Ignoring Estrada - Here is Your Liberal Media
MRC has an article on the media coverage on the embarassing antics from the Dims - That's right, no coverage.
A slight amount of monkey business
And Maybe A Little Poetry
"We at the U.N. are not accustomed to hearing people say what they mean," said Mr. Annan. "This will take us some time to digest and interpret. Perhaps a committee-of-the-whole could examine the transcript for several months."
But the war that Bush II is pushing is a different sort of war, a war in which we launch an invasion, not in response to aggression and not even "pre-emptively" (to strike the first blow before the other country does) but "preventively" (to keep the other country from doing something that might let it pose an imminent threat someday). There may be a case for preventive war, but if the aim of the war is protecting the international order, then that case should be acceptable to the agency that represents the international order. Specifically, if the war is supposed to enforce a U.N. resolution, then the case for war should be acceptable to the United Nations. (Bush implicitly accepted this premise last fall when he took his argument to the United Nations in the first place.)
If the administration lacks the acumen or persuasive power to deal with such familiar institutions as the U.N. Security Council or the established governments of France, Germany, Turkey, Russia, China—even Canada—then how is it going to handle Iraq's feuding opposition groups, Kurdish separatists, and myriad ethno-religious factions, to say nothing of the turbulence throughout the region?
"The decision today by 44 Senators to continue to filibuster and block a vote on this nomination is a disgrace," Bush said. "I will stand by Miguel Estrada's side until he is sworn in as a judge."
-- ABC's Good Morning America. Sawyer, MRC analyst Jessica Anderson noted, argued: "As you know, these are MASSIVE tax cuts being talked about at a time that there's also a cost of a war, the President is talking about prescription drug aid, and indeed this morning, the news is out that the deficit is rising even faster than predicted, that it could be up now in $400 billion of deficit. Aren't Americans going to pay a price for that?"
Snow: "Well, one reason the deficit is rising or has risen is the fact that governmental revenues are coming in at a slower pace....The best way to deal with the deficit is to have rising governmental revenues from growth in the economy."
Sawyer: "I want to read a quote to you, though: 1995, 'The budget deficit puts a hole in the pocket of every American every day of their lives,' and you know who said that."
Snow: "Well, that's me. You're quoting from me back in 1995 when I joined with a group of other business people and political leaders to say we had to move toward budget balance. The President's budget will move toward budget balance, but we're addressing three very critical priorities right now: putting people back to work, the war on terror and homeland security."
Blix Disputes Iraq Claims, Encourages Inspections
"Based on this information, UNMOVIC estimates that about 21,000 liters of biological warfare agent was stored in bulk at locations remote from Al Hakam. About half of this, about 10,000 liters was anthrax," Blix wrote in the report.
"It therefore seems highly probable that the destruction of the bulk agent, including anthrax, stated by Iraq to be at Al Hakam in July-August 1991 did not occur," the report said.
"For Iraq to convince UNMOVIC hat it has not engaged in proscribed activities, it would need to provide more information in the chemical and biological field."
The following entities have been added to OFAC's SDN list as
Specially Designated Global Terrorists (without the "a.k.a."s
listed as separate entries in this Bulletin):
THE RIYADUS-SALIKHIN RECONNAISSANCE AND SABOTAGE BATTALION OF
CHECHEN MARTYRS (a.k.a. RIYADH-AS-SALIHEEN; a.k.a. RIYADUS-SALIKHIN
RECONNAISSANCE AND SABOTAGE BATTALION OF SHAHIDS (MARTYRS); a.k.a.
RIYADUS-SALIKHIN RECONNAISSANCE AND SABOTAGE BATTALION; a.k.a. THE
SABOTAGE AND MILITARY SURVEILLANCE GROUP OF THE RIYADH AL-SALIHIN
THE SPECIAL PURPOSE ISLAMIC REGIMENT (a.k.a. ISLAMIC REGIMENT OF
SPECIAL MEANING; a.k.a. THE AL-JIHAD-FISI-SABILILAH SPECIAL ISLAMIC
REGIMENT; a.k.a. THE ISLAMIC SPECIAL PURPOSE REGIMENT) [SDGT]
THE ISLAMIC INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE (a.k.a. INTERNATIONAL BATTALION;
a.k.a. ISLAMIC PEACEKEEPING INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE; a.k.a.
PEACEKEEPING BATTALION; a.k.a. THE INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE; a.k.a.
THE ISLAMIC PEACEKEEPING ARMY; a.k.a. THE ISLAMIC PEACEKEEPING
WAR RANT: No one is pro Saddam (with lunatic fringe exceptions) and no one is pro war (with lunatic fringe exceptions) and yet we can put the needle in the middle of the record. Can't we be against Saddam and against war? And what is so bad about constantly keeping the pressure on the sucker? Flooding the country with U.N. inspectors? (Make that the fastest growing job category in the world!) Tell him we are going to be all over him forever. (Maybe even try to get sneaky and "destabilize him" via Langley!) Serwer doctrine is too expensive and time-consuming you say? Yeah, well, more expensive than what? War? And what does time-consuming mean? What's time versus war, retaliation, more terrorism, etc.? Is this war really going to make our world safer? Or will it make it scarier? I'm not sure... Shirley you jest!
Until Aug. 6, the Walkers felt Jessica received the same basic classroom opportunities as students in Johnson County. Kansas law, the Walkers thought, required an equal education for every student in the state.
That all changed, they said, when Johnson County voters approved a three-year, quarter-cent sales tax to fund the distribution of grant money to the county's six school districts.
Tuesday, the Walkers, eight other Kansas City, Kan., parents and four school districts -- Bonner Springs, Piper, Turner and Kansas City, Kan. -- filed a lawsuit in Johnson County District Court to stop the sales tax.
The tax violates the education and equal protection provisions of the state constitution, the plaintiffs say.
Their liberal agenda apparently does not make room for any of President Bush's judicial nominees. Some critics see this as a political test of wills over President Bush's conservatism - a warm-up for the real battle that will ensue when and if President Bush has the opportunity to name a new Supreme Court justice.
The process of confirming judicial nominees has become too political, says conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia said the problem is that conservatives and liberals see the Constitution as a "living document" that can be interpreted by judicial activists to support a particular political agenda. "It didn't used to be like that," Scalia said in a speech to the American Medical Association. "I hate to think what the next Supreme Court nomination hearings are going to be like because what both sides are looking for are judges who agree with them as to what the new Constitution that they create ought to be." Scalia added, "I've been predicting this for 20 years, that ultimately this theory of the living Constitution will destroy us, it will destroy the federal courts... Once the people figure out what the game is, they will say, 'We will select our judges on the basis of who will create the Constitution that we desire.'"
Treasury Secretary John W. Snow and U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin today provided their signatures to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) for use on Series 2003 U.S. paper currency.
"Having my signature on the currency of this nation is a great honor," said Secretary Snow. "The swift enactment of the President's Jobs and Growth plan will ensure that more of these notes stay in the pockets of the American family."
Brit Hume ended his FNC show on Tuesday night with this clip from a recent monologue from Leno on NBC's Tonight Show:
“According to the New York Times, a group of liberal venture capitalists are in the process of developing their own liberal radio network to counter conservative shows like Rush Limbaugh. They feel the liberal viewpoint is not being heard -- except on TV, in the movies, in music, by comedians, magazines and newspapers. Other than that, it’s not getting out!”
The fact that Leno knew such sarcasm would draw laughter from a general audience shows it is not just conservatives who realize liberals dominate virtually every medium.
Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, clarifying U.S. policy on the war on terror at a Pentagon briefing:
"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know."
Last night I came home and on the TV is 'Fear Factor' with a big boobed blonde babe getting needles shoved through her arm while she cries uncontrollably. I flipped around to find something else better and ran into at least one more reality TV show. (We don't have cable so it doesn't take me long to flip through our 5 or maybe 6 channels.) I see Americans overeating and overspending and shallow and empty. We already consume by far a disproportional percentage of our world's rescources. Our nation's culture has been rapidly moving toward the lowest common denominator - RE: Stone Cold Austin story from yesterday....
Our 'leader' is intent on starting an unprovoked war of agression against a country half way round the world. Jr. says nothing can stop war except Saddam's exile. War is apparently Jr.s dream and nothing can get in the way. (Ask the hawks if they feel strongly enough to enlist, pick up a gun and go over there and kill or be killed. Or are they just ready to send someone else...?) We hear everywhere it will be a short war - probably will be. But that is what people expected at the start of our civil war, the start of WWI. They went out to view the spectacle with picnic baskets. What great entertainment!
Our culture is at a low point. We have more of everything than we need.
I'm taking a sheet off my bed and making a turban and moving to Mecca.
"We deplore the idea that those in the public eye should suffer professionally for having the courage to give voice to their views. Even a hint of the blacklist must never again be tolerated in this nation," SAG, the nation's largest actors' union, said in a statement.
"I will not go to the movies. I will not support their television shows, I will not buy their music. My family and I shall boycott supporting anyone in Hollywood until they decide their job is for entertainment value only," said one writer to the "Citizens Against Celebrity Pundits" online petition.
G.I.Jargon.com, a Web site representing U.S. military, police and firefighters, dubbed the celebrities "Taliban" and called for a boycott of "anti-American entertainers."
We support President Bush in his efforts to defend our homeland, to defend democracy, and to take any measures to end the threat of terrorism. We do not claim to know more than anyone, especially President Bush. We elect a President who we can trust to make proper decisions based on facts available to him and not available to the rest of us. This is one reason trustworthiness and character is important in the people we elect into office. War is not easy, there are many before us who sacrificed their lives for freedom and if supporting citizens in other countries who cry out for democracy and freedom aids in the war against terrorism we support it.
The exchange took place during the noontime EST, March 3 press briefing carried live by the cable news networks:
Moran: “Ari, the destruction of these Al-Samoud missiles now represents about ten percent, a little more, of their entire medium-range missile capability. That’s a piece of real, substantive disarmament under international supervision. But it’s not total disarmament. But you aren’t denying that that’s real disarmament?”
Fleischer: “It’s not real disarmament. There is only one standard of disarmament. Full, complete, and immediate. The United Nations resolutions did not call for a little piece of disarmament. It did not say ten percent disarmament four months after we call on you to do it immediately. None of that was in [UN Security Council Resolution] 1441. And the only reason this is even happening today in the small degree that it has indeed happened is because he is under great pressure from President Bush, the United States, and the coalition of the willing.”
Moran argued: “But it is substantive, it is not just process, this is substance, this is real destruction of weapons.”
Fleischer: “It is not sufficient, it is not complete, it is not total.”
Moran: “So, it’s the administration’s view that making war in Iraq now is preferable to any further piecemeal, substantive disarmament?”
Fleischer: “Well, the President has not made a decision about whether or not this ultimately will be done through the use of force. If he makes that decision, I think you can infer from that action, and the President would agree with your premise in that case. But until he does, of course, and if he does, the process remains under way. And it’s a process by which Iraq is defying the United Nations. They are pretending to comply in small and limited ways, but nothing less than full, complete, and immediate is called for because that what the United Nations has sought.”
A few minutes later, Los Angeles Times reporter Ed Chen contended: “While we’re on the disarmament process, Iraq clearly starting to destroy some of its weapons, perhaps not as quickly as the administration would like. Clearly it can’t all be done in one instant in some big bang theory. So doesn’t this speak to the President’s well-known impatience? That his patience is running out, he’s not willing to give this process more time?”
Fleischer: “You know, I think the question is, 'why didn’t Iraq destroy these missiles in November when they were told to?’ Doesn’t it surprise anybody that the only reason they’re doing them now is because they are under mass pressure as troops gather on their border? And doesn’t that suggest that their motives have nothing to do with disarmament?...”
I thought I'd set some ground rules for our debates regarding spelling and
Virtually all news agencies spell Enemy No. 1's name as Osama bin Laden.
The government spells it, Usama bin Laden. Let's go with Osama. It looks
MSNBC and Fox, and, I think, CNN spell the nasty terrorist group Al Qaeda.
The Associate Press spells it al-Qaida. Let's go with al-Qaida. It looks
like we know what we're doing. This will be particularly nice when
outsiders see our messages.
The entire universe, except the White House and the bottom-kissing Fox
network, calls terrorists who blow themselves up to kill other people
suicide bombers. The White House and the bottom-kissing Fox network calls
them homicide bombers. I think the right-wingers among us should go ahead,
since they're fair and balanced, and use homicide bombers. The left-wingers
among us, and anyone else with an IQ of over 47, should use suicide
But just remember what Shakespeare said about roses.
And in the words of that great American Alexander Haig, I'm in charge here.
(I don't have anything else to do but be in charge.)
I see the modern Democratic Party as the party of snobs. I wonder why your much-proclaimed compassion is distributed on such a limited basis--to this pressure group, that minority group, this special interest group.
Yes, all parties do this to some degree, but again, the Republicans the past quarter century seemed to be building coalitions that embraced the same general principles--freedom in the world, security at home, smaller and less mighty government wherever possible, more money left in the pockets of the people, a respect for the things that were tried and true. They recognize the fact of evil in the world, and they're unwilling to excuse crime and criminals.
The Democrats seemed motivated not by general principles and beliefs but only the need to win, which left you protecting your market share by bribing groups you'd once been able to champion. You've become confused as to your purpose, your reason for being. Yes, Republicans have pressure groups too, and the party pays great attention to them. But the GOP's pressure groups are in line with the sympathies of the party as a whole. When the National Rifle Association agitates for its issues, it's agitating within a party that supports the right to keep and bear arms.
This is the Democratic paradox: You want so much to run America and yet you seem not so fond of Americans.
And there's this. Deep down, in some still vital area of human knowledge within you, the place where you just know things, you have got to know that no political party primarily funded, supported and led by fierce pro-abortionists, by people whose great interest in life is seeing to it that the right to kill infants is retained, can long endure. Nothing can long stand on a foundation like that. Nothing.
Stop being the party of snobs. Show love for your country and its people--all its people. Stop looking down on those who resist your teachings.
The death and destruction that will be inflicted on the people of Iraq by a US-led, Australian-backed, invasion will not be any less if it has UN Security Council approval. All UN approval will do is give the Bush gang a thin veneer of international "legality" for an war or aggression aimed at brutally subjugating the Iraqi people to the greed of the US oil corporations. Around the world, an increasing number of trade unionists and students are taking action to stop the war. Green Left Weekly urges all its readers to join them in their efforts.
This seems to me like something out of a Woody Allen movie or something.
The question is, how stupid are the Iraqi officials?
They've dismantled some of their UN illegal missiles. If they keep
dismantling missiles, it will make it a lot easier for us to invade them.
Isn't this kind of funny?
And speaking of Bush, I take back my previous comments about how he should
become Major League Baseball's commissioner. You don't want to negotiate
anything with this guy; he makes stuff up as he goes along, not to mention
his lying and cheating. After all these months of hand wringing and
gnashing of teeth, now he says the U.S. will invade Iraq unless they
dismantle AND Saddam leaves. When did this get put on the table? Why didn't
he mention this in his U.N. speech? Why didn't he mention this in the first
place? Why can't the man be honest for once? This is just another example
of his blatant dishonesty and his stupidity. When did George W. "Dumb as a
Fence Post" Bush become God?
Again, who is next? North Korea? Is China still murdering their girl
babies? If you want to talk about evil governments, you need to start with
China. Let's overthrow Red China. Oh wait, the Republican businessmen can
make money trading with Red China, so let China continue murdering girl
babies. Monies is monies after all.
"There's been a sporadic war occurring in the air over Iraq for a dozen years now. This merely ratchets up the intensity," Thompson added.
Less than 10 percent of those British 16 to 65 year-olds asked, cared or thought about their bums, the survey released Thursday by toilet tissue producer Velvet found.
But among those who do care, men felt more strongly. Some 60 percent of those who "love their bum" were male.
"It doesn't matter what shape or size your bum is, we believe you should love it," Lavery said.
How Big Was It?
Most shows began with a recap of the Khalid Sheik Mohammed capture and guests were asked for their reaction:
Howard Dean, on FTN: “A real coup.”
Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan, on Fox: “He’s the big fish, the king fish, he’s the Operations Manager.”
Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del, on Fox: “This is a phenomenal development. A significant breakthrough.”
Winner of the hyperbole award, however, is Rep. Porter Goss, R-FL, on This Week: “This is a very huge event, the equivalent of the liberation of Paris in the Second World War.”
U.S. officials insist they eschew physical, violent torture, although it is unclear if all of America's allies live by a similar code.
Also less clear are to what extent interrogators use certain methods that human rights groups also regard as torture: sleep deprivation, threats of torture and other techniques intended to confuse, frighten or wear down a captive.
"We don't sanction torture but there are psychological and other ways that we can get most of what we need," said Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Whatever the method, the goal is to get inside a prisoner's head and get him talking, experts say. An interrogator may try to appeal to Mohammed's vanity, his fears, or whatever lever seems to offer the best avenue to getting information that will stop terrorist attacks.
It would be great to see Jeff Burton do well. It has been too long for him, and he is a good guy.
By the way, with a bit of extravagence, we got the InDemand product InCar this season and it is a cool add-on. With InCar, you get to hear driver/spotter/pit communications, you get various technical stats and you get the drivers view of the race. It's great during the bazillion commercials on the network coverage, but it's easy to miss something if that something happens away from your driver. Really you need 2 TVs, and then if you're an IRL fan, you need three, but I'm not that crazy. I do think I'll tape the IRL race while watching the NASCAR today.
Nine of the original 11 activists decided to pull out after being given an ultimatum by Iraqi officials to station themselves at targets likely to be bombed in a war or leave the country. Among those departing last night was 68-year-old Godfrey Meynell, a former High Sheriff of Derbyshire, who admitted that he was leaving out of "cold fear". He had been summoned, along with 200 other shields from all over the world, to a meeting at a Baghdad hotel yesterday morning.
Here's the honest version of what I imagine hearing from the twinky retreating from the human shield war protest: "I don't like the war, and I will protest this war, but if I am subject to the directions of a dictator, I won't really protest the war, and I will go back to my country where freedom is valued, for some reason - I'm really not sure if I know who is standing up for that freedom, but it's not Tony Blair, that warmonger."
Brings me back to someone who said that someone said that U.S. Marines call human shields speed bumps. Speed bumps where the concrete crumbles in the first couple of days.
How's this from the valiant professor:
Iraq's decision to force the pace was welcomed by some of the 20 Britons remaining in Baghdad. "It's only fair," said Uzma Bashir, 32, a college lecturer who is one of the team leaders.
"We've come here as shields to defend sites and now the Iraqis are asking us to make our choice."
Working on the law of averages, I'm sure that there must have been a whole lot of decent, intelligent people among the three-quarters of a million souls who marched in favour of the unchallenged continuation of Saddam Hussein's reign of terror over the people of Iraq the other weekend. Though, as ever, Christopher Hitchens pretty much hit the nail on the head when he summed it up as "the silly... led by the sinister..."
...If Madonna, Damon Albarn, Richard Gere and all the other multimillionaire mummers seeking to salve their consciences by being "anti-war" really cared, they'd start by giving half their fortunes to Oxfam. But, instead, they prefer to sit on their dungheaps of dough and point the finger at nasty, greedy Bush and Blair. Bless!
Unlike Iraq, this is a free country, and people who have chosen the most egotistical, distracting and worthless way to make a living - showbiz - have as much right as nurses, firefighters and cleaners to protest against government policies with which they disagree. But it might behove them the next time they take to the streets to spare a thought for, if not the humdrum civilians, then the singers, dancers and actors of Iraq, whose voices are silenced and whose feet are crippled by a mad ringmaster, an all-powerful philistine the like of which they will thankfully never know. Entertainers have always been "adorably" willing to admit to a dearth of practicality and common sense, and we, the long-suffering civilians, never really blame them for that - but what they have shown by their mindless, kneejerk mass opposition to the definitely inconvenient, probably hard-won liberation of Iraq is their alarming absence of imagination and empathy. And for that, in costume or out, they should truly try, just this once, to "do" shame.
I will be reading more of Julie's work. I enjoy it...There is a poetic quality to it.
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was arrested Saturday in Pakistan, a senior official told The Associated Press.
At a news conference in Rawalpindi Saturday, two local leaders of the group said the FBI conducted the raid and carried out the arrest.
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said a small number of FBI agents are in Pakistan but only to provide intelligence on al-Qaida or Taliban fugitives from neighboring Afghanistan.
However, Pakistani police and intelligence officials say FBI agents have been involved in nearly every important terror arrest in Pakistan.
The Pakistani government says it has handed over more than 420 al-Qaida and Taliban suspects to U.S. custody.
UPDATE: Here is the picture of Evil. He is not bin Laden, but he is Second String Evil. Second String Evil is still pure Evil. We caught him today. Rock on.
Does the top ten list look OK to you?
The selection committee released its ranking today of the Top Ten most trusted individuals in France:
1. Saddam Hussein
2. Jacques Chirac
3. Kim Jung Il
4. Jerry Lewis
5. Adolf Hitler
6. Dominique de Villepin
7. Gerhard Schroder
8. Dan Rather
9. Anna Nicole Smith