Along the Tracks

Friday, April 28, 2006
 

Powerful testimonial for 'United 93'



I really want to see 'United 93.' That story of heroism has moved me more than anything else in the years since 9/11. The timing, frankly, would only be better if it had been released sooner.

I hope this urgent reminder of who our enemy is - and how true American patriots respond - has not come to late for our distracted, wavering nation.

The Wall Street Journal has a testimonial praising the movie. David Beamer, father of hero Todd Beamer, sent chills down my spine with his words. Go read it now.


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Monday, April 24, 2006
 

Osama declares war yet again



In his latest tape, Osama bin Laden declares war on United Nations peacekeepers who might be sent to intervene in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Since this is only the 10,000th time the al Qaeda leader has “declared war” on this or that particular nation, ethnic group, religion, Islamic faction, political organization or business, I won’t hold my breath waiting for all those who want us to “live in peace” with the chief murderer of 9/11 to suddenly change their minds and join in the fight.

Darfur has seen nearly 200,000 innocent villagers killed and over a million driven from their homes. Why?

Because they are black.

The Sudanese government and its paramilitary “janjaweed” militias are Arab racists on jihad, killing primarily other Muslims in the name of Islam. The world has allowed this horrific violence to continue for nearly three years now, unwilling to put any soldiers between the guns and helicopters of the attackers and the unarmed and now homeless black families in Darfur.

The Bush administration has led the call for international action on this issue, as with many others which are part of the war on Islamic militants. Most of the world has turned away. The U.S., of course, is rather occupied with Iraq, Afghanistan and the increasing threat of Iran. So instead of “going it alone,” Bush has sought an international solution.
Unfortunately, as soon as countries like France, Canada, Germany and Belgium are called upon to protect lives, they dither, delay and block. More civilians die.

A “peacekeeping” breakthrough finally appears near for Darfur. Will bin Laden’s threat awaken these lethargic allies to the global menace of Islamic fascism – or will it scare them away from involvement yet again?


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In his latest tape, Osama bin Laden declares war on United Nations peacekeepers who might be sent to intervene in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Since this is only the 10,000th time the al Qaeda leader has “declared war” on this or that particular nation, ethnic group, religion, Islamic faction, political organization or business, I won’t hold my breath waiting for all those who want us to “live in peace” with the chief murderer of 9/11 to suddenly change their minds and join in the fight.

Darfur has seen nearly 200,000 innocent villagers killed and over a million driven from their homes. Why?

Because they are black.

The Sudanese government and its paramilitary “janjaweed” militias are Arab racists on jihad, killing primarily other Muslims in the name of Islam. The world has allowed this horrific violence to continue for nearly three years now, unwilling to put any soldiers between the guns and helicopters of the attackers and the unarmed and now homeless black families in Darfur.

The Bush administration has led the call for international action on this issue, as with many others which are part of the war on Islamic militants. Most of the world has turned away. The U.S., of course, is rather occupied with Iraq, Afghanistan and the increasing threat of Iran. So instead of “going it alone,” Bush has sought an international solution.
Unfortunately, as soon as countries like France, Canada, Germany and Belgium are called upon to protect lives, they dither, delay and block. More civilians die.

A “peacekeeping” breakthrough finally appears near for Darfur. Will bin Laden’s threat awaken these lethargic allies to the global menace of Islamic fascism – or will it scare them away from involvement yet again?


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Friday, April 07, 2006
 

10 listings for jobs Americans (apparently) won’t do



With the president and politicians from both sides of the aisle telling us we need illegal immigrants to do the jobs Americans won’t do, I decided to put together some employment listings to help along the process.

* Wanted: Congress person who refuses to hold special private meetings on policy or legislation with anyone who is not a constituent.

* Opening available in a major media outlet for a journalist willing to investigate and report stories based on something more than his or her prejudices.

* Needed: Anti-war foreign policy analyst with a practical alternative to offer.

* Rare opportunity: Our major newspaper chain is seeking an executive editor willing to defend the rights of a free press in the face of intimidation by Islamic fundamentalists.

* Serious inquiries only: Looking for a business negotiator for our labor contracts. Must only commit our company to retirement benefits we can actually afford to meet, rather than count on the government to bail us out when the bill comes due.

* Do you like a challenge? Become our union’s chief negotiator. We need someone who recognizes the limitations of the companies with which we contract and won’t sell out our younger members with pie-in-the-sky retirement promises we all know will never be kept.

* The U.S. government is seeking top quality managers with emergency experience and a logistics background to maintain preparedness in case of manmade or natural disasters.

* Wanted: Someone to tell President George W. Bush when he is wrong. This is a cabinet-level position.

* Looking for a political strategist who isn’t constantly attempting to cobble together a special interest group to mine for donations and votes.

* Needed: A competent, dedicated law enforcement officer to lead the department with the responsibility to protect and defend our nation’s borders and its immigration laws.

Other listings for jobs Americans won’t do may be added to the comments below.


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Tuesday, April 04, 2006
 

Holocaust promoter in academia



Suppose a think-tank conservative presented a speech to an audience of a couple hundred fellow conservatives advocating the spread of deadly diseases to kill off most of the world's population, so "intelligent people" like him and those gathered could inherit the earth.

How would the media respond?

I know, I hardly have to ask the question. We'd have wall-to-wall coverage of the extremists threatening to initiate a new Holocaust. We'd get detailed analysis of how this is the logical extension of conservative policies. We get stories on poor Africans, Asians and Latin Americans who would be nearly wiped out if such a plan were ever implemented, demonstrating the racism inherent in conservative thought. The president and every prominent Republican in the nation would be asked if they "agree" with the views expressed by this right-wing think-tanker. Anyone associated with that think tank, and anyone associated with those associated with it, would be "outed" in investigative pieces. Conservatives in general would have to go through numerous denials of the ridiculous concept, and each time their words would be parsed for even the slightest hint of wiggle room. Left-wing groups would trumpet the fool's words and tie them tightly to every Republican running for election.

As it turns out, an academic did make exactly the suggestion I have described above at a recent scientific conference in Texas. The only difference - this "scientist" proposed his "Final Solution" in support of left-wing environmentalism. Dr. Erik R. Pianka said he would hope to see 90% of the world's population destroyed through the spread of diseases such as ebola. This would eliminate, according to his warped thinking, people who don't care about the environment or aren't as smart as him and those who agree with him. The earth would be saved from rapacious humankind.

That speech happened nearly a month ago, and if not for the coverage provided by The Citizen Scientist and its editor, Forrest M. Mims III (who also is chairman of the Environmental Science Section of the Texas Academy of Science), no one would even know about it.

Mims, in his opinion column describing Pianka's speech and its dangers, points out this is no idle threat we can easily dismiss. Pianka's closest followers are undoubtedly students, swayed to ignore the horrific carnage of his proposal for the "greater good" of a world no longer under heavy exploitation by humans. These are young scientists, in other words, men and women who will one day be researchers, teachers and policy advisers. Ten years or 20 years down the road, will one of these holocaust converts rise to a position of power where he could advise a regime to implement the plan to its own advantage - a 21st century Eichmann? Perhaps even more frightning, what if one of these future researchers has access to ebola or smallpox or some other deadly virus and chooses to unleash the disease, and his mentor's gruesome plan, on his own?

By averting its attention from the speech and its potential repurcussions, the mainstream media allows these holocaust promoters to plot and fester and advance their cause. They will find no shortage of allies in the world who wish to spread death on a monumental scale.

Can we afford to ignore such truly evil sentiments?

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