Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Last night on Hannity and Colmes, Alan Colmes actually seemed to think that putting a Koran in a toilet should not be a hate crime. Will wonders never cease? Alas, though, poor Alan could not shake his fear of losing his status as an intellectual. He had to make his offering to the PC gods by harping on the intolerance of the person who flushed the Koran. He presented intolerance as if it were Satan incarnate (Alan probably doesn’t believe in Satan, but you get the idea).
According to Merriam-Webster, tolerate means “to allow to be or to be done without hindrance”. So by definition, if we are to never be intolerant then we must allow everything. We must allow murder, rape, and theft. We must allow wife beating and pedophilia. We must allow violence and intimidation. If we try to hinder such things we are intolerant.
The idea that we must tolerate everything stems from the idea that there is no absolute truth. If there are no absolutes, everything has to be tolerated because there is no reason not to tolerate it. Western society continues to give up its Judea-Christian foundation. As that foundation erodes, so does any belief in absolute truth. The secularists will say that is as it should be.
Secularists will argue that strongly held religious beliefs breed hatred of those who are different. That is total nonsense. The issue is not whether people believe in absolutes. The issue is what those absolutes are. Religions are not all created equal. Does the Christian ideal of loving one’s enemies produce the same kind of world that is produced by the Islamic ideal of subduing the infidels?
The refusal to acknowledge the existence of absolute truth is nothing but intellectual laziness. If everyone tolerates everything, there is no need to think about what is really right and wrong. There is no need to take the risk of coming up with the wrong answer. This worship of tolerance is no different from the Islamic worship of intolerance. Anything un-Islamic must be irradicated. No thinking is required or desired. These are two sides of the same coin and the coin is totally counterfeit.
Intolerance in and of itself is not wrong. Western culture cannot survive unless we muster up the moral courage to believe in absolutes. What we don’t tolerate does matter. Giving up our constitutional rights in order to tolerate Islamic sharia will doom us to nothing but death and slavery.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Michelle Malkin has the Senate roll call on her site. She includes this comment:
"This fight is not over. There still is a final conference
report to be hashed out. Keep your phones lit. The Senate Dems need to hear from
I don't understand all the ins and outs of Senate procedures, but I have emailed my Senator just the same to voice my displeasure at his 'nay' vote. So let these Senators know what you think. It may still do some good.
When you look at the role call, notice the fence-sitting of Senator Obama. Was he afraid to vote 'yes' and lose all those Muslim votes that his Muslim family will get him? Was he afraid to vote 'no' and lose the other votes he thinks he can get? This man is not to be trusted.
It turns out that Mr. Arman, a Somalian immigrant, is quite a fan of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU). The ICU attempted to take over Somalia last year and oust the UN backed government. As the name indicates, the ICU began as dispensers and enforcers of Islamic law (Sharia) in Somalia. During its time in power, the ICU was in the process of imposing strict Sharia on Somalia. Since the ICU has been forced from power it has been discovered that they were fostering terrorist cells. The US State Department believes that the ICU has been controlled by al-Qaeda.
One of the responsibilities of the Franklin County Criminal Justice Planning Board is Homeland Security for Central Ohio. Can we afford to have a board member who appears to approve of having terrorists run Somalia? In other writings, Mr. Arman has shown admiration for terrorists such as Yusuf al-Qaradawi. Mr. Arman’s writings also indicate that he doesn’t think the threat of terrorist activity in the United States is very severe. It seems to me quite imprudent to have this man on a board that oversees Homeland Security.
The Criminal Justice Planning Board is about more than Homeland Security. Part of the board’s responsibility is…. Criminal Justice. Criminal law in the United States of America is based on laws that have been created by duly elected representatives of the citizens of this country. Sharia is not a part of that. Mr. Arman approves of the ICU. The ICU wants to impose Sharia in Somalia. What are Mr. Arman’s thoughts concerning Sharia for the Somali community in central Ohio? Is there a conflict of interest?
While I cannot answer all of the questions I have raised here, I think it is the duty of the Franklin County Commissioners to investigate Mr. Arman’s fitness for the position he holds on the Criminal Planning Justice Board.
Write the commissioners to request an inquiry.
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SEC. 137. IMMUNITY FOR REPORTING SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES
AND MITIGATING TERRORIST THREATS RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION SECURITY.
Immunity for Reporting Suspicious Behavior- Any person who makes or causes to be
made a voluntary disclosure of any suspicious transaction, activity or
occurrence indicating that an individual may be engaging or preparing to engage
in a matter described in subsection (b) to any employee or agent of the
Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Transportation, the
Department of Justice, any Federal, State, or local law enforcement officer, any
transportation security officer, or to any employee or agent of a transportation
system shall be immune from civil liability to any person under any law or
regulation of the United States, any constitution, law, or regulation of any
State or political subdivision of any State, for such disclosure.
Disclosures- The matter referred to in subsection (a) is a possible violation or
attempted violation of law or regulation relating--
(1) to a threat to
transportation systems or passenger safety or security; or
(2) to an act of
terrorism, as defined in section 3077 of title 18, United States Code, that
involves or is directed against transportation systems or passengers.
Immunity for Mitigation of Threats- Any person, including an owner, operator or
employee of a transportation system, who takes reasonable action to mitigate a
suspicious matter described in subsection (b) shall be immune from civil
liability to any person under any law or regulation of the United States, any
constitution, law, or regulation of any State or political subdivision of any
State, for such action.
(d) Limitation on Application- Subsection (a) shall
not apply to a statement or disclosure by a person that, at the time it is made,
is known by the person to be false.
(e) Attorney Fees and Costs- If a person
is named as a defendant in a civil lawsuit for making voluntary disclosures of
any suspicious transaction or taking actions to mitigate a suspicious matter
described in subsection (b), and the person is found to be immune from civil
liability under this section, the person shall be entitled to recover from the
plaintiff all reasonable costs and attorney's fees as allowed by the
(f) Retroactive Application- This section shall apply to activities
and claims occurring on or after November 20, 2006.
Note that this is retroactive to November 20, 2006 in order to protect the passengers who have been sued by the flying imams and their handlers from CAIR.
To refresh your memory: Several months ago a group of imams (hence know as the flying imams) behaved in a manner on on a U.S. Ariways flight that other passsengers thought was suspicious. The behavior was reported and the flying imams were eventually removed from the plane. The flying imams later decided to sue the airline and the 'John Doe' passengers who reported them. The essence of the King amendment (so named because it was proposed by Rep. Peter King of New York) is to protect citizens who in good-faith report suspicious behavior.
For more information see Andy McArthy's article. Also Michelle Malkin's blog.
We need to contact our representatives now to make sure this amendment is passed.
Contact Nancy Pelosi, too.
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”
I sometimes feel that I am neglecting my children. I spend a considerable amount of time watching the news, reading the news, listening to the news and reading blogs. I spend time discussing all this information with my husband and I write for my own blog. I also read books to get background on the events of times we live in. When I’m really vexed, I write my Senators and Congressman.
So sometimes my girls watch a little too much television. Sometimes they fight with each other without my intervention. Sometimes the little one gets left in her highchair a bit longer than she needs to be.
The immigration situation is out of control in this country and all that our Senate can do is try to ram their (and the President’s) agenda down our throats. We are faced with creeping Sharia and the threat of Islamic violence. Free speech is under attack. (Can you say Fairness Doctrine? Sure, I knew you could.) Public education has turned into PC indoctrination.
What is a mother to do? As I look at the long term I feel the need to become more and more of an activist. A big part of that is to urge my fellow Americans to take the same approach. While I don’t want to advocate neglecting our children in the short term, sometimes sacrifices have to be made. If we want our children to have the opportunity to be good parents some day, we may have to be less than ideal parents now.
We can make a difference. Learn a lesson from the Senate immigration bill. When we talk loudly enough, even our Imperial Senators listen. We need to educate ourselves so we can fight for our country, and fight for our freedoms. Then we need to be persistent in spreading the information we gain. Our elected officials at all levels need to know what we think.
Take a look in the mirror this Fourth of July. Who do you see? Is it a person who is going to kick back, eat a burger, watch a parade and let everything we have slip away? Or is it someone who is going to be inspired to help keep this country strong and turn the wolf away from the door? Today is the day to decide who you really want to be.