Thursday, January 23, 2014

For a Thursday

Free Kenneth Bae:

American detainee Kenneth Bae, held captive in North Korea for over a year for "hostile acts," spoke at a North Korean press conference on Monday addressing the charges levied against him and pleading for American government intervention.

Speaking in front of video cameras and multiple news outlets in Pyongyang, Bae's comments were sanctioned by the North Korean government and some possibly coerced. Bae admitted he had committed a "serious crime" and asked the North Korean government to pardon him. ...

Like Merrill Newman, this "apology" is coerced and, for some reason, is given as little attention as possible.


This is kind of a big deal:

Pope Francis is considering a trip to South Korea in August to meet with young Catholics, a Vatican spokesman said on Wednesday, in what would be his first visit to Asia where membership of the Church is increasing.

Father Federico Lombardi said the pontiff was also weighing visits to the Philippines and Sri Lanka, though these would not take place this year.

Catholics make up roughly 10 percent of the population of South Korea, which was visited twice by Pope John Paul II, and where the number of Catholics has grown by around 3 percent per annum for the past 11 years, according to Church figures.

You don't say:

Newly disclosed emails suggest senior policy officials at the Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups are working closely to kill the Keystone XL pipeline, critics say. 

"These damning emails make it clear that the Obama administration has been actively trying to stop this important project for years," Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., who has long advocated for the Canada-to-Texas pipeline's construction, said in a statement to Fox News. 

The emails were obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute. In one communication, Lena Moffit of the Sierra Club wrote to three senior policy staffers at the EPA, including Michael Goo, who was then the associate administrator for policy. 

"Thanks so much for taking the time to meet with us on Keystone XL yesterday," she wrote. "Let me know if I can be helpful in any way -- particularly in further identifying those opportunities for EPA to engage that don't involve 'throwing your body across the tracks,' as Michael put it."

If you're going to run on integrity, it might help if you have some:

As the Dallas paper discovered, Davis' claim that she was a "single teen mom" is so much hokum. It turns out Davis was divorced at 21, not 19, and her time in a trailer park lasted only a few months. According to an interactive timeline, Davis did not file for divorce until December 1983, well after her 20th birthday.
According to Jeffrey Davis, Wendy Davis left him the day after he finished paying for her education. “I made the last payment, and it was the next day she left,” Jeffry Davis said. Wendy Davis didn't deny the timing, although she suggested the break was long-coming. “The idea that suddenly there was this instantaneous departure after Jeff had partnered so beautifully with me in putting me through school is just absurd,” she said.

Why hacks should be given no platform whatsoever:

Harper isn't the only one to hold this sort of ethnic media event.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford held court with ethnic media outlets on Monday.

In British Columbia, Premier Christy Clark was scheduled to do one on Thursday afternoon.

That didn't sit well with journalist Bob Mackin.

"These discriminatory sessions are not new, but they appear to be more common," he wrote on his website.
"Here we are, in 21st century, multicultural Canada, and political leaders are picking and choosing which types of media they want to accept questions from, based on ethnicity and language."

That's right. No politician in the history of this country has ever pandered to the ethnic community ever.


And now, ten English words that were originally Japanese.

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