Tuesday, 29 May 2007

BUT..BUT..JIMMY CARTER SAID HE'S RUNNING A DEMOCRACY

Ken Berwitz

Here, courtesy of the Associated Press, is how Hugo Chavez has democratized Venezuela:

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Chavez defends decision on TV station

By JORGE RUEDA, Associated Press Writer1 hour, 4 minutes ago

President Hugo Chavez defended his decision not to renew the license of a popular opposition-aligned television network on Tuesday and warned he might crack down on another critical TV station, accusing it of trying to incite attempts on his life.

Chavez said his refusal to renew the license of Radio Caracas Television, which went off the air at midnight Sunday, is "a sovereign, legitimate decision in which there is no argument."

He said the remaining opposition-sided channel Globovision had encouraged attempts on his life and warned that if it wants "to continue calling for disobedience, inciting assassination ... I'm going to warn them before the nation... I recommend they take a tranquilizer, that they slow down, because if not, I'm going to slow them down."

Chavez did not elaborate, but also warned that radio stations should not be inciting violence by "manipulating feelings" among the populace.

Thousands of Venezuelans both Chavez supporters and opponents staged separate marches in Caracas on Tuesday. The Chavez opponents chanted "freedom!" while government supporters said they were in the streets to reject an opposition attempt to stir up violence.

Information Minister Willian Lara on Monday accused Globovision of encouraging an attempt on Chavez's life by broadcasting the chorus of a salsa tune "Have faith, this doesn't end here" along with footage of the 1981 assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square.

"They incite the assassination of Venezuela's president," he said.

Globovision director Alberto Federico Ravell denied any wrongdoing, calling the allegations "ridiculous."

The government turned over RCTV's license to a new state-funded public channel, which showed a documentary on explorers in Antarctica, a children's program and exercise programs, interspersed with government ads repeating the slogan "Venezuela now belongs to everyone."  -

In the last Venezuelan election, exit polls showed Hugo Chavez would lose by a landslide:  59% to 41%.  When his government counted the ballots, Chavez WON in a landslide by exactly the same percentages:  59% - 41%.  That is a 36% difference between the exit polls and the "real" vote.  Do you believe it?  Me neither

Now, as Chavez closes down media which dare to criticize him, and nationalizes Venezuela's industry, I hope Mr. Carter is pleased with the man he said won fair and square.  Just like he was in Haiti. 

Maybe Carter should be made Venezuela's second in command.  Hey, he could do for them what he did for us...........


WHO SAID IT?

Ken Berwitz

Here is the statement of an accused traitor.  Take a good look and see what differences you can find between what he says and the general run of statements from the LAMBS*** among us:-

AL-Qaeda: Bush losing big-time

From correspondents in Dubai

May 30, 2007 09:17am

THE US will face worse attacks than those on September 11 if it does not heed al-Qaeda demands effectively allowing the group control over Muslim countries, a US Islamist militant said today.

Adam Gadahn, a California-born convert to Islam and the first American to be charged with treason since the World War II era, appeared in a video posted on the internet.

Gadahn, wearing robes and a turban, is believed to be in Pakistan.

"Your failure to meet our demands ... means that you and your people will, Allah willing, experience things which will make you forget about the horrors of September 11," said the bearded Gadahn, addressing his comments to US President George W. Bush.

"This is not a call for negotiations. We do not negotiate with baby-killers and war criminals like you," said Gadahn.

"You're losing on all fronts and losing big time," Gadahn said in the video entitled Legitimate Demands produced by As-Sahab, a media outfit that specialises in al-Qaeda online material.

"You will go down in history not only as the president who embroiled his nation in a series of unwinnable and bloody conflicts in the Islamic world but as the president who set the United States up on its death march."

Listing al-Qaeda's demands, Gadahn said: "Pull every last one of your soldiers ... out of every Muslim land. If so much as one single US soldier or spy remain on Islamic soil it shall be considered sufficient justification for us to continue our defensive jihad against your nation and people."

Gadahn demanded the US end all support "moral, military, economic or otherwise to the bastard state of Israel and ban your citizens ... from travelling to occupied Palestine or settling there".
He said a US pullout from Iraq alone would not do.

"Things are not going too well for your crusader coalition," Gadahn said of US-led forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"We will continue to strike hard this year, next year, the year after that and so on until the last crusader goes home, whether waving a white flag or lying in a flag-covered casket."

The treason charge against Gadahn carries a maximum punishment of death. Last year, an indictment delivered by a grand jury in a federal court in California accused him of making a series of al-Qaeda propaganda videos.

The FBI has been seeking to question Gadahn since May 2004, and the US government has offered a reward of up to $US1 million ($1.22m) for information leading to his arrest.

Gadahn converted to Islam from a Jewish-Christian family when he was 17 and a few years later moved to Pakistan. He was previously known as Adam Pearlman and grew up on a goat ranch outside Los Angeles.  -

Read it well.  Look it over carefully.  What is it saying?

-We're losing big-time.

-All US soldiers out of Muslim countries.

-Remove all vestige of support for Israel.

-We're going down in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Now, what part of that could not be said by Democratic kingmaker George Soros?  Or his moveon.org sycophants?  Or the regulars at dailykos.com or crooksandliars.com?  Or the cindy sheehan crowd, code pink, etc. etc. etc.?

The answer is that it is a virtually identical mantra for all of these groups.

This is a man charged with being a traitor, and his comments are almost indistinguishable from those of the hard left. 

When do the people of this country wake up?  When do the MEDIA of this country wake up and see what they're happily facilitating.  Ever? 

 

***As regular readers know, a LAMB is a member of the Lunatic-left And Mega-Moonbat Brigade.

 

Mom Dear Mom, It's been an interesting day, between the "hey Jason I need you to get down here now" from our Brigade Commander, to the rocket attack in the afternoon, to watching a bloody troop enter the CSH...I really didn't think it could get much better. Until our battle update brief tonight...due to the surge, i've been extended with my unit for an additional 3 months. We were two months away from kissing this desert good bye. In fact, this will bring my total time in Iraq to 15 months (5 air force deployments). We hope to return home before the holidays. I say much of the above sarcastically, but in truth if this is what I'm being asked to do- I will do it and I do it willingly. Believe me, nothing would be sweeter than to come home, but it seems like right now we're being asked to push harder and do things greater than ever before. I'm not one to walk away from a fight, and damnit that's what this is. Whether you trust the media sources that enter your lives or trust the soldiers that are out here winning this war, believe this...the insurgents are linked to terrorists here and we're beating them. I've seen primary sources on this. All the "dumb" insurgents have been killed off over the years of fighting, these parts are left with the highly trained, well funded, and intelligent cells. So we have surged as a military to give it one last hard push. It's breaking mens spirits, destroying families, and halting careers, but portrays devotion, men fighting for worthy causes...and as TR stated, "at the worst, if we fail, at least we fail while daring greatly...our place shall never be with those cold and timid sould who neither know victory nor defeat." Time to quell the storm and ride the thunder. Another 5 and change to go- your son, Jason . (05/30/07)


CINDY WHINEFEST

Ken Berwitz

If this isn't the world's record for whiniest, most self serving self pitying crap in history, it's got to be a finalist.

Here, straight from the loving arms of www.dailykos.com,  is cindy sheehan, telling you that she is about to disappear (which, if you believe it, makes you a world's record contender too;  for most gullible sucker in history):-

"Good Riddance Attention Whore"

Mon May 28, 2007 at 09:57:01 AM PDT

I have endured a lot of smear and hatred since Casey was killed and especially since I became the so-called "Face" of the American anti-war movement. Especially since I renounced any tie I have remaining with the Democratic Party, I have been further trashed on such "liberal blogs" as the Democratic Underground. Being called an "attention whore" and being told "good riddance" are some of the more milder rebukes.

I have come to some heartbreaking conclusions this Memorial Day Morning. These are not spur of the moment reflections, but things I have been meditating on for about a year now. The conclusions that I have slowly and very reluctantly come to are very heartbreaking to me.

The first conclusion is that I was the darling of the so-called left as long as I limited my protests to George Bush and the Republican Party. Of course, I was slandered and libeled by the right as a "tool" of the Democratic Party.  This label was to marginalize me and my message. How could a woman have an original thought, or be working outside of our "two-party" system?

However, when I started to hold the Democratic Party to the same standards that I held the Republican Party, support for my cause started to erode and the "left" started labeling me with the same slurs that the right used. I guess no one paid attention to me when I said that the issue of peace and people dying for no reason is not a matter of "right or left", but "right and wrong."

I am deemed a radical because I believe that partisan politics should be left to the wayside when hundreds of thousands of people are dying for a war based on lies that is supported by Democrats and Republican alike. It amazes me that people who are sharp on the issues and can zero in like a laser beam on lies, misrepresentations, and political expediency when it comes to one party refuse to recognize it in their own party. Blind party loyalty is dangerous whatever side it occurs on. People of the world look on us Americans as jokes because we allow our political leaders so much murderous latitude and if we dont find alternatives to this corrupt "two" party system our Representative Republic will die and be replaced with what we are rapidly descending into with nary a check or balance: a fascist corporate wasteland. I am demonized because I dont see party affiliation or nationality when I look at a person, I see that persons heart. If someone looks, dresses, acts, talks and votes like a Republican, then why do they deserve support just because he/she calls him/herself a Democrat?

I have also reached the conclusion that if I am doing what I am doing because I am an "attention whore" then I really need to be committed. I have invested everything I have into trying to bring peace with justice to a country that wants neither. If an individual wants both, then normally he/she is not willing to do more than walk in a protest march or sit behind his/her computer criticizing others. I have spent every available cent I got from the money a "grateful" country gave me when they killed my son and every penny that I have received in speaking or book fees since then. I have sacrificed a 29 year marriage and have traveled for extended periods of time away from Caseys brother and sisters and my health has suffered and my hospital bills from last summer (when I almost died) are in collection because I have used all my energy trying to stop this country from slaughtering innocent human beings. I have been called every despicable name that small minds can think of and have had my life threatened many times.

The most devastating conclusion that I reached this morning, however, was that Casey did indeed die for nothing. His precious lifeblood drained out in a country far away from his family who loves him, killed by his own country which is beholden to and run by a war machine that even controls what we think. I have tried every since he died to make his sacrifice meaningful. Casey died for a country which cares more about who will be the next American Idol than how many people will be killed in the next few months while Democrats and Republicans play politics with human lives. It is so painful to me to know that I bought into this system for so many years and Casey paid the price for that allegiance. I failed my boy and that hurts the most.

I have also tried to work within a peace movement that often puts personal egos above peace and human life. This group wont work with that group; he wont attend an event if she is going to be there; and why does Cindy Sheehan get all the attention anyway? It is hard to work for peace when the very movement that is named after it has so many divisions.

Our brave young men and women in Iraq have been abandoned there indefinitely by their cowardly leaders who move them around like pawns on a chessboard of destruction and the people of Iraq have been doomed to death and fates worse than death by people worried more about elections than people. However, in five, ten, or fifteen years, our troops will come limping home in another abject defeat and ten or twenty years from then, our childrens children will be seeing their loved ones die for no reason, because their grandparents also bought into this corrupt system. George Bush will never be impeached because if the Democrats dig too deeply, they may unearth a few skeletons in their own graves and the system will perpetuate itself in perpetuity.

I am going to take whatever I have left and go home. I am going to go home and be a mother to my surviving children and try to regain some of what I have lost. I will try to maintain and nurture some very positive relationships that I have found in the journey that I was forced into when Casey died and try to repair some of the ones that have fallen apart since I began this single-minded crusade to try and change a paradigm that is now, I am afraid, carved in immovable, unbendable and rigidly mendacious marble.

Camp Casey has served its purpose. Its for sale. Anyone want to buy five beautiful acres in Crawford , Texas ? I will consider any reasonable offer. I hear George Bush will be moving out soon, too...which makes the property even more valuable.

This is my resignation letter as the "face" of the American anti-war movement. This is not my "Checkers" moment, because I will never give up trying to help people in the world who are harmed by the empire of the good old US of A, but I am finished working in, or outside of this system. This system forcefully resists being helped and eats up the people who try to help it. I am getting out before it totally consumes me or anymore people that I love and the rest of my resources.

Good-bye America ...you are not the country that I love and I finally realized no matter how much I sacrifice, I cant make you be that country unless you want it.

Its up to you now.-

There are so many points to be made here, but you know most of them already.  So I'll leave it at one of the most telling:

-cindy sheehan's son, Casey - the person she has based her entire "career" on, was an ENLISTEE in the army.  We have no conscription in this country.  He VOLUNTEERED to be a soldier.  And when his tour of service was up, he RE-ENLISTED, knowing full well that we were going to be fighting in Iraq. 

What does this mean?  It means that the son she has used relentlessly to further her own publicity, rejected her views on Iraq, and then rejected them again.  Based on Casey Sheehan's own, entirely voluntary, actions, if he were here today he would most likely be telling her to shut the hell up. 

So if by some minor miracle you really mean it when you say you're going to crawl back into the woodwork, cindy, then that's a good thing to do.  Casey would approve.  And, believe me, so would I.

Mom Dear Mom, It's been an interesting day, between the "hey Jason I need you to get down here now" from our Brigade Commander, to the rocket attack in the afternoon, to watching a bloody troop enter the CSH...I really didn't think it could get much better. Until our battle update brief tonight...due to the surge, i've been extended with my unit for an additional 3 months. We were two months away from kissing this desert good bye. In fact, this will bring my total time in Iraq to 15 months (5 air force deployments). We hope to return home before the holidays. I say much of the above sarcastically, but in truth if this is what I'm being asked to do- I will do it and I do it willingly. Believe me, nothing would be sweeter than to come home, but it seems like right now we're being asked to push harder and do things greater than ever before. I'm not one to walk away from a fight, and damnit that's what this is. Whether you trust the media sources that enter your lives or trust the soldiers that are out here winning this war, believe this...the insurgents are linked to terrorists here and we're beating them. I've seen primary sources on this. All the "dumb" insurgents have been killed off over the years of fighting, these parts are left with the highly trained, well funded, and intelligent cells. So we have surged as a military to give it one last hard push. It's breaking mens spirits, destroying families, and halting careers, but portrays devotion, men fighting for worthy causes...and as TR stated, "at the worst, if we fail, at least we fail while daring greatly...our place shall never be with those cold and timid sould who neither know victory nor defeat." Time to quell the storm and ride the thunder. Another 5 and change to go- your son, Jason . (05/30/07)


JOURNALISTIC TERRORISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Ken Berwitz

There are many reasons that palestinian Arabs get much better press than they have any right to.  One, not surprisingly, is anti-semitism.  But another, and among the most compelling of all, is fear. 

Years ago, Eason Jordan, then president of CNN news, admitted in a NY Times op-ed piece that for 12 years he had effectively allowed saddam hussein to censor the reports coming out of Iraq.  Why?  Because if saddam didn't like what CNN was reporting, the reporters would be in mortal danger. 

Think I'm exaggerating?  Here are Jordan's exact words:-

The News We Kept to Ourselves

By Eason Jordan
The New York Times
April 11, 2003

ATLANTA Over the last dozen years I made 13 trips to Baghdad to lobby the government to keep CNN's Baghdad bureau open and to arrange interviews with Iraqi leaders. Each time I visited, I became more distressed by what I saw and heard awful things that could not be reported because doing so would have jeopardized the lives of Iraqis, particularly those on our Baghdad staff.

For example, in the mid-1990's one of our Iraqi cameramen was abducted. For weeks he was beaten and subjected to electroshock torture in the basement of a secret police headquarters because he refused to confirm the government's ludicrous suspicion that I was the Central Intelligence Agency's Iraq station chief. CNN had been in Baghdad long enough to know that telling the world about the torture of one of its employees would almost certainly have gotten him killed and put his family and co-workers at grave risk.

Working for a foreign news organization provided Iraqi citizens no protection. The secret police terrorized Iraqis working for international press services who were courageous enough to try to provide accurate reporting. Some vanished, never to be heard from again. Others disappeared and then surfaced later with whispered tales of being hauled off and tortured in unimaginable ways. Obviously, other news organizations were in the same bind we were when it came to reporting on their own workers.

We also had to worry that our reporting might endanger Iraqis not on our payroll. I knew that CNN could not report that Saddam Hussein's eldest son, Uday, told me in 1995 that he intended to assassinate two of his brothers-in-law who had defected and also the man giving them asylum, King Hussein of Jordan. If we had gone with the story, I was sure he would have responded by killing the Iraqi translator who was the only other participant in the meeting. After all, secret police thugs brutalized even senior officials of the Information Ministry, just to keep them in line (one such official has long been missing all his fingernails) -

Again, those are not my words, folks, those are his words.  And this is an ONGOING ISSUE for journalists covering that part of the world. 

Simply stated, if you file a report that is sympathetic to palestinian Arabs and anti-Israel, have a nice restful evening.  You can sleep like a baby.  But if you file a report that criticizes palestinian Arabs?  Don't ever have a good night's sleep again.  And watch where you walk.  Or eat.  Or drive.

This is one of the most underreported factors in the sorry mess that palestinian Arabs have created for themselves.  And one of the key reasons Israel doesn't come close to getting a fair shake in the world's media. 

Want another example?  Ok.  Read this report on the "freedom" enjoyed by journalists in Gaza and Judea/Samaria (the west bank):  

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The Scotsman Mon 28 May 2007

Hamas warns journalists against dissent

BEN LYNFIELD IN JERUSALEM

HAMAS'S armed wing yesterday warned Palestinian journalists against criticising its firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel after several opinion columns claimed the rockets harmed the Palestinians themselves.

The warning made by Abu Obeida, the head of the Izzedin al-Qassam militia, which fires the rockets, came on the same day that an Israeli computer technician was killed by a rocket fired into the Israeli border town of Sderot. Both Israel and Hamas appear poised for further confrontation despite efforts by moderate Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to get them to agree to a ceasefire.

Abu Obeida said in a statement carried by Hamas's Palestine Information Centre: "The time has come for the strange voices and the yellow media to stop stabbing the resistance in the back and go back to the right way. If not, history and the people will not have mercy on any who collude with the enemy against their religion, people and nation."

Yesterday, the Al-Ayyam newspaper, which is close to Mr Abbas, ran a column by Riyadh Malki, the director of the Panorama think-tank in Ramallah, arguing that the rockets brought harm to Gazans.

He said the rockets enabled the Israelis to cast Palestinian resistance as terrorism and turn international public opinion against the Palestinians.

No Palestinian militia or faction should have the right to launch a war without it being discussed in the government, Mr Malki wrote.

Israeli airstrikes have killed 49 Palestinians, mostly militants, during the last 11 days, while Palestinian rockets have killed two Israelis and caused the evacuation of about 6,000 of the 20,000 residents of Sderot. -

How many other instances of this coercion do you suppose go unreported?  Think about it.

News media must be able to cover the Israel/palestinian Arab conflict.  But they have a problem.  If they play ball with palestinian Arabs they will be able to operate freely, maybe even be given access to places and events others will not.  If, on the other hand, they report honestly, which means that palestinian Arabs will at least sometimes be attacked for their actions, maybe even most of the time?  God help them.

Whenever you see, hear or read "neutral" journalism from the middle east - and I don't just mean Gaza and the west bank, you can probably fill in other places where this is just as true - I urge you to keep the reality of journalistic terrorism in mind.  And remember, this is what Israel is up against every day.


DYSLEXIA: REAL OR NOT?

Ken Berwitz

I concede this is not about politics.  But it is very, very interesting and the man making these claims is accomplished enough to pay attention to, even though he goes so hard against the grain of just about everyone else (so far as I know, anyway). 

I don't know if Professor Elliott is correct.  But I admire his courage for saying what he thinks in a way that is certain to cause him untold criticism.  I liken it to the first few climatologists and other experts who stuck their chins out and publicly expressed skepticism about global warming  -- now a rapidly growing number.

Take a look, see what you think:

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Dyslexia 'is just a middle-class way to hide stupidity'

By REBECCA CAMBER - More by this author Last updated at 20:34pm on 28th May 2007

  Dyslexia is a social fig leaf used by middle-class parents who fear their children will be labelled as low achievers, a professor has claimed.

Julian Elliott, a leading educational psychologist at Durham University, says he has found no evidence to identify dyslexia as a medical condition after more than 30 years of research.

"There is a huge stigma attached to low intelligence," he said.

"After years of working with parents, I have seen how they don't want their child to be considered lazy, thick or stupid.

"If they get called this medically diagnosed term, dyslexic, then it is a signal to all that it's not to do with intelligence."

He added: "There are all sorts of reasons why people don't read well but we can't determine why that is. Dyslexia, as a term, is becoming meaningless."

One in ten people in the UK - including 375,000 schoolchildren - has been diagnosed with dyslexia.

The condition is said to impair short-term memory and the ability to read, write, spell and do maths.

Supporters of the condition argue that dyslexics are intelligent people who have difficulties processing information and need extra help and time than others who are poor readers.

But Professor Elliott has claimed that the symptoms of dyslexia - such as clumsiness and letter reversal - are similar to those seen in those who simply cannot read.

He argues that the condition should be rediagnosed as a reading difficulty.

His comments provoked fury among dyslexia campaigners.

John Rack, head of research and development at the charity Dyslexia Action, denied that the disability was a middle-class phenomenon.

He told The Times: "There is ample evidence that dyslexia exists across the spectrum and the argument that there is no consistent means of identifying it is one cited by people who don't know enough about the subject."

However, other experts have suggested that parents are putting their children forward for reading ability assessments to "get them off the hook".

Dr Michael Rice, a dyslexia and literacy expert at Cambridge University, said: "There is a sense of justification when children are diagnosed.

"It gets them off the hook of great embarrassment and personal inadequacy."

According to Professor Elliott, dyslexic university students are gaining an unfair advantage by getting extra time for their studies and many are getting diagnosed simply to get up to 10,000 worth of equipment including laptops and extra books.

University lecturers have complained about students "milking the system" by pretending they have the condition.

One lecturer who teaches in the South-East said:

"On one degree course I teach, about one quarter of the students get help with their coursework and other assistance because they have this label. You become quite cynical."

The number of students who receive disability allowances at university has risen to a record 35,500 at a cost of 78.4million a year.

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