BBC invited me on tonight for Newsnight (about 1730 our time, 2230 Brit time) to beat up on the French. It took several picoseconds to decide to do it. See ya on the Beeb.
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WUSA Channel 9 has apparently created a special graphic for every George Allen story, whether or not it is related to his "macaca" incident. For a story about President Bush campaigning for the Senator in Virginia Wednesday, WUSA includes Allen's picture next to a "Decision '06" logo and the words, "Controversial Remarks."
When Israeli soldiers were kidnapped recently, so-called human rights activists such as Jimmy Carter pinned the blame on the Jewish state, the idea being that the kidnapping was merely a reaction to Israel holding Palestinian and Hezbollah prisoners.
A Palestinian terrorist group identifying itself as "Holy Jihad Brigades" has just released this video of kidnapped Fox News journalists Olaf Wiig and Steve Centanni. The terrorist group is giving the U.S. 72 hours to release Muslim prisoners being held in America, or else...well, that's not clear now, but you can use your imagination.
Heather Mac Donald has made it her business to complain about theological impositions upon the conservative movement of late. After a go-round with Michael Novak, she just wants us Christian types to know that the faith is quite unreasonable given the bad things that happen to good people in this world.
Well, thank you, Voltaire. The Christians, Jews, etc. may as well hang it up.
Mac Donald can't understand how there can be a God when people die and suffer, not only from the actions of other people, but also because of natural catastrophes. God looks like a very delinquent daddy in her eyes. The idea is less ridiculous than thinking there is no God at all.
There are many problems with Mac Donald's approach. For example, if it is the case that there is a God and He is essentially infinite compared to our finitude, then it stands to reason that we would not be able to fully comprehend Him and why His universe acts as it does. Mac Donald can't understand God and thus writes him off. It doesn't mean God doesn't exist and doesn't have reasons we cannot currently comprehend. "Who has known the mind of God and who has been his counselor?"
Apparently, these are not merely hypotheticals. This morning's Washington Post Express (PDF) has a brief bit on page 24 about an upcoming CNN special on Osama bin Laden. Here's the money paragraph:
One reporter remembers coming upon bin Laden in Afghanistan during the war against the Soviet Union. They politely discussed politics and religion for a half hour, and then he was dismissed with the warning, "If I see you again, I will kill you."
Jonah Goldberg has an column out today accusing liberals of a double standard for arguing for a flexible, living constitution that evolves with the times while supporting a narrow reading when it comes to the War on Terror.
While I can understand the temptation to make such an argument, it can also be turned around. Liberals can argue that conservatives are always fussing about appointing judges that strictly interpret the constitution, while during the War on Terror they have been willing to allow for a broader definition of the document when it comes to executive power during wartime.
In an article about his next Fauxumentary, "Sicko", Michael Moore states, "I'd like to show you some things you don't know. So stay tuned for where this movie has led me. I think you might enjoy it."
Um, I don't know, but I can venture a pretty good guess as to where his Fauxumentary had "led" him based on another comment in the article:
Interesting that Tehran is now saying they're willing to enter serious negotiations now. What should the EUnuchs learn from that about what they've been doing for the past three years?
How to negotiate with terrorists:
Terrorism Advocate: "I would like for you to be dead....and your children....and your wife will be stoned to death."Read it all over at Tusk and Talon.
Diologue Advocate: "I understand your feelings. But we can't really have people going around killing others. Can we agree on that?"
Terrorism Advocate: "No. You are an infidel. Your words are spoken with a devil tongue. You must die. You, your children, your wife, and your neighbors."