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  • Say no to AP’s shoddy work

    12/03/2006 6:51:30 AM PST · by baystaterebel · 57 replies · 1,954+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | December 3, 2006 | Jules Crittenden
    When a company defrauds its customers, or delivers shoddy goods, the customers sooner or later are going to take their business elsewhere. But if that company has a virtual monopoly, and offers something its customers must have, they may have no choice but to keep taking it. That’s when the customers, en masse, need to raise a stink. That’s when someone else with the resources needs to seriously consider whether the time is ripe to compete. The Associated Press is embroiled in a scandal. Conservative bloggers, the new media watchdogs, lifted a rock at the AP. Curt at Floppingaces, www.floppingaces2.blogspot.com,...
  • Articles on McConnell stir debate

    10/16/2006 8:08:55 AM PDT · by baystaterebel · 5 replies · 819+ views
    Lexington Herald- Leader ^ | Oct. 14 | James Rosen
    Marilyn W. Thompson, then editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader, faced a problem last year that is afflicting more and more newspaper editors across the country: She wanted to initiate a major reporting project but lacked sufficient resources to finance it. Thompson, who wanted the paper to take a deep look at Mitch McConnell, Kentucky's senior senator, came up with an answer. She would seek support from the Center for Investigative Reporting, a California-based non-profit group that has financed or conducted groundbreaking work in television and print journalism. The idea was approved by Thompson's bosses at Knight Ridder, which owned the...
  • DNC supports vets ...but from which country?

    10/08/2006 8:19:29 AM PDT · by baystaterebel · 22 replies · 865+ views
    Michelle Malkin .com ^ | October 07, 2006 | Michelle Malkin
    A military guy e-mails a weekend website blooper: Thought you might be interested in posting this. The DNC website has a page called Veterans and Military Families where they purpo[r]t to care about the welfare of US troops. Unfortunately they couldn't even find a picture of a US soldier to post on the page. The picture in the Get Involved frame is not a US Army uniform. The soldiers in the background are not in a US uniform either.
  • Mike Sexton to go on The Offensive For Online Poker This Coming Week

    10/08/2006 8:13:02 AM PDT · by baystaterebel · 21 replies · 684+ views
    Poker News ^ | October 07, 2006 | John Caldwell
    It seems the poker world has been under siege for the past week or so. With the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gaming Act a little over as week ago, and the media attention the passing of the bill has gotten, it is starting to feel like the poker world is like it used to be – a small gang of people fighting for the survival of this great game. This coming week, the 'Ambassador of Poker', Mike Sexton is going to fight the good fight in a very public way. PokerNews.com has learned that Sexton is going to embark...
  • Gamblers, online firms look to skirt new rules

    10/03/2006 4:33:53 AM PDT · by baystaterebel · 10 replies · 665+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | Oct 2 | Ben Charny,
    Millions of U.S. online gamblers - and the offshore companies that take their bets over the Internet - began scrambling to find workarounds Monday after Congress passed a law meant to quash the burgeoning business of online wagering. The new rules, which were approved by lawmakers on Saturday and now await President Bush's signature to become law, would ban U.S.-based banks or credit card companies from processing payments for gambling activities that are illegal here. Some of the estimated 12 million to 20 million U.S. online gamblers, commiserating in online forums, already said they planned to set up overseas bank...
  • Analyst Lowers Earnings Estimates for Many Newspaper Companies

    10/03/2006 4:05:56 AM PDT · by baystaterebel · 4 replies · 328+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 02, 2006 | Staff
    Shares of newspaper publishers headed mostly lower Monday after a Deutsche Bank analyst lowered his fourth-quarter and full-year 2007 earnings estimates on some companies. Analyst Paul Ginocchio cut full-year 2007 forecasts on Tribune Co., New York Times Co., McClatchy Co., Belo Corp., Lee Enterprises Inc., E.W. Scripps Co., Washington Post Co., Gannett Co. and Media General Inc. due to weaker-than-expected third-quarter advertising trends. Tribune's full-year earnings per share estimate fell to $1.99 from $2.01, while the New York Times dropped to $1.36 from $1.46. McClatchy's estimate slipped to $2.52 from $2.62 and Media General sagged to $2.37 from $2.44. Belo...
  • Bush to sign bill to prevent Internet gambling

    10/03/2006 2:52:04 AM PDT · by baystaterebel · 47 replies · 1,162+ views
    AFP ^ | Oct 02 | Staff
    US President George W. Bush this week is expected to sign a bill making it harder to place bets on the Internet, a practice which already is illegal in the United States. Bush was expected to act quickly after Congress approved the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act making it illegal for financial institutions and credit card companies to process payments to settle Internet bets. It also created stiff penalties for online wagers. Billions of dollars are wagered online each year and the United States is considered the biggest market. "It is extraordinary how many American families have been touched by...
  • Reaction To Online Gaming Bill Vehement And Outraged

    10/02/2006 4:29:47 AM PDT · by baystaterebel · 92 replies · 2,129+ views
    Poker News ^ | October 02, 2006 | Earl Burton
    Reaction to the online gaming legislation passed in a late night pre-recess session in Congress has been one of outrage as poker lobbying organizations and support groups prepare for the future. Late Friday evening, Congress was able to link a bill regarding online gaming to the latest bill regarding American port security. This bill, which was enacted to prevent another situation such as the Dubai scenario earlier this year (which would have awarded security rights for several coastal cities to a Muslim country), was virtually guaranteed to pass through the Senate. It was with this bill that Senator Bill Frist,...
  • Katie's nip & tuck

    08/30/2006 7:12:08 AM PDT · by baystaterebel · 19 replies · 1,055+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | August 30, 2006 | LLOYD GROVE, RICHARD HUFF and BILL HUTCHINSON
    Katie Couric slimmed down in the blink of a CBS eye. Tiffany Network officials admitted yesterday that an airbrushed photo making the bubbly broadcaster appear several dress sizes smaller appeared in its promotional magazine "Watch!" The incoming "CBS Evening News" anchor said she didn't know about the digitally doctored photo until the September issue of the quarterly glossy landed on her desk. "I liked the first picture better because there's more of me to love," the 49-year-old former NBC "Today" show host said, laughing off the manipulated publicity shot.
  • Hostage Crisis: What is Kofi Annan doing for the kidnapped Israeli soldiers?

    08/28/2006 7:51:50 AM PDT · by baystaterebel · 19 replies · 756+ views
    OpinionJournal ^ | Monday, August 28 | JUDEA PEARL AND RUTH PEARL
    As the parents of Daniel Pearl, The Wall Street Journal's reporter who was kidnapped and brutally murdered in Pakistan in 2002, we share the anguish of the families of the kidnapped Israeli soldiers, and their frustration with the international community for failing to secure the release of their loved ones. For more than six weeks now, these soldiers and their families live each day tortured by unimaginable fears and shattered hopes, praying desperately for the nightmare to end; we relive this nightmare each time an innocent person falls victim to the inhumanity of terrorist abduction. Whatever success the U.N. Security...
  • Online poker players face new Prohibition

    08/28/2006 7:05:34 AM PDT · by baystaterebel · 28 replies · 805+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 27, 2006 | Justin Berton
    Inside the quiet San Francisco headquarters of the Poker Players Alliance, a political group that boasts 100,000 members, a laminated poster hangs above the desk of executive director Michael Bolcerek that reads, "The Threat is Real." In this case, the immediate threat to Bolcerek and his poker-playing army is the growing anti-gambling forces that argue the game is bad for American family values and want to remove it from the Internet. Despite online poker's rabid popularity -- the game now draws an estimated 23 million Americans to their keyboards every day -- it has recently suffered some big-time legislative hits....
  • Eavesdropping Ruling a Judicial Farce

    08/28/2006 6:06:05 AM PDT · by baystaterebel · 14 replies · 797+ views
    Creators Syndicate / Real Clear Politics ^ | August 28, 2006 | Robert Novak
    WASHINGTON -- The background of a federal district court declaring President Bush's national security eavesdropping unconstitutional was a conservative's fantasy. The judge, a former Democratic politician and civil rights activist, wrote what read more like a political manifesto than a judicial opinion. What's more, she was responsible for contributions to an organization that was a plaintiff in the case she decided. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor's decision has been stayed and probably will be reversed by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Nevertheless, she was playing more than a cameo role on the stage of history. For this opinion ever...
  • Tax for Thee, Not for Me

    08/23/2006 6:11:43 AM PDT · by baystaterebel · 2 replies · 297+ views
    tech Central Station ^ | 23 Aug 2006 | Tim Worstall
    Looking out of the Long Gallery at Worstall Towers, surveying the rolling acres, I can see that the nights have started to draw in. It is also an even numbered year, so that must mean there is an election in the offing. Time to gird the loins and hoot derision at our enemies. Did you know that if you feel you are not paying enough tax you can simply send a check to Uncle Sam? To say thank you for all of the blessings that have been showered upon your grateful and smiling countenance? Indeed you can and the address...
  • CJR Steps Backwards

    08/14/2006 8:15:20 AM PDT · by baystaterebel · 2 replies · 310+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | August 11, 2006 | David S. Hirschman
    Columbia Journalism School dean Nick Lemann couldn't have been clearer in his recent New Yorker article analyzing the growing influence of the Web and citizen journalism: "As journalism moves to the Internet, the main project ought to be moving reporters there, not stripping them away." Thursday, however, Lemann informed staffers at one of the Columbia Journalism Review's Web sites, CJR Daily, that he has made the decision to, in effect, strip reporters away from the Web by slashing the site's budget by 45% to help prop up the money-losing print edition of the magazine with a direct-mail campaign. In response,...
  • Annan's Claims On Casualties May Unravel

    07/27/2006 3:27:30 AM PDT · by baystaterebel · 54 replies · 2,225+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | July 27, 2006 | BENNY AVNI
    An apparent discrepancy in the portrayal of events surrounding the deaths of four unarmed U.N. observers in Lebanon threatens to unravel Secretary-General Annan's initial accusation that Israel "deliberately" targeted the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon. A Canadian U.N. observer, one of four killed at a UNIFIL position near the southern Lebanese town of Khiyam on Tuesday, sent an e-mail to his former commander, a Canadian retired major-general, Lewis MacKenzie, in which he wrote that Hezbollah fighters were "all over" the U.N. position, Mr. MacKenzie said. Hezbollah troops, not the United Nations, were Israel's target, the deceased observer wrote.
  • Larry King Live Transcript:Christiane Amanpour,War slut,and Peter Arnett

    01/31/2006 3:15:17 AM PST · by baystaterebel · 24 replies · 1,767+ views
    CNN ^ | 1/30/06 | Transcript
    LARRY KING, CNN HOST: Tonight, ABC News anchorman Bob Woodruff and his cameraman seriously wounded yesterday by a roadside bomb in Iraq. We'll get the latest on their condition. Plus, disturbing new video of kidnapped journalist Jill Carroll in tears shown on Al-Jazeera TV. With us friends and colleagues of Bob Woodruff and Jill Carroll, including ABC News White House Correspondent Martha Raddatz, CBS Evening News interim anchor Bob Schieffer, CBS News and "60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan, she's reported extensive from Iraq and Afghanistan; CNN's Christiane Amanpour, most recently in Iraq last month; veteran war correspondent Peter Arnett and...
  • On the Way? (Some of the Iraqi documents may be released soon.)

    01/22/2006 7:51:04 AM PST · by baystaterebel · 29 replies · 1,157+ views
    The Weekly Standard. ^ | 01/21/2006 | Stephen F. Hayes
    MORE THAN TWO MONTHS AGO, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra requested 40 documents captured in postwar Iraq as he sought better understand the activities of the Iraqi regime in the months and years before the U.S. invasion in March 2003. On Friday afternoon, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence finally provided 39 of the 40 documents Hoekstra had requested. I had been seeking the same documents. For more than five months I pestered Department of Defense public affairs staff to see them. I provided titles to the Pentagon staff and, eventually, filed a Freedom of Information Act...
  • Terrorists on Tap

    01/22/2006 7:37:31 AM PST · by baystaterebel · 18 replies · 445+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 22, 2006 | VICTORIA TOENSING
    In a speech last week, Al Gore took another swing at the National Security Agency's electronic surveillance program, which monitors international communications when one party is affiliated with terrorists. Specifically, Mr. Gore argued that George Bush "has been breaking the law repeatedly and persistently," and that such actions might constitute an impeachable offense. The question he raises is whether the president illegally bypassed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). But the real issue is national security: FISA is as adept at detecting--and, thus, preventing--a terrorist attack as a horse-and-buggy is at getting us from New York to Paris. I have...
  • Returning Abramoff cash 'taints' tribes, Murray says

    01/22/2006 7:27:26 AM PST · by baystaterebel · 14 replies · 623+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | January 21, 2006 | DAVID AMMONS
    OLYMPIA -- Sen. Patty Murray said Friday that returning contributions from Indian tribes represented by Jack Abramoff would "taint" the tribes. The state's senior senator, a Seattle Democrat, said there was nothing wrong with accepting more than $40,000 in campaign donations from out-of-state tribes represented by the disgraced lobbyist. Abramoff's excesses have been halted, and Congress is considering myriad ethics reforms, she said. The donations, from 1999 to 2005, placed Murray second among Senate Democrats and ninth overall in the Senate, according to records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington, D.C., organization that tracks money in politics.
  • Dan Rather on news, himself and even Seattle

    01/21/2006 7:41:10 AM PST · by baystaterebel · 20 replies · 630+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | January 20, 2006 | Kay McFadden
    It's been almost a year since he left the anchor's chair. The bloggers who took aim at him have subsided, perhaps thinking their work done. Speculation about a successor has pushed other names into the spotlight. But Dan Rather is still everywhere — perhaps more so, now that he no longer has to be in a studio for "The CBS Evening News." "I love the news," he says, when asked what sustained him in the months after Memogate. "I've made mistakes and taken hits, some deserved and some not. But I love the news."
  • National Gay & Lesbian Journalist Association Recieves $100K From CNN for Journalist Scholarships

    01/13/2006 3:19:03 AM PST · by baystaterebel · 6 replies · 223+ views
    The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) is pleased to announce that CNN will make a $100,000 donation to the NLGJA Scholarship Fund endowment to support the Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award. The academic award is named in the memory of NLGJA’s founder, the late Leroy F. Aarons, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and editor.
  • Alito accused of racism

    01/12/2006 3:06:34 AM PST · by baystaterebel · 35 replies · 1,037+ views
    Washington Times ^ | January 12, 2006 | Charles Hurt
    Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday raised the volume of their objections to the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. by grilling him over his ties to a Princeton alumni group that they called racist and misogynist. They also accused Judge Alito of always ruling against "the little guy" and of evading their questions on abortion and such other hot-button issues as his membership in Concerned Alumni of Princeton, which opposed the admission of women to the all-male school. "Explanations about the membership in this sort of radical group and why you listed it on your...
  • History lessons

    01/04/2006 5:07:06 PM PST · by baystaterebel · 1 replies · 268+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 1/4/06 | EDITORIAL
    Remarks by the president at Arlington National Cemetery Veterans Day ceremony, Nov. 11, 1998: President Clinton: But if the inspectors are not permitted to visit suspect sites or monitor compliance at known production facilities, [Iraq's weapons of mass destruction] may as well be in Baltimore, not Baghdad. That would open a window of opportunity for Iraq to rebuild its arsenal of weapons and delivery systems in months -- I say again, in months -- not years. A failure to respond could embolden Saddam Hussein to act recklessly, signalling to him that he can with impunity develop these weapons of mass...
  • Nerve-gas fears after 45 fall sick

    12/21/2005 3:16:53 PM PST · by baystaterebel · 7 replies · 492+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 21 Dec 2005 | MARGARET NEIGHBOUR
    AT LEAST 45 people, most of them children, have been hospitalised in the Russian region of Chechnya with an illness that doctors say might be nerve-gas poisoning. Pupils, teachers and workers began reporting breathing trouble and headaches on Friday at a school in the town of Starogladovskaya, emergency workers said. As of yesterday, 38 children and seven teachers had been hospitalised, said Oleg Ugnivenko, a spokesman for emergency situations ministry. Preliminary investigation points to an unspecified kind of nerve gas, said emergency workers and Chechen government officials. Separatist rebels, who have been fighting Russian forces in Chechnya for most of...
  • Are Journalists Underpaid?

    12/20/2005 2:46:44 PM PST · by baystaterebel · 50 replies · 749+ views
    Slate ^ | Dec. 20, 2005 | Daniel Gross
    The New York real-estate boom is claiming a different kind of casualty, according to an article in Sunday's New York Times. Keying off a new report issued by the Center for an Urban Future, Jennifer Steinhauer noted that, thanks to high housing prices, many of the creative types who work in Manhattan-centered fields like advertising, publishing, and the arts are being priced out of the city. This, presumably, could damage New York in the long run, since it's an article of faith among nouveau-urban thinkers that the creative classes are a huge economic advantage, as the author Richard Florida has...
  • A $5 million donation can buy a legacy

    12/18/2005 5:26:41 AM PST · by baystaterebel · 3 replies · 253+ views
    United Press International ^ | December 17, 2005
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- For those who have everything, including several millions of dollars, the University of North Florida says a legacy may be the ideal present. The 33-year-old university in Jacksonville, Fla., "is offering legacies to you and three of your friends, family members or heroes" said the Robb Report. For $5 million each, people can name four of the university's five colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Education and Human Services; the College of Health; and the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction. The state of Florida matches gifts in excess of...
  • Nickelodeon staffer accused of molestation

    12/18/2005 5:19:11 AM PST · by baystaterebel · 13 replies · 748+ views
    BURBANK, Calif., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- A Nickelodeon production assistant has been arrested for allegedly fondling a 14-year-old boy at the TV network's Burbank, Calif., studio. Los Angeles County prosecutors charged Ezell Channel Friday with two felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child, the Burbank Leader reported Saturday. The victim's mother filed a police complaint Tuesday after she found Channel's name on the "Megan's Law" Internet list of convicted child molesters, police said. Police told the newspaper Channel's job at the children's network did not put him in regular contact with minors. However, police said the alleged...
  • Frist's AIDS charity paid close associates

    12/18/2005 4:17:09 AM PST · by baystaterebel · 30 replies · 574+ views
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | December 18, 2005 | Jonathan M. Katz and John Solomon
    Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's AIDS charity paid nearly a half-million dollars in consulting fees to members of his political inner circle, according to tax returns that provide the first financial accounting of the presidential hopeful's nonprofit. The returns for World of Hope Inc., obtained by the Associated Press, also show the charity raised almost all of its $4.4 million from just 18 sources. The donors gave between $97,950 and $267,735 each to help fund the Tennessee Republican's efforts to fight AIDS.
  • Sunnis ready to cooperate with U.S.

    12/18/2005 3:54:30 AM PST · by baystaterebel · 94 replies · 3,834+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/18/2005 | Paul Martin
    Key Sunni Muslim leaders in Iraq's violent Anbar province have concluded that their interests lie in cooperating with the United States, and they are seeking to extend a temporary truce honored by most insurgent groups for last week's elections. But at the same time, they are demanding specific steps by the U.S. military, including a reduction in military raids and an increase in development projects for their vast desert province that stretches from the edge of Baghdad to the Syrian and Jordanian borders.
  • Urban Mama Chic

    12/18/2005 3:44:19 AM PST · by baystaterebel · 14 replies · 764+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 16, 2005 | KAY S. HYMOWITZ
    Readers might have noticed a front-page article in the New York Times a week or so ago, reporting that Manhattan was in the midst of a baby boom. In the past five years, it seems, the number of borough children under age 5, including many in tony neighborhoods, has risen about 26%. This was taken as a sign, perhaps, that women can have it all: work, children and a hip urban lifestyle. As with many articles in the Paper of Record, the story's prominence might have had less to do with its import than with the desire to flatter the...
  • Senator Accuses Times of Endangering U.S.

    12/17/2005 8:12:48 PM PST · by baystaterebel · 73 replies · 2,154+ views
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | December 17, 2005
    A Republican senator on Saturday accused The New York Times of endangering American security to sell a book by waiting until the day of the terror-fighting Patriot Act reauthorization to report that the government has eavesdropped on people without court-approved warrants. ''At least two senators that I heard with my own ears cited this as a reason why they decided to vote to not allow a bipartisan majority to reauthorize the Patriot Act,'' said Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas. ''Well, as it turns out the author of this article turned in a book three months ago and the paper,...
  • The view from on the ground

    12/15/2005 2:05:45 PM PST · by baystaterebel · 327+ views
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | December 14th, 2005 | Margaret Friedenhauer
    Think about everything you’ve heard about the conditions in Iraq, the role of U.S. forces, the multi-layered complexities of the war. Then think again. I’m a journalist. I read the news everyday, from several sources. I have the luxury of reading stuff newspapers don’t always have room to print. I read every tidbit I could on Iraq and the war before coming. Everything I thought I knew was wrong. Maybe not wrong, but certainly different than the picture in my head. I liken it to this; It was real struggle for me to choose to see the Harry Potter movies....
  • Bush puts Rice in charge of post-conflict strategy

    12/14/2005 4:49:06 PM PST · by baystaterebel · 38 replies · 788+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/14/2005 | Sue Pleming
    The White House said on Wednesday it had put the State Department in charge of U.S. efforts to stabilize and rebuild nations roiled by war or civil upheaval, seen as an attempt to avert the inter-agency bickering that plagued the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq. President George W. Bush signed the directive last week giving Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice the lead in such missions, a White House statement said. "(This will) empower the Secretary of State to improve coordination, planning and implementation for reconstruction and stabilization assistance for foreign states at risk of, in, or in transition from...
  • Kaiser on Bush Presidency

    12/14/2005 3:46:26 PM PST · by baystaterebel · 5 replies · 573+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/14/2005 | Transcript
    Robert G. Kaiser: Greetings to all. I hope we can use today's chat to talk about the war and elections in Iraq, and the transformed political situation in Washington, particularly in Congress. In the last hour President Bush gave the fourth in a series of speeches on Iraq, this one at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars here in Washington. It was a summation of the other speeches in this series; I saw nothing really new in it, but it struck me as a well-constructed speech, perhaps the best statement yet of the administration's current position We've got lots of...
  • Down the Memory Hole

    12/10/2005 10:41:02 AM PST · by baystaterebel · 12 replies · 813+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/19/2005 | Stephen F. Hayes
    FOR THE SECOND TIME IN recent weeks the Department of Defense has denied a request from The Weekly Standard to release unclassified documents recovered in postwar Iraq. These documents apparently reveal, in some detail, activities of Saddam Hussein's regime in the years before the war. This second denial could also be the final one: According to two Pentagon sources, the program designed to review, translate, and analyze data from the old Iraqi regime may be shuttered at the end of December, not just placing the documents beyond the reach of journalists, but also making them inaccessible to policymakers. As a...
  • Sheehan joins peace activists in Britain

    12/10/2005 6:55:08 AM PST · by baystaterebel · 41 replies · 959+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 2/10/05 | Staff
    Hundreds of anti-war protesters, including American Cindy Sheehan, attended an international peace conference in London on Saturday to condemn the Iraq conflict. Tony Benn, a veteran leftist politician in the governing Labour Party, opened the one-day meeting by calling the war "illegal, immoral and unwinnable."
  • Save the pencils!

    12/08/2005 6:37:52 PM PST · by baystaterebel · 3 replies · 323+ views
    Cleveland Scene ^ | December 7, 2005 | Staff
    The Akron Beacon Journal, a former Pulitzer Prize-winning paper now operating as a 'zine for the geriatric set, is getting squeezed to comedic proportions by San Jose's Knight Ridder, its parent company. Knight Ridder is under a dual assault by investors, who are demanding 30 percent profit margins, and the company's own leadership, namely CEO Tony Ridder, the heir-in-charge who's proved strikingly adept at running Knight Ridder into the ground. Executives recently asked employees to share pens and notepads with other departments, since no more office supplies will be purchased this year. The problem is that some departments have already...
  • Journalist shares his stark view on war

    12/06/2005 7:12:11 PM PST · by baystaterebel · 27 replies · 957+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 12/06/05 | Michael Olesker
    Seymour M. Hersh, the famous investigative reporter, brought the fighting in Iraq into the halls of the Park School the other day. Nobody there got wounded, unless they imagined themselves a few years into the future. Hersh, the man who delivered some of the worst news out of Vietnam three decades ago and some of the worst news out of today's Middle East, painted a pretty bleak picture. "You guys," he said, gesturing to an auditorium packed with about 250 upper-school students, "are going to be the generation that has to clean up our mess. We're leaving you with a...
  • Off the Sidelines

    12/02/2005 10:05:47 AM PST · by baystaterebel · 7 replies · 487+ views
    American Journalism Review ^ | October/November 2005 edition | Rachel Smolkin
    A convoy of trucks delivers food to a crowd of starving, frantic people in a Somali village. A famine-relief coordinator turns to you – the reporter – and a photographer. "I'm afraid there'll be a riot if we don't get these trucks unloaded quickly. Could you two please put down your notebook and camera, and help us? It might save a life." What do you do? In November 2004, G.D. Gearino, a columnist for the News & Observer in Raleigh, presented this scenario during a journalism ethics symposium at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. A group of professionals,...
  • Stowaway Cat Reunited With Family

    12/01/2005 4:45:35 PM PST · by baystaterebel · 15 replies · 325+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12/01/05 | Associated Press
    The curious cat who wound up traveling to France in a cargo container touched down at the Milwaukee airport on Thursday, greeted by her family and a horde of reporters. A Continental cargo agent handed her over to 9-year-old Nick Herndon, son of the cat's owners, Donny and Lesly McElhiney. Emily meowed and pawed at reporters' microphones as the family answered questions.
  • Spreading the Plame

    12/01/2005 3:52:32 PM PST · by baystaterebel · 7 replies · 592+ views
    Broward-Palm Beach New Times ^ | December 1, 2005 | Bob Norman
    It's time to come to the defense of Judith Miller. Yes, the former New York Times reporter served as a mouthpiece for the Bush administration during the buildup to the Iraq War. And she certainly had a dubious role in the Plamegate scandal. But the way her colleagues have been going after her, you'd think Miller was the only journalist who abetted the Bush administration's rush to war. Or that she was the only reporter who got too cozy with officials when they maliciously leaked a CIA agent's identity. There are lots of them. Just last week, another war accomplice,...
  • Liberal lies about Iraq

    12/01/2005 1:09:54 PM PST · by baystaterebel · 19 replies · 1,352+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | 11/28/2005 | Mona Charen
    don't know if the war in Iraq is ultimately unwinnable, but what I do know makes me skeptical of those who say so. I do know that since Vietnam, liberals have viewed every exercise of American military power (with the exception of those undertaken by President Bill Clinton) as preludes to disaster. The very first question President Ronald Reagan was asked at his first presidential press conference concerned El Salvador. The question: Did he think it was going to turn into another Vietnam? Democrats invoked Vietnam with every other sentence during the long and nasty controversy about aiding the resistance...
  • German esteem builder backfires

    11/26/2005 2:05:37 AM PST · by baystaterebel · 87 replies · 2,149+ views
    LONDON DAILY TELEGRAPH ^ | November 26, 2005 | Kate Connolly
    BERLIN -- A multimillion-dollar campaign to boost Germans' low self-confidence has backfired after it emerged that its slogan was coined by the Nazis. The $34 million "Du Bist Deutschland -- You Are Germany" -- campaign was devised to inspire Germans to stop moaning and do something good for their country. Beethoven, Einstein and the sports stars Franz Beckenbauer and Michael Schumacher have been cited in advertisements encouraging Germans to take more pride in their homeland. But a historian from Ludwigshafen has provoked an uproar with his discovery that the same "Du Bist Deutschland" cry was used at Nazi rallies in...
  • U.S. Nears 1,000th Execution Since 1977

    11/24/2005 7:21:35 PM PST · by baystaterebel · 42 replies · 825+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 24, 2005 | BRADLEY BROOKS
    "Let's do it." With those last words, convicted killer Gary Gilmore ushered in the modern era of capital punishment in the United States, an age of busy death chambers that will likely see its 1,000th execution in the coming days. After a 10-year moratorium, Gilmore in 1977 became the first person to be executed following a 1976 U.S. Supreme Court decision that validated state laws to reform the capital punishment system. Since then, 997 prisoners have been executed, and next week, the 998th, 999th and 1,000th are scheduled to die. Robin Lovitt, 41, will likely be the one to earn...
  • Iraq seizes booby-trapped toys

    11/24/2005 7:13:41 PM PST · by baystaterebel · 28 replies · 1,209+ views
    AFP ^ | 24/11/2005
    Baghdad - The Iraqi army said on Thursday it had seized a number of booby-trapped children's dolls, accusing insurgents of using the explosive-filled toys to target children. The dolls were found in a car, each one containing a grenade or other explosive, said an army statement. The government said that two men driving the car had been arrested in the western Baghdad district of Abu Ghraib. "This is the same type of doll as that handed out on several occasions by US soldiers to children," said government spokesperson Leith Kubba. It was not immediately clear when the find was made...
  • In TierneyWorld, Liberals Block Young, Right-thinking Journos

    11/21/2005 5:04:39 PM PST · by baystaterebel · 13 replies · 608+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | 11/21/05 | Greg Mitchelle
    Are journalism-school faculties hotbeds of liberalism, and should colleges take steps to address this? John Tierney, the self-described libertarian/contrarian columnist for The New York Times, certainly thinks so--or so he said in a recent column, which drew a wide response from readers. Tierney is not entirely wrong, of course, but one should keep in mind that this is the man who, this past summer, dubbed the Valerie Plame/CIA leak scandal "Nadagate," saying it featured "a spy who was not endangered, a whistle-blower who did not blow the whistle and was not smeared, and a White House official who has not...
  • Military fears critics will hurt morale

    11/21/2005 2:50:59 AM PST · by baystaterebel · 192 replies · 4,786+ views
    WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | November 21, 2005 | Rowan Scarborough
    Pentagon officials say they are increasingly worried that Washington's political fight over the Iraq war will dampen what has been high morale among troops fighting a tenacious and deadly enemy. Commanders are telling Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld that ground troops do not understand the generally negative press that their missions receive, despite what they consider significant achievements in rebuilding Iraq and instilling democracy. The commanders also worry about the public's declining support for the mission and what may be a growing movement inside the Democratic Party to advocate troop withdrawal from Iraq. "They say morale is very high," said...
  • Marines Quiet About Brutal New Weapon

    11/14/2005 5:13:10 PM PST · by baystaterebel · 187 replies · 8,461+ views
    Defense Tech ^ | 11/14/05 | David Hambling
    War is hell. But it’s worse when the Marines bring out their new urban combat weapon, the SMAW-NE. Which may be why they’re not talking about it, much. This is a version of the standard USMC Shoulder Mounted Assault Weapon but with a new warhead. Described as NE - "Novel Explosive"- it is a thermobaric mixture which ignites the air, producing a shockwave of unparalleled destructive power, especially against buildings. A post-action report from Iraq describes the effect of the new weapon: "One unit disintegrated a large one-storey masonry type building with one round from 100 meters. They were extremely...
  • Statement of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV on the Senate Floor October 10, 2002

    11/14/2005 4:20:30 PM PST · by baystaterebel · 9 replies · 726+ views
    rockefeller.senate.gov ^ | 10/10/02 | Senator John D. Rockefeller IV
    MR. ROCKEFELLER: Mr. President, we are here today to debate one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make in my 18 years in the Senate. There is no doubt in my mind that Saddam Hussein is a despicable dictator, a war criminal, a regional menace, and a real and growing threat to the United States. The difficulty of this decision is that while Saddam Hussein represents a threat, each of the options for dealing with him poses serious risks, to America’s servicemembers, to our citizens, and to our role in the world. It is clear that none...
  • Comprehensive Report of the Special Advisor to the DCI on Iraq’s WMD (30 September 2004 )

    11/14/2005 3:55:19 PM PST · by baystaterebel · 25 replies · 1,114+ views
    CIA ^ | 30 September 2004
    Transmittal Letter Introduction. Iraq has endured decades of collapsing hopes and accumulating tragedy. It is numbing to consider the waste of so much human and resource potential. Saddam’s ambitions conflicted with the region and the international community. True to his name, he too often chose confrontation over cooperation. Ultimately these decisions led to total collapse. Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) were an integral element in the range of tools Saddam drew upon to advance his ambitions. WMD was not an end in itself. Therefore, to examine meaningfully WMD in Iraq means examining the leadership of Iraq concomitantly. The Iraq experience...