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Gandhi Takes On the Pope

Once again, Arun Gandhi (grandson of the late Mohandas Gandhi) relies on his sophomoric wisdom to criticize Pope Benedict XVI for baptizing the prominent Egyptian-born Italian writer, Magdi Allam, during the Easter holiday. 

Allam, seen by many as a moderate Muslim, has frequently criticized fellow members of the Islamic faith for the violent acts committed in its name. He is also an ardent supporter of Israel. On Easter, Allam converted to the Holy Roman Catholic faith.
It doesn't seem to occur to Gandhi that Allam converted of his own free will. But then, Gandhi never mentions the convert by name, leaving one with a nagging suspicion that Gandhi doesn't actually know much about what transpired, nor have any idea who was baptized. 
Allam now faces the prospect of being murdered because he is an apostate to Islam, and the punishment for apostasy is death.  But then, he was already facing death for his previous criticisms of the Muslim faith.

Gandhi doesn't mention that, of course. Instead he speaks of climbing metaphorical mountains...
...all in the name of Peace.
Background: below is a random news article regarding the baptism.,CST-NWS-vat23.article
And here are Allam’s own thoughts on his conversion and baptism:




Yes, Men and Women are Different

Men are lazy slobs. But, hey, most guys know that already, so one may wonder why researchers keep doing studies on this attribute of the male half of the species. A recent report from the University of Michigan is a case in point.  Based on the recent research, it was learned that husbands, on average, create seven extra hours of housework for the wife. Again, I'm not sure why such a study was needed (Don't most men already know this?), but since the effort was made, I suppose we should applaud it, and recognize that there are indeed innate differences between the sexes.









Whaaaaa . . . . . ?

Just trying out the new wheels here. 


I'm not sure that representing "The [sic] View From the Left" isn't going to be far too crushing a responsibility--I can't purport to speak for anyone but myself. When my mind is open and changeable, not even that.


Petraeus Testifies Before Congress on the Surge

Washington D.C.  General David Petraeus testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee today and cited the progress being made in Iraq due to the troop level increases (referred to as the 'Surge').  He has recommended a 45-day delay in reducing these  levels, but was subject to criticism from various Democrats, including Carl Levin, Ted Kennedy, and Joseph Biden; Levin citing the effort as an open-ended commitment. Hillary Clinton also offered harsh criticism, calling for a plan to begin an orderly process of removing the troops. Dick Lugar, the Republican Senator from Indiana, is also expected to issue criticism.


 In contrast, John McCain supports the current  troop levels, and was optimistic about the progress that has been made in Iraq.


 Barack Obama will speak with Petraeus tomorrow, when the General testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.








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Underwear to Play a Role in VP Choice?

Some social conservatives appear to be upset at the prospect of Mitt Romney being chosen as a running mate for John McCain. I'm not saying underwear plays a role in this, but it sure makes a nice headline.


Meteorites the Cause of Leftism?

It seems that stray meteorites may be the source of life on Earth, as well as contributors to left-handedness and leftism in general:

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