Monday, September 10, 2007

Roger Federer owns US Open

For this past week, up to and including the men's finals played in the late afternoon match on Sunday, I have watched Roger Federer win and opponents fall. And many in the world watched as Federer won his 4th US Open, Federer takes 4th US Open. I'm not even a novice when it comes to tennis, just a spectator. I cannot match the critique and fine-tuned analysis of the tennis experts but I do know mastery when I see it and Sunday I would have liked to have seen even more. Many of the experts speculated on "how do you beat Federer?" Why should that be the attitude? You win by playing better, much better but therein lies the challenge. Federer seemed to give Novak Djokovic many opportunities but I don't think that's really what we saw. To me, what we saw was a champion "in the zone", focused and dedicated to letting his opponent bring the game to him - not Federer dictating the game. He's Swiss and he's as smooth as a fine-tuned Swiss watch known for such perfection and elegance that the simple act of keeping time is made to look easy. But Federer is not mechanical; he is artistic; he is tennis. I would have preferred to see Federer play Moya or Ferrer in the finals because I believe they let the game come to them as does Federer and are both too good to have beaten themselves. Roger Federer is a master, a seemingly genteel man with poise and chilvary who presses and has no fear of the net, no fear of his opponents. He allows opponents to play "their" game. When he decides, he spikes from the net, takes the point, and plays on to the next point. Long live Federer! Federer's secret - aside from being good - he has respect for himself, for his opponents, and for the love of his life - Lady Tennis! Federer is the Knight of the Tennis Court and he even wore his Tux!

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From Najistani with love - Mohammed's Allah?

The following is a comment from Najistani, whom I liberally quote. Please see the article she cites. Thanks, Beach. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ I recently found an interesting article by Rebecca Bynum concerning the theological roots of Islamic evil. This article seems to have been overlooked by most of the counter-jihad blogs, which is a pity since it gives an incisive analysis of the differences between the Judeo-Christian father-God and the demonic Allah. Islam preaches a perverted and distorted view of God which blocks the human soul from ever progressing along its path beyond the barrier of Mohammed's cosmically-projected, montrously depraved ego - aka Allah. The full article is at, here are some quotes: Rebecca Bynum's article: Islam, Predestination and Free Will: "Allah does not respect the free will of man, in fact, human free will is illusory at best. By this logic, all three thousand people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 as a result of jihad action would have died at that hour regardless. And furthermore, because Allah did not intervene, it was Allah’s will that it happened. The jihadis who perpetrated this act, were only puppets on a stage, obeying the will of Allah according to a pre-written script. They did not cause all those deaths and all that destruction; rather, according to Islamic logic, Allah caused it as punishment for our sins, the sins of America as a collective entity. This further reduces to: everything that occurs in the reality of the material world we live in is a direct result of Allah’s will. Human will is but an instrument of the will of Allah and therefore does not have an independent existence in the overall trend of Islamic thought. " ..... "I contend this is the equivalent to asserting not that everything is God’s will, but rather that nothing is God’s will, or even that there is no God, because there is no distinction between what is and what is not God’s will in the reality of the material world: the good and the evil deeds of man are both equally and ultimately the result of the will of God. In this view, as the Pope pointed out, God’s purpose is so transcendent as to be unknowable, which is to say, God is unknowable to the individual. And again there is no practical difference between that and the assertion that God does not exist, for His will, and therefore God himself, according to Islam, cannot be known. This is equivalent to saying that the difference between good and evil cannot be known, and this is so regardless of the existence of a list of accepted and prohibited actions put forth as “God’s will” by Islam on the basis of Muhammad’s example as the ultimate arbiter between truth and error. Goodness and Truth do not have an independent existence in Islam; they are entirely dependent on the Islamic creed." "Furthermore, according to Winston Churchill, the Muslim belief in predestination engenders a “fearful, fatalistic apathy” which “paralyses the social development of those who follow it,” for Allah’s will is fixed in a one-size-fits-all pattern and is not unique to the individual believer. The individual’s relationship to Allah is bound completely by the believer’s obedience to Islam. Therefore, believers in Islam are actually barred from the greatest adventure known to man, that of finding God (goodness, truth and beauty) as an individual experiential reality. This is so because Allah’s will is so transcendent as to be incomprehensible. Thus the “testing” of the believer is reduced to a test of conformity to the creed rather than a testing of the ability to discover what is right and true uniquely for himself. This is equivalent to Allah is Dead. The most heinous acts, collective and individual, can be rationalized as “Allah’s will” and this of course is a prescription for social chaos."... "Indeed, if morality is not conceived and actuated as being an individual matter, must it not at some point become coercive and cruel? And what could be conceived of as more cruel than the removal of an individual’s God-given freedom? Under Islam, the removal of that freedom is so complete as to deny it exists at all." "The unspoken assertion here is that the divine will can be known, that good and evil can be distinguished by reason, and that God can be approached through the mind – by our decisions first to know good and to then be good. In Islam, on the contrary, the bridge to God through the reasoning mind is cut. Allah demands unquestioning obedience and total sacrifice, including the sacrifice of the ability to know good from evil as an individual, private matter, for the will of Allah is not a personal experience. The Islamic system has totally usurped the place of the living God for the believer: worship and obedience are one." "And reason cannot compromise with unreason without destroying the basis for its existence. By the same token, unreason cannot become reasonable without destroying itself as well. There is simply no way the hoped-for “reform” of Islam by way of reason would not end in Islam’s ultimate destruction, but this is not an outcome to be feared. It should be welcomed" ~~~~~~~~~~ Najistani is worth listening to.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Olmert - Take back Gaza!

The Israeli town of Sderot has been struck by rockets again, as reported in Rocket roils day care center. As a non-Jewish American, I cried as I watched Israeli citizens torn from their homes in Gaza - so ordered by Sharon. I said then and I say now to Israeli parents - give not one inch of land, not one blade of grass to the terrorists under whatever banner they fly be it Hamas or Hezbollah. Take back the part of Gaza you were forced to give up, rebuild those sparkling greenhouses, weed out the appeasers from your government. Gird yourselves for more war as Hezbollah rebuilds in Lebanon under UN assistance and know - in the United States, man Christians stand with you. Our government has abandoned us too, to invaders, drug smugglers, a murderous gang from El Salvador, 12,000+ Americans are killed/murdered every year by illegal aliens and soon all of our highways will be opened to Mexican truckers. The North American Union is being rammed down our throats under the guise of NAFTA and the SPP. Defend yourselves and demand leaders who understand appeasement with rabid dogs leaves citizens and children - not the leaders - dead in the streets. When the next holocaust comes, and it will as our enemies grow strong under "appeasment", it will come in the name of "Allah". We will fight then and we will win but how many will die tomorrow due to the malfeasance of our leaders today?

Multiculturalist Americans - The Lords of Adolescense?

Once the land of the free and the home of the brave, has the United States become the home of the perpetual adolencent? In today's Washington Times' Inside the Beltway - America's 'hush', is a commentary on a recent editorial by Diana West, Forever Children. Diana West - often quoted here - wrote essentially that Americans today just have not grown up; and this adolescent egocentricity of being forever "young" in which all worlds and civilizations are equal is bringing about the death of Western Culture. Well, I am paraphrasing and not well. See West's book, The Death of the Grown-up. My apologies to our military men and women - they have grown up and fast. But we, as a society, have no adults amongst us, hence no curfew, no rules, no border control, and moral equivalency run rampant - all demonstrated by the suffocation of "political correctness" censorship and by what West calls a more developing "level of orthodoxy". Perhaps a new religion - one of no values, no morals, and certainly no gentility or manners, certainly no shame, AND certainly no national identity which is the newest "sin" - is preversely undermining the standards and values we once held dear as a nation and standards that once held us together beyond the color of our skin to a striving for excellence and a strong sense of self as Americans. All passe today? And I thought we had only lost our gentility, our civility, our manners. No wonder we are becoming a "beggar based society" - no adults equals a loss of accountability, a loss of personal responsibility, and no maturity. And I wonder why we live in the upside-down world of Alice in Wonderland, or so it seems.... Reality has a way of catching up; of making us pay our dues! What and how high will the cost be for our journey into what I hope will only be a momentary "insanity"?

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