Thursday, November 2, 2006

Teaching Values at U of Pennsylvania

A lot of people wonder about the sense and sanity of our elite university administrators. They just don't seem to be living in the real world, some say. They're much too Politically Correct others aver. We think this is all a bunch of overwrought hooey, actually. We believe our university administrators are the best and brightest among us, dedicated to teaching our young to value those things which conduce to strong character like, say, peace and the intrinsic worth of human life.

Take Amy Gutmann, for example. She's the president of the University of Pennsylvania and demands high standards of deportment at Penn. She's the fairy queen on the right in the photo below. The picture was taken at a campus Halloween event, and she's shown in the company of an Islamic student dressed as a, uh, homicide bomber. Not that Ms Gutmann condones such things, you understand. You can tell by the stern expression on her face that she feels the Halloween jihadi is exhibiting very bad taste and insensitivity. You can tell by her angry look that she has no tolerance for those who appear to be glorifying murder. You can tell that she's outraged to be photographed with someone posing as a killer of women, children and American soldiers.

At least you can tell these things if you have a very good imagination. Otherwise, you might mistakenly think she's rather enjoying the company of this moral nitwit.

See Michelle for details.

Endorsing the Democrats

It's hard to believe that this article is not a spoof, but if it's indeed genuine, and it evidently is, it at the very least constitutes an endorsement the Democrats would undoubtedly rather not have. The article is the product of a number of interviews with various Palestinian terrorist leaders by Aaron Klein of World Net Daily. In the interviews these jihadists urge Americans to vote for Democrats next week. They as much as say that a victory for the Democrats will be a victory for jihad:

Everybody has an opinion about next Tuesday's midterm congressional election in the U.S. - including senior terrorist leaders interviewed by WND who say they hope Americans sweep the Democrats into power because of the party's position on withdrawing from Iraq, a move, as they see it, that ensures victory for the worldwide Islamic resistance.

The terrorists told WorldNetDaily an electoral win for the Democrats would prove to them Americans are "tired."

They rejected statements from some prominent Democrats in the U.S. that a withdrawal from Iraq would end the insurgency, explaining an evacuation would prove resistance works and would compel jihadists to continue fighting until America is destroyed.

They said a withdrawal would also embolden their own terror groups to enhance "resistance" against Israel.

"Of course Americans should vote Democrat," Jihad Jaara, a senior member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group and the infamous leader of the 2002 siege of Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, told WND.

"This is why American Muslims will support the Democrats, because there is an atmosphere in America that encourages those who want to withdraw from Iraq. It is time that the American people support those who want to take them out of this Iraqi mud," said Jaara, speaking to WND from exile in Ireland, where he was sent as part of an internationally brokered deal that ended the church siege.

It gets better (or worse, depending upon your point of view). Read the rest of the article at the link.

Here's what the Islamic terrorists' reaction was to Nancy Pelosi's suggestion that we can end the insurgency in Iraq by pulling out:

WND read Pelosi's remarks to the terror leaders, who unanimously rejected her contention an American withdrawal would end the insurgency.

Islamic Jihad's Saadi, laughing, stated, "There is no chance that the resistance will stop."

He said an American withdrawal from Iraq would "prove the resistance is the most important tool and that this tool works. The victory of the Iraqi revolution will mark an important step in the history of the region and in the attitude regarding the United States."

Jihad Jaara said an American withdrawal would "mark the beginning of the collapse of this tyrant empire (America)."

"Therefore, a victory in Iraq would be a greater defeat for America than in Vietnam."

Jaara said vacating Iraq would also "reinforce Palestinian resistance organizations, especially from the moral point of view. But we also learn from these (insurgency) movements militarily. We look and learn from them."

Hamas' Abu Abdullah argued a withdrawal from Iraq would "convince those among the Palestinians who still have doubts in the efficiency of the resistance."

"The victory of the resistance in Iraq would prove once more that when the will and the faith are applied victory is not only a slogan. We saw that in Lebanon (during Israel's confrontation against Hezbollah there in July and August); we saw it in Gaza (after Israel withdrew from the territory last summer) and we will see it everywhere there is occupation," Abdullah said.

It is disturbing to think that if the Democrats win 15 House seats next Tuesday Nancy Pelosi will be Speaker of the House and third in line for the Presidency.

I wonder if the Republican ad companies are not right now turning this news report into television ads to run this weekend. If they're not they sure should be.

Hazleton's Attempt to Save Itself

How many American towns will follow the example of Hazleton, PA in passing laws which make it difficult for illegal aliens to live there? I suspect that if the courts uphold the Hazleton regulations a lot of other towns across the nation will follow suit. This is unfortunate for legal immigrants whose livelihoods depend upon a growing ethnic community, but if these towns are going to save themselves from ruin, both financial and cultural, measures like those taken in Hazleton really are necessary.

Some may disagree with this assessment, of course, but I urge anyone who does disagree to read not only the above-linked article but, more importantly, to also read Pat Buchanan's excellent book State of Emergency.

Five Crucial Differences

On Tuesday voters across the country will pull levers and poke computer screens to determine what sort of future we wish for our children. There's much at stake, and sometimes the clashing ads and unctuous voices make it difficult to know who the best person is to send to Washington to represent our views and concerns. One thing that's helpful in clearing up the confusion is that despite many loud laments to the contrary, the differences between the parties is perhaps more stark today than it has ever been. There are important matters at issue whose outcome will be very different depending upon whether it is Democrats or Republicans which control the congress.

The following is an outline of how I see the differences between the two parties on five of the most important of those issues:

War on Terror: The Democrats wish to abolish or weaken the Patriot act and the various terrorist surveillance programs initiated by the Bush administration. They want to treat terrorism as a police, rather than as a military, matter. They want to give terrorist detainees the same rights American citizens get in a court of law, including the provision of a lawyer, at taxpayer expense, to each suspected enemy combatant.

Republicans tend to believe that we must do everything legal to make it impossible for terrorists to strike us again here at home, and that terrorists should not have the same legal rights as foreign soldiers, much less American citizens.

War in Iraq: To the extent that the Democrats have a coherent policy on Iraq it is to get out immediately, if not sooner. Republicans see an early pullout as opening the sluice gates to disaster.

Taxes: Democrats are eager to raise taxes by rescinding the Bush tax cuts of the last few years. Republicans believe that people should be allowed to keep as much of what they earn as possible. They believe that the more money we have the more we'll spend, the more we spend the more jobs that will be created and the more total tax revenue that will ultimately flow back to the government. The Bush tax cuts are seen by Republicans as the reason why unemployment is currently down to near record lows and the stock market is up to record highs.

Illegal Immigration: The differences on this issue aren't quite as clear, but generally Democrats tend to favor open borders with Mexico and amnesty for illegals. Republicans tend to favor stopping the flow of illegals by increasing border patrols, technology and by building a fence. Even so, there are some Republicans who also favor open borders and some Democrats who oppose them. Both of these are minorities in their parties, however.

Life Issues/Supreme Court: Democrats almost universally favor abortion rights and will block the nomination of federal judges and Supreme Court justices they deem likely to be unsympathetic to the pro-choice cause. They tend to take a very flexible view of the constitution, interpreting it to mean whatever they think it should mean. Republicans believe that judges and justices should rule according to what the constitution actually says, and they don't think the constitution contains anywhere in it a right to abortion or a right to gay marriage.