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A Courageous Voice From Inside Islam

11 Jan

A Courageous Voice From Inside Islam.

This is refreshing, and somewhat encouraging.  The Egyptian president jacking up the Egyptian religious leaders.

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Media Lackeys at Work Again in Middle East

17 Jul

Is anyone besides me totallysick of seeing news broadcasts highlighting the death and destruction in Gaza caused by Israeli bombs?  I am so mad I could spit (whatever that really means).  This is the national and international media at its very worst.

Who is it that does not know that the death and destruction stops as soon as Hamas stops firing rockets from Gaza into Israel?  What idiot does not know this?

What idiot does not know that this death and destruction in Gaza is caused, and encouraged, by the victims’ own people?

What idiot does not realize that the Gaza-based terrorists do not care one whit about the lives of their own people?  In fact, they rejoice when new “martyrs” are created and reported on across the world?

All that is necessary for such hideous occurrences to stop is for Hamas to stop shooting rockets from Gaza into Israel.

THIS is the story I want to see emphasized on the news — the story of how this bombing of Gaza can be brought to a close.  Right now.  Today.  Probably within the hour.

Is This Any Way to Report a War?

20 Oct

I find one of the most striking aspects of the reporting on the war on the Taliban in Afghanistan to be the almost complete absence of Taliban casualty counts.  As much as I hate war, one of the few sources of satisfaction to be derived from an assertive war effort is the ability to inflict higher casualties upon your enemy than they inflict upon you.

Yet our seemingly absent media/journalists focus almost entirely upon single events and American casualties tied to those events – showing how horrible it all is for America.  We get little feeling at all about how our guys are doing in actual combat.  Following the media reports, one could easily infer that the Taliban is beating us up pretty badly.

I don’t recall any war, including the hated Vietnam War, being reported in this manner.  Seems to me we always got a report of casualties on both sides.

To me, the reporting on Afghanistan is irresponsible, and somewhat demoralizing.  It is reporting with an agenda – and that agenda is to play up how horrible this war is for the Americans – to allow an over-politicization of the war to force an early pull-out.

Now – again – I’m no war-monger, and I don’t like us being there.

BUT – and this is a BIG but – though I had to dig a little to find numbers, it appears that we are beating the crap out of the Taliban in Afghanistan.  And not just with drones.

The best numbers I can come up with indicate that we have lost about 2000 soldiers (maybe twice that across all Coalition forces) to hostilities in Afghanistan.  Granted, many consider 2000 to be 2000 too many.  But as bad as that might be (considering that we lost 56,000 men in fewer years in Vietnam), what I am seeing is that the coalition forces have probably inflicted 80-120,000 casualties (30,000 killed) on the Taliban.

Now – as war goes, this is a pretty darn good ratio!

I hope all our soldiers are able to leave Afghanistan soon.  But meanwhile, KEEP UP THE AWESOME WORK!  Americans can be proud of our servicemen not just for their sacrifice in protecting America, but for their overwhelming effectiveness when meeting the enemy.

Next problem in Afghanistan – the bloodletting that will follow the withdrawal of Coalition forces, when the Taliban declare victory over the once-mighty United States and its western allies.  There have probably been as many civilian casualties in this war (inflicted by BOTH sides) as there have been combatant casualties.  Anyone think this will go down with the Coalition’s withdrawal and the Taliban’s declaration of victory?

Thomas Sowell: “Obama versus Obama” — Great Stuff!

26 Sep

Thomas Sowell has just written a series of essays titled “Obama versus Obama”.  In my opinion, these are excellent portrayals of the “before and after” Obama, and well worth the read and redistribution – and re-read.

I usually provide excerpts and refer the reader to the entire essay, but this is another of those instances where I cannot begin to do justice to this series by just providing “sound bites”.

Read ‘em and weep . . . . or better yet, become re-energized

http://www.creators.com/opinion/thomas-sowell/obama-versus-obama.html

http://www.creators.com/opinion/thomas-sowell/obama-versus-obama-part-ii.html

http://www.creators.com/opinion/thomas-sowell/obama-versus-obama-part-iii.html

http://www.creators.com/opinion/thomas-sowell/obama-versus-obama-part-iv.html

And the Palestinian Authority Wants Formal Recognition?

15 Aug

Apparently, the Palestinian Authority (PA) can’t pay its electric bills.  This is the group that wanted the UN to grant it formal statehood.  And it not only cannot pay its electric bills, but the fault is that of countries that have not provided the aid packages that they pledged.

 Huh?

 And the PA wants statehood?  What are they doing internally to show that they are ready for consideration as an independent “state”?

 The entire report from Jewish World Review can be found at http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0812/lights_out_for_palestine.php3

 Excerpts:    [Bolding is mine]

Israel is tired of being stiffed.

The West continues to ply the Arabs of Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem with hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Yet they still can’t afford to pay their electricity bill?

The east Jerusalem power company that supplies electricity to parts of the West Bank on Tuesday warned that its Israeli partner has threatened to cut supply over unpaid debts.  .  .  .

Palestinian government spokesman Ghassan Khatib acknowledged the issue, saying it was “a real problem, with political, economic and cultural dimensions.”  .  .  .

And he added that the PA’s failure to pay its portion of the outstanding debt to JDECO was the result of a crippling deficit that the government says is due to undelivered aid pledges.

The Palestinian government has in recent months struggled to pay its employees on time and warned that it faces a major crisis as donor countries fail to make good on pledged funds.

[End of excerpts]

Maybe if they bought fewer rockets and gave less money to equip, feed and house quasi-military terrorists?

Shouldn’t We Redistribute Olympic Medals?

12 Aug

I observe with considerable chagrin that less than 10% of participating nations in the Olympics receive over 90% of the medals.  Now, I ask you — Is this fair?

Sure, the athletes put in the effort to excel, but did they build the Games themselves?  Did they build the facilities for the Games?  Did they build the training facilities, the roads, bridges, airports, used to train, compete, and attend the Olympics?  Did they grow the food that they trained on?  Aren’t the athletes simply the beneficiaries of someone else’s hard work in providing necessary infrastructure and services?

So how can it be justified that so many countries are under-represented in the medal standings?  How can it be allowed that so many medals go to so few nations/athletes?

Shouldn’t there be a quota — no nation can win more than, say, 2% of the total available medals?  And no athlete can win more than one?  After all, (s)he can still say (s)he is an Olympic Medalist — and under my plan, so many others will be able to say that, too.

Oh — We would still expect the countries to put forth a full contingent of athletes, just as dedicated, just as eager to win their event, set new records, etc., but the medals for the events would simply go to the first “eligible” athlete/country at that point in the competition — someone who has not won a medal yet.

To add to the “fairness”, we could randomize the sequence of events at each Olympics, so that, say, runners who missed out on a medal due to “distribution fairness” this time around [country’s quota already met] might get a chance in the next Olympics.

Wouldn’t this be fairer?

[I trust the reader realizes I am only trying to make a point here.]

Random Thoughts from a Close Observer

28 Jul

Another excellent piece by Thomas Sowell.  A collection of observations, the totality of which can be found at www.Creators.com

 Dr. Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.  A black conservative economist (a rare breed), he has published several excellent books and essay collections.

 Some excerpts from this column:  [Bolding is mine]

 Random thoughts on the passing scene:

Even squirrels know enough to store nuts, so that they will have something to eat when food gets scarce. But the welfare state has spawned a whole class of people who spend everything they get when times are good, and look to others to provide for their food and other basic needs when times turn bad.  .  .  .

Two reports came out in the same week. One was from the Pentagon, saying that, in just a few years, Iran will be able to produce not only a nuclear bomb but a missile capable of carrying it to the United States. The other report said that the American Olympic team has uniforms made in China. This latter report received far more attention, both in Congress and in the media.

People who lament gridlock in Washington, and express the pious hope that Democrats and Republicans would put aside their partisan conflicts, and cooperate to help the economy recover, implicitly assume that what the economy needs is more meddling by politicians, which is what brought on economic disaster in the first place. (Skeptics can read “The Housing Boom and Bust.”)

Racism is not dead, but it is on life support — kept alive by politicians, race hustlers and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as “racists.”  .  .  .  .

Those who talk as if more people going to college is automatically a Good Thing seldom show much interest in what actually goes on at college — including far less time spent by students studying than in the past, and a proliferation of courses promoting a sense of grievance, entitlement or advanced navel-gazing and breast-beating.

One of the most dangerous trends of our times is making the truth socially unacceptable, or even illegal, with “hate speech” laws.  It is supposed to be terrible, for example, to call an illegal alien an “illegal alien” or to call an Islamic terrorist an “Islamic terrorist.” When the media refer to “undocumented” workers or to violence committed by “militants,” who is kidding whom — and why?  .  .  .  .

Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” Then he proceeded to generate fear among businesses for years on end, with both his anti-business rhetoric and his anti-business policies. Barack Obama is repeating the same approach and getting the same results — namely, an agonizingly slow economic recovery, as investors hang on to their money, instead of risking it in a hostile political environment.  .  .  .

There seems to be something “liberating” about ignorance — especially when you don’t even know enough to realize how little you know. Thus an administration loaded with people who have never run any business is gung-ho to tell businesses what to do, as well as gung-ho to tell the medical profession what to do, lenders whom to lend to, and the military how to fight wars.

[End of excerpts] 

Anything to add?