Quote of the Day, evening edition, Reagan special

November 14, 2010

From Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address, via Gay Patriot:

Our Government has no power except that granted by the people.  It is time to check and reverse the growth of government, which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.

It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the federal government and those reserved to the states or to the people.  All of us need to be reminded that the federal government did not create the states.  The states created the federal government.

History may not repeat itself, but it sure likes to reuse themes.


What we believe: Immigration

November 14, 2010

In part six of his series of video essays, Bill Whittle examines what American conservatives believe about immigration, the rival concepts of the US as a melting pot versus a mosaic, and who the real racists are:

There are those who say that it’s difficult to balance openness to immigrants with laws that control immigration, to which I reply “nonsense.” While a nation of immigrants, we are also founded on the rule of law and equality under the law; as Whittle points out, how is turning a blind eye to illegal immigration and granting amnesty to those here illegally in any way fair and just to those who have played by the rules? And, in an age when terrorists actively wage war against us, can we be so foolish as to ignore the armed men who cross our borders nightly? Indeed, at the most basic level, how can a nation that cannot control its own borders truly call itself “sovereign?”

All of these issues and more have nothing to do with race or ethnicity, yet everything to do with whether American citizens, freeborn and naturalized, truly rule in their own land.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


An Islamic jurist who gets it

November 14, 2010

In the interests of being fair and balanced*, here’s video of a former dean Islamic Law at Qatar University explaining why so many young Muslims become suicide bombers:

He’s right as far as he goes, even though he fails to mention the Qur’an verses that encourage Muslims to fight and kill unbelievers. For example:

Allah hath purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the garden (of Paradise): they fight in His cause, and slay and are slain: a promise binding on Him in truth, through the Law, the Gospel, and the Qur’an: and who is more faithful to his covenant than Allah? then rejoice in the bargain which ye have concluded: that is the achievement supreme.

While suicide bombing itself is controversial (even al Qaeda number two Ayamn al Zawahiri could only make a strained argument that suicide bombing wasn’t a sin because it wasn’t really suicide), passages such as that quoted above only encourage aggression against infidels. With a promise of Paradise (with wine that won’t get you drunk and virgins for your sexual pleasure) on the other side, is it any wonder young male Muslims are attracted by death?

*(With apologies to Fox)


Obama has at last brought us together as one

November 14, 2010

It’s a bipartisan consensus, Left and Right: The President’s performance at the G-20 summit in Asia was an utter failure.

But, really, did anyone honestly expect the other 19 members to take seriously suggestions from a man advised by a Treasury Secretary who can’t even work TurboTax?

via Hot Air.


Proof that a smart man can also be an idiot

November 14, 2010

I’ve always been a great fan of History and its handmaiden, Archeology. And, like so many History buffs, I have a strong interest in Ancient Egypt, whose civilization was old while my European ancestors were still living in crude villages.

So, it’s with some distress -though, sadly, with little surprise- that I learn that someone whose work I’ve admired, Dr. Zahi Hawass, a renowned archaeologist and an Egyptian vice-minister of culture, is a flaming antisemite. Just listen to his own words:

Transcript.

Anyone else get a “Peter Lorre” vibe from that weaselly host? The guy probably hangs around schoolyards.

Of course, it’s neither uncommon nor unique to Islam for intelligent, well-educated people to hold hateful, false beliefs. Many devout Nazis and Communists also held advanced degrees, and to this day one can find advocates of “Jewish conspiracy” theories in American academia.

But Islam takes antisemitism to whole new levels of respectability, hardwired as it is throughout the religion, including the Qur’an, itself. Dr. Hawass is just repeating what “everyone knows,” including from non-Islamic hate-tracts such as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which was even displayed in an Egyptian museum alongside a Torah as a genuine work. What makes this even more disgusting, however, is that his position as an internationally respected scholar lends credence to these poisonous beliefs within the Islamic world.

In the clip, Dr. Hawass and his interviewer wonder how it is the Muslim world can exert less influence than a small Jewish nation. I suggest to the gentlemen that they begin their investigations with their own sick beliefs.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


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