Friday, November 30, 2007

Hillary Plants: CNN's David Bohrman

Malkin on CNN's screwup...
In a now richly ironic interview with Wired.- com before the debate, David Bohrman, a CNN senior vice president, explained why videos were picked not by popular vote, but by supposedly seasoned CNN journalists: The Web is still too immature a medium to set an agenda for a national debate, he claimed. "It's really easy for the campaigns to game the system."

"You've seen how effective the Ron Paul campaign [supporters] have been on the Web," he noted. "You don't know if there are 40 or 4 million of them. It would be easy for a really organized campaign to stack the deck."

What does Bohrman have to say about his crack staff now?
Partisan and stupid is no way for a network to be.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Preschool for All

Remember this?

Heather Cook writes Canadian Brand Socialism: Failing the Sick and Poor and quotes this report finding,
The policy thus provides the greatest benefit to upper-income families, who as it turns out make greater use of subsidized daycare services.
Cook concludes,
To add fuel to this fire, national childcare advocates are pushing for the government to further restrict private daycare options in Canada, after an Australian company – 123 Busy Beavers – began buying up Canadian day care centers. The company’s only crime seems to be that it’s the largest such company in the world.

It seems to me that a little free-market competition might help to keep the costs reasonable and the options open for Canadian parents.

It’s clear that the Canadian brand of socialism is no longer effective. Canadians are clinging to the safety nets of “free health care” and “subsidized programs” without thinking things through. They don’t stop to ask themselves “what would happen if the tax money currently earmarked for health care and subsidies stayed in my pocket?”

If Canadian socialism can’t take care of the children and the sick, what exactly is it here for?
Today's Socialism is taking care of someone for sure; just not children, sick, or workers.

It's that reality that makes me still feel a leftist after chucking Socialism. Socialism and progressive politics just not the people's program anymore.

Also check Spontaneous Solutions on queues and waits in Stuff Rich Miller Would Never Post (Rich did).

Americans don't like queues. Americans want choices. Collective solutions have a nasty habit of benefiting those least in need, and removing everyone elses choices.

So our question in Illinois then, is what exactly is Blagojevich here for? Like Canadian Socialism, the Gov's not in it for the sick and poor.

Congressman Davis and the Cops

Davis and the Cops, from the Trib
"The more I thought about it, the more perplexing it came," said Davis. "I knew I had not committed any infraction.

"No tail lights were out or anything like that. Licenses were in place and intact. There was no apparent reason to be stopped, except that we were profiled," said Davis.

He said he plans on challenging the ticket.

"It's not the money. It's the principle of the whole thing."
I've been stopped in the same neighborhood. As a white male, the cop's assumption is I was looking for a drug buy.

As I became an older white male, the assumption was I'm looking for a prostitute.

That I'm cruising historic Douglas Blvd for a glimpse of Chicago History is not believable to most cops.

Now that the area is ripe for gentrification, my profile might be changing.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Russia Today: Stalin wrote romantic poetry. Did you know that?

From Der Spiegel Online: Using Stalin To Boost Russia Abroad
There are probably better ways of promoting a country's image abroad than running an ad campaign in English-language newspapers peddling the softer side of a man whose repressive policies led to the deaths of millions. Under the slogan "proud to be different," Russian state propaganda channel Russia Today (RT) has recently been running full-page ads featuring Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in a general's uniform, armed with a quill in hand. "Stalin wrote romantic poetry," the ad states. "Did you know that?"

It's about as subtle a message as if German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle were to advertise with Hitler and the question: "Did you know that Adolf Hilter also painted?"

RT, which has about 700 employees and whose signal can be received in about 100 countries, went on the air in April 2005. The channel broadcasts in English and Arabic.
In English and Arab.... wonder who RT is reaching out too?

Monday, November 19, 2007

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Michael Yon: Come home, come home, Ye who are weary, come home

Photo of Muslims and Christians preparing St John's Church, Bhagdad for the arrival of the Most Reverend Shlemon Warduni, Auxiliary Bishop of the St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Diocese for Chaldeans and Assyrians in Iraq.

Much more over at Michael Yon online

HT Captian's Quarters

Ron Silver: Neo-Con? Extreme Moderate? How about Revolutionary Liberal.

From Ron Silver's blog,
I count myself firmly in the tradition of Wilson, FDR, Truman and Kennedy…and yes, Reagan and George W. Bush. “Go anywhere, bear any burden,” “try to do our best to make a world safe for democracy.” Our national mission, a worthy and ennobling one, is to expand freedom where we can. These are revolutionary goals very much in keeping with our Founders’ vision. They are hardly conservative, let alone neo-conservative goals.

My reactionary former colleagues and friends were quite content with the status quo with Saddam in power in a post 9/11 world. I was not. Revolutionary, not reactionary. My friends sound a bit racist when they insist on Arab-Muslim incapacities to expand freedoms and maintain their faith. I believe the Arab world will work its way to achieve this. I know that it will most likely come about through internal Arab-Muslim struggles and not via external pressures, but I believe we are uniquely capable of helping it along. Uniquely, because our Founding scriptures declare, “all men are created equal, endowed by their Creator, with certain unalienable rights.” Revolutionary, not reactionary.

Novak on Obama

Novak writes,
Agents of Sen. Hillary Clinton are spreading the word in Democratic circles that she has scandalous information about her principal opponent for the party's presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama, but has decided not to use it. The nature of the alleged scandal was not disclosed.
Wonder if it's the long reach of Illinois politics?

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Blackwater and Ahyam al Samarrai

Looks like Maliki thinks it was Blackwater that sprung al Samarrai from jail the Chicago Way,
McClatchy Newspapers September 19, 2007 Blackwater security guards who protect top U.S. diplomats in Iraq have been involved in at least seven serious incidents, some of which resulted in the deaths of innocent civilians, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki said Wednesday.

Maliki didn't detail the incidents, which he said add to the case against the North Carolina-based security firm. Blackwater's license to operate here has been revoked while U.S. and Iraqi officials investigate a shooting Sunday that Iraqi officials now say left at least 11 people dead.

But Defense Ministry spokesman Mohammed al Askari told McClatchy Newspapers that one of the incidents was former Iraqi Electricity Minister Ahyam al Samarrai's escape from a Green Zone jail in December. Samarrai had been awaiting sentencing on charges that he had embezzled $2.5 billion that was intended to rebuild Iraq's decrepit electricity grid.