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Any one article read in isolation of any others probably wouldn’t make much of an impression. However, when read in relation to other articles of the same topics, they give one pause for thought.

MoveOn Moves In on Youth Forum 

The MySpace-MTV youth forum today with Senator Barack Obama had been billed as a casual “dialogue,” with questions posed by those in the youthful audience and elsewhere from their peers.

Gideon Yago, the MTV host, said at the top of the show that questions for Mr. Obama would come from students in the audience and from “you guys at home,” referring to the MTV target audience (a.k.a. people who recognize Gideon Yago). [snip]

The winner was Joe Niederberger, a New Jersey e-businessman [snip]

But how did Mr. Niederberger’s question rise to the top of the heap, or near the top? Judging by his video clip, Mr. Niederberger is probably old enough to have voted for a George Bush. Meaning 41, not 43.

Mr. Niederberger, it turns out, is a member of liberal activist group Not that there’s anything wrong with that, per se.

But, TechPresident, which produces 10Questions, says MoveOn sent an e-mail to 60,000 members urging them to vote for Mr. Niederberger’s video question, “Would you make it a priority in your first year of office to reinstate net neutrality as the law of the land? [Read Full Article]

LOST Runs Silent, Runs Deep

According to Senator Jon Kyl, the entire Senate Republican leadership is now opposed to a controversial treaty supported by the President and an implausible alliance of special interests – from the U.S. Navy to Greenpeace. At a joint press conference last Wednesday, he was one of several Senators to declare that, as a result, supporters would be unable to muster the necessary 67 votes for ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST). Yet, it seems not one of the “establishment” media organs felt moved to report these momentous political developments.

More extraordinary still is the apparent news-blackout concerning the fact that virtually every Republican presidential candidate (with the surprising, and hopefully ephemeral, exception of Rudy Giuliani) has announced either outright opposition to the Treaty or deep misgivings about its inevitable effect: conferring more power on international organizations at the expense of U.S. sovereignty. Apart from a front-page article in the Washington Times last Friday and postings by an array of on-line news outlets, bloggers and a couple of newsletters, the so-called “mainstream media” have denied the American people virtually any information about LOST’s growing difficulties. [ Read Full Article ]

Pirates Seize Ship in Somalia

Pirates in Somalia hijacked a cargo ship with dozens of foreign crew members reportedly on board, officials said Tuesday.

The attackers seized the ship late Monday in the waters off the war-battered capital, Mogadishu, said Paddy Ankunda, a Somalia spokesman for the African Union, which has peacekeepers at the city’s port.

A cargo trader who works at the port said the ship was from South Korea, with 43 foreign crew members on board. The trader, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to feared reprisals from the pirates, said the ship had been carrying a load of sugar from India. Both spoke by telephone from Mogadishu. [ Read Full Article ]

 Poor children now majority in Southern public schools

WASHINGTON – For the first time in more than 40 years, the majority of children in public schools in the South are poor, according to a report released Tuesday.In 11 Southern states, including Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida, a significant increase in the number of poor children attending public school has sent district officials scurrying for solutions on how to best educate kids who are coming from economically disadvantaged homes.

“The future of the South’s ability to have an educated population is going to depend on how well we can improve these students’ education,” said Steve Suitts, a program coordinator with the Atlanta-based Southern Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on Southern educational issues and conducted the study.

Michelle Malkin has more on education woes.

Oh, criminey. Just what American high school students need: “Less homework, more yoga:”

John Edwards is insane, so maybe he will do well in the Democratic primary.

John Edwards wants to take from you so he can give to you. Seriously. His economic plan, if you can call it that, is to promise everyone everything, but he has to take it from you in order to give it to you. It’s like someone stealing your wallet to buy you a birthday gift. [Read Full Article ]

The Left and the Term “Islamo-Fascism”

First, the term is not anti-Muslim. One may object to the term on factual grounds, i.e., one may claim that there are no fascistic behaviors among people acting in the name of Islam — but such a claim is a denial of the obvious.

So once one acknowledges the obvious, that there is fascistic behavior among a core of Muslims — specifically, a cult of violence and the wanton use of physical force to impose an ideology on others — the term “Islamo-Fascism” is entirely appropriate.

Second, the question then arises as to whether that term is anti-Muslim in that it besmirches the name of Islam and attempts to describe all Muslims as fascist. This objection, too, has a clear response.

The term no more implies all Muslims or Islam is fascistic than the term “German fascism” implied all Germans were fascists or “Italian fascism” or “Japanese fascism” implied that all Italians or all Japanese were fascists. Indeed, even religious groups have been labeled as fascist. During World War II, for example, Croatian Catholic fascists were called Catholic Fascists, and no one argued that the term was invalid because it purportedly labeled all Catholics or Catholicism fascist. When the left uses the term “American imperialism,” are they implying that all Americans are imperialists? Then why does Islamo-Fascism label all Muslims?  [ Read Full Article ]

Republican candidates take fear, run with it

In America’s darkest hour, Franklin Delano Roosevelt urged the nation not to succumb to “nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror.” But that was then.

Today, many of the men who hope to be the next president – including all of the candidates with a significant chance of receiving the Republican nomination – have made unreasoning, unjustified terror the centerpiece of their campaigns.

Consider, for a moment, the implications of the fact that Rudy Giuliani is taking foreign policy advice from Norman Podhoretz, who wants us to start bombing Iran “as soon as it is logistically possible.”

Podhoretz, the editor of Commentary and a founding neo-conservative, tells us that Iran is the “main center of the Islamofascist ideology against which we have been fighting since 9/11.” The Islamofascists, he tells us, are well on their way toward creating a world “shaped by their will and tailored to their wishes.” Indeed, “Already, some observers are warning that by the end of the 21st century the whole of Europe will be transformed into a place to which they give the name Eurabia.”

Do I have to point out that none of this makes a bit of sense?

For one thing, there isn’t actually any such thing as Islamofascism – it’s not an ideology; it’s a figment of the neocon imagination. The term came into vogue only because it was a way for Iraq hawks to gloss over the awkward transition from pursuing Osama bin Laden, who attacked America, to Saddam Hussein, who didn’t.  [ Read Full Article ]

Editorial: We shouldn’t shift costs of Iraq to future generations in U.S.

From World War I through Vietnam, Americans paid the price of foreign wars through higher taxes and other sacrifices, like rationing.

The post-Sept. 11 conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq are the exception – and a bad precedent. For most Americans, the war has had little impact on their families or their pocketbook. Instead, President Bush and Congress are passing the cost of a major war onto future generations of Americans – through debts borne and investments denied in education and health care. The president, who is demanding an additional $46 billion in spending this year for the war in Iraq, continues to threaten to veto a few billion dollars more so that more children can have health insurance. This constitutes his definition of sacrifice for the global war on terror. [ Read Full Article ]

10 sheiks kidnapped in Baghdad

Print Story Email StoryBAGHDAD — Gunmen in Baghdad snatched 10 Sunni and Shiite tribal sheiks from their cars as they were heading home to Diyala province after talks with the government on fighting al-Qaida, and at least one was later found shot to death.

Separately, 18 new recruits were killed and 10 wounded today when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a police camp in the city of Baqouba northeast of Baghdad, police said. [ Read Full Article ]

Hillary backed lab of donor

Lawmakers, including Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, have taken thousands in campaign cash from an embattled Nobel-prize winning scientist while earmarking federal money for his New York lab.

Mrs. Clinton and Sen. Charles E. Schumer, also a New York Democrat, requested a $900,000 earmark in June for the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where James D. Watson served as chancellor before resigning last week after apologizing for comments that suggested that people descending from Africa aren’t as intelligent as those from Europe.

Federal campaign filings show that Mr. Watson has donated more than $70,000 to candidates and their political causes, including a total of $3,000 to Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign on May 17 and June 25. Two days later, a Senate committee report showed that Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Schumer earmarked $900,000 for the lab. [ Read Full Article ]

Aid group faces kidnapping charges

N’DJAMENA, Chad (AP) — Authorities charged six French nationals with kidnapping after a failed attempt to fly 103 children to France who a charity said were orphans from Sudan’s war-battered Darfur region, officials said Tuesday.

The judge in eastern city of Abeche also agreed late Monday to allow prosecutors’ charges of complicity against three French journalists, said Justice Minister Pahimi Padacket Albert.

A seven-person flight crew also would be charged with complicity, he told The Associated Press.

Authorities in Chad detained 17 people — nine of them French — after the French charity tried to put the children on a plane last week. [ Read Full Article ]

For Gerald Ford, dead men do tell tales

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Dead men do tell tales: The late President Gerald Ford believed a successor, Bill Clinton, had a sex addiction and felt Hillary Clinton had “unlimited ambition” but the country was not ready for a woman president.

These juicy nuggets and more are included in private interviews Ford had with journalist Thomas DeFrank over the course of 16 years. DeFrank agreed to keep the conversations secret until Ford died, and after Ford’s death at age 93 last December, DeFrank has published his book, “Write It When I’m Gone.”

In comments that would have drawn major headlines at the time, DeFrank said Ford thought it might have been best if President George W. Bush dumped Dick Cheney as his vice presidential running mate in 2004 because of his muscular views on the Iraq war.

“Dick has not been the asset I expected on the ticket,” he said of his one-time White House chief of staff. [ Read Full Article ]

Ten Things the Republican Nominee Must Understand to Earn the True Conservative Vote

1. First and foremost, he needs to understand that, by the tens of millions, true conservatives do exist in our country. That their unbending beliefs make them — not only the backbone of this nation — but the hope for a better future. That they unashamedly love their country and have reached the point of no return with regard to political correctness and pandering politicians who place themselves above the welfare of our Republic.

2. He needs to understand that they have a deep and abiding belief in God. A belief that is under a daily, escalating and obscene assault from those on the left who only use the word “Christian” as an insult, a punch line, or as an identifier to be added to a blacklist to deny employment at most schools, colleges, newspapers, and television networks. He needs to understand that this is a belief that must be acknowledged, respected, and defended. He needs to understand that all life is sacred and that it begins at conception. [ Read the other eight. ]

2 Responses to Things that make you go, “Hmmm.”

  • Wild Phil says:

    Hi Steph,

    Mr. Niederberger, it turns out, is a member of liberal activist group Not that there’s anything wrong with that, per se

    Nothing wrong with that? Humm Try the fact that is breaking the law with it’s 501c3 tax exempt status.

    My isn’t it incredible how the lunatic left has always complained about the Conservatives being the party of corruption when the left gets away with this corruption scottfree. Of course that is not even the latest news about the corruptable left but I am not going to release that bit of juicy story that will arise soon enough.

    But of course I can recall the leftists always getting away with corruption for many years, I am much older than the few libtards that come around here including BB-Idaho.

  • BB-Idaho says:

    “I am much older than the few libtards that come around here including BB-Idaho.”
    Ah Ha! I knew you were familiar..remember the fireworks and church bells in Milwaukee
    on VE day? You must have been the young GI in the jeep! 🙂

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