The Roanoke Slant

This file is a very brief journal and scrapbook and LTEs of some examples of the Roanoke Times slant. Comments to: lbhagen@roanokeslant.org

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

 

Yet another UN failure

Roanoke Times, 7/18/06, Pg 1: World leaders look to intervene in deadly mideast crisis.
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It’s interesting that not mentioned in this article is UN Resolution 1559.
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Instead of inventing a new resolution, why not just implement 1559 enacted Sept 2004, during the last Lebanese crisis.
http://www.mideastweb.org/1559.htm
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That resolution states that Hezbollah and other militias should be removed from Lebanon and that the Lebanese Army should be the only military force in that country. Had that been done – things might be very different today!
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Apparently most UN Resolutions are like New Years Resolutions – made and then forgotten.
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Prior Items:
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2006/07/yet-another-bush-trifecta.html
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Yet another Bush Trifecta

Roanoke Times, 7/17/06, Pg A3:
1. Iran referral to Security Council for nuclear weapons
2. UN voted to condemn North Korea for missiles and nuclear weapons
3. G8 leaders condemn Hezbollah and Hamas for attack on Israel
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A great week of diplomacy for Pres. Bush and John (too rough for the UN) Bolton.
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Why am I not seeing all kinds of accolades for these accomplishments on page one (1)?
I thought the Roanoke Times Editors and their associates would be elated with these activities and accomplishments. They really like the talk stuff.
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Let’s reflect on middle-east diplomacy they really liked:
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Jimmy malaise Carter meets with Leader of Egypt and Israel.
Jimmy gets peace prize
Egyptian leader gets killed
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Bill Clinton meets with Leader of Palestinians and Israel.
Bill gets Dayton peace prize.
Israeli leader gets killed
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Middle-east peace still not at-hand (or even close)!
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Does anyone see a pattern here?
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Prior Items:
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2006/05/bush-trifecta.html
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Left-wing editorial note to staff: Don't want any of these accomplishments highlighted -- this is an election year. Hillary will get this all straightened out in 2009!
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Thursday, July 13, 2006

 

Gluttonous SML

Roanoke Times, 7/12/06, Pg Va 2: Franklin Co. planners OK AEP power line to support the 17% growth rate in eastern Franklin Co.
Al Angle was quoted as saying: "Do you penalize property owners by ruining and devaluing their land to satisfy a gluttonous need of the lake area?"
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It’s disappointing that in the heat of controversy a very good person like Mr. Angle would use such a disparaging comment toward another area of the County.
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Perhaps Mr. Angle and others might reflect upon the following: The traditional economic base of Franklin County has collapsed during the last 15 years as textiles, farming, tobacco, furniture and shine have been reduced to a fraction of their former levels.
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Yet Franklin County’s unemployment rate is low, new businesses are flourishing along the 122 and 40E corridors and in Rocky Mount. Major school additions and enhancements have been made, there’s a new library and YMCA and many government and social facilities have been developed and enhanced and soon there will be a County park on SML for all to enjoy.
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The funding for many of these things that benefits everyone in Franklin County and the surrounding area is largely based upon the County reaping over 60% of their revenue from the "gluttonous lake area".
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Perhaps Mr. Angle and others might also reflect on the fact that many residents at the lake have implored the County Board of Supervisors to enact and implement policies that ensure reasonable and prudent growth at SML. The State has even empowered the Counties to control growth based on infrastructure capabilities and growth. However the reality is that the F.C. Board is so hooked-on the additional tax base growth that there are very few projects that are denied or scaled-down.
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The Federal Government (FERC) has even taken SML shoreline management away from the Counties in order to try to get some reasonable control over run-away growth and density.
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It’s also interesting to note that a similar growth situation has come to Rocky Mount in the form of a new large high-density development that apparently the Rocky Mount Board is going to embrace.
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Perhaps everyone in the County should focus on the update to The Comprehensive Plan as a vehicle to achieve reasonable and prudent growth and development in every part of this beautiful place. Each of us should call our County Supervisor today and ask him what he is doing personally to ensure reasonable and prudent growth and development in Franklin County.
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Prior Items:
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2006/03/fc-budget-bigger.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2006/01/ferc-and-sml.html
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Monday, July 10, 2006

 

Throwing Stones?

Roanoke Times, 7/9/06, pg A9: AP article: North Korea well-versed in art of provocation. "For the US the main risk seems to be that North Korea is beginning early testing of a missile that could throw the equivalent of a rock at Alaska".
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The left-wing media mis&dis-information about the North Korean nuclear missile threat is astonishing. Why is The Roanoke Times and their associates publishing such misleading information to the American people?
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For example: the "six ‘small’ Scud missiles" that they launched are equivalent to the 1960’s versions of the American Honest John and Corporal missiles deployed during the cold war.
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These missiles carried W-7 nuclear warheads with the power of 2 to 40 kilotons of power.
http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/nuclear/wrjp159u.html
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It appears that North Korea has between four and six of these warheads on-hard.
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The Heroshima atomic bomb was 15 kilotons, made from approximately 60 kilograms of highly-enriched uranium which was used in the bomb released over Hiroshima, Japan's seventh largest city, on 6 August 1945. Some 90% of the city was destroyed.
http://www.uic.com.au/nip29.htm
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IS THIS EQUIVALENT TO THROWING A ROCK?
Who is writing this heifer-dust and why is it being published by the media?
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The multistage intercontinental missile they fired has the ability to hit the west coast of the US and certainly can carry a very large nuclear weapon or multiple smaller weapons.
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The key question is: Why are the Editors at The Roanoke Times participating in such a misleading campaign?
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Prior Items:
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2006/07/north-korean-missiles-nukes.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2006/06/will-chickens-come-home-to-roost.html
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Saturday, July 08, 2006

 

Yet Another Terrorist Plot

Roanoke Times, 7/8/06, Pg A 4: Plot detected in Internet chat room.
Good plan, experts say, except it wouldn’t work.
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This is outrageous! The FBI and CIA monitoring transmissions on the internet. Where are the Roanoke Times editoral privacy police? For sure the left-wing media and ACLU are going to get these charges dismissed and get whoever was monitoring these people thrown in jail.
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Aren’t we suppose to be using the Bill Clinton process – wait for the explosion and then send in the CSI forensics team.
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2006/06/connecting-dots.html
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"Plan won’t work"! Who writes this tripe? Certainly blowing a hole in the tunnels under the Hudson will "work"; meaning death, destruction and chaos.
As for the concept of creating major damage at the NY end of the tunnel at the World Trade Center, that would depend on the speed and volume of the water when it hits the end. A hydraulic-shock can do great damage and clearly fast moving water can go much higher than its source. Ever watch waves crash over the "break waters" at the shore?
Who is author Adam Lisberg and where did he get his hydraulics degree?
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Prior Items:
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2006/07/aiding-and-abetting-enemy.html
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Tax & Spend Democrats

The Democrat NJ legislature and Democrat Governor have been in a tug-of-war on how to take one of the most taxed and indebted states to a new level.
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The Governor wanted to raise the 6% sales tax to 7%. The legislature didn’t know what they wanted to do to establish a state budget.
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Apparently no one thought of the alternative to "CUT SPENDING"!
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The compromise: go for the 7%! Doesn’t sound like a compromise, sounds like typical Democrat Tax & Spend. No problem, the taxpayers can handle it.
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Also sounds like the song the editors of the Roanoke Times love to sing.
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Why is NJ in such financial trouble when the economy is strong and unemployment is low and interest rates are low? Why aren’t they running a surplus like most states are this year? What’s going to happen when we go into a slow-down cycle?
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Prior Items:
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2006/04/more-good-bad-news_26.html
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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

 

North Korean Missiles & Nukes

Roanoke Times, 7/5/06, Pg A 5: North Korea test-fires series of missiles and refuses to participate in negotiations to stop nuclear warhead weapons development.
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What a great opportunity for the left-wing media to interview Bill Clinton, Bill Richardson and Madeline Albright. These are the folks who had the opportunity to influence this problem at its beginning, but instead they gave North Korea money, food and fuel for their "word" that all would be OK.
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2005/08/north-korea-nukes.html
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Instead of focusing on their old buddy Bill, the media decried President Bush when he referred to North Korea as a member of the "axis of evil". How could he do such an undiplomatic thing!
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Given the track record of UN diplomacy it appears we will soon have some very difficult decisions to make relative to North Korea and Iran.
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Waiting to see a mushroom cloud is not a good option.
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Prior Items:
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2006/06/will-chickens-come-home-to-roost.html
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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

 

Supreme Court helps fight Terrorists

Roanoke Times, 6/30/06 , Pg 1: Court strikes war crimes trials for detainees.
Roanoke Times, 7/1/06, Pg Va 9 Editorial: The Supreme Court reins in the president. In a long overdue rebuke, the judiciary rejected the notion that the commander-in-chief can conduct the war on terror however he wishes.
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Indeed they did. And in the process they declared that the military tribunals conducted by FDR during WW2 were not OK.
http://www.shelter-island.org/german_spies.html
Now, how do we get the Germans that landed on Long Island back from the firing squads?
They also declared that the Nuremberg War Trials setup by Truman were not OK because they were newly established tribunals for a specific purpose.
Now, how do we get all those Germans back from the firing squads, gallows and prisons?
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The Justices showed themselves to indeed be lawyers. Let’s not focus on the battlefield environment relative to police crime investigation processes. Let’s just reflect on how well OJ’s lawyers would fare on the rules of evidence in a terrorist battlefield in Afghanistan. "Lieutenant, I see in this photograph that you weren’t wearing white booties over your boots as you collected forensic evidence", "that makes all the evidence you collected non-admissible"!
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The recent farce criminal trial of Moussaoui clearly demonstrated that the system that The Justices desire is totally incompatible with the reality of war.
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2006/03/moussaoui-trial-spin.html
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Clearly one result of this ruling might be to no longer burden ourselves with taking prisoners. Soldiers in combat have the option to take prisoners or not. It appears that our enemies don’t burden themselves, do they?
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Here’s an approach: the UN Court in the Hague has done such an outstanding job on the Milosevic case that perhaps we should send them another 500 cases to handle.
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2006/03/un-prison-crime_22.html
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Will be interesting to see how this turns out.
If we just turn them loose a good place would be inside the UN building in NY.
It’s a nice place and they have lots of friends there.
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Aiding and abetting the enemy

The NY Times and associates have decided that they are the final arbiter of material that the government has defined as National Security material.
After the administration and both Democrat and Republican chairs of the 911 Commission and even after anti-war Democrat Congressman Murtha specifically asked the editor of the NY Times not to print details about the terrorist banking and finance program HE decided what was best for the safety and security of the American people.
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When was this person elected by the people to be the national security manager for the American people?
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What responsibility does the NY Times have for loss of life and property when we get hit again?
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Talk about the arrogance of power. George W. doesn’t hold a candle to this guy!
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However, this attitude and behavior is completely compatible with the keynote commencement speaker, Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger at SUNY New Paltz this June.
Mr. Sulzberger’s address (video by CSPAN) was a hostile and negative political diatribe delivered to a captive audience of young people who deserved better than they got.
With this demonstrated level of political bias and motivation it is clear that the NY Times is all about doing all they can to hurt Bush at the expense of doing what is best for our country. Whatever happened to "Ask Not?"?
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http://www.timeswatch.org/articles/2006/20060522115623.aspx
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Prior Items:
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2006/06/connecting-dots.html
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Monday, July 03, 2006

 

Texas Redistricting

Roanoke Times, 6/29/06, Pg 1 & 7: Supreme Court Oks Texas redistricting.
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Yes indeed – up-held 31 out of 32 districts (that’s 97% isn’t it?) that were directly related to the Tom DeLay plan. The Texas State Democrat Delegation cut-and-ran to New Mexico to avoid a vote on this plan. They sure didn’t uphold the Texas traditions of the Alamo!
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The Texas Democrats have retaliated by having a Democrat political operative county district attorney file charges against DeLay for improper campaign contributions. Will be interesting to see how that unfolds. So far, so good!
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http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/28/washington/28cnd-district.html?ex=1309147200&en=7a06ef76034a96b1&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
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Prior Items:
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2005/05/flying-congressmen.html
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