More fallout from Mr. Ahmadinejad's visit to NYC. Ann Coulter offers her opinion on what free speech ought to really sound like.
Your eyes are not deceiving you. 2007 is three-quarters done! Time does fly as you get older. I've got some interesting stuff about Islam's notorious links with Der Fuhrer and the Nazis in their day. Thanks to Lumpy at Lump on a blog for the photos.
I'm sure you're well acquainted with the fellow on the right. He needs no introduction. The fellow on the left was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini. This explodes one of the most popular anti-Semitic myths: That the Palestinian people had nothing to do with the Holocaust. Hajj Amin walked in lockstep with Nazi ideology, desiring a Jew-free ME. Sadly, this fascist sentiment is still with us today:
Two links from GFA on how the Gospel is freeing people from the cycle of disgrace and the stiff opposition that it still faces.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
More fallout from Mr. Ahmadinejad's visit to NYC. Ann Coulter offers her opinion on what free speech ought to really sound like.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Of course it isn't paranoid if they really are out to get you. Not me personally mind you, it just seems that there's a lot of fear and loathing making the rounds recently. I've been getting a few off the wall comments in the past few days. One I rejected (which I talked about earlier) and two more which I have published. I always get a kick out of these loons who wish to lecture me and show me the error of my ways. One even suggested I get baptised and repent of my sins! It's almost comical I tell ya. I guess that's because I refuse to call Dick Cheney 'Darth Vader' or make Bush out to be evil incarnate. Deeply flawed and foolish Bush is, but W ain't pure evil. Anyways, do keep those comments coming and check back as I might leave a comment to counter yours. Here are three things to remember:
1) All comments left on this blog are considered public domain and is therefore fair game. I can agree, disagree or make fun of your comment as I see fit.
2) Just because I choose to publish your comment (be it silly or thoughtful) does in no way constitute an endorsement of that comment.
3) It's my blog and so I ALWAYS get the last word. So there.
I really do enjoy a good rant. Gives me a sense of accomplishment.
Jimmy Carter has lost it. No wait, let me correct that. He probably never 'had it' to begin with. It's only now are we beginning to see this foolish man for what he truly is. Does he really believe everything the Iranians tell him?
Gotta be tough being Jewish. When the world really is out to get you, I reckon you have every right to be a little bit defensive. Whether it be old enemies such as the Soviets or the Iranians threatening a 600-missile salvo in your direction, it takes guts and moxie to be an Israeli. Here's Israeli FM Tzipi Livni in a protest march in NYC over the multicultural lunacy happening at Columbia University. You go girl!
How New York City should correctly respond to the Iranian president:
Law and Order, Sharia style:
See the original link here.
Here's something that got my attention recently. World Qods Day falls on October 12th, which is the last Friday of Ramadan. The Iranians have promised a 'surprise' for the West. I'm guessing it won't be a pleasant one. I have to admit I'm intrigued by this. That big kidder Mahmoud could be blowing smoke here. Or not. Either way, Iran definitely carries the capability of doing something incredibly destructive and foolish. Is this the Gog and Magog invasion of Ezekiel 38 and 39? Hard to tell. I'm not in the business of making grand prophetic announcements so I'll sit tight and watch that date carefully.
Here's some good news to close out this post. Women in India are spreading the good news in a nearby market, Pope Benedict XVI stands up for religious liberty and Dave Barry shows us how he keeps his cool (barely) when the lights go out.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Nearly two weeks ago my grandmother died.
She was 87 years old and in the last 2 or 3 years her health and mental state took a rapid downward spiral. She passed away in the presence of her 7 children and their husbands or wives at home in bed. Her final words to each of them was a whisper that required all of her final energy. 'I love you'. She told them with a tremulous, yet peaceful smile. What more perfect last words are there?
A service was held for her on the weekend. The first five rows were for family - children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I sat in the fifth row looking out at her legacy and thought, 'Wow, look at what you started!'. Many of her children tearfully went to the podium and with great effort managed to speak of her life and what she meant to them. The theme was always one of love. How loved she was as a mother and how she loved them as her children and grandchildren. Precious memories shared by many of us.
However, as I listened through the tears and the sniffles, something stuck me. Though all of her children were grieving, some were truly broken. The eulogies went on and near the end, it occured to me why some were more devastated than others. My grandmother was a follower of Christ and all of her children were raised in the faith, but not all of them had stayed close to the Lord in their adult years. To most of my aunts and uncles, this was not goodbye, this was 'See you in Heaven'. For them there is hope in the promise of Christ, that through Him we will not die but have everlasting life. We all knew where my grandmother was. She was safe, in the arms of a God whom we love, trust and are in a relationship with. To those of us with faith, she was not truly gone. She is simply waiting to see us again.
Then there were her other children. They sobbed and were overwhelmed by grief, believing that they had lost their mother forever. It broke my heart to see they had no hope, no promise. To them she was simply dead. Gone forever... and it crushed them.
During the time of gathering afterwards we had a chance to minister to those who were without faith and hope. But on my way home I was still in awe of the difference. God is so good and He offers us such hope and promise. He is just so loving and faithful. In truth, we spend very little time on this earth compared to eternity in Heaven. Those we love who go before us into Heaven wait but the blink of an eye to be with us again. And once we are together again, we stay with each other and Christ forever.
To me, just as my grandmother's last words to her children were 'I love you'. When God gathers us to Him as we leave this world, I believe His words will be the same. 'I love you'.
Lord, thank you so much for the priceless gift of hope you give to us. I can't imagine grieving without the promise of being reunited with our loved ones again. You are so full of love for us, and you always love us no matter where we are or how we feel about You. I pray your hand upon those who mourn without you. Please comfort them, and help us to be truly grateful for the gift of each day. All good thing come from You. Amen.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Found this little gem of a wallpaper from raptureready.com (see sidebar). Thought is was appropriate for this post.
Not just the mere title of a Tom Clancy novel, it is a call to awareness of the Islamic fifth column that walks amongst us. As the Germans have found out in Frankfurt, the Islamists despise Europe as much as they hate the U.S..
Make no mistake, the culture wars are in full swing. Western civilization may be the only one that has taken up the cause of the enemy with great fervency. As Bill O'Reilly notes, why are these questionable movies being made while America's military personnel are still in the line of fire? Brian DePalma's 'Redacted', a story about the rape of an Iraqi woman by American servicemen is a case in point. The perpetrators were caught, tried and convicted as they should be. Why then this irresponsible bomb-throwing? This is NOT a free speech issue. This is traitorous behaviour in the name of cinematic 'art'. Secular-progressives love to slander and libel private citizens and then run and hide behind the skirt of 'free speech'. Dare to call their bluff and watch them pontificate while we laugh at them. What losers! These leftists are terrified of genuine debate and the free market of ideas.
Don't think for a second that the likes of al-Qaida are unaware of these shenanigans. Just as we are sizing up our opponents, they are doing likewise. Why disseminate such propaganda that encourages the enemy and demoralizes us? There's a growing minority within the West that not only believes that our noble Judeo-Christian traditions aren't worth saving, but are in fact the source of all the world's evils! No wonder our enemies are sharpening their knives! Understand this: Once Jesus comes for His church, the slide towards an anti-utopian Islamic Caliphate will be irreversible. There will be no escape for those who wish to opt out of this nightmare. Only when Yeshua comes in full glory with all the armies of Heaven at His disposal will the carnage end.
I have two more links that have recently crossed my desk worth sharing.
An outbreak of Ebola (!) has broken out in the Congo. Despite it's fearsome 90% mortality rate, proper quarantine procedures can contain this outbreak.
Better Late Than Never Dep't: I have been negligent in failing to mention the sub-prime mortgage crisis. From K-House comes the story in layman's terms.
To that anti-Semitic piece of trash who left a comment on my blog (you know who you are), I have rejected your comment. So don't bother looking for it 'cause it ain't there. Loser.
On a much happier note, I've added two widgets to my sidebar. You can get your fill of the X-Def in two ways. You can get an e-mail everytime I (or Faith Girl) post or you can subscribe to my RSS feed (thanks to FeedBurner). Because of this fancy shmancy update, the widget 'Crazy Buttons' is no more. Sorry if that inconveniences you. I'd recommend the e-mail personally as I only post 1-2 times a week. Let me know if it works. Inshallah!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
What a tragedy Iraq has become. Not just for the soldiers, but for the Iraqi people too. Six years after 9/11/01 and the Bush administration has decided to hand Iraq over to Iran on a silver platter. No wonder the Iranians have stopped talking to us. Time is on their side. I kept thinking to myself as I read this: 3,000+ American soldiers have died in four years of conflict. And for what? So the Iranian mullahs can have breakfast in Baghdad whenever they want? What a shame. What a waste.
Let us never forget this day in history.
Stratfor Geopolitical Diary for Sep, 11, 2007
Patraeus Faces Congress
The commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, on Monday began his testimony before Congress on the status of the Iraq war as well as on the surge of forces that begin earlier this year. Though both Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker answered questions from nearly 100 representatives for hours, the whole spectacle can really be summed up quite simply.
Petraeus said the surge has succeeded somewhat in reducing the level of violence in Iraq, and a drawdown within the next six months would make that progress for naught. But right now the political stage is no more set for the Iraqi government taking full control than it was at New Year's and there are precious few reasons to be optimistic at all on that front.
If anything, the political situation is even more hopeless. Ultimately, there cannot be a deal in Iraq that re-establishes some semblance of the pre-war balance of power in the region unless the United States and Iran manage to hammer out some sort of agreement. Both have too many tools to prevent the other from getting its way so long as they remain engaged.
This means the surge was not really about reducing violence levels or helping the Iraqi government get its act together. Behind the surge's military tactics was a much deeper geopolitical effort intended to convince Iran that the United States still had some options, and therefore urge Tehran to makes some concessions in the context of those negotiations.
So while the surge has produced some fringe benefits -- Petraeus spoke at length of how Anbar province has been transformed from one of Iraq's most dangerous regions to one of its safest -- it has failed in its core mission: to wring a deal out of Tehran. No deal with Iran, no stable Iraq. It is as simple as that.
The Petraeus testimony broadly echoes the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) -- the collective opinion of the U.S. intelligence community released three weeks ago. Both argue that progress has been made in the war, but that without an ongoing (both hinted that the word should be "open-ended") commitment by U.S. forces, not only were the gains not sustainable, Iran was very well-positioned to seize control of the region for itself. "Well-positioned" is a bit of an understatement. In addition to the sponsoring of a gaggle of Iraqi Shiite militias, Iran is right on Iraq's eastern border and still sports a million-man army.
Put another way, Petraeus and the NIE both said the United States can either suffer through Iraq indefinitely in order to prevent Iranian hegemony, or it can walk away and consign the region to that hegemony. As U.S. Iraq policy evolves, the trick will be to shift from direct responsibility for security into an overwatch mode. The problem with that hope is that this evolution will depend not only on the often-questionable quality of Iraqi forces, but also on the quality of government in Baghdad that commands those forces. And with Iran moving from being a potential partner to a more formal adversary, what hope does that government have?
But that will be a fight for another day. For now the action remains firmly in Washington under the glare of congressional lights. Petraeus has said that though an end to the surge is in the cards, drawdown should not begin for several months. That recommendation provides the Bush administration with just enough political cover to continue the war as is, but puts the entirety of the Republican delegation in Congress in the most awkward position possible. When elections arrive in November 2008, there will still be in excess of 100,000 U.S. troops in Iraq attempting to carry out the same mission that 165,000 failed to secure. For the Democrats this will likely prove to be the electoral issue, and in the weeks ahead all eyes will be on how Republican members of Congress begin to deal with that looming fact.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
I hope all you young 'uns are back in school safely. For some university or college students their classes don't start until tomorrow. Here in Brampton the humidity has left and some cool wet weather has taken its place. Yep, it must be fall! I also want to extend my condolensces to Faith Girl as her paternal grandmother has recently passed away. The funeral was today in Newmarket. She's also promised me a new post sometime this month about her loss. I'd also like to thank you for your patience. As I've indicated before, new posts will happen weekly as opposed to semi-weekly unless the moment strikes me.
We've got lots of stuff to cover so let's get to it.
As Daniel Pipes has found out, CAIR will stop at nothing to smear all those who oppose them. I don't think they even care if the false accusation sticks. So long as the object of their hate ends up wasting both their time and money defending themselves the purpose is served. Such is the amoral state that Islam produces.
Am I being to harsh with Muslims here? Am I biased or even 'Islamophobic'? I don't think so. Judging from the e-mails I get every day the litany of illegal activities that Muslim specifically perpetrate grows. It's not that people of other belief systems don't commit foul deeds. They do, but their actions consistently pale in comparison as to what is committed in the service of Allah's religion. Nor do you have to look far and wide for such indescretions (putting it mildly). In Sderot, Israel, a day care centre becomes the target of an errant Kassam rocket. Two women are beheaded in Pakistan due to alleged 'immoral' (read: sexual) activities. I don't care if these two were the biggest whores in all of Pakistan. No woman deserves such a fate. The concept of cruel and unusual punishment is void in Sharia law. Also, fifth column Muslims are encouraged to murder infidel gov't figures. From MEMRI comes this little nugget:
You feel that you want to carry a weapon, fight, and kill the occupiers, and that it is our duty to call for jihad as much as to call for prayer. All that is required is a firm personal decision to fulfill this obligation, and participation in jihad and the resistance.
The beat goes on and on. Where does it stop? More dhimmitude here in Canada as PM Stephen Harper slams Elections Canada for allowing niqab and burqa-wearing Muslimahs to vote without unveiling. PC rules the day once more over common sense.
Iran shows its contempt for America in its interference over Iraq. If America wants to negotiate with the Muslim realm, that's fine. But should you negotiate, you must do so from a position of strength, otherwise forget it. Whether one bomb is dropped or a hundred, the reaction from the Iranians will be the same. Is the West ready for such a strong reaction? I doubt it.
Three more articles then we're done.
Satan is becoming more and more brazen with each passing day. It is a sure sign of the last days in which we live. Eight Israeli neo-Nazis (!) with a Russian background have been arrested by Israeli authorities. Apparently all you need is at least one Jewish grandparent and you're in. Here's hoping Israeli lawmakers take a much more critical (and balanced) approach as to who they offer citizenship to. With a long list of enemies (both foreign and now domestic), the Jews cannot afford to be picky about who their friends are going to be.
Why are secularists more terrified of the Bible thumper at the front door then the suicide bomber sneaking in through the back? A strong and vibrant church is the best bulwark against Islamic supremacism. The militant secular-progressive jihad against Christianity in America's schools continues. How foolish. How self-destructive!
Finally, doesn't the concept of abrogation within Islam bother you a wee bit? If God is holy, unchanging and consistent in His ways, why should He nullify even one of His teachings? A look at both the NT and OT confirms this. That which was laid as a foundation in the OT is built upon in the NT. No such abrogation there! Jesus came to fulfill the law, not to do away with it! The only other possible conclusion to make is that the Koran did not come from God. Allah is not Jehovah. Never was and never will be.
To my good friend DizzyFatPlonka: Dude, go to the source. The Bible is the fountain of my inspiration and the source of my love for the Jewish people. You need to go to the foot of the cross and confess your sins, every single one. I know you are an admirer of Jesus Christ. But judging by your most recent comments I suspect you don't know Him as Saviour yet. Will you join me in the light or sit there and curse the darkness? Please choose wisely. I look forward to your response.
Saturday, September 01, 2007
With apologies to the late great Bon Scott of AC/DC. Hope everyone is enjoying the last long summer weekend of 2007. Yep, '07 is two-thirds done. So glad I'm not facing school anymore. Next work week will be just like any other, except shorter. Anyways, I'm not going to do a long preamble so let's get right to it.
Take a good long look at this football. Various flags of different countries are displayed with the Saudi Arabian flag featured most prominently. Note the sword and the Arabic lettering. This is the shahada, the Muslim declaration of faith. The Israeli Star of David is seen along with the Danish cross and the Davidic star and cross of Northern Ireland. All Judeo-Christian symbols the Muslims despise. How offensive is this nondescript football? Very, according to recent attempts to drop soccer balls for Afghani children. A big hullaballoo was created and the 'good dhimmi' apology was promptly issued. I think this particular ball is an earlier one, made for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Honestly, what gives with these guys? Shredding Bibles in KSA and we don't even blink. An infidel touches one of their demonically inspired Korans and riots ensue. All of which renders me totally indifferent to Muslim sensibilities. I just simply couldn't care less. The opposite of love isn't hate, it's indifference.
I know people love to eviscerate Bush and the Americans for their snubbing of the Kyoto Protocol. But it appears that China is taking over as the world's worst polluter. There is a huge difference in how the two countries operate. American pollution is a result of it's sheer size. Chinese pollution is a result of unrestrained growth without due regard to the end product. Corruption is still a big problem and many Chinese are dying due to the steamrolling of environmental safeguards. Below is the Shenmu coal mine in China, taken from the article.
As the world draws together, the softer the underbelly one world gov't appears. The UN Development Program (UNDP) is placing itself above it's own laws and seeks secrecy over transparency. What a farce the UN is!
Speaking of the UN, Iran is tapped to be a member of the planning committee of the 2009 UN World Conference Against Racism. The ugliness will become apparent very quickly. It will be more like a conference against Zionism like what happened in Durban, South Africa. It must be repeated that all hatred of the Jews is supernatural (Satanic) in its origins. I cannot emphasize this point enough. Either you understand it or you don't.
I don't think there are many here in the West who fully realize the extent that Iran poses. Recent talks with the U.S. over the fate of Iraq have ended leading to animosity between the two. The Iranians are active in their support of the Taliban in Afghanistan where Canadian troops are stationed. Should the Democrats ride the wave of discontent all the way to the Oval Office, there's ample reason to believe that Iraq will cynically be abandoned out of political expediency. This is a very serious situation. Whoever gets the ring in November '08 cannot ignore Iraq. When presidents look towards the ME they look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Whilst tragic in its continual spilling of innocent blood, it is for the most part self-contained and predictable. All these political assumptions miss the point. Look, comprehending the ME isn't difficult. What you need to know is that there are two wars being waged parallel to one another. The 1400 year-old civil war between the Sunni and the Shia is the first one. The jihad that Islam (Dar al-Islam) is waging against the West (Dar al-Harb) is the second. What we see in Iraq right now is both these concurrent wars in microcosm. As bad as Bush has bungled the Iraqi war, things could (and likely will) get worse. I cannot shake this feeling that once the American troops pull out (along with the Canadians possibly leaving Afghanistan by 2009) things will deteriorate rapidly. Our gov'ts ought to be prepared for this and it's painfully obvious that they're not. Just as the Bible prophecied it must come to pass.
Secularists Behaving Badly Dep't: Last word goes to David Limbaugh who notes how secularists usually end up becoming the very thing they despise. It's all about the specks and planks we find in our eyes from time to time I reckon.