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2006 May 25 — Why Now?
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A Reminder For Congress

You supported giving them all of these “extraordinary powers” so they could enable the “extraordinary committee” to “protect the people” and now you have discovered that you are not safe from the “committee’s” intrusion:

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I did not speak out;
I was not a Jew.

When they came for me,
There was no one left to speak out.

Pastor Martin Niemöller

The Pastor was an early supporter of the Nazi Party because “something had to be done about the unrest.”

Do you idiots in Congress not understand that your telephones are being logged. Your e-mail is being read. You are subjected to all of the restrictions when flying. You are subjected to the same indignities as the rest of us.

Did you think you would be immune? Did you think they would treat you differently?

You have the power and the responsibility to stop this. You are supposed to represent the citizens of this country.

May 25, 2006   5 Comments

Another “Prequel”

This is wrong, but predictable: ‘Da Vinci Code’ success sparks ‘Angels & Demons’ plans.

Dan Brown wrote a boring book named Angels & Demons that no one read before he wrote the slightly less bad book that everyone read. Since the film from the less bad book is making money, they decided to “follow the formula”.

May 25, 2006   4 Comments

Learning From the Shrubbery

Canadian Broadcasting has a story about the media relations of their new Prime Minister: Harper says he’s finished with Ottawa press corps

Since becoming prime minister in January, Harper has had a testy relationship with the national media in Ottawa. His staff has tried to manage news conferences by saying they will decide which reporters get to ask questions.

The press gallery has refused to play by those rules. “We can’t accept that the Prime Minister’s Office would decide who gets to ask questions,” Yves Malo, a TVA reporter and president of the press gallery, told CP on Tuesday. “Does that mean that when there’s a crisis they’ll only call upon journalists they expect softball questions from?”

On Tuesday about two dozen Ottawa reporters walked out on a Harper event when he refused to take their questions.

That led Harper to say that from now on he will speak only to local media.

Ah, yes: “avoiding the filter to speak directly to the people” was how the Shrubbery put it.

May 25, 2006   4 Comments

Hiding The Truth

This CBS story, Olmert: Israel Won’t Wait Forever, is just an attempt to shift responsibility:

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday that Israel would be a “willing partner in peace” with the Palestinians, but would draw its own borders in the West Bank should it conclude it has no negotiating partner.

“We cannot wait for the Palestinians forever,” Olmert told members of the House of Representatives and Senate gathered in the House chamber.

“Our deepest wish is to build a better future for our region, hand in hand with a Palestinian partner, but if not, we will move forward, but not alone,” he said, alluding to promised U.S. support.

When you refuse to talk to the other side, you are the problem. There are existing UN Security Council resolutions that clearly delineate the borders, so Israel has the burden to get the Palestinians to agree to any changes. Blaming the Palestinians for who they elect isn’t going to cut it.

May 25, 2006   Comments Off on Hiding The Truth

You Knew It Was True

Both Australia Broadcasting with their article, Chocolate may boost brain power, and CNN with this Reuters report, tell people to take that Cadbury Fruit & Nut bar and eat it before the test.

Note to the purists: milk chocolate. I’m sorry, but milk chocolate works best.

May 25, 2006   Comments Off on You Knew It Was True


Towel Day

Oh, the rumor about a Vogon constructor ship disguising itself as a comet is probably not true. If it is true you won’t be reading this, so I’m covered.

Mustang Bobby notes Star Wars was releases on this day in 1977.

Happy Furry Puppy Story Time with Norbizness celebrates his third blogiversary™ [Talk Left].

May 25, 2006   Comments Off on DON’T PANIC!