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"During the September 18 edition of his Fox [Not] News television
show, while discussing the recent incident involving University of Florida student
Andrew Meyer, who was shocked with a Taser after a confrontation with police
that began while he was asking questions of Sen. John
Kerry (D-MA) ..., Bill O'Reilly
"I've been tasered for a story, and all I can say is: He is the
biggest wimp in the United States of America.... And I don't say
that with any kind of bravado, but the overreaction to being tasered -- it's
not -- it's an electrical shock is what it is."
Was O'Reilly really tasered?
Maybe, but he's 58 years old. He started in broadcast journalism in the
late 1970s. Somehow, I don't think it was common in the '70s (or even
'80s) for police to carry tasers.
If O'Reilly had said that he'd been clubbed, I might believe it. Then again, he doesn't seem courageous enough to provoke cops into committing violence against him. Perhaps Team Franken could do some fact checking.See Meyers' blog here.
A university student who raised a question (or, more accurately, presented an argumentframed as a question) at Kerry's University of Florida
appearance was hauled away by police and stunned with a taser for disrupting the event. Afterward, Kerry too appears rather stunned, or at least I thought so:
As you can see, Kerry asks the police to allow the student to ask his question and actually continued to answer it after the student was removed. Captain Jeff Holcomb of the University Police Department indicates that the use of the Taser gun "would only be justified in a case
where there was a threat of physical harm to officers." [The Gainesville Sun] In other words, if I understand him correctly, it's not the fact of a disruption, but the existence of a physical threat to the officers, that must be established in the investigation which he states will follow. [The Gainesville Sun]
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A group of nations seems uncomfortable with U.S. plans to put a missile-defense system in Eastern Europe, and China is among them. Yesterday, the Associated Press reported the following:
"The leaders of Russia, China and Iran
said Thursday that Central Asia should be left alone to manage its
stability and security -- an apparent warning to the United States to
avoid interfering in the strategic, resource-rich region.
veiled warning came at a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation
Organization [SCO] and on the eve of major war games between Russia and China.
"The SCO was created 11 years ago to address religious extremism and
border security in Central Asia, but in recent years, with countries
such as Iran signing on as observers, it has grown into a bloc aimed at
defying U.S. interests in the region.
"'Stability and security in Central Asia are best ensured primarily
through efforts taken by the nations of the region on the basis of the
existing regional associations,' the leaders said in a statement at the
end of the organization's summit" (Washington Post)
That does sound like a warning, but it doesn't seem particularly veiled.
President Bush never has seemed particularly interested in how our nation is regarded by others in the world. In fact, he has acted as though diplomacy and negotiations are for sissies.
Now that China is speaking, Bush may end up having to listen. Reportedly, our military is stretched thin, which may be why President Bush threatened to veto a mandatory resting period for troops after they come home and before they get re-deployed (BN-Politics).
China may not have troop-strength problems, given that its estimated population is more than 1.3 billion -- about four times the U.S. population.
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Thanks to Memeorandum, I found today's New York Times obituary for political writer and super-blogger Steve Gilliard (age 42), who died Saturday after three months' hospitalization for heart and kidney failure. It says:
"'He was one of fewer than a dozen liberal political bloggers to make a living from his blog,' said Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, the founder of the Daily Kos Web site, to which Mr. Gilliard had been an early contributor. Mr. Gilliard was born in Harlem and attended Hunter College Elementary School and Hunter College High School before graduating with a degree in journalism from New York University.
After working in print journalism, Mr. Gilliard migrated online.... His involvement in online political writing received a critical boost when Mr. Moulitsas chose Mr. Gilliard to help create material for the Daily Kos site at a time when it had 4,000 visitors a day; it now has 500,000 a day. Mr. Gilliard eventually left Daily Kos to create The News Blog....
"'Most of the family didn’t know what he was doing on the Web site,' said his cousin, Ms. Smith, who said his parents did not own computers."
See also:link for donations (PayPal) to help Steve's family pay funeral costs and Markos' eulogy (Daily Kos).