Need to Know is a short roundup of key stories that shouldn’t be missed on your cruise through the blogosphere. The number of links in the roundup may vary but if you find it here you can trust that it’s must-read

Brutally Honest | Those who self-identify as fathers day
In the world of the Polically Correct, one must work hard to ensure that a particular celebration is not in any way offensive to anyone… so… here we have the redefining of the term father for the victimized.

Tim Blair | Tim’s new children’s book
Being a teenager isn’t easy at the best of times, but 16-year-old Amal has decided to do something that will complicate things further: stop wearing her hijab. Her parents and brothers try to talk her out of it – she was born and raised under fundamentalist Islam – but she’s made up her mind, and she doesn’t want to back down. So they kill her.

Cheat Seeking Missiles | On being Muslim and Christian
Redding has found friends among intellectual Muslims who think it’s fine that she’s a Muslim and a Christian. None have invited her to visit Egypt, where Christians are often murdered for their faith, even if (I suppose) they may have a bit of Islam wrapped up in the package. And there are many Muslims who don’t curry to her little spiritual adventure at all.

Cold Fury | Trent Lott and friends
This is indeed a struggle between the governing class and the governed, and is illustrative of many crucial truths beyond the parameters of the specific issue at hand. Maybe the best thing that could possibly happen is for our Congresscritters to continue hurling their arrogance in our teeth; maybe then, enough of us will become angered by their contempt to make a positive difference.

Noah Pollak | Excellent Gaza roundup
No Middle East crisis is complete without awful media coverage, and so Melanie Phillips is outraged at how the BBC has been grotesquely twisting its reporting on Gaza in order to blame the crisis on Israel. Allow me to take this opportunity to concur and add that Great Britain has become the most anti-Israel country in Europe, and the BBC has been merrily pushing the nation down this nihilistic road for quite some time with its daily injections of what can legitimately be called propaganda.

La Shawn Barber | Court makes Nifong’s assholishness official
Nifong, desperate to win election in a heavily black city, used the only ammunition at his disposal: a phony, high profile gang rape case bubbling over with race and class tension. If I were Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty, and Dave Evans, I’d sue Duke University, the Durham Police Department, and Mike Nifong.

NewsBusters | BBC – The B stands for biased
The BBC likely has done two things no major American media organization would dare: go through an internal investigation of its reporting biases, and; share conceivably unpopular results with the public.

Redstate | Sarkozy’s surprise
There has been a lot of talk about how Republicans can learn lessons from Sarkozy’s Presidential victory this year. Just as Republican Presidential candidates are running to succeed an unpopular Republican President, Sarkozy ran to succeed an unpopular fellow Gaullist in Jacques Chirac. (The two were of different parties, but of the same political ideology.) And just as Sarkozy contrasted himself heavily with Chirac, a future Republican Presidential candidate can contrast himself heavily with George W. Bush in order to win the Presidency. So goes the thinking.

Right Wing Nut House
You’ve got to hand it to Bashar Assad, Syria’s gangster President. Even though he has more blood on his hands than Al Capone, the James Bakers and Nancy Pelosis of the world still want to treat this street thug as if he were head of a sovereign nation and carry on some kind of “dialogue” with the brute. Judging by the above blood soaked list, it would appear that Mr. Assad’s idea of dialogue is somewhat different than ours. At the very least, it makes answering bombs and assassin’s bullets with rational conversation problematic in the extreme.

The Bullwinkle Blog | Hamas actually rights a wrong
Arafat looted the Palestinian’s money for decades, reportedly taking billions from them. Since either the ability to steal or lie are all it takes anymore to win the Nobel Prize the Hamas thugs that stole Arafat’s medal earned it the same way he did.

DJ Drummond | Thoughts on the Republican field
I could be content with a Romney, a Giuliani, or a Fred Thompson in the Oval Office, provided their answers remain consistent and direct as we move on in the primaries. What the press continually fails to grasp, is the need for a good person, not a clever media-savvy one, to serve as President.



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