Hamas and Mickey Mouse: Art imitates life

Via AP:

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A Mickey Mouse lookalike who preached Islamic domination on a Hamas-affiliated children’s television program was beaten to death in the show’s final episode Friday.

In the final skit, “Farfour” was killed by an actor posing as an Israeli official trying to buy Farfour’s land. At one point, the mouse called the Israeli a “terrorist.”

“Farfour was martyred while defending his land,” said Sara, the teen presenter. He was killed “by the killers of children,” she added.

The weekly show, featuring a giant black-and-white rodent with a high-pitched voice, had attracted worldwide attention because the character urged Palestinian children to fight Israel. It was broadcast on Hamas-affiliated Al Aqsa TV.

These people are beyond sick.

GOP to start their own version of “MoveOn.org”?

According the Mike Allen at the Politico, the answer is “yes”:

Veteran Republicans say they have quietly raised millions of dollars for a pair of nonprofit organizations that will launch this fall with the ambitious aim of providing a conservative counterweight to the liberal MoveOn.org, Politico.com has learned.

The issues and education group, which has a plan to enlist hundreds of thousands of small donors, aims to be active in the 2008 presidential election, according to Republicans involved in the effort. Organizers, who include veterans of the last three Republican White Houses, would not give specifics on how much money the group has raised so far or who its donor base is.

The president and chairman of the board will be Bradley A. Blakeman, a lawyer who appears frequently on television as a Republican analyst and was a member of President Bush’s senior staff during his first term.

“We’re in the formative stages of creating a new group that will give voice and hope to conservatives everywhere who believe in peace through strength and limited government” Blakeman said. “We expect to have more to announce sometime down the road.”

One supporter is Sig Rogich of Las Vegas, an image expert and ad agency founder who was known as the “events czar” for President George H.W. Bush when he was assistant to the president for public events and initiatives.

Neither Blakeman nor Rogich are household names — but both were influential, behind-the-scenes White House players who boast extensive Rolodexes.

I’m down with that, provided that, unlike MoveOn.org, differing opinions are welcomed and encouraged.

Pelosi: Bush not “worth impeaching”

LOL! Jules Crittenden has the post of the day after Pelosi’s announcement to a group of hungry liberal bloggers that the President is not worth impeaching:

But let me get this straight. Bush and his “junta” are a gang of criminals who have hijacked the United States and trampled on the Constitution, sent U.S. soldiers to meaningless deaths in an illegal war, imprisoned innocent militants in the hated Crusader gulag at Guantanamo, caused the world to hate us, thumbed their noses at Congress, subverted the Justice Department, etc. But despite these outrages, it “wouldn’t be worth expending the political capital and effort to push the process forward.”

This is interesting. He has committed all these crimes, but it isn’t worth it. What kind of crimes does he need to commit? Here’s a hint:

… the courts would be particularly unfriendly to Democratic moves for criminal investigations unless they substantially “built the cases” for each move.

Real crimes, apparently. Crimes on which cases must be built. But that’s an awful lot of work. Really hard. Even harder if you don’t have any crimes to start with. OK, moving on:

Zing :)

Keep reading it, as Obama’s apparently also saying, in so many words, that Bush isn’t worth impeaching.

Strange, those Democrats. They’ll investigate the President and administration for everything under the sun in hopes of finding a ‘smoking gun’, yet now we find out he’s not really done anything ‘worth impeaching.’

Boggles the mind … :-?

Last night’s Democratic presidential candidates debate

I didn’t watch it, but The Politico’s Roger Simon did, and here’s his take on the winners and losers, highlights and lowlights of it.

The debate was held at Howard University, a prestigious black college, so the pandering mode was in full effect, as you can see from the WaPo recap (I haven’t been able to find a transcript from the debate yet).

Update: Here’s a link to the transcript (hat tip to LLR in the comments section).

Er, bad move, Sarko

As I’ve written here before, I believe conservative French president Nicolas Sarkozy is a breath of fresh air for France – but not when he’s giving distinguished awards to liberal moonbats like Babs Streisand:

(AP) Barbra Streisand performed her first-ever concert in France this week – and was rewarded with a medal of the Legion of Honor.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy awarded the medal to Streisand in a ceremony Thursday, the first time he has bestowed the honor since taking over from Jacques Chirac last month.

“You are the America that we love,” said Sarkozy, who is seen as more U.S.-friendly than Chirac. “Women like you … do a lot to bring our two peoples together.”

She might do that there in France, but she sure as hell doesn’t do that here in her own country! LOL. And I hope that you love more about America than Babs Streisand-types, Mr. French President.

Photo courtesy: AP/Philippe Wojazer, Pool

Since French men are such notorious charmers of women (and the new French prez even tried that route with his combative Socialist opponent Segolene Royal in the run-up to the elections there), I’ll forgive Sarko for his lapse in good judgement – this time, anyway ;)

A victory for free speech

Alexander Bolton at The Hill reports that true lovers and defenders of free speech have something to smile about after yesterday:

The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from using taxpayer dollars to impose the Fairness Doctrine on broadcasters who feature conservative radio hosts such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

By a vote of 309-115, lawmakers amended the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill to bar the FCC from requiring broadcasters to balance conservative content with liberal programming such as Air America.

The vote count was partly a testament to the influence that radio hosts wield in many congressional districts.

It was also a rebuke to Democratic senators and policy experts who have voiced support this week for regulating talk radio.

House Democrats argued that it was merely a Republican political stunt because there is little danger of the FCC restricting conservative radio while George W. Bush is president.

Republicans counter that they are worried about new regulations if a Democrat wins the White House in 2008.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said on Tuesday that the government should revive the Fairness Doctrine, a policy crafted in 1929 that required broadcasters to balance political content with different points of view.

“It’s time to reinstitute the Fairness Doctrine” he said. “I have this old-fashioned attitude that when Americans hear both sides of the story, they’re in a better position to make a decision.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee, said this week that she would review the constitutional and legal issues involved in re-establishing the doctrine.

Sen. John Kerry (Mass.), the Democratic Party’s 2004 presidential nominee, also said recently that the Fairness Doctrine should return.

Gosh, wasn’t it just a few days ago that liberals in the leftosphere were claiming that the right wing was “falsely accusing” the left of wanting to bring back the Fairness Doctrine? Why yes, it was.

As they say, ignorance is bliss for some, I guess.

Captain Ed liveblogged some of the floor debate, which you can read here.

Watch video of Minority Leader McConnell smacking down the thought of bringing back the Fairness Doctrine here.

Brian Maloney reminds us, though:

At least for the moment, any attempt at bringing back the FCC’s former Fairness Doctrine (known as “Hush Rush”) has been shelved.

But over the long run, this largely symbolic, 309-115 House romp may not stop increasingly- determined Democrats from shutting down talk radio as we know it today. While today’s vote prevents using taxpayer dollars to fund any reimplementation of the agency’s past policy, the real test will come after the 2008 presidential election.

That’s when an elected Democrat president would have the opportunity to stack the FCC with the party’s own directors, which would mean an almost certain reimposition of free speech- stifling regulations. If Congress remains in Democrat hands, this scenario would be even more likely.

Indeed. We’ve got to move past our differences on other issues in order to combat future Democrat attempts at ‘regulating’ free speech.

Others blogging about this: Dee at Conservatism with Heart, Betsy Newmark, Mark in Mexico

Explosive device defused in central London (MORE: 2ND CAR CONFIRMED TO HAVE “MASSIVE” CAR BOMB)

Via the AP:

LONDON — Police defused an explosive device found in a parked car in central London on Friday, and the new government called an emergency meeting of senior security chiefs to investigate what many feared could have been a planned terror attack.

Police said the car — parked near busy Piccadilly Circus — contained a “potentially viable explosive device” but would not give further details.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who took office on Wednesday, said the incident was a reminder that Britain faces “a serious and continuous threat” and the “need to be alert.”

“I will stress to the Cabinet that the vigilance must be maintained over the next few days,” Brown said.

The incident comes a week before the second anniversary of the July 7 London bombings, when four British Muslim homicide bombers killed themselves and 52 bus and subway passengers.

For more than a year, the government has held the country’s terrorist threat level at severe — which means a terrorist attack is highly likely.

Officers were called to The Haymarket shortly before 2 a.m., a police statement said.

The Haymarket is the site of restaurants, bars, a cinema complex and, most famously, theaters. On a Thursday night, the area would have been buzzing with crowds of people. The broad street links Piccadilly Circus in the north to the Pall Mall at its southern end.


Sky News broadcast a photograph of the vehicle taken early in the morning, showing a green canister beside the car and the backseat door open with blankets spilling out.

The station cited witnesses as saying doormen from a nearby nightclub had reported that someone had crashed a Mercedes sedan into garbage bins and ran away.

Pajamas Media has more, including reports that police are now searching landmark sites in London for other explosive devices. Stay tuned …

Update I: There are tons more links on this developing story at Memeorandum.

And as ST reader Leslie says in the comments, the Brit authorities are to be commended on a job well done – again.

Police in London are also checking into another report of a suspicious vehicle in central London.

Update II: The latest from MSNBC/AP: U.K. report: Police believe foiled car bomb was to be set off by cell phone

Update III: Via SkyNews: Two Bombs Were Set To Blow In London