Another sign of his intentions? Fred Thompson is raising money

Another sign of his intentions? Fred Thompson is raising money

Thompson Former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson hasn’t formally announced he’ll run for the Republican presidential nomination — but today he did begin raising money for a prospective bid, USA TODAY Washington bureau chief Susan Page writes. She continues:

In a conference call with about 100 people — many of whom have urged him to jump in the race — Thompson asked for their help in raising funds for a testing-the-waters committee, which is likely to be formed next week. That money could be used for a campaign when and if he’s ready to run.

“I’m not saying anything against any of the candidates, but I think he can fill the vacuum that has not been filled yet on the Republican side,” Mack Mattingly, a former U.S. senator from Georgia who was on the call, says of Thompson. He predicts the actor and former senator “will be just like a magnet” who can attract conservative Democrats and Republicans.

Carl Ricker, a Republican fundraiser and real estate developer from Asheville, N.C., who was also in on the call, says he has delayed giving to other presidential candidates. “I guess there are people out there I could live with,” he says, “but there’s not anyone who made me smile and feel warm inside like Fred does.”

Even before launching a campaign, Thompson finished third in the latest USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, at 13% support among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. In the survey, taken May 4-6, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani led with 34%; Arizona Sen. John McCain was second at 20%. No other GOP candidate got above 10%.

(Photo of Thompson by Todd Plitt for USA TODAY.)

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Kim Disappoints Hill; More Missiles Could Fly

Kim Disappoints Hill; More Missiles Could Fly

American envoy Christopher Hill has urged North Korea–or the DPRK, as he delights in calling the Communnist hell-hole–to begin dismantling its nuclear weapons program in accord with the promise Pyongyang made in February. But North Korea, which is more than a month and a half overdue on an April deadline to begin the denuclearizing process, says it will not move ahead until it takes possession of $25 million of its (ill-gotten) funds from a bank in Macau. There have been technical delays in transferring the money.

Our forecast: China’s secretive vassal state will continue to disappoint Hill and the other dumbbell diplomats who seem incapable of seeing North Korea (and China, too, for that matter) plain. The Stalinist/Kimist regime is essentially a criminal enterprise in totalitarian garb. Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il is committed to totalitarian ideology and ways as a means of control and crime as a means of wealth creation.

Like Iranian monster-in-chief Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim does not fear the United States. Unlike Ahmadinejad, however, who actually believes in his insane Islamist creed, Kim believes in nothing but raw power and material gain.

The Macau money is more important to Kim than Hill ever imagined.

We expect Kim to green-light new provocations, such as more missile launches–maybe another July 4 salvo, like last year.

Islamists Threats in the U.S.

Islamists Threats in the U.S.    
Tuesday, 29 May 2007
Throwing acid in the face of women who fail to don the hijab, flogging people for sporting non-Islamic haircuts, and stoning to death violators of sexual norms are only a few examples of a raft of daily barbaric acts of Islamists in places like Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and many Islamic lands. Other forms of Islamic brutalities such as Honor Killing have already found their way to Germany and other European countries with the ever-burgeoning Muslim populations.Wherever Islam goes, so goes its ethos.

Reading about these religiously-mandated horrific acts and even seeing them on television or the Internet may momentarily repulse, but does not terribly concern many Americans. After all, those things are happening on the other side of the world, and those people deserve each other; we are safe in fortress America, so goes the thinking.

But “fortress America” is a delusion that even the events of 9/11 seem to have failed to dispel. Many prefer to believe that the assault of 9/11 was an aberration, since nothing like it has happened again, and it is unlikely that anything of the sort will ever happen again, so goes the wishful thinking.
The reality portrays a vastly different picture. America is far from a fortress given its vast wide-open borders. It is a nation of laws where all forms of freedom are enshrined in its constitution; is where Americans live by humane ethos diametrically different from those of Islamist savagery. Sadly, these differences confer great advantage to the Islamists and place America in imminent danger.

The breach of “Fortress America” from the air on 9/11 is only the first installment of much more forthcoming heinous assaults, unless we abandon our complacency; stop relying on the invincibility of the law-enforcement people; and willingly make the sacrifices that would protect our way of life.

Knowing Islam intimately and having experienced its systemic savagery has compelled me to warn repeatedly of the deadly imminent threat it poses to all non-Muslims(Why Confront Islamism) attempting to present a comprehensive treatment of the evil precepts and practices of Islamism, I am listing a few facts that should be enough to alarm anyone who cherishes liberty and freedom; awaken anyone who is comforted by the belief that all the Islamic mayhem is limited to an illiterate gang of primitive Middle Easterners and has no implications for America. Sorry, bad news is here already.
•    Some 26 percent of American Muslims, ages18-29, support suicide bombings “in defense of Islam,” according to findings of a recent Pew poll
•    According to Pew, there are 2.35 million Muslims in America, 30 percent of whom are in the 18-29 age range. Some claim that the number of Muslims is in fact much larger. Even using the conservative Pew numbers, over 180,000 Muslims in America is bomb-approving. This is an alarmingly large number, given that Muslims, as an article of faith, practice dissimulation in dealing with infidels and under-report their true intentions. How many human bombs and bomb-approving people does it take to wreak havoc on our country?
•    The 180,000 Muslims living among us don’t define what “defense of Islam” is. It could be anything that they feel constitute an attack on Islam and Islamic values, such as the reported flushing of the Quran down the toilet, the Danish Cartoon, Rushdie’s book, a newspaper article, an Internet posting, or even women not donning the hijab
•    When religious fanatics unreservedly advocate wanton acts of mass murder, they are not likely to shy from coercion and intimidation measures to impose their will on the larger society. In tandem with the cold murder of Van Gough in Holland, for instance, Islamists had been striving to supplant civil laws with the Islamic Sharia in the country. In other lands such as France, England and Canada, Muslims have also been waging serious campaigns for adoption of the Sharia or some of its provisions, just for starters.
•    Ever since 9/11, and possibly before, America has been concerned about terrorists coming from Islamic lands. For this reason, some people advocated profiling as a safeguard against the 9/11 type mass murderers. But how do you profile hundreds of thousands of Muslim Americans who are already here and look and act like other Americans? How can an open free society such as ours safeguard the individual freedom we so greatly value and protect the safety of its citizens?
•    The immensely difficult task of safeguarding our freedom while ensuring our safety is seriously and repeatedly undermined by Islamist apologists, pontificating academes, vote-hungry politicians, and the mainstream media, each for their own reasons. Here are some of the comfort pills dispensed by the mainstream media’s polls: “Most Muslims seek to adopt American lifestyle” (USA Today); “Muslims assimilate better in U.S. than Europe, poll finds” (New York Times); “Poll: US Muslims Feel Post-9/11 Backlash Despite Moderate Outlook” (Voice of America).
•    It is said that there are lies, damn lies, and statistics. The mainstream media’s manipulation of statistics goes beyond selective reporting and qualifies as outright disinformation. Is the U.S. Muslims’ outlook moderate? All U. S. Muslims? What about the self-reported outlook of hundreds of thousands who support mass murder in the “defense of Islam?” 
•    Even if most Muslims seek to adopt an American lifestyle, a great many Muslims are dead set on using violence to make America conform to their barbaric way of life. Islamism is cancer. Cancer cells are always few at the beginning. Left unchecked, they keep on expanding and eventually devour the non-cancerous.
•    There is an important lesson to be learned from the drama presently unfolding in Turkey. Modern Turkey, the only democracy in the Islamic Middle East, was established by Mustafsa Kemal Ataturk . He abolished the caliphate in 1924, replaced Islamic rules with modern secular laws and barred the mosques from politics. Ever since, the mosque has been fighting and gradually succeeding in dragging Turkey back under its rule. Presently, what the Western Mainstream media calls a “mildly Islamist” party rules Turkey under the rightfully suspicious eyes of the staunchly secularist heirs of Ataturk, the Turkish military. All kinds of Western leftists loudly proclaim that there is nothing to worry about, that the forthcoming Turkey election that is going to install mildly Islamists as president as well as the Prime Minister is no cause for the millions of Turkey secularists to pour into the streets against such an outcome millions of Turkey secularists pour into the streets. Why all the fuss, by the military and the millions of Turks? After all, the mildly Islamists are not all that bad and they are coming to power through free elections, the leftists keep preaching. In reality, even coining the term, “mildly Islamist” is a clear instance of the leftists’ treachery. Being mildly Islamist is as plausible as being mildly pregnant. There is no such a thing as mild Islam. It only starts mildly, just the way Muhammad himself started it in Mecca. Then, it builds momentum and settles for nothing less than the total imposition of its dogma and will. Being mildly Islamist is only the head of the camel poking into the room. Wherever the head of the animal goes, if it is not chopped off the body eventually follows. And the body of Islam is a disease-bearing body that will infect the healthy secular societies.
•    Escalation of demands, intolerance of differences, and contempt for the non-Muslims are hallmarks of Islam. The deluded leftists as well as the publishers of the leftist are destined to be among the very first victims of the mild Islamism as it gathers power.
•    The Turkish people demonstrating against creeping Islamism in their government are still a minority. A minority that has first-hand experience with both secularism and Islamism. They also see the horrors of Islamism next door in Iran and are rightfully alarmed by the ever-encroaching Islamism in their government. They know full well that they must resist the backward march of their country and must do all they can to protect their precious freedom. Do we, in America and the West, have the same sense and the will to forestall mild Islamism from evolving into a real Islamism?

Just a sobering note: Mild Islamism is already here in our country. The Muslim cab driver of the Minneapolis Airport refusal to ferry passengers with alcohol or even those with seeing-eye-dogs; Muslim inmates demand to be served only hala Food ; Muslim students badger universities for special facilities for their meetings; and, the first ever Muslim Congressman assumption of office by swearing on the Quran and not the Bible.

Mild Islam is not all that obtrusive, since it is similar to the early stages of pregnancy. Yet, pregnancy it is. And before long the full-term beast will make its appearance. If we don’t want to deal with the beast, we need to prevent the pregnancy in the first place.

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Immigration: Mend It Not Rend It

Immigration: Mend It Not Rend It

By Christopher Chantrill

The immigration bill currently before the United States Senate is the usual farrago of band-aids and special interest goodies, trying to patch up the failure of 1986.  It is, writes Peggy Noonan in unusually strong language, “a big dirty ball of mischief, malfeasance and mendacity, with a touch of class malice.”
In response to the political class’s same-old same-old, the rest of us might profitably enquire: Never mind what they want.  What do we want in immigration policy?
We humans are a migratory species.  Ever since the first modern hominids migrated out of Africa across the Straits of Hormuz 50,000 years ago we have wandered the earth.  In the agricultural revolution about 8,000 years ago we decided to settle down on the land.
But soon enough we tired of a life of rural idiocy, and 250 years ago began a new migration–from the country to the city.  It is a story that we know by heart.
By the mid-nineteenth century the migration off the land in Europe had become large enough to engage the interest of the political class.
Expert opinion was divided.  Some believed, following the ideas of the political economists, that the new smoking, crowded cities were engines of prosperity.  Others believed that machine industry would put everyone out of a job.
Everyone was determined to do something.  Some advocated spiritual revival.  Some demanded universal education.  Young firebrands threatened bloody revolution.  Sound men proposed beneficial legislation to curb the worst excesses of the factory system.
Politicians intrigued to capture the votes of the newly enfranchised workers.
By the end of the nineteenth century it was becoming clear that everyone still had a job.  Not only that, wages were rising, and the new financial markets were busily allocating new capital to make even more jobs.
But the workers wanted more than a job and a wage, so they had busily created a network of institutions to protect themselves from the risks of the new industrial economy.  In the United States the workers had built churches and fraternal organizations, and they forged labor unions to link together in solidarity.
The political class lacked confidence in the abilities of the workers.
 It wanted to control the social safety net and so it brought it into the political sector where it could keep an eye on things.
A hundred years later nothing has changed.  The migration to the cities, completed satisfactorily within the boundaries of the nations of the western Europe and North America, has now gone global.  Rural people all across the world are heading for the  city.  But they are not necessarily heading for the nearest city within their own nation.
Inspired by Ronald Reagan many of them want to go straight to the source, to the place that is “still a magnet for all who must have freedom.”
And the political class still wants to control everything.
The American people are not fools.  We understand that when whole peoples are on the move and change is in the air, change could mean worse.  We ask: Will the flood of immigrants wreck the life that we have built here for people like us?  Will the immigrants successfully assimilate?  Will they take my job?  Will they pay my Social Security and my Medicare?
Americans understand that by amnestying the millions of illegal immigrants we are ratcheting up the welfare state another notch.  We are giving the political class more power and more money, and we know that it will use our money to buy the votes of the newly amnestied immigrants.  We know that no good can come of that.
But we understand that the great human migration of the current age is a force of nature.  We cannot stop it; we can only channel it and deflect it. The Department of Homeland Security reports in its Yearbook for 2005, there are 175 million people crossing our borders each year and over a million new legal permanent immigrants a year.
It’s estimated that there are another 0.5 million a year of illegal immigrants of which about half simply overstay their tourist visas.
Can we keep track of every visitor?  Probably not.  But we can make it more expensive and inconvenient to live and work illegally in the United States.  And we can do more to steer legal immigrants vigorously into the great American mainstream of work and life.
Perhaps we can amend the Senate’s “big dirty ball of mischief” to move it in this direction.  And if our noble Solons resent our interference, so much the better.  We will direct them to Robert K. Greenleaf’s Servant Leadership:A Journey into the Nature of Legitimate Power and Greatness. They are, after all, public servants and need to know their place.

Christopher Chantrill is a frequent contributor to American Thinker. See his and His Road to the Middle Class is forthcoming.