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  • My 2014 Person Of The Year: Ben Trovato

    01/01/2015 9:05:19 AM PST · by Bratch · 7 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 30, 2014 | Robert Tracinski
    As the year winds to a close, it is traditional to pick a “man of the year,” or in our more enlightened age, a “person of the year.” I’ve never done that before, but this year there is one candidate who has left his mark so indelibly on 2014 that I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge his vast influence. Thus, my own personal pick for 2014′s Person of the Year: Ben Trovato. He has been everywhere and had a hand in just about every big story, from Ferguson to the University of Virginia. He has been...
  • Hate Crime Stats Deflate 'Islamophobia' Myth

    01/15/2013 10:22:29 AM PST · by forty_years · 5 replies
    Middle East Forum ^ | January 11, 2013 | David J. Rusin
    A detailed analysis of FBI statistics covering ten full calendar years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks reveals that, on a per capita basis, American Muslims, contrary to spin, have been subjected to hate crimes less often than other prominent minorities. From 2002 to 2011, Muslims are estimated to have suffered hate crimes at a frequency of 6.0 incidents per 100,000 per year 10 percent lower than blacks (6.7), 48 percent lower than homosexuals and bisexuals (11.5), and 59 percent lower than Jews (14.8). Americans should keep these numbers in mind whenever Islamists attempt to silence critics by invoking Muslim...
  • Stolen Valor: Democrats Holocaust Distortions

    07/25/2012 10:57:48 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 12 replies
    Jewish Press ^ | 7/25/'12 | Mark Schulte
    While the Supreme Court recently invalidated the Stolen Valor Act, which imposed criminal penalties on Americans who falsely claim medals for combat bravery, prominent Democrats including Jesse Jackson, Charles Rangel, Robert Morgenthau and Eric Holder have repeatedly distorted World War II and Holocaust history for purposes of ethnic politics. This sordid affair began in 1978 when Jimmy Carter established the Presidents Commission on the Holocaust, chaired by Auschwitz and Buchenwald survivor Elie Wiesel, to recommend a suitable national memorial for the 6 million Jewish and 5 million other victims of the worst genocide in history. But as historian...
  • Republican Bigotry Hate Fear Lies and Distortion... Let's have some fun boys+girls!

    03/31/2012 9:06:38 AM PDT · by OL Hickory · 19 replies
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    They lie and they think we are too stupid to notice..
  • John Boehner: the second of 12 kids from Ohio who is Barack Obama's elitist target

    09/18/2010 6:10:29 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 40 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | September 18, 2010 | Toby Harnden
    President Barack Obama is doing his best to turn Representative John Boehner, the House minority leader, into Public Enemy Number One. If Republicans win back the House of Representatives in November, as polls indicate, he will replace Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. In a recent speech, Mr Obama mentioned Mr Boehner by name nine times. A fundraising email sent out from this week stated that corporate interests and lobbyists have put all their chips on one man: Congressman John Boehner.Democrats have started a website that claims he spent $1 million on "luxury hotels, exclusive golf resorts...
  • Palin's Political Action Committee Shells Out $87G to Candidates

    07/11/2010 8:15:29 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 11, 2010 | AP
    JUNEAU, Alaska -- Sarah Palin's political action committee contributed at least $87,500 to candidates she's endorsed in the last few months, according to a report filed Sunday with the Federal Elections Commission. But SarahPAC's financial disclosure also shows Palin spending more than $210,000 on consulting. --snip--
  • Blumenthal campaign: report on Vietnam service an 'outrageous distortion'

    05/18/2010 6:08:56 AM PDT · by Brugmansian · 45 replies · 1,507+ views
    The New Haven Register ^ | May 18, 2010 | Register Staff,
    Mindy Myers, Blumenthal for Senate campaign manager, issued the following statement Monday: The New York Times story is an outrageous distortion of Dick Blumenthals record of service. Unlike many of his peers, Dick Blumenthal voluntarily joined the Marine Corps Reserves in 1970 and served for six months in Parris Island, S.C., and six years in the Reserves. He received no special treatment from anyone. Blumenthal will conduct a news conference with Connecticut veterans today, with details to be announced this morning. Rob Simmons, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, issued the following statement Monday night in reaction the story on...
  • ABC: 'Mostly Peaceful' Immigration Protests vs. 'Very Ugly' Tea Party Rallies

    04/26/2010 11:08:24 PM PDT · by ICAB9USA · 21 replies · 1,333+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 4/26/10 | Scott Whitlock
    On Saturday's Good Morning America, reporter Mike Von Fremd downplayed the violence of protesters against Arizona's new immigration law. He spun, "Riot police were called in to try and control demonstrators protesting outside the capital. Most were peaceful. A handful threw bottles at police and were arrested." Yet, ABC derided March's Tea Party rallies as "very ugly," despite the fact that there were no arrests. In contrast, on March 20, World News host David Muir scolded, "Protesters against the [health care] plan gathered on the streets of the capital where late today we learned words shouted turned very ugly, reports...
  • The Legacy of Progressivism ( BARF - This poison is taught to children )

    02/17/2010 5:14:14 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 2 replies · 255+ views
    There is some histographical debate concerning the legacy of the California progressives. More pessimistic historians are inclined to believe that subsequent conservative administrations wiped out most progressive gains. Corporate domination of state politics, banished under the reign of Johnson, returned. During the 1930s and 1940s, corporate lobbyist Arthur Samish dominated state politics, at one point publicly posing with a ventriloquist's dummy to gleefully demonstrate that he was the puppet master who manipulated the hapless legislature. Governor Earl Warren admitted On matters that effect his clients, Artie unquestionably has more power than the governor. 1 Although Sammish was eventually imprisoned in...
  • Catholic Bishops Lobby for ObamaCare, Amnesty for Illegals

    01/28/2010 10:25:40 AM PST · by AIM Freeper · 25 replies · 514+ views
    Accuracy in Media ^ | January 27, 2010 | Cliff Kincaid
    Calling health care a "right" to be guaranteed by the federal government, America's Catholic Bishops are trying to save ObamaCare at a time when the legislation has been pronounced in limbo, dying or dead by most of the media. The evidence of intensive Catholic Bishop lobbying activity suggests that liberal Congressional leaders are going to give the legislation a temporary respite so that liberal Catholics can be persuaded to pressure Congress to pass both national health care legislation and "comprehensive immigration reform" in the form of H.R. 4321, the "Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America's Security and Prosperity" Act. As AIM...
  • Don't Like the Numbers? Change 'Em

    01/14/2010 2:42:36 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 4 replies · 561+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 13, 2010 | MICHAEL J. BOSKIN
    Politicians and scientists who don't like what their data show lately have simply taken to changing the numbers. They believe that their endsocialism, global climate regulation, health-care legislation, repudiating debt commitments, la gloire franaisejustifies throwing out even minimum standards of accuracy. It appears that no numbers are immune: not GDP, not inflation, not budget, not job or cost estimates, and certainly not temperature. A CEO or CFO issuing such massaged numbers would land in jail...
  • Exaggerated claims undermine drive to cut emissions, scientists warn (slowly backing out?)

    10/29/2009 10:16:25 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 643+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 10/30/09 | Mark Henderson
    Exaggerated claims undermine drive to cut emissions, scientists warn Mark Henderson, Science Editor Exaggerated and inaccurate claims about the threat from global warming risk undermining efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and contain climate change, senior scientists have told The Times. Environmental lobbyists, politicians, researchers and journalists who distort climate science to support an agenda erode public understanding and play into the hands of sceptics, according to experts including a former government chief scientist. Excessive statements about the decline of Arctic sea ice, severe weather events and the probability of extreme warming in the next century detract from the credibility...
  • Pelosi's Pretense

    09/22/2009 2:46:29 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies · 758+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | September 22, 2009 | Jan LaRue
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held an "emotional" press conference to caution the rest of us "about the language" we use. "We all have to take responsibility for our actions and our words" and "any incitement they may cause." Some people aren't as "balanced" as we may think, Pelosi pontificated. It's hard to decide which is more repugnant, her acting ability or her double standard. Madam Speaker, perhaps you're the one who isn't "balanced." Consider: Would a balanced person equate the Tea Party rallies and town hall meetings you've maligned with the "violence of the 70s" to which you referred?
  • Rogue Algorithms And Other Mutually Assured Destruction Program Trading Alternatives

    07/11/2009 4:09:33 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 528+ views
    Zero Hedge ^ | 07/10/09 | Sal L. Arnuk and Joe Saluzzi
    Rogue Algorithms And Other Mutually Assured Destruction Program Trading Alternatives Posted by Tyler Durden at 12:54 PM Submitted By Joe Saluzzi Of Themis Trading Why Institutional Investors Should Be Concerned About High Frequency Traders By Sal L. Arnuk and Joseph Saluzzi A Themis Trading LLC Mini White Paper It is now generally understood that high frequency traders (HFTs) are dominating the equity market, generating as much as 70% of the volume. HFTs are computerized trading programs that make money two ways, in general. They offer bids in such a way so as to make tiny amounts of money from per...
  • Gross Associated Press Distortion Of Netanyahu And Supporters

    02/20/2009 1:49:14 PM PST · by Amerisrael · 4 replies · 429+ views
    The Associated Press is at it again. This time engaging in media distortion concerning Benjamin Netanyahu and those supporting him for Prime Minister. Netanyahu is described as "hawkish". And those supporting him as "opposed to peacemaking". That is flat-out media distortion. There is no Israeli leader that does not want peace. By contrast Tzipy Livni and Kadima are described as "centrist" and "moderate". Webster defines moderate as "within reasonable limits." Engaging in appeasement policies with those who seek your destruction is not "reasonable", or "moderate", if that word is prefered. The AP and MSM have it backwards. Netanyahu, Likud, National...
  • Top nations 'water down' IMF reports, says regulator

    02/10/2009 8:18:07 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 300+ views
    FT ^ | 02/10/09 | Jennifer Hughes and Alan Beattie
    Top nations 'water down' IMF reports, says regulator By Jennifer Hughes in London and Alan Beattie in,Washington Published: February 10 2009 02:00 | Last updated: February 10 2009 02:00 Warnings from the International Monetary Fund about the risks posed by the financial system had often been "watered down", according to the head of the UK's Financial Services Authority. Powerful countries will have to avoid quashing reports they do not like if they are serious about creating a better early warning system for the global economy, said Lord Turner, chairman of the -regulator. "One of the problems the IMF has had...
  • Picking Up Hats- Waiting for Chico

    10/15/2008 3:01:18 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 2 replies · 281+ views
    Its from the Marx Brothers movie Duck Soup. This is one of the great classic scenes in entertainment history and I believe that it is so memorable because it says something universal and scathing about mirrors, human behavior and illusion. The pas de deux between Groucho and Harpo starts out looking like an earnest attempt by Chico to imitate Grouchos actions exactly- as if to fool him into thinking that he is really looking into a mirror instead of at a spy who is on a mission against him. Now, this scenario has been imitated by other pairs of actors...
  • Democrats distort oil drilling debate(from a CNN website, WTF?)

    08/14/2008 5:53:54 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 11 replies · 143+ views
    CNN Money ^ | 8/14/08 | Jon Birger
    "I think it's important for the American people to understand we're not going to drill our way out of this problem. It's also important to recognize if you start drilling now you won't see a drop of oil for ten years, which means it's not going to have a significant impact on short-term prices." - U.S. Senator Barack Obama, Aug. 8, 2008 If Senator Obama - as well as every other leading Democrat who's uttered some variation of the above - merely wanted to remind the American people that there are no easy answers to the ongoing energy crisis, I'd...
  • American says bag fee will affect few passengers (Just give us your money and shut up!)

    06/05/2008 5:31:46 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 16 replies · 90+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 6/5/2008 | AP
    DALLAS - American Airlines says its new $15 fee for a first checked bag will affect fewer than one in four customers this summer and won't lengthen lines at boarding gates. The carrier said Thursday that it's taking steps, from curbside check-in to the aircraft cabins, to avoid disruptions from the new policy. American last month was the first major airline to announce it would charge customers to check a single piece of luggage. The fee takes effect on tickets bought on or after June 15. American said three-quarters of summer travelers had already bought their tickets and wouldn't pay...
  • ABC News Still Reporting Incomplete Ann Coulter Quote

    08/18/2007 8:52:23 AM PDT · by Mike Bates · 7 replies · 357+ views ^ | 8/18/2007 | NewsBusters
    They just can't get it right. Yesterday on ABC News' Political Radar, senior political reporter Rick Klein wrote of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards calling conservative author Ann Coulter a "she-devil." Part of the background Klein provided: In June, Coulter went on ABC's "Good Morning America" and said she had learned her lesson after being blasted for suggesting in a joke before the Conservative Political Action Conference that Edwards was a "faggot." "If I'm gonna say anything about John Edwards in the future, I'll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot," Coulter said. As Noel Sheppard...

    08/22/2007 3:48:19 PM PDT · by abc123alphabetagamma · 20 replies · 791+ views
    The newsroom is a sacred, magical place where unhinged partisanship never intrudes into actual reportage. Except when it does. The actual reference occurs on page three of the article: After comparing the current war against extremists with the militarists of Japan and the communists in Korea and Vietnam in Wednesday's speech, he plans to discuss the war in Iraq in the context of its implications for the broader Middle East in a speech next Tuesday at the annual American Legion convention in Reno, Nev.
  • Major U.S. Newsweekly Offers Sanitized Version of Racist Margaret Sanger

    08/11/2007 7:32:42 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 13 replies · 747+ views ^ | August 7, 2007 | Elizabeth O'Brien
    Major U.S. Newsweekly Offers Sanitized Version of Racist Margaret Sanger Entirely omits racist motivation behind vehement commitment to birth control, abortion, sterilization By Elizabeth O'Brien WASHINGTON, DC, August 7, 2007 ( - The third largest U.S. newsweekly published a highly skewed historical account of Margaret Sanger, entirely omitting the racist motivation behind her vehement commitment to birth control, abortion and sterilization.U.S.News & World Report, a rival of Time magazine and Newsweek, published an article on Sunday entitled, "The Passions Behind the Pill, helping women in poverty is what drove the development of the oral contraceptive." The story makes no hint...
  • Are the Media Misreporting Thompson Addition of Spencer Abraham to Campaign?

    07/30/2007 1:18:18 PM PDT · by Clara Lou · 81 replies · 1,504+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | July 30, 2007 | Warner Todd Huston
    A lot of people are atwitter over this addition to the Thompson advisory team of former Senator Spencer Abraham. But, it is starting to look to me like a story incorrectly reported by the MSM and rolling off track from there. It just seems that there are too many conflicting reports on Abraham's role with the AP reporting that he is a new "campaign manager" but others saying Randy Enwright is. The website IsraelToday, for instance, has posted a story full of alarm over the addition of Spence to the team. Their reaction is similar to many Israel supporters here...
  • BBC In More Trouble Over Edited Pieces

    07/15/2007 11:20:13 AM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 721+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-15-2007 | Patrick Phelvin
    BBC in more trouble over edited pieces By Patrick Phelvin , Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 5:14pm BST 15/07/2007 The BBC was involved in a fresh row about doctored footage yesterday after it admitted mixing up the chronology of a documentary about Gordon Brown. Just days before Director General Mark Thompson is hauled before the BBC Trust to explain the royal fiasco, it emerged that the sequence of a Newsnight film had also been altered. The Treasury has complained to the corporation that the 12-minute piece, on attempts by documentary-maker Jamie Campbell to secure an interview with Brown during the leadership...
  • BBC in row over doctored TV footage with Gordon Brown ("....made him look like a thug")

    07/14/2007 6:20:33 PM PDT · by Stoat · 45 replies · 2,157+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | July 14, 2007 | SIMON WALTERS
    BBC in row over doctored TV footage with Gordon BrownBy SIMON WALTERS - More by this author Last updated at 23:28pm on 14th July 2007 The BBC was at the centre of a new row over doctored TV footage after it admitted that its flagship Newsnight programme changed the sequence of events in a film highly critical of Gordon Brown. Mr Brown's officials have complained to the Corporation about an 'unfair, unbalanced, unnecessarily personal, and disingenuous' film which they claim was altered in an attempt to make him look like a thug. Newsnight editor Peter Barron has admitted...
  • BBC caught with pants down

    07/13/2007 8:25:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies · 1,542+ views
    Melanie Phillipss Diary ^ | July 12, 2007 | Melanie Phillips
    The papers this morning were full of the revelation in a BBC documentary that the Queen had had a hissy fit and stormed out of a photo-shoot with the photographer Annie Leibowitz. As the Times reported: The Queen offered a rare, public display of displeasure when she sat for Leibovitz, who is famed for her Vanity Fair photographs of stars such as a pregnant Demi Moore in the nude. A camera crew was invited to film the encounter for a fly-on-the-wall BBC One series, A Year with the Queen, made by the production company behind Wife Swap. The portrait was...
  • BBC apologises over Queen clips

    07/13/2007 7:56:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 799+ views ^ | 12 July 2007 | NA
    BBC apologises over Queen clips A still from the five-part programme Controller apology The BBC has apologised to the Queen for mistakenly showing footage that wrongly implied she walked out of a portrait session during a documentary. The programme trailer showed the Queen in an exchange with photographer Annie Leibovitz, followed by a clip of her apparently walking off. The footage, revealed to the press on Wednesday, was not intended to be seen and was shown in error, the BBC said. The documentary, A Year With The Queen, will be shown later this year. "The BBC would like to...
  • Halberstams History: No hero

    07/05/2007 4:04:01 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 19 replies · 1,226+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 7/5/2007 | Mark Moyar
    In the days following the death of David Halberstam on April 23, praise of his journalism appeared in just about every major newspaper and magazine in America. Adhering to the principle of de mortuis, I did not interrupt the paeans with remarks about Halberstams gross misdeeds in Vietnam, which I had exposed in a book last year. But now that the funeral period has ended, the media has made clear that Halberstams elevation to the status of national hero is intended to be permanent, so in the interest of national history it has become necessary to point out how much...
  • Media Matters' Birthday Suit: Exposing the Distortion

    05/03/2007 7:19:27 AM PDT · by HoosierGirl25 · 11 replies · 671+ views
    Human Events ^ | 5/3/2007 | Catherine Moy
    After three years of tax-exempt operation, Media Matters credibility as a media watchdog is questionable. Its leader, Brock, is a self-proclaimed liar who strong-armed sources that didnt agree with him. While writing his mea culpa, Blinded by the Right, Brock was hospitalized in a mental facility where he spent time in a quiet room and had delusions, he thought people were trying to kill him, according to the Drudge Report. Media Matters stars, including Brock, Eric Alterman and Ryan Chiachiere, are hypocrites who have used the very sexist, bigoted and racist language for which they crucify others, including Imus. They...

    10/04/2006 5:12:16 PM PDT · by jrooney · 1,408 replies · 54,287+ views
    The Drudge Report ^ | 10-04-06 | Drudge
    A posting of an unredacted instant message sessions between Rep. Mark Foley and a former congressional page has apparently exposed the identity of the now 21 year-old accuser... ABC RELEASED TRANSCRIPT OF ONE CHAT BETWEEN FOLEY AND A MAN WHO WAS 18 AT THE TIME OF THE INSTANT MESSAGE EXCHANGE.... NETWORK STATED THE MESSAGE WAS TO 'UNDER AGE' TEEN... DEVELOPING... ABC ONLINE GLITCH LEADS TO IDENTITY OF FOLEY ACCUSER; FEATURED IM EXCHANGE WAS WITH 18 YEAR OLD
  • A response to George Will. Seeing Red

    09/25/2006 7:56:10 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 23 replies · 1,269+ views
    The New Republic ^ | Post date 09.25.06 | by Thomas B. Edsall
    George Will's column has taught me several new rhetorical tricks. The first is how to use verbs to distort and impugn. In a column last week about my book Building Red America, Will wrote (emphases mine): "The GOP," Edsall laments, 'has achieved a gradual erosion of the popular consensus behind the major progressive and social-egalitarian movements of the twentieth century." This artful sentence labels me as a mindless, knee-jerk liberal. In fact, I argue that the left has not come to terms with the fact of eroding support for the liberal agenda. That may or may not be lamentable, but...
  • Parties To Tackle China's Distortion Of History (Koguryo Kingdoms - Korea)

    09/09/2006 10:59:39 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 410+ views
    The Korean Times ^ | 9-9-2006 | Lee Jin-woo
    Parties to Tackle Chinas Distortion of History By Lee Jin-woo Floor leaders of the governing and opposition parties yesterday agreed to cooperate to address China's distortion of history. The five parties also decided to fully support a resolution unanimously proposed by a National Assembly panel on Thursday. In the resolution, members of the Unification, Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee denounced China for intentionally distorting ancient Korean history. They said the controversial research results of the state-funded Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) are not purely a scholastic product, but the Chinese government's intention to claim ancient Korean kingdoms originated in...
  • S. Korea: Angry Protester Tore Chinese Flag With His Teeth

    09/07/2006 8:10:54 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 630+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | 09/07/06
    How to get back at China South Korean protesters tear a Chinese flag in front of the Chinese embassy in Seoul September 7, 2006. China published books and articles recently which claim that Korea's Koguryo Kingdom (37 B.C. - 668 A.D.) and Palhae (698-926), which had occupied today's northern part of the Korean peninsula and the northeastern region of China, were part of China's ancient territory. South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Lee Kyu-hyung said on Wednesday that South Korea would take diplomatic steps to cope with China's attempts to distort Korea's history, local media reported. The flag reads,'Stop distortion of...
  • EVIDENCE MOUNTS THAT KANA "MASSACRE" WAS A FAKE -- Western Press Suckered Again!

    08/03/2006 6:51:00 PM PDT · by Apolitical · 43 replies · 2,371+ views
    The central piece of evidence leading to this conclusion is the fact, mentioned by IDF officials from the very beginning, that the building collapsed a full seven hours after the Israel Air Force bombing. Why, then, would the residents inside not have been evacuated in the meantime? As Brig.-Gen. Amir Eshel of the Israeli Air Force told reporters Sunday night, "It is difficult for me to believe that they waited eight hours to evacuate it." Without additional evidence, Eshel merely left open the possibility that Hizbullah terrorists, or explosives they left behind, caused the explosion. "Indeed," writes Robert Spencer for...

    06/10/2006 3:56:53 AM PDT · by edpc · 18 replies · 1,743+ views ^ | June 7, 2006 | Michelle Malkin
    A cartoon by Jack Higgins in Tuesday's Chicago Sun-Times incorporated inaccurate imagery to make a statement about the allegations that U.S. Marines killed Iraqi civilians in Haditha. Jack Higgins and the Sun-Times deeply regret the mistake and apologize to the U.S. servicemen, especially those in the Marine Corps, and to our readers who were understandably offended by the cartoon. Higgins, in doing Web research on the Haditha story, searched the Internet for images. A Yahoo search engine displayed a number of photos, one of which was labeled "IraqBodi...rd.jpg." Clicking on that image took Higgins to the MSNBC/Newsweek site. On his...
  • Hollywood takes liberties with true stories but 'Glory Road' is a flagrant foul (Blatant hypocrisy)

    02/10/2006 9:26:13 AM PST · by DukeBillie · 29 replies · 1,658+ views
    Seattle Post Ingelligencer ^ | February 10, 2006 | WILLIAM ARNOLD
    It's a growing irony of today's Hollywood that, the more its filmmakers have come to rely on fact-based stories for their source material, the more inventive they've tended to become with the facts. These days, when we see that fateful kicker, "Based on a true story," experience tells us it's wise to be more than a little suspicious. Indeed, a kind of ritual has arisen in which a film will appear, gain media attention and critical credibility on the strength of its "true" story, and then spend weeks being cut down by people charging that the real story -- be...
  • Why Not a Strike on Iran?

    01/23/2006 8:23:53 AM PST · by robowombat · 27 replies · 1,994+ views
    The New York Times: ^ | Jan 22, 2006 | David E. Sanger,
    "Could we do it?" one administration official who was deeply involved in planning the Iraq invasion said recently. "Sure. Could we manage the aftermath? I doubt it." Similar fears, he said, gave President Bill Clinton pause about launching a strike on North Korea in 1994. Later that year he reached an accord for a freeze on the North's nuclear production facilities. But in 2003 everything unfroze, and now the North, by C.I.A. estimates, has enough fuel for at least half a dozen bombs. The Iranians took careful notes then, and here in Washington today the Korean experience underlies diplomacy-versus-force arguments...
  • Schwarzenegger did not have proper motorcycle license, police say

    01/10/2006 5:24:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 83 replies · 2,184+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/10/06 | Steve Lawrence and Jeremiah Marquee - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle illegally over the weekend when he collided with a car in his Brentwood neighborhood, the Los Angeles Police Department said Tuesday. Police Lt. Paul Vernon said Schwarzenegger does not have the proper motorcycle endorsement on his California driver's license, contradicting statements made by his spokeswoman since the Sunday accident that left the governor with 15 stitches in his upper lip. "He does not have the license," Vernon said. Police did not cite the governor because they arrived after the accident, Vernon said. Police referred their findings to the...
  • Terrorism and Hollywood

    01/05/2006 9:34:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 857+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Jan 5, 2006
    The film "Syriana" is based on the true story of a CIA operative sent to assassinate Saddam Hussein, and the agent's near murder by Palestinian terrorists from Hezbulah. But in the hands of actor/producer George Clooney, Americans are shown to be greedy and corrupt while suicide bombers are presented as freedom fighters.
  • RNC Response to Sen. Boxer's Distortion of Judge Alito's Record

    12/04/2005 9:48:51 AM PST · by ncountylee · 13 replies · 786+ views
    "With Senator Boxer's blatant lie this morning, Democrats once again illustrated their clear commitment to distorting Judge Alito's record. What makes today's smear regarding reapportionment particularly stunning is that it was only two days ago that Sen. Specter clearly stated Judge Alito believes that one man one vote is 'very deeply embedded' and is a 'principle which is settled and beyond attack'. Every time the Democrats desperately attempt to misrepresent Judge Alito's record, they undermine their own credibility when it comes to the nomination." -- Brian Jones, Communications Director
  • Tokyo teacher embattled over war history

    11/23/2005 9:02:48 AM PST · by dvan · 51 replies · 1,634+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | Nov 22,2005 | Robert Marquand
    TOKYO - Miyako Masuda is a 23-year veteran of public schools here. Like many Japanese history teachers of her generation, she dislikes new textbooks that frame Japan as the victim in World War II. It bothers her that books claiming America caused the war are now adopted by an entire city ward. In fact, Masuda disapproves of the whole nationalist direction of Tokyo public schools. Yet until last year, Masuda, who calls herself "pretty ordinary," rarely went out of her way to disagree. Few teachers do. But when a Tokyo city councilman in an official meeting said "Japan never invaded...
  • No More Christmas Greeting From Walmart

    11/14/2005 9:07:27 AM PST · by Solid Oak · 145 replies · 2,605+ views
    Fox News | Nov 14, 2005 | Solid Oak
    Just heard on Fox News that Walmart has abandoned their practive of greeting customers with "Merry Christmas." Also if you look for Christmas gifts on their web site, they send you to a Holiday Gift page. However, they have other gift sites tied to specific religions.
  • Ticket to Paradise?

    11/08/2005 6:42:00 PM PST · by Salem · 3 replies · 272+ views ^ | 08 November, 2005 | Stefan Ulstein
    Ticket to Paradise? Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad's new filmfictional, but true to lifefollows the journey of two young suicide bombers. What motivates them? Abu-Assad says it may be more than meets the eye. interview by Stefan Ulstein | posted 11/08/05 Paradise Now, opening in limited release on November 11, is the fictional but true-to-life story of two young Palestinians who ask to be sent together on a suicide-bombing mission in Israel. Sad and Khaled have been friends forever, and to them, it seems only natural that they would arrange to die together. Languishing in dead-end jobs, they are trapped in...
  • Krauthammer: Distorting Sam Alito

    11/04/2005 2:05:31 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 9 replies · 984+ views
    Washington Post Writers Group ^ | November 4, 2005 | Charles Krauthammer
    WASHINGTON -- Pop quiz: Which of the following abortion regulations is more restrictive, more burdensome, more likely to lead more women to forgo abortion?(a) Requiring a minor to get the informed consent of her parents, or to get a judge to approve the abortion.(b) Requiring a married woman to sign a form saying that she notified her husband.Can any reasonable person have any doubt? A minor is intrinsically far more subject to the whims, anger, punishment, economic control and retribution of a parent. And the minor is required to get both parents involved in the process and to get them...
  • Link Wray's Border Blues

    08/02/2005 6:53:08 AM PDT · by weegee · 11 replies · 461+ views
    Terminal City ^ | Jul, 14 2005 | by Kliph Nesteroff
    Link Wray's Border Blues Was the surf guitar legend the target of racial profiling? Surf rock legend Link Wray was to perform live at the unlikely venue known as The Yale Hotel this past Sunday. When I first saw the one lone poster slapped to a pole with electrical tape at the last minute, I figured it was nothing more than some mediocre Link Wray cover band. I reasoned if it truly were Link Wray, I would have known about it far in advance, and it wouldnt be at Vancouvers number one "greasy-white-guys-with-mid-life-crises-trying-to-play-the-blues" bar. When I discovered that Wray really...
  • China: A Large Riot Broke Out In Anhui Province

    06/28/2005 6:09:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies · 1,464+ views
    /begin my translation China:A Large Riot Broke Out In Anhui Province [Epoch Times, 2005/06/28] In the afternoon of June 26, 2005,a large riot broke out in Chi-zhou, Anhui Province, China, in which about 10,000 people attacked a police substation and set fire on policevehicles. However, crowds at the scene disagreed with the Chinese media report, and explained the situation as follows: "At 2 pm, Liu Liang, a middle school pupil was a riding a bicycle, and it happened to grazea car which the owner of Ren-he Clinic, a private hospital, is riding, resulting in a scratch. The argument from both...
  • Liberal Lunatic of the Day (6/2/2005) Tom Friedman

    06/02/2005 7:15:19 AM PDT · by Beckwith · 25 replies · 1,065+ views
    Liberal Lunacy ^ | 6/2/2005 | Beckwith
    Tom Friedman implores, "Shut it down. Just shut it down." Friedman explains, "I am talking about the war-on-terrorism P.O.W. camp at Guantnamo Bay. Just shut it down and then plow it under. It has become worse than an embarrassment. I am convinced that more Americans are dying and will die if we keep the Gitmo prison open than if we shut it down. So, please, Mr. President, just shut it down." Friedman continues, "I believe the stories emerging from Guantnamo are having a similar toxic effect on us - inflaming sentiments against the U.S. all over the world and...
  • Liberal Lunatic of the Day (5/13/2005) CBS News

    05/13/2005 7:41:41 AM PDT · by Beckwith · 1 replies · 245+ views
    Liberal Lunacy ^ | 5/13/2005 | Beckwith
    CBS News, once again displaying its total disregard for journalistic integrity, has distorted the news in a flagrant attempt to tarnish the Republican Party by using a sound bite that is so out of context as to be near criminal. CBS reported that Ken Starr said the Senate Republican's plans to stop the Democratic filibusters of judicial nominations was wrong. What Ken Starr really said, was that the practice of invoking judicial philosophy as a grounds for voting against a qualified nominee of integrity and experience was wrong. CBS presented a video clip on the Monday edition of the...
  • Dana Milbank and 'The Facts'

    03/31/2005 4:57:19 AM PST · by Molly Pitcher · 14 replies · 891+ views
    Townhall ^ | 3/31/05 | Brent Bozell
    Can nothing spare us from the arrogance of liberal media figures, still parading around as Guardians of the Facts and Solely Anointed Professional Disseminators of the Truth? Washington Post reporter Dana Milbank, in what reads like an early April Fools' prank, has written an article for the Post's Sunday "Outlook" section presenting himself as an objective reporter. The headline was "My Bias for Mainstream News." In it, he complains that the "cottage industry" of watchdog groups on the right and left "are devoted almost entirely to attacking the press." The most priceless sentence is this: "Regardless of the merits, the...
  • I Gave It Up for Lent

    03/09/2005 9:24:27 AM PST · by TheTruthess · 47 replies · 1,066+ views
    Truth Magazine ^ | April 2, 1992 | Harry R. Osborne
    "I Gave It Up for Lent"Harry R. OsborneA few years ago about this time of year, a story appeared in the newspaper about a strange occurrence in France. It seems that a thief cornered a man in a dark place. He threatened to slash the man's throat with his knife unless he handed over his money. As the Victim reached for his wallet, the light caught him in such a way that the thief saw his victim was a priest. The robber quickly apologized for his behavior explaining that he was unaware of the fact that he had preyed upon...