Friday, June 29, 2007

Terrorist bomb in London

Breaking: CNN and Fox News are reporting that a potentially massive explosive device has been discovered in London. A car was discovered outside the "Tiger, Tiger" bar in a club and theater district in London at 1:00 AM. It was a time when "many, many people were leaving nightclubs." The car contained propane containers, a large amount of extra gasoline, a detonating device and its floors were covered with nails. Fortunately, the car did not explode. Authorities are treating it as an attempted terrorist attack.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

National health care

Fred Thompson on national health care:
Nearest home, it was the Canadian Health Care system that lost its luster.
Despite paying nearly half their incomes in taxes, and as much as 40 percent of
each tax dollar on health care, many Canadian experts have recognized that their
health care system’s in a state of crisis. The problem has been, simply, not
enough health care facilities to serve the population -- leading to long and
sometimes fatal delays while waiting for treatments. Many Canadians have started
coming to the US for treatments that they just can't get at home.

This is apparently what Hillary has in mind for us. Read the rest at Townhall.

Censorship by another name

Leftist fascism is at work again. In the words of Alan Sears,

In the wake of the pending final demise of bankrupt and scandal-plagued Air
America, the Left continues to be frustrated by the fact that America simply
isn’t tuning in to their propaganda. So, according to reports from various news
outlets, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Dennis Kucinich, and Sen.
Barbara Feinstein are joining their friends at the far-left Center for American
Progress to cook up a new plan: force radio stations to accept unwanted
programming in the name of “fairness” and “balance.”

The left is apparently also advocating:
…increasing “ownership diversity, both in terms of the race/ethnicity and gender
of owners, as well as the number of independent local owners,” which in the
Left’s view would lead to more “diverse” programs. So instead of capitalism, we
get the Leftist cure-all: quotas.

In a free market, the listeners decide which radio programs live and which die. Forcing stations to operate not on the basis of ratings and ad revenue, but in an ideological and multi-cultural affirmative-action system that dictates “fairness,” is not only unconstitutional – it’s downright Soviet. It’s offensive to the economic marketplace; it’s suffocating to the vital marketplace of ideas.

But, of course, that persnickety First Amendment has never stopped the Left before. They’re more than happy to rewrite it and bully Americans into submission, if they can’t capture and sustain an audience the old-fashioned way.
Please read Alan Sears entire article on Townhall.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Christian Right causing division

According to Barak Obama:

"Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together
and faith started being used to drive us apart,' the Democratic presidential
candidate said in a 30-minute speech before the national meeting of the United Church of Christ. 'Faith got hijacked, partly because of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, all too eager to exploit what divides us," the Illinois senator said (Fox).
Yes, Obama, we've been doing that for a long time. Like those Christians who sided with Wilberforce to end slavery—very divisive. Come to think of it, Martin Luther King was viewed as pretty divisive as well.

So excuse us for being divisive when unborn babies are being slaughtered by the millions or when sexual behaviors that lead to millions of horrible deaths are being encouraged. Excuse us for questioning the idea that expanded government control is the best way to solve the health care or poverty crisis (considering the way government handled Walter Reed and V.A. hospitals or urban public housing etc.).

Obama's words are yet another example the Left's Orwelian double-speak. The fact is that in my younger years, the church was not divided about homosexual sex—they viewed it as sin. The church was not divided about abortion—they viewed it as sin. The church was not divided about abstinence—it was promoted. The church was not opposed to prayer in classrooms, or Christmas songs in public schools, or nativity scenes at city halls, or ten commandments in courthouses or to the teaching that “God created” in the classroom.

Even if you think the church was wrong in all this, honesty demands the acknowledgement that it has only been relatively recently that many churches (in my view, desperately wanting to be accepted by the world and bowing to every new wind of political correctness) began to change their views in order to be “relevant.” So just exactly who is being divisive here?

When we see the ACLU and similar organizations trying to remove every remnant of our country’s Christian heritage from public view (but allowing public funding for Muslims), or when we seen homosexual activists forcing the closure of a Catholic adoption agency in Massachusetts, or suing a private Christian school in California over their code of conduct, or challenging a college librarian’s recommendation of a book in Ohio, or trying to force a private religious group to hold a gay civil union on the group’s private property—please excuse us for being divisive!

How can someone so clueless be a viable candidate for president?

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Universal heath care

Star Parker has written an excellent article on Michael Moore and his promotion of governemnt health care. Please take time to read the entire article. An excerpt appears below:

I shot an e-mail to a friend, an American, now a long-time resident of
Great Britain, and asked about their National Health Service. Here's the
response:

"If you end up with an exotic disease that requires a lot of care,
you're screwed. For example, the waiting list for any kind of major surgery is
long, and for things like knee replacements you can wait for three years.
Alzheimer's drugs aren't available on the National Health Service because
they're too expensive. More and more people are paying for private health
insurance cover, and more and more companies are making it part of the perks
package. So, Britain will end up with a two-tier system before too long where
the 'rich' get good private coverage and the poor or uninsured have no
alternative to the NHS."

Moore and his rich left-wing Hollywood buddies won't have to worry about the inevitable shortages and distortions of socialized medicine. They'll simply be living in their own private-care universe.

Qur'an Sura 2.75-140

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, Sura 2.75-140 is now available at Hot Air.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Lesbian intolerance in NJ

The “Camp Meeting Association” (a Methodist organization of Ocean Grove, New Jersey) owns property with a pavilion by the ocean. Occasionally they rent the pavilion for marriages but they have a policy against same-sex unions.

New Jersey recognizes same-sex civil unions so a lesbian couple applied to use the facility for their ceremony and they were turned down. They have now filed a formal complaint with the New Jersey Division of Civil Rights (Star-Ledger) claiming that their civil rights have been violated.

Welcome to the brave new world of same-sex unions. Although there are thousands of miles of ocean front, and thousands of places to have a civil union ceremony, this lesbian couple, demonstrating total intolerance for an organization's religious convictions, will not be happy until they can get this one facility.

If this were a public facility it would be different, but private organizations, whether Christian, Muslim, atheist, gay, etc., should be able to choose who can use their facilities--and so should the Camp Meeting Association, not just because their pavilion is private property, but because freedom of religion is at stake.

But like the gay activist groups in Massachusetts that forced the closure of a Catholic adoption agency, it is apparently not enough for some homosexuals to have legalized same-sex unions. They want to force people, by law, to recognize and accommodate their sexual lifestyle even if doing so violates an organization’s religious convictions.

One of the most significant political issues with same-sex unions is not so much the legal union itself, it is the fact that the more same-sex unions become official public policy, the more gay rights groups will seek to coerce religious colleges, schools, camps, charities and even churches to violate their religious convictions by force of law. Freedom of religion is at stake and gay rights groups are doing absolutely nothing to alleviate this concern by standing up for religious liberty.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Abortion death in CA

From Christian Newswire:
RIVERSIDE, Calif., June 21 /Christian Newswire/ -- Planned Parenthood of
San Diego and Riverside Counties is being sued by the mother of Edrica
Goode, 21, who died as a result of an abortion on Valentine's Day.

Goode had presented herself for an abortion at the Planned Parenthood office in
Riverside on January 31, 2007, where she received laminaria dilators and gauze
packing. Goode then became feverish and disoriented and did not report back to
the abortion clinic for the removal of the dilators. Goode's mother, Aletheia Meloncon, was unaware of the abortion. She described her daughter as having
become "mentally unstable." She took her to a Moreno Valley hospital where,
due to a lack of knowledge about the abortion, proper treatment was delayed and
she eventually died.

Meloncon insists that the family never received notification from Planned Parenthood that Goode needed to return to the clinic for the removal of the dilators.

"A lost dog gets more attention than my daughter did. This has really torn at my family," Meloncon told the LA Times.

Meloncon's attorney, Jack M. Schuler stated, "If it wasn't for the negligent medical care that Edrica Goode received, she would be alive today."

Goode's death is the third known abortion-related death at a California Planned Parenthood in the last four years.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Alexander the Great and Jesus

I was watching a fascinating biography about Alexander the Great on the History Channel today. The events in Alexander’s life were presented by the program as if they were unquestioned historical facts. All the historians interviewed displayed a complete lack of skepticism about Alexander’s life.

I’m not skeptical about our knowledge of Alexander but it amazes me that many scholars are so skeptical about what we know about Jesus, and so un-skeptical about what we know of Alexander. After all, our earliest sources for Jesus were written from 20 to 70 years after his death while our earliest sources for Alexander were written over 300 years after his death!

The best solution to terror

This morning a TV news anchor was interviewing Walid Shoebat, a former Muslim terrorist. The reporter asked if it was possible to turn other terrorists away from a life of terror, just as Mr. Shoebat had turned from violence.

Mr. Shoebat said that most former Muslim terrorists he knows who have renounced terror have done so because they became Christians. The interviewer obviously didn’t want to hear that and changed the subject immediately to more violent solutions.

One excellent, non-violent step toward solving the terrorist problem would be for the United States government to encourage, fund and facilitate a massive foreign missions campaign sending Christian evangelists to Muslims. Ironically, the very option that could be the most productive is an option made impossible by our own Constitution.

Many Muslims are Muslims because they don’t know any better. They were born into that religion and they are not allowed to challenge their faith. In fact, they could be killed for converting to another religion. Muhammad himself had people executed for turning from Islam. When intimidation, threats, force, torture and even murder have to be used to keep people in a religion, it must be a very intellectually weak religion.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Hillary felony?

CNSNews is reporting that there is a tape of Hillary Clinton committing a felony by "knowingly soliciting, coordinating and accepting federal campaign contributions far in excess of the legal limit of $2,000."

I don't know whether there is anything to this or whether it is just a political smear, but it should certainly be investigated.

ACLU and foot washing

According to Brit Hume on Fox News, the ACLU has announced that it will not oppose the spending of $25,000 by the University of Michigan to install footwashing basins for Muslims. This confirms what many of us have long known. The ACLU is not really about civil liberties. It is not even about the separation of church and state. It is, in effect, the Anti-Christian Legal Union.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Global warming and Darfur

"UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that the slaughter in Darfur was triggered by global climate change and that more such conflicts may be on the horizon, in an article published Saturday" (AFP, See LGF).

Yeah right. Global warming caused Muslims to kidnap, torture, rape, enslave and murder Christians by the millions! I sure hope this guy is an absolute idiot because if he knows better, it would be a very, evil person who would knowingly try to justify the mass slaughter of millions of innocent people.

Maybe the Secretary General's time would be better spent figuring out how to keep Muslims from firing rockets into northern Israel before another war breaks out.

Qur'an Surah 2.40-75

See Hot Air for Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qu'ran, Surah 2.40-75.

Pull out of Iraq

According to a report by Wolfgang Polzer of Assist News Serivce:

While Iraq is constantly in world news reports the plight of Iraqi Christians
goes mostly unnoticed. According to the Society for Threatened People in
Goettingen, Germany, Iraq currently experiences the biggest persecution of
Christians of our time.In fear of murders, bomb-attacks, kidnappings, and
torture Chaldo-Assyrian Christians have been fleeing the country by the
thousands.

Approximately 75 percent of the 650,000 Christians in Iraq have
been driven from their homes. They have fled mainly to neighboring Syria or
Lebanon.

A Christian community with a history of 2,000 years is in danger of
becoming extinct, according to the human rights organization.

Hundreds of Christians have been kidnapped in the past years, women raped and men beastly murdered and maimed. According to the Society bomb attacks hit 30 churches of different denominations as well as Christian schools and businesses.

Islamic clergy take part in agitation against Christians. Some try to force Christians
to denounce their faith and turn to Islam or leave the country.

If the persecution of Christians is going to be part of the new Iraqi government’s policy, or if they are just going to turn a blind eye to it, I would have to change my position and side with those Democrats who demand the immediate withdrawal of our troops.

I would add however, that our troops should take with them all Iraqi Christians who want asylum in the United States. We did not send our troops to die in Iraq to facilitate the persecution of Iraqi Christians.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Access to Birth Control Act

On June 6 a bill, called the Access to Birth Control Act, was introduced in the Senate (S. 1555) and House of Representatives (H.R. 2596). This Act would force pharmacies to provide any FDA approved contraceptive that a customer requests, even if the pharmacy has to place it on order and even if providing such contraceptives would violate the owners' religious convictions.

Pharmacies that fail to comply can be fined $5,000 per day up to a half a million dollars! With the exception of one “Rino” all the sponsors and co-sponsors of this Act are Democrats (Hillary Clinton is one of the co-sponsors).

Toss out freedom of Religion. Forget free enterprise. Ignore the fact that the customers can take their business elsewhere. These Leftist Democrats want a society in which government specifies what products private business owners must sell and can compel these owners--under penalty of law--to violate their own personal religious convictions.

This is not the America our founding fathers envisioned. It is more like something Stalin or Hitler might have envisioned.

Islamic centers promote terrorism

"Hundreds of Islamic centers in the United States have become a hot-bed of extremist activity; they promote violence, terrorism and hatred against America". That's the title of the latest Jihad Watch, citing an article in Insight. Please take time to read them.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Detaining sleeper agents

According to Fox News:
The Bush administration cannot legally detain a U.S. resident it believes is an Al Qaeda sleeper agent without charging him, a divided federal appeals court ruled
Monday. The court said sanctioning the indefinite detention of civilians would
have "disastrous consequences for the Constitution -- and the country."
The case will likely be appealed. So what do you think? Should the government be able to indefinitely detain, without charges, those it determines are terrorist sleeper agents? Should the legal rights and proceedings be the same for U.S. citizens, legal residents and illegal aliens?

Thompson and Giuliani tied

A Rasmussen poll released today finds Fred Thompson tied with Giuliani for first place in the Republican race for president. And Thompson hasn't even strated campaigning yet!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Fred Thompson moving up

According to a recent Los Angeles Times / Bloomberg poll, Fred Thompson is moving up toward the top--and he hasn't even started campaigning yet!

Rudy Giuliani 27%
Fred Thompson 21%
John McCain 12%
Mitt Romney 10%

Among Democrats Hillary came in first at 33% followed by Obama at 22%, Gore (who's not running) at 15% and John Edwards at 8%.

I'm with Fred!

Fred Thompson has a new website. Check it out!

Qur'an Surah 2.1-39

Go to Hot Air for Robert Spencer's commentary on Surah 2.1-39 of the Qur'an.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Strippers and sex education

According to Christian Newswire, The Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH) is hosting a fundraising event tonight. The ICAH is “one of the state’s leading advocates of ‘comprehensive’ sex education. Their fundraiser is an “adults-only” event featuring a "Neo-Burlesque Performance’ by former Miss Exotic World Michelle L'amour, a stripper whose website disclaims that it ‘is not intended for viewers under the age of 18 and should not be viewed by such." Last year their fundraising event was held at the Playboy headquarters.

It will probably come as no surprise that the ICAH opposes abstinence education. The question is, do most parents really want organizations like the this involved in the sex education of their children?

Breaking: Paris liberated!

No, not Paris France, Paris Hilton. After only three days of her 45 day sentence, Paris Hilton has been released from jail.

It would appear that we have the best system of "justice" money can buy :-(

UPDATE: Paris has been "re-assigned" to 45 days of house arrest at home. That must be rough!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Raw political power

Professor Guillermo Gonzalez is an Iowa State University astronomy professor with an outstanding track record. He has produced 68 peer-reviewed publications including a college textbook. He was recently denied tenure and “Two members of his department have publicly stated that his support for intelligent design theory had something to do with the denial…” (OneNewsNow).

Don’t ever deceive yourself into thinking that science is just about the objective pursuit of truth. Sometimes it’s about raw, prejudiced, political power.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Lessons from the Living Cell


Some people like to imagine that “faith” is the world of unsubstantial imagination and fantasy while “science” is the world of hard data and solid facts.

I just finished a fascinating book entitled Lessons from the Living Cell which demonstrated how much speculation, wishful thinking and pure faith is involved in much of what we call “science.” Once a scientific paradigm becomes established, the scientific community rallies around the paradigm and fights tooth and nail to preserve it from all perceived attacks—even if the attacks are from valid scientific experiments. So when an experiment challenges the paradigm, scientists simply propose an additional hypothesis to account for the experiment in such a way as to maintain the status quo. When another experiment challenges the paradigm, another hypothesis is proposed, and so on, over and over again.

As an example, the author, Stephen Rothman presents his own work in the “transport of protein molecules across cell membranes.” No matter how many times Rothman demonstrated that the existing paradigm was based on insufficient scientific data, and no matter how many times he presented successful experiments demonstrating that the conventional wisdom was wrong, its advocates would just dig in their heels and propose one alternative hypothesis after another to maintain the status quo.

Rothman concludes that “scientific belief is not merely a matter of facts and reason. Prejudice about ideas and people; personality; the power of authority and prior belief; raw political power; who controls journals, organizations, and funds; the depth of commitment to an idea; and any and every other human and social attribute and foible that one can imagine are also at play.” Stephen Rothman. Lessons from the Living Cell; the Limits of Reductionism. New York : McGraw-Hill, 2001, 279.

This sounds amazingly like the response advocates of Intelligent Design get from the scientific community. But Rothman was not advocating Intelligent Design and in fact, there was no evidence at all that he was even a “man of faith.” Rothman, “was research professor at Harvard Medical School until 1971; when he joined the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco. Best known for his landmark studies on the transport of protein molecules across cell membranes, he has made notable contributions in everything from molecular biology to physiology. Dr. Rothman has published nearly 200 articles in Nature, Science, and other prestigious scientific journals.” (From the back flyleaf)

Monday, June 04, 2007

Faith and Politics

I’ve been watching a CNN special on Faith and Politics in which John Edwards, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton fielded questions on their faith. Judging from their responses, you would think that their whole lives were guided, motivated and driven by their faith.

When Ronald Regan and George W. Bush talked about their faith there was nearly hysterical outrage by some on the Left and in the media about the violation of church/state separation, the danger of people thinking they are communicating with God, and the danger that such people would turn this country into a theocracy.

Now that these Democratic Presidential candidates have expressed to the nation how their faith would inform and affect their policies as President, do you suppose we'll hear similar outrage and concern by the Left/media? I wouldn't bet on it.

William Jefferson indicted

Regarding the "most ethical Congress in history," this just in from CBS news:
Sources tell CBS News that Congressman William Jefferson, D-LA, has been
indicted on more than a dozen counts involving public corruption. Jefferson
has been the subject of a ongoing probe in which FBI agents allegedly found
more than $90,000 in cash in his freezer. The Justice Department is expected
to unveil the charges later today.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Congress violates it's own rules

The "most ethical Congress in history" violates it's own rules with regard to pork spending. Fox News reports:
WASHINGTON — After promising unprecedented openness regarding
Congress' pork barrel practices, House Democrats are moving in the opposite direction as they draw up spending bills for the upcoming budget year.

Democrats are sidestepping rules approved their first day in power in January to clearly identify "earmarks" — lawmakers' requests for specific projects and contracts for their states.

Rather than including specific pet projects, grants and contracts in legislation as it is being written, Democrats are following an order by the House Appropriations Committee chairman to keep the bills free of such earmarks until it is too late for critics to effectively challenge them.

Keep an eye on your elected officials in FOXNews.com's House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Content Centers.

Qur'an Surah 1

Last week I said that I would post links to Robert Spencer's weekly commentary on the Qur'an. His commentary on the first chapter (Surah) is at Hot Air. You'll find a link to the actual text of Surah 1 at the end of his commentary.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Breaking: Bomb plot at JFK

CNN, Fox and MSNBC are all reporting that at least three people have just been arrested for plotting to set off explosions at New York's JFK International Airport. The story is still developing. A news conference has been announced for 1:00 PM EST.

UPDATE: CNN is reporting that these terrorists were trying to blow up fuel pipelines at JFK. And here's the shocker: At least one of them was an angry Muslim! But CNN was quick to add that there is absolutely no evidence that they were connected to al-Qaeda (If the plan had succeeded, I'm sure that would be a big comfort to those who lost loved ones in the attack!)

UPDATE: Another one of the terrorists was a Muslim Imam who was also a government official from Guyana or Trinidad. One of the experts interviewed by FOX just said that the group has connections to a Muslim terrorist group known as Jamaat-al-Muslimeen .