November 12, 2008
Sorry for that heading, but you might forgive me after reading the first sentence of a TIME article on Barack Obama.
Some princes are born in palaces. Some are born in mangers. But a few are born in the imagination, out of scraps of history and hope.
I wonder if the Kennedy's will accept another "royal family." Plus, Christ is pushed aside for the "Chosen One."
Authored by Woody
July 24, 2008
Who would have guessed? The press backs the candidates and political party financially that they back in their "news" coverage.
The New York Times' refusal to publish John McCain's rebuttal to Barack Obama's Iraq op-ed may be the most glaring example of liberal media bias this journalist has ever seen. But true proof of widespread media bias requires one to follow an old journalism maxim: Follow the money.
...The contributions of individuals who reported being employed by major media organizations are...$315,533 to Democrats, $3,150 to Republicans — a ratio of 100-to-1. No bias there.
The press only backs the Democrats because Stalin isn't on the ballot.
Posted by Woody
April 30, 2008
We keep hearing from the liberal media and Democrats about our terrible recession. The only problem is that our economy is still growing. But, the Associated Press still can (and wants to) make that look bad. Eventually, the doomsday crowd may talk businesses and individuals into cutting their spending enough in reaction to claims of a recession until they actually create one.
AP - Economy grows by only 0.6 percent in 1st quarter of 2008: The statistic did not meet what economists consider the classic definition of a recession, which is a retraction of the economy. This means that although the economy is stuck in a rut, it is still managing to grow, even if modestly.
Oh, so not "technically." Technically, the AP is a bad news source. Here's the technical definition of a recession: Recession is defined as a decline, for two consecutive quaters, of real gross domestic product - the value of all final goods and services produced within a nation in a given year. We have not had that, as growth is not a decline. Also, the U.S. has the world's highest gross domestic product (GDP), as derived from Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) criteria. So, when we meet the "technical" definition of a recession, let us know about it only then.
But, as private businesses are working hard to make progress, another segment of our economy is booming with little effort.
USA Today - Hiring leaps in public sector: Governments added 76,800 jobs in the first three months of 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. That's the biggest jump in first-quarter hiring since a boom in 2002 that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Don't worry about getting in soup lines or selling apples on street corners yet. But, if you start to worry, just get a government job. They can always make more jobs doing nothing. However, stay away from applying to newspaper publishers. They truly are in decline and only wish that the nation would join them. It could be envy.
Authored by Woody
March 18, 2008
Right underrepresented in press's diversity: Only 6 percent of the national press corps describe themselves as "conservative" in a population that includes reporters, editors and producers from major television and radio networks, daily newspapers, news wires and online sources. There are more conservatives in broadcast than print — 10 percent and 2 percent, respectively.
The media representatives who described themselves as "moderates" were mostly lying or don't know the meaning of moderate.
Authored by Woody
November 26, 2007
THR: But were the National Guard documents authentic?
Rather: I believe they are authentic. I believed it at the time, I believe it now.
Get that man some meds!
September 20, 2007
One of the truly nice guys in blogging is Rick Calvert. I first met Rick via an e-mail from him asking about advice for his blog The Real Ugly American. Now, I was pretty much a novice also so I don't know how much help I was, but Rick and I hit it off real well. When I was diagnosed with Lung Cancer, Rick was there in my corner, sending e-mails and checking on me from time to time, and for that I bless him. Recently, I asked Rick a few Questions about the up-coming Blog World Expo, which I intend to attend, (Las Vegas look out, here come GM) and at which, I hope to meet many of my friends the blog world over. (Note: Click on the BlogWorld Expo logo on the left and it will take you to their site.)
1. You started blogging with “The Real Ugly American” but recently, you are working quite hard to put on the BlogWorld Expo. Why a blog expo?
Well George as my Blogfather, you know you were one of the first “big” bloggers I ever contacted when I was a newbie. As The Real Ugly American started to grow I had all these questions. Again you know that because most of the time I would email you and about 10 other people asking you “how do I add this widget?” “how does site meter work?” “what is a trackback?” etc. Finally I had reached a point where I wanted to take my blog to the next level. I happen to have been producing major tradeshows for a living for the last ten years so naturally I thought “I should go to the blogging tradeshow”. That’s when I realized it didn’t exist and there were at least a million other people with the same questions I had.
2. There are trade shows all over the world, all the time. What makes Blogworld Expo different?
There isn’t another blogging tradeshow. At least not what I consider to be an industry wide tradeshow like the other events I have attended, exhibited at or produced. We want every blogger, vlogger, podcaster, internet radio and TV broadcaster in the world to think of BlogWorld as the place to go to find out what’s new in this industry, where to get the tips and education they need to create better content, increase their readership, and monetize their site.
3. You picked Las Vegas, Nevada for the venue. Why there?
Because Vegas is the number one tradeshow city in the world. It is the 2nd cheapest city in the country to fly in to, it has over 200,000 hotel rooms at every price range, more entertainment choices and restaurants than you could ever experience in a lifetime. People of course think of gambling when they think of Vegas but tradeshows actually bring in far more money to the city’s economy than gaming. They have three major convention centers at the LVCC, the Sands and Mandalay Bay each with over one million square feet of space. There are only a dozen cities in America with even one convention center that big. Not to mention Vegas has dozens of hotels with 100,000 square foot convention and conference centers.
4. The world of blogging has grown from a few thousand not so many years ago to several millions and more being added all the time. Why do you think this is so? And what impact do you think this will eventually have on the MSM?
Andrew Sullivan back in 2002 called blogging “a publishing revolution more profound than anything since the printing press” and he was right. When we announced the launch of the show back in November of 06 Technorati was tracking 57 million blogs, today there are well over 70 million. I tell all my blogger friends this revolution is just beginning. People like Sullivan may have been blogging in 2002, and guys like Dave Winer back in the 90s but most of the world had no idea this great content was out there. The MSM is just starting to get it now and the mainstream public is just starting to get it. This will be much much bigger than it is today and already every major newspaper, magazine, TV and Radio station is blogging. Not to mention vlogging and podcasting. We are in for a very fun and interesting ride.
Blogging empowers every day people to ask the questions MSM journalists never ask, to write opinions never expressed in MSM outlets and talk about topics that just don’t get MSM attention. It takes literally five minutes to start a blog and the moment you hit “Publish” more than a billion people can read it. That is a power that the common man has never had in all of human history.
5. You and I both were commenter’s at Marc Coopers blog and Marc is certainly one of the biggies. Will he be at Blogworld expo?
He is certainly invited and I hope he joins us. I love Marc’s blog.
6. Why should bloggers attend this show?
To learn how to make their blog better, to learn the tricks that the techy guys already know. How to use the latest widgets and plug ins, decide which publishing software is best for you, learn how to increase your readership, monetize your content if that’s your goal, influence more people if you want to advocate a political or social position, just meet your friends who you email every day and those guys like you that people look up to. We will have Rock star bloggers from just about every community. Political bloggers, business bloggers, Godbloggers, tech bloggers, mommy bloggers, milbloggers, pop culture bloggers, sports bloggers, diarists, every type of blogger you can imagine will be there. I just want to say I was there for the first one ever.
7. This is similar to question number one, but what gave you the idea to do this, and how long have you been working on it?
I wanted to go to this event. It didn’t exist and this is what I do for a living. I know I’m not the only person in the world who is geeked up about blogging. For all the reasons I mentioned above I want to go to BlogWorld and meet the people I admire and respect. It was last September that I first started thinking about it. I told a couple of my tradeshow friends including my partner Libby Durfee and as soon as they heard they idea they said “Lets launch that show today!”, then I set up a meeting with Hugh Hewitt who had linked to my blog several times and actually inspired me to start blogging. I know these guys at a really great PR company who had an associate who used to work for Hugh. She set up a lunch. He had no idea who I was. We sit down and he asks so what’s this all about?
I had to tell him to start that I was The Real Ugly American and I had called into his radio show several times an even interviewed him for my blog when he released his book “Painting the Map Red”. He was just a really nice guy and was familiar with my blog. Then I told him the idea and like everyone else he just looked kind of stunned for a moment and said “I’m in!” he was a huge help in the beginning introducing us to major bloggers and other potential exhibitors partners etc and still is a huge supporter of the show. Townhall has been a sponsor of the event since the very beginning.
8. Can you tell us about some of the exhibitors that will be there?
Sure. Yahoo, Feedburner, WordPress, Six Apart (Moveable Type, etc), Pajamas Media, Federated Media, b5 media, Truth Laid Bear, Shure, Sports Blogs Nation, Military.com Biola University, Blogger & Podcasters Magazine, Blog Talk Radio, Talk Shoe, Blurb, PRWeb, Blogsvertise, Newstex, PayPerPost, Campaigns & Elections Magazine, Fast Company Magazine and a lot more.
9. What about speakers and/or presentations?
Honestly it is going to be amazing. We will be announcing a big list of speakers soon but just a few names your readers will know, Hugh Hewitt, Dean Barnett, Mary Katherine Hamm, Lorie Byrd, Roger L. Simon, Glenn Reynolds, Jerome Armstrong, and I am really leaning on some other big progressive bloggers as well Glenn Greenwald, John Amato from Crooks and Liars, and one really big name I can’t mention until she is confirmed. There are at least a dozen more major political bloggers and that’s just the political guys. LaShawn Barber. We have huge tech and business bloggers like Om Malik, Dave Taylor, Charline Li, Maggie Fox, Andy Wibbels, the Chief Architect of HP.com, the Director of New Media communications from Kodak. The Milbloggers alone are worth the trip, Matt and Uncle Jimbo from Blackfive, Tim Boggs, Colonel Austin Bay, Michael Yon told me he would be happy to do a live feed from Iraq if we set it up. I am actually talking to Andi from Andi’s world who runs the milblog conference tomorrow to talk about other speakers. It is going to be an amazing mix of people. You can check out the sessions on our website at: Blog World Expo
10. Bloggers run the gamut from folks just writing about and for family members to hugely popular political blogs like Instapundit and Daily Cuss, I mean Kos to gadget blogs, blogs like BoingBoing and so very many others. Is Blogworld expo for everyone, or mainly the political bloggers?
Everyone. While political bloggers will have a big presence so will the mommy bloggers, milbloggers, godbloggers, sports, business and tech bloggers. We are intentionally a non partisan event and I sincerely hope on the political side that the guys on the left and right will be able to realize they are talking with real people over the net who if you leave politics out of it would probably really like each other. If we could impact the level of political discourse in the Blogosphere in some positive way that alone would make the event worthwhile to me.So, I encourage everyone connected with blogging, or who wants to blog or who reads blogs to consider attending this Expo. Besides, you'll get to meet me and that is worth the trip alone.
August 25, 2007
In Harper's Magazine an article dated yesterday (August 24, 2007) and authored by Scott Horton (What is it with these fellows named Scott? Except Scott Johnson of Powerline of course!) appears that takes on the neo-con publications and news sources that have trashed The New Republic's reporting by one Scott Thomas (in real life, the husband of a TNR Staffer Scott Thomas Beauchamp). Thomas wrote an article of dubious (nay, not dubious, outright falsehood it seems) truth regarding the depredations by members of his unit in Iraq. I've reported on this in the past (here and here and my blogging partner Woody here, and others here and here and from fellow Munuvian Ace of Spades HQ here). Horton begins his trashing of the neo-cons thusly:
Over the last two weeks there was a flap over a piece published in The New Republic by an American soldier in Iraq named Scott Beauchamp. He described a number of gruesome scenes, some of which did not portray his fellow soldiers in the best of light. The piece drew ferocious blow-back from the Neocon war party, whose hallmark is complete control over the news on the ground and from the front ranks in Iraq. They viewed the report as a violation of their sacred monopoly and were determined to destroy Beauchamp and to lash out at The New Republic.No idea "whether Beauchamp's story was accurate? Well wow and gee willikers Howdy, this here Horton fellow apparantly either can't read, or is so wrapped up in his own partisan shell that he can't make heads or tales of what is so patently ridiculous that even non veterans of Iraq had difficulty buying it. Not only that, but Messr. Beauchamp has "retracted" his story with the Army. It seems as though our essayest Horton (I wonder if he ever did hear the Who?) reads but understands only what he want's to.
I have no idea whether Beauchamp’s story was accurate. But at this point I have seen enough of the Neocon corner’s war fables to immediately discount anything that emerges from it.
I've bashed the Republicans and conservatives often enough so that I can honestly say that I think I can tell a scoundrel when I read one, but if seems if Mr. Horton lacks that particular ability. He relates a situation where he says that he is personally knowledgable about mis-reporting in the "neo-con Corner."
One example: back last spring, when I was living in Baghdad, on Haifa Street, I sat in the evening reading a report by one of the core Neocon pack. He was reporting from Baghdad, and recounted a day he had spent out on a patrol with U.S. troops on Haifa Street. He described a peaceful, pleasant, upscale community. Children were out playing on the street. Men and women were out going about their daily business. Well, in fact I had been forced to spend the day “in the submarine,” as they say, missing appointments I had in town. Why? This bucolic, marvelous Haifa Street that he described had erupted in gun battles the entire day. In the view of my security guards, with which I readily concurred, it was too unsafe. And yes, I could hear the gunfire and watch some of the exchanges from my position. No American patrol had passed by and there were certainly no children playing in the street. This was the point when I realized that many of these accounts were pure fabrications."Horton obviously wants us to believe, though he doesn't say, that both his experience and the "neo-con" report occurred on the same day, on the same street during the same time frame. That may or may not have been the case for I've heard many stories about peaceful scenes that were later pictures of hell. Mr. Horton, does the difference between 8:00:00 AM and 8:46:41 AM on September 11, 2001 on a certain densly populated island in New York ring a bell? If he is accurate, and the two "images" are the same at the same time on the same day in the same place then certainly the author of the "bucolic" scene deserves condemnation of the worst kind. But, notice that Mr. Horton does not name the day of the so called fictious story or the author of the false scene. Why would that be Mr. Horton? If you know of it, and don't reveal it one has to wonder why. Maybe you just didn't think it important? This could be your chance at immortality Mr. Horton... go on, tell us who, when, and what exactly happened and I'll be one of the very first to condem the scoundrel.
But, I digress.
What’s interesting about this whole affair is not the Beauchamp story, but the response to it from William Kristol, the Weekly Standard, and their quite amazing ability to exercise total command and control over the public affairs operations at the Pentagon throughout the process.Oh, yes, I've heard about all the amazing powers of William Kristol and his ability to mesmerize the PAO at the Pentagon. Not only that, but he is controling my typing even as I post this AND controling the minds of all those that read this post and (shudder) believe!
Horton then brings up Jonathan Chait as a witness for the prosecution:
The best volley in this exchange so far was fired yesterday by Jonathan Chait. He titles his piece “The Thuggery of William Kristol” and he goes straight for the jugular:Well, Mr. Chait, I can surmise that he discussed the boy being "savagely mutilated" to lend credence to his faux-reporting.
Offering up [Kristol’s] interpretation of why TNR would publish such slanders, he concluded, in an editorial titled, “They Don’t Really Support the Troops”:
”Having turned against a war that some of them supported, the left is now turning against the troops they claim still to support. They sense that history is progressing away from them–that these soldiers, fighting courageously in a just cause, could still win the war, that they are proud of their service, and that they will be future leaders of this country.”
In just two sentences, this passage provides a full summary of the decrepit intellectual state of neoconservatism. First, there is Kristol’s curious premise that tnr only published this essay because we have “turned against” the war. If Beauchamp’s writings were tnr’s attempt to discredit the war, why would his first contribution describe a pro-American Iraqi boy savagely mutilated by insurgents? For that matter, why would we work to undermine the war by publishing a first-person account on the magazine’s back page rather than taking the more straightforward step of, say, editorializing for withdrawal?"
Horton ends his piece with this little bit of trash:
"...his comments left me thinking back to Bush’s awful Weimar speech from yesterday. Did Bill Kristol have a hand in that atrocity as well? In any event, that speech was clearly stained with Neocon DNA."Ohhh Mr. Horton. You are sooooo clever aren't you?
There you have it folks, the brilliant left as exemplified by Messrs. Horton and Chait, are supporting the faux-reporting of Scott Thomas Beauchamp, admitted and proven liar. This then, ends my trashing of the trashers (Horton and Chait) who trash the trashers (Kristol) who trashed the trasher(Beauchamp) that trashed the military. Now does my opening sentence make more sense?
August 20, 2007
Now, a big deal was made that the Media don't typically report the party affiliation of a Democrat when said Democrat runs afoul of the law and that Republicans are always tagged with the (R) label.
So what's the big deal? We all know that the bias of the MSM wants you to think that the Republicans are really ReTHUGlicans and that Democrats are saints. So, for all you out there guessing, here's the rule:
If the party is reported, the perpetrator is REPUBLICAN. If there is NO party identification of a bad person, the perpetrator is AUTOMATICALLY A DEMOCRAT.Got that? Simple when you think about it. The MSM is just not aware that we know what the rules are.
August 14, 2007
Archivists say the former first lady's documents at her husband's
presidential library won't be released until after the '08 vote.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton cites her experience as a compelling reason voters should make her president, but nearly 2 million pages of documents covering her White House years are locked up in a building here, obscuring a large swath of her record as first lady. ....
But, if Hillary Rodham Clinton has nothing to hide, she will open up those records--just like John Kerry did. Right? It's not like those files are lost like the Rose Law Firm records that were suddenly found, years after being subpoenaed, in, of all places, the White House. Remember that?
After nearly two years of searches and subpoenas, the White House said this evening that it had unexpectedly discovered copies of missing documents from Hillary Rodham Clinton's law firm that describe her work for a failing savings and loan association in the 1980's.
...The release of the records is the latest of several instances in which the Clinton White House has declared a document search to be exhaustive, only to later stumble on important material. For example, White House officials initially said that Vincent W. Foster Jr., the deputy White House counsel, left no indication of why he committed suicide on July 20, 1993. But later, an aide found the remnants of a note describing Mr. Foster's disenchantment with Washington. ...
But, HRC will claim that it's not her fault, as seven years after leaving the White House is still not enough time to organize and
destroy review critical files. Maybe if she is elected, she can appoint Sandy Berger to be in charge of the National Archives to expedite that.
Know what? Senator Rodham Clinton is going to be pressed for those files by her opponents, and the mass media will give her a pass on this. After all, electing a Democrat is more important than journalistic integrity. Who would have guessed?
So, we might have eight more years of Clintonese lying, back-room deals, pardons, and payoffs ; but, I bet that no one will accuse her of having an affair with a White House intern. No one needs a favor that badly.
August 11, 2007
...Hearing about (the new TSA) rules got me thinking about what I would do to maximize terror if I were a terrorist with limited resources. ...I’m sure many readers have far better ideas. I would love to hear them. ...So by getting these ideas out in the open, it gives terror fighters a chance to consider and plan for these scenarios before they occur.
Yeah, right. The New York Times and college professors writing for them are so well known for wanting to fight terrorists. Do you recall the image from this post?
The author praised his father, Dr. Michael Levitt, in his article. His dad specializes in the study and treatment of flatulence. He couldn't have made a better producer of it than his own son.
Now, we could ask people to think how the terrorists should attack The New York Times, but it's unlikely that terrorists would hurt one of their biggest allies.
August 08, 2007
"Pssst, sir, you really don't want to eat here.
Let me tell you what goes on in this place...."
[from the back] "Scott, are you talking to the customers again? If you're talking to the customers again I'm going to kick your ass...."
In continuing news on the subject from NewsBusters:
July 30, 2007
A post by Jennifer Marohasy, brings the connection to our attention. Besides being a nice person and extremely qualified on enviromental issues, she has shown a special interest in the plight of Richard Ness, who was charged and jailed in the environmental/legal struggle associated with these radical groups, and he is still fighting on appeal after winning the initial trial.
Abu Bakar Bashir, the well known spiritual leader of militant Islamic group, Jemaah Islamiya, has now joined forces with Indonesia's largest environmental organisation, WALHI, to protest against US-based mining corporation Newmont.
...It is perhaps not surprising that militant environmental and Islamic organisations are joining forces, they both believe that issues of poverty and corruption are a consequence of capitalism and the exploitation of people and natural resources by large multinational corporations....
Here is even more about the "environmental" group and backer of Democrats, Friends of the Earth, joining forces with the militant Islamic group, Jemaah Islamiya. The two are also fighting to disband the intelligence force that has been successful in arresting key people in the Bali bombing and with links to Al-Qaeda. This information is provided by the son of the accused man in this post: Strange Bedfellows
Even more shockingly (note sarcasm), the arrest and law suit against Richard Ness resulted because of an article by The New York Times, which boasted that they forced the government to take action against this man and the company. Now, they are being sued by him over their false and exaggerated story. Who would have guessed that the NY Times would publish something that is false?
Communists, enviromentalists, Islamic terrorists, The New York Times, and Democrats all in one happy cluster, working together to help each other's causes. We may be even leaving some others out. What does this tell you? Does it even surprise you?
July 28, 2007
I've been following the Scott Thomas Beauchamp (or is that Beauchump?) story since the "story" broke in The New Republic. Via the incomparable and magnificent LARWYN, I've been able to keep up with all the key players enjoying the discomfiture of TNR as they backtrack, waffle and crawdad (if you don't know what crawdad means, you haven't been to the South very often have you?). One of the more serious investigators has been Ace, a fellow Munuvian and an all around great blogger. But I digress. Ace has been following the machinations of TNR closely as has Dan Riehl (Faux TNR masthead courtesy of Dan) and as I noted, both have been doing an absolutely outstanding job.
One of the posts I read (I'm too tired to track it down now after slogging through a days worth of progress notes, and billings) noted finding the blog of said Scott Thomas (Beauchamp) that he wrote while in the Army stationed in Germany. And one of Scotts posts had a photograph which I reproduce for you here:
along with the caption:
Train ride to Wurzberg: 11 EuroNow, I suspect that you, like me, have a whole bunch of blogs that we enjoy, even if we get to them only once in a while. Such are my friends at Misunderestimated Germans, and I recognized that photo. It is a photo of Claudia Heym who, along with Michael Meyn and Jürgen Krafzik write Misunderestimated Germans. At least, I was pretty sure it was so I wrote Michael with whom I've enjoyed exchanging comments and emails from time to time. Sure enough, it was indeed a photo of Claudia (and somewhere I heard taken around 2002) and, from their website here is their banner (reduced in size);
Two Steins of Beer: 12 Euro
Having a girlfriend that embodies racial perfection: priceless
Let me repeat Scott Thomas' caption: "Train ride to Wurzberg: 11 Euro - Two Steins of Beer: 12 Euro - Having a girlfriend that embodies racial perfection: priceless" and you can tell that the implication is that Claudia is Scott Thomas' girlfriend. Nicht wahr? Ahhh, but I know that in 2002 Scott wasn't in Germany when that photo was taken, and that Claudia and Jürgen are very good friends and I suspect, though I cannot know as yet, that Jürgen would be very surprised to know that Scott's girlfriend is an embodiement of "racial perfection."
Not only is that a shameful and crass statement, especially given the country that is hosting Thomas, but he didnt' even know the young lady as far as I can tell. Perhaps Mr. Scott Thomas Beauchamp is not only a fabulist, but a cultural/ethnic bigot as well.
More and more, it's looking like Mr. Scott Thomas Beauchamp has done for The New Republic what typhoid did for Mary, or what Steven Glass did for...... get my drift?
UPDATE: Damn, this is fun. Or, as Sherlock Holmes has said:
when one has eliminated the impossible, whatever is left must be the truth, no matter how unlikely it may seem."Dan Riehl has MORE on this story... yeppers, damn fun!
July 18, 2007
Well, of course, that explains it because everyone, just everyone knows that a corporation is just a money grubbing, right-wing, entity that is out to control the world. Ask any left winger, they'll tell you it is so.
However, when the charge comes from across the big pond between Europe and the US, so that even others can see the bias, the Lefts disclaimer is harder to swallow. Surfing the web this evening, I came across this open letter from David's Medienkritik-Online. Ray, the author of the letter and the co blogger of DMKO has it right.
To Whom It May Concern:Read the rest, especially the comments.
"With your recent report on Iraq in which you showed 6 soldiers burning to death in a Bradley vehicle. Once again you have proven that - as a part of the mainstream media - you are incapable of reporting anything but your own biased and defeatist version of the war - devoid of any context or anything beyond death, casualties and bombs."
"Attempting to glean the bigger picture from your coverage is absolutely impossible, as it so obviously reflects your own political, decidedly anti-war stance. Needless to say, you will drop coverage of the people of Iraq and their suffering like a hot potato as soon as American troops leave - as that is what you are so obviously out to achieve. It will be a replay of Vietnam and Cambodia - where millions died or fled after 1975 - but the media ignored the plight of those left behind after the political cause - American withdrawal - had been achieved."
"You owe it to the American people to ask what the consequences of withdrawal and defeat will be for Iraq and the wider region. Unfortunately, you seem so caught up in the daily drumbeat of death, bombs, casualties and little else, that you seem fundamentally unable to do so. Perhaps you ought to consider a report on the very real progress that is taking part in sectors of Iraq - which you seem so determined to ignore - as it doesn't seem to fit into the template you have created - one of defeat and humiliation for your own nation."
July 16, 2007
NewsBusters provided before and after pictures and a big question from the Edwards townhall meeting.
Did "Good Morning America" physically remove a man who appeared to be dozing off during Democratic Senator John Edwards's town hall meeting on Monday? Early in the 7am hour, the man...appeared to be sleeping, or at least dozing, while Edwards discussed his plan for Iraq.
Around 7:11, the individual, who was seated to the back and right of Edwards, mysteriously disappeared....
Maybe Criss Angel was there and made the man disappear. Yeah, that's it. ABC wouldn't pass up this story and remove the man unless...well, unless it was for a Democrat. You know it would be big news if this happened to a Republican.
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