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MORRISSEY QUIZZED BY FBI

Singer MORRISSEY was quizzed by the FBI and British intelligence after speaking out against the American and British governments.

The Brit is a famous critic of the US-led war in Iraq and has dubbed President GEORGE W BUSH a “terrorist” – but he was baffled to be hauled in by authorities.

Morrissey explains, “The FBI and the Special Branch have investigated me and I’ve been interviewed and taped and so forth.

“They were trying to determine if I was a threat to the government, and similarly in England. But it didn’t take them very long to realise that I’m not.

“I don’t belong to any political groups, I don’t really say anything unless I’m asked directly and I don’t even demonstrate in public. I always assume that so-called authoritarian figures just assume that pop/rock music is slightly insane and an untouchable platform for the working classes to stand up and say something noticeable.

“My view is that neither England or America are democratic societies. You can’t really speak your mind and if you do you’re investigated.”

I hear he made threatening statements about his girlfriend in a coma too–get Bill Frist a videotape.

More Painful Everytime He Talks

Over at TPM

Bush at cabinet meeting: “And so people don’t need to worry about security. This deal wouldn’t go forward if we were concerned about the security for the United States of America.”

Let’s See
Incompetence—Didn’t know about it until the press ran with it

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Cronyism—new head of Maritime Administration is from DP and is part of the revolving door in this administration

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Bumbling Misstatements–see above

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Swaggering self-righteousness–dares Congress to pass legislation that he says he’ll veto

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Cozying up to repressive Middle Eastern Regimes—UAE is a 6 out of 7 on repression according to Freedom House

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Hypocrisy—going out of his way to provide strong support to a repressive regime while utilizing hollow rhetoric about Freedom

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The Bait and Switch–claiming it is the administration’s idea to scuttle the deal after figuring out he doesn’t have the votes

Coming Soon.

My Request

From:ArchPundit

To:mindfelon@yahoo.com>

I’d find it a badge of honor to be added to your race traitor page. If you need to know my credentials, one of your fellow knuckle draggers wrote this to me a few years ago:
http://www.archpundit.com/archives/005982.html

Which resulted in this article:
http://www.rftstl.com/Issues/2003-11-26/news/news.html

I also write for a gay and lesbian weekly and have written on white supremacist Frank Weltner and his backing of a local candidate here:

http://www.thevitalvoice.com/cgi-script/csArticles/articles/000007/000752.htm

And if that isn’t enough I do share the last name of one of the most prominent Jewish historians, Oscar Handlin. I’m a Straight WASP, however, so I do qualify as a full on race traitor.

If need be,

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Because I can’t Pass Up a Good White Supremacist Story

Dave Niewert has been named a race traitor by the National Socialist Movement Northwest.

He’s started a fund to fight the knuckle draggers here, help him out if you can.

I’ve also asked to be added to the page, if other bloggers or readers would care to make the same request, you can e-mail them here:

While it might seem pointless, I have a theory that the more people who heckle them, the anger gets spread out amongst many of us instead of the few there in Washington. So drop them a note.

It’s Can’t Make This Up Tuesday

Hilarious. Are Rahm and Schumer writing these storylines?

WASHINGTON – The Dubai firm that won Bush administration backing to run six U.S. ports has at least two ties to the White House.

One is Treasury Secretary John Snow, whose agency heads the federal panel that signed off on the $6.8 billion sale of an English company to government-owned Dubai Ports World – giving it control of Manhattan’s cruise ship terminal and Newark’s container port.

Snow was chairman of the CSX rail firm that sold its own international port operations to DP World for $1.15 billion in 2004, the year after Snow left for President Bush’s cabinet.

The other connection is David Sanborn, who runs DP World’s European and Latin American operations and was tapped by Bush last month to head the U.S. Maritime Administration.
The ties raised more concerns about the decision to give port control to a company owned by a nation linked to the 9/11 hijackers.

It’s only a matter of time until the administration backs down over this deal. If Bush wasn’t going to back down, we’d be seeing a veto override.

Huh?

I find Muslim and Arab bashing offensive on many levels. Primarily it seems to give some folks who are upset at their own lives something to point to and blame their problems.

However, I do think most of us can objectively understand there is a difference between a British Company and the UAE government running six major US ports.

Most, but not all of us

“After careful review by our government, I believe the transaction ought to go forward,” Bush told reporters who had traveled with him on Air Force One to Washington. “I want those who are questioning it to step up and explain why all of a sudden a Middle Eastern company is held to a different standard than a Great British company. I am trying to conduct foreign policy now by saying to the people of the world, `We’ll treat you fairly.'”

No one in their right mind would hold them to the same standard. Perhaps I can be convinced this isn’t a horrible idea (a rather high bar exists to do that), but claiming the same concerns exist in both places is absurd.

IFI: You know, Hamas and bin Laden have a point

Has someone hacked into IFI? Because this is the funniest damn thing I’ve read in a long time.

The liberals always say we should try to understand the “root causes” of terrorism. So what should we make of the Wolf Blitzer interview of Mahmoud al-Zahar on CNN on Sunday, January 29, in which the Hamas co-founder rejected the concept of a secular society like that in the U.S. because it sanctions homosexuality and promotes the spread of AIDS?

Al-Zahar made similar statements in an interview with WorldNetDaily, declaring, “The West brought all this freedom to its people but it is that freedom that has brought about the death of morality in the West. It’s what led to phenomena like homosexuality, homeless and AIDS.”

On the matter of women’s rights, he said, “What we have, unlike the West, is that young women cannot be with men and have relations outside marriage. Sometimes with tens of men. This causes the destruction of the family institution and the fact that many kids come to the world without knowing who are their fathers or who are their mothers. This is not a modern and progressed society.”

If we are truly devoted to liberal values such as “tolerance” and “diversity,” then should we not take some time to understand that there are those in the Arab/Muslim world who reject the sexual promiscuity that is celebrated on American TV and in films?

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The London Sunday Times has claimed that she has become “Osama’s worst nightmare” for her criticism of Islam. But if anything, this kind of criticism makes the terrorists fight harder. In fact, in the infamous “Letter to the American People,” attributed to bin Laden, he condemned the acceptance of homosexuality in American culture.

President Bush says the terrorists reject freedom and democracy. That’s certainly part of it. But they also reject the face of America presented to the rest of the world by Hollywood and the media. This is cultural pollution of the worst kind. It makes us more vulnerable to terrorist attack.

So, Hamas and Bin Laden’s views on social issues aren’t so bad.

I couldn’t make this up without sounding like I was caricaturing IFI. Some of the press folks need to start asking Uberweis what he thinks about Petey and the gang.

Quick Update:
The author is a columnist for Accuracy in Media and the column is up at that site now.

Not an Endorsement, but Still a Big Help

Jesse Jackson Jr. and Claypool held an event at Jackson’s Congressional Office where Claypool backed Jackson’s plan for a 3rd Airport. Jackson didn’t endorse and probably won’t, but it was an important signal to African-American voters that Jackson isn’t going to just throw in behind Stroger.

This isn’t surprising since the Trib points out a Jackson supported candidate is taking on a key Stroger ally in the County Board race

Gee, is Jesse Jr thinking about something in 2007? (I still think he’ll avoid 2007 and 2011 is his target)

More on Claypool later.

More Algebra

Kevin claims that many of us critical of Cohen don’t get his primary point–that one shouldn’t be condemned to a life of failure because one can’t do algebra.

I understood the point, just as Atrios did. Atrios makes a good point about credentialling which is very valid and an excellent point.

However, let me make the basic point here that any individual should have the basic skills to get through a productive life and algebra is one of those basic skills just as being functionally literate is one of those basic skills. People do algebra all of the time, though they may not recognize it as algebra–balancing the checkbook being the obvious case that everyone does. It’s not some high falluting level of math that is important to the sciences, but not so much an every day tool. It is an every day tool.

Now, when it comes down to credentialling one with a high school diploma, it’s the second requirement I’d throw into a graduation requirement for high school right behind functional literacy in reading and writing. Third is geometry and then we can have a debate about the amount of other factors.

At the most basic point, Cohen is an idiot because he makes sets up an entirely theoretical situation that does not really exist. The student in question missed 2/3 of the days in the year so she didn’t pass not for an inability to do algebra, but a refusal to work at it. I’m the first to say we could probably teach math more effectively and make it more interesting to many students, but ultimately, like most things in life, you have to work at it. She didn’t and part of the story is how she regrets not having worked at it.

Algebra is taught at very different levels and people have options in schools about what level of class to take in most cases and eventually a student will get through it in all cases, but the most serious learning disabilities. That’s okay. Working hard is a good thing and has intrinsic value in itself. Because something is hard is no reason not to do it. That there is some innate inability to do algebra in some large portion of the population is pure poppycock.

But once you decide to set up a degree system that credentials people based on hitting specific benchmarks, I can’t imagine getting far in a rational process that doesn’t result in algebra and geometry being two of the top requirements. They are simply too fundamental to living life and reasoning ability. It doesn’t mean all students have to be experts, but they have to be familiar enough with the subjects to pass a class–not exactly a high bar.