Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Wright's Press Club Appearance...

...organized by a Hillary supporter? This column seems to indicate that. Yet another front in Operation Chaos! Absolutely hilarious!

Sunday, April 27, 2008

FLDS Raid Constitutes "Class-Action Child Removal"

This story is a good update on the current legal situation surrounding the recent removal of over 400 children from their parents. Some key sections:

The move has the appearance of "a class-action child removal," said Jessica Dixon, director of the child advocacy center at Southern Methodist University's law school in Dallas.

"I've never heard of anything like that," she said.

Rod Parker, a spokesman for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, contends that the state has essentially said, "If you're a member of this religious group, then you're not allowed to have children."

That last sentence should give you quite a shiver down your spine...

Friday, April 25, 2008

Nancy Pelosi: Bible Scholar?

'Fraid not. From CNSNews.com:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is fond of quoting a particular passage of Scripture. The quote, however, does not appear in the Bible and is "fictional," according to biblical scholars.

In her April 22 Earth Day news release, Pelosi said, "The Bible tells us in the Old Testament, 'To minister to the needs of God's creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.' On this Earth Day, and every day, let us pledge to our children, and our children's children, that they will have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature."


Food Crisis Follow-Up

Here's an even better explanation for the rising food prices: ethanol, which consumes 30% of US corn production! Great, and less efficient, too? Awesome...

CIA's Syrian nuclear reactor video

Watch the CIA's video about Syria's covert nuclear reactor here.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Landmarks of Conservatism: Reagan's "A Time for Choosing"

Ronald Reagan's speech "A Time for Choosing" (video | transcript) delivered in support of Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign powerfully exposes the many failures of American liberalism. It's clearly one of Reagan's best, and it's just as relevant today as ever.

It's undeniably thrilling to listen to Reagan condemn excessive taxation, short-sighted pacifism, the welfare state, farm subsidies, Social Security, compulsory national health care, inflation, the U.N., wasteful foreign aid, and socialism. But for me, listening to this speech was not without sadness. As I listened, I came to the realization that our country will never elect a politician like this again.

Finally: A Reality Show I Might Watch

Fox is planning a new show, tentatively called Bad Dads, about getting justice for women with deadbeat ex-husbands. It still might not end up being that uplifting to watch, but at least it's for a good cause. At any rate, it's way better than the usual make-out-with-a-stranger-in-a-tub-of-insects variety.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Stop Reading This and GO BUY RICE!

In case you haven't heard, the price of rice is OUT OF CONTROL. Here is an interesting news video to prove it. Here's a bit more information from the Guardian. Apparently, this is due to mainly 1.) the rice shortage in the Philippines and 2.) people in Asia eating lots more of it. I don't get that...

To combat rising domestic prices, major rice-exporting countries have stopping shipping so much, thus decreasing the amount of rice on the world market. Here in North America a number of Filipino residents have been filling shipping containers with rice and sending them to the Philippines themselves. Also, restaurant owners have been laying in a supply to combat future price increases. All this has now made its way to your local Sam's (if you live in California).

The Rice council guy on the NBC story confidently states that we have plenty of rice here. Also, the story itself admits that much of this situation is media hype. For example, people in Africa and Haiti are rioting about the rice prices--but its probably more to do with their dictatorial systems of government. We are not soon to join in here in America. Everyone needs to sit back and chill while the MARKET "fixes" this "problem."

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Ben Stein's "EXPELLED" box office results

Ben Stein's new documentary "EXPELLED: No Intelligence Allowed" is doing very well at the box office. It came in tenth over the weekend in the third largest opening of a documentary ever, instantly making it the 30th highest grossing documentary.

I saw it yesterday. It's very good. If you haven't seen the trailer, check it out here. (Are you really surprised that the "EXPELLED" trailer does not show up on Apple's trailer site, while the dismal flop "Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?" does?)

Do yourself a favor and see this movie!

Happy Earth Day: Grab a Sweater

An Earth Day celebration in Canada was nearly canceled due to blizzard conditions. Global warming is never there when you need it! I think today would be a great time for us to turn on all the appliances and lights in our homes, take a few one-person-in-the-car trips around our neighborhoods in the least fuel efficient vehicle we own, and maybe even burn some grass clippings (if this is illegal in your town, you might have to make an *extra* trip into the country or something). All the people in the world burning a pile of leaves at the same time would have about as much of an effect as everyone jumping at the same moment--ZERO.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

FLDS: Waco, the Sequel

First off, let me admit that I know very little of the details concerning the recent removal of over 400 children from the FLDS ranch in Texas. Let me also state that I do not endorse either their religious beliefs or social practices. However, Karen has been reading some disturbing stories on The Common Room blog, to which I would direct your attention. The whole blog has become something of a clearing house for information (transcripts, news reports, etc.) about this event.

From the beginning, the government has handled this case in an appalling manner. From the now false anonymous accusation that led to the initial investigation of the compound, to the illegal warrant used to search that compound and remove children from their mothers' care, to the judge's unwillingness to reinstate custody for these children even after promises to leave the FLDS group (a decision that took all of five minutes), Texas law enforcement and judicial officers have encroached upon several basic rights guaranteed in the constitution.

While the charge of polygamy does tend to raise eyebrows (as it should), it is interesting to note that no one inside the FLDS compound was actually married to more than one person. In a sense, the group's activities are similar to other (more culturally relevant) groups who also promote multiple partners in the name of freedom, etc. Far more shocking is where the logic takes us. Suppose the government doesn't like my religion (I'm one of those wacky homeschoolers, after all--and an Independent Baptist to boot). Should they be allows to remove my children until they "assess the situation" for themselves? I certainly hope not.

Anyway, do some catching up on this unusual and chilling story. I believe some of your initial reactions will be confronted and redirected, as were some of mine. Whenever government officials can be seen separating child from parent, we should ask some very tough questions.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

T4G

Sorry for not posting in a bit, but I'm at this.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Ben Stein on Hannity & Colmes

Ben Stein discusses his new movie Expelled on H&C. Thanks to Dad for the heads up. It's pretty amazing that we have such open talk of God as the Creator on such a mainstream and highly-rated news program (even given its conservative leanings). It seems like the curtain is starting to fall...

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Prayer and Scripture Back In Public Schools

...if you are Muslim. Minnesota taxpayers are financing a public Muslim charter school. The school features mandatory prayers and Qu'ran study:

Arriving on a Friday, the Muslim holy day, she
[a substitute teacher] says she was told that the day's schedule included a "school assembly" in the gym after lunch.

Before the assembly, she says she was told, her duties would include taking her fifth-grade students to the bathroom, four at a time, to perform "their ritual washing."

Afterward, Getz said, "teachers led the kids into the gym, where a man dressed in white with a white cap, who had been at the school all day," was preparing to lead prayer. Beside him, another man "was prostrating himself in prayer on a carpet as the students entered."

"The prayer I saw was not voluntary," Getz said. "The kids were corralled by adults and required to go to the assembly where prayer occurred."

Islamic Studies was also incorporated into the school day. "When I arrived, I was told 'after school we have Islamic Studies,' and I might have to stay for hall duty," Getz said. "The teachers had written assignments on the blackboard for classes like math and social studies. Islamic Studies was the last one -- the board said the kids were studying the Qu'ran. The students were told to copy it into their planner, along with everything else. That gave me the impression that Islamic Studies was a subject like any other."

After school, Getz's fifth-graders stayed in their classroom and the man in white who had led prayer in the gym came in to teach Islamic Studies. TIZA has in effect extended the school day -- buses leave only after Islamic Studies is over. Getz did not see evidence of other extra-curricular activity, except for a group of small children playing outside. Significantly, 77 percent of TIZA parents say that their "main reason for choosing TIZA ... was because of after-school programs conducted by various non-profit organizations at the end of the school period in the school building," according to a TIZA report. TIZA may be the only school in Minnesota with this distinction.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Today's Goldberg Column

Jonah Goldberg's "The Genocide Loophole" addresses the false (and largely irrelevant) distinction between genocide, as defined by the UN, and "ordinary" mass-murder. This is the same false logic that has given us the "hate crime," where a person's racial or other bias adds weight to the already horrific crime. Whether it is the murder of many or of one, murder is evil in its own right. We need not look for distinctions that tend to dilute the evil of some forms of murder while accentuating the evil of other forms. Thanks to Travis for the heads up!

6,000 New Centrifuges In Iran

Meanwhile, the Democrats are too busy trying to get our troops out of the region. Saddam's Iraq may end up looking like a couple of punk kids with sling-shots when Iran is finished flexing its nuclear muscle. Usually, they tell us the debate is over. On Iran, it doesn't look like we are even going to get to start it...until it's too late. McCain: Get your head in the game!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Joke

Q. Hillary and Obama were on a boat. The boat sank. Who was saved?

A. America!

(told by Dad)

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Condi For VP?

This story seems to suggest that Condi Rice is actively seeking the VP slot on the McCain ticket. This seems both good and bad.

The Good: Most obviously, Rice offers balance to the ticket in the areas of gender and race, for those Americans who care about such things (a large number, from what I have seen recently). This would effectively neutralize the "advantage" of either Clinton or Obama--or at least cause even more confusion and frustration on the Democrat side. As a side benefit, McCain would avoid running on an "all-old-white-men" ticket (an ominous notion indeed). Perhaps more importantly, she would strengthen McCain's claim that he represents experience. Rice is a brilliant stateswoman with large reserves of good sense and decency. She knows the danger posed by Islamic terrorists and rogue dictators.

The Bad: Pragmatically, Rice would represent, rightly so or not, a clear extension of the current Bush administration. This might actually count as a "good thing" to many Republicans, but we should not underestimate Bush-fatigue. People like new things whether they are better than the old things or not. There's a reason Obama can get away with talking about change solely for the sake of change. Of more concern, Rice is not really all that conservative. Yes, she is pro-war on terror, but she is also pro-abortion and pro- a number of other liberal items (I hope this won't be enough to derail Stephen's support for a McCain-Rice ticket). The real balance McCain should be seeking is to balance his obsession with liberal policy and politics. Why not just choose a conservative and win in a landslide?

Friday, April 4, 2008

On the Wrong Track?

A new poll claims that 81% of Americans think we are on the "wrong track." 78% said the country is worse off than 5 years ago while only 4% said it was better off. The war in Iraq is going well so this view seems to stem from the idea that we just maybe, possibly, could be almost in a recession. Of course, people's individual finances are actually doing quite well. Over 70% of respondents said their financial situation was either "fairly good " or "very good." What?

How does this number jive with the other numbers? This situation has resulted from the drive-by media's constant drumbeat against the economy. Presidential candidates (all three of them) may also share in the blame--perhaps even the current president. From the extremely-bloated home mortgage crisis to all the fuss over a "stimulus" package, the American public has few voices of sanity and reality at their disposal.

We are absolutely the richest nation on the face of the earth and throughout all history. Even the poorest of our citizens has two cars and a big-screen TV. I suppose it would be technically possible for us to have even more, but really, how about a little perspective? But it's often just easier to blame someone else for the difficulties in your life. Why not quit whining and waiting for the government to swoop down and give you even more of other people's money and do something productive? America is a place where poor people can prosper--cut up your credit cards, quit buying stuff you can't afford and GET WITH IT.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Quotable

The past shows unvaryingly that when a people's freedom disappears, it goes not with a bang, but in silence amid the comfort of being cared for. That is the dire peril in the present trend toward statism. If freedom is not found accompanied by a willingness to resist, and to reject favors, rather than to give up what is intangible but precarious, it will not long be found at all.

- Richard Weaver, 1962


Quoted by Jonah Goldberg in Liberal Fascism. Have you read it yet? You should!

Hillary Fired From Watergate Investigation

Did you know Hillary worked on the Watergate investigation? Neither did I (or good for you, if you said yes). Apparently, she was fired for lying and unethical behavior (shocking). This does go against "Operation Chaos" somewhat, but that seems to be going well enough to risk it! This part seems familiar:

"Hillary then removed all the Douglas files to the offices where she was
located, which at that time was secured and inaccessible to the public,”
Zeifman said. Hillary then proceeded to write a legal brief arguing there was
no precedent for the right to representation by counsel during an
impeachment proceeding – as if the Douglas case had never occurred.

The brief was so fraudulent and ridiculous, Zeifman believes Hillary would
have been disbarred if she had submitted it to a judge.