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Deerfield Beach – Flush off her victory in last week’s City Commission election, Sylvia Poitier is aiming to take on her No. 1 nemesis – blogger and activist Chaz Stevens – if only she could get someone to foot the legal bills for suing him.

Staff writer Larry Barszewski reports:

Poitier sought the advice of City Attorney Andy Maurodis at Tuesday’s commission meeting on whether setting up a legal defense fund to raise money for her to pursue a defamation of character suit against Stevens would run afoul of any legal or ethical rules.

“ I don’t have money to waste ,” Poitier said. “If I go out and get an attorney, you know it’s not going to be cheap.”

Maurodis told Poitier the advice she wanted would have to come from a private attorney and fell out of his purview as city attorney.

Poitier is upset about frequently being the topic of entries on Steven’s blog [myactsofsedition.com], with its references to her purported imminent arrest on corruption charges and accusations that she has benefitted illegally as commissioner. Stevens has filed numerous complaints against Poitier with the city, the Broward County State Attorney’s Office and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“Either he’s going to have to call for a showdown or I’m going to have to file a lawsuit,” Poitier told commissioners at the meeting.

“Either one is fine dearie,” Stevens responded via a blog entry entitled Thrilla In Manila. “You pick the time and place. I’ll bring the press. You bring the lies. I’ll bring the data.”




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Written by Solana Larsen

This post is part of our special coverage on Bahrain Protests 2011.

Hundreds of troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates arrived in Bahrain on Monday, March 14 under the auspices of the Gulf Co-Operation Council to help the kingdom control a wave of anti-government protests that began on February 14. No one knows how the troops will be deployed, but human rights organizations and numerous foreign governments have urged Bahrain to exercise restraint. Protesters are still camping out on the Pearl Roundabout, where there have previously been serious incidents of violence and at least eight deaths. Adding to the trouble is strong sectarian tension between Shiites (majority) and Sunnis (minority) that several power brokers seek to magnify.

Troops and tanks are sent into Bahrain from Saudi Arabia as opposition protesters seek political reform by mtradwan © Demotix (14/3/11)

Tanks drive into Bahrain from Saudi Arabia to quell protests. By mtradwan © Demotix (14/3/11)

Monday in Manama

The following text is from an email sent to Global Voices by a blogger who has asked to remain anonymous. It is republished with permission.

Let's put it this way, so far it is not very clear what is happening. Yes, last night there was tear gas and rubber bullets all over pearl roundabout (not square!). Today, the town seems extremely quiet. They have blocked a good chunk of the city, and lots of people have not been able to go to work. I went out for a little cruise around town earlier today. In grocery stores, people are stocking up goods. In the booze shop too!

Many students were dismissed from school. Some schools have the week off, while others schools were forced by the ministry of education to stay open and have students attend classes. As for the university, a minor clash occurred within - and this university has a huge amount of shiites, but also a considerable amount of sunni's. I do not know what happened exactly, but the sunni's asked for help from the outside, and the shiites called the guys from the roundabout, and they all went at it there until the cops got in, with tear gas…etc.

The media is not doing a very good job here at alerting us to what's going on… And now on TV, there are troops coming in on the Saudi Causeway in tanks, waving hello and showing the peace sign! And then there are intervals of the traditional dance with the Saudi King, and Bahrain's King and ruling family, and that apparently is the traditional war song! It did not happen today, but they keep repeating clips of it.

Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters on Sunday, March 13. Photo by Sean Carberry © Demotix

Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters on Sunday March 13, 2011. Photo by Sean Carberry © Demotix


What will happen next?

It's all very odd!!! Tomorrow everyone has the day off. The guys at the roundabout asked their wives and kids to go home, and many are wrapped in - I do not know what you call it - it's like ‘coffin' cloth or this canvas they use here to wrap dead bodies. Maybe those are the ones who would rather die for a good cause and have nothing else in life, I really do not know. I think it's insane and that everyone should just go home and stop going to the roundabout. I hope they do not get shot, but chances are bad if they resist and do not clear the area.

Gas stations have gone on strike, and there are warnings that ‘electricity might be switched off'. Other warnings and rumors included ‘Dear sunni's if you approach a cop or a tank, you might be shot'. Another warning is not ro go out at night in groups, or else there is a risk of being shot.

And of course, the jokes are out too… Saudi troops are not heading to pearl roundabout, they are going to Exhibition Road!! (where the prostitutes and cheap pubs are).

Today at the Pearl Roundabout there are people giving their speeches, but it is quiet and fine. My friends walked around, the people there have always been friendly and inviting, for tea, coffee, food…etc… Only the media shows them in a different way. I also went there earlier on, and it felt like a carnival.

The pro-government people had to do their thing around the clock at the roundabout too, which is very close to the Royal Court, praising the King the family…etc.

People are glued to the TV hoping for something, but there is nothing, except stupid fluff like ‘We love you King Hamad', and ‘We know that you don't sleep if we're awake,' and tears and drama and thank you for sending those troops to save our lives!! There is nothing, no words, coming out from the Government or King or Prime Minister. We do not know what is coming next. Thank God for BlackBerry Messenger, Twitter and things like that where we can keep track of what people are actually seeing.

This post is part of our special coverage on Bahrain Protests 2011.

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This post is part of our Yemen Protests 2011 special coverage.

When protests first started in Yemen in January, President Ali Abdullah Saleh promised not to run for re-election in 2013 as an attempt to quiet angry protesters. However, this concession did not please anti-government protestors who have been asking for the immediate resignation of Ali-Abdullah Saleh and the fall of his 32-year regime. The government then turned to force, deploying thugs, live bullets, and possibly nerve gas to bring an end to a series of mass protests that have swept the country.

Afrah Nasser

Afrah Nasser

Yemeni blogger, Afrah Nasser, lives near the anti-government protest area in the capital Sana’a and has been uploading photos and posts calling for revolution. Nasser is also a journalist at the Yemen Observer Newspaper.

She received the following life-threatening message on Facebook on March 13 and decided to post it on her blog the next day, “so the entire world reads it“. The original message was in Arabic and she translated to English:

يبدوبان بانالكلام والتعامل معك بالطيب لا ينفع , رغم الجلسات التي تمت بينك وبين الــــ ؟؟؟؟!! كانت توحي بطيبه واحترام وذوق الطرف الاخر لكن مايتضح هو بانك لاترغبين بالعيش في امن وامان مع امك المسكينه التي تعبت وضحت من اجلكي انتي واختكي المغتربه ,قدمت كل التنازلات الشخصيه من اجل الحفاظ على ابنتيها الوحيدتان وتربيتهن وتعليمهن حتى اصبح كل من حولها يحسدونها على هذا الشي ,لكن يبدو بان المقوله المشهوره لاتريد ان تفارقكي(العرق دساس “نـ….. ر” ) اتمني بان تكون الاستاذه القديرة/ @#$ % هي قدوتكي في الحياه فلا تخالفيها واسمعي كل كلامها فهيا اعلم منكي بالتعامل مع الاخرين ولااضن بان هناك شخص اخر يعرف مصلحتك ويخاف عليكي اكثر من امك… كم اتمنى بان تكون هذة الام هي امي فسوف احاول اسعادها ولو بعمري …….

على العموم سيتم تجاهل كل الماضي ليس لاجل شي وانما لاجل تلك الام المسكينه المناظله التي لايتم مكافاتها بمثل هذة المكافه وهي حرمانها من احد افراد اسرتها بكل هذة السهوله مقابل طيشكي لانريد ان نفقدها كل تعب السنين الماضيه.

اتمنى بان رسالتي قد وصلت اليكي يابنت اليمن …..
اصحي اصحييييييييييييييييييييييييي فلا تكوني وامكي واختكي ضحيت طيشكي يامتعلمه

The Message received by Afrah Nasser, a Yemni Journalist.

It seems that peaceful discussion with you won’t work out. Even though the meetings you had with ???!!! that seemed nice and respectful and that the other party was kind to you, you see to keep on not wanting to live in peace and security with your poor mother who worked hard and scarified a lot for you and your sister’s sake; your sister who is abroad. Your mother did many personal sacrifices to provide decent education for you and your sister and make you decent educated people that every one envies her about. However, it seems the saying “ ……” applies to you. I wish that Mrs. @#$ % is your role model in life; so don’t disagree with her and listen to all her orders because she knows better than you do and knows better how to treat people than you do and I don’t think there is any other person knows what’s better for you than your mother. Gosh! I wish this lady to be my mother so I could whatever it takes to make her happy.

Anyways, the past will be forgotten, not for the sake of anything but only for the sake of your poor mother who fought a lot for you and you awarded her with this award; that’s to deprive her easily of one of her family member because of your irresponsibility and recklessness. We don’t want her to lose all what she earned for the past years.
I wish you receive my message…..

Wake up, waaaaaaaaaaake up! Don’t make your mother and your sister pay the price of your recklessness, you educated lady!

Afrah's followers on both twitter and her blog were shocked and they expressed their support and solidarity.
WomanfromYemen tweets:

@Afrahnasser oh my God!!!! they are trying to use fear tactics to scare you. we are with you to support you.

Muna (@ArabsUnite) tweets:

@Afrahnasser OMG. We are with u, supporting u hope u stay safe, strong and make sure u keep proof as @WomanfromYemen said..

Amal says:

من انتم؟؟ من انتم ؟ يا من تهددون حاملي الاخبار !
هذا هو الجبن بعينه .. ومن ارسل هذه الرسالة سيجر خيبته ورائة عندما يسقط الطاغية وسيسقط اعوانه تباعاً!!

يالي فاكر نفسك رجال وبترسل هذه الرسالة .. شوف الرجال الحقيقيين في ساحات التغير !

Who are you?? Who are you?? Threatening reporters!! This is cowardliness… And the one who sent this message will be extremely disappointed when the dictator and his followers fall… You think you're a man for sending a message like this.. The real men are at Al-Taghyeer square

Mohammed Al_Shaheri posted this comment on Afrah's blog:

الشعب كله مهدد لكن والله لن يزيدنا هذا إلا إصرار وأصبري يا أختي فما هي إلا أيام معدودة فالنظام يلفظ أنفاسه الأخيرة

The whole people is threatened, but I swear that this will only makes us more determined. Be patient sister, only few days remain until the fall of the regime.

He ends his comment with a piece of advice for Afrah:

ونصيحة يا أختي أبقي قريبة من مظمات المجتمع المدني حتى إذا ما حاول أي شخص أن يمسك بسوء فلن يستطيع وسيردعه الخوف فهم لن يقوموا بأي شيء يهيج الشارع في ظل الأوضاع الراهنة

A piece of advice sister: stay close to the organisations of civil society, because in case someone tries to hurt you he will not be able to do it and fear will stop him. Regarding the current events, they will not do anything that will enrage the streets.

Afrah (@Afrahnasser) tweets:

الحقيقة تزعج الكثير من المواليين .. سحقا لهم .. لن يسكت صوت الحق ابدا

The truth bothers many supporters..Screw them.. the voice of the truth will never be silent

This post is part of our Yemen Protests 2011 special coverage.

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Michael Anti, the Chinese journalist and political blogger, had his Facebook account suspended in January because, as representatives of the company told him, "Facebook has a strict policy against pseudonyms and that he must use the name issued on his government ID." So Anti was more than a little miffed to learn that Beast — the Hungarian sheepdog puppy just purchased by Mark Zuckerberg and his girlfriend — now has his own profile:  

Anti, a former journalist who has won fellowships at both Cambridge
University and Harvard University, said he set up his Facebook account
in 2007. By locking him out of his account, Facebook has cut him off
from a network of more than 1,000 academic and professional contacts
who know him as Anti, he said.

"I’m really, really angry. I can’t function using my Chinese name.
Today, I found out that Zuckerberg’s dog has a Facebook account. My
journalistic work and academic work is more real than a dog," he said.

Zuckerberg recently set up a Facebook page for "Beast," complete
with photos and a profile. Unlike Anti’s, however, the page for the
puppy doesn’t violate Facebook’s policies because it’s not meant to be
a personal profile page. Rather, it’s a type of page reserved for
businesses and public figures that fans can "like" and receive updates
from on their own Facebook pages.

Facebook said it does not comment on individual accounts, but added
that it believes a "real name culture" leads to more accountability and
a safer and more trusted environment for people who use Facebook.

Cute puppies aside, Facebook’s explanation seems bogus. In just my list of Facebook friends I can find at least a dozen people using pseudonyms, nicknames, or variations on their names. Moreover, Anti is a relatively well known public figure under that name. He’s been writing articles under that name for years and his Twitter account has nearly 36,000 followers. 

The timing of Anti’s suspension, coming just a month after Zuckerberg’s "vacation" tour of Chinese Internet companies, is equally unfortunate. 

Hat tip: China Digital Times

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I’m always highly skeptical of Benny Hinn types who claim to preach from a perspective of faith but then do so without ever citing a single line of Scripture - or worse yet, pervert that which is written. That latter proves that even the Devil can talk faith, a lot like Huffington Post’s Diana Butler Bass.

Bass begins her column with the last-distch effort of shaming Governor Scott Walker as a “bad” Christian by listing an unaccountable list of religious types — who I’m sure have no political leanings at all — as a way of saying God stands in opposition to Walker and Walker has no respect for these religious figures. While Walker’s actions have zero to do with his faith and everything to do with the mandate he was given on November 2nd — I’ll be her Huckleberry: let’s use Bass’s context for the sake of this piece.

Yet none of these prayers or sermons has swayed Scott Walker. He has steadfastly stayed on his original course, unfazed by the full weight of Roman Catholic authority or the mainline social justice tradition pressing upon him and urging him toward compromise and change.

Wait - but the left prattles incessantly about separation of church and state? Yes, except in the instances where they think they can prostitute faith for political purpose. The amazing thing about the United States, as evidence by Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists which the left only knows enough of to be comically dangerous, is how and why we are not a nation under the domination of a denomination. Freedom of religion and from religion, in a country blessed by God, a gift you are given regardless.

Walker hasn’t been swayed because the “swaying” occurred on November 2nd when Wisconsin voters went to the polls and voted for exactly what Walker is doing now: saving Wisconsin’s economy. Bass’s beef isn’t with Walker, who is just a representative of what the people wanted, but rather, with the people. The left can’t say that, though, because it deflates their populist narrative, so they focus on polarizing a bogeyman, in this case, Walker.

This is what I find particularly offensive as a person of faith:

Scott Walker is neither Roman Catholic nor a mainline churchgoer. The son of a Baptist pastor, born in Colorado Springs, the heartland of the Religious Right, Walker is a member of Meadowbrook Church in Wauwatosa, a non-denominational evangelical church. Meadowbrook’s statement of faith, a fairly typical boilerplate of conservative evangelical theology, includes beliefs in biblical inerrancy, sin, exclusive salvation through Christ, and eternal damnation.

In other words, Scott Walker does not give a rip about pronouncements by the Roman Catholic Church, any Lutheran, Episcopal, or Methodist bishop, or the Protestant social justice pastors. These religious authorities, steeped in centuries of theology and Christian ethics mean absolutely nothing in Scott Walker’s world.

“Social justice” is code word for “progressive.” That’s the clue. As a non-denominational Christian, I find Bass’s negative judgment for anyone who does not share her opinions about doctrine completely antithetical to the Gospels, which also warn against worship of legality and reveling in the division of denominations as opposed to focusing one’s heart on worship.

While Bass’s religious citations are flimsy and few, I could easily make the argument that she is advocating for a rejection of democracy and injection of a theocracy.

She’s angry that Walker doesn’t give credence to these authorities “steeped in Christian ethics,” yet I’m curious her criticisms in the wake of the various church sex abuse scandals? A quick and simple Google search revealed nothing. Perhaps her numerous criticisms are buried further back.

What makes her side holier for representing the union laborers and not the taxpayer laborers?

What makes the union holy?

Walker is representing the taxpaying laborers. Putting oneself above the others is antithetical to the lessons taught to us in Scripture and underscores Bass’s erroneous logic and attempt to, by way of maliciousness or deliberate obtuseness, bastardize the scope and message of faith. It’s ironic.

Once you know God’s direction, no change is allowed. Doubt opens the door to failure. Obeying Christ’s plan is the only option. In this theological universe, hard-headedness is a virtue, compromise is the work of the Devil, and anything that works to accomplish God’s plan is considered ethically justifiable.

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Walker is listening to One Person and One Person only: Jesus speaking directly to him. God, evidently, has directed him on his current path. Scott’s just trusting and obeying. He bears no responsibility other than that.

Compromise occurred November 2nd. Walker is following the voter’s voice.

And this is why Scott Walker’s religion is actually dangerous in the public square. Because it lacks the ability to compromise, it is profoundly anti-democratic.

He’s not motivated by religion, he’s motivated by the people’s November 2nd voice. So Bass is saying … that the vote of the people is evil? No, Ms. Bass, standing in opposition to what happened on November 2nd, 2010 is what is profoundly anti-democratic. Bass’s inability to put aside her limiting bias obviously impedes her ability to understand Scripture and relying on politically religious figures instead of God’s Word is the first red flag of false prophecy that people of faith are so often warned of throughout the Bible.

Let me enlighten the author of the article with Paul’s Letter to Ephesians, which speaks specifically about division within the body of Christ. I don’t see how Ms. Bass can present herself as a serious source on faith and yet fail to cite the Word Itself, preferring instead her unnamed “religious figures.”

Ephesians 4:2-7

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

Did Ms. Bass happen to miss Romans 13:2?

Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

Now, had Walker acted in opposition to our Constitution, which in the Declaration of Independence it is defined that our rights come not from man, but from God, then yes, protest, speak out. But the voters acted within their Constitutional rights by casting their vote for Walker and Walker is governing within the bounds both of what he promised and the Constitution. Protest all you want, it’s your First Amendment right, but if Bass is going to take the ridiculous position that Walker’s opposition to a few religious figures is a defiance of God, then she needs to delve into Romans.

Ephesians 4:25:

Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

Do you see, Ms. Bass?

I employ Ephesians 4:32 towards Ms. Bass over her actions. She’ll have to crack open the Good Book instead of standing on it to preach in order to discover the verse’s meaning; I just pray that her article’s tone is misleading and it isn’t her first time really reading it.


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I’ll be participating in what promises to be an interesting "dialogue" at the Paley Center on "The Fourth Estate and Digital Democracy" today, with a motley and interesting crew that includes Floyd Abrams,  Josh Marshall, Greta Van Susteren, and many others.

It’s streaming live here at 12:30.





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Leftist blogger Ian Murphy is "a liar who broke every rule of journalism," with his phone call to Gov. Scott Walker in which he pretended to be conservative donor David Koch, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell told the audience of last night's "Hannity."

The Media Research Center founder was reacting to CNN having practically promoted Murphy's prank by awarding him the title "Most Intriguing Person of the Day" on February 24 and by plugging his website, BuffaloBeast.com, on air.

Had Murphy been a CNN employee, he'd have been fired for his unethical and highly partisan manuever, Bozell noted, citing none other than CNN's own media reporter/critic Howard Kurtz. What's more, Bozell added, the media have been silent about Murphy's rabid left-wing rantings in the past, such as in 2008 when he wrote a piece entitled, "F**k the Troops" in Iraq.

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"So, 4,000 rubes are dead. Cry me the Tigris. Another 30,000 have been seriously wounded. Boo f*****g hoo. They got what they asked for and cool robotic limbs as well," Bozell quoted from a May 2008 Murphy column.

"This is a hate-filled wretch," that CNN was celebrating as intriguing, the MRC president complained.

Also discussed on the March 3 "Media Mash" was the media's gauzy, even heroic treatment of the runaway Democratic Wisconsin state senators. Observed Brent Bozell:

In the last two weeks, these hidden legislators have given 17 interviews or been part of 17 stories on the national [over-the-air broadcast] networks alone. Who knows how many hundreds of stories [the media have] done. These hidden legislators in fact are the most visible, celebrated legislators in all of the United States of America, so that's how the media are covering them. And the public ought to be asking themselves this question, "Why are they hiding from the public yet running to the press?" Maybe it's because with the press they find common ground.

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Fighting back against public scrutiny, Koch Industries is relying on a small army of conservative bloggers, reporters, and lobbyists. Chief among them is John Hinderaker, a blogger at the “Powerline Blog.” However, in his now daily defense of the Koch brothers, Hinderaker has failed to disclose that his law firm counts Koch Industries as a major client.

Hinderaker has been on the war path defending Koch. He has tasked himself with sniping at ThinkProgress posts, spending the last few weeks defending forced-abortion lobbyist and Koch operative Tim Phillips, celebrating Koch’s self-interested propaganda against climate change science, and generally making juvenile swipes at yours truly, including posting my picture and calling me a “high school student.” In a bizarre rant defending “what a great company Koch Enterprises is,” Hinkeraker even claims ThinkProgress is being paid “millions of dollars by left-wing billionaires” to report on Koch Industries. But here’s what he didn’t say:

- Hinderaker Has A Disclosure Problem. Hinderaker is an attorney for the law firm Faegre and Benson. Despite his previous role handling “ethics and professional responsibility” for Faegre, he has failed to disclose in his Koch-friendly blogging that Koch is a major client for his firm. Faegre represented Koch Industries in cases related to Koch’s theft of oil (using the famed “Koch Method” of manipulating oil data) in Texas and North Dakota, in cases against Koch’s own employees regarding Koch’s speculative weather derivatives business and an environmental whistleblower case, and in a case against a Koch subcontractor. In an ongoing case, Hinderaker’s firm represents Koch Industries in a class action suit brought by a group of plaintiffs regarding oil Koch allegedly stole from wells in Oklahoma. In addition, Hinderaker has defended the Bradley Foundation after we profiled the group and its support for Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI). Hinderaker never disclosed that he is a fellow of the Claremont Institute, a front that has received over $ 3 million from the Bradley Foundation.

Asked about his failure to disclose his firm’s financial relationship with Koch, Hinderaker told ThinkProgress’ Scott Keyes today that he has no comment.

The Koch spin machine is much larger than just Hinderaker. Koch recently retained Orion Strategies, a PR firm run by Weekly Standard writers like Michael Goldfarb, Wilson Miller Communications, and PR consultant Ron Bonjean, as well as government affairs firms like Cove Strategies, Hunton & Williams, ADS Ventures, the Palmetto Group, and Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti. In addition to their communication consultants, Koch is being aided by the right-wing media investments they have made over the years.

As ThinkProgress has detailed, Koch funds a number of conservative media positions using grants distributed by the Phillips Foundation, a conservative journalism front funded by Koch charitable foundations, the Koch-owned Institute for Humane Studies, and the Charles Koch fellowship. Moreover, the top conservative media outlets are owned by close associates of the Koch brothers: the Daily Caller is owned by Foster Friess, a friend of the Koch brothers and attendee of secret Koch fundraising meetings; the Washington Examiner and the Weekly Standard are owned by Phil Anschutz, another oil billionaire and Koch meeting attendee. Predictably, these outlets are now attacking us:

- Koch-Funded Media Attacks ThinkProgress. In the last month, the Anschutz-owned Washington Examiner has published nine articles defending to honor of David and Charles Koch. Mark Tapscott, who previously wrote long love letters to Charles Koch, criticized ThinkProgress without disclosing that much of his career, which includes stints at the Koch-funded Heritage Foundation, has been funded by Koch or Koch allies like Anschutz. The Examiner’s Tim Carney, a regular Koch meeting attendee, has dutifully defended his benefactors. Meanwhile, a writer for the Weekly Standard, who got his start with a Phillips Foundation grant, has promoted an odd theory that Koch Industries is a model company according to Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency. In reality, Koch Industries was forced to submit to the EPA permit in question after a protracted struggle. After funding various conservative writers, using fronts or other means, the Koch Industries PR team is now blasting anti-ThinkProgress pieces out to the media. On the official Koch Industries Twitter feed, the shoddy writing of Hinderaker, Carney, and others is being promoted and forwarded to the public.

Longtime Republican pundit and Koch lobbyist Nancy Pfotenhauer was recently rehired to work for Koch Industries as a “Koch spokeswoman.” Last year, after Jane Mayer’s blockbuster article in the New Yorker about Koch’s political machine, Pfotenhauer placed a hit-piece in the Daily Beast against Mayer. The Daily Beast writer later confessed that both Pfotenhauer and David Koch contacted her to write the piece on Mayer. A mysterious opposition researcher again tried to shop around a hit piece against Mayer in January.

The Koch brothers are famously thin-skinned and afraid of honest media attention. The only lengthy interviews given by Koch Industries are through friendly conservative outlets like the National Review, FrumForum, or the Wall Street Journal (even in his only interview to the WSJ, Charles Koch spoke with an editorial board member funded by Koch groups). Indeed, during a family feud, the Koch brothers hired a team of lawyers and investigators to go after one another, and in one incident, caught private detectives rifling through their trash for information.

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C’mon, I had to write about it. It’s thinner, it’s faster, it’s lighter, it’s got cameras and a gyroscope, and you can go nuts on GarageBand with it. Best of all, the price is the same as it was for iPad 1: Just $ 499 to start, a significant price break over competitors who are stuck [...]

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Israel-obsessed blogger Philip Weiss lies about he seeing “ruins” of hospital that isn’t ruined. The hospital is pictured at left, the place where the alleged terrorists were is at right.

Philip Weiss — “I’ve been to Gaza. I saw the ruins of the gene sequencing building at the Islamic University and of Al Quds Hospital.”

How do you see the ruins  of a building that isn’t ruined? And spent a total of three to five days out of commission because of ruptured water pipes?

Those are some questions I ask in all seriousness to Philip Weiss who runs a well-known anti-Israel blog “Mondoweiss”. Philip went after my work on March 1. Weiss, a self-described “anti-Zionist,” goes after me, a student journalist, as he leaves some important details out.

To get answers I’ve applied to comment on his site — call me a glutton for punishment — but haven’t heard back yet. I thought I’d use this space to explain how it distorts what I said and how I said. For starters, there’s the title, “Dershowitz rides shotgun for student attacking Palestinian scholar and his wife in California.”

1. Professor Dershowitz read the material I had translated and we talked about it. No more, no less. When I was younger I worked for him and have written about him on this site and elsewhere. I consider him a friend as well as a mentor, though we often disagree, which was part of the reason I asked him to look at the material I sent him.

2. I’m not “attacking” anyone. I am using statements made by them in Arabic and in English and drawing it to the attention of the community. If Mondoweiss were credible and not headed by two anti-Israel zealots, it would mention that Professor Frangieh’s wife, Aleta Wenger, also works for the college as an “executive director.”

Moving along, the author accuses me of omissions and says that he visited the Hamas-linked Islamic University of Gaza which he says had been bombed by Israel. He neglects to mention that IUG was used to store dozens of rocket-propelled grenade launches, rockets, and assault rifles and thousands of bullets (this material was found by Fatah) or that Israeli intelligence alleged the university was being used to elongate the range of Qassam missiles.


He next says he saw the “ruins of al Quds Hospital.” Oh really? Then how does he explain this statement from the International Committee of the Red Cross about the hospital after the alleged attack?

Repair work at Al-Quds Hospital, which is run by the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS), is under way after a quick assessment jointly carried out with ICRC staff. Water pipes supplying the facility were badly damaged by the shelling. Hospital services are expected to be back to normal in three to five days. The PRCS warehouse, which was also shelled on Thursday, was reduced to ashes. Very substantial stocks of relief goods were destroyed. (Jan. 17, 2009, Gaza: Civilians continue to suffer despite hopes for imminent cease-fire)

CAMERA has done excellent work showing that the alleged hospital was never bombed or shelled. And they have photographic proof.

Next, he notes that a large chunk of government professors at my college, Claremont McKenna, support my work and then writes, “I wonder how many of them know the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict and the role it is now playing in American politics…”

You mean the Joooz control it, too? Say, have you been talking with Frangieh? He, after all, believes a “Zionist-crusader” plot is behind America’s Middle East policy. I noticed that Weiss left that part out. I wonder why…

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Israel-obsessed blogger Philip Weiss lies about he seeing “ruins” of hospital that isn’t ruined. The hospital is pictured at left, the place where the alleged terrorists were is at right.

Philip Weiss — “I’ve been to Gaza. I saw the ruins of the gene sequencing building at the Islamic University and of Al Quds Hospital.”

How do you see the ruins  of a building that isn’t ruined? And spent a total of three to five days out of commission because of ruptured water pipes?

Those are some questions I ask in all seriousness to Philip Weiss who runs a well-known anti-Israel blog “Mondoweiss”. Philip went after my work on March 1. Weiss, a self-described “anti-Zionist,” goes after me, a student journalist, as he leaves some important details out.

To get answers I’ve applied to comment on his site — call me a glutton for punishment — but haven’t heard back yet. I thought I’d use this space to explain how it distorts what I said and how I said. For starters, there’s the title, “Dershowitz rides shotgun for student attacking Palestinian scholar and his wife in California.”

1. Professor Dershowitz read the material I had translated and we talked about it. No more, no less. When I was younger I worked for him and have written about him on this site and elsewhere. I consider him a friend as well as a mentor, though we often disagree, which was part of the reason I asked him to look at the material I sent him.

2. I’m not “attacking” anyone. I am using statements made by them in Arabic and in English and drawing it to the attention of the community. If Mondoweiss were credible and not headed by two anti-Israel zealots, it would mention that Professor Frangieh’s wife, Aleta Wenger, also works for the college as an “executive director.”

Moving along, the author accuses me of omissions and says that he visited the Hamas-linked Islamic University of Gaza which he says had been bombed by Israel. He neglects to mention that IUG was used to store dozens of rocket-propelled grenade launches, rockets, and assault rifles and thousands of bullets (this material was found by Fatah) or that Israeli intelligence alleged the university was being used to elongate the range of Qassam missiles.


He next says he saw the “ruins of al Quds Hospital.” Oh really? Then how does he explain this statement from the International Committee of the Red Cross about the hospital after the alleged attack?

Repair work at Al-Quds Hospital, which is run by the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS), is under way after a quick assessment jointly carried out with ICRC staff. Water pipes supplying the facility were badly damaged by the shelling. Hospital services are expected to be back to normal in three to five days. The PRCS warehouse, which was also shelled on Thursday, was reduced to ashes. Very substantial stocks of relief goods were destroyed. (Jan. 17, 2009, Gaza: Civilians continue to suffer despite hopes for imminent cease-fire)

CAMERA has done excellent work showing that the alleged hospital was never bombed or shelled. And they have photographic proof.

Next, he notes that a large chunk of government professors at my college, Claremont McKenna, support my work and then writes, “I wonder how many of them know the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict and the role it is now playing in American politics…”

You mean the Joooz control it, too? Say, have you been talking with Frangieh? He, after all, believes a “Zionist-crusader” plot is behind America’s Middle East policy. I noticed that Weiss left that part out. I wonder why…

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Let me just say, without qualification, that of the high profile journalists whose techniques were discussed or entered as evidence in the Scooter Libby trial, Bob Woodward had the best note taking. Judy Miller, Matt Cooper, Bob Novak, Andrea Mitchell (and, I’m sure, Marcy Wheeler)? They all were put to shame by Bob Woodward’s exactitude and organization in the way he recorded his interactions with government officials.

Which is why I find it so amusing to see Woodward take to Tom Ricks’ blog to rip Donald Rumsfeld’s memoir to pieces. Woodward knows he has the documentation to back up his critique and he cites the notes of his October 23, 2003 and July 7-8, 2006 interviews with Rummy in detail. Here’s the cattiest example:

Near the end of the Oct. 23, 2003 interview — page 39 of my transcript — this interchange took place, illustrating the worst and the best of him:

Rumsfeld: “And you lie, you told people I stuck a finger in your chest. I never stuck a finger in your chest.”

Woodward: “Yes, sir, yes, yes.”

Rumsfeld: “I never touched your chest.”

Woodward: “I swear you did.”

Rumsfeld: “Did I?”

Woodward: “Yeah, you did.”

Rumsfeld: “Physically?”

Woodward: “You did, physically, it wasn’t hostile you were illustrating a point.”

Rumsfeld: “Good.”

Woodward: “I explained that. I thought you scored a very good point.”

Rumsfeld: (laughter)

Woodward: “Which was about surprise and off balance.”

Rumsfeld: “Oh yes, I did. I remember that you’re right …Yeah, right, you are right …I said you got to get a little off balance — I’ve done that. He’s right, I’m wrong.”

He had moved from calling me a liar to acknowledging that my memory was correct and his wrong. He probably should have been more tentative at both the front end and the back end, but there it was, Rumsfeld in full.

Meanwhile, Woodward exposes Rummy’s own inconsistent claims about his notes.

“I don’t have notes,” Rumsfeld insisted. “I don’t have any notes.”  His memoir cites his personal handwritten notes dozens of time.

Sure, Woodward does this, in part, to ensure no one questions the accuracy of his own books as authoritative narratives of-among other things-the timeline leading up to the Iraq war. He also seems, in part, to be protecting Bush.

And sure, there are tidbits where the old Woodward shines through, even in his own self-reporting.

On January 9, 2002, four months after 9/11, Dan Balz of The Washington Post and I interviewed Rumsfeld for a newspaper series on the Bush administration’s response to 9/11. According to notes of the NSC, on September 12, the day after 9/11, Rumsfeld again raised Iraq saying, is there a need to address Iraq as well as bin Laden?

When Balz read this to Rumsfeld, he blew up. “I didn’t say that,” he said, maintaining that it was his aide Larry DiRita talking over his shoulder. His reaction was comic and we agreed to treat it as off the record. But Balz persisted and asked Rumsfeld what he was thinking. [bold original; underline emphasis mine]

But I gotta say, for a newbie blogger, Woodward sure took the medium.

Related posts:

  1. Who Was-and Was Not-in on Rummy’s “Plan”
  2. Rummy’s Dump
  3. Abbe Lowell’s Leak as Governance Theory


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Media Matters’ main Soros blogger Eric Boehlert giggled through a recent interview, obviously amused by the assault of a Fox News reporter.

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Boehlert, who supported the N word drama of last year wherein video disproved his claims, was quick to discount the reporter and witnesses because it was Fox and they had it coming.

“You just have to laugh … this coming from someone who works for a station that essentially concocts hate on an hourly basis … people don’t like them and they’re going to express that with free speech.”

Hitting someone isn’t “free speech.”

Boehlert continued:

“The right wing blogosphere is upset with finding this violence that they can’t really find.”

Violence we can’t find? Want to try that again? Let us educate this Soros employee with videos of recent, and a couple from 2009, leftist violence:


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So in a blog post at FrumForum (it’s like Penthouse Forum, minus the sex), a writer details a phenomenon called “Fox Geezer Syndrome.”

It’s when your elderly parents become politically energized, thanks to watching so much Fox News.

Richmond Ramsey, a pseudonym for “wussface,” slams his mom, thusly:

I don’t know when it happened, exactly, but she began peppering our conversation with red-hot remarks about President Obama. I would try to engage her, but unless I shared her particular judgment, and her outrage, she apparently thought that I was a dupe or a RINO. Even though we’re all conservatives, I found myself having to steer our phone conversations away from politics and current events.

…It wasn’t that I disagreed with their opinions – though I often did – but rather that I found the vehemence with which they expressed those opinions to be so off-putting.

And so your parents are embarrassing reactionaries, cuz they chose Beck over Oprah.

Look, Ramsey has a point – for many people Beck has been an energizing influence. But he hasn’t turned the elderly into pitchfork-waving neanderthals. Some, thanks to Beck, are reading more, and buying more books. And some are investing in food storage. I bought an underground trampoline made of gold.

The gist in this condescending piece: your parents are stupid because they are easily swayed by tv. And because they never had strong opinions before, their current emotional state must be manufactured. Unlike, of course, their more sophisticated offspring – who are young, pragmatic and smart. Pop’s just cranky, old and reactionary.

And of course, the blogger must bring up the Tuscon shooting. Yep, maybe you should worry about mom and dad, since, “passion is the enemy of clear thought and…the prerequisite for mob rule.”

Man, what a dumb thing to say about the folks who gave you life and raised you.

And who might also drop you from the will.

And if you disagree with me, you sir are worse than Woodrow Wilson.

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Written by Hamid Tehrani

Protests were held in Iran on February 14

After widespread protests in Iran on February 14, Iranian cyber-activists flooded the internet with videos, photos and tweets from the demonstrations. Meanwhile, a different interpretation of events exists. Iranian pro-government Islamist bloggers are also prolific when it comes to sharing their thoughts online.

One pro-government blogger Mehdi Fatemi Sedr wrote a detailed post in Farsi about how he and others, including Basij militia, engaged in violence against protesters on February 14.

From Enghlab street, I moved to Azadi street and made my chain ready. I was sure that we would be engaged in a fight. In Azadi street, there was no sign of police, everyone was surprised. A protester chanted “Down with the dictator” and another said “Neither Gaza, nor Lebanon, Iran, Tunisia and Egypt….” We can expect nothing from our soldiers, I prayed for God to send Basijis from the heavens, and it seems our prayers were answered.

According to this blogger, Valentine's Day (February 14) is an “international day of prostitution”. By choosing this shameful day to protest, the blogger says the opposition movement of “Green male and female hypocrites” has already lost face by demonstrating to everyone that they have no religion.

Ahestan, another active Islamist blogger, considers what is happening in Iran as mere turbulence and nothing like the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt. The blogger writes [fa]:

The main problem with the so-called “Green movement” is that they always try to clone the [Iranian] Islamic Revolution, or the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions. Unfortunately it's not ordinary people but green movement leaders come to these conclusions alone, expecting the Iranian army to turn “Green” like the Egyptian army who joined the masses.

In another post, the same blogger made fun of the Greens and by writing a fictional satirical story where the main Iranian opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi has become the president and holds a press conference on February 14 telling all the reporters that all revolutions in the past, present and future have roots in Green movement's experience, but that they themselves based their movement on Egypt's experience.

The blogger also claims that some February 14 videos on YouTube are fake and that new audio was added to old films where protesters are wearing short sleeve shirts, which is unlikely attire for the middle of winter in Tehran. Ahestan also writes that some tweets falsely called the February 14 demonstration a million-strong protest.

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