Monthly Archives: September 2006

Muslims Kill Nun, Threaten Pope

The Byzantine Emperor that Pope Benedict XVI was quoting was Manuel II Paleologus, who said:

“Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”

What, like shooting a nun in the back 3 times who dedicated her life to helping the poor and needy in Somalia or saying the Pope must die?

I think this about sums up the idiocy of not only Muslim radicals hellbent on war, but of reporters who are so blind that they actually write something as asinine as this:

One top Islamist source told Reuters there was “a very high possibility” the attack was linked to controversy over a recent speech by Pope Benedict which angered Muslims who thought it showed their religion to be innately violent.

So the message is that you shouldn’t defame Islam by saying that it is inherently violent, or else Muslims will murder you.

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Religion of Ignorance

So previously we couldn’t say or do anything to insult Islam or its prophet Mohammed.  Now, one can’t even quote someone from the 14th century who does as such without instigating a global fatwa against the Pope and by extension those which follow Christianity.

What is intersting is that in the cartoon flap, that sort of pitted Europe’s notion of free speech against Islam.  Islam won of course because most newspapers and media wouldn’t republish the cartoons.  Europe essentially rolled over an played the dog and pony game of appease the fascist again.  Now, I suspect that Benedict’s statement was not merely an accident (I mean, I know the man is brilliant but who really quotes 14th century Byzantine emperors concerning Islam without doing a bit of research??), but intended to bring to the fore the underlying conflict between Christianity and Islam.

Even though Europe has become heavily secular in practice, there is still a deep seated notion of Christian identity.  What will be interesting to see is whether Europe gives up its identity as easily as it gave up its free speech.

On a related note, it appears that the Pope’s trip to Turkey is not being cancelled in light of the recent uproar.  However, via Michelle Malkin I saw what was on the best-seller there:  Papy’ya Suikast (“Attack on the Pope”), which just so happens to predict that he will be assassinated in Istanbul.  How “moderate” indeed.

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Terrorists at Abu Ghraib: “Americans…Please Come Back!”

It’s only been a week since the US handed over Abu Ghraib to the Iraqis and it’s being reported that torture is rampant. No, I mean real torture, not the “we allowed dogs to bark at you” or “laughed at you while naked” torture. The kind of torture that makes your skin crawl just thinking about it.

Some of the small number of prisoners who remained in the jail after the Americans left said they had pleaded to go with their departing captors, rather than be left in the hands of Iraqi guards.
“The Americans were better than the Iraqis. They treated us better,” said Khalid Alaani, who was held on suspicion of involvement in Sunni terrorism.

So let me get this straight. These prisoners were being “tortured” by American troops like Lynndie England, yet they were pleading with these same bloodthirsty torturers to let them GO WITH THEM??? Now maybe I just don’t understand properly, but if someone was really torturing me and other, new torturers were coming to take control I don’t really think I’d give a damn whether I went with the former or stayed with the latter.

Access to the part of the prison containing terrorism suspects was denied, but from that block came the sound of screaming. The screaming continued for a long time.

I have no doubt that it did. You see, the bleeding heart liberals in this country don’t realize that the Iraqis play by the same rules that the terrorists attempting to take over their country do. There is no mercy, there is no Geneva Conventions, there are no ACLU lawyers to whine to about your Koran being peed on.

My prediction is that you won’t hear hide nor hair about “Abu Ghraib” any more now that it’s the Iraqis who are doing wrong. Which to any sane individual points to the fact that the whole Abu Ghraib flap never had anything to do with human rights in the first place. It was just a case of pompous self-hate that just so happened to have a nice political angle for them.

No, all you’ll hear from the Leftist surrender monkeys is how ABC and Disney are the devil.

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9/11 Tribute: Kevin Patrick York

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Kevin was born on September 6, 1960 in St. Georges, Bermuda. Although he enjoyed the travel of his military family, he yearned for a place to call his home. He lived in New Mexico, New Jersey, Ohio and Japan.

Kevin met his future wife at the tender age of 17. They relied on each other as they grew into adulthood, married and decided how they would live their lives. The couple chose Princeton, NJ as the ideal place to raise their son Connor, now eleven years old. They were ecstatic with the birth of Aidan in December 2000, after many years of hoping for a second child.

Kevin often said that he was a lucky man for having everything he could ever want. He graduated from Pemberton High School and was the first in his family to attend college. He graduated from Stockton State College in 1984. He felt that his life had, by far, surpassed all of his dreams for home, family and career. His relationship with his wife was still strong as they entered their twelfth year of marriage. Kevin craved the excitement of New York City and the glamour of working at the World Trade Center. He endured the daily stress of his high-pressure job, as well as the lengthy commute into the City, to provide a wonderful home for his family. As a Senior Vice President at Euro Brokers he was driven to excel. Though his job was stressful, he remarked that he loved his work because “you get a chance to win, every day.” He worked for EBI on the Interest Rate Options desk since January 1990.

Kevin was keenly aware of everything around him. He amazed people with his depth of knowledge on practically any subject. He loved to discuss politics, or any other topic that could be the subject of a heated debate. He had uncommonly strong ties to his parents, sisters and brother. He loved people in general and went to great depths to help others. Kevin was vital, strong, powerful and clever. He was the life of any gathering. Kevin gave the impression that he was invincible, making his tragic death even more difficult to bear.

More than anything, he loved his two children. He shared his love of history with Connor, especially military history. Unfortunately, his time with Aidan was too short. He loved watching the changes in his new baby.

Kevin had many plans for his life. He wanted to travel to Japan and Morocco; he wanted to take his children to Europe; he wanted to build a beautiful home by the sea, to share with family and friends. But most of all, he wanted to watch his children grow into fine young men. Kevin was a loving husband, father, son, brother and friend. His wife Chiemi tenderly claims, “Our lives were enhanced by his passion and we will never be the same without his radiant presence on this earth.”

His wife, Chiemi, and two sons, Connor and Aidan survive Kevin.

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More Info:

http://www.unitedinmemory.net/quilt.php?quilt=3516
http://wtc.technologyshoppe.com/profile.asp?Profile=60
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/memorial/people/2813.html

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[Editor's Note]: This post is a standing tribute to this valuable life lost on 9/11, so I don’t want to comment too much and take away from that intent. However, I would just like to say that in reading about Kevin York, I found that he was a man I think I would have liked immensely. One can tell from the tributes given by those who knew him that he was a man intensely devoted to his family, especially his wife and children. There is a saying that the greatest thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. It is apparent to me that Mr. York left his children just such a legacy and my prayer is that they would not despair at what the world has taken from them, but rather rejoice in that legacy and know that their very lives are more of a tribute to him than any amount of words will ever be.

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Irish Rout Nittany Lions

After nearly a decade of poor performances, bad coaching, under performing atheletes and overall Football Depression…the Irish are officially back.  Watching them last week against Georgia Tech, they looked like a great team that was having first game jitters.  They squeaked out a touch victory mostly with amazing defensive plays which kept GT from scoring more than they did.

But if this second game of the season vs the Nittany Lions of Penn State is any indication of the season we are going to witness with Notre Dame, we should all put our money on Gold.  They have utterly destroyed the 19th ranked team in college football.  Games between top 20 teams, even early in the season, tend to be closer than (at present 41-3) the rank whipping we’re witnessing right now.

Brady Quinn looks great, passing well, making good decisions and just overall being a leader.  The Irish defense has looked fast, strong and versatile.  Granted, Penn State has looked horrible but I credit the Irish coaching staff for having prepared their men on exactly what the Lions were up to and great execution.

Bottom line: the fear that Notre Dame struck in the hearts of fans of every conference is back.  And rightly so.

GO IRISH!!

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Add ABC to the Surrender Monkey List

It appears that ABC has no backbone to counter the complete lack of integrity that CBS has been flaunting since RatherGate.   The scary thing about all this is just how much political pressure the Clintons apparently still have.  Just a few days ago there was a minor uproar over a movie being release which portrays the current President being assassinated.  And yet Bill Clinton’s ego getting stepped on a little over his flagrant inability to take the hard line (except of course with respect to Monica….sorry, I couldn’t resist) with Islamic terrorists while he was in office and could have done something about them.

If this were a story about how the Bush administration failed to do something or other, do you think you’d see ABC moon-walking away from it as fast as they could? No way….but upset the poor Clintons’ revisionist sense of history and by golly let’s pull out all the stops to make sure we whitewash our movie to their liking.

No wonder the only channels I will watch anymore are cable.

Part of the Beltway Traffic Jam

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The Golden Ticket for Airlines

What I’m about to suggest is not only completely un-PC, but both racist and completely contrary to virtually all “laws” associated with doing business in the good ol’ USA. However, I think that due to certain….well……issues….that this type of course of action is not only necessary, but could be a significant boost financially for a lucky airline who picks up on this first (I will want commission of course).

Basically I’ve noticed that as of late there have been several airline “incidents”, if you will, resulting in both passenger frustration, flight delay and overall chaos in the airline industry, which certainly doesn’t need more of that.

And after flying this past weekend to Knoxville, TN I found that yet again I was subjected to a staggering battery of highly focused and targeted searches which ultimately made the flight completely safe. Ok, so that was a lie. The battery can more aptly be described as “a staggering battery of useless, cumbersome and completely worthless searches, regulations and demands which didn’t even make me feel safer, much less actually create a safer environment on the plane.”

So anyway, back to my…..ahem….suggestion. After going through all this rigmarole for absolutely no reason, I noticed on my particular flight, which had roughly 100+ passengers and was flying a measly jumper from Knoxville to DFW, that there was not a single person of Middle Eastern descent on the flight. Being that my brain is a veritable magnet for great ideas, it suddenly occurred to me that if an airline made a choice to refuse service to anyone of Middle Eastern descent, that they could charge a premium for the 100% guarantee that no passenger would be in danger of being attacked “by a militant Islamist of Middle Eastern descent”. Now granted, the occasional cracker who thinks he’s a jihadi could potentially sneak onto a plane. However, since even these dumbasses have to grow out sickly looking beards, they should be easy to spot.

Just think of the business such an airline would garner by such a guarantee? Just think of how fast you could get to your flight without having to wait for the 93 year old grandmother with severe arthritis in front of you to be strip searched for her bottle of hand lotion. Just think how safe you would feel knowing that the airline took the common sense approach to the problem, rather than the diabolical and insanely idiotic bureaucratic approach the government is eschewing, and simply eliminated the problem: that every single terrorism related plane incident IN HISTORY has involved men of Middle Eastern descent.

Somehow though I think though that the ACLU and it’s ilk wouldn’t take to kindly to a company trying to protect its customers. That might “hurt someone’s feelings” ya know.

Part of the Beltway Traffice Jam

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Marlin Model 980S Bolt Action 22 LR

For some reason I’m not a big fan of automatic 22′s. Maybe it’s because most of the auto’s I’ve ever shot seem to jam fairly frequently. So I typically tend to buy lever action or bolt action 22′s as a result. If anyone has any suggestions on a great auto 22, I’m all ears, but if this little Marlin is any indication of the quality it’ll be up against…..it had better be a damned fine gun.

I picked this up on sale at Bass Pro shops for just under 200 bucks. It is drilled and tapped for mounting a scope, but like most 22′s….why bother. The typical killing/target range of a 22 is within 100 yards anyway and if you can’t handle that with iron sights you probably have no business shooting. Besides, everyone uses scopes on guns these days and I am a staunch supporter of learning to shoot with iron sights before you ever pick up a scoped piece.

This past weekend on a dove hunting trip to Tonkawa, Oklahoma some friends and I really gave this little gun a workout. During a break in the middle part of the day we took turns shooting at floating spent 12 gauge shells in a nearby pond….doing our best to sink them. Most shots were in the range of 30-50 yards and this gun performed admirably flying through two 400 round bricks in a little less than 2 hours. Not a single jam and the only problems arising were two dud rounds that didn’t fire after multiple tries.

After shooting it for a couple hours I must say I was thoroughly glad I picked up this little steal. And if our little break in session is any indication of its ability on a hunt I have no doubt that many a rabbit, squirrel and pest varmint will find this weapon quite detrimental to their health.
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Charles Daly Field Hunter VR-MC

I picked this nice little shotgun up at Wal-mart of all places. Anyone who has ever been to the sporting goods section at Wal-mart knows that they actually carry a nice lineup of firearms manufacturers, from Benelli to Marlin to Mossberg to Savage. Naturally they carry typically the lower end models of various hunting rifles, 22′s, and shotguns…but hey, it’s better than trying to pawn off the latest crusty import isn’t it?

Anyway, I’ve used this gun mostly for dove hunting the past few years and I have to say it’s functioned fairly well, despite my inability to kill the devil birds. I’ve probably put around 400-500 shells through this gun and I’ve never had a jam or malfunction which has kept it from being a great companion in the field.

Obviously it isn’t the most expensive of guns, but for a low end 20 gauge, I’d have to say I’m pretty impressed. It has interchangeable chokes and the always nice Realtree Hardwoods HD camo pattern throughout.

Disassembly is a piece of cake, taking all of about 10 seconds to completely break down the gun into barrel, action, stock and pump. As with most synthetic stock shotguns, this one is pretty light and would be a great gun for youth and ladies who prefer less recoil than a 12 gauge.

Charles Daly Full Rear angled shot  Charles Daly Full with Ammo  Charles Daly Cammo Pattern (20 Gauge)  Charles Daly Trigger Action Shot

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David McCullough: 1776

Everyone raved about it. And for an historical novel, which are typically a dime a dozen, that says something. So I picked it up on sale at Barnes & Noble last week thinking I’d slog my way through it over the course of a few weeks. Little did I realize I would read all 297 pages in a single sitting (albeit a long one).

I’ve read some other accounts and histories of the American Revolution. I’ve read biographies of all the major players, Jefferson, Franklin, Washington, Hancock, George III. But while this book only covers the events of 1776, I have to say that if you want to understand the larger context within which the very idea of an American independence took root…this is the book that’ll provide it.

It doesn’t focus too much on any one person, although Washington obviously plays a large part in regards to surviving correspondence and such during this critical infancy of the Revolution. Instead, it successfully attempts to drive the very fragmented political, military and societal influences in America as well as England into the reader’s understanding. This context then is used as the foundation for explaining the almost mystical events around which this fledgling “insurgency” rallied in order to take on the world’s premier military superpower (sound familiar?). The difference being I’m not convinced Providence is helping the current insurgency as He was with Washington’s rag-tag excuse of an army. But still, after reading this book you won’t be convinced that such a thing isn’t possible today.

My favorite part of the book though was reminding me of Thomas Paine’s The American Crisis, which I had read in college…excerpted below:

These are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.


Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly. Tis dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to set a proper price on its goods; and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.


Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to Tax, but) “to bind us in all cases whatsoever,” and if being bound in that manner is not slavery, then there is not such a thing as slavery upon earth.


Even the expression is impious, for so unlimited a power can belong only to GOD.

Exactly.

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