Friday ME pop star blogging: Demet Sener
or, all hail the little black dress...who knew the barbed wire arm tatoo fad had made it all the way to Turkey?
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Skipper Polonius: Heed my words, Laertes, and you'll be safe.
Mary Ann Laertes:(aside) Unless I listen, I won’t get my spending money. So I’ll listen, I’ll listen.
Skipper: (Sings) Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
Do not forget:
Stay out of debt;
Think twice, and take this good advice from me,
Guard that old solvency. There’s just
one other thing you ought to do:
To thine own self be true.
"because sometimes life is funny: you get a glimpse of how the pieces fit just for a little while. And you realize. Dear God: to protect the innocent sometimes you have to protect the guilty too! How can you do this, not just going through motions, and still do good?"
....the tireless Nazi hunter who tracked down Adolf Eichmann and the policeman who arrested Anne Frank, as well as about 1,100 other war criminals, has died at the age of 96.
Mr Wiesenthal, who himself survived five death camps and lost 89 members of his family in the genocide, dedicated his life not to revenge, but to the pursuit of justice. "When history looks back I want people to know the Nazis weren't able to kill millions of people and get away with it," he once said....
[he] was given armed protection by the Austrian government after an attempt on his life by neo-nazis in 1982...was once asked why he had dedicated his life to pursuing the crimes of the past. He replied: "When we come to the other world and meet the millions of Jews who died in the camps and they ask 'What have you done?' then I will say, 'I did not forget you'."
Her attorneys are waiting for word from the U.S. Supreme Court, where they filed an appeal Monday after Texas courts, lower federal courts and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles rejected their arguments that she was innocent.
[Her attorneys say]... that evidence used at her trial was improperly destroyed and that the gun linked to the slayings was not the only weapon recovered by police.
I remember almost immediately, Western media began conjecturing on which Islamic group it could have been. I remember hoping it wasn’t Muslims or Arabs. I remember feeling that way not just because of the thousands of victims, but because I sensed that we’d suffer in Iraq. We’d be made to suffer for something we weren’t responsible for.
E. looked at me wide-eyed that day and asked the inevitable question, “How long do you think before they bomb us?”
“But it wasn’t us. It can’t be us…” I rationalized.
“It doesn’t matter. It’s all they need.”
...if the collapse of the Soviet Union and 9/11 bookend a major shift in international politics, then this is a period not just of grave danger, but of enormous opportunity. Before the clay is dry again, America and our friends and our allies must move decisively to take advantage of these new opportunities.
—Condoleezza Rice, April 29, 2002
Targeting America in Iraq in terms of economy and losses in life is a golden and unique opportunity. Do not waste it only to regret it later.
—Osama bin Laden, December, 2004
PHILLIPS: But what about all those warnings...
PELOSI: ... may I please respond
PHILLIPS: What about all the
warnings from the Army Corps of Engineers...
PELOSI: But the Army Corps
PHILLIPS: ... years ago, saying there's a problem with
these levees, there's a problem with this city.
PELOSI: Myra, Myra,
PHILLIPS: It's Kyra. It's Kyra.
PELOSI: ... if you want to make a case for the White House, you
should go on their payroll. But the (INAUDIBLE)...
PHILLIPS: I'm not making a case for the White House, by all means,
PELOSI: ... that the White House has cut this year 72
percent of the request from Louisiana for flooding money. The White House has
cut the Army Corps of Engineers by a large percentage in this last fiscal
"CNN has not given up its quest for an answer to the Kyra Phillips question: Do our victims understand why we need to maim and kill them? The Kyra Phillips moral dilemma reflects a theology I'm unfamiliar with:
Redemption through the understanding of the victim, with no obligation to stop
victimizing. From the Church of America, perhaps*.
And it's not just the
headline.The CNN story reports bizarre interpretations by the military as if they made perfect sense. The children were discovered crushed beneath a collapsed wall, but the lieutenant colonel CNN quotes isn't sure the wall collapsed because we were dropping bombs on the village a short while before."
It's hard to decide which is more troubling: that it took the national press corps five years to summon up enough courage to report, without apology, that what the Bush administration says and does are often two different things, or that it took the sight of bodies floating facedown in the streets of New Orleans to trigger a change in the press's behavior.
Think about it. It took the worst U.S. natural disaster in a century -- with a Civil War-like refugee crisis and undiluted chaos throughout New Orleans -- for the mainstream press to conquer, at least temporarily, its collective fear of offending Republicans and the White House and its trepidation toward the angry army of press haters complaining about liberal bias and report what it believed was the truth.
The consensus among observers of this press phenomenon is that reporters in the besieged city experienced such a huge disconnect between what they were seeing up close and what they were hearing from relief officials (e.g., Brown's early assertion that the federal relief effort was "going relatively well") that they couldn't help boiling over on the air. No doubt that's true. But for how many months (years?) have reporters in Iraq been witnessing the disconnect... about Iraq appeared on TV screens? One answer: There's a powerful conservative push-back against the press when it hits hard on Iraq -- which so far has not occurred regarding Katrina.
What's more, as observers have noted, the flashes of media anger over Katrina began to flare up only late last week, several days after the storm hit. Indeed, the media was initially in its patented hands-off crouch when faced with the possibility of criticizing the Bush administration. If the New Orleans levees had held and Katrina had killed only a dozen or two poor people and made a mess of the Southern city, and the administration had responded with the same type of lackluster relief, odds are the press would have issued the White House yet another free pass.
the Canadian singer ..." launched a scathing attack on US President George W. Bush's Iraq policy, while criticizing his country's slow response to the southern states devastated by last week's Hurricane Katrina. Dion, who has donated $1 million to victims of the storm, grew visibly emotional as she told of her frustration watching tens of thousands of survivors wait days for aid on CNN's Larry King Live show on Saturday. The hitmaker fumed, "I open (sic) the television, there's people still there, waiting to be rescued, and for me it's not acceptable. I know there's reasons for it, I'm sorry to say, I'm being rude, but I don't want to hear those reasons." Dion criticized authorities for arresting looters in New Orleans, Louisiana, saying they should make rescuing the stranded victims a priority. She said, "Oh, they're stealing 20 pair of jeans or they're stealing television sets. Who cares? They're not going to go too far with it. Maybe those people are so poor, some of the people who do that they're so poor they've never touched anything in their lives. Let them touch those things for once." Dion referred to Bush's controversial war in Iraq, saying, "How come it's so easy to send planes in another country to kill everyone in a second, to destroy lives? We need to be there right now to rescue the rest of the people."
"When people get mad enough to start fucking shit up, that's when the country will begin to awaken, if it is to awaken at all, and not one moment before. Until then, we're all just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. I have finally reached the point at which my contempt for the Democratic Party is as boundless as the GOP. It's the Elites vs. Everyone Else (Bill Clinton's backflips as an apologist for Bush is just too much to take), and that isn't going to be changing anytime soon no matter who is in - or out of - elected office...
The spectacle of post-Katrina death and mayhem is overwhelming, a glimpse of America's future. There will be other disasters, natural and otherwise, and perhaps we will finally learn what we have created - and what we value above all else: A society in which every citizen is quite literally on his or her own. Apparently, we like it this way."
By Frank Barnako, MarketWatch
Last Update: 12:40 PM ET Sep 1, 2005
WASHINGON (MarketWatch) -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into reports of fraudulent online solicitations of funds for hurricane relief.
A spokesman for the FBI warned of e-mails making bogus appeals for support, a practice known as phishing. (see Wikipedia entry, here).
"The important point is that [people] initiate contact on their own," the FBI's Paul Bresson told the Washington Post.
Web sites with names such as katrinahelp.com and katrinarelief.com have been created. They refer visitors to another Web site that purports to solicit funds. There is no way, however, to know who is getting the money. A survey by MasterCard International found that after last year's tsunami in South Asia, 170 scam sites appeared soliciting money for supposed relief efforts.