I want to share with you an awesome experience I had in the Colorado House of Representatives on May 8. It is a humbling experience to look back and realize that God used me to play a role in His divine orchestration.Read the whole article.
I was leaving the House chambers for the weekend when our Democrat speaker of the House announced that the coming Monday would be the final day of this year's General Assembly. He went on to state that there were still numerous resolutions on the calendar which we would need to be addressed prior to the summer adjournment. Interestingly, he specifically mentioned that one of the resolutions we would be hearing was being carried by the House Majority Leader Alice Madden, honoring the 90th anniversary of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.
As a strong pro-life legislator I was disgusted by the idea that we would pass a resolution honoring this 90-year legacy of genocide. I drove home that night wondering what I could say that might pierce the darkness during the debate on this heinous resolution.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
BAGHDAD, Iraq — The bodies of two U.S. soldiers who were reported missing have been recovered, and an Iraqi official said Tuesday the men were "killed in a barbaric way."Some would be willing to blame the tortured deaths of our servicemen on America"losing the moral highground."
At a press conference in Baghdad, U.S. military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell confirmed that the remains, found late Monday by U.S. troops, were believed to be those of Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, 23, of Houston, and Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker, 25, of Madras, Ore.
Caldwell said the cause of death was "undeterminable" and that DNA tests would be conducted to verify the identities.
Losing the moral high ground has consequences. And I fear it will be these two young men who will pay a heavy price for decisions made far above them.Jeff Goldstein sees it differently.
Posted By Roug at 2:16 PM
Monday, June 19, 2006
At least we have a liberal here that isn't afraid to admit what she truly wants.
Some liberals want the US to suffer a humiliating military defeat in Iraq as punishment for our imperialism. This woman is simply saying what many of the others will not admit.
Quite refreshing, actually.
Picture from LGF.
Posted By Roug at 4:19 PM
It is understood that questioning someone's patriotism can raise the ire of one so accused.
But, Natalie Maines is not afraid to challenge anyone's love of country. Her own, in particular.
"The entire country may disagree with me, but I don't understand the necessity for patriotism," Maines resumes, through gritted teeth. "Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country… I don't see why people care about patriotism."Had Maines been born in Russia she would today be just another dirty blonde common laborer. In America, however, Maines has been able to ride her marginal voice to levels of superstardom and great wealth.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC!
A message that would carry a lot more weight if it were spoken over cold rice and beans rather than asparagus tempura with tuna sashimi.
Via Right Wing News.
Posted By Roug at 9:46 AM
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
In the country of peace that is Indonesia, the spiritual leader Abu Bakar Ba'asyir, who gave his peaceful blessing on the Bali bombings that killed over 200 innocent people, was released after 26 months in prison.
Meanwhile, three evil Christian women are serving three year sentences for their roles in running a Sunday school which was attended by young Muslim children (after parental concent.)
Sure, killing a couple hundred is one thing, but teaching love and kindness to kids is unforgivable!
Picture via The Religion of Peace. Assists to Christian News and CNN.
Posted By Roug at 4:14 PM
Monday, June 12, 2006
It appears as if the former Presidential candidate is having difficulty securing prime billboard space.
The wonderfully colorful picture is from Zombietime via LGF.
Oh, before you visit the site, be aware that all nude photos at the World Naked Bike Ride aren't nearly as attractive as this one.
Posted By Roug at 7:18 PM
My problems have been three-fold.
First are the flu-like symptoms I've been suffering through. Headache. Fatigue. Chills. Difficulty Sleeping.
Second is my home computer that is suffering from a hard drive formatting problem. I'm lucky to be able to type for more than a few minutes at a time before the beast locks up and ultimately pukes. Hello Linux!
The third major problem is inconsistent service from Blogger. I've lost a number of posts over the past week. I hate to complain too much over a FREE service, so I am without complaint looking for alternatives.
Do any of you bloggers have suggestions as to software options?
Posted By Roug at 6:31 PM
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
In an article that might prove a shock to both Canadian law enforcement officials and Canada's press, Robert Spencer believes he has discovered the elusive "common denominator" of the 17 terror suspects arrested last week in and around Toronto.
They might be Muslim.
The irony was delicious. The lead paragraph of the Toronto Star story on this week’s terror arrests in Canada was: “In investigators’ offices, an intricate graph plotting the links between the 17 men and teens charged with being members of a homegrown terrorist cell covers at least one wall. And still, says a source, it is difficult to find a common denominator.” But illustrating the story was a photo of two women in full Islamic dress, their faces entirely covered except for a slit for their eyes. Difficult to find a common denominator? The investigators could have found it in the photo accompanying the story about them in the Toronto Star: all the arrested men were Muslims, and as more came out about their plans it was clear that they had been planning jihad attacks. All of which sheds light on why suspects demanded to be given copies of the Koran immediately upon their arrest.For anyone that likes the work of Robert Spencer, please visit Mr. Spencer's websites at Jihad Watch and Dhimmi Watch.
But the mainstream media can find no "common denominator."
Posted By Roug at 9:10 AM
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
The city of Toronto was the scene of the arrests of several terrorists plotting to attack a number of targets in the Toronto area.
The names of the adults arrested are Fahim Ahmad, Zakaria Amara, Asad Ansari, Shareef Abdelhaleen, Qayyum Abdul Jamal, Mohammed Dirie, Yasim Abdi Mohamed, Jahmaal James, Amin Mohamed Durrani, Steven Vikash Chand alias Abdul Shakur, Ahmad Mustafa Ghany and Saad Khalid.
Yet, it would seem, some people are having a hard time figuring out just what these people might have in common that could have influenced them toward the pursuit of terror. From the Toronto Star:
In investigators' offices, an intricate graph plotting the links between the 17 men and teens charged with being members of a homegrown terrorist cell covers at least one wall. And still, says a source, it is difficult to find a common denominator.Thanks to Little Green Footballs and Michelle Malkin.
Posted By Roug at 10:49 AM
Friday, June 02, 2006
Muslims need to develop a sense of humor before more riots break out.
Oops, too late.
The trouble began after an actor spoofed Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, wearing the Hezbollah leader's trademark black turban and sporting a similar beard and spectacles on a TV show on Lebanese Broadcasting Corp, a privately-owned channel.A little maturity might not hurt either.
(h/t Right Nation.)
Posted By Roug at 3:31 PM
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Prominently displayed on the website of Iraq Body Count are the words:
This, of course, is spread beneath the picture of an evil aircraft carpet bombing the innocents in true warmongering fashion.
Civilians reported killed by military intervention in Iraq
Any person completely unaware of the agenda of Iraq Body Count might get pretty angry at those evil, blood thirsty Americans. And that is precisely what is desired.
The current estimate of deaths in Iraq is listed as between 42,434 and 38,059--the large red numbers located beneath the sinister bombs. By looking at the front page of the website, it is impossible to believe that this huge number of innocent deaths could be caused by anything other than coalition forces.
However, you have to go beyond the front page of IBC to read the entire methodology behind the gathering of information. If you do dare to travel beyond those huge, red numbers you will see that the deaths of foreign terrorists in Iraq are counted as civilians and are added to the tally of the deaths blamed on the US invasion.
Seriously. If al-Qaeda leader Zarqawi is accidentally killed in Iraq while he is blowing up a busload of civilians, his death will be blamed on the evil, carpet bombing Americans, as will the deaths of the bus-riding victims. In fact, the innocent civilians that Zarqawi and his cohorts have intentionally murdered are a vast majority of the deaths on Iraq Body Count, all of which are shamelessly blamed on the evil coalition.
Iraq Body Count includes in its tallies the brave Iraqi soldiers that are standing up to the terrorists and fighting along side our American soldiers. So, an Iraqi soldier killed by terrorists in the line of duty during a joint operation with American soldiers is treated as if the American soldiers had gunned him down in cold blood.
In fact, according to their own website, IBC
also includes excess civilian deaths caused by criminal action resulting from the breakdown in law and order which followed the coalition invasion.You read that correctly. If a criminal robs a bank and is killed in the effort, Iraq Body Count can, under the terms of its own rules, blame the death on the US invasion of Iraq. We should be comforted by the fact that supposedly three IBC staffers make the determination as to what is an excessive criminal action--how that is possible in a country that contains hundreds of mass graves filled with over 300,000 bodies is tough to guess.
Not to be deprived of an opportunity to add a huge number of deaths, when an estimated 1,000 pilgrims were killed in Hajj during a stampede last August, the tragedy was blamed on the evil Americans and their invasion of Iraq.
The Religion of Peace has done an excellent job parsing the death tables that are promoted on IBC. Please read their article if you are at all interested in the truth about who has been killed, and who did the killing.
Posted By Roug at 11:12 PM
The gentle and peace seeking Muslim terrorists of the world had another good month in producing murder and mayhem worldwide. According to The Religion of Peace website, Islamic terrorists contributed to mankind with 207 bloody attacks.
A total of 1,143 were murdered with another 1,512 injured. Attacks occurred in India, Afghanistan, Algeria, Russia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Palestinian Authority, Philippines, Somalia, Sudan, Thailand and Turkey.
Victims of the attacks included bakery workers, aid providers, a Mayor, journalists, Hindus, Shiites, Christians, Jews, Sunnis, little girls, little boys, and those unlucky enough to be in the market at the wrong time.
Can Allah be pleased with this?
Posted By Roug at 12:10 PM
Two journalists in Jordan have become the first persons officially punished for their role in the reprinting of the now famous Mohammed cartoons. The cartoons, originally published in a Dutch newspaper and then republished in many other countries and on-line, were met with many protests throughout the Muslim world. Some of the protests turned violent.
From Reporters Without Borders.
Reporters Without Borders protested today against two-month jail sentences imposed yesterday by a Jordanian court on two journalists, Jihad Momani and Hisham Al-Khalidi, for reprinting cartoons of the prophet Mohammed that appeared in a Danish paper last year and expressed concern about journalists being harshly punished for doing so.Fear of the violent mob led to these charges and the sentence. One can only wonder whether the mob will allow this to suffice.
“This is the first time journalists have been given prison sentences for reproducing the cartoons,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “The sentences are totally out of proportion. We hope they will be reduced on appeal. We urge other Muslim countries where journalists are being prosecuted for this not to follow Jordan’s example. Journalists must not be punished for their editorial decisions. The two journalists in this case were simply doing their job by choosing to reproduce the cartoons, like dozens of other media outlets around the world.”
Thanks to Right Nation.
Posted By Roug at 9:05 AM
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
That good old Religion of Peace thing can be pretty alluring, as a recent convert to the religion can attest.
Her devotion? How about heading to Iraq and strapping on a bomb.
SPIEGEL ONLINE has learned that German intelligence agencies have prevented three German women from travelling to Iraq in recent weeks. The women, who have close contacts to the Islamist scene in Germany and at least one whom has converted to Islam, came to the attention of intelligence agencies after one of them had announced on an Internet site that she intended to blow herself and her child up in Iraq.Of course we have heard that terrorist intentions are an affront to Islam and that such antics insult all Muslims, apparently, as much as schrapnel does individual ones.
After the Web posting were spotted, Germany's domestic and foreign intelligence agencies mounted an intense search for the three women. One of them was located in Berlin, the other two are believed to come from southern Germany. The Berlin woman's child was taken away from her and she has been put in a psychiatric clinic. The two other women were also prevented from leaving Germany. One of them is also believed to have a child.
Hat tip to The Religion of Peace.
Posted By Roug at 10:57 AM
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
It is the latest in feel-good environmentalist and economic politics--keeping the family farm busy to help relieve America's dependence on foreign oil. The science isn't perfect yet, but the ethanol industry is beginning to boom with dozens of new plants currently under construction or on the drawing board.
Studies have shown that there isn't enough land available in America to even grow enough corn to replace oil, but the introduction of this relatively new, renewable fuel could be a significant help in lowering overall oil demand.
So, what is the catch? Apparently each kernel of corn that is processed into ethanol is one kernel of corn that cannot be eaten by the world's starving masses.
From The Financial Times via Truth About Trade Technology and Right Nation.
Experts say that as petrol prices climb, farmers are diverting more of their harvests towards producing fuel rather than food or feedstock for animals. The new estimate highlights mounting competition between food and fuel that could drive up the price of food, pitting wealthy western car drivers against hungry consumers in developing countries.Look out America because the debate is already being framed as "wealthy" westerners versus the "hungry."
Look for enhanced vilification in our very near future.
Posted By Roug at 9:58 AM
Friday, May 26, 2006
How does this comment make you feel?
The quote comes from Alparslan Arslan, the lawyer that was arrested for the murder of a judge in Turkey on May 18. When questioned on the reasoning behind the attack he responded that his actions were
"the reflex actions of a young Muslim," echoing what he told police in his first testimony, which was that he had carried out the attack as "punishment" for the Council of State ruling involving the wearing of a headscarf as a public employee.(h/t to The Religion of Peace)
Posted By Roug at 12:27 PM
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Doug Soderstrom, PhD., teaches psychology at Wharton County Junior College in Texas.
While I suppose it is beneficial for a psych department to promote the study of abnormal psychology, is hiring a bat-shit crazy professor the best way to provide that benefit?
Soderstrom writes frequently at Iranian.com in addition to his very demanding academic schedule. A recent effort includes this:
I have come to the conclusion that the Christian fundamentalists, also known as the religious right, are the most evil people in the world. Others (such as those of various Islamic terrorist groups) were considered, but after due consideration, the Christians won... hands down. In fact it was no contest.You really owe it to yourself to read this whole thing.
But please, don't stop with only this article, check out his poetry too! If just one poem isn't enough, here is a second little gem!
Now, make sure to dig out that checkbook and quickly send a little something to WCCC. I'm sure with all those evil Christians lurking about in Texas the security fences around campus need some bolstering.
Thanks to Scribal Terror and Tim Blair.
Posted By Roug at 12:34 PM
The buzz is loud and it is enveloping. It reaches me through television news, print news and over my beloved NPR.
The story goes like this--John McCain is asked to deliver a commencement address, but before he takes to the podium a brave college student, speaking first, pre-emptively attacks McCain in her own speech to the great approval of her audience.
Ann Coulter has a few choice comments about the glow of heroism now following around Jean Rohe, our sweet and oh-so-brave little coed. From Townhall:
We've always had to endure goody two-shoes apple-polishers -- kids with their hands always up, who turn in talkers when the teacher leaves the classroom and volunteer for extra work after school. But not until today's college liberals have we ever had to suffer the effrontery of the ass-kissers telling us: "I'm bad -- I clean erasers for teachers after class because I'm baaad."
I don't care what liberals think. I don't care that they're spineless suck-ups. Just don't insult my intelligence by telling me they're brave.
Posted By Roug at 8:50 AM
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
From the Religion of Peace.
The Religion of Peace has been bombing, shooting, stabbing and blasting peace all over the globe in prolific fashion; killing and maiming tens of thousands in at least sixty different countries in the four years that TheReligionofPeace.com (TROP) has been keeping track. We can now say that more than a thousand deadly Islamic terror attacks are reported in the media each year – although the true extent of the violence is certainly much higher.
Imagine what isn’t caught in the dark corners of the planet, particularly those countries in the Muslim world that keep the press from shedding light on the sort of atrocities that would be front-page news in the West. More than one million dhimmis have been killed in the Islamic Republic of Sudan over the last twenty years, for example, but they are no more remembered than are the many millions of other victims who began accumulating under the Prophet’s own sword fourteen centuries earlier.
Posted By Roug at 3:42 PM
I was kindly instructed by my parents, grandparents, teachers and pastor to treat others with respect and kindness.
Now, I have to wonder if these people that I have loved and cherished so much, realized when giving me this instruction that nearly half the people we meet every day are complete idiots.
In the telephone survey of 1200 individuals, just 47% agreed that "the 9/11 attacks were thoroughly investigated and that any speculation about US government involvement is nonsense." Almost as many, 45%, indicated they were more likely to agree "that so many unanswered questions about 9/11 remain that Congress or an International Tribunal should re-investigate the attacks, including whether any US government officials consciously allowed or helped facilitate their success."Am I to believe that our government, in its eagerness for war with Saddam Hussein killed 3,000 people, demolished the WTC towers, blew a hole in the Pentagon, and knocked an airliner out of the sky?
I suppose that kindness is still a good policy, but this respect thing is sounding a bit iffy.
From RawStory with a h/t to Protein Wisdom.
Posted By Roug at 2:47 PM
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Friday, May 19, 2006
Why do the Jews need a homeland?
Human rights groups are raising alarms over a new law passed by the Iranian parliament that would require the country's Jews and Christians to wear coloured badges to identify them and other religious minorities as non-Muslims.From National Post/Canada.com.
"This is reminiscent of the Holocaust," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, the dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. "Iran is moving closer and closer to the ideology of the Nazis."
Iranian expatriates living in Canada yesterday confirmed reports that the Iranian parliament, called the Islamic Majlis, passed a law this week setting a dress code for all Iranians, requiring them to wear almost identical "standard Islamic garments."
The law, which must still be approved by Iran's "Supreme Guide" Ali Khamenehi before being put into effect, also establishes special insignia to be worn by non-Muslims.
Iran's roughly 25,000 Jews would have to sew a yellow strip of cloth on the front of their clothes, while Christians would wear red badges and Zoroastrians would be forced to wear blue cloth.
"There's no reason to believe they won't pass this," said Rabbi Hier. "It will certainly pass unless there's some sort of international outcry over this."
Ahmadinejad has denied the Holocaust. He has threatend to push Israel into the sea. He has vowed that Israel will cease to exist. He has suggested that Israel be dismantled and moved to Europe.
With this activity he is putting some teeth into his hatred for all things Jewish. It is time for people to begin to believe the words of this disturbed man.
I used to be sure of the answer to this question. Now I must question the answer.
Thanks to Right Nation.
Israpundit is saying this report may be false.
Posted By Roug at 2:27 PM
Thursday, May 18, 2006
The Jerusalem Post reports today that Yasser Arafat purchased millions of dollars worth of weaponry out of funds donated by the international community, tax funds transferred by Israel to the PA, and through taxes gathered in the Gaza Strip. Other monies from Israel were also used to fund Palestinian terrorists. The information was obtained in interviews of Arafat's financial aide, Fuad Shubaki, with the Israel Security Agency.
Shubaki estimated that $7-10 million were used every two years to purchase arms for the Gaza Strip, and another $2 million were spent on weapons for the West Bank.Of course, all of this took place before the terrorists of Hamas took over governance. Should we realistically be able to expect things to improve with the terrorists in charge?
Not one dime of aid should be given to the PA because every penny they have to spend on their own survival is one penny that they cannot spend in support of terror.
Thanks to The Religion of Peace.
Posted By Roug at 1:57 PM
There are times when you have to carefully choose your path through the barbs of an Ann Coulter column to find the priceless quotes, in much the same way I look for delicious morel mushrooms in the nothern woods after the brambles get thick.
Today Ann is talking the President's immigration plan, and she has a few things to add that I suppose the President would smile at, if only in public. From Front Page:
Bush has also apparently learned that the word "amnesty" does not poll well. On Monday night, he angrily denounced the idea of amnesty just before proposing his own amnesty program. The difference between Bush's amnesty program and "amnesty" is: He'd give amnesty only to people who have been breaking our laws for many years – not just a few months. (It's the same program that allows Ted Kennedy to stay in the Senate.)Coulter goes on to note that immigration is an opportunity for us as Americans to enhance our culture and our economy. She seems to have a problem with the ideas of some that our country should be only an opportunity for the immigrant, and not bear bi-directional fruit.
Bush calls this the "rational middle ground" because it recognizes the difference between "an illegal immigrant who crossed the border recently and someone who has worked here for many years." Yes, the difference is: One of them has been breaking the law longer. If our criminal justice system used that logic, a single murder would get you the death penalty, while serial killers would get probation.
Why not use immigration the way sports teams use the draft – to upgrade our roster? We could take our pick of the world's engineers, doctors, scientists, uh...smoking-hot Latin guys who stand around not wearing shirts between workouts. Or, you know, whatever....And, this isn't going Dutch. In this little courtship, we get to pay the tab too!
As Peter Brimelow says in his book Alien Nation: Common Sense About America's Immigration Disaster, why not choose immigrants who are better than us?
Bush thinks it's not fair to favor people with special skills – a policy evidenced by his Harriet Miers pick.
How about this: It's not fair to want to go out with someone just because that person is attractive and has a good personality because it discriminates against people who are ugly with bad social skills! That's our immigration policy.
Posted By Roug at 9:15 AM
You know I cannot pass up an opportunity to ridicule the UN when given an opportunity.
The latest chance to do so is with the UN's election of 22 countries with dubious human right's records to the vaunted UN Human Rights Council.
Some of the non-deserving countries rewarded are China, Cuba, Algeria and Saudi Arabia among others.
Thomas P. Kilgannon writing in Townhall has more.
China, one of those nations that will cast judgment on the liberties of individuals around the world, is led by Hu Jintao, who is ranked number six on Parade magazine's 2006 list of "The World's 10 Worst Dictators." The editors at Parade write that in China, "between 250,000 and 300,000 political dissidents are held in 'reeducation-through-labor' camps without trial." Privacy is a little understood concept in China as communications such as phone calls, e-mail, and Internet are routinely monitored by government agents. An organization known as Human Rights in China said in the last 17 years it "has documented continued and increasing detentions, arrests and other forms of persecutions."Why is it again that we send dues to the UN?
Appearing at number seven on Parade's list of dictators is King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, whose nation was also rewarded with a seat on the Human Rights Council. The House of Saud, where women are treated like third-class citizens, received more votes in the General Assembly for a Council seat than did Switzerland.
Among the other stalwarts of tolerance that were elected to the Human Rights Council are Bangladesh, whose rights record is listed by the State Department as "poor" and which restricts religious freedom and freedom of the press; Cameroon, where activists are, according to Amnesty International, "routinely harassed, detained and assaulted"; and Cuba, whose totalitarian regime imprisons political opponents and suppresses political, religious and economic freedoms.
This is the new and "improved" United Nations Human Rights Council – and Kofi Annan can keep it.
Posted By Roug at 8:49 AM
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
I have been accused by several readers here that I am a Muslim hating anti-Arab racist. I deny the claims because they simply do not describe me.
When I see innocent people die in Iraq it causes me grief. And, the good Lord knows, there have been thousands of innocent people killed in that part of the world, both before and after the War on Terror began.
There are, however, certain types of individuals that belong in the Muslim-Arab world that I do hate. Inclusive in that group are those that celebrate the deaths of innocent people. One such person is Abu Nasser, a senior leader of the Al Aqsa Brigades in the West Bank.
On news of the death of 16 year-old American Jew Daniel Wultz, Nasser had this to say:
"This is a gift from Allah. We wish this young dog will go directly with no transit to hell," Abu Nasser said.Wultz was a victim of a suicide blast that took place on April 17th, and has been in a coma since the bombing.
"[Wultz] was part of the American support machine that helps our enemy. All these young American Jews come here to support the occupation, they build and live in the settlements ... . I imagine him as one of these Nazis who live here [in the settlements.] There is no difference between him and them."
Nassar is a man worthy of hate. Were all Arab Muslims like this, I would indeed be a racist.
Found via The Religion of Peace.
Posted By Roug at 11:09 AM
The sheer numbers involved in the proposed GOP immigration bill are staggering.
Some conservative estimates are that the immigration bill will add over 78,000,000 immigrants to our country over the next 20 years.
Others are not so optimistic.
Found via Right Wing News.
Posted By Roug at 10:06 AM
Monday, May 15, 2006
A message from Allah is present on the scales of a tuna caught in Kenya. The "wonder fish," as it is being called by the locals, is gaining so much attention that it has been taken into custody by the National Fisheries Department.
The otherwise ordinary fish caught the attention of fishmonger Omar Mohammed Awadh who pulled it out of a catch when he noticed what seemed to be Arabic writing among the scales near its tail, they said.Unlike the spelling of Allah that miraculously appeared on the lid of a Burger King ice cream treat, the blessed thunnus is unlikely to raise the call of jihad against tunafish.
Arabic scholars examined the fish and determined the writing was a Koranic verse meaning "God is the greatest of all providers," said Hassan Mohamed Hassan, an education officer with the National Museums of Kenya in Mombasa.
"This has been confirmed as a verse from the Holy Koran," said Sheikh Mombasa Dor, the secretary-general of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya.
"We believe that God brings these kinds of messages in many forms from time to time and that we should not only read the Holy Book, but practice what it says," he said.
Thanks to Little Green Footballs.
Posted By Roug at 12:01 PM
Friday, May 12, 2006
The IAEA has reported that test results on residue obtained at a military site in Iran show traces of weapons grade enriched uranium.
At Captain's Quarters.
Whatever the explanation, the implication is crystal clear: the Iranians have weapons-grade uranium somewhere. The gap between the enrichment level of energy-production and weapons-grade material (5% vs 90%+) is so wide that there is no other explanation for the possession of the latter. And with its discovery on equipment used at the former military base at Lavizan -- a site demolished by the Iranians after the US discovered its covert nuclear program -- it confirms that Iran possesses it for military purposes, not peaceful energy production, for which that level of enrichment is unsuitable anyway.Nuclear weapons in the hands of sane thinkers solve many problems. In the hands of Ahmadinejad and company, a nuke takes on new and horrifying dimensions.
The US should demand an emergency session of the UN Security Council to address this issue, rather than wait for the two weeks Russia and China demanded before this development became known. If Iran has weapons-grade uranium already in its possession, a nuclear device may come much sooner than the common wisdom of five years. Iran may already have started the process of building the weapon itself -- and if so, the world must act now to keep Iran from using it to extort the UN for Iranian purposes.
Jeff Goldstein has more.
Posted By Roug at 8:30 PM
We all know that jihad is an inner and very personal struggle. It is not an external battle with infidels, pig-dogs, nasty Jews, Satanist Americans, girls that want to go to school in Afghanistan, train communters in London, nightclub visitors in Bali, wedding party attendants in Jordan, or cartoonists in Europe.
To suggest anything otherwise is an affront to all true Muslims and is a blatant abuse of Islam itself.
In a recently release video, Islam is once again attacked by al-Qaeda as the misunderstanders of the one true religion beg for blood in Denmark, Norway and France.
"Muslims avenge your Prophet .... We deeply desire that the small state of Denmark, Norway and France ... are struck hard and destroyed," said Libyan Mohammed Hassan, who escaped from US custody at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan last July.Poor, poor Islam.
"Destroy their buildings, make their ground shake and transform them into a sea of blood," said Hassan, dressed in military fatigues and a black turban, and holding an assault rifle.
(h/t to The Religion of Peace)
Posted By Roug at 1:01 PM
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Creativity abounds in Gaza.
Which I find disturbing in light of this.
Why is it again that we are sending even one penny to the Palestinians? Oh yeah, it is so we can get even more of the goodwill that our past donations have garnered for us there.
It's an investment!
Picture and lead via The Religion of Peace.
Posted By Roug at 12:47 PM
Axe grinding is an American and human right.
In the months I've been blogging I've said disparaging things about fascists, liberals, some Republicans and many Democrats, the media, many Muslims, the Christian Peacemakers Team, the World Council of Churches, the United Nations, the European Union, illegal immigrants, opinionated actors and the mice that find their way into my cereal.
I can do this without fear from our government (though an angry mouse can be very vindictive.)
Unfortunately, some governments are not so understanding.
Sign the petition.
A man should not be locked up in prison because he has the nerve to say what he thinks and feels. If that was the case here, all Americans would be in prison.
Thanks to Little Green Footballs and the Sandmonkey.
Posted By Roug at 9:05 AM
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
You have to love one of the latest offerings out of Hollywood. The movie "Hoot" has opened in theaters this week.
It is a movie that glorifies eco-terrorism and dares teens to begin "thinking like an outlaw."
Antics of the little environmentalists include:
-- Sabotaging a construction site;From RedState.
-- Gagging a land developer and holding him hostage;
-- Vandalizing of heavy machinery, theft of parts and flattening of tires;
-- Spray painting a police car;
-- Trespassing and ripping up surveyors' stakes;
-- Putting alligators and poisonous cottonmouth snakes (presumably neither of these are endangered) at the construction site.
How darn cute is that?
Posted By Roug at 1:44 PM
Monday, May 08, 2006
A few statistics compiled by Sick Of Lawsuits:
Because of litigation fears, 79% of doctors said they had ordered more tests than they would based only on professional judgment of what is medically needed. (Fear of Litigation Study: Impact on Medicine, Harris Interactive, April 11, 2002)The most important thing is, of course, that bloodsucking trial lawyers are getting rich and can afford health care for their children.
More than 70 percent of doctors view their patients as potential adversaries due to the hotly litigious climate. (The Doctor's Advocate, The Doctors Company, 2004)
More than 40 percent of doctors reported avoiding prescribing appropriate medication because they knew the drug might be involved in litigation. (Pharmaceutical Liability Survey, Harris Interactive, July 15, 2003)
John Edwards for President--because he truly knows why health care costs are high!
Posted By Roug at 8:19 PM
Wow! A week after declaring that he had won and that the United States had lost, Zacarias Moussaoui apparently has decided that his victory wasn't quite so sweet. Either that or he feels he has a chance to abuse the system even a bit longer. From Breitbart:
"Moussaoui wishes to withdraw his guilty plea because when he entered the plea his 'understanding of the American legal system was completely flawed'," his lawyers said in the motion.The circus continues a little bit longer.
Moussaoui said in an affadavit "I now see that it is possible that I can receive a fair trial" in the United States.
"Even with Americans as jurors," he went on, "I can have the opportunity to prove that I did not have any knowledge of and was not a member of the plot to hijack planes and crash them into buildings on September 11, 2001."
"I wish to withdraw my guilty plea and ask the court for a new trial to prove my innocence of the September 11 plot," he said.
May we please have military tribunals in the future for these scumbags?
(Thanks to Right Nation.)
Posted By Roug at 7:21 PM
Just this weekend I watched Hotel Rwanda for the first time. As sickening as the truth of this movie is, it can only be a fraction as sickening as the true killing was. The systematic slaughter of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children cannot be pretty, even if it is done with methods less barbarous than machetes, hammers and pipes.
Don't look now, but we have another Rwanda on our hands. From Mark Steyn:
An important article.
If you think the case for intervention in Darfur depends on whether or not the Chinese guy raises his hand, sorry, you're not being serious. The good people of Darfur have been entrusted to the legitimacy of the UN for more than two years and it's killing them. In 2004, after months of expressing deep concern, grave concern, deep concern over the graves and deep grave concern over whether the graves were deep enough, Kofi Annan took decisive action and appointed a UN committee to look into what's going on. Eventually, they reported back that it's not genocide.
Thank goodness for that. Because, as yet another Kofi-appointed UN committee boldly declared, "genocide anywhere is a threat to the security of all and should never be tolerated". So fortunately what's going on in the Sudan isn't genocide. Instead, it's just hundreds of thousands of corpses who happen to be from the same ethnic group, which means the UN can go on tolerating it until everyone's dead, at which point the so-called "decent left" can support a "multinational" force under the auspices of the Arab League going in to ensure the corpses don't pollute the water supply.
Thanks to Gail at Scribal Terror.
Friday, May 05, 2006
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Neither to be outdone by the Black Oscar fish in Britain with an Allah inscription on the side, nor to be bested by the accidental (and twistedly interpreted) Allah print on the top of a Burger King ice cream treat, a bird in Borneo has popped out a deformed egg that says "Allah."
What a bunch of boobs.
Found at Western Resistance via The Religion of Peace.
Posted By Roug at 8:11 PM
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Sick and tired of getting letters pandering for donations from the Republican National Commmittee?
The folks at Sacred Cow Burgers have the appropriate response.
Print up a few of these and mail them in using, of course, the kindly provided self-addressed stamped envelope.
Found via Michelle Malkin.
Posted By Roug at 3:38 PM
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
This article in Townhall by Cal Thomas pretty much sums up my opinion of in-power Republicans that seem to have lost all grip on their base philosophies.
So it has come to this: A group of Senate Republicans has proposed $100 rebates to low-income people to ease their "pain at the gas pump." They also are entertaining the possibility of higher taxes on oil industry profits, as if government does a better job of spending money than private industry. Have they forgotten the last time government imposed a "windfall profits tax" from 1980 to '88? Oil production fell (but demand grew) as "big oil" had less incentive to explore.Just because Republican officials have forgotten Economics 101 and History 101 doesn't mean that I have.
Posted By Roug at 12:51 PM
Monday, May 01, 2006
In April, The Religion of Peace was responsible for 163 terrorist attacks that accounted for the murder of 816 while injuring another 1,213.
Attacks occurred in Afghanistan (17), Algeria (2), Egypt (2), Ethiopia (2), India (31), Iraq (65), Israel (1), Jordan (1), Pakistan (20), Palestinian Authority (1), Philippines (3), Russia (3), Somalia (1), Sudan (1), Thailand (11), and Yemen (2).
Found via The Religion of Peace.
Posted By Roug at 2:46 PM
Friday, April 28, 2006
Rosie O'Donnell is joining "The View."
A lesbian in a committed relationship and known for being outspoken, O'Donnell's addition will provide a challenge to the show's ego mix. Vieira, who was a mediating influence, is leaving to replace Katie Couric on NBC's "Today" show.That might be a challenge to the "ego" mix, but it will certainly not be a challenge to the mix of political discourse. It will simply be more left-leaning political hand wringing with some forced guffaws thrown in for good measure. Exactly what we should expect from ABC.
From the Detroit Free Press.
Posted By Roug at 10:46 AM
Thursday, April 27, 2006
In an honor killing that involved the bludgeoning, burning (with hot oil) and stabbing (23 times) of another Muslim, an 18-year-old man is given 4 years of youth detention because he was only 17 when he committed the crime. From The Local in Sweden.
The 18 year old responsible for the brutal 'honour killing' of 20 year old Abbas Rezai in Högsby last year has been sentenced to four years' youth detention. His parents were cleared of all charges by Kalmar district court.This is social liberalism and Islamic fundamentalism all in one ugly portrait.
After serving his sentence, the 18 year old will be deported from Sweden and banned from ever returning.
Kalmar district court awarded Abbas Rezai's mother 113,000 kronor in compensation.
In its judgement, the court wrote that the crime for which the 18 year old was found guilty was deserving of life imprisonment. But the sentence of four years' secure youth detention was due to the fact that he was only 17 when the crime was committed.
Found via The Religion of Peace.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Shortly after the Madrid bombings, the Spanish electorate put the socialists in power. They knew that they were buying their way out of that nasty war in Iraq. I wonder if they knew they were also buying this.
The Spanish Socialist Party will introduce a bill in the Congress of Deputies calling for "the immediate inclusion of (simians) in the category of persons, and that they be given the moral and legal protection that currently are only enjoyed by human beings." The PSOE's justification is that humans share 98.4% of our genes with chimpanzees, 97.7% with gorillas, and 96.4% with orangutans.To which Protein Wisdom says this:
The party will announce its Great Ape Project at a press conference tomorrow. An organization with the same name is seeking a UN declaration on simian rights which would defend ape interests "the same as those of minors and the mentally handicapped of our species."
According to the Project, "Today only members of the species Homo sapiens are considered part of the community of equals. The chimpanzee, the gorilla, and the orangutan are our species's closest relatives. They possess sufficient mental faculties and emotional life to justify their inclusion in the community of equals."
...and 99% with mice. But then, mice aren’t quite so, y’know, powerful and nasty when you snap their little mice necks for gnawing through your cupboard and eating your Montecados.Or shitting on the knives for that matter.
Via Little Green Footballs.
Posted By Roug at 2:21 PM
From the Big Pharaoh.
The poll above was posted on Egypt's number one web portal Masrawy.com. The question asks people whom they think was behind the bombings in Dahab yesterday. 48.9% of the respondents so far think that the Israeli Mossad was behind the terrorist attack. 4.2% believe it was Al-Qaeda and 21% think it was the work of internal terrorist groups.Read the whole thing.
The above poll is a clear indication of the trouble we as a nation are in. Up till now the vast majority among us and especially among our intelligentsia don't want to admit that we have a terrorist problem in our society, in our currently practiced religiosity. Up till now we don't want to look in the mirror and see what's wrong with us and with our culture. This is the reason why I don't see light at the end of tunnel anytime soon as far as our Arab/Islamic world is concerned.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
In Townhall today, Cal Thomas discusses the CIA leaks of Mary McCarthy.
What do you call someone who, in violation of her oath, reveals government secrets to a reporter, who then prints them and exposes a clandestine operation designed to get information from suspected terrorists that could save American lives?
Here is what one dictionary says about that word: "One who betrays another's trust or is false to an obligation or duty." The word so defined is traitor.
Posted By Roug at 9:33 AM
Monday, April 24, 2006
*** Updated ***
Eighty thousand people, including many Muslims that also hate terrorism, filled the streets in Brussels yesterday showing their solidarity against violence in the aftermath of the stabbing death of Joe Van Holsbeeck by two Muslim immigrants.
Marches of solidarity like this help the populace articulate their sorrow and disgust at such wanton and senseless killing. Unfortunately, the end result of this huge effort will have exactly zero impact.
If Muslims are worried about the abuse of their religion through terrorism, they must understand that they are the only ones capable of taking it back from the terrorists. How many Dutch laws will it take to keep violent Muslims from killing? How many EU officials will it take to denounce racism to the point that fanatical Muslims open their eyes and renounce violence toward and hatred of the infidel? How many welfare reforms will the French have to pass before rioting Muslims there embrace French culture and society? How many Belgian marches will it take to calm the terror inspiring mosques and schools?
The sad fact is that the only meaningful effort that has been made to arrest mushrooming Islamic terrorism has been by the west--which is woefully inadequate when it comes to confronting the seeds of terrorism. The West really has only one option; that of wiping out the seeds by force--and that is an option unpopular with both sides. However, we do not have the people or the time necessary to infiltrate and nuance a change in direction, so realistically, what else can we do other than hunt and kill? If a systemic change can be made it will have to be initiated by Muslims, and Muslims have not done nearly enough.
So, when will the real rejection of terror begin in the Muslim communities? When will the me-too Muslims step with solidarity into the mosques preaching evil and the schools teaching evil? When will me-too Muslims (by all accounts 80% of the Muslim population) demand the end of terrorism? When will the me-too Muslims confront Muslim sponsors of terrorism? When will me-too Muslims themselves denounce the hate that drives the jihad, not with anonymity in the streets of Belgium, but openly in the mosques?
I applaud the me-too Muslims that took part in the marches, but I challenge them, because at the very most, this was the very least they could do. After all, how much bravery does it take to share the street with 80,000 others?
*** Updated *** 4/25
Belgian authorities have arrested a 16 year old Polish immigrant for the murder of Joe Van Holsbeeck. A second 16 year old Pole is also being sought.
The Brussels Journal reports.
Posted By Roug at 11:00 PM
We've all heard the accusations that the US and Britain are waging a global war on Islam.
Given all the evidence then, I wonder who is to blame for the detonations of three bombs in Egypt today that have reportedly killed over 100.
A very sad day in Egpyt.
*** Update ***
FoxNews reports the tolls include 23 dead and 60 wounded. Of the dead, 20 were Eyptians.
Posted By Roug at 2:44 PM
I just love this post on Right Wing News today about politicians who are frothing at the mouth over oil company profits and executives' salaries.
Listening to politicians in Washington complain about how much money a corporation like Exxon makes is like an enormous, bloated tick complaining that the Cocker Spaniel it's attached to is using too much blood. The truth is that if you add in the state gas tax, the Federal gas tax, and the enormous taxes Exxon and its employees pay out, you'll find out that the government drives up the cost of gas far more than any profits Exxon takes, even at $3.00 a gallon plus.It really does get down to basics, and Republicans like Dennis Hastert need to embrace free-market economics (like they have said they do) or they need to support market controls like the socialists.
Yet, they're mad that Lee Raymond is making "too much money." Because I'm not running for anything, I can tell you the unvarnished truth, which is that Lee Raymond is probably UNDERPAID. The guy has been the chief executive of Exxon for 12 years and just last year they made a $36 billion dollar profit (which incidentally, is only a 9.7% profit). Considering how much money he has helped them make over the years, if they paid Raymond a billion dollars, it wouldn't be too much.
See, you're not supposed to say that though. Nobody likes oil companies. Nobody likes rich people. People are mad about how much they're paying at the pump. But look, folks, we live in a world where Derek Jeter can get paid $189 million dollars to play baseball for 10 years and top Hollywood actors can make $20 million plus per film. So, why shouldn't Raymond be able to make a bundle for running a company the size of Exxon? Just because it turned out that gas prices were extremely high when he retired? Please!
You either have a economic philosophy or you don't. It sounds like Hastert does not.
Posted By Roug at 12:12 PM
Saturday, April 22, 2006
From what I hear it was an excellent contest. It was close--two overtimes in fact.
Of course, given the widsom of the NHL and the Red Wings, I was unable to watch it. Mitch Album at the Detroit Free Press said it was, well, a playoff game.
Posted By Roug at 7:38 PM
Friday, April 21, 2006
I must admit I was a bit amused when I read about this in BBC News:
Facilities in a prison are being built so Muslim inmates do not have to face Mecca while sitting on the toilet.If they aren't facing Mecca when using the bathroom, aren't they crapping toward it?
The Home Office said two new toilet blocks are being installed as part of a refurbishment at Brixton jail in south London.
Faith leaders had told prison bosses it was unacceptable for Muslim inmates to face Mecca while using the toilet.
"The refurbishment has been carried out with due consideration for all faiths", a Home Office spokeswoman said.
H/t The Religion of Peace.
Posted By Roug at 2:26 PM
I love hockey, and I believe I saw all but a dozen or so Red Wing games on television this year. Eighty two games is a lot of games, and I have watched a lot of hockey.
So the playoffs are here, and Detroit has won the President's Cup as having the most points at the end of the regular season. I was very excited about tonight's game against Edmonton, a formidable opponent.
Until of course I discovered that I will not be able to watch the game on television.
The NHL and the Red Wings have decided that the playoffs are not as interesting as the regular season, so they have scheduled tonight's game on local Detroit television (with no outstate coverage) or on OLN, a network that is not available on Dish Network.
Posted By Roug at 10:51 AM
Thursday, April 20, 2006
As animals go, I must admit, kitties are not my favorite. They are good at some things, such as catch and release programs with the local mice, and hitting the litter box a majority of the time. However, I think in retrospect, I'd much prefer an animal that eradicated the rodents entirely and crapped in the toilet (complete with flushing.)
But animals are what God made them, and who am I to second guess the All Mighty in his grand design to create purring mammals that I think suck. So, if I were to rate animals on a scale of 1 to 100, (100 being gold laying geese and 1 being blood-sucking lawyers) I'd put kitties at about 3.
Judging by her personality however, my kitty is clearly in the top half of all house cats, choosing to stay off the table and the couch, and for that I am proud. But, what does my opinion count? The mice give her an 89, and that is who she sleeps with.
Posted By Roug at 6:47 PM
The cost of crude oil continues to rise, and filling up the old LaBaron at $2.89 a gallon today has the topic fresh on my mind. Much about the price of oil we have little control over. But, even in the areas we do (or should) have control, environmentalists are digging in their heels and trying everything that they can to keep the crude in the ground. Many of the loudest arguments of today are purely recycled hysterics of a few decades ago when oil was first discovered in Prudhoe Bay.
Townhall pointed me toward a report yesterday by R. Warren Anderson at the Free Market Project which examines many of the oft used 1970's arguments.
After the discovery of oil in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, it didn’t take long for environmentalists to cry gloom and doom and for the media to hype those claims. From caribou dying to earthquakes to “all hell breaking loose,” there was no shortage of catastrophic predictions – though the Alaska pipeline now boasts great success roughly 30 years later.An interesting read.
Posted By Roug at 2:31 PM
This report from NewsMax today:
In a report issued this week, the Integrated Regional Information Networks, a U.N. news agency covering sub-Saharan Africa, maintains:Yikes. How many millions of dollars to we ship to the UN every year?
"Women's basic rights under the Hussein regime were guaranteed in the constitution and more importantly [they were] respected, with women often occupying important government positions. Now, although their rights are still enshrined in the national constitution, activists complain that, in practice, they have lost almost all of their rights."
The UN group also complains that more men are ordering women to "take the veil" (wear coverings from head to toe), and fewer women are working in professional jobs than when Saddam was in power.
Posted By Roug at 1:35 PM
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Do you know this young man?
At only 17, Joe Van Holsbeeck has certainly not decided for sure what his life's ambition will be. Perhaps a doctor or lawyer. He could be a business leader, dockworker, scientist or engineer. In fact, at this young age with a full life ahead of him, a person can choose to become just about anything that they want to be. Unless, of course, that choice is ripped away.
Joe Van Holsbeeck was murdered by a gang of Muslim punks last week while standing on a crowded train platform during rush hour in Brussels Central Station. After Joe refused to give away his MP3 player to the thugs, they stabbed him five times in the chest.
Even aside from the sheer brutality of the attack, there are many other things about this incident that just plain hurt. First of all, on that crowded ramp full of rush hour commuters, no one had either the guts or the concern to try and stop the attack. It is a possibility that no one actually noticed the attack with the hubbub of trains arriving and leaving, but I find this possibility pretty hard to believe.
Secondly, the police, government and media have tried very hard to obscure the fact that the attackers were Muslims. Along this same line, investigators at the scene were particularly interested to know if Joe had used any ethnic slurs against the thugs before they knifed him, as if such a thing would justify a good stabbing.
But, most concerning of all is the response to the crime by leftist Cardinal Godfried Danneels who is placing the blame of the murder on the materialism and indifference of western culture. Huh?
From the Brussels Journal:
Joe’s murder has shocked the Belgians. For an entire week the police, the authorities and most of the media have tried to downplay the fact that the killers are Muslim youths. Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt and Cardinal Godfried Danneels addressed the indignation, but gave it a spin of their own. How was it possible for such an atrocity to take place in a crowd with no-one interfering, they asked. Both Verhofstadt and Danneels said that Joe was a victim of “indifference in Belgian society.” “Where were you last Wednesday at 4 pm?!” the Cardinal asked the congregation in Brussels Cathedral during his Easter sermon on Sunday. The Cardinal blamed the murder on the materialism and greed of Western society “where people get killed for an MP3 player.”There are horror stories out there where people have been murdered for a pair of sneakers, for a few dollars in coins, or over a simple insult. But, the horror of this isn't that someone had the audacity to own a pair of basketball shoes or carry around enough money for some fast food.
The horror of this is that Muslim youth rampaging about Europe and committing terrible crime is not an oddity, that the media is too afraid to mention it, that the common man is too scared to do anything about it, that the police are too worried about being called racists to properly investigate it, that the government is too steeped in social engineering to care about it, and that Cardinal Danneels wants to blame the West for it!
Wake up people! If you don't feel your culture and way of life is worth saving it will absolutely be lost. Heaven help Europe if the savior of that continent has to come from the same group of people that averted their eyes as a knife was plunged repeatedly into the chest of Joe Van Holsbeeck.
With millions already committing cultural suicide, who could possibly care enough to notice the death of one young Belgian man in their very midst?
Posted By Roug at 6:34 PM
Now, some people inside the immigration protest circle are debating the benefit of another huge protest (and work stoppage) currently scheduled for May 1st.
LOS ANGELES - Organizers of the movement that has led hundreds of thousands of immigrants onto the nation's streets are split over whether to press ahead with the next big protest -- a May 1 national work stoppage and student boycott. Backers of the protest want to dramatize the importance of immigrants to the U.S. economy by leaving construction sites and restaurants undermanned, crops untended and hotel rooms uncleaned. They also hope empty classrooms will demonstrate that immigration reform is a major issue for future voters.Protest all you like for all that I care. However, you do need to know that these things will have repurcussions.
What I really need to see is another graphic of how much money we American taxpayers are spending on the illegal immigration problem. Pictures of empty classrooms (built by American taxpayers) and staffed by teachers (paid for by American taxpayers) might be just exactly what I'm looking for.
I want to see millions of empty classroom seats! I want to see millions of Mexican flag waving immigrant students out in the streets on May 1st. Then I'm going to multiply each of those empty seats (or walking butts, depending on the photos) by $10,000 (a national educational spending average by student) to arrive at a dollar amount.
Then, I'm going to write my Congressman.
March, baby, march!
Posted By Roug at 4:40 PM
It is pretty hard to feel sorry for the likes of Zacarias Moussaoui despite the fact that he lived a difficult childhood, but that is what the prostitute attorneys of Moussaoui would like you to feel. They would like you to feel it in your gut. They would like you to feel it in your heart. In fact, they would like you to feel it in every fiber of your being. Because, without that sort of total body numbedness, it will be very hard to forget that little poor Zacarias, is a cold blooded murdering pig.
Michelle Malkin isn't buying any of it. From Townhall.
A social worker and a psychologist offered pathos-laden testimony about Moussaoui's difficult childhood. His abusive father. The anti-Muslim taunts of schoolmates. The hostility of the parents of his French girlfriend, under whom Moussaoui "suffered a lot of pain about not being accepted." The courtroom soap opera climaxed with video testimony exhibiting his troubled sisters, who called their beloved Zacarias the "little sweetheart of the family." Sniffle.Incidentally, I'm not buying either.
According to The New York Times, which headlined its story "Moussaoui's Childhood Is Presented as Mitigating Factor," Dr. Xavier Amador told the jury Monday that Little Orphan Moussaoui "suffered from schizophrenia of the paranoid variety."
Let me throw away the medical dictionary and give my diagnosis of the defense team's diagnosis: Bull.
Posted By Roug at 11:36 AM
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
In what has to be considered echoes from the depths of mental illness, Palestinian militants are asking for an apology from Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for condemning the suicide bombing in Tel Aviv that occurred Monday.
From Haaretz via Little Green Footballs:
Palestinian militant groups demanded an apology Tuesday from Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for condemning Monday's deadly suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, in their harshest criticism yet of the moderate leader over his stand on violence.Let me see here, a terrorist abuses Islam by blowing up some Jews. Then the terrorists feel abused by a Muslim authority condemning the bombing. Now the abused Muslims (I reckon by both the bombing itself and the apology for it) abuse Islam again by comdemning the condemnation. Islam sure is taking a lot of lumps these days.
The criticism, including from armed groups within Abbas' own Fatah party, underscored a growing debate among Palestinians over the use of violence against Israel.
"We ask President Abbas to apologize to the entire Palestinian people because of the offense he committed," the groups said in a joint statement by a coalition of militants read by a masked gunman at an open-air news conference in Gaza.
This EU language stuff is getting tough to figure out. (Thanks Bernie.)
Posted By Roug at 6:44 PM
Writing in Townhall today, Thomas Sowell nails it on the head in his description of the anti-American protesters supposedly seeking to gain legal status in the United States.
Somebody must have told them that their Mexican flags that dominated the earlier marches were not making a good impression on television, so they started flying American flags. But such cosmetic changes did not keep the ugly reality from coming through in their hostile speeches.Previous millions of immigrants have come to our shore to find freedom and opportunity. Of necessity in that quest was a willingness by immigrants to throw off their burdens of nationality and culture and to assume a new identity--an American identity.
These were not the speeches of people who wanted to join American society but people who wanted their own turf on American soil -- in disregard and defiance of what American citizens want.
This generaion of immigrants has no intention of becoming Americans. They want to remain cultural foreigners on American ground. We desperately need new immigrants with a desire to be Americans. However, if all we can get are foreigners seeking the benefits of our society without a willingness to shoulder the costs, not only do we gain nothing, we lose a great deal.
Posted By Roug at 2:17 PM
Monday, April 17, 2006
From the Jerusalem Post:
Less than two hours before the 17th Knesset was sworn in on Monday afternoon, terror struck in southern Tel Aviv as a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd at the entrance to a fast food stand, killing nine people and wounding close to 70 others.With the EU wanting to institute word filters on its officials and member countries in order to avoid irritating or embarrassing Muslims (thus also avoiding potentially murderous rampages by those irritated,) terms such as "Islamic terrorism" will be taboo. Other words that might make Islam's followers appear to be violent such as "Islamist," "jihad," and "fundamentalist" will also be expunged.
Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the bombing that ripped through the Rosh Ha'ir shwarma stand on Rehov Salome in the southern Tel Aviv neighborhood of Neveh Sha'anan, not far from the old Tel Aviv central bus station. The same restaurant was hit in a similar suicide attack three months ago, injuring 20 people.
So, when a murdering pig member of Islamic Jihad blows up a bunch of innocent people, will the EU even be able to report or acknowledge who the perpetrator was or who he represented, or will they, in perfect J.K. Rowling fashion, simply blame it on "they who must not be named"?
Posted By Roug at 9:06 PM
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is angry over a text message saying that he does not bathe enough. AKI reports:
Ahmadinejad has taken legal action over the offending text, has fired the president of a phone company and has had four people arrested and accused of colluding with the Israeli foreign intelligence service, Mossad, the anti-government website Rooz Online reports.Wow. Maybe it wasn't an aura after all that surrounded him in his speech at the UN last year.
Via The Religion of Peace.
Posted By Roug at 7:50 PM
Much is being made about the outcome of this fall's Congressional elections.
The best political analyist in America is Michael Barone. His column in Townhall today outlines his expectations and why he believes that democrats, expecting to wrest control back from the republicans, will be disappointed.
Posted By Roug at 3:15 PM
Sunday, April 16, 2006
We are discovering in this day and age that the spoken and written word do not have to mean what they clearly imply and that the perceived context and interpretation of words is far more important than the context of the actual words spoken, or the very basic intent of the words to begin with.
In a post Friday I referred to the EU and its decision to promote a "lexicon" from which EU member states and officials should speak from. By forming the boxed language that can be uttered by these officials, the context of debate can be altered and diffused--in tolerant and typical surrender. Some words or phrases to be altered in meaning or eliminated entirely are jihad and Islamic terrorist. (By the way, make sure to read Jeff Goldstein's commentary on the EU over at Protein Wisdom.)
Along a similar bent in the US, we discover that at Ohio State University, sexual harassment does not have to mean sexual harassment, but could in fact describe something much less direct and well, not sexual harassment at all. Not letting the facts get in the way, however, the university is going forward with an investigation of a university librarian for his recommendation of four conservative books that apparently give some faculty member the heebie jeebies.
From the Alliance Defense Fund via Dhimmi Watch.
Scott Savage, who serves as a reference librarian for the university, suggested four best-selling conservative books for freshman reading in his role as a member of OSU Mansfield's First Year Reading Experience Committee. The four books he suggested were The Marketing of Evil by David Kupelian, The Professors by David Horowitz, Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis by Bat Ye'or, and It Takes a Family by Senator Rick Santorum. Savage made the recommendations after other committee members had suggested a series of books with a left-wing perspective, by authors such as Jimmy Carter and Maria Shriver.Academia is so insecure in its beliefs that it cannot bear the advancement of a opposing viewpoints. For anyone so wrapped in insecurity, shouldn't feeling unsafe be expected?
Savage was put under "investigation" by OSU's Office of Human Resources after three professors filed a complaint of discrimination and harassment against him, saying that the book suggestions made them feel "unsafe." The complaint came after the OSU Mansfield faculty voted without dissent to file charges against Savage. The faculty later voted to allow the individual professors to file charges.
Posted By Roug at 12:34 PM
If we really needed to have positive indications as to how the Palestinians would react to a government run by a money-starved Hamas, we are starting to see the first hint of things to come. From ABCNews/AP
KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip Apr 15, 2006 (AP)— Palestinian police sealed off a main road and briefly stormed a government building in this central Gaza town of Khan Younis on Saturday, angered by the Hamas-led government's failure to pay them.The election of Hamas by the Palestinians may have been a good thing after all. It has forced other countries into a new strategy, one that should have been employed all along.
The gunmen surrounded the building where town councilors have their offices, taking positions on the roof and on balconies and firing in the air. They left peacefully after holding talks with local government officials.
The protest was the first sign of serious discontent with the new government since it took office two weeks ago, and it reflected a growing sense of desperation in the streets of Gaza as the already impoverished Palestinians begin to feel the economic repercussions of Hamas' rise.
Western nations have cut off aid to the cash-starved Palestinian Authority, demanding Hamas renounce violence and recognize Israel's right to exist. Israel also halted the monthly transfer of about $55 million in taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinians.
If Hamas is going to stay in power, force the Islamic and Arab countries to foot the entire bill for Palestinian governance. We shall see just how committed these Islamic countries are to making certain of the human condition of the "displaced" people.
Found via The Religion of Peace.
Posted By Roug at 9:02 AM
Saturday, April 15, 2006
Traditionally April 15 is tax day. This year, however, the holidays have postponed the dreaded deadline to April 17. As I reflect on how wasteful government is, I found it interesting to read Brian Riedl's colum at the The Heritage Foundation; How Washington will spend your taxes in 2006.
Read the breakdown.
Hat tip to Townhall.
Posted By Roug at 12:45 PM
Friday, April 14, 2006
If some officials of the EU have their way, representatives of that esteemed body will no longer refer to Islamic terrorists as Islamic terrorists, to Muslim fundamentalists as Muslim fundamentalists, or to terrorist jihad as jihad.
These terms come with too much difficulty, it would seem.
So, the EU is considering the adoption of a "lexicon" through which to filter its information as it relates to Islam. Wiping away, if you will, some of those unpleasant smudges. From Reuters.
The EU official familiar with the "lexicon" review said the point of using careful language was not to "fall into the trap" of offending and alienating citizens.Hmmmm. Who do you suppose he is referring to?
"You don't want to use terminology which would aggravate the problem," he said. "This is an attempt ... to be aware of the sensitivities implied by the use of certain language."Filip van Laenen writing in the Brussels Journal:
An initial paper on the issue is expected to be adopted in June. "It is to help us understand what we are saying and try to avoid making mistakes. It's for the self-guidance of EU institutions and member states," the official said.
I have, however, a concrete question for the EU civil servants.The practical outcome of all of this is that we will be, if such matters become fact, denied our right to the truth so that those deep-denial Muslims don't have to accept that Islam has a terrorist arm.
A few weeks ago, Abdul Rahman, an Afghan convert to Christianity was condemned to death by an Afghan judge on the basis of the following Quran verse:They wish that you reject Faith, as they have rejected (Faith), and thus that you all become equal (like one another). So take not Auliyâ' (protectors or friends) from them, till they emigrate in the Way of Allâh (to Muhammad SAW). But if they turn back (from Islâm), take (hold) of them and kill them wherever you find them, and take neither Auliyâ' (protectors or friends) nor helpers from them. (An-Nisa 4:89)What terms will the EU have us use when a similar case occurs in the future? Is this judge an “Islamic judge” or “a judge who abuses Islam”? And is An-Nisa 4:89 a “Quran verse” or “a verse that abuses the Quran”?
Who can benefit from this?
Posted By Roug at 10:44 PM
As we Christians celebrate the promise of our risen savior at Easter, and as Jews observe Passover in remembrance of their slavery in Egypt and their deliverance to freedom, some Muslims are celebrating the religious holidays in a little different way.
Thanks to The SandMonkey Blog and Debbie Schlussel.
Posted By Roug at 5:28 PM
I have made it a habit to read Mark Alexander's essay each Friday in Townhall.
A more gifted writer does not exist for capturing the emotional, intellectual and spiritual clamour of our world and laying it so cleanly, neatly and understandibly on the written page.
May everyone enjoy a blessed Easter.
Posted By Roug at 2:00 PM
Thursday, April 13, 2006
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Rat-tailed maggots, every bit as ugly as they sound, have been popping out of basins, toilets and taps across Cape Town, sparking a citywide panic that health officials tried Wednesday to calm.[...]
The body of the aquatic brownish larva can grow up to 2.5 cm (an inch) long, with a rat-like tail that can be twice that length and in fact serves as a breathing tube.This is a combination I think I could have lived without....rats and maggots. Regular maggots make me run for cover, but these things are 3" long including the tail. Of course, you cannot expect me to suffer through this sort of discovery alone, can you?
I am totally creeped out.
Story from Reuters with the picture and the creepy find to Gail at Scribal Terror.
Posted By Roug at 11:12 PM
The writing is on the wall. Are Republican politicians smart enough to read it?
Read "The clever GOP strategy for defeat in November" in today's WSJ OpinionJournal.
If Republicans lose control of Congress in November, they might want to look back at last Thursday as the day it was lost. That's when the big spenders among House Republicans blew up a deal between the leadership and rank-in-file to impose some modest spending discipline.It is a sad fact that the Republicans in Congress (and the White House) have lost their political compass when it comes to spending.
Unlike the collapse of the immigration bill, this fiasco can't be blamed on Senate Democrats. This one is all about Republicans and their refusal to give up their power to spend money at will and pass out "earmarks" like a bartender offering drinks on the house. The chief culprits are the House Appropriators, led by Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis of California and his 13 subcommittee chairmen known as "cardinals." If Republicans lose the House--and they are well on their way--Mr. Lewis deserves the moniker of the minority maker.
It used to be that voting Republican meant a vote for fiscal conservative doctrine. Now it appears that the leadership in the Republican Party has its nose buried as deeply in the public trough as the overspending Democrats. When it gets right down to it, in monetary policy, there isn't a dime's worth of difference between the two.
A category five political storm is building in GOP precincts around the country, and it is going to blow Republicans right out of the majority in November if they don't soon give their supporters some reason to re-elect them. So far this year they've passed limits on free speech that liberals love, but they haven't been able to extend the wildly successful 2003 tax cuts by even a mere two years. And now they won't even allow a vote on budget reforms that their own President and a majority of their own Members support.Ain't that the truth.
At the current pace, a Democratic majority in Congress would be preferable, if only for reasons of truth in advertising.
Posted By Roug at 8:19 PM
The Left sees Islam as a de facto ally – as Marxists would say, an “objective ally” – in the destruction of the vestiges of the traditional society based upon Christianity and its moral code, and traditional cultural patterns. So what they are doing is using Islam as the battering ram and as a would-be fellow-traveler, in their grand anti-Christian, Christophobic design. They hope that once they create their brave, new multiculturalist Utopia, Islam can be tamed, that soft porn and state education will convert the Muslims’ offspring to the general multiculturalist melange.Take a moment to read the whole thing.
We know they’re wrong because we know that second and third-generation Muslim immigrants in Western Europe, particularly in France and Britain, are far more radical and far more Islamic-minded than their parents and grandparents. The explanation is very simple: the tepid, non-descript multiculturalist pap that is being offered by the dominant elites cannot inspire these young men and women. They need something that gives meaning to their lives, and so they fall back upon the religion of their forefathers—and once they do that, they cannot do otherwise but turn against the multiculturalist host-society. So the Leftists are making a colossal miscalculation. Far from being the clients of their future global welfare state, the Muslims—in the Western world in particular—will be the agents of revolutionary change not only against the remnants of Christianity today, but also against the secularist, multicultural Utopia of tomorrow.
Posted By Roug at 4:24 PM
But honestly, being called a "lazy slob rat" is starting to tick me off.
A few lazy rats are getting away with doing practically nothing while others do all the work. And no, this has nothing to do with what goes on in your office.[...]
These industrious rats perform 95 percent of the work, while the remaining "infrequent workers" enjoy the results, new research shows.I definitely prefer the term "infrequent worker."
Mom, are you listening?
Posted By Roug at 12:35 PM
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
My daughter and I were discussing movies that are to be released in the not too distant future. I really enjoy a good movie, though living about an hour from the nearest movie theater with gas sitting at $2.89 today, I don't go as often as I would like.
I mentioned to her that The Bourne Ultimatum would be coming out next year.
Daughter: "That's a dumb name."
Me: "Why, you liked the other two."
Daughter: "Well, I never heard of it."
I explained to her briefly about the plot of the Bourne Identity and Bourne Supremacy and she said, "Oh, I thought you said the Corn Ultimatum."
We then started thinking of poster slogans for the Corn Trilogy.
"Hey, whose corn is this?"Feel free to add your own.
"You will eat every bite of your corn and you are going to like it!"
"Sure, it looks kinda meek and yellow, but it'll kick the butt of any vegetable you bring in here."
Posted By Roug at 7:30 PM
If you ask me, thats what geologists deserve for eating off an industrial food truck. I once knew a lady that claimed to have found a human tooth in her catering truck sandwich one day, though I suppose it was less than 500 million years old.
Well, until it shows up in my silverware drawer , I'm not going to be too impressed.
I can find perfectly fresh mouse stuff on the spoons just about every week and you never see me running to Yahoo all proud about it.
H/t to Right Nation.
Posted By Roug at 6:02 PM
A great quote from today's Townhall column by Walter Williams.
Being a relatively land-rich and labor-scarce nation, immigration has always been good for our country. Plus, for most of our history, there was a guarantee that immigrants would come here to work. The alternative was starvation.
With today's welfare state, there's no such guarantee. People can come here, not work and not starve because the welfare state guarantees that they can live off the rest of us.
Posted By Roug at 1:52 PM
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
As it turns out, not all companies are buckling under the immigrant pressure. Some companies, it appears, actually have products to produce and work to get done. So, after 15 immigrants skip work to attend the immigration protests in Detroit, Wolverine Packing canned them, apparently desiring employees that actually show up to work when they are needed. From the Detroit Free Press.
"It was not fair,'" said Mercedes, a 31-year-old Detroit woman who attended the rally and was fired. "We went to fight for our rights." Mercedes is undocumented and asked that her last name not be used.Ya, well, is it fair for an employer to have to work the day understaffed so that 15 people can go have a party? Didn't think so.
"It was really unfair of a company to do that," said Edith Castillo, head of the Detroit-based Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development.
Posted By Roug at 7:08 PM
Monday, April 10, 2006
A rather critical view on the Christian Peacemaker Teams and their support of terrorists by Andrew Walden in Front Page Magazine today.
Tom Fox, the Virginia peace activist who was found murdered in Iraq in March, may have been a pacifist. But as a member of the misnamed Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), Fox and his cohorts did everything they could to aid the propaganda war against American troops.Read the whole article and discover CPT's tough decisions to come.
CPT constantly complained that our troops are too rough on detainees—especially in interrogation. CPT’s sympathies moreover were wholly with the terrorists captured by the U.S. troops. Thus they charged that the “human rights” of “thousands of Iraqis” were under assault by brutal U.S. and U.K. forces, by whom they were “detained illegally.”
In spite of this, Fox and three other CPT activists were kidnapped by these very same terrorists, operating under the name, “Swords of Righteousness Brigade” on November 26, 2005. Fox was held and tortured until the terrorists finally murdered him and, in a final act of humiliation, threw his body in a Baghdad garbage dump where it was found on March 9. The other three were rescued March 23 by U.S. and U.K. forces who had learned of their location while interrogating a terrorist detainee.
Unlike Fox, most al-Qaeda apologists in the West spread their lies, half-truths, and disinformation from safe and privileged perches. They are well protected from the terrorists they cheer by the very American soldiers they spit on. Fox was different. After years spent apologizing for and justifying violence -- so long as it was against the United States -- Tom Fox finally came face-to-face with his allies. They repaid his service by kidnapping, torturing and killing him. Fox did not quite die for his beliefs, but he did die because of his beliefs.
Posted By Roug at 1:16 PM