Saturday, February 4

Perspective on Muslim Cartoon Controversy

Good thoughts on this whole controversy over the Mohammed cartoons from Paul J Cella over at RedState.com.
War and defiance. Denmark is our ally. Her troops are stationed with ours in Iraq. One of her newspapers, for interesting reasons that have largely been obscured in this debate, printed some cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, ranging from the innocuous to the tasteless to the offensive. This, in the logic of a great many Muslims, marks the Danes (and maybe any European) for death. "Behead those who mock Islam." "Butcher those who mock the Prophet." Those are the threats and we have seen them carried out before. I repeat: Denmark is our ally. Whatever the character of the original cartoons, the people who thunder these threats (threats which, again, we cannot possibly regard as idle), whether from the streets of Gaza or London, reveal themselves as, not merely Denmark's, but our enemy.

And call me a hothead or a warmonger if you must, but I regard defiance of the enemy in war to be a virtue
Let's not forget that regardless of the offense, a civilized people respond in civilized manner. There is more on this from Gibson's response to the Muslim outrage in yesterday's "My Word." (Watch Video)

...the Muslim world is wallowing in this. A Saudi cleric said Thursday, "This is great. The Muslim nation is fired up."

And, by the way, there's a story in The New York Times Friday about a painting hanging in a New York gallery that depicts Jesus as bin Ladin.

You see any rioting in the streets here? No.

Now that's civilization. People can be annoyed or angry or offended without having ambassadors recalled.

And, by the way, the people who are so insulted here don't see anything wrong with calling Jews pigs and apes, and calling Christians infidels and idolaters and go ahead and kill them.

It's a good idea not to insult someone's religion. It's also a good idea not to find insult everywhere you look.

Muslim nations have a lot to learn about liberty and democracy. Like the president said, it takes more than free elections to make a civilized and democratic country.

Tags: , Islam, Cartoons, Jyllands-Posten, Religion, Mohammed, Satire, News

What was missing from the State of the Union Speech

FRCBlog linked to statements by Tony Perkins, who points out what the President missed on his speech.
The President was vigorously applauded for his many bold and unwavering words about the war on terror. Unfortunately, on a number of critical issues, the same resolve was missing. The President was right in pointing out that activist judges threaten marriage and the overall culture. And parents are rightly concerned about that. However, with a vote on a marriage amendment just weeks away in the U.S. Senate, the President should have called on Congress to act before it is too late. Since last year's State of the Union, in which the President did call on Congress to pass a marriage amendment, the threat has only increased with more judicial activism, including a federal judge striking down a state marriage amendment passed by over 70% of the voters. In the very liberal state of Maryland yesterday, the legislature began hearings on a state marriage amendment spurred on by the recent decision of a Baltimore judge that would, if upheld on appeal, impose same-sex marriage on that state. During yesterday's testimony, even Democratic Delegates grilled the AFL-CIO witness, who testified against the marriage amendment. "If I believe in the right of the people to vote on this issue, have I alienated the AFL-CIO?" Delegate Theodore Sophocleus asked incredulously. The union rep admitted that union members had not been polled on this issue. FRC's Vice President for Policy Peter Sprigg also testified before a packed committee room in Maryland's General Assembly. Some 250 witnesses for marriage lined up inside and streamed outside the hearing room, outnumbering witnesses for same-sex unions by 6 to 1. Marriage is no "wedge issue;" it is a bridge issue. The President missed a great opportunity last night to reach out to the Values Voters who re-elected him last year, and who gave him majorities in both Houses of Congress
Interesting little graph they put together.


Recently I have been hearing a lot of criticism for what is perceived as "one-issue" voters. While I can't deny that there are some voters that are mindlessly "single-issue" voters, and who simply follow the lead of their favorite advocacy non-profit, I think politicians and critics alike are missing one important point. Some of these so-called "single-issues" are more than that. Defense of marriage, for example, has to do with a lot more than just gay rights. It has to do with a primary and important social foundation. The destruction of marriage, by turning it simply into a "government sanctioned welfare program," will have serious and negative consequences on our economy, social fabric, and more. Likewise with abortion and cloning. It has to do with the core values that hold up this great nation. So, no, it is not "single-issue" voting. It is "back to the basics" voting that has long term dividends and is well worth defending and fighting for. So, vote pro-life, vote pro-defense of marriage, and vote for those who will uphold a moral and social standard that will move our great nation forward, not backwards.

These are more than just single issues--they are foundational issues. If a elected politician cannot be trusted to respect life, the foundational human right, how can he respect other human rights? If an elected official cannot be trusted to respect the institution of marriage, what makes you think he will respect the institutions of business, the family, and church? We must see beyond the rhetoric, and vote according to what is important for our society. I think most Americans can relate to this.

Thursday, February 2

New Blog Project: Promoting Graduate Education Among Hispanics

I started a new blog today as part of my work with the National Society of Hispanic MBA's. If you, or someone you know is a student or profesional in the Denver/Front Range area, make sure to let them know about it. The blog will promote and provide resources, links and articles of interest that relate to graduate education in the Denver metro area. Of course, the idea is to increase exposure and awareness for NSHMBA and the benefits of membership for Hispanic students.

New Evidence: Did Castro Kill Kennedy?

Interesting article on news from a "German TV documentary that claims that the Cuban government was behind the assassination of former president John F. Kennedy by Lee Harvey Oswald. " I cannot speak for the accuracy of the documentary, but it doesn't seem all that far-feched to me. Check out the article by Roger Aronoff over at Accuracy in Media. Miami Herald has a story on the movie as well. Now, is this really a new theory?
The film is called "Rendezvous With Death," by award winning director Wilfried Huissman. It took five years to make, and reports suggest that it makes a compelling case.

Among those talking on camera is Oscar Marino, a former Cuban intelligence agent. He says that the Cubans wanted Kennedy dead because he had opposed the Cuban revolution, and had tried to have Castro assassinated. Marino told Huissman that he knew for certain that the Cuban secret service G2 had carried out and financed the operation, though he wouldn't say if Castro had directly ordered it. But under Castro's brutal dictatorship, which has endured for nearly half a century, it is not conceivable that this would have happened without his blessing. As Marino described it, Oswald "was so full of hate, he had the idea. We used him."

According to Marino, the Cubans contacted Oswald after being tipped off by their patrons, the Soviet KGB. Oswald had lived there for three years after deserting from the U.S. military. There he married the niece of a KGB colonel. He was allowed to return to the U.S. and bring his wife with him. He continued to call himself a Communist, and demonstrated on behalf of Cuba. And as a Marine, he had been sharpshooter, thus capable of hitting the intended target from the Texas Schoolbook Depository, where he went to work. Marino said that Oswald offered to kill the president. He said that Oswald traveled to Mexico City in September 1963 where he met up with Cuban agents who paid him $6,500 to carry out the assassination.

Shortly after Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963, a Cuban connection was investigated. The trail led to Mexico City. An FBI agent by the name of Laurence Keenan was sent to Mexico City, but he was recalled after only three days. Keenan is now 81, and he also spoke to Huissman for the documentary. "I realized that I was used," Keenan said. "I felt ashamed. We missed a moment in history." Keenan called it "perhaps the worst investigation the FBI was ever involved in."

Alexander Haig, then a military adviser to President Johnson, went on camera to say that LBJ believed Cuba was responsible, but he believed that if the evidence came out of a Castro link to the Kennedy murder, it would turn the country to the right politically, and keep the Democrats out of power for years to come. Added Haig: "He (Johnson) said 'we must simply not allow the American people to believe Fidel Castro could have killed our president.'"
Aronoff:
Human Events had the most comprehensive report on the film, including director Huissman's claim that LBJ was concerned that if we followed the trail and it led to the Cuban government, the pressure would have been intense for the U.S. to invade Cuba, possibly sparking a world-wide nuclear conflict with Castro's patron, the Soviet Union.
HT: KateFavazza's C-Log

Wednesday, February 1

Linda Chavez: The state of the president

Interesting comentary on the State of the Union speech by Linda Chavez at TownHall.com.
The president was resolute, unapologetic, at moments even defiant when addressing the war on terror, Iraq and the Democrats' neo-isolationism. He did a good job painting his critics as clueless pessimists. One of the best lines in the speech -- "hindsight alone is not wisdom, and second-guessing is not a strategy" -- summed up perfectly why the Democrats have failed to convince most Americans they would keep the country safe in this dangerous, post-9/11 world.

Understanding Lefty Lingo

Mary Katharine Ham was commenting on last night's democract response to the President's speech, and writes about what the democrats mean with what they say.
Of course, by come together he means Republicans should lumber to the Left while Dems stay seated. By cooperate, he means, "if you neanderthals would just do things our way..." And, by better way, he means their way with no compromises,
You can never trust that a lefty means what he is saying--its all relative to their purposes.

State of the Union Speech: My Favorite Quote

Here was one of my favorite parts of Bush's speech:
Today, having come far in our own historical journey, we must decide: Will we turn back, or finish well?

Before history is written down in books, it is written in courage. Like Americans before us, we will show that courage and we will finish well. We will lead freedom's advance. We will compete and excel in the global economy. We will renew the defining moral commitments of this land. And so we move forward -- optimistic about our country, faithful to its cause, and confident of the victories to come.
This is what makes America different: its values, and the actions guided by these values.

Statement from Chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly

This via email.
WASHINGTON D.C. - The National Chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly, Pedro Celis, Ph.D., issued the following statement in response to President Bush’s State of the Union Address:

“President Bush clearly reminded us that the future security of America depends on promoting freedom and fighting tyranny in this world,” said National Chairman Celis. “We applaud the President's reiterated commitment to keeping America competitive through tax-relief, free trade, fiscal responsibility, comprehensive immigration reform and promoting the ownership society.”

“We are also pleased by the President’s commitment to transforming this nation’s health care system. Health care is a major priority for many Hispanics in this nation,” said Chairman Celis.

Over 30 percent of Hispanics do not have health insurance - Hispanics are the largest group of uninsured in the United States.

There are currently over 35 million Hispanics in the United States. Hispanics represent over 14% of the total population. One in eight people in the United States are of Hispanic origin.

Tuesday, January 31

State of the Union watch party

At FRC. This is a great day for the president. I loved watching Roberts and Alito walk down to their seats.

I'll try to have more thoughtf tomorrow morning, or tonight if I time.

From the archives of FrontPagemag.com: Jose Angel Gutierrez

I got an email from FrontPagemag.com refering to a new book, "The Professors -- The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America."
At the University of Texas-Arlington: Jose Angel Gutierrez is a Political Science Professor. He’s also the founder of La Raza Unida, a racist Hispanic organization that calls on Hispanics and Mexican immigrants to seize U.S. land. Among his more notable racists rants is his repeated pronouncement that calls for the elimination of "the gringo, and what I mean by that is if the worst comes to the worst, we have to kill him."
This is not all immigrants, and does not reflect a majority of Central American, South American or Caribean immigrants. Nevertheless, it illustrates the importance and need for integration and assimilation. This guy is scary. He is also the exception! He is right up there with Ward Churchill and the rest of them.

It's Done: Alito Confirmed

Of course, 58 Aye, to 42 No. I find it interesting that so many democrats don't find this sort of vote important enough to show up. Then again, maybe they don't vote, so they can deny voting against him, and flipflop to the voters. They sure put up a show for the wacky-left special interests yesterday. Where was Kerry today?

From Fox News. RedState.com has an open thread on the Alito vote.

Monday, January 30

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Proud of the Republican Party

I have to admit--Leon is right. Today, they where the leadership party; the party with solutions. Today, the Republican party took us a step forward in solving the problem of judicial tyranny. If they could start doing something about pork spending, I would be a happier citizen.
The GOP leadership has made some mistakes in the past year. But, unlike in past years, they seem genuinely interested in listening over the past two months. As long as we remain committed to sending them to office every two years, there's no reason to believe that trend won't continue.

This year is a critical year. It's within the realm of possibility that the majority drops back to the danger level - 52 or 51. However, it's not outside the realm of possibility that it could also be 57 or 58. Interested in seeing Justice Rogers Brown? Then it's time to get to work. Work on spreading the message to the incumbents we have that some things need to change. Most importantly, work on sending people like Kean, Steele and Kennedy into office to replace Menendez, Sarbanes and Dayton (all of whom voted against cloture today). Work on keeping the seats held by Santorum and Frist. Don't send money to the NRSC - they'll just spend it on ads against Republican Steve Laffey - but there are competitive races out there, and help to be given. More will of course be said in the future.
I'm looking forward to this years election, and being able to look at it from inside the beltway. I'm looking forward to hearing the State of the Union address tomorrow evening.

Tags: , , Politics, Iraq, News, Republicans, Democrats, GOP.

AP: Mexican Police Arrest Four Illegal Iraqis

More reasons why improved border security is urgent. There is no room for political correctness, or cultural sensitivities--lives are at stake!

As other conservative news and blogs have been saying, this also points to the urgent need for the wire tapping efforts the administration have been operating. I want to make sure our guys know what these illegals are up to. The AP reports that " Many undocumented Iraqi nationals have been captured in Mexico en route to the U.S. border. None has been found to have had any links to terrorism."
Mexican federal agents have arrested four Iraqis trying to sneak into the United States without proper documents, the government said Monday.

Wasim Francis Schamoun and Ivan Yalda, both 23, and Refon Chlil Oraha and Thaer Salem Yelda, both 27, were found on a bus in the northern city of Navajoa after police received an anonymous tip, the attorney general's office said in a statement.

The Iraqis were in Mexico illegally, the statement said.
HT: DrudgeReport.

AFA online calls for boycott of Citgo in response to Venezuela's dictator's vows to bring down U.S. government

American Family Association out of Tupelo, MS, is calling for a boycott of Citgo gas stations, in response to radical left anti-war activist, Cindy Sheehan's appearance on Chavez's TV station.
Chavez, president of Venezuela, told a TV audience: "Enough of imperialist aggression; we must tell the world: down with the U.S. empire. We have to bury imperialism this century."

The guest on his television program beamed across Venezuela was Cindy Sheehan, the anti-war activist. Chavez recently had as his guest Harry Belafonte, who called President Bush "the greatest terrorist in the world."

Chavez is pushing a socialist/communist revolution and has a close alliance with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Part of the email, AFA asked recipients to sign and send a letter to President Chavez himself, saying "Just a note to let you know that I will not be shopping at Citgo. I don't want my money going to someone who has vowed to bring down my government."

I'm glad to see AFA highlighting the threat from down South. For those of you who are a Federal Civilian, Postal or Military Employee, I have to repeat the AFA request to consider AFA (#2058) for your annual CFC participation.