Steve | Editorials, Harry Esteve, Metro, Profiles, Ted Hallock

As I was reading the article and editorial in the Fish Wrapper about the death and legacy of Ted Hallock, a former state senator who was the primary force behind SB 100 in 1973, I couldn't help but notice how the Fish Wrapper tends to gloss over negatives about a person if they're a liberal, but watch out if you're a conservative.

For instance, from the editorial:

A lot of people remember Hallock as quick-minded, passionate and, at times, sharp-tongued. In his prime and beyond he brimmed with energy and ideas. Those traits made him a force for 20 years in the Oregon Senate.

Steve | Darfur, Editorials, Genocide, Janjaweed Militias

It is amazing to me how when it comes to labeling or identifying people, the only time it's really done by the MSM is when they want to point out that conservatives are guilty of something; if it's a liberal that's guilty, they tend to leave off the Democrat or liberal label. It's even to the point where the MSM won't even say that Arab Muslims are slaughtering hundreds of thousands of innocents in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Today's case in point is an editorial entitled "A new secretary-general, a new day on Darfur". It is about the new U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and his comments last week about the situation in Darfur.

Steve | Ben Westlund, Bill Graves, Don Colburn, Editorials, Front, Ron Wyden, Universal Health Care

As is typical of most liberals, the Dead Fish Wrapper thinks that more and more government is always the solution to all of society's problems. They have been demonstrating this lately on more than one occasion. The first is an editorial touting a new "framework" for a universal health care system in Oregon as reported by the Fish Wrapper. And, as usual, the editors gloss over important facts while pushing the hype:

Steve | Al Gore, Global Warming, In My Opinion, Laurie David, NSTA, Opinion

Today I have to give kudos to the Fish Wrapper and commentary editor Galen Barnett for publishing an "In My Opinion" article that I wrote. It was written in response to the op-ed piece written by Laurie David regarding Al Gore's attempt to donate 50,000 copies of "An Inconvenient Truth" to the National Science Teachers Association (documented here). My piece can be seen here.

In the course of our e-mail exchange regarding the column, Mr Barnett made an interesting comment. He said that if he had known the other side of the story as I described in my piece, he would not have published the original piece by Ms. David in the first place. I appreciate his honesty and willingness to show both sides of the story.

Steve | Andrew Taylor, Associated Press, Congressional Spending, Front, John Murtha, Pork

Once again, the AP chooses to point fingers at Republicans whenever possible and conveniently forget that Democrats are even worse. Today's case in point is an article about the Democrats effort to cover unfinished spending bills that were left by the departing Republican leaders. As part of this process, they will be removing billions of dollars in earmarks that were attached to different bills. In the process of explaining the situation, they get it some shots at Republicans.

Steve | David Sarasohn, Opinion, Republican Party, Terri Schiavo

It never ceases to amaze and disgust me when liberals continue to make it clear that their Gods are privacy and the right to do whatever they want, with no regard for the sanctity of human life. Today's illustration of this phenomena is David Sarasohn's column about the GOP's effort to save Terri Schiavo.

The point of the column is that the GOP's efforts - in his opinion - was the start of the GOP's - and George Bush's - slide in the polls. And what were these efforts that were so horrible and cost them so much? The effort to keep a selfish husband from ending the life of his wife because she inconvenienced him. Let's review the facts.

Steve | Editorials, Iraq, Iraq Study Group

The report of the Iraq Study Group was released this past week (December 6th), and predictably, The Fish Wrapper editors were quick to jump on the bandwagon of the report, while choosing to ignore the consequences of following the recommendations.

I have not read the report in it's entirety yet, but there are two recommendations that have been widely reported that if acted on, would hasten absolute failure faster than anything else.

Steve | AIDS, Barack Obama, E.J. Dionne Jr., Opinion, Washington Post

Have you ever noticed that liberal will always jump up and down and sing "Hallelujah!" when a conservative "comes around" the their point of view, but scream and holler when a liberal dares to agree with a conservative point of view?

Today's exhibit of the first part of that dichotomy is the column by E.J. Dionne, Jr. of the Washington Post about Sen. Barrack Obama's visit to Saddleback Valley Community Church.

Steve | Al Gore, Global Warming, Ignored Stories, Laurie David, NSTA, Opinion, Washington Post

Today, the Dead Fish Wrapper proves once again that it doesn't like to let the facts get in the way of an inflammatory columns with lies and misstatements if it promotes a liberal agenda. Today's example is a column from the Washington Post written by Laurie David (wife of comedian Larry David) entitled Science a la Joe Camel (to which the Fish Wrapper ads its own subtitle of "Deep-pocketed corporate interests are targeting the kids in our classrooms with junk science").

Steve | Brandon Mayfield, FBI, Front, Joseph Rose

By now, everyone (or most everyone) knows the sad story of Brandon Mayfield. In the aftermath of the 2004 Madrid train bombings, a fingerprint found on a bag containing detonators similar to the ones used in the bombings. When it was run through the FBI's AFIS fingerprint identification system, a list of 15 possible matches was returned, and Mayfield's was one of them. Three more FBI fingerprint analysts concluded that it indeed did belong to Mayfield. However, the Spanish National Police did not come to the same conclusion. The FBI continued to investigate him, and arrested him and held him for two weeks under a material witness order. Eventually, he was released, and the FBI apologized. The details of the investigation can be found in the US DOJ Inspector General's report on the case. He sued the federal government for violations of his civil rights (among other things), and eventually settled for $2 million.

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