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  • MSNBC's Farrow: 'Thanksgiving: Because Genocide Is a Lot More Festive 392 Years After the Fact'

    11/28/2013 8:32:13 PM PST · by chessplayer · 92 replies
    Ronan Farrow has made it crystal clear that he's going to fit in perfectly as a new MSNBC host. Ronan Farrow ✔ @RonanFarrow Thanksgiving: because genocide is a lot more festive 392 years after the fact. As if that wasn't disgraceful enough, he followed it up Thursday with this: Ronan Farrow ✔ @RonanFarrow This Thanksgiving, let's give thanks for what we have and also awkwardly apologize to the Native Americans we slaughtered to get it.
  • Radical Anti-Israel Advocate Appointed to Genocide Prevention Board

    04/27/2012 4:39:46 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 26, 2012 | Arnold Ahlert
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Radical Anti-Israel Advocate Appointed to Genocide Prevention BoardPosted By Arnold Ahlert On April 26, 2012 @ 12:48 am In FrontPage | 10 Comments Last August, president Obama created an Atrocities Prevention Board. “Preventing mass atrocities and genocide is a core national security interest and a core moral responsibility of the United States of America,” stated a presidential directive. He appointed Samantha Power, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, as chair. Ms. Power won a Pulitzer Prize for her book, “A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide.” That’s the good news. The...
  • NYTimes Compares Muslim Brotherhood to Catholic Church

    02/05/2011 10:37:32 PM PST · by Rhonda Robinson · 28 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | Feb. 6, 2011 | Lisa Graas
    slamopologists at the New York Times clearly love to promote the false notion that Islam is exactly like Christianity, at least when they are boiled down to their basics. Often, the Catholic Church specifically is compared to Islam as if they are basically one and the same. As we saw in Rachel Donadios article on the Cathedral of Crdoba, which she referred to (wrongly) as The Great Mosque, Islam is preferred to Catholicism even to the point of blatant lying. Now, we find the New York Times comparing even the Muslim Brotherhood, specifically, to Catholicism in an article that appears...
  • Bizarroland of the bully mosque bigs

    09/23/2010 2:21:02 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 22, 2010 | Michael Goodwin
    Mark the moment: The battle over the Ground Zero mosque has passed through the looking glass and into the wonderland of insanity. Surprise, surprise, the "summit" of national and local Muslim organizations early this week turned into a rally-around-the-mosque gathering. While that was predictable, the logic justifying the move is as scrambled as the landscape Alice discovered behind the mirror. It is now the "extremists" opposed to the mosque who are the reason why it must be built, according to the Muslim supporters. At least one of whom, not incidentally, is a big supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah. Growing out...
  • A Hiroshima Apology? (State Dept "to express respect for all the victims of World War II")

    08/06/2010 9:08:07 AM PDT · by mojito · 67 replies
    WSJ ^ | 8/6/2010 | Warren Kozak
    For the first time since the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Japan 65 years ago, today the U.S. ambassador to Japan will attend the official commemoration ceremony at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. The U.S. ambassador has always declined the annual invitation, but this year is different. President Barack Obama decided to acknowledge the event with the presence of a high-level dignitary. As State Department spokesman Philip Crowley explained, Ambassador John Roos will be there "to express respect for all the victims of World War II." Gene Tibbetsthe son of Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets Jr., the pilot who...
  • Bull in a China shop

    05/20/2010 4:10:02 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies · 225+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 20, 2010 | Editorial
    State Department functionary Michael Posner is either dumb or deluded. He's the fellow who earlier this month drew obnoxious moral parallels between US and Chinese human-rights records -- and he's still at it. "Part of a mature relationship is that you have an open discussion where you not only raise the other guy's problems, but you raise your own," he had said -- referencing, among other things, Arizona's new immigration law. Arizona wants federal immigration laws enforced, you see, and the Chinese violently oppress Tibetan and Muslim minorities and force North Korean refugees back home to face certain death. To...
  • "Tsunami" Ad Offends Memory of September 11 Tragedy

    09/01/2009 12:24:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies · 1,704+ views
    NBC New York ^ | 9/1/09 | HASANI GITTENS
    It's enough to turn your stomach. Or, if you're a New Yorker who lived through the September 11th attacks, give you a serious case of the heebie-jeebies. A new ad purportedly for the World Wildlife Fund features dozens of airplanes converging on lower Manhattan -- featuring the Twin Towers -- with the line "The Tsunami Killed 100 Times More People Than 9/11." The ad was first brought to our attention by Gothamist, but was originally picked up by Adweek.com's AdFreak blog, which reports that the ad is from the Brazilian arm of the WWF. Sure, the 2004 tsunami was a...
  • Obama's Muslim World Address In Cairo Examined

    06/04/2009 3:35:08 PM PDT · by johnqueuepublic · 25 replies · 1,008+ views
    PipeLineNews.org LLC ^ | June 4, 2009 | WILLIAM MAYER and BEILA RABINOWITZ
    Obama's Muslim World Address In Cairo Examined By WILLIAM MAYER and BEILA RABINOWITZ June 4, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - In a much anticipated speech delivered today in Cairo, Egypt, president Obama presented his administration's views on American foreign policy as it pertains to the Muslim world. The address itself [available here] provides the clearest insight yet into what changes the new administration is contemplating in dealing with what seems to be the two major points of contention between the Middle East and the West, the war on terror and continued U.S. support of Israel. The speech...
  • What Cheney Did To Conservatism

    04/23/2009 10:15:32 AM PDT · by steve-b · 50 replies · 1,476+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | 4/22/09 | Andrew Sullivan
    The assertion of total power through unchecked violence - outside the Constitution, beyond the reach of the law (apart from legal memos from hired hacks instructed to retroactively redefine torture into 'legality') - will be seen in retrospect as the key defining theory of Bush conservatism. It ended with torture. Why? Because reality may differ from ideology; and when it does, it is vital to create reality to support ideology. And so torture creates reality by coercing "facts" from broken bodies and minds. This is how torture is always a fantastic temptation for those in power, even if they first...
  • Guess Who Cares About Dead Palestinians? Jews! (Israel's War In Gaza Is A Moral War Alert)

    01/12/2009 9:23:56 PM PST · by goldstategop · 15 replies · 996+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 1/13/2009 | Dennis Prager
    For those individuals -- such as nearly all members of the world news media -- who, in light of Israel's invasion of Gaza -- see moral equivalence between Israel and the Palestinians, here are some clarifying thoughts. First, it would be difficult nearly to the point of impossibility, to find Israeli or other Jews who celebrate the deaths of Palestinian civilians. Jews both within and outside of Israel cringe when they see pictures of dead Palestinian men, women, and children in Gaza. For thousands of years at their Passover seders, Jews have removed wine from their cups to ceremonially weep...
  • One Dead Rabbi Not the Issue (Barf Alert)

    11/28/2008 2:14:56 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 15 replies · 705+ views
    Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivki were murdered, along with three other hostages, at the Chabad community center which they ran in Mumbai. And as much as I am hurting over their deaths, I am more devastated by the scope of the terror (over 160 dead and more than 350 wounded) than the fact that among them was a rabbi. Even the fact that some appear to have been targeted because they were Jews does not make me so profoundly angry and sad. What is going on in Mumbai is bigger than that. And while I appreciate that fellow-blogger,...
  • Christians and Gays Behaving Badly

    11/20/2008 11:07:17 AM PST · by AJKauf · 53 replies · 1,332+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 19, 2008 | Elizabeth Scalia
    There is a video making the rounds that shows an angry mob of California gays confronting and intimidating Christians over the passage of Proposition 8, which outlawed gay marriage in that state. Michelle Malkin has a narrative of the event that sounds worse than the tape, which already sounds pretty bad. Reportedly the Christians met once a week to pray and sing on the public corner. Whether theyre hoping to straighten out gays or simply trying to facilitate encounters with Christ is unclear, but their method is problematic; its not how Jesus would do it. In the wake of Proposition...
  • McCain's Boots Defeat Obama's Suits (Ben Shapiro On Why Americans Favor A Boots President Alert)

    08/13/2008 10:02:36 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 207+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 8/13/2008 | Ben Shapiro
    A man, they say, can be judged by his friends. If that's the case, then Barack Obama can surely be judged by George Clooney. The UK Daily Mail reported this week that the "Ocean's Eleven" actor regularly speaks with and text messages the presumptive Democratic nominee, advising him on everything from fashion to foreign policy. "George has been giving him advice on things such as presentation, public speaking and body language and he also emails him constantly about policy, especially the Middle East," stated a Democratic Party insider. "George is pushing him to be more 'balanced' on issues such as...
  • False Equation: Opposing Same Sex Marriage And Opposing Interracial Marriage (DUH Alert)

    07/14/2008 9:22:13 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 21 replies · 302+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 7/15/2008 | Dennis Prager
    The most effective of all morality-based arguments for same-sex marriage, the one that persuades more people than any other argument, is the one that equates opposition to same-sex marriage with the old opposition to interracial marriage. The argument, repeated so often that it sounds incontestable, is this: Just as parts of American society once had immoral laws that forbade whites and blacks from marrying, so, today, society continues to have immoral laws forbidding men from marrying men and women from marrying women. And just as decent people overthrew the former, decent people must overthrow the latter. Thanks in large part...
  • How Liberals Lost A Liberal (Why Many Democrats Became Republicans Alert)

    04/14/2008 10:28:26 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 40 replies · 174+ views
    Townhall ^ | 4/15/2008 | Dennis Prager
    The Democratic Party's preoccupation with the question of when America will leave Iraq rather than with how America will win in Iraq reminds me of how and why this nearly lifelong liberal and Democrat became identified as a conservative and Republican activist. I have identified as liberal all my life. How could I not? I was raised a Jew in New York City, where I did graduate work in the social sciences at Columbia University. It is almost redundant to call a New York Jewish intellectual a liberal. In fact, I never voted for a Republican candidate for president until...
  • PETA's 'Eat Right' Letter In Cannibal Case No Joke

    01/11/2008 5:27:57 AM PST · by rw4site · 12 replies · 114+ views
    Tyler Morning Telegraph - tylerpaper.com ^ | Jan 11, 2008 | KENNETH DEAN
    Background: Christopher Lee McCuin age 25 has been arrested and is currently in the Smith county jail for the murder of his girlfriend. His mother called 911 after he had taken her to see the girlfriend's corpse in his back yard. He is suspected of eating parts of her. Obviously, he is mentally ill. This is a printer friendly version of an article from www.tylerpaper.com Article published Jan 11, 2008 PETA's 'Eat Right' Letter In Cannibal Case No Joke By KENNETH DEANStaff Writer Sheriff's officials were astounded by a letter requesting the man accused of murdering his girlfriend and possibly...
  • One Mean and Nasty War Massachusetts tough talk.

    09/16/2007 7:42:49 AM PDT · by Delacon · 11 replies · 609+ views
    National Review Online ^ | September 16, 2007 | Mark Steyn
    This year I marked the anniversary of September 11th by driving through Massachusetts. It wasnt exactly planned that way, just the way things panned out. So, heading toward Boston, I tuned to Bay State radio colossus Howie Carr and heard him reading out portions from the official address to the 9/11 commemoration ceremony by Deval Patrick, who is apparently the governor of Massachusetts. 9/11, said Governor Patrick, was a mean and nasty and bitter attack on the United States. Mean and nasty? He sounds like an over-sensitive waiter complaining that John Kerrys sent back the aubergine coulis again. But...
  • Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places (Mark Steyn Slams Multicultural Affection Alert)

    09/16/2007 8:37:26 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 18 replies · 1,029+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 09/16/2007 | Mark Steyn
    ...[T]he shot heard around the world and so forth. Anyway, Gov. Patrick didn't want to leave the crowd with all that macho cowboy rhetoric ringing in their ears, so he moved on to the nub of his speech: 9/11, he continued, "was also a failure of human beings to understand each other, to learn to love each other." I was laughing so much I lost control of the wheel, and the guy in the next lane had to swerve rather dramatically. He flipped me the Universal Symbol of Human Understanding. I certainly understood him, though I'm not sure I could...
  • CNN's Christianne Amanpour's "God's Warriors" not be a propaganda piece

    09/02/2007 2:48:44 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 6 replies · 309+ views
    Had CNN's Christianne Amanpour's "God's Warriors" not be a propaganda piece Had it be a documentary: You would have seen: Muslim clerics calling to kill non Muslims for no reason at all, for Allah. You would have seen: Video clips of homicide-bombers shouting 'Allah Akbar' (Allah is great!), at each massacre the Islamists perform. You would have seen: Jihad camps where little kids are being taught how non Muslims are apes and pigs and should be eliminated. You would have seen: Non violent Christians protesting abortion clinics (stressing the usual 'non-violence' aspect NOT the isolated 'bombing' of a clinic). You...
  • Poisonously Biased (CNN's Amanpour)

    08/30/2007 3:25:07 PM PDT · by mojito · 27 replies · 1,219+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8/29/2007 | Andrea Levin
    CNN's Christiane Amanpour has set a new standard - and not the kind a news network usually trumpets. God's Jewish Warriors, her two-hour screed against Israeli settlers and American supporters of Israel, is the most poisonously biased and factually shoddy feature to air on mainstream American television in recent memory. The August 21 broadcast was the first of God's Warriors, a three-part CNN series, ostensibly examining the role of people who want "God back in their daily lives, back to the seat of power." In actuality, the deeply false premise of the programs, established in the opening scene, is the...
  • Squaring Off Against Islam (Burt Prelutsky Ridicules Western Dhimmitude Towards Islam Alert)

    07/16/2007 11:30:33 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 1,005+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 07/16/2007 | Burt Prelutsky
    Some people used to refer to Ronald Reagan as the Teflon President because no matter how much mud his political foes threw at him, nothing stuck. That was because he was so much wiser, more principled, charming and charismatic, than his left-wing detractors. These days, those who seem to come equipped with Teflon are the worlds Islamics. Whats so mystifying about this is that they share none of Reagans finer qualities. Theirs is a religion which calls for the domination of all others, and yet the majority of Christians, Jews, atheists and agnostics, continue treating them with the utmost respect...
  • This Is What Waterboarding Looks Like - by David Corn. (photos)

    10/01/2006 7:58:27 AM PDT · by dennisw · 83 replies · 5,654+ views
    davidcorn. ^ | 9 2006 | david corn
    September 28, 2006This Is What Waterboarding Looks Like As Congress has debated legislation that would set up military tribunals and govern the questioning of suspected terrorists (whom the Bush administration would like to be able to detain indefinitely), at issue has been what interrogation techniques can be employed and whether information obtained during torture can be used against those deemed unlawful enemy combatants. One interrogation practice central to this debate is waterboarding. It's usually described in the media in a matter-of-fact manner. The Washington Post simply referred to waterboarding a few days ago as an interrogation measure that "simulates drowning."...
  • Separating reason from rhetoric (liberals', UN's moral equivalence skillfully indicted)

    09/22/2006 7:33:34 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 10 replies · 586+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Friday, September 22, 2006 | Lorne Gunter
    Separating reason from rhetoric Lorne Gunter, National Post Published: Friday, September 22, 2006 Moral equivalence isn't so much the ability to see the truth in all sides as it is the inability to recognize evil, even when it jumps up and bites you on the buttocks. Communism's Western apologists -- who were legion in academia, the media, politics, the bureaucracy and the cultural elite -- were only able to convince themselves the West was no better than the Soviet Union or China because they were willing to dismiss the gulags, famines, purges and psychiatric prisons while overemphasizing such comparatively...
  • The left's new bad guy

    08/26/2006 5:10:52 AM PDT · by Clive · 49 replies · 3,051+ views
    National Post ^ | 2006-08-26 | Andrew Coyne
    At some point in his first or second year, the average undergraduate comes to a dreadful, shocking, thrilling, intoxicating realization: Everything I was taught to believe until now is a lie. We're not the good guys. We're the bad guys: the West, white people, my parents, whatever. Grasping this insight is the key to enlightenment, and enlightenment is the key to, among other things, pulling chicks. As time passes, most of us move on to a more balanced understanding of life. But that first rush of exhilaration at having pierced the veil, at being granted the power to see through...
  • Human Rights Watch Courts The Mullahs (Stupid Left BWAHAHAHAHAHA Alert)

    08/03/2006 1:18:02 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies · 578+ views
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 08/03/06 | John Perazzo
    During these tense times in the Middle East, at least Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad can have a good laugh over the pathetic July 26 letter addressed to him by the Executive Director of Human Rights Watchs Middle East and North Africa Division, Sarah Leah Whitson. Dear President Ahmadinejad, the letter solemnly begins, We [at HRW] are aware that you have recently expressed great concern about the current fighting between Israel and Hezbollah, citing in particular the large numbers of Lebanese civilian victims of this conflict. Your eyes do not deceive you. HRW believes, at least publicly, that it is communicating...
  • Mad Dogs and Liberals: The Moral Equivalence of the New York Times

    07/22/2006 2:58:19 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 34 replies · 1,098+ views
    NY Times/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein July 22, 2006 - 05:34 The New York Times op-ed page has a feature today called 'A First Step Back From the Brink.' As the Times describes it: "With chaos threatening to engulf Lebanon, the need to resolve the conflict in the Middle East has rarely seemed so urgent. The Op-Ed editors went to seven experts with experience in the region, asking each of them what should be the first step toward defusing the crisis." Richard Perle is one of the contributors, and makes the case that "Israel must see the current fighting through to a conclusion...
  • NGOs quick to exploit Lebanon crisis to attack Israel

    07/18/2006 6:54:12 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies · 393+ views
    NGO Monitor ^ | July 18, 2006
    To see this online, click here NGO Monitor ReportNGO Monitor Beit Milken 13 Tel Hai St. Jerusalem, 92107 Israelmail@ngo.monitor.orgwww.ngo-monitor.org     July 18, 2006: NGOs quick to exploit Lebanon crisis to attack Israel Background: On July 12, Hizbollah launched an attack across the Lebanese-Israel border, killing eight soldiers and kidnapping two. In response to these blatant violations of international law, Israel launched a major military operation designed to push the Lebanese government to take control of the border and disarm Hizbollah. (In 2004, UN Security Council Resolution 1559 demanded that all Lebanese militia, including Hizbollah, be disarmed.) In the ongoing conflict,...
  • The Left Hurts The Battle Against Torture, Rape And Other Evils (Defining Deviancy Down Alert)

    06/26/2006 10:00:50 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 11 replies · 603+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 06/27/06 | Dennis Prager
    When you hear the words "oppression," "genocide," "racism," or even "torture" or "rape," do you immediately recoil as you always did? I don't. While I hate those evils as much as ever, I no longer assume the term always describes the reality. For example, the liberal press' unending preoccupation with American abuses of Iraqi detainees had a number of deleterious consequences. One was a further undermining of Arab and Muslim support for America's liberation of Iraq. But the longest-lasting negative effect was probably the cheapening of the word "torture." It undermined the war against torture to characterize what some Americans...
  • Killing Blair 'morally justified' says Galloway

    05/25/2006 5:52:05 PM PDT · by aculeus · 106 replies · 2,970+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | May 26, 2006 | By Fran Yeoman
    THE assassination of Tony Blair by a suicide bomber would be morally justified as revenge for the War in Iraq, according to George Galloway. The Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow said that such an attack would be morally equivalent to ordering the deaths of thousands of innocent people in Iraq as Mr Blair did. He was speaking during an interview for GQ magazine with Piers Morgan, the former Daily Mirror Editor. Morgan asked: Would the assasination of, say, Tony Blair by a suicide bomber, if there were no other casualties, be justified as revenge for the war...
  • The Tel Aviv atrocity [Jews equally to blame]

    04/18/2006 5:33:26 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies · 765+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 4-18-06
    WHEN A suicide bomber sent to Tel Aviv by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Islamic Jihad detonated a bomb at a crowded restaurant yesterday, an Israeli woman was torn apart in sight of her two young daughters and her husband. The abstractions of Mideast power politics must not be allowed to obscure the suffering of the innocent in such an atrocity, or the cruelty of the killers. Sign up for: Globe Headlines e-mail | Breaking News Alerts It is in the nature of a vendetta that both sides try to justify as retaliation acts that otherwise would stand as sheer murder....
  • I Hadn't the Slightest Idea of the Scale of Genocide

    11/21/2005 11:07:25 AM PST · by caveat emptor · 14 replies · 967+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | Nov. 18, 2005 | Annette Langer
    Der Spiegel interview with Nuremberg Prosecutor on 60th aniversary of the start of Nuremberg War Crimes Trial: ...I am totally convinced that Adolf Hitler was only a name that symbolized the absolute and worldwide breakdown of morality in the 20th century. It started in 1914 with World War I when everyone killed everyone and no moral standards remained. Revenge was the order of the day and any excuse was permissible. And afterwards? What did the communists do in Russia? And the Japanese in China? ...
  • Bad "Flight Plan": Jodie Foster Film Defames Air Marshals, Flight Attendants (SPOILER ALERT)

    09/22/2005 5:11:57 PM PDT · by mcg1969 · 34 replies · 4,293+ views
    DebbieSchlussel.com ^ | September 22, 2005 | Debbie Schlussel
    It's been four years of bad news for flight attendants. First, 9/11 happened. Then, they were laid off. With airline bankruptcies like Northwest's, they are being laid off again. Now, in another blow, the movie, "Flight Plan," is hitting theaters, tomorrow. Starring Jodie Foster, it's an outrageous piece of propaganda and incredible display of the irresponsible. I'm embarrassed to say that a very distant cousin of mine--Charles J.D. Schlissel--is executive producer of this outrage. The J.D. must stand for "Just Despicable." If you're a freedom-loving American like me, the rotten tricks of this movie will disgust you. If you want...
  • E-mails 'hurt IQ more than pot'

    04/23/2005 4:41:28 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 29 replies · 842+ views
    CNN ^ | 4/22/2005
    LONDON, England -- Workers distracted by phone calls, e-mails and text messages suffer a greater loss of IQ than a person smoking marijuana, a British study shows. The constant interruptions reduce productivity and leave people feeling tired and lethargic, according to a survey carried out by TNS Research and commissioned by Hewlett Packard. The survey of 1,100 Britons showed:
  • U.N. official: Scandal touches all nations

    04/09/2005 11:27:10 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 248+ views
    AP ^ | 4/9/5 | NICK WADHAMS
    UNITED NATIONS - As the United Nations fights sexual misconduct by peacekeepers, member states must realize that none of them have been entirely innocent of wrongdoing in the 50-year history of peacekeeping, a top U.N. official said. Jane Holl Lute said that in the wake of a host of scandals in the United Nations, there is an eagerness to push ahead and reform peacekeeping from nations that either contribute substantial amounts of money to peacekeeping or contribute most of the troops. "We are in a moment of great receptivity on the part of not only the member (states) but the...
  • Pursuing Moral Equivalence

    06/16/2004 1:25:12 AM PDT · by kattracks · 2 replies · 116+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 6/16/04 | NewCriterion.com
    Whatever else can be said about the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison, the forces arrayed against the U.S.-led coalition have welcomed the episode as a bonanza. Which forces? We dont mean the vaunted Arab streeteveryone is still waiting for that Godotbut rather the phalanx commanded by The New York Times, CNN, the BBC, Newsweek, and their satellites and support staff. The kingdom of the fourth estate contracted in one brow of grateful outrage and titillated horror as the photographs of naked Iraqis decorated the nightly news and front pages of newspapers everywhere. The prisoner scandal has...
  • Stop the Moral Equivalence

    05/20/2004 2:20:04 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 9 replies · 128+ views
    WSJ ^ | May 19, 2004 | GARRY KASPAROV
    It is said that to win a battle you must be the one to choose the battleground. Since the Abu Ghraib abuses were revealed, the battleground has been chosen by those who would blur the lines between terrorists and those fighting against them. The Bush administration has contributed to the confusion with its ambiguous "war on terror." You cannot fight a word. You need targets, you need to know what you are fighting for and against. Most importantly you must have beliefs that enable you to distinguish friend from foe. While al Qaeda may not have a headquarters to bomb,...
  • Stop the Moral Equivalence

    05/18/2004 10:26:05 PM PDT · by avalon · 12 replies · 173+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/19/04 | Garry Kasparov
    It is said that to win a battle you must be the one to choose the battleground. Since the Abu Ghraib abuses were revealed, the battleground has been chosen by those who would blur the lines between terrorists and those fighting against them. The Bush administration has contributed to the confusion with its ambiguous "war on terror." You cannot fight a word. You need targets, you need to know what you are fighting for and against. Most importantly you must have beliefs that enable you to distinguish friend from foe. While al Qaeda may not have a headquarters to bomb,...
  • Chuck Booms Goes over to the Dark Side (Israeli-Palestinian Issue)

    09/10/2003 8:31:00 PM PDT · by BenR2 · 759+ views
    Self: Vanity | 10sep03 | BenR2
    As you most FReepers know, Clear Channel Radio -- headquartered here in San Antonio -- is a "heavy-hitter" in the media world. Clear Channel owns radio stations, TV stations, and billboards. Its "flagship" radio station, also located here in San Antonio, and known as WOAI, 1200Am, is a 50K-Watt "Blow Torch" reaching as far away as Canada on some cold nights. Clear Channel has recently done a shake-up in its daily 4:00-7:00 PM radio lineup -- moving longtime voice Charley Parker to the morning slot and bringing Chuck Booms from its Cleveland affiliate to join San Antonio native Chris Duel...
  • THE CASTRO NEWS NETWORK

    05/17/2003 1:04:17 AM PDT · by kattracks · 16 replies · 258+ views
    New York Post ^ | 5/17/03 | JOHN J. MILLER
    <p>May 17, 2003 -- IT wasn't the most sophisticated hijacking ever planned.</p> <p>In Havana Bay on April 2, a small group of Cubans armed with a pistol and several knives seized control of a 45-foot ferryboat and ordered the pilot to head for Florida.</p>
  • Iraq: Fear of War Crimes by Both Sides (Barf Alert)

    03/26/2003 9:17:32 PM PST · by DaveCooper · 19 replies · 147+ views
    Amnesty International ^ | March 26, 2003 | none credited
    There are reports giving rise to concerns that war crimes may have been committed by both sides in the recent fighting, Amnesty International said today. Coalition forces have confirmed attacking the main Iraqi television station early on Wednesday. According to reports from the BBC, U.S. Central Command in Qatar has said that missiles struck Iraqs main TV station. The Pentagon is reported to have said that the purpose of the operation was to counter the command and control abilities of the Iraqi rgime, and also to deal with propaganda and the disinformation campaign of Baghdad. The bombing of a television...
  • American Burqa (Loony Feminist Moral-Equivalance BARF ALERT!)

    03/10/2003 4:57:10 PM PST · by MikalM · 13 replies · 402+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/10/03 | Ruth Rosen
    <p>SOON AFTER Sept.11, 2001, the blue burqa became the symbol for the Taliban's repressive regime in Afghanistan. Americans bemoaned the fate of Afghan women, who were prohibited from leaving home without wearing a garment that covered them from head to toe.</p>
  • Islam and moral equivalence

    11/26/2002 9:16:56 AM PST · by Greg Swann · 16 replies · 467+ views
    http://www.presenceofmind.net/ ^ | November 26, 2002 | Greg Swann
    Islam and moral equivalence byGregSwann Start with this from The Washington Times: Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson said yesterday the news media and political leaders have failed to educate Americans about violence in the Koran and in Islamic history and wishes President Bush had never said that "Islam is a religion of peace." First, it is true that reporters and politicians have not adequately detailed the violence in the Koran and in Islam's history. But second, that by itself is not of any particularly immediate interest. Quibbling moral-equivalizers can, and instantly do, point out the nearly identical calls to violence...
  • Swaziland Marriage Lawsuit Postponed [All Cultures are Equal]

    11/06/2002 7:37:39 PM PST · by StopGlobalWhining · 2 replies · 201+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 5, 2002 | By THULANI MTHETHWA
    MBABANE, Swaziland -- A woman who sued Swaziland's monarchy to prevent the king from marrying her daughter postponed her lawsuit indefinitely Tuesday, saying she doubted she had any chance of winning. Lindiwe Dlamini had asked the court to force the royal family to release her 18-year-old daughter, Zena Zoraya Mahlangu, from a royal guest house. Mahlangu and two other women were picked by King Mswati III's aides in September after the king decided they would be his 10th, 11th and 12th wives.
  • YOU MUST READ THIS ARTICLE:The Screed (Why the West is better than the East)

    08/13/2002 5:35:49 PM PDT · by zapiks44 · 20 replies · 1,051+ views
    Lileks.com ^ | June 2002 | James Lileks
    Clown Wisdom Sue Saddam Moore is Less Notes from the Olive Garden Corporate Anti-Corporate Art Sara Jane Soliah Modern Art Salter's Predictions The Peace School Saltus Christus The Geraldo of Cartooning If you're not familiar with the world of blogs, these are some exceptional examples - and each has links that will keep you busy for weeks. NCC Clueful - time on his hands and a brain in his head; a most benificial combination Pinstaundint- links so fresh the pixels are still wet and screaming Futbol Petit Vert - great links, pithy summaries, fabulous blog-list Tim Blair - where he...
  • THINK AGAIN: The limits of empathy

    08/01/2002 7:02:06 PM PDT · by Alouette · 28 replies · 437+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Aug. 1, 2002 | Jonathan Rosenblum
    Nothing so ennobles a human being as his capacity for empathy, particularly with those very different from himself. Without the ability to see the world from the vantage point of another, no deep human relationship is possible. Great literature enriches the reader by teaching him the multiple perspectives that different people bring to the same events, and one of the tragic consequences of the decline in the reading of serious fiction is the reduced capacity for imagining another's inner universe. Empathy for the suffering of the Palestinians has long been a hallmark of Israeli life. More than 20 years ago,...
  • MY MEETING WITH DAN RATHER

    04/25/2002 3:42:10 PM PDT · by Tom Jefferson · 71 replies · 669+ views
    Aish.com ^ | April 21, 2002 | Elliot Mathias
    My Meeting with Dan Rather by Elliot Mathias Since Arabs view the world differently, who's to say that we're right and they're wrong? My recent encounter with CBS News anchor Dan Rather and his producer made me realize that much of the anti-Israel coverage in the media -- which treats Israel with a double-standard unparalleled anywhere else in the world -- is attributable to factors other than anti-Semitism. I met his CBS producer at a building in Jerusalem's Jewish Quarter that overlooks the Temple Mount where she wished to film from. We proceeded up to the roof which afforded a...