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The Path to 9/11 August 31, 2006

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ABC has a two part mini-series coming out next month called “The Path to 9/11“, starring Harvey Keitel and Donnie Wahlberg.

The miniseries will take viewers behind closed doors at the CIA, the FBI and the White House and into the world of Richard Clarke, Madeleine Albright, Condoleezza Rice, Dick Cheney, Sandy Berger and CIA Director George Tenet, among others. Viewers will follow the international manhunt for elusive bomber Ramzi Yousef (Nabile Elouahabi, Eastenders) and meet several key players in the 9/11 saga, including: John O’Neill, the career FBI agent who spent years zealously chasing bin Laden; then-ABC newsman John Miller (portrayed by Barclay Hope, Stargate SG-1), who interviewed bin Laden; Emad Salem and other key Muslim informants who aided the U.S.; and Ahmed Shah Massoud, commander of the Northern Alliance, a crucial American ally and the person bin Laden feared most.

The mini-series is getting some positive reviews, especially from conservatives who, like myself, have always maintained that it was the Cinton Administration’s laissez-faire attitude towards Islamic terrorism that led up to the events of 9/11. This is highlighted fabulously by this part of the mini-series:

This is the first Hollywood production I’ve seen that honestly depicts how the Clinton administration repeatedly bungled the capture of Osama Bin Laden. One astonishing sequence in “The Path to 9/11” shows the CIA and the Northern Alliance surrounding Bin Laden’s house in Afghanistan. They’re on the verge of capturing Bin Laden, but they need final approval from the Clinton administration in order to go ahead. They phone Clinton, but he and his senior staff refuse to give authorization for the capture of Bin Laden, for fear of political fall-out if the mission should go wrong and civilians are harmed. National Security Adviser Sandy Berger in essence tells the team in Afghanistan that if they want to capture Bin Laden, they’ll have to go ahead and do it on their own without any official authorization. That way, their necks will be on the line – and not his. The astonished CIA agent on the ground in Afghanistan repeatedly asks Berger if this is really what the administration wants. Berger refuses to answer, and then finally just hangs up on the agent. The CIA team and the Northern Alliance, just a few feet from capturing Bin Laden, have to abandon the entire mission. Bin Laden and Al Qaeda shortly thereafter bomb the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, killing over 225 men, women, and children, and wounding over 4000. The episode is a perfect example of Clinton-era irresponsibility and incompetence.  Full Review

If you have trouble believing that, then you should check out the 9/11 Commission Report on which the series is based on.

The 9/11 Commission Report instantly became a national bestseller when it was published in July 2004. Writer Cyrus Nowrasteh (The Day Reagan Was Shot) uses this historic document as the basis for a powerful story with action as gripping and far reaching as the source material itself.

The mini-series airs on September 10th and 11th on ABC.

CNN Live From The Ladies Room August 31, 2006

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Old but funny news:

During CNN’s live coverage of President Bush’s remarks from New Orleans, Phillips was unaware that her microphone was on and picked up portions of a conversation she was having with another woman, apparently in a CNN restroom. At 12:49pm EDT, those listening carefully could hear Phillips praise her husband.

Check out the video of it here.

Well at least her husband will be happy.  Not so much for her sister-in-law.  Ouch.

Photoshopped August 31, 2006

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Looks like Katie Couric is a lot slimmer, thanks to the magic of Photoshop.

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Talk about a miracle diet – Katie Couric has become the Incredible Shrinking Anchorwoman.

Thanks to a computer “slight” of hand, the Tiffany network has made the new face of “CBS Evening News” instantly drop about 20 pounds.

In a picture widely distributed to the media last month, a normal-looking Couric wore a frumpy light gray suit and her trademark smile.

But thanks to Photoshop, the popular editing software, the same photo, printed in a CBS magazine, shows her looking much, much thinner – and her suit has become a few shades darker. Full Story

I guess Matt Drudge over at Drudge Report is questioning this photo of Rosie O’Donnell.

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YouTube of the Day August 28, 2006

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I found this hilarious clip over at Andrew Sullivan’s blog

Complete List of Emmy Winners August 28, 2006

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Check out the complete list of winners from the Emmys last night on NBC here.  The opening sequence for the Emmys featured Conan O’Brien in a plane crash scenario similar to that of Lost.  This would have been funny had the timing been a little better.  The whole opening segment is getting some rather negative reaction in light of the plane crash in Kentucky which killed 49 people yesterday.

The Transformers! August 25, 2006

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Check out the photos of some of the Transformers that will be in the movie, scheduled to be released next summer.  Megatron as an alien ship instead of a gun?  I guess it never made sense to me why he was able to shrink down to a tiny pistol in the cartoons.  The same goes with Soundwave, that menacing little tape player.

Most Annoying Thing About Some Websites… August 25, 2006

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Is the stupid little audio clip that plays as soon as you go to that website.  A great example is my car dealership’s site (WARNING!  Make sure your volume is down low as to not disturb other people in you office with such a nasty little jingle).  This should be one of the deadliest sins of web design and a reason to boycott any websites that have it on there.

Oh Yeah… August 25, 2006

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I forgot I had a blog.

Well most of you know why I haven’t been posting lately and I want to thank you all for your support and well wishes during such a difficult and emotional time.  I guess the best way to deal with tragedies is to continue to go on with your life.  That’s how people dealt with the events of 9/11 and that’s how I’m going to deal with it.  So here I am, back to blogging.  Back to my usual Liberal bashing and Conservative cheerleading ways.  Here’s hoping to blogging on a more consistent basis.