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Press Freedom Day is being celebrated in the Islamic world, according to this report from the Saudi government "Arab News." The Organization of Islamic Conference has endorsed press freedom with one little catch. Here's the money quote:
The OIC has always underscored the importance of ensuring freedoms for all, chief among which is the freedom of expression. The organization has demanded that journalists performing their professional duties be protected.
However, the pan-Islamic organization said that with freedom comes responsibility. "The publication of the blasphemous caricatures of the Prophet (peace be upon him) last September and its ramifications, have provided each and everyone with the absolute evidence of the consequences of non-abidance by these regulations," the statement said.
"Therefore, the organization demands that an international legislation or a code of conduct be issued affirming the need to prevent dissemination of hatred, premeditated defamation and incitement of denigration," it added.
Should an NBA player who settled with the victim in a sexual assault case several years ago be bragging how he likes to play rough on the court? After last night's elbow-fest loss to Phoenix, which saw both him and the fellow defending him ejected from the game, here's what Kobe Bryant had to say: "That's how I grew up playing basketball in Philadelphia. I love playing that style. It excites me more than anything."
O.J. Simpson never had it so good.
Democrat Charlie Wilson won his primary race in Ohio’s 6th Congressional district as a write-in candidate on the backs of more than $1 million in Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee funds and more then $1.5 million in AFL-CIO money being poured into the district.
Wilson himself spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to get out enough votes to win. By AFL-CIO estimates, labor loaned
This election cycle is going to be fun to watch. Especially if you’re in a business that makes money off of campaigns.
Whatever happened to the principled, conservative, smart Mike DeWine who first was elected senator from Ohio? As I noted in today's web column, DeWine (who has been a disappointment on many levels) failed last year to give assurances that the judicial nomination of brilliant White House aide Brett Kavanaugh would be filibuster-proof by "Gang of 14" standards. Now, the Sulla Institute reports that at a campaign party last night in Ohio, DeWine appeared utterly clueless even about who Kavanaugh is, even though the Senate leadership has very publicly announced that Kavanaugh's will be the next nomination pushed to a floor vote. But wait, it gets a little worse: Sulla's "Lucius Cornelius" reported to me via e-mail that even after DeWine "nodded his head" when reminded that Kavanaugh was a judicial nominee, it appeared that "he probably still could not place the name."
In this interview in The Atlantic Online, center-left law professor Jeffrey Rosen gets into a fascinating discussion about Roe v. Wade and its effect on American politics for the past 33 years. Rosen's thesis that the Supreme Court should somehow function as "the most democratic branch" of government is sheer nonsense, but Rosen at least maintains some intellectual consistency within that rather untenable argument, and meanwhile his other insights are acutely perceptive. Oh, and by the way, Rosen, who considers himself pro-choice, has always said that Roe was wrongly, or at least poorly, decided.
It should come as no surprise that Sen. Arlen Specter is supporting the liberal Republican leadership in the Pennsylvania statehouse against their conservative primary opponents. Again, we ask, what hath the GOP wrought in supporting Snarlin' Arlen in 2004?
Those legislators are the ones who voted themselves and the Pennsylvania judiciary an unconstitutional pay raise last year, detailed here.