Just judging from my own experience I would have thought that the most dangerous roads in the world would be any major city thoroughfare during rush hour. I was way off and judging by the photos at this site my definition of a road is pretty conventional too, The Most Dangerous Roads in the World – If waist deep mud wasn’t enough the Russian Siberian Road to Yakutsk some suspect that there is a kind of gas leak in the area potent enough to put some drivers to sleep.
Interesting way to catch up on your reading, get them by e-mail, DailyLit . For the most part they seems to be books that are now in the public domain.
For instance, in my last column, I noted the Burned Alive incident as reported by the AP was “no more than a few sentences” within a much larger dispatch from Baghdad that day. Prominent warblogger and AP foe Rick Moran at Rightwing Nuthouse announced that my description was “absurd on its face and bespeaks” an “extraordinary ignorance of the facts.” Hmm, here’s a copy of the original, November 24 AP dispatch. Feel free to count the number of sentences in the 1,000-plus word article taken up by the Burned Alive angle…That’s right, the answer is two. But, according to Moran, it’s “absurd” to suggest that the Burned Alive story took up no more than a few sentences of a larger AP story.
Warbloggers also make a big deal that I didn’t mention that the AP has used Jamil Hussein as a source for approximately 60 articles, which proves they’re not obsessed over a single story, but think it represents a wider, systemic problem. But warbloggers have had a month to dissect those 60 articles that quote Hussein and, as far as I can tell, they haven’t found a mountain of factual errors in any of them. The only error they claim to have uncovered is in the Burned Alive story. So my point still stands; they’re questioning a few sentences from a single AP report — one article out of literally thousands that the agency has filed from Baghdad since 2003 — to suggest that the AP’s reporting is not trustworthy.
This is the story that Boehlert links to, Shiite Militiamen Kill 25 Sunnis in Iraq
The Baghdad attacks appeared to have been a reaction to the deaths in Sadr City on Thursday, when Sunnis unleashed bombs and mortars that killed 215 people and wounded 257 in the deadliest assault since the U.S.-led invasion. The killings threatened to tip Iraq’s widespread sectarian violence into full-scale civil war pitting majority Shiites against minority Sunnis.
The Right has not so transparently moved the story about the Karosene deaths and the multitude of carnage that occured within a 48 hour period from whether the events occurred to whether Jamail Hussein can be made to appear before the grand Inquisition of The Almighty Warbloggers to answer to them. Let’s spell that out, if Jamail doesn’t exists that means the carnage never happened- note shades of Holocaust denial . Will the bed wetters prove the more pertinent question true or false, did several deadly incidents take place that day or not. If those attacks and the resulting deaths were part of some widespread devious plot by the AP and the insurgents, where is the Right’s proof. They seem too lazy to do much except hurl conspiracy theories from mommy’s basement. The warbloggers will never undertake such an exercise in proofs because they don’t care about the truth, they care about wedging in a layer of doubt and pumping up the poor beleaguered martyr syndrome at which they excel. The poor maligned Right, the constant victim of vast powerful forces of the left. Makes you want to shed a little tear doesn’t it. The modern conservative can’t even manage some new and inventive propaganda and manipulation, we or rather history have seen this same phenomenon before ( another of the Right’s ironies is they hate the environment yet are happy to recycle political dogma) , Nazi propagnda minister Joseph Goebbels at Nuremberg — 1934
Propaganda is a means to an end. Its purpose is to lead the people to an understanding that will allow it to willingly and without internal resistance devote itself to the tasks and goals of a superior leadership. If propaganda is to succeed, it must know what it wants. It must keep a clear and firm goal in mind, and seek the appropriate means and methods to reach that goal. Propaganda as such is neither good nor evil. Its moral value is determined by the goals it seeks.
Propaganda must be creative. It is by no means a matter for the bureaucracy or official administration, but rather it is a matter of productive fantasy. The genuine propagandist must be a true artist. He must be a master of the popular soul, using it as an instrument to express the majesty of a genuine and unified political will. Propaganda can be pro or con. In neither case does it have to be negative. The only thing that is important is whether or not its words are true and genuine expressions of a people’s values.
There is part of the Left’s problem we refuse to genuflect to the propaganda of 3rd rate actors like Jack Abramoff, George W. Bush, or Mark Foley. Should the bed wetters choose to get off their asses and get to the bottom of how the vast liberal conspiracy controls every word that comes out of the media maybe they can find out how we convinced the boots on the ground that the war Bush misled the nation into sucks, Poll of military finds dimmer view of Iraq war
Only 35 percent of military members polled this year said they approve of the way Bush is handling the war, and 42 percent said they disapprove. While approval of the president’s war leadership has slumped, his overall approval remains high among the military.
Just as telling, only 41 percent of the military now say the United States should have gone to war in Iraq, down from 65 percent in 2003. That closely reflects beliefs of the general population — 45 percent agreed in a recent USA Today-Gallup poll.