Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Google Earth helps raise Darfur genocide awarenessNeato. I'm going to go home this evening, pop some popcorn, fire up the Compaq, and settle in for some engrossing entertainment.
By Kathleen Miller, Special To The Washington Times
Darfur refugee Daowd Salih estimates only 2,000 to 3,000 homes in his native Sudan have access to the Internet, but he just hopes one person there is web-savvy: Sudanese President Omar Bashir.
Mr. Salih joined representatives from the U.S. Holocaust Museum and Google Inc. yesterday to introduce an online mapping initiative designed to call attention to conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan. (link)
Now the U.N. troops are the ones who are standing just out of harm's way in the baby blue helmets, clipboards in hand, doing the body counts, right?
To laugh. To cry.
U.N. official ducks query on wasted funds
By Betsy Pisik, The Washington Times
New York -- A U.N. conference opened on a note of discord yesterday when the director of a U.N. division responsible for "good governance" refused to discuss charges leveled at his agency of mismanagement, intimidation of staff and wasted money.
Guido Bertucci, director of the Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM), was addressing a conference of public administration specialists when one participant asked about an investigation of a $5 million center for public administration in Thessaloniki, Greece.
The United Nations has opened multiple investigations into the project ... (link)
Kill it. Kill it now. Before it spreads.
"The struggle for racial and gender equality took a hit last week when [radio shock jock Don] Imus took a look at the young ladies on the predominantly black Rutgers team ... "
"Disrespect doesn't end with Imus," The Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 11, 2007
Last week the General Assembly refused to accept Gov. Tim Kaine's amendments to the smoking bill. Yesterday Kaine vetoed the Assembly's legislation. Kaine's amendments would have banned smoking in restaurants. Yesterday's veto keeps things as they are. Restaurateurs still have the option to prohibit smoking. Customers still have the option to boycott establishments that allow cigarettes. (link) [my emphasis]The founding fathers would be proud. We have protected our freedom of choice.
Of course Governor Kaine, not understanding the teachings of those who made this country great, and not giving one whit about our freedoms, intends to ban it next year anyway.
U.S. reverses N. Korea policyBullshit. I would have handled the money for them. All they had to do was call.
By Nicholas Kralev, The Washington Times
The Bush administration, reversing a six-year-old North Korea policy based on deep mistrust, said it will now rely on Pyongyang's "good faith" to ensure that funds released yesterday from a Macao bank are not misused.
Washington had wanted the money to be placed in a bank in a third country, where it could be monitored to ensure it was used only for humanitarian purposes. But with a deadline looming on Saturday for North Korea to shut down its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon, the Americans had been unable to find a bank willing to handle the money. (link)
Why the capitulation? Why the collapse? Why the sordid show of weakness? Are Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright running things again?
This isn't the kind of thing - surrender - that we agreed to when we put this bunch in office.
The (reprehensible) news:
PBS shelves film on moderate MuslimsThe small-minds at PBS (and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting) should be ashamed of themselves.
By Jennifer Harper, The Washington Times
A 52-minute documentary film exploring the struggles of moderate American Muslims at the hands of their radical brethren has also become a showcase for the struggles between right and left in the news media.
The producers of "Islam vs. Islamists" say their taxpayer-funded film has been shelved by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in "an ideological vendetta," and because the production team includes conservative columnist Frank Gaffney Jr., founder of the Center for Security Policy.
"I am incredulous that PBS would invest so much of our tax money into contracting professionals for a documentary on a subject -- the struggle for the soul of Islam -- which is one of the most vital debates of the 21st century and then censor its release," said Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, chairman of the Arizona-based American Islamic Forum for Democracy who is featured in the documentary.
"Until mainstream media and mainstream America understands the need to help this debate and expose the plight of moderates who push back against the Islamists within the Muslim community, we will continue to lose ground against militant Islamism," Dr. Jasser said. "The censorship of this documentary tells us a great deal about the level to which our government is facilitating the ideology of Islamism which runs directly counter to our foundations of Americanism." (link)
Hill Laps Barack In Poll19 points. Reminds me of the unstoppable Howard Dean juggernaut, circa 2004.
By Ian Bishop, The New York Post
April 11, 2007 -- Washington - Barack Obama may be breathing down Hillary Rodham Clinton's neck in the race for campaign cash, but he's eating her dust in a new national poll.
A Gallup survey shows Clinton thumping Obama by 2-to-1 among Democrats, 38 percent to 19 percent.
The poll shows Clinton expanding her lead by 6 points from a similar survey late last month, even as Obama last week unveiled a $25 million fund-raising haul. (link)
After all the hype, all the fawning "news" articles, all the glowing reports on the evening news about Obama's ability to enthrall his legions of adoring fans with his audacious hope, and he gets his ass kicked by Hillary, the woman America is looking forward to hating for eight years, anyway.
Aren't you people paying attention?
Noun: debate di'beyt
1. A discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal
2. The formal presentation of and opposition to a stated proposition
Non-Debate: The Kerry/Gingrich happy slappy that took place yesterday in Washington:
Kerry and Gingrich Hugging Trees -- and (Almost) Each OtherKerry, it can be assumed, simply nodded in agreement. That's called a debate.
By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post
Yesterday's global-warming debate between John Kerry and Newt Gingrich was, as the moderator put it, "advertised as a smack-down and a prizefight."
But something funny happened on the way to 1858. Gingrich, a former Republican House speaker, refused to play Douglas to Kerry's Lincoln, instead positioning himself as a tree-hugging green.
Before Kerry got a word in, Gingrich conceded that global warming is real, that humans have contributed to it and that "we should address it very actively." (link)
It went without acknowledgement, by the way, probably because it interfered with Gingrich having his head buried up Kerry's butt during this "debate" that April, 2007 is on its way to being the coldest on record.
But why let that interfere with collegiality. Comradery. A chance to be on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.
9/11 Plane Passenger ID'dThis man was executed on September 11, 2001. His crime? He was a westerner. A civilized human being - at least in the eyes of those who think of themselves as being civilized human beings. An "infidel" to those who aren't. And don't.
By Stephanie Gaskell, The New York Post
April 11, 2007 -- Alberto Dominguez left his sister's house in Boston on Sept. 11, 2001, and boarded American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the World Trade Center's north tower. Nearly six years later, he is finally home.
The Medical Examiner's Office announced it had identified Dominguez's remains, which were found during the initial search at Ground Zero.
They were identified with the help of new DNA technology.
He joins 1,607 of 2,749 World Trade Center victims who have been identified. (link)
Alberto Dominguez has finally been identified. May he some day rest in peace.
Buildings Called Key Source of City’s Greenhouse Gases
Look, Al Gore telling people to go out and buy those curlicue lightbulbs that give off no light is one thing. But what? We get rid of buildings?
House Subpoenas More U.S. Attorney FilesIs this what we pay these people to get accomplished? Endless, meaningless, redundant, and costly investigations of matters of no importance?
By David Johnson, The New York Times
Washington, April 10 — House Democrats on Tuesday subpoenaed more documents from the Justice Department, ratcheting up efforts to obtain unedited copies of hundreds of documents pertaining to personnel matters surrounding last year’s dismissals of eight United States attorneys.
The new demand for more documents came as Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales spent nearly five hours working with aides in preparation for his appearance next Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Defenders and critics alike say the hearing could determine whether he remains in office.
In addition ... (link)
We want a do-over.
Imus Struggling to Retain Sway as a FranchiseImus's career is on the line over a throwaway line (a feeble attempt at humor) that, in all reality, is no different from hundreds of other utterances he's made over the years about other people, famous and infamous.
By Jacques Steinberg, The New York Times
That Don Imus can be abrasive and offensive is undeniable, but he is also one of the most successful and influential pitchmen in the history of radio, if not broadcasting.
But yesterday, the third day Mr. Imus spent asking for forgiveness for a racially disparaging remark about the Rutgers women’s basketball team, he demonstrated that the brand he was having the hardest time selling was his own.
His plea that the Rutgers team agree to hear his apology directly — a request he renewed yesterday during a live, combative interview on the “Today” program — was answered.
In a midday news conference at the Rutgers University athletic center in Piscataway, N.J., one player said that the team would soon meet privately with Mr. Imus.
Whether Mr. Imus can use the team’s gesture to help save his broadcasting career ... remains unclear. (link)
Here's the ironic part of all this. MSNBC, an NBC step-child that should have been put out of its misery long ago because of its extremely low viewership - had it not been for its number one show, one that consistently brought in a relatively large draw, the Imus In The Morning show - will suffer greatly for this loss. MSNBC may go the way of Don Imus as a result of this unfortunate incident.
All this over a stupid line uttered by an old man trying to get some yucks.
Let's ... stipulate: The Rutgers women's basketball team didn't deserve to be disrespected as "nappy-headed ho's." No woman deserves that. I agree with the athletes that Imus' misogynist mockery was "deplorable, despicable and unconscionable.""The Civility Squad Skirts The Rap Rats," The New York Post, April 11, 2007
But let's take a breath now and look around. Is the Sharpton & Jackson Circus truly committed to cleaning up cultural pollution that demeans women and perpetuates racial epithets? Have you seen the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks chart this week?
Al Sharpton, I am sure, is ready to call a press conference with the National Organization for Women to jointly protest this garbage and protest the radio stations and big pimpin' music companies behind it.
One dumb radio/television shock jock's insult is a drop in the ocean of barbaric filth and anti-female hatred on the radio.
Imus gets a two-week suspension. What kind of relief do we get from this deadening, coarsening, dehumanizing barrage from young, black rappers and their music-industry enablers who have helped turn America into Tourette's Nation?