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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

The Language Barrier

I rolled into Manassas, Virginia this evening and decided the first thing I needed to do was satisfy my addiction to Chinese food. I'm not overly familiar with the area but I knew where all the retail stores were and I also knew that in one of the strip centers here there would be a Chinese resaurant. There always is. I prefer the small carryout shop as opposed to the big Chinese buffets because I have this strange inability to stop eating the stuff. If a buffet table has twelve kinds of chicken (General Tsao's, Honey, Barbecue, Sesame, etc.), I will go for all twelve. It is an awful thing to watch.

Well, this evening I ran into a dilemma. It had to do with the language barrier. I pulled up to this small restaurant that had the name "Rho Nguyen" on the facade of the building. Hmm. I looked closely at the door and windows to see the familiar "Chinese Carryout," or "Chinese Quisine," or something. Nothing. So is Rho Nguyen Chinese?

The thought went through my mind of an incident several years ago in Chicago. I walked into a restaurant thinking that it was Chinese. It was Philipino. I accepted my error and asked for a menu. Twenty minutes later, I'm still trying to figure out what phanduong pot is. My creative mind was racing. I ended up ordering something that looked like beef and hoped for the best.

I had a similar incident in El Paso about five years ago. I was travelling there regularly and, because I was focused on a business project, I had made no attempt to get out at night and take part in the local quisine. A friend was shocked when I told him I had never tasted the Mexican food the whole time I was there in El Paso. It was suggested that what I needed to do was to walk across the Rio Grande into Juarez and try the food there. I had no burning desire to get my head handed to me over there so I made the decision to go out one night and find some honest-to-God Mexican food - on the El Paso side of the river.

I drove around for a while, looking at several restaurants but each one made me feel like, when I entered, I'd be the only gringo in the place and that nobody would be able to speak English. So I ended up at Taco Bell. Excellent Mexican by the way.

So this evening I had to decide if I was going to try "Rho Nguyen." As I was starting to enter, something came to mind - the name of the last president of South Vietnam before it surrendered to the North Vietnamese in 1975 (I know. I'm the only remaining person on earth who knows who that was. I was always great at Jeopardy.) His name was Nguyen Van Thieu.


This was a Vietnamese restaurant. And Vietnamese would not satisfy my craving -- at least I don't think it would. Besides I hear they eat dogs over there. So I got back in my car and found the "Chinese Palace." Yes. Oh, yes.

I sit here now, two hours later, completely bloated and uncomfortable. But at least I don't have to worry about some dog having bought the farm at my expense. As it turned out, it was only a chicken. A very tasty one to be sure.

Your Tax Dollars At Work

PBS, the broadcasting company that you own and pay dearly for, has decided that it had better not allow for the possibility that God in fact might have created the heavens and the earth.

PBS Station Bans Science Documentary on Intelligent Design Theory

By: Staff Discovery Institute January 4, 2005

SEATTLE, JAN. 4 - KNME, a local PBS station in Albuquerque New Mexico, has banned “Unlocking the Mystery of Life,” a science documentary about intelligent design. According to KNME’s website the program was originally scheduled to air Friday, Jan. 7 at 9pm, and it was still listed there on Monday afternoon. According to New Mexico scientist Phil Robinson who worked with KNME staff to arrange for the documentary to air, Monday morning he found out by accident that the show had been pulled and newspaper advertising for it had been cancelled, just four days before it was to air. “It is simply astounding that a public television station would engage in this sort of politically-correct censorship ,” said Rob Crowther, director of communications for Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. “Public television usually prides itself in exploring new ideas, not suppressing them. Doesn’t anyone at KNME believe in free speech?.”

“Unlocking the Mystery of Life” is a 58-minute program exploring what DNA reveals about the origin of life and documents how some scientists are skeptical about naturalistic explanations for the origin of genetic information and looking to theories of design instead. Employing state of the art computer animation and other visuals, the documentary follows the development of intelligent design theory through interviews with key design scientists such as biochemistry professor Michael Behe of Lehigh University, biologist Dean Kenyon of San Francisco State University, mathematician William Dembski of Baylor University, microbiologist Scott Minnich of the University of
Idaho, and Cambridge-trained philosopher of science Stephen Meyer. (link)

"Intelligent design," in case you aren't familiar with the term, refers to Creation. Genesis. It has become a useful term for scientists who are grappling with the idea that we are not an accident of nature, somehow having crawled out of the swamps in amoeba protozoan form and now find ourselves driving SUV's and sporting i-pods. They cannot - yet - utter the word, "God." But some of them are inching their way to that point.

But not with the help of your company. Perhaps you should have a talk with your employees at PBS.

So Much For The Coat Hanger Defense

Do you remember when, several months ago, self-styled comedian Whoopi Goldberg stood in front of like-minded feminists, waving a coat hanger and shouting that we will never go back to the days when women had to perform abortions on themselves because abortion was illegal and they had nowhere to turn? I just finished one of Michael Crichton's earlier works, the name of which I've already forgotten, in which he throws out a statistic, that 1,000,000 women had illegal abortions in the bad old day, that is impossible to substantiate but has always been highly dubious.

The argument these people make about needing to keep abortion legal so that women don't have to return to the days of back-alley abortions falls apart when you read news like this:

Trauma-induced birth killed fetus

An autopsy didn't determine if it could have lived outside its teen mother's womb.

By Edward L. Cardenas / The Detroit News

RICHMOND TOWNSHIP -- An autopsy of a fetus found buried in a Richmond Township back yard failed to show if it could have survived outside the mother's womb, the Macomb County medical examiner said Wednesday.

The fetus died of premature birth associated with trauma to the mother, according to chief medical examiner Dr. Daniel Spitz. It was a male, about 6 months old, but it was too decomposed to tell whether it would have been viable outside the womb, Spitz said.

"(The autopsy) was difficult. It was many weeks since it was delivered," Spitz said. "It is impossible to tell if the child had breathed or had a heartbeat."

Once the report is completed, it will then be up to the prosecutor's office to determine what charges could be brought against the 16-year-old parents.

Police say they induced a miscarriage when the boyfriend hit the girlfriend in the abdomen with a miniature baseball bat over the course of several weeks.[my emphasis] (link)

Before you let your heart go out to the young mother, read this subsequent article and you'll learn that she and her loving boyfriend planned the clubbing as a means of killing the little boy. No reason has been given for their not driving into Detroit and visiting one of the many abortion clinics there where, depending on your circumstances, the facility will perform the abortion for free. They probably didn't want to miss "Jerry Springer" on television. In any case, this makes Whoopi Goldberg look rather sorry. Oh by the way, if I recall correctly, she bragged in her autobiography about having had five abortions herself in the past. A role model for the youth of Richmond Township, Michigan.

We Have A Long Way To Go

Much was made in the November election about the "moral values" vote. Whether or not it was the biggest reason for the surge in Republican turnout, it was surely a factor. But events, like those playing out in a Philadelphia courtroom, send the clear message that we have a long way to go in order to drive all the amoral scum (particularly judges) out of office.

Christian Protestors Face 47 Years in Jail for Encounter at 'Gay Pride' Event

CNSNews.com ^ December 16, 2004 Randy Hall

Four people who were arrested during a confrontation at an annual homosexual pride event in Philadelphia could spend up to 47 years in prison for public reading of Scripture, an attorney for a pro-family organization said on Thursday.

Brian Fahling, senior trial attorney for the American Family Association (AFA) Center for Law and Policy, is representing the group in court. He claims the Christian activists are being persecuted simply for exercising their constitutional rights.

"They were exercising their First Amendment rights in a public forum, and we have videotape that demonstrates that," Fahling said.

The case began on Oct. 10, when Repent America Director Michael Marcavage and 10 other persons preached and read verses from the Bible during an annual "gay pride" event known as "Outfest" in Philadelphia.

Fahling said that a video of the confrontation showed Marcavage speaking through a bullhorn while he and his supporters were "being shouted down by irate gay activists."
However, city officials told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the video did not show the start of the confrontation, when they said Marcavage tried to interrupt an onstage performance with his preaching and then disobeyed a police order to move to the perimeter of the "block party" to avoid the potential for violence.

"They were not prohibited from preaching," said Karen Brancheau, a lawyer for the district attorney's office. "A reasonable request was made to prevent a situation from becoming dangerous to their own safety, as well as the safety of the participants." Charges were later dropped against seven people in the "Philadelphia 11" because they were not seen quoting Scripture on a videotape of the incident.

However, the remaining four individuals have been ordered to stand trial on three felony counts -- criminal conspiracy, ethnic intimidation and riot -- and five misdemeanor charges. If convicted, Fahling said, they could face up to 47 years in prison.

Charles Ehrlich, the city prosecutor in the case, has called the Christian protestors "hateful" and referred to preaching the Bible as using "fighting words."

Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge William Austin Meehan has banned the protestors from doing any type of evangelism within 100 yards of any "gay and lesbian event."

This past week, U.S. District Judge Petrese B. Tucker denied emergency relief from prosecution despite video footage Fahling calls "undisputed evidence" that the group cooperated with police and were continually harassed by members of a homosexual organization called the Pink Angels. Then on Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit turned down a similar appeal.

Since the federal courts did not intervene, the last route for the group to avoid trial would be an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, Fahling said "First, symbols of Christianity are removed from the public square; now, Christians are facing 47 years in prison because they preached the gospel in the public square. Stalin would be proud," Fahling concluded. (link)

Exalt the homosexuals. Jail the Christians. 47 years. This is what we're up against, folks.