Archive for November 12th, 2007

The Cancer From Within

By- Suzie-Q @ 7:30 PM MST

The famous Air Force Academy cadet chapel, once a place of nondenominational worship and reflection, seems to have become a focal point of evangelical indoctrination and conversion.

By David Antoon

“I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. …”
—Oath of Office

“Our mission is to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation.”
—Air Force Academy mission statement

“We will not lie, steal, or cheat. …”
—Air Force Academy honor code

“Military professionals must remember that religious choice is a matter of individual conscience. Professionals, and especially commanders, must not take it upon themselves to change or coercively influence the religious views of subordinates.”
—Religious Toleration (Air Force Code of Ethics, 1997)

Forty-two years ago, at the age of 18, I took the oath of office on my first day as an Air Force Academy cadet. The mission of the academy was not only to train future leaders for the Air Force but for America as well, because, in the end, most academy graduates do not serve full military careers. The honor code became an integral part of everyday life. These are the values that I, and most graduates of the 1960s and early ’70s, took with us from our four years at the academy.

I, as did many graduates, underwent pilot training followed by tours of duty in Vietnam. Like military men and women of today, we did our best to become technically competent and professional leaders. Never, during my four years at the academy and subsequent pilot and combat training, was the word warrior used; nor, whether as a cadet or officer, did I ever encounter “Christian supremacist” rhetoric.


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Evening Jukebox… Hey There Delilah

By- Suzie-Q @ 7:00 PM MST

Plain White T’s – Hey There Delilah

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Roadkill Bloggin’: Truth in Media? E’hem, Oh Really ?!

by GEF @ 4:28 PM MST

So while they’re attacking us and saying how dumb and wrong we are, Mainstream Media is secretly sucking in our talking points and all the while boasting about their high education and esteemed credentials. (see Bill O’Reilly)

Heck that was even true of Dan Rather and his findings about Dumbya’s AWOL records.

IMHO Media Journalists should just put on their gobs of makeup, read their electronic cue cards and leave the serious Journalism to us Bloggers! 😉

Journalists Consistent in Their Online Use and Preferences
Center for Media Research

According to the Arketi Group 2007 Web Watch Survey, 84 percent of journalists say they would or already have used blogs as a primary or secondary source for articles. 100% of those (journalists) surveyed say they rely on the Internet to help get their job done. One-quarter of journalists say blogs make their job easier, while 18 percent say instant messaging makes their job easier. Mike Neumeier, principal of Arketi Group, says “In an era exploding with user-generated content, social media, and Web 2.0, it’s important for those in business-to-business communications to understand how journalists are using technology…”

Ninety-seven percent of journalists surveyed say they enjoy using new technologies. And 30 percent of journalists say they use some type of instant messenger for professional communication.

Sixty percent of journalists say they spend more than 20 hours a week on the Internet. When asked how journalists use the Internet:

  • 98% say reading news
  • 97% say emailing
  • 93% say finding news sources
  • 89% say finding story ideas
  • 72% say reading blogs
  • 67% say watching webinars or webcasts

Dr. Kaye Sweetser, APR, assistant professor of public relations at the University of Georgia’s Grady College, said “…this survey shows that business journalists are embracing user-generated content like blogs, webinars and podcasts… in their day-to-day reporting…”

Ninety percent of journalists say they turn to industry sources for story ideas, an equal number get story ideas from news releases and a nearly equal number say they tap into public relations contacts.

  • 79% of journalists report finding story ideas on newswires
  • 74% say from Web sites
  • 72% say from other media outlets
  • 54% report blogs spark story ideas

Working with known sources:

  • All journalists surveyed said they prefer working via email
  • 91% prefer telephone
  • 77% say in-person
  • 25% say they prefer instant messaging
  • 98 percent say they prefer to receive news releases via email from companies they know

Working with unknown sources:

  • 98% of journalists surveyed say they prefer emails
  • 80% say phone contact with an unknown source is acceptable
  • 93% of business journalists say they prefer to receive news releases via email from companies they don’t know, but are in industries they cover

Others sources of credible online information according to those journalists surveyed included:

  • International organizations (89 percent)
  • Government agencies (85 percent)
  • Corporate websites (85 percent)
  • PR professionals (77 percent)
  • Activist websites (41 percent)
  • Blogs (41 percent)
  • Politicians (35 percent)
  • Chat, message boards (18 percent)

According to journalists, the most useful information on a corporate Web site is contact information (97 percent), search capabilities (95 percent), press room/press kits (92 percent), company backgrounders (89 percent) and publication-quality graphics or photos (66 percent).

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by Paul Street / November 12th, 2007

“We Have Some Major Priorities”

Here are 49 words to inspire dismay and disgust:

“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and her lieutenants maneuvered to avoid a floor fight that would have forced Democrats to choose between their liberal base, which might cheer a Cheney impeachment, and a broader electorate, which might view the resolution as a partisan game in a time of war.”

I read these words on the fourth page of the front section of the November 7th edition of the Iowa City Press-Citizen. They are part of a story titled “GOP Tries to Outfox Foes: VP’s Impeachment Vote Beat Back.” They are attributed to the following author: “Washington Post/LA Times.”

The story is about how the Republican Party tried to force a vote on progressive Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s (D-Ohio) call for the House to pass a resolution to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney for “fabricating a threat of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction” to justify the invasion of Iraq.

House Republican (GOP) leaders knew that the Democrats lack the votes and willpower to work for the impeachment of Cheney and/or Bush. The Republicans wanted to embarrass the Democrats and expose the fissures in their party by forcing a vote on Kucinich’s bill.

Pelosi succeeded in defeating the Republicans by getting Kucinich’s measure sent to the Judiciary Committee. According to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), “impeachment is not on our agenda. We have some major priorities. We need to focus on those.”

Keep reading . . .

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by GEF @ 12:08 PM MST

Ron Paul brings his ‘Freedom Revolution’ to Independence Hall

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul spoke to about 3000-5000 people Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.

The crowd’s cheering was heard several blocks away as they waited for Paul. The crowd was a cross section of all ages and walks of life including a woman dressed up like the Statue of Liberty.

Ron Paul was introduced by New Jersey assemblyman Mike Doherty, the first high profile elected official from the state of New Jersey to endorse Ron Paul.

Doherty fired up the crowd talking about borders security, American Sovereignty and military non interventionism. Doherty a West Point graduate joked that 2 of his 3 sons in the military supported Ron Paul and he was working on the other.

The crowd went wild when Ron Paul spoke, “Looks to me that there is more than a few spammers out here” referring to media spin that he doesn’t have support.

Paul recognized that today was the birthday of the U.S. Marines and asked all those present to be recognized.

Paul said “Philadelphia was the birth place of an experiment in human freedom” with Independence hall on his right and the National Constitution Center on his left.

Ron Paul has made the preservation of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights a centerpiece in his campaign for the Whitehouse and has said in the past that he would “repeal the police state” referring to the Patriot Act.


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Mainstream Media vs. 9/11 Truth

by Geezer Power …11:17 am

It’s getting increasingly harder for Mainstream Media to ignore 9/11 Truth

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Deconstructing Rudy

anthony @ 18:10 GMT

The REAL Rudy: Command Center

The REAL Rudy: Radios

Bill Boyarsky | Truthdig | November 10, 2007

The limitations of the old-fashioned mainstream media prevent it from portraying the true horror of what a Giuliani administration would mean to the United States and the rest of the world.

Such a huge media failure prompted filmmaker and political activist Robert Greenwald to make and distribute powerful, short documentaries built around the theme of the real Rudy Giuliani. (more…)

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Kucinich: We’re Losing Our Democracy

anthony @ 17:50 GMT

This week, Rep. Dennis Kucinich drummed up support within the House to introduce articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney.  Here, he discusses his motivations on Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now!” TV/radio show.

Watch the clips:

Part 2:

He also says that he would cancel NAFTA if he was president and withdraw from the WTO.

“It’s time we stood up for workers…!”

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Veterans’ Suicides: a Hidden Cost of Bush’s Wars

Sudhan@10:45 CET

By Penny Coleman, AlterNet. Posted November 11, 2007.

Americans have been effectively insulated from the human cost of our wars. That’s not an accident; it’s policy.

On November 6, the Joshua Omvig Suicide Prevention Bill became law. The bill was named for a 22-year-old Iowa reservist who took his own life eleven months after coming home from Iraq. Though Josh is one of hundreds of combat veteran suicides since the wars began in 2001, it is his name that has become symbolic of the campaign to get the military to take the mental health of America’s vets seriously.

With the exception of the unspeakable images of Abu Ghraib, which were e-mailed home by soldiers themselves, for six years Americans have been effectively insulated from the human cost of our wars. This insulation is not an accident; it is policy. Images from the Vietnam years, like the naked child trying to outrun her own burning skin, or the anguished women and children waiting their turn to be executed at My Lai, were catalysts that helped turn public opinion against that war. This time, the government wanted to ensure that would not happen. On the eve of the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the Pentagon issued a directive to the media forbidding any coverage of returning American coffins. No coffins, no funerals, no wounds, no tears. No empathy.

Keep reading . . .

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