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2006-11-22 - 11:38 a.m.

There was an item in the paper a couple days ago. Seems the US Mint, flush from the success of the state quarters campaign, is starting a similar one with the gold dollars. The new ones will be released every three months or so, and will feature the Presidents in order of office. So the first will be Washington, then Adams, et al.

Evidently Susan B Anthony and Sacagawea didn't do a good enough job breathing life back into the dollar coin.

A lot of the problem, I think, is the size. It's just a bit bigger than a quarter, not quite as easy to discern in a pocketful of change. And when the Sacagawea coin came out, there was a big push to make vending machines take it. And not too many got converted to do so. As for collecting...well, not spending a quarter is easier than not spending a dollar.

The old Eisenhower dollar coin was huge. You knew when you had one of THOSE bad boys. Same with the JFK 50-center.

On the other hand, it may invigorate collecting even more. I guess we'll see in February.


Well, it's all over the news about the six imams being escorted off a plane in Minnesota.

CAIR says that it's discrimination. "Flying while Muslim". Maybe so.

However, every terrorist attack onboard a plane in the last couple decades have been performed by Muslims. All of the 9/11 hijackers? Muslims. And don't forget all this.

From a news article: "According to a police report, a US Airways manager said three of the men had one-way tickets and no checked baggage. Some of the men also asked for seat belt extensions even though a flight attendant told police she thought they didn't need them." The six then sat in different sections of the plane. No wonder other passengers were nervous.

Travellers are quite awake that security at airports is lax and isn't going to prevent another terrorist attack. Are all Muslims terrorists? Of course not. But for the past couple decades, all terrorists are Muslims. That can't be explained away.

Now, it's entirely possible that the six imams meant absolutely no harm to anyone. But since all we see of Islam is the rioting and the violence - AGAIN I say, why aren't the peaceful Muslims standing up and protesting against the radicals? - what else are we supposed to think?

Oh, one more tidbit: Ibrahim Hooper, the CAIR spokesman who has been doing a lot of the screaming about this incident, once told a reporter that he would like to see the United States under Islamic Law.

Telling, no?


I don't know if I'll post tomorrow or not. It depends on when I wake up and how fast I have to move. And how much I have to say.

I WILL post Friday, I promise.

So if I don't see you, have a happy Thanksgiving. Travel safely, be it walking, car...or plane.

Be seeing you.


3 comments so far

Bob - 2006-11-23 11:34:32 -
And if I'd like to see the United States under Christian rule, with all that implies, how is that different from imposing Shari'a? Why did six Muslims have to sit together, and shouldn't it be self-evident if these gentlemen needed or did not need a seat belt extension? (What's that got to do with anything, anyway? Is it useful as a weapon? Gotta make room for the IED shoved down your pants?) As for protesting, how often do we see regular Christians protesting nutjobs like Fred Phelps or Pat Robertson & Jerry Falwell? If this claim is to be debunked, then it would have to be established that Ibrahim or one of the others encouraged/insisted that they pray in public at the airport (anyone know if it was actually time for evening prayers?).


Dave - 2006-11-23 13:21:24 -
Well, Bob - if Christians were killing non-Christians at the slightest insult to Jesus (and if they were, we would have seen a lot of bloodshed after "Pisschrist"), then that would be a valid statement. If Phelps or Robertson or Falwell were advocating a religion that says "kill all non-believers or tax them", then that would be a valid statement (yes they are nutjobs, but most mainstream Christians I know - and there's quite a few of them - know utter stupidity when they see it). Could a seatbelt extension be used as a weapon? Maybe - perhaps like a garotte? Yes, I know - Christians DID kill non-believers. But that ended quite a long time ago. In the here and now, the Muslim extremeists want to impose their law by killing "infidels". They aren't witnessing and saying how their lives have changed for the better by converting. They have kidnapped people and beheaded them, kidnapped others and forced them to convert, and they hijacked planes and killed 3000 innocent people...all in the name of Allah. I don't see any news reports about Christians going out and killing non-believers in the name of Jesus in as public a forum or as violent a way as we have seen Islamic extremeists do in the last several years.


Brin - 2006-11-23 13:51:08 -
The thing I think people constantly fail to take into account is the psychology of conditioning. If male Arab-Muslim extremists between the ages of 17 and 40 keep causing problems and killing people, then guess what? We are being conditioned by their actions to be fearful of them, and that's not politics or religion, that's just human nature -- which at times, is something difficult to overcome.


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