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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Films on Muhammad would be the Last Nail on the Coffin of Islam (Tulisan Murtad)

Films on Muhammad would be the Last Nail on the Coffin of Islam: By Dr. Radhasyam Brahmachari

Islam survives only by maintaining a noble and sacred aura surrounding Muhammad's person and character, which Muslims do via unbridled lying and deception to hide the truths of Muhammad's life and even by terror. When the sacred aura is dismantled through true depiction of Muhammad life in movies, Islam implodes with it... And the countdown to that has started....

What Makes the Muslim Angry?

In India, innumerable films have been made on the life and times of various Hindu religious leaders, gurus and avatars. But not even a single film has been made Hindu viewers enraged and furious. But the rage of the Muslims in response to this film suggests that the film may have portrayed the life of Muhammad in a vile, despicable and evil manner, thereby raising anger amongst Muslims around the world.Muslims around the world claim that Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, was the greatest man ever born on earth, and his life and deeds are holy and divine. So, if someone makes film on the life of Muhammad, they should be proud and hail the effort. They should be saying that even a non-Muslim, being inspired by the holiness of the Prophet, has come forward to make a film on the life and deeds of the Prophet. They should also be pleased, if the film truly represented the life of Muhammad, because such a film would impress the viewers and tempt them to embrace Islam, something they so crave for. But, on the contrary, the film “Innocence of Muslims”, a trailer of which is presently being shown on Youtube, depicting the Prophet’s life, has made Muslims filled in anger and rage.

But three articles – namely, "The Legends of Prophet Muhammad by Jahanshah Rashidian”, “Innocence of Muslims: A Disgusting, Despicable, Reprehensible, Offensive Movie?” by Jake Neuman and “Another Movie on Muhammad and Islam Coming Soon from Spain” by Imran Firasat – say that the film in circulation have not indulged in such contrived degradation and exposure of the Prophet, but the film shows a rather true picture of the prophet’s life.

Interesting enough is that Imran Firasat, a Pakistani ex-Muslim living in Spain, has undertaken the making of another movie on the life of Prophet Muhammad. He says, “It will be the first movie on Muhammad to be produced by an ex-Muslim. For that reason, I can make you believe that you will find something special in that movie. Don’t miss it. I aim to produce the movie in at least 4 to 5 languages, so that Muslims from various countries can understand that and give a serious thought to their religious belief.

Mr. Firasat has also thrown a challenge before the entire Muslim community, saying: “I am starting work on the movie from tomorrow morning. I invite Muslims to stop me if they can. It is my challenge that my movie will be in front of the world very soon. …..I’m challenging Muslims again, I am starting work on the movie right now for exposing the cunning and self-claimed prophet of Islam. Stop me if you can. The countdown to release of the movie starts now.

In fact, Muhammad was indeed an evil person in the garb of a prophet and Muslims are trying to hide his true and portray an imaginary Muhammad for the saving the face of Islam. How deceptive can Muslim authors be in this affair? An example may be cited here for the convenience of the readers. Tariq Ramadan, professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, believes that the life of human prophet Muhammad can teach us many lessons. In his book, In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad (2007), he depicts Muhammad as a deeply spiritual man with great respect and love for women. According to him, Muhammad was not without faults. But he was tolerant to other faiths. “And unlike his followers, he allowed Muslims to abandon their religion, and personally permitted an Abyssinian Muslim to convert to Christianity”, says Ramadan.

From the comments of the three authors, as presented above, it becomes evident that the producer of the film “Innocence of Muslims” has depicted a rather true life of Muhammad without any serious exaggeration or forgery whatsoever in order to malign the glorious Prophet. Maker of the upcoming film, Imran Firasat, has no such vile intention either. More importantly, if a film-maker presents the life of the Prophet erroneously, Muslims have the right to go to court and fight such evil attempts legally. Last year, the Dutch MP Geert Wilders (the maker of the short film FITNA), wrote an article “Time has come to Expose Muhammad”, declaring that he is going to make a film on the life and deeds of Muhammad. Dr Ali Sina, the well-known ex-Muslim scholar and the founder of Faith Freedom International, is also talking about making a film on the life of Muhammad for many years.

All these information should make Muslims happy, because these people are suddenly coming forward to propagate the divine life of Muhammad and the divine faith originated by him. Why all these attempts make Muslims scared and angry instead? The reason might be that, through these films, some people are trying to expose some unpalatable and inedible truth, which Muslims try their best to hide. They try to hide these truths because if those facts are made public, Islam, a doctrine of perverted sex and violence, will lose its face. More importantly, these films will help make the civilized people of the world aware of the barbaric atrocities and immoral deeds of Muhammad. As a result, Islam will be condemned globally. People will know that Muslims are selling a cruel killer, a devil and a lustful despot as a divine Prophet. Most of all, sullying Muhammad’s Prophetic image in such manner would bring the collapse of his creed, Islam.

In the article “The Passion of the Vampire-Prophet,” author Sujit Das, wrote: “Often a question arises in our mind, why the Muslim clerics are reluctant to make a movie on Prophet Muhammad to promote Islam?.... The answer is simple. Islam is a barbaric religion which is completely devoid of spirituality. There is only deception, hate, murder, bloodshed, rape, delusion, terrorism, crime, suicide-bombing, honor-killing etc…etc. …In spite of this, if a film is produced on Muhammad’s honest biography, it will be a horror movie – a vampire movie that is set in background of extreme lawlessness of seventh century Arabia and Prophet Muhammad being the vampire itself.

The Wikipedia gives a list of 15 movies made on Muhammad and Islam. Out of these, 3 are based solely on the life and deeds of Muhammad. These are:

  1. The Life of The Last Prophet (This Islamic historical movie was labeled as one of the greatest movies about Muhammad ever made.)
  2. Muhammad: The Last Prophet (An animated historical film about the rise of the Islamic religion), and,
  3. Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet (A documentary that explains the life of Muhammad from birth to death and his contributions to the cultures of the time.)
These films have, undoubtedly, presented a sugar-coated Muhammad by concealing his lustful, cruel and demonic deeds. Had any of these films projected the true color of Muhammad, Muslims across the world would have demonstrated violently as they are now doing over the film “Innocence of Muslims”.

Five Pillars of Islam

According to Islamic scriptures, the political ideology of sex and violence, called religion of Islamic, rests on five pillars and they are,

  1. the shahada (Iman)
  2. daily prayers (salat)
  3. almsgiving (zakat)
  4. fasting during Ramadan (sawm) and the
  5. pilgrimage to Mecca (hajj) at least once in a lifetime.
The first pillar shahada contains six kalmias or oaths and they are (1) Kalimah Tayyibah, (2) Kalima Shahaadat, (3) Kalimah Tamjeed, (4) Kalimah Tawheed, (5) Kalima Astighfar and (6) Kalima Rud-e-Kuffer. Out of these six kalemas the first one or Kalimah Tayyibah is most important and it reads “La ilaha illallah, Muhammadur Rasulu'Llah” – (there is no god except Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah). Some scholars refer this kalmia as the soul of Islam. A slight disbelief in this kalema turns even a devout Muslim instantly into a kafir. So, a Muslim has to maintain a firm and unwavering belief in the second part of the kalmia that says “Muhammad is the messenger of Allah”. Hence the image Muhammad is to be kept in high esteem, so that it may not raise the slightest disbelieve in his prophethood.

So, Islam may be compared to an extremely brittle fancy glassware, hanging from the ceiling with the help of fine thread, called Kalima Tayyibah. Slightest disbelieve in the prophethood of Muhammad, the thread will snap and the entire doctrine of Islam would fall on the ground and be broken into pieces. This is the reason why Muslims are ready to tolerate any adverse criticism of Allah, but not of Muhammad. Nearly a year ago, a group of Bangladeshi apostates living in the U.K. issued a statement explaining the reason why they have abandoned Islam. Aired by the BBC, the said declaration also explained why they do not consider Muhammad a prophet. It reads,

“One who claims to be a messenger of God is expected to live a saintly life. He must not be given to lust, he must not be a sexual pervert, and he must not be a rapist, a highway robber, a war criminal, a mass murderer or an assassin. One who claims to be a messenger of God must have a superior character. He must stand above the vices of the people of his time. Yet Muhammad’s life is that of a gangster godfather. He raided merchant caravans, looted innocent people, massacred entire male populations and enslaved the women and children. He raped the women captured in war after killing their husbands and told his followers that it is okay to have sex with their captives (Quran 33:50). He assassinated those who criticized him and executed them when he came to power and became de facto despot of Arabia. Muhammad was bereft of human compassion. He was an obsessed man with his dreams of grandiosity and could not forgive those who stood in his way.”

The statement continues, “Muhammad was a narcissist, like Hitler, Saddam or Stalin. He was astute and knew how to manipulate people, but his emotional intelligence was less evolved than that of a 6-year-old child. He simply could not feel the pain of others. He brutally massacred thousands of innocent people and pillaged their wealth. His ambitions were big and as a narcissist he honestly believed he is entitled to do as he pleased and commit all sorts of crimes and his evil deeds are justified.

Why Islam would perish?

Above discussions would make the reader grasp how devastating it would be if these films uncover the real face of Islam to the civilized world. Last year, I wrote an regarding Geert Wilders’ intention of making a film on Muhammad, entitled “Geert Wilders’ Film on Muhammad may Spell the Death of Islam”. In it, I explained why damage to Muhammad’s image would bring about the death of Islam. In the present context, I repeat some of the points from that article. To begin that article, I wrote,

The Internet has become a serious threat to the survival of Islam. Through internet, it has been easy to unmask the true face of Islam and its originator Muhammad. It has enabled critics to overcome the taboo of telling the truth about Islam and Muhammad… Islam stands on the projection of Muhammad as a perfect, sinless human being, but as his real vile character becomes exposed through the Internet, the foundation of Islam becomes increasing weak on its way to collapse. That's why Islamic countries try to block many Websites that expose the true face Islam and its founder.

On April 2, the RNW News Desk published an article, Wilders’Mohammed : rapist killer or compassionate activist?, authored by Klaas den Tek and Myrtille van Bommel. “A barbarian, a mass murderer - that’s how Dutch MP Geert Wilders says he will portray the prophet Mohammed in a new film. Hirsi Ali sees him as depraved, the Pope as tyrannical. Others think of him as elusive or an invention, and some consider him a tolerant philosopher or a human rights activist. Six views to assess Wilders’ claims about Mohammed”, the authors say.

The cruel leader of a band of plundering, murderous, rapist robbers from Medina” - that’s how Dutch MP Wilders says he wants to depict the prophet in his new film, due in 2012 as a sequel to his 2008 anti-Qur’an short FITNA. To support his view Wilders cites a biography of the prophet written by Flemish psychologist Herman Somers: “The sources describe orgies of savagery in which hundreds of people were strangled, their hands and feet chopped off, eyes pricked out and entire tribes exterminated.” Wilders says he wants to “unmask” Muhammad; so that the Muslims can turn their backs on Islam.

How Islam could survive if Muslims turn their backs to Islam?

Monday, September 17, 2012

Thomas Sowell explains — An Economic Plan? | Political Musings-At the Sunset of My Life

Thomas Sowell explains — An Economic Plan? | Political Musings-At the Sunset of My Life

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sixteen Reasons Why Islam Is Not the Religion of Peace

Sixteen Reasons Why Islam Is Not the Religion of Peace: By James M. Arlandson

Islam is not the religion of peace.  The following sixteen reasons, all sourced from the original sacred documents (the Quran and Traditions), classical law, and history, tell us why.
Each item in the list has one or more back-up articles.  Readers should click on them to find out that the points come right out of original Islam and are not invented out of thin air.
Nearly all of the back-up articles also have a section on modern Islam, mentioning Muslims -- too few -- who advocate reform.
And if readers would like to see various translations of the Quran, they may go to the website quranbrowser.com and type in the references.  If readers are in doubt about the meaning of a verse, they may go to the tafsir (commentary) written by Ibn Kathir (d. 1373), one of the most authoritative and highly regarded classical commentators in the Sunni world, at qtafsir.com.  Or the readers may search through the modern commentary by Sunni Indo-Pakistani religious scholar and politician Sayyid Abul A'La Maududi (d. 1979) at englishtafsir.com.
The first reason is the foundation of all the others.
1. The mosque and state are not separate.
To this day, Islamic nations that are deeply rooted in sharia, like Iran and Saudi Arabia, do not adequately separate the two realms, giving a lot of power to courts and councils to ensure that legislation does not contradict the Quran (never mind whose interpretation).
Back-up: Mosque and State
2. Jihad may be waged against injustice or an unjust nation, as Islam defines the terms.
Classical texts say Islam is justice, and no Islam is injustice.  Therefore, a "just war" can be waged against a nation or people who does not submit to Islam.
Yet we are told in the 1990 Cairo Declaration of Human Rights, which is based on sharia, that humane rules must be followed (Article Three).  Does that article offer hope that modern Islam can move past old Islam?  Maybe.
However, the Quran, sacred traditions, classical law, and historical Islam contradict or balance out some elements in Article Three.  Would there be a conflict between the old Islam and modern Islam if war broke out?  Many Islamic clerics issue fatwas (religious rulings) to wage jihad.
3. Jihad may be waged to spread Islam and force conversions -- a holy war.
Waging jihad to spread Islam and force conversions is a perfect description of "holy war."  See Quran 8:39, 9:5, 9:11-12, 9:14, and 9:29; and then see 9:33, 61:9, and 48:28.
Yet we have been told for many years now that holy wars and forced conversions were never done in Islam.  That's a myth imagined by Westerners.
Howeverread those verses and click on the back-up articles.
4. Muhammad nicknames his weapons.
Tabari (AD 839-923) is an early Muslim historian who is considered largely reliable by scholars today.  In fact, the State University of New York Press selected his history to be translated into 38 volumes.  (We use The Last Years of the Prophet, trans. Ismail K. Poonawala, vol. 9, 153-55.)
In the context of the list of Muhammad's assets at the end of his life (horses, camels, milch sheep, and so on), Tabari records the nicknames of Muhammad's weapons.
Muhammad nicknames three swords that he took from the Jewish tribe Qaynuqa after he banished them from Medina in April 624: "Pluck Out," "Very Sharp," and "Death."  Two other swords from elsewhere are named: "Sharp" and "That is wont to sink" (presumably into human flesh).  Finally, there is "Having the vertebrae of the back."  This last sword Muhammad collected as booty after his victory at the Battle of Badr in March 624.
Next, Muhammad took three bows from the Jewish Qaynuqa tribe and named them as follows: "Most conducive to ease, or wide," "white," and "of nab wood" (species of tree from which bows are made).
Muhammad's name for a certain coat of mail implies "ampleness" or "redundant portions," probably because Muhammad was portly (cf. Ibn Ishaq, Life of Muhammad, trans. Guillaume, p. 383).
Finally, even Muhammad himself has a nickname.  After Tabari lists the positive ones, he matter-of-factly provides one that is not so positive: "The obliterator."
5. A captive in jihad may be executed, enslaved, ransomed for money, exchanged for other prisoners, or released freely.
Quran 47:4, 33:25-27, and 4:24 say these things (and the last option -- free release -- is positive).  Yet we are told that in a jihad today, everything must be done humanely and justly.
However, as stated before, the back-up article, this fourth item, and the next four items in this list balance out that claim.  One must ask whether there be a conflict between old Islam and modern Islam in the event of a war.
Back-up: Jihad and Qital and Slavery
6. A woman captive of jihad may be forced to have to sex with her captors (now owners).
Quran 4:24 and especially the sacred traditions and classical law allow this.  The sacred traditions say that while out on military campaigns under Muhammad's leadership, jihadists used to practice coitus interruptus with their female captives.
Female soldiers fighting terrorists today must be forewarned of the danger.
Back-up: Jihad and Qital and Slavery
7. Property can be destroyed or confiscated during jihad.
Quran 59:2 and 59:5 discuss those rules.  Sacred traditions and classical law expand on the Quranic verses.  Modern Islamic law officially improves on the Quran: see Article Three of the 1990 Cairo Declaration of Human Rights, which is nonetheless based on sharia but outlaws wanton destruction of property.  Once again, would there be any conflict between old Islam and modern Islam in a war today?
8. Jihad may be waged to collect spoils.
Quran 8:1, 8:7, 8:41, and 48:20 show this clearly.  Early Islam followed the old Arab custom of raiding caravans, but as its military grew, the raids were elevated to jihad.  The spoils of war were coveted.  Which Islam would prevail in a war today -- the old one or the modern one?
9. The Quran promises gardens for martyrs dying in jihad.
Throughout the Quran, Muhammad promises the men in his fledgling Muslim community that if they die fighting for Allah and for him, Allah will reward them with a "virgin-rich" garden (Quran 44:51-56; 52:17-29; 55:46-78).
In Quran 4:74, 9:111, and 3:140-143, the Arabic word "jihad" (root is j-h-d) is the means or currency to trade in this life for the life to come in an economic bargain.
10. A second-class submission tax, called the jizya, must be imposed on Jews and Christians (and other religious minorities) living in Islamic countries.
Quran 9:29 offers three options to Jews and Christians: (1) fight and die, (2) convert to Islam, or (3) keep their religion, but pay a tribute or submission tax, the jizya, while living under Islam.
In Islamic history, vanquished Jews and Christians became known as dhimmis.  This word appears in Quran 9:8 and 9:10, meaning a "treaty" or "oath," but it can also mean those who are "condemned," "reviled," or "reproved" (Quran 17:18, 17:22, 68:49).  The word "submission" in Quran 9:29 can also be translated as "humiliation," "utterly humbled," "contemptible," or "vile."  It can mean "small" as opposed to "great."
Islamic nations today still seek to impose this second-class religion tax.
11. Muhammad executes around 600 male Jews and enslaves the women and children.
Quran 33:25-27 justifies this atrocity.  After the Battle of the Trench in March 627 (named after a trench that the Muslims dug around parts of Medina) against a large coalition of Meccans and their allies, Muhammad imposed the ultimate penalty on the men in the Jewish clan called Qurayzah.
The sentence: death by decapitation for around 600 men (one Islamic source says 900) and enslavement for the women and children (he took a beautiful Jewess as his own prize).
12. Slavery is allowed.
It is true that freeing slaves was done in original Islam (Quran 5:89 and 24:33), and the Quran says to be kind to slaves (Quran 4:36), but that is not the entire story.
In addition to those verses, Quran 4:2423:1-7, and 33:52 allow the institution.  Muhammad owned slaves, even one who was black (so says a sacred tradition).  He was militarily and politically powerful during his later life in Medina, but he never abolished slavery as an institution.
Officially, Islamic nations have outlawed slavery (Article 11, which is still based on sharia).  That proves that Islam can reform on at least one matter.  Can it reform on the other sharia laws?  And we are told that "no other nation or religious group in the world treated slaves better than the Muslims did."  The back-up article and next two items in this list contradict that claim.
Back-up: Slavery
13. A male owner may have sex with his slave-women, even prepubescent slave-girls.
See Quran 4:24 and 23:1-7 -- but it is classical law that permits sex with prepubescent slave girls and describes them as such.  Some Muslim religious leaders and others still advocate this practice, taking the slaves as concubines (though sex with prepubescent slave-girls is another matter).
Back-up: Slavery
14. Slaves may be beaten.
That's what sacred Traditions and classical laws say.  See "Islamic Jihad: A Legacy of Forced Conversion, Imperialism, and Slavery."
Back-up: Slavery
15. Apostasy laws, including imprisonment or execution, may be imposed on anyone who leaves Islam (an apostate).
Normally this is a prescribed punishment, but it is also political, since it is about freedom of religion.  Surprisingly the Quran does not cover punishing apostates down here on earth, though in the afterlife they will be punished.  Does this mean modern Islam can reform old Islam?  Quran 4:88-89, 9:73-74, and 9:123, read in that sequence, might deal with earthly punishments.  Mainly, however, the sacred traditions and classical law permit harsh treatment for anyone who leaves Islam.
Islamic courts and laws still impose these punishments today, or religious scholars today argue for the law.
16. Blasphemy laws, including imprisonment or execution, may be imposed on critics of Islam or Muhammad.
These verses should be read in historical sequence, as follows, for they show that as Islam's military power increased, the harsh treatment of mockers and critics also intensified: Quran 3:186, 33:57-61, 9:61-66, 9:73, and 9:123.  Sacred traditions, classical laws, and historical Islam are unambiguous about the punishments, recording the people, and often their names, who were assassinated for mocking Muhammad and the Quran.
Back-up: Free Speech
For those sixteen reasons, Islam is not the religion of peace.
The thinking world was laughing at Islam behind its back.  Now we're laughing at it to its face.
Islamic religious leaders must reform their religion.  Those sixteen points have expiration dates on them -- from back in the seventh century.
Only after reform will we have even slight peace.
In the meantime, while we wait patiently for this Islamic Reformation and Modernization (if it happens), the Western elites may want to remember three universal rights that are self-evident, according to the Declaration of Independence: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
The hallmarks of those three rights are, among other things, freedom of conscience to follow a religion of one's choice (or no religion at all) without being harassed.  Freedom of speech -- even the kind that criticizes the Quran and Muhammad -- is a sign that democracy and justice have taken root.  Equality before the law for both sexes also defines the three universal rights.
If we bend any part of those God-given rights, we will weaken our nation.
James M. Arlandson, Ph.D., has written a book: Women, Class, and Society in Early Christianity.  He has recently completed a series on "The Sword in Early Christianity and Islam."  He has posted a series on sharia at jihadwatch.org, from which this article is inspired (also from Top Ten Reasons Islam Is Not the Religion of Peace [2005]).

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Obamacare Summed Up In One Sentence

Obamacare Summed Up In One Sentence:


“So, let me get this straight (this is a long sentence), we’re going to be gifted with a healthcare plan we are forced to purchase, and fined if we don’t, which purportedly covers at least ten million more people, without adding a single new doctor, but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a congress that didn’t read it, but exempted themselves from it, and signed by a president who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, for which we will be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that’s broke. So what the blank could possibly go wrong?”

This is awesome! William Saletan: Romney Betrayed Free Speech By Championing It -- Ace of Spades HQ

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President Obama is losing his grip (Gov Sarah Palin)

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Clint Eastwood talks #ECOTUS

Clint Eastwood talks #ECOTUS:
Clint Eastwood gave his first post-convention speech today explaining how he came to address the “empty chair” and just what he thinks of the reaction.
Speaking with The Carmel Pine Cone, a local California paper, Eastwood said that “President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” and explained that it wasn’t the left he was trying to please–”I  was aiming for the people in the middle”:
I had three points I wanted to make. That not everybody in Hollywood is on the left, that Obama has broken a lot of the promises he made when he took office, and that the people should feel free to get rid of any politician who’s not doing a good job. But I didn’t make up my mind exactly what I was going to say until I said it.
Eastwood explained that Romney personally requested that he attend back in August, but that it wasn’t finalized till a week before Tampa.
It was supposed to be a contrast with all the scripted speeches, because I’m Joe Citizen. I’m a movie maker, but I have the same feelings as the average guy out there….even people on the liberal side are starting to worry about going off a fiscal cliff.
As for the Empty Chair of the United States (ECOTUS) idea, Clintwood didn’t think of it till last-minute. He had planned to focus on the theme that people  ”don’t have to worship politicians, like they were royalty or something”:
I got to the convention site just 15 or 20 minutes before I was scheduled to go on. That was fine, because everything was very well organized….There was a stool there [backstage], and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down. When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea. I’ll just put the stool out there and I’ll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn’t keep all of the promises he made to everybody.
Clintwood then asked a stagehand to bring the stool out on stage:
The guy said, “You mean you want it at the podium?” and I said, “No, just put it right there next to it.”
Eastwood said he noticed that the audience was loving it, and after watching the other speeches, Romney and Ryan came back to thank him. When asked about the negative response from the left, Eastwood replied that most people have something else on their minds: “A lot of people are realizing they had the wool pulled over their eyes by Obama.”



Saturday, September 1, 2012

Milton Friedman - Myths That Conceal Reality (Lecture)

Milton Friedman - Myths That Conceal Reality (Lecture):

The Story that Could Win Mitt Romney the Presidency

The Story that Could Win Mitt Romney the Presidency:
good_samaritanIt’s been said by the Democrats that Mitt Romney is a murderer, felon, and tax cheat. Democrats have also maintained that Bain Capital is all about making money and destroying the little guy. As it is with Liberals, there are no facts to back up the allegations. People are supposed to believe them because the Democrats say they’re true. Here’s a story about Mitt Romney that’s been fact checked.
“In July 1996, the 14-year-old daughter of Robert Gay, a partner at Bain Capital, had disappeared. She had attended a rave party in New York City and gotten high on ecstasy. Three days later, her distraught father had no idea where she was. Romney took immediate action. He closed down the entire firm and asked all 30 partners and employees to fly to New York to help find Gay’s daughter. Romney set up a command center at the LaGuardia Marriott and hired a private detective firm to assist with the search.
“He established a toll-free number for tips, coordinating the effort with the NYPD, and went through his Rolodex and called everyone Bain did business with in New York, and asked them to help find his friend’s missing daughter. Romney’s accountants at Price Waterhouse Cooper put up posters on street poles, while cashiers at a pharmacy owned by Bain put fliers in the bag of every shopper. Romney and the other Bain employees scoured every part of New York and talked with everyone they could – prostitutes, drug addicts – anyone.
“That day, their hunt made the evening news, which featured photos of the girl and the Bain employees searching for her. As a result, a teenage boy phoned in, asked if there was a reward, and then hung up abruptly. The NYPD traced the call to a home in New Jersey, where they found the girl in the basement, shivering and experiencing withdrawal symptoms from a massive ecstasy dose. Doctors later said the girl might not have survived another day. Romney’s former partner credits Mitt Romney with saving his daughter’s life, saying, ‘It was the most amazing thing, and I’ll never forget this to the day I die.’
“So, here’s my epiphany: Mitt Romney simply can’t help himself. He sees a problem, and his mind immediately sets to work solving it, sometimes consciously, and sometimes not-so-consciously. He doesn’t do it for self-aggrandizement, or for personal gain. He does it because that’s just how he’s wired.
“Many people are unaware of the fact that when Romney was asked by his old employer, Bill Bain, to come back to Bain & Company as CEO to rescue the firm from bankruptcy, Romney left Bain Capital to work at Bain & Company for an annual salary of one dollar. When Romney went to the rescue of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, he accepted no salary for three years, and wouldn’t use an expense account. He also accepted no salary as Governor of Massachusetts.
Character counts!! (and yes…that’s worth reading again!)”
This story reminds me of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29–37) in that he used his own funds to care for the man found on the road:
 ”A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’ Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands? And he said, ‘The one who showed mercy toward him.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do the same.’”

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Caesipose Peyote Flower

Caesipose Peyote Flower: Theresa, my Caesipose Peyote, has produced her first flower :o) Not only that, but I am pleased to report that after being depleted of all her pups earlier in the yer, she has already started  producing a fresh brood :o) :o)