30 September 2007

Even more horrors in Iran

Dateline LGF

Ahmadinejad Invites U.N. Inspectors to Search for Homosexuals Permits Use of Advanced Gaydar

Just days after asserting that there are no homosexuals in Iran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today invited United Nations inspectors into his country to search for homosexuals.

“We have nothing to hide,” Mr. Ahmadinejad said in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly. “You can search the entire country - even the airport bathrooms.”

While some senior U.S. diplomats expressed skepticism about the Iranian president’s offer to allow U.N. inspectors to search his country for homosexuals, Mr. Ahmadinejad attempted to silence the skeptics by permitting the use of “advanced gaydar technology” as part of the proposed inspections.

“In Iran we have the most advanced gaydar in the world and we are prepared to share it with you,” he said.

In the immediate aftermath of Mr. Ahmadinejad’s speech, it was unclear as to who would lead the U.N.’s inspection efforts, but most diplomats assumed that the task would fall to Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

At a press conference at the United Nations, Mr. ElBaradei acknowledged that he had no previous experience searching for homosexuals, but said that if chosen to lead the inspection effort he would make sure that the inspections were “rigorous and thorough.”

“The possibility that Iran may possess homosexuals is a serious matter to the world community,” Mr. ElBaradei said. “There has been evidence for some time that Iran may be attempting to build a Broadway musical.”

That must never be unleashed on mankind.

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17 September 2007

Those belong to us

The Locke High School charter conversion petition was approved by the LAUSD board of education at around 2:30 on Tuesday afternoon. The vote will allow Steve Barr’s Green Dot charter group to take over the troubled and low-performing high school, and break it up into five or six smaller schools. It is the first time a non-district group will run an LAUSD school.

Noteworthy is that a majority of the teachers approved the conversion. But the most telling statement came from an opponent —

“If you want to make money, you become a charter school operator,? [board member Julie] Korenstein says with a wave of her highly manicured hands. “I’m appalled at this new board that’s willing to say, “Give the children away.’ “

“Give the children away”. Transfer ownership away from the school district. It’s basically theft, isn’t it? How dare those parents take away what is rightfully school district property!


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14 September 2007

Just a favor for a friend

The New York Times gave a 2/3 price discount to MoveOn to run the full page smear of General Petraeus. But who are we to accuse the paper of partisanship?

[source, source]

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08 September 2007

If only they could build walls

This is something few would have predicted 20 years ago. Americans are now moving out of, not into, coastal California and South Florida, and in very large numbers they’re moving out of our largest metro areas. They’re fleeing hip Boston and San Francisco, and after eight decades of moving to Washington they’re moving out. The domestic outflow from these metro areas is 3.9 million people, 650,000 a year. High housing costs, high taxes, a distaste in some cases for the burgeoning immigrant populations—these are driving many Americans elsewhere.

The result is that these Coastal Megalopolises are increasingly a two-tiered society, with large affluent populations happily contemplating (at least until recently) their rapidly rising housing values, and a large, mostly immigrant working class working at low wages and struggling to move up the economic ladder. The economic divide in New York and Los Angeles is starting to look like the economic divide in Mexico City and São Paulo.

Democratic politicians like to decry what they describe as a widening economic gap in the nation. But the part of the nation where it is widening most visibly is their home turf, the place where they win their biggest margins (these metro areas voted 61% for John Kerry) and where, in exquisitely decorated Park Avenue apartments and Beverly Hills mansions with immigrant servants passing the hors d’oeuvres, they raise most of their money.

Not that surprising that the techniques for economic stratification work as well in the USA as elsewhere. This article (via) on how San Franciso officials are desperate to find some why to stop black Americans from fleeing the city is the perfect chaser.

[source, source]

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07 September 2007

Ooooh, that's gotta hurt

Listen to me, VHud [Vanessa Hudgens]. If you have to take salacious nekkid photos of yourself to keep a lusty teenage boy interested, let’s just say he’s not the boy for you.

Elizabeth Snead

I can’t argue with that.

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06 September 2007

No one else is to blame — ever

In its “Ill-fated Homecomings” report released on Wednesday, HRW focuses on two Tunisian men, Abdullah al-Hajji Ben Amor and Lofti Lagha, who were released from Guantanamo six weeks ago and are now sitting in jail in Tunisia. The researchers did not have access to the prisoners but spoke to their families and their lawyer, Samir Ibn Omar.

The two Tunisians were sent home on June 18, and according to HRW, they had no idea that they would be facing further imprisonment. They now say that if they had known, they would have fought the transfer.

The two men were held at the military camp in Cuba for five years, without being charged with any crimes — Lagha was never represented by a lawyer during that time. Rather than facing freedom when they finally got home the two men were taken directly into custody, and say they were threatened, abused and put in solitary confinement. They now claim things are so bad they would rather be back in Guantanamo — despite Tunisia’s pledge to the US that they would be treated humanely.

I’m just surprised the HRW noticed, although apparently that’s just so they can blame the USA —

According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), the US government is not doing enough to ensure that prisoners sent back home are not subjected to ill treatment

Yes, clearly, it is the USA that’s responsible for how prisoners are treated in other countries, and not the local governments. What could the government in Tunisia possibly do to prevent this kind of thing if the USA doesn’t act?

[source, source]

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05 September 2007

Too clever by half

The New York Times exposes a demonic Bushler scheme:
Iraq is a long way to go for a photo op, but not for President Bush, who is pulling out all the stops to divert public attention from his failed Iraq policies …
Bush diverts attention from Iraq by visiting Iraq. How does that work, exactly?

I think Bush expected Old Media to write about the plastic turkey again.


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01 September 2007

That's just the kind of weather they get in those parts

An ABC headline

Rocket kills 10 Afghan civilians
Thereafter follows this story: “At least 10 civilians were killed when rockets fired by the Taliban at a US-led military base in eastern Afghanistan fell short and landed on their homes, officials said.? But look at the ABC’s initial headline, noted by alert reader Kaboom and helpfully preserved by Google (and by the ABC itself):
US rocket kills 10 Afghan civilians
Question for the ABC: why was the weapon’s source not identified in the corrected headline?

Because a westerner doesn’t do it, it’s just an accident or an act of nature, therefore there is no “source” to be identified.

P.S. Could you ask for a clearer evidence of Old Media bias?


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Shipping out

(2007-09-01) — Sen. John Warner, R-VA, today said the failure of politicians to make reforms and the lack of progress on “almost any benchmark you can name? have led him to conclude that the only way forward is to pull out of the U.S. Senate, therefore he will not seek reelection at the end of his current term.

The silver-maned lawmaker said his withdrawal from the Senate is designed to show politicians that his commitment is “not open-ended.?

“Without decisive action,? Mr. Warner said, “the Senate will continue to descend into a hopeless quagmire, with politicians paying lip service to substantive change while continuing the patterns of behavior that have brought us to this sad state of affairs. Ending my occupation of a Senate office effectively ends my implied consent of this fruitless process.?

At least he recognizes when a political situation is too dysfunctional to survive.


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Piling on

Two days ago, the New York Times editorial page ran a piece that included a clear error. In an editorial titled “Locked, Loaded, and Looney,” the Times editors wrote:
It is an eminently good thing that the anti-suicide measure would require medical specialists to keep track of veterans found to be high risks for suicide. But that’s to care for them as human beings, under that other constitutional right — to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

How can it be surprising that the New York Times editorial staff appears to lack even the most basic knowledge about the foundation of our government? It’s not like they haven’t advocated blatantly un-Constitutional policies for decades. But still, this one is so cut and dried that it deserves preservation, especially the lack of any acknowledgement of the error.

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Despite its numerous calls for Israel’s destruction, and repeated denials of the Holocaust, Iran has been selected by the United Nations for a leading position in a committee that will plan the 2009 UN World Conference against Racism.

I have to admit, though, that such a record would seem to make the Iranian mullahocracy a perfect fit for a UN Conference.

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