CULTURE WATCH, Volume 22
by Nancy Morgan
Last week saw more progress in Iraq. Totally ignored by ABC, CBS and NBC, was the release of the May 2008 report card. The Iraqis met 15 of the 18 benchmarks. Only two, enacting and implementing laws to disarm militias and distribute oil revenues, are unsatisfactory. Draw your own conclusions. And shame on the media for failing to inform the American people.
Regards the media: The increasingly rapid and broad decline of the newspaper business in recent months has surprised even the most pessimistic financial analysts. Most recent example: The Los Angeles Times cut 250 jobs, including 150 news jobs, in the face of declining ad sales. Going and soon forgotten. Cry me a river.Some disturbing trends from
ACROSS THE POND:
In Britain, Muslims have been making astounding advances in their strategy of 'conquering from within.' Sniffer dogs trained to spot terrorists at railway stations may no longer come into contact with Muslim passengers - after complaints that unclean dogs offend their religion. And in UK schools, two schoolboys were given detention after refusing to kneel down and 'pray to Allah' during religious education lessons.
Topping these lunacies, the UK's most senior judge just gave his blessing to the use of Sharia law to resolve disputes among Muslims. Question: How long will a sovereign country last with more than one rule of law?
Appeasement, thy name is Britain.
Speaking of appeasement, Forbes has reported that the leaders of the Columbian FARC terrorists were paid millions of dollars to free those hostages last week.
The old media has ignored the embarrassing anniversary of "The Population Bomb." For you youngsters out there, The Population Bomb was a best-selling book written by Paul Erlich that predicted, well, the same thing the eco-crazies are predicting today. Melting seas, famines, global catastrophe, etc. if the crisis of global cooling wasn't addressed. That's right, global cooling. Fast forward 40 years and, gee, the earth has more resources and the air is cleaner. Turned out not to be a crisis after all. Hmmm....
Government solutions to this non-crisis, however, are creating a few crisis of their own. A confidential report by the World Bank estimates that biofuels have forced global food prices up by 75% - far more than previously estimated. An aid agency also reports that the use of biofuels has dragged more than 30 million people world-wide into poverty. Thank-you Algore and all you compassionate progressives.
In San Francisco, what some believe is the greenest building in the nation's history also has the worst work environment. Workers in the building say it is 'a nightmare.' Oops. Meanwhile, France is getting ready to build a second third-generation EPR nuclear plant.
GOVERNMENT AT WORK:
Unreported (again) by the media was the first congressional hearing ever held on alleged 'transgender discrimination' in the workplace. And continuing their hard work on behalf of the people, Congress just passed a new law that will stop your capitol - or at least a good portion of it - at the border, should you decide not to be a U.S. citizen anymore. (Please don't let Alec Baldwin or Susan Sarandon in on this tidbit.)
In a bit of good news, the National Governors Assoc. reported that deteriorating economic trends might, gasp, require states to all but freeze spending growth. I'm smiling.
Max Sanders, 19, has been charged with a felony for trying to sell his vote on EBay. And singer Rene Marie, who had been chosen to sing the Star Spangled Banner in Denver, decided to show how empowered she was by instead singing the words to the Black National Anthem. Zany, huh?
Speaking of zany, Thomas Beatie, the transgendered man who was impregnated by a sperm donor gave birth to a baby girl. My question: Is he/she the child's mother or father? Expect more of these conundrums as the left continues its successful redefinition of the traditional family.
A growing band of Obama supporters are expressing solidarity with him by changing their middle names to Hussein. God Bless America.
The Fourth of July is a fitting time to test your knowledge of this great country of ours. In October, a new version of the U.S. citizenship test will be introduced. Can you pass it? Click here for test.
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Author Christopher Hitchens videotaped himself undergoing waterboarding. Check it out.
That scream you hear isn't Hitchens', or mine. Its the earth. A new recording from space reveals the earth emits an ear-piercing series of chirps and whistles that could be heard by any aliens that may be listening. Even liberals can hear it.< IDIOT OF THE WEEK:
Another tie this week. PETA and actress Sharon Stone share the idiot box. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has offered Sharon Stone a free brain scan in an apparently sincere effort to discover why she "demonstrates a lack of empathy" towards animals by wearing fur. Ah, such interesting times.
I don't know about you, but I've had enough.
Till next Monday, keep smiling,
by Nancy Morgan
Nancy Morgan is a columnist and a news editor for RightBias.com
She lives in South Carolina, where she writes "Culture Watch" weekly.
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