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.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

How Plain Can They Make It

This past weekend at the Munich security conference German chancellor Angela Merkel compared the threat posed by Iran's continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and the world's lukewarm response to this crisis to the early days of the rise of the Nazi party and the inaction of the world's governments at that time. Merkel stated that in the 1930's, "there were many outside of Germany who said 'It's only rhetoric-- don't get excited', " in reference to the Nazi's teachings and beliefs, and we all know what the consequences of this line of thinking were. In light of this lesson of history Merkel stated, " Germany is obliged to do something at the early stages... We want to, we must prevent Iran from developing its nuclear program." Merkel understands that the Iranian nuclear threat must be taken seriously and addressed now.
In response to Merkel, Sen. Joe Lieberman made a statement that showed real clarity of thinking on the matter of the Iranians in particular and the war on terror overall. Lieberman stated, "From the writings of Hitler during the 1930's and Mein Kampf to the polemics of bin Laden in the 1990's, there is ample evidence that some times when people write and say that they hate you and ... they want to destroy you, in fact they mean it and will try." Sen. Lieberman knows that there are people and regimes who mean us great harm. Lieberman also understands that we are at war for the very soul of Western culture and that we must conduct our selves as such. Lieberman's party and others on the left do not share this clarity but instead seem to want to 'understand the cause' of this hatred and not get too excited lest we offend any group's sensitivities.
Understand that there is no question as to purpose when it comes to the followers of bin Laden and other radical Islamists. These followers of a perverted form of Islam exist to destroy Western style democracy and society and replace it with a worldwide Islamic government which follows Shari'a law. We must take them at their word when they say they seek to destroy the West because to do otherwise, as was the modus operandi of the Clinton administration, only invites continued attacks which will escalate over time. There is a great essay today on The American Thinker which very plainly speaks to these points.
This current war is a zero-sum game with no chance for reconciliation or compromise, we either defend our way of life with everything we have or we give in to those who would impose upon us a system of law better suited to the 1500's than today's modern age.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Abramoff's Reach Crossed the Aisle

The Jack Abramoff dust-up promises to effect the environment in D.C. for the immediate foreseeable future. Contrary to the hopes of the Democrats this promises to be an equal opportunity scandal. With the release today of reports that show Senate minority leader Harry Reid of Nevada received over $50,000 from four Indian tribes with interests in gaming after they hired Jack Abramoff, DNC chair Howard Dean's assertion that "this is a Republican scandal" seems less than accurate.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Cmte(DSCC) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte(DCCC) were the number 3 and 4 biggest recipients from Abramoff and those he represented. The DSCC and DCCC received a total of over $540,000 combined. Even the much maligned former majority leader Tom Delay, who has been inexorably tied to Abramoff through the media, received donations from Abramoff linked sources in amounts less than or equal to amounts given to five individual Democrat members of the House and Senate and the DNC. Look here for a full list of recipients of Abramoff cash.
Granted, total dollars are greater on the GOP side. This is a major part of why Roy Blunt did not win the Republican House Leader race and why the Republicans are leading the charge to reform how Washington does business. Power does have the ability to corrupt and it also breeds complacency. A little shakeup/wakeup to the powers that be and a reminder of who they really work for is very good for the system. As I stated before this is an equal opportunity scandal with both sides of the aisle having egg on their face, it is not a Republican scandal

The Original Mohammed Cartoons from Danish Newspaper Jyllands-Posten

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Support Denmark!!!

Remember to support our friends the Danes in the worldwide free speech battle. There is a large boycott of Danish goods in the Muslim world over cartoons printed in a Danish newspaper in September. There have also been flag-burnings, beatings of Danish aid workers and an attack and takeover of an EU office in Gaza over these cartoons. Thankfully, and surprisingly, the Europeans and their Press seem to be stepping up on the Danes' side and for once are not being cowed by the threats.

Buy Havarti cheese, Carlsberg or Tuborg beers, Gevalia coffee, Danish Crown (DAK)hams, White Clover Dairy or Holland Farm Brand, and LEGO.

If the Islamists are allowed to dictate what we say/print/read/see through fear of violent upheaval in the European Muslim community or through some misguided PC driven desire not to offend, then they are closer to achieving their caliphate in Europe than we thought.

You can also go here if you want to send an e-mail or letter of support to the Danish Embassy in D.C.

I Heard Her Called 'the Hildebeast' Today

Watch Hilary Rodham-Rodham's response to when President Bush said this last night in the SOTU address:

"The terrorist surveillance program has helped prevent terrorist attacks. It remains essential to the security of America. If there are people inside our country who are talking with al Qaeda, we want to know about it, because we will not sit back and wait to be hit again."

Doesn't she know that there are cameras present or, is her smug smile and head turn just a signal to the 'al Qaeda is a myth' kook-fringe that she is still on their side?

Hilary also led the way in the raucous applause from the Dems to their turning a blind eye to the impending Social Security crisis, which is on the not to distant horizon. Nothing like an innappropriate, smart-ass response during an important event to show the world that the do-nothing Dems are conducting themselves like spoiled ill-mannered children.