Sunday, November 04, 2007

Times editorial: `Serious success in Iraq is not being recognised as it should be'

Post below lifted from Don Surber

Not the New York Times. Not the Los Angeles Times. Not the Washington Times. Not the St. Petersburg Times. Keep guessing. The Times of London editorializes:
"Is no news good news or bad news? In Iraq, it seems good news is deemed no news. There has been striking success in the past few months in the attempt to improve security, defeat al-Qaeda sympathisers and create the political conditions in which a settlement between the Shia and the Sunni communities can be reached. This has not been an accident but the consequence of a strategy overseen by General David Petraeus in the past several months."

Yes. We are winning. This isn't some no-neck blogger or goofball columnist. This is the best newspaper in the world saying this. The war is not won, but we are winning. The Times of London wrote:
"The current achievements, and they are achievements, are being treated as almost an embarrassment in certain quarters. The entire context of the contest for the Democratic nomination for president has been based on the conclusion that Iraq is an absolute disaster and the first task of the next president is to extricate the United States at maximum speed. Democrats who voted for the war have either repudiated their past support completely (John Edwards) or engaged in a convoluted partial retraction (Hillary Clinton). Congressional Democrats have spent most of this year trying (and failing) to impose a timetable for an outright exit."

James Clyburn was right. Victory in Iraq is a very big problem for the party of defeat. The cheese-eating surrender monkey has replaced the jackass as the party's symbol. That is not an improvement. The bottom line of the editorial is the bottomline of the war:
"The instinct of too many people is that if Iraq is going badly we should get out because it is going badly and if it is getting better we should get out because it is getting better. This is a catastrophic miscalculation. Iraq is getting better. That is good, not bad, news."

The entire editorial is here. I trust the Washington Post, which has supported the war through thin and thinner, will top that editorial on Sunday - if only to show its news editors who really is the voice of the newspaper.


Republicans have TWO enemies to combat: The Democrats and the media

Just like so many reports before it, a joint survey by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy - hardly a bastion of conservative orthodoxy - found that in covering the current presidential race, the media are sympathetic to Democrats and hostile to Republicans. Democrats are not only favored in the tone of the coverage. They get more coverage period. This is particularly evident on morning news shows, which "produced almost twice as many stories (51% to 27%) focused on Democratic candidates than on Republicans."

The most flagrant bias, however, was found in newspapers. In reviewing front-page coverage in 11 newspapers, the study found the tone positive in nearly six times as many stories about Democrats as it was negative. Breaking it down by candidates, the survey found that Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were the favorites. "Obama's front page coverage was 70% positive and 9% negative, and Clinton's was similarly 61% positive and 13% negative." In stories about Republicans, on the other hand, the tone was positive in only a quarter of the stories; in four in 10 it was negative.

Much more here



Great! Spammer jailed for two years: "A 28-YEAR-OLD man from the US state of New Jersey has been jailed for more than two years by a New York judge for his part in a spamming operation that sent out millions of unsolicited emails. Todd Moeller was today sentenced to a 27-month term and fined more than $US180,000 after pleading guilty earlier this year to sending out spam emails. Moeller was caught in a sting operation after agreeing to send junk email advertising an unspecified commercial product to around 1.2 million customers of internet service provider America Online (AOL)."

Leftist moral imbecility: "Like the infamous Newsweek cover that inspired it, this documentary treats both girls - Palestinian Ayat al-Akhras and Israeli Rachel Levy - as victims of "faith or fate that brought each of them to the end of her life in such a tragic manner." Appallingly, the filmmakers blur the distinction between murderer and victim, evil and innocence. The Israeli girl went to the market to buy Sabbath supplies; the Palestinian girl went there to murder strangers in a homicide bombing".

Leftist philosopher Peter Singer opposes censorship of IQ research: "Putting aside the specific claims that Watson made in his Sunday Times interview, a difficult question remains: should scientists investigate the possibility of a link between race and intelligence? Is the question too sensitive for science to explore? Is the danger of misuse of the results of such research too great? The dangers are obvious enough. Racist stereotyping harms the prospects of many non-whites, especially those of African descent..... Yet to say that we should not carry out research in this area is equivalent to saying that we should reject open-minded investigation of the causes of inequalities in income, education, and health between people of different racial or ethnic groups. When faced with such problems, a preference for ignorance over knowledge is difficult to defend."

Finally Filling the Fifth: "It's about time. On Thursday, October 24, by a vote of 59-38, the Senate confirmed Judge Leslie H. Southwick to a lifetime seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. That might not seem like much. But if you've been following the "Judges War" since George W. Bush moved into the White House, then you'd know it's actually quite something after all. The judicial seat now filled by Judge Southwick has been without a Senate-confirmed jurist for more than eight years now"

Why Mrs. Clinton Wants Illegals to Have Driver's Licenses: "The background here is the National Voter Registration Act, commonly known as "Motor Voter," that President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1993. It required all states to offer voter registration to anyone getting a driver's license. One simply fills out a form and checks a box stating he is a citizen; he is then registered and in most states does not have to show any ID to vote. But no one checks if the person registering to vote is indeed a citizen"


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