The U.S. and U.K. Both ‘Go Wobbly’ on Terrorism here.
Jocelyne Cesari, Director of the Islam in the West Program at the Harvard Divinity School, writes a negative review of Christopher Caldwell’s book, Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West.
Despite this polished façade, Caldwell’s book is nothing more than a patchwork of clichés and stereotypes about Islam and Muslims; exploiting the fear of, and insecurity about, Islam.
Who knew that Jesus would return to Russia?
The beard and long hair are both present and correct.
And with his flowing linen robes and beatific smile he certainly does a fine impression of a holy man.
But to his believers in this remote corner of Siberia, Sergei Torop, a former traffic policeman, is the literal reincarnation of none other than Jesus Christ.
Read more here.
The Economist has an interview with The Corner‘s Jim Manzi.
Bay Area newspapers are providing an online database of public employee salaries, and includes this note from the editor.
Today, we are launching a searchable online database with the salaries of more than 134,000 public employees — people paid with taxpayer money. The database is the result of work done by more than two dozen Bay Area News Group reporters around the region. Although we include 64 governmental entities, we plan to continuously update the database as we obtain more salary information. Providing this type of information supports our belief that government transparency is vital to democracy. Indeed, the Contra Costa Times filed a lawsuit in 2004 based on this belief. In a state Supreme Court case decided in our favor in 2007, 11 judges agreed. The result is one of the most comprehensive local government salary databases ever compiled in California.
Read the story and search the database here.
Spengler (David Layman) reviews The End of Secularism.
The 10 most expensive cars to own and drive here.
The new hip sport?
Today’s average bowler is 29 years old, according to the Associated Press, citing numbers from Strike Ten Entertainment, the marketing Advertisement arm of the bowling industry. Women make up 49 percent of bowlers. There are 5,500 places to bowl in the United States, and nearly 70 million people bowled last year.
And fewer of them are showing up because they’re in a league. Increasingly, bowlers are simply out for a night with friends, says Jim King, editor of Bowling This Month magazine.
“Last year, more people bowled than the year before,” says King, who also presides over the Senior All Star Bowling Association in Texas. “That’s the first time that’s happened, at least since the ’70s.”
A nice post by Jeremy D. Boreing at Big Hollywood, A Christian Nation
Al Jazeera was clearly better, more honest, more informative and more entertaining than CNN International or the BBC. And kinder to the US.
As an avid cyclist (both with motor and without), I find the following statistics not a least bit surprising!
More than 52,000 bicyclists have been killed in bicycle traffic accidents in the U.S. over the 80 years the federal government has been keeping records. When it comes to sharing the road with cars, many people seem to assume that such accidents are usually the cyclist’s fault — a result of reckless or aggressive riding. But an analysis of police reports on 2,752 bike-car accidents in Toronto found that clumsy or inattentive driving by motorists was the cause of 90 percent of these crashes. Among the leading causes: running a stop sign or traffic light, turning into a cyclist’s path, or opening a door on a biker. This shouldn’t come as too big a surprise: motorists cause roughly 75 percent of motorcycle crashes too.
Hakimullah Mehsud is the new leader of the Pakistani Taliban.
Texas A&M agrees that a campus Christian club may remain Christian.
Personally, I believe that something needs to be done about health care in this country. What that something is, is an entirely different issue. However, whatever the something turns out to be, I think it should apply to ALL Americans, and that includes all government workers, including of course, politicians. It’s time to end the “this is for you but we have something else” dodge.
Is Faith the Product of an Irrational Mind? See here for the answer.
Power Line hears from Dore Gold regarding his new book, The Rise of Nuclear Iran: How Tehran Defies the West.
In 1983 Sen. Edward Kennedy reached out to the Russians for help in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election.
If you want to meet crazy, you need go no further than Mike Malloy. Not surprisingly, Mallow is also an atheist.
Is there still any doubt that there is no bottom, no depth below which the crazed, incestuous coupling of American Christianity and American Fascism will not take this decaying society?
Even with the insane ravings and body spasms of a drug-addled freak like Rush Limbaugh; the gibbering bullshit and potential on-camera suicide by the alcoholic Glenn Beck; the demon-possessed (or demon-exorcised; who knows?) shrieks of a once and future Republican presidential hopeful about “death panels” that may pass judgement [sic] on her grandmother and her (as she describes him) “baby with Down Syndrome,” the increasingly incoherent Sarah Palin; even with all that foaming, acid-soaked madness there is an even deeper pit into which America’s Curse of Christian Fascism is trying to drag us all.
It’s not “fascist” to speak out against policies and programs, otherwise Democrats could be called “fascists” for opposing Bush for the past eight years. What is fascist is trying to silence your opponents, they way the left-wing does today. I first noticed this during the last Presidential campaign when leftists tried to silence (astroturf) a talk show host in Chicago who was featuring an author critical of Obama. The host, Milton Rosenberg, said at the time that he have never before seen such action in 35 years at WGN. This is the same thing the Left does by constantly attacking right wing talk show hosts like Malloy does, they want control over ALL media, and they can’t stand the fact that conservatives control talk radio. Now that is fascism in reality!
For more about Malloy, read this.
For further evidence of the above comments, check out this audio of Rep. Diane Watson [D] who made
some astonishing comments including claims that those opposed to health care reform are attempting to destroy a president “who looks like me.”
Later, Watson praised heath care in Fidel Castro’s Cuba — and, it seemed, the Cuban revolution itself.
If it’s the right-wing that’s pro-fascist, why is always Liberals who praise true fascist dictators such as Castro, Hugo Chavez, and the like?
As far as the “Christian Fascism” part, until the Left attacks true fascism, radical Islamic fascism , I see no need to take their “Christian Fascism” critique very seriously.
UPDATE: Fidel Castro agrees that those opposing Obama are racist.
President Barack Obama is trying to make positive changes in the United States, but is being fought at every turn by right-wingers who hate him because he is black, former Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on Tuesday.