Archive for September 20th, 2006

Democrats Pounce on Voter ID Laws

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

I sure don’t see what the problem is with proving one is a registered voter. It makes me wonder why the Democrats are having such an issue with it…unless having people vote who are not registered voters is helpful to them…
Hummm….I think they call that “voter fraud”.
It just might be the only way the Democrats can win these days. Just my opinion.

(CNSNews.com) – The way Democrats and some judges see it, requiring a photo ID at the polls infringes the rights of America’s voters.
The Democratic National Committee is applauding a Georgia judge, who has permanently blocked a state voter ID law from taking effect.
In the ruling issued Tuesday, Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford Jr. said Georgia’s new photo ID law violated the state constitution by placing an extra burden on qualified voters.
“Any attempt by the Legislature to require more than what is required by the express language of our Constitution cannot withstand judicial scrutiny,” Bedford wrote.
Press reports said the issue may reach the George Supreme Court before the general election on Nov. 7.

‘Harmful law’
The Democratic National Committee says voter ID laws are nothing more than “Republican attempts to restrict voting rights.”
The DNC noted that just last week, a circuit court overturned Missouri’s “harmful voter ID” law.
“This is the second blow in less than a week to the Republican strategy to narrow and limit the rights of America’s voters,” said Donna Brazile, who chairs the Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute.
“This latest decision in favor of voting rights and against Georgia’s voter ID sends a message to Republicans across the country, that their partisan schemes to undermine the right to vote will not go unchallenged.”
The House of Representatives on Wednesday is expected to vote on H.R. 4844, “The Federal Election Integrity Act of 2006,” which would require voters to show government-issued photo IDs, such as a driver’s license, when voting in federal elections. The bill also would require people to prove their U.S. citizenship when registering to vote.
Supporters say the bill will reduce fraud at the polls — and prevent illegal aliens from casting ballots.

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Democrats have argued that the poor, the infirm, the elderly and minorities would be hard-pressed to come up with government-issued photo IDs.

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Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.), who sponsored the Federal Election Integrity Act, says that requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls “presents no greater hardship than people face performing everyday activities.”
For example, Hyde noted that government-issued photo IDs are required for driving vehicles, applying for Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, food stamps, boarding airplanes, entering government buildings, registering at school, getting student loans, renting movies, and cashing checks.
Given all the cases in which U.S. citizens are asked to produce photo IDs, it should not be difficult to produce IDs to guard against fraud in the electoral system, Hyde said.

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Military Tightens Grip, PM flees Thailand After Coup

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

London (CNSNews.com) – Following a bloodless coup overnight, former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has fled to London from New York, where he was attending the United Nations General Assembly.
Thaksin, a close ally of the U.S., cancelled a speech he was due to give at the U.N. on Tuesday evening, as news of the coup emerged.
His official spokesman, Surapong Suebwonglee, initially declared confidence that the coup would fail, but as events in the Thai capital unfolded, he told the Associated Press: “We have to accept what happened. We are not coming back soon.”
Thaksin chartered a Russian plane to fly him and his entourage to the U.K. early Wednesday, according to a Thai reporter accompanying him.
Meanwhile, martial law has been declared in Thailand, where large groups of people have gathered and critical news reporting has been banned. As Bangkok residents slept, tanks moved through the Thai capital surrounding government buildings, while soldiers arrested Thaksin’s deputy and chief aide, Chidchai Vanasathidya. Tanks have now completely cordoned off the government district, with yellow ribbons tied around their barrels to show loyalty to Thailand’s revered king.

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Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs points out that “the acting prime minister installed by the army is a Muslim who wants to negotiate with the jihadis in the south.”

Sondhi, who is known to be close to Thailand’s revered constitutional monarch, will serve as acting prime minister, army spokesman Col. Akarat Chitroj said. Sondhi, well-regarded within the military, is a Muslim in this Buddhist-dominated nation.
Sondhi, 59, was selected last year to head the army partly because it was felt he could better deal with the Muslim insurgency in southern Thailand, where 1,700 people have been killed since 2004. Recently, Sondhi urged negotiations with the separatists in contrast to Thaksin’s hard-fisted approach. Many analysts have said that with Thaksin in power, peace in the south was unlikely.

Muslims demand pope convert to Islam

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

This gets crazier by the moment. Here we have a religion, who claims to be a “religion of peace”, but who is threatening violence on everyone who even remotely criticizes their theology and beliefs.
This whole situation would be comical if it weren’t so serious.

Christian churches in the Middle East are vandalized, a Catholic nun in Africa is killed and Muslims have demanded that the pope convert to Islam – all because he read a quote from a medieval text that described Islam as “evil and inhuman.”
The pope has issued an apology for even referencing the historic text, emphasized that those views are not his, but still many in the Islamic world are demanding blood.
A new group called “The sword of Islam” contacted reporters and said it had fired gunshots at a Christian church in the Middle East during a demonstration over the comments.
“We want to make it clear that if the pope does not appear on TV and apologize for his comments, we will blow up all of Gaza’s churches,” the group said in a report.
The controversy arose a few days ago while Pope Benedict XVI was speaking in Germany, and he referred to the conclusions of Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus, in which he made the reference to Islam being violent.
The pope, according to a Vatican statement, was simply reflecting on the “theme of the relationship between religion and violence in general, and to conclude with a clear and radical rejection of the religious motivation for violence, from whatever side it may come.”
But Muslims reacted to what they apparently perceived as an attack on their religion, and started vandalizing Middle East Christian churches, with seven so far sustaining varying levels of destruction.
In Africa, a nun was shot and killed, with indications the attack may have been a reaction to the statements.
And now, a report in the Jerusalem Post said that Muslim religious leaders in the Gaza Strip are warning the pope that he must “accept” Islam if he wanted to live in peace.
One Muslim cleric, Imad Hamto, said the pope must “repent and ask for forgiveness” and Hamto referred to a phrase taken from letters sent by the founder of Islam to the chiefs of tribes in his times – when he reportedly urged them to convert to Islam in order to keep their lives.
While President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, who himself has publicly called for the destruction of Israel and has denied the Holocaust without significant reaction, suggested that the pope has satisfactorily “modified” his remarks, others said they did not agree.
“Either apologize or don’t come,” read banners at a protest in Turkey, where the pope is scheduled to visit in November. And in Libya, a son of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi said the pope needs to change.
“If this person were really someone reasonable, he would not agree to remain at his post one minute but would convert to Islam immediately,” the son, Mohammad Qaddafi, said.

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Iran Tells U.N. Nuclear Program Peaceful

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

Yeah Right…

Iran’s nuclear activities are “transparent, peaceful and under the watchful eye” of United Nations inspectors, (those would be the same inspectors that he refused access to? -ed.) Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday.
Taking the world stage at the U.N. General Assembly hours after President Bush, he also some permanent members of the Security Council _ an apparent reference to the United States _ of using the powerful body as a tool of “threat and coercion.”

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Oh course in the same speech, he also Prayed “to God for the Return of the Twelfth Imam” which, in his opinion (and that of most of Islam) will result in all evil-doers (all of us non-muslims) being sent straight to hell and Islam being established as the only religion on earth.

He believes he can help this happen by starting World War 3. How is he going to do that? By (gasp) using his nuclear weapons on his enemies, starting with Israel.

Is the world really stupid enough to believe that this man wants peace and won’t develop nuclear weapons?

Music video: ‘Martyrs’ get paradise with maidens

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

And we wonder why there can’t seem to be peace in the Middle East?

JERUSALEM – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ state-run television the past few weeks has broadcast a music video in which viewers are encouraged to “martyr” themselves in exchange for eternal paradise and beautiful “maidens.”
The Israeli-based monitor Palestinian Media Watch reports the video, airing on television controlled by Abbas’ Fatah party, depicts a Palestinian woman who is shot in the back by Israeli soldiers. The woman then is transported to “paradise” where she joins white-robed “maidens” dancing in water while waiting to marry a male Palestinian who “martyrs” himself.
In the next scene, according to PMW, a grieving Palestinian man is shot in the back by Israeli troops while visiting the grave of the woman killed at the start of the video. The man immediately is brought to “heaven” where he is rewarded with several white-robed “maidens,” including the original woman he was mourning.
“This recurring image of the martyr being rewarded by receiving the Maidens [is] part of the multifaceted Palestinian Authority campaign glorifying and encouraging terror, and promoting suicide terror as idyllic,” states a PMW report.
PMW cites other recent instances in which Palestinian television encouraged suicide terrorism for the reward of paradise ripe with beautiful women.
In one recent video, a Palestinian about to blow himself up among Jewish civilians is depicted reciting a prayer hoping for “paradise.”
“Angels of mercy, escort our souls to Heaven after we fulfill this duty of crushing the descendents of monkeys and pigs. Dear father and mother, blessings of honor and respect to you, while you escort me to the Maidens of Paradise as a Martyr,” states the soon-to-be suicide bomber.
In a sermon broadcast on PA television, Ismail al-Radouan, a prominent Palestinian sheik, declares, “When the Shahid meets his maker, all his sins are forgiven from the first gush of blood. He is exempted from the torments of the grave; he sees his place in paradise, he is shielded from the great shock, and marries 72 Dark Eyed (Virgins).”
In an interview recently broadcast on Palestinian television, the mother of a real life suicide bomber explains how she had hoped her son would “martyr” himself.
“He (my son) would always dream of Shahada, it was his first and last goal in life. I told him, ‘Dear, we all want to be shahids.’ He said, ‘In this entire world, I can’t think of anyone to marry. I want to marry the Dark Eyed [Virgins or Maidens of Paradise].’ I said if these are his thoughts, I wish him Shahada (martyrdom).”

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“Islam’s Appeal” by Raymond Ibrahim

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

If seeing Arab, Pakistani, or other “ethnic” Muslims menacingly wave their hands while lambasting the West is nothing strange, seeing homegrown, non-accented Western converts doing the same thing is. Along with John Walker Lindh, Richard Reid, Jose Padilla, and Germaine Lindsay — all Western converts to Islam and all terrorists — in the spotlight today are Abu Abdullah, the native Briton turned Muslim cleric, who makes no secret of his vitriolic hatred of the West and who was just arrested for terrorist-related charges, and Azzam “the American” (formerly Adam Gadahn), who after receiving a gracious introduction by Dr. Aymin Zawahri on an al-Qaeda video, harangued and mocked his fellow Americans into submitting to Allah.

What causes such men, born and raised in the West, often from Christian backgrounds, to abandon their heritage and embrace radical Islam?

A common reason cited is that, unlike Christianity, which can be heavy on theology, Islam is relatively simple and straightforward. So while Christianity revolves around metaphysical concepts such as the Trinity, Christology, the nature of salvation, grace, free-will vs election, and the futility of the law, Islam, in black and white terms, commands its adherents to do this and not do that. In fact, the Arabic word “Sharia,” that comprehensive body of laws Muslims must follow, literally means the “way” — as in the way to paradise.

There is another subtle factor that makes Islam attractive. Traditional masculine roles are well preserved in Islam. Indeed, manly honor, courage, patriarchy, and a sharp division between the sexes are at the core of Islamic culture. This may be appealing to Western men who find it difficult to express their “manhood” in increasingly neutered societies. Harvey Mansfield, author of Manliness, defines that term as “a quality both bad and good, mostly male, often intolerant, irrational, and ambitious. Our gender-neutral society does not like it but cannot get rid of it.”

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The main reason, of course, that Islam possesses what are seen as masculine virtues, has to do with the fact that its essence is trapped in the 7th century — “when men were men,” for good or ill. That is the “golden era” of Islam, when the Muslim prophet Muhammad, the paragon of all Islamic virtue, whom Sunnis are exhorted to emulate in every possible way, walked the earth, sword in hand, accepting no insult, and conquering his infidel neighbors.

But just as traditional masculine virtues are upheld in Islamic culture, so too do traditionally masculine vices abound. Honor, courage, as well as patriarchic ethics, can easily morph into foolish pride (e.g. “honor killings”), disregard for life (e.g. suicide-bombings), as well as sexism and misogyny.

That is not all. Based on the Koran and Muhammad’s history, raiding, killing, and plundering infidels, abducting their women and enslaving their children, are all legitimate, so long as they are done in the service of Islam. In fact, that is exactly how the prophet and the first Muslims spread Islam, as attested by the Koran and Hadiths.

Of course such behavior was somewhat “normal” in the 7th century. In Islam, however, the actions of 7th-century Muhammad are believed perfect and to be emulated today no less than yesterday. Any scruples a potential convert may have over such primitive (though possibly tempting) practices immediately dissipate in light of God’s approval. For instance: “O prophet, We have made lawful to you . . . the slave-girls whom God has given you as spoils of war” (Koran 33: 50).

Little wonder that Islam appeals to certain men over Christianity: it comports much better with man’s most primordial lusts — for war, booty, and women — than do injunctions such as “turn the other cheek” and “pray for those who persecute you.” Even the Muslim heaven is far more alluring — there, rivers of alcohol and sex slaves await the mujahid who dies battling infidels. (empahasis mine. -ed.)

And so like mischievous little boys who find the wild image and lifestyle of the pirate fascinating — raiding, killing, plundering, abducting — so do some Western men apparently find the wild image and lifestyle of the mujahid warrior fascinating. And so they convert.

None of this is to say that Muslims in general are murderers, plunderers, hedonists, or misogynists. It is to say, however, that Islamic law justifies and makes such behavior, under the rubric of “religion,” legal for any would-be Muslim (“If it was right for Muhammad and the first Muslims, it must be right for us”).

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Quote of the Day

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

“The Democrats’ failure to connect with values voters has not been the result of a poorly articulated message. Their problem is precisely the opposite: They have communicated their values message all too well. They don’t have much respect for traditional values, and even less for those who promote them.”
-David Limbaugh

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