Archive for June 2nd, 2009

Christ, Bring Salvation to Those Who are Waiting for Him

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

Hebrews 9:27-28 (New International Version)

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Sotomayor Battle Begins With Senate Meetings This Week

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

If the Republicans don’t do everything within their power to block this nomination, then I can say, without a doubt, that the Republican party is dead and it’s time to create a new party to represent American conservatives.
This woman is dangerous for our country. Newt Gingrich had this to say on his Twitter site:

“Imagine a judicial nominee said ‘my experience as a white man makes me better than a latina woman’. New racism is no better than old racism.”
“White man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw. Latina woman racist should also withdraw.”
(I’m told that Twitter only allows 140 characters in a post, which is why Mr. Gingrich is abbreviating his verbiage.)

Racism is racism, no matter what direction it is going.

On top of her blatant racism, her view that “feelings” should play a part in decisions, despite what the law reads, is ludicrous.

Sonia Sotomayor’s Senate confirmation begins Tuesday.

Not her formal hearing, that will be held later in the summer. Rather, President Obama’s selection to the Supreme Court will start the more informal but important private meetings with the senators who will ultimately vote on her confirmation.

On Tuesday, Sotomayor is expected to visit top senators, including Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the panel’s top Republican.

In some pre-game movement, Sotomayor met at the White House on Monday with administration lawyers who are working on her confirmation. White House aides said Sotomayor was finalizing the answers to her Senate questionnaire and getting ready for the meetings with senators.

Constitutional interpretation, judicial temperament and gay rights are all areas of inquiry sure to come up in these closed doors meetings. It’s also possible she will be asked about a controversial comment she made related to Justice Clarence Thomas.

But these are all matters Sotomayor has already answered in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will conduct her confirmation hearing this summer.

She has twice before survived Senate scrutiny. Sotomayor was approved as a federal trial judge in 1992 and faced the committee again when she was elevated to her current post on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York in 1997.

That second confirmation hearing offers a preview of what we can expect when she appears before the committee later this year.

The spotlight will also shine on two men who figured prominently in Sotomayor’s last go around: Leahy and Sessions, who just recently ascended to the top Republican seat on the panel.

The duo are seasoned warriors with battle scars from scores of confirmation battles but their handling of this nomination, from a new president almost assured of at least one more high court selection, will almost certainly lay a new foundation for the level of inquiry that is expected for a Supreme Court nominee.

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Recruiting Center Killer Confirmed as Homegrown Muslim Terrorist “Jihadist”

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

I made a prediction yesterday, that the man who killed one soldier and wounded another at a recruiting center in Arkansas, would turn out to be a homegrown Muslim terrorist. Robert Spencer confirms that my thoughts were correct:

I have learned from a well-placed source that Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, who killed one soldier and wounded another at a a Little Rock military recruiting center today, and who faces charges of terrorism as well as first-degree murder, has recently returned from Yemen, where he studied jihad with an Islamic scholar there.

Apparently the Islamic scholar under whom this American convert to Islam studied was yet another misunderstander of Islam’s true, peaceful teachings.

More on this as it develops.

CNN finds this story so newsworthy that they don’t even list it on their main page. Homegrown Muslim terrorist aren’t news, but of course everyone is falling all over themselves to read about the “Beatles rock[ing] on in video game”, a “man living on plane to beat fear of flying” and their wish to “get to the bottom of Bruno’s Eminem stunt”. Wow, now that’s news…NOT!!

At least FoxNews and MSNBC (surprisingly enough) are covering it.

A man with “political and religious motives” killed a soldier just out of basic training and wounded another Monday in a targeted attack on a military recruiting center in Arkansas, police said.

The suspect, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, reportedly had been under investigation by the FBI Joint Terrorist Task Force after he traveled to Yemen and was arrested there for using a Somali passport.

According to ABC News, the investigation was in its early stages and was based on Muhammad’s travel to Yemen. While there, Muhammed, a recent convert to Islam, studied jihad with an Islamic scholar, Jihadwatch.org reported.

A police report based on an interview with the suspect said Muhammad, 23, told police he observed two soldiers in uniform on Monday, drove up to the recruiting center in Little Rock and started shooting.

“He saw them standing there and drove up and shot them,” Lt. Terry Hastings told The Associated Press. “That’s what he said.”

Interviews with police show Muhammad “probably had political and religious motives for the attack,” Police Chief Stuart Thomas said.

Muhammad, previously known as Carlos Bledsoe, was not part of a larger group nor was his attack part of a larger conspiracy, Thomas said.

“We believe that it’s associated with his disagreement over the military operations,” the police chief said.

The two soldiers who were shot had completed basic training within the past two weeks and were not regular recruiters, said Lt. Col. Thomas F. Artis of the Oklahoma City Recruiting Battalion, which oversees the Little Rock office.

William Long, 23, died, and Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, was wounded and in stable condition, Police Chief Stuart Thomas said.

Police arrested Muhammad, 23, along an interstate highway moments after the shootings. Thomas said Muhammad would be charged with first-degree murder, plus 16 counts of committing a terroristic act. Thomas said those counts result from the gunfire occurring near other people.

Witnesses told police that a man inside a black vehicle pulled up outside the recruiting center and opened fire about 10:30 a.m. Long fell onto the sidewalk outside the center while Ezeagwula was able to crawl toward its door.

Police said an assault rifle and other weapons were found in the vehicle when Muhammad was arrested.

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“First GM, Next America” By Richard Miller

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

It was said once that what was good for General Motors was good for America. I would update that aphorism: what is happening to General Motors is happening to America. Some of this is a bitter necessity–but much of it will be very bad, brought on by the voting public’s collective refusal to face the consequences of our nation’s (and our own) increasingly reckless financial behavior over the past three decades.

First, about that which is necessary. The key word here is “deleveraging.” GM, like many other corporations, homeowners, and credit card borrowers simply incurred too much debt. Most of GM’s debt was self-inflicted–ordinary borrowing. But much of the most damaging debt was simply conspiratorial. Unions and management had few incentives to control the former’s spiraling wages, benefits and pensions while the latter had to avoid strikes and keep the machine running in order to earn its rich salaries and bonuses.

As for shareholders and bondholders, as long as GM played its own Ponzi game of being current on debt service, and as long as the stock rose in the general equity mania of the last generation, few asked many questions. Meanwhile, the only market that really counted — the domestic auto market — had been shrinking steadily for GM since the early 1970s. And the government (us, of course) was fond of its CAFEs, EPAs, OSHAs and other regulatory burdens that it imposed on the company. It all added up to what you now see unfolding before your eyes.

And what is very bad about GM’s situation? The Obama administration, in the name of the public good but in the fact of political payoff, has paid billions and pledged upwards of $50 billion dollars to a company that has failed to raise one dime of private capital. And all this done without querying GM exactly what it will do differently to compete with Mercedes, Toyota or even Ford. Do you know what will be different? Please comment if you do because despite studying this GM for years, I don’t have a clue.

Now here’s the surprise: I don’t blame Obama one bit. Sure, he broke his campaign pledge against Washington “politics as usual” by giving us Chicago “politics as usual.” In this case Alderman Obama delivered to his ward bosses at the UAW. But the truth is that the president is just doing with GM what we, the people elected him to do: manage American decline and do it gently, painlessly, without seeming to abandon the old tropes of American Greatness.

We, the public, wanted to avoid the pain that the logic of our (former) economic and social system would have required of GM: file a non-government subsidized bankruptcy petition, and hope that the washed through assets would actually be acquired by some guy with a better idea on how to build cars.

“Too big to fail,” we said in our collective arrogance. Too much pain. Too many suppliers forced out of business, too many workers unemployed, too many pensioners struggling to survive on reduced benefits. All probably true, and all part of the economic logic that built this country. Brutal, yes, but when you see the pain that the Indians and Chinese are willing to bear in order to supplant us as world leaders, you may remember that it’s a price our ancestors bore when America was ascendant.

The truth is that as a nation, we’re no longer “up to it,” the “it” being the costs associated with world leadership. We, GM and America have entered our dotage. Obama isn’t the problem, he’s just a symptom. (And to demonstrate how non-partisan this is, remember that it was Republican Bush ‘43 and his trusty sidekick “Help U.S.” Hank Paulson who argued for Detroit’s first $25 billion as well as $700 billion in TARP funds. It was at that very moment that Old America was declared dead and gone by its elites. All Obama has done is turn up the volume on the same song.)

As a lifelong Republican, I’d love to bash the loyal opposition. But not this time. As a collective group we elected Obama to stop the pain. By making General Motors in effect a new department of the federal government, Obama, by deferring the pain to the Chinese government’s willingness to buy our bonds, has only done what we asked him to do.

Managing America’s decline–it’s only a secret inside this country.

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“Notes on the murder of George Tiller” by Michelle Malkin

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

*Late-term abortion doctor George Tiller was gunned down at his church in Kansas Sunday morning in a thoroughly evil, cold-blooded act of domestic terrorism. Yes, terrorism. Not “extremism.” Interesting how the t-word has been rediscovered.

*Every mainstream pro-life organization has unequivocally condemned the killing.

I repeat: Every mainstream pro-life organization has unequivocally condemned the killing.

*Princeton University professor Robert P. George is right about this: “Whoever murdered George Tiller has done a gravely wicked thing. The evil of this action is in no way diminished by the blood George Tiller had on his own hands. No private individual had the right to execute judgment against him. We are a nation of laws. Lawless violence breeds only more lawless violence.”

*President Obama is right about this: “However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence.”

*Unfortunately, some are not content to leave it at that for now. They fail to respect that there is a proper time and place to indulge in political battle.

You can go here, here, and here for all that. Another round-up here.

Tiller’s family is grieving. Those who have jumped to score political points before Tiller is even buried are no better than the Phelps family thugs of the “Westboro Baptist Church” who respect no bounds of civility.

Unfortunately, it’s too much to ask the cable news networks and hyper-partisan snipers on the Internet to have the decency to restrain themselves.

Prepare for a wall-to-wall onslaught of gleeful finger-pointing on the Left and heated responses on the Right.

Prepare for whitewashed hagiographies of Tiller’s career as an abortionist.

Prepare for DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano’s defenders to gloat about vindication.

Prepare for collective demonization of pro-lifers and Christians — and more gratuitous attempts to tar talk radio, Fox News, and the Tea Party movement as responsible for the heinous crime.

Prepare for the continuing redefinition of any and all sharp political disagreement as “hate” — a ruinous trend that inevitably comes back to haunt the hysterical accusers decrying “hate” the loudest.

How unhinged has the discourse gotten already? Here’s the left-wing Daily Kos going after the left-wing John Aravosis for going after Barack Obama because he didn’t go after “right-wing extremism” hard enough.

It’s going to be a long week.

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“GM’s Bankruptcy — YOU Are the Biggest Loser” By Peter Ferrara

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Excerpt:

American consumers would never choose to buy the tiny, two door, Sierra Club cars we are now going to see out of Detroit. But the Obama plan is not to allow them a choice. That is what the new 39 mpg CAFÉ standard is all about. That doesn’t mean your next SUV is going to get 39 mpg, dummy. It means your next car will look like it is competing with a John Deere lawnmower.

Closing the deal will be the new cap-and-trade taxes Democrats are now ramming through Congress. Those taxes will impose massive penalties on anything but Detroit’s new Fred Flintstone cars designed by the Environmental Defense Fund. So will the $5 per gallon gas we are going to see because the Obama administration is so busy shutting down new oil production.

Take good care of those big, powerful, luxurious cars you are driving now. They are going to be worth a lot more on the resale market than you thought.

Read the rest of the article here.

Recruiting Center Killer Had “Political and Religious Motives”

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

I have a prediction about the person who did this; homegrown Muslim terrorist. Let’s see if I’m correct.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark — A man with “political and religious motives” killed a soldier just out of basic training and wounded another Monday in a targeted attack on a military recruiting center, police said. The shootings were not believed to be part of a broader scheme.

The soldiers completed basic training within the past two weeks and were not regular recruiters, said Lt. Col. Thomas F. Artis of the Oklahoma City Recruiting Battalion, which oversees the Little Rock office.

William Long, 24, of Conway, died, and Quinton Ezeagwula, 18, of Jacksonville, was wounded and in stable condition, Police Chief Stuart Thomas said.

Both men were from nearby hometowns and volunteered to work at the recruiting center to attract other locals to the military. “They can show the example, ‘Here’s where I was, and here is where I am,”‘ Artis said.

Police arrested Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, 23, along a crosstown interstate moments after the shootings at the Army-Navy Career Center in a shopping center in west Little Rock.

Muhammad acted alone, the police chief said, and based on an interview with officers, the suspect “probably had political and religious motives for the attack.” He lived in an apartment just 1.5 miles from the recruiting center. A search warrant had been obtained for the apartment.

Thomas said Muhammad, previously known as Carlos Bledsoe, would be charged with first-degree murder, plus 15 counts of committing a terroristic act. Thomas said those counts result from the gunfire occurring near other people.

The accused shooter’s father, Melvin Bledsoe of Memphis, Tenn., hung up on a reporter who called about his son’s arrest Monday night.

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