Thursday, March 31, 2011

A gay rights version of tolerance and civility

Here is another example of gay activists' version of "tolerance" and civility. It also shows that Apple is not the only company into censorship.

"The hypocrisy of the Left" by Joe Scarborough

Joe Scarborough has an outstanding article in Politico today entitled "The hypocrisy of the Left." Among other things, Scarborough writes:
If Obama and his liberal supporters believed Qadhafi’s actions morally justified the Libyan invasion, why did they sit silently by for 20 years while Saddam killed hundreds of thousands?
And how do they claim the moral high ground in Libya while not calling for the immediate invasion of Syria? The monstrous Bashar al-Assad regime is slaughtering his own people by the hundreds. More killings are sure to happen as that corrupt regime teeters on the brink of collapse.
In Yemen, the situation is no better. Government snipers shoot unarmed women and children from the rooftops of Sanaa. Should we follow Obama’s example in Libya and invade that country in the name of humanitarian relief? Or should we step into the breach in the Ivory Coast, where a terrifying civil war has led to a million refugees fleeing that country. And why do we not enter Sudan, where hundreds of thousands of innocents have been slaughtered over the past decade in a civil war of horrifying proportions?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Obama's war to prevent mosques from being destroyed

President Obama will go to war when Mosques are destroyed and Muslims are murdered. He apparently doesn't give a rip when churches are destroyed and Christians are murdered. Please read the article.

Will the real Muhammad please stand up?

Two interesting articles on Muhammad:  "Muslim Mindset, The hatred is Muhammad himself" and "Time to unmask Muhammad."

For those who will be inclined to view these articles as anti-Muslim hate speech, I would strongly recommend reading The Life of Muhammad by Ibn Ishaq.  This is the very earliest biography of Muhammad and was written by a devout Muslim. I've read it. It is not the easiest read, but it is very enlightening! You will then be in a position to determine for yourself what Muhammad was like.

If you don't have time to wade through all 690 pages of Ibn Ishaq (not counting notes and index), I would suggest an outstanding summary of Ibn Ishaq called, Muhammad and the Unbelievers (only 167 pages).

If you don't have time to read 167 pages, you could read an even shorter (much shorter) summary of Ibn Ishaq in my "Jesus, Muhammad and Fundamentalism" (only 47 pages).

Christians imprisoned in Saudi Arabia

LOS ANGELES, March 28 (CDN) — Friends and family of two Indian Christians arrested after a prayer meeting in Saudi Arabia in January have tried in vain to secure their release.

The two Christians were incarcerated for attending the prayer meeting with other Indian nationals and accused of converting Muslims to Christianity, though the government has not produced formal charges, sources said.
Read the rest at Compass Direct News.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

Humor at the President's expense

After watching the CBS Evening News in which news anchor Walter Cronkite was critical of America's involvement in Vietnam, President Lyndon Johnson reportedly said something like, "If I've lost Walter, I've lost America."

I wonder if President Obama is beginning to feel the same way about his coverage on late night talk shows? Here are some samples making the rounds on the internet:

Q: Have you heard about McDonald's' new Obama Value Meal?
A: Order anything you like and the guy behind you has to pay for it.
--Conan O'Brien

Q: What does Barack Obama call lunch with a convicted felon?
A: A fund raiser. 
--Jay Leno

Q: What's the difference between Obama's cabinet and a penitentiary?
A: One is filled with tax evaders, blackmailers, and threats to society. The other is for housing prisoners. 
--David Letterman

Q: If Nancy Pelosi and Obama were on a boat in the middle of the ocean and it started to sink, who would be saved?
A: America !
--Jimmy Fallon

Seniors forced into Medicare

The consequences of Obamacare are becoming more and more evident.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Their words come back to haunt them...

On secularism and education

ADF attorney Jeff Shaffer discusses the nature of secularism and education. If you read only one article this week, please take time to read this short, but outstanding, article--especially if you have kids in public schools or colleges.

Three billion dollars for off shore drilling--in Brazil!

On Fox and Friends this morning, Stuart Varney said that the U.S. is going to lend three billion dollars to a Brazilian oil company to develop their off shore oil capacity so they can sell oil to us.

President Obama said he wanted to decrease our dependence on foreign oil. This seems like a strange way of doing it. If we're going to spend three billion dollars anyway, I'm wondering why we don't use it to develop our own off shore oil capabilities. Apparently Obama and his environmentalist supporters don't care about Brazil's environment.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New energy efficient bulbs--Don't break one!

The government is forcing us to transition from ordinary light bulbs to the new energy efficient light bulbs. Fox News pointed out tonight that they contain mercury so you should make sure you don't drop one. According to the EPA, these are the steps to take to clean up after one of the new bulbs gets broken:

  1. Before cleanup 
    • Have people and pets leave the room.
    • Air out the room for 5-10 minutes by opening a window or door to the outdoor environment. 
    • Shut off the central forced air heating/air-conditioning system, if you have one.
    • Collect materials needed to clean up broken bulb.
  1. During cleanup
    • Be thorough in collecting broken glass and visible powder.
    • Place cleanup materials in a sealable container.
  1. After cleanup
    • Promptly place all bulb debris and cleanup materials outdoors in a trash container or protected area until materials can be disposed of properly. Avoid leaving any bulb fragments or cleanup materials indoors.
    • If practical, continue to air out the room where the bulb was broken and leave the heating/air conditioning system shut off for several hours.

"Love Wins" by Rob Bell

Emerging Church pastor Rob Bell recently published a book arguing that in the end, everyone goes to Heaven (I'm sure Al Capone, Hitler, Stalin, Saddam Hussein, Pol Pot, Jeffrey Dahmer and multitudes of other brutal murderers would be thrilled to hear that).

Unfortunately for Rob Bell, he did not do so well defending his thesis in an interview with MSNBC's Martin Bashir.  To hear a rather long, but outstanding interview with Martin Bashir on this topic,  go to http://www.godandculture.com/ra/bashir_edwards.mp3

Even if you only have five minutes to spare, the first five minutes or so will tell you all you need to know about Rob Bell's arguments.

If you don't even have five minutes: In his book, Rob Bell apparently quotes both Martin Luther and the Bible in support of his thesis. But Bell just quoted small parts that seemed--when ripped from their contexts--to agree with him, when in fact both contexts were actually arguing against Bell's thesis. Bashir called this disingenuous. What I would call it might not be so kind.

Arab league condemns U.S. action in Libya

On February 28 Recliner Commentaries argued against involvement in Libya saying:
Under the first Bush, we came to Kuwait's defense, and we even had the support of other Muslim Countries (privately anyway, not always publicly) but we still ended up being vilified in the Muslim world and portrayed as anti-Muslim invaders!
I really didn't expect it to happen so soon. The Arab league, which begged us to get involved in Libya, has already condemned us for our involvement in Libya because civilians have been hurt! Read the story on Townhall.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Libya military action could cost billions

According to the National Journal,
With U.N. coalition forces bombarding Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi from the sea and air, the United States’ part in the operation could ultimately hit several billion dollars -- and require the Pentagon to request emergency funding from Congress to pay for it.
The first day of Operation Odyssey Dawn had a price tag that was well over $100 million for the U.S. in missiles alone. And the U.S. military, which remains in the lead now in its third day, has pumped millions more into air- and sea-launched strikes targeting air-defense sites and ground-force positions along Libya’s coastline.
Libya is not a matter of national security. What is it about "we can't afford it" that neither Republicans  nor Democrats seem to understand? (Don't tell me this is about humanitarianism. If we were that concerned with humanitarianism, we would have stopped the atrocities in the Sudan a decade or more ago).

Obama violates the Constitution

President Obama'a actions in Libya have apparently violated his own view of the Constitution (and he is a Constitutional scholar)!

Crucial questions for Democrats and others on the Left

If you are a Republican, here is a way to check your objectivity: When the Democrats do something that bothers you (e.g. pass legislation, enact new regulations, etc.) ask yourself, "Would I be upset if Republicans had done the same thing?"

This works for Democrats also. For example, I would challenge anyone on the Left to honestly answer the following questions (This is one of those things making its way around the internet asking that it be forwarded. I do not forward such things but I am posting it instead. The author is unknown to me).

If George W. Bush had doubled the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?

If George W.. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved?
If George W. Bush had criticized a state law that he admitted he never even read, would you think that he is just an ignorant hot head?
If George W. Bush joined the country of Mexico and sued a state in the United States to force that state to continue to allow illegal immigration, would you question his patriotism and wonder who's side he was on?

If George Bush had pronounced the Marine Corps like Marine Corpse would you think him an idiot?

If George W. Bush had put 87,000 workers out of work by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling on companies that have one of the best safety records of any industry because one company had an accident would you have agreed?
If George W. Bush had used a forged document as the basis of the moratorium that would render 87000 American workers unemployed would you support him?

If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a TelePrompTer installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in NYC, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan's holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?

If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia , would you have approved?

If George W.. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the nonexistent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes, would you have approved?

If George W. Bush had stated that there were 57 states in the United States , would you have said that he is clueless.
If George W. Bush would have flown all the way to Denmark to make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him walking out his front door in Texas , would you have thought he was a self important, conceited, egotistical jerk.

If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, would you have winced in embarrassment?

If George W. Bush had misspelled the word "advice" would you have hammered him for it for years like Dan Quayle and potatoes as proof of what a dunce he is?

If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?

If George W. Bush's administration had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on 9-11?

If George W.. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans , would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence?

If George W. Bush had created the position of 32 Czars who report directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is happening in America , would you have approved.

If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?


So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? Can't think of anything? Don't worry. He's done all this in 24 months -- so you'll have one year and ten months to come up with an answer. Every statement in this email is factual and directly attributable to Barrack Hussein Obama. Every bumble is a matter of record and completely verifiable.

Soldiers grinning over dead Afghan civilians

According to the BBC:
The US Army has apologised for graphic photographs of US soldiers grinning over the corpses of Afghan civilians they had allegedly killed.
The Left practically crucified President Bush for Abu Ghraib, as if he were personally responsible. Will they now hold Obama in similar contempt?

We all know the answer to that.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Christians oppose Egypt's constitutional Amendments

The new government in Egypt may not be good news for the country's Christian population.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Hamas fires 50 shells into Israel

Hamas fired over 50 mortar shells into villages in southern Israel today. I'm sure there will be an immediate outcry from the Democrats, the media, Hollywood and the intentional community.

Yeah, right.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Islam in a nutshell

A "Sharia Catechism": Islam in an nutshell...unmasked.

Bullying victims: some more protected than others

The racist side of civil rights protections. Isn't this an unconstitutional violation of the 14th Amendment?

Military involvement in Libya?

A U.N. resolution yesterday approved military action in Libya which may involve the U.S. Our military is apparently not excited by this prospect: According to Reuters:
A U.S. national security official familiar with current military planning and operations said there was enormous resistance among military commanders to any U.S. involvement in any kind of operation against Gaddafi's forces in Libya.
"The Pentagon does not want to get involved in this," said the official, who is familiar with recent discussions about a possible Libya operation which have been taking place in both Washington and among commanders in the region.
The official said that commanders were asking the Obama administration, "What do you want to get out of this ?" but had not gotten a clear answer.
Some conservatives have been slamming Obama for not taking action in Libya sooner. I disagree. We simply do not have the money (we're broke!!!) or manpower to insert our military everywhere. We need to pick our battles very carefully. Some things are matters of national security (or, like Iraq, were sincerely believed to be matters of national security). Even with all its oil, Libya is not a national security issue.

If our concerns are purely humanitarian, then let's invade North Korea or Iran instead. There we can kill two birds (the national security issue and the humanitarian issue) with one stone. 

If we say, "oh, no, the consequences are too grave to invade North Korea or Iran," then we look like the bully who will only pick on those who are too weak to fight back.

FBI Director: CAIR is terror linked!

The FBI director has finally concluded that CAIR is "terror-linked."  Haven't many on the Right been saying this since back in the Bush days?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Obama orders inspection of nuclear power plants

President Obama today ordered the inspection of all U.S. nuclear power plants.

A 9.0 earthquake--one of the largest in recorded history--followed by a tsunami, hits a nuclear power plant that is located right on the Pacific Coast in Japan, and our government's knee-jerk reaction is to spend all kinds of money inspecting nuclear power plants in places like Minnesota which are not in an earthquake zone and are a thousand miles from the nearest ocean!

Excuse my cynicism, but I'm convinced that this is not about public safety. It is so the politicians can say, "We responded." "We took action."

Meanwhile, the taxpayers are stuck paying for the expensive inspections and ensuing costly and everlasting regulations. This is how government works.

Race, culture, poverty and crime

Interesting and insightful article on race, culture, poverty and crime by Larry Elder.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Unintended consequences of liberalism

Another outstanding and enlightening article by Thomas Sowell about the unintended (we hope) consequences of San Francisco's liberal policies.

Ten Christians killed in Cairo

Last week ten more Christians were killed in Cairo. More homes burned down. Read an inside view of what is going on in Egypt.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

What went wrong with the nuclear plants in Japan?

This excellent video from NHK World in Japan explains what went wrong with Japan's nuclear power plants.

"Mosques flourish...churches perish"

If you read no other article this week, please take time to read the short, but outstanding article entitled, "Mosques Flourish in America; Churches Perish in Muslim world" by Raymond Ibrahim. This is the face of both radical and so-called "moderate Islam" when either are in power.

The really amazing thing is that the multicultural, politically correct elites in the media, Congress and Hollywood have their heads burred so far in the sand they are completely clueless.

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Left's version of civil discourse

Remember all the impassioned pleas (and sanctimonious sermonizing) by Leftists demanding a more civil tone to the Right's rhetoric?

Today an article came out referring to Wisconsin's Republican governor as "Dead Man Walker." No, this wasn't from some loony Left blogger. It wasn't even from the Huffington Post. It was published in Time Magazine!

Homosexuality, Abortion and Christian priorities

David French asks, "Are Christians obsessed with gays and abortion?''  If you read only one article this week, please read this short, but outstanding article on Christian priorities.

(And by the way, any militant atheist followers of Hitchens and Dawkins who think the world would be a better place without Christians should read this article too).

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Freedom loving Egyptians burn down a church

Those "freedom-loving" Egyptians just burned down a church! They want freedom, but only for Muslims!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wisconsin, the TEA party and the media

Remember how the news media constantly attacked the TEA party gatherings for not being peaceful enough? Have you been watching all the disruption by Leftists in the Wisconsin capitol?

Where is the news media condemnation now?

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

33 murders committed by American Muslims

I happened to catch part of a discussion between Michael Medved and an American Muslim this afternoon. The Muslim-American argued that there have been approximately 33 murders committed by American Muslims since 9/11 [Assuming that the Pew Research Center is accurate, there are about 2.5 million Muslims in America. That would be one murder committed for every 7,575 American Muslims] .

The Muslim man (I didn't catch his name) said that  during the same time there have been 150,000 murders in America [that is one murder for every 2,067 Americans].

The Muslim's point was that statistically speaking, there have been far fewer deaths in America caused by Muslim-American acts of terror [both in terms of actual numbers and in terms of percentage] than there are general murders.

I think he has a very good point. Come to think of it I'm sure there have probably been many more than 33 gang-related murders or even Mafia murders since 9/11.

I still think the Peter King hearings are a good idea, however, because:

1) Although the number of deaths caused by radical Muslim Americans have been relatively few, the number of deaths caused by radical Muslims world-wide has been enormous and I think we need to know the extent to which foreign Muslim radicals are influencing and infiltrating America.

2) I think the enormous money Saudi Arabia is pumping into the American Muslim community should be investigated and,

3) Maybe the investigation may help to reassure some of us that the number of radical Muslims in America is a truly a very tiny minority.

But I appreciate the Muslim on the Medved show today because his comments helped put things in perspective.

And speaking of perspective: The Left--the same Left that is livid about the Peter King hearings--has absolutely crucified Christians for abortion murders in America. Some on the Left have equated Christians with terrorists or Nazis!

Yet there has been exactly one murder committed by an anti-abortion radical since 2001! Granted, that's one too many. But 33 Americans killed at the hands of Muslim radicals vs.one American killed at the hands of an anti-abortion radical during the same time period.

The fact is that more people were killed by American-Muslim-perpetrated terror this year alone, than all the people killed by anti-abortion radicals in the last 30 years. That should help put the Left's anti-Christian agenda and bigotry in perspective.

"Unions are for unions"

The battle over public worker (government worker) unions is growing and all voters need to be informed on the issues.  If you read only one article this week, please read this short, but outstanding, article on "Union Myths" by economist, Thomas Sowell.

Monday, March 07, 2011

On Muslim radicals and the hijacking of Islam

Representative Peter King is holding hearings on the radicalism of Islam in America and Muslims are protesting in the streets of New York.

My question is this: If Muslim radicals are really just "hijacking" the "great" religion of Islam, why are "moderate" Muslims protesting? Wouldn't you think moderate Muslims would welcome hearings on "radicals" who are "hijacking" their faith?

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Public service employees and government service employees

This week pollster Frank Luntz made the observation that when people are asked about the rights of "public service employees," the response is generally favorable to the public service workers. But when people are asked the exact same questions about the rights of "government employees" the response is negative.

Public service employees and government employees are exactly the same people!

This morning one of the Wisconsin Democrat representatives who are hiding out in Illinois spoke on TV about what he called the "siege on public workers." It is no accident that he did not say, "the siege on government workers." No one thinks "government workers" are under siege.

Most people understand that these "government workers" are protesting for the "right" to take more and more of our tax dollars to give themselves better and better pay and retirement benefits.

I'm all for giving our teachers, police officers, and firemen (firepeople?) etc. adequate pay. I am opposed to taking more and more money from non-government workers to give government workers better pay and better benefits than their non-government counterparts...especially when the state is broke!

The unions seem to realize that they can't win on this point so they quickly shifted the debate to the "right" of collective bargaining.

There is no "right" to collective bargaining! This is just another of an increasingly long line of phony civil "rights" that self-made "victims" keep inventing.

The issue of collective bargaining is mostly political. Ask yourself, for example, why the Democrats seem more concerned with the pay and benefits of "public sector employees" than they are with the pay of private sector employees who get less for working similar jobs?

Why do Democrats want to take more and more tax money away from private sector employees who are already making less than their public sector counterparts? Could it be because "public sector employees," through their unions, are huge financial supporters of the Democratic Party?

It is hard to avoid the conclusion that Democrat politicians don't care nearly as much about the average union workers' salaries and benefits as they do about continuing to get the money and support of the unions. After all, when it was revealed that government workers get more pay and better benefits than their private sector counterparts, the Democrats quickly dropped that hot potato to focus purely on "collective bargaining."

This is about power, not compassion.

On the Republican side, there is concern to be fiscally responsible and to keep the states from going bankrupt. But make no mistake about it. Republicans also have a political agenda. If they can crush the unions, it would be a huge blow to Democrat re-election bids in the next election. Democrats can't allow this to happen. And that is one reason this local Wisconsin battle has become a national battle.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Obama administration refuses to prosecute sex trafficking videos

First the Obama administration refuses to uphold the law by defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court. Now they refuse to prosecute Planned Parenthood which has been caught on tape "assisting alleged sex traffickers in arranging abortions and STD testing for underage girls victimized by the sex trade."

This administration's moral compass is so incredibly broken they can't tell good from evil. But then, what do you expect from a President who once supported leaving live babies alone to die in a stainless steel pan?

The real mystery is how it is possible that some Christians actually voted for this man.



Gunman shouting "Allah Akbar" kills U.S. airmen

According to ABC News, someone shouting "Allah Akbar" shot and killed two U.S. airmen and wounded two others in Germany today before his gun jammed.

The gunman is reportedly from Kosovo. Perhaps he was angry over U.S. involvement in Kosovo under the Clinton Administration back in 1999. Oh wait--the Clinton administration sided with the Muslims of Kosovo over against the Serbs.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Egypt, Libya and Democracy

Both George W. Bush and Barack Obama (and probably most in Congress) have a very naive view of democracy. They seem to think that the revolts in Egypt and Libya are spurred on by freedom-lovers and that the world would be a better place if countries just adopted democracy.

They just don't get it. Thomas Sowell is one who "gets it." As Sowell points out, "Everyone wants freedom for himself. Even the Nazis wanted to be free to be Nazis. They just didn't want anybody else to be free."

Does anyone seriously believe that all these "freedom-loving" Egyptian and Libyan Muslims want freedom for Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, secularists? Many Egyptians and Libyans probably don't even want freedom for other Muslim sects or for women!

Please take time to read Dr. Sowell's excellent article entitled, "Is Democracy Viable?"