Monday, October 30, 2006

Good Economy, Bad Economy

I don't believe in all my years of following politics and elections that I have ever witnessed such an all out assault on one man as I have with this one. The real crazy thing is the man in question is not even on the ballot. George W. Bush will not be running again and while that may or may not warm the cockles of your heart it is no excuse for the full frontal the Republicans have faced from the MSM.

Somehow George W. Bush is responsible for EVERYTHING that is wrong in this world. Nearly all the media (worldwide) suffers so badly from what Charles Krauthammer calls the "Bush Derangement Syndrome" that they are not even trying to hide their out and out biases this time around. It is absolutely breathtaking in scope and degree. The media has used the divide and conquer method on the conservative base by trying to drive a wedge between the Christian conservatives and the Reagan conservatives. They have been using every demoralizing trick in the book to get conservative Republicans and center right independents from even bothering to show up on November 7th. I wonder if the wacko-left is even a little embarrassed by the blatant favoritism - wait, what am I saying...

The thing that drives me the most crazy is the constant references to the "bad" economy. If this is a bad economy then the 1970's was the Great Depression II. I'm sorry, but this is a GOOD economy, it is a very good economy. The world economy powered by the capitalism of the United States under Republican leadership has never been better, ever. More people have been lifted out of debilitating poverty around this globe than at any time in world history. Yet we sit and let this pig headed, and frankly evil, entity known as the main stream media denigrate the great things that have been happening in the last 8 to 12 years. It's shameful.

Don't beleive me? The Business and Media Institute, a division of the Media Research Center has done the homework on this one and it is not pretty. (READ HERE) This is a concerted effort by liberal/socialist dominated MSM to deliver the goods for the Democrats. Well, I am tired and beaten down but I will be at the polls on November 7th and I will do my part to defeat this insurrection of lies and distortions. I may not be happy with everything the President and this current Congress does but I can be damn sure I won't be happy with the socialists tearing down this country. They can pretend all they want that George W. Bush is Hitler and Dick Cheney is Goering but neither man is anything close to liars the left wing of the Democrat/Media coalition has produced.


Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Now He's Gone too Far: Part II

This is almost too good to be true...

A friend sent this in an e-mail today and it really struck a chord considering the topic of my last post. At first I didn't beleive it was real but a little seaching on the Internet and I did indeed find it to be legitimate. Please take the time to read it - it is short but sweet "Europe - Thy Name is Cowardice" by Mathias Dapfner CEO, Axel Springer, AG.

For those of you who have already seen this and read some of the "rebuttals" floating around ether have you noticed that the same ones who rant on and on with their anti-Americanism use the word Zionist all the time too? Curious, no?


Sunday, October 15, 2006

Nows He's Gone too Far!

We Can't Allow Western Culture to Be Slaves to Muslim Sensibilties

Writer and high school philosophy teacher Robert Redeker has been under police protection in hiding since the newspaper Le Figaro published his op-ed piece last month. The article entitled "Faced with Islamist Intimidations, What Should the Free World Do?" And Redeker is only the latest. Many Europeans have been threatened with death by Muslims outraged by criticism of their faith and prophet.

If it wasn't so deadly it would be funny...

This outright ridiculousness first came to the attention of the West when Salman Rushdie published a novel called "Satanic Verses" and suffered a fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran. The West looked on curiously not quite understanding what the fuss was all about. In fact the intolerance and extreme sensitivity Muslims have toward anything or anybody that "disses" Islam is deadly. Modern Christians and Jews are frankly dumbfounded having endured caustic treatment of their icons, symbols and catechisms from all sides, including Muslims, for centuries.

Today we are becoming almost desensitized and oddly tolerant of Islamic intolerance. In Britian they literally banned the public image of pigs out of deference to Muslim sensibilities. Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gough was brutally murdered in broad daylight for his documentary film "Submission" which looked at the way women are treated under Islam. His co-filmmaker, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, couldn't bare living under constant police protection, and resigned from the Dutch parliament and moved to America. Last month the Pope was roundly criticized for speaking what is so plainly obvious - how the "religion of peace" violently practices conversion. The Pope claimed, in so many words, that Islam is a violence based religion. What did the Muslims around the world do? Why they committed acts of violence and murder in protest.

This week I read that the Muslims were outraged by the shape of Apple Computer's new store in New York City. Muslims claim the new insult to Islam is a cube-shaped building Apple Computers is building in midtown Manhattan. "It is clearly meant to provoke Muslims." The fact that the building resembles the Ka'ba, is called 'Apple Mecca,' is intended to be open 24 hours a day like the Ka'ba, and moreover, contains bars selling alcoholic beverages, constitutes a blatant insult to Islam. Well, for one thing the word mecca is not an exclusively Muslim word anymore than the word Bible is a Christian word. For another, the store is 'clearly meant to promote the selling of computers and iPODS'. Already Apple spokesmen have claimed that threats have been issued...

Still, immediately following every act of vile terrorism perpetrated by Muslims we hear our leaders and news media implore us not to look askance at the "religion of peace". The first acts many governments commit is not retaliation against the terror sponsors, but rather it's to enact laws protecting the very perpetrators of TERRORISM!

I for one am growing weary of the West and free people everywhere being made to bite our tongues when it comes to criticizing an ideology - note that I did not say religion - that deserves all the criticism it gets and more. It seems I am not alone. Paul Belien of The Brussels Journal (probably the only conservative paper in Europe) is seeing signs that some Europeans have finally had enough. In his piece published on October 6th "Show Them Who Is the Boss in France", he states:

What is happening in France has been brewing in Old Europe for years. The BBC speaks of “youths” venting their “anger.” The BBC is wrong. It is not anger that is driving the insurgents to take it out on the secularised welfare states of Old Europe. It is hatred. Hatred caused not by injustice suffered, but stemming from a sense of superiority. The “youths” do not blame the French, they despise them.

And Europeans have only themselves to blame, Belien continues:

Europe willingly opened the door to the Muslims, not just by allowing large-scale immigration on an unprecedented level, but also by encouraging the newcomers to retain their culture. Several million Muslim immigrants allowed in at a speed and scale that was unique in history.

This is unlike the current invasion of the United States by Latin Americans - in that - a vast majority of the American people and by and large the government want immigrants to "become Americans". This is not to say that the majority of illegal immigrants want to become American citizens despite our historic ability to meld newcomers into the uniquely American culture. But the tide is turning here as well to where all too soon we will start to experience European-like riots in our streets.

I fear that Europe for demographic reasons alone may already be lost. It is good, however, that they are finally waking up, they've been taking it for too long. I only wish the Western media in Europe and in America would stop its clandestine war against Judeo-Christians values, not because Christians and Jews can't take criticism, but because we don't deserve it any more than Islam deserves a free pass.


Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Static Art (my new online art gallery)

I have decided to post a bunch of my paintings and drawings in a new blogspot site called Static Art. In it you will find old and new works of art by yours truly. The unfortunate part is I do not have very good equipment for rendering the images for the web, what I have will just have to do, for now. I hope to afford in the near future the gear to produce high quality images.

Please click on the link here and take a peek. I will be adding stuff occasionaly (as well as replacing the blurry images when I can) so stop by on occasion...


Sunday, October 01, 2006

The Promise of Adult Stem Cell Therapies

The Promise of Embryonic Stem Cell Therapy May Be in The Future, But Adult Stem Cell Therapy is NOW!

Every so often a story squeaks out of the mainstream press that might shed some light on the Stem Cell debate yet it slips right by most people. The fact that embryonic and adult stem cell research continues on with or without federal dollars is never really mentioned because we are led to believe that President Bush has "banned" stem cell research. In fact he has only suspended federal dollars for new "embryonic" stem cell research. What I find most interesting in this debate is the fact that embryonic stem cell therapy does not yet exist. Therapies derived form adult stem cells are not only in existence but are producing promising results as found in this LA Times article "Adult stem cells boost ailing hearts".

Yes, it is true that the possibilities for embryonic stem cell therapy are mind boggling - as mind boggling as, say, cold fusion and room temperature super-conductors. The difference is that there is no real ethical component to clean and cheap nuclear energy and the ability to transmit said energy over long distances without loss like there is with destroying (potential) human life. One can argue that many of the embryos in question are slated to be destroyed anyway- and it's good argument. However, one can also argue the slippery slope principle...

Many had said after we developed the "bomb" just because we can doesn't mean we should. In other words, with science we "can" do a lot of things but should we? Yes, the embryos are merely potential babies, but babies were the reason they were created in the first place. Hitler's doctors conducted and developed many useful studies and processes by experimenting on human beings - something we should all find abhorrent. This is the slippery slope.

It is already happening in this brave new world that women are concieving babies for profit. In Africa fetuses are being harvested for cosmetics. Yes, cosmetics. British women swear by it! Just read this article: Fetuses harvested for cosmetic procedures: Repulsive new world of humansacrifice by Drs. Michael A. Glueck & Robert J. Cihak and try not to be repulsed. This is the fear many people have about going down this road.

The other question one must ask is why the media and the celebrity cultural foghorns never, ever talk about the real progress being made with adult stem cells. Adult stem cells, while perhaps not having the same "potential" also have far fewer gotchas like rejection and cancer. In this rather lengthy article by Wolfgang Lillge, M.D called The Case for Adult Stem Cell Research we learn about the real potential for therapy from ones own cells to repair or maybe even cure disease. But instead of the good doctor being mentioned in the news stream we find articles that purposely dismiss the good news with false and misleading reporting like this article from the CBC: Poor success for heart attack stem cell treatments: study. But this study is already outdated because now the preferred technique would be to modify the marrow stem cells in a way that made them more like fetal stem cells EXCEPT being your own, no rejection worries. Either the people reporting this study are not sufficiently versed in what is going on in the field - or more likely - they didn't want to mention it.

So, was it wrong for the President to have veto'd the bill sent to him by Congress? That is for history to judge. Bush will not be running again. The next President could reverse this and we will then see if it going to be money poured down the rat hole or a miracle - or the slippery slope to a place like 1940 Germany... Time will tell, but I do hope that the actual promise of adult stem cell research gets is due.


The Matterhorn

In this crazy world one must find peace where ever he can. I have burned myself out on politics and war (one and the same these days) and find my solace in the brush.

"The Matterhorn"
20X24 acrylic

Here I have finally put to canvas a picture that's been sitting in my "someday" box. The original photo came from a 1987 calendar distributed by Glaxo (apparently before Smith and Kline got involved). The calendar has twelve fantastic full color photos of various views of the Alps. The Matterhorn is undoubtable one of the most awesome jagged peaks in the world. In this painting the spectacular 14,692 foot high Matterhorn is fronted by ancient architecture that lends the rock-hard visage the soft hand of humanity. I think this one turned out rather nicely... Enjoy.