The government story is ALWAYS wrong

Debka investigates the “acid-throwing” by the protesting Jewish settlers:

The tale of the acid attack by disorderly evacuation resisters against Israeli troops and police was born on the spur of the moment amid the noise and clamor of the evacuation of the Kfar Darom synagogue in the Gaza Strip Thursday, Aug 18.

It was picked up without any sort of investigation with suspicious speed.

While the activists were still being handed down from the synagogue roof, OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen Dan Harel and Israeli police commissioner Moshe Karadi stood below. With shocked faces, they announced that the roof holdouts had poured acid and seriously injured the special border police unit members as they scaled ladders to remove them. The men were described as having fled in a panic, to strip off their burned uniforms and be sluiced down with water.

Live broadcasts from the scene reportedly hysterically that six ambulances had rushed the injured police officers to hospital. Defense minister Shaul Mofaz announced he had asked the state attorney to file serious charges against the alleged acid-throwers….

By this time, the acid-in-the-synagogue story was being lapped up by the international media.

None heeded the denials issued by the alleged acid-throwers or the testimony of the deputy director of Beersheba’s Sorocca hospital, who treated the 75 policemen. He said he had seen no acid burns or any other marks of violence. Some showed slight irritation around the eyes, possibly from turpentine solution. They all arrived partially dehydrated, some feeling faint, but there was nothing medically amiss to warrant rushing any of the men in blue to the hospital.

Friday afternoon, Aug 19, Michael Eytan, chairman of the Knesset law committee, published a furious protest against “the acid lie.” He called it “a blood libel” designed to mar the atmosphere of restraint and mutual sympathy that had prevailed in the evacuation operation till then. Responding to the lawmaker’s inquiry, the hospital expressed itself surprised to see the men. They had no need of medical treatment and most were released soon after their admission.

Those of you who believe the Sharon government is only cleansing Gaza of a religious Jewish presence because it is necessary might want to keep this incident in mind when you consider whether it is telling the truth about the situation or not.

It’s football time

QB Trent Green
RB Domanick Davis
RB Lamont Jordan
WR Marvin Harrison
WR Steve Smith
WR Jerry Porter
TE Randy McMichael
K Jeff Wilkins
DEF Atlanta

I can’t decide if I like my team or not. It strikes me as one with decent potential, provided I make reasonable pickups along the way, but there’s no one that’s liable to strike fear in anyone’s heart. But, when you finish in third place, you pick eighth, so what do you do. Here’s hoping Oakland’s offense manages to turn it around.

The big question I’m still wondering about was TO. He went in the third round and I’m wondering if I should have paired him with Harrison. As it stands, I couldn’t bring myself to pull the trigger on him and he ended up with Chokechain, who also has Priest Holmes. I play Chokechain in Week One and his team strikes me as one that could either walk all over everyone or fall completely apart by Week Four.

There’s only one way to find out.

That pretty much says it all

Northwest’s mechanics go on strike:

After months of talks broke off here just before midnight Friday, union spokesman Jim Young said the mechanics would rather see the airline go into bankruptcy than agree to Northwest’s terms. The Airline Mechanics Fraternal Association 4,427 of Northwest’s 40,000 workers.

This simply goes to show how much unions care about their fellow workers. They’d rather pull the plug on the 35,573 employees who don’t belong to their own little union than lose 2,200 jobs. Is that understandable? To a certain extent, misery loving company and all, but it also shows precisely the same level of indifference to others that unions typically accuse management of having.

It would seem that they are simply projecting, wouldn’t it.

The end of news

Bob Costas isn’t interested in dead girls:

While some cable TV hosts are making their living off the Natalee Holloway case this summer, Bob Costas is having none of it. Costas, hired by CNN as an occasional fill-in on “Larry King Live,” refused to anchor Thursday’s show because it was primarily about the Alabama teenager who went missing in Aruba. Chris Pixley filled in at the last minute.

“I didn’t think the subject matter of Thursday’s show was the kind of broadcast I should be doing,” Costas said in a statement. “I suggested some alternatives but the producers preferred the topics they had chosen. I was fine with that, and respectfully declined to participate.”

Costas’ manager declined to elaborate on what Costas didn’t like about the topic.

Bravo for Costas. It’s interesting to see how the sports guys have better instincts for what is and is not news than the news people. I have no sympathy for the newspapers and the cable news networks as they continue to decline. Their business model was predicated on being the only game in town, they badly abused their position of privilege and one now derives a true sense of schadenfreude in watching them devolve into shallow emotional porn for barely educated women.

Missing girls and Michael Jackson. What a fitting epitaph!

Tangentially speaking, it may surprise some of you, but I probably don’t watch more than 10 minutes worth of Fox per week, and that only because Space Bunny occasionally watches a bit of Neal Cavuto while channel-flipping. I don’t watch O’Reilly, Hannity & Colmes, I’ve never seen the shows hosted by Tucker Carlson, John Stewart or Greta van Susteren and although I’ve read his name once or twice, I have no idea what Aaron Brown looks like. I never, ever watch CNN, MSNBC CNBC or anything else, and yet I would appear to be reasonably well-informed nevertheless.

And yet some are still wondering why I’m not desperate to appear on TV. This is amusing, because I recently decided to stop doing radio as well – barring Malkin ever accepting my challenge to a debate on the military necessity for the WWII-era internments. My reasoning is that while it’s possible for people to learn and modify their thinking through the two-way interaction possible on the Internet, radio is primarily a combination of preaching to the choir and dancing monkey performances, neither of which appeal to me.

I guess what it boils down to is that I refuse to waste any time on mediums that allow individuals to use the momentum inherent in the medium to skate unchallenged past their logical and factual errors. I’d much rather spend my time doing my job, writing books and interacting with people here. It’s so much more rewarding to receive emails telling me how someone picked up Susan Cooper’s books for the first time or has begun to delve into Austrian economics or Elliott Wave theory than it is to correct a clueless radio host on comparative coastlines or basic econ 101.