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Obama Partial to Tax Cheaters

January 31st, 2009 No comments

Am I really the only one who sees a pattern emerging here? The Dems keep running campaigns against “tax cuts for the rich” but fail to pay their taxes themselves. Guess what, America? You deserve what you voted for. Count me out.

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EU Showing Some Spine?

January 26th, 2009 No comments

In a rather surprising statement, an EU official lays the blame for the destruction in Gaza on Hamas rather than Israel. I really didn’t know they had it in them. The Europeans, I mean.

Humanitarian aid chief Louis Michel called the destruction left by Israel’s offensive “abominable”, but said Hamas bore “overwhelming responsibility”.

In a stronger and even more surprising follow-up:

He said there would be no dialogue with with the “terrorist” movement until it gave up violence and recognised Israel. […] “I intentionally say this here – Hamas is a terrorist movement and it has to be denounced as such.”

We can’t even get our own government to use such honest language. Kudos would be in order, but the EU still hasn’t seen the light entirely.

Mr Michel said people in the EU were sick of paying for the same infrastructure being destroyed over and over again in Israeli military action.

Yes, but you’re still sending 60 million euros in aid. The only way to keep the money from being completely wasted is, simply, not to send it. Until Hamas, and the Palestinians, stop their senseless terrorism against Israeli civilians Israel will have no choice but to keep going back in and wreaking havoc.

Still, this Belgian sees things a lot more clearly than anyone in our new government I’m afraid.

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Free Speech Dying in Holland

January 22nd, 2009 No comments

The Dutch lawmaker how produced the movie Fitna, which is a tough critique of Islam using graphic images of Islamic terrorism in action overlayed with quotes from the Koran, will be tried in court for hate speech. Apparently free speech isn’t treasured as highly abroad as it is here. We must remain vigilant against the political correctness that’s creeping into our national thought or we may soon face a similar fate.

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VA Tech Hit Again

January 22nd, 2009 No comments

A graduate student was stabbed and decapitated in a restaurant on the campus of Virginia Tech this week. It’s been a decade since Columbine, a couple years since the mass murders at VaTech, and just a year since the killing at Northern Illinois University. What have we done to fix the problem? Nothing. Hand-wringing and memorials to the victims don’t help protect our young students.

The whole idea of gun-free zones must be eliminated from our collective thought or we’ll just continue to see more such tragedies. We must be allowed to take responsibility for our own protection. Campus cops obviously aren’t up to the job.

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Science Afraid of Challenge

January 22nd, 2009 No comments

Not too surprisingly, we have another debate regarding the presentation of Darwinism in public education. This time it’s in Texas, where the stakes are large because the state is one of the largest purchasers of textbooks and other curricular media.

What seems to be missing from both sides of the argument is rather obvious. If Darwinian evolution is true, it should not be afraid of challenge. All scientific theory should be open to challenge. If Darwin stands up to repeated, continuous scrutiny, who stands to lose? Only the folks defending intelligent design/creationism.

The truth is that Darwinism has a number of glaring holes. Do a Google search and you’ll find hundreds of sites with heated debates over the issue. It’s far from settled and, contrary to what the media and Darwinist scientists would have you believe, there are many well-credentialed scientists who fall in the ID camp. Further, concensus and majority opinion do not have any place in science. No real scientist will say something along the lines of, “Most <fill in scientific specialty here> agree that…” But that’s exactly what we too often hear. I’ve seen numerous debates about issues such as the Cambrian explosion or how humans and apes evolved from a common ancestor in a (geologically) short time, but haven’t seen any that convince me that random mutation is responsible.

Darwinism has, in fact, become a religion that simply must not be questioned. That’s sad, because if it’s true, then questioning it is exactly what will lead to resolving its (currently) inexplicable quandaries.

Demanding Transparency

January 22nd, 2009 No comments

Not a week into his presidency and Obama’s already showing his hypocrisy. We really shouldn’t be surprised after the election campaign we endured for nearly two years. His edict (a direct quote):

Transparency and rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.

Transparency, as in:

– What, exactly, was your relationship with William Ayers? Oh, he was just a guy in your neighborhood? No chance you two worked on a board together for years during which you helped funnel money to his radical left “educational” projects?

– Why did you spend decades as a member of Rev. Wright’s anti-American, anti-white, socialist church? What? You never heard him say that stuff when you were in attendance?

– How’d you approach Biden to get him on board? No offer of Sec. of State if he turned down the VP?

– Why the drama over your birth certificate?

– What’s in your medical records that you don’t want us to see?

Yep. You’re all about “transparency and rule of law.”

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Former Guantanamo Prisoner Now Al Qaeda Leader

January 22nd, 2009 No comments

In a rather nasty, “Doh!” moment, one of the gremlins formerly housed in our prison at Guantanamo Bay has turned into an al Qaeda leader in Yemen. He even

passed through a Saudi rehabilitation program for former jihadists before resurfacing with Al Qaeda in Yemen.

And still our new head honcho wants to close Gitmo within a year. Brilliant idea there, eh? This isn’t a new problem, though. We’ve known that quite a number of former Gitmo inmates have shown up on battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan. When, exactly, will the left learn? I fear they won’t.

Almost half the camp’s remaining detainees are Yemenis, and efforts to repatriate them depend in part on the creation of a Yemeni rehabilitation program — partly financed by the United States — similar to the Saudi one. Saudi Arabia has claimed that no graduate of its program has returned to terrorism.

Uh, yeah. That’s working out really well, now, isn’t it? Rehabilitation doesn’t work any better for Islamic terrorists than it does for our own domestic violent criminals. There really are only two effective solutions for them: imprisonment and death. The left’s messiah is shutting down the former. How long before the latter is cut off as well and we’re back at square one?

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Global Warming Strikes Again

January 15th, 2009 No comments

The midwest is experiencing record cold temperatures. Good thing the earth is warming or we’d be in real trouble, eh?

Orrison said most temperatures were below zero in the Upper Midwest through the Great Lakes and into the Northeast.

The worst is yet to come, he said.

Glad I’m in Phoenix right now. We were at a (normal) 74 today.

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Gun Ownership: Teach Your Kids the Responsibility

January 15th, 2009 No comments

Today my family had an experience that should wake up other parents, as it did me.

As she does every day, my wife picked our kids up from their schools. Just after picking up my son, a 13-year-old who naturally thinks he’s invincible, they drove past an apartment complex where a rather nasty fight had erupted. My son started yelling at my wife to stop the car. He wanted to get out and stop the fight and, at one point, yelled at his mom that this was why she needed to carry a gun (she doesn’t…yet). He was rather irate when she did the right thing (in this situation), pulling the car into a safe place before calling 911 but not intervening directly. Now those of you who have been exercising your 2nd Amendment right for any length of time know the foolishness of my son’s reaction, but in his naive, “I’m Clint Eastwood” (insert whoever’s current in movies…Vin Diesel maybe?) mentality, my son didn’t. When I arrived home my wife apprised me of the situation so, after supper, I sat the kids down and had “the talk.” No, not that talk. The one I should have had with them earlier. We discussed the huge responsibility it is to carry with you the power of life and death, and how easy it can be to make the wrong decision. When he saw the fight, already in progress, did he know who started it? Who was in the right? If the combatants were armed? And so on. Anyone who has been through a basic CCW course knows the scenarios. My son, of course, didn’t. After going through a number of them with the kids, he became rather thoughtful and wanted to chew it over for a bit. I obviously have more work to do with the kids. We need to cover how they should react in a dangerous situation (e.g., don’t yell, “Dad, shoot him!”). My kids have been to the range with me often, so they have the skills, but do they have the knowledge and judgment? Nope. And that’s my responsibility. So parents, don’t put it off or think your kids will just pick it up from you automatically. You must take the time to talk with your kids about what it means to be a responsible armed citizen.

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Glad These Aren’t My Policemen

January 13th, 2009 No comments

What happens when you disarm society…including your police? The cops flee from a rioting crowd they should be controlling. Watching the decline of England from a strong nation to one in which something like this can happen has been truly sad.

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