Sunday, September 30, 2007

Journalism in Action

Is getting the name of the country you're covering right too much to ask for the J-School glitterati polluting the mainstream media? Apparently, yes.

Yahoo is running an AP story on Kyrgyzstan that manages to flub the Central Asian country's name—twice.

First, in the headline, where Kyrgyzstan is rendered "Kyrgzstan". That could be Yahoo's fault.

But not the second mistake. In the second-to-last paragraph of the story, they screw it up in new and wonderful ways, this time calling the country "Kygyzstan".

Gosh, it's not that hard. Ever wonder if these people should, you know, even have the jobs their well-connected parents helped them get?

The Worst Person in the World

With apologies to Keith Olbermann.

John McCain pandering to the Worst Base in the WorldTM:
I just have to say in all candor that since this nation was founded primarily on Christian principles ... personally, I prefer someone who I know who has a solid grounding in my faith.
He went on to add that the Christian faith is an "important part of our qualifications to lead."

Somebody better tell Joe Lieberman and Keith Ellison and hustle these undesirables out of Congress.

Of course, we all know what McCain thinks should happen to people who express such outrageous un-American beliefs.

Need any help packing those bags, John?

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Bush in Wonderland

Chutzpah, indeed, for Barack Obama to be called "intellectually lazy" by the most morally and intellectually bankrupt White House in decades—if not in the history of this great country.

How do they arrive at such a bizarre conclusion? Perhaps Karl Rove left his math book behind when he left.

Anyhow, Obama should take this slight as a badge of honor and as a good omen, since the Bush administration has been so disastrously wrong about nearly everything lately and they have an even worse record, if that's possible, in predicting election results.

The only thing Bush is worse at is coming to terms with reality. He continues to act as if his beleaguered party did not lose control of both houses of Congress in 2006.

Unfortunately, so do the Democrats.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Republican Bigotry Watch

I know, I know—so much material, so little time.

Today's jaw-dropping GOP chauvinism comes from prominent House member Peter King (R.-NY), who told Politico that there are "too many mosques in this country".

Personally, I think there are too many asshole Republicans like Peter King in this country, but I guess that's where he and I differ.

King now says his words were "taken out of context". Unfortunately for him, Politico has video. Oops.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

All You Need to Know

A passage from an article called "A Crisis of Political Faith for Evangelicals" that was featured on Yahoo the other day (and that originally appeared in Congressional Quarterly Weekly) caught my eye:
...the president's support for granting a path to citizenship for those who entered the country illegally has further strained the GOP's relations with the evangelical base...
Certainly there are erroneous yet plausible religious arguments against gay marriage and abortion; there's no conceivable faith-based argument against illegal immigration. If anything, true Christians are enjoined to love their neighbors and forgive those who trespass against them. Literally.

The fact that "softness" on illegal immigration creates strain with the holy rollers tells you everything you need to know about the so-called "evangelical" political movement in this country.

Oh, they're evangelizing alright, but that ain't the Good News they're spreading. The "evangelical base" is a political bloc that uses "faith" as a cover for advocating draconian social repression and outright racism.

There's no pretty way to say it. Nor should there be.

Ignorancetapundit

Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds has a little post on how a formerly pro-Osama cleric is now condemning his violent acts against Muslims and others.

Reynolds responds with this pearl of wisdom: "When terrorist violence was a problem for America nobody minded. Now that it's a problem for Arabs...."

How could even a semi-intelligent, half-informed person say such a stupid thing? Has he never heard of the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya or, say, Algeria, which had an admittedly easy-to-miss eleven year civil war between the government and Islamist militants that claimed upwards of 200,000 lives?

Violence aimed at the West and America in particular is a relatively recent phenomenon in the history of Islamist terrorism. It's traditional and natural target has always been what Fawaz Gerges calls the "Near Enemy", or the repressive and corrupt regimes of the Arab world. Sadly, terrorist violence has been a "problem for the Arabs" far longer than it's been a problem for America.

Would this kind of fundamental ignorance ever be countenanced in a "respected" commentator on any other subject? Outside of the Giuliani campaign, I mean.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Joke for the Day

...the right has somehow, and without it being really commented upon, become the chief bulwark of civil liberties in this country, while the left...has become timid and authoritarian.

—Istapundit, 9/12/2001

Bonus Joke:

Someone will propose new "Antiterrorism" legislation. It will be full of things off of bureaucrats' wish lists. They will be things that wouldn't have prevented these attacks even if they had been in place yesterday. Many of them will be civil-liberties disasters. Some of them will actually promote the kind of ill-feeling that breeds terrorism. That's what happened in 1996. Let's not let it happen again.
—Instapundit, 9/11/2001.

Yeah, let's not. Thanks for all your help with that, Glenn.

On a side note, what a traitor-commie-nazi Glenn Reynolds was, calling for restraint even as the wreckage of the WTC burned in lower Manhattan. It's good to see he's picked up his game since then.
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