulter, Godless, 208, 210-211).
So there you have it. Honest atheists like Hoyle, Wickramasinghe and Crick realize that it is simply impossible for life to have originated spontaneously on earth by itself so they propose that it originated someplace else—some place that, conveniently, places it out of the reach of scientists to examine the evidence. And they call this science!

Evolution—just one true thing

“…the late Colin Patterson, respected paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London…was on a quest to find someone who could tell him—as he puts it—‘anything you know about evolution, any one thing, any one thing that you think it true.’ Patterson said, ‘I tried that question on the geology staff at the Field Museum of Natural History, and the only answer I got was silence. I tried it on the members of the Evolutionary Morphology Seminar in the University of Chicago, a very prestigious body of evolutionists, and al I got there was silence for a long time.” (Coulter, Godless, 201, see also Discovery Institute)

A message for Obama

Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch has a message for Barak Obama. Watch it at Hot Air.

Breaking: Bush and AG Gonzales

In a news conference that ended just moments ago, President Bush offered the following concessions regarding the firing of the U.S. attorneys.

1. The Attorney General will testify before relevant congressional committees.
2. Congress will be given unprecedented information about reasons for the firing.
3. The President will allow bipartisan Congressional committee members to interview members of his staff. The White House will also release all mail and e-mails related to this issue.

On the other hand, President Bush made it clear that he will oppose any steps to subpoena government officials. His tone was quite confrontational. He made it clear that he believed his steps were fair and unprecedented, and if Democrats were not satisfied with “this reasonable” proposal, it would clearly be due to blatantly partisan politics.

The President said he strongly supports the Attorney General’s decision and believes the AG acted entirely appropriately. Mr. Bush did not fire Attorney General Gonzales as some had speculated.

Border security and national security

After a discussion between the relation of terrorism and border security Michael Cutler on the Counterterrorism Blog comes to the following conclusion:
It is time that our nation's leaders start to deal with the reality that our
nation's security begins at its borders and ports of entry and extends into the
interior of the United States where the effective enforcement and administration
of the immigration laws must be a priority if our nation is to protect itself
and our citizens from criminals and especially terrorists who seek to carry out
terrorist attacks in our country that would lead to massive carnage. It is
therefore essential that "We the People" spare no effort to contact those
politicians who want to ignore this reality because they are so fixated on
erasing our nation's borders thereby allowing in massive numbers of aliens to
satisfy corporate interests and other special interest groups. Nothing less than
the future of our nation and the survival of our citizens hang in the
balance!

I agree completely. While I think we need to do much more to facilitate legal immigration, the Bush administration has failed miserably when it comes to border security and this is a national security issue.

Radical Left's "love" for America

To see how much the radical (insane) Left in Portland Oregon "loves" America check out Michelle Malkin's blog.

Update: Here's another one.

Monday, March 19, 2007

A Brief History of the Middle East

I recently picked up a book entitled “A brief history of the Middle East” by Christophe Catherwood. With a Ph.D in Middle East history and other impressive credentials, the author seemed qualified enough. I turned to his very brief treatment of Muhammad.

The author ended his short discussion of Muhammad by saying, “However by the end of 629 the rulers of Mecca had given up the struggle, and Muhammad was able to spend the last two years of his life in charge of the Holy City of Mecca as well as of Medina. Eventually all of Arabia, including Mecca itself, came under Muhammad’s rule” (69).

They had “given up the struggle”? Please! I guess that’s a politically correct way of saying that Muhammad’s military conquered them by force! The author didn’t mention that Muhammad ordered some people to be executed merely because they had insulted his new religion of Islam.

And, “Arabia…came under Muhammad’s rule.” As if by consensus? No! The fact is that between Muhammad’s conquests and the reputation of his armies for slaughtering people, the rest of Arabia gave in. The author didn’t mention the time Muhammad conquered a Jewish tribe, had six or seven hundred of the survivors beheaded and sold their wives and children into slavery (and kept one for himself).

Oh, and the author explains that the early Muslims “raised funds” by “attacking enemy caravans.” Of course, any caravan Muhammad attacked must be an “enemy” caravan regardless of the fact that they were owned and operated by people who were merely seeking to make a living.

When so many people are fed a politically correct, sanitized version of Islam found in books like this it is no wonder people react so negatively when they hear the truth about Islam for the first time. For a summary of Muhammad’s life from the earliest Muslim source see MuhammadBiography.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Kennedy linked to Monroe’s death?

A headline in the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday read, “FBI file links Kennedy to Monroe’s death. According to the article,
BOBBY KENNEDY'S affair with the screen idol Marilyn Monroe has been documented, but a secret FBI file suggests the late US attorney-general was aware of - and perhaps even a participant in - a plan "to induce" her suicide.
Apparently it was not unusual for Marylyn Monroe to make suicide attempts to get attention, knowing that someone would step in and save her. The FBI file indicates that her final suicide attempt was known by several people who deliberately did not step in to save her and that Robert Kennedy actually called to find out if she was dead yet.

When we read of a “secret FBI file” we may be inclinded to think of solid, authoritative evidence. In this case, however, the FBI report was forwarded up the chain of command with the following disclaimer:
Enclosed is an item received from [name blacked out], former special agent who
is currently Field Representative, Appointment Section, Governor’s Office, State
of California. [Name blacked out] advised that he does not know the source
and cannot evaluate the authenticity of this information (See FBI report, 18-21)

While the story is interesting and the headline is dramatic, the evidence is something less than compelling.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Extremist groups and school busses

The Associated Press reporst that members of "extremist groups" have been getting drivers licences for driving school busses and that "some school districts have reported an increased number of foreign nationals seeking school bus driver positions and a number of other unusual events."

No need to worry, though because a spokesman for the FBI says that "There is no plot. There is no threat. And parents and children can feel perfectly safe" (FoxNews).

Does this make you feel safe?

The science of God

Gerald Schroeder is a nuclear physicist with a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who has also done work in biology and earth sciences. He has the distinction of being instrumental in convincing the world-renowned atheist philosopher, Anthony Flew, that God—at least in a Deist sense—really does exist after all

The following comes from Dr. Schroeder’s book, The Hidden Face of God; How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth. As with any book on this topic (and as you can see from the Amazon reviews) some people love it, some hate it. Either way, it is a facinating read.
The human body acts as a finely tuned machine, a magnificent metropolis in
which…each of the 75 trillion cells, composed of [10 with 27 zeros] atoms, moves
in symbiotic precision…

[These atoms] are organized by a single act when a protozoan-like sperm cells adds its message of genetic material into a receptive egg cell....

Until the mid-1970’s the accepted wisdom was that the origin of this
organization that we refer to as life was the result of chance random reactions
among atoms, gradually combining, one chance occurrence building upon another
over eons of time until self-replication and then mutation produced the first
biological cell. Three billion years were thought to have passed between
the formation of liquid water on the formerly molten earth and the appearance of
the first forms of life….

Two to three billion years were available for randomness to do its work. ‘Given so much time the…impossible becomes the possible, the possible becomes probable, and the probable virtually certain’…So wrote George Wald, professor of biology at Harvard University and Nobel laureate….

In the mid-1970’s came the seminal discovery of Elso Barghoorn. He, like Wald, was at Harvard…Using a scanning electron microscope…Barghoorn searched the surfaces of…stone taken from the oldest of rocks able to bear fossils. To the amazement of the scientific community, fossils of fully developed bacteria were found in rocks 3.6 billion years old. Further evidence…indicated the origins of cellular life at close to 3.8 billion years before the present, the same period in which liquid water first formed on Earth.

Overnight, the fantasy of billions of years of random reactions in warm little
ponds brimming with fecund chemicals leading to life, evaporated. Elso
Barrghoorn had discovered a most perplexing fact: life, the most complexly
organized system of atoms known in the universe, popped into being in the blink
of a geological eye (49-51).

Friday, March 16, 2007

War: Islam and Christianity

I recently finished reading a book called “War; Four Christian Views” which tries to present the range of Christian views on war as advocated by four Christian theologians.

After each one argues for his view the other three critique that view. The four positions are

1) “Christian Pacifism: Christians are called to peacemaking, which excludes any participation in war.”

2) “Biblical Nonresistance: Christians may participate in war only as noncombatants.”

3) “Just War: Christians may fight in a defensive war.”

4) “Preventive War: Christians may go to war to stop attack or correct outrageous injustice.”

It is important to note that not one of the four theologians defended war for the purpose of taking another nation’s goods, expanding territory, or spreading Christianity. In fact, it is safe to say that all four theologians would have strongly argued against such notions.

Modern Jihadists, on the other hand, following the example of Muhammad, specifically advocate war for the purpose of spreading Islam (and in the process, taking land and goods).

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Was Obama Muslim?

So was Obama once a Muslim or not? See NRO. If he was, would it matter to you?

Staying in Iraq?

Here is your quiz for today, who once said, “The president should end this war before he leaves office but if he doesn’t let me assure you that I will.” If you said, Hillary Clinton, you’re right. That’s an interesting quote because the New York Times reported today that:
Senator HillaryRodham Clinton foresees a “remaining military as well as political mission” in Iraq, and says that if elected president, she would keep a reduced military force there to fight AlQaeda, deter Iranian aggression, protect the Kurds and possibly support the Iraqi military.
I suspect that if President Bush had said we would keep a military presence in Iraq after the war, the Left would be having conniption fits right now!

No, Hillary---we don’t want to be in Iraq. After we stabilize that country we want our military out... completely!

Flying Imams---they're baaaak!

Remember the "Flying Imams" who were removed from a U.S. Airways flight because of their suspicious behavior? You may have heard that they are suing U.S. Airways but have you also heard that according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Debbie Schlussel (who is an attorney), the Flying Imams are also suing the passengers who expressed concern?

If this frivolous lawsuit were to succeed you can imagine the chilling effect it would have on air travel. Any airline passengers who witnessed suspicious behavior would have to think twice (or more) before reporting it because they might get sued!

Of course, not all Muslims are radicals but this should demonstrate to any reasonable American that one does not have to strap on a bomb to be a “radical Muslim.”

Embryonic stem cell research

Moments ago I participated in an FRC conference call with Tom Coburn, a U.S. Senator from Oklahoma and graduate of the University of Oklahoma medical school. He was talking about his opposition to the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

Senator Coburn said that the other side of this debate likes to frame the discussion as if opposing the destruction of embryos for stem cell research also means being opposed to helping all those who could be cured by such research. Dr. Coburn said this is simply not the case. He said that we can now gain all the benefits from embryonic stem cell research without destroying the embryos, and that the politics has not caught up with the science.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

J.C. Watts supports Fred Thompson


WDEF reports that former congressman J.C. Watts has voiced his support today for the possible presidential candidacy of Fred Thompson.

Hows this for an idea: Fred Thompson for president and J.C. Watts for Vice President! Actually, I like J.C. Watts even more than Thompson but Thompson's acting career provides much better name recognition.

Children abducted

How would you like to live in a world in which your children could be forcibly taken from you and no one would or could do a thing to help. This is what happened to 13 year old Victor. Excerpts from a Compass Direct News story of 13 year old Victor appear below:
SOKOTO, Nigeria, March 14 (Compass Direct News) – Beginning in November of last year, 13-year-old Victor Udo Usen, a member of the Christ Apostolic Church in
this northern Nigeria city, went missing.

On February 20, news that young Victor was spotted in a Muslim neighbor’s house jolted his family. A young Christian girl had raced to the Usens’ home in the Mabera area of Sokoto city with the news.

Victor’s mother, Esther Udo Usen, told Compass that she ran to the house where her son had been seen. She met him, however, even as he was making frantic efforts to escape from the house where he has been held incommunicado for six months.

“I quickly held his hands and dragged him along with me towards our house,” she said. “But within a twinkle of an eye, I heard shouts of ‘Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar [God is great]!’ I was shocked as I saw a large number of Muslims rushing towards us.”

The mob surrounded them and snatched her son away from her, she told Compass with tears in her eyes. Before she could send for her husband, who was not home at the time, members of the mob told her that her son was now a Muslim and that she andher husband were no longer his parents.

“They abducted him in November last year, and I only saw him today,” she told Compass. “How can someone force my son into his religion?”

The Usens are not the only Christian family in Sokoto who have had one of their children abducted and forced into Islam; Christian leaders there say abduction of teenage Christian boys and girls has become a common phenomenon in majority-Muslim Sokoto state.

“Sometimes Muslims force our young boys and girls into Islam,” said Kevin Aje, Roman Catholic Bishop of Sokoto. “These are some of the challenges facing Christians here in Sokoto.”

The Nigerian government, they concur, knows of the abductions but has done
nothing to protect Christian children from religious predators.
Read the rest of the story at Compass Direct News.

Obsession and the Left

A recent New York Times article on the movie “Obsession” charged that the “Film’s View of Islam Stirs Anger on Campuses.” The film’s director, Wayne Kopping, responded with a letter to the editor. Excerpts of his response appear below:
First of all, the headline of the piece is terribly misleading - "Obsession" is
not a film about Islam as a whole, but rather it discusses the hijacking of
Islam by Radical Muslims who seek to foster terrorism against the West.

Second, it is erroneous to claim that "Obsession" will incite Islamophobia or create an anti-Islamic backlash. In "Obsession", we make a clear distinction between
'radical' and 'moderate' Muslims, and we repeatedly declare that the majority of
Muslims are not radicals. To date, the film has already been seen by millions of
people around the world, and there has not been even one reported incident of
violent backlash as a result of 'Obsession'. On the contrary, the film has
received acclaim and commendation from leaders, critics and military experts
alike, who have found the film to be fair and accurate in its presentation [see http://obsessionthemovie.com/quotes.htm for quotes]. The film
only seems to 'stir anger' from those fringe quarters who share the agenda of
defending groups with radical tendencies.
He’s right. Regardless of how often anti-terrorist directors, producers or authors point out that they are specifically targeting “Muslim radicals” , "Radical Islam," or “Jihadists” and not all Muslims, there is a large group of Leftists and even many Muslims who deliberately spin this as an attack on all Muslims. Frankly, these people are as dangerous as the Jihadists themselves because they undermine our efforts to inform the American public of the danger of Islamic radicalism. It is as if before World War II some would warn of the danger of Nazism only to have their warnings undermined by those who would call them anti-German racists. While there were many good, decent Germans during World War II, that fact did not lessen the danger of Nazi ideology.

If you’ve never seen Obsession, please make it a priority.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Slavery in Ghana

According to an article in MNN:
Many people believe slavery has been outlawed worldwide. While it has, in
reality it still exists.

President and CEO of IN Network USA Rody Rodeheaver says, "Today there are 27 million people enslaved around the world. This is various kinds of slavery -- sex slaves, it's chattel slavery, it's forced labor and debt bondage."

Rodeheaver says in the Volta region of Ghana, where many slaves were loaded on a ship and sent to the Americas, Trokosi practice is still taking place. "Where Young virgin girls, some as young as five, six and seven years old, are taken as slaves by fetish priests for the payment of the sins of other people," says Rodeheaver.
Read the rest at MNN.

Leftist hate speech

Anytime a Republican politician mis-speaks the mainstream media is all over it like flies on cowpies and of course they absolutly love to hate Ann Coulter. We usually don't hear as much about the shocking hate speach coming from the Left. Check it out:

Polygamy in the Bronx

See the brief post on Dhimmi Watch about the apparently growing practice of polygamy in New York.

Hezbollah rearming


According to a recent article in the Toronto Star, Hezbollah continues to rearm in Lebanon:

Hezbollah openly says its fighters have spent the last seven months preparing
for another major battle with Israel by regrouping and amassing some 33,000
missiles.

"We in the resistance have weapons, and we openly declare that we have weapons, that we are completing our preparedness for a greater and more dangerous stage," Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised address last month.

What's more, the Israeli military has said in recent weeks it has intelligence that Hezbollah is continuing to smuggle Iranian-supplied weapons across the Syrian border into Lebanon.
Meanwhile the Lebanese government, the United Nations and the world community, like the proverbial "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" monkeys, pretend that nothing is going on.

The religion of environmentalism

Czeck President Vaclav Klaus, speaking in Washington DC, warned that such movements in the west as environmentalism, multiculturalism and social democratism are really movements that will "radically re-organize human society” in a way that establishes more and more state control and undermines freedom. Read the article at CNSNews.

Monday, March 12, 2007

The “science” of global warming

If you can’t convince them with the scientific evidence, try shunning or threats. That appears to be the approach of some global warming advocates:
Scientists who questioned mankind's impact on climate change have received death
threats and claim to have been shunned by the scientific community.

They say the debate on global warming has been "hijacked" by a powerful alliance of
politicians, scientists and environmentalists who have stifled all questioning
about the true environmental impact of carbon dioxide emissions.

Timothy Ball, a former climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg in Canada, has received five deaths threats by email since raising concerns about the
degree to which man was affecting climate change (read the rest at the SundayTelegraph).
Some of the same kind of tactics have been used against those who advocate Intelligent Design (e.g. against Richard Sternberg). Advocates of contemporary scientific theories can be just as religiously dogmatic as medieval priests.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

SFSU flushing freedom of speech?

Republican students at San Francisco State University are now under investigation by the university for possible disciplinary action. Their crime: They walked on the likenesses of Hamas and Hezbollah flags that contained the name "Allah" in Arabic (WorldNetDaily, LGF).

SFSU liberals have apparently traded freedom of speech for political correctness. Or perhaps they just hate Republicans more than they love freedom of speech.

Fred Thompson for president

Just moments ago on Fox News Sunday, former U.S. Senator from Tennessee Fred Thompson said that he is giving some thought to running for president. He said he will wait to see how the presidential race develops.

Run, Fred, run!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Gay porn stars and Christians

Read Kevin McCullough's excellent article, "Why Christians embrace 'gay' porn stars" on Townhall.

FBI and the Patriot Act

According to the Associated Press:

The FBI improperly and, in some cases, illegally used the USA Patriot Act to
secretly obtain personal information about people in the United States,
underreporting for three years how often it forced businesses to turn over
customer data, a Justice Department audit concluded Friday.

FBI agents sometimes demanded the data without proper authorization, according to a 126-page audit by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine. At other times, the audit found, the FBI improperly obtained telephone records in non-emergency circumstances. The audit blames agent error and shoddy record-keeping for the bulk of the problems and did not find any indication of criminal misconduct.

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller needs to be relieved of his position. The President needs to send a very clear message to the FBI, CIA, NSA etc. that while the Patriot Act is essential to national security, heads will roll at the highest level if that authority is abused--even if the abuse was only due to "shoddy record-keeping."

Run, Fred, Run!


There is a lot of excitement in some conservative circles over speculation that former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson may soon announce that he is going to run for president.

I’m a bit nervous about Mitt Romney’s ability to beat Hillary or Obama. Although I agree fully with Hugh Hewitt that we are voting for a commander-in-chief, not a pastor-in-chief, I’m afraid too many conservative Christians will not be able to get past Romney’s Mormonism.

Although it’s still way too early to know, I’m skeptical that Huckabee, Brownback or Tancredo can win and I think Newt Gingrich is now out of the question. John McCain and Rudy Giuliani might just as well be Democrats as far as I’m concerned—in fact, if either of them were running against Joe Lieberman, I’d probably be more likely to vote for Lieberman.

Fred Thompson sounds like a very viable candidate. Run, Fred, Run!

UPDATE: Within the last hour, Democratic strategist Bob Beckel admitted, in an interview on Fox News, that Fred Thompson for president would be their worst nightmare. Sounds good to me!

Biography
Voting Record
American Daily
Unofficial Fred Thompson for President site
Draft Fred Thompson for President site
AZ Free Republic Article

Friday, March 09, 2007

Gay activist out of the closet--again

Below are excerpts of an article published today:
Charlene E. Cothran, a prominent homosexual activist and publisher and
editor-in-chief of the black homosexual-oriented publication “Venus Magazine,”
recently announced that she had embraced Christianity and renounced
homosexuality.

Cothran’s announcement came in the form of a cover article in the
February issue of “Venus” titled “Redeemed! 10 Ways to Get Out of the Gay Life,
If You Want Out.” The magazine, once considered by many to be the leading
magazine for homosexual African Americans, has changed its tune.

“Over the past 29 years of my life I have been an aggressive, creative and
strategic supporter of gay and lesbian issues,” Cothran wrote. “I’ve organized
and participated in countless marches and various lobbying efforts in the fight
for equal treatment of gay and lesbians.”

A few paragraphs later Cothran dropped her bombshell, “But now, I must come
out of the closet again.” She continued, “I have recently experienced the power
of change that came over me once I completely surrendered to the teachings of
Jesus Christ.”

Read the rest at BPNews

Troop withdrawl

Patrick Ruffini wrote and article on TownHall yesterday arguing that the surge is working. He writes:

Early indications are that the troop surge into Baghdad is working. It hasn't been reported on widely, but murders in Baghdad are down 70%, attacks are down 80%, Mahdi Army chief Moqtada al-Sadr has reportedly made off for Iran, and many Baghdadis who had fled the violence now feel it's safe enough to return (Patrick Ruffini).

Mohammed Fadhil and Omar Fadhil report from Baghdad that early signs show the "surge" is working (Washington Post)

Word is that even NBC anchor Brian Williams says that the surge is making Baghdad safer (Free Republic).

So what does our new Democratic Congress do? “In a direct challenge to President Bush, Congressional Democrats lead by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco unveiled legislation Thursday requiring the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the fall of next year” (CBS 5/AP).

I’m sure Osama bin Laden and his crowd would be thrilled if this were to pass. All they’d have to do then is dig in and wait us out. You can’t really blame the Democrats, though. It would be their worst political nightmare if we actually brought some degree of peace to Iraq and were able to pull out before the next election.

Newt Gingrich affair

In an interview aired today with James Dobson, New Gingrich Gingrich “admitted to having an extramarital affair while spearheading the charge against former President Bill Clinton over his affair with Monica Lewinsky in 1998” (allheadlinesnews).

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Overdue fines--long overdue!

It’s always nice when someone pays up on the fines they owe--$375 for 17 parking tickets at Harvard, another $45 for parking tickets at neighboring Somerville, $73 for an excise tax at Somerville.

Almost sounds like some people are either highly irresponsible or think they are above the law. The offender apparently never intended to pay the tickets since they were about 17 years overdue but when you decide to run for president you don’t want these things coming back to bite you in the rear so its best to take care of them. Did I mention that the offender is Barack Obama (Reuters)?

A warning to western women

Phyllis Chester, Professor emeritus of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the City University of New York provides a sobering warning to British and American women. Read the short article at TimesOnline.

Gay rights and religous liberty

An article in Britain’s Christian Today magazine warns of potential conflict between gay rights and religious freedom in England:

The Lawyers' Christian Fellowship (LCF) has expressed alarm following a recent
report on the Sexual Orientation Regulations (SORs) which indicated that
Christian schools may no longer be allowed to teach children that the Christian
view on human sexuality is "objectively true"….

If this proposal from the JCHR gets the go ahead, the LCF said that no Christian schools would have the right to promote marriage over homosexual relationships or hold to a Christian ethos that sex is only right in a heterosexual monogamous marriage.
Although this conflict is in Britain, not America, it emphasizes the real problem with same-sex marriage. Ironically, the real problem is not with same sex couples getting married. The problem is that once same-sex marriage becomes official public policy, the freedom of Christian churches, charities, schools and colleges in hiring, admissions, preaching and teaching will come under more and more government restriction.

Homosexuals in Ohio filed discrimination charges against a librarian who simply recommended a book that was unfavorable toward gay activists. An adoption agency in Boston has to close down because its religious convictions are incompatible with pro-gay public policy. A Christian school in California was sued because they have behavior codes against sex. Once same sex marriage is American public policy, the flood gates will open on these kind of cases.

Still more on the "lost tomb of Jesus"

The Scientific American has weighed in on the “lost tomb of Jesus.” Excerpts of a recent article appear below:

In researching our special report on the upcoming Jesus Tomb documentary, fronted by James Cameron (of Titanic fame), I encountered more than a few angry scholars and archaeologists.

Of special note was Tal Ilan, whose Lexicon of Jewish Names was essential to the statistical calculation made by Andrey Feuerverger, the U. of Toronto professor of statistics and mathematics who is quoted in the documentary…

In an interview I conducted this morning, the scholar Tal Ilan, without whose work these calculations would have been impossible, expressed outrage over the film and its use of her work--she's the source of the quotation in the headline of this post.

Jodi Magness, a professor of archaeology and Jewish history of that period at UNC Chapel Hill, had this to say in an interview conducted yesterday:

…I think it's a very important point to make - that this is almost a wikipedia form of scholarship.

They're presenting it or setting it up as though we have a discovery and you can
react and it's all legitimate and valid which it's not

Finally, Carney Matheson…conducted the DNA examination the film cites. Basically, the filmmakers scraped a tiny amount of biological material out of the ossuary (or bone box) labeled Jesus, and a tiny amount out of the one that they think belonged to Mary Magdalene. Matheson then sequenced the mitochondrial DNA in both samples in order to establish that whoever those two boxes once contained was not related on their mother's side--in other words, they're not family. It's a negative
result that doesn't say much (and it begs the question - if you were gathering
material for testing, why not test the boxes that you believed belonged to
related people, such as Jesus and his mother, as well?)

Paul Hall aka Hassan Abujihaad

Paul Hall aka Hassan Abujihaad was a U.S. Navy sailor who was just arrested for providing classified Navy battle group movements to a group that supports terrorists. "Emails by Abujihaad allegedly praised Osama bin Laden and the 2000 attack on the U.S.S. Cole and said such tactics were working and taking their toll" (Jihad Watch, AZStarNet).

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Mitt Romney’s Mormon background

Everything Thomas Sowell writes is worth reading. He recently had some observations on Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Mormon background. I’ve copied some excerpts below:

A new low has already been struck with an exploitation of the religious
issue with claims that some of Governor Mitt Romney's Mormon ancestors had
multiple wives.

Are Governor Romney's ancestors going to be on the ballot? The fields are so crowded that I hadn't noticed. The irony in all this, as someone has pointed out, is that Governor Romney seems to be one of the few politicians these days who has had only one wife.

It is painfully obvious that we have all we can do to get along among ourselves, without trying to deal with what people did in past generations. Whole nations have been torn apart over whose ancestors did what to whom and who was the rightful owner of what territory in times past.

All I can add is Amen! If you have time, please read the entire article at Townhall.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Women's rights

The good news: Thirty three brave women took a stand to protest discrimination and repression of women.

The bad news: they were all arrested and are now being held in prison (MEMRI).

Where? Iran, of course. So much for women's rights when the mullah's are in charge.

The trouble with Iraq

Newt Gingrich once told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:
"If Iraq matters as much as the president says it does, then the United States
must not design and rely on a strategy which relies on the Iraqis to win. On the
other hand, if the war is so unimportant that the fate of Iraq can be allowed to
rest with the efforts of a new, weak, untested and inexperienced government,
then why are we risking American lives?"

Mr. Gingrich hits the nail on right the head! This is precisely why President Bush has failed so miserably in Iraq. I suspect that if Newt Gingrich had been president we would have been out of Iraq a long time ago--with victory.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Truly moderate Muslims

Finally, the voice of genuinely "moderate" Muslims. Read the St. Petersburg declaration at the Secular Islam Summit site.

More on the "lost tomb of Jesus"

More on the "lost tomb of Jesus" from Dr. Gary Habermas , Dr. James White, and from archaeologist Dr. Jodi Magness. The article in the Washington Post is especially intersting.

UPDATE: You might also want to check out Dr. R. Kirk Kilpatrick's blog for March 2, and March 5. Good stuff!

Coulter does it again

At a recent conference, Ann Coulter is reported as saying, "I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate, John Edwards, but it turns out that you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot,' so I'm - so, kind of at an impasse, can't really talk about Edwards, so I think I'll just conclude here and take your questions" (CNN).

Coulter was undoubtedly trying to make a humorous point about the extent to which political correctness has impinged on freedom of speech in this country, but it is still hard to hard to understand how such an otherwise intelligent woman can be so dense and insensitive as to say something like this. Her personal attack undoubtedly genuinely offended many people needlessly and contributed absolutely nothing positive to the discussion.

On the other hand, I’m not too concerned about all the Leftist political pundits who pretend to be offended purely for political advantage. After all, it is hard to take such feigned outrage too seriously when the Left didn’t seem too upset when John Edwards hired two virulently anti-Christian bloggers on his staff. Nor did the Left get upset when Rosie O’Donnell compared conservative Christians to terrorists or when Bill Maher recently implied that that the world would be better off with Dick Cheney dead. And when John Kerry implied that U.S. military men and women were too stupid to get other employment, many on the Left accepted his excuse that he was just trying to be funny.

Make no mistake about it, while some were genuinely offended, many others are just sharks sensing blood in the water.

African Americans and abortion

Although African-American women make up “13 percent of the United States population of women of child-bearing age, yet …the abortion rate among black women is more than three times higher than that of White women.” Abortion kills more African Americans than heart disease, cancer, diabetes, crime, accidents, and HIV-AIDS combined!

For an African American woman's perspective on abortion, read the excellent article by Day Gardiner.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

When guns are outlawed...

"Everybody but the criminals are abiding by the city's gun control laws." Sounds like something the National Rifle Association would say. But this didn't come from the NRA. Read on:
District residents have been the guinea pigs in a failed 30-year-old experiment in social engineering. Three decades of strict gun control laws have not made the capital city’s streets safer. On the contrary, since 1976, D.C.’s murder rate has increased 32 percent, and violent crimes committed during the first few weeks of 2007 by gun-wielding thugs are up a staggering 50 percent over the same period last year.

None other than former Mayor Marion Barry, now representing Ward 8 on the D.C. Council, is waving the white flag of surrender by introducing legislation to provide potential victims a limited window of opportunity to arm themselves in self defense.
“We are in the midst of a gun-violence epidemic,” Barry said. Everybody but
the criminals are abiding by the city’s gun control laws [which] have long been among the toughest in the nation. Not only are District residents forbidden from owning firearms not registered before 1977, they must also keep legal rifles and shotguns at home, unloaded, disassembled and useless against an armed intruder. (Examiner.Com; Michelle Malkin).
Why anyone would think that gun control laws would stop those who break the law anyway is beyond comprehension.

Abortion nightmare

The following is from an e-mail from the Family Research Council:
In what can only be called an abortion horror story, a New Jersey woman is
recovering in the hospital from a severely botched procedure that could have
cost her life. Twenty-year-old Rasheedah Dinkins spent the last month in a coma
after she visited the Metropolitan Medical Associates (MMA) in Englewood for an
abortion that made her dangerously ill. En route to the hospital, medics
say Rasheedah died, but they were able to resuscitate her in time for doctors to
give her blood transfusions and surgically remove her uterus. Despite the
MMA's claim that they have the "finest staff in New Jersey," Rasheedah is still
in the hospital where she has suffered a stroke and other complications,
including the collapse of both lungs. Not surprisingly, she now says she regrets
her decision to have an abortion. After an investigation by state health
officials, MMA has been temporarily closed because the facility "had poor
infection control" and used unsterilized equipment that posed an "immediate and
serious risk of harm to patients…”

That “tiny” minority

Palestinian Media Watch recently reported on a survey which found that:
Among young people ages 18-25, those who have been most influenced by PA
education, an overwhelming number - between 84% - 93% -- denied Israel's right
to exist. [http://www.neareastconsulting.com/] This was higher than the overall
figure of 75% who denied Israel's right to exist. It should be noted that PA
teachings denying Israel's right to exist are endemic throughout PA society and
media, including among Fatah leaders, which would account for the high levels of
denial of Israel's legitimacy throughout PA society.
Just another survey of that “tiny” radical minority.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Islam, Christianity and slavery

According to Reuters,
Islam is growing fast among African Americans, who are undeterred by increased
scrutiny of Muslims in the United States since the September 11 attacks,
according to imams and experts.

Converts within the black community say they
are attracted to the disciplines of prayer, the emphasis within Islam on
submission to God and the religion's affinity with people who are oppressed.

Perhaps these black converts to Islam have never been told of Islam’s history of oppression and slavery. For example, Islamic scholar Bernard Lewis writes about huge numbers of slaves captured by Muslim invaders. He distinguishes between those “privileged” slaves employed for domestic or military use, and the usually black slaves, captured or purchased from East Africa who were used for manual labor in mines, fleets, marsh drainage, salt flats. They were herded together in groups ranging from five hundred to fifteen thousand. “Their labour was hard and exacting, and they received only bare and inadequate keep consisting…of flour, semolina, and dates” (Lewis, Bernard. The Arabs in History, New York : Oxford University Press, 1993. 112-113).

Those Muslims who owned black slaves in the centuries after Muhammad were just following the example of their Prophet Muhammad who regularly captured and sold slaves. In fact, Muhammad himself once allowed one of his wives’ black slaves to be beaten just to get information about his wife.

On the other hand, the “Christians” who owned slaves in early American history were doing so in direct violation to the spirit and teachings of the New Testament. They tried to justify their savagery by appealing to the Old Testament but nowhere in the Old Testament is there justification for singling out a group of innocent people on the basis of skin color, purely for economic advantage and greed, and ripping them away from homes and families and treating them worse than animals.

In fact, it was largely due to the efforts of Christians that slavery in Britain and the U.S. was finally abolished. Unfortunately, worldwide slave trade still flurishes today.