Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Joshua Redman With
The Great Brad Mehldau On Piano
And Brian Blade On Drums

Joshua Redman - Straight Ahead

The Jihad Against Christians In The Sudan

The media refers to it as the "Darfur Crisis." That's a lame name for a genocide which has, in effect, been going on for 24 years, resulting in the murder of well over 2 million Christians and Animists.

The Sudanese Genocide is an Islamic Jihad against Infidels. It is the systematic murder, by Muslims, of those who will not bow to Allah.

An Excerpt
To A
Young Poet

By Rainer Maria Rilke (Thanks to Reliapundit)

"For the Sake of a Single Poem"

"... Ah, poems amount to so little when you write them too early in your life. You ought to wait and gather sense and sweetness for a whole lifetime, and a long one if possible, and then, at the very end, you might perhaps be able to write ten good lines.

For poems are not, as people think, simply emotions (one has emotions early enough)--they are experiences.

For the sake of a single poem, you must see many cities, many people and Things, you must understand animals, must feel how birds fly, and know the gesture which small flowers make when they open in the morning.

You must be able to think back to streets in unknown neighbourhoods, to unexpected encounters, and to partings you had long seen coming; to days of childhood whose mystery is still unexplained, to parents whom you had to hurt when they brought in a joy and you didn't pick it up (it was a joy meant for somebody else--); to childhood illnesses that began so strangely with so many profound and difficult transformations, to days in quiet, restrained rooms and to mornings by the sea, to the sea itself, to seas, to nights of travel that rushed along overhead and went flying with all the stars,--and it is still not enough to be able to think of all that.

You must have memories of many nights of love, each one different from all the others, memories of women screaming in labor, and of light, pale, sleeping girls who have just given birth and are closing again.

But you must also have been beside the dying, must have sat beside the dead in the room with the open window and scattered noises.

And it is not yet enough to have memories. You must be able to forget them when they are many, and you must have the immense patience to wait until they return.

For the memories themselves are not important. Only when they have changed into our very blood, into glance and gesture, and are nameless, no longer to be distinguished from ourselves-- only then can it happen that in some very rare hour the first word of a poem arises in their midst and goes forth from them."

Monday, May 05, 2008

Mildred Loving,

From the Associated Press:

RICHMOND, Va. - Mildred Loving, a black woman whose challenge to Virginia's ban on interracial marriage led to a landmark Supreme Court ruling striking down such laws nationwide, has died, her daughter said Monday.

Peggy Fortune said Loving, 68, died Friday at her home in rural Milford. She did not disclose the cause of death.

"I want (people) to remember her as being strong and brave yet humble — and believed in love," Fortune told The Associated Press.

Loving and her white husband, Richard, changed history in 1967 when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld their right to marry. The ruling struck down laws banning racially mixed marriages in at least 17 states.

"There can be no doubt that restricting the freedom to marry solely because of racial classifications violates the central meaning of the equal protection clause," the court ruled in a unanimous decision.

Her husband died in 1975.

Shy and soft-spoken, Loving shunned publicity and in a rare interview with The Associated Press last June, insisted she never wanted to be a hero — just a bride.

"It wasn't my doing," Loving said. "It was God's work."

Go read the whole thing.

The Islamic

The Muslims Make the Rules

Islam twists everything up into surreal webs of logic from which no man can escape with his soul.

Observe, the Islamic Golden Rule:

In his Last Sermon, the Prophet Muhammad admonished believers:

"Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you." (Pastorius note: This is not moral thinking. Instead, it is just practical advice based upon the idea of reciprocity.)

Jeffrey Wattles holds that the ethic of reciprocity appears in the
following statements attributed to Muhammad:

[20] “Woe to those . . . who, when they have to receive by measure from
men, exact full measure, but when they have to give by measure or weight to men,
give less than due”

[21] The Qur'an commends "those who show their affection to such as came to
them for refuge and entertain no desire in their hearts for things given to the
(latter), but give them preference over themselves"

[22] “None of you [truly] believes until he wishes for his brother what he
wishes for himself.”

[23] "Seek for mankind that of which you are desirous for yourself, that
you may be a believer; treat well as a neighbor the one who lives near you, that
you may be a Muslim
[one who submits to God]."

[24] “That which you want for yourself, seek for mankind.”

[24] "The most righteous of men is the one who is glad that men should have
what is pleasing to himself, and who dislikes for them what is for him

In other words, make a rule, for all mankind, of whatever you desire for yourself. Does that sound familiar? It ought to, as it is the basic idea of leftism as well.

The Islamic Golden Rule is not anything like the Judeo-Christian Golden Rule, which calls for us to treat each other as we would want to be treated.

Instead, the Islamic Golden Rule is a formula for totalitarianism.

Islam is not a religion exhorting its followers on to be better people. It is, instead, a totalitarian ideology, pure and simple.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Larry Norman

Larry Norman, the father of Christian Rock Music, died recently. He died in obscurity, not able to afford an operation that may have helped him revive and live longer.

He was reviled during his time, and even now, many of those who follow in his footsteps do not give credit where credit is due. Many of us look back on him and think he was too simplistic, too jingoistic, maybe too fundamentalist.

But, the man was a great musician, and he deserves to be remembered. He deserves canonization.

Beyond being a great musician and singer, he was also a great songwriter and producer of music.

Here are some examples.

Mony Mony


Despite the silly clothes and the posing, Billy Idol was the man. (And, of course, what would rock n' roll be without silly clothes and posing?)

Friday, May 02, 2008

Terry Reid At The Glastonbury Faire - 1971

My friend Michael sends me links to news stories most every day. He is a great help to me. He has a real eye for the epochal.

The other day he told me about an old friend of his named Terry Reid. Terry was a rock n' roll singer who, according to Michael had turned down gigs with both Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple in short order.

I thought this might have just been one of those trivial pursuit, has-been stories, kind of like musing over Pete Best or Stu Sutcliffe, neither of whom really mattered, at all, to what the Beatles eventually became.

I called up a friend of mine who is a record producer and asked him if he'd ever heard of Terry Reid. "Yes," he said. He had seen him around from time to time.

"The guy was good."

Hmm, good? What does that mean?

Then, Michael sent me this video.

Jesus Christ, how could I have not known about this guy? Really, Deep Purple would have been better with Terry Reid, and Zeppelin would have been different, but possibly not better!

Check it out.

Interview With Sudanese Ex-Slave Simon Deng

The Islamic Jihadis in the Sudan, under the onus of the Arab-Muslim government, are enslaving and murdering black Christians, Animists, and Sufis. This is, often, called the Darfur Crisis, though, some would call it the Sudanese Genocide.

The world's media does not acknowledge that the "Crisis" is being perpetrated in the name of Islam, as a Jihad against Infidels.

I believe it would help the people of the West to understand that the force behind the genocide is the same force that led to the desruction of the World Trade Center, the Beslan Massacre, the 7/7 bombings in London, the 3/11 bombings in Madrid, the beheading of Christian school girls in Indonesia, the kidnapping of Christian Missionaries in the Phillipines, the suicide bombings of Jews in Israel, the suicide bombings of innocent pro-Western Muslims in Iraq, and countless other acts of cruelty and terror around the world.

Since 9/11/2001, Muslim Jihadists have perpetrated over 11,000 acts of terrorism.

Watch as Simon Deng testifies to his experience with the Muslim Jihadists in Sudan.

Oh, My Genitals

The song, Janitor, from the forgotten band, The Suburban Lawns.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Hamas TV: Jewish Leaders Planned the Holocaust

From Little Green Footballs:

The friends of Jimmy Carter broadcast an “educational program” on Hamas TV recently, explaining that Jewish leaders planned the Holocaust.

Jewish leaders planned the Holocaust to kill “disabled and handicapped” Jews to avoid having to care for them, according to a Hamas TV educational program. As much of the world prepared to commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Hamas TV presented its latest sinister twist on Holocaust denial.

The Hamas TV educational program, broadcast last week, taught that the murder of Jews in the Holocaust was a Zionist plot with two goals:
1- To eliminate “disabled and handicapped” Jews by sending them to death camps, so they would not be a burden on the future state of Israel.
2- At the same time, the Holocaust served to make “the Jews seem persecuted” so they could “benefit from international sympathy.”

Amin Dabur, head of the Palestinian “Center for Strategic Research” explained that “the Israeli Holocaust - the whole thing was a joke, and part of the perfect show that [Zionist leader and future Israeli prime minister] Ben Gurion put on.” The “young energetic and able” were sent to Israel, while the handicapped were sent “so there would be a Holocaust.”

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, by the way.

The Intelligent Design Argument

A guy over at Little Green Footballs posted the following:

Science searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, but isn’t that just non-science? Not unless its ID.

That's a very interesting assertion. However, I don't think I agree with the guy's point.

I am inclined to believe that ID is not science, as it can never irrefutably find a first cause. For instance, even if Scientists found the actual fingerprints of God, and then found God sitting in a Laboratory up behind Mars, and could, then, match the fingerprints to God, they still wouldn't be able to know He was the real God, the real First Cause, other than by faith.
I think God had some wisdom for us to learn in structuring things in such a way that we must accept things on faith. I think it has to do with Free Will.

If we actually knew the Truth, absolutely, then we would have no choice, would we? That's the way Muslims think. They know the truth, and there is no discussion about it. If you violate the truth, you are dead. No free will involved.
Within the Judeo-Christian paradigm, even though we know the words in the Bible, we are never quite sure how to apply them. Murder is a sin, but killing is not. So, when we kill in war, is it murder, or is it justified killing? We think we know, but ultimately, we do not.

So, we have to make a choice based on Faith.

The wisdom of God is foolishness to man, but we would have it no other way.