WP: Republican Base United On Iraq War

This is actually a stunning admission to see on the front page of the DNC’s Washington Post:

GOP’s Base Helps Keep Unity on Iraq

Lawmakers Not Backing War Pay Price

By Jonathan Weisman
Monday, April 30, 2007; A01

With public opinion tilting firmly toward ending U.S. involvement in the war in Iraq, Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest (R-Md.) might have expected praise for his votes that would start to bring the troops home. Instead, at town hall meetings on the Eastern Shore, the former Marine and Vietnam combat veteran has been called a coward and a traitor.

After Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) voted for a nonbinding resolution opposing President Bush’s troop increases, reaction in his district was so furious that local GOP officials all but invited a primary challenge to the reliable conservative.



“Erotic Art” Show Takes On Muslim Taboos

Meanwhile, in another corner of the Muslim world we have this, via France’s AFP:

Beirut erotic art seeks to shatter Arab taboos

by Salim Yassine Sun Apr 29

BEIRUT (AFP) – Two women painters in Lebanon are pushing the boundaries with a new exhibition called “Erotika,” in which their depictions of female sexuality have sparked mixed reactions.

Using vivid colours, the pair are showing images of fetishism, homosexuality and even masturbation in a Beirut art show they hope will help to break taboos in the usually conservative Arab world.

Artists Nayla Karam and Maria Sarkis are displaying their Warhol-like pop art in a joint exhibition at a gallery in the Lebanese capital’s northern Christian suburbs.

In “Auto-eroticism” for example, Sarkis presents a sensual depiction in green and pink of a woman who may be masturbating, a hand under her panties.



French Pay To Make Muslims Virgins Again

A minor detail buried in this article from those champions of women’s rights at Reuters:


Muslim women in France regain virginity in clinics

By Alexandra Steigrad Sun Apr 29

PARIS (Reuters) — Sitting in a cafe near the Champs Elysees, the 26-year-old French-born woman of Algerian descent looks like any other Parisian. But two months ago, she did something none of her friends have done.

She had her hymen re-sewn, technically making her a virgin again.

“I’m glad I had it done,” said the woman, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity. “I wanted to reconstruct part of my life, to reconstruct myself so that I could feel better about myself.”

This 30-minute outpatient procedure, called “hymenoplasty” and costing between 1,500 and 3,000 euros ($2,000-$4,000), is increasingly popular among young women of North African descent in France.



Muslim Bomber Kills 32 Muslims At Funeral

From the terrorist enablers at Reuters:

Suicide bomber kills 32 at Iraq funeral

By Dean Yates

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A suicide bomber wearing a vest packed with explosives killed 32 people when he blew himself up among mourners at a Shi’ite funeral north of Baghdad on Monday, Iraqi police said.

The attack took place inside a crowded mourning tent in the town of Khalis in volatile Diyala province, police said.

More than 52 people had been wounded, police said.

Since U.S. and Iraqi forces launched a security crackdown in Baghdad in February, militants including al Qaeda have increasingly focused their attacks outside the capital.

Diyala, a religiously mixed area, has been the scene of fierce fighting between U.S. troops and al Qaeda as well as Sunni Arab insurgents.



Five UK Terrorists Get Life For Plotting Bombings

From their collegues at Al Jazeera:

Britons get life over bomb plot

April 30, 2007

A judge has jailed five Britons for life for plotting to carry out al-Qaeda-inspired bomb attacks across Britain at targets ranging from nightclubs to trains and a shopping centre.

Judge Michael Astill told the court on Monday: “The sentences are for life. Release is not a foregone conclusion. Some or all of you may never be released.

“You are considered cruel, ruthless misfits by society.”

The group planned to use 600kg of ammonium nitrate fertiliser to make explosives to be used in bombings in revenge for Britain’s support to the United States in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks, prosecutors said.

Omar Khyam, Waheed Mahmood, Anthony Garcia, Jawad Akbar and Salahuddin Amin were convicted of conspiring with Mohammed Momin Khawaja, a Canadian, to cause an explosion likely to endanger life.



Sony Uses Slaughtered Goat To Promote Game

From FOXNews:

Sony Video Game Launch for ‘God of War II’ Features Gory Stunt With Freshly Killed Goat

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Sony used a freshly slaughtered goat to promote the company’s new violent video game for its PlayStation 2 console, the Daily Mail reported.

The dead animal’s still-warm corpse was used as the highlight and centerpiece during a launch party for “God of War II.”

Sony challenged guests to reach inside the goat’s carcass and eat offal, which were bought elsewhere and intended to resemble the animal’s entrails.

The company then further caused outrage when it used images from the party in its official PlayStation magazine. After being contacted by The Daily Mail, however, Sony issued an apology and promised to recall the materials…

Could this story have something to do with this development reported by the New York Times’ owned International Herald Tribune:



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About Yesterday’s Huge Impeachment Events

This is how yesterday’s worldwide impeachment events have been breathlessly hyped for weeks at sites like AfterDowningStreet:

April 28, 2007: Impeachment Summer Begins This Spring!

George Bush and Dick Cheney have lied the nation into a war of aggression, are spying in open violation of the law, and have sanctioned the use of torture. These are high crimes and misdemeanors that demand accountability. Since Congress doesn’t seem to get it, on April 28 Americans from Miami, Florida to North Pole, Alaska are going to spell it out for them: IMPEACH!

Use the new ImpeachMap to find out what’s going on in your area, post a new action, or find people to team up with.

RED markers indicate A28 actions being planned. BLUE markers show people who are looking for others to team up with.



Iran Bans Western Hair, Eyebrow Plucking

From those keepers of the faith at Reuters:

Iran bans Western haircuts, eyebrow plucking for men

April 29, 2007

Tehran, Iran (Reuters) — Iranian police have warned barbers against offering Western-style hair cuts or plucking the eyebrows of their male customers, Iranian media said Sunday.

The report by a reformist daily, later confirmed by an Iranian news agency, appeared to be another sign of authorities cracking down on clothing and other fashion deemed to be against Islamic values.

“Western hairstyles … have been banned,” the newspaper Etemad said in a front-page headline.

It came a week after police launched a crackdown against the growing number of young women testing the limits of the law with shorter, brighter and skimpier clothing ahead of the summer months…

Violators can receive lashes, fines and imprisonment.



Déjà Vu — “Meltdown” At Free Republic

Since it is a slow news day:

Déjà Vu At The Latest "Meltdown" At Free Republic

by Steve Gilbert (aka Mojo, Hon and Sam Hill at FR)

I have received numerous emails and "Freepmails" asking about Free Republic and what the heck is going on over there. Regular readers here know I don’t like to post about other web sites. And the machinations of Free Republic is an especially tiresome subject to me. So hopefully this will be the first and last thread here about FR and its management.

Rather than attempt a full-fledged exegesis I would prefer to answer whatever questions people might have as fully and accurately as I can. But first let me to give a brief background on this recurring phenomena from my perspective.


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501c3 Code Pink Illegally Lobbies Congress

Why should the US taxpayers be forced to support Code Pink, a 501c3 "charity," when they break the IRS’s own regulations?

From the Code Pink camp follower Laurel Jensen, via YouTube:

From the IRS guidelines:

Lobbying Activity

In general, no organization may qualify for section 501(c)(3) status if a substantial part of its activities is attempting to influence legislation (commonly known as lobbying)…

An organization will be regarded as attempting to influence legislation if it contacts, or urges the public to contact, members or employees of a legislative body for the purpose of proposing, supporting, or opposing legislation, or if the organization advocates the adoption or rejection of legislation…




What more evidence is needed?

Again, it’s possible if enough people report this the IRS will actually do something about it:

Where Do You Report Suspected Tax Fraud Activity?



Polygamous Lesbians Flee Nigeria’s Sharia

From those defenders of the faith at the BBC:

Polygamous lesbians flee Sharia

Friday, 27 April 2007

A Nigerian lesbian who “married” four women last weekend in Kano State has gone into hiding from the Islamic police, with her partners.

Under Sharia law, adopted in the state seven years ago, homosexuality and same-sex marriages are outlawed and considered very serious offences.

The theatre where the elaborate wedding celebration was held on Sunday has been demolished by Kano city’s authorities.

Lesbianism is also illegal under Nigeria’s national penal code.

Nigeria’s parliament is considering tightening its laws on homosexuality.

Kano’s Hisbah board, which uses volunteers to enforce Islamic law, told the BBC that the women’s marriage was “unacceptable”.

The BBC’s Bala Ibrahim in Kano says Aunty Maiduguri and her four “wives” are thought to have gone into hiding the day after they married.



Riots Rock Estonia Over Removal Of Soviet Statue

From those keepers of the faith at France’s AFP:

Members of the “Young Guards of United Russia” movement wearing WWII Soviet army uniforms, hold a poster reading “No fascism” during a rally in front of the Estonian embassy in Moscow, 27 April 2007..

Scores hurt, more than 600 detained as more riots rock Estonia

Sat Apr 28

TALLINN (AFP) – Nearly 100 people were injured and more than 600 detained in a second night of rioting in the Estonian capital Tallinn after the removal of a Soviet war memorial, officials said Saturday.

Ninety-six people were injured, including seven police officers, as gangs made up mainly of young Russian speakers ran riot in Tallinn, smashing the windows of the Art Academy, breaking into the National Theatre and robbing shops, police said.



Suspect In Attack On 101 Year Woman Arrested

From those champions of justice at the Associated Press:

Man arrested in mugging of woman, 101

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press Writer Sat Apr 28

NEW YORK – She was brutally mugged in a crime that outraged New Yorkers, but the 101-year-old victim said the attack hasn’t intimidated her.

“I’m not fearful at all,” Rose Morat said Friday as police made an arrest in the case. “Whatever is going to happen is going to happen.”

Jack Rhodes, 44, was arrested on charges of robbery, grand larceny, burglary and assault, police said. They did not have an address for Rhodes, who was also accused of robbing an 85-year-old woman the same day Morat was attacked, police said.

“I am so sorry for what happened,” Rhodes said as he was led out of a police station, the New York Post reported Saturday.



Rather Warns Against Propaganda As News

From the oh so “PC” PC Magazine:

Dan Rather Issues Warning About the Future of News


By Kyle Monson

We sat down with veteran news anchor Dan Rather, formerly of CBS News and now with HDNet, to chat about technology, blogs versus mainstream media outlets, and the value of reporting (and watching) wars in high-definition. Rather also tells us what it’s like to have Mark Cuban for a boss.

Q: The trend in news right now is to shrink it down, to put it in smaller clips, and we’re watching it in smaller windows on small computer screens. And yet you’re broadcasting long-form journalism in high-definition on huge displays for people to watch. Do you feel like this gives the audience a chance to get more emotionally involved?



Clinton Says Phony Southern Twang Is A Virtue

From her undying fans at the Associated Press:

Clinton says her Southern twang a virtue

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she sees her sometimes Southern accent as a virtue.

I think America is ready for a multilingual president,” Clinton said during a campaign stop at a charter school in Greenville, S.C.

The New York senator — who said she’s been thinking about critics who’ve suggested that she tried to put on a fake Southern accent in Selma, Ala. — noted that she’s split her life between Arkansas, Illinois and the East Coast.

Clinton added a Southern lilt to her voice last week when addressing a civil rights group in New York City headed by the Rev. Al Sharpton. On Monday, dealing with a microphone glitch at a fundraiser for young donors, she quoted former slave and underground railroad leader Harriet Tubman…

Clinton is a linguistic polyglot — a Chicago native turned New York resident who works in Washington and spent two decades living in Arkansas when her husband, Bill Clinton, was governor.



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