The building in which one of my brothers works, across the street from Grand Central Station, has been evacuated, along with other buildings in the area. He says Park Avenue is snarled with people, and that an NYPD told him it was because of a bomb threat in Grand Central. Could be nothing, but he told me he hasn't seen this kind of muscle on the streets in a long while. We'll see .... is this the beginning of the cartoon's escalation to our shores, I wonder.
The Spectacle Blog
As expected, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee and gave a rousing defense of the Administration's anti-terrorism program through the NSA.
One thing that is clear is that there is an orchestrated attempt on the part of some Democrat committee members to portray AG Gonzales as nothing more than a pawn for the Bush Administration. Earlier today, Newsweek magazine's Evan Thomas went on a national radio program and claimed that Gonzales was nothing more than a dupe for President Bush. We're seeing that strategy in the questioning from Sen. Chuck Schumer.
What's also clear is that Gonzales isn't going to bite.
Report tonght from Druze leader Walid Jumblatt at Beirut that the cartoon rioting in Beirut that burned the Danish embassy and attacked a Marionite church and Lebanese Christians was led by Syrian agents.
This is a five week old story. Why now?
Study the correspondence between the cartoon riots in Europe and now the Ummah and the IAEA spanking of Tehran for its flagagrant nuclear weapons fuel cycle at the weekend.
Easy assumption at this point is that Iran has tasked its best slave state Syria to escalate attacks in Beirut while scaring the Scandinavians out of Damascus and Amman.
Iran is most confident; the IRGC laughs at Western appeasement; the Iranan agents in place in Western governments are busy and cash rich.
Watching for Washington and London and Paris and Berlin to retreat and appease.
The cartoon that makes sense is ancient Pogo wit: "The enemy is us."
Put the cartoons on the WSJ front page. Ask the question of the American public: Does this make sense? Burning for this? Now, ask yourself, who benefits from the riots?
The answer is Iran, Iran, Iran.
I'm subbing for Hugh again today, Salem Radio Net 6-9 EST. We'll be covering the day's news and starting with a bang. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) will be joining us at the top of the show. Don't miss this one.
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I've checked the photo on the link you sent against the original on our file and it seems to be the same, and I can verify that it was not altered - in fact we have many other pictures of the same demonstration and the signs the protestors are holding are exactly the same as in the picture you've highlighted, i.e they are in English.
Sometimes Howard Kurtz hits the nail on the head, as in this question about why ABC News sent its top anchor into harm's way: "Was this some sort of grandstanding or ratings ploy?" To ask a question like that is to answer it.
UPDATE: A guest on Kurtz's Reliable Sources offers more tough talk: "So what do you do if you have a broadcast called 'World News Tonight'? You bring in an anchor who hop scotches like a pinball from place to place to place to place to place to give the illusion of covering the world." The illusion of covering the world -- again, that pretty much sums it up.
Wlady: Sorry I signed off early. Yes, Randel-el's pass was not only better than Portis's attempts, it was the play of the year. And better than Brunnell. Hurricane Sharon (as you know, another Indiana grad) was screaming when he threw it. Ward really did deserve the Cadillac. The touchdown pass he caught on the run, breaking stride and changing direction, was a thing of beauty. He's been super all season.
Ok, enough fun for one week. On to NSA and the hearings. The hearing will feature riveting testimony, deep-thinkers' questions and fair media coverage. Yeah, well, I don't believe that either.
Paul, I was a little embarrassed for Starr -- he should have been walking down a red-carpeted center aisle at Carnegie Hall as he approached the special post-game platform. Instead, he had to wend his way through fans, TV and other cameramen, earphoned producers, who knows who else. It was so unseemly. But he did look great, and he's probably still good enough to give Mark Brunnell a run for his salary-cap busting money.
By the way, where was Terry Bradshaw? He's the greatest Super Bowl Steeler of them all, but apparently he works for another network...
Wlady: I'd best get to sleep, but I am very happy for Pittsburgh and Cowher, for the reasons you cite and more besides. The Steelers were the great dynasty of my formative years, and I'm glad to see the title restored after so long. It was an odd game, unsatisfying in many ways, but I'm glad they prevailed. As for the postgame, there was at least one note of grace: the presence of Bart Starr to present the trophy. He's as fine a man and ambassador for any sport as we're likely to see, and having him there lent some class to the proceedings, which usually are in need of some.
Paul, Jed: I enjoyed your pre-game and first half bantering. Lots of keys to this game, and not just to the Escalade that went to MVP Hines Ward. But in retrospect the bogus offensive interference call that cost Seattle and early touchdown was the biggest key -- the receiver did nothing out of the ordinary, against a defender who was completely lost on the play. No way should the referee have given him the benefit of the doubt. On the other hand, I do think Roethlisberger did score on that first Pittsburgh touchdown. Just for a split second the ball seemed to "touch" the plane of the goal line before not so gentle Ben tucked it back. That amounts to full penetration into the end zone, so far I know.
I paid next to no attention to ads and commentary, so I didn't notice the distinct lack of tribute to our soldiers in harm's way. But it also struck me that no one much mentioned Detroit either; not until the post-game trophy presentation (the worst choreographed annual event in sports -- why don't they just go back to the locker room for those made for TV moments?).