Issues2004: Experts speak
Posts from September 28, 2004
Mighty Christian of them: II
The Presbyterian Church is flirting with anti-Semitism. The General Assembly — the ruling gathering of the church — voted to start divesting itself of investments in Israeli companies because Israel doesn’t hug the Palestinians who send their children as bombs to murder their innocent civilians.
God’s work, eh?
Are they also divesting themselves of investments in nations that support the Palestinian murderers? Are they divesting themselves of investments in nations that support terrorism against America? Are they divesting themselves of investments in nations that support tyrannical Arab dictatorships?
The Presbyterians also opposed the building of security barriers — giving no other solution to the terrorist murders in Israel — and supported a shameful sham temple in Philadelphia whose sole purpose is to convert Jews (my sister has fought that from within the church there).
I left the Presbyterian church because of its homophobia. Now this. For shame.
: BestWeekEver reports that Dolly Parton is going to get rid of her breast implants. I never heard her actually admit she had them. Yes, I know, it was obvious. But it was a “secret” not unlike Liberace’s for years.
: Rex Hammock says tah-tah to the tah-tahs with a musical tribute.
: Let me add that when I was a columnist in San Francisco, I met Dolly a few times covering concerts. And I new a guy at the old UPI who went to high school with her. The honest-to-goodness truth is that she is that nice. She really is.
Tina, you snob – Chapter II
: The other day, I snapped back at Tina Brown for being snotty to bloggers. I did it again on her very own air, when I was interviewed on CNBC. And now I see that she’s still at it, so I’ll continue. Today Rush Limbaugh gives us a partial transcript [via IWantMedia] of Tina’s CNBC show, in which she continues the non-sequitorial attack on bloggers.
What bothers me slightly, though, about the way the bloggers have almost become like the media Mujahideen, you know. I mean, in a sense it’s like everybody feels so chased by them. I mean, look what happened in a sense: CBS had the same kind of campaign for that — for their Janet Jackson Super Bowl debacle and for their Ronald Reagan miniseries. I mean, it’s the third time, in a sense, that CBS management has been completely kind of, you know, harassed.
She’s treating bloggers like filthy masses, like fringe nuts. And she’s ignoring that what they attacked CBS for in the Rathergate case was a horrible journalistic error, not a titanian tit.
Spirit of America success stories, a brick at a time
: Spirit of America, the charity that helps Iraqi citizens, has sent a big batch of tool kits to Iraq for students trained by the SeaBees and Marines. They want to send another large batch. Read about it — and contribute — here.
Go West, young blogger
: I have signed on to join in a workshop on RSS and to blog the entire conference at John Battelle’s and O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 confab in San Francisco next week. If you’re around, come! The RSS workshop is on Tuesday; other good events the following two days. I haven’t been to California in years (amazing for an internet guy, I know) so let’s get together and conspire on the future of the net.
: Kidnapped CNN producer has been released.
: MORE GOOD NEWS: The two women from Italy, aid workers both, who were held hostage have also been released.
What’s going on? Is hostage-taking out? We can only hope so. And we can only hope that the British hostage is next. No, we can only pray that the British hostage is next.
: David Weinberger is blogging Susan Crawford’s Nethead/Bellhead conference at the Cardoza School of Law in NY; I just got here (and probably won’t understand much of what is happening, which is why I begged out of a panel here). David has this gonzo, socko summary of what David Isenberg said in a panel I unfortunately missed (my emphases):
Isenberg says that Congress shall make no law abridging freedom of the press. Suppose Congress makes a law that makes it a million times more expensive to own a printing press. Maybe the hypothetical law regulates press prices directly, controls the price of paper, etc. Doesn’t matter. It’d be unconstitutional. Suppose the law made presses only twice as expensive…Now that we’ve established what telcom regulation is, we’re just arguing about the price. “So, when I see Americans struggling with crippled kilobit systems when gigabit is available, I want to call the police.” Likewise, spectrum that is owned when it doesn’t have to be owned, broadcast flag, deep packet inspection without a warrant, I want to punish the criminals who are denying me my constitutional right. The Internet puts a printing press in everyone’s house. But it’s more than that. It’s freedom of assembly: The Internet is group-forming…The duty of the Congress and the FCC if they take the First Amendment seriously is to remove whatever” stands between the user and the use of the Internet. “We’re rapidly becoming a third world connectivity nation.” [Whooo! Go David!]