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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Missing The Bigger Picture

The New York Times has an article this morning ("Bloggers Drive Inquiry on How Altered Images Saw Print") on the fake Adnan Hajj photo that was picked up and published by Reuters. The Times rightly gives credit to the weblog world (in fact it was Charles Johnson) for bringing it to the attention of the public.

In the course of paying tribute though, the Times reporters, Katherine Q. Seelye and Julie Bosman, have this:
The matter has created an uproar on the Internet, where many bloggers see an anti-Israel bias in Mr. Hajj’s manipulations, which made the damage from Israeli strikes into Beirut appear worse than the original pictures had.
I think it's fair to say that the entire planet can see the anti-Israel bias in Hajj's efforts. What concerns many bloggers, concerns that have been expressed for years, is Reuters' unmistakable anti-Israel (and anti-America) bias.

This fraud can't be pinned on the London-based news service but it fits their mold. In the weblog community, Reuters didn't gain the nickname al-Reuters for nothing. It earned it.

Photo courtesy of Reuters.
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Is It Oddo To Smoke Goode Weed?

It seems appropriate for the oddballs making up the fringe Green Party to nominate a real oddo to run for Congress. They have done just that:

Joseph Oddo to run for Green Party
by Bill Wyatt, Martinsville Daily

Virgil Goode and Al Weed aren’t the only ones running for [Virginia's] 5th District Congressional seat. Joseph Oddo, a Charlottesville realtor with the Green Party says he wants the job. (
Considering their quirky worldviews, expect the folks over in Charlottesville to embrace this oddoty.

When Parents Become Frightened Children

20 Girl Scouts went camping up in Loudoun County. While there, they saw a bat. They therefore are each going to undergo an excruciatingly painful rabies vaccination. Only in America:

20 Girl Scout campers taking rabies shots

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) -- Twenty Girl Scouts are receiving protective vaccinations after being warned they might have been exposed to rabies at a northern Virginia camp, Loudoun County health officials said.

It is unlikely that any of the girls were infected by bats while staying at Camp Potomac Woods near Leesburg from June 18 through July 22.

Health officials notified the parents of nearly 1,000 girls about rabies concerns after one girl told her mother that she had seen a bat in her cabin. (

We have a testing process we put citizens through in order for them to be granted the privilege of driving a car. This story makes me wonder if we shouldn't have a parenthood test as well.

Those poor kids ...

I Hear The Peal Of A Distant Bell

Unemployment numbers spiked in July; crude oil futures hit $76.69 yesterday; the producer price index took a jump last month; and my mother is paying $3.29 a gallon for her gas.

If all that doesn't send a signal, there's now this:
U.S. productivity slows
Economists say drop, along with labor-cost acceleration, is certain to raise inflation fears at the Fed
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The efficiency of American workers slowed sharply in the spring while a key gauge of labor costs rose at the fastest rate since late 2004.

The Labor Department reported that productivity -- he amount of output per hour of work -- slowed to an annual rate of increase of 1.1 percent in the April-June quarter, down from a 4.3 percent rate in the first three months of the year.

Labor costs, as measured by each unit of output, rose at an annual rate of 4.2 percent in the spring, the fastest since the final three months of 2004 and up sharply from a 2.5 percent rate of increase in the first three months of this year. (link)

I'm not worried about inflation. I'm planning for it. A word of advice.

McCain Supporter Bounced In Michigan

I suppose it says something about politics in America in 2006 that on the same day that the Democratic party in Connecticut threw a moderately liberal senator over the side (see below), the Republican party in Michigan threw a moderately liberal congressman over the side as well:
Michigan Republican Loses Party’s Nomination
By The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- Republican Rep. Joe Schwarz lost his party's nomination Tuesday, falling to a staunchly conservative challenger in a primary race dominated by a struggle over GOP principles that attracted more than $1 million in spending by outside groups.

Schwarz, a moderate who supported abortion rights, was defeated by former state lawmaker Tim Walberg. With 92 percent of precincts reporting, Walberg had 53 percent, or 31,869 votes, to 47 percent for Schwarz, or 28,168 votes.

Schwarz, who was backed by President Bush and Arizona Sen. John McCain, was forced to defend his views on social issues along with taxes, immigration and spending. (
In a different era Schwarz, because of his "views on social issues along with taxes, immigration and spending," would be welcomed into the Democratic party with open arms. Today though, the litmus test has moved to the Iraq war. And Schwarz doesn't fit the Cindy Sheehan mold.

So he's banished to the wilderness. Such is politics.

Cynthia, Ye'll Be 'Sorely' Missed

Sometimes you hate to see people like this depart the national scene:
Democratic Congresswoman Loses Georgia Runoff for Re-election
By Brenda Goodman, The New York Times

ATLANTA, Aug. 8 — A lawyer and former DeKalb County commissioner unseated Cynthia McKinney, the controversial incumbent congresswoman, on Tuesday night in a runoff election for the Democratic nomination in Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District.

The winner, Henry C. Johnson Jr., must still defeat the Republican candidate, Catherine Davis, in November. But as the Democratic nominee in what has historically been considered a safely Democratic seat, he is presumed to already be on his way to Washington. Mr. Johnson led Ms. McKinney by 17 percentage points, winning 58 percent of the vote. (
Today is a sad day. Never again will we be treated to assaults on law enforcement officers in the Capitol building nor will we be entertained with talk about how whitey is the root cause of all America's ills (well, I guess we still have the NAACP ...). No more looney conspiracy theories espoused on the House floor about George Bush plotting 9/11. She's gone but Cynthia McKinney will be long remembered.

Like one remembers a hemorrhoid.

Galloping Toward the Abyss

Democrats in Connecticut decided to send a message to ... other Democrats yesterday. Theirs is the anti-war party and anyone who doesn't like it and support it can get the hell out now.

The party of the ever-shrinking tent:
Lamont Defeats Lieberman in Primary
By Patrick Healy, The New York Times

Ned Lamont, a Connecticut millionaire whose candidacy for the United States Senate soared from nowhere on a fierce antiwar message, won a narrow victory in the Democratic primary last night over the incumbent, Joseph I. Lieberman.

Unofficial returns this morning showed that Mr. Lamont won with 51.8 percent of the vote, with 98 percent of the electoral precincts reporting. (
As everyone expected, Lieberman plans to stay in the race and run as an independent. Assuming there are still a few Republicans in Connecticut, this could get interesting.

In any case, the primary results give further credence to the notion that the Democratic party is marching ever more decisively to the left, leaving mainstream America back at the crossroads waving goodbye.

George McGovern would be proud.

'Mirth Is The Sweet Wine Of Human Life'

How about a joke this morning to keep us all from killing one another this day:
Before the 2001 presidential inauguration, George Bush was invited to a get-acquainted tour of the White House.

After drinking several glasses of iced tea, he asked Bill Clinton if he could use his personal bathroom. When he entered Clinton's private toilet, he was astonished to see that President Clinton had a solid gold urinal.

That afternoon, George told his wife, Laura, about the urinal. "Just think," he said, "when I am president, I could have a gold urinal too. But I wouldn't do something that self-induligible!"

Later when Laura had lunch with Hillary at her tour of the White House, she told Hillary how impressed George had been at his discovery of the fact that, in the President's private bathroom, the President had a gold urinal.

That evening, when Bill and Hillary were getting ready for bed, Hilary smiled, and said to Bill, "I found out who pissed in your saxophone".
A chuckle is a good way to start the day.