Thursday, March 27, 2008
Liveleak.com was the only source that was brave enough to host Wilders' film, no-one else dared. I had the opportunity to watch it a few nights ago, before it was unceremoniously pulled from their servers. Why? Because of serious threats to staff members. One can only assume those threats originated from the Muslim world. It has happened before, and obviously will happen again. If you click on the video below, what was once the film is now an official notice indicating why they can no longer safely allow it to remain on their servers. This is indeed a tragic day for freedom of speech, and just serves as a gross reminder of what we are actually dealing with, and what we have to look forward to.
Any religious ideology that calls for world domination, that resorts to violence and threats of death to achieve those ends, is not a religion but an aberration. Sorry, but there is no one religion that holds the franchise on God. God belongs to all, not just the Muslims, and until they decide they are willing to share Him, that they can play in the global sandbox we call earth with their non-Muslim brethren, in a civilized manner, I will continue to criticize and raise my voice in anger.
I will defend my right to worship as I please! I will NOT submit! And I will NOT be silenced!
Here's a transcript of the film and it is now on youtube, although who knows for how long.
The video is back up and running, but apparently a modified version is in the works, sans the cartoon.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
"The Games have always brought people together in peace to respect universal moral principles. The upcoming Games will feature athletes from all over the world and help promote the Olympic spirit."
"They tried to pull down the Tibetan flag that had been raised by protestors at the town headquarters building on the 17th, and when the protestors peacefully resisted, the security forces opened fire, killing two protestors. Their names were Kyari and Tsedo. Both were from Tseshul village. Another eight persons, including Yeshe Dorje and Tabke, were seriously wounded and were taken to Serthar county hospital."
“Many Chinese security forces have arrived in the Serkar monastery in the Kham Gapa area to impart re-education programs among the monks. But all the monks refused to participate in the program and instead raised slogans demanding religious freedom and human rights. There are around 500 monks. The Chinese army before leaving the monastery threatened the monks that they were going to come back the next day to deal with them. I have not received any further information after that.”
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Unlike many in my party, I believe that cultural diversity is what makes this country great. The very foundation of this nation was built through the blood and sweat of immigrants, so not acknowledging our heritage is to dishonor our ancestors. However, having said that, I also believe it is imperative that those that live or choose to live in this country adapt to our American ways; they should be, first and foremost, Americans. That includes Whites, Asians, Hispanics and Blacks.
I watched snippets from various sermons by Barack Obama's hate-filled Reverend Jeremiah Wright (Trinity United Church Of Christ) and was absolutely appalled. This is someone Barack Obama, for a full 20 years, has looked to as his spiritual advisor, and who inspired his book "The Audacity Of Hope". A man he prayed with before announcing his presidential bid. This self-same pastor who claims to be a Christian, but is the antithesis of what a Christian should be; who preaches hatred of the U.S. is a racist at heart, is virulently anti-Israel and has honored Louis Farrakhan (radical leader of Nation of Islam) with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Louis Farrakhan who is anti-everything. I could barely listen to Wright's ranting diatribes for the few minutes on youtube, and yet, this is a man who has influenced Obama for the past 2 decades.
Do we really want a man who is a member of a racist church that encourages separation rather than integration and brotherhood? Not I!
H/T- LGF via Grouchy Old Cripple
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
It's not often, but every once in a while a notable celebrity will quietly reveal his conservative bent, or admit this country 'aint half as bad as the ultra-libs seem to think it is. David Mamet, acclaimed playwright, screenwriter, director (GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, THE VERDICT, WAG THE DOG, SPEED-THE-PLOW) is one of those. Though I wouldn't hand him his conservative badge of honour, just yet, he wrote a very interesting article for the Village Voice, recently, entitled: David Mamet: Why I Am No Longer A 'Brain-Dead Liberal- an election-season essay'. His words, not mine.
"I took the liberal view for many decades, but I believe I have changed my mind. As a child of the '60s, I accepted as an article of faith that
government is corrupt, that business is exploitative, and that people are generally good at heart.These cherished precepts had, over the years, become ingrained as increasingly impracticable prejudices. Why do I say impracticable? Because although I still held these beliefs, I no longer applied them in my life. How do I know? My wife informed me. We were riding along and listening to NPR. I felt my facial muscles tightening, and the words beginning to form in my mind: Shut the fuck up. "?" she prompted. And her terse, elegant summation, as always, awakened me to a deeper truth: I had been listening to NPR and reading
various organs of national opinion for years, wonder and rage contending for pride of place. Further: I found I had been—rather charmingly, I thought—referring to myself for years as "a brain-dead liberal," and to NPR as "National Palestinian Radio."
It's a brilliant, wonderfully revelatory dissertation on how he came to terms with his more tolerant and accepting conservative side. He talks about how he came to realize that the faults of President George W. Bush were no different than the faults of President John F. Kennedy, whom he happened to revere. He talks about class, but how unlike the Marxist view, the U.S. class system is not static. The poor can rise from the depths of poverty and make something of their lives, whilst the rich and powerful can fall.
It's a fascinating 5 pages of the inner workings of an ex-lib, and well worth the read.
Let's hope more in my industry, and other traditionally liberal fields, find their way to the Truth, as David Mamet has.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
One would think that after recent allegations of sexual misconduct from some of our illustrious members of congress, those in other visible, high profile positions would somehow control those extra-curricular activities. But nope, we now have N.Y. Governor Eliot Spitzer, DEMOCRAT, (thank you very much) caught with his proverbial pants down. And you know what? No-one seems to care that much. Why? Because he's a Democrat, after all. Had this been a Republican, the Democratic Party would be foaming at the mouth, demanding his immediate resignation. For now, he's merely contemplating it, and the rest of the party is remaining noticeably, but not surprisingly, mum. I don't expect them to condemn his behaviour, considering no-one seemed to give a dang about Bill Clinton's infamous actions with that "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" woman. We have the ex-CEO of this country having a sexual liaison with a young intern (while in office!), blatantly lying about it, and suffering no consequences. Why would they then bother censuring Spitzer? In fact, with all the scandal surrounding the Clintons, the Mrs. has actually been rewarded with the potential of becoming the next president of the U.S.A. This would never happen if the Clintons happened to be Republicans.
So this whole sordid Spitzer affair will eventually fade from public view, with perhaps a slap of a hand, and life will go on, as per usual. As it always does for the liberal left.
Friday, March 07, 2008
On March 6th, across Germany, Russia and Finland, statues and sculptures were veiled in Burqas or headscarves in an effort to bring to light the plight of women under Islam.
Please visit their website for more info.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations, Art. 1
"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."
Quran, Sura 4,34
"To those (women) on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them."
Please feel free to post about this.
HatTip: Vigilant Freedom email
Sunday, March 02, 2008
This seems to be happening frequently, and Mike has some great advice on the Fair Use Doctrine.
I don't have any time to delve into this more because we are in crunch tech week, as we open next Friday. After we open, I will be more active.
Blessings to all.