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Here are a few links that I found interesting:

  • Mark Tapscott says we should celebrate the anniversary of Campaign Finance Reform by killing it. Works for me. Actually, Mark says more than that. He makes a compelling case to repeal McCain-Feingold pointing to its failure to curb the influence of money in politics. He also points to this Ryan Sager column on the same topic that is worth a read, too.
Caitlin Dean is a 15-year-old student at Bacon Academy (a public Connecticut high school) who donned a burqa one school day and reported racist remarks and taunts from her schoolmates.

Her case and the reaction to it tells us less about alleged Islamophobia than about two disturbing trends: The continuing seepage of the anti-Western cant common in universities into secondary schools; and the growing habit of baiting Americans in an age that glorifies victimhood -- a habit that, when Middle East culture is involved, likely as not involves the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Caitlin's Feb. 1 sartorial selection wasn't the spontaneous action of a young person engaged in a social experiment. Rather, it was suggested to her by her Middle East studies teacher, Angie Parkinson, who, the Hartford Courant reports, wanted to "promote her class" by finding students to dress in traditional Arab clothing. On that level, at least, the stunt worked: Enrollment in the class will jump to 48 next year from only 12 this semester.

  • David Limbaugh has an excellent column at Townhall about Chuck Hagel's reckless rhetoric. I posted a bit on this topic earlier here. My take focuses on Hagel's comments about the President not following public opinion. Hagel thinks that is a bad thing -- I think it is leadership. Captain Ed has more on Hagel's ignorance of the Constitution.
  • Hugh Hewitt is asking his readers to help Mark Steyn by directing him to some good Red State food. I pitched in my two cents in the comments section. By the time I finished reading the other comments I was really wanting some fried okra and banana pudding.
  • And finally, some humor. First, a seriously on target cartoon from Paul Nowak comparing the attention given Iran, versus that given eight U.S. Attorneys. Finally, a family friendly, clean joke about marriage from a local NC blogger friend.
Update: A couple more things worth a look, check out Newsbusters' transcript of a discussion of the Bible on The View, including what Joy Behar said that made part of the audience nearly "pass out." Just when I think nothing on that show can surprise me, they prove me wrong. Barbara Walters was present for this episode, by the way. They must be paying Elisabeth Hasselbeck a heck of a lot of money.

John McCain's MySpace page was hacked. This one is funny and instructional. (Hat tip Michelle Malkin.)


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Comments (17)

Now, let's have dear Caitli... (Below threshold)

Now, let's have dear Caitlin visit Iran in the same garb, assert she'd committed adultery and then report on her experiences.

drjohn,Better woul... (Below threshold)


Better would be for her to visit Saudi Arabia in her American garb. The severe beating she'd recieve would likly be far more instructive.

And seriously, highschool kids taunting other kids?..wow. And I thought teenage kids were all respectful and nice to their peers!

Judging from my spelling I ... (Below threshold)

Judging from my spelling I never attended highschool.

I can't believe no one has ... (Below threshold)
Lorie Byrd:

I can't believe no one has commented on Red State food yet.

Regarding Red State food, i... (Below threshold)

Regarding Red State food, it is apparent that Mr. Steyn has never traveled to Charleston, SC or Savannah, GA.

Or even to my house. Last weekend I served a grilled swordfish steak with citrus relish which drew raves.

It was even better than the Thai-style chicken with peanut sauce from the night before.

For more regional fare, I might hit him with some shrimp and grits. Fried okra may be acquired taste, but once you acquire it, there is little better. The trick is not too much batter, and make sure the darned things are crispy before taking them out. Nothing disappoints more than a soggy, battery "fried" okra.

Pit-cooked pork barbeque . . . slow-cooked so you don't really "pull" it because it falls off the bone.

My Aunt Annelle makes the world's best banana pudding, but she won't divulge her secret. Better, perhaps, than my fiance, who will give you her recipe for zucchini bread but leaves out a key ingredient or two.

No "Red State food," Mr. Steyn? You really should get out more . . .

I don't live near a red sta... (Below threshold)

I don't live near a red state.
McCain wasn't hacked, though the fellow who was hot-linked and not credited pwned him pretty well.
Wonder what would have happened had the HS student dressed as a typical Harem member...

I used Davidson's language.... (Below threshold)
Lorie Byrd:

I used Davidson's language. He described what he did as hacking McCain.

Better would be for her ... (Below threshold)

Better would be for her to visit Saudi Arabia in her American garb. The severe beating she'd recieve would likly be far more instructive.


Overall, I agree, but not long ago a 16 year old was hanged in Iran and women routinely get stoned to death for accusations of adultery. Either way, it would be a real lesson in cultural diversity.

drjohn,Agreed. Be... (Below threshold)


Agreed. Before that 16 year old girl was a 14 year old girl for the same reason. However, given the circumstances, it would be a short lived lesson, literally.

Lorie: The French an... (Below threshold)

The French and Italian bread available in the NYC-NJ area is the best stateside. By far.
That's seems to be the one permanent disadvantage the red states have: lousy bread.
Enter cornbread! (and no sugar, dammit!)

Thought this was interestin... (Below threshold)

Thought this was interesting at http://www.solidpolitics.com

Barack Obama trails Hillary by 10 points nationally, according to the latest Zogby Poll, but that's the good news. Obama trails Hillary by 18 points in Iowa, 17 points in New Hampshire, 22 points in Florida and 32 points in New York, which raises the question: Is Barack Obama the second coming of Howard Dean?...

Here are some Red State foo... (Below threshold)

Here are some Red State food places

Burgers - try Steak N Shake restaurants or Freddie's (the frozen custard is awesome)

BBQ - has to be the Salt Lick BBQ outside of Austin

The McCain incident wasn't ... (Below threshold)

The McCain incident wasn't so much a hacking as it was a hotlink hijink.

The McCain incident wasn... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

The McCain incident wasn't so much a hacking as it was a hotlink hijink.

Damned funny too.

SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN... (Below threshold)


Select young chicken from 1&1/2 to 2 pounds. Dress, disjoint and chill. Have ready heavy skillet in which sufficient fat has been heated to cover skillet to depth of about one inch. Season pieces of chicken with salt and roll in flour or cornmeal (or if desired, in batter made by blending flour, milk, and a pinch of baking powder) then placing in hot fat, having flesh sides down, being careful not to crowd too closely, and placing larger pieces in first and on hottest part of skillet. When chicken is nicely browned on all sides, lower flame, cover and cook until tender. When ready to serve, remove to hot platter (set over hot water to keep warm) and prepare the gravy as follows:
Pour from pan all drippings except 2 tabespoons. To this add 2 tablespoons flour, mixing until smooth and lightly browned. Add 1 cup milk and cook, while stirring, until smooth and thickened. Season with salt and pepper and serve in separate dish from chicken. Hot water may be used for gravy in place of milk, if preferred. Also, if desired, gizzard and liver which were cooked with the chicken may be removed, cut fine and added to gravy.

In the South, the fried chicken is often served with narrow strips of crisp, brown puff pastry placed over top of dish, lattice fashion. The strips are made of regular rich pastry dough, cut into narrow strips and baked in a hot oven until puffed, crisp and rich brown in color.

H/T Irene Hume Taylor.

...further explanation for ... (Below threshold)

...further explanation for the fact that Red States lead the league in obesity, risk factors for CV disease, etc.

Sho do sound mighty good though!

Just an interesting point a... (Below threshold)
Sabba Hillel:

Just an interesting point about the ignorance of the Bible showed on the view. The conflation of Onanism (as defined in the Bible story) and mastebation shows a distinct ignorance. Onan died because he made sure to prevent his wife, Tamar, from becoming pregnant. Since he had married her in order to "raise a child for his brother", this was a violation and caused him to be punished.

The fact that the people talking about it did not know what the whole story was, indicates how they can be trusted on matters that we do not know about.






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