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Macon County Commissioners

Coverage of the meetings of the Macon County Board of County Commissioners.

Franklin Town Board of Aldermen

Coverage of the meetings of the Franklin Town Board of Aldermen.

Macon County School Board

Coverage of the meetings of the Macon County School Board.

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Photos from my photoblog.

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Monday, April 30, 2007

The Colonel's Secret Recipe Revealed!

I was driving around this weekend, and this is what I saw:



Hat Tip: Samantha Burns

Bloggers at NC-11 Convention

A couple of bloggers from the other side of the aisle attended the NC-11 GOP Convention Saturday, and here are their reports of the event:

Report filed at Scrutiny Hooligans:



Karl Rove and the North Carolina 11th District Republican Convention

They embrace a culture of defeat…death, and we have to fight them there, so we don’t have to fight them here.” - Karl Rove, in Hendersonville on Saturday, April 28, talking about Democrats or terrorists. I’m not sure which.

179 old white delegates gathered at West Henderson High School to hold their annual 11th district Republican Convention. Every county in the district had a section, and the empty half of the auditorium held the press, the non-delegates, and the Hooligans. Clay County didn’t bother sending anyone at all, though an imaginary source told me that they stayed away because Rove’s pheromones cause Clay county women to swoon and Clay County men to feel desperate and insecure.



The same article was cross posted at BlueNC.


And they scored an interview with Jeff Hunt. Cross-posted at BlueNC.


Here's a little open secret about blogs: most of the truly interesting inside baseball stuff happens in the comments section, so pay attention.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

To Raise the Edifice (Geo. Washington on the Constitution)

Guest Commentary by John Armor


From time to time, I return to my favorite subject, which I freely admit is a tad boring for most people. That subject is Constitutional Law. This time, George Washington made me do it.

An article in the New York Times on 27 April reported on the find of a previously unknown letter from George Washington in May, 1787, to Jacob Morris. It was contained in a scrapbook gathered by a 10-year-old girl in 1826, and was found among the trunks and boxes of her descendants’ gift of their mansion and its contents to the State of New Jersey, in 2007.

The letter is important for several reasons. First, it is a “new” document from the hand of Washington. Second, it makes a mysterious reference to General Horatio Gates. Certain Members of Congress wanted at one point to replace General Washington with Gates, as a result of Washington’s unending series of defeats prior to the Battle of Trenton.

For me, though, the value of this short letter lies in when and where it was written, and what it says about the Constitution. Washington was readily elected President of the Philadelphia Convention in 1787, because all the factions present at that meeting respected him. And it was from that place and time that he sent this letter. Its second paragraph says,

“The happiness of this Country depend much upon the deliberations of the federal Convention which is now sitting. It, however, can only lay the foundation — the community at large must raise the edifice.”

Washington was a man of deeds, not words. He led by example. He spoke on the floor of the Convention only once, on its closing day. He favored the final amendment, to set the size of Congressional Districts at 30,000 people each rather than 40,000. His choice was followed, as it was with the decision not to limit the terms of the President to two. (That choice he’d expressed only privately.)

But when Washington did write, and speak, his vision was keen, and his words clear and precise. With 218 years of experience of living under the Constitution, we can see now that Washington’s statement was correct. The endurance of the Constitution does not depend solely on the excellence of its design, or the wisdom of the amendments made to date.

It is an excellent design. It has survived longer as a written constitution than those of any other nation in history. And with the exception of Prohibition, installed in the Constitution and later removed as a failure, the amendments have been successful. Other nations have lost their constitutions in military coups, or legal coups when they were redefined into dictatorships.

The key to the durability of the US Constitution is not found in the courts, or in any part of the federal government. It is found in the hearts and minds of all Americans. In 218 years it is we, not our government, who have “raised the edifice” of the Constitution. But sadly, in recent decades, it is we who are tearing that edifice down, again.

As George Washington warned in his Farewell Address, the Constitution “is sacredly obligatory upon all,” until and unless it is changed “by the authentic act of the whole people.” By that he meant it should be amended only by the people, as defined in Article V. It was not to be amended merely by the Courts, or Presidents, or Congresses, acting on their own hook.

Here is a one-question quiz, from which each of you can judge whether you are part of maintaining the Constitution, or bringing it down: If the Supreme Court hands down a decision that obeys the Constitution but is contrary to what you wanted in that case, will you support that decision?

That is a simple but telling question. Is the Constitution more important to you than the decision in any particular case? If you answered that first question “no,” it means you are willing to sacrifice the Constitution to win a specific, political point. And if too many Americans think that way, as George predicted in his letter long ago, the edifice of the Constitution is not long for this world.

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About the Author: John Armor practiced in the US Supreme Court for 33 years. John_Armor@aya.yale.edu He lives in the 11th District of North Carolina.

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North Carolina Leadership Conference

The North Carolina Leadership Conference in Raleigh happened at the same time the GOP District Conventions were going on...not exactly a case of stellar event planning in my opinion. Anyhow, I've noticed that once again, the coverage from the blogosphere is head, shoulders, and torso above the Legacy Media.

The Raleigh News & Observer has noticed the blogs, but only the screaming meemie commies at BlueNC:

But what created a stir was Shuler's breakfast appearance at a conservative conference sponsored by the Civitas Institute, a Raleigh-based political think tank that is officially nonpartisan but leans Republican.

Before the Saturday event, Shuler took some hits from the liberal blogosphere, which wondered what he was doing walking into "the lair of the Dark Side" as one blogger put it.

Another blogger on BlueNC wrote that Shuler should ask himself: "How happy are you that I'm legitimizing your rabid partisan group masquerading as a nonpartisan 501(c)3? If I say pro-life, pro-gun and Jesus enough times, will you like me?"

And that's not all they said:

3. After the event, your image at there party will be
repeatedly displayed all over as proof of the
disentegration of the Democratic party.

4. Since the Republican Party is not the majority in
Congress, you have nothing to gain in that respect.

You are known for being a man of conscience. Although
fullfilling a personal goal by attending, you may be
hurting your fellow Democrats who supported you. What
about them?


Here is coverage from Ogre:

Index of Coverage


There were also the GOP District Conventions yesterday, and I'll post on the coverage for them later today, or perhaps tomorrow if there is a lag on posting by the observers. I was set to attend the NC-11 Convention, and went through a hoop to get credentialed, but never heard back, so I wasn't about to drive all the way to Hendersonville on the hope I could get in...no way I was about to do that because it's a two-hour drive from my house! I found out from other bloggers covering the event that my credentials were there waiting for me. Maybe next time, I won't wait on a confirmation.


Preview coverage of NC-11 at BlueNC by Screwy Hoolie.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Polls on Iraq

I was told in one of the comment threads that the majority of people support the Democrat position on Iraq.
Hmmm....

  • According to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, 61% of Americans oppose “denying the funding needed to send any additional U.S. troops to Iraq,” and opposition is up from 58% in February. (3/23-25, 2007).

Can't say these guys are biased. Here is another one I found:

CBS News/New York Times Poll. April 20-24, 2007. N=1,052 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3 (for all adults).








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"The Democrats in Congress have proposed to fund the Iraq war only if the U.S. sets a timetable for troop withdrawal, too. George W. Bush has stated he will veto that proposal. If George W. Bush does veto it, what should the Democrats in Congress do next: should they try to withhold funding for the war until George W. Bush accepts a timetable for troop withdrawal, or should they allow funding for the war, even if there is no timetable?"







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Withhold
Funding
Allow
Funding
Unsure



% % %


ALL adults

36 56 8


Republicans

12 84 4


Democrats

51 41 8





Independents

38 52 10


And here is an article at The Corner in The NRO to chew on.

Shenanigans in Buncombe County Government?

Say it Ain't So!
/sarcasm

April 11, 2007

Michael Frue
Assistant County Attorney
205 College Street, Suite 200
Asheville, NC 28801

Dear Mr. Frue,

I am writing on behalf of the Canary Coalition urging that you advise the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners to rescind the contract between the County and Progress Energy for the lease of land in the vicinity of the old County landfill (hereinafter “Woodfin Property”). Major problems with the lease include the existence of an option contract which directed or influenced the County Commissioners’ decision to approve the lease of the Woodfin Property, failure by the County to use the appropriate authority for an economic development project, and failure of the County to act in the public interest. Because of the many problems with the lease, the circumstances surrounding the County’s agreement to the lease, and the subsequent failure of substantially all of the consideration received by the County in exchange for the lease of the Woodfin Property, the County should consider the lease invalid.

The existence of the Options Contract indicates either improper assertion of authority by the County Manager, or an illegal secret meeting by the Board of Commissioners. In either case, the lease is ultra vires.

The contract granting a lease to Progress Energy is invalid because it was based on an option contract which is ultra vires for multiple reasons. County manager Wanda Greene signed this option contract on March 2, 2005, which purported to be an irrevocable offer by the County to lease land to Progress Energy for greater than ten years if acted on within the subsequent two years—by March 2007. Progress apparently purchased this interest in real property for ten dollars and without any public notice or scrutiny.



Source

Canary Coalition Website

Good Luck on dealing with this situation. I have had dealings with these people in the Buncombe County Government, and it wasn't pretty. Wanda Green is Invincible.

I still think the Diesel Plant defeat was a case of cutting off your nose despite your face. I hope you progressives burn up in the summer, and freeze in the winter!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

The New Earth That Wasn't

Scientists have recently announced the discovery of an earthlike planet orbiting around Gliese 581, and I wondered what a few of my favorite astrometric sites had to add to the story.

Sol Station

Al Fin has a satirical piece offering more hope for the future than I currently have in my heart.

ISDB [Internet Stellar Database]

and for the non-geeks, there is Wikipedia.

What does all the jargon mean? Is it really earthlike?

Here is the money quote from the Sol Station HO Librae page:

The more Earth-like planet "c" has at least 5.03 Earth-masses (or 0.0158 Jupiter-masses) and an estimated diameter of at least 1.5 times Earth's if it is rocky, larger if it is composed of mostly ice. It moves around Gliese 581 -- outside of planet b's orbit -- at an average distance of 0.073 AU, in a circular orbit (e=0.28 ± 0.06) which it completes in 12.932 (± 0.007) days. Located within the so-called habitable zone of Gliese 581 (which may be centered around 0.11 AUs from the star), the planet may have a mean temperature between -3 and over 40 degrees Celsius (27 and 104+ degrees Fahrenheit) with water on its surface, depending on whether the planet has a Venus- or an Earth-like albedo.




The data above means no. Not habitable the way we think about it. The planet is close enough to the star to be tidally locked, one side forever facing Gliese 581 as it races nearly 40 mps in it's orbit.
Also, the star is a UV Ceti Flare Star, so it is subject to violent flares and changes in luminosity over time. Not a good place to be without solar armor.
It is exciting, though, that our ability to detect smaller and smaller planets is getting better. I would love to see an observatory built on the farside of the moon before I die, but I am beginning to seriously doubt that, as there are indications that the Luddites are going to win, and we will slide into barbarism for a few millenia before we get another run at leaving the earth. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

Can you tell that astronomy and physics were my first, best path? Becoming an astrophysist is quite an expensive proposition...so I went to work after High School.

Al Gore's Army

NASHVILLE -- The stocky man with the soft Southern accent rivets the hotel ballroom crowd with his plea: "We are in a time of peril, so please allow me to explain a topic that has overwhelming importance in my life."

Meet, no, not Al Gore, but Gary Dunham, 71, a grandfather from Texas who was the first of 1,000 Americans Gore trained to deliver his Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth slide show to schools, Rotary clubs and nursing homes around the nation.

Two weeks ago, the last 150 of this hand-picked crew arrived here -- paying their own way for everything but food -- to go through a two-day seminar starring Gore but effectively led by Dunham and a few other graduates of the former vice president's global-warming boot camp.

To date, The Climate Project has drawn everyone from Wal-Mart workers to Cameron Diaz. And though the 1,000 mark has been reached, "we keep hearing whispers that (Gore) might do more," project director Jenny Clad says. "I wouldn't call this final."

Two inarguable truths leap out from the 48 hours.

One, Gore's status officially has changed from defeated presidential candidate to quasi-rock star.

At a group night out at B.B. King's, a nightclub off Music Row, Gore and his wife, Tipper, are barely left alone with their brisket and collard greens, served in such modest portions that the faithful chatter about a diet and thus a presidential run.

When Gore does invite the crowd over to say hello, he's besieged. Later, when he's giving the trainees their final pep talk, the normally noisy ballroom is so quiet you can hear the hum of the air conditioner. If An Inconvenient Truth portrayed Gore as a lonely eco-warrior, he now has a willing army.


Source

I think maybe I scrapped my answer to "an inconvenient truth" too soon, as no one has directly answered the blatant lies told in that film answering each lie with the truth.

Part of his scheme is beginning to fall apart, the Carbon Offset Program has been exposed:

The growing political salience of environmental politics has sparked a “green gold rush”, which has seen a dramatic expansion in the number of businesses offering both companies and individuals the chance to go “carbon neutral”, offsetting their own energy use by buying carbon credits that cancel out their contribution to global warming.

The burgeoning regulated market for carbon credits is expected to more than double in size to about $68.2bn by 2010, with the unregulated voluntary sector rising to $4bn in the same period.

The FT investigation found:

■ Widespread instances of people and organisations buying worthless credits that do not yield any reductions in carbon emissions.

■ Industrial companies profiting from doing very little – or from gaining carbon credits on the basis of efficiency gains from which they have already benefited substantially.

■ Brokers providing services of questionable or no value.

■ A shortage of verification, making it difficult for buyers to assess the true value of carbon credits.

■ Companies and individuals being charged over the odds for the private purchase of European Union carbon permits that have plummeted in value because they do not result in emissions cuts.


A Preview of Moonbattery For 2008

In my first look at Moonbattery, we observe the reactions of the humorless to MIchelle Malkin's Cheerleading Parody at Gateway Pundit.
For those who haven't seen the video yet, scroll down to my previous post.

And, if you need more proof that Moonbats are humorless, check out this FReeper thread about the original LA Times piece, then this one on their reaction to the Rush Parody, "Barack, the Magic Negro" there are links there to a You Tube smashup someone posted. I have a pristine stereo copy someone thoughtfully sent me I'll have to consider working something up with. Hmmm... Claymation anyone?

Then, Bill Whittle takes on Moonbattery with logic. His next installment will take down the CAGW meme that has nourished the Dems for so long.


Last, but not least, here is a peace-loving Moonbat unhinged by Bush Derangement Syndrome.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Defeatocrats Cheer

Ha Ha Ha!
Priceless, but I think Code Pink Cheerleaders would be more appropriate.

Democrats Camera Shy on Troop Funding Debate

Call me stupid, but I thought most Politicians would sell their grandma to get coverage on TV, especially if they think they have the majority on their side...
Oh! That's it!!!
The Democrats know that the majority of Americans are opposed to their nefarious shenanigans, and would be incensed if they heard the mealy-mouthed politicians try to argue their case.
Here is a video about the controversy:


The History Behind Political Correctness

Does anyone know the origins of Political Correctness? Who originally developed it and what was its purpose?

I looked it up. It was developed at the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, Germany, which was founded in 1923 and came to be known as the "Frankfurt School." It was a group of thinkers who pulled together to find a solution to the biggest problem facing the implementers of communism in Russia.

The problem? Why wasn't communism spreading?

Their answer? Because Western Civilization was in its way.

What was the problem with Western Civilization? Its belief in the individual, that an individual could develop valid ideas. At the root of communism was the theory that all valid ideas come from the effect of the social group of the masses. The individual is nothing.

And they believed that the only way for communism to advance was to help (or force, if necessary) Western Civilization to destroy itself. How to do that? Undermine its foundations by chipping away at the rights of those annoying individuals.

One way to do that? Change their speech and thought patterns by spreading the idea that vocalizing your beliefs is disrespectful to others and must be avoided to make up for past inequities and injustices.

And call it something that sounds positive: "Political Correctness."

Inspired by the brand new communist technique, Mao, in the 1930s, wrote an article on the "correct" handling of contradictions among the people. "Sensitive training" – sound familiar? – and speech codes were born.

In 1935, after Hitler came to power, the Frankfurt School moved to New York City, where they continued their work by translating Marxism from economic to cultural terms using Sigmund Freud's psychological conditioning mechanisms to get Americans to buy into Political Correctness. In 1941, they moved to California to spread their wings.

But Political Correctness remains just what it was intended to be: a sophisticated and dangerous form of censorship and oppression, imposed upon the citizenry with the ultimate goal of manipulating, brainwashing and destroying our society.


NewsMax

Hat Tip Survivablog

Just thought I'd put it out there so more people could go to the source article and save it for their own files.

And, totally unrelated, I found the following article on Gates of Vienna from Fjordmann with a different take:

A Christian Background for Political Correctness?


As a non-Christian, I have been complimenting Christianity for contributing immensely to many of the positive aspects of our culture. But precisely because Christianity has so profoundly shaped our culture, isn’t it plausible that it may also, at least indirectly, have contributed to some of the flaws that currently ail us as well?

According to the blogger Conservative Swede, whom I have debated this issue with at some length, Christian ethics is more unfettered in modern liberalism than it is in Christianity itself. The West, and Europe in particular, is sometimes labeled as “post-Christian,” but this is only partly true. We have scrapped the Christian religion, but we have still retained some of the moral restraints associated with it, which have been so mired into our cultural DNA that we probably don’t even think about them as Christian anymore. Yet our humanitarian ideas are secular versions of Christian compassion, and it is Christian or post-Christian compassion that compels us to keep feeding and funding the unsustainable birth rates in other cultures, even actively hostile ones. Likewise, there are elements of Christian thought, such as universalism, that could be seen as the inspiration behind our one-world Multiculturalists.
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Now if that don't get the Secular-Progressives upset, nothing will!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Locals Take A Stand Against The ACLU

I received the following in an email, and decided the news was too good to pass up sharing this feel good story of local people taking a stand against meddling outsiders who want to change the way we live to suit them.

Hat Tip: Betty B.

Reinforcements: Stop the ACLU




BREVARD -- Monday night there were as many as 1,200 people waiting outside the Transylvania County Courthouse according to the Transylvania Sheriffs department, prompting the Brevard City Police to close main street, as well as a standing room only crowd of 325 inside as the meeting according to the county Fire Marshall who was called in due to overcrowding in the courtroom, and asked several to leave the courtroom and stairway due to life safety issues, as hundreds of local residents wanted to hear what county commissioners had to say about prayer being offered at the start of official meetings.

Earlier this month representatives from the American Civil Liberty Union's North Carolina office sent commissioners a letter stating they had received a complaint questioning the legality of public prayer at public meetings from a couple who moved to the area 3 weeks ago. The Nulls who filed the complaint are activist for homosexual rights, and have lobbied in other states to impose their liberal views on other communities according to numerous web sites that applaud their efforts. The Nulls attended the meeting, however did not apply to speak during the public comment period which was extended by the board, and were seen leaving out the back door of the court house shortly after the vote to expand the commissioners freedom to pray was taken, and declined comment to the media.

In January 2006 the commissioners adopted a policy of opening their meetings with an invocation which did not make any particular references to any specific religions, but Monday night the board unanimously made some changes to preserve their religious freedoms.

Monday night, several people spoke their minds in the over crowded courthouse.

Pastor Randy Barton of Anchor Baptist Church said to the commissioners during public comment time that the constitution of our state from the revolution to the civil war required that anyone holding public office were disqualified if they denied the being of God or the truth of the Protestant religion, or the divine authority either of the Old or New Testaments. Pastor Barton closed his remarks to the board by saying “We the people of Transylvania County pledge to defend you with our prayers, out votes and are finances if necessary,” “We urge you to pray according to your own conscience and not the threats of the Anti Christian Litigation Unit, also known as the ACLU.”

Pastor Allen Aiken of Rosman Baptist Tabernacle said“A lot of what’s at stake is in the name of Jesus Christ,” and added. “Don’t give in and don’t give up, because the cause is worthwhile.”

Several others voice similar sentiments, most receiving standing ovations from the crowd as well as from the commissioners.

After that discussion and several rounds of applause, the board unanimously made several policy changes to preserve their religious freedoms.

Whereas the previous policy did not allow for commissioners to reference any particular religion, the new policy allows the designated board member to give the invocation in his or her own capacity as a private citizen according to the dictates of their own conscience.





Commissioner Daryle Hogsed said."Just in case it was lost in the legalese, we will be able to pray in the name of Jesus Christ if we chose to do so," "That is a Constitutional right I will take advantage of."

The policy further dictates that no guidelines will be issued regarding the prayer's content, except that no prayer should advance or disparage any faith or non-religious views of others.

Commissioner David Guice said"We've had prayer for open meetings for years,", "I think Christ had been at the center of these meetings and this is a step in the right direction. We can move forward and this is all very positive for our community."

Chairman Jason Chappell agreed addressing the audience said
"This is not a perfect policy, but we do need a change,". "These are interesting times we live in and it is an honor to server and represent you."

Commissioner Lynn Bullock said "Some folks thought we had more important items to discuss tonight, but nothing is more important than this,". "I'm not opposed to any religion or prayer and can't understand why anyone would ask us not to pray to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. By God's grace, I will never deny my Lord and Savior."

Commissioner Kelvin Phillips said the controversy which brought so many people to the meeting may have been a blessing in disguise. Phillips said. "Sometimes there is a light at the end of the tunnel, if we just trust the one who is in control of the tunnel,"

The commissioners went on to vote unanimously to adopt the new resolution and the crowd both inside and outside erupted with applause, and the meeting had to be temporarily recessed to accommodate the massive crowd.

Widespread Panic in Georgia

ARCADE - Southern rock fans trekking to Athens to party with homegrown Widespread Panic prompted at least one police department to spread its net.

But police took just as many locals - if not more - to jail as out-of-town music fans.

Arcade police, with the help of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the state Department of Corrections, set up roadblocks in advance of a three-night Widespread Panic concert stand that started Monday in nearby Athens.

"We're out here just assuring that we don't have the same problems that some of the other venues have had," Arcade police Chief Dennis Bell said.



Athens Banner-Herald

Hat Tip: Carl M.

Registration is required to view the full article, but it is worth it to see the video and Photos.

Duke Lacrosse Scandal: Eight Lessons by Dennis Prager

Duke Lacrosse Scandal: Eight Lessons

By Dennis Prager

America's news media, an amoral university, an opportunistic district attorney, and a police department that seems to have collaborated in framing innocent students all combined to nearly destroy the lives of three innocent young men -- members of the Duke University lacrosse team.

The attorney general of North Carolina announced that all charges -- of rape, sexual assault and whatever other charges a mendacious young woman got Mike Nifong to bring against the Duke lacrosse team players -- were being dropped. He pronounced the students "innocent," not merely "not guilty." And the attorney general also declared Nifong a "rogue prosecutor."

The lessons of this terrible story are obvious, but given the political correctness of our time and the inverted values that prevail among America's elites -- particularly the news media, the universities and the legal profession -- these lessons will rarely be expressed, let alone learned.

First, the rape of a name is also a rape. A false accusation of rape can be as devastating to a man and his family as a real rape can be to a woman and her family. Sometimes a real rape is more destructive; sometimes the rape of a name is more destructive. It is therefore a grave injustice not to prosecute the woman who brought these false charges.

Second, moral Americans of every race must acknowledge that our society has a problem of anti-white prejudice in parts of the African American community. Proportionally, it seems that more blacks unfairly mistrust whites than whites unfairly mistrust blacks. Mike Nifong won his race for district attorney largely by appealing to this prejudice.


Real Clear Politics

Monday, April 23, 2007

No Wonder Lefties Are Always Mad!

Sheryl "Stinky" Crow has mused the following in her blog:

Crow (4/19), Springfield, Tenn.: I have spent the better part of this tour trying to come up with easy ways for us all to become a part of the solution to global warming. Although my ideas are in the earliest stages of development, they are, in my mind, worth investigating. One of my favorites is in the area of forest conservation which we heavily rely on for oxygen. I propose a limitation be put on how many squares of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting. Now, I don't want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where 2 to 3 could be required.
Source

Hat Tip: Drudge Report


This is totally absurd. How are you gonna enforce that little law? Not everybody makes rabbit pellets like you!

This is another prime example where the true objective of the Environmentalist Movement is the suppression, and oppression of the common people. What, pray tell, is more oppressive than having the government peaking in that stall to make sure you only use one or two squares?

Be very careful Ms Crow, you might find that some of us would take a page (or square) out of our friend the monkey's play book, and fling poo at you at your next concert stop!



GLOBAL WARMING FUN FACT:

"The World's Climatologist's are agreed....Once the freeze starts, it will be too late." Douglas Colligan, Science Digest 1975

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Democrats Wage War Against US Forces

Doug Ross has an excellent post about the insidious Informational Warfare they are engaging in against our soldiers in Iraq, and on the homefront.


Hate Crime, or Enforcement of Sharia Law?

LEWISTON - One student has been suspended and more disciplinary action could follow a possible hate crime at Lewiston Middle School, Superintendent Leon Levesque said Wednesday.

On April 11, a white student placed a ham steak in a bag on a lunch table where Somali students were eating. Muslims consider pork unclean and offensive.

The act reminded students of a man who threw a pig's head into a Lewiston mosque last summer.

The school incident is being treated seriously as "a hate incident," Levesque said. Lewiston police are investigating, and the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence is working with the school to create a response plan.

"We've got some work to do to turn this around and bring the school community back together again," Levesque said.

Placing ham where Muslim students were eating was "an awful thing," said Stephen Wessler, executive director of the Center for Prevention of Hate Violence. "It's extraordinarily hurtful and degrading" to Muslims, whose religion prohibits them from being around ham. It's important to respond swiftly, Wessler said.


Dhinni Watch

The people of Lewiston, Maine should be careful they don't end up looking like Dearborn, Michigan, with loudspeakers announcing the call to prayer five times a day.

Friday, April 20, 2007

I've Been Thinking

About where things are headed...

CULTURAL TOLERANCE, MORALITY & THE DEATH OF ISLAM by WNCCB2

Guest Commentary

CULTURAL TOLERANCE, MORALITY & THE DEATH OF ISLAM by WNCCB2
I would like to thank the liberal institutions of this world and their self-deluded efforts to bring cultural tolerance (multiculturalism) to the fore to promote greater understanding of Islam. The result of their identifying with cultural differences between the West and Islam will ultimately lead to the death of
Islam. For that, I thank them. Allow me to elaborate.

With so many projects approached by the socialist/communist left in this world, the result is often the opposite of their desire. Their current push to bring about a blending of didactically opposed cultures (Islam equals the state/the West has a separation of religion and state) will actually prove again why intellectual pursuits should be left to the realm of theory, for we often learn in the real world experiment that we do not achieve that which is sought.

The liberals pushed for great social change and an end to poverty with the Great Society and ended up instead with babies having babies. Now the vast majority of children born in this nation have no father to speak of, and the mothers are so young as to never break the cycle in which they were born. In fact, new impoverished families are created daily due to the immoral, but culturally tolerant views, of the liberal establishment. This extends into many other facets of our lives.

In regards to world events and specifically the global war on terror let me state that it is my fervent desire we end the war in a manner which allows the civilian (trapped) population of Islamic lands to be set free in democratic societies, with rights to choose many things: to speak, to gather, to publish, to choose beliefs, to think, to be free of fear, to love their neighbors, to progress, to achieve, to be culturally and religiously tolerant, to love and be loved without regard for who they are or what they desire in life so long as it does not infringe on others’ rights. Your rights end where mine begin. And nobody is hanged or has their throat slit for possessing different ideas. Simple enough.

Here is where the left is leading to the destruction of Islam and I can’t say they aren’t admirable for doing so.

Liberals want us to be culturally tolerant, to identify with, adapt, adopt and otherwise become knowledgeable of Islam, of Muslims, of their beliefs and make accommodations for their system of beliefs within our everyday society. This will require a substantial change in attitude on the part of conservatives, Christians, Jews and others who are not familiar with the core morality of Islam. Not the surface preaching of peace and the wearing of a hijab or burka. Those are
surface characteristics. It is like saying you understand Italian culture and morality by eating pizza or dancing the Tarantella at a street festival. You tolerate men wearing skirts because you went to a Greek restaurant and they wore traditional garments. These events bring you no closer to understanding or identifying with the underlying passion and morality of either Italy nor Greece, nor their history, traditions nor their mindset.

But because the vast majority of both cultures have a common bond with ours, with America, they are basically Christian, with either Catholic or Byzantine basis for their belief systems, they are actually fairly easily absorbed into the multicultural cloth of America. Hindus, Buddhists, Shinto, Bahá’í and other Eastern cultures also mesh well because their basic belief structures contain articles which are either very similar to Western Judeo-Christian beliefs or
are the same. Sikhs, for example, wish to harm no one, no living creature. We were made more aware of this by hosting a foreign exchange student who was a strict vegetarian and approached the world from a vegan standpoint. In his society, not only is it not unusual, it is typical, respected, admired perhaps by Westerners, but within their culture, their moral structure, it is normal and unnoticed.

The point liberals miss is that they have created moral equivalence to the detriment of all societies. Not just our own. To be culturally aware, identity and tolerate another is not the same as adopting the morality of a group, a nation or a religion. But the liberal left has made this error and now will enjoy the benefits they created. In fact, I believe in future, they will become more like that which they claim to despise out of sheer necessity - survival. And they will have created the moral basis for their new found beliefs. Ones that bring them closer to acting like the Gestapo of Hitler’s regime. Here is the logic behind the argument:

Christians and others with strong spiritual temperament in the U.S., apart from Muslims, have a basic moral code which precludes non-
surgical strikes against others in warfare. Our national fabric does not support the wholesale slaughter of civilians, children, use of human shields, or winning at all costs, when the costs are weighed in human life. Most hold life to be sacred, therefore the very act of warfare grates on the belief system. To the extent we are allowed to defend ourselves and our vital interests we do pursue the enemy, but in a limited manner which will not sacrifice our core beings.

Atheists have no such moral constraints. We witness this in their support for many immoral ideas. The most recent ban on partial birth abortion was not met with joy from both sides, those who choose life and those who desire choice. It should have been a very clear cut moral decision for the liberal left to say, on this we agree. While we wish to guarantee a woman’s right to choose, there are limits we will not transgress. The one major acknowledgement we make is that if the child is in the process of birthing, we will not continue to abort, but will make the moral judgment that the lives have become equivalent at that point, and further action would be tantamount to murder. But they didn’t say this. They screamed how awful it was we would not allow the murder of a child being born. Even if you accept their moral argument that a child does not have a soul until birth (or at all to some of them), it would seem that even they have to admit that the line has been crossed. But they won’t. They have the same view of Islam and its moral code.

In Islam, the land of peace is referred to as dar-al-Islam, the land of submission actually. The land of war is dar-al-Haarb, or everywhere else. In the land of war it is perfectly acceptable and expected that every Muslim convert or kill every non-believer, and use whatever means necessary to achieve their goal of creating a one world government under the rule of Sharia law in Islam. I refuse to judge the rightness or wrongness of this belief. It is simply a facet of Islam. You can choose to accept it exists or not, but it is true and factual and correct. It no longer creates fear in many because we have come to understand what it truly means.

The liberal left wants us to allow Islam to infect our society with its rules, laws and accommodations so Islam itself is not insulted. The penalty for insulting Islam within Islamic land is death. Most penalties for anything countering Islam are death penalties. This conveniently abrogates any person from becoming an apostate, or leaving the belief system. This will be a hard pill for the liberals
to swallow, and indeed they will not. They will not have to do so. They will alter themselves in the mold of Islam, to the detriment of Islam.

We have all been worrying about what effect Islam will have on the U.S. and Western culture in general when we should not. We witness the ridiculous antics of liberals trying to appease these invaders who think nothing of blowing themselves up, who love the idea of martyrdom to spread their gospel, who each children that suicide and murder are not only acceptable, but a method by which to get closer to God. I have no problem with the liberals inviting Islam into our
midst and learning from it now.

Liberals will delve beyond the surface features and after they witness the true nature of the moral structure (or truly immoral) of Islam they will try to identify with it and fail. They will necessarily attempt to communicate with the beast and will fail. They will note its most violent features and using their concept of moral
equivalence, where blowing up children or civilians is acceptable, they will adopt those features. Since their moral grounding is questionable at best, liberals will state that they can identify with the desires of Islam and even the methods by which it attempts to achieve the desires.

Liberals will become more like that which they claim to revile. They will live in and among Muslims learning from them. Eventually, the Muslims will seek their conversion. Liberals will reject Islam. It is at this point of tolerance, understanding and appeasement that liberals will change. They will note that they have done everything reasonable and even irrational to keep from insulting Islam, short of adopting it as their own belief system. But it will be too late. The liberals will also realize that they have become so desensitized to the violence, hatred and the death cult that they will actually parallel their brothers in belief. When America is the subject of bombings as in Baghdad, liberals will bristle, they will examine themselves and when they finally find no fault, they will attach it to Islam. Why are you trying to kill us? They will ask. And Islam will answer because we must do so. Liberals will feel fully justified adopting the same belief. After all, liberals preach that if its okay for the goose, it is okay for the gander. They preach that all should be allowed to do whatever they feel they must in their heart.

It will be the Judeo-Christian foundation of the nation that does not identify nor accept Islam in any way, but will be so swayed by liberals as to also change. Laws will be written as now to make it a hate crime to insult Islam. The vast majority of this nation could shift radically towards a brand of Fascism which mirrors Islamic Fascism today. They will have taught us very well how to act in order to survive. Americans may well be accepting of the idea that civilian deaths are allowable. That children can and should be indoctrinated and used as human shields, that annihilation of entire cities using weapons of mass destruction is also acceptable.

Islam may have shot itself in the foot in its current wailings about religious intolerance. Once the West adopts the same moral views as those contained within Islam for its unabashed growth, the West will no longer feel compelled to constrain itself either. When the ultimate threat to our sovereignty occurs as the mullahs insist on taking over the government a backlash will also occur against Islam. Most likely lead by the very liberals who sought cultural identification and tolerance, they will begin preaching to Islam the same values, but now with a different moral code. With a code that more closely aligns with Islamic tradition and culture and morality. A culture of death, of destruction and a morality which allows unrestrained warfare.

The code which states we will turn your cities into molten glass and not blink an eye. We will sacrifice your children, your future and even part of ourselves to destroy you and your intrusion. And Islam, being the weaker of the two parties, will be destroyed, figuratively and literally. At that point, if oil is our only objective, then we will by the Islamic moral code, secure it and commit genocide against those who stand in our way. This, unlike what we are being told by the liberal media, is not what is happening now, nor has it been the America hegemonic invasive method. We have stayed true to our current morality and not committed genocide although the task would be fairly simple. Even without nuclear arms we could wipe many of the cities and their entire populations off the globe with little fear of reprisal. But we don’t. We don’t have their moral attitude towards life. Yet. But the liberals are working towards that day, God bless them.

We will continue down this road in Iraq and Afghanistan for the time being, until Congress pulls the plug or we lose interest or we win. But it will not change the worldwide infection occurring with the push of Islamic values on the West. Their religion also states that it is unacceptable for a Muslim to attach another Muslim, but we see the results of such unrestrained immorality towards us, continuing
unabated within Islam itself. After the death of their prophet and the internal schism, Shiites and Sunnis have been battling each other for as long as they’ve battled the outside world. This will not end nor change.

The only difference in future will be whether the United States allows enough spread of Islamic culture to open the eyes of our citizens. Not to the surface but to the substrata. We are witnessing the end of Western Europe. As Britain declares no further teaching of the holocaust to students in school, Islam has claimed a small victory. It does not believe in the holocaust as a historic event.
For the Jews anyway. Islam has blinded itself to the possibilities and they are clear - once you decide to deny the truth within man, within history, within God, within the soul, within spirit, within faith, within nations, within culture, within beauty and life itself, you doom yourself and your kind.

When rigid inflexibility and death become the centerpiece of your belief system as they have with Islam, they parallel Nazism, Fascism, and it is undeniable. It is only a matter of time before the liberals turn into that which they despise. It was the very liberal Germans who became the most willing thralls of Hitler. The intelligent Germans who saw the need for economic parity, for justification of
immorality. The conservative Germans, like many pastors, were sent to the gas chambers with the Jews. The traditionalist Germans resisted, as Christians in America resist today. It was the liberals who were lead easily down the path of destruction. Because they were monumental thinkers they could see a good deal of what Hitler said was right.

The liberals here will adopt Fascist positions, they will become intolerant on that day of forced conversion, and the true danger to life and the world will once again rise to epic proportions. We will witness the death of Islam and possibly many Muslims and others. The world war that has been waged thus far has been on the surface. It has not touched the world outside. It will.

And when that day comes, Christians will be motivated not to turn the other cheek. Nor will other Americans, nor South Americans, nor Europeans, nor Africans, nor Asian non-believers, and the final battle will be joined. The very means Islam hopes to use against the West and its neighbors, our ability to absorb, to tolerate, to blend, to associate, to find common ground, and even accommodate will not be our own undoing, but will backfire against the aggressor. Islam has signed its death warrant and rightfully so. Given its history, its actions, its continuous forced submission and genocide, the time is
fast approaching when it reaches its end. It will not be glorious nor beautiful to God, but a lamentation such as the world has never seen.

I do not fear it. I do not welcome it. I do not enjoy the idea. I only feel pity, for I have logically deduced the future from studying the past. I hold out no hope for reform, for a belief system so ingrained with a desire for death can only lead to death. The world will be afire, but in the end the noble faiths will endure. The core morality will be restored. And God will once again find way into the hearts of those who deny faith, loving faith, for their whole lives, should they survive the coming holocausts.

God bless America, but more importantly, God bless the American spirit. For it is the combination of faith, morality, and common cultural truth which gives us the strength to live together in freedom, accept each other, love each other and succeed in spite of any surface difference. Content of character will win in the end. The American experiment will continue. And will spread throughout the world because American and Americans are the world. We have come together. And we will come together again.

-WNCCB2
Authority is granted to reproduce this article at will provided the
notice is given that the contents are copyright 2007 WNCCB2.
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{Editorial Note: The author of this piece is being stalked online and has requested that I remove their name from this post. I have done so.

Note to the stalker...Stalk Me, and see what you get.]

You Want Some of This, Senator Reed?

An Open Letter to Senator Harry Reid [Copperhead Dhimmicrat]



Dear Senator Reed:

In my opinion, you have crossed the line with your
declaration that we have lost.

Shame on you Senator, you have betrayed your nation, your oath of office, and history will spit on your memory.

Should you decide to act like a man, I have a video for you, which I found posted on
Free Republic:



Thursday, April 19, 2007

Whither Ismail Ax?

I don't quite know what to think of the weird inked inscription on Cho's arm. I have been reading about the speculations on and off, and am still unsure.

Why would the murderer remain silent, and only give vague hints?

Could the young man have been a weapon found, forged, and directed to keep blame off the conspirators? [A 5GW Tactic]

I don't know.

Read more at Webloggin, where some more thinking, and linking has been done. I am ill, and just don't have the energy to do original research just now.

Fearing Fox News and Media Manipulation



I was going to do a write-up on the Nut Root Jihad against Fox News, then I saw this cartoon over at Ogre's Politics & Views, and could not resist swiping it because it said basically what I had in mind, only more effectively.

I am 100% certain that who ever gets the Democrat nomination, will appear on Fox News, because without the Number One News Network, they cannot win the White House.

The candidates are fearful of a shrill minority in their party, who pull all the strings of the Legacy Media, as detailed in the following video:




Parting Shot...

NC House Backs Armed Judges because fat deputies can't draw fast enough when mayhem breaks loose.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

NC-10 Congressman to receive Spirit of Enterprise Award

WASHINGTON, DC-The United States Chamber of Commerce today presented Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10) with its annual “Spirit of Enterprise” award for his strong voting record on critical business issues in the second session of the 109th Congress.

“Rep. McHenry proved to be a valuable ally to the business community last year, supporting measures to stimulate job creation and spur economic growth,” said Tom Donohue, Chamber president and CEO. “The business community appreciates Patrick’s dedication to a pro-growth agenda and we are proud to present him with this award.”

The Chamber’s prestigious “Spirit of Enterprise” award is given annually to members of Congress based on rankings it gives for key business votes outlined in its yearly publication, “How They Voted.” Rep. McHenry compiled a 93% score with the Chamber last year and holds a cumulative 91% ranking during his tenure in Congress.

Hat Tip: NC Rumors

US Chamber of Commerce



I also note that our former Congressman Charles Taylor also was recognized with the same award, and I would like to acknowledge that achievement.

It seems unlikely that our current Congressman will be so recognized due to denying the right to a secret ballot by workers faced with union thuggery. I have faced these thugs before, and met their violence with violence. [Reminder to self: tell story after statute of limitations is past.]

Brave Horatio

Professor Liviu Librescu recognized that Evil was coming to his classroom. He had seen evil before, when many of his family were swallowed by the Holocaust. He survived, and went on to have a family of his own and pursue a successful career in aeronautical engineering.

This time, when evil came, he stood at the door and instructed his students to flee. Then evil took him. He fell. He gave them the time to flee
as the bullets pierced his body. He purchased, with his life, the lives and futures of his students.

He will be laid to rest in Israel on Thursday.

Places you may read more about Professor Liviu Librescu:

Gates of Vienna

Red State

Update: 7.45am

I just heard on the Quinn and Rose Show a suggestion by Jim Quinn that I believe an excellent one. [I listen on XM 165, you can listen online by googling WPGB or looking on my left sidebar for the listen live link.]

He proposes to memorialize Professor Librescu by bronzing the door he held his body against, and placing it on a pedestal in front of the Engineering Building on the Virginia Tech Campus, and a life-size bronze statuteof the professor buying his students the time to escape with his life. Then, they should rename the building in his honor.

Amen, Quinn, Amen.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Shooter Photos an Internet Hoax

I got bit by an Internet Hoax last night while combing through the Virginia Tech Blog Community looking for students blogging about their experiences yesterday.

Gateway Pundit has the story.


Makes me remember the old adage about having more than one source.

Monday, April 16, 2007

WCU to Observe Moment of Silence

Western Carolina University will observe a Moment of Silence in front of the Bell Tower on Wednesday, April 18th, at 5.30 pm.
Anyone is welcome to attend the event, which is organized by the SGA and Student Affairs.

The event may be visible from this webcam.



Blogging the Virginia Tech Shootings

Ive searched out blogs by Virginia tech students, and have found a few, and some accounts are in the following places, and some are comprehensive linkings to other sites:

Suspected Shooter's Facebook page

Suspected Shooter's Livejournal Page

Collegiate Times

The Paper Chase

Blacksburg Beacon

Tough Sledding

Cybersoc

Virginia Tech Main page

Bugle 2007 Yearbook

MTV acknowledges Bloggers

Gateway Pundit

Drudge Report

The Liberal Position on Virginia Tech

This just in...

The Democrats are advising that we pull all students out of Virginia Tech by a certain date, and that Bush, Cheney, and/or Halliburton had something to do with it.

But seriously, when you hear the phrase "Gun-Free Zone" think "Death Trap."

And the only way they can be certain there are no weapons on any campus is to thoroughly search every last vehicle that enters and to throw up a perimeter that they are willing to patrol and enforce with deadly force.

More websites for info...

Northeast Intelligence Network


I am also doing more research...more later, perhaps a scoop.

Virginia Tech Shootings

Terrible News...

Here are some quick places to go for info:

Gateway Pundit

Drudge Report

Gates of Vienna

Governor of Virginia Page


I'll have more later...

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Junk Science Produces Junk Law by John Armor

Guest Commentary


Junk Justice Produces Junk Law

by John Armor

[BB 541, 7 April 2007, 713 words]

On 2 April, 2007, the US Supreme Court issued its decision in Massachusetts v. EPA. The Court ruled 5-4, over two Dissents, that the Environmental Protection Agency must regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant in order to reduce global warming.

There are only two problems with this decision. It is based on junk science. And it is based on junk law.

First, the science: the Opinion by Justice Stevens spends its opening section on a review of mostly international reports which conclude that the Earth is warming up in recent decades, and that this is due (primarily) to human activity. Only a few of those reports are honest enough in obscure footnotes to reveal that there have been at least ten warming periods since the last Glacial Era. The most recent of these ended in 1,300 AD when there was a shocking lack of either cars on the road or coal-fired generating plants.

Somehow, Justice Stevens missed the point that global warming has happened before. That it has been warmer than it is now. And that this happened mostly when humans were living in caves, or were non-existent. But that is not the worst error in this opinion.

On the legal side, the Opinion notes that Congress has passed two statutes on global warming, asking for studies and reports, but declined to give the EPA jurisdiction to act on the subject. Finally, the EPA itself opened the subject, received 50,000 comments, held hearings, and concluded that it lacked jurisdiction. Even if it did have jurisdiction, the EPA decided it was wise to follow the lead of Congress.

In the face of a no from Congress and a no from the EPA, the Court then orders the opposite result. In answer to the EPA's objection that wrenching policy judgments that could alter the entire economy of the US should be made by Congress, the Court says only, "Although we have neither the expertise nor the authority to evaluate these policy judgments, it is evident they have nothing to do with whether greenhouse gas emissions contribute to climate change." Yet in the decision itself, the Court claims
both the expertise and the authority.

What do the two Dissents say about this legislation from the bench?

Chief Justice Robert's Dissent, joined by Justices Scalia, Thomas and Alito, states early on, "I would reject these challenges as nonjusticiable. Such a conclusion involves no judgment on whether global warming exists, what causes it, or the extent of the problem.... [R]edress of grievances of the sort at issue here is the function of Congress and the Chief Executive."

This Dissent attacks the majority for disobeying the Court's own prior cases in order to conclude that Massachusetts even has a claim that can stand up in court, under the existing rules for damages and redress. It refers to the "Court's sleight-of-hand" in finding possible damages which are less than the margin of error in the very maps that counsel presented in evidence.

Roberts concludes that in this case the Court has transgressed "the proper-and properly limited-role of the courts in a democratic society."

Justice Scalia's Dissent, joined by the Chief Justice and the other two dissenters, addresses the merits of the case. EPA, like every other federal agency, was created to exercise its judgment in its area of assigned expertise. "EPA's interpretation of ... its judgment is not only reasonable, it is the most natural reading of the text. The Court nowhere explains why this interpretation is incorrect."

He also attacks the Court's reading of the EPA statute, concluding that "Evidently, the Court defers only to those reasonable interpretations [by the EPA] that it favors." This is the crux of the bad law in this decision. It is not the sworn purpose of the Court to reverse what Congress, or its
agencies, have done, simply because the Court disagrees with the outcome from the other branches of government. Nowhere does the Constitution give that kind of power to unelected judges, who do not answer to the public for any errors in their decisions.

This is emphasized in the final sentence of this Dissent: "No matter how important the underlying policy issues at stake, this Court has no business substituting its own desired outcome for the reasoned judgment of the responsible agency."

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About the Author: John Armor practiced in the US Supreme Court for 33 years.
John_Armor@aya. yale.edu He lives in the 11th District of North Carolina.

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Holocaust Remembrance Day

Hat Tip to Jeffrey Imm of United States Action for reminding what today is.

Being educated in government schools, i.e. public schools, I did not learn much about the Holocaust at school, only that Nazis were very bad people who killed a lot of people in their attempt to bring about a European Union under the aegis of German National Socialism.

I was, however, a very voracious reader, and learned of the horrors that had taken place in Europe during the period of the 20's, 30's and 40's. I wept as I read of the people being led off to slaughter like cattle while the world watched, with very few possessing the quiet courage necessary to do something.

I wished for a Time Machine to go back, and save the world this abomination, but the fact that it had not been stopped was proof enough to me that time travel was impossible, or limited to mere voyeurism.

I also knew that the Spirit of the Nazi was Alive and Well, because of the continued persecution of the Jewish people in Israel and around the world. One of the ways I always judge a person's worth as a human is their position on Israel. If they hated Israel, I could not have them as friend. The same applies to religions and nations as well. My duty as a human is to oppose, and actively work against, those who are against Israel in any way.

I say, "Never Again!" with the full knowledge that it will happen again, on a far greater scale than Hitler achieved because it is foretold in the Bible. If I am still alive, I will do everything in my power to help Israel and the Jewish people. I also know that there is One that will come, and make rivers of blood flow from the enemies of Israel.

A first-grade class at a Jewish school. Cologne, Germany, 1929-1930

Photo Courtesy USHMM


Taken from the Imms email and the Holocaust website: [Links below this section]

Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah, is celebrated on April 15th this year.
Once again this year, around the world efforts are made to fight against ignorance with education and against disbelief with proof, so that we NEVER FORGET on this Yom Hashoah, tha those that suffered, those that fought, and those that died. And to NEVER FORGET that 6 million Jews were murdered.

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has set aside April 15 - April 22, 2007 as Days of Remembrance. This year's focus is on "Children in Crisis: Voices from the Holocaust".

From the US Holocaust Memorial Museum this year:

"When World War II ended in 1945, six million European Jews were dead, including more than one million Jewish children. All Jews were targeted for death, but children were among the most vulnerable victims of the Nazi regime and its collaborators. The very young, like the very old, were often the first victims in the ghettos of German-occupied eastern Europe. Many children died from lack of food, clothing, and shelter, as well as from diseases that flourished in the unsanitary and overcrowded conditions imposed in the ghettos."

"As part of the "Final Solution," the Nazis targeted children for death as so-called "useless eaters," incapable of exploitation as forced laborers. In some cases, adults sacrificed their lives to give comfort to children as long as possible. Janusz Korczak, director of an orphanage in the Warsaw ghetto, courageously refused to abandon children chosen for deportation. He accompanied them on the transport to the Treblinka killing center where he was killed along with nearly 200 children in his charge."

"Children were frequently among the first to be murdered when the Germans and their collaborators sought to destroy a Jewish community. Upon arrival at Auschwitz and other killing centers, most children were sent straight to their deaths in the gas chambers. Jewish children also perished attempting to evade or resist the Germans and their allies. Paula Wajcman was murdered at age fourteen when her hiding place was discovered during the destruction of the Kielce ghetto in Poland. Seven-year-old Franco Cesana was killed while fighting as a partisan in Northern Italy in 1943. In 1942, twelve-year- old Shulamit Perlmutter fled the destruction of the ghetto in Horochow, Poland. She spent the next eighteen months hiding alone in the nearby forests until she was discovered near death by Soviet troops."

"Only a small fraction of European Jewish children survived the Holocaust, many because they were hidden. With identities disguised, and often physically concealed from the outside world, these young people faced constant fear and danger. Theirs was a life in shadows, where a careless remark, the murmurings of inquisitive neighbors, or a denunciation could lead to discovery and death. Most of these 'hidden' children survived the Holocaust because they were protected by people and institutions of other faiths. In France, almost the entire Protestant Huguenot population in the village of Le Chambon-sur- Lignon hid Jewish children. Some children, like Augusta Feldhorn in Belgium, quickly learned to master Christian prayers and rituals in order to keep their Jewish identity concealed from even their closest friends. Other non-Jews provided hiding places for both Jewish children and their family members. Seven-year-old Gavra Mandil and his five-year-old sister Irena, as well as their parents, were saved by their Muslim neighbors in Albania."

"During the Holocaust, Jewish children channeled their suffering into creative expression. Some wrote letters and drew pictures about life under extreme circumstances, while others like teenagers Dawid Sierakowiak and Anne Frank kept diaries of their experiences. Neither of these diarists lived to see the end of the war. Their voices are evidence of their lives and tragically premature deaths, of hope and of cruelty. And their drawings and words are evidence that testifies to what they experienced. "

"Liberation from Nazi tyranny brought no end to the suffering of the girls and boys who remained alive. Many had no homes to which they could return; no place where they felt truly safe. Thousands would face the future with no parents, grandparents, or siblings."

Show the world that you have NOT FORGOTTEN - wear something to show that these Days of Remembrance - will be part of something that you will publicly stand up defend. US Holocaust Memorial Museum has stickers that you can download and share at this location.
Direct Download of pdf. (It is recommended that you print the stickers out on Avery 5294 or equivalent 2-1/2" round labels)


Let us also not forget that the threat to children and to the Jewish people has not yet ended. Today, in parts of the United Kingdom, many teachers in schools are afraid to teach the lessons of the Holocaust. Today, in the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Canada, antisemitic hate crimes have increased dramatically. Today, in Israel and around the world, Jewish people are still threatened by those who seek to continue to kill Jews, as Hamas' recent Arabic broadcast calls for the destruction of Israel, as does Iran and other nations of hate.

Also let us never forget that the adherents of Nazism still remain among us, that the Holocaust-deniers still have an active and loud voice in the world, and that the enemies of civilization still seek to convince the world that the terrible crimes against humanity never happened.

Moreover, let us not forget the mosaic of the others who suffered under Hitler's mad regime in the Holocaust - the Gypsies, the Handicapped, and any who did not fit Hitler's insane view of his "master race".


Places to visit:

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Classification System in Concentration Camps

Yom Hashoah History at About.com

Dress Warm to Protest Global Warming!

I wonder if these people realize how silly they look, protesting Global Warming in the snow? It's almost as if the weather actually gets colder when they gather, I think they'd be better off choosing late July and August to gather, and let the headlines report on the numbers that succomb to the heat bolster their claim, rather than what we are getting now. [See my headline for an idea]

With the sun having reached it's peak in the current solar cycle, we can expect the temperatures to start coming down in the next few years [the sooner the better!] as it follows the sunspot cycle to a new minimum. Will the Global Warmists still protest in waist-deep snow a decade from now? Or will they start to abandon the bankrupt Global Warming Theory to emphasize Pollution Control as the New Mantra despite the fact that the air is cleaner now than it has been since the Industrial Age got started?

I must remind the dear reader that most enivronmentalists are what is called Watermelon...green on the outside, red on the inside. They are using Environmental concerns to push forth a socialist agenda that will destroy the very goose that laid the golden egg of our advanced civilization, and keeps us free from the tyrannies and socialist disasters abroad.

But, I digress...The Gateway Pundit has a delightful roundup of this weekend's global warming protests, and a video these idiots actually posted on the internet of them in the snow!

Somebody should advise these activists to not eat the yellow snow!

Friday, April 13, 2007

NANCY GOES TO IRAN by Richard Rivette

Guest Commentary

Dear Ms. Pelosi;

Please go to Iran immediately. We are sure your brand of shuttle diplomacy will have an equally stunning effect as it has with the terrorist activities that emanate from Syria. We can hardly wait to see what wonderful concessions you bring about in Iran’s nuclear program. We also hope you are able to bring about a warming of relations between our two nations so that Iran can once again enjoy all the benefits of being a world partner. Thank you so much for acting as the alternate President (as the Saudis call you) and showing the world the two-faced, I mean, two faces of America.
They’ve seen the sovereign face in George Bush. It is now time they see the diminutive, cowering face you hope to present to the President of Iran and the mullahs who hold power. Thank you for making this historic trip.

Dear President Achmedinjad;

Forget anything negative I’ve said about you in the past. PLEASE take Nancy Pelosi hostage when she arrives in Iran. The United States, as you know, has a Constitutional requirement that makes her THIRD in line to the President. Since you can’t get your hands on George Bush
or Dick Cheney, what better present can the American people give you to hold over us than Speaker Pelosi? She is willing to convert to Islam as you’ve seen and do just about anything and say anything you tell her to. You could keep her hostage as long as you like and never
have to worry about an attack on your country. If you have to rough her up and violate her in any way, please do what you must so she makes a good, compliant hostage like the Americans you held for 444 days back in 1979. I am sure she will be a wonderful puppet addition
to your stable. Honestly, she has gotten so big for her britches it would serve her right to be abused, er, cared for in the Islamic manner you wish to bring to the world.

Dear U.S. Armed Forces;

When Nancy Pelosi is taken hostage in Iran please do not bother to try to rescue her. She has made it very clear by her defunding attempts that not only does she not want any U.S. military presence in the Middle East, but she wishes to also give up any ability on the part of the U.S. to defend itself against terrorism. Since she will be cooperating fully with the Iranians and will be treated well while she is being held, there really is no cause for concern. Besides, she is the last person that wants American blood spilled at her expense.
Thank God she is willing to forfeit her life as she knows it so none of our brave soldiers have to risk their lives to protect or defend her. She knows what she’s doing. She is the alternate President, so that kind of makes her your boss in a “I-want-you-to-do-your-job-but- not-so-well-and-to-make-sure-I’m-going-to-see-you-are-not-paid-nor-equipped” sort of way. Anyway, thanks for all you do, but just leave Nancy to her own devices. We are sure she will find a way to gnaw out of her constraints and get herself over the border to Iraq or Afghanistan where she will be warmly greeted with flower petals.

Dear Ms. Pelosi’s staff;

We are not sure where this places you but apparently you should get used to reciting the Koran and wearing Burkas (for the women). Also please be aware you may be beaten, raped, branded, or otherwise mutilated but it’s all for a good cause. Nancy assures us she is going to be the Chamberlain of our time and smooth everything over with the Iranians. Sorry, but you love and devoted yourselves to her so now you have to follow her into hell, er, the pit, er, Iran and put up with the consequences.

Dear President Bush;

Sometimes you have to let something go if you truly love it. Nancy Pelosi is that kind of free spirit. You should consider dedicating a small monument to her inside the Capitol rotunda after she has an “accident” in Iranian custody. Perhaps a small marble slab with an inscription lauding her brilliant tenure as the first female Speaker of the House. Something tasteful. You could call for a national day of mourning. I know you are a decent man so I will leave the memorial
up to you.

Dear Pelosi hotel/resort employees;

As you may be aware you will have a new employer soon. We wish you continued success in all your endeavors and ask you to keep Nancy in your hearts while she saves the world from itself in the coming years. Her captivity will be a beacon of hope to all those Americans who also wish to become slaves under Islam. Peace be with you.

Good luck with your trip Ms. Pelosi. You are a strong person. Somehow you will get through everything. And thanks for conducting your own, independent foreign policy. You know what they say: Shofar, so good.


-Richard Rivette
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