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May 30, 2010

Hillary Clinton says US should be more like Brazil

Yes, that Brazil, the one with a GDP per capita of 10k.

Posted by Karol at 01:18 AM | Comments (1)

May 29, 2010

That unilateral Obama

Report: US weighs military option in Pakistan

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.

Posted by Karol at 12:41 AM | Comments (0)

May 26, 2010

No I don’t hate Muslims but thanks for asking

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.

Posted by Karol at 01:31 PM | Comments (69)

Eater

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).

Hat-tip IC.

Posted by Karol at 01:02 AM | Comments (6)

May 25, 2010

May 23, 2010

Stating the obvious

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?

Posted by Karol at 11:33 PM | Comments (5)

May 20, 2010

Sadie at 3 1/2 months

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May 19, 2010

Answer tough questions from the press?

Sure Obama will. One of these days…

Via Allahpundit’s twitter.

Posted by Karol at 11:50 PM | Comments (2)

May 18, 2010

Ever been to Spain? Tell me about it.

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!

Posted by Karol at 06:23 PM | Comments (7)

May 17, 2010

I want to be mayor. Of Starbucks.

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!

Posted by Karol at 12:21 PM | Comments (8)

May 16, 2010

Did you know the Obama healthcare bill could be woven into a love story?

No? Then you don’t read the NY Times.

Posted by Karol at 11:29 PM | Comments (2)

U.S apologizes to China for not letting Mexican illegal immigrants into Arizona

If that sounds ridiculous to you then you have not been paying attention.

Hat-tip Oddlane’s twitter.

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May 14, 2010

Because you’ve all been dying to know…

Lionel Richie has finally commented on the appointment of Elena Kagan. So stop holding your breath.

Posted by Karol at 02:12 PM | Comments (5)

May 11, 2010

On Kagan for Supreme Court

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”

Posted by Karol at 06:11 PM | Comments (1)

May 10, 2010

Obama: All these opposing opinions are making it harder for me to lead!

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.

Posted by Karol at 01:32 PM | Comments (7)

May 5, 2010

Yes, the motive is such a mystery

Actual AP headline: NY car bomb suspect cooperates, but motive mystery

UPDATE: John Hawkins notices the same thing, this time at CBS: Faisal Shahzad’s Motive Shrouded in Mystery

What could it be?

Posted by Karol at 01:23 PM | Comments (4)
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