A Flea in the Fur of the Beast

“Death, fire, and burglary make all men equals.” —Dickens

Obama: He’s No “Dave”

by evanmcmurry

Maureen Dowd’s second column in as many weeks faulting Obama for not being like a president in the Moviez:

Actually, it is his job to get them to behave. The job of the former community organizer and self-styled uniter is to somehow get this dunderheaded Congress, which is mind-bendingly awful, to do the stuff he wants them to do. It’s called leadership.

[snip] How can the president star in a White House Correspondents’ Association dinner satirical film pretending to be Daniel Day-Lewis playing Barack Obama in Steven Spielberg’s movie “Obama,” and not have absorbed the lessons of “Lincoln”?


by evanmcmurry


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Also: That’s an NRSC strategist. His name is Brad. Do you think he had to adopt it once he got the job, like in the Ramones?

So About That Study Saying Muslims Are Gonna Sharia Us All…

by evanmcmurry

Steam is already coming out of the ears of conservative AVIs over PEW’s new survey, which found an overwhelming majority of Muslims worldwide favor entwining sharia law into politics and policy. (Oklahoma! Look out!)

Nobody, however, seems to be reading the VERY NEXT PARAGRAPH:

At the same time, the survey finds that even in many countries where there is strong backing for sharia, most Muslims favor religious freedom for people of other faiths. In Pakistan, for example, three-quarters of Muslims say that non-Muslims are very free to practice their religion, and fully 96% of those who share this assessment say it is “a good thing.” Yet 84% of Pakistani Muslims favor enshrining sharia as official law. These seemingly divergent views are possible partly because most supporters of sharia in Pakistan – as in many other countries – think Islamic law should apply only to Muslims. Moreover, Muslims around the globe have differing understandings of what sharia means in practice.

The survey – which involved more than 38,000 face-to-face interviews in 80-plus languages with Muslims across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa – shows that Muslims tend to be most comfortable with using sharia in the domestic sphere, to settle family or property disputes.

So in other words, they sound like…Christians. And by and large more tolerant than, say, people who legislate against other religions, like, say, lawmakers in Oklahoma. And frankly, I’ll take the folks in the above graphs over this guy or these guys any day.

Chicago’s Murder Rate and Global Warming

by evanmcmurry

In case you needed another reason to hate global warming:

Some point to differences in the weather as a major factor in this year’s lower murder totals. More people were outside — where most shootings happen — in the early months of 2012 when record temperatures were posted. The first four months of this year were much cooler.