30 October 2006

A useful collaboration

[source, source]

Pakistani helicopter gunships on Monday destroyed a religious school the military said was fronting as an al-Qaida training camp, killing 80 people in the country’s deadliest military operation targeting suspected terrorists.

Islamic leaders and al-Qaida-linked militants blamed the United States for the airstrike and called for nationwide demonstrations to condemn the attack that flattened the school known as a madrassa and ripped apart those inside.

I am completey on board for having Pakistan bomb these guys and then blame the USA, as long as the bombs keep coming.

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27 October 2006

Fighting stick rubbing with stick rubbing

What the heck, it’s kind of silly, but Right Wing News is da Google bomb.

Senate

Connecticut: Ned Lamont
Maryland: Ben Cardin
Maryland: Ben Cardin

Missouri: Claire McCaskill
Missouri: Claire McCaskill
Michigan: Debbie Stabenow
Montana: Jon Tester
Ohio: Sherrod Brown

Pennsylvania: Bob Casey
Tennessee: Harold Ford
Tennessee: Harold Ford
New Jersey: Bob Menendez
Virginia: James Webb

House

(AZ-5): Harry Mitchell
(AZ-08): Gabrielle Giffords
(CO-07): Ed Perlmutter
(CT-04): Diane Farrell

(CT-05): Chris Murphy
(FL-16): Tim Mahoney
(GA-03): Jim Marshall
(GA-12): John Barrow
(IA-01): Bruce Braley

(IL-06): Tammy Duckworth
(IL-17): Phil Hare
(IN-08): Brad Ellsworth
(IN-09): Baron Hill
(NC-13): Brad Miller

(NH-02): Paul Hodes
(NM-01): Patricia Madrid
(NY-20): Kirsten Gillibrand
(NY-24): Michael Arcuri
(NY-29): Eric Massa

(OH-15): Mary Jo Kilroy
(OH-18): Zack Space
(PA-07): Joe Sestak
(PA-10): Chris Carney
(PA-08): Patrick Murphy

(PA-12): John Murtha
(VA-02): Phil Kellam
(WA-8): Darcy Burner
(WI-08): Steve Kagen

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Just think how bad it would be if they glared as well

[source, source]

The news media advocacy organization Reporters Without Borders released their fifth annual Worldwide Press Freedom Index this week, and it shows that the United States has dropped 9 places since last year, and is now ranked 53rd, alongside Botswana, Croatia and Tonga. […]

The United States (53rd) has fallen nine places since last year, after being in 17th position in the first year of the Index, in 2002. Relations between the media and the Bush administration sharply deteriorated after the president used the pretext of “national security” to regard as suspicious any journalist who questioned his “war on terrorism.”

Shouldn’t that be an upgrade from regarding every journalist as suspicious a priori?

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25 October 2006

But it's not a religious test, is it?

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The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) today asked the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take action against political litmus tests in America’s schools of social work. Currently, HHS requires its social workers to have degrees from programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), whose standards require evaluating students on the basis of their beliefs. FIRE urged HHS to end its relationship with CSWE unless CSWE drops these vague and politically loaded standards, a request echoed in similar letters sent today by the National Association of Scholars and the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.

[…]

CSWE maintains a set of official standards on the basis of which it decides whether or not to accredit a social work program. The standards require that CSWE-accredited programs “integrate social and economic justice content grounded in an understanding of distributive justice, human and civil rights, and the global interconnections of oppression.? They also require that graduates of CSWE-accredited programs “demonstrate the ability to…understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and apply strategies of advocacy and social change that advance social and economic justice.?

Clearly the important thing is for such educational programs to teach their students how to self actualize via political action. If the poor they are supposed to be helping get ignored, that’s a price the CSWE is bravely willing to pay.

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Throwing the cell cluster out with the bath water

[source, source]

One of the country’s [United Kingdom’s] leading hospitals is throwing aborted babies into the same incinerator used for rubbish to save only £18.50 each time, it has emerged.

[…]

One local woman, who asked not to be named, said after the heartache of deciding to have an abortion she was mortified to find the hospital had used the same furnace they burn rubbish in to incinerate her terminated baby.

She said: “I am furious and very hurt. Imagine my horror when I discovered that my baby was incinerated in the same furnace as the hospital rubbish.”

As Best of the Web notes, “what baby?”. It does seem to me that there was a way to avoid that sort of treatment of her baby, if it was that important too her.

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22 October 2006

Remembering who's your friend and who's not

Video of the Palestinian celebrations after the 11 Sep attacks. This footage has been dropped down the memory hole by Old Media because it doesn’t fit their gestalt.

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20 October 2006

Do what we want or we'll suffer!

Via Little Green Footballs, I have to cite this story

Hamas, the Islamist group that runs the Palestinian government, said on Thursday it could never have imagined the vast international pressure it would come under after winning democratic elections earlier this year.

In a candid article published in the Palestinian press, Ahmed Youssef, a political adviser to Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, a Hamas leader, said the group had been shocked by the strength of opposition to its electoral victory.

“It went beyond all imagination,” wrote Youssef.

Hahaha. Excuse me.

Frankly, I have my doubts about it being “beyond all imagination” — when Hamas won the election, they desperately tried to form a unity government. The only reason to do that was to avoid exactly this kind of thing.

“We made bets and had expectations that the West and especially the European Union would give us a chance to address our cause through politics, and we believed that the Arab world would be our supporter.” [Youssef wrote]

Yes, and instead Hamas decided to maintain its genocidal stance towards Israel.

“We promise our brothers in Fatah and in other factions of the national struggle that we will work hand-in-hand to prove to the world that we are able to overcome the crisis and the siege,” Youssef wrote.

Hamas could “overcome” the crisis in a day by recognizing Israel and agreeing to the treaty commitments of the PA. Clearly, they would rather have the crisis.

P.S. Worst Ramadan Ever. Bummer. See above.

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Malice and stupidity?

A good post about how Old Media is both fully aware of the Caliphascist propaganda campaign in the West and participating in it nonetheless. While it’s possible that some of it is deliberate, having known actual journalists I can’t say I would be surprised to learn that journalists in general lack sufficient introspection to connect the two.

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19 October 2006

The truth hurts

[source]

Contrary to predictions by Pajamas Medias’ Nidra Poller and others, Philippe Karsenty, founder of Media Ratings, has been found liable and fined for “insulting? Charles Enderlin and France2 in the matter of the controversial Mohammed Al Dura video. This video, produced by Enderlin and promulgated by France 2, has been deemed a fake and called the Father of All Fauxtography. This was barely disputed at the trial and yet Karsenty was still found liable for saying so.

One is left wondering how anything, even the admissio of the Al-Dura video being fake, could actually be “insulting” to a media company owned by the French state. Are there still people who expect better?

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18 October 2006

I take better care of my Magic: The Gathering cards

[source, source]

Pablo Picasso’s “dream” painting has turned into a $139 million nightmare for Steve Wynn.

In an accident witnessed by a group that included Barbara Walters and screenwriters Nora Ephron and Nicholas Pileggi, Wynn accidentally poked a hole in Picasso’s 74-year-old painting, “Le Reve,” French for “The Dream.”

A day earlier, Wynn had finalized a record $139 million deal for the painting of Picasso’s mistress, Wynn told The New Yorker magazine

The accident occurred as a gesturing Wynn, who suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that affects peripheral vision, struck the painting with his right elbow, leaving a hole the size of a silver dollar in the left forearm of Marie-Theresa Walter, Picasso’s 21-year-old mistress.

Beyond the lunacy of paying $139M for a single decorative object, who would then keep such an object in a state where it could be so easily damaged? The sympathy meter isn’t reading very high on this one.

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13 October 2006

Way to get ahead of the curve

Discovery Channel solicits parodies of its own shows.

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Lost in translation

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A teenage schoolgirl was arrested by police for racism after refusing to sit with a group of Asian students because some of them did not speak English.

Codie Stott’s family claim she was forced to spend three-and-a-half hours in a police cell after she was reported by her teachers. The 14-year-old - who was released without charge - said it had been a simple matter of commonsense and accused the school and police of an over-the-top reaction.

The incident happened in the same local education authority where a ten-year-old boy was prosecuted earlier this year for calling a schoolfriend racist names in the playground, a move branded by a judge “political correctness gone mad.?

Codie was attending a GCSE science class at Harrop Fold High School in Worsley, Greater Manchester, when the incident happened. The teenager had not been in school the day before due to a hospital appointment and had missed the start of a project, so the teacher allocated her a group to sit with.

“She said I had to sit there with five Asian pupils,? said Codie yesterday. “Only one could speak English, so she had to tell that one what to do so she could explain in their language. Then she sat me with them and said ‘Discuss’.?

According to Codie, the five - four boys and a girl - then began talking in a language she didn’t understand, thought to be Urdu, so she went to speak to the teacher.

“I said ‘I’m not being funny, but can I change groups because I can’t understand them?’ But she started shouting and screaming, saying ‘It’s racist, you’re going to get done by the police’.?

Codie said she went outside to calm down where another teacher found her and, after speaking to her class teacher, put her in isolation for the rest of the day.

A complaint was made to a police officer based full-time at the school, and more than a week after the incident on September 26 she was taken to Swinton police station and placed under arrest.

That’ll teach her to expect education and not indoctrination out of a school.

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12 October 2006

The pedagogical is political

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Sample questions on the CBEST Practice Test, which would-be teachers must pass in California, set a low bar:

Which of the following is the most appropriate unit for expressing the weight of a pencil?
  • pounds
  • ounces
  • quarts
  • pints
  • tons

A Bay Area mother gave the math test to her son, who just started fourth grade. He completed the first half in 45 minutes; prospective teachers have up to two hours. Although he didn’t prepare and hasn’t studied percentages yet, he did well enough to pass.

Do college graduates fail CBEST? Yes indeed.

Because they don’t waste their time on useless subject based material. Instead they master the correct politics from which the correct answer (or non-answer) can be generated.

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10 October 2006

Banned from YouTube

David Zucker’s political advertisement.

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05 October 2006

So explain the winos in the park

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In what amounts to a chromosomal crapshoot, I hit the jackpot. My award is beyond invaluable, because it amounts to societal immunity, failsafe and bulletproof, also serving as my key to success in virtually any endeavor I undertake.

I found this editorial bizarre yet fascinating. It would seem to explain quite a lot about the campus rage that seems to posess certain well off college students who have become enamored of Socialism. If they really believe that being caucasian is a “key to success in virtually any endeavor” then their dismal prospects at graduation must come as a severe psychological trauma. No wonder they rage so.

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Even worse than a land war in Asia

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As night fell they heard the sounds of holes being chipped through the walls of the buildings close to their fortified ”platoon house”, the town’s police station. Then the sound of civilian electricity generators in the town abruptly ceased, so that in the silence approaching British helicopters could be heard sooner.

“We knew it was the calm before the storm. We sensed what was coming,” said Major Dan Rex, 35, the Gurkhas’ tall, softly spoken commander.

During the next 10 days, the 40 Gurkhas sent to Nawzad to hold the police station fought tenaciously to defend themselves as they were subjected to 28 attacks lasting one to six hours each, including five full scale efforts by hundreds of Taliban fighters to over-run their compound.

Senior British officers say it was one of a series of gruelling attritional sieges that have characterised the bloody first six months of the British deployment to Helmand.

They paid tribute to the courage displayed by the 110- man mixed force from the 1st and 2nd Gurkha Rifles, particularly those who fought so valiantly to defend the Nawzad police station.

Lesson: Don’t mess with Ghurkas unless you have nukes.

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