Tuesday, April 29, 2003

News NBC's Banfield Chided Over Criticisms


NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - NBC News president Neal Shapiro has taken correspondent Ashleigh Banfield to the woodshed for a speech in which she criticized the networks for portraying the Iraqi war as "glorious and wonderful."
Banfield delivered her remarks Thursday at Kansas State University.
"She and we both agreed that she didn't intend to demean the work of her colleagues, and she will choose her words more carefully in the future," an NBC spokeswoman said Monday.
Other sources inside NBC said Banfield promised, in effect, not to do it again and to check her facts before making public statements in the future. Banfield had criticized NBC in the speech for closing its bureau in Kabul, Afghanistan, a statement that the network said was untrue.

Gee, I always thought news correspondents always checked their facts before making public statements. Is this a concept Ms. Banfield is unfamiliar with??

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Monday, April 28, 2003

A GREAT PLAN

Ah, the inbox is such a wealth of information! Why, after reading a dozen different pieces attributed to Geroge Carlin (falsely, that is), I've just read another allegedly by Robin WIlliams:


A GREAT PLAN

Leave it to Robin Williams to come up with the perfect plan . . . what we need now is for our UN Ambassador to stand up and repeat this message.

Robin Williams' plan...(Hard to argue with this logic!)

I see a lot of people yelling for peace but I have not heard of one plan for peace. "Books, not Bombs" won't work. The head mullahs won't let anyone read them. If they do, they poke their eyes out.

Here's the plan:

1) The US will apologize to the world for our "interference" in their affairs, past & present. You know, Hitler, Mussolini and the rest of them 'good old boys'. We will never "interfere" again.

2) We will withdraw our troops from all over the world, starting with Germany, South Korea and the Philippines. They don't want us there. We would station troops at our borders. No more sneaking through holes in the fence.

3) All illegal aliens have 90 days to get their affairs together and leave. We'll give them a free trip home. After 90 days the remainder will be gathered up and deported immediately, regardless of who or where they are. France would welcome them.

4) All future visitors will be thoroughly checked and limited to 90 days unless given a special permit. No one from a terrorist nation would be allowed in. If you don't like it there, change it yourself, don't hide here. Asylum would not ever be available to anyone. We don't need any more cab drivers.

5) No "students" over age 21. The older ones are the bombers. If they don't attend classes, they get a "D" and it's back home baby.

6) The US will make a strong effort to become self sufficient energy wise. This will include developing non-polluting sources of energy but will require a temporary drilling of oil in the Alaskan wilderness. The caribou will have to cope for a while.

7) Offer Saudi Arabia and other oil producing countries $10 a barrel for their oil. If they don't like it, we go someplace else.

8) If there is a famine or other natural catastrophe in the world, we will not "interfere". They can pray to Allah or whomever, for seeds, rain, cement or whatever they need. Besides most of what we give them is stolen or given to the army. The people who need it most get very little, if any anyway.

9) Ship the UN Headquarters to an island some place. We don't need the spies and fair weather friends here. Besides, it would make a good homeless shelter or lockup for illegal aliens.

10) All Americans must go to charm and beauty school. That way, no one can call us "Ugly Americans" any longer.

Now, ain't that a winner of a plan ??

As enjoyable to read as that is, it isn't Robin Williams work (and I doubt he would condone the so-called inconveinence to the caribou!). As usual, SNOPES.COM confirms the legend is false. What is a true quote from the insanely funny Mr. Williams is:


"The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying 'Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses.' She's got a baseball bat and she's yelling, 'You want a piece of me?'" - Robin Williams.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Parent who complained of school trip to Hooters sees backlash
I don't know what is worse: the fact that people shun the mother who had an arguably good point, or the idea that a school superintendent thought sending kids to Hooters was arguably a questionable idea.

A Belleville, Illinois mother who complained when a school official took a group of junior-high students to a Hooters restaurant has been taking some heat.

Joni Quaas says other parents at her daughter's school have been shunning her since the incident. And she says she kept her daughter home last week to avoid being teased.

Quaas complained to her local school board when the superintendent took 26 seventh- and eighth-graders to the restaurant while in Springfield last month.

So now we can add this incident to the roster of inconsistencies: are people under 21 minors or adults? We heard the cry of people saying the 19 year old soldiers fighting for Iraq's freedom were 'children', but here we have a school superintendent who thinks junior high-school kids should be taken to a restaruant that serves alcholol without their parents present.

The superintendent says Hooters was the only place within walking distance that could handle the big group. And many parents support his decision.

More is the pity!

Parent who complained of school trip to Hooters sees backlash Illinois News
Parent who complained of school trip to Hooters sees backlash

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Friday, April 11, 2003

Um... right.

Excite News
GOP Rams Compromise Budget Through House
Apr 11, 7:09 AM (ET)

By ALAN FRAM

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans rammed a compromise budget through the House early Friday that could pave the way for passage this year of up to $550 billion in tax cuts through 2013, but give moderates a chance to keep the reductions much smaller.

GOP leaders were hoping the Senate would vote later Friday to complete the $2.27 trillion budget for 2004, which would lay the groundwork for later legislation bearing up to three-fourths of the tax cuts President Bush wants. But its fate in that chamber was uncertain. ....




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Thursday, April 10, 2003


Greenspan lauds Reagan-era reform
Fed chief makes no comment on current economy, rates


Lets see if this gets half the traction it deserves. My bet is that ABC, CBS, & NBC news won't consider this at all worthy of comment in tonights broadcasts!

Fed chief credits Reagan era for economy's flexibility Thanks to reforms launched during the Ronald Reagan administration, a flexible U.S. economy was outfitted to withstand shocks of the past three years that previously would have been "debilitating," Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Wednesday.


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Wednesday, April 09, 2003

This just in...

The Iraqi Minister Of Information has been spotted in So. Jersey -- selling used cars!

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Did Vice President Cheney tell us Iraq would be a cakewalk??

A lot has been written and said about Vice President Cheney's prediction that the US and Coalition forces would be met with people dancing in the streets and celebrating their freedom from Saddam Hussein's oppression. What isn't made clear, however, is that while as I type this there are Iraqi's celebrating their new found freedom, Vice President Cheney, in his hour-long interview on NBC NEWS' MEET THE PRESS never said the operation would be quick, a cakewalk, or that the people would fall at our feet.

In fact, the Vice President warned of the possible loss of life in the operation. What he did say was that -- when all of the data the Administration has is considered, the Iraqi people
"want to get rid of Saddam Huusein and they will welcome as liberators the United States when we come to do that. He later pointed out - twice, in fact - that it would not be a cost-free operation.

Want the proof? Read the excerpts below, or click through to the Meet The Press site and read the whole transcript yourself.



http://www.msnbc.com/news/886068.asp

MR. RUSSERT: If your analysis is not correct, and we’re not treated as liberators, but as conquerors, and the Iraqis begin to resist, particularly in Baghdad, do you think the American people are prepared for a long, costly, and bloody battle with significant American casualties?

VICE PRES. CHENEY: Well, I don’t think it’s likely to unfold that way, Tim, because I really do believe that we will be greeted as liberators. I’ve talked with a lot of Iraqis in the last several months myself, had them to the White House. The president and I have met with them, various groups and individuals, people who have devoted their lives from the outside to trying to change things inside Iraq. And like Kanan Makiya who’s a professor at Brandeis, but an Iraqi, he’s written great books about the subject, knows the country intimately, and is a part of the democratic opposition and resistance. The read we get on the people of Iraq is there is no question but what they want to the get rid of Saddam Hussein and they will welcome as liberators the United States when we come to do that.

Now, if we get into a significant battle in Baghdad, I think it would be under circumstances in which the security forces around Saddam Hussein, the special Republican Guard, and the special security organization, several thousand strong, that in effect are the close-in defenders of the regime, they might, in fact, try to put up such a struggle. I think the regular army will not. My guess is even significant elements of the Republican Guard are likely as well to want to avoid conflict with the U.S. forces, and are likely to step aside.

Now, I can’t say with certainty that there will be no battle for Baghdad. We have to be prepared for that possibility. But, again, I don’t want to convey to the American people the idea that this is a cost-free operation. Nobody can say that. I do think there’s no doubt about the outcome. There’s no question about who is going to prevail if there is military action. And there’s no question but what it is going to be cheaper and less costly to do it now than it will be to wait a year or two years or three years until he’s developed even more deadly weapons, perhaps nuclear weapons. And the consequences then of having to deal with him would be far more costly than will be the circumstances today. Delay does not help.
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VICE PRES. CHENEY: But the—again, I come back to this proposition—Is it cost-free? Absolutely not. But the cost is far less than it will be if we get hit, for example, with a weapon that Saddam Hussein might provide to al-Qaeda, the cost to the United States of what happened on 9/11 with billions and billions of dollars and 3,000 lives. And the cost will be much greater in a future attack if the terrorists have access to the kinds of capabilities that Saddam Hussein has developed.


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Even an Urban Legend reporter, such as myself, can be fooled.

Way back on 2-April I posted a piece telling of a CNN correspondent and four Marines. I had seen it on numerous blogs and even in the esteemed OpinionJournal, so I took it upon myself to reprint it as well.

Well, my UL radar was fouled that day, as I have just found convincing evidence that the story was, in fact fabricated. Just goes to show we can all be fooled from time to time.



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Tuesday, April 08, 2003


Senator John Kerry obviously feels the stings of his comment made last week suggesting that the US is a moral equivilent to Iraq.

TheBostonChannel.com - Politics - Kerry: Democracy Means He Can Criticize Kerry: Democracy Means He Can Criticize
Senator Has Come Under Attack For Suggesting 'Regime Change'

Now no one has suggested Sen. Kerry thinks the Bush administration gasses its own people (like Saddam Hussein), but if words have meaning (and I believe they do), they need to be held accountable.

No one suggests Sen. Kerry should be prohibited from speaking his mind about President Bush's polocies, or administration, or even the war itself. But when you make such an absurd statement, people will take notice.

Compare and contrast what Sen. Kerry said to what Sen. Trent Lott said, when he merely suggested things would be better if a 100 year old man had actually won his presidential bid some 50 years ago. Many called for Sen. Lott to step down; is that the idea of democracy Sen. Kerry has in mind? If so, perhaps he should step down.

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The truth is out! President Bush invaded Iraq only for the oil! That's what the critics have said all along, right?

Um... but wait... if he and his cronies were out to make 'billions' on the price of oil, what happens now that the price is dropping???


Oil worries shift: Glut now a fear
Tue Apr 8, 5:51 AM ET Add Business - USA TODAY to My Yahoo!


James R. Healey USA TODAY

It seems crazy after weeks of worry over shortages and high prices, but the big concern about oil now is that there's too much of it, not too little.

For motorists, a surfeit is good news. Gasoline prices are dropping steadily, if not yet quickly, as worries about shortages evaporate.


Petroleum traders have begun to envision a rebuilt postwar Iraq (news - web sites) pumping more than 3 million barrels of crude a day, as it did before its war with Iran in 1980. Prior to the U.S. invasion last month to oust Saddam Hussein (news - web sites), Iraq was pumping 1.75 million barrels a day.


Falling prices of crude oil futures and wholesale gasoline mean ''the consumer can expect 20 cents less at the pump'' if oil prices don't rally unexpectedly, says energy-pricing expert Peter Beutel, president of consultant Cameron Hanover.


For oil merchants, the bad news is that a barrel is worth 26% less than it was just a month ago. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, which controls 40% of world oil exports, is considering an emergency meeting April 24 to cut production.


''The market is full of oil. It's facing a glut, not a shortage,'' says OPEC (news - web sites) President Abdullah al-Attiyah, the oil minister for Qatar. ''My main worry is how to deal with the dramatic price drop.''


A barrel of benchmark West Texas intermediate crude oil for delivery next month was $27.96 at the close of trading Monday in New York, down 66 cents. A month ago, it was $37.78 and edged up to a recent high of $37.83 on March 12.


If it falls below $26.30, according to Beutel's technical analysis, it could free-fall to $20.70 before braking, good for another 10- to 15-cent drop in gasoline.


''It's going to be hard to stop. These prices are like an aircraft carrier -- hard to turn around,'' says Tom Kloza, senior oil analyst at Oil Price Information Service. ''Everybody wants to know when the price for them is going to drop, and the answer is really soon.''


Kloza says today's megastations sell gasoline so fast they refill their underground tanks every two days or so, meaning cheap wholesale prices resulting from cheap oil show up quickly at the pump.


Minnesotans are enjoying the biggest retail price drop the past month. The statewide average for regular is $1.496, motorists club AAA reported Monday. That's down 15 cents, or 9.1%.


Prices in New York and Western states, though, remain higher than they were a month ago, despite a downward drift from record average prices set last month.


That's especially perverse because, Kloza says, the wholesale price of West Coast gasoline has plunged 60 cents in a week, ''an incredible drop.''


Prices in California and surrounding states that use summer gas blends to cut pollution and in Alaska and Hawaii tend to go up sooner and faster than in the rest of the USA and drop slower.


In a report earlier this month, the California Energy Commission noted that extraordinarily high crude oil prices on war fears were mainly to blame. But, it said, higher gasoline prices ''are not completely explained by the higher price of crude oil. Especially troubling is the fact that gasoline prices climbed quicker and higher in California than in the rest of the country.''


Although CEC said an investigation by the attorney general didn't appear warranted at this time, it said it would continue to monitor supplies and prices.

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Academic freedom is one of the many freedoms American's enjoy. I've mentioned recently the freedom to to be critical of the president, but far too often it seems that freedom is treated one-sidedly. Yes, you can say 'the king is a fink' but if I try to debate you, I am shouted down. The tide is turning, however, as the Dixie Chicks have found.

It isn't 'censorship': if a law enforcement officer said 'you cannot say that, that is censorship. If people decide not to purchase music because they dislike the words of the band members, that is free choice.

In that same vein, Professor Nicholas De Genova must step down or be removed from Columbia University. Anyone with that much hate in their heart obviously is not the kind of person any open-minded unviersity wants representing them. Unless that is the face they want representing them, in which case the students will vote with their tuition and find another school to attend. Once again, that is not censorship, that is choice.

The facts are clear: De Genova must go. Now.

Columbia teacher calls for `a million Mogadishus'

March 28, 2003, 5:05 PM EST

NEW YORK -- A Columbia University professor told thousands of students and faculty that he would like to see "a million Mogadishus" _ referring to the 1993 ambush in Somalia that killed 18 Americans and inspired the movie "Black Hawk Down."

The professor, Nicholas De Genova, also called for the defeat of U.S. forces in Iraq and said, "The only true heroes are those who find ways that help defeat the U.S. military." And he asserted that Americans who call themselves "patriots" are white supremacists.

De Genova's hopes for the defeat of the United States were cheered by the crowd of 3,000 at the Wednesday night anti-war teach-in, Newsday reported. But his mention of the Somali ambush _ "I personally would like to see a million Mogadishus" _ was largely met with silence.

A call Friday to De Genova, 35, an anthropology teacher, was answered with a recording that said his voice mailbox was full.

In a statement released Friday, Columbia said De Genova "was speaking as an individual at a teach-in. He was exercising his right to free speech. His statement does not in any way represent the views of Columbia University."

History professor Eric Foner, who helped organize the teach-in and spoke after De Genova, said Friday, "I disagreed strongly and I said so. If I had known what he was going to say I would have been reluctant to have him speak."

He said De Genova was a last-minute invitee, was just one of about 25 speakers and "did not represent the general tone of the event, which was highly educational."


Copyright © 2003, The Associated Press

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Monday, April 07, 2003

Report: U.S. Finds Missiles with Chemical Weapons (washingtonpost.com)

Well, then: this ought to appease all but the most die-hard liberals: As reported in this Washington Post piece, National Public Radio has reported the U.S. has found missles in Iraq that contained chemical weapons.

Let me repeat: chemical weapons were found in Iraq. After 12 years, and all those weapon inspections we were told were working, chemical weapons were found in Iraq. After all the pledges from Saddam Hussein to the contrary... chemical weapons were found in Iraq.

Don't take my word for it, don't take Fox News' word for it... this is from NPR itself.

Now then: can't we acknowledge President Bush was right all along??


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Congratulations are in order to Beth, as she embarks on a new career!!

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Thursday, April 03, 2003

Some people still do not get it...

Kerry says US needs its own 'regime change'

By Glen Johnson, Globe Staff, 4/3/2003

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. - Senator John F. Kerry said yesterday that President Bush committed a ''breach of trust'' in the eyes of many United Nations members by going to war with Iraq, creating a diplomatic chasm that will not be bridged as long as Bush remains in office.

''What we need now is not just a regime change in Saddam Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States,'' Kerry said in a speech at the Peterborough Town Library.

Despite pledging two weeks ago to cool his criticism of the administration once war began, Kerry unleashed a barrage of criticism as US troops fought within 25 miles of Baghdad.

By echoing the ''regime change'' line popular with hundreds of thousands of antiwar protesters who have demonstrated across the nation in recent weeks, the Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential contender seemed to be reaching out to a newly invigorated constituency as rival Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont and a vocal opponent of the war in Iraq, closes in on Kerry in opinion polls.

Kerry said that he had spoken with foreign diplomats and several world leaders as recently as Monday while fund-raising in New York and that they told him they felt betrayed when Bush resorted to war in Iraq before they believed diplomacy had run its course....

Senator Kerry is one of those people that just do not get it. Regardless of his consultation with foreign diplomats, what has been done by President Bush is both necessary and legitimate. On one hand, we're told the U.S. must abide by the decisions of the United Nations; fine. On the other hand, we're told that we are wrong for following those same decisions... so which is it?

While it has been stated in many other fine journals already, I'll recap it here for you: in 1991 the UN authorized the request of the U.S. to repel Iraq's invasion army and drive them back across their border, out of Kuwait. We sought and obtained international support; fine. The effort was successful, in that we did just what the UN authorized, and drove Iraq out. Under the terms of the cease fire, the US agreed to halt hostilities if Iraq agreed to disarm; the UN agreed to mediate the disarming.

Since then, Iraq has been in constant, blatant viloation of the cease fire. What we have today is not a new Gulf War, not GULF WAR II, but rather a violation of a cease fire agreement and return to the previously authorized hostility -- it is still the 1991 Gulf War.

So here we are, the US, continuing to do the bidding of the UN, but many nations are reluctant to hold Iraq's feet to the UN fire for political reasons (as in the revelation that some of these same nations may have violated the UN's resolution about restricted trade with Iraq .. paging France, Germany, and Russia!!)

Now then, Sen. Kerry is calling for a 'regime change' here in the US. Besides using highly flamable wording, he contradicts his own pledge to cool criticism of the Bush war policy, he shows how ignorant he is of all the polls showing wide, bi-partisan support the President enjoys, and more importantly, he is completely ignorant he is of the 17 UN resolutions, including the one that calls for severe penalties for failing to disarm.

I think it is past time for politicians to say they support the troops; that's like saying 'I support the Constitution', an admirable statement, but hardly a surprise; who isn't supporting the troops? No, I think it's time for all politicians to say they support President Bush and his liberation of Iraq; that's not a tacit endorsement of his entire administration, just of the war. The president has taken a stand; how about the rest of the elected officials?

Well, come to think of it, Sen. Kerry already has...

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Wednesday, April 02, 2003

Strain of Iraq war showing on Bush, those who know him say
By Judy Keen, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — The public face of President Bush at war is composed and controlled. On TV and in newspaper photos, he is sturdy and assured, usually surrounded by military personnel. But those choreographed glimpses of Bush's commander-in-chief persona don't tell the whole story. Behind the scenes, aides and friends say, the president's role is more complicated and his style more emotional.

This piece describes the undoubted pressure carried by the President, especially in a time of war. But one paragraph had me laughing out loud:

People who know Bush well say the strain of war is palpable. He rarely jokes with staffers these days and occasionally startles them with sarcastic putdowns. He's being hard on himself; he gave up sweets just before the war began. He's frustrated when armchair generals or members of his own team express doubts about U.S. military strategy. At the same time, some of his usual supporters are concerned by his insistence on sticking with the original war plan.

Uh, HELLO! Earth to Those-Who-Know-Him: Could it be the Commander in Chief gave up his sweets before the war because it is the season of Lent?? Sheesh, I don't claim to 'know' the President, yet I can reach that conclusion!

This is not to say there isn't a heavy burden on the President, to suggest so is ludicrous. But to compare the trivial curbing of sweets to that of 'pressure of the job', is to be either ignorant or reaching very, very far.

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"Where do they get young men like this?”
Martin Savidge of CNN, embedded with the 1st Marine battalion, was talking with 4 young Marines near his foxhole this morning live on CNN. He had been telling the story of how well the Marines had been looking out for and taking care of him since the war started. He went on to tell about the many hardships the Marines had endured since the war began and how they all look after one another.

He turned to the four and said he had cleared it with their commanders and they could use his video phone to call home.

The 19 year old Marine next to him asked Martin if he would allow his platoon sergeant to use his call to call his pregnant wife back home whom he had not been able to talk to in three months. A stunned Savidge who was visibly moved by the request shook his head and the young Marine ran off to get the sergeant.

Savidge recovered after a few seconds and turned back to the three young Marines still sitting with him and asked which one of them would like to call home first, the Marine closest to him responded with out a moments hesitation “ Sir, if is all the same to you we would like to call the parents of a buddy of ours, Lance Cpl Brian Buesing of Cedar Key, Florida who was killed on 3-23-03 near Nasiriya to see how they are doing”.

At that Martin Savidge totally broke down and was unable to speak. All he could get out before signing off was “Where do they get young men like this?”.


Posted by Dad at April 2, 2003 03:31 AM

"Where do they get young men like this?”?? I don't know, but I thank God every day for them being with us.

ADDENDUM: 9-APR-03: This has been determined to be an URBAN LEGEND.

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For those still new to the concept of Blogs, one of the best has to be BEST OF THE WEB TODAY, on Opinion Journal of The Wall Street Journal Online. Daily, James Taranto picks the best articles and op-eds from the web and comments on them ... not entirely different from what I do here, and honestly one of my inspirations for this Blog.

Once again, Mr. Taranto ties two disparate stories together with a common theme. Be sure to add Best of The Web Today to your Bookmarks ... um, after mine, of course!!

BEST OF THE WEB TODAY
Saving Private Lynch
Army Rangers and Navy SEALs yesterday rescued 19-year-old Pfc. Jessica Lynch, an Army supply clerk from the delightfully named town of Palestine, W.Va., who had been missing for nine days after Iraqi forces ambushed her supply line. The New York Post explains how the good guys found Lynch:

In a twist right out of a Hollywood movie, U.S. intelligence may have pinpointed her exact whereabouts thanks to an Iraqi citizen--who passed a note, apparently written in English by a woman, to a Marine in the area yesterday, NBC reported.

"She's still alive. She's in room [deleted]," the note said, according to the network.

An NBC reporter also said he was approached the same day by an Iraqi who told him in English: "There's a woman in the Saddam Hospital who's an American soldier. Please make sure the people in charge know."

Lynch was "apparently shot several times during the ambush," reports the Post, but she's described as being in "good health."

Compare this courageous young woman's story with that of Lance Cpl. Stephen Funk, a 20-year-old Marine reservist who is seeking "conscientious objector status." Yes, there actually is such a thing, even in the all-volunteer military. According to the Associated Press, Funk claims he joined up because he was in a funk:

"Ultimately, it's my fault for joining in the first place," said Funk, who didn't show up when his unit was deployed to Camp Pendleton. "It wasn't as well thought out as it should've been. It was about me being depressed and wanting direction in life."

Funk, who "said he's attended every major San Francisco Bay area anti-war rally since finishing his military training last fall," adds: "They don't really advertise that they kill people."

The AP dispatch begins by setting the stage, noting that Funk had "his sister carrying his duffel bag and his mother holding his hand." No word whether he was sucking his thumb.

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Tuesday, April 01, 2003

Geraldo opens one too many doors

Geraldo Rivera has been a media fixture for years. Who could forget his investigative reporting on 20/20? Who could forget 'The Secret of Al Capone's closet' ("Look! There's another door!")? Who could his wartime reporting from the Gulf War in 1991? Who could forgive the air-kisses he gave President Clinton? Fortunately, for him (IMHO) he was once again earning some respect while being embedded; that respect waned in Afghanistan, when he purportedly 'stood' on the site of a battle, when in reality was hundreds of miles away.

When I first heard the accusation, I told a co-worker: "He is so arrogant he was probably warned 3 times prior and now they're canning him; good riddance." His bravado was part of his shtick, but it appears it has done him in. Assuming for a moment the military has expelled him -- and I say 'assuming', for if he was actually expelled, there's no reason why he is *still* in country -- FNC had better get him over the border and fast; the repercussions for access of the other Fox correspondence is in dreadful peril otherwise.

There will be 'other doors' Geraldo will ultimately open, but at the very least for the credibility of FNC, and for the most -- respect for those who serve and their families back home -- he needs to be reassigned. Now.



Geraldo Denies Being Kicked Out of Iraq
IN SOUTHERN IRAQ - Geraldo Rivera is denying reports that he's been kicked out of Iraq (news - web sites) by U.S. military officials for giving out too much information about troop locations.

Meanwhile NBC fired journalist Peter Arnett on Monday, saying it was wrong for him to give an interview with state-run Iraqi TV in which he said the American-led coalition's initial plan for the war had failed because of Iraq's resistance.

Reporting on the Fox News Channel, Rivera said he's actually further inside Iraq than he'd been before.

He was standing alongside U.S. troops in a building he identified as Iraq's ruling party headquarters in a city south of Baghdad.

Rivera said it sounds like the rumors that he'd been kicked out were spread by people he described as "rats" at NBC, where he used to work.

He said his rivals "can't compete fair and square on the battlefield" — so they try to stab him in the back.

But in the end, he insists, "quality journalism wins out."

Rivera said he has a "great relationship" with the troops in the 101st Airborne — and that he plans to "march into Baghdad alongside them."

Sources at U.S. Central Command have said that Rivera was asked to leave because he revealed tactical information.

Arnett, on NBC's "Today" show on Monday, said he was sorry for his statement but added "I said over the weekend what we all know about the war."

"I want to apologize to the American people for clearly making a misjudgment," the New Zealand-born Arnett said. He said he would try to leave Baghdad now, joking "there's a small island in the South Pacific that I've inhabited that I'll try to swim to."

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