Archive for July 29th, 2008

Dem Controlled House to Apologize for Slavery

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

That’s right folks. The Democrat controlled congress won’t address the energy needs of the country and dozens of other important issues, but they somehow found the time to debate a resolution apologizing for slavery. Talk about worthless. Talk about appeasement.
Michelle Malkin says this:
“[Pelosi] refuses to allow debate on drilling; the appropriations bills are in limbo, and judicial vacancies abound. But hey, they’ve found time to take action on that all-important apology for slavery and Jim Crow laws”.
OK, let’s get this straight:
Slavery is bad. Period. We fought a war to end it. Hundreds of thousands died to make sure it ended. They gave their lives to end it. They paid for it in full.
No one who is alive today was a slave. It is highly likely that no one alive today is a child of a person who was a slave. At best, they are grandchildren of freed slaves.
Once again this is a worthless, appeasement effort from a congress that has shown that they have no connection with the realities of the American people. They live in their own made-up little universe and bestow platitudes on each other while the people suffer worse and worse in a souring economy. Has there ever been another group of people suffering from such disconnect from the people they have sworn to represent?
History tells us “yes, there were”. These disconnected people were always swept from power, by various violent and non-violent means, by populations who had taken all they were going to take.
Do we, as American citizens, have the attention span and the willingness to do the same? Are we so opposed to being forced outside of our comfort zone that we are willing to let things continue as “business as usual”?
That remains to be seen.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The House of Representatives was poised Tuesday to pass a resolution apologizing to African-Americans for slavery and the era of Jim Crow.

The nonbinding resolution, which is expected to pass, was introduced by Rep. Steve Cohen, a white lawmaker who represents a majority black district in Memphis, Tennessee.

While many states have apologized for slavery, it will be first time a branch of the federal government will apologize for slavery if the resolution passes, an aide to Cohen said.

By passing the resolution, the House would also acknowledge the “injustice, cruelty, brutality and inhumanity of slavery and Jim Crow.”

“Jim Crow,” or Jim Crow laws, were state and local laws enacted mostly in the Southern and border states of the United States between the 1870s and 1965, when African-Americans were denied the right to vote and other civil liberties and were legally segregated from whites.

The name “Jim Crow” came from a character played by T.D. “Daddy” Rice who portrayed a slave while in blackface during the mid-1800s.

The resolution states that “the vestiges of Jim Crow continue to this day.”

“African-Americans continue to suffer from the consequences of slavery and Jim Crow — long after both systems were formally abolished — through enormous damage and loss, both tangible and intangible, including the loss of human dignity and liberty, the frustration of careers and professional lives, and the long-term loss of income and opportunity,” the resolution states.

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Palestinians, The “Cannon Fodder” of the Arab World

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

The Arab nations will tells the rest of the world that it’s problems with Israel revolve around the treatment of the Palestinians by Israel. Yet they are the first to treat the Palestinians as “cannon fodder”. Forget for a moment that the Palestinians are a made up people and read this excerpt:

The Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction [PECDAR] said Monday that the PA had received only $900m. of the $7.7b. promised during the December 2007 Paris Donors’ Conference for supporting the Palestinians.

The money was promised to the PA over a period of three years by nearly 90 countries and international organizations during the Paris conference.

According to PECDAR, the PA was supposed to receive up to $3b. of it during 2008.

However, PA officials complained that that the donors had so far paid less than 35 percent of the promised sum.

The officials said they were particularly disappointed with the majority of the Arab countries for failing to meet their financial commitments toward the Palestinians.

“Most of the Arab countries are now setting conditions for providing us with financial aid,” the PA officials said. “Some are saying that they will give us the money only after we end our differences with Hamas, while others are suddenly talking about the need for reforms and transparency in the Palestinian Authority.”

The officials pointed out that the Arab countries have given the PA this year about 15% of what they promised. Saudi Arabia, which had pledged at least $500m. over the three-year period, gave the PA less than 20% of the funds.

Kuwait, which pledged $80m. in aid to the PA this year, has yet to fulfill its promise, the officials said. Qatar, which used to provide the PA with more than $200m. annually, stopped channeling the funds after the collapse of the Fatah-Hamas unity government.

Most of the Arab countries have told the PA that they prefer to support vital economic projects in the West Bank and Gaza Strip rather than day-to-day government operations, a move that has drawn sharp criticism from the PA leadership.

“The crisis in the Palestinian territories is likely to aggravate because most of the foreign donors are not living up to their commitments,” said Samir Abdullah, the Minister of Planning in the PA government. “The government needs at least 200m. every month, half of which goes to paying salaries.”

Meanwhile, the number of households in the Gaza Strip below the poverty line has reached an unprecedented high of nearly 52%, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) said in a report published recently.

“The number of households in Gaza below the consumption poverty line continued to grow, reaching 51.8% in 2007, despite significant amounts of emergency and humanitarian assistance,” the UNRWA statement said.

Meanwhile, poverty rates in the West Bank fell to just over 19%.

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Judge Rules Voters Can Decide ‘Coed Showers’ Plan

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

A judge has ruled that voters in Montgomery County, Md., will be allowed to determine the future of a “discrimination” ban that family advocates say simply opens up all public facilities, including restrooms and locker rooms, to individuals of either sex, depending upon their “gender identity.”

“Like all American citizens, Maryland voters have the right to have their voices count,” said Amy Smith, a litigation attorney for the Alliance Defense Fund, which is arguing the case.

“Justice was served … as more than enough valid signatures were collected for the petitions, and the plaintiffs clearly failed to file their suit before the statute of limitations expired,” she said.

As a result of the ruling from Circuit Judge Robert A. Greenberg, the fate of Bill 23-07, which was approved by the county board and signed into law last year by the county executive, will be put on the ballot in November for voters to review.

Equality Maryland, an activist group for homosexuals, had challenged the right of 900,000 Montgomery County voters to determine the future of the law.

“We’re disappointed, but the court concluded that we were right, but were too late in filing,” Equality Maryland lawyer Jonathan S. Shurberg told the Maryland County Gazette.

He said he will file an appeal.

The activist group Maryland Citizens for a Responsible Government, or MCRG, issued a statment noting that the bill, “while including gender identity into the existing public accommodations non-discrimination code, did not provide an exemption for places of shared nudity.”

“Bill 23-07 still includes public accommodations, and public bathrooms and locker rooms fall under ‘public accommodations,'” the group said. “The existing non-discrimination code, which Bill 23-07 amends, was written over 20 years ago. The existing non-discrimination code desegregated bathrooms, buses, restaurants and all kinds of public accommodations. Montgomery County points at the ‘distinctly private and personal’ existing part of the code (which precedes Bill 23-07 by 20 years) and implies that it somehow was written with bathrooms in mind.”

Critics said the bill also has no exemption for religious organizations or educational institutions, no exemption for renters looking for roommates and the definition of gender identity is so broad, it would allow cross-dressers to be included.

MCRG has documented the law defines gender identity as “an individual’s actual or perceived gender, including a person’s gender related appearance, expression, image, identity, or behavior, whether or not those gender related characteristics differ from the characteristics customarily associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth.”

“This means that a male appearing as or perceiving he is a female, regardless of his DNA, anatomy, and chromosomal makeup, could gain the legal right to call himself a woman, and use the woman’s facility in any public accommodation,” the group said.

The group further argued the law could violate the privacy rights of the county’s 500,000 women and children, since the county’s public accommodations code would be revised to read:

“An … agent … of any place of public accommodation in the county must not, with respect to the accommodation: … make any distinction with respect to … race, color, sex, marital status, religious creed, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity in connection with … use of any facility,” the organization said.

Since accommodations already are defined in the code as “restaurants, hotels and motels, retail stores, hospitals, swimming pools,” and “facilities” include “restrooms and locker rooms,” the only place that would be excluded would be areas that are “distinctly personal and private,” such as private homes and private clubs.

County officials have told WND they have interpreted the law to mean that showers and restrooms would be excluded.

But Theresa Rickman, a founding MCRG member, argues, “With all due respect, if one accepts the council’s assertion that the ‘gender identity’ law does not cover bathrooms, one would also have to accept that the county’s public accommodations code never intended to racially desegregate bathrooms. Race and gender identity are both listed in the same sentence.”

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American mosques: Muslim terror outposts?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

We often hear how Palestinian mosque are used as hiding places for weapons.
Whereas, we in the West respect the sanctity of the church, and therefor also the mosque, Islam has no compulsions of using a mosque for any purpose that furthers their aim of world domination by Islam.
Once has to wonder; if they are willing to hide weapons, train terrorist and build bombs in their mosque overseas, would they not also be willing to do so here in the West?
I believe they are.

An Arab-Christian activist is calling on concerned Americans to sign a petition urging Congress to conduct hearings to review radical Islamic materials being distributed in American mosques.

Brigitte Gabriel, founder of Act! for America, says there is sufficient evidence to indicate that tax-exempt Islamic organizations are selling or distributing material in mosques in America that rise to the level of a genuine threat to the nation’s security and liberty.

“We have found material that is exhorting Muslims to engage in holy wars – Jihad – against us, inciting terror and violence against us,” Gabriel contends. “They are calling for abolishing our constitutional form of government and replacing it with Sharia Law, which is the strict Islamic law.”

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Quote of the Day

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

“Everyone has an equal right to marry. Marriage IS the unique, monogamous, binding relationship between one man and one woman. We all have precisely the same right to participate in THAT if we choose to. If anyone is in a state of sexual confusion or turmoil over their personal preference, they do not have to exercise their EQUAL RIGHT to actual marriage. So called “same sex marriage” is not marriage at all. It is just a bad [counterfeit]. We as humans don’t even have the authority to define marriage. It is what it is. Al we can do is either affirm and embrace reality, or go into denial and play games with reality. Government needs to be firmly rooted in reality. Marriage IS and always will be one man and one woman. Anything else is an abomination, no matter what we choose to call it.”
-Unknown Author

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“Without Life, There Is No Justice” by Mark Earley

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Followers of Jesus are being asked by politicos, pundits, and even some pastors, to abandon abortion as a decisive and vital issue in this year’s election. Instead, we are being urged to cast our votes based on other justice issues such as poverty, protecting the environment, and bringing the troops home from Iraq. There are three problems with this line of thinking.

First, the sanctity and dignity of life (which abortion destroys both physically and conceptually) is the cornerstone upon which all justice is built. All human rights are predicated first upon the right to life.

Thomas Jefferson understood this clearly when he wrote, and I quote, “The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.”

For the believer, the value of each human life, no matter how young or old, derives from the belief that all humans are created by God and stamped with His image.

The second problem with abandoning the right to life issue for the sake of others is the nature of the disagreement between candidates on these other issues. All candidates agree that poverty should be ended and the environment protected—the debate surrounds the strategies to be used. Likewise, even the strongest supporters of the war in Iraq want to bring our active combat troops home—the argument is about how, under what circumstances, and when.

But abortion is different. On this issue, many candidates are diametrically opposed. There is no common ground. Their records are clear, and the contrasts are sharp.

The third reason we cannot lose focus on protecting the unborn is that so much work remains to be done. Despite a positive shift in public opinion on protecting unborn children, despite the addition of Supreme Court justices who seem to believe in the right to life, despite the passage of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act and many parental notification and consent laws, the fact remains that abortion-on-demand is still the law of the land. And the death toll continues to rise every single day.

Since the passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973, more than 48 million unborn children have perished—and only 7 percent of the women who had those abortions cited medical concerns, rape, or incest as their reasons. And those who promote abortions—they are flexing their muscle as never before. In Fiscal Year 2006-2007, Planned Parenthood took in over $1 billion in donations. They provide 20 percent of all abortions in the United States, and took in $336 million in government funds—that is your taxes!

Believers must press candidates on the right to life this year. The so-called single-issue, pro-life voters are not single-issue at all. Why? Because the dignity and sanctity of human life is a thread that connects virtually all humanitarian causes. They recognize that unless our country protects the most vulnerable of human life, all other issues touching upon human dignity are in peril—whether it is human trafficking, mental health, AIDS, poverty, victims’ rights, prisoners’ rights, or health care, just to name a few.

Indeed, if the life of the most innocent and defenseless among us—the unborn child—is not worth protecting, I ask you, my friend, whose is?

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