Ye shall judge a man by his enemies: If Russia does not like Mitt Romney…

July 3, 2012

…Then I call that a big point in Romney’s favor, especially when the Russians deign to tell us Obama is acceptable:

Alexey Pushkov, chairman of the international affairs committee of the State Duma, said in a recent interview that Russian leaders have noted Romney’s comments with concern, and are watching with interest as neoconservative and “realist” advisers maneuver for influence within the campaign.

“We don’t think that for us Romney will be an easy partner,” said Pushkov, an ally of President Vladimir Putin. “We think that Romney will be, on the rhetorical side, a replay of the Bush administration.”

He also noted Romney’s statements that the United States should assert its dominance in the 21st century.

“If he is serious about this, I’m afraid he may choose the neocon-type people…In the first year of his presidency, we may have a full-scale crisis,” he said.

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Pushkov said that the “reset” in U.S.-Russia relations that Obama has portrayed as a signature foreign policy accomplishment “is stuck, basically. It needs another reset.”

Nevertheless, though the U.S. and Russia are at odds on issues such as Syria and missile defense, Obama would be “acceptable” as a partner for Russia in a second term, Pushkov said.

I guess the information was transmitted to Vladimir, as promised.

Romney’s communications shop is sharp. Expect to see this in a commercial some time between now and November. While the economy is the dominant issue, foreign affairs are still important, and Russia is ruthlessly pursuing its perceived self-interest in a desperate struggle to remain a relevant power. (Which will get harder and harder — they’re dying demographically.) I’d much rather have someone in office who believes a dominant America is a good thing for the world, rather than someone who perceives American power as the problem and chooses decline and appeasement.

Oh, and thanks for the concern, Alexey! We’ll be sure to take your advice into account on Election Day!

LINK: More at Hot Air

PS: Romney 2012

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

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Fatwa alert! Do not eat frogs, for they are beloved of Allah!

July 3, 2012

Amphibious jihad?

If you ever go to Egypt, don’t order the frog’s legs:

Following the presidential victory of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muhammad Morsi, the very first fatwa to appear by Egypt’s highest fatwa council addresses—not social, political, or economic issues in Egypt—but rather frogs. Specifically, it bans Muslims from hunting and killing frogs to sell to those nations that dine on the amphibians. As the fatwa explains, according to Islam’s prophet Muhammad as recorded in a hadith, a frog’s “croaking is praise [to Allah].” Accordingly, “a number of jurists [fuqaha] have relied on this [hadith] to forbid the eating of frogs, under the notion that ‘that which is banned from being killed, is forbidden from being eaten.'”

This could lead to a diplomatic crisis with France.

Of course, not all animals sing Allah’s praises. Sharks and squirrels, for example, are known agents of the Jews.

Remember: frogs good, squirrels bad.

At least one frog may have a serious problem on his hands, however: while croaking is blessed, singing is forbidden according to some authorities. This fellow had better be careful:

Michigan J. Frog akbar!