“Welcome aboard US Airways — Today’s flight is expected to be turb(ul)an(ce) free…”

A Muslim scholor named Omar Shahin is calling for a boycott of US Airways after he and five other Imams were taken off a flight operated by that company because they were praying before the flight.

Here’s the real “welcome to America” part. Shahin later asked, “To practice your faith and pray is a crime in America?”

If he thinks this is bad, he should try being a Christian practicing his faith in a public school or government office building. In many ways, the answer to his question is “doi!”

If the boycott catches on, the airline is expected to change their name from “US Airways” to “Whew! Airlines”.

The Army Gets a New Slogan

After 20 years of using the slogan “Be all you can be,” and then a few years with “An army of one,” the U.S. Army has begun using a new slogan in a $200 million advertising campaign launched this month: “Army strong.” 

From The Washington Post:

The campaign’s core message is that the Army builds not only physical but also mental and emotional strength in recruits, bonding them into a powerful, close-knit team. 

“There’s strong, and then there’s Army strong,” a deep male voice intones as martial music rises from a brass band in the background. 

The television ads, launched nationwide for Veterans Day along with Internet placements and other outreach, omit all but the most fleeting images related to the all-volunteer Army’s biggest endeavor ever: the war in Iraq. 

Presumably potential recruits would be well aware of the war in Iraq even absent an obvious mention in the ad. The Post is trying to lend credence to John Kerry’s “botched joke” here. 

Given the makeup of Congress this coming January, and other goings-on in the country, I’d suggest some future slogans for the Army that would make more sense in today’s world: 

–“Sign up before you’re Rangel’d up” 

–“Protecting the freedom of Americans for over 230 years, even the ungrateful jagoffs” 

–“It’s not just a job, it’s Dick Durbin comparing you to a Nazi“ 

–“Patton pending” 

–“Your ticket to a USO show” 

–“We do more before 9 a.m. than Congress does all year” 

–“Sign up today, get a Hummer“ 

–“Join Uncle Sam. Yep, the same Uncle who would buy you beer and tickets to R rated movies when you were under 17″ 

–“An Army of one… gets it’s ass kicked, which is why we need you too!” 

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Here’s an interesting article on the history of selling the military, along with recruitment posters like the following one from the World War I era. Looks to me as if Uncle Sam himself could have been the catalyst for the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law:

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Atheism and Mass Murder — Two Tastes That Go Great Together

We hear it all the time: “More people have been killed in the name of religion than of any other reason in world history!”

Dinesh D’Souza takes issue with that statement. D’Souza says that Atheism is much more murderous than religion ever has been.

I disagree with D’Souza’s opinion based on a technicality, because I’ve concluded that Atheism is a religion. The Atheist crusade has become a regular visit to the Church of the Non-Believer. A place where words of discouragement are the daily sermon, and everyone tithes 20 percent of their time to denying God a place in national discourse via protests and court proceedings. In other words, the Atheist’s quest has become everything he or she stands against – a religion practiced in, and forced upon, the general public.

Video: Michael Richards Apologizes Not Only For Racist Outburst, But Also Hurricane Katrina, War

Want to see an uncomfortable moment? No, I’m not talking about Bill and Hillary trying to pull off a convincing kiss without throwing up a little in their mouths — I’m talking about comedian Michael Richards, aka “Kramer,” apologizing to African-Americans and everybody else on last night’s Late Show with David Letterman.

Richards really should have had something scripted, because his apology meandered through the neighborhood of apology like an off-the-wagon Robert Downey, Jr.

Richards apologized not only for his behavior that night at the comedy club, but also how blacks were treated by hurricane Katrina, and rage in general — such as conflict with other nations. Richards’ emotional levees have definitely been breached.

At the beginning of Richards’ appearance via satellite, there is an audible laughter from the audience, and Jerry Seinfeld, Letterman’s guest, hush-hushes the crowd. The laughter was partly due to the natural instinct we have of chuckling to internally defuse an uncomfortable situation, but I think there might be a little more to it. Perhaps we’re just plain sick of people apologizing for stuff. Apologies are becoming so comical that there should be a comedy club devoted entirely to people apologizing for saying dumb things.

Here’s the video. Don’t laugh now. That’s rude. Shh!

Bill and Hillary's Neighbors Shot — Fair Play Suspected

Here’s a little bit of trivia: The city name of “Chappequa” is an Algonquin Indian word which translates loosely to “Land of heap many disbarred lawyer.”

A Chappequa, New York woman and her disbarred attorney husband – who live three doors down from another Chappequa, New York woman and her disbarred attorney husband – were shot and wounded last night:

Cops were puzzled over what might have sparked an attack on the disbarred attorney, who has a string of unhappy clients, and his schoolteacher spouse.

“There is no known motive,” Detective Sgt. Marc Simmons said.

Read about the attorney in question. No motive? Uh huh. Heck, it sounds to me like Carlos Perez-Olivo has a nice career awaiting him in politics. All he has to do is walk three doors down for some advice from those who have experience in getting out of jams like that and he’s off to the races.

Bill and Hillary’s Neighbors Shot — Fair Play Suspected

Here’s a little bit of trivia: The city name of “Chappequa” is an Algonquin Indian word which translates loosely to “Land of heap many disbarred lawyer.”

A Chappequa, New York woman and her disbarred attorney husband – who live three doors down from another Chappequa, New York woman and her disbarred attorney husband – were shot and wounded last night:

Cops were puzzled over what might have sparked an attack on the disbarred attorney, who has a string of unhappy clients, and his schoolteacher spouse.

“There is no known motive,” Detective Sgt. Marc Simmons said.

Read about the attorney in question. No motive? Uh huh. Heck, it sounds to me like Carlos Perez-Olivo has a nice career awaiting him in politics. All he has to do is walk three doors down for some advice from those who have experience in getting out of jams like that and he’s off to the races.

Rangel Up More Troops: Congressman Plays Politics With Lives As Payback For Bush Playing Politics With Lives

Democrats can often be heard saying that President Bush is toying with lives, in a political sense. That sending our troops to Iraq was and is an unnecessary political game in which people are needlessly and senselessly dying. So, in the name of equalizing the playing field, one Democrat plans to fight this by — you guessed it — playing games with peoples’ lives.

Could we have a military draft again? Rep. Charles Rangel of New York says “yes,” which instinctively sent Bill Clinton to the tool shed to grab a sledgehammer and pound his feet flat.

Rangel, a Korean War veteran who apparently had his scruples shot off at the Battle of Kapyong, wants to introduce a bill requiring military service for men and women, 18-26, with no exceptions for college or the fact that they’re too busy playing “Grand Theft Auto” on Playstation 3.

This is, of course, being done not in the interest of the country, but as yet another move in a political chess game. Rangel doesn’t think you hold the lives of others in high regard, and if members of your own family were at risk of going into battle, you’d rethink your pro-war stance — if you have one. If you’re against the war, so what, your kid’s going too.

“There’s no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm’s way,” Rangel said.

It’s not like the good old days when there was a draft, such as during Vietnam and Korea. It was nice and fair then, with rich and poor gallantly fighting side by side. Oh, wait…

It’s said that any “fair” draft wouldn’t have an out for the “privileged,” but as long as they remain politicians with outstretched hands, otherwise known as “loopholes,” there can be no such thing as a fair draft, taxation, or anything else. When you put hucksters in charge of fairness, you’re ensuring that there will be none of it.

In the early ’90s, the U.S. military was much larger, and no draft was in effect. That meant that there was an ample amount of people willing to voluntarily serve their country — and did so honorably. They weren’t forced to join, and they did so for their own reasons.

Rangel must also think that all these new soldiers to be drafted are going to work for free. Rangel voted “no” on 1999’s $266 billion defense appropriation bill and SDI. 

If that’s not bad enough, Rangel also feels the need to remind us of what heartless, inhumane jerks we are. When he first started talking about a military draft in late 2002, Rangel said, “I believe that if those calling for war knew that their children were likely to be required to serve — and to be placed in harm’s way — there would be more caution and greater willingness to work with the international community in dealing with Iraq.”

Rangel voted “no” on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. “No” on banning physician-assisted suicide (getting killed in the back of a rusty VW van may be “death with dignity,” but only if you’re Cheech and Chong). “No” on reducing the marriage tax. “No” on banning partial birth abortions. “No” on banning human cloning even for medical research reasons. “No” on barring the transportation of minors to get an abortion. And we’re the ones who don’t value the lives of others?

Let’s first draft some new politicians, then we’ll talk.

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Monday’s Column: Hollywood’s Inconvenient Truth

Today’s column at WorldNetDaily revolves around the release of a UCLA study that found Hollywood’s movie and television industry to be the 2nd largest polluter in California, right behind the petroleum industry.

Given the sanctimonious nature of environmentalist Tinseltown, I found this interesting, and explored the subject further in “Hollywood’s Inconvenient Truth.”

Reforming His Way to the White House: A Cunning Senator McCain

I’ve long written of the joke that is called “Campaign Finanance Reform,” and it’s starting to rear its illogical yet carefully planned head again.

From the A.P.:

Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Friday said potential 2008 presidential rival John McCain’s campaign finance reforms gives the Republican senator an advantage over other candidates by allowing him to transfer money easily.

“If you’re a senator, you can take the money you raise in a Senate campaign and transfer it to a presidential, but you can’t take money you raise in a state campaign and transfer that to a federal campaign,” Huckabee, a Republican, told The Associated Press in an interview Friday.

Real surprising…

In a Washington Post article titled “Money’s going to talk in 2008,” Michael Toner, chairman of the FEC, is quoted from an interview on the price tag for running for president in 2008: “There is a growing sense that there is going to be a $100 million entry fee at the end of 2007 to be considered a serious candidate.”

McCain-Feingold sure did get the money out of politics, didn’t it? Since John McCain is considered by many to be among the candidates to beat for the GOP nomination, he may be both surprised, yet pleased to discover, that the law he co-sponsored contains more loopholes than the wall between a high-school girls’ locker room and the wood shop. This can’t be an accident.

A quick look at even the seemingly noblest of intentions of McCain-Feingold and the failings (to us, but successes to bureaucratic authors of these bills) are obvious. Did the “stand by your ad” provision, which requires federal candidates say “I approve this message,” bring about a huge decline in negative ads? The thought behind that was, if a candidate had to say “I approve” visibly and audibly, the candidate would be less likely to permit negative or false material in the ad.

Since one must be forced to undergo a compunction-ectomy before entering politics, assuming the threat of personal shame can be used to lessen negative ads is naive at best. But this was the smoke-and-mirrors end of CFR, a red herring style distraction from the real issue of what happens to the money, who it can come from, and where it can be transferred, all of which just happen to favor John McCain.

John McCain will be a front-runner for the Republican nomination, and he will be greatly assisted in this quest by a bill-turned-law he co-authored, and he’s now in a position to “reform” politics until he ends up in The White House.

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