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More on those Chinese documents that keep vanishing

Update to yesterday’s post about the disappearing Chinese documents proving one of their gymnasts is underage: Well, well, it took the MSM long enough to pick up the story. Fox News just had Mike Walker (aka Stryde) on for an interview, telling about what he found. Trust me, his blog post, now posts, are much more interesting, detailed, and technical; the Fox report was extremely superficial. We’ll see now if the story has legs. Meantime, at the bottom of Walker’s second post, []

Bush has Putin shaking in his boots … not

President Bush is speaking at this moment, warning Russia to get out of Georgia. Right. I’m sure Putin is scared to death by Bush’s words. I can’t believe any foreign leader would be swayed by George Bush’s “tough talk.” For Bush to warn Putin that he’s “losing his standing in the world” is a supreme irony. Yes, I think the Russians are way, way out of bounds with their invasion of Georgia. It is proof, perhaps, that Putin is not in the []

Wes Clark comments just a media tempest in a teapot

Ret. Gen. Wesley Clark has been getting hammered, criticized, and repudiated for his comment yesterday on “Face the Nation” about Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain. Unfairly, I think. Host Bob Schieffer said, “I have to say, Barack Obama has not had any of those experiences either, nor has he ridden in a fighter plane and gotten shot down. I mean — .” Clark replied, “Well, I don’t think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to []

Two-year-old post on avian influenza sparks new attention

A 2006 post about avian influenza, or bird flu, here at Pied Type (“Bird flu: Shame on ABC” ) has attracted the attention of several recent passers-by. That lone commentary on bird flu was made and quickly forgotten. Forgotten as fast as the news and entertainment industries forgot it, because their treatment of the issue was my focus. The new comments make several points, some of which are valid, and some, not so valid. New cases of bird flu continue to be []

McCain knows why we are in the Middle East — oil

At a town hall meeting in Denver today, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain of Arizona revealed what he thinks about oil and U.S. involvement in the Middle East: My friends, I will have an energy policy that we will be talking about, which will eliminate our dependence on oil from the Middle East that will — that will then prevent us — that will prevent us from having ever to send our young men and women into conflict again in the []

Birdwatching in the good ol’ USA

Borrowed the following from friend Lumpy because I think it deserves the attention it’s getting as a circulating email. As analogies go, this one’s a 10: I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch and filled it with seed. What a beauty of a bird feeder it is, as I filled it lovingly with seed. Within a week we had hundreds of birds taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food. But then the []

‘Bush’s War’: In case you weren’t angry enough already

Two nights ago PBS ran another of its documentaries, “Frontline: Bush’s War,” Parts 1 and 2. I knew full well what I was getting into, but I decided to watch it anyway. It was history. It would be a nice summation of the Iraq war and correct any erroneous ideas I had. Well, I stuck it out for maybe 45 minutes. My recollections were correct. The trouble was that the truth about how the Bush administration dragged us into the war, as []

Absolut vodka campaign in Mexico ‘clearly’ crosses the line

There are boundaries in advertising that should not be crossed. Absolut vodka crossed one, with miles of room to spare, when they concocted an ad for their consumers in Mexico. The ad shows a map of the United States and Mexico, with the international boundaries redrawn to make a large part of the southwestern U.S. a part of Mexico. And surprise, surprise, the advertising firm that created the ad, Teran/TBWA, is based in Mexico City. According to the LA Times, (and here), []

Hu gets call from Bush as the world prays for Tibet

Bravo! That was a cheer for George Bush, something you don’t see very often in Pied Type. BBC News is reporting that President Bush called China’s President Hu Jintao and “raised his concerns” about the protests and Chinese crackdown in Tibet. If the situation in Tibet doesn’t improve, Bush should stay away from the Opening Ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics in August. That seems as unlikely as a complete U.S. boycott, but pressure on China is rising as the protests continue, and []