Friday, May 28, 2010

Good Question, Charles

Charles Krauthammer has a brilliant column at in which he asks an elementary question about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in the lead paragraph:

Heres my question: Why are we drilling in 5,000 feet of water in the first place?

The short answer is: cause we're running out of other choices with each potential oil field the government closes off, often at the behest of enviro-kooks.

Libs are awfully quick to point out that there are no laws expressly mandating deep-water oil drilling. This is true. It's also true that BP and TransOcean may not come out of this smelling like roses, either. Be that as it may, a business is in the business of making money; it behooves all involved to clean up this spill as quickly as possible and minimize risk in day-to-day operation.

The next time you see a disaster like this one (attributable to human error), it's worth looking for how our government has its fingers in the pie.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thoughts on Islam

Today is "Everybody Draw Mohammed" day. I thought that since I'm a lousy artist and have no desire to attempt a drawing of Islam's greatest prophet, I would share with you some of my thoughts on the institution of Islam itself.

In order to understand Islam, one must understand the concept of Islamic law, or "Shariah." At its very core, shariah is pure theocracy. It is the opposite of everything embodied by American "separation of church and state," because Islamic church and state are one-and-the-same. Neither is there a presumption of innocence, equality under the law, or much of anything else that American leftists claim to hold dear in the arena of freedom.

Those who enforce shariah in Muslim theocracies wish to see it spread. Terrorist attacks, while devastating to the western world, are not the only weapons that jihadis (the holy warriors of Islam) have in their arsenal. Americans, including many self-professing conservatives, have been quick to point out that Rima Fakih, as winner of the Miss USA 2010 pageant, has been a prime example of a liberated Muslim woman; what they forget is that Mohammed Atta, in the lead-up to the 9-11 attacks, had started attending strip clubs and drinking alcohol in order to conceal his Islamic faith, according to the doctrine of Taqiyya (lawful Islamic deception), which is another of these weapons at the jihadis' disposal.

Of course, the use of the word "weapon" implies some sort of damage. At times, like after 9-11, the damage was raw and highly-visible. At other times, like the approval of a mosque to be built within a stone's throw of ground zero, the damage is not so apparent, but it is still there; it is damage is to our way of life. And when that way of life is gone, the theocratic enforcers of shariah will be there to fill the void -- no freedom except the choice to either live as Muslim or dhimmi (subserviant to Islam); submission to Allah, or submission to those who have submitted to Allah.

To those who would suggest that "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" is unnecessarily provocative, I would say this: Those who seek to enforce shariah in America know that acceptance is a first step. Nidal Hasan, Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab, Faisal Shazahd, and Anwar al Awlaki know that our own citizenship laws can be used as another weapon against us in the war to establish American shariah. The mullahs and imams (leaders and teachers of Islam) may not have to kill us to destroy our way of life, but we can still respond in-kind when we simply and explicitly refuse to submit.

There is no time like the present to stand against any enemy, foreign or domestic, who would erode the constitutional underpinnings of our great republic. The most insidious weapon in the jihadis' arsenal is our own complacence. The choice to allow them to use it is up to us.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Apology Tour Continues

Eric Holder hasn't read it.

Janet Napolitano hasn't read it.

And now it would seem that no one in the State Department has actually read it, either.

I'm not talking about War and Peace, The Iliad, or Homer's Odyssey. I'm talking about Arizona's SB 1070. So now you have the context of Michael Posner's remarks to communist Chinese officials.

November 2012 simply can't get here fast enough.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Why I Like Chris Christie

I don't live in New Jersey. I don't live anywhere near New Jersey. In a lot of respects, my home state is the anti-New Jersey. But I still like Chris Christie, and following is a shining example of why:

"Like it or not, you guys are stuck with me for four years."


Friday, May 7, 2010

Inspector Clouseau

So the White House hasn't ruled out sabotage in yesterday's market plunge, and I'm a kook for wondering why a SWAT team was sent to the gulf oil spill last week?

Move along folks. Nothing to see here.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Enough is Enough?

On April 28, speaking before a crowd in Quincy, IL, President Obama took his eyes off his teleprompter long enough to ad lib this gaffe-tastic gem:

I don't think his prepared remarks were actually a whole lot better:

"Now, we’re not doing this to punish these firms or begrudge success that’s fairly earned. We don’t want to stop them from fulfilling their responsibility to help grow our economy."

Even Obama's prepared remarks belie a gross misunderstanding of the economy; a business exists to make money for those that have invested in it: a single proprietor, a group of partners, or public shareholders.

Ah, but I digress. Certain things about Obama can plausibly be chalked up to ignorance, but as is so often the case, you have to listen to what he says and what he doesn't say to get the big picture.

Who decides what is "fairly earned" success? Who determines how much money is "enough money?" Obama may try to put our mind at ease by implying that he speaks for the common people, but he makes it clear to me that he thinks he is somehow smarter than the collective wisdom of over 300,000,000 people. While Obama crows about things like "enough" and "fairly earned," he should be worrying about what is legal. He shouldn't have to look any farther than The Constitution to determine that.