Saturday, September 29, 2007

Durbin and Reid using dead soldiers to berate Rush Limbaugh.

Media: I guess the Democrat leadership loved David Shuster's use of a dead soldier to score political points that they are going to use the same method to get at Rush Limbaugh over a media matters hatchet job. The smear job only works if you are willing to lie to yourself or think the public is so stupid as not to read a transcript.

Text of the letter here at NRO Corner. It is not hard to find the phony soldiers.

Update# The fact Matthew Felling of CBS of all placesis ridiculous enough to keep passing on the lie, touting TPM as somewhat credible while pushing Media Matters press release tells you how little the MSM people actually investigate these PR stunts or how willing he is to just lie hoping it spreads anyway.

Canadian students setting each other on fire for fun

Canada: You have to be one dumb sumofabitch to take part in something this stupid.

CANADIAN teens have found a new pastime - dousing each other with body spray before setting each other on fire.

Ontario police said they were aware that students were taking body sprays to school and lighting others ablaze - usually for a split second.

Some light their pants on fire, while others bare their stomachs before squirting the spray and flicking a lighter, canada.com reported.

The revelation follows the case of a 14-year-old boy who suffered third-degree burns to his stomach when another male student doused him with spray and set him on fire.

"This is a fairly common thing around the province," Middlesex Ontario Provincial Police Constable Doug Graham said.

Const Graham said authorities would be stepping up fire awareness efforts in high schools.

“It’s certainly an issue we have to notify parents about,” Const Graham said.

“We know parents are aware their children are taking the deodorant to school but they’re not aware that they are setting each other on fire.”


Globe and Mail.

Their weapon of choice: Axe Body Spray, the inexpensive deodorant with a high alcohol content that, when combined with a lighter, forms a makeshift flamethrower.

Videos of people setting objects, friends and even themselves on fire using Axe are now ubiquitous on sites such as YouTube. Several social networking sites have groups dedicated to pulling off such stunts.

While there are no statistics on injuries related to such stunts, there are countless videos and social networking groups online showcasing them. One such group on the popular website Facebook is titled “Axe + Fire = Good.” A student from Peterborough started another Facebook group titled “if this group reaches 120 people i will set my leg on fire ... again.”

People joined the group, so he set his leg on fire – video of the stunt is currently up on YouTube.

Illinois schools trying not to offend Muslims may cancel holidays

**Update here on final ruling.**

Culture:
This is what happens when you allow politically correct school admins and one whiny parent to run amok trying to be everything to everyone. It is even worse when they try to hide behind the notion they are really doing this for educational purposes.

The long-celebrated holiday traditions are facing elimination in some Oak Lawn schools this year after complaints the activities are offensive, particularly to Muslim students.

....Elizabeth Zahdan, a mother of three District 122 students, says she took her concerns to the school board this month not because she wanted to do away with the traditions but rather to make them more inclusive.

"I only wanted them modified to represent everyone," she said.

Nixing them isn't the response she was looking for.

"Now the kids are not being educated about other people," she said.

....Parents such as Donna Carvelli, who has two students enrolled at Columbus Manor, are in an uproar about the news.

"These are important traditions, and they're for everybody," she said. "I just want everything to be left the way it is."

But changes in school traditions are occurring already, albeit slowly. Previous district-wide decisions - to rename the annual Christmas party a holiday festival and Halloween party a fall social - were conscious efforts to make the celebrations more inclusive and culturally sensitive. Last year, the district also began paying closer attention to dietary restrictions and started serving two lunch options, one of which excluded pork products.

"We have to be cognizant of who is at our school ... to make sure we're not eliminating or excluding," Robertson said.

Zahdan says the changes have been noted but don't go far enough.

"The title changed, but the theme is the same," she said pointing to the annual holiday gift shop as a half-hearted attempt at cultural sensitivity.

All students may have been invited, but any message of inclusiveness was drowned out by the Christmas music last year, she said.

"We want the school to be neutral for everybody," Zahdan said. "These children are all American and should be treated equally."

But it seems some are being treated more equally than others according to most other parents.

A southwest suburban school district has taken action, responding to the concerns of a parent who is Arabic.

But now, as CBS 2's Suzanne Le Mignot reports, other parents are angry that traditional school holidays will be renamed or even eliminated.

"That does not represent all the Muslims, all of the Arabs at that school," said Qais Nofel, the father of a student in Ridgeland School District 122.

There was some heated discussion between parents outside Columbus Manor Elementary School in Oak Lawn on Friday. The thought of no more traditional holiday celebrations has many parents really upset.

For now, children in Ridgeland School District 122 will celebrate fall festival instead of Halloween and winter festival instead of Christmas.

Brenda Elvidge said, "It's not fair to our kids. This is America and that's an American tradition."

....Meantime, Arab children are being allowed to pray during what's being called their own time, that's lunch time, during Ramadan.

Parent June Quigley said, "They get to pray in our schools. That is religion in a public school."

Arab-American parents have different views on the issue.

Sala Abour said, "To take away Halloween and Christmas from little kids, that is very wrong."

Nofel said, "We go and we celebrate the holidays and traditions here, but we do have the right to be Muslims as well."

Friday, September 28, 2007

Mexican Leader Says Immigration Inevitable

Immigration: The problem here is if Mexico wasn't such a corrupt third world developing country which refuses to reform itself into something viable that their citizens had to leave to make a decent living. Mexico enjoys its policy of urging people north to send money south because it eases the pressure to rebuild.

Some U.S. and Mexican governors planned to meet Thursday to talk about farms and water, the environment and security, tourism and the economy.

When they did, Mexican President Felipe Calderon told them that immigration is an inevitable, natural phenomenon and he urged the U.S. Congress to approve reforms that would allow more Mexicans to work legally north of the border.

Calderon demanded that the United States respect "the right to work wherever one can make the greatest contribution."

Esam Omeish cries Islamophobia over his removal.

Politics: Instantly discrediting himself.

At a Friday morning news conference in Northern Virginia, Omeish leveled some strong language at Republican leaders.

“The smear campaign bring forward comments and speech excerpts that were taken out of context and used to undermine a whole community of faith and a relentless campaign of Islama-phobia and intimidation to hold Muslim leaders hostage to the fears and prejudices of the far right,” he said.

But, Omeish’s problems aren't only with the Republicans. Democrats also rushed to condemn his remarks.

“There is no room for that type of language or violence,” said Delegate Brian Moran.

House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong added, “Clearly his remarks were inappropriate.”

Those same Democrats, who were campaigning in Rocky Mount on Friday, praised Governor Tim Kaine's quick response in dismissing Omeish.

“You don't want something like this to fester,” said Moran.

As for Omeish’s claim that his speech was “taken out of context,” how do you take this out of context: “The jihad way is the way to liberate your land”? That was part of Omeish’s speech posted on YouTube.

Armstrong isn't buying it, saying, “They are what they are. The camera doesn't blink. There are no interruptions of the microphone. The comments are there.”

The company one keeps is a indication of something.

A chorus of supporters echoed Omeish's defense, including several Christian leaders from Washington and Northern Virginia. Brian Becker, national coordinator of the antiwar ANSWER Coalition, also spoke on Omeish's behalf.

"At almost every one of the big peace marches that have happened in the Washington, D.C., area, including the very last march of tens of thousand of people, led by Iraq war veterans and Gold Star mothers whose children have perished in Iraq, Dr. Omeish was there as one of the foremost leaders," Becker said. "And so we were stunned and shocked that a small group of right-wing anti-Muslim bigots would launch a campaign" against him.

Bloggers are blamed by CAIR..but of course.

Others questioned Omeish's critics, insisting that the whole episode is more evidence of anti-Muslim intolerance and a desire to keep Muslims out of the public discourse.

"It trashes the reputation of a well-respected Muslim leader based on hype and hysteria," said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations. "It unfolded just the way I thought it would. Bloggers use any opportunity they can to marginalize American Muslims and their leaders. It's political theater."

Two other Islamic leaders said good for Kaine getting rid of Omeish.
Two leaders in South Hampton Road s' Muslim community said they approved of Kaine's action.

Omeish represented "an extremist point of view," said M. Sharif Hafiz, board chairman of the Islamic Center of Tidewater. "I don't subscribe to it," he said. "I am a tolerant, open-minded Muslim."

Imam Vernon M. Fareed of Masjid William Salaam mosque in Norfolk said Omeish's comments "seem out of place."

Fareed said he has met Kaine several times. "I perceive the governor as a person who is fair and who is inclusive with religious communities," he said.

10-year-olds prescribed the pill in Belgium.

EU: This is one of those pieces where you know you have to read between the lines, realize there is a huge story here that will never be investigated due to politically correctness and moral cowardice.

BRUSSELS – 57 10-year-old girls in Belgium were prescribed a birth control pill in 2006. This emerged from statistics from the Riziv which appeared in the medical journal De Huisarts. Some – primarily ethnic – girls were prescribed the pill for medical reasons, such as irregular menstruation. But some were given the pill for the purpose of birth control. The situation raises an ethical question, physicians say.

"We do not have any guideline on a starting age for the pill," says physician Lieve Peremans of the University of Antwerp. But some 11-year-old girls are indeed very developed and show provocative behaviour in some cases. There are already quite a high number of girls on the pill in the 14 to 15 age bracket (3,585 14-year-olds and 10,043 15-year-olds in 2006).

Peremans says the doctor should first try to motivate the patient to postpone starting the pill. "If that does not work, then he has the choice either of prescribing the pill or the risk of an unplanned and traumatic pregnancy," she says.

Peremans also wonders whether the pill at such a young age does not serve to mask cases in which the child is being raped by older men. "And don't' forget about the danger of sexually transmitted diseases," she warns.


Read between the lines people.

David Cameron returns to core Tory values

Politics: Oh now he wants to be the heir to Thatcher, flip-flopping nitwit.

David Cameron is preparing to move to core Tory policies on tax, marriage and crime and style himself as an heir to Margaret Thatcher - not Tony Blair.

In a shift that will see him distance himself from green tax proposals, the Tory leader will use next week's crucial conference to try to reinvigorate his leadership before a possible snap election.

Japanese journalist dies in Myanmar clashes

World: Horrifying pics here as the Burma troops unleash a crackdown on protests over the last couple of days.

Congressional Black Caucus wants Mychal Bell pardoned.

Crime: Hell no. Did the CBC and Bell supporters forget he was one of six people (Jena 6) beating on one other teen? The charges were excessive but given his prior criminal behavior and now this, the last thing he should get is a pardon.

MLK's niece banned from giving high school speech.

Nation: Even the ACLU head think this was stupid.

A Roosevelt High School official's decision to cancel a speech by an anti-abortion activist met with criticism Tuesday from civil libertarians who said the move stymies healthy debate.

Kathie Danielson, principal of the school in Des Moines, said she canceled Friday's appearance by Alveda King, a niece of Martin Luther King Jr., because a handful of parents complained about Alveda King's message.

Danielson, who previewed King's presentation, said that "quite a bit of it does talk about civil rights, but there is a connection to morals. ... It was scheduled to take place during the school day, cutting into class time, and we just thought it was best to cancel it."

But Ben Stone, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Iowa chapter, said Danielson "does the students of Roosevelt High School a disservice when she decides she must protect them from viewpoints that are controversial."

"Alveda King was invited to speak, and telling her to stay away now is wrong, for it implies that the school is taking sides on the abortion issue, while at the same time depriving students of an opportunity to engage in this important moral topic," Stone said.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Canadian radio host backs down from Sikhs/Muslims.

Media: Small chance that he wouldn't grovel, but given it is Canada you would never bet on it.

VANCOUVER — After a private meeting with Sikh and Muslim community leaders, a kinder, gentler Bruce Allen tried yesterday to defuse an escalating furor over his outspoken remarks about immigrants in a recent radio commentary.

The controversy might have been a local tempest in a teapot, except for the fact that Mr. Allen is a member of the creative team planning the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics, prompting many to call for his removal from the high-profile position.

In a lengthy taped response to the growing criticism, Mr. Allen agreed that he should not have told new immigrants to Canada to "shut up and fit in."

"Too harsh? Okay. At worst, the wrong choice of words," he told listeners on CKNW, where his original self-proclaimed rant was first broadcast.


Given some of the arrogant and astonishing remarks made by critcs backing down was one of the worst things to do.

Last word on Tavis Smiley and his debate

Politics: For the last time why the GOP frontrunners were right to skip his debate.

Many conservatives who feel passionately about reaching out to black voters are infuriated that the Republican front-runners have not consented to a PBS debate hosted by PBS and public-radio talk show host Tavis Smiley. Newt Gingrich assured ABC viewers the other morning that "Tavis Smiley is a very responsible, very clear-cut commentator and analyst. He's going to run a very fair debate." But have these critical voices ever really looked at Smiley’s actual record when it comes to Republicans?

Start with October 24, 2000. Smiley told Geraldo Rivera on CNBC that George W. Bush was a serial killer. "There are, there are some issues on which if you are a voter of color, certainly if you are an African-American, you have a hard time choosing. For example, both of these guys support the death penalty. As far as I’m concerned, Bush in Texas is nothing more than a serial killer." Does Gingrich think that's "responsible" commentary?


No need to go get sandbagged by this tool.

Gov. Kaine accepts Omeish resignation after video surfaces.

Nation: That was fast as word got to Kaine during his radio show.

A member of the state's Commission on Immigration resigned Thursday, a few hours after Gov. Timothy M. Kaine was told about online videos showing the appointee condemning Israel and advocating "the jihad way."

Kaine learned of the videos from a caller to his live monthly radio program and accepted the resignation of Dr. Esam S. Omeish about three hours later.

"Dr. Omeish is a respected physician and community leader, yet I have been made aware of certain statements he has made which concern me," Kaine said in a news release announcing the resignation.

Omeish said in an interview that he resigned because he did not want what he called a misinterpretation of his words to hamper work done by the 20-member commission, appointed to study the effects of immigration and federal immigration policies on Virginia.

This part by Gov. Kaine annoyed me.

I intend to name another representative of the Muslim community to the Commission in the near future.

That comes off as quota filling and I don't see him saying if it was a Christian or Catholic he would dare to say the same thing. Pandering at its worse.

Another amusing tidbit is the Washington Post has a blog entry by with the second video that has nothing to do with statements that came from the first video making this a big story. I doubt that this was unintentional.

Goose Creek admissions as one admits to bomb making.

Terrorism: CAIR is going to be backtracking so fast they will fall over themselves.

DEVELOPMENTS
Four key developments disclosed Tuesday in an application for a federal search warrant of the car driven by two Egyptian students arrested last month in South Carolina:
• Ahmed Mohamed admitted to FBI agents that he made a training video to show people in “Arabic countries” how to use remote-controlled bombs against American soldiers.

• Someone using Mohamed’s laptop computer used the search words “martyrdooms” and “suiciders” to link to the video on YouTube.

• Authorities found a toy remote-control boat, still in its box, and a partially dismantled digital watch at Youssef Samir Megahed’s Tampa, Fla., home. They suspect that the items are the beginnings of a homemade bomb.

• On Mohamed’s computer, authorities found a file titled “Bomb Shock,” which contains files about explosives, including detailed descriptions of TNT and of C-4, a military-grade plastic explosive.


Read the rest of the story

Jenni Carlson and paper getting sued by Reid's mother.

Sports: Rajika Reid plans to sue Jenni and the paper for what she calls malicious lies against her and her son.

Rajika Reid called one part of Carlson's column -- a part in which Carlson described Rajika Reid hand-feeding her son chicken -- a lie.

"It's a lie. It's not true what she said about me feeding my son chicken," she said.

The Houston resident said she felt like she needed to come out and defend her son, who was benched after OSU started the 2007 season 1-2.

"(The column was) very malicious," she said. "You don't know about my son."

Although Reid plans to sue The Oklahoman and Carlson, the columnist said she stands behind what she wrote.


Gene Wojciechowski reports that Gundy is getting lots of support.

Of course, you wouldn't know that by the opinion polls. In Oklahoma, Gundy is more popular than oil.

An Oklahoma City television station asked viewers if Gundy reacted "appropriately." Eighty-one percent of the 11,686 respondents said yes. Another TV station in the city asked if Gundy was right to react as he did. Seventy-six percent of the respondents answered yes. And Oklahoma State officials said Wednesday that 98 percent of the 1,400 (and counting) e-mails they've received are pro-Gundy.

"I couldn't believe what I was seeing," said Rajika Reid, Bobby's mother, of Gundy's news conference. "I've never seen nothing like that before. I was in awe. Wow."

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Gundy has received widespread support from his coaching peers. But what is mildly surprising is that some of the calls left at his office come from coaches he's never met, including several with Super Bowl rings.

Something is at work here. The mistake is to think Gundy's supporters are simply Oklahoma State yahoos blinded by orange and black loyalty. But the e-mails and support also come from University of Oklahoma alums and fans, which, if you know anything about the intensity of that rivalry, just doesn't happen by accident.

Sanchez's Mandingo and Watkin's Happy Negro.

Media:CNN is determined to ride O'reilly coattails. If you ever wanted to see a guy trying to ride a story to success Rick Sanchez has shown the way. Sanchez came up with a strange theory that O'reilly was using the Mandingo argument which is ludicrous and shows his lack of intelligence.

He has also allowed some of the worst race baiting I have ever seen on CNN by having Boyce Watkins who is also getting his 5 mins of cable fame calling Juan Williams the "eternal happy negro" because he dared to say critics of O'reilly are wrong. This has happened twice now according to ICN which is inexcusable and shows that CNN doesn't mind a little house negro name calling as long as the accused can be smeared without repercussion.

Sanchez has always been an idiot except now he has become a glory seeking idiot who doesn't mind his guests using terms like happy negro. Glenn Garvin summed it up nicely.

Yet Sanchez stood by without comment or protest Wednesday night when one of his guests called Williams “the eternal happy Negro” whose role on O’Reilly’s show was “to congratulate him on his racism.”

Way to elevate the conversation, Rick. I guess this means it’s okay for Lou Dobbs, next time you’re debating immigration, to call you a wetback .


As for Boyce Watkins, never heard of this member of the black "intelligentsia" till a few days ago but as I said before I recognize the blacks are victims whine whine characteristics that are prevalent within that circle. Watkins is happy to slop up the debate and drive it into the muck while Sanchez sits there aware what an ass he is and does nothing about it. Watkins willingly displays a hideous stereotype of angry black man that negates any argument or point he is trying to make about this situation.

Democrat's plan Uses Taxes to Fight Climate Change

Politics: When have the Dems not raised taxes to fight something.

Dealing with global warming will be painful, says one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress. To back up his claim he is proposing a recipe many people won't like _ a 50-cent gasoline tax, a carbon tax and scaling back tax breaks for some home owners.

"I'm trying to have everybody understand that this is going to cost and that it's going to have a measure of pain that you're not going to like," Rep. John Dingell, who is marking his 52nd year in Congress, said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press.

Dingell will offer a "discussion draft" outlining his tax proposals on Thursday, the same day that President Bush holds a two-day conference to discuss voluntary efforts to combat climate change.

.....Dingell says he hasn't rule out such a so-called "cap-and-trade" system, either, but that at least for now he wants to float what he believes is a better idea. He will propose for discussion:

_A 50-cent-a-gallon tax on gasoline and jet fuel, phased in over five years, on top of existing taxes.

_A tax on carbon, at $50 a ton, released from burning coal, petroleum or natural gas.

_Phaseout of the interest tax deduction on home mortgages for homes over 3,000 square feet. Owners would keep most of the deduction for homes at the lower end of the scale, but it would be eliminated entirely for homes of 4,200 feet or more.

He estimates that would affect 10 percent of homeowners. He says "it's only fair" to tax those who buy large suburban houses and create urban sprawl. Historic and farm houses would be exempted.

Just cut to the chase and draft laws shutting down entire regions and making biking mandatory instead of this mess.

DREAM Act fading away?

Immigration: It looks that way.

WASHINGTON — The hope for immediate Senate action on the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants, faded Tuesday as the measure's chief Senate sponsor acknowledged he was having difficulty surmounting Republican opposition.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., has been seeking to attach the DREAM Act to the defense authorization bill pending in the Senate. But in an interview Tuesday, he said the DREAM Act isn't among the items on the table as Republican and Democratic leaders discuss ways to quickly wrap up debate on the defense bill.

"We haven't given up completely, but the options on this bill are limited,'' Durbin said.

The non-partisan Migration Policy Institute estimates slightly more than 1 million high school graduates and children still in school could gain legal status under the legislation.

Looking at the requirements, this is backdoor amnesty at its worst given the way it is written.

The Dream Act would also provide illegals with a generous new path to amnesty — provided that they unlawfully entered the country prior to age 16 and have been in the United States for at least five years. How's that for a nose-thumbing at law-abiding citizens and immigrants.

Beyond that, all an illegal alien needs to qualify for the amnesty is a high-school diploma or a GED earned in the United States. "If he can persuade an institution of higher education in the United States — any community college, technical school or college — to admit him, that will suffice," law professor Kris Kobach wrote in a recent Heritage Foundation paper.

"Any illegal alien who meets these conditions (or can produce fraudulent papers indicating that he meets the conditions) gets immediate legal status in the form of a 'conditional' green card good for six years." In addition, an illegal who applies for the Dream Act amnesty could count his time under conditional green card status toward the five years needed for citizenship, and an illegal would be able to claim "retroactive benefits" to start the citizenship clock running the day the Dream Act is enacted. Taken together, these rules give illegal aliens a faster path to citizenship than lawfully present aliens.

Underfunded ICE can't train Virginia police force.

Immigration: But the task force won't push for them to be trained in the first place. What a half-assed way to run an immigration policy, its like the Feds/locals want ICE to fail...wait a minute..

When a state task force on illegal immigration began meeting earlier this year, senators and delegates trumpeted the need for a law enforcement crackdown.

But missing from the Illegal Immigration Task Force's recommendations issued Tuesday were proposals to give local police more authority to arrest illegal immigrants.

After five months of meetings, legislators realized they had two problems: Federal law preempts states from enforcing most immigration laws, and police departments don't want to alienate immigrant communities.

The task force determined that it could not recommend forcing police departments to enforce federal immigration law or even require officers to ask about the immigration status of anyone they encounter.

The task force did, however, recommend that jail officials ask incoming inmates about their immigration status and report suspected undocumented individuals to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A panel study found that one-third of jail administrators were not making such inquiries.

If the recommendations become law, Stolle said, Virginia will have taken "the most aggressive stance" on illegal immigration in the nation, Stolle said. Still, it's far less than what was being talked about earlier.

A proposal to require all sheriff's departments to be trained in immigration procedures died from a lack of support from ICE, which told the task force it could not afford the program.

Some legislators on the panel talked tough at earlier meetings, chastising police officers who testified that they often promise illegal immigrants that they won't be reported to immigration authorities. Officers who work in immigrant communities say it's more important to obtain trust so that crimes will be reported and witnesses will cooperate, even if someone is in the country illegally.

The task force learned that local police are prohibited from enforcing federal law and that states are barred from passing their own immigration laws.

Stolle said panel members such as Reid remain frustrated by the federal government's inability to respond effectively to the problem, mainly because ICE is woefully underfunded and understaffed.

Boeing's US aid 'hurting Airbus'

Bidness: Airbus is aided by government loans and subsidies, deal with it. If the WTO goes against America, screw them.

The European Union (EU) has claimed that US subsidies for American aircraft maker Boeing have cost Europe's Airbus $27bn (£13.4bn) in losses.
EU officials put forward that figure at the start of a World Trade Organization (WTO) hearing into Brussels' complaint that the US aid broke free trade rules.

The US has a parallel complaint to the WTO against EU help for Airbus.

Washington counters that Airbus has used billions of euros of European subsidies to boost its market share.

Zimbabwe orders 'white firm grab'

Africa: Considering how well grab the whitey's farms worked out for the country, what could go wrong with this move?

The Zimbabwean parliament has passed a bill to move majority control of foreign-owned companies operating in the country to black Zimbabweans.
The goal is to ensure at least a 51% shareholding by indigenous black people in the majority of businesses.

The bill completes a process that began with the controversial seizure of white-owned farms starting in 1999.

Zimbabwe is currently experiencing the world's highest inflation and shortages of food, fuel and foreign currency.

The bill still has to go to the upper house - the Senate - for final approval. It already has the support of President Robert Mugabe's government.

If passed in the Senate, the practical effect of the bill may, however, be severely limited, says the BBC's Peter Biles in Johannesburg.

Many foreign companies in Zimbabwe are already operating at a low level, with reduced turnover resulting from the seven-year economic crisis.

Cameron gets slammed by ex-Tory chairman

UK: I dunno about Gordon Brown being the heir to Thatcher, but everything else is just righteous.

Lord Tebbit has said Gordon Brown's move to be seen as "heir to Thatcher" shows his "political nous".
The ex-Tory chairman said it was the "perfect response" to David Cameron's attempts to become the 'heir to Blair'.

He rejected any suggestion Baroness Thatcher, 81, had been exploited by the PM in making her visit to No 10, saying she knew "exactly what she was doing".

Lord Tebbit also told The Times many voters would think Mr Cameron did not know "how the other half lives".

Lord Tebbit said he had "considerable regard" for Mr Brown, saying the invitation to Lady Thatcher was "Gordon Brown at his very best; a wonderful mixture of his courtesy and his political nous".

"After all, Cameron described himself as the 'heir to Blair', it's only natural that Brown should make himself the 'heir to Thatcher'. It's the perfect response, isn't it?"

One Conservative MP, Rob Wilson, suggested that the "frail" former prime minister had been "exploited" by Mr Brown.

But Lord Tebbit said he was sure Lady Thatcher knew "exactly what she was doing" and accused the current Conservative leader of being "at great pains to distance himself from her".

He also said Mr Cameron and his fellow Old Etonian colleagues were "intellectually clever but they have no experience of the world whatsoever".

"He has spent much of his time in the Conservative Party and as a public relations guy. Well it's not the experience of most people in the streets.

"That's the real attack and that's damaging to him, I think," he said.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Virginia governor selects anti-Israel member to commission?

Immigration: First, this Virginia Commission on Immigration seems to be a rigged group to cater to the pro illegal crowd which would fit Gov. Kaine nicely. Second issue that has come up is the selection of Esam S. Omeish who heads up the Muslim American Society and via LGF had this video up on Youtube with the predictable Israel bashing. Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock wrote a letter with his concerns.

A local delegate has asked Democratic Gov. Timothy M. Kaine to re-think his appointment of the head of the Virginia-based Muslim American Society to the Virginia Commission on Immigration.

Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, wrote to Kaine earlier today, saying he was concerned about the appointment of Dr. Esam S. Omeish, a Northern Virginia physician and the group's president, to the panel. The commission was created earlier this year to study the impact of illegal immigration on the commonwealth.

The Muslim American Society has significant ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, a group founded in Egypt, Gilbert said.

"It is unfortunate that the Governor would choose the leader of an organization such as this to represent many the freedom-loving Muslim citizens of Virginia on this important commission," Gilbert said.

"While the Muslim American Society claims to be the innocent face of peaceful Islam in America, their history and teachings tell a much different story. Unfortunately, it is a story about which all Americans have become much too familiar -- that of the promotion of a global Islamic state. The questionable origin and teachings of this group should give the Governor some serious concerns about his recent appointment. Even though this organization has a savvy public relations machine, the public face that it projects may disguise some very troubling hidden intentions."

Gilbert asked Kaine to "take the necessary steps to ensure that the important work of the Commission is not tainted by other, more nefarious agendas."


I would say Kaine has a problem, if he chooses to look into it and act is a different story.

O'Reilly isn't racist and it wasn't racial charged.

Media: That is pretty much all I am going to say on it because I can't be bothered hashing and rehashing the amount of out of context statements along with overly sensitive liberals who are trying to score points. But the reactions and pundits being put on television have gone the way I expected with the highlight so far this fool professor from Syracuse, Boyce Watkins with the happy negro blast at Juan Williams who called this media witchhunt stupid.

Syracuse University professor and blogger Boyce Watkins appeared on the CNN program, and compared O’Reilly to a murderous movie villain and to Iranian tyrant Ahmadinejad. "If the villain in a movie comes up and says, 'I love you very much,' that usually means he wants to kill you. The fact is that Bill O'Reilly is a guy who has made a career demeaning, degrading, and devaluing every black institution he can get his hands on.... You know, he's about like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, when it comes to making ridiculous assertions and waiting for people to respond."

After his villain/Ahmadinejad comparison, Watkins blasted NPR host and Fox News contributor Juan Williams for coming to O’Reilly’s defense. O’Reilly’s race comments had come from an hour of his radio program that involved a segment with Williams. "Juan Williams sitting there, is sort of the 'Happy Negro' agreeing with Bill O'Reilly, doesn't impress me at all. A man cannot walk into your home and congratulate your mother for not being a prostitute and not expect you to be offended."

Watkins comes from the typical group of so-called Black intelligentsia who are more than happy to promote the poor black victim who sees a slight at every turn while using rhetoric that betrays this attitude that reflects poorly on black people in general. Happy negro, house nigger are the terms used by this "class" to berate those who don't tow the liberal victim line.

It is unfortunate that CNN couldn't bring in someone with a bit more class, intelligence and vocabulary that could argue the already weak point that O'Reilly is racist and what was said was racist. Instead they bring in a second tier bomb thrower who displays the whiny angry black man stereotype.

David Shuster uses dead soldier to try score points.

Politics: Look it speaks volumes about Shuster's character and liberalism that he would gleefully use a dead Iraqi vet to try and score points against a GOP rep. It also wouldn't be Shuster if the ploy didn't spectacularly backfire in his face as usual. Via Newsbusters.

NRO media corner has this email supposedly sent by Shuster to an emailer.

A Media Blog reader who discovered this information on Newsbusters and e-mailed Shuster received this response and forwarded it to us:

the story was about blackburn's hypocrisy... it wouldn't matter whether the soldier's name was David shuster or Crazy Water. she didn't know the name, period.
Regards,
D

I am not surprised given the fact it is David Shuster who pulled this sick stunt of using a dead man to try and make a gotcha moment.

Katie Couric hatred of the "we"

Media: Look she needs to get back in the good graces of the Manhattan cocktail party circuit after her Iraq reports, so what better way than to blast the war, cry about the evil media corporations and say she is not into the use of we describing Americans as a group.

Speaking at the National Press Club Tuesday evening, CBS "Evening News" anchor Katie Couric pulled back the curtain on her personal views of both the war in Iraq and former “Evening News” anchor Dan Rather.

“Everyone in this room would agree that people in this country were misled in terms of the rationale of this war,” said Couric, adding that it is “pretty much accepted” that the war in Iraq was a mistake.

“I’ve never understood why [invading Iraq] was so high on the administration’s agenda when terrorism was going on in Afghanistan and Pakistan and that [Iraq] had no true connection with al Qaeda.”

Further, Couric said the Bush administration botched the war effort, calling it “accepted truths” that it erred by“disbanding the Iraq military, and leaving 100,000 Sunni men feeling marginalized and angry...[and] whether there were enough boots on the ground, the feeling that we’d be welcomed as liberators and didn’t need to focus as much on security.” She added “I’d feel totally comfortable saying any of that at some point, if required, on television.”

The former “Today” show anchor traced her discomfort with the administration’s march to war back to the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

“The whole culture of wearing flags on our lapel and saying ‘we’ when referring to the United States and, even the ‘shock and awe’ of the initial stages, it was just too jubilant and just a little uncomfortable. And I remember feeling, when I was anchoring the ‘Today’ show, this inevitable march towards war and kind of feeling like, ‘Will anybody put the brakes on this?’ And is this really being properly challenged by the right people? And I think, at the time, anyone who questioned the administration was considered unpatriotic and it was a very difficult position to be in."

This part tells you where on the political spectrum.

Couric cited The Economist, Time, and Newsweek as publications that she feels are "straight down the middle" in their reporting.

If these are the middle to her, in real terms she is left of the left center mark which is what everyone suspected anyway.

More fallout from Gundy tirade against reporter.

Sports: Well fallout in terms of the other sportswriters for the most part bashing Gundy and hailing Jenni Carlson as a hero. That is to be expected since egos of a feather protect one another. Jason Whitlock take is Carlson was dead wrong and points out something I missed that pushed me into Carlson is 100% garbage.

Jenni Carlson owes Bobby Reid and Mike Gundy apologies. Her column was atrocious.

In a newspaper circulated throughout the state, she ripped a kid by tying together a string of Internet rumors and out-of-context comments made by Reid to her co-workers. She basically called Reid a wimp and justified it by saying “if you believe the rumors and the rumblings.”

Here are a few choice excerpts from the column:

•“Tile up the back stories told on the sly over the past few years, and you see a pattern that hasn’t always been pretty.”

•“Word is that Reid has considered transferring a couple different times, the first as early as 2005. Reid, then a redshirt freshman, was facing competition from returner Donovan Woods, and apparently, Reid considered leaving OSU just because he had to compete for the spot.”

That bit of information was attributed to no one. I take that back, it was attributed to “back stories told on the sly.”

Here’s another gem from the column. Carlson takes a Reid quote given to one of her colleagues — “The coaches made a decision. I just have to go with it, get better and get back on the field” — and interprets it in the most negative way possible:

Carlson wrote: “There’s something to be said for not being a malcontent, but you can almost see Reid shrugging his shoulders as he says those words. Does he have the fire in his belly?”


How can she see a shoulder shrugging on a player she apparently hasn’t taken the time to speak with herself? The kid stated he wants to get better and get back in the lineup. What was he supposed to say?

I could go on. It’s unnecessary. She made a mistake. It’s not a big deal. It happens. What’s embarrassing is reading all of these columns calling for Gundy to be suspended or even fired for defending his player and calling out Carlson in public.

That was Reid being a good team mate, did she expect him to go off on rant? At best he was being diplomatic of a bad situation and vowed to get better because of it. For Carlson to call him out for that is ridiculous and shows that she is merely out to do a hit job on the guy.

Parallel universes exist - study

Science: So that means right now there is a billionaire version of me surrounding by many beautiful women. Bastard...

Parallel universes really do exist, according to a mathematical discovery by Oxford scientists described by one expert as "one of the most important developments in the history of science".

The parallel universe theory, first proposed in 1950 by the US physicist Hugh Everett, helps explain mysteries of quantum mechanics that have baffled scientists for decades, it is claimed.

In Everett's "many worlds" universe, every time a new physical possibility is explored, the universe splits. Given a number of possible alternative outcomes, each one is played out - in its own universe.

A motorist who has a near miss, for instance, might feel relieved at his lucky escape. But in a parallel universe, another version of the same driver will have been killed. Yet another universe will see the motorist recover after treatment in hospital. The number of alternative scenarios is endless.

Peanut based ban puts pressure on parents/kids.

Nation: One kid has a peanut allergy and everyone else has to be careful around him which is making people unhappy.

Some young St. Johns County students are no longer allowed to bring a popular lunchtime food to school. Peanut butter has been banned.

A kindergarten student at Ocean Palms Elementary in Ponte Vedra has a peanut allergy that has forced the student's classroom to become a peanut-free zone.

Not all parents are happy with the changes in other students' diets and the inconvenience caused by the peanut ban.

Under the new peanut ban, students area able to eat lunch but just not peanuts.

Torres said she thinks it's unfair for kids to suffer because of one student's allergy.

"The burden should be placed back on the parent of that child, and their only responsibility should be to create an awareness with the other parents and children," Torres said.

However, Parrish said awareness isn't enough when dealing with a life-threatening allergy.

The principal said the school is working on a more permanent solution. He said they would probably end up with a peanut-free table in the cafeteria and another table that allows peanuts.

Commentators at the site are pointing out the story leaves out a major point.

1. The class was asked to not bring peanut products to class. This is not just peanut butter! We were asked to check labels to ensure all the lunch items in lunch boxes did not contain peanut products. It's much more than just not bringing a peanut butter sandwich to class...it's checking everything you buy at the grocery store.

I am never in favor of this sort of collective ban for one kid but this is over the top. It will just lead to more resentment and the burden should be on the parent's kid and officials to figure out a solution that doesn't go this far into other people's lives.

Canadian radio host gets in trouble with Sikhs

Canada: Sheesh, what sort of pleasant totalitarian system do they have up in Canada when this gets people up in arms.

Controversy erupted after Bruce Allen took at swipe at immigrants, including Sikhs, during his regular "Reality Check'' rant on CKNW radio.

"If I didn't know any better, I'd say there has been a lot of immigrant bashing going on in recent months,'' Allen told listeners during a commentary that aired on Sept. 13.

He was referring to recent incidents that included complaints from the Sikh community after Passport Canada declined to issue passports to three Sikh children because they insisted on wearing religious headgear when they were having their pictures taken.

"If you're immigrating to this country and you don't like the rules that are in place, then you have the right to choose not to live here,'' Allen said during his broadcast.

"But if you choose to come to a place like Canada, then shut up and fit in … these are the rules. There's the door. If you don't like the rules, hit it. We don't need you here. You have another place to go: It's called home. See ya!"

In an interview with CBC, Allen said his comments cannot be seen as "race-bashing,'' or "hate-mongering.''

But a number of Sikhs disagree.

That is what is getting people up in arms? He is absolutely right, there are norms and ways that should be observed when you move into a different country, failure to do so is arrogant and a slap in the face.

Check out the attitude that is indicative of commentators over this.

People who called in the talk show were most hurt by comments like: "There is the door. If you don't like the rules, hit it. We don't need you here . . . If you choose to come to Canada, shut up and fit in."

Hit the door . . . that hits hard. I thought people form a nation, not shopping malls and pubs. If we all hit the door -- and by all, I mean Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims and all those who "don't fit in" -- what will be left of Canada? Has anyone ever thought of that?

....They are born in a Sikh, Hindu or Muslim family, so they follow their respective religions.

They don't want to abandon their identity and be like the rest of them. They are as Canadian as any white Canadian.

What are they supposed to do? Any suggestions?

Finally, this is not about Bruce Allen or some other individual. This is about the attitude that, since we have come to this country, we have to be like the rest.

No, we don't. We love this country. But, do I have to be like my neighbour to love this country? No, I don't.

We have our own identity, our own religion, culture and values. And, we are going to stick to it, whether someone likes it or not.

Pooja Sekhon is a broadcaster and reporter with RED-FM, a Surrey-based radio station

So that is what Canada has become? A piece of land where different groups refuse to adapt or assimilate into the general society adding to the overall culture texture? Calling yourself Canadian while refusing to join is a bit like getting a driver's license yet never given and refuse to take driving lessons. Sure you are a licensed driver but in name only.

Now they are trying to get him kicked off an Winter Olympic position, but the station has received calls running heavily in his favor.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Funkhouser ready to bow down to La Raza over Semler?

Immigration: As La Raza with their little lap dog the NAACP yapping behind still threatening to boycott Kansas City unless the Mayor do as they say and accept/fire Frances Semler from the park board because she is a member of the minutemen group. Just think of this as racial Mccarthyism.

Funkhouser refused to accept Semler’s offer to resign when the issue arose, and he has since dug in his heels.

The national boards of both civil rights groups are scheduled to formally discuss the issue at separate meetings next month, when final decisions are likely to be made.

But Tuesday, La Raza President Janet Murguia hinted that a compromise with the mayor’s office could be possible.

“We’ve had a couple of conversations,” Murguia said by phone from the organization’s Washington office.

“It’s a tough spot for him, and it’s a tough spot for me,” she said, referring to Funkhouser. “We’re looking at different options. We’re trying to explore what those might be. I’d rather not go into it in the press right now.”

She added, “We still hope the mayor will reconsider” accepting Semler’s resignation.

In its only formal statement on the issue, the NAACP made it clear that it supports La Raza and its concerns about the citizens’ border patrol group.

“We support … LaRaza in their negotiations with the mayor and will be following the outcome of those discussions very closely as we plan our 2010 National Convention,” said Roslyn M. Brock, a national vice chairwoman for the NAACP.


yap yap yap. What a disgrace.

Hugo Chavez the new Hollywood hotness.

Entertainment: According to Matthew Walter of Bloomberg news, oh yes. You figure with Castro on the way out and Sarkozy now in France. Chavez is the fallback leftist love interest.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, whose ``Bolivarian revolution'' has piqued the interest of some of Hollywood's biggest stars, visited yesterday with Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey in Caracas.

During a tour of the presidential palace, Spacey, 48, questioned Chavez about his proposal to rewrite the constitution, and his offer to help broker the release of hostages held by guerillas in neighboring Colombia, according to a government statement.

Spacey's trip to Venezuela follows visits by actors Sean Penn and Danny Glover and anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan. They have been attracted by Chavez's attacks on U.S. President George W. Bush and his plan to realign the South American country's power structure to benefit the poor. Chavez welcomes the high- profile attention.

The Venezuelan president in 2004 invited 24 international celebrities, including Barbara Streisand and Nelson Mandela, to observe a recall vote against him.

Spacey complemented Chavez on a government-sponsored cinema project. The two also discussed Venezuela's cacao, an ingredient used to make chocolate, which Chavez said was the best in the world, according to the statement. The president complemented Spacey for his work in the film ``The Life of David Gale.''

Spacey, who is now the artistic director at the Old Vic Theater in London, will head to Cuba next as part of a Latin American tour, Venezuela's state-owned Venezolana de Television reported today.

UAW workers on strike get ripped by Detroit papers.

Nation: That has made the liberals at Editor and Publisher and especially liberal Will Bunch very upset. It seems that newspapers really shouldn't have independent operations, they should always be for the people or in this case the union workers who are fighting da man! Even though the editorials in the Detroit News and Free Press are correct that the UAW has no legs to stand on in this fight.

"What's good for GM is good for the UAW," the headline over the News' editorial proclaimed. The opinion piece went on to state: "Despite having access to GM's financial statements and projections and having made some preliminary concessions in the last two years, the UAW still believes the work force is entitled to perks that no longer are sustainable in today's global economy."

It later adds, "Union members on the picket line Monday railed against the big salaries and bonuses of a few top executives. They seemed not to be aware that they are the best paid factory workers in the world."


Common sense stuff, but Bunch seems to think that in this case newspapers should give the people want they want(ass-kissing) instead of what they need(dose of reality).

UNM student explains why he tore down Mexican flag.

Nation: The guy who tore down the Mexican flag at Uni of New Mexico in this story here explains himself.

My name is Peter Ryan Lynch, and I am a student at UNM. I am a decorated eight-year veteran of the U.S. military, honorably discharged in July. I am appalled that a foreign flag flew unaccompanied on a UNM campus flagpole for three days, including a U.S. holiday. I am an American who is passionate about our country, and I would feel the same way if it were any foreign flag.

The Mexican flag was flying over UNM campus unaccompanied by an American flag on U.S. Constitution Day, Sept. 17.

According to the United States Code (federal law): "The flag should be displayed on all days, especially on Constitution Day, September 17. The flag should be displayed daily on or near the main administration building of every public institution .... The flag should be displayed during school days in or near every schoolhouse."

Throughout history, flying a nation's banner is a claim of ownership. To do this on U.S. Constitution Day is an insult to all Americans. I am outraged that the UNM administration allowed this to happen. I thought the administration would address the issue before my class was over. I left class, and the foreign banner was still unaccompanied. I went to the dean's office pleading for action. I also notified the Army ROTC, which has the honor of raising and lowering the U.S. flag on campus this month. I waited one to 1 1/2 hours after these notifications to take action myself. I made a profound statement and tore down this foreign banner. My actions, although overzealous, were warranted.

Americans have one of the most diverse cultures on the planet. We embrace our differences, and unless you are a foreign visitor or illegal immigrant, your nationality is American. We are all equals under the Constitution and the Stars and Stripes that protect us. Americans should fly their nation's banner with pride.

UNM is a public institution governed by the laws of our nation. But on Sept. 17, federal law was broken. Americans are insulted, and I am livid. With all the press coverage, only Julian Martinez said anything in my defense. Furthermore, the press has a responsibility to gather all facts before printing.

I would like to assure El Centro de la Raza that hate or racism did not motivate my actions. I ask the UNM administration, specifically President David Schmidly, interim vice president for institutional diversity Rita Martinez-Purson and vice president for student affairs Cheo Torres, to apologize to all American students, including Mexican-American students, for allowing a foreign banner to fly over UNM for three days in violation of federal law.

Overzealous but correct action, but you are going to wait a long time for any sort of sorry from the professional college race groups. As far as they are concerned you can do whatever in the name of multicult and diversity.

Five black teens charged with beating up white teen.

Crime: Misdemeanor mob assault? They need to ramp those charges up higher and a lot more jail time.

Five youths were being charged today with misdemeanor mob assault in the weekend attack on a 13-year-old boy in West Ocean View that was captured on video.
Two are 16 years old and the others are 13, 14 and 15, said Officer Chris Amos, a police spokesman. He did not release their names, citing their ages. By the end of the day, he said, investigators will have secured petitions charging the youths as juveniles.

They are believed to be the youths depicted on a digital recording that another youth made of the incident. It shows several people rush at Damin O’Rourke, swinging on him and pushing him from all sides. Damin was hit repeatedly, knocked off his feet and kicked in the face. His face was bloodied; he suffered scrapes and bruises.

Damin’s family released the video of the attack to the news media, which helped the case get national attention.

The offense carries a potential penalty of a year imprisonment and a $2,500 fine.

"Investigators have determined that a non-race-related altercation took place prior to the assault," the city police said in a news release. "Investigators believe that this earlier altercation escalated to the assault caught on videotape. Investigators have further determined that this incident was not gang-related in nature."

The video depicts several black youths beating Damin, who is white.

Asked if he thought the attack was racial in nature, Councilman W. Randy Wright would not rule out the possibility.

Video at the link above and here. I don't see the Rev. Jesse and Sharpton running down here for the Norfolk five anytime soon.

Mike Gundy yelled at Jenni cause she a woman!

Culture: Here we go, as sportwriters across the country come to her defense like rats on cheese, Carol Slezak plays the woman card because we have never seen coaches yell at male writers before and Gundy 90% wouldn't have gone off on a him.

I can't imagine Gundy screaming during a press conference about a male writer's lack of offspring. I can't imagine him substituting ''daddy'' for ''mommy'' in his rant. I also wonder, as one of the few -- or perhaps only -- women in that room, if Carlson didn't make for an easy target in Gundy's mind. Watching the video, I sensed a subcurrent that gave me an uneasy feeling. As if what Gundy was really thinking was, ''How dare that bitch criticize one of my players. She shouldn't be writing about football. She should be home making babies.' ''


So predictable coming from female newspaper writer. He went off on her not because of her nasty poorly written article but because she was a woman who dared to say something to a man in the sports section. Someone should yell at Slezak.

Miliband to Meet With Angelina Jolie

UK: Nice to see the foreign secretary is meeting with her to discuss global diplomacy. Can't wait for his meeting on China/Tibet with Richard Gere.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband will meet Angelina Jolie in New York this week to discuss global diplomacy, British officials said Tuesday.

Miliband, the youthful British foreign policy chief, is seeking to soften the tone of global relations after Britain became involved in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"He will meet Angelina Jolie in New York for talks," a Miliband spokeswoman said while speaking on condition of anonymity in line with ministry policy.

Further details on the planned content of the discussion weren't immediately available.

The 32-year-old actress, who is a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, will also appear on a revamped Foreign Office Web site.

Locals Dispute Growing Story of Jena six.

Nation: Long article on Jena and the locals calling into question the story that is being reported in the press.

Florida papers dominated by Conservative Op-Ed Writers.

Media: This "research" by Media Matters has been making the rounds and now they are breaking it down by states about how conservative op-ed writers dominate newspapers. Eric Deegans, the liberal tv critic jumps on this poorly spun survey to whine.

What this tells us is that, despite widespread belief by conservatives that newspapers are liberal, especialy in Florida, there are only four newspapers which feature more liberal columnists on their op-ed page than conservative.

So even if conservatives have a problem with most newspapers' news pages, it seems they should have little complaints about the op-ed sections.


When people complain about the media being liberal and newspapers being liberal, you have to be a damn fool to say this survey proves it wrong. Look at the survey question again.

Now Media Matters has crunched the numbers for several states, concluding that Florida's newspapers are also dominated by conservatives, with nationally syndicated conservatives reaching the state's readers nearly 4-million more times each week than progressives.


The trick is counting every paper for a national conservative writer then crying there isn't a liberal to balance it out leaving out the numerous local liberal writers that write op-ed pieces. It is a bogus method. Add in the local liberal columnists and then the liberal slant in writing articles to an event or situation. That makes it a liberal paper. Cal Thomas and Will shows up once a week in the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, but the paper overall is overwhelmingly liberal in tone and op-ed pieces.

Perhaps it is because Deegans just exists in his own echo chamber of friends and newspaper collegues that he insists on defending the indefensible.

Illinois trying to ban employers from using immigrant program.

Immigration: Feds have to sue them to stop the law from going in effect. Blagojevich and his supporters have now gone beyond just being a sanctuary state. Implying that employers can't verify their employees is ridiculous.

The Bush administration sued the State of Illinois yesterday, hoping to block a new state law that bars employers from using a federal database to verify that immigrant job applicants are in the United States legally and are authorized to work.

With the suit, officials said, the administration is going on the offensive in the courts in response to cases intended to stall a crackdown on illegal immigration that the federal authorities announced last month.

“We will vigorously contest any effort to impede our enforcement measures,” the Homeland Security secretary, Michael Chertoff, said yesterday in a telephone interview.

The suit, brought by Mr. Chertoff’s department, seeks to stop Illinois from putting into effect a law that forbids employers from enrolling in the federal worker verification database program.

The program, formerly known as Basic Pilot, was renamed E-Verify last month.

Under the Illinois statute, the ban would remain until Washington certifies that the databases used to verify workers’ eligibility are 99 percent accurate.

OSU's Gundy rips into local columnist.

Sports: The whole thing is here on the NYTIMES blog with video where OSU's Mike Gundy goes off and a video reply from the columnist Jenni Carlson. The original article is here. It was a nasty snide attack on a QB and using his mother as a line of attack is in poor taste and underhanded. Her video reply also comes off as smug.

San Francisco disrespects Marines.

Nation: This is a surprise?

New York said "yes," but we said "no." Why were the U.S. Marines denied permission to film a recruiting commercial on the streets of San Francisco?

San Francisco is, once again, the center of a controversy over how city leaders treat the U.S. military. This time, it involves an elite group of Marines who wanted to film a recruitment commercial in San Francisco on the anniversary of 9/11.

The tension has been building in the two weeks since the city turned away members of the Silent Drill Platoon, and it boiled over Monday afternoon at a meeting of the San Francisco Film Commission.

The U.S. Marine Silent Drill Platoon performed Monday morning in New York's Times Square. They filmed part of a recruitment commercial through the start of the morning rush hour -- something they could not do in San Francisco on the anniversary of 9/11.

"It's insulting, it's demeaning. This woman is going to insult these young heroes by just arbitrarily saying, 'no, you're not going to film any Marines on California Street," said Captain Greg Corrales of the SFPD Traffic Bureau.

Monday, September 24, 2007

GQ magazine kills Clinton article due to being cowards.

Politics: GQ magazine lives up to its metrosexual reputation.

Early this summer, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign for president learned that the men’s magazine GQ was working on a story the campaign was sure to hate: an account of infighting in Hillaryland.

So Clinton’s aides pulled a page from the book of Hollywood publicists and offered GQ a stark choice: Kill the piece, or lose access to planned celebrity coverboy Bill Clinton.

Despite internal protests, GQ editor Jim Nelson met the Clinton campaign’s demands, which had been delivered by Bill Clinton’s spokesman, Jay Carson, several sources familiar with the conversations said.

GQ writer George Saunders traveled with Clinton to Africa in July, and Clinton is slated to appear on the cover of GQ’s December issue, in which it traditionally names a “Man of the Year,” according magazine industry sources.

And the offending article by Atlantic Monthly staff writer Josh Green got the spike.


If anyone finds Jim Nelson's manhood, be sure to pass it back to him.

Guy up for hate crime charge tearing up Mexican flag.

Culture: Well, here is the story. On September 14th, the Mexican flag was raised outside of a hall at the university of New Mexico to honor Mexican Independence day. Well the group put the flag up by itself without it being underneath the American flag and Peter Lynch didn't take kindly to it.

A summons was issued for Peter Lynch, 30, by the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court for criminal damage to property, said Lt. Pat Davis, spokesman for UNM Police.

Davis said Lynch is not a member of ROTC, and it is unclear why he took the flag to that office.

Lynch has not been charged because UNMPD cannot find him, Davis said.

UNMPD investigated the vandalism as a potential hate crime, but witnesses from the ROTC office told police it was not a racially motivated crime, Davis said.

"He was frustrated a foreign flag was flown without an American flag nearby," he said. "We're basically investigating it on witness statements."

The Mexican Student Association raised the flag outside Scholes Hall on Friday for Mexican Independence Day, said Cheo Torres, vice president for academic affairs.


The customary and hilariously depressing talk of diversity, multicult and tolerance talk ensues.

Martinez-Purson said the incident caught her off-guard, as well.

"I don't think anything really prepares you for this type of vindictive behavior," she said. "Obviously, we need to have strong dialog across campus about respect for other people and their cultures."

Whether the vandalism was racially motivated or not, it was offensive, especially to the Hispanic community, Martinez-Purson said.

"There's still an impact that has to be dealt with," she said. "He did insult them. His thoughtless behavior had consequences."

The University won't tolerate that kind of behavior, President David Schmidly said.

"It's inexcusable to desecrate a flag," he said. "I'm not going to be very pleasant to deal with on this issue."

What makes the situation worse is that it was a Mexican flag, Schmidly said.

"For God's sake, New Mexico was part of Mexico at one time," he said. "There's tremendous ties, and we have a large population of Hispanics that live in our state and many of them have relatives and connections to Mexico."


Schmidly is ready to kiss anyone's behind as is someone who is filled with political correctness. If this was an American flag I doubt seriously hate crime charges would be talked about, in this case he torn down the Mexican flag out of anger and no evidence of hate. He was right to take it down and out of niceness he shouldn't have torn it. Charge him with vandalism at best.

They get a new flag and put it back up in a can't we all get along ceremony. I am not seeing the American flag above it. Oversight or just a bad angle?

Student Peter Lynch, 30, was charged with criminal damage to property for the vandalism, police said.

The destruction of the flag is a hate crime and reveals a problem at UNM, said Mabel González, president of the Mexican Student Association.

....Mexican Consul Juan Solana, who attended the ceremony, said he was concerned by what happened, but the University responded well.

"Students were very upset when they contacted me," he said. "However, this was just a single incident, and I've been given a guarantee that it will never happen again."

Julian "Top" Martinez, an Army veteran who attended the ceremony, said the student who destroyed the Mexican flag on Monday wasn't at fault.

"There should not have been a foreign flag flying without the American flag being present," he said. "He actually did the right thing by taking it down. Although, I probably wouldn't have torn it in half."

The University's punishment for the vandalism will be important for preventing acts of intolerance on campus, González said.

"The way the president chooses to reprimand this individual will set the precedent for the future," she said. "I'd like to see more organizations fly their flag in the future, and I want a zero-tolerance policy with regard to incident of intolerance on campus."


I want everyone who speaks on a cell phone while driving beaten with a baton, but it would be impractical, rude and intolerant on my part. González seems to think that someone who did the right thing because her student group didn't put the Mexican flag in the proper position should be thrown out of school on her terms. That would be the worst thing to happen in that university though I have a feeling the PC president there is seriously thinking about it.

Sharpton and Jackson arguing over Jena Six turnout.

Nation: Egos are never far behind with these two and their supporters.

Unfortunately, the "Jena 6" controversy also exposes a lingering weakness in black leadership.

Instead of showing solidarity at the march, organizers got into a behind-the-scenes tiff over what groups would stand with the "Jena 6" families.

While thousands participated in a rally organized by the NAACP, Rainbow/PUSH and Martin L. King III, that event was nearly overshadowed when Bell's relatives appeared at a competing rally organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network and Michael Baisden, a syndicated radio talk show host.

Sources said that two days before the scheduled event, Sharpton and Baisden reneged on an agreement to hold a joint rally. The dual marches caused a fair amount of confusion as well as bruised egos.

'I think everybody's got egos'

"This is the main event. This is the venue that everyone agreed on," said Dennis Courtland Hayes, NAACP's interim executive director, when I asked him about the competing rallies. "There is a permit that includes all of us, and I assume some people couldn't make it because of their radio commitments. There is also a feeling, expressed by callers in to a local radio talk show ... that high-profile activists are taking too much credit for the outpouring of support for the 'Jena 6' defendants."

Still, Sharpton isn't apologizing for peeling off from the other civil rights groups. Sharpton claims his radio broadcasts and Baisden's syndicated radio show "helped drive thousands of people to Jena."

"We never agreed on the same venue," Sharpton said. "This was the families' event. I think everybody's got egos."

This week, Sharpton is planning to go to Washington, D.C., and push for a congressional inquiry into the "Jena 6" case.

If we are serious about stopping prosecutorial misconduct, we all have a role to play. And, as noted by Worrill -- a long-time grass-roots organizer -- no one group can claim credit for the huge turnout in Jena.

"Although Al Sharpton and Michael Baisden used their various platforms, it should be clearly understood that Rev. Jackson, SCLC, the NAACP, the New Black Panther Party, Black United Front, and black fraternities and sororities -- which represented the largest number of marchers -- all these make up what we are calling the beginning of a movement. No one set of forces can take credit for this action."

Hopefully, we won't let our egos get in the way.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Down with the snipes!

Entertainment: What are snipes?

Kyra Sedgwick, star of “The Closer” on TNT, walks under a police tape and scans the screen with her flashlight. And every time she does, she makes Gretchen Corbin, a technical writer in Berkeley, Calif., irate.

The promotional ads for “The Closer” run in the bottom right of the screen during other TNT programs — a graphic called a snipe. But for Ms. Corbin, who sometimes watches movies that have subtitles, the tiny images block the dialogue.

“Some ad just took over the entire bottom of the screen so I missed what the characters said to each other,” said Ms. Corbin, describing a recent experience. “And it’s TV, so you can’t rewind.”


I don't remember which snipe had sound to announce its arrival but it does ruin watching tv. I can tolerate a quick display of the next show, but the Closer snipe was the worst yet.

Torture Porn director and Anti-American writer to Heroes.

Entertainment: Eli Roth, one of Nikki Finke's favorite directors and Michael Dougherty, one of the writers who disavowed Superman's American origins to make him a world citizen comes to Heroes: Origins. I can't wait to see the trash these two put out.

"Heroes: Origins" is beefing up its creative roster with top behind-the-scenes talent.

"Superman Returns" co-writer Michael Dougherty and "Hostel" writer-director Eli Roth each have been tapped to write an episode of the anthology spinoff from NBC's hit sci-fi series.

Roth also will direct his episode of the series, which introduces new characters as they discover their extraordinary powers.

Roth and Dougherty, both "Heroes" fans, join another big supporter of the show, Kevin Smith, who also is set to write and direct an episode of the Universal Media Studios-produced "Heroes: Origins."

Dougherty, who also co-wrote "X2," recently made his directorial debut with the upcoming Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures horror movie "Trick 'r Treat," which he also wrote.

Welcome to ''DWNTWN MIAMI" Hme f the stupid.

Florida: Proving once again why Miami is a banana republic full of idiots.

Hoping to brand downtown as an edgy, happening spot, Miami's Downtown Development Authority Friday approved a new logo for the area -- one that seeks to promote downtown by intentionally misspelling it.

''DWNTWN MIAMI,'' it reads in black and hot pink letters. The text message-esque logo beat out more than a dozen other suggested designs.

''Not having the O's makes it more creative,'' said Oscar Rodriguez, a board member with the DDA and one of the logo's biggest boosters. The DDA is a semi-independent city agency charged with revitalizing downtown.

DDA board members voted 9-2 Friday in favor of the new logo, created for the agency by local branding and advertising company República LLC. Within months, the logo could show up on banners, T-shirts, billboards -- all over downtown.

Critics of the design worry it will project an image of Miami as a city of illiterates, and might also go over the heads of foreign tourists, leaving them unimpressed and confused.

But Miami Beach branding expert Mauricio Giammattei was optimistic most people would understand the new downtown logo, despite a couple of missing vowels.

''It took some getting used to, but it's a smart logo,'' said Giammattei, a principal of Cre8tiv Juice Brand Design. ``You're not asking a 70-year-old to move to downtown. You're asking a 24-year-old to move to downtown.''


Any Gen Y mouthbreather who thinks that is kewl deserves to be car jacked by Miami's finest.

Can Kwame Kilpatrick Grow Up?

Politics: Been a while since I heard any news about Navigator Kilpatrick and it looks like he is still living up to his one of the worst mayors ever tag.

Futbol Americano eh NBC?

Sports: I give it 24 hours before NBC has to scrambled saying sorry for putting up spanish language graphics during the Bears/Cowboys.

Dutch Should Adapt to Muslims say advisors

Culture: It reads like something out of the onion but it is real. Exactly who is on this panel.

AMSTERDAM, 22/09/07 - The Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) says the Dutch must adapt themselves more to Islam. It also advises the elimination of the word 'allochtoon', the most common term used to describe residents with a foreign background.

The WRR itself thought up the word allochtoon in 1989. In a report at the time it was suggested this neutral-sounding word was less stigmatising than, for example, immigrant or foreigner. The WRR advice was successful; today, media, schools and politicians all use allochtoon.

Now the WRR however advises using the word allochtoon as little as possible. The word "is no longer neutral" and is stigmatising, the Council says in a report to appear Monday under the title Identification with the Netherlands.

The WRR also considers the Dutch must be prepared to adapt their standards to that of newcomers, for example in the area of religion and sexuality. Tolerance for Islam is too low and question marks on the sexualisation of Dutch society are justified, in its view.

In the report, the WRR also says that the integration debate is not helped by the fixation on the concept of 'national identity'. The report says that there is nothing wrong with the dual nationality held by most immigrants in the Netherlands.


Basically saying everything the Dutch stands for is wrong and needs to be revised based on the norms/culture of one minority group.

Schoolgirl gets beaten bloody, school and police do nothing.

UK: Unless the D.Mail is leaving something out, this is a pretty clear cut case and the attackers should be arrested. What does it take to get arrested over there? Pic of her beaten up at the link and pretty horrific.

Her face bloodied and battered, this is Bethany James, the latest victim of the pupil-on-pupil violence blighting Britain's schools.

The appalling injuries inflicted on the 15-year-old are shocking enough. But what is more horrifying is that they were the work of two teenage girls.

This photo of Bethany was taken in hospital by her mother, Tracey James, who said: 'The picture is shocking. I want people to know what the reality of bullying means.'

Mrs James claimed teachers had failed to put a stop to the repeated bullying endured by her daughter at Immanuel CE Community College in Thackley.

She said: 'I've been to the school on at least six occasions to tell them Bethany was being bullied, but it has continued.

'Since the attack she has been going to school for only two hours a day in the isolation unit, while these girls carry on as normal. The school wants her back in class as soon as possible, but who wants to go back to these animals?'

Two weeks on, Bethany is still in pain. She said: 'My nose is still bruised and hurts at the top. I'm too embarrassed to go out.'

Police said two girls have been questioned as witnesses but no arrests have been made.

Chris Robinson, deputy head at Immanuel College, said: 'Any bullying that the college becomes aware of is dealt with in a robust manner supported by the additional care we show for each other through our strong Christian ethos.'

Translation: We ain't doing shit about it except talk. Christian ethos doesn't mean sit on the case, go Old testament God on the two bullies.

Update# Via the London Times, More details and word the attackers got arrested then bailed out.

Hillary: No healthcare for illegals. Yeah right.

Politics: Only the thickskulled would believe this nonsense, she says that now and in front of a different audience something more nuanced. Considering illegals get care by law and she is in favor of amnesty, the words she left off is "not right now anyway."

Here's what she said:

Illegal immigrants would not be covered, no. They would not be covered. I will continue to have a safety net which I think is in the best traditions of our country and also for public health reasons absolutely necessary, but we did not cover them in '93/'94 and my plan does not cover them now.

British Bogs Fueled Ancient Global Warming

UK: They could be contributing to global warming right now, time to drain and pave it over and build strip malls.

Huge belches of methane from bogs in what is now Britain likely contributed to global warming some 55 million years ago, a new study says.

The emissions probably amplified an ancient and extreme global warming event that heated Arctic Ocean waters to a balmy 73 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Celsius).

The finding adds weight to the idea that methane being released from wetlands today may accelerate modern global warming.

Richard Pancost from Britain's University of Bristol and his colleagues studied the chemistry of 55-million-year-old sediments from the Cobham Lignite wetland in southeast England (see map of Britain).

By measuring the levels of organic compounds produced by bacteria, Pancost's team was able to estimate the levels of methane-eating microbes living in the bog in the distant past.

The researchers found a marked increase in a by-product left by methane-devouring microbes around 55 million years ago.

For the bacteria to have mushroomed so dramatically, Pancost and his colleagues suggest, methane emissions from the bog must have also radically increased.

20,000 monks challenge Aung San Suu Kyi detention.

World: Awesome.

Twenty thousand Buddhist monks, nuns and protesters marched in Myanmar on Sunday in the biggest challenge against military rule in the nation for nearly two decades.

Emboldened after a march to see Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi one day earlier, they walked in the rain-sodden streets of Yangon from the golden Shwedagon Pagoda, Myanmar's most important landmark.

Numbers swelled as they crossed downtown Yangon and circled the Sule Pagoda, witnesses said. About 10,000 monks, many of them barefoot, were joined for the first time by nuns in pale pink robes. They were followed by 10,000 supporters.

"We want the people to join us," the monks chanted.

A group of about 200 protesters and monks carrying a sign reading "loving kindness will win every time" tried to approach Aung San Suu Kyi's house -- as they had successfully done on Saturday -- but were turned away.