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Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Bill Clinton Defends Wife's Abortion Remarks
Mood:  silly
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

Clinton Defends Wife's Abortion Remarks

WASHINGTON - Former President Clinton, defending his senator-wife's statements on abortion, said Wednesday that Democrats are held to a double standard.

The comment came during remarks to Campus Progress, a left-leaning student group. He said young people in his party should speak directly to conservative voters.

He contended that Republicans have defined the abortion debate in a way that boxes in Democrats.

"So for example, if you're a Democrat and you have sort of normal impulses, you're a sellout, like when Hillary said abortion is a tragedy for virtually everybody who undergoes it, we ought to do all we can to reduce abortion," Clinton said.

"All of a sudden," he continued, the media began asking, "'Is she selling out? Is she abandoning her principles?' But if John McCain, who's pro-life, works with Hillary on global warming, he's a man of principle moving to the middle."

"It's nuts," the former president said.

A speech by Sen. Clinton in January in Albany, N.Y., led to a flurry of speculation that she was shifting slightly to the right. In that speech, she called abortion a "sad, even tragic choice" and said her husband's administration had done a great deal to reduce the number of abortions in the United States.

Conservatives and abortion-rights foes portrayed the speech as a sign that she was edging toward the middle with an eye toward the 2008 presidential campaign. Her supporters, however, said she was simply repeating positions she had stated since her 2000 campaign for the Senate.

On the Net: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton

Yahoo News ~ Associated Press - Devlin Barrett ** Clinton Defends Wife's Abortion Remarks

Posted by uhyw at 11:58 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, July 14, 2005 1:24 AM EDT
Sen. McCain stars in boob raunch fest movie... Wedding Crashers
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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. -- who once held hearings chastising Hollywood studios for producing R- rated films and marketing them to teens -- is now playing a part in one!

Opening this weekend, WEDDING CRASHERS, a movie packed with raunchy moments and bare-breasted beauties bedding down with the guys.

And Senator John McCain!

"In a summer full of sequels and remakes rated PG-13, we feel an original R-rated comedy will stand out," said Rolf Mittweg, president of worldwide distribution and marketing at NEW LINE.

Executives at the studio made a deliberate decision to swim against the current and fill the movie with four-letter words and lots-a-sex.

McCain joked on Tuesday, "Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and me - we're all pretty much starring roles." McCain said he couldn't resist a chance to appear in a Hollywood movie because "it impresses my kids."

Actors Wilson and Vaughn play divorce mediators who slip into weddings in order to seduce guests. Its slogan is "Life's a party. Crash it."

WEDDING CRASHER's director, David Dobkin, admitted that there had been some preliminary discussions about tailoring it for a less restrictive rating.

"At one point we sent the script to someone who knew about the rating system," Dobkin reported, "and he sent back a list of R-rated elements. It was a massive list. The two funniest scenes in the movie would have had to go."

During his senate hearings on Hollywood, McCain lectured Hollywood executives for pushing R-rated films:

"Motion pictures have to ability to elevate and inspire us. To weave wonderful tales, and to record our history. Clearly though, such is not the case."


Posted by uhyw at 11:43 PM EDT
Updated: Sunday, July 17, 2005 5:23 AM EDT
100% Leftist ~ Sheila Jackson Lee
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Topic: Lib Loser Stories

100% Leftist ~ Sheila Jackson Lee

♠ Congresswoman representing the 18th District of Texas, downtown Houston
♠ Member of the radical Progressive Caucus
♠ Member of the Congressional Black Caucus
♠ Ken Lay of Enron helped bankroll her first election to Congress
♠ Lent her prestige to 2001 anti-Jewish United Nations conference in Durban, South Africa
♠ Provided propaganda for Communist FARC guerrillas in Colombia
♠ Voted against school vouchers for Black parents in Washington, D.C.

Congresswoman Jackson Lee belongs to the radical Progressive Caucus in the House of Representatives. The group Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) rates her voting record in recent years to be 100 percent on the left side of legislation. She is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

In 2000 Jackson Lee joined seven fellow Progressive Caucus members and one Republican in signing a letter that called on President George W. Bush to "delink" economic sanctions from military sanctions against Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq. This would have allowed Hussein to receive economic aid while refusing to comply with his international agreements.

Like most leftwing Democrats, Jackson Lee voted against the use of force in Iraq. (She later voted for a supplemental $87 billion appropriation to support troops in the field.) In February 2003 she was one of six House Democrats who filed a lawsuit to require President Bush to get explicit congressional permission before invading Iraq.

Jackson Lee also voted against allowing oil drilling on a scant 20 acres of the 1.2 million acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), thus voting to keep America dependent on Middle Eastern oil while opposing efforts to make that region politically democratic and stable. In 2003 and 2004, however, the Houston Democrat voted in favor of the Bush Administration's national energy policy.

In 2001 the United States withdrew most of its diplomatic participation in the United Nations' World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia And Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa after it became clear that the gathering would give prominence not only to anti-American but also to anti-Israel and anti-Semitic leaders. Despite this, seven members of Congress including Congresswoman Jackson Lee attended, and along with seven other congressional Democrats lent their prestige to what became an anti-Jewish hatefest.

In 2000, 2001 and 2004 Jackson Lee voted against reducing or ending the marriage penalty that imposed higher taxes on married couples than on singles. In 2000 and 2001 she voted against the "death tax" that can force the sale of a small family farm or business to pay tax on their value of up to 50 percent when a family member dies. In 2000 he voted against reducing taxes on Social Security benefits.

The Weekly Standard reported that Rep. Jackson Lee incurred a ridiculous cost to taxpayers, and might be in violation of House ethics rules, by having an aide drive her daily in a government-leased car to and from her congressional office to her Capitol Hill apartment one block away. She once told a staffer who had failed to reserve a limousine, "You don't understand. I am a queen, and I demand to be treated like a queen!"

Jackson Lee has a 100 percent pro-choice voting record, according to the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL). She voted in 2003 against banning partial-birth abortion except to save a mother's life. She voted in 2004 against making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. In 1999 she voted against banning physician-assisted suicide.

Discover The Blog ~ Lowell Ponte ** SHEILA JACKSON LEE

Posted by uhyw at 1:43 AM EDT
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Disney/ABC News chairman may join Dems in Supreme Court battle
Mood:  silly
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

George Mitchell: The Dems' Supreme Point Man?

The former Senate Majority Leader, now a noted peacemaker, may be tapped to help lead the party's strategy on a new high court nominee

The battle on Capitol Hill over filling one, possibly two, U.S. Supreme Court vacancies is heating up fast. Faced with a high-powered lineup of GOP tacticians and advisers, Senate Democrats are now working to assemble their own team.

One key person under consideration to lead the effort, several Democratic sources tell BusinessWeek Online, is former Democratic Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell of Maine, chairman of the board at Walt Disney and chairman of law firm DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary. He has offices in New York and Washington, D.C. Mitchell also serves on Staples' board of directors.

Mitchell is traveling and was unavailable for comment for this story, a spokesperson said. Through an aide, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who is coordinating Democratic efforts, declined to comment.

FIERCELY PARTISAN, TOO. Mitchell's recent history makes him an interesting choice, given the stakes. Since he left the Senate in 1995, Mitchell has developed a role as a global player in conflict resolution. In the late 1990s he led the negotiations that ultimately resulted in a historic peace accord in Northern Ireland. He also served as chairman of an international fact-finding panel on ending violence in the Middle East. And more recently, he shepherded efforts to win board support for Rober Iger to succeed Michael Eisner as CEO of Disney in a contentious corporate battle.

Still, as Senate Democratic Leader during the '80s and early '90s, Mitchell was a fiercely partisan warrior who often prevailed in legislative battles with a GOP White House led by President Bush's father, George H.W. Bush.

Whoever leads the Democratic team will face formidable competition. Last week, the White House appointed former Tennessee senator and actor Fred Thompson to shepherd the President's nominee through the Senate confirmation process. President Bush also named former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie to serve as a kind of campaign manager for the Supreme Court fight. Gillespie will temporarily leave his lobbying firm, Quinn Gillespie & Associates.

DEFINING MOMENTS? Bush is expected to soon nominate a replacement for retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. In addition, Chief Justice William Rehnquist is believed to be considering retirement, and rumors have been flying that his departure is imminent. With the high court's future direction in the balance, partisans from both sides of the aisle say these choices could be the defining moments for Bush's second term.

Senate Democratic aides say they're also trying to pull together an "advisory group" of top operatives to work the Supreme Court fight in much the same way Gillespie is coordinating efforts at the White House. No names are final yet, but Reid spokesman Jim Manley says one person under consideration is Thomas E. Donilon, a former chief of staff to Secretary of State Warren Christopher, and now a partner at the law firm O'Melveny & Myers.

"NO FIGHT, NO MONEY." Sources say the Democrats are interested in other prominent figures. Among them: Thurgood Marshall Jr., an attorney at the law firm Swidler Berlin and a former staffer in the Clinton Administration. He's the son of former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

One campaign vet already on board for the battle is Joe Lockhart, former White House press secretary under Bill Clinton. Lockhart has signed on with People for the American Way, one of the many liberal activist groups poised to try to block nominees they deem to be too conservative.

While Bush has already chided some conservatives publicly for criticizing potential nominee Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, some Democrats worry about their own activist groups trying to exert pressure on Senate leaders. "The groups on both sides have agendas other than trying to win this fight," says Steve Elmendorf, a Democratic political adviser and lobbyist. He points to the e-mail fund-raising requests pouring forth from the liberal groups: "They're all trying to raise money. The groups have an interest in having a fight. If there's no fight, there's no money."

PLENTY OF HIGH PROFILES. Still uncertain is how the Democrats would benefit from having a counterpart on their team to Thompson, who in addition to being an ex-senator is a professional actor. "The knee-jerk response is they have one [elder statesman], so we should have one," says a Democratic source. But what a grey beard could bring to this battle for the Democrats is an open question -- after all Thompson will be squiring an actual nominee on Capitol Hill. Democrats will be trying only to shape the battle. "I don't know what a Thompson equivalent would do on our side," says Elmendorf.

Also factoring into the decision is that Democrats have some of the Senate's most visible players on the Judiciary Committee -- possibly obviating the need for a media-friendly face for their effort. The Judiciary panel that will consider the nominee includes Senators Edward M. Kennedy (Mass.) Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Del.), and Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.), all high-profile, media-savvy figures. It's also unclear whether Mitchell, should he accept the role, would take time off from his other corporate duties. Still, the interest alone indicates that the stakes in this high court drama couldn't be higher.

Business Week ~ Eamon Javers ** George Mitchell: The Dems' Supreme Point Man?


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Nickname: lumberjay
Review: It's President Bush's choice. He won. The three senators you mentioned on the Democrat side, the plagarist, the drunk, and the Eddie Haskell of politics remind me of how thankful I am that it is not their choice.
Date reviewed: Jul 12, 2005 6:31 PM

Nickname: tropdecul
Review: Suggest the liberals seek out Michael Jackson and use Neverland rather than Eisner and Disneyworld/land..perverted drama was never better than during the Jackson "in your justice system face" trial. What a farce! All noise and no substance is what our courts system is unfortunately all about.
Date reviewed: Jul 12, 2005 6:01 PM

Nickname: JR
Review: I want my money back for my season to Walt Disney World. I did not pay money in order for the liberal Mitchell to be a part of the Supreme Court battle. Advise who I can write to or e-mail for this refund. No politics should be involved in any organization, if they are not to make it known. J. R. Florida
Date reviewed: Jul 12, 2005 5:54 PM

Nickname: Ron Boss
Review: My advice to Mr. Bush is to stand tall as he always does and give the democrats all the battle they can handle. I would remind President Bush that this is no tiime to be timid and not to back down on nominating a justice that will stand by the Constitution. Thanks.
Date reviewed: Jul 12, 2005 5:46 PM

Nickname: TZ
Review: Making a mountain out of a mole hill. The Republicans are going to kill the filibuster on judicial canidates for the Supreme Court and that will take care of that.
Date reviewed: Jul 12, 2005 5:39 PM

Nickname: JC
Review: The Democrats don't get it. THEY LOST, John Kerry did not win....They don't get to pick the NEW SUPREME COURT JUSTICES. GEORGE W. BUSH WON AND HE GETS TO PICK THE NEXT 2 SUPREME COURT JUSTICES. Get over it ..demo's YOU LOST CHRISTIANS OF C.C.
Date reviewed: Jul 12, 2005 5:31 PM

Nickname: Jeff
Review: Sheeze, you would think that this is like running for freakin' dog catcher in Podunk, USA. Get a grip folks, the President appoints and the Senate just gets to confirm. The Republicans should remind themselves that they won the freakin' White House, Senate and House. They are in charge and should act like it. Ain't it hilarious how the opposition forms BEFORE there is even a nominee? Give me a break, Teddy!
Date reviewed: Jul 12, 2005 5:25 PM

Nickname: tom
Review: Seeing as how liberals are pulling for American failures everywhere we need strong constitutional jurists.
Date reviewed: Jul 12, 2005 5:17 PM

Nickname: Peter
Review: An excellent piece of reporting. Seems the Democrats are fielding the same old team with same old arguments. No wonder they are losing. But can you imagine the hue and cry if a former Republican Senate majority leader was chairman of the board of one of the three broadcast networks and weighed in on a fight like this?
Date reviewed: Jul 12, 2005 5:09 PM

Nickname: JR
Review: It would be foolish for Mitchell to further associate Disney with this political battle. It will only reinforce the general belief that Hollywood is in the tank for Democrats.
Date reviewed: Jul 12, 2005 5:05 PM

Posted by uhyw at 3:44 PM EDT
Durbin's Staff Trying to Silence Critics, Threatening IRS Audits to Conservative Group
Mood:  chatty
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

Durbin's Staff Trying to Silence Critics, Group Says

A conservative advocacy group says it will not be intimidated by pressure from Sen. Dick Durbin's office.

Move America Forward, a group that supports the U.S. military and wants to eject the United Nations from the United States, is currently running broadcast ads criticizing Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, for comparing U.S. troops at Guantanamo Bay to Nazis, Soviets in their gulags or mad regimes like Pol Pot's.

"But these aren't the faces of torturers, the ad says: "They're the heroic men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. They're our sons and daughters fighting for the cause of freedom around the world. Support our troops, at"

Durbin's office is trying to silence Move America Forward, the group says, by hinting to an Illinois newspaper (the Northwest Herald of Crystal Lake) that the Internal Revenue Service should audit Move America Forward.

Someone from Durbin's office was quoted as telling the newspaper - in connection with Move America Forward -- "Have you ever seen that H&R Block commercial where the guy leans in and says, 'I see an audit'?"

"For the office of a United States senator to threaten reprisals from the IRS against an organization that is supporting our troops in harm's way is absolutely reprehensible," said Mark Washburn, executive director of Move America Forward.

"One of the grounds used to threaten impeachment of President Richard Nixon was that he politicized the IRS and tried to use IRS audits of his political enemies to shut them down or silence them. That is precisely what Senator Durbin's office is doing now, Washburn said.

"There is no place for that in American politics, and Senator Durbin must be held accountable."

Move America Forward also accused Durbin's office of pressuring Illinois television stations not to run the television ad criticizing Durbin's remarks about U.S. troops at Guantanamo Bay.

According to Move America Forward, two television stations have buckled under the pressure, including the ABC and NBC affiliates in Chicago. Both stations are refusing to run Move America Forward's ad, it says, although CBS's Chicago affiliate is running it.

Move America Forward said it will not be intimidated. It said it will continue to air the ad on Illinois network affiliates and nationwide on cable news networks despite the pressure from Durbin.

Last month, Durbin -- reading from an FBI memo on the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay -- commented: "If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime -- Pol Pot or others -- that had no concern for human beings."

Three days later, Durbin clarified but did not apologize for his comments. But a week later, Durbin formally apologized -- to people who were offended by his remarks:

"Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line," Durbin said on June 21. "To them I extend my heartfelt apologies."

Becoming emotional, Durbin also apologized directly to the U.S. military. "They're the best. I never, ever intended any disrespect for them," he said.

On the Net:

Link to the Move America Forward TV ad

Thread about the ad from Right Nation.US Blog

Cybercast News Service ~ Susan Jones ** Durbin's Staff Trying to Silence Critics, Group Says

Posted by uhyw at 2:33 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, July 12, 2005 2:38 AM EDT
Ten Commandments for Judges
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Topic: Yahoo Chat Stuff

Ten Commandments for Judges

† By James Atticus Bowden

President George W. Bush makes one of the most important decisions defining his legacy by uttering a name. If that name for Supreme Court justice is a constant conservative to the end of the life-time term, then the Bush presidency defines the start of an era. The momentum for change, like a glacier, will creak forward. Anything less, including a scheme of one conservative for two open seats means enough conservative Christians stay home, even if Hillary runs, and liberals win the 2008 election. The U.S. Culture War widens, deepens, and threatens because the judges will get worse.

A conservative justice affirms the majority winning elections across the nation. A "moderate" justice overturns the elected will of the people. Stressing the majority with a liberal who brings more judicial tyranny is worse than frustrating the minority who have no right to rule.

There is no "consensus" judge because there is no consensus in America. Perhaps, we should build a majority to get judges to display these Ten Commandments.

I. Thou art not God. You don't know when life begins or ends. Don’t make up "rights" to kill humans or kill helpless people yourself, just because you can. The state legislatures decide legal medical procedures by exception.

II. Thou art not Priest-Kings. Don't tell people when, how, what, or where they can pray. The state legislatures settle how much public prayer, including schools, is appropriate. Quit the cultural cleansing of Christianity.

III. Thou art not Congress. Don't write laws. Don't order governments to spend money or to appropriate taxes. You adjudicate disputes; you do not create the law of the land.

IV. Thou art not the President or Governor. Don't write regulations or try to administer government, including school systems. Don't order authorities to do to anything, except to carry out the orders they asked you to sign, like search warrants, within your narrowly defined written powers.

V. Thou shalt not follow foreign laws. Don't ever decide a case based on foreign law, tradition, or public opinion. Being ruled by foreign law is as despicable as by a foreign king.

VI. Thou shalt not change our Constitution. Ever. Don't make up penumbras. Don't change the meaning of the words. Private property is a right. Individual rights aren't group rights. A plaque doesn't establish religion.

VII. Honor the Family. Marriage is between a man and a woman. Don't pretend you know better than parents.

VIII. Honor Justice. Don't let the guilty go free because of a technicality. Compensate them in prison for some legal error.

IX. Honor the Rule of Law. Rule under the law, not over the law. Don't let your politics prejudice your rulings. You don't know global warming from evolution, so don't make up science either.

X. Thou shalt post the real X Commandments. Place the key foundational law of American civilization in a prominent place inside every courtroom. Look at it often and remember how small you are in power, place and time to the greatest law-giver, God, and to this great nation of the United States of America.

Regardless of whom President Bush appoints, all the judges at every level of government should harken to these Ten Commandments for Judges. If the judiciary becomes so corrupted by power that the tyranny of the few judges becomes the dictatorship of the many, the Culture War will get terrible.

The Great U.S. Culture War is essentially a Second American Civil War (ACW II). There is practically no violence, yet, because the Constitution provides for majority rule in free, fair elections. Both sides contend for power through elections. If elections become meaningless and personal values of family, faith and security are threatened, there will be hell to pay.

Judges who kill the helpless supporting partial birth abortion or euthanasia will go too far. Judges will make biblical speech, like saying homosexual behavior is a sin, hate speech, like it is in Canada and Europe. Judges could make criticizing Islam illegal, even from inside a church, as it is in Australia. Judges make a mockery of immigration laws already. They make illegal aliens almost un-deportable with greater rights than citizens, like paying in-state tuition fees.

The President and Congress can take power away from the Judiciary by law (Article II, U.S. Constitution) or Amendment. President Bush should begin by appointing wise conservatives of bedrock convictions and conscience. Better to tame the tyrants legally, or through the civil disobedience like the Civil Rights Movement, than the bloodier alternatives.

† Someday, we, the people, win. When?

Chron Watch ~ James Atticus Bowden ** Ten Commandments for Judges

Posted by uhyw at 2:09 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, July 12, 2005 2:13 AM EDT
Muslim scholar: Killing civilians OK
Mood:  irritated
Topic: Yahoo Chat Stuff

Where are the libs screeching about this Shmuck's with us or against us policy?

Muslim scholar: Killing civilians OK

Head of Islamic center in London responds to attack

Responding to questions about the terrorist attack on London, a Muslim scholar in the British capital asserted Islam makes no distinction between civilians and military targets.

"The term 'civilians' does not exist in Islamic religious law," said Hani Al-Siba'i, head of the Al-Maqreze Centre for Historical Studies in London.

Al-Siba'i, in an interview with the Arab news channel al-Jazeera, elaborated, "There is no such term as 'civilians' in the modern Western sense. People are either of Dar Al-Harb or not."

Dar Al-Harb refers to the Muslim concept of the world being divided into two "houses," the House of Islam and the remaining territories, the House of War, or Dar Al-Harb.

Al-Siba'i speculated that a Western nation could have been responsible for the attack, but he acknowledged it could have been carried out by Osama bin Laden's terrorist organization, according to a transcript provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI.

"If al-Qaida indeed carried out this act, it is a great victory for it," he said. "It rubbed the noses of the world's eight most powerful countries in the mud."

But al-Siba'i said British Prime Minister Tony Blair "made a grave error when he spoke before the investigation and claimed that the perpetrators of these acts were acting in the name of Islam."

The Muslim leader said "the possibility that it was done by the intelligence agency of another Western country hostile to Britain" should not be ruled out.

He also conjectured it could have been done by "some Zionist Americans who wanted to overshadow the G-8 summit."

Al-Siba'i finally said al-Qaida could not be ruled out as the perpetrator.

He asserted the terrorist organization controls the "war agenda" in Iraq and "imposes its policies" on the Middle East.

As an example, he pointed out that al-Qaida's beheading of an Egyptian envoy prompted Cairo to lower its level of representation in Baghdad.

On the subject of targeting civilians, the al-Jazeera host asked Al-Siba'i: "You, as a Muslim and as the director of a center for Islamic history. ... Is targeting wretched civilians considered brave or manly?"

Al-Siba'i replied that after the Madrid bombing, bin Laden called on the people of Western nations to pressure their governments.

"He told them: We did not attack you. You have been attacking us for more than two centuries, and your campaign continues. He said to them simply: Withdraw your soldiers from the Arabian Peninsula, withdraw from Afghanistan and Palestine. …"

Asked whether he considered bin Laden a religious scholar who issues fatwas or the head of al-Qaida, Siba'i said, "First of all, he is one of this (Islamic) nation. ... We have no clergy or a pope, or anything like this. Anyone can carry out his religious duty, even if he is by himself."

The host argued that the religious law assembly in Mecca at the end of last month issued a fatwa forbidding the killing of civilians.

"Should we follow it or Osama bin Laden?" the host asked.

Al-Siba'i said, "These assemblies resemble the assemblies of the church. These assemblies forbid young people from going to Iraq to fight the jihad. … The Higher Religious Authority (in Saudi Arabia) are the ones who allowed the presence of Crusader forces in the Land of the Two Holy Places (Saudi Arabia)."

World Net ** Muslim scholar: Killing civilians OK

Posted by uhyw at 1:42 AM EDT
BBC edits out the word 'terrorists' for the term 'bombers'
Mood:  spacey
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

BBC edits out the word terrorist

The BBC has re-edited some of its coverage of the London Underground and bus bombings to avoid labelling the perpetrators as "terrorists", it was disclosed yesterday.

Early reporting of the attacks on the BBC's website spoke of terrorists but the same coverage was changed to describe the attackers simply as "bombers".

The BBC's guidelines state that its credibility is undermined by the "careless use of words which carry emotional or value judgments".

Consequently, "the word 'terrorist' itself can be a barrier rather than an aid to understanding" and its use should be "avoided", the guidelines say.

Rod Liddle, a former editor of the Today programme, has accused the BBC of "institutionalised political correctness" in its coverage of British Muslims.

A BBC spokesman said last night: "The word terrorist is not banned from the BBC."

UK Telegraph ~ Tom Leonard ** BBC edits out the word terrorist

Posted by uhyw at 1:30 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, July 12, 2005 1:52 AM EDT
Monday, July 11, 2005
Obama: 'The Democrats At Times Have Lost Their Way? We Are Trying To Decide What Our Core Values Are'
Mood:  silly
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

Obama lends star power to Nelson

The Democratic U.S. senator campaigns for his colleague at a town-hall forum in Eatonville.

EATONVILLE - About 500 people rose to their feet in a standing ovation worthy of a rock star as U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., hit the stage Saturday at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.

The charismatic black politician from Chicago, who at 43 has achieved almost icon status since his wildly popular speech at last year's Democratic convention, was in town to bolster the upcoming Senate campaign of his colleague U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

The occasion was Nelson's eighth and final town-hall meeting around the state during the past week.

"This is your meeting," Nelson told the racially mixed crowd from around the area. "Barack and I want to hear from you."

But the mood was more love fest than town meeting.

Dozens of cell-phone cameras in the audience framed the lanky Obama as he described Nelson as an "honest, hardworking and insightful senator."

Nelson, 62, who faces a tough re-election campaign next year against U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Sarasota, returned the favor, calling Obama "a rock star who carries himself with dignity and humility and is so smart."

They were preaching to the choir.

Only seven people stood to address the senators during the hourlong meeting. But everyone listened closely as the two men responded to issues that ranged from worries over the out-of-power Democratic Party to the rising cost of health care and Florida's inadequately funded pre-kindergarten program.

The most provocative question was the first.

"I see a Democratic Party afraid to say they're Democrats, who voted for the war in Iraq and voted for tax cuts for the wealthy," said Glenn Anderson of Orlando. "Why should I remain a Democrat?"

It was a tough question. But Nelson and Obama tried to answer it.

"The Democrats at times have lost their way," conceded Obama. "We are trying to decide what our core values are."

The criterion for judging the party isn't whether it's to the left or right, "but are we true to our core values," he said. Nobody defined core values.

Balance, Nelson answered, is necessary for government to work. His example: "I call 'em as I see 'em. When I disagree with the president, I vote against him. When I agree with the president, I vote with him."

Obama gave another example: "I was opposed to the war [in Iraq] when it was launched. But once we're in, we have an obligation to make it work, to honor those who lost their lives and bring a semblance of democracy to the region."

Both politicians pushed emotional buttons close to voters' hearts.

Obama weighed in on health-care costs -- "We're all getting hurt" -- and the out-sourcing of American jobs. The biggest challenge in the United States, he said, is how to make sure workers can support families in a global economy.

"We're seeing manufacturing jobs leave [America]," Obama said. "We're losing those jobs and ending up at fast-food restaurants with no benefits. Oh, yes, and gas prices are going up."

The audience responded with hefty applause.

To a litany of social ills, Nelson responded more than once, "I have and will continue to fight for the least of those among us."

The answers were what the predominantly black audience wanted to hear. But it was the men themselves people came to see.

Clara Russell of Windermere heard Obama's convention speech on TV last year.

"That's why I'm here," she said. "I'm a fan."

Bob and Irene Stevens of Oviedo said they came to support Nelson.

"And we wouldn't want to miss seeing Obama . . . he's such an inspiring speaker," said Irene Stevens. "I have great hopes for his future."

Orlando Sentinel ~ Sandra Mathers ** Obama lends star power to Nelson

Posted by uhyw at 2:25 PM EDT
NAACP Delegates Warn 'Progressive Gains Are Eroding'
Mood:  celebratory
Topic: Lib Loser Stories

NAACP Delegates Warn Gains Are Eroding

MILWAUKEE - Civil rights advocates on Sunday called the blurring lines between religion and politics a threat to equal opportunity, and said conservative judges and lawmakers are threatening progressives' gains nationwide.

"You have three branches of government that seem to have an orchestrated approach to, in effect, chisel away at civil rights protections. It's systematic," said Hilary Shelton, director of the Washington, D.C., branch of the NAACP, speaking at the group's annual convention.

The 96th annual gathering of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People comes as the Baltimore-based nonprofit has been struggling to raise money.

Its new president, retired Verizon executive Bruce S. Gordon, has pledged to improve efficiency in the organization and raise an endowment, as well as to stress economic equality.

During weekend panel discussions and meetings, convention delegates discussed laws that bar felons from voting, racial patterns in death penalty sentencing, reparations for slavery and the federal funding of religious groups, among other issues.

U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., said religious groups that receive federal funding for social programs are increasingly hostile to participants who don't share their views on social issues - a violation of equal protection laws and a broad threat to civil rights.

He also criticized legislation proposed last year by North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones that would allow religious leaders who receive federal funding to endorse political candidates from the pulpit.

"When you allow discrimination based on religion in federal programs, you lose all your moral authority to enforce civil rights legislation," Scott said. "Typically, you rely on the judiciary to get you through times like this, but unfortunately the judges being appointed only affirm many of the things happening."

NAACP officials also announced Sunday that Mexican President Vicente Fox, who has been criticized for telling a trade group that Mexicans in the U.S. are doing work that "not even blacks want to do," had declined two invitations to attend the convention.

Fox cited scheduling conflicts in declining the invitation, NAACP officials said.

More than 8,000 people are attending the six-day convention, which runs through Thursday. ~ Associated Press ** NAACP Delegates Warn Gains Are Eroding

Posted by uhyw at 5:23 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, July 11, 2005 5:48 AM EDT

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