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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Media Anti-Americanism
via smagar at Red State, this interesting piece by Ed Lasky at The American Thinker
The pervasiveness and Vietnam era-origins of the lamentable press hostility toward the media are confirmed in the current issue of the New Yorker An article appears there by Thomas Bass, 'The Spy Who Loved Us," about Pham Xuan An, a South Vietnamese correspondent for Time magazine during the Vietnam War.

Pham was able to use his position at Time to spy for the North Vietnamese. Among his "accomplishments" was playing a key role in identifying targets for the Viet Cong preparatory to their savage Tet offensive, which killed thousands of people (and during which the US Embassy was attacked) and chauffeuring one of the key planners around Saigon before the launch of the attack.

Pham’s cover was never blown during the war, and he was rewarded with a promotion to general in the North Vietnamese army. What is telling are Bass's interviews with American correspondents regarding Pham. Despite thousands of Americans and South Vietnamese killed or wounded with the help of this traitor, the American journalists uniformly praise and admire Pham.

Fellow Time correspondent Robert Sam Anson was captured by the North Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge in Cambodia where at least 25 other journalists were already dead or unaccounted for (left unsaid by Bass were the thousands of soldiers enjoying the same status). Through the intercession of Anson's wife, Pham was able to secure his release.

In 1987 Anson asked him why he was saved. Pham responded that he liked Anson. Of course, Anson does not consider the fact that many American soldiers were harmed through his "friend's" efforts. An admiring Anson, to this day, keeps a photo of Pham on his desk.

Bass notes that almost all the journalists who worked with Pham are united in their support of him. Peter Arnett praises him as a "bold guy". Frank McCulloch, who was the head of Time's Asia bureau when he hired Pham said he was "absolutely not" angry when he learned of Pham’s spying and said, "It's his land, I thought. If the situation were reversed, I would have done the same thing."

McCulloch, says Bass, remembers Pham with "tremendous fondness and respect" and says it was a great pleasure to raise thirty-two thousand dollars to send Pham’s son to journalism (!) school in America.

Richard Pyle, the former A.P. Saigon bureau chief, praises Pham for saving Time from embarrassing itself by publishing stories that weren't true (because Pham had sources on the other side). Legendary reporter David Halberstam says he has "no grudges" against Pham and "I still think fondly of An. I never felt betrayed by An." Halberstam and the other reporters did not feel betrayed by An because he helped them in their careers by having the inside scoop about our enemies (and in the case of Anson, springing him from captivity). While their status soared, American soldiers were sinking into the swamps of Vietnam.

Not one journalist interviewed for the article had a negative word to say about a traitor and a spy whose devious efforts helped to cause the death and the maiming of thousands. Not one.
Disgusting, and hard to believe it's really true. The current rot has deep, long roots. Is there any surprise that our media is basically a publicity machine for the bad guys today, when it was just that in the 60s as well, and they never got punished for it? smagar's idea to start rectifying this historical wrong is great:
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Single-parent capital of the world
Earlier this year, the Government's tax and benefit system was said to be responsible for making Britain the single-parent capital of the world.

The Centre for Policy Studies think-tank said married couples on average weekly salaries were only £1 better off than single mothers who never worked and had no contact with the father of their children.
Sisters pregnant at 12, 14 and 16. So what does their mother do? She blames the school
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Irineos saga
Today, leaders of all the Orthodox Churches are meeting to decide what to do about Patriarch Irineos. Irineos is accused of leasing Church property in East Jerusalem to Jewish groups, making a lot of people very unhappy. I don't particularly like the guy either, but my dislike is for entirely different reasons.

Irineos won't step down and there isn't much the church leaders can do; only the Synod can decide to oust him and Irineos won't convene the Synod. I'm sure they'll decide to isolate him and circumvene his decisions. My grandma is inconsolable about these events, "They're gonna hang him! They're gonna crucify him!" and I was tempted to ask why she was crying over some arrogant, self-righteous bureaucrat she doesn't even know but she had already talked my head off for fifty minutes about the problems of installing plumbing in her garage and I decided I wasn't really that curious. In my opinion, Irineos should have offered to step down from the beginning of this scandal, but he instead started calling his accusers "worms" and "trash." What I'm wondering is if the next Jerusalem Patriarch will be Arab.

Orthodox Leaders Prepare for Meeting
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Arnold's admiration for Hitler
If this is true, I lost all respect for the Governator.
Schwarzenegger told author George Butler, who wrote Arnold Schwarzenegger: A Portrait, "I admired Hitler, for instance, because he came from being a little man with almost no formal education up to power.

"And I admire him for being such a good public speaker and his way of getting to the people and so on. "But I didn't admire him for what he did with it."

Butler also remembers being startled by the star's fascination with the Nazi regime. He claims Schwarzenegger played "Nazi marching songs from long-playing records in his collection at home" and even "frequently clicked his heels and pretended to be an SS officer".
Arnold Schwarzenegger's Nazi Inspiration
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
A piece of candy
From aridog's comment: Do you know what the most popular thing we send to our own cadre in "care packages" is? Candy for the kids they meet. We ship it by the 40 lb box regularly. Most, donated by compassionate merchants.

Click on each photo for a larger view and read the narrative at Michael's blog, A day in Iraq.
(a thimbleful of cognac to the unsigned comrade who fed the hyperlinkopotamus)
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
A 12-year-old Pakistani Christian
Asia was married off to a man three times her age, whom she had never met and who beat her so severely she ended up with two broken legs. Even though child marriage is illegal in Pakistan, he will not be prosecuted for the marriage, only for the beating. If there was any justice, her father and the clergyman who issued the marriage certificate would be prosecuted as well. Instead, Asia's family has rejected her because she brought "shame" upon them and having no other place to go, she'll probably end up in a home for battered wives. And she's not even a teenager yet.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Vatican preparing to sell out Taiwan?
It's a trap, don't do it! The NYT reports that China is making eyes at the Vatican, which has already (in 1999) declared its willingness to ditch Taiwan for China. Sickening and wrong. The Vatican is to appease a murderous Communist dictatorship and sell out a nation where it has enjoyed religious freedom, and I don't really understand why. What does the Vatican gain? Its underground church has four million souls, as opposed to 12 million in the government-recognized fake Catholic church. Does the Vatican really think, having sold out Taiwan, that China will keep any promises it might make now to achieve that coup? The same church that brought down the Soviet empire can bring down China's glitzy third-world dictators, but giving them a major victory over a beleaguered free nation is not a step in the right direction. Hints of Thaw Between China and Vatican
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Waiting for the Americans
Staff Sgt. Lanham, a medic in Iraq, thinks people don't like the phrase "winning hearts and minds" anymore. I'm not one of those people, I think winning hearts and minds is the most important mission of all and what he and his crew are doing deserves our attention, recognition and appreciation.
SKHARTIAT, Iraq — Wish as he might, Capt. Jon Christensen can’t cure them all. But if nothing else, he can help alleviate their discomfort.

Time and again, the 36-year-old physician’s assistant and his crew of medics from 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division visit impoverished towns and villages that pepper Ninevah Province to bring medical supplies and knowledge that, if even for a short time, dissolve the aches of arthritis, burden of birth defects, hurt of heart disease.

“The thing we’re doing is trying to win the hearts and minds," said Staff Sgt. Chuck Lanham, 43. “I know people don’t like that phrase anymore, but there’s no simpler way to describe it."
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Monday Winds of War
Bill Roggio (by the way, mazel tov, Bill!) and I bring you another Winds of War briefing, featuring the following items and more:
china military spending; japanese superpower prospects; chavez wants nukes; uzbekistan; no more incentives for Iran; Iran tries Russia enrichment ploy; Saudis repeal gravity, boil ocean, eradicate terrorism; Palestinian population numbers; port security; surprise Vegas terror drill; illegal immigrants in sensitive positions held; South Africa cracks down on mercenaries; Congo secessionists;US space ambitions; women in combat; Zarqawi poised to supercede Bin Laden; Bush asks IRA to disarm; Spain suing ETA for peace; Russian espionage in the UK
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