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  • But Will You Respect Him In The Morning?

    05/19/2007 6:13:25 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 3 replies · 439+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | May 18, 2007 | The Stiletto
    The Hill set out to test Henry Kissinger’s maxim, "Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac," by investigating whether "Democrats, newly empowered, now have an edge on Republicans when it comes to dating prowess" and concludes that "Romantic opportunities have increased for Democrats": As one Democratic campaign strategist remarked, "Taking back the majority certainly has its perks. With the shift in power has come a shift in social standing for once-shunned Democratic operatives. It seems everyone from lowly interns to nerdy policy wonks have a full dance card so long as they have a ‘D’ behind their name."The strategist added that...
  • Home-Grown Muslim Terrorism Discombobulates The Media

    05/23/2007 4:01:44 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 78 replies · 1,550+ views
    In the first-ever, nationwide survey of Muslim Americans, the Pew Research Center suggests that 26 percent of the 2.35 million Muslims in the U.S. believe there are circumstances in which suicide bombings are acceptable.Nearly half (47 percent) think of themselves as Muslim first, American second. Among those under the age of 30, 13 percent believe suicide bombings to defend their religion are sometimes justified; 11 percent say this tactic is rarely justified; two percent say it can often be justified.The Pew Research Center interviewed 1,050 randomly selected Muslim American adults aged 18 and older, from Jan. 24 through April 30,...
  • Illegal Immigration Discombobulates Environmentalists

    05/24/2007 4:30:22 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 10 replies · 779+ views
    Political Mavens ^ | May 24, 2007
    Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants tramping through fragile ecosystems and wildlife refuges discarding hundreds of thousands of tons of trash have caused incalculable environmental damage in Arizona’s Sonoran desert and the Rio Grande Valley. Yet, for reasons ranging from fear of alienating lefty donors to concerns over cutting off animal migration routes, environmentalists are opposed to border control measures.The Associated Press reports that environmentalists who have acquired and preserved 90,000 riverfront acres of Texas scrub and forest in the Rio Grande Valley over the past 30 years object to Department of Homeland Security’s plans to erect 70 miles of...
  • Two New Bios Depict Hillary Warts And … Warts

    05/25/2007 6:56:00 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 28 replies · 1,467+ views
    Washington Post staff writers Peter Baker and John Solomon put their speed-reading skills to use and burned through two eagerly-anticipated biographies of Hillary Rodham Clinton that they got their hands on just yesterday: Carl Bernstein’s 640-page, "A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton," and the 416-page, "Her Way: The Hopes and Ambitions of Hillary Rodham Clinton," by New York Times investigative reporters Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta Jr.Here’s the Baker and Solomon take on the two tomes: Two new books on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York offer fresh and often critical portraits of the...
  • Do As I Say, Then Look The Other Way

    06/01/2007 6:31:46 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 8 replies · 546+ views
    In an amusing article posted on, Amanda Carpenter details “liberal campaign follies you might have missed because you were watching [John Edwards’] “I Feel Pretty” YouTube [video] for the 100th time”:† Barack Obama, who “traveled to Detroit, Michigan to chastise auto industry officials for not producing as many hybrid vehicles as he’d like” drives his family around in a “V8 Hemi-powered Chrysler 300C that gets about 25 miles per gallon."† Hillary Clinton “supports burdensome campaign finance reform legislation” but she “forgot” to disclose her roles as treasurer and secretary her husband’s multi-million dollar charity, the Clinton Global Initiative on...
  • Scooter Libby Sentenced

    06/06/2007 5:02:48 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 30 replies · 751+ views
    Three months after his felony conviction on perjury and obstruction of justice charges, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, 56, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, has been sentenced to 2.5 years in prison and fined $250,000. Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald asked U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton to impose a sentence of 30 to 37 months, on the grounds that Libby had lied about his role in leaking the identity of former CIA staffer Valerie Plame and impeded a serious investigation, and has not expressed remorse. Libby's lawyers argued for leniency, considering that no one was ever charged...
  • Hillary’s Many Makeovers

    06/07/2007 4:42:43 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 57 replies · 2,173+ views
    Boston Herald columnist Margery Eagan was in NH Sunday covering the Dem debate, watching the action on two huge screens. When Hillary Clinton’s greatly magnified face appeared on the screen, it was obvious she had undergone a dramatic transformation: The instant Hillary appears, the woman behind me whispers, "Oh look at Hillary. She’s had work done!" I put the question to WBZ’s political guru Jon Keller: Notice anything about Hillary? "Botox," he replied, not missing a beat. …Hillary’s new glow was all the talk on "The View." This was when we needed Rosie O’Donnell to cut to the chase and...
  • Why Paris Was Sprung

    06/08/2007 4:04:02 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 15 replies · 838+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | June 8, 2007 | The Stiletto
    The Stiletto worked her Hollywood sources, and learned the nature of the mysterious malady that got Paris Hilton sprung from jail after less than a week."Paris was born with anencephaly," explains a confidante of the Hilton family. "She wasn’t continually talking on her cell phone. She was listening to a pre-recorded message that prompted her to ‘Breathe in … breathe out. … Breathe in … breathe out.’" Since cell phones are banned in prison Paris kept forgetting to breathe, according to the knowledgeable source, and developed life-threatening hypoxia as a result.Editorial Note: If President Bush has no intention of pardoning...
  • When Is A Church Not A Church?

    06/08/2007 4:12:18 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 12 replies · 575+ views
    International man of mystery and Hudson Institute fellow Richard Miniter visits the island of Akhtamar in Lake Van, Turkey, to see the newly restored Church of the Holy Cross - one of the holiest sites for Armenian Christians - for himself at the opening ceremonies: Our story starts with a small sandstone 10th-century Armenian church, on an uninhabited rock less than 500 yards wide, in a remote Turkish lake that changes colors like moods and sometimes bubbles like soda. If you had seen the ruins of it, as I did in 2000, you might cry. Its roof was gone. Its...
  • The Geneva Conventions For Jihadis

    06/11/2007 4:08:37 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 2 replies · 414+ views
    At a Town Hall meeting in Des Moines, IA, on June 1st, John McCain was asked about his views on torture, and he repeated just about word-for-word what he said in the second Republican debate (video link): Every retired and active duty military officer that I know says we shouldn't torture people. General Colin Powell, all of these others who have had the responsibility of leadership because they fear that if we torture people what happens to their soldiers when they are captured. We don't want that to happen to men and women serving in the military. The Stiletto has...
  • Speaking Truth To Power

    06/12/2007 5:03:32 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 12 replies · 468+ views
    In a private meeting in the papal palace at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI told President Bush that he was concerned Christians in Iraq were being "mistreated by the Muslim majority."The New York Times reports that after the meeting, the president told reporters: "He did express deep concerns about the Christians inside Iraq, that he was concerned that the society that was evolving would not tolerate the Christian religion. And I assured him we’re working hard to make sure that people lived up to the Constitution, the modern Constitution voted on by the people that would honor people from different...
  • Fat-Waaah-Waaah-Waaah!

    06/13/2007 3:45:35 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 31 replies · 1,002+ views
    Imams and religious scholars interpret the Koran and the teachings of Muhammad to issue fatwas that guide the faithful on matters of Sharia law. The New York Times reports that in Egypt, there is growing concern that "too many fatwas are being issued, and that many of them rely on ideology more than learning. … government-appointed arbiters of Islamic standards say the fatwa free-for-all has led to the promotion of extremism and intolerance." Case in point: The breast-feeding fatwa.About a month ago, religious scholar Izat Atiyah issued a fatwa that unmarried men and women can be together at work only...
  • “Daddy, What Causes Global Warming?”

    06/19/2007 4:09:33 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 40 replies · 940+ views
    According to The Washington Post fatherhood means never having to say, "I don’t know."In what is surely an odd homage to fathers - published during the one week-end of the year children give them tokens of gratitude for not going out for a drive and never coming back, gambling away the grocery money, or making the entire family go without toilet paper – the WaPo follows Boston-based writer Doug Hardy and his son, Andrei, 12, as they traipse through the National Air and Space Museum.Andrei asks his father what the disks on a heat shield are made of; dear old...
  • The Stiletto Gets Results (Sorta)

    06/19/2007 4:16:02 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 170+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | June 18, 2007 | The Stiletto
    James Taranto spotlights a piece about an EastWest Institute conference from the New York Sun in Friday’s edition of his "Best of the Web Today" column (curiously, he did not include this item in a new feature he calls "Wannabe Pundits" - but this is a whole ‘nother story that’s long and convoluted and has an expanding cast of characters, so The Stiletto must leave it for later). In a recent post, The Stiletto suggested that Taranto has been somewhat remiss in making disclosures ethical journalists typically make when they have a particular interest or stake in something they are...
  • Like Father, Like Son

    06/20/2007 4:21:04 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 177+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | June 20, 2007 | The Stiletto
    Los Angeles Daily News columnist and Political Mavens Fellow Bridget Johnson saddened and shocked The Stiletto with her report that Arat Dink, son of Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, who was slain in cold blood by Turkish nationalists in January, is being charged with "insulting Turkishness" under Turkey’s notorious Article 301: [W]hen Dink prophesized in that last column that additional injustices would arise, he could have been speaking not only of his cold-blooded killing but of the trials that would follow.First, it was revealed that hearings for his alleged assailants will be closed to the press, and journalists won't even be...
  • Depends What The Meaning Of “Torture” Is

    06/22/2007 4:13:37 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 21 replies · 573+ views
    It’s been eight months since President Bush authorized the CIA to resume using "enhanced interrogation techniques" on terrorism suspects, but the intelligence agency is loathe to use any of the methods it proposed to the administration until the White House signs off on them in an executive order, reports The Washington Post.Last summer, the Supreme Court ruled that all U.S. detainees are covered by the Geneva Conventions. Under Common Article 3 of the Military Commissions Act, Bush must certify that the CIA’s interrogation methods to not involve "outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment." Complicating matters, the...
  • “Sicko” Healthcare Prescription Causes Adverse Side Effects For Dems

    06/25/2007 4:16:14 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 16 replies · 1,033+ views
    Michael Moore's "Sicko," a polemical rant on universal healthcare falsely advertised as a documentary, is causing Dem presidential hopefuls nothing but headaches and heartburn, reports the Los Angeles Times: [U]nlike Al Gore's film on global warming, which helped rally support on an equally controversial problem, "Sicko" is creating an awkward situation for the leading Democratic presidential candidates.Rejecting Moore's prescription on healthcare could alienate liberal activists, who will play a big role in choosing the party's next standard-bearer. However, his proposal — wiping out private health insurance and replacing it with a massive federal program — could be political poison with...
  • Prince Charles Is Carbon Neutral. Now We Are (ROTFL) Amused.

    06/27/2007 4:34:02 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 29 replies · 652+ views
    An annual accounting of Prince Charles’s households - printed on recycled paper in vegetable-based ink – finds that he has cut his annual carbon emissions by nine percent, to 3,775 tons, between April 1, 2006 and March 31 of this year. He achieved this historical feat by cutting back on helicopter jaunts and converting his Jag and Landie to run on used cooking oil, reports The Associated Press. The prince offset the other 91 percent of emissions created by his households - the Highgrove estate in western England, Clarence House in London and Birkhall in Scotland - by investing $60,000,...
  • A Romney Dog’s Life

    07/02/2007 4:50:24 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 46 replies · 943+ views
    By now you’ve heard about – or read – The Boston Globe profile of Mitt Romney that highlighted his crisis management acumen by recounting a 1983 car trip from Boston to Ontario, during which the quick-thinking future presidential candidate pulled into a gas station to hose off his station wagon and the family dog (riding in a kennel fitted with a makeshift windscreen that was strapped to the roof of the vehicle) after the poor pooch had an attack of the runs.Of course, PETA howled in protest at Romney’s "animal cruelty." And some columnists had fun at Romney’s expense. In...
  • Small Town America Killed Immigration Bill

    07/03/2007 4:01:40 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 113 replies · 2,555+ views
    In a classic application of bottom-up management denizens of small towns let their elected representatives in Washington D.C. know exactly how they expected them to handle the compromised immigration compromise bill that neither secured our borders, nor was any more enforceable than previous legislation it was meant to "fix."Earlier waves of immigrants – legal and illegal – flocked to CA, , FL, IL, NJ, NY and TX ("gateway" states) but have been dispersing across a wider swath of the U.S. since 2000. The foreign-born, non-English speaking populations of DE, GA, IN, NE, NV and SC have exploded, say demographers, with...
  • Scooter Libby Saga, Marked By Ironic Twists Of Fate, Ends On Note Of Hypocrisy

    07/06/2007 4:46:17 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 22 replies · 1,183+ views
    In drama – and in real life as well - players and events thrown together in improbable circumstances cause surprising or unanticipated outcomes ("situational irony"). When the drama is played out in Washington, D.C., there is always a Greek chorus of hypocrites who loudly criticize the players for infractions of which they, too, are guilty.With this in mind, isn’t it ironic that:† During the course ofan investigation to determine who identified Valerie Plame as a CIA employee, Richard Armitage - who admitted being the leaker - has not been indicted or prosecuted?† Rather than shutting down the investigation after the...
  • “Sicko II: The Sequel”

    07/07/2007 6:16:22 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 27 replies · 918+ views
    According to the BBC, eight people arrested in connection with failed car bombings in Glasgow and London are linked to the National Health Service (NHS), and seven of them are believed to be doctors or medical students; one used to be a lab tech.Which is how a medical syringe came to be used as part of the firing mechanism (ABC News reports that the car bomb outside the front door of London’s Tiger Tiger nightclub failed because the syringe caused a malfunction).Why are Muslim doctors flocking to England to work in the NHS? The Daily Telegraph (London) explains: [C]areers in...
  • The Running Man

    07/09/2007 4:16:08 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 4 replies · 476+ views
    New elected French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been a jogger for years. But for some reason, his fitness regimen - not to mention the NYPD T-shirt he often sports - has got people’s shorts in a knot on both sides of the English Channel, reports The Washington Post.Left-wing newspaper Libération calls Sarkozy’s choice of exercise "an un-French, right-wing conspiracy." For his part, Sarko says, "Of course it is right-wing … The very act of forcing yourself to go for a run, every morning, is a highly conservative business. There is the mental effort needed to overcome your laziness."But jogging is...
  • Wannabe Pundit: Part III

    07/13/2007 4:03:56 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 137+ views
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | July 13, 2007 | The Stiletto
    It’s been a month since James Taranto and his wannabe pundit joined together in Best of the Web Today (BOTWT) to gangbang Harvard University terrorism expert Jessica Stern with erroneous accounts in the New York Sun and BOTWT about her remarks on religious extremism at a conference organized by security think tank EastWest institute.As of yet, Taranto has not seen fit to:† Correct the shoddy reporting he cited from , on which his shoddy analysis was based;† Disclose* to BOTWT and OpinionJournal readers why he did not verify the facts in the Sun article himself, instead of relying upon the...
  • Our Allies The Turks

    07/13/2007 4:13:43 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 21 replies · 680+ views
    Nabi Sensoy, Turkey's ambassador to Washington, is complaining that Kurdish guerillas staging cross-border attacks into Turkey from Northern Iraq are armed with American weapons that were supplied to the Iraqi army. Sensoy also accused the U.S. of not applying enough pressure on Kurds in the Iraqi government to rein in the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has been fighting for an independent Kurdistan since the 1980s.Turkish officials are promising retaliatory military strikes against the PKK in Iraq, which will further destabilize the country. Turkey's military chief, Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, is prodding the government to set political guidelines for an incursion...
  • That Dog Won’t Vote

    07/16/2007 4:40:05 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 25 replies · 994+ views
    King County Elections Director Sherril Huff has removed Duncan M. MacDonald, from the voter rolls. No, he is not a felon or been declared "non compos mentis" (second item). He is a Canine American. Jane Balogh, 66, had registered her dog to vote in April 2006 to protest a state voter-registration law passed the previous year that she contends makes it too easy for noncitizens to vote because the ID requirements are extremely lax.How lax are they? They are so lax that Balogh put her phone bill in Duncan's name, then used it as ID to register him as a...
  • Proposed Regulations Will Tighten Religious Visa Requirements

    07/18/2007 4:42:31 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 8 replies · 477+ views
    Religious organizations are raising an unholy ruckus over proposed changes in religious worker visa regulations that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says would reduce rampant fraud in the program, reports The Washington Post: [R]eligious organizations that increasingly serve immigrant populations cite a need to bring in workers with the spiritual, cultural and linguistic expertise to serve them.Religious worker visas are used to bring in Catholic nuns, Hebrew teachers, Muslim imams and Baptist church administrators, among other workers. In 2006, more than 11,000 of the visas were issued, most to natives of Korea, Israel and India.Religious organizations say no other...
  • Kerry, Romney Argue Over Who Is Rubber, Who Is Glue

    07/20/2007 4:58:58 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 20 replies · 649+ views
    Sen. John F. Kerry (D-MA) called Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney a flip-flopper, telling the Boston Herald that, "He’s changed on abortion, he’s changed on gay rights and he’s changed on marriage. He’s changed on guns and he’s changed on the war. That’s pretty significant. I think people are asking the question out there, ‘Who is he, really?’ "Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom countered, "John Kerry is projecting his own undesirable traits onto other people. It’s a mild form of personality disorder. Usually, it’s not a cause for concern unless it shows up in a U.S. senator."Nyah nyah, na nyah nyah....
  • Elizabeth Edwards Has Nothing Left To Lose

    07/23/2007 3:36:31 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 121 replies · 2,993+ views
    Elizabeth Edwards is dying and knows it. No one who has not battled a dread disease, only to see it recur with a vengeance, can know her emotional state or should presume to judge how she chooses to live the unknowable - but finite - number of days she has left.The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) describes how she’s been spending her "nights and days": Mrs. Edwards's world these days is jam-packed with incongruous experiences. In public, she says she's continuing to campaign for her husband's presidential bid because she doesn't want to let cancer win before it kills her....
  • Multiculturalism Vs. Animal Rights

    07/25/2007 4:44:51 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 3 replies · 431+ views
    The Washington Post reports on a federal lawsuit seeking to clarify a Clinton Administration animal cruelty law. At issue: Whether online transmissions of cockfights from countries where the "sport" is legal can be sold to viewers in the U.S.: One evening last week, two roosters in a ring surrounded by cheering spectators pecked and clawed one another in a fight to the death. With each lunge, feathers flew, then floated to the ground. Finally, one bloodied bird, its eyes plucked out, lurched and faltered."Red is blinded," shouted the announcer. "Red goes down. ... Now he's really hurt. ... A tremendous...
  • The Navel-Gazers Vs. The Jihadis

    07/27/2007 4:27:18 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 472+ views
    Reporting on the fatalism – or aplomb, depending on your point of view - of New Yorkers in the vicinity of last week’s steam pipe explosion near Grand Central Station, The Washington Post offers this vignette: Malcolm Pollack … heard the blast and thought it sounded like Zeus had declared war on the planet. On the street he comforted a woman who was crying and who kept sobbing "I hate it, I hate it.""You hate what?" Pollack asked."I hate … Muslims," she finally burst out."You mean, you hate yourself for hating Muslims," he said."That's right," she said.Pollack recalled that jump...
  • What’s Wrong With This Picture?

    07/30/2007 3:56:21 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 38 replies · 1,482+ views
    On the one hand, the Bush administration can cite numerous instances of Saudi Arabia sabotaging our success in prosecuting the Iraq war and leaving behind an orderly, functioning society, including: Undermining prime minister Nuri al-Maliki by giving financial assistance to his political opponents, as well as to Sunni tribes; waging a months-long campaign to recruit other Persian Gulf countries to give financial aid to Sunni tribal groups; and looking the other way as some 60 to 80 foreign insurgents from Saudi Arabia enter the fray in Iraq each month.On the other hand, the Bush administration plans to reward the duplicitous...
  • Turkish Elections Show Shift Towards Islamism, Nationalism

    07/31/2007 4:11:21 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 2 replies · 293+ views
    Last week’s elections in Turkey prompted New York Sun contributing editor Hillel Halkin to recall an article he wrote for the Forward a dozen years ago about evidence he uncovered that Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, was half Jewish (his father being Doenmeh): Who but a member of a religious minority would want so badly to eliminate religion from the identity of a Muslim majority that, after the genocide of Turkey's Christian Armenians in World War I and the expulsion of nearly all of its Christian Greeks in the early 1920s, was 99% of Turkey's population? … Halkin...
  • Sex, Huh, Yeah. What Is It Good For? Actually, 237 Things.

    08/01/2007 4:37:42 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 257+ views
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | August 1, 2007 | The Stiletto
    The Stiletto doesn’t understand how anyone ever got away with the dodge, "Not tonight, dear, I have a headache," considering that nookie is better than naproxen at curing a throbbing head. It’s a scientific fact.Two psychologists at the University of Texas at Austin catalogued 237 reasons people have sex, based on a survey of 2,000 people and "to get rid of a headache" is No. 173 on the list, reports New York Times columnist John Tierney.Researchers, Cindy M. Meston and David M. Buss, who published the list in the August issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior, organized the reasons into...
  • Garbage In, Garbage Out

    08/03/2007 4:07:47 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 22 replies · 675+ views
    Are some people simply too stupid, uninformed or mentally incompetent (second item) to vote? Though the very idea seems "un-American," Jonah Goldberg, suggests that "[m]aybe the people who don't know the first thing about how our system works aren't the folks who should be driving our politics, just as people who don't know how to drive shouldn't have a driver's license." Goldberg notes: A very high percentage of the U.S. electorate isn't very well qualified to vote, if by "qualified" you mean having a basic understanding of our government, its functions and its challenges. Almost half of the American public...
  • "Persistent Vegetative State" Diagnoses Too Often A Rush To Judgement

    08/06/2007 4:18:14 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 8 replies · 477+ views
    Political Mavens ^ | August 5, 2007 | The Stiletto
    A study by the Coma Science Group of the University of Liège, Belgium, finds that up to half of patients in an acute vegetative state regain some level of consciousness.In the study, which analyzed data collected over a five-year period, researchers assessed and classified comatose patients according to the Coma Recovery Scale. The researchers determined that some 40 percent had been incorrectly diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state, when they were in fact in a minimally conscious state. And 10 percent of those diagnosed as being minimally conscious were communicating functionally.A patient who is minimally conscious shows periodic...
  • Genocide Denial Shocks Genocide Denier: Part II

    08/06/2007 4:30:35 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 162+ views
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | August 6, 2007
    The fallout from Armenian Genocide denier James Taranto’s July 26th column, "It Didn’t Happen," continues over these charges of countenancing genocide against Barack Obama and of genocide denial against John Kerry: Barack Obama's latest pronouncement on Iraq should have shocked the conscience. In an interview with the Associated Press last week, the freshman Illinois senator and Democratic presidential candidate opined that even preventing genocide is not a sufficient reason to keep American troops in Iraq. …One may take the position that genocide would not be the likely result of an American retreat from Iraq. That is the view of Mr....
  • The Stiletto Scoops Google News

    08/10/2007 4:53:26 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 307+ views
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | August 10, 2007 | The Stiletto
    Google News announced an "experimental" feature that will revolutionize Journalism As We Know It: Our long-term vision is that any participant will be able to send in their comments, and we'll show them next to the articles about the story. Comments will be published in full, without any edits, but marked as "comments" so readers know it's the individual's perspective, rather than part of a journalist's report.[W]e're hoping that by adding this feature, we can help enhance the news experience for readers, testing the hypothesis that - whether they're penguin researchers or presidential candidates - a personal view can sometimes...
  • Kowtowing To CAIR

    08/10/2007 5:17:25 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 10 replies · 633+ views
    Political Mavens ^ | August 10, 2007 | The Stiletto
    Two unidentified men tossed a soda bottle filled with acid at the Albanian American Islamic Center of Arizona, a Phoenix area mosque. The bottle broke 20-25 feet away from imam Didmar Faja and another man; neither was injured.Faja is one of six "Flying imams" who filed a discrimination suit against US Airways for kicking them off a Minneapolis to Phoenix flight last November after crewmembers and passengers became alarmed at what they perceived to be terroristic behavior.Predictably, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is claiming that the imams and their attorney received death threats, and pressured Glendale police to treat...
  • Guns Don’t Kill People; Illegal Immigrants With Guns Kill People

    08/13/2007 4:42:15 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 44 replies · 1,406+ views
    In the wake of the execution-style murders of three promising students – a fourth is fighting for her life in the ICU - Newark mayor Cory Booker tells New York Times columnist Bob Herbert, "There is something going on in our country that people are not, for some reason, awake to." Herbert asks what the solution is to this problem – violent crime – and Booker answers, "It’s not law enforcement."Herbert notes, "the biggest mistake one could make … is to view it as a problem peculiar to Newark." As usual, his focus is so narrow (gun violence) he fails...
  • What Freedom Of Speech Means To Muslims (The U.S. Edition)

    08/14/2007 4:52:29 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 16 replies · 999+ views
    Following the riots in Denmark over cartoons depicting Mohammed, death threats against Pope Benedict XVI – accompanied by a nun’s murder and firebombings of several churches – over an obscure reference in a lecture, and fears of violence that caused the Deutsche Oper in Berlin to cancel performances of Mozart's Idomeneo, The Stiletto observed: [W]hether Muslims are in the majority or minority, living in a Western nation or in the Middle East, governed under laws that are secular or Islamic, "moderate" or fundamentalist they are all too often hostile to free speech rights. Battles over freedom of thought and expression...
  • Reverse Racism At The New York Times

    08/15/2007 6:53:21 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 34 replies · 959+ views
    In an article headlined, "White Police Chief Could Upset a Balance in Newark," The New York Times reports that Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker "removed the word ‘acting’ from the title of his police chief, Anthony Campos, a Portuguese-American who, along with Police Director Garry F. McCarthy, leads the city’s 1,300-member police force."The Times worries that, "In a city like Newark, where the majority of the population is black and race issues bubble just below the surface, the decision to place two white men at the helm of the city’s Police Department could threaten the good will and unity that...
  • Journalist Jailed Over Faked Story

    08/15/2007 7:08:38 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 162+ views
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | August 15, 2007 | The Stiletto
    A Chinese court sentenced reporter Zi Beijia, 28, to a year in prison for faking a hidden camera television story about cardboard-filled pork buns, reports The Associated Press. According to testimony at Zi’s trial, he paid four migrant workers from Shaanxi province to make the buns according to his instructions, which included stuffing the dough with cardboard softened with caustic soda and a small amount of fatty pork, and then edited the footage at home. A freelance reporter for Beijing Television, Zi’s motive for faking the story was to advance his career. Unfortunately, it is not unheard of for freelance...
  • Dutch Dhimmitude

    08/17/2007 4:24:46 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 8 replies · 715+ views
    Bishop Martinus "Tiny" Muskens, of the diocese of Breda, advises Catholic churches in the Netherlands to replace "G-d" with "Allah" while celebrating the Eucharist to promote rapprochement between Christianity and Islam and to ease tensions.The Stiletto cannot understand why Christians in the Netherlands need to ease tensions with Muslims, instead of the other way around, considering filmmaker Theo van Gogh’s brutal murder by an Amsterdam-born Muslim in 2004.Recall that Mohammed Bouyeri shot van Gogh eight times, slit his throat – nearly decapitating him – and stabbed him in the chest with two knives. One of the knives was used to...
  • Padilla Convicted On All Counts, But Was A Trial Necessary?

    08/17/2007 9:21:39 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 10 replies · 495+ views
    After a three-month trial, a federal jury convicted home-grown terrorist Jose Padilla (AKA Abdullah al-Muhajir or Muhajir Abdullah) of terrorism conspiracy charges. Padilla and co-defendants Adham Hassoun, a Palestinian born in Lebanon, and Kifah Jayyousi, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Jordan, were found guilty of one count of conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim overseas, one count of conspiracy to provide material support for terrorists and one count of material support for terrorists.Opponents of the Bush administration’s policy of treating terrorists as enemy combatants rather than common criminals, point to the verdict as "proof" that convictions can be obtained while...
  • Does The ACLU Consider This A “Separation Of Church And State” Issue? (Part II)

    08/20/2007 4:19:08 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 6 replies · 887+ views
    Elvira Arellano, an illegal immigrant who had been given "sanctuary" at the Adalberto United Methodist Church in the Humboldt Park section of Chicago for a year slipped out the back door and headed to Los Angeles to participate in an immigration march. At the last minute, though, she bagged the march and holed up in Our Lady Queen of Angels Church (AKA Iglesia Nuestra Señora Reina de los Angeles and La Placita Church) – where she held several press conferences attended by reporters who almost universally refer to her as an "immigrant activist."Arellano must have been disappointed that fewer than...
  • Adios, Muchacha!

    08/22/2007 4:40:24 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 70 replies · 1,716+ views
    Elvira Arellano is back in Mexico, where she belongs. Her 8-year old son, Saul, a U.S. citizen by birth, is with her for now. In September Saul will return to the U.S. to go to school, living under the care of Rev. Walter Coleman, who had given him and his mother "sanctuary" for the past year in the Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago.Arellano's arrest draws "renewed attention to the plight of hundreds of thousands of families who are in the same situation," the Rev. Alexia Salvatierra, national coordinator of the Los Angeles-based New Sanctuary Movement, tells The Washington Post....
  • Is Armenian Genocide Denial Good For The Jews?

    08/27/2007 5:57:19 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 26 replies · 450+ views
    Earlier this month, the Town Council in Watertown, MA, home one of the largest Armenian populations in the U.S., voted 8-0 to withdraw from the No Place for Hate program because one of its sponsors, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), refused to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1917."We cannot join with the ADL when they refuse to acknowledge the [Armenian] genocide," Councilor Marilyn Petitto Devaney, who introduced the proclamation to withdraw from the program, told The Boston Globe. The townÂ’s Armenian Americans wanted the ADL either to condemn the Armenian Genocide or end its sponsorship of the campaign.Watertown was one of...
  • “Secular” Turkey’s Prime Minister And President Are Now Both Islamists

    08/29/2007 5:12:43 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 6 replies · 348+ views
    The third time was the charm for Abdullah Gul. The devout Muslim whose wife wears a headscarf won Turkey's presidency Tuesday after twice falling short of the two-thirds majority in parliament needed to secure the position. In the third round of voting, he only needed a simple majority. Gul’s party, the Islamic-oriented Justice and Development Party (AKP) holds 341 of the 530 seats in the Turkish parliament, and he got 339 votes.The Wall Street Journal reports that "[i]n a recent meeting with journalists, Mr. Gul said he would make use of his experience as foreign minister to … make the...
  • So Easy, A Conservative Can Do It

    08/30/2007 5:38:08 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 53 replies · 1,126+ views
    Writing about that recent Associated Press-Ipsos poll on the number of books Americans read in the previous year, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra J. Sauders pounced on how AP reported the findings – specifically, that "liberals read more books than conservatives": The poll found that among people polled who read at least one book in the last year, liberals read nine books and conservatives read eight.When I called Michael Gross, associate vice president of Ipsos public affairs, to find out more about the Ipsos poll, he told me the one-book difference "is within the margin of error, it's not a...