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Dhimmied Danes

By on 1.31.06 | 2:21PM

The cartoon-generated Arab boycott of Danish goods has become serious enough that one affected company, Arla Foods (a milk and dairy products exporter with a nearly $500 million annual market in the Middle East) has seen its sales plummet to near zero according to the BBC.

The Saudis -- ever the voice of reason -- are escalating the controversy. Interior minister Prince Naif has called on all Arab and Islamic nations to take a stand, saying that the cartoon depictions of Mohammed were denigrating to him and insulting to all Muslims. The Danes' response is uneven. The government, while defending freedom of the press is at odds with Arla's directors who seem to welcome dhimmitude if it can restore their sales. According to the Saudi government daily, Arab News:

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Dr. Z and Mordor

By on 1.31.06 | 12:18PM

Best Ummah source reports that the new video from bumpy Dr. Zawahri contains familiar and always revealing theology.

Dr. Z outranks the serial killing Zarqawi just because Dr. Z has intimate connection to the spiritual component of the jihad. When strongman Zarqawi speaks, it is the voice of a regional commander, exhorting, threatening, boasting, otherwise behaving like a Kubrick ape-man in the opening act of 2001.

However when Dr. Z speaks, we can hear the preacherliness of the Global Caliphate: we can hear specially the rationalizations for the murder of innocence promised ahead, like the opening chapter in Hobbitville, nightmares of the Dark Land (Tolkien: Mordor) rising.

For example, Dr. Z says that there is still time for the American public to come to its senses and reject the “butcher of Washington/>/>” George Bush and accept the Al Q offer of a truce. The Arabic word for truce is hudna, and the concept of a ten-year truce is based upon a wrenching plot twist in the peculiarly justified bloodletting spectacle that is the Koran, rated R.

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Re: The Ayes Have It

By on 1.31.06 | 10:41AM

58 to 42 is about the perfect margin to drive the hard left nuts -- they believe (wrongly) that a filibuster could have stopped Alito, if only the Dems had the spine. Cracking 40 nays should generate much rending of garments, gnashing of teeth, and donkey vs. donkey infighting.

See Ed Whelan for some related points.

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Re: Sore Loser

By on 1.31.06 | 10:38AM

Dave: Yes, but Alito is a New Jersey Italian, a fact of which the states's two senatorial clowns will be reminded frequently in the coming months and years. Not only did Menendez and Lautenberg vote not to confirm, but they voted against cloture in the 72-25 vote that will really go down as the true measure of Alito's victory.

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The Ayes Have It

By on 1.31.06 | 10:34AM

Nay (42): Akaka, Baucus, Bayh, Biden, Bingaman, Boxer, Cantwell, Carper, Chafee, Clinton, Dayton, Dodd, Dorgan, Durbin, Feingold, Feinstein, Harkin, Inouye, Jeffords, Kennedy, Kerry, Kohl, Landrieu, Lautenberg, Leahy, Levin, Lieberman, Lincoln, Menendez, Mikulski, Murray, Nelson, (FL), Obama, Pryor, Reed, Reid, Rockefeller, Salazar, Sarbanes, Schumer, Stabenow, Wyden.

Aye (58): Alexander, Allard, Allen, Bennett, Bond, Brownback, Bunning, Burns, Burr, Byrd, Chambliss, Coburn, Cochran, Coleman, Collins, Conrad, Cornyn, Craig, Crapo, DeMint, DeWine, Dole, Domenici, Ensign, Enzi, Frist, Graham, Grassley, Gregg, Hagel, Hatch, Hutchison, Inhofe, Isakson, Johnson, Kyl, Lott, Lugar, Martinez, McCain, McConnell, Murkowski, Nelson (Neb.), Roberts, Santorum, Sessions, Shelby, Smith, Snowe, Specter, Stevens, Sununu, Talent, Thomas, Thune, Vitter, Voinovich, Warner.

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Sore Loser

By on 1.31.06 | 10:13AM

After his wistful yearning for Harriet, Harry Reid is nearly re-reading Ted Kennedy's Center for American Progress speech from two weeks ago. Pal, the gig is up. Now's the time for grace. You could use all the good will you can engender with your lobbying ties under such close scrutiny (see today's Prowler report).

UPDATE: This is really the kitchen sink approach: throw everything at Alito -- he's not a woman, he's not Hispanic. Make up your mind!

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Oh, Harriet

By on 1.31.06 | 10:04AM

Strangely, Pat Leahy and Harry Reid are still singing the praises of Harriet Miers. Ah, yes, the days of nominees who needed to cram on Con law for their hearings.

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The Party of Two Americas

By on 1.31.06 | 9:33AM

So the party of inclusion deems it necessary to give two responses to the State of the Union: one for English speakers, and one for Spanish speakers. Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine will deliver the main event, if you will, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will address the rest.

What's the strategy here? There has been some consternation among the left that Tim Kaine is too moderate. So perhaps the party is diluting his message. But regardless, shouldn't the Democratic Party have a message for the entire country, instead of segregating it? Gov. Kaine knows Spanish -- he could have delivered both speeches. But the Democrats are still judging Americans by the color of their skin, not the content of their characters. They figure Hispanic Americans are as narrow-minded as they apparently are. So they send an envoy, an ambassador, to this foreign group to deliver a message they can only understand from "one of their own." It's nothing but a stunt, and a shameful one at that.

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“Air Force One” and Commander-in-Chief Warrior

By on 1.31.06 | 9:27AM

Puzzle if the American public was educated to see the commander-in-chief as an unambiguous warrior long before the soap-opera slow and unusually claustrophobic "24." Note "Air Force One", the 1997 Harrison Ford thriller, as a brief for omniscient presidential powers in wartime. Mass murder, betrayal, threats, assassination, causus belli like raindrops, and deliberate distortion of the facts to keep the delightfully compliant media as agog as the movie going audience. And the bad guys are terrorists with a credible cause, an inspirational sense of self-sacrifice, and discipline like Russian airborne. Still, the national security apparatus of the United States in a one-man attack dog who shoots and shoots and shoots and shoots. Can guess the Harrison Ford approval rating was 105%. Ask who is a better model for the Ford character. Boy Clinton, who is not known to have fired a weapon in anger nor committed US riflemen to more than retreat? Or the cowboy?

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No More 24

By on 1.31.06 | 8:47AM

Loose Canons regretfully announces that we have lost all patience with Fox's "24." In last night's episode: (1) we found out that the missing nerve gas was America's (and, lest we forget, had been stored at a small California airport where terrorists could get to it conveniently). Never mind the fact that we don't have such stuff; (2) the president's chief of staff convinced his idiot boss to be quiet about the assassination of a previous president of the US and the nerve gas's destination because it could be used to prove the presence of WMD in SW Asia; and (3) Our Hero took time, in the middle of threatening torture, scorning the president and Saving the Day to negotiate his love life with two ladies.

Yes, it's fast-paced. Yes, it's relatively well acted and directed. But no, it's not bearable. Jack Bauer is morphing into Dirty Harry as rewritten by Michael Moore.

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