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Monday, January 29, 2007

Keffiyehs in today's items

Allyson Rowen Taylor explains how she talked Urban Outfitters out of carrying keffiyehs
While keffiyehs are a staple of Arab wardrobes, the trendy retailer was selling them explicitly for their symbolic significance, as emblems of peace. But this piece of checkered cloth tells a different story. They were"adopted by many of the Palestinians who supported Grand Mufti Amin al-Husayni during the Great Uprising," according to the Wikipedia entry on keffiyehs. Al-Husayni was one of Hitler’s most important supporters in the Arab world. "Another Palestinian figure associated with the keffiyeh is Leila Khaled, a female member of the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine," and she was involved in "the hijacking of TWA Flight 840 and the Dawson's Field hijackings." And so on.
I'll be in NYC next Saturday and hope to get together with Allyson.

MLK Jr's Niece Seeks Justice For the Unborn

Via Maria,
Mark Steyn: Old U.S.S.R. made Old Europe look new
The civilized world faces profound challenges that threaten the global order. But most advanced democracies now run two-party systems in which both parties sell themselves to the electorate on the basis of unaffordable entitlements whose costs can be kicked down the road, even though the road is a short cul-de-sac and the kicked cans are already piled sky-high. That's the real energy crisis.
Betraying America

Faster chips, says Intel

Top 10 Foods for a Good Night's Sleep

Guess Who Made the Front Page of the Iran Daily Today?

Via Larwyn,
What You See (in the Media) is Not What You Get (in the Libby Trial)

Where in the Game Are We?

In the culture of pornography:
The Black Hole of Sundance
The official promotional copy of the Sundance festival lauds the film's cleverness and "visual poetry" of male "alienation."
Male alienation? And there's more:
Then there's that other sick Sundance sensation making headlines. Twelve-year-old Dakota Fanning, the star of "Charlotte's Web" and other family films, like "The Cat in the Hat," is starring in a five-minute rape scene in a film titled "Hounddog."
Where are the child advocates? Where's Hillary? Aren't they outraged by this?

Ruthless nation

A little snow this morning,

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At 5:56 PM, Blogger otto said...

It's not a five-minute rape scene. The rape does not take place onscreen. Dakota filmed the scene alone. Her mother and a child welfare worker were on the set at all times.

You also may want to talk to North Carolina state officials, as well as the Utah State Attorney General. They, along with child advocates who have actually seen the movie, have stated that nothing illegal occurred.

Any outrage should be focused towards people like Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, who admitted on CNN that if it wasn't Dakota, but some unknown 12-year old actress who had performed the rape scene, he would not have bothered with it. It's people like him who are exploiting Dakota to push their sick agenda.

Always research your facts first...

At 6:38 PM, Blogger Fausta said...

You know Otto, some things are wrong.
I don't associate with the likes of Bill Donohue et al. He's wrong, and the movie is wrong. I don't care who played the 12 yr old.


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