Number 1--I am not a fan of the Pope. I think he's misguided (as I think everyone is who asserts that their religion is "the only way"), he's anti-choice (again, I have a problem with people making decisions for others), he's scary looking (but that's only my opinion), and he says bad things about Harry Potter (which makes it official--we're not friends). Despite all of that, I love this article by Anne Applebaum which criticizes much of the Western response to the Pope's recent comments that were perceived as anti-Muslim. She says it better than I could, so please click through to the article, really.
OK, I just have to excerpt this little bit:
"...if stray comments by Western leaders—not to mention Western films, books, cartoons, traditions, ethics, and values—are going to inspire violence on a regular basis, I don't feel that it's asking too much for the West to quit saying sorry and remain united, occasionally, in its own defense. The fanatics attacking the pope already limit the right to free speech among their own followers. I don't see why we should allow them to limit our right to free speech, too."
Number 2--A snippet of video from YouTube wherein John Stewart asks Bill Clinton what it would take to defeat Hillary for President (should she choose to run). Goodness, it was nice having a President who knows how to speak. Oh, and I liked what he said too.