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Posted on Whitney’s behalf: Because I’m not a "re…

December 22, 2006

Posted on Whitney’s behalf:

Because I’m not a “real” contributor to DH, I was hoping to start a conversation on a link I just saw on MSNBC about disabled couples who are trying to genetically engineer (?) their babies to have their same disability.

I don’t know how to link to articles, or I would. (But Joe knows: Linky.)

Basically, what caught my eye the most was a couple, both of whom have dwarfism, who are pushing for this type of embryonic manipulation.

This particular quote seemed, um, ironic…to me: Gibson and Cara Reynolds of Collingswood, N.J., are outraged by opposition to using embryo screening to allow dwarf people to have dwarf children. “You cannot tell me that I cannot have a child who’s going to look like me,” Cara Reynolds said. “It’s just unbelievably presumptuous and they’re playing God.”

Isn’t that exactly what she is wanting to do? Play God?

If someone is willing to post a whole new topic, that would be great. Maybe no one is interested. That’s OK, too. 🙂

Merry Merry Merry Christmas to you all. New and old friends alike. I pray for you all peace and happiness.

Whit-

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Ground Truth

May 18, 2006

Sorry for the extra post this week, but I had to get this one out there. It’s a letter to the editor of the Chicago Tribune from the Joint Task Force Commander here in GTMO. It was written in response to the question “What should we do about Guantanamo?”

It’s a very good outline of our operations here in GTMO. And it’s all true, even the unpleasant “cocktails” he describes.

My time in GTMO is drawing to a close (only 9 more days!). I’ve been down here long enough and seen enough that I might be able to answer some of the questions you may have. Fire away.

Should we call it Cal-istan or Iraqifornia?

May 15, 2006

I found this article very interesting. The author’s point is not to compare California to Iraq, but to demonstrate that the media has the power to shape our perception. He states:

So is California comparable to Iraq? Hardly. Yet it could easily be sketched by a reporter intent on doing so as a bank­rupt, crime-ridden den with murderous highways, tens of thousands of inmates, with wide-open borders.

Definitely something to think about. A lot of folks will credit the press with being a fourth “branch” of the government, a “watch dog” branch with no checks or balances to its power. And just like any watch dog that isn’t disciplined, it can turn on its master at any time.

My point? Be wary of what you read in the press. Remember that the newspaper that gets tossed on your front lawn is sometimes just about as worthless and stinks just much as something else a dog might leave on your lawn.

Let them vote.

April 26, 2006

Please ignore the web source for this article and give it a fair read. Here’s an excerpt:

Let’s let the Iraqi people vote on whether American troops should stay in Iraq.President Bush has said that if a democratically elected government of Iraq asked us to leave, we would. I think Bush is sincere, but the truth is that no Iraqi government is going to ask U.S. troops to withdraw anytime soon, because American troops are the only thing holding the country together……But at the end of the day, America still might lose. I’d hate to see that happen. But I can’t think of a more honorable way for America to withdraw from Iraq and to prove it respects democracy. America won’t bow to bullets and bombs — but it will to ballots.

It sounds like a GREAT idea to me.

Who supports the troops? Anyone? Bueller?

April 24, 2006

Thanks Ben Stein.

Smell-a-Vision

April 12, 2006

OK… Whitney begged me to post this link.

Makes you wonder what other movies might smell like.

The Park Slope Hat Spat

April 11, 2006

I really don’t have any commentary on this other than to say I chuckled… a lot.

You will be assimilated…

March 27, 2006

Any Star Trek: The Next Generation fans hanging around this blog? If so, they’ll immediately recognize the source of the title for this article.

It comes from “The Borg”, a cyborg alien lifeform that moves across galaxies colonizing planets by either assimilating the native species into their own “collective” or extermintating them if they refuse to assimilate. Their trademark phrase is, “We are the Borg. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.” Once assimilated into the collective, an individual unit that becomes dysfunctional is cut out of the collective and destroyed. An individual unit that is separated from the collective by capture or accident is hunted and re-assimilated or destroyed.

Sound familiar?

I can’t help but see some parallels with Islam. Just look at these points:

– The Quran separates the world into two “houses”: the house of Islam (Dar-al-Islam) and the house of war ( Dar-al-Harb). Any non-Muslim falls into the house of War. According to the Quran, these two houses are in a perpetual state of conflict that will not be resolved until the house of war is completely subjugated by the house of Islam. There are three methods of subjugation; conversion, destruction, or if you are one of the lucky “people of the book” (Christians, Jews, and some say Zoroastrists) you can live under Islamic rule as a second class citizen and pay a dhimmi (tax) to your Islamic masters. Bad luck if you happen to be Hindu, Buddhist, or any other religion. You either convert to Islam or get killed.

– The penalty for a Muslim rejecting Islam and converting to another faith is death. Unless you have been completely out of touch for the last couple of weeks, you couldn’t help but hear about the case of Abdul Rahman in Afghanistan. Born into the Islamic faith, he converted to Christianity while working in Germany 16 years ago. His own family turned him into Afghan authorities for prosecution. Charges have been dropped due to a “lack of evidence” but the cries for his blood in the Afghan street have not died down.

So to sum up… Islam seeks to convert, or at least subjugate, the entire world, by the sword if necessary. Once converted to Islam, you can never leave the faith under penalty of death. It’s kind of like a spiritual “roach motel.” It’s another practical application of the old maxim: “What’s mine is mine. What’s yours is negotiable.”

I don’t really have a point to all of this other than to throw out some thoughts I’ve been having lately. Islam worries me. I don’t trust it. I’ve actually read the Quran. I know what it says, and it bothers me. The hardliners aren’t the ones adding or taking away from the Quran. It’s the “moderates” that are sugar-coating it.

Take a quick look at these articles by Mark Steyn and Andrew G. Bostom. The Bostom article does an excellent breakdown of what the Quran actually says about apostasy. The Steyn article brings out this juicy tidbit:

In a more culturally confident age, the British in India were faced with the practice of “suttee” – the tradition of burning widows on the funeral pyres of their husbands. Gen. Sir Charles Napier was impeccably multicultural:“You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: When men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks, and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours.”Needless to say, “suttee” is no longer practiced in India.

"I will be killed…"

March 8, 2006

I haven’t spent much time around the blog lately. I saw something today that I just had to share here (free registration required). It’s a quick news story about Mithal Alusi, an Iraqi politician. He’s a Sunni muslim with a strong secularist streak. He has survived multiple assassination attempts, but has lost two sons in those attempts. He is a politician grounded in the realities of Iraq and what it will take for the fledgling democracy to survive as a nation and as a democracy. Here’s an excerpt from the end of the article:

But Alusi said he wasn’t counting on being a minister or anything but a struggling politician. He insisted that he was committed to a democratizing process that may take decades.But then in the next smoke-filled breath, Alusi said he didn’t expect to live to see his vision completed.“I will be killed,” he said. “I know that.”

These are the people we are supporting. Knowing that men like this exist, how can we even entertain the thought of abandoning Iraq?

Quick Thoughts

February 13, 2006

No article this week. (So what’s new?)

Here are a couple of political musings to discuss:

– Does not releasing a story for 24 hours constitute a “cover-up”? Poor staff work and clumsy handling most probably, but cover up? How could the VP shooting someone be covered up? C’mon folks… we do NOT live inside a bad Wesley Snipes movie.

– Please, oh please, let Ted Kennedy come out and comment on the slow reporting of Cheney’s hunting mishap. I won’t mention the word, but it starts with “Chap” and ends with “quiddick.”

– The press contends that the public had a “right to know” about the Cheney mishap as soon as it occurred. Doesn’t the public also have a “right to know” what the Jyllands Posten cartoons look like? C’mon big media, we have a right to know. Don’t give us the pixellation cop-out (I’m looking at you CNN).

– The British press won’t publish the Jyllands Posten cartoons because they don’t want to incite animosity from Muslims. So instead they run two year old video and photos of British soldiers beating Iraqi citizens during riot control. Mmmmm-kay.

– Speaking of photos… Did you actually see the Bush/Abramoff photo published yesterday? I feel sorry for the poor sap that had to pore over the photo with a magnifying glass in order to find Abramoff. In the future, I don’t think the press should put circles around Abramoff in the photos to help us find him. They should superimpose a red and white sweater and hat on Abramoff. Call the feature “Where’s Jack?” and it could replace the crossword puzzle in the NY Times on Sundays.