That infamous New Zealand bear is wanting to know just what YOU think. So why not go right over and give him a piece of your mind. Give him a piece of mine while you are at it. He wants feedback from you on “The Truth Laid Bear“‘s first month of operation since its new launch of something or other. Ask him exactly what is “The Truth Laid Bear”? If it so “laid bear”, how come I can’t find the truth anywhere about how the system operates? Please don’t tell him that I sent you, as he has a habit of unevolving certain web logs on a whim, faster than a fundamentalist preacher can shout amen on a Sunday. A blog can be trudging along through the blogosphere one day as a fat and happy mammal and the next day, the webmaster awakens to find the bear has eaten it alive for a midnight snack. The webmaster can find nothing left of his precious site but a can of wiggly worms. And that is the honest-to-goodness Truth Laid Bear.
Or Both? So today Arianna Huffington is just coming around to the realization of what I and others blogged about on July 12th, 2005. See my post Why Is Judith Miller In Jail? Here is Arianna’s bombshell:
This is why Miller doesn’t want to reveal her “source” at the White House — because she was the source. Sure, she first got the info from someone else, and the odds are she wasn’t the only one who clued in Libby and/or Rove (the State Dept. memo likely played a role too)… but, in this scenario, Miller certainly wasn’t an innocent writer caught up in the whirl of history. She had a starring role in it. This also explains why Miller never wrote a story about Plame, because her goal wasn’t to write a story, but to get out the story that cast doubts on Wilson’s motives. Which Novak did.
Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag, And smile, smile, smile. There’s no more need to worrying – the I.R.A. is finished. With its “armed struggle” against British rule, that is. Oh sure, you say. Well … this time it may really be true, as I will explain. The New York Times is reporting that the Irish are giving up their fighting ways:
BELFAST, Northern Ireland, July 28 – The Irish Republican Army declared an end to its campaign of violence against Britain that claimed more than 3,500 lives over 36 years, saying there was “an alternative way to achieve” its goal of a United Ireland.
Now don’t let this “alternative way” to a United Ireland lull you into believing that those I.R.A. lads have voluntarily come to a change of heart. They haven’t. After the London bombings of 7/7, they finally realized that the Jets have moved in and taken over the territory that was once theirs. Not only have the Irish soldiers lost their exclusive right to terrorize, they have been “out-terroristed” by the Jets. Try as they may, they cannot convince any of their I.R.A. mates to go all the way and explode themselves while blowing up their hated British cousins. Killing an enemy during armed warfare is one thing, but according to the religion of the Irish terrorists, to kill one’s self is a mortal sin which sends one straight to Hell. Few Irish have heard of the 72 virgins awaiting in heaven for suicide bombers and those who have say they still would not commit a mortal sin unless there were 72 pints awaiting them. Whenever the I.R.A. soldiers do time in British prisons, the mullahs always try to convert them to Islam. All such attempts have been futile as the Paddies will not give up their traditional breakfast of whiskey, bacon and bangers. For the I.R.A. to continue with its terrorist exploits of the past would bring only humiliation to their world-wide reputation as Christendom’s own “fearsome stealth bombers”. Better to be remembered as the “Retired Fighting Irish” than to be lampooned all the way to Londonderry and home as the “Irish Army of Sissy-Lads”.
The statement by the I.R.A. said that its leadership had “formally ordered an end to the armed campaign,” as the organization calls its military activities, which are described by supporters as armed struggle and by adversaries as terrorism. The shift followed growing revulsion among its Catholic supporters, both here and in the United States, at the I.R.A.’s involvement in organized crime and, since Sept. 11, at global terrorism. (The New York Times)
The Jets have been nothing but troubles for the I.R.A. beginning with that September 11th mishap in New York City. The Irish-Catholic community got to witness first hand what the British had experienced for decades – the horrors of terrorism. Since that day they’ve not been quite so generous with their American dollars for I.R.A. bombs. The cash shortage is now so acute that the I.R.A. is sending its troops out to train as bank robbers, bandits and “stick-em-up” thugs, for even an army of terrorists marches on its stomach. Besides, it is much easier to justify murdering the innocent for money, rather than concoct some noble cause such as the “high and mighty” struggle against British oppression.
It is great news for the British people and for the non-fighting Irish. Could it be that capitalism has had such an impact on Ireland, that the Irish would rather be prosperous than united with their Irish brothers? Have they found it to be more rewarding to trade with the British than to bomb them? Or has the I.R.A. discovered that once an army turns to criminal activity, being Protestant or Catholic or even Irish, doesn’t seem to matter a lot?
Linked at basil’s blog Breakfast: 7/29/2005.
The Unending News on the Unending Story
If no body exists, no body can ever be found. With no body and no crime scene, how can anyone be charged with her disappearance? Will the tragic story ever end?
Well, at least not until they find the missing shoe. That’s right. Joran van der Sloot lost a sneaker somewhere on the island. Expect now a grand search for it, as well as for Natalee. This is beginning to sound like Cinderella, no? No! It’s OJ all over again! And here comes the story of the toothbrush. Wow, two brand new stories on one day! Somewhere, an impatient author is writing a soon-to-be best selling book. Unfortunately, he cannot publish until some of these missing pieces of evidence are found and some of the important questions answered. Such as whose DNA matches what? And will it matter? There are surely hundreds of people walking around Aruba with the same DNA as Joran. Afterall, they said there were thousands with the same DNA as OJ, didn’t they?
According to the Fox News’ Greta show [WMV VIDEO] investigative reporter Tito Lacle confirms the report of a toothbrush found. We also begin the saga of the missing shoe of Joran van der Sloot. The Political Teen has the Fox News Video.
Dan at Riehl World View says that there will have to be new DNA samples taken from the suspects, because the original procedure was flawed. Of course, it was flawed! It’s done in Aruba for gosh sakes.
Hyscience has Late Night Natalee Holloway Updates.
To Give to the RICH! And it’s NOT Republicans who do it! But it is certainly their fault! Did the liberal radio station “Air America” take money from poor kids and Alzheimer patients as was reported in the “New York Daily News“?
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens) said he was “totally shocked – shocked is an understatement” when news of the loss of funding first broke. In its initial announcement, the DOI [New York City’s Department of Investigation] said it was probing allegations that program officials “approved significant inappropriate transactions and falsified documents that were submitted to various city agencies.” According to published reports, the allegations involve Charles Rosen, the founder of Gloria Wise who has stepped down as executive director, investing city contract funds in Air America Radio, the liberal talk radio network. Evan Cohen, Air America’s former chairman, had served as Gloria Wise’s director of development.
Radio Equalizer and Michelle Malkin have followed the scandal, which really should have received national attention, considering that “Air America” is broadcast nationally. Although the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Clubs receive considerable grants and city contracts, the charity almost had to close because of a shortfall in funds, caused by $500K in grant money having been loaned (and not returned) to –Al Franken’s “Air America”. Fortunately, other independent groups came to their rescue. According to the newspaper, none was named “Al Franken”. Wizbang covers the story today and Danny Carlton has other links.
If this outrageous, and seemingly criminal, diversion of funds earmarked for the poor and sufferers of Alzheimers be true, prepare for the Republicans to be blamed for having cut back so drastically on funds to Public Broadcasting stations, that the PBS cannot afford to bank roll the likes of “Air America”. It also demonstrates the liberal mind set being so accustomed to receiving public funds for the furtherance of their political agenda that they find nothing unseemly nor criminal with taking public funds wherever they be found. Tell me again, who is it that accuses others of starving children and feeding dog food to the elderly?
Linked at basil’s blog Lunch: 7/28/2005.
There has been no really fresh news for sometime in the story of Natalee Holloway’s disappearance in Aruba. Those doing Internet searches of the MSM for news usually come up empty handed. Enter the bloggers of Blogland who can offer recycled news reports and also message boards. I can personally vouch that doing a post on Natalee Holloway can bring hordes of visitors to a blog. See my post about it: The Duct Tape Strangler.
The Comments sections of posts have been so populated with scenarios by readers, speculating about what really happened, that some blogsters have set up actual message boards so that there can be a real back and forth discussion of the teenager’s tragic disappearance. Holloway blogsters have uncovered little know, yet mysterious linkages in the case. For example, Riehl World View, found that some of the alums of a now closed Tennessee military academy, are linked together in the Natalee Holloway disappearance. There is Jug Twitty, Natalee’s stepfather. Someone named Serge Mansur who lives in Aruba and is now General Manager of Cigarette Factory. (Aruba manufactures cigarettes? Hmmm… Wonder where they hide the tobacco plantations?) Another Mansur, Luis M. Mansur who works for the newspaper “Diario” on the island and has reported on the Holloway case. And even Duane and Greg Allman, of the Allman Brothers rock band. Huh? I wonder how Duane Alman got involved with the Natalee case as he has been dead since 1971?
Now war has broken out in Blogland amongst bloggers who pinched (borrowed) each other’s news reports that had already been pinched (borrowed) from someplace else. Seems, some of these blogmasters have gone giddy with their soaring counter statistics. And why not! The New Zealand bear uses them to determine the pecking order of each and every blog in Blogland. In addition, the more visitors to a blog, the more click-throughs to that blogs’ own Google and Amazon piggy banks. The pennies, dimes and quarters come rolling in for the Holloway blogsters.
Where has all this Natalee Holloway ALL-THE-TIME led us? Nowhere, really. In fact, Natalee Holloway news has been so scarce that after the MSM reported on a similar disappearance five years ago in Jamaica, the Holloway bloggers immediately pounced upon it, scooping each other about Claudia Kirschoch who disappeared in 2000. Riehl World View recently wrote of Claudia’s disappearance.
However, today the Arubans are draining a lake near the Marriott Hotel. And almost two months after the young girl’s disappearance, new witnesses have come forth claiming to have seen something on that fateful night. It has been only a few hours, so the new witnesses haven’t had time yet to change their stories, as is customary in the paradise that is Aruba. Last week, the Alabama legislature requested that citizens no longer patronize the island for vacations. And just today, one Holloway blogster of Blogland is calling for a boycott of those Holloway blogs that have not been fair, as in “unethical”, with their Natalee Holloway All-The-Time news. Read all about it at Riehl World View.
If you want to participate in that Blog Boycott Fest you will have to boycott the “Scared Monkeys” (67,000 visits a day), but not “The Political Teen” (6,600 visits a day). I haven’t checked to see what the Monkeys think about all this. They may want everyone to boycott “The Political Teen” and “Riehl World View” (49,000 visits a day). I think I will just boycott them all and try and get news of the story from MSM. One thing I have found, when an Internet search is done for “Natalee Holloway” one must first eliminate a site named “Useless-Knowledge.com”, as they have locked up the Holloway Aruba story even tighter than Dan Riehl, the Teen and the Monkeys combined.
Ruffles and Flourishes to Wizbang Blog.
Perhaps the future is unfolding before my eyes. Could a man named Mitt be elected President of the United States? Could a governor of the liberal bastion of Massachusetts be elected to the Presidency? Could anyone from Massachusetts? It is the land of Ted Kenneddy, Barney Frank and John Kerry and none of them could do it. Now, wouldn’t that just upset the apple cart? Could a Mormon be elected? Lordy, Lordy, if the Irish Catholics of Massachusetts can tolerate a Mormon governor, surely the rest of the land would be able. And isn’t it about time that the Mormons got one of their own into high office? After all, Mormonism is the only true American religion. The faith was born and bred in the farm fields of New York. Other faiths were too, in the early years of the country’s existence. But Mormonism survived and the others died out. I think I could go for Brother Mitt. Robert Novak is writing Romney Ready for 2008 Run. Hillary (and Newt) – watch out! The Momons are coming.
Are We Ready for a Mormon President from The Boston Globe