Friday, December 09, 2005
... in the secrecy of your own home
... behind locked doors
... with the curtains closed
... in muffled tones
... being careful not to speak His name
... lest ye be accused of violating Art. I, §9, cl. 2. of the United States Constitution and be imprisoned for rest of your life
The anti-Americanism of the Roanoke Times editorial page goes well beyond the war on terror however. Here are a few lines in an editorial this morning that are illustrative:
A global conscienceThis is the sort of language you'd expect to read in Aljazeera or Le Monde or The Guardian. The kind of hatred of America spewed by the likes of Zawahiri or bin Ladin or Howard Dean. But this is coming from a local paper.
The U.S. continues to snub the world's plea to be a better steward.
Australia, the only industrialized nation other than the United States that had refused to sign the Kyoto accord, has discovered its conscience.
America, meanwhile, remains the world's largest sociopath. (link)
It must be particularly afflictive to be forced to live in a country you loathe. Trapped in a community of sociopaths. If I didn't find their attitudes so despicable, I'd feel pity for them.
James Taranto, Best of the Web Today, December 8, 2005 (link)
PACK ISRAEL OFF TO EUROPE: IRAN PREZWhile Democrats in this country talk strategy relating to how best to crawl under a rock and hide, Ahmadinejad talks openly about "wiping Israel off the map." (link) Iran is just months away from having nuclear weapons. It's fair to expect that when Ahmadinejad gets his hands on one, he'll set to that very task.
By Andy Soltis, New York Post
Iran's hard-line president said yesterday that Israel should be moved — to Europe.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also denied the Holocaust took place, but suggested that Europeans felt guilty about Hitler so they encouraged the creation of a Jewish state in the Mideast.
"Some European countries insist on saying that during World War II, Hitler burned millions of Jews and put them in concentration camps," Ahmadinejad told reporters at an Islamic summit in Mecca.
"Although we don't accept this claim, if we suppose it is true, our question for the Europeans is: Is the killing of innocent Jewish people by Hitler the reason for their support to the occupiers of Jerusalem?" (link)
And America will be next on his list.
Stop him. Now. Before it's too late.
What? Can it be true?
And in their normally despicable fashion, these champions of the poor and scourges of the wealthy approve this particular tax break because it affects their own pocketbooks. Get this:
Tax Cut ShowdownIf you get the impression in reading that second paragraph that the editorialist is struggling to hide something, you'd be right.
The House of Representatives passed two major tax-cut bills this week. One deserves to become law; the other deserves to die. It will be up to the Senate to make sure that happens.
On Wednesday, the House overwhelmingly passed a bill that would shield millions of taxpayers from the alternative minimum tax next year. The relief is expensive - costing nearly $30 billion - but it's critical. Without it, many middle-class Americans, who were never the intended target for the alternative tax, would be suddenly forced to pay higher taxes when they filed their 2005 tax returns. (The alternative tax was intended to stop rich people with lots of shelters from escaping their tax burden entirely, but it has
not been changed to reflect inflation or the tax cuts passed under President Bush.) (link)
The Alternative Minimum Tax disproportionately affects New Yorkers.
Here's what you need to know: The Alternative Minimum Tax hits rich New Yorkers harder than rich Floridians in that, when one prepares federal tax forms, you start with gross income and (can most often) deduct such things as state taxes. The Alternative Minimum Tax was set up such that no deductions for state taxes are allowed. Thus grossly high-tax New York is hit hard by the AMT.
I favor the elimination of the tax all together. It is another example of the left trying to kill the rich. What gets me about this editorial is the hypocrisy. These people vilify the affluent and are always pushing for higher taxes - until it affects them. Then they quickly become champions of tax-cutting, the likes of which would make Ronald Reagan proud.
If you're not familiar with either group, they are comprised of people who kill chinchillas in order to save them and burn down trees in order to prevent logging.
6 Arrested Years After Ecoterrorist Acts
By Timothy Egan, New York Times
SEATTLE, Dec. 8 - The attacks have been nearly forgotten. The places that were burned have been rebuilt or relocated. The cryptic communiqués taking responsibility are distant history.
But on Thursday, after years of investigation, federal officials announced one of the biggest roundups yet of people involved in a string of ecoterrorist attacks in the Pacific Northwest dating to 1998.
Six people from five states, from New York to Washington, were arrested on Wednesday, and indicted on charges related to arson attacks and sabotage in Washington and Oregon, including the millennium eve destruction of a transmission tower owned by the Bonneville Power Administration.
The arrests are intended to strike a blow against two related groups, the Earth Liberation Front and the Animal Liberation Front, which have claimed responsibility for burning and bombing research facilities, timber operations and sport-utility vehicle dealers, among other targets. (link)
They should have been arrested long ago just for being stupid. But at least these jokers are behind bars. For a long time, we can all hope.
When Christmas Falls on Sunday, Megachurches Take the Day OffSomeone will have to explain this to me.
By LAURIE GOODSTEIN, New York Times
Some of the nation's most prominent megachurches have decided not to hold worship services on the Sunday that coincides with Christmas Day, a move that is generating controversy among evangelical Christians at a time when many conservative groups are battling to "put the Christ back in Christmas."
Megachurches have long been criticized for offering "theology lite," but some critics say that this time the churches have gone too far in the quest to make Christianity accessible to spiritual seekers.
What some consider the deeper affront is in canceling services on a Sunday, which most Christian churches consider the Lord's Day, when communal worship is an obligation. (link)
If you've ever flown into Midway Airport, you know it's jammed between city streets. The facility is very convenient if you have business to conduct in town and low-cost Southwest Airlines sends a lot of planes in and out of there, but when it comes to takeoffs and landings, there is no room for error. As this accident will attest.
Jet Skids Off Chicago Runway Into Cars, Killing 6-Year-Old
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHICAGO (AP) -- A jetliner trying to land in heavy snow slid off a runway, crashed through a fence and slid into a busy street, hitting one vehicle and pinning another beneath it. A 6-year-old boy was killed.
At least 10 people were injured, authorities said. Eight people of the injured were on the ground. Two passengers on the plane suffered minor injuries, Aviation Department spokeswoman Wendy Abrams said.
Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 from Baltimore was landing at Midway International Airport with 98 passengers and five crew around 7:15 Thursday night when it slid through the fence.
The airport area had 7 inches of snow, but Abrams said runway conditions at the time were acceptable. (link)
Not a good situation.