Monday, August 13, 2007
Random Thoughts for August
When TV is Propaganda
I watched a National Geographic show this weekend that focused on one particular Polar Bear. They made it seem like it was the end of the world (due to AGW of course) because the bear walked 70 miles south away from the ice. They had a big buildup of how he was going to starve and how uncomfortable he was because it was warmer, yada-yada-yada. Just when you thought the bear was a goner, the bear finds a huge sperm whale carcus and spend s the next few months gorging on whale blubber. Then the bear simply walked back north to the ice. End of story? No.
You know, lately I have gotten in several arguments with some Europeans who read my blog (and an Australian). The point they were getting at was how awful America is and how violent we are as a nation. However, after taking a serious look at what was said I began to do a little research and my friend in Belgium (for example) comes from a pretty violent place himself. Not only did the King of his country collaborate with the Nazis (one of a handful that did) but his little country turned over all their Jews to be exterminated as well, a sin that will take a thousand years to blot away. The sad thing is that Belgium didn't have to do that. The nearby country of Denmark was ordered to turn over their Jews but their King ordered all the citizens of the country to wear the Jewish star, thus saving 98% of the Jewry of that nation from the Nazi death camps. I also discovered a shocking fact that when Belgium owned the African country of Congo (modern day Zaire) the Belgian troops under direct order from the King of Belgium deliberately cut off peoples' hands in the Congo! I don't think Americans ever did anything like that. So these guys from Europe who are shaking their moral fingers at us had better take a look at their own vile and bloody history. The hypocrisy here runs deep.
My Australian friend also trashed the United States from being exceptionally violent but I remembered from my history class that Australia was first started as a penal colony. Widespread homosexuality was the norm in that nation until the British dumped their first load of women onto the shores of the Botany Bay colony, which resulted in the largest mass rape up until that date. Australia was also just as brutal to its native aborigine population as the US was with theirs. Also, Australia's "Stolen Generation" - where Aboriginal children were taken away from their parents - was a case of attempted genocide, because it was believed that doing this would cause Aborigines to die out, according to Sir Ronald Wilson, former president of Australia's Human Rights Commission. During this period, at least 100,000 Aboriginal children were forcibly taken from their parents!
Finally, knowing the nature of human beings I am not convinced that if Canada or Belgium or Australia were running the globe that they would be any more decent than America. We as a nation have done many noble things in our past, from dying in European wars that were not started by us to sacrificing our soldiers and sailors to keep Australia free from Japanese domination and inventing medicines that have literally saved hundreds of millions of people (polio, malaria). Yet many people in these countries give us zero credit for helping them in their time of need. A sad testimony.....
Rally Calls for Revival of Islamic Caliphate
An estimated 80,000 Islamists packed a sports stadium in the Indonesian capital Sunday to call for the re-establishment of a single Islamic state or caliphate, uniting Muslims around the world under Islamic law. Video footage posted on the group's websites showed tens of thousands of people, men and women seated apart in the stadium in Jakarta, waving black and white flags and shouting "Allah is greater." Muhammad Ismail Yusanto, the group's Indonesian spokesman, said on the sidelines of the meeting that the group rejects democracy, because sovereignty is in the hands of Allah, not the people. In a statement, he called secularism "the mother of all destruction," and he called on all Muslims to join the struggle to implement Islam and Islamic law. Most of those attending were said to be Indonesians, although supporters of the group also came from the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
In an opinion survey earlier this year of attitudes in four key Muslim countries -- Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan and Indonesia -- pollsters found 36 percent of respondents "strongly" in favor of "unify[ing] all Islamic countries into a single Islamic state or Caliphate." Scholars say a caliphate has not existed in any form since 1924, when Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk formerly abolished the institution, following the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire during and after World War I. Very scary indeed.
The "global warming" problem has already been taken care of by the 5 trillion trees on earth that remove carbon dioxide from the air, the 7 different 150 m.p.h. jet streams that circle the earth daily (and disperse emissions into space to levels of parts-per-trillion), the tilt of the earth that brings summer in its season and winter in its, the existing free-market legislation already in place, and the fact that an all-powerful Creator can expand the orbit of the earth if "global" warming really was a "global" problem. Globalwarmingtologists are being blown about by mined, sifted, and manufactured "scientific" "facts".
"We used to be a serious country. When we got attacked at Pearl Harbor, we took on Imperial Japan, Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany," he said, referring to World War II. "We beat all three in less than four years. We're about to enter the seventh year of this phony war against ... [terrorist groups], and we're losing."
US Embassy in Iraq