"On Topic" With Doug Krile

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

A Disaster of Cataclysmic Proportions

This is all just so unbelievable. Surreal. I can only impagine what it's like to be there. Hurricane bloggers still take front and center position on today's WB42 5:30 Report.

And they are not pleased with the President's response to the tragedy. Our first blogger says the President should let all the National Guard members, from the affected states, return from Iraq War duty. And she offers some advice:
This would be a good time to dig out some of that "compassionate conservatism" you campaigned on five years ago.How about it?

Our second blogger comes at much the same topic from a different direction. He analyzes a FEMA Press Release and says it's misleading, in terms of the "real" response level. And then goes on to criticize the President:
As Bush makes a big noise about leaving palm trees and lots of sun, going back to "monitor" events in the White House - why wasn't he back there two days ago when it became clear that this was going to be a monster storm? Was he hoping it would just go away? - the Federal Disaster system is, well, a disaster. This strikes at the heart of Bush the image versus Bush the reality. Bush scrambled to the top of a heap of dead bodies in the days after 911, saying that he was the guy to make America prepared again. It was the illusion that he was a go getter President that sustained him through the long months of failed economic programs, disasterous foreign policy choices, and direct lies to Congress and the American Public.

And, there is more. More bloggers who don't think the President handled this correctly.

Editor & Publisher is a respected organization. This blogger links to an E&P article that blasts the Administration for a lack of funding to "hurricane-proof" New Orleans.
...after 2003, the flow of federal dollars toward SELA (Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Control Project) dropped to a trickle. The Corps never tried to hide the fact that the spending pressures of the war in Iraq, as well as homeland security -- coming at the same time as federal tax cuts -- was the reason for the strain. At least nine articles in the Times-Picayune from 2004 and 2005 specifically cite the cost of Iraq as a reason for the lack of hurricane- and flood-control dollars.

I know everybody has a right to speak their mind. But, doesn't it bother you that radical religious groups are saying New Orleans was hit because it's such a sinful city. And, did you know, that a satellite view of the storm looks very much like a human fetus?
Comments are open. Bring 'em on.

Here's another one that should prompt some comments. How much will the storm impact the U-S economy? Consider that a kind viewer already told us of $316/gal gas in Little Rock - then read the article. Here's how it begins:
Hurricane Katrina is likely to have only a modest impact on the U.S. economy as long as the hit to the energy sector proves transitory, White House economic adviser Ben Bernanke said on Wednesday

Oh, really! I hope he's right. But, somehow, it seems it could be much worse than that. Doesn't it?
UPDATE: Okay, maybe I'll back down on this one a bit. Just had a chat with Eric Britt, our Business Analyst for the 5:30 Report. Looking down the road (and that's tough to do right now), there WILL be a big boom in engineering jobs, construction jobs, etc. But, darn, it's tough to look that far down the road.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Hurricane Blogging

Such dramatic video. Such emotional reporting. And we're just now beginning to realize the true amount of death and destruction from Hurricane Katrina. That's the focus of our bloggers today.

The first blogger brings up the politics of the hurricane and wonders what the response from the President will be.
As the waters rise and people are trapped in their homes, think about someone's grandmother trapped in an attic waiting for her government to help her. George Bush's response? He spent yesterday talking politics, and today he's supposed to go to California.

Does it seem like the storms are getting stronger and stronger? More powerful? Well, they are. Here's what's happening.

What a GREAT use of the net and blogs. Blogging LIVE from Louisiana State University.

Here's another one. From WWL TV. Blogging Live after they had to leave their studios because of rising waters. This, my friends, is dramatic stuff.

Arkansas Times blogged this about rising gas prices yesterday afternoon. Note the comments. And they are right. If you filled up this morning, you probably paid 10-15 cents a gallon MORE.

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Monday, August 29, 2005

Ready for those higher gas prices? Arkansas Times blog has details on the big jump in prices in downtown LR Monday.
Glad I gassed up Sunday.

Pumping up prices

If you're like us, you've probably received emails saying that gas prices are rising dramatically and you better fill your tank up quick.

Turns out these particular warnings are dead-on accurate

Click "Pumping Up Prices" for the details.

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Blogging Katrina

It's pretty much all about Hurricane Katrina on The WB42 5:30 Report today. So, too, with the blogs.


A tad bit of inside information on how television is covering the storm. If you have even a passing interest in how our business operates, you'll find this blog most interesting.

And, here's a blog that simply opened it's comments area so folks can talk about New Orleans. It, too, is just an interesting read.

Beyond the on-air blogging, we've rounded up a few additional bits of information. Some bloggers are jumping on the administration for cutting funding for projects that could have helped prevent serious problems from this storm.

And, for the true news junkies among us: Here's a link to live streaming video from local stations covering the hurricane. Plus, some additional blogs focusing on the storm.

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Sunday, August 28, 2005

This is how the Hurricane Center describes the potential impact of Hurricane Katrina. If you're not watching CNN. Or MSNBC. Or even FOX. You should be. One of the biggest things that is just now being reported is the possibility that the flood waters will mix household and industrial chemicals and create a toxic nightmare. Throw in a few refineries and you have true nightmare.

Hell

Let's hope none of this is true:

MOST OF THE AREA WILL BE UNINHABITABLE FOR WEEKS...PERHAPS LONGER. AT
LEAST ONE HALF OF WELL CONSTRUCTED HOMES WILL HAVE ROOF AND WALL
FAILURE. ALL GABLED ROOFS WILL FAIL...LEAVING THOSE HOMES SEVERELY
DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.

THE MAJORITY OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS WILL BECOME NON FUNCTIONAL.
PARTIAL TO COMPLETE WALL AND ROOF FAILURE IS EXPECTED. ALL WOOD
FRAMED LOW RISING APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL BE DESTROYED. CONCRETE
BLOCK LOW RISE APARTMENTS WILL SUSTAIN MAJOR DAMAGE...INCLUDING SOME
WALL AND ROOF FAILURE.

HIGH RISE OFFICE AND APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL SWAY DANGEROUSLY...A
FEW TO THE POINT OF TOTAL COLLAPSE. ALL WINDOWS WILL BLOW OUT.

AIRBORNE DEBRIS WILL BE WIDESPREAD...AND MAY INCLUDE HEAVY ITEMS SUCH
AS HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES AND EVEN LIGHT VEHICLES. SPORT UTILITY
VEHICLES AND LIGHT TRUCKS WILL BE MOVED. THE BLOWN DEBRIS WILL CREATE
ADDITIONAL DESTRUCTION. PERSONS...PETS...AND LIVESTOCK EXPOSED TO THE
WINDS WILL FACE CERTAIN DEATH IF STRUCK.

POWER OUTAGES WILL LAST FOR WEEKS...AS MOST POWER POLES WILL BE DOWN
AND TRANSFORMERS DESTROYED. WATER SHORTAGES WILL MAKE HUMAN SUFFERING
INCREDIBLE BY MODERN STANDARDS.

THE VAST MAJORITY OF NATIVE TREES WILL BE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. ONLY
THE HEARTIEST WILL REMAIN STANDING...BUT BE TOTALLY DEFOLIATED. FEW
CROPS WILL REMAIN. LIVESTOCK LEFT EXPOSED TO THE WINDS WILL BE
KILLED.

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Friday, August 26, 2005

Limbaugh Sticks With His Story. Even When It's Wrong

Mother always said, it's best to apologize when you're wrong. Guess Rush Limbaugh's momma never taught him that. Or he conveniently forgot it.

Here's the Media Matters update on how Rush refused to correct things when he got some bad information. No excuse for this. Not when the corrected information was available. Everywhere. Let's get some comments going. I'd particularly like somebody to come to Rush's defense!

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Who Pays for Sheehan's Camping Trip?

Okay, in the interest of fairness. We jumped on the pro-war protesters when it was revealed that a California PR firm put that campaign together. Well, it looks like the Cindy Sheehan camp may have some help, too.

Camp Sheehan Finances Revealed

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Wesley Clark Offers a Plan

Indeed, it seems that he does. And the liberal bloggers are climbing on the bandwagon like crazy.

Armando is sold.  "But I must admit General Wesley Clark has presented a political strategy that relies heavily on policy recommendations that really has some possibilities...read on"

Here's another blogger's take on Clark's plan. He's not quite as on-board and, in fact, includes links to a couple of blogs that have some criticism of the plan. All that being said, it's looking like Arkansan Clark may be back in the limelight and maybe back in the Presidential hunt.

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Finally. Friday. Whew.

Okay, folks. We've rolled right through another week together. Thanks for coming along and helping spread the word about this little project of ours. It's called disseminating information. The kind of information that makes you think. And makes you talk. From today's WB42 5:30 Report:

First, a a former speach writer for President Bush says the President isn't connecting with the American People. And he has a warning:
"If a president continues to do that, he is himself teaching the public and the media to ignore him - especially when the words seem utterly to ignore the past three months of real-world events."

You could spend much of the weekend reading all of the material in our second blog. It's a pretty biting indictment of UN Ambassador John Bolton. He's been busy editing a document updating the UN focus. What's he done?
Ambassador Bolton has recommended scrapping more than 400 passages from the 38-page draft prepared for the September summit

And there's a link to a pdf file showing the actual edits. All 400+ of them.

The American Legion won't buy it, but a new poll says Americans think it's okay to voice concerns about the war. 90% of us do.

Speaking of the protests - Cindy Sheehan is still waiting for a Presidential meeting. She has that right. But, she might want to consider her response to his pro-war protester who wants to meet with HER. His name is Joseph Qualls. The blogger asks:
Why does Cindy have all sorts of time for political big-wigs like Al Sharpton and celebrities like Joan Baez but not one minute for Qualls?
All he wants to do is ask her a few questions and have a discussion about the war...

How fast is Northwest Arkansas growing? Arkansas Times has a link to some local reporting that has the numbers. First-Day enrollment at Springdale schools is WAY up. Go read the numbers. Amazing. Enough to make out-of-staters begin to wonder what they're missing by not being here!

Any poker-players out there? Read this blog about poker faces, Rumsfeld and his lips. Good for a chuckle, if nothing else.

It's always interesting to read what military people think about the war in Iraq. Here's a gentleman who retired from the Army in 1994, but is back in Iraq. He has some observations on smoking (that's right, cigarettes), and then makes a suggestion to the President:
On another note, I can't help thinking that right now, we've got Iraqis killing Iraqis, Iraqis killing Americans, and Americans killing Iraqis. Now if we go home, wouldn't we eliminate two thirds of that deadly triangle? Just a simple thought for a president who likes to keep things simple.

How about another quote from a military official. Still on active duty. But not following the President's talking points (via Sen. Feingold, quoting the millitary official he talked with on a recent visit to Iraq):
He said, "Nothing would take the wind out of the sails of the insurgents more than having a timeline in place."

Hmmm.

Limbaugh's numbers are slipping badly in many radio markets. Maybe that's because even his loyal listeners don't like it when he pulls things like this. You just CAN'T refuse to acknowledge the truth and maintain credibility. It's just that simple.

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Just Waiting for Friday

Full day on the blog today! You'll get the two blogs we mentioned on The WB42 5:30 Report, PLUS links to blogs on a laundry-list of topics and opinions. There is, honestly, more good blogging going on today than I've seen for a LONG time!

We actually posted a link to our first blog last night. It's good enough to repeat, in case you missed it. I'm a big fan of Keith Olbermann and Countdown on MSNBC. There's a comment already in last night's post from someone who disagrees. But, that's why the comments are open! Feel free to let me know how YOU feel. Keith did a great job outing a California P.R. firm that is behind the supposedly "grassroots" pro-Bush protest group that is driving from California to Texas. The link leads to a video from Countdown. It's funny. Very funny. Pretty much rips the story to pieces.

Our second blog nails the American Legion, not so much for its opposition to the anti-war protestors, but more for the language coming out of the Legion's national convention in Hawaii:
The delegates voted to use whatever means necessary to "ensure the united backing of the American people to support our troops and the global war on terrorism."

Now, let's go through that library of links we've found today.
First, more on how far critics of the anti-war protestors will go. In particular, how strong the anti-Cindy Sheehan language has become.
On the August 24 broadcast of Fox News' Fox News Live, radio talk show host and " 'Voices of Soldiers' Truth Tour" participant Mark Williams continued the campaign of smears against anti-war protestor Cindy Sheehan, claiming that "Cindy Sheehan is on a mission to figuratively urinate on her son's grave and make his death stand for nothing."

Here's another blogger's take on the American Legion story. Read it. It's not long. And very well written. Bottm line:
An American always has the right to dissent. If we cease to have that right, we cease to be Americans.

Now, follow along as another blogger delivers a history lesson. The American Legion today vs 1999. When Bill Clinton was President. And they didn't like him. Or "Operation Allied Force".

Lot's of bloggers pointing to a newspaper commentary by former Presidential Candidate, Gary Hart.
...he offers up one of the most crisp and disturbing indictments of both parties I've seen in a long while.

Great "think piece" here, drawing comparisons between Iraq and Vietnam, Bush and Nixon.
The President needs to do something different. For the good of the country he needs to stand up and provide the kind of communication Nixon says a leader must provide. Unfortunately this doesnt seem to be Bushs style. He has followed the same tack with Social Security reform and it isnt gaining much support either.

We aired a report today that tried to read between the lines of the latest Presidential polls. Here's a link to a blogger who tries to do the same. See if it helps you understand.

And, just to brighten your outlook on things, it's not just the left wing radicals who are worried we're going to attack Iran. Here's the headline from the blog:
PAT BUCHANAN'S MAG CLAIMS CHENEY PREPARING TACTICAL NUKE STRIKE ON IRAN

Make's you feel really safe, now, doesn't it?

CNN's new "Situation Room" program with Wolf B. get's a bit too much for me at times, but I do like Jack Cafferty's appearances. He doesn't mince words. Go read this transcript where he really goes after Pat Robertson. Says "he's just a dope". Of course, it'a all about Robertson saying we should execute the President of Venezuela, then trying to claim he was taken out of context. Until, of course, he realized everybody in the world had a TAPE of it. Then he appologized. Kind of. Maybe he had his fingers crossed behind his back. Don't ya think?

And, here's one to keep an eye on. Seems we've made some HUGE changes in a draft agreement dealing with foreign aid, climate change and much more. Six years of work by the world. Down the drain? Some say that's exactly what's happened.

And, finally (for now), And some suggestions for what they SHOULD be doing. From someone who's been there. And done that.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Olbermann Scores!

I truly enjoy watching Countdown on MSNBC most nights. Host Keith Olbermann had a GREAT bit tonight. And you should watch it. Thanks to Crooks and Liars.

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College is a Killer

First of all, after you read this entry, make sure you scroll down and read the updates we posted individually Tuesday evening. There is some good "stuff" there. Now, the blogs we mentioned on the air today.

If you're in college (or have a child there), you know first-hand how much tuition costs have been going up. Our first blogger has the numbers - and they are a killer - but goes on to explain how more and more students and their families are going deeper and deeper into debt and then having trouble paying back the loans. His bottom line is that
Education is supposed to afford an opportunity to students to improve their standard of living after they graduate. However, it appears this is no longer the case.

Our second blogger quotes police as saying Wal-Mart is fighting tougher laws that make it more difficult to buy the common chemicals used to make methamphetamine. But there's an even bigger problem -
...when the Bush administration released its federal anti-meth plan last week, even conservatives couldnt believe it. If this is a cohesive national policy, it is embarrassing, said Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), chairman of the House subcommittee that handles national drug policy. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) says the White House is listening more to Wal-Mart than to the economic and social problems that meth causes.

Now, let's roll out some bonus blogs!

AmericaBlog caught some interesting writing in USA Today. Even the sports guys don't like Bush.

Think Progress has some comparisons between Iraq and Vietnam. The raw numbers are interesting. His assessment is priceless:
A President less popular than Nixon and a war less popular than Vietnam. Thats quite a combo.

Trying to sort through that Iraqi Constitution? Here's a pretty good summary. If he's correct, it's not a pretty picture. Right down to a female Iraqi doctor who stood with President Bush in 2003. She's now leaving Iraq. Convinced the Constitution will not do what President Bush promised.

Okay, so it's pick on Wal-Mart day. Not content to fight tough meth laws, Wal-Mart wants to open BANKS! But, that's not all:
But there's more: Not only does Wal-Mart want a bank, they want it to be exempt from the Community Reinvestment Act the federal law that requires lenders to reinvest in the communities where they are located.

Just a quickie. The cost of the Iraq War. This is what you get if it continues for five years.

And, lest you think that everybody at that VFW Convention, where the President spoke yesterday, is a Bush supporter - just glance at this picture of one of the veterans in the audience. Simply priceless. And, yes, I know that's the second "priceless" in one day. Give me a better word, and I'll use it!

We mentioned the questionable actions of law enforcement officers at a Rave in Utah recently. Here's an update. And it's still sounding pretty ugly to me.

Now, this little gem. Pat Robertson. Trying to backtrack on the "assassination" quote. It's either outrageously funny. Or seriously sad.

Something new on the T-Shirt front. And back. A federal judge says a school can't stop a student from wearing a T-Shirt with a conservative, Christian, messsage. What will they do when somebody wants to wear one that preaches something opposite?

As always, comments are open. Let us know what you think of the issues in this post. And tell us about blogs you read that you think deserve some attention. Happy to oblige.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Anonymous Comments

Just double-checked and you CAN post anonymous comments. They truly ARE anonymous. We want this to be a community.  Let's start with talking about the D-G cartoon and the Times' response. 
 
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David vs Goliath

Oh, man.  Thanks to our buddies over at the Matilda in the Rock blog for catching this one. I have to quit reading the D-G before a cup of coffee in the morning. I miss things. Here's what you need to help you figure it out.  References to the D-G are to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.  That's the big daily paper that serves the state.  The writer of the article is with the Arkansas Times - a weekly, liberal, paper. Now, go read his article.  This is classic.  The little guy ripping the big guy.  Quite frankly, I'm surprised at the language in the Arkansas Times article.  It goes to show how emotional America has become on this issue.  And, remember, this is from conservative Arkansas. USA. And, boy, does he make a point. All of America needs to read it.
 
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Tom Cruise. Off the Deep End.

 
If you questioned his Today show interview.  Or his behavior on Oprah.  Consider this from a Canadian newspaper interview. Wow.  Past lives. Shakespeare.  He just gets weirder and weirder.
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Courthouse Documents Reveal Human Dramas

This ain't as serious as it might sound.  In fact, it's just a downright fascinating find. Enjoy.
 
 
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From Assassination to Prayer

Nothing like a good religious debate to get things started.  We first posted the link last night, then talked about it today on The WB42 5:30 Report.  Pat Robertson.  Calling for the assassination of Venezuela's President.  What do you think about Robertson's statement?  Has he gone too far?  Is he off the deep end?  Or, is he right?

Here's a bit more on our friend, Mr. Robertson .

Then, we featured bloggers commenting on some articles written by actor Sean Penn after he returned from a trip to Iran.

Penn also describes a prayer service he went to - attended by 10,000 - the leader had the crowd chanting, "Death to Israel, Death to America."

It's a very grim portrait, but one you should take the time to read.

Now, some extra posts.  Just interesting reading I've stumbled across.  Interesting and in this case, perplexing. 13 percent of the girls in an Ohio school are pregnant!
 
This blogger says let's not forget the OTHER war.  The one in Afghanistan. Things aren't going exactly great over there, either.
 

The whole Iraq situation is a bit confusing, I'll admit.  I find myself having to work at keeping the Sunni Arabs and their beliefs separate from the Shiites and Kurds and trying to figure out everything that happens there impacts each of them differently.  The fight over a constitution is no different.  If you're struggling to understand it all, read this blogger.  Good explanation of why we really could be looking at Civil War in Iraq. And how WE may have pushed them in that direction.

Now, this just makes me uncomfortable. Brings back too many memories of the anti-war protests during the Vietnam War, when I cut my journalistic teeth reporting on the riots that closed the University of Iowa.  Back then it was tear gas.  Today, apparently, it is tasers.  Video included.  Watch.  And comment.

 

 
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Monday, August 22, 2005

Pat Robertson Says "Assassinate him".

I was holding this for Tuesday's 5:30 Report, but it seems EVERYBODY is jumping on it tonight.  It's just too much to sit on for 24 hours.  Pat Robertson. Assassination is okay.  Go get the Venezuelan President. He deserves it. Read it now. If you haven't already.
 
 
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Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda

Just for fun. Nothing more.  If you remember the old "Camp Granada" comedy bit.  This is pretty good. 
Seriously. Nothing serious here.  Read it.  And laugh.
 
 
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Reuters nails Bush

Well, this is interesting reporting. The blogger says:
Just read it. Rarely has any reporter gotten it as clearly as the one who wrote this article about Bush trying to link Iraq AGAIN to the war on terror.
 
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Myriad of Musings on A Monday

just in an alliteration mood today, I guess! First, as always, the blogs we mentioned on the air on the 5:30 Report with Doug Krile.

How about some blogging, direct from the Iraq War. It's a terrible report that bolsters allegations that we're failing to supply our troops adequately.
We had 40 days with no shower, five severe sand storms and a month without ammunition. Everybody else had tents. We didn't. Everybody else had air conditioners. We didn't. The only thing I had to eat for three days was crackers. We ran out of water for a full day. We went through a lot.

Our second blogger says there are issues beyond just the Constitution. He says the United States maintains a stranglehold on most of the key infrastructure. The blogger says our control is far-reaching:
The Bush administration has succeeded in maintaining a stranglehold on issues such as public versus private ownership of resources, foreign access to Iraqi oil and U.S. control of the reconstruction effort -- all of which are still governed by administration policies put into place immediately after the invasion. The Bush economic agenda favors foreign interests -- American interests -- over Iraqi self-determination.

Now a few extra blogs. I didn't catch this bit of information while doing all my driving this weekend. Maybe you did. At the very least it's one of those things that just doesn't make the admininstration LOOK good! It's all about the President and Lance Armstrong.

How about some poll numbers? The new ones are out and the headline on this blog sums things up. Bush: Less Popular Than Nixon During Watergate.

Here's an example of what certainly seems to be inappropriate action by law enforcement. It happened in Utah. It involved people attending a rave. And it involves:
"Helicopters, assault rifles, tear gas, camoflauge-wearing soldiers.... why? Was that really necessary?"

I wasn't in position to catch the Sunday morning talk shows yesterday, but this blogger sums up Trent Lott's appearance on Meet the Press. Interesting discussion with David Gregory.
Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) said that President Bush started lobbying for an invasion of Iraq long before significant diplomatic efforts began:

As David Gregory notes, this runs completely counter to how President Bush describes the decision to invade Iraq:

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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Another Friday Heatwave

And so much to talk about! First, as always, the blogs we mentioned on the air during The 5:30 Report on KWBF.

Controversial Michelle Malkin has put together a decent list of groups who don't think Cindy Sheehan and her supporters have the right idea.
It has been 10 days since I first posted on Cindy Sheehan, and after sticking my neck out and taking massive amounts of ongoing abuse and ridicule for giving her the scrutiny she deserves, I am more than happy to let others pick up the slack.

Our second blog come from the other end of the political spectrum and really nails the White House for the latest rationale for the war in Iraq. We are now "laying the foundation for peace". The blogger writes:
Isn't that great? Why didn't we think of it before? That could serve as a catch-all rationale for any war in history --- and it can be used by either side. "The Emperor of Japan may have been a little bit ambitious when he had his navy bomb Pearl Harbor, but he should be given credit for laying the foundations for peace."

Circling back around to the right, here's a blogger that snagged a report that he says shows the media is scraping the bottom of the barrel in looking for negatives on Supreme Court nominee, John Roberts.
You know, its pretty sad when, in order to imply that Roberts is a racist, his critics must reach back to housing discrimination and race riots that took place in his hometown when he was a teenager.

And, bouncing back to the other side, the blogger at "Think Progress isn't happy with all the documents on Roberts that are still being withheld.
Given what theyve said, administration officials owe us an explanation of why, specifically, these documents deserve the privacy exemption.

And, finally for today, Who do you believe. The kids or the teachers? The issue is whether sports or studying is given more importance at their schools. Plus, it leans on something we reported last night on "The 10 O'clock Report" over on our sister station, KYPX.
Hundreds of thousands of this year's college-bound high school graduates aren't prepared enough academically to succeed in college.

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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Thursday Ramblings

As always, our first blogs are the ones that we used on-the-air today. Seems there was lots of planniing in advance of the Iraq war. Maybe more than we thought before.

And, in answer to those who said the treatment of prisoners in the Iraq prisons was about like a college frat initiation, there's a new book coming out that sounds very hard-hitting. The link takes you to a Reuters news report about the book. Tough talk. From a U.S. soldier:
The torture and humiliation of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. troops was widespread and not limited to the high-profile cases at Abu Ghraib prison, according to a former soldier who participated in an interrogation that she said "crossed a line."

And a quick couple of extras. Daily Kos has pulled together some quotes from prominent politicians back when Bill Clinton sent troops into Bosnia. On example:
"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is." --Governor George W. Bush (R-TX)

Want to see some incredible job applicant numbers? Check out this report from a new San Francisco Wal-Mart store. They'll be hiring 400 people. You won't believe how many turned out to apply. Says a lot about the economy.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

A Ringer in Crawford?

Good journalistic legwork here. Kudos to Kos for following the dots. An Iraqi woman showed up at Crawford, saying she just had to drive all the way from DC to tell Cindy Sheehan that her son DID die for a noble cause in Iraq. The blogger dug deeper:
This "Iraqi woman" then showed up on Hardball to swiftboat Cindy. Something about her didn't strike me as being right. There was a passing reference to her being married to an American journalist.

But, wait. There's more! It gets better! Follow the link. Read it all. Absolutely unbelievable.

This one is almost as unbelievable. A tip of the old fedora to Arkansas Times blog for pointing out a columm by Maureen Dowd:
How could President Bush be cavorting around on a long vacation with American troops struggling with a spiraling crisis in Iraq?
Wasn't he worried that his vacation activities might send a frivolous signal at a time when he had put so many young Americans in harm's way?
"I'm determined that life goes on," Mr. Bush said stubbornly.

Think you know who she's talking about? Follow the link. Deja Vu all over again.

So much interesting writing going on out in the old blogosphere these days. Remember the Brazilian guy who was shot and killed by police in London just after the bombings? Well, it seems the story has changed. And it's making the London police look bad. Very bad.

More support for Cindy Sheehan. It comes in the form of a letter. From Elizabeth Edwards, the wife of the former VP candidate. She writes well.
If we are decent and compassionate, if we know the lessons we taught our children, or if, selfishly, all we want is the long line of the brave to protect us in the future, we should listen to the mothers now.
Listen to Cindy.

A view now from the Right. He almost had me with this link to an article about chemicals in Iraq. Almost had me thinking the inspectors missed something pretty big. That's obviously what he wants you to think. But follow the links to the original article. There's a very important fact that he edits out of the blog entry - the fact that this chemical plant is NEW. Built AFTER the war. Nice try.

How's it going in Iraq? UPI is not impressed. Not at all.

And, we all know the simple fact about politics. Everything is fair game. But, even your underwear? Really. Jeanine Pirro's underwear makes news.

Speaking of politics, the other "given" is that you'll face a pollster or two. Or three. Here, then, are the latest numbers for the President. Along with some thoughts about how those numbers might impact some key Senate races next year.

By the way, Cindy Sheehan is not alone as an outspoken parent opposing the war. Meet Mr. and Mrs. Paul Schroeder. The blogger says:
Memo to the 101st Fighting Keyboardists -- it's time to start oppo research on the Schroeders. Indeed, smearing war heroes and the parents of war heroes is what you do best.

And, just for good measure, here's another blogger, another take, on it.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Election Fraud

I don't know the person who supposedly did the research, but the numbers in this article are absolutely unbelievable. If you believe them, then you MUST believe there was fraud. A lot of it. In the 2004 elections.
In 2004 Bush far exceeded the 85% of registered Florida Republican votes that he got in 2000, receiving more than 100% of the registered Republican votes in 47 out of 67 Florida counties, 200% of registered Republicans in 15 counties, and over 300% of registered Republicans in 4 counties.

Now, make sure you scroll down for our main post of the day.

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Stormy Tuesday

Finally, some rain scattered around our area. Much needed rain. The bloggers who got some airtime on The 5:30 Report with Doug Krile today focused on Iraq. The constitutional push there and the families of the fallen back here at home. Let's start with this discussion over whether the extension to work on the constitution is even legal! The blogger says it's not.
In fact, according to the Transitional Administrative Law, if the committee did not ask for an extension by August 1 (which it was pressured not to do by the Bush administration); and if the parliament did not approve the new constitution by August 15; then parliament should be dissolved.

Our second blog takes Cindy Sheehan to task for her Texas protests. The blogger quotes from a Newsweek article on a recent meeting between President Bush and several families who had lost a soldier in Iraq. The article paints a picture of a much more emotional president, holding hands with the family members, red-eyed as he neared the last of the meetings. The blogger writes:
Lets take a moment to appreciate the fact that our nations leader has taken the time to meet with the family members of 270 of the 1,853 soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq. Which means that Bush has met with the families of 14.5% of all the soldiers who have died. Including Cindy Sheehan and her family. And not including the multitude of wounded soldiers hes met with.
Has any American leader ever done more? I dont know for sure, but if there has been Presidents who have done I cant imagine there are many of them.

Not everyone buys into that argument. Here's what a prominent left-leaning blogger writes.
This is Newsweek providing cover for Bush over the Cindy Sheehan fiasco. There just is no other way to see this. Expect to see more of this, everywhere -- that's how they work.

And, then, there is more. If you want.

This could certainly help explain part of the recent oil price increases. You really don't hear about it in the news, but there have been numerous recent bombings of pipelines in Iraq. That just MUST influence supply. Doesn't it?

Back now to the Iraq Constitution. This blogger found an article that supports the idea that our pressuring Iraq to get the constitution done could backfire.

File this next one under the "WAY out there" category. It's all about the President's mood swings and life in the Bush White House. You'll either laugh it off as the creation of a left-wing loony, or be scared.

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Monday, August 15, 2005

Homegrown and Beyond

Our on-air blog references today are all homegrown - Arkansas-based blogs. We think you'll enjoy them as much as we do. And become regulars!


Arkansas Media Girl tackles the big boys with both barrels blazing. Consensus is that she says what others may be afraid to say.

Headquartered along what some call Arkansas' "Western Wall", the blogger is a TV/Radio guy who doesn't hide his political feelings.

Fun and frivolity abound over at Matilda In The Rock, led by Edna. Funny, but not afraid to step on toes and make a point. Another "must-read".

Then, of course, there's the very popular Arkansas Times blog. They break more news here than darn near any other news organization.

Politics galore over at the Bullwhiz blog. They pull in stories from papers across the state and beyond. Great spot to get a good daily dose of what's happening around the state.

And, if you have a really deep interest in broadcasting in Arkansas, check this out. Comments from people obviously in the biz make for great reading, too!

Bonus Blogs

Now, some blogs we rounded up over the weekend. Some of them made the updates. Most didn't. No particular order. Just click and read.

The President on the pressures of office and balancing his life.

Another take on the same topic.

Yet another argument - if Bush meets with Sheehan, the terrorists win. Say WHAT?!?!?

Oh, but maybe THIS explains it all. Excercise your way to the Bush inner circle.

How about a little science lesson. It's getting warmer out there. And problems are happening. Scary stuff, if true.

As long as we're back in school, let's do some history, too. What a difference three years DON'T make. Deja vu, all over again.

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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Arkansas Media

And, yes, if you want a brutally honest look at Arkansas media, check out Arkansas Media Girl. This is REALLY worth adding to your bookmarks. Trust me. Really. Unless, of course, you're the Democrat-Gazette. She's not high on our statewide paper. Not at all.. Really.

We read her every day. Fun stuff.

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Now They're Linking the KKK to Cindy Sheehan

Read this and tell us what you think.

David Duke Gets Behind Cindy Sheehan

From the blog of David Duke, America’s best-known racist and former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan:


Cindy Sheehan, a mother who lost a son in the Iraq War, is determined to prevent other mothers and fathers from experiencing the same loss.
Courageously she has gone to Texas near the ranch of President Bush and braved the elements and a hostile Jewish supremacist media to demand a meeting with him and a good explanation why her son and other’s sons and daughters must die and be disfigured in a war for Israel rather than for America.
Recently, she had the courage to state the obvious that her son signed up in the military to protect America not to die for Israel.

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Bush's Bike Ride and Cindy

Much more on this tomorrow. From a growing list of bloggers.

Bush Has Time For Bike Ride, Not For Cindy

President Bush still hasn’t agreed to meet with Cindy Sheehan, the grieving mother whose 24-year-old son was killed in Iraq. But he did find time yesterday for a “bike ride on the ranch with journalists and aides,” according to wire reports.

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Friday, August 12, 2005

Oh, You'll Be Forwarding This One!

I agree with the blogger below. This is pretty darn good! And, I predict, you'll forward the link to many friends. I know I have!

Here's the blogger who found the clip. He says it's about "My People".

And, here's what he says about it:

This kick-ass tribute to white trash America set to Dueling Banjos must have taken forever to put together. The download is very much worth your time. You'll watch it over and over and notice something else every time.

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Plame Case Development

Just keeping the Valerie Plame story alive. Interesting development.

Career Lawyer, not Skull and Bones Pal, to head Plame Case

Won't take long. Go read it.

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Bush Threatens Iran

We've linked a lot to reports that the Bush Administration is planning for some type of military action against Iran. The reports heated up with news this week that Iran had resumed its nuclear development program. I haven't heard any language on American media, but a member of the foreign media got the President to talk about it.

Bush threatens Iran w/ use of force on Israeli TV!

You really do need to watch this clip. And listen. And remember when you heard it.

And

check out this. From Scott Ritter. Remember him? Interesting stuff.

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Friday Night Updates

Actually DID have a few minutes to chase down some updates this evening.

Seems the Pentagon is really dragging its heals on releasing more pictures from those prisons. This blogger has some definite ideas about WHY they don't want the pictures to come out.

You can't miss the myriad of ads lately for services that will provide your credit score - so you can know where you stand. But, did you know ALL the ways that your score can impact your life? Your work? Your checkbook? Your comments would be welcome!

Life is not all serious. This one is just for fun. The writer lives in Missouri. We, here in Arkansas, would certainly agree with what he says. The topic? Tomatoes.
We have always raised our own tomatoes, and I was just naive enough to think the whole world ate the Beefsteak tomato. I'm talking bout' the big, juicy Midwest monster that lops over the edge of a sanmich, whose wedges form the center of a summer salad , and which, when mixed with some sweet Vidalia onions and vinegar, can transport you into a summer night's ecstasy.

Of course, HE has apparently never had a fresh-from-the-vine Bradley County Pink!

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Friday Blogging For the Masses

It's been a l-o-n-g week, hasn't it? I'm getting tired of big numbers - at the gas pump and on the thermometer.

So, let's stay inside, stay cool, and conserve gas. With that in mind, here are the blogs we mentioned on the air today in the 5:30 Report with Doug Krile.

We begin with a story from Alabama. About an Arkansas-based company. A story that smacks of a throwback to the 1950's or 1960's.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit Thursday against Tyson Foods, Inc. on behalf of black employees at the company's Ashland plant who claim white workers posted a "Whites Only" sign on a locked bathroom at the facility.

We're still keeping up with Cindy Sheehan, camped out, hoping to give the President a piece of her mind about the War in Iraq. Here's a well-crafted bit of blogging that references those same decades. The blogger writes:
The conservative attack machine is in high gear in the efforts to tear this woman down.
That made me think of how it would have been in the Civil Rights era if Fox News Channel, Rush Limbaugh, Matt Drudge and the rest of the gang were around back then.

And he then proceeds to create some quotes from those personalities. Makes his point very well.

Just a couple of bonus blogs for now.

Are we winning the War on Terror? A new poll. With new numbers. Indicates we don't think we are. In fact, the numbers have NEVER been lower.

There's a very interesting post about how many administration officials have been involved in the Rove case.

Here's a great example of why I think blogs are really finding a place as a source of information. It's about Cindy Sheehan. And why she strikes a chord with so many people. Solid writing. Links to other bloggers. All pulled together in a neat little package. If you need something to explain to a friend why you read blogs, this is a link to send to them.

Put on your little tin-foil hats for this choice bit of conspiracy theory work. It's about the wildest thing I've read since the days of Black Helicopters, Bill Clinton and the Mena airport. Read it. Come back here and comment.

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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Enjoy Reading About Politics?

Links to a great story. Behind the scenes as the Highway Bill (pork and all) gains approval.

A Month on Capitol Hill

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Jonesboro Shooter Freed?

Noboby will confirm it, but most everybody assumes that it happened. Mitchell Johnson, one of the shooters at a Jonesboro school back in 1998, turned 21 today. Under Arkansas law at the time he was convicted, he was able to walk free, with nothing on his record. Here's a blogger who has ties to one of the victims.
Several years ago, I got to know the mother and family of one of the young victims, Brithney Varner. I can tell you this...a family never recovers from this kind of tragedy. What's happening today is another extremely painful reminder for them of their loss.

Make sure you read the comments.

UPDATE: Here's a blogger who comes down on Johnson's side. And, he's a left-leaning blogger, too!

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Anti-Clinton Museum Plans Crumble

The left-leaning blogs are getting a chuckle out of this note that the anti-Clinton museum folks are folding their tent and going home.

LITTLE ROCK - A group that had hoped to build two museums to rebut the displays at the Clinton Presidential Library with strong support from former Georgia Republican congressman Bob Barr is folding.

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Live-Blogging With Cindy

And that's just for starters. Lots of good stuff today.

Here's the blogger who's with Cindy Sheehan at the President's ranch in Texas. It's an interest use of the blog technology and provides some great insight into Sheehan's anti-Iraq war protest and how it's growing.

If you need some background on Sheehan and the enormous debate over the way the media has reported it, this blog has a link to a great article that shows how her story was twisted by some members of the media.

Our second 0n-air blog reference pretty much rips into the administration's plans for a big march and country music concernt on 9/11. In particular, the blogger questions why -
...in order to participate in a government-sponsored "Freedom Walk" on public streets past public monuments, from one outdoor public landmark to another, you have to give your name address, phone number, and email address to the Pentagon.Perhaps, you're thinking, there are security concerns. Maybe, but that's not a good reason to "screen" people who want to participate in this walk. DC hosts elaborate 4th of July festivities, with thousands of people going to the exact same places this walk will go, but no one is screened or forced to register. For that matter, people can watch a presidential inauguration and/or inaugural parade in DC just by showing up.

And, here's another blogger's take on the planned event. He's not too impressed with the plans, either!

As you know, there's been pretty consistent blog "chatter" about U.S. preparations for some type of military event in Iran. We've linked several times to reports about that. Here's a most interesting twist on that. A blogger who says attacking Iraq was really just preparation for Iran.
What if we arent really tied down in Iraq and Afghanistan? What if, now that Iran has violated its own word on nuclear development, the EU goes to the security council and a vote is given to take action. If the terrain of Afghanistan could be overcome so quickly, why couldnt the terrain of Iran? What if the reason why fuel supplies are so low isnt just because of China, but because of preparations for a big invasion?

Here's one to think about for a while - do we still need the Electoral College? This blog links to a report that says the electoral college is hurting America.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Drudge. Ouch. Stupid.

If Drudge had ANY chance at being considered a legit journalist, he blew it out of the water with this one.

Drudge is such an idiot.

You have to admit. That is just downright stupid.

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Mid-Week Revelry

Here we are. Half-way through another week. And with bloggers coming at us from all sides with SO much good writing. Wasting no time, here are the blogs we mentioned on the air today on the 5:30 Report with Doug Krile.

Did we know the identify of some of the 9/11 hijackers as early as 1999? Seems we did. And a Republican Congressman is making a lot of noise about it. A blogger questions his motives:
Now Weldon has been talking about this for a while. He said in the interview that he said all this in a floor speech in June. So why all this publicity now?

Same blogger. Different topic. But, another interesting point. It's no secret that we're spending WAY more on medical treatment of military people injured in the Iraq War than we projected. Here's part of what the blogger says:
Apparently, Bush is freaking out over the longterm costs of treating the wounded, so the VA is re-examining some 70,000 cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, because they insist that too many people must be lying in order to rip off the system.

Here's something from a blogger we just discovered today - Apostropher. He calls it Rules for Generals. It's about the high-ranking General who was relieved of duty yesterday and compares what happened to him with what happened to another General, in another situation. Makes you wonder if the reason given is REALLY the reason.

Same topic. Another blogger. Read the comments, too.

And, we'll take one more from that blogger. The topic now - Guantanamo. The blogger calls the article he references a "must-read". It's strong. You should read it.

And if THAT article send your eyebrow arcing higher, THIS one will really get under your skin. I haven't seen it anywhere in the MSM, but the blogger has done a pretty darn good job of analyzing the data and pointing out the problem with something Donald Rumsfeld said yesterday.

Speaking of Mr. Rumsfeld - he's apparently getting under Imus' skin. Here's a clip from Imus in the Morning today. WARNING: Strong language. Not for the kiddies.

The war of words between left-leaning bloggers and those on the right is seriously heating up. The reason? Cindy Sheehan. She's the mother of the soldier killed in Iraq who is camped outside the Bush Ranch in Texas, trying to get him to agree to talk with her. Here's why things are so hot today. Credit O'Reilly and Malkin.

And, here is some updated information from another blogger. If Sheehan goes on O'Reilly, you are truly talking some "Must See TV".

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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Turning Up The Heat

Yeah, it's still hot here in the American South. And predicted to get even hotter by the weekend. Some hot arguments out in the blogosphere, too.

Conflicting signals on Iraq from the Bush Administration have our first blogger upset. And he says Secretary of State Condi Rice is the worst at twisting the facts.
The Bush administrations rosy rhetoric on Iraq continues to do a disservice to Americans who want to be told the truth.

Quirky bit of information here about how extending Daylight Saving Time will mess up all kinds of electronic items.
What you may not know is it is going to screw up everything from computers to VCR to DVRs to cell phones in the spring of 2007. Why? They are all hard-coded with DST start and stop dates. It's going to be a freaking mess in March of 2007.

Now, the Cindy Sheehan links we promised. She's the mother of a soldier killed in the Iraq War. She is camped out, just outside the President's ranch in Texas, trying to get him to talk with her. Here's some background via AmericaBlog.

Daily Kos picks up the story from there, quoting Sheehan as saying she will be arrested Thursday.

And, blogger Juan Cole has the chilling transcript of an interview Sheehan did on CNN. Her description of the President's demeanor during a meeting she had with him last year is incredible. It is truly a "must-read" if you're following her story.

The recent Immigration Raid here in Arkansas - the one that resulted in dozens of youngsters being left behind when their parents were deported - it's getting some big-time blog attention. Interestingly, our governor says he's being inundated with angry and abusive phone calls after he criticized the raid. We can relate. When we posted a story asking for donations for the youngsters, we had to delete several downright nasty comments.

No link to this information, but it's just too fascinating not to pass it along. Just pulled a fax out of my inbox from a company called Space Adventures. The company is announcing that it is selling seats to the public on a flight to the moon. The mission could happen as soon as 2008. You'll be in space for as many as 21 days and will get as close as sixty miles to the moon. They've worked a deal to use a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft. The price for two tickets? One Hundred Million US Dollars. The line forms here!

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Monday, August 08, 2005

Was There Really a Weekend?

Sure didn't seem like it to me! Had to really work hard to find time to post any updates here. Just too many things going on as summer winds down and school gets set to begin again. But, we're back at the desk, back at work, and ready to roll with the on-air blogs from The WB42 5:30 Report.

Topic number one from the blogosphere - it's left vs right in debating why military recruiting is in trouble, but re-enlistment seems to be doing okay:
Iraq is the first drawn-out conflict in modern times for which no one has been officially drafted. The soldiers bravely fighting overseas are lifers devoted to this career. It is their job. It is their world. Not reenlisting would mean abandoning this and starting something new they may be ill-prepared to face.

Our second blog is one we originally posted as an update this weekend. With the President's popularity plummeting, it's again left vs right in the attempt to analyze the numbers. The issue is how many low-income people were included in the survey. Our left-leaning friend sums it up thusly:
This is precisely the problem with many conservatives. They cant understand why Bush is unpopular, because they dont understand how many people are struggling.

Now, some bonus blogs.

Analyzing a news article, the blogger headlines his piece Isn't that special? Bush wakes up and finally arrests terrorist we let walk away 3 years ago.

Horrific story. Multiple updates. Well-written comments. It's all about violence against women. And it's a must-read.

This blogger takes CNN's Wolf Blitzer to task. If you're in the military, I'd be interested in which side of this issue you land on. Drop a quick comment and let us know.

How about our energy options? This blogger has a great reputation for analyzing information about the Middle East. Read his analysis of our energy situation. He's not optimistic and says:
The Bush administration and its Neocons have shot themselves in the foot big time if they thought they could use Iraq to reduce US dependence on Saudi Arabia.

Now, the war on drugs. The blogger is from the right, so I'm somewhat surprised that he feels this way.

Well, this is obviously very on-sided. And it should pull some comments out of those of you who consider yourselves Democrats. The death throes of the Democratic Party - that's the title of the article. Go. Read. Write a comment.

Or read THIS blog that paints a completely different picture. As usual, you're free to debate. Just click the "comments" link below.

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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Why Didn't We Bust This Guy When We Had the Chance?

Kudos to this blogger. He builds a heck of a case to make his point. Fascinating reading. Do it now. And comment.

Isn't that special? Bush wakes up and finally arrests terrorist we let walk away 3 years ago

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Clintons to Blame for the Valerie Plame Mess?

Now, I'm sure all of you have your own thoughts on the whole outing of Valerie Plame incident. Just read through the explanation linked from the blog below. Can you buy into ANY of that line of reasoning?

Clinton Did It!

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Bush's Popularity

One quick Sunday update.

Here's the Conservative vs Liberal debate over the President's popularity. The poll numbers continue to go down. The blogger quotes from a right-leaning blogger who questions the most recent poll and then builds the argument on the other side of the scales. Which side do you agree with? Comment away!

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Friday, August 05, 2005

Finally Friday

Another week has just flown by. Summer is almost over. Schools are getting set to welcome the kids back (already!). And we're set with the first of what I hope will be a busy weekend of keeping up with the blogs. Among other things!

From today's show blogs: What does the close Ohio election this week have to do with a 1974 Bill Clinton vote? Quite a bit, perhaps, according to this blogger.

And our native big business giant, Wal-Mart, comes under scrutiny for the censorship of a local newspaper. Why?
...because of a column noting how many Wal-Mart workers are poor enough to qualify for Medicaid and how 31 percent of the patients in a North Carolina hospital were Wal-Mart employees on Medicaid.

Bonus Blogs


Let's start the Bonus Blogs with the numbers. From Iraq.
Death toll numbers increasing. Bush approval tanking. Think there's a relationship?

While we're talking about Iraq, go read this piece. The Vietnamization of Iraq. The author is a military historian.
There seem to be two developments in Iraq that are "more than eerily Vietnam speak."

Is the War on Drugs working? Here's an article that certainly doesn't make it seem that it is. No way. No how.
The government spends an estimated $4 billion a year arresting and prosecuting marijuana crimes -- more than it spends on treating addiction for all drugs

Want a local example? Arkansas Times Blog has details on a bust in North Arkansas. Go. Read. Run the numbers yourself.

And, the Robert Novak "swear and stomp off the set" episode. I'm sure you've seen it by now. Here's the point-counterpoint from the blogs. First, THIS from the left. And, now, THIS from the other side of things. Pick your partner. Comment. Which way do you lean?
Here's one we should all be talking about. The Administration seems to have changed it's position on just how dangerous the Gitmo detainees really are. We're negotiating to return 70% of them to their countries of origin. But, didn't we once say.....
Rumsfeld: They are among the most dangerous, best-trained vicious killers on the face of the earth. They are not POWs.

So, we went from "they're ALL incredibly dangerous" to "maybe 30% are really bad". Yes, indeed. Things that make you go "hmmmmm."

Just for good measure, how about a little "then and now" comparison on the Administration. Sure makes life easy for the reporters covering the President this month. Plug and Play reporting.

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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Intelligent Design (From Left, Right and Bush)

We spent some time on today's WB42 5:30 Report with Doug Krile looking into Intelligent Design. The President says he thinks it should be taught. As you would expect, left-leaning bloggers were quick to criticize. How about some questions for the next White House news briefing?
Does the President believe students should be taught about astrology?
Does the President believe students should be taught about crystals/New Age therapy?
Does the President believe students should be taught both sides of the debate as to whether the Holocaust really happened?

What might surprise you is the reaction from some of the right-wing bloggers. This one unloaded on his readers:
I am beyond offended by the stupidity of this statement and President Bushs position, and I am sort of glad I was too busy to write about this earlier, because it gave me a little time to cool down. Fat load of good it did, because I am still hopping mad. My days of defending this President are over.

This really is a hot topic in the blogosphere. Here's another post on another blog that pulls together a variety of comments.

Now, read this blogger who's always very good at expressing himself.

Here's another right-leaning blogger who's not exactly jumping on the Bush Bandwagon.

As you might imagine, science teachers really don't like Bush telling them what to teach!

Bonus Blogs


We also aired a story about an Iraqi General who died while being interrogated. But the story carries much wider and darker implications. This blog has the background information PLUS some information that hasn't been widely reported.

Now, a couple about the Ohio Election. The one where an Iraqi Veteran, running as an anti-Bush Democrat, almost won election. Democrats were heartened and said the close race in a Republican state bodes well for the upcoming mid-term congressional elections. Bloggers are still debating. This blogger says the Democrats don't have all that much to be heartened by. On the other hand, when you have some pretty powerful Republicans sounding worried, something's up.

Off on another tangent now. It's maddening to think that even part of this is true. After all the requests, after all the deaths, we still can't properly equipment our military personnel in Iraq.

And, finally, it's "The Name Game" What are we calling the Iraq war today? Remember the change last week? Well, it seems nobody bothered asking the President what he thinks of the change. Guess what? He didn't like it. So, it's gone. He's using "War on Terropr" again. And, catch the last line of this blog. Looks like Rumsfeld has his OWN phrase on the war.

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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Abandoned Children Need Help

We're pitching in and helping our friends over at another Little Rock - based blog, Matilda in the Rock. It's one of our regular reads, and the ladies are asking for some help. Seems when the Homeland Security people rounded up a bunch of illegal aliens at a poultry processing plant recently, they left behind about 30 children. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families is heading up the drive to come up with donations and supplies. Click the link. Read all about it. Help if you can. All I can add is that, while it happened in Arkansas, it was not of OUR doing. This was a federal bust.

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More Links Than You Can Shake A Stick At

So much to talk about today. So many links. Settle in and start clicking and reading. You'll find SOMETHING to talk about, we're sure.

First up, the on-air blogs from the 5:30 Report with Doug Krile. The Ohio election gets top billing. First, this blog from the left. Democrat Paul Hackett lost. But by a very narrow margin. The result?
So the state GOP avoids a "devastating blow", but only by the hair on their chinny chin chin. OH-02 saw the resurgance of the Democratic Party, the GOP had to spend $500K they hadn't otherwise planned on spending, and a Democratic star is born (next stop for Hackett -- statewide elected office). So much for "burying" Hackett...

Compare that with how the right-leaning blogs see the outcome.
The Hackett Team was already jockeying themselves for voter fraud allegations. Lets hope we dont have to deal with a week of liberal conspiracy theories and Jesse Jackson style camera-chasers.

And, if you'll kindly click here, you'll find a link to the story about Catholic Church, a pregnant woman, a lawsuit and birth control. Intrigued? You should be!

And, following up with our report on the popular internet site, Craigslist, we mentioned there now is one specifically for Little Rock. Click Here. But, be aware, some of the content is not for younger eyes.

Bonus Blogs


Arkansas gets a mention (not in a positive light, I'm afraid) in this blog on all the "pork" hidden in the new highway bill.

The Valerie Plame story is still a hot topic among the bloggers. And now, we're beginning to see reports that there could be another, similar, "outing" of another CIA analyst.

Here's another tidbit on the Ohio vote. Seems the GOP realizes the outcome really wasn't very good.

The President heads for Texas. For a vacation. Again. Reactions? As expected. This from the left. And, to keep things fair, read this from the right.

Just a note on the Clintons - Mrs. is working on a blueprint for the party. But the quote from Mr. is more interesting.

Sometimes it's really fun to watch the "Little Guys" tear into the "Big Guys". Case in point - the weekly Arkansas Times has some fun with math and does a pretty efficient job of attacking the statewide Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. It's fun. Go read it.

And, couldn't wrap things up without passing along this little quote from Bill O'Reilly. You must click it and see what he would like to do with all the prisoners at Gitmo.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

We're Havin' A Heatwave. A Tropical Heatwave.

Air temp - 96. Feels Like - 110. Those of you in the US know it's not just Arkansas. Much of the central and eastern part of the country is stuck in the oven. Makes people grouchy. Stay inside. Read blogs. Stay cool. Here's our contribution for today from The WB42 5:30 Report with Doug Krile.

Our first blog brings up some information that we've talked about before. Is the US really preparing to launch an attack against Iran? Sure looks like it. The blog leans left, but she links to a VERY conservative publication for the story.

The second on-air blog backgrounds what may have been some dirty-dealing with the just-passed Energy Bill. The blogger points out:
BUSH HAD TO CONVENIENTLY DELAY AN EPA REPORT THAT MAKES ABUNDANTLY CLEAR THAT OUR COUNTRY'S AUTOMOTIVE FLEET IS DESPERATELY FALLING BEHIND -- FUEL CONSUMPTION IS GETTING WORSE AND WORSE.

We promised one bonus blog, so - here it is. Details on how we're outsourcing more and more military jobs to contractors. And paying them 5 TIMES AS MUCH!

Bonus Blogs


You might have read about it in the paper today. Homeland Security now going after suspected gang members. In many cases, they export them back to their home countries. For the local angle on gangs, check out our good friend, Steve Nawojczyk's blog at his site. Steve is one of the nation's most respected authorities on gangs. Also, by way of his "day-job", he's involved with the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum in North Little Rock. Nice site. Great project. We promised a plug and will deliver one on the air in the near future.

And, here's your "think piece" for today. Somewhat complicated. But worth the time. It all has to do with India, Iran, North Korea and nuclear weapons.

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Monday, August 01, 2005

We've Made the Move from July to August

But, it's still politics as usual. And we begin with the two blogs we mentioned on the air during the WB 42 5:30 Report with Doug Krile -

Both dealt with the Bolton Recess Appointment. The first one featured one of the first blogs we found about Bolton, from the right-leaning point of view. The blogger criticizes Democrats who say Bolton is damaged goods by writing:
The truth of the matter is that a majority of Senators in Congress, put there by majority votes in each of their respective states, believe that President Bushs nomination for UN Ambassador (this would be the President who was also recently elected by a strong majority of the people) is an acceptable choice.

From the other side of the aisle, this blogger says the Administration didn't live up to its own directive by appointing Bolton to a temporary position:
If the administration was really interested in a representative with some permanence, President Bush would nominate a candidate who could be confirmed by the Senate.

Bonus Blogs


Just one right after the other. Here they come, in no particular order:

AmericaBlog minces no words in denouncing the Bolton Appointment.

A bit more balanced analysis from another blogger.

Daily Kos is one of the more widely-read (and respected) bloggers. Here's his take on the Bolton appointment.

Different topic. Enough on Bolton - for now. This blogger points out how many convicted felons have been set free by DNA tests, years after the conviction. He wonders how innocents are still behind bars.

And, yet another change of topics. This blogger takes a stab at Wal-Mart's CEO and the company's pay scale.

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