2012-08-30

Hiatus

I will be taking a break from posting for a couple of weeks. See you soon.

2012-08-26

Australian judge: "We call that gap 'freedom'"

THE idea sharia could operate as part of Australian law was ''misconceived'' and minority practices that offend moral standards should be abandoned, the former High Court judge Sir Gerard Brennan said last night. ...

''The democratic principle prescribes that the culture of the majority is determinative of the legal structure,'' he said. In Islamic law, he said - quoting the president of the Abu Dhabi Supreme Court - customs and legal reasoning had to agree with the Koran. But in Australian common law there was a gap between the requirement of the law and individual moral standards.
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''We call that gap 'freedom' and it allows Australian law to protect the cultural moral values of our minorities,'' he said....
Read the rest at the link, for Sir Gerard's understanding of the proper meaning of a multicultural society.

B*tch, please. It's the economy.

Gay voters mainly focused on economy, poll finds.
Much like the general populace, LGBT voters care about the economy, unemployment, and healthcare. However, the study also indicates that Americans in general consider a candidate’s position on gay rights as highly persuasive when it comes time to enter the voting booth. When asked whether they would be “more likely,” “less likely,” or “no difference,” 49 percent indicated they would be “more likely” to vote for a candidate who supports legislation to combat anti-gay bullying and 48 percent favored a candidate who supports including gays and lesbians as a protected class in the workplace.

According to the survey, both LGBT and general population voters as a whole currently favor Barack Obama, yet 1-in-5 would cast a ballot for Mitt Romney if he held the same views as Obama on gay rights. Moreover, 1-in-4 would consider voting for other Republican candidates if the GOP held the same positions on LGBT rights as the Democratic Party. Said Kenneth Sherrill, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Hunter College,“This survey documents a political transformation of epic proportions. LGBT rights are no longer a wedge issue in American politics.” ...
Go to the link for the full article, and numbers. GOProud has more:
(Tampa, FL) – Last week, Harris Interactive released a poll of 1,190 LGBT voters for conducted for Logo TV. “This poll confirms exactly what we have been saying for years now – gay voters aren’t simply concerned with marriage – just like the rest of America gay voters, by a wide margin, believe that jobs and the economy are the number one issue in the 2012 election,” said Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director and Co-Founder of GOProud – a national organization of gay and straight Americans seeking to promote freedom by supporting free markets, limited government, and a respect for individual rights.

The Harris poll showed that 32% of LGBT respondents selected jobs or the economy as the most important issue in deciding 2012 Presidential election vote. Only 6% of LGBT respondents said that same-sex marriage was the most important issue.

“The gay left would have you believe that the only issue that matters to gay voters is the issue of marriage – this poll shows just how out-of-touch the self-appointed gay leaders on the left really are,” continued LaSalvia. “The only gay organization that has emphasized the need to focus on jobs and the economy for gay voters is GOProud, which is why we are the only gay group to have endorsed Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.”

The Harris poll also shows Mitt Romney at 23% of LGBT voters. ...

It would be the shortest war in the history of the human race.

Lubbock judge says UN might invade Texas.

2012-08-22

The Second Conversation

There’s the kind of conversation I prefer to have; and then there’s the kind of conversation we sometimes have to have.

If you’re like me, you prefer to exchange ideas with reasonable people who generally share a similar worldview, even if you don’t always agree on the details. You enjoy working through the questions of premises, logic, and values that make up a civilized debate.

But there’s another kind of conversation going on. It’s the conversation that’s imposed on us by people who don’t believe in the free exchange of ideas. If you’re used to being able to speak and argue freely, you might be caught off guard, because free speech is something we can easily come to take for granted.

This is a conversation that calls for less subtlety and more nerve. It’s a conversation where you have to be willing to tell people exactly the thing they don’t want to hear. In this kind of conversation, success is measured not by how much approval you win from other people, but by your willingness to speak even when others disapprove. ...

Read the rest at Media Tapper.


2012-08-16

"This book is the source of all evil, and the real catastrophe."



Nonie Darwish at American Thinker:
Could this be the real Arab Spring? This is huge! The Muslim world does not have to blame Pastor Terry Jones anymore for burning the Quran or non-Muslims for desecrating it. They are now in shock over seeing a YouTube post of an Egyptian young man doing the unthinkable on camera: tearing up the Quran and putting it in the trash. ...
If your Arabic is rusty, go to the post for a translation of what he's saying. Hint: It isn't "Allahu akbar."

2012-08-14

No Men Allowed at Daycare Center

Mail (UK):
A children's play centre has barred fathers from attending with their children and is now facing an investigation by equality watchdogs.

Kids Go Wild is believed to be the first such play centre in the country to introduce a ‘women only’ policy – which also bans boys over the age of nine.

Bosses at the centre, which opened less than a fortnight ago, claim the policy was instigated for ‘cultural reasons’ and was in the interests of the ‘predominantly Asian’ local community. ...

Quote of the Day

From Eric Allen Bell at Facebook:
Why are civilized countries in the West having to pour money into "helping" Islam to be less savage? Have we seen a return on this investment? Why do we set the bar so low for this group? Why is it our responsibility to foot the bill to help train "moderate Imams" when it would make more sense instead to enforce our laws, concerning treason and sedition?
Amen.

2012-08-08

New Piece in Media Tapper

I've had the honor of being added to the list of contributors to Media Tapper. My first article is here:

Jihad, Counter-Jihad, and Why You Should Care

2012-08-02

On Syria

I favored George W. Bush's plan to topple Saddam Hussein and lay the foundations for democracy in Iraq. Knowing what I knew about Saddam's sadistic regime, I could not do otherwise. I still hold out hope that it will prove to have been for the best, although prospects do not look very bright these days. But Bush made it clear from the outset that he did not intend to "replace one dictator with another."

How different is the situation in Syria. If almost a decade of determined and well-intentioned (if often inept) attempts to build liberal democracy in Iraq produced such dubious results, what outcome can we expect from a CIA-aided coup by militias we know nothing of, save that they are certain to be under the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda?

2012-08-01

Chick-Fil-A

... is one of the many things I'm not posting about. So is the Satanic Bible, Skittles (with or without walrus sex), Batman, any iteration of the iPhone, any rumor involving same, the Tamale Lady, Justin Bieber, Gore Vidal, happy meals, combo meals, big gulps, Mayor Bloomberg, breasts (well OK, I might post about those given half an excuse), needles in airline food, or the Olympics.

We now return you to our regularly scheduled programing.

Michelle Bachmann, Huma Abedin, and the Muslim Brotherhood

A congresswoman demands that a State Department official be investigated for possible family connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Breitbart:
Rep. Michele Bachmann has faced an onslaught of opposition since requesting that U.S. intelligence and security agencies investigate possible ties between Huma Abedin and the Muslim Brotherhood. This onslaught not withstanding, information that has become public since Bachmann's request has only justified her concern and magnified the need to ascertain what influence the Muslim Brotherhood may be exercising in U.S. governmental affairs. ...
Huma Abedin is s a deputy chief of staff and aide to US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. She's married to Anthony Weiner. Michelle Bachmann represents Minnesota's 6th district in the House. Given the attention the matter has been receiving (and it needs to receive more), it's surprising how few online articles link to the actual letters in question; but the St. Cloud (Minnesota) Times does, here.

At Breitbart, Frank Gaffney (audio) has more.

TO BE CONTINUED.