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calendar   Tuesday - October 25, 2005

Liberal Media Eating Their Own

Judith Miller (remember her of “PlameGate” fame), who recently spent 85 days in jail in an idealistic attempt to preserve the press’s freedom to protect their sources (where exactly is that defined in the Constitution?) is currently engaged in a tiff with her bosses at the New York Times. She has recently been chastised in several editorials (including by Maureen Dowd, the poster child for Liberal stupidity at the Times). Evidently, the liberal media is perfectly willing to beat up on each other, especially when one of their reporters who was aimed at President Bush didn’t quite hit the target. My advice to Miller is simple: come away from The Dark Side, tell the NY Times to screw off and give Fred Barnes a call at The Weekly Standard ...

Judith Miller Upset by NYT Rebuke
NEW YORK (NEWSMAX)

New York Times reporter Judith Miller is defending herself against her own paper’s criticism of her role in the CIA leak controversy, saying she was proud to serve time in jail to protect a confidential source, “even if he happened to work for the Bush White House.” Miller’s response came in a lengthy e-mail to public editor Byron Calame, who recommended in a Sunday column that the Times review Miller’s journalistic practices for conduct that raised “clear issues of trust and credibility.”

Miller spent 85 days in jail for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating the leak of CIA covert officer Valerie Plame’s identity. She was released Sept. 29 and agreed to testify after a source, Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, released her from her promise of confidentiality. In her testimony, Miller said she talked with Libby, but said she could not remember who told her the name she wrote in her notebook as “Valerie Flame.”

Since Miller published her account and the Times published its own story about Miller on Oct. 16, media critics and journalists have derided her, both for her stories strongly suggesting the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and for failing to explain how she learned Plame’s identity. Executive Editor Bill Keller said in an e-mail to staffers Friday that Miller appeared to have misled editors about her conversations with Libby. Columnist Maureen Dowd, meanwhile, wrote on Saturday that editors had been unable to control Miller.

Miller’s e-mail to Calame was posted in his Web journal late Sunday on the Times’ Web site. In it, Miller said she was “dismayed” by his essay and referred to Keller’s staff e-mail as an “ugly, inaccurate memo.” Calame had noted Miller’s assertion that she recommended to an editor a story be pursued on Plame, but had been told there was no interest. Miller’s boss at the time, Jill Abramson, has said Miller didn’t make such a request, and Calame wrote that he believed Abramson, now the paper’s managing editor.

“Now I ask you: Why would I — the supposedly pushiest, most competitive reporter on the planet — not have pushed to pursue a tantalizing tip like this?” Miller wrote. While she and Abramson have different recollections, Miller wrote that “without explanation ... you said you believed her and raised questions about my `trust and credibility.’ That is your right. But I gave my recollection to the grand jury under oath.” Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis didn’t return a telephone call seeking comment Monday. Miller, 57, won a Pulitzer Prize in explanatory journalism in 2002 for her work on global terrorism threats.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/25/2005 at 07:31 PM   
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Quote Of The Day

“The first thing we’re going to do is we’re going to have ethics come back to Washington again.”
-- Howard Dean at Saturday night’s annual fundraising dinner for the Maine Democratic Party

Dean spoke to the party faithful and ranted about the “right-wing ayatollahs” while somehow managing to forget Bill Clinton, travelgate, whitewater, Monica Lewinsky, etc. Chairman Dean obviously has a problem with short-term memory. Either that or he’s just being a colossal wanker. Or both.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/25/2005 at 11:54 AM   
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And The Rich Get Richer

Well, it looks like John Kerry now has enough money to finance his next Presidential campaign ... provided he remains a good gigolo and keeps Teresa happy ...

Teresa Heinz Kerry Suit Settled for $15M
PHILADELPHIA (AP)

A lawsuit filed by Teresa Heinz Kerry after her first husband died in a midair collision in 1991 was settled for $15 million, according to newly unsealed court records. She sued the owners of the airplane on which her husband was traveling, as well as the owners of the helicopter involved in the crash.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, errors in judgment by pilots of both aircraft caused the crash that killed U.S. Sen. John Heinz (R-Penn.) and six others—including two first-graders on the ground. Attorneys for The Philadelphia Inquirer sought to unseal the settlement papers last year when U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) ran for president; Kerry married Heinz’s widow in 1995.

At first, attorneys for the Heinz estate tried to prevent the court records from being unsealed, citing the family’s need for security and privacy. A judge unsealed portions of the file in October 2004 and attorneys for the Heinz estate appealed his ruling. The case was settled this month, according to William H. Lamb, who represented the Heinz estate.

The 1997 settlement states that $3 million would go to Heinz Kerry as co-executor of the Heinz estate. The remaining $12 million was paid to Heinz Kerry and the couple’s three sons, John IV, Andrew and Christopher, according to court records. The wrongful-death lawsuit alleged that the owner of the helicopter, Sun Co. Inc., of Philadelphia; and Lycoming Air Services Inc., of Montoursville, Lycoming County, the plane’s owner, had failed to properly train their flight crews.

Heinz Kerry is heiress to the Heinz Co. food fortune, estimated last year to be worth $500 million.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/25/2005 at 11:41 AM   
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Obituary

Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakhan are not fit to sit at this brave woman’s feet. She did more to end racism in this country by just sitting down and quietly saying “no” than all three have done with all their screaming and blackmail. She will be missed. Rest in peace, Mrs. Parks ...

imageimageRosa Parks (1913-2005)
DETROIT (AP)

Nearly 50 years ago, Rosa Parks made a simple decision that sparked a revolution. When a white man demanded she give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus, the then 42-year-old seamstress said no. At the time, she couldn’t have known it would secure her a revered place in American history. But her one small act of defiance galvanized a generation of activists, including a young Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and earned her the title “mother of the civil rights movement.”

Mrs. Parks died Monday evening at her home of natural causes, with close friends by her side, said Gregory Reed, an attorney who represented her for the past 15 years. She was 92. Monique Reynolds, 37, a native of Montgomery, Ala., called Mrs. Parks an inspiration who had lived to see the changes brought about by the civil rights movement.

“Martin Luther King never saw this, Malcolm X never saw this,” said Reynolds, who now lives in Detroit. “She was able to see this and enjoy it.” In 1955, Jim Crow laws in place since the post-Civil War Reconstruction required separation of the races in buses, restaurants and public accommodations throughout the South, while legally sanctioned racial discrimination kept blacks out of many jobs and neighborhoods in the North.

Mrs. Parks, an active member of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was riding on a city bus Dec. 1, 1955, when a white man demanded her seat. She refused, despite rules requiring blacks to yield their seats to whites. Two black Montgomery women had been arrested earlier that year on the same charge, but Mrs. Parks was jailed. She also was fined $14.

U.S. Rep John Conyers, in whose office Mrs. Parks worked for more than 20 years, remembered the civil rights leader as someone whose impact on the world was immeasurable, but who never sought the limelight. “Everybody wanted to explain Rosa Parks and wanted to teach Rosa Parks, but Rosa Parks wasn’t very interested in that,” he said. “She wanted them to understand the government and to understand their rights and the Constitution that people are still trying to perfect today.”

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick said he felt a personal tie to the civil rights icon: “She stood up by sitting down. I’m only standing here because of her.” Speaking in 1992, Mrs. Parks said history too often maintains “that my feet were hurting and I didn’t know why I refused to stand up when they told me. But the real reason of my not standing up was I felt that I had a right to be treated as any other passenger. We had endured that kind of treatment for too long.”

Her arrest triggered a 381-day boycott of the bus system organized by a then little-known Baptist minister, the Rev. King, who later earned the Nobel Peace Prize for his work. “At the time I was arrested I had no idea it would turn into this,” she said 30 years later. “It was just a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of the people joined in.”

The Montgomery bus boycott, which came one year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark declaration that separate schools for blacks and whites were “inherently unequal,” marked the start of the modern civil rights movement. The movement culminated in the 1964 federal Civil Rights Act, which banned racial discrimination in public accommodations.

After taking her public stand for civil rights, Mrs. Parks had trouble finding work in Alabama. Amid threats and harassment, she and her husband, Raymond, moved to Detroit in 1957. She worked as an aide in Conyers’ Detroit office from 1965 until retiring Sept. 30, 1988. Raymond Parks died in 1977. Mrs. Parks said upon retiring from her job with Conyers that she wanted to devote more time to the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development. The institute, incorporated in 1987, is devoted to developing leadership among Detroit’s young people and initiating them into the struggle for civil rights.

“Rosa Parks: My Story,” was published in February 1992. In 1994 she brought out “Quiet Strength: The Faith, the Hope and the Heart of a Woman Who Changed a Nation,” and in 1996 a collection of letters called “Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue With Today’s Youth.”

- Go Read More Of This Courageous Woman’s Story Here


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/25/2005 at 11:22 AM   
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Friendly Fire

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/25/2005 at 10:54 AM   
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calendar   Monday - October 24, 2005

Meltdown On The Left

Cindy Sheehan has decided to go to Washington for the countdown to the 2,000th military death in the Iraq war. When the magic number appears on the Liberal Tote Board, lights will flash, the hippies will dance and Cindy will tie herself to the fence at the White House ....

Iraq War Foes Ready For 2,000th Military Death
WASHINGTON (Reuters)

Cindy Sheehan, the military mother who made her son’s death in Iraq a rallying point for the anti-war movement, plans to tie herself to the White House fence to protest the milestone of 2,000 U.S. military deaths in Iraq. “I’m going to go to Washington, D.C. and I’m going to give a speech at the White House, and after I do, I’m going to tie myself to the fence and refuse to leave until they agree to bring our troops home,” Sheehan said in a telephone interview last week as the milestone approached.

“And I’ll probably get arrested, and when I get out, I’ll go back and do the same thing,” she said. The death toll among U.S. military forces since the March 2003 invasion stood at 1,996 on Sunday. The milestone’s approach prompted plans for hundreds of other demonstrations across the United States, but for Sheehan, each military death in the Iraqi war has been a tragedy.

“To me, every single member since Number One has been tragic and needless and unnecessary,” she said. “My son was somewhere around 615, and I’ve been working so hard for peace since my son was killed and now almost 1,400 more soldiers have been killed since Casey died.” Army Specialist Casey Sheehan was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004. Beyond Sheehan’s plans, a candlelight vigil is planned at the White House to mourn the 2,000-death milestone. Hundreds of other demonstrations are scheduled for the day after the milestone number is reached.

“I hope that this milestone marks the point when the American people realize the U.S. military is not going to stop the violence in Iraq, and they instead start demanding a political solution to this problem,” Sean O’Neill, a U.S. Marine who served in Iraq, said in a statement.

The American Friends Service Committee was helping coordinate activists to protest the Iraq war. “On the day after the 2,000th reported U.S. military death in Iraq, people will gather in communities across the U.S. to say that the countries pro-peace majority wants Congress to stop the deaths by stopping the dollars that are funding the war,” a coalition of anti-war groups said online at http://www.afsc.org.

In a related story of complete, total madness from the Blithering Idiots on the Left, Al Franken is preparing for the execution of Karl Rove, Scooter Libby and President Bush ...

On Letterman, Al Franken Jokes About Execution for Treason of Rove, Libby and Bush
(NEWS BUSTERS BLOG)

“And so basically, what it looks like is going to happen is that Libby and Karl Rove are going to be executed” because “outing a CIA agent is treason,” left-wing author and radio talk show host Al Franken asserted Friday night, to audience laughter, on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman. Franken qualified his hard-edged satire: “Yeah. And I don’t know how I feel about it because I’m basically against the death penalty, but they are going to be executed it looks like.” Franken later suggested that President Bush is at risk of receiving the same punishment, since Karl Rove likely told him what he did, but he added a caveat: “I think, by the way, that we should never ever, ever, ever execute a sitting President.”

NEWS BUSTERS Has The Full Video Of This Blithering Idiot Here

JABBERWOCKY! That’s all it is! JABBERWOCKY!


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/24/2005 at 06:59 PM   
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A New Face At The Fed

Damn, it seems like Alan Greenspan has been chairman of the Federal Reserve since before I was born. Anyway, the old boy is being put out to pasture after all these years and there is a new face to get used to if you worry about money ....

Bush Selects White House Economist Bernanke to Replace Greenspan
(WASHINGTON POST)

imageimageimageimagePresident Bush today nominated his chief economic adviser, Ben S. Bernanke, to replace Alan Greenspan as chairman of the Federal Reserve when Greenspan’s term expires Jan. 31. In making the announcement at the White House, Bush hailed Bernanke’s “reputation for intellectual rigor and integrity” and said he “commands deep respect in the global financial community.”

Bush said Bernanke, if confirmed by the Senate, “will replace a legend” in Greenspan, who he said has steadily “shepherded our economy through its highs and its lows” and “has dominated his age like no central banker in history.” In brief remarks after Bush’s introduction, Bernanke said, “If I am confirmed by the Senate, I will do everything in my power, in collaboration with my Fed colleagues, to help to ensure the continued prosperity and stability of the American economy.”

He pledged that his first priority would be to “maintain continuity” with the policies and strategies of Greenspan’s 18 years at the helm of the Federal Reserve. Bernanke, 51, a Republican, served as a member of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System for three years before being named chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in June. He previously was an economics professor at Princeton University and served as chairman of the university’s economics department from 1996 to 2002.

Bernanke, who holds a doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has a fiscal philosophy similar to that of Greenspan, who was named Fed chairman by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and renominated for four-year terms by three other presidents. However, Bernanke and Greenspan differ on whether the Fed should set targets for inflation. Bernanke believes the Fed should set such targets, while Greenspan does not.

Flanked by Bernanke and Greenspan as he made the announcement in the Oval Office, Bush praised the “steady chairmanship” of Greenspan, who he said has “kept inflation low” during his stewardship of U.S. monetary policy. “Ben Bernanke is the right man to build on the record Alan Greenspan has established,” Bush said. Greenspan, 79, who stood to the president’s right during the ceremony, did not speak, and the three men left without taking any questions from reporters.

In introducing Bernanke, Bush said the Federal Reserve “is the symbol of the integrity and the reliability of our financial system.” He said the institution “affects the lives and livelihoods of all Americans.” The Fed chairman “must be a person of impeccable credentials, sound policy judgment and character,” Bush said. He said Bernanke “has done path-breaking work in the field of monetary policy, taught advanced economics at some of our top universities and served with distinction on the Fed’s Board of Governors.”

Bernanke has “built a record of excellence as both an academic and policymaker,” Bush said. “He is the author of several scholarly books and is one of the most cited economists in the world. As Fed governor, Ben advocated greater transparency in communication with the public and markets. His speeches were widely admired for their keen insight and clear, simple language.” Bush urged the Senate to “act promptly to confirm Ben Bernanke as the 14th chairman of the Federal Reserve.”

Go Read The Rest At The WAPO


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/24/2005 at 06:49 PM   
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Help Wanted

imageimageThis week’s editorial has been posted at the other blog. The subject this week is the Marquis Of Queensbury rules and the Geneva Convention. Go take a look-see and give me your opinion. At the very least, you’ll get some food for thought.

On a related subject, I am looking for people who like to think and write. I want to add three or four people to the crew of the Argoknot. My plan is simple: each person will post an editorial (2,000-3,000 word) on a specific day of the week. You can choose whatever subject you please as long as it remains within the context of conservative, rational discussion of current events. You can even choose the day of the week you wish to post each week as long as you promise to post each week. I have chosen Mondays for myself but all other days are open for any aspiring writers out there. The blog tool is WordPress and is quite easy to use.

Send me an e-mail at (allan “at” argoknot.com) if you’re interested. The crew members chosen will have full posting and editing privileges. I will take care of all site maintenance and promotions. Initial pay is “zero” which is 100% of what I get paid but if the blog takes off like this site did, perhaps later on we can split advertising revenue. I make no promises except to give you full freedom to write about what interests you.

Oh yeah! I almost forgot ... you will have to choose a Greek philosopher or historical figure as your “nom de plume”. I already have dibs on Plato but the rest are open. The Argoknot is an equal opportunity employer so the offer is open to men, women, foreigners, blacks, whites, Asians, Jews, Muslims ... even critters from Mars are welcome to apply.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/24/2005 at 02:27 PM   
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The Chicken Ranch

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Mike Thompson, Detroit, Michigan, The Detroit Free Press


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/24/2005 at 10:55 AM   
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Real Men Return

I heard Rush Limbaugh talk about this the other day and wondered what it was he was referring to. Rush claims he is one of the first of the new “übersexuals”. I hate to disillusion Rush but I was there first. I’ve been one for fifty-six years and was never tempted to join the “metrosexuals”, those sensitive, smooth-complexioned boys. Naw! I’m as “über” as they get. The only thing I dislike about the new monicker is some doofus dared to include George Clooney and Bill Clinton in the club. That will not do.

Any of you ladies out there who crave a real man need look no further. Just send me a private e-mail and I’ll put you on the list. Try to be patient though. Us real men are in short supply nowadays ....

Metrosexual Man Bows To Red-Blooded Übersexuals
(GUARDIAN - UK)

It’s good news for traditional American men. The metrosexual is dead: long live the übersexual. After dominating US style and fashion for several years, the ideal of the modern male as someone who cared about fashion and skin care as much as a woman did is about to be swept aside by a return to old-fashioned, masculine values: fine wines, cigars and red-blooded heterosexuality.

‘Ubersexuals are confident, masculine and stylish, and committed to uncompromising quality in all areas of life,’ said Marian Salzman, co-author of a new book, The Future of Men. Salzman, a vice-president of the global advertising firm JWT, is the trend-spotter who first promoted the rise of the metrosexual, a term lauded and derided in equal measure, as it described a new sort of man who aped women’s tastes.

Now, however, maleness has hit back, she says. While metrosexuals were obsessed with self-image and lifestyle, the übersexual is politically aware and passionate about real world causes. The metrosexual has women who are his best friends, while the übersexual respects women but retains men as his closest confidants. The metrosexual grooms his hair: the übersexual grooms his mind. The metrosexual reads Vogue and Cosmo, the übersexual the Economist and the New Yorker.

Celebrity metrosexuals include Jude Law, Orlando Bloom and David Beckham, whose good looks can be seen as slightly womanly. Their übersexual counterparts include George Clooney, Donald Trump, Pierce Brosnan and Bill Clinton, who are fashionable and wear tasteful clothes, but are unashamedly masculine, not least in their often complicated and very heterosexual lifestyles. Salzman’s book proclaims the world’s leading übersexual as the rock star and anti-poverty campaigner Bono.

But all this is unlikely to provide much comfort for the ordinary man, who is now being told to dump his feminine side and try to become an alpha male. ‘Ubersexuals are the most attractive and compelling men of their generations. They are confident, masculine and stylish,’ she said.

- Go Read More About Real Men Here


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/24/2005 at 09:07 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - October 23, 2005

Matchmaker

For your amusement on this beautiful Fall Sunday, I have provided below a matchmaker game. It’s easy and anyone can do it. Just match the name of the person on the left with the most appropriate person on the right. There are an even dozen “couples” below. Make sure each two you match have a lot in common. Answers will be in the comments later today. Ready ... Set ... Go!


A. John F. Kerry1. Anna Nichole Smith
B. Teddy Kennedy2. Roseanne Barr
C. Hillary Clinton3. Adolph Hitler
D. Bill Clinton4. Linda Lovelace
E. Howard Dean5. Jeanene Garofolo
F. Arianna Huffington6. Daffy Duck
G. Osama Bin Laden7. Al Capone
H. Fidel Castro8. Joseph Stalin
I. Jimmy Carter9. Butthead (Beavis’ friend)
J. Dan Rather10. Norman Bates
K. Cindy Sheehan11. Jerry Springer
L. Jacques Chirac12. Yassir Arafat


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/23/2005 at 04:50 PM   
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Spy Gadget Of The Day

For only $69.95 you get a secret spy camera ... and it is also a handy pen for making quick notes while snooping around Democratic Party headquarters. All it needs is a good name. I think the “Rove Writer” is perfect. Mheh-heh-he-he-he ....

imageimageThis incredible digital device gives you the ability to do what no other pen is capable of. Go to a board meeting and snap a few candid shots. Do your own investigation by taking snapshots of secret documents. Take photographs of a competitor’s products at trade shows or retail stores.

Sneak it in where cameras are not allowed like art museums and opera houses. 2MB memory is capable of storing up to 36 160 x 120-pixel images.

It even has a voice function that lets you know how many images have been taken and when the power is on or off. Includes software and serial cable (RS-232) for downloading images to PC.

It also has a built-in pen so you can write when the need arises. With the Digital Camera Spy Pen, the possibilities are as boundless as your imagination.

Industrial espionage has never been easier with the $69.95 Spy Pen. It has a built-in digital camera that works flawlessly under the correct lighting condition. Not only that, it is no dud as the Spy Pen performs as any other normal pen.

It comes with 2MB of internal memory, capable of storing up to 36 pictures at 160 x 120 pixels. The entire package includes proprietary software and a serial cable for downloading images onto your PC.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/23/2005 at 12:35 PM   
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Double Pleasure

Both my teams won yesterday (The University of Alabama and whoever is playing Auburn). Roll Tide! Auburn Sucks!

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/23/2005 at 12:24 PM   
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Burning Christian Churches In Egypt

Bloody riots, burning churches, people murdered ... and it all started over a DVD which “offended” MOOS-lims. All this from a so-called “Religion Of Peace” ... ?

Egypt Police Guard Churches After Riots
ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AP)

Thousands of police manned barricades around Christian churches in Egypt’s second largest city Saturday, a day after Muslim rioters attacked churches and shops, leaving four people dead in the country’s worst religious violence in five years. Egypt’s top Muslim and Christian leaders appealed for calm as tensions simmered in Alexandria, where some 5,000 Muslim rioters rampaged through two predominantly Christian neighborhoods. Clashes with rubber bullet-firing police killed two rioters and two policemen, police and hospital officials said Saturday. At least 90 people were injured.

The violence followed a week of protests over the distribution of a DVD of a play deemed offensive to Muslims. St. George’s Coptic Church, where the play was performed two years ago, was one of the seven churches attacked Friday. The play, entitled “I Was Blind But Now I Can See,” tells the story of a young Christian who converts to Islam and becomes disillusioned. Islamic leaders accused Copts of releasing the DVDs and demanded an apology.

But political leaders and security officials said Islamic extremists distributed the DVDs in an effort to tarnish a Coptic Christian candidate running in next month’s parliamentary elections for Alexandria’s impoverished Ghorbal constituency. Maher Khalah, one of two Copts running on the ruling National Democratic Party ticket in this mainly Sunni Muslim country, announced Saturday that he was withdrawing from the race to prevent any recurrence of the violence.

“This violence is not about the DVD, it is all about the elections,” Khalah told The Associated Press. Coptic Christians, who account for about 10 percent of Egypt’s population of 72 million, complain of discrimination but generally live in harmony with the Muslim majority. Violence flares occasionally, particularly in small southern communities. Friday’s violence was the bloodiest since January 2000, when an argument between a Coptic shopkeeper and a Muslim customer swelled into gunfights and other street battles that killed 23 people, mostly Christians, in el-Kusheh, a town south of Cairo.

In a joint statement, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Shenouda III, and Egypt’s highest Islamic authority, Grand Sheik of al-Azhar Mohammed Sayyed Tantawi, urged Christians and Muslims not to resort to violence. “We call on everyone to be calm so we can spread the grace of peace, security and affection among us,” the religious leaders said. “If something happened and was misunderstood, then it is our duty to deal with it in the spirit of dialogue and understanding.”

Shenouda canceled a trip to Alexandria on Saturday for his annual Ramadan fast-breaking meal with Muslim officials because of the violence, church leaders said. Coptic community leader Kamil Sediq warned that the repercussions of Friday’s violence could spread to Cairo and other provinces and reiterated that the church would not apologize. “We’re not going to apologize because we don’t want it to become a precedent,” said Sediq, of the Coptic Community Council, a secular body of prominent Copts established in 1874 to oversee affairs of the community. “We did nothing to apologize for.”


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/23/2005 at 12:04 PM   
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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.

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Oh, and here's some kind of visitor flag counter thingy. Hey, all the cool blogs have one, so I should too. The Visitors Online thingy up at the top doesn't count anything, but it looks neat. It had better, since I paid actual money for it.
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