A MEMORABLE CHRISTMAS SMILE

I strolled around the church antechamber playing Broadway tunes, Christmas Carols and Patriotic songs on violin while my friend, Jay, accompanied on piano. The folks all sat facing us in a semi-circle, singing along, clapping, laughing at my antics. Twas a marvelous feeling for the two of us, to bring an hour of music and joy to the seniors of a day care center.

I announced that Jay Barnhart and I had retired from the field of criminal justice, he a medical examiner, me a homicide detective. Now in retirement, we are enjoying the gift of music that our parents instilled into us. They roared when they heard our new tag line: The Dick-Doc Duo. (I didn’t tell them our other nickname: Bag ‘em and Tag ‘em.)

As various tunes were played by heart and I roamed the room, my eyes often met theirs —one by one— winking, smiling. In one swift swoop, I let an upbow sling from my hand like a dart until it hit the floor. Laughter filled the room. My hips wiggled to strains of “If I Were A Rich Man,” and they laughed again.

One gentleman smiled broadly the entire hour. He seemed so robust …

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RADICAL ISLAM LOOMS: VOTE SMART

Call me Islamophobic. Call me a fear monger. Doesn’t matter. After a chilling six month research study into this issue, I came to one unwavering conclusion: The greatest threat to our nation, to our grandchildren, to our constitution, is the swelling of radical Islam within the borders of the United States. While there are good and moderate Muslims everywhere, their voice is rarely heard above the clatter of extremism.

We hear nary a word about this dire issue in presidential debates, as though it doesn’t exist. While the threat looms all around us, the question is never asked: What will you do, as president, to stem the advances of radical Islamic forces within our borders?

In the year 2050, when all is said and done, issues like social security, abortion, immigration, war and the economy won’t matter a lick if Islam establishes world dominion and the Quran supercedes the constitution. If anyone believes that is not the goal of Hamas, Hezbollah, Wahhabists and the Muslim Brotherhood, I have some oceanfront property for sale in Kansas.

Think back ten years. How much did we hear about the infiltration of radical Islam in 1997 compared to now? Little did we read about …

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BORDER CRIMES: SCORE ONE FOR THE MEDIA

This was a first, too important to not pass on, about a gutsy Texas Sheriff and an even more gutsy television talk show host. For those who missed the broadcast, I wish to share it with readers, adding only few words of commentary at the end. The repartee speaks for itself.

On November 8th, just two weeks past, I was viewing the Glenn Beck show on CNN when I caught some of an interview between Beck, Sheriff Rick Flores of Webb, County, Texas, (a border county in Laredo) and Congressman Henry Cuellar who represents that district.

The discussion concerned the out-of-control drug trafficking in the border region of southern Texas, the astronomical crime rate and the ill-reported kidnapings of more than seventy Americans in the last four years, twenty of whom are still missing. The issue is the lack of support for American interests versus uncanny support of the Mexican government by U.S. politicians.

The dialogue is much too long to publish in an article, but here’s the crux. To start, Beck is addressing the congressman:

BECK: You tell me the next time — you tell me, sir, the last time we won in anything with Mexico. You

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SOLUTION TO WORLD PROBLEMS: ABOLISH RELIGION

I’ve concluded that at least 90 percent of the world’s conflicts are directly or indirectly related to a single establishment: Organized religion.

Thus, my recommendation to the human race is: Abolish all religious institutions.

Some will say that’s idiotic. Implausible, perhaps, but not idiotic. Without organized religions, people could still adhere to divine beliefs of their choice and worship to their hearts content. But the concept of “organized” religions, which are essentially sub-governments consisting of rules designed to regulate behavior, would be rendered obsolete. Therefore, without a pope, or a high rabbi, or an ayatollah, we wouldn’t have to worry about conflict, war, death and destruction. Maybe…just maybe, people would start getting along.

For all the good we like to think religion has brought the human race over the centuries, it has probably served to thin the world’s population more than old age and more than epidemic disease, thanks to wars and killing.

I wonder how many Jews there would be today, if there hadn’t been a holocaust or an Inquisition, when they were forced by the millions to convert to Christianity or face death. I wonder how many more Christians there would be if rival faiths hadn’t slaughtered them …

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WAR ON TERROR: A MISNOMER

“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. TheQuran should be the highest authority in America.”

— Omar M. Ahmad, founder of CAIR (Council On American-Islamic Relations)

There is no such thing as a “War on Terror.”

Promulgated by media, journalists or politicians, this worn-out cliche` has been used so many thousands of times in the last six years that Americans are inured by utter repetition. As intelligent Americans, we fail to question what is being omitted.

Terror is a method. Terror is an emotion. We can’t be at war against a method and an emotion.

We will never win any war until we are prepared to identify the enemy. We don’t do that. Neither does the media, or the government.

That works very good — for our enemy. That’s the way they want it. We play right into their hands helping our enemies perpetuate the propaganda machine that points the fingers of blame in every direction but the right direction for fear of being politically incorrect. We are at war against a cliche`.

On September 11, 2001, our nation was invaded by a foreign enemy who was willing to die for …

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Abortion: The Black Market Awaits

Three cheers for crime. If moralists have their way, it will only get worse.

How coincidental that within three short weeks of Justice Sam Alito’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, the anti-abortion lobby of South Dakota convinced state lawmakers to pass a sweeping bill outlawing abortion in all instances, except to save the life of a mother. Louisiana followed suit, and at least twelve other states are introducing similar legislation.

Progress v Regress?

With only 800 procedures performed a year in it’s lone clinic, South Dakota has one of the lowest abortion rates in the country. But backers of the bill say they intend for it to reach far beyond the state’s borders and into many other states. The movement for overturning Roe v. Wade is now well on its way. The pro-life lobby has the jump start its been waiting for over the last thirty years.

Who said there was no litmus test for Supreme Court appointees?

According to the most recent Gallup polls, 53 percent of the population consider themselves pro-choice and 42 percent pro-life. Never mind that a whopping 66 percent say they do not want to see Roe v. Wade overturned. Those figures have remained …

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Christians Who Spread Hate

“God Hates Fags!”

These words top the home page of an Internet web site.

Is it the American Nazi Party? No.

Radical Islam? No.

Ku Klux Klan? No

Good Christians? Why, yes.

This despicable message comes from a standard bearer of Christianity, the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas. Check out: http://www.godhatesfags.com/main/index.html

We all know that this particular church is an exception that does not represent the majority of Christian churches across America. But it sure leaves a bitter taste for Americans who are caught up the winds of bigotry, as it did Albert Snyder, the father of a fallen soldier in the Iraq war. Here’s how the gospel-spreading evangelicals of Topeka caused misery to one innocent victim of religious fanaticism.

Matthew Snyder was only twenty when he died in Iraq in March of 2007. The funeral was held near his home in Westminster, Maryland with all military honors. But there were some additional attendees that the family had not counted on.

Representatives of the Westboro Baptist Church saw fit to travel all the way to Maryland, not to show respect to a young American hero, but to march, protest, shout and hold signs that read: “Thank God For Dead …

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