Steve | Congress, Editorials, HR 1592, Iraq

On and on the liberal cowardice goes at the Fish Wrapper, and so does the selective listening. Today's example of this is an editorial by the Fish Wrapper about Congress's cowardice in the passing of the emergency spending bills with stipulations on a timetable for pulling troops out of Iraq as well as $21 billion in pork spending. But that's conveniently not the point. The point is that Congress is putting it's (pork) foot down.

Steve | Christianity, Living, Marcus Borg, Nancy Haught, Profiles

And still the fawning profiles of liberals keep on coming. Once again, it's time to add another entry to the Profiles category of the site. This time, the subject is Marcus Borg, who is retiring as a religion professor from Oregon State University.

As usual, the profile starts out trying to paint Borg as just an ordinary person.

Oregon's leading theologian walks his dog up and down the trendy streets of the Pearl District. His neighbors know Henry, the shaggy gray Glen of Imaal terrier, whose short legs set the pace. But few recognize Marcus J. Borg, the graying guy in the wool cap, as the spokesman for a different approach to Jesus Christ.

Steve | Editorials, HR 1591, Iraq, Pork

The Dead Fish Wrapper editorial board never ceases to amaze me with their ability to filter out relevant information in order to show only the liberal side of an issue, and today they give a classic example. The issue in the editorial is HR 1592, the cowardly pork-laden funding resolution from the U.S. House that provides $103 billion in funding for the military in Afghanistan and Iraq, but also calls for complete withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq by August of 2008, and is also laden down with an additional $21 billion in pork spending by Democrats.

Steve | Front, Iraq, Joseph Rose, Protests

Considering the biased coverage given to the anti-war protesters (and the much larger in number) counter protesters in Washington D.C on March 17th by papers like the Washington Post, I expected the same from the Dead Fish Wrapper when they covered the anti-war protests that took place in Portland the next day. Needless to say, I wasn't surprised at all. There was one difference from the Washington DC protests, though, and that was what the Fish Wrapper hid; instead of hiding a larger number of counter protesters, they hid the dark, repulsive side of the protest.

Steve | Marie Cocco, Opinion, Voter Fraud

Marie Cocco is one of those writers who is so filled with hatred for Bush - and Republicans in general - that she is unable to write any column that isn't filled with some sort of invective. This also blinds her to the facts most times, and her recent column (published with pleasure in the Fish Wrapper) on voter fraud is a prime example.

Here is an example from the column that illustrates my point.

The operative phrase is ``election fraud,'' though in Republican parlance it is usually called ``voter fraud.'' Republicans claim, loudly and regularly, that an army of ineligible voters -- illegal immigrants, convicted felons, dead people -- has been invading American polling places, diminishing the value of honest voters' sacred ballots. They make the charge in states where the administration of elections is highly competent, and in states where it is grossly incompetent. It is, of course, leveled solely against Democrats and their supporters.

The charges are almost invariably debunked -- by courts, by prosecutors, by state elections officials and by local newspapers that probe beyond partisan screeching and get down to the facts.

Steve | Editorials, Iraq, Joe Wilson, Valerie Plame, WMD

Move Mike has a good article about Saturday's editorial on Valerie Plame.

The Oregonian has an editorial today that says The spy speaks at last. It quotes Valerie Plame saying

For the record, Plame also told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Friday she was not involved in sending her husband, mid-level diplomat Joseph Wilson, to Africa to research Saddam Hussein's nuclear ambitions. She said she never suggested his name and didn't have the authority to send him.

A little research by The Oregonian would reveal that the Senate Intelligence Committee Report as reported in the Washington Post back in July of 2004

...states that a CIA official told the Senate committee that Plame "offered up" Wilson's name for the Niger trip, then on Feb. 12, 2002, sent a memo to a deputy chief in the CIA's Directorate of Operations saying her husband "has good relations with both the PM [prime minister] and the former Minister of Mines (not to mention lots of French contacts), both of whom could possibly shed light on this sort of activity." The next day, the operations official cabled an overseas officer seeking concurrence with the idea of sending Wilson, the report said.

The Oregonian again quotes Plame as saying

He went to Niger, drew his conclusions, reported them to his superiors, then heard the president cite the uranium connection he thought he had debunked. He wrote his famous op-ed column for The New York Times and soon thereafter, his wife's professional life was ruined.

Again a little research not only in the Senate Intelligence Committee Report

The panel found that Wilson's report, rather than debunking intelligence about purported uranium sales to Iraq, as he has said, bolstered the case for most intelligence analysts. And contrary to Wilson's assertions and even the government's previous statements, the CIA did not tell the White House it had qualms about the reliability of the Africa intelligence that made its way into 16 fateful words in President Bush's January 2003 State of the Union address.

but in Slate by Christopher Hitchens, Sorry everyone, but Iraq did go uranium shopping in Niger.

There is no excuse for this kind of editorial in a one paper city unless you have an agenda!

Steve | Evangelicals, Front, Iraq, Julie Sullivan, President Bush

In its liberal quest to avoid unbiased reporting and beat the drum against both President Bush and the war in Iraq, the Fish Wrapper is now attempting to use evangelical Christians against both of them. This is displayed in Tuesday's article by Julie Sullivan entitled "Evangelicals: Against abortion and now war."

The purpose of the article is to show how evangelical Christians who initially supported President Bush's decision to invade Iraq are now changing their minds. However, if you look through the article, Sullivan fails terribly, because she really has no data to back up her point of view. She even admits it up front:

Steve | Alberto Gonzalez, Dan Eggen, Front, Janet Reno, John Solomon, LA Times-Washington Post, Margaret Talev, McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Ron Hutcheson, U.S. Attorneys

The Fish Wrapper is back with another display of double standard-itis, this time on the firing of 8 U.S. Attorneys by the Bush administration. Back in March, 1993, Janet Reno requested the resignations of all 93 U.S. Attorneys at once. Where the double standard comes shining through is the fact that in the articles that the Fish Wrapper prints, not one mention is made of this fact.

Tuesday's front page article by Dan Eggen and John Solomon of the LA Times and Washington Post is a classic example. As explained by Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center:

Steve | Civil Unions, Editorials, Same-Sex Marriage

Liberals are great about talking about respecting everyone and treating them all equally, except when people don't agree with them; then, the libs decide don't have to respect them at all. Today's editorial in the Fish Wrapper on equality for gays and lesbians shows how liberals and gay activists have no respect for the voters of Oregon.

In 2004, Oregon, along with numerous other states, by a large majority (57% to 43%) passed Measure 36, which defined marriage in the state constitution as being between one man and one woman. Ever since then, the libs have been doing everything they can to make an end run around the clearly stated wish of the voters and find some sort of gay marriage alternative.

Steve | Editorials, Joe Wilson, Scooter Libby, Valerie Plame

Now that Scooter Libby's trial is over and he has been convicted on four counts, the Fish Wrapper, along with the rest of the MSM, is doing their best to smear not only Libby, but the entire White House with Watergate-like accusations. In one of many places, the Fish Wrapper does it in Wednesday's hit piece (otherwise normally known as an editorial).

The trial and conviction of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby revealed in breathtaking fashion how far the Bush administration was willing to go to counter a challenge to the president's Iraq war policy.

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