Blindly groping everyone who sets off a metal detector creates an environment with so many false positives that no search is conducted with the level of dedication required–it is the "crying wolf" syndrome. People cannot respond with the same level of enthusiasm to repeated false alarms. It is just such an environment which will allow the next deadly terrorist attack.
Sort of makes you think, doesn’t it?
Well, we still have some time left in this holiday season, and I found this “instructive” holiday video over on BLACKFIVE, so I will blame them for exacerbating my already warped sense of humor!
(Warning: although it is all in black-and-white, there are a few places where, shall we say, it’s obvious what’s going on? Remember, I did say my sense of humor was warped!)
A very interesting development in the rhetoric and posturing of the elite left in this country is highlighted for us in Victor Davis Hanson’s recent post entitled The Obamaites’ About-Face. It is well worth the time to read, for it supports its propositions with multiple observations of the current political scene. The last two paragraphs summarizing the situation hit with particular impact (emphases added):
An unrepresentative but quite influential intellectual elite — in the media, the universities, the arts, and government — is vested in Barack Obama, in his unpopular doctrinaire agenda, but even more so in the symbolism of his person. The result is paradoxical. For his political survival, Obama now accepts that his faith-based ideas about the environment, radical Islam, taxes, stimulus, the economy, national security, and foreign policy are not supported by any evidence in the real world. Yet he knows as well that the more he must become empirical, the more he must assure his flock of believers outside the farmhouse window that he still walks on four rather than two legs.
The wonder is not that politicians change as politics dictate, but that the most vehement leftism now accepts nonchalantly what it not long ago so ardently demonized. The oddity is not that Obama must back up after driving his country into a brick wall at the end of a dead-end street, but that as he backs up, turns around, and heads in the other direction, he can still be praised as if he had dematerialized and gone ahead right on through the wall.
And note the allusion to George Orwell’s Animal Farm at the end of the penultimate paragraph.
Truly we live in “interesting” times!
Yes, I am hoping someone at the ACLU is reading this! The adrenal rush will do them good.
So to them (just to get what passes for their heart pumpin’ real good), and to the greater than 97% of Americans that are not offended by someone wishing them a Merry Christmas, including most Jews, and the majority of other normal (statistically and otherwise) people of this great country:
MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Now for those of you who never grew up and constantly take offense at others with different opinions from you so that you have to whine and complain and Bah-Humbug your way through this holiday (holy day) season, I offer the following:
From us ("the wishor") to you ("hereinafter called the wishee"): Please accept without obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, politically correct, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all
… and a financially successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2011, but with due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures or sects whose contributions to society have helped make America great, (not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country or is the only "AMERICA" in the western hemisphere), and having regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform or dietary preference of the wishee.
By accepting this greeting you are bound by these terms that-
- This greeting is subject to further clarification or withdrawal
- This greeting is freely transferable provided that no alteration shall be made to the original greeting and that the proprietary rights of the wishor are acknowledged.
- This greeting implies no promise by the wishor to actually implement any of the wishes.
- This greeting may not be enforceable in certain jurisdictions and/or the restrictions herein may not be binding upon certain wishees in certain jurisdictions and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wishor.
- This greeting is warranted to perform as reasonably may be expected within the usual application of good tidings, for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first.
- The wishor warrants this greeting only for the limited replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wishor
- Any references in this greeting to "the Lord", "Father Christmas", "Our Saviour", or any other festive figures, whether actual or fictitious, dead or alive, shall not imply any endorsement by or from them in respect of this greeting, and all proprietary rights in any referenced third party names and images are hereby acknowledged.
And for those who really want to know what this season is truly about:
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Brought to my attention via ACT! for America (see blogroll). With some emphases added, the facts and data prove the lie to the allegations of CAIR and other Muslim groups in this country. Once again, the facts and data mug an unsuspecting theory. Someone really should do something about those facts and data!
When that provocative question appeared on the cover of Time in August, the accompanying story strained to imply, on the basis of some anecdotal evidence, that the answer might be yes. The FBI’s latest compendium of US hate-crimes data suggests far more plausibly that the answer is no.
"Where ordinary Americans meet Islam, there is evidence that suspicion and hostility are growing,” the Time article said. "To be a Muslim in America now is to endure slings and arrows against your faith — not just in the schoolyard and the office but also outside your place of worship and in the public square, where some of the country’s most powerful mainstream religious and political leaders unthinkingly (or worse, deliberately) conflate Islam with terrorism and savagery.”
Time published that article amid the tumult over plans to build a Muslim mosque and cultural center near Ground Zero in New York, and not long after a fringe pastor in Gainesville had announced that he intended to burn copies of the Koran on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The piece noted that a handful of other mosque projects nationwide have run into "bitter opposition,” and it cited a Duke University professor’s claim that such resistance is "part of a pattern of intolerance” against American Muslims. Yet the story conceded frankly that "there’s no sign that violence against Muslims is on the rise” and that "Islamophobia in the US doesn’t approach levels seen in other countries.”
In fact, as Time pointed out, while there may be the occasional confrontation over a Muslim construction project, "there are now 1,900 mosques in the US, up from about 1,200 in 2001.” Even after 9/11, in other words, and even as radical Islamists continue to target Americans, places of worship for Muslims in the United States have proliferated. And whenever naked anti-Islamic bigotry has appeared, "it has been denounced by many Christian, Jewish, and secular groups.”
America is many things, but "Islamophobic” plainly isn’t one of them. As Time itself acknowledged: "Polls have shown that most Muslims feel safer and freer in the US than anywhere else in the Western world.” That sentiment is powerfully buttressed by the FBI’s newly released statistics on hate crimes in the United States.
In 2009, according to data gathered from more than 14,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide, there were 1,376 hate crimes motivated by religious bias. Of those, just 9.3 percent — fewer than 1 in 10 — were committed against Muslims. By contrast, 70.1 percent were committed against Jews, 6.9 percent were aimed at Catholics or Protestants, and 8.6 percent targeted other religions. Hate crimes driven by anti-Muslim bigotry were outnumbered nearly 8 to 1 by anti-Semitic crimes.
Year after year, American Jews are far more likely to be the victims of religious hate crime than members of any other group. That was true even in 2001, by far the worst year for anti-Muslim incidents, when 481 were reported — less than half of the 1,042 anti-Jewish crimes tabulated by the FBI the same year.
Does all this mean that America is in reality a hotbed of anti-Semitism? Would Time’s cover have been closer to the mark if it had asked: "Is America Judeophobic?”
Of course not. Even one hate crime is one too many, but in a nation of 300 million, all of the religious-based hate crimes added together amount to less than a drop in the bucket. This is not to minimize the 964 hate crimes perpetrated against Jews last year, or those carried out against Muslims (128), Catholics (55), or Protestants (40). Some of those attacks were especially shocking or destructive; all of them should be punished. But surely the most obvious takeaway from the FBI’s statistics is not that anti-religious hate crimes are so frequent in America. It is that they are so rare.
In a column a few years back, I wrote that America has been for the Jews "a safe harbor virtually without parallel.” It has proved much the same for Muslims. Of course there is tension and hostility sometimes. How could there not be, when America is at war with violent jihadists who have done so much harm in the name of Islam? But for American Muslims as for American Jews, the tension and hostility are the exception. America’s exemplary tolerance is the rule.
Imagine, if you will, being a monk and having taken a vow of silence. For very creative monks, that does not mean any inhibitions at all when it comes to Handel’s Messiah “Hallelujah Chorus” – VERY FUNNY!!! Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
Note for the publically edjumacated: Australia is in the southern hemisphere, which means that when we have snow and winter, they are supposed to have warmth and summer. Now, we are having snow and winter here in the northern hemisphere, so Australia should be the place to go for your suntan…but apparently not!
Of interest in the post are the maps of data collection in which the treatment of “no data” varies depending on the source. Most interesting. And then they wonder why we don’t believe them?