Sunday, January 21, 2007

Building a Democractic Government in Iraq

I have for some time been concerned that, with all of our good intentions, the people of Iraq may not be able to sustain or even comprehend our (Western) view of a Democratic government. There are so many fundamental cultural differences that even though the Iraqi people may desire more freedom, a succesful Democratic government in Iraq will look very little like the United States. Recently, while catching up on some back reading, I came across the September issue of Imprimis, where Bernard Lewis captured my concerns and elaborated on "Freedom and Justice is Islam". If you also ponder these concerns, then this quick read article is well worth your time.

This article by Lewis also illustrates the motivation behind on of my greatest passions - alternative energy sources. In the mid 1920's the discovery of oil by the House of Saud transformed, "...what would have been a lunatic fringe in a marginal country [to] a major force in the world of Islam". That single event more than any other, in my opinion, is the source of power and world influence now held by Middle Eastern countries. If Western civilization could break away from its dependence on oil, the money trail for most terrorist activities would dry up.

##That's my opinion##

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Imam's gone wild

Not to take anything away from "Girls gone Wild"... as this is completely different.

I don't know if you have heard but the UK's Channel 4 did some undercover work on some of the 'seedier' mosque's in the UK. What they found was disturbing and should be a wake up call for us all. Michelle Malkin has a post here and a link on that post will take you to some video out takes here.

Wake up people... Religion of peace...

-End of Ramble

OH.. and for something really funny check THIS out.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Worring about America

I worry. I worry a lot. I find that it is starting to affect the way that I interact with people. I find that would I would really like to do is become Grizzly Adams and go live in the mountains someplace without the constant bombardment of stupidity. A classic example of that stupidity can be found in this article. The article is fine... The reporter is fine... The person he was reporting on is a fruitcake. An excerpt of the article is here:

A Raleigh activist and bookstore owner told a panel at Howard University Law School on Oct. 14 that the solution to many of the problems faced by black people is the extermination of “white people off the face of the planet.” Dr. Kamau Kambon, who taught Africana Studies 241 in the Spring 2005 semester at North Carolina State University, also said this needs to be done “because white people want to kill us.”

Addressing a panel on “Hurricane Katrina Media Coverage,” broadcast in its entirety on C-SPAN, Kambon told the audience that white people “have retina scans, they have what they call racial profiling, DNA banks, and they’re monitoring our people to try to prevent the one person from coming up with the one idea. And the one idea is, how we are going to exterminate white people because that in my estimation is the only conclusion I have come to. We have to exterminate white people off the face of the planet to solve this problem.”
Where do these people come from? What is wrong with our planet? Is it the advent of processed foods?

I have posted on this several times. I think that the constant bombardment of people pushing anything racial does our society more harm than good. I believe that Diversity is a crock. We should have "UNITY" where we all work together for the betterment of society.

-End of Ramble

Monday, January 08, 2007

History Lesson

Captured from cyberspace...

Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in the winter.

The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer. These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups:

1. Liberals
2. Conservatives

Once beer was discovered, it required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so while our early humans were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery. That's how villages were formed.

Some men spent their days t racking and killing animals to B-B-Q at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as the Conservation movement.
Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly B-B-Q's and doing the sewing, fetching, and hair dressing. This was the beginning of the Liberal movement.

Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women. The rest became known as girlie-men.
Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the invention of group therapy, group hugs, and the concept of Democratic voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that conservatives provided.

Over the years conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. Liberals are symbolized by the jackass.
Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer white wine or im ported bottled water. They eat raw fish but like their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare.

Another interesting evolutionary side note: most of their women have higher testosterone levels than their men. Most social workers, attorneys, journalists, dreamers in Hollywood and group therapists are liberals. Liberals invented the designated hitter rule because it wasn't fair to make the pitcher also bat.

Conservatives drink domestic beer. They eat red meat and still provide for their women. Conservatives are big-game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks, construction workers, firemen, medical doctors, police officers, corporate executives, athletes, Marines, sailors, airmen, soldiers, and generally anyone who works productively. Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living.

Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to govern the producers and de cide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when conservatives were coming to America. They crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of trying to get more for nothing.

Here ends today's lesson in world history: It should be noted that a Liberal may have a momentary urge to angrily respond to the above before forwarding it. A Conservative will simply laugh and be so convinced of the absolute truth of this history that it will be forwarded immediately to other true believers and to more liberals just to piss them off.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

What were they thinking?

During the execution of Saddam, camera phone video clips were captured. "In the version doing the rounds of Sadr City, members of the execution party could be heard taunting Saddam by chanting Sadr's name: "Moqtada, Moqtada, Moqtada!"

At this quintessential moment, the members of the execution party could have thought of many things. They could have thought of the new Iraqi potential, or a life without a dictator, or their children growing up with a chance at more than death. But at least some of the Iraqi's gathered to see Saddam put to death thought of Moqtada al Sadr - a political thug at best.

What were they thinking?

##That's my opinion##

So - you want to be a Senator

One of the first acts that new U.S. Senators have to take is the Oath of Office. Should it matter whether or not the new Senator places his hand on the bible or not? On the Qur'an? On anything?

When I heard that the first Muslim Senator had been elected, the question of placing his hand on the bible for the Oath came to mind. It bothered me. Then I tried to understand why it bothered me. I'm still pondering that question.

What say you?

##That's my opinon##