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When will they learn?

May 18, 2010

Another high profile figure / political candidate is cut down for claiming to have served in Vietnam when he didn’t. – Avoiding the draft, while despicable in my opinion, obviously is not a disqualifier for public service any longer, but to mislead and lie about it definitely should be. Hopefully this will cost him the Senate position he was running for. (On Fox this morning they read a statement in which Blumenthal attempted to write this off as a misstatement. If that was the case, If he had said in while meaning during and it was a one time thing I would say, “alright he screwed up, move on”, but the NY Times does a pretty good job of showing this was a conscious pattern.

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-elsewhere-

I was a little disappointed in Chuck last night. The Scott Bakula character and the Shaw character really detract from the show. 😦

GOP Rep. to resign because of affair – Another pro-family values type out screwing an aide. What can really be said.

What’s going on in Saudi Arabia? – Saudi woman beats up virtue cop

According to the Saudi daily Okaz, the woman then allegedly laid into the religious policeman, punching him repeatedly, and leaving him to be taken to the hospital with bruises across his body and face.

“To see resistance from a woman means a lot,” Wajiha Al-Huwaidar, a Saudi women’s rights activist, told The Media Line news agency. “People are fed up with these religious police, and now they have to pay the price for the humiliation they put people through for years and years. This is just the beginning and there will be more resistance.”

and had you heard about this –

The decision last year by Saudi King Abdullah to open the kingdom’s first co-educational institution, with no religious police on campus, led to a national crises for Saudi Arabia’s conservative religious authorities, with the new university becoming a cultural proxy war for whether or not women and men should be allowed to mix publicly.

A senior Saudi cleric publicly criticized the gender mixing at the university and was summarily fired by the king.

or this –

“There is some sort of change taking place,” Nadya Khalife, the Middle East women’s rights researcher for Human Rights Watch, told The Media Line. “There is clearly a shifting mentality regarding to the male guardianship law and similar issues. More women are speaking out, there are changes within the government, there is a mixed university, the king was photographed with women, they want to allow women to work in the courts and there are changes within the justice ministry. So you can witness some kind of change unfolding but it’s not quite clear what’s happening and it’s not something that’s going to happen overnight.”

These are positives and should be encouraged, but strangely I haven’t seen or heard any of the people who routinely accuse the Saudi’s of being exporters of Wahabi extremism and terrorism talking about these changes. They should be. (Make no mistake, Wahabism is a problem and a lot of Saudi fundamentalists support bin Laden and as evidenced by 9/11 are willing to engage in terrorism, but they hate the Saud family as much as they hate the US, so accusing the Saud’s of exporting terrorism is not exactly accurate).

Craft has 50 political bloggers you should follow on twitter – I follow 3 of them.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 18, 2010 10:59 am

    Saudi Arabia (not the House of Saud, but the country itself) still exports Wahabbism, extremism, and the majority of terrorists involved in “martyrdom operations”. The positive steps are nice, but there’s also a significant portion of the population besides the clerics that are against integration and liberalization of women’s roles in society. A lot of extremists in Saudi Arabia hate the clerics as much as the royal family for being part of the same “anti-Islamic” agenda. http://www.islamtoday.net/albasheer/artshow-14-120472.htm ( english translations here couple paragraphs down http://news.meedan.net/index.php?page=events&post_id=284210) It’s good that the House of Saud is trying to move that way, but until the lower and middle class population catch up with that idea, it’s still window dressing.

  2. May 18, 2010 4:29 pm

    I follow two of those 50, but I figure if any of the other 48 say something scintillating, I’ll hear about it pretty quick.

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