Thursday, May 31, 2007

Reckless endangerment?

The man who flew overseas and back with tuberculosis is now the first person since 1963 to be under federal quarantine. He has been flown from Atlanta to a special facility in Denver for isolation and treatment (WALB/AP). According to an AP article posted by My Way, “he flew back to North America because he feared he might die without treatment in the United States.”

Hmm, he was afraid he would die without treatment but didn’t seem to be concerned about all the others on the plane who might die if they were exposed to him? Isn’t there a law against the reckless endangerment of other people?

Civil Rights and school choice

According to a news release today by the Christian Newswire:
WASHINGTON, May 31 /Christian Newswire/ -- The U.S. Commission on Civil
Rights will address school choice, the Blaine Amendments and anti-Catholicism during a public briefing at Commission headquarters on June 1, 2007. Specifically, this briefing will examine whether certain state constitutional barriers to school choice legislation -- known as Blaine Amendments -- discriminate against Catholics and whether, more generally, they discriminate against religion...
All I have to say is, It's about time!

Fred quits


Fox News is reporting that Fred Thompson had quite his TV show, Law and Order moving one step closer to running for President.

Run, Fred, Run!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Where is the ACLU now?

The University of Michigan is about to spend tens of thousands of dollars to install Muslim "footbaths" (Debbie Schlussel.Com).

The American Left in general, and especially organizations like the ACLU, People for the American Way, and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State often attack every hint of Christianity in the public sector. Yet when Islam is imposed on students in public schools, or when colleges like the Minnesota Technical and Community College or the University of Michigan want to spend thousands of taxpayer dollars accommodating Islam (and no other religion), why do these groups remain so silent?

I don't think it is necessarily unconstitutional for a state university to provide Muslims with "footbaths" as long as similar funding is provided for Christian and Jewish students. But for a state university to financially support just one religion and neglect others has to be seen as unconstitutional by any thinking person. Why can the Left see this and where is their outrage?

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

4,000 Christians arrested

Thousands of Christians were joined by Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus in a New Delhi protest rally calling for an end to violence against Christians in India. An estimated 4,000 Christians were arrested and detained "for their own protection" (Assist News).

Monday, May 28, 2007

One nation under God

According to the Pew Research survey, 28% of American Muslims think of themselves as American first and Muslim second. By contrast, 48% of American “Christians” think of themselves as Americans first and Christians second.

Frankly, I find both statistics somewhat surprising and disturbing. The First Commandment, “Thou shalt have no other God’s before me” is central not only to Judaism but also to Christianity and Islam. To place ones’ allegiance to country over God is idolatry!

This country owes its very foundation to the idea that there is a God to whom rulers and countries must submit. Those who signed the Declaration of Independence did not subscribe to the notion that “all men are created equal” because some government said so, but because they believed it was self-evident that God said so (as inconsistent as some of our forefathers were in carrying this out).

Our forefathers believed in “unalienable rights” such as “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” not because some government established these rights, but because our forefathers believed that we were “endowed by our Creator” with these rights. They believed that governments were instituted to “secure these rights” and that governments that fail to do so should be abolished (Declaration of Independence).

When professing “Christians” therefore, place government or patriotism above God, they 1) become guilty of idolitry and essentially deny the very God they profess to serve, 2) make the same mistake that many German “Christians” made when they put their allegiance in Hitler and the “Fatherland” over God, and 3) they undermine the whole foundation on which our government was established.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Blogging through the Qur'an

Robert Spencer is an expert on Islam and the Qur'an. He is beginning a series of blogs called Blogging through the Qur'an. It will run each Sunday at HotAir.Com. He plans to go through the entire Qur'an, not just selected passages. I'll start posting links to his posts as they become available, beginning with the introduction today at HotAir.Com.

This will be an excellent way to learn more about Islam. I encourage you to take time to read it.

Litigation Jihad

The next step for Islamic Jihad in American should be a serious concern to the Left and Right alike. See Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

How to end Islamophobia

In Friday’s edition of the Wall Street Journal, Tawfik Hamid, a Muslim, provides some outstanding suggestions for ending Islamophobia. Excerpts appear below but when you have time please read the entire article.
To bring an end to Islamophobia, we must employ a holistic approach that treats
the core of the disease. It will not suffice to merely suppress the symptoms. It
is imperative to adopt new Islamic teachings that do not allow killing apostates
(Redda Law). Islamic authorities must provide mainstream Islamic books that
forbid polygamy and beating women. Accepted Islamic doctrine should take a
strong stand against slavery and the raping of female war prisoners, as happens
in Darfur under the explicit canons of Shariah ("Ma Malakat Aimanikum"). Muslims
should teach, everywhere and universally, that a woman's testimony in court
counts as much as a man's, that women should not be punished if they marry whom
they please or dress as they wish.

We Muslims should publicly show our strong disapproval for the growing number of attacks by Muslims against other faiths and against other Muslims. Let us not even dwell on 9/11, Madrid, London, Bali and countless other scenes of carnage. It has been estimated that of the two million refugees fleeing Islamic terror in Iraq, 40% are Christian, and many of them seek a haven in Lebanon, where the Christian population itself has declined by 60%. Even in Turkey, Islamists recently found it necessary to slit the throats of three Christians for publishing Bibles.

Of course, Islamist attacks are not limited to Christians and Jews. Why do we hear no Muslim condemnation of the ongoing slaughter of Buddhists in Thailand by Islamic groups? Why was there silence over the Mumbai train bombings which took the lives of over 200 Hindus in 2006? We must not forget that innocent Muslims, too, are suffering. Indeed, the most common murderers of Muslims are, and have always been, other Muslims. Where is the Muslim outcry over the Sunni-Shiite violence in Iraq?

Islamophobia could end when masses of Muslims demonstrate in the streets against videos displaying innocent people being beheaded with the same vigor we employ against airlines, Israel and cartoons of Muhammad.
One fascinating aspect of this article is that those of us on the Right wholeheartedly agree with this moderate Muslim. So why is it that so many on the Left call us Islamophobes?

Friday, May 25, 2007

Corruption in Tennessee?

It appears that the “good ol boy” system is still alive and well in parts of America:
TELLICO PLAINS, Tenn., May 25 /Christian Newswire/ -- Motions are
being filed with the Tennessee Claims Commission in reference to the attempted
murder of a missionary.

According to the Christian Newswire, back on January 18, 2006, a Tennessee court “rendered a judgment against “Leonard James Ahearn exposing Mr. Ahearn publicly for fraud and breach of contract against Appalachian Youth Missions National Missions Coordinator George Raudenbush.”

This apparently didn’t sit well with Mr. Ahearn. According to the Christian NewsWire:
After being exposed, Mr. Ahearn and his associates have relentlessly retaliated
against Appalachian Youth Missions…

On February 7, 2006 a mission vehicle was maliciously incinerated by arson. Thirty days later, Mr. Ahearn personally abducts assaults and threatens George in a bank parking lot, stating "the vehicle fire is just the beginning, drop the case or I’ll run you out of town."

As a final solution, it appears Mr. Ahearn did contract individuals to detain torture and kill George on May 17, 2006 at 3:00 am at God Wins House, Office to Appalachian Youth Missions. Mr. Ahearn's plot fails after two hours of torture…

Local authorities were contacted immediately after the abduction. Later it was discovered by a witness that local law enforcement officials knew the identities of the individuals involved who conspired to murder and then transport the victim's body out of the county.
Judical authorities may also be involved. Read the rest at Christian Newswire May 18, 2007 and May 25, 2007.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

al-Qaeda torture manual

A recent raid on an al-Qaeda safe house in Iraq produced an illustrated al-Qaeda torture manual. It makes Guantanamo waterboarding seem like a slap on the wrist. If you've got the stomach for it, The Smoking Gun has the pictures.

I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for outrage from the American Left.

S.B. 777 passes in California

SACRAMENTO, May 24 /Christian Newswire/ -- Radical legislation mandating that
schoolchildren as young as kindergarten learn about and support transsexuality,
bisexuality and homosexuality has passed the California State Senate.

SB 777 requires textbooks, instructional materials, and school-sponsored activities to positively portray cross-dressing, sex-change operations, homosexual "marriages," and all aspects of homosexuality and bisexuality, including so-called "gay history." Silence on these sexual lifestyles will not be allowed.
If the Democrats win the White House and retain control of Congress in 2008, you can expect that policies like this will be implemented nationwide and the religious freedom and convictions of millions of Americans will be trampled in the dirt.

Colorado Christian too sectarian?

According to a new ruling, the state of Colorado can now decide which colleges are “too sectarian” for students to receive tax dollars for their education. Although state education funds are still available for students attending other religious colleges, Colorado Christian was found to be “too sectarian.” In other words, while Christians pay taxes like everyone else, those in Colorado who choose to attend colleges that take their faith seriously, will not get any back for their education (Inside Higher Ed., Alliance Defense Fund)

The first amendment was intended to keep the government from establishing a state church or from promoting one religion or denomination over another. When the government provides state funds for students at some religious colleges, but denies the same funding to students at other religious colleges based solely on what is "too sectarian", how does that not violate the spirit of the First Amendment?

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Pew Research on American Muslims

A recent Pew survey on American Muslims is getting a lot of press this morning. Fox News, for example, is reporting that 26% of American Muslims think suicide bombings are justified. Although they qualified this a bit later, their initial reporting was a bit misleading.

The Pew survey found that of American Muslims from 18-29 years old, 15% thought suicide bombing was often or sometimes justified, while another 11% thought it was rarely justified. That comes to a total of 26%.

Only 8% of the total number of American Muslims thought suicide bombing was often or sometimes justified, however, while 78% said it was never justified. Estimates of the number of Muslims in America run from about 1.5 million to 8 million. That would mean that 120,000 to 640,000 American Muslims think suicide bombing is justified.

This is definitely something to be concerned about and apparently, some American Muslims are concerned. The survey showed that over 1/3rd of all American Muslims were concerned about the rise of Islamic extremism in America while 25% were somewhat concerned. Even more, 51%, were concerned about the rise of Islamic extremism around the world. 58% of American Muslims view al-Qaeda very unfavorably.

The income of Muslim Americans is very close to that of all other Americans. 35% of American Muslims make less than $35,000 per year compared to 33% of the general public. 26% of American Muslims make over $75,000 as compared with 28% of other Americans. The percentage of Muslims who make $30,000 to $74,999 is 39%, exactly the same as the percentage as the rest of America.

65% of American Muslims are foreign born. 43% believe that Muslims should adopt American customs while 26% think Muslims should remain distinct. 86% believe that Qur’an is the Word of God, 50% take it word-for-word literally but only 40% attend religious services weekly. 34% attend seldom or never. While 61% pray every day, only 41% pray the required five times a day.

46% said that men and women should pray separately in the Mosque (45% of Muslim women said that men and women should pray separately). 23% of American Muslims believed that it was OK for Muslim men and women to pray together in the Mosque, but that women should pray behind the men.

61% believe that homosexuality should be discouraged while only 27% believe it should be accepted. Similarly, 59% believe that government should be more involved in protecting morality while only 29% believe that government should be less involved. On the other hand, 63% are Democrats or lean Democratic while only 11% are Republicans or lean Republican (go figure).

73% of Muslim Americans say they have never been discriminated against.

To read the entire report (over 100 pages) see Pew Research.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Christian life in Egypt

Life for Christians in a "peaceful," moderate, Muslim Country:
For the past three and half decades, the Copts (Christians of Egypt) have
been targeted by a wave of brutal attacks on their persons, churches, homes and
businesses. Ibn Khaldoun Research Center (headed by Human Rights advocate
Saad Eddin Ibrahim) documented over one hundred and twenty major attacks on the Copts during this period. Another study estimated that over 4000 Copts were
killed or injured during this period, not to mention the material losses, in tens of Millions of Dollars, and the state of fear and mass immigration that followed.

One phenomenal one can't help but observe is that much of these attacks took place after attending the Muslim Friday prayers in mosques. Most significant, also, is that the vast majority of these attacks were not committed by organized terrorist groups, but by seemingly 'ordinary' people from the neighborhood, under the influence of hate propaganda emitted through the media, the education system and mosque preaching. The Egyptian justice system has yet to adequately punish a single Muslim perpetrator. (Christian Newswire)

Aftermath of the Pelosi visit

You may recall Nancy Pelosi's visit to Syria several months ago. The New York Observer did some investigation into the aftermath (quoted in LGF):

Many Syrian dissidents and pro-democracy activists have privately expressed
dismay at Ms. Pelosi’s message of friendship to the government of Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad. They say that Ms. Pelosi’s visit, no matter how
well-intentioned, has effectively pulled the rug out from under them, critically
damaging their efforts to create momentum for reform from within.

“Pelosi’s visit made the regime feel that Americans were divided on how to deal with
Syria,” said a Damascus-based women’s-rights activist who, like five other activists interviewed for this article, asked that his name be withheld because he feared punishment. “This sends a message to the regime that the pressure is off, that it can do what it likes.”

It has certainly seemed that way in the weeks since Ms. Pelosi’s departure, during
which time the government has imprisoned Kurdish opposition figures while maintaining travel and work bans on political activists.

Monday, May 21, 2007

$10 billion for pre-kindergarten

Hillary Clinton is proposing $10 billion dollar program for providing pre-kindergarten programs for every four year old in America. Next time you get your paycheck, take a look at the amount of money the federal government is witholding. If your reaction is, gee, I sure wish they'd take more--vote Hillary for President.

Cell phones and driving

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, State Senator Carole Migden (Democrat) was involved in an auto accident when she reached to answer her cell phone while driving. What the Chronicle article didn't bother to mention, but Fox News did, was that Ms. Migden was one who had voted to fine California residents caught using their cell phones while driving.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Fred Thompson on immigration bill

According to former Senator, Fred Thompson,
I’d tell you what was in the legislation, but 24 hours after the
politicians agreed the bill looked good, the Senate lawyers were still writing
what may turn out to be a one thousand page document. In fact, a final version
of the bill most likely will not be made available to the public until after the
legislation is passed. That may come five days from now. That’s like trying to
digest an eight-course meal on a fifteen-minute lunch break.

Please take time to read the rest of this short article at Townhall.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Nuclear threat keeps FBI director awake

According to an interview with NewsMax, FBI director Robert Mueller revealed his concern about a nuclear attack on the U.S.
Osama bin Laden and his terrorist group desperately want to obtain nuclear
devices and explode them in American cities, especially New York and Washington,
D.C., FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III tells NewsMax.

But Mueller says though hemmed in, al-Qaida's paramount goal is clear: to detonate a nuclear device that would kill hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Incontrast to homegrown terrorists, al-Qaida is far more likely to be able to pull
off such an attack.

Mueller admits the nuclear threat is so real he sometimes wakes up in the middle of the night worrying about that possibility (NewsMax).
In the face of this threat, many on the Left have opposed the Patriot Act, opposed NSA wiretapping of calls from overseas, opposed any mistreatment of known terrorists, opposed profiling of Muslims by airport security, opposed those who warn of Muslim radicals, and opposed border security. Of course, not everyone on the Left is so clueless but those who are either don’t get it, or seem to be supporting the other side.

Where's the outrage?

“On Monday, a New London [Connecticut] man was indicted in the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl. Now, a police investigation has uncovered that the child was taken for abortions to the Planned Parenthood clinic Norwich in April, July and September of 2006” (Christian News Wire).

The article goes on to say that over 800 phone calls have been recorded in the last two years in which Planned Parenthood, 91% of the time, instructed girls whom they believed were underage on how to cover up that fact in order to obtain an abortion.

You may recall that when it came to light that priests were molesting adolescents nearly every news outlet in the country covered the story relentlessly for months (and rightly so). So far I haven’t seen this reported on any mainline TV news programs including FoxNews. Where is the outrage?

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Please, Grow Up!

According to Fox News, "Legislation to add "weight and height" to anti-discrimination law in Massachusetts has been proposed to give special protection to short and fat people."

Good idea! And while we're at it, why not add some other categories to the anti-discrimination laws in order to protect...

--Those who have big ears or noses
--Those who have bad breath or stinky feet
--Those who have an overbite or gaps in their teeth
--Those who have unsightly warts, moles, or birth marks
--Those who have generally obnoxious personalities
--Those who have funny names
--Those who are motivationally challenged
--Those who are intellectually challenged
--Those who are “geeks”
--Those who are "weaklings"
--Those who are shy, timid or bashful
--Those who are people of no color
--Those who are bald or balding
--Those who wear thick glasses
--Those who live in trailer houses
--Those who are rednecks
--Those who perceive themselves to be rednecks
--Those who walk, talk or laugh funny
--Those who belch, fart, scratch their crotch or pick their noses in public
--Those who are just generally ugly
--Those who perceive themselves to be ugly

After all, these people are also subject to teasing and discrimination.

I think we’re coming to a point in America where we no longer want a government—we want mommies to dry our tears, wipe our noses and to beat up on the bullies.

Abstinence and hypocrisy

"Although a new Zogby poll shows that parents overwhelmingly support abstinence education, the House is mounting a forceful campaign to kill millions of dollars in Title V abstinence funding" (FRC).

The next time you hear Democrats ask why President Bush is ignoring the will of the people on Iraq, you might ask them the same thing with regard to numerous other issues, like abstinence education. For the Democrats to attack the President for ignoring the will of the people is simply a hypocritical, political ploy.

I can understand why many people want teens to be educated about safe-sex and birth control, but who in their right mind would not want to encourage abstinence education as well?

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Planned Parenthood threatens to sue

According to CNS News, "Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles is threatening to sue a student pro-life activist who recorded an abortion clinic employee encouraging her to lie about her age to avoid being reported as a victim of statutory rape." (See Recliner Commentaries for the story).

The reaction of Planned Parenthood actually shows their true colors as much as the crime itself. Rather than thanking the student for bringing such a horrible incident to light, Planned Parenthood seeks to punish her for daring to expose their disgusting, illegal, crime.

Muslim policing of Iraq

According to CBS News:
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday proposed sending a Muslim
peacekeeping force to Iraq. Musharraf has suggested his own country would send
thousands of troops to join the effort, should such a plan come together. He
made the proposal at a conference of foreign ministers from Islamic countries
Tuesday, following months of reports that Pakistan was lobbying for an Islamic
military force to ease the burden of the U.S. military fighting against a deadly
Iraqi insurgency.

That's the best idea I've heard in a long time (I once suggested it on this blog). Getting the U.S. out of Iraq would take away the insurgent's primary excuse for all the violence, i.e. western interference in a Muslim country. Send troops from Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey to Iraq and shoot to get most of our troops out by Christmas.

What do you think?

Facilitating child rape

Absolutely unbelievable:
A story out of Mason, Ohio paints a horrifying picture of just how far Planned
Parenthood may be willing to go to attract young abortion clients. In what
prosecutors are calling "one of the worst cases of child abuse" in Warren
County, a local man has been sentenced to five years in prison--one for each
year he molested and raped his own daughter. The abuse could have been
prevented, or at the very least, cut short, the girl's attorney says, had
Planned Parenthood intervened when the young girl reported her dad at the clinic
where she was forced to undergo an abortion. Rather than help the hurting
child, lawyer Brian Hurley alleges, Planned Parenthood preyed on the girl's
vulnerability and refused to intervene as the law requires. Instead, clinic
workers performed the procedure and sent her back with a supply of birth control
where her tormentor continued sexually assaulting her for another year and a
half….Tragically, her situation may not be an isolated one; many others are made
possible by the government's funding of Planned Parenthood. Similar
allegations have been raised in Indiana and Kansas (Family Research Council,
5/14/07).

The media’s silence on stories like these is as deafening as it is sickening. Isn’t it time for a major federal investigation of Planned Parenthood?

Monday, May 14, 2007

Porn shops and libraries

According to the Christian Newswire:
GLEN ELLYN, Ill., May 14 /Christian Newswire/ -- Taxpayers are footing the bill
for a planned protest by Illinois librarians against a proposed internet
filtering bill. On May 8th, the Illinois Library Association (ILA) issued an
"action request" calling for a coordinated protest against the Internet
filtering bill, HB 1727, recommending that all public libraries in the state to
obstruct Internet access on Monday, May 14th.

The American Library Association vehemently opposes all filtering of public library internet access. They view filtering as “censorship” and a threat to first amendment protection of freedom of speech. This, of course, is ludicrous!

Imagine, for example, that someone offered to donate a large truckload of new books to a public library. The only catch is that 5% of the books contain graphic depictions of sexual torture, and the librarian must select all or nothing.

Almost all librarians would reject such a donation. Librarians would insist on selecting the material they want from the donation and they would reserve the right to dispose of any material they didn’t want. They would never think of such selection as censorship.

In the case of the internet, however, the American Library Association pressures librarians to accept the whole truckload and many librarians simply buy into conventional ALA “wisdom” and follow along like sheep (after all, there is nothing worse in the library profession than to be labeled a “censor”)!

American society does not allow minors to enter porn shops, why should we allow minors to enter libraries that make porn available to minors? Either public libraries need to filter internet access to minors, or like porn shops, public libraries need to be held legally liable when they allow minors to access pornography.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Listening to the will of the people

Seems like I've heard numerous Democratic congresspeople recently asking why the President won't listen to the will of the people, since polls show that most people want America out of Iraq.

A new CNN poll reports "that a majority of Americans say they are pro-life when it comes to the issue of abortion. The survey also shows abortion is a key issue for the 2008 presidential campaign and that pro-life voters are more resolute than abortion advocates."

So I'm wondering, when will the Democrats listen to the will of the people about abortion?

Church offends Muslims

The Islamic Center of Raleigh North Carolina is apparently upset at the sign in front of the Good News Independent Baptist Church. See Michelle Malkin for the story.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Racism in the South?

Here's a trivia quiz. List the top five most racist states in America.

My guess is that most Americans would place some of the southern states in their top five. Actually, according to StateMaster, the states that have the lowest number of hate crimes per capita are Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Louisiana, with North Carolina close behind.

If these stats are correct, we can only hope and pray that the rest of the country would make as much progress as they have in the South.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Planned Parenthood Cover-up

According to the ChristianNewWire (May 10):
Student reporter Lila Rose posed as a 15 year old, entered a Santa Monica
Planned Parenthood and announced that a 23 year old man had impregnated her,
according to the Advocate, a student magazine at UCLA. Planned Parenthood staff
informed Rose that this constituted statutory rape and then encouraged her to
"figure out a birth-date that works," to obtain the abortion and avoid getting
the man in trouble with the police. The Planned Parenthood staff assured Rose
that if she said she was 16 or older, they wouldn't have to report the
rape.

"California's mandatory reporting laws for statutory rape are supposed to protect pregnant minors," said Lila Rose, Editor in Chief of The Advocate. "Underage girls are being targeted by predators, and Planned Parenthood is busy covering up the evidence. How many other rapes has this one clinic covered up?" (Christian NewsWire).
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood, Southwest Ohio Region
“were named as defendants in a lawsuit…alleging that they violated Ohio law by
their failure to repot the sexual abuse of minors…The suit alleges that on
November 15, 2004, 16 year-old Denise Fairbanks, was brought to PP by her
father, who had been sexually assaulting her since she was 13. He sought an
abortion for his daughter at PP's Auburn Avenue facility in order to cover up
the sexual abuse and resulting pregnancy.” (Christian NewWire).
Isn’t it time for a full-scale federal investigation of Planned Parenthood?

A racist hate crime

According to CNSNews, a white couple was out on a date in Knoxville Tennessee "when they were carjacked, raped and "tortured at length in each other's presence" before finally being murdered. Their mutilated and burned remains were found along a railroad track and in a trash can. "Five African-Americans have been arrested and face up to 46 charges." Not all that long ago a black woman falsely claimed to have been raped by some white athletes from Duke University. The story was covered by virtually every TV station and newspaper in the country--for months!

Years earlier, the news media (apparently falsely) claimed that Matthew Shepherd was killed because he was gay, and that story was sometimes thrown in people’s faces even years later!

Democrats in Congress are now insisting on the need for a hate crimes bill because of incidents (real and imagined) just like these.

But in the Knoxville atrocity, the victims are white so the media hardly covered the story at all, you’re not likely to see Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson protesting against the racism involved, and as far as I know, no one is investigating possible hate crimes charges.

I’m certainly not a white supremacist--In fact, I think white supremacist ideology is despicable--but racism is wrong regardless of the victims’ skin color and this smacks of racism, not only by the perpetrators but by the media’s negligence in not reporting it.

Breaking: PM Blair resigns

After ten years in office, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has just announced that he will submit his resignation to the Queen on June 27, 2007.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Apostasy and the death penalty

"A new apostasy draft bill has been sent before a standing committee in Pakistan's National Assembly. If passed, the Apostasy Act 2006, adopted in first reading by the parliament and tabled by the six-party Islamic alliance, the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal or MMA, would sentence to death all Muslim men found guilty of leaving Islam. Muslim women would face life in prison for the same crime" (ChristianNewsWire).

If Islam, worldwide, were to drop their retaliation against those who leave the faith--and I mean, all retaliation, legal as well as the less than legal retaliation that takes place with a wink and a nod from Muslim authorities--my guess is that Muslims would leave Islam by the millions! My challenge to Islamic leaders is this: Is your religion so morally and intellectually weak that you have to force your religion on people by war and can only keep them with threats of death?

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

More on Herod's tomb

Haaretz is reporting more on what appears to be the discovery of the tomb of Herod the Great.

"Today we dodged a bullet"

Last night the FBI brought down a group of Islamic terrorists in New Jersey who were planning "a spactacular armed attack" on soldiers at a New Jersey military base. Read about it at CNSNews.

Kudos to the FBI!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Bush knew about 9/11?

According to a Rasmussen survey, 35% of Democrats believe that George Bush knew about the 9/11 attacks in advance.

Frankly, I find it frightening to think that so many Democrats are so overwhelmed either by hatred or stupidity or both that they would believe such conspiracy theories. I fear for the future of this country.

Herod's tomb discovered?

Hebrew University in Jerusalem announced today that it has discovered the tomb of Herod the Great (the ruler who, according to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, sought to have the baby Jesus killed). More details are to be released at a news conference on Tuesday (YNet News).

Rudy supported Planned Parenthood

According to an article in Politico today, presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani contributed to Planned Parenthood back in 1993, 1994, 1998, and 1999.

Muhammad and Aisha

On Jihad Watch today, Robert Spencer provides an extended debate on the issue of Muhammad’s marriage to Aisha when she was seven years old and their consummation when she was nine (he was 53!).

Apparently, its not just Americans who are troubled by this but people in various cultures. Some Muslim apologists try desperately to deny it but, as Spencer shows, it is historical fact.
Spencer points to this website for a summary of the evidence. One of the quotes from Muslim sources is as sad as it is sick:
A’ishah states: We came to Medina and Abu Bakr took up quarters in al-Sunh among the Banu al-Harith b. al-Khazraj. The Messenger of God came to our house and men
and women of the Ansar gathered around him. My mother came to me while I was
being swung on a swing between two branches and got me down. Jumaymah, my nurse, took over and wiped my face with some water and started leading me. When I was at the door, she stopped so I could catch my breath. I was then brought [in]
while the Messenger of God was sitting on a bed in our house. [My mother] made
me sit on his lap and said, "These are your relatives. May God bless you with
them and bless them with you!" Then the men and women got up and left. The
Messenger of God consummated his marriage with me in my house when I was nine
years old.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Democrats' speeches

On Hannity’s America tonight, Hannity showed video clips of speeches by John Kerry, Chris Dodd, Edward Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Howard Dean, and other Democrats, delivered not long before or after the Iraq War “shock and awe,” compared with speeches they are now giving. The difference was like night and day and their hypocrisy was absolutely shocking! For the sake of America’s future, we must vote these people out of office.

Abusing innocent civilians

ABC News recently reported that a survey of 1,320 of our soldiers and 447 marines in Iraq found that “About 10 per cent of soldiers surveyed reported mistreating non-combatants or damaging their property when it was not necessary….”

War is always a terrible, brutal business and there is simply no way to avoid injuring or killing innocent civilians. On the other hand, quite frankly, I find the results of this survey far more disturbing that Abu Ghraib. In Abu Ghraib some rogue soldiers humiliated some terrorists. This survey indicates that, by their own admission, one out of ten American soldiers deliberately mistreated or damaged the property of innocent civilians even though our soldiers knew it wasn’t necessary.

Apart from the unethical aspects of deliberately mistreating civilians, there is the practical fact that these 10% make the other 90% look bad and, more importantly, they further damage America’s image.

Why would the Left, Hollywood, the media and Democrats go into convulsions over the mistreatment of terrorists, but no one seems to be batting an eye at the mistreatment of civilians? Surely the Pentagon needs to address this issue.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

The Truth about Muhammad


Karen Armstrong is a well known author and scholar--and a lapdog for Islam. She recently attacked Robert Spencer's book, The Truth About Muhammad. Mr. Spencer's response in Jihad Watch shows how biased and uninformed Ms. Armstrong really is.
The Truth about Muhammad is an excellent book that should be near the top of everyone's reading list.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Breaking: Liberate Paris?

Paris Hilton has just been sentenced to 45 days in jail for driving on a suspended licence after an alcohol conviction. One pundit joked that he was going to have T-shirts made up to read, "Liberate Paris."

A Hollywood superstar getting justice. Whodathunkit!

Duncan Hunter for president?

If fred Thompson doesn't get in the race, another good possiblity might be Duncan Hunter. Check him out.

Treason in Iraq?

According to MEMRI:
An investigative article by journalist Mahdi Mustafa, published March 31,
2007 in the Egyptian government weekly Al-Ahram Al-Arabi, featured photographs
of documents indicating that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki has ties with
Muqtada Al-Sadr and with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

I hope our government is taking this seriously. If the article is accurate, the Iraqi Prime Minister (and others?) should be arrested immediately and tried for treason against his own government.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Slavery in India

According to a report by SkyNews, “250,000 women and children are being trafficked every year - many of them forced into the sex trade.”

Sometimes it's just hard to comprehend the depths of evil to which men will sink.

Forgiveness in Turkey

On April 21, Recliner Commentaries reported about the Turkish Christians who were tortured and killed. According to Johan Candelin of the World Evangelical Alliance:
…there's a deep national sense of confusion in Turkey today. "Muslims are saying
that Islam is a religion of peace and harmony. And then they see on television
these three Christians who have been killed by a group of young people, and the
young people say they have done it in the name of religion."

What's added to their confusion, says Candelin, is the television interviews of the widows. "The widows came out on national television and said, 'We will stay in Turkey. We love Turkey.' And, 'I have forgiven the killers because Jesus has forgiven me.' That has been a strong, strong testimony to the nation of 70 million Muslims."

Many Muslims have come out in support of the Christians who were killed.
However, Candelin says, not all. "There are also strong nationalistic groups in
Turkey that see the Christians, especially the missionary work they do, as
something that will split the Turkish nation" (MNN).
The World Evangelical Alliance has started a collection for the five children of the martyrs who were killed.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Democrats' attack on free speech

Please read Chuck Colson’s chilling article on H.R. 1592 and the Democrats' attack on free speech.

Where the slaughter takes place

Kirsten Powers is a Democrat who once served in the Clinton administration. In part of a column posted on Michelle Malkin.Com Ms. Powers writes:
Many early feminists -- the Suffragettes -- opposed abortion. They viewed it as
an affront to human rights. There is little doubt that they would have recognized elective, late-term abortion for what it is, a gruesome, uncivilized and inhuman procedure.

Feminism was meant to establish women as having equal legal rights to men. Yet, in today's twisted debate, women are not mere equals. Instead, they have been elevated to a special status where they have the "right" to determine whether a five-month or older "live fetus," as the court called it, should be partially delivered outside of their body and killed in the most gruesome manner imaginable, even if carrying that fetus poses no threat to their life.

It needs to be said that there is no constitutional right to crush a living human's skull and suction out its brains, no matter where that life may reside -- inside the womb, or partially outside the womb, as is done in the so-called partial birth abortion. It's immoral and contrary to the values of the Democratic Party, which prides itself on standing up for the weak and voiceless.
Now that partial birth abortion (read “infanticide”) is illegal, we have to ask ourselves what kind of twisted, sick, morally perverted minds could actually support pulling a living baby half-way outside the vaginal canal and scrambling its brains. While it appears that some Democrats are beginning to see the light, it is significant that all the major Democratic presidential candidates support late term abortion. The difference between late term abortion and “partial birth” abortion is largely a matter of where the slaughter takes place.

Sheria courts in Britain

There are now apparently Islamic Sharia courts operating in Britain. Can America be far behind? See Dhimmi Watch.

Thomas Sowell's random thoughts


Everything Thomas Sowell writes is worth reading. In today’s Townhall he posts some random thoughts. A few of them are:

A reader writes: "Liberals hold us individually responsible for nothing but collectively responsible for everything."

Too many people in positions of responsibility act as if these are just positions of opportunity -- for themselves. The ones who simply steal money probably do less harm than teachers who propagandize their students, media who slant the news or politicians who sell out their country's interests in order to get re-elected.

A reader wrote: "Have you ever noticed that opinion polls ask the opinions of people who have no expertise in the subject on which they are being polled and publish
these opinions as if they were gospel truth instead of group ignorance?"

A reader sent the following message, quoting his nephew: "Calling an illegal alien
an 'undocumented worker' is like calling a drug dealer an 'unlicensed pharmacist.'"

Our education system, our media, and our intelligentsia have all been unrelentingly undermining the values, the traditions, and the unity of this country for generations and, at the same time, portraying as "understandable" all kinds of deviance, from prostitution to drugs to riots.

I am so old that I can remember a Democrat, at his inauguration as
President, say of our enemies: "We dare not tempt them with weakness."
Read the rest at Townhall.