Thursday, October 11, 2007

Will He Replace "Alison" with "Hillary"?

Former angry young men and new wavers are stunned. From the Daily News:

WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton's campaign hopes supporters gift-wrap a $1 million present for her 60th birthday bash with Elvis Costello.

Organizers actually could do even better.

If they sell out the 2,900-seat Beacon Theatre booked for the Oct. 25 birthday hoedown, the former First Lady could walk off with more than $2 million in campaign cash.

Camp Clinton is still looking to add a supporting act to juice up Costello's solo jam session.

Plans for her actual birthday on Oct. 26 remain a surprise, with the campaign saying plans for the big day are still up in the air.

In the last week, HRC has snagged, along with Costello, the Goo Goo Dolls and George McGovern. So she's covering the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Posted by David Corn at October 11, 2007 12:26 PM


capt said...

Firestorm over German TV Presenter's Nazi Remarks Grows

Author and former German TV presenter Eva Herman got kicked off a major talk show this week for refusing to apologize for statements she made that allegedly glorified Nazi-era family policies. Herman is now at the center of a growing culture war.

In Germany, portraying any aspect of the Nazi era in a positive light is a great way to quickly destroy a career. Just ask Eva Herman, the controversial TV presenter and author sacked by the public television station that employed her for 19 years last month.

The commotion began in September when, at a press conference to promote her new book, Herman said that life under Hitler wasn't all that bad -- at least not every aspect. "It was a gruesome time with a totally crazy and highly dangerous leader who led the Germans into ruin as we all know," Herman said. "But there was at the time also something good, and that is the values, that is the children, that is the families, that is a togetherness -- it was all abolished, there was nothing left."

The statement led to Herman's termination (more...). Rather than apologize or distance herself from her comments, though, she has fought back with missionary zeal in the past month, granting interviews and appearing on talk shows -- the latest being Johannes B. Kerner's show on German public broadcaster ZDF on Tuesday night.

When Kerner pressed her on whether she would repeat her statements today, Herman evaded the question. Instead, she said: "If one isn't allowed to discuss Nazi family values, then neither can one talk about the German autobahns, which were built during the Third Reich." She also said it had become impossible to discuss German history without endangering one's reputation.


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Nazi family values sounds like American Nazis have a future.


David B. Benson said...

Fire next time:

Zero emissions needed to avert 'dangerous' warming

Gerald said...

An email from my son today!!!

A Thinking Problem

It started out innocently enough. I began to think at parties now and then – just to loosen up.

Inevitably, though, one thought led to another, and soon I was more than just a social thinker.

I began to think alone -- "to relax," I told myself -- but I knew it wasn’t true. Thinking became more and more important to me, and finally I was thinking all the time.

That was when things began to sour at home. One evening I turned off the TV and asked my wife about the meaning of life. She spent that night at her mother's.

I began to think on the job. I knew that thinking and employment don't mix, but I couldn't help myself.

I began to avoid friends at lunchtime so I could read Thoreau, Muir, Confucius and Kafka. I would return to the office dizzied and confused, asking, "What is it exactly we are doing here?"

One day the boss called me in. He said, "Listen, I like you, and it hurts me to say this, but your thinking has become a real problem. If you don't stop thinking on the job, you'll have to find another job."

This gave me a lot to think about. I came home early after my conversation with the boss. "Honey," I confessed, "I've been thinking."

"I know you've been thinking," she said, "and I want a divorce!"

"But Honey, surely it's not that serious."

"It is serious," she said, lower lip aquiver.

"You think as much as college professors and college professors don't make any money, so if you keep on thinking, we won't have any money!"

"That's a faulty syllogism," I said impatiently.

She exploded in tears of rage and frustration, but I was in no mood to deal with the emotional drama.

“I'm going to the library," I snarled as I stomped out the door.

I headed for the library, in the mood for some Nietzsche. I roared into the parking lot with NPR on the radio and ran up to the big glass doors.

They didn't open. The library was closed.

To this day, I believe that a Higher Power was looking out for me that night. Leaning on the unfeeling glass, whimpering for Zarathustra, a poster caught my eye, "Friend, is heavy thinking ruining your life?" it asked.

You probably recognize that line. It comes from the standard Thinkers Anonymous poster.

This is why I am what I am today: a recovering thinker.

I never miss a TA meeting. At each meeting we watch a non-educational video; last week it was "Porky's.” Then we share experiences about how we avoided thinking since the last meeting.

I still have my job, and things are a lot better at home. Life just seemed easier, somehow, as soon as I stopped thinking. I think the road to recovery is nearly complete for me.

Today I took the final step...

I joined the Republican Party

capt said...

From CQ Homeland Security (email)

A federal judge yesterday issued a preliminary injunction barring a controversial program to remove illegal immigrants from the U.S. work force, The San Francisco Chronicle 's Bob Egelko relates. Justice has filed an appeal to a ruling by a federal judge in Oregon who struck down key portions of the USA Patriot Act as unconstitutional, The Oregonian The Oregonian's Ashbel Green reports.

capt said...

"I joined the Republican Party"



capt said...

"It should be no surprise that when rich men take control of the government, they pass laws that are favorable to themselves. The surprise is that those who are not rich vote for such people, even though they should know from bitter experience that the rich will continue to rip off the rest of us. Perhaps the reason is that rich men are very clever at covering up what they do.": Andrew Greeley (Chicago Sun-Times, February 18, 2001):

"A State divided into a small number of rich and a large number of poor will always develop a government manipulated by the rich to protect the amenities represented by their property.": Harold Laski, (1930):

"An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.": Plutarch - Mestrius Plutarchus (c. 46 AD- 127 AD) was a Greek historian, biographer, and essayist.

"I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a cause that will some day lose.: Woodrow Wilson

"People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster.": James Baldwin Biography - Fiction Writer, Essayist, Social Critic, 1924-1987


Thanks ICH Newsletter!

capt said...

Six Iraqi groups team up to drive Americans out

Six Iraqi insurgent groups have joined forces to form a "political council" and "liberate" Iraq from US occupation, Al-Jazeera television said on Thursday, as violence in the country killed at least seven people. A US rights group announced Thursday it was filing a lawsuit against private security contractor Blackwater on behalf of a survivor and the families of three victims of a deadly September 16 shootout in Baghdad.

A spokesman for the "political council of the Iraqi resistance" was shown on Al-Jazeera with his face blacked out, announcing the formation of the coalition to liberate Iraq.

He said it comprises the four factions of a so-called "jihad and reform front" - the Islamic Army in Iraq, the Mujahedeen Army, Ansar al-Sunna-Religious Committee, and the Fateheen Army. The two others that have joined are the Islamic Front for Iraqi Resistance and the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas in Iraq, the spokesman said.

The spokesman announced a "political program to liberate Iraq," which declared that "resistance to occupation is a right granted by all laws ... The armed resistance, joined by forces, groups and figures that reject the occupation and its plans, is the legitimate representative of Iraq."

The Center for Constitutional Rights Thursday said the suit in a Washington federal court accuses Blackwater of murder and war crimes and seeks unspecified damages.

Filed by Talib Mutlaq Deewan and the estates of three men killed - Himoud Saed Atban, Osama Fadhil Abbass, and Oday Ismail Ibrahim - the suit claims Blackwater "created and fostered a culture of lawlessness among its employees, encouraging them to act in the company's financial interests at the expense of innocent human life," the center said in a statement.

"This senseless slaughter was only the latest incident in a lengthy pattern of egregious misconduct by Blackwater in Iraq," said lawyer Susan Burke. "At the moment of this incident, the Blackwater personnel responsible for the shooting were not protecting State Department officials. We allege that Blackwater personnel were not provoked, and that they had no legitimate reason to fire on civilians."

An Iraqi government report released Sunday said 17 people died in the shooting and 22 were wounded when Blackwater guards opened fire on civilians on September 16.

According to a congressional report, Blackwater has been implicated in nearly 200 shootouts in Iraq sice 2005, and its representatives were those who started shooting more than 80 percent of the time. It maintains its men were responding to an ambush while escorting a US State Department convoy.

The US Embassy in Baghdad has been tight-lipped on whether those involved in the killings would be handed over for prosecution.

In violence in Iraq, a suicide car bomber struck a busy market in the city of Kirkuk on Thursday, killing seven and wounding 50 people, most of them shoppers preparing for the Eid al-Fitr holiday that ends the holy month of Ramadan. - Agencies


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