May 30, 2010
May 29, 2010
The article is half-ridiculous and basically says that if the Pakistani Taliban manages to pull off a successful attack in the US (a thwarted attack doesn’t count, apparently) and if that attack can be traced to them then the US will consider a unilateral attack. The report does go on to say:
The U.S. has put Pakistan “on a clock” to launch a new intelligence and counterterrorist offensive against the group, which the White House alleges was behind the Times Square bombing attempt, according to the official.
Ohhh, they’re on the clock now. That’ll put the fear into them.
May 26, 2010
There are things I will never understand:
-Why women buy Kate Spade bags.
-Really, Eliot Spitzer, hookers!?
-And why our options are A) hating Muslims or B) building a mosque at Ground Zero.
Let’s review. On 9/11/01, nearly 9 years ago though it seems more like 90, 19 men who were all of the same religious faith, killed thousands of people by turning planes into missiles and flying them into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
They were motivated to do this by that faith.
Whatever other argument can be made, that they were radicalized by American actions, that they were undereducated and poor with few options, that they were brainwashed by powerful people, the fact remains that they were all Muslim and that this was no coincidence. It wasn’t 18 Muslims and 1 Christian guy. There wasn’t an agnostic in the group. Their actions were part of a jihad, what Wikipedia defines as “an Islamic term, a religious duty of Muslims. In Arabic, the word jihād is a noun meaning “struggle.” ” Their religion was at the forefront of their actions.
Do non-Muslims commit terrorist acts? Sure, let’s go with that. But do these non-Muslim terrorists commit their acts in the name of their religion, with a global network which supports, condones, or at the minimum merely looks the other way and half-understands? Find me Timothy McVeigh’s global network. Show me the Unabomber’s support group connected to his faith.
Are there Muslims who don’t support this jihad? OF COURSE. And it is a travesty that these terrorists act in their name. But that does not mean that these terrorists acts are not tied to Islam. Ultimately they are, they are, they are, and saying so doesn’t mean that I hate Muslims who live peacefully and don’t want to see me dead. It is a fact that Islam is inextricably tied to the murder of 3000 people in this one attack, and to many more dead in others.
And that is why a mosque at Ground Zero is just unacceptable. It is one thing to celebrate and worship Islam 20 blocks away in either direction. It’s another to have it at the site where the slaughter of innocents took place in the name of Islam. It isn’t a sign of openness and understanding to put a mosque in this location. It is a prize to those who hate us, it is a monument to the side that won the battle that day.
The peaceful Muslims who have no quarrel with us? They should understand that this mosque should not be built on or very near this space. Choose another location, and let’s move on.
I love this article, about a restaurant-owner father who insists on a family meal every night and makes his kids try every dish.
I hope I have the will to make my kids eat more than plain spaghetti. So many parents have told me that it’s hard not to give up and make chicken nuggets every night.
I, for the record, was not like the children in this article. My father would offer me money to try different foods and I never would anyway. There was one family vacation where I ate nothing but french fries and few remember me eating anything in high school other than tuna sandwiches. I didn’t try seafood until my early 20’s, sushi until my mid-20’s, and had my first burger, seriously, at 30. But here’s hoping Sadie will be different (better).
May 25, 2010
May 23, 2010
I keep hearing liberals smugly ask when the “free market” is going to step in and clean up the oil spill in the Gulf. Their joke, of course, is that we need government when things go wrong, and that those of us who believe government is more of a hindrance than a help are kidding ourselves.
What they don’t realize is that they’re inadvertently making the argument for smaller-government: Of course no one is going to step in and do anything if they know the government will always do it for them. As we said in 4th grade, duh. And thus we become reliant on an inefficient, inept body which responds to our needs but in the poorest, most useless way possible. Who, exactly, wins with that system?
May 20, 2010
May 19, 2010
Sure Obama will. One of these days…
May 18, 2010
IC and I are planning a summer trip to Spain. Right now our loose itinerary is Madrid (stop in Toledo on the way), Sevilla (Granada and Cordoba maybe), Marbella or Malaga, Valencia, Barcelona. Neither of us have been there before (I’d been to Tenerife but that barely counts) so any and all suggestions are welcome, including route ideas. Thanks!
May 17, 2010
My husband has officially banned me from joining Foursquare. For those who don’t know what it is, it’s essentially an online program where you “check-in” somewhere, say the Empire State Building, and the program lets all your friends know so that they can be like “hey, I’m by the Empire State Building too, let’s meet up!” (Meeting up with people wherever we go just might be my husband’s personal nightmare and he thinks I overshare online anyway, thus I am prohibited from joining.)
Once you check in somewhere more than anyone else, you become “mayor” of that location. Of course, this really makes me want to do it. There are at least two Starbucks in my vicinity that I feel I can become mayor of by the time this week is over. I can hear my husband saying “I’ll buy you all the Starbucks coffee you want” but it’s kind of not the same, is it? I WANNA BE MAYOR!
May 16, 2010
Hat-tip Oddlane’s twitter.
May 14, 2010
…Lionel Richie has finally commented on the appointment of Elena Kagan. So stop holding your breath.
May 11, 2010
What I wrote on Twitter: “It’s unfortunate that Elena Kagan won’t be able to make decisions as well as a wise Latina woman. #scotus”
May 10, 2010
Allah wonders how the nutroots “would have reacted to George “Adolf” Bush casually wondering whether having so many voices in the public square is healthy for a democracy.”
I wonder how many times we’d hear Bush was stoooopid if he included the X-box and Playstation as examples of places where people consume media.
May 5, 2010
Actual AP headline: NY car bomb suspect cooperates, but motive mystery
What could it be?