Monthly Archives: November 2007

Gillian Gibbons Sentenced to Prison in Mohammed Teddy Bear Case

The whole case is crazy but there is a tinyl silver lining here. The sentence could have been far worse:

A Sudanese court found a British teacher guilty of insulting religion and sentenced her to 15 days in prison Thursday for allowing a teddy bear to be named “Mohammed,” British authorities and her lawyer reported.

Gillian Gibbons also faces deportation from Sudan after her prison term, her lawyer told CNN.

I think she’ll view welcome deportation after the treatment she’s received.

DoD: Afghanistan Airstrike Struck Legitimate Targets

Journalists rushed to their computers and cameras to report the deaths of innocent construction workers in Afghanistan. However, they’re not quite as eager to report the fact that the story might not be accurate:

An air strike earlier this week in eastern Afghanistan was based on credible intelligence from multiple sources and by all indications struck its intended targets, the Pentagon’s press secretary told reporters today.

NATO International Security Assistance Force troops used precision-guided munitions in the late Nov. 26 air strike in the mountainous Nuristan province, killing several insurgents, Geoff Morrell said during a Pentagon briefing. Abdullah Jan, the western Nuristan Taliban commander, is believed to be among those killed.

Morrell dismissed press reports that the attack had mistakenly killed civilian construction workers. He noted that the closest known construction site was a kilometer away from the target area and that no structures, vehicles or other construction equipment were anywhere near the impact area.

Sadly, even the VOA ran this headline: Afghan Construction Workers Killed in NATO Air Strike.

2007 YouTube Republican Debate – John McCain Schools Ron Paul

Moments like this make me wish that McCain and I didn’t disagree on so many issues. There’s another great exchange over Vietnam on YouTube.

Jim Geraghty comments on McCain and Paul over at The Campaign Spot:

Win: John McCain. Seemed to be front and center throughout the night. I agree with Thompson on the immigration policy proposals, but disdain any nativist tone, the kind that drips from every pore of Tancredo. McCain spoke like a grownup during that segment, as well as the discussion on interrogation/torture. As I said earlier, in a noisy room, he dominated by speaking softly. Ron Paul wanted to be taken seriously, and tonight McCain took him seriously by head-butting him on the Iraq war.

…Another troubled night: Did Ron Paul really refer to the Trilateral Commission? Sorry, talk like that won’t expand his base of support. For every guy who is up to speed on conspiracy theories and finds them plausible, two voters start thinking of the cigarette-smoking man from the X-Files. I was ready to give him a second look; didn’t win me over tonight.

Just got an e-mail from one of his charming supporters: “PAUL WASN’T EVEN CLOSE TO BLAMING AMERICA YOU STUPID IGNORANT SOCIALIST LOVING CONSTITUTION HATING DUMB***. PULL YOUR HEAD OUT… **** FOR BRAINS!!!” Well, that persuaded me.

I feel your pain Jim.