Thursday, 27 November 2008
THE MUMBAI TERROR
There is a major Islamic fundamentalist terrorism episode in progress.
This time it is taking place in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India.
Two major hotels have been ravaged. The death toll approaches (or
by this time may have exceeded) 100, with many more injured. Innocent travelers
are hiding in locked rooms praying they will not be taken hostage, or
Additionally, with the due diligence that is a hallmark of well planned Islamic
terrorist acts, a Jewish venue was found (yes, in Mumbai) and there are deaths
and injuries there as well
An entire country is terrorized, Jews in particular are reminded of
the terrorist goal that they be singled out for slaughter and the western
world is scared - with good reason - that Mumbai is only part of
the current attack.
Yesterday's news reports told us there was a credible threat to Penn Station in New
York City as well. The indications pointed to a massive strike in that hub of transportation,
supplemented with bombs to be detonated in train stations and on moving
trains throughout the city. So far it has not happened. But that
doesn't mean it wasn't about to, and it doesn't mean that it won't in the near
The lesson to be learned here is hugely frustrating, because it is at once so
simple, and so easy for intelligent people to unlearn in a matter of months
or just a few years.
The lesson is that the free world, especially western
civilization, is engaged in a war. The war we are engaged in is
ongoing. It takes place every day. The fact that weeks, or months, or years go by without a terrorist
act like this does not mean the war is over, it
means the next attack is being planned.
How fast do we forget? Think about our awareness
of this reality after 9/11. Now think about the tiny number
of voters indicating terrorism was a major issue in the last presidential election. Do
you have any doubt that the same poll would
show different results today?
My fervent hope is that the horror in Mumbai is an irrevocable wake-up call
for people everywhere. But especially for Barack Obama and some of
the people around him in congress. The ACLU and moveon.org are not going
to protect us from radical fundamentalist Islam. Fighting it successfully
is our only chance.
years, mainstream media have taken pains to assure us that fighting is not the
answer, that we have to somehow "understand" the perpetrators of these attacks.
I partially agree.
I agree we have to understand that if we do not fight them they will
eventually take over, eradicate our culture and put us under shari'a law.
That is the lesson we must learn from the Mumbai terror. How I hope
that we, as a country, learn it well, and - this time - don't quickly forget
IS "ROSIE LIVE" PUSHING UP DAISIES ALREADY?
When Rosie O'Donnell was on The View, and the audience enthusiastically
looked forward to her angry left wing rants (as they do with Joy Behar's and
Whoopi Goldberg's to this day), things were, well, rosey.
But like other gigs in her strange, checkered career, Ms. O'Donnell managed
to wear out her welcome and eventually was gone.
Too bad, because since her afternoon talk show (until she destroyed it by becoming abrasive and
political that is), The View appears to be the only appreciable
success Rosie O'Donnell has had in the entertainment business.
You would think this might cause major networks to think twice
before using Ms. O'Donnell for future projects. But, then again,
there's always NBC - no stranger to the left wing itself (think MSNBC). Its brain trust, such as it
is, decided that Rosie is still a star. So they gave her a variety show.
"Rosie Live" debuted last night.
Here's how it made out, courtesy of www.thrfeed.com:.
Rosie O'Donnell gave NBC a real turkey.
The network's attempt to revive the primetime
variety show failed to draw an audience Wednesday night, tying for the evenings
A mere 5 million viewers tuned in for the 8 p.m.
premiere of Rosie Live, with the program earning a 1.2 preliminary adults
18-49 rating. The telecast matched ABCs recently canceled Pushing Daisies as
the night's lowest-rated program on a major broadcast network.
NBC had high hopes for the special and
planned to expand the program into a series should viewers re-embrace the
decades-old variety format. Other networks, too, were watching closely
since several are developing variety shows of their own.
Theres a notion that the climate is right for
the genre to make a comeback, emailed one executive at a rival network. I
guess we now know what not to do, thanks to Rosie.
Segments included Kathy Griffin impersonating
Nancy Grace, Alec Baldwin hitting Conan O'Brian with a pie, O'Donnell singing
"City Lights" with Liza Minnelli and Jane Krakowski doing a striptease while
showing images of product placement.
Critics were not kind. The NY Times described it
as "hokey comedy with an enemies list." TV Guide called it a "ghastly ego trip."
Networks have been chasing variety show
programming as a low-cost option to revive the genre. But the idea has been
sought by executives due the formats rock-bottom low cost, cross-promotion
possibilities and advertiser-friendly format rather than being a genre that's
bursting from the creative community or demanded by viewers. In other words, the
neo-variety show is a product designed to solve financial woes rather than an
inspired act of programming creativity and therefore had the odds stacked
against it drawing large numbers.
NBCs variation in particular, starring ODonnell
with appearances by Alannis Morrisette, Ne Yo, Griffin, Rachael Ray, Harry
Connick Jr., Clay Aiken and Gloria Estefan seemed pretty niche, skewing heavily
female for a show broadcast the eve of a family holiday, and some observers
thought the lineup was better suited for daytime than primetime.
Given the holiday week, programming was lower
rated last night than average. One special that did perform well was Barbara
Walters interview with president-elect Barack Obama (11.6 million, 3.0 rating),
which nearly matched "CSI: NY" in the 10 p.m. hour and gave ABC its highest
non-awards show rating in the time period in more than a year.
How ironic that "Rosie Live" equaled a show called "Pushing Up Daisies" as
the lowest rated among major broadcast offerings.
Since "Pushing Up Daisies" now is pushing up daisies (ABC recently
cancelled it) Rosie has the honor of being #1 - albeit from the bottom, not the
top. And she did it right from her first show.
How long do you figure it will be before "Rosie Live" is pushing up daisies
too. Maybe they should rename it "Rosie Dead".
When a fawning media were still calling Ms. O'Donnell "the queen of nice"
(yep, so help me that's what they called her) she was a huge success.
Maybe nice would still work today. She should reinstall some and
IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE. HE COULD HAVE....ER, NEVER MIND
This article is, uh, passed along, without further comment (or further
Florida boy, 12, arrested for farting in
Causing a stink ... a
12-year-old boy has been arrested in Florida for "deliberately passing
- 12-year-old "deliberately passed gas"
- Also shut down computers of classmates
- Arrested, charged with disrupting function
A 12-YEAR-old American schoolboy has been arrested
for farting in the classroom.
Police were called when the boy became
disruptive, shutting off the computers of classmates and "deliberately passing
gas" at his school in Florida, The Smoking Gun reports.
The 150cm offender was also accused of
shutting off the computers of classmates at Florida's Stuart's Spectrum High School.
Busted by school authorities for disruption of a
school function, the boy was taken to the County Sheriff's
Police said the boy, who name was suppressed due to his age,
admitted the offences and was released into the custody of his
I love the source of this story: "The Smoking Gun".
To say the least, that's not all that was smo...ah, forget it. You
can't say anything about this story without some kind of double entendre, can