Archive for November, 2007

Former Taliban Officals for Obama

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

This is one of those stories that sounds all sensational at first, then descends into meaninglessness when you really look at it:

Here’s an odd tidbit from the Facebook data stream, via a friend who is Facebook “friends” with Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, the former roving Taliban Ambassador now studying at Yale.

Rahmatullah was, until recently, a member of the university’s Facebook group for Obama supporters; he left the group November 19.

“I had no political intentions when joining the group; and I left it because some friends objected to my being in the group,” Rahmatullah wrote me in response to a message sent through Facebook. He said he had joined because a Facebook friend invited him.

It means nothing of course (other than it admittedly is funny), but the usual suspects are on it.

As a sidenote, it appears Rahmatullah’s politics have evolved. He’s also a member of the Facebook group “Jews and Muslims at Yale.” He is also a member of “I scored higher in my SAT than George W. Bush,” though I doubt the validity of that claim.

McWherter Bows Out

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Mike McWherter, son of former Governor Ned McWherter, has apparently decided not to challenge Lamar Alexander for the Senate next year. This is hardly surprising; McWherter would have a good chance in an open race, but his chances of unseating Lamar were very slim. It’ll be interesting to see what credible candidate, if any, the Democrats find to run.

Images from West Point, NY

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Location: United States Military Academy, West Point, NY

Date: October 14, 2007

Before God or Uncle Sam?

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Stephanie Coontz has an interesting article in today’s New York Times on the history of marriage. She contends that the government has no business being in the marriage business:

Perhaps it’s time to revert to a much older marital tradition. Let churches decide which marriages they deem “licit.” But let couples — gay or straight — decide if they want the legal protections and obligations of a committed relationship.

Certainly if marriage is the sacred institution most believe it to be, it doesn’t need the government to protect it. It is also interesting to note that the more government has become involved in marriage, the greater we see increases in divorce rates and cohabitation. I’m not saying that government is responsible for this, but it clearly suggests that if we want to protect marriage, using the power of government to do it might not be the best strategy.

Via Ben Cunningham.

UPDATE: This post is taking part in the Beltway Traffic Jam.

Lott Out

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Trent Lott is retiring from the Senate. The Cap’n has some thoughts.

Two Big Wins

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

Both of my college teams won today in dramatic fashion – Appalachian State with a 28-27 win over James Madison in round one of the 1-AA playoffs and Tennessee with a 52-50 four overtime win over Kentucky. Both needed some luck to pull it off, but neither quit and fought long and hard until the very end.

Appalachian State – the Mountaineers aren’t nearly as dominant this season as they were last year, but they still found a way to win against a good JMU team. Next up will be Eastern Washington as ASU continues their quest for a third straight national championship. It should be a good game; if Appalachian can beat Michigan, they surely can beat this team!

Tennessee – the game that wouldn’t end was amazing to watch, and Fulmer likely will remain at UT for the foreseeable future. My snarky side says that it shouldn’t take four overtimes to beat Kentucky (or a missed FG to beat Vandy), but it’s a W and I’ll certainly take it. LSU will be far more difficult to defeat than Kentucky, but Tennessee, if they bring their A-game, is capable of pulling an upset. Let’s hope they do.

Doing Jobs Americans Won’t Do

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

I wonder if Lou Dobbs or Michelle Malkin will mention this.

Give Thanks

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving. It’s fair to say that we all have very much to be thankful for even though we usually don’t realize it. Let’s all try to remember that, today and everyday.

Foggy Empire State Building

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Links Updated

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

My links have been updated for the first time in a long time; inactive ones have been removed and new ones added. Enjoy!