Thursday, September 29, 2005

REMOVING THE CROSSES FROM LAS CRUCES: ACLU SUES FOR RELIGIOUS CENSORSHIP

Cross Posted from Stop The ACLU

The ACLU, who claims to be America's guardian of liberty is ironically the most active religious censor in America. For nearly two generations it has relentlessly forced countless communities into submission when it comes to public expression of faith, particularly Christianity.

California has been fighting to save their seal, its history and heritage from the clutches of the ACLU's secular cleansing with everything they've got. The people voted to keep the seal, but the ACLU is not interested in democracy. They believe they know what is best for society, and are willing to force it on people through their finely tuned skills of judicial activism.

Now they are at it again- this time in the small village of Tijeras, New Mexico (population 474). Earlier this week, our friend The Mary Hunter at TMH's Bacon Bits told us the story, and asked, where is the ACLU?

Two residents of a New Mexico town are suing to remove three crosses from the official town seal. The suit says "the crosses serve no governmental purpose other than to disenfranchise and discredit non-Christian citizens" and accuses the city of violating the plaintiff's constitutional right to religious freedom, invading their privacy, and violating the civil rights act of 1964. The mayor says he plans to fight the lawsuit since, he says, the crosses have a historical reason for being in the logo. After all, the town in question is Las Cruces, which is Spanish for "The Crosses."

The Alliance Defense Fund will be stepping up to the plate once again to defend religious liberty.

TIJERAS, N.M. - The village council of Tijeras agreed Thursday to be represented by attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund in their battle against a lawsuit threatened by the ACLU. The ACLU claims the village logo violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution because it depicts a small cross.

"We have carefully reviewed the ACLU's allegations and believe the seal is entirely constitutional under the law," said ADF Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb. "The main feature of the city seal is not the cross but the Zia, which is a Native American religious symbol. The symbols of the seal reflect the history and culture of this ancient village. Many of the same design elements, such as the Zia, are found in the state flag. Why isn't the ACLU suing against the state flag?"

The seal, which depicts a conquistadores helmet and sword, the Native American Zia symbol, and a small rosary, was designed in 1973 to accurately reflect the village's history and not to further any religion.

"The ACLU is once more specifically targeting a cross while it ignores Native American religious symbols. It reveals their desire to target all things Christian, regardless of the fact that the cross in the Tijeras seal is clearly an historic symbol and not an attempt to endorse any particular faith," McCaleb said.ADF

This small town is standing up to the ACLU, and that should be commended. With a population of 474 this is no small feat. Its these small communities the ACLU love to prey on. These kind of lawsuits are the ACLU's specialty, and its sad for an organization that claims it is protecting our civil liberties, to be one that practices daily at stripping them away. We applaud this small town for standing up for their liberty. Thank goodness we have the Alliance Defense Fund out there protecting religious liberty from the secular cleansing of the ACLU. Why the ACLU are allowed to continue their destruction of liberty is beyond me, but its high past time for people to do something about it!

Join us in our fight against the ACLU and its secular cleansing of America. We are a grassroots organization trying to gather the troops to fight the ACLU, expose their agenda, awaken America, and save liberty from the clutches of the secular agenda.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

TO THE NY TIMES: KEEP TRYING, IT'S NOT ENOUGH!

It looks like the NY TIMES is coming under assault from the left these days, as well as the right. Editor & Publisher has posted a piece ripping the NYT for not "ordering hard reporting" about their own Judith Miller, while the Times' Ombudsman defended FOX NEWS' Geraldo Rivera from an uncorrected misrepresentation in their own pages. The only thing I can make of this is an old adage: "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer." Good luck to all involved.

Hat tip to Buzzflash.com, among the most blatant of liberal sites (see for yourself) ! No link for the NY TIMES here, thank me!

Friday, September 23, 2005

HELP STOP THE ACLU!

My friends at STOP the ACLU still need some help raising money for their Washington Times advertisement. Even if you don't donate, click on the link in the title of this post, and read some of the comments left there by supporters of the ACLU (comments 11, 15, and 17). It is enlightening to read the level of idiocy shown by these people, who have been leaving some of the most ridiculous comments I've seen anywhere! Also read how the gang over at STOP the ACLU deal with them. It will make you laugh.

UPDATE: Read comment 40 for a full-on liberal rant! It's a killer when these people expose themselves for the fools that they are. This rant could be called "confessions of a dangerous mind."

MOONBATS! LOL!

UNION PAYS WAL-MART PICKETERS LESS THAN WAL-MART PAYS EMLOYEES

This is an excerpt from the Oct. 10 National Review:

(I)n the Las Vegas area...the temp agency Labor Express...has some openings in unskilled outdoor work at $6 an hour. But the work is grueling: You have to walk up and down toting heavy signs in noonday temperatures of over 100 degrees...

Who is the unscrupulous employer taking advantage of minimum-wage labor like this? Why, it's...the United Food and Commercial Workers labor union, which needs people to man its picket lines at the local Wal-Mart.

This particular Wal-Mart store has a pay scale starting at $6.75 an hour, and the place is air-conditioned. So, if you do take that picketing job, you might want to take a break from work for a few minutes to dodge inside the store and fill out a job application...

TOO FUNNY!

Hat tip to the NY POST paper version, where I excerpted this from.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

NYCLU ADVOCATES CHILDREN HAVING SEX

This is an email alert from the NYCLU:

Dear Supporter,

Did you know that New York State ranks second nationally in the amount of federal money it receives to fund abstinence-only-until-marriage programs? A recent congressional report found that these programs teach students dangerous misinformation. For example, they distort statistics to suggest that condoms are ineffective in preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Do we really want these misleading programs taught to students in our state – which reports 40,000 teen pregnancies per year as well as rates of certain STIs among young people that are four times the state average?

What civil right are they trying to defend here? Are they aware that most school-age children are not of the legal age of consent? It IS NOT a civil right to teach children how to have "safe sex." In fact, many parents might not only wish for abstinence to be taught, but established as a rule. Think of it this way: If it is illegal to have sex with someone under 17 in this state, why are they advocating teaching those same children how to do it "safely?" Why aren't they advocating teaching children to report adult predators that try to have sex with them?

(ANSWER: THAT WOULD VIOLATE THE PREDATOR'S RIGHTS, BY THE NYCLU AND THE ACLU'S LOGIC!)

Children are not "miniature" adults. They are not fully developed, either psychologically or emotionally. Sex is not just another "thing to do." There is a level of responsibility involved, which seems to be lost on the NYCLU. How many kids' lives are ruined from the consequences of underage sex, whether they use protection or not? How many kill themselves, or go on to degenerate lives because of bad sexual experiences that they were too young to deal with? This is the real violation of civil liberties. The NYCLU should be ashamed of their stance on this issue.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

WEST IS A DIRECTION ON A MAP!

A NEW RANT AT NEXTLEAV!

CORZINE: "INVEST" TO GROW THE ECONOMY

I don't know much about NJ politics, except that they are just as corrupt as our politicians here in NY. I was watching the NJ Gubenatorial debate between Doug Forrester and Sen. John Corzine, and something Sen. Corzine said struck me. He appears to believe that the government has to increase spending to grow the economy. He uses the old liberal standby, "invest," but what does investment mean, relative to current government expenditures? He means increase, and not the standard inflation of current expenditures that no government, local, state or federal, seems to be able to escape. Think of what government "investments" in education and ending poverty have wrought. Is this is what he proposes for economic development? HA! (-That's what I yelled at my TV when hearing his statement.)

Government isn't the one who should invest, unless it involves tax breaks or subsidies for the proper investors, which are private businesses. Ideally, it should not have to aid private investors at all; but besides competing with NYC, NJ also has Philadelphia in close proximity, trying to lure businesses. The tax-cutting policy of Doug Forrester resonated, though he didn't speak much about spending cuts, save for cutting state employees through attrition. There was also an interesting comparison of Forrester's proposed property tax cuts against Sen. Corzine's proposed increasing of the property tax rebate, another old liberal gimmick.

The panel threw some pointed corruption questions at them, which they both deflected with accusations against each other. I don't know about Mr. Forrester's business dealings, but Sen. Corzine is blatantly in bed with the discredited and corrupt NJ Democrat power structure, as well as known to at one time literally being in bed with the head of NJ's largest civil servants union, and "gifting" her with forgiveness of a $400,000 loan. I hope my friends in NJ (SHOUT OUT TO PHIL AND PAUL!), as well as the rest of the good people of that state get a better government than they have had recently.

There was much more to this debate, but I mean to highlight a few serious issues that relate to the larger debate about who grows the economy. Is it government, or is it private initiatives by people like you and me? I believe in the latter more than I ever will in the former, whether run by Democrats or Republicans. (Remember, I live in NY, under as corrupt a government as exists in the US, led by Gov. PaTAXi!)

Friday, September 16, 2005

ISRAEL VS. PALESTINE: SOME THOUGHTS

It is not irrational for the Israelis to think that the concession of the Gaza Strip will allow them to expand in the West Bank.

It is not irrational for the Palestinians to think that the consession of the Gaza Strip will allow them to expand in the West Bank.

Neither statement negates the other, but you can see where this is going. Same story, new front.

Israel has given a signifigant concession, and not recieved one signifigant concession in return. The Palestinians are controlled by terrorists, deeper than the Taliban controlled Afghanistan. Mahmood Abbas is a figurehead to negotiate with, but has little actual power in the Palestinian territories. Israel will now take what land it needs to for defensive purposes, in the face of unchecked Palestinian aggression and terrorism.

Unlike in Iraq, watch especially hard for the terrorists to make their presence felt in the Gaza, because it won't be heavily reported. The factional fighting has escalated, with a General who was an Arafat relative being murdered, and his adult son, a Colonel, being kidnapped, a block from the PA headquarters. The operation was reported to have taken an hour. Sharon knows what Israel is facing, and did the unthinkable to wake up the liberals in his country, and the world, to what is going on. Short of the Palestinian terrorists all killing each other, or being killed by a "moderate" Palestinian Authority that accepts Israel, nothing of substance can be done. It is doubtful that they can incorporate into the political process. Terrorists have to be killed.

The same terror masters are behind the attacks in the U.S, Spain, Iraq, Bali, Afghanistan, Britain, Lebannon, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Egypt, and Israel. Perhaps different factions, but they aggregated into Al Queda long before 9/11. Iran, Syria/the Bekka valley in Lebannon, and the Palestinian territories have given haven to these terrorists, and still do.

This is a preview of the future years in the war on terror, if we leave Iraq or Afghanistan prematurely, or let the U.N. take over. The UN was complicit in allowing the Palestinians to fall under the "rule of the gun." We cannot allow what has happened in the Palestinian territories to happen to either of those countries. Fools and liberals will call this "imperialism," but it is in fact the only hope that the world has right now of bringing human rights and democracy to the Middle East, even if it "creates more terrorists." Remember that Iraq has "sucked in" (and killed) a great many of the terrorists. The long term goal is worth the relatively short term threat, because the causes of terrorism aren't going away. They're going to keep on spreading, into more nations and communities and homes all over the world, eventually. All of the causes of terrorism can be bundled up into one big (Cosmic) idea. "HUMAN RIGHTS." Unless the West abandons this concept, there will be no peace with the terrorists, whether governments (Iran, No. Korea) or stateless groups like Al Queda.

Think about this aspect of "Israel vs. Palestine": Would you rather be a suicide bomber caught alive by the Israelis, or a suspected Israeli collaborator in the Palestinian territory? One has contact with legal counsel, and the potential for release, while the other gets dragged out of jail by a mob, and shot to death. Hint: the one still alive got a higher respect of "human rights" than the dead guy, regardless of guilt or innocence. Israel is an outpost of democracy in a sea of tyranny. For all of the radicalism she inspires, Israel has had a positive effect on some of it's neighbors, especially Jordan. They see the open exchange of ideas in Israel, and emulate it to some degree.

I see light at the end of this tunnel, though It may be a long time before we see a final peace between Israel and Palestine. The whole world will be involved in this war, and the Palestinians are just the tip of the spear. It may get worse before it gets better.

PS: This is why I so rarely mention Israel when posting about the war on terror. It is hard to make the choices they have had to, much less apply them to our country, or imagine them being necessary. If push comes to shove in the war on terror, I'm sure that the U.S. will handle it as well as Israel has been able to, if it ever comes to our shores as deeply as it has to theirs.

PPS: SEE ZOLA LEVITT'S PAGE FOR A PIECE ABOUT THE VALIDITY OF THE TERM "PALESTINE."

I'M BACK!

Well, who knew it would be so simple? A friend advised me to use the F8 key, and operate in "safe" mode, until he can come help me out. IT WORKED! I should have called him sooner, but I used the time to finish an amazing book by Dr. Thomas Sowell, The Quest For Cosmic Justice. I've mentioned it before, but was actually about half way through it when I started blogging last year. This is a good book to give to a liberal friend, but only if they are of a certain intelligence level. Dr. Sowell deals in precise terms with the very amorphous notion of "Cosmic (meaning "social") Justice." I'll probably be referencing it in some future posts, as long as I don't have anymore PC problems!

Thanks for the kind comments, and I'm glad to be back! I almost had my fiance (Anna) post something for me, but she's a liberal, and might have edited it to say the reverse! LOL! No, she wouldn't have done that. I scribbled down some stuff, but I found that I was writing more radically, either because of Dr. Sowell's book, or just imagining Anna having to post it! LOL! I guess I'll take a look at it again now, and decide whether to publish it.

LEAVWORLD, SIGNING BACK ON!

Sunday, September 04, 2005

LEAVWORLD TEMPORARILY OFFLINE

My PC crashed, and it may be a few weeks until I'm back online. I'm writing this from my fiance's PC, after our monthly dinner with her family.

I am thankful that this is the most immediate of my woes, as so many are struggling just to survive in the wake of Katrina. May God bless all the victims, the rescuers, and the many people supporting them both.

Until further notice,


LEAVWORLD SIGNING OFF.

PS: I HAVE RESTRICTED COMMENTS TO REGISTERED BLOGGERS. My fiance also may post something for me once a week, though I hesitate to add to her many responsibilities.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

NEVER AGAIN: WHAT ABOUT DARFUR?

Sudan is experiencing a genocide, the kind which all the founding nations of the U.N. said they would "never again" allow to happen. See this animation (also linked in title), from http://www.savedarfur.org/.

While our government uses so many resources to save the lives of our citizens after Katrina, the Sudanese government uses their resources to kill off their own citizens, and has for a long time. This must not stand. Even in a time of crisis at home, some must speak out about this genocide.

I will speak out, though we must take care of our own country before we can help others. This hurricane has been a devastating blow to parts of our nation, and will affect us all. My heart is with the people affected by Katrina. It is no less with the people of Darfur.

Watch the animation, already! Hat tip to Rosemary, and visit all her sites, starting with LOVE AMERICA FIRST!

I also want to refer readers to nygirl's post about the famine in Niger. She has an excellent blog, with in-depth takes on many complex issues. I've just added it to my links list, and think it's more than worth promoting. Read it, and comment!