Friday, November 30, 2007

Death to the teacher

I guess imprisonment or beating of a teacher is not enough for some Sudaneese Muslims. According to the New York Times:
Hundreds of demonstrators in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, poured into the streets on Friday demanding the execution of a British teacher who was convicted of insulting Islam because her class of 7-year-olds named a teddy bear Muhammad.
I'm surprised they aren't calling for the execution of the children too! I don't recall hearing anything about Sudaneese concern over the fact that Sudaneese Muslims have kidnapped, raped, tortured or slaughtered millions of Christians. But name a teddy bear Muhammad and they are in the streets!

Many American Leftists seem to think we can deal with Muslim radicals like normal people. We are not dealing with a normal, or even sane, culture.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

NOW and woman beating

A British, female teacher in Sudan has been arrested and may face 99 lashes for allowing her grade school students to name a cute little teddy bear, Muhammad.

For anyone who follows Islamic radicalism, this is really not much of a surprise. What is surprising, however is that according to Fox News, the National Organization for [Leftist] Women was asked about this, and they refused to take a stand! That's right. The National Organization for Women refused to take a stand against the sensless beating of a woman!

What is most surprising, however, is that some American women actually continue to support this organization.

Huckabee on top!

The lastest Rasmussen Poll now puts Huckabee ahead of all other Republican candidates in Iowa! (Des Moines Register)

GET ON THE FLOOR!

Have you seen the bank commercial in which the bank manager says to his customers something like, “I am your bank manager. This is a holdup. Get on the floor.” One customer turns to another and asks, “What did he say?” The bank manager then yells, “GET ON THE FLOOR!” The point is about how your bank robs you with all their fees.

This commercial came to mind this evening as I was watching the Democratic candidates discussing their plan for robbing Americans to pay for universal health care (well, OK, I guess they didn’t exactly put it that way).

It made me think about social security. For decades the government has robbed me of literally hundreds of dollars every single month for social security that I may never receive. If I could have put all that money into a retirement program or life insurance policy I’m quite sure I would have had enough by now to retire early. Yet, thanks to our government I may never be able to retire.

When the government still hasn’t figured out how to keep the social security system solvent, why on earth would we trust them to take even more of our money for universal health care? If they’re going to take more of our money anyway shouldn’t they first fix the entitlement programs they now have before they start new programs? And what makes us think that they would do any better with government health care than Britain or Canada whose citizens often wait for months for health care?

If you think the government has spent your money well on social security, public housing, VA hospitals, Hurricane Katrina, needle exchange programs, pork barrel projects, etc. then vote Democrat in 2008.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Moderate Muslims

We hear a lot about moderate Muslims these days but no one ever bothers to define what they mean by a “moderate Muslim.” For example, if a Muslim supports the implementation of Sharia law in America should they be considered a moderate Muslim even if they don’t actively support terrorism?

I would suggest that, at minimum, no Muslim should be considered “moderate” who cannot wholeheartedly:

· Support freedom of speech; even freedom to criticize Muhammad, the Qur’an and Islam.

· Support freedom of religion; including the freedom to change religions.

· Denounce violent jihad, i.e. the spreading of Islam through violent means.

· Denounce dhimmitude, i.e. the relegation of non-Muslims to second-class status.

· Denounce the teaching that allows men to have and to beat multiple wives.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Qur'an 9:14-28

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, Sura 9:14-28 is now available on Hot Air.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

S.F. Chronicle's sneaky censorship

At one time the Left was at the forefront in the fight against censorship. Now some are apparently at the forefront of practicing it. See LGF on the San Francisco Chronicle.

Muslim tolerance and Western imperialism

In Onward Muslim Soldiers, Robert Spencer documents and describes the centuries of suffering of those who lived as non-Muslims under Muslim rule. He says that the idea that Muslim rule in Spain and elsewhere was a model of peace and tolerance is a relatively modern myth.

After World War I Western colonial powers, especially England and France, controlled a significant part of the Muslim world including North Africa, the Middle East. If Americans and Europeans had known how poorly non-Muslims fared under Muslim rule there may have been a backlash against Western economic interests in Muslim lands. The myth of Islamic tolerance, therefore, grew up in an environment in which politicians and businessmen were much more concerned about protecting their own oil/economic interests than protecting the rights of minority groups like Jews and Christians who lived as dhimmis (Spencer, Onward Muslim Soldiers. Washington DC. : Regnery, 2003, 194).

I don’t know if Spencer is correct or not but if he is it would be an incredible irony: Leftists who love to attack Western “imperialism” have swallowed, hook, line, and sinker, the myth of Islamic tolerance perpetuated precisely by "Western imperialists"!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Church donates 1 million dollars

Fountain Baptist Church in New York City has raised 1 million dollars for Hurricane Katrina victims. This appears to be the second largest amount raised by a single church. The first was a church in Los Angeles which raised 3 million for earthquake victims in El Salvador in 2001. You can read the story in AP.

Democrats: Party of the rich?

"The party that identifies itself as home to labor unions and middle-class families might be in for a wake-up call. A recent report from The Heritage Foundation says that the Democratic Party is the new "party of the rich."

"A review of Internal Revenue Service data conducted by Michael Franc, vice president of government relations at Heritage — a conservative think-tank — found that Democrats control the majority of the country's wealthiest congressional jurisdictions, and that more than half of the most affluent households are located in the 18 states where Democrats control both Senate seats" (Read the rest at FOX).

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Cemetery workers

There is a joke about George Bush and the Pope riding in a boat when the Pope falls overboard. George Bush jumps overboard and walks on the water to save the Pope’s life. The next day, the media headlines read, “Bush can’t swim.”

I heard about this headline on Fox & Friends this morning.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Scary Democrats

In America, here are your Democratic presidential candidates, Dennis Prager analyzes statements made during a recent Democratic debate. It's scary.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Atheism and monkeys

Anthony Flew is a world renowned philosopher who has aggressively advocated atheism for more than 50 years. Recently he changed his mind. He says he is now convinced on the basis of reason alone that atheism is no longer a viable option. He has just published a new book entitled “There is a God; How the world’s most notorious atheist changed his mind” (He notes that the title was not his idea). In this book Flew says,

“I was particularly impressed with Gerry Schroeder’s point-by-point refutation of what I call the ‘monkey theorem.” This idea, which has been presented in a number of forms and variations, defends the possibility of life arising by chance using
the analogy of a multitude of monkeys banging away on computer keyboards and
eventually ending up writing a Shakespearean sonnet.”

Schroeder first referred to an experiment conducted by the British National Council of Arts. A computer was placed in a cage with six monkeys. After one month of hammering away at it (as well as using it as a bathroom!), the monkeys produced fifty pages—but not a single word. Schroeder noted that this was the case even though the shortest word in the English language is one letter (a or I). A is a word
only if there is a space on either side of it. If we take it that the keyboard
has thirty characters (the twenty-six letters and other symbols), then the
likelihood of getting a one-letter word is 30 times 30 times 30, which is
27,000. The likelihood of getting a one-letter word is one chance out of
27,000. (76-77)

Schroeder then calculates the probability of producing a Shakespearean sonnet. All sonnets are 14 lines long. The one he chose happened to have 488 letters in it. The chance that these monkeys would produce a sonnet like this by chance turns out to be a 1 followed by 690 zeros. If you wonder how big that is, Schroeder points out that the number of estimated particles (protons, electrons, neutrons) in the entire universe is only 1 followed by 80 zeros!.

Needless to say, the very simplest living cell is incalculably more complicated than a Shakespearean sonnet! Most of us simply don’t have enough faith to believe the universe originated without some kind of intelligent designer.

Qur'an 9:6-14

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, Sura 9:6-14 is now available on Hot Air.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

A nuclear Iran

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (“the UN’s nuclear watchdog”), “Iran has installed 3,000 centrifuges for enriching uranium - enough to begin industrial-scale production of nuclear fuel and build a warhead within a year.” (Guardian)

If the West has cards for a regime change in Iran, they had better play them soon because thinking sanctions will work in time is fantasy. On the other hand, “US generals are reported to have warned the White House that military action would trigger a devastating Iranian backlash in the Middle East and beyond.”

That may be true, but think of the consequences if the radicals ruling Iran are allowed to develop nuclear weapons. Those who think we can negotiate with them know nothing about Islam. These radicals do not want negotiation. They want to bring the world into submission to Islam by absolutely any means necessary. They negotiate only to gain time or the upper hand—this is a tradition that goes back to Muhammad himself.

I don’t think it is too melodramatic to suggest that allowing the current regime in Iran to have nuclear weapons will eventually change the course of human history as dramatically as if Adolf Hitler had had nuclear weapons.

Sometimes there are no easy choices. A backlash in the Middle East now is infinitely better than the “backlash” that will occur when Islamic radicals have WMD.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Driver's licenses for illegals

In the news tonight: While there is a big controversy in America about whether to provide drivers licenses to illegal aliens, there is no such controversy in Mexico. All of the states in Mexico require proof of legal residency in order to obtain a driver's license.

So while the Mexican government is pressuring the U.S. to provide drivers licenses to illegal Mexican immigrants, Mexico does not provide driver's licenses to illegals in their country.

Do you suppose there will be protests by the American Left over Mexico's policy? Don't count on it. The Left only seems to be interested in bashing America.

Rain in Georgia

The State of Georgia is in a serious drought condition, in fact, it is beyond serious. Even so, Georgia governor Sonny Perdue received a firestorm of criticism this week when he publicly led a group of people in prayer for rain.

It rained in Georgia today. Someone on TV tonight said the rain had not been forecasted.

19 potential terrorist attacks

Hugh Hewett provided a link to this article by James Carafano which lists 19 potential terrorist attacks against America which have been thwarted by the U.S. government since 9/11 (And these are just the ones we know about).

We love to criticize the government when it does something wrong but every American, Democrat and Republican, should be appreciative of the government's success in these cases.

10,000th attach, 60,000 dead

FrontPage magazine has an article on a new "milestone":
The establishment media is seemingly obsessed with “grim milestones” in the War
on Terror, as theAssociated Press reminds us this past weekend. But in the next week those same establishment media outlets will probably stand mute when yet another “grim milestone” is reached – the10,000th attack by Islamic terrorists and militants since 9/11, which is responsible for approximately 60,000 dead and 90,000 injured.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Iraq and nuclear weapons

According to a recent article, Saddam Hussein
told his American captors that he so feared Iran, he wanted Iranian leaders
to believe that he had nuclear and biological weapons. So he planned to fool the
U.S. by, among other things, stalling U.N. inspectors to make it appear he had
something to hide, weapons of mass destruction or WMD. But he hoped the
post-Gulf War sanctions on Iraq would dissolve, allowing him to pursue a nuclear
capability.

Fighting AIDS

World Vision is a Christian organization that provides aid to those in need. Accoring to Mission News Network,
Thousands of AIDS Caregiver kits are being assembled today in the state of
Washington. In one of the largest kit assemblies in the nation, over
$200,000 dollars is being raised for this campaign through World Vision.

If you'd like to help, click here.

Huckabee moving up

Recent polls now put Mike Huckabee number 2 in Iowa, ahead of Rudy Giuliani and just behind Mitt Romney.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Hillary and the media

In a New Republic article published yesterday, “Bunker Hillary; Clinton’s strategy for crushing the media,” Michael Crowley writes,
Reporters who have covered the hyper-vigilant campaign say that no detail or
editorial spin is too minor to draw a rebuke. Even seasoned political
journalists describe reporting on Hillary as a torturous experience. Though few
dare offer specifics for the record--"They're too smart," one furtively
confides. "They'll figure out who I am"--privately, they recount excruciating
battles to secure basic facts. Innocent queries are met with deep suspicion.
Only surgically precise questioning yields relevant answers. Hillary's aides
don't hesitate to use access as a blunt instrument, as when they killed off a
negative GQ story on the campaign by threatening to stop cooperating with a
separate Bill Clinton story the magazine had in the works. Reporters' jabs and
errors are long remembered, and no hour is too odd for an angry phone call.
Clinton aides are especially swift to bypass reporters and complain to top
editors. "They're frightening!" says one reporter who has covered Clinton. "They
don't see [reporting] as a healthy part of the process. They view this as a
ruthless kill-or-be-killed game."
Is this really the kind of person we want to run America?

Sex and neurochemistry

Is our sex-crazed culture messing up the neurochemistry of adolescents' brains? Dr. Gary Rose (MD) thinks so. Read the article at CNS News.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Qur'an 9:1-5

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, Sura 9:1-5 is now available at Hot Air.

Leith Anderson's priorities

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) is the largest organization of Evangelicals America with about 60 denominations, 45,000 churches and 30 million members. Dr. Leith Anderson is the president of the NEA and the senior pastor of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota which has about 5,000 attendees each weekend. Leith Anderson could carry a lot of political clout.

Recently one of the presidential candidates wanted schedule a meeting with Dr. Anderson, undoubtedly to capitalize on this clout. According to a report in OneNewsNow, Anderson bypassed the opportunity to meet with the candidate because, Anderson said, "I had a wedding or a funeral, I can't remember which… Anyway, I don't pre-empt a wedding or a funeral for a presidential candidate. Because I'm a pastor."

I think pastors should boldly preach on the social issues of our day when the Bible addresses these issues but a pastor's primary job should be ministry, not politics. Leith Anderson seems to be one pastor who has his priorities right.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Hospitals in Africa

Recently a well known atheist published a book on "how religion poisons everything." On the other hand, according to a recent article:

The world’s largest medical missions conference opened Thursday, welcoming
an estimated 3,000 people interested in ministering through
medicine.

Christians from throughout the world converged in Louisville, Ky., for the 12th Global Missions Health Conference to network, train and strategise on how to better carry out the Great Commission and recruit the next generation of healthcare missionaries.

“Considering that 40 percent of hospital beds in Africa are located in mission facilities, there is a tremendous need for medical missionaries to provide care in that HIV and war ravaged continent,” said Dr. David Stevens, CEO of Christian Medical & Dental Associations. (emphasis mine).

Think about that for a minute. If all Christians suddenly decided that this atheist author was right, and abandoned their faith and their ministries, rougnly 40% of the hospitals on an entire continent would shut down!

Polar Bears

This morning TV news reported the story of a deer running free in a Pennsylvania zoo. The deer jumped over a barrier and, after a long fall, landed right into the Polar Bears’ pool! The bears were unable to get to the deer before the zoo keepers intervened. Unfortunately, the deer had to be “euthanized” due to injuries sustained during the fall.

What a sad story. Even Polar Bears deserve an occasional snack.

Planting questions

Just recently FEMA was exposed for conducting a phony press conference. Hillary must have liked the idea because, according to this mornings' news reports, her aides were recently discovered planting questions among Iowa students and then pointing out to Hillary which students to call on.

I thought FEMA's phony press confernece was a disgrace. My position is the same regarding Hillary's planted questions. My question to Democrats who criticized FEMA is this: Are you willing to apply the same standard to Hillary?

Friday, November 09, 2007

Muslims against Sharia

K.M. at Muslims against Sharia responded to my post on CAIR and Hamas. K.M argues that Steven Emerson is “a Jew who gets it.” K.M. is concerned about appearing anti-Semitic but I’d like to point out that Orthodox Jewish talk show hosts like Dennis Prager and Michael Medved (whom I greatly respect) have made similar criticisms of liberal American Jewish leaders.

If I had written the article below, my Leftist critics would accuse me of being Islamophobic. But I have long said that conservative Christians have more in common with truly moderate Musims (as opposed to phony "moderates" like CAIR) than we do with most of our secular neighbors, especially our Leftist secular neighbors.

Anyway, the response from Muslims against Sharia was so good I asked for, and received permission to paste it below:

Emerson, a Jew who gets it
A perspective of a moderate Muslim.

At the risk of sounding anti-Semitic, I want to say this: either American Jews are completely clueless about the internal struggle inside Islam or they are so cowardly, that they are even afraid to voice their opinion. Or maybe it's a combination of both.

Every time there is a development that involves radical Islam, be it a Mayor of New York attending an Islamist parade, DOJ's officials attending an Islamist conference, or a protester being sued for having the balls to expose an Islamist-sponsored event at an amusement park, the American Jewish community is as quiet as a church mouse. It's like it is not even there.

The effect of this silence is devastating. Not for the Jewish community, not yet. That time is still to come. The silence affects the American Muslim community. Every time moderate Muslims are ignored and Islamists are legitimized (by either direct support from government representatives or silent support of the ADL), radicals gain ground. In the current PC climate, moderate Muslims have pretty much no choice but to keep their mouths shut.

Luckily for us, not everyone in the Jewish community is like that. There are some Jews that are speaking out. One of them is Steven Emerson, who has been warning the West about the dangers of Islamic fundamentalism since before PanAm 103. Most of his current work is focused on exposing the radicals masquerading as the moderates – those radicals who are embraced by the DOJ and the Pentagon, by the mayor of New York Bloomberg (Rudy would never get into bed with terrorist supporters) and the Treasury Department, by the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security, by the Congress and the White House.

There is a war of ideas within Islam, and moderate Muslims are losing. Most of Muslim clergy and Muslim establishment are paid for by the Wahhabis. Moderate Muslims are being run out of Mosques and community centers, and in many cases are physically threatened. Moderate Muslims have no place in the media or public debate, because the place reserved for Muslims is filled by Islamic radicals, who attempt to make criticizing anything Islamic a taboo. According to the Islamists, a Muslim can do no wrong. 1. When a non-Muslim criticizes Islam or Muslims, he/she is an Islamophobe. 2. When a Muslim criticizes Islam or Muslim, he/she is not a real Muslim, therefore see #1.

This is a tactic used by "moderate" Muslims, the darlings of the government and the media. But how can you call someone who praises bin Laden, or has ties to Hamas, or calls for the elimination of Israel, or wants to replace the Constitution with the Koran a moderate? They are anything but moderates, however nobody except for a few people like Steven Emerson seems to notice that. But even when the Emersons of America appeal to the public, they are often being dismissed as alarmists and racists. Well, they are anything, but. You don't have to be a clairvoyant to predict the future when it comes to expansion of radical Islam and extinction of moderate Muslims. All you need to do is get your heads out of the sand.

Why our government is so forgiving and forgetful when it comes to individuals or organizations with known terrorist ties and anti-American views is beyond me. Why the Jewish leaders are so timid when it comes to the subject of radical Islam is incomprehensible.

I thank God every day for people like Steven Emerson, because they are the last glimmer of hope for moderate Muslims.

K.M.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

The global warming scam

John Coleman, lifetime meterologist and founder of the Weather Channel weighs in on global warming on ICECAP:

It is the greatest scam in history. I am amazed, appalled and highly
offended by it. Global Warming; It is a SCAM. Some dastardly scientists with
environmental and political motives manipulated long term scientific data to
create an allusion of rapid global warming. Other scientists of the same
environmental whacko type jumped into the circle to support and broaden the
“research” to further enhance the totally slanted, bogus global warming claims.
Their friends in government steered huge research grants their way to keep the
movement going. Soon they claimed to be a consensus.

Environmental extremists, notable politicians among them, then teamed up with movie, media and other liberal, environmentalist journalists to create this wild “scientific” scenario of the civilization threatening environmental consequences from Global Warming unless we adhere to their radical agenda. Now their ridiculous
manipulated science has been accepted as fact and become a cornerstone issue for
CNN, CBS, NBC, the Democratic Political Party, the Governor of California,
school teachers and, in many cases, well informed but very gullible
environmentally conscientious citizens. Only one reporter at ABC has been
allowed to counter the Global Warming frenzy with one 15 minute documentary
segment.

Pakistan in crisis

The situation is not good in Pakistan. According to MNN:
Johan Candelin, Executive Director of the World Evangelical Alliance's
Religious Liberty Commission, says this situation is bad. "There is no rule of
law right now. Christians are being arrested, human rights workers are being
arrested, and they are not being taken to court. So nobody knows where they are.
Radio and television are not working, and mobile phone networks are cut
down."

According to Candelin, the arrests have been puzzling because President
Musharraf says emergency rule has been imposed to defeat the Islamists.
"However, no Islamists have been arrested, but all the Democrats, all the human
rights workers, and many of those Christians who have been speaking out about
the persecution of Christians--they have been taken by the police.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

He said, she said

Melanie Morgan, a San Francisco talk show host, is claiming that Hillary Clinton paid a private invetigator to investigate and harass Kathleen Willey, harrassment that included the killing of her cat. Kathleen Willey is one of the women Bill Clinton was alleged to have sexually harassed. The private investigator doesn’t deny giving the interview, or receiving money from the Clinton campaign, but he says Ms. Morgan is lying. Ms. Morgan and the PI are threatening to sue each other for libel.

I hope they do sue each other so this will be investigated. If this talk show host is making up something this serious just to smear a presidential candidate, she deserves more than fine. In my opinion, she deserves to go to jail! On the other hand, if Hillary Clinton would actually hire someone to investigate and harass the Clinton enemies, she is far too scary and dangerous to be the most powerful person in the world.

Read the WND article and decide for yourself.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Education is the answer

In the Democratic debate last week Senator Chris Dodd responded to a question about education saying,

"I've been asked the question over the years, 'What's the single most important issue?' I always say education because it is the answer to every other problem we confront as a people here."

For an excellent response to this nonsense, see Dennis Prager’s excellent article on TownHall. I would say that Senator Dodd needs a better education.

Five kinds of Christians

Are you a Christian? If so, what kind? An article in Christianity Today lists five kinds of "Christians":

Active Christians 19%
Believe salvation comes through Jesus Christ
Committed churchgoers
Bible readers
Accept leadership positions
Invest in personal faith development through the church
Feel obligated to share faith; 79% do so.

Professing Christians 20%
Believe salvation comes through Jesus Christ
Focus on personal relationship with God and Jesus
Similar beliefs to Active Christians, different actions
Less involved in church, both attending and serving
Less commitment to Bible reading or sharing faith

Liturgical Christians 16%
Predominantly Catholic and Lutheran
Regular churchgoers
High level of spiritual activity, mostly expressed by serving in church and/or community
Recognize authority of the church

Private Christians 24%
Largest and youngest segment
Believe in God and doing good things
Own a Bible, but don't read it
Spiritual interest, but not within church context
Only about a third attend church at all
Almost none are church leaders

Cultural Christians 21%
Little outward religious behavior or attitudes
God aware, but little personal involvement with God
Do not view Jesus as essential to salvation
Affirm many ways to God
Favor universality theology

In my view, "Cultural Christians" are not really Christian at all. Read the entire article in Christianity Today.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Hillary and sexism

According to an article in Today's New York Times:

Some of Mrs. Clinton’s supporters are accusing rival candidates and the
questioners of “piling on,” to use the words of the Clinton campaign, at the
debate, which rattled the Clinton camp. They noted that JohnEdwards
had been especially critical of Mrs. Clinton.“

John Edwards, specifically, as well as the press, would never attack Barack
Obama
for two hours they way they attacked her,” said Geraldine
A. Ferraro
, the 1984 vice presidential candidate who supports Mrs. Clinton.
“It’s O.K. in this country to be sexist,” Ms. Ferraro said.

I guess Ms. Ferraro would know--she's leading the sexist crowd! Hillary is by far the frontrunner in the Democratic race, which is exactly where Edwards and Obama would like to be, so Hillary is the lightening rod for attack. It is sexist to accuse Edwards or Obama of being sexist simply because they attack the frontrunner! It is also a political ploy designed to silence the opposition. (Hat tip: Professor Ed)

Hillary and terrorists

According to WND:
Presidential candidate Sen.Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., has taken thousands of dollars in cash donations from Islamists under federal investigation for terror-financing, money laundering and tax fraud, WND has learned.

The Democrat senator over the past seven months has received $1,000 from M. Yaqub Mirza and another $500 from M. Omar Ashraf, federal campaign records show. Federal agents raided the Virginia homes and offices of the Muslim donors after 9/11 for ties to terrorism.
There's more. Read the rest of the article at WMD

Fred Thompson on abortion

According to CNSNews,

On "Meet the Press," Russert read Thompson the language of the Republican
"pro-life" plank and asked Thompson to state his position on it."This," said
Russert, "is the 2004 Republican Party platform, and here it is: 'We say the
unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be
infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution. We endorse
legislation to make it clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply
to unborn children. Our purpose is to have legislative and judicial protection
of that right against those who perform abortions.' Could you run as a candidate
on that platform, promising a human life amendment banning all abortions?""No,"
said Thompson.

Thompson believes each individual state should decide. While I think the states should be able to decide a lot of things, the killing of innocent babies is not one of them. I am also deeply concerned that Thompson doesn't seem to be concerned about his connection to a former convicted drug pusher. I will be removing the Thompson08 sticker from my car today and will be looking for a Romney or Huckabee sticker instead.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Musharraf and Pakistan

The Pakistani Supreme Court was apparently on the verge of invalidating the recent election of Pervez Musharraf when Musharraf declared an “emergency” i.e. martial law. Hundreds of Musharraf opponents have reportedly been arrested. According to Metroblogging Lahore from Pakistan, the emergency declaration:

Curtailed constitutional safeguards on life and liberty
Gave police wider powers of arrest
Can deny suspects access to lawyers
Restricts freedom of movement
Shuts down private TV stations
Curtails media coverage of suicide bombings and militant activity
Replaces the Chief justice and requires others to swear an oath of loyalty
Bans the Supreme Court from rescinding the emergency order.

So far the best analysis of this emergency I’ve read comes from Mark Noonan on Blogs for Bush (Nov. 4, 2007):
I really can't say what is the best course of action for Musharraf; nor can I
say what is the best course of action for the United States in this situation. I
can only be certain that the Islamists must not take control is Pakistan - and
when I mean "must not", I mean that if Musharraf were to fall to an Islamist
revolution, we'd immediately have to intervene. Given the practical realities,
our only recourse is to urge Musharraf to as quickly as possible restore
democratic institutions and, meanwhile, just go slow and tread carefully.

I hope the U.S. is prepared (or secretly and rapidly preparing) to eliminate Pakistan’s nukes if the Pakistani government falls to jihadists. (See New York Times for more info).

Leading atheist finds God

Anthony Flew is “an Oxford educated philosopher described by some as ‘legendary.” For years he was one of the world’s leading proponents of atheism. Indeed, “His ideas paved the way for thinkers such as Richard Dawkins, the UK’s most virulent opponent of religious belief.”

In 2004 Dr. Flew changed his mind. He is now convinced of the existence of a personal God who created the universe, though Flew is careful to add that his view of God so far is more like that of Aristotle rather than the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. All of this according to a recent article by Hilary White. Excerpts of the article appear below but please read the entire article at LifeSiteNews.

Flew has emphasized that his “discovery” of a god who created life was a result of relentlessly “following the evidence”. “It was empirical evidence,” he told an interviewer, “the evidence uncovered by the sciences. But it was a philosophical inference drawn from the evidence.”

Flew told Dr. Benjamin Wiker that two factors in particular “were decisive”. “One was my growing empathy,” he said, “with the insight of Einstein and other noted scientists that there had to be an Intelligence behind the integrated complexity of the physical Universe. The second was my own insight that the integrated complexity of life itself – which is far more complex than the physical Universe – can only be explained in terms of an Intelligent Source.”

He told Wiker, “I believe that the origin of life and reproduction simply cannot be explained from a biological standpoint despite numerous efforts to do so. With every passing year, the more that was discovered about the richness and inherent intelligence of life, the less it seemed likely that a chemical soup could magically generate the genetic code.”

Flew answered Richard Dawkins’ argument that “the origin of life can be attributed to a ‘lucky chance.’” He said, “If that's the best argument you have, then the game is over.” Flew said, “I would add that Dawkins is selective to the point of dishonesty when he cites the views of scientists on the philosophical implications of the scientific data.”

Qur'an 8:31-75

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an sura 8:31-75 is now available on Hot Air.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

University of Delaware brainwashing

An organization called FIRE has recently exposed what comes dangerously close to state mind control at the University of Delaware:

NEWARK, Del., October 30, 2007—The University of Delaware subjects students in
its residence halls to a shocking program of ideological reeducation that is referred to in the university’s own materials as a “treatment” for students’ incorrect attitudes and beliefs. The Orwellian program requires the approximately 7,000 students in Delaware’s residence halls to adopt highly specific university-approved views on issues ranging from politics to race, sexuality, sociology, moral philosophy, and environmentalism.

The university’s views are forced on students through a comprehensive anipulation of the residence hall environment, from mandatory training sessions to sustainability” door decorations. Students living in the university’s eight housing complexes are required to attend training sessions, floor meetings, and one-on-one meetings with their Resident Assistants (RAs). The RAs who facilitate these meetings have received their own intensive training from the university, including a “diversity facilitation training” session at which RAs were taught, among otherthings, that “[a] racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality.”

According to the program’s materials, the goal of the residence life education program is for students in the university’s residence halls to achieve certain “competencies” that the university has decreed its students must develop in order to achieve the overall educational goal of “citizenship.” These competencies include: “Students will recognize that systemic oppression exists in our society,” “Students will recognize the benefits of dismantling systems of oppression,” and “Students will
be able to utilize their knowledge of sustainability to change their daily
habits and consumer mentality.” (FIRE, see also HotAir).

No wonder there are so many Leftists in America. They’ve been brainwashed by the University System and can no longer think for themselves! Under legal pressure from FIRE and from bloggers like Michelle Malkin, the University of Delaware has backed off its Soviet-style tactics and many conservatives are cheering the victory.

My question is this: If the administrators of an American University advocated a program in which all blacks, all Hispanics or all Asians were denounced as racists, would that administrator still have a job today? Of course not! Then why are these administrators still employed? Shouldn’t the board of this university send a message that this kind of politically correct, racist, class warfare, brainwashing will not be tolerated? Why does anyone continue to attend or support universities that propogate this communist class warfare propoganda which pits the supposed evil white privileged class against everyone else? Programs like these do not promote tolerance and understanding, they incite division and class hatred.

Sexual abuse in public schools

Accordinding to OneNewsNow:

The findings of a seven-month investigation by Associated Press reporters
reveal that from 2001 to 2005, the teaching credentials of more than 2,500
educators nationwide were revoked, denied, surrendered, or sanctioned following
allegations of sexual misconduct. The investigation, chronicled by the news
agency in a mid-October report, states that young people were the victims in at
least 1,801 of the cases -- and more than 80 percent of those were
students.

However, AP says that during its investigation, it found a "deeply
entrenched resistance" toward recognizing and fighting that sexual abuse -- from
teachers and school administrators who wish to avoid lawsuits, to the halls of
state capitals and Congress where lawmakers are hesitant to disparage an
otherwise honorable and vital profession. The result, says Associated Press, is
that very few abusers get caught -- and often are allowed to exit a district
quietly, only to show up in another school district. That dynamic, says the
report, is so commonplace that it has its own nicknames -- "passing the trash"
or the "mobile molester" (Readthe AP report)

Contrary to what I have reported before (this is a correction), this percentage is less than the number of abuse cases reported in the Catholic Church, nevertheless, this story deserves much more media attention than it is getting. Our nation's kids are at stake.

See WorldNetDaily for a list.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Waterboarding

For all the hysterics about waterboarding, you would think that it was a daily occurrance down at Gitmo. Now ABC news (yes, ABC, not Fox) is reporting that waterboarding has been used exactly three times--no, not three dozen or three hundred!

One of the three forced to undergo waterboarding was Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the mastermind of 9/11. The technique only had to be used for about a minute and a half before KSM broke and provided information about planned attacks on America (contrary to those on the Left who say that such techniques never work).

Since, according to ABC, the CIA hasn't used waterboarding since 2003, I thought I would suggest an interrogation technique that may be acceptable to the Left: Force the terrorist to watch CSPAN or listen to NPR every day. After a week of that, the terrorists may prefer waterboarding.

The girls' locker room

According to CNSNews, "Council lawmakers in Maryland's Montgomery County are considering a proposal to give transgendered people protected status under law.

According to Michelle Turner, the director of a local parent's group, "They are saying, 'If you are a man but you feel like a woman, then even if you still have male genitalia, you would have access to restrooms and locker rooms and showers used by women and girls."

Great news for guys in Maryland's high schools and colleges! If this bill passes, all you have to do to gain unlimited access to the girls locker room is to put on a little makeup. When I was in high school, I think some guys would have cut off their right arm to have access to the girl's locker room!

Meanwhile, in Calilfornia, "students at Adams Middle School in Brentwood were encouraged to dress like the opposite sex during the last day of the school's 'spirit week" (OneNewsNow).

Welcome to a glimpse of the future of America if American's elect a Democratic president and congress in 2008.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Paul Addis and the church

According to the San Jose MercuryNews:
San Francisco prosecutors have charged Paul Addis with three felonies and
two misdemeanors for allegedly planning to set fire to the city's historic Grace
Cathedral. Besides attempted arson, Addis faces charges of possessing explosives
and incendiary devices, removing required markings from an imitation firearm and
violating a court order. Addis was out on bail in the Burning Man case when
police say he was found with an ammunition belt of small explosives outside the
Episcopal church late Sunday.
This happened in San Francisco last Sunday and so far the only one who appears to have covered it is Bill O'Reilly (It's even hard to find much about it on the internet!). If Paul Addis had been a Christian attempting to set fire to an abortion clinic you can bet that it would be the leading story on every news outlet in the country. If Paul Addis had been a Muslim, his attempt would have been called terrorism.

Freedom of Choice Act

Back in April, 2007, the Supreme Court decided that it was within the Constitutional authority of the State to make partial birth abortions illegal. Partial birth abortions are those in which a baby is partially removed from the mother’s body, and then killed! (Partial birth abortion is really just infanticide by another name).

The ink had hardly dried on this Supreme Court decision when the Democratic Congress drafted the “Freedom of Choice Act” (S1173, HR 1964) which says that “A government may not--(1) deny or interfere with a woman's right to choose-- (A) to bear a child; (B) to terminate a pregnancy prior to viability; or (C) to terminate a pregnancy after viability where termination is necessary to protect the life or health of the woman; or (2) discriminate against the exercise of the rights set forth in paragraph (1) in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information.”

Aside from the fact that this bill prohibits the government from preventing the killing of babies, another problem is that the bill seems to prohibit the government from even regulating the abortion industry. This is a serious problem because abortion providers have been accused of egregious health code violationssome women have died—and there are charges that child rapes (e.g. Connecticut, Ohio, California) are even being covered up.

Clearly if the killing of babies is going to continue, it must be regulated, if not for the life of the unborn baby, then at least for the safety of the mothers and for the protection of child rape victims.

So who in their right mind would sponsor such a bill? Well, one of the co-sponsors is none other than Hillary Clinton. Democrats would fight to the death to protect a known terrorist from waterboarding, but don't bat an eye about killing a helpless innocent baby like the one at the right.

(The picture on the right is a 3D image of a baby in the womb only 12 weeks after conception).