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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 12/26/2010

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

Kudos to the cyber-sabatours. "The Stuxnet virus that has infected Iran's nuclear installations may have been behind the decommissioning of 1,000 centrifuges at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility earlier this year, according to a new analysis of the malicious software."

Bravo to the legal sleuths. The American Center for Law and Justice gets a response to its information request to Mayor Michael Bloomberg on his collaboration with the Ground Zero mosque builders. "The 21 pages of disclosures released by the Mayor's Office reveal that City Hall had direct communications with the Mosque's developers, explicitly tried to assist with the political process, and was involved with discussions between the developers and the Community Board 1. An email from the developers' attorney, Shelly Friedman, also acknowledged that Robert Tierney, the Chairman of the LPC, was seeking 'political cover' from politicians in order not to landmark the building."

Hear, hear for the Republican leadership. "If conservatives expected Republican Rep. Lamar Smith to champion the most controversial anti-immigration measures when he takes control of the House Judiciary Committee next month, they're in for a surprise.... He won't say when his committee plans to tackle birthright citizenship, the policy of granting citizenship to every child born in the country." Perhaps the grown-ups really are in charge.

Boffo idea by liberal Democrats. "A group of 31 House Democrats is asking President Obama to dispatch Gen. David Petraeus to testify before Congress early next year on the war effort in Afghanistan." Really, no one including the president can explain it better. In fact, the Republicans should be insisting he come.

Good for Rep. Peter King (R.-N.Y.): "There's a disconnect between outstanding Muslims who contribute so much to the future of our country and those leaders who - for whatever reason - acquiesce in terror or ignore the threat. It is this disconnect that threatens the security of us all. As chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, I will do all I can to break down the wall of political correctness and drive the public debate on Islamic radicalization. These hearings will be a step in that direction. It's what democracy is all about."

Applause for Sen. Tom Coburn (R.-Okla.) for saving taxpayers billions on the Sept. 11 first responders bill. "In short, Coburn's thankless efforts resulted in a much better 9/11 bill -- a bill that won approval without even a formal vote. I'm not sure there are any profound 'lessons' to be drawn here -- the 9/11 measure was a unique piece of legislation, and its chief Senate sponsors (New York Democrats Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand) were desperate to see it enacted during the lame-duck session -- but the junior senator from Oklahoma deserves hearty praise for weathering a storm of vitriol and forcing the necessary improvements."

No amount of praise is sufficient for our men and women overseas. A Veterans Day post bears repeating during the holidays: "To all who have served, God bless you. To all who are serving still, God bless you and keep you from harm. We owe you all our liberties, the ones we abuse as well as the ones we cherish."

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 26, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
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How many such "outstanding Muslims who contribute so much to the future of our country" can Peter King (or Jen, for that matter) name?

Posted by: IsraelP | December 26, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse


If you want names, how about visiting sites such as: American Muslim Health Professionals
muslimamericanjournalists.orh American Muslim Law Enforcement Officers Association Association of American Muslim Lawyers

and so on.

Posted by: MsJS | December 26, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

@MsJS | December 26, 2010 11:06 AM
"If you want names, ..."

There are lots more names in the phone book, too. But names alone don't guarantee "outstanding Muslims who contribute so much to the future of our country", and neither do the names of their organizational affiliation.

Posted by: HenriLeGrand | December 26, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

So many sides to be protected when its the right wing point of view - even Holiday celebrations take a back seat. (excuse me, I didn't use the name of the one who died on a cross just so another "blog" could be written about that liberal fault too)

Posted by: tigman_2 | December 26, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

MrsJS, I didn't ask how many can he FIND. I asked how many can he NAME. Like off the top of his head. Household names. People that most of us have heard of. The choice of the word "outstanding" was the Congressman's. It kind of implies that they stand out.

Posted by: IsraelP | December 27, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

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