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Military Recruitment Station target of IED

06cnd-timessquare3.337 I prefer my title over the NYT headline “Police investigate Times Square Explosion” Yes, it was an explosion, and yes it was in Times Square, but it was a recruiting station, so why not headline with that pertinent fact also? NYT didn’t hide the fact, just didn’t headline it.

The New York City police issued a statement at 7:33 a.m. describing the source of the explosion as an “improvised explosive device” and putting the time of the blast at 3:43 a.m. Subways and traffic are running normally through Times Square.

Even more tragic than lack of national support in our press, is the effect that digging around, for a few years, for the facts beyond the news has had on myself. For when I read that the target of the IED was a Military Recruitment Station, the first thing on my mind was not Islamic terrorists. The first though on my mind was the immense hatred that peace groups and veterans against the war have towards military recruitment and our government in general. So tragically my thoughts were on homegrown terrorists. A bit of tragic irony is that because the media generally doesn’t delve into the underpinnings of these groups, their audience won’t even know to consider peace groups as viable suspects.

The recruiting station — the third that has stood on the site since 1946 — has been the site of regular antiwar protests since the start of the Iraq war in 2003, although until today, the only major threat to the station seemed to come from pigeons.

I doubt that one lonely mention of antiwar protests will be enough to trigger public outcry for investigation into peace groups, or peace group member as possible suspects. If one truly wants to explore blind rage in America, then don’t miss the tirades of peace activists; you won’t be disappointed.

I should make it clear that this post is in no way an accusation or indictment of peace groups in this recruitment center bombing, I am just pointing out a few repercussions of subtle media bias. An interesting bias note is that Al Jazeera also reported this incident, but with the headline “Blast at US Army Recruitment Centre.” They did however end the article with a little local bias of their own.

New York has been on a heightened state of alert since the attacks of September 11, 2001, when hijackers crashed two passenger jets into the World Trade Centre, killing nearly 3,000 people.

Hijackers?

Radical Islam: Turning the corner

MosqueFor centuries there has been only one way a nation could get along with Islam; convert to Islamic rule, pay tribute tax to an Islamic nation, or fight. Nations can talk and cut deals, but history had shown that when they become inconvenient or not beneficial to the Islamic nation; prepare to fight. Islam is a theocracy, both a religion and a government, that has spread since it’s inception by terrorism, military revolution and conquest. Not surprisingly most wars in the world today share a common theme; one side or the other is Islamic. There aren’t historical precedents for Muslim nations working and playing well with non-Muslim nations. But that may be changing.

I, and many others more learned than I, have said that the only way the world can live peacefully is if Islam goes through a reformation.

For the rest of humanity to get along peacefully with Islam, Muslims must enact reform from within. Unfortunately Islam has a built in guard against reformers; death sentences. By us being out there taking care of the worst while helping to maintain the peace, those who are trying to enact change within Islam, just might live long enough to turn things in a positive direction.

Wally Wonders Why: I can’t go there

Our participation in the UN can help maintain temporary peace, but short of genocide against Muslims, no force will cure Islamophobia. Islamophobia is a real fear, not unreal or over reaction, but a real healthy fear that demands mitigation. How ever there is only one way to mitigate that fear and that is for Islam to change.

To bring an end to Islamophobia, we must employ a holistic approach that treats the core of the disease. It will not suffice to merely suppress the symptoms. It is imperative to adopt new Islamic teachings that do not allow killing apostates (Redda Law). Islamic authorities must provide mainstream Islamic books that forbid polygamy and beating women. Accepted Islamic doctrine should take a strong stand against slavery and the raping of female war prisoners, as happens in Darfur under the explicit canons of Shariah (“Ma Malakat Aimanikum”). Muslims should teach, everywhere and universally, that a woman’s testimony in court counts as much as a man’s, that women should not be punished if they marry whom they please or dress as they wish.

Islamophobia could end when masses of Muslims demonstrate in the streets against videos displaying innocent people being beheaded with the same vigor we employ against airlines, Israel and cartoons of Muhammad. It might cease when Muslims unambiguously and publicly insist that Shariah law should have no binding legal status in free, democratic societies.

Wall Street Journal: How to end ‘Islamophobia’

Turkey has been an unstable mix of Muslims and a secular government, but that instability may be changing, and changing in the right way. The Turkish government is not cutting useless deals or converting the whole nation to Islamic law. They are the first nation I’ve ever heard of who is attacking the Islamic problem at it’s roots; at it’s doctrinal roots. The Turkish government is preparing to publish the first reinterpretation of Islam. They are attempting a revolutionary modernization of Islam.

According to Fadi Hakura, an expert on Turkey from Chatham House in London, Turkey is doing nothing less than recreating Islam – changing it from a religion whose rules must be obeyed, to one designed to serve the needs of people in a modern secular democracy. They have also taken an even bolder step – rejecting a long-established rule of Muslim scholars that later (and often more conservative) texts override earlier ones.

“You have to see them as a whole,” says Fadi Hakura. “You can’t say, for example, that the verses of violence override the verses of peace. This is used a lot in the Middle East, this kind of ideology.

BBC: Turkey in radical revision of Islamic texts

I certainly pray that this will be the start of Islam turning the corner. I have a limited knowledge of Islam, but I have to agree that the Koran is a bit more spiritual, more forgiving and more peaceful than the Hadiths. Not entirely peaceful, but more peaceful than we live with today.

The argument is that Islamic tradition has been gradually hijacked by various – often conservative – cultures, seeking to use the religion for various forms of social control.

Leaders of the Hadith project say successive generations have embellished the text, attributing their political aims to the Prophet Muhammad himself.

BBC: Turkey in radical revision of Islamic texts

An earlier BBC story suggested that Turkey’s reformation work was aimed at bolstering it’s citizen’s freedom of expression and allowing civilian control over their military so that Turkey might be accepted as an EU nation. I hope, like this India news article touches on, that this reformed Islam catches on in other Muslim nations around the world.

What in essence is believed to emerge is a reformed Islam relevant to the 21st century social, political and economic context. The 21st century Islam will be an amalgamation of modern European critical thoughts and traditional Muslim Ottoman beliefs. New Islam will be less orthodox and more liberal. In Turkey, the reformed Islam is paying dividends in the form of abolition of death penalty, campaign against honour killings, education of women and training and appointment of hundreds of women as Imams. Now what remains to be seen is whether this liberal democratic Islam finds acceptance in other Muslim countries of the world as well.

MeriNews India: Turkey modernising Islam

Even after the Protestant Reformation began, it was centuries before the power of the Catholic Church was significantly reduced. So even though Islam may be turning a corner, we may have to hang around for a few hundred years to reap the peace.

By the way, in a nation at war with radical Islam, it was sure tough to find any hint of this revolutionary news in US media. Imagine all the people, living life informed.

4.5 minutes

During my 4 mile drive into work this morning, I listened to 4.5 minutes of Stephanie Miller on the new AM 930 progressive talk. It was 4.5 of hyperbole, laugh tracks, innuendos and vaudevillian humor mostly at the expense of John McCain, but squarely aimed at conservatives. I’d say the only fact I heard during that 4.5 minutes was in itself hyperbole. It was of course the now, in less than 12 hours, famous quote by Ann Coulter.

She’s more conservative that he is.”
and
“I will campaign for her if it’s McCain.”
and
“She lies less than John McCain. She’s smarter than John McCain.”

AOL news

Of course this is hyperbole on her part. I should know, as I said nearly the same thing yesterday morning.

Bottom line: If I wanted a liberal candidate who said they were strong on defense I would vote for Hillary. At least she is consistent.

Why I support Mitt Romney

Now you may be thinking that Ann stole my thoughts from these very pages, or you might think that I secretly write her material. But no; It is just a matter of great minds thinking a like. Not my great mind, her’s and someone else’s, that I would be able to think of if I did in fact have a great mind.

Usually when I feel like mindless humor, I go rent a B-movie, now I can just listen to AM 930.

Nanny state?

No it’s worse. A nanny is hired to help parents take care of their family. Parents still retain all their rights and responsibilities as the head of household and family. As socialism invades our nation, let’s be accurate in our euphemisms. We are not heading for a nanny state. We are heading for a parent state. A state where government is taking on the rights and responsibility as parents over us and our family. Don’t think it’s happening?

  • An appeals court says Arizona’s rules for license plates means that state must grant the Arizona Life Coalition’s request for “choose life” plates. Would you like to see Washington plates with political messages?
  • Should states be able to provide universal health coverage for their residents by requiring employers to offer health coverage or to pay into a fund?
  • Should passing grades be a requirement for teen to get and keep a driver’s license? Parents often link driving to school performance; should the state do the same?

As you walk by these 3 topics from Dean Kahn’s online articles, take the time to stop and smell the roses.

In communist China, family size is strictly controlled by government and here expressing your choice not to endorse killing children has become a political message?

Instead of mandating that each of us carry health insurance like is the situation with auto insurance, the state now wants to require employers to carry your burden.

And the rose that stopped me in my tracks; In an effort to help kids in school, should the state adopt a parenting tool! Why not! It sounds about right for a Parent State, or more accurate a socialist state.

So, who is yo’ mama?

Yo’ mama or yo’ government?

MVP award

Herald Blogger Sam Taylor deserves the MVP award for the most assists in the recent Slam the GOP Bowl. His copying of the Washington Outsider’s copy of a HorsesAss.org’s original slam on our local rep Doug Ericksen was a stupendous 3 level slam assist. Magnificent play! And did you notice how Sam cleverly dropped the title “The GOP’s legislative strategy is literally full of s***” during the last handoff? Perhaps the only way to push this regular play slam piece into overtime at a reputable blog. Brilliant move!

I jest of course. I’m sure there was no more thought behind this than just stirring things up. What else could it be? After all none the 3 copies actually address any issues. Do we know if any of the players are for or against sex offender registration? Do we know if any of the players are for or against legislating additional costly septic inspections.

For the record: I am for tight monitoring of convicted sex offenders, especially those who are deemed likely to reoffend. I am against less than effective, yet costly septic inspections. As the rule is written, it seems less like a safety precaution and more like a government money grab.

While I am embarrassed for those who seem to just enjoy stirring the pot, I am also heartened that we have representation like Doug Ericksen who actually are working for us.

Still a crap shoot?

thumbsup.jpgI’ve read an article claiming a fractured Republican campaign. I’ve read articles referring to it as a rift of sorts. I recently spoke with a person who referred to the Republican side of the campaign as a crap shoot while also saying the Democrats had a real candidate race going on. I wondered, is this a crap shoot on the Republican side? I responded with something like having a competition between a half dozen qualified Republican candidates is great “crap shoot” to be in as opposed to having to choose between two unqualified Democrats.

Looking at weekend headlines including this Fox News graphic, one might think that Mitt Romney has a big head, Hillary Clinton has a big mouth, and John McCain sometimes acts like a dork. Or one might think that Mitt Romney is a front runner, Hillary Clinton has secured an insurmountable lead and John McCain sometimes acts like a dork. Right now the media is driving the show. While some trends may look like they are forming, I think it is still to close to call the race on either side. With a 1000 points still to go, does it mean a hill of beans that Huckabee is 6 ahead of McCain or even that Romney is 54 points ahead of Thompson? I am still definitely behind Fred Thompson because I think him most qualified for the position, but I certainly relish the fact that our nation has so many qualified Republicans competing for Oval Office.

So sure, things make look fractured, or even appear to be a crap shoot, but eventually it will come down to one Republican vs. one Democrat. One qualified Republican vs. one unqualified Democrat. There will be no crap shoot.

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