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April 05, 2007

A Non-Issue For Me

I am in complete agreement with Jim Geraghty on the Pelosi head-scarf non-controversy.

I enjoy whacking around Nancy Pelosi as much as the next guy, but as far as I can tell, the photos of her in a headscarf are all of her while visiting a mosque. . . . There are a million and one reasons to object to Pelosi, but wearing the headscarf while in the mosque isn't one of them. It's akin to dressing appropriately while visiting a church, or a man wearing a yarmulke in a synagogue. It's something you do when you're a guest. It's not submission, it's respect.
I, too, looked through the entire Yahoo News photos slideshow to find a picture of Pelosi wearing the scarf outside the mosque, and there isn't any. Remember, she visited the tomb of John the Baptist, and made the sign of the cross. Before Vatican II all Catholic women covered their heads in church. I have zero problem with this and I think it hurts our credibility when we make a big stink over a non-issue and try to turn it into something it's not. Pelosi followed the same custom you and I would have done if we were in the same place. In fact, I think American women (myself included) dress far too immodestly in houses of worship. I was impressed when I visited Portugal, and saw young female tourists covering their shoulders before entering a church. So anyways, stick to hating Pelosi because she's an idiot.

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A different version of the facts from the Reform Party of Syria:

Posted by: david foster on Apr. 5, 2007


Very reasonable. You had such a good upbringing so how come your politics got so twisted??

There are things that take place in these houses of worship that have made me a little queesy at times. If I am in a church for mass I stand when the congregation stands but i do not kneel when they kneel.

Posted by: strawman on Apr. 5, 2007

"how come your politics got so twisted??"

Projecting much?

Posted by: reagan80 on Apr. 5, 2007

She should have been criticized if she DIDN'T wear the headdress.

On a more substantial subject, I don't have any problem with Congressional fact-finding tours per se, nor do I have a problem with a Congressperson noting in the generic that yes, I play a role in the foreign policy of my country. Granted that this confuses some nations that are not used to separation of powers, but if our female government officials are going to wear headdresses in your country, you need to understand that our female government officials have to exercise Constitutional oversight in our country.

Posted by: Ontario Emperor on Apr. 5, 2007


I don't know what I would do without you to point these things out to me. Many thanks.

Posted by: strawman on Apr. 5, 2007

It's a cardinal rule that visitors respect the customs in someone else's country--even more important if you represent your country's government. Doesn't count against her.

Posted by: Joules on Apr. 5, 2007

Nancy submissive? Are you nuts?

No one has ever accused her of being that...

Arrogant, naive, ballsy, rude,scary, confronational, any of these, but sumissive?

Never, never, never. (To paraphrase Winnie)

Posted by: shelly on Apr. 5, 2007

The problem is not that she wore a hijab, it's the fact that she was in syria, a terrorist sponsoring state, trying to undermine the current administration.

Much like Kerry in the 70s, she's in violation of a little thing called the Logan Act.

953. Private correspondence with foreign governments

Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply, himself or his agent, to any foreign government or the agents thereof for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.

Posted by: Frank on Apr. 6, 2007

I found you quite by accident, and admittedly, this is the first time I've read any remarks made by you, but I just wanted to say, You ALMOST had it right. ALMOST. "Frank" hit the nail on the head. I don't care what Ms. Pelosi wore, or how courteous and respectful she might have been. The only question Americans should be asking, including our Federal prosecutors, is WHAT IS SHE DOING THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE? Anyway, I'll drop in from time to time, you sound intersting. Chef

Posted by: Chef on Apr. 6, 2007


Unless if Annika comes up with her own "Hockey Chicken" campaign* to keep her from "retiring", you've only got until May 20th before this blog is put out of commission.

*such as meeting all of her Amazon wishlist demands ASAP!

Posted by: reagan80 on Apr. 6, 2007

Reagan, it is a function of the stress of the California Bar Exam. You get one chance, every six (6) months to pass. The pressure is great and the exam lasts three days, eight hours a day.

Thus, I expect her to retire as planned, but, she says she'll occasionally post on something called "Six Meat Buffet", so we can all move over there, except for that one fool who will remain nameless.

Here's the link:


Posted by: shelly on Apr. 6, 2007

Thanks for clarifying that, Shelly.

Though in my case, there will be 2 fleas that I won't miss after the curtain finally comes down here.

Posted by: reagan80 on Apr. 6, 2007


Now look what you've gone and done: given me the link.

You know Shelly, just because you don't like me and I don't like you doesn't mean we can't be friends. Some of my best friends are RW jellybean appointee's. Why just the other day, I was on Madison and 57th street and who should come strolling up the avenue?

Posted by: strawman on Apr. 6, 2007

Tom Watson

Posted by: shelly on Apr. 6, 2007


Nope, close, it was Tom's wife.

Posted by: strawman on Apr. 7, 2007