Greedy … Democrats?

Via the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Meetings in Washington last Thursday between rock star Bono and Democrats, including Senate leader Harry Reid of Nevada, yielded a nice photo-op but not much else, according to Bono.

Bono, the U2 frontman and anti-poverty activist, was on Capitol Hill to seek assurances that $1 billion in planned U.S. spending to fight AIDS and malaria in Africa would not be lost if Congress freezes agency budgets in the coming year.

Bono said he also was seeking to close a “commitment gap” between what President Bush has requested for anti-poverty efforts and what Congress has agreed to spend in the past.

After meetings with incoming Senate Majority Leader Reid, House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee, Bono said he came away empty-handed.

“I’m alarmed we could not get a commitment from the Democratic leadership to prevent the loss of $1 billion in the continuing resolution,” Bono said Thursday in a statement.

“I don’t know who to blame. Democrats are blaming Republicans. Republicans are blaming Democrats. But the million people who were expecting (mosquito) bed nets don’t know who to blame. They just know that a promise made by the United States to keep their families safe is in danger of being broken next year.”

Regardless of what you think about US as it relates to sending aid money to Africa, you have to admit that if this story were about Republicans being wishy washing on following through on the US promise to help the poor in Africa it’d be the top headline on the front pages of major newspapers across the country, and portrayed as “Republicans reneging on promise to help Africa needy.” But Democrats are in control of Congress right now, so it’s being portrayed as something that could happen if Congress “freezes agency budgets in the coming year.”

Hat tip: AJ Strata

A tale of two alleged gang rape cases in Durham, NC

Blogger KC Johnson compares a 1989 Durham gang rape case with the 2006 Duke lacrosse rape case and finds that unlike this year’s case, the case from 1989 was actually handled competently. Make sure to read the entire post – especially for the surprise you’ll find out at the end of it.

On a related note regarding the lacrosse case, Johnson also reports that Dr. Brian Meehan, the head of the DNA lab in charge of testing the samples provided by the alleged victim as well as the accused, will have his accreditation status investigated by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board for possible violations after his admission late last week that he went along with DA Mike Nifong’s request not to report that the DNA found in and on the victim did not match the accused.

Hat tip: Jon Ham

First there was the peace activist mama, now there’s a peace activist grandma

Dan Riehl blogs today about a Vermont grandmother by the name of Rosemarie Jackowski whom the AP has dubbed as an “unlikely peace activist.” Only thing is, once you read Dan’s post, you’ll realize that it’s not as “unlikely” for her to be a peace activist as the AP (predictably) makes her about to be.

As if Cindy Sheehan weren’t enough …

Hat tip: MKH

BTW, speaking of peace activists, have you ever noticed that most people who claim to be pro-peace and anti-war are really just anti-certain wars and not above using violence to force their “peaceful” agenda onto others (see here, here, and here also)?

It’s the end of the year …

… and with the end of the year come the best and worst lists, and this year is no exception.

John Hawkins has his list of what he feels are the 40 most obnoxious quotes of 2006. He’s got some good ones, and a few I haven’t heard before. One that I think is missing, though, is Hugo Chavez’s “diablo” remarks about the President while at the UN back in September (via Newsmax):

“The devil is right at home. The devil, the devil himself, is right in the house. And the devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the devil came here. Right here.” [crosses himself] “And it smells of sulfur still today. Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the president of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the devil, came here, talking as if he owned the world. Truly. As the owner of the world. I think we could call a psychiatrist to analyze yesterday’s statement made by the president of the United States. As the spokesman of imperialism, he came to share his nostrums, to try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world. An Alfred Hitchcock movie could use it as a scenario. I would even propose a title: “The Devil’s Recipe.””

Here are the top 10 politically incorrect words and phrases for 2006 (hat tip: Allah). Make sure to check out number 10.

And for those so inclined, MSN has named their picks for top beauty products for 2006. Now that one is a definite must-read ;;)

Scare America: The latest news

It’s still faltering, and it sounds like there’s a bunch of infighting going on. Also, Al Franken is owed $367,000 by AAR – which filed bankruptcy earlier this year – is on a USO tour, and when he returns he may run for Senate. The NYT has the story here, but as Michelle Malkin notes, Brian Maloney at the Radio Equalizer was ahead of the NYT on this news.