Saturday, March 24, 2007

Architecture and Morality: The President and his Land: Lessons from the Architect of the "Western White House" in Crawford

Corbusier talks with the his former Prof and the architect of Bush's ranch house.

From the comments.
The irony of our President, so hated by the lunatic left and the envirofreaks, having an enviromentally-friendly house vs. the carbon monster of the Gorecal of Doom is rich. You'll never hear a word about what the President has done in Crawford from the leftstream media.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Chicago Cops beat Woman

There was a time when progressives would have been out in the street the next day protesting this.

Those days seem gone.

What's it take for people to figure out there's a pattern of abuse in the CPD. I'm supposed to fear the Patriot Act instead?

xp SoapBlox Chicago and Illinoize

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Maryam Namazie at the National Secular Society: Doesn't Criticising Islam contribute to Racism?

Maryam Namazie responding to questions at the National Secular Society's seminar on Islam, Women's Rights and the Veil. Namazie links videos of her speech, Taslima Nasreen, and Mina Ahadi. Ahadi. I've only listened to the Q & A. Namazie points on the racism of critizing your own religion but making Islam off-limits. Don't hear that obvious point very often in the US.

Scheming green.

Reverse Spin's climate forecast is corruption. That's a no brainer in Illinois.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Rudy Giuliani: Presidents don't do non-binding resolutions

Great video of Giuliani speaking at the California GOP convention via Andrews Notepad.


The Belmont Club: on the unexpectedly large anti anti-War protests

The Belmont Club quoting WaPo,
This was not supposed to happen, but it did. So the search for "why?" begins. The Washington Post thinks it is because anti-war protesters went "too far".

At a Jan. 27 antiwar rally, some protesters spray-painted the pavement on a Capitol terrace. Others crowned the Lone Sailor statue at the Navy Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue with a pink tiara that had "Women for Peace" written across it. Word of those incidents ricocheted around the Internet.

But was it a simple case of backlash against a few misguided extremists? That's the media theory so far.


Update: Check the video over at Gay Patriot's

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Tiger Hawk on the Time's survey of Iraqis

Tiger Hawk on The paradox of Iraqi optimism based on The Times of London Survey.
The survey also makes much of the idea that Iraqis, who have suffered enormously in the last four years, nevertheless prefer current conditions to life under Saddam. The Times article does not say whether this preference extends across confessional lines -- I guess that it does not -- but the result is interesting nonetheless. Not only does it suggest a fundamental optimism among Iraqis -- and optimism is an essential precondition to the establishment of a new form of government in Iraq -- but it reminds us how truly horrible life under Saddam must have been. It is quite extraordinary that one quarter of all Iraqis have had a family member murdered since the toppling of the Ba'athists and still they do not hanker for the way it was.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

The American Midwest

We have our own Encyclopedia now and Anne's brother helped write it.

Fienstein and AG Gonzales: Democrats as the Party of the Bamboozled

Senator Fienstein on Why Democrats are raising a stink,
The record shows that this was a premeditated plan to remove U.S. attorneys and replace them indefinitely with others — who might not be qualified — without Senate confirmation. The means to accomplish this was a provision slipped into the 2006 reauthorization of the Patriot Act with no notice.
No wonder Democrats plead they were bamboozed on Iraq; they don't pay attention to their job.

These are politcal jobs filled in part on political calculations. The way it's been and the way it should stay.

Update: Jack Kelly nails it over at RCP

Unitarian Record: "University calls off 'Islamic anti-semitism' talk" (Guardian Unlimited)

Unitarian Record quoting The Guardian,
"The University of Leeds this morning hit back at critics accusing it of censorship after it cancelled a public lecture on 'Islamic anti-semitism' due to be delivered by a visiting academic.

The university said it had cancelled the lecture on security grounds and insisted it had nothing to do with "academic freedom, freedom of speech, anti-semitism or Islamophobia."

The university's secretary, Richard Gair, said: "Those that are claiming that is the case are making mischief."
No comment on the mischief caused by those who threatened security here. What happened to Liberalism that will not face down mischief makers? Nick Cohen tells us,
Beyond the contortions and betrayals of liberal and leftish thinking lies a simple emotion that I don't believe Americans take account of: an insidious fear that has produced the ideal conditions for appeasement. Radical Islam does worry Europeans but we are trying to prevent an explosion by going along with Islamist victimhood. We blame ourselves for the Islamist rage, in the hope that our admission of guilt will pacify our enemies. We are scared, but not scared enough to take a stand.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Oliver Kamm: ...the root causes of that hatred.

Kamm on Nick Cohen in Democratyia,
‘Over the past century, the Left’s demands have made extraordinary gains. Material advancement, universal education, civil rights, sexual equality, and rights for homosexuals (not yet, unfortunately, extending to marriage and adoption rights) are features of modern Western democracies that have been secured by social pressure and legislative reform. Almost in a fit of pique, liberals seem determined on obliviousness. It is as if there were – as the literary critic Lionel Trilling termed it – an adversary culture. When the most virulent opponents of Western societies express their demands in the language not of a common humanity but of superstition and bigotry, the first instinct of the upholders of the Enlightenment ought to be a statement of militant opposition. In what passes for modern liberalism, the first instinct is commonly instead to inquire of – in the uncelebrated cliché – the root causes of that hatred.’

Battle on Haifa Street, Baghdad, Iraq

Ongoing videos now from MNF Iraq over at YouTube. via Backyard Conservative.

Lieberman's speech to AICPA: Our fate is now inextricably linked to Iraq's.

From Senator Lieberman's speech to AIPAC. He remembers Harry Hopkins maybe.
We are now implementing a new plan for success in Iraq, with new troops under a new commander. That is why I have called for a six-month truce in the political wars in Washington to give that new plan, those new troops, and that new commander a chance to succeed. And I call on all who care about security and peace in the Middle East, and security from terrorism here at home, to do the same.

Our fate is now inextricably linked to Iraq's. And our divisions cannot be allowed to become so deep that we cannot find unity in the face of Islamist extremism. Suicide bombers who kill civilians to make a political statement should not be allowed to triumph—in New York or Tel Aviv or Samarra. We must stand strong and united against barbarism—and, with your help, we will.

I understand the anger about Iraq, but I am deeply troubled by how this anger, and the feelings of animosity that many people have for President Bush, have begun to affect the way we talk and think about what is happening in the world beyond Iraq and America's role in it.

There is something profoundly wrong when opposition to the war in Iraq seems to inspire greater passion than opposition to Islamist extremism.

There is something profoundly wrong when there is so much distrust of our intelligence community that some Americans doubt the plain and ominous facts about the threat to us posed by Iran.

And there is something profoundly wrong when, in the face of attacks by radical Islam, we think we can find safety and stability by pulling back, by talking to and accommodating our enemies, and abandoning our friends and allies.

Some of this wrong-headed thinking about the world is happening because we're in a political climate where, for many people, when George Bush says "yes," their reflex reaction is to say "no."

That is unacceptable.

It's time to step back and start thinking together about our national interest again, to say "yes" when we agree and "no" when we don't, and to find ways to disagree without dividing ourselves from one another.

It's time to step back and remember that there is a real enemy out there—an enemy violently opposed to human rights and women's rights and gay rights and the basic political rights of each one of us.

It's time to step back and see that America's interests lie with the interests of free people everywhere, and that the response to radical Islam is not to abandon them but to stand with them—whether they are in Baghdad or Teheran or Jerusalem.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Where'd the Greens go?

Anon 6:33 wrote,

Put Greens in elected office and they will actually have the spine to legalize gay marriage.
and got me googling around since Illinois Democrats have proposed some pretty sweeping programs and curious what Greens had to say.

Their Website shows Sustainability was the theme of their recent March meeting in Normal.

Sustained obscurity seems the case. No spine's need for that, and strange for a left party when McKenna's out there calling for Revolution.

From his email,
People in this state are hungry for reform and Republicans in Illinois must be ready for a new Republican revolution – The kind of revolution where we no longer accept the status quo – Where we no longer accept a government that spends more money than it takes in – Where we no longer accept a government that doesn’t respect or protect the family – Where we no longer accept a bloated, corrupt government that puts the needs of the Governor’s cronies before the needs of hard working middle class families.
Revolution, working families: maybe Citzen McKenna's figured out the Illinois GOP must be the Party of Sam's Club,
So today's Republican party should be in favor of helping recent immigrants get ahead and slowing the flow of illegal labor--in favor of providing a helping hand to the hard working poor and cutting subsidies to the idle and shiftless--in favor of a tax policy that favors the working class and the productive rich. Above all, it should be in favor of limited government, and in favor of using government's considerable power to shore up the institution that makes a limited government possible--the beleaguered but resilient American family.
Illinois needs revolution, not sustainability, for we've sustained plenty -traditional and non-traditional families alike- with little reform in sight.

Obama's Imperialism

Originally posted over at Illinoize.

Obama at UIC yesterday from today's Trib.

Then a vocal crowd of anti-war protesters quickly made the issue the central focus of Obama's evening rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago Pavilion, holding up a sign that read "Cut the Funding" during his address and chanting loudly as he tried to speak.

"I'm glad they were there," Obama said later. "They feel a sense of urgency about a war that should have never been authorized and a war that should have never been fought."

But he said he doesn't want to cut funding for the troops who already are serving in Iraq, saying that could mean they don't get the equipment they need.

"We need to bring this war to an end," he said, "but we need to do it in a way that makes our troops safe."
Terrorist suicide bombers have a sense of urgency far greater than any Obama saw yesterday. It's born from a hate of Liberalism, the West, and the noblest of our beliefs and principles.

Terrorists won't stand-down from the fight in Iraq because we redeploy away from them.

Obama, the African-American, seems strangely full of Kipling's White Man's Burden. A belief that like undisciplined college kids, these messianic Arab rustics will somehow come to their senses if given space to grow from their helicopter parents. (Or perhaps a view Mom and Dad best wash their hands of them.)

No sense on Obama's part that we're allied with Iraqi brothers and sisters in a struggle for freedom and Democracy. No sense of that at all from Obama.

Obama foolishly under estimates Al-Qaeda's resolve. They're resolved to suicide. They mean to butcher us. The say so. They video their slaughter. We can't end a war unilaterally, and it's the grossest Imperial hubris to believe we can.

Iraq's PM Maliki and religous cover

Joseph Loconte picks up on Maliki's speech from last week.
It was all but impossible to find more than a few lines from Maliki's speech quoted in the BBC's media expanse. It was relatively easy, however, to hear commentary about America's much-needed "reversal" in meeting with Iranian and Syrian officials, or the Bush administration's "missing link" of diplomacy in the Middle East, or this latest effort "to break the ice" between the United States, Iran, and Syria.

Maliki rejects the moral relativism that drives this kind of talk. "What has obstructed the economic and political building process in Iraq and has threatened civil peace is the terrorism," he insisted. It was time, he said, to stop giving "religious cover" to the terrorist atrocities that are tearing his society apart. That's a bold charge for a Muslim leader in a region drenched in pious rationalizations for terror. It's also a repudiation of the feckless impulse to blame the United States and/or Israel for all the region's woes (as Jordan's King Abdullah did last week).

The Iraqi prime minister can be faulted for his handling of security issues and failure to politically unite the country's religious factions. Yet he seems to understand the nature and difficulty of his task, a difficulty that is hard to overstate and greatly complicated by daily acts of barbarism. For a few moments last week--moments that surely offended the sensibilities of political and media sophisticates--Maliki reminded the world that America is not the problem in Iraq or in the Middle East. Terrorism is the problem. And it is the reason Iraq is fighting for its life.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Pelosi's Planet

Pelosi on Gen Pace,
I think the military should carefully consider changing the policy. We need the most talented people, we need the language skills, we need patriotic Americans who exist across the board in our population. We don’t need moral judgment from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs.
Army Lawyer cites the Act of Congress Pelosi should propose Congress change instead of hanging Pace.

via Malkin

Also: Nancy Pelosi: Don't ask (me), I don't (know)

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Electronic Intifada on Obama and Palestinians

From an Electronic Intifada post from Larry Cohler-Esses, from The Jewish Week, 8 March 2007 (deconstruct that!),
Ali Abunimah, a Hyde Park Palestinian-American activist, said that until a few years ago, Obama was "quite frank that the U.S. needed to be more evenhanded, that it leaned too much toward Israel." It was vivid in his memory, said Abunimah, because "these were the kind of statements I'd never heard from a U.S. politician who seemed like he was going somewhere rather than at the end of his career."

In 2000, Abunimah recalled, Professor Rashid Khalidi, a leading Palestinian American advocate for a two-state solution and harsh critic of Israel, held a fundraiser in his home for Obama, embarked then on an ultimately unsuccessful bid for the House of Representatives. "He came with his wife," Abunimah said. "That's where I had a chance to really talk to him. It was an intimate setting. He convinced me he was very aware of the issues [and] critical of U.S. bias toward Israel and lack of sensitivity to Arabs. ... He was very supportive of U.S. pressure on Israel."

Khalidi, now the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University, and head of that school's Middle East Institute, declined to comment on Abunimah's recollections. But in an interview in Tuesday's Daily News, he said he hosted the fundraiser because he and Obama were friends while the two lived in Chicago. "He never came to us and said he would do anything in terms of Palestinians," Khalidi told the paper.

Nevertheless, one Hyde Park source close to Obama, speaking only on condition of anonymity, recalled, "He often expressed general sympathy for the Palestinians -- though I don't recall him ever saying anything publicly."

Asked to comment on these recollections of his views, a spokesperson for Obama's campaign did not challenge them, saying only: "The speech is a clear articulation of his positions related to Israel."
I just wished Obama could embrace Arab allies in Iraq instead of telling them their liberation was a dumb war.

TomRoeser.com on Body Worlds

I hated this exhibit. Now I know why. From TomRoeser.com,
I credit one of the more perceptive priest journalists and philosophers Fr. Richard John Neuhaus with the discovery that most of the corpses on display have bullet holes in the base of their skulls, so the corpses have been unduly appropriated. Body Worlds gets most of its cadavers from China where a bullet in the back of a head is the speediest way of execution. The “plastinated” ghastly recreations using real bodies were put together by German scientists. There: you’re not completely surprised to hear that, are you?

LA Times Editorial on Gen Pelosi

Congress more than any other of our institutions has really let the country down in the war on terror. From the LA Times Editorial today,
This is not to say that Congress has no constitutional leverage — only that it should exercise it responsibly. In a sense, both Bush and the more ardent opponents of the war are right. If a majority in Congress truly believes that the war is not in the national interest, then lawmakers should have the courage of their convictions and vote to stop funding U.S. involvement. They could cut the final checks in six months or so to give Bush time to manage the withdrawal. Or lawmakers could, as some Senate Democrats are proposing, revoke the authority that Congress gave Bush in 2002 to use force against Iraq.

But if Congress accepts Bush's argument that there is still hope, however faint, that the U.S. military can be effective in quelling the sectarian violence, that U.S. economic aid can yet bring about an improvement in Iraqi lives that won't be bombed away and that American diplomatic power can be harnessed to pressure Shiites and Sunnis to make peace — if Congress accepts this, then lawmakers have a duty to let the president try this "surge and leverage" strategy.
Responsiblity and Duty: key words were Congress has failed voters.

More on Giuliani in Chicago

More on Giuliani's visit also cross posted at Illinoize.

Krol in the Daily Herald,
Republican businessman Ron Gidwitz, a moderate, said Giuliani's support of abortion rights won't hurt him overall.

"He's a fiscal conservative and that appeals to the broad range of conservatives. He's a social moderate and that helps him in the general election," Gidwitz said.

Giuliani, who got a late start and is still putting together a campaign infrastructure in Illinois, huddled at a small private lunch with state Republicans before heading to the $1,000-a-head fundraiser at the Palmer House that was closed to reporters. Campaign officials wouldn't say how much the event was expected to raise. It was organized by Gidwitz, Aon Corp. executive Pat Ryan, venture capitalist Rich Earley and banker Robert Rodman.

Giuliani has a decent lead in early polls, with political site realclearpolitics.com's latest tracking putting him at 38 percent. But Giuliani said whoever's in the lead now "doesn't make much difference."
The Trib's coverage, and this in the Sun Times,
"Of all the cities that helped us after Sept. 11, Chicago helped us the most," he said. "One day I was actually driving through [New York] city about a month after Sept. 11, and I saw this police officer directing traffic. And the police officer had a Chicago uniform on. . . . He said, 'Mayor Daley sent me here."
Now that's a real politican talking!

Roeser on a "Bullet Proof" Giuliani

From Tom Roeser on Giuliani,
“Bulletproof” is a Chicago term for a politician whose popularity surmounts any disaster, who can get elected no matter what has happened to him. Think Richard M. Daley who was reelected mayor here with a 70-plus percentage despite unprecedented scandals. Last week, Giuliani topped the Republican field and beat any Democrat matched against him. If this popularity keeps up, they will nominate him. If nothing worse happens to him than has occurred up to now, he will win the presidency and be the second Catholic-albeit not in good standing-to serve.
And Dan Cury in today's Daily Herald,
"His secret weapon among Republicans is his utter fearlessness and devastating effectiveness in deconstructing liberal orthodoxy," said the strategist, Wheaton's Dan Curry.
There's a lot of deconstructing to be down with liberal orthodoxy. There's little liberal about it anymore.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Rep David Obie and the idiot liberals

Fascinating YouTube video of Rep David Obie (D Wisc 7th) calling a lobbyist from The Occupation Project an idiot liberal.



Michelle Malkin has a transcript posted too.

Obie posted an apology.

The sad thing thought is how both Obie and The Occupation Project folks view the end of the Vietnam War as an acceptable model for ending the this one. A willful disgregard for the post-war experience of the Vietnamese and Cambodians.

Here's from Cheney's speech at AIPAC,
The most common myth is that Iraq has nothing to do with the global war on terror. Opponents of our military action there have called Iraq a diversion from the real conflict, a distraction from the business of fighting and defeating bin Laden and the al Qaeda network. We hear this over and over again, not as an argument but as an assertion meant to close off argument.

Yet the critics conveniently disregard the words of bin Laden himself. The most serious issue today for the whole world, he has said, is this third world war that is raging in Iraq. He calls it a destiny between infidelity and Islam. He said the whole world is watching this war and that it will end in victory and glory or misery and humiliation. And in words directed at the American people, bin Laden declares, "The war is for you or for us to win. If we win it, it means your defeat and disgrace forever."

This leader of al Qaeda has referred to Baghdad as the capital of the Caliphate. He has also said, and I quote, "Success in Baghdad will be success for the United States. Failure in Iraq is the failure of the United States. Their defeat in Iraq will mean defeat in all their wars."

Obviously, the terrorists have no illusion about the importance of the struggle in Iraq. They have not called it a distraction or a diversion from their war against the United States. They know it is a central front in that war and it's where they've chosen to make a stand. Our Marines are fighting al Qaeda terrorists today in Anbar province. U.S. and Iraqi forces recently killed al Qaeda terrorists in Baghdad who were responsible for numerous car bomb attacks. Iraq's relevance to the war on terror simply could not be more plain.
Obie thinks we can end this war like Vietnam and let our Iraqi allies pay the price of surrender he's very sadly mistaken. Al Qaeda will keep on coming; further embolded by our retreat.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

PM Maliki: ...is the same terrorism that... blew up the twin towers in New York

Via Iraqslogger.
The Iraqi prime minister urged delegations participating in the Baghdad conference to stop any form of financial, media or logistical backing. "We put everyone before their moral responsibility to take a clear and strong stand in the face of terrorism in Iraq and we expect cooperation to dry up resources for terrorism," stressed Maliki. He added, "The terrorism that is claiming the lives of Iraqi citizens in Baghdad, Hilla, Mosul and Anbar is the same terrorism that intimidated citizens in Saudi Arabia, targeted the people of Egypt, and blew up the twin towers in New York and subways in Madrid and London." Maliki underlined the need to activate the Iraq's neighboring countries conference resolutions on "terrorism" and UN Security Council resolution 1618.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

New Black Thought on Obama the Messiah's conception

New Black Thought deconstructs Obama's Selma speech. The Messiah tangles the timing of his conception.
Essentially, everything Obama said was either a blatant lie, or a gross lack of knowledge of history. Furthermore, Obama's parents met and conceived Obama before Kennedy was even elected president, or inaugurated in January of 1961. The immigration and foreign exchange program he attributed to JFK was actually introduced under the Eisenhower (a Republican) administration.

This is reminiscent of Al Gore's inventing the internet, Hillary Clinton being named after the man who climbed Mt. Everest, even though she was born before the event occurred, and John Kerry's imaginary trip to Cambodia and other blatant misstatements.

As I stated earlier, this creates some very serious questions of character, in my mind, or worse. If the Senator did not purposely stretch the truth to gain credibility with an ignorant audience, he has a very poor foundation and understanding of historical fact. If that is the case, I would say that his credibility in understanding serious issues and lessons of history make him a dangerous choice for president of the United States.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Obama and Abbruzzese

First Resko, now this. You think the guy would know better than to hang around these kinds of players.

Updates:

PJ Media's link.

Roger L. Simon wonders who's giving the story to NYT.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Obama, Fatherhood and conception

From the Senator's speech in Selma,
We understand that, but I'll tell you what. I also know that, if cousin Pookie would vote, get off the couch and register some folks and go to the polls, we might have a different kind of politics. That's what the Moses generation teaches us. Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes. Go do some politics. Change this country! That's what we need. We have too many children in poverty in this country and everybody should be ashamed, but don't tell me it doesn't have a little to do with the fact that we got too many daddies not acting like daddies. Don't think that fatherhood ends at conception. [Baar's emphasis] I know something about that because my father wasn't around when I was young and I struggled.
Now square that with Illinois's funding of Embryonic Stem Cell research

Hillary gone Southern

Hillary adopting a southern accent. Really strange....

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Barack Obama and Edward Said, Chicago, May 1998


Ali Abunimah (Abunimah's new book here . I have it from the library sitting next to my chair; next book on the stack to read) posts some pictures of Obama and Professor Edward Said at a May 1998 Arab community event in Chicago at which Edward Said gave the keynote speech.
Ali Abunimah writes,
The last time I spoke to Obama was in the winter of 2004 at a gathering in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. He was in the midst of a primary campaign to secure the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate seat he now occupies. But at that time polls showed him trailing.

As he came in from the cold and took off his coat, I went up to greet him. He responded warmly, and volunteered, "Hey, I'm sorry I haven't said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race. I'm hoping when things calm down I can be more up front." He referred to my activism, including columns I was contributing to the The Chicago Tribune critical of Israeli and US policy, "Keep up the good work!"
and....
Obama has also been close to some prominent Arab Americans, and has received their best advice. His decisive trajectory reinforces a lesson that politically weak constituencies have learned many times: access to people with power alone does not translate into influence over policy. Money and votes, but especially money, channelled through sophisticated and coordinated networks that can "bundle" small donations into million dollar chunks are what buy influence on policy. Currently, advocates of Palestinian rights are very far from having such networks at their disposal. Unless they go out and do the hard work to build them, or to support meaningful campaign finance reform, whispering in the ears of politicians will have little impact. (For what it's worth, I did my part. I recently met with Obama's legislative aide, and wrote to Obama urging a more balanced policy towards Palestine.)
Close... advice.... no kidding....
Q: Senator, when did you first meet Tony Rezko? How did you become friends? How often would you meet with him, and when did you last speak with him?

A: I had attracted some media attention when I was elected the first black President of the Harvard Law Review. And while I was in law school, David Brint, who was a development partner with Tony Rezko contacted me and asked whether I would be interested in being a developer. Ultimately, after discussions in which I met Mr. Rezko, I said no.

I have probably had lunch with Rezko once or twice a year and our spouses may have gotten together on two to four occasions in the time that I have known him. I last spoke with Tony Rezko more than six months ago.
Good luck with meeting Obama's aide.

Postscript: From Hitchen's Obit for Edward Said,
There is at present a coalition, named the Palestinian National Initiative, which never gets reported about. It is an alliance of secular and democratic forces among the Palestinians that rejects both clerical fundamentalism and the venality of the Palestinian "Authority." It was partly launched by Edward Said, and its main spokesman is Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, a distinguished physician and very brave individual, to whom Edward introduced me last year. In our final conversation a few weeks ago, Edward challenged me angrily about my failure to write enough on this neglected group, which certainly enjoys a good deal of popular support and which deserves a great deal more international attention. Perhaps then I can do a last service, and also dip a flag in salute to a fine man, if I invite you to direct your browsers toward the sites for Barghouthi and the PNI.
Wish Obama had the vision to talk more about Democracy and Liberal solutions instead of flip flopping around.