Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Obama and Nation of Islam

Debbie Schlussel is reporting that regardless of Obama's denials, the fact is that he continues to have strong ties to the racist, anti-Semitic Nation of Islam. Critics will undoubtedly attack Debbie's unnamed source but her allegations are serious and really should be investigated. I have little hope that the main-stream media will look into this but I hope the Clinton campaign hears about it.

Breaking: Edwards calls it quits

AP/CBS is reporting that John Edwards is dropping out of the presidential race.

McCain wins Florida

John McCain has won Florida with 46%. Romney came in second with 31%. That left Giuliani with 15% and Huckabee with 14% (NYT).

On the Democratic side, Hillary won with 50% of the vote while Obama got 33% and Edwards got 14% (CNN).

Reports are the Giuliani will drop out today and throw his support toward McCain.

Although Edwards and Huckabee are technically still in, I think we're essentially down to a four person race: McCain or Romney vs. Clinton or Obama.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Bush talks tax relief, jokes about the IRS

Want to pay more taxes? Vote Democrat.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Qur'an 13

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, Sura 13 is now available on Hot Air.

Obama, Clinton and the State of the Union

President Bush will give his State of the Union speech tonight, but even before he gives the speech, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are already bashing it and him.

That's because it really doesn't matter to them what he has to say. They are only concerned with how to spin it into political victory for themselves.

Homosexuality and MRSA

On January 16, Recliner Commentaries reported on a Reuters article about the rapid spread of the MRSA infection through the gay community. Now, According to CNSNews,
Almost two weeks ago, researchers announced they have isolated a new form of
MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, an infection that is
spreading through San Francisco's homosexual community and could spread to the
general community.

"These multi-drug resistant infections often affect gay men at body sites in which skin-to-skin contact occurs during sexual activities," said Binh Diep, the University of California-San Francisco scientist who led the team that made the finding.

In fact, the researchers determined that this variant of MRSA infection is 13 to 14 times more prevalent in homosexual men than for the general population.
Now CNSNews reports that gay activist groups are trying to suppress this information, attacking those who spread news about the scientific study as "homophobes".

“Internationally known infectious disease specialist Dr. John Diggs” responds:
"Men who practice anal sex, men who have promiscuous sex, men who have multiple partners in short periods of time are much more likely to spread this disease,"
he said. "It's not because of who they are. It's because of that they do."

"Now I know that a lot of people have attacked those who have brought this to people's attention as being homophobic, but the real issue - and you have to face the
facts - is that men who have sex with men have very high rates of sexually
transmitted disease," Diggs said.

"When you face that reality, then you have to start taking a serious look and deciding that the best public health intervention is to discourage behavior that causes the infection to spread."

The biggest problem with this new strain - as with any variant of MRSA, Diggs said,
is that it is increasingly difficult to find drugs that will effectively combat
the problem.
Sounds to me like the real homophobes or gay-haters are some in the gay activist community who apparently don’t want their members to know how potentially deadly their behavior may be—not just to themselves, but to everyone.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Handcuffing children

On TV this morning there was a discussion of a case in which the police handcuffed an out-of-control five year old. The hosts on Fox and Friends thought this was absolutely outrageous.

But if a spoiled little brat or emotionally disturbed child is genuinely out of control what are the teachers or police supposed to do? Reasoning won’t work. The kid may refuse to take a time-out. Spanking is forbidden. Bribery may work but it is counterproductive to reward bad behavior.

On the other hand, handcuffing is not torture and it need not even be painful. Since we don’t allow teachers spank kids anymore, handcuffing may be necessary as last resort to restrain out-of-control kids so they don’t hurt themselves, or others, until the problem can be resolved.

When we take away reasonable options for dealing with troubled, out-of-control kids it is really our teachers or police who are being handcuffed.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Iowa Imam prays against America

The Iowa State Leglistature was apparently trying to be tolerant and multicultural when they asked a Muslim Imam to open in prayer.

The Imam prayed for "victory over those who disbelieve" (That's us) and "Protection from the great Satan" (That's our country) (Hot Air).

So, would you call this Imam a "moderate" Muslim? I wouldn't. I hope the legislator(s) who invited him are voted out of office.

ESPN, Dana Jacobson and Jesus

It wasn't all that long ago when Don Imus called some black, female athletes "knappy headed hoes" and was rightfully fired for it.

At a recent ESPN event, ESPN anchorwoman Dana Jacobson spewed out the words, "F--- Notre Dame," "F--- Touchdown Jesus" and finally "F--- Jesus" (Christian Newswire).

So far Ms. Jacobson still has her job. In America, hatred and bigotry are condemned, except hatred and bigotry against Christians.

UPDATE: ESPN has released the following statement (Christian Newswire):
"Ms. Jacobson's inappropriate comments were delivered in the context of
Notre Dame football and its Touchdown Jesus icon. They were wrong and
inexcusable and she was suspended from her duties. Her uncharacteristic behavior
was not aimed at a particular religious faith. They took place at an adult-only
roast that was not aired on any ESPN outlet."

Dana Jacobson has released the following statement:
"I am very sorry. My remarks about Notre Dame were foolish and insensitive.
I respect all religions and did not mean anything derogatory by my poorly chosen
words. I also deeply regret the embarrassment I have caused ESPN and Mike and
Mike. My actions at the roast were inappropriate and in no way represent who I
really am. I have personally apologized to many of the people involved. I won't
make excuses for my behavior but do hope that I can be forgiven for such a poor
lack of judgment."

Ms. Jacobson's remarks were an insult to both Christians and Muslims (who hold Jesus in high esteem) so I'm not sure how she can say she respects all religions. Anyway, she doesn't need my forgiveness. I'd suggest she ask Jesus for forgiveness.

UPDATE 2: From an AFA Action Alert:

Last June, when actor Isaiah Washington, star of ABC's show Grey's Anatomy, made an anti-gay slur in reference to openly homosexual T.R. Knight, the network immediately fired Washington. But when ESPN (owned by ABC) anchorwoman Dana Jacobson publicly said "F--- Notre Dame," "F--- Touchdown Jesus" and finally "F--- Jesus," the network gave her a one week suspension. In essence, ABC gave Jacobson a one week vacation. ABC has two standards, one for anti-gay comments and one for anti-Christian comments. Those who use anti-gay comments are punished. Those who use anti-Christian comments are supported.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Preemptive nuclear strike

NATO's five most "senior military officers and strategists" are arguing that "The west must be ready to resort to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to try to halt the 'imminent' spread of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction..." (Hot Air).

You don't usually get to be a senior military officer without knowing something about politics. It's hard to believe that these officers would make such statements publically without knowing the potential political fallout. Makes me wonder if the WMD situation in Iran and Pakistan is more serious and 'imminent' than we know.

European insanity

The Western world is rapidly going insane:
For years before it joined the European Union, British conservatives warned
their fellow countrymen to oppose its entry. Their clarion call proclaimed that
Britain would lose its national sovereignty in the most Big Brother of ways. And
they were right.

Meet Janet Devers, who runs a modest vegetable stall in a London market. At age 63, she is now facing 13 criminal charges for not selling her produce according to the measurements of the metric system.

No worries about the large population of extremist Muslims throughout England and especially in London. Who cares about the terrorist plots so many of them have tried to carry out there? The real prob in Britain--and throughout Europe is this poor woman who braves the cold and sells produce by the pound and ounce. The government actually came to her stall and seized her weighing scales:
Read the rest at Debbie Schlussel.Com

Breaking: Thompson's out

CBS News is reporting that Fred Thompson has dropped out of the presidential race.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Fox News most trusted

According to a new survey, Fox News is the most trusted name in news (SHU):

Fox News (27.0%)
CNN (14.6%)
NBC News (10.90%)
ABC News (7.0%)
Local news (6.9%)
CBS News (6.8%)
MSNBC (4.0%)
PBS News (3.0%)
CNBC (0.6%)
CBN (0.5%).

Pornography and libraries

According to OneNewsNow:


In less than an hour, patrons at one of the Dallas Public Library's 26 branches
accessed more than 5,000 pornographic websites, according to a recent
investigation by the Dallas Morning News. David Burt -- author of Dangerous
Access: Uncovering Internet Pornography in America's Libraries -- describes the
scene at the Dallas libraries.

"The terminals are out in the open. There are no privacy screens, no privacy booths or anything," says Burt. "Anybody who's walking by can see what's going on, seeing these people accessing thousands and thousands of pages of pornography every day."

Public libraries are backed by a very powerful legal arm of the American Library Association so protests are often ineffective.

On the other hand, money always talks. If your public library refuses to filter for pornography, the time to make their lack of responsiveness a major issue would be the next time they want a tax increase to fund some library improvement project.

After all, why should tax payers continue to fund an organization that thumbs it's nose at the very tax payers who support it?

Fundamentalist violence

The violence perpetrated by fundamentalists that started during the Christmas season has only escalated since then (MNN). Three guesses as to which fundamentalists.

Wrong.

Hindu fundamentalists in India are targeting Christians because Christians have been leading Dalits (Untouchables) to Christ by the thousands. These Hindu fundamentalists apparently want nothing to do with the Untouchables but they also don’t want the Untouchables to forsake the very Hindu system that oppresses them.

MLK assassination and white America

The Rev. Peter Johnson, who marched with Martin Luther King, says that the MLK observances today are an insult to Dr. King because "We've allowed white America to escape the guilt of his assassination..." (UPI).

There you have it. Although it was "white America" that brought Dr. King's killer to justice and although many white Americans genuinely grieved the death of Dr. King, it sounds like Rev. Johnson thinks ALL white Americans are guilty of the assassination of Martin Luther King! Why would that be? Because they are white, of course.

Dr. King once said that hoped for a day in which people would be judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. Even though he marched with Dr. King, Rev. Johnson apparently doesn't get it. There are a lot of people in America just like Rev. Johnson who are really not against racism, just racism against their group. And that is racist.

Volcanoes in Antarctica

We've all seen the TV footage of giant icebergs breaking off of glaciers in Antarctica as evidence of global warming. An article in yesterday's International Herald Tribune suggests that newly discovered volcanoes in Antarctica may have something to do with the glacier thinning.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Christian extremism

In response to some idiot who said that "we typically think of terrorism groups strictly as Islamic and Muslim, but Christian extremist groups actually commit just as many acts," Robert Spencer responds:
Let's see. 10,380 violent attacks since 9/11 by Islamic jihadists who
justify their actions on the basis of Islamic texts and teachings.

How many violent attacks since 9/11 by Christian zealots who justify
their actions on the basis of Christian texts and teachings? Uh, none.

Qur'an 12

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, Sura 12 is now available on Hot Air.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Hillary Clinton's Saudi ties

The following comes from FoxNews by way of Jihad Watch:
...Should the Saudi monarchy be permitted to purchase an important equity
position in some of America’s leading banks? How can Hillary be objective when
the very same monarchy donated $10 million to the Clinton Library and
Foundation?

Should the UAE be allowed in? How can Hillary decide fairly when
Bill — and therefore herself — have been getting a reported $10 million per year
from a fund that administers the investments of the Emir of Dubai, the largest
component state in the UAE?

The Dubai Ports deal compromised our national security by putting key points of entry in that nation’s control. But the infusion of capital and the acquisition of equity in our key banks has the potential to make that encroachment on our sovereignty seem piddling by comparison.

Neither Dubai nor Saudi Arabia would be permitted to contribute
to Hillary’s campaign. Foreigners are not allowed to do so, precisely to avoid
having potential office holders compromised by gratitude for their financial
support. But these nations have used the porous ethics of the Clinton family to
acquire positions of massive influence by making contributions, not to her
campaign, but to her personal bank account — either through Bill or through the
Library and Foundation, which the Clintons directly control. The extent of the
influence their millions must buy with a family only recently, according to
Hillary, in the “middle class” must be huge.

And it is for exactly this kind of situation that the Clintons should be required to divulge the extent of their involvement with foreign interests and exactly how much money their personal bank accounts and their Library/Foundation have received. (The Saudi donation to the Library and Foundation was only discovered by the New York Times when the information was inadvertently posted on the Library’s Web site. Soon after the story appeared, it was taken down. The Clintons refuse to reveal the donors to the Library or the related Foundation.) Hillary and Bill have also refused to release their income tax returns, despite the fact that Bill willingly released his when he was running for president....
Some Democrat responded to the Jihad Watch post saying, "Hillary isn't alone. What about George W. Bush? How much has he been influenced by his family's relationship with the Saudis..."

Good point. But Bush isn't running for President and Hillary is. Even Democrats should ask themselves, "Do we really want another President so tied to Saudi interests?"

CORRECTION: The Saudi donation was discovered by the New York Sun, not the New York Times. Thanks to Josh Gerstein of the New York Sun for pointing this out to me.

Huckabee and the constitution

Bryan on Hot Air criticizes Huckabee’s remarks about the Constitution being a “living document.” I was all ready to jump on Huckabee until I actually watched the YouTube video of what he really said.

In the context of the interview I think Huckabee made it clear that he thinks the Constitution is a living document in the sense that it was designed to be amended, NOT in the sense that Supreme Court Justices should be free to cut the meaning off from discussion of the authors’ original intentions.

Huckabee may be guilty of using a poor choice of words, but I don’t think he was renouncing the position on his website that says “I firmly believe that the Constitution must be interpreted according to its original meaning, and flatly reject the notion of a “living Constitution.”

This is an important issue because with one or two Supreme Court justices who could retire during the next term, it is crucial that we have a president who understands that when the Constitution is cut free from any discussion of original intention, the American people are left at the mercy of creative Supreme Court justices who can read anything into it that fits their own particular political or social biases.

The Constitution was intended as a check on government power. When the government-- in this case the Supreme Court justices--can make the Constitution mean whatever they want, we have no check on government power and are potentially at the mercy of tyrants.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Tolerance, Leftist style

For one more difference between those on the Left and those on the right, see Michelle Malkin's excellent post on the statistical evidence demonstrating that--regardless of all the self-righteous preaching Leftists do on tolerance--those of the Left are actually less tolerant than those on the right.

Straight talk on Saudi Arabia

Fred Thompson dishes out some straight talk on Saudi Arabia:

“It’s not in the United States’ long-term interest to go hat in hand begging people to do things that in the end we know they’re not going to do,”

I agree. See Michelle Malkin.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Mark Siljander funding terrorism?

I’m not a prophet but I predict that if you watch TV news tomorrow you will be hearing a lot about former congressman Mark Siljander. Mark Siljander was an Evangelical Christian and full-fledged member of the Christian Right. In fact, he once described himself as a "poster boy for Jerry Falwell"!

Siljander is now charged with sending “more than $130,000 to an al-Qaida and Taliban supporter who has threatened U.S. and international troops in Afghanistan.”

What you may or may not hear in tomorrow’s news is how Mr. Siljander’s views evolved over time. Siljander began to water-down or outright ignore more and more of the Bible’s teachings in order to make his new version of Christianity more compatible with Islam. In addition to downplaying Jesus' deity to appease Muslims, Siljander once said, "I could not find one verse in the entire New Testament that ever suggested we should convert anyone to any religion." He had apparently forgotten Jesus' "Great Commission."

In Siljander's desire to become more inclusive of Muslims his religion morphed into something more like the Christian Left than the Christian Right. The Christian Right believes that Jesus is the only way to God. The Christian Left is more inclined to see all religions as valid paths to God.

Once Siljander started seeing Islam as a good religion, it was apparently easier for him to justify funding terrorism (assuming, of course, that the charges are true).

See, Hot Air, Debbie Schlussel, Urban Tulsa Weekly, Biography, CNN, for more information.

Republicans and Democrats on Jihad

This is one reason we must have a Republican president in 2008 or America will be in serious trouble.

Gay men and MRSA

According to an article published this week in Reuters:
A drug-resistant strain of potentially deadly bacteria has moved beyond the
borders of U.S. hospitals and is being transmitted among gay men during sex,
researchers said on Monday.

They said methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is beginning to appear outside hospitals in San Francisco, Boston, New York and Los Angeles.

Sexually active gay men in San Francisco are 13 times more likely to be infected than their heterosexual neighbors, the researchers reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

"Once this reaches the general population, it will be truly unstoppable," said Binh Diep, a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco who led the study.

"That's why we're trying to spread the message of prevention." According to
chemical analyses, bacteria are spreading among the gay communities of San
Francisco and Boston, the researchers said.
Leftists, especially in the public school system, think they are being compassionate when they support homosexual sex as a positive alternative lifestyle. They are promoting a lifestyle that is killing gay people. Leftists have a strange way of defining compassion. Read the rest of the article in Reuters.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Qur'an 11

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, Sura 11 is available on Hot Air.

"Thompson is my guy"

My mistake was thinking I had made a mistake when in fact I was right all along :-) What I mean was that I was once a supporter of Fred Thompson but when he announced that he would leave abortion up to the states, I began shopping for other candidates; Huckabee and Romney in particular. Robert, one of my regular readers, sent me an e-mail urging me to reconsider.

You convinced me, Robert. I don't think Fred has much chance but I think he is the best candidate. Your lengthy but excellent e-mail is posted below:


I finally decided that Thompson is my guy. Even though I'm fully aware his shot of getting the Minnesota GOP nomination is limited, I thought it worthmentioning.

The debate last Thursday sealed the deal for me. Thompson isn't a perfect candidate, but his voting record is solid and he appears to be the most authentic conservative in the race. The reason that I'm writing to you isbecause I believe its worth examining in your blog.

When you dropped Fred as "your guy", it was because he failed to support anamendment banning abortion. Frankly, I don't think we should have to have an amendment to recognize that murder is wrong, but unfortunately the argument isn't whether murder is wrong, it's about actually recognizing murder. It's a subtle distinction that characterizes the debate. When is a life a life and when does termination of that life constitute murder?

While I think the "pro-life" movement is gaining ground in this understanding (not as fast as we'd like), I have come to agree with Thompson that an Amendment would be the wrong move. We could try to exert our influence now and fail at getting an amendment (and possibly damage ourcause), or we can try to strike at where the real problem lays; the heart and minds of the public.

Thompson said he believed in States rights thus raising the ire of the pro-life movement. I, along with many of my brethren, shouted, "How does the right of the State supersede the right of a child to life?!!"Unfortunately Fred did not do a particularly good job of articulating his position. Consequently, we conservatives crossed him off our list and heplummeted in the polls. We sought a "conservative" that would protect children, not push the decision off to someone else. In that moment, in that vacuum, Huckabee flourished. Unfortunately, Huckabee turned out to be a moderate Republican (not conservative) who we could identify with as a Christian. While he may be a good human being, his policies would be a very, very mixed bag for the country.

As conservatives, our philosophy is that the government needs to step out ofthe way so that the individual can succeed (or fail) on their own. The government is simply responsible for ensuring a healthy environment much in the way a gardener prepares the soil. If we want strong and healthy plants (economy, businesses, and individuals) we can't force them to grow, or stunttheir growth in order to make them less successful compared to other plants. Unfortunately, for the past 40 years, the government has gotten increasingly more involved in the affairs of private individuals and we have suffered for it. Each time it interferes, problems have mounted and people have cried out for more regulation making a twisted spiral in which problems only worsen or never get corrected. The end result is that we're driving our own businesses, jobs, and success out of the country. The tighter we squeeze,the faster the decline.

The framers of our Constitution knew that freedom - even to make horriblemistakes - was necessary for a healthy Republic. They created a federal government that helped to manage standards, provide for our national defense, and unify our collection of states. It wasn't there to subjugate the people of the states under a single federal law. The never envisioned a government that sat far away and dictated something as simple as what lightbulb you would be allowed to use in your home. The states operated under their own control as little Petri dishes of democracy. People could "vote with their feet" if something wasn't working out. If taxes were too high or laws were not too their liking, they could move to another state.This configuration ensured that the locals controlled their own laws andthat the majority wouldn't become a tyranny.

The Federal government has changed that. To take it to an absurd level, people in the other 49 states could pass a Federal law making Minnesota the state where all the garbage will be buried. Without states rights, people could choose our future even if every Minnesotan was opposed to it. When we look at something serious like murder, even that is treated differently in all the states (some have capital punishment, incarceration time is different, paroles, etc). Whywould abortion be any different?

As conservatives, we can vehemently oppose abortion. But if we choose touse the Federal government to advance our causes, we should not be surprisedwhen the opposition successfully does too. This is exactly why we're in theposition we're in today where "gay marriage" could consume the rights ofbusinesses and individuals. Additionally, we cannot realistically expect that conservatives will always hold office. What happens when a leftist gains control? Will all of our hard work in passing these federal regulations be removed? What we have done can just as easily be undone. It is better to limit the power of the federal government and work through our local governments.

Our only choice is to try and change the hearts and minds of the people ofthe United States and convince everyone (as best we can) that abortion IS murder and that passing legislation in their own state is the only human and moral response. Thompson was right on this issue and many more. While he isn't the perfect candidate, he ideologically fits the majority of the requirements as "conservative". I intend to vote for him whether or not I still think he can beat a more centrist, big government Republican. He may not be Reagan, but he's a good choice from all the candidates we've been presented.

Robert

Monday, January 14, 2008

Shooting at YWAM

After my last post on the shooting at New Life Church, I received an e-mail a woman named Rebecca Schmidt who wrote:

I knew Tiffany Johnson, the girl who was killed at YWAM. My husband went on a
mission trip that she was on and we've been in her prayer group. This is what I
wrote about her in my Christmas Card:

On December 9th one of our Christian sisters, Tiffany Johnson, was shot and killed in Colorado at YWAM. Tiffany was on the Ghana mission trip my husband Bob went on in 2002. Since that time we’ve had the privilege to see this young Christian grow in her faith and trust in Christ. She sold everything and followed Christ. She was shot eight times. At first there wasn’t pulse but one of the staff was a paramedic and she revived her. Tiff asked her boyfriend to tell her a funny story. Before she was taken in the ambulance, she told her friend: "It is okay. We do this for Jesus!" The last
entry she had in her journal was Gen 50:20: "You intended to harm me, but God
intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many
lives." Chris Murray, the shooter’s brother is quoted as saying: "Even though
satan attacked my brother, I truly feel God is going to save a whole generation
of people through this." We pray that through her death, many will come out of
darkness into the light of God’s dear Son, Jesus Christ. (Posted by permission)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

No woman is illegal

In the midst of Hillary Clinton's campaigning, "A man shouted through an opening in the wall that his wife was illegal." "No woman is illegal," Clinton said, to cheers (Review Journal).

I guess we can open the gate of the women's correctional facilities and let all the inmates out.

Public radio's deep fried Christ

Recently a public radio station in Salt Lake City aired a skit with the following lines:

[Woman’s voice]: And now another Huckabee family recipe leaked by his
opponents.

[Male Voice]: Tired of bland unsatisfying Eucharists? Try this Huckabee family favorite. Deep-Fried Body of Christ--boring holy wafers no more. Take one Eucharist. Preferably post transubstantiation. Deep-fry in fat, not vegetable oil, ladies, until crispy. Serve piping hot. Mike likes to top his Christ with whipped cream and sprinkles. But his wife Janet and the boys like theirs with heavy gravy and cream puffs. It goes great with red wine.

Why is it constitutional for the public broadcasting radio station to use tax dollars to trash Christianity, but unconstitutional for someone to promote Christianity, for example, in a public school?

Please remember this next time you hear one of the public broadcasting stations' long, drawn-out badgering and manipulation campaigns to solicit funds from their listeners.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Shooting at New Life Church

Remember the shooting at New Life Church in Colorado Springs in December? I linked to this article yesterday, but for those who didn’t follow the link, I thought it was good enough to post excerpts. The news media doesn’t seem interested in following the story:

"New Life Church Pastor Brady Boyd calls it a "Jesus moment" and describes a meeting of the families of church shooter Matthrew Murray and victims Stephanie Works, 18, and Rachael Works, 16, as "the greatest testimony of forgiveness I've ever seen."

"It was a meeting he had suggested between Ron and Loretta Murray, whose son, Matthew, shot and killed the Works sisters in an attack on New Life Church in December, and the sisters' parents, David and Marie Works."

"Boyd said he was praying about the situation during the Christmas holidays, and decided to contact Matthew Murray's parents to see if they wanted to come to the church campus, see the location where the attack happened, and grieve for the loss of their son, who committed suicide after being shot by a volunteer security patrol team member."

"I called them and asked, would you like to come to the New Life campus and see the place where your son passed away," Boyd told his congregation over the weekend. "When someone's gone through a tragedy, it's very important to see the place where it happened."

"He said the Murrays had been wanting exactly that, but didn't want to "invade" the church still recovering from the attack."

"Boyd then arranged for the Murrays to meet not only the Works family, but also Jeanne Assam, the volunteer security guard who confronted Matthew Murray as he was entering the mega-church complex where several thousand people were leaving a worship service, and shot at him when he refused to put down his weapon. The coroner later determined he actually died of self-inflicted wound."

"It was very emotional. They just wept and cried and we prayed for them and hugged them," Boyd said. "What the enemy has meant for harm, turned into a moment of forgiveness and redemption" (WorldNetDaily).

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The FBI and phone company

According to Reuters, "A telephone company cut off an FBI international wiretap after the agency failed to pay its bill on time, according to a U.S. government audit released on Thursday."

This, of course, is just the latest in an endless string of government incompetencies. Why on earth would anyone want to put the government in charge of their healthcare?

Joy Behar and the saints

Recently on The View, Joy Behar reportedly said "I have a theory that you can’t find any saints anymore because of psychotropic medication. I think that [in] the old days, the saints were hearing voices and they didn’t have any Thorazine to calm them down” (Fox).

I don’t have any way of knowing the extent to which Ms. Behar’s theory is true or not, but I do know one thing: She can be confident that no Catholic Bishop or Christian leader is going to issue a proclamation calling for her death.

Remember the sick man who gunned down several people in a Colorado Springs Church? If ever Christians had a right to lash out over anti-Christian hatred, this was it.

So the church did something about it!

The pastor called the family of the shooter. Then some church members and families of the victims met and comforted the family of the shooter who, after shooting his victims, died with a self-inflicted gun shot.

So courageous Joy has nothing to fear. On the other hand, if she had said that Muhammad, who also heard voices, needed psychotropic medication her life may well have been in grave danger, and even worse, she would have violated the Left’s politically correct dogma which calls for tolerance for all religions and groups—except Christians.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Hillary Clinton and terrorism

Jihadist terrorism is one of the most important issues (if not the most important issue) in the 2008 election. Robert Spencer is beginning a series evaluating the candidates on this one issue alone. He begins his series with Hillary.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Absolutely un-be-liev-able!!!

Remember last September when Iranian president Ahmadinejad came to New York and the president of Columbia University unloaded on him?

Now some of the faculty of Columbia University are planning to travel to Iran to apologize to Ahmadinejad for their president's honesty (Dhimmi Watch).

I wish there was a way to revoke their citizenship while they were gone so they could stay in Iran where they belong. My guess is that it wouldn't be long before they were begging and pleading to come back.

Hillary's tears

Yesterday Hillary Clinton was giving an interview when her eyes became teary and her voice cracked. She said this race is not political or a game but is “very personal” for her because she cares so deeply about our country.

Bloggers and TV pundits have been debating about whether Hillary’s emotion was real or just raw calculated politics. Many of those who think it was calculated think she was trying to counter the perception that she is cold and impersonal.

I don’t know whether the emotion was genuine or not. It looked genuine to me. I think Hillary truly cares about our country—but people can genuinely care and be genuinely wrong at the same time.

Democrats, including Hillary, think the problems in this country need to be solved by bigger and more powerful government—what conservatives call “the nanny state”—and I think they are genuinely wrong.

There are certainly problems that government needs to solve, but in general, our problems are not going to be solved by making government bigger and more powerful. I can’t understand why there should be any controversy over this.

Take health care for example. Heaven knows that our health care system needs serious attention, but Hillary wants government to step in and take over. Has Hillary not seen what government did with public housing or welfare? Does she not know how seriously broke our government social security and Medicare systems are? Hasn’t she ever heard about how our government has sometimes spent hundreds or thousands of dollars on things like toilet seats for the military? Isn’t it Hillary who complains about how the government so massively botched Hurricane Katrina and Iraq? Yet Democrats seem to have this naive view that if we just give government even more control everything will be better!

Let’s suspend all reality for a moment and imagine that Hillary becomes the miracle president who, by expanding the power and control of government, could fix all our problems. Hillary can only be President for eight years. After that there is always the (big) chance that we get an incompetent, power-hungry President who then inherits and abuses the much more powerful nanny-state that Hillary wants to create (if you Democrats think this is far-fetched just ask yourselves: Would you really want to see someone like George Bush with even more government power, and do you really think that Bush will be the last Republican president in U.S. history)?

What government runs, government controls. The more government controls, the less personal freedom you have. Once government takes something over, it is nearly impossible to get government back out of your life.

"I didn't have to blame myself"

There is a quit smoking commercial on TV in which one of the actors says, “I didn’t have to blame myself.” I think this statement epitomizes one of the attitudes of our generation. The woman’s addiction to smoking is not her fault. It is someone (or something) else’s fault! Maybe it’s just my impression, but it seems like fewer and fewer people are willing to take responsibility for their own behavior.

I suspect that this is one of the reasons genuine, classic Christianity is so offensive to many people. Genuine Christianity says it is your fault! You have sinned against a Holy God! We’re not just talking about robbers and rapists and terrorists, but even those who imagine themselves to be “good” people. St. Paul says that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” and that the only way to be made right with God is through faith in Jesus Christ.

Non-Christians are those who say, no, I’m not a sinner. I’m basically a good person (or, even if I’m not a good person, I don’t need any God-crutch). Sure, I make mistakes but so does everyone and after all, it’s not really my fault anyway.

By contrast, Christians are those who drop all the excuses, recognize and sincerely repent of their sinfulness and turn in faith to Jesus Christ as their Lord.

Regardless of whether you are offended by this message or not, this is the message of genuine, classic, first-century Christianity as found in the Gospels and Paul. When you hear someone preaching some other version of Christianity you can be sure it is a perversion of the real deal.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Conceal and carry in Michigan

Debbie Schlussel on gun control:
Six years after Michigan's conceal and carry permit law went into effect,
there are FEWER gun deaths in the state.

Mark Cortis of Royal Oak, who conducts concealed weapons license training
and sits on the Oakland County gun board, said he believes the benefits of an
armed citizenry are evident in small ways almost every day, as permit holders
deter trouble and live more confidently. "The police just can't protect you,"
Cortis said. "If you have to call 911, it's probably already too late."

Exactly. Yet, to the gun control crowd--the ones who argue a woman has
a right to decide what she wants to do with her own body, when it comes to
abortion, but not if she wants to own a gun--facts are stubborn things.

Killing abortionists

For Pro-choice people who just can’t seem to understand why Pro-life people are so adamant in their opposition to abortion, maybe the following parody by Dr. Robert George, professor of politics at Princeton University, may be helpful. Dr. George writes:
I am personally opposed to killing abortionists. However, inasmuch as my
personal opposition to this practice is rooted in a sectarian (Catholic)
religious belief in the sanctity of human life, I am unwilling to impose it on
others who may, as a matter of conscience, take a different view. Of course, I
am entirely in favor of policies aimed at removing the root causes of violence
against abortionists. Indeed, I would go so far as to support mandatory one-week
waiting periods, and even nonjudgmental counseling, for people who are
contemplating the choice of killing an abortionist. I believe in policies that
reduce the urgent need some people feel to kill abortionist while, at the same
time, respecting the rights of conscience of my fellow citizens who believe that
the killing of abortionists is sometimes a tragic necessity—not a good, but a
lesser evil. In short, I am moderately pro-choice.

(Published in First Things 48 (December 1994) 24-31, as quoted from Dever, Mark. The Message of the New Testament. Wheaton : Crossway, 2005, 236).

Moderate Muslims

For a good definition of moderate Muslims, see Muslims Against Sharia.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Change in Washington

Both Democrats and Republicans are all talking about how much we need change in Washington. They are undoubtedly right. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that jumping from the frying pan into the fire constitutes change. Don't vote for someone who advocates change without carefully analyzing what specifically they want to change, how they plan to make those changes (anyone can make idle promises), and what the possible consequences may be.

The universal Islamic mission

Ibn Khaldun was one of Islam's greatest historians and philosophers. My guess is that he knew a bit more about Islam than modern Western politicians. Ibn Khaldun wrote:
In the Muslim community, the jihad is a religious duty because of the universalism of the Islamic mission and obligation [to convert] everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force...[By contrast] the other religions had no such universal mission and the holy war was [therefore] not a religious duty to them apart from self-defense." (quoted from Karsh, Efraim. Islamic Imperialism. New Haven : Yale University Press, 2007, 66)

Qur'an 10

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, Sura 10 is now available on Hot Air.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Boys in the girls' restroom

The gender-bender mess just keeps getting more bizarre all the time.

WordNetDaily is reporting that a school in Maine began allowing a 10 year old boy with "gender issues" to use the girls' restroom. When another boy's grandfather heard about this, the grandfather gave his grandson permission to use the girls' restroom too.

School officials confronted the grandson and the police confronted the grandfather. The grandfather responded by getting a lawyer and alleging that the school is discriminating against his grandson on the basis of the boy's sexual orientation--heterosexual.

The resolution of this gender-bender mess is very simple. If you have a penis you use the men's room. If you don't, you use the women's room. If we start allowing people to decide which restroom to use based on their perceived sexual orientation, it will open the door for heterosexual rapists, molesters, and exhibitionists to use women's restrooms as hunting grounds for their prey.

Unfortunately, most feminist groups are so controlled by politically correct leftists they won't stand up to fight this insanity on behalf of the women they supposedly represent.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Obama and racism

Unfortunately, as long as there are people in this world, there will be racism. There is reason to believe, however, that racism is not nearly as pervasive as various race-baiters (e.g. Jesse Jackson, Al Shaprton) would have us believe.

For example, although Hillary Clinton has an incredible political machine and only just a few months ago the pundits were ready to coronate her, Brian Kilmeade pointed out this morning that 95% of Iowa is white and yet Obama came out on top by a significant margin!

The overwhelmingly vast majority of white people in America today really don't care what color someone's skin is.

Iowa caucuses

In case you haven't seen TV since last night the results of the Iowa cauccuses are:

Republican
Mike Huckabee (34%)
Mitt Romney (25%)
Fred Thompson (13%)
John McCain (13%)

Democrat
Barack Obama (37.5%)
John Edwards (29.9%)
Hillary Clinton (29.4%)
Bill Richardson (2.1%)

The big news on the Republican side is the significant lead Huckabee had even though being far outspent by Romney. It wasn't all that long ago when Huckabee wasn't even a first tier candidate!

On the Democratic side, it was facinating to watch Hillary Clinton's speach last night. You would have thought she came in first, rather than third. She has an incredible spin machine, I'll say that for her.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Moderate, secular Islam

This is how a "moderate," "secular" Muslim country treats Christians.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

"I was ordered to fight"

“I was ordered to fight the people until they say there is no god but Allah and
his prophet Muhammad.” (Osama bin Laden, November 2001)

“We will export our revolution throughout the world…until the calls, ‘there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah’ are echoed all over the world.” (Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, 1979).

“I shall cross this sea to their islands to pursue them until there remains no one on the face of the earth who does not acknowledge Allah.” (Saladin, January 1189).

“I was ordered to fight all men until they say ‘There is no god but Allah.” (Prophet Muhammad’s farewell address, March 632).

Our battle with Islam is really not about our troops in the Middle East. Nor is it about the imaginary oppression of Islam. Nor is it about poverty. It is about Muhammad’s vision to spread Islam to the ends of the world, violently if necessary.

If we elect a president who doesn’t understand this, our country is in very serious trouble.

(Quotes are from Karsh, Efraim. Islamic Imperialism; A history. New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 2007, 1)

The media and interracial crime

Please read Walter Williams' excellent article on how the "Media conceal[s] black interracial crimes." Williams' writes:
According to the 2004 FBI National Crime Victimization Survey, in most
instances of interracial crimes, the victim is white and the perpetrator is
black. In the case of interracial murder for 2004, where the race of victim and
perpetrator is known, more than twice as many whites were murdered by a black
than cases of a white murdering a black. The failure of civil rights leaders,
people like Jackson and Sharpton, as well as politicians to vocally condemn
black-on-white crime – and the relative silence of the news media in reporting
it – is not simply a matter of double standards. It's dangerous, for it
contributes to a pile of racial kindling awaiting a racial arsonist to set it
ablaze. I can't think of better recruitment gifts for America's racists, either
white or black.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Feminism

According to Mike Adams, "Feminism is a political movement that seeks unlimited rights for women without corresponding responsibilities by exempting women from all criticism." Read his interesting article on Townhall.

Oil discovered in North Dakota

An article published today in the New York Times talks about the oil boom in Stanley, North Dakota. Actually, they have been drilling for oil in Stanley North Dakota since before I lived in that area back in the 50's and early 60's, but, my understanding was (and I could be wrong) that it would cost more to extract the oil than it was worth.

They now realize that the oil field is more extensive than once thought--larger than our Arctic Oil fields in Alaska--and they have discovered new ways of getting the oil out of the ground more efficiently.

I just wish it was enough to cut our umbilical cord to the middle east.

Attack of the tiger

This morning Fox News is reporting that the kids who were attacked by the tiger at the zoo had slingshots.

The father of one of the kids thinks the zoo is at fault. I agree. When kids can torture a caged animal with slingshots, it seems clear that the zoo was not doing enough to protect the tiger.