Monday, April 28, 2008
When the fourth amendment says "the people" are not to be subjected to unreasonable search and seizure, that means all the people and not just whomever the government decides. Right?
When the fifth amendment says "no person" shall be put into double jeopardy or be forced to testify against himself, "person" means everyone and not just whomever the government decides. Right?
When the eighth amendment says cruel and unusual punishment shall not be inflicted, that applies to everyone and not just whomever the government decides. Right?
So why, when the second amendment says "the people" have the right to keep and bear arms do some people (mostly on the left) think it's meant to apply only to the people whom the government selects?
Sunday, April 27, 2008
From last night’s H&C. It ran too long to cut the whole thing so consult the
transcript if you want to read him touting McCain and acknowledging the painful
reality of which we’re all already aware as regards the fire in his belly. But
here’s the reddest red meat: FT on the vice presidency and Obama. Needless to
say, he doesn’t think much of either one. Nice to see a prominent Republican
“troubled” by Obama’s associations, though, especially with Maverick in such a
lather over that NC GOP ad. Hannity should have asked Fred whether he’d have run it.
Christos A Inviat!
April 27, 2008
The Eastern Orthodox Church is celebrating Easter. At Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre church, believed to be the site of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, an Easter Saturday's Holy Fire service was held.
Romanian Christian Orthodox Paschal Chant
Welcome LGF readers!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Warner: Jamie, thank you for inviting me.
FP: I would like to discuss the issue of dhimmis today. Let's begin like this: who are the dhimmis? And what different kinds are there?
Warner: Dhimmis begin with Mohammed. He was the world’s supreme master of making others submit to his will. Mohammed had the insight into the human psyche that all human beings have a genetic disposition to submit to the will of the group and higher ranked individuals.
We like to think of ourselves as individuals who can make decisions and freely execute them. Mohammed’s insight was into the submissive side of being human. To survive as a civilization we must allow others to dictate what we do to some extent. As an example, we all submit to the idea that we stop our car at the red light. We submit to society’s rules. We are not completely free, but a member of society. If we did not have this “pack” gene, we could not survive as a species. We must be able to work together. There is no way to survive alone.
In short, all humans have a beta gene, a submissive gene, as part of our DNA. But a beta needs an alpha. Mohammed was history’s supreme alpha male.
Previous religious leaders and philosophers approached humanity with the idea of freeing the individual from fear. Mohammed did not try to free humanity, but to make humanity a slave to Allah, the god of fear. So he “revealed” the ultimate alpha—Allah. Under Allah, all humans come to their fulfillment by being Allah’s slave. But since Mohammed was the only “prophet” of Allah, to obey Allah was to obey Mohammed. Islam is submission to Allah/Mohammed.
In his early phase in Mecca, Mohammed only talked about religious slavery to Allah/Mohammed. The Koran promises the use of violence in Hell after death. The Koran of Mecca has 67% of its text devoted to how the kafirs (unbelievers) must submit to Allah/ Mohammed.
Then in Medina, Mohammed’s message became political, and he became violent without limits towards kafirs. Mohammed made all the Jews of Medina submit to him by robbery, murder, war, assassinations, rape, torture, executions, exile and enslavement.
After he had subdued all of the kafirs in Medina, Mohammed attacked the Jews of Khaybar. By now he realized that you could make more money from a live kafir than from a dead one. Kafirs can be enslaved, but the slave option has a disadvantage. Slaves have to be managed and be near at hand. So Mohammed created the dhimmi. The dhimmi agrees to live in a world that is dominated by Islam in all public areas. A dhimmi is free from Islam only in his own home. Law, customs, art, education, the media, government, speech and every thing in public space is Islamic. In addition, the dhimmi has to pay a tax to Islam called the jizya tax. In Khaybar the jizya tax was 50%.
The key psychological technique is that the dhimmi is to be humiliated in all possible ways. In effect, the dhimmi is halfway between freedom and slavery, a semi-slave.
Mohammed’s power structure was now complete. His first division of humanity was into believer/kafir. Then he refined kafir into dhimmi and slave. Humanity became divided into Muslim, kafir-slaves, kafir-dhimmis and kafirs.
As the Islamic conquest rolled over the kafirs, the dhimmi was the perfect tool of subjugation. After Islam conquered a country, for instance Egypt, the Muslims were the top dogs in the politics, but the Christians could keep their religion. However, they had to live without legal protection or civil rights. All public space was Islamic. The dhimmi could be insulted, abused and had no recourse. They had to pay the jizya tax. The dhimmi were cattle on the Islamic ranch, but could attend their church or synagogue.
FP: What happened to the dhimmis under these conditions?
Warner: The insults, humiliations and taxes wore the dhimmis down. What happened over time was that the dhimmis converted to Islam. It was easier to avoid all this pain and become a Muslim.
In the 20th century, Islam became so weak that the full dhimmi status was dropped. But if you meet and talk to Christians from the Middle East today, you will find that the centuries of dhimmitude have produced, in many cases, a personality similar to an abused wife. It is very sad to see how subjugated a personality can become.
There is another kind of dhimmi—kafirs who become apologists for Islam, fear and defer to it. So we have two types of dhimmi—the subjugated dhimmi who is under the political power of Islam and the apologist dhimmi who seeks Islamic favor.
FP: I see, so two kinds of dhimmis.
Warner: Exactly, the word dhimmi has two separate meanings—a subjugated dhimmi is persecuted and the apologist dhimmi helps the persecutor. The context determines which dhimmi we are talking about. One dhimmi is to be pitied and helped; the other dhimmi needs to be educated. But the apologist dhimmi is the key to defeating Islam.
Our civilization is under attack by political Islam. It is the intent of Islam to do this country what it has done to every country it has invaded—annihilate our civilization. This annihilation is the goal of political Islam for a simple reason. Annihilation is the process of Islamification. We must understand that Islam is a totally separate civilization from ours. The civilization of Islam is anti-everything in our civilization. As an example, our ethical system has at its core the Golden Rule and is a unitary system. We have one set of ethical rules for all possible groups. Islamic ethics are dualistic. Islam has one set of rules for Muslims and another set of rules for the kafirs.
Kafir logic is based upon Aristotelian law of non-contradiction. If two things contradict each other, then at least one of them must be false. Islamic logic is dualistic. The Koran establishes the logic of Islam. The Koran of Mecca contradicts the Koran of Medina, but since both Korans are perfect, both sides of the contradiction are true. Dualistic logic allows two contradictory “facts” to be true at the same time. Islamic logic is built on contradiction.
Allah is the god of duality and submission. Islamic civilization is based upon the principles of duality and submission. Our civilization is based upon the principles of unitary ethics and unitary logic.
FP: Right, ok, so our civilizations are completely different. We have nothing in common and our basic values are completely opposed to one another.
Warner: Jamie, this may be an extreme statement, but I am honestly unable to find even one issue on which Islam and the kafir culture agree.
We have nothing in common. Since the Islamic civilization opposes us on every issue of art, politics, gender, education, the media, free speech, ethics, logic, family, and entertainment, it is an inevitable that the change would annihilate our civilization.
Mohammed agreed to a compromise with the kafirs once in the infamous Satanic verse when he compromised about prayer and the native Arabic gods. The Sira records that the act of compromise was the biggest mistake he ever made. After that, Mohammed never agreed with kafirs and never, ever compromised again. Total submission—annihilation---was Mohammed’s way.
There is no happy compromise that can be worked out with Islam. This is not because we are intolerant, unfeeling or stupid. As an example, the word kafir is the worst word in the human language. There is not one positive or neutral aspect to kafir. Allah loves Muslims and hates kafirs. What is the compromise that will let kafirs and Muslims live together harmoniously?
FP: Understood. So who are our enemies?
Warner: We have two ideological enemies—the far enemy, Islam, and the near enemy—the apologist dhimmis. The apologist dhimmis preach that a compromise exists.
Now think about how the near enemy works. It is Islam that demands that Muslims write the “official” history of Islam that will be taught in the kafir schools. But it is an ignorant textbook committee of dhimmis that say, “Yes, only Muslims can write the official version.” So our history courses never report the disaster of the loss of kafir culture in North Africa, the Middle East, Turkey and Hindustan. It is the dhimmis who decide the history, Islamic studies and Middle East departments and pass on lies as truth. It is a dhimmi government of America who has decided to base all of its policies on what the imam says. Islam knocks and we open the door and invite them in. Whatever Islam wants, the school board, textbook committee, zoning board, politician, educator, and media reporter gives them in order to be seen as tolerant.
Dhimmis roll over for all Islamic demands on our civilization. Dhimmis are aiding and abetting implementation of Sharia inch by inch. We are losing the war of annihilation due to the dhimmis, not the Muslims. It is not that Islam is so strong, but that we are so weak. We are weak because we are ignorant.
Who do you know--politician, professor, minister, rabbi, artist--who has read the Sira (the life of Mohammed) or the Koran? The heads of the FBI, military and the CIA have never given the slightest hint that they understand the doctrine or history of political Islam. All of these kafirs are dhimmis because they don’t know Islam.
The place to win the war of annihilation is to attack the near enemy, the dhimmi. Forget attacking the Muslims. That is useless.
FP: So what is the best way to wake up the dhimmis or, if they refuse to wake up, to defeat them? Tell us a bit about possible grand strategies.
Warner: The key to waking up the dhimmis is with two kinds of knowledge--history and doctrine. Our dhimmis suffer from wanting to do the right thing and they think that the right thing is to help the victim. And Islam always claims to be the victim. Dhimmis love a good victim story.
We need to tell the history of the real victims--subjugated dhimmis, the Christian Arabs, Egyptian Copts, the Armenians, the African slaves, the Hindus, and the rest. We need to tell our apologist dhimmis these victims, the story I call the Tears of Jihad.
The Western historical mind is schizophrenic. We have an enormous missing history. What’s missing is not the problem, the problem is that we don’t even know it is missing. I like to ask devout Christians, “What happened to the Seven Churches of Asia mentioned in the book of Revelation?” Most Christians don’t know how Greek Christian Anatolia became Turkish Islamic Turkey. Buddhists don’t know how Afghanistan became the ground zero of Ghandarvian Buddhism. Jews are in denial about their role as dhimmis in medieval Islamic history. North Africa used to be Greek and Roman. How did it become Islamic?
They all became Islamic with an invasion where the kafirs became subjugated dhimmis. Over the next centuries, all the dhimmis converted. The dhimmi is a halfway point to submission to Islam.
All of these civilizations were annihilated. It is the purpose and history of Islam to annihilate all kafir culture. But the enormous tragedy is that the history was annihilated as well. We don’t even know that such history exists, never mind what it is. Almost no kafirs ever refer to this non-history of annihilation.
How big is this non-history of annihilation? The total killed over a 1400-year period is about 270 million. That is the biggest single source killing in the history of the world. The history of the death of those 270 million is the Tears of Jihad. Each and every one of these people was killed for only one reason—they were kafirs
Friday, April 25, 2008
Michelle Obama's Name Removed from Terrorist Fundraiser's Web Page - Update: Terror Fundraiser's Page Disappears!
It was only a few days ago that someone noticed that Barack Obama's campaign website had a page up for Hatem El-Hady, former chairman of the Toledo-based Islamic charity Kindhearts. That group was closed by the US government in 2006 for financing terrorism. Specifically, the group was financing Hamas.
Among Hady's friends? Michelle Obama. Well, someone finally noticed this glaring and risible relationship, and removed Obama's link. Still, Hady's page remained, until a short time ago.It too has been removed. Airbrushed.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
by Frederick W. Kagan and Kimberly Kagan
Lieutenant General Raymond Odierno took command of Multi-National Corps-Iraq (MNC-I) on December 14, 2006. Iraq was in flames. Insurgents and death squads were killing 3,000 civilians a month. Coalition forces were sustaining more than 1,200 attacks per week. Operation Together Forward II, the 2006 campaign to clear Baghdad's most
violent neighborhoods and hold them with Iraqi Security Forces, had been suspended because violence elsewhere in the capital was rising steeply. Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) owned safe havens within and around Baghdad, throughout Anbar, and in Diyala, Salah-ad-Din, and Ninewa provinces. The Iraqi government was completely paralyzed.
When General Odierno relinquished command of MNC-I on February 14, 2008, the civil war was over. Civilian casualties were down 60 percent, as were weekly attacks. AQI had been driven from its safe havens in and around Baghdad and throughout Anbar and Diyala and was attempting to reconstitute for a "last stand" in Mosul--with Coalition and Iraqi forces in pursuit. The Council of Representatives passed laws addressing de-Baathification, amnesty, provincial powers, and setting a date for provincial elections. The situation in Iraq had been utterly transformed.
Complete article here: http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/014/822vfpsz.asp
Same Fanfara Din Zece Prajini, in a live concert in France, 20 march 2008.
The best tzigan (gipsy) fanfare.
Dear liberals who are reading this blog: despite the looks this isn't a dreaded "assault" weapon so you do not have to wet your pants.
Assault weapons can fire multiple rounds of ammunition with a single trigger pull. This one can only fire one round of ammunition for every trigger pull, just like a regular semiautomatic pistol or hunting rifle. The ammunition magazine has a capacity limit of 10 rounds and it is permanently fixed (non removable).
In the picture: the civilian version (semiautomatic only) Federal and California law compliant FAL pattern rifle.
FAL: Fusil Automatique Legere.
Invented in 1951 by Dieudonne Saive at Fabrique Nationale Herstal in Belgium.
Because of its prevalence and widespread use among the armed forces of many Western and other non-Communist countries during the Cold War, it was nicknamed "the right arm of the Free World".
The FN FAL (Fusil Automatique Leger - Light Automatic Rifle) is one of the most famous and widespread military rifle designs of the XX century. It was used by some 70 or even more countries, and was manufactured in at least 10 countries.. While no production numbers are known, it is estimated that FAL production (in all of its variants) has exceeded 1,000,000 units.
The FN FAL is a gas operated, selective fire or semi-automatic only (in the civilian version), magazine fed rifle. It uses short piston stroke gas system with gas piston located above the barrel and having its own return spring. After the shot is fired, the gas piston makes a quick tap to the bolt carrier and then returns back, and the rest of the reloading cycle is commenced by the inertia of bolt group.
The gas system is fitted with gas regulator so it could be easily adjusted for various environment conditions, or cut off completely so rifle grenades could be safely launched from the barrel. The locking system uses bolt carrier with separate bolt that locks the barrel by tipping its rear part into the recess in the receiver floor.
The receivers initially were machined from the forged steel blocks, and in 1973 FN began to manufacture investment cast receivers to decrease production costs. Many manufactures, however, stuck to the machined receivers.
The trigger housing with pistol grip is hinged to the receiver behind the magazine well and could be swung down to open action for maintenance and disassembly.
The recoil spring is housed in the butt of the rifle in fixed butt configurations or in the receiver cover in folding butt configurations, so the folding butt versions require a slightly different bolt carrier, receiver cover and a recoils spring.
The cocking handle is located at the left side of the receiver and does not move when gun is fired. It could be folding or non-folding, depending on the country of origin.
The safety - fire selector switch is located at the trigger housing, above the triggerguard. It can have two (on semi-automatic - civilian versions) or three (on select-fire rifles military versions) positions.
The firing mechanism is hammer fired and use single sear for both semi-automatic or full automatic fire.
Barrel is equipped with long flash hider which also serves as a rifle grenade launcher. Design of flash hider may differs slightly from country to country.
The furniture of the FAL also can differ - it could be made from wood, plastic of various colors or metal (folding buttstocks, metallic handguards on some models). Some models, such as Austrian Stg.58 or Brazilian LAR were fitted with light bipods as a standard. Almost all heavy barrel versions also were fitted with bipods of various design.
Sights usually are of hooded post front and adjustable diopter rear types, but can differ in details and markings. Almost all FAL rifles are equipped with sling swivels and most of rifles are fitted with bayonet lugs.
Here is a neat video of this baby, courtesy of Discovery Channel:
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
On the other side, you have a war hero married to a good looking woman with a big rack who owns a beer distributorship.
Is there a contest here?"
Phil Chapman April 23, 2008
THE scariest photo I have seen on the internet is www.spaceweather.com, where you will find a real-time image of the sun from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, located in deep space at the equilibrium point between solar and terrestrial gravity.
What is scary about the picture is that there is only one tiny sunspot.
Disconcerting as it may be to true believers in global warming, the average temperature on Earth has remained steady or slowly declined during the past decade, despite the continued increase in the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, and now the global temperature is falling precipitously.
All four agencies that track Earth's temperature (the Hadley Climate Research Unit in Britain, the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, the Christy group at the University of Alabama, and Remote Sensing Systems Inc in California) report that it cooled by about 0.7C in 2007. This is the fastest temperature change in the instrumental record and it puts us back where we were in 1930. If the temperature does not soon recover, we will have to conclude that global warming is over.
There is also plenty of anecdotal evidence that 2007 was exceptionally cold. It snowed in Baghdad for the first time in centuries, the winter in China was simply terrible and the extent of Antarctic sea ice in the austral winter was the greatest on record since James Cook discovered the place in 1770.
It is generally not possible to draw conclusions about climatic trends from events in a single year, so I would normally dismiss this cold snap as transient, pending what happens in the next few years.
This is where SOHO comes in. The sunspot number follows a cycle of somewhat variable length, averaging 11 years. The most recent minimum was in March last year. The new cycle, No.24, was supposed to start soon after that, with a gradual build-up in sunspot numbers.
It didn't happen. The first sunspot appeared in January this year and lasted only two days. A tiny spot appeared last Monday but vanished within 24 hours. Another little spot appeared this Monday. Pray that there will be many more, and soon.
The reason this matters is that there is a close correlation between variations in the sunspot cycle and Earth's climate. The previous time a cycle was delayed like this was in the Dalton Minimum, an especially cold period that lasted several decades from 1790.
Northern winters became ferocious: in particular, the rout of Napoleon's Grand Army during the retreat from Moscow in 1812 was at least partly due to the lack of sunspots.
That the rapid temperature decline in 2007 coincided with the failure of cycle No.24 to begin on schedule is not proof of a causal connection but it is cause for concern.
It is time to put aside the global warming dogma, at least to begin contingency planning about what to do if we are moving into another little ice age, similar to the one that lasted from 1100 to 1850.
There is no doubt that the next little ice age would be much worse than the previous one and much more harmful than anything warming may do. There are many more people now and we have become dependent on a few temperate agricultural areas, especially in the US and Canada. Global warming would increase agricultural output, but global cooling will decrease it.
Millions will starve if we do nothing to prepare for it (such as planning changes in agriculture to
compensate), and millions more will die from cold-related diseases.
There is also another possibility, remote but much more serious. The Greenland and Antarctic ice cores and other evidence show that for the past several million years, severe glaciation has almost always afflicted our planet.
The bleak truth is that, under normal conditions, most of North America and Europe are buried under about 1.5km of ice. This bitterly frigid climate is interrupted occasionally by brief warm interglacials, typically lasting less than 10,000 years.
The interglacial we have enjoyed throughout recorded human history, called the Holocene, began 11,000 years ago, so the ice is overdue. We also know that glaciation can occur quickly: the required decline in global temperature is about 12C and it can happen in 20 years.
The next descent into an ice age is inevitable but may not happen for another 1000 years. On the other hand, it must be noted that the cooling in 2007 was even faster than in typical glacial transitions. If it continued for 20 years, the temperature would be 14C cooler in 2027.
By then, most of the advanced nations would have ceased to exist, vanishing under the ice, and the rest of the world would be faced with a catastrophe beyond imagining.
Australia may escape total annihilation but would surely be overrun by millions of refugees. Once the glaciation starts, it will last 1000 centuries, an incomprehensible stretch of time.
If the ice age is coming, there is a small chance that we could prevent or at least delay the transition, if we are prepared to take action soon enough and on a large enough scale.
For example: We could gather all the bulldozers in the world and use them to dirty the snow in Canada and Siberia in the hope of reducing the reflectance so as to absorb more warmth from the sun.
We also may be able to release enormous floods of methane (a potent greenhouse gas) from the hydrates under the Arctic permafrost and on the continental shelves, perhaps using nuclear weapons to destabilise the deposits.
We cannot really know, but my guess is that the odds are at least 50-50 that we will see significant cooling rather than warming in coming decades.
The probability that we are witnessing the onset of a real ice age is much less, perhaps one in 500, but not totally negligible.
All those urging action to curb global warming need to take off the blinkers and give some thought to what we should do if we are facing global cooling instead.
It will be difficult for people to face the truth when their reputations, careers, government grants or hopes for social change depend on global warming, but the fate of civilisation may be at stake.
In the famous words of Oliver Cromwell, "I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken."
Phil Chapman is a geophysicist and astronautical engineer who lives in San Francisco. He was the first Australian to become a NASA astronaut.
Monday, April 21, 2008
As Sen. Barack Obama[D-IL] stumbles towards the tantalizing goal of being the Democrat's Presidential candidate, it seems he can not keep from tripping himself. He went to a diner for a meet&greet at breakfast, when a reporter asked him a question Obama whined about why he can't eat his waffle.
Him eating a waffle seems so appropriate as the following story gleamed from the May 2008 issue of the NRA's American Rifleman points out.
Lets flash back to December 2003 in the town of Wilmette. There a gentleman named Hale DeMar was safely in his house with his family on the night of the 28th when a serial thug broke into the household and proceeded to steal what he could, including the house keys and DeMar's SUV. Eventualy the police showed up after the thief had fled. Next night the thief returned and used the house keys to get in. The house alarm system went off. Hale had also pulled out of his safe a legally bought handgun, fearing for his children, confronted and shot the burglar who then fled. The crook was arrested at a hospital where he had driven DeMar's stolen SUV, naturally he had a very long criminal record. Cook County eventually said DeMar's use of a firearm was justifiable, but the township of Wilmette felt differently. DeMar, by owning that handgun, violated Wilmette's ban and they took DeMar to court as a danger to the community.
The hue and cry was heard all the way to the state capitol where Barack Obama was a state senator. The Illinois House and Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that would protect such people as DeMar from carpicious punishment when using a handgun in self-defense. The vote in the Senate was 38 yeas to 20 naes. Obama was one of the naes. When the governor vetoed the bill, Obama voted to support the governor's veto. The House and Senate of Illinois overrode the veto and that law is now in force.
Sen. Barack Obama[D-IL] has an anti-gun track record that belies his silver-tongued use of the phrase 'common sense gun safety.' Tell me Sen. Obama, what do you consider common sense? Judging by your votes to punish Hale DeMar for defending his family, your idea does not match mine. Now get your stinking mitts off my guns as they are protected by the Second Amendment. In fact, go eat that waffle and stuff your face so I don't have to hear you lie again.
Anna's Clue Tank: The Big 0
Katie Couric asked, “What do you feel when you shoot a terrorist?”
His answer: “A slight recoil.”
Fom Pat Dollard: http://patdollard.com/2008/04/couric-to-marine-sniper-what-do-you-feel-when-you-shoot-a-terrorist/
Update: Story debunked at Snopes.com
Introducing the latest addition to the family: a Belgian born Browning A-5 20Ga shotgun, affectionately called by the scattergunner connoisseurs "The Humpback".
Quail, dove, pheasants and wabbits beware: you have been put on notice!
April 20, 2008 By Oliver North
- Your strength can compensate for my weakness, and your wisdom can help to minimize my mistakes. — Jimmy Carter, Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1977
More than 31 years after he uttered those words, America is still trying to compensate for and minimize Mr. Carter's mistakes and weaknesses — the greatest of which appears to be hubris. This week, our much-traveled 39th president ventured as a "private citizen" to the Middle East on a self-described mission "exploring possibilities for peace." Regrettably, what citizen Mr. Carter has succeeded in doing is to encourage our nation's adversaries, lend credibility to terrorists who have killed our countrymen and disparaged a beleaguered ally.
The rest of the article can be read here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/article/20080420/COMMENTARY06/694546727/1012/COMMENTARY
Dhimmi Carter and his friends:
Is there a terrorist leader or communist dictator thug Dhimmi Carter didn't kissed on both cheeks?
I bet you $1,000.000 if Carter would know the location where Osama Bin Latrine is hiding, he would go there and kiss his feet while apologizing and trying to explain that not all Americans are on the side of the Zionist jewish dogs.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Two thumbs up, go see it.
Do not fall for the trash Hollyweird movie "critics" are piling up on this screen gem, this isn't a movie about retrograd fundamentalist Christians whining against enlightened scientists.
It is a movie about freedom Vs. totaliarism; free speech Vs. censorship; dogma Vs. free tought.
Go see it, you won't be sorry.
Oh, and by the way...if by any chance you are calling yourself an "enlightened" Darwinian atheist, then I suppose you should be familiar with the BIG-BANG theory of the Universe creation, right?
Well, in this case you should also know who this man was:
Oh no, not a priest! Go away with your superstitions. What can be more anti-science than the Catholic dogma and what's this priest has to do with the BIG-BANG theory?
Well, the name of this priest is Georges Lemaitre.
Catholic priest, astronomer, scientist and proposer of the theory of "primeval atom" and "continuous Universe expansion"
Primeval atom. Universe expanison.
It's what is known today to science as the...
BIG BANG theory.
So how come a priest indoctrinated in religion and a believer in a God that doesn't exist came up with this?
I invite the Darwinian atheist readers to come up with another theory explaining why...
Saturday, April 19, 2008
A few facts about American Hunters and Shooters Association or AHSA, a phoney gun-control, Second Amendment abolitionist group who is posing as a legitimate gun owner organization but endorses the most anti-gun candidate of the three remaining in the race: Barak Obama.
Oh...and did I mentioned AHSA stinks high heaven of George Soros money and employs the same deceitful tactics Soros funded groups are known for?
Here is a lengthy but well documented article about these AHSA clowns:
Thursday, 22 September 2005
History - It Is Pretty Short
Update: August 7, 2005 - As of August 3,2005 the registration information for huntersandshooters.com has been updated to reflect the AHSA as the owner of the site name. There is no change in the blatant anti-gun rights positions expressed on the site.
Who Is DCS?
They are a collection of Democratic operatives that have worked for some of the country's leading gun grabbers.
Gerry Kavanaugh - President
From the AHSA website:
... a close advisor to the John Edwards for President campaign. Prior to working for John Edwards, he was the Policy Director for the Democratic National Committee. Mr. Kavanaugh served as Senator Edward M. Kennedy's Chief of Staff and worked with him through both his 1994 and 2000 re-elections.
David Bonior - Founding Principal
Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976 serving for 26 years. A reliable voter for gun control.
What DCS Says About Itself?
From What We Do:
DCS utilizes cutting edge technology to create a winning Internet strategy for elected officials, campaigns and organizations. Our experienced political and Internet team will work directly with campaigns, political organizations, and their strategic partners to develop a plan that combines creative, research-driven messages with aggressive online advocacy. We will work with your fundraising, press and issue teams in their earliest stages to develop effective Internet strategies, full media plans, and fundraising strategies that can be turned into potent and powerful solutions.
My favorite part is: "research-driven messages". What they are really saying is that they find out what you want to hear so that their client can tell you that.
This is a who's-who of gun grabbers. They also list a slew of other Congressman. Every Congressman that DCS lists is a Democrat. That should tell us something.
Ray Schoenke, President of AHSA
Major Donator to Gun Control Politicians & Groups
Barbara A. Mikulski
Robert G. Torricelli
Handgun Control, Inc.
America Coming Together
Total Found So Far
This list does not include any donations to the Democratic National Committee (which have been numerous and substantive) or any state or local organization. It also does not include any donations to individuals we do not have time to research. And finally, it does not include any donations by his wife. We believe this list is long enough to speak to Ray Schoenke's commitment to the Second Amendment.
Bob Ricker, Executive Director, AHSA
Bob Ricker is a former employee of the NRA and turned sides a number of years ago.
You can get a good sense of Bob Ricker at Bush Dances with the NRA Devil and Taking aim at gunmakers.
Testified for the NAACP in a junk lawsuit. - http://www.jointogether.org/gv/news/alerts/reader/0,2061,562574,00.html. Read his statement.
John E. Rosenthal, exPresident, AHSA Foundation
Update May 2007 - John Rosenthal gets thrown under the bus.
He is also listed as AHSA Executive Vice President, Shooting Resources.
At one time he was Chairman of Stop Handgun Violence, a Massachusetts organization formed to promote gun control. He worked with Handgun Control President Michael Barnes on a national billboard campaign at the U.S. Capitol to call on Congress to pass gun laws similar to those in Massachusetts.
On the Leadership page, this John Rosenthal is stated as being from Boston and says
Mr. Rosenthal has played a pivotal role in the successful gun violence prevention efforts in the City of Boston ...
A simple Google search finds a John E. Rosenthal active in the Boston area as a gun control advocate. Read a Boston Magazine profile of him.
Major Donator to Gun Control Politicians & Groups
Handgun Control, Inc.
Joseph J. Vince, Jr., Board of Directors, AHSA
Chief (Ret.) Crime Gun Analysis Branch, ATF
President of Crime Gun Solutions in Frederick, Md
Allowed his name to be used by the Brady Campaign in a letter to senators as against a 2004 version of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.
Jody Powell, Co-Chairman, AHSA Advisory Board
A. Austin Dorr, Co-Chairman, AHSA Advisory Board
Dan Drummond, Press Contact
Chairman - Fairfax City Democratic Committee
Supported Tim Kaine for VA govenor who, has been a rabid gun grabber but is now tryed to change his stripes during the campaign. See Tim Kaine and gun control.
Seems to work for Weber Shandwick Worldwide, a professional PR agency.
AHSA Stated Goals
On the Who We Are of the website you will find the following:
According to a 2003 Field & Stream National Hunting Survey, sportsmen overwhelmingly support reasonable gun safety proposals. Moreover, an overwhelming majority of hunters support proposals like background checks to purchase guns, keeping military style assault weapons off our streets and the elimination of cop killer bullets. In recent years, extreme political positions purporting to support gun rights have jeopardized our sport and have hurt the image of responsible gun owners. Unless the sporting community can become unified behind an organization that fights for safe and responsible hunting and shooting practices and sensible gun ownership, future generations may be unable to participate in and enjoy the shooting sports.
So, they support renewing an Assault Weapons Ban and the elimination of Cop Killer Bullets. Clarity is achieved.
In reality, the Cop Killer Bullet issue is an invention of Senator Kennedy and a series of bills and amendments he has proposed over the years. See Senate Amendment 1615 and Senate Amendment 2619. He attempts to confuse people about the differences between body armor, which protects people, and armor piercing ammunition, which is designed to penetrate vehicle armor plating. Even the Fraternal Order of Police says that
The truth of the matter is that only one law enforcement officer has been killed by a round fired from a handgun which penetrated his soft body armor--and in that single instance, it was the body armor that failed to provide the expected ballistic protection, not because the round was "armor piercing."It is our view that no expansion or revision of the current law is needed to protect law enforcement officers. To put it simply, this is not a genuine officer safety issue.
in a letter to Senator Craig.
For more information on the 'Cop Killer Bullet' issue, see Neal Knox on SA2619.
How Are They Being Used
Already the Citizens for a Safe Minnesota is trumpeting the AHSA organization (as if it really was) saying that 'Sportsmen fed up with the NRA'.
This group is a gun control advocacy group that is masquerading as a gun rights group. There is every indication that they are a suborganization of the Democratic party. They are even in the same building as the Democratic Leadership Council. They will be happy to take money from gullible gun owners and use it against them and us.
The real goal is to fracture the power of the NRA before the next presidential election so the Democrats face a less formidable opponent.
In no way is the gun rights block a monolithic voting block. Some will love this group; some will be deceived by it. Make no mistake. They are the enemy of the Constitution.
Other Writing About the AHSA
John Lott - Democrats change registration of fake website used to support gun control policies
NRA-ILA Digger's Corner
The War on Guns - article about Crime Gun Solutions
The War on Guns - article about AHSA
Anti-gunners Don Cammo As Elections Loom - The NRA on the AHSA - August 14, 2006
And my personal favorite:
More here: http://thepeoplescube.com/red/viewtopic.php?t=1884
Music & Lyrics: Transsylvania Phoenix
"The mighty Sultan's Army
Comes marching to rob and enslave
They come from South into our homeland
Across the border
The muslims come to take their toll
Big turbans covering their heads
Their eyes shine like gold coins
Greedy and ignorant eyes
Holy war! cries the Prophet
Slain the infidel!
Make the sign of the cross, my Christian brother.
Learn what your destiny is,
And in the deep forest take refuge
Holy Mother of Christ,
From the sunset a cloud of dust is rising
It's the merry gang of Baba Novak.
Their horses are flying
They ride on the horses of death
Naked and and panicked, under attack the muslims are -my Christian brothers!
The turks are running losing their shoes
The death is coming upon them
Seven are the men who puts them on the run, and with them is Baba Novak
Naked and and panicked under attack the muslims are -my Christian brothers!
The turks are running for their lives, losing the shoes from their feet
The death is coming upon them
Seven are the men who puts them on the run, and with them is Baba Novak
Seven like in Tabernacle, the holy Seven
Sultan's sons dug their father's grave,
With enough spare room to fit his green turban inside
Their horses fall, the dirt is red with blood, their teeth are knocked out of their mouth
Their eye sockets are empty and cannot see the sky, under the night's dark bed.
Their horses are flying
They ride on the horses of death
Naked and and panicked, my Christian brothers
The turks are running losing their shoes
The death is coming upon them
Seven are the men who puts them on the run, and with them is Baba Novak"
"Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has worked to assure uneasy gun owners that he believes the Constitution protects their rights and that he doesn’t want to take away their guns. But before he became a national political figure, he sat on the board of a Chicago-based foundation that doled out at least nine grants totaling nearly $2.7 million to groups that advocated the opposite positions. The foundation funded legal scholarship advancing the theory that the Second Amendment does not protect individual gun owners’ rights, as well as two groups that advocated handgun bans. And it paid to support a book called “Every Handgun Is Aimed at You: The Case for Banning Handguns.”
Read the complete article here: http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=66551746-3048-5C12-00921D2BE9528C54
Read the entire article here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120839466717921537.html
Quote from the article:
However, having the right to arms and the liberty to hunt is worthless if you can't buy a gun. In 1999, Mr. Obama urged enactment of a federal law prohibiting the operation of any gun store within five miles of a school or park. This would eliminate gun stores from almost the entire inhabited portion of the United States.
As a state senate candidate in 1996, Mr. Obama endorsed a complete ban on all handguns in a questionnaire. The Obama campaign has claimed he "never saw or approved the questionnaire," and that an aide filled it out incorrectly. But a few weeks ago, Politico.com found an amended version of the questionnaire. It included material added in Mr. Obama's handwriting.
When the U.S. Supreme Court voted last year to hear a case on the constitutionality of the Washington, D.C., handgun ban, Mr. Obama's campaign told the Chicago Tribune: "Obama believes the D.C. handgun law is constitutional" and that "local communities" should have the ability "to enact common sense laws." Other than Washington, D.C., the only American cities with handgun bans are Chicago and four of its suburbs. As a state senator, Mr. Obama voted against a 2004 bill (which passed overwhelmingly) to give citizens a legal defense against prosecution for violating a local handgun ban if they actually used the firearm for lawful self-defense on their own property.
Q: How would you address gun violence that continues to be the #1 cause of death among African-American men?
Barak: You know, when the massacre happened at Virginia Tech, I think all of us were grief stricken and shocked by the carnage. But in this year alone, in Chicago, we've had 34 Chicago public school students gunned down and killed. And for the most part, there has been silence. We know what to do. We've got to enforce the gun laws that are on the books. We've got to make sure that unscrupulous gun dealers aren't loading up vans and dumping guns in our communities, because we know they're not made in our communities. There aren't any gun manufacturers here, right here in the middle of Detroit. But what we also have to do is to make sure that we change our politics so that we care just as much about those 30-some children in Chicago who've been shot as we do the children in Virginia Tech. That's a mindset that we have to have in the White House and we don't have it right now.
Source: 2007 NAACP Presidential Primary Forum Jul 12, 2007
Barak: I believe in keeping guns out of our inner cities, and that our leaders must say so in the face of the gun manfuacturer's lobby. But I also believe that when a gang banger shoots indiscriminately into a crowd because he feels someone disrespected him, we have a problem of morality. Not only do we need to punish that man for his crime, but we need to acknowledge that there's a hole in his heart, one that government programs alone may not be able to repair.
Source: The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama, p.215 Oct 1, 2006
Ban semi-automatics, and more possession restrictions
Principles that Obama supports on gun issues:
Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks with firearms.
Source: 1998 IL State Legislative National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1998
Barak Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. A bill to prohibit civil liability actions from being brought or continued against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms or ammunition for damages, injunctive or other relief resulting from the misuse of their products by others.
Voting YES would:
Exempt lawsuits brought against individuals who knowingly transfer a firearm that will be used to commit a violent or drug-trafficking crime
Exempt lawsuits against actions that result in death, physical injury or property damage due solely to a product defect
Call for the dismissal of all qualified civil liability actions pending on the date of enactment by the court in which the action was brought
Prohibit the manufacture, import, sale or delivery of armor piercing ammunition, and sets a minimum prison term of 15 years for violations
Require all licensed importers, manufacturers and dealers who engage in the transfer of handguns to provide secure gun storage or safety devices
Reference: Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act; Bill S 397 ; vote number 2005-219 on Jul 29, 2005
Since you're getting ready to discard the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution, please let us know when you're planning to get rid of the 1st Amendment too...
Afterall, when WE THE PEOPLE will lose the right to keep and bear the tools defending our freedom of speech, what's stopping you to take away that too?
Europeans did "vote for their own best interests" – i.e., cradle-to-grave welfare, 35-hour workweeks, six weeks of paid vacation, etc. – and as a result they now face a perfect storm of unsustainable entitlements, economic stagnation and declining human capital that's left them so demographically beholden to unassimilable levels of immigration that they're being remorselessly Islamized with every passing day. We should thank God (forgive the expression) that America's loser gun nuts don't share the same sophisticated rational calculation of "their best interests" as do Thomas Frank, Obama, too many Democrats and the European political establishment.
As for "gun-totin'," large numbers of Americans tote guns because they're assertive, self-reliant citizens, not docile subjects of a permanent governing class. The Second Amendment is philosophically consistent with the First Amendment, for which I've become more grateful since the Canadian Islamic Congress decided to sue me for "hate speech" up north. Both amendments embody the American view that liberty is not the gift of the state, and its defense cannot be outsourced exclusively to the government.
Read the complete article here: http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/opinion/nationalcolumns/article_2021119.php
Friday, April 18, 2008
Formed in the 1960s, it began by doing covers of Beatles songs. However, they soon had to change their style since the Romanian communist regime disliked any form of western culture. The communist regime suggested that all rock oriented bands should look for inspiration within the Romanian culture. These restrictions made the band's leader Nicolae Covaci search within the Romanian folklore, which gave them a unique sound.
For the next couple of years the student band was popular in Timişoara's clubs and teen dorms, performing western songs originally by bands such as The Beatles, The Kinks, The Animals, and The Rolling Stones.
In 1965 they had their first big concert in Bucharest. Their performance brought a collaboration with Cornel Chiriac to record some of their songs. The first songs they recorded were "Ştiu cǎ mǎ iubesti şi tu" ("I Know You Love Me Too"), "Dunăre, Dunăre" ("Danube, Danube") and "Bun e vinul ghiurghiuliu" ("Good is the Red Wine"). The same year also marked the beginning of their collaboration with Victor Cârcu, who went on to write many of their most famous songs, such as "Vremuri" ("Old Times"), "Şi totuşi ca voi sunt" ("And Yet I Am Like You"), "Nebunul cu ochii închişi" ("Crazy Man with closed eyes"), "Floarea stâncilor" ("Mountain Flower") and "Canarul" ("Canary").
In December 1967 Phoenix had their first major series of concerts in many western cities, capped off by two huge concerts in Timişoara. After winning a few prizes in national students' contests, held at Iaşi the following year, in 1968 they recorded their first EP, Vremuri (Old Times), containing two original songs, Vremuri and Canarul (The Canary), and two covers (Lady Madonna - The Beatles and Friday on my Mind - Easybeats). A second EP would follow one year later, named Floarea stâncilor (The Flower of the Rocks), with all four songs being original compositions. Both albums sport a sound reminiscent of the beat style popular in that era.
They then started working on a rock theater play "Omul 36/80" (The Man 36/80) which won several prizes for originality.
In 1969 Ioan "Pilu" Ştefanovici was replaced by Dorel "Baba" Vintilă Zaharia (born 1943). For the next year the band became more and more popular, frequently visiting Bucharest and being invited in talk shows about music.
In 1970, Moni Bordeianu emigrated to the US, and, for a brief period of time the band suspended its activity, also due to total censorship that followed a protesting speech held by Bordeianu in his last concert. 1970 ment the blues period of the band. The formula used was Nicu Covaci - guitar, Günther "Spitzly" Reininger - piano and voice, Zoltan Covacs - bass guitar and Liviu Butoi - oboe and flute. Phoenix was born again the next year, with Covaci, Josef Kappl, Mircea Baniciu, Costin Petrescu (replaced in 1974 by Ovidiu Lipan, nicknamed "Ţăndărică") and Valeriu Sepi.
But the Communist officials were not very comfortable with the Western-style music that they were singing, and kept creating them problems. So Phoenix abandoned beat turned to Romanian folklore, pagan rituals, mystic animals and old traditions. In this same year, Phoenix started a collaboration with the Institute of Ethnography and Folklore and the Folklore section of Timişoara University on an ambitious project, a rock poem that combined traditional wooden instruments with modern sounds. During this project the band also started collaborating with Valeriu Sepi (born 1947), who eventually joined the band. The first outcome would be the 1972 LP Cei ce ne-au dat nume (Those Who Gave Us Our Names) - the first LP to be recorded in Romania by a Romanian band. Two years later, Mugur de fluier (Flute Bud) followed. Both albums underwent severe censorship.
On Monday, 19 November 1973, Phoenix held a memorable concert in Bucharest, presenting their new hits "Andri Popa", "Pavel Chinezu" and "Strunga", which composed the new disc "Mugur de fluier". The new songs were still influenced by folklore yet had a new style. This style was the result of the collaboration with new songwriters Andrei Ujică and Şerban Foarţă. Based on those new songs Nicu Covaci created a new show "Introducere la un concert despre muzica veche la români" ("Introduction to a concert about old Romanian music") in which he introduced violins, flutes, archaic percussion and other traditional instruments. The show was never finished due to a new collaboration with "Cenaclul Flacăra." This period is considered the peak for Phoenix. Their sound was considered original and powerful and full stadiums were common for their concerts.
Every winter the members of the band would retreat to Mount Semenic and plan their upcoming songs. That winter the show "Zoosophia", a title that would later change to "Cantafabule", was created. The show began by "calling" all mythic animals and continued by dedicating a song to each of them, finishing with the Phoenix, the band's symbol. The year 1975 brought a newcomer to the band, Ovidiu Lipan "Ţăndărică" (born 1953). The "Cantafabule" show was first presented in Timişoara in February 1975. The disc was recorded in a very short time and was published the same year with a misspelling in the title: "Cantofabule." What followed were two years of almost continuous concerts but also the creation of the soundtrack for the movie "Nemuritorii".
By this time, the popularity of Phoenix had grown huge; people loved their songs not only for what they were, but also because they contained thinly-veiled allusions to the Communist regime. The band members, especially Nicu Covaci, found themselves increasingly harassed by the Securitate. Covaci married a Dutch woman and left the country in 1976. He returned in 1977, bringing in relief aid for those struck by the powerful earthquake on March 4. After two grandiose concerts in Constanţa and Tulcea, Covaci surprisingly left the country again, this time with all the band members (except Baniciu) hidden inside their Marshall speakers - a huge undertaking, since in Communist Romania it was extremely difficult to obtain approval to travel abroad, and illegal border crossing was punished with imprisonment.
After arriving in Germany, Phoenix disbanded. Kappl and a few others (Erlend Krauser, Ovidiu Lipan) formed a new band, Madhouse and released a not very successful album named From The East. In 1981, Covaci co-opted Neumann and Lipan and English bassist Tom Buggie, who had an amazing technical playing ability, under the name Transsylvania Phoenix (since a band named Phoenix already existed) and released an LP named Transsylvania, containing two old Phoenix songs translated into English to target the Western audience and five new ones. Covaci together with Kappl also released two EPs and one maxi single as Transsylvania-Phoenix.
A new album appeared in 2000, the first original album after their 1990 comeback; with the exception of Covaci, the lineup comprised none of the members from the '70s.
In 2002, the 40th Anniversary of the band brought together almost all former members in a supershow.
At the end of 2005 the band (in its classic gold lineup) released a new album, named Baba Novak.
As of 2007, the band still performs at live events.
Post compiled from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transsylvania_Phoenix