Archive for August 12th, 2010

So while I was waiting for my laptop to boot up, I turned on the news for a minute. I started with Keef Olbermann, and his Worst Person In The World segment. While it was amusing to hear the Cornell Ag School grad rail against Rush as a drop out from Southwest Missouri State, I could feel my IQ dropping with each drop of spittle that flew from his diatribe darkened mouth. FOX is the next channel up on out Comcast band, so I switched, and watched Blago walking through the metal detectors at court today…something I do everyday without too much thought, and it occurred to me: Why, in the city of Chicago, would it be necessary for him to walk through a metal detector? After all, they have some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation. Why would an honest citizen like Blago be forced to go through that indignity? I mean, those gun laws make everyone safer, right? 😉

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…because the usual suspects would be all over that!

From the Washington Times:

Americans also may be surprised to learn that the United States has been an active participant in mosque construction projects overseas. In April, U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania Alfonso E. Lenhardt helped cut the ribbon at the 12th-century Kizimkazi Mosque, which was refurbished with assistance from the United States under a program to preserve culturally significant buildings. The U.S. government also helped save the Amr Ebn El Aas Mosque in Cairo, which dates back to 642. The mosque’s namesake was the Muslim conqueror of Christian Egypt, who built the structure on the site where he had pitched his tent before doing battle with the country’s Byzantine rulers. For those who think the Ground Zero Mosque is an example of “Muslim triumphalism” glorifying conquest, the Amr Ebn El Aas Mosque is an example of such a monument – and one paid for with U.S. taxpayer funds.

The mosques being rebuilt by the United States are used for religious worship, which raises important First Amendment questions. U.S. taxpayer money should not be used to preserve and promote Islam, even abroad. In July 2009, the Office of the Inspector General published an audit of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) faith-based and community initiatives that examined whether government funds were being used for religious activities. The auditors found that while USAID was funding some religious activities, officials were “uncertain of whether such uses of Agency funding violate Agency regulations or the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution” when balanced against foreign-policy objectives.

I guess that “wall of separation” only applies to Christians and Jews. 

On the other hand, I suppose we should be grateful.  The government is doing something productive with the money it is borrowing from China.  Just not something productive for Americans.

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