Saturday, December 31, 2005

Muslim in 'personal attack' on Home Depot

It was a classic terrorist attack, it happened right in this country--and only now do we hear about it. We're blessed that WorldNetDaily picked this up. Why didn't The New York Times pick this up? Because it doesn't fit the profile of Muslims as put-upon minorities in danger of a round-up-of-usual-suspects. Rather, it fits the profile of domestic terrorism.

In detail: a Jordanian, who now has American citizenship, crashed his car into a Home Depot. He then careened to the paint department, where he used his cigarette lighter to start a fire. He then ran along the aisles, sweeping merchandise from the shelves as he ran--no mean feat in a Home Depot, which is laid out and run like a warehouse. Finally he rushed outside, sat on a curb, and waited for police to arrest him. For further details of how he behaved with the police, see the article.

As surely as this entry appears, someone is going to suggest that he is insane (a legal term meaning "too far out of his mental faculties for society to hold him responsible for his actions"). They'll use as their reason his behavior with police, and with reporters whom he invited to visit him in jail, only to refuse to speak. Or they'll probably just say that "only a crazy man would do what he did," which seems to be the liberal answer to any crime--or terrorist act.

Make no mistake: domestic terrorism has come to this country. This incident is only the first. It ought to be enough to prompt the House or the Senate to hold hearings, not on President Bush's conduct of office, but on whether Islam is a political movement that requires its adherents to commit mayhem and treason.

Friday, December 30, 2005

Right and Wrong Muslims?

Abdurrahman Wahid is a former President of Indonesia. He has now founded a new non-profit organization, called LibForAll, dedicated to the proposition that terrorism is not a legitimate Muslim "thing."

I don't doubt his sincerity--not after reviewing the site. What I question is anyone's authority to say the things they are saying.

The Abrogation Principle of the Koran is essential to resolving its conflicting claims. According to this maxim--contained in the Koran itself and never contradicted--the chapter most recently written takes precedence.

The fighting words of the Koran are in the most recent chapters. Therefore, they take precedence.

What I see happening is that men like Mr. Wahid are recoiling and shuddering away from what being a Muslim really means. They now seek to change that meaning.

If they succeed, they will likely do so as pawns of the Beast from the Sea [Revelation 13], a future statesman and general who will promulgate a false peace on the earth.

This, sportsfans, is a decisive moment in the history of civilization. When I see articles like this, I know that this moment has arrived.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Juicy Fruiter

Not to worry--the "Juicy Fruit" involved is the popular brand of chewing gum from Wrigley Brothers.

The above blog is by a park ranger in my own birthplace of Richmond, Virginia--and it's actually about the kinds of things he has to deal with in the course of his duties. Everything from "Lovers' Lane" to people who actually dump trash in the park because they're too cheap to have it hauled away. (That last problem is not unique to parks; I've seen it on the highways.)

Enjoy, as I did.

WorldNetDaily: ABC News airs 'female pope' claim

This show, On the Trail of Pope Joan, will air tonight on ABC-TV. I have just overheard the program note for it on the radio--delivered in the breathless tone that is now all too typical of program notes for the news these days.

Now I hold no brief for the Roman Catholic Church. I wouldn't care whether a "passing woman" actually made it to the papacy--or not. But that is because I am a Baptist, and the RCC violates most of my Baptist Distinctives (baptism by total-body immersion, autonomy of the local church, the priesthood of all believers, exactly two offices and ordinances, etc.).

What I do hold a brief for, is historical truth, and the high standard that journalism used to have. If the enemies of the faith have to rely on a theory for which no legitimate historical warrant exists, in order to discredit an authority that a significant number of believing Christians don't even recognize--that's pathetic. And when a mainstream news organ must stoop as low as The National Enquirer to get people to tune in, that's even more pathetic.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

WorldNetDaily: Report implicating Clinton: Will it be hidden for good?

It will if a bunch of cowardly politicians of both parties have their way. But not if you speak out against this travesty of justice. Contact Senator Kit Bond today at the Senate web site to make your displeasure known. While you're at it, thank Senator Charles Grassley for trying to put the full report out.

Monday, December 26, 2005

WorldNetDaily: Muslim grinches steal Bethlehem Christmas

So much for "religions of peace." So much, also, for the vaunted objectivity of the Mainstream Media. At issue: why are Christmas services so ill-attended at the Church of the Nativity, and why is tourism suffering? The MSM blames Israel, and even tries to suggest that the security fence is keeping Christians away. Wrong! The Muslims have been driving Christians out.

But you're not going to get that from the MSM. You will only get that from courageous men who actually came from the Middle East to begin with. Men like Joseph L. Farah, a Lebanese Christian expat, or John Batchelor, who is half Iranian. They know what's going on, and are not afraid to say it. That's what makes them so valuable.

As for the Muslims, this goes to show how hostile they really are toward anyone who is "not them." Bear this in mind when anyone suggests that they are ill-treated.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

WorldNetDaily: Limbaugh got it wrong, says intelligent designer

At issue: Rush Limbaugh, on his radio program, said that proponents of the theory of Intelligent Design (ID) ought to give up trying to distinguish their position from Biblical creationism.

A leading ID researcher says that Rush is wrong to blur the distinction.

And as a creationist, I agree with that researcher.

Creationism and Intelligent Design theory are not the same. All that Intelligent Design says is that life, in all its marvelous complexity, shows evidence of design--evidence that one cannot explain away as due to pure chance. Attempts to explain it away, quite simply, violate the Law of Averages.

But Intelligent Design says nothing--absolutely nothing--about Who is the Designer. Nor does it follow anyof the clues that the Bible gives us about the order in which God created life (plants first, then animals of the sea and air, and finally animals that creep, crawl, and walk on land.

Intelligent Design is a wonderful basis for establishing that some kind of design is evident in life. But it can and does go no further than that.

The Bible, however, talks in detail about life's beginning--and its eventual end.

Friday, December 23, 2005

WorldNetDaily: Dems' holiday card: GOP Grinches stole Christmas

Keep it up, you Dems. And in the immortal words of Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden, you can all share a crater on the Moon. (Not that Ralph Kramden would recognize the modern MTA or the TWU, but that's another topic.)

Read it for yourselves--and bear in mind that the content stops just shy of requiring parental judgment and discretion.

WorldNetDaily: Canada debates extraditing suspected al-Qaida terrorist

He just returned to Canada from Pakistan, and the Canadian authorities promptly arrested him. Now he faces extradition to the USA.

This is where the rubber meets the road. The extradition of this man ought to be a no-brainer, as the article makes clear why the US wants him. Now we shall see how much our neighbor to the north really cares.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

WorldNetDaily: Israel plans strike on nuclear Iran

That's right: if no one else will handle the situation, Israel will. Which should surprise no one; they've done it before, and the world is better off for that.

Friday, December 09, 2005

WorldNetDaily: Twas the Night Before Xmas

It's their "Letter of the Week", and what a letter it is. It goes to the heart of what is wrong with the way we observe Christmas these days. Charles Dickens would never approve.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

WorldNetDaily: Michael Schiavo launches Terri PAC

All right, you Bluebeard. You asked for it.

Michael Schiavo can no longer whine, as he has repeatedly done, that all he wants, and all he ever wanted, was for people to leave him alone. Not when he forms a political fund-raising group with the specific intent of campaigning against those elected officials who wanted his wife to get another shot at life.

So I say again to Michael Schiavo: You, who systematically murdered your wife so that you could be with your Sweet Patootie, have asked for it. On this site, and I hope on other sites too, we're going to remind the world all about Jodi Centonze, and the deadly game of homewrecking--and indeed, home destruction--that she played.

Monday, December 05, 2005

WorldNetDaily: Mandatory life, no parole for child molesters?

That's what they're thinking of doing in Florida.

First, we had the spectacle of child molesters copping a plea, doing a minimum of time, then marking time in a halfway house (excuse me: Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center; we have one in Avenel, NJ), then hitting the street and doing the same thing again. Then an Avenel graduate named Jesse Timmendequas killed another little girl (Megan Kanka) in the neighborhood where he had moved. (He has since been tried, convicted, and lawfully executed.) Megan's mother, Maureen, campaigned vigorously for "Megan's Law" to require future Jesses to register with the local police chief and to face notification of all his future neighbors--including all future Mrs. Kankas--whenever they moved from one place to another. This led to legal challenges, some of which the courts have ultimately rejected on public-safety grounds.

And what else could the courts, in good conscience, do? Here is the problem: Once a child molester, always a child molester. If any institution like the one in Avenel has achieved any single positive result, I haven't found out about it. And I doubt that Maureen Kanka would have succeeded had Jesse Timmendequas been Avenel's one and only failure, no matter how tragic that failure was.

The Wall Street Journal had this bottom line on Megan's Law: It's a stupid law, and the smart thing to do is to lock child molesters up and throw away the key. Which is what someone has proposed in the Florida Legislature. And it's about time. Megan's Law was a quick-and-dirty response to a nasty problem, a problem that the law can solve only by putting away the offenders where they can never touch a child again. And that goes for any other offense for which the recidivism rate--the rate at which they'll go out and do the same thing again, or worse--is greater than, say, seventy-five percent.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

WorldNetDaily: Michael Moore denies owning Halliburton!

Is the big fat slob denying what his own tax return clearly shows? He can't get away with that.

For the record, Michael Moore set up a not-for-profit foundation after his famous documentary, Roger and Me (remember the poster of Michael Moore waving a microphone at an empty high-backed swivel chair?), began to draw some serious revenue. Like any smart money manager, he put the money into stocks. So now he says that he never owned a share of stock in his life? Come on, now--he controls that foundation in every respect, and signs the foundation's tax returns. This is nitpicking of the highest (or perhaps the lowest) order.

Furthermore, all that Peter Schweizer (Do As I Say, Not As I Do) ever said was that Michael Moore controlled a foundation that owned stock in Halliburton. That he can establish through documents that are a matter of public record.

Before Mr. Moore's foundational counsel embarrasses himself, both men might want to remember that truth is an absolute defense against any charge of libel, slander, or defamation of character.