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Re: Lefties for Jesus

By on 2.7.06 | 10:12PM

John: Thank you for the plug. Claiborne's book is better than you might be given to believe, though one's religious background will certainly come into play in forming conclusions. His commitment to service seems utterly genuine, whatever one thinks of his political conclusions, which do tend to be unswervingly left-wing. The world is a better place for having him.

And doesn't it tell us something about the times in which we live that "radical Christian" denotes a benevolent pacifist like Claiborne, and radical Islamist denotes.... well, something else.

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Re: Political Funeral Watch

By on 2.7.06 | 7:01PM

The political unseemliness was not restricted to Bush-bashing. Clinton, as usual, delivered the best lines from the highest heights of dizzying hypocrisy. Unreported has been Carter's promotion of MLK above every American leader to have ever existed. On the left there couldn't be a more noble gesture -- but Carter piled subterfuge on subterfuge with a well-placed, chickening-out "perhaps"...

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Political Funeral Watch

By on 2.7.06 | 5:01PM

Drudge is reporting that some phony whacko liberal preacher identified as former prez Carter and a real lib preacher, one Joe Lowery, seized the occasion of Coretta Scott King's funeral to bash W, who was dutifully in attendance. Shades of Wellstone?

The 2002 funeral of Paul Wellstone was a politcal circus that marked what most people of taste and discretion thought would be the low-water mark for liberalism. But, instead, it marked the beginning of a fashion trend. The libs' performance at the CSK funeral today is just another development in the fashion line. Will the next lib funeral be a dinner/fundraiser? Could this be their secret plan to evade the lobbying reforms sure to grow out of the Abramoff scandal?

Political funerals, we must admit, didn't begin with Wellstone. And they won't end with King. But we are permitted a small wish that the oratory be more to the standard of Marc Antony at Caesar's than Jimmuh at Coretta's.

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Cartoon intifada hoaxers: squealing the facts

By on 2.7.06 | 2:59PM

Speaking tonight with Paul Belien of the Brussels Journal, who published within the last hours a stunning account of how the cartoon intifada riots stem in part from a hoax authored by hothead Danish imams.

The original 12 cartoon drawings of Mohammed and Islamic topics were published last September in Denmark. Danish imams, lead by hottest head Ahmad Abu Ladan, boss of the Islamic Society of Denmark, demanded apologies and reparations of obedience from the newspaper, the media, the government, and various ugly ducklings flying by; when that didn't work, Team Danish Hothead took the show on the road. Faxing and distributing the cartoons around the ummah and outposts, the imams added three cartoons that had not been published. When challenged, Team Danish Hothead claimed the additions were Danish original cartoons that illustrated the sort of disrespect that jihad and its pals routinely suffer in Denmark and Europe. The road show turned into an intifada when Damascus and Tehran seized on the Danish teacup tempest and dramatized big in Damascus and Beirut, burning flags, buildings, Euro bridges, swans.

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It’s Different in Kosland

By on 2.7.06 | 1:02PM

Michael Petrelis slams the New York Times for not publishing the cartoons at the center of the Inkifada story. Interestingly enough, he cross-posted this to a DailyKos diary -- and the Kos Kidz side overwhelmingly with the Times (except for the one guy who presumes that the Times must be bowing to Bush administration pressure).

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What Double Standard?

By on 2.7.06 | 12:52PM

The editors of Hamshari, the Iranian daily running a contest for the best Holocaust cartoon, seem to think that the Western free speech allows smearing Mohammed but would never stand for criticism of "Israel's Crimes." Jason Zengerle recalls a few cartoons in the Western media that the Iranians must have missed.

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Lefties for Jesus

By on 2.7.06 | 11:58AM

Over at OpinionJournal, our own Paul Beston reviews a book by "extremist for love" Shane Claiborne. Mr. Claiborne bears more than a passing resemblance to the sort of Marxist-pacifist you might see speaking to a gathering of old hippies in a college town somewhere. All that distinguishes him is his Christianity, and even that's not entirely unique; it echoes the Jim Wallis argument that a genuinely Christian politics amounts to almost unreconstructed leftism, tempered by a dash of abortion heterodoxy and animated by anti-war passions.

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Lobbying Reform

By on 2.7.06 | 10:33AM

We're hearing about a meeting that was held last Friday among a number of Republican/conservative staff from third party groups that lobby on Capitol Hill, everyone from the U.S. Chamber to the Family Research Council. The intent of the meeting was an update from the staff of Sen. John McCain and others on the Senate side about the lobbying reform effort.

The news from McCain's staff was to be expected: that the process was moving forward, there would most likely be legislation, but that the Senator preferred a tough, comprehensive look at the issue instead of window-dressing.

What was surprising, according to some attendees, was the blunt talk from Sen. Rick Santorum's aide, who essentially said that lobbying reform was inevitable and that everyone should just get in line and take it like a man.

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