The case of the cricket coach, and today’s items

The cricket coach was strangled.

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Liberals Relent on Iraq War Funding because of course they support the troops…
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Jay sent a video of the Cuban Ladies In White (wmv file)

Friday fast for all political prisoners and the Ladies In White.

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Read Stefania Lapenna‘s article on The Human Cost of Iran’s Islamist Rule
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Rob Bluey sent a video on Showdown Over U.S. Attorneys:

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Two from Maria:
Dr Sowell writes about Our greedy government
Al’s warming lies and the real “inconvenient truth”

If you establish that the Earth is warming, it doesn’t necessarily follow that we have a moral duty to reduce emissions. What should follow is an informed debate about the costs and benefits of various policies to address that warming – reducing emissions is just one possible answer. Another debate should focus on those policies’ economic costs.

Al Gore doesn’t want to have those debates, because the majority of evidence suggests that emissions reduction will be very costly and will have little effect. Kyoto, fully enacted by all its parties, would for all its cost reduce global warming by a mere 0.07 degrees Celsius by 2050 – a barely detectable amount.

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In a lighter mode,
The reason I coudln’t wait to buy a house was because I had neighbors like Darren’s.

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Banned in France: citizen journalists from reporting violence

Augusto, Beth, No Pasaran and LGF are talking about this,
France bans citizen journalists from reporting violence (emphasis added):

The French Constitutional Council has approved a law that criminalizes the filming or broadcasting of acts of violence by people other than professional journalists. The law could lead to the imprisonment of eyewitnesses who film acts of police violence, or operators of Web sites publishing the images, one French civil liberties group warned on Tuesday.

The broad drafting of the law so as to criminalize the activities of citizen journalists unrelated to the perpetrators of violent acts is no accident, but rather a deliberate decision by the authorities, said Cohet. He is concerned that the law, and others still being debated, will lead to the creation of a parallel judicial system controlling the publication of information on the Internet.

And what’s next?

The government has also proposed a certification system for Web sites, blog hosters, mobile-phone operators and Internet service providers, identifying them as government-approved sources of information if they adhere to certain rules.

Reporters Without Borders is worrying about “excessive self censorship”

The journalists’ organization Reporters Without Borders, which campaigns for a free press, has warned that such a system could lead to excessive self censorship as organizations worried about losing their certification suppress certain stories.

I’m certain that the French government censorship will spare them that worry.

The law will punish operators of websites that publish such images with prison or a fine of nearly $100,000.

As it was, the French media did their best to not report on, and then underplay as much as possible, the stories about the Halimi murder, the 2006 New Year’s day rampage on a train from Nice to Lyon, and the 2005 rioting banlieus, which continued into 2006. Since I’m not as optimistic as Reporters Without Borders, I expect a full news blackout on anything that doesn’t reflect well on La Belle France. Everything else will be whitewashed to an appropriate shade.

Additionally, where France goes, the EU follows. Not that this is news.

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