Monday, April 21, 2008

About Obama's terrorist acquaintance --

Here a former Clinton administration member slams St Barack for consorting with terrorists and not really caring about the fact that they stand by what they did.

This exercise in moral equivalence is unconvincing, if not dishonest. Would Obama be friendly with someone who actually bombed abortion clinics and defends that conduct? Not likely. But he is friendly with William Ayers, a leader of the radical Weather Underground, which in the 1970s carried out numerous bombings, including one inside the U.S. Capitol. (Though the last person who should object is Hillary Clinton, whose husband pardoned two Weather Underground members.)

Obama minimized his relationship by acknowledging only that he knows Ayers. But they have quite a bit more of a connection than that. He's appeared on panels with Ayers, served on a foundation board with him and held a 1995 campaign event at the home of Ayers and his wife, fellow former terrorist Bernardine Dohrn. Ayers even gave money to one of his campaigns.

It's not as though Ayers and Dohrn have denied or repudiated their crimes. After emerging from years in hiding, they escaped federal prosecution because of government misconduct in gathering evidence, but they don't pretend they were innocent. In 2001, Ayers said, "I don't regret setting bombs. I feel we didn't do enough."

Friday, April 18, 2008

The Corner on National Review Online

Karl Rove hands Dan Abrams his ass. Apparently Abrams is still trying to sell the CBS story about Rove's "dirty tricks" against a former Alabama governor.

Dear Mr. Abrams:

On April 7th, you again devoted a substantial part of your show to the claim of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman that I was behind his prosecution. Your continued coverage of this issue raises questions about your journalistic standards and those of MSNBC and NBC. During your broadcast, Mr. Siegelman referred to Ms. Dana Jill Simpson as a “respected Republican political operative,” a reference it seems you accept because of the frequent attention you give her in your broadcasts.

Have you, during your coverage of Ms. Simpson, ever actually looked into her claims? For example, have you ever asked her what campaigns she worked as “an operative” with me?

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

The Corner on National Review Online

Boy, here's a head scratcher. I wonder what could explain this?

Friday, April 04, 2008 - Survey: More Than 60 Percent of Arabs OK Violent Response to Western Interference - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News

Apparently no one ever told them that Islam has been hijacked by a small group of extremists.

A new poll has found that more than 60 percent of Arabs believe violence is a permissible reaction to Western interference in a country, and 55 percent believed offensive words or behavior was another acceptable response, Qatar's Gulf Times reported.

The survey, conducted by YouGov, a British research and consulting firm, found that nearly half of all Arabs said they have met someone with extreme religious views, according to the Gulf Times. The survey was conducted between March 18 and 23 and included 940 respondents across the Arab world.

More than half the respondents believed that poor religious leadership caused the extremism — although 70 percent said the problem had been exaggerated, according to the report. Some 80 percent believed it provided an excuse for Western interference in Muslim countries.