First Graders Get Lynched In Jena 6 Protest

From Monroe, Louisiana’s News Star:

Grambling president orders ‘hanging photo’ from Jena Six protest of student newspaper Web site

By Chris Day

A recent incident at the elementary school on the Grambling State University campus that resulted in a noose hanging around a small child’s neck has left university officials scrambling for answers…

Among the photos immediately ordered taken down by Judson was one of a young girl in a school uniform, a noose around her neck, being hoisted by a woman who may have been a family member.

In the photo, the girl, a student at Alma J. Brown Elementary School at Grambling, appears confused and frightened. GSU oversees the school. The child apparently was taking part in a school lesson related to events surrounding the Jena Six, criminal defendants in that Louisiana town who stand accused of beating a fellow student into unconsciousness.



Taliban Spurn Karzai Offer Of Govt Jobs

From a relieved Associated Press:

Taliban Rebuffs Karzai’s Offer

KABUL, Afghanistan – President Hamid Karzai offered to meet with the Taliban leader and give militants a government position, but a spokesman for the militant group on Sunday said it will “never” negotiate with Afghan authorities until U.S. and NATO forces leave the country.

Karzai made the offer only hours after a suicide bomber in army disguise attacked a military bus Saturday, killing 30 people _ nearly all of them Afghan soldiers…

But the Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, repeated an earlier position by saying that it would never negotiate with the Afghan government in the “presence of foreign forces.”

“Even if Karzai gives up his presidency, it’s not possible that Mullah Omar would agree to negotiations,” Ahmadi told The Associated Press.



Shocker: “War Protesters” Draw Small Crowd

What’s this? A grudging admission that the anti-war movement is “apathetic,” sputtering?

And from of all places, the Washington Post:

Antiwar activist Jonathan Wachtel of New York chants during a protest at Constitution and Pennsylvania avenues after yesterday’s rally and march.

War Protest Draws Small Crowd

Participants Cite Public Apathy in Low Turnout for Rally at the Capitol

By Carol D. Leonnig
Sunday, September 30, 2007; A17

Hundreds of demonstrators, including students and families, rallied and marched in downtown Washington yesterday to protest the war in Iraq, complaining that the Democratic-controlled Congress has failed to do the public’s bidding and bring U.S. troops home.

From an elevated stage in front of the Capitol Reflecting Pool, a succession of speakers at the “Stop the War” rally urged Congress to stop funding the conflict and prevent more deaths of soldiers and Iraqi civilians…

The rally, organized by the Troops Out Now Coalition, drew protesters from the Washington area, Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey and elsewhere.



UK To Deploy Most Paratroopers Since WWII

And speaking of WWII, there is this from the UK’s Sunday Times:

Biggest blitz by paras since WW2 to crush Taliban

Michael Smith and Louise Armitstead

BRITAIN is to deploy its biggest contingent of paratroopers and special forces since the second world war in a bid to crush the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Ministers are to send 3,000 paratroopers, including the entire Parachute Regiment, to southern Afghanistan in the spring, as well as trebling the number of special forces in the country.

It will be the first time in the regiment’s history that all four para battalions, including its reservists, have fought together on the same battlefield. The number of UK special forces personnel will rise to more than 800 and will include the bulk of the Special Forces Support Group, which is largely comprised of paratroopers.


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Time Mocks: Americans Win War on Terror!

The folks at Time show that they don’t restrict their propaganda just to “news” articles. They insist that it permeates every aspect of the magazine, even their movie reviews:

Americans Win the War on Terror!

By Richard Corliss

American dads, moms and kids watch a softball game in a Middle East compound. BOOM! go the terrorist bombs, and dozens are killed. Local soldiers stop a suspicious car at a checkpoint. BRAAAAAT! spits the evildoers’ gunfire, and the soldiers are dead. Back at the ballfield death scene, an ambulance drives off, carrying the wounded. KA-BLAM! A suicide bomber was inside. From the roof of a building a mile or so away, the masterminds of these atrocities record it all on video, for bragging rights later.

It could be Baghdad; it is Riyadh.


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Ahmadinejad: US Failed To Sabotage Speech

From Iranian government’s stooges at IRNA just can’t let go:

President: World people heard Iranian voice in Columbia University

Tehran, Sept 30, IRNA

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that thanks to grace of God, the world people heard voice of Iranian nation whose positive effects will appear in future.

He said in his report to the cabinet meeting that his visit to New York was successful and that the enemy’s attempt to sabotage the meeting in University of Columbia failed.

They had attempted to isolate Iran by sabotaging ordinary process of the meeting in Columbia university, but, thanks to grace of God, they got negative result.”

President Ahmadinejad said that those who were present in the meeting and observed the entire program got the sense that Iranian officials were honest and what the manipulation had been made by the organizers beforehand.



Hillary ‘Baby Bonds’ Inflate 1000% In 1 Year

Surely by now you have heard the latest munificent proposal from the foremost defender of children, Mrs. Bill Clinton.

If not, here it is joyously trumpeted by the Associated Press:

Clinton: $5,000 for Every U.S. Baby

Sep 28, 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that every child born in the United States should get a $5,000 “baby bond” from the government to help pay for future costs of college or buying a home.

Clinton, her party’s front-runner in the 2008 race, made the suggestion during a forum hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus.

I like the idea of giving every baby born in America a $5,000 account that will grow over time, so that when that young person turns 18 if they have finished high school they will be able to access it to go to college or maybe they will be able to make that downpayment on their first home,” she said.



UK Professors Advised To Drop Israeli Boycott

Buried in the education section of the UK’s Guardian:

Lecturers drop Israeli universities boycott call after legal advice

James Meikle, education correspondent
Saturday September 29, 2007

The prospect of an academic boycott of Israeli universities receded sharply yesterday as leaders of the lecturers’ union contemplating the move were told it would be illegal. The British University and College Union (UCU) immediately suspended regional meetings called to discuss the “moral implications” of existing links and hear from Palestinian trade unionists living under Israeli occupation who had called for the protest.

In May, delegates at the union’s annual congress in Bournemouth provoked an international storm, especially in Israel and the US, by demanding a programme of meetings to pave the way for a vote on cutting academic ties.



WP Knocks Down ‘Wiretap Delay’ Story

From the ACLU’s media outlet, the Washington Post:

Army Pfc. Joseph Anzack, one of the three captured soldiers. His body was later recovered from the Euphrates river..

Iraq Wiretap Delay Not Quite as Presented

By Dan Eggen
Saturday, September 29, 2007; A08

Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell told Congress last week that a May wiretap that targeted Iraqi insurgents was delayed for 12 hours by attempts to comply with onerous surveillance laws, which slowed an effort to locate three U.S. soldiers who had been captured south of Baghdad.

But new details released this week portray a more complicated picture of the delay, which actually lasted about 9 1/2 hours and was caused primarily by legal wrangling between the Justice Department and intelligence officials over whether authorities had probable cause to begin the surveillance.



US To World: Got A Disease? We’ll Treat You

A real tear-jerker from the Chicago Sun-Times:

‘More time for my mom’

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS FILE FOR ASYLUM | Woman gets 14-month reprieve to fight cancer

September 26, 2007
BY LISA DONOVAN Staff Reporter

There were no words, in English or Spanish, that an ailing Maria Carrillo could utter Tuesday when told her family had been given a temporary reprieve from deportation to Mexico.

Her 15-year-old daughter translated “catorce meses” — 14 months — when the family must return to an immigration courtroom in downtown Chicago. The girl then asked her mother, on behalf of a reporter, for a reaction.

Carrillo, 46, a short woman with graying hair, turned from her daughter, her husband, Cirilo, and her attorney, put her chin to her chest, a tissue to her eyes, and wept softly.



Taliban Kill 30, Karzai Offers Govt Jobs

From France’s AFP:

An Afghan police officer looks at a destroyed army bus after a suicide blast in Kabul,Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007.

Kabul bus bomber kills 30 troops

by Bronwen Roberts

A suicide bomber wearing an army uniform blew up an Afghan military bus in Kabul Saturday, killing around 30 people and wounding many more in one of the deadliest attacks of the Taliban’s insurgency.

Afghanistan’s US-backed president, Hamid Karzai, called for “stronger vigour” in the worldwide fight against terrorism after the devastating blast.

The attacker detonated his explosives at the entrance of the bus as it picked up army personnel going to work at the defence ministry in the centre of the heavily guarded city, ministry spokesman General Zahir Azimi said.

The force of the explosion blew off the roof and sides of the large bus, which was torn into mangled metal.


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Murtha Must Testify In Marine Defamation Case

From a distraught Associated Press:

Murtha to testify in defamation case

By KIMBERLY HEFLING, Associated Press Writer

A federal judge refused Friday to dismiss a defamation case against Rep. John P. Murtha and ordered the Pennsylvania Democrat to give a sworn deposition in the case.

A Marine Corps sergeant is suing the 16-term congressman for alleging “cold-blooded murder and war crimes” by unnamed soldiers in connection with the deaths of Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha.

The deaths became known in May 2006 when Murtha, who opposes the Iraq war, said at a Capitol Hill news conference that a Pentagon war crimes investigation will show Marines killed dozens of innocent Iraqi civilians in the town in 2005.

Murtha’s office declined to comment on the ruling.



Shocker: Booted Soldier To Return Iraq Medals

From a breathless Associated Press:

Iraq vet plans to return his medals in protest

By Ryan J. Foley Wednesday Sep 26, 2007

MADISON, Wis. — An Iraq war veteran said Tuesday he is returning his military medals in what anti-war groups are calling a rare and powerful protest.

Josh Gaines, 27, plans to mail the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and National Defense Service Medal to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. He said he will do so during a protest scheduled for Wednesday in Madison.

“I’m going to give those back because I truly feel that I did not defend my nation and I did not help with the Global War on Terrorism,” said Gaines, who lives in Madison. “If anything, this conflict has bred more terrorism in the Middle East.”

Gaines served a yearlong tour in Iraq between 2004 and 2005 with the U.S.



Watch Bill Clinton Defend “Betray Us” Ad

From CNN via YouTube

Bill Clinton Condemns Republicans

Bill Clinton condemns Republicans over the phoney outrage over the ad about General (Betray Us) Petraeus. He also mentions the Republican attack ads smearing the military service of Max Cleland and John Kerry.

This is one of the more laughably ironic rants from Mr. Clinton, since his last feigned outrage at Chris Wallace on Fox News almost exactly a year ago.

And speaking of phony outrage, can you count the mendacities that stream from the great man’s mouth?

How was Max Cleland’s military service “smeared”? What did the Swiftboat Veterans ever say about Mr. Kerry that was false?

Of course the New York Times refused to run any of the completely factual ads from the Swiftboat Vets.



Al Qaeda Is Losing, Thanks To Iraqi Villagers

From the American Forces Press Service:

A U.S. soldier takes pictures of recruits of the Concerned Citizens group in the Tuwaitha area, south-east of Baghdad September 27, 2007.

Al Qaeda in Iraq Losing, Thanks to Concerned Local Citizens

Sep 28, 2007
BY David Mays, American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON (American Forces Press Service, Sept. 28, 2007) – Iraqi citizens are helping coalition forces hunt down al Qaeda terrorists in a vast rural area south of Baghdad, a military commander said yesterday.

“As the summer went along, we started building the confidence of the people,” Lt. Col. Ken Adgie told online journalists and “bloggers” from Patrol Base Murray, which is situated beside the Tigris River in the mostly agricultural region of Arab Jabour.

With its desolate location, rugged terrain, thick palm groves and almost-exclusively Sunni population, the region is a perfect breeding ground for terrorism, Lt.



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