Promoting jihad at the expense of the state

After reading this piece by Mike Adams on a Kent State University associate professor who also has a blog promoting and supporting jihad “in the name of OBL”, words simply fail me.

And before any of the Nutroots weigh in and tell me that Kent State “isn’t paying him to promote jihad” yes, I know this. But what he gets paid at Kent State apparently gives him the time and opportunity to actively promote death to the west.

There’s also this:

Although obsessed with the notion that America is being over-run by “Christian fascism,” he has affectionately referred to his students his “little Jihadists” and his “beloved Taliban.” In other words, he makes no bones about the fact that he works to indoctrinate, not educate, the children of the taxpayers of the State of Ohio.


Skanky versus subtle sexiness

To set the stage for this thread, check out Allah’s post on a Christina Aguilera video where she’s showing support for the troops by paying homage to the Andrews Sisters with a song called “Candyman”

I’m pretty much in agreement with Allah on not caring for the song/video too much – he wrote this in the comments section:

“Yes, Amanda Marcotte would certainly not approve. Can we not have just a bit of subtlety, though, in an homage video like this?”

My response was:

Agreed with that one, and your other comments about the vid, Allah. There’s something to be said for being tastefully sexy and not overtly ‘letting it all hang out’, especially when it comes to an homage vid like the one in question. Although I have no problem whatsoever with the idea of giving the troops a ‘taste of home’ (to put it delicately).

Also, I see the word ‘prude’ being thrown around a bit in this thread, and I think that description – which has been levelled towards people who don’t like the vid – is off the mark. You don’t have to be a prude to find crude lyrics distasteful.

I think Professor Blather had some good points as well. There is something to be said for a woman who can be sexy and smoldering without being crude and lewd. Think Rita Hayworth’s WWII pinup.

What do you think? Are the days where classic, tasteful displays of ‘sexiness’ were looked upon as far more sexy than over displays long gone? Or is it all about context, where some overt displays of sexiness are ok where others would not be?

More global warming hypocrisy

Guess they learned from the best, eh? Yet more politicians not practicing what they preach on gw:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein offers plenty of tips on how California households can combat global warming, such as carpooling and running only a full dishwasher.

But one bit of information Feinstein declines to share is the number of times that she flew last year on her husband’s Gulfstream jet, which burns much more fuel per passenger-mile than commercial airliners.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also has asked constituents to do their part to conserve energy — including cutting summertime power consumption — even though he takes to the skies on leased executive jets.

Aides say there is nothing contradictory between the pro-green pronouncements and the flying habits of the Democratic senator and Republican governor.

Some environmentalists aren’t so sure.

“There appears to be a discrepancy between calling on people to make personal reductions and using a private jet that exacerbates the problem,” Clean Air Watch President Frank O’Donnell said.

Flying on a Gulfstream rather than an airliner is like driving a sport utility vehicle instead of riding a bus, O’Donnell and others say.

A single cross-country round trip on a Gulfstream IV, or GIV, the model owned by Feinstein’s husband, churns out about 83,000 to 90,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, experts say. By contrast, on a per capita basis, the average American produces 50,000 pounds from all activities in an entire year.

Nonetheless, Feinstein and Schwarzenegger intend to continue their noncommercial flying ways because their jobs demand a flexibility the airlines can’t match, spokesmen say.

Schwarzenegger’s office said he and a jet-leasing company are establishing a “carbon offset” program for the governor and fellow customers, retroactive to Jan. 1. Carbon offsets are bought from organizations that plant trees and support renewable energy enterprises, among other measures, to offset greenhouse gases produced by the buyers.

“This is big news,” Schwarzenegger spokesman Bill Maile said of the governor’s undertaking with NetJets, the leasing firm.

Feinstein, however, got the jump on Schwarzenegger. She began buying carbon offsets last year to partially cover the travel on the GIV, and will purchase enough offsets this year to compensate for all the trips, spokesman Scott Gerber said.

He added that Feinstein took “numerous” commercial flights in 2006, but flew mostly on the GIV. He balked at disclosing the tally of her Gulfstream journeys.

“We’re not going to get into specifics,” he said.


Hat tip: Instapundit

Tuesday/Wednesday open thread

My day tomorrow promises to be extremely hectic, so blogging will be light to non-existent until Wednesday evening.

Until then, I’ll leave you with a few links you may find interesting:

—– Caught: The Huffington Post expunges 100s of comments on their post re: the assassination attempt on VP Cheney in Afghanistan. Dean Barnett responds appropriately to criticism by one of the far left’s favorite blogospheric blowhards that the comments aren’t in any way representative of the left’s attitudes in general. Jeff Goldstein responds as well and he is, of course, always a must-read.

—– CNN reports that Senate Democrats still can’t get it together on how to handle the Iraq issue. More on that here. In other news, dog bites man.

—– Happiness is? The media gleefully reports that stocks had their worst day today since 9-11.


—– One of my favorite bloggers, George Gooding, is hanging up his blogging hat tomorrow. I’m very sad to read this, but nevertheless wish George all the best in his future endeavors.

—– No new interesting news on the jury deliberations in the Libby case (hat tip: Tom Maguire).

—– Senator Obama wasn’t aware of a statement his campaign made in regards to the Clinton/Geffen war of words? Oooookay. Speaking of Obama, guess who “African Americans” are shifting their support to?

—– 91 cats in one apartment?

—– Reliapundit on Al Gore’s gw hypocrisy:

Like Leonid Brezhnev in the old USSR, Gore is a Leftist who would live the high life, as he made everyone else suffer. FOR OUR OWN GOOD.


—– Speaking of Al Gore, have you read C. MacLeod Fuller’s poem about the Goracle titled “The Saint, Algoreia”? ;)

—– Bill Roggio reports on the latest news from Iraq.

—– Blog advertisers like to know that readers are clicking on and viewing their ads, even if they don’t buy anything at the moment. Would you take a few seconds to click on the ads you see on the top left side this site? Those ads help me keep this blog up and running. Thanks in advance.

—– Oh, as a follow-up to this Valentine’s Day post to Phoenix Suns PG Steve Nash, I’m happy to report that he’s been back in action the last few games (and had a monster game tonight). However, two other players on my NBA fantasy league roster (the Bobcats’ Emeka Okafor and Washington Wizards’ Caron Butler) are now listed as ‘day to day’ which translates into ‘we don’t know when they’ll be playing again’ – this, as one month is left in the fantasy league season, as I struggle to retain the number one spot. Ugh. Get better real soon, guys.

—– Tonight’s retro-vid? Fleetwood Mac’s Gypsy:

‘Peaceful’ Palestinians engaging in ‘revenge rape’ of Jewish women

Via the Jerusalem Post:

A gang of serial rapists has been prowling the North, raping Jewish women as revenge for IDF actions in the West Bank, police revealed Tuesday after arresting six suspects.

“We are raping Jews because of what the IDF is doing to the Palestinians in the territories,” one of the six suspects told investigators from the Northern District Central Investigative Unit (CIU) during questioning. During their questioning and their brief appearance at the Nazareth Magistrate’s Court Tuesday, none of the four main suspects indicated that they felt remorse for their actions.

One of the rape victims was a 13 year old girl.

Hat tip: Atlas Shrugs

In related news, Allah links up to this NYSun report which notes the Palestinian terrorists are turning the ruins of Israeli synagogues into military bases:

TEL AVIV — The ruins of two large synagogues in evacuated Jewish communities of the Gaza Strip have been transformed into military bases used by Palestinian Arab groups to fire rockets at Israeli cities, according to a senior leader of a Gaza militant group.

When Israel withdrew from the Gaza in August, 2005, it left intact 20 synagogues of the Gush Katif Jewish communities following an Israeli Cabinet decision against demolishing the structures. Immediately after the Israeli evacuation was completed, Palestinian Arabs destroyed most of the Gaza synagogues.

Speaking to The New York Sun from Gaza, a spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees, Abu Abir, said the area in which the synagogues once stood is now used to fire rockets at Israel.

“We are proud to turn these lands, especially these parts that were for long time the symbol of occupation and injustice, like the synagogue, into a military base and source of fire against the Zionists and the Zionist entity,” Mr. Abir said.

Yada yada yada. Let’s just ‘negotiate peace’ with them. After all, that’s what they really want. Right?

On the “you’re questioning my patriotism” cry

Beldar takes no prisoners in his post slamming anti-war lefties like Speaker Nancy Pelosi for exclaiming just about everytime someone criticizes the Dem plan for Iraq that it equates to ‘questioning patriotism.’

I’ve posted at this blog before that this is a typical lefty tactic when it comes to discussing anything related to our national security. If a Dem advocates it, and a Republican criticizes it, the criticism in and of itself – without examining whether or not it has merit – is automatically characterized as ‘questioning patriotism.’ It’s a way the left attempts to stifle debate, by trying to make Republicans too fearful of criticizing what the Dems are advocating.

I think the issue of ‘questioning patriotism’ is overblown by the left. Now, some of their complaints are valid. Thoughtful criticism of the admin’s WOT policies in and of itself is not unpatriotic and shouldn’t be labelled as such, but sometimes it is. No one is every going to agree with every single thing the administration has advocated with respect to the WOT, and that’s something we need to keep in mind when judging criticisms made by the left (and some on the right) towards the admin’s WOT policies.

That said, sometimes it is entirely appropriate to question patriotism: like over Rep. John Murtha’s wish for a ‘slow bleed’ strategy that would choke off funds to our military to the point the President had no choice to withdraw from Iraq. I can, have, and will question his patriotism on that. When Democrats pass wussified ‘non-binding’ measures designed to ‘show opposition’ to the President’s surge plan without putting their money with their mouths are. That’s a good reason to question patriotism, because clearly they’re putting politics ahead of what they think is best their country. If they weren’t, they’d pass a binding resolution. But they figure a binding resolution would be political suicide. And when sitting a sitting US Senator visits an ally of Iraq in January 2002 and alerts a high-ranking official there that he believes the US is planning on attacking Iraq. Well, I don’t think that is patriotic, either.

Updated: In semi-related news, Daniel W. Reilly and Jim VandeHei at The Politico write about Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s penchant for breaking campaign promises. Toldjah So.

Senator Carl Levin: Warmonger?

Heck, he sure sounds like the left’s version of a warmonger here (emphasis Red State’s):

SEN CARL LEVIN (D-MI): “Now, in terms of the weapons coming in from Syria, those weapons that you’ve described as coming in from Syria and perhaps other Sunni neighbors are killing our troops. Do we have a plan to address the Syrian weapon source — of killings of our troops?”

JOHN MCCONNELL, Director of National Intelligence: “Sir, I know the military is working that border area to close it down from not only weapons but also jihadists coming in –”

LEVIN: “It’s more than just — we’re trying to close down the Iranian border area too. The problem is that these weapons are coming from a state which is — doesn’t recognize Israel either, just like Iran doesn’t. We’ve got to try to stop weapons coming into Iraq from any source that are killing our troops. I agree with the comments about trying to stop them coming in from Iran, I think we have to try stop them that are going to the Sunni insurgents as well as to the Shia. I was just wondering, does the military have a plan to, if necessary, to go into Syria to go to the source of any weapons coming from Syria? That are going to Sunni insurgents? That are killing our troops? … I think we ought to take action on all fronts including Syria and any other source of weapons coming in, obviously Iran is the focus – but it shouldn’t be the sole focus.” (Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 02/27/07)

Hey Senator, are you “cooking up” the threats from Middle Eastern countries, too? Better hope word of your rhetoric doesn’t get back to your fellow Dems in the Senate, and other ‘critics‘ of the admin’s talk about those threats … Otherwise, you might be declared a:


Update: Read more via James Joyner, Kim Priestap at Wizbang, Brennan at The Political Pit Bull, McQ at QandO, Right Voices, Blog For All

Now here’s a shocker: Study finds college students are more narcissistic than ever

Self-centered? College students? Via AP (emphasis added):

NEW YORK – Today’s college students are more narcissistic and self-centered than their predecessors, according to a comprehensive new study by five psychologists who worry that the trend could be harmful to personal relationships and American society.

“We need to stop endlessly repeating ‘You’re special’ and having children repeat that back” said the study’s lead author, Professor Jean Twenge of San Diego State University. “Kids are self-centered enough already.”

Twenge and her colleagues, in findings to be presented at a workshop Tuesday in San Diego on the generation gap, examined the responses of 16,475 college students nationwide who completed an evaluation called the Narcissistic Personality Inventory between 1982 and 2006.

The standardized inventory, known as the NPI, asks for responses to such statements as “If I ruled the world, it would be a better place” “I think I am a special person” and “I can live my life any way I want to.”

That certainly rings a bell or two.

The researchers describe their study as the largest ever of its type and say students’ NPI scores have risen steadily since the current test was introduced in 1982. By 2006, they said, two-thirds of the students had above-average scores, 30 percent more than in 1982.

The study asserts that narcissists “are more likely to have romantic relationships that are short-lived, at risk for infidelity, lack emotional warmth, and to exhibit game-playing, dishonesty, and over-controlling and violent behaviors.”

Sounds familiar.

Twenge, the author of “Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled — and More Miserable Than Ever Before” said narcissists tend to lack empathy, react aggressively to criticism and favor self-promotion over helping others.

The researchers traced the phenomenon back to what they called the “self-esteem movement” that emerged in the 1980s, asserting that the effort to build self-confidence had gone too far.


Campbell said the narcissism upsurge seemed so pronounced that he was unsure if there were obvious remedies.

“Permissiveness seems to be a component” he said. “A potential antidote would be more authoritative parenting. Less indulgence might be called for.”

Hmmmm. Ya think?

You mean like telling a child or teenager in no uncertain terms that what they’ve said/done is wrong, and punishing them if they don’t listen might actually be beneficial in the long run? And ingraining in them that while trying to achieve a goal is important, making sure you achieve it is the most ultimately satisfying and rewarding personally (oftentimes professionally) – that might help them succeed when they grow up?

No. Way.

More: Haven’t had a chance to read it, but the LATimes write up about this study is here. I’ll check it out when I get home.

Presidential candidate watch

Erica Stalnecker at NRO has a lengthy link roundup of the latest news being reported on Democrat and Republican presidential contenders. Check it out here.

The biggie is the ‘revelation’ of some of candidate Romney’s campaign ‘strategies’ via one page of a strategist’s Powerpoint presentation leaked to the Boston Globe. Matt Lewis at notes team Romney’s response.

One thing missing from the NRO article list is news that Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) may have violated campaign laws with some ads he ran in New Hampshire. Read about the dustup here.

In related news, John Hawkins ranks the general election “beatibility” of the top three Dem contenders so far.

Gore ‘responds’ to Drudge headline (UPDATE II: IS ST READER GWR PSYCHIC?)

YOU MUST LISTEN!Fresh off his Academy Award win on Sunday night, presidential wannabe Al Gore must be feeling pretty invincible as he took it upon himself to respond to, as the very liberal Think Progress describes it, Drudge’s “latest hysterics” on Al Gore’s gw hypocrisy.

Jimmie at the Sundries Shack debunks this latest piece of dishonesty from he-who-almost-became-president, and Dan Riehl doesn’t pull any punches, either.

As a side note, it’s interesting that Think Progress chose to attack Drudge for republishing a press release from the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, rather than responding directly to the TCPR itself. Perhaps because they couldn’t?

I also find it mildly amusing that Think Progress filed this under the category “Radical Right Wing Agenda” as if there’s something “radical” about stating the truth on someone’s hypocrisy.

Come to think, for them, truth is a pretty radical – not to mention foreign – concept.

To the left, pointing out right wing hypocrisy = good. But pointing out left wing hypocrisy? Blasphemous.

More: ABC News picks up on the story here.

Related: The Washington Post’s Al Gore gushfest continues here.

ST – going green: :-&

UPDATE I: Must-read from The Anchoress: Inconvenient Truth: Bush greener than Gore

UPDATE II: Read ST reader Great White Rat’s comment from yesterday, in an attempt to predict how Gore would respond. ;)

Others blogging about this: Jules Crittenden, Don Surber, Iowa Voice, Kim Priestap at Wizbang, Blue Crab Boulevard, Flopping Aces (hilarious graphic there!), Greg Tinti