Murdoch’s finest slam Barack Obama, ridicule Hillary Clinton

Where do you go to my lovely?

The Times was for me and still is, mostly, one of the standard bearers of solid conservative journalism. More an institution than a newspaper. The heroes of my childhood, Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Lord Peter Wimsey read “The Times”! If it was printed in “The Times” it wasn’t “news” it was “The Truth!”

“The Times” they are achanging…

Obama victory will prolong US racial divide, says British equality chief!

“In truth, Obama may be helping to postpone the arrival of a post-racial America and I think he knows it,” Mr Phillips wrote. “If he wins, the cynicism may be worth it to him and his party. In the end he is a politician and a very good one: his job is to win elections.”

A disclaimer, that Mr Trevor Philips is a controversial figure in Britain right at the end of the article does little to disconnect the paper from the incredibly blatant and stereotypical nonsense that Mr Philips utters. It is made into a headline and made for the headline readers in the hope that it will stick, it is ultimately: Propaganda.

The name of Farrakhan pops up, too, unsursprisingly. But as Bob Cesca said:

During last night’s Democratic debate, and apropos of nothing, NBC’s Tim Russert asked Senator Obama whether he “accepts the support of Louis Farrakhan.” Again, it’s the illusion of balance. But it would only have been balanced if Russert had just previously quizzed Senator Clinton about something equally as ridiculous. For instance, “Senator Clinton: do you accept the support of Ann Coulter who said she’d vote for you over Senator McCain? Ann Coulter once called John Edwards a fag, and she said that Jews need to be perfected. Ha-HAH! Gotcha!”

On the other hand Senator Obama can count himself lucky, he is taken seriously enough to be considered a dangerous left wing threat.

Senator Clinton is less lucky, she has become the target of their ridicule. Her stumbling over the new Russian leader’s name Medvedev in Tuesday’s debate was called her Dubya moment yesterday and this is a calculated insult. Today a smirking foreign editor shows Senator Clinton how it’s done.

Many, like myself, crave for substantial journalism and seek it in newspapers with an untainted reputation for solid journalistic handicraft. We will have to seek elsewhere. Because, however positive my impression of Senator Barack Obama, I would like to see relentless scrutiny of his and every other politician’s doings. That is why the press is called “the fourth estate” not the “fifth”. They are to be our watchdog!

“Europeanview” wishes you all a relaxed, happy and healthy Thusday - Weekend is just around the corner! 

“Previously Unseen” Photos from Abu Ghraib

via: TPM

Wired has obtained what it says are new photos from Abu Ghraib. Psychologist Philip Zimbardo will use the pictures in a presentation today on how good people turn evil.

These photos are horrible (so I’m not putting any up). They are part of a related story called “How Good People Turn Evil, From Stanford to Abu Ghraib“. There is also an extensive article by Joan Walsh at Salon called “The Abu Ghraib files“:

Includes 279 photographs and 19 videos from the Army’s internal investigation record a harrowing three months of detainee abuse inside the notorious prison — and make clear that many of those responsible have yet to be held accountable.

How do we as a country stand for this? I’m getting tired of saying it, but why is no one being held accountable? (I am not referring to the small handful of people at the bottom, who were doing what they were ordered to do…). This is a shame on this nation beyond belief and comprehension. Are we a nation of laws and morals, or a nation of hoodlums, crooks, liars, torturers, megalomaniacs and sociopaths? Ya can’t have it both ways..

War on Terror? Who are the terrorists in these photos? I really can’t tell.. I’m so ashamed.

BUSH LEAGUE JUSTICE: Abrams Wants Gov. Siegelman Released!

BradBlog has another post about Don Siegelman which covers another segment of “Bush League Justice” with Dan Abrams on MSNBC covering the story.

Siegelman’s Daughter States That Her Father Knows Karl Rove Is Behind His Prosecution
Says Judge ‘Trying To Keep Her Dad Hushed As Long As He Possibly Can’
Dan Abrams once again tackles the Don Siegelman case in his stellar “Bush League Justice” series on MSNBC. Tonight’s guests included Scott Horton of Harper’s, former Alabama GOP operative Dana Jill Simpson, and Governor Siegelman’s daughter, Dana Siegelman.

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Amazingly, Siegelman is unable to appeal his case because the government has failed to produce a transcript of the trial which was completed over 18 months ago.

What the hell is going on here..? This story REEKS!

The New York Times had an editorial this morning: “Alabama TV News Censorship?

Iraq war ’caused slowdown in the US’

Anyone surprised here..?

via: The Australian

THE Iraq war has cost the US 50-60 times more than the Bush administration predicted and was a central cause of the sub-prime banking crisis threatening the world economy, according to Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz.The former World Bank vice-president yesterday said the war had, so far, cost the US something like $US3trillion ($3.3 trillion) compared with the $US50-$US60-billion predicted in 2003.

Australia also faced a real bill much greater than the $2.2billion in military spending reported last week by Australian Defence Force chief Angus Houston, Professor Stiglitz said, pointing to higher oil prices and other indirect costs of the wars.

Professor Stiglitz told the Chatham House think tank in London that the Bush White House was currently estimating the cost of the war at about $US500 billion, but that figure massively understated things such as the medical and welfare costs of US military servicemen.

The war was now the second-most expensive in US history after World War II and the second-longest after Vietnam, he said.

The spending on Iraq was a hidden cause of the current credit crunch because the US central bank responded to the massive financial drain of the war by flooding the American economy with cheap credit.

“The regulators were looking the other way and money was being lent to anybody this side of a life-support system,” he said.

That led to a housing bubble and a consumption boom, and the fallout was plunging the US economy into recession and saddling the next US president with the biggest budget deficit in history, he said.

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Oldest hominid discovered is 7 million years old: study

How’s that work if the world is only 2,000 years old..? (..I’m so confused..)

via: Raw Story

The fossil was discovered in the Chadian desert in 2001 and an intense debate ensued over whether the nearly complete cranium, pieces of jawbone and teeth belonged to one of our earliest ancestors.

Critics said that Toumai’s cranium was too squashed to be that of a hominid — it did not have the brain capacity that gives humans primacy — and its small size indicated a creature of no more than 120 centimetres (four feet) in height, about the size of a walking chimp.

In short, they said, Toumai had no right to be baptised with French researcher Michel Brunet’s hominid honorific of Sahelanthropus tchadensis — he was simply a vulgar ape.

Toumai’s supporters used 3D computer reconstructions to show that the structure of the cranium had clear differences from those of gorillas and chimps and indicates that Toumai was able to walk upright on two feet, something our primate cousins cannot do with ease.

If Toumai is truly an early human, that means that the evolutionary split between apes and humans occurred far earlier than previously thought.

And pinning down his age is key to redrawing the evolutionary map.

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McCain Used Same Airliner as Saudis Evacuated Post 9/11

With all the jets in the entire country on which aircraft did the Saudis leave the country?  The very same  customized Boeing 727 that John McCain flew on four times with his  lobbyist friend, Vicky Iseman.

The 727 that ferried both John McCain and Saudi Royals actually belonged to Vicki’s boss, Lowell “Bud” Paxson, whose Paxson Communications owns a down-market Christian broadcaster called PAX-TV.

This story has everything, Saudi evacuations, the 9/11 Commission, Jack Abramoff, organized crime, even the network that created the Kerry Swiftboat ads.

There’s something slightly sinister about “Campaign Suicide” Blonde Vicki Iseman’s corporate client list. She and Tampa-based lobbying firm Alcalde & Fay service a roster of companies comprising a “Who’s Who” of a peculiarly American netherworld…
Gambling casinos and Saudi money mingle with covert operations of the CIA, felonious schemes of Republican lobbyists… even a television network responsible for the scurrilous Swift Boat documentary that sunk John Kerry’s chances for the Presidency in 2004…
They rep the brother of a Saudi billionaire wanted for securities fraud, cruise ship lines making billions a year but paying no American taxes…A broadcasting network, Sinclair, responsible for producing and airing the “documentary” that swift-boated John Kerry’s Presidential ambitions in the 2004 elections…
Were there hidden connections between the companies on the client list of comely blond lobbyist Vicki Iseman’s client list?
Companies secretly allied in some non-SEC-approved way?

But most interesting, perhaps is this:

And a Christian network, PAX-TV (now ION) whose offerings stand out as having been exceptionally tawdry even in the notoriously heavily-mascaraed field of religious broadcasting.
Paxson Communications amassed more than 70 television stations in five years, the biggest collection in the nation, with access to about three-quarters of all US homes.

There is much more to this story at CCOKZSBLOG.

Soldier admits having himself shot to avoid Iraq return

via: Raw Story

A soldier who claimed to have been shot during a robbery while home from Iraq on emergency family leave has been revealed to have arranged the shooting with a friend.

“He admitted it was a setup,” Sgt. Todd Newton of the Apple Valley Police told KCAL News. “His friend admitted that he didn’t want to go back to Iraq. I believe he was on some sort of emergency military leave. … He didn’t have the guts to do it, so he asked his friend to do it.”

I heard this story earlier on the radio. The young man was 20 years old, had already served one tour and didn’t want to return for a second tour.

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What’s in a name?

(Finally, a voice of reason..)

From Juan Cole
via: Informed Comment

Barack Hussein Obama, Omar Bradley, Benjamin Franklin and other Semitically Named American Heroes

At Cincinnati, Bill Cunningham, according to the LAT, “introduced presidential candidate John McCain at a rally here today accused Barack Obama of sympathizing with ‘world leaders who want to kill us’ and invoked Obama’s middle name — three times calling him ‘Barack Hussein Obama.’ ” John McCain repudiated Cunningham’s low tactics and said that using the middle name like that three times was “inappropriate” and would never happen again at one of his rallies.

I want to say something about Barack Hussein Obama’s name. It is a name to be proud of. It is an American name. It is a blessed name. It is a heroic name, as heroic and American in its own way as the name of General Omar Nelson Bradley or the name of Benjamin Franklin. And denigrating that name is a form of racial and religious bigotry of the most vile and debased sort. It is a prejudice against names deriving from Semitic languages!

Christian, Western heroes have often been bequeathed Middle Eastern names. Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, the medieval Spanish hero, carried the name El Cid, from the Arabic al-Sayyid, “the lord.”

Barack and Hussein are Semitic words. Americans have been named with Semitic names since the founding of the Republic. Fourteen of our 42 presidents have had Semitic names (see below). And, American English contains many Arabic-derived words that we use every day and without which we would be much impoverished. America is a world civilization with a world heritage, something Cunninghamism will never understand.

Barack is a Semitic word meaning “to bless” as a verb or “blessing” as a noun. It is found all through the Bible. It first occurs in Genesis 1:22: “And God blessed (ḇāreḵə ) them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.”

Here is a list of how many times barak appears in each book of the Bible.

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19 years later, and still no justice…

Looks like the Supremes think that $2.5 billion dollars may be just too much for Exxon to pay in restitution. In the meantime, Exxon continues to have record profits

300px-exval.jpegFrom the Associated Press

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed inclined to reduce the $2.5 billion award of punitive damages to victims of the Exxon Valdez disaster.

Several justices indicated they think the amount approved by a federal appeals court is too high, although there was no apparent consensus about how much Exxon Mobil Corp. should have to pay for the 1989 accident in which its 987-foot tanker ran aground on a reef and dumped 11 million gallons of oil into Alaska waters.

Justices Anthony Kennedy and David Souter suggested that perhaps a reasonable number would be twice the amount of money the company has paid to compensate victims for economic losses. Walter Dellinger, representing Exxon, said the company has paid about $500 million in such costs.

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“Bush League Justice” Series (MSNBC) does segment on Don Siegelman

Dan Abrams calls for Attorney General Mukasey to open an investigation. This segment is in a followup to the segment by 60 Minutes which aired last Sunday.

Over at BradBlog, there is a followup post with video showing Karl Rove helping (unwittingly) to hold up a banner that reads “Free Don Siegelman”.. (Awkward..)

There is also audio of a Q&A at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles where Rove is questioned on (and denies) recent charges made against him by a Republican operative in Alabama concerning the prosecution of Alabama’s former Democratic Governor Don Siegelman.

Army Official: Yes, Waterboarding Breaks International Law

H/T: TPM Muckraker

During today’s hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was questioned by Senator Carl Levin:

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) asked, “General, do you believe that waterboarding is consistent with Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions?”

After pausing a moment to think, Maples replied, “No, sir, I don’t.”

“Do you think it’s humane?” Levin asked.

“No, sir, I think it would go beyond that bound.”

How refreshing to finally hear some frank, straight forward honesty. (I wonder how long now before he gets demoted or fired..)

9/11 Rescue Workers NEED Health Care

via: AfterDowningStreet

Yesterday in the rain in front of the U.S. Capitol hundreds of 911 rescue workers who risked their lives in a toxic mess they were told was safe piled off buses from New York. They held a rally with a handful of Congress Members and asked Congress to get them health care so that they can stop suffering every day while we slaughter people abroad in their names and in the name of those who died that day.

Below is a series of videos.

Rep. Tim Bishop:

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Three of the most used (and abused) words…

Words are easy. Actions? Not so much.. But what do these words really mean?


We have heard these three words for seven years, since the beginning of the war in Afghanistan, and since the start of the Iraq War in March, 2003. I have seen the yellow ribbons everywhere. I don’t quite know what they mean anymore. Has “Support the Troops” become just a jingle? A catch-phrase to justify whatever they are attached to? A way to divert our attention? A means of manipulating Congress into pushing through legislation? These three words are used for different purposes, and they seem to have lost their connection to actual human lives.

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It’s over!

It is over for Hillary Clinton. She doesn’t even have to wait out March 4th, she should just watch a rerun of the debate, but I expect she knows already. Whatever semblance of a campaign she will engange in until Tuesday, she has definitely run out of options.  Barack Obama managed to be the one with the Presidential aura yesterday evening, while Hillary Clinton was the complainer. Here are some quotes from English online sites of the European newspapers:

“Der Spiegel” (featuring Maureen Dowd)

Beating on the press is the lamest thing you can do. It is only because of the utter open-mindedness of the press that Hillary can lose 11 contests in a row and still be treated as a contender.

“The Times”

However, Mrs Clinton’s attempts to argue that she would be stronger on foreign policy than her counterpart appeared to have been undermined when she stumbled over the name of the new Russian President, Dmitri Medvedev, while predicting that he would not be an independent leader.

“The Times” is calling that her “Dubya” moment. Ouch!

“The Telegraph” 

Barack Obama strengthened his case to be president with a strong performance in what could prove the final debate with Hillary Clinton in their epic battle for the Democratic nomination.

“The Independent”

Right now, she is stuck in a Greek tragedy she seems unable to interrupt. Since Super Tuesday on 5 February, Senator Obama has won 11 contests in a row to her zero. Her campaign has spiralled into recriminations, firings and confusion. Her chances of catching up are now slim. She needs to win Texas and Ohio and, because of the delegate maths, by large margins. In the Lone Star State she appears to be in a dead heat with Obama. Latest polls show her holding on to a lead in Ohio, but it, too, is shrinking fast.

“The Guardian”

Clinton did not have the luxury to appear relaxed. Her campaign has cast the next set of primaries as a last stand. If she cannot extract wins in Ohio and Texas next week – by convincing voters she is prepared to fight for their economic interests – Clinton may well be out of the race.

“The Economist”

IT HARDLY seems possible, but there have been no fewer than 20 televised debates in the long struggle to settle the Democratic nomination. The latest was in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday February 26th. For Hillary Clinton it represented a final chance to unsettle Barack Obama ahead of the next round of primaries, and she failed.

It may be tragic to see an ambitioned and intelligent woman lose the chance to become President of the United States of America. But, it is more tragic for young men and women to lose the chance go on living at all, children to lose the chance to get to know their fathers or mothers, because of a war this woman voted to authorize. I am perfectly at ease with Hillary Clinton’s political demise. “Europeanview” wishes you a good, happy, healthy and safe day, take care!

Tap shoes optional..?

Senator Larry Craig has an announcement on his website inviting applications for Summer Interns.

The Washington Post
has more:

If you’ve ever wanted to be a fly on the wall in Sen. Larry Craig‘s office, now’s your chance.

The Idaho Republican has just announced he’s taking applications for summer internships in his Capitol Hill office, which has been the brunt of gossip and many a colorful “wide stance” jokes ever since last summer, when Craig was busted in a Minneapolis-St. Paul airport men’s room sex sting.

“Interns have the chance to be an essential part of a working congressional office,” Craig said in a press release issued Tuesday. “They participate in the legislative process as well as ensure that constituent services run smoothly. For those interested in politics, it is an incredible opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at how our government functions while serving the people of Idaho.”

Craig is giving preference to “Idaho applicants attending Idaho schools who are in their junior or senior years of college (including graduating seniors).”

The interns Craig seeks are “expected to fulfill some administrative duties such as answering phones, sorting mail and greeting constituents.”

Better hurry, kids. This will likely be your last chance to be a summer intern in Senator Craig’s office. Craig, who was rebuked by the Senate Ethics Committee this month for his bathroom conviction, says he’s retiring next January when his term expires.