Switzerland Bans Islamic Minarets

November 30, 2009

In a recent vote, Swiss voters decided to ban construction of new minarets. In Islam, the minaret is a tall tower that usually is higher than surrounding buildings that sounds the call to prayer for Muslims five times a day. The blaring call to prayer has caused anger among many Europeans as their daily routine is interrupted by the loud calls.

This is a surprise victory for many in the country that oppose further Islamification of Europe. Many see the increasing Islamic minorities as threats to traditional European culture and religion. Halal food shops are springing up, and many restaurants are caterinng to Islamic customers by taking pork and other ‘unclean’ food out of their menus.

An Informed Mind has no animosity towards Muslims. However I do think that Islam is a religion of war and it should be treated as such since it has basically declared war on western culture and countries. Muslims should be treated with respect and not harassed. However we cannot act as though Islam is a peaceful religion like Christianity. Turkey’s Prime Minister even said, “Minarets are Islam’s bayonets.” Peaceful? Methinks not. I applaud the Swiss for standing up to those who would cry intolerance and realizing that Islam is not as peaceful as they claim.

Alan Grayson Wants To Rewrite Filibuster Rules

November 30, 2009

Left leaning Senator Alan Grayson, known for his inflaming remark that the Republican health care plan is “if you get sick… DIE QUICKLY!” is attempting to change filibuster rules.

Grayson is circulating a petition asking voters to demand ReDe (Harry Reid) lower the threshold for ending filibusters from 60 votes to 55 votes. He cites 7 examples of Bush getting bills passed with fewer than 60 votes. Sadly, this moron does not understand Senate rules any more than most Americans. All the examples that he cites pertain to votes that are under special rules prohibiting filibusters. These include budgets and trade agreements, none of which can be filibusters.

Grayson, a representative from Florida, is trying to get the rules changed to silence opposition to the Obama health care plan, which includes several Blue Dog Democrats and almost every Republican. But he fouls up his argument as only he can.

One of his examples is a vote on Cheney’s energy policy. He claims that it passed on 57 votes, yet in reality it failed on a filibuster vote 57-40. If Grayson’s filibuster rules would have been in force back then, Cheney’s energy policy would have passed.

The sad truth about all of this is this pseudo-Communist wants to alter the rules to help him and his party temporarily. Filibuster rules are put in place to make sure that power is not abused by one party. The filibuster has been a rule that has kept numerous bad bills from becoming law and this maroon is trying to end it. America beware!

James Madison said in Federalist #10 “Men of factious tempers, of local prejudices, or of sinister designs, may, by intrigue, by corruption, or by other means, first obtain the suffrages, and then betray the interests, of the people.” This is exactly what is happening today with the entire Democratic party, save for a few good men and women. They had better watch themselves, for election day is coming, and America will not long allow men or women to stay without properly representing our interests.

The Evils of Eminent Domain

November 28, 2009


   Eminent domain? Doesn’t it just sound all welcoming and friendly? The problem is, eminent domain is being used by tyrannical governments to throw people out of their own homes to make way for projects that bring in more tax dollars. Let’s see a history of eminent domain.

   Eminent Domain became law through the fifth amendment, and to a lesser extent, from the third amendment. The fifth states in part, “nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation…” The third amendment states in its entirety “No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.” This means that government cannot force, in times of peace, a homeowner to house troops in his home. The part ‘in a manner to be prescribed by law’ indicates the eminent domain part.

   Those two amendments were meant to protect homeowners from unlawful seizure of property by government. However, they have been turned on their heads to allow government to force someone out of their homes for any or no apparent reason. Case in point: Brooklyn, New York residents are fighting to keep their houses after they stood up to New Jersey Nets owner Bruce Ratner and told him they don’t want to give up their homes. Here’s the skinny. Ratner, real estate tycoon, wants a new home arena for the Nets on a $4.9 billion, 22 acre site in Brooklyn. That area is also home to a Transit Authority rail yard.

   But Ratner, coveting that land, decides to take matters into his own hands, going straight to the government to plead his case. Bingo. He hits pay dirt. The New York Court of Appeals upholds the state’s eminent domain laws and basically orders the people off their own land.

   Eminent domain has a sad history. In New London, Connecticut, Suzette Kelo was forced to sell her home (See Below)LittlePinkHouse(2)

to make way for a massive office building for drug maker Pfizer. He was living the American dream, owning her own house and loving it. She didn’t want to give it up. She fought all the way to the Supreme Court. Ultimately she lost. The town began their ‘revitalization’ project and demolished her beloved house. Result? Did the town add thousands of jobs, the unemployed became millionaires and the town became the newest financial capital of the world? No, in fact the office building was never built. Now we have an empty lot where several beautiful homes once stood.

   The truth is, liberal/progressive politicians have caused this. They have no respect for people or their freedoms if it in any way lessens the tax dollars coming in. Americans need to stand up to the evils of eminent domain and liberalism because just like Suzette Kelo, it can happen to us.

What Thanksgiving Means To Me

November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving is upon us and it is time for all Americans of good will to give thanks for the blessings we have been bestowed with. But instead of giving the history of Thanksgiving, I will list some of the things that I am thankful for, in no particular order.

The first thing I’m thankful for is my family. No matter what happens I know that I can count on my family and they can count on me. We stick together through thick and thin and they are my best friends. I can talk with them about anything and they are always supportive of me. Family is supposed to be like that. In my opinion, if the Pilgrim’s families weren’t like that, America would not exist. Families kept the Pilgrims strong and willing to endure sacrifice to get to their ultimate end, which was a free country where they could practice their religion openly.

The second thing I am thankful for is my God and Savior Jesus Christ. I am thankful that He died for a wretch like me. I am a terrible sinner, deserving justice and punishment for my sins against God. But He, being a loving, merciful God provided a way that we might not need to face judgment. His Son’s death on the cross wiped away my sins and removed them as far from me as the east is from the west. Without Him I am nothing, with Him I can be anything. My past is forgiven, my future is sure. Nothing can happen to me that has not been allowed by Jehovah God, El Shaddai, El Sabaoth, The Lord of Hosts. I can live a justified life, and I will live for Him.

The third thing I am thankful for is the troops that serve night and day, ever vigilant, protecting us and the freedoms that we hold dear. As one once said, “It is not the poet that gives us the ability to enjoy words, but the soldier. It is not the reporter that gives us freedom of press, but the soldier. Everything that we now enjoy came through the blood of the soldier.” That is paraphrased a little, but the truth remains. We can thank God for the brave men and women who are serving our country overseas and here at home.

The third thing I’m thankful for is Ohio State football. Though I’ve never gone to OSU, seen a game from the ‘Shoe, or been anywhere close to Columbus they are my team. Six Big Ten championships, 1 national title in the past nine years, a growing and spectacular athlete in Terrelle Pryor and the ever-dominant defense. Next year we can easily be national contenders and we have a good chance of winning this Rose Bowl, which happens to be the first Rose Bowl Jim Tressel has gone to.

I’m thankful for friends that’ll stand by you. I have some friends that hold me up in my Christian walk and share my political beliefs as well. There’s not much else to say about that. But they are something, and someones that I’m thankful for.

I’m thankful for good health. My family has been healthy most of the fall and that is something I am thankful for. While we have practiced good hygiene such as washing hands frequently, sneezing into a tissue and then washing hands and not coughing into the air, overall our health is from God. Because health is wealth, we must be pretty darn welthy.

I’m also thankful that I live in America. With other countries regularly experiencing rioting, election violence, political prisoners etc. we can be thankful that we don’t have to deal with such things. Even with Obama and big government liberals running the show in D.C. we know that when we all get together we can kick the bums out on their bums.

So, I’ll end this little blog note. There’s pies to bake and turkey to prepare. While I won’t be doing as much of that, I will be doing much reflecting on all the things I have to be thankful for. So God Bless you, God Bless our troops, God Bless our leaders (and help them lead wisely) and God Bless America.

Hurry Up And Wait

November 23, 2009

That is the gist of what Obama is telling our brave men and women in the military as they sit in a hostile countryside riddled with dangers none of us would even imagine. Yet the commander in chief, after nearly four months of deliberation, STILL has no plan for sending more troops to the battlefield. Even telling the commanders on the ground no to more troops is better than leaving them hanging in limbo for months at a time.

Another four men were killed in bomb blasts in Afghanistan this week. I wrote about this before, Obama is twiddling his thumbs while troops die. It begs the question, does Obama hold our troops in such low esteem that he is more focused on spending us broke than on getting a strategy right and getting it working as soon as possible.

So while we are deliberating health care, global warming (oops. climate change) and other trivial things, troops die because of Obama’s willingness to make them wait.

‘The Game’

November 20, 2009

Tomorrow, at high noon, The Game, the most prolific rivalry in sports history, if not in the history of the world is renewed in Ann Arbor as the 9th ranked Buckeyes roll into town with a spot in the Rose Bowl already secured. Michigan is playing for respect as they started the season going 4-0 before dropping 5 of six down the stretch. They NEED to win this game against my beloved Ohio State to become bowl eligible.

From the ten year war between Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler to the Lloyd Carr and John Cooper years to the Tressel Era in OSU, the two teams have a rich history of battling each other to the last play to determine Big Ten championships, Rose Bowl berths, BCS bids and National Titles.

One of my favorite stories about Ohio State-Michigan is from the Woody Hayes era. Legend says that Woody told someone that if his car ran out of gas north of the Ohio-Michigan border, he would push it across the border rather than spending any of his money in ‘that state up north’. (One thing that got me was, why was he up there unless he was driving back from a game. Hmm…)

One of my favorite quotes, (paraphrased a little) was from Jim Tressel when he was hired as head coach: “I can assure you that you will be proud of our young people in the classroom, in the community and, most especially, in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the football field.” Don’t you love it Buckeyes? And he was telling the truth because since he took the helm of the program OSU is 7-1 against Michigan. It sends a tingle down my spine.

Tomorrow’s game will be played against a sad backdrop of the knowledge of Chris Spielman’s wife Stephanie passing at the hands of the cancer she fought so long and valiantly against. I’m sure that every Buckeye fan, player and coach alike are thinking of and praying for Chris and the whole family as they suffer this tremendous loss.

But no matter what happens tomorrow, we Buckeyes will always be Buckeyes. We will always cheer “Time and change will surely show, how firm our friendship O-HI-O!!!” and we will always thrill when Le Régiment de Sambre et Meuse is played when the I is dotted in Script Ohio. We will always remember Woody, Earle, John and someday we will always remember Jim, we recall the only two-time Heisman winner Archie Griffin, we take pride in our national championships in ’42, ’54, ’57, ’61, ’68, ’70 and 2002. I personally have been watching the Buckeyes only for about 7 years being a youngster in comparison to the older fans around me like my dad. But I know our history, and I cheer when the Best D*mn Band In The Land does Fight the Team or Hang on Sloopy. I sing to myself Carmen Ohio and do the O-H-I-O at the end. And I HATE MICHIGAN! So let’s go Buckeyes and beat that team from ‘up north’!


Health Care Bill Could Take 34 Hour Reading

November 20, 2009


   If Senator Tom Coburn (R, OK) has his way, the Senate could be tied up with a 34 hour reading of the health care bill on the floor as persuant to Senate rules. Parliamentary rules state that any Senator can request a bill to be read in its entirety on the floor. Democrats could then make motions to end the reading of it, but then Republicans could object and the reading would continue.

   It does my heart good to see that someone on the Republican side wants some transparency from the Senate. While Democrats most likely will motion to end the reading, Republicans should do everything in their power to make sure that this mammoth bill is read and put out there for the American people to reject as I am sure they would if they read the whole thing.

   The tragic truth is, Democrats want so much to shove something down our throats they want to do it RIGHT NOW! If we don’t do it RIGHT NOW the earth will explode, aliens will invade, people will be turning into brain-eating zombies and… you get the picture. It happened with the stimulus, it happened with the bailouts, and they are trying to make it happen again. They want to paint so bleak a future if we don’t pass this bill right away that Americans will somehow feel scared into allowing it to pass. Well Senate, look what happened with the stimulus. Look what happened with the bailouts. WASTED! Americans won’t put up with much more.

   Liberals want this bill passed right now. Conservatives say this would end America as we know it. Why do liberals want this passed? Because they want a nanny state, welfare state that has the government doing everything for everybody without any free market influence at all. Conservatives want the government to butt out and let American innovation fix this problem like we have with every other problem we have faced. As a great man (Ronal Reagan) once said, “The ten most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m here from the government and I’m here to help.’” Look at what the government has done for us over the past 100 years: Social Security: Broke, Medicare: Broke, Post Office: Broke, Subsidizing GM: Broke and getting overrun by unions, Bailouts: Wasted, Stimulus: Wasted. Wanna tell me that government can run health care? Go ahead, make my day!