February 28, 2007
February 28, 2007
I found this at Hugh Hewitt’s blog. If your wrestling with a fat ego or delusions of grandeur, and your not a fool, you might learn a little something here about the future of mankind, and tone down the intensity of your self importance, as well as lighten up a little on the confrontational thing. History repeats itself because there’s nothing new under the sun.
Anyone reading this that’s never made the same mistake twice, raise your hand.
That’s what I thought.
February 27, 2007
After reading a post by my friend Neil at 4SimpsonsBlog I sat for several minutes, unable to make a pertinent comment. I think it’s only reasonable to return the favor of stating your opinion on another’s site, especially when you understand the work and sacrifice required to produce a post that’s accurate, interesting and informative.
So, in order to urge something reasoned, I re-read the post, this time with an eye to contrary opinion. Have you ever read a post, already convinced that it’s rubbish, and searched for that one, glaring sentence with which to attack the whole creation with a sharp witted, slap of the back of the hand of truth? No? Well, I have.
That’s not exactly what I did here at all, but being a little more agressive allowed the common misconception of moral equivalence, the notion that any and all, and in this case, spirituality is on par with every other, to dominate the post for me. In the climate of “equality”, when assessing religious practice of any kind, to do so broadly reflects well on those who do, denoting an open-minded, tolerant and fair appraiser. In other words, the farther from constraints of actually understanding varied religious beliefs, the better off you will be. By remaining only vaguely acquainted with particular doctrine, a decision about what to do with that information is averted. I’m safe from God, if I just ignore becoming too intimate with the whole idea.
Or, to sate that need to satisfy the inner spiritual self, maybe a little dabble in harmless things, like Wicca or New Age experiences. Seems plenty “spiritual” to me, and besides, it feels good.
It seems we’ve allowed the non-judgemental, fair-minded, tolerant, “open to anything as long as no one else is hurt”, moral relativist way to address life permeate and cloud our mind’s about what’s certainly the most critical decision anyone ever has to make.
God, if there is a God, are you there, and what do you want from me?
Not everyone comes away from that question with exactly the same answer.
Not asking that question does nothing to kick the can down the road of discovery and better understanding and possibly a life-changing decision or two.
The U.S. State Department has another great idea.
The problem in Europe, say the professional diplomats, is that European Muslims just aren’t assimilating the way they should.
So the geniuses at State have hired Farah Pandith from the National Security Council to head up a new effort to help European Muslims better integrate into European society.
Let me tell you something – they hired the wrong Farah for the wrong job.
Listen to the way these knuckleheads at State talk about this problem.
Daniel Fried, assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, said the growing Muslim presence in Europe is “a fascinating issue and one that the American government is just now trying to get its mind around. It’s a huge problem, we are thinking about it seriously, and we’ve tried to do some intellectual framing-up.”
What does he propose?
He says Europe is to blame.
“You have a weird nativist surge in Western Europe, and a kind of odd panic: Aliens are here, they don’t accept our values, they are a threat to our way of life and turn to radicalism,” says Fried.
So State is going to bring American Muslims to Europe to meet with their counterparts in an effort to “break down stereotypes” and help them end their “self-isolation.”
In other words, psychobabble.
This isn’t about stereotypes and self-isolation. It’s about conflicting worldviews. It’s about an evil ideology that seeks to destroy Europe and the U.S. and conquer the world.
On one point, however, I think the eggheads at the State Department are right. The key to the outcome of this global conflict is in Europe.
Do you want to know how to win the fight against the global jihadists?
I’m going to tell you how, and I’m serious.
Re-Christianize the continent.
That’s what we need to do.
We need to re-evangelize Europe.
Europe is ripe for this experience.
It has experimented now with socialism for longer than the Soviet Union existed.
It has experimented with secular humanism as a religion.
And it has faced out-of-control immigration from Muslim lands. These new immigrants are happy to exploit the benefits of the welfare state, but they have no use for secular humanism.
If Europe is ever going to be re-evangelized, the time is now, while there is still a vestige of freedom left. Once Europe becomes Eurabia, evangelism, as we know it in the U.S., will carry with it the death penalty.
Europe is going to go one of two ways in the near future:
It’s going to become Eurabia;
It’s going to rediscover Christianity in a way that will give its people – native Europeans and transplants from Muslim countries alike – something else they can believe in.
Islamists are counting on Europe falling into their hands. Most Americans are simply awaiting the inevitable. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can do something about it. We can save Europe for the third time in 100 years – this time without firing a shot.
This can be done and must be done. Americans need to help – not just by becoming missionaries to Europe but especially by supporting the indigenous evangelists already at work there.
You often hear, these days, that Islam is the fastest-growing religion on the planet. I’m not sure from where these statistics come – probably from Saudi Arabia. The truth is that Christianity is the fastest-growing religion on the planet, with lots of Muslims converting all over the world.
No, I don’t think sending American Muslims to Europe is a good idea. I think sending American Christians there would make much more sense.
We don’t have to “invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity,” as my friend Ann Coulter once suggested about our Islamo-fascist enemies. In Europe, all we have to do is convert them to Christianity – peacefully, voluntarily, non-coercively, lovingly.
It’s time to reintroduce Europe to Christianity.
It is a continent much in need of salvation.
It is a continent filled with people who are lost.
It’s time they had a real choice – not just between secular humanism and Islam, but also the choice of Christianity, the faith that made Europe great.
Joseph Farah is founder, editor and CEO of WND and a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate.
February 24, 2007
In America, every person arrested for violating the law is considered innocent until proven guilty. Each person also has the right to remain silent and to have an attorney appointed to them if they cannot afford one.
But, what if your already an attorney, assuming your the kind of attorney familiar with criminal law? And, what if your breaking federal law, the same federal law that you had worked for years to resist as a defender of the accused? What if you willingly acted to thwart, or ignore, that law for your own personal interest? What if you were a former president of a chapter of the ACLU, an organization that dreams, and works, among other unsavory things, for virtually no control of pornography availability and consumption? Pornography of any kind.
I suspect a great deal of minimizing and overlooking the gross details of this case will take place. I would add shame and embarrassment, but i’m not sure that’s part of the lexicon of, just so you know, a group of lawyers founded by communists. No hyperbole here, communists.
Here’s their pornography policy:
Why does the ACLU support pornography? Why are you in favor of child porn?
The ACLU does not support pornography. But we do oppose virtually all forms of censorship. Possessing books or films should not make one a criminal. Once society starts censoring “bad” ideas, it becomes very difficult to draw the line. Your idea of what is offensive may be a lot different from your neighbors. The ACLU takes a very purist approach in opposing censorship. Our policy is that possessing pornographic material should not itself be a crime. The best way to combat child pornography is for the government to prosecute those who exploit children by making pornography and we strongly agree with the enforcement of such prosecutions.
I’m not going to overplay the blindingly obvious here. The man was arrested after an international investigation caught him downloading the worst kind of child porn, pre-pubescent girls, some tied down, subjected to forcible, violent rape. The next step in severity is to kill the victim.
What I’m waiting for are the psychoanalysts and victimologists to invent a defense. Don’t be surprised.
“Your idea of what is offensive may be a lot different from your neighbors”. Yes, that seems to be the problem here.
I’m not kidding.
February 23, 2007
It’s way too early to start slamming power hungry people clamoring for the presidency and all it’s trappings. But, what the hell. Besides, somebody’s got to do the job of president and it’s always a fistfight, so why not enjoy the action.
Hillary just can’t handle losing untold millions in lefty Hollywood donations, especially cash she had already spent assuming thing’s go as usual. A major benefactor had a few not so nice things to say about Billy and Hillary, and they responded with a little verbal leg breaking of their own:
“While Senator Obama was denouncing slash and burn politics yesterday, his campaign’s finance chair was viciously and personally attacking Senator Clinton and her husband.
“If Senator Obama is indeed sincere about his repeated claims to change the tone of our politics, he should immediately denounce these remarks, remove Mr. Geffen from his campaign and return his money.
“While Democrats should engage in a vigorous debate on the issues, there is no place in our party or our politics for the kind of personal insults made by Senator Obama’s principal fundraiser.”
Remember, this is from a CLINTON adviser. (no giggling, please.)
I’m reminded why I love politics so much.
February 23, 2007
I’m pleased to see 60 Canadian scientists implore their government to withhold billions in tax dollars allocated to implement the Kyoto protocols. Their research shows that, knowing what we do now about Co2 and other “greenhouse gas” emissions, signing on to Kyoto’s regulations weren’t necessary in the first place. The estimated temerature change of 0.0015 degree celcius and a cost of 150 billion dollars relegates this failed boondoggle to the ash heap of history, or so you would think.
Insisting the Canadian government revisit shaky claims of anthropogenic, catastrophric global warming and reel in environmental knee-jerk restrictions caused by junk-science, the group hopes that a sounder platform be constructed of actual, provable scientific investigation and not merely guestimations akin to the previous global scare of an impending ice age, which failed the test of time.
Imagine your whole world view of a condition ending with the literal drowning of billions of people being surmised and solidified by viewing a cartoonish docu-drama produced by a politician whose goal is to become president of the United States, and who wrote a book highlighting the need for the banning of the gasoline combustion engine. Think this guy might want to exaggerate the dark side? Uh, yeah.
The new “green” president would then propose, and see through a willing Congress, environmental strongman legislation and executive signing statements directing massive government intervention into the everyday lives of citizens and Orwellian abuses unlike America has ever seen, all in the name of the “common good” and salvation of mankind.
No way, you say? Has anything the UN supported EVER been good for the US or any free people on this earth? Absolutely not.
I implore any other scientific body to petition their respective governments, insisting federal funds be withheld until REAL science can be applied to this issue. No more pandering to leftists worldwide, itching for control of money and power to implement far reaching, draconian regulation created to thwart commerce and destroy personal freedoms.
In typical, capitalist fashion, odd for a leftist, Dion also had this to say about the MONEY MAKING aspects of climate change exploitation.
Excellent resource for exposing global warming chicanery.
Another global warming exaggeration.
February 21, 2007
They say perception is reality. I suppose that cover’s it, for the most part. But, why do you think there are such widely diverse and contrary understandings of the exact same set of facts? Frequently in conversation, I’m baffled to hear recounted something I’d said, the substance of which was unrecognizable to my memory. I’ve learned most people don’t truly hear what you say, but rather remember how they FELT about what you said. I should include myself as having made that mistake, as well. Do you ever get the message that when using words such as patriotism, liberal, conservative, faith, that people hold private definitions which often make honestly communicating impossible?
Chronic concern for the feeling’s of others often leads to deceitful negotiation of differences. Who can speak honestly if the emotional reaction of others are at all times stifling, contorting, and preventing a frank, candid discussion? Political correctness is a weapon of denial, deceit and manipulation. Nothing more, nothing less.
I’m not saying blurt out your perception of the truth, feeling’s and consequences be damned. Adult’s learn to make the view’s known without being a clod or unneccessarily harsh. After all, not everyone agrees on just what patriotism is…
I am saying that if you, at first, measure your responses because you pre-determine the other person hold’s fragile position’s and may not be able to handle the truth, you will always stop short of expressing your true views.
I realize this can be endless…pre-conceived notions, raw bigotry, willful ignorance. However, don’t you wonder where the people who see America as the evil, greedy opressive terrorist nation that needs an attitude adjustment learned this point of view? Weren’t they here with us enjoying the same personal freedom, opportunity and rule of law? Weren’t they eating the same food, enjoying the same entertainment, have the same heroes? Doesn’t a sense of gratefulness and patriotism accompany the benefits and advantages we all share?