Archive for February, 2006

Freedom’s JusT AnotheR Word for Nothing Left to Lose

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

Yahoo News When Freedom’s Just Another Weapon raises several issues.

“In the war on terror, as during the cold war, the ultimate weapon has been freedom: free elections, free speech, free trade, for instance. But Hamas’s win in the Palestinian vote, protests over the Muhammad cartoons, and a US debate over an Arab firm managing six American ports have raised doubts about freedom’s worth.”

In all three cases, the values of democracy, equality, and openness appear to some people as working against the cause of defeating Islamic terrorists by promoting freedom. Enemies are seen as using the “weapons” meant to defeat them, somewhat like Lenin’s warning that capitalists will sell someone the rope with which they themselves could be hung.

As a result of this perception of liberty being turned against liberty, some in the West are tempted to retreat from these principles, which are the legacy of the Enlightenment and the bedrock of civilization and progress.

Hmmm..let us examine this shall we.
The first claim is that in the aftermath of the Danish cartoons, no Western government has stood tall in defending the liberty of free speech. The fear of retribution from militant Muslims has cowed some voices that normally cherish this right.

I concede this is valid and quite alarming actually.

The second claim is that free trade, too, has taken a knock with the reaction in the US over news of a company from the United Arab Emirates that’s taken over operations of ports in Miami, New York, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Baltimore, and New Jersey. Stereotyping has kicked in, and this one involves racism against any Arab entity owning a vital piece of the US economy, especially one that could be an entry point for terrorist weapons.

Stereotyping???
Our Muzlim ahem…associate’s record is replete with examples of violence and bloodletting,..um…The World Trade Center ring any bells perhaps?
They have exhibited extreme and passionate contempt for both Israel and the “West”.
And they reassure us that the company “has been well screened by the federal government?” If that wasn’t so frightening it may actually be comical.

The third claim lies in the Hamas election victory. Both the US and Israel have turned their backs on this result of ahem…cough cough..this “democracy” because of Hamas’s past support for attacks on Israeli civilians and its denial of Israel’s right to exist.

Clearly liberal thinkers have lost their intellectual sheen. In the name of the Universal value of Freedom – Israel and the U.S. should overlook past behaviors of attack dogs who systematically supported suicide/homicide bombs on civilians throughout the Land…
People who glorify violent resolutions to problems…….
and the mere, trivial fact that they did not and STILL do not recognize Israel’s right to exist…shouldn’t be met with relentless, feverish scrutiny..but should just be um…overlooked eh?

I know one thing.If you wish to launch an attempt to negatively brand the West and Israel….disengaging from your intellectual roots..is certainly not the way to go.

Protect our Ports.
Protect Israel.
Amen.
oh..and ..by all means publish whatever cartoons you see fit.
This is still a free country ..isn’t it?

Freedom of speech is of no use to a man who has nothing to say and freedom of worship is of no use to a man who has lost his God.

-Franklin D. Roosevelt-

Every general increase of freedom is accompanied by some degeneracy, attributable to the same causes as the freedom.

_Charles Horton Cooley_

What say You?

Go see: Liberty Just in Casefor pictures from the Pro-Freedom Rally outside the D.C. Danish Embassy

EmotioN of the DaY: GratitudE

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Are you the type of person who lights a candle or curses the darkness?

Do you bless everything that comes your way, trusting that its meaning will become clear,even if you can’t possibly see how in the present?

How do you feel about these?

I have so much in life to be thankful for.
I can be awestruck by the beauty of a mountain view or a sunset over the ocean.
I am grateful for being alive.
I am grateful to a wide variety of people.
If I had to list everything that I felt grateful for, it would be a very long list.

Not feeling overly thankful….
Want to increase your ‘gratefulness quotient’?
Include an evening meditation focused on gratitude. Every evening, before you go to sleep, try to come up with a few specific events that occurred that day (as well as some things from life, in general) for which you feel grateful. And yes, even do this on a “bad day”.Heh. You may surprise yourself with what you find.

“If you can’t be thankful for what you receive, be thankful for what you escape.”
-Unknown-

“If the only prayer you say in your life is “thank you,” that would suffice.”
-Meister Eckhart-

Sooooooooo my dear friends,…What are YOU thankful for?

Sure Could UsE a Little GooD NewS TodaY

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Good News is No News- LA Times

“THERE ARE stories you won’t see, hear or read today. The
employment rate is 95.1%. About 29,564 domestic flights took off
and landed without incident. Four million Iraqi children
got safely to school.
Meanwhile, their parents shopped,
drove to work or otherwise went about their daily routines, mostly
— overwhelmingly — without getting assassinated.”

“The foregoing has major implications for how we get our news,
what we conclude from it and our perceptions of life itself. In its
most elementary sense, after all, newsworthiness is built on a
foundation of anomaly — the classic “man bites dog” paradigm. (A
second newsroom aphorism: “Nobody writes about the
planes that land.”)

“Despite any conscious awareness… we internalize what we see,
hear and read. TV imagery, in particular, is bound to have a strong
visceral effect. If what we are shown is a tireless parade of the
dour, dismal and deadly, we can’t help but be affected by it. We
conclude that the world is a pretty ugly place.”

“The overselling of discrete facts — today’s breathless endeavor
to build major “trend stories” out of random events, statistics and
quotes — serves up a circumstantial stew made of a spicy
anecdote or two, and maybe a minor research study, liberally
seasoned with the assertions of a compliant expert (who probably
has a vested interest in the form of a book he’s hawking). It’s
intellectually dishonest.”

Good News eh?
O.K. How bout this for starters?..Heh.

The Associated Press
20 February 2006

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) – “It’s every chocolate lover’s wish that their favorite indulgence could somehow be healthy for them. Now, chocolate makers claim they have granted that wish.

Mars Inc., maker of Milky Way, Snickers and M&M’s candies, next month plans to launch nationwide a new line of products made with a dark chocolate the company claims has health benefits.

Called CocoaVia, the products are made with a kind of dark chocolate high in flavanols, an antioxidant found in cocoa beans that is thought to have a blood-thinning effect similar to aspirin and may even lower blood pressure. The snacks also are enriched with vitamins and injected with cholesterol-lowering plant sterols from soy.”

Healthy chocolate..go figure.
Sure beats hearin bout bird flu and botulism don’t it?

Mosey ArounD to these ArticleS

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Take a walk around cyberspace and check out these posts..well worth it…:)

Mike’s America has a must read bout Democrats, cartoons, and childrens books!

third world country has a very interesting slant on income tax and slavery.

A quick reminder what every American Citizen should know The Original Gobbleblog

The Real Ugly American has an interesting update on the status of women in Europe.

For ongoing insightful posts in general and for this one on continued Muzlim violence see American Crusader

Unreal statistics bout foreign aid to America haters at The Neo Con Blogger

The DenmarK we may not KnoW

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006


Denmark condemns Israeli raid on Syria as unacceptable

Some more enlightening history many may not know about:
Oct 6,2003 :
COPENHAGEN, Israel’s weekend raid on what it said was a Palestinian training camp in Syria was an “unacceptable violation” of Syrian territory, Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller said Monday.

“It is just as well that the UN Security Council is still considering this affair, because it is very serious when one country starts to fly over the territory of other countries,” Moeller said, the Ritzau news agency reported.

Israel launched an air attack early Sunday on what it said was a Palestinian militant training base northwest of Damascus used by the Islamic Jihad and Hamas groups.

“What it said was..?” Either it was a militant training base or it wasn’t. Easily verifiable now isn’t it.

“The raid was in response to a suicide bombing claimed by Islamic Jihad that killed 19 people, plus the bomber, and wounded at least 50 others in the northern Israeli city of Haifa late Saturday.”

And of course this is considered irrelevant somehow?

“Denmark can accept neither the terror nor the escalation… because this never leads to peace, but quite the contrary,” Moeller said. “Peace can only be reached around the negotiating table.”

What table was Denmark referring to exactly? Dining with Muzlims who’s bread and butter consists of convoluted arguments against Westerners and Jews, and who seem to have adopted an unchanging monologue?… Not to mention their fundamental lack of humanity and incessant insistance upon violence.
Well then…what’s on the menu praytell?

DenmarK: Friend or FoE or a little of BotH

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Denmark not always a Friend of Israel

Based on this article May 2002:
“In March before the Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s visit to the White House on March the 20th, Denmark had come under increasing attack by the Spanish EU president for not speaking out against Israeli aggression in the Palestinian controlled areas”.

ahem..Israeli aggression?..Well, that language certainly speaks to the lies and deceptions they have bought into. How unoriginal.

“This has changed, and Denmark now follows the majority of the other EU countries ..in demanding an immediate withdrawal from the Palestinian territories recently reoccupied by Israel.”
Re-Occupied?…hmmm…as in land they won during a war that was waged against them?!

“While the governing parties (the liberal and the conservatives) agree that Denmark should support a peaceful, non-restrictive solution to the Israel-Palestine problem, not everybody in Danish politics shares that view. Both Mogens Lykketoft and Niels Helveg Petersen say that they will be willing to “discuss” economic sanctions against Israel…”

“The left wing in Danish politics is traditionally pro-Palestinian and, in the current situation, wants to see much harsher measures taken against Israel..”

What is it with “left wingers” anyway?..Is it a directional issue? Right-Left, Good-Evil, Right-Wrong… Do they need a moral compass perhaps? Or do they simply suffer from naive ideas of their own grandeur?

On the other hand, there is the RIGHT wing:

“On the right wing, however, Dansk Folkeparti takes a pro-Israeli stance. For example, Søren Espersen suggests to Nordjyske Stiftstidende that the Israelis have no choice and that, if they withdraw from the territories occupied in 1967 (as Un resolutions demand), then that would mean the end of Israel. Søren Espersen thinks that the Arab world still seeks to destroy Israel and that the Saudi peace proposal is empty rhetoric. As long as we do not understand this fundamental drive in the Arab world (the wish to destroy Israel), says Espersen, then we “have not understood the way in which the Arab mind works.” (Nordjyske Stiftstidende, April 7, 2002).”

The way the Arab mind works..let us just ponder that for a moment shall we?

“Israeli diplomats do not go that far..counselor to the Israeli Ambassy in Copenhagen visited Aalborg University where he gave a speech to a large number of students. He said that he was happy to present the Israeli “case” in public because he felt that the Western media only reported from the Palestinian point of view. Then, he proceeded to repeat the same statements that you can hear on BBC and CNN: Israel wants peace, they already offered the Palestinians an independent state, and Israel is, now, simply trying to protect itself against “terrorism”.”

Are left wingers so committed to suffocating truth that they won’t countenance any suggestion
that smacks of reality?
Let me make this REALLLLLLLLLLL simple then.

A COUNTRY HAS A RIGHT TO PROTECT ITSELF FROM TERRORISM.
and by the way…that includes Israel and the United States of America.

PlaY Ball!..well maybe NoT

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006


Denmark may Cancel Soccer Match

“Denmark may cancel a soccer match against Israel because of fear of Muzlim reprisals, according to Israel Army Radio.

The report came Tuesday amid ongoing Muzlim protests following the printing of an editorial cartoon by a Danish newspaper that many Muzlims find offensive. A final decision on the game is expected at the end of February.”

Well isn’t that special?
So the Muzlim killers are still managing to ahem… score points by inducing more FEAR.
Shame on you Denmark.

Interesting ReadS

Monday, February 20th, 2006

Some folks u may care to check out..and as always..tell em Angel sent ya. That ought to be good for somethin. HeH.

A must read Middle Class Guy tackles Child Pornography

For a splash of humor From Behind the Badge has a laugh for ya.

Go have a look at TMH’S take on how children are being treated in schools these day

In LovinG MemorY

Monday, February 20th, 2006


U.S. Marines Devastated after Crash

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. – Ten U.S. service members died when a pair of Marine Corps helicopters from a unit based in North Carolina crashed off the coast of Africa, U.S. military officials confirmed Sunday.

The two CH-53E choppers, carrying a dozen crew and troops from a U.S. counterterrorism force, went down during a training flight.

The Pentagon said the Marines killed in the crash were:

• 1st Lt. Brandon R. Dronet, 33, of Erath, La.
• Sgt. James F. Fordyce, 22, of Newtown Square, Pa.
• Lance Cpl. Samuel W. Large, Jr., 21, of Villa Rica, Ga.
• Sgt. Donnie Leo F. Levens, 25, of Long Beach, Miss.
• Cpl. Matthieu Marcellus, 31, of Gainesville, Fla.
• Sgt. Jonathan E. McColley, 23, of Gettysburg, Pa.
• Lance Cpl. Nicholas J. Sovie, 20, of Ogdensburg, N.Y.
• Capt. Bryan D. Willard, 33, of Hummelstown, Pa.

Also killed in the crash were Senior Airman Alecia S. Good, 23, of Broadview Heights, Ohio, of the 92nd Communications Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash.; and Staff Sgt. Luis M. Melendez Sanchez, 33, of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, of the 1st Communications Squadron, Langley Air Force Base, Va.

Margaret Levens, of Long Beach, Miss., said she was proud that her son, Donnie Levens, had a chance to do what he loved.

“He was there to serve his country and to keep his family and country safe,” Margaret Levens said. “It was what he wanted to do. He was there for us … in fact he had reenlisted for four (more) years.”

We have all spoken of the merciless carnage and the fury that the winds of terrorism have blown.
Wev’e gaped at photographs, especially as of late,of mountains of rubble that used to be embassies and homes.
And now a father, mother, sister or brother, returns home no more.

But when faith is firm, and conscience clear, a mother can hear the sounds of sorrow ,yet still hold her son in her loving memory..knowing “He was there to serve his country and to keep his family and country safe,”

And that he did.

Illegal Immigration BlogBursT

Monday, February 20th, 2006

MINUTEMAN CIVIL DEFENSE CORPS
ANNOUNCES NATIONWIDE ‘SECURE OUR BORDERS’ OPERATION FOR APRIL 2006

(PHOENIX, AZ) February 16, 2006 – Chris Simcox, President of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (“MCDC”), today announced plans for the group’s nationwide “Secure Our Borders” campaign in April 2006. Simcox also announced a new operational structure for the original Minuteman Border Project to meet the growing needs of the continued expansion of Minuteman border security operations.

Thousands of MCDC volunteers, augmented by the new national support team, will hold border watch patrols in northern and southern states along an estimated 800 miles of international borders during the month of April. The Minutemen will observe and report suspected illegal border crossings to the proper authorities. As always, they will maintain a “no contact” policy with the exception of providing emergency water to those illegal aliens found in distress in the wilderness.

Last year, MCDC revolutionized the national debate about border security and illegal immigration by focusing the nation’s attention on the dangers of America’s wide-open borders in a post 9/11 world. The Minutemen have demonstrated that the borders can be secured with sufficient political will and dedication.

Since the MCDC 23-mile border watch in April, 2005, interest in joining and supporting the Minutemen has exploded nationwide. MCDC chapters have been formed in southern and northern border states, as well as interior states. To date, 6,500 men and women have passed the required background check and interviews to qualify to become official Minuteman Border Project volunteers – with more waiting in the queue for approval. Over 120,000 people have become friends of the Minutemen through their support and volunteer work.

Given the success of the Minuteman Border Project efforts, and two successful month long 24/7 operations conducted in April and October of 2005, a new national volunteer operational structure has been launched to support the Minutemen. The new structure is necessary to respond to these thousands of volunteers and supporters asking what they can do to help.

MCDC has asked for and accepted the help of experienced border volunteers who have been on the front lines, some for as long as four years. With this expansion we will be ready for the thousands of volunteers who will participate in the “Secure Our Borders” operation in April 2006. This expansion further solidifies MCDC’s ability to continue the largest neighborhood watch effort in American history. The Minutemen will continue their civil defense operations assisting authorities in securing the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada until properly relieved.

Contact MCDC at (520)829-3112 or info@minutemanhq.com

For more information about MCDC: www.minutemanhq.com

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