Archive for December 15th, 2005

Couple wins Nativity scene battle

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

Has anyone noticed how quiet the ACLU is this year as organizations like the Thomas More Law Center and the Liberty Counsel put the shoe on the other foot and threatened to sue municipalities over their bans on Nativity Scenes and religious Christmas symbols in public places?
Is is possible that the ACLU knew they were wrong the whole time and their threats were idle?

Accompanied by a lawyer, a couple successfully acquired permission from a Pennsylvania town council to set up a Nativity scene on public property.
The Beaver Borough Council voted 7-2 Tuesday night to allow Deborah and Michael Sturm to erect their display this Saturday.
The Sturm’s attorney, Edward L. White of the
Thomas More Law Center, had written a letter to the council in November, arguing for the display’s constitutionality.
White noted with irony that Saturday also will be the day when local citizens protest against Beaver County for not allowing Nativity scenes outside the county courthouse, which is across the street from the park where the Sturms will set up their display.
As
WorldNetDaily reported , Beaver County officials removed a Nativity display from a public park one year ago, fearing they would run afoul of the American Civil Liberties Union.
The display was erected at the entrance to Bradys Run Park by organizers of the county’s annual Festival of Trees fund-raiser, which benefits children served by the county’s Children and Youth Services.
County officials said the group did not get permission, but if they had asked, they would have been rejected because the county solicitor has determined it violates the U.S. Constitution.
Vic Walczak, legal director for the Pennsylvania ACLU, told the Beaver County Times religious symbols arbitrarily erected on public property are unconstitutional because they endorse a particular religion, and government must represent people of all faiths.
“If Beaver County is putting up that creche, what’s the message they’re sending to residents: We promote, support and endorse Christmas and Christianity?” he said. “Does that mean Christianity is better than the other religions?”
Previous story:
Officials remove Nativity to avoid ACLU

Housing officials ‘cancel’ Christmas

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

It is truly amazing what some people consider to be “inclusion”. By telling old folks they can’t sing Christmas carols or put up Christmas decorations with a religious theme, that is somehow being “inclusive”? Give me a break!!

Managers in charge of two federally subsidized housing facilities have told residents in one case they cannot sing Christmas carols, and in another they can’t decorate their own entry doors with religious symbols, according to a religious-liberty law firm.
Attorneys at
Liberty Counsel say they have sent two separate letters to housing authorities subsidized by the Department of Housing and Urban Development demanding that they reverse their positions regarding Christmas.
In a statement, the law group says the Housing Resource Development Corporation has informed those senior citizens living in its Winter Park, Fla., subsidized housing facility that they may not sing Christmas carols, nor may they have outside religious groups or churches sing Christmas carols in the facility.
Representing one of the residents, Liberty Counsel sent a demand letter asserting the housing authority is violating the Federal Fair Housing Act, which prohibits religious discrimination. The housing authority was threatened with legal action if it did not lift the carols prohibition.
Liberty Counsel also targeted
Bethany Towers, which provides housing to low-income seniors and people with disabilities in Mechanicsburg, Pa. The managers reportedly have barred Christmas decorations from the lobby and the day rooms on each floor, and have prohibited decorations with religious connotations on individuals’ entry doors.
“Throughout the year, residents decorate the exterior of their entry doors with cards and stuffed animals, but this year they have been told that they may not have religious Christmas decorations,” Liberty Counsel stated.
Mathew Staver is president and general counsel of the law firm.
“Some of these elderly citizens and persons with disabilities will celebrate their final Christmas in these housing facilities,” Staver noted. “It is unthinkable that these housing authorities would rob the elderly and the dependent residents of their joy in celebrating Christmas. It is hard to imagine what these officials are thinking when they tell senior citizens that they may not celebrate Christmas, and then in the same breath, seek to justify their discrimination on the basis of inclusion. Forbidding these senior and dependent residents from celebrating Christmas is the most exclusionary act imaginable.”
As WorldNetDaily reported, in 2002, a woman living in a government-subsidized housing complex was nearly evicted for refusing to remove a sign from her window that read “24 Hr. Prayer Station.” A lawsuit was settled that allowed the woman to stay in her home and keep up the prayer placard.
Repeated calls to both the Housing Resource Development Corporation and Bethany Towers were not returned by press time.

Turnout Strong for Iraq Parliamentary Vote

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

Isn’t interesting that the war in Iraq didn’t help anything and all the people are against us?
What, you mean they don’t hate us and want Sadam back? But the mainstream media said….
Oh never mind!!

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Iraqis voted Thursday in one of the largest and freest elections in the Arab world, with strong turnout reported in Sunni areas and even a shortage of ballots in some precincts. Several explosions rocked Baghdad throughout the day, but the level of violence was low.
The heavy participation in the parliamentary voting by the Sunnis, who had shunned balloting last January, bolstered U.S. hopes of calming the insurgency enough to begin withdrawing its troops next year.
But much depends on whether the sides, after the votes are counted, can form a government to reconcile Iraq’s various communities, or merely fan the current tensions.
Officials were forced to extend voting for one hour, until 6 p.m. (10 a.m. EST) as long lines were reported in some precincts, which election commission spokesman Farid Ayar called a sign that the balloting “was successful and turnout was good.” Results will be announced within two weeks.

Read the rest here.

Democrats under fire over (Christian -ed.) fish parody

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

Well, at least the dems are backpedaling on this (as they do most things)…

OLYMPIA – The state Democratic Party is catching heat for posting an item on its Web site that parodies the popular Christian fish symbol commonly seen on the back of cars.
The item – a magnetic version of the fish, emblazoned with flames and the word “Hypocrite” alongside a cross – appeared last week on the Democrats’ Web site. It was displayed along with other political-message magnets, bumper stickers and buttons that the party sells.
State Democratic Party Chairman Paul Berendt said he first found out about the hypocrite fish posting on Friday when someone from KIRO radio called to ask him to go on the air to give an explanation.
“The moment I became aware of it, I insisted it be taken down,” Berendt said Tuesday. “I’m sorry if anyone was offended. It’s embarrassing.”
Berendt said the item had not been “properly vetted” and was on the Web site for less than 48 hours. He said the party didn’t even have any of the magnets in stock.
“We didn’t sell any of them, and we’re not going to,” he said.
State Rep. Doug Ericksen, R-Bellingham, put out a news release Tuesday criticizing the Democrats for posting what he described as an “anti-Christian” symbol.
“It’s just amazing that they have people sitting in their office who think that way,” Ericksen said. “You would never see anything on a Republican Web site demeaning Judaism or the Islamic faith.”
The fish magnet is copyrighted by a Mount Vernon company called Reefer Magnets. The company mostly sells magnets with pro-marijuana messages such as “Hemp is Patriotic” and “Jesus is coming, roll another joint.”
Berendt said he wasn’t sure what the fish symbol is supposed to mean but said he thinks it is aimed at “people who claim to be pro-life but are for the death penalty.”

Makes one wonder what kind of a group would buy stuff from a place called “Reefer Magnets”. I sometimes wonder where the rolling stones of the 60’s went to grow moss. It seems that most of them ended up in the democratic party.

51 terror suspects nabbed trying to enter U.S. illegally

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

WorldNetDaily is reporting that since tracking began fourteen months ago, At least 51 people who crossed the border illegally have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism.
My question is: If we caught 51 people, how many got in without being detected?
With our porous boarders, it’s only a matter of time before we get another terrorist attack, probably much worse then the one we experienced on 9-11.

At least 51 people who crossed the border illegally have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism since such tracking began 14 months ago, according to figures released to Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., by the Department of Homeland Security.
Tancredo, a leading congressional advocate of immigration reform, says the figures document the national security risk the nation’s porous borders pose on the eve of Congress’ first attempt in nearly a decade to rewrite immigration law.
Since October 2004, the Joint Terrorism Task Forces have kept track of arrested terrorist suspects who are in the U.S. illegally.
The JTTF document released to Tancredo shows 51 people were arrested who had “entered without inspection” into the U.S. from countries such as Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and Pakistan.
“If this isn’t a wake-up call to our lax border security, I don’t know what is,” said Tancredo. “What scares me is not this list from federal law enforcement – after all, we’ve already caught those terrorists. What scares me is the potentially hundreds of terrorists who make their way through our porous borders each year and go undetected.”
The suspected illegal alien terrorists were arrested on a wide variety of charges, from smuggling weapons to illegally wiring large sums of money into the country, the document says.

Read the rest here.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

On the Third Day of Christmas my true love gave to me…
Three French Hens,
Two Turtle Doves,
and A Partridge in a Pear Tree

The Little Drummer Boy” – A Classic Show with a Wonderful Message

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

A Christmas program I grew up with was The Little Drummer Boy, produced by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass, creators of many of our favorite Christmas shows.

This classic tale is of a young orphan Hebrew boy who encounters the Christ Child at the manger. Arriving with the Wise Men, he sees the wonderful gifts they have brought to Jesus. Being poor and having nothing but the clothes on his back, a drum his parents gave him before their deaths and several farm animals as traveling companions, he searches for something worthy to give to the Lord. Having nothing, he plays his drum for Him. What better message for us then to know that all we have to do is offer Jesus what we are, no matter how humble that may be.
The song Little Drummer Boy, composed by Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati and Harry Simeone in 1958, was the inspiration for the Rankin-Bass story.



Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

So to honor Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
When we come.

Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
That’s fit to give the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum,
On my drum?

Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum.

Mexican President Criticizes U.S. Border Wall

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

Now don’t get me wrong. I have no problem with Legal immigration. I have many Hispanic and Mexican friends. These people are high-class individuals who did it right by coming into the country legally.
But people have understand two points. One is that illegal immigration, aside from being illegal (that means against the law), it is costing billions of dollars to support them, with health care and other tax dollar funded assistance. The other point is that as long as we have porous boarders, national security is a joke. Terrorist can come and go with impunity.
But our “friendly” Mexican President sees a security wall as a problem. You see, he likes the fact that his people can come up here and make lots of money to send back to his country. That way he can stay corrupt and not have to actually address the joblessness and poverty in his country.

MONTERREY, Mexico — Mexico’s president on Wednesday criticized the U.S. decision to complete a wall along the border and use drones to increase security, calling it “disgraceful and shameful.”
On Monday, a U.S. judge lifted the final legal obstacle for the completion of a border fence along the
Mexico-California border. Plans call for two additional fences running parallel to the existing steel barrier, with sensors and cameras tracking any movement.
The fences will run along the final 3 1/2 miles of the border before it meets the Pacific.
“This situation we’re seeing, a disgraceful and shameful moment where walls are being built, security systems are being reinforced, and human and labor rights are being violated more and more, won’t protect the economy of the United States,” President
Vicente Fox said.
“It would be hard to know what would happen to the economy of the United States if it wasn’t for the enormous contribution, the productivity, the quality of work of our countrymen in that country,” Fox added.
Last month, President Bush said he was providing border agents with cutting-edge technology like surveillance drones and infrared cameras. In October, Bush signed a $32 billion homeland security bill for 2006 that included 1,000 additional Border Patrol agents
.

The only problem I see with the wall is that it’s approximately 1,995 miles too short.

Read the rest from Fox News here.