Mexico Shares the Tragedy of Disneyland: La Jornada, Mexico
Jul07

Mexico Shares the Tragedy of Disneyland: La Jornada, Mexico

It’s an American product that most people consider as pure as rain and as wholesome as apple pie. Is it possible to criticize Disneyland as a ‘gigantic world encompassing brain-washing facility’? After attacking the insidious way that Disney stories have soft-peddled destructive Western man to the globe’s children, this article from Mexico’s La Jornada criticizes a new Mexican theme park called Excarat...

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Republicans in Congress Organize Against Pres. Obama’s Honduras Policy
Jul07

Republicans in Congress Organize Against Pres. Obama’s Honduras Policy

With disapproval rising like steam off the page, Jake Tapper reports that Barack Obama, in Russia meeting with Vladimir Putin, “explains his support for [the] ousted president of Honduras.” “America supports now the restoration of the democratically-elected President of Honduras, even though he has strongly opposed American policies,” the president told graduate students at the commencement ceremony of Moscow’s New...

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Web Survives Jackson Memorial Service
Jul07

Web Survives Jackson Memorial Service

With time to prepare, video sites and social networks appear to have kept running smoothly during the Michael Jackson memorial service and tribute: “Overall, the Internet is holding up great,” said Jennifer Donovan, a spokeswoman for Akamai, a company that handles Internet traffic for a variety of large clients. “We have not heard of any sites being down during this event.” Traffic to news sites supported by Akamai peaked at 3.9...

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Alert the Rotten, Left Wing Media
Jul07

Alert the Rotten, Left Wing Media

This evening at 8 pm Eastern, I’ll be joining the panel at The Rick Moran Show on Blog Talk Radio for “Palinpalooza.” The question before the combined sages of political prognostication will be, “Is Sarah Palin’s Career Dead?” I know what you’re thinking… how did we get such an obscure topic which absolutely nobody else is talking about? Well, that’s just how we roll. You’d...

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Michael Jackson: The Black Tribal Funeral
Jul07

Michael Jackson: The Black Tribal Funeral

I’m steeped in the high stylizations of funerals of blacks and funerals of immigrants. Between them one could not decide which one was more ornate, symbolic and filled with near suicides, screaming, singing, clothing fit for high opera, even dancing on the rails of the pews, or afterward, getting dead drunk to celebrate the rising of the soul of the loved one into heaven. It was because where I grew up those two groups, blacks and...

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To Russia With Love And Compost
Jul07

To Russia With Love And Compost

It seems the Russian office girls, taking a cigarette break, admire Michelle Obama not for her taste in fashion but her interest in gardening. It illustrates the cultural divide between Washington and Paris — where the media goggles over how well she fits into her sheik wardrobe — and Moscow — where wives don’t outshine their husbands. And, on this trip to Moscow where her husband is trying to mend fences with...

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McNamara and Rumsfeld: Many Similarities, One Crucial Difference
Jul07

McNamara and Rumsfeld: Many Similarities, One Crucial Difference

First, full disclosure: Although I have had a change of heart in recent years, as a young military officer during the 1960s, I was a gung-ho supporter of the Vietnam War and I respected the then Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, in spite of the horrendous human toll we and the Vietnamese were paying for that war—in the end, more than 58,000 American and some 2 to 3 million Vietnamese deaths. As a senior veteran today, I...

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Michael Jackson & Barack Obama: Who Wins?
Jul07

Michael Jackson & Barack Obama: Who Wins?

One may hate Michael Jackson, or love him madly, or remain totally indifferent to him, but one just can’t ignore this musical phenomenon and his mass appeal. Jackson’s memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles is expected to be an even bigger global internet video-viewing event than the inauguration of US President Barack Obama, reports ANI. A Michael Jackson page at Facebook has already topped 6.5 million...

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Senator Al Franken (D-MN)
Jul07

Senator Al Franken (D-MN)

Moments ago they officially swore in Senator Franken so the party now has it’s 60th vote. The crowd in the chamber seemed to be mostly Democrats though that is not surprising since the Congress is just getting back from it’s break and so members are presumably settling in to start the new session. So time to see what the Democratic majority can...

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How Sarah Palin’s Right-Wing Admirers Are Falling All Over Themselves Trying to Love Her Up
Jul07

How Sarah Palin’s Right-Wing Admirers Are Falling All Over Themselves Trying to Love Her Up

Whether we like it or not, we’re being bombarded with all things Sarah Palin, more so now pre-resignation than at any time since last year’s campaign. And, honestly, it was driving me nuts over the weekend. But the right loves her, and continues not just to apologize for her, not just to cheerlead for her, but to pump her up out of all justifiable proportion. Which is fine, when you think about it, because the simple fact...

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Live Video Stream Feeds Of Michael Jackson’s Memorial Service
Jul07

Live Video Stream Feeds Of Michael Jackson’s Memorial Service

Several news organizations and outlets are offering embeds that allow sites to offer live video of the highly-touted — and likely to be heavily attended — memorial service for Michael Jackson at the Staples Center in L.A. Live streaming starts at at 12:55pm ET / 9:55am PT. Here are two: HULU KTLA   If you want to visit other sites that offer live streaming START HERE. Meanwhile it turns out that Michael...

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Americans Find Wearing Fur More Morally Objectionable Than The Death Penalty
Jul07

Americans Find Wearing Fur More Morally Objectionable Than The Death Penalty

US News: 35: Percentage who consider buying and wearing fur wrong 30: Percentage who consider the death penalty wrong 30: Percentage who consider divorce wrong 36: Percentage who consider medical testing on animals wrong 36: Percentage who consider human embryonic stem cell research wrong 36: Percentage who consider gambling wrong Data drawn from Gallup: Extramarital Affairs, Like Sanford’s, Morally Taboo Via Jezebel, “Even...

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You Tube:  Jackson Death And Palin Resignation Freak Out You Know Who
Jul07

You Tube: Jackson Death And Palin Resignation Freak Out You Know Who

You Tube has spawned a virtual cottage industry in an host of screamingly funny, often profane, and almost always politically incorrect series of spoofs using from the footage from the superb German, award winning film “Downfall” in which German dictator Adolph Hitler goes bananas after getting bad news in his bunker. You guessed it: the real subtitles are omitted and new ones are inserted. We’ve run several of those...

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Honduras and the Rule of Law
Jul07

Honduras and the Rule of Law

The “rule of law” is, when you stop to think about it, one of the most lofty, powerful concepts we have. Particularly in America, it embodies a meaning which goes beyond the generalized legal maxim that all decisions should be made by applying and respecting known, accepted principles from your body of laws. It’s really something more than that. It’s the idea that the body of laws itself is the final arbiter...

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“Policing” One’s Thoughts
Jul07

“Policing” One’s Thoughts

Patrick Edaburn’s interesting post yesterday, in which he examined his mental reactions to a slow driver, set off a whole slew of thoughts for me regarding stereotypes, prejudices, bigotry, and racism. For instance: Let’s say you attended a neighborhood social function, and your Republican neighbor talks at length about his son, of whom he’s extremely proud. This beloved son, as it happens, is gay. Yet a week later,...

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Romanian Teenager’s Virgin Offering
Jul07

Romanian Teenager’s Virgin Offering

In Renaissance Europe, and in the ancient and medieval Hindu and Mughal societies, the young courtesans were much in news and played a vital role. Even in this computer age the tradition continues as exemplified by a Romanian teenager who auctioned off her virginity for $20,000. Alina Percea, 18, has spoken for the first time about her night with the highest bidder, reports LiveNews. Percea (photo above) auctioned her virginity on a...

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The ‘Good Fable’ of Lance Armstrong: Liberation, France
Jul07

The ‘Good Fable’ of Lance Armstrong: Liberation, France

Could it be that Lance Armstrong, the American that continues, year after year, to win France’s most renowned sporting event, has been using banned substances all along? Is this a legitimate gripe or just sour grapes? This article by Fabrice Rousselot of France’s Liberation would lead one to believe that after all these years, Armstrong has lost none of his capacity to raise the hackles of his apparently unwilling hosts at...

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China’s “Bloodiest Clashes” In 20 Years
Jul07

China’s “Bloodiest Clashes” In 20 Years

Tibet and Xianjiang provinces in China have remained turbulent spots often plagued with ethnic violence. Last weekend 156 persons were killed and hundreds injured in Urumqi, the capital city of the Xianjiang province, in what is being described as” bloodiest clashes in the country since the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989.” The details remain murky, but the real figure is likely to be far higher — making this not only...

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Pop Killed the King of Pop
Jul07

Pop Killed the King of Pop

Watching the coverage of the death of Michael Jackson has disgusted me. It wasn’t the horrific OK! Magazine front page, or the so called ‘Friends of Michael’ speaking to anyone who wants to listen or a US congressman’s comments that engulfed me with the deepest sense of green vomitry but its the way the coverage has been conducted– with the disrespectful tone in which they have shown their ‘respect’. I have watched and read numerous...

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Death of the Best and Brightest
Jul07

Death of the Best and Brightest

Robert S. McNamara, who died today at 93, was the exemplar of American know-how gone awry in a world too complicated for the practical mindset that built the most powerful nation on earth in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As one of JFK’s “whiz kids” who went on to become LBJ’s architect of the disastrous war in Vietnam, McNamara exemplified the limits of intellectual brilliance in a subtle and savage...

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