Tuesday, 29 May 2007
BUT..BUT..JIMMY CARTER SAID HE'S RUNNING A DEMOCRACY
Here, courtesy of the Associated Press, is how Hugo Chavez has democratized
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
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
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.
"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?
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
May 30, 2007
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".
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
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
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.
The answer is that it is a virtually identical mantra for all of these
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.
***As regular readers know, a LAMB is a member of the Lunatic-left And
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
JOURNALISTIC TERRORISM IN THE MIDDLE EAST
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
By Eason Jordan
The New York
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
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):
Mon 28 May
Hamas warns journalists against
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
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
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?
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:
Dyslexia 'is just a middle-class way to hide
Last updated at 20:34pm on 28th May
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
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
John Rack, head of research and development at
the charity Dyslexia Action, denied that the disability was a middle-class
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
"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