Saturday, September 30, 2006

Islam Around The World - Sep 30

I promise I'm going to do a better job than the previous post. It seems that a certain RoP is making it's mark around the world. Without further ado, here's what I managed to slap together.

In Afghanistan, Private Josh Klukie (Royal Canadian Regiment) has paid the ultimate price. Speaking of Afghanistan, a homicide bomber has struck in its capital Kabul, killing 12.

Let me ask you a question: Are suicide bombers faithfully following the Qu'ran or distorting it? No, these misunderstanders of Islam know fully well what they are doing. They are, in fact, following Islam to the letter. It strikes me as crazy to think that OBL does not fully understand his own religion.

Hooray for Harper! OK, so I admit I'm totally partisan here but our PM has stood up for Israel, saying in a resolution of French-speaking countries that Israel has suffered as well as the Lebanese. Now I know that the Lebanese bore the brunt of the recent Israeli-Hezbollah war, but to pass a resolution that totally ignores the human cost on the Israeli side is insane.

It appears Frenchman Robert Redeker is seeing first-hand the ugly intolerance of false religion as he goes into hiding after an unflattering op-ed on Islam. Michelle Malkin gives us the forbidden editorials that few are willing to report on the MSM.

Intimidation is occuring in Brussels as well (the seat of the EU) as riots are happening in the streets. Just in time for Ramadan, a month which is particularly bloody for Islam.

Man, it's getting really ugly out there. In Newport (SE Wales), some dolt has left a pig's head outside of Jamia mosque. Not good. Not good at all.

Other news from Somalia, Iran, Pakistan and the Gaza Strip:

1) In Somalia, militias are moving to form a unified Islamic army. The Talibanization of Africa's Horn continues.

2) Read this heartbreaking account of Iranian women trying to assert their rights. Good luck to them. Within Islam these women have no chance. Remove Islam and the women in the ME have a decent chance.

3) Pervez Musharraf was in Canada recently and was even on Jon Stewart's Daily Show. What few people are aware of is how flawed an ally on the WOT Pakistan is. India is also accusing Pakistan's ISI of masterminding the Mumbai bombings in July.

4) Small Minority of Extremists Update: In the Gaza Strip, thousands rally against Israel. It seems that many aren't being paid on time. Oh well, whatever!

It seems to me that in order to prove your 'street cred' on the Middle East, you have to blame Israel for everything. Anti-Semitism, once the rallying cry of Adolf Hitler and his henchmen, is now in vogue in Western universities and acadamia. A very troubling development from the University of Chicago. (Sigh) Man has learned nothing from history.

As I hate ending any post on a negative note, here is a cool picture gallery from the CBC of sports happenings around the world.

Well, I did my best. Hope you like it!

The Man in Black

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Prospect of Agro-Terrorism - Sep 27

Since September 11, 2001, the western world has been living in a state of expectancy. Expecting the terrorists to strike at any moment! Many governments have instituted strict measures in order to be informed of any imminent strike by terrorist who are hell bent on disturbing the peace and security of these countries. As everyone is aware, these fanatics will stop at nothing to prove their point, which is get the West to conform to their way of thinking. I believe it will never happen now or in the future. Those of us who love the freedom that we so readily enjoy, let us be very vigilant in having eyes and ears observing and listening so that we will become well informed citizens. Let us not bury our heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich. I do not think that we need to be complacent, pretending as if all is well, when there is so much happening in the world today.

Here is a very interesting article, which is suggesting that we need to be very careful and vigilant.
posted by concerned @ 5:32 PM

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Tie Domi Is A Cad - Sep 26

While I love all those 'love' verses such as John 3:16, you come across some verses that really challenge your view of Christianity and the person of Jesus Christ. This scripture should probably been in the previous post but I decided to do it now:

(Jesus speaking)
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. (Mt 10:34-35)

Strange, is it not? Well not really if you think about it. While the UN tries to pick Kofi Annan's successor, it appears that the wars and conflicts that we see today involve religion. The million dollar question is, "Whom is this person who we call Jesus Christ?". See where I'm going with this? This world is in the trouble that it is in because it rejects Jesus as the true Prince of Peace. Has this world known any kind of peace for any extended period (10+ years) without some major war breaking out in my lifetime? The nations of this world spends $1.4 trillion dollars annually on arms sales for crying out loud! Many of these are highly advanced, and probably top secret to boot. Bottom line is, the UN is hopelessly myopic, who see it easier to blame Canada and it's allies for the world's troubles than face the hard truth of false religion lead by false gods. In France, the decision has been made to turn a blind eye to it's foolish policy of allowing hordes of hostile Muslims to settle in it's country. I mean, why bother facing the truth when you don't have to? We have only ourselves to blame for this mess, not God.

It seems that Egypt and Syria, who are supposed to be 'partners' with the U.S.-led War On Terror are not as benign as they appear to be. While Egypt stifles free speech concerning Islam's true nature, Syria is making a less than genuine peace overture with Israel. Add to the fact that the Russians (who are the biggest arms dealers in the ME btw) are on some massive military exercise involving their long-range bombers and you get the idea that Israel is being encircled. I just hope that Bush and Condi realize this and see the traitors in the midst and act appropiately.

Hold on. I've got five more links and then we're done.

It's true, it's true, Tie Domi, a long time Leaf enforcer is now a bona-fide cheat and liar. I mean just look at him. He's butt ugly. Yet he managed to sleep with Belinda Stronach, Tia Carrere and still have a hot wife to boot. Oh Tie you cad, you're gonna pay big time my friend, BIG TIME!

Speaking of Canadian athletes who made some dumb choices in their life, it was on this day in 1988 that Ben Johnson was caught red-handed in a steroid scandal and sent home in disgrace. For those of us living in Southern Ontario, have you seen Ben with Frank D'Angelo in that 'Cheetah' drink commercial? It is quite possibly the worst commercial I've ever seen, hands down.

Check out this hammerhead's attempt to threaten Robert Spencer and "Huge" Fitzgerald of Jihad Watch. Not only are these guys stupid, they're really bad spellers as well.

I have two picture galleries to close out this post. The first is a 'gallery of the week' from the CBC and the second is a heartwarmer from Gospel for Asia in India.

The Man in Black

Going To Heck In A Handbasket - Sep 26

I don't know about you, but it's getting real hairy out there. It's no longer a question of "I don't want to kick over a hornet's nest" because the hornet's nest has already been kicked over and the little wee bastards are swarming and stinging you. You got to start running like the wind and hope the hornets eventually give up the chase. My friend, we are already there! The nastiness is reaching an all time high. Not just that, but the anger, the hurt and the frustration is now out in the open for all to see. Jesus said the 'love of many shall grow cold' and He wasn't kidding. Read on my dear reader and see for yourself.

I know this sounds terribly un-PC of me, but there is such a thing as the 'wrong' kind of immigration. Muslims find themselves being passed over for employment in Britain in favor of non-Muslim Poles.

Speaking of Britain, a country that I love second only to Canada, Muslims are issuing threats of a civil war while white right-wing hoodlums are starting to produce their own 'jihad' videos. How I weep over England, the birthplace of my parents!

Some anti-dhimmitude from two unlikely sources, Denmark and Spain also grabbed my attention recently. The Danes, who got burnt badly from those Prophet Mo cartoons, are now putting Islam under a harsh light. In Spain, PM Jose Maria Aznar is saying the Muslims should apologize for occupying Spain for 800 years. Normally this would make me happy but I find myself shaking my head with all this free-flowing hate-o-rade flowing all over the place.

I've always said that the UN was a joke, and not a very funny one at that. Backwards, upside-down reprobate thinking trumps decency and logic as the likes of Ahmadinejad, Chavez and Bolivia's Evo Morales publicly denouce America for everything. The Left ought to be careful what it wishes for. God might just give it to them.

Here's two phenomenonally bad ideas that have received my attention as well. Is Israeli PM Olmert making nice with the Saudis behind the scenes? WTF! To top things off, 300 Russian army engineers are now in Lebanon. Talk about a disaster waiting to happen!

I hate leaving you on a downer, and seeing as I'm a sucker for a nice story, I'll leave with two sports stories to lift up your soul. On MNF, the New Orleans Saints have come home, thrashing the Atlanta Falcons 23 to 3. Also my Blue Jays have beaten the BoSox and have moved into second place in the AL East. Sadly, no playoff berth for the bluebirds this year.

That's it. I'm going to bed!

Johnny Cash

Sunday, September 24, 2006

The Coming Storm - Sep 24

It seems to me that things are definitely building to some sort of finale, an end of time if you will. Just can't shake that feeling. Actually, it's a lot more than just some 'feeling', it's a sure thing because Jesus said that there would be a time on earth like no other that unless it was shortened, no flesh would be saved. It is not as far away as one thinks.

In Homer, Alaska, a volcano that's been inactive for over a thousand years is starting to erupt. This is most unusual as once volcanos become dormant, it is rare that they start up again.

On the beginning of Ramadan, I'm hearing strange stories of Osama Bin Laden reportedly dying in Pakistan of typhoid fever. There are two points that I'd like to make here. Firstly, even if true it changes nothing. This is not about one man, it's about an ideology that will not rest until it wins or is defeated. Second, there seems to be little internet chatter over this on both the anti-jihad and the pro-jihad side of things, likely indicating a false story.

In Kismayo, Somalia, the Islamic guerillas are solidifying their hold on power as they make their final push towards Somalia's only port in the south of the country.

Some surprising anti-dhimmitude from the EU as European Commision President Jose Manuel Barraso voices his disappointment that the EU failed to defend the Pope's right to free speech.

In Bangladesh, over a 100 are dead over recent flooding.

Not only is there news about Islam and bad weather in the MidWest, I have a rare business report about there being tonnes of bad loans out there. So much so that Wall Street is letting the banks know its displeasure. The main culprit is bad mortgage loans. That is how the Depression started when the banks had a lot of non-performing loans on their books.

For Hugh Fitzgerald of Jihad Watch, a surefire way to cripple the jihad against the West is to discontinue the foreign aid to Muslim countries, aka the 'jizya' tax. Hard to disagree with him, I'd say.

I did a post on this before about why I thought Islam was sure to fail. The reason? Islam always eats its own. Think about it. Most of the victims of jihad are Muslims, not Jews or Christians. False religion ALWAYS eats its young. False religion is ALWAYS inherently self-destructive. From James Jay Carafano of Fox News comes an op-ed piece on The Real Islamic Threat.

Two Canadian soldiers have tied the knot at the Ottawa International Airport's chapel. And no, Elvis was not to be seen anywhere! Aaaawww!

I'll close this post with a pdf file on a Pew Survey what will the internet look like in 2020? As Roman roads paved the way for Jesus to come in His First Advent, the internet will pave the way for His Second Advent. I believe His coming is that close.

Mr. Johnny Cash

Saturday, September 23, 2006

My Yahoo and Google Buttons - Sep 23

The Bible says that God created the earth and all the things in it in six days and rested on the seventh. Well here I am seven months later and I'm still adding things to my blog. If your homepage is Yahoo or Google, you can now get this very blog syndicated on your homepage. Once I figured out what the hell they meant by 'site feed URL', I was able to figure out how to properly add the buttons. No doubt I will still be adding to this blog in the future and I will try to keep you abreast of all the changes that will occur.

If there's one valuable life lesson that I've learned in all this is self-reliance. Simple fact is, you're on your own when trying to figure out something new. Oh, there's lots of help pages out there, but really, nobody's going to swoop in like some White Knight and fix it all up for you. It just isn't going to happen. What you can do for yourself is solely your responsibility. God Himself wouldn't want it any other way.

If you haven't noticed already, a new hockey season is upon us. I like the joke about there being two seasons in Canada, hockey season and construction. Here we have a picture gallery from the CBC of all the newcomers that have been added to the Canadian teams. As well, we have an interesting story out of Winnipeg about two twin girls who have won the legal right to try out for a boy's hockey team. Is this a clear-cut case of human rights or is it political correctness running amok? I think it reeks of PC myself but then again I am an unapologetic knuckle-dragging cave-dwelling male.

Let's Go Benny, Let's Go! Dep't: Hey, did you know some enterprising individual has created a Pope Benedict XVI Fan Club web page? However, it appears Pope Benny isn't winning hearts and minds in Pakistan as mobs there are calling for him to be crucified. Literally. Yikes! I also found a very cool and funny post by a female blogger who just thinks that Benny is the best.

From the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot File comes a horror story out of West Yorkshire, England about a 16 year-old female who has had her throat slashed and has since died of her mortal wound. In Iraq, a suicide bomber has attacked a kerosene tanker, killing mostly women and children who were lining up for fuel for Ramadan. A bunch of sickos these Muslim scumbags are. Hence the reason I have zero time or patience for any of them. Disclaimer: The X-Def is not responsible for the contents of external sites. If you don't like it then shove off.

Bill O'Reilly gives us another winner as he talks about rampant partisanship (especially, but not exclusively, from the Loony Left) in the U.S.. The problem does not stop at the border folks, we here in Canada have a very similar siege mentality.

Speaking of siege mentalities, the Iranians and the Russians are co-operating at the highest levels as they anticipate some sort of American/Israeli attack against Iran's nuke facilities.

Reaping and Sowing Dep't: In Indonesia, Sulawesi Christians are rioting, in protest against those three Christians who were recently executed. Let's face it, if you're a non-Muslim charged with a crime in a Muslim land, you are royally screwed. A non-Muslim's life and his or her innocence means nothing when Sharia law rules supreme. Human rights and fair trials do not exist in Islam. Ever.

To finish this post, I have a good link here that's really good clean fun. Find out how evil you are or whether you are left-brained or right-brained and other quizzes. A good time-waster on a wet weekend.

Mr. Johnny Cash

Hints of a Trans-Atlantic Trade Grouping - Sep 23

Wow, have I got a winner here. You wanna talk New World Order? How 'bout a free-trade zone that makes up a little over half the entire global economy? My mind reels. This is at least 10 to 20 years away I reckon but my God! Surely Jesus is coming soon! Be prepared my friends and pray always.

Mr. Johnny Cash

Global Market Brief: Hints of a Trans-Atlantic Trade Grouping
Sep 21, 2006


On Sept. 15, the German press began buzzing with talk about Chancellor Angela Merkel's sudden interest in promoting a free trade dialogue with the United States during her term at the head of the European Union in the first half of 2007. Such a move, if successful, would completely rework the global trading regime, and with it global power balances.

The German chancellery has not yet made any formal announcements, although advisers have been leaking hints of new policy to publications such as Bild newspaper and Financial Times, but Merkel's views on a trans-Atlantic free trade agreement (TAFTA) are beginning to solidify, and not only for economic reasons.

While Merkel is an avowed Europeanist, she is uncomfortable with some aspects of European integration. Issues like a common foreign policy or a system that constrains German options rub her the wrong way, and currently Germany is blocking efforts to streamline EU policy formation in issues of judicial affairs -- preferring to retain Germany's veto. Merkel may prefer a tighter EU than the United Kingdom would like to see, but the federalist superstate idea originally espoused by Belgium and France is simply too much for the chancellor to support.

Simply hinting that TAFTA is a possibility indicates there is unlikely to be a grand federalist push during Merkel's turn as EU president. Typically, heads of state can only push one or two big topics during their terms (if they want to even be remotely successful), and forming a common European position on something as large as TAFTA would take every spare moment Merkel has.

Moving toward a TAFTA would fundamentally alter the EU, and in a manner that Merkel would probably like. TAFTA would play to and reinforce the union's economic strengths, lessen the need for a restrictive transnational political union and (in theory, at least) inject a dose of U.S. economic vitality into what has traditionally been a less economically dynamic Europe. Though the positive economic impact would be tremendous, it would also be controversial. Many European states -- France comes to mind -- tenaciously protect their social welfare models, despite the economic drag they often produce.

The idea of TAFTA has been tossed around from time to time, first by the United States at the end of the Cold War, and later by the Europeans in the mid-1990s. In fact, some of the building blocks for the FTA are already in place; high-level officials from commerce, justice, transport and treasury/finance already meet regularly under the aegis of the Trans-Atlantic Economic Partnership and the Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue, constituting a sort of informal TAFTA. Yet, before now, whenever negotiators have delved deeper, they have hit snags, first and most destructively over agriculture -- the issue that has stalled the World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Round as well. If Merkel is serious about pushing for TAFTA negotiations, her decisions on what to take off the table are just as important as what to put on; agriculture is not likely to feature at all.

In many ways Merkel is simply admitting the futility of future Doha talks, which have been deadlocked for some three years. A fresh venue and a fresh goal would likely do U.S. and European negotiators far more good than simply rehashing the blamestorming that has marked Doha negotiations for the past few months. But regardless of the details of the history, the rationale for the interest or still-fuzzy commitment to negotiations, the implications of a successful TAFTA would be absolutely mammoth.

Taken together, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and EU states -- complete with the tightly affiliated economies of Central America, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, the Balkans and Turkey that would likely be included as well -- make up the bulk of the world's economic heft. Even a "modest" agreement that utterly excluded touchy topics like agriculture would easily add 1 percent to the group's collective gross domestic product (GDP). That might not sound like much at all until you realize that that collective GDP of such a TAFTA grouping is roughly $24 trillion (out of a global total of approximately $43 trillion).

But the greater effect would be the changes such an agreement between two economic superpowers would impress upon the international system.

With Doha falling apart, the most likely course for the global economy would be its bifurcation into competing NAFTA- and EU-led trading blocs that aggressively attempt to induct other economies into their respective regimes. Under such a scenario, the threat would constantly be of a trans-Atlantic trade war that could only be mediated by an increasingly discredited WTO. Economic friction on a global scale would be palpable and permanent, while political tension between Washington and Brussels would likely mount.

TAFTA would obviously change that calculus. Instead of facing off, the United States and European Union would be partners in the most powerful economic grouping in history. Already the United States and European Union enjoy significant gravitas in negotiating bilateral trade deals with smaller -- which is to say, all other -- economies. With the two joined at the hip in TAFTA, their negotiating power would become nearly absolute, giving both players the ability to dictate terms to any state that sought to join their joint trade network.

The biggest losers in such an arrangement would be countries that have always attempted to play the world's major powers off one another or attempted to carve out regional economic groupings for themselves; India, China, Russia and Brazil come to mind. Instead of holding a trump card in their respective regions, these states would find that countries they had once sought to enter trade deals with would more likely flock to TAFTA -- and, in fact, the secondary powers would likely be tempted to follow. Aside from giving some bitter speeches, there is not much a power can do to prevent other parties from linking in an FTA.

That is particularly damning for those secondary powers when one considers that Merkel's interest in TAFTA spells doom for the Doha Round of WTO negotiations. The U.S. bureaucracy is truly only capable of negotiating one major trade deal at a time, and the political and economic benefits of going with TAFTA over Doha make deliberations in Washington unnecessary. Susan Schwab, the U.S. trade representative, has already come out enthusiastically in favor of reopening talks on TAFTA.

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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Get The X-Def As Part Of Your Daily News Feed! - Sep 21

I've made another addition to my blog that I want you to notice. At the bottom of the sidebar, you'll notice a tiny tag with the words News Gator on it. Before you click on this, start here to set up an account at Gator News (it's an RSS feed) and you can see the X-Def as one of your feeds! All the news you want customized at one click. Amazing stuff really. Now onto the news!

It's a really big universe out there I tell 'ya. The Hubble telescope has found 500 'young' galaxies and as well, astronomers have found a unique supernova that defies the odds.

At the UN, PM Stephen Harper was speechifying about Afghanistan and the need for the UN to reform blah, blah, blah. Two things stand out from his speech:
1) He actually kept to the limit of 15 minutes, a remarkable act of self-restraint for any politician and;
2) He did not refer to Bush or any other world leader for that matter as a 'devil'. How civil!
A full pdf version of his speech can be found here. It's only six pages long so it's not too bad.

Not only Canada but the Brits are starting to develop cold feet as the casualties mount in Afghanistan. I hope they don't leave. If they do, our boys will come under even greater pressure from the Taliban than ever before.

Let's talk about Iraqi politics for a second. IMHO, the only thing worse than bad government is no government at all. While torture was prevalent in Iraq during Saddam's hold on power, it appears that the situation has actually gotten worse. Private militias and various death squads are doing the impossible. They are making Saddam Hussein look benign by comparison!

Speaking of harsh 'street justice' that Muslims are notorious for, three Sulawesi Christians in Indonesia have been executed by firing squad. On the other side of the coin, a Lebanese sheikh bemoans the hollow victory that Hezbollah 'won' against the Israelis. I couldn't believe it. He actually said some things that made sense to me!

While the Americans are shockingly negotiating with Hamas, (not much of a shock actually. It's not like they have a choice between them and a viable democratic movement) Israel may be in the planning stages of assassinating Hassan Nasrallah at a massive rally. We'll see what happens.
I hope you like the new addition to my sidebar. I told you I'd have a better post than yesterday, did I not?

Mr. Johnny Cash

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The UN, Free Speech and a Cartoon - Sep 20

I don't have a big post here today nor do have any kind of Leno-esque monologue to lead you in. Not my biggest or best post but hopefully still a useful and informative one.

Our PM Stephen Harper is moving around in high society as he gives an address to the Economic Club of New York. No self-respecting socialist would be caught dead there I reckon.

From one extreme to the next, that kidder President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela calls Bush 'the devil' at the UN in NYC. Did agree with him on one thing, saying that the UN is not working. How he thinks it should work is another question entirely.

Here's Daniel Pipes take on Pope Benedict's statements about Islam. Mr. Pipes suggests that no religion, including Islam, should be above criticism. Try telling that to the people of perpetual outrage that Islam is not above criticism and watch 'em go.

Some Israel news that I'm keeping an eye on:

This story intrigued me the most. Apparently, Kurds in northern Iraq are now receiving military training from the Israelis of all people. Keep in mind that Kurds are in fact Muslims and you have the makings of a very strange alliance.

One of the unintended consequences of the recent Israeli-Hezbollah conflict was the Syrian claim over Golan Heights. The Syrians are reporting to be losing patience with Israel over this issue.

Keep in mind that the Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashanah will be celebrated by Jews all over the world this weekend. Here's a gag flash cartoon from JerusalemOnline that's sure to tickle the funny bone as well.

That's all you're getting today! Hopefully there'll be better stuff tomorrow.

The Man in Black

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Coup D'Etat in Thailand - Sep 19

Today certainly has been most interesting, has it not? I've got a little mini-post for you here from stratfor and a picture gallery from the BBC to whet your whistle.

Thailand - Military Movement in Bangkok - Sep 19, 2006

The Thai military moved tanks around government headquarters in Bangkok the evening of Sept. 19 as part of an apparent army coup. Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is in New York, and he will not be able to return until some sort of compromise has been made. Thaksin tried to make a statement on television regarding a state of emergency, but the programming was interrrupted to show pictures of Thai royalty while songs associated with former military coups played in the background.

The tanks moved in shortly after Thaksin issued a state of emergency and ordered army Commander in Chief Sondhi Boonyaratkalin to report to Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Chidchai Wannasathit. It is unclear whether this is an attempted coup, preventative military action or a countercoup.

Meanwhile, things are relatively calm in Bankgkok. No soldiers have been patrolling the streets, no curfew has been declared and the airport is open.

Copyright 2006 Strategic Forecasting Inc. All rights reserved.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Revelation 9:16-19 - Sep 18

Here's a thought that occurred to me:

Revelation 9

16And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
17And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
18By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
19For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.

Check out these jpgs of the T-72 and the M1A1 Abrams tank and see if the above scripture matches up with the pictures. Breastplates of fire describes its armour. The heads represent the turrets. The main gun of a tank or 'mouth' would indeed issue fire and smoke and brimstone. The tails of serpents are likely the mounted machine-guns which definitely do hurt. The only problem is the number which is 200 million. The only way I see this literal number being fulfilled would be as if many of the tanks be unmanned robots being controlled by some central command.

It appears that Benedict XVI has at least one friend in Archbishop Christodoulos, the head of Orthodox Church of Greece. The Archbishop is coming out saying that Islam has made the lives of African Christians miserable (see Sudan). I believe this thing is only going to snowball, whether we want it to or not.

If you've noticed recently, most of the casualties coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan are Canadian. A Canadian soldier is six times more likely to become a casualty than an American soldier serving in Iraq. Why should our boys be reduced to cannon fodder for the Taliban? I'm not suggesting we cut and run, just that we should probably re-deploy where our help is wanted and needed.

Is it possible that Israel and the West will ever make peace with Islam? According to Moshe Sharon, the answer is a definite NO! Islam is a complete system that regards the birth of Israel as a historical mistake, one that should never have occurred. I'm guessing that they aren't too terribly fluent in Bible prophecy.

Some other odds and sods that have caught my interest:

The IMF is reoganizing, giving China greater powers.

Hurricane Helene is now a Category 3, making it a major storm. It is threatening to strike the island of Bermuda.

Satan appears to be shifting into high gear, as a gay parade has got the go-ahead in the city of Jerusalem.

That's all I got for today. It's a little tiresome reporting on the same thing day after day wrt the Pope and his speech so I decided to give it a bit of a rest.

Mr. Johnny Cash

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Don't Call Us Violent Or We'll Kill You! - Sep 17

So seems to be the logic of 'Bennygate' nowadays. The Bible says that there is light and darkness, truth and error, life and death and that we are to choose the light, the truth and life. This clash that we are seeing today between Pope Benedict XVI and those Islamic thugs who wish to enslave us would've happened anyways. Even without the 9/11 attacks or the Pope's comments, this is a war that was inevitable.

While Da Pope tries to placate things, Arab newspapers are frothing at the mouth, calling for submission. Sad but entirely predictable. And why are Muslims so defensive anyways? Is their reflexive call for jihad a learned response to cover up their (very) long list of sins?

In Somalia, the very brave mujahadeen have killed an unarmed Italian nun at a children's hospital while the requisite death threats against Pope Benny have been issued.

The jihad against the people of the Book continues unabated as an Iraqi Christian is killed and rockets continue to fall in Sderot, Israel as children return to school.

In Havana, Cuba your typical 'Blame America' hate-fest was attended by none other than uncle Kofi. Such freedom-loving democratic stalwarts as North Korea, Venezuela, Algeria, Malaysia, Peru, Columbia and the host Cubans are part of the Non-Aligned Nations that oppose Russian and American influence.

Oriana Fallaci (1930-2006) has died. This Italian woman was tireless in opposing the Islamization of Europe. Daniel Pipes pays tribute in this moving column.

No post at the X-Def would be complete without some Canadian content. Two items as residents of northwestern Ontario are being allowed to return to their homes and classes have resumed at Dawson College, Montreal, the site of that horrific shooting. Talk about bittersweet!

Here's a quick X-Def update to close this post. Please note that I have made two changes that you will see on the sidebar on your right. I've included Prophecy News Watch under my recommended links and the blog The Religion of Peace under the Know Thine Enemy sub-title. Please take advantage of these excellent sites. You will find them very informative!

Forever I'll be,

The Man in Black

Saturday, September 16, 2006

The Pink Elephant In The Room - Sep 16

Suppose you were in a room with some people and a big pink elephant was there. Now you could talk to those people about anything you wanted except you could not ask about the deal with the pink elephant. That, my friend, is the logic of trying to hold on to unconfessed sin. That is the case with Islam. Anybody who has done any kind of research on Islam knows two things for sure:
1) It is anti-Semitic and;
2) It is anti-Christ.
It was certainly spread by violence in the 7th century and it's violent history was by no means confined to the Prophet Mohammed's time. Fast forward to the 21st century and the principles undergirding Islam have remained constant. Glorious, unending, perpetual war is Islam's battle cry. It still glorifies martyrdom, valuing death over life. Nothing has changed! All the pope has done is bring that unpleasant reality to light! So we sit here having to endure this ridiculous charade of how wonderful Islam is when everybody knows damn well it bloody well isn't. Better a glorious, wonderful, beautiful happy lie than the hard truth I guess. What a strange world I inhabit!

I think Pope Benny is asking for some reciprocity wrt Islam. Why should we respect it while Christians living in Muslim lands are denied their rights or are just killed outright?

While these lying buggers talk to us about peace in English and call for jihad in Arabic, the EU is giving the thumbs up to the recent developments with the merger of gov'ts between the PA and Hamas. What color is the sky in their world? I guess in their worldview, is it better to deal with one group of thugs and criminals than two groups of thugs and criminals?

God bless Angela Merkel who is probably the first Western leader to jump to Benny's defence. She's more man than Blair, Chirac or Prodi in my humble estimation.

Do not think I am joking about Islam making plans to destroy us while they give us the run-around. In southern Lebanon, al-Qaida is actively plotting against those UNIFIL peacekeepers while some sheik calls for the establishment of the caliphate centered in Jerusalem. As well, a Christian youth center has been targeted in Gaza.

As if this were not enough, the former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamed is saying that Muslim nations should make it their duty to acquire nuclear weapons. Islam is the perfect closed system, is it not? Switch from belligerent bully to whiny victim on a dime whenever the moment suits you.

To close out this post, Hurricane Lane is repeating what Hurricane John did, threatening the Mexican Pacific coast.

The truth: Accept nothing less!

Mr. Johnny Cash

An X-Def Update - Sep 16

It's close to midnight right now and most of my post is being done early Saturday morning. I've managed to make myself administrator again. Had to go to my old computer and after a few mouse clicks I have restored control once more over my blog. I'm a bit reticent about reporting my next news as I have invited two female members of my church to be contributors to my blog. I may be jumping the gun here a wee bit but I'm hoping that you may start seeing new posts that are not mine very soon! Exciting stuff indeed. I have a big post here as I fell asleep yesterday and didn't have a chance to do a post. At least it's all hyperlinked for you so it's all tickety-boo.

Putting Out the Fire with Gasoline Dep't: I reported this in my last post about Pope Benedict XVI making some unflattering remarks about a certain 'religion of peace'. The fit has hit the shan as the plebians are fond to say. You can see these dolts making fools out of themselves in this picture gallery from the BBC. I ask you to judge for yourself whether or not Benny was out of line. You can read the condensed version here or download the full pdf version if you want instead.

I have to follow up on that shooting in Montreal. Kimveer Gill joins Marc Lepine and Valery Fabrikant as bullies that went on a shooting rampage in the beautiful city of Montreal. While Stephen Harper and Jean Charest bicker over mangled bodies, four of the victims still remain in critical care. I reported erroneously that Gill was killed by the Montreal police force. That is not true. While a cop did shoot him, Gill committed suicide with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. What a coward. I leave this story with a picture gallery from the CBC and take a peak at vampirefreaks.com, a website Gill frequented. Let me add a special disclaimer for the last link as I am not glorifying violence or vampirism, I'm showing you so you can make an informed decision. Like I've said before, there's a lot of strange stuff out there.

Amnesty International has taken the easy way out, condemning Hizbollah for it's rocket attacks against Israeli citizens after the war has ended. It's sort of like trash-talking about a bully long after he's left. Pretty weak if you ask me. Both Zionist.com and Hugh Fitzgerald are less than impressed with AI's flaccid response.

I've also got two good articles from euobserver.com. Romano Prodi is desperately trying to revive the EU constitution by chopping out the last third and the EU is agreeing to liberalize the arms market within it's borders.

I have some other odds and sods that piqued my interest as well:

It appears that Major Hess-von Kruedener and his UN cohorts were killed over a map reading error. What a tragic waste. I dunno, when I was in the military, a six-figure grid reference was dead easy to figure out. I think that there's more to this story here than meets the eye.

The World Health Organization has reversed policy on DDT, saying that it is an effective weapon against the spread of malaria. Why DDT was ever banned in the first place strikes me as strange politics, not to mention misplaced idealism.

This may come as a shock to you, but Hezbollah is still armed and deployed in southern Lebanon. I'm sure Kofi Annan is all over this. Or not.

In Somalia, things are predictably going from bad to worse as the Islamists start imposing harsh Sharia law against the will of the locals.

Not all is doom and gloom in Iran. There's a local music festival held there called the Tehran Avenue Music Festival, celebrating local art and music. How un-Islamic of them!

Wow. I'm tired and I'm going to bed. Hope you enjoyed my latest effort!

The Man in Black

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

A Double Post - Sep 13

Just in case you were wondering, I was having problems yesterday with my internet connection, hence no post yesterday. I've got a real biggie here, eighteen links in all for your consideration. I'm gonna skip the preliminaries and jump right into it if you don't mind.

One of the reasons I was really keen on posting yesterday but did not have the chance to do so was that Sep. 12 was the third anniversary of Johnny Cash's death. Here's his official website that all fans must have.

Speaking of marking the times, it was 90 years ago this week that the main battle tank made it's debut in the Battle of the Somme in World War I.

I tell you what blog would be complete without some reference to Monty Python? So here goes. Sing along if you know the words:

Every sperm is sacred,
Every sperm is good.
If a sperm gets wasted,
God gets quite irate.


Ha Ha. Hope you enjoyed that. Now it's time to report strange things happening in this great big messed up country of ours we call Canada.

Today I heard a very disturbing story out of Montreal as a lone gunman went on a shooting rampage at Dawson College. The gunman killed one and nineteen are seriously injured. The Montreal police have killed the shooter. More to follow as details are made public.

Tropical Storm Florence has just battered the southern coast of Newfoundland. It seems everybody got on board with respect to proper storm preparation and there appears to be no loss of life. Thumbs up to the Newfies!

In the northwest boonies of Ontario, firefighters are battling forest fires as the area is dry as kindling.

Canadian health authorities are raising alarms about multi-drug resistant diseases, including tuberculosis. In Revelation chapter six, the Fourth Horseman talks of 'beasts of the earth' and man dying off in great numbers. I gotta think antibiotic-resistant microbes will play a large part in the seven year Tribulation era.

If you're in the dowtown Toronto area (particularly Yorkville), you might spot an alien from another planet. Please do not be alarmed. These are just Hollywood celebrities shmoozing around town for the Toronto International Film Festival. Anyways, I hear that Brad Pitt and Russell Crowe are very signature friendly.

Now onto international news that has grabbed my attention recently:

In New Zealand, resident Kiwis were reporting the sound of a sonic boom. The culprit? A meteor of all things.

Pope Benedict XVI has come out swinging against certain 'religions' that promote aggressive jihad warfare and suicide bombings. A wonderful and welcome departure from the dhimmi Pope John Paul II.

In the EU, there's a move afoot for a more robust 'human rights' body. One that will eventually turn against Christians and other people of faith I'm guessing.

This may come as a tremendous shock to you, but the MAJORITY of Palestinians actively support military operations of some sort against the Jewish State of Israel. Will someone please tell the fool who continues in the myth of a 'small group of extremists hijacking Islam' to shut the hell up?

I have an excellent blog entry from Zionist.com. It's very simple really. In the war on terror, whatever the French do, make sure you do the exact opposite. Silly French people!

Paranoia reigns supreme as some Arab nitwit is grasping straws saying the American gov't was a co-conspirator in the 9/11 attacks. Just to complete his ignorance, he also claims that Pearl Harbour (Dec, 7, 1941) was, you guessed it, another inside job! Complete and utter tripe.

Sorry for the length but please keep in mind that this is two days worth of news in one big post. Trust me when I tell you I had to do some major editing to get this puppy off. Hope you enjoy it.

Mr. Johnny Cash

Monday, September 11, 2006

The Path of Least Resistance - Sep 11

... is always downhill, so said my pastor last Sunday. So anyways, it's the fifth anniversary of the infamous 9/11 attacks and I got nothing here but 9/11 stuff. Like I said, I don't really think out too much on what a post will be like on any given day, its just that some posts have a habit of writing themselves. So what has changed since that fateful day? There are some pluses to be sure, including:

1) The death of al-Zarqawi
2) The arrests of many key al-Qaida operatives, like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
3) No more of Saddam's rule in Iraq
4) A greater sense of awareness in some of us about Islam's true violent nature.

However, I tend to believe that the picture as a whole is not a pretty one to say the least:

1) Our airports and infrastructure is still vulnerable, not to mention our food and water supply.
2) A Canadian mission in Afghanistan that is becoming deadlier and less popular as time goes on.
3) No 'Great Awakening' yet! Too many joyfully oblivious to the real threat that Islam poses to the West. Indeed, it appears that PC is throttling any real debate over this.
4) A complete lack of spiritual understanding of our enemy. "Know yourself and know thine enemy and you need not fear the result of a thousand battles", said Sun Tzu in the Art of War. Sadly, we are oh for two as we abandon our Judeo-Christian roots and fail to grasp the religiousity of our enemies.

Nevertheless, I am reassured. God wins. He said so and He cannot lie or fail.

Let me be clear on this. Despite the brief ceasefire that we see going on in Lebanon today, Israel's enemies have not given up in trying to destroy her.

From the Beeb comes two picture galleries of the 9/11 anniversary and a very strange one out of Iran as they have a big festival celebrating as what they see as the soon return of the 'Twelveth Imam'. For those in the dark, the Islamic al-Mahdi is our Biblical Anti-Christ.

It should also come as no surprise that in the U.K., up to half are not optimistic saying that the gov't is losing it's war on terror. I personally believe that any effort to win this thing must be soaked in prayer and supplication to our Lord. Materialism and military might alone will not defeat a determined enemy such as al-Qaida.

According to my main man Daniel Pipes, this war has had a profound effect on the conservative camp but has affected the moonbat (oops, I mean liberal) camp very little.

From MEMRI comes a real treat. It is giving you a film on the Arab and Iranian reaction to the 9/11 attacks (I had some problems with this - JC). Or if you want you can click on the html version or the pdf version here instead. Please do not attempt to download the pdf file if you do not have a high-speed connection or an Adobe Acrobat reader.

A Pox On All Their Houses Dep't:

So according to the Raving Loonies, who is ultimately responsible for 9/11? For the Anti-Christ Legion of Unbelievers (aka the ACLU) it's gotta be all those Christians who have not seen the bright secular atheism of the Left.

If you think I'm being unduly harsh, check out this article from Ralph Peters of the NY Post.

The snobbish Europeans have once again reverted to form, blaming America for all the trouble that this world is in today. I guess all those mosques popping up all over the place shows in plain sight where Eurabia is headed. My buddy Dizzy Fat Plonka (see sidebar) is proving to be like a salmon swimming upstream as it concerns the Islamization of Europe.

Did you know that the Liberal Party of Canada has a bit of an ethical problem? I knew that ten years ago under Da Boss, Jean Chretien.

And lastly:

Oh Kevin McCullough you rascal! Surely you are a prince amongst us mere mortals!

One of my best posts so far. Hope you enjoyed it!

Johnny Cash

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Apocalyptico - Sep 9

I got the title of this post from the new Mel Gibson film that is going to come out soon. One of the catchphrases that is used on it's promo poster is "No people can outrun their destiny". Well, pick up a Bible and you realize that Israel, the Jews, the church and all of humanity has a destiny too. Foretold by the prophets of the Old Testament and by Jesus Christ Himself, humankind and our existence here on earth has a destiny, a very distinct ending that we cannot escape. This is not 'doom and gloom', this is hard reality. However, you can avoid all sorts of heartache and worry if you accept the free pardon Jesus won for you at the cross. I believe that time is growing short. Please make the right decision to follow Him. You have all of eternity to gain.

Pope Benedict XVI is chillin' with his homies back in Bavaria, Germany. OK, that's not what the BBC said exactly, but you get the point. Benny is also taking us Canadians to task over our misguided stance on gay marriage and abortion. Hear, hear, I say. This radical social engineering of the Canada I know and love has got to come to an end. Something about a broad path to destruction and all that.

Moving from the Vatican to the ME, EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana is saying that relations between the West and the Muslim world is worsening. Actually this isn't really news per se, what is remarkable is Solana's frank candor. Not to be outdone, Jordan's King Abdullah II is also not a very happy man over recent developments in his country. These aren't nutjobs or amateur bloggers, these are VIPs in every sense of the word sounding the alarm. Will the world listen?

In Brussels, French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy has a 'vision' for a united Europe and its government. Here's an excerpt from the article:

"Why aren't we bold...and leave the composition of the commission to its president?...after all, it's on the basis of this logic that national governments are formed."

In Mr Sarkozy's vision, the commission president would himself be elected by the European Parliament - which would provide him with a democratic mandate.

Once elected, the commission chief could then pick his or her own commissioners, which would enable the body to "function like a real team around its president."

I don't know about you, but this vision will turn into a nightmare for the British if Brussels has it's way, carving up Europe into 'transnational' regions without democratic debate or consent.

Meanwhile, the 'peace that destroys many' draws closer as Arab countries are now openly calling for some type of peace in the region. This peace at any cost falls directly in line with Bible prophecy.

Jihad in Western India as bicycle borne suicide (read: homicide) bombers attack Muslims, killing 31 and wounding a 100.

Finally the space shuttle Atlantis with Canadian Steve MacLean on board has finally given the go-ahead and after many delays has blasted off.

Ah, finally a proper post I can be proud of. I apologize for an error that occurred in the previous post. You'll notice that it was posted by 'Roger Ramjet' and not Johnny Cash. I have corrected the problem and you will not see this name again. You will also notice that there are now two 'Johnny Cash's which are listed as contributors. They are one and the same person and if you click on either one you should get the same profile. As I'm not the administrator on my own blog, I might shut down the Christian Defender and start up a mirror site (the X-Def 2?). Same clever wit, same links on the sidebar, but I'll have much greater creative control as before. Seems silly to ask me for permission to post on my own blog, doncha think? Anyways watch this space should I make that leap. For now this will do.

Mr. Johnny Cash

Thursday, September 07, 2006

I'm Baaaaack! - Sep. 7

I was listening to the radio today to Adrian Rogers and you want to know what his message was? It was always give thanks to the Lord, regardless of circumstance. Well, it took me six days to get my collective s*** together but nevertheless, here I am. I believe some scripture is in order here first:

The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. (Genesis 12:1)

I certainly do feel a bit like old Abe, leaving the parental clutches and my comfort zone to go and glorify God. No-one ever said that walking by faith was going to be a cake-walk.

As it is rather late in the day, I'm only going with a small post to start. Hopefully I'll have more time tomorrow to do a proper post. In the meantime, I've got some interesting stuff to share with you.

Is British PM Tony Blair in a free-fall or what? I wish politicians would realize when it's time to leave and just do so. Pro athletes tend to suffer from the same illusions of grandeur.

It appears that the Israeli navy is easing it's blockade of Lebanon. While signs of normality return to Lebanon, things are still far from OK.

So if you're a soldier and you were given a choice, would you rather go to Iraq or Afghanistan? It may surprise you that you'd probably be a little safer in Iraq.

Speaking of Iraq, American forces are turning over their powers to Iraqi forces. Good luck to the Iraqis. They'll need every bit of it.

Lastly a cool picture gallery of coalition troops doing their thing amongst the rugged beauty of Afghanistan.

The Man in Black

Monday, September 04, 2006

Not Quite There Yet - Sep. 4

Well, I have now moved to my new place but I'm still not connected to the net yet. Hope this situation will change shortly. As it stands right now, I'm at my parents watching the Argos-Ti-Cats Labor Day matchup. In the meantime, I'm gonna take advantage of my computer time and toss off a quick post.

In Iraq, al-Qaida's number two, Abu Rana has been captured.

Israeli PM Ehud Olmert is rattling Syria's cage, saying that there will be no self-imposed restrictions placed on Israeli forces if Syria attacks.

The Sudanese appear to be losing their grip on reality, accusing the U.S. and the U.K. of trying to recolonize them over the latest Darfur debacle.

I've got a really big downer here as one of Australia's favorite sons has died. Steve Irwin aka the 'Crocodile Hunter' has been killed by a stingray barb to the heart. Truly one of the most genuine individuals to come out from the Land Down Under. Here's a picture gallery from the BBC.

Like I said hopefully I'll be blogging again from my new place by Tuesday or Wednesday. Stay tuned!

Johnny Cash

Friday, September 01, 2006

Just A Quickie - Sep. 1

Is 2006 two-thirds done already? Man oh man, time flies I tell ya. Well, I've moved some of my stuff to my new place and hope to complete it all by tomorrow. In the meantime, I've got a short post for you right now.

Did you know that today is the anniversary of Germany invading Poland in 1939, thus starting World War II? Of course you did.

From the CBC comes a photo gallery of the week that was.

More hurricane news as John bears down on Baja California, Mexico.

Fox Guarding The Henhouse Alert: Syria has now promised the UN to stop the flow of arms to Hezbollah. I understand they've also got a bridge for sale and some 'quality' real estate in Florida as well.

Bill O'Reilly gets the last word on this post as he takes 'political' celebrities to task for their ignorance.

The Man in Black