RNC takes a stand

From the Washington Times… Republicans criticize bailout-mania…

“We can’t be a party of small government, free markets and low taxes while supporting bailouts and nationalizing industries, which lead to big government, socialism and high taxes at the expense of individual liberty and freedoms,” said Solomon Yue, a cosponsor of a resolution that would put the RNC — the party’s national governing body — on the record as opposing the U.S. government bailouts of the financial and auto industries.

Growing some backbone at the RNC? Stay tuned.

The Best Blog Post of 2008

Hands down. The best of 2008 is Jon Swift’s outstanding compilation of the best blog posts of 2008, chosen by the bloggers themselves.

I plan to take some time this week and read every one of them. I invite you to do the same.

Saturday night boogie cat

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War in Gaza

Israel has had enough.

The IDF has attacked Hamas installations in Gaza in a well-executed series of air strikes. Over 200 deaths are reported. Carl in Jerusalem has more:

The IDF began its long-awaited attack on Hamas-controlled Gaza at 11:30 AM Saturday, and according to initial reports managed to catch Hamas off-guard, after deliberately sending soldiers home on furloughs Thursday to create the impression that a military strike was not imminent.

The operation is codenamed “Cast Lead” – a phrase taken from a well known Chanukah song which refers to “cast-lead draydels.”

At least 80 IAF aircraft, including both jets and helicopters, struck pre-selected targets in Gaza, reportedly dropping at least 100 tons of ordinance. According to Arab sources in Gaza, the death toll there is 200. By 7:00 PM, one report said it had reached 205.

As Carl notes, one sure sign of Israeli success is the call from the EU for “restraint.” French President Sarkozy dusts off the old saw of “disproportionate use of force,” but I doubt that even the French would stand by and allow their towns to be targeted by years of rocket and mortar fire under the guise of a truce.

Friday Linkfest

In the town of Nazareth, muslims have erected a banner at the entrance of the plaza in front of the Basilica of the Annunciation. The banner declares that allah had no son. “He begetteth not nor was he begotten.” link

I couldn’t agree more. There is absolutely nothing about islam that is comparable to Jesus Christ. Anyone who claims allah and God are different names for the same One True God have been deceived. The Lord said, “By their fruits you shall know them.”.

Here is a quick stroll through today’s headlines. Decide for yourself.

The Taliban have blown up more than 100 girls’ schools in Swat in the past 14 months. The destruction of schools and recent threats to teachers and students have forced over 50,000 girls out of schools. Link

Photographs Released By The Mumbai Police Reveals Shocking Truths of the recent Mumbai Terrorist Attacks :: Sexual humiliation of Guest, Esp. Foreigners, before killing them...Link

Officials in The Netherlands have admitted that their biggest mistake was being politically correct when it comes to Islam. They have gone as far as saying “to become Dutch, you must in principle give up your old nationality.” Read more

Both Iran and its Hamas proxy in Gaza have been busy this Christmas week showing Christendom just what they think of it. But no one seems to have noticed.

On Tuesday, Hamas legislators marked the Christmas season by passing a Shari’a criminal code for the Palestinian Authority. Among other things, it legalizes crucifixion. Link

Channel 4 was rebuked by the Government yesterday for its decision to broadcast an address by the President of Iran as the channel’s alternative Christmas message.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said that providing a platform for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has called the Holocaust “a myth”, would cause widespread offence, despite the conciliatory tone of his speech. Read more

Imagine the UN appointing David Duke to report on how Blacks are victimizing whites, or Hugo Chavez to report on American foreign policy, or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to investigate whether the Holocaust occurred….

Well the UN has done something comparable by appointing Richard Falk as its supposedly impartial “rapporteur” on Israeli actions in the Palestinian territories. Link

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Silent Night – Andy Williams

My Dad loved to listen to Andy Williams.  His variety show was a weekly staple in our home.

I miss you, Pops.

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Merry Christmas y’all.

Tuesday Open Thread

From Craig Silverman’s “Regret the Error”

Because of an editor’s error, a photograph of Neil Diamond was incorrectly used in a review of Neil Young at the DCU Center in Worcester in Monday’s Telegram & Gazette. Link


Filed This Under…I WANT ONE!

The potential for fun with this portable picnic popper, is endless!

Holiday Greetings From Fred Thompson

Asking Washington to exist with less of our money, is like asking a dog to not sniff butts.
It’s not in their nature.

h/t NBRA

Obama:Time’s Man Of The Year?

Really?
This guy?

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I need not delve into their justification for selecting this stoner. I’m certain it is because he is the first biracial PEOTUS, and not because he is the least experienced, least known candidate in the history of this country.

Spleef on, B-HO.
Your Lapdog loves you.

Yon interview NRO

Michael Yon is interviewed by Kathryn Lopez.

Good read.

My Man George. He’s cool under fire

Watch how calm W is under fire. That’s My Man!

Now imagine what would happen in a similar situation if Kerry had  won the election.

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Thanks again Mr. President for the class that you have shown during your watch.

Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters. There Are ‘Stray Cats’ On The Loose.

Heisman Exit Poll:Sam Bradford

*UPDATE* Sam Bradford Wins The Heisman Trophy

I know what you are thinking.
An exit poll? For the Heisman Trophy?
I was a little shocked to see it too, but here it is, a sample of one hundred of the more than nine hundred who cast ballots.

The winner: Sam Bradford.

The Oklahoma quarterback received 47 first-place votes and 226 points, beating out Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow. The Texas quarterback had 20 first-place votes and 172 points, while the Florida quarterback had 31 first-place votes and 164 points.

I believe it is really a showdown between Bradford and Tebow, both very deserving of the honor. Tebow, having won the award last year, is certainly deserving of the award again, he didn’t have quite as good a season as a QB, as he did last year, but he did lead his team to the National Championship game.
That BCS Championship game will have Tebow’s Florida Gators, against the Bradford led OU Sooners. It shapes up to be one of the most explosive scoring Championship games in history.

Bradford is also a truly deserving recipient of the Heisman, having already won the Davey O’Brien award, as the nations best quarterback; and the Sammy Baugh award, as the nation’s best passer. Well he should receive those honors, considering the numbers he has put up, on a team that has scored 702 points, the most in modern football history, and 86 points better, than the nearest team. Bradford led a Sooner offense, that scored more than 60 points in each of the last five games of the season, a NCAA record, and could have been six games, as they scored 58 in the game just prior to the five game streak. Bradford’s individual stats dwarf those of Tebow’s, with 48 touchdown passes, 4,464 yards passing, only 6 interceptions, a 68.3 pass completion percentage, with a QB rating of 186.29.

Bradford and Tebow are asked to be different types of QB’s, for the type of systems they operate. Tebow is asked to be more athletic, and runs with the ball often, while Bradford is asked to direct a talented offense, and be more cerebral than athletic. Bradford only runs as a last resort, as evidenced in the above video, but he is certainly a gifted athlete.

While I am definitely an OU Sooner fan, and would love to see Bradford win, I am also a fan of Tebow, not because of the team he plays for, but for the quality of person he is.
That is one of the aspects of the Heisman, that isn’t a criteria for the award, and that’s the quality of the person. Each are excellent young men, wonderful role models, and good students. I don’t know how Tebow’s education is proceeding, but Bradford, involved with high level college football, and surrounding acivities, is currently posting a 3.95GPA.
I found a source that states Bradford has a IQ of 128, and Tebow’s IQ is 127, but don’t know how true they are, or where they got their info.

One other thing about Bradford, which has no bearing on the Heisman, but rather on the type of role model he has become, comes from this source, as it relates to Bradford’s Cherokee Indian heritage.

This is Native American land, home to seven western Oklahoma Indian tribes, where life is hardscrabble and optimism and inspiration can be scarce. Anadarko’s Riverside Indian School, the nation’s oldest federally operated Indian boarding school, doles out both to some 600 students from 25 states enrolled in fourth grade through high school. Its football program has struggled and was dropped for a couple of seasons, but restarted this year and drew more than 40 boys who suited up for the varsity team.

Their inspiration is Bradford.

Personally, I won’t be disappointed with either Bradford or Tebow as the Heisman Trophy winner. Both are deserving of the award, and both are outstanding young men, that mean much more to their teams, and others, than any individual award could ever bring.

Auto bailout hits snag

Isn’t it interesting to hear democrat leaders and UAW reps come out and blame the republicans for the failure to pass the bailout?

There are reportedly a dozen or so republican senators who have agreed to support the bill. Since the dems have the majority, shouldn’t their caucus plus the dozen republicans be enough to pass muster?

Obviously, the problem isn’t the republicans, but the defections within the democrat caucus.

Friday reading

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Why won’t Rahm talk? Do you think we’re going to find out that he was the go-between between PEBO and Governor Blog?

Are you going to mourn the loss of your local newspaper? You should .. but the answer is probably not.

Congress has cut the pay for the position of secretary of state so that Hillary can have at it. Sorry … that’s side-stepping the Constitution .. not that anyone cares.

Could Rod Blagojevich employ an insanity defense?

Which state would you say is the most corrupt in the nation? Yeah, I thought it would be Illinois too.

Barack Obama’s “diverse” cabinet seems to be missing one key group: Southerners.

NASA administrator Mike Griffin isn’t laying out the welcoming matt for the Obama administration.

Barack Obama’s choice for energy secretary – Steven Chu … he was a tree sitter in Berkeley. Lovely.

It looks like AIG is putting your tax dollars to good use with some wise business decisions.

Technically he isn’t even our president elect, but Barack Obama is enjoying some “sky-high” approval ratings.

In Pittsburgh government schools, students may soon be able to earn 50% of the credit for doing 0% of the work. What do you expect? Sounds like Congress.

The town board of Woodstock, NY doesn’t want a local manufacturer to make any parts that are used for military equipment.

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Snow Day! Open thread

There’s several inches of snow on the ground, and the winter storm shows no signs of letting up soon.

So, off goes the coat and tie.  Time to settle back into some comfy clothes and enjoy a rare Dixie snow day!

Indian forces on war alert

Indian air and naval forces have been put on ‘high alert”.

Josey Joseph reports

While Indian Air Force (IAF) fighters have been mounted with bombs and kept in a state of readiness to take off within minutes, almost the entire western naval fleet is aggressively patrolling the Arabian Sea.

The military was moved into this state of heightened alert within 24 hours of the terror attack on Mumbai, which began on November 26. When it became clear that the terrorists were Pakistanis, the government ordered the mobilisation.

DNA is reporting that there is presently no massive troop mobilization on the border.

Pearl Harbor Day

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And, while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.
Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island.
And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has therefore undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense, that always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory.

I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph. So help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.

Franklin D. Roosevelt – December 8, 1941


Listen to the entire speech – 7:11

WTF Open Thread

2008. The year of WTF.

People behaving out of character. A realignment on the political Right. The attempt to marginalize Christians. Weird, strange, unpredictable stuff. I can’t think of a better way to describe it than “WTF.”

First up, articles from NRO, Times Online, and JihadWatch.

Writing at NRO, Mark Steyn takes issue with those who would try to use the “nazi” label against the anti-jihad alliance. Roger Boyles continues the theme at the Times, And, writing at JihadWatch, Spencer takes on WSJ.

Mark Steyn says, “Silence = Acceptance”

We are told that the “vast majority” of the 1.6-1.8 billion Muslims (in Deepak Chopra’s estimate) are “moderate.” Maybe so, but they’re also quiet. And, as the AIDs activists used to say, “Silence=Acceptance.” It equals acceptance of the things done in the name of their faith. Rabbi Holtzberg was not murdered because of a territorial dispute over Kashmir or because of Bush’s foreign policy. He was murdered in the name of Islam — “Allahu Akbar.”

Roger Boyles reports from Berlin, “Mosques are a land grab, not a place of worship.”

So says Ralph Giordano, 85, Holocaust survivor. His protests against the grand mosque in Cologne brought a flood of supportive mail.

“…Mr. Giordano, we are afraid as you are of this creeping Islamification but we can’t say anything in public because we will end up being branded as neo-Nazis.”

The novelist and essayist pauses for effect. “Well, that’s something that cannot be pinned on me!”

Mr Giordano finds himself in the company of far-right activists. “Of course, you have to distance yourself clearly from these people – obviously their racist, neo-Nazis arguments are quite different from mine – but I am not going to be muzzled just because people are fighting on the same issue with false arguments and a false ideology.”

Also counterpunching against the PC “right” at JihadWatch,

Over the weekend, Robert Spencer called out Wall St. Journal drone James Taranto on his cynicism about the intentions of the man who is most adamant about preserving Western civilization, Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders.

Specifically, as Spencer points out, Taranto finds Wilders’ views on Islam “problematic” and isn’t sure whether or not Geert Wilders is simply an “anti-Islamic provocateur.” To which Spencer replies, “It is a pity that Taranto would characterize speaking accurately about how Muslims use Islamic texts and teachings to justify violence and Islamic supremacism as being an ‘anti-Islamic provocateur.’”

More WTF on the domestic front, as the Mother of all Bailouts continues….

The Ohio Agriculture Department conducts a SWAT Team raid on a food co-op known as the Mana Storehouse. The charge? Running a retail establishment without a license. No kidding. Selling unlicensed food is now an offense worthy of a SWAT Team raid. Read more here.

At Euromoney, Helen Avery reports that the settlement system for the US Government bond market has broken down.

And,at the Market Oracle, Martin Weiss says, “America’s Second Great Depression has started.”

Right now, our country’s finances have deteriorated too far to balance the federal budget anytime soon. But it’s not too late to avoid some major financial blunders that could seriously weaken our country for the rest of the century. Even in the worst-case scenario, it is certainly not too late for you to protect your savings, boost your income and grow your wealth.

How long could the depression last? How much further can home prices fall? How far down will the stock market go? Will it be as bad as the 1930s? At this juncture, you can count on your fingers the number of serious analysts who believe that’s even a remote possibility. And yet, stranger things have already happened, including the largest bank and insurance company collapses of all time.

And, on a lighter note, Sparty claims that Chris Petersen will be named head coach at Mississippi State, right after today’s SEC Championship game, even though Petersen and everyone else denies it. I hope Sparty’s right.

Also, South Panola’s 89 game win streak is snapped by Meridian in the 5A Championship game. Yes Virgina, Meridian’s All-State QB Tyler Russell is headed to Mississippi State! C’mon Chris Petersen.

Finally, GN Magazine has “Surprising Truths” you may not know about the Nativity story.

A ‘God Moment’ In Mumbia’s Oberoi Hotel!

Two gentlemen I know, one is the elderly father, the other his son, returned from their trip to Mumbia(Bombay) India, late Monday afternoon. I should add, two very happy men full of joy returned home, to be met by very thankful family and friends.
I will relate, briefly, part of their story from the terrorist attack on their hotel.
The first thing you must know is this, the elderly gentleman, who became a client of mine fifteen years ago, and became a friend in the process, is one of the kindest, gentlest men one could ever know. Always smiling, ever cheerful, despite the ravages of time on his body, and that of his dear, sweet wife. As he is approaching ninety years of age, he is in remarkably good health, but isn’t as steady on his feet as he once was, and uses a rolling walker to remain mobile.

It his story that I will focus on, as I related to his son, that he needs to write about his experience. I will not name them, as I don’t want to risk infringing on their privacy. It is with the knowledge of his son, that I write about their experience, but from my perspective, as a friend who listened intently to their story, and could only imagine the perils they faced.

Let me start with this one sentence, that I want you to repeat over several times.

THE ELEVATOR DOOR WAS CLOSING AS THE TERRORISTS RAN INTO THE LOBBY, AND THE SHOOTING BEGAN!

To try and explain all of the mitigating factors that led to that very moment, when the elevator door was closing, isn’t very difficult, but the impact of that moment is even less difficult to understand.

It was a ‘God Moment.’
A moment, described in five categories by Pastor Alan D. Wright in his book ‘God Moments.’ The category applicable here is:

Amazing Rescue—a moment when God guarded you, healed you, rescued you, or made a way out for you.

A ‘God Moment’ can also be described as:

This usually is a special time when it is clear that God has intervened and shown Himself in an exceptional way. It is important to notice and appreciate these unique moments and interventions of our Heavenly Father. We must enjoy them and thank Him for a clear answer to prayer, a sudden revelation of His will, a perfect circumstance that is no chance happening, a provision for a need, or a deep feeling of love and worship. These moments are important to recognize.

Source.

I know some will hiss and moan, and say it was just “fate..luck..timing” that impacted this gentleman’s life, at that precise moment. To them I can only say, you cannot see, if you don’t open your eyes.

The events leading to that moment, and the subsequent forty eight hours they remained barricaded in their hotel room, were anything but ordinary. They were attending the Synchronicity Foundation’s gathering in Mumbia, and were guests at the Oberoi, as were the others in their group.
The day began with the typically huge breakfast buffet, then sight seeing, and visiting with friends; then the typically huge lunch buffet at the hotel, with their group session in the afternoon. After returning to the hotel, the son told his father, he was going to skip dinner, as he had been eating far too much, in recent days, and asked his father if he wanted dinner. The father replied that he did want some soup, but not a full dinner. So the son assisted his elderly father to the dining room, just off of the lobby of the Oberoi, and seated him with friends, and made him comfortable. While the father was in the dining room, the son went to the mall area, that connects the Oberoi Hotel to the Trident, though they are separate facilities. There he used the internet office facilities, to send and receive emails. Upon concluding his business there, he looked in on his elderly father, who was enjoying his light dinner with friends. He informed his father, that he was going to the room, as he was growing tired. This, according to the son, was highly unusual in itself, as he generally was up quite late, and on most nights would have remained in the lobby, reading or visiting with friends.
Shortly after, the father, with the assistance of one of the ladies in the group, who was staying on the same floor as the father and son, decided to go to their rooms.

This part of the story is where it first struck me, that this was a ‘God Moment.’ Why was this night different than the others? Why did the son not join them in the dining room? Why, at that precise moment, did they decide to head upstairs? And finally, why did the elevator door open for them, and close for them, at the precise moment that it did?
I already have explained why, but these were the immediate questions that hit me, when the story was related.

Still, there is more.
They barricaded themselves in their room for two days, living in fear of the unknown, knowing from phone calls and television reports, that there were muslim terrorists committing this mayhem, and actively seeking out “Westerners,” and they survived. My first thought was of the age of my friend, and how dangerous it is for an elderly man to become dehydrated or malnourished.
It seems the ‘God Moment’ became “moments.” For some inexplicable reason, they had procured liter bottles of water, some fruit juices, and some breads and snacks. This danger was removed, as was the danger of the smoke from the fires, that got into their room. The air conditioner helped remove the smoke, until the fires were extinguished.

I can only add, that the relief I feel, knowing that my friends are safely home, with their loving families and friends, is only exceeded by those same people.
I’ve had ‘God Moments’ myself, some more profound than others, but I came to realize what they were. Which is why I was able to see, that my friends presence in the elevator, and the door closing when it did, was truly a ‘God Moment’ for him.

I’m certain there are many tales to be told, some with tragic endings, about this horrific terrorist attack. However, this one has touched me personally, and I thought I would relate it, in terms of my understanding of what has happened.

I explained this event to one of my daughters, late Monday night, and she understood immediately, what I was telling her.
I also related to the son, whom I also consider a friend, and his wife, as they departed for home yesterday, that his father’s presence in the elevator, was a ‘God Moment.’ They both agreed, and their traumatized thoughts were replaced, for a moment, with a look of understanding in their eyes, that his father had indeed, experienced a ‘God Moment.’

Cross posted at Urban Grounds.

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