Shocker: Muslim groups cry wolf about “Islamophobic crime”

July 8, 2010

Both the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Circle of North America screamed that an arson attack against a mosque in Georgia was an anti-Islamic hate crime, and CAIR even demanded a federal investigation.

One problem: the fire was set by a Muslim.

Ooops. Makes it kind of hard to gin up outrageous outrage and play the victim card, doesn’t it?

(via Jihad Watch)

UPDATE: More at Big Peace.

EDIT: Updated the headline, since the two groups were jumping the gun, not directly lying, though ICNA still has a press release up implying this was an Islamophobic hate crime and making no mention of the fact that a Muslim has been charged for the arson.


Choice works: the rebirth of New Orleans schools

July 8, 2010

From Reason.TV, here’s a short documentary about how educators in New Orleans used the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina to rebuild New Orleans’ school system, once one of the worst in the nation, along free-market lines founded in parental choice:

The results have been very encouraging. As Nick Gillespie explains at Big Government:

Today, New Orleans has the most market-based school system in the US. 60% of New Orleans students currently attend charter schools, test scores are up, and talented and passionate educators from around the country are flocking to New Orleans to be a part of the education revolution. It’s too early to tell if the New Orleans experiment in school choice will succeed over the long term, but for the first time in decades people are optimistic about the future of New Orleans schools.

And yet this is the very kind of program President Obama wants to deny the poor children of Washington, DC.

LINKS: More from Hot Air.


Mama Grizzlies

July 8, 2010

The first ad of the Palin 2012 campaign?

Ed Morrissey has interesting observations on Sarah Palin’s appeal to conservative women and the risk of falling into identity politics. In my opinion, she avoids that trap by appealing to common interests and beliefs, and not just as women as a group.