I mentioned last week that a local St. Louis radio station reported that a minaret (Islamic prayer tower) was being built — but that I was awaiting confirmation. Well now we have it from reader Zachary B., who has taken photos of it for us, as it’s fewer than six blocks from his house.
So over the weekend Mirwaiz Omar Farooq — the 15th hereditary leader of Kashmir’s Muslims — was in town to speak at a luncheon held in his honor at the Pakistani consul general’s abode. I was there (and thank goodness, because Pakistani food is delish) as the mirwaiz talked about his Hurriyat coalition’s desire for a peaceful, equitable solution to the Kashmiri issue.
“Oh, it’s hard, it’s very hard. I used to love the Valentine’s Day, and the hearts in the windows and everything. And now, this year it’s just like I hate it like never before because it reminds me (of Sulejman Talovic’s attacks) and all that and broken hearts in the family and the other families.
Danes are the happiest people on earth, 60 Minutes reports. That is the reason, Povl informs me, Danes are not going to remake their society to please the Islamist minority regardless of the ongoing rioting Morely Safer failed to mention. In the past 8 days, 379 fires had been lit, including 108 cars and 11 schools in 20 cities and towns. 30 persons were arrested.
Bad-loser Democrats, who have endlessly crabbed about Republicans “stealing” the last two presidential elections, are at it again, bellyaching about being “disenfranchised” anew, but this time by their own party.
I’ve been writing in my online blog at philcooke.com about Mike Huckabee’s media strategy during his campaign for president. He was a self-admitted long shot from the beginning, and I think it would be instructive to see what’s kept him in the race so long – particularly since he came out of nowhere. Certainly – as his fans have repeated on my blog and elsewhere - the keys from their perspective are his honesty, authenticity, commitment to life, leadership, and his spiritual perspective. All that would be true, but it’s not the whole story. His candidacy is a excellent lesson for any underdog, and from the perspective of a media consultant, there are some other significant reasons he’s kept in the running for so long:
Now he’s getting it. Match that with his (truly outstanding) record opposing earmarks and pork, and if he will add to it a promise to turn his talents toward cutting the size and scope of government, he just might energize the base after all.
Good going, my Fellow Americans! Thanks for taking an interest in this issue that I’ve been warning about for the past nine years, thereby preventing the result below. (NOT!) Thanks especially to the A-List blogs that helped disseminate the information (NOT!), to make sure we weren’t still abetting jihad after 9/11. I am filled with pride and patriotism as an American over our accomplishment:
We urge EVERY American to get involved in the fight to save Kosovo, and to help protect the non-Muslim minority that remains living there. Everything you need to know to get involved is at savekosovo.org [American Council for Kosovo].
Barak Obama campaigns as a leader who CAN bring about change by uniting the people. Of course, he cannot point to any specific achievement with the exception of garnering “believers.” That is not for lack of trying. His father’s homeland is disintegrating and this morning John Githongo, a Kenyan ex pat wrote an FT op-ed pleading with Obama to come to Kenya’s aid:
At this point in the race, I’m fascinated with Mike Huckabee’s refusal to quit the race. No one really expects him to win, and at this point, we have to ask how well his continued campaigning is serving the Republican Party. Regardless of your position as a Democrat or Republican, this is an interesting media “perception” issue. For instance, on the positive side, Huckabee’s position is that his voice continues to be heard, and the differences in the candidates need to be clear. I assume he wants certain issues to continue to be discussed. He considers himself the dark horse – the come from behind guy. But with no real chance of winning, he also has the potential to be seen as the “driven by ego, not policy guy.” Plus, every day the fight continues is one less day for the Republicans to pull together as a solid force for the general election. While Democrats are punching it out between Hillary and Obama, the Republicans could be solidifying a message that would potentially expand their voting base. It will be interesting to see how the public views Mike’s strategy and if it backfires.
I’ve made a couple of entries into my journal that I didn’t post here, so I’m going to put a few in at once, if that’s okay. In case this is the first post of mine you’ve read–I’m giving a weekly journal from behind the scenes of the production of a feature film, perhaps offering a little insight or education into the filmmaking process. As always, you can email me directly through our website, www.jenkins-entertainment.com.
Indeed, given all the hot news about the Republican presidential race in the last two weeks—Super Tuesday, McCain’s ascendancy, Mitt Romney’s withdrawal—we have lost sight of something historically significant, which occurred on January 30: the withdrawal from the race by New York’s Rudy Giuliani, whose presidential pursuit is suddenly over. Rudy’s exit is a striking turnabout from just six months ago, when the consensus was that Americans in November 2008 would be voting for either him or Hillary Clinton for president. His departure has profound implications, which have passed without observation in the short-term memory of today’s media culture. Consider:
Sometimes a little long division goes a quite a ways. Take for instance George W. Bush’s approximately $3 trillion budget proposal divided by our nation’s approximately 300 million people. Whaddaya get? Ten thousand–as in ten thousand dollars taken by taxation for every man, woman and child in America.
There’s only one thing worse than Republicans and Democrats locked in partisan gridlock up and down Pennsylvania Avenue. It is Republicans and Democrats rushing to come together for the good of the country and congratulating themselves for their bipartisanship.
When it comes to dating and candidate-shopping, each choice has his strong and weak points. And like commitment-phobes, American voters and the media want to take our time weighing the options. We started early, with Iowa and New Hampshire allowing us to protract the process of flirting with wildly inappropriate suitors like Ron Paul. Now we can’t get rid of the pest - and we’re not much closer to a real decision.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, talking about the “unavoidability” of Sharia Law in Great Britain, has cast his lot with countless other politicians, promoters and pretenders who, throughout history, have been willing to diminish their own culture for the illusion of peace.