Archive for June 28th, 2007

No Forced Conversion in Islam…Yeah Right!!

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

OK, Koran 2:256 says “There is no compulsion in religion; truly the right way has become clearly distinct from error; therefore, whoever disbelieves in the Shaitan and believes in Allah he indeed has laid hold on the firmest handle, which shall not break off, and Allah is Hearing, Knowing.”
This passage must be more of a “guideline” than a rule. (hat tip Little Green Footballs)

The only opposition-ruled state in Malaysia has approved stiffer penalties to deter people from trying to convert Muslims to other faiths.

Under the revised law passed by Kelantan state, anyone found guilty faces a maximum penalty of six lashes with a rattan cane, five years in prison and a fine of almost $3,000.

Kelantan is the only Malaysian state led by the opposition Islamist party, PAS.

Hassan Mohamood, who heads Kelantan’s Islamic affairs committee, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the stiffer laws are useful “as a form of deterrence”.

The previous maximum penalty was two years in prison and a fine of RM5,000 ($1,400).

Proselytising of Muslims is forbidden under federal laws, but the recent case of Line Joy, a Malay-Muslim woman who sought legal recognition of her right to pick her religion of choice, raised fears among some in Malaysia over mass conversion.

Attempts to convert Muslims to other faiths are rare, and people found guilty face prison terms in most states in the country where just over half the 27 million population are Muslims with a sizeable number of Buddhists, Christians and Hindus.

According to the latest US state department data on Malaysia, ethnic Malays – who are Muslims by law – make up about half the population but are officially grouped together as Bumiputera, or sons of the soil, with indigenous groups who make up 11 per cent of the population, not all of whom are Muslims.

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Immigration Bill Faces Crucial Vote

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Updates at the bottom.

It is not too late to contact your senator to voice your opposition to illegal immigration amnesty bill that the senate is attempting to force down our throats despite opposition from a large majority of American citizens.
Michelle Malkin is keeping a rolling post (play by play) of the senate’s activities concerning this issue.

WASHINGTON- Conservative Republican senators and a handful of Democrats are trying to put a final knife in President Bush’s plan for amnesty for millions of illegal aliens.

A broad immigration bill, including amnesty, survived a series of unfriendly amendments Wednesday. Supporters pointed to the bill’s tighter borders and workplace rules to keep it alive.

Both sides agreed the crucial vote occurs Thursday. Supporters must gain 60 votes in the 100-member chamber to limit debate and clear the way for a roll call on final passage, perhaps by Friday. Anything less will likely doom the legislation until a new president and Congress take office in 2009.

Bush’s allies passed a similar test Tuesday, but several senators said they simply were agreeing to let debate continue for a couple of days, and they made no promises to support the legislation on Thursday or beyond.

The revived immigration measure could grant legalization to the estimated 12 million unlawful immigrants if they pass background checks and pay fines and fees. It also would toughen border security and institute a new system for weeding out illegal aliens from workplaces.

It faces challenges from the left as well as the right.

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., was among those disappointed Wednesday. The Senate voted 55-40 to reject his amendment that would have made it easier for some immigrants to obtain visas for family members left behind in their home countries.

“This action does nothing to allay my concerns about the increasingly right-wing tilt to these proceedings, and it makes it more difficult to vote in favor of invoking cloture on the bill,” Menendez said, referring to Thursday’s crucial vote to limit debate.

While Menendez and a few other Democrats may oppose the bill, the main opponents have been Bush’s fellow sunbelt Republicans. GOP Sens. David Vitter of Louisiana, Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Jeff Sessions of Alabama led the charge, often backed by Texans Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn.

Late Wednesday, they applauded the Senate’s refusal to reject a fairly low-key amendment that, because of parliamentary rules, left leaders no choice but to halt action until Thursday’s showdown vote.

“They tried to railroad this through today, but we derailed the train,” DeMint said. Asked if he was poised to kill the bill Thursday, DeMint replied, “we hope to.”

The bill’s bipartisan supporters, who include liberals such as Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and conservatives such as Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said they would push hard to survive Thursday’s vote. But they were frustrated by the lack of enthusiasm shown by many in the president’s party.

Some noted the virtual absence throughout Wednesday’s floor debate of Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who has declined to say how he would vote on the measure.

McConnell left GOP colleagues including Arlen Specter, R-Pa., to contend with the Vitter-DeMint-Sessions group, while Democrats were represented in the chamber most of the day by Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

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Update 06/28/07 10:46 AM CDT:
The Amnesty Immigration Bill is dead in the senate with 53 “no” votes.

Update 06/28/07 12:48 PM CDT:
Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina says it best:

“When the U.S. Senate brought the Amnesty bill back up this week, they declared war on the American people. This act created a crisis of confidence in their government. Thankfully, the American people won today,” said Senator DeMint. “This is remarkable because it shows that Americans are engaged and they care deeply about their country. They care enough for their country to get mad and to fight for it, and that’s the most important thing of all. Americans made phone calls and sent letters, and convinced the Senate to stop this bill.”

“The Senate rejected this bill and the heavy-handed tactics used to ram it through. Americans do not want more of the same – amnesty and broken promises on the border. Americans want legislation to be written in public – not in secret – and they want Congress to engage in an open and fair debate.”

“There is a better way forward without this bill. The President has said that the border security measures can be implemented over the next 18 months, and they can be done under current law. Now the Administration needs to prove it and stop holding border security hostage for amnesty.”

“Once we have secured the border and restored trust with the American people, we can begin to take additional steps.”

Christians Plan to Protest ‘Pride’ Event at Padres Game

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

We must continue to diligent in identifying and protesting the underhanded methods the gay activist consistently use in their attempt to indoctrinate our young people.

A Christian activist says homosexuals in San Diego are hijacking a family event at a Major League Baseball game to introduce their immoral behavior to children. According to James Hartline, a group of Christians are planning a counter-protest in support of children and families.

On July 8, Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, will host “Floppy Cap Day” for all children 14 and under. However, James Hartline, a Christian activist and former homosexual, says the group San Diego Pride is holding a homosexual pride event at the same game. The Gay Men’s Chorus of San Diego will sing the national anthem as well.

Hartline says there has been some outcry about this from Christians in the area. He says two Christian ministries in particular — Set Free Ministries and The Training Center — will be taking a tough stand in defense of families.

“Their group has a contract with the concession stands in the park,” Hartline says. “They have all voted and decided that they could not, as Christians and in good conscience, participate in their jobs on the same day that all these children are going to be indoctrinated into homosexuality. And they are willing to take the loss and they are going to walk off the job in protest.”

According to Hartline, Set Free Ministries supplies workers for the concession stands at the park and receives a stipend for those workers. “This ministry gets 90 percent of its income to do rehabilitation, education, and just a renewal of life activities for these many men and women that come into their organization to start their lives over,” he explains.

Hartline says about 52 people will be walking off the job at Petco Park that day. He adds that Christians will also gather outside the park to warn unsuspecting families about the homosexual pride event inside the park.

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Anti-Israel Bias at CNN – Even in the Weather

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Yesterday, I saw a post at Little Green Footballs showing an example for a weather search for Jerusalem in Israel. The folks at CNN have already changed it, but when one searched for Jerusalem, the country field of the results came back “null”, which means that no country was entered, by CNN, for the city “Jerusalem”. Today it correctly shows the country as “Israel” instead of “Null”.
Now although they have “fixed” the country problem, one can still get the weather for Arab villages, ones that haven’t been in existence for years!!
Here’s what Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs has to say about it:

Congratulations to all lizards who expressed their outrage to CNN about their anti-Israel weather page; it now includes the dreaded word “Israel” instead of “Jerusalem, null.”

However, if you use their “Weather Selector” to look up the weather in Israel, you’ll still find the names of several Arab villages that have not existed since 1948: Select your weather!

Israellycool pointed it out:

    If you select Israel, a list of cities is displayed, which includes:
    * Abu Shusha, an Arab village that has not existed since 1948
    * Akbara, an Arab village near Safed that has not existed since 1948
    * Al Atrun, which is the Arab name for the area of Latrun
    * Dayr Ayyub, an Arab village that has not existed since 1948, and where the eastern segment of Canada Park is today

This cannot possibly be an accident. Someone at CNN added those Arab names to that page on purpose.

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‘Fairness Doctrine’ Is A Code Name For “Censorship” By Alan Sears

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Leftist censors aren’t just dropping hints about their determination to legislate conservative talk radio out of existence. They are screaming their intentions, loud and clear.

In the wake of the pending final demise of bankrupt and scandal-plagued Air America, the Left continues to be frustrated by the fact that America simply isn’t tuning in to their propaganda. So, according to reports from various news outlets, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Dennis Kucinich, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein are joining their friends at the far-left Center for American Progress to cook up a new plan: force radio stations to accept unwanted programming in the name of “fairness” and “balance.”

Speaker Pelosi has reportedly promised to “aggressively pursue” revival of the poorly-titled “Fairness Doctrine,” whose regulations would mandate that radio stations featuring the views of conservatives like Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt, or Bill O’Reilly “balance” those views (in the name of diversity) with an “equal” dose of, say, Al Franken, Randi Rhodes, or Thom Hartmann – all proven failures in a free radio market.

As if that news wasn’t alarming enough, a report released by CAP last week added even more fuel to the fire, reminding conservatives just how far the left-wing will go to silence dissent.

The organization’s report, titled “The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio,” expresses a need to “close the gap” between conservative and Left-wing programming. It also advocates increasing “ownership diversity, both in terms of the race/ethnicity and gender of owners, as well as the number of independent local owners,” which in the Left’s view would lead to more “diverse” programs. So instead of capitalism, we get the Leftist cure-all: quotas.

In a free market, the listeners decide which radio programs live and which die. Forcing stations to operate not on the basis of ratings and ad revenue, but in an ideological and multi-cultural affirmative-action system that dictates “fairness,” is not only unconstitutional – it’s downright Soviet. It’s offensive to the economic marketplace; it’s suffocating to the vital marketplace of ideas.

But, of course, that persnickety First Amendment has never stopped the Left before. They’re more than happy to rewrite it and bully Americans into submission, if they can’t capture and sustain an audience the old-fashioned way.

When the Fairness Doctrine was first introduced in 1949, it required licensed broadcasters to devote equal time to both sides of a controversial issue, and mandated that stations air programming addressing issues of local interest. At a time when television was in its infancy, satellite radio a fantasy, and the Internet non-existent, such rules may have had some merit. But in today’s market, with hundreds of choices in programming, such regulations are irrelevant – and nearly impossible to enforce.

But the Fairness Doctrine is more than useless – it’s counterproductive. The FCC realized 20 years ago that the law actually discouraged, rather than encouraged, more free speech. Rather than try to gauge what legally constituted “equal time” for both sides of a political contest, station owners began just dropping politically-based programming altogether. That led to the FCC’s ending enforcement of the doctrine in 1987.

The fact is that the success of conservative talk radio is a direct response to the Left’s virtual 50-year stranglehold on American media through its domination of all the major network and cable television outlets … through public broadcasting stations such as PBS and NPR … and through virtually every major American newspaper. Conservatives are simply fed up with Left-wing bias, and their heartfelt embrace of talk radio is clear evidence of their outrage.

It’s time for the Left to cut the static: Behind the calls for “regulation” and “diversity” hides a posse of political bullies who realize that they cannot compete against the likes of Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh in a free market. The left-wing’s failure to capture anything beyond a tiny niche market isn’t the fault of the FCC, nor of the dormant Fairness Doctrine. The “blame” rests with radio listeners who came, listened, and chose to tune out of “Dead Air” America.

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Thwarted Honor Killing

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Middletown Township in Pennsylvania was almost the site of an “honor killing”. Common is Muslim countries and the U.K., we have not experienced a significant number of them here yet.

Police said the father and his son tried to kidnap her fiancé by beating him up and tossing him into a sport utility vehicle.

Robert Webber, of Middletown Township police, said he thought he was being dispatched to a Bucks County diner Friday night for a fight but once he got there he was in the middle of a family disagreement turned violent.

“The victim advised me that his fiancée’s family was trying to kill him, drag him into a car and take him somewhere, where he believed he was going to be killed,” Webber said.

Webber said the alleged victim told him his fiancée’s family was upset the two had moved in together.

He said there were cultural differences and that’s why 48-year-old Mohd Nasher and his son 20-year-old Mohammed Nasher were allegedly gunning for the fiancé.

“The father and son came in, grabbed our victim, pulled him outside, began choking and beating him. Drug him into the back of a Ford Explorer and that’s where they advised him that they were going to take him somewhere. He jumped out the other side window in fear for his life and as he went to run away the father told him, ‘I’m going to find you and I’m going to shoot you.’ The son went and grabbed a bat and went to chase after him,” Webber said.

Both Nashers were charged with assault and kidnapping. They both posted $20,000 cash bail and were released.

NBC 10 went to the Nashers’ Newtown home. People came to the window but didn’t answer the door.

NBC 10 left several voicemails asking for comment and when a call was returned, a woman who did not identify herself said this was not a criminal case but a family matter between them and their daughter’s boyfriend.

“It’s a little more than a family matter. Once you touch somebody or put your hands on somebody and try to harm them, that’s when we come into the situation,” Webber said.

The woman NBC 10 spoke with also said she would sue if NBC 10 did the story, saying, “That’s the problem with this country, we put everything on TV.”

The alleged victim and his girlfriend are still together and living out-of-state, NBC 10 reported.

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Amnesty Eight

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

The Senate Tuesday voted to revive its misbegotten immigration bill, with the help of a handful of senators who claim to oppose amnesty but voted to proceed. They are now getting what they voted for, as H. L. Mencken put it, good and hard — with a 370-page “clay pigeon” amendment that is supposed to be digested and voted on by the end of the week. If the bill had been defeated yesterday, it would have been gone for at least two years and probably longer. Instead, it is a little closer to passage. But first it has to overcome another cloture vote scheduled for tomorrow. Again, the bill needs 60 votes to survive.

It got 64 votes yesterday. If all of the senators who voted against cloture stand firm, then, five senators would have to switch to no to defeat the bill on Thursday. Those votes are available from a bipartisan group of eight senators who have profound doubts about this bill. Our reporting suggests these senators are most likely to be persuaded to vote no on Thursday and derail amnesty. They are Sens. Kit Bond (R., Mo.), Sam Brownback (R., Kan.), Richard Burr (R., N.C.), Norm Coleman (R. Minn), John Ensign (R. Nev.), Ben Nelson (D., Neb.), Mark Pryor (D., Ark.) and Jim Webb (D., Va.).

The main provision they want to add, the “touchback,” is ridiculous. The original Grand Bargain stipulated that while illegal immigrants would get legal status almost immediately, they would have to leave the country to file their applications for green cards. The improved Grand Bargain — if Sens. Jon Kyl, Lindsey Graham, and Mel Martinez get their way — would also give illegal immigrants legal status, but would have them leave the country to file their applications for permanent Z visas. It is a meaningless distinction. Under either scenario, illegal aliens will have been made legal — that’s the amnesty — and then will have to make an entirely symbolic trek abroad for no purpose other than to give supporters of the Grand Bargain a tough-sounding sound bite during the next few days.

For years, supporters of amnesty have told us that deportation is impractical in contemporary America. But now the Grand Bargainers’ press releases teem with promises of deportation. Senator Graham’s office explains what would happen to heads of household who refuse to go along with the touchback requirement: “They will be deported along with their spouse and any non-American citizen children.” (Their American citizen children will presumably be sent to the nearest orphanage.) “Aliens who overstay their visa by more than 60 days will be apprehended, detained, and deported.” (Aliens who have overstayed for 59 days will generously be allowed exactly another 24 hours before their apprehension and deportation.) Given that we can’t find 600,000 absconders in the country now, these promises are obviously laughable. And if deportation is such a ready tool in our immigration arsenal it should be used now, to shrink the illegal population that is already here; it should not be coupled with an amnesty that will entice more illegals into the country.

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Arizona Teens Kill 17-Year-Old Girl Because “They Just Didn’t Like Her”

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

What a terrible and sad situation this is.
Two teens brutally killed a girl who is described “as a one-time close friend”. According to the Pinal County Sheriff Chris Vasquez, she did not go to her death easily, but “through a combination of beating, stabbing and choking”, killed her. They then took her body to into the desert and burned it beyond recognition.
These teens represent evil incarnate. They should be prosecuted, as adults, to the fullest extent of the law.

Amber LeAnn Hess

FLORENCE, Ariz. — Two teenage boys, including one who was described as a one-time close friend of the victim, were arrested Wednesday in the killing of a Queen Creek girl whose burned body was found in the desert, authorities said.

The 16-year-olds made statements that led detectives to believe they took part in the killing of Amber LeAnn Hess, 17, whose body was found Monday near Florence, Pinal County Sheriff Chris Vasquez said. Her body has been positively identified using dental records.

The suspects and Hess were acquaintances, Vasquez said.

“Basically they just didn’t like her and for whatever reason were planning to kill her,” Vasquez said. “They went to her home and through a combination of beating, stabbing and choking, killed her.”

The teens will be booked on first-degree murder charges, and other charges are likely, Vasquez said. They likely will be charged as adults, and had a court appearance set for Wednesday afternoon in juvenile court in Pinal County.

Hess’ parents had been away on a trip over the weekend, and when they returned Sunday they found blood and signs of a struggle in their home.

At a tearful press conference Wednesday afternoon, parents Michael and Candy Hess thanked the community for helping deputies identify the suspects.

Candy Hess said one of those arrested was one of her daughter’s best friends, who spent hours in their home playing video games and would call constantly.

“He was like a brother to her, which makes this even more confusing to us,” Candy Hess said.

Candy Hess said her daughter had a falling-out with the boy, who had called the girl a disrespectful name. The mother emphasized the boy wasn’t her daughter’s boyfriend.

Both boys were students at Coolidge High School, where Amber Hess recently graduated. They lived within blocks of her home.

Amber’s 2002 Mitsubishi was located Tuesday just down the street from one of the suspect’s homes, Vasquez said.

The assault is believed to have happened late Friday or early Saturday. Detectives aren’t sure if Hess let the two boys into her home or if they forced their way inside.

“From what I’m told this girl fought for her life in that home, and she didn’t die easy — it was very brutal,” Vasquez said in an interview from Salt Lake City, where he is attending a law enforcement convention. “If they had been adults I would be screaming for the death penalty in this case.”

Detectives got several anonymous tips that led them to the boys who were arrested. One tipster told of the teens coming to borrow supplies to use in cleaning up after the murder, Vasquez said.

Search warrants were served at the boys’ homes late Tuesday, and “quite a bit” of evidence linking them to the crime was seized, Vasquez said.

Deputy Chief Clint Lee said the evidence tying the pair to the crime included fingerprints and weapons.

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