Archive for December 11th, 2007

Happy Tossmas

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Beth sent me this link. It’s a video about what to do with all of those “Holiday” catalogs you receive.

Merry Tossmas.

Shoppers who want to find out which retailers are “censoring Christmas” can consult a list of the “good, the bad and the ugly” released by Focus on the Family Action, the political activist arm of the group founded by James Dobson.

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City Changes ‘Christmas’ Festival to ‘Holiday’ Festival

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

More attacks on Christmas.

In Mount Pleasant, Michigan, “Christmas” is evidently a bad word. City officials, influenced by a school district policy that bans the word, have changed the name of the local “Dickens Christmas Festival” to “Dickens Holiday Festival.” The festival is based on the popular Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol.

In response to the festival’s renaming, the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) has sent a letter to city officials explaining the constitutionality of the use of “Christmas.” ADF attorney Jeremy Tedesco says it is ludicrous for Mount Pleasant officials to think they need to eliminate the word “Christmas” in order to appease the agents of political correctness at a local school district.

“That is absolutely not required by the Establishment Clause, and in fact violates the rights of students, teachers and anybody else who’s using the school district’s facilities,” he argues. “The school can’t tell people to come on campus, and tell them to leave Christmas at the door.”

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Study Says Humans Not Heating Up the Planet

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

I think the folks in the Midwest would like for the planet to be warmed up a bit right now.

The study — conducted by climate scientists at the University of Rochester, the University of Alabama, and the University of Virginia — finds that atmospheric warming patterns, or “fingerprints,” over the last 30 years are not caused by greenhouse gas emissions. The report is published in the December issue of the International Journal of Climatology. Results from the study greatly contradict the findings of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Dr. S. Fred Singer, professor emeritus of environmental science at the University of Virginia — and president of the Science and Environmental Policy Project — says he is “fairly” sure that the current warming trend is due to changes in the activities of the sun. “The sun is constantly active, emitting particle streams that carry magnetic fields; and they in turn have an influence on the climate of the earth,” he says.

Singer says he and other global warming skeptics have grown accustomed to claims that they are beholden to the oil and gas industry. “Of course that’s not only untrue, but it’s completely immaterial,” says Singer. “In other words, we are using the data that is furnished by the IPCC. They are published, we use only published work. What we are basically doing is to make a comparison of model results and observations.”

The report concludes that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant and therefore “attempts to control CO2 emissions are ineffective and pointless — but very costly.”

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Quote of the Day (Colorado Church Shooter)

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

“It is perhaps worth noting that the toll in Sunday’s shootings exceeded the combined total in all “hate crimes” against Muslims in the six years since September 11.”
John Hinderaker, Power Line Blog.

A law enforcement official says the deadly rampages at a megachurch and a missionary training school were believed to have been carried out by the same person—Matthew Murray, a 24-yeare-old suburban Denver man who “hated Christians.”

Muslim Teen Girl in Critical Condition After Alleged Dispute Over Hijab

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

What kind of monsters are these Muslims who would harm their own children over something as insignificant as a head scarf?

A 16-year-old girl is in critical condition after being choked by a man believed to be her father, apparently after a dispute with her family over her refusal to wear the hijab, the Islamic headscarf worn by some Muslim women.

Peel Regional Police arrested a 57-year-old man yesterday morning after receiving a 911 call from a suburban home in Mississauga from a man saying he had killed his daughter. When police and paramedics arrived at the house they found a 16-year-old lying on the floor without any vital signs, police said.

Constable J.P. Valade, a spokesman for Peel police, would not release the names of either the victim or the man arrested and would not give any details about what transpired inside the large, two-storey home in a well-to-do subdivision.

“We are not getting into the details of her injuries at this time,” he said. “We aren’t getting into any details about this case. This investigation is really in its infancy: officers are still canvassing the neighbourhood and talking to family members.”

However, early police reports indicated the teenager had been choked and that the attacker was her father.

The girl was rushed to Credit Valley Hospital and later transferred to the Hospital for Sick Children, where she was listed in critical condition last night with life-threatening injuries.

Her condition is so grave that police have not yet charged the man arrested at the scene until they know whether he will be charged with murder or attempted murder. He was scheduled to appear in Brampton court on Tuesday.

Friends of the teenager, a Grade 11 student at nearby Applewood Heights high school, identified her as Aqsa Parvez and said they were shocked by the attack on the outgoing, likeable girl, but said she had been threatened by her strictly religious family before.

“She got threatened by her father and her brother,” said Dominiquia Holmes-Thompson, who had known Aqsa since they both started high school together. “He said that if she leaves, he would kill her.”

Ebonie Mitchell, 16, another friend of the victim, said the conflict with her father over wearing Islamic dress came to a head at the beginning of this school year. “She just wanted to dress like we do,” she said.

“Last year she wore like the Islamic stuff and everything, the hijab, and this year she’s all Western. She just wanted to look like everyone else. And I guess her dad had a problem with that.”

Ebonie said her friend had left home once before, in September, for about two weeks. She returned home, but the fights with her family over what she wore just got worse.

Dominiquia, 16, said her friend had been arguing with her father for more than a year over the restrictions he imposed on her, including demanding that she wear the hijab at all times. “She wanted to go out with her friends, hang out and just be like a normal person,” she said. “But he was always trying to control her … he wouldn’t let her go out or do anything.”

The stricken girl’s friends said the fights with her father got so bad that she had left the family home to live with friends about a week ago. “She was going back, but just to get her stuff,” said friend Krista Garbutt. “She was scared to go home, but she had to get her clothes and stuff.”

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Letter from Dr. Phyllis Chesler

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Tell Ambassador Khalilzad To Stand Tall in the Face of Intimidation. America is not a Dhimmi State.

Some people insist that America has lost all moral credibility. In my view, those who judge America (and Israel) by higher and different standards are the ones whose credibility and perhaps sanity remain highly questionable. Yes, I am talking about the western intelligentsia, international human rights organizations, Islamic world despots, Islamist terrorists, the United Nations, and the non-governmental organizations which have attached themselves to the allegedly crumbling edifice on the East River of Manhattan known as the United Nations. All these groups view “the international community,” as a sacred deity whose wisdom and benevolence is merciful and all-encompassing.

I kid you not. Yes, the same “international community” which refuses to stop the genocide and mass gang-rapes in Sudan is still viewed as humanity’s Savior. Only America and Israel are singled out for condemnation. PRESS HERE.

Look: neither America nor Israel are perfect and although I disagree with 50%-80% of the decisions made by their leaders, I would never negatively compare them with most Third World countries which openly practice ethnic cleansing, gender and religious apartheid, and slavery.

The same United Nations which hosted a well choreographed program against Jews at a conference ostensibly to end racism (in the year 2001, in Durban, South Africa) is now up to its old tricks. One day this week, (I am told this vote is imminent), the UN General Assembly will vote to fund or not to fund Durban ll.

Under Ambassador John Bolton’s watchful eye, America refused to agree to fund this conference again. Under Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, who knows? He may wish to please and appease the very state sponsors of terrorism who routinely persecute their own people and blame the Zionists for it–and he may wish to do so on America’s behalf. Actually, the same State and Intelligence Departments which have sprung a thousand leaks and defections, and which have endangered us all with questionable judgments about the Iranian danger may now be backing Khalilzad on a path of dhimmitude and appeasement.

Why is this important? Because truth matters; symbols matter even more to our Islamist opponents. Thus, allowing the United Nations to continue to demonize Israel- and America-only; allowing this world body to turn rightful and righteous concerns about real racism upside down and inside out will have enormous consequences. At the very least, people will increasingly become confused about what racism and anti-racism are really about.

Please recall: The United Nations held a World Conference on racism in Durban, South Africa in August/September 2001. The Conference became a global platform for egregious forms of Anti-Semitism and discrimination against Israel. It was so bad that the United States Government walked out of the conference in disgust. Ever since, the US has opposed a resolution on follow-up to the Durban Conference outcome-document (which singles out Israel) in the General Assembly.

Last year the General Assembly decided to hold a Durban II conference – formally a “Durban Review Conference” to take place in the first half of 2009. (The actual venue is as yet undetermined.) It has become clear that the conference will again be appropriated by those promising to turn an anti-racism conference into a platform for racism. If anything, Durban II will be worse because it promises to deliver both Israel-bashing and hysterical allegations of Western “Islamophobia” with the U.S. cast as the primary perpetrator of anti-Muslim discrimination resulting from a phony war to combat terrorism.

In this year’s General Assembly, the USG voted against the resolutions on “Durban follow-up” and the Durban Review Conference preparation. (Resolutions A/C.3/62/L.66 and A/C.3/62/L.65/Rev.1). This year, for the first time, the U.S. was joined not only by Israel but by the European Union.

They were outvoted, however, and the resolution was adopted. Having been adopted, the resolution for the funding of the preparation of Durban II now moves to two different GeA committees – first the ACABQ (which includes a U.S. member), and then the Fifth or Budget Committee.

It is crucial that the U.S. now follow through with its opposition to the Durban Review Conference and the funding for it. This will require three steps:

1) Signaling American opposition to the program budget implications of L.65/Rev.1 in the ACABQ,

2) Calling for a vote on those budget implications in the Fifth Committee, and

3) Voting against the financing resolution in the Fifth Committee.

(It is already anticipated that the U.S. will mirror its Third Committee vote on the merits by voting against L.65/Rev. 1 in the plenary of the GA – which will take place after the vote in the Fifth Committee.)

UN etiquette dictates that the Fifth/Budget Committee operates by consensus; even those who lost a vote on the merits in the preceding substantive committee should agree to pay for the projects. It, therefore, requires a degree of fortitude to maintain strong opposition to funding any part of Durban II.

Nonetheless, such a statement of principle is extremely important. The message must be sent that the UN was founded on equality of peoples and of nations and anti-racism, and our country will not tolerate the abuse of the UN as a platform for undermining those goals via Anti-Semitism and discrimination against Israel.

Americans said no to Durban I. Consistently, Americans must not agree that the regular budget of the UN (and hence U.S. tax dollars) are spent on a conference intended to “implement” Durban I.

Anne Bayefsky, of the Hudson Institute asks: “Are these states now going to approve the costs of Durban II from the regular budget of the UN – a cost which rebounds directly onto the backs of their own taxpayers? In Bayefsky’s opinion, the United States should “object to the funding of Durban II from the UN’s regular budget. Doing so will “send a clear and consistent message about the pernicious nature of Durban, its aftermath and its reincarnation. It would also set the stage for a concerted effort to resist the hijacking of the anti-racism agenda of the UN by the least tolerant members of the human family.”

Americans: Contact your congresspeople and senators. America should not fund a racist conference under the Orwellian guise of its being “anti-racist.”

“Men Who Are Left Behind Would Rather Kill Themselves Than Ask for Help” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler

Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Seemingly sturdy people are also quite fragile. Serious illnesses can utterly transform their personalities. The death of a beloved intimate can render strong and cheerful people unfit for life-as-usual for a very long time. Some are never the same again.

The pain people suffer (and inflict) when their spouses leave them cannot be underestimated. I live with a divorce lawyer and the stories I get to hear make The War of the Roses look tame by comparison. The person (male or female) with the most money usually “wins.” But, for every divorcing woman who falsely accuses her husband of sexually abusing his children and battering his wife—I will show you a divorcing, openly adulterous husband who “matches and raises” such tactics by embarking on a scorched earth policy to impoverish and destroy the mother of his children in every conceivable way. Some divorce and custody battles rage on for a decade or more.

Although I published the definitive feminist work Women and Madness in 1972, I still understood that men also suffer. However, I chose to focus on women whose suffering was either overlooked or punitively pathologized.

Nevertheless, over the years, I also met, interviewed, and taught men who had been the victims of horrific violence in childhood, who had struggled with alcohol and drug addiction, who were themselves violent, and/or who had been psychiatrically hospitalized. I also had male students who shared their problems with me: Excessive shyness, unbeareable loneliness, fears that they were “losers” or gay.

In 1978, I even published a book titled About Men. I really wanted to understand the “other” gender. But in truth, Women and Madness sold nearly three million copies and therefore more women than men reached out to me to bear witness to their stories and to help them in some way.

That is now changing.

For example, a good friend of mine (a sophisticated and charming man) recently turned to me for help. He was devastated when his wife of many years left him. He lost the job he prized, had fallen into a depression and had begun to take anti-depressants. His wife left him in a particularly callous way. After maxing out their credit cards (for which he, not she, was responsible), she told him she wanted “out” and left. Within weeks, she said she’d changed her mind, wanted to return and asked him to meet her at the airport. Gladly, he did so. And while he waited for her plane, his wife’s friends busily removed almost everything from their home, including his computer and his dog. (She had another computer and several other dogs).

“Why didn’t I see this coming? What does this say about my judgment?”

My friend is very sad. The earth upon which he thought he was standing was only an illusion.

Yesterday, another dear friend, “K,” unexpectedly called me. “K” is a successful artist and world traveler. Together with his wife, he is also the co-owner of several businesses.

“I’m in the cuckoo house” he said.

“Are you joking?” I asked.

“No, I tried to kill myself. My wife just left me for a richer man. She said that she doesn’t love me anymore. I’m not as rich as she needs me to be. She threw me out. Now, I want to die. And I am homeless.”

“No you’re not. You co-own your lovely home” I said.

“Maybe I don’t. She told me that I don’t co-own any of our businesses. Maybe she found a way of getting my name off the deed to the house too. You know we’ve been married for more than twenty years. What does it say about me that I trusted and loved a person who could betray me? I don’t want to live.”

I do not think that this friend was clinically “depressed.” Although more women than men suffer from depression, men still account for 1 in ten cases of diagnosed depression.

Suicide is something else. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Men in the U.S. are about four times more likely than women to commit suicide. A staggering 75-80% of all people who commit suicide in the U.S. are men. Though more women attempt suicide, more men are successful at actually ending their lives. This may be due to the fact that men tend to use more lethal methods of committing suicide, for example using a gun rather than taking an overdose.” PRESS HERE

My two male friends are the sweetest, nicest men. (Why would I have any other kind?) And yet, they are almost without resources when their intimate lives fall apart. Unlike women, men do not discuss “feelings” with their male friends. In fact, they may confide mainly in their wives. When those wives leave them, they have lost their (sometimes only) best friend.

I am not suggesting that we generalize. Many women never recover from being “left behind” and many men have been having affairs for years when their wives finally leave them. Such men continue having affairs and marry again too.

What I am saying is that, unlike women, men are still ashamed to seek help. Some men may choose to kill themselves rather than admit to another person that they are “falling apart” and in need of help.

Read HERE for a guide to Men’s Health.

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Dr. Phyllis Chesler is the well known author of classic works, including the bestseller Women and Madness (1972) and The New Anti-Semitism (2003). She has just published The Death of Feminism: What’s Next in the Struggle for Women’s Freedom (Palgrave Macmillan), as well as an updated and revised edition of Women and Madness. She is an Emerita Professor of psychology and women’s studies, the co-founder of the Association for Women in Psychology (1969) and the National Women’s Health Network (1974). She is currently on the Board of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and lives in New York City. Her website is www.phyllis-chesler.com.
We are delighted to have Dr. Chesler as a contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

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