Saturday, July 31, 2010
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Monday, July 26, 2010
Harry Reid’s Push To Nationalize ALL Cop/Firemen Unions
-By Warner Todd Huston
Senate Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid is quietly trying to nationalize rules governing every police, fire and first responder union in the nation. Through the benignly named Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act (H.R.413) Reid wants all first responders represented by collective bargaining rules emanating from Washington D.C. Naturally he thinks that it is necessary as a matter of national security.
Reid is pushing this monstrosity as a major sop to his union supporters who will greatly benefit from nationalized rules for police and fire unions. This plan would replace with federal rules all state laws on collective bargaining between state and local governments and their first responder unions and would greatly empower unions to dictate pay scales and benefits on a national level.
Imagine the loss of control that local governments will face when first responder unions no longer have to deal with local rules and laws but can force a federal one-size-fits-all style rule on all local governments. Local governments will no longer be able to determine pay scales and benefits and will lose control of their own ability to budget. Reid’s plan will also completely remove the ability of voters to have any say in local matters as a top down control from Washington will rule the day where it concerns local police, fire and other first responders.
Also remember, if a local government wants to fire a policeman or fireman they now have to deal with local laws and home-based unions. If H.R.413 passes no local government will be able to fire a cop or fireman without appealing to the federal government, a source far, far removed from the local area and a source completely unfamiliar with the needs and interests of that local area.
Unfortunately, there is a large contingent of Republicans supporting this nanny state, big government take over. Many think that what they are doing is leveling the playing field for all first responders and setting rules that can govern them equally. In this age of terrorism when our first responders are so important it almost makes sense. After all, wouldn’t it be smart to have our first responders treated regularly across the nation so that we can rely on them for their services?
It almost makes sense. That is until you think about it harder.
In truth this law will wildly inflate the costs of our police and fire protection to state and local governments. With a nationalized set of rules the high costs of large governments will be visited on the smallest, first responders will no longer be under any local control at all, union bosses will gain outsized powers to control local government budgets and costs will soar as a result. And who can’t imagine this is the first step on the road to a national fire department, a national police force or other such bloated country-wide force controlled by politicians in Washington D.C. And imagine the soaring costs of court cases as these union disputes become federal cases in every instance.
H.R.413 also outrageously violates the most basic tenet of American politics: local control. This is the worst example of statism, one that must be defeated.
Conservatives need to tell their Representatives to drop their co-sponsorship of this un-American attempt to nationalize our police and fire departments. After all, Big Labor is keen to force this bill through Congress this session. If Big Labor is hot on this one, how can any Republican in good conscience support this thing?
- Rep. Judy Biggert [R, IL-13]
- Rep. Brian Bilbray [R, CA-50]
- Rep. Vern Buchanan [R, FL-13]
- Rep. Dan Burton [R, IN-5]
- Rep. David Camp [R, MI-4]
- Rep. Shelley Capito [R, WV-2]
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- Rep. Leonard Lance [R, NJ-7]
- Rep. Steven LaTourette [R, OH-14]
- Rep. Frank LoBiondo [R, NJ-2]
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- Rep. Thomas Rooney [R, FL-16]
- Rep. Peter Roskam [R, IL-6]
- Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R, FL-18]
- Rep. Paul Ryan [R, WI-1]
- Rep. Timothy Ryan [D, OH-17]
- Rep. Aaron Schock [R, IL-18]
- Rep. John Shimkus [R, IL-19]
- Rep. William Shuster [R, PA-9]
- Rep. John Sullivan [R, OK-1]
- Rep. Lee Terry [R, NE-2]
- Rep. Todd Tiahrt [R, KS-4]
- Rep. Patrick Tiberi [R, OH-12]
- Rep. Michael Turner [R, OH-3]
- Rep. Frederick Upton [R, MI-6]
- Rep. Zach Wamp [R, TN-3]
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- Main Sponsor: Dale Kildee [D, MI]
- Rep. Gary Ackerman [D, NY-5]
- Rep. John Adler [D, NJ-3]
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- Rep. Michael Arcuri [D, NY-24]
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- Rep. Bruce Braley [D, IA-1]
- Rep. Corrine Brown [D, FL-3]
- Rep. Lois Capps [D, CA-23]
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- Rep. Dennis Cardoza [D, CA-18]
- Rep. Russ Carnahan [D, MO-3]
- Rep. Christopher Carney [D, PA-10]
- Rep. Ben Chandler [D, KY-6]
- Rep. Judy Chu [D, CA-32]
- Rep. Yvette Clarke [D, NY-11]
- Rep. William Clay [D, MO-1]
- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D, MO-5]
- Rep. Steve Cohen [D, TN-9]
- Rep. Gerald Connolly [D, VA-11]
- Rep. John Conyers [D, MI-14]
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- Rep. Jerry Costello [D, IL-12]
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- Rep. Henry Cuellar [D, TX-28]
- Rep. Elijah Cummings [D, MD-7]
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- Rep. Lincoln Davis [D, TN-4]
- Rep. Artur Davis [D, AL-7]
- Rep. Danny Davis [D, IL-7]
- Rep. Diana DeGette [D, CO-1]
- Rep. William Delahunt [D, MA-10]
- Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D, CT-3]
- Rep. Norman Dicks [D, WA-6]
- Rep. John Dingell [D, MI-15]
- Rep. Joe Donnelly [D, IN-2]
- Rep. Michael Doyle [D, PA-14]
- Rep. Steve Driehaus [D, OH-1]
- Rep. Keith Ellison [D, MN-5]
- Rep. Brad Ellsworth [D, IN-8]
- Rep. Eliot Engel [D, NY-17]
- Rep. Anna Eshoo [D, CA-14]
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- Rep. Bob Filner [D, CA-51]
- Rep. John Garamendi [D, CA-10]
- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords [D, AZ-8]
- Rep. Charles Gonzalez [D, TX-20]
- Rep. Barton Gordon [D, TN-6]
- Rep. Alan Grayson [D, FL-8]
- Rep. Al Green [D, TX-9]
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- Rep. Parker Griffith [D, AL-5]
- Rep. Raul Grijalva [D, AZ-7]
- Rep. Luis Gutiérrez [D, IL-4]
- Rep. John Hall [D, NY-19]
- Rep. Deborah Halvorson [D, IL-11]
- Rep. Phil Hare [D, IL-17]
- Rep. Alcee Hastings [D, FL-23]
- Rep. Martin Heinrich [D, NM-1]
- Rep. Brian Higgins [D, NY-27]
- Rep. Baron Hill [D, IN-9]
- Rep. Maurice Hinchey [D, NY-22]
- Rep. Mazie Hirono [D, HI-2]
- Rep. Paul Hodes [D, NH-2]
- Rep. Tim Holden [D, PA-17]
- Rep. Rush Holt [D, NJ-12]
- Rep. Jay Inslee [D, WA-1]
- Rep. Jesse Jackson [D, IL-2]
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- Rep. Henry Johnson [D, GA-4]
- Rep. Paul Kanjorski [D, PA-11]
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- Rep. Christopher Murphy [D, CT-5]
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Thursday, July 22, 2010
Can you also imagine my anger at what the director of the upcoming picture is doing to my favorite superhero? You'll be able to by the time I'm done here.
Via Hot Air it would seem that the leftists in Hollywood have found a new target for their touchy-feely "everyone is an American" One World Government bullshit. Now they're going after a blatantly American Icon when they decide to make Captain America less of a "flag waver". Excuse me, but his COSTUME IS THE AMERICAN FLAG!!!! How can you call someone less of a flag waver and yet have his COSTUME be modeled after the VERY THING you do not want him WAVING!? Michael Savage is right. Liberalism IS a mental disorder, and this is just another set of proof to go along with the mountain range of evidence.
This upsets me for two reasons:
1. Captain America, before he became the superhero he is today, was a frail weakling less than 100 lbs. in weight. Steve Rogers didn't originally want to be Captain America. He wanted to be Private Steve Rogers of the United States Military. The whole reason Rogers agreed to the experimental Super Soldier Serum experiment was so that he could SERVE HIS COUNTRY, despite being declared 4F. Unfit. He wanted to do his part to drive back the onslaught of Nazi agression. Captain America was, in the forties, created as a piece of propaganda, yes, but it was propaganda that GLORIFIED the ideals of America and the men and women who fight to protect those ideals every day. Now this moonbat director wants him to be less Jingoistic. Let's take a look at the definition of Jingoism, shall we?
Jingoism is defined as:bellicose chauvinism
Bellicose chauvinism. That's what this director thinks of people who are in love with their country and proud of it. If, according to this director, you wave the flag, respect our troops, and proudly display such affections, you are nothing more than a foreigner hating bigot. That's essentially what a jingoist is. Teddy Roosevelt was Jingoistic, btw.
Reason number 2: This spits in the face of every fighting veteran still alive today that has seen the horrors of World War II. The men who stormed the beaches at Normandy are having their deeds dragged through the mud, since Captain America was meant to glorify those very men.
Now, I'm not jumping the gun FULLY here. I just needed to get the initial rage off of my chest. For there is a force more powerful than hollywood that can turn back this tide of idiocy. No, I'm not talking about thousands upon thousands of patriotic Americans. I am speaking of one thing: Nerd Rage.
Seeing this story go viral will upset SO MANY fans of Captain America that there WILL be backlash if they go through with it. Trust me. As one of those fans, I have a unique perspective on the issue. I am also aware of the great Playstation Blackout of '09, wherein several thousand gamers expressed EXPONENTIAL levels of displeasure at being logged out of Playstation Network for a day. Imagine then,the influx of PATRIOTIC nerds, as well as collectors and artists, not to mention people like the average Joe Schmoe who just reads the comic. There WILL be backlash, mark my words.he comic for fun.
There is a storm coming, mark my words.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Number One: Bush can't open a door and the media goes nuts. Obama makes this many gaffs and only Fox and talk radio have the balls to report it, citing a double standard:
I guarantee you haven't seen all of those. And if you have, doesn't it make you cringe to know that the liberal media pretty much makes love to this moron every time he ties his shoes?
For our second bout of idiocy we turn to your favorite and mine, Vice President Joe "bite me" Biden:
And, for our third and final bout of idiocy, we turn to Conservatives4Palin, who originally posted the video of Obama's gaffes. They, an obviously pro-Sarah Palin website, brought this little gem to my attention just today:
We Won't Stand Down, We Will 'Refudiate': Exhibit A
How can I say this without offending anyone? I can’t. And frankly I don’t care if I do offend someone. The left, the media, and the entire national elite have gone mad, crazy, off their rockers.
Governor Palin sends a tweet and uses the word “refudiate” and bang! whack! every national and international media outlet goes into attack mode debating whether it’s a word or not. I am not going to pretend to know what the Governor's intentions were -- whether it was made on purpose or in error. Personally I believe it was intentional. The only reason the Mosque story got the attention it did today was as a result of this made-up controversy. She gets them every time.
But for the sake of this article let’s assume the Governor made a mistake. Newsflash: Governor Palin is a human being and she makes mistakes. We’re not a bunch of kooks who believe Governor Palin is the “Messiah”. At least her mistakes don’t leave the country trillions of dollars in debt.
So it was a mistake. Who the hell cares? By the outrage of the left you’d think that this was the first time a politician made a gaffe. Let’s examine the evidence, shall we:
“The time has changed for come.” (Barack Obama)
“Let me be absolutely clear, Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s.” (Barack Obama)
“I want to be very clear, we are resolved to halt the rise of [piracy] privacy.” (Barack Obama reading off a teleprompter)
“The reforms we seek, will bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system.” (Barack Obama reading off a teleprompter)
“There is much to celebrate from the FBI’s 100 days" [years] . (Barack Obama reading off a teleprompter)
“I don’t know what the term is in Austrian.” (Barack Obama to an audience of Austrians who, of course, speak German)
Refers to Matt Lauer as “Tim” not once but at least three times during an interview with Matt Lauer. (Barack Obama)
Refers to a guy named Mr. Williams as “Mr. Walters.” (Barack Obama)
“...Here in St. Louis... I’m in Kansas City.” (Barack Obama during his own nomination convention)
“How’s it going, Sunshine?” (Barack Obama in Sunrise, Florida)
“Thank You, Sioux City.” (Barack Obama in Sioux Falls)
Reads the word “Corpsman” as “Corpse Man“ twice (Barack Obama reading off a teleprompter)
“I have now been in 57 states.” (Barack Obama)
"One of the things which is a HUGE advantage for America compared to countries like Europe" (Barack Obama)
"The members of our highest court are granted life tenure, often serving long after the Presidents who appointed them. And they are charged with the vital task of applying principles put to paper more than 20 centuries ago to some of the most difficult questions of our time". (Barack Obama in nominating Judge Sotomayor)
Wow. Going nuts over a conservative woman making what was in all honesty most likely just a typo on twitter? How desperate are these loons that they have to jump and scream every time Palin makes a comment they don't like? They know who she is, and they're bat shit scared of her. If this doesn't prove it, what does?
Saturday, July 17, 2010
I am and always have been a firm believer in religious principals. I am, like all other humans on the planet, fallible and a sinner, yet what separates me from certain human beings is that I believe that my transgressions are forgiven thanks to my devotion to the Savior, Jesus Christ, the son of God in Heaven. This does not mean that I consider myself better or superior to any other human on the planet. What it does mean, is that I have been given a chance at redemption through God’s Grace, and I will unshakably declare that to anyone who asks.
In the mind of some, this makes me a hateful bigot because of certain tenants within that faith, such as the Catholic church’s aversion to homosexuality, pedophilia, abortion, gay marriage, and a host of other hot button issues. Apparently it is narrow-minded and hateful to believe that these particular acts and practices are wrong, with feminists calling you against women’s rights if you oppose abortion, to the simple cry of RACIST or more appropriately BIGOT if you oppose, as I do, gay marriage and homosexuality. Now, of course, the practice of homosexuality will not go away, but that doesn’t mean I have to find it appropriate public behavior. Having standards in today’s world is among the highest crimes and misdemeanors of unwritten cultural law.
I bring this up because, yet again, the so-called “artistic” community has struck, using a piece of “art” erroneously entitled “Moral Values”, which consists of a painting of the Holy Bible (which version is not specified). Now, this would normally be a cause for the LEFT to be up in arms. I mean, after all, a Bible on public grounds is fast becoming a crime punishable by lynching, or worse, by Barbara Streisand. Cheap shots aside, the reason that the RIGHT is up in arms about this is because underneath the painting of the bible is painted the words “Warning: May impair judgment.” What, does this artist think herself some sort of anti-religious surgeon general, or something?
I make no apologies for the smart ass nature of those two remarks, by the way. Political correctness is no longer an effective filter for me, and shouldn’t be for anyone, really. But guess what would have happened if this had been a painting of the Quran? That’s right, boys and girls, the left would have been OUTRAGED at the very IDEA that someone would think that the tenants of Islam are somehow able to brainwash people into losing their sense of judgment. If only we could find out if that were true…oh, wait, it is. Those Maddrassas aren’t just for show, boys and girls.
The story comes from my local toilet rag, the Sacramento Bee, though admittedly it’s better than most newspapers out there. That’s right, I’m looking at you, New York Times. And saying that the Bee is better than the New York Times is like saying Al Sharpton is less racist than David Duke. And don’t go telling me Sharpton isn’t a racist either. You can have black skin and be racist. It’s true, I swear.
Now again, imagine if this had been a painting of the Quran with the same words. How much outrage do you think the left would have generated if that had been the case? A lot? That doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Still, this gives me cause for hope. A year ago a story like this wouldn’t have even been newsworthy, yet here it is in a widely read newspaper, admittedly only in one state, but it happens to be the most populous state in the country. Are we making a comeback to our old school principals? Signs like this tell me yes, we are, however, the indignant attitudes of the so-called “artist” who put this piece of trash up give me cause to believe also that much more work remains to be done before a reawakening of religious principals can occur. She is quoted as saying, in the article, “I came to the conclusion that there must be something about religious faith that renders people stupid.” Her exact words, I swear. Google the name Jeri Wyrick and you might find this very story online. I don’t know as I haven’t looked yet, but that’s beside the point.
The point is that in addition to this person being a moron, the justification for leaving it up is that only one person complained. Excuse me? Only one person complained so it’s okay to leave up a piece of anti-Christian art? How many times have Christmas displays had to undergo complete overhauls just because ONE person MIGHT have been offended off in some parallel universe somewhere? Huh? How many? DOZENS, that’s how many. At least.
Rant aside, this article was both informative and revealing. Revealing in the sense that it points out the stupidity of the leftist agenda to remove religion from the public square, and informative because it tells me that for Christianity to once again draw attention in the media beyond use of the phrase “religious right”, it must be creeping back into the forefront of our consciousness again. That would certainly be a welcome change. We have strayed far too long on the path away from God, and will only achieve greatness again when we deliver ourselves into His hands.
I know that last bit sounded preachy, but it’s still true. This I believe with all my might.
Continuing to Fight the Good Fight
UPDATE: I just read in TODAY'S version of the Bee that that garbage has been sold. Someone bought the thing for 500 bucks. Paltry sum where art is concerned. Apparently someone who shares the artists views decided to buy it. This now becomes a non-issue in the eyes of the media.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
They got NOTHIN'!!! Nothing at all, brothers and sisters. The NAACP is like a smaller version of the UN. A good idea in theory, but in practice a big disappointment. At the start the organization wasn't disappointing, as the issues they bring to the forefront were real issues back in the day. Now though, people know better, and so there is less call for an organization whose sole purpose is to stamp out racism wherever it resides. Apparently they don't yet realize that they've succeeded largely in what they set out to do.
Via Moonbattery and the O'Reilly Factor today, as well as the Glenn Beck Program, I came across a story that involves the NAACP denouncing the TEA party and the racist elements within. Read the full story here.
Honestly, these nimrods need to get a clue. We are not racist, all the violent acts that have been perpetrated in our name have been performed by crazy LEFTISTS or by people PRETENDING to be associated with us TEA Partiers. Someone needs to wake up and smell the fireworks. Really.
here's the REAL TEA Party, in my opinion described perfectly in a song by Krista Branch;
Also, as a shameless attempt to gain more traffic, Legal Insurrection has a take on this.
Monday, July 12, 2010
1. I am Israel, courtesy of Moonbattery:
2. A few videos from a site known as JoeDanMedia.com. First on the list, Parasite:
3. Next from Joe Dan Media, Freedom is Color Blind:
Our message is out, fellow-tin-foil-hat wearers. Let's keep it out there and keep it LOUD AND PROUD!!!!
Sunday, July 11, 2010
A few years back, I attended MTI College of Business and Technology for a year in the hopes of gaining a "suck the money out of honest people" degree, otherwise known as a law degree. Fortunately I have since come to my senses and have decided to, like Cap, do some good with the gifts God has given me. What that is, remains to be seen. But I'm getting off track here. While I was at MTI, I had the opportunity, in my American History class, to do a homework assignment that allowed me to learn more about the Red White and Blue Avenger than I ever thought I'd have the chance to learn. We were supposed to come up with an idea involving how American values are reflected through history, and I chose Marvel Comics to be my guide through the process.
Oddly, though, it wasn't until Captain America's untimely (yet fortunately short-lived) death and the mourning period that followed that sparked my interest for this idea. Hearing on AOL news that Marvel had decided to gun down Cap on the steps of a federal courthouse, I was driven with an insatiable need to answer one single question: WHY?! Why would the editorial staff decide at such a crucial point in our history, with the country divided along political and ideological lines as it hadn't been since the Civil War, would Captain America's writers decide to shuffle him off this mortal coil? With a new sense of purpoes, I went on a journey of information gathering. Like many such journeys, it turned out to have far different outcomes and consequences than I had first realized it would have.
With excitement building in me as never before, I approached my professor and asked for approval of the idea. It was granted. What was that idea exactly? I would show how, through the eyes of Marvel Comics character Captain America, show just how and why America as a nation had gone through the changes it had, and how Marvel chose to reflect those changes through Cap's interaction with the other characters in his story lines.
It began, of course, with his origin in the 1940s:
At the height of World War II, Captain America was created to serve as a piece of American propaganda, which would result in Cap becoming literally a symbol of all that was good and great about our Republic. Cap's chief enemy at this time was, predictably, Nazi Germany.
Cap's enemies and allies changed throughout the decades, with the 50's and 60's resulting in him adopting an anti-Communist attitude, the seventies pitting him against a corrupt Nixonesque administration within the very government he fought to defend, and ended briefly with his tragic death on the steps of a courthouse at the hands of the assassin Crossbones.
Why am I telling you all this? Because even today, Marvel continues to have its ear to the ground regarding our values and the emotional climate of the decade.
Here in the 21st century, Cap's new foes are chiefly terrorists, though in classic comic book fashion, the terrorists are not Al Quaeda or the Taliban, but an alien race known as the Skrull, coupled as well with sleeper cells from the underwater city of Atlantis (who have since been dealt with.) this, in my view, clearly is a mirror image of what is going on in Afghanistan and Iraq in recent years, but not only does it deal with the war. At home, an initiative was created that was known as the Superhero Registration Act, which forced all heroes to register against their will with the federal government. this leads to a split in the community of superheroes, resulting in a knockdown drag out fight. in the end, the federal government reigns victorious and the 50 state initiative is put into place.
Eventually, the initiative is revealed to be what it truly is: A plot by a race known as the Skrulls to conquer Earth by dividing its most powerful weapons and heroes against themselves, thus rendering them too weak to resist. However, the heroes emerge victorious after rallying due to the death of one of their own: Founding Avenger Janet Van Dyne, the Wasp. Even Earth's super criminals are brought into the fray against the invaders, proving that when given common cause, a group of individuals can accomplish the impossible, as they have.
Like the America of the real world, the Marvel America was brought to heel with overreaching governmental policies, a tyrannical bill-become-law that nearly resulted in America becoming a police state, and ultimately an invasion conducted from within the very core of society (the enemy were shape-shifting infiltrators, and had replaced several dozen heroes with enemy spies.)
We here in the real US face similar challenges in today's environment: A tyrannical health care bill, an overreaching government, and terrorist threats that seek nothing less than our conquest in the form of Islamofascist dictators.
Yet, as has happened in the comic book US, we are also starting to band together and prove that we as Americans can achieve the impossible. Like the players in the Civil War story, we are choosing sides in the battle to take the country back. Some are choosing the big government side (pro-registration) and some are choosing the side of personal liberty and responsibility (anti-registration). Which side will win depends on which side wants it more, of course, but we must not lose sight of the bigger picture, as the heroes of Marvel did. Namely, we must hold to our principals, whatever those may be, if we truly wish to gain victory and bring this country back from the brink.
How long will it take for our own heroes to band together with those whom they do not necessarily agree with and do what is truly best for this country? This one awaits the answer to that question with anxiety, nervousness, and trepidation, but also a nagging optimism.
Continuing to Fight the Good Fight.
Friday, July 9, 2010
On a completely unrelated note, a story via Newsmax is suggesting that Sarah Palin may replace Michael Steele as the RNC chairman. Your take? Comment below.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
The story is via Hot Air.
This would merit little attention by me beyond the initial "wow that's cool" except for the fact that Texas has already introduced a similar initiative in an elective class that they've put on their curriculum just a year or two ago, I believe. That story can be found here.
Note that is is PMSNBC that reports this story. Wow...maybe there's hope for them yet.
On a less positive note regarding religion in the world today, there is this story, via Jihad Watch and The Other McCain.
The story basically says that some nutjob Imam or cleric or whatever these backward thugs call themselves, called on Australian Muslims to forsake their own country because the democratic process is forbidden, and that Allah is the sole lawmaker and all their other hate filled garbage that they spew on a daily basis. Well, let me ask you this, my burka wearing friends (term used VERY loosely), WHO DOES ALLAH EXPECT TO WRITE DOWN THOSE LAWS IF HUMANS CAN'T DO IT THEMSELVES?
Even the Christian God used humans to write laws after giving Moses the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai. But apparently the Bearded One is too high and mighty to have us puny humans write our own damn laws. Last time I checked, Allah wasn't handing out tablets or parchment based documents to his prophets and telling the people how to live. If he'd not going to do it, how are they going to make ANY laws unless they write them themselves, hm? Answer me that.
Even worse, our Commissar in Chief has yet again insulted the Israelis and pandered to the burka-wearing nutballs by actually saying that he believes the Israeli's are suspicious of him because of his name. his NAME. Read the full account here.
Honestly...can the world get anymore interesting/screwed up?
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
For now, however, an explanation is in order. the story that I've linked to is one wherein a Muslim mother is praying night and day, at the expense of her own health at times (so much so, in fact, that the Israeli doctor tending her son had to personally insist that she eat and drink to stay healthy) that her son's life be spared from the sickness he's contracted. Yes, you read that right. The doctor tending to him is Israeli, and I didn't mention this previously, but the son is being treated, according to the story, in the city of Jerusalem. This is what the mother had to say when a documentary filmmaker intent on showing that not all Palestinians are murderous thugs was taping her for a scene in his film:
Nevertheless, this idyllic situation developed into a deep crisis that led to the severance of the relations and what appeared to be the end of the filming. From an innocent conversation about religious holidays, Raida Abu Mustafa launched into a painful monologue about the culture of the shahids - the martyrs - and admitted, during the complex transplant process, that she would like to see her son perpetrate a suicide bombing attack in Jerusalem.
"Jerusalem is ours," she declared. "We are all for Jerusalem, the whole nation, not just a million, all of us. Do you understand what that means - all of us?"
She also explained to Eldar exactly what she had in mind. "For us, death is a natural thing. We are not frightened of death. From the smallest infant, even smaller than Mohammed, to the oldest person, we will all sacrifice ourselves for the sake of Jerusalem. We feel we have the right to it. You're free to be angry, so be angry."
And Eldar was angry. "Then why are you fighting to save your son's life, if you say that death is a usual thing for your people?" he lashes out in one of the most dramatic moments in the film.
"It is a regular thing," she smiles at him. "Life is not precious. Life is precious, but not for us. For us, life is nothing, not worth a thing. That is why we have so many suicide bombers. They are not afraid of death. None of us, not even the children, are afraid of death. It is natural for us. After Mohammed gets well, I will certainly want him to be a shahid. If it's for Jerusalem, then there's no problem. For you it is hard, I know; with us, there are cries of rejoicing and happiness when someone falls as a shahid. For us a shahid is a tremendous thing."
This, to me, is absolutely appalling. How can someone at the same time revere and disregard human life? the mother clearly states that she wants her son to live, but then declares in the same breath that she'd rather become a shahid (martyr)?
The Muslim culture by and large, in my view, is a culture of death and destruction, and the above corroborates my hypothesis. I do not for the life of me understand how anyone thinks that these people, who value the lives of their own children less than they value their deaths, can be rationally spoken with or negotiated with. Our culture, the West, largely believes in life over death. Not the other way around. It brings to mind a very disturbing question.
Can two civilizations who are so fundamentally different ever truly be at peace?
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Ah, the birth of our nation. Such a day brings to mind images of barbeque, fireworks, and family get-togethers. I have many such memories, the most recent of which is today's, where I successfully pulled off my own first 4th of July barbeque, where my fiance and I served a delectable spread of burgers, corn, and pudding for dessert.
As a kid, I had little to no realization of the history behind the holiday, except for what one learns in the elementary school textbooks. Only in recent years have I truly begun to really understand the importance of today.
I thought long and hard about what to post here in rememberance of the fourth, and I think this poem sums it up rather nicely:
"I hear a ghost of my country...
I hear a ghost of my country
Made real on this day in July
I am wrestled from tyranny's clutches
By the sound of its birthing cry
We are bound by a fair declaration
Of which I am a proud engineer
I hear a ghost of my country;
'Tis the promise of all I hold dear."
It's a poem written by John Adams in an issue of Captain America called "Ghosts of my Country". My fiance showed it to me and as I read the first page of the issue, I knew that this was what I wanted this post to center around. Even though in the comic John Adams (the author) doesn't quite like it, I think its simplicity puts this nation's birth into perspective rather nicely. We are the promise so many hold dear throughout the world, even now with a freedom hating president in the White House.
Here's to many more Fourths, and many more celebrations of freedom for every other freedom loving country across the globe.
Continuing to Fight the Good Fight.