Hollywood Patriot

While I may tend to go off on entertainers that bash America, I would rather highlight those that support America, not just for their patriotism but for their bravery in standing up to Hollywood leftists. I’ll give kudos to Bruce Willis who’s had enough of the bashing American soldiers take from Hollywood. From Michelle Malkin:

The Sunday Times of London follows up on Bruce Willis’ plans to make a film about the heroes of Deuce Four, based on the reporting of embedded journalist/blogger extraordinaire Michael Yon:

ANGERED by negative portrayals of the conflict in Iraq, Bruce Willis, the Hollywood star, is to make a pro-war film in which American soldiers will be depicted as brave fighters for freedom and democracy.
It will be based on the exploits of the heavily decorated members of Deuce Four, the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry, which has spent the past year battling insurgents in the northern Iraqi town of Mosul.

Willis attended Deuce Four’s homecoming ball this month in Seattle, Washington, where the soldiers are on leave, along with Stephen Eads, the producer of Armageddon and The Sixth Sense.

The 50-year-old actor said that he was in talks about a film of “these guys who do what they are asked to for very little money to defend and fight for what they consider to be freedom”.

Unlike many Hollywood stars Willis supports the war and recently offered a $1m (about £583,000) bounty for the capture of any of Al-Qaeda’s most wanted leaders such as Osama Bin Laden, Ayman Al-Zawahiri or Abu Musab al- Zarqawi, its commander in Iraq. Willis visited the war zone with his rock and blues band, the Accelerators, in 2003.

“I am baffled to understand why the things I saw happening in Iraq are not being reported,” he told MSNBC, the American news channel.

He is expected to base the film on the writings of the independent blogger Michael Yon, a former special forces green beret who was embedded with Deuce Four and sent regular dispatches about their heroics.

Yon was at the soldiers’ ball with Willis, who got to know him through his internet war reports on http://www.michaelyon.blogspot.com. “What he is doing is something the American media and maybe the world media isn’t doing,” the actor said, “and that’s telling the truth about what’s happening in the war in Iraq.”


Far Left, Far Right

Far Left:

Al Franken is laughing it up, I suppose. Nobody else is, because he’s not funny.

He’s promoting his new book on Amazon with a video clip showing how good it feels to kick a conservative between the legs. Michelle Malkin has video stills and here is the video clip. Basically, he questions a reviewer who claims to be “a right wing jerk” who gave Al’s book a poor review. So Al kicks him between the legs, smashes a chair over his back, then cracks a bottle over his head. It makes Al look… deranged. Weird. Unglued.

Far Right:

Or at least, that’s how the news portrays it, labeling Fred Phelps as a far right Christian and giving Christians a poor image. Most Christians, though, have denounced Fred Phelps. I’ve read some of his stuff, and I think Fred is as loony to the right as Al Franken is to the left. It’s one thing to decry the degrading morals of western civilization; it’s quite another to gleefully rejoice over their deaths and wish for more.

The Sky Report has secretly filmed one of America’s most controversial Christian minister’s praising the London bombings.

Fred Phelps, who set up the controversial Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, told an undercover reporter about the attacks, which killed 52 people:

“Oh I am so thankful that happened. My only regret is that they didn’t kill about million of them. England deserves that kind of punishment, as does this country (America)”.

The church, which has 150 followers, recently started picketing funerals including those of American soldiers killed in Iraq, waving banners such as ‘Thank God 9/11’, ‘God Hates Fags’ and ‘Aids Cures Fags.’

This Fred Phelps fellow gives Christianity a black eye. It undoes the good works that Christians do in the name of love of our God as an expression of our faith. Fred has confused the “hate the sin” and goes all out to hate the sinner, too. While following Jesus teaches us discipline, insulting people and hoping they die does far more harm than good to Christianity. It’s not… Christian.

Nearly all conservatives denounce Fred Phelps. I’m still waiting for liberals to denounce Al Franken.

Terrorists Still Hate Us

Even though the title of this article says, “Muslim world rejecting violence, says poll,” that’s not the conclusion I get from reading the results.

The survey found that in Turkey, Morocco and Indonesia 15% or fewer said that suicide bombings and other acts of violence against civilian targets in defence of Islam could be justified; the figure in Morocco last year was 40%.

In Pakistan, only one in four – 25% – took the view that suicide bombings could be justified, a sharp drop from 41% last year. In Lebanon, which has been the victim of several recent bombing attacks, 39% now regard acts of terrorism as often or sometimes justified compared to 73% in 2002.

The one notable exception to the trend was Jordan, where a majority – 57% – said suicide bombings and violence were justifiable in defence of Islam.

Muslims in the surveyed countries were divided on suicide bombings in Iraq. Nearly half in Lebanon and Jordan, and 56% in Morocco, said suicide bombings against westerners in Iraq were justifiable, but substantial majorities in Turkey, Pakistan and Indonesia took the opposite view.

Those figures concern me. A lot. While the mainstream media spins this as “Muslim World rejecting violence,” I’m reading that anywhere from 15% to 55% of Muslims, depending on the part of the world, feel that Al Qaeda is justified in bombing civilians. That’s a lot of Muslims that want to kill westerners. When I see a new, huge mosque being built on a plot of land on my way to work, am I supposed to feel comforted that only 15% of them think I should be dead?

Mohamed el-Amir, the father of 9/11 suicide pilot Mohammed Atta, thinks 9/11 was a good thing and would like to see more attacks like the 7/7 London bombings. Then he offered to let CNN videotape an interview with him for $5000. He planned on using that money to finance another terror attack.

This time, CNN declined, probably thinking they’ve financed enough terrorism. Back in 2002, CNN paid $30,000 for Al Qaeda videos of poison gas experiments.

Too Many Topics Today

Too many topics today. Here’s what has my attention today:

  • The London terrorists appear to be homegrown. In other words, while here in the US calmer heads have pointed out that the Muslim extremist threat is external and therefor we should protect our borders, what do you do if they’re already here? One of the terrorists was 33 years old, taught disabled kids, and had a wife and baby at home. Is this a terrorist profile now?
  • The above is especially disconcerting when it’s apparent this is less related to what the US is doing, and more about religious hatred. The terrorist that murdered Dutch filmaker Theo Van Gogh said so:

    Mohammed Bouyeri, a baby-faced 27-year-old with dual Dutch-Moroccan nationality, broke his vow not to co-operate with the Amsterdam court by admitting shooting and stabbing his victim last November.

    “I take complete responsibility for my actions. I acted purely in the name of my religion,” he told its three-strong panel of judges.

    “I can assure you that one day, should I be set free, I would do the same, exactly the same.” . . .

    Bouyeri then turned to the victim’s mother, Anneke, in the public gallery, and told her he felt nothing for her. Mrs van Gogh watched as he read out from what appeared to be a statement: “I don’t feel your pain. I have to admit that I don’t have any sympathy for you. I can’t feel for you because you’re a non-believer.”

  • San Francisco has decided not to let the WWI battleship Iowa retire there, citing the war in Iraq and the treatment of gays in the military. Liberal and gay bloggers GayPatriot and Gryphmon are calling for a boycott of San Francisco, correctly recognizing that it is our military that provides our freedom:

    Look, the military and I have obvious deep disagreements. But the fact is that it’s not the pacifists, or even the gay activists, who have provided freedom for Americans, and yes, even Gay Americans. It was those that were willing to die to protect it. The means they get my respect. (Of course, I still reserve the right to bitch). Hell, I might even have had relatives serve on the Iowa, like my great Uncle Cliffy, a Marine in WWII.

    So this incident, a part of Navy history, and a part of our gay history, is not welcome in San Francisco. Besides the slap at the military, its a slap at the gay community as well. If we don’t make sure that our own history is remembered, both the good and the bad, its going to disappear.

  • Exodus International is celebrating it’s 30th year as the world’s largest ex-homosexual Christian ministry.
  • The Tulsa Zoo, while allowing a display on the Hindu god Ganesha and a pantheistic “The earth is our mother” globe display, has voted to disallow a Christian display on Creation.

Karl Rove and Valerie Plame

First, let’s get the obvious out of the way: the media explosion about Karl Rove’s involvement with the Valerie Plame outing isn’t about some sort of justice. Karl Rove has been effective, the liberals want to take him down. They found something they think will stick.

First of all, I don’t think a crime was ever committed in the first place. Valerie Plame wasn’t an undercover CIA agent; she held a desk job. Her husband published her name in a “Who’s Who” in 2002. She wasn’t secret, she wasn’t in danger if her name became public.

The New York Times pushed for a special prosecutor and it backfired on them, with Judith Miller in jail for refusing to divulge her source. (I think it’s a travesty of justice she’s in jail; I think she shouldn’t have to reveal her source.) But Judith has a release from her source and she could reveal it if she wanted. So the reporter is being persecuted for a non-existent crime.

And Rove apparently didn’t out Valerie Plame, anyway, just pointed out that Joseph Wilson was getting his bogus information with the help of “his wife.”

So Rove’s being hounded for not outing the not-secret name of a non-secret CIA desk jockey in a non-existent crime.

What do most Americans think about all this? Not a thing.

So the media can rant all they want, but days when we are at war in Iraq, terrorists are bombing Londoners on the way to work, North Korea and Iran are inches away from getting nuclear bombs, and it’s summer and vacation time, I don’t think most people outside the Beltway and the political blogosphere care one jot about Karl Rove.

Nope. Not me, either.