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Archive for June 18th, 2007

Better Late Than Never

Posted by Mike on June 18, 2007

President Bush has threatened to veto Democrat spending bills which exceed his own exorbitant budget proposals. Although the President should have exhibited this kind of fiscal restraint about six years ago, the veto threat is nevertheless welcome.

When Governor Bush ran for President in 2000, he warned that his opponent would increase government spending more than Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis combined. That was probably true, but it was still no excuse for President Bush to accept proposals which spent tax dollars at a pace that would have embarrassed Bill Clinton.

Admittedly some of those increases were on defense spending and that is completely justified, especially during war time. However, Bush’s spending spree has not been limited to defense. Despite a political climate which accepts reducing the role of government, Bush has expanded government and increased spending at a rate not seen since at least the late 1970s. He created a new entitlement program in the form of a prescription drug benefit, and signed spending bill after spending bill containing hundreds of pork projects.

So now he changes his tune by promising to actually demonstrate fiscal restraint rather than just talking about it. I’ll take it, but it is still too little too late. Conservatives sent a message in 2000 by electing a conservative to the Presidency. Its a shame that it took a Democrat Congress to actually deliver one.

Thankfully Republican voters seem to be scrutinizing the Presidential candidates much more closely this time.

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Sir Salman Rushdie

Posted by Ryan on June 18, 2007

In another outburst of Muslim peacefulness and tolerance, effigies of the Queen and Salman Rushdie burned as the Pakistani parliament approved a measure today condemning the knighting of Salman Rushdie and calling for Britain to renounce the act and apologize.  Then, Pakistan’s “religious” affairs minister, Mohammed Ijaz ul-Haq, said:

“If someone exploded a bomb on his body he would be right to do so, unless the British government apologises and withdraws the ‘sir’ title.”

Yet, another tidbit from our allies in the War on Terror that make your spine tingle!  To our Western minds, well-versed in much pop-psychology, these kinds of reactions paint not a picture of piety and devotion, but of severe and dangerous insecurity and fear on behalf of the reactionaries.  People need to die if they don’t agree with your point of view.  It’s all very reminiscent of the totalitarians of the early and mid 20th Century.  Like Hitler and Tojo, conversion is not an option to these nuts.  Like Hitler and Tojo, we’re going to get real with them one day, especially if stories like this from ABC are true–dozens of suicide bombers are flocking here as we speak (probably right through our porous borders) and also to Canada, Britain and Germany. 

If you don’t recall, Rushdie drew anger from the Muslim world when his 1988 work, The Satanic Verses, was published.  Singapore and India banned the book.  In Pakistan, six people were killed and one hundred injured over protests involving the book.  Dozens of other countries banned it.  The Ayatollah even called for his immediate execution for the sake of Islam back in 1989.  That fatwa still stands, along with a roughly $160,000 bounty for his murder. 

All of which, by the way, for a work of fiction where, illustrated through dream sequences, Mohammed fictionally changes his mind about something relating to worshiping dieties.  This leads to a subsequent and subtle misinterpretation of the Qu’ran, which is something of an insecurity in the Muslim world since Mohammed never wrote anything down before his death.  Oh yeah, and he took a swipe at the Ayatollah.

Link via Drudge.  Pic from the UK Daily Mail link.

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