The omission of good is no less reprehensible than the commission of evil

O’Reilly Attacks Alexandra Pelosi Documentary: Friends Of God

Alexandra Pelosi’s Documentary, Friends of God, premiered tonight on HBO and O’Reilly jumped at the opportunity to use the film to inflame his base with divisive rhetoric about Christian persecution and also smear Nancy Pelosi through her daughter. 1/25/07

I just happened to catch a few minutes of this. It was like watching a big bully crying about one of his victims kicking him back in the knee. The ever so poor persecuted Christians (Remember that Bill O’Reilly’s copy of the Ten Commandments has the special falafel exemption) . There’s a war against them. The only thing is that judging from the local cable programming it isn’t much of a war. I looked today and everyday for the Temper Your Religion with Rationalism Show, The Atheism is Great Hour, Agnostics Make Better Citizens Show, The Stop The Dogma and the Madness News, or Fundie Muslims and Christians Could Use Some Liberalizing Hour, but damn if they were on today or any day. I did find over twenty hours of programing just for Catholics and over forty hours of various programming for various sects of Christianity. There were zero hours of Native American Indian religion programming and the same goes for Muslim religious shows. There are 5 multi-million dollar Baptist’s churches, one modest Seventh Day Adventist church, no synagogues, no temples, no Buddhists chapels within a ten mile radius. Americans United for Separation of Chuch and State is not a religious organization, but it isn’t of of O’Liely’s favorite organizations. There is a chapter one city over and most of its members believe in a creator. Bill also didn’t bring to his audiences attention that your tax dollars regardless of your beliefs go to pay for religious based government programs. If Christians are America’s poor defenseless victims then the word victim has lost any real meaning. And that is probably a good portion of Fox and O’Reilly’s message that only paid up conservative dogmatic Christianists are allowed the privilege of victim-hood. Victim-hood is their exclusive club and only they can belong or decide who does.

Dick Cheney and George Bush victims of democracy, Senate Panel Rejects Bush’s Plan for Iraq

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 — One day after President Bush implored Congress to give his Iraq strategy a chance to succeed, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution on Wednesday denouncing the plan to send more troops to Baghdad, setting up the most direct confrontation over the war since it began nearly four years ago.

The full Senate is poised to consider the nonbinding, yet strongly symbolic, repudiation of Mr. Bush as early as Wednesday. Democratic leaders agreed to tone down the language in the resolution, hoping to make it more acceptable to Republicans in an effort to send a strong, bipartisan rebuke to the White House.

“This is not designed to say, ‘Mr. President, ah-ha, you’re wrong,’ ” said Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., a Delaware Democrat and chairman of the committee. “This is designed to say, ‘Mr. President, please don’t go do this.’ ”

Even as the White House delicately worked to persuade some Republicans to consider the president’s approach, the administration also said Congressional action would not interrupt the plan to send more than 20,000 American troops to Iraq. In a television interview on CNN, Vice President Dick Cheney declared, “It won’t stop us.”

The Foreign Relations Committee approved the resolution by a vote of 12 to 9, with a Republican senator, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, joining 11 Democrats in supporting it. But even Republicans who opposed the resolution, including Senator Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, expressed deep doubt about whether the troop increase could succeed and suggested it was time for a new direction.

Hagel appears to an aberration among conservatives. The rest wriggle up the brows of their steep low foreheads and make noises of grave concern then do nothing.

We’re all familiar with the Jamil Hussein story. The idea was that true or not the death by kerosene story proved that the MEDIA was full of liberals distorting the news ( yawn) from Iraq. It looks like the MEDIA is actually holding back on the bad news out of Iraq, Helping Lara Logan

The segment in question–”Battle for Haifa Street”–is a piece of first-rate journalism but one that only appears on the CBS News website–and has never been broadcast. It is a gritty, realistic look at life on the very mean streets of Baghdad, and includes interviews with civilians who complain that the US military presence is only making their lives worse and the situation more deadly.

“They told us they would bring democracy, they promised life would be better than it was under Saddam,” one told Logan.
“But they brought us nothing but death and killing. They brought mass destruction to Baghdad.”

Several bodies are shown in the two- minute segment–”some with obvious signs of torture,” as Logan points out. She also notes that her crew had to flee for their lives when they we were warned of an impending attack. While fleeing, another civilian was killed before their eyes.

Logan’s email, with the one-word subject line of ‘help’, was sent to friends and colleagues imploring them to lobby CBS to highlight that people are interested in seeing the piece. In it, Logan argues that the story is “not too gruesome to air, but rather too important to ignore… It should be seen. And people should know about this.”

There is a link to Lara’s video at MediaChannel, but it requires Real Player.

01/25/07 Reuters: Two rockets hit the international Green Zone in Baghdad
Two rockets hit the international Green Zone in Baghdad, prompting alarms to sound and warnings urging people to take cover. The U.S. military said six people had been wounded, five of them slightly, but little damage was caused to buildings.
01/25/07 Reuters: Iraqi soldier killed, 3 wounded in Baghdad’s Yarmouk district
An Iraqi soldier was killed and were three wounded in a clash with gunmen in the Yarmouk district of western Baghdad, a police source said. Officials at the Defence Ministry were not immediately available for comment.
01/25/07 Reuters: Mortar rounds kill one, wound 4 in northeastern Baghdad
BAGHDAD – A mortar round exploded in the Ur district of northeastern Baghdad, killing one person and wounding four, police said.
01/25/07 Reuters: 40 bodies found in Baghdad
Police in Baghdad recovered the bodies of 40 unidentified people, most shot and tortured and apparently the victims of death squads, in the 24 hours to Thursday evening, a police source said.

Not to worry the MEDIA just made all this up and if they didn’t after three years of leadership by the utterly brilliant commander-in-chief Bush, the The Great Surge will make Iraq safe for the Dick Cheney Golf and Country Club to be built by Halliburton. We should listen to the Right and maybe learn a lesson or two, they are somewhat clever about and very determined to manipulate information, Rockefeller: Cheney applied ‘constant’ pressure to stall investigation on flawed Iraq intelligence

In the 45-minute interview, Rockefeller said that it was “not hearsay” that Cheney, a leading proponent of invading Iraq, pushed Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., to drag out the probe of the administration’s use of prewar intelligence.

“It was just constant,” Rockefeller said of Cheney’s alleged interference. He added that he knew that the vice president attended regular policy meetings in which he conveyed White House directions to Republican staffers.

Republicans “just had to go along with the administration,” he said.

“The omission of good is no less reprehensible than the commission of evil.” – Plutarch