Monday, April 30, 2007

Hillary hypocrisy?

The Family Research Council's efforts to get Hillary to return $800,000 has appartently struck a nerve. An FRC e-mail alert reported:
For someone who so quickly condemned Don Imus, Senator Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) has had no qualms accepting moneyfrom celebrities who spew similar obscenities. Last week, FRC Action sent out an alert asking Clinton's Exploratory Committee to return the $800,000 it raised with the help of Timbaland, a rapper infamous for his vulgar and profane lyrics. In the alert we included the only visible e-mail address on Clinton's web site so that our friends could contact her office and ask her to return the Timbaland proceeds. The reaction from her campaign was both swift and surprising, considering that it included even more profanity than a Timbaland song. The recipient of thousands of your e-mails at the campaign was extremely upset--and he let us know in language so offensive the FCC would blush.
It does seem a bit hypocritical for Hillary to condem Imus while accepting support from someone with a much worse record than Imus.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Correspondent's Dinner

If you'd like a good laugh to start out your weekend, check out last year's White House Correspondent's Dinner. It is hilarious! (Hat tip: Don B).

Hidden Face of God


I recently finished reading The Hidden Face of God by Gerald Schroeder who received his Ph.D. from MIT. Reports are that Dr. Schroeder has even convinced the world-renowned atheist philosopher, Anthony Flew to change his mind about atheism. Even if you don’t understand the science below, you will understand the point at the end. Schroeder writes:
When a specific protein is needed by a cell, a chemical messenger is sent from the outer cell, through a pore in the nuclear membrane, into the nucleus. How the messenger knows to go to the nucleus remains a mystery. This messenger finds the needed chromosome (one of the twenty-three pairs), locks onto that chromosome, and moves along, nucleotide by nucleotide, until it comes to the
specific sequence of bases that marks the beginning of the gene that codes for
the desired protein.

At this stage, the signaling molecule changes shape, and in doing so allows—or causes—and enzyme called DNA-dependent RNA polymerase (I’ll call it RNA-P) to join the action.

The RNA-P opens the helix, reads each nucleotide base, selects the correct complementary base from among the four types floating in the intracellular slurry, concurrently selects…the molecules that make up the spine of the lengthening strand of mRNA being manufactured, trailing behind the RNA-P, joins the just-selected base to the spine, takes the portion of DNA that has just been read and reseals it to
the parallel DNA strand which it was separated, opens the portion of DNA to be
read next, reads it, and continues the juggling act til it reaches a coded stop
order…And RNA-P does this manufacturing at fifty bases a second…Keep in mind,
this entire sequence is performed by molecules reading molecules, molecules
selecting molecules, molecules walking along with other molecules. Don’t project
too much brain power or body power into this system. It’s not little people in
there. It’s simply molecules that somehow seem to act like little knowledgeable
people, as if they had a wisdom of their own. Which they do (192-199).

This is only one small part of a much more complicated process that
takes place in what was once called the “simple cell.” At one time scientists
used to imagine that, given enough time (billions of years) simple cells could
evolve by themselves purely by chance or natural selection. The kicker here is
that “it all developed so very rapidly, almost simultaneously with the
appearance of liquid water on earth. We have absolutely phenomenal complexity,
not after billions of years of evolution, but at the very beginning of the
entire process (193-194)!
Of course all of this doesn’t necessarily “prove” there is a God but it certainly takes an incredible amount of faith to believe that it all happened by chance, natural selection, or random mutations. Personally, I don’t have that much faith.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Tenet on torture

According to YNet News:
Former CIA director George Tenet defended the agency's interrogation
techniques, which human rights groups say border on torture, saying tough US
interrogation of terrorist suspects had proven more valuable than any of the
other intelligence gathered by US authorities, "60 Minutes" Television show said
on Wednesday.

"I know that this program has saved lives. I know we've disrupted plots," Tenet told the program. "I know this program alone is worth more than the FBI, the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency put together, have been able to tell us." (Reuters)
So, if you were the President or CIA director and knew that water-boarding a known terrorist could save a dozen lives, would you approve it?

How to have better behaved children

Here's a shocker: a Mississippi State University sociologist studied more than 16,000 parents, teachers and children found that "children whose parents regularly attend religious services and talk about their faith have better self-control, social skills and approaches to learning than children with non-religious parents" (WorldNetDaily).

Bible display censored

According to CNSNews, "A federal appeals court Tuesday let stand an earlier ruling that a monument outside a courthouse in Houston, Texas, violated the so-called separation of church and state, because the display contained a Bible."

The case was brought by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. I'm still waiting for them or the ACLU to file suit against schools that require students to engage in Islamic roll play, or against the Minnesota college that is "planning to install facilities for Muslims to use in preparing for daily prayers."

The double standard continues.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Hate crimes in middle school

For many people, middle school was a bit like purgatory: temporary but very painful. That’s because middle school kids can be extraordinarily cruel. This was the case in Lewiston Maine where some middle school students “placed a ham steak in a bag on a lunch table where Somali students were eating.”

One of the Somali students said he suddenly felt alone, like everyone was against him, like he didn’t fit in. He no longer felt safe and said he would remember this for the rest of his life. The “Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence is working with the school to create a response plan” and the police are investigating the incident as a hate crime (Hot Air, Sun Journal).

I have three observations on this incident:

First, I think it is sad and disgusting when people do things like this. Recliner Commentaries similarly condemned the actions of someone in Tennessee who wrote obscenities in a Qur’an, smeared it with bacon, and placed it on the steps of a Mosque.

Second, we have to remember, however, that this incident took place in middle school! I know a man in prison who told me that it was literally much harder for him in middle school than it is in prison (he was being quite serious).

Middle school kids are known for their insensitivity and cruelty. They will mock other students’ names, physical features, clothing, interests, economic background, race, religion, intelligence (or lack thereof)—virtually anything that can be mocked is open season in Middle School.

What happened at this middle school is not nearly as much about ham or Islam as it is about middle school cruelty, and that is the broader issue that needs to be addressed. Focusing solely on ham and Islam is simply political correctness run amok.

Unfortunately, like millions of others, the prisoner I know was not part of a politically correct protected group when he was in middle school and had no recourse against the cruelty.

Third, the fact that this incident is being investigated as a hate crime is really quite disturbing. When someone beats a gay person just because the person is gay, that is a hate crime—but what exactly was the crime in this school? As far as I know, it’s not a crime to place a ham sandwich on a table.

So does the crime consist in the fact that these Muslims were mocked? If so, will it now also be a crime to mock Christians and Christianity in schools? (I’ve had to endure classes in which Christianity was openly mocked by the teachers!). If not, are we saying that some groups are worthy of more protection than others? (discrimination)

The problem with the idea of hate crimes is that we are already quickly moving toward turning non-crimes into actual crimes simply because some selected groups—protected by political correctness—are offended by the words or actions or others.

If Muslims, or blacks or gays can charge people with hate crimes simply because they feel offended, why can’t Christians, or Jews, or Hispanics, or Asians, or women, or blonds, or short people, or tall people, or fat people, or disabled people or elderly people, or children also file hate crime lawsuits when they feel they have been slandered or attacked?

Hate crimes legislation has the potential of being the most serious threat to free speech in the history of America. The only ones who really win are the lawyers who will be rolling in dough (And I’ve probably just committed a hate crime against lawyers).

Monday, April 23, 2007

Hillary, a felon?

Peter Paul, a Hollywood mogul and former associate of Bill and Hillary Clinton plans to release a video which he thinks will prove that Ms. Clinton violated campaign finance laws during her run for Senate in 2000.

According to CNSNews, Peter Paul put up $1.9 million for a fundraising event for Ms. Clinton when the “the maximum individual contribution to a political candidate was $2,000.

“Paul’s film…includes other video footage of the Clintons meeting with Paul and Lee, a brunch attended by the Clintons, Barbara Streisand and Paul, as well as the massive concert/fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's first Senate campaign featuring Cher, Whoopi Goldberg, John Travolta, Brad Pitt, Sugar Ray, Queen Latifah and other celebrities."

“The working title is, 'Hillary Exposed: The Case of Paul v. Clinton." According to Paul’s attorney, D. Colette Wilson, "As you watch the video tape, you're watching a felony take place."

Read the entire article at CNSNews.Com.

The wisdom of Hollywood

According to the Washington Post, singer Sheryl Crow has been traveling around the country on a "Stop Global Warming College Tour." She has a suggestion on how we could save more trees:
I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in
any one sitting. Now, I don't want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her
God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can
make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on
those pesky occasions where 2 to 3 could be required.

The Supreme Court has not yet ruled on whether we have a God-given right to use more than 1-3 squares of toilet paper, and there is no word on whether Al Gore would establish a federal Department of Restroom Inspection. But look at the bright side: At least Ms. Crow didn't suggest saving the other side for the next restroom user.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Christian publishing attacked

According to Worthy News, five Muslims entered the offices of a Christian publishing house in Turkey last Wednesday and killed three Christians. According to an article cited by Jihad Watch today, the Christians were tortured for three hours before having their throats slit. A doctor who examined the bodies said one had “scores of knife cuts on his thighs, his testicles, his rectum and his back…His fingers were sliced to the bone….”

Unfortunately, this was not the only attack on Christian publishing. According to Assist News, only a few days earlier “A bomb ripped through the only Christian bookshop in Gaza…This Palestinian Bible Society bookshop has been targeted before but this is the most serious attack yet….It was a huge explosion and the shop front was destroyed. As the terrorists had wanted to plant the bombs inside they clearly intended to inflict even more extensive damage."

Ironically, “The Palestinian Bible Society's Gaza ministry includes relief work in Gaza's refugee camps and community health, microenterprise and development projects.”

The Director of the Palestinian Bible Society quickly took action---he went on TV to assure the Palestinian Muslims that the relief work would continue and he sent a message of forgiveness to the attackers.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Confusion on partial birth abortion


It must be rough to be a congressperson and have to remember what your position was on any given topic at a moment's notice. When news came down from the Supreme Court that it was constitutional to ban partial birth abortions, Senator Harry Reid (D. NV) said, "I would only say that this is the only decision a lot of us wish that Alito weren't there and O'Connor were there."

He had apparently forgotten that he had voted in favor of a ban against partial birth abortion.

When presidential hopeful Barack Obama (D. ILL) "announced his displeasure" with the Supreme Court's decision on partial birth abortion, he apparently forgot that he was "the only Illinois legislator to vote against the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act in 2003."

Senator Clinton was at least consistent when she complained of the "erosion of our constitutional rights" (FRC Action Update, April 19, 2007), as if the Constitution ever granted the right for a woman to give partial birth to a baby and then scramble its brains while it is "partially" born!

It is absolutely phenomenal how anyone could possibly be in favor of such a barbaric act!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Germany and Iran

A former Hitler Youth member warns of appeasement and parallels between the rise of Nazi Germany under Hitler, and the rise of Iran:
Author Hilmar von Campe, a former Hitler Youth member and German soldier,
sees shocking parallels between Nazi Germany under Hitler and radical Islam. He
has written an autobiography describing his life as an active participant in --
and his remorse over -- what he calls the greatest tragedy of the 20th
century.

In the book, titled How Was it Possible?, von Campe discusses the
appeasement of the 1930s. "If the British and the French had realized how evil
Hitler and the Nazis were and what their real purposes were," he observes, "they
could have prevented another world war, if they had acted two years or so
earlier" (One News Now)

We really don't learn anything from history do we.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Breaking: Partial birth abortion

CBS News is reporting that the Supreme Court just upheld the constitutionality of the ban against partial birth abortion.

Presidential straw poll

The American Family Association is conducting a national presidential straw poll. Naturally a poll conducted from the AFA website is going to be strongly slanted toward Republicans, but the fascinating thing is how far Fred Thompson is leading the pack even though he has not declared candidacy yet and has not spent a dime on campaigning. Run Fred Run!

32,417 Fred Thompson (R)
12,936 Newt Gingrich (R)
10,529 Mitt Romney (R)
7,832 Rudy Giuliani (R)
6,519 John McCain (R)
4,092 Mike Huckabee (R)
4,057 Sam Brownback (R)
2,847 Ron Paul (R)
2,710 Tom Tancredo (R)
2,478 John Edwards (D)
1,892 Barack Obama (D)
1,166 Hillary Clinton (D)
829 Duncan Hunter (R)
617 Tommy Thompson (R)
233 Bill Richardson (D)
137 Jim Gilmore (R)
93 Joe Biden (D)
84 Chuck Hagel (R)
19 Chris Dodd (D)

The poll is open until May 13. Click on the American Family Association website and cast your vote.

Tax support for polygamy

Recliner Commentaries has previously posted on the increasing phenomena of polygamy in New York among Muslim immigrants. So, got an extra wife or two? Is America being intolerant toward you and your wives? You can now move to England and receive “income support, jobseeker's allowance and housing and council tax benefits” for your “extra' spouses.” This only works if you are an immigrant, however, since bigamy is otherwise illegal in Britain (Dhimmi Watch).

It must be nice to live in a kinder, gentler, more socialist country like England where tax payers apparently don’t mind giving up their hard-earned dollars to support two, three, or four wives for unemployed immigrants. But never fear! If Hillary or Obama become president they will surely move us much farther down that tolerant, utopian road toward socialism.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Asylum for homeschoolers?

When Adolf Hitler took control of Germany, one of the first things he did was to take control of the school system so he could brainwash the next generation of German leaders.

Germany seems to be flirting with its past. WND reports that “in recent months homeschoolers have been fined the equivalent of thousands of dollars, had custody of their children taken away, had their homes threatened with seizure and in one case, that of Melissa Busekros, had a team of SWAT officers arrive on a doorstep with orders to seize a homeschool student, "if necessary by force."

Homeschooling parents are reportedly fleeing Germany in droves and even the United Nations says that Germany is stepping over the line!

Governments have a right to know that children are being educated, but it should be a huge wake-up call when governments insist that this education take place exclusively in state-run schools.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Imus - Sharpton double-standard

Some on Fox News are wondering today why the hip-hop industry is given a pass when Imus is dumped. Good question. I’m also wondering why Al Shaprton continues to be respected by the media and the Left when he has such a long history of racism. See Michael Malkin’s excellent post.

The Qur'an and hate speech

On April 11, Recliner Commentaries commented on the Qur’an that was defaced in Clarksville, Tennessee. I wrote, “Doing such a deeply hurtful and hateful thing to innocent people is inexcusable and despicable.” The question now seems to be, “Was it a hate crime?” See the excellent article in Dhimmi Watch.

If this was a hate crime, then why wasn’t it also a hate crime to display a nude chocolate Jesus, or a crucifix dipped in urine, or a Virgin Mary spattered with elephant dung? (all actual “art” exhibits).

As offensive and hateful as all of these things are, that is, unfortunately, the ugly side of free speech. But if we ever start making this ugly speech illegal in the name of “hate crimes,” those with the most power will be the ones to decide which offensive speech is prosecuted and which offensive speech is allowed—just like they do in North Korea, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Fred Thompson for President


The Weekly Standard just published an interview with former Senator Fred Thompson discussing his life, his career and his positions on Iran, Iraq, North Korea, abortion, the government, etc. The interview is rather long but well worth the time to read.
It sure sounds to me like he's planning to run for President.

Friday, April 13, 2007

A happy ending

On April 6 “Pastor Fadi, the youth pastor of the Evangelical Alliance Church in Baghdad was kidnapped" on his way from Kurdistan to Baghdad. Cases like this almost never have a happy ending so a call for prayer went out around the world.

Earlier the kidnappers suddenly and unexpectedly released Pastor Fadi. They reportedly told him, "We don’t know why, but we will not kill you,” (C&MA).

Anti-blasphemy laws

Earlier today I wrote about the U.N. resolution against “defaming religions.” Assist News Service provides a glimpse of how anti-blasphemy laws work out in practice. Excerpts of the article appear below:
The fresh allegations of blasphemy against some five Christian residents of Toba
Tek Singh, a less-privileged district in the Punjab province of Pakistan is a
jarring reminder of how the country’s blasphemy laws are being abused by
unscrupulous Muslims for settling personal scores.

In January 2007 a Pakistani Christian woman, Martha Bibi, was accused of blasphemy when she reportedly requested the return of building materials she had lent to a group of Muslims building a mosque. In the month of March one Amanat Masih, a Christian man from a village in district Sheikhupura of the Punjab province of Pakistan was held for alleged blasphemy.

Daniel, an eleven-year-old boy is from among the five Christians accused of blasphemy in a fresh blasphemy case registered during this month. Like others the fate of the Christian teenager hangs in the balance. Even if declared innocent the ‘blasphemer stigma’ will make life even difficult for the poor young man.

The list of the blasphemy accused is likely to swell as it has over the years, if the pernicious laws are not repealed. The radical religious fanatics…are quick to ring out provocative speeches and shouts from the loudspeakers of mosques exhorting their followers to attack Churches in the wake of leveling of blasphemy accusations against some Christian.

The High Court’s verdict of acquittal of course can’t undo harm already done to the
accused. Ranjha Masih, a Christian man accused of blasphemy was acquitted by the
High Court in November, 2006 after some eight years and seven months
incarceration. Blasphemy stigma can always provoke a Muslim fanatic to take life
of a man who has been acquitted by the court (Assist News Service).

Governor Jon Corzine

Please pray for New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine:
New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine was heavily sedated and breathing with the help
of a ventilator on Friday after a highway accident, though his condition was
improving, aides and doctors said. The Democratic governor was listed in
critical but stable condition following the Thursday night crash in which he
broke his left leg, six ribs, his sternum and collarbone.

The governor had surgery on the broken leg on Thursday and was scheduled
for two more operations, one on Saturday and another on Monday, his chief of
staff Tom Shea said. (Reuters)

U.N attacks freedom

According to an article in Assist News Service the United Nations has passed a resolution threatening religious freedom. Excerpts of the article appear below:

On Friday, the United Nations passed a seemingly innocuous resolution combating
the “defamation of religions.” Further investigation reveals that this motion
has erroneously equated legitimate discussion of religious beliefs with the
incitement of religious intolerance. Under this resolution, when an individual’s
religious sensitivities are offended – no matter the intent or consequences of
the opinions expressed – the state must protect the religion from being defamed,
or blasphemed.

Lying at the heart of this resolution is an attempt by the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) to impose universal anti-blasphemy laws – an offence punishable by death in many countries – thereby stifling open discussion of religious beliefs.

This is a troubling development, especially since countries across the globe are increasingly using anti-blasphemy laws to punish religious minorities for questioning the beliefs of the majority religion. Such laws are no longer confined to Islamic countries; they are now being called for in democratic societies. Individuals who came to the West to escape persecution are once again in danger.

In an intervention before the Council, Heather Cayless of the Jubilee Campaign stated, “In a diverse society everyone’s personal beliefs will at some point be offended. The vague wording in this resolution leaves all adherents, both in minority and majority beliefs open to accusations of religious intolerance.”

The UN’s history of passing resolutions “combating the defamation of religions” is creating a new universal right – the right to not be offended. Moreover, objective criteria for evaluating “defamation” are now replaced by considerations of the feelings and emotions of the hearer irrespective of intent or effect.

Ultimately, this threatens the freedoms of expression and religion, which include the right to express views critical of or even hostile to the beliefs of others. The pursuit
of religious truth necessitates critical interpretation of religious texts and
doctrine. Anti-blasphemy and defamation laws suffocate this freedom.

This resolution poses a dire threat to the rights of individuals – both Muslims and
non-Muslims alike – to discover and live out their religious beliefs without
fear of prosecution.

True religious tolerance can only be protected in societies that respect the right of individuals to freedom of expression and religion, allowing unfettered dialogue on dissenting religious opinions as individuals search for truth.

Read the entire article at Assist News Service

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Hillary for President?

If you're even thinking of voting for Hillary Clinton, please get an insider's view first. It's long but worth the time (Hat tip: John W.)

Universal health care

A few days ago a reader posted a link in response to my post on Universal Healthcare. It was so good I wanted to make it available here to readers who may not read past posts. Hat tip to Softwarenerd.

The amazing double standard

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a college in Minnesota which has been so meticulous about separation of church and state when it comes to Christianity, is now "planning to install facilities for Muslims to use in preparing for daily prayers."

Unbelievable!

More on Don Imus

According to the director of the Christian Defense Coalition,
“The comments of Don Imus regarding the Rutgers women’s basketball team are
repugnant, hateful and demeaning, not only to women, but to all of society. The outpouring of criticism and condemnation against his vile words are both warranted and justified. However, one wonders why Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton are showing selective moral outrage in the matter.

For example, why aren’t they leading protests outside of rap record labels or radio stations where rap performers portray women in the most vile of terms every day? Why aren’t they calling for record label executives and DJ’s to be fired, who spew forth degrading remarks about African-American women in a far worse manner than Don Imus?

I simply ask Rev. Jackson and Rev. Sharpton, where have you been when women are being violated like this every day by rap and hip-hop artists?” (ChristianNewsWire).
Good question. See also the excellent and thoughtful article on the same subject by Cal Thomas.

Don Imus has been fired

Don Imus has been fired from his TV show. Imus is the MSNBC talk show host who called a black woman’s basketball team “nappy headed ho’s.” Hillary Clinton had called Don’ Imus’ remarks "small-minded bigotry and coarse sexism.” Barak Obama, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton had all called for Imus to be fired.

Imus was paid to be provocative and that’s fine. I’m not necessarily opposed to occasional, strategic “name calling” based on behavior (drug pushers are evil and self-centered) or ideas (people who advocate sex with children are perverts!). But calling people names based on their gender, race, ethnicity, handicap, or even sexual orientation (like Coulter’s remark about “fags”) is simply mean-spirited and hateful.

It’s not often that I agree with Hillary, Obama, Jackson or Sharpton, but in this case I do. If I was Imus’ boss, I’d probably let him go too. I’m wondering, though, where was this group when Rosie O’Donnell made her “ching chong” remarks about Asians or when she compared Evangelical Christians to terrorists?

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

A Qur'an and bacon

A Qur’an was found at the Islamic Center of Clarksville Tennessee. Ordinarily there would be nothing unusual about that. But this one was left on the steps (Muslims would never put a Qur’an on the ground!), it was smeared with two strips of bacon (pigs are an abomination to Muslims), someone wrote that Muhammad was a pedophile on the front cover, and the inside contained an expletive (Muslims would never write anything in their Qur’an) (WTVF).

Anyone who has read Recliner Commentaries very long knows that I regularly rant and rave against Muslim terrorists. While it seems like most of the terrorist activities around the world are carried out by Muslims, not all Muslims are terrorists. Punishing Muslims for something a minority of extremists do is just wrong. Doing such a deeply hurtful and hateful thing to innocent people is inexcusable and despicable.

Duke rape case--charges dropped

According to a CBS e-mail alert I just recieved, "Prosecutors drop all charges in the Duke lacrosse sexual assault case, saying the three athletes are innocent victims of an overreaching
prosecutor."

Good. Now its time for these men to launch a counter suit. No one should be able to destroy people's lives with false charges and get away with it. People who knowingly make false charges against someone should be subject to the same penalties that would have been applicable to their victim if he or she had been convicted.

Democrats snub the President

Yesterday President Bush invited Democratic leaders to come to the White House to discuss the War in Iraq. They declined.

Nancy Pelosi, possibly illegally, met with the Syrian President who supports terrorism. There are reports that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer talked with a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist group in Egypt (though Mr. Hoyer is now parsing his words carefully—no “personal” meeting). Tom Lantos, Chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee said he would like to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and that he suspected that Nancy Pelosi would also (She was standing right there and did not disagree).

So our Democratic Congress thinks it is important to meet with terrorists and supporters of terrorists but they won’t even meet with the President of the United States? America simply cannot afford to have people like this leading our country. Please remember this when the 2008 election rolls around.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Inseminate her----or else!

Wasn't the whole idea of Freedom of Religion in America that this would be a place where people would not be compelled by force of government to violate their conscience and deeply held religious convictions?

Unfortunately, some in the gay rights movement don’t seem to give a rip about freedom of religion and they’re fully willing to use the force of law and government to coerce people to act contrary to their consciences. The latest example comes from a lesbian in California who is suing a doctor for refusing to artificially inseminate her—even though she later found a doctor who would do the job! (One News Now)

Regardless of which side of the gay rights movement you’re on, do you really want a country in which people can be forced by law to violate their most deeply held convictions? That’s more like Nazi Germany or North Korea than America!

Universal health care

As candidates like Hillary Clinton travel around the country promoting universal health care (who doesn’t want everyone to have health care?) there are some “Dirty little secrets” about universal healthcare you might want to consider:
As they tack left and right state by state, the Democratic presidential contenders can't agree on much. But one cause they all support — along with Republicans such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and California's own Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger — is universal health coverage. And all of them are wrong.

What these politicians and many other Americans fail to understand is that there's a big difference between universal coverage and actual access to medical care.
Simply saying that people have health insurance is meaningless.

Many countries provide universal insurance but deny critical procedures to
patients who need them. Britain's Department of Health reported in 2006 that at
any given time, nearly 900,000 Britons are waiting for admission to National
Health Service hospitals, and shortages force the cancellation of more than
50,000 operations each year. In Sweden, the wait for heart surgery can be as
long as 25 weeks, and the average wait for hip replacement surgery is more than
a year. Many of these individuals suffer chronic pain, and judging by the
numbers, some will probably die awaiting treatment. In a 2005 ruling of the
Canadian Supreme Court, Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin wrote that "access to a
waiting list is not access to healthcare."

Read the rest at Cato Institute.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

More on the "Lost Tomb of Jesus"

Baptist Press just posted an article discussing the statistics on the "Lost Tomb of Jesus."

Happy Easter!!!

St. Paul on the resurrection:

I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the twelve apostles. After that, he was seen by more than five hundred of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died by now. Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all, I saw him, too…

But tell me this: Since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead? For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ was not raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your trust in God is useless. And we apostles would
all be lying about God, for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave,
but that can't be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. If there is no
resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not
been raised, then your faith is useless, and you are still under condemnation
for your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ have
perished! And if we have hope in Christ only for this life, we are the most
miserable people in the world.

But the fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead (NLT, St. Paul writing to the Corinthians in AD 56).

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Cluster-bomb hunt

While children will be hunting Easter eggs at the White House, anti-war advocates will be sponsoring an Easter "cluster-bomb hunt" in Lafayette Park north of the White House (YaLibnan)

How sick is that?

Mark Albright fired

Seattle mayor Greg Nickels wrote an op-ed piece in the Seattle Time citing a widely used statistic to the effect that the snow pack in the Cascades has declined by 50% since 1950.

It turns out that this is not true. In fact, the Cascade snow pack has actually been increasing since 1995. When associate state climatologist, Mark Albright, tried to correct the misinformation, he was fired from his "unpaid, but prestigious position" (NCPA).

We certainly can't have something as trivial as science getting in the way of political correctness, can we.

The Pirates of Tehran


Fred Thompson just made his blogging debut over at RedState.com. Check his post, "The Pirates of Tehran."


Fred Thompson for President!

Making Big Brother bigger

Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman has sponsored a bill (H.R. 984) that would require the executive branch of government to record and report each “significant” contact that an individual or group has with any department in that branch of government.

Talk about Big Brother! Does anyone have any idea how much additional bureaucracy this would create and how much time and money would be wasted (not to mention all the purely partisan investigations into what was reported, what was not reported, what was allegedly mis-reported)!

Wasn’t it mostly Democrats who went into convulsions over the revelation that the NSA was tracking phone calls from terrorists to people in the United States? So in the mind of some Democrats it is apparently not OK for our government to track terrorist contacts, but it is OK for government to track our contacts with our own government? Do we really want to expand government power this radically?

Remember this when the 2008 elections come around.

The Pelosi felony

Some are saying that Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi committed a felony by conducting talks with Syria (e.g. Wall Street Journal).

Since the "most ethical congress in history" is spending so much effort searching for possible wrongdoing behind the firing of the U.S. Attorneys, I'm sure they will want to investigate something as serious as an alleged felony committed by the Speaker of the House--when pigs fly!

We need to remember these things when the 2008 elections come around.

The cross and Easter Bunny

This morning CNN sent a correspondent out on the street holding an Easter bunny in one hand and a flowery cross in the other (must be a slow news day). She was asking people what one had to do with the other. The interviews ended with a clip of a naked guitar player (with guitar strategically placed) singing a song about Jesus coming from an Easter egg--this mockery during the holiest week of the Christian Calendar.

This from the network that wouldn't show the Muhammad cartoons out of respect for Muslims.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Breaking: Sailors' news conference

Moments ago the British sailors finished a press conference regarding their capture by Iran.

They said that they were on a routine boarding patrol in full accordance with United Nations mandate when the Iranian Navy came at them heavily armed and with definite intent. The British Sailors made it clear that regardless of statements they made in captivity, GPS and helicopter monitoring proved that they were absolutely not in Iranian waters. British rules of engagement forbid armed engagement and they determined that resistance would have been futile anyway. They tried reasoning with the Iranians but their words fell on deaf ears.

Once in Iran, they were blindfolded, had their hands bound, and were forced up against a wall with people cocking weapons in the background. They were stripped and dressed in PJ’s and kept in complete isolation except for brief times in the evenings when they were allowed to play chess, etc. for coverage by the Iranian media. They were blindfolded at all other times, kept in concrete cells with only blankets to sleep on and were subjected to nightly interrogation. They were told that if they admitted to being in Iranian water, they would be released and sent home. If they denied, they would be imprisoned for seven years. The only woman captive was told that everyone else had been sent home and that she was the only one left (she was not at the press conference).

More on Christian terrorists

A couple days ago I posted on "Chistian Terrorists," about a public school that ran a mock terrorism drill with "Chistian terrorists" as the bad guys. Yesterday, a constitutional attorney weighed in saying that the school's actions may have been unconstitutional:
Frankly, this kind of anti-Christian bigotry by school officials is despicable
and is not related in any way to the legitimate purposes of a hostage drill. In
fact, the Constitution forbids public school officials from demonstrating this
kind of open hostility towards religious beliefs with which they disagree.
Furthermore, the whole predicate of the exercise is outrageous. The perpetrators
of the hostage-taking were allegedly motivated because their daughter had been
expelled for praying before the beginning of the school day. Not only do
students have the right to pray before the school day, but Burlington Township
officials acknowledge that they have that right. So this entire scenario was
unrealistic, unnecessary and offensive....Could you imagine the outrage if this
fictional scenario involved any other religious group? No other religious group
in America would tolerate this kind of insult (Townhall).

I wonder if the ACLU or Americans United for the Separation of Church and State will complain about this school's violation of the separation of church and state? I wouldn't hold my breath.

Send a message to the Edwards?

It appears that John Edwards has been able to use his wife's illness to his political advantage. After a sad letter about Elizabeth Edward's illness there was link on the Edwards campaign website inviting readers to send a message to John and his wife. The message didn't bother to tell anyone that their e-mail addresses would be saved and used for fund-raising requests (See Michelle Malkin).

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Feinstein: Conflict of interest

More on the “most ethical congress in history”:
The head of a Washington, DC-based organization that promotes ethics in public
life is calling on the Senate Ethics Committee to launch an investigation into a
possible conflict of interest involving California Senator Dianne
Feinstein.

The California Democrat resigned from her chairmanship of the Senate Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee after a report revealed that her husband, San Francisco financier Richard Blum, apparently benefited
financially from her votes on the committee. According to the San Francisco
Chronicle, questions arose when EG&G Technical Services, a division of the
URS Corporation -- partially owned by Blum -- won a $600 million military
contract in 2003. Blum served on the URS board of directors from 1975-2005 (OneNewsNow).

Pelosi in Syria

According to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Nancy Pelosi got the message wrong when she went to Syria.

Pelosi said, that her meeting with the President of Syria “enabled us to communicate a message from Prime Minister Olmert that Israel was ready to engage in peace talks as well….” But Olmert denied that he had asked Pelosi to communicate that message:
Olmert emphasized that although Israel is interested in peace with Syria, “that
country continues to be part of the axis of evil and a force that encourages
terror in the entire Middle East…”

“In order to conduct serious and genuine peace negotiations, Syria must cease its support of terror, cease its sponsoring of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad organizations, refrain from providing weapons to Hizballah and bringing about the destabilizing of Lebanon, cease its support of terror in Iraq, and relinquish the strategic ties it is building with the extremist regime in Iran…” (CNSNews).
Apparently Nancy Pelosi was more interested in delivering a sound bite which made her sound like a great peacemaker than she was about the truth.

The crisis is over

The crisis is over. The British sailors are now home.

During the whole affair I don’t recall hearing a single person from the Left expressing outrage over the fact that international law was violated by the Iranians, or that the human rights of the British sailors were trampled, or that the Red Cross was never allowed to visit the sailors, or that they may have been tortured or coerced to make confessions (if they made such pro-Iranian statements without being coerced, I hope they have a lot of explaining to do).

It seems to me that even allegations of the mistreatment of terrorists by America was often treated as fact by the Left, and people couldn’t even turn on the TV without hearing how horrible America was for abusing terrorists.

It's not that the Right is unconcerned about allegations of torture, but we get upset when some on the Left only seem to want to attack America.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Christian terrorists

If you read only one thing today, please read Michelle Malkin's outstanding article, "Whitewashing Jihad in Schools." The hatefulness and ignorance of some educators is absolutely staggering!

Flying Imams legislation

The good news is that a bill passed in the House of Representatives that is designed to protect the public from frivolous lawsuits like the one filed by the “flying Imam’s” who are trying to sue passengers who reported them. The bill now needs to go to the Senate.

The scary thing is that 121 Democrats voted against it! Representative Bennie Thompson (D-Miss), the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, opposed the bill saying, “We should be tolerant.”

Hello, McFly!!! They just don’t get it! Read about it at the New York Post and LGF

John Stossel on worrying

Which is more dangerous, a house with a gun or a house with a swimming pool? Read John Stossel's excellent (and short) article "Worry about the Right Things."

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The greatest threat

A best-selling author, former Clinton aide, and national defense analyst says that the greatest threat to America is not the Jihadists, but the American Left. If you consider yourself part of the Left, don't read this one unless your blood pressure is under control :-)

Obama Jesus

Last week we had the chocolate Jesus, now its the Obama Jesus! No word of any chocolate or Obama Muhammad's yet.

Homosexuality and smoking

The following is from a recent article comparing homosexuality with smoking:
Studies have shown that years of smoking shortens the lifespan of the smoker
from 1 to 7 years. But analysis of the age of death in Norway and Denmark for
gays who are legally married suggests that engaging in homosexual behavior
reduces the lifespan by 24 years!

So reported Drs. Paul and Kirk Cameron at the annual convention of the Eastern Psychological Association on March 23.

"What justification is there for condemning smoking and endorsing homosexuality?" asked Dr. Paul Cameron, of the Family Research Institute, a Colorado-based think tank. "Today, all across the Western world, school children are being taught the acceptability of homosexuality and the wrongness of smoking.
Read the rest at ChristianNewWire.

Free speech under attack in CA

According to Mark Ellis of Assist News Service, freedom of speech is under attack (again) in California:
A case involving a graduate student intern who witnessed to co-workers
during her lunch breaks and after-hours headed for trial, barring a last-minute
settlement with the government.

Jacqueline Escobar, a former graduate student at California State University-Long Beach filed a federal free speech lawsuit against the university and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), according to the Pacific Justice Institute.

While completing an internship with DCFS, Escobar came under scrutiny for sharing her faith with co-workers during lunch breaks and after-hours, and for changing into
a shirt with the vaguely religious message "Found" after signing out for the
day. Escobar received the internship in part because of her straight-A academic
record, and while at DCFS, she was regularly complimented on the quality of her
work.

Based on these incidents, DCFS collaborated with CSULB to draft a
"Performance Contract" that directed Escobar to refrain from sharing her faith,
even during breaks and after work hours. Escobar could not agree to such a
sweeping prohibition that included her religious practice during non-working
hours. When she declined to sign the document, DCFS terminated Escobar from her
internship.

"Through this case, we hope to send a powerful message to government employers: you cannot trounce upon the First Amendment rights of people of faith and expect to get away with it,” said Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute (PJI).

Trial was set to begin April 3rd. Escobar is represented by PJI affiliate attorneys Watkins & Casaudoumecq. "Freedom of religion is the first and most fundamental constitutional right,” said attorney Daniel R. Watkins, representing Escobar. “Unfortunately, as this case illustrates, religious beliefs are under assault from every sector of government. It is our intent to ensure that people of faith working in
government are afforded the protections our Founding Fathers intended.”

Save the environment

If you wanted to save some money and help the environment would you buy a Hummer or a Toyota Prius hybrid? Before you answer, you may want to read this New York Times article (Hat tip: Kevin).

Monday, April 02, 2007

Tancredo for President?



Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo announced today that he will run for President.

Young British Muslims

Last night, I watched CNN’s special, The War Within, hosted by Christiane Amanpour. One point that came through clearly was the fact that young Muslims in Britain see the War in Iraq as a war against Muslims. This view is apparently very widespread, especially among Britain’s Muslim youth. I must admit that my mental response was not very gracious.

In the first Iraq War America was defending Muslims in Kuwait. Some will say we did it only for oil but the motive is beside the point. The fact is that we were defending Kuwaiti Muslims and were supported by Muslim nations like Saudi Arabia and Jordan. So it is simply not the case that America was waging a war on Muslims. We were waging war on some Muslims who were trying to conquer other Muslims. We were on the side of the oppressed Muslims who were being overrun. On whose side does that leave these young British Muslims?

In the second Iraq War, thousands of Iraqi Muslims rejoiced in the streets when we liberated them from the ruthless rule of Saddam Hussein and even today many Muslims in Iraq continue to support us. So it is a matter of fact that we are not fighting against all Muslims in Iraq, just the Muslims who are slaughtering other Muslims by the thousands; just the ones who are killing innocent Muslim women and children. So if we are fighting against Muslims who kill Muslims, on whose side does that leave these young British Muslims?

Thompson running for President

No, unfortunately, not Fred Thompson---Tommy Thompson.

Tommy Thompson is a former governor of Wisconsin and former Secretary of Health and Human Services under George Bush.

Regarding the War of Iraq he would, first, demand that the "the government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki vote on whether it wants American troops to remain in Iraq...". If not, he would pull our troops out (New York Times).

Second, he would divide Iraq into three separate "states,", Kurd, Sunni and Shi'ite. Each would govern their own religious, cultural and political affairs and "provide representation to a national government that would provide a defense for all of Iraq and an economic infrastructure" (Tommy 2008).

The death of Andrew Anthos

According to numerous news reports, Andrew Anthos was riding a city bus when a man determined that Andrew was homosexual, followed him off the bus and hit him in the head with a pipe. His death was labeled as a hate crime and used to promote hate crimes legislation. The executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force even “implicated religious conservatives” in the crime.

It now turns out that this terrible crime was not a crime at all. Apart from the fact that there were no witnesses to this “crime”, a medical examiner’s report has now confirmed that the seventy-two year old Andrew Anthos died of natural causes! He had a degenerative condition known as “spinal stenosis” which compressed his spinal cord, caused paralysis leading to respiratory failure (OneNewsNow.com).

So do you suppose the executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force will issue an apology for slandering religious conservatives? Do you think the various media sources will print retractions? Maybe when pigs fly.

More likely, this hate-crime-lie will continue to be used to deceive others for political purposes just like the Matthew Shepherd story was used so effectively.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Breaking: Solomon Islands Earthquake

A 7.8 earthquake has occurred near the Solomon Islands, north of Australia (Stuff.co.nz). On the Richter Scale, an 8 point earthquake is ten times stronger than a 7 point earthquake so there are fears of a tsunami.

UPDATE: Fox News is reporting that a tsunami did hit the Solomon Islands and that at least one village has been flattened.

The Sandy Berger Caper

I just finished watching the FOX News Special Report “Socks, Scissors, Paper: The Sandy Berger Caper” and I’m practically in shock! What Sandy Berger did is like Watergate times 10—and he got off with a tiny slap on the wrist! It is now certain that it wasn’t just a “mistake” (Berger) or “sloppiness” (President Clinton) and it is very hard to believe that Berger was just acting on his own. Where were Woodward and Bernstein when we needed them?

U.S. Representative Tom Davis who has investigated this scandal alleges that a cover-up is being orchestrated by, of all places, the Bush justice department. This issue needs to be re-opened and pursued further.

For more information see Fox News, and Free Republic (page down to read “The Sandy Man” and other hilarious songs on the topic).”

Senator McCain and CNN

Just released from the Drudge Report:
During a live press conference in Bagdad, Senators McCain and Graham were
heckled by CNN reporter Michael Ware. An official at the press conference called
Ware’s conduct “outrageous,” saying, “here you have two United States Senators
in Bagdad giving first-hand reports while Ware is laughing and mocking their
comments. I’ve never witnessed such disrespect. This guy is an activist not a
reporter.”

Sounds like professional misconduct to me. What should CNN do about it?

Newt Gingrich and ghetto language

In a recent speech, Newt Gingrich said, "We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto..."

The CNN headline was “Gingrich: Bilingual education akin to ghetto talk. In the article, “Peter Zamora, co-chair of the Washington-based Hispanic Education Coalition,” said, “The tone of his comments were very hateful. Spanish is spoken by many individuals who do not live in the ghetto.”

Kevin, a regular reader to Recliner Commentaries, sent an e-mail to me about the article. Kevin wrote,
“Someone apparently needs to learn English. Ghetto means ‘a quarter of a city in
which members of a minority group live especially because of social, legal, or
economic pressure.’ By saying ‘a ghetto’ Gingrich's point is that we need to
focus our energy on encouraging and enabling people to learn the primary
language of the nation not enabling them to remain in an isolated group
unable to achieve as much as other who have a language advantage. It's
amazing how quickly people scream ‘hate’... I am told by my sister in law
that in order for her to continue to reside in Austria she must learn
German... sounds like a good thing.”
Kevin is right. Gingrich is an academic. He was using “ghetto” in an academic sense and making the point that people cannot succeed if they don’t know the language of the country in which they live. Opponents of “English-only” legislation may actually be hurting the very people they intend to help.