Archive for September 24th, 2007

They Hate Us For Our Freedoms

That’s what we’re in Iraq for, right? To protect our freedoms from the Evil Islamofascist Oppressor Hordes that will invade the Homeland the second we withdraw? Freedoms like… freedom of speech (emphasis Greenwald’s)?

As the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, prepares to address Columbia University today amid a storm of student protest, state and city lawmakers say they are considering withholding public funds from the school to protest its decision to invite the leader to campus.

In an interview with The New York Sun, the speaker of the Assembly, Sheldon Silver, said lawmakers, outraged over Columbia’s insistence on allowing the Iranian president to speak at its World Leaders Forum, would consider reducing capital aid and other financial assistance to the school.


“There are issues that Columbia may have before us that obviously this cavalier attitude would be something that people would recall,” Mr. Silver said. “Obviously, there’s some degree of capital support that has been provided to Columbia in the past. These are things people might take a different view of . . . knowing that this is that kind of an institution” . . .

“It’s not going to go away just because this episode ends. Columbia University has to know . . . that they will be penalized,” an assemblyman of Brooklyn, Dov Hikind, who also attended the rally, said. The lawmaker said Mr. Ahmadinejad should be arrested when he sets foot on campus.

Well, I’m sure those are just isolated opinions. They’re both Jewish, and Ahmadinejad is anti-semitic; New Yorkers feel strongly about 9/11, and Iran was… umm… well, I’m sure they were responsible for it somehow. Surely no-one outside of New York would react so strongly…

Earlier today, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) said in a statement that if Columbia University President Lee Bollinger “follows through with this hosting of the leader of Iran, I will move in Congress to cut off every single type of Federal Funding to Columbia University.”


Appearing on Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto after the speech, Hunter said that he plans to follow through on his threat and will now “initiate legislation, and try to get as many people as can see it my way, to cut off funds to Columbia University.”

Wow. Good thing Ahmadinejad didn’t say anything bad about Petraeus, or the entire campus would have been shipped to Gitmo by now. What exactly are these people afraid of? Is Teh Islamofascist as contagious as Teh Gay, where our young impressionable students just have to be exposed to it once to be turned to The Dark Side?

Anyway, why make such a big fuss about Ahmadinajad? He’s just a buffoonish frontman for the religious extremists who are really in charge of the government. Why would anyone want to make such a clown out to be more important than he really is? Oh… right.

September 24th, 2007 at 06:52pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Iran,Republicans

San Diego Quasi-Vehicular Photoblogging

Some photos from Balboa Park in San Diego:

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El Cid, I think. I didn’t get a good look at his face.

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Gah! I think this is that thing where I line up so that the sun is directly behind what I’m shooting…

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I think this is El Cid’s horselock.

September 24th, 2007 at 05:48pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

I’ll Take The Dissenter Over The Decider Any Day

The NYT Sunday Magazine has a fascinating profile of 87-year-old Justice John Paul Stevens. Among other things, we learn that:

  • He considers himself a conservative.
  • He speaks in italics. Like, a lot.
  • The major elements of his judicial philosophy have all been shaped by important events and cases in his pre-Supreme Court life.
  • He has absolutely no desire to retire, thank God.

And then there’s this:

Stevens’s work on the Commission of 1969 brought him to the attention of Senator Charles Percy of Illinois, a moderate Republican who had decided to promote merit appointments to the federal bench instead of political cronies or ideologues. On Percy’s recommendation, President Nixon appointed Stevens to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago in 1970. And five years later, when President Ford was looking for a replacement for Justice William O. Douglas, a liberal icon, in the wake of the Watergate scandal, he, too, decided to emphasize merit and competence over ideology or cronyism. Rejecting the advice of Barry Goldwater, who urged him to appoint the archconservative Robert Bork, and of his wife, Betty, who urged him to choose a woman, Ford chose Stevens as “the finest legal mind I could find.” The Senate enthusiastically agreed, by a vote of 98 to 0.

As a sign of how significantly the Republican Party has changed since 1975, President Ford, until the end of his life, embraced Stevens’s jurisprudence even as a younger generation of Republicans was denouncing it. In a warm tribute to Stevens in 2005, Ford wrote, “I endorse his constitutional views on the secular character of the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause, on securing procedural safeguards in criminal cases and on the constitution’s broad grant of regulatory authority to Congress.” I asked Stevens what he thought of Ford’s letter. “It was amazing to see that,” Stevens said, grinning like a proud schoolboy. “I was delighted, as I’m sure you understand.”

*wistful sigh*

Oh, for the good old days.

September 24th, 2007 at 11:54am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Judiciary

Our Next President.


Well, it worked for them the last time.

September 24th, 2007 at 11:18am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Polls,Republicans

Monday Media Blogging

Just a few random videos I ran across this weekend:
“Nature Anthem” by Grandaddy. Just a delightfully joyous video. Um, just don’t think about The Shining. By way of Open Left(!).

Grandaddy are also responsible for another personal favorite, “Alan Parsons In A Winter Wonderland” (be warned, the homemade video is pretty lame).

Animated shopping robots! It takes about a minute for the cool animated stuff to actually get going. By way of Pink Tentacle.

A very sweet student video for “Bleeding Heart Show” by The New Pornographers. By way of NYMary.

September 24th, 2007 at 07:42am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

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