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PRC organ-harvesting protests at Seattle

By on 4.20.06 | 9:37AM

Spoke to Falun Dafa source at Seattle last evening, and she reported two days of most successful demonstrations at Seattle.

Falun Dafa (aka Falun Gang) protesters were at Hu's hotel at all hours, a twenty-four hour presence, at the four corners of the hoptel, speaking loudly in protests in Mandarin and English and other languages, against the criminal abuse of millions inside China today and around the world today, including in the United States.

Source reported that the protesters were present at the Boeing airport, at the hotel, at an intersection near the Gates Mansion; and that she saw Hu look at the demos as his limo passed in Gates's land on Tuesday evening.

Source also reported new efforts to inform the public about the news of Chinese government approved organ harvesting from concentration camps. She reported that they have information of doctors in China letting people know they should get their transplants before July 1, because the organs are going to be harder to get atafter that date. No special explanation as to what July 1 represents, except that the PRC tyros are feeling pressure from outside publicity of their crimes.

Lady votes for Corallo

By on 4.19.06 | 5:04PM

By the way, I would be remiss if I fail to note that earlier today, long before the Hotline's mention of Corallo, I received an e-mail from the mysterious Lady G., who sometimes posts her brilliant insights here, to the effect that her personal recommendation for McClellan's replacement would be "Mark C." And almost two months ago, the Lady recommended on this site that the White House communications shop be beefed up.

Re: Let Corallo be McClellan

By on 4.19.06 | 4:15PM

It would be great for Mark to get that job. But my money is on Torie Clark (who was superb at the Pentagon) or Tony Snow (who has been great since the days of 41).

Let Corallo be McClellan!

By on 4.19.06 | 3:05PM

Well, the Hotline mentioned Mark Corallo here. Corallo was my replacement in Rep. Bob Livingston's office nearly a decade ago. A straight shooter with unimpeachable integrity, smart as they come, and very very well respected by the DC press corps.

McClellan’s Replacement

By on 4.19.06 | 1:34PM

Hotline On Call has a rundown of candidates. In addition to Tony Snow, who has been widely reported to be in the mix, they look at Rob Nichols, Dan Bartlett, Victoria Clark, Dan Senor, Brian Jones, and Ron Bojean.

Hear, hear, Quin

By on 4.19.06 | 11:59AM

I'm with you on John Batchelor's prognostications, Quin. I've listened to John's show a long time, and I think he regularly reveals information virtually nobody else has, or pays attention to, and that's important. I take the trouble of driving my car to the nearest high ground so I can tune in WABC to listen to him most nights, I consider his show so important (Boston radio doesn't carry him any more).

But you're right, he's short on solutions. For a fact-filled long read about Iran and its relationship with the U.S., both past and going forward, see Edward Luttwak's Commentary essay here.

Luttwak is fairly sanguine -- and makes a good case -- about how soon Iran could develop The Bomb. He overlooks the possibility that China or the Norks could short-circuit that laborious process and move the Persians much closer much quicker. But his analysis of the historical interest of Russia in Iran is fabulous, as is his lengthy reminder of why Iran is so important to the U.S.

McClellan Out

By on 4.19.06 | 10:27AM

As press secretary. Probably a smart move on a few levels.

Solutions, John???

By on 4.19.06 | 10:07AM

To John Batchelor -- You keep posting informative (and very scary) reports about Iran. The next question, though, is: What do you recommend the United States (or anybody else) DO in response???!???! Please enlighten us.

Cat Jumping

By on 4.19.06 | 8:59AM

Let's hear it for housecats and free time.

Just Sit There and Take It

By on 4.19.06 | 8:53AM

David Cloud’s piece on Donald Rumsfeld in today’s New York Times is par for the course on how this administration’s players are treated whenever they attempt to answer their critics. This customary and necessary practice for a political official somehow acquires a taint of scandal and intrigue when that official is employed within the Bush administration. The article’s title says it all: “Here's Donny! In His Defense, a Show Is Born.” But evidence for this “show” is rather thin. Cloud describes the Defense Secretary’s rebuttals to calls for his resignation as “a daily ritual,” before noting that yesterday’s Rumsfeld press conference was merely the third in five days. He describes the “extraordinary parade of generals,” including a “bevy of retired officers,” who have joined the plot to defend Rumsfeld, but names only Generals Myers and Franks.