Thursday, August 30, 2007

Purchasing the election

“The Federal Election Commission announced Wednesday that it had imposed a $775,000 fine on America Coming Together (ACT), a Democratic-allied 527 group” that receives significant funding from billionaire George Soros, and which “played a major role in the 2004 presidential election.” ACT “paid for much of the Democrats’ voter registration and voter mobilization activities in battleground states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida during the 2004 race” (The Hill).

I’m sure many on the Left will think that a mere $775,000 fine is a small fine to pay for the purchase of an election.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Amazing generosity!

In the last three years, a family in California has donated more than $800,000 to the Democrats, including Hillary Clinton. That appears to be an amazing—nearly miraculous—accomplishment since William Paw, the head of this household makes only $49,000 per year and lives with his family in a small house in Daly City.

The top donor in this family is Winkle Paw who “lists as his employer several companies owned by Norman Hsu. Norman Hsu is a leading Democratic fundraiser who has also raised significant amounts of money for Hillary Clinton. He also “agreed in 1991 to accept three years in prison for allegedly swindling $1 million out of investors who had backed his plan to resell latex gloves” (Wall Street Journal).

Sounds pretty fishy to me, but it must be on the up-and-up. After all, Senator Clinton is a member of “the most ethical congress in history.”

No compulsion in Islam?

When we think of radical Islam, countries like Iran, Pakistan, Syria, and Saudi Arabia come to mind. Egypt, on the other hand, is usually viewed as a moderate Islamic nation. Welcome to moderate Islam (from the World Evangelical Alliance RLP 444, 29 August, 2007):

EGYPT, where a debate over religious liberty is heating up. A group of
Coptic converts to Islam wanting to return to Christianity were denied
permission in the courts. However, they successfully appealed and their case
will be reheard in Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court on 1 September.
Subsequent to the Copts' appeal, a Muslim convert to Christianity named Mohammed Ahmed Hegazy launched legal action against the Interior Ministry as it would not officially recognise his conversion to Christianity.

* UPDATE: EGYPT'S RELIGIOUS LIBERTY STRUGGLE. Compass Direct reports that after Hegazy's case became public, his lawyer resigned due to death threats and
public outrage. Then on 8 August Egyptian police arrested and are holding two
Coptic human rights advocates who interviewed Hegazy (25) on an Internet forum.
Dr Adel Fawzy Faltas (61), Egyptian head of the Canada-based Middle East
Christian Association (MECA), and Peter Ezzat, a senior MECA member, stand
accused of insulting Islam. Coptic lawyer Peter Ramses Raouf el-Nagar has taken
on their case as well as Hegazy's. Persistent death threats have forced Hegazy
into hiding. Meanwhile Egyptian clerics are debating the issues and trying to
redefine apostasy and religious liberty as issues of national security rather
than of Islam.

There is no compulsion in Islam…….yeah right!

Needle exchange program

Mary Katherine Ham has a great article on San Francisco's needle exchange program on Townhall. The needle exchange program--a program enabling drug abusers--is another bright idea brought to you by the Left. It appears that San Franciscan's can't bring their kids to the park anymore without the risk of getting jabbed by discarded drug needles.

Washintgon Post cartoon

The Washintgon Post and many other newspapers around the country recently refused to publish an “Opus” cartoon that was making fun of radical Islam.

It is important to note that the cartoon was not mocking Muslims. It was mocking the terrorists who want to kill us. Even so, the Post apparently thought the cartoon was too offensive to Muslims.

First, when a tiny group of Christian radicals were bombing abortion clinics several years ago, Christians condemned the violence right along with non-Christians (As thoroughly abominable as I think abortion is, I even sent a letter to Newsweek protesting the killing of an abortion doctor (Newsweek, April 12, 1993, 14). So why is it that when cartoonists or others (like Robert Spencer on Jihad Watch) attack Islamic terrorists, so many Muslims get offended?

Second, the Washington Post had just published a cartoon mocking Jerry Falwell and conservative Christians only about a week earlier. What kind of sickness is it that seems to think it is OK to mock Christians but not OK to mock Islamic terrorists? Is this Anti-Christian bigotry? Politically correct stupidity? Or just liberal bias?

Third, maybe the Washington Post was just afraid of a violent response by Islamic terrorists if they had published the cartoon. Unfortunately, if we are at the point where our major news outlets are so afraid to publish something for fear of retaliation, we might as well flush our Constitution because we’ve already lost the war.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Legislature could abolish marriage

From the Christian Newswire:
SACRAMENTO, Aug. 27 /Christian Newswire/ -- In legal briefs submitted to
the California Supreme Court, which is considering whether to license "same-sex
marriages" next year, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General
Jerry Brown both stated that a future Legislature could abolish marriage and
yank marriage rights from a married husband and wife.

Anyone who doesn't think the institution of marriage is in danger in America has their head in the sand. Read the rest at Christian Newswire.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

If you can't run your own house...

Here's your quiz question for the day: Who just said, "If you can't run your own house, you can't run the White House" (Chicago Sun-Times).

If you guessed, Jerry Fallwell, you may be surprised to learn that he passed away. If your answer was James Dobson, you would be wrong again. In fact, it wasn't even Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee!

It was Barack Obama's wife Michelle who also said she travels with her husband to model family values.

Pundits are now wondering whether Ms. Obama's remark was just a general observation or a specific attack on the Clintons or Guilianni.

William Jennings Huckabee

Matt Lewis on Townhall wrote a thought provoking article entitled, "William Jennings Huckabee" arguing that Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is really more like Democratic populist William Jennings Bryan than Ronald Reagan. Lewis concluded:

Come to think of it, when it comes to his political philosophy, Mike
Huckabee may owe more to Bryan than Reagan. And that’s not a good place to
be, considering the American people elected Ronald Reagan twice – and rejected
William Jenings Bryan three times.

On the other hand, America has changed a lot since the days of William Jennings Bryan. There are a lot of us who cannot vote Democratic because of the moral cesspool the Democratic party has become since then, but on the other hand, we are not happy with a cut-throat capitalism in which more and more people seem to be having to work two or three part-time jobs (without insurance) just to make ends meet, while at the same time more and more Americans are making millions or even hundreds of millions!

I'm not an economist so I don't pretend to know the solution to this problem, but maybe a "William Jennings Huckabee" is exactly what America needs right now.

Religious fundamentalism

Jihad Watch has an excellent critique of CNN's series on religious fundamentalism.

For example, CNN's Christiane Amanpour ask's how the Christian group "BattleCry," which encourages girls to wear long dresses, is different from the Talibal. Robert Spencer responds:
Well, uh, Ms. Amanpour, one might note the absence of AK-47s, the lack of
opposition to the education of girls, the absence of burqas, the absence of
divine sanction for wife-beating, and sundry other things. Unless you're too
blinded by political correctness to notice, as is evidently the case.

Spencer then comments on Ms. Amanpour's negative treatment of Christian homeschooling:
Homeschooling is evil too? Sheesh. Over 9,000 terror attacks
committed in the name of Islam since 9/11
, and Christiane Amanpour is
spending her time demonizing homeschoolers.

Monday, August 20, 2007

The racist vote

I could be wrong, but it seemed to me that TV news reporters today were devoting a considerable amount of time talking about “the women’s vote,” the “Hispanic vote” the “black vote” etc. Whether valid or not, there seems to be an assumption that Hillary will get more women’s votes just because she’s a woman, that Obama will get more black votes just because he’s black or that Richardson will get more Hispanic votes just because he’s Hispanic.

A political race should be about ideology, issues, policies, and integrity (if someone doesn’t have integrity, how do you know they aren’t just telling you what you want to hear to get your vote?)

A political race should not be about one’s race or gender. Politicians who play the race or gender cards in order to be elected are not only racist or sexist themselves, they are insulting your intelligence. On the other hand, if your primary reason for voting for someone is because she is female like you, or because they are Hispanic or Black like you, or because he is a white man like you—your intelligence deserves to be insulted.

Qur'an Sura 4:1-16

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an Sura 4:1-16 is now available at Hot Air.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Censorship defeated!

On August 8, Recliner Commentaries commented on how Cambridge Univerity Press resorted to censorship under the legal pressure from a wealthy Muslim.

As it turns out, Yale University Press was subjected to similar legal pressure, but they fought back, and won! The book was Hamas, Politics, Charity and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad by Matthew Levitt.

Thank Yale Univerity Press for standing up for freedom. Click on the link and buy a copy! (Hat tip: Professor Ed)

Jose Padilla guilty!

Breaking News: CBS News is reporting that:

"A Florida jury finds Jose Padilla and two co-defendants guilty on all
charges related to supporting al Qaeda and other violent Islamic extremist
groups overseas."

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Qur'an Sura 3:121-200

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an Sura 3:121-200 is now available at Hot Air.

Iowa straw poll

Mitt Romney won the Iowa straw poll with 31% of the vote. No surprise there.

A very pleasant surprise, however, was that Mike Huckabee did so well, coming in second with 18.1% of the vote. Huckabee spent only a small fraction of the money Romney spent on this straw poll.

Fred Thompson only got a disapointing 1.6% of the vote, but even that was higher than Rudy Giuliani's 1.3% or John McCain's 0.7%--and Thompson's not even running yet!

See Patrick Ruffini on Townhall for the complete results.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Gay men to be killed?

18 gay men have been imprisoned with a possible death penalty. I love the headline in this link!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Where is the outrage?

Last month the Taliban kidnapped over twenty South Korean Christian volunteers who were working to help the Afghanistan people. At least two have been murdered so far and there are threats to kill more. Faith Mcdonnel, director of Religious Liberty Programs for the Institute on Religion and Democracy wants to know where is the outrage. She comments:

Why is it that the media finds the brief incarceration of Paris Hilton worthy of ‘round the clock vigils, but spares little ink and little air time to tell the world more about these two men who gave their lives while serving the people of Afghanistan?

Even more disturbing than lack of media coverage though, is the tepid response of the churches to the plight of their brothers and sisters from South Korea.

No matter what issues currently occupy Christians in the U.S., they should shift their focus to Afghanistan right now and join the churches in South Korea in vigilant prayer for the remaining hostages. This was an opportunity to witness to the world that the Body of Christ is one worldwide Body.

Censoring Robert Spencer

I've linked to Robert Spencer’s outstanding blogs, Jihad Watch and Dhimmi Watch numerous times on Recliner Commentaries. I’ve also read a couple of his books. In spite of what you may have read, Mr. Spencer’s attacks are not against Muslims in general, but against Muslim terrorists and radical Islam.

Nevertheless, CAIR, that voice of “moderate” American Muslims, seeks to censor Robert Spencer. I recently received the following fund-raising e-mail from David Horowitz. If you'd like to contribute to a worthy cause and fight censorship, there is a link at the end.

I need your help. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) - whose very
founders have been arrested in connection with terrorist activities - has
decided to silence once and for all its harshest and bravest critic: the Freedom
Center's Robert Spencer.

CAIR is using legal threats to extort groups who ask Robert to speak at their gatherings and tell the truth about Islamic Jihad.

You may recall, not long ago I asked Robert, a fearless patriot, to come join the Freedom Center team. Spencer's powerful internet site, Jihad Watch, was taking on radical Islam in ways no one in on the planet was doing - daily, sometimes hourly, exposing their financial underpinnings and digging deep to reveal the roots of Islamofascism's evil and terror.

Robert is so good at what he does terrorists issued a fatwa - a legal decree in sharia law requiring any Muslim to kill Spencer if they had the chance. The fatwa's closing line is nothing less than bloodcurdling:

"May Allah rip out his spine from his back and split his brains in two, and then put them both back, and then do it over and over."

However, rather than striking fear into Robert's heart, the death decree has made him more forcused and dedicated to exposing the "religion of peace" for it truly is.

Recently Robert was invited to speak at a conference hosted by the Young America's Foundation in Washington, D.C. YAF the leading conservative organization for high school and college-aged Americans.

A day before Robert was to deliver a talk titled "The Truth About the Council on American-Islamic Relations," YAF officials found an ominous letter on their FAX machine.

A powerful Washington, D.C. law firm told YAF that Robert was, in essence, a hate-filled liar and that CAIR had ordered the law firm "to purse every available and appropriate legal remedy to redress any false and defamatory statements that made" at the conference.

In other words: silence Robert Spencer or be sued. It doesn't get much more threatening than this and still remain within the bounds of the law.

To help Robert, we are creating a special Jihad Watch Defense Fund to counter these threats. Your contribution of $35, $50, $100, $200, $500 or more right now will help us raise the $250,000 we need to ensure two things:

1. Send the message that you and other Americans are not intimidated by the politically correct radical left and that Jihad Watch and Robert Spencer are financially ready to combat what can only be described as legal extortion.

2. Keep Robert and Jihad Watch doing what they do best: exposing groups like CAIR who mask themselves as friends of our country, when Robert consistently reveals their lies and connections to groups and individuals who support Islamofascism.

Follow this link to donate:

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Where is the ALA?

A couple days ago I linked to an article reporting on how a wealthy Muslim sheik has used his money and abused the courts to silence Cambridge University Press. Today the New York Post reports that although “The prestigious publisher - the world's oldest publishing house - had carefully vetted the book before publishing it last year. Yet now it has asked more than 200 libraries worldwide to pull the work off their shelves.”

The article went on to report that since March 2002 Sheik bin Mahfouz has “sued or threatened suit in England at least 36 times against those who've linked him to terrorism, including many American authors and publications.” (emphasis mine).

No one can stand up to bin Mahfouz’ money so everyone but one has settled.

Thirty-six times since 2002!? I find it fascinating that although this is certainly one of the most significant threats to freedom of the press in my lifetime, as far as I can tell, the American Library Association—that great defender of freedom of the press and opponent to all kinds of censorship—has been absolutely silent!

I searched the “Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts” (LISTA) for “Cambridge University Press” and found 206 articles—not one of them, as far as I could tell, dealt with this issue. Then I searched for “bin Mahfouz” and found a grand total of two articles on this topic, both of them in Bookseller.

Is the American Library Association really interested in combating censorship or have they been so paralyzed by political correctness and multiculturalism that they fight mainly against the Christian Right's attempts to keep pornography out of the hands of minors?

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Dissent from Darwinism

Have you heard of Physicians and Surgeons for Scientific Inquiry (PSSI)? They are an intenational group of doctors who "dissent from Darwinism." Their web site states:
Sadly, academic freedom is no longer assured in many countries. This is
especially true when it involves espousing views contrary to the theory of
Darwinian macroevolution. Numerous instances have been documented where
scientists and teachers have either been censored or removed from their
positions for allowing or facilitating open discussion of the empirical problems
of macroevolution. In fact, one scientist with two earned PhDs in biology, who
followed long-standing procedures in allowing a properly peer-reviewed but
controversial article to be published in the journal he edited, was publicly
vilified and relentlessly persecuted.

Why do so many people believe in Darwinian evolution? Another page of the PSSI website responds:
Perhaps the answer is found in the following quote from writer and film
maker (Jurassic Park, et al) Michael Crichton (summa cum laude graduate of
Harvard College, MD from Harvard Medical School, postdoctoral fellow at the Salk
Institute for Biological Studies, visiting lecturer in anthropology at Cambridge
University): Consensus science "is an extremely pernicious development that
ought to be stopped cold in its tracks. Historically, the claim of consensus has
been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming
that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of
scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're
being had.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Censorship and Islam

If you have any concern about censorship and the first amendment, please take the time to read Mark Steyn's sobering article about how a wealthy Saudi Muslim silenced Cambridge University Press.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Qur'an Sura 3:64-120

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, Sura 3:64-120 is now available at Hot Air.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Interstate 35W collapse

For an inspection history of the I35 bridge in Minneapolis see MPR and comments by Hugh Hewitt.

CAIR and Hamas

You remember CAIR (Council of American-Islamic Relations)--that nice, moderate Muslim group that wanted to sue airline passengers for reporting suspicious Imam's?

LGF is reporting that their executive director once "participated in a three-day summit of U.S.-based HAMAS members and supporters" which was trying to kill the Middle-East peace accords because it would "marginalize the Islamist movement."

With "moderates" like these, who needs radicals.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Interstate 35W collapse

The sun is coming up over Minneapolis this morning. Last night wasn't a bad dream after all. Please pray for the families of those who didn't come home last night.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Interstate 35W collapse

Anyone who has been watching TV news tonight knows that a major freeway bridge collapsed in Minneapolis sending as many as 50 cars into the Mississippi River. Homeland Security (in Washington DC?!) assures us that there is absolutely no reason to suspect terrorism.

Really? You mean beside the fact that the bridge was relatively young, as bridges go?

Or beside the fact that the bridge just recently passed inspection?

Or beside the fact that no structural work was being done on the bridge that should have caused this?

Or beside the fact that the engineers are baffled by the collapse?

Or beside the fact that some witnesses report hearing an explosion just before the bridge fell?

I’m really not suggesting that this was terrorism or sabotage but I get frustrated by the knee-jerk reaction of authorities who, before the facts are known, assure us that terrorism is not suspected. This destroys their credibility. Why can’t they just be honest and say, “we just don't know yet?”