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Fisher-Price “Dawah Doll” brings the deen

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Awesome.

Parents are outraged about the messages they’rehearing from a doll. It’s Fisher-Price’s “Little Mommy Real Loving BabyCuddle and Coo” doll.

Some people claim they can hear it mumble “Satan is king” in one track; then clearly speak “Islam is the light” in another.

The Associated Press, among many others, have investigated – here’s their report:

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I’ve also uploaded the audio of the Dawah Doll to Listen Islam, for your listening pleasure. Wal-Mart has already pulled it from the shelves, but Target says it’s keeping it in stock, so tomorrow I need to go out and get me one of these babies immediately. Naturally, our corporate pawns at Fisher Price have been instructed to engage in taqqiya and deflect questions about the Dawah Doll:

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‘The only scripted word the doll says is ‘mama.'” –Juliette Reashor, Senior Mgr. Public Relations, Fisher-Price

Well done, dhimmi! 

Debbie Schlussel is on to us, but no one takes her seriously, so no worries, the grand plan to indoctrinate the toddlers of America is proceeding apace.

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From 52 to 48 with love

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

This is simply beautiful – a collection of photos between “52 blue” and “48 red”. There’s no better example of purple politics than this – and it’s exactly in line with what Obama has been talking about, about there being one America, and the need for us to unify around what we have in common rather than what drives us apart.

UPDATE: sore losers.

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Obama’s private photos from Election Night

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

Obama’s private election night photos are up on Flickr – I really love this sequence in particular.

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The Obama mandate: executive order

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

I argued earlier that the evidence for an Obama mandate is compelling, especially in comparison to President Bush, who claimed a mandate and political capital after the 2004 election. Some may ask why a mandate matters, or that the margin of victory is irrelevant; I think that there’s a great example that illustrates the importance of a mandate is permitting a President to enact an agenda, and that example is Executive Orders (EOs). EOs are basically directives by the president to the various Executive Branch agencies – such as the various departments headed by the Cabinet – tellingt them what to do and how to do it. These departments include the EPA, Housing, Education, IRS, etc – in other words, government agencies that play a major role in public policy and our daily lives. And none of these require any Congressional oversight, since they are purely Executive Branch functions.

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Obama has indicated that he intends to make heavy use of EOs, to undo much of the damage done by President Bush, especially in the enironmental arena and in stem cell research:

President-elect Obama plans to use his executive powers to make an immediate impact when he takes office, perhaps reversing Bush administration policies on stem cell research and domestic drilling for oil and natural gas.

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John Podesta, Obama’s transition chief, said Sunday Obama is reviewing President Bush‘s executive orders
on those issues and others as he works to undo policies enacted during
eight years of Republican rule. He said the president can use such
orders to move quickly on his own.

“There’s
a lot that the president can do using his executive authority without
waiting for congressional action, and I think we’ll see the president
do that,” Podesta said. “I think that he feels like he has a real
mandate for change. We need to get off the course that the Bush administration has set.”

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[…]

Presidents long have used executive orders
to impose policy and set priorities. One of Bush’s first acts was to
reinstate full abortion restrictions on U.S. overseas aid. The
restrictions were first ordered by President Reagan and the first President Bush followed suit. President Clinton lifted them soon after he occupied the Oval Office and it wouldn’t be surprising if Obama did the same.

Executive orders “have the power of law and they can cover just about anything,” Tobias said in a telephone interview.

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Bush used his executive power to limit federal spending on embryonic stem cell research,
a position championed by opponents of abortion rights who argue that
destroying embryos is akin to killing a fetus. Obama has supported the
research in an effort to find cures for diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Many moderate Republicans also support the research, giving it the
stamp of bipartisanship.

On drilling, the federal Bureau of Land Management is opening about 360,000 acres of public land in Utah to oil and gas drilling. Bush administration officials argue that the drilling will not harm sensitive areas; environmentalists oppose it.

It’s Obama’s mandate from the people that gives him the confidence to move quickly and decisively on these.

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