November 7, 2007

2007 Weblog Awards Update (110707); UPDATE: Polls Close at 5PM ET Nov. 8

Filed under: General — Tom @ 8:39 am

The Best Business Blog Ballot is here. You can vote once every 24 clock hours. That means 1 or 2 opportunities remains to vote before tomorrow’s cutoff. Every vote for yours truly is greatly appreciated. An index to all blog category ballots is here. Complete voting rules are here.

Other personal recommendations (links are to the respective ballots; actual site links are just below the ballots): fellow SOBer Weapons of Mass Discussion; Michelle Malkin; NewsBusters; Doug Ross @ Journal; Betsy’s Page; EU Referendum; Brussels Journal; Pundit Review; Michael Yon; Little Green Footballs; Day by Day; DUmmie FUnnies.

UPDATE: NewsBusters tells us that the polls close at 5 PM on November 8. That is confirmed at the WLA’s updated poll index page.

David Obey: ‘Al Qaeda Out of Targets’; Old Media Apparently Out of Ink and Bandwidth

Just when you thought those holding on to the claim that the Iraq War is a failure had reached the intellectual bottom of the barrel, we get this from David Obey, as reported by Mike Soraghan at The Hill:

Terrorists are ‘running out of people to kill,’ says Obey

If violence is decreasing in Iraq, it may be because insurgents “are running out of people to kill,” House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) said Monday.

“There are fewer targets of opportunity,” Obey said in a speech to the National Press Club.

Obey was responding to a question about reports touted by Republicans that security is improving in Iraq and that President Bush’s “surge” strategy is working. He stressed that military success has not led to political reconciliation.

Unfortunately for Mr. Obey, there is this little tool known as Google Earth that enables us to check out the veracity of his statement.

This must be what David Obey thinks all of Iraq is like these days (pic is of a desert area east of Baghdad):

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This is part of what the rest of us would refer to as “reality” (first pic is part of Baghdad; second pic is from the river in the first pic):

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Given that tall buildings were Al Qaeda targets on September 11, 2001, I’d say that at least a few Al Qaeda targets remain.

The Wisconsin congressman’s remarks should properly be seen as a slap at the US military. Clearly, in David Obey’s world, our soldiers have been unable to prevent most of the “targets of opportunity” from being taken out, and most of the “people to kill” from being killed.

As you might expect, Obey’s inanity, uttered Monday at the, ahem, National Press Club, is being ignored by Old Media:

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One hopes that David Obey’s House seat isn’t as safe as he must think it is.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Couldn’t Help But Notice (110707)

Old Media’s selective outrage over censorship has never been more apparent than with its kid-glove treatment of BizzyBlog Internet Wall of Shame member Google. Matthew Vadum has more on that:

More evidence of the company’s thinly-veiled, warm and fuzzy politically correct authoritarianism keeps popping up.

Now Google Video has suppressed a video of a speech that Spencer, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades), made at Dartmouth College. Spencer, whose family comes from the Muslim world, sees his work as “calling attention to the roots and goals of jihad violence.” He carefully explains his belief that “Islam is not a monolith,” and says that he has “never” characterized all Muslims “as terrorist or given to violence.”

Giddy Google Shareholders beware: The company has openly embraced the economic and ideological sellout known as “Corporate Social Responsibility,” for which it and equity holders will, eventually, pay dearly. Just ask Ford, which looked untouchable in the late 1990s, what happens when you go too far down that road.

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Utah’s school voucher attempt has failed badly:

Most of the opposition’s $4.4 million came from the National Education Association and state teachers’ unions from Florida to Alaska. Voucher supporters countered with more than $4 million, nearly three-quarters of that from (Voucher supporter Overstock.com chief executive Patrick) Byrne and his family. Byrne says vouchers are the only way America’s “broken” public education system can stay competitive with other industrialized nations.

So much for “choice.”

Those who cheer the defeat are apparently OK with the status quo, which is to throw more money at failed schools. Kansas City was the lab for blank-check education, and it totally failed.

Parents who care, and who can, should be seriously considering private schools and home schooling. They can’t afford to wait for a national answer.
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This juxtaposition of what I saw this morning at Drudge matches my reaction (link to underlying article is here):

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These people do focus groups to decide where to take a vacation (halfway through link; “It got so bad that even Clinton’s vacation plans were determined by Dick Morris’s polls.”). Less than a week ago, they were telling the press how much they consult with each other. As the ad says …..

The AP’s Nedra Pickler Pickler continues to play the victim card for Mrs. Clinton, characterizing the pretty mild criticisms of her rivals as “caustic.” Nedra, I’ve seen caustic, and what you describe in the article as caustic isn’t even in the neighborhood of caustic.

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In local elections:

  • Incumbent and irretrievably tainted Ernie Fletcher’s selfish insistence on running for re-election, regardless of the consequences, cost the GOP what should have been a safe governorship in Kentucky.
  • Hamilton County’s jail tax-sales tax went down 56-44. As stated in a post during the petition drive, it belonged on the ballot regardless of the outcome.
  • Cincinnati’s school levy failed, as it should have; the system’s spending per student is nearly the highest in Ohio, for no good reason.

Positivity: ‘Doctor Saved My Life’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:58 am

From Worksop, UK:

Published Date: 02 November 2007
Location: Worksop

A TOWN doctor has been hailed as a hero by a Langold man who says his quick-thinking saved his life.
John McNeill, 46, went to Larwood Surgery suffering from minor backache pains – but Dr Justin Joseph decided John should have some blood tests.

And these revealed he had kidney failure, a condition that ultimately would have killed him.

John and his wife Mandy were so grateful they decided that Dr Joseph should be rewarded with our Guardian Rose Award.

“It’s nice to know there are heroes out there – and he is definitely one of them,” said John.

“It is thanks to Dr Joseph for his quick judgement that he got me to Doncaster Royal Infirmary in the nick of time.”

“I would like to thank him for saving my life. Larwood Surgery should be proud of him, as we are.”

John had booked a morning appointment at the surgery on 20th September after he was suffering from a loss of taste and appetite and a pain near his breast, not symptoms normally associated with renal failure.

Dr Joseph took the precaution of taking blood tests and rushed the results to John by 5.20pm that afternoon.

“If he hadn’t ordered those blood tests, John probably wouldn’t be here today,” said Mandy.
And Dr Joseph has continued to offer his help and support.

“He phoned Mandy at home when I was in hospital to check how the family were coping,” said John.

“He was there for us all the time. He has been a rock and has helped me and my wife through a very difficult time. He was so overwhelmingly good.”

Go here for the rest of the story.