The more we learn about the Boston Marathon bombing–and the accused bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev–the more reason there is to doubt the wisdom of Obama’s drone-heavy approach to fighting terrorism. Not only did his hundreds of drone strikes fail to prevent the bombing; they’ve probably made this kind of terrorism–home-grown terrorism, committed by longtime residents of America–more likely.
via Drone Strikes and the Boston Marathon Bombing – Robert Wright – The Atlantic.
I think that this attitude of “by killing terrorists we are creating terrorists” is nothing more than pacifistic BS. These people are going to make up things to get more recruits whether we are killing their leaders or not. By killing as many of them as we can, they at least aren’t out in the open recruiting in most places. The more you kill, the fewer there are. If you don’t try to do something about it and make them fear you, they will have nothing to fear. If we continue to let nations like Saudi Arabia openly create the type of atmosphere that promotes radical Islam and antisemitism with our full support we will continue to see the bin Laden’s of the world flourish.
Drones indeed save American lives. It’s much less risky for a drone to kill a terrorist than for a group of American sons to have to do it. Terrorists live among civilians for a reason. If you read the reports from soldiers who encounter them, the leadership is without exception cowardly. They encourage others to be martyr’s while they hide amongst women and children, unarmed most of the time, to try to look innocent when their time comes. bin Laden himself didn’t even have a loaded gun with him, but instead had women and children surrounding him for protection.
The war is in the media and stories like this are precisely what al Queda wants reported. Obama’s refusal to link Islam to terrorism is just another example of who political correctness is killing people around the world in the name of politics. It’s time to man up, call a spade a spade, and break some eggs.
Since Tor anonymizes traffic, that can be read as a presumption of guilt on anyone who anonymizes their Web activity.
via Japanese police ask ISPs to start blocking Tor | Ars Technica.
As usual, a government wants to blame the tool rather than the perp.
The Bible — fact or fiction? | Fox News.
This is a pretty good article. The discussion is fact or fiction and it brings many thoughts to my mind about the way that people, especially Christians, are treating the Bible.
I believe that the Bible should be taken seriously. I don’t think that you can decide that so called marriage of two men or two women is ok and still be consistent with the Bible. Homosexuality is clearly forbidden in the Bible. Either you take it at its word or you don’t. Picking and choosing which parts you want to believe based on current trends is what Jesus warned about. God hasn’t changed and neither have his views on popular culture. What was right for early Christians is still right for us today.
Too many otherwise good Christians are too busy trying to spare their friends or family members feelings to notice that they are selling out their faith. People get their feelings hurt. That’s part of life. With any belief system you have to determine whether you believe it or not. Telling someone that marriage is anything other than a man and a woman is betraying your faith.
Everyone sins and should be welcomed into God’s family. Telling someone that their sins aren’t sins is not ok. You are giving them a false sense of righteousness to save their feelings. Feeling good about your sins is not the way to heaven and it’s not the way to save someone’s soul. I hate that my kids are going to grow up in a world that tells them that everything they do is ok. If it’s not ok today, it will be tomorrow. Faith in Christ is all that you need and from there you can ignore the rest of Christ’s teachings and do whatever feels good. It really breaks my heart that so many of my friends and even family have this view today. Logic would seem to be on my side, but logic doesn’t sway them. It’s all about accepting everyone doing anything they please in the name of Christ.
Are you faithful to Christ or to society’s social acceptance of anything goes?
FCC Blesses Red Sox Player’s F-Bomb: He ‘Spoke From the Heart’ (Video) – The Hollywood Reporter.
This shows part of the danger of allowing the FCC to determine what should be allowed on the air. They don’t try to be even handed. They say that this was born of emotion and should be allowed because they say so, yet when someone wins an award and it’s very emotional for them but not the FCC, it gets the broadcaster a fine. How’s that for justice?
How long before it’s not acceptable to say something bad about a politician. I guess that’s going to depend on what the FCC thinks of that politician. The FCC has no business dictating what can be broadcast. This is a direct violation of the First Amendment but it’s allowed by America in the name of decency.
Boston bombers: FBI hunting 12-strong terrorist “sleeper cell” linked to brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev – Mirror Online.
I wonder why we are getting such differing stories from the American media and foreign media. I just read a story on CNN that the bombs were too crude to have been built by someone who was trained. It also said that all indications were that the brothers were working alone. I have since seen stories like this one in the foreign media and even local Massachusetts media mentioned other arrests by the FBI. Someone is wrong.
I’m guessing that the American media don’t want it to be more than these two because it would look bad on Obama. He’s been in office so long that it would be difficult, though not impossible when you control the media, to blame it on Bush. They are, after all, still blaming the economy on Bush even after all of the money that Obama is giving away with promises of it making the economy better.
Famed members of the World War II Doolittle Bombing Raid on Tokyo hold final public reunion | Fox News.
It’s truly amazing to me how many of these guys who survived the war lived into their 90′s and beyond. You have to wonder why that is. Sure they had a new view on life after seeing so many people senselessly killed, but that doesn’t keep them from getting cancer or having a heart attack. It’s just awesome that so many generations are able to show them their appreciation for their sacrifice.
Convicted toddler murderer will remain in prison – Houston Chronicle.
The evil that men do… I’ve followed this story for years and hope that Thomas Coe lives to be 100 and spends that entire time in prison.
In a 2009 handbook, for example, the IRS said the Fourth Amendment does not protect emails because Internet users “do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communications.”
via IRS denies searching emails without warrant – The Hill’s Hillicon Valley.
Let’s look at what the Bill of Rights says and do a bit of compare and contrast, shall we?
The first amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” This has been used to justify everything from abortions to flag burning.
Yet when it comes to the fourth amendment which clearly states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” This same group of judges and politicians don’t think that emails are protected. If you have a handful of papers or even a letter that you put in the mailbox out on the side of the street, police can’t read it even if it’s open without a warrant. How can you not make the same judgment about emails?
We start prior to WWII. There are rumblings of what Hitler is doing to his countrymen. Deportations. Loss of basic human rights. Disappearances. Prison camps. Death camps. Never again we say. We should have joined Great Britain and acted sooner to stop the senseless killing.
Fast forward to 2013. North Korea. Loss of basic human rights. Disappearances. Prison camps. Work camps where entire families are taken to work until they die of exposure or starvation. Death camps. But it’s complicated we say. And what about China?
Where is the outrage over the treatment of these human beings? Never again? Here we are again and there is no excuse. We know what’s going on there. Yet we do nothing but talk and issue sanctions that only hurt those who are already suffering. What to do… What to do…
What would Jesus do?
Do we risk a wider conflict by trying to stop the killing of the innocents? Do we risk America’s sons to save millions from their suffering? If we are ultimately attacked, do we end like Gulf War I or fight to the end like WWII? Is it worth losing hundreds or thousands of American soldiers to save thousands or millions of other people?
What should we do? What can we do? What could we do if we had a leader in the White House who actually knew what he was doing?
How will we answer to God for not keeping our promise of never again?
Republican senator sees Obama budget offer as positive – Yahoo! News.
That’s funny. They describe Lindsey Graham as a conservative.
I’m sure that you are as surprised as I am that Graham likes an Obama budget. This guy is a RINO from way back. If he could get elected as a Dumacrat he would feel right at home.