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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Head-Chopping Muslim Carnage in Indonesia

The head-choppers are on the march in Indonesia. Muslim extremists have beheaded a 13-year-old Christian girl and anyone else who stands in their way.

Islam is the strongest religion in Indonesia, and it is clear what they wish to do and how they wish to do it.

WARNING! The following images are horrific. A big thanks to Pamela Geller Oshry at Atlas Shrugs for these images that were smuggled out of the country, which put the lives of the Christians who did so in grave danger.

View these images only at your own risk. They are graphic. But the truth MUST get out to the world!

Despite the nauseating nature of these images, I make no apology for posting them. These pictures show Jihad on the march in Indonesia. Christians and other ordinary citizens are in grave danger as these blood-thirsty, barbaric Muslim head-choppers seek total domination of the area.

The world MUST wake up! Islam is NOT a 'religion of peace.'


I urge you to contact your U.S. Senators to voice your support for the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton. Bolton is a lone voice for liberty in a cesspool of corruption, subversion, and anti-American and anti-Semitic sentiment at the U.N. We need someone with his strength and courage!

Scroll down to the box in the left column of this blog until you see the 'Blog for Bolton' ad, and click on it. This will take you to the website that will give you the phone numbers of the key Senators who need to hear from the electorate. Decide which ones you want to call, and then make those calls. This is extremely important!

That website will also give you instructions as to how to become a blogger for Bolton.

Thanks to each of you who take the time to get behind this critical effort.

Head-Choppers Emboldened by PC Rhetoric

Islamic extremists, who have called for the beheading of at least 100 more Christians around the world, are being emboldened by the diplomatic, politically-correct rhetoric being used by the West to describe Islam as a 'religion of peace.' Wafa Sultan, an ex-Muslim Syrian, has stated that such words do nothing but contribute to the tactics of Muslims who wish to be portrayed as peace-lovers while perpetrating their violence, terror, mayhem, and beheadings.

Apparently the head-choppers think if they can lull the West to sleep with the belief that they are 'peace loving,' they can then have free reign in conducting acts of barbarism that are designed to culminate in world domination.

When Sultan first appeared on Al-Jazeera television in the Middle East, a wave of violent protest ensued across the Muslim world calling for her murder. She lives under the constant threat of death. Yet the outspoken ex-Muslim feels that it is imperative that she inform the world of the real agenda of Islam, having once been a part of its ranks.

Sultan even goes as far as to castigate President Bush for his emphasis on Islam as a 'peaceful religion,' obviously in an attempt to separate the extremists from mainstream Muslim thought. But Sultan says that the notion of Jihad IS mainstream within Islam and that the rank and file believe in the same goals of the extremists, although they may not say so publicly.

This point is certainly validated by the fact that there are countless Mosques within the U.S. that have been found to harbor terrorists and serve as haven for such thugs, such as the mosque in Brooklyn that at one time was home to some of the perpetrators of 9/11 and the present lieutenants in Osama bin Laden's push to strike America yet again.

Sultan maintains that people like Osama bin Laden are merely following the example of Mohammad, who committed some of the most brutal acts of barbarism against those who opposed him. She also states that there are many within the Muslim world who secretly agree with her assessment of Islam, and are waiting for an opportunity to speak out without the threat of murder being held over their heads. Many of these remain silent out of fear, Sultan says.

But she also says that many remain silent out of a tacit approval of the extremists.

According to Sultan, the only way to combat the march toward global Jihad is to stop with the diplomatic, politically-correct rhetoric and confront Islam head-on for what it is--a violent, backward, barbaric religion led by people who wish to dominate the world by forcing compliance with the Quran. Those who resist, according to the Quran, are to be killed. This can be done with absolutely no remorse or guilt since the action is in accordance with 'the will of Allah.'

And thus, while we are lulled to sleep by the PC mantra of Islam being a 'peaceful religion,' the head choppers are at work all over the world. A Lutheran priest in Germany set himself on fire and died to make a statement about the fact that the Muslim scourge is raging out of control in Europe. A 13-year old Christian girl was beheaded in Indonesia, where barbarism is the order of the day on a regular basis but rarely reported in the news.

The Liberty Sphere, however, is committed to keeping you informed about the real facts. We stand solidly with Israel, the Jews, and Christians who are engaged in this global fight.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Milton Friedman--The Loss of an Economic Patriot

The death of Milton Friedman is a monumental loss for the American system of economics and government. Friedman held to the Jeffersonian mandate of free markets in a free society when practically everyone else had succumbed to European styled socialism. His landmark writings were thus ignored by the intelligentsia in modern academia.

Yet his theories caught the attention of one Ronald Reagan, who made Friedman a member of his council of economic advisors. Nonetheless, Friedman was still the subject of scoffing and disdain among the mainstream media, leftist politicians, and academia who routinely condemned his views.

Three of Friedman's works became best-sellers and helped propel the famed economist into the consciousness of the general public, in addition to launching an entire new generation of economists who subscribed to the Friedman school of thought.

The country is infinitely better off with these Friedman disciples now teaching in some of the best schools of economics across the land. They are, however, in a distinct minority.

Friedman lamented this fact in a 1994 interview he granted to C-Span, which was rebroadcast during the past week to commemorate Friedman's death. His low-keyed, charming, yet sharp indictment of modern America society was stark.

Having graduated high school in the year 1928, Friedman stated that at that time the government consumed roughly 20% of the GNP. By the year 1994, that figure was up to over 50%. Friedman sounded the alarm that a free society cannot long sustain an economic system where the private sector is responsible for only 50% of the GNP.

The reason, according to Friedman, is not far to find. The private sector alone is responsible for ALL, 100% of the innovations that make life better. The government has produced nothing, zilch, ZERO. In short, the imbalance created by a government that consumes over 50% of the GNP yet produces absolutely nothing to contribute to the economy, to create wealth and capital, is a trainwreck that will eventually doom the society to economic failure.

Friedman cites the evidence that proves that every single recession, including the Great Depression, was not created by free markets but by government forces interfering with the markets.

When asked whom among the Presidents best exemplified the economic policies envisioned by the Founders of the Republic, Friedman named Ronald Reagan at the top of the list in modern times. By far the most exemplary was Thomas Jefferson, the quintessential libertarian. Bill Clinton, says Friedman, is a socialist because he believes that the greatest good is accomplished by government programs. This, of course, would include persons like Hillary, Kennedy, Kerry, Dodd, Conyers, Pelosi, and even Biden.

Socialism is a creeping nightmare that is gradually overtaking American society as more and more of our resources are consumed by a large government bureaucracy that confiscates wealth from its citizens in order to disperse it to those who are non-producers.

While Friedman never mentioned Ayn Rand by name, it is clear that Rand's philosophy was prominent in Friedman's thinking in that he insisted that as individuals looked out for their self-interests, they ultimately work for the good of everyone else. It is selfish pursuit that leads to prosperity for all.

Said Friedman, 'No society in history ever survived or excelled by sending wealth to the bottom sector and then expecting it to propel upward. It always moves from the top down. As the top rung--the wealthiest--prosper, that prosperity moves downward to those below. Societies eventually collapse when they attempt to thwart to ability of those at the top to produce wealth and instead confiscate wealth to give to those at the bottom.'

Lest anyone think Friedman's views harsh toward the poor, he had an answer for his detractors. Instead of welfare, aid to dependent children and the like, Friedman advocated a negative income tax program, where the poor would benefit from tax credits and refunds.

One of the more interesting aspects of the 1994 interview was Friedman's take on the labels we often use to designate political philosophy--conservative, liberal, moderate, etc. Often referred to as a 'conservative,' Friedman insisted that he was no such thing. In actuality he thought of himself as a Jeffersonian Liberal, which at one time denoted individual and economic liberty, unlike liberals of today. Today, he said, he would be considered a libertarian who belongs to the Republican party. The only two labels that really matter anymore, he said, are libertarian and socialist. Those who promote more government action in the economic sector are socialists. Those who advocate for small government and more action in the private sector are libertarians.

Presently, the socialists are winning, according to Friedman. Despite the attempts of those like Reagan to reign in the gargantuan government bureaucracy, it continued to creep forward. People who are elected to office buy their re-election by giving to their constituents the taxpayers' money that the government confiscated. Thus, government becomes a self-perpetuating entity the growth of which is almost impossible to thwart.

The most recent election is a perfect case in point. Voters decided to elect those persons who would advocate for more government confiscation of wealth, money that would be given to individuals in their districts in some form of federal redistribution, which will then, in turn, buy the re-election of their socialist representatives.

A great vacuum has been created by the loss of Milton Friedman. His voice, like a lone voice for liberty crying in the wilderness, was an oasis in the middle of the desert of government control over our lives.

Our freedoms today are precious few compared to that of our forefathers. Friedman's was a voice of warning that unless the electorate wakes up to what's happening, we are going to wake up one day to a complete communist society where there are no individual freedoms, no private property, no free markets, and no private enterprise.

My only hope is that other American patriots will rise to take up the mantle where Friedman left off. May this great American patriot rest in peace.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Elie Weisel's Indictment Against Modern Germany

Elie Weisel, the man you see to the left, is a German Holocaust survivor who won the Nobel Peace Prize. Weisel recently issued a dire warning concerning the rise of Iran and the threat it poses for yet another Holocaust aimed at Jews.

Another interesting observation from Weisel, however, concerns the recent decision of a court in Germany to bring criminal charges against Donald Rumsfeld for war crimes. Weisel's low-keyed yet sharp indictment against modern German society revolves around Germany's penchant for seizing upon the wrong persons and ignoring the real perpetrators.

This is not difficult to understand given that Auchwitz still stands as a testimony to the keen ability of German society to distinguish between good and evil.

Weisel points to North Korea as a prime example of a nation that is ruled by a cruel dictator in the tradition of Hitler and Stalin. He believes that the fact that the tiny country is shrouded in secrecy hides from view the countless, untold stories of North Koreans who have been tortured and murdered by their own government.

Yet Germany is silent about Kim Jong-il. It chooses instead to go after Donald Rumsfeld. Weisel sees such actions as a heavy indictment upon the Germans, who apparently have lost their moral compass yet again, a mere 60 years after the Holocaust.

Conyers Exposed

John Conyers, the man who is slated to become the chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee under the Democrats, has now been exposed for the pro-jihadist, anti-Jewish bigot that he has been all along. The problem is that now he will be in a position to do great damage to liberty when the new Congress convenes in January.

Once again, Pamela Geller Oshry has posted an excellent expose of Conyers and his subversive agenda.

The thing that strikes me about the following is that the attitude exhibited by Conyers is exactly that which led to the present crisis in Europe. Extremist Muslims have stormed the countries of the EU as new citizens and are now wreaking havoc by setting their cities and suburbs ablaze, while the purveyors of multiculturalism urged tolerance. The multicultural mindset of hyper-tolerance toward extremists set the stage for violence and murder by those who are single-mindedly determined to hasten the end of the West and its values and usher in an Islamic society under Allah. The result is that Europe is about two steps away from being a lost cause for freedom and a victory for Jihadists.

This makes John Conyers one of the most dangerous men in America. If his views hold sway, America will be the next to succumb to the terror and violence of extremists.

Read the following expose as posted by Pamela Geller Oshry:

'You can't make this up. The dhimmis have not only surrendered, they wish to write their surrender into law. From Soccer Dad here hat tip Ed Lasky via LGF

'Soccer Dad has an eye-opening look at the likely new head of the House Judiciary Committee, John Conyers (D-MI), who last year held a freakish, openly anti-Jewish mock impeachment hearing (so bad it was even condemned by mainstream media): Congressman Conyers and Islam.

'Conyers claims that his resolution singles out tolerance for Muslims "obviously to respond to those who believe our nation would tolerate disrespect of that religion or its holy book." Such a straw-man argument, especially in light of the numerous bogus reportings of anti-Islamic bias crimes by CAIR does nothing for furthering the respect that is supposed to be the goal of Conyers' resolution to begin with.

'Please go here and read it all.............

'Here is the actual text of Resolution 288, as it appears on Conyers' web site, seeking religious tolerance for all religions while placing a heavy emphasis on protection of Islam :

'Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives condemning bigotry and religious intolerance, and recognizing that holy books of every religion should be treated with dignity and respect.

'Whereas believers of all religions, including the Abrahamic faiths of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, should be treated with respect and dignity;

'Whereas the word Islam comes from the Arabic root word meaning “peace” and “submission”;

'Whereas there are an estimated 7,000,000 Muslims in America, from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds, forming an integral part of the social fabric of America;

'Whereas the Quran is the holy book for Muslims who recite passages from it in prayer and learn valuable lessons about peace, humanity and spirituality;

'Whereas it should never be official policy of the United States Government to disparage the Quran, Islam, or any religion in any way, shape, or form;

'Whereas mistreatment of prisoners and disrespect toward the holy book of any religion is unacceptable and against civilized humanity;

'Whereas the infringement of an individualÂ’s right to freedom of religion violates the Constitution and laws of the United States: Now, therefore, be it

'1 Resolved, That the House of Representatives–

'(1) condemns bigotry, acts of violence, and intolerance against any religious group, including our friends, neighbors, and citizens of the Islamic faith;

'(2) declares that the civil rights and civil liberties of all individuals, including those of the Islamic faith, should be protected;

'(3) recognizes that the Quran, the holy book of Islam, as any other holy book of any religion, should be treated with dignity and respect; and

'(4) calls upon local, State, and Federal authorities to work to prevent bias-motivated crimes and acts against all individuals, including those of the Islamic faith.

'America, wake up!'

Notes from Here and There--Assault on Liberty Heats Up

The assault on personal liberty is heating up all across the country and around the world. Let's recap some of the examples in these notes from here and there.

1. The city of Belmont, California just decided to ban smoking completely, with the exception of a few single-family-homes that are not connected. In other words, people who live in townhomes, condos, or apartments can no longer smoke legally.

Lest anyone think that this is about health, think again. I am not suggesting smoking is not bad for you. But I am definitely suggesting that government control of personal choices is very bad for you. If they can take away your freedom to make personal choices, even when it is bad for you, what's next? Look for them to start banning the Big Mac because advocates of Big Brother believe the citizens are too dumb to make decisions for themselves.

It is NOT the government's place to save me from my own bad choices.

Thus, you can safely refer to Belmont, California as ground zero in the fight for individual liberty.

2. Democrat David Kucinich is calling for Congress to withdraw funding for the War in Iraq. Is anyone really surprised? With the leftist wackos now in charge in Congress, we can expect proposals like this to take center stage.

The reason why I refer to this as an assault on liberty is very simple. Every single expert and consultant who knows anything about the region has vehemently lobbied against immediate withdrawal of our troops from Iraq. Here is why.

The lack of U.S. troops in the country will create a vacuum that Iran will fill. Iran is developing nuclear bombs that can blow Israel off the map. Our support of Israel makes us a target as well. Our treaties with Israel mandate our defense of the nation should they be attacked. An Iranian attack on Israel will mean full-scale war in the Middle East. Israel will unleash its impressive arsenal on Iran, and we will be drawn into the middle of the fighting because of our commitment to the safety of Israel.

Thus, to leave Iraq without a viable plan to stabilize the country will set the stage for a war even more dangerous and widespread than we are involved in now, including the use of nuclear weapons.

Such a scenario is always a danger to liberty. Those who are calling for retreat are not only showing their vast ignorance but they are actually advocating for a major nuclear war in the region without even realizing it.

In short, my friends, we as Americans have just turned over the control of Congress to a bunch of numbskulls.

3. Nobel Prize Winner Elie Weisel, a German Holocaust survivor and author, has stated that there is a coming Holocaust under the Iranian President, who is every bit as much a threat to human freedom and dignity as was Adolph Hitler. We know that he wishes to destroy Israel with nuclear bombs. He has stated he believes that Israel has no right to exist.

Weisel's analysis of the danger is echoed by former Israeli Prime Minister Netanyaho, who stated at an international conference on terror recently, 'It is 1938 all over again.'

A threat of genocide against Jews is a threat to human liberty period. Such persons have no right to perpetrate their mayhem upon groups of people. The question is, does Iran as it is configured now have a right to exist?

4. The city of San Francisco has decided that junior ROTC programs are no longer welcome in their public schools. The school board of the 'people's republic of California' decided that having such programs promotes militarism, that it makes for a bad influence on young, impressionable minds, and that the 'don't ask don't tell' policy of the U.S. military is unacceptable.

Well, now. These imbeciles, once again, must believe that the public is too dumb to know that the ROTC does not have a policy of 'don't ask, don't tell.' Gays and lesbians can join, and many in California already have. So, this lame excuse is not the real reason.

San Francisco for quite some time has exhibited an anti-military attitude in many of its decisions concerning public policy. Go back a couple of years to the plan to dock a major naval carrier from WWII in San Francisco as a historic site. The San Francisco city council said no, that it 'sends the wrong signal about what we are about.' The carrier wound up going to Pearl Harbor instead, which is probably a better site for it anyway, but the display of anti-American sentiment of the San Francisco officials is very telling.

The reason they have banned junior ROTC programs from its schools is because they are against the U.S. military, pure and simple. There is no other adequate explanation when one takes this decision within the context of other decisions they have made concerning the U.S. military.

Perhaps if North Korea were to attack San Francisco (heaven forbid, but it certainly is possible) they would like to fend for themselves, since they obviously feel the U.S. military is evil and a 'bad influence on their school children.'

Would this be an acceptable scenario for the numbskulls who run San Francisco, since they hate the U.S. military so thoroughly?

Yeah, right.

The attitude of San Francisco toward our armed forces is simply appalling and alarming. It is a blatant assault on liberty for the simple reason that in dangerous times such as these we need the protection of the military and we need the willingness of young men and women to volunteer to serve. In the 'people's republic of California,' however, military service is frowned upon. It is not considered honorable.

These are the kinds of idiots that gave us Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, and Diane Feinstein.

Americans need to wake up. We are asleep at the wheel. In our knee-jerk reaction to the war in Iraq, we rushed to replace ineptitude with tyranny. The tyrants who now control Congress are on a collision course to place this nation in grave danger, both within our borders and without. At this point it is hard to tell which is worse--the assault on liberty within, or the dangers to all human liberty we face internationally.

The Democrats have yet to show one bit of concern about either, which leads me to believe that either they don't care or they have vastly underestimated the nature of the danger we face.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Where is Michael Moore?

The buffoons have been carefully hidden along with their idiotic views that most Americans find to be laughable--that is, until the votes were counted. Now we see the buffoons come to the forefront along with their proposals that are bereft of any rationality or thorough forethought...all except one buffoon, that is--Michael Moore.

Two years ago Moore could be found all over the media spouting his vitriol against the Bush administration, including some of the most outrageous lies and charges ever hurled at a sitting President, none of which has ever been verified as factual. This time, however, Moore is nowhere to be found.

So where is Michael Moore?

The strategy of the Democrats and this time around has become clear, i.e., hide the wackos and the wacky proposals until after the election. Then, when the public is still exhibiting a fair amount of goodwill toward the winners, roll out the wacky proposals, such as we've been seeing over the past week. Let the wacky proposals be rolled out by the wackos who believe in them--Pelosi, Conyers, Boxer, Feinstein, Waxman, Murtha, Reid, and company. Don't lead with the freshmen Congressmen who won because they are more conservative. Lead with your extremists.

Yet Michael Moore remains missing.

Apparently for the Democrats buffoonery has a rank stench only when it involves certain individuals who are deemed to be too 'curious' for the public to stomach. Moore certainly fits the bill. But they fail to realize that their own buffoonery has been on full display for over a week, and it's not over yet. They assure us that they are not going to withdraw from Iraq until a winning strategy is in place. Yet they ran against the war. They assure us they will bring honor back to Washington in light of a few Republican scandals. Yet two of the most ethically challenged members of Congress are taking center stage--Murtha and Reid. They claim they are not going to raise taxes. Yet in the same breath they say they will repeal the Bush tax cuts (such doublespeak one would expect to find in an Orwellian novel but not straight-faced by a politicians who respects the intelligence of the electorate).

Hint--to repeal a tax cut means taxes will go UP. Surprise, surprise!

Yet these buffoons are telling us straight-faced they will not raise taxes in the same sentence that they say they are going to repeal tax cuts.

Just how dumb do they think we are?

Apparently they think those who voted for them are pretty dumb or else they would not be able to get away with such obvious hypocrisy and doublespeak.

King Lear in the great Shakespearean tragedy called for his 'fool,' i.e., the court jester, to make merry even as the King was going down. We can take heart in the fact that Moore is one clown that hasn't been front and center these days.

The downside is we just elected an entire troupe of clowns at an extremely critical time in our history. Let's hope this is not some dark foreshadowing of the republic going down.


In less than a week after their narrow victory to control Congress, Democrats are in complete disarray. The following is a brief run-down of the most pronounced examples of leadership, or the lack thereof, thus far.

First, the extremist liberal fringe is treating last week's victory as a mandate for implementing liberal policies. Their reasoning is clear. Democrats owe a great debt to extremists who fund their campaigns. Environmentalists want stricter measures that would further hamper our quest to end our dependence on foreign oil and to further erode property owners' rights by the abuse of the Endangered Species Act. Gun control freaks want to ban handguns, even taking it to the next step of banning gun SHOWS. Nancy Pelosi has taken the unprecedented move of endorsing a nominee for House Majority Leader, and she chose one of the most extremist Democrats in the country, John Murtha, who not only takes extreme positions but exhibits an alarming lack of understanding concerning our Constitutional provisions of the balance of power. Hillary Clinton wants to resurrect the extremely unpopular 'Hillary-care' of 1993, which would essentially socialize medicine and rob citizens of freedom of choice in their healthcare. Henry Waxman wants to impeach the President. John Conyers wants to raise taxes.

Funny how NONE of these Democrats ever stated during the campaign that this was their stance on the issues. They carefully hid their true stripes until after the campaign. Now, without having to face the ire of the voters, they are unleashing a massive expansion of government programs that will cost billions that the country can ill afford to take on. Our individual liberties are at stake as well.

However, the disarray of the Democrats became abundantly apparent yesterday. Former General and Democrat Presidential candidate Wesley Clark stated on FOX News that no Democrat had called for tax increases or for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq. When pressed about this assertion, he continued to insist that his contention was the truth and that Democrats were united behind a moderate, pragmatic agenda.

Minutes later, there was John Conyers on video for all to see stating that he would vote to repeal the Bush tax cuts and take measures to 'enhance revenues' i.e., raise taxes. The report showed that he had been saying these things all along. Again, there was John Murtha on video stating forthrightly that he would support an immediate withdrawal from Iraq that would take six to eight months to complete.

In addition, there was Chuck Schumer claiming there would be no impeachment proceedings against President Bush. Moments later there was Henry Waxman speaking about that very possibility, with Carl Levin chiming in agreement.

To top it all off, Nancy Pelosi wants Murtha, whom the government watchdog group CREW describes as one of the most corrupt members of Congress, while Charles Rangel announced today he is supporting Murtha's 'moderate opponent.'

All of this comes just seven days after Pelosi declared that the Democrat were 'prepared to lead.'

Sure. If disarray is mark of leadership, this gang would win the prize. They don't even know what they stand for as a group. But this is no surprise. Their campaign was a negative one, focusing on the War in Iraq alone. No wonder we are now being treated to the nightmare of their real agenda.

Moderates like Wesley Clark are merely whistling in the dark if they think this gang of extremists in the Democrat leadership are suddenly going to stop being extremists simply because they won an election. To the contrary, they are clearly going to use the vote as some sort of authority to take the country down a course that has been cut and paved by extremists.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Hillary Dredges Up Socialized Medicine AGAIN

Well, my friends, the nightmare continues. What on earth could be next? National confiscation of firearms?

Senator Hillary Clinton stated today that the issue of socialized medicine will raise its ugly head once again when the Democrats move into power in Congress in January.

It is to be remembered that Americans overwhelmingly raised their voices in protest when Hillary attempted to implement socialized medicine the last time the Democrats controlled Congress in 1993. The result was a resounding defeat at the polls during the 1994 midterm elections, which swept Republicans into power in a landslide that makes last week's Democrat win pale in comparison.

Stung by Hillary's dismal failure, the White House took her off political center stage and focused her more on the role of the First Lady.

So why would the Democrats bring this up yet again?

They think they have a mandate for extremist programs, pure and simple.

It is clear that this is not what those who voted indicated by electing Democrats, but the Democrat leadership sure is taking it that way so that they can unleash on the public an agenda that is leftist, extremist, and socialist to the core.

Hillary has been laying low for quite some time, attempting to redefine herself as a moderate. Playing the role of the centrist has traditionally been good strategy for one who would be President. However, her remarks today only proved that despite all the professional PR in the world, a leopard can't change his spots. She is a liberal who believes government to be the answer to society's ills.

Like John Kerry whose disdain for the military can be hidden for only so long until it bursts forth at opportune moments, Hillary's leftist extremism may be placed on the back burner for a season for political gain only to be unleashed at opportune moments.

And as a true opportunist, Hillary obviously feels the Democrat win last week is the perfect opportunity to slide one by on the public yet again. This time she may get further, unless those who value freedom of choice in the best healthcare system in the world rise up and tell her no.

The Mouse That Defeated the Congressman

The great state of California is home to a mouse that defeated a United States Congressman. Environmental groups used an endangered mouse as a symbol of why Representative Richard W. Pombo should be voted out of office.

But first a bit of background information.

The 'throw the bums out' mentality that has infected the American electorate of late has resulted in dire consequences for the country. When Americans vote purely out of their ire or discontent rather than FOR something, we rarely make sound decisions. Such is the case with our predicament now.

A prime example of the problem is a race in California that hinged on a single issue--the refusal of the Republican incumbent to place a small creature on the endangered species list.

Don't laugh too quickly. These people are for real and they got a Congressman defeated in California.

Environmental groups in California were livid over the refusal of Congressman Pombo to place on the endangered species list a small, rare rodent called 'the Preble's meadow jumping mouse.' Pombo had contended that the mouse was an example of the gross abuses of the federal Endangered Species Act, which has increasingly been used to prevent landowners from exercising their right to control their own property.

The abuses of the Act are widespread and alarming. For example, in a city in Texas landowners were prevented from the use of their property because of a blind bug that had been discovered on the premises--a bug that was on the endangered species list.

To environmentalist extremists and their supporters in government, private property is not really private. All they have to do to prevent a landowner from using his/her property, selling it to developers, or building on it, is to find a supposed 'rare animal' on the premises and then scream to high heaven that this private property is a 'natural habitat' for the species.

This is usually all it takes to saddle private citizens with a ton of federal laws that govern every single move that is undertaken on their property.

Congressman Pombo was at the forefront of the fight to reign in the leftist environmentalist looney tunes by getting some species dropped from the list and refusing to add more. This made him a target among leftists who love to flex their political muscle in California, such as they did when proposals came forth to build more oil refineries in the state to supply their rampant addiction. They successfully prevent such prudent measures to address the state's growing energy demand. They then blamed Republicans for the state's energy crisis a few years ago, which had nothing to do with Republicans at all but was the direct consequence of the power environmentalists wield in California.

Needless to say if these looney tunes extremists can cripple a state the size of California, then Congressman Pombo was no match for their power, money, and influence. Pombo lost to Democrat Jerry McNerney.

This is not merely about a rare rodent. It is about the property rights of citizens that are even more endangered than most of the species on the endangered list. The situation that led to Pombo's defeat is just the tip of the iceberg in the assault on property rights.

After all, it was none other than Michael Moore, the darling of the Left and, who said in 2002, 'There is no such thing as private property.'

Funny how the Democrats kept Moore carefully hidden during this year's campaigns.

Pelosi Endorses Murtha for Post

John Murtha, the Pennsylvania Democrat who stated that the midterm elections has stripped President Bush of all the power endowed to the Executive Branch by the U.S. Constitution, has received the endorsement of Nancy Pelosi to become the House Majority Leader in the new Congress. Pelosi will become the new Speaker.

Not only has Murtha displayed his ignorance concerning the Constitutional provisions of a careful balance of power between the three branches of government, but he has recently stated that winning in Iraq is not a strategy. Murtha has been an outspoken advocate for an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, which he claims will bring stability to the region. This is in spite of Iran's stated goal of wiping Israel off the map and extending its ire to Europe and the United States.

Despite Murtha's obvious lack of insight and a shocking failure to grasp relatively simple issues, Pelosi obviously feels that this is the man best suited to lead the Democrats in Congress.

If one begins to wonder why America's enemies all over the world view the Democrat victory last Tuesday as a victory for them as well, one need look no further than John Murtha as an example. Murtha's and other Demos' outspoken advocacy for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq has led the Iranian President to claim that when Democrats took control of Congress it signaled that Muslim extremists are winning the war in their global Jihad.

Several terrorist groups have also viewed the Democrat win as an indication of the disintegration of the American government. Venezuelan nutcase Hugo Chavez chimed in with his agreement with that notion.

Is it any wonder? When a well-known Congressman such as Murtha states before cameras that the Democrat victory in the midterm elections means the President has no power, that he is a mere figurehead, thus suggesting that the Executive Branch is subservient to the Legislative Branch, no wonder our enemies feel emboldened. A powerful U.S. Congressman doesn't even have an elementary grasp of the U.S. Constitution, which affords equal power to each of the three branches of government--The President, the Congress, and the Supreme Court.

This is precisely why I warned voters prior to the election that voting against Republicans out of their discontent over the war and scandal would be a disastrous act of rage that has no basis in rationality. My concern was not to protect Republicans who became involved in scandal or who exhibited little desire to fight for causes of liberty, but the consequences of Democrats rising to power who would pose a danger to the country. We are now seeing my worst fears being realized, I am sorry to say.

Not only are we going to be treated to higher taxes when the Bush tax cuts are repealed, not only are we going to be treated to an assault on 2nd amendment rights as never before, not only are we going to witness the blocking of judicial nominees that dare question the wisdom of Roe v. Wade, not only are we going to see the refusal to approve the appointment of John Bolton, the best U.N. Ambassador we have ever had, but we are forced to endure the stark ignorance of Democrat leaders such as John Murtha, who pose a danger to the country from the sheer lack of basic knowledge about our own government and the intricacies of U.S. foreign policy at a time when global jihad is on the march.

So stay tuned. With this looney tunes Congress on full display for two years, our silver lining is that their power will last for ONLY two years.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

'The Doctor' Provides Sound Advice on Things Spiritual

Being a Welshman I have a natural affinity for anything Welsh. That includes the realm of religion and spirituality. The Celtic influence runs deep in my veins, but it is an influence that is tempered and informed by the Reformed theologians that at one time had a tremendous impact on Wales.

One such Reformed theologian was the famed Welshman, Dr. David Martyn Lloyd-Jones.

It is to be noted that I was named after Dr. Jones, which is all the more reason for me to be keenly interested in his writings and influence.

Dr. Jones' books, sermons, tapes, and other writings can be found all over the world, in spite of the fact that he died in 1981. For nearly 40 years he had been the Senior Minister at London's Westminster Chapel at Buckingham Gate. Known as 'The Doctor,' Dr. Jones was considered a leading authority on the evangelical movement and Reformed theology--that segment of the theological discipline that traces its heritage back to Calvin, Luther, and Zwingli. His insight and counsel were sought by persons from every walk of life all around the world, from princes and queens to peasants.

The recognition that Jones received from the Christian community was the second time he had risen to a place of prominence. The first time was as a physician. Jones had been a heart specialist who served in the Queen's Court in England. His conversion to Christianity and his subsequent decision to go into full-time Christian ministry raised more than a few eyebrows in the U.K. However, the level of trust that he had amassed served him well after he entered Christian ministry.

Jones returned to his native Wales to serve a congregation in the impoverished Avalon sector near Sandfields, South Wales. His eleven year tenure saw the congregation flourish. Shortly afterward he was invited by the famed G. Campbell Morgan of the Westminster Chapel to serve along side of Morgan as co-Minister. Then, in the late 30s, Jones became the sole Senior Minister of the large London congregation, seeing it through some dark days during WWII when a bomb blew off part of the roof. Members of the congregation at the time reported that on the following Sunday after the blast, 'The Doctor' mounted the pulpit and 'took his service, ignoring the large hole above him.'

The many writings of Dr. Jones leave us with much invaluable advice on various issues. I leave you with one on this Sunday.

Jones used the story of Jacob's conversion in Genesis and Paul's words in Romans to suggest that silence is a virtue practically lost in modern Christianity. With the shrill voices of modern fundamentalism pounding away at the ears at decibel levels that are nearly deafening, Jones maintained that silence was absolutely necessary as the key to intimacy with God.

In his landmark 8-volume Commentary to the Romans, Jones stated, 'If one would be a Christian he must be quiet. Jacob found himself ultimately alone with God in silence. Paul speaks of the stark solitude and quiet when one comes face to face with the God of the ages. Thus, you cannot be a Christian until you have come the realization that you are totally dumbfounded, spellbound, and that you have absolutely nothing to say.'

This gripping advice is a word to the wise in the modern world in every sphere of life.