Archive | January, 2007

Mooninites Rock Boston

Posted on 31 January 2007 by Ed Z

I was pretty disappointed to hear that the suspicious
in the Boston area today turned out to be a promotion for Aqua teen
Hunger force.

"The ‘packages’ in question are
magnetic lights that pose no danger. They are part of an outdoor marketing
campaign in 10 cities in support of Adult Swim’s animated television show ‘Aqua
Teen Hunger Force,’" Turner Broadcasting, the parent company of Cartoon
Network, said in a statement.

When I actually saw a picture of what the packages were I realized any Aqua
Teen fan would recognize the character, Err.  However, not everyone is a
fan and any suspicious item attached to a circuit board left unattended should
be treated with caution.

I can’t believe that anyone who thought this up didn’t consider that the ads
might look like IED’s.  Which begs the question, did they do this without
any care of the consequences, figuring no publicity is bad publicity.

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The 411 on 617

Posted on 30 January 2007 by Ed Z

Check out what happens when you’re on the short end of the political stick in
1940′s Boston.

A premise governing the designation of
three-digit area codes– to a state, or to regions within a state– was that
densely populated areas where the incoming call volume was heavy should have
mostly low numbers…

Not so in Boston. There the Democratic
machine thought the prospective apportionment would diminish their city. If the
national pattern were followed, Boston residents would be forced to dial high
numbers when placing calls to the western (and generally Republican) parts of
Massachusetts. Meanwhile, callers to Boston from those western regions would
enjoy the benefit of using lower numbers. City politicians moved to avert that
disaster. In 1948 Democrats had won control of the state legislature for the
first time in history, providing the city machine with even greater clout. Led
by Mayor John Hynes, protests were made to New England Telephone and through it
to AT&T. After negotiations, Boston gained an exception to the national
plan, earning a 6-1-7 area code (high for a large city), and western
Massachusetts received a lower 4-1-3.

Thanks to JR for forwarding the

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Protest Coverage

Posted on 28 January 2007 by Ed Z

When a leading news agency opens a piece by stating "A nation says no to
war..", you would think that the number of protesters would range in the
millions, perhaps even rivaling New Years eve in Times Square.  On second
thought, perhaps not.  Newsbusters
analyzes the CBS News Radio’s coverage of the anti-war
this Saturday.

Reporter Jim Taylor started his report
saying "A nation says no to war …" as an introduction to the story
of the goings on in Washington.

A "nation" says no? A few
protests equates the the whole nation, CBS?

Taylor intoned this phrase as if the
entire of the United States had risen up to say no to the actions in Iraq. But,
one protest in Washington and a few in scattered other cities does NOT a
"nation" make. As Newsbuster Dan Riehl reminds us, even compared to
previous Iraq war protests this one was smaller. And, compared to the protests
the nation saw during the Vietnam war, the Iraq war has not produced anything
near the numbers that supporters such as CBS wish to make it seem.

So "tens of thousands" appeared
in Washington to protest the war.

By contrast, More than 1 million revelers
were in Times Square for the recent New Years celebration.

Let’s get a bit more prospective. There
are over 300 million people who live in America. About 3 million people live in
the areas surrounding Washington D.C. There are about 550,000 people who live
right in Washington D.C. itself.

Yet, all they could muster was "tens
of thousands"?

We’ll hear this in the media as some national uprising, lead by the various celebrities
waving their rubber
Gopgirl comments on the article accurately when
saying, "the MSM never reports any Pro-Life rallies as "Nation says no
to abortion".

Regardless of your stance on the issues, it is an injustice that the MSM
refuses to report things fairly.

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Films, Not Terrorism, Fuel Islamofopia

Posted on 25 January 2007 by Ed Z

From Jihad Watch: Muslims
get angry at films depicting them as terrorists

These films fuel "Islamophobia,"
you see. Some even dare to link Islamic ritual to terrorist attacks. No one
seems to have considered the possibility that actual terrorist attacks
perpetrated by Islamic terrorists who perform Islamic rituals and ascribe their
terrorist acts to Islamic teachings fuel "Islamophobia" far more than
any film ever could.

My recommendation on how Muslims can squelch Islamophobia; cut down on

has the right idea.

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Senate Blocks Minimum Wage Hike?

Posted on 24 January 2007 by Ed Z

I’m hearing that the Senate has blocked the minimum wage increase. More when
I get it.

**Update** Confirmed:

On a 54-43 vote, liberals
lost an effort to advance a House-passed bill that would lift the
pay floor from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour without any accompanying tax
cut. Opponents of the tax cut needed 60 votes to prevail.


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Al Qaeda in Iraq Planned U.S. Attack

Posted on 22 January 2007 by Ed Z

Drudge is reporting that documents
were seized in Iraq showing insurgents were planning an attack in the U.S. 
The story come via ABC

Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples,
head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, recently testified that
documents captured by coalition forces during a raid of a safe
house believed to house Iraqi members of al Qaeda six months ago
"revealed [AQI] was planning terrorist operations in the

Al Qaeda is active in Iraq, and they want to kill Americans, there and
here.  Our safety is dependant on victory in Iraq though some don’t want to
believe it.

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An Inconvenient Interview

Posted on 21 January 2007 by Ed Z

Al Gore wants to rescue all of us from ourselves.  The self appointed
global warming spokesman proposes we change the very nature of our civilization
to counter the effects of a changing climate.  Though when the biggest
Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Postenasked asked to interview him, with the
intention of asking some tough questions, he backed out.  Even when the
paper agreed to all of his stipulations.

With his movie, An
Inconvenient Truth
, filled with questionable information Flemming Rose
and Bjorn Lomborg explain in the WSJ
why they thought it necessary to find out why Mr. Gore chose to ignore certain
facts and exaggerate others.

It would have been great to ask him why he
only talks about a sea-level rise of 20 feet. In his movie he shows scary
sequences of 20-feet flooding Florida, San Francisco, New York, Holland,
Calcutta, Beijing and Shanghai. But were realistic levels not dramatic enough?
The U.N. climate panel expects only a foot of sea-level rise over this century.
Moreover, sea levels actually climbed that much over the past 150 years. Does
Mr. Gore find it balanced to exaggerate the best scientific knowledge available
by a factor of 20?

So many people I talk to think the debate over global warming has been
presented and concluded.  Can we say the debate is over when, on what seems
like a daily basis, scientists
are contradicting each other

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Couric’s Comments

Posted on 18 January 2007 by Ed Z

I’ve been a little busy lately, so I apologize for not posting, but I thought
I’d point out this Newsbusters
piece on Katie Couric’s recent observations on the gender makeup of her business (as
well as others).

Pay attention to the comment made by "Guy Arthur Thomas" (maybe the
seventh comment down), I found it particularly enlightening.

Katie’s complaints make her sound more like a bystander than a participant.
You can pave the way for future generations by doing your job, letting your body
of work define you, not your gender.

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Saddam’s Aides Hanged

Posted on 15 January 2007 by Ed Z

Saddam Hussein’s  half-brother Barzan Ibrahim and Awad Hamed al-Bandar,
the former chief justice of the Revolutionary Court were hanged today.

Two of Saddam Hussein’s aides were hanged
before dawn on Monday, the Iraqi government said, admitting that the head of his
half-brother Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti was also ripped from his body during the

Source: Reuters

Video was shot, of course, and already shown
to reporters
.  I’m sure it will work its way to the internet
soon.  Once I have a link I will provide it for those interested.

has more info.

**Update** While video of the hangings haven’t surfaced, some footage of the two being
buried in Tikrit has.  Video available at LiveLeak.

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Boxer and the Cutters

Posted on 13 January 2007 by Ed Z

The New York Times doesn’t think it is newsworthy.  But to me, it is
just another example of how the far left has infiltrated liberal politics. 
If you don’t stand to lose a son or daughter in war then you have no place
commenting or making decisions on the war.  Below are the comments by
Barbara Boxer (D-CA) to Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice as described in the New
York Post

Rice appeared before the Senate in defense
of President Bush’s tactical change in Iraq, and quickly encountered Boxer.

"Who pays the price? I’m not going to
pay a personal price," Boxer said. "My kids are too old, and my
grandchild is too young."

Then, to Rice: "You’re not going to
pay a particular price, as I understand it, with an immediate family."

That they want to give absolute moral authority only to those who have some tangible
stake in the war.  What the left fails to understand is that we do have
something at stake; the future of this country.  For if we abandon Iraq
now, there is no question, we’ll be back there, only this time it will be on a
tenfold scale and our infant sons and daughters may have to pay the price for

The SFGate
has Boxer’s defense.

Boxer, defending herself against critics
from the right, said Friday that she was "speaking truth to power" at
a Senate hearing Thursday when she confronted the secretary of state — who is
unmarried and childless — noting that neither she nor Rice will "pay a
price" personally for sending more American troops to war.

As usual, the left wants to assume the role of champion of the oppressed,
as all they’ve been saying lately is that President Bush is ignoring the will of
the people and ignoring the results of the midterm elections (which historically
weren’t as dramatic as they want you to think).  The most
current ammunition is the Associated
Press-Ipsos poll
showing 70% of Americans oppose sending more troops to
Iraq.  However, when it comes to polls, someone told me recently, "all
they’re a measure of is how successful the propaganda has been."

There has been a successful campaign in America to convince the
people that cutting and running from Iraq will somehow allow us to never have to
deal with it again.  If we follow that road, people may be surprised to
find out; it just goes in a circle.

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