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Archive for February 28th, 2006

Any Port in a Storm Part VII: News Out of Context

Posted by Mark on February 28, 2006

The day just wouldn’t be complete without a port post. Today’s “bombshell” is that the Coast Guard had unresolved intelligence issues. What gets left out of the stories is this, from The Coast Guard itself:

STATEMENT BY COAST GUARD SPOKESMAN CMDR. JEFF CARTER ON COAST GUARD PORT TRANSACTION ANALYSIS

WASHINGTON – “What is being quoted is an excerpt of a broader Coast Guard intelligence analysis that was performed early on as part of its due diligence process. The excerpts made public earlier today, when taken out of context, do not reflect the full, classified analysis performed by the Coast Guard. That analysis concludes ‘that DP World’s acquisition of P&O, in and of itself, does not pose a significant threat to U.S. assets in [continental United States] ports.’ Upon subsequent and further review, the Coast Guard and the entire CFIUS panel believed that this transaction, when taking into account strong security assurances by DP World, does not compromise U.S. security.”

So, the very Federal agency quoted says the quotes were taken out of context, and do not reflect the full, classified analysis performed by the Coast Guard. Agenda journalism, anyone?

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A Win for Right-to-Life: 8-0 Decision

Posted by Mark on February 28, 2006

Big, big setback for the abortionist lobby. The first of many, I hope.

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Unholy Lawsuit

Posted by Mark on February 28, 2006

The runup to The Da Vinci Code movie has begun with a lawsuit. Now, if you read the wild, historically inaccurate supposedly “nonfiction” Holy Blood, Holy Grail then you’re familiar with the background of Dan Brown’s fictional novel. To deny that claim is simply foolish. But to call it plagiarism? That may be a stretch. As Sarah Crown says so well:

As all good postmodernists know, there is no such thing as an original idea. There is, technically, nothing stopping two people having precisely the same thought, especially on such a well-trodden subject as religion. As somebody somewhere once said, originality is the art of remembering what you heard but forgetting where you heard it.

In these days of linky-love(Linky-love stolen from Beth at MVRWC) bloggers don’t have the luxury of “forgetting” where we read something. Blogging would be alot easier if we could.

Sarah also has a great theory on the whole lawsuit silliness. I have to admit I thought of this, but since she wrote it down first, and to avoid any lawsuits before the Liberty Just in Case movie comes out, I’ll give her proper credit:

So let’s forget about all this plagiarism nonsense. The far more interesting aspect of the Dan Brown case, in my opinion, is the Da Vinci-lite conspiracy theory I came up with all by myself, way back in 2005. The Da Vinci Code and The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail are both, thanks to a series of industry takeovers, published by Random House. Surely this entire farrago is nothing more than a huge sales-driving stunt, carefully orchestrated by Random House to manipulate us poor, impressionable readers? The court case will no doubt generate fantastic pre-publicity for the Da Vinci Code film; meanwhile, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail has shot up the Amazon bestseller charts from number 173 yesterday lunchtime to number 10 at the time of writing. I suspect marketing management on the grandest scale.

Grand scale marketing from Hollywood to promote an upcoming blockbuster? Say it isn’t so!

Note: My custom is to link to the books I mention. I get a small percentage of any purchases that come from the links. I want no profit from either Holy Blood, Holy Grail or The Da Vinci Code. I’ll put the titles in parenthesis, but will not link them.

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MilTracker: Good News From the U.S. Military

Posted by Mark on February 28, 2006

MilTracker: U.S. Military News is a new site, run by Phil Van Treuren of Camp Katrina fame. Sure to be a favorite for anyone interested in the truth about what our military is doing around the world.

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