Six billion dead. That’s the latest magic number from the eco-left that's designed to scare the world into global warming action. Climate extremist James Lovelock, the founder of the Gaia theory, used it predicting mankind will almost be wiped out by 2100 from global warming. Lovelock told Rolling Stone that predictions of the earth’s warming will be “nearly double the likeliest predictions of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.” Rolling Stone summed it up by saying “The human race is doomed,” in a story posted on its site October 17. Only as few as 500 million... continue reading
“Hugo Chávez: Friend or Foe?” Sounds like a dumb question about a dictator who has seized U.S. businesses and called the U.S. president "the devil." But Parade Magazine teased that notion on its October 21 front page and made the case that Venezuela under the leadership of Chávez isn’t so bad. “Instead, trade between the two [United States and Venezuela] is soaring, with our exports tripling between 2003 and 2006,” the Parade Magazine story said. “Car sales to Venezuela grew from $9.3 million to $323.9 million, where exports of computers and related accessories rose more than 400% and organic chemicals... continue reading
Monday's lead editorial, " Ain't That America ," found the Times again engaged in highly selective media criticism, taking yet another crack at CNN anchor Lou Dobbs (the lastattack coming just one week ago). Judging by the paper's obsession with Dobbs' fierce opposition to illegal immigration, one would think the host of "Lou Dobbs Tonight" was the only mainstream anchor or reporter ever to voice an opinion during a newscast. (The e vidence suggests otherwise.) Dobbs' brand of populism makes him reliably conservative on one issue - illegal immigration. Dan Rather's career-killing anti-Bush jihad? Ho-hum. But one voice on one... continue reading
Young Indian-American House member Bobby Jindal won the governorship of Louisiana, a state notorious for its political gumbo of gothic and good-old-boy. Such an achievement would ordinarily be celebrated as the opening of a new civil rights frontier in the P.C. pages of the Times. But perhaps because Jindal is a conservative Republican, Southern-based reporter Adam Nossiter's Sunday newsaccount was rather measured and underwhelming. Nossiter hinted that Jindal's victorywasn't a true racial breakthrough because blacks didn't vote for him. "The ascendancy of the Brown- and Oxford-educated Mr. Jindal, an unabashed policy wonk who has produced a stream of multipoint plans,... continue reading
The Saturday New York Times story on Rush Limbaugh's eBay auction once again misconstrued his 'phony soldiers' comment in the opening - and mysteriously, allowed Limbaugh to make his point about how it was a literal meaning about men who falsified a combat history, in paragraph 12. Stephanie Strom's story began: "After Rush Limbaugh referred to Iraq war veterans critical of the war as 'phony soldiers,' he received a letter of complaint signed by 41 Democratic senators. He decided to auction the letter, which he described as 'this glittering jewel of colossal ignorance,' for charity, and he pledged to match... continue reading
Now that the U.S. Army is over its ill-advised "Army of One" campaign, perhaps it's time to switch to an "Army of Three." After all, it takes three people to swing both ways. I refer to the U.S. Army Reserve's unfathomable decision to advertise on MTV's sleaze fest, "A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila." The show's premise, if you can call it that, is celebrity Tila selecting a "love" partner from 16 men and 16 women contestants. The first episode, Oct. 9, was predictably full of skin, booze and sexual references, and promises of more to come. It... continue reading
There are some eerie similarities between Oct. 19, 1987 and today: saber-rattling by the Iranians, a two-term Republican president nearing the end of his term and a network television news media voicing warnings of doom and gloom. “It’s a day that will be in bold print in history books – Black Monday, October 19 th , 1987, when the stock market went into a freefall, losing more in one day than it did on Black Tuesday in 1929,” anchor Tom Brokaw said on the Oct. 19, 1987, NBC “Nightly News.” “And while conditions are much stronger now than they were... continue reading
Portland, Maine found itself in the national spotlight on the morning of October 17. The King Middle School was debating whether to provide birth control to sixth graders without their parents' consent or knowledge – not just condoms, but even birth control pills or contraceptive patches. ABC's Good Morning America picked up the story, with anchor Diane Sawyer first professing shock at the young ages involved, but then echoing the proponents' justification: Children “are caught in the changing worlds of early puberty and sexual messages everywhere.” That's the line that rings in the ear. ABC is addressing a social problem:... continue reading
“A New Kind of Political Holy War.” Those were the words CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric used to open her October 18 segment exploring whether the GOP can count on the votes of evangelical Christians in the upcoming presidential election. And right out of the gate Couric swung left. After her opening statement Couric smiled and asked the question, “Do you believe that evangelical Christians are still the domain of the GOP?” Jim Wallis, founder of the leftist group Sojourners, answered with an emphatic “NO.” He told Couric that the evangelical vote is “up for grabs.” The entire segment... continue reading
Perception is important, but when it comes to economic issues, perception isn’t necessarily reality – unless you’re CNN Senior Business Correspondent Ali Velshi. Then perception supersedes factual definitions. “This is the latest CNN-Opinion Research poll, between October 12 th and 14 th . Get this: 46 percent of Americans think the economy is in a recession – 46 percent. Nearly half of all Americans think that we're in a recession,” Velshi said. However, Velshi told viewers the economy isn’t in recession by textbook definition. “[T]his is interesting, because by official standards, we're not in a recession,” he said. “Recession is... continue reading