The New York Times has a story today concerning the man made famine in Ukraine in the 30’s:

A quarter century ago, a Ukrainian historian named Stanislav Kulchytsky was told by his Soviet overlords to concoct an insidious cover-up. His orders: to depict the famine that killed millions of Ukrainians in the early 1930s as unavoidable, like a natural disaster. Absolve the Communist Party of blame. Uphold the legacy of Stalin.

Professor Kulchytsky, though, would not go along.

The other day, as he stood before a new memorial to the victims of the famine, he recalled his decision as one turning point in a movement lasting decades to unearth the truth about that period. And the memorial itself, shaped like a towering candle with a golden eternal flame, seemed to him in some sense a culmination of this effort.

This story is notable not for what it says but for what it leaves out.

How the times can do a story about the famine and not mention Walter Duranty is beyond me. Actually it’s not. It is just once more reason why the mainstream media is not to be taken at their word.

It is ignorance as much as fear that keeps people down. The Times should be ashamed of itself but I think it has lost the capacity for it.

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It’s not only rockets being used against Israel:

Arab terrorists killed two Israeli traffic policemen Sunday evening near Moshav Massua in an apparent drive-by shooting in the Jordan Valley between Beit She’an and Jericho. The victims’ squad car overturned after the terrorists shot them in head. Medical officials say one victim died as a result of injuries suffered by the car overturning.

Different terrorist groups took responsibility for the attack, the first in the Jordan Valley since January. Fatah-Tanzim terrorists initially were quoted as saying they carried out the murders, (emphasis mine), but an unknown group called the Imad Mughniyeh Squad later said it was behind the attack. The cell is named after the Hizbullah terrorist mastermind who was assassinated a year ago in Damascus. The unknown group said the attack was “in response to the crimes of occupation against the Palestinian people.”

Israellycool points out the irony out.

Yeah, that’s the moderate Fatah party of Mahmoud Abbas, peace partners par excellence.

Funny how the initial reports said Fatah alone, I think this is the 9/11 thing where initial celebrations among the Palestinians were replaced by photos of Arafat donating (AIDS infected) blood. It might be a problem getting the big money from the US if they are shooting cops, who do they think they are? Bill Ayers or Mumia?

Then again maybe they shouldn’t have worried with this administration.

Dissenting Justice notices something interesting about the administration and AIG:

The price of the earmarks dwarfs the value of AIG’s bonuses, but the Obama administration told critics of earmarks that the budget was “last year’s” business. The banking bailout — or TARP — was actually enacted last year, unlike the omnibus budget. As you witness the federal government condemn AIG, consider the source of the outrage.

He then asks the question:

Is the federal government’s sudden outrage sincere or false?

If you have to ask you know the answer.

Update: Via Glenn VDH is mystified at Barney Frank wanted to bring up AIG with his own corrupt connections. I’m not mystified at all. The media won’t touch him and he knows it so why would he be the least bit worried? As long as the mainstream media doesn’t report his conflicts they never happened.

The folks at Joe noticed a bit of a change concerning the cost of saying the economy is fundamentally sound.

6:10 a.m. AIG has really got them angry

6:14 a.m. Mika’s daughter’s statement about bonus’ is very telling

6:20 a.m. The Bill Marr Clip suggests that the Hollywood crowd is inching closer to the dreaded make fun of Obama moment.

6:32 a.m. How are they spinning this in the blogisphere? Nice question. Apparently e-mailers are playing word games?

6:36 a.m. They bring up the school choice thing

6:42 a.m. The old VP gets a shot and they are talking about the distraction game. This might have meat to it.

6:53 a.m. the Goool shout is cool but the catching a full drink thrown at him and drinking it was cooler.

7:01 a.m. Underroos? did they say Underroos?

7:05 a.m. Joe and Pat point out the contrast when the press exposes stuff that actually hurts the war on terror. Mika wisely shuts up.

7:13 a.m. They like the Home Alone line.

7:24 a.m. The e-mail point about what contacts need to be retained is a fair statement.

7:34 a.m. Joe points out that Israel takes Iranian proclamations of destroying them seriously, while Pat asks the what do you do on the overfly question.

8:00 a.m. The wedding ring has been found.

8:28 a.m. The fate of newspapers is discussed with Mort Z.

8:30 a.m. 250mil at 14%? And the times is talking about bad financial management?

8:31 a.m. The only reason why the post is making money is Kaplin.

8:33 a.m. Imus has cancer here comes the praise, but remember this show wouldn’t be on the air if he didn’t have a big mouth.

8:50 a.m. I have no interest in March madness.

8:55 a.m. Kent Conrad is singing their song.

And Bishop Joesph Martino will not let it be served up as a sacrifice to expedency:

“He’s a feisty guy. He’s got his views and he lets them be known,” said David Gibson, a former Vatican radio journalist and the author of two books on Catholicism. “I don’t think he cares about winning any popularity contests — that’s not in the equation for him. He just wants to do what is right for the people of his diocese.”

The showdown over Saturday’s pre-parade Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral started with a letter to organizers last month. In it, Martino said he would temporarily close the church if the event “should honor pro-abortion officials and the Catholic Church is seen to be involved in this honoring.”

He is taking an active participation in the function of “catholic” institutions in his diocese:

Martino also blasted the Diversity Institute at Misericordia University, founded by the Sisters of Mercy, for sponsoring lectures by a gay-rights advocate last month. Calling the speaker’s beliefs “disturbingly opposed to Catholic moral teaching,” Martino demanded the school disband the institute and disclose the names and content of classes that purport to teach Catholic sexual morality.

“It is not only my right, but my obligation to ensure that authentic Catholic teaching is being provided in all Catholic institutions in this Diocese, and that viewpoints in opposition to this teaching are not being presented as acceptable alternatives,” Martino wrote in a statement.

The Church’s job is not to win a popularity contest, it is to be a depositary for truth and a path to salvation. It looks like this fellow has read the job description and understood it. We need more like him.

If anyone had any doubt that the gravy train has arrived for David Frum the fact that he is on Meet the Press this week should confirm it.

With Kathleen Parker and David Brooks they will now be the favorite Republicans in the world. He follows the well trodden path of Andrew Sullivan and will make his fortune.

And just to note something from the show, when Frum defended Steele’s statement on abortion, he said that it should be permissible in the Republican party to have that opinion, however when Tavis Smiley then stated that positions would have to change before the party can attract minorities, Frum didn’t defend the pro-life position he offered that Republican positions would change.

In other words to all we have to do to attract new people to the republican party is to stop being Republicans. Great Idea; after all we saw how well abandoning orthodoxy worked for the Catholic Church in the 60’s and 70’s didn’t we?

Hitting Rush will make him money, hitting republicans will make him money and will make him quotable on networks like CNN.

Oh and it is now 11 days since Rush issued his challenge.

I mean Michelle Malkin the woman who Chris Matthews hates as much as he loves Obama.

She was one of the first to embrace the blogging style nearly a decade ago

The story is here, they are very right she is very abrasive and solid in what she thinks is right and wrong but the closing paragraph is one of the main reasons why she is one of my favorite bloggers.

America has never lost its promise for Malkin’s parents, as she related in a column published 16 years ago. “[M]y mother likes to remind me that she has a great advantage over her children,” Malkin wrote. “She was born poor in a foreign country that offered no opportunity for advancement. Unlike jaded American cynics who’ve grown to despise our country’s greatest legacy, she’ll never take for granted the gift of the American Dream. I hope I never do either.”

I love people who remember where they came from.

I certainly didn’t anticipate the US being mercyed by Puerto Rico, but then again I didn’t see Mexico having the same issue with Australia.

Today at 4 we have the Cuba Japan rematch of the previous final. This is likely going to be the best game of the series. Both my guts and my desire says Japan wins here.

After the 7:30 game either the US or the Dutch will be going home. Both have several disadvantages. The US will be facing a Dutch team with solid pitching while their pitching has been iffy, in addition they haven’t seen the dutch pitchers before and last year’s MVP Dustin Pedrioa is hurt.

The Dutch are facing a US team as strong as any other in the tourney on paper that is itching to prove that yesterday’s loss was a fluke.

I really can’t see the US blowing this one.

Korea Mexico at 11 p.m. I’m going to miss since I have a breakfast engagement tomorrow. My gut says Korea wins this one.