Hopes for early mass protests in the streets of Ottawa on the eve of Tuesday’s visit by US President George W. Bush fizzled out, as journalists outnumbered demonstrators.
The first demonstration — of Palestinians and sympathisers of the Palestinian cause opposed to Washington’s support of Israel — attracted less than 40 demonstrators.
According to a quick head count by journalists, the protest attracted 39 demonstrators, 42 journalists and television crew members and three police officers.
A second, ostensibly larger, demonstration scheduled for the midst of the evening rush hour — was called by a group calling itself Students Against Bush.
Nobody turned up.
Archive for November, 2004
Since Martini Boy is still incommunicado, I might as well post today’s menu. The wife is working today (hospitals don’t close), so I’m playing grandma in the kitchen. Y’all will notice that this is a decidedly Southern Thanksgiving:
(Sorry, but it’s really fun to say that in public.)
The Pajamahadeen are triumphant–Dan Rather is out.
UPDATE: A number of readers, and much of the blogosphere, apparently considers Rather’s departure from the CBS Evening News, but not from CBS entirely, to be less than a triumph for Rather’s critics.
I scoff. I scoff.
This is a humiliating comedown for Rather. Yes, it’s a half-step. It’s CBS trying to finesse its way out from under a disgraceful fraud committed by the network’s most high-profile employee, but it is still a major, major defeat for CBS, and a crushing blow to Dan Rather. The CBS Evening News, even given plummeting ratings and a long slide in relevance, is still the crown jewel of CBS News. From its summit, Dan Rather has ruled the news division for a generation, effectively shaping a vast amount of the information that’s broadcast over the network.
He never–never–would have voluntarily given up that much power and prestige under pressure. No way in hell would Rather give his critics the satisfaction of seeing him removed from that chair if he had any prayer of holding on to it.
The “this is no big deal” spin is a lie. The king is dead, and the blogosphere killed him.
This week’s Auburn football column is up over at my site, covering the 11-0 Tigers’ 21-13 win over the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. I’ve also written a commentary on the BCS and the lack of a legitimate championship structure in college football; that one is being shopped around. I’ll post a link when it’s published.
For those who’ll ask, I have no idea what’s up with Steve, but I’m assuming his connection is still down. Sorry about the lack of blogging on my end in the meantime, but I’m pretty slammed with work, travel, football and family right now.
Yay Condi Rice. I want her to go to Saudi Arabia, and I want her first words upon getting off the plane to be
Trolling through the recesses of the Blogosphere, you run into some pretty strange stuff. Take this yahoo, known as “Irate Savant.” He’s either the most simultaneously pompous and pathetic tool on the planet (he claims to be a misunderstood genius, but his job is antique store clerk), an utter loon, or a shameless con artist.
Any which way you choose, it’s pretty darn entertaining reading, but way out on the weird side. The comments are a real hoot; the Savant’s readers aren’t shy about pointing out his shortcomings. A strong tolerance for high-fallutin’ language is recommended…
My weekly Auburn football column is up, over at my own site. This one covers AU’s 24-6 beat-down of formerly #5 Georgia.
The Tigers are a perfect 10-0 for the year. I don’t know if this fact is at all related to my recent association with VodkaPundit, but I’m not taking any chances. Green, change my password before the Orange Bowl, and you’re a dead man.
The reader comments added to my post just below are a facinating read. Many of them are first-person accounts of time in Berlin, before and after the Wall. Most of the writers are American military veterans who were stationed in Germany during the Cold War.
One reader notes:
That is to be expected of course since the military has always been the easiest way to “see the world”, but I wonder just how many liberals had the chance to see this event up close and personal like we have?
In fact, with the exception of the Vietnam War period where the draft caught up everyone no matter what their political persuasion, I would guess that there are many more conservatives who have traveled the world than liberals, simply because more of them have served in the military.
I wonder if this is a factor that the media, disconnected as it is from the world of military families and the military in general, has missed. I grew up in a small town in south Alabama, but because of its proximity to a large Army base (Ft. Rucker), I’d say at least a third of my grade-school classmates had lived overseas at one point or another, most of them in Germany. My own parents were stationed in England before I was born; I have a brother who’s buried in the American cemetary at RAF Lakenheath.
Years later, when I went to work on Air Force bases, again in small Southern towns, most of the uniformed military folks I knew (including almost all of the enlisted troops) had lived in Japan, Korea, the Phillipines, Germany, Britain, or Italy, to say nothing of deployments to Saudi Arabia and/or Kuwait.
I have to wonder if the academic and media elitists who sneer at the “provincials” in the “red states” have any conception of those kinds of life experiences, much less the effects that they’ve had on veterans, their families, and their friends. The level of sneering directed South (or East, from the Left Coasters) over the last few days seems to indicate a considerable ignorance as to just how much international knowledge and experience the ‘red staters’ really have.
Today is the fifteenth anniversary of a very, very good day: the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Here’s a column I wrote on the ten year anniversary; happily, I see no need to update it today. A sample:
What was it like back then, just those few years ago? It was an astonishing time to be alive. After the horror of Tiananmen Square, just another bloody repeat of Budapest in 1956 or Prague in 1968, the West resigned itself to more and more years of darkness hovering over half of the world. When the Chinese tanks rolled over Chinese children, we doubted whether any of us would ever see a world without Communist dictatorships in every time zone.
And then the Poles said, “There is no liberty without Solidarity!” And the Hungarians cried out, “No more will we be slaves!” And the Germans roared, “Wir sind ein Volk!”–“We are one nation!” And the Czechs and Slovaks sang, “Now’s the time!” And the rest of us watched in wonder as a new world was born.