Friday/Weekend Open Thread

I may be scarce for the next couple of days due to a few projects I’ve got in the works to take care of, but I’ll check in when I can.

TGIF!

One more thing: Here’s one story that I’m betting will get quite a bit of attention this weekend:

Fox News: Is Kerry Acting as ‘Mailman’ for Hamas?

Stay tuned …

Update: And no sooner do I post that link and headline does a new headline appear: Kerry Turns Over Hamas Letter to Israel.

Jim DeMint plans to get Democrats on the record re: the Fairness Doctrine

… with a vote he’s going to try and force next week:

Sen. Jim DeMint announced that he will force a vote next week on a bill that prevents the Federal Communications Commission from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine.

The South Carolina Republican’s bill, the Broadcaster Freedom Act, is co-sponsored by John Thune, R-S.D., and 27 others and will be offered as an amendment to the D.C. Voting Rights bill.

President Barack Obama is opposed to any move to bring back the Fairness Doctrine, spokesman Ben LaBolt said Wednesday.

But as Sen. DeMint notes in a statement, some Democrats in Congress have indicated that they would support a reinstatement.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, asked in a recent interview if she favored reinstatement, said: “I think it’s absolutely time to pass a standard. Now, whether it’s called the Fairness Standard, whether it’s called something else — I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves.”

Back in June, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked by John Gizzi of Human Events if she personally supported the revival of the Fairness Doctrine, and she declared: “Yes.”

As recently as last week, Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa said in an interview: “We need the Fairness Doctrine back.”

Sen. DeMint stated: “I’m glad President Obama finally confirmed his opposition to the Fairness Doctrine, which attacks the right of free speech on talk radio, but many Democrats in Congress are still pushing it.

“With the support of the new administration, now is the time for Congress to take a stand against this kind of censorship. I intend to seek a vote on this amendment next week so every senator is on record: Do you support free speech or do you want to silence voices you disagree with?”

Good for him.

Of course, this won’t be the first time Republicans have attempted to get the Dems on record (more here) on the issue of the Fairness Doctrine but it’ll be nice for this particular Congress to have their votes on record.

Laugh of the day (which isn’t really funny)

The uber-liberal HuffPo published a widely circulated video yesterday of Fox News’ John Gibson allegedly describing AG Holder as a “monkey with a bright blue scrotum.” The Usual Suspects exploded in predictable “outrage”, calling for heads to roll and, in some instances, Gibson’s ouster.

Only problem was – as johnny dollar notes here – the video they circulated was “doctored” and Gibson never said any such thing.

Well, you know what they say: When you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything, case in point

Obama plans military detention of terror suspects – just not at Gitmo

Jacob Sullum is outraged, but I think it’s safe to say that we won’t see near the outcry we did over Bush and Gitmo from most of The Usual Suspects, including the Euro-elites abroad as well as Euro-elite wannabes here in the US. Why? Rusty Shackleford explains:

Bush-Hitler: Holding terrorists indefinitely without charge in Gitmo.

Hope-Change: Holding terrorists indefinitely without charge somewhere else.

Yep.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m glad that the Obama administration apparently understands on some level the need to indefinitely hold suspected terrorists, but at the same time, it makes the apology-fest he had with Al Arabiya all the more outrageous, considering the fact that some of the very GWOT policies he indirectly criticized Bush for during that interview – and demagogued the administration over during the course of the campaign – he plans to do himself.

(Via James Joyner)