Friday, March 30, 2007

Comforting the Enemy

Some may recall the news story concerning the six imams removed from a US Airways flight last fall. The imams filed a lawsuit against US Airways and the passengers who complained to the airline about the imam's suspicious behavior.

Only in America would these wicked men devise a scheme so ruthless and find support in their host government. Not only did these men clearly have a plan on how to instill fear into their flight crew and fellow passengers, but their scheme is much more elaborate. They wish to instill fear, guilt, and helplessness into all airline passengers.

Their scheme may be more than blackmailing US Airways and their passengers, but they may actually desire to aid and abet Islamic terrorists by creating the precedent that airline passengers cannot and should not notify flight crews of suspicious behavior.

The imam's lawsuit is an outrageous abuse of the judicial system. These men ought to be laughed out of court and their names added to the terrorist watch lists for future air travel.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Minnesota Tax Outrage Continues

The newly elected Democratic majority in Minnesota continues to assault Minnesota taxpayers. Their most recent Socialist scheme is to raise state income taxes across the board by $900 million dollars. Evidently they are so brazen as to assume that none of us either remember the details of the $2.2 billion budget surplus or they are arrogant enough to think we bought their silly obfuscations about it.

The Star Tribune states,

"Money raised would allow the Senate to nearly double its K-12 spending, with funding not only for special education, but also for general classroom formula increases to districts across the state. Bakk said there also would be funding for early learning and tuition relief for higher education."

How is nearly doubling the state's education budget responsible fiscal policy? Were this in The Onion, I would be laughing. Because it is in the state's biggest newspaper, I'm outraged and angry.

Senate Taxes Chairman Tom Bakk says, "We need to be honest about the fact that the (2000) tax cuts were unsustainable." Pardon me, Senator, but if the tax cuts are "unsustainable," how can it be that we now have a $2.2 billion budget surplus?!

"The alternative, he said, would be bare-bones education increases and paltry property tax relief." Excuse me, but what is wrong with that? Is "Big Education" guaranteed huge spending increases each budget cycle?

The article continues, "'There is no money for what we need to do' without a general tax increase, he said." Bakk seemingly believes that the Democratic takeover of the Minnesota legislature has ushered in a Socialist mandate.

Once again, thank you, Minnesota voters. Were I and my family to not bear these burdens along with you, I would tell you that you get what you voted for and laugh at your sadism.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Elizabeth Rose



Elizabeth Rose Caneday was born on March 13th at 9:02am. She weighed 7lbs. 4oz. and was 19 3/4" long. She came a month early and had some difficulty breathing and eating for the first few days. After six days in the hospital Naomi and I were able to bring her home with us.

What a beautiful little girl the Lord has given to us! We rejoice at the gift of life, praising our creator God.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Islam and the West in Focus

The UK Times has a fascinating and insightful article concerning "the largest practitioner of both sexual and religious apartheid in the world." The authoer, Phyllis Chesler, is Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the City University of New York. She married an Afghan man and moved with him to Afghanistan. In the process she discovered it to be a "bastion of illiteracy, poverty, treachery and preventable diseases."

It is a fascinating read--one more people in the west need to read.

HT: Uncorrelated

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Was Justice Done?

Lewis "Scooter" Libby, former counsel to Vice-President Cheney was found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice. I imagine it will be hard to miss, unless one lives in a cave. But a spokesman for the jurors has made it clear that at least a portion of the jury convicted Libby for political reasons.

Editor and Publisher quotes the spokesman,

"a number of times" they asked themselves, "what is HE doing here? Where is Rove and all these other guys....I'm not saying we didn't think Mr. Libby was guilty of the things we found him guilty of. It seemed like he was, as Mr. Wells [his lawyer] put it, he was the fall guy."

The perjury case against Libby came down to credibility--who was more trustworthy--Russert and others in the media, or Lewis Libby? Is that how perjury cases should be argued? Shouldn't there be proof beyond any reasonable doubt of his guilt?

I have no legal training, but these admissions from the jury ought to help Libby in his appeal. It does not appear that justice was served today.

Tax and Spend

As many are aware, Minnesota has a $2.2 billion budget surplus. So what do the Democrats propose? Why, tax increases of course!

Minnesota State Representative Mindy Greiling has proposed a tax increase that would reportedly confiscate an additional $252 million. The bill would increase the top income tax rate from 7.5% to 8.5%.

Democrats are certainly consistent in their desire to tax top wage earners and use the money for everyone else who didn't earn the money. This is so customary that it almost isn't newsworthy. But of course, those of you who voted Democrats into power across the state (and nation) are now getting what you deserve, and irritating the rest of us with your naiveté in buying into the liberal utopia.

Monday, March 05, 2007

"The Great Global Warming Swindle"

Channel 4 in the UK will be airing a documentary that argues that the earth's climate changes due to solar radiation rather than because of man-made greenhouse gases.

Here are some choice quotes from an article on the documentary:

"In fact, the experts in the film argue that increased CO2 levels are actually a result of temperature rises, not their cause, and that this alternate view is rarely heard. 'So the fundamental assumption, the most fundamental assumption of the whole theory of climate change due to humans, is shown to be wrong.'"

and

"Finally, the film argues that restricting CO2 emissions could actually be damaging for people in the developing world. James Shikwati, Kenyan director of the Inter Region Economic Network, says: 'The rich countries can afford to engage in some luxurious experimentation with other forms of energy, but for us we are still at the stage of survival.

'I don't see how a solar panel is going to power a steel industry, how a solar panel is going to power a railway network, it might work, maybe, to power a small transistor radio.

'The thing that emerges from the whole environmental debate is the point that there is somebody keen to kill the African dream, and the African dream is to develop. We are being told don't touch your resources, don't touch your oil, don't touch your coal; that is suicide.'"

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Gore's Energy Bills Explained

I wrote earlier this week about Gore's hypocrisy regarding energy consumption, but Nihilist in Golf Pants has eleven reasons why Gore uses so much energy:

11) Suspects Leonardo DiCaprio may be stalking him, sleeps with lights on

10) Cooking for frequent houseguest Michael Moore

9) Attempting to create a habitat for polar bears displaced by melting icebergs in spare bedroom

8) Refuses to insulate servants quarters

7) His refrigerator door is opened way too much

6) Allows his Hollywood friends to use his outlets to charge their electric cars

5) Aspires to the lavish life of John Edwards

4) Hydroponic "vegetable"-growing hobby in basement

3) The radar jamming equipment used to thwart Bush and Cheney’s mind control attempts draws a lot of juice

2) Does his best thinking about global warming while in the sauna

1) Dozens of supercomputers running 24 hours a day in hopes of creating a virtual personality

The Resurrection of Christ

In the face of the claims by some that Jesus Christ died along with his family, John Piper has eight reasons why he believes that Jesus Christ did in fact rise from the dead:

Summary:

1. Jesus himself testified to his coming resurrection from the dead.

2. The tomb was empty on Easter.

3. The disciples were almost immediately transformed from men who were hopeless and fearful after the crucifixion (Luke 24:21, John 20:19) into men who were confident and bold witnesses of the resurrection (Acts 2:24, 3:15, 4:2).

4. Paul claimed that, not only had he seen the risen Christ, but that 500 others had seen him also, and many were still alive when he made this public claim.

5. The sheer existence of a thriving, empire-conquering early Christian church supports the truth of the resurrection claim.

6. The Apostle Paul’s conversion supports the truth of the resurrection.

7. The New Testament witnesses do not bear the stamp of dupes or deceivers.

8. There is a self-authenticating glory in the gospel of Christ’s death and resurrection as narrated by the biblical witnesses.

Read the complete article.