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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Democratic National Committee Members Decision Regarding Florida and Michigan Delegates


A compromise has been reached by the Democratic Party on how to seat the delegates of Michigan and Florida.

If you will remember, the delegates votes were stripped away as punishment to the two states for moving their primaries forward in opposition of committee rules.

Alice Huffman, in today's meeting, declared that as a party the Democrats "Must compromise, the world is not perfect."

Harold Ickes felt that any compromise was not a fair reflection of the vote of the people. He said that he was appalled that a committee of 30 was substituting their judgement over the voter's choice. The system is flawed, but the voice of the people are the most important part of any election.

For both Florida and Michigan the committee voted to approve motion to seat full delegations from both states with each delegate having one half vote. Members denied the motion to seat full delegations with full votes.

Hillary Clinton still reserves the right to appeal this decision, and take it to the credentials committee.

Seems to me that in an attempt to reach unity, the Democratic Party is suffering from fragmentation. However, I do recognize that the party, in light of what has happened, felt it an obligation to vote the way it did. Had they have voted to deny the states any delegates, the states may have voted against the Democratic Party in November out of protest. Had they have awarded full delegation votes, the committee would have been sending the message that rules can be broken without any repercussions.

Ironically, the party members debated about democracy, and giving the people a voice in the election process. I find that ironic because this is the same party that has super delegates, which are old hands in politics which are there to vote in the right candidate should the people get it wrong.

Maybe the DNC should stand for Double-Standards National Committee.

Al-Qaeda's terrifying vision of a devastated America in the wake of a nuclear attack

Washington is laid to waste. The Capitol is a blackened, smoking ruin. The White House has been razed. Countless thousands are dead.

This is the apocalyptic scene terrorists hope to create if they ever get their hands on a nuclear bomb.

The computer-generated image below was posted on an Islamic extremists' website yesterday.


This, while rumors are circulating around the Internet that Al Qaeda is urging militants to use weapons of mass destruction to attack the West.

Last night FBI sources said Al Qaeda was desperate to get its hands on a weapon of mass destruction, be it nuclear, chemical, or biological.

So far that is only a dream... or, as the picture above suggests, a nightmare.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Politics of a Scarf: From Rachael Ray and Dunkin' Donuts to Sandra Tieger and Bondi Bottleshop



The other night on a Blog Talk Radio Show, Jenn's Political Jungle, the issue of the "keffiyeh kerfuffle" came up. A keffiyeh (also known as a shmagh, shemagh or yashmag, a ghutra, a hatta or a masha) is a traditional headdress of Arab men. It is normally made of a square of cloth ("scarf"), usually cotton, folded and wrapped in various styles around the head. It is sometimes worn loosely draped around the back and shoulders. The keffiyeh is almost always of white cotton cloth, but many have a checkered pattern in red or black stitched into them. The plain, white keffiyeh is most popular in the Gulf states, almost excluding any other style in Kuwait and Bahrain. The black-and-white keffiyeh is most popular in the Levant.

Recently, Dunkin' Donuts pulled an online advertisement featuring Rachael Ray wearing what looked to be a keffiyeh because it was believed Ray wearing the scarf offered symbolic support for Muslim extremism and terrorism. The official explanation for pulling the ad was that they feared there may exist "the possibility of misperception detracted from its original intention to promote our iced coffee."

One of the critics included respected conservative commentator Michelle Malkin. Michelle complained that the scarf wrapped around Rachael Ray looked like a kaffiyeh, the traditional Arab headdress. Specifically, Malkin commented that the kaffiyeh "has come to symbolize murderous Palestinian jihad. Popularized by Yasser Arafat and a regular adornment of Muslim terrorists appearing in beheading and hostage-taking videos, the apparel has been mainstreamed by both ignorant (and not-so-ignorant) fashion designers, celebrities, and left-wing icons."

I agree that this is what the kaffiyeh has come to represent, and that the Islamic intention to normalize Islam in our society with subtle actions such as inserting kaffiyehs into our world of fashion may be the case in this situation. However, is it possible that Rachael Ray donned the scarf for another reason? Is it possible that there was no sinister intention, and this is simply a misunderstanding, or a failure to understand the political implications of a scarf?

While I am determined be a part of the effort to stop the Islamization of America, I also recognize the danger of the conservative right having a knee-jerk reaction over every little thing that pops up. Have we been battling political correctness so fervantly that we have become victims of it ourselves? Are we going to freak out every time the slightest little thing comes up that may be construed as pushing an agenda?

It goes back to what I was taught as a young man. Be big on the big things, and little on the little things. I fear that though there may be some credibility to Michelle Malkin's argument, and the blog-wide commentary regarding this, we are being too big on this small issue that may simply be a case of Rachael Ray wearing the scarf because she thought it looked nice.

Here's a case in point:

A woman wore a similar scarf to work in Australia recently. She stated that, "I thought it was a nice scarf, a cowboy scarf. I thought: 'It's black and white, no-one will say anything to me because that's all we can wear [with our work uniform]'."

After being confronted, Sandra Tieger, 20, said she began to feel like a terrorism supporter following the reaction to her wearing the black and white scarf to work. Ms. Tieger had "no idea about the politics" when she bought the scarf at the Tree Of Life store.

"A Palestinian customer came up and asked me if I'm wearing this scarf as a fashion statement or for political reasons.

"I had no idea what he was talking about because I don't follow politics at all. I just laughed it off.

"Two days later he called and complained about it."

The meaning of the scarf is apparently being watered down by the popularity of it as a sylish accessory. But the point here is, Sandra Tieger didn't wear the scarf as a means of supporting terrorism, no more than Rachael Ray did, I feel. Sure, I suppose it is possible Rachael Ray knew full well what she was wearing, and did so out of solidarity with the Islamic Jihadists - but why is it the conservative right jumped to that conclusion without knowing all of the facts?

Like I said earlier, I recognize Islam's attempt to inject their culture into ours as a means of normalizing it in our society, and we need to be on guard - but at the same time, I think we need to be a little bit reasonable, and not form a witch hunting party everytime something smells a little fishy.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Obama Sought Endorsement of Marxist Third Party in 1996


Warner Todd Huston wrote a fascinating piece that helps confirm more of our concerns regarding Barack Obama's character, and feelings about the United States of America. According to the piece, Barack Obama sought the approval of a Marxist third party a decade ago. One of the party's goals was to move the Democratic Party leftward.

Learn more at Stop the ACLU.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Obama-Rama ::: Reasons Why A Barack Obama Presidency is Bad For This Country

Thanks to Gawfer for the following video that will shock and amaze you about Barack Obama. . .



Barack Obama's rise to fame is a mystery. He is an unknown, inexperienced junior senator with no accomplishments. There is no content to his speeches. He preaches change for the sake of change, but fails to explain in full how that change will be brought about.

Here is what we do know about Barack Obama.

He claims to be against going to war in Iraq from the beginning. Perhaps he would have voted against it in 2002, had he been there to make a vote. But, in reality, his history of being against the war is hardly a staunch opposition as he claims; and is rather a more nuanced and cautious position on the war than the full-bore opposition.

He has repeatedly told America that as president he will end the war, leaving us to believe he will conduct an immediate withdrawal of all troops, leaving Iraq bare and unprotected, an action that even Joe Lieberman claims would create a more dangerous world, and create a safe haven for terrorists. Question: Mr. Obama, if we pull out of Iraq, what do you think will happen after that? Utopia?

Recently, Barack Obama has been urging us to negotiate with the terrorists, to sit down and have a heart to heart talk with the Islamic Jihad and the nations that sponsor such terrorism.

In a rational world with a rational enemy, Mr. Obama's recommendation would be a solid one. Of course it is better to try to talk things out with someone before committing to a bloody battle or war. We tell our kids to talk before fighting. We talked to the Soviets. We talked to China. Of course, when the left uses those examples, they fail to recognize that it wasn't presidential visits with the Soviet Union that brought down the Berlin Wall. The Soviet Union collapsed because President Ronald Reagan bankrupted the Soviet Union with a military buildup. And we didn't decide to talk to the Chinese because we feared them. We talked with the Chinese because we wanted to drive a wedge between them and the Soviet Union.

Besides, Islam is not an ideology of rationality. They have committed to eradicating Israel, and destroying The West.

In his inexperience, Barack Obama has not thought through this issue. By his statements on foreign policy he is showing America how new to this he really is. And folks, inexperience like this is the last thing we need in the White House when it comes to foreign policy during a time of war with an enemy like none we have ever faced before.

A premature pull-out of Iraq would essentially be handing over Iraq to the Islamic Jihad so that the region could be a base of operations for terrorist activity, as well as providing additional funding for their ambitions of world domination by way of Iraq's oil riches. A withdrawal from Iraq would also send the message that America is unwilling to complete its commitments, and that when faced with the adversity of a ruthless enemy, we are weak and are willing to turn-tail and run.

But the reasons for not withdrawing from the region prematurely goes deeper than that. One must enter the mind of the Islamic Jihadists to understand the mentality of who we are dealing with, and why withdrawal, or negotiations with an enemy that brings nothing to the table except the will to defeat us, would be disastrous.

I believe that Islam is an inherently violent religion, but that there is a large number of Muslims who are unaware of Muhammad’s evil actions and his call to violence. Islamic clerics are loath to teach their people about their faith’s dark deeds. Islam has made itself an enemy to all that does not adhere to its rules, and only understands violence as a means of dealing with its enemy. Only strength will be successful against the Islamic threat, and concessions, negotiations, and the withdrawal of forces is seen as a weakness by the Jihadists. And signs of weakness are answered with aggressive action.

Answer me this. After Israel pulled out of Gaza, how long did it take before Hamas proclaimed victory, and then began lobbing rockets over the border at Israel?

Barack Obama has also indicated that he plans to cut investments in "unproven missile defense systems."

That's brilliant. The missile defense system, for one, is not unproven - in fact, our technology along those lines was crucial in bringing down a crippled satellite recently. Besides, if you are so determined to rid the world of nuclear weapons, why would you discontinue a program that would essentially make long-range missiles obsolete?

He also wishes to slow the development of future combat systems.

Uh, Mr. Obama, how do you wish this nation to defend itself? With sticks and stones? Believe it or not, talking doesn't work with irrational tyrants. Just ask Neville Chamberlain.

Unilateral disarmament does not work, either, Barack. If we disarm, the enemy must do the same as well. If they don't, and we do, they will perceive themselves as stronger, and attack. That, Mr. Obama, is how tyrants in the real world play the game.



Obama supports the gruesome partial-birth abortion. Partial Birth Abortion is killing a child in the womb that is far enough along in pregnancy to survive outside the womb. Any abortion, in my opinion, is murder, but "late term abortion" is especially horrid.

I am taking Obama's word that he is not Muslim. However, Barack Obama was raised around the Muslim culture, and one's life experiences shape who you are. Therefore, though Barack Hussein Obama may not be Muslim, because of his upbringing, he will undoubtedly be sympathetic to Islam. And as I stated earlier, Islam is a religion rooted in violence and hate dreamed up by a murderous pedophile named Muhammed. The jihadists have a very real goal of converting us to their false religion, or destroying us in the process, and any sympathy to this murderous enemy is foolish, and irresponsible. I wonder, though, considering all of the Muslims in Obama's life, how the Islamic Jihadists view Obama. Do they see him as a fellow Muslim? Or an apostate?

Understand, I realize that not all of the citizens of these Islamic Dictatorships are the problem. In fact, the population of Iran is very pro-American (residual from the popularity of the Shah, and his pro-American attitude), and Christianity is the fastest growing religion in that country.

When we entered World War II we did not go to war against the German People, but against Nazism and Fascism. Now, we are at war with Islamism, a fascist tyranny spreading across the globe, and Barack Obama's weakness regarding Foreign Policy (lack of experience, talking to the irrational) would place us in great jeopardy.

That's not even counting his liberal viewpoints of Government Control over the citizens, a Health Care program similar to Europe and Canada's Universal Health Programs (think about it: do you really want the same government that runs DMV to run your health insurance programs?). If the current health insurance system is so bad, then why would government wish to keep the same model, but change the payer of that system over to the same government who didn't get the postal service running in New Orleans until 3 months after Hurricane Katrina, while Federal Express was delivering to the area in a week, and UPS in three weeks? (source: Winning the Future by Newt Gingrich)

Of course this is a man that is a member of the Democrat Party, the same party that has decided Income Taxes Are Voluntary, even though you are forced to pay them (Reid idiocy):



The Government Should Seize Control of our Oil Companies as Hugo Chavez has:



Our Troops are Cold Blooded Killers:



and is content with emboldening the enemy:



Barack Obama is not even willing to take McCain up on his offer of the two of them going to Iraq to see what's going on first hand. Amazing, isn't it? Obama wants to talk to the enemy before he's willing to talk to any Republican, or go and see for himself how Iraq is going.

As Europe Falls To Islamization, America Steps Up To Be Next

Bishop says collapse of Christianity is wrecking British society - and Islam is filling the void

The collapse of Christianity has wrecked British society, a leading Church of England bishop declared yesterday.

It has destroyed family life and left the country defenceless against the rise of radical Islam in a moral and spiritual vacuum.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Town of Needles wishes to secede from California

The city of Needles is considering breaking off from California and joining neighboring Nevada.

Interesting. We have always thought that a major earthquake would chip off a piece of western California into the ocean, but it seems now that politics is more powerful than any quake, and may splinter off a piece of the Golden State's east side.

Needles is a small desert town of 5,000 citizens cradled by California, Nevada, and Arizona. The town is 213 miles from the county seat of San Bernardino County, and is feeling slighted by the county, and the state of California.

To pursue secession, Needles would have to have the move approved by both state legislatures, as well as a majority of voters from both counties. Then, Congress must sign off on it because the state line would have to be redrawn.

Mayor Jeff Williams is not so convinced that the switch is doable, and calls the attempt to annex Needles into Nevada questionable, and the response of a "City Council throwing a fit like a child. They are thinking with their emotions and not their minds." The reason for wanting to leave the state? The Needles City Council is complaining over the county providing less financial aid for a struggling city-run hospital than the City Council has expected.

As one friend put it to me, "Let them leave. If they get hungry, they'll be back."

If only we could convince San Francisco to secede.

U.S. Vet Faces Lawsuit For Flying American Flag

In central Florida an American war veteran faces a lawsuit for flying the American flag in his front yard.

"I don't understand why it would bring down the values of our homes by flying the American flag from a pole in my front yard," homeowner Jimmie Watkins said.

The homeowners' association has demanded they remove the flag or else face legal action.

The former retired U.S. Navy communications officer said he refuses to back down for the American flag.

"Our people are serving today to give us freedom," Watkins said. "To do as we like here within the law of America. It is my right to fly my flag from my pole and until a court of law tells me to haul that down. I will not haul it down. I think about all of the people who have served our nation and all of the lives that it's costs and all of the friends that I've lost."

Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day Tribute to Heroes, and Audio of Interviews with attendees of Anti-Illegal Immigration Rally in California

Memorial Day means more than bar-b-qued hamburgers and hot dogs. It is more than just a day off from work. Memorial Day is a time to thank those who have sacrificed their lives for this nation, and a time to thank those who are currently laying it all on the line everyday to keep this nation safe. These men and women are most deserving of our deepest respect and gratitude for all they have done on behalf of our great country.

It is my sincere hope that everybody takes the time to pay tribute to those heroes who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our freedom, and also recognize the tremendous sacrifices that our Veterans have made and our active duty troops are making everyday.

Simple words cannot convey my gratitude. As a veteran myself I understand the oath, and I understand the difficult journey. However, as a peace-time veteran, I will never fully understand the taste of freedom that graces the hearts and souls of our war-time veterans, and the brave men and women currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In fact, there are only two words that I can say that truly relay how I feel. They are simple words, insignificant by themselves, but filled with emotion and honor when placed together and delivered to a member of the United States Military.

Thank You.

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Tonight on Political Pistachio Radio we will pay tribute to those fine members of the military, past and present, living and dead. I encourage the veterans that read this site and listen to the show to call in so that we may thank you personally.

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The men and women that protect this nation serve in many more ways other than the military. Our Border Patrol is also an agency tasked with keeping us as a nation safe, not only from illegal immigrants who have broken the law to be here and are tapping into a system they have neither contributed to, nor have the legal right to access, but the Border Patrol also protects us from members of enemy Islamic factions and Mexican drug cartels. One out of three persons crossing the border along the San Diego county line are of Middle Eastern descent. The Drug Cartels in Mexico are at war with the government and each other, and that war is attempting to spill over into this country. The Border Patrol is our line of defense against both of these dangers. Unfortunately, our government, which is fast becoming a judicial oligarchy, has determined that if Border Patrol Agents do their job, their actions are punishable by prison.

Two Border Patrol agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, attempting to interrupt a cross-border drug smuggling operation, fired their weapons in self-defense at an admitted illegal alien, drug smuggler, Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila. The smuggler managed to escape across the border into Mexico, but he left his vehicle, loaded with more than 700 pounds of marijuana. It was another good bust. Rather than be congratulated for doing their job, the Border Patrol agents were charged with attempted murder, indicted, placed under house arrest for eight long months. The two agents were later sentenced to 11 and 12 years in federal prison, respectively, on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and for violation of the drug smuggler's civil rights. They remain in prison serving their unfair sentence that President George W. Bush could pardon, but won't because of his globalistic position, and lack of cajones against the liberal left which would lambaste him if he so dared.

Last Friday I attended a Free Ramos and Compean Sidewalk Rally in Irvine, California near where First Lady Laura Bush was autographing copies of the book she authored with Jenna Bush, "Read All About It!" While I was there I interviewed a number of the folks holding up signs and waving American Flags in support of our unjustly jailed Border Patrol Agents, Ramos and Compean. Tonight on Political Pistachio Radio, after the tribute to our American Military Heroes, past and present, I will play for you the audio of those interviews. Don't miss this broadcast! This will be a show you will remember for a lifetime.

Join us tonight at 10:00 PM Eastern Time on Political Pistachio Radio.

Below are photos I took from the Rally. The first is of the line waiting to meet Laura Bush. The last picture is of a woman born in South America who declares proudly she is an American, and she is the final, stirring interview you will hear tonight.









Cross-Posted on Heading Right, and various other members of the Political Pistachio Network.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Anti-American Barack Obama is Reading "The Post-American World"


The claim that Barack Obama is anti-American has been floating around quite a bit during this Election journey of 2008. When Michelle Obama proclaimed this is the first time she has been proud to be American, many felt that she was echoing Barack's feelings. When it turned out Obama's pastor, Jeremiah Wright, is an anti-American racist, the blogosphere exploded with posts regarding it. His decision not to wear an American Flag lapel pin, and refusal to place his hand on his heart (and even look at the flag, for that matter) during the singing of the National Anthem concerned Americans who saw that Barack Obama had a real chance to become president of this country. The above picture, however, is the final nail that seals the coffin, when it comes to the belief that Barack Obama's goal is to end the existence of the United States of America, and that he is anti-American.

Barack Obama was photographed on the tarmac by Doug Mills of the New York Times with a book in his left hand titled "The Post-American World." Notice, his finger is near the mid-point, obviously saving his page, telling us that he didn't want to fold the page or stick a bookmark in it because he wished to get back to the book as quickly as possible.

Question: Why would a man that desires to be President of the United States read a book about the demise of America?

Could it be because he is anti-American?

Well, if you'll notice, at least he's wearing his lapel pin.

Al Qaeda in America - Adam Yahiye Gadahn


Adam Yahiye Gadahn was born merely twenty minutes up the road from where I currently reside. He grew up in Winchester and Orange County. In October, 2006, Gadahn became the first American in 50 years to be charged with treason.

Gadahn converted to Islam when he was a teenager in Orange County, later attending al-Qaida training camps in Afghanistan, and served as an al-Qaida translator. The Feds have now launched a new overseas campaign to hunt down the man who has played a central role in al-Qaida's propaganda machine. It is believed that he is currently living along the remote Pakistan-Afghanistan border. His family hasn't heard from him since 2001. His parents and siblings continue to keep a low profile in Southern California. In a statement in 2006, Adam's father said, "None of us ever imagined he would eventually get involved with anything like this. Adam has gone against everything our family believes in."

Adam Yahiye Gadahn has appeared in at least eight al-Qaeda propaganda videos. In the videos he describes the 9/11 attacks on America as blessed, and refers to the U.S. as enemy soil. In his most recent video, released in January, Gadahn, wearing a white and red head scarf, ripped apart his American passport.

Gadahn's picture appears next to al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden's on the FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorists" web page. Four years ago federal authorities declared Gadahn a "clear and present danger to America" because of his suspected ties to al-Qaida terror plots.

When the threat that Gadahn poses is taken lightly, terrorism expert Brian Levin says, "When you can take a native English speaker who goes out there, who his part of their propaganda machine, that's something. I don't think the feds would have gone out of their way to charge him with treason if they didn't regard him as someone who is important. Terrorism isn't merely event-driven. It's message and fear-driven. When Gadahn releases his videos, it's a reminder. We're still a threat. We're still here, and you'd better listen."

Americans have become complacent regarding the threat of terrorism. Radicalization is no longer confined to training camps in Afghanistan or other locations distant form our shores. It is also occurring here in the United States.

MAXINE WATERS (D) ADMITS LIBERALS = SOCIALISTS!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the New Age Gnostic Philosophies


This morning, at the first showing, my wife and I viewed the movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The movie was entertaining, was filled with action, and wrapped itself up with the current, growing worldview that seethes with New Age Gnosticism.

At the beginning of the film it is apparent that this installment of the Indiana Jones series is unlike any of the past films in the sense that it is dealing with an older Dr. Jones. His father and friends have passed on. He is older, grayer, and not as quick as in his younger years. The German Nazis are long gone, but a new enemy has risen through the new Cold War. The Soviet Union, like Nazi Germany, is in search of power, and a way to dominate the globe. This power, however, is unlike any of the treasures from the previous films, or at least unlike the treasures from the first and third films.

Indy can't pretend to be the man that he was, and the film uses nostalgia and the joke of old age as the framework of the film. The new Nazis, the communist Russians, are searching for a crystal skull - one that looks interestingly like the head of a Roswell alien.

The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is a weakness for the film going in. The title alludes to some kind of mystical artifact and cultural representation that people really don't care about. And, like the sankara stones in Temple of Doom — the crystal skull doesn’t ring any bells for the average moviegoer.

Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade were movies that were both set in a Judeo-Christian context, familiar to the viewer, and lending the films an aura of importance, even spiritual significance. With Raiders of the Lost Ark, they had us at “Lost Ark”; and of course in the Last Crusade, the Holy Grail is, after all, also an important lost artifact. Just ask Monty Python.

After such important Judeo-Christian artifacts, where can you go next with the latest Indiana movie?

Raiders of the Lost Ark was such a tour-de-force, and the Last Crusade, enlisting the superior talent of Sean Connery, was such a breath of fresh air after the Temple of Doom which carries the dubious distinction of being the least consequential of Dr. Jones’s adventures. Perhaps any tale the Indiana Jones writers could come up with would have been anticlimactic, and hardly worthy of the series. But looking at the three movies prior to this one, and how the second one was not nearly as good as the others, surely they could have done better than going back to mystic stone artifacts from some tribal culture.

Crystal Skull dabbles slightly with the pitfalls of New Age philosophies which lurk on all sides of the subject matter. Crystal skulls really exist, though they don’t look anything like the ones in the film, and enthusiasts tout them as pre-Columbian Mesoamerican artifacts, exceeding the capacity of premodern craftsmanship and possessing psychic or healing powers — claims connected with New Age beliefs in ancient visitors from the stars, premodern super-technology, and the paranormal properties of crystals. (Experts believe that crystal skulls are of modern origin.)

How strange is it that those that find the idea of a Christian God creating our world too fantastic, choose to believe the a race of alien beings seeded this planet instead?

Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the movie. It was second-rate when compared to Raiders of the Lost Ark and the Last Crusade, but it was a fun fictional tale. I just wonder how many people took seriously the gnostic worldview hiding in the wings, and the progressively silly over-the-top cartoonish action scenes.

What movie-goers also enjoyed about Raiders of the Lost Ark was that Indiana Jones was vulnerable, and mortal. With each of these sequels, Dr. Jones is becoming more like a super hero, and less like the archaeologist that so happens to find himself unwittingly (or perhaps not so unwittingly) thrown into these incredible adventures. The action was a horn-o-plenty in Crystal Skull, but the realism was set aside with scenes like when the characters intentionally drove off a 300-foot cliff, breaking their fall on a tree, falling into a river and surviving. The refrigerator in the nuclear blast, a ridiculous Tarzan vine-swinging bit, and Indiana’s extended hand to hand combat fight with a much younger, taller, and stronger Russian officer (in which Indy actually seems tougher than he did against the Germans in Raiders) was just too much for me.

The film’s best moments are low-key. The return of Marion from the first movie was a treat, as was the sequence with Indy and his new found Marion sinking into a pit of sand, which makes the scene about the characters rather than the crisis they find themselves in.

However, about when I finally decided all was lost, the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ends on a nostalgic, neat note, where for a moment the film playfully flirts with the notion of the patented Indiana Jones fedora passing to Shia’s character. But the movie is smart enough to know that there will never be another Indy — and, even in his 60s, Indiana Jones has too much style to pass the torch to some young, inexperienced kid. The fedora belongs to Indiana Jones. And in our hearts it can only be Harrison Ford that wears it, now and forever.

24 Sailors Injured During Fire Aboard U.S. Aircraft Carrier George Washington


The USS George Washington, CVN-73, was previously homeported in Norfolk, Virginia. Her new homeport is Yokosuka, Japan, and while on her way to that new home, while conducting a routine replenishment operation in the Pacific Ocean, a fire broke out. The fire aboard the USS George Washington injured 24 sailors. None of the injuries were serious, although one sailor was treated for first-degree burns and the others were treated for heat stress.

When the fire broke out the crew of the George Washington was at general quarters (high alert, "All Hands Man Your Battle Stations") for 12 hours. The location of the fire was in an aft space where the air conditioning, refrigeration, and boiler room is located. The fire spread to a number of spaces in the vicinity, but it did not damage the carrier's nuclear propulsion plant.

The U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier remains able to continue forward with full propulsion capability. Her next fleet stop is San Diego. The new homeport of Yokosuka, Japan will follow, where she will be homeported so that she may relieve USS Kitty Hawk, and formerly San Diego homebased vessel before her stint in Japan, in the Western Pacific.

The cause of the fire aboard the USS George Washington remains unknown, but is under investigation. It took sailors several hours to extinguish the blaze. Fighting fire aboard a Navy ship is heavily trained for, and enlists all hands in the effort.

Barack Obama global appeaser and hypocrite

As told by Glenn Beck:



Indiana Jones Offends Communists - Offensive? To Commies? Jeeeeez!


Are you offended by the truth? Well, if you are Russia, and if your distorted revision of history is challenged by Indiana Jones and the latest movie "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," all you have to do is ban the movie.

That's right, now that we live in a society that is offended by everything under the sun, it is no surprise that Russian communists are all up in arms about a movie that dares base its story around the fact that the Soviet Union "made trouble" for the United States and her allies.

After all, it's not like the Russian communists had missiles pointed at the U.S., or were engaging in a propaganda war that distorted history and demonized American interests. In fact, by responding in this way aren't the Russians admitting to submission to Western Ideals? After all, apparently they have adopted the idiotic Western tendency to be offended by everything, and proclaim political correctness, rather than suck it up and admit that their history is one of violence, totalitarianism, and a desire for world domination.

There is a reason that the ranks of the once powerful Communist Party has dwindled since Soviet times. However, the remaining members feel they are now tasked with defending the achievements of the old Soviet Union, no matter how sparse those achievements seem to be.

But isn't that what suppressive governments do? Isn't it a normal reaction for an oppressive government to ban anything that brings their style of government into question?

Russia, thanks for proving our point.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Wild Weather in Southern California

During an onslaught of rain, hail, and snow, tornadoes touched down in the Inland Empire not far from where I live derailing a train and overturning a big rig.

I joked around with friends saying, "It must be that Global Warming thing." Of course the joke is funny because the average temperature of the earth has been dropping over the last eight years. In fact, that so-called "concensus" is not a consensus after all. The Convenient Truth is a lie, and according to The Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, the myth of man-made global warming is unceremoniously being put to bed. And, about 31,000 scientists have signed a petition endorsing their findings that man-made global warming is a lie.

Tonight, after a week of hot weather, I stood in the rain at a sidewalk rally near a booksigning by Laura Bush. This "Free Ramos and Compean" rally on the sidewalks outside the bookstore where Mrs. Bush was signing compies of her book was truly fascinating. The rally was manned by an eclectic group of nationalities and personalities, all banded together to stop illegal immigration, and the governmental practice of not securing our borders. I interviewed a number of the folks. I plan to play the audio of the interviews of these fine Americans on my Memorial Day broadcast of Political Pistachio Radio, after a segment in which I thank our troops, living and dead, for their sacrifices for the liberty of this nation. On that broadcast I may also discuss how the drug cartels are taking control of Mexico, and how the anti-gun liberal left is blaming the violence in Mexico on American Gun Manufacturers. Hey, liberals, remember, Castro, Stalin and Hitler took away the guns of the people in order to better control the populace - - - what's your reason for wanting to take our guns?

Damn, I fell short of my gold star (barely) - - - huh? Sorry. . . Inside Joke.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Free Ramos and Compean Rally in Irvine, California


Where will Political Pistachio be tomorrow? I will be at the Free Ramos and Compean Rally.

If you recall, two Border Patrol agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, attempting to interrupt a cross-border drug smuggling operation, fired their weapons in self-defense at an admitted illegal alien, drug smuggler, Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila. The smuggler managed to escape across the border into Mexico, but he left his vehicle, loaded with more than 700 pounds of marijuana. It was another good bust. Rather than be congratulated for doing their job, the Border Patrol agents were charged with attempted murder, indicted, placed under house arrest for eight long months. The two agents were later sentenced to 11 and 12 years in federal prison, respectively, on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and for violation of the drug smuggler's civil rights. They remain in prison serving their unfair sentence that President George W. Bush could pardon, but won't because of his globalistic position, and lack of cajones against the liberal left which would lambaste him if he so dared.

As a pro-active citizen I believe it is up to us to make sure the message is heard that Ramos and Compean should be free. Each month there is a sidewalk rally for exactly this purpose. This month's FREE RAMOS AND COMPEAN sidewalk rally - will be in front of the children's bookstore where First Lady Laura Bush will be a guest author, signing her new book “Read All About It!”
Agent Ramos' father-in-law Joe Loya will rally with us via telephone - helping us send the message to the White House - FREE RAMOS AND COMPEAN
BRING AMERICAN FLAGS
FREE RAMOS AND COMPEAN SIGNS
BRING YOUR YELLOW & RED STOP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION SIGNS

Friday, May 23rd
TIME
5:00 p.m.
(The event begins at 6:00 p.m.)
LOCATION
A Whale of a Tale Children's Bookstore
http://www.awhaleofatale.com
4199 Campus Drive, Suite A
Irvine, CA 92612

I will be there wearing my Political Pistachio T-Shirt, handing out bumper stickers, and taking interviews for my Conservative Political Pistachio radio show. Be there and support this effort. I will be waving my American Flag. . . Will You?

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Vladimir Putin, the KGB agent, is still running Russia


Despite stepping down as president, there is little doubt that Vladimir Putin is still running Russia. David Hagberg, author and former Air Force cryptographer, agrees. Hagberg says that, "Putin seeks to centralize control of the government," and that Putin has "pulled in all his old buddies [a lot of KGB guys] and sooner or later Russians will be paying the price with their money, their happiness, and their lives." He also alleges that another Russian revolution will happen eventually.

When Dmitry Medvedev became Russia's president, Russian lawmakers overwhelmingly confirmed Vladimir Putin as prime minister. This placement gave Putin the number-two political post in the country. And Vladimir Putin basically handpicked Medvedev to succeed him well knowing that this would help Putin keep his hand in the cookie jar, and open the opportunity for him to keep control over the country's government.

The question is, when the Russian Revolution comes, who will be in the crosshairs of Putin, and will he complete the building alliance with Iran?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

American Soldier Uses Koran for Target Practice

Wednesday Night on Political Pistachio Radio we address this issue, and ask the question: Why are we apologizing to the enemy? Bob Anderson, PhD, CMSgt, USAFR (Ret) and founder of WhatAreWeFightingFor.com joins us to discuss this issue, and how America is headed for a trainwreck due to political correctness, Liberalism, and Islam.

Monday, May 19, 2008

What Is Appeasement? (Now that's a word that makes the left go nuts!)



The American Heritage College Dictionary on my desk defines "Appeasement" as:

The Policy of granting concessions to potential enemies to maintain peace. (Often at the expense of principal).

Many Liberals are claiming that when Bush said in his appeasement speech, "Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along," he was referring directly to Barack Obama. Perhaps. I won't claim to know what was going on in the president's mind at the time. But references to Neville Chamberlain about his talks with Hitler, and the claim that ". . . we should negotiate with terrorists" is not appeasement by the above definition. However, that does not mean that appeasement is not attached in some way.

What made Neville Chamberlain's actions those of appeasement was not his negotiations alone, but the fact that in those negotiations he gave Hitler concessions in order to keep him from advancing further. The appeasement did not work. Shortly after, Germany invaded Poland, and the world realized that Hitler was not going to stop there, and was plunged into a second world war.

So, here is the next question: Is Barack Obama's potential policies appeasement?

The answer is a resounding yes. A U.S. withdrawal, as Obama is calling for, from Iraq is a concession - a gift to the terrorists, if you may. It is essentially saying to the enemy, "We give you Iraq if you will just be nice from here on out."

The Democrats and Republicans alike, however, are guilty of appeasement - even Bush. After all, the president and Condi Rice's peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is a discussion of convincing Israel to give up land for peace, isn't it?

And what happened the moment Israel pulled out of Gaza?

Hamas took advantage, took control of the region, and their attacks against Israel increased.

Appeasement is dangerous, and appeasement only delays the inevitable - often making matters worse because it legitimatizes the regimes, and emboldens the enemy.

Does that mean there should be no talks at all?

Talks are ongoing. Obviously, there is constant communication - but public negotiations with states that sponsor terrorism sends the wrong message - - - but Barack Obama is too inexperienced to realize it.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Enemy Within - The List of 45




The United States of America was founded on principles and values that have enabled this nation to become something exceptional. The United States, as a result of its moral values, and careful attention to freedom with responsibility, has become the greatest nation on the face of the earth. The Constitutional and Christian heritage of this nation has made America prosper, and become the nation that people from around the world desire to immigrate to. And now, the liberals would like you to join them as they try to change it.

Change for the sake of change is not positive change. Empty change, like the Obama campaign promises, is change that will place our fine nation in jeopardy, and in a position of vulnerability that we simply cannot afford.

This is not to say that some kind of change is not needed. The governmental system during the last century has slowly deteriorated through creeping incrementalism from a government for the people and by the people to a judicial oligarchy ruled by an appointed bench of judges. The governmental system has wandered away from its Constitutional beginnings, and is broken in many ways. Because of this deterioration, we do need to enact positive change. However, this kind of change, unlike the liberal left's change for the sake of change, will not come easily. Forces are already in place to combat such change. Any positive change worth having, complete with attacks from the left, is change we will have to fight for.

Americans, partially due to the disease of political correctness, and partially due to a society filled with individuals that won't take responsibility for their own actions or stupidity, and have learned to depend on the courts for justification of their errant ways, have been compromised by compromise. The consequences of our compromise are upon us. Society is scrambling to fix the decay with nanny-state legislation, and is willing to enact change, any change, for the sake of change. In the process of trying to correct the decay of our society and government, we are digging ourselves deeper into a pit of ruin.

Restoration of our once uncompromised republic is nearly out of sight and beyond our reach. The liberal left's quest for everyone to simply get along with one another has been used and abused to perfection. The liberal left has joined into lock-step (or should I say "goose-step") quite efficiently with the enemies of freedom and liberty, and they don't even realize it.

Or, perhaps they do.

In 1963 the communist goals for the take over of America from within were entered into the Congressional Record by Albert Herlong, Jr. Communist China and the Soviet Union were the enemy of the day. The generation enduring The Cold War at that time was the same generation that had fought the war against Nazi fascism in World War II, and that war with the axis powers was still fresh in their minds.

The communist invasion, however, would be different. They invaded us from within. However, due to the brilliance of President Ronald Reagan, The Cold War was won by The West. Therefore, we no longer had to worry about the fascist communist infiltration from within. . . Right?

A new enemy has emerged, recently. The new enemy, Islam, is an old enemy fueled by a violent ideology dating back to the seventh century. Islam has been observant during these many years, watching history, learning the best way to bring down The West. They have discovered that their best method is through the useful idiots of the liberal left, and their own fascist agendas that cling well to the list of 45 communist goals for bringing down America.

The threat of fascism through liberalism and Islamism is not as apparent as it was with Nazi Germany or fascist Japan. But the threat is alive and being used efficiently by today's Left. After all, fascism is a counterfeiter. It is a method of pointing fingers and using the art of misdirection. Liberals tell you that fascism can only come from the right. I say that this is yet another attempt to misdirect, and fool you to march to the voting booth in the wrong political direction.

Fascism comes from a position of popularity. It is a drug that comes upon the people without them even realizing it. It declares that it is for the good of the country, using creeping incrementalism to slowly indoctrinate the people. Fascism claims it is the wave of the future, that it is progressive, and that it represents much needed change that is a long time in coming. Fascism is exciting, young, and preaches that it is ready to fix whatever is broken by applying new ideas that the old, uptight and old-fashioned generations are not capable of.

Nazism, of course, is the best example of how fascism easily gains control over an unsuspecting populace. The Nazi Party in post-war Germany promised the people that Germany would rise to prominence from the ashes of World War I. The Nazi government would eliminate those at fault for the crushing defeat, clamp down on big business, and end the class struggle. 59% of Environmental Conversationalists joined the party, as did cultural elites, the youth, and the lower classes. Why not? After all, the Nazis portrayed themselves as on the side of progress, protecting the environment, protecting the poor, preaching unity, togetherness, and an end to division.

Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

Don't misunderstand me. I am not suggesting that if you are concerned about the environment, or desire that everybody just get along, that it automatically makes you a fascist. I am suggesting, however, that each of those desires, which are noble in their own right, can be used to stir up an uncompromising will to stamp out individual freedoms - and it begins with a nanny-state not much unlike the one that the liberal left is attempting to create as you read this.

Over the years the liberal elites have forged a plan for socialism that began to become apparent during the last century. After Franklin Delano Roosevelt's social programs the movement swung into high gear. The liberals have pioneered the reengineering of America by compromising the U.S. Constitution and promising a better life with their new and more intrusive government programs, such as socialized medicine.

Each election cycle produces grander socialist wealth redistribution policies, drawing more and more people into the grand scheme, quietly, and at the tiny little price of compromising our core principles, and individual liberties.

Our descent into a socialist nanny-state is alarming. So much so that the liberal left, upon reading this, will laugh and declare that I am being a typical right-wing nut, unable to fathom the larger picture.

The broad picture is that as the Democratic Party moves farther to the left, it is dragging the Republican Party to the left with it. As an American I am recognizing a recurring historical theme happening here in America right now. It occurred in Nazi Germany, Communist Russia, Cuba, and China. The battle lines have been drawn. What the liberal left is doing is simply no surprise because it has happened before.

This is where the list of 45 comes into play. If you will remember, the list of 45 was submitted to congressional record over 40 years ago. As you go through the list, think about how many of the goals the liberal left is trying to push on us in today's America. Also, keep in mind how many of them Islam is using as well. Realize that liberalism and Islam has made small changes, like in the first two, they have replaced the word "atomic" with the word "any."

And without further delay, here it is, The List of 45:

[From "The Naked Communist," by Cleon Skousen]

CURRENT COMMUNIST GOALS

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy making positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a "religious crutch."

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the "big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture--education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use ["]united force["] to solve economic, political or social problems.

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.

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As an added note, I first came across this list at A Newt One, and have found a cataloguing of the list at Eeevil Conservative's site (well, she directed me to it when she heard of my interest in the list). Also, last Saturday, Snooper of A Newt One, and a panel of others, went through the first half of the list on Political Pistachio Radio. We will complete our commentary on the list this coming Saturday at 10:00 PM Eastern Time.

Obama fails to understand, you don't negotiate with terrorists!!!

Bush understands this, McCain understands this, but Obama does not!



And this idiot wants to be president of the United States?

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Armed Forces Day


President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.

On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department -- the Department of Defense.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Keith Olbermann Meltdown Audio and Commentary


Keith Olberman's recommendation that President Bush "Shut the hell up" ended a ten minute rant that makes me wonder if Olberman has all of his marbles in place.

I know that Olbermann and Obama desire a world without weapons and war, and a world where the United States is not the military leader of the world. They abhor our nuclear capabilities, and they are ashamed of America's exceptional position in the world as a leader and as the planet's greatest nation.

People like Barrack Hussein Obama and Keith Olbermann have aligned themselves with the New Age freaks, foreseeing the next step in humanity's evolution, a world without poverty, without the need for a military, and the opportunity for the evolution of the species where one experiences oneness and solidarity in a fantastical liberal utopia.

Olbermann claims that anyone disagreeing with him, or supporting any part of the George W. Bush Administration, is living in a fantasy world, and is not rooted in the realm of reality.

All of this whining and freaking out by the liberal left has erupted because George W. Bush made a statement indicating that the Islamic Jihad is the enemy of our generation, and compares those that are calling for withdrawal and calling for peaceful, heart-warming talks with the enemy, to the appeasers of Hitler in World War II, and more specifically, Neville Chamberlain.

Well, Mr. Olbermann, sir, it is you that is living in a fantasy world that is not rooted in reality. It is you that fails to understand that the purveyors of Islam, the religion of hate and violence, does not care what you say or do. All that the members of the Islamic Jihad wish to accomplish is to either convert you into a soldier of terror, or kill you. Honestly, I would love to live in a world of peace and safety, where weapons of mass destruction are a relic of distant history. I would appreciate a worldwide society where humankind has advanced to the point that a simple discussion or negotiation is all that is required to avert a deadly war. But, you see, Mr. Olbermann (and all of you liberals out there reading this), I reside in a world of reality where there is a ruthless enemy that could care less about what you wish for or desire. The enemy's utopia is much different than the utopia you envision. Their's is one in which you are dead, and America is ruled by Sharia Law.

Listen to the audio of MSNBC host Olbermann's unhinged rant, combined with my commentary (and the commentary of a few of my listeners), on Political Pistachio Radio - Your home for conservative news and commentary.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Burma Death Toll Reaches New Highs as Aid Trickles In

The devestation in Burma (Myanmar according to the ruling Junta) has been added to by the ruling government's unwillingness to allow outside aid into the country. Aid sent by governments is being absorbed by the ruling junta, and the funds and supplies are not reaching the people.

Private organizations, however, are doing what they can to make sure the citizens of Burma receive the aid they so desperately need. In tonight's interview on Political Pistachio Radio, the President of Christian Freedom International explains how his organization is ensuring that aid packages are getting into the country, and reaching the people who so desperately needs it.

If you missed this interview, access the archive here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

New Storm Headed Toward Cyclone Devastated Myanmar

New storm heads toward cyclone-devastated Myanmar - - - Another powerful storm headed toward Myanmar's cyclone-devastated delta on Wednesday and the U.N. warned that inadequate relief efforts could lead to a second wave of deaths among the estimated 2 million survivors.

Breakfast in Israel, and an interview with the editor of the book: Why We Left Islam.

My phone rang twice before I answered it. The "Caller ID" said unknown.

The voice on the other end seemed familiar, but I couldn't place it. It sounded like a voice I had known my entire life, yet was somehow changed, distant, filled with new emotion.

Then it clicked in my brain. The person on the other end of the line was my mother -- calling me from Israel just before her and dad go downstairs for breakfast.

Ten hours ahead, mom and dad were preparing for breakfast as I prepared for bed. Both voices were enthusiastic. Their trip to Israel is more than just a sight-seeing tour. As Christians, it is like going home. Mom described their first days in Jerusalem as emotional, spritual, and giving her a feeling of fullness.

Two weeks is the length of their tour. They are in Israel at the same time as President Bush, and informed me that Condi Rice is staying in the same hotel that they are. Mom recalled and told me about an amazing conversation with Jon Voight in the elevator of their hotel, and the powerful experience of praying at the wailing wall, with her hand pressed against it.

Mom and Dad also told me about meeting Israeli soldiers stationed near the Syrian border. Mom says she got a picture with one of the Israeli Defense Force troops, and will get it to me when she can.

In addition to their time in Israel, they are going to spend some time in the country of Jordan as well.

I have been many places, but Israel is not one I have visited yet. My mom urges me to go. She says, "I am unable to convey how wonderful it has been to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, to see the places He preached. You need to make this trip, Doug. You need to see Old Jerusalem before you see New Jerusalem in the near future. For a Christian, coming to Jerusalem is like coming home."

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Joel Richardson is the editor of the book, Why We Left Islam. The controversial new book is the first in America to feature an image of Muhammad on the cover and tell nearly two dozen horror stories of former Muslims. Tonight, Joel Richardson was my guest on Political Pistachio Radio . . . Listen to the archive HERE.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Criticize Homosexuality, Lose Your Job

After writing a column critical of gay rights in a local publication, an administrator for the University of Toledo was fired. The column was in response to another column written a couple weeks earlier that was pro-gay. In response, the President of the University of Toledo wrote his own column to distance the fired administrator's views from those of the University.

Perhaps the parent being banned from dropping off or pick up his children from school; attending his children's sports events or other school activities; meeting with his children's teachers at parent-teacher conferences; attending or participating in school committee meetings; or even voting on election day at his local polling place, a public school because he criticized and requested his child be removed from the teaching of the gay agenda, is something that will catch our attention. How crazy is it that he wanted to protect his child from what he felt was against his belief system, and this happened. Could you imagine the outcry if the circumstances had been reversed? In this case, specifically: A no-trespass order issued against him by the school – which includes all district property – is "simply an intimidation tactic" against anyone who might protest the school's pro-homosexual policies regarding elementary school children.

On KFMB AM Radio a little over a week ago I heard a story about how a mother is under investigation for a hate crime because her child asked her about homosexuality, she stated being gay is a sin, and then when the child repeated it at school the teacher turned in the parent for a hate crime.

How long before, under the guise of Hate Crime Laws, will it be until the government is knocking down your door to take away your Bible because they consider it to be a hate crime document because it proclaims homosexuality is a sin?

How many freedoms must we lose before Americans recognize the insanity?

Orwell's 1984?

Hmmmmm. Thought Crime Legislation is on its way.

The Right To Know (Ultrasounds and Abortion)


Abortion is hardly a cut and dry issue. Pro-Life advocates are motivated by the belief that human personhood begins at conception, thus, an abortion murders a baby. Some Pro-lifers accept termination of a pregnancy in special cases, others do not. Pro-Abortion activists more often than not believe that human life becomes a "person" some time after conception, though few agree on the exact moment. Some supporters of abortion will tell you that life begins when the embryo's heart begins beating, or when the fetus begins to look human, or when the child becomes sentient, or it has half emerged from the mother's body, or is born, or is severed from its mother and is able to function independently. Therefore, those who support legalized abortion believe a woman should have the choice to abort the pregnancy prior to that time the fetus becomes a person. There is no single pro-life position and no single pro-abortion position. In fact, the only thing the two groups may have in common is the desire to see a reduction in the number of abortions performed.

To achieve a reduction in the number of abortions, many pro-lifers promote supporting services for women in crisis pregnancies. In addition to this, many pro-lifers also seek legal restrictions on abortion access. The group that calls themselves pro-choice most often states that a reduction of abortions performed can be achieved by promoting better comprehensive birth control education in schools, to women who are sexually active, and greater access to contraceptives.

Lost in the debate between the "Right To Life" and the "Right To Choose" is "The Right To Know." After all, both groups agree that better education and learning as much knowledge as is available regarding abortion can assist a woman in better determining what she wants to do when faced with this very significant decision.

Chris Slattery, founder of Expectant Mother Care (also known as EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers), has provided a new opportunity for knowledge in this debate. He believes a woman must be armed with all of the knowledge available before choosing to abort a pregnancy, including seeing an ultrasound of their unborn babies.

Chris Slattery joins Political Pistachio Radio tonight to discuss this seldom talked about opportunity that most abortion clinics refuse to discuss. Abortion clinics would prefer not to show ultrasounds to expectant mothers who have decided to put their unborn child through the physically painful procedure of abortion, and themselves through the emotionally painful procedure. But why would abortion clinics wish not to give women this additional opportunity for knowledge? The reason is simple, because seeing the ultrasounds changes the minds of previously abortion-minded women. What loving mother could possibly look her baby in the eyes and go through with the procedure of abortion that will affect her for a lifetime?

Join us tonight at 10:00 Eastern, or catch the archive later. Listeners are urged to call in and participate! Visit Political Pistachio Radio tonight for this powerful guest.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Real Heroes, Real Men


Whether it’s freeing slaves in Sudan or racing to the terrorist attack in Beslan, Russia that left over 300 children dead as they began the 2004 school year, John Giduck and Special Forces Sergeant Major John A. Anderson, know all about commitment.

Co-authoring the newly released, “The Green Beret in You” with Anderson, Giduck follows up his first book about the Beslan school slaughter with a very powerful message about what it means to be a Green Beret and how those principles apply to everyday life.

In 2005, Giduck gave readers a look into the barbarism of modern warfare when he wrote about his experiences working with Russian Special Forces and meeting up with them again in Beslan during the 2004 siege. Here in America, both Giduck and Anderson believe we have headed down a dangerous road, where gender roles have been set aside, and American men have become a mere shadow of what men once were.

Giduck and Anderson were my guests tonight on Political Pistachio Radio. If you missed it, listen to the archived episode HERE.

Learn About The Terror Attack by Chechnyans in John Giduck's Book: Terror at Beslan: A Russian Tragedy With Lessons for American Schools.

The Green Beret In You gives a powerful message about what it means to be a Green Beret-esque committed living into your life. Brad Thor says about the book, "The essential guide to manhood. If John Wayne had left a how-to manual on being a real man, this would be it."

Earthquake in China: Update

China quake death toll rises above 8,700 - - - The 7.9-magnitude quake devastated a region of small cities and towns set amid steep hills north of Sichuan's provincial capital of Chengdu. Striking in midafternoon, it emptied office buildings across the country in Beijing and could be felt as far away as Vietnam.

Powerful Earthquake Rocks Central China

Chinese state media reports that the earthquake buried 900 students in central China on Monday and killed at least 107 people. The earthquake was 7.8-magnitude, sending thousands of people fleeing from buildings miles away in Beijing and Shanghai. The quake's fury was felt as far away as Pakistan, Vietnam and Thailand.

In addition to the 107 people that had died, 34 people were injured. Four of the deaths were children who died when two elementary schools in Chongqing municipality collapsed. One person was killed when the trembler toppled a water tower in neighboring Sichuan province where the earthquake was centered.

It is still unknown if any of the 900 buried students are alive.

The quake struck about 60 miles northwest of Chengdu at 2:28 p.m. and there were several smaller aftershocks, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site.

A text message by an Israeli student in the region stated: "Traffic jams, no running water, power outs, everyone sitting in the streets, patients evacuated from hospitals sitting outside and waiting."

One Chinese news source stated that an underground water pipe ruptured near the city's southern railway station, flooding a main thoroughfare. Reporters saw buildings with cracks in their walls but no collapses.

Beijing, some 930 miles to the north, suffered rattled buildings during this quake less than three months before the Chinese capital is expected to be full of hundreds of thousands of foreign visitors for the Summer Olympics.

A number of Beijing office towers were evacuated. The main offices and housing for the media offices of the organizers of the Olympics were evacuated as well.

The quake was felt as far away as the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, where some people felt the rumbling of the ground and the swaying of the office buildings was enough reason to flee into the streets downtown. A building in the Thai capital of Bangkok also was evacuated after the quake was felt there.

Experts say a magnitude 7.8 earthquake is considered a major event, capable of causing widespread damage and injuries in populated areas. The last serious earthquake in China was in 2003, when a 6.8-magnitude quake killed 268 people in Bachu county in the west of Xinjiang. China's deadliest earthquake in modern history struck the northeastern city of Tangshan on July 28, 1976, killing 240,000 people. The death toll may rise with this one, and may include the 900 buried students. My prayers are with them that they are alive, and survived this cataclysmic natural disaster.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mothers Day



Proverbs 31:28 (King James Version)

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Father's Rights Book, "Rabies Mom," on Political Pistachio Radio


Tonight on Political Pistachio Radio is author and father's rights advocate Pat Carroll. His new book, Rabies Mom, was written along with his brother-in-law Jack McGowan, and the book recounts his recent, personal story of fighting for custody of his six children, one of whom died of rabies while in her mother's custody.

Pat and Jack say courts too often award custody to mother's even when they aren't necessarily the better parent. Together, they plan to form the Better Parent Foundation, a think tank and outreach program that would potentially influence the way courts today decide custody cases. In Pat's case, during the time it took for the court system to finally grant him custody of his children, it was too late for one of his young daughters.

On the show tonight Pat and Jack will discuss:
--The status of fathers̢۪ rights in America today
--Are U.S. courts biased against fathers in custody battles?
--How fathers can successfully win custody of their children
--The true story behind Rabies Mom

Tune in tonight at 10:00 pm Eastern on Political Pistachio Radio (Link is good for the archive later as well).

Friday, May 09, 2008

Russia is brandishing their hammer and sickle again! oh, and Barack Obama thinks we have 57 states. . .

Nuclear missiles were on parade across the Red Square. Along with the Nuclear missiles were tanks. Since the Soviet era, this is the first time these items have been paraded as such. And during the display new President Dmitry Medvedev warned other nations against "irresponsible ambitions" that he said could start wars.

This makes one wonder. . . is the Soviet Union Dead? Or has it just resurrected from the dead?

You be the judge:




Oh, by the way, Barack Obama, that intelligent charismatic speaker that wishes to be president of the United States of America, thinks there is 57 states, and wants to de-claw the U.S. so that the new rise of the old Russia can dominate us.





Battling Persecution

Thanks to Kevin McCullough - FRCXtraCAST - Perkins and Hibbs

Think you can't make a difference? This is a pastor who held a village city council's feet to the fire - with a simple T-shirt...

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Lest We Forget. . .

(photo thanks to De'on)
Tonight on Political Pistachio Radio the guest was David E. Meadows, author of The Sixth Fleet series of books, and author of the just released "Final Run." During the show the subject of supporting the troops, and not allowing the travesty of anti-war protestors demeaning our troops came up. This Budweiser advertisement - commercial of an airport erupting into applause as soldiers came home and walked through the airport came to mind, and brought tears to my eyes as I discussed it:



After my show ended Joshua P. Allem came on, and he read the following (which I have seen before, but for some reason tonight it really got to me:

President Bush did make a bad mistake in the war on terrorism. But the
mistake was not his decision to go to war in Iraq.

Bush's mistake came in his belief that this country is the same one
his father fought for in WWII. It is not.

Back then, they had just come out of a vicious depression. The
country was steeled by the hardship of that depression,
but they still believed fervently in this country. They knew that the
people had elected their leaders, so it was the people's duty to back

those leaders.

Therefore, when the war broke out the people came together, rallied
behind, and stuck with their leaders, whether they had voted for
them or not or whether the war was going badly or not.

And war was just as distasteful and the anguish just as great then as
it is today. Often there were more casualties in one day in
WWII than we have had in the entire Iraq war. But that did not matter.
The people stuck with the President because it was their
patriotic duty. Americans put aside their differences in WWII and
worked together to win that war.

Everyone from every strata of society, from young to old pitched in.
Small children pulled little wagons around to
gather scrap metal for the war effort. Grade school students saved
their pennies to buy stamps for war bonds to help the effort.

Men who were too old or medically 4F lied about their age or condition
trying their best to join the military.
Women doubled their work to keep things going at home. Harsh
rationing of everything from gasoline to soap, to butter was
imposed, yet there was very little complaining.

You never heard prominent people on the radio belittling the
President.
Interestingly enough in those days there were no fat cat actors and
entertainers who ran off to visit and fawn over
dictators of hostile countries and complain to them about our
President. Instead, they made upbeat films and entertained our
troops to help the troops' morale. And a bunch even enlisted.

And imagine this: Teachers in schools actually started the day off
with a Pledge of Allegiance, and
with prayers for our country and our troops!

Back then, no newspaper would have dared point out certain weak spots
in our cities where
bombs could be set off to cause the maximum damage. No newspaper would
have dared complain about what we were
doing to catch spies.

A newspaper would have been laughed out of existence if it had
complained that German or Japanese soldiers were
being 'tortured' by being forced to wear women's underwear, or
subjected to interrogation by a woman, or being scared by a
dog or did not have air conditioning.

There were a lot of things different back then. We were not subjected
to a constant bombardment of pornography,
perversion and promiscuity in movies or on radio. We did not have
legions of crack heads, dope pushers and armed gangs
roaming our streets.

No, President Bush did not make a mistake in his handling of
terrorism. He made the mistake of believing that we still had the
courage and fortitude of our fathers. He believed that this was still
the country that our fathers fought so dearly to preserve.

It is not the same country. It's not as bad as Sodom and Gomorra yet,
but it's now somewhere between Sodom and Gomorra and the
land of Oz. We did unite for a short while after 9/11, but our
attitude changed when we found out that defending our
country would require some sacrifices.

We are in great danger. The terrorists are fanatic Muslims. They
believe that it is okay, even their duty, to kill anyone
who will not convert to Islam. It has been estimated that about one
third or over three hundred million Muslims are sympathetic to
the terrorists cause... Hitler and Tojo combined did not have nearly
that many potential recruits. So... We either win it - or lose it -
and you ain't gonna like losing.

America is not at war. The military is at war. America is at the
mall.


Finally, my good friend, Jim Stewart, author of The Angel From Vietnam, sent me this gem:

If you're a Democrat...........explain this disenfranchisement with these super delegates, many who have been bought and paid for by Obama and Hillary. If it takes hundreds of thousands of people to vote in one state to determine the outcome of a couple hundred delegates, how can one individual super delegate off set the vote of thousands when it comes down to the end? Here are the stats....

Many of the superdelegates who could well decide the Democratic presidential nominee have already been plied with campaign contributions by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, a new study shows.

"While it would be unseemly for the candidates to hand out thousands of dollars to primary voters, or to the delegates pledged to represent the will of those voters, elected officials serving as superdelegates have received about $890,000 from Obama and Clinton in the form of campaign contributions over the last three years," the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics reported today.

About half the 800 superdelegates -- elected officials, party leaders, and others -- have committed to either Clinton or Obama, though they can change their minds until the convention.

Obama's political action committee has doled out more than $694,000 to superdelegates since 2005, the study found, and of the 81 who had announced their support for Obama, 34 had received donations totaling $228,000.

Clinton's political action committee has distributed about $195,000 to superdelegates, and only 13 of the 109 who had announced for her have received money, totaling about $95,000.

AND THE REPUBLICANS STEAL ELECTIONS????