Olbermann Calls Foxs’ 24 “Propaganda”

January 17, 2007

OlbermannKeith Olbermann attacked Foxs’ 24 as a “a program length commercial for one political party.” A somewhat realistic portrayal of a massive terror attack on on the US is automatically propaganda? What if Fox had made a movie which showed 19 hijackers flying 4 planes into targets all over the northeast before 9/11? Would that have been dismissed as propaganda and fear mongering Keith?

If Keith Olbermann is the sickness… Hugh Hewitt is the cure. This from todays opinion piece on ABC news:

 Given that there are easily, oh, 10 million people in the world who would stand up and cheer at the real version of Monday night’s fictionalized attack, and at least a few tens of thousands trying hard to do a deed of at least proportionate scale given the weaponry available, it is silly to argue that “it” couldn’t possibly happen. Of course it could happen. Eventually another nuke will go off, and it is not likely to be the obvious action of a state actor. So what is the “too far” in the question supposed to mean? It can only be that “24” is engaged in fear-mongering, and that is as stupid a charge as can be made.

Would the BBC have been going “too far” if in 1937 it had broadcast a radio drama depicting life in a Hitler-authorized death camp where hundreds of thousands of Jews were being executed in gas chambers, one of a string of such camps springing up across Europe?

Would a Paris newspaper have been going “too far” if it had run a short story in 1913 supposing trench warfare that would claim millions of casualties?

 Had PBS run a drama proposing a Communist massacre of millions of Cambodians in 1973 or a Rawandan genocide of more than a half million Tutsis twenty years later, would those prophecies have been going “too far?”

update-3.jpg I can’t believe I missed this point. Newsbusters has some quotes:

Olbermann recounted how 24 “featured a mall attack, a would-be suicide bomber on a subway, and a successful suicide bombing on a passenger bus. Not in places where these things have already happened, but in a country called the United States of America. In case you missed the point, the show finished up with a nuclear weapon detonating in a major American city, literally conjuring up the administration’s imagery for the war in Iraq, the good old mushroom cloud.”

Am I reading this properly? Did Olby just claim that there havn’t been any successful suicide bombings in The United States of America? That mall attacks havn’t been thwarted? That subway attacks havn’t been planned? I think it’s becoming more and more clear every day that ole’ Olby lives in fantasy land.

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Oops! British Newscaster Makes An Arse of Herself

January 16, 2007

EmmaMeet Anglia News’ Emma Baker. She’s having a bad day. This from metro.co.uk:

At one point, Miss Baker, 26, said to an unseen male colleague: ‘Have you phoned your wife this morning or have you phoned Jan?’

Then, to an unseen female colleague, she said: ‘Good morning, Mrs Shameless.’ Viewer Sally Fox, 45, from Milton Keynes, said: ‘It was much more interesting than the usual local news.

It was like a soap opera.

‘When she put her hand up her shirt it seemed she was fiddling with her bra. I saw her tummy.

‘Then, when she said about the guy phoning his wife, it seemed she was suggesting someone was having an affair. I was thinking: “Whatever is going on?”.

This all went on for about three-and-a-half minutes. She was preening herself and pouting like Madonna, sticking out her boobs.

‘Then somebody obviously told her this was going out live and her face went ashen.

Who says British comedy sucks? Apparently the “or have you phoned Jen” comment to her off air colleague was an allusion to an affair he’s having. 

I’ll have the video of this just as soon as it becomes available.

EU To Step Up Anti-Death Penalty Campaign

January 16, 2007

Where does the EU get off assuming it can interject itself into the justice systems of other UN member states and set the standard for just punishment?

This from Deutsche Welle:

 The European Union has vowed to  step up efforts aimed at a global ban of the death penalty in the wake of the recent executions of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and two of his aides

German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries said on Tuesday the bloc was planning to submit a resolution to the United Nations to put the moratorium on the agenda of the UN General Assembly.

 

 

“We all believe that the death penalty is something that should be rejected,” her colleague, German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, told reporters after informal talks with his and Zypries’ EU counterparts in the eastern German city of Dresden.

 

I find it funny that what spurred the EU’s most recent zeal for it’s anti-death penalty crusade was the hanging of Saddam Hussein and his two henchmen, as if the deaths of three war criminals illustrated the injustice of capital punishment.

 

And for to love of God can we please stop referring to the accidental beheading of Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti as a “botched execution“? Your death is instant weather your neck snaps or you are decapitated by the rope…just ask Saddam. A “botched execution” would be if someone’s head caught on fire while being electrocuted, missing the vein in a lethal injection or requiring a second stroke in a beheading.

 

For the sake of clarity, I oppose the death penalty domestically. However, I believe exceptions should be made for convicted war criminals and dictators.

Harry Reid and Ethics Reform Lite

January 16, 2007

harry_reid.jpgIt still takes a Republican to make the earmark reforms that the Democrats promised on the campaign trail. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was seeking to implement only a lite version of Earmark reform until Republican Senator Jim DeMint scuttled him. DeMint is slowly proving himself as the most honest man in the Senate.

This from the Las Vegas Sun:

Just days into the new Congress during a debate on earmarks, a leading campaign issue last fall, nine Democratic senators broke with Reid to vote for a Republican amendment to beef-up his proposal to reform earmarks – the special spending provisions that lawmakers tuck into bills, almost always for pet projects in their home districts.

Senators wanted to require their colleagues put their names on virtually all earmarks, which run into the thousands.

Reid wanted to put names only on those earmarks that did not go to a federal agency but instead go to an outside entity. Those kinds of earmarks number in the hundreds, not thousands.

The story continues:

The amendment to his bill was authored by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-SC, with backing from Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. – the anti-pork duo who tried last fall to halt a massive year-end spending bill because of its earmarks.

While DeMint’s amendment would have required more than 12,000 earmarks to have names assigned to them, Reid’s legislation would cover about 500.

DeMint supported essentially the same disclosure that House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi put in place as part of the Democrats’ agenda for the first 100 hours – and that provision won over the likes of Democratic Sens. Barack Obama of Illinois and John Kerry of Massachusetts, and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.

Rep. Patrick McHenry

January 16, 2007

McHenryAmerica’s youngest Congressman, Patrick McHenry will be joining the Andrew Wilkow show today (1/16) at 12:20 EST to discuss his recent spar with Congressman Barney Frank over the Samoa minimum wage exemption.

“Dispatches: Undercover Mosque”

January 15, 2007

The anticipated Channel 4 undercover expose of British Mosques that preach radical Islam is up at Hot Air. This is very important viewing.

Who Would Quote a Slave Owner?

January 15, 2007

MLKThe LA Times has gone all “PC warrior” on Arnold Schwarzenegger in celebration of Martin Luther King Day:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, speaking today at a breakfast honoring Martin Luther King Jr., used the sentence “One man with courage makes a majority.” The governor uttered the familiar line without attribution, which is probably a good thing. It comes from former President Andrew Jackson, brutal Indian slayer and slave owner.

Well thank you LA Times for taking the Governor down a peg. How dare he quote an American President. But might I, before we pass judgement, throw another quote out there?

Was not Jesus an extremist for love — “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you.” Was not Amos an extremist for justice — “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” Was not Paul an extremist for the gospel of Jesus Christ — “I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.” Was not Martin Luther an extremist — “Here I stand; I can do none other so help me God.” Was not John Bunyan an extremist — “I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience.” Was not Abraham Lincoln an extremist — “This nation cannot survive half slave and half free.” Was not Thomas Jefferson an extremist — “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” So the question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be. Will we be extremists for hate or will we be extremists for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice–or will we be extremists for the cause of justice? In that dramatic scene on Calvary’s hill, three men were crucified. We must not forget that all three were crucified for the same crime–the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thusly fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment.

Wow! What kind of idiot would quote Thomas Jefferson? He was an evil slave owner wasn’t he?

Oh…that right…it was Martin Luther King Jr.

 update-3.jpg The LA Times won’t allow a trackback on this criticism.

Terrorist Chic at Urban Outfitters

January 15, 2007

This one hits me close to home because, I’ll admit, I shop at Urban Outfitter. I’ve been aware of their politics for some time but this one takes the cake.

Urban is marketing a so-called “anti-war scarf” which looks suspiciously similar to the keffiyeh, popularized by Arch-Terrorist Yasser Arafat, and a favotire accessory of the terrorist Hamas organization.

I’m very diasapointed. I was alway willing to overlook the obvious liberal agenda of Urban Outfitter because CEO Richard Hayne is a staunch republican, but this one goes too far.

Feel free to shoot them a complaint.

update-3.jpg Urban has pulled the Anti-War keffiyehs. From the Jerusalem Post:

The scarves, also sold on-line, were priced at $20 in several different color combinations as part of Urban Outfitters’ Spring Fashion women’s accessories range. “Due to the sensitive nature of this item, we will no longer offer it for sale,” a notice on the Web site stated. “We apologize if we offended anyone, this was by no means our intention.”

January 13, 2007

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Pelosi’s Tuna Hypocrisy

January 12, 2007

pelosiLess than 100 hours in, and Pelosi can’t seem to stem the growing tidal wave of hypocrisy. This time it’s the minimum wage hike.

This from The Washington Times:

On Wednesday, the House voted to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 per hour.
    

The bill also extends for the first time the federal minimum wage to the U.S. territory of the Northern Mariana Islands. However, it exempts American Samoa, another Pacific island territory that would become the only U.S. territory not subject to federal minimum-wage laws.
    

One of the biggest opponents of the federal minimum wage in Samoa is StarKist Tuna, which owns one of the two packing plants that together employ more than 5,000 Samoans, or nearly 75 percent of the island’s work force. StarKist’s parent company, Del Monte Corp., has headquarters in San Francisco, which is represented by Mrs. Pelosi. The other plant belongs to California-based Chicken of the Sea.

Patrick McHenry gets quote of the day though, to the obvious perturbing of Barney Frank:

During the House debate yesterday on stem-cell research, Mr. McHenry raised a parliamentary inquiry as to whether an amendment could be offered that would exempt American Samoa from stem-cell research, “just as it was for the minimum-wage bill.”
    

A clearly perturbed Rep. Barney Frank, the Massachusetts Democrat who was presiding, cut off Mr. McHenry and shouted, “No, it would not be.”
    

“So, the chair is saying I may not offer an amendment exempting American Samoa?” Mr. McHenry pressed.
 

“The gentleman is making a speech and will sustain,” Mr. Frank shouted as he slammed his large wooden gavel against the rostrum.
 

The bottom line is that the libs are protecting this industry…God…they’re acting like Republicans!

update-3.jpgI decided to dig a bit deeper. It turns out that Star Kist Samoa, inc. does not allow its employees to unionize. This is from the American Samoa Bar Association web site which lists lawsuits brought against Star Kist Samoa:

Employee handbook that strongly advised employees not to join a labor union, described a system of “progressive discipline” prior to termination, and required the employee to sign a statement that he has read the manual and understands its provisions, gave rise to contractual rights and obligations with regard to discipline and termination of employment. Palelei v. Star Kist Samoa, Inc., 5 A.S.R.2d 162.

They not only advise not to unionize, they TERMINATE employees for Union activity:

Termination of employment due to union activity is perhaps the most obvious example of conduct which is federally preempted by the National Labor Relations Act and over which territorial court has no jurisdiction. Su`a v. Star-Kist Samoa, Inc., 7 A.S.R.2d 58.

But wait, Starkist Samoa must at least pay their employees a fair wage right? Think again:

Territorial minimum wage statute, including provision for punitive damages for wilful failure to pay territorial minimum wage, does not apply to employees covered by provisions of federal minimum wage law. A.S.C.A. §§ 32.0320, 32.0340. Moea`i v. Reid, 9 A.S.R.2d 48.

Punitive damages provision of territorial minimum wage statute, for wilful failure to pay the minimum wage, is limited to a claim based on the difference between the employee’s hourly wage and the minimum wage; this provision does not apply to an action for breach of contract where, although the employee has not been paid, his contractual wage was higher than the statutory minimum. A.S.C.A. §§ 32.0320, 32.0340. Moea`i v. Reid, 9 A.S.R.2d 48.

That’s 5,000 employees of Star Kist who have been absolutely hosed by the hypocrite Pelosi.

update-3.jpg Newsbusters is all over it.

update-3.jpg Video of Congessman Patrick McHenry on the floor asking Barney Frank about adding an exemption for American Samoa in Stem Cell Research:

update-3.jpg Democrats are now promising to change the minimum wage bill. This from The San Diego Union-Tribune:

Fending off charges of favoritism, House Democrats say a just-passed minimum-wage bill will be changed to cover all U.S. territories – including American Samoa – before it reaches President Bush’s desk.

The story continues:

Spokesmen for Pelosi and Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, the author of the minimum-wage bill, said it excluded American Samoa at the request of nonvoting Delegate Eni Faleomavaega, a Democrat who represents the Pacific island territories in the House. Raising the federal minimum wage would devastate the local tuna industry, Faleomavaega said in a statement last week, adding that American Samoa’s economy is “more than 80 percent” dependent on Chicken of the Sea and StarKist. 

If this incident has done nothing else, it has proven that Democrats are willing to sacrifice jobs and businesses at the alter of political points. Also, their bending to the protest of Delegate Eni Faleomavaega of Samoa proves that Democrats understand the effect that a minimum wage hike has on jobs…they just dont give a damn.