Monthly Archive for March, 2006

Separated at Birth?

Super Mario CommieThere’s mounting evidence that Super Mario and the tyrannical, communist dictator Joseph Stalin were actually the same person.

No joke.

And you thought Mario was a hard-working, little Italian-American plumber? Even if their DNA doesn’t match up, the seemingly harmless video game that Super Mario stars in is sure trying to subliminally indoctrinate our children with extreme leftist ideas.

AlbinoBlacksheep has accumulated the evidence and put it together in a snazzy Flash movie.

Lost Cause?

Sorry to be blunt, but recent events do provoke these questions in even reasonable, liberal people….

Are these backwards Muslim countries a lost cause? I’m beginning to think so.

Should we just get out of there and let both Iraq and Afghanistan destroy themselves? I’m beginning to think so.

Our young sons are dying trying to give them better lives. For what? For them to unleash suicide bombs on us, to detonate roadside bombs to kill and maim us, to elect terrorists to public office (see the wonderful citizens of Palestine, the same ones who danced in the streets on 9/11).

What about just leaving them to their own devices and keeping an eye on them? If they happen to develop any technology that may be used to harm a free country, or perhaps I should say a non-Muslim country since that’s their goal, then just fire some precision guided missiles to take out that ability. Chances are though, that their mentality will keep them living like it’s the year 600 AD, since none of those countries has done anything to advance human civilization in hundreds of years.

Look at what’s happening to Abdur Rahman. He’s a guy that simply converted to Christianity. What do they want to do? Kill him!

“Rejecting Islam is insulting God. We will not allow God to be humiliated. This man must die.”

Remember that this is from followers of the so-called “Religion Of Peace”.

“The government is scared of the international community. But the people will kill him if he is freed.”

And we have this jewel:

“Cut off his head!”…”We will call on the people to pull him into pieces so there’s nothing left.”

But what about just moving him to a civilized country that respects peoples’ human rights?

“If he is allowed to live in the West then others will claim to be Christian so they can too….We must set an example. … He must be hanged.”

Imagine that! Opening individuals’ eyes to the possibility of the love of Jesus Christ and living in a free society. No!…don’t let them see so they might leave this country of bountiful opium harvests, IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), cave-dwelling terrorists, and, dare I say, a hate-filled and violence-preaching religion.

“We are a small country and we welcome the help the outside world is giving us, but please don’t interfere in this issue….We are Muslims and these are our beliefs. This is much more important to us than all the aid the world has given us.”

Can we just put a big fence around these people?

At least there are voices of reason piping up all around the civilized world, even the New York Times…

“The case is more than deeply troubling, it’s barbaric….If Afghanistan wants to return to the Taliban days, it can do so without the help of the United States.”

And we all thought the cartoon crisis was ridiculous.

Narrow-minded to the End

British and US troops freed three Christian Peacemaker Team activists today. That’s great news. Of course, the terrorists tortured and killed the lone American of the group, Tom Fox of Virginia, just a couple of weeks ago. It’s surprising, in this time of bittersweet joy for the “peace” organization, that they carry on with their narrow-minded thinking:

“We believe that the illegal occupation of Iraq by Multinational Forces is the root cause of the insecurity which led to this kidnapping and so much pain and suffering in Iraq,” Pritchard said.

There’s more of that logic on their web site (linked to above).

Even with one innocent man dead, one who was just trying to help the people of Iraq, and three others with the same fate before the rescue, the “occupation” is the “root cause”. Root cause? I think you need to go back deeper for a root cause…like maybe the fact that a dictator was ruling that country with an iron fist and ordered the murder of thousands of Iraqis. Not to mention harboring terrorists and anyone who wanted harm the US. I won’t get into the whole WMD thing because it’s becoming pretty clear that Hussein wanted us to believe he had them and that strategy backfired.

So, these activists would rather he still be there? Rather than Multinational Forces trying to bring stability, peace, and freedom to the country? That’s pretty absurd.

My Name is Crusader

If I were alive back then, I’d be proud to be a Crusader, helping to defend my culture from attack. If it weren’t for the brave Crusaders and Islam had spread west into Europe, we all may be living in a Dark Age squalor like a lot of them are today. Keeping women subservient, scared of pigs, daily beheadings, no sports to worry about….all that good stuff and more might be part (or not a part) of our everyday life.

Remember when terrorist madman bin Laden invoked The Crusades in his famous cave videos? When President Bush used the term, not realizing that its meaning would be twisted to fit the terrorists’ and liberals’/anti-war/appeasers’ propaganda agenda?

(Does) the Islamic world have a just grievance against the West? Doesn’t the present violence, they persisted, have its roots in the Crusades’ brutal and unprovoked attacks against a sophisticated and tolerant Muslim world?…

Osama bin Laden certainly thinks so. In his various video performances, he never fails to describe the American war against terrorism as a new Crusade against Islam. Ex-president Bill Clinton has also fingered the Crusades as the root cause of the present conflict. In a speech at Georgetown University, he recounted (and embellished) a massacre of Jews after the Crusader conquest of Jerusalem in 1099 and informed his audience that the episode was still bitterly remembered in the Middle East. (Why Islamist terrorists should be upset about the killing of Jews was not explained.) Clinton took a beating on the nation’s editorial pages for wanting so much to blame the United States that he was willing to reach back to the Middle Ages. Yet no one disputed the ex-president’s fundamental premise….

Misconceptions about the Crusades are all too common. The Crusades are generally portrayed as a series of holy wars against Islam led by power-mad popes and fought by religious fanatics….

So what is the truth about the Crusades? Scholars are still working some of that out. But much can already be said with certainty. For starters, the Crusades to the East were in every way defensive wars. They were a direct response to Muslim aggression – an attempt to turn back or defend against Muslim conquests of Christian lands.

Read the whole Real History of the Crusades (a delayed hat tip goes to Hugey for this link).

Also see Wikipedia’s Crusades Page

Also interesting is how, due to The Fourth Crusade in the 13th century, the Greek Orthodox and Catholic church split was brought on….

The tragic events of 1204 closed an iron door between Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox, a door that even today Pope John Paul II has been unable to reopen. It is a terrible irony that the Crusades, which were a direct result of the Catholic desire to rescue the Orthodox people, drove the two further – and perhaps irrevocably – apart.

Eleni Movie of the Month

This is in response to some family members’ outcry at the posting of the Quicktime movie at AussieGirl where I keep recording as Eleni tumbles down a slide and does a face plant. I know, I’m a mean Daddy, but sometimes kids have to learn the hard way. C’mon, who walks up and down slides anyway? They’re called slides for a reason. But I guess Eleni is a nonconformist or likes a challenge.

I’m not all bad though. In this little flick, Eleni smoothly walks up a slide, seemingly with suction cups on her little toes, and then starts losing her balance walking back down. Daddy cut tape and swiftly rescued her before tragedy struck.

PS All surfaces were padded to protect the little ones

Home Schooling is Suddenly So Much More Appealing

Teacher: Who’s the great Satan?

Student: We are.

Teacher: Yes! The United…..States…..of America!

OK, it didn’t go down exactly like that. He actually said “Who is probably the single most violent nation on planet Earth?!”, but he could have just as well used the words of crazy lunatics like Saddam Hussein or that Iranian madman. By the way, those nutty Palestinians, with their gun-toting children and suicide bombers would have been my guess.

I’m of course talking about the 10th grade geography teacher in the Denver area that was recorded spewing anti-American hate. Uh huh – I said geography class. Michelle Malkin’s blog has the complete transcript and a link to the audio. The manner of his rant – most of it shouted – bothered me too, because I’m sure that just intimidated students and kept them from voicing any opposing opinions. Props to the kid who recorded it, as he challenged him on a couple of things.

I’ll just touch on one of his “facts”, where he implies we are the real terrorists and shouldn’t be killing coca plants in Colombia, thus putting poor farmers out of business. He said:

Who is the world’s largest producer of cigarettes and tobacco? The United States!

What part of our country grows all our tobacco? Anyone know what states in particular? Mostly what’s called North Carolina. Alright. That’s where all the cigarette capitals are. That’s where a lot of them are located from. Now if we have the right to fly to Bolivia or Peru and drop chemical weapons on top of farmers’ fields because we’re afraid they might be growing coca and that could be turned into cocaine and sold to us, well then don’t the Peruvians and the Iranians and the Chinese have the right to invade America and drop chemical weapons over North Carolina to destroy the tobacco plants that are killing millions and millions of people in their countries every year and causing them billions of dollars in health care costs?

First, never mind that tobacco is not an illegal drug anywhere in the world and that the cocaine drug trade is illegal, violent and run by thugs, murderers, and criminals. I lived overseas for six years and saw a lot of non-American cigarette brands out there. According to this report on the tobacco trade, we are only the fourth worst “tobacco terrorist” in the world, lagging far behind China, Brasil, and India. So I guess we won’t have to worry about his premise of the Chinese invading North Carolina.

Whew!! What a relief. We’re only a state away.

Shouldn’t a teacher be fact-checking before ranting in class?

Pretty scarey that this guy teaches our young people. Yet another thing I have to worry about as Eleni grows up.

It’s Hard Out There for a Pimp

For some reason, that song is still ringing in my head.

What a down year for the Oscars. A bad rap song wins Best Original Song, along with that smug George Clooney (Best Supporting Actor) and a ridiculous gay cowboy movie (Best Director). Even Best Actor was won by a guy portraying a flaming homosexual. Truman Capote was a great writer though, and In Cold Blood is one of my all time favorites, so I’ll reserve judgment until I see the movie Capote. By all accounts, Philip Seymour Hoffman was excellent in the role and deserved his Oscar.

All I’m saying is that certain themes and characters, particularly those homosexual, are abnormally heavily represented in Hollywood (and TV for that matter). Don’t get me wrong – I think Six Feet Under was maybe the best series ever and it explored some pretty gay themes with its David character, but the gay representation in the media has gotten to be almost monotonous. It seems every show has to have a gay character.

And did anyone else notice that the great Don Knotts was left out of the “In Memoriam” segment. Did he pass too recently that they couldn’t edit in a snippet from The Andy Griffith Show, Three’s Company, or the comedy classics The Apple Dumpling Gang, The Ghost & Mr Chicken, or The Incredible Mr. Limpet among the hundreds of shows he was in? That’s sad.

At least there was a worthy winner in the Best Picture category, where the superb Crash won. And Jon Stewart was an excellent host, poking fun at the Hollywood elite every chance he got. He joked that they were out of touch and Clooney, in his acceptance speech, lamely tried to defend his brethren by saying he was “glad they were out of touch” because they were talking about issues like civil rights and AIDS before anyone else. Whatever. Just stay out of politics, please George.

UPDATE: Ben Stein said it better than me in his post-Oscar perspective. Check it out.