Monthly Archives: February 2009

Why Is The Media Ignoring Muslim Criminals?

I’m having a problem with the media and its obsession with ignoring any crime related to a Muslim. How many have heard the story about Muzzammil Hassan, the Buffalo, NY man who decapitated his wife after she asked for a divorce?  The irony – he founded a television station that claimed to combat the negative stereotyping of Muslims.

You know, like the ones that decapitate their wives.

The thing is, it was an “honor killing“. Like this one, which took place in Canada. Aqsa Parvez, 16, was killed by her father for refusing to wear traditional Muslim attire. Officials wouldn’t release the details of the attack. Some claim she was strangled, some claim that she was beaten. Here is WaPo’s absolutely GRIPPING headline:

Canadian Teen Dies; Father Is Charged”.

No. She didn’t just die. She was killed because she refused to wear the hijab.

Right on the heels of the Aqsa Parvez case came another one from Dallas, in which a father shot and killed his two teenage daughters, Amina and Sarah Said, because they were, well, being teenagers. It was the first time the FBI had applied the term “honor killing” to a case. The girls’ great aunt had this to say:

The girls’ great aunt, Gail Gartrell, told reporters, “This was an honor killing.” She explained that Yaser Said had long abused the girls, and after discovering that they had boyfriends, had threatened to kill them — whereupon their mother fled with them. “She ran with them,” said Gartrell, “because she knew he would carry out the threat.” But Said found them, and apparently did carry it out.

Let’s digest that. The family knew what was happening. They were aware of the seriousness of the threats, and fled for their safety. It has all the marks of an honor killing, and a family member even used that term. However, let’s look at law enforcement’s statement:

Officer Tull said there have been some “domestic issues” with the family, but he did not elaborate.

Police did say they are looking into the possibility that the father was upset with his daughters’ dating activities.

“It’s something well worth looking into,” Officer Tull told WFAA-TV

Yeah, I’d say so. Are we noticing a pattern? When radical Islam is involved, things get glossed over. Suddenly, details are top secret. Stories like those of Aqsa Parvez are buried on page 24A of the Washington Post. Why are we so afraid to draw attention to it?

You’d better believe that if this was happening in the Christian community the media would be ALL OVER it. Could we imagine if a Christian equivalent of Hassan had beheaded his wife? It would be the headline of the New York Times quicker than you could say “Jon Benet”. However, CNN did a segment on honor killings in August of 2008, and avoided mentioning Islam at all.

The closest the segment came to revealing the truth of the matter was during an interview with a woman living in hiding for fear of her life for having converted to Christianity and refused an arranged marriage.  She mentions that her family has justified killing her for her failure to obey Koran and Allah. And at another point in the segment, brief images of women in black burquas appear.

But the words “Muslim” or “Islam” are never heard during the segment.  Newton again elliptically speaks only of “communities” where “young women still live in fear.”  Which communities might those be?  CNN doesn’t say.

What cost is this political correctness going to have? We’re all aware that the Muslim extremists are just that – extremists. They are a faction that makes up a fraction of the religion as a whole. The problem lies more in the influence that these groups have over their communities. The media is perpetuating this fear by making the subject taboo. After all, they’re not all this way, so we might offend some people. Yeah, well, I don’t much care. These stories cannot keep getting buried. How many women have to be killed before we hear the truth?

In my research, I stumbled across this piece that just made my insides cold.

So why are we Arabs telling the Western press that honor killing is cultural, that it is not really part of Islam? Our way of life is based on maintaining our honor. And make no mistake about it: a woman does tarnish her family’s honor by engaging in pre-marital sex, or by getting herself raped, when she seeks divorce and when she marries against her family’s wishes.

Why are we pussyfooting? Are we ashamed of what we do? Why are some of us trying to play it down? Like the people who say it’s the same as battering women in America. Come on, now. Sometimes, when we correct a wife’s behavior by a well-deserved beating, we can maybe go a little too far. But that’s different.

The political correctness that dominates our society is just unbelievable. My study of the Koran is limited at best, but I have not found a specific passage, or reference to one, that outlines the practice of honor killing. However, women are viewed as a source of shame throughout the entire text, and the mysoginist tendencies are deeply rooted. The killing itself is the result of the culture that Islam has created. While honor killings are not necessarily religious, the religion has produced a culture so entwined with itself that they are nearly inseparable. The more Islamic a country is, the higher the rate of honor killings. Doesn’t blend so well with Western culture, huh guys?

I want the media to call it like it is. I want them to acknowledge the cultural problems. I want Aqsa Parvez and Amina and Sarah Said to have their stories told.

I won’t hold my breath.

Governors And That "Fiscal Responsiblity" Thing…

So. I have expressed discontent with Palin. This Glenn Beck segment has chipped away at that a little… It’s hard not to love her fiscally responsible instincts.

Listen to this segment:

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She pretty much sums it up with this:

“Responsible reductions and prudent use of reserve funds that we had set aside for tougher times will help us weather the storm,” Palin added. “I am committed to working with the legislature to make wise budget decisions and continue to invest in infrastructure that will help develop our resources and our communities.”

Imagine that. When you make good budget choices, you could have a SURPLUS? How about saving money you don’t need at that moment instead of making up new projects to spend it on? “But Palin is an evil polar bear killing wolf hunting right-wing fascist who destroys the planet. And she’s stupid!” No. It’s not an accident that Alaska is doing so well. Say what you want, but Palin is using the resources her state has, and while California has to issue IOUs to it’s people while it cries for federal money, Alaska has money in the bank.

According to Stimulus Watch, California is receiving $23,194,447,831 in stimulus funds. Florida is receiving $15,644,718,723, which is like, reason #438765 to kick Charlie Crist out of the GOP. Alaska? $415,682,000. That’s 17.9% of what California is receiving. To break it down some more, Florida received nearly $1000 per person to Alaska’s $605 per person. California received nearly $700 per person. Even Louisiana, still rebuilding from Katrina, comes in over $20/person below California. Bobby Jindal refused funds above and beyond those that are normal yearly subsidies from the feds.

“Well, let’s be clear. The best thing that Washington could do to help Louisiana and all of our states with our budgets is to get this economy moving again. I think we just have a fundamental disagreement here. I don’t think the best way to do that is for the government to tax and borrow more money. I think the best thing they could’ve done, for example, was to cut taxes on things like capital gains, the lower tax brackets, to get the private sector spending again.”

Have I mentioned that I love Bobby Jindal?

Dems, of course not happy. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley:

“All of us are committed to working with President Obama to pull our nation’s ecoomy out of the ditch that George W. Bush ran it into,” O’Malley said. “If some of the fringe governors don’t want to do that, they need to step aside and not stand in the way of the nation’s interests.”

Right. Roll over and shut up GOP. Stop thinking.

GOP governors in on the stimulus revolt, if only against social programs: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Idaho Gov. Butch Otter.

Two of their concerns: The restrictions on some of the money could further crimp state budgets, and programs created or expanded with stimulus funds may have to be cut once the stimulus funds are depleted.

It’s called “common sense”. I’m glad there are still a few that use it.

On That Whole "State Sovereignty" Thing…

Co-authored by Tabitha Hale and Jimmie Bise Jr., of The Sundries Shack.

So apparently there has been a lot of 10th Amendment discussion as a result of this “Urban Development Chief” thing that’s been going on. Currently, there are 25 States that are declaring their sovereignty. What does that mean? What the heck is going on?

First, here’s the 10th Amendment:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.


What happens when those lines are blurred? The new Office of Urban Development is clearly in the forefront right now as a centralization of power. I wrote earlier about the encroachment on state power. The whole thing can be summed up in the second function listed in the statement of the office:

To coordinate all aspects of urban policy.

All aspects. Let’s talk about what urban policy actually encompasses: housing, health, education, and development, among other things. Those intrusions into state and local politics would be bad enough, but the Democrats have billions of our dollars behind this office. Add that money to an open-ended mandate to “coordinate’ what state and local governments do and you’re talking about real power.

Think about this practically. In the world of politics, money is power. That’s why members of Congress covet their ability to hand out earmarks like Gollum coveted the One Ring. Without the ability to snatch away billions of taxpayer dollars, they can’t do much else but mutter to themselves in the dark halls of the Capitol. No self-respecting Governor or Mayor is going to do what Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid tell them to do unless the Dimwitted Duo wave a giant sack full of money at them.

 I’m glad there are some states claiming sovereignty, but what happens next? The feds are clearly in a position of power – they’ve got a $1 trillion carrot to dangle over state officials. How effective are amendments if they are not enforced?

The second part of the 10th Amendment shouldn’t be overlooked – you know, the or the people part. That’s where “we, the people” come in. Does this mean we stage a “storm the bastille” militia style overthrow? No. It means we find diplomatic ways to reclaim our country. We hound our state and local officials daily until they are sick and tired of hearing from us and, if they don’t do what we want them to do, we elect the RIGHT people. We write letters. We make telephone calls. We call local radio talk shows. We show up at political rallies and demand that they obey the Consitution. We make our voices heard. And if they don’t listen to us, as some of them surely won’t, we find ways to tie up this unprecedented power grab in the courts, even to the Supreme Court if necessary. We reclaim the rights that President Obama and the Democrats are taking from us because they believe they know better how to run our lives than we do.

Alexis de Tocqueville said, “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money”. Well, that day came a long time ago. Today, Congress has become so brazenly arrogant that it can flaunt its discovery in our faces. Well, we think they have overplayed their hand.

Rights are not automatic. They simply don’t fall from the sky on the wings of faeries. Sooner or later, we have to believe that we’ll wake up from this pseudo-commie nightmare and remember what the heck America is. We hear the left whine all the time about how we’re not as like the rest of the world but we LIKE it that way! That is what “a shining city on a hill” means. The Democratic Party believes that America is not special, that our rights exist for them to take as they please. Well, we beg to differ and we believe that the American public differs as well. America is not Canada or China or England – we have a Constitution that says our government may not take what it was not expressly given. That is the essential difference between America and other countries and it is why we are what we are today. But the Constitution isn’t magic. It’s our job to make sure our rights remains ours.

 

Read the rest of Jimmie’s work at The Sundries Shack. Great stuff.

Say Goodbye To State Power….

Adolfo Carrion Jr. Was named Chief of the Office of Urban Affairs. Never heard of that one before? Right. That’s because it didn’t exist yesterday.

So, what? Why does it matter? Having someone in charge of cities is a good thing… right?

Nope. Here’s why. The federal government is getting it’s hands in even further. This should clearly be a state held office. After all, if states can’t even be in charge of their own cities, what power do they have left? Here are the functions of the new Chief:

Functions.  The principal functions of the Office are, to the extent permitted by law:

(a)  to provide leadership for and coordinate the development of the policy agenda for urban America across executive departments and agencies;

(b)  to coordinate all aspects of urban policy;

(c)  to work with executive departments and agencies to ensure that appropriate consideration is given by such departments and agencies to the potential impact of their actions on urban areas;

(d)  to work with executive departments and agencies, including the Office of Management and Budget, to ensure that Federal Government dollars targeted to urban areas are effectively spent on the highest-impact programs; and

(e)  to engage in outreach and work closely with State and local officials, with nonprofit organizations, and with the private sector, both in seeking input regarding the development of a comprehensive urban policy and in ensuring that the implementation of Federal programs advances the objectives of that policy.

Would you like a summary? All state and local officials, and even the private sector have to coordinate everything through the Feds. Centralization of power much? I suppose they get around that pesky Constitution by using words like  “engage” and “outreach” and “coordinate” instead of “mandate”, which is what this is obviously going to be. Because ultimately, who gets the say in that “comprehensive urban policy”? Not the governors, that’s for sure.

Say goodbye to state power.

It Must Be Exhausting To Be A Liberal.

I wonder what it’s like to never be satisfied.

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards,” Holder said.

“Saturdays and Sundays, America in the year 2009 does not in some ways differ significantly from the country that existed almost 50 years ago. This is truly sad,” said Holder.

Not significantly different? How can someone not turn on a television or go to a restaurant or a school and NOT see significant differences? Have you not noticed we’re drinking out of the same water fountains? Using the same entrances to buildings? We can all sit wherever we want to on a bus, shop at the same stores, eat at the same places, and marry whoever we want to. These aren’t significant changes?

So there are still significant divides. Acceptance of racial differences on a cultural level shouldn’t mean that we eliminate them. The trick is to appreciate those differences and acknowledge that they are what makes our country great, and different from every other country in the world. There are cultural elements to every race that we should never lose, because in losing what makes us different we ignore the importance of our histories.There are deep cultural differences, religious and otherwise, in America that we should never get rid of.

Anyway, the point is, I think the left is incredibly unhappy. As a whole. It makes me a little sad for them. It must be exhausting to think that everyone is out to oppress you and that every negative thing that happens is a conspiracy. To find racial slurs in every statement and run entirely on emotion. Doesn’t emotion eventually run out? I doubt that there will ever be an end to their need to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders.

Now before you even go there, I know that as a Conservative, I’m evil by definition, right? I just don’t care, which is why it doesn’t bother me that polar bears are drowning and people are wearing dead animals. Naturally, I couldn’t care less about poor people, women, children, black people, Hispanic people, etc. As I’ve said before…

[Conservatives]have never been through a difficult time in our sheltered lives and are completely out of touch with all the pain and suffering in the world. And we go out of our way to throw things at homeless people and kill kittens. It’s easy to be this happy when you just ignore the environment, poor people, minorities and world hunger.

Clearly, I had to have my tongue surgically removed from my cheek after that post. However, I’ll never be able to wrap my brain around why the left, in it’s zeal to champion every cause on the planet, is systematically killing off the very things that make us what we are. Do they have any idea what they’re doing? They’re removing freedoms daily. This administration has active started putting its hands in our schools, banks, car dealers, health care, and radio. What’s next? Why aren’t people infuriated that they’re losing what we’ve prided ourselves on since 1776?

The root of it is that they value false security over freedom, and they don’t seem to understand that a government powerful enough to give you everything can take it all away just as easily.

Pelosi's Response to the Papal Smackdown…

The House Press Release:

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today following a meeting at the Vatican with his Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI:

“It is with great joy that my husband, Paul, and I met with his Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI today.

“In our conversation, I had the opportunity to praise the Church’s leadership in fighting poverty, hunger, and global warming, as well as the Holy Father’s dedication to religious freedom and his upcoming trip and message to Israel.

“I was proud to show his Holiness a photograph of my family’s Papal visit in the 1950s, as well as a recent picture of our children and grandchildren.”

Anyone else think this is as funny as I do? Is she really entirely oblivious to what the Pope meant? Even I don’t believe that the Wicked Witch of Washington is that stupid. The Botox surplus must have rendered her entirely delusional.

Pelosi Smackdown… From The Pope.

That’s what you get for being a pro choice Catholic at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY, February 18, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Vatican Press Office released a note this morning detailing part of the conversation which Pope Benedict XVI had with Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives.  Vatican insiders inform LifeSiteNews.com that such releases are always phrased in diplomatic language and thus the correction of the Speaker who fancies herself a faithful Catholic despite her abortion advocacy can be taken as a rebuke.

The text of the note reads: “His Holiness took the opportunity to speak of the requirements of the natural moral law and the Church’s consistent teaching on the dignity of human life from conception to natural death which enjoin all Catholics, and especially legislators, jurists and those responsible for the common good of society, to work in cooperation with all men and women of good will in creating a just system of laws capable of protecting human life at all stages of its development.”

I don’t care who ya are, seeing Pelosi get a Papal rebuke is funny.

My Distressed Ramblings…

In case you live under a rock, President Obama signed the stimulus into effect today. Yes, folks. A full 3 days after it was rushed through Congress after allowing them 20 hours to read through the 1500 page monstrosity. Why couldn’t they wait until today and give Congress a chance to vote? Oh, right. Nancy had to be in Rome. Priorities folks. One more campaign promise broken. You know, for the second time this month.

As of the last Rasmussen poll, 38% of Americans think this is a good idea. Of course they do. The media feeds them stuff like this:

The $787 billion package might cut your taxes, make your health insurance cheaper, fix the roads you drive on and keep the best teachers in your childrens’ schools. And that’s just for starters.

For STARTERS?? What’s next? Money will grow on trees, the sky will be perpetually filled with rainbows and butterflies, and everyone gets a pet pony!

Not to mention the stock market tumbling to 7,552.60. It was 9625 on Nov 4th. Yeah, it’s fallen 2,000 points since Obama was elected.

Michelle Malkin headed up a protest in Denver, the city in which Obama signed the bill into action, where they served up roasted pig and made the opposition heard. As she said, if nothing else it got conservatives out from behind their computers and made their voices heard.

I’m going to go away from the news for the night. I need a break.

If The US Socializes Health Care, What Happens to Canada??

This guy is way more entertaining than I am. And he makes some brilliant points.

First Amendment Fail.

The Fairness Doctrine. The “dead’ piece of legislation that the left swore up and down would not make a comeback.

Yeah, right.

Everyone knows that it’s ridiculously unConstitutional to filter the media. But, if we call it “accountability“, maybe it’ll slip through?

“I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., told liberal radio host Bill Press last week. She said she expects hearings soon on reviving the policy, which was introduced in 1949 and abolished in 1987.

Right. So about that whole “dead piece of legislation that’ll never see the light of day” thing…

Why do liberals have no regard at all for the Constitution? Oh, that’s right, because it doesn’t fit their big government agenda. Funny how little government is actually defined in the Constitution, eh liberals? There’s a reason for that. It’s because they knew that government, even when it’s run by the smartest people in the world, screws things up and it’s generally not a good idea to give them too much power.

So, back to this wretched Fairness Doctrine thing. The media is ALREADY skewed. All the alphabet news stations are in the tank for the left. We know that. Which is why Conservatives have had to rely so much on talk radio and the blogosphere. Most of us have come to terms with that and, while frustrated, are okay with it. Liberals have tried the talk radio thing and it failed. Apparently there weren’t enough flashy images to hold their attention. Senator Inhofe from Oklahoma said it best:

“I can’t think of anything worse than to have government in a position to dictate the content of information going over public radio,” said Inhofe, a Republican. “The whole idea is that it has to be market driven. We have a lot of progressive or liberal radio shows but nobody listens to them and every time one tries to get on, they are not successful.”

The Fairness Doctrine will quickly turn into a way for the government to filter the media. Can we say Communism, kids? Leave. Us. Alone. If I wanted the government to filter everything I’d live in China.