Top Iraqi Official Implicated In Terrorism

From his friends and allies at Reuters:

Ali al-Dabbagh, spokesman of the Iraqi government, talks to reporters during a news conference with the spokesman for Baghdad’s security plan Brigadier General Qasim Ata in Baghdad on November 28, 2007.

Crackdown on Iraq Sunni leader after bombs found

By Waleed Ibrahim and Alaa Shahine

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi security forces arrested dozens of people, including the son of a leading Sunni Arab politician, in a pre-dawn raid on Friday after a car rigged with explosives was found near the lawmaker’s office.

The incident threatened to increase political tension across Iraq’s sectarian divide at a time when violence has been falling dramatically.

The Shi’ite-led government said Adnan al-Dulaimi, leader of the Accordance Front, the main Sunni Arab bloc, could be stripped of the immunity from prosecution he holds as a member of parliament if he was found to have links to car bombs.



NYT Boosts Debate On Female Circumcision

From those champions of women’s rights at the New York Times:

A New Debate on Female Circumcision

By John Tierney

Should African women be allowed to engage in the practice sometimes called female circumcision? Are critics of this practice, who call it female genital mutilation, justified in trying to outlaw it, or are they guilty of ignorance and cultural imperialism?

Those questions will be debated Saturday morning in Washington at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting. Representatives of international groups opposed to this procedure will be debating anthropologists with somewhat different views, including African anthropologists who have undergone the procedure themselves. As the organizers of the AAA panel note:

The panel includes for the first time, the critical “third wave” or multicultural feminist perspectives of circumcised African women scholars Wairimu Njambi, a Kenyan, and Fuambai Ahmadu, a Sierra Leonean.



NYT Decries Iraq’s Lacks Plan For Returnees

From those nattering nabobs of negativity at the New York Times:

Iraqi refugees who returned from Damascus, Syria, gathered at a hotel in Baghdad Thursday to receive money for resettlement.

Iraq Lacks Plan on the Return of Refugees, Military Says

November 30, 2007

BAGHDAD, Nov. 29 — As Iraqi refugees begin to stream back to Baghdad, American military officials say the Iraqi government has yet to develop a plan to absorb the influx and prevent it from setting off a new round of sectarian violence.

The Iraqi government lacks a mechanism to settle property disputes if former residents return to Baghdad only to find their homes occupied, the officials said. Nor has the Iraqi government come forward with a detailed plan to provide aid, shelter and other essential services to the thousands of Iraqis who might return.



Sudanese Demand Execution Of UK Teacher

From the defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

Calls in Sudan for Execution of Briton

November 30, 2007

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Thousands of Sudanese, many armed with clubs and knives, rallied Friday in a central square and demanded the execution of a British teacher convicted of insulting Islam for allowing her students to name a teddy bear ”Muhammad.”

The protesters streamed out of mosques after Friday sermons, as pickup trucks with loudspeakers blared messages against Gillian Gibbons, the teacher who was sentenced Thursday to 15 days in prison and deportation. She avoided the more serious punishment of 40 lashes.

They massed in central Martyrs Square outside the presidential palace, where hundreds of riot police were deployed. They did not try to stop the rally, which lasted about an hour.



AOL Presents The Top 11 Scandals Of 2007

From AOL News:

Top 11 Scandals of 2007

Posted: 2007-11-29

Sex, drugs, vulgarity, criminality and even diapers. Public figures have served up a smorgasbord of bad behavior this year. Click through the photos to count down the best scandals of 2007, from mildest to wildest.

Sen. David Vitter had the dubious distinction of being the biggest name on a Washington escort service’s phone list. In July, the Louisiana Republican said God and his wife had forgiven him for “a very serious sin.” He remains in office. (Ranked 3rd out of 11. 11 being the “wildest.”)

The rape case against Duke lacrosse players blew up in his face, and Mike Nifong went from prosecutor to prosecuted. He was disbarred, resigned as Durham County’s district attorney and served one day in jail for contempt of court.



Hillary Fundraiser Canceled – Host Indicted

From the Wall Street Journal:

Host Indicted, Clinton Fund-Raiser Canceled

Mary Jacoby reports on the presidential race.

A Dec. 15 fund-raising event for Hillary Clinton at the home of prominent Mississippi trial lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs is off, now that Scruggs has been indicted for bribery.

Bill Clinton was set to be the star attraction at the event at Scruggs’s Oxford, Miss., home. Hillary Clinton wasn’t scheduled to attend. It was the first event that Scruggs, who made a fortune suing the tobacco industry in the 1990s, had offered to host for Clinton, a campaign spokesman said.

It was canceled on Wednesday, after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his home and the federal indictment was announced

Over the years, Scruggs has been a generous donor to Democrats, but he’s also given money to Republican candidates.



Massive Crowds Protest Chavez Power Grab

From those lovers of communist dictatorships at the Associated Press:

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans protest Chavez’s referendum

Nov. 29, 2007

CARACAS, Venezuela – Tens of thousands of people flooded the streets of the capital Thursday to oppose a referendum that would eliminate term limits for President Hugo Chavez and help him establish a socialist state in Venezuela.

Blowing whistles, waving placards and shouting “Not like this!” the marchers carried Venezuelan flags and dressed in blue – the chosen color of the opposition – as they streamed along Bolivar Avenue.

“This is a movement by those of us who oppose a change to this country’s way of life, because what (the referendum) aims to do is impose totalitarianism,” said former lawmaker Elias Matta. “There can’t be a communist Venezuela, and that’s why our society is reacting this way.”

The rally marked the close of the opposition’s campaign against the proposed constitutional changes, which will be submitted to a vote Sunday.



British ‘Teddy Bear Teacher’ Gets 15 Days

From Fox News:

A sign with the name of a 54-year-old teacher, Gillian Gibbons, is seen on the door of her closed classroom at Unity High School in Khartoum November 26, 2007.

Teddy Bear Teacher Sentenced to 15 Days in Jail, Deportation

Thursday, November 29, 2007

KHARTOUM, Sudan — A defense lawyer says a British teacher has been found guilty of inciting religious hatred and was sentenced to 15 days in prison and deportation from Sudan for letting her students name a teddy bear Muhammad.

The crime was punishable by up to 40 lashes.

Gillian Gibbons walked in without handcuffs, wearing a dark jacket and blue skirt, according to reporters in the courtroom before media were ordered out of the chamber. Riot police surrounded the courthouse.



BBC Documentary – Inside A Sharia Court

With the teddy bear blasphemy trial underway in the Sudan, perhaps it is a good time to view this six part programme from those defenders of the faith at BBC NEWS:

Inside a Sharia Court

This World’s Ruhi Hamid gains a rare glimpse inside a Sharia court in the state of Zamfara in northern Nigeria…

Sharia law – which is an Islamic system of law based on the ancient verses of the Koran – was introduced to the mainly Muslim state of Zamfara by Governor Ahmed Sani, after the defeat of the military dictatorship in 1999.

It was the first state in Nigeria to introduce Sharia. Ferocious fighting broke out and previously integrated communities were split along religious lines, leaving many dead and thousands displaced…

The occasional prison van brings prisoners to court on criminal offences such as mobile phone theft, burglaries or violence.



Time’s Bizarre Photo Of ‘Half Black’ Obama

From the former news magazine Time:


U.S. Senator Barack Obama in his candidacy for President listens to his introduction at a rally outside the courthouse in Manning, South Carolina.

Obama Finds His Moment

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007


Barack Obama’s Iowa head-quarters near the State Capitol in downtown Des Moines has the unmistakable décor of an insurgent operation: thinning, mildewed carpet; litter from sign-painting parties; recycling boxes full of canvassing tally sheets and empty Miller Lite cartons…

The article itself a typically meandering and pointless puff piece about the candidate.

It goes on to talk about how Mr. Obama has “taken the gloves off” and has been getting tough on Mrs. Bill Clinton. Though the reporter doesn’t seem to be able to offer any actual examples.



Tropical Storm Numbers Have Been Inflated

From the Houston Chronicle:

Decisions to name storms draw concern

Nov. 29, 2007

With another hurricane season set to end this Friday, a controversy is brewing over decisions of the National Hurricane Center to designate several borderline systems as tropical storms.

Some meteorologists, including former hurricane center director Neil Frank, say as many as six of this year’s 14 named tropical systems might have failed in earlier decades to earn “named storm” status.

“They seem to be naming storms a lot more than they used to,” said Frank, who directed the hurricane center from 1974 to 1987 and is now chief meteorologist for KHOU-TV. “This year, I would put at least four storms in a very questionable category, and maybe even six.”

Most of the storms in question briefly had tropical storm-force winds of at least 39 mph.



The ‘Clinton News Network’ Does It Again

Apparently, CNN’s latest efforts for their Democrat masters involved stacking the Republican debate with questions from full-time Democrat activists.

According to internet research as compiled by Michelle Malkin and others, they so far include:

“Concerned Undecided Mom” LeeAnn Anderson, who is an activist for the John Edwards-endorsing United Steelworkers union.

“Concerned Undecided Log Cabin Republican” David Cercone, who is an avowed Barack Obama supporter.

“Concerned Undecided Young Person” “Journey,” who is an avowed John Edwards supporter.

“Concerned Undecided Young Farmer” (from Manhattan Beach, CA) Ted Faturos, who is a former intern for Democrat Congresswoman Jane Harman.

“Concerned Undecided Young Black Man” David McMillan, who is an avowed Republican hater and John Edwards supporter.

And lastly but not leastly, this mother of all ringers, “Concerned Undecided Retired General” Keith H.



Shocker: 6K Iraqi Sunnis Join Pact With US

From a despondent Associated Press:

Sunni tribal leaders sign a security pact in Hawija, 240 kilometers (150 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007.

6,000 Sunnis Join Pact With US in Iraq


HAWIJA, Iraq (AP) — Nearly 6,000 Sunni Arab residents joined a security pact with American forces Wednesday in what U.S. officers described as a critical step in plugging the remaining escape routes for extremists flushed from former strongholds.

The new alliance — called the single largest single volunteer mobilization since the war began — covers the “last gateway” for groups such as al-Qaida in Iraq seeking new havens in northern Iraq, U.S. military officials said.

U.S. commanders have tried to build a ring around insurgents who fled military offensives launched earlier this year in the western Anbar province and later into Baghdad and surrounding areas.



Bill Clinton Lied About The First Gulf War Too

From the archives of the New York Times:

THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: The Democrats; Clinton Defends Position on Iraqi War

Published: July 31, 1992

For the second time this week, the festering matter of Saddam Hussein intruded into the 1992 Presidential race, as Bill Clinton found himself unexpectedly on the defensive today in attempting to answer Republican accusations that he had misrepresented himself as an early supporter of the use of force against the Iraqi dictator.

Mr. Clinton had called a news conference on the lawn of the Governor’s mansion here in hopes of scoring a few quick points against President Bush in light of economic figures released today that show the nation’s recovery weaker than Mr. Bush has been inclined to admit.



Memories: Hillary Versus Barbra Streisand

By now you have surely heard the momentous news that Barbra [sic] Streisand has endorsed Mrs. Bill Clinton and will probably stump for her.

If not, here is one report from the (NYT owned) Boston Globe:

Streisand adds her big-star power to Clinton campaign

November 28, 2007

Barack Obama has Oprah Winfrey. Mike Huckabee has Chuck Norris. And now Hillary Clinton has Babs.

In the presidential hopefuls’ competition for celebrity endorsements, Clinton showed off award-winning actress and singer Barbra Streisand yesterday. Streisand, who has campaigned for Democratic candidates for years and who sang at Bill Clinton’s 1993 inaugural gala, was effusive in her praise of the senator from New York.

“Hillary Clinton has already proven to a generation of women that there are no limits for success,” Streisand said in a statement issued by Clinton’s campaign.



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