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"The real democratic American ideal is, not that every man shall be on a level with every other man, but |
that every man shall have liberty to be what God made him, without hindrance." --Henry Ward Beecher
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Friday, July 25, 2003
Posted 9:04 AM by WiN
Journalistic Integrity - Oxymoron?
It appears to be at Reuters news service. A particularly egregious example occurred recently when they used a reporter's byline over a story she didn't write. Read it, and then decide for yourself whether to ever trust a story from that "news" service again.
Thursday, July 24, 2003
Posted 7:11 PM by WiN
Longing to breathe free
Some things just make you stop and realize just how lucky you are to have been born in America.
Update: Here is perhaps the saddest part of the Herald story:
The U.S. Coast Guard took the dozen Cubans aboard the truck back to the island last weekend.So sad.
Posted 6:36 AM by WiN
Party at Rummy's place!
How did Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld react to the news concerning the Hussein brothers' early demise as a result of accute lead poisoning? Steve has the straight skinny.
Wednesday, July 23, 2003
Posted 11:56 AM by WiN
He knows. He's known now for hours...
I know the Carnival's up, but if you want to read some really good hraka, go read Bigwig's Denouement.
Just six months ago the fear of his sons covered an entire nation. Today they discovered it had shrunken so much that it no longer covered even a single household.It won't have the legs that Hoist by their own petain had, but it's another masterpiece.
Posted 8:27 AM by WiN
Making the Carnival rounds with Nurse Joanie
Go make the rounds of Blog General over at DaGoddess. It happens to be CotV #44, which I personally think is pretty appropriate for Joanie (hint: check her blogroll). Enjoy!
Monday, July 21, 2003
Posted 8:29 AM by WiN
Bush - Master Baiter?
For the better part of two weeks now, leftists and their liberal press lapdogs have been roiling over the "Bush Lied" story-cum-political-talking-point. The eye of the storm is the now-famous assertion by Bush during this year's SOTU address that "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa". Whether or not Saddam actually succeeded in obtaining uranium "yellowcake" from any of the uranium-rich sub-Saharan African countries is still unclear, if not improbable. But the fact that he sought to obtain fuel for a possible resumption of his nuclear weapons program is practically incontrovertible. Not only does British intelligence stand by the assertion, relying on information rumored to have been obtained through French intelligence by one of that country's numerous business and governmental contacts with Saddam's regime, but the most recent American National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) also points to multiple such attempts. Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard gives an excellent recap of what he terms "The Phony Scandal" in this this story from the July 28th issue of the magazine.
Finally, last week, the truth started to emerge. At his press conference with President Bush, Prime Minister Blair said, "In case people should think that the whole idea of a link between Iraq and Niger was some invention, in the 1980s we know for sure that Iraq purchased round about 270 tons of uranium from Niger." The White House, for its part, had had enough and started what it's calling a "counteroffensive."But the question remains, for conservatives, what caused this uproar in the first place? Democrats are obviously extremely frustrated at this point. They saw the wheels come off of their seemingly unstoppable political juggernaut of the early 90's with the loss of the House majority, the emasculation of one of their pet entitlement programs, the impeachment of their favorite President, the subsequent failure of his anointed successor to steal the 2000 election, and most recently a humiliating string of laughably bad predictions of gloom and doom surrounding the fall of Afghanistan and Iraq and the war on terror in general. But Bush is vulnerable - on unemployment, the weak economic recovery, the deficit, massive illegal immigration and the exodus of high-paying jobs off-shore - but here they are making idiots of themselves trying to make a case for impeachment over one throw-away statement in a SOTU address. Heck, if the GOP had made a similar stink about the obvious whopper Clinton unleashed about the "era of Big Government" being "over", they would have been laughed out of town, and rightly so.
Bill Kristol thinks there's another explanation:
Almost two weeks ago, the president ordered his White House staff to bollix up its explanation of that now-infamous 16-word "uranium from Africa" sentence in his State of the Union address. As instructed, and with the rhetorical ear and political touch for which they have become justly renowned, assorted senior administration officials, named and unnamed, proceeded to unleash all manner of contradictory statements. The West Wing stood by the president's claim. Or it didn't. Or the relevant intelligence reports had come from Britain and were faulty. Or hadn't and weren't. Smelling blood, just as they'd been meant to, first the media--and then the Democratic party--dove into the resulting "scandal" head first and fully clothed.He goes on to conclude:
God knows the Bush administration is not beyond criticism for either its prewar planning or its execution of postwar reconstruction efforts. And it would be a valuable contribution to our politics if such criticism were mounted by the Democratic party--acting as an intelligent, loyal opposition. But it's a free country, and if the Democrats prefer instead to act as a pathologically disgruntled lunatic fringe, then it'll be their problem more than anyone else's.It would be humorous, if it weren't so pathetic, how the entire Left has gone chasing after this rabbit trail like a misguided pack of hunting dogs, with the DLC acting as their hysterical owners trying desperately to call them back onto the trail of the real prey. Whether or not they get them back in time to avert almost certain disaster in November 2004 is in doubt, but right now the odds don't look too good to me.
Posted 7:14 AM by WiN
Dennis Miller gives his take on a possible Senate run by sleaze-meister Jerry Springer:
...maybe if we one day glimpse C-Span and see Jerry Springer actually being sworn into the United States Senate it will shock us--like Charlton Heston in "Planet of the Apes" looking up and seeing the chimp on top of the pony--and trigger some much needed electoral reform. Say, an IQ Quizometer on the door of the voting booth where you have to get seven out of 10 current-events questions right before you're allowed in to cast your ballot. All right, settle down, liberals. Make that four out of 10.How about at least being able to show poll monitors a couple of recent paycheck stubs? Or how about the official results of a citizenship-style American history/government exam - 60% or better and you get a ballot? Like that would ever happen.
My Bloginality is INFP
AN OPEN LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF IRAN FROM THE WEBLOGGING COMMUNITY
We are not politicians, nor are we generals. We hold no power to dispatch diplomats to negotiate; we can send no troops to defend those who choose to risk their lives in the cause of freedom.
What power we have is in our words, and in our thoughts. And it is that strength which we offer to the people of Iran on this day.
Across the diverse and often contentious world of weblogs, each of us has chosen to put aside our differences and come together today to declare our unanimity on the following simple principles:
- That the people of Iran are allies of free men and women everywhere in the world, and deserve to live under a government of their own choosing, which respects their own personal liberties
- That the current Iranian regime has failed to create a free and prosperous society, and attempts to mask its own failures by repression and tyranny
We do not presume to know what is best for the people of Iran; but we are firm in our conviction that the policies of the current government stand in the way of the Iranians ability to make those choices for themselves.
And so we urge our own governments to turn their attention to Iran. The leaders and diplomats of the world's democracies must be clear in their opposition to the repressive actions of the current Iranian regime, but even more importantly, must be clear in their support for the aspirations of the Iranian people.
And to the people of Iran, we say: You are not alone. We see your demonstrations in the streets; we hear of your newspapers falling to censorship; and we watch with anticipation as you join the community of the Internet in greater and greater numbers. Our hopes are with you in your struggle for freedom. We cannot and will not presume to tell you the correct path to freedom; that is for you to choose. But we look forward to the day when we can welcome your nation into the community of free societies of the world, for we know with deepest certainty that such a day will come
A personal note: I have only had one Iranian acquaintance in my life, but I definitely considered him a friend. While I was in college (second time round) I had a part-time job as a self-serve gas station attendant. The senior employee was an engineering student named Rahim. The school I attended had (and probably still has) a significant middle-eastern student population, a lot of them in engineering. This was also during a period (mid-eighties) when Iran was not a popular place to be from (Iatolla Khomeini era). Since he was obviously middle-eastern, people would sometimes ask him, "Where are you from?" to which he would reply, with a sly grin "Persia".
He was not very political, so the topic of Iranian politics rarely came up. Occasionally he would show me some propaganda sheet he had picked up on campus, written in Farsi, and translate some of it for me. He also delighted in the ridiculous political cartoons showing Uncle Sam in various uncomplimentary poses. He seemed to regard the whole thing as humorous, but he got very serious when he spoke on rare occasion about the danger his relations back home faced from the oppressive regime. He had married an American and intended to stay here, at least until things got better back home.
I can't count the number of times he helped me out with work-related situations like swapping shifts and taking over for me in emergency situations. I gladly did the same for him. He was especially enamored with a nice "fuzzbuster" I had that I used for my many trips to Dallas. He borrowed it for a couple of trips he had to make to El Paso, where a former professor was holding a term paper of his "hostage" and he was negotiating to have the paper approved in order to get credit for the course, which was holding up his degree. He returned from his trips singing the praises of the magical device.
I lost track of him, of course, after I quit the job but to this day he is the face of Iran to me - friendly, helpful and a little mischievous, with a heart of gold. I wish him and all the people of Iran good will and the blessings of freedom.