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:: Monday, January 31 ::

A Symposium On Blogger Ethics & The Future Of Blogging


Karol's there with others - it's a quick read. CLICK!

The concept of blogging is so simple to me. It exercises the brain, and puts you in the company of thinking people. Employers simply need to understand that blogging is thinking out loud about things that matter.


:: michael Monday, January 31, 2005 [+] ::
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TSUNAMI AID UPDATE


For those of you who did not understand my January 25 post down below, read this article in the British press about who is doing the real work in the Indian Ocean:
US Navy officer attacks 'travelling circus of aid workers' for impeding the tsunami relief effort in Indonesia
..love this part:
Stanton was similarly scathing of television crews. "We had to dedicate two helos [helicopters] and a C-2 cargo plane for Dan Rather and his entourage of door-holders and briefcase-carriers from CBS News," he claimed.
There's a decision we sometimes consider, "Let's not go and say we did." Dan Rather is familiar with this concept, but there is entertainment value in touring the devastation, even if you burn up charitable resources in the process.


:: michael Monday, January 31, 2005 [+] ::
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W
IS FOR WOMEN !

I cannot escape thinking how Democrats rallied and demanded a re-vote for three counties in South Florida in 2000, yet rallied and even rioted to prevent this:



And then declared it could never happen on schedule, but now brush it off as a "sort-of demarcation point."

YES, THE LEFT LITERALLY PROTESTED AGAINST VOTING

(Click photo for larger image.)

Dennis Prager was over it three years ago:
In general, the left does not care about women, independent judiciaries, minorities, democracy, gays or almost anything else for which it marches. That is why the left opposed America's war in Afghanistan, which liberated women from being treated like animals.
Oh - but we shouldn't over-hype this election.


:: michael Monday, January 31, 2005 [+] ::
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:: Sunday, January 30 ::
MORE FROM KERRY'S MEET-DA-PRESS

This gobbledy-gook was too much for my short-term this morning... here's his Iraq election blab:

"It is significant that there is a vote in Iraq. But no one in the United States ... should try to over-hype this election. This election is a sort of demarcation point, and what really counts now is the effort to have a legitimate political reconciliation. And it's going to take a massive diplomatic effort and a much more significant outreach to the international community than this administration has been willing to engage in."

Over-hype? Like... your service in Vietnam? and what the hell is "legitimate political reconciliation" on Planet Kerry? He's not even talking about a peaceful transfer of power in Iraq. He is actually going back to comdemning the Bush administration for taking the lead from a UN that cannot enforce its own resolutions. he is actually saying that being liked by the UN is more important than 25 million Iraqis having elected leaders.

Demarcation? Does this poseur even know what that word means? sort of? This is a sort-of demarcation point? I thought this was the election they said could not possibly happen on January 30.

"What the administration does in these next few days will decide the outcome of Iraq. And this is ... the last chance for the president to get it right."
Actually, what the administration did in the removal of Saddam, his heirs, and the Ba'athists decided the outcome of Iraq. After that, Iraq having an election today further decides the outcome of Iraq - did you get that memo, Senator Kerry?


:: michael Sunday, January 30, 2005 [+] ::
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PRETTY GOOD FOR A BLACK CHICK


Kerry, just interviewed on Meet the Press, explained his vote against Secretary Rice, but not without referring to how far she'd come.Given Kerry's proclivity to steal talking points from others, ("Bring it on;" "We need a regime change;" "Help is on the way.") I am surprised he did not take Bob Kerrey's condescending greeting to Rice: "I'm very impressed, and indeed I'd go as far as to say moved by (her) story, the story of (her) life and what (she's) accomplished. It's quite extraordinary."

Cartoonists Cox and Forkum illustrate Joh Kerry's no-vote here in one of my favorite all-time cartoons.


:: michael Sunday, January 30, 2005 [+] ::
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SO... SHOULDN'T IT BE CALLED...
"Mad cow" disease found in goat
mad goat disease?


:: michael Sunday, January 30, 2005 [+] ::
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:: Thursday, January 27 ::
"We were getting bored with the box." - Philip Johnson (1906-2005)
If skyscrapers are the opposite of war, then Johnson was a great man of peace. He also understood New York City and this remark helped me get closer to understanding it:

"New York City is endless. They said that the buildings on Wall Street would ruin New York, and a generation ago they said that Rockefeller Center would ruin New York. They didn’t. And the reason these buildings go up so close to each other is because people want to be next to other people."

Paul Goldberger wrote, "It is a painful fact of our time that buildings seem increasingly to resemble each other no matter where they are built, and that means cities increasingly resemble each other, too." But, where Philip Johnson left his mark, you know the city.

My favorites (click images for close-ups):

The IBM Building, Atlanta, since renamed One Atlantic Center

The lovely elliptical Lipstick Building, NYC.

Pennzoil Place and NCNB Center in Houston.

Pittsburgh Plate Glass


:: michael Thursday, January 27, 2005 [+] ::
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:: Wednesday, January 26 ::


MORE ON THE AUSCHWITZ ANNIVERSARY


There were many, many other camps, you know. It concerns me that the events of the week will cause millions to forget that not only was the number of camps, death camps, and ghettos much greater, other victims had to wait for many more months more liberation.

(click for larger image)

Via Urban Grind, blogger Tom Carter writes a very smart thing:
There are many reasons why the Holocaust should never be forgotten, but one may be more important than all others. It's true, of course, as some say, that there have been other examples of the horror of large-scale genocide, and there will be others. But there is a critical difference. This genocide was carried out against an accomplished people, a people who have contributed more to humanity than any other, by another people, meaning much of Europe, to whom the world looks for leadership and example in culture, achievement, and humanitarian impulse. If humanity could so seriously fail in that case, who is ever safe, anywhere?
Commenter Ron at the Grind adds this from his memory of US History:
One of the interesting things about this quote is that it mirrors remarks of John Adams in letters he wrote in the early 19th century. Adams used the quote as a basis for calling for a Jewish homeland.
This suggests a link between the founding philosophy of our country and modern state support for Israel, and another thing few people realize.


:: michael Wednesday, January 26, 2005 [+] ::
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:: Tuesday, January 25 ::
YEAR SIXTY ONE BEGINS

And Kofi Annan had words:



What future Secretary-General will be in this photo, the Word "Auschwitz" replaced with "Rwanda," Bosnia," or "Darfur"?

It only brings this image to mind:



Why would I think this?


:: michael Tuesday, January 25, 2005 [+] ::
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:: Monday, January 24 ::
BUT WITH NO PLANE TO HIJACK...
23 at Guantanamo Attempted Suicide in 2003
Hotel Habana, Cuba's tallest building, was safe.

Wow! - It's gotta be... 30 floors high! Communism reaches such amazing heights!


:: michael Monday, January 24, 2005 [+] ::
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GREAT GEEK STUFF

Every day I visit NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day and usually get very sidetracked by the multiple links in the text. Two days ago I learned about the Voynich Manuscript, written in a language no one has ever translated.

The Huygens probe is out of power on Titan, but Cassini still orbits. Learning about methane rain, rivers, and lakes was as fascinating as learning about iron gas - iron in a gaseous state! - swirling around a black hole in a condition outside of Einstein's Theory of Relativity.

But back to the more mysterious Saturnian moon Titan and its abundance of methane - where are the cows and why is it cold enough to have cryovolcanic flow?

Here on Earth, we have been given a countdown, a deadline, for a global warming catastrophe:
The countdown to climate-change catastrophe is spelt out by a task force of senior politicians, business leaders and academics from around the world - and it is remarkably brief. In as little as 10 years, or even less, their report indicates, the point of no return with global warming may have been reached.
Senior politicians, business leaders, and academics. In that order? Oh boy!

You may find interesting more than 17,100 basic and applied American scientists, two-thirds with advanced degrees, who have signed the Global Warming Petition instead. I bet you never heard of this. They sign this declaration:
There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.
That's is the part I have never understood in this greenhouse emission panic - carbon dioxide. That was the earliest thing I learned about plants - they breathe what we exhale and make the oxygen we breathe.

:: michael Monday, January 24, 2005 [+] ::
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:: Friday, January 21 ::
Susan Blogs from DC:
Can I say that protestors are tacky? I mean, they are--same shit as
last time. They scream obsenities and they complain that they aren't
covered by the conservative (?!?!) media. They made it necessary for
police in riot gear to be 3-5 deep along the parade route in some
places. Once again, folks who loaded up the family wagon and shelled out
lots of money were diswayed from their good time by these people, who
frankly, I don't get. Their information is wrong, their signs are
misspelled, and frankly, I'm embarrassed for them. Even though I
thought Bill Clinton was a sick joke as a man, let alone president, he
still WAS PRESIDENT and my Mama raised me that you show respect.

And they left their signs all over the ground again.

The Ball was very fun, good bands, good DJs, yummy food and lots of
drinks. I'm very tired. We kept saying we'd leave early but then we
didn't.



:: michael Friday, January 21, 2005 [+] ::
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:: Thursday, January 20 ::
HAPPY INAUGAURATION DAY!
..to the 62 million-plus Americans who voted to re-elect the man who stands for something, and a Congress to match!

Plus a special message to the Daily Mirror :
..and the terrierist you rode in on!



:: michael Thursday, January 20, 2005 [+] ::
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:: Wednesday, January 19 ::
BLACK POWER!



But not for blacks with minds of their own...
Condoleezza Rice Receives 16-2 Vote as Next Secretary of State

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee OKs Dr. Condoleezza Rice as the next Secretary of State by a 16-2 vote.


Democrats John Kerry and Barbara Boxer as the only "no" votes.



THE PROBLEM IS PUTIN, INDEED

A fairly recent George Will column just came to mind:
Moscow Plans First Stalin Monument Since 1960s
..for his fight against the Nazis. Hell, Stalin only killed three times as many of his own people, and FDR called it an "agricultural policy".


:: michael Wednesday, January 19, 2005 [+] ::
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:: Sunday, January 16 ::
SUNDAY MORNING SURF YIELDS EVIDENCE OF KERRY'S POSSIBLE PAST LIVES

While deleting things I run across a link from way back that I saved for who-knows-why:
http://www.organica.us/sources?url_id=764559

It leads me here:
http://www.askbjoernhansen.com/

Scrolled down to a photo of a skyline. I like to identify skylines. First guess: LA.
In the comments, Beachwood Canyon is mentioned, but my brain gets confused.

Google search goes here, where I am reminded of the 1932 suicide at the Hollywood sign. (I was right about the skyline.)

Google suicide Peg Entwistle. Find findadeath.com.

At the same time, Meet the Press is on TV and they are running the clip of President Bush saying, "Bring it on!" (which was later stolen by the completely unoriginal John Kerry during the 2004 campaign).

Then somehow I end up on Rudolph Valentino's page, which leads me to this apparent image of John Kerry's past life:





This, of course, threw me back to another pair of images:




Not one single original bone.


:: michael Sunday, January 16, 2005 [+] ::
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:: Saturday, January 15 ::
ISRAELI HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE UPDATE
Lesbian couple get okay for adoption

In a landmark decision, the [Israeli] Supreme Court decided in a 7-2 ruling yesterday that two lesbians who have been living together for 15 years will be allowed to adopt each other's children.
Activate! Join the protest:
http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=14297_Hatefest_at_University_of_Toronto&only=yes

Remember - we are all Palestinians.


:: michael Saturday, January 15, 2005 [+] ::
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I AM AN INTELLECTUAL


-Burkas represent the diversity on the planet.
-We are all Palestinians.
-We shouldn't have interfered with the tradition of never-a-vote in Afghanistan.

-They weren't cowards.

-The Iraqis aren't ready to vote, either.
-We should have left Saddam's torture chambers and rape-rooms alone - WE'RE NO DIFFERENT!
-Let the seventeen UN Security Council Resolutions work.
-Books not bombs.
-No blood for oil!
-No oil from Alaska!
-Unbreathable air! Undrinkable water!
-If you drop your Trees Please sign on the ground, DC Sanitation will clean up after you - see? Socialism works!

-When Clinton lied, no one died!
-Abu Ghraib. ABU GHRAIB!
-Typical born-again Christian President says he will protect my right to choose what to do with my own soul. HOW DARE HE?!
-Choice is my RIGHT!!

-My right to express my dissent has been taken away!




:: michael Saturday, January 15, 2005 [+] ::
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:: Friday, January 14 ::
OUT OF ORDER AT WEATHER.COM

Sunset 5:40 pm

6pm
Sunny
42°F



:: michael Friday, January 14, 2005 [+] ::
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:: Thursday, January 13 ::
LANDING LIGHTS ON!

It's happening right now!



:: michael Thursday, January 13, 2005 [+] ::
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FANCY DRESS

I hate it when the media jump to conclusions. Did it occur to them that Prince Harry, aware of the differences between their nations due to the recent action in Iraq, was simply reaching out to the French?



Wow- even this royally educated mind is still a stupid kid going for shock value among his partying peers. He probably did it to scoff at the probable overreaction to an arm gesture expressed in the heat of the moment at at soccer match in Italy earlier this week. Unfortunately - he doesn't compare, and he's too old to spank.

MY POINT IS...
Prince Harry's ignorance is an echo of not-just-young ignorance in America, where I am actually astonished to learn this:
Only 21 percent of administrators and 30 percent of students knew that the First Amendment guarantees religious freedom. Only six percent of administrators and two percent of students knew that religious freedom is the first freedom mentioned in the First Amendment.
Now how in Sam Hill can they be this damn stupid? I am accustomed to stupidity among half of my fellow countrymen, but this is maddening. It's the First Amendment, for Pete's sake. First. FIRST. How do we get a damn thing done in this country if so many people are too goddamned lazy to read the FIRST Amendment?

Fortunately, as I noted yesterday (below), our President knows this. Bush, in an interview about his faith, spoke of his responsibility to "protect the right" - protect, instead of merely allow. At least it's certain he's read the Amendment.


:: michael Thursday, January 13, 2005 [+] ::
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:: Wednesday, January 12 ::
MORE UNHINGING?

The liberal reaction in 2000 to candidate Bush naming Jesus as his favorite philosopher came to mind when I read this Washington Times interview today:
President outlines role of his faith

President Bush said yesterday that he doesn't "see how you can be president without a relationship with the Lord," but that he is always mindful to protect the right of others to worship or not worship.
Notice the important wording - "protect the right" instead of "allow"

Liberals should have been pleased by Bush's unintended downgrade of God the Son to "philosopher" in that (in)famous 2000 debate. Aren't these the same leftists who scorn Republicans in letters to the editor, quoting the wisdom of Jesus and what he really meant?

Nothing could be more important to a free people than the understanding the danger of human nature in its government, foreseen by Constitutional authors who knew the citizenry must be armed against it, and who also knew this:


a government must recognize itself as
beneath a higher wisdom, a higher moral authority, a higher power, subject to the grace and the judgment of that power.

Under God, indeed. Under. Not even on an equal level. Confused? - See USSR for a counter-example.


:: michael Wednesday, January 12, 2005 [+] ::
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OXYMORON OF THE DAY
Beating of Queens Satanist Prompts Hate Crime Charges

POT/KETTLE FLASHBACK OF THE DAY

Are these the people Howard Dean spoke of when Al Sharpton called him a Bigot?
http://villagevoice.com/news/0447,sutton,58615,9.html

:: michael Wednesday, January 12, 2005 [+] ::
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:: Tuesday, January 11 ::
GOOD.

Again, good. I wondered what happened to the follow-up on Samuel Berger's crimes.
Berger docs probe before grand jury
Career prosecutors are on the job. If the grand jury cannot see the obvious here, then there is little hope left in law.

It's so obvious, in fact...
Fox News by-passes the media's usual chicken-shit use of "suspected" and "alleged":
Berger Heist in front of grand jury


:: michael Tuesday, January 11, 2005 [+] ::
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REPORTING THE OBVIOUS

U.S.: Bin Laden Could Be in Afghanistan
Really? Ya Think? Do you think Saddam trucked a bunch a shit into Syria before the invasion, too? I just don't get reporters recycling old stories without some self-consciousness.

But I am thrown back to the Bush haters' cliche gripe of having not found Bin Laden. Accused abortion clinic bomber Eric Rudolph hid in Western North Carolina, evading some 400 FBI agents and puh-lenty of good citizens who would have turned him in. The FBI didn't even find him - a deputy did, after Rudolph got tired. So what kind of infidel magic is supposed to have long-already flushed bin Laden out from the Hindu Kush where he has people who will die hiding him?

Still, there is real news in the same article:
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Osama bin Laden and other militant leaders could be hiding in eastern Afghanistan, the commander of U.S. forces along a key stretch of the Pakistani border told The Associated Press on Monday.

Col. Gary Cheek, who controls U.S. forces in 16 Afghan provinces, also said Taliban leaders appear to be losing control of a stubborn insurgency, three years after their ouster for harboring the al-Qaida leader.

Forces loyal to Taliban commanders such as Jalaluddin Haqqani, and to renegade warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar still attack U.S. forces near the mountainous Pakistani frontier, and Cheek said the rebel leaders could also be present in his area of responsibility.
"Three years after their ouster." - Perhaps Cardinal Laghi needs the obvious explained to him:
Cardinal: Bush said war would be `quick'

VATICAN CITY -- The Italian cardinal sent by Pope John Paul II in 2003 to try to dissuade President Bush from invading Iraq said Monday that the president promised the U.S. operation would be "quick."

Cardinal Pio Laghi visited Bush at the White House on March 5, 2003, to relay the pope's position that dialogue, not arms, should be used to resolve the crisis over Iraq, which the United States accused of harboring weapons of mass destruction.
I have defended the Church's call against war here because I think the Church has to do that. However, Vatican voices need to shut up. How many more worthless UN Security Council resolutions would have pleased the Vatican? Do we need to send the Cardinal a video tape of Saddam's prisoners being tortured? Would the Vatican like us to step up the fight against Iraqi terrorists and make it quick? What about the children?


:: michael Tuesday, January 11, 2005 [+] ::
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:: Monday, January 10 ::
A TSUNAMI OF COMPASSION?
A TSUNAMI OF AID?
A TSUNAMI OF HOPE?

Good grief. By the end of this season I am going to be as sick of this word as I was "El Nino."


:: michael Monday, January 10, 2005 [+] ::
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THE ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS THING

I am blogging on this quite late. These days when the phrase "Bush Administration" is in the reporting of something scandalous, I take a wait-and-see.

I am not a regular reader of his column because there are simply too many columnists. But I have still read some of him for years and know that I like him. The recent news of his accepting money sounded like human error and not like the deeds of a Jayson Blair or Janet Cooke.

Karol at Alarming News wrote well on the matter:
The story of Armstrong Williams allegedly taking cash from someone in the Bush administration to promote the No Child Left Behind Act is bizarre. I have no doubt that Williams truly supports the Act, but taking money for publicizing it without disclosing it seems very wrong to me. I agree with Jonah Goldberg that if the Clinton administration did this, conservatives would be outraged. This is no different.
Goldberg points at unsurprisingly low-class leftist indignation reminiscent of the recent portrayal of Condoleezza Rice as Prissy.

Today, Armstrong apologizes:

In the past I have used my column space to convey the promise of school options. I continued to do so, even after receiving money to run a series of ads on my television show promoting the “No Child Left Behind” act. I now realize that I exercised poor judgment in continuing to write about a topic which my PR firm was being paid to promote.

The fact is, I run a small business. I am CEO and manage the syndication and advertising for my television show. In between juggling my commentaries and media appearances, I stepped over the line. This has never happened before. In fact, my company has never worked on a government contract. Nor have we ever received compensation for an issue that I subsequently reported on. This will never happen again. I now realize that I have to create inseparable boundaries between my role as a small businessman and my role as an independent commentator.

and I look forward to Williams's future work.


:: michael Monday, January 10, 2005 [+] ::
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:: Sunday, January 9 ::
DRUDGING FOR HEADLINES

New York Times mulls charging Web readers...
translation: NYT wants bloggers to pay if they are going to disqualilfy NYT opinion and reporting.

Tsunami Reverts Beaches to Natural State...
translation: The goddess is happy. Those people were making such a mess of things.

'Where are the people?'
translation: Less people, less dictators, less UN something-for-food kickbacks.

Lieberman Proposes Global Warning System...
translation: Post Americans throughout the whole goddamn third world to answer the phones when the USGS calls to warn them of an undersea earthquake-generated wave.

China to Make Sex-Selective Abortions a Crime...
translation: Feminists to remain silent at China's attempt to increase its low female population, the result in part of forced sterilization of women and female infanticide which also pulled no memorable outrage from feminists.

FOX rejects Mickey Rooney Super Bowl Ad...
No Roon moon. Thank. You. Jesus.


:: michael Sunday, January 09, 2005 [+] ::
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:: Friday, January 7 ::
HA! - I didn't think so:
Judge: Listerine No Replacement For Floss, Despite Claim By Ads

:: michael Friday, January 07, 2005 [+] ::
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AWAITING HIS ALZHEIMERS:
Carter to monitor election for Palestinian president

ATLANTA -- Former President Jimmy Carter will go to the Middle East this week amid high hopes for improved relations between Israelis and Palestinians, a goal he has championed since leaving the White House in 1981.

Carter will monitor Sunday's Palestinian presidential election in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with others from the Carter Center and the National Democratic Institute, a Washington-based organization that promotes democracy.

The 80-year-old former president said in an interview that he can envision a Palestinian state in his lifetime. "I'm hopeful," he said.
Wasn't he "hopeful" the North Koreans wouldn't make nuclear weapons?

and..
Don't you have to be an ex-President to be this low class?
Kerry cheered in Baghdad, decries Bush team's 'blunders'
Once criticized for war stance, he says force alone won't win
He's so got it - refusing to get involved in an election protest but willing to continue his campaign.


:: michael Friday, January 07, 2005 [+] ::
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BUSH KNEW, AGAIN : THE ARAB VERSION


Wow - I can't believe they didn't blame the Jews:
In a part of the world where conspiracy theories greet every development, the disaster was no different. Contributors to some Web sites known as clearinghouses for militant Muslim comment wrote that America knew the tsunami was coming but moved only to protect its military bases, a theory reminiscent of speculation U.S. officials staged the Sept. 11 attacks to demonize Muslims.
Every culture has its Falwells:
Others, including some clerics, have said that tsunami was God's revenge on Westerners who engaged in vice and prostitution while vacationing in southeast Asia.
Woo-hoo! $30 mil from the Saudis:
The immensity of the disaster, though, also sparked introspection, with some commentators calling on Arab government and citizens to do more to help the tsunami victims. Saudi Arabia stepped up its response to the disaster on Wednesday, tripling its official aid pledge to $30 million and planning a telethon so Saudi citizens can contribute.
Telethon? What 's the Arabic word for telethon? I'll bet most Arabs haven't heard it. But they know the word for telegram.

Actually, plenty of people on the Arabian peninsula have known the word for telethon for at least two years:
Saudi Telethon Raises Over $100 Million for Palestinians

Ordinary Saudis taking part have shown support for Palestinian suicide bombings at a time when President Bush is demanding that all Arab governments unequivocally condemn such attacks.
A 6-year-old boy, with a plastic gun slung over his shoulder and fake explosives strapped around his waist, walked into a donation center and made a symbolic donation of plastic explosives, according to Al Watan daily.
Oh wait! they are blaming the Jews:
Al-Jazeera's tsunami conspiracy theories
Arab news service reports chatter about plots, India-Israel nuke test implicated

:: michael Friday, January 07, 2005 [+] ::
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STRANGER BEDFELLOWS

It's cute - really cute. They're now joined at the hippo:
A baby hippo rescued after floods in Kenya last week has befriended a 100-year-old tortoise in Kenya.
It's the best animal story since the plane hit the cows.


:: michael Friday, January 07, 2005 [+] ::
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:: Thursday, January 6 ::
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS? - NOT REALLY

You can bet these MS-13 guys do not bow to Allah, so what's up with this?
In recent months, intelligence officials in Washington have warned national law enforcement agencies that al-Qaeda terrorists have been spotted with members of MS-13 in El Salvador, prompting concerns the gang may be smuggling Islamic fundamentalist terrorists into the country. Law enforcement officials have long believed that MS-13 controls alien smuggling routes along Mexico.
The warning is being taken seriously in East Boston, where Raed Hijazi, an al-Qaeda operative charged with training the suicide bombers in the attack on the USS Cole, lived and worked, prosecutors have charged.
Do they pronounce that /em'ay-es'ay trece/ ? I think that's how Spanish letters are spoken. Doesn't sound all that tough a name to me, but it stands for "La Mara Salvatrucha" and I found a web site con photos!


:: michael Thursday, January 06, 2005 [+] ::
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NO SHAME ON THE LAWYERS' FRONT
Toilet Brush Warning Wins Consumer Award

The sign on the toilet brush says it best: "Do not use for personal hygiene."

That admonition was the winner of an anti-lawsuit group's contest for the wackiest consumer warning label of the year. The sponsor, Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch, says the goal is "to reveal how lawsuits, and concern about lawsuits, have created a need for common sense warnings on products."
This reminds me - I have not been to www.overlawyered.com in a long time.



:: michael Thursday, January 06, 2005 [+] ::
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:: Wednesday, January 5 ::
THE SAME OLD THING

The so-called moderate front-runner replacement for Yasser Arafat is not man enough to avoid pandering to the misled masses. Mamoud Abbas labeled Israel the "Zionist Enemy" and re-hashed the "martyr" label for the Palestinian dead. Just what we need, more self-proclaimed martyrs to explode at checkpoints and in Israeli pizza parlors. This is a terrific unmasking of a man who made the news for being critical of the Palestinian uprising and has called for an end to violence.

A brilliant essay by Victor Davis Hanson (excuse the redundancy) went to print a year ago connecting the Augean Stables and the Palestinian situation. Neither the stables nor the Palestinian Authority had been cleaned for 30 years. Hercules took care of the former. Divine intervention will be needed for what's left at the end of year 31.

This year, scholar Mary Lefkowitz deeply analyzes the forgotten role of the Greek gods in myths, particulary that of Hercules. For what's left to clean in Palestine, they had better summon real help, not that of a Zeus or an Allah, and certainly not that of an Arafat clone.

AND SPEAKING OF UNMASKING

Take a good look at Muslim Charity: oil-rich Saudi Arabia pledged 10 million to the Tsunami victims. Everyone knows that Indonesia holds the world's largest number of Muslims. Saudi Arabia's aid to the families of suicide bombers: in the hundreds of millions.


:: michael Wednesday, January 05, 2005 [+] ::
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:: Tuesday, January 4 ::
KOFI'S DEFENSE

Forward this whenever someone bitches about Bush at the Crawford Ranch:
Q: Mr. Secretary, picking up on Richard's question, I think a lot of people are asking exactly why you waited three days on vacation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, before you decided to fly back to New York in the face of this extraordinary crisis. Could you give us a full explanation of your thinking on that? Secondly, what kind of signal does that 72-hour delay send to the nations to which you are now appealing for greater help?

SG: First of all, there was action. It wasn't inaction. We live in a world where you can operate from wherever you are. You know the world we live in now. You don't have to be physically here to be dealing with the leaders and the Governments I have been dealing with. You don't have to be physically here to be discussing with some of the agencies that we have done.
I came back here because we have reached a level that I wanted to have meetings with all the people that I have met with today. So, we have taken action. And I don't have to be sitting in my office to take action. I think the same goes for you in your profession.
For once I agree with the Secretary General. Anyone with a brain knows that either Annan or Bush can give this answer. I know the value of saving face and good politics, but operating from where you are is more efficient.


:: michael Tuesday, January 04, 2005 [+] ::
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:: Monday, January 3 ::
Some headlines say it all:

Iranian adulteress faces noose or stoning

Feminist reminder: if you opposed the liberations of Iraq and especially Afghanistan, you cannot pass this one around the way you did the Amina Lawal appeal.


:: michael Monday, January 03, 2005 [+] ::
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In the least interesting book of 2005, Christine Todd Whitman writes, "The Karl Rove strategy to focus so rigorously on the narrow conservative base won the day, but we must ask at what price to governing and at what risk to the future of the party."

Hmm, at what risk to the party do we employ a winning strategy by taking a stand which appeals to the 60 million-plus voters in the narrow conservative base?


:: michael Monday, January 03, 2005 [+] ::
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THE ABU GHRAIB COMEBACK

Mornings were not the same after NPR decided to stop making Abu Ghraib the first two words of my day.. for months last year. It must have been awkward for them, too. Will Helen Thomas call it the biggest story of 2005 as well?

Good news, NPR, the same Democrats who want us to lose this war are bringing it back to bring down Gonzales:
DEMS CONSIDER TORTURE SHOW 'N TELL AT GONZALES HEARING

**Exclusive**

During upcoming confirmation hearings for Attorney General-nominee Alberto Gonzales, senior Democrats want to screen infamous videotapes showing Iraqis being abused at Abu Ghraib prison, top sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.

The curtain is raised Thursday for the Senate Judiciary Committee's showdown with Gonzales.

The Bush White House counsel will be grilled about his role in formulating the administration's legal policies on coercive techniques in interrogations -- techniques some Democrats believe led to outright torture!
There is a good way to handle this: remind the public there is a difference between torture and hazing. Remind the public that those soldiers in the photos are being prosecuted and punished. Remind the public what the Ba'athists did in their state-run torture chambers. Ask the public why the Democrats want so much sympathy for the rapists and torturers who are not really getting anything like a dose of their own.

If Americans are not outraged by what happens in our own prisons, why should they rally for Ba'athist prisoners?


:: michael Monday, January 03, 2005 [+] ::
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