Archive for December, 2007

Olympic Critic Jailed

Posted in 2008 Olympics on December 20th, 2007

An online commentator, Wang Dejia aka Jing Chu who said next year’s Beijing Olympics would force ordinary Chinese to live “like pigs and dogs” has been detained for nearly a week on a charge of subversion.

Wang was taken from his home in Quanzhou County, part of southern China’s Guilin city, early Friday, December 14th, on a charge of “subverting state authority,” said his wife Wen Zhenyan. Officers confiscated his computer, memory cards, books and banking documents. Since then none of Wang’s family have been allowed to contact him.

While Beijing encourages Internet use for business and education, it tightly controls Web content, censoring anything it considers critical of — or a threat to — the Communist Party. Press freedom and human rights groups say China has jailed dozens of people for writings posted online. Wang Dejia has now been added to that growing list.

Wang Dejia blamed the PRC’s “autocratic nation” for destroying ordinary people’s homes in mass demolitions in order to build grandiose Olympic venues, and criticized China’s intensified crackdown on dissidents.

In July, Wang told the Epoch Times, a newspaper linked to the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement, that China’s central government was ignoring the needs of common Chinese in the lead-up to the Olympics. Instead, he said, the Communist Party was most concerned about cracking down on dissidents and building new venues.

Let the people live like pigs and dogs, I think that’s how it will achieve its goal of a harmonious society

— Wang Dejia
Interview with Epoch Times

Well, chalk up yet another one for the Evil Old Men in Beijing. They’re going do whatever it takes to ram their 2008 Godless Genocide Cames down the world’s throat. It has proven unwise to complain about it either within China or outside of it. Why are we – the civilized world – allowing these monsters to host the games?

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Tancredo’s Out

Posted in 2008 Election on December 20th, 2007

Tancredo On December 20th, 2007, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) announced that he was retiring from the 2008 Presidential Election Campaign. Representative Tom Tancredo ended his campaign, and in an unexpected move, endorsed Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts’ bid for the Presidency in 2008.

I find this more than unexpected; I find it rather shocking. The two men’s respective platforms do not have that much in common.

Mr. Tancredo said that he had met with Mr. Romney and is confident of the Governor’s sincerity and commitment. Mr. Tancredo acknowledged that he and Mr. Romney differ on some aspects of their respective immigration policies, such as a “timeout.” Mr. Tancredo said that he and Mr. Romney agreed on securing the borders, penalizing “sanctuary cities” and prosecuting employers who knowingly employed illegal immigrants.

Somebody’s going to win this race.” It’s not going to me, so really what you’re looking for is that person you hope and pray will carry on.

— Rep. Tom Tancredo

Frankly, Tancredo was “one trick pony” – immigration reform. I’m not surprised he dropped out of the race. I don’t think Tancredo stood much of a chance against the more rounded candidates. Sadly, this means the US’ best shot at solving the immigration problem is gone – but I think that all Tancredo would have been good for.

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Recount!

Posted in Humor, Politics, Society on December 20th, 2007

Some people cannot seem to learn and apparently Al Gore is one of them. This would be even more funny if it wasn’t so pathetic.

Al Gore sues Time Magazine for recount of 2007 man of the Year election

Courtesy of Indianapolis Star – Gary Varvel – December 19, 2007

Apparently former Vice President Al Gore has filed numerous lawsuits against Time magazine, alleging a series of voting irregularities they maintain deprived Gore of Time’s “Person of the Year” Award. It has been announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin received the 2007 award, with Gore finishing second. Al Gore is in court once again demanding a recount.

“Mr. Gore has won an Emmy and an Oscar for his important work, not to mention a Nobel Peace Prize,” said a spokesman for the Vice President. “They don’t even have an Oscar ceremony in Russia. Who ever sees Russian films anyway?”

One of Gore’s suits accuses certain unnamed Time employees of denying others the right to vote when it was determined they were leaning toward Gore. Another suit claims the “Person of the Year” voting process is far too complicated to be understood by, to quote the lawsuit, “a bunch of journalists.” Gore’s lawyers are calling for a recount of the ballots in question.

One close advisor, requesting anonymity, claimed, “Putin is just the kind of civil-rights-trampling dictator the GOP loves to see in power. It would be interesting to sit down with those who voted and find out just how many have been subjected to Guantanamo-like coercion. Republicans knew Bush wouldn’t win, so this was the next best thing.”

Gotcha!

This post is taken from from Pat Sajak’s satire of a possible reaction by Al Gore to Vladimir Putin winning the 2007 “Person of the Year” award.

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