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  • backyardconservative 2:48 PM on 04/01/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Those Multiple Dads 

    Actual MSNBC header: 1 in 5 US moms have kids with multiple dads, study says

    Comment via LucianneI am not aware of any kid that has a multiple dad

    April foolery aside, this kind of news keeps getting worse and worse.

    Growing up in a big, Catholic family I remember my mom commenting on some sneering in a Beatrix Potter book about large and improvident families. Ah yes, we were the irresponsible ones, breeding like bunnies.

    So in these days of popping birth control pills and hopping in and out of bed who is having the large “families”? Who is really being irresponsible? Isn’t the government aiding and abetting child abuse?

    And will the left ever admit this? Some glimmer of understanding:

    An important message that doesn’t appear to be getting through is just how hard it is to raise a child as a single parent.

    Well, duh, you know maybe Dan Quayle was right about Murphy Brown. Maybe if the Left hadn’t spent the last generation or two glorifying single motherhood and bashing family values we wouldn’t be seeing destructive stats like these.

     
    • nicedeb 3:09 PM on 04/01/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’m convinced that the left doesn’t want healthy, intact families. The more dysfunctional families are, the more dependent they are on government.

    • zillaoftheresistance 3:36 PM on 04/01/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I know more women who have children by several different fathers than I do women whose kids have the same father.

    • backyardconservative 4:44 PM on 04/01/2011 Permalink | Reply

      It’s sad.

      But it’s another reason to push for smaller govt.

      Those Tommy Thompson welfare reforms back in the 80’s encourage marriage. We need more of that, not less, but this administration is trying to unwind even that positive step.

    • just a conservative girl 8:36 PM on 04/01/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I must be the odd one out. I know very few people who have children with more than one person. Only two of my friends have been divorced. Even growing up very few of my friends came from divorced homes. Now, were they happy? I don’t know. But they did stay together.

      I totally agree with Deb, the breakdown of the family is part of the far left agenda.

    • backyardconservative 9:24 PM on 04/01/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Well, I know very few as well.

      At my last college reunion about 5 years ago all my roommates were still married–we were a group of 5 and 3 of us were married to guys we met in college.

      But then the only real friends I have any more are conservatives:) in my PC town.

    • zillaoftheresistance 4:19 PM on 04/07/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Well I am from NY, if that makes a difference LOL.

  • backyardconservative 10:13 AM on 03/30/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Mad City judge returns from vacation, inserts self again 

    Oh yeah, she had said she needed more time to consider whether the passage of the bill violated the open meetings act, then went on vacation. Now she’s baaaack, and still hasn’t ruled on the merits (such as they are NOTThe Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

    This Secretary of State business reminds me of the Illinois posturing about seating seedy Dem Sen. Roland Burris, using process to evade common sense. This is how the leftie-leaning legal profession strikes many of us these days. I thank God that after my acceptance at UW law school years ago, when I was still a wavering liberal, I got a private sector job offer and never looked back.
    Another reason to eliminate Secretaries of State. (Isn’t that how corrupt IL GOP Gov. Ryan ascended?) And eliminate process, if it means you have to publish laws in the MSM for them to take effect. Why should they have so much power vested in them?
    An interesting split among law profs at Marquette. One agrees with Judge SEIU Sumi. The other:
    Richard Esenberg said he was not surprised by the ruling but criticized the judge.

    “There is applicable Supreme Court precedent that a court has no authority to enjoin the publication of a law,” he said. “The state has repeatedly cited that law to her and as far as I know she has not only failed to explain herself about why she feels she has the authority, she hasn’t even acknowledged there is an issue. That just leaves me speechless.”

    Esenberg was referring to a 1943 state Supreme Court opinion that said courts could not interfere with legislation until it is published and becomes law.

    According to the JS the Assistant Attorney General says the law is absolutely still in effect.

    As for the public sector unions and their ally Dem WI Secretary of State LaFollette, struck inarticulate by the TEA party, I will quote his famous relative, Fighting Bob:

    “Free men of every generation must combat renewed efforts of organized force and greed to destroy liberty.”

    More over by me at BackyardConservative.

     
  • backyardconservative 1:53 PM on 03/17/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Walker Calls Out The One in the WaPo 

    Doesn’t this hugely amuse you too?

    Our reform plan calls for a 5.8 percent pension contribution from government workers, including myself, and a 12.6 percent health insurance premium payment. Both are well below what middle-class, private-sector workers pay. Federal workers, however, pay an average of 28 percent of health insurance costs.

    It’s enough to make you wonder why there are no protesters circling the White House.

    Meanwhile, back in Obama’s home stomping grounds of Cook County, IL, there are actual calls for the public unions to back off.

    Other states are exercising long latent citizen muscle to confront the public union excess driving us to the poorhouse.

    Come on America, let’s move! Our way:)

     

     
  • backyardconservative 1:43 PM on 03/11/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Obama wants to have an “alert system” if massacres on the ground in Libya 

    Come on Barack. A pathetic pretense of caring.

    He’s lecturing about history.
    You know, Mr. President. You will either be a footnote or go down as one of the worst presidents this country has ever suffered.

    Then you could just use tanks on your own people, no alert system operable.

    …I’m reminded of 2007, when he was campaigning. It was all there (since then I remembered how to spell judgment):

    On the Daily Show last night, Obama claimed he doesn’t need experience to be President, just good judgement. (The Swamp has the clip.)Did he use good judgement when he threatened to unilaterally invade an ally? Commander Obama.

    Did he use good judgement when asked what he would do if two US cities had just suffered a terrorist nuclear attack? He talked about Katrina, “The first thing we’d have to do is make sure we’ve got an effective emergency reponse.” Mayor Barack.

    Do we want a president who is cozy and bankrolled by a slightly unhinged anti-Semite like George Soros? Are we comfortable with a president who chooses a church by its leader who thinks black separatism is OK and Ghadaffi, who blew up an American jetliner, is a good guy? Apologist Barack.

    …I give credit to the president for staying the course in Afghanistan, with General Petraeus. But that’s only because he was boxed in during the campaign by calling it the good war, hoping he would never have to do anything about it again. And no one in the world should expect any substantive help on anything from this president–despite his posturing during the campaign at the Brandenburg Gate.

    Nor does anyone in the U.S., except his union buddies.

    –crossposted at BackyardConservative

     
  • backyardconservative 1:21 PM on 03/03/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Nudity, Child Rape, Suicide Shown to 9yr olds at Suburban Chicago Winnetka Grade School. ‘Appropriately’, no one Fired 

    However, we can assure the public that the staff members involved in this incident were treated fairly and appropriately. No employees were or will be fired as a result of this incident.

    Do you know who’s teaching your child? And what they’re “teaching”? Who decides when a child is old enough for nudity, rape and suicide – parents or teachers?

    Maybe it’s all the rumblings about union salaries, pensions and power in the news, but there is a broader question raised by a recent incident at Greeley School in Winnetka. That’s where a couple of substitute teachers showed parts of an HBO movie called The Middle Passage to fourth graders a few weeks ago. Some parents were upset that their 9-year-olds were viewing a movie that included nudity, child rape and suicide aboard a slave ship.
    Of course parents who questioned this were accused of being vile bigots… 

    The issue came to light after Patrick Livney and three other parents of Greeley School fourth graders complained about the film.

    Livney said it’s had scarring effects on his daughter and other students at Greeley.

    “Now we’ve got a situation where there’s demonstrable damage done to 9-year-olds’ brains. We have fourth graders talking about depressing classrooms, depression. Boys going around talking about ‘rape dogs.’ Are you kidding me?” Livney said. “After five great years at Greeley, (my daughter) doesn’t want to go to school.”

    He said some boys now don’t want to go into the water “because this movie shows sharks devouring slaves who were purposely thrown overboard.”[snip]

    From a harshly sarcastic email by Jen McQuet, a Winnetka parent, published in TribLocal:

    About 20 million Africans were taken from homes and families and sold into slavery to work plantations in North and South America. More than half died. But the real tragedy, really and seriously, is that a privileged little girl from Winnetka had to see some scary pictures of it. That’s serious, long-lasting damage.

    …For wanting to protect their children from vile imagery. (You know, something a bit like this but much, much worse.) More at leftie Huffpo, which overwhelmingly voted it was OK to show this to grade school kids.Who is politicizing education? For the children. Who is treating children as pawns for their agenda? Is this a “safe learning environment”? Causing some children to cry until midnight and have recurring nightmares and fears? 

    What next, Winnetka, a Laurie Dann reenactment? For educational purposes, of course.

    The rest of the post here.
     
  • backyardconservative 2:16 PM on 02/22/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Fleedom Fighter Farce. WI Dems discovered. Indiana Dems Flee 

    Fastmoving events this morning.

    WISenDems on lam in IL forced to buy underwear, scavenge for food

    More Dems on the lam. Indiana

    WISen Dems discovered on border, Harvard, IL. Call police on TEA Party!

    Meanwhile, I believe our President Barack Obama is blathering on in Ohio. The next showdown:)

    …And Gov. Christie on now with his budget address.

     
  • backyardconservative 11:59 AM on 02/17/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Listening to WTMJ Milwaukee–The Walker Revolution:) 

    Live here. Radio Free Wisconsin vs. the people’s republic of Madison.

    Teachers ditch classes and encourage their students to skip school. Holding kids and working parents hostage. Classic union irresponsibility which has driven states and localities into bankruptcy. Public servants are our masters, but Wisconsin’s new Republican governor Scott Walker is pointing out some home truths and, with a newly elected Republican majority in both legislatures, reflecting the will of we the people:

    The protesters are taking issue with Walker’s budget repair plan, which he presented last week. The governor said besides removing workers’ collective bargaining rights, except when negotiating salary, state employees need to pay more for health care benefits and their pensions. Local firefighters, such as local police and members of the Wisconsin State Patrol, are exempt in the bill.

    The governor said that the moves are necessary to better contend with the state’s fiscal problems and he can’t negotiate with the unions since the state has nothing to offer. The bill’s supporters said public workers must make sacrifices to help balance the state’s budget. The state has a projected $3.6 billion budget shortfall.

    It’s the only thing to do. What future will these kids have if they have to pay for people who retire early with cushy salaries and benefits. Wisconsin is trying to fend off the death spiral that Illinois is embracing.
    More here.
     
    • just a conservative girl 1:13 PM on 02/17/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I am watching about this on the news now. It really gets my goat that the teachers brought the kids with them. They are striking illegally. Good lesson to the teach the kids. They interviewed these kids and they don’t even know why they are there. As a parent, I would be furious to find out that my child was asked to attend this, and I would be at the school board in record time.

    • backyardconservative 1:18 PM on 02/17/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Yes. It’s really, really wrong. But of course, they think they are entitled. They think they own these kids.

    • zillaoftheresistance 5:00 PM on 02/17/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I see that protesters are being bussed in. These are the same goons who call TEA people “astroturf”. And I agree with JaC, if it were my kids made to go to that protest, I’d be raising hell.

    • backyardconservative 7:19 PM on 02/17/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I saw on a tweet some are being bused in from other parts of the country too.

      But, most hilarious–the Senate Dems ran away to Illinois to thwart a quorum–and the Illinois Tea Party chased em back!!

      http://backyardconservative.blogspot.com/2011/02/illinois-tea-party-tracking-widems.html

    • backyardconservative 8:43 PM on 02/17/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Oh good! :)

    • vegas art guy 10:28 PM on 02/17/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Those teachers ought to be ashamed of themselves. But I guess it’s not really for the children after all.

    • iainswife 11:12 PM on 02/17/2011 Permalink | Reply

      My link above on Big Unions is basically a round-up of the WI stuff but Instapundit just now linked to an article saying obama’s Organizing for America is supporting these union-riot-thugfests. What a douche.

  • backyardconservative 7:51 PM on 02/07/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    A Statistically Impossible Lack of Diversity. Conservative Profs 

    Of Social Psychology. A sadly amusing column by John Tierney in the NY Times:

    A sea of hands appeared, and Dr. Haidt estimated that liberals made up 80 percent of the 1,000 psychologists in the ballroom. When he asked for centrists and libertarians, he spotted fewer than three dozen hands. And then, when he asked for conservatives, he counted a grand total of three.

    “This is a statistically impossible lack of diversity,” Dr. Haidt concluded, noting polls showing that 40 percent of Americans are conservative and 20 percent are liberal. In his speech and in an interview, Dr. Haidt argued that social psychologists are a “tribal-moral community” united by “sacred values” that hinder research and damage their credibility — and blind them to the hostile climate they’ve created for non-liberals.

    There may well have been some closeted conservatives among the group. How many more didn’t enter the field at all, sensing the futility of open inquiry?

    I remember the Larry Summers incident cited in the article. And the attack on Daniel Patrick Moynihan was ruinous to our society, as Pundette notes today.

    Add to this the media bias we know is there, and confirmation that lawyers and judges double-team us, it’s a wonder we win any elections or make any advances at all.

    Ah, but it’s the power of our ideas. In the real world.

     
  • backyardconservative 11:16 AM on 01/30/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Is Rahm Evil? And what about The One 


    His opponent in the mayor’s race cuts an ad accusing him on Freddie Mac. Evil-Man Economics Is Rahm evil?

    You decide.

    But I suggest those wanting a better future for Chicago, Illinois, and this country read Stanley Kurtz’s book, Radical-in-Chief:Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism . Rahm, never let a good crisis go to waste Emanuel was involved with the Left early on.

    We are reaping the ruin the Left has sown for decades. Midwest Academy. ACORN. SEIU. The Dem Machine. The Chicago Way goes to Washington.

    Shakedown after shakedown.

    Are there any honest leaders left in Chicago?

    And who is our president.

    And the Midwest Academy folks, maybe they’re kicking themselves right now – I hope they are – for putting their files on record. And when I finally dug up these files, I truly was amazed because what we really had here was a living, breathing, Socialist front group as if it had been taken from the 1930s and transported into the ’80s and the ’90s and beyond in the United States.

    Related posts: Acorn fells Obama tree?

    The Core of Barack Obama.

    More. In case you missed it. Jeffrey Lord, TAS:Boehner Takes On Radical-In-Chief

    …Who will they demonize next? Jan Schakowsky is Frightened

    UPDATE: Obama’s Double Vision. Logo above. And this.

    WTF.

    –crossposted at BackyardConservative

     
  • backyardconservative 2:11 PM on 01/26/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Barack Obama, Gemini Man 

    In sync with Fuzi’s previous post on our backwards man, I couldn’t resist, after perusing The One’s old hometown news.

    Plus, what’s Rahmbo up to.

    Sigh.

     
  • backyardconservative 10:46 AM on 01/18/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    others caution against using the study to blame students for not applying themselves 

    Is our children learning?

    Many of the students graduated without knowing how to sift fact from opinion, make a clear written argument or objectively review conflicting reports of a situation or event, according to New York University sociologist Richard Arum, lead author of the study. The students, for example, couldn’t determine the cause of an increase in neighborhood crime or how best to respond without being swayed by emotional testimony and political spin.

    No problem, just get a job with the NY Times.

    But let’s see, could it be because this “critical thinking” approach to education was used in elementary schools for years to dumb down and disparage actually learning basic math, science and reading skills? Could that be it? Could it be outcome-based education?

    At some point students actually need to learn skills, not community organizing. How about actually thinking and questioning. That used to be the essence of a liberal arts education.

    More. Ann Althouse on Howard Gardner. Count me a skeptic as well. Howard Gardner was big as “best practices” in our suburban elementary schools when my kids were inmates 15 years ago or so. While I think his approach had some value in highlighting how individuals learn differently, the main result was to let teachers and districts off the hook on testing, while renaming gym as kinetic wellness and justifying such impediments to learning as “math journals”. A liberal arts approach to math that worked for no one.

    HT Memeorandum

    UPDATE: Our PJ Mom’s take here.

     
    • pjMom 1:49 PM on 01/18/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I just posted about this. Kids can and do learn if teachers actually TEACH. Unfortunately, at the college level you find indoctrination over real thinking.

      Will reply in more depth at naptime–it’s a sunny day and not frigid. We have a date with the swing set ; )

      • pjMom 9:14 PM on 01/18/2011 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the link. Will have to come back in a bit. My naptime blogging plans were derailed by a recalcitrant toddler who needs to get in bed asap.

    • pjMom 11:25 PM on 01/18/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’m amused no one took any guesses as to why graduates are incapable of sorting fact from opinion or being swayed by emotional pleas or political spin. If that’s the diet they’re fed from Ayers-esque professors, what do you expect?

      As for Gardner, I’m with you. The past 30 years of educational “advancement”–ethnomath, the elimination of phonics, no grammar because it’s inherently racist to judge how kids speak or write, etc etc etc have left our kids educationally impoverished.

      But then education majors were among those identified in the article as showing the “least gains in learning.” Comforting, no?

    • backyardconservative 12:04 AM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I still remember a story in the NY Times. The violinist Isaac Stern gave a concert for the kids of the NY Public Schools. And I think it was the supt at the time who said if he were certified he could become a teacher there.

      It could have been a joke but I don’t think so.

      Public schools can be such a joke.

      • Quite Rightly 8:24 AM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

        It may have been a joke, but one based on fact.

        It is true that NY State wouldn’t let Isaac Stern teach music without a certification. No amount of real-world experience or talent in any field is considered qualification to teach in this state. Einstein couldn’t get a job teaching math or physics no matter how much he wanted to help children learn.

    • backyardconservative 9:39 AM on 01/19/2011 Permalink | Reply

      And that says it all, doesn’t it.

  • backyardconservative 11:39 AM on 01/05/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Bye Bye Speaker Pelosi, Hello the People’s House 

    Happy new House New Year.

    The imperial Pelosi era is over. No more boozing cross-country plane-loads at our expense. No more strutting and bashing We the People with her gavel. No more imbecilic arrogance of we have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it.

    She’s still telling whoppers as she steps down.

    Welcome Speaker Boehner.

    Power Play has long observed he and his staff to be among the least cynical, most earnest of any on the Hill. It may seem contrived or cheesy to critics, but these folks actually believe in what their talking about.

    Whatever the barriers Pelosi broke, John Boehner will certainly be the first brother of 11, German-Catholic, tavern keeper’s son from blue-collar Cincinnati to wield the gavel. Those roots are reflected in the people he has gathered around him and in their priorities.

    Welcome, at long last. This is the people’s house.

    –crossposted at BackyardConservative

     
  • backyardconservative 5:37 PM on 01/03/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Shorting Stay at Home Moms on Credit 

    The Credit Card Act was supposed to rein in eeeevil financial institutions. Now that the Federal Reserve is proposing rules based on the legislation mandating consideration of independent income rather than household income as has been the norm, stay at home moms may have to have their spouses co-sign their card applications. TWS on the WSJ article. They go on:

    This comes on the heels of another proposal by the Fed (subsequently tweaked), under which “retailers would have had to require customers to provide pay stubs and tax documents when applying for a credit card at the cash register.” Moreover, it’s par for the course. The Obama administration’s and Democratic congressional leaders’ preferred mode of legislating is to vest incredible amounts of quasi-legislative power in the hands of unelected officials (see Obamacare), who then proceed to issue legally binding “rules” that declare what Americans can or cannot do, nationwide.

    Pretty archaic and demeaning. This stuff is making me mad.

    Another unintended consequence of the Dems and Obama administration legislation–or was it intentional?

    We know NOW and their ilk consider at home moms second class citizens. Now their allies are trying to implement it.

    Rule-making without representation, another form of tyranny.

    P.S. First Lady O receives no salary, perhaps she can take up this issue–if she can tear herself away from her latest vacation. Will she have to travel with her spouse next time?

     
    • Jill 5:48 PM on 01/03/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Wow. Government only know how to make things worse.

    • pjMom 6:00 PM on 01/03/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I planned on posting this tomorrow. I can’t wait until the generic SAHM Oprah watcher/Obama voter goes to Target to apply for her 5%-off-all-the-time-discount! credit card and tries to figure out why she was denied.

    • Anonna 11:00 PM on 01/03/2011 Permalink | Reply

      “… mandating consideration of independent income rather than household income as has been the norm, stay at home moms may have to have their spouses co-sign their card applications.”

      This is EXACTLY one of the issues that started the feminist movement back in the 1960s. Back then a wife had to get her husband’s permission for financial activity – and we’re kinda heading back in that direction. It’s ironic since I’ve been reading columns trashing feminists lately. The current women who use that term are NOT the feminists of days gone by. The original feminists fought to expand women’s freedoms. I hope we can remember that even as we fight to retain those freedoms.

      This action by the government is reprehensible.

    • fuzislippers 11:15 PM on 01/03/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hubby has to co-sign for your credit card? Seriously? The femisogynists and their enablers strike again.

    • zillaoftheresistance 4:00 PM on 01/04/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’m a stay at home mom and I think this stinks. Will I next need my husband’s permission to drive?

      • Quite Rightly 11:10 PM on 01/04/2011 Permalink | Reply

        No, as long as he signs your auto insurance form.

        Been there, done that. It stinks.

  • backyardconservative 9:28 AM on 12/16/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Daniels Keeps the Door Open for 2012 

    The Republican governor of Indiana took a break from shoveling snow to talk with WLS Don and Roma this morning (Audio). He blasted the $1.2 TRILLION omnibus spending bill Dems want to cram through, and while noting earmarks are only a small portion of the federal budget, pointed out he had objected to them early on when he had served as W’s budget director nearly 10 years ago. They were just picking up steam then and we’ve seen the abuse, attaching them to PIGS of bills as sweeteners to push bad legislation through.

    Daniels went on to say he thinks many people may not realize how close this country is to Niagara with all the spending and debt we’re piling on. Asked about the TEA party, he was positive–a grassroots group that raises a little hell on behalf of freedom and the tax payers is all to the good.

    Indiana has seen new private sector job growth during this recession–Governor Daniels spoke of creating a great business climate with low taxes and trimming job-killing regulation.

    Asked about 2012–the answer is if people are still interested check back in 4 months or so.

    –crossposted at BackyardConservative

     
    • just a conservative girl 5:42 PM on 12/16/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think he would make a very effective president, what I am not sure about is what type of candidate he will make. He comes across as a little milquetoast.

  • backyardconservative 1:20 PM on 12/12/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Women at War 

    (I’m without adequate words this morning, so I’ll let this photo speak for itself. Because I am so tired and heartsick of these jihadis. But this is a hopeful post.)Hearts and minds. Tribune.

    Related posts here, here, here. …and here.

    And this: Condoleezza Rice Smacks Down Katie Couric’s Insulting, Ignorant Depiction of Iraq War

    The WikiLeaks Vindication of George W. Bush. For the record.

    not women in direct combat, though, which I tend to think is the right policy.

    –crossposted at BackyardConservative

     
  • backyardconservative 1:51 PM on 12/08/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Brave Iranian Women Hold Hands 

    They have to be brave. Video via Gateway Pundit. WSJ story on National Student Day:

    Student activists in Iran said that under the past year’s crackdown on the opposition and student activism, their demands have grown.

    “A lot of students hoped until last year that the Islamic Republic could be reformed but many of us think this system needs a complete overhaul,” said a student from a northeastern city in Iran.

    Opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, as well as former Presidents Mohamad Khatami and Hashemi Rafsanjani, issued statements of support for the occasion and encouraged students to not give up.

    “You must have hope; you must try and not fear the heavy price you have to pay,” Mr. Khatami said in a statement posted on Iranian websites.

    Iran continues to develop the bomb while attempting to loosen economic sanctions. For those who worry about how the Iranian people will fare if we instead tighten them, keep in mind Iran’s leaders and its Revolutionary Guard are kleptocrats, stealing the country blind.

     
  • backyardconservative 11:34 AM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    could not identify his wife who was killed in a road crash until her veil was put back on her face 

    Well, isn’t that special. How many of these stories are Onion-like if they weren’t so tragic. Jihad Watch: Saudi man has never seen his wife’s face after ten years of marriage

    Gee, what about that French cartoon.

    And on the subject of multiculturalism, leftists wear the veil, only it covers their eyes too. Crash.

    HT Memeorandum

     
    • zillaoftheresistance 12:39 PM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

      That’s really sad. What kind of marriage is it when you do not see your beloved’s face?
      Agree with you about the leftists.

    • just a conservative girl 1:39 PM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Did you read about the lady in Florida who was under arrest for drunk driving, but refused to take off her veil for the mug shot? It is almost funny.

    • backyardconservative 1:56 PM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

      We just have to keep publicizing this stuff until the Left can’t deceive themselves any more. The biggest victims of Islam are their women. Don’t they get a look?

      I think Michelle O should wear a burka to illustrate her solidarity with the oppressed women of Islam. Remember, after 9/11 Carolyn Maloney the NY Rep wore one on the House floor. Cover her arms up for a good cause:)

      • fuzislippers 7:04 PM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

        I agree, the left has completely sold their principles when it comes to women’s rights; any leftist who calls herself a feminist and doesn’t fight for Muslim women’s rights is no longer a feminist. Did you see this article? Robert Eugene Simmons’ The Death of Modern Liberal Feminism (And Its Rebirth in the Conservative Movement: http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/12/the_death_of_modern_liberal_fe.html

      • Quite Rightly 9:54 PM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Liberal ideology demands a see-no-evil, hear-no-evil approach to Islamic ritual humiliation and legalized servitude (de-facto slavery) of females–just like it demanded rousing cheers of support for Cee-gar Willie’s debasement of a young intern and his sexual aggression with the numerous women he chased around his desk.

        Michelle’s resonating silence on the subject notwithstanding, she didn’t look too happy dragging her scarfed head, covered arms, stocking feet, and bedraggled pant cuffs around an Indonesian mosque with her smiling-from-ear-to-ear, listening for the “one of the pretties sounds on Earth” husband. But, as we are reminded over and over and over again, it was something she did “voluntarily.” Uh huh.

        Although my “bad angel” would like nothing more than to experience the Shadenfreude of seeing Michelle modeling the burqa her husband has defended as evidence of the fulfilled “rights” of Muslim women, my “good angel” is not too anxious to see Michelle swathed from heat to toe in black. That won’t be happening until the Libs have decided it’s time burqas show up in Macy’s “holiday” window.

        • Quite Rightly 9:59 PM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

          “head to toe” — though I’m sure it was pretty hot in Indonesia that day — and the topic certainly makes steam come out of my ears.

          • backyardconservative 10:41 PM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

            Oh yes, I remember that now. A yellow pantsuit and scarf. And she was barefoot on hot pavers while the host and her spouse were on the carpet.

            Maybe only wear that kind of thing when she’s doing her let’s move routine. So inclusive don’t you know.

        • zillaoftheresistance 9:24 AM on 12/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

          Did you see what she did (in public!) while wearing that stuff?

    • backyardconservative 8:27 PM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Oh excellent, thanks!

  • backyardconservative 9:39 AM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    So while stoning a woman for illegal sex, for instance (rajam), is not done everywhere, the penalty is ‘on the books’ 

    It’s not in Oklahoma yet, but the BBC story on Sharia in Indonesia ignores the broader issue. Via Jihad Watch. Comment featured above.

    I see the Tribune has another op-ed pooh-poohing concerns. Have you seen these kind of columns in your local media?

    Do liberals really want to defend this?

    I’ve wondered for years when feminists, and gays, would join us in recognizing this theocratic, terrorist intolerance threat.

    …On the books. We’re not talking about, say, a law that may be still hanging around like Wisconsin’s mandate that a slice of apple pie can’t be served without cheese, or that Harvard professors may graze their cows in Harvard Yard.

     
    • Yukio Ngaby 11:25 AM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

      You wrote: “…On the books. We’re not talking about, say, a law that may be still hanging around like Wisconsin’s mandate that a slice of apple pie can’t be served without cheese, or that Harvard professors may graze their cows in Harvard Yard.”

      No, the commenter was talking about Sharia law being intrinsically part of Islam.

      He wrote: “The problem with sharia is, yer honor, that it is ‘Allah’s word’ expressed as law…it is sealed in cement, every part of it…It may not be enforced uniformly in every location, for various reasons, but it is always, ‘on the books'”

      Sharia law is not a monolithic thing. It is interpreted differently by various Muslim schools (often for political gain) and comes from multiple secondary sources (not merely the Koran) that are not generally agreed upon– one school believes cleric A’s interpretation should be included, another school says absolutely not, etc.

      The commenter’s wrong by the way. Yes, a form of Sharia IS practiced by all Muslims, but what’s “on the books” varies greatly from one school of Islam to another. Islam is NOT a single religion. Just as Christianity is not a single religion.

      • fuzislippers 6:45 PM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Wouldn’t it be interesting to see what commonalities there are in Sharia? You know, those pesky little things that seem to crop up in every instance that it is applied. Baselines, like women are property, lopping off various body parts is a wonderful deterrent and punishment, and . . . oh, let’s see, non-Muslims are treated under a different set of principles, rules, and laws than Muslims. There must be others, though, whatever might they be?

        • Yukio Ngaby 9:07 PM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

          Lopping off various body parts and women as property are not universals of Islam Fuzzy…

          The idea of women as property certainly did not originate with Islam, nor did harsh penalties for breaking laws.

          • fuzislippers 7:26 PM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

            Wow, Yukio, really? Which Muslim state or country doesn’t lop off hands, feet, heads for punishment and doesn’t deem women as property? Seriously, which one?

            • Maia 12:22 PM on 12/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

              Seriously?!?

              The whole “lopping of hands, feet, heads”- I assume the “hands” is in reference to Saudi Arabia? Reality check- In Saudi Arabia, ONLY after three previous convictions for theft is a hand removed as punishment. If you don’t think you could sell this as a good idea to social conservatives here, check out the popularity of three strikes laws in general (despite their lack of efficacy) and do a quick survey. I imagine you’d be surprised. In addition, keep in mind that Saudi Arabia is the ONLY Middle Eastern/Islamic country that actually practices this.

              By the “heads, etc” I assume you are referring to the death penalty in general? Yeah, gee, the U.S. doesn’t have a death penalty… Oh wait, we totally DO!!! We don’t give the death penalty for say, adultery (zina), but NEITHER DO THE VAST MAJORITY OF ISLAMIC STATES. Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran are outliers in this case, not the norm.

              This isn’t a defense of fundamentalism OF ANY KIND. The point is that Islamic fundamentalism is not inherently different from or worse than Christian fundamentalism (who are just as eager to treat women as property). The differences between these mostly have to do with the conditions of colonialism. You can ignore that if you choose, but it makes you wrong-headed.

              • Quite Rightly 2:35 PM on 12/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

                Maia: Why don’t you look up “cross amputation” before you lecture people on the cruelty of fundamentalist Christians, who, by the way, authored the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits “cruel and unusual punishments.”

    • backyardconservative 1:44 PM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yes. True. There are numerous hadiths. But. That’s kind of a problem too, isn’t it. Because the hammer could come down on you if you live in a country, say, like Indonesia, which is migrating to a more radical form of Islam, at least in this province.

      The dominant form of Islam is Sunni Wahhabist–the most radical, well-funded and, yes, violent. And if you live in Shiite Iran, well, you could be just dragged out of your car and beaten to death. Or shot on the street.

      Sharia law and Islam does call for the supremacy of Islam, doesn’t it? That non-believers are second class citizens. And it’s OK to put special taxes on them or even kill them if they don’t submit. Depending on your interpretation.

      • Yukio Ngaby 9:02 PM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

        You: wrote: “Yes. True. There are numerous hadiths. But. That’s kind of a problem too, isn’t it. Because the hammer could come down on you if you live in a country, say, like Indonesia, which is migrating to a more radical form of Islam, at least in this province.”

        Not quite sure what you’re saying here. Are you saying that the various forms of Islam are all a bad thing because any Muslim could radicalize at any time?

        Yes, Indonesia is in the midst of a pretty important political struggle. After Suharto was deposed, Muslim radicals (a distinct minority) emerged within the country, made proper political allies, and are now a significant political supporter of the Yudhoyono administration. They push for the de-secularization (is that a word?) of the country. All of this was absolutely ignored by Obama in his Indonesia trip BTW.

        Radical Muslims are significant players in Indonesia in similar ways that white supremacists are political players in Europe. They have enough reliable, fervent clout to swing close votes– so they are courted by the mainstream political parties.

        BTW, Aceh has been pushing for political independence from Indonesia since the 1970s. It was pretty much the tsunami that forced a (most likely temporary) diplomatic solution to the problem. Aceh is a special case among even the Indonesian provinces that have greater administrative and legislative autonomy. In 2003 it instituted a form of Sharia as its legal system– bypassing Indonesia’s secular laws and also can legally receive direct foreign investment– which includes money from Islamic radicals especially Saudi Arabia.

        You wrote: “The dominant form of Islam is Sunni Wahhabist–the most radical, well-funded and, yes, violent.”

        How do you come to this conclusion? Based on what criteria makes it dominant? Wahhabi is certainly not the most popular form of Islam in terms of numbers of believers– not by a long shot. Since it is dominant in Saudi Arabia there’s a lot of money associated with it and it’s aggressively promoted especially in the Muslim world– but I don’t see Wahhabi as being anything that could be described as dominant.

        You wrote: “Sharia law and Islam does call for the supremacy of Islam, doesn’t it? That non-believers are second class citizens. And it’s OK to put special taxes on them or even kill them if they don’t submit. Depending on your interpretation.”

        Well, everything is dependent on one’s interpretation. All forms of religion believe that they are the truth and thus bestow certain privileges on their members. The special taxes and killing non-believers is hardly a universal belief within Islam.

        The problem really comes about when there is no separation between church and state. I addressed this problem when talking about gay marriage (the govt. not having the authority to dictate what constitutes being sacred– such as the institution of marriage), but the point holds true for other countries as well.

        • backyardconservative 10:13 AM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

          The supremacist belief is inherent to Islam.

          That is why some brave Islamic scholars have called for reform. Islam could use a reformation.

          • Yukio Ngaby 10:26 PM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

            Yes, Islam does need reformation, especially in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt, among aother places. However, saying Islam is evil and Sharia is trying to take over the world, does not encourage reform.

            Reform has to come from within, but can be supported. As I have said before, the trick is finding the people and countries who are legit and have a chance of succeeding.

          • Maia 12:16 PM on 12/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

            “The supremacist belief is inherent to Islam.”

            Actually, the supremacist belief is inherent to ALL Abrahamic religions (Christianity and Judaism included). That’s what makes ALL of you people hard to deal with…

            • backyardconservative 4:02 PM on 12/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

              No other religion sets itself forward as an entire body of law that non-believers must adhere to.

              And does any other religion punish those who wish to leave with the threat of death?

              Some Islamic countries may not enforce this but it is there. Hanging over people’s heads.

          • Maia 12:24 PM on 12/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

            Sure, Islam could use reformation. As could, oh, EVERY religious institution out there.

            The point is that your focus on Islam is 1) factually, observably based on falsehoods and myths and 2) inspired by fear that is promoted to you because your fear induces you to support the oppressive policies of powerful entities in the world (most of whom are NOT Muslim/Islamic).

            • backyardconservative 4:03 PM on 12/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

              I suggest you be more specific. Unless you’re afraid of “the oppressive policies of powerful entities”.

    • Quite Rightly 2:17 PM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

      “Do liberals really want to defend this?”

      You could try asking the sweet young thing who innocently brought what she called an “Islamic” dish as her contribution to our family’s Thanksgiving dinner table.

      In her liberal circle at least, it seems, apple pie with Wisconsin cheese is now considered as passé as Christmas and the Constitution.

      • Yukio Ngaby 9:10 PM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

        My wife (not a Muslim BTW) loves couscous. Should we never serve this at Thanksgiving?

        • Quite Rightly 7:26 PM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

          Yukio–How non-PC of me! I should have realized that it is outré to suggest that Islamic dishes are not traditional fare at an American Christian table.

          I did take note, however, that the sweet young thing did not call her recipe “Moroccan” or “Lebanese” or “Middle Easter, or whatever, but “Islamic.”

          I used to prepare and enjoy couscous at least once a week. Got a fantastic recipe from a friend who married a Middle Eastern guy. Haven’t eaten it since 9/11.

          • fuzislippers 7:29 PM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

            lol, QR, Yukio can serve whatever he likes at his Thanksgiving table, but there is no way it’s traditional American Christian fare. He knows this. My guess is he’s becoming alarmed by the rightward swing of the ideological pendulum, right, Yukio?

            • Yukio Ngaby 10:19 PM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

              No. I’m being alarmed at the attempts to segregate American populations, the emerging “us vs. them” mentality, and the push to control people’s lives.

              Is that a result of a rightward swing?

            • Quite Rightly 10:55 PM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

              Yukio–Sometimes it is “us versus them,” and I vote for us.

              I’m not the only one who has noticed that Islam is in continual war with every group that is non-Islamic and always has been. Or what is it that happened to all the non-Islamic populations of the Middle East that pre-existed Islam? Yeah, everyone else just decided life as a Muslim is so much fun.

              I was minding my own business on 9/11, but somebody else declared war on me and my family, friends, associates, and countrymen. Just because every single member of the group that declared war on us isn’t an active combatant doesn’t mean that the group as a whole is not dangerous. Every single citizen of Germany wasn’t in uniform, but that didn’t make Germany a non-threat.

              And about that “control” thing. As I’ve told you before, I think you’d seriously rethink who believes they should force control over other people’s lives if you spent some time as a female around Muslim men. I have, and it ain’t pretty.

              Here’s a thought experiment for you. Imagine that you are wearing a burqa and a face veil and sitting in the back of the mosque. What’s your life like now?

              • Yukio Ngaby 11:14 PM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

                You wrote: “Yukio–Sometimes it is ‘us versus them,’ and I vote for us.”

                Sometimes. But not now– not by a long shot. And I see no reason to make it so now.

                You wrote: “I’m not the only one who has noticed that Islam is in continual war with every group that is non-Islamic and always has been. Or what is it that happened to all the non-Islamic populations of the Middle East that pre-existed Islam?”

                Are you talking about the pagans circa 400AD that pre-existed Islam? You’re going to go back 1600 years? What about the Mayans and Aztecs that pre-existed Christianity in the Americas? Proof of Christian imperialism? Really?

                You wrote: “I was minding my own business on 9/11, but somebody else declared war on me and my family, friends, associates, and countrymen. Just because every single member of the group that declared war on us isn’t an active combatant doesn’t mean that the group as a whole is not dangerous. Every single citizen of Germany wasn’t in uniform, but that didn’t make Germany a non-threat.”

                WWII didn’t start because a group of Nazis blew up a building. Do you really want to declare war against 1.57 billion people (including millions of American citizens) because a dozen or so radical Muslims committed mass murder?

                You wrote: “And about that ‘control’ thing. As I’ve told you before, I think you’d seriously rethink who believes they should force control over other people’s lives if you spent some time as a female around Muslim men. I have, and it ain’t pretty.”

                You’re right. It’s not.

                But the pragmatic question is what are you going to do about it? What can you do about it? Especially when it’s happening in another country? Declare war? Force them to behave in ways that you agree?

                If you think reformation can come from attacking their religion, then we’ll have to kill many, many people to accomplish this. Are you advocating this course?

                • Quite Rightly 10:35 PM on 12/03/2010 Permalink | Reply

                  Yukio – Your definition of push back and mine are quite different, it seems. Maybe environment has something to do with it. I live in a Progressive paradise where people go out of their way to brag that they know “a Syrian” or “an Iraqi,” always stressing “what wonderful people” they are, as though knowing a Syrian or an Iraqi qualifies them for a Progressive Medal of Honor for exquisitely PC tolerance. I have heard people return from a Muslim country and the “endearing trait” of the villagers to lie to them. Immediately following 9/11, our family doctor grandly embellished the wall of his waiting room with a large poster of a beautiful Muslima in a pink gauzy veil with a gorgeous little baby girl perched on her knee to show the peasantry where his real loyalties stood. My email box was filled with frantic missives worrying that there might be “push back” on Muslims. One guy took to wearing a “sympathy turban” around town to ostentatiously demonstrate his support for supposedly threatened Muslims. I guess he wasn’t waiting to find out whether or not his family members, friends, and associates had survived 9/11. One woman told me that having an apartment overlooking the smoking ruins of the World Trade Center (as happened to a young friend of mine) was “not at all traumatic.” On Sept. 11, 2001, my bookseller sent a letter to the NY Times placing blame for 9/11 on the U.S. as a “rogue nation.” Got it published, too. Even to this day, at Thanksgiving, when it’s 30 degrees outside in rural New York and families are eating roast turkey, mashed potatoes, and hot apple pie, a young woman shows her “open-mindedness” by gracing the table with an “Islamic” dish meant to be eaten in an sub-Saharan desert during a holiday she never heard of, never mind celebrated. Etc., etc., etc., etc. etc. Talk about snooty, self-serving, PC “redeemers”. Ugh.

                  Now, I don’t propose making war on every Muslim that I run into; in fact, I’m pretty sure I’ve never said even one rude word to a Muslim, which is a great deal more courtesy than some Muslims have shown me. But I definitely am not quietly caving in to politically organized Muslim demands–particularly the demands of foreign Muslims or those funded by foreign Muslims (known Hamas co-conspirators), nor am I willing to support the politically expedient notion that Muslims, by virtue of their very existence, should be handed the keys to the city, the school system, NASA, Ground Zero, and/or Justice Department because I am happy no subscriber to their ideology/ideologies has killed me today. I am not in the business of handing out free passes to enslave children, hold open season on Jews, Christians, and Sikhs, or import any brand of Shariah law into our country as some kind of faux First Amendment right.

                  My freedoms are mine and earned for me by people who sacrificed blood, treasure, and lives, and I’m not giving up those freedoms to make anybody happy. Education is a good place to start. The romantic ideal of PC tolerance for any ideology that rolls down the pike doesn’t stand up to the sobering reality of the Islamic missionary world view, which is so stern that Muslima fruit pickers feel compelled to turn in one of their neighbors for capital punishment because she doesn’t subscribe to their religion and resists the insult of being told that she can’t drink from the same water bucket, just because she is one of the last remaining Christians in their country. Islam is not Christianity, with a set of Commandments lending a relatively peaceful and charitable structure to a society, and that’s obvious. We have plenty of legal means to preserve our cultures in and out of courts; we don’t need to cooperate and we can resist both inside and outside of courts; and, as an obvious step, many European countries are tightening up their immigration policies; too late for them, but we might get away with closing the barn door in time.

                  • backyardconservative 10:18 AM on 12/04/2010 Permalink | Reply

                    Sobering reality all right. Well said.

                  • Yukio Ngaby 5:19 PM on 12/04/2010 Permalink | Reply

                    QR, don’t take this the wrong way. I like you. I know you to be kind and good-hearted person, and I respect the things you have written on your blog.

                    Despite the fact this comment is addressed to me, you’re not talking to me, nor are you addressing anything that I’ve said. Who are you talking too?

                    Exactly when did I advocate child slavery (a real prevalent problem in the US?), hunting Christians and Jews, having NASA engage in Muslim outreach (which I blogged about NASA’s idiocy), etc.? You are assigning to me values that I do not believe in and views which I have not espoused.

                    Perhaps it is time for this line of debate to be ended, and we shall simply agree to disagree.

                    • Quite Rightly 9:38 PM on 12/04/2010 Permalink | Reply

                      Yukio — Over on her Web site, Fuzzy has posted a wonderful Faulkner quote: “I never know what I think about something until I read what I’ve written about it.” And so it is for me.

                      I was attempting to answer the pragmatic question that you posed: “What am I going to do about it? What can I do about it? “It” being, in my mind, the ideology that leads to cultural acceptance of child slavery, slaughtering of non-Muslims, etc.

                      My experiences with Islam overall have been not at all like the romantic image that my (former) doctor wished his patients to accept: Islam as a beautiful Muslima in a pink gauzy veil dandling a gorgeous child on her knee. That fact is not a reflection on you. That’s a reflection on Islam.

                      I can’t say it any more mildly than that.

      • backyardconservative 10:26 AM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

        It does seem like this food offering was a political statement. From a guest.

        • fuzislippers 7:31 PM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

          It was and that makes it both rude and insulting. What is wrong with people? Why is it so hard to understand that we have a religion, a cultural heritage that we not only enjoy but consider just as integral to the fabric of our lives and traditions as those of any other religion and nationality. Except THIS is our country, our home. I’m so done with the PC crap. I’m a white, female Christian American, and I am not going to be “fundamentally transformed.”

          • Maia 12:30 PM on 12/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

            “What is wrong with people? Why is it so hard to understand that we have a religion, a cultural heritage that we not only enjoy but consider just as integral to the fabric of our lives and traditions as those of any other religion and nationality.”

            See, in this statement lies the problem. Not that you want space for your cultural traditions (which is absolutely reasonable and fair), but that YOU FEEL ENTITLED TO DEFINE WHO “WE” ARE and what “our” culture is.

            In what reality is the U.S. not a nation of immigrants, from MANY faiths? In what reality are American cultural traditions NOT a mish-mash of things from other cultures and things uniquely local? In what reality are American cultural traditions uniform across the U.S.?

            These things are the problem- that white, Christian U.S. Americans (both male and female) feel entitled to control the definition of who “we” are….
            Because WE’RE NOT ALL LIKE YOU.

            • fuzislippers 8:55 PM on 12/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

              I am entitled to define who “we” are, Maia, because it’s based in our nation’s long history and who we are on this blog. America is a Christian nation, we have traditions and culture, and these are not difficult to find or define. What is “American” is actually quite clear and easy to define. It certainly doesn’t exclude people of all races and faiths, but it does and always has required that people who emigrate here become a part of America. Not the other way around. Now, WE, the people, are being told that we can’t practice our faith freely, that we must hide our religious practices, that we must, in essence, deny who WE, the people, are to make room for a few who don’t like America and who wish to change her. That includes not only our traditional recognition of the Judeo-Christian faith and religion but also the very principles of limited government and the free market on which this nation is based. If you are not like WE, the people, and you do not value America, her traditions and culture, then that’s your choice, but it does not change what America is, nor who the American people are. BO is fond of spouting off about how HE defines America and the American people, and he’s dead wrong. So are you.

        • Quite Rightly 7:40 PM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

          I’m giving her a pass on this one. In our area, it’s not easy finding someone who hasn’t swallowed the Prog bait–hook, line, and sinker. I get to hear whatever the Libs are telling each other because they can’t imagine that anyone disagrees with them. It does get to be funny when you ask for citations so you can “read more about it.” I seldom encounter a Prog that can offer a source other than “I heard it from so and so.”

    • tennismom 6:04 PM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Multi culti recipes, no problem. Anti-Christian rhetoric in front of children is another matter. One of my Thanksgiving guests, a liberal man around fifty, whom I’ve known for fourteen years, led the conversation in the direction of bashing Christians for proselytizing. On a holiday, with six children/young adults at the table, I didn’t think this was appropriate. I was already a bit upset because everyone started eating while I was out of the room, and THERE WAS NO PRAYER. When I said to my guest that I found the subject offensive, he didn’t apologize and change the subject, as I expected he would, but argued back at me that he was just making fun of ‘proselytizing’. I suppose I should have pointed out that he was in effect proselytizing for secularism. Instead, I left the room, and the conversation (as I overheard) went on in the same vein for several minutes, making fun of Christians and conservatives for being racist and anti-gay and praising liberals for being tolerant and sophisticated. I said nothing further to criticize the man or his wife, and I sent them home with two pies and a bunch of other stuff. My family’s reaction was, ‘Mom, you shouldn’t have said anything.’ What do you think?

      • fuzislippers 7:36 PM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

        I think that he was incredibly rude and disgraceful. Liberals do tend to have no manners at all at times. He was in your home, no? Inexcusable. In my current It’s Time To Push Back and Defend Our Values mode, I probably would have asked for a word in the kitchen and requested that he respect my home, my children, and my values while he was dining at my Thanksgiving table. If he chose not to, I’d be A-OK with him leaving. With some pies, of course. :)

      • Quite Rightly 10:25 PM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

        tennismom- This is a difficult one because you want to be hospitable, especially at Thanksgiving. I think it’s okay to interrupt the meal for the grace, which can be done with a light hand and–to save embarrassment–a white lie about everyone’s thoughtfulness to wait for the prayer until you could be present.

        The bombardment of Christians for proselytizing is something I haven’t learned to confront successfully. I like your idea of noting that your guest was proselytizing for secularism. I think I’ll try it next time. Since you’ve known this guy for 14 years, you’ll probably have another opportunity to point that out, at a time more convenient for you.

    • Jill 7:19 PM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like you took a stand, appropriately, then took the high road when he didn’t take the hint.

      • fuzislippers 7:39 PM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Taking the high road is what got us into this mess. We can push back without being unChristian or abandoning good manners, there’s no need to sink to levels of rudeness, but I think it’s important that we stand firm against the onslaught and attacks on our American Christian values.

        • Quite Rightly 7:45 PM on 12/02/2010 Permalink | Reply

          I so agree with you, Fuz, but I do have trouble being “as wise as a serpent,” if you know what I mean. I just start gagging. The assumptions that are accepted as absolute, irrefutable, obvious truth out there are just staggering. The other day I took the time to have a conversation with an earnest young “scholar” about what he is certain is the “superior” state of medical care in Cuba.

  • backyardconservative 1:55 PM on 11/29/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Sticky Wiki Morality 

    No Sheeples has covered the subject admirably in the previous two posts. Victor Davis Hanson explores the man-child playing god that is Julian Assange.

    The closest I can come to judging this lack of morality play is in the context of school board meetings. The agenda was online, the attachment packet could be picked up a few days in advance, the meetings were on cable, and there was room for public comment. The board retired to the back room only to discuss personnel issues.

    And there still could be incredible rancor.

    It is very telling that the Obama administration is only now getting exercised about this all legally when diplomats and their administration’s cover is being blown. It was pretty much OK for our military and friends in Iraq and Afghanistan to be exposed–you know when actual lives, not reputations were at stake.

    But why are we surprised by the dangerous, yes dangerous vanity of this presidency.

     

     

     
    • zillaoftheresistance 7:14 AM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I find it interesting that Obama’s DHS shut down over 70 websites over the weekend for distributing bootlegged music & video but the best they could come up with the day before the Wikileaker struck AGAIN was to send a LETTER asking Assange not to do it. A letter! I guess they figured the new stuff would only make Bush & our military look bad, and hurt the country, so it was very low on their list of priorities and may have even fit their own agenda. “We have to allow the leak so we can know what’s in it” to paraphrase Nancy Pelosi.

      • backyardconservative 8:28 AM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

        You make an excellent, excellent point.

        Once again, this administration treats Americans as the enemy, including our men and women fighting for our freedom, while giving our enemies a pass.

        • Yukio Ngaby 11:04 AM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

          It’s part of the ’60s counter-culture that Obama comes from and represents. America is bad and needs to be redeemed– enemies of America are our friends.

          • fuzislippers 6:40 PM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

            And her friends must be made enemies (along with anyone in this country who fails to see the brilliance of Obama and his destruction of America).

            • Yukio Ngaby 9:16 PM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

              Well the ’60s counter culture was extremely authoritarian and oppressive. It demanded conformity. Look at Ron Karenga’s writings…

    • backyardconservative 1:54 PM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah. Now we have this counterculture holding the levers of power. Scary stuff.

      • zillaoftheresistance 7:47 PM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

        I think we’ve got a counter-counterculture building under the radar though, lots of people, and lots of young people, are waking up and catching on to what is really going on outside of the MSM spin machine and progressive talking points. All is not lost, people (especially Americans0 love to have something to rebel against and now that the 60s style ‘revolutionaries” ARE the “establishment”, I think conservatism may draw some “non-conformists” when they become aware that the only true political ideology which stands for individual freedom IS conservatism – it certainly can’t be found among the collectivist progressives.

        • Yukio Ngaby 9:18 PM on 12/01/2010 Permalink | Reply

          As long as the Left in this country is dominated by socialists, any actual non-conformists will go the route of some form of modern conservatism. Socialism demands conformity.

  • backyardconservative 11:22 PM on 11/17/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , millennials, religion   

    Pro-Life Millennials Come of Age 

    More abortion clinics are closing.

    It’s been coming on for a while–you could say a generation. An increasing number of Americans describe themselves as pro-life:

    Steve Phelan, communications manager for Human Life International, has hope for the future of America and its growing supporters for life. Based in Front Royal, Va., HLI is currently working in 105 countries around the world.

    “This is something we see internationally,” he says. “Once abortion and other elements of the culture of death really take root in a culture, there is always this advance in the culture of death. Then at a certain point people realize — and it’s always from the bottom — what is going on and they try and reverse it.”

    He considers that part of the recent spike in pro-life support is a response to aggressively pro-abortion action by the Obama administration and Congress.

    “A lot of times when you see a spike it is united opposition to something,” he explains.

    Thankfully the Catholic Bishops voted wisely for their new leader. After ObamaCare, who could be taken in again.

    More questions on the abortion industry.

    Kathy Ireland on Abortion.

    Who could fail to see the light on life if they chose to look.

    More. Deo Gratias. …without respect for life, freedom is in jeopardy

    –crossposted at BackyardConservative

     
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