Muslim Woman Taunted at Heritage Foundation Panel on Benghazi

The quiet courage of Saba Ahmed: A panel discussion on Benghazi hosted by the Heritage Foundation on Monday turned nasty after several of the participants mocked and taunted an audience member who was wearing a hijab. According to Dana Milbank of The Washington Post,  the panelists and audience members turned on American University law student Saba Ahmed after she asked a question about the Muslim representation at the event.

As Milbank reports, everything turned quite ugly after that:

“Are you an American?” Gabriel demanded of Ahmed, after accusing her of taking “the limelight” and before informing her that her “political correctness” belongs “in the garbage.”

“Where are the others speaking out?” Ahmed was asked. This drew an extended standing ovation from the nearly 150 people in the room, complete with cheers.

The panel’s moderator, conservative radio host Chris Plante, grinned and joined in the assault. “Can you tell me who the head of the Muslim peace movement is?” he demanded of Ahmed.

“Yeah,” audience members taunted, “yeah.”

Ahmed answered quietly, as before. “I guess it’s me right now,” she said.

Read the whole thing. (Washington Post)

Padma Lakshmi reveals the toughest thing about working on Top Chef: The Top Chef host told the Los Angeles Times that sometimes all of that food isn’t exactly delicious. From the transcript:

Lakshmi: … And I know that sounds weird, but when I have to spit something out…

Lynch: Because it doesn’t taste good?

Lakshmi: [Nods] I can count on one hand, in all the seasons, that I’ve actually spit something out, and it’s usually because something isn’t cleaned properly or cooked properly. In one case it was an artichoke, and it was the beard of the artichoke. In another case…

So no one can spit pretty.

Lynch: Yeah, nobody spits pretty.

Wal-Mart eyes the Indian e-commerce scene: It’s no secret that Wal-Mart’s been trying to break into the Indian retail market for years. The company just announced it has opened an e-commerce website that would supply goods to local Indian small businesses. (Bloomberg)

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