Everybody Draw Muhammad Day

Kathleen Parker has a column on the beginnings of this day (May 20) and how it’s gone viral because sticking it in the eye of Islamic extremists is a good thing. (go read the column if you need to catch up)

Here’s the deal. While Revolution Muslim is an Islamic extremist site, no person of merit in the Muslim world has picked this amateur fatwa up and run with it. Like Ayaan Hirsi Ali says the threat is real. But the threat is a direct call for overreaction.

We all remember the Dutch cartoon riots. People died. It started with one Iman spreading the “blasphemy” and trying to get a rise out of people and spread the insult. If I remember correctly there were 3 extra cartoons thrown in the midst that hadn’t been printed anywhere except by the Iman. The plan worked.

Comparatively this is a guy (maybe living in his mother’s basement) trying to get a rise out of people. It’s working amongst those of us who believe in freedom, but mostly because we want to DO something and this makes us feel like we’re fighting the enemy. (and frankly, if this fatwa was coming from Imans, we would be, but it’s not.)

I am religious enough to care about other people’s sensibilities. I walk away when people “God damn” this that or the other thing or use my favorite, “Jesus #$@@ Christ”, and so I choose to not hurt the sensibilities of most Muslims but will instead focus the hurt, where it belongs.

Revolution Muslim. With a cc to the pussies at Comedy Central.

We of course have the right to say what we want to, draw what we want to and blasphemy or make fun of anything or everything, but my line in the sand says to me not to join this particular blogswarm. (mobblog?)

South Park is genius. I love them and all their blasphemies. Mr Deity, used to be genius. Watch the first 10 episodes or so. After hiatus, they came back and now they are just trying to stick it in the eye of Christians everywhere. I don’t know why they decided to go that route, maybe some born again Baptist living in his mom’s basement threatened them, but they aren’t funny anymore. They’re rude.
(no I’m not equating..Islamic extremism is the real enemy, but at the same time there are real nonextremist Muslims out there too)

Go ahead and give these guys at Revolution Muslim their illusions of grandeur if you must, you’re not really yelling “I am Sparticus” while standing sooooo far from the actual danger zone.

Maybe I’m just not a joiner, but May 20, I’ll be sending my “protest” direct to the source (unless of course in the meantime Imans decide to join these idiots in which case – nevermind – all bets are off).

Three Sources has a good discussion on this which links to Best of the Webs opinion and Ann Althouse.
The link above to the Jawa report links to this column by David Hazony on Commentary which is also a good read.

What Say You Now?

The bill is passed.
The bill is finally getting read by those who’s job it is to disseminate the news.

The bill, which will rescind a current tax break for companies currently providing prescription drug benefits to their employees is…….drum roll please…..going to either cost these companies by the amount of the tax, or it’s going to cost these companies by the amount of removing the prescription drug benefits minus the cost of the penalty.

Wow!! Who’d a thunk it?
Now check out this brilliant piece of deduction from the New York Times in an article with tons of quotes, stating the obvious:

At issue is a section of the law that eliminates a tax break available to companies that provide drug benefits to retirees as part of their insurance coverage. The tax change, expected to generate $4.5 billion of revenue over the next 10 years, will help offset the cost of providing coverage to the uninsured.

Yes, somehow, by eliminating a tax break the law will generate tons of money because, you know, businesses continue to operate the same whether there are taxes on certain behaviors or not.

Just remember though, “Under the new law, if you’re happy with your current coverage, you’ll be able to keep it!”

In a general analysis of the new law, Verizon said, “To avoid additional costs and regulations, employers may consider exiting the employer health market and send employees” to state-run insurance exchanges, where people can buy insurance.

A Caterpillar executive made a similar point in an e-mail message to colleagues, saying the tax changes could “drive many employers to just drop coverage for retirees altogether, and let the government foot the whole bill.”

I think it’s time: My thanks to Sanjai. Here is a graphic depiction of everything.
Take us to Candy Mountain Obama, take us to Candy Mountain!!


Two Stories:

Dana Milbank (who’s opinions seem more odd the further into Obama’s term we get) suggests that Crist is being “crucified” by the GOP.

But the Crist crisis is a whole new level of Jacobin excess; in the case of Lieberman, Democrats at least waited until he lost the primary to purge him.

Not so the Republicans, who are in a dogmatic race to the bottom as they drop Crist for his far-right challenger, Marco Rubio. Sen. John McCain, who defied the Viet Cong but cowers before the wing nuts, had this to say in 2007: “Gov. Crist has set an example for the rest of the party in a variety of ways, but certainly in bipartisanship.” In 2008, McCain, who probably owed the Republican presidential nomination to Crist’s endorsement in the Florida primary, hailed Crist’s “principled, conservative leadership.”

But now McCain has nothing supportive to say about his “dear friend” Charlie. “I support Republicans,” he told the Hill’s Molly Hooper when asked if he would back an independent Crist.

Um. McCain is saying exactly that he supports whoever is going to win the primary and run as a Republican. No one is getting kicked out of the party or crucified. Crist is just going to lose the primary and it’s suggested he not run as an independent.

Milbank suggests Republicans should keep Crist because he offers the best hope to retain the seat. 48-34 vs 42-38. LOL. It sounds like Rubio will be fine.

Now, if you can, read Kim Strassel (WSJ) on this same race. [bold is mine]

Marco Rubio appeared on a Sunday talk show this month to say something remarkable. The Republican running for Florida’s Senate seat suggested we reform Social Security by raising the retirement age for younger workers. Florida is home to 2.4 million senior citizens who like to vote. The blogs declared Mr. Rubio politically suicidal.

The response from Mr. Rubio’s primary competitor, Gov. Charlie Crist, was not remarkable. His campaign slammed Mr. Rubio’s idea as “cruel, unusual and unfair to seniors living on a fixed income.” Mr. Crist’s plan for $17.5 trillion in unfunded Social Security liabilities? Easy! He’ll root out “fraud” and “waste.”

Let’s talk Republican “civil war.” Not the one the media is hawking, that pits supposed tea party fanatics like Mr. Rubio against supposed “moderates” like Mr. Crist. The Republican Party is split. But the real divide is between reformers like Mr. Rubio and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, who are running on principles and tough issues, and a GOP old guard that still finds it politically expedient to duck or demagogue issues. As Republicans look for a way out of the wilderness, this is the rift that matters.

And it’s the divide playing out in Florida, even if that’s not the press’s preferred narrative. In conventional-wisdom world, Mr. Rubio is the darling of an angry grass roots, surging at the expense of the postpartisan Mr. Crist.

And woe betide the GOP, goes the storyline.

I hate it when I simply approve of the person I agree with, but seriously, reading their arguments, it sounds to me like Strassel has it right and Milbank has become a tool.

Friday Calf Blogging

Hey – we got a new one!! Welcome Athena!

And for those of you who might want to see a little more action, watch this video of the new dog with his buddy until at least 33 seconds.