For perhaps the first time ever, a person yelling indiscriminately at strangers while pacing angrily along a public walkway has made a cogent, well-reasoned political argument. In video footage captured at an anti-immigration rally in Arizona, an unnamed Native American man aptly scolds the protesters for their hypocrisy:
Dr. Richard Land, who is in charge of addressing social, moral, and ethical concerns as president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, says that dropping the ban on gay members and LGBT leaders will be a “catastrophe” for the Boy Scouts of America because excluding homosexuals represents the “heart and soul of scouting.”
Pakistan is holding talks with the United States to end drone strikes against suspected Taliban fighters, which sometimes also kill civilians, a senior Pakistani official has said.
Declare victory and leave. Make a virtue of a necessity. (And don’t make us come over there and whack you again.)
State television in Iran has aired video purporting to show footage extracted from a CIA drone captured inside the country’s airspace in December 2011.
The Elite Revolutionary Guards released the video in a documentary broadcast late on Wednesday…
US media had reported fears in the United States that Iran could access and make use of the highly advanced technology used in the drone.
But a US official later cast doubts that “the Iranians have the expertise” to exploit the technology found in the aircraft.
Right…because the technology is so old?
Richard Dawkins’ mother tells the story of when Richard got his foot bit by a scorpion, and how “Ali, our African boy” sucked Richard Dawkins foot for hours.
Thanks to Fox News and its expert commentators, millions of Americans now understand the real, hidden reason why Germany’s solar-energy industry is so much further along than ours. Turns out it has nothing to do with the fact that Germany’s government has long supported the industry far more generously, with policies like feed-in tariffs that stimulate investment in green technologies. No, the real reason is much simpler, explained a trio of journalists on Fox & Friends: It’s always sunny in Germany!
“The industry’s future looks dim,” intoned host Gretchen Carlson at the beginning of the segment, which was preserved for posterity by the liberal blog Media Matters for America. She and her co-host went on to ridicule Obama’s “failed” solar subsidies, adding, “The United States simply hasn’t figured out how to do solar cheaply and effectively. You look at the country of Germany, it’s working out great for them.” Near the end of the segment, it occurred to Carlson to ask her expert guest, Fox Business reporter Shibani Joshi, why it might be that Germany’s solar-power sector is doing so much better. “What was Germany doing correct? Are they just a smaller country, and that made it more feasible?” Carlson asked.
Joshi’s jaw-dropping response: “They’re a smaller country, and they’ve got lots of sun. Right? They’ve got a lot more sun than we do.” In case that wasn’t clear enough for some viewers, Joshi went on: “The problem is it’s a cloudy day and it’s raining, you’re not gonna have it.” Sure, California might get sun now and then, Joshi conceded, “but here on the East Coast, it’s just not going to work.”
The vast Basin-and-Range district of Nuremberg, the Mojave area around Stuttgart, the Sonoran expanse of Bremen, the wide open praries of Munich, the Saxon Death Valley….
And who could forget the Alpine salt flats!
Newspaper editors are always conscious of the need to balance the public’s right to know with the requirements of national security. And, most often, they oblige governments by acceding to requests not to publish sensitive information that might jeopardise operations.
The US media, over the last decade (at least), has repeatedly acted to conceal newsworthy information it obtains about the actions of the US government. In each instance, the self-proclaimed adversarial press corps conceals these facts at the behest of the US government, based on patently absurd claims that reporting them will harm US national security. In each instance, what this media concealment actually accomplishes is enabling the dissemination of significant government falsehoods without challenge, and permitting the continuation of government deceit and even illegality.