Blair "Astonished" by U.S. Media Coverage of Memos
Welcome to the U.S. media world, Tony. Just like in the UK, a story doesn't have to be true to be reported - as long as it might hurt President Bush.
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"The Towne of Weare has five people on the Board of Selectmen. If three of them vote to use the power of eminent domain to take this land from Mr. Souter we can begin our hotel development."
The survey found that only one in eight Americans currently favors an immediate pullout of U.S. forces, while a solid majority continues to agree with Bush that the United States must remain in Iraq until civil order is restored -- a goal that most of those surveyed acknowledge is, at best, several years away.
``Frankly speaking, both of us deserve an invitation to visit Washington, D.C.,'' the vice president said, noting that their visits to U.S. soil are sharply restricted.
``If Mr. Arafat, if the Dalai Lama, can go, why can't we? We are freedom fighters,'' Lu said, referring to the deceased head of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the exiled religious leader of Tibet. ``Both of us received many awards in terms of freedom or human rights or peace. We certainly deserve an invitation.''
She has a good point. I think the problem with Taiwan is that it is simply too successful, despite attempts by China to prevent its success. Despite the enormous Chinese military buildup and its intent to "take back" Taiwan, people around the world look at the wealth of Taiwan and seem not to care about its freedom.
Alexandra Hildebrandt, director of the private Checkpoint Charlie Museum, said a demolition crew has been scheduled to arrive at the site of Checkpoint Charlie at 4 a.m. next Monday to remove the memorial, made up of 1,067 crosses representing people killed trying to escape from East Berlin.
Above all, he was honorable. Gehrig was the first athlete to appear on a box of Wheaties. Then General Foods paid him to drop his affiliation with the breakfast of champions in favor of one of its products, Huskies. On a radio appearance he was asked what made him so strong, and, by force of habit, he blurted out "Wheaties."
He wrote to General Foods, offering to return the money. The company refused — it actually earned more publicity with the flub than it would have if he'd made no mistake.
"I have now put some people to work to find these bastards," he told the Ten Network today.
"I invested about $50,000 so far and we will get them one by one."
All I can do is wish him luck. That's probably what the terrorists need to experience.
A spokeswoman at Winfrey's Harpo Productions confirmed the Daily News version of the story, saying that the incident was "Oprah's 'Crash' moment" -- a reference to the film in which racism unfolds in complex, subtle and surprising interactions. Winfrey also contacted Hermes' U.S. president to inform him of the incident. She plans to tell the story on her show when it returns from hiatus in September.
Rights groups showed a smuggled video Thursday of hundreds of thousands of poor Zimbabweans living in the open in the winter cold after the government tore down their homes in what it describes as an urban renewal project.
At news conferences in Africa and at the United Nations, more than 200 international human rights and civic groups said the campaign, known as Operation Drive Out Trash, was "a grave violation of international human rights law and a disturbing affront to human dignity."
General Abizaid had just returned from a visit to Iraq, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa, where he said he was surprised at how many American commanders and soldiers asked whether the military was losing support at home for their missions overseas. "It was a real concern," he said.Perhaps we should take Abe Lincoln's advice:
"Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hanged."
This would be the first time in our nation's history that we have created an extra-constitutional race-based government out of a group of American citizens. Moreover, were this bill to become law, this new race-based government would be allowed to deny its constituents the protections afforded by the 1st, 5th and 14th Constitutional Amendments because they would not apply to the new "tribal government."
"Officials have said the bank will operate in keeping with Islamic laws, which means no interest would be paid or charged on deposits and loans."
Dozens of relatives of people killed in the 2001 terrorist attacks are opposing plans for a freedom museum at ground zero, saying it would spoil the site's solemnity by injecting controversy and political debate.
"It doesn't belong at a memorial," said Charles Wolf, whose wife, Katherine, died in the World Trade Center collapse. "You wouldn't put a debate about Nazism and authoritarianism at Dachau."
Sixteen foreign-born construction workers with phony immigration documents were able to enter a nuclear weapons plant in eastern Tennessee because of lax security controls, a federal report said Monday.
In hundreds of pages of sworn testimony obtained by The Associated Press, senior FBI managers argued repeatedly that Middle East and anti-terrorism experience aren't required for promotion and that they see little difference between solving a traditional crime and a terror attack.
"A bombing case is a bombing case," said Dale Watson, the FBI's terrorism chief in the two years after Sept. 11, 2001. "A crime scene in a bank robbery case is the same as a crime scene, you know, across the board."
"They [Bush Administration officials] don't write, they don't call, they don't send flowers," said Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher, California Democrat and chairwoman of the House New Democrat Coalition.
"[Guantanamo] either needs to be closed down or cleaned up." "It's time that there are no more stories coming out of there about people being abused."
"I still don't think you can just hold these people forever," he said. "I think sooner or later you've got to move or let them go... it is just inimical to a free society."
"I'm proof positive that ... the current policies of the American and Australian governments are the right ones," Wood said.
"I think the quicker we hire, recruit, train police and the Iraq Army up to speed, then, when they're fully engaged and ready, they can start going around door to door and start developing confidence in the Iraq population," he said.
Actually, today I had to defend the Bush Administration in France again. They refuse to accept, because of their political ideology, that he has actually done more than any American President for Africa. But it's empirically so.
Bush's radio address is part of a series of appearances and speeches in the coming weeks aimed at countering poll ratings that are near their lowest levels on both the Iraq war and the economy.
Figures from the European Environment Agency show that only France, Germany, Sweden and the UK have any hope of cutting their energy use in time to meet their targets and that most countries are now falling well behind.
Chris Green, the Lib Dems' environment spokesman in the European parliament, said: "The upward trend in European emissions is very worrying. These figures put in doubt the EU's commitment to fighting climate change.
One knowledgeable official familiar with the memo cited by Durbin as well as other memos said the FBI agent made no such allegation and that the memo described only someone chained to the floor. Anything beyond that is simply an interpretation, the official said.
Goldberg names names, counting down the villains in his rogues' gallery from 100 all the way to 1 -- and, yes, you-know-who is number 37. Some supposedly "serious" journalists also made the list, including the journalist-diva who sold out her integrity and hosted one of the dumbest hours in the history of network television news. And there are those famous miscreants who have made America a nastier place than it ought to be -- a far more selfish, vulgar, and cynical place.
The International Freedom Center, now notorious for their plan to install a large “Why The World Hates America” exhibit at the site of the former World Trade Center with input from Human Rights First, the ACLU, and radical leftist Columbia professors, has issued a new statement that makes their agenda even more clear; Take Back The Memorial has a devastating, must-read point-by-point response.
Cox & Forkum’s Allen Forkum also has some on-target comments.
In Virginia's primary races Tuesday, several Republicans who voted for the biggest tax increase in the commonwealth's history in 2004 faced single-issue anti-tax challengers. The most vocal of those pro-tax incumbents was so embattled that he withdrew from the race. Another was trounced, two-to-one, by a twentysomething political neophyte. Two others barely won, and in the statewide contests to select the GOP's Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General nominees, the tax hike defenders were upset by anti-tax challengers. Several other tax-raising Republicans beat back challenges more comfortably, but we suspect they also got the voter message.
GOP taxpayers had reason to be upset because they now know the $1.4 billion tax increase was sold under false pretenses. Democratic Governor Mark Warner -- who had won in 2001 on a no-new-taxes-pledge -- argued that it was necessary to balance the state budget even as the reviving economy was creating a new revenue surge. This year Virginia is sitting on a $1.5 billion surplus thanks to a 14% rise in tax revenues.
Will this surplus now be returned to taxpayers? Will it be used to kill the state's hated car tax, as Republicans once promised? Guess again. Mr. Warner and the legislators are spending the new money as fast as it comes in.
"The world already knows Carl Everett believes dinosaurs never roamed the planet. After all, there's no mention of them in the Bible."
"Gays being gay is wrong. Two women can't produce a baby, two men can't produce a baby, so it's not how it's supposed to be. . . . I don't believe in gay marriages. I don't believe in being gay."
Israel thus finds itself alone in the ring with the Iranian nuclear menace. Nothing now remains to stop Tehran attaining its goal of a nuclear bomb or bombs by the end of 2006 or early 2007 - except for the extreme eventuality of direct Israeli military action against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Paul Volcker says he and his U.N. Oil-for-Food gumshoes are "urgently investigating" new evidence that Secretary-General Kofi Annan knew a lot more than he's let on about the lucrative contract awarded to a company, Cotecna, that had retained his son Kojo.
We can understand Volcker's sense of urgency — because if a newly uncovered memo is accurate, it completely undercuts the most important finding of his Independent Inquiry Committee report three months ago.
The Volcker group said that no evidence linked Annan to the U.N.'s multimillion-dollar deal with Cotecna. But the memo, first disclosed by The New York Times, looks to be just that.
It's dated Dec. 4, 1998 — one week before the firm got the contract. In it, Cotecna Vice President Michael Wilson — a friend of both Kofi Annan and his son Kojo — writes that he'd recently had "brief discussions with the SG and his entourage" about the contract. And that Kofi & Co. advised him that "we could count on their support."
To be sure, Cotecna has admitted that its officials held at least two private meetings with Kofi Annan before the contract was awarded. But both the secretary-general and Cotecna's chairman, Elie Massey, claimed that the company's interest in joining the Oil-for-Food program was never raised.
The 1998 memo says otherwise.
Moreover, part of the memo suggests strongly that Kojo Annan was present at the summit of Francophone leaders where the meeting with his father took place, although it does not say whether he was at the meeting. And Kofi Annan has denied knowing that his son was employed by Cotecna.
The French TV Channel 5 stated today that a ransom of 75 millions US Dollars was paid to Haiyat Ulama Moslemen of Hareth Al-Thari to release the French journalist Florence Aubenas. The TV stated that this ransom was paid to save Jacque Chirac in the next election. FA was kidnapped in Jan 2005 by one of the terrorists group which has a link with Al-Thari group. Althari is like the God-father for the terrorists groups and the outside negotiations with the kidnappers always occur through him and his group.
"Although he never visited Hungary, Ronald Reagan was the American president who most contributed to the democratic changes in this country," said Democratic Forum councilman Laszlo Szoke. "He was one of the most meaningful conservative politicians who helped end communism.
Mr Berg said that government policy was triggering deforestation because of "the liability forest owners potentially face if, after harvest, they don't replant forests originally planted before 1990. This could be paying up to $25,000 a hectare."
Fiscal year-to-date withheld tax receipts are up a respectable 7.3 percent. But the real story is a 35 percent gain in non-withheld income, meaning capital gains, dividends, and self-employed unincorporated businesses. This is the fullest impact of the Laffer curve..
But spending is too high. Tax cuts on dividends and cap gains may pay for themselves. Conceivably the budget gap could fall below $300 billion. But if discretionary spending ex-defense and homeland security were held to Bush's 1 percent instead of 6.4 percent, then the deficit would be approaching $250 billion, or only 2% of GDP
The point is the world's Muslims seem entirely cool with Infidel Bob razing a mosque. Unlike the fallout over Newsweek's fraudulent story about the Quran being flushed down a toilet, no excitable young men went bananas in Pakistan; no western progressives berated Mugabe for his "cultural insensitivity." And sadly most of the big shot Muslim spokespersons were still too busy flaying the Bush administration to whip their subjects into a frenzy over Hatcliffe Extension's pile of Islamic rubble.
If you buy a shirt today that was made in Honduras or Nicaragua, there is a greater than 70 percent chance that it is made of U.S.-produced fabric; the chance that a competing product from China would be made of U.S. components is less than one-tenth of 1 percent.
Kerry has said that he may have used a poor choice of words when he cited other veterans' reports of atrocities as being ''in a fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan." But his basic analysis was sound: Vietnamese and Americans were dying needlessly because the war was a mistake, and US policymakers allowed it to continue even though they were aware that their strategy for victory was failing.
In what could be a unique move nationally, the Philadelphia School District will require every high school student to take a separate course in African and African-American history to graduate, starting with September's freshman class.
In this article, which I would guess to be about 8,000 words or more, there is not one hint, not one whisper, of sympathy for the American soldiers who fought and died or were maimed in Vietnam. Not one sliver of anger at a man who took American money and helped kill Americans. Not a word about the mass murder of civilians during Tet.
If the New Yorker is one of the flagships of the Mainstream Media fleet, they are sailing in maddeningly disloyal, contemptuous waters and obviously have been for a while. Small wonder the media gloried in Mark Felt and Watergate last week. In those days, Americans actually trusted the Mainstream Media. The New Yorker piece by Prof. Bass makes it clear how wrong we were. He's a fine writer but a man whose piece lacks any moral compass at all. And what of the fellow journalists in Saigon cheering him on? Now we know a bit more about why the war turned out as it did.
1) Accelerated child tax credits – No pro-growth impact. The child tax credit was increased to $1,000 per eligible child. This provision did nothing to improve economic performance since the credits were not tied to economic activity.
2) Reduced tax on new business investment – Significant pro-growth impact. The legislation immediately reduced the “depreciation” tax on new business investment and also expanded the amount of investment that small businesses could “expense” in the year when the cost was incurred, meaning no tax on new investment.
3) Accelerated income tax rate reductions – Significant pro-growth impact. The 2001 legislation included income tax rate reductions, but most of those reductions were postponed until 2004 and 2006. The 2003 tax cut made those lower tax rates effective immediately.
4) Reduction in double-taxation of dividends and capital gains – Significant pro-growth impact. The legislation included provisions that reduced the double-tax on both dividends and capital gains to 15 percent. These reductions took place immediately, thus ensuring no incentive to postpone pro-growth activity.
5) Payment to the states – Moderate anti-growth impact. The 2003 tax legislation included a $20 billion spending increase to subsidize state government spending. This provision resulted in a transfer of resources from the productive sector of the economy to the government.
As a bonus, the Senate will confirm on Thursday Michigan nominees David McKeague and Richard Griffin, nominated to the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati, said Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.
a. Clean gloves will be put on in full view of the detainees prior to handling.
b. Two hands will be used at all times when handling the Koran in manner signaling respect and reverence. Care should be used so that the right hand is the primary one used to manipulate any part of the Koran due to the cultural association with the left hand. Handle the Koran as if it were a fragile piece of delicate art.
c. Ensure that the Koran is not placed in offensive areas such as the floor, near the toilet or sink, near the feet, or dirty/wet areas.