Saturday, April 01, 2006

All Gave Some, Some Gave All

Here's the link to the story of the valor displayed by the first Medal of Honor winner in the Iraq War, Sgt. Paul Ray Smith. Sgt. Smith was a career military man with extensive experience in war zones who gave his life so that his men could live. Men who fight for unworthy or lost causes DO NOT fight like this man.
God Bless Paul Ray Smith, his wife and family, and all the men and women who fight every day for the noblest of causes, our continued freedom and liberty.
God Bless America!!

Border!? What Border?

If you don't think that a wall at the Mexican border is necessary maybe this article will change your mind. These are the same people for whom the Israelis built their wall and we have seen, by the decline in homicide bombings since wall construction, that they are obviously poor climbers.

Also check here for the first report I have seen of backlash against the invading Mexican hordes and their student sympathizers. It's good to see people starting to stand up for our country and flag. Speaking of standing up, don't forget the Minutemen are holding a month long border protection program starting this month which will mirror their very successful program last year.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

We're All Just a Bunch of Bushie Automatons

I've never liked when the president goes the compassionate conservative route as he has done on immigration since his time as Texas governor. Compassionate conservatism is just a codeword for moderate. Moderates make bad leaders because they often lack strength of conviction and clarity of purpose, seeking to make everyone happy and doing the politically expedient thing. Bush has always been weak on immigration and his failure to lead decisively will damage this country.

I think this well known blogger might agree with me.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Gonna Hit Ya' in The Face!

Check out this editorial in the WaPo about the immigration problem.

Update 3/28/06

Here's what the Senate Judiciary Committee did last night.

News coverage here.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Does Anyone Smell Gunsmoke?

To all my fans, that would be both of you, sorry for not posting for so long. I hereby solemnly swear to try harder and post more.
As I'm sure you are aware over the past few weeks the Bush administration has declassified formerly secret papers and records discovered over the past three years in Iraq. They are being combed through and translated and you can access all the documents and images here.
ABC News has summaries of seven of the documents here. Included in these summaries are documents about direct communication between Osama bin Laden and Saddam's government. Also summarized are two particularly damning documents from 2003 that implicate the Russian government directly in providing pre-war intelligence from spies at the U.S. Cent Com in Qatar to the Iraqi military. The Washington Times has more on this and other revelations here.
Look for frequent document updates here.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Since When Is Positivity Un-American?

Check out this link to Powerline concerning the Minnesota Democratic Party's attempts to silence the positive messages from Iraq War vets and families of soldiers killed in Iraq as expressed in TV ads last week. Make sure to check out the links to the two, 1 minute commercials. What do you expect from the people who brought us the Wellstone Memorial debacle?

Monday, February 13, 2006

Freedom of Speech is Freedom of Speech is Freedom of Speech

On Sunday, The Brussels Journal ran a translation of a great piece by Per Nyholm. This article originally ran last Friday in the Jyllands-Posten, which is the paper that called for and ran the Muhammed cartoons. Noone that I have read thus far has expressed themselves any better then Mr. Nyholm about the current battle with Islam over free-speech and Western values. Here's the translation below.

We are being pissed upon

I think it was the long departed H.C. Hansen, one of the great Danish statesmen of the last century, who – as the communists were demonstrating in front of Christiansborg [the Danish Parliament] – cast his gaze across the palace square and remarked: “I will not be pissed upon.”

Then he did what was necessary.

I feel that currently my beloved country is being pissed upon rather too much. Denmark has not been neglecting its duties on the international stage. We have supported poor people with acts and advice, we have worked for peace, we have sent soldiers, policemen and experts to all the far flung corners of the world. We have democracy, a rule of law and a welfare state. Not all is perfect, but we harbor no malice towards our fellow men.

And yet Denmark is being pissed upon. The spokesman of the US State Department is pissing on Denmark, the British Secretary of Foreign Affairs is pissing on Denmark, the President of Afghanistan is pissing on Denmark, the Government of Iraq is pissing on Denmark, other Muslim regimes are pissing on Denmark. In Gaza, where Danes for years have provided humanitarian aid, crazed Imams encourage people to cut off the hands and heads of the cartoonists who made the drawings of Mohammed for the Jyllands-Posten newspaper.

Excuse my choice of words, but all this pissing is pissing me off.

What is going on? I am not referring so much to the threats against Danish citizens and Danish commerce. Nor to the burnt down Embassies. I am thinking of a word that keeps popping up whenever the Mohammed cartoons are mentioned.

That word is BUT. A sneaky word. It is used to deny or qualify what one has just said.
How many times lately have we not heard people of power, the Opinion Makers and others say that of course we have freedom of speech, BUT.

They have said it, all of them, from Kofi Annan, the UN Secretary General, to our own Bendt Bendtsen [a Danish Politician]. Once we had to be sensitive to the easily hurt feelings of the Nazis, then came the Communists, now it is the Islamists. The reason I say ‘Islamists’ is that I do not for a moment believe all the world’s Muslims are pissing on us. I think we are dealing with thugs, fools and misled people. Those are the ones we have to deal with, and then the chickenshit politicians.

The cartoons are no longer something Jyllands-Posten can control. They have already been manipulated and misrepresented to the point that few know what is going on and fewer know how to stop it. This affair is artifically being kept buoyant in a sea of lies, suppressions of the truth, misconceptions, lunacy and hypocrisy, for which this newspaper bears no blame. The only thing Jyllands-Posten did was provide a pin-prick which has made a boil of nastiness erupt. This would have happened sooner or later. That it happened more than four months after the publication of the cartoons, raises a question of its own. Are we dealing with random events or with a staged clash of civilizations? One might hope for the former yet be prepared to expect the latter.

That is why I say: Freedom of Speech is Freedom of Speech is Freedom of Speech. There is no but.

Initially I was doubtful of the timeliness of publishing the cartoons. Later events have convinced me that it was both just and useful to do so. That they are consistent with Danish law and Danish custom seem to me less important than this: that we now know that remote, primitive countries deem themselves justified in telling us what to do. Unfortunately we must also note that governments close to us are agreeing with them in the name of expedience.

It was right and just for this newspaper to launch an offensive for Freedom of Speech, and useful, as we have now acquired new knowledge. Welcome to a brave new world where even our Prime Minister – in spite of his laudable firmness – must gaze out upon a scorched political landscape. True, his friend in Washington, George Bush, has uttered the customary condemnation of the torching of our embassies, but his State Department alludes to us as being the guilty ones in this case. The suggestion that Danish troops might contribute to democratization is buried under the charred remains of our diplomatic representations in Beirut and Damascus.

Perhaps it is time we started mopping up this mess. Perhaps Editor-in-Chief Carsten Juste ought to remove his apology which has gone stale sitting so long on the front page of our internet edition and which does not seem to interest the madmen. Perhaps our government ought to announce to Mona Omar Attia, the strange Ambassador of Egypt, that she is persona non grata.

Perhaps the ambassadors that have been called home to fictitious consultations in the Middle East should be told that they may spare themselves the cost of the return ticket.
In so far as possible The Lying Imams probably ought to be expelled. And then we ought to make an effort to support those Muslims who in a difficult situation have proven themselves to be true Citizens.

We, for our part, have no wish to be a burden to the Arab governments. We will happily withdraw our soldiers, policemen and diplomats. If they think our money smells, we will retract our aid. Our trade must make do as well as it can. We promise to not bear a grudge and, in time, we will be glad to return, but we are through with the hypocrisy. We have better things to do than being pissed upon at our own expense.

Cut down our activities in the Middle East. The world holds plenty of other opportunities.


Thursday, February 09, 2006

Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

Here's a quote from one of the greatest men that Europe has ever produced, Sir Winston Churchill.(H.T. The American Thinker) The saddest thing is that under current law in England, Churchill would be prosecuted for 'hate-speech' against Muslims.
"How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity.
The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome."
-Sir Winston Churchill (The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages248-50 (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899).
Radical Islam must be seen for what it is, a repressive violent religion that preaches hate and death as one of its most basic tenets, not a religion of peace. We must realize that we are at war with people who think they are acting on God's will and all those who do not think as they do are deserved of nothing but death. Western people must stop being afraid of hurting other peoples' feelings and beliefs and start calling the followers of today's form of perverted Islam the savage barbarians that they are. Tolerance and understanding in the name of diversity and inclusion, as practiced by the 'enlightened' institutions of the West, gets us nowhere with these people and only invites further violence.
The Islamists are attempting to cow us into a state of self-imposed Shari'a law by their violent, coordinated outbursts in response to some cartoons and it seems that many in government and the MSM, both in Europe and the U.S.A., are all to willing to give them what they want. This is a fight that we must not lose. If we show the Islamists that we will cave into their riots, like the French did this past fall, then they will see it as further signs of the West's weakness and continue their assaults on our way of life. Make no mistake that the jihadis are waging a holy war against what they view as the heretical West and that they will stop at nothing to impose their way of thinking on the entire world. We free people of the West must wake up and defend our culture and freedoms with the same zeal and sense of purpose as those who wish to destroy us or risk losing everything we hold dear.