- The Democrats rushed into Congress like a victorious horde and now they sit weighed down under the same poor approval ratings as Bush. The Democrats had hoped to waste 2 years picking fights with Bush and then cakewalk to the Presidency in 08, but instead they're realizing that a congress which does nothing more than pick fights with the President and then lose them isn't going to have the support of anybody but the fringe of their own party-- and that fringe sees them as sellouts for pushing for a withdrawal date-- instead of an immediate withdrawal from Iraq.
Accountability is no fun. For six years the Democrats played backseat driver and now their party is splintered between moderates and left wing radicals and have found themselves in power just in time to share the blame. While the radicals fight over who voted for the War in Iraq, the Democratic leadership tries to figure out how to do something remotely useful by next year-- before they're seen as part of the problem. Too late.
- The media has surprisingly covered the Hamas Mouse tale, but it's also done its best to cover up that TV show's call for world Islamic domination and misreported claims of the show's cancellation. The sheer wackiness of the high pitched mouse shrieking calls for murder accompanied by a perverted version of the Mouseketeers club served as a perverted funhouse mirror version of American popular culture-- helped insure that it would be reported. But it was ultimately the availability of the video that has helped keep the media honest.
5 or 10 years ago, the story would have been easily buried. Today, despite YouTube's attempt at pulling several Hamas Mickey videos, there are still dozens online and they contain the transcription of what was actually being said. Talking back to the media used to mean talking to a wall. Today talking back to the media is a lot easier with a platform like YouTube which has more daily visitors by far, than any major media outlet. Pile on the blogs and you can see the balance of power shifting.
- Christopher Hitchens has an excellent article taking a look at the Islamization of England with an unforgettable closing line.
"A recent poll by the Policy Exchange think tank captures the problem in one finding: 59 percent of British Muslims would prefer to live under British law rather than Shari'a; 28 percent would choose Shari'a. But among those 55 and older, only 17 percent prefer Shari'a, whereas in the 16-to-24 age group the figure rises to 37 percent. Almost exactly the same proportions apply when the question is whether or not a Muslim who converts to another faith should be put to death...
And there it all is: foaming, bearded preachers calling for crucifixion of unbelievers, for homosexuals to be thrown off mountaintops, for disobedient and "deficient" women to be beaten into submission, and for Jewish and Indian property and life to be destroyed. "You have to bomb the Indian businesses, and as for the Jews, you kill them physically," as one sermonizer, calling himself Sheikh al-Faisal, so prettily puts it. This stuff is being inculcated in small children—who are also informed that the age of consent should be nine years old, in honor of the prophet Muhammad's youngest spouse...
I find myself haunted by a challenge that was offered on the BBC by a Muslim activist named Anjem Choudary: a man who has praised the 9/11 murders as "magnificent" and proclaimed that "Britain belongs to Allah." When asked if he might prefer to move to a country which practices Shari'a, he replied: "Who says you own Britain anyway?" A question that will have to be answered one way or another."
- IsraPundit's Ted Belman comments on Victor Davis Hanson's The Islamic Threat is Not Going Away.
- At The Last Best Place, there's a roundup of coverage of Darfur in the Arab press.
- Shiloh Musings writes on Tipex at Eurovision.
- Maggie's Notebook rounds up news on the Democrats and Iraq
- Right Truth writes on efforts at shaming Pro-Illegal politicians
- Linda is still in the JIB Finals running so please go and vote for her
- JPix 7 is up at Temunot
- Finally Lemon Lime Moon writes on the media's distortion of history in describing Herod in Palestine.