Misc Commentary For Sept 5, 2006
— As most of you know, Steve Irwin, “the Crocodile Hunter,” was killed when a stingray put a barb into his chest. The poor fella was only 44 years old and had a wife along with two young childen, so it seems particularly tragic for him to be killed in such a bizarre way.
But, on the other hand, Irwin lived 3 or 4 lifetimes in those 44 years. Here’s a guy who loved animals and he spent his days traveling around the world, getting paid, to get up close and personal with every exotic and dangerous creature on the planet. The guy was on TV, he had plenty of money, and he got to do a job that he loved with his family. All in all, at least superficially, the guy lived a pretty good life and died doing what he loved. There’s something to be said for that.
— The Washington Times reports on the goings on in a Georgia mosque. Not Georgia the country, Georgia down South in the US. I wanted to make that clear just so people would understand that we have pro-terrorist Muslims like this in our country:
“Last year, Miss Mansfield visited a mosque in Georgia that advertised an English and Arabic session on God and family. She attended the Arabic session where a man identified as Khaled recounted a New York flight. He and his friends acted suspicious and made simultaneous restroom runs to frighten passengers.
“He laughed when he described how several women were in tears, and one man sitting near him was praying,” Miss Mansfield later wrote in an account of that meeting on her personal Web site.
“As the meeting drew to a close, the imam gave a brief speech calling for the protection of Allah on the mujahedeen fighting for Islam throughout the world, and reminded everyone that it was their duty as Muslims to continue in the path of jihad, whether it was simple efforts like those of Khaled and his friends, or the actual physical fighting,” Miss Mansfield wrote.”
Let’s hope the FBI has got eyes and ears inside of that mosque.
— This is getting a lot of attention today around the blogosphere:
“As they prepare for a critical pre-election legislative stretch, Congressional Republican leaders have all but abandoned a broad overhaul of immigration laws and instead will concentrate on national security issues they believe play to their political strength.”
Unfortunately, you have the President and a significant block of the Republicans in the Senate that are hellbent on committing political suicide via amnesty for illegals and the Republicans in the House want no part of it. That’s understandable and the right move — since going along with George Bush, John McCain, Bill Frist and these other guys with terrible political instincts aren’t going to move — and going along with them would cost the GOP the House.
However, there’s a risk associated with waiting, too. If the GOP loses the House, they may not be able to stop a terrible bill from getting through. Moreover, right after the election, anyone in the House doing the right thing on illegal immigration purely for political purposes will be sorely tempted to switch positions.
If the GOP can hold the House, amnesty can probably be stopped. If not, expect the American people to get the shaft in favor of illegals.
— Anti-Semitic rants against Joe Lieberman at the MoveOn forums? Is this really a big surprise?
“A string of anti-Semitic rants about Sen. Joe Lieberman have popped up on the liberal MoveOn.org’s open forum Web site, drawing criticism from the Anti-Defamation League.
It’s the latest flap in the contentious race between Lieberman, who is running as an independent to keep his seat in Connecticut, and upstart Ned Lamont, the Democratic nominee.
“We recognize that Action Forum is an open forum intended to foster the free flow of ideas,” ADL head Abraham Foxman said in a letter dated Aug. 31 to MoveOn, which supported Lamont in the Democratic primary against Lieberman.
…Foxman cited examples from the site’s Action Forum, including “media owning Jewish pigs,” “Zionazis,” a reference to the senator as “Jew Lieberman” and the question, “Why are the Jews so Jew-y?”
…Foxman and Eli Pariser, executive director of the MoveOn Political Action Committee, couldn’t be reached.
…”The comments that were posted were abhorrent. We were dismayed to see them, and removed them as soon as they came to our attention 17 days ago.”
He added that most of the comments were not made by MoveOn members and suggested it could be an effort by conservatives to “target” the group, and said any effort to tie the rants to MoveOn was “wrong.”
Oh yeah, it must be conservatives going to a liberal website and using anti-semitic rants against the left’s public enemy #2 (behind George Bush), Joe Lieberman. It couldn’t be that any of the legions of liberals who hate Joe Lieberman’s guts, love the Palestinians, and hate the Israelis actually have a common thread that pulls in all 3 of those directions, could it? It couldn’t be that some of those people are not big fans of Jews, could it? Indeed, it could.