Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Mr. Bush, You're Losing Me

Mr. Bush, you don't know me, but I helped you get to where you are. You see, I was one of the Texas Republicans that helped you defeat Ann Richards to become governor of Texas, your first elected office. I also voted for you twice for president. I supported you on the war. After 9/11, I realized we WERE at war and did what I could to support you as Commander in Chief and the troops in the field. I wrote letters to soldiers like you suggested and sent boxes upon boxes of gifts for them in Iraq. I've waited in long airport lines holding my shoes, all in the name of security.

But you're losing me Mr Bush, you're losing me and people like me, because you refuse to protect our borders, and you're turning over our ports to a foriegn country. Maybe I don't understand everything that the pundits and insiders know. Maybe the UAE is OK. I don't think it is, but if I voice this opinion, your administration says I'm Islamophobic. If I want the laws of the land enforced at the border, I guess I'm a racist too. Not as racist as the UAE is of course, when it comes to trying to boycott our ally Israel. How may Jews is Dubai World going to hire I wonder?

So Mr Bush, I hope you at least start to entertain my concerns, and explain things to me and folks like me, cuz it's really rude not to dance with the one that brung ya.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

US Deaths in Iraq by the Numbers

I found an interesting website that breaks down the demographics of our soldiers killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. While the service and sacrifice of our men and women in the armed forces that are sent into harms way can never be graphed, a look at the hard numbers can be helpful.

First, a couple of my observations. While young men and women in the 17-19 years old age range make up about 7% of our warriors worldwide, they make up about half of those killed in Iraq. Second, though the Marines make up 9% our our total forces, they accout for 30% of those killed in this war. Third, if you click on the map of the Unites States, you'll see that our fallen heros come from all over the country, with California losing the most, with Texas second.

OK, the link is HERE.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Our Soldiers Motives

A recent thread on A Tangled Web started to bring up the issue of the motives of some of our soilders going off to war. Our own Jeriamiah, Mr. Vance, properly ascribed the motives to duty, honor, and country. Another poster thought it to be more in the line of a man feeding his family.

It seems as if those on the left have a very hard time understanding the man who leaves hearth and home behind to defend his country or others around the world. Surely America must be unjust, where the have-nots must join the military to get a job. Surely patriotism (what?) could not cause a man to leave his beautiful children at home and get killed in some God forsaken place.
Here is why one soildier went, and gave the last, full measure of devotion:

"Gonsalves took his work as a soldier deadly serious. He saw the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as critical fronts in the war on terror, as bringing freedom to oppressed peoples.

He fought hard to transfer from a Special Forces team working in South America to one in Afghanistan; he departed for that country Jan. 10.

"He couldn't get over there fast enough. He was ready. He'd been preparing his whole life," she said. "To be part of it, to do what he believed in."

And as opposed to an outspoken mother of a fallen hero, (whose name I won't mention here to sully an article about a true hero) here's what Mrs. Gonsalves has to say:

"God needed Chad, evidently, more than we thought we needed him," she said. "I just wish that before something happened to Chad, that he would have had the pleasure of slitting bin Laden's throat."

Amen, Mrs, Gonsalves, amen. And may your son rest in peace.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Frank Talk With a Muslim Friend

A Muslim friend of mine and I got together for dinner and had a rowsing talk about the current troubles. The most suprising thing that he said was that Islam has an "ENEMY WITHIN." Coming from this guy, who acts more muslim than the Big M, this was quite an admission. He said that the talk around the mosque water-cooler was that even though the Danes went too far with the cartoons, the violence was unacceptable.

I pressed him on that further, and his answer was less than I hoped for.

Q: Why was the violence unacceptable?
A: Because all the cars and businesses being burned probably belonged to other
brothers (muslims).

Not quite the ecumenical outlook I expected, and I think he agreed that it shouldn't be done to anyone. He still believes that Islam is the only way to God, but I was getting the sense that the mood with the muslims at his mosque was one of a bit of shock that all this could come about within the ROP.

The fact that Muslims are beginning to talk about an enemy within their religion is a glimmer of hope for me. But just a glimmer.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Vox Populi Europa.."We Will Not Let Freedom Die"

The people of Europe are in another two front war. This time the Eastern Front is the wave of Islamic extremism in their midst and on their streets. The Western Front is their own feckless, PC, Islamo-groveling "We feel your pain" governments. In fairness to those in Europe, this phenomenom is occurring here in the US, where calls to protect our borders falls on deaf ears.

There is an excellent piece in National Review Online by an Oxford prof who is looking at polling data from European citizens.

He says, "Violence pays, doesn't it?

Not necessarily. While Chirac condemned the "provocation," Charlie Hebdo reports a sudden jump in sales. And a cursory glance at newspapers' websites across Europe shows a strength of response from readers that their politicians have long failed to detect. The land is seething with rage. Not Muslim rage at Euro-insensitive newspapers, but Euro rage at the inability of their politicians and pundits to show courage in the wake of intimidation."

I remember telling a friend during the French riots, "European politics has just changed, and will be pushed to the right." It hasn't happened yet, but the underpinnings are there. The first order of business of a government is to "provide for the common defense, as stated in the preamble of the US Constitution. Yet Euro governments have been ignoring this. How can they "promote the general welfare" of their society if there is no Leviathan to keep the peace? What good is Kyoto if buildings are burning around you? If a citizen isn't safe on the streets of Paris or London or Rome, who cares about EU rebates. Not only are governments in Europe not protecting people, they are ACTIVELY AIDING those who wish to destroy society!

If European governmeents don't pull their heads out of the sand, right wing nationalist nativist parties will flourish. And Europeans KNOW what that means!
Update: The EU Parlement drafting language supporting Denmark.

The EU Observer has a nice article here.
Thanks to Alison at Making Headlines for the link!

Friday, February 10, 2006

A Legitimite Muslim Point

A Muslim-American citizen expressed something on the radio I agree with. He said no one had the right to critisize an American paper for printing the cartoons, but the same wasn't true for Europe. The difference? He said that in America all speech is considered free because it is enshrined in our Bill of Rights. In Europe, however, different forms of speech are censored all the time.

Consider the police in Nuremberg, Germany. English football fans could wind up in jail for giving the "Seig Heil" or doing Basil Fawlty's Nazi goosestep. Yet, he says, when it comes to the cartoons, the Germans resort to the freedom of speech arguement.

Now instead of giving everyone a level playing field, giving everyone freedom of speech, the EU is considering passing laws that will put further constraints on press freedom.

Everyone must have freedom of speech, not freedom for me, but not for thee.

Don't Apologize for Freedom

As usual, the regular citizens of the West have it mostly right about the cartoon wars, and our governments have it wrong. Joe Sixpack on the street knows the Islamist's threats must be stood up to and defeated, but our elected officals haven't gotten the memo. For the sake of tolerating the intolerant, the Declaration of Independence has been change from "all men are created equal" to Animal Farm's "all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others." Freedom of expression was a quaint old idea. The EU, Vatican, and US governments are in a race to see who can vote speech codes into law. Sweden shut dow a website showing the cartoons. In Canada, a university had the police sieze the student newspaper that contained them.
And all throught the West, the stench of fear and pissed government official's pants wafts through the air. That my friends is the stench of the death of our freedom.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Saudi Ambassador Speaking in Dallas Today

The Saudi ambassador, Prince Turki al-Faisal, is speaking in Dallas today at a sold out luncheon. In pre-speech interviews, he said that Saudi Arabia had been blindsided by Pres. Bush's goal of weaning the US off of Middle Eastern oil. The prince said "If it means supplying America with oil in large volumes, we will continue to do that, along with other things."

Note to Americans. Even if we didn't get one drop of our oil from the M.E., if the world price of oil is $70, that's the price. Texans, or Alaskans, or Canadians aren't going to sell their oil for half price out of patriotism. It WOULD however give the American more leverage if the Saudis and Mad Mullahs didn't think they had us by the gas-hole.

Back to the ambassador. Commenting on the cartoons, he says " When it comes to figures like the prophet Muhammad, pbuh, or the prophet Jesus, pbuh, or other sacred figures in history, such depictions should be a taboo. I don't see how that should hurt anybody's freedom of speech."

Two things here. Just because the ambassador didn't call Jesus the Son of God as I believe doesn't mean I'm calling for his head. Secondly, Saudis shouldn't lecture Americans on free speech. They don't even have a concept of the meaning!

Sunday, February 05, 2006

New Website You MUST See!

There is a new website that is a must see. It is set up by some Muslim youths apologizing for the trouble with Denmark and Norway, and has set up a chat thread for discussions back and forth. I was struck by the different places the Muslims were from. The US, Egypt, the West Bank, Europe, and Canada. Maybe something's building!

The link is here.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

British Muslims Want Police to Act Against Demonstrators!!!

The Times of London is reporting a breath of fresh air amidst all the lunacy of the last week. The Muslim Council of Britian is calling on Scotland Yard to apprehend and charge those protesters in London carring placards that called for violence:

The Sunday Times - Britain

In London, Inayat Bunglawala of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) said the extremists should be prosecuted. “The Metropolitan police should now consider all the evidence they have gathered from the protests to see if they can prosecute the extremists,” he said.
“It is time the police acted, but in a way so as not to make them martyrs of the Prophet’s cause, which is what they want, but as criminals. Ordinary Muslims are fed up with them.”
The council, a moderate umbrella group, was speaking after the demonstration last Friday in which some protesters chanted the name of Osama Bin Laden and “You must pay, 7/7 is on its way” — a reference to the London suicide bombings.
Five hundred demonstrators brandished placards, including ones proclaiming “Behead the one who insults the Prophet”, “Down, down UK” and “Freedom go to hell”.
Bunglawala said: “Lots of innocent Muslims went to the demonstration not realising that it was organised by extremists. They were hijacked by them.”

Please get that last sentence. Innocent Muslims hijacked by extremists.

The innocent Muslims of Britian are asking, begging, HMG to crack down on the extremists in their midsts!!! They can see that the Muslims wing-nuts are taking advantage of the situation. Mr. Blair, it's time to act!

Link to article here.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Piglet Knows Best!

Open Letter from Cindy Sheehan's Family

I missed this back in August:

A letter sent to the Drudge Report by Cherie Quarterolo, Casey's aunt and godmother, the family states:

"Our family has been so distressed by the recent activities of Cindy we are breaking our silence and we have collectively written a statement for release. Feel free to distribute it as you wish. Thanks, Cherie
In response to questions regarding the Cindy Sheehan/Crawford, Texas, issue: Sheehan family statement:

The Sheehan family lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq War and we have been silently, respectfully grieving. We do not agree with the political motivations and publicity tactics of Cindy Sheehan. She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the expense of her son's good name and reputation. The rest of the Sheehan family supports the troops, our country, and our president, silently, with prayer and respect.


Casey Sheehan's grandparents, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins."

The Year without a Winter

January has finished up as the warmest on record here in north Texas. That may not be saying much, since Dallas was just settled 150 years ago, but it's still been pretty warm. Since winter started Dec. 21st, we have only had ONE HOUR when the temperature fell below FREEZING! I'm told this isn't due to global warming, but the fact that there is a west to east high level air stream blocking cold northern air from coming south. Right now I'm looking out the window to a totally blue sky and about 70 degrees . Why am I sitting here blogging, for heaven's sake!!!! I slept in, so I gotta shake the sleep off and get out there.

100th British Soldier Dies in Iraq

British Cpl. Gordon Alexander Pritchard, aged 31, was killed in Iraq Tuesday. His convoy was hit by a roadside bomb near Umm Qasr in the south. Cpl Pritchard's death on the battlefield reminds us all in the USA that we are not in this fight alone, that we have brave allies that stand shoulder to shoulder with us in this 21st century fight against tyranny. He gave Queen and Country and the People of Iraq the last, full measure of devotion. Rest in Peace, Cpl. Pritchard.