Thursday, December 04, 2008

Obama the Shi'ite


Remember when a few loony types during the election season were claiming Obama was a Muslim? Well, some folks in the Middle East have taken it a step further, and are arguing that he is in fact, a Shi’ite.
“The notion that Obama is a Shi'ite may be traced to Iran. In the run-up to the U.S. presidential election, state-run papers published articles claiming that the Democratic nominee's paternal ancestors had hailed from southwestern Iran. In reality, of course, Obama's father and his ancestors came from Kenya, where Shi'a Islam is rare. Most Kenyan Muslims are Sunnis and leaven their faith with pre-Islamic African traditions and beliefs. Obama himself has said he has no idea if his paternal grandfather (who converted from Christianity) was Sunni or Shi'ite.

Undeterred, some Shi'ite scholars trawled through ancient texts to find proof and came up with increasingly far-fetched theories linking the rise of Obama to important Shi'ite figures like the Imam Ali.”

(HT Iraqi Pundit)

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Prop 8, the Musical

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die

Tree Sits Come Down, Go Up

Berkeley’s pointless tree-sit ended a few months ago, but their counterparts in Santa Cruz are still shitting in buckets up in UCSC’s upper campus.

But that may be coming to an end soon, as they are apparently entering the “Mediation Process” with the university. Based on the low turnout to recent solidarity protests, this is hardly surprising. Their entire mission was ill-conceived and illogical from the get go, and it was only a mater of time till they threw in the towel and moved on to yet another doomed and pointless cause.

Or perhaps, they can head up to Humboldt, where yet another tree pooping activist appears to have occupied a couple redwoods. Better yet, my father plans to cut down a tree on his property this weekend; perhaps they can set up camp there! I guarantee pops won’t be as patient as the university bureaucrats they are used to dealing with.

Elsewhere

Great Surbiton celebrates one year blogging. Congrats Marko, and keep up the good work.

Simply Jews – Jewish Blood.

Terry Glavin - When Was The Last Time Tariq Ali Said Anything Remotely Sensible?

Michael Totten – What’s Next in Iraq.

The New Centrist has a lot of info about the Mumbai terrorist attacks.

Zombie reminds me just how stupid and unaware protesters in the Bay Area can be.

Barron Young Smith from The New Republic - Hawks for Hillary.

Christopher Hitchens is not one of those hawks.

"Obama's Kettle of Hawks"

I could post endless examples of the far left's distaste for what the Obama administration is shaping up to be. I’m not sure what it is about watching simpletons on the far left wringing their hands in distress that I find so enjoyable. Here is moron extraordinaire Jeremy Scahill writing for Counterpunch.
“When announcing his foreign policy team on Monday, Obama said: "I didn't go around checking their voter registration." That is a bit hard to believe, given the 63-question application to work in his White House. But Obama clearly did check their credentials, and the disturbing truth is that he liked what he saw.

The assembly of Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates, Susan Rice and Joe Biden is a kettle of hawks with a proven track record of support for the Iraq war, militaristic interventionism, neoliberal economic policies and a worldview consistent with the foreign policy arch that stretches from George HW Bush's time in office to the present.

...There is not a single, solid anti-war voice in the upper echelons of the Obama foreign policy apparatus.”