Monday, September 25, 2006

THE News of the Day

Pope Benedict's meeting with Muslim leaders? Nope. Falling crude oil prices? No way.

THE news story of the day? After a 19 year wait, only 3 years removed from an American League record 119 losses, the Detroit Tigers are playoff bound!!!!!!!!

Friday, September 22, 2006

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Charlie Rangel!!!

By now, everybody has heard about Hugo Chavez's ridiculous screed at the United Nations in which he called George Bush "the Devil", and incessantly ridiculed the United States.

Is this accepted practice at the United Nations? Will anybody step up and defend Bush and the USA against this lunatic?

Well, help has come from an unlikely source, Charlie Rangel. I've never agreed much with his politics, but he's always struck me as a reasonable guy, certainly worth listening to when he's a guest on Fox News.

Thank you, Charlie, for stepping up to the plate. I wish more of our leaders (Democrat and Republican) shared your non-partisan approach to defending our nation, and our nation's leaders. Here's what Charlie had to say:

"You do not come into my country, my congressional district, and you do not condemn my president. If there is any criticism of President Bush, it should be restricted to Americans, whether they voted for him or not. I just want to make it abundantly clear to Hugo Chavez or any other president, do not come to the United States and think because we have problems with our president that any foreigner can come to our country and not think that Americans do not feel offended when you offend our Chief of State"

You're a good man, Charlie Rangel.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Response from Western Muslims

Check out the pictures from Catholic Londoner who attended Sunday Mass yesterday at Westminster Cathedral. Apparently hateful, venemous, and violent tendencies aren't limited to the various shura councils, cave-dwelling terrorists, and mujahadeen.

Take a look - Muslims in downtown London outside the Cathedral:

Here's a link to Catholic Londoner's blog.

More Islamic Lunacy

So enraged that Pope Benedict XVI referenced an ancient quote that claimed Muhammed advocated conversion "by the sword", Islamic groups are again hitting the streets. Effigies of the pope are being burned in Iraq, Muslims are striking and burning tires in Kashmir, and Indonesians are protesting outside the Vatican Embassy claiming the Pope is building a religion based on "hatred". People, look in the freaking mirror!

But the most outlandish response came from the Mujahedeen Shura Council, which is a Sunni Muslim umbrella organization. Claimed this "council", "We will break up the cross, spill the liquor and impose head tax, then the only thing acceptable is a conversion (to Islam) or (killed by) the sword."

Are these people pure imbeciles, blood thirsty vermin, or both? They're so enraged that the pope referenced a 14th century quote about Mohammed converting "by the sword", that they're now claiming they'll convert Christians "by the sword". Hello, morons! If that's really you're method of spreading Islam, then it seems that the 14th century quote was 100% accurate. Perhaps the Mujahadeen Shura Council should simply say "Thank You" to the pope for accurately characterizing their preferred evangelization technique.

Bloody Irony

Last week Pope Benedict XVI made an address at the University of Regensburg, devoting a portion of his talk to the early spread of Islam. Quoting 14th-century Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus, the pope stated: "God, is not pleased by blood -- and not acting reasonably is contrary to God's nature." The pope went on to quote the emperor: Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.

As one would expect, the Muslim world is outraged. Specifically, 6 Catholic churches have been attacked and a Catholic nun serving the poor in Somalia has been shot in the back and killed. Sheikh Abubukar Assan Malin, an Islamic cleric in Somalia, has stated that the Muslims should "hunt down" and kill the pope for his comments. Furthermore, anybody who offends the prophet Muhammed "should be killed on the spot by the nearest Muslim". Can we characterize this response from the Muslim world as "peaceful", or do the descriptions "evil, inhuman", and "by the sword" paint a more accurate picture? The bottom line is that some Muslim clerics and militants are so angry for Muhammed's teachings being labeled "evil and inhuman" that they shoot nuns in the back, call for the pope's assassination, and call for Muslim to immediately kill any person who merely offends Muhammed. I assume this irony is lost on much of the Muslim world.

In one of the more peaceful responses, Mohammed Mahdi Akef, who's chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood, claimed the statements show the West and it's "politicians and clerics are hostile to Islam". Gee Mohammed, who's terrorizing whom in this global jihad? Who has been kidnapping and murdering Christians for the past 25+ years, going back to the Iranian Islamic revolution? Which religion was behind 9/11? Which religion was behind the bombings in Spain? England? The failed airline attack recently uncovered in the UK? The murder and kidnap of Israeli soldiers in northern Israel? Pssst, Mohammed, I don't think you understand what the word "hostile" means. Furthermore, if the West is hostile, what do you call all your jihadi buddies? Evil and perhaps inhuman?

Are all Muslims violent wagers of jihad? Of course not. But it sure would be nice if Muslim leaders would, at the very least, recognize that extremist members of their religion are the cause of widespread violence, and 100% of the world's terrorist acts. More importantly, clerics like Malin should be condemned for advocating murder. Looking inward to resolve those problems would be far more productive than worrying about the pope quoting a 14th century emperor.

CNN story here.

Monday, September 11, 2006

America Hypnotized

Congratulations "progressives", your incessant insults of Bush, your hysterical claims of conspiracy theories, and your propensity to blame America for all the world's problems have basically hypnotized 45% of Americans to take the following absurd position: President Bush is either to be blamed a "great deal", or a "moderate amount", for the attacks of 9/11.

How proud liberal America must be. Whatever it takes to gain power, I guess.

CNN story here.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Survival of the Fittest?

CBS recently announced that their hit reality show, Survivor, will feature a new twist this season. In the past, contestants have been divided up into tribes, and those tribes competed for various awards such as food, fishing gear, etc. The show has divided contestants by gender, by age, and through random processes over the years.

This year contestants are divided by race. There will be four teams of five contestants, including white, black, latino, and Asian teams. As a longtime Survivor fan, this is a great twist on the show. I'm often times fascinated by the behavior of contestants as they battle for a single twinkie, or as they plot to vote out a member perceived to be the strongest. Throwing race into the mix may add some new wrinkles, but then again, it may not.

But the real story in all of this is the criticism being heaped on the show. Some say the racial division is a gimmick intended to boost ratings. Wow! Can you believe network executives want to boost ratings? There's a shocker. Others chastise the show creators because we shouldn't divide up people by race. But what's amazing to me is that race-based political advocates are crying about the show.

In New York, the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus (BLAC) (otherwise known as Anybody But Whitey) is demonsrating today in protest of the show. Apparently BLAC believes it's OK to divide people up by race when you are handing out government contracts (whites to the back of the line), and it's OK to divide people up by race when you're handling college admissions (bonus points for blacks and latinos only!), but it's not OK to group people by race for a meaningless TV show. Does anybody else see the double standard here?

Story on NY City Council and BLAC's hypocritical response here.