Is this what we’re fighting and dying for in Afghanistan?
An Afghan physiotherapist will be executed within three days for converting to Christianity.
Said Musa, 45, has been held for eight months in a Kabul prison were he claims he has been tortured and sexually abused by inmates and guards.
Mr Musa, who lost his left leg in a landmine explosion in the 1990s, has worked for the Red Cross for 15 years and helps to treat fellow amputees.
He was arrested in May last year as he attempted to seek asylum at the German embassy following a crackdown on Christians within Afghanistan.
He claims he was visited by a judge who told him he would be hanged within days unless he converted back to Islam.
But he remains defiant and said he would be willing to die for his faith.
He told the Sunday Times: ‘My body is theirs to do what they want with.
‘Only God can decide if my spirit goes to hell.’
Defence lawyers have refused to represent him, while others have dropped the case after receiving death threats.
I suppose it’s too much to ask that the Afghans leap from the 15th into the 21st century. But if we’re fighting to make Afghanistan stable, do we have to give in to their barbaric ideas regarding freedom of religion? President Karzai has the power to pardon this Muslim apostate, and he should immediately be urged to do so. It is an insult to our troops to ask them to fight for a people whose idea of freedom is to execute those who choose to worship differently than they do.
I suppose we should have seen this coming early last week … that’s when Homeland Security announced that they were discontinuing the program that allowed airports to hire private-sector contractors to handle airport security and get rid of the TSA. The private contractors would have to work under TSA guidelines … but they would be private-sector workers, and that’s the key. Why the move? One reason — to make sure that more government workers don’t disappear into the private sector.
The real reason behind the move to prevent further privatization of airport security became clear at the end of the week when we learned that the Obama Administration was going to grant collective bargaining rights to a new union of TSA workers. Now we don’t really know just which union the Obama crowd was talking to; but you can clearly imagine what the union leaders were telling junta officials.
So … that’s exactly what the Obama administration did. Anything for unions. Unions say “frog” and Obama jumps. Unions say “jump” and Obama says “how high?”
What doe government employee unions have to gain here? Try about 45,000 workers with millions of dollars in potential union dues. Now the battle begins … who will win the campaign of a lifetime to represent these 45,000 workers: the American Federation of Government Employees or the National Treasury Employees Union?
Oh … and if you thought some TSA agents were surly and difficult to deal with before … you ain’t seen nothing yet. Now they’re going to become virtually impossible to fire, and that certainly isn’t going to make things any better.
PrezBo will be speaking to the Chamber of Commerce today. I can only imagine that the Chamber of Commerce is a group that holds Obama in such high esteem … consider his vast amounts of business knowledge and economic expertise. But here’s the message Obama says he wants to bring to today: “If we make America the best place to do business, businesses should make their mark in America. They should set up shop here, and hire our workers, and pay decent wages, and invest in the future of this nation. That’s their obligation.”
Obligation? That’s kind of a funny word. Businesses have no other obligation other than to succeed and make money … for their share holders and their owners. To do this they obviously will want satisfied workers who feel well-compensated .. but that is not an owner’s obligation .. it’s just good business.
Is it possible that Obama truly feels that the purpose of business in this country is to provide jobs that pay decent wages? If so … we’re in a lot more trouble than we thought we were.
January is over … and your federal government managed to increase our debt by $105.8 billion in one month alone. This means that in the first four months of the 2011 fiscal year (which began last October), the federal debt increased by $569.4 billion. At this rate, we are on course to make this the second-ranking year in our history for accumulating new federal debt.
This is what we’re getting from an administration that claims to be worried about our debt and our future? Give me a break. The Obama administration has had its chance to tackle our debt crisis, and its solution is more government spending, or “investment.” Outrageous. They want another stimulus plan!
Now, the Republicans in the House have started the ball rolling. Last week they proposed this plan to operate our government at a budget $35 billion lower than last year. Naturally, smaller budgets mean that people and programs will need to be cut. This is exactly what needs to be happening – shrinking the size of our federal government and our bureaucracy and making government be more efficient: do more with less. This is what smart business people have had to do during this recession, why shouldn’t our federal government? Instead, our government has grown. Spending has increased 27% over the last two years. How many of you small business owners think it would be a good idea to increase your spending 27% over two years while taking in less revenue? Oh … and when I say “small business owners,” I’m talking to you. Are you a head of household? If you think about it .. you’re running a small business. You have all the responsibilities … revenue, expenses, personnel, regulations, taxes … all of it. And the money you have left over after all is said and done? That would be your profit … your savings … the money for your vacation … the money you save for retirement. Can you operate your small business the way the government does? Not unless you want to go bankrupt, you cant.