Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Update on Anti-war Vandalism

Wayne Allard, Republican senator from Colorado, is at least one politician who plans to address the blatant disregard of law enforcement that occurred this past weekend by some anti-war protestors. “I was absolutely dismayed by the vandalism and the blatant disregard for respect of property that occurred at our Nation’s Capitol this weekend,” Allard said in a press release.

With so many Democratic politicians involved in the protest, it seems Speaker Pelosi, who oversees the U.S. Capital Police (USCP), may have interfered with law enforcement. The Hill, a DC newspaper reported police officers were livid when they were told to fall back by U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Chief Phillip Morse andDeputy Chief Daniel Nichols. "They were the commanders on the scene," one source said, who requested anonymity. "It was disgusting."

This episode seems to have credible evidence of an egregious abuse of power. Perhaps Senator Allard can expose the truth, though I doubt much will come of it.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Anti-war protest fails to bring clarity

The anti-war rally held in Washington DC this past Saturday had many interesting quirks associated with it. While I respect those who have legitimate concerns about this war (I’ve even expressed a few of my own reservations) we are hard pressed to take this movement seriously. Here are a few of my reasons:

First, there’s the old mantra that we shouldn’t be in innocent Iraq. This time, a pre-teen was exploited to carry that banner. 12-year-old Moriah Arnold, who had organized an anti-war petition at her school told the crowd: “Now we know our leaders either lied to us or hid the truth. Because of our actions, the rest of the world sees us as a bully and a liar.”

Well, our leaders haven’t lied. They were misled by incomplete intelligence, but both Presidents Clinton and Bush suspect foul play in Iraq, along with the United Nations and the world community. And while we didn’t find everything we thought we’d find there, we have found plenty of terrorist activity. Trying to paint President Bush as a lying power-monger undermines the credibility of this movement. It shows there’s a significant faction of the anti-war movement that seems more concerned about destroying President Bush than protecting America. I’d take heart if I thought their movement had to resort to children bantering this mantra, but I’m pretty sure there were more than a few adults who would have been glad to have said what little Miss Arnold said.

Second, “Hanoi Jane” Fonda came out of retirement. Any movement that revives her traitorous voice is suspect.

Third, one of the Hollywood cohorts who attended, Tim Robbins stated: “Nixon -- Richard Nixon -- talked to the walls. Bush is talking to God. But it's not a god I recognize.”

I’m not sure what he was talking about, but Robbins needs to read the Bible to recognize God. Maybe then he’ll learn something about justice, war and respect for government leaders. And Robbins better recognize God before he meets Him who has “eyes like a flame of fire”.

Fourth, and most troubling of all, was the vandalism of the protest. MSNBC billed it this way:
The rally on the National Mall unfolded peacefully, although about 300 protesters tried to rush the Capitol, running up the grassy lawn to the front of the building. Police on motorcycles tried to stop them, scuffling and wrestling with some and setting up barricades along the front steps. Protesters chanted “Our Congress” as police faced off against them. Their ranks grew and several dozen shouting “We want a tour” broke away and tried to get into a side door.
But Family Research Council reports Capitol police were under orders not to arrest anyone. So, as protestors defaced public property, officers stood idly by. FRC has called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to explain why no attempt was made to halt or arrest these vandals.

"For any other group, such acts would mean immediate arrest. This time, the Capitol police's hands were tied because they were ordered to stand down by their Chief of Police who answers to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). To add insult to injury, public employees had to come in on their day off, at taxpayer's expense, to clean up the mess the protestors left behind.

According to the news reports the rank and file police officers were 'livid' that they were ordered not to arrest anyone. Since the Capitol police answer to Speaker Pelosi, the question arises, did the Chief of Police give the 'no arrest' order or did it come from someone else? Whoever is responsible for the order needs to explain why the physical destruction of taxpayer property is acceptable.

The U.S. Capitol belongs to every American and the building, and those who represent us within it, deserve respect. Surely, the tens of millions of dollars the
American people have invested in the security of their Capitol means there is videotape that will assist in the identification and arrest of the perpetrators. Speaker Pelosi should direct that investigation and prosecution go forward. If the U.S. Capitol has a new policy on such acts, does it apply to everyone - or just to those whose views the majority in Congress favors?"

Seems like that's quite a story the news media isn't telling. But what else is new? Few Americans know the successes we're having in Iraq.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Hate Crimes Legislation Meant To Silence Christians

The House Judiciary Committee is already holding hearings on H.R. 254 (also known as “David’s Law”, a bill sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), which will establish a new federal offense for hate crimes and will require a separate federal criminal prosecution for state offenses tried under these new provisions. A sentence of life imprisonment could await those convicted.

“Hate crimes” legislation is designed to protect homosexuality. Family Research Council highlights this example of the end result of “hate crimes” legislation from our northern neighbor Canada.

A Catholic city councilor in British Columbia has been ordered to pay a homosexual couple $1,000 for publicly saying that their lifestyle is "not normal and not natural." The man in question, John DeCicco, was simply restating the church's teaching on homosexuality, but the state considered his personal beliefs "hate speech" under Canada's hate crimes law. While DeCicco has since apologized to the men, the couple's complaint has resulted in a hefty fine and potential court proceedings. In an interview, DeCicco said, "In this great nation of ours, we can express our opinions and, when you can't, there's something wrong."

"The proposed federal hate crimes bill is a dangerous threat to our civil liberties," stated Repent America director Michael Marcavage. "Having been charged under Pennsylvania's hate crimes law for declaring the truth about homosexuality, I can assure you that if this bill is passed and signed into law, it will be used to put Christians behind bars," Marcavage continued.

Marcavage was referring to an October 2004 incident, when eleven Christians with his organization were arrested in Philadelphia for expressing their religious views against homosexuality during "OutFest" a publicly-funded celebration of homosexuality. After spending 21 hours in jail, District Attorney Lynne Abraham's office charged them under Pennsylvania's hate crimes law called "Ethnic Intimidation," along with a host of other felony and misdemeanor charges. The charges were eventually dropped, but the protestors, if convicted would have faced up to 47 years in prison and $90,000 in fines each.

"H.R. 254 is nothing more than an attempt to provide federal prosecutors with the ammunition to police our thoughts, which will ultimately lead to the death of the First Amendment," Marcavage said. "This bill is unnecessary, unconstitutional, and simply un-American," he continued. "Christians must pray and respond to this emergency situation by urging their representatives to vote against this dangerous bill," Marcavage concluded.

H.R. 254 looks like it will pass both houses of the new Democrat-controlled Congress. We must appeal to the President to veto this legislation.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Last night, the Governor of Missouri delivered his State of the State address. It was a little better than President Bush’s State of the Union speech. Remarkably, our pro-life President made no statements about protecting life. And this was one day after the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that gave American legal abortion-on-demand through the entire 9 months of the baby’s development. Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council gave an excellent response to the President’s rather empty address.

Governor Blunt did mention getting $200,000 into the budget for pregnancy resource centers, which offer truthful and candid information about all options. I am grateful for that. This governor has been solid and faithful in his opposition to the horrors of abortion.

However, he did not mention ending Planned Parenthood’s tax funded monopoly of sex-education in the public school arena. And he didn’t talk about his aggressive insistence of giving public money to the biotech industry for embryonic stem cell research through the sale of loans by the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority (MOHELA), a position that contradicts what being “pro-life” is all about.

Overall, the Governor sounded a lot like the President. Fiscally responsible Republicans should be proud. Morally minded Republicans should be stunned. I am hopeful we’ll see more than we’ve heard.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Detroit's Auto Show

We still live in a sex-saturated culture. Newsweek magazine, publicizing Detroit’s car show blurped:

For Americans, car shows have always been about desire, as automakers tempt us with brawny novel engines, sleek new shapes and lush (often leather) interiors. And what better way to generate excitement than with a bevy of attractive young women showing off your wares? Yes, it may be sexist, but the car companies still do it. The 2007 North American International Auto Show, which kicked off Sunday in Detroit and is on view to the public Jan. 13-21, hasn't disappointed those of us who lust after the new car models of today and the fantastic concept cars of tomorrow.

Hey, when it comes to new cars, my lust (coveting) is already in high gear. I don't need flesh to add to my carnality.

Kudos to NEWSWEEK's Detroit bureau chief, Keith Naughton, whose photo shots showed us the cars, not the women.

If you’re going to surprise me on my birthday, skip DaimlerChrysler's Smart 'fortwo' model as well as Ford’s Airstream. My personal favorite is the Efijy concept car from GM's Australian brand, Holden. The Chinese actually call this a pickup?