30 September 2003

Fear and loathing on the campaign trail

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Independent candidate Arianna Huffington scheduled a TV appearance Tuesday night amid reports that she was considering dropping out of the recall race and throwing her support to Gov. Gray Davis in order to stop Arnold Schwarzenegger.
It's all over for Ah-nuld … how can he compete with that kind of endorsement?
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THIS JUST IN: Schwarzenegger might fire political appointees if he wins election

Many Heads Could Roll if Schwarzenegger Wins
Really? Ah-nuld wouldn't just keep the Davis team on board after their performance for the last 6 years? UPDATE: Co-worker BBB comments: "In these times, this _is_ quality journalism -- at least the story isn't blatantly false".
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Community concerns

Orrin Judd points out "this story":http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/30/international/middleeast/30ARAB.html of Colin Powell "speaking speaking at an economic conference of leaders from the Middle East and hundreds of American and Arab-American executives". Powell spoke about bringing down trade barriers, building democracy and the rule of law in Iraq, alleviating poverty, international cooperation and addressing terrorism by the Palestinians. Eventually he got a "ripple of applause" when he said "Israel, too, has obligations". Yeah, all that other stuff is nice but it's not what they _really_ care about.
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EU-lite and terror: accomplices or accessories?

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Palestinian Authority officials' salaries are paid by the European Union, but Arafat or his cronies were skimming off up to 15 percent in income taxes and using it for their own causes, [Former PA(Palestinian Authority) PM(Prime Minister) Mahmoud] Abbas suggested. "Personally, I don't know where those funds go," he said. "When we wanted to cancel them, they said: 'You're harming the intifada.' "
So "Arnold Roth tried to ask Chris Patten(Wall Street Journal - Europe)":http://online.wsj.com/article_print/0,,SB106452805846465700,00.html about that:
Chris Patten, the EU's Commissioner for External Relations, plays a central role in the provision of EU financial aid to the Palestinian Authority. I intended to ask him in that visit whether he was aware of evidence that EU money, channeled through his office to the PA and so necessary to improving Palestinian lives, was being diverted to fund terrorism. Did he believe a just peace could be achieved when teachers paid from EU grants to UNRWA (U.N. Relief and Works Agency) teach Palestinian children that Israel has no right to exist and that their martyrdom is a glorious part of the ethnic cleansing of Jews from the Middle East? Unlike the other senior EU figures we approached, Mr. Patten declined to meet us.
That's not a surprise when it comes to Chris Patten and funding the Intifadah. On the other hand, some EU-lite "openly cheer":http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1064810554363&p=1008596981749 the terrorists [source]
Dozens of [Marwen] Barghouti's supporters attended the trial and cheered at the end of his speech. They included *members of the European Parliament from Italy and France* [emphasis added]
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Pre-natal care in the Saudi Entity

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In the event that a woman is admitted to a hospital’s emergency room and is not accompanied by a man, she is to be held at the hospital in specially designated rooms to prevent her escape. The mother is to be placed under surveillance in the hospital until a man comes forward and takes responsibility for the well-being of mother and child. If no one comes to claim responsibility for the woman, she is to be transferred to one of the Kingdom’s social service providers after the local police have been notified.
Yes, it's good to be careful because heavily pregnant women about to give birth are frequently prone to sudden escapes.
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State media watch

[source, source, source] Gina Wilkinson was doing a story for the Australian Broadcasting Company, a state run television station, about abandoned ordnance in Iraq after the war. Part of the story was about some SA-2 missiles left behind that "are filled with volatile rocket fuel and two hundred kilograms of high explosives". In order to "punch up" the story, Wilkinson had _children climb on the missiles_. Some of the locals were concerned about the dangers but Wilkinson was insistent. She actually had the children do it several times because the first take wasn't sufficient. This was only revealed because someone leaked the internal tapes. One wonders just how many other journalists in Iraq are demonstrating a similar level of concern for Iraqis (we know how concerned they were about Iraqis "_before_ the war":922).
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