Archive | March, 2006

Another Poll

Posted on 30 March 2006 by Ed Z

A recent Gallup poll showed more Americans consider themselves Democrats than
Republicans. How many? Oh a whole 1% more. Out of how many? Oh 1,000 people
polled. I’m happy to know this is a historic shift (perhaps).

In a (perhaps) historic
shift, more Americans now consider themselves Democrats than
Republicans, the Gallup organization revealed today. Republicans
had gained the upper hand in recent years, but 33% of Americans,
in the latest Gallup poll, now call themselves Democrats, with
those favoring the GOP one point behind. But Gallup says this
widens a bit more "once the leanings of Independents are
taken into account."

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Celebrity Baby Names

Posted on 28 March 2006 by Ed Z

I heard about this show on VH1, where they tell you the most "awesomely
wacky celebrity baby names". I had a look, and indeed they are wacky, not
sure about the awesomely part. Maybe it’s just me, but I find this pretty
disturbing. There is someone who has to grow up with the name Pilot Inspektor
(no, really).

Actress Shannyn Sossamon Birth date: May 29, 2003

BANJO Parents: Actress
Rachel Griffiths & husband Andrew Taylor Birth date: November
22, 2003

DENIM Parents: Singer Toni
Braxton & husband Keri Lewis Birth date: December 2, 2001
Wacky named sibling: Diezel

personality Anna Ryder Richardson & husband Colin MacDougall
Birth Date: April 7, 2003 Wacky named sibling: Bibi Belle

It makes me wonder, are children anything more than pets to these people?

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Posted on 26 March 2006 by Ed Z

There have been thousands of people in LA, Phoenix, and Denver protesting the
proposed immigration bill.

An estimated 50,000 people
marched in front of the state Capitol on Saturday and packed Civic
Center, waving Mexican flags and signs urging Congress to defeat a
bill that would make illegal immigration a federal felony.

While the media puts its own spin on the subject, here is a link to the the
bill for your information.

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Russian Spies Fed Saddam Intel

Posted on 26 March 2006 by Ed Z

This week the US government released a report detailing Russian involvement
in feeding Saddam Hussein intelligence on US war strategy.

Moscow had informants inside
U.S. Central Command whose information on the March 2003 invasion
of Iraq was relayed to dictator Saddam Hussein days before
American troops ousted him from power, according to a Defense
Department history released yesterday.

And, as U.S. troops
encircled Baghdad in April, Russia’s ambassador fed information
from Moscow’s intelligence service to Saddam’s regime regarding
U.S. troop movements.

ABC News does a fine recap of the full documents released by the US
government. The documents also include details of contact between Osama bin
Laden and Saddam.

A newly released prewar
Iraqi document indicates that an official representative of Saddam
Hussein’s government met with Osama bin Laden in Sudan on February
19, 1995, after receiving approval from Saddam Hussein.

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The Force of Reason

Posted on 16 March 2006 by Ed Z

Following up on my post regarding the bookstore that would not sell Oriana
Fallaci’s book The
Force of Reason
, you now can get your copy at Amazon.

Jihad Watch posted excerpts from a review in LA Weekly.

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Bonds Revealed Steroid Intentions to Griffey Jr.

Posted on 15 March 2006 by Ed Z

ESPN’s Jeff Pearlman writes about the time leading up to Barry Bonds decision
to use steroids.

On an otherwise ordinary
night, over an otherwise ordinary meal, Griffey, Bonds, a rep from
an athletic apparel company and two other associates chatted
informally about the upcoming season. With Griffey’s framed
memorabilia as a backdrop, and Mark McGwire’s obliteration of the
single-season home run record a fresh memory, Bonds spoke up as he
never had before. He sounded neither angry nor agitated, simply
frustrated. "You know what," he said. "I had a
helluva season last year, and nobody gave a crap. Nobody. As much
as I’ve complained about McGwire and Canseco and all of the bull
with steroids, I’m tired of fighting it. I turn 35 this year. I’ve
got three or four good seasons left, and I wanna get paid. I’m
just gonna start using some hard-core stuff, and hopefully it
won’t hurt my body. Then I’ll get out of the game and be done with

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Bookstore that Sells Banned Books, Bans Books

Posted on 11 March 2006 by Ed Z

Apparently this bookstore that will sell you censored books, feels there are
books out there that deserve it.

A FRIEND of mine took his
daughter to visit the famous City Lights in San Francisco,
explaining that this store is important because years ago it sold
books no other store would – even, perhaps especially, books whose
ideas many people found offensive. So, though my friend is no Ward
Churchill fan, he didn’t really mind the prominent display of
books by the guy who famously called 9/11 victims "little

But it did occur to him that
perhaps the long-delayed English translation of Oriana Fallaci’s
new book, "The Force of Reason," might finally be
available, and that, because Fallaci’s militant stance against
Islamic militants offends so many people a store committed to
selling banned books would be the perfect place to buy it. So he
asked a clerk if the new Fallaci book was in yet.

"No," snapped the
clerk. "We don’t carry books by fascists."

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Tom Wolfe Interview

Posted on 11 March 2006 by Ed Z

An interview with American author and journalist Tom Wolfe is featured in the
Wall street Journal’s opinion page today. Wolfe is known for such fictional
books as The Bonfire of the Vanities and I Am Charlotte Simmons as well as his
non-fiction The Right Stuff.

This is Tom Wolfe’s
MO–sorting out and at once demolishing pretension, snobbery,
vanity in all its guises. "There is such a thing as
intellectual fashion–just as we get our clothing fashions–and
often it does not mean anything more," he says. "One
follows fashion in order to look proper, and it’s the same thing
with ideas." An example: "We know Sigmund Freud was a
quack–the guy believed in dream interpretation, like every witch
doctor in the history of the world. . . . How could
Freud, a sophisticated man, go around interpreting dreams?"

Mr. Wolfe offers a personal
incident as evidence of "what a fashion liberalism is."
A reporter for the New York Times called him up to ask why George
W. Bush was apparently a great fan of the "Charlotte
Simmons" book. "I just assumed it was the dazzling
quality of the writing," he says. In the course of the
reporting, however, it came out that Mr. Wolfe had voted for the
Bush ticket. "The reaction among the people I move among was
really interesting. It was as if I had raised my hand and said,
‘Oh, by the way, I forgot to tell you, I’m a child
molester.’" For the sheer hilarity, he took to wearing an
American flag pin, "and it was as if I was holding up a cross
to werewolves."

Here is the entire interview:

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MEMRI – Wafa Sultan

Posted on 09 March 2006 by Ed Z

Arab-American Psychologist Wafa Sultan during an interview on Al-Jazeera:

"The clash we are
witnessing around the world is not a clash of religions, or a
clash of civilizations. It is a clash between two opposites,
between two eras. It is a clash between a mentality that belongs
to the Middle Ages and another mentality that belongs to the 21st
century. It is a clash between civilization and backwardness,
between the civilized and the primitive, between barbarity and
rationality. It is a clash between freedom and oppression, between
democracy and dictatorship. It is a clash between human rights, on
the one hand, and the violation of these rights, on other hand. It
is a clash between those who treat women like beasts, and those
who treat them like human beings. What we see today is not a clash
of civilizations. Civilizations do not clash, but compete."

MEMRI originally posted a video of this interview which has been viewed over
a million times. They are also reporting about the backlash Wafa Sultan is
receiving because of these remarks.

Check out the video and article:


I noticed the above link no longer works, so here is the link
to the MEMRI archive of the story

Also, if you are interested in learning more about Wafa Sultan go to

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Journalists Pay More for Bad Stories

Posted on 07 March 2006 by Ed Z

There was a great piece in the New York Post on Sunday by Ralph Peters about
how some reporters gather information in Iraq.

Many journalists are,
indeed, brave and conscientious; yet some in Baghdad – working for
"prestigious" publications – aren’t out on the city
streets the way they pretend to be.

They’re safe in their
enclaves, protected by hired guns, complaining that it’s too
dangerous out on the streets. They’re only in Baghdad for the
byline, and they might as well let their Iraqi employees phone it
in to the States. Whenever you see a column filed from Baghdad by
a semi-celeb journalist with a "contribution" by a local
Iraqi, it means this: The Iraqi went out and got the story, while
the journalist stayed in his or her room.

And the Iraqi stringers have
cracked the code: The Americans don’t pay for good news. So they
exaggerate the bad.

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