.... Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (it’ll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”
Moreover, Mr. Obama’s own grandfather in Kenya was a Muslim. Mr. Obama never met his grandfather and says he isn’t sure if his grandfather’s two wives were simultaneous or consecutive, or even if he was Sunni or Shiite. (O.K., maybe Mr. Obama should just give up on Alabama.)
Did Obama take Nicholas Kristof's advice, and "just give up on Alabama"?
Oily waves come ashore in Orange Beach, Ala., Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Heavy seas from Tropical Storm Alex helped push more oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster towards the Florida and Alabama coasts. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Esther Sarah told me time and time again (until it stuck), NOT to re-state the opposition's position when refuting it. It's a huge temptation, but when you do this, you're just handing over your space - or your "ink," call it what you will - to their viewpoint. Thus, we have forevermore considered this to be an ERROR of great magnitude.
Thankfully, the radical leftist publication, The Nation, doesn't have an Esther Sarah. Consider this first paragraph of an article there called "War on Public Workers."
Conservatives have declared a new class war, but it's not on bankers earning seven-figure bonuses. Instead, as Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels told Politico recently, the "new privileged class in America" is government employees who "are better paid than the people who pay their salaries." We have to escape "public sector unions' stranglehold on state and local governments," agreed Mort Zuckerman, billionaire editor of U.S. News & World Report, "or it will crush us." Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal's Paul Gigot ominously predicts "a showdown looming across the country between taxpayers and public employee unions over pay and pensions," while the Heritage Foundation warns that "the more the government taxes, the more it can pay its unionized workers."
How many people will read past a first paragraph? Well that depends on what it says. I rather liked that one, with its FIVE (5) Conservative Talking Points laid out so succinctly, so I was content to stop reading after that and walk away with my head nodding like a little bobble doll.
The more "liberally-minded" among us, I suppose, would either not make it through the entirety of the first paragraph, or continue reading, only to make sure these warnings get shot down.
Ah, there it is. Second paragraph, second sentence:
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will attend a memorial service for the late Sen. Robert Byrd in Charleston Friday, the White House said in a statement Tuesday....
It will be the second visit for the nation's top leaders to West Virginia. Both last visited the state in April, for a memorial service held for the 29 men who died in the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster.
The service in Charleston will be part of the late senator's last tour of the Mountain State prior to being laid to rest in Virginia next week...
For those who are both historically and geographically challenged, Virginia and West Virginia are two separate and distinct states.
*On December 31, 1862 President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill into law, approving the creation of West Virginia as a state loyal to the Union without abolishing slavery. In accord with the act of Congress, the statehood issue was put to a vote by West Virginia's citizens.
*On March 26, 1863, the citizens of the 50 counties approve the statehood bill, including the Willey Amendment (All slaves in West Virginia over 21 years of age would be freed. Younger slaves would receive their freedom upon reaching that age.)
*On June 20, 1863 the state of West Virginia was officially created, the 35th in the Union, by presidential proclamation.
Bob Byrd represented West Virginia- first in the House, then in the Senate - for a total of more years than I've been alive, and yet he had no home here. He and Mrs. Byrd lived in Virginia; that's where she was buried and that's where he will be buried.I don't know how other folks around here feel about that, but it seems to me an eternal insult to the state, especially to all the Byrd-worshippers back "home." And believe me, they are many.
A Palestinian man shouts slogans during a protest todemand civil rights for Palestinians refugees in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, June 27, 2010.
The Associated Press was obviously there, even took pictures, but there's no AP article. Likewise, al Reuters.
Reuters Pictures2 days ago People carry Palestinian flags and banners as they march during a protest in Beirut June 27, 2010. Thousands of Palestinians and Lebanese civil activists converged on central Beirut on Sunday, demanding more rights for Palestinians, many of whom live in squalid refugee camps in Lebanon.
This story was covered by several outlets in Lebanon of course (Daily Star, Naharnet and Iloubnan), plus the AFP, euronews, Aljazeera, the Tripoli Post, Eurasia Review (Spain), The Voice of Russia, the (Chinese) People's Daily and even the state-run Iranian press... but it's information not available in the American mainstream media. The onlyexception might be theVoice of America, but as it's owned outright by the federal government, that's not exactly mainstream, nor "free press."
So here's the news, folks, brought to you courtesy of the Islamic Republic of Iran (linked above).
Thousands of Palestinian refugees have staged a demonstration in the Lebanese capital, demanding the government in Beirut to grant them basic civil rights.
Several Lebanese non-government organizations joined thousands of Palestinians who gathered outside the United Nations headquarters in Beirut on Sunday, a Press TV correspondent reported.
The rally comes as Lebanese politicians are caught in a debate on whether to give the refugees social and economic rights such as the choice of jobs and the ownership of property.
"There is no doubt that the problem of Palestinian refugees here in Lebanon is not a humanitarian one, but it's a political one," said human rights activist Amina Gibreel.
"The Palestinian refugees in Lebanon have been asking for human rights over the past 62 years," she added.
The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees lists almost 400,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, while Lebanese and Palestinian officials claim the actual number may be as low as 250,000, arguing that the UN agency's list includes those who had moved to other countries.
The majority of the UNRWA-listed Palestinians live in hard conditions in refugee camps across the country as under Lebanese law the Palestinian refugees cannot own properties.
Not allowed to hold most white collar positions, the refugees are trapped in low-paid employment. They are also denied social security and are not given medical care in state-run hospitals....
An Electronic Journal of the U.S. State Department - February 2003
"The Bureau of International Information Programs of the U.S. Department of State publishes five electronic journals under the eJournal USA logo - Economic Perspectives, Global Issues, Issues of Democracy, Foreign Policy Agenda, and Society & Values - that examine major issues facing the United States and the international community as well as U.S. society, values, thought and institutions."
WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Many people in Asia and the Middle East and North Africa emerged from the global economic crisis optimistic about the economic conditions in their local communities. Across the 117 countries Gallup surveyed in 2009, the lion's share of countries where at least half of residents saw their local economies getting better were located in these two regions.
According to this Gallup survey, only 30 pct of Americans are optimistic about our local economic conditions (on par with Venezuelans and Mexicans).
Compare to 81 pct in China, 68 pct in Bangladesh, 67 pct in Djibouti, 59 pct in Saudi Arabia and 56 pct in the United Arab Emirates. In Tajikistan it's 51 pct and Tunisia, 50 pct.