Lazy RINOs Sighted

At The World According to Nick. Nick’s got it made in the shade.

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    Peace Movements- War in Reverse?

    Thomas Sowell has an excellent article at Townhall:

    There was a time when it would have been suicidal to threaten, much less attack, a nation with much stronger military power because one of the dangers to the attacker would be the prospect of being annihilated.

    “World opinion,” the U.N. and “peace movements” have eliminated that deterrent. An aggressor today knows that if his aggression fails, he will still be protected from the full retaliatory power and fury of those he attacked because there will be hand-wringers demanding a cease fire, negotiations and concessions.

    That has been a formula for never-ending attacks on Israel in the Middle East. The disastrous track record of that approach extends to other times and places — but who looks at track records?

    Update: I wish to clarify my use of the term ‘anti-war’. In this post, anti-war refers to those against ALL wars, as an analogue of the term pacifist- not necessarily those opposed to a particular war.

    Read the whole thing. It is also important to recognize the inherent difference between pacifists and peaceniks. This is a pacifist:

    Desmond T. Doss — the only person to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for non-combat achievements in World War II and the first conscientious objector to receive the medal — died Thursday. He was 87. Doss, a longtime resident of Walker County, was born Feb. 7, 1919, in Lynchburg, Va. Doss was serving as a medic in the Army’s 77th Infantry Division on May 5, 1945, when he helped 75 wounded soldiers escape capture on the island of Okinawa under Japanese attack.

    As a Seventh-day Adventist, Doss’ religious convictions required strict adherence to God’s law, particularly the Sixth Commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.”

    But despite his objection to killing and war, Doss was a patriotic American who wanted to serve his country. In April 1942, the slight, 5-foot-6-inch, 23-year-old enlisted and was given the Army’s 1-A-O conscientious objector status. He refused to carry a weapon and to perform duties on Saturday, when the Adventists celebrate the Sabbath.

    For his bravery Doss received the military’s highest award from President Harry Truman on Oct. 12, 1945. The Army had estimated the number of men Doss saved on that day in May at 100, though the humble Doss stated that it couldn’t have been more than 50. The Army decided to split the difference and put 75 on his citation.

    No one questions which side Doss was on. A true American, through and through, who believed in the immorality of killing, he still served his country with honor and unbelievable courage.

    It is also appropriate to be against all war, as many religious leaders are. The Dalai Lama, recent Popes, and many less well-known spiritual guides have set good examples for how to oppose war in general.

    These moral stances are worthy of respect, even if their practical application results in more death, destruction, and mayhem. In fact, most decisions to engage in war are predicated on the belief that NOT going to war will in the end cause more harm.

    And then we have today’s peace movement. Mother Peace, Cindy Sheehan and moonbats everywhere state emphatically that they are for peace.

    But how can this be? Their only criticisms are directed at the U.S., Israel, and the west; never the Islamofascist enemy. It takes at least two sides to have a war, so why are the beloved and noble peaceniks only focusing on one side?

    They’re on the other side. By attempting to handicap, ankle-bite, hog-tie, and hobble the efforts of the United States to wage war against those who threaten it, these aging hippies are actively providing assistance to the terrorists.

    The acid test is this: a true pacifist, or true anti-war believer is against all war acts, not just those of one side or another. Rather than a ‘yes, the terrorists are bad, BUT,”, there’s a ‘yes, the terrorists are bad, AND I don’t agree with …’ True pacifists rely on their religious faith or deep philosophical conviction for their beliefs and decisions. There’s no equivocating- true pacifists act and speak as the genuine article, because they are.

    Unfortunately, the true pacifist is an endangered species today.

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    Another Al-Qaeda Outrage

    Rusty’s got the pictures, but I’m not looking. Looks like the worst thing about the kidnapping and murder of Prvts Menchaca and Tucker has happened.

    May God comfort their families and loved ones.

    Let some American pile up some naked Iraqis in some sick, perverted, but physically harmless stunt, and that’s front page news for years.

    These psychopaths won’t be condemned with 1/100th the energy the press and left spend on George W. Bush. Oh, they may say how terrible it is, but… just wait for the but…

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    Flight 93 Memorial is STILL a Mosque!


    Only now they call it a “Bowl of Embrace”, rather than the original Crescent of Embrace.

    Bowl, crescent, doughnut, whatever the designers want to make it- the center of the arc still points directly at Mecca, and now, Alec Rawls has evidence the perpendicular points to the White House, reportedly Flight 93’s target.

    Here’s the memorial design’s home page.

    One interesting thing I noted is that it doesn’t allow right clicks on the images. What don’t they want you to see?

    The “bowl” now has more red trees between points 5 and 4 on the graphic, and you can see how tacked on it is in the images on Alec’s post.

    The crescent pointing at Mecca is what makes the memorial a mihrab. It has great religious significance in Islam, comparable to the ‘Holy of Holies’ of ancient Jerusalem. A mihrab is a fundamental feature of every mosque- it directs worshippers in the direction of Mecca- without which it would not be a mosque!

    I certainly have no beef with mosques in general. But one as the centerpiece of the Flight 93 memorial- when only the hijackers are known to be Muslim- is offensive to say the least.

    What may be worse is the proprietary way in which the memorial project is operating. Disabling right-click on their website is one thing- but the memorial’s newsletter is also cut-and-paste prevented also.

    Stop it now.

    There’s an interesting thread over at the Belmont Club. I wrote:

    Re: Sissy (her argument from the original controversy here)

    There are far too many coincidences in the memorial for Islam not to be considered a major influence.

    And it’s not ‘Kennedy’s secretary was named Lincoln’ type stuff, either.

    A memorial can be based on any geometric shape- or none at all.

    Yet- of all the possibilities, this one was designed as a crescent.

    Of all possible orientations, it aligns with Mecca, forming a mirhab.

    It’s possible that this is all innocent, but is it probable?

    We’ve seen the immense effort devoted to twisting the WTC memorial to political purpose. Is it so shocking that the same force would be applied to Flight 93?

    Once the thing is built it is too late to remedy. Start over- and get it right this time.

    Others blogging:
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    RINO Sightings

    The Red, White, and Blue edition of RINO Sightins is at Technography for your reading pleasure.

    Our hair is turning white.
    Some of our necks are red.
    Our collars are still blue.

    Um, can we go with 1 out of 3?

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    Sunday Video Sunday

    Language warning.

    If you like people falling down, well, this is the site for you…

    Here are a couple favorites:

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    From A Paperclip to A House

    He did it!

    Kyle MacDonald set out on July 12, 2005 with a single red paperclip and a mission. To trade the paperclip up to a house.

    Fascinating study of how value is perceived- read it all.

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    Lieberman- Last of the “Real” Dems?

    Hot Air has edited footage of a Lieberman/Lamont debate.

    I don’t agree with Joe Lieberman on many things, but in this debate he reveals himself to be the last true Democrat. Statesmanlike, with an aura of dignity and passion. He’s not a Republican, and never will be. He represents his constituents well, and generally reflects their values.

    But Lieberman presents principled dissent, with a sophistication and class that has all but disappeared from American politics, especially on the Democratic side.

    I’m not sorry Gore lost in 2000, but I am sorry “Joementum” did not claim the VP’s chair.

    It will be a real shame if Senator Lieberman gets chucked out. He’s an unapologetic American patriot, and unfortunately for him, that may no longer be allowed by the Democratic Nutroots KKKommittee.

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    The London Bombings- One Year Later

    The Jawa Report has an excellent retrospective.

    This post still holds up OK.

    The initial reports were horrifying, and as bad as the attacks were, they could have been worse.

    It’s hard to say much has changed over the past year to prevent new attacks, though…

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