Friday, August 18, 2006

So Small By Comparison

“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.”

Abraham Lincoln

"Freedom is when the people can speak, democracy is when the government listens.”

Alastair Farrugia

"You cannot force people to become a democracy. You can give them the opportunity. And they now have an opportunity and we can kind of see where it's going."

Virginia senate candidate James Webb (link)

Quote Of The Day

The charm of any U.N. Security Council resolution lies in the preamble, which invariably begins by "recalling" all previous resolutions on the same subject that have been entirely ignored, therefore necessitating the current resolution. Hence newly minted Resolution 1701: Before mandating the return of south Lebanon to Lebanese government control, it lists the seven Security Council resolutions going back 28 years that have demanded the same thing.

Charles Krauthammer, "A Moment to Be Seized in Lebanon," The Washington Post, August 18, 2006 (link)

Give Me That Old Time Religion

Remember, not that long ago, when you went to church in order to get right with the Lord and to be pointed in the direction of righteousness and ultimate salvation?

Well, in liberal circles it seems, heaven just ain't part of the curriculum any more.

Two stories making the headlines:
9/11 book rankles Presbyterian faith
By Julia Duin, The Washington Times

A book suggesting the September 11 attacks were engineered by the U.S. government is raising hackles among the faithful because its publisher is an agency of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the largest of several Presbyterian denominations.

"Christian Faith and the Truth Behind 9/11: A Call to Reflection and Action" is already in its second printing after having sold 5,000 copies in its first month. It accuses the Bush administration -- in power only eight months at the time of the 2001 terrorist attacks -- of plotting September 11 to justify war with Afghanistan and Iraq, and to expand an "American empire." (link)
Since the Bible isn't a bestseller in the Presbyterian church anymore, the presses might as well be put to use for something, eh?

Then there's this out of Chicago:
Activist refuses deportation, takes refuge in church
By Oscar Avila, Chicago Tribune staff reporter

Taking refuge in a church, a prominent advocate for illegal immigrants publicly defied federal authorities in Chicago who were trying to deport her Tuesday.

Elvira Arellano, who became a national spokeswoman for families facing deportation, had been ordered to report to the Department of Homeland Security by 9 a.m.

Instead, Arellano appeared at the pulpit of Adalberto United Methodist Church in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, vowing before dozens of supporters that she would not return to Mexico "like a coward." She said she would stay in the church indefinitely with her 7-year-old son, a U.S. citizen. (link)

We shouldn't get too worked up over the fact that this felon "appeared at the pulpit" of this United Methodist church. It wasn't being used for anything else.

So where's Jesus in all this? Out in the suburbs, working on the Baptists. He knows where He's wanted.

Like I Said

I took a lot of grief a few weeks ago when I broached the subject of liberals, homosexual rights, pedophilia, and this twisted sense of morality those on the left harbor (read it here).

Arnold Ahlert, writing in the New York Post, brings up a related subject, using the same sicko as a basis:
By Arnold Ahlert

August 18, 2006 -- Three pillars of liberalism - moral relativity, the sexual "revolution" and the obsession with "rights" - are on a collision course with reality in Ohio's Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

In a recent pre-trail motion, Phillip Distasio - accused of sexually assaulting nine boys with physical or mental disabilities - claimed that having sex with children "is a sacred ritual protected by civil-rights laws."

"I've been a pedophile for 20 years. The only reason I'm charged with rape is that no one believes a child can consent to sex. The role of my ministry [Distasio claims he is the leader of a church] is to get these cases out of the courtrooms," said Distasio.

Shocking? Certainly not - if one takes the aforementioned pillars to their "logical" conclusions: Right and wrong are relative, sexual taboos are anachronistic and individual rights are paramount. (
Liberals don't want us to inject morality into any discussion - or legislation - relating to homosexual relationships. Certainly not into the Virginia Constitution. Yet when this Distasio character is brought up, they fall all over themselves making moral distinctions.

"That's different. He's having sex with children."

"What he's advocating is different from sex between two consenting adults."

Yes. We all agree (at least for now) that having sex with a child who is unable to consent is wrong.

Repeat after me - It is WRONG.

What that means is that we all are willing to make moral judgements when it comes to sexual relationships. We all draw the line somewhere. We just draw the boundary line differently.

We are of a mind after all, aren't we? You prude.

Jimmy Carter - The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Anna Diggs Taylor is a Jimmy Carter appointee to the federal bench. One can see why. They are of kindred spirits when it comes to their anti-Americanism:
New York Post Editorial

August 18, 2006 -- The American people are suddenly less safe today - thanks to a presumptive and overtly political ruling by a left-wing Michigan federal jurist.

Yesterday, Judge Anna Diggs Taylor - who was appointed by (who else?) Jimmy Carter - declared unconstitutional the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance of some U.S.-based international phone calls by persons with suspected terrorist ties.

A veteran hard-left political activist, she got her lifetime seat on the federal bench from Carter, for whom she'd eagerly campaigned. Taylor's first husband was Charles Diggs, a longtime Democratic congressman from Detroit who later went to prison in a payroll kickback scheme.

In 1998, she was accused of "unlawful" behavior and abusing "her legal and ethical duties" by a fellow federal judge: After recusing herself from hearing an affirmative-action case involving the University of Michigan, where her husband is a regent, she tried to pressure a Reagan appointee to turn the case over to a more sympathetic jurist. (

Utterly contemptible.

When Judges Kill

From the Wall Street Journal:
President Taylor
A federal judge rewrites the Constitution on war powers.

Before yesterday, no American court had ever ruled that the President lacked the Constitutional right to conduct such wiretaps. President Carter signed the 1978 FISA statute that established the special court to approve domestic wiretaps even as his Administration declared it was not ceding any Constitutional power. And in the 2002 decision In Re: Sealed Case, the very panel of appellate judges that hears FISA appeals noted that in a previous FISA case (U.S. v. Truong), a federal "court, as did all the other courts to have decided the issue, held that the President did have inherent authority to conduct warrantless searches to obtain foreign intelligence information." We couldn't find Judge Taylor's attempt to grapple with those precedents, perhaps because they'd have interfered with the lilt of her purple prose.

Unlike Judge Taylor, Presidents are accountable to the voters for their war-making decisions, as the current White House occupant has discovered. Judge Taylor can write her opinion and pose for the cameras--and no one can hold her accountable for any Americans who might die as a result. [my emphasis] (
Remember this Carter appointee, this Democrat, the next time an Islamist terrorist slaughters innocent American women and children.

Say What?

I must admit, I'm not a big Thomas Friedman fan, as much as I try to be. It's just that he writes some really oddball stuff sometimes. Like this:
War on Daddy’s Dime
By Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times

If we could cut the price of crude in half, Iran’s puppets would think three times about launching wars with Israel that might ravage Lebanon again. (
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Uh, Tom? The price of crude oil was less than a third of what it is now just three years ago and Iran was not only preparing for war with Israel then, it was willing to take out the entire western world. You're obviously not up on the whole 12th Imam thing.

I just don't know about this guy sometimes ...

What a Joke

The French received accolades from the world community for having stepped up and taken an active role in hammering out the Israeli-Hezballah cease-fire last week. Well, they didn't actually do anything that required action. They talked the two sides into an agreement.

Now that it's time for action, the French, as always, disappoint:
U.N. Aide Says a Lebanon Peace Force Can Deploy in 10 Days
By Warren Hoge, The New York Times

United Nations, Aug. 17 — France on Thursday made a disappointing offer of support for the United Nations force in Lebanon, but by the end of the day a top United Nations official said the organization was on track to meet its goal of having 5,500 foreign troops on the ground there in 10 days.

France had also insisted that the new force be a United Nations mission, rather than just a multinational force.

But early Thursday, Jacques Chirac, the French president, announced in Paris that France would send only 200 soldiers to join the United Nations force in Lebanon while making the 1,700 members of the French air and naval forces already in the region available, though not under the command of the United Nations. Since France already has 200 soldiers in the United Nations’ Lebanon force, Mr. Chirac characterized the move as “doubling” France’s assistance. (
Leave it to the French ...

My New Lexus
Just got my new Lexus RX400H and returned to the dealer the next day complaining that I couldn't figure out how the radio worked. The salesman explained that the radio was voice activated "Watch this"!
He said "Nelson"! The Radio replied "Ricky orWillie?" Willie"! he continued and "On The Road Again" came from the speakers.
I drove away happy, and for the next few days, everytime I'd say "Beethoven" I'd get beautiful classical music, and if I said "Beatles" I'd get one of their awesome songs.
One day , a couple ran a red light and nearly creamed my new car but I swerved in time to avoid them.
I yelled "ASSHOLES!"
The French national anthem began to play ...