September 28, 2007

Web Reconnaissance for 09/28/2007

A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention, updated throughout the check back often.

In the News: (Registration may be required to read some stories)
ASEAN Rebukes Burma - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, under increasing pressure from the West, ended its habitual silence on the situation in Burma yesterday, expressing "revulsion" at the ruling military junta"s killing of protesters and demanding an end to the violence. (READ MORE)

Gay Protection Tacked onto Defense Bill - The Democrat-led Senate yesterday adopted legislation giving homosexuals additional protections under federal hate-crime laws, attaching the measure to the defense authorization bill and daring President Bush to veto it as promised. (READ MORE)

GOP's Crucial '08 Base Divided - Many of the top leaders on the religious right privately say it's impossible to name a top-tier, declared Republican hopeful who can pass the "straight face" test as someone social conservatives can honestly say they would trust if elected. (READ MORE)

Senate Doubles Health Program Funding - The Senate yesterday gave final approval to a bill that would more than double funding for a health insurance program for low-income children, as Democrats urged President Bush to withhold a promised veto that they don't have the votes to override. (READ MORE)

U.S. Adopts New Citizenship Exam - The federal government yesterday introduced a new U.S. citizenship civics exam designed to force would-be citizens to go beyond memorizing historical facts and instead grasp the fundamental meaning of being an American. (READ MORE)

Pentagon Raises Bar of Intelligence-Sharing - A new Pentagon policy directive for U.S. military intelligence mandates information-sharing with U.S. domestic agencies and foreign partners and recognizes the leading role of the new director of national intelligence. (READ MORE)

Supreme Court Spares Texas Killer - The U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution of a man convicted of killing his parents in the nation's busiest death penalty state after already agreeing to review another state's lethal injection procedures. (READ MORE)

Edwards to Accept Public Financing - Former senator John Edwards said yesterday that he will accept public financing in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, a move that will provide a short-term infusion of cash for his campaign but severely limit his ability to spend in crucial early primary contests. (READ MORE)

Blackwater Faced Bedlam, Embassy Finds - The initial U.S. Embassy report on a Sept. 16 shooting incident in Baghdad involving Blackwater USA, a private security firm, depicts an afternoon of mayhem that included a car bomb, a shootout in a crowded traffic circle and an armed standoff between Blackwater guards and Iraqi security forces... (READ MORE)

As Musharraf Enters Race, Judge Orders Political Foes Released - Pakistan's chief justice ordered the release of hundreds of jailed opposition activists Thursday, while President Pervez Musharraf formally jumped into the race for another term despite a candidacy that remains in legal limbo. (READ MORE)

Deadly Crackdown Intensifies in Burma - Intensifying their crackdown despite pressures from abroad, Burmese security forces raided a half-dozen Buddhist monasteries Thursday and opened fire on pockets of demonstrators who continued to demand an end to military rule. (READ MORE)

From the Front:
Iraq Pundit: Weapons of Mass What? - The Washington Post curiously buries a story this morning back on page A17. Since it makes George Bush look bad, you might have thought they wouldn't have buried it quite so deep. It says: "Less than a month before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Saddam Hussein signaled that he was willing to go into exile as long as he could take with him $1 billion and information on weapons of mass destruction, according to a report of a Feb. 22, 2003, meeting between President Bush and his Spanish counterpart published by a Spanish newspaper yesterday." (READ MORE)

Jason's Iraq Vacation: Errors have been made. Others will be blamed. - The title of this blog comes from a list of quotes I have hanging near my desk. The quotes are funny and amusing, but, sadly, too many of them seem applicable. Like this one: "Chaos, panic, and disorder - my work here is done." Why does this seem both funny AND relevant? (for the full list of these hilarious phrases, click here) Well, I've officially started taking steps to reduce the amount of chaos and disorder I leave this place in. Construction is starting on a massive project on the eastern edge of the depot, and will soon start on the refurbishment and rebuilding of about 25 warehouses. Money has been allocated to bring in power lines, reducing our reliance on generators that only work about 60% of the time. (READ MORE)

On the Web:
WSJ Review & Outlook: Democrats and Iran - Kudos to Hillary Clinton--yes, you read that right--for her Senate vote this week urging the U.S. to designate Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as a foreign terrorist organization. That's more than can be said for her primary competition of Barack Obama, Chris Dodd, Bill Richardson and John Edwards, who assailed her on this score at Wednesday's Democratic Presidential candidates debate at Dartmouth. These are men who seem to fear the Netroots more than the mullahs. (READ MORE)

Peggy Noonan: Hear, Hear - You don't want to judge Christ by Christians, someone once said. He is perfect, they are not. In a similar way you don't want to judge capitalism by capitalists, or the legitimacy of democracy by the Democrats, or the vitality of our republic by the Republicans. You have to take the thing pure and in itself, while allowing for the flaws and waywardness of its practitioners. (READ MORE)

Frederick W. Kagan: Why We're Winning Now in Iraq - Many politicians and pundits in Washington have ignored perhaps the most important point made by Gen. David Petraeus in his recent congressional testimony: The defeat of al Qaeda in Iraq requires a combination of conventional forces, special forces and local forces. This realization has profound implications not only for American strategy in Iraq, but also for the future of the war on terror. (READ MORE)

Naomi Schaefer Riley: Prophets of Admission - CHICAGO--On a beautiful fall day last week, I found myself on the main quadrangle of the University of Chicago, walking with the school's admissions director, Theodore O'Neill, when a freshman girl approached us. "How's it going?" Mr. O'Neill inquired of her orientation week. "This place is Mecca," she answered. Mr. O'Neill decides who gets to go on this pilgrimage, and there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of high-school seniors who would kill for the opportunity I have today--to spend an uninterrupted hour talking with him. (READ MORE)

John Hawkins: What They Don't Want You To Know About The Jena 6 Case - Only in today's political climate, where so much of the "civil rights movement" is comprised of bottom-feeding race hustlers and shameless liberals who deliberately exploit racial tensions for their own political benefit -- could anyone demean the real civil rights movement that occurred during the sixties by comparing the struggles those brave people faced -- to what has been happening in Jena, Louisiana. (READ MORE)

Lorie Byrd: The Petraeus Effect - What a difference a day makes. Or rather, several days and quite a few hours of congressional testimony and public statements regarding the status of the troop ‘surge’ in Iraq from General David Petraeus. Not only are the leading Democrats running for President not calling for immediate withdrawal, but they won?t even say that if they were President the troops would be out of Iraq by the end of their four year term. (READ MORE)

George Will: Sauce for the Times - Last June, the Times was in high dudgeon -- it knows no other degree of dudgeon -- about the Supreme Court's refusal to affirm a sweeping government power to suppress political speech. The court ruled that a small group of Wisconsin citizens had been improperly refused the right to run an issue advocacy ad urging the state's two senators not to filibuster the president's judicial nominees. (READ MORE)

Oliver North: Witch Hunter in Chief - Two weeks after the 2006 elections put Democrats in charge of Congress, Time magazine depicted Rep. Henry Waxman, now the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, as "The Scariest Guy in Washington." In the column by Karen Tumulty, the ultraliberal Beverly Hills Democrat is portrayed as "tenacious," and Tumulty says there is "no one tougher." (READ MORE)

Charles Krauthammer: Iran: The Unacceptable Risk to Stability - WASHINGTON -- Ahmadinejad at Columbia provided the entertainment, but Sarkozy at the U.N. provided the substance. On the largest possible stage -- the U.N. General Assembly -- President Nicolas Sarkozy put Iran on notice. His predecessor, Jacques Chirac, had said that France could live with an Iranian nuclear bomb. Sarkozy said that France cannot. He declared Iran's nuclear ambitions "an unacceptable risk to stability in the region and in the world." (READ MORE)

Douglas MacKinnon: Blackwater, USA. Fighting Insurgents, Our Media, and the Democrats - First it was Democratic Senator John Kerry accusing our troops of terrorizing Iraqi women and children. Then, it was Democratic Congressman John Murtha convicting U.S. Marines of murder in the court of public opinion. Now, predictably, the left and their allies in the media are going the private security firm, Blackwater. (READ MORE)

Rich Lowry: A Step Toward Climate Rationalism - When Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice opened a White House conference on global warming by saying, "We must cut the Gordian knot of fossil fuels," it's a wonder she could be heard over the guffaws from all the great and good who feel they've struck a blow for global survival if they watched an Emmy Awards show featuring a red carpet made of recycled water bottles. (READ MORE)

Dan Riehl: NY Times: Target Rudy And 9/11 - I'm not questioning the accuracy of a piece allegedly exposing a would be 9/11 survivor in today's New York Times. Though it is ironic that they'd use a picture of her with Rudy when no such picture was used featuring Hillary Clinton when they did a similar story on Cesar A. Borja, whose son accompanied Hillary Clinton to one of Bush's State of the Union addresses. Still, given that we are six years on from 9/11, the details of today's story coupled with a previous editorial do suggest that the New York Times is actively working to undermine the image around 9/11. (READ MORE)

Monkey Tennis Centre: The cost of Gaza's hostility - I read through this BBC report on an Israeli air strike taking out a terrorist rocket crew in Gaza expecting to find that the Israelis were aiming for some Palestinian children, but missed. In the absence of civilian casualties the Beeb has to look elsewhere to get a dig in: "Correspondents say last week's declaration by Israel of Gaza as ‘hostile territory’ sets the stage for cutting electricity to the impoverished coastal territory which has 1.4 million inhabitants." (READ MORE)

Bryan Preston: (Video) CNN interviews Islamic Rage Boy - Via Weasel Zippers. The irony of this is that I’m typing out this post even while I drink from my Islamic Rage Boy mug. Seriously. It’s one of my favorite mugs. Analogous to IRB himself, the mug holds twice as much coffee as a regular mug. No, he didn’t get a royalty. (READ MORE)

Don Surber: Byrd’s bluster shows the Surge works - As the Surge succeeds, the left grows more desperate. Hearings in Congress are interrupted by protesters who will not tolerate any good news from Iraq. Facts are kryptonite to the liberal “superman.” That they are rallying behind Robert C. Byrd is a hoot. Reported the LA Times: “Cheering loudly were war protesters from the group Code Pink, now a fixture at every Washington hearing even tangentially related to Iraq.” (READ MORE)

Ed Morrissey: What Free Speech Means, And What It Doesn't - For a nation birthed on the concept of free speech, we seem to have a very poor understanding of the concept. Jonah Goldberg notices this in his NRO column today, and uses the case of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Columbia to make the point: "But here’s the thing, whether you favored or opposed the teeny dictator’s lecture: Free speech had nothing to do with it. You have to stay on your toes, like Ahmadinejad at a urinal, to grasp this point since it’s so often confused in our public discourse: Free-speech rights aren’t violated when private institutions deny speech in their name." (READ MORE)

Donald Douglas: Going Mad in Academe? - The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has an interesting piece on student concerns surrounding Bryn Mawr's proposed "Social Justice Program" (via Maggie's Farm): "Early this summer, FIRE received a case submission from a Bryn Mawr student worried about a proposal for a 'Social Justice Pilot Program' gaining momentum on her campus. Conceived in the wake of a campus scandal involving racial slurs published on popular social networking site by a member of the school’s student government, student and faculty proponents of the Social Justice Pilot Program (SJPP) argued that the best way to address perceived intolerance at Bryn Mawr was through adding a 'social justice requirement' to the curriculum." (READ MORE)

ShrinkWrapped: Liberalism & Racism: An Unconscious Marriage - It is a truism that worth repeating: impulses that remain in the unconscious never disappear; they merely remain hidden until they can find ways to express themselves. When a psychologically healthy resolution to conflicted impulses is established, the outcome is adaptive and ethically and morally acceptable. For example, it is a commonplace for Surgeons to have sublimated their sadistic tendencies, draining the urgency and erotic charge from them, and direct the impulse toward helping people. The difference between the knife cut from a sadist and the knife cut from a surgeon is the difference between life and death. When impulses are defended against with less evolved and mature defenses they are more likely to find expression in ways which facilitate a greater degree of gratification of the original impulse. (READ MORE)

The Belmont Club: The UN OODA Loop - The most important development in Burma over the last 24 hours is that the protest movement has not retreated before the government crackdown. The lastest report from Irrawaddy dimly hints that it is the generals who may be starting to crack. Unconfirmed reports from a Western diplomat speculate that the government may try opening negotiations with the opposition and that Senior General Maung Aye, not the nominal paramount General Than Shwe is now in charge. However things turn out, the next 48 hours will be critical and events will probably develop with extraordinary speed. How does the UN handle situations like this? This article illustrates how international human rights organizations are approaching the problem: by attempting to enmesh the protest movement in bureaucracy and engaging in irrelevant symbolism. (READ MORE)

Ace of Spades: NY’s Democratic Governor Hot on Drivers Licenses for Illegals, Others Not So Much - Last week NY Governor Eliot Spitzer(D) announced that the state would no long require proof of citizenship or legal residence to get a drivers license. This week, county clerks who issue the licenses in NY voiced concern as did NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "Many of us think the whole idea is crazy and ill-fated," said Rensselaer County Clerk Frank Merola. "I myself will not process any driver's license renewal or driver's license verification for someone who cannot prove legal status." (READ MORE)

Jay Tea: Just Dumb Enough - Dan Rather has to be the gift that keeps on giving. His lawsuit against CBS is giving everyone a chance to relive the heady days of Rathergate, and letting some of us recall with pride some of our finest achievements. Others, though, are taking the opportunity to remind everyone of just how stupid they can choose to be. One of those people is Sidney Blumenthal, who is absolutely convinced that the whole thing was a master plot by Karl Rove. (READ MORE)

Jim Addison: Nonsense of the Senate - The United States Senate passed the Biden-Brownback resolution advocating a partition of Iraq with semi-autonomous regions. Their stupidity is exceeded only by their arrogance. Anne Flaherty reports for the Associated Press: “The Senate passed a resolution Wednesday suggesting Baghdad limit the power of its federal government and give more control to Iraq's ethnically divided regions. The 75-23 vote marked the first agreement on Iraq among lawmakers in months, although it would have little practical effect. Republicans agreed to swing behind the nonbinding measure after it was amended to make clear that Bush should press for a new federalized system only if the Iraqis want it.” (READ MORE)

The Redhunter: Ahmadinejad's Other Message - It's taken me longer than I wanted to get this posted. There's been a lot of talk about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech(or here) earlier this week at Columbia University. What you may have missed is what he said at the beginning of his talk: “AHMADINEJAD: In the name of God, the compassionate, the merciful... TRANSLATOR: The president is reciting verses from the holy Koran in Arabic. AHMADINEJAD: Oh, God, hasten the arrival of Imam al-Mahdi and grant him good health and victory and make us his followers and those to attest to his rightfulness.” My guess is that most people skipped right through this part. I however, think it very important to understanding who he is and what we are up against. And the bottom line is that we are dealing with a madman. One who if present trends continue will have nuclear weapons at his disposal. (READ MORE)

McQ: Prepare to be taxed for your internet service - And you can thank the Democratic Congress for it: “Democrats in the U.S. Congress failed on Thursday to protect Internet users from higher taxes. The Senate Commerce committee, chaired by Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), mysteriously killed a vote on an Internet tax bill that was supposed to take place at 2:30 p.m. ET. With a laugh but no explanation, Inouye simply told the hearing room it wasn't going to happen.” Because, you know, its tax revenue and Democrats have never met a tax they didn't like. The temporary federal moratorium on Internet access taxes expires on November 1st. By the way, they didn't "fail" to protect Internet users from higher taxes, they refused to protect them. (READ MORE)

The Oxford Medievalist: Cigarette Surveillance - Wow, the Almighty State has come down hard on cigarette smokers in Tennessee: “Starting today, state Department of Revenue agents will begin stopping Tennessee motorists spotted buying large quantities of cigarettes in border states, then charging them with a crime and, in some cases, seizing their cars.” Critics say the new “cigarette surveillance program” amounts to the use of “police state” tactics and wrongfully interferes with interstate commerce. But state Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr says his department is simply doing its job, enforcing a valid state law while protecting Tennessee retailers who properly pay state taxes. (READ MORE)

Gov. Mitt Romney: Change Begins With Us - Today, our country faces an inflection point where our course must change if we are to meet unprecedented challenges here at home and abroad. As we have always done, the American people will rise to the occasion. But at this critical time, Washington is failing us. The blame for Washington's failures lies not just with the Democrats but with Republicans as well. We have to put our own house in order. We can no longer be a party of big spenders with ethical standards more fitting of a Jay Leno punch line. We can no longer pretend our borders are secure. When Republicans act like Democrats, America loses. It's time for change in Washington and change begins with us. (READ MORE)

The Shield of Achilles: The Hardest Part of Leaving for War... - My Division, the 1st Armored Division, is deploying again to Iraq again for the first time since 2004. Most of its soldiers just shipped off within the last four days. I am one of the few who are staying behind, because I returned from my last deployment back in February of this year and was allowed some dwell time. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I can't stand to see my unit and my friends leaving without me. On the other hand, my daughters have already had to live without their father for more 26 months out of the last five years. If you have family, you know what's the hardest part about deploying? It's the very last few hours of the last day. (READ MORE)

Texas Rainmaker: "Political Parties: A Buyer’s Guide" by George Soros - In 2003, George Soros declared that defeating President Bush is the central focus of his life. Apparently his scorched earth approach also includes trying to tear down the basic pillars of our country. He aggressively supported campaign finance reform under the guise of “reduc[ing] the corrupting influence of very large donors to political parties and candidates.” Then he drove a mack truck through the loopholes in that legislation and became one of the single, largest donors to political parties and candidates. (READ MORE)

Right Truth: Skewing the numbers to fit an agenda - My friend Glen Reinsford, editor of The Religion of Peace and author of "Age of Tolerance" (a most excellent book), has written an article exposing "what happens when moral superiority becomes an end unto itself", Bring Out Your Dead: Fudging the Numbers in Iraq. Counting bodies in Iraq has become quite the fashion these days. Most major news organizations, from CNN to the New York Times, keep an up-to-the-minute running total of the number of U.S. troops killed there. Critics note that if demoralization of the war effort is not the key motive, then it is certainly odd that the number of dead terrorists is so rarely, if ever, provided as well. (READ MORE)

Steve Schippert: Two Lopsided Battles Bloody Taliban in Afghanistan - Amid reports of uneven al-Qaeda-Taliban strength in different parts of Afghanistan, two separate battles have resulted in killing approximately 165 Taliban. An ambush on a joint Coalition-Afghan patrol in northern Helmand province resulted in a day-long fight in which Coalition artillery and aerial attacks killed more than 100 enemy, with one Coalition soldier killed and four wounded. In another Taliiban attack in neighboring Uruzgan province, artillery and airstrikes were once again effectively employed, killing 65 of the 80-man enemy attacking force. (READ MORE)

The Tygrrrr Express: Armageddonijad and You-Tube - The struggle is civilization versus barbarism, and civilization is cannibalizing itself in ways that barbarians could only dream. I am not a “You-Tuber.” For those of you who have no idea what You-Tube is, be grateful. Armageddonijad, that warm fuzzy baboon from Iran, recently met with the one form of life less sophisticated than he, that being a poison ivy league university president. What is more than a tad ironic is that behavior that Armageddonijad has engaged in is now commonplace among Americans, particularly youthful ones. I do not care for this genocidal lunatic, but I am finding it difficult to criticize him when Americans celebrate his behavior on You-Tube. (READ MORE)

Robert Mayer: Burmese vs. Chinese - The unexpectedly enormous demonstrations in Burma that have been ongoing for over a week now have surprised the world. It has been nearly two decades since such an uprising has occurred, and as Richard Fernandez at Pajamas Media points out, the entire episode is reminiscient of the "people power" uprisings in both the Philippines and Indonesia. He also makes the astute observation, repeated in this Opinion Journal article, that the state of China has to some degree supported the military dictatorship in Burma. Surely, the scene is familiar. Tens or hundreds of thousands of people in the streets demonstrating against a ruthless dictatorship is one that has been repeated the world over. Yet when these revolutions occur, the people have another target: those on the periphery supporting the regime. In this case, though, I am not simply talking about the state of China itself, but the ethnic Chinese population in Burma itself. (READ MORE)

Dymphna: Fakers and Liars, Again - Until I caught up with the on-going chapters of the infamous Scott Beauchamp, faux journalist, I hadn’t realized there was so much deception in the U.S. surrounding military service.It seems to be a growth industry, for a variety of reasons. One factor is getting those nice Veterans’ Administration benefits. Another is all the glory you get from the anti-war groupies. More than fifteen minutes worth of fame, and all those sweet young liberal girls so proud of you for admitting your shame… why it's the shades of John Kerry, post-Vietnam. (READ MORE)

The Hatemonger's Quarterly: Katrina vanden Heuvel’s Inadvertent Humor Rag - Ah, The Nation, one of America’s foremost political weeklies printed on toilet paper. Is any magazine—other than Soldier of Fortune and Highlights for Children, of course—a better read? We, the crack young staff of “The Hatemonger’s Quarterly,” collectively think not. And why should we? With every passing political controversy, The Nation manages to come across as increasingly unhinged. It’s rather amazing, actually: Just when you think the writers at this storied rag can’t get any worse, as if by magic they do. Here’s a delightful case in point. Jayati Vora, a 2007 graduate of Columbia University and a current intern at The Nation, recently penned “Debating Ahmadinejad at Columbia,” a scintillating “Web”-only exclusive. (READ MORE)

Flopping Aces: Today’s villains: Congressional Democrats - Shameful is the word that came to mind after reading this report from Newsday. In it, “The Senate on Wednesday approved a resolution urging the State Department to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, a move aimed at bringing additional economic pressure on Iran.” On the surface, this is an all-important win for Western Civilization. Despite roadblocks from the Left, Russia, China, and the United Nations; as well as ramblings from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the country DOES see the dangers originating from Persia. (READ MORE)

Dafydd: Identity Crisis - This term, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case turning on whether it's constitutional to demand that voters present a picture ID card before voting: “With the 2008 presidential and Congressional elections on the horizon, the Supreme Court agreed today to consider whether voter-identification laws unfairly keep poor people and members of minority groups from going to the polls.” This issue fascinates me because it touches on a critical philosophical difference: Is it unconstitutional to require voters to undertake a series of steps before they can exercise the franchise, merely because the people most likely to be too lazy to undertake them also tend to vote for one major party more than the other? For that is the real issue here: (READ MORE)

Blue Crab Boulevard: The International Green Light For Thugs - Vaclav Havel, a man who knows a bit about having the boot of the state on his neck, points out the disastrous effect on human rights the ineffectual United Nations is having around the world, but especially in Burma. “I fear that, with only a few exceptions, most countries have been surprised and caught off guard - once again - by the rapid course that events have taken in Burma. So they seem to be completely unprepared for the crisis and thus at a loss as to what to do.” (READ MORE)

Confederate Yankee: Getting It Wrong - Let's give credit Where credit is due: Gavin M. at lefty satire blog Sadly, No! has been on a bit of a tear in the past week, having found two instances where right-leaning sites have used fictional images to back calls for protests. The first caught the Gathering of Eagles using a photo illustration--a photoshopped image, in this instance--that showed Code Pink supporters carrying a banner that proclaimed, "We support the murder of American troops." The problem is, Code Pink didn't make this particular banner... these guys did, or at least they created the image. (READ MORE)

Neptunus Lex: God, I hope not - We ourselves have recently bandied about the notion of an “Islamic Reformation” as being a necessary precursor to fulfilling the limpid aspirations of those who sport those cute little “Coexist” bumper stickers on the back of their Priuses in lieu of a Bill Engvall sign. (What is the plural for “Prius” by the way? My construct seems a little too close to something you’re supposed to call your doctor about, if it hasn’t gone back down within four hours.) Returning to point at hand - can it be that it’s already happened, our hoped-for Reformation? And we missed it? Writing in the Guardian, Ali Eteraz thinks so: (READ MORE)

Michael D. Evans: Why Ahmadinejad Speaks? - One would think that by now, the President of Iran would remain silent when he comes to the United States knowing how unfavorably his words are received. Just the opposite is true. He seems to be looking for more opportunities to inflame the West as he did at Columbia University, at the U.N., and his propaganda media tour. While staying at the Intercontinental Hotel (Ahmadinejad’s “Ground Zero” while in New York City), I noticed a group of Israel-bashing rabbis standing in the lobby. I approached them, and discovered they were from an organization named “Jews United Against Zionism.” They had just spent an hour with Ahmadinejad. (READ MORE)

Political Pistachio: During a Time Where Everyone Seems to be Offended - When a Muslim recently called me a pig because of my 9/11 Memorial hat and pro-American shirt, I was offended. Was what he said to me a hate crime? Of course not. However, for my own safety against the Political Correctness of society, I kept my own mouth shut. Had I have called him a pig back, I would have probably been in for some serious legal problems. However, everyone else, these days is also offended, but when that happens, it's a big deal. You know, Muslims, Atheists, members of non-caucasian races, gays, and so forth. If I say anything against the gay population it is considered to be "gay-bashing." (READ MORE)

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