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January 11, 2007
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*Mmmmmmm.....pitchers in mini-camp.

*I feel Milton Chappell's pain. Those chances don't come around very often, but the worst of it is having to sit silent while the other guy fails to make your best arguments.

*The real Muhammad. There are extremely good aspirational reasons why our government should continue to insist, however tendentiously, that the true and faithful interpretation of Islam does not include imitating the Prophet's own 7th century behavior, but Andrew McCarthy draws a pretty bleak picture of what that behavior entailed and why Muslims today have difficulty separating it from their doctrinal canon.

*John Roberts on being the Chief. Via Bashman.

*Rudy on the Surge. And payback time for the Iranians. Time permitting, I'll have more to come on this issue.

*Mitt Romney has some explaining to do, which he takes a not-quite-on-point crack at here.

*Amateur hour for the Democratic Senate caucus, while Harry Reid circles the wagons around his tribal benefactors. I'm not in favor of the current campaign finance laws, but David Vitter is 100% right that the tribes, now that they are in a major revenue-raising business subject to extensive low-profile federal regulation (and thus a honey pot for Congressional venality), should get the same treatment as corporations. Of course, on the cui bono? side, I assume that Vitter, as the sponsor of this measure, and Mary Landrieu, the lone Democrat to support it, both care about the fact that the tribes compete with Louisiana gambling interests.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 5:52 PM | Blog 2006-14 • | Law 2006-08 • | War 2007-14 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Re The Real Muhammad

Andrew McCarthy, an excellent lawyer, reviews Robert Spencer's The Truth about Muhammad — Founder of the World’s Most Intolerant Religion without any critical analysis and apparently without checking any of Spencer's citations.

For example:
Spencer--"Believers were instructed to fight and behead non-believers. (47:4)"

Koran, 47:4--"So when you meet in battle those who disbelieve, then smite the necks until when you have overcome them, then make (them) prisoners, and afterwards either set them free as a favor or let them ransom (themselves) until the war terminates."

Is Spencer's assertion a fair summary?

For an easy, quick way to compare a Koran or Hadith citation with a purportedly accurate summary try the University of Southern California's Compendium of Muslim Texts (

Posted by: Bill Bethard at January 11, 2007 9:22 PM

Something for cold nights until baseball heats up again. Read SWAP by Sam Moffie

Posted by: Joe at January 19, 2007 1:58 PM
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