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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Something To Remember 


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GOP Sen. David Vitter On Gay Marriage: "I Don't Believe There's Any Issue That's More Important Than This One"...

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Something To Do Monday 

Tuesday the US Senate will vote on whether to put hatred into our Constitution.So do this tomorrow.

Go HERE and find your senator. Then call their office and ask to speak to them. You probably won't get to but then ask the nice person who you are talking to to deliver a message. Ask them to have your Senator answer this question:

"Since we are not a christian country by law, and thus religion can not enter into the argument, how does gay marriage really hurt "traditional" marriage? If two men get married does that somehow nullify a straight marriage? Are there only so many marriage licenses that can be printed?"

Now, clearly the answer is that it doesn't hurt marriage one bit. In fact, we all know this is just homophobic pandering. But it's gonna feel good to call them on it.

Michael

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

The Photo Says It All 


Bob Woodruff Outpatient
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From Editor & Publisher.com:

Bush Aide Called War Reporters 'Whiny' and 'Soft'


By E&P Staff

Published: May 30, 2006 2:55 PM ET


NEW YORK Karl Zinsmeister, the new chief domestic adviser to President Bush, while embedded with the 82nd Airborne in Kuwait in 2003, declared that "many of the journalists observable in this war theater are bursting with knee-jerk suspicions and antagonisms for the warriors all around them. A significant number are whiny and appallingly soft."

Zinsmeister, editor-in-chief of the American Enterprise Institute's magazine, wrote the article for the National Review, and it appeared on March 28, 2003.

Today, in a separate matter, The Washington Post revealed that Zinsmeister now acknowledges that he erred in taking a newspaper profile of himself, altering quotes and text, and then re-posting it on another Web site without noting the changes.

"Looking back, this is foolish," he told the Post. The New York Sun's Josh Gerstein had revealed that after the weekly Syracuse New Times published a profile of Zinsmeister in August 2004, Zinsmeister posted an altered copy on the Web site of the American Enterprise Institute magazine. One of the quotes he changed was originally published as: "People in Washington are morally repugnant, cheating, shifty human beings."

It was this comment by Zinsmeister that touched off a heated exchange between White House Press Secretary Tony Snow and reporter Helen Thomas at a briefing today (see below). The writer of the New Times, profile, Justin Park has told the Sun he received a laudatory e-mail from Zinsmeister after the profile appeared.

Zinsmeister's 2003 comments on embedded reporters appear to be at odds with the overwhelmingly support for the program and praise for the journalists involved that has come from the Pentagon and military commanders.

With the deaths of two CBS media workers on Monday, more journalists have died in covering the Iraq war, 71, than in all of World War II.

In that 2003 article, Zinsmeister wrote that reporters considered soldiers "from another species. Typical reporters know little about a fighting life. They show scant respect for the fighter’s virtues. Precious few could ever be referred to as fighting men themselves. The journalists embedded among U.S. forces that I’ve crossed paths with are fish out of water here, and show their discomfort clearly as they hide together in the press tents, fantasizing about expensive restaurants at home and plush hotels in Kuwait City, fondling keyboards and satellite phones with pale fingers, clinging to their world of offices and tattle and chatter where they feel less ineffective, less testosterone deficient, more influential.

"It’s amusing on one level. But reporters are the interpreters for the rest of America of what’s real and what’s important in the world. And the vast politico-cultural gulf that separates most of them from martial ideals often produces portrayals of military work that are twisted in one fashion or another. A few nights ago, I listened as a writer for one big city newspaper dripped derision for the soldier’s life, squealed about the awfulness of President Bush abandoning U.N. babysitting of Saddam, and sniggered with a TV reporter at attempts to inspire 'awe' through a bombing campaign. I almost wished there would be a very loud explosion very nearby just to shut up their rattling."

Zinsmeister went on to write two books about his embedding experience. He offered strong criticism of Iraq coverage in a 2004 article for National Review, ripping the "reflexively alarmist and often incomplete reporting. ....Many factors have skewed our Iraq reporting. Deadline pressure, sensationalism, and sometimes just laziness create a negative bias."

He added that "getting the full picture in a guerilla war requires more than just showing up for the explosions; you need to study and then describe the deeper, glacial changes taking place in society, the public temperament, the tactics of the terrorists, etc. Alas, few reporters show the appetite, endurance, or creativity for this slower style of reporting."

While Zinsmeister raps reporters for not being "fighting men," he appears (from published biographies) never to have served in the military himself. He is a graduate of Yale University and did further studies at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. During college he won national rowing championships in both the U.S. and Ireland.

At the White House briefing today, Helen Thomas referred to the key quote Zinsmeister altered in the New Times profile, sparking this exchange with Snow.

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THOMAS: Why did the president pick a man who is so contemptible of the public servants in Washington to be his domestic adviser, saying, 'People in Washington are morally repugnant, cheating, shifty human beings.' Why did he...

SNOW: Apparently an opinion that's...

THOMAS: Why would he pick such a man to be a domestic adviser?

SNOW: You meant contemptuous as opposed to contemptible I think.

THOMAS: Pure contempt.

SNOW: I'm not sure it's pure contempt. I know Karl Zinsmeister pretty well and he is somebody who expresses himself with a certain amount of piquancy. You're perhaps familiar with that, aren't you, Helen?

(LAUGHTER)

And so, as a consequence from time to time, he's going to say -- he'll have some sharp elbows.

THOMAS: His attitude toward public servants...

SNOW: I don't think it is his attitude toward public servants. It may have been toward the press. Just kidding.

(LAUGHTER)

No, look if, you look at the bulk of what Karl Zinsmeister has done at the American Enterprise and elsewhere, I think you're going to find somebody who's done some pretty meaty and interesting research on a variety of topics.

E&P Staff (letters@editorandpublisher.com)

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

An Open Letter To The US House & Senate 

Let's be frank for a moment shall we? What the hell did you think was gonna happen? You let the President of the United States have unlimited power for going on 6 years. You've made it very clear he was free to detain people and spy on protestors. You've made it easier for him to wiretap the phonelines of US citizens without court approval or oversight. Now the FBI has raided one of your own's offices. Whether Representative William Jefferson is guillty of the charges brought against him I don't know. We've stopped teaching civics in this country so most people will assume he's guilty before a trial.

So why do you think the FBI is going after a member of Congress? Well, considering the oversight powers congress has, and the fact that some are now bucking the trend of rubberstamping this President's policies, perhaps Mr. Bush and Mr. Gonzales have decided that the FBI should be able to go into Congressional offices and snoop around. Perhaps the US Congress over the last 5 years has given this President the impression that he can do whatever he wants? Do ya think?

Maybe what it's time for is an impeachement proceeding. You had no problems impeaching one man for lying about his personal life, perhaps leading the country into a false war, spreading fear like a disease and spying on Americans and detaining same without trial might meet the high standards set by the Clinton impeachment. You think?

If this President succeeds where he is going it will be no ones fault but those who have sat back and not gotten involved and the US Congress who let it happen. Wow, here's a thought. Maybe, just maybe, NOT confirming a military man who set up the program to wiretap Americans to run the CIA might be a nice way to say "Mr. President, we have oversight". Maybe.

My one sincere hope is that this Congress will take its job more seriously and punch back a bit. Make this President understand what he is doing and how he can be stopped. If you do not, my sincere hope is that you all have to go find work come November.

Michael J. Norton

Friday, May 12, 2006

That's My Girl 

If you, like me, loved the "Hysteria"-era Def Leppard music videos you're gonna dig this. Kelly's starting to remind me of the 80's rock bands that I love more than a "pop princess".



Oh and spread it around if I get more clicks here than others in this contest I win some swag and, frankly since I'm probably not gonna be able to go see her this summer, it'd be nice to win.

Col

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Watch This Space! 

I'm going to be doing some research today into the Carnivore internet spy program initiated back in the 90's. This was a program designed to catch pedophiles and criminals. I always maintained it was unconstitutional. I used to rail against it but here's the thing: No one paid attention. Well that's not true, the writer of the movie "Swordfish" did (Hugh Jackman's character gets arrested cracking the program because he feels as I do). So anyhow, here's the thing, those domestic wiretaps? The gathering of information about domestic calls by the NSA? I believe it started there,in the 90's. Think about it. The media didn't cover it, Americans didn't get upset so the governemnt just decided to up the ante. So this is what I'm dedicating the rest of my day to. I'm going to attempt to connect some dots. If anyone else can help me do so, please feel free to email me or look me up on MySpace.

Colier Rannd

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Hot Newscaster 

You know how when you're watching the news and they're doing nothing but talking about how this tragic thing happened in Sri Lanka and all you can think about is how hot the newsperson is? I mean, does this make me an awful, terrible person?

My own personal newscaster fantasies tend, for some reason, to run to ABC. Two local and one national. That would be Jessica Willey (god those eyes and lips!) and Stephanie Guadian (this I will admit is a older woman/teacher fantasy. I am not even sure she's older than me but I so wanna put some glasses on her and a ruler in her hand) and finally on the national scene, Sonya Crawford the ABC Washington reporter. She is now doing the overnights which is cool because I stay up all night anyway.

I wish I had some great, sexy pics to show you but unfortunately these ladies want to be taken "seriously" and thus have not so far done a FHM shoot. Personally I blame this whole phenomenon on the media itself. I mean, we've been trained to not take anything too seriously over the last 5 years, right? And it's more important to watch TomKat have their baby than worry about the news, so please forgive me if the woman telling me about the latest high gas prices inspires naughty thoughts.

FYI, FHMUS.com is holding a poll for sexiest newscaster and I keep writing in these 3 but have had no impact but feel free to go vote or write in who you please. I doubt we'll get Jessica in a bikini but I can hope.

Col

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