Myth vs Fact

Myth Fact
Islam: Religion of peace.

Sahih BukhariVolume 9, Book 89, Number 259

Narrated ‘Ali:

The Prophet sent an army unit (for some campaign) and appointed a man from the Ansar as its commander and ordered them (the soldiers) to obey him. (During the campaign) he became angry with them and said, “Didn’t the Prophet order you to obey me?” They said, “Yes.” He said, “I order you to collect wood and make a fire and then throw yourselves into it.” So they collected wood and made a fire, but when they were about to throw themselves into, it they started looking at each other, and some of them said, “We followed the Prophet to escape from the fire. How should we enter it now?” So while they were in that state, the fire extinguished and their commander’s anger abated. The event was mentioned to the Prophet and he said, “If they had entered it (the fire) they would never have come out of it, for obedience is required only in what is good.” (See Hadith No. 629. Vol. 5)

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John McCain’s First General Election Ad: SAFE

Cross Posted from Wake up America

John McCain is launching his first general election ad, 32 seconds long, in key swing states and is a personal bio explaining that while he hates war, he understands, better than most, the costs of war.

YouTube URL here, ad below.

In his new ad which will air in key swing states such as, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, he says, “Only a fool or a fraud talks romantically about war. When I was five years old my father left for war. My grandfather came home from war, and died the next day. I was shot down in Vietnam and spent five years as a POW. I hate war and I know how terrible its costs are. I’m running for president to keep the country I love safe.”

The ad is called “Safe” and during the 32 second video, black and white pictures are shown, which include photos of his grandfather, his father and pictures of himself in Hanoi.

For those unaware John McCain’s service background, he was a naval aviator that was shot down, badly injured, and captured as a prisoner of war by the North Vietnamese. He spent five and a half years as a prisoner of war, experiencing episodes of torture.

McCain doesn’t generally highlight that aspect of his history and on his bio page, he doesn’t even mention being a POW for over five years, nor the fact that when he was offered release because his father was prominent, he refused, saying that others had been there longer than him.

These are words McCain very, very rarely says in public. But he recognizes — and his campaign emphatically does — the compelling nature of this experience and singular power it commands in an election when voters, no matter what they and McCain say, will vote on image and character as much as on substance and issues.

Character will play a very important part in Novembers general election, as some believe it should.

Stances on issues are important to the voting public but most are very aware that they want a president with character and this ad was created with that in mind as well as many pundits believing that character is as important if not more so than political positioning.

According to the New York Times, The Caucus, Democrats were surprised by the amount McCain’s campaign spent on this ad to show in those key states mentioned above with one strategist suggesting that “McCain has committed to spend at least $3 million for television time over the next couple of weeks in various television markets in 10 states.”

As The Caucus article mentions, the Republican National Committee has also launched a website about Barack Obama.

That website is called “Meet Barack Obama” with the sub header saying “Learn The Real Story About Illinois’ Freshman Senator”.

More from The Fix.

John McCain’s First General Election Ad: SAFE

Cross Posted from Wake up America

John McCain is launching his first general election ad, 32 seconds long, in key swing states and is a personal bio explaining that while he hates war, he understands, better than most, the costs of war.

YouTube URL here, ad below.

In his new ad which will air in key swing states such as, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, he says, “Only a fool or a fraud talks romantically about war. When I was five years old my father left for war. My grandfather came home from war, and died the next day. I was shot down in Vietnam and spent five years as a POW. I hate war and I know how terrible its costs are. I’m running for president to keep the country I love safe.”

The ad is called “Safe” and during the 32 second video, black and white pictures are shown, which include photos of his grandfather, his father and pictures of himself in Hanoi.

For those unaware John McCain’s service background, he was a naval aviator that was shot down, badly injured, and captured as a prisoner of war by the North Vietnamese. He spent five and a half years as a prisoner of war, experiencing episodes of torture.

McCain doesn’t generally highlight that aspect of his history and on his bio page, he doesn’t even mention being a POW for over five years, nor the fact that when he was offered release because his father was prominent, he refused, saying that others had been there longer than him.

These are words McCain very, very rarely says in public. But he recognizes — and his campaign emphatically does — the compelling nature of this experience and singular power it commands in an election when voters, no matter what they and McCain say, will vote on image and character as much as on substance and issues.

Character will play a very important part in Novembers general election, as some believe it should.

Stances on issues are important to the voting public but most are very aware that they want a president with character and this ad was created with that in mind as well as many pundits believing that character is as important if not more so than political positioning.

According to the New York Times, The Caucus, Democrats were surprised by the amount McCain’s campaign spent on this ad to show in those key states mentioned above with one strategist suggesting that “McCain has committed to spend at least $3 million for television time over the next couple of weeks in various television markets in 10 states.”

As The Caucus article mentions, the Republican National Committee has also launched a website about Barack Obama.

That website is called “Meet Barack Obama” with the sub header saying “Learn The Real Story About Illinois’ Freshman Senator”.

More from The Fix.

NATIONAL EMERGENCY:IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED.

AMERICANS MUST COME TOGETHER NOW!


The issue of skyrocketing oil prices can no longer be dismissed as the natural tugging of market forces. In the last 24 hours of the workweek ending on Friday, June 6
th, flimsy speculation drove the price of a barrel of crude oil up approximately $16 a barrel, to a record high of nearly $140.


It is way past time for President Bush, and our leaders in Washington, to recognize that speculators in the world oil market have declared economic war on the United States,and take immediate action to defend this country. This is now nothing short of an economic and National Security Emergency that is a clear and present danger to the United States.

We are calling on President Bush to – without delay – declare a NATIONAL EMERGENCY and:

1: Suspend all Summer Blends of gasoline and all Federal Gas taxes.

2: Release at least 2 million barrels of oil per day from the Strategic Petroleum reserve from now until Labor day.

3: By Executive order, open ANWR and other areas currently closed to immediate oil exploration.

4: By Executive order, Construction to dramatically increase our refining capacity should start immediately.

American anger must now reach the point of rage and American inaction must cease now. We are asking you to bomb the White House with phone calls, e-mails, faxes and post cards, stressing these 4 points and do it now.

Further, we are asking all of our friends, subscribers and readers to blogburst this EVERYWHERE! Don’t wait another minute, this is a GENUINE crisis.

President George W Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20500

Phone: 202-456-1111
FAX: 202-456-2461
E-Mail: Comments@whitehouse.gov

LISTEN TO THE AUDIO VERSION HEREWE HEREBY GIVE PERMISSION FOR THIS AUDIO CLIP TO BE LINKED ON ANYONE’S WEBSITE AND TO BE PLAYED ON ANYONE’S RADIO OR TELEVISION SHOW.

NATIONAL EMERGENCY:IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED.

AMERICANS MUST COME TOGETHER NOW!


The issue of skyrocketing oil prices can no longer be dismissed as the natural tugging of market forces. In the last 24 hours of the workweek ending on Friday, June 6
th, flimsy speculation drove the price of a barrel of crude oil up approximately $16 a barrel, to a record high of nearly $140.


It is way past time for President Bush, and our leaders in Washington, to recognize that speculators in the world oil market have declared economic war on the United States,and take immediate action to defend this country. This is now nothing short of an economic and National Security Emergency that is a clear and present danger to the United States.

We are calling on President Bush to – without delay – declare a NATIONAL EMERGENCY and:

1: Suspend all Summer Blends of gasoline and all Federal Gas taxes.

2: Release at least 2 million barrels of oil per day from the Strategic Petroleum reserve from now until Labor day.

3: By Executive order, open ANWR and other areas currently closed to immediate oil exploration.

4: By Executive order, Construction to dramatically increase our refining capacity should start immediately.

American anger must now reach the point of rage and American inaction must cease now. We are asking you to bomb the White House with phone calls, e-mails, faxes and post cards, stressing these 4 points and do it now.

Further, we are asking all of our friends, subscribers and readers to blogburst this EVERYWHERE! Don’t wait another minute, this is a GENUINE crisis.

President George W Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20500

Phone: 202-456-1111
FAX: 202-456-2461
E-Mail: Comments@whitehouse.gov

LISTEN TO THE AUDIO VERSION HEREWE HEREBY GIVE PERMISSION FOR THIS AUDIO CLIP TO BE LINKED ON ANYONE’S WEBSITE AND TO BE PLAYED ON ANYONE’S RADIO OR TELEVISION SHOW.