Thursday, August 28, 2008

Short Takes: Worth Noting, 08/27/08

Short takes is my semi-daily way of cramming a lot into a small space for you..kind of like the young gentleman above is doing! Here's a rundown of some of today's items of interest for Joshua's Army:

*Obama Needs to Take a Stand on Race - Juan Williams in the Wall Street Journal writes another superb column on the Chosen One's lack of candor. He really is going to have to watch it if he doesn't want his dinosaur media membership card revoked!

*China's Uncertain Future - Heritage Foundation - Is China the new number one? Dazzled by the Olympics, the leftards at the Guardian and our own domestic variety like the odious NYT columnist Tom Friedman, write that it's game over and the US had better get used to being a second class nation and liking it.

The Heritage Foundation, as usual, provides some sanity in the mix and includes some boring things like statistics and facts to show that Friedman and his ilk may have missed a few things, no matter how many Chinese drum and move in unison.

* The Swiss Government has taken an official positon against an initiative banning the construction of Islamic minarets in Switzerland. The initiative goes to a referendum vote in two months, and is backed by the Swiss People's Party, which does not sit as part of the government but is the strongest in the country in terms of seats.

*The new ’moderate’ Turkey -Robert Ellis in The IHT reports on how the Islamist Erdogan government in Turkey is gradually stifling opposition and free speech.

*John McCain is apparently preparing a rebuttal ad to be aired in response to Barack Obama's acceptance speech tonight...this could get interesting. Will he announce his running mate?

* Speaking of the GOP Fox is reporting that Hurricane Gustav may delay the GOP Convention Plans if it hits the Gulf States with any force. McCain’s campaign suggested that the Republicans could postpone their upcoming national convention in St. Paul if Gustav makes landfall over the weekend. Wise decision.

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