Saturday, August 04, 2007
Spencer was invited to speak to the Young America’s Foundation to address their National Conservative Student Conference.
This really put CAIR’s turbans in a knot.
Spencer maintains a blog called jihad watch that depicts the atrocities of Islamic terrorists around the world. He is also the author of several books that are not friendly to Islamic fascism. Some of the titles: “The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World’s Most Intolerant Religion” and “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam.”
CAIR worked really hard at trying to get YAF to cancel Spencer’s speech. They issued a demand to YAF that he not be allowed to speak. In the event that he does speak they demanded all false and defamatory statements are not to be disseminated at the session.
A false and defamatory statement would be anything that accurately describes the atrocities committed world wild in the name of Allah of course. You know, cause Islam is just so peaceful and accepting.
Now here is the part where YAF earns the MTCW award for backbone.
Jason Mattera, a spokesperson for YAF proclaimed that they would not be intimidated by Islamic thugs and followed with this comment:
“CAIR can go to Hell and they can take their 72 virgins with them.”
Of course this is the same Senator that praised Osama Bin Ladin in December of 2004.
Then we have journalist Nick Coleman from the Minneapolis- St. Paul Star Tribune. He says the collapse would have never happened if it wasn’t for Governor Tim Pawlenty’s refusal to raise taxes. Pawlenty is of course one of those evil republicans.
Coleman writes:: "For half a dozen years, the motto of state government and particularly that of Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been No New Taxes. It's been popular with a lot of voters and it has mostly prevailed. So much so that Pawlenty vetoed a 5-cent gas tax increase - the first in 20 years - last spring and millions were lost that might have gone to road repair. And yes, it would have fallen even if the gas tax had gone through, because we are years behind a dangerous curve when it comes to the replacement of infrastructure that everyone but wingnuts in coonskin caps agree is one of the basic duties of government."
Agreed, road construction and infrastructure repairs are the basic duties of government, but let’s take a look and see just how desperately the State of Minnesota needed higher taxes to have the money.
What Coleman fails to report is at the time Gov. Pawlenty vetoed this 5 cent gas tax increase, the State of Minnesota already had 2.1 billion dollars in budget surplus from overtaxation!
Coleman also makes it seem no money was added for road or bridge repairs, but that is just not the case. Around the same time Pawlenty vetoed the gas tax, the state legislature passed an amendment to spend all, rather than half, of the motor vehicle tax revenue on transportation. This added 60 million bucks a year with the anticipation of doubling in 5 years to road, bridge and transit spending.
Coleman and Sen. Murray would like us to believe that higher taxes and more money would have prevented that bridge from collapsing and that it is republican’s and President George W. Bush’s fault for not raising taxes or approving increased spending. That is just not the case; there was enough money in the Minnesota legislature to fix that bridge twice, probably more. The problem was fiscal responsibility, not low taxes.
Let’s take a look into the state legislatures spending habits and look at the Citizens for Government Waste's "The Pig Booklet" for the state of Minnesota for the year 2006. Take a look at all of the "pork" projects. Here are my favorite worthless projects:
The state bailout of the Minneapolis Teacher's Retirement Fund, which puts state taxpayers on the hook for $972 million in unfunded liabilities
A new $776 million Twins Stadium to be paid for with a Hennepin County sales tax increase -- (approved by state legislators with no voter referendum)
$97.5 million for the Northstar Commuter Rail line
$34 million in subsidies to ethanol producers that have seen a 300 percent increase in profits in the last year
$30 million for bear exhibits at the Minnesota and Como Zoos
$12 million to renovate the Shubert Theater in downtown Minneapolis
$1 million for a replica Vikings ship in Moorhead
$500,000 for a skating rink in Roseville
$310,000 for a Shakespeare festival in Winona
$129,000 for state art grants for North Dakota museums and theaters
Now that adds up to a whopping $1,923,439,000 and that is not even the whole list. This tax money was spent on vote buying projects while that bridge remained un-repaired, but we are told the problem is taxes were not high enough. Give me a break, the problem was the lack of government responsibility and fiscal responsibility.
If the politicians in Minnesota had been more concerned with actually doing their duties of a government and ensuring roads and bridges were safe instead of spending money on a baseball stadium to buy votes for re-election we wouldn’t have these problems.
Vick was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges related to dog fighting, and he may face felony charges in the State of Virginia for owning the property in which dog fighting took place. A felony would mean the end to Vick’s football career in the NFL.
Now from what I have read, and from the evidence available; I have little doubt that Vick knew what was going on and was a willing participant in this disturbing “sport” of dog fighting. I happen to like dogs, actually that is not completely true. I like my dog, I don’t particularly care too much about yours, but I wouldn’t want to see your dog or any dog mangled to death by other dogs for entertainment purposes. I believe a lot can be judged by how a person treats an animal. If what they have charged Michael Vick with is true then he is a poor creature lacking any sense of human decency. I would have no problem seeing some one convicted of such a crime spend some time in jail.
What do I think the Falcons should do with Vick? Well, that is totally up to them. The Falcon’s have a contract with Vick that would allow them to fire him on the spot. However, that is completely up to owner Arthur Blank and his organization.
I can say that in the past teams have been known to release or fire players before a conviction. In 2000 the Green Bay Packers released one of the best tight ends, Mark Chmura, who was charged with inappropriate sexual contact with the family babysitter. It later turned out the allegation was false, and he was found not guilty. Chmura never returned to the NFL.
As I said, the Falcons can do what ever they want with Vick until he is found guilty. If he is found guilty of a felony then the NFL should enforce the rules and clear out his locker. We will see if that happens.
My guess is that Vick will end up plea bargaining in some way that will avoid a felony conviction and he will continue to play in the NFL.
On a final note, I as a huge NFL fan also have a choice to make. If the NFL continues to allow this kind of behavior, then they will get the NBA treatment from me.
I haven’t missed the NBA one bit since I quit watching it.
This is not about race; there is no race card to be played in this case. It is about culture, a culture that strives in urban areas across the country.
The Humane Society of the United States estimates that organized dog fighting has increased more than 300% since 1992. In many cases the dog fighting takes place in conjunction with drug dealing. The director of the Capital Area Humane Society in Ohio told the Cincinnati Inquirer, “Dog fighting is a family event, often held in large warehouses. Children watch and there can be concession stands at one end, gambling somewhere else, and over in the corner they’ll be selling cocaine and crack.”
New Orleans journalist Eileen Loh-Harris wrote an article in 2001 about the dog fighting phenomenon titled “Fight Club.” Loh Harris wrote: "In recent years, pit bull terriers have become a macho accessory in urban culture, where kids are attracted to the animals' reputation as inherently mean dogs. Add the hard-edged glamour of the dogfight—the gambling, drugs and weapons; the illegality; the 'fight 'til you die' credo—and dog fighting flourishes in places where cultivating a tough reputation is often paramount to survival."
The Michael Vick case is about his actions and the culture of dog fighting, a culture that promotes violence and disrespect for common decency and the law.
So all you people trying to play the race card in this case, it just isn’t so. It doesn’t matter that Vick is black. What matters is dog fighting is against the law. It is against the law in all 50 states and considered a felony in 48 states.
It seems Kahne was in a club in Hollywood Wednesday when he had the un-expected pleasure of Paris Hilton’s company, or should I say the pleasure was hers?
According to reports Hilton and Kahne “chatted for a while, and before they parted ways for the night, she leaned in and whispered 'God, you're cute' and kissed him!"
Who knew that NASCAR revs up Paris Hilton’s engine?
Paris Hilton has enjoyed life in the fast lane perhaps she wants to try life on the fast track.
Friday, August 03, 2007
Democrat House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) makes that point perfectly clear in an interview with the Washington Post.
Clyburn said a good report from Army Gen. Petraeus about Iraq would likely split Democrats and ruin his party’s efforts to press for a timetable to end the war.
Many Democrats have anticipated that, at best, Petraeus and U.S. ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker would present a mixed analysis of the success of the current troop surge strategy, given continued violence in Baghdad. But of late there have been signs that the commander of U.S. forces might be preparing something more generally positive. Clyburn said that would be "a real big problem for us."
There you have it, straight from the horses' mouth, or would that be jack asses' mouth! Progress and good news from Iraq is real big problems for democrats!
How long have I been telling you that the Democrat Party has invested in failure in Iraq? How many times have I said good news from Iraq is bad news for democrats? I have actually been ridiculed for saying such things.
“Oh come on, why would they want failure in Iraq. No one wants failure in Iraq.” people would say.
Do you see it now? The democrats are not even hiding the fact anymore. Here we have Clyburn admitting it. Last week we had Rep. Nancy Boyda walk out in a tantrum because the news was just to good.
There has never in the history of our country been a time when one major political party virtually prays for our defeat in a war so they could demonize the president and turn their countries defeat into a political victory at the polls. Never, until now!
Would it be asking too much to actually put the welfare of our country first, especially during a time of war, and the party second?
The article does say there are 47 “Blue Dog” Democrats in the House that tend to be more “moderate” or “conservative” and will probably not support a timetable for withdrawal if Petraeus delivers a positive report.
So as long as the going goes well... Perhaps the members in Congress need a reminder from history and the quote on the top of this blog site.
"Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case; you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves." ~ Winston Churchill
Retreat from this fight and we will be living in those times in the very near future, just as Great Britian was in June of 1942.
There is a column in todays suggested reading by Tony Blankely that will explain just exactly what June 1942 ment for Great Britian. You can read it here.
What will these actions get you in America? One will land you in jail for a hate crime. Can you guess which one?
Exhibit B. Burning the Flag of the United States of America.
Although all three of these acts are sure to be offensive to a certain group of society only one is a hate crime in the eyes of the law.
Exhibit A., actually won an award for American photographer Andres Serrano in 1989. It depicts a small plastic crucifix supporting the body of Jesus Christ submerged in a glass of the artist's urine. The piece was a winner of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art’s "Awards in the Visual Arts" competition, which is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a United States Government agency that offers support and funding for artistic projects. In fact the NEA gave Serrano a 15,000 dollar grant. In other words 15,000 of your tax dollars went to Serrano for this piece of garbage! But I digress.
Exhibit B., probably will not win you any awards. It may win you praise from your anti-America hippy friends, and it has been known to stir controversy within the halls of Congress leading Republicans to go as far as trying to limit the freedom of expression and speech with legislation to outlaw flag burning.
Exhibit C., is the only one reconized as a hate crime, and 23-year-old student at Pace University in Brooklyn, Stanislav Shmulevich, faces jail time for this action. He was arrested on Friday on hate-crime charges after he threw a Koran in the toilet on two separate occasions, according to the New York City Police Department.
Shmulevich has been charged with two felonies, criminal mischief and aggravated harrasment.
If Schmulevich had thrown a bible in the toilet, coated it with urine, burned a flag and chanted “Death to America and Israel,” he wouldn’t be facing jail time right now, nor should he be. Instead, he offended the religion of Islam, and that is a felony.
This is a direct attack on the constitutional right of free speech. There is no constitutional right to not be offended. There is a constitutional right to freedom of speech and expression.
Providing that this was his personal Koran, I fail to see any law broken. If it was not his own personal Koran then he may be guilty of destruction to personal property, but that is about it.
All three of these acts are tasteless in their own way, but none of them are a crime. It is called Freedom, but then again most Americans just do not understand the concept anymore.
You have one day left to vote for the name of my new blog. Last week, you the fans, voted for your favorite three out of seven names and there was a tie for first place. So now you have to determine what the name is going to be from those two names in a run off vote. Here are your choices:
Thoughts of a Country Boy
Country Boy Logic
Vote for your favorite by e-mailing your choice to: firstname.lastname@example.org Polls close on August 4 at 11:59 EST. Any e-mails received after that time will not be counted.
I will post the winner Sunday.