We know all about Nancy Pelosi’s admonition and promise to be an open government. Well today, House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-WI) decided this morning to pull television cameras out of today’s Iraq Supplemental Appropriations conference meeting.
Ultimately Obey relented and C-Span was back in. The fact that he would attempt such a move is one of those red flags. We should pay attention to red flags and take them for what they are. Gross incompetence or power-drunk. Is Obey the best they could do to chair this committee?
>UPDATE 2:15PM: From a source, “it is official…they’re letting c-span provide pool coverage of the whole meeting….”
>UPDATE 2:12 PM: FishbowlDC has learned that Obey has relented and will allow cameras…developing…
Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to squash freedom, yearning for those good old communist days. This time it is the press and he gives them his template. Portray the United States as an enemy.
MOSCOW, April 21 At their first meeting with journalists since taking over Russia’s largest independent radio news network, the managers had startling news of their own: from now on, they said, at least 50 percent of the reports about Russia must be positive.
In addition, opposition leaders could not be mentioned on the air and the United States was to be portrayed as an enemy, journalists employed by the network, Russian News Service, say they were told by the new managers, who are allies of the Kremlin.
Suspects v. Christians, What?Â More evidence that the so-called religion of peace extends its influence into theÂ media, this CNN article (buried in the World section) can’t seem to identify the religion of the murderers.Â They call them suspects.Â However, the three peopleÂ who had their throats slit were properly identified as Christians.Â Â Â This PC crap is masking terrorism and the scope and scale of it.Â Don’t you think it is time to quit ignoring the elephant in the room?Â
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Eleven suspects in the slayings of three Christians at a publishing house in eastern Turkey were charged with murder Sunday, court officials said.
The three victims — one German and two Turkish men — were tied up and had their throats slit on Wednesday at a publishing house in the town of Malatya that was at the center of protests by some nationalists because it distributed Bibles.
The media itself is right up there in credibility as say, oh, Howard K. Stern or Don Imus. While they ALL are consumed with Anna Nichole Smith and who nailed her, and Don Imus and the race baiters nailing him, and how can we possibly forget American Idol, the war on terror continues to chug along and new problems with Iran are developing, but you’ll have to look elsewhere to learn about it.
While all that is going on, Australia has doubled its troop size in Afghanistan, to (argh) win the War. Our general in Iraq is reaching out to Iraqis for their help, and, they are increasingly getting it. There are signs that the new plan in Iraq is working. And conditions in Iran are coming to the point that many of the same reasons that we went into Iraq (support of terrorism with training and hardware, development of WMD’s, defying international community with respect to nuclear development, and more), areÂ present in Iran now. Â I think I know where all those holes in the sand came from.
Now to the rest of you formerly potential fathers out there, go get tested. Well that and, I don’t want to hear another second of Anna Nichole Smith et.al. on every damn channel. They’ve all become the Anna/Imus channel.
What else could it possibly be called? That PBS has made the decision to insulate the American people from the realities of what moderate Muslims in America are saying and what civilization is up against when it comes to the Global War On Terror (that’s what I call it), the PBS network is doing a dis-service to this country in the very least, while aiding those who would wish us dead. PBS has yanked the airing of “Islam vs. Islamists” from a series that begins airing next week.
The producer of a tax-financed documentary on Islamic extremism claims his film has been dropped for political reasons from a television series that airs next week on more than 300 PBS stations nationwide.
And that wasn’t the half of it.
Martyn Burke says that the Public Broadcasting Service and project managers at station WETA in Washington, D.C., excluded his documentary, Islam vs. Islamists, from the series America at a Crossroads after he refused to fire two co-producers affiliated with a conservative think tank.
“I was ordered to fire my two partners (who brought me into this project) on political grounds,” Burke said in a complaint letter to PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supplied funds for the films.
Talk about an inconvenient truth, PBS needs a extra large dose of it right now. To further the jihadists’ goals by keeping us in the dark, when you have the chance to do otherwise, is disgusting.
Australia Prime Minister John HowardÂ is fighting to win too!Â He is sending more special forcesÂ to Afghanistan.Â Â No wobbly knees down under.Â Â I don’t believe I’ve seen this in the news today?Â Not surprised.Â Certainly does not fit the template.
Australia is sending special forces commandos back to Afghanistan to hunt down the leaders of the resurgent Taliban as part of a doubling of Australia’s troop numbers there, Prime Minister John Howard said on Tuesday.
The deployment of 300 special-forces troops to the southeast of Afghanistan, near the heart of the Taliban rebellion, is part of an increased effort needed to win the war in Afghanistan, Howard told a media conference.
Sen. Obama pulls out of the CBC/FOX debates, which gives Mrs. Bill Clinton cover to do likewise.Â Not much of a debate if those two and Edwards areÂ refusing to participate?Â No point in repeating myself, same rules apply as in the Edwards post of a few days ago.Â The wacko left is calling the shots in the democratic party.
The CBC deserves credit for not capitulating to ideological intimidation–and for refusing to take orders from affluent and angry liberals who’ve never run for office. Too bad the candidates have weaker knees.
While watching the newscasts today of the al-Sadr instigated demonstrations in Iraq, demonstrations against U.S. and coalition forces, here is the one news item the media is sure to miss. Gen. Petraeus’ letter to the Iraqi people upon the 4th anniversary of the fall of Saddam’s regime. It’s also time to review the 7 reasons (not 1) that we went into Iraq in the first place.
To the Iraqi People:
Monday, April 9, 2007 will mark the 4th anniversary of the liberation of Iraq from Saddam Hussein’s regime.Â For many in Iraq and around the world, it will be a time for reflection on the early days after liberation in 2003 and on what has transpired since then. Continue reading General’s Letter To The Iraqi People→
Belly up to the counter. Politics are on the menu and Ross is on the grill.