Friday, February 04, 2005

 

CQ: Update On CNN News chief Accusation Of American Military Intentionally Killing Reporters

Captains Quarters has an update on this controversy and the total lack of reporting by the MSM.

The mainstream media has spent another news cycle ignoring the Eason Jordan scandal, where he has been discovered to have made repeated claims of atrocities deliberately committed by US troops against reporters. CNN felt that Eason's Fables could be so damaging that they took the unusual step of not only e-mailing a statement to those who e-mailed their complaints, but also to bloggers who posted on the story but never sent a complaint to CNN.


Read the whole post. It seems that the press would be all over this and report it as if it were true. I'm sure they are just fact checking like they did in Rathergate.

 

Quick, Somebody Call the Associated Press: Osama bin Laden has been captured

Osama bin Laden has been captured

Too Funny.
(If you don't get it read this post first).

 

Walter E. Williams: Anti-intellectualism among the academic elite

Walter E. Williams has written an excellent piece describing the elitism of the lefties on college campuses.

Dr. Lawrence Summers, president of Harvard University, has been excoriated for suggesting that innate differences between men and women might be one of the reasons fewer women succeed in the higher reaches of science and math. Adding insult to injury, he also questioned the role of sex discrimination in the small number of female professors in science and engineering at elite universities.

Professor Nancy Hopkins, an MIT biologist, attended the National Bureau of Economic Research conference titled "Diversifying the Science and Engineering Workforce" where Dr. Summers gave his lecture. She had to leave the lecture, explaining to a Boston Globe (Jan. 17, 2005) reporter, "I would've either blacked out or thrown up." In today's campus anti-intellectualism, it's acceptable to suggest that genetics explains some outcomes, but it's unacceptable to use it as an explanation for other outcomes. Let's try a few, and guess whether Professor Hopkins would barf.

Suppose a speaker said that sickle cell anemia is genetically determined and occurs almost exclusively among blacks. Would Professor Hopkins stomp out of the room, charging racism? What if it were said that a person's chances of being a carrier of the gene for Tay-Sachs disease, a disease without a cure, is significantly higher if he is an Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jew? Would Professor Hopkins barf and charge the speaker with anti-Semitism?


Indeed.

The elitism of the left is basically defined by their belief that any dissenting opinion is the product of racism, ignorance and/or discrimination. Just as Dr. Summer's would not even entertain the words from the president of Harvard, most liberal elites shoot down and disregard as stupid anything they disagree with. This type of behavior is accepted - and even expected - by the political elites, but shutting down ideas without discussion of their merits on college campuses is harmful. Most people would agree that racism is wrong. However the question of WHY it is wrong has to be studied and examined in order to illuminate the subtleties of racism and how those apply to everyday life, our culture and our behaviors. If we are going to have no discussion of any issues in our institutions of higher learning then there is no learning going on at all, just indoctrination. Williams finishes with this:

Suppression of ideas that are seen as being out of the mainstream has become all too common at universities. The creed of the leftist religion is that any difference between people is a result of evil social forces. That's a vision that can lead to the return to the Dark Ages.


Gridlocked in the Beltway Traffic Jam



 

Eason Jordan - CNN Chief News Executive - Accuses US Military Of Targeting and Killing US and Foreign Reporters

Rony Abovitz posts a detailed description of a meeting held to discuss medial and the war. During the meeting, Eason Jordan accused the US military of purposely targeting and killing both US and foreign reporters and media personel. I'm sure that there are tons of conspiracy theorists out there who believe this but none are running CNNs news division. The fact that the chief news executive has such outlandish things to say about the US miliary and their actions just puts an exclamation point on the "left and getting lefter" slant which has been CNN since it became Fox New's red headed step child. Hugh Hewitt has posted his radio interiew with Rony Abovitz which expands on the above linked original article concerning Jordans rant.

At a discussion moderated by David R. Gergen, the Director for Public Leadership, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, the concept of truth, fairness, and balance in the news was weighed against corporate profit interest, the need for ratings, and how the media can affect democracy. The panel included Richard Sambrook, the worldwide director of BBC radio, U.S. Congressman Barney Frank, Abdullah Abdullah, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, and Eason Jordan, Chief News Executive of CNN. The audience was a mix of journalists, WEF attendees (many from Arab countries), and a US Senator from Connecticut, Chris Dodd.

During one of the discussions about the number of journalists killed in the Iraq War, Eason Jordan asserted that he knew of 12 journalists who had not only been killed by US troops in Iraq, but they had in fact been targeted. He repeated the assertion a few times, which seemed to win favor in parts of the audience (the anti-US crowd) and cause great strain on others.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

 

Democratic Response New Level of Partisan Hackery

Democrats Give a 'No' to privatized As if Nancy Pelosi was not a hateful and negative enough person, her "No" sermon (Democratic Response) was just more liberal whining. Any second grader could have written their response, it just would have been easier to understand phrased as "nu-uh", "fraid not", and "I know you are but what am I".

Keeping with the recent tradition of loudly protesting every time the President opens his mouth (usually before he has said anything), the group shouted "No" when Bush mentioned the Social Security system is heading for bankruptcy. They also yelled out when he mentioned privatizing a small part of younger workers Social Security withholding.

Congressional Democrats cried "No!" each time Bush said that the Social Security
system was bankrupt. They sat stonily when he suggested allowing younger workers to invest a portion of their Social Security taxes in private accounts.
The saddest thing is that this is the strategy which lost them the presidential race and legislative seats: go negative and oppose anything Bush says. I swear, if Bush came out on the side of dogs, the dems would immediately become cat people. So what are they really opposing. Bush proposed last night that no change would occur in the current system if you were 55 or older. For younger people, personal retirement accounts would be slowly phased in over years and max out at 4% (yes, a whopping 4%) of your total Social Security withholding. So the democrats are against you keeping more of your own money to fund your own retirement. Apparently they also think that Social Security is doing fine. I wonder when they think we should fix Social Security - wait until 2020, 2040??? The amazing thing about Bush's proposal is that it is completely opposite of most legislative work in that it tries to fix a problem which has not yet reached catastrophic level (but will) and does so slowly, over time so as not to adversely affect many people tomorrow.

Finally, Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas - who has never ending uninformed and ignorant comments (and living in TX for the last year I've heard them all) brings up an exit strategy:

"I believe we need to begin to talk about an exit strategy, and I didn't hear
that tonight," said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas.
As I've posted before and Bush plainly said last night, artificial dates for an exit strategy do not allow for real time adjustment based on events "on the ground" and simply give terrorist and murderers a reason to wait us out then begin all over again. This Democratic talking point is a dead horse and they need to figure that out before the mid term elections or they will all be labeled as anti-military and loose all over again.

Finally, to add on the negative nellying, here are some of the other particularly partisan and meaningless quotes:

"I had no idea W stood for Wall Street," said Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter of
New York.
(Did you stay up all night thinking of that one?)
Sen. Charles
Schumer, also of New York, declared: "We will not allow the president to play
retirement roulette and turn Social Security into social insecurity." (Scare
tactics - always a dem favorite)
And Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California
said: "When it came to specifics of a domestic program, they just weren't
there."(Try listening next time - every camera shot of Feinstein was her talking
to the person she was seated next to)

Rep. John D. Dingell of Michigan said
that Bush's Social Security proposal reminded him of "that New Coke from the
1980s — the name on the can was the same, but nobody could stomach what was
inside." (must have pulled the all nighter with McIntosh)



Wednesday, February 02, 2005

 

Soros, Moore and Carter Speechless - Too Good To Last

Apparently the success of the Iraq elections has the lefties silent. While the silence of the critics of bringing democracy to the middle east is deafening, it will never last long. My suspicion is that these guys spent hours shining their articles or web posts on how just one day after the elections, a marine had been captured, only to find out it was a GI Joe Hoax.
Billionaire Bush-basher George Soros and left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore
were among critics of the administration's Iraq policy who had no comment after
millions of Iraqis went to the polls in their nation's first free elections in
decades. The Carter Center determined that the security
situation in Iraq was going to be too dangerous to send election monitors, so
the Atlanta-based human rights organization founded by former President Jimmy
Carter posted its personnel in neighboring Jordan.

Asked whether the Carter Center had a comment on the election, spokeswoman
Kay Torrance said: "We wouldn't have any 'yea' or 'nay' statement on Iraq."

In fact, their silence has already broken. For the first time that I can remember, the Democrats have delivered the response to the state of the union before the President has given the speech. Now they already told us that they know everything and that we are all stupid, but I didn't know that the Democrats could see into the future. (I realize the text and content of the state of the union have already been released to some but giving the rebuttal before the speech seems just a tad lame)

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

 

Oh No! We Suck Again!

We beat an arguably good team (Washington), which we should do at home. Then we follow it up with a loss AT HOME to Washington State. This is pathetic. We had beaten Wazzu an amazing 38 times in a row. That's 19 years without a loss. I wasn't even in high school the last time UofA lost to WSU. I believe in putting your foot on the throat of an opponent, then pressing down firmly. Never let them believe that they can beat you.

Now a loss is a loss, but a loss at home to a perennial Pac-10 doormat is a bad loss. The NCAA selection committee looks at the quality of losses as well as the quality of wins. If we remain in the 12-16 range in the polls, expect us to be looking at a 5-6 seed, and possibly out of the West region. The Selection Committee has proven itself to be exceptionally harsh on the UofA come seeding time, and this year should be no different. And we should note this loss as the reason why.

Personal Note: wait, this is a blog - it's all personal. Dick Bennett is an ass. He went from Big-10 respectability to Pac-10 doormat. Now he's gloating in his rare win on the road with his boring-ball style of basketball. The last time games went this slow, Dr. James Naismith was hanging up peach baskets before contests. Enjoy it while you can, Dick - cause it won't last.

 

AP News Tricked By GI Joe Doll

Little Green Footballs has completely embarrassed the associated press. AP ran a story which was mostly information taken from a militant islamist website that had a picture of a so-called captured American soldier. The only problem is that the picture is of a GI Joe doll, not even a human. It's just incredible how far the MSM will go to spread negative stories about the war in Iraq. Compare the flood of negative stories regarding Iraq with the one day of good news regarding their successful election. Check out the LGF link, they have the AP picture along with the GI Joe - in the box.

Monday, January 31, 2005

 

Obese Lawmaker Does Not Blame McDonalds

N.D. Weighs Who's to Blame for Obesity North Dakota lawmakers are taking on the people who blame the fast food industry for their obesity. They are also taking on the trial lawyers who are also to blame for the lawsuits that claim the crafty advertisements of Burger King and McDonalds overpowers one's self discipline and personal responsibility.
"We cannot, and we should not, hold Burger King, McDonald's .... and Taco Bell, restaurants that serve food that people like to eat, responsible," said Rep. Ron Iverson, R-Fargo. "The reason I'm fat is because I make bad food choices, and I don't exercise."

"We need to have personal responsibility for our actions, and we don't want to create an environment in North Dakota where people are suing others for their own actions," he said.

Iverson said restaurants "do not force me to pay for their product, and they do not force me to eat it. I do that."

Hallelujah!!!! Sure that is not the politically correct thing to say but it's so true. In college, thanks to a steady diet of burgers, burritos, beer and the couch, I topped out at 220 pounds. Since then, I have dropped back to a more respectable 180. I never for one instant tried to blame the Student Union (Louie’s Lower Level being the biggest culprit), or any of the all night fast food restaurants for my obesity. Certainly Ronald McDonald had no influence on my lack of any activity which might cause an elevated heart rate.

Let's not forget about our friends the trial lawyers. Now before you jump all over me for attacking an entire group for a complete lack of morals, just ask yourself - of the "good" lawyers you know, how many of them are fighting, or at least outspoken against their rotten colleagues. Anyway, no good "blame everybody else first" lawsuit gets underway without the help of our friends, the trial lawyers. And they see the writing on the wall when legislators try to curb their business:
Paula Grosinger, director of the North Dakota Trial Lawyers' Association, called the legislation a knee-jerk reaction to a New York lawsuit that was later dismissed. The legislation would give the food industry legal protection that other industries do not have, Grosinger said.

Apparently, Grosinger has not read the news that the McDonalds case has been re-opened. She followed with this gem:
"Our juries are capable of making these decisions about the merits of a case," Grosinger said.

Oh sure, trust the juries. No jury have every made a crazy verdict - well maybe that 2.7 million dollars for hot coffee - but none since, right? Wrong - it happens all the time!

Sunday, January 30, 2005

 

You wanted us to pull out when?

CNN.com

Today marks a historic day in Iraqi history - free elections were held for the first time following the fall of Sadaam's regime. This represents a crucial point in their history - This point will be remembered as the moment Iraqis began to learn again to govern themselves.

While the violence was expected, it was greatly reduced due to the efforts of the joint Iraqi and American forces.

Fortunately, the Iraqi people were able to enjoy free elections due to the character and resolve of the American Government. Thinking back to our recent election, I believe that if we had a leadership change (*cough* Kerry *cough*), there would be no elections, no peace, and no direction for the Iraqi people.

Just remember who got the job done.

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