Thursday, May 29, 2008

Obama and Castro

Barack Obama just received another endorsement.......Fidel Castro.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Muslim polygamy in America

Estimates range from 50,000 to 100,000 Muslims in polygamous marriages in the U.S. Read the story at Dhimmi Watch.

Hmmm, where are all the radical feminists when you need them?

Lesbian artificial insemination

Should Christian, Jewish or Muslim doctors be forced to artificially inseminate lesbians? Two Christian doctors decided that to do so would violate their religious convictions (CNSNews).

Although she undoubtedly had dozens, if not hundreds of other doctors to choose from, one lesbian decided to sue her Christian doctors for refusing to artificially inseminate her. This lesbian would undoubtedly demand "tolerance" for her own lifestyle choices, but she refuses to exhibit tolerance toward the doctors who disagree with her.

To force doctors to perform procedures that violate their religious convictions is not only a violation of the first amendment, it is tyranny! When Barack Obama becomes president, you can expect much more of the same.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Muhammad and Jesus

I just created a new web page which compares the earliest sources for Muhammad and Jesus. There is no place on the web page to post comments, but if Recliner Commentaries readers have time, I would appreciate any corrections you find or suggestions you have.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Obama campaign sexist?

1984 Democratic vice-president candidate, Geraldine Ferraro "said that she might abandon her lifelong party loyalties and vote for the Republican John McCain if Mr Obama is confirmed as the nominee." This is because she thinks the Obama campaign has been terribly sexist. Read the article in the British, Telegraph for Ms. Ferraro's reasons.

Qur'an sura 26

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, sura 26 is now available on Hot Air.

Al Qaeda's defeat in Iraq

Accoring to a report in Fox News:
The U.S. ambassador to Iraq said Saturday that Al Qaeda's network in the country has never been closer to defeat, and he praised Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for his moves to rein in Shiite and Sunni militant groups.

Ryan Crocker's comments came as Iraqi forces have been conducting crackdowns on Al Qaeda militants in the northern city of Mosul and on Shiite militiamen in the southern city of Basra. Thousands of Iraqi forces also moved into the Shiite militia stronghold of Sadr City in Baghdad last week imposing control for the first time in years.

This is certainly good news for Iraqi's but bad news for Democrats who have been trying desparately to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory ever since the last election. In fact, one of Barack Obama's primary goals is to pull out of Iraq immediately before we ensure Iraq's stability.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Rep. Kanjorski admits the Democrats Over-Promised on Iraq

A Democratic congressman admits that Democrats deliberately lied to the public in order to win the last election.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Government takeover of oil companies

I just saw a news clip of an exchange between oil executives who are being grilled (or fried!) on Capitol Hill, and Democrate Congresswomen Maxine Waters. One oil executive said that if oil companies are not allowed to explore new areas for oil drilling, the price of gas will eventually exceed $5.00 per gallon. Ms. Waters responded saying that in that event she would push for a government takover of the oil industry!

A government takover of the oil industry? That sounds Hugo Chavez or the former Soviet Union! What on earth makes Ms. Waters think the govenment can do a better job running multinational oil companies than it did with Hurricane Katrina, social security, or the war in Iraq?

ENDA and Religious liberty

There seems to be a lot of confusion about ENDA, the “Employer Non-Discrimination Act." ENDA makes it unlawful for an employer to “to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual… because of such individual's actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity…”

From a Christian perspective we should admit that the Bible knows nothing of modern discussions about “sexual orientation.” Leviticus 18:22, for example, discusses behavior, not sexual identity: “You shall not lie with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination.”

Similarly, St. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, writes in terms of behavior, “For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature,” and “men committing shameless acts with men.” You could say that sexual orientation, on the other hand, is about temptation, and temptation by itself is not necessarily sin.

Therefore, if I were the president of a Christian College, or the CEO of a Christian charity, for example, I would have no problem hiring a homosexual as long as 1) he or she sincerely agreed with our doctrinal position including the sincere belief that having sex with someone of the same sex is an abominable sin before God, and 2) he or she had a long track record of abstinence from all such activity.

The problem is that under ENDA Christian organizations would not be allowed to make these qualifications. If an otherwise qualified history teacher, for example, applied for a teaching position, the Christian organization would not be allowed to turn the applicant down even if the applicant was a practicing homosexual and a radical gay rights activist. To require Christian organizations to hire people who disagree with their doctrinal position is not freedom of religion, it is tyranny!

Later, the Act goes on to discuss exemptions:

"(a) In General- This Act shall not apply to any of the employment practices of a religious corporation, association, educational institution, or society which has as its primary purpose religious ritual or worship or the teaching or spreading of religious doctrine or belief."

Under ENDA, lawyers for gay rights activists will argue that Christians Colleges and Christian schools are primarily for education of students (especially if the colleges are liberal arts colleges), and that the spreading of religious doctrine is not primary. These lawyers will argue that Christian charities are primarily about providing food and shelter or adoption, or counseling, etc., and are only secondarily about spreading Christian doctrine.

Christians will end up spending millions of dollars that could go for helping others or for education, just to defend themselves from endless lawsuits by gay activists whose hatred against Christianity knows no bounds. Many Christian organizations will simply go out of business because they can’t afford the litigation. And those who support Barack Obama are supporting this!

ENDA continues:

"(b) Certain Employees- For any religious corporation, association, educational institution, or society that is not wholly exempt under subsection (a), this Act shall not apply with respect to the employment of individuals whose primary duties consist of teaching or spreading religious doctrine or belief, religious governance, supervision of a religious order, supervision of persons teaching or spreading religious doctrine or belief, or supervision or participation in religious ritual or worship."

This means that in Christian schools, colleges, and charitable organizations, the only people ENDA exempts are those who actually teach religious doctrine or those who directly supervise them. It does not exempt teachers of English, science, history, social sciences, etc. Nor does it exempt administrators like directors or vice presidents.

So in other words, Christian Colleges, schools and charitable organizations will be forced by law to hire teachers and even upper level administrators who believe that sexual acts between people of the same sex is perfectly OK. If the homosexual employee later gets fired for promoting homosexuality, they can sue the organization for wrongful termination under ENDA. Whether they win or not, the Christian organization will spend a small fortune to defend itself and some will go out of business. And Christians who support Barack Obama are supporting this!
ENDA continues:

"Conformity to Religious Tenets- Under this Act, a religious corporation, association, educational institution, or society may require that applicants for, and employees in, similar positions conform to those religious tenets that such corporation, association, institution, or society declares significant…”

This sounds like it would allow employers to enforce a code of conduct but that doesn’t really resolve the issue. If a well qualified homosexual activist applied for a vice president’s position in a Christian organization, the organization would be forced by law to hire that person even if the applicant strongly opposed the organization's position on homosexuality.

Once hired, if the new employee began advocating for homosexuality on the job and were fired, they could sue the organization. Whether they won or not, it would cost the organization a small fortune to defend themselves. And those who support Barack Obama are supporting this!

Contrary to popular belief, ENDA does not exempt religious organizations. It exempts teachers of theology and preachers but not much else. It would have been a very simple matter for the author(s) and sponsors of ENDA--as a matter of religious freedom--to simply provide complete and total exemption for all religious colleges, schools, missions and charities. In fact, if the bill had been written to provide such exemptions, I doubt that it would receive much opposition from religious groups at all. But the sponsors chose not to provide such exemptions because they do not want religious organizations to be exempt.

Make no mistake about it—ENDA is an all-out full fledged attack on American religious liberty! And Barack Obama supports ENDA.

McCain is dangerous?

From the Des Moines Register via HotAir:
Republican presidential candidate John McCain's family background as the son and grandson of admirals has given him a worldview shaped by the military, "and he has a hard time thinking beyond that," Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Ia., said Friday."I think he's trapped in that," Harkin said in a conference call with Iowa reporters. "Everything is looked at from his life experiences, from always having been in the military, and I think that can be pretty dangerous."

Harkin said that "it's one thing to have been drafted and served, but another thing when you come from generations of military people and that's just how you're steeped, how you've learned, how you've grown up."A McCain spokesman said Harkin's remarks were offensive and showed that Democrats are out of touch with Americans' values."Senator Harkin's comments are an affront to the many thousands of Iowans who have served our country so valiantly for generations," said spokesman Jeff Sadosky. "This sort of attack shows just how out of touch Democratic leadership has become with the values that have made our country so great."[emphasis mine]

As a U.S. Air Force veteran whose father served in World War II and whose grandfather served in World War I, I find Harkin's comments to be offensive. Someone with Harkin's perpsective has no business serving in Congress and I hope Iowan's remember this in the next election. Is this how Democrats "respect the troops?"

In reality, I doubt that Senator Harkin really believes what he said. He certainly wouldn't have said it about Jimmy Carter or John F. Kennedy who served in the Navy. But Harkin's comments are just another example about how some politicians will say anything they think can score points against the opposition.

If the Democratic leadership is really not out as of touch with American values as the article suggests, they need to pressure Harkin to resign. My guess is that we'll see that when pigs fly!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Jailed or sued and publicly slapped

According to American's for Truth:

Michigan’s largest homosexual activist group says once marriage is legally
redefined to include homosexual couples, business owners and even news media
outlets who refuse to recognize such marriages should be jailed or sued and
“publicly slapped,”
This reminds me of something I once read by Michael Swift first published in the "Gay Revolutionary" but reprinted in the Conressional Record (I first read it in something called the NFD Journal, October 1987). You can read the entire article at a website hosted by Fordham University. Exerpts appear below:

We shall sodomize your sons, emblems of your feeble masculinity, of your shallow dreams and vulgar lies. We shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms, in your sports arenas, in your seminaries, in your youth groups, in your movie theater bathrooms, in your army bunkhouses, in your truck stops, in your all male clubs, in your houses of Congress, wherever men are with men together.

All laws banning homosexual activity will be revoked. Instead, legislation shall be passed which engenders love between men.

We will triumph only when we present a common face to the vicious heterosexual enemy.

If you dare to cry faggot, fairy, queer, at us, we will stab you in your cowardly hearts and defile your dead, puny bodies.

The family unit-spawning ground of lies, betrayals, mediocrity, hypocrisy and violence--will be abolished.

All churches who condemn us will be closed. Our only gods are handsome young men.
All males who insist on remaining stupidly heterosexual will be tried in homosexual courts of justice and will become invisible men.

Tremble, hetero swine, when we appear before you without our masks.

On the Fordham website, the introduction to this article says, "But when the religious rights [sic]cites this text, they always omit, as does the Congressional record, the vital first line, which sets the context for the piece. In other words, every other version of this found on the net is part of the radical right's great lie about gay people."

Why is quoting this article a "great lie about gay people"? It was written by a gay person! The first line reads, "This essay is an outré, madness, a tragic, cruel fantasy, an eruption of inner rage, on how the oppressed desperately dream of being the oppressor."

Somehow the fact that it was not intended to be taken literally does not comfort me. If the religious right published such a hate-filled diatribe they would not be let off the hook simply because they prefaced their hate-speech with a line that said it was "an outré, madness, a tragic, cruel fantasy..."

I think everyone needs to understand that gay people, like most other groups, are a diverse bunch. Some are hardworking, compassionate individuals who believe in freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and are not interested in forcing everyong else to accept their lifestyle.

But on the other end of the spectrum are some very hateful and psychologically disturbed individuals...

the kind who create pictures of the last supper using sadomasochistic imagery,

or who who mock Christianity with similar sadomasochistic symbols at the Folsom Street Fair

or who dress up like nuns to mock the Catholic church

or who get sexual pleasure out of mock (or real) torture,

or who are so sexually obsessed they will have literally dozens or even hundreds of sex partners during their life,

or who like some in Michigan's largest homosexual activist group, who really do want to shut down the freedom of speech for those who disagree with them (See here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here and here).

No one wants to address this group because it is politically incorrect to do so and becauase the radical gays have intimidated everyone with cries of "homophobe" and "bigot." Instead, what we see from Hollywood and the media is the gay couple who have have lived happily ever after--like a gay version of Ozzie and Harriet--for years and years.

But when Barack Obama becomes President and begins pushing his pro-homosexual agenda (e.g. ENDA and the repeal of DOMA), it is people like the spokesman for the Michigan homosexual group who will rear their ugly heads as Christian Colleges, Christian schools, Christian missions, Christian shelters, Christian adoption agencies--maybe even journalists and bloggers--began to get "publicly slapped," intimidated into silence, or sued out of existence.

To think that there are actually Christians who will vote for Barack Obama just boggles the mind!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Senator Kennedy: Brain tumor

Breaking news: The announcement was just made that Senator Edward Kennedy has a malignant brain tumor. Please remember him and his family in your prayers.

CNN news clip of Sen. McCain on Saturday Night Live

Another SNL clip: John McCain on oldness

Sen McCain on Saturday Night Live Weekend Update

John McCain on Saturday Night Live

Another sex scandal

Is there a double standard in the main stream media when it comes to reporting school sex scandals? Youbetcha! We heard of the Catholic School sex scandals for months, and rightly so. But have you heard that 21 teachers and administrators have been fired in the Los Angeles Unified School District for inappropriate sexual conduct with students in the last year alone? Me neither. See Newsbusters.

Obama on Iran

What is Obama's position with regard to negotiating with Iran? It probably depends on when you asked him, or perhaps, who his audience was. See LGF.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Qur'an sura 25

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, sura 25 is now available on Hot Air.

57 state flag pin

Recently Barack Obama slipped up saying that he had traveled through all 57 states in the United States. Now some creative entrepreneur has come up with an Obama flag pin. You can buy yours from
Isn't free enterprise great!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Another church shooting

According to the Daily News of Los Angeles,

"A parolee wielding a semiautomatic rifle walked into a church festival filled with children Saturday morning and opened fire, wounding the mother of his child and two bystanders and shattering this normally quiet suburban neighborhood."

A retired navy pilot attached the man, knocking him to the ground and was assisted by an off duty LAPD officer in subduing him until police arrived. Read the rest at Daily News.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Bush: Islam a peaceful religion

President Bush recently said, "I've got to do a better job of making it clear when I talk about Islam, I talk about a peaceful religion..."

Mr. President, there are certainly many peaceful Muslims in the world, and some Muslim countries are quite peaceful, and there have been times of relatively peaceful periods in Islamic history, but it is an undeniable historical fact that Islam is NOT a peaceful religion!

Muhammad himself was a warrior who personally engaged in battles and whose armies slaughtered thousands! These were not just battles in self-defense, as some would like to contend. This was shear Islamic imperialism. Muhammd's last command was that there should be no two religions left in Arabia! That was not a command of self-defense.

After Muhammad’s death in AD 632, his disciples followed his imperialist example and obeyed his commands to fight the “infidels.” By 635 Muslim armies conquered Damascus. By 636 they had subdued large parts of Iraq. They conquered Jerusalem in 638, Caesarea in 641, Armenia and Egypt in 643. By 709 they had conquered all of North Africa! By 711 they had conquered Spain and were moving into France. Later Muslim armies invaded Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

The peoples conquered by the Muslims were given three choices: 1) accept the humiliating rules and taxes of dhimmi status (only available to "people of the Book"), 2) convert to Islam, 2) or 3) die. As recently as the early 1900’s, 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered in jihad and in more recent times literally millions of others have died at the hands of jihadists.

Yes there are, and always have been, peaceful Muslims. But Islam is absolutely NOT a peaceful religion. Anyone who tells you otherwise either does not know Islamic history or is blowing smoke in your face! America is not well served by covering up the truth in the name of political correctness.

Women's health, radical feminists and James Dobson

I remember, probably more than 20 years ago, when radical feminists were venting their venom on Dr. James Dobson for his teaching that men and women were fundamentally different. The radical feminists publically berated Dr. Dobson, insisting that apart from the obvious differences in sex organs, men and women were biologically identical. This, of course, was not biology, but political ideology, and fortunately for women, the radical feminist view has finally been recognized to be laughably absurd.

The irony is that the radical feminists actually hurt women! This morning CNN had a special report on health issues facing women, especially when it comes to heart disease.
We can only wonder how much farther the field of women’s medicine might have advanced by now if not for the radical feminists’ insistence that men and women were the same, since anyone who dared to challenge their nonsense could expect the same pubic character assassination they committed against Dr. Dobson (I think they owe him—and women—an apology).

Friday, May 16, 2008

Charitable giving

Recently prominent atheists like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have launched an all out attack on religion. The subtitle of one of Hitchens' books, for example, is "How religion poison's everything."

A recent study, on the other hand, says that churches are giving 8.8 billion dollars to developing countries! I am curious to know how much atheists are giving.

Are you proud of your country?

Americans, are you proud of your country? Check out the Tennessee GOP's YouTube video.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Same sex marriage in California

Just in from FRC Action:
After a brief period of judicial restraint, California voters watched in horror this afternoon as judicial activism returned with a vengeance in one of the most egregious rulings in American jurisprudence. It took just four activist judges to overturn the historical definition of marriage, not to mention the vote of more than four and a half million Californians, as the state supreme court issued a much-anticipated ruling on the question of same-sex "marriage." By a 4-3 margin, the justices struck down a law, adopted by 61 percent of voters in 2000, which defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman. By imposing same-sex "marriage" on voters, the California Supreme Court knowingly usurped the right of the people to effect change in public policy.


I just received this e-mail from Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council:

FRC and pro-family Americans face a grave and immediate challenge-and we need your help now to defend our faith, families, and freedom.

Led by Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Senate liberals are poised to renew their push for passage of a bill that will turn the federal government into a weapon to beat churches and employers into accepting homosexual behavior as normal-even good.

Under the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), the government will no longer be a neutral observer. Instead, it will become a tool that homosexual activists will use-at taxpayer expense-to torment employers and co-workers who object to their lifestyle.

Please act now! Ted Kennedy and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) could
bring up ENDA for a Senate vote soon!

If ENDA becomes law, the victims of its government-sponsored harassment churches, religious schools, and private employers-will have to choose . . . . .either abandon their religious convictions or face financial ruin defending themselves.

Some states already are tormenting private employers on behalf of homosexuals!
New Mexico authorities fined a wedding photographer nearly $7,000 because she
remained faithful to her Christian values rather than photograph a lesbian's
"commitment ceremony!"

Kodak fired a loyal 21-year employee who objected to pro-homosexual indoctrination and refused to attend "diversity" re-education.

Sandia National Laboratories forced Christian workers to remove Bible verses and Photos of their traditional families so that homosexual employees wouldn't be offended.

ENDA would create a federal version of these policies-and a national nightmare that would force people of faith to abandon their values . . . or face harsh discipline!

Your support for FRC now will help our respected, influential experts expose the
dangers of such legislation on Capitol Hill. ENDA has been stopped before. It must be
stopped now.

Click here to contact your congressperson.

UPDATE: I just sent the following e-mail to my U.S. Senator:

Please oppose the ENDA bill unless it is revised to provide total exemption for all religious organizations (schools, churches, synagogues, mission organizations, religious social service organizations etc).

The very limited protection for churches and schools in the current bill does not protect Freedom of Religion.

The Trinity of Hell

I can't figure out whether this "pastor" is trying to be funny or whether he is just an idiot. But I can't help thinking that if this man had been John McCain's pastor for 20 years, McCain's campaign would be over, no matter how hard he tried to distance himself. Jeremiah Wright's statements are no less inflamatory, but Democrats keep defending Obama!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Obama and racism

LGF has posted a picture of the front page of Jeremiah Wright's (Obama's pastor) Trumpet magazine which includes pictures of Barack Obama and the arch-racist hate-monger Louis Farrakhan on the same cover. This makes it virtually impossible to believe that Barack Obama did not know what was being taught in the church he attended for 20 years!

If John McCain had been found to have been associated with a racist, white supremacist church for even 20 months, much less 20 years, the campaign would be over and he would be out.

But Leftists play by different rules. Many of them seem willing to give a pass to black supremacy while condemning white supremacy--and rightly so--in the strongest terms.

Make no mistake about it. Black supremacy is just as vile and racist as white supremacy, and those who give a pass to either group are themselves racist.

Obama and your parental rights

Michael Farris, professor of constitutional law, writes:
...Obama supports the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, a treaty that would have disastrous consequences for the American family. This treaty would be, according to our Constitution, part of the Supreme law of the land. And in the U.S. international treaties override state law.

The Committee on the Rights of the Child is the official UN tribunal granted the authority to interpret and enforce the Children's Convention, which sets forth an exhaustive index of children's rights, many at odds with the rights of parents. The tribunal has held, for instance, that the United Kingdom violated children's rights in Wales by allowing parents to withdraw their children from public school programs without first considering the child's wishes.

What this means in plain English is that the UN has determined that the government will decide for all what is best for our children. The government has authority to intervene in decisions regarding a child's education. The government will choose whether the child's wishes or the parent's wishes are the best for children.

This is the ultimate dream of elitists: they get to decide for all of us what is best for our own children.

Men in women's restrooms

From Americans for Truth:
“By the stroke of a very powerful pen, County Executive Leggett has broken the biological barriers that separate male and female facilities. No longer will women and girls be able to feel completely safe in the most private and personal bathroom and locker facilities of schools, public pools, malls, stores, health clubs, restaurants and other such public places throughout the county. County Executive Ike Leggett signed Bill 23-07, the outrageous legislation that may result in forcing even religious schools to hire transgender teachers; and then also allow cross-dressing but biological males in your daughter’s school locker room. Maryland Citizens for a Responsible Government has filed a referendum to prevent the implementation of Bill 23-07.
We are calling on every concerned Montgomery County citizen to join us in this
huge undertaking.”

You can expect much more of this when Obama becomes president.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Qur'an sura 24:21-64

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, sura 24:21-64 is available on Hot Air.

Sue Myrick's plan to fight terrorism

U.S. Representative Sue Myrick has a ten point plan for fighting against jihad in the U.S.
Among other things, her plan calls for investigating military chaplains who were endorsed by Abdurahman Alamoudi, a Muslim chaplain convicted of funding terrorism. And since a whistleblower reported that some Arabic translators in the FBI cheered the 9/11 attacks, Ms. Myrick thinks the process for selecting Arabic translators should be investigated.

Since some officials of CAIR have been convicted on terror charges, Ms. Myrick thinks the non-profit status of CAIR should be reconsidered. She wants to make it treason to publish materials that call for the death of Americans. She wants to “Restrict religious visas for imams who come from countries that don’t allow reciprocal visits by non-Muslim clergy. She wants to “block the sale of sensitive military munitions to Saudi Arabia.”

Sounds like a reasonable, common-sense plan to me. So why is Jibril Hough of the Islamic Center of Charlotte opposing it as a fear campaign and “McCartyhism?” Don’t moderate Muslims want to stop terrorism too? Or could it be that some of these so-called “moderate” Muslim organizations are really just foreign-funded front organizations that are not so moderate after all?

Read Robert Spencer’s excellent article about all this on FrontPage.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Obama's judgment

Obama seems to be distancing himself from a lot of people these days: His own official blogger and hardcore Marxist, Sam Graham-Felsen; terrorist fundraiser, Hatem El-Hady; former domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers; convicted criminal, Tony Rezko; and of course his own pastor, Jeremiah Wright.

Now Obama is distancing himself from one of his own advisors who has been meeting with the Muslim terrorist organization Hamas!

Over against McCain's far more extensive foreign policy experience, Obama has argued that he has better judgment. But in light of the increasing number of shady characters with whom Obama has surrounded himself, I'm wondering, when can we start questioning Obama's judgment?

What did Obama know...

Barack Obama has been trying to distance himself from his pastor, Jeremiah Wright’s racist and anti-American views. After examining Wright’s newmagazine, the Trumpet, however, Stanley Kurtz asks, “What did Barack Obama know and when did he know it?” Excerpts from Kurtz' excellent article appear below but please read the entire article at the Weekly Standard.

I answer, Obama knew everything, and he's known it for ages…A careful
reading of nearly a year's worth of Trumpet Newsmagazine, Wright's glossy national "lifestyle magazine for the socially conscious," makes it next to impossible to conclude otherwise.

Glance through even a single issue of Trumpet, and Wright's radical politics are everywhere--in the pictures, the headlines, the highlighted quotations, and above all in the articles themselves.

It seems inconceivable that, in 20 years, Obama would never have picked up a copy of Trumpet. In fact, Obama himself graced the cover at least once…

Trumpet provides a rounded picture of Wright's views, and what it shows unmistakably is that the now-infamous YouTube snippets from Wright's sermons are authentic reflections of his core political and theological beliefs.

…others might argue that "in context," Wright's prophetic denunciations actually prove his love of country. Unfortunately, neither Wright nor any of the other regular Trumpet columnists displays a trace of this "I'm denouncing you because I love you" stance. On the contrary, the pages of Trumpet resonate with enraged criticism of the United States. Indeed, they feature explicit repudiations of even the most basic
expressions of American patriotism…

Again and again, Wright makes the point that America's criminality and racism are not aberrations but of the essence of the nation, that they are every bit as alive today as during the slave era, and that America is therefore no better than the worst international offenders:

There can be no mistaking it. What did Barack Obama know and when did he know it? Everything. Always.

Friday, May 09, 2008

That's just not fair!

The lead article in the Spring 2008 issue of the Cato’s Letter—a libertarian newsletter—is by R. J. O’rourke, a political satirist. Below are a few quotes from his article:
“Under the Democrats, the government will negotiate with drug companies for Medicare drug prices. If the government shows the same hard-headed, tight-fisted bargaining savvy negotiating drug prices that it shows negotiating defense contracts, Preparation H will cost $400.”

It’s going to be hard to do a worse job running America than the Republicans have, but if anybody can do it, it’s the Democrats.

And of course there is a cheaper way to make health care less expensive…Just make it worse. And I think Hillary can do that. Because government controlled health care is going to drive the best people out of business. Who wants to spend years studying to be a doctor, just to become a government bureaucratic hack?

If we’re not careful, we’re going to wind up with a health care system like they’ve got in Canada, a nation that is broke from health care spending, even though Canada is a sparsely populated country with a shortage of gunshot wounds, crack addicts, and huge tort judgments.

It is the avowed purpose of politics to bring the policies of our nation down to a level where they are good for everybody. No matter how foolish, irresponsible, selfish, grasping, or vile everyone may be, politics seeks fairness for them all. I do not. I am here to speak in favor of unfairness. I have a 10 year old at home, and she is always saying, “That’s not fair.” When she says that, I say, “Honey, you’re cute; that’s not fair. You’re family is pretty well off; that’s not fair. You were born in America; that’s not fair. Honey, you had better pray to God that things don’t start getting fair for you.”
If we all got what was fair--what we really deserve--we’d be begging God for mercy.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Judges and social justice

Interviewing Rudolf Giuliani, Megyn Kelly played a quote from Barack Obama in which Obama referred to himself saying, “Barack Obama has always believed that our court should stand up for social and economic justice, and what’s truly elitist is to appoint judges who will protect the powerful and leave ordinary Americans to fend for themselves.”

Giuliani laughed out loud at the quote. When Kelly asked why, Giuliani said, “Well, the laughter because that is not what a judge in the American legal system is supposed to do. That is not a really responsible definition of a judge. The judge is supposed to interpret the law. And the law is written by other people. It’s written by members of the Congress. It’s written by framers of the Constitution. It’s written by the people when they amend the Constitution.”

Giuliani is absolutely right and it doesn’t take a law degree from Harvard to see that Barack Obama’s view of the judiciary stabs at the very heart of our democracy.

Our judges are supposed to interpret and apply the laws that were voted on and passed by the representatives of the people. If judges can arbitrarily override the views of the people in the name of the judge’s own politically correct sense of what “social and economic justice” means to them personally, what we then have is a group of elitist high priests who sit in judgment on the will of the people, and our democracy becomes a sham.

Make no mistake about it. A vote for Obama and his activist view of the judiciary is a vote to undermine the very foundation of our democracy. Giuliani explains it quite well. Please watch the interview on Hot Air.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

"I want to rip his eyes out"

Referring to Bill Clinton, she said, "I want to rip his eyes out."

No, it wasn't Hillary, it was Michelle Obama. Michelle is a lovely lady but she seems to have trouble keeping her foot out of her mouth. On the other hand, maybe Barack could appoint her as ambassador to the U.N. We need someone there who won't pull any punches. I'd love to hear her tell Mahmoud Ahmadinejad she wants to "rip his eyes out."

Monday, May 05, 2008

Plants' rights

According to the Weekly Standard, "You just knew it was coming: At the request of the Swiss government, an ethics panel has weighed in on the "dignity" of plants and opined that the arbitrary killing of flora is morally wrong. This is no hoax. The concept of what could be called "plant rights" is being seriously debated."

But who are they to say that just the arbitrary killing of plans is wrong? Maybe the killing of plants for any reason is wrong! Maybe these plants-rights advocates should set the example and refuse to eat any plant or animal products for two or three months!

Some people, as my dad used to say, "don't have the brains they were born with." Or, I believe it was G.K. Chesterton who once said something like, "When people stop believing in God, they won't believe in nothing, they'll believe in anything."

Obama and Teamsters

According to the Wall Street Journal, "Sen. Barack Obama won the endorsement of the Teamsters earlier this year after privately telling the union he supported ending the strict federal oversight imposed to root out corruption, according to officials from the union and the Obama campaign."

According to the FBI,
  • "Three major U.S. Senate investigations have documented La Cosa Nostra’s involvement in labor racketeering. One of these, the McClellan Committee, in the late-1950s, found systemic racketeering in both the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union."
  • In 1986, the President’s Council on Organized Crime reported that five major unions—including the Teamsters and the Laborers International Union of North America—were dominated by organized crime.
  • In the early 1980s, former Gambino Family Boss Paul Castellano was overheard saying, “Our job is to run the unions.”

Does Barack Obama seriously think that if the government ends its oversight, organized crime will no longer be interested in Teamsters? Or is he just willing to promise anything to get more votes?

Sunday, May 04, 2008

100 years in Iraq?

Chris Wallace does a good job showing how blatantly dishonest Howard Dean and the DNC are in their smear ads against John McCain--especially the ad about being in Iraq for 100 years.

Unlike many Americans, I have no problem with attack ads, but at least have the integrity (on both sides) to be honest about your attacks! By all means, feel free to disagree with John McCain. But disagree with what he actually says--not some lies fabricated by airing clips in which his statements have been cut off in mid-sentence! (see the video on Hot Air).

Qur'an 24:1-20

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an sura 24:1-20 is now available on Hot Air.

Shutting down free speech at Smith College

In response to the lesbian activists who shut down a speech at Smith College, Peter LaBarbera from Americans for Truth writes:

Traditionalists and people of faith should take great courage from the homosexual side’s totalitarian tendencies. This is no “civil rights” movement but a sexual special interest lobby espousing — with all the assurance of a fundamentalist — doctrines that run counter to natural law, healthy living, and Judeo-Christian history. Which is another way of saying that they are at war with truth.

Communists and fascists censor advocates of democratic freedom and independent religion. Darwinists expel critics of evolution from the academy. Officially pro-homosexual governments in Britain, Canada and other countries persecute Christians who voice their Biblical belief that homosexuality is a changeable sin. And radical homosexualists here in the USA trample on the rights of those who dare question the tenets of their activist movement, which is all of 100-plus years old (German “sexologist” Magnus Hirschfeld).

Take heart: people confident in their ideas don’t storm opponents’ speeches. Rather, they listen intently to them, and then present another viewpoint to compete in the marketplace of ideas. In the long run, homosexualists can’t compete with truth, and they seem to know it.

Muslim hospitals

I wonder if anyone can help me with some information. Can anyone think of any cases in which Muslims established hospitals or clinics in non-Muslim countries specifically for the purpose of helping non-Muslims in the name of Islam? I could be wrong, but I don’t think there is—or if there is, my guess is that such cases would be very, very limited.

While many Muslims are known for their hospitality, throughout history Islam as a religion was spread at the point of the sword. Christians and Jews—people of the book— were viewed as people to be subjugated and humiliated, and almost everyone else was either forced to convert to Islam or die. In such a religious system, you don’t go into all the world to build hospitals and clinics, or to educate the “infidels.” You go to bring them into subjection to Allah, peacefully if possible, forcefully if necessary.

For hundreds and hundreds of years Christians have literally risked life and limb to go into all the world, not only to tell the good news about Jesus, but to build hospitals, clinics, orphanages, schools, and homeless shelters for non-Christians. I don’t think any other religion can make such a claim.

People who assume that all religions are basically the same are very, very misinformed.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Gays suppressing free speech

Another example of radical gays suppressing free speech.

American Psychiatric Association panel cancelled

According to the Washington Times, the American Psychiatric Association had scheduled a panel discussion on homosexuality. The panel was assembled by "David Scasta, a former APA president and a gay psychiatrist."

When gay activists, however, discovered that Dr. Scasta had included two Evangelicals on the panel, the gaycitynews and The Blade came out with articles condemning the program and soon the program was cancelled under the pressure from gays.

What are they afraid of? Is their position so intellectually weak that they can't even tolerate a balanced discussion of the issues? This is just one more case in which the fascist nature of some radical gay-rights organizations is exposed for what it is. They don't want tolerance. They don't want discussion. Its their way or no way.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Remarkable sportsmanship!

You've got to see this. It must be the greatest example of sportsmanship of all time.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Obama and Israel

In the American Thinker:
Pakistan and North Korea have engaged in a nuclear bazaar to sell nuclear technology; Iran has spent billions to develop a nuclear weapons arsenal; Syria
is cooperating with North Korea (and probably Iran) on weapons of mass destruction . They all have monetary or geopolitical reasons to do so. Iran wants to be a hegemonic power in the region-and also may very well have theological "reasons" for developing nuclear weapons. Saddam Hussein was a megalomaniac who wanted nuclear arms to expand his power.

Yet somehow, Cirincione blames Israel for nuclear proliferation and seemingly wants to pressure Israel to shut down its nuclear program and strip itself of any nuclear weapons it may or may not have in its inventory. This man was chosen by Barack Obama to be one of his top advisers in the area of nuclear proliferation. He is also another in a disconcertingly long line of Obama advisers, who seemingly have an anti-Israel bias and who would be very willing to apply American pressure on our tiny ally to disarm itself in the face of its mortal enemies. [emphasis added]
Hmm, no wonder Hamas political adviser Ahmed Yousef said, “Actually, we like Mr. Obama. We hope he will [win] the election…”