Friday, December 31, 2004

Deported Wagdy Ghoneim's Previous Troubles with the Law

Muslims facing intolerance in Canada: ". . .in early January, Egyptian Shaykh Wagdy Ghoneim was arrested while trying to enter Canada, with a valid visitor's visa, from the US. During his 24-hour ordeal, Shaykh Ghoneim, who suffers from hypertension and heart problems, was humiliatingly handcuffed, strip searched, interrogated and jailed without an opportunity to get legal counsel on suspicion of affiliation with terrorist groups. Immigration officials also confiscated his blood pressure pills and sinus medication.

Only a few hours before his arrest, Shaykh Ghoneim, who had just finished an American speaking tour sponsored by the Muslim Arab Youth Association (MAYA), was issued a visitor's visa at the Canadian consular office in Detroit, Michigan."

Last week he'd denied ever being in Canada. . .

In January 1998, an Egyptian imam of the same age and with a name spelled almost identically -- Wagdy Ghoniem -- was arrested while trying to cross from Detroit to Canada. He was detained overnight and released, and an attorney for the cleric later told the news media that a Canadian immigration employee mistakenly suspected him of having links to terrorist groups.

It was not clear Monday whether the Anaheim mosque leader was the same man detained in Canada. Ghoneim's attorney said he knew nothing of the previous incident and said his client would not have been allowed to remain in the United States if he had any links to terrorism.

Strange events. . .

Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker

Resume

Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren't lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smell awful;
You might as well live."

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Calling All

admin@masjidomar.com

Calling For a Muslim State

When we talk about a Muslim state, we simply mean ruling according to the law of Allah. This would definitely require a persisting work at the administrational, political, and educational level. Having these resources in hand would help present Islamic ruling in a just, fair way. . . . They usually show cutting the hand, but they hide the wisdom out of it, or why it was cut.

And you said...

The Importance of Jerusalem

The Importance of Jerusalem - Derek Prince Ministries

God’s purpose is to make Jerusalem a source of blessing to all nations, and He promises severe judgment on all nations that oppose His purpose for Jerusalem. Scripture makes it clear that when the Lord returns, it will be to a sovereign Jewish Jerusalem. Jesus said:

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Matthew 23:37–39

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Christ Rose From The Dead

-|- Christ Rose From The Dead -|-:

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and buried.

He descended into hell.

The third day He arose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.


I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.

Amen.

FIGHT OVER NOODLES!

Posted by Hello


Feed me

Can You Keep a Secret?

 
Is going to be a great movie!!!
 
Maybe. . .
 
Actually, typical of Kate Hudson. . .
 
Eye candy . . .
 
You know what I mean?
 
Besides . . .
 
She proves that self-assurance and down-to-earth character runs in the family.

Kate's crafted of the same buffed nubuck bod her mom has, and wears body clothes with raised double-needle stitching on all piecing; zip front with windflap backing for extra warmth; chest and hip patch pockets; inside pockets; drawcord waist; and New York tack rivets throughout.
 
Satin sheen lines the sleeves; cotton plaid lines her skin.

SOCAL SOCAL@cair.com

An email from SOCAL@cair.com from the trade association known as council on American islamic Relations

My God. CAIR's work must be getting Mr. Whitehead a nervous breakdown. CAIR Southern California closely works with all local law enforcement agencies, from the top and down. If it makes Airhead, I mean Whitehead, feel better, have him contact the FBI Assistant Director, the L.A. County Sheriff, the Orange County Sheriff, the various Chiefs of police for various Los Angeles and Orange county area cities, and almost every congressional office and they will tell him how they all closely and regularly work with CAIR on various levels.

American Muslims are an integral part of America and will not be intimidated from fully participating in the civic and political affairs of their country, even if it upsets bigots. As more Muslims get organized and politically empowered, they will build stronger coalitions with like-minded Americans who are concerned about the true values of America. I am sure that this will make Airhead angrier, but again, who cares about Airhead. Right?

As for the DHS and ICE, there is only one ICE in Los Angeles, he can call their director and ask if this meeting ever happened. I am just worried that Airhead will have a heart attack once he finds out that the meeting actually happened. LOL He is so funny.

Vilma




And you said...

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Who's life am I living anyways??

Who's life am I living anyways??: "my kids think they are dirty. Well as soon as we got home my husband asked the kids when they had last had a bath and then called them disquisting looking right at me. Gee... could he make his point any clearer. Just go ahead and use the one thing that brought me to tears. So I bathed them."


Go give her some support . . .

Waitin' for spring

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Wagdy Ghoneim

mmmmmm. . .: "Wagdy Mohamed Ghoneim was arrested Thursday morning at his home in Anaheim, said Lori Haley, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement"

The plot sickens. . .

UPDATE: Waddy gave up Dec 29, 2004 and agreed to leave the country so he could re-apply for a valid visa.

The judge gave him until sundown to get out of town or he was gonna 'em hang high . . .

Maybe

Dhimmi Watch has this to say about Wagdy Ghoneim

Dhimmi Watch: "Did DHS ask them about the CAIR officials who have been arrested for terrorist activities -- how they got jobs at this 'moderate' organization without offending anyone with their 'extremist' views? Did DHS ask them about Nihad Awad's declared support for Hamas, a terrorist organization?"

see below

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR): "CONTACT: Omar Zaki, CAIR-LA Director of Governmental Relations, 714-776-1847;
Sabiha Khan, 714-776-1847 or 714-390-0334, E-Mail: socal@cair.com
"

email them and let them know you care. . .

Islamic Center class to dispel

Help

From todays Tennessean

By HOLLY EDWARDS
Staff Writer

When Awadh Binhazim holds diversity training in the Nashville area, he asks his students what comes to mind when they hear the word Muslim.

Many say ''murderer,'' ''terrorist'' or ''bad religion.''

To counter these beliefs, Binhazim and other leaders of the Islamic Center of Nashville will hold free weekly classes on Islam at Tennessee State University starting next month. As outreach director of the center, it's Binhazim's job to promote understanding of the Islamic faith in the community — one of the center's primary missions.

''We want to say to people that they can't use the actions of a few to judge the faith of 1.5 billion people,'' Binhazim said. ''Our religion does not pro- mote violence and doesn't accept anything related to terrorism.''

Leaders of the center say misunderstanding and a lack of knowledge have contributed to the negative views some have of Muslims.

The first step toward eliminating the misunderstandings surrounding Islam is to ''open the doors of dialogue with non-Muslims,'' said Amir Arain, an Islamic Center board member and Vanderbilt University neurology professor.

''The most common misconception is that Islam preaches terrorism and intolerance and teaches violence, which are quite contrary to Islamic beliefs,'' Arain said. ''People think it's a closed society and we don't want to assimilate. But Islam teaches peace, justice and peaceful coexistence.''

After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, two local mosques were vandalized and some local Muslims were harassed in public, Binhazim said. Since then, he said that outward hostility has waned but negative views of Muslims persist.

''There's a sense that when someone knows you're Muslim, some people start looking at you in a suspicious way,'' he said.

While the classes are designed for non-Muslims, organizers say some of those within the faith need more information on their religion to explain it to others accurately.

In the workplace, at school and in the community, many people ask Muslims about their faith and Islamic views on war and terrorism. In Binhazim's view, these questions offer local Muslims an opportunity to dispel negative stereotypes and promote understanding.

Organizers also want to explain to the community why civil rights are so important to local Muslims. Some members of the center have been interrogated by the FBI and released without charges, while a few others have had their bank accounts closed with no explanation, leaders of the center said.

This has happened as the federal government has increased its scrutiny of mosques and Islamic communities.

A Cornell University poll released this month also found that many Americans want the government to limit the rights and liberties of Muslims.

The survey found that 44% of Americans believe the U.S. government should restrict the civil liberties of Muslim Americans through racial profiling, undercover law enforcement and surveillance, or requirements to register their whereabouts.

The nationwide telephone poll of 715 people also found that those who paid the most attention to television news were more likely to support the restrictions. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

Binhazim said he believes many people form their opinions of Muslims from ''hyped-up misconceptions'' they see in the news. But, he said, there's a difference between religious beliefs and foreign policy.

''We know there are thousands dead in Iraq who are predominantly civilians, and no one is saying Christians are responsible for that,'' he said. ''This is the United States foreign policy, not the Christian foreign policy.''

Sheikh Abdulhakim Ali Mohamed, Imam of the local center and one of the instructors of the course, agreed that some people see Islam as a political movement rather than a religious faith and view violence in the Middle East as a reflection of that faith.

He said there are also misconceptions about the United States in the Middle East as a result of negative images of Americans in the Islamic press.

''In the past, when I'd go back, people would say I was lucky to live here,'' said Mohamed, who has lived in the United States for 34 years. ''Now people want to know why I'm still here, and ask me if I'm beaten, if people threaten to kill me and if they throw rocks at me.''

Mohamed said America is his home and he hopes to do all he can to promote peace and understanding here.

In the class, Mohamed said he will cover the Islamic belief that God is one, the requirement to pray five times daily, and the Five Pillars of Islam — the acknowledgement of God, prayer, the paying of alms, fasting, and a pilgrimage to Mecca.

The classes will also focus on Muslim views of American social issues such as marriage, divorce, homosexuality, and the meaning of family values.

''It's not about converting people,'' Mohamed said. ''It's about helping people understand us. There's an Arabic saying that goes, 'What you do not know, you fear.' ''

Holly Edwards can be reached at 259-8035 or hedwards@tennessean.com.

And you said...

Free islamic instruction at Tenn State U

email this guy hadhramut@hotmail.com

Why doesn't he have a registration email at his islamic center?

You can call them at 615-385-9379





And you said...

Monday, December 27, 2004

And they'd have you believe their religion is freedom loving and tolerant. er, does 'whites only' sound any better. sigh... Posted by Hello

We Pray for Those Religions Against Us

Pray For our Enemies

'Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you'.
Matthew 5:43-44

'Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you' .
Luke 6:2

Kyiv Post. Yushchenko claims victory in Ukraine's presidential election

Kyiv Post. Yushchenko claims victory in Ukraine's presidential election: "Yushchenko claims victory in Ukraine's presidential election"


YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

Freedom rains...

And you said . . .

Fayette County Under Fire

From AP Christmas wire:

Here we go again. The muslim religion withdrew their application Fayette County. As usual the rest of the story shows this religion's deception.

"Memphis businessman Mohammad Halimah said the group is considering several options, including refiling the request.

Halimah, a U.S. citizen with four children born in the United States, said more than 15,000 Muslims live in the Memphis area, and their small private cemetery is running out of burial space.

In the meantime, he and several colleagues are trying to meet with residents individually to discuss their concerns. No zoning change is needed for a cemetery on church grounds, so building a mosque on the site is also a possibility.

Complaints about the proposal, he said, are often based on ignorance. Some residents do not understand that Islam teaches peace."

I previously warned about steam rolling in their quest for more land by bullying there possibly new neighbors. They have called us names, lied, deceived, withheld information and don't provide complete information.


And you said...

Ins'tapundit

Wow, a source I'd never think of. And a comment on the obvious by Ins't a Pundit, now retired at the U of Tennessee Law School.

Instapundit.com: "UKRAINE UPDATE, from the New York Times:"

Excellent pick of a quote there Mr. "I make $160,000 a year from my law teaching job because the $500,000 law office job wasn't 'fulfilling'."



Sunday, December 26, 2004

Yes, I am a proud friend of Israel. Posted by Hello

About One of Our Friends

About FDD: "Foundation for the Defense of Democracies"

Check 'em out.

Some Fag from Tennessee Said

Yep... I said it!: "the gay community disappoints me to a large degree. From the circuit parties, hooking up, drugs, dishonesty, and infidelity, to the focus on the physical, the outer shell, with total disregard to someone's core, their morals, and heart

Be nice to your gay fiends, they are people too.

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Merry Christmas

"Merry Christmas"

Thursday, December 23, 2004

What is Atom?

The link over to the right named "Site Feed" is an 'Atom'. Atoms can be added to any my.yahoo.com. Try it.

Blogger says this: What is Atom?

Atom is one name for two things: It's both a new standard for developers, as well as a syndication format or "feed" for your blog. When a regularly updated site such as a blog has a feed, people can subscribe to it using software for reading syndicated content called a "newsreader." People like using readers for blogs because it allows them to catch up on all their favorites at once.

Like checking email—without the SPAM.




And you said...

Douglas Kern says:

It's Christmas time, and that means it's time to enjoy A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens' melancholy tale of a productive businessman who gets worked over by three meddling supernatural social workers one Christmas Eve, transforming him into a simpering socialist.

It's almost as sad as Star Wars, really.

A Christmas Carol could have been a wonderful story, had someone other than that crypto-commie Dickens written it.


And you said...

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Rice Yields Skyrocketing

It’s not often that one person can be said to be responsible for feeding 60 million people. But then Yuan Longping has never been an ordinary person.
 
In the three decades that followed the discovery, hybrid rice has spread so that it is now planted on about half of China’ rice area, resulting in a 20 percent higher yield over previously grown varieties. . ." to about 10,000 pounds per acre, in the near future ". . . rice yields could reach 22 to 23 metric tons per hectare (19,595 to 20,485 pounds of rice per acre).

Andrew Whitehead

Andrew sent me this email.

Because I find it so important, I am posting it in its entirety. Read the events he described and make up your own mind. I believe Hooper worships our civil rights as a tool to further the muslim agenda of global war against civilization, democratic values, and the love that Jesus Christ taught us. Merry Christmas Hooper!


In Defense of the Constitution

Anti-CAIR News & Analysis 041/04

December 21, 2004

- CAIR: Defending Your Right to Free Speech?

On the Anti-CAIR web site, you will find the following warning posted on the bottom of each archived Press Release and News & Analysis:

“ADVISORY:
Subscribers are warned that the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) may contact your employer if CAIR believes you are using a work address to receive any material that CAIR believes may be offensive. CAIR has been known to shame employers into firing employees CAIR finds disagreeable. For that reason, we strongly suggest that corporate e-mail users NOT use a corporate e-mail account/address when communicating with ACAIR or CAIR. We make every reasonable effort to protect our mailing list, but we cannot guarantee confidentiality. ACAIR does not share, loan, sell, rent or otherwise publicize our mailing list. We respect your privacy!”

ACAIR placed that advisory on our postings because CAIR has contacted businesses and corporate e-mail hosts in an effort to silence employees who exercise their First Amendment rights from work, use company e-mail addresses to comment on CAIR's statements and activities.

ACAIR has been contacted by several people whom claimed to be subjected to CAIR harassment. One writer has agreed to allow us to show you how this self-described "Muslim Civil Rights Group" goes about trying to impose the Iranian or Saudi view of free speech (i.e., there is none) on those Americans who dare to express their views.

In August, 2004, the following e-mail was sent to CAIR:



Subject: Imam Ali Shrine

From Your Web Site:

U.S. Muslims Urge End to Fighting Near Iraqi Shrine
CAIR says attack would harm America’s image in Islamic world

A prominent national civil rights and advocacy group today said a U.S. attack on the Imam Ali Shrine in the Iraqi city of Najaf would harm America’s image in the Muslim world and called for negotiations to end the fighting.

RESPONSE

The unprovoked Muslim attack on America the killed 3,000+ people harmed the Islamic image in the CIVILIZED world.

The Islamic radicals must be destroyed. Their leader has an arrest warrant issued by Iraqi courts. He is a criminal that is using “holy” sites as protection…clear violation of Geneva Conventions. Any attacks from “holy” sites or storage of weapons in such makes them “fair game” for attacks or retaliation.

Negotiations???? Surely you jest. You people called for a cease fire, which we honored, BUT the radicals did not. They used the respite to rearm and reorganize.

It is hard to conceive of a so-called “religion of peace” being filled with such hatred.




In the above, do we see any evidence of insulting Islam? Imputing of criminal or terrorist intent onto the US/Canadian Muslim community? Gratuitous name-calling or ethnic/religious insults? No?

Then why did CAIR send the following e-mail to the writer’s employer?



Subject: is this e-mail representative of your company?

Peace.

CAIR receive the following hostile e-mail apparently from a (company name) employee. Does its content reflect your company’s views?

Ibrahim Hooper
National Communications Director
www.cair-net.org
202-488-8787

(The writers e-mail was inserted here)



On August 16, 2004, CAIR’s Ibrahim Hooper called the writer’s employer and left a message on his voice mail…Hooper wanted to know if the writer’s e-mail reflected company policy and asked the employer to call Hooper. The boss asked the writer about the e-mail and the mix-up in the e-mail address was explained. The writer then explained a little about CAIR’s activities and shared his personal opinions regarding CAIR. The boss listened, agreed with the employee and said he had no intention of calling “this guy” back. He finished by saying he did not want some terrorist blowing up the building.

The employee then responded to CAIR:



Subject: Attn: Ibrahim Hooper

Peace.

I was speaking for myself… just forgot to change to email account to my personal account. And no it did not get me “into trouble” as I am sure you hoped it would. You have the audacity to call my email hostile?

I notice you did not respond to my comments. This is so typical. As “Communications Director”, I would expect a high profile NATIONAL response to the evil that is being perpetrated by Muslims world wide. If CAIR does not accept this evil, why are PROMINENT members of your faith not getting out the “truth”. Silence sometimes speaks louder than words.

Do you deny that the cleric that has set up his battle station in the Holy site is not wanted as a criminal under Iraqi law? Do you deny that is trying to upset the move to democracy in Iraq? Do you deny that the Geneva Convention forbids using churches, mosques, temples, etc as a haven for battle sites and storage of weaponry? Do you deny that Imams the world over are teaching hatred on non-muslims, expecially Americans? Do you deny that is was muslims that attacked us on 911? Do you deny that is was muslims that attacked the USS Cole? What about the Kobar Towers?

Speaking “Peace” is on thing and easy to do… living a life of peace is quite another. Do you have the courage to answer my questions? Do you have the courage to LIVE a life of peace and acceptance of those other than muslims?



Hooper did not, or could not, answer. It seems to ACAIR that Hooper is a "free speech bully": he threatens and tries to intimidate Americans into silence, but is actually absolutely terrified of a free exchange of ideas or facts. Why are you so afraid, Doug? Is it because the philosophy of Muslim extremism, as practiced by those who in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere who fund CAIR simply can't stand the sunlight of public debate and objective scrutiny? Why are you afraid of the truth?

CAIR claims it supports civil rights…but its actions, in ACAIR's opinion, demonstrate that it is hostile to the First Amendment guarantee of free speech that is the bedrock for the United States Constitution, and to many of the Judeo-Christian values that have made the U.S. what it is today. ACAIR believes the facts show CAIR hates free expression and free speech, and that if it had the power of the mullahs and autocrats in Iran/Saudi/Gaza, it would treat its critics, and critics of Muslim violence, in the same way. ACAIR asks what next, CAIR? Are you going to decree that anyone who criticizes you or Muslims should be treated just like the writer Salomon Rushdie, who had a death sentence placed on his head?

ACAIR wonders why CAIR is so allergic to criticism, and afraid of free speech and open debate? ACAIR asks why does CAIR try to impose the oppression common in Saudi Arabia or Syria on Americans, here in the U.S.? And ACAIR asks:

…why isn’t this question being asked by the “mainstream” media?


Andrew Whitehead
Director, Anti-CAIR (ACAIR)
Stockton CA



And you said...

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

What If?

"What if I find something here that's incorrect, or something that offends me?"

That's entirely possible!

And you said...

You Have to be Kidding

 
Philly Court Orders Four Christians to Trial; Emergency Appeal Likely
Attorney Contends Reading Scripture in Public Landed Them in Jail
 
Their attorney. . . "says the charges were dropped against the remaining seven because they were not seen quoting scripture on the videotape. Fahling says in Philadelphia, it appears the public reading of scripture will land a person in jail."
 
That was from the city of brother love. . .

joe bozeman

Joe, you are, if anything prolific.

Blogger: User Profile: joe bozeman:

"Words Written 506,852"

And you said...

WAPO Buys Slate

Interesting:


Washington Post buys Slate online magazine.

Does anyone think Bill Gates would sell anything that makes him money?

Daniel Pipes

And he said...
About Tariq Ramadan:

That he has formally resigned from Notre Dame suggests just how solid the DHS evidence against him is. And this, by the way, does not surprise me. A senior DHS official looked me hard in the eyes a few weeks ago and assured me, "The evidence we have is damning."

Ramadan's exclusion marks a signal victory for the effort to keep the enemy out of the United States, for few in the Islamist ranks will deploy the highly respectable and high-powered support that Ramadan has enjoyed. If this man can be kept out, then anyone can be.

Thanks Daniel for publishing the truth.

Daniel Pipes

Support him

And you said...

Bill Moyers

Annie doesn't like him either, NOW.

I didn't like him here, here, and here, where I pointed out a bunch of people disrespected him. Actually, they were kind. Bill is just another example of the Incestous Northeastern Media Elite (INME), with their self referential promotions, gloating, and superior attitude.

Generally Bill and his crowd's "essays" have this slant:

We are superior to everybody and here is why, again. sniff sniff!

Besides his haughtiness, he smells bad too.

Law School Trials

During her first set of finals, Annika Becker, panics and realizes that panic is just another opportunity for personal growth.

Let's analyze this and find out if her life has been a sham up until now. Well, for her to be a pretender, we'd have to ignore that she has a Masters from the top ranked university in America, if not the world, and ignore that her LSAT score qualified her to attend one of the top ranked Law Schools in California or anywhere, and ignore that she excels at every endeavor she has ever attempted. We should also ignore that she is considerate, charming, good looking, and popular with a six-pack stomach, nothing there says she is an imposter.

Now, l have no experience with law exams, but to say I haven't faced fire, brimstone, and stress would say I have had Involuntary Bulimic Syndrome (IBS) or more commonly known as Irritable Bowel Syndrom (IBS) which taught me the many meanings of discomfort in years past. It'll tear you a new one, if you know what I mean.

Besides, I suffer from panic attacks all the time. The worst was at the bakery about a year ago. Half way through the order, I heard police or fire sirens outside. I hit the floor, then realized I, let's say mildly, overreacted because the 19 year old girls behind the counter looked frightened as they stared at me.

Now, don't get me wrong, Annie isn't mocking the truly inflicted with mental disabilities, she shares with us her surprise that she found a match to challenge her abilities. And she recorded her tenacity to review later. Annie, sweetie-darling, you are doing something only 1 in a 1000 or more ever get the opportunity. Oh my gawd, what, oh what, will you do when you find out you CAN compete... Watch out world, she'll whip your ass.

Back to the bakery, I tried to explain to the girls, but how to explain something to queens of narcissism. Exactly how should I tell the children that the medication the Doctors give me doesn't always work perfectly, but I am harmless and better than I used to be. I paid, repeating 'it's OK, really" or "don't worry" then hurried out of there, never to return, with fear in my heart that they had called 911 on me.

All I can say is that "Annie girl found the challenge she sought."

And.

"You are doing what you wanted to do."

Whoa, was that harsh? I don't know, I lack empathy too.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Am I a Conservative?

I don't believe so.
 
I like to think I am a liberal if only for the reason I like labor unions. The Ether Zone has this interesting take on the five ingredients.
 
The first necessary ingredient for a conservative is a belief in smaller government. 20 points here.
 
The second necessary ingredient for a conservative is a belief in national sovereignty and isolationism. 15 points here. Not really sure what is meant by isolation.
 
The third is a belief in the Rule of Law---beginning with the Constitution of the United States. The Bill of Rights is essentially sacrosanct. A conservative does not believe in a "living Constitution". 20 points
 
A fourth necessary ingredient to conservatism is a belief in traditional values. 5 points as long as they are my traditional values
 
The fifth necessary ingredient to conservatism is adherence to principle. 10 points see #4 above
 
Mark me up as 70% conservative.
 
I like smaller government, national sovereignty, isolation, and rule of law best of all.
 
The other two bother me. Traditional values -- that depends on whose values we talk about. The Roman Church has a bunch, the mullahs have another bunch. I have quiet a few myself. Now I don't care too much for new values, and those other fellows' scare me.
 
The last one adherence to principle. That's a good one, but still slippery. I stand by my principles; but what about other's; as long as they like mind, we'll be OK.

Quote Time

Alice said:
Let me see: four times five is twelve, and four times six is thirteen, and four times seven is--oh dear! I shall never get to twenty at that rate!

from: ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
by: Lewis Carroll

Yes Alice, 4*7=14, and 4*13=20. And that my friends is how some people save for retirement.

I think it is time for another finance lesson.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Pretty, eh? Posted by Hello

Backfence: The traditional yule fear factor

James Lileks says:
Backfence: The traditional yule fear factor: "Maybe it's just me. Perhaps I'm overly sensitive. But when I wish a store clerk 'Merry Christmas!' they often appear stunned and flummoxed for a moment, as if I've just blabbed the plans for the underground's sabotage of the train tracks in front of the secret police. I've said something highly inappropriate for the public square, and I almost expect a security guard to take me aside on the way out. He'll lead me to a small room. He has no enthusiasm for this; it's the end of his shift, and he's done this a dozen times already today. But policy is policy."

heh... Ask them store clerks if they will have a Merry Christmas.

The Miracle of the Christ Child

USA disagrees...
They probably don't want my editorial comment... since the site says this:

IMPORTANT: Text from upcoming stories are for informational use by USA WEEKEND partners only. No reproduction or redistribution is allowed. Content is Copyright 2004 USA WEEKEND Magazine, a Gannett Co., Inc., property. All rights reserved.

About this:

Full Story Text: "It is a miracle if you can find true friends, and it is a miracle if you have enough food to eat, and it is a miracle if you get to spend your days and evenings doing whatever it is you like to do. The holiday season, like all the other seasons, is a good time not only to tell stories of miracles, but to think about the miracles in your own life, and to be grateful for them, and that's the end of this particular story."

Probably not a good link for long.

Nigeria Chosen To Host 2008 Genocides

Nigeria Chosen To Host 2008 Genocides:

"Nigeria is excited for this chance to follow in the footsteps of Somalia, Rwanda, and Sudan," Obasanjo said. "Much work remains to be done, but all of the building blocks are in place. Nigeria has many contentious ethnic groups, a volatile economy, and a dependence on food imports. We are well on our way to making 2008 a genocidal year..."

Posted by Hello


Jokes between of Afirca's finest...

Read the whole thing.

lgf: Muslims Have Most to Fear from Islamists

An attack from all islam?

lgf: Muslims Have Most to Fear from Islamists: "I actually think that 'an attack on one muslim is an attack on all muslims' ... can be used as a weapon against them. Because if that is true, than the reverse is also true: an attack BY one muslim is an attack by all of Islam. I, for one, woudn't disagree with that -- and would act accordingly."

Dyspnea at End-of-Life

Dyspnea :

"Assessment Dyspnea at end-of-life may be present during the Syndrome of Imminent Death . . . or occur earlier in the disease trajectory. Looking for simple problems is always warranted: is the Oxygen turned on?, is the tubing kinked?, is there fluid overload from IV fluids or TPN?, is dyspnea part of an acute anxiety episode, severe pain, constipation or urinary retention?; is there a new pneumothorax or worsening pleural effusion?. Understanding 1) where patients are at in the dying trajectory and 2) their identified goals of care, is essential to guide the extent of workup seeking reversible causes. If the patient is clearly dying, and the goals of care are comfort, then pulse oximetry, blood gas, EKG, CXR, etc. are not indicated. "

Fear This?

mmmmmmmmm...

Telegraph | Opinion | It is Muslims who have most to fear from Islamists:

"And that is the worst of it. The word 'Islamophobia' is thrown at people who criticise some aspects of current Islamic thought. But 'phobia' means fear, and I suspect that it is moderate Muslims who are, in that sense, Islamophobic, frightened of what the Islamists are turning their faith into. They cannot find the courage and the words to get to grips with the huge problem that confronts Islam in the modern world.

This is: how does a belief system founded, in part, on conquest, and preaching a virtual identity between religious and political power, live at ease in plural, free, secular societies? Instead of answering this question, they tend to attack the people who ask it, and ask for special laws to silence them."

Merry Christmas, you all.

Pieces be upon him.

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Yo, mo, er, aren't these girls a little old for you mo?

Special thanks to Vinyl Frontier.

Go show them you care and buy something.

Catastrophe!

The end is near.!!

Cat Trophy

Belmont Club:

"...'catastrophy' is an award for shooting a cat in the as(sic)."

THE LES CRANE SHOW FEBRUARY 17, 1965

This is funny,

THE LES CRANE SHOW FEBRUARY 17, 1965: "THE LES CRANE SHOW FEBRUARY 17, 1965"

Crane: Allen Ginsberg was sitting in that chair where Caterina Valente is sitting right now and he said that he thought that we ought to legalize pot.

Dylan: He said that?

Crane: Right on the television.

Dylan: Pheeeww!

Crane: Can you imagine that?

Dylan: Nah. Allen is a little funny sometimes (audience roars with laughter).

Crane: Allen's funny sometimes, huh? Yes ... what is this movie going to be about?

Dylan: Oh it's a, sort of a horror cowboy movie (audience laughter). Takes place on the New York Thruway. "

Go read the whole thing.

Deteriorata

Give UP!!!

Deteriorata" National Lampoon:

"You are a fluke of the universe.
You have no right to be here.
And whether you can hear it or not,
The universe is laughing behind your back."

Thursday, December 16, 2004

The Fatal Flaw in a Theocracy

When a religious leader has clear control over the executive branch and its police force, the political advantages of this power could in theory be limited if he were forced to submit to the rule of law that was applied equally to all citizens. The courts and judges, by profession, are supposed to mete out justice without discrimination. But muslimism is constantly in need of ways to advance the interests of the believers who will support the mullahs and must weaken or punish the "non-believers" or apostates. Understanding this all too well, the koran made every effort to undermine the rule of law and to create a subservient population of the faithful bowing down to their preachers who write, enforce and hand down sentencing.

See the example from the rock group Clash's song "Rock the Casbah". Where they sing:

By order of the prophet
We ban that boogie sound
Degenerate the faithful
With that crazy Casbah sound
But the Bedouin they brought out
The electric camel drum
The local guitar picker
Got his guitar picking thumb
As soon as the shareef
Had cleared the square
They began to wail

Indeed, it would be fair to say that institutionalized lawlessness is the first pillar of faith in a mullah regime, and a crucial element in their overall efforts to create a rebellion-proof dictatorship. And again from "Rock the Casbah":

The king called up his jet fighters
He said you better earn your pay
Drop your bombs between the minarets

I'm open to learning if you can find me a benevolent theocracy. It'd be easier to find example after example of the abuses in every religion in the last 2000 years, but you get my point.

The Enjoyment of Freedom

Ooops!
 
Nazi politicians & fighters from WWII, who had been trained in a variety of controlling, torturing and killing, had little interest in the niceties of pluralism, human rights, or civic freedoms, and they were dependent upon their swords, knives, and guns to maintain their power.
 
Now I am not intimately familiar with the workings of our democracy by training but I have benefitted and enjoyed life by living here for a very long time in a free society that is more liberal in every respect than any Nazi government.
 
The pluralism, human rights, or civic freedoms that Americans enjoy does not exist in other countries and I refuse to accept that those other 'cultures' as equal to ours. And I accept those who come to our country who come to enjoy those freedoms, but those who wish to destroy what we have, shall go back to where they came.
 
People in all cultures feel their reality equally. But feeling your reality as strongly as I do doesn't make your reality equal or better.
 
We are a country ruled by laws, not by man. Equal opportunity means everyone starts out with the same chance at being President of the USA. The head guy isn't decided by a group of preachers. He isn't decided by the order of his birth in a monarchy. He isn't the guy in charge of the military. He is the fellow you and I elected.
 
Now sometimes my guy doesn't get elected. But always the right guy gets the job and while I may not be right, I still have influence.
 
None of the Jews in Hitler's Germany had influence. None of the Christians living in a muslim theocracy have influence. In fact, both can and are killed for being who they are.
 

"What does it mean to suck?"

 
Suck this sucker. heh

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Bernard Kerik Addicted to Power?

Tell me he isn't really a slime ball.

New York Post Online Edition: commentary: "Bernard Kerik, she thought she'd met her match. And vice versa.

But the illicit relationship came tumbling down, a friend of Regan's told me, not when she discovered her married lover had another mistress. It ended horribly after Regan learned Kerik's wife was pregnant."

Moyers Never was a Journalist

 
Poor Bill, he has reached the end of his journey and didn't gain any respect along the line. Here Hog on Ice lists Bill's past sins, for example:

"LBJ Propaganda Minister Bill Moyers says he is retiring from journalism. My question: how can you retire from a job you never did? Doesn't "journalism" have something to do with collecting and reporting facts in an unbiased manner."

Kick his ass Hog... Hog goes on to remind us how LBJ won his only term as a President by coming up with the idea of history's best example of a slinging-mud campaign commercial.

Bill didn't retire from journalism, he retired from talking about his opinions. Thanks for talking Bill. Now, keep your promise.

Moyers Redux

 
Seems like the islamizts don't think too highly of PBS:
 
"Sadly, we know that PBS will be the poorer for your leaving--just another reason to keep our money in our pockets on pledge drive days. I'd much rather give my money to www.counterpunch.comwww.informationclearinghouse.info , www.aljazeerah.info , www.aljazeera.com  and www.todaysalternativenews.com  so that the real news can come out to the world. "
 
Well, my gosh, they don't think highly of anyone who doesn't promote muslimism. Then they go on about how Moyers was a tiny bit better that a lot of other mainstream media:
 
"I do not accuse him of willful bad intentions, but of carelessness and listening to the same New York and Washington, DC talking heads who lead us astray on so many issues so regularly--and continue to do so."
 
Of course, Sam Hamod doesn't agree with me either because I think the established media glosses over the threat of the terrorizing muslims, like they did with the 6,600,000 Jews who were murdered during the holocaust. Why didn't the established media take up the Jewish cause during the mid-twentieth century?
 
Is it because of their own self-nihilism? The threat is real and coming at us from all levels.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

maudlinly

From Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com/maudlinly

Effusively or tearfully sentimental: “displayed an almost maudlin concern for the welfare of animals” (Aldous Huxley).

I like that word

The Globe and Mail: Rutgers researchers may have stopped HIV

The Globe and Mail: Rutgers researchers may have stopped HIV: "Researchers at Rutgers University have developed a trio of drugs they believe can destroy HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to a published report."

Wonder how Andy Sullivan would take that? He says:

"In the living room of a friend of mine, there's a coffee table crammed with photographs. One stands out: four young men in tuxes taken three years ago. They're all grinning, in classic college-buddy group-shot mode. Of the four, two are now dead. One died two years ago, the second in early November, when Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS), the cancerous lesions common to people with AIDS, entered his lungs."

Well, Andy, maybe you have hope.

The Chronicle: 12/17/2004: Four Academic Plagiarists You've Never Heard Of: How Many More Are Out There?

The Chronicle: 12/17/2004: Four Academic Plagiarists You've Never Heard Of: How Many More Are Out There?:

"Yet academe appears conflicted about what to do about the plagiarist. While they preach against the sin, many scholars seem wary of confronting the sinners. Even Mr. Hoffer, the Georgia professor who writes about academic fraud, is hesitant about naming names. "

Cowards.

The Canadian Jewish News -- International

As reported by the Canadian Jewish News:
 
During the jihad and world terrorism conference in Toronto last week, the former CIA official, Bruce Tefft, painted in large brush-strokes islamic hostility and terror:

“Islamic terrorism is based on Islam as revealed through the Qu’ran,” keynote speaker Bruce Tefft claimed in a panel discussion at the University of Toronto on jihad and global terrorism. The session, held late last month, was sponsored by the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Speakers Action Group.

"Tefft, a founder of the CIA’s counter-terrorism center and now an advisor to the New York Police Department’s intelligence and counter-terrorism divisions, said that without Islam, the long-term strategy of Al Qaeda and its followers make little sense.

"Linking Osama bin Laden to the attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001, Tefft said: “To pretend that Islam has nothing to do with Sept. 11 is to willfully ignore the obvious and to forever misinterpret events.”

Tefft has previously spoken at the 

"Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies is a Canadian human rights organization dedicated to fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action."

CAIR calls this the:

Incitement Watch: Ex-CIA Official Says Terror is From Quran

From the

Source: Canadian Jews News

Notice how the source is twisted

Interest rates rise by 0.25%

 
Yikes!!!??
 
No, some people actually don't think that is scary. Actually, the new rate will be 2.25% and historically low.
 
Wait, but it went up by 25%. That sounds like a lot.
 
Not really, because of the historical significance. In fact, what is more important is a stable economy. By raising the rate now, we avoid an over heated economy with its accompany inflation.
 
A higher interest rate will also make the dollar sounder. Giving us, er what? Giving us stability against the EURO. That's true.
 
It's not the other way around. Which would be higher rates attract investment from overseas into dollars, which is just a nice, important, benefit.
 
Another benefit that remains is that American exports remain competitive.
 
See... It's all a balancing act.
 
I'm happy and you should be too.
 
Oh, the most important benefit is that for those of us who save a substantial part of our paycheck, the nestegg's inflation erosion is minimized.
 
Yeah!!! Another reason to save parts of your paycheck and/or payoff that debt you have extended yourself on for so long. But this says consumers need to spend to keep the economy. True true. Let the other guy spend, let's you and I squirrel it away.
 
Have a Merry Christmas C.A.I.R.

Quote Time

"...with closed eyes, and half believed herself in Wonderland, though she knew she had but to open them again, and all would change to dull reality ..."

from Lewis Carroll, "ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND"

Project Gutenberg has a free e-text for your enjoyment.


Make a Merry Christmas for the people you know.


Sunday, December 12, 2004

Council on American-Islamic Relations (C.A.I.R)

And as usual they don't tell what they said at this meeting but this:

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR): One resident equated muslim religion with Nazis. Another claimed that many people he knew had been killed by Muslims.

email them: cair@cair-net.org

SEE: 'Committee Recommends Zoning Change Denial'

They said "all the teachers are muslims". They want to bury bodies in a residential neighborhood in a farming community.

Please support Fayette County.

Mr. Rhea "Skip" Taylor
Mayor, Fayette County
13095 N. Main
P.O. Box 218
Somerville, TN 38068

I care, do you care? Anti-C.A.I.R. cares too.

Remember Cheap Transister Radios

IBM sold their PC unit to the Chinese. Old news from last week, right? Yes, I am right it is old news.

Not everyone remembers when the cheap portable radios from Japan entered the USA market in the 1950's and in a big way. That's way old news. Way old. Way. Radios went from costing half a week's paycheck to just two hours of labor and it was portable. The American manufacturers couldn't compete, but they complained and no one cared. What does a comparable product today cost? What about the iPod? It's cute, portable, and cheap. It's what a day's wages? What do they hold now? 40 gig? something like that. It's a lot, I tell you. More than I can count.

Let's think for a second. Emerging economy. Cheap labor. Open software. Commodity parts for a commodity product. Getting the picture? How do $200 laptops with 800 gig hardrives, with DVD-RW sound?

Let's see how long it takes. I bet less than 3 years.

Hand Shadows on the Wall

Everyone wants to make hand shadows on the wall. Don't they? I know I do.

It's new. It's popular. It's free here.

Or, you can buy it here.

Amazon says:
Delightful activity book for older children (and adults, too) shows how to create 34 fascinating shadows on a wall simply by positioning hands and fingers. Learn how to make a bird take flight, a duck quack, Toby the dog wag his tail, a rabbit munch his meal, and more.


10 Million Downloads and Climbing

Thanks to Slashdot for the heads-up.

I use Mozilla's Firefox. No pop-ups. Less funny business. More control. Faster, among other things than IE.


Besides, USA Today says:

If you can, use the Mozilla Firefox browser. If you must use Internet Explorer (IE), set the security settings to high; this will disable multimedia features of many Web sites, but also will block a main path intruders use to plant Web contagions.
And it's free.

10 million use Firefox to find over 5 million blogs.

Friday, December 10, 2004

The Wonkett

She's the kind of girl you wake up next to in the morning and pray to God you didn't marry the night before while in a drunken stuper.

But she is cute.

Update: Craig thinks it's her brain he likes. lol

Update: lgf has her figured out. Read the comment #68...

Wonkette is not a blogger. Wonkette is a columnist who was hired by Gawker Media to provide content for a psuedo-blog they had created called Wonkette. It is not a naturally-occurring "blog" in the sense that we think of blogs, but rather a corporate product, a pasteurized processed blog-flavored media site. Ana Marie Cox is paid a salary by the PR and publishing firm Gawker Media, and its owner Nick Denton. The Wonkette site is totally artificial, a simulated blog specifically created to create media attention and GET ADVERTISERS and make money for Gawker Media.


She's a phony!!! A phony cutie....

Sigh...

Bill Moyers Retirement

In a "puff piece" to justify his moralistic condemnations of people not on his side, the AP announced his retirement today.

"Moyers' interest has always been the American people."

I'm interested too in the American People, so what.

Then he is quoted:

"It's the fact that I'm doing journalism that isn't determined by the establishment."

Woah Nelly, NPR is as established as you get, but Mr. Moyers sounds moralistic and justifies his work based upon what he thinks the "people" ought to have, therefore we can't condemn him. He sounds self-serving and appears very close to the kind of person that Martin Luther had issues with.

I hope to hear from Mr. Moyers. But I have never heard anything out of his mouth that helped or changed my life, so I don't expect him to call.

Enjoy retirement and all that royality money you are getting from "NOW" as you walk away from it, and that book released earlier in this year. I forget the name of it., but I hope you sell a bunch of them.



Thursday, December 09, 2004

Jim Mulroy

You have to register; it's free.

The Commercial Appeal had this to say about a friend of mine:

Peer-selected as a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, August 2001. Peer-selected to be listed in Best Lawyers in America, November 2004. Named a Preeminent Lawyer in the Field of Labor and Employment Law by Martindale Hubble.
And here:

The following attorneys from Memphis-based Lewis Fisher Henderson Claxton & Mulroy were selected for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America 2005-2006": Donna K. Fisher, Thomas L. Henderson, Frederick J. Lewis, M. Curtiss McKee, James R. Mulroy II, Emile C. Ott, and Herbert C. Ehrhardt of the Jackson, Miss. office.


Good job Jim.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Asian Rust and Soybeans


Asian Rust can reduce the soybean crop by 80%. The models say rust will
cause all farmers to use an additional $30 per acre as a preventative next
season. Waiting until the rust establishes, doubles the price of control.

Problems:

1. Not enough fungicide http://www.soygrowers.com/rust/table1.htm available
in time.
2. Farmers don't get the messaged.
3. Section 18 approval needed.
4. Increased production costs will increase consumer prices.

Buy up now and avoid the price increase next year.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

John Milton

John Milton's sonnet,

"On His Blindness,"

When I consider how my light is spent,
Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,
and that one talent which is death to hide,
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide;
"Doth God exact day-labor, light denied?"
I fondly ask; but Patience to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, "God doth not need
Either man's work or his own gifts; who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed
And post o'er land and ocean without rest:
They also serve who only stand and wait.

All the writings of Mr. Milton are found here free from Darthmouth's reading room.

Go and enjoy the poet, who is largely considered one of the five greatest English language poets.

For biographical information such as:

Dating also to 1637, his great pastoral elegy, Lycidas, held by most critics to be among the greatest examples of that form, expresses his grief over the loss of a college friend, Edward King. In this work, the attentive reader can begin to discern the great Christian faith that lies at the heart of Milton the poet and which serves as the core of his most celebrated works. The end of Lycidas, especially, resounds with a powerful expression of faith in resurrection and redemption.
Go here.

Elias Canetti

Elias Canetti, the 1981 Nobel Prize winner in Literature, provided us with three principles of power:

  • The right to question and to demand answers,
  • The right to judge and condemn,
  • The right to pardon and show mercy.
This three step process, while used extensively by brutal regimes, remains the management tool of choice of global corporations. The power to destroy a reputation, then lift the sanction imposed by the humiliating defeat brings all employees to their knees. They cower and bow to keep their meager positions and avoid the wrath of the moralistic condemnations for their superiors.

And from the Boston Globe's obits:

Mr. Canetti, a Bulgarian-born British citizen who wrote in German, was buried Wednesday in Zurich beside Irish author James Joyce. He went into seclusion after he won the prize.
Interesting.

Monday, December 06, 2004

Policy Review, No. 128

Trade Out Of Whack by Steve Stein - Policy Review, No. 128 says:

But the broadest area of agreement in the trade deficit debate is that Americans’ rate of savings must improve, so that seems a logical starting point for policy proposals, especially since, through tax reform, it is possible to promote savings and competitiveness at the same time.

Bolding mine.

Among consumers, the general consensus is 'not my problem, man'. Savings not a problem? Ya, don't think so? Don't care?

But if you do care. Look at this:

Savings Calculators

What will it take to become a millionaire?

or

Paycheck Planning Calculators

How do my 401(k) salary deductions affect my take-home pay?

Try it, you'll like it.

Friday, December 03, 2004

Momenteous? Of Course

Per Tulip Girl

At 5:58 the Ukraine Supreme Court decision was read. The Supreme Court has
ruled that:

1. The election from November 21 is invalid.
2. There will be another run-off election, between Yushchenko and
Yanukovich.
3. The election will be held before the end of December.


Ranks right there with the Berlin Wall falling down.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Something Comforting

god-of-small-things said:

"What if we change the metaphor. Suppose the world, instead of being the Titanic, is more like the Queen Mary, which sailed faithfully on till reaching her final destination. In that case, caring for the ship and all her passengers is of the utmost importance. "

The French

Belmont ClubP: "Five Fleets: Around the World with the Nimitz by Lieutenant Commander William R. Bray, U.S.N."