30 November 2007

Peace teasers

This week the Bush Administration legitimized Arab anti-Semitism. In an effort to please the Saudis and their Arab brothers, the Bush administration agreed to physically separate the Jews from the Arabs at the Annapolis conference in a manner that aligns with the apartheid policies of the Arab world which prohibit Israelis from setting foot on Arab soil.

Evident everywhere, the discrimination against Israel received its starkest expression at the main assembly of the Annapolis conference on Tuesday. There, in accordance with Saudi demands, the Americans prohibited Israeli representatives from entering the hall through the same door as the Arabs.

At the meeting of foreign ministers on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni called her Arab counterparts to task for their discriminatory treatment. “Why doesn’t anyone want to shake my hand? Why doesn’t anyone want to be seen speaking to me?? she asked pointedly.

[source, source]

Proving once again that if you’re sufficiently obstinate and evil, but dangle the hope of cooperation, not matter how obviously bogus, the American government will give in to you. And if you’re an honest partner, you’ll get hosed. It’s like a bad teen movie, with the clueless guy stomping all over the nice girl to persue the evil hearter prom queen who’s obviously never going to give him anything but abuse.

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29 November 2007

Setting the standard

Via Powerline

Earlier this week we noted the correction posted online by Newsweek for the sidebar above that runs in the current issue:

Editor’s Note: In our print edition, several captions for the photographs accompanying this report were inadvertantly transposed. Martin Kramer’s photograph is identified as Norman Podhoretz; Daniel Pipes’s photograph is identified as Kramer; Peter Berkowitz’s photograph is identified as Pipes; Nile Gardiner’s photograph is identified as Berkowitz’s and Podhoretz’s photograph is identified as Gardiner’s. NEWSWEEK regrets the errors.
Daniel Pipes writes that the correction “warrants a place in Guiness World Records” and comments:
(1) There are six pictures in all on the page and five of the six captions are wrong; only that of Robert Kasten is correct. Aggregating so many errors at once takes real talent – but count on Newsweek.

(2) The inevitable implication is that, for Newsweek staff, all conservatives look alike.

(3) The accuracy of the picture captions provides an apt commentary for the rest of Newsweek’s wretched coverage in this article.

(4) For another example of Newsweek’s problem with quality control, see “Lorraine Ali, the Worst Political Reporter in America?” (October 15, 2007).

There’s a scan of the page at the source link.

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25 November 2007

Public Service Announcement

The Watcher’s Council has an open seat.

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20 November 2007

Warm cash

Now we know why Al Gore has been so hot about Global Warmening

Since 2000, according to published reports, the former veep has transformed himself from a public servant with around $1 million in the bank to a sparkling private consultant with a net worth estimated to be north of $100 million.

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19 November 2007

Rule One for Robot Engineers

Seven words that no one wants to hear from any robot under any circumstances: “I don’t want to do this anymore.”


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18 November 2007

Money for nothing

The world will hear just five minutes of his message - because that was all the journalists, invited by his hired PR flacks, would allow the media to hear of Gore’s speech before they were rudely pushed out the door.

And I mean pushed.

A certain flack physically placed her hand on my back at the Convention Centre when Gore was mid-sentence during his speech (you had to pay up to $2500 for the privilege of hearing it in full) and propelled me towards the exit …

Well, that works. Here’s a man who’s made it his life’s mission to teach t

Saffron Howden, Daily Telegraph

Can there be any doubt left whether Gore is after money or results? What’s astounding is that he can be so brazen and still get away with it.

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15 November 2007

Another rousing success for the Department of Homeland Security

[source, source]]

The sister-in-law of the indicted fugitive owner of the La Shish restaurant chain got sensitive jobs at the FBI and CIA, despite being an illegal immigrant, federal prosecutors said in court documents unsealed today in Detroit.

The woman, Nada Nadim Prouty, 37, of Vienna, Va., also tapped into a sensitive FBI computer to find out what federal investigators knew about her, La Shish restaurant owner Talal Chahine, and her sister, who is married to Chahine.

Prosecutors said she took an unknown quantity of classified information home with her. It’s unclear what happened, or what she did with the information, prosecutors said.

The information pertained to a federal investigation of Chahine and his possible involvement with Hizballah, which has been declared a terrorist organization by the U.S State Department.

This is precisely the sort of thing that the creation of the Department of Homeland Security was designed to hide and distract from. Creating another bloated level of ineffective management was much easier than fixing the well known problems that lead to results like this, but I had no doubt which process our political class would chose.

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