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Saturday, May 21, 2005

Catching Up

I may have been busy, but I’ve still been paying attention. Let’s catch up a bit.

1. Star WarsThe long awaited Episode III. Yea, I’ll see it … eventually. After the crowds fade and I don’t have to wait 50 bazillion hours in line.

2. PepsiI’ll just have a Coke and a smile and STFU. No, on second thought, I do have a few words to say. If Pepsi don’t like our military, then I don’t like Pepsi. I appreciate PepsiCo President and CFO Indra Nooyi’s quick apology, however the statements made were also derogatory to the military activity and I saw no regret about that expressed. The following is from the PepsiCo website. Sounds like a bunch of excuses to me.

"PepsiCo President and CFO Indra Nooyi delivered a commencement address May 15 at Columbia University’s Business School.
In speaking about the powerful role America holds in the world today, Ms. Nooyi encouraged these new business leaders to make a positive and personal difference as representatives of this great country. She used the analogy of a human hand to emphasize America’s leadership position and to ensure it continues as the world’s “helping hand.”
Regrettably, the analogy was interpreted in some circles as unpatriotic or disrespectful. As a result of this feedback, Indra issued a formal apology."


" A message from PepsiCo's President & CFO, Indra Nooyi -
Following my remarks to the graduating class of Columbia University’s Business School in New York City, I have come to realize that my words and examples about America unintentionally depicted our country negatively and hurt people.
I appreciate the honest comments that have been shared with me since then, and am deeply sorry for offending anyone. I love America unshakably – without hesitation – and am extremely grateful for the opportunities and support our great nation has always provided me.
Over the years I’ve witnessed and advised others how a thoughtless gesture or comment can hurt good, caring people. Regrettably, I’ve proven my own point. Please accept my sincere apologies.
– Indra Nooyi "


3. Koran flushingI bet a copy of Newsweak would flush like a small turd in an industrial toilet. Once again the MSM prove how biased they are and how their agenda is to thwart the military and President Bush at any and all cost. Anyone who has had even ONE journalism class knows that a story has to have confirmation.

They pulled a memogate here and now are trying to cover their asses by ganging up on the administration. The MSM’s pathetic attack on Scott McClellan at the press conference proves that journalist today are not simply ‘reporters’ of the news, but are now ‘creators’ of the news. They act like little kids while pointing their finger at someone else when caught and in trouble.

In the meantime let me point out the hypocrisy here. The riots started over a lie in Newsweak saying someone flushed a Koran. Let’s break this down.

A. Go ahead and try to flush a book down your toilet.

B. The flushing incident that has been rightfully reported is that a Muslim detainee did it.

C. The alleged story of a guard flushing the Koran was not confirmed excepting the pathetic method I will call ‘confirmation by denial’. If someone does NOT say anything about something, then that makes it true. Newsweak itself admitted that the Pentagon official said that one portion of the report they used was NOT true, but since he/she said nothing about the flushing allegation portion, that confirmed the story. PATHETIC!

D. “Why did Newsweek, after getting this story wrong, report new Quran-into-the-latrine charges made by terrorists and their allies?” (Thanks Dane, I’ll leave it exactly how you wrote it). (http://www.danegerus.com/weblog/Comments.asp?svComment=10114).

E. And as Dane pointed out in his column (link above), terrorists are trained on what STUPID allegations to make if/when captured. This is just another in a long line of them.

F. This is the biggest example of hypocrisy I have seen in years. Let’s review an incident that Newsweak and their ilk didn’t find to be a story before. The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, you know, the birthplace of Jesus. This Church is believed to be on the very site where Jesus was born, and containing many Holy Relics (like the Koran is believed to be), and much history.

In April of 2002, 200 Palestinian Muslim terrorist seized and occupied the Church of the Nativity for 39 days. While inside they smoked, drank (remember, this is supposedly offensive to Muslims), and I’ll just say what Catholic priests said, that
“some Bibles were torn up for toilet paper, and many valuable sacramental objects were removed.” "Palestinians took candelabra, icons and anything that looked like gold,". Not to mention they were pissing all over the place (especially on the Holy Relics), and you know the Bibles that were torn up and used as TP? Well, the piles of crap were all over the place too, with the Bible pages they used as TP laying with them. I guess Christians took to the streets in rioting, but I don’t recall that story either.



4. Texas Legislature pension raiseNow we see the real reason the thieves in Austin want to raise our taxes, to give themselves more of our money of course. No sooner do they pass the bill to raise our taxes then they cut the teacher pensions and give themselves a nice large pension raise. They work for 140 days every two years for 12 years and then can retire with a pension paying $34,500 a year for life. Of course the excuse is that they interfere with their ability to work a “regular” job, but then again they weren’t forced to do this were they? Seems to me that with an average of 70 days per year that there’s a lot of time left to work a “regular” job. Funny though that I work a “regular” job approximately 256 days a year, (for about 25 years so far, and a long way yet to travel), and don’t even come close to making nor will I make if I EVER get to retire what they have given themselves.

5. Sadam Pictures – “Britain's The Sun and the New York Post said the photos were provided by a U.S. military official they did not identify.” (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,157122,00.html). Newsweak again?

“Saddam's chief lawyer, Ziad al-Khasawneh, said the photos "add to acts that are practiced against the Iraqi people." He said he would sue the newspaper "and everyone who helped in showing these pictures."
(http://apnews.myway.com/article/20050521/D8A7JMA00.html). (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4567341.stm).

Are we sure that HE didn’t release these photos? What better way to continue to stir the pot, not to mention increase the “pot” of the defense fund.

In the meantime the White House, The Pentagon, and other U.S. officials have condemned these photos and have launched investigations into whom this alleged “unnamed source” is.

In the meantime, consider this … is that a “prison” he is in, or doesn’t that look more like a pretty nice hotel room?

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