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Joe the Biden Follies

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Joe the Biden – the gift that keeps on giving. He asks what a Romney Justice department might look like, and implies it's something we should fear. Well, it probably won't look like this:

 Sell guns to Mexican drug lords in order to pretend there is a gun problem in the States.

 Ignore voter intimidation by thugs at the polling place.

 Rail against voter ID laws in venues that require ID to enter.

 Incite race animosity.

 Ignore leaks from the EXOP on National Security.

 Sue states trying to protect their borders from illegal immigration.

 Try enemy terrorists in court as if they were American citizens.

 I'm probably missing something, but I'll take a Romney Justice Department over this record any day.



Shame on You Scotland, Shame!

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Scotland should be ashamed of itself. I am personally embarrassed about my own Scottish heritage – through which I trace my lineage to some fairly illustrious historical figures. But today I am ashamed of my Scottish blood for the first time in my life.

Scottish citizens might not be able to purchase English translations of Israeli masterpieces such as “A tale of love and darkness” by Amos Oz and “Someone to run with” by David Grossman, due to a boycott on Israeli books.

Two and a half years ago, shortly after Operation Cast Lead, the West Dunbartonshire Regional Council, located west of Glasgow, approved a bill that called to boycott goods produced in Israel.

According to the law, the council and all public bodies under its jurisdiction are forbidden to sell goods that originated from Israel.

Despicable. The full article is here. But for the first time, Scotland displays an anti-semitism of the sort which is more properly confined to Nazi Germany.

Shame on you Scotland. And until my Scottish cousins cease to support murdering terrorists because they are against the Jews, I will not buy another bottle of Scotch. I urge all of my readers to do the same.

Scotland wants to boycott Israeli goods? Then let the Scots feel the pain themselves. I will buy no more Scottish goods and I call for a boycott until they cease their despicable anti-semitism.

Update: While I’m at it, I’ll supplement my purchase of non-Scottish brown liquors with a search of some of these Israeli books that have Scotland so spooked. I hear some of them are pretty good novels.

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May 28, 2011 at 11:48 pm

TSA Follies

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One more post about the TSA. On my return trip, I passed through security, jacket off, shoes off, belt off, laptop out, small containers of toiletries in a ziploc bag out, and at the same time wondering about my colleague who had been whisked behind closed doors for special screening. Then I saw this:

I have to give the TSA credit – they at least saw the humor in the fact that they had clearly discombobulated us.

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January 23, 2011 at 10:13 pm

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TSA Passes, Sorta

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As in, they made no pass. Or what might have been had they done it. Which they didn’t.

In short, I flew out of Boston today, and passed through security ungroped, unx-rayed, and apparently undangerous.

I’m almost disappointed …

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January 18, 2011 at 1:26 am

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Democrats and Ground Zero

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This one has been hard for my liberal friends. They simply don’t get it. It certainly won’t help their understanding when cogent analysis of Bill Clinton’s views weigh in:

Bill Clinton is beneath contempt. He was in Egypt and said in defense of the ground zero mosque, that it should be built and dedicated to the 60 muslim victims of 9/11. What about the non-muslim victims? What a disgusting display of pandering. I’m so sick of our political leaders excessive pandering to muslims. If they are going to speak before muslim audiences, why not at least have the courage to condemn the oppression and violence in the name of islam? Why couldn’t Clinton have condemned the persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt while he was there?

MartiniPundit fully associates himself with this notion, and wonders the same about Bill Clinton. I’d also like to add my amazement that the Dems continue to control the voting of American Jews despite their manifest anti-Semitism.

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October 6, 2010 at 1:46 am

September 11th + 9

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We are approaching a milestone of sorts. It is but one year until a decade has passed since the 9/11 attacks. Here is what I wrote in 2004.

What a difference a presidency makes. Since George Bush left office, we are less safe – at least three attacks on US soil: three more than occurred under Bush post 9/11. A president who seems more concerned with what the world thinks than keeping America safe. A president more inclined to apologize for America than defend it.

It is also a time to reflect. Nine years still sees Ground Zero empty. It see a debate over whether a mosque should be built near the site and in a building upon which debris rained.

It is a time in which I have to wonder has the nation forgotten the attacks or does the nation want to ignore them. That we want to move beyond is normal and natural. That we seem to want to do so before the job of defeating terrorism is done is shameful and cowardly. I grew up with the twin towers. I miss them. And I still want justice for those who died in them.

Remember September 11th!

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September 11, 2010 at 2:13 am

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General Petraeus Errs

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Let me start by saying I’m a fan of David Petraeus. He’s clearly the most consequential American general since Norman Schwarzkopf and thus in the top commanders of the past thirty years. It goes without saying that I would not second-guess his battlefield acumen – I obviously wouldn’t know what I was talking about.

So, all that being said, I think General Petraeus was wrong to comment on the wacko Florida pastor’s plan to burn the Koran. He has given far too much weight to a buffoon.

I’m no fan of Islam. I was first exposed to it as a teenager when I worked with a black muslim who was a follower of Warith Dean Mohammed. I still have the Koran that co-worker gave me. I also have another one I purchased on my own (Everyman). And yes, I have read the Koran cover to cover. I remain unconvinced and unimpressed.

And yet – burn a book? Is that the right call Reverend Hitler? My personal library is over 3000 volumes and contains the aforementioned two Korans. I would no sooner burn them than I would burn my oldest book published in 1568 (not kidding). Reverend Whoever down there in Florida is obviously a little man and has nothing to contribute to the discussion of religion in the Public Square. He ought to be ignored.

This brings me to my issue with General Petraeus. I understand that in Afghanistan there have been riots over the FL buffoon. However, when a man of General Petraeus’s stature deigns to notice such a buffoon, then the buffoon has won. Yes, the buffoon has the right to burn the Koran under our system, but like the mosque near Ground Zero, which has the right to be built, it shouldn’t. The right and the right thing to do are here identical.

I encourage thinking Christians and Jews to read the Koran as I have done. I’ll bet that the vast majority of those who do so will see it for what it is – bad poetry and worse theology. But even the risk that some may be convinced, can never justify the burning of such a book. For to do so lends it a mystique, nay a majesty, it simply does not deserve. Books – be they the Koran or the Bible or pulp fiction – should stand on their own. To say they must be burned gives them persuasion without the necessity of reading them. And General Petraeus, great man though I believe him to be, should not lower himself to comment on a so-called Christian who would stoop to book-burning.

Update: Michael Zebulon over at American Thinker agrees.

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September 8, 2010 at 1:53 am

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