Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Back for now...

I know I haven't blogged here for quite some time, for those few out there who check in on this blog only to find nothing new, thank you for continuing to do so. I've been taking care of some personal matters that required my utmost attention. Maybe I'll blog about it later on. There is so much going on in the world right now I don't know where to begin my comments. Just discovered a website called happynews.com, kinda obvious what they are all about but here is their misson statement or credo as they called it anyway:

Our Credo
"Real News, Compelling Stories, Always Positive" is what you'll find on HappyNews.com. We believe virtue, goodwill and heroism are hot news. That's why we bring you up-to-the-minute news, geared to lift spirits and inspire lives. Add in a diverse team of Citizen Journalists reporting positive stories from around the world, and you've got one happy place for news. We hope you enjoy our site and welcome your feedback.

Not a bad idea. Tired of the negativity of the MSM? Too many reports about drive-bys and stabbings? Have you heard just one too many stories about how many soldiers have been killed in Iraq by "insurgents"? Then happynews.com is for you!

I had a similar idea not too long ago, should of acted on it, dogonit! they beat me to it. Still, I'll check in often to get a dose of good news for a change.

Update: It seems that there are some among the MSM who are finally getting a conscience about their reporting on the Iraq war. As reported on Unmasking The New World Order radio program aired on IRN by host, Chuck Bates....

"Today, this editorial board resolves to sacrifice another word --
'insurgent' -- on the altar of precise language. No longer will we
refer to suicide bombers or anyone else in Iraq who targets and
kills children and other innocent civilians as 'insurgents.' The
notion that these murderers in any way are nobly rising up against a
sitting government in a principled fight for freedom has become, on
its face, absurd. They drove that point home with chilling clarity
Wednesday in a poor Shiite neighborhood. As children crowded around
U.S. soldiers handing out candy and toys in a gesture of good will,
a bomb-laden SUV rolled up and exploded. These children were not
collateral damage. They were targets. The SUV driver was no
insurgent. He was a terrorist. People who set off bombs on London
trains are not insurgents. We would never think of calling them
anything other than what they are -- terrorists. Words have
meanings. Whether too timid, sensitive or 'open-minded,' we've
resisted drawing a direct line between homicidal bombers everywhere
else in the world and the ones who blow up Iraqi civilians or behead
aid workers. No more. To call them 'insurgents' insults every
legitimate insurgency in modern history. They are terrorists."

--The Dallas Morning News

Amen to that! I'll give them credit for having the gonads to correct themselves. Quite refreshing actually. Using the word "insurgents" has been a pet peeve of mine as I stated a post earlier this year addressing Ted Kennedy's poorly misguided speech to the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies about the timeline for military forces to pull out of Iraq. I stated
"Does anyone else see the blatant idiocy of such actions? I mean, whose side is this man on? Who is he rooting for? Referring to the terrorist as "insurgents", pointing out that most of them are home grown... so what if they are Iraqi or foreign? They are still terrorists!"
You can read the rest of the post here.

It is nice to see that there are others out there who have an ounce of commons sense.

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