AMERICA'S PRINCESS BARRY O SHOWED UP LAST NIGHT SPEWING SO MANY EMPTY WORDS IT APPEARED HE WAS CAMPAIGNING FOR MISS AMERICA.
OUR MODERN DAY LOUELLA PARSONS EXPLAINED THAT WHILE AMERICA'S PRINCESS SPOKE, "REP. JESSE JACKSON (D-ILL.) STARED AT THE CEILING. REP. PETER WELCH (D-VT.) SCANNED THE GALLERY. REP. JIM MORAN (D-VA.) WAS SEEN READING A NEWSPAPER."
REACHED FOR COMMENT TODAY, BARRY O DECLARED, "PRETTY USED TO BE ENOUGH. WHY ISN'T PRETTY ENOUGH ANYMORE? HUH? WHY? I'M STILL PRETTY, RIGHT? I'M STILL PRETTY. DO YOU WANT TO TAKE SOME PICTURES OF ME WITH MY TOP OFF."
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Four journalists who had been released described being rounded up well after they had left a protest at Baghdad's Tahrir Square. They said they were handcuffed, blindfolded, beaten and threatened with execution by soldiers from an army intelligence unit.
"It was like they were dealing with a bunch of al-Qaeda operatives, not a group of journalists," said Hussam al-Ssairi, a journalist and poet, who was among a group and described seeing hundreds of protesters in black hoods at the detention facility. "Yesterday was like a test, like a picture of the new democracy in Iraq."
A picture of the new democracy in Iraq, indeed. And now one of the four is dead. But back to that roundup, from the February 28th snapshot:
["]During a news conference held on Sunday, four journalists -- Hussam Saraie of Al-Sabah Al-Jadid newspaper, Ali Abdul Sada of the Al-Mada daily, Ali al-Mussawi of Sabah newspaper and Hadi al-Mehdi of Demozee radio -- reported being handcuffed, blindfolded, beaten and threatened by security forces. They also claimed they were held in custody for nine hours and forced to sign a document, the contents of which were not revealed to them.
Aswat al Iraq news agency reported that the journalists will file a court case against the executive authority in response to the alleged violations of their civil rights.
This episode is the latest in a series of repressive measures adopted by security forces in order to stifle media reports about the current political and social
Reporters Without Borders roundly condemns the well-known journalist Hadi Al-Mahdi's murder in Baghdad today, on the eve of nationwide protests that he supported. His body was found at around 7 p.m. in his home in the central district of Al-Karada. He had been shot twice in the head. There can be no doubt that his murder was politically motivated.
Offering its sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues, Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to quickly investigate this murder and to assign all the necessary resources to ensure that those responsible are identified and brought to justice. This crime cannot go unpunished.
Aged 44, a Shiite and married to a Kurd, Mahdi hosted a talk show called "To whoever listens" on Radio Demozy (104,01 FM). His irreverence, his well-observed criticism that spared no one, neither the prime minister nor his detractors, and his readiness to tackle subjects ranging from corruption to the deplorable state of the Iraqi educational system made it one of the most popular talk shows in Baghdad.
It was clear from the messages that Mahdi had sent to relatives that he knew he was in danger. He had received many warnings and had told friends two days ago that something terrible could happen (http://alalemya.com/alalemya_news/0_2011_5_/11_/11_9_1/8-9/hadi-al-mahdi.html). But he was determined to tough it out, regardless of the risks.
After covering a demonstration in Baghdad's Tahrir Square on 25 February, he and three fellow journalists were arrested, threatened and beaten.
Shortly after graduating from Baghdad's Academy of Fine Arts in 1989, Mahdi fled to Syria and then to Sweden and did not return until 2007, after nearly a decade in exile. He began hosting "To whoever listens" for Radio Demozy, an independent station, a year later. (A New York Times profile of Mahdi)
He was the seventh Iraqi journalist to be murdered since the start of 2011 and the 12th since the United States announced the withdrawal of its combat troops in August 2010.
Mahdi's murder comes exactly a month after the Iraqi parliament adopted a law on the protection of journalists on 9 August.
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"1 and 1"
"a classic tear jerker"
"Adam vs. the Man, Me vs. RT"
"ACLU says keep eyes peeled locally"
"Kevin Alexander Gray's great new article"
"If you ask me, the whole thing is porn"
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"He leaves tax payers on the hook"
"THIS JUST IN! BARRY O CONTINUES TO FLOUNDER!"