NOT FUNNY.Jesse Singal over at Campus Progress has a smart critique of the "comedy" presented on Fox News' half-hearted attempt to mimic the success of Comedy Central's Daily Show with Jon Stewart. It's not surprising that the conclusion is that conservatives just aren't funny. Even the name -- The 1/2 Hour News Hour -- seems ... well, lame.
IF KIDS COULD VOTE ... The Children's Defense Fund started a faux presidential campaign supporting a 10-year-old girl named Suzie Flynn for president. The press stunt is largely targeted at drawing attention to funding cuts for the state program called SCHIP, the State Children's Health Insurance Program. It's currently scheduled to expire in September, and governors have gathered testimony from mothers around the country to support federal funding for the program.
HOLY SON OF JESUS. Oscar award-winning director James Cameron is working on a new documentary that focuses on the tomb of the alleged son of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. No doubt that Christians around the world will be up in arms about it. The subject of debate is located near Jerusalem. More religious tension in the Middle East is surely exactly what we need.
MORE RAPE ALLEGATIONS IN IRAQ. Yet another woman has come forward with rape allegations against Iraqi security forces. Four soldiers allegedly raped the 50-year-old Sunni woman and attempted to rape her two daughters in Tal Afar. The fifth soldier, standing guard outside, came in and held his fellow soldiers at gunpoint to make them stop. The four soldiers have confessed.
Rape is an ugly and increasingly better-documented part of war. And our continued military involvement in Iraq isn't going to protect these women.
RAPE IN IRAQ. In a horrifying convergence of events this week, Iraqi women are taking the center stage as rape victims. Two soldiers pleaded guilty to raping a 14-year-old Iraqi teenager and murdering her along with her family. From yesterday's testimony:
"I lifted up her skirt and took off her stockings while Barker held her hands with his knees," [Sgt. Paul E. Cortez, 24] said before admitting that he raped the teenager as she screamed. "After I was done, myself and [Spec. James P. Barker] switched spots."