Thursday, February 01, 2007

Behind the news

  • Today's example of the tolerant left:
    Georgia Tech police are investigating who took down 48 white crosses that were part of a pro-life display on campus this week.

    Tech’s College Republicans set up the cross grave markers Monday on a lawn as part of a “Cemetery of the Innocent” display to mark the 34th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion.

    Organizers say the crosses represent each of the 48 million unborn babies killed by abortion since 1973 and they put up signs explaining their significance.

    The signs and crosses were stolen Tuesday.

  • More like "Hairy" Potter! BaZING!
    NEW YORK — "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe, who strips for his new role in London's West End revival of the play "Equus," has ignited a bit of a media firestorm by posing for racy promotional photos for the production.

    The Tony-Award-winning drama tells the story of a stable-hand who has an erotic fixation with horses. In one photo, Radcliffe, 17, dares to bare it all alongside a white horse; in another, he is pictured with a naked Joanna Christie, the actress who portrays his girlfriend.

  • I don't think Rep. Cohen will be celebrating Black History Month:
    RUNNING FOR Congress in Tennessee last spring, Jewish Democrat Stephen Cohen made an unusual pledge: If the mostly Christian voters of the Ninth Congressional District would send him to Washington, he would proudly seek to become the first Jewish member of the Congressional Christian Caucus. Cohen wanted voters to understand that while he might not be Christian himself, he would diligently represent the best interests of his Christian constituents -- including by working through the Capitol Hill caucus that focuses on issues of particular concern to Christians.

    Cohen eventually carried the district with 60 percent of the vote. But when the freshman congressman tried to keep his campaign promise, he was brusquely advised to forget it: Jews weren't welcome in the Congressional Christian Caucus. "Mr. Cohen asked for admission," one caucus member said coldly, "and he got his answer."

    Now, before you rise in outrage at the news that in this day and age a congressman can be blackballed on religious grounds by a congressionally authorized legislative organization, a confession: This didn't really happen. There is no Christian Caucus, and Cohen hasn't been excluded from anything because of his religion. If such a scenario had occurred, the uproar would be deafening.

    But change "Jewish" to white and "Christian" to black, and virtually everything about the scenario above happened as described.

    Cohen is a newly elected congressman from Tennessee's majority-black Ninth District, and as a candidate he pledged to seek membership in the Congressional Black Caucus if elected. But that was before members of the caucus made it clear it would be a serious mistake for him to press the point when he arrived on Capitol Hill.

    "I think they're real happy I'm not going to join," Cohen told The Politico, a new political journal in Washington, last week. "It's their caucus and they do things their way."

    Black caucus members put the point a little more bluntly.

    "Mr. Cohen asked for admission and he got his answer," said Representative William Clay Jr. of Missouri. "It's an unwritten rule. It's understood. It's clear." To make sure of that, Clay's father -- former representative William Clay Sr., a co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus -- had distributed a memo declaring it "critical" that the CBC "membership remain exclusively African-American." Unlike Martin Luther King Jr. , the Clays apparently believe in judging people less by the content of their character than by the color of their skin.
    (From Jeff Jacoby. Read it all.)

  • I especially like it when the mainstream media and left-wingers (sorry, repeating myself) are forced to reluctantly criticize their own for something they'd plaster all over the news if a Republican had said this:
    Sen. Joe Biden planned to spend Wednesday focusing on his official announcement that he was running for president, but the Delaware Democrat instead found himself defending remarks he made to the New York Observer about his Democratic opponents.

    In the article published Wednesday, Biden is quoted evaluating presidential rivals Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-New York, former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois. His remarks about Obama, the only African-American serving in the Senate, drew the most scrutiny.

    "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," Biden said. "I mean, that's a storybook, man."


    Biden has made other questionable comments. In a June 2006 appearance in New Hampshire, the senator commented on the growth of the Indian-American population in Delaware by saying, "You cannot go into a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. Oh, I'm not joking."

    Two months later, responding to a question in an August interview on Fox News Sunday, Biden was asked how a "Northeast liberal" could compete against more conservative southern candidates.

    "Better than everybody else. You don't know my state. My state was a slave state. My state is a border state. My state is the eighth largest black population in the country. My state is anything from a northeast liberal state," Biden said.

    He repeated the comment during a visit to South Carolina in December 2006 at an event before the Columbia Rotary Club, according to a story published in The State newspaper. The State reported that Biden referred to Delaware as a "slave state that fought beside the North. That's only because we couldn't figure out how to get to the South. There were a couple of states in the way."
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