Quick picks for Monday

I’m still happil figuring out all the bells and whistles on my new iPhone, so I’ll start off this Monday with a few quick picks:

No wonder Putin still dreams of the old Empire:  it turns out that, if the Soviet Union still existed, it would have left all the other countries int he dust when it came to medals.  (H/t:  SJ)

Looking at the two candidates purely as marketable products, consumer testing is not going too well for Obama.

Daniel Pipes explains that, no matter how often Obama (honestly) protests that he is not now a Muslim, Muslims worldwide nevertheless view him as one.  This fact is a wash, though.  While it may make some feel fonder of the US, it may make others even more hostile as an apostate leads Islam’s greatest enemy.

Speaking of Islam, yet another country turns into a Sharia experiment — which was immediately bad news for the 3,000 formerly upstanding non-Muslim citizens who became non-citizens at the stroke of a pen.  Dhimmitude is never a good thing for those in Dhimmi position.

Turns out that, all his protestations of “new politics” and “change” to the contrary, Obama is just another Chicago pol, handing out loose change — lots of it — to his friends.  In other words, his style of politics is as old as the hills.

Who knew that I’d find myself agreeing with Stanley Fish?  He’s right this time, noting that, as a technical matter, Random House’s decision to withdraw from publishing a book about Mohammed’s nine year old wife is not technically censorship.  Censorship comes from government.  However, Fish is wrong to strike such a strident tone on the point, since it allows him to avoid the obvious fact, which is that, while free speech around the Western world isn’t being governmentally censored into oblivion, it is nevertheless being terrorized into oblivion.  Perhaps it’s time to come up with a new phrase, that doesn’t allow people to hide behind legalisms to excuse what’s obviously happening at the hands of radical Islam worldwide:  “Terror Induced Silence?”  “The Sharia Shut-up?”  I don’t know.  Maybe you can think of something.

The National Review editors give a neat, one-paragraph rundown explaining why the Democratic party is one that either Truman or Kennedy would be unlikely to recognize.

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  • jlibson

    blah blah blah…iPhone!!

    Go to the app store and get some of the games that test the accelerometer. There is a game that is based on those old “tilt a box to roll a marble through a maze” game. I was playing with my friend’s iPhone and downloaded one.

    Tilting the iPhone around gently in order to roll the ball is surprisingly entertaining.

  • suek
  • Ymarsakar

    “Terror Induced Silence?” “The Sharia Shut-up?”

    Cowardice, lacking a spine, being a sheep.

  • Mike Devx

    Terror-induced silence…

    Our leftist fellow Americans rant on in full Bush Derangement Syndrome mode about how Bush is destroying freedoms that Americans hold dear. Yet it is clear that nearly everywhere across the face of this Earth, it is the radical Islamists that are shutting down every aspect of free speech.

    They are shutting it down for non-Muslims, that is. The definition of a non-Muslim: Anyone who doesn’t agree with them. Even other Muslims, whom they call apostates. Why? For not agreeing with them.

    And then, inevitably, follow the death threats. Death threats to us all. Now, death threats are scary, but if we keep giving into them, eventually there shall be no freedom at all. Anywhere. What a wonderful world.

    Time to grow a spine. It may be time to start hosting my own web page, with a prominent link to the Danish Cartoons. Perhaps I will create advertisements for ‘The Jewel Of Medina’, Ms. Brooks’ suppressed book about Mohammed’s eight-year-old wife, Shirley Temple. Or whatever her name was.

    Perhaps I will protest by displaying the Danish cartoons on placards on my front lawn. I wonder what my neighbors would say. Would they express fear to me? Would they be outraged? Would my tires get flattened, my car windows smashed, sugar in my gas tank, all done in the dark of night, by “aggrieved youths” in the furtive dark of night. (Aggrieved youth being the mainstream media’s favorite mechanism for hiding the identity and nature of murderous Islamic thugs who are the Brownshirts of our times.)

    Sigh.

  • suek

    There is no doubt that freedom of speech is a critical freedom. Without it, all the others couldn’t even be discussed. Suppression of free speech is vital to the fascist agenda.

    http://michellemalkin.com/2008/08/25/obama-threatens-tv-stations-airing-ayers-ad/

  • Ozzie

    Our leftist fellow Americans rant on in full Bush Derangement Syndrome mode about how Bush is destroying freedoms that Americans hold dear. – Mike D.

    They’re not paying attention, then. Bill Clinton was also known as a “serial violator of the Bill of Rights.”

    The freedoms that America holds dear have been in jeopardy for a long time. the only ones who can destroy them is us.

    “There is no doubt that freedom of speech is a critical freedom. Without it, all the others couldn’t even be discussed. Suppression of free speech is vital to the fascist agenda.’ — suek

    Do you think freedom of speech has been protected during the Bush administration?

  • suek

    >>Do you think freedom of speech has been protected during the Bush administration?>>

    Actually yes, more than it should have been. I think the NYT has been guilty of treason for some of the articles it has printed, and no legal repercussions have followed. I think they should have.

    How do you “protect” a right?

  • Ozzie

    think the NYT has been guilty of treason for some of the articles it has printed, and no legal repercussions have followed. I think they should have.- suek

    Judith Miller’s front page (yet false) stories came from Bush administration officials and were then used by Bush administration officials to sell the American public on the war in Iraq.

    History shows that, when it comes to war, this has often been the case.

    The media can’t be trusted for a variety of reasons.

  • Ymarsakar

    Richard Armitage is not a Bush administration official.

  • Ymarsakar

    It’s not time to grow a spine, it’s time to learn how to break the spine of our enemies.

    Learn target focus training or just pick any number of other traditional or modern disciplines that teach you how to kill utilizing the tools available to you as a civilian in the US. If they want to kill you or your family, then that is fine. Now you have no legal excuse not to destroy them and nor do they have the legal excuse of legal protections and due process. There is no due process if you get yourself killed in a war.

  • Ozzie

    “Richard Armitage is not a Bush administration official” – Ymar

    Actually, I was thinking of Juduith Miller’s realtionship with Scooter Libby.

    I’ll lay out the case for you:

    1. In 2000, a memo from a former colleague described New York Times reporter Miller as “an advocate,” whose work “is little more than dictation from government sources . . . filled with unproven assertions and factual inaccuracies.” James Bamford later asserted that Miller “had been a trusted outlet for the INC’s [Iraqi National Congress'] anti-Saddam propaganda for years.”
    2. A story by Miller, containing disinformation indicating that Saddam Hussein sought high-strength aluminum tubes to develop a nuclear bomb, ran on the front page of the New York Times. Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice took to the Sunday morning talk shows, repeating Miller’s assertions — with Rice telling CNN, “We don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.”
    3. Miller went to jail for refusing to name her source in the Plamegate investigation, (Scooter Libby) where she was visited by John Bolton, whose nomination for UN ambassador had been called into question by “claims that he tried to manipulate US intelligence to support his hawkish views.” Libby, who was later indicted in the Plame case, wrote her this cryptic letter: “You went into jail in the summer. It is fall now. You will have stories to cover — Iraqi elections and suicide bombers, biological threats and the Iranian nuclear program. Out West, where you vacation, the aspens will already be turning. They turn in clusters, because their roots connect them. Come back to work — and life. Until then, you will remain in my thoughts and prayers. With admiration, Scooter Libby.”

    The Government Accountability Office also found that the Bush administration violated the law by engaging in “covert propaganda” within the U.S. after producing phony stories hyping everything from Medicare to federal student loan programs, which ran on American TV disguised as “news.” It then turned around and paid columnist and frequent TV talk show guest Armstrong Williams $241,000 to promote its No Child Left Behind legislation.

    Columnists Maggie Gallagher and Michael McManus were also on the White House payroll, and male prostitute Jeff Gannon, of Talon News and GOPUSA raised eyebrows, too. . “Planting or even just sanctioning a political operative in the WH press room is a dangerous precedent,” CBS reported, while most Americans paid no attention to the men behind the curtain.

  • Ymarsakar

    Actually, I was thinking of Juduith Miller’s realtionship with Scooter Libby.

    And I was thinking about who leaked Valerie Plame’s name.

  • Ymarsakar

    You won’t believe this, Oz, for you see the Republicans and Democrats as too even in terms of deception operations and propaganda skill, but the Republicans couldn’t actually run a disinformation, counter-espionage, counter-propaganda, or propaganda operation that could produce any real results.

    All the ones that are working and haven’t been uncovered by the media because the media is part of the propaganda machine, are the ones you should worry about. But you won’t, for it is always easier to focus on the Republicans and make believe you are giving both sides a pox on their houses, when the Democrats have all their goodies safe from the eyes of Oz.

  • Ymarsakar

    The Government Accountability Office also found that the Bush administration violated the law by engaging in “covert propaganda” within the U.S. after producing phony stories hyping everything from Medicare to federal student loan programs, which ran on American TV disguised as “news.” It then turned around and paid columnist and frequent TV talk show guest Armstrong Williams $241,000 to promote its No Child Left Behind legislation.

    All you see is what the Leftist media operators want you to see.

    The simple proof is that you have no idea what George Soros has been doing, no idea what CAIR has been doing, no idea of the damage the ACLU has done to the US Constitution, and certainly no idea on how the American general, Petraeus, has helped advance human liberty in the world.

    A coincidence? I think not.

  • Ozzie

    And I was thinking about who leaked Valerie Plame’s name- Ymar

    Scooter Libby leaked Valerie Plame’s name to Judith Miller.

    “Fitzgerald asked Miller if she’d ever had occasion to talk with Libby after the two meetings at which she said he told her that Joseph Wilson’s wife worked for the CIA.”

    http://www.salon.com/politics/war_room/2007/01/31/aspens/

  • Ozzie

    All the ones that are working and haven’t been uncovered by the media because the media is part of the propaganda machine, are the ones you should worry about. But you won’t, for it is always easier to focus on the Republicans . .Ymar

    Currently the Republicans are in the White House and are the ones who’ve been mucking everything up…

    If Obama gets elected and a member of his administration plants phony evidence to make a case for war or outs a CIA agent through his contacts in the media, I’ll be pretty upset with him, too.

  • Ozzie

    The Government Accountability Office also found that the Bush administration violated the law by engaging in “covert propaganda” within the U.S. after producing phony stories hyping everything from Medicare to federal student loan programs, which ran on American TV disguised as “news.” It then turned around and paid columnist and frequent TV talk show guest Armstrong Williams $241,000 to promote its No Child Left Behind legislation.- Me

    All you see is what the Leftist media operators want you to see – Ymar

    Is the GOA “Leftist”? FOX News covered this, as well, Ymar

    GAO: Education Dept. Violated Propaganda Ban in Hiring Columnist

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,170922,00.html

  • suek

    Ymar…

    Check out that Michelle Malkin link – it gives a partial list of donations to Lib 527s…the numbers are staggering…

  • Zhombre

    A lot of people in government believe GAO stands for Genuine A-holes Observing.

  • Ymarsakar

    Scooter Libby leaked Valerie Plame’s name to Judith Miller.

    Ah, there goes that government propaganda line.

    Is the GOA “Leftist”? FOX News covered this, as well, Ymar

    Let’s say a parent who is Leftist talks about Bush’s boyishness and his child reports it to his class mates. Does that make the child a Leftist… come on, Oz, you know the answer to that question.

    Currently the Republicans are in the White House and are the ones who’ve been mucking everything up…

    I wonder what the excuse will be if Obama gets elected to the Black House. I suppose you can make it a crime to be conservative based upon hate speech laws, Oz. That’d be a good thing to see come about in entropy’s name, wouldn’t it.