Archive | June, 2007

A Rebel Needs to Fit In Too

Posted on 27 June 2007 by Ed Z

Ok Kids, let’s play the entitlement game.  Get tattoos all over you body
and when nobody wants to hire you, start a advocacy group and cry
discrimination!  Its that easy!

Karol at Alarming
News has the story

You want to be a rebel?  Better be prepared to take all that comes with

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3,807 O’Hare Access Badges Missing

Posted on 26 June 2007 by Ed Z

All the money spent and we still can’t
get our airport security straightened out

O’Hare is one of the busiest
airports in the nation, and may be one of the most vulnerable.

The 2 Investigators have
learned that 47 more employee access badges are missing, bringing
the total we’ve discovered to 3,807 – the biggest security
failure involving access badges ever to be exposed.

3,807 badges that grant access to various restricted parts of the
airport.  Reading the story, you can definitely imagine bitter ex-employees
selling their access badges or just "losing" them to make their former
employer look bad.  There had to be accountability, for security, the
airlines and the employees.

The article focuses on the account of Marcia Pinkston, a former employee of
Mesa Airlines whose access badges recently went missing.  What the article
doesn’t explain is how her badge went missing after it was in her
possession.  The airline never asked her for her badge so what did she do
with it?  The article paints her as the whistle-blower, but isn’t she
responsible as well?  I’m hoping they just left this info out but I
wouldn’t count on it.

Via Drudge


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Journalists Give Their Money to Dems

Posted on 21 June 2007 by Ed Z

Surprised?  Me Neither.

Next time you get your news, know where the reporter’s allegiance is.

The list: Journalists who
wrote political checks

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This and That…

Posted on 18 June 2007 by Ed Z

Pakistan’s religious affairs minister Mohammed Ijaz ul-Haq on the knighthood
of Salman Rushdie, "If
someone exploded a bomb on his body he would be right to do so unless the
British government apologises and withdraws the ‘sir’ title.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

56% of atheists find radical Christianity as threatening as radical Islam


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Hands Off: No Physical Contact at Virginia School

Posted on 18 June 2007 by Ed Z

A Virginia
middle school has banned all physical contact

All touching — not only
fighting or inappropriate touching — is against the rules at
Kilmer Middle School in Vienna. Hand-holding, handshakes and
high-fives? Banned. The rule has been conveyed to students this

School officials say the
rule helps keep crowded hallways and lunchrooms safe and orderly,
and ensures that all students are comfortable.

Nice.  What could be more comfortable than having no human contact for
the whole day?  Next they’ll be prohibited form making eye contact. 
Dirty looks can make people "uncomfortable", so let’s just have
everyone wear goggles that black out their eyes.

When did isolation become an acceptable way of encouraging healthy social
behavior?  We’ll be raising a bunch of social misfits, unprepared to deal
with the world of physical contact.  When and where are young men and women
supposed to learn what is appropriate an inappropriate?  Interacting with
fellow students is part of the education process, not to be excluded because
administrators don’t want to deal with the "grey area".

Via Drudge

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Required Reading

Posted on 15 June 2007 by Ed Z

Joe Leiberman writes about his visit to Iraq
.  His focus on Iran is
worth noting.

[A]s terrible as the
continuing human cost of fighting this war in Iraq is–the human
cost of losing it would be even greater.


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Flag Day

Flag Day

Posted on 14 June 2007 by Ed Z

Today is Flag Day, commemorating the adoption of the flag of the United
States in 1777.

has a great story on the history of our flag.

On June 14, 1777, John Adams
introduced a resolution to Congress “that the flag of the United
States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the
union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new
Constellation.” The measure passed unanimously. Word was rushed
to Middlebrook Heights, N.J., where General George Washington was
encamped with the Continental Army, which coincidentally was
exactly two years old that day. The next morning Washington raised
a flag that met congressional specifications over his

Thanks to CK for sending in the sotry.

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NY Times Admits to Burying JFK Terror Plot

Posted on 11 June 2007 by Ed Z

editor] Gottlieb told me he was mindful of a history of orange alerts that came
at politically convenient times and previous terror plots that wound up
amounting to less than they first seemed."

Incredible.  They question the timing ,so they bury the
story as if it was meaningless.


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Jail or Spa

Posted on 08 June 2007 by Ed Z

Apparently she was released from jail because she was depressed.  Um,
you’re in jail, you should be depressed.  The following quote did
make me laugh.

"It’s so cruel what has
happened to her," the friend told OK! "She wasn’t
allowed to wax or use a moisturizer. Her skin is so dry right

the humanity!

Also, take a look at Lenore Skenazy’s article, Has
Prison Lost Its Capacity To Shame?
, where she asks, "is prison the
new pornography? You know — something that used to be shameful, but has lately
become hip and cool and a possible career booster to boot?

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D-Day Remembered – June 6, 1944

D-Day Remembered – June 6, 1944

Posted on 06 June 2007 by Ed Z

Sixty three years ago today Allied forced landed on five separate beaches in
Normandy, France with the goal of liberating Europe from the Nazi Reich. 
The largest seaborne invasion in history, the Battle of Normandy would have
nearly 1.5 million Allied soldiers in battle by the end of July.  Without
victory, the world would be a very different place.

The survivors and those who sacrificed their lives should always be remembered. 
Their legacy should be a standard for future generations.

A troubling observation: if you’re looking for any programming
related to D-Day, you might not find it

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