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Lost in Translation

Posted by Charles II on March 11, 2010

Arturo Valenzuela, State Department:

Our response to the coup d’état in Honduras shows that our interests are served by leveraging multilateral mechanisms, in concert with our partners, to support the implementation of principled policies. In Honduras we helped to strengthen the “collective defense of democracy” as a cornerstone of the Inter- American System. Today, Honduras is governed by elected leaders who are moving quickly to promote national reconciliation and their country’s return to the fold of hemispheric democracies. As Honduras moves forward, we will continue to maintain a vigilant eye on the human rights situation there in light of serious concerns that have been raised.

Translation

leveraging multilateral mechanisms = leaning on Costa Rica
in concert with our partners = under varying degrees of duress, Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia, Israel, Taiwan, and Canada
implementation of principled policies = doing whatever we want
“collective defense of democracy” = supporting dictators
maintain a vigilant eye on the human rights situation = pretend to care
serious concerns that have been raised = the concerns that everyone except us has raised.

Posted in Honduras, hypocrites, Latin America | 4 Comments »

The Great ACORN fraud

Posted by Charles II on March 11, 2010

Andrew Breitbart has posted transcripts of the O’Keefe encounters with ACORN. As FAIR says, the transcripts tell a very different story than the heavily-edited tapes that were released do. For example, in the Baltimore case, O’Keefe says he is a law student and implies that his girlfriend is a prostitute, but confesses they haven’t been paying taxes. The ACORN employee says that they will have to talk to a tax advisor. O’Keefe and his girlfriend whisper “tax fraud” to one another. But of course telling potential tax cheats that they will need to talk to a tax advisor is not tax fraud.

So, what has the New York Times (not to mention FOX) done? Sensationalize it all, refuse to retract falsehoods they’ve published, and otherwise behave exactly like FOX. The paper’s so-called public editor, Clark Hoyt, has been cheerleading the bulls–t.

You can write to Clark Hoyt at public@nytimes.com. If you do, be polite, if only to deprive this petty little man of a sense of unjust persecution. It doesn’t take a lot to be bigger than people like Hoyt.

Posted in Media machine, mediawhores, news media, poverty, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples | 10 Comments »

Getting Their Due

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 11, 2010

Some of the 300-odd survivors of the 1000-odd Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program came to Washington, DC yesterday to receive some long-delayed recognition.

WASP Betty Wall Strohfus and USAF Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, March 10, 2010

WASHINGTON – Betty Strohfus, 90, has never liked having her feet on the ground.

“As a kid, if I couldn’t climb a tree, I’d sit on the roof,” she said.

So Strohfus couldn’t pass up a chance to fly during World War II, when she came across a brochure asking women to join the military’s Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program, which was designed to free up male pilots for missions overseas.

Known in her flying days as Betty Wall, Strohfus, of Faribault, Minn., was one of nearly 200 WASPS who gathered in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to receive a long overdue recognition of their work — the Congressional Gold Medal, one of the nation’s highest civilian honors.

More than 1,000 women flew non-combat missions for the United States during the war, including a handful of Minnesota women. Never commissioned or given benefits, the WASP pilots were not even recognized as veterans until 1977. On Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley paused in their other duties to bestow the medals.

They had the Right Stuff well before the Apollo program.

Posted in heroines, veterans | 2 Comments »

 
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