Sharia and the Law(yers)

This should frighten you, especially when the American Bar Association is SUPPORTING the imposition of Sharia in the US.

As Americans awaken and become aware of what’s happening around them, they recoil at the notion that a set of religious laws can be imposed upon citizens and residents.  Several states have taken legislative action to ensure Sharia does not creep into their legal systems as a result.  However, the ABA is fighting these measures undertaken by free people in an open and democratic process.

When this happens, I being to wonder whose side the ABA is on.  Think about it, the American Judicial System for all its flaws, does a remarkably good job at protecting people’s rights and adhering to Due Process.  Part of that is it adheres to secular documents like the Bill of Rights and the laws passed by elected officials.  Its not perfect by any means but consider the alternative.

Sharia.

As Pamela Gellar writes:

In reality, Islamic law is the most radical and intolerant system of governance on the face of the earth. It denies the freedom of speech, the freedom of conscience, and legal equality for women and non-Muslims. That’s why so many states are trying to ban it.

Let that sink in for a second.  Pretty scarry when you think about it, especially if you came from a muslim country to escape it!

Anyway, what the ABA is proposing here is shameful and damaging to the system of secular law that our nation is based upon.  If people want to live under Sharia, they should live in a country that practices it.  The United States only has one set of laws for all its citizens, regardless of their religious beliefs.  While this fact is apparently lost on American lawyers, many citizens and their elected representatives see it otherwise.

Another battle has been joined.

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February 28th, 2011 by exurbandoug

Teddy, Revealed

Avert your gaze, the truth about the late Edward (Teddy) Kennedy has been revealed.

No, he won’t grace the cover of any fitness magazines!  Actually, the truth about the former Senator from Massachusetts is worse that you could imagine.  Take a look at this from Judicial Watch, it doesn’t paint a pretty picture of would-be statesman Ted Kennedy.  Not only did he rent an entire brothel in Santiago, Chile while on a visit, he also attempted to undermine President Jimmy Carter in an (unsuccessful) effort to win the Democrat nomination in 1980. 

This was not the only time ol’ Teddy attempted to subvert US foreign policy.  He also reached-out to the Soviets in 1984 to undermine President Reagan.  Teddy had friends in the press…

Kennedy proposed a public relations blitz and mentioned his friends — Walter Cronkite and Barbara Walters, by name — as willing to assist in the propaganda effort.

Isn’t it good to know that the press is independent and impartial?

OK, that was a bit snarky but as you can see, Teddy’s duplicity and questionable (traitorous?) behavior went largely unreported and unnoticed by the general public.

Ironic that Al Gore’s invention (aka “The Internet”) has allowed us plebes in flyover country to find this out for ourselves.

Hat Tip to Maetenloch over at AoS.

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February 27th, 2011 by admindude

Saturday Movie Blogging : The Movie List for Guys

Ace linked to a pictorial version of ‘The 50 Movies Every Guy Must See”, and the list isn’t half-bad, if does lean a little bit to the recent action movies at the expense of classic movies from the past. 

This is not that list. Rather, this a list of the movies guys need to know quotes from in order to talk movies with another guy. Call it a “Dictionary of Cultural Literacy ” for those of us with an XY chromosome. 

Lawrence of Arabia The Dirty Dozen Saving Private Ryan
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Scarface The Shawshank Redemption
Monty Python and the Holy Grail Terminator 2 The Usual Suspects
2001 – A Space Odyssey National Lampoon’s Animal House The Blues Brothers
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off This is Spinal Tap Reservoir Dogs
Goldfinger Aliens Office Space
The Godfather Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels GoodFellas
Fight Club Spartacus Clerks
The Big Lebowski True Grit (1969) 300
The Matrix Ghostbusters Anchorman – The Legend of Ron Burgundy *
Caddyshack Fletch Pulp Fiction
The Magnificent Seven Conan the Barbarian Deliverance
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Star Wars ** Rocky
Commando Fast Times at Ridgemont High Die Hard
The Searchers Jaws Blazing Saddles
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Stripes Dirty Harry
Apocalypse Now Blade Runner  

* Talledega Nights, Old School, Blades of Glory may be substitued here as needed: You see one Will Ferrell movie, you’ve seen them all.

** HAN SHOT FIRST!

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February 26th, 2011 by admindude

I (of) the Tiger

Imagine your Congressman dressing-up in a tiger costume.  Wait, no need to imagine, here’s one!

Representative David Wu (D-OR) apparently exhibited other strange behaviors according to this article and this one.  The picture that emerges is this guys is…well, not completely sane.  Just remember that the voters in his district elected this guy. 

Even he acknowledges what he did was wrong.

Wu said Tuesday that it was “unprofessional and inappropriate” to send pictures of himself wearing a tiger costume to staff members while he was in the middle of a heated campaign last year. He also acknowledged taking two tablets of a pain killer that were given to him by an unnamed campaign donor.

Who does he think he is, Patrick Kennedy?

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February 25th, 2011 by admindude

Let’s just call it the Gadsden Lease and be done with it

Vayase

Having survived one regional separatist movement already, all I can say to those who want Pima County to secede from Arizona is… 

“Don’t let the door hit you on the @$$ on the way out.” 

Oh, and take Raul Grijalva with you. Please. 

via Cowboy Blob.

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February 24th, 2011 by admindude

Spend More, Get Less!

Wisconsin has the highest spending per pupil in the Midwest…and 2/3rds of 8th Graders can’t read proficiently.

Does increased input produce better outcomes or does it serve the interests of those who make a living ostensibly educating school kids?

Where else does this take place in government-run (and taxpayer-funded) programs?

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February 24th, 2011 by admindude

Ohio Next?

First Wisconsin, then Indiana, next…Ohio?

Would the Ohio Democrats flee to Michigan if they were going to lose the vote?

The stakes are high and the fight has been joined, it won’t stop in Columbus.

BONUS:

If you want to see an example of thoughtful and reasoned discourse on this subject, watch the video.  Language warning, NSFW.

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February 23rd, 2011 by admindude

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Now the Democrats are heading for the exits in Indiana.

Monkey see, monkey do.

Oh, and if you are one of those hypersensitive types, that phrase originated in Jamaica.

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February 22nd, 2011 by admindude

Go, cat, go

Big Hollywood is doing a series on Christian music that doesn’t suck

One of the best-kept secrets about the Church is that Christians have often been pioneers and giants in the arts.  You certainly wouldn’t know that from what’s peddled as “Christian” music, that incestuous sub-genre known as CCM (contemporary Christian music) that embodies all the excess of the Nashville-based music industry.  Vain, kitschy, sappy, vapid, and overproduced, it’s an insult for us to offer such tripe in our worship instead of impassioned, finely crafted art.

Over the next few months, Big Hollywood will be highlighting the work of Christian musicians who buck this trend, who don’t use their music’s subject matter as an excuse for sucking but push boundaries for themselves and their listeners.

And first up? Danielson. Neato. 

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February 22nd, 2011 by admindude

Facts

People are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.  Guess the protesters are too busy reading talking points rather than actual bills.

Adams is correct, facts are stubborn things.  They certainly have a way of getting in the way of unrealistic and financially ruinous policies.  But one thing is certain, both sides recognize the importance of the changes that Governor Walker is proposing.  As Captain Ed says:

What’s at stake in this standoff is whether the voters will control public policy and the budget, or whether the unions will usurp that power by blocking the state legislature from performing their duties, not whether Hitler will arise again or whether Wal-Mart will teach the children of Wisconsin.

For more information on what teachers in Wisconsin make, click here.

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February 22nd, 2011 by admindude