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Israeli forces stop Gaza-bound flotilla; unprovoked attack or self defense?

Depending on which news story you read, you might not know the “peace activists” are Hamas supporters, that the blockade against Gaza is imposed by Egypt as well as Israel and that video released of the incident shows the “peace activists” initiated the violence.

9 dead as Israeli forces storm Gaza aid convoy
May 31, 2010 by CNN Wire Staff

Israeli military gives version of flotilla incident
May 31, 2010 by CNN

Israel boat raid sparks condemnations, protests
May 31, 2010 by SELCAN HACAOGLU and LEE KEATH

Israel’s sea raid sparks diplomatic furor
May 31, 2010 by USA Today

Israel Intercepts Gaza-bound Aid Ships, Killing 10
May 31, 2010 by Jonathan Ferziger and Calev Ben-David

Helen Thomas Accuses Israel of ‘Deliberate Massacre, An International Crime’
May 1, 2010 by Noel Sheppard

AJC Condemns ‘Free Gaza’ Flotilla for Provoking Tragic Violence
May 31, 2010 by American Jewish Committee

Israeli police say 16 Gaza activists sent to jail
May 31, 2010 by AMY TEIBEL and TIA GOLDENBERG

Netanyahu: Flotilla raid was self defense
May 31, 2010 by ROB GILLIES

The Terror Finance Flotilla
May 31, 2010 by Jonathan Schanzer

New video: Flotilla passengers attack Israeli troops
May 31, 2010 by Allahpundit

Turkish (blood)bath
Ankara ambushes Israel at sea

June 1, 2010 by Ralph Peters

Yesterday’s “aid convoy” incident off the coast of Gaza wasn’t about bringing humanitarian supplies to the terrorist-ruled territory. It wasn’t even about Israel.

It was about Turkey’s determination to position itself as the leading Muslim state in the Middle East.

Three ships of that six-ship pro-terror convoy flew Turkish flags and were crowded with Turkish citizens. The Ankara government — led by Islamists these days — sponsored the “aid” operation in a move to position itself as the new champion of the Palestinians.

And Turkish decision-makers knew Israel would have to react — and were waiting to exploit the inevitable clash. The provocation was as cynical as it was carefully orchestrated.

CBS Finally Notes Flotilla’s Terrorist Ties, NBC Highlights Calls for Israel to End Blockade
June 3, 2010 by Brad Wilmouth

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Perceived racial problems turn out to be school system problem

Racial allegations at new magnet school addressed
May 30, 2010 by Jamon Smith

Comments by the vice chairwoman of the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education two weeks ago, alleging racial problems at the system’s new magnet school, drew a strong initial response, but a closer look at the numbers and perceptions reveals a more complicated picture.

After reviewing statistics from the school system and interviewing parents, students, teachers and administrators, The Tuscaloosa News found that people’s perceptions were often divided along racial lines, and were not always reflected in the facts.

“What’s happening there is that kids are being grouped according to their performance levels. It has become quite obvious that children who are coming from certain other schools are not at the same levels as children from others,” she said.

Schools in the system’s western cluster, which are almost entirely black and draw from poorer households, generally have lower standardized test scores. This can translate into lower expectations for students, Tucker said.

“An ‘A’ at Westlawn isn’t the same as an ‘A’ at Rock Quarry. That’s a system problem. They call it grouping. I say the kids are being separated. And without explanation to those kids or the parents — that’s the perception,” Tucker said.

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Liberals still using Nazi label; MSM has no problem with it

Swastikas and Nazi References at Pro-Illegal Immigration Rally, Will Media Care?
May 30, 2010 by Noel Sheppard

For over a year, America’s media have been depicting Tea Partiers as homophobic racists citing inflammatory signs at rally events as evidence.

On Saturday, pro-illegal immigration supporters in Phoenix, Arizona, carried signs quite similar to what our press found repulsive and extreme when present at conservative protests.

Will swastikas and the Arizona governor being referred to as “Adolf Brewer” be equally unacceptable to America’s media?

Before you answer, consider the following news segment from NBC12 in Phoenix wherein an anti-SB 1070 protester was interviewed holding a sign emblazoned with swastikas claiming “Republicans Breed Ignorance,” and the reporter didn’t even bat an eye (video follows with commentary and additional pictures):

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Frank Rich Blames Oil Spill on Bush, Cheney, Beck, Palin, Tea Party and Rand Paul

Frank Rich Blames Oil Spill on Bush, Cheney, Beck, Palin, Tea Party and Rand Paul
May 30, 2010 by Noel Sheppard

With the Gulf Coast oil spill appearing to spin out of control, the Obama-loving media are now working overtime to shelter the President from any possible blame.

Exhibit A: New York Times columnist Frank Rich’s pathetic piece published Sunday.

Almost incomprehensibly, “Obama’s Katrina? Maybe Worse” is more of hit piece on the Bush administration than a serious analysis of the failings of the current White House to do anything to prevent the environmental disaster slamming the Gulf Coast after that oil well exploded almost six weeks ago.

But that’s just the beginning, for Rich actually ends up pointing fingers at Dick Cheney, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, and Rand Paul:

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MSM can’t find any reason to negatively spin President Obama

Two different approaches to President Obama’s recognition of Memorial Day are circulating. One perspective paints the event as just another day on the job for the honorable Obama, tainted by some inconsequential trumped up scandal. The other perspective isn’t afraid to portray the situation negatively for the president.

The following AP story won’t even mention the fact President Obama is taking a vacation, and that this timing of vacation is part of the reason there is an issue here at all.

Obama asks Americans to observe Memorial Day
May 29, 2010 by AP

President Obama’s Memorial Day Vacation
May 26th, 2010 by The Heritage Foundation

So what’s the big deal? As leftist columnist David Corn writes: “[D]oes it matter if Obama throws some leaves on a tomb?” Well, apparently to liberals, it does not matter and to Corn, even wondering why the president would miss the occasion in itself dishonors lost soldiers. Seriously. Somehow, wanting the president to appropriately honor the troops who paid the ultimate price is chalked up as “political ammo.”

The truth is that no president has missed the Arlington ceremony on Memorial Day since 1992. That year, former President Bush attended a ceremony in Maine while campaigning for re-election. In 1992 our nation was not at war. President Bush was himself a decorated war hero in World War II, risking life and limb to complete bombing missions in the Pacific and losing crewmates in the battles. His commitment to honoring his brothers-in-arms was never in doubt. So comparing 1992 to 2010 is not exactly an apples to apples debate.

On the other hand, President Obama has demonstrated time and time again an unwillingness to fully support our troops whether through resources or through rhetoric. He gave a commencement address in 2008 with the theme of ’serving your country’ on that Memorial Day weekend, and did not mention serving in the military once. His proposed budgets reduce defense spending as a percentage of GDP to pre-9/11 levels. And this White House is uncomfortable even using the term ‘war on terror’ which is the cause that many of those who sacrificed their lives committed themselves to in the first place.

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NPR addresses internet hate speech, but only from the right

NPR Exposes ‘Nasty Comments’ on the Internet — Anti-Obama, Anti-Muslim, But None from the Left
May 28, 2010 by Tim Graham

NPR’s All Things Considered aired a long report on Thursday night on nasty Internet commenters – but reporter Laura Sydell’s examples centered on anti-Obama and anti-Muslim commenters (including one who wanted Obama shot), and no one from the left (like the Huffington Post people regretting Cheney wasn’t shot in Afghanistan). She began with a sympathetic sick family that favored ObamaCare:

Sydell didn’t cite the actual article or comments that are so awful. She also left out that Religion Dispatches is a liberal blog, whose advisory council includes “scholars” from liberal groups like the Center for American Progress, People for the American Way, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and one Harry Knox of the Human Rights Campaign, whose been quite a hateful commenter on his own. Sydell worried the “thoughtful tone” (synonymous with liberal expression?) would be compromised by rebuttals.

The piece ends where it began, with Miki Hsu Leavey hoping for a more civilized space for Republicans and Democrats to discuss things. But NPR and Sydell didn’t create any space for Republicans or conservatives in this piece.


Website Editors Strive To Rein In Nasty Comments

May 27, 2010 by Laura Sydell

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PBS must think any dissent from the leftwing view is hate

PBS’s Meacham Frets Over Anti-Obama ‘Hate’ from Right, Invokes McVeigh and Oswald
May 27, 2010 by Brad Wilmouth

On Friday’s Need to Know on PBS, co-host Jon Meacham – also of Newsweek – devoted the show’s regular “In Perspective” segment to highlighting “anger” and “hate” felt by some conservatives toward President Barack Obama, and included examples of protesters and anger expressed toward liberals. He began the segment by raising the possibility of violence resulting from “extremism”: “Perhaps we should not be much surprised anymore about the language of extremism. But we can’t let the prevalence of far-out rhetoric dull us to its pernicious and possibly violent effects.”

He asserted that most of the “hatred” is coming from conservatives: “For the most part, the fury is on the right, and it started with the rise of Barack Obama. Change and rage. It’s a curious thing. Obama – hardly a radical figure – provokes hatred among some who feel alienated by the times.”

The PBS host soon revisited the possibility that anti-Obama “hate” could result in violence: “But there have been times when the force that perennially divides us is not anger as much as its more violent and more disturbing cousin: hate. These are the times when men with weapons have emerged from the shadows, and changed history.” Clips of Lee Harvey Oswald, Timothy McVeigh, and wreckage from the Oklahoma City Bombing were then shown.

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Left-leaning journalists not finished with Arizona’s immigration law

MSNBC’s ‘A Nation Divided’ Teeming With Liberal Talking Points
May 26, 2010 by Alex Fitzsimmons

MSNBC’s May 26 special on immigration reform, “A Nation Divided,” was replete with unbalanced interviews with liberal activists and one-sided segments featuring only liberal positions on the controversial issue.

MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer pitched softballs to Democrats Michael Nowakowski, vice mayor of Phoenix, and Raul Castro, former Arizona governor, without brining on guests to counter their liberal perspectives.

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No patience for Bush after Katrina, different story for Obama and oil spill

MRC Study: Media Double Standard on Gulf Coast Disasters
May 26, 2010 by Rich Noyes

For more than a month, the American Gulf Coast has been threatened by a gigantic oil spill, caused by the April 21 explosion of a British Petroleum deepwater rig. Yet unlike five years ago — when the media were quick to put the onus on the Bush administration for its handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina — for four weeks, ABC, CBS and NBC failed to scrutinize the administration’s ineffectual response to this disaster, now blasted even by such Democratic stalwarts as ex-Clinton operative James Carville.

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More school censorship, this time against Silly Bandz

Silly Bandz Banned — What’s a Schoolkid to Do?
May 25, 2010 by Bonnie Rochman

The Bandz are now contraband. Schools in several states, including New York, Texas, Florida and Massachusetts, have blacklisted Silly Bandz, those stretchy, colorful bracelets that are creeping up the forearms of school kids across the U.S. And starting this week, all 800-some kids at my son’s elementary school in Raleigh, N.C., were commanded to leave at home their collections of rubber band–like bracelets, which retail for about $5 per pack of 24. What could possibly be so insidious about a cheap silicone bracelet?

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