Archive for June, 2005
Some former U.S. hostages believe Iran’s president-elect one of their captors – Iran Focus
A photo has emerged which it is claimed links the President-elect of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, with the taking of 60 American hostages during the US embassy siege in Tehran in 1979.
A London-based Iranian news agency which opposes Mr Ahmadinejad is circulating the photograph, which it says was taken by the Associated Press news agency on the first day of the hostage crisis.
In the picture, a man which the Iran Focus agency claims it has identified as Mr Ahmadinejad, is seen holding the arm of a blindfolded US hostage.
The possible role of Mr Ahmadinejad in the embassy takeover, which lasted 444 days and remains a significant sore between America and Iran, came to light in the run-up to the presidential elections on June 17.
Mr Ahmadinejad is known to have been member of the “Office for Strengthening of Unity Between Universities and Theological Seminaries” or the OSU, the main student group behind the takeover, but his precise role in the hostage-taking was unclear. – More…
Note that this guy looks like a million other Iranians, but an interesting story if true. – KS
Full Text Of GW’s Speech – FrontPageMag.com
Mealy-Mouthed Liberal and Media Response:
CNN Team Upset by Bush Tying 9/11 to
Iraq, Gergen “Offended” –MRC.org
Democrats reject link to attacks on America – Washington Times
Nice piece From Andrew C. McCarthy: National Review
It’s All About 9/11
The president links Iraq and al Qaeda and the usual suspects moan.
Cal Thomas on the Speech – Town Hall
Tony Stewart Finally Wins A Race
Tony Stewart found his way back to Victory Lane, and he did it with one hand.
With fourth gear gone and third gear going in his Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet late in Sunday’s Nextel Cup Dodge/Save Mart 350, Stewart held his car in gear with one hand and steered with the other as he caught and passed Ricky Rudd for the lead and the win.
Stewart, a former series champion, took the lead at Infineon Raceway when pole winner and race favorite Jeff Gordon faltered with his own transmission trouble.
It was Stewart’s first victory since last August at Watkins Glen International, the only other road circuit on the Cup schedule. This one was in doubt nearly to the end, though. – Nascar.com
The Browncoats Rise Again
The best sci-fi TV series you’ve never seen has gone from cancellation to the big screen. Will a never-tried marketing strategy work for “Serenity“?
M.E. Russell – Weekly Standard
“HI, MY NAME IS JOSS WHEDON. Before we begin the special screening, I have a little story I want to tell you. It’s about a TV show called Firefly.”
I’m sitting in a movie theater in Portland and along with 200 other fans, I’m staring at a 20-foot-tall projection of the bleary, peanut-shaped head of Joss Whedon–creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer; he’s snarkily introducing Serenity–the partially-completed film we’re about to watch. We’re paying to see this unfinished movie four months before its release date. It’s the second of three rounds of sold-out sneak-preview screenings, scheduled for May 5 and 26 and June 23 in major cities.
It’s an unprecedented way to market a movie. But then, Serenity itself is unusual: It’s a big-screen sequel to a canceled TV show named Firefly–a space-Western that was the biggest bomb of Whedon’s producing career.
“Firefly went on the air two years ago,” the giant Whedon continues, “and was immediately hailed by critics as one of the most canceled shows of the year.”
Everyone laughs. – More…
Allstate Fires Employee for Pro-Family Column Critical of Gay “Marriage”
CHICAGO, June 24, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – An employee of the Allstate insurance company has been fired from his job for comments that appeared in a men’s journal denouncing same-sex “marriage,” even though the statement was penned in the employee’s own spare time and from home.
“I explained to Allstate that the article was a reflection of my personal Christian beliefs, and that I had every right to both write it and to have it published,” J. Matt Barber told WorldNetDaily news. “I further explained that I had written the article while at home on my own time, that I never mentioned Allstate’s name and that I neither directly nor indirectly suggested that Allstate shared my Christian beliefs or my views on same-sex marriage.”
Allstate made no attempt to hide its bigotry. According to its report, “The claimant was discharged from Allstate Insurance Company because an outside organization had complained about an article he had written while on his own time.” The company even tried to have Barber denied unemployment insurance, which can be withheld if a person was fired for a violation of company policy or rules. – More…
Press Pounces On Rove’s Remarks
James G. Lakely
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Major news outlets that largely ignored the controversial comments of the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate last week immediately reported on a fiery speech by White House adviser Karl Rove, giving the story front-page prominence and the lead of newscasts.
Early yesterday morning, NBC’s “Today” show, the CBS “Morning Show,” and ABC’s “Good Morning America” all featured the Democratic outrage over Mr. Rove’s comments that after September 11 liberals “wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers” while conservatives “prepared for war.”
Each network’s nightly newscasts on Thursday also ran stories on Mr. Rove’s speech, delivered Wednesday night.
On June 14, Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin compared the military’s interrogation techniques at the prison camp at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to that of the Nazis and other murderous regimes.
Yet CBS did not broadcast a single story on the Illinois Democrat’s comments. “Today” and “Good Morning America” and those networks’ nightly news programs didn’t air anything about it until the senator apologized after a week of complaints by Republicans, the Anti-Defamation League and veterans groups.
“What the networks did was zero, zero, zero, zero on Durbin, and as soon as Rove shows up, boom,” said Tim Graham, director of media analysis at the conservative Media Research Center. “To say that one deserves zero coverage and the other huge coverage is just bizarre.”
Steve Lovelady, managing editor of the Columbia Journalism Review Daily, said he’s “not sure if the network morning shows even qualify as journalism these days,” describing them as “yuk-fests with periodic headline updates tossed into the mix almost as an afterthought.”
But he was still puzzled about why CBS, including their evening news program, ignored the Durbin story altogether. “Nothing about Durbin ever, even after the apology,” he said. “I’d love to hear how they justify that.” – More…