'Time out' is for toddlers, not terrorists

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

While reviewing the news this past weekend, there seemed to be a lot of items that are falling into the category of "Things I Just Don't Get." These are stories and quotes that, at least in this writer's view, defies any logical explanation.

And there's a lot of them out there. For example:

* The wisdom of U.N. atomic agency chief Mohammed ElBaradei, who said that western nations and Iran should avoid heading toward a conflict by declaring a "time-out" under which Iranian nuclear work and U.N. sanctions would be suspended together.

These maniacs are talking openly about vaporizing the nation of Israel in a nuclear holocaust and the chief UN A-bomb guy is using language typically used to discipline unruly 4-year-olds.

* Failed president candidate John Kerry is getting buddy-buddy with our some of our worst enemies, namely Iran's former President Seyed Mohammed Khatami. Kerry said in Davos, Switzerland that he strongly rejected the West's demanded prerequisites for the resumption of nuclear talks with Iran.

Kerry also said that he approved of Khatami's views about increased tension and violence in the world, and concluded, "As Mr. Khatami said, violence increased in the region after the occupation of Afghanistan, Iraq and Bin Ladenism."

This is a little more than a year after Kerry said: "I think Iran has made a very dangerous and a very silly decision and it is inviting confrontation not with the United States but with the global community that cares enormously about the control of nuclear weapons."

It seems that Kerry was against Iran having nuclear weapons before he was for it. Aren't you glad he lost in 2004?

* During this weekend's Anti War/Blame Bush for Everything Under the Sun Rally, police officers were ordered by U.S. Capital Police to back off and allow protesters to spray paint the steps of the building.

The Hill reported that 300 protesters were allowed to take the steps and "began to spray paint 'anarchist symbols' and phrases such as 'Our capitol building' and 'you can't stop us.'"

USCP Chief Phillip Morse said that the anarchists "were seeking confrontation with the police" and was quoted as saying "It is the USCP's duty and responsibility to protect the Capitol complex, staff and public while allowing the public to exercise their First Amendment rights … at the end of the day, both occurred without injury to protesters or officers."

Exercising your First Amendment rights is carrying a sign and speaking your mind, not vandalizing the Capitol Building. Heads should roll for this travesty.

* Following a round up of illegal aliens in California, many of which who had been deported before or had criminal charges pending, activists are calling the action a "violation of basic human rights."

Get this: They are complaining that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents' use of the word "police" to gain access to homes is undermining immigrants' trust in local police.

Enforcing the law is a human rights abuse? How do you undermine the trust in police for people who are lawbreakers in the first place?

"Tensions" are also "rising" between Latino community leaders and Weld County Social Services in Colorado because of a sign that warns of legal action against those who provide the agency with false documentation. Activists say the sign is "discriminatory."

Such logic: They are afraid of getting arrested, not only for being here illegally, but for using illegal documentation, to obtain benefits illegally. I guess if they didn't put up the warning sign, activists would then complain of entrapment.

* It's time once again for the bloody "holiday of Ashoura," which is celebrated this week in Islamic countries. It marks the anniversary of the "martyrdom" of Husayn, grandson of the Prophet Mohammed, in what is now Kerbala, Iraq. His death was the beginning of the Sunni/Shia split, which persists in Islam, and the headlines, today.

Millions of Shias "celebrate" this occasion by taking knifes, swords and various other sharp objects and inflicting horrid injuries upon themselves. Even young children are slashed by their parents as part of the event. Do a search for the phrase on the Internet to see what I mean.

After view photos of this annual festival, this writer wants the Ibuprofen concession for the event next year.

* Here's a real head-scratcher: Dr. Abdul Majid Katme, head of the Islamic Medical Association in Britain, is urging Muslims in that country not to vaccinate their children against diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella because it is "un-Islamic."

Apparently, there is some pork-based ingredients in the medicine that makes it "harem" or forbidden. So, is sick and suffering children considered Islamic? There is real doubt this idea would get off the ground here, since refusing to immunize your kids in this country would mean they wouldn't be allowed in public schools.

* Another one of Kerry's gems from Davos was the claims that we as a country are walking away from global warming, namely by not signing the Kyoto Treaty. "When we don't advance and live up to our own rhetoric and standards, we set a terrible message of duplicity and hypocrisy," he said.

Sigh.

Uh, if you remember, John, you were against the Kyoto Protocol yourself, along with the rest of the US Senate -- voting 95-0 against ratifying it because it didn't include timetables for "developing" as well as industrialized nations like India and China. The "Bush administration" didn't make this decision -- it was a unanimous vote of the Senate, including you, John.

Oh, and that vote also took place on July 25, 1997, during the previous administration, when none other than Al Gore was president of the Senate.

Talk about a terrible message of duplicity and hypocrisy ...