Monday, June 30, 2008

McCain's top priority: resurrect immigration bill

From Yahoo news (h/t to Little Green Footballs):
Appearing before the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) in Washington Saturday, each tried to assuage these concerns—and court a community whose votes could prove pivotal in Florida and a handful of western battleground states.
McCain, speaking first, promised the approximately 700 attendees that resurrecting the bipartisan immigration bill he helped shape last year would be at the forefront of his agenda as president.
“It would be my top priority yesterday, today and tomorrow,” McCain said in response to a question about whether he would pursue a comprehensive approach beyond his campaign promise to secure the border in his first 100 days in office.
Seeking to win some points for his initial support for a comprehensive immigration bill, McCain oted that his position “wasn’t very popular…with some in my party.”
And, in remarks that could inflame those Republican border hawks, the Arizona senator made lear he would not just seek to secure the border first, as he promised in the primary.
“We have to secure our borders—that’s the message,” McCain said. “But we also must proceed with a temporary worker program that is verifiable and truly temporary.”

WTF. I can't recall in recent memory when we've had two equally liberal candidates on both sides of the fence.

Islamic Jihad, 18th Century style

Burning of the USS Philadelpha
Burning of the frigate "USS Philadelphia (1799)" in the harbor of Tripoli, February 16, 1804, by Edward Moran, painted 1897, depicts a naval action of the First Barbary War. American sailors and marines burned the ship to avoid letting the muslim pirates use it against us.

Thanks to an interesting inteview on the Glenn Beck show this morning with Brad Thor, author of the new historical novel The Last Patriot, I did some research on the Barbary Wars. [I don't recall this getting a lot of coverage in history class way back when, but I do recall the goofy 70's tv show The Barbary Coast with William Shatner. That's my only reference to this period in US history]

It seems that several muslim states of the Ottoman empire were involved in piracy on the high seas in the late 1700's and early 1800's. The navies of Great Britain and France kept them at bay until American independence in 1776, when we were left to fend for ourselves. The USA paid "tribute" to the muslims to keep them away from our commercial ships, but when Thomas Jefferson took office as president he declared the USA would no longer pay their extortion money. The result was the First Barbary War as the USA flexed its muscle with her tiny fleet to defeat the pirates.

The war is commemorated by The Tripoli Monument, the oldest military monument in the US (after the Revolutionary War), which currently resides at the Naval Academy.

Here's an interesting little tidbit from the Wiki:

In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams went to negotiate with Tripoli's envoy to London, Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdrahaman or (Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja). Upon inquiring "concerning the ground of the pretensions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury", the ambassador replied:
It was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every mussulman who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise. He said, also, that the man who was the first to board a vessel had one slave over and above his share, and that when they sprang to the deck of an enemy's ship, every sailor held a dagger in each hand and a third in his mouth; which usually struck such terror into the foe that they cried out for quarter at once.

Sound familiar? And they say we're fighting the Islamists because of GW's foreign policy. I don't think so...

Read about the 18th Century Jihad here.

Friday, June 27, 2008

The ACORN Obama knows

From the Jewish World Review, Michelle Malkin covers some of the abuses of ACORN, training ground of none other than the Obamessiah:
Don't bother asking Barack Obama. He cut his ideological teeth working with ACORN as a "community organizer" and legal representative. Naturally, ACORN's political action committee has warmly endorsed his presidential candidacy. ACORN head Maude Hurd gushes that Obama is the candidate who "best understands and can affect change on the issues ACORN cares about" — like ensuring their massive pipeline to your hard-earned money. Let's take a closer look at the ACORN Obama knows.
Last July, ACORN settled the largest case of voter fraud in the history of Washington State. Seven ACORN workers had submitted nearly 2,000 bogus voter registration forms. According to case records, they flipped through phone books for names to use on the forms, including "Leon Spinks," "Frekkie Magoal" and "Fruto Boy Crispila." Three ACORN election hoaxers pleaded guilty in October. A King County prosecutor called ACORN's criminal sabotage "an act of vandalism upon the voter rolls."

Read Michelle's entire article here.

See some of my old posts on ACORN, the premiere organization in the US for voter fraud:

Read more about the abuses of ACORN at Rotten Acorn.

No big surprise for the most liberal, left-leaning, Marxist candidate. Workers of the world unite!

Monday, June 23, 2008

George Will: BHO wrong again, this time about crime

From the Patriot Post, George Will discusses the Obamessiah's ranting about 'po black men' and how the system is wired against them:

Last July, Obama said “more young black men languish in prison than attend colleges and universities." Actually, more than twice as many black men 18-24 are in college as there are in jail. Last September he said, “We have a system that locks away too many young, first-time, nonviolent offenders for the better part of their lives." But Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute, writing in the institute's City Journal, notes that from 1999 to 2004, violent offenders accounted for all of the increase in the prison population. Furthermore, Mac Donald cites data indicating that:

“In the overwhelming majority of cases, prison remains a lifetime achievement award for persistence in criminal offending. Absent recidivism or a violent crime, the criminal-justice system will do everything it can to keep you out of the state or federal slammer."

Obama sees racism in the incarceration rate: “We have certain sentences that are based less on the kind of crime you commit than on what you look like and where you come from." Indeed, in 2006, blacks, who are less than 13 percent of the population, were 37.5 percent of all state and federal prisoners. About one in 33 black men was in prison, compared with one in 79 Hispanic men and one in 205 white men.

But Mac Donald cites studies of charging and sentencing that demonstrate that the reason more blacks are disproportionately in prison, and for longer terms, is not racism but racial differences in patterns of criminal offenses:

“In 2005 the black homicide rate was over seven times higher than that of whites and Hispanics combined. ... From 1976 to 2005, blacks committed over 52 percent of all murders." Do police excessively arrest blacks? “The race of criminals reported by crime victims matches arrest data."

Yet another example of BHO posturing for votes with empty rhetoric. And it's probably working on this vidiot generation of empty-headed youth. Read the complete article at the Patriot Post.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

288/434 : Why Islam Cannot Reform

From Stop the ACLU blog comes this article that struck a nerve with me. After 9/11 happened, and seeing unrelenting support for Islam in the MSM, I also decided to investigate for myself what Islam was all about. I started by borrowing a copy of the Quran from the library and found it virtually un-readable, filled with so much hate. I then tried a different tact and read Robert Spencer's The Policitally Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and everything was made clear: Islam is a hate-filled 'religion' started by a warlord pedophile. It has only become so widespread and 'popular' because of its followers' thuggery.
288/434 : Why Islam Cannot Reform

Following 9/11, in order to try to discover for myself the true nature of this purported Religion of Peace, whose ardent followers had just been responsible for the worst attack ever to take place on American soil, I began to research Islam. I started by reading the Qur’an, at the painfully slow rate of 5 hate-filled pages a day. It soon became apparent that this revered Book of Peace had more in common with Mein Kampf than with the New Testament. In fact, there were many similarities between the two. Both were filled with violence and threats of violence, both shared an arrogant contempt for those who dared to disagree with their authors, both advocated for the complete and utter subjection of all unbelievers, and sought an eventual worldwide hegemony.

Both are difficult books to endure. And basically for the same reasons: incessant redundancy, awkward literary style and structure, an annoying tendency to digress and wander off subject; and, although both books were written by undeniably powerful and charismatic leaders, both displayed a fundamental lack of basic literary ability.

However, for me, the most difficult part of the laborious challenge of the Qur’an was in wading through page after page of the incessant and obsessive hatred and violence — by this author’s count, of the 434 total pages in my Penguin Classics version of the Qur’an, 288 pages contained some form of usually quite graphic violence, invariable directed against the unbeliever or the apostate.

For me, the question had been resolved. Resolved by the power of unquestionable numbers. 288/434. No longer could anyone ever convince me that the Qur’an is a Book of Peace, that had merely been misinterpreted. Numbers don’t lie, people do.

Read the entire article here.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

WorldNetDaily: Congress wants to know your eBay buying habits

Posted: June 20, 2008 7:53 pm Eastern ©2008 WorldNetDaily
A freedom-focused grassroots organization has issued a nationwide alert about a plan in Congress that would require credit card companieseBay, Amazon, Google and other companies to report what you buy to the federal government.

FreedomWorks chairman Dick Army said the privacy implications are "breathtaking."
"This is a provision with astonishing reach, and it was slipped into the bill just this week," he said. "Not only does it affect nearly every credit card transaction in America, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express, but the bill specifically targets payment systems like eBay's PayPal, Amazon and Google Checkout," he said.

FreedomWorks said the provision is "hidden deep in Sen. Christopher Dodd's 630-page Senate housing legislation." It was added by the bill's managers without debate and calls for a tracking and reporting system "on nearly every electronic transaction."

1984, 24 years late. Read the rest here, and contact your Senator right away to stop this nonsense.