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Kidnappers Expose Their True Aims

By on 8.23.06 | 1:40PM

When Israeli soldiers were kidnapped recently, so-called human rights activists such as Jimmy Carter pinned the blame on the Jewish state, the idea being that the kidnapping was merely a reaction to Israel holding Palestinian and Hezbollah prisoners.

A Palestinian terrorist group identifying itself as "Holy Jihad Brigades" has just released this video of kidnapped Fox News journalists Olaf Wiig and Steve Centanni. The terrorist group is giving the U.S. 72 hours to release Muslim prisoners being held in America, or else...well, that's not clear now, but you can use your imagination.

Heather Mac Donald has a Beef

By on 8.23.06 | 1:10PM

Heather Mac Donald has made it her business to complain about theological impositions upon the conservative movement of late. After a go-round with Michael Novak, she just wants us Christian types to know that the faith is quite unreasonable given the bad things that happen to good people in this world.

Well, thank you, Voltaire. The Christians, Jews, etc. may as well hang it up.

Mac Donald can't understand how there can be a God when people die and suffer, not only from the actions of other people, but also because of natural catastrophes. God looks like a very delinquent daddy in her eyes. The idea is less ridiculous than thinking there is no God at all.

There are many problems with Mac Donald's approach. For example, if it is the case that there is a God and He is essentially infinite compared to our finitude, then it stands to reason that we would not be able to fully comprehend Him and why His universe acts as it does. Mac Donald can't understand God and thus writes him off. It doesn't mean God doesn't exist and doesn't have reasons we cannot currently comprehend. "Who has known the mind of God and who has been his counselor?"

RE: How Many of Us Would You Like To Kill?

By on 8.23.06 | 11:10AM

That post resulted in an excellent comment from "Rev". Go here to read it.

Apparently, these are not merely hypotheticals. This morning's Washington Post Express (PDF) has a brief bit on page 24 about an upcoming CNN special on Osama bin Laden. Here's the money paragraph:

One reporter remembers coming upon bin Laden in Afghanistan during the war against the Soviet Union. They politely discussed politics and religion for a half hour, and then he was dismissed with the warning, "If I see you again, I will kill you."

Constitution at War

By on 8.23.06 | 9:30AM

Jonah Goldberg has an column out today accusing liberals of a double standard for arguing for a flexible, living constitution that evolves with the times while supporting a narrow reading when it comes to the War on Terror.
While I can understand the temptation to make such an argument, it can also be turned around. Liberals can argue that conservatives are always fussing about appointing judges that strictly interpret the constitution, while during the War on Terror they have been willing to allow for a broader definition of the document when it comes to executive power during wartime.


By on 8.22.06 | 7:29PM

In an article about his next Fauxumentary, "Sicko", Michael Moore states, "I'd like to show you some things you don't know. So stay tuned for where this movie has led me. I think you might enjoy it."

Um, I don't know, but I can venture a pretty good guess as to where his Fauxumentary had "led" him based on another comment in the article:

Re: Iran’s Response

By on 8.22.06 | 3:29PM

Interesting that Tehran is now saying they're willing to enter serious negotiations now. What should the EUnuchs learn from that about what they've been doing for the past three years?

How Many Of Us Would You Like To Kill?

By on 8.22.06 | 2:09PM

How to negotiate with terrorists:

Terrorism Advocate: "I would like for you to be dead....and your children....and your wife will be stoned to death."

Diologue Advocate: "I understand your feelings. But we can't really have people going around killing others. Can we agree on that?"

Terrorism Advocate: "No. You are an infidel. Your words are spoken with a devil tongue. You must die. You, your children, your wife, and your neighbors."

Read it all over at Tusk and Talon.

If The MSM Ran Stories Like This

By on 8.22.06 | 12:52PM

This was the headline in the DC Examiner today:

Groups call for Legislature to cut spending

Any mention of the Americans for Prosperity's campaign to put a lid on Virginia's spending orgy in the Washington Post? Nope.

And proving that politicians in state legislatures are not much different than ones in DC:

"Eighty percent of the budget is comprised of education, health care, debt service on funding prison construction, car tax rebate and the rainy day fund. If they are proposing cuts in any of those five, I'd be interested to hear what they are," said Del. Brian Moran, D-Alexandria.

He said the commonwealth has been named the best-managed state by the Government Performance Project, the best place to do business by Forbes, and ranks 41st highest in the nation for its state- and local-tax burden on citizens, according to the Tax Foundation.

If Moran thinks those things can't change, just keep on spending.

Iran’s Response

By on 8.22.06 | 12:18PM

So, Iran is saying that they are ready for "serious talks." More information will come out, no doubt, but this strikes me as just another stalling technique that does nothing to change the main issues, especially because they will reportedly continue enriching uranium. I don't see what more there is to negotiate, given that Iran has already been offered light-water reactors and support to join the World Trade Organization. Should Iran continue to enrich uranium past the Aug. 31 deadline and prevent inspectors from investigating their nuclear program, will the UN Security Council actually impose sanctions, or will it hold off on such actions now that Iran wants "serious talks."