Archive | June, 2006

Truth, Justice and…

Posted on 30 June 2006 by Ed Z

If you’re anxiously awaiting the 4th of July release of Superman
Returns
, the latest film revision of the comic hero, you might want to know
about the film writers’ feelings on the history of Superman. Since his origin in
1932, Superman has stood for "truth, justice and the American way",
but in a day in age where American has become a naughty word, writers Michael
Dougherty and Dan Harris have intentionally left it out of their film.

"So, you play the movie
in a foreign country, and you say, ‘What does he stand for? –
truth, justice and the American way.’ I think a lot of people’s
opinions of what the American way means outside of this country
are different from what the line actually means (in Superman lore)
because they are not the same anymore," Harris says.
"And (using that line) would taint the meaning of what he is
saying."

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/columns/film_reporter_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002764635

It all boils down to making money. For them, it is the dollar way, since
international box office sales are what appears to have driven the decision. I
suppose it is too much to ask that writers attempt to create a story that lives
up to the phrase instead of having a movie that dives down to the audience.

Superman is part of American culture, but like many other aspects of our
culture and history, it is being erased and replaced with a global agenda, an
agenda that happens to think the American way is an obscenity.

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Treasury Secretary Snow Responds to the New York Times

Posted on 27 June 2006 by Ed Z

Read Treasury Secretary John W. Snow’s letter to the editors of the New York
Times in response to their decision to run a story detailing the Terrorist
Finance Tracking Program.

You have defended your
decision to compromise this program by asserting that "terror
financiers know" our methods for tracking their funds and
have already moved to other methods to send money. The fact that
your editors believe themselves to be qualified to assess how
terrorists are moving money betrays a breathtaking arrogance and a
deep misunderstanding of this program and how it works. While
terrorists are relying more heavily than before on cumbersome
methods to move money, such as cash couriers, we have continued to
see them using the formal financial system, which has made this
particular program incredibly valuable.

http://www.ustreas.gov/press/releases/4339.htm

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NHL Draft

Posted on 24 June 2006 by Ed Z

Like hockey? Today is the NHL entry draft and probably more than any other sport, there usually are trades galore leading up to and through the draft.

Already a major deal went down sending top goalie Roberto Luongo to Vancouver for monster forward Todd Bertuzzi.

To keep up with all the events of the day visit Spector’s
Blog
.

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Iran’s President Prepares for Apocalypse

Posted on 23 June 2006 by Ed Z

The LA Times article ‘End
Times’ Religious Groups Want Apocalypse Soon
explains various religious
groups’ efforts to prepare and in some cases hasten the arrival of the end of
the world.

What stuck me was the devotion Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has to
preparing for the return of the Muslim messiah, Mahdi.

As mayor of Tehran in 2004,
he spent millions on improvements to make the city more welcoming
for the return of a Muslim messiah known as the Mahdi, according
to a recent report by the American Foreign Policy Center, a
nonpartisan think tank.

To the majority of Shiites,
the Mahdi was the last of the prophet Muhammad’s true heirs, his
12 righteous descendants chosen by God to lead the faithful.

Ahmadinejad hopes to welcome
the Mahdi to Tehran within two years.

The article continues, citing an address Ahmadinejad gave to the UN:

An opposing vision, invoked
by Ahmadinejad in an address before the United Nations last year,
suggests that the Imam Mahdi, a 9th century figure, will soon
emerge from a well to conquer the world and convert everyone to
Islam.

"O mighty Lord,"
he said, "I pray to you to hasten the emergence of your last
repository, the promised one, that perfect and pure human being,
the one that will fill this world with justice and peace."

This is the same man driving Iran’s nuclear program claiming it is for
peaceful purposes. Discussing this with a freind, I mentioned this is like
giving a gun to someone who is suicidal and he added "with plenty of
ammunition".

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-endtimes22jun22,0,7902314.story?page=2&coll=la-home-headlines

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WMD’s Found in Iraq

Posted on 22 June 2006 by Ed Z

We find WMD’s but it is largely ignored in the media. The “Bush
Lied” mantra continues, while democrats press to cut and run. Ah yes,
it’s good to be back.

U.S.-led coalition forces in
Iraq have found about 500 chemical weapons since the March 2003
invasion, with more thought to exist, according to portions of an
intelligence report made public yesterday. "Since 2003,
Coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons
munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve
agent," said an overview of the report, which was
declassified at the behest of Sen. Rick Santorum, Pennsylvania
Republican, and Rep. Peter Hoekstra, Michigan Republican and head
of the House intelligence committee.

http://washingtontimes.com/national/20060621-114414-3312r.htm

Here’s more:

More
Nonexistent WMDs Found in Iraq

Los Angeles Times, Others Ignore
Discovery of WMD in Iraq

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Vacation

Posted on 10 June 2006 by Ed Z

I’ll be on vacation for a week, so posts will be few (if any). Take a look at some of my links for the latest news and opinion.

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Zarqawi Dead

Posted on 08 June 2006 by Ed Z

Just after 3 AM EST news began to break that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed,
along with 7 associates, in a US air raid.  The President released this official
statement:

Now Zarqawi has met his end,
and this violent man will never murder again. Iraqis can be justly
proud of their new government and its early steps to improve their
security. And Americans can be enormously proud of the men and
women of our armed forces, who worked tirelessly with their Iraqi
counterparts to track down this brutal terrorist and put him out
of business.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/06/20060608.html

From FOX News:

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Al
Qaeda in Iraq leader who led a brutal insurgency that included
homicide bombings, kidnappings and beheadings, was killed in an
airstrike on a building north of Baghdad, U.S. and Iraqi officials
announced Thursday.

Officials said the terror
leader’s identity was confirmed by fingerprints, facial
recognition and known scars.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri
Al-Maliki said Zarqawi was killed along with seven aides Wednesday
evening at around 6:15 p.m. local time in a bombing raid on a
building in a remote area 30 miles northeast of Baghdad in Diyala
province.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,198651,00.html

More links:

http://michellemalkin.com/archives/005351.htm

http://powerlineblog.com/archives/014335.php

Wile the media is already trying to downplay it:

http://newsbusters.org/node/5748

http://newsbusters.org/node/5746

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Required Reading for June 7

Posted on 07 June 2006 by Ed Z

Events at
Haditha Don’t Change Need for Victory
by Mark Steyn

Ground
Zero
by Debra Burlingame

The Revival of
Cultural Life in Iraq Under Stress
by Nimrod Raphaeli

Senate
to Consider Letting Hawaiians Pursue Sovereignty
by Brian DeBose

and for more background on The Akaka Bill,

E Pluribus Unum?
Not in Hawaii
by Slade Gorton & Hank Brown

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New York Wants Left-surance

Posted on 06 June 2006 by Ed Z

When riding a New York City subway, you have about the same likelihood of
hearing a foreign language as you do hearing someone bashing the President. You
might see the random "Impeach Bush" button as well as other merriments
pasted, scribbled, splattered and posted on public transportation.

In fact, you could make a decent living setting up shop in Union Square
selling anti-Bush merchandise. And even though you’ll have some hefty
competition, there will be no shortage of buyers.

Its no secret, New York is a liberal city. I’ve grown accustomed, though not
indifferent, to people assuming my political beliefs are the same as theirs, and
in most cases I’m met with a mix of shock, disgust, horror, anger and fear when
they learn I’m not in complete and unwavering agreement.

Hey, that’s all good. It comes with the territory. But, lately I’ve been a
bit confused. You see, in the past few years, many conversations I’ve had on the
topic of homeland security have included phrases like "fabricated
threat" and "no real terror". Some have gone as far as to say
that it is all just a way of instilling fear into the public to strip us of our
civil rights and invade our privacy; to read our emails and listen in on our
phone calls.

So you would expect after it was announced last week that New York’s terror funding
would be cut
, New Yorkers wouldn’t care. I mean, it’s an imaginary threat
anyway, conjured up by the evil Bush administration. Hmm, not so.

I guess some people need to hedge their bets. Even the casual observers of
public sentiment would have noticed the outrage over the funding cuts.
Newspapers were filled with articles demanding answers. A postcard campaign
began where residents were encouraged to send pictures of familiar New York
landmarks to DHS Secretary, Michael Chertoff, to remind him of the targets
terrorists salivate over.

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-Harlem) was quoted in the Daily
News
saying the funding is mismanaged. "It is true that many of them
look upon this as a pork barrel, and they wanted their share, even though they
don’t have their share of the risk"

This, the same risk, just over 3 months ago Rangel doubted
even existed
. "We just take for granted that there is an Islamic terror
movement because we do have some fanatic people who come from Islamic
countries."

So, as some of my fellow New Yorkers like to repeat the words of Michael
Moore
, "There is no terrorist threat in this country. This is a lie.
This is the biggest lie we’ve been told." They would also like to take out
an insurance policy… you know, just in case.

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Threats of Violence Follow Britsh Raid

Posted on 06 June 2006 by Ed Z

Just as it played out during the Muhammad Cartoons controversy, Muslim
leaders are threatening with violence as they object to a recent British raid on
suspected terrorists.

"Trust could break down
if things are not clarified," said Abdul Bari, the secretary
general of Britain’s largest Muslim organization.

"Angry people can do
anything, angry people can even feel that they should take the law
into their own hands, so anger has to be directed into positive
action," he warned.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060606/wl_uk_afp/britainpolicesecurity_060606094605

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