Archive for June 27th, 2007

Palm Sunday – A Bible Story Mural

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Hosanna!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the King of Israel!”
Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written,
“Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.”

At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that they had done these things to him.

Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. Many people, because they had heard that he had given this miraculous sign, went out to meet him. So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”
John 12:12-19 (New International Version)

“What irony that many of these same people would be calling for the crucifixion of Christ just a few days later – an insight into the fickle, fallen nature of humanity.”
-Doug Westbrook, Artist of “Palm Sunday – A Bible Story Mural”

See Mr. Westbrook’s Bible Story Murals here.
Bible Story Murals
If your church is looking for a unique way to bring the Word of God to it’s children and young people, take a look at Doug Westbrook’s Bible Story Murals. Each wall sized mural is based on the hand painted originals Mr. Westbrook created at Central Baptist Church in Houston, Texas and represents a different well known Bible story.
They are available on durable vinyl wallpaper for easy installation.

New Gun Control: Shut Down the Gun Shops

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

The liberals have been unsuccessful in overriding the second amendment to the constitution, the right to bear arms, and also unsuccessful at driving the gun manufacturers out of business, so they are doing what liberals do best…abusing the system, in this case, using the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to pull gun dealer’s licenses over minor paperwork oversights.
The liberal thought…if no one can buy guns, then eventually, no one will own guns. QED.

The government is using paperwork errors as small as the abbreviation of a city name to shut down some of the nation’s longest-serving gun shops, and 2nd Amendment advocates fear the right to bear arms will mean little if there’s no way to obtain a gun.

“No good deed goes unpunished,” Larry Pratt, of Gun Owners of America, told WND while confirming that as recently as 15 or 20 years ago, there were 250,000 licensed gun dealers in the United States.

Today, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told WND, there are 108,381, and if more cases involving dealers such as Red’s Trading Post of Twin Falls, Idaho, develop, that number will plummet quickly.

Ryan Horsley, a spokesman for Red’s, which has been in business 71 years, said the store has been battling over its license because of rules infractions such as a missing poster for more than six years.

He’s launched an online petition asking Congress to intervene and halt the “blatant targeting of law abiding dealers.” It also seeks a “fair, constitutional and speedy appeals process” and has attracted thousands of signatures.

His company also has a federal lawsuit pending against the ATF over its announcement that Red’s firearms dealership license was being withdrawn.

Attorney Mark Geston said the case asks the court to review the statute and the “propriety” of the decision that was made.

Horsley said the reason Red’s is facing a revocation is – at most – insignificant paperwork mistakes.

“Imagine having your driver’s license revoked because you did not completely spell out the word ‘no’ when answering a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question on your application five years ago,” his petition asks.

He told WND the inspectors begin with efforts to locate any petty violation they can, usually clerical mistakes. “They list these errors as ‘willful’ which Congress set in the wording to protect FFL dealers,” he said. “The dealer’s Federal Firearms License is then revoked and the dealer must enter an appeals process which is extremely unfair.”

He said essentially the appeal of a ATF decision goes directly to the people who originally made the decision.

“This is the equivalent of being in court and having the prosecuting attorney act as an adviser to the judge,” Horsley said. The result forces the business, if owners want to continue operating, to sue in federal court.

Pratt told WND, “the power that has enabled ATF to take away people’s licenses to do business” continues unabated.

Pratt said many gun dealers were closed down when Congress allowed local municipalities to recommend denial depending upon the location of the gun dealership.

And he noted a family gun business that had been operation in Baltimore, Md., for years was attacked because of the “wanton, repeated crime” of abbreviating Baltimore as “Blto” on the “teeny, tiny spaces on the forms provided by the teeny, tiny little minds.”

The agency holds, he said, a “continuing animas against gun owners and dealers.”

The inspectors have no handbook under which to operate, and the absence of such written procedures allows them to be arbitrary and capricious.

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Rosie O’Donnell Posts Photo, Video of 4-year-Old Daughter Dressed as Guerrilla Fighter With Bullet Bandolero

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Rosie O’Donnell has really lost it now. Here’s a picture she posted of her daughter…

Vivian Rose ODonnell

Maybe she is trying to draw a correlation to these children…

Palestinian Child Abuse 1

Palestinian Child Abuse 2

Not even her groupies can understand what she was trying to get at.

Unemployed gabfest queen Rosie O’Donnell, who last went to war with Elizabeth Hasselbeck only to retreat from her position on “The View,” appears to have drafted a reinforcement in the form of waify 4-year-old Vivian Rose, better known as “Vivi.”

Rosie posted a video and photo of her little soldier on her Web site Rosie.com on Tuesday, which drew immediate reaction — some not so kind — about the media transformation of her daughter from little princess to bullet-toting guerrilla fighter.

“That is a horrible picture of VIvi!!” one viewer wrote to her blog. Other comments included:

“RO, I AGREE WITH U ON MOSTLY EVERYTHING. BUT SOMEHOW I FOUND THE PICTURE OF VIVI DISTURBING. I DON’T EVEN LET MY CHILDREN PLAY WITH ANYTHING SIMILAR TO THAT. IT’S JUST A COMMENT. BUT OH WELL!!!!!!”

“wow Ro that photo of Vivi with the bullets made me cry-it’s scary to think that there are precious little ones really walking around like that in our world “for real”. Come on people! Help our babies”

“what’s with the new pic? it’s rather disturbing!”

“Help me out here….Why is that child in the header pic(your child I believe) wearing a bullet belt around her? Is there a political statement ur trying to make?”

“that picture is gross! I am disturbed…leaving your site for a clearing of my mind as to what you are up to!”

“Oh, WOW Vivi looks beautiful.! the fact that U let her explore her imagination like that shows what a good mom U R. In some countries though, they are training terrorists that young, how sad is that?”

“Ro- So dissapointed to see your little ones with bullets…where are the guns? I thought for sure you would protect them more from such things…The internet is NOT OK…but bullets ARE?? Why Why??”

“Are you kidding me with that pic of your daughter? Why would you do that?”

“WHY DO YOU HAVE THAT PICTURE OF VIVI WEARING BULLETS, I LOVE YOU AND IT REALLY OFFENEDED ME !!!!”

“Not sure of the “message” you are trying to send with that pic of Viv, but I guarantee many are not going to get it… Children with bullets, even fake…?? what are u thinking?”

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Yet Another Problem with the Amnesty Bill

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

One more problem with the amnesty bill…

A black conservative activist who has worked hard to end Affirmative Action says millions of illegal immigrants would instantly go the front of the line for preferential treatment if Senate Bill 1348 — the so-called “comprehensive immigration reform bill” — becomes law.

Ward Connerly, chairman of the Sacramento-based American Civil Rights Institute (ACRI), says if the amnesty bill becomes law, millions of newly amnestied Hispanics would automatically qualify for special race-based preferences because individuals of Mexican descent are already considered an officially sanctioned, under-represented minority in the U.S.

“Under-represented minorities, who are typically black, Hispanic, and Native American, receive race-based preferences and public employment, public education, and public contracting,” he explains. “So that means that if someone is legalized by Senate Bill 1348 — and that individual is an under-represented minority — that individual would instantly become eligible for Affirmative Action preferences.”

Connerly explains that in some places, Hispanics are not really a numerical minority at all. “A minority is someone who is — quote — ‘socially and economically disadvantaged,'” he says. “And so you can have a circumstance, as we really almost do right now in California, where someone who is of Mexican descent is considered socially and economically disadvantaged — and yet they are a numerical majority.”

The ACRI chairman says it would be completely unfair to U.S. citizens to give preferences to amnestied individuals. “I think no one should get a preference in this country,” says the activist, “but certainly one would be hard pressed to justify giving preferences to amnestied individuals over an American citizen. That, to me, just makes no sense.”

Connerly says not only would amnestied individuals move ahead of American citizens, but they would also gain privileges over immigrants from countries like Russia — because they would be part of an under-represented minority.

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Suggested Limits on Conservative Talk Radio Labeled ‘Totalitarian’

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

“Totalitarian” and a blatant violation of our first amendment rights.
In typical Democrat fashion: Silence the opposition instead of of meeting it with logical arguments.

The American Civil Rights Union, an organization dedicated to protecting free speech, is blasting a liberal think tank for calling on the government to impose restrictions on talk radio.

The Center for American Progress was founded by former President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff John Podesta. Along with a group called Free Press, it has recently published a study entitled “The structural imbalance of political talk radio.” The study suggests that conservative talk radio has an unfair advantage that needs to be rectified by government intervention. It calls for more diversity in ownership, and says stations that fail to abide by government-mandated public-interest obligations should pay a fine to support public broadcasting.

Horace Cooper, a senior fellow with the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU), says individuals already have a way to regulate talk radio. “There is a very simple way they can deal with it,” he points out. “They turn to another channel.”

But the Center for American Progress, says Cooper, apparently does not like that approach. “[They say] ‘We’re not going to leave it up to the American people to decide. We want to bring the government in and have them make these decisions,'” he insists.

Cooper says the recommendations found in the report remind him of what goes on in totalitarian regimes. “They’re actually proposing that we take the ownership rights of the radio stations from the pre-existing owners and re-allocate them to other people who have approved political views,” he explains. “This is a lot like what is going on in Venezuela today. This looks a lot like what used to go on in the former [Soviet] Eastern Bloc.”

Cooper says the suggestions made by the Center for American Progress go way beyond the “Fairness Doctrine,” which some members of Congress are trying to resurrect.

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Concerning the Amnesty Bill: “Bad Vibe” by Stanley Kurtz

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Something about this immigration battle doesn’t sit well. For all the bitterness of our political battles, there’s at least the sense that the government responds to the drift of public opinion. The Republicans in Congress turned into big spenders and the war in Iraq went poorly. As a result the Democrats prospered in 2006, if narrowly. That’s how democracy works. Our politics are often angry and ugly (and that’s a problem), but this is because the public is deeply divided on issues of great importance. Deep down, we understand that our political problems reflect our own divisions.

Somehow this immigration battle feels different. The bill is wildly unpopular, yet it’s close to passing. The contrast with the high-school textbook version of democracy is not only glaring and maddening, it’s downright embarrassing. Usually, even when we’re at each others’ throats, there’s still an underlying pride in the democratic process. This immigration battle strips us of even that pride.

I’m still stuck on the way this bill was going to be pushed through without a public airing of crucial provisions, in the two or three days before Memorial Day recess. But I should be stuck even further back–on the way this bill was cooked up in a backroom deal that bypassed the ordinary process of public hearings. We take them for granted, but those civics textbook fundamentals are there for a reason. We’re going to pay a steep price for setting the fundamentals aside.

Senators who believe that by passing this bill they will at least be getting a divisive issue out of the way are making a serious mistake. This is not 1986. The immigration issue is far more prominent now, and it will only grow in importance. Demographics, and the problems of assimilation in a globalized world of satellite dishes and easy travel will see to that. Look at how votes on the war have come back to haunt Democratic politicians. Votes by legislators of both parties on this bill will be haunting them–and all of us–for years to come.

Supporters of this bill sell it as a compromise that will heal America’s divisions. I fear it’s quite the reverse. This bill is infuriating the public and undermining faith in government itself. You can see it in the polling on confidence in Congress and the President. If this bill passes, it’s going to aggravate and embitter politics for years to come. Passing a measure over such overwhelming opposition is like slapping the public in the face.

You can’t solve an argument by imposing a “compromise” on parties who don’t actually view it as a compromise. You can’t heal social divisions by forcing your version of a “solution” down the public’s throats. Real healing comes only when two sides reach what they themselves consider a valid compromise, or when one side wins the argument by persuading a clear majority of the validity of its case. Democracy does work, but first the Senate has got to give it a try.

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Alex Tsuji, Age 2: Murdered by an Illegal Alien

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

As the illegal alien amnesty bill comes up for consideration once again in the senate, remember what it cost the citizens and legal residents of this country. My sorrow for the loss this family has suffered knows no bounds.
My Prayer: Please Father God, give these good people comfort.

Alex Tsuji - Age 2 - Murdered by an Illegal Alien

The Tragic, Preventable Death of Alex Tsuji, Age 2: Murdered by an Illegal Alien

By Lyn Tsuji

On November 18, 2006, our life as we knew it came suddenly and tragically to an end.

I am writing for my son Alex Tsuji, who was born on May 20, 2004 and who died on December 6, 2006. Our car was hit by a drunk driver, Maricio Salazar, if this is his true name. He had a .26 blood alcohol content, three times the legal limit. Mr. Salazar was an illegal immigrant with no insurance or driver’s license. He was drinking and driving when he ran a red light, slammed into our minivan, and put Alex, our 2 ½ year old son, on life support for 19 days. We were shopping for Thanksgiving, and we wanted to buy video games to have an all night video game marathon with the kids. Everyone was very happy that day. Alex picked out his first video game with glee. And he spoke his first complete sentence, “Open for me, mama.”

On the first day at the hospital, the doctors said Alex could not be saved. We prayed for a miracle for 19 days; and we fought to undo what Mr. Salazar had done to him. But doctors, in the US and in Japan, my husband’s native country, confirmed our son was not viable. Alex’s spinal cord was completely transected, and he had a severe brain injury. Alex was in a coma and his body could no longer regulate his breathing or any other bodily function; it was a matter of time and how much suffering, we could not know. No doctor or medical technology could be found to save him. In the end, we, his parents, had to name the date and time of Alex’s death.

Alex is a memory now.
We will never see or hold our son again.
Everyday we miss the sound of his laughter and the mischievous smile on his face, the pitter and patter of his feet, a bit too large for his age.
We miss his joy over a little ladybug or a fluttering butterfly.
We miss his absolute love, his trust that we would keep his little world safe.
A child’s love is given wholeheartedly.
We will never see him grow and become his own person.
We are lonely and the days are long without Alex.
Mr. Salazar has taken away a son and a brother.

On that night, the crash should have never happened.
There is no justification.
The laws set in place failed us.
Mr. Salazar broke American laws in how he came to this country.
Mr. Salazar broke American laws in operating a vehicle without a license and without insurance.
He also broke American laws in driving drunk and in killing my child.
His choices devastated and destroyed our family life.
It took away our security.
It destroyed us financially and emotionally.
We will suffer the loss of our son for the rest of our lives.
Our hearts are broken and there is no mending them.

This tragedy did not just happen. It resulted from a series of choices by Mr. Salazar and by the American government’s failure to enforce its own laws set in place to protect law-abiding citizens. This travesty caused this great tragedy and utter devastation to our family.

My family and I have become victims, first of the American government’s failures, second of Salazar, and now of the legal system which, disgracefully, has made him eligible for parole in less than 3 years after killing a defenseless and innocent two-year-old, our son. Alex never made it to his 3rd birthday.

Justice will hold true only if those who break the law have something to lose.

But after all is said and done, we – Alex’s family – lose, and with all these failures, the American people are losing as well.

And on our weakest days, we have only God to turn to.

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“Look Forward to Anger” By Christopher Hitchens

Wednesday, June 27th, 2007

Muslim Rage

If you follow the link, you will be treated to some scenes from the strenuous life of a professional Muslim protester in the Kashmiri city of Srinagar. Over the last few years, there have been innumerable opportunities for him to demonstrate his piety and his pissed-offness. And the cameras have been there for him every time. Is it a fatwah? Is it a copy of the Quran allegedly down the gurgler at Guantanamo? Is it some cartoon in Denmark? Time for Rage Boy to step in and for his visage to impress the rest of the world with the depth and strength of Islamist emotion.

Last week, there was another go-round of this now-formulaic story, when Salman Rushdie accepted a knighthood from her majesty the queen, and the whole cycle of hysteria started up again. Effigies and flags burned (is there some special factory in Karachi that churns out the flags of democratic countries for occasions like this?), wounded screams from religious nut bags, bounties raised to suborn murder, and solemn resolutions passed by notional bodies such as the Pakistani “parliament.” A few months ago, it was the pope who was being threatened, and Christians in the Middle East and Muslim Asia who were actually being killed. Indeed, Rage Boy had a few yells and gibberings to offer on that occasion, too.

I have actually seen some of these demonstrations, most recently in Islamabad, and all I would do if I were a news editor is ask my camera team to take several steps back from the shot. We could then see a few dozen gesticulating men (very few women for some reason), their mustaches writhing as they scatter lighter fluid on a book or a flag or a hastily made effigy. Around them, a two-deep encirclement of camera crews. When the lights are turned off, the little gang disperses. And you may have noticed that the camera is always steady and in close-up on the flames, which it wouldn’t be if there was a big, surging mob involved.

Read the rest of this article here.
Cox and Forkum.