PSoTD shows his roots...
*Unless you live in Florida, that is.
The blogosphere's most persecuted Christian!
Azim Shariat, an Iranian who came to the U.S. 30 years ago and became a citizen, converted from Islam to Christianity in 1981 and is now a pastor. Several years ago, he attended a Persian New Year's festival at a public park in Orange County, California, where tens of thousands of other celebrants were gathered.The Mullahs of the so-called Religion of Peace have even taken over Orange County Superior Court... or perhaps I should be calling it "Orange County Sharia Court." Fortunately, he's going to appeal, as Lady Justice has had her scales taken from her and been wrapped in a burqa at the trial court level.
While there, Shariat took out a portable radio/audiocassette player he had brought along and began playing Christian songs. Someone in the predominately Muslim crowd complained to police, who arrested the Christian festival attendee for allegedly violating a noise ordinance.
Shariat was shocked when the police accosted him, especially since many other people in the park were playing other types of music. But after what the minister describes as his humiliating, public arrest and physical mistreatment while in custody, the County decided not to prosecute and the charges against him were eventually dropped.
Pastor Shariat filed suit against Orange County, challenging the way the ordinance he had been charged with violating was applied. However, the initial trial court ruling did not go in the minister's favor. Although several law enforcement officers testified with widely differing views of what the law required and to whom it should be applied, the trial court nevertheless ruled in the County’s favor that the law was not vague.
Sec. 2-5-26. Amplified sound system, music and live music--permit required.What's especially galling are the claims of selective enforcement, since only Mr. Shariat was harassed by the OC fedayeen, despite the fact that many attendees were playing music:
No person shall set up, use, operate or maintain an amplified sound system, music and live music within any park, beach or recreational area except in those areas specifically designated, nor shall any person set up, use, operate or maintain an amplified sound system, music and live music without first obtaining a written permit. The Director, or his designated agents are expressly given the authority to determine the maximum amplification permissible in areas designated consistent with other persons' enjoyment of the recreational area facilities.
"Any pastor, or any individual for that matter, should be free to be able to express themselves in public forums like public parks," Dacus contends. They should "not be persecuted," he adds, "simply because their message is one of Christianity and not one of Islam."Or because they don't have the necessary permits. This sham of justice reminds me of the time I got a ticket in West Covina for speeding and tailgaiting, which I probably was, but I was the only one who got nabbed. Did my Christian bumper stickers and rosaries hanging from my rearview mirror make me a more desirable target to the CHP than my fellow tailgaters? I believe we all know the answer to that one. I only wish I had been tipped off to the Crusaders for Justice at Pacific Justice Institute. On behalf of persecuted Christians everywhere in America, I wish Mr. Shariat Godspeed, and remind him that if the Court of Appeals nixes his suit, he can still appeal to the Supreme Court, and probably get a RenewAmerica column out of his ordeal to boot. Praise Him!
The story is centered around David "D.T." Taylor, a young man who once aspired to be a minister but decided to disconnect himself from the church and his family after the death of his mother and the absence of his busy father. Now, Taylor is a hot R&B recording artist at the top of his career and is forced to face the struggles of his past decisions after returning home to check on his sick father. The "quick" trip home turns out to be an unexpected journey in which Taylor seeks peace with his family, himself and God.I guess it's like The Jazz Singer, only the Neil Diamond character is black this time.
Professor Robert Watson has been, for the majority of his academic career, a fairly indistinguishable part of the English department faculty. In fact, a bare-bones review of his academic record shows nothing questionable. In fact, Watson’s role as a long-term Shakespeare scholar makes him as an unfashionable retrograde in a field that increasingly disregards the Bard’s centrality.It's not just the temerity of doing something as legally questionable as writing a letter to the editor that I find so offensive, but writing a letter that's critical of our intrepid hero, Andrew Jones:
But to paraphrase the movie title, there’s something about Bush. Specifically, President George W. Bush. In a brief two-year eruption from 2001-2002, Watson became one of UCLA’s most ardent Daily Bruin correspondents (counting both students and faculty) with hyperbolic attacks seemingly drawn straight from MoveOn.org’s anti-Bush talking points.
Kudos to you, Andrew, for refusing to countenance such treasonous effrontery. I hope your shocking expose puts Doctor Watson and his comrades on notice. Praise Him!
By the time he was unanimously vindicated by the U.S. Supreme Court, he was making his living as a college professor, which I suppose confirms Andrew Jones' claim that "those who couldn't get a real job" and "found the cold winds of reality in the wider world a little harsh ... retreated to the cozy cocoon of teaching" ("Campus suppresses 'right' education," Daily Bruin, Viewpoint, Oct. 31). ...
So there's something quaint about the spectacle of people writing from around the country to congratulate Jones – as he was already heartily congratulating himself – for being so extremely brave as to stand up on the side of the government, the army, the police, the church and all the big-money interests of the society. It must be a lonely if heroic place to stand, with only those forces and the entire political mainstream behind you. I mean, what if some professor asks you a question? Yikes!
Twenty-seven previously unknown species of spiders, centipedes, scorpion-like creatures and other animals have been discovered in the dark, damp caves beneath two national parks in the Sierra Nevada, biologists say.Another miracle -- Praise Him!
In the latest act of smuggling, six drums tucked with cosmetics, were on January 15, impounded at Kibuli, a Kampala suburb.Hopefully somebody not married to Valerie Plame will investigate this. Increase Rapture Index by one point.
The consignment, which included an assortment of perfumes, powders and roll-ons from the United Arab Emirates hub of Dubai, and baby jellies from Kenya, were tightly sealed in blue 100-litre metallic drums. The drums were branded: For road construction only.
If we were to list the most important issues facing humanity, oil and natural gas depletion has to be in the top three. The economic and cultural destiny of mankind is inexorably tied to the availability of fossil fuels. It is impossible to address the problems of famine without oil and natural gas for fertilizer, cultivation, and processing. Oil provides the feedstock for thousands of products, including cosmetics, medicines, plastics, heating and cooking fuels, and mobile fuels for transportation.Of course not -- they'd be clamoring for the US to occupy the entire Middle East. So, increase the Rapture Index by another point. I'm telling you, Christians, Judgment Day nears -- are you wearing your Rapture thongs?
An immigration reform activist says it is easy to understand why the Roman Catholic Church is leading an effort to head off a provision passed by Congress that would make it a federal crime to offer services or assistance to illegal aliens. Susan Tully, national field director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says the Catholic Church has a vested interest in supporting illegal immigration from Latin America. "As a Catholic myself," she says, "I can tell you that the population of the Catholic Church, and this is common knowledge, has been dwindling over the years. And with the influx of these illegal aliens, 99.9 percent of them being Roman Catholics from Latin America, the populations have made those churches grow." Because of this, the activist contends, Catholics in the United States have a sort of unwritten agreement with their Mexican counterparts "that 'my casa is your casa' -- that they were going to not recognize immigration laws or borders."Liberal defenders of our lax immigration policy will no doubt say that the illegals are only worshipping at a Church no one else will worship at, but when you look at the Al Qaeda/Mexico connection, this demands drastic action: a Papal conclave, maybe, or perhaps a rousing speech on the topic by President Bush. I for one would hate to have my limbs blown off by some terrorist while receiving the Sacraments just because the Catholic Church is determined to be a haven for illegal aliens.
But then Ozzie and Sharon and their kids moved in next door. And you've seen on their television show the continual stream of profanity in all of their language. Mom, Dad, kids--even the dogs are profane--and yet when I went over to see them and visit them several times in their home, there was none of that language. And I didn't say anything nor did I suspect anything. But I can only surmise that either Ozzie or Sharon--most likely Sharon--said "Now, Ozzie, Pat Boone's coming over, let's watch our language." I'm just guessing, but all I know is it was just neighborly talk.I'd be gravely offended, too, if Ozzie Osbourne used clean language in my Beverly Hills house. Oh, curse you, Liberal Hollywood, for making the Osbournes watch the potty talk! There's no doubt in my mind that Ozzy and his brood would rather have partaken in this big NYPD Blue orgy sequence instead, were it not for Hollywood's perfidies!
But now that he's clean and sober and drug-free, every time I see him lately, he's been a different, more socially-correct person.
My point is that I noticed that everywhere I went, there was a certain dampening on people's behavior. The underlying point is that Hollywood does not like that. They don't want any restrictions. They don't want anybody telling them what they can or can't do. If they get an idea for a TV show, or an episode or an excuse for nakedness or nudity like on "NYPD," it became known that any male star or any actor on NYPD was going to have his rear end exposed in some episode.... All the males and the women had to be eventually involved in ... a sex scene.
WV: But aside from that, you did get word--or you seemed to believe--that ... they also did not offer you roles that you wanted and could have played.According to IMDB, Steve McQueen was nominated for an Oscar in the best leading actor category for Sand Pebbles. I think we can all safely assume that Pat would have cinched that honor quite handily had be been cast. Christians, let us shed a tear for what might have been.
BOONE: Yes, [there has been] that too. Even a movie like Robert Wise's "Sand Pebbles," a role that Steve McQueen played, and of course, he did it beautifully. But I was up for that role, and Robert Wise, when I was proposed by a casting director--I was perfect for that role--[Wise] said, "No I don't want a singer. I want an actor. Well, I'd been in the top ten [at the] box office, and I think I had proven that I could act.
But there was a certain disdainful view of me as a singer, a guy with a wife and four kids, and pretty straight-laced if not totally square. [There is an attitude of] "OK, let him do his thing, but we want somebody who can not only portray and do a dramatic role, but hopefully is living a pretty dramatic personal life, as well, and bring that image to the role."
The media is incredibly skewed to the left, and it has cost me in a number of situations. The Dallas Times-Herald ran a false story about me that was so defamatory. It was because somebody had made a legal claim against me in an investment I was in and ... actually said in the paper that I had made false statements in court. This was an allegation.Of course he did, what with Pat Boone's head mounted on his office wall. It's become an unspoken rule for journalistic advancement: Slag Big Pat and see your fortunes rise. I wouldn't be surprised to see Katie Couric's fingerprints on one of these hit jobs.
[Actually] he [the reporter] was referring to statements he thought were false in a deposition, not in court, and it turned out that he was completely wrong. It was totally defamatory, and I contacted the publisher [of the paper] and said, "I'm going to have lawyers approaching you because this is not only wrong and libelous, but it's very damaging to me. So you'll be hearing from my attorneys." And he said, "Let me check into it."
He got back to me right away, and said, "We're printing a retraction. You're right. The reporter was really out of line. You don't have to get lawyers. We'll print a retraction. ...
And that publisher became editor of the L.A. Times.
The researchers surveyed 1,340 people about negative life events and found that the 2004 respondents had more troubles than those who were surveyed in 1991, the last time the study was done.It's only a matter of time before The Left singles out President Bush as the root of Our Nation's disaffection. Well, moonbats, the sad truth of the matter is that Clinton had plenty of opportunities to take out unhappiness, but the extent of his hapless response was to fire a few cruise missiles at it. And congressional Democrats have taken just as much money from the unhappiness lobby (if not more so) than Republicans. Just remember this: Were it not for President Bush's deft handling of the unhappiness problem, it would have slaughtered us all shortly after the 9/11 attacks.
"The anticipation would have been that problems would have been down," says Tom Smith, the study's author. He says good economic years during the '90s would have brought an expectation of fewer problems, not more.
Overall, the percentage who reported at least one significant negative life event increased from 88% to 92%. Most of the problems were related to increased incidents of illness and the inability to afford medical care; mounting bills; unemployment; and troubled romantic relationships.
About 500 Saudi women are to be trained by the Saudi education and training establishment to work as saleswomen in lingerie shops, as security guards and electrical and electronic maintenance workers, Al Watan Daily reported.The article fails to mention whether any Heritage Foundation interns will be overseeing this training, which leads me to believe that the results of this endeavor will be suspect at best. The Left's incessant repetition of their mantra, "Islam is a religion of glamour," may have convinced the MSM, but I for one remain skeptical. Developing, as we say on the internets...
When Debi Moore started selling Mary Kay cosmetics nearly three decades ago, she lugged around bags full of skin-care products into the living rooms of stay-at-home moms.I fervently pray that this young lady will be successful in her mission: showing that cosmetics can be the backbone of the traditional family. But then again, we know how those European nihilists treat their Christians. Good luck, miss.
Now, her daughter, Taylor, wants to sell those products in Europe. ...
Taylor, her daughter, could fulfill that international dream. In July, she quit her corporate public relations job after six weeks to chase the Mary Kay dream of balancing God, family and work.
Is it any wonder America' feminists avoid makeup like the plague? Forsaking glamour is all part of their unholy scheme to destroy America's families by advancing their careers while neutering the menfolk, leaving our children abandoned and sexually confused. I'm freshening my lipstick as I type this, just to ward this terrible scenario off.
As part of an experiment, researcher Peter Glick asked a woman to wear a sexy, low-cut blouse with a tight skirt, cardigan, teased hair and lots of makeup. Then he made a set of videos in which she played either a receptionist for a Chicago advertising agency or a senior manager.
The result of the Appleton, Wis., psychology professor's study?
The sexier a woman dresses and the more prominent a position she holds within a company, the more negatively she's perceived.
"If you play up your sexiness and you're in a more powerful position, you're going to get slammed for it as a woman," Glick said.
The preserved remains of two prehistoric men discovered in an Irish bog have revealed a couple of surprises — one used hair gel and the other stood 6-foot-6 (2 meters), the tallest Iron Age body discovered.2,300 years ago? That fits quite nicely with the Young Earth timeline -- how on earth did that sneak past the anti-Creationist MSM? Ah, sweet vindication -- my mind is filled with images of the comely Eve curling her hair as she sits astride a dinosaur. And with that heavenly vision, Christians, I'm signing off. Praise Him!
“He would have been a giant ... the other man was quite short, about 5 foot, 2 inches,” or 158 centimeters, said Ned Kelly, head of antiquities at the National Museum of Ireland.
“The shorter man appeared to attempt to give himself greater stature by a rather curious headdress which was a bit like a Mohican-style with the hair gel, which was a resin imported from France,” Kelly told BBC radio. ...
The fashion-conscious gel wearer has been named Clonycavan Man, and Kelly said the fact he was able to buy imported cosmetics suggests he was a wealthy member of Irish society about 2,300 years ago. The other was dubbed Oldcroghan Man.
Since they've been riding my ass here at work for the past few hours, this seems to be as good a time as any to conclude my experiment with Instabeautician. We now return to our irregularly appearing blog entries...
“Mah Na Mah Na.” It’s a first-class earworm that has captivated millions and tormented millions more. You may remember it from a skit on Sesame Street or The Muppet Show: A hipster-looking scruffy Muppet provides the baritone murmur mah na mah na” to the shiny-bright “do do do do do” chorus of two pink chick-singer Muppets. ...
Although appropriately bubbly for soda-pushers’ purposes, “Mah Na Mah Na” is, deliciously, not all good clean fun. It originated on the soundtrack to a 1968 Italian softcore porn documentary, Svezia, inferno e paradiso (Sweden, Heaven and Hell), which descriptions say luridly exploits the sex ’n’ drugs side of Swedish life. The tune played, Wikipedia informs, “under a portrayal of lesbian BDSM.”
In a confluence of art and commerce, the romantic epic depicting a young girl blossoming into a legendary geisha has also become a style -- one found in Banana Republic, Bath & Body Works, and high-end department stores.MovieGuide's Ted Baehr advises extreme caution in dealing with this movie; I would encourage similar wariness towards the garments it has inspired.
Based on Arthur Golden's best-selling novel, "Memoirs of a Geisha" tells the story of a young girl who was taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. She transforms as she learns the arts of the geisha, including dance and music, wearing kimono, and elaborate makeup and hair.
Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco, put on the books a law that requires cosmetics manufacturers to disclose product ingredients that might cause cancer.I wish I could say Governor Schwarzenegger gave his signature to this piece of junk legislation because of the mannish influence of his new chief of staff, but "she" had yet to be appointed. My other vain hope was that this bill was approved before I was even blogging, but incredulously, it happened on my watch, on October 7th. Needless to say, this is news to me -- can you say another MSM cover-up?
A new fashion trend -- eyelash extensions, or semi-permanent eyelash extensions -- is growing in the United States.This scientific sleight-of-hand is just as offensive as homosexuals abusing fertility treatments for their calamitous forays into social engineering. I can only hope cosmetology has its own Patricia Miller to step in and make this practice illegal.
Wearers can have long, yet natural-looking eyelashes 24 hours a day, seven days a week without using mascara.
Experts at Xtreme Lashes say that unlike the old fake eyelashes, which were applied to the eyelid, the new semi-permanent eyelash extensions are applied directly to the individual eyelashes and have a natural look and feel.