Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Daily Headliners--Hunter vows to cut funds for Columbia U, Violent crime up, Giuliani $9.11 fundraising party, Ahmadinejad declares no gays in Iran

We've got some fun Daily Headliners for today.

Hunter vows to "Cut off funds to Columbia University" because of Ahmadinejad speech: The right wing-nuts are just whipping themselves up in an insane frenzy here. It is bad enough that we've had to endure two weeks of Republican blather over the MoveOn.org ad, but now they've latched on to a new hot-button non-issue--the speech made at Columbia University by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. According to ThinkProgress;

[Yesterday] Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) said in a statement that if Columbia University President Lee Bollinger “follows through with this hosting of the leader of Iran, I will move in Congress to cut off every single type of Federal Funding to Columbia University.”


Appearing on Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto after the speech, Hunter said that he plans to follow through on his threat and will now “initiate legislation, and try to get as many people as can see it my way, to cut off funds to Columbia University.”

ThinkProgress has the Fox News video of Hunter's declaration. In addition, the New York Sun is reporting that New York city and state lawmakers are also making noise about cutting funds off from Columbia University. I'm just amazed at how the Republican wing-nuts are going bonkers over Ahmadinejad speaking at Columbia University. It is really a non-issue here--if the students and faculty want the Iranian head of state Ahmadinejad to speak at their school, then let them. Ahmadinejad may be just as much of a crackpot as Duncan Hunter, but Hunter gets to speak at numerous colleges, and town squares, and political rallies to spew his own crackpot ideology. And Hunter wants to punish Columbia U for allowing Ahmadinejad to speak. It is just complete madness.

Violent Crime, a Sticky Issue for White House, Shows Steeper Rise: This is off The Washington Post;

Violent crime in the United States rose more than previously believed in 2006, continuing the most significant increase in more than a decade, according to an FBI report released yesterday.

The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program found that robberies surged by 7.2 percent and homicides rose 1.8 percent from 2005 to 2006. Violent crime overall rose 1.9 percent, substantially more than an increase of 1.3 percent estimated in a preliminary FBI report in June.

The jump was the second in two years, following a 2.3 percent rise in 2005. Taken together, the two years represent the first steady increase in violent crime since 1993, FBI records show.

The uptick presents a significant political challenge for the Bush administration, which has faced growing criticism from congressional Democrats, big-city mayors and police chiefs for presiding over cuts in federal assistance to local law enforcement agencies over the past six years.


Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum in Washington, which studies crime trends, said the FBI report shows "a significant departure from the previous 10 years of fairly flat or declining crime numbers."

"What it underscores is what a number of communities have been seeing firsthand, and that is a spike in street-level violent crime," Wexler said. "For some cities, crime is back as a significant issue."

Don't you just feel so much safer now? Of course, we're fighting the terrorists over there in Iraq, so we don't have to fight them here. Then again, we don't have to worry about fighting terrorists here when we've got plenty of happy criminals running loose on the streets here, and we don't have the money or manpower to fight them here because we spent all the money there in Iraq to fight the terrorists.

Giuliani party seeks $9.11 per person: All I can say about this Yahoo News story is that is goes beyond the level of tacky here;

WASHINGTON - A supporter of Rudy Giuliani's is throwing a party that aims to raise $9.11 per person for the Republican's presidential campaign.

Abraham Sofaer is having a fundraiser at his Palo Alto, Calif., home on Wednesday, when Giuliani backers across the country are participating in the campaign's national house party night.

But Sofaer said he had nothing to do with the "$9.11 for Rudy" theme.

"There are some young people who came up with it," Sofaer said when reached by telephone Monday evening. He referred other questions to Giuliani's campaign.

"I'm just providing support for him. He's an old friend of mine," Sofaer said of Giuliani.

Sofaer was a State Department adviser under President Reagan and is a fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution

Giuliani's campaign had no immediate comment.

According to the invitation, "$9.11 for Rudy" is an "independent, non-denominational grass-roots campaign to raise $10,000 in small increments to show how many individual, everyday Americans support `America's Mayor.'"

Giuliani was mayor of New York during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

You can't even make this stuff up. Hat tip to Shakesville.

Ahmadinejad declares there are no gays in Iran: I found this story off Americablog, and it just goes to show just how much of a crackpot Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is. Watch the YouTube video:

And GOP presidential candidate Duncan Hunter wants to cut funding from Columbia University for allowing Ahmadinejad to speak there?

You just can't make this stuff up.

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