At the close of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Dr. James McHenry, a Maryland delegate, followed Benjamin Franklin from Independence Hall. He recorded a question asked by a lady, directed at Dr. Franklin.

The lady asked, "Well Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?"

"A republic," replied Dr. Franklin, "if you can keep it."


"The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities." - Ayn Rand

Sunday, January 30, 2011


Let's face it, we all grow older -- and as birthdays come and go they are marked by rites of passage. High school graduation, that college degree, military service, a wedding day and the birth of that first child all stand as other hallmarks -- but the birthdays keep coming, until they don't.

In most of the world, birthdays are times for joy. My grandson turned two and we're celebrating today. This is a photo of Griffin and his father, taken yesterday:

Today the family is gathering to eat a massive meal, followed by cake, candles, balloons and presents. The birthday of one is a time of joy for all...and everyone has their turn - in turn as pages are torn from the calendar.

There are other parts of the world where a birthday means that you're getting old enough to blow yourself to pieces to honor a faith that remains in the Bronze Age and resists any attempt to move beyond the bigotry, hatred and cruelty of the past.

Here a mother dresses her child for self-extermination as a rite of passage.

Fundamentalist Islam remains a threat to the planet and it doesn't take much study or soul searching to arrive at that conclusion.  The battle rages and it's not simply a geographic thing or a racial thing. There is a fundamental difference between Islam and everyone else and it is chilling - and stark in its reality.

Obama's attachment to Islam disturbs me not because it's another religion - but because it is political and dangerous.  Think about it. And ask yourself what is in America's best interests.


Sandee said...

Happy Birthday to your grandson. I hope your day is filled with joy.

Islam the religion of hate and intolerance for everything that isn't Islam.

We have mosques in every state now. And they wait. That is my true belief.

Have a terrific day. :)

Opus #6 said...

Griffin looks so happy.

In contrast, look at the other boy's face. Look at his eyes. Look how he tucks his chin. This is a child that knows he is being abused, but must submit if he is to survive another day. Children have to accept what abuse their parents mete out because they instinctively know they depend on their parents for their next meal, their next breath. Abuse by parents, especially, is the lowest blow to a child, because they have no place to run, and most often nobody to turn to for safe harbor. I feel sad for this little boy. He will be scarred, just as his abusers intend.

LL said...

BUT, Opus, Islam is the religion of peace...for all who submit.

WoFat said...

Right; Happy Birthday, Son. BOOM!

They Say/We Say said...

The Aztec draped gold on their young uns, to weight them down as they were shoved of a cliff into the river; to please their god.
Have you heard of a greybeard Emam strap on the Vest For Virgins? NO. The same religion! Just another Name.
Pray, that your, and many other childrens'/children are not converted to that hum-religion.

michael- said...

how good hate and fear must be for you and your children. america, you reap what you sow.

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