A thoughtful compilation and analysis of some important, but underreported and under-researched news stories, with particular focus on keeping the People informed about all Enemies, Foreign and Domestic.
-----The 'Civil Flag' -- Forgotten Flag, or Flag of Fraud and Fiction?
-----Status of the 'Fair Tax Act of 2005' (H.R. 25; S 25)
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Sunday, February 19, 2006
Friday, February 17, 2006
Murder for Hire Last week, Maulana Yousef Qureshi went on public record stating that he was offering a large sum of money to anyone who would murder the cartoonists who portrayed Mohammed in a satirical manner. This is a crime. It's called murder for hire. Arrest warrants should immediately be sworn out against him in Denmark and any other country that has a reciprocal law-enforcement arrangement with Denmark (not that this thug strikes me as the type who would leave his country, but it's a start).
If a religion is trying to portray itself as a religion of peace, its leaders should be speaking out against violence, not funding it. In my opinion, criticism of institutional Islam has not been at nearly the level it needs to be in the wake of this incident. If you disagree, just imagine how the world media would react if the Pope offered a large sum of money to have Terrence McNally killed (his play, Corpus Christi, depicts Jesus as being a homosexual). Interestingly, an "Islamic group based in the UK has issued a death fatwa against [Terrence McNally]. . . Muslims regard Jesus as a messenger of God . . . [and] the fatwa is to express the Islamic point of view that [to insult] the messengers of God . . . is a crime." _____________________________________________
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Muslim cleric offered $1M bounty on Danish cartoonists who drew caricatures of Mohammad... during Friday prayers Modern Tribalist reports that A Pakistani Muslim cleric and his followers offered rewards amounting to over $1 million (575,000 pounds) for anyone who [murdered] Danish cartoonists who drew caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad that have enraged Muslims worldwide.
The cleric offered the bounty during Friday prayers as Muslim anger against the cartoons flared anew in parts of Asia.
That's nice. Way to show that you're the religion of peace.
To American Muslims:
I don't know how you want me to take this -- because I haven't heard much from you. I would like to think that you're more like me than like the radicals. You probably have a couple of kids whom you hope do well in school, whom you might take to soccer practice so they can beat the kids on the other team, and whom you might wish would attend religious services more regularly. April is coming up and you are probably thinking very unfriendly thoughts toward the IRS -- which is natural because they are doing something to you. You are probably hoping that you will be able to stay on schedule with your payments into your IRA so you will have plenty of money when you retire so you can spoil your grandkids. You probably only think of the Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Baha'is, and Hindus you know as just being other people (unless they're mean) and don't much care how they worship as long as they don't try to force you to convert.
That is how I would like to think of American Muslims. It is very difficult, however, when all I see in the media are violent hordes of foreign Muslims calling for the murder of all non-Muslims.
Now, you might ask, how can a Christian criticize a Muslim for calling for the murder of a cartoonist when our very own Pat Robertson recently called for the killing of the socialist Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. Well the difference is, Pat Robertson apologized.
"Is it right to call for assassination? No, and I apologize for that statement," Robertson said. "I spoke in frustration that we should accommodate the man who thinks the U.S. is out to kill him."
It is easy to get a Christian minister to retract such statements because Jesus Christ never, ever called for violence against another, no matter what their religion or nationality was, and no matter what they were doing to you. Where is the similar aspect of the teachings of Mohammed, who is known to have taken up the sword to expand Islamic influence? _____________________________________________
Violent Muslims Hurl Petrol Bombs at British Embassy Scores of Iranian demonstrators hurled petrol bombs at the British embassy on Tuesday in renewed protests over the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad and Western opposition to Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
The protesters, mostly religious seminary students, chanted "Death to Tony Blair", "Death to Britain" and Death to America" while throwing hundreds of stones at the embassy buildings, smashing many windows.
This is interesting behavior from the so-called "religion of peace" considering that the U.K. and the U.S. have spoken out against publication of those cartoons.
Historians should not be surprised by this rabid, animalistic violence that these cartoons have elicited. It is nothing new. According to historical documents, Mohammad, himself, ordered the murders of people who disagreed with him or made fun of him.
From a contemporary Muslim scholar -- Ali Dashti's "23 Years: A Study of the Prophetic Career of Mohammad", , page 100:
"Abu Afak, a man of great age (reputedly 120 years) was killed because he had lampooned Mohammad. The deed was done by Salem b. Omayr at the behest of the Prophet, who had asked, "Who will deal with this rascal for me?" The killing of such an old man moved a poetess, Asma b. Marwan, to compose disrespectful verses about the Prophet, and she too was assassinated." _____________________________________________
Tyrants of Beijing Claim Internet Controls Do Not Lead to Arrests. Really? "Chinese people can freely access the Internet and the government has never arrested anyone for expressing an opinion on the Web, an official state newspaper said on Wednesday."
Oh really? That's an interesting point of view... that is, if you consider a falsehood to be a point of view.
"International human rights organizations and freedom of speech advocates have launched a campaign against US Internet giants Google and Yahoo for providing tools to Chinese censors and secret police. In September 2005, the Christian Science Monitor reported on the role of Yahoo in the arrest of journalist Shi Tao in Hunan Province. Shi was convicted for emailing comments to a democracy group in the United States after his Internet IP address was given to Chinese officials by Yahoo officials in Hong Kong." _____________________________________________
United Arab Emirates allowed to buy six American ports I don't know what to say. A federal commission (Committee on Foreign Investment) has approved the sale of control of six United States Ports to Dubai Ports World, a company owned by the government of the United Arab Emirates. And the only person in Congress speaking out about this is the socialist Charles Schumer. Why? Why isn't the Bush Administration speaking out? Why aren't the allegedly pro-national security Republicans? You should write your Congress-critters and let them know that this is unacceptable. The United Arab Emirates will control major ports in New York and New Jersey. Does no one see a problem with this?
---------Schumer Calls for Probe of Arab Port Deal
---------Chuck's port-deal terror: Urges Prez to nix 'risky' sale to Arab biz
---------ARAB PORT DEAL 'TERROR THREAT'
---------Administration OK With UAE Running Six Major U.S. Ports
---------Washington questions Dubai deal for US ports: US senator has strong reservations takeover bid, saying bunch of 9/11 hijackers came from UAE. _____________________________________________
Saturday, February 11, 2006
On Civilization "A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within. The essential causes of Rome's decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, her consuming wars."
--Will Durant, Caesar and Christ, Epilogue, p. 665 (1944)
Something to think about... _____________________________________________
Thursday, February 09, 2006
China cornering market for obscure group of minerals vital to high-tech industry China now supplies about 95 percent of the world's consumption of "rare earths," according to international mineral industry experts. Rare earths are a class of minerals with properties that make them essential for applications including miniaturized electronics, computer disk drives, display screens, missile guidance, pollution control catalysts and advanced materials. In 1994, China's share of the market was 46 percent, according to industry statistics. . . controlling the supply of these minerals gives China a strategic advantage as it seeks to build powerful high-technology industries and modernize its armed forces.
We really need to keep an eye on China. This is not India or Japan, this is a country ruled by a despotic regime. Economic growth gives the Tyrants of Beijing more resources with which to work -- one day, they may not be content with merely repressing their own people. They have expressed their willingness to conquer and enslave the people of Taiwan and they would likely not balk at invading Japan f they thought they could get away with it. _____________________________________________
Murderous Islamo-fascists Blame America for Danish Cartoons Police killed four people Wednesday as Afghans enraged over drawings of the Prophet [Mohammed] marched on a U.S. military base in a volatile southern province, directing their anger not against Europe but America.
The U.S. base was targeted because the United States "is the leader of Europe and the leading infidel in the world," said Sher Mohammed, a 40-year-old farmer who suffered a gunshot wound while taking part in the demonstration in the city of Qalat.
"They are all the enemy of Islam..."
It seems that, even though the United States had nothing to do with the printing cartoons making fun of Mohammed, we are being held responsible anyway. When are the leftists in this country going to learn that we don't get anywhere by being nice to Islamo-fascists? _____________________________________________
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Meanwhile, Back at the Mexican Border . . . With all this uproar in the Islamic world, we haven't been covering Mexico in the news like we should. Apparently, Mexican military or paramilitary units have been crossing the border. If this is an action of the Mexican military, it is an act of war, and should be responded to in kind. If this is an action by paramilitary groups not affiliated with the Mexican military, they need to be arrested and jailed without further delay.
"An American law enforcement officer and news crew in Texas have witnessed another armed incursion into the United States by men dressed in Mexican army attire, the second such incident in just two weeks. . . several men dressed in Mexican military garb appeared to violate the international boundary, in Hudspeth County, Texas, some 50 miles east of El Paso."
The news affiliate (KFOX) has posted photos of the incursion on their website. _____________________________________________
Bush administration remains divided on the military threat posed by China's rise The Quadrennial Defense Review report made public last week bluntly states that China is the greatest potential challenge to the U.S. military and is rapidly building up its military.
John Negroponte, the director of national intelligence, by contrast, stated in an annual intelligence threat briefing for Congress that China's rise is similar to that of democratic India. He left out any reference to the threat to Asia or the United States posed by the military buildup. . .
How to deal with China, a communist dictatorship that has reformed economically but not politically, is the subject of a vigorous policy debate inside government.
Some officials -- who dominate the State Department and the intelligence agencies -- consider China a nonthreatening state that will evolve into a benign power through trade and other global economic interaction.
Other officials, however, view China as a growing potential danger, engaged in strategic deception to mask hidden goals and objectives.
I for one hope that China will develop into a benign state. However, I am absolutely opposed to letting our guard down. This is a regime that does not treat its own people with proper respect -- and the only reason, I fear, that tyrants of Beijing don't treat other countries the same way they treat their own citizens is because they lack the power to do so. This article even points out that "Beijing is investing heavily in military force, 'particularly in its strategic arsenal and capabilities designed to improve its ability to project power beyond its borders.'" _____________________________________________
Monday, February 06, 2006
Chinese Newspaper Editor Killed in Beating No, this man, Wu Xianghu, was not killed by Islamic Militants for printing political cartoons of their prophet. He was killed by Chinese police. A lynch-mob of around 50 police officers, to be precise. What did he do to deserve this fate? He "accused them of charging illegal bicycle fees." Nice, huh? This is the character of the Chinese government as it is run by the Tyrants of Beijing.
"China's media have reported a string of torture and coercion cases by police. . . Local media reported widely on the beating, but have been silent on Wu's death, possibly reflecting its sensitivity. Senior traffic police officer Li Xiaoguo was sacked for his role in the incident, Xinhua state news agency reported at the time." _____________________________________________
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Militant Islam: Does Not Play Well With Others Honestly, is Islam the most violent culture in this world? It seems like nearly half the world is inflamed because of a political cartoon. If this is how they react to a political cartoon, how would they react to something more serious? Like, for example, a U.S. court ruling that a restruant chain that requires all employees (including Muslims) to handle pig meat? (Note, I don't think this has happened yet, but I think a lawsuit along these lines is not out of the question sometime in the near future.)
For those people saying that Christianity doesn't have to put up with this kind of blasphemous treatment of their faith, think again. The difference is that when someone speaks ill of the church, or of Christ, Christians do not form violent mobs and take to the streets calling for the death of all non-Christians. We don't even do that (though many of us probably want to) when Muslims undertake unprovoked attacks on civilian populations. The trouble with Muslims is that they think people hate them because they are Muslims. This is not the case at all. And it's not really a matter of hate. Most people distrust Muslims because of the predominance of unprovoked violence in the culture. And I don't care what another non-Muslim has done to you, attacking any random non-Muslim in retaliation is an inhuman act. Here's some advice, if you want to be treated like civilized, moral beings, try acting like it for a change.
Apologies to all Muslims to whom this doesn't apply, but you guys need to be more vocal in condemning this kind of violence, because it hurts you too. In fact, this sort of behavior, in my opinion, does more to harm civilized, moral Muslims than to any other group.
Anyway, here are some of the stories relating to this matter:
---------Update 19: Protests Grow Over Mohammed Drawings
---------Rioters clash with police over prophet cartoons
---------Jerusalem Post publishes Mohammed cartoons
---------Iranians hurl petrol bombs at Austrian embassy
---------Killings at cartoon protests
---------New protests erupt in cartoon row
---------Cartoon protests rage around the world
---------No.10 backs action against cartoon protests
---------Muslim cartoon fury claims lives
And from around the blogosphere:
---------Islamic Society of Denmark Used Fake Cartoons to Create Story!
---------Bloggers On The Cartoons
--------- Four people have died as demonstrations against cartoons satirizing the Prophet Mohammed intensify
---------[Freedom] Wake up call for Europe?
---------Islam's bad image
---------The Cartoon War and The War
---------Muslim Rioters Prove Danish Cartoonist Right: Mohammed Did Not Teach Peace! _____________________________________________
China Poised to Kill US Spy Satellites? This is troubling:
Beijing announced plans last week to build a high-frequency radar on the South Pole. Analysts say the radar could be used to disrupt U.S. intelligence satellites. . . National security analysts say the South Pole site, because of its remoteness, could be used by China to develop anti-satellite lasers capable of blinding or disrupting U.S. reconnaissance satellites, most of which pass over the pole. . . China's space program, unlike the U.S. space program, is directly related to Chinese military operations.(1)
My question is why are we still giving China preferential trade status? The more we do business with them, the more money they will have to build better offensive weaponry. Considering China's actions in Tibet(2), and their very public and brazen promises that "the Chinese people and armed forces will resolutely and thoroughly crush [Taiwanese independence] at any cost,"(3) we should be viewing China as a real military threat... not trading with them.
If China's imperialist history is not enough of a reason to view them as a threat, consider that "China is stepping up its overt and covert efforts to gather intelligence and technology in the United States."(4)
Come on. How much more do you need? The People's Republic of China has conquered one sovereign nation; they have promised to conquer another one; and they are spying on us. What are the odds that the base on the South Pole has a purpose that is hostile to other countries (like the United States, for example)?
(1) "China radar at South Pole could sabotage U.S. spy satellites" World Tribune.com, 2006, February 02, paras 1, 3, & 6, http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/06/front2453769.0986111113.html.
(2) World Mediawatch, and BBC Monitoring. "China announces "civilizing" atheism drive in Tibet," BBC News, Monitoring, 1999 January 12, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/monitoring/253345.stm.
(3) Hu Xiao. "White Paper: Strong army ensures China unity," China Daily, 2004 December 27, para. 10, http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-12/27/content_403719.htm.
(4) Gertz, Bill. "Thefts of U.S. technology boost China's weaponry," The Washington Times, 2005 June 27, para. 1, http://www.washtimes.com/specialreport/20050627-124855-6747r.htm.
News Politics News and Politics China Laser People's Republic of China PRC Chinese Agression Imperialism Espionage Chinese Espionage _____________________________________________
European Satires of Mohammed Draw Ire of Muslims Newspapers across Europe have reprinted caricatures of the Prophet [Mohammed] to show support for a Danish paper whose cartoons have sparked Muslim outrage. . . The caricatures include drawings of [Mohammed] wearing a headdress shaped like a bomb, while another shows him saying that paradise was running short of virgins for suicide bombers.
I like it. Does anyone remember how Mohammed behaved? He was a conqueror. He spread Islam by the sword. It's not that far a stretch to portray the founder of the so-called religion of peace as a militant jihadist.
After Mohammed's death, Islam continued to be spread by the sword into Christian lands. The Muslims tried to overrun Europe and were only stopped by the heroic actions of Charles Martel at the Battle of Tours.
I am getting sick and tired of people saying that all of this Islamic aggression is just a response to the Crusades, and that Christians are responsible for all the problems. The Battle of Tours was in 732. The Crusades didn't start until 1095, when Pope Urban II authorized the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont.
The Crusades were a response to the overrunning of formerly Christian lands by Muslims. It looks like the Europeans are beginning to notice that the same thing is happening again. Muslims are immigrating to Europe in ever increasing numbers. They speak out against European lifestyles, and criticize Europeans, yet cry foul whenever someone speaks ill of Islam. Now the Europeans are beginning to strike back -- with political cartoons. And we see the hypocritical Muslims crying foul again. I love it when practitioners of the religion of peace resort to death threats. It shows us who they really are.
Or maybe they really aren't like that. Maybe most Muslims are good people who want only to peacefully coexist. But if that's the case, we need to start hearing from them in a big way, because if the violent Muslims are only a minority, they are a very vocal minority. _____________________________________________
"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."