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  • Chavez minister vows more Venezuela radio closings

    09/06/2009 3:10:18 AM PDT · by VOA · 7 replies · 553+ views
    Reuters ^ | 09-05-2009 | Eyanir Chinea and Frank Jack Daniel
    Chavez minister vows more Venezuela radio closings * Radio stations to be pulled after 34 closed in August * Critics say hits free speech, government says democratic * Anti-Chavez TV network in the spotlight over coup rumor CARACAS, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Venezuela will pull the plug on 29 more radio stations, a top official in President Hugo Chavez's government said on Saturday, just weeks after dozens of other outlets were closed in a media clampdown. Infrastructure Minister Diosdado Cabello closed 34 radio stations in July, saying the government was "democratizing" media ownership.....
  • Parochial-School Lessons (review on book about education in Catholic-based schools)

    12/05/2008 6:09:28 PM PST · by VOA · 6 replies · 581+ views
    Opinion Journal (Wall Street Journal) ^ | 12-05-2008 | Christopher Willcox
    The efficacy of Catholic schools in urban neighborhoods has been documented time and again, beginning with James S. Coleman's landmark studies in the 1980s. His findings were so devastating at the time that the public-school establishment panicked. School officials heatedly claimed that Mr. Coleman's results were flawed because public schools had to take everyone while Catholic schools could select more talented students -- or at least those who came from more stable homes. But the economist Derek Neal exploded that myth in the 1990s, showing definitively that Catholic-school methods are both class- and color-blind. The stereotypical product of a poor,...
  • Gun Sales Thriving In Uncertain Times (VOA sub-title: Thanks to Obama!!!)

    10/27/2008 8:08:00 PM PDT · by VOA · 28 replies · 2,347+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 27, 2008 | Fredrick Kunkle
    Gun Sales Thriving In Uncertain Times By Fredrick Kunkle Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, October 27, 2008; Page A01 Americans have cut back on buying cars, furniture and clothes in a tough economy, but there's one consumer item that's still enjoying healthy sales: guns. ...SNIP... Several variables drive sales, but many dealers, buyers and experts attribute the increase in part to concerns about the economy and fears that if Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois wins the presidency, he will join with fellow Democrats in Congress to enact new gun controls. ...SNIP... "Even though [Obama] has a lot going for him,...
  • S&P slashes New York Times rating to junk

    10/23/2008 4:23:32 PM PDT · by VOA · 54 replies · 1,249+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10-23-08 | Reuters Staff
    NEW YORK, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Standard & Poor's on Thursday slashed its ratings on the New York Times Co (NYT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) into junk territory and cited concerns about the newspaper publisher's revenue outlook, after it posted a third-quarter loss. ...SNIP... It cut the Times' rating three notches to "BB-minus," three levels below investment grade, from "BBB-minus." The outlook is negative, indicating an additional cut may be likely over the next one-to-two years.
  • "48 Liberal Lies About American History; FR's "LS" on BookTV C-span2 Sat 10-18-08 11:15PM EAST

    10/18/2008 4:30:56 PM PDT · by VOA · 39 replies · 1,209+ views
    BookTV/C-Span2 ^ | 10-18-08 | BookTV/C-Span2 staff
    BookTV/C-Span2 HEADSUP!!! Tune in at 11:15 PM EASTERN or set your TIVO/DVD Recorder. FR's own "LS" and his latest work-product (book) will be the topic of a segment on BookTV (45 min. in duration). IF you miss this first broadcast, please go to the BookTV/C-Span2 page linked for future date/time of rebroadcasts.
  • Calling J.P. Morgan (He was more effective than Paulson and Bernanke combined)

    09/29/2008 3:19:17 PM PDT · by VOA · 15 replies · 655+ views
    Opinion Journal (of The Wall Street Journal) ^ | September 29, 2008 | L. Gordon Crovitz
    In the fall of 1907, it took J.P. Morgan just eight weeks to resolve a credit crisis similar to ours. Several years of buoyant growth and too much risk-taking in poorly understood investments led to needs for capital that could not be met. Morgan, then 70, locked the nation's top bankers into the ornate library at his home for late-night confession sessions. He asked them to lay bare their balance sheets, keeping himself alert with endless Havana cigars. snip We also seem to have forgotten a basic point well known to Morgan, who would have recalled the panics of 1837,...
  • US regulator says flawed oversight fed financial crisis (autopsy by Christopher Cox)

    09/29/2008 7:54:23 AM PDT · by VOA · 7 replies · 392+ views
    AFP ^ | 09-27-09 | AFP staff
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — The head of the US financial regulator SEC has blamed a voluntary monitoring program for major investment banks as a cause of the global financial crisis and said he was shutting the program down. "The last six months have made it abundantly clear that voluntary regulation does not work," the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Christopher Cox, said in a statement released Friday.
  • UofMO School of Journalism Celebrates 100th Anniversary "Party of The Century" (No mention of 9-11)

    09/11/2008 8:34:26 AM PDT · by VOA · 4 replies · 111+ views
    2008 Centennial/Dedication Schedule at a Glance ^ | 09-11-08 | UofMo Journalism School
    "2008 Centennial/Dedication Schedule at a Glance" Thursday, Sept. 11...
  • In Depth: Ralph Peters (lengthy interview on BookTV/C-Span2 at MIDNIGHT EASTERN MON 8-4-08)

    08/03/2008 6:18:22 PM PDT · by VOA · 9 replies · 269+ views
    BookTV/C-Span2 weekends ^ | 8-3-08 | (BookTV/C-Span2 staff)
    This is a TV-headsup...set your DVRs for midnight EASTERN 8-4-08... (that's when Sunday turns into Monday!). I watched the first airing of this long interview (approx. 3 hours) of Col. Ralph Peters (US Army, ret.) at 11AM Eastern today. I recommend it for anyone interested in The War on Terror, military intelligence, history, politics, the US military and the craft of writing. I will post the BookTV summation of the show in a soon-to-follow post on this thread.
  • Safety Group Urges Airbus Fixes (Nota Bene: for Airbus A319/A320 cockpit displays that go BLANK)

    07/24/2008 4:52:35 PM PDT · by VOA · 15 replies · 1,464+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/23/08 | ANDY PASZTOR
    Safety Group Urges Airbus Fixes LOS ANGELES -- U.S. aviation safety watchdogs, concerned about severe electrical problems that have blacked out cockpit displays on dozens of Airbus jetliners over the years, urged regulators on both sides of the Atlantic to mandate aircraft fixes and enhanced pilot training to alleviate such hazards. Recommendations released by the National Transportation Safety Board Wednesday cite 49 incidents over the years in which electrical problems caused various cockpit displays on widely-used Airbus A319 and A320 to suddenly stop functioning and temporarily go blank during flight. According to the board, seven of those incidents resulted in...
  • On BookTV June 21-23: "The Forging of the US Navy", "Candy Bombers", "Willful Blindness"

    06/21/2008 9:51:05 AM PDT · by VOA · 7 replies · 167+ views
    BookTV; C-Span2, weekends ^ | June 21, 2008 | BookTV staff
    This is a "heads-up" for presentations on what sound like promising books (well, in my humble opinion). I'll post fuller info below, but the books are: If By Sea: The Forging of the American Navy - from the Revolution to the War of 1812 The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America's Finest Hour "Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad"
  • Blunt, Nixon compete to appear tough on illegal immigrants

    12/23/2007 5:13:25 PM PST · by VOA · 10 replies · 114+ views
    bnd.com ^ | 12-23-07 | DAVID A. LIEB
    Excerpt: Missouri's gubernatorial candidates are competing in a one-upsmanship contest to appear tough on illegal immigrants. SNIP Republican Gov. Matt Blunt and his Democratic challenger, Attorney General Jay Nixon, each announced a series of initiatives against illegal immigrants last week. Their actions underscore how illegal immigration has become a hot issue in U.S. politics. SNIP From their flurry of proposals, Missourians might get the impression that illegal immigration is big problem in this state. The Pew Hispanic Center, a Washington-based research organization, used census figures to estimate there are 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States - an amount...
  • Collision puts man in lockup; Illegal immigrant in head-on wreck. (Illegals in Columbia, MO)

    12/23/2007 8:35:36 AM PST · by VOA · 37 replies · 164+ views
    The Columbia Tribune (Columbia MO) ^ | 12-23-07 | T.J. Greaney
    excerpt: A head-on collision Friday night on Route VV at Wildwood Street injured one motorist and resulted in a four-hour search for the other driver, who was later identified as an illegal immigrant. (big snip) Meyers (of the Missouri Highway Patrol) said experiences such as the one he had Friday night, going house to house to find evidence of someone without proper documentation, has opened his eyes to the magnitude of the immigration problem in Mid-Missouri. "You’d be surprised. We noticed just a few years back we were regularly coming in contact with undocumented people in the community. Now it’s...
  • BookTV (C-Span2): D'Souza v. Christopher Hitchens Debate 11-23-07 12:30 AM EASTERN

    11/22/2007 5:33:15 PM PST · by VOA · 20 replies · 583+ views
    BookTV (C-Span2; weekends) schedule ^ | 11-23-07 | BookTV staff
    Debate on Dinesh D'Souza's "What's So Great About Christianity?" Authors: Dinesh D'Souza; Christopher Hitchens; Marvin Olasky Upcoming Schedule (broadcast on BookTV, i.e., C-Span 2) via TV/Cable: Friday, November 23, at 12:30 AM (EASTERN) (equivalent to 11:30 PM CENTRAL TONIGHT 11-22-07) (OR, push red "Watch" /"Watch Now" button to view in Real Player; audio works even with VOA's dial-up connection although vido is virtually just a series of still images. "VOA" does not know how long BookTV will keep this debate available through this convenient route.) About the Program From The King's College in New York, Dinesh D'Souza, author of "What's...
  • BookTV (C-Span2): "Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy"

    11/22/2007 9:05:09 AM PST · by VOA · 46 replies · 468+ views
    BookTV (C-Span2 weekends) ^ | 11-22-27 | unlisted
    About the Program M. Stanton Evans argues that Joseph McCarthy does not deserve the bad reputation he has been assigned by historians. Mr. Evans says that McCarthy was correct in his assessment of the threat posed by Communists in the United States during the so-called "Red Scare" and that his detractors knowingly covered up the extent of this threat.
  • "The War" (by Ken Burns) Part 7 of 7; Airing on PBS @ 7PM and 9:30PM Central 10-2-07

    10/02/2007 4:55:18 PM PDT · by VOA · 56 replies · 545+ views
    pbs.org ^ | undated | PBS staff
    This is just a television heads-up for the last episode of the first airing of PBS/Ken Burns production "The War". (VOA's boilerplate from prior threads) All commentary regarding personal experience, family tales of WWII, and critique of how Burns (and PBS) handles topics are welcome. Hopefully the threads on the seven episodes will serve as guides when this large documentary becomes required viewing in high schools. Comments on how Burns handled the documenatry (positive, negative, or neutral) will come in handy when "the younger generation" sees the series. Especially if Burns takes a "Smithsonian" tact to some topics...leaving people to...
  • "The War" (by Ken Burns) Part 6 of 7; Airing on PBS @ 7PM Central 10-1-07

    10/01/2007 5:03:53 PM PDT · by VOA · 2 replies · 119+ views
    pbs.org ^ | undated | PBS staff
    Please see following posts for URL links to the discussion threads for Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the series. (VOA's boilerplate from prior threads) All commentary regarding personal experience, family tales of WWII, and critique of how Burns (and PBS) handles topics are welcome. Hopefully the threads on the seven episodes will serve as guides when this large documentary becomes required viewing in high schools. Comments on how Burns handled the documenatry (positive, negative, or neutral) will come in handy when "the younger generation" sees the series. Especially if Burns takes a "Smithsonian" tact to some topics...leaving...
  • "The War" (by Ken Burns) Part 6 of 7; Airing on PBS @ 7PM Central 10-1-07

    10/01/2007 5:03:34 PM PDT · by VOA · 34 replies · 150+ views
    pbs.org ^ | undated | PBS staff
    Please see following posts for URL links to the discussion threads for Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the series. (VOA's boilerplate from prior threads) All commentary regarding personal experience, family tales of WWII, and critique of how Burns (and PBS) handles topics are welcome. Hopefully the threads on the seven episodes will serve as guides when this large documentary becomes required viewing in high schools. Comments on how Burns handled the documenatry (positive, negative, or neutral) will come in handy when "the younger generation" sees the series. Especially if Burns takes a "Smithsonian" tact to some topics...leaving...
  • "The War" (by Ken Burns) Part 5 of 7; Airing on PBS @ 7PM Central 9-30-07

    09/30/2007 5:10:22 PM PDT · by VOA · 63 replies · 180+ views
    pbs.org ^ | undated | PBS staff
    Please see following posts for URL links to the discussion threads for Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the series. (VOA's boilerplate from prior threads) All commentary regarding personal experience, family tales of WWII, and critique of how Burns (and PBS) handles topics are welcome. Hopefully the threads on the seven episodes will serve as guides when this large documentary becomes required viewing in high schools. Comments on how Burns handled the documenatry (positive, negative, or neutral) will come in handy when "the younger generation" sees the series. Especially if Burns takes a "Smithsonian" tact to some topics...leaving people...
  • VANITY: "Band of Brothers" now on "History"...same week as Ken Burns' "The War"

    09/29/2007 10:55:50 AM PDT · by VOA · 44 replies · 144+ views
    The History Channel ^ | 9-29-07 | History Channel
    "Band of Brothers" is airing now (Saturday, 12:30PM Central) on The History Channel. Interesting that it should air on the weekend following the airing of the first four parts of Ken Burns'/PBS's "The War". Opinions about the relative merits of the two WWII-ear shows are welcome. ee following posts for URLs for the discussion threads for Parts 1-4 of "The War".
  • "The War" (by Ken Burns) Part 4 of 7; Airing on PBS @ 7PM Central 9-26-07

    09/26/2007 2:30:49 PM PDT · by VOA · 121 replies · 439+ views
    pbs.org ^ | undated | PBS staff
    This is a "heads-up" for the airing of "The War", the Ken Burns (Florentine Films) production on PBS.
  • "The War" (by Ken Burns) Part 3 of 7; Airing on PBS @ 7PM Central 9-24-07

    09/25/2007 4:18:57 PM PDT · by VOA · 125 replies · 260+ views
    pbs.org ^ | undated | PBS staff
    This is a "heads-up" for the airing of "The War", the Ken Burns (Florentine Films) production on PBS.
  • "The War" (A Ken Burns Film) Part 2 of 4; Now airing 7PM Central 9-24-07

    09/24/2007 5:05:53 PM PDT · by VOA · 93 replies · 166+ views
    pbs.org ^ | undated | PBS staff
    see link above... This is an announcement of the airing of part 2 (of 4?) of Ken Burns "documentary" on WWII.
  • Books; Summer Treat (Breakpoint Summer Book List)

    07/03/2007 1:51:52 PM PDT · by VOA · 7 replies · 429+ views
    Breakpoint; Prison Fellowship ^ | July 3, 2007 | Charles Colson
    BreakPoint Commentaries Books Summer Treat By Chuck Colson 7/3/2007 BreakPoint Book Recommendations Here at BreakPoint, summer usually means one thing. No, I don’t mean it’s time to go to the beach. I mean it’s time for us to start talking about books for summer reading and sharing our recommendations. After all, what better companion could you have at the beach than a good book? Joking aside, we know that this is the time of year when kids, and we adults as well, often have a little extra free time and are in the market for something good to read. That’s...
  • Last Stand of The 300 (Sat. March 17 08:00 PM Sun. March 18 12:00 AM on Hist. Chan.)

    03/17/2007 12:12:21 PM PDT · by VOA · 40 replies · 1,210+ views
    The History Channel website ^ | 3-17-07 | (uncredited)
    (from The History Channel) Last Stand of The 300 Saturday, March 17 08:00 PM Sunday, March 18 12:00 AM Friday, March 30 08:00 AM Friday, March 30 02:00 PM After Custer, Thermopylae is the most famous last stand in history. In a narrow pass in Northern Greece, seven thousand Greek soldiers await an onslaught of epic proportions. They will soon face the largest fighting force ever assembled--the war machine of the mighty Persian Empire, estimated at over a million men. The Greeks are led by three hundred of the most ferocious warriors of the ancient world--the Spartans. Their leader is...
  • Illegals Found Working in State Buildings (My subtitle: one state understands the word "ILLEGAL")

    03/06/2007 9:01:53 PM PST · by VOA · 14 replies · 643+ views
    KOMU website ^ | March 6, 2007 | Jonathan Coffman
    Illegals Found Working in State Buildings JEFFERSON CITY - A federal raid discovered cleaning crew members who clean state-owned buildings are illegally working in the country. (snip) Gov. Blunt signed an order to terminate contracts with Sam's Janitorial and is requiring immigration checks on new contractor employees. Sam's Janitorial will join at least 6 other cleaning and janitorial services who have had their contracts terminated since 1998. (snip)...
  • "Death of The Japanese Navy"; "Dogfights" Taffy-3 rebroadcast tonight 1-16-07

    01/16/2007 5:28:45 PM PST · by VOA · 27 replies · 1,739+ views
    History Channels "Dogfights" website ^ | 1-16-07 | History Channel staff
    Re-Broadcast Times for "Dogfights" episode of "Death of The Japanese Navy" are EASTERN time: Tuesday January 16 11:00 PM Wednesday January 17 03:00 AM (from a "Dogfights" webpage) In one of the most amazing yet lopsided naval battles in history, a mighty Japanese fleet led by the Yamato, the biggest battleship in the world, versus Taffy 3, a small U.S. task unit of tin can destroyers and baby flat-tops. The U.S. fleet is made up of ships too weak to fight and too slow to run. David battles Goliath in a fight for survival, with the lives of thousands of...
  • "The Night Stalkers";"Becoming Charlemange..." BookTV(CSpan2) Jan 13/14 weekend

    01/13/2007 8:26:08 AM PST · by VOA · 14 replies · 614+ views
    BookTV website ^ | 1-13-07 | BookTV staff
    This is a "headsup" for a couple of books being covered on BookTV (C-Span2 weekends). I'd say these two books fall in the general category of "fighting the savages". The Night Stalkers is written by Michael Durant, the downed helicopter pilot held captive by Aideed during the "Blackhawk Done" incident. The "Becoming Charlemange..." book sounds like it might be an interesting coverage on how Europe was stictched together.
  • Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston; WWII/Cold War books on BookTV/C-Span2 Jan13/14

    01/13/2007 7:00:23 AM PST · by VOA · 17 replies · 1,439+ views
    BookTV website ^ | 1-13-07 | BookTV staff
    This is a "headsup" for selected reviews/presentations about WWII and the Cold War that will appear on BookTV (C-Span2) this weekend of Jan. 13/14, 2007. Links to the segments of specific reviews (and their broadcast times) will be posted below. The "Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston..." might be pretty good. The author also produced "Last Stand of The Tin-Can Sailors" about Taffy 3 (Battle of Samar). The links below are for other WWII and Cold War topics that might be interesting.
  • Generals In Bronze; Civil War Books on BookTV (weekend C-Span2; Jan 13/14)

    01/13/2007 6:23:01 AM PST · by VOA · 13 replies · 460+ views
    BookTV website ^ | 01-13-06 | BookTV staff
    This is a "headsup" for reviews of interviews on selected Civil-era War books on BookTV this weekend. (links to summaries of presentations will be posted in post 2). The "Generals In Bronze" segment is a rebroadcast. I saw an earlier airing. It is about a sculptor that got many Union Army generals to "dish" wartime details they'd never disclose to the public. If a more sensational editor had produced the book, it could easily be subtitled "Union General Confidential". I haven't seen the other two presentations, so I can't speak about the books or authors.
  • "AK-47: The Weapon That Changed the Face of War," (BookTV; C-Span2 Dec 9 and 10, 2006)

    12/09/2006 1:48:44 PM PST · by VOA · 180 replies · 2,683+ views
    BookTV (C-Span2 weekends) ^ | 12-9-06 | BookTV staff
    After Words: Larry Kahaner, author of "AK-47: The Weapon That Changed the Face of War," interviewed by Peter Singer On Saturday, December 9 at 9:00 pm EASTERN: repeats Sunday, December 10 at 6:00 pm and at 9:00 pm on BookTV (C-Span2 weekends) Description: In his book, "AK-47: The Weapon That Changed the Face of War," author Larry Kahaner traces the rifle’s role in wars from Vietnam to Iraq. According to the author, no tool has spread so much raw power to so many people in so little time in the history of warfare. Mr. Kahaner discusses the book with Peter...
  • The God Delusion (Headsup: Richard Dawkins on BookTV/C-Span2 Nov 11/12)

    11/11/2006 10:29:18 AM PST · by VOA · 52 replies · 1,690+ views
    BookTV (C-Span2 weekends) ^ | 11-11-06 | BookTV staff
    Here is a "headsup"; set video recorder as needed): The God DelusionRichard Dawkins On Saturday, November 11 at 10:00 pm (EASTERN) and Sunday, November 12 at 7:00 pm (EASTERN) (Note: Program start times are approximate and all times are Eastern.) Description: From Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia, Richard Dawkins argues that there is no rational or moral reason to believe in God or any other supernatural higher power. He says that because atheists are discriminated against in the United States they tend not to be vocal about their views, even though collectively they could be an influential political and...
  • Study by MU researcher investigated (Scientific

    11/03/2006 5:28:38 PM PST · by VOA · 7 replies · 492+ views
    Missourian (Columbia, MO) ^ | 11-03-06 | TABAN SALEM
    MU is investigating allegations that images accompanying research published by MU professor of reproductive biology R. Michael Roberts in a prominent academic journal were digitally altered. (snip) Roberts’ research, published in the Feb. 17 issue of Science, a weekly, peer-reviewed journal, challenged the conventional view on the properties of the first two cells in a mouse embryo and, according to Hall, has potential implications for stem cell research. (snip) The current issue of Science includes an Editorial Expression of Concern, by the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Donald Kennedy, alerting readers that the research “may not be reliable” and that MU is conducting...
  • Vanity: Joel Osteen segment on CNBC's "On The Money" 9-12-06

    09/12/2006 4:33:39 PM PDT · by VOA · 20 replies · 1,048+ views
    CNBC On The Money | 9-12-06 | VOA
    just a TV heads-up
  • 9-11 On Television: What are you watching on the fifth annual observance? (Vanity; time capsule)

    09/09/2006 2:21:54 PM PDT · by VOA · 54 replies · 728+ views
    VOA (self) | 9-9-2006 | VOA
    Greetings lurkers/posters, This vanity thread is simply intended as a "time capsule" in which to record/discuss the coverage of 9-11 on TV (or media) in the form of documentaries, docudramas or even current news reports. With cable TV, there are a lot of show on about 9-11 during the next few days. Please do check in with commentary if you find any of them particularly good or bad; especially if you think you note factual errors.
  • Conspiracy? Oklahoma City Bombing (History Channel 5PM Eastern 8-2-06)

    08/02/2006 1:28:39 PM PDT · by VOA · 20 replies · 580+ views
    The History Channel ^ | 8-2-06 | (uncredited)
    At 9:02 a.m., on April 19, 1995, a massive explosion detonated outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, collapsing the 9-story building and killing 168, 19 of them children, and wounding more than 700. Convicted by the federal government and executed in June 2001, Gulf War veteran Timothy McVeigh claimed he acted alone. Yet, multiple eyewitnesses identified McVeigh at ground zero with unknown accomplices before and after the blast. The original indictment charged McVeigh, Terry Nichols, and "others unknown" with conspiracy and murder. Was the bombing part of a greater pattern of Middle East-sponsored terrorist attacks, including...
  • "America's Victories..." (Freeper "LS" on BookTV/C-Span2 7-29 and 7-30)

    07/28/2006 10:39:26 AM PDT · by VOA · 26 replies · 439+ views
    BookTV (C-Span2 weekends) ^ | 7-28-06 | (uncredited)
    On Saturday, July 29 at 3:30 pm and at 10:00 pm and Sunday, July 30 at 11:00 am America's Victories: Why the U.S. Wins Wars and Will Win the War on TerrorLarry Schweikart Description: Larry Schweikart examines America's military record from the Revolutionary War to its current war on terror and argues that the U.S. military today is the most humane and effective fighting force in the world. He also compares the U.S. military's involvement in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War to its current involvement in Iraq. This event was sponsored by the John Locke...
  • At San Francisco's Wharf, a Fight for Medical Marijuana Ensues (San Fran. goes NIMBY)

    07/25/2006 10:01:22 PM PDT · by VOA · 47 replies · 782+ views
    ABC Nightline website ^ | 7-25-06 | Jake Tapper and Dan Morris
    ABC News: At San Francisco's Wharf, a Fight for Medical Marijuana Ensues July 25, 2006 — San Francisco has more cannibus clubs — the dispensaries of marijuana for the medical treatment of the nasty side effects of chemotherapy, glaucoma or AIDS — than any other city in the nation. Yet, that doesn't mean cannabis clubs make welcome neighbors, even in bluest of the blue San Francisco, a city that prides itself on being tolerant of almost every lifestyle. (snip) But the reality of the program is apparently harsher than the notion. However accepting San Francisco may consider itself to be,...
  • No Survivors (TV Headsup Sat. 6PM; CNN on TWA 800)

    07/15/2006 4:03:43 PM PDT · by VOA · 14 replies · 694+ views
    CNN ^ | 7-15-06 | uncredited
    No Survivors This two-hour "CNN Presents" documentary looks at the disaster and reveals why government officials say similar catastrophes are "virtually certain to occur" if changes aren't made. "No Survivors: Why TWA 800 Could Happen Again" airs this Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET.
  • Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War (BookTV headsup 7-1-06)

    07/01/2006 10:21:23 AM PDT · by VOA · 23 replies · 616+ views
    BookTV (C-Span2 weekends) ^ | 7-1-06 | (uncredited)
    History on Book TV A look at non-fiction history books. On Saturday, July 1 at 11:30 pm Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War Michael Sallah & Mitch Weiss Description: Pulitzer-Prize winners Michael Sallah and Mitch Weiss discuss their book "Tiger Force." Tiger Force is an investigation into a reconnaissance platoon, created in 1965 to report air strikes and to kill the enemy in Vietnam.The authors tells stories of the killings that took place at the hands of the Tiger Force soldiers during the Vietnam War. According to the authors this was the longest series of atrocities committed...
  • Trial of Author Oriana Fallaci Continued (Islam: THE Intolerant Religion)

    06/12/2006 8:56:46 AM PDT · by VOA · 17 replies · 826+ views
    AP ^ | 6-12-06 | AP
    ROME - The trial of Italian author and veteran journalist Oriana Fallaci, accused of defaming Islam in a 2004 book, opened Monday in northern Italy and was quickly adjourned, a lawyer said. (snip) Last year, a judge ordered Fallaci to stand trial on charges of violating an Italian law that prohibits "outrage" to religion. (snip) In "The Strength of Reason," Fallaci accuses Europe of having sold its soul to what she describes as an Islamic invasion.
  • "Al Gore: An Inconvenient Story" (Videoclip About Gore's "Carbon Footprint")

    05/25/2006 7:14:18 PM PDT · by VOA · 9 replies · 813+ views
    Competitive Enterprise Institute ^ | 5-25-06 | (uncredited)
    Special web-only bonus, on the occasion of the release of An Inconvenient Truth: Al Gore's Big, Fat Carbon Footprint The videoclip can be accessed via the links in the middle of the page at http://streams.cei.org/ It's a good video version of a favorite past-time of liberals, environmentalists and Democrats: Do As I Say (Not As I Do) (that's an homage to Peter Schweizer's book of the same title)
  • "The Power of Fear" (Muther Of All Bombs; Wed., May 24 epdisode)

    05/24/2006 11:56:34 AM PDT · by VOA · 17 replies · 1,150+ views
    The Discovery Channel ^ | 5-24-06 | uncredited
    The Power of Fear The sensor fuzed weapon is a smart bomb that splits into dozens of tiny but lethal airborne tank busters, capable of reducing a tank column to mere shrapnel. And if it's fear that's required, reach for the MOAB. Short for Massive Ordnance Air Blast, the MOAB has never been dropped in action. Yet its very presence makes the enemy quake. Weighing in at 20 tons, it's the biggest conventional bomb ever made, and it's capable of taking out underground concrete command and c ontrol centers — or two whole city blocks. Premieres Wednesday, May 24, at...
  • Ex-INS Official: Corruption Reigns (Aslyum Loophole Still Open; FNC 4-9-06)

    04/09/2006 10:23:59 AM PDT · by VOA · 6 replies · 507+ views
    Fox News Channel ^ | 4-7-09 | (FNC staff)
    (snip)... "Ours is a system that rewards criminals, facilitates the movement of terrorists, (and) supports foreign agents," said Maxwell, who had been in charge of the Office of Security and Investigations at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services until resigning in February. ...snip...Maxwell testified before the House International Relations Committee's terrorism and nonproliferation panel. He alleged that the agency has awarded immigrant benefits, including citizenship, without complete background checks. In addition, he said, the agency has failed to investigate more than 500 criminal complaints against its own employees for allegations that include bribery, harboring illegals, money laundering and aiding known terrorists...
  • Saddam and The Third Reich (History Channel,Friday 3-31-06,8PM EASTERN)

    03/31/2006 12:16:31 PM PST · by VOA · 26 replies · 1,602+ views
    The History Channel ^ | 3-31-06 | (uncredited)
    from the website for The History Channel's "Saddam and The Third Reich" Few people realize that the Baath party was actually formed upon the principles and organizational structure of the Nazi party. Iraq, because of its oil and hatred of Jews, was an important battleground between the Axis and Allied powers in World War II. Nazi propaganda was broadcast throughout Baghdad, and Iraqis often went on rampages against Jews throughout the war. One of the most ardent Nazi supporters during WWII was named Khairallah Talfah. Talfah was Saddam's uncle. After the war, many of the key Iraqi Nazi supporters, all...
  • The F-14 (Headsup! on History Channel TONIGHT 3-21-06)

    03/21/2006 4:00:59 PM PST · by VOA · 28 replies · 818+ views
    History Channel; "Modern Marvels" ^ | 3-21-06 | (uncredited)
    from the "Modern Marvels" of the History Channel website: October 7, 2001: Missiles from lethal US jets rain down onto Afghanistan. One powerful and deadly plane led the majority of the assaults--the F-14 Tomcat, the world's most complete military fighter. No other fighter jet carries the F-14's unique combination of weapons. Its state-of-the-art system can spot an oncoming enemy plane at almost 200 miles. Its radar can detect targets as low as 50 feet and as high as 80,000 feet and does so three times faster than the radar of any other fighter jet. TVPG
  • Animal lab supporters go on march (Scientists do a good street protest)

    02/26/2006 3:23:37 PM PST · by VOA · 9 replies · 335+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-25-06 | (uncredited)
    Hundreds of people marched in support of animal testing at Oxford University's new £18m biomedical research centre on Saturday. Students, academic staff and members of the public gathered near the lab site, being built under strict security. Anti-vivisection activists, who believe animal testing "belongs in the past", want to stop the centre opening. (snip) Laurie Pycroft, the 16-year-old founder of the student movement Pro-Test, which sparked the campaign in favour of the new laboratory, said: "I felt that it was about time to speak out in support of scientific research." At one point, the two rival groups stood just a...
  • BookTV: Mike Mullane on "Riding Rockets" Saturday 2-25-06; 2:25 PM Eastern

    02/24/2006 7:31:47 PM PST · by VOA · 13 replies · 332+ views
    BookTV (C-Span2) ^ | 2-24-06 | (uncredited)
    On Saturday, February 25 at 2:25 pm EASTERN Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut Mike Mullane Description: Mike Mullane recounts his experience as a member of the first group of space shuttle astronauts in his memoir "Riding Rockets." On February 1, 1978, the author joined a crew that included the first American woman and the first African American in space. Four of the members would later die as a result of the Challenger disaster. Mr. Mullane details some of the challenges NASA faced with the space shuttle program including how to address the concerns of his...
  • BookTV: The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Alan Jacobs (TV Headsup; 2-19/20-06

    02/18/2006 9:41:51 AM PST · by VOA · 16 replies · 331+ views
    BookTV (C-Span2) ^ | 2-19-06 | uncredited
    On Sunday, February 19 at 12:15 pm and Monday, February 20 at 12:45 am The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis Alan Jacobs Description: Professor Alan Jacobs profiles Oxford scholar and religious writer C.S. Lewis in his book "The Narnian." C.S. Lewis created the childrens series "The Chronicles of Narnia," as well as many books for adults on religious topics. Mr. Jacobs details the writer's life and discusses his influence on scholars around the world. This event was hosted by the Cambridge Forum in Massachusetts.
  • MU emeritus helps train Al-Jazeera staff

    02/12/2006 1:25:08 PM PST · by VOA · 8 replies · 429+ views
    Columbia Daily Tribune ^ | 2-12-06 | Terry Ganey
    A retired professor of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism is helping train communicators for Al-Jazeera,... snip Roger Gafke, an MU professor emeritus, has conducted two 10-day workshops for Al-Jazeera, training supervisors of its satellite television news and sports channels as well as its Web site. (snip) The potential for controversy over a relationship with Al-Jazeera is not lost on officials at the journalism school. They haven’t forgotten state lawmakers’ criticism in 2001 when KOMU-TV wouldn’t allow broadcast reporters to wear American flag lapel pins. (snip) Gafke conducted workshops in November and last month. He and Scott participated in...