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Saturday, November 15, 2003

There are so many tragedies here. Why do we send our girls to war? Jessica Lynch is a victim, too, for her case was hyped by those with a feminist agenda who were desperate to find a genuine female warrior to credential equality in the military, a continuing war on nature. The real feminine warriors in this nation are those stay-at-home moms who are raising their sons to be god-fearing, responsible, women-honoring, and honest citizens.

Mona Charen: Jessica Lynch: Modern Myth: "She's a 25-year-old single mother who lost both of her legs during the Iraq War when she was accidentally pinned under a tank. Her 2-year-old son 'prayed for her legs' the first time he saw her stumps. Grant is upbeat and grateful to be alive, reports the San Antonio Express-News, but is this really the way we want to fight our wars, with young mothers coming home in wheelchairs? (By the way, has anyone noticed how many of our women warriors seem to be single mothers?) "
Well, for crying out loud--what did you expect? Either people have respect for all of God's law [The Ten Commandments] or they have no respect for any of it. The Law is not buffet.

Joel Mowbray: Gay Crime Syndicate?: "Last week, police arrested five cross-dressing Harvey Milk students who posed as female hookers and robbed men who approached them for sex. According to news reports, the teens dressed up as female hookers, and when would-be johns approached to solicit sex, other students posing as cops would start “arresting” the men."

Friday, November 14, 2003

Ahmad Chalabi is a member of the Iraqi Governing Council. - We've made real progress: "It is difficult for non-Iraqis to understand the significance of the day in July when the Iraqi Governing Council (IGC) was established. For Iraqis, who have suffered 35 years of totalitarian dictatorship, this was a momentous occasion. For the first time in memory, the people saw an Iraqi governing body that did not consist of a dictator and his clones. They saw a diverse group of men and women reflecting all parts of Iraqi society, united by a firm desire to bring democracy, human rights and the rule of law to Iraq.

"The best way to defeat the forces of terrorism in Iraq is to restore Iraqi sovereignty and empower the people to win back our country. Their desire to have a role in their governance must be respected by holding elections for a commission to write a new democratic constitution. The IGC should be expanded and developed into a provisional government so that Iraqis can share the burden of security and govern their own country while the constitution is drafted"
'Nuff said. See following Blog.

Pastor finds FBI unresponsive to homosexual activists' threats - (BP): "Ted Haynes, who has pastored First Baptist Church in Gravois Mills the last eight years, said he was treated rudely by an FBI worker when he attempted to report the threats against his church, obscene phone messages and the defacing of his church's sign along Missouri Highway 5 about eight miles south of Versailles."
Bush understands it; but do the ambitious, unprincipled, socialists in America who care for nothing but power get it? These aging flower children of the sixties marched to the different tune of appeasment, sentimental hope, and sex instead of courage. The result was the tragic slaughter of friends of democracy in Viet Nam, Cambodia and other places. Will we undercut our friends again?

The modern American chickens were the campus American chickens of the sixties and seventies. They are now tenured professors, social workers, lawyers, and politicians, promoting abortion "rights," universal health care, sodomy for the churches, feminism, and other Marxist and statist idolatries. They now sit on courts that render one decision after another against Christianity and Christian morals. They know what they are doing, for they are a lawless generation that is certain of only one thing: their right to break every one of God's commandments and to have the government pick up whatever costs come from their transgressions. They will never forgive Ronald Reagan for his principled opposition to the Soviet Union, nor will they ever forgive Bush for his principled opposition to the Islamic terrorism. They are convinced of their ultimate morality of their own thoughts and passionately demonize their opposition. They are corrupted in their minds and souls, but imagine that they are free and enlightened. They will not be sorry if America and Bush back down on the "so-called war on terrorism" as one of the said on TV the other night, because they think that Israel and America are the greatest threats to the world, and it would be good to have America humbled and leveled to the rest of the nations.

They want this because they hate any kind of excellence. They do not want winners, except themselves, and they do not expect to win because of their own achievements, but by slandering and pulling down their opponents. Hence, they have no program for combating terrorism; their enemy is George Bush, and so they spend all their time, intelligence, and energy trying to find defects in his program against terror.

Their socialism permeates their whole process. They are against excellence. Hence, those who try to set a high standard for morals are condemned as hypocrites; those nations who try to excel are chauvanistic and racist; religions that claim to know the truth are bigotted; people who gain wealth are selfish and oppressive. Levelling is their creed; slander and destruction are their practice. They are enemies of Christ and His church, and their ways are the ways of death.

RealClear Politics - Commentary: "Bush demonstrated that he understands the stakes involved. 'The failure of democracy in Afghanistan and Iraq will condemn every advocate of freedom in those two countries to prison and death, and would extinguish the democratic hopes of millions in the Middle East.
'The failure of democracy in those two countries would provide new basis for the terrorist network and embolden terrorists and their allies around the world.'And, he said, failure 'would convince terrorists that America backs down under attack and more attacks on America would surely follow.' "

Thursday, November 13, 2003

World Magazine Blog: "Secularists often try to equate Islam with Christianity. They worry about followers of either religion who take their faith seriously. But a recent UN report by Arab scholars (reported in the Chicago Tribune) shows that in one significant way the fruits of Christianity differ from the fruits of Islam. The report found that Arabs make up 5% of the world's population but produce only 1.1% of the world's books. Five thousand copies of a particular title would land it on a bestseller list in the part of the world where 280,000,000 people live. One of the most visible fruits of the Protestant Reformation was an emphasis on reading and an explosion of book publishing."
The Associated Press: "In a blow to U.S. hopes for more support in rebuilding Iraq, Japan on Thursday delayed sending troops, and other American allies altered plans after a surge in anti-coalition violence.
South Korea decided to cap its possible troop deployment at 3,000, rebuffing Washington's request for a bigger force. Denmark said Thursday it would not, for now, send more soldiers. And nations such as France that opposed the war that ousted Saddam Hussein again declared that the U.S.-led coalition's postwar plan must be changed."

They better rethink. It is a different world since 9/11, and George W. is very different from his predecessors, including his father. [see following blog] If they want to have a say in the new world, they better get in step.
A radical turn of events: "Much has changed since the United Nations was founded more than 50 years ago. The original mission of the NATO died with the Soviet Union. The United States and its European allies need to work out a new division of labor in facing terrorist threats and humanitarian disasters. Democrats, Lake argues, 'need to be thinking large, and they're not.'

Bush has thrown down a radical challenge. His opponents -- Democrats and a growing group of increasingly squeamish Republicans -- should be bold enough to answer it."

But, but, but, but...they haven't had a new idea in fifty years. What makes you think they will have one now?
The Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee have been nothing less than treasonable--and the mainstream media aids and abets them. America needs to turn out the whole bunch of them.

What Memo?: "The Democratic memo reveals that much of what the media has been focusing on for the past six months has been a set-up job. The staff and Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee have been selling story after story (think the Niger yellowcake and 'imminent' threat controversies)."
The prophets of the 1960s told us America's future was socialistic, agnostic and sympathetic to eclectic Eastern mysticism. Not even many undergraduates live that way now. Polls show that college students are far to the right of their glassy-eyed profs, and next year large numbers of young adults will vote for our suave president.

Click to read the whole article by Emmitt Tyrrell
The question is, what can possibly do more damage to our bleeding and broken judicial system? Broken marriages, babies torn from the womb and murdered, sodomites practicing and promoting their filthiness without shame, slander and false-swearing, perjury and filth everywhere? But we must maintain the facade of justice even as we seek to tear God from the throne of heaven. "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! (Is 5:20-21). : Ten Commandments Judge Removed From Bench: "Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was removed from office Thursday for refusing to obey a federal court order to move his Ten Commandments monument from the rotunda of the state courthouse.
The state Court of the Judiciary unanimously imposed the harshest penalty possible after a one-day trial in which Moore said his refusal was a moral and lawful acknowledgment of God. Prosecutors said Moore's defiance, left unchecked, would harm the judicial system."

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

This is really< really good news, but it means nothing unless the Supremes follow along. We must pray for the justices and pray also that Bush will get his appointees. - NJ Court Finds No Constitutional Basis for Same-Sex ‘Marriage': "Colorado Springs—Focus on the Family’s Glenn T. Stanton, senior analyst for marriage and sexuality, offered this response Wednesday to the New Jersey Superior Court’s decision affirming the fundamental human institution of marriage: "
Cleaning out the files I found this story. Don't know whether it is true for apes, but people often act this way:

Start with a cage containing five apes. In the cage, hang a banana on a string and put stairs under it. Before long, an ape will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the apes with cold water.

After a while, another ape makes an attempt with the same result--all the apes are sprayed with cold water.

Turn off the cold water.

If, later, another ape tries to climb the stairs, the other apes will try to prevent it even though no water sprays them.

Now, remove one ape from the cage and replace it with a new one.

The New ape sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs.

To his horror, all of the other apes attack him.

After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five apes and replace it with a New one.

The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked.

The previous Newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm.

Again, replace a third original ape with a new one. The new one makes it to the stairs and is attacked as well.

Two of the four apes that beat him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs, or why they are participating in the beating of the newest ape.

After replacing the fourth and fifth original apes, all the apes which have been sprayed with cold water have been replaced.

Nevertheless, no ape ever again approaches the stairs. Why not?

"Because that's the way it's always been around here."

Sound familiar?

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Roger L. Simon: October 2003: "And here's why I think they're dangerous-they're acting like we're still in Vietnam when we're in a real war of civilizations. We're on the right side this time. Haven't they seen the videotapes of Baathists chopping their own countrymens' heads off and pushing them off roofs? Haven't they seen the unmarked graves of children? What's going on with these people?"

I'm glad that liberals like Roger Simon are able to see the evil of the Islamists, but people like him seem to get more excited about atrocities commited in the name of God than atrocities commited in the name of atheistic communism. Didn't the Viet Cong strap explosives to children and run them toward the American troops. Are atrocities commited against the innocent citizens of Southeast Asia somehow better than those commited against Middle East natives? I don't get it. Castro and Pol Pot were doll babies, weren't they. Come on, Roger. For crying out loud and other cliches. Is it so hard to admit you were wrong in the Sixties?
November 10, 2003 -- "No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."- Winston Churchill to the House of Commons, Nov. 11, 1947

"WINNIE was right. And a bulldoggish smile surely would have crept across his jowled face upon hearing President Bush's visionary words last Thursday, when he proclaimed that enough is enough - the Middle East exception to freedom must end. The region's governments, from Cairo to Tehran, must be persuaded, indeed pressured, to alter their counterproductive political courses away from despotism and toward democracy.

"'Sixty years of Western nations excusing and accommodating the lack of freedom in the Middle East did nothing to make us safe - because in the long run stability cannot be purchased at the expense of liberty,' Bush said."

Read the Whole Article: by Peter Brookes
Isn't it amazing what losing can do? Has Gore seen the light and converted to limited government? Don't bet on it. This is the guy who thinks the automobile is our greatest danger, and wants to nationalize health-care. But he would like to be President, and needs to appeal to conservatives so he will have someone to betray if he does get elected. But for a guy who invented the internet and inspired Love Story anything seems possible. But forget it, Al. Dreaming doesn't make it so.

Gore decries power grab - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics: " 'They have taken us much farther down the road toward an intrusive, 'big brother'-style government - toward the dangers prophesied by George Orwell in his book '1984' - than anyone ever thought would be possible in the United States of America,' Mr. Gore charged. "
FrontPage "Germany declared war on France on August 3, 1914. In April 1917, the United States declared war on Germany, the same month as The French Mutiny. A high school history book describes the insurrection by French troops: 'French replacements marched past their generals bleating like sheep. They believed they were being led like animals to the slaughter. Some 30,000 men decided to leave their trenches and walk home. Some 54 divisions, about one-half of the French army, refused to obey orders from commanding generals.'"
Yes. This worked so well in Viet Nam. The American Chicken is alive and well in America just as it was when these people were saying the sames things about that other war. We left after the last Gulf War and our friends in Iraq paid a terrible price for our stupidity and false promises. We won't do it again. But then, the elder Bush did not have the benefit of the two Trade Center Bombings, and Bill Clinton was too busy with interns to pay any attention to the first bombing. As Saddam's son said, however, "this President is not like the last one. The game is over." We shan't leave again, because 9/11 changed all that.

Pittsburgh ought to be ashamed of its paper and columnist Ralph Reiland. He ought to put a cork in it, or someone at the paper ought to tell him that the world has changed. Dubya is not Lyndon, Iraq is not Viet Nam, there isn't any North Iraq, the UN is dead, Islamists are Nazis, not communists, and sturdy Heartland America is not going to listen to the silliness of the Sixties that seemed so sophisticated then. To the flower-power and make-love-not-war and better-red-than-dead remnant we say, "Your vision did not bring in peace, it did not make our cities safer, it did not save our schools and universitites, it did not end poverty, it did not bring down the Soviet Union, it did not bring virtue and strength to Europe, nor did it bring conviction and certainly did not bring virtue and faith to our churches. Face it, your generation could have been great except for you; instead it was a complete and total failure, unlike the generation before you. So turn on Elvis or the Beach Boys or the Dead or the Who and the Eagles, smoke your pot, and silently fade away. The present wasteland of American TV, gansta rap, and feel-good churches are your doing. You are not relevant any more now than you were then and that Europe is now.

Where is Jane Fonda when you need her? Where are the Smothers Brothers and Peter, Paul, and Mary? Where is the whine of Joan Baez? Doesn't it give you goose-bumps! Where is the Free Speech Movement Oh, I forgot. You won that last one and now you can be as vulgar and filthy as you desire. - Unscrew the cork: "Solution? Declare victory over Saddam, and tell the Iraqis that it's now their blood, sweat and tears, not ours, that will determine their future. "

Do you want the blood, sweat and tears of the Iraqis to determine our future, too? That isn't American. We take care of ourselves, not hiding behind the blood, sweat, and tears of others.

Monday, November 10, 2003

Good for MacArthur.

American Family Association - AgapePress news: "Dr. John MacArthur is pastor of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, a best-selling author, and host of the worldwide radio program 'Grace to You.' Regarding the recent steps taken by the Episcopal Church, MacArthur minces no words, saying the church is not the Church of Jesus Christ but 'the church of Anti-Christ. The denomination, he says, should be shunned because of its unbiblical actions."
The no-policy-no-plan-but-mud-and-dirt liberals have been poisoning the political process for the last three years. They hate Bush, they are obstructionist, poor sports, bad losers--and they will get beat even worse in the next election. Their only hope is to find scandal and dirt and sling it around. This time they got caught.

Strategy memo 'poisons' panel - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics: "The chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence yesterday said his nonpartisan panel will continue operating, but in a weakened capacity because of a Democratic memo that surfaced last week outlining plans for a partisan attack against the White House."
A few years ago I heard a Christian say that the most stupid thing he ever heard was, "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." He was a dolt, of course, but his thought processes, if he had any, were corrupted by sentiment and emotional fluff. I tried to explain that it meant that the outlaws will never give up their guns, so when citizens give theirs up only the outlaws will have them. He couldnt, or wouldn't, understand something so simple. The framers of the Constitution didn't have any illusions about human nature, or the nature of governments running on sentimentality, so they secured the right of every lawabiding citizen to have a weapon, because only armed citizens can secure the liberty of the state. There are bad guys, you know, and if you leave all the guns with them, they will rule your block.

Rich Lowry on Gun Control & Toys on National Review Online: "Unfortunately, [Brooklyn Democratic Congressman Ed] Towns, the scourge of toy guns, is not some outrider. Similar proposals are bubbling up in state legislatures, and it's impossible to buy a decent toy gun from Toys 'R' Us. Too bad. As Chesterton wrote earlier this century about a different toy and its attraction: 'The toy sword is the abstraction and emanation of the heroic, apart from all its horrible accidents. It is the soul of the sword, that will never be stained with blood.' The toy-gun banners will never understand that — or the souls of boys."
Jesus said that those who strain at gnats and swallow camels are "blind guides". It shows a lack of rationality not to be able to distinguish between things, for that is what the mind is for. Even a rabbit knows the difference between rocks and lettuce.

To equate those who try to stop kids from blowing up themselves and those who strap the bombs on the kids speaks of a moral and intellectual blindness that is truly frightening. It is the result of a blindness that is the direct result of the chastening of God, according to Romans 1. But then, this sort of blindness is not able even to recognize that the Bible is different from other books, cannot tell light from darkness.
Herbert London: The Big Lie: "The Big Lie is as prevalent in public life today as it was in Hitler’s Germany. So rash and irresponsible is European reporting about the Middle East that in a recent European Union poll Israel was regarded as the number one threat to world peace, ahead of Iran and North Korea."

Sunday, November 09, 2003

Those who fear that Bush is overthrowing the constitution should relax and read this article.

Matthew J. Franck on Andrew Napolitano on National Review Online: "The administration's argument that the Gitmo detainees are beyond the reach of habeas relief is based on the 1950 Supreme Court precedent of Johnson v. Eisentrager (never mentioned by Napolitano), which held that the protections of the U.S. Constitution had no extraterritorial application to German nationals - held in Germany under American control at an American-administered military prison - who had been convicted of war crimes as unlawful enemy combatants. In last spring's ruling in Al Odah v. United States, the D.C. Circuit held that the Eisentrager precedent applies to the detainees at Guantanamo, because the base is not sovereign U.S. territory but is administered by American forces under a lease agreement with Cuba. In both cases, the court held, the individuals in question simply had no rights an American court could vindicate - they were aliens, held overseas, for acts committed overseas, and the fact of their custody in the hands of the American military was not enough to trigger the protections of the Constitution in a court of law sitting in the United States. It remains to be seen whether the Supreme Court will review the D.C. circuit court's decision, and, if it does, what it will say about how similar the two situations are - or whether Eisentrager should survive as a precedent at all."

"Al-Halabi is a member of the American armed forces, and as such is subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He is punishable for any criminal acts he commits under that Code, no matter where he commits those acts. It is accepted as a matter of law that soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines are liable for crimes under the UCMJ, and subject to court-martial, whether they commit them at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, or Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, or anywhere else they happen to be stationed. And the reasons are simple: Military personnel's strict adherence to the Code is essential to the maintenance of duty and discipline at home and abroad, and — not least important — they have all sworn an oath that subjects them to it."
It is an admission of failure when a man is not willing to submit his ideas to free competition in the marketplace of ideas. Jesus never did violence to any man, nor did He permit his followers to use the sword to spread their ideas. He sent them forth to preach the kingdom of God, not to build it by violence and death. It is truth that sets men free, and only slavemasters are afraid of the truth.
When we will wake up? Islam and freedom seem to be incompatible. All of the Islamic states, to one degree or another, are patterned after fascism.

OpinionJournal - The Real World: "For a better sense of the real face of Gadhafi, take a closer look inside Libya itself, a country Gadhafi has run for 34 years as his own totalitarian wonderland--and still does. Libya, by every reasonable ranking and report, from Amnesty International to Freedom House to the U.S. State Department, remains one of the most repressed societies on earth. There are no private newspapers; there is no independent rule of law. Multilayered, pervasive surveillance is routine; so is arbitrary arrest; so is torture in the prisons; so is collective punishment of entire families for the actions of one individual. There are no private banks; there is no private enterprise of any substantial size. Libya's oil industry, with reserves ranked among the top 10 on the planet, accounts for 95% of Libya's exports, and belongs entirely to the state, which in effect belongs entirely to Moammar Gadhafi."
The cure for abortion is a change in the hearts of the American people, and a change in the people we elect to office and a change in the judiciary. The abortion mill is driven by money, convenience driven people, and sex without responsibility. Abortion is one symptom of a very serious disease. A nation that eats its young is under the chastening of God. See Deuteronomy 28:53

American Family Association - AgapePress news: "'There is no one that is going to get close to the abortion mill,' he says. 'The health department doesn't go there, the IRS doesn't go there, social services don't go there -- and the police department rarely if ever goes there, unless it's to arrest Christians who are outside of the mill. There is no one that is going to police the activity in the abortion mill.'"
Welcome to!: "Interviewing Vice President Dick Cheney on 'Meet the Press' about a month ago, Tim Russert echoed the [Democratic] theme, asking: 'What is our plan for Iraq? How long will the 140,000 American soldiers be there? How many international troops will join them? And how much is this going to cost?' When will we be there, Daddy? Can I go to the bathroom? Are we there yet?

The same questions were asked of FDR over and over again by the American people after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. 'How much will this cost?' 'My husband's a sailor - how long will he be gone?' 'What's your exit strategy, you warmonger?' Wait - no. My mistake. That didn't happen. "
So the fox will continue to watch the geese. Arafat retains control of security - The Washington Times: United Press International: "Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat is expected to be supported in a vote Sunday on a deal to retain control of security within a new government."
Kennedy untamed by Bush honor - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics: "'Actually, it is the most bizarre thing I've ever seen,' said Allen Saxe, political science professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. " Ain't that the truth


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