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Arabs Mad Over Timing of Saddam's Execution?

WTF?  Don't they know we're all free now?!?

No more Al Quaeda!  No more oppressive regimes in the Middle East!  No more weapons of mass destruction!  No more U.S. deficit!  No more cops killing old ladies! No more lying to Americans about really serious matters!  No more prison rape!  No more working poor!  No more New Orleans!

Bring on the New Year and all our new freedoms!

Yay!

Note to U.S. government when interacting with Muslims:
Assume that executions scheduled on Islamic holy days by Muslims are clear messages to other Muslims and act accordingly.  Duh.


Jimmy Carter Bitch Slaps Alan Dershowitz

jimmy carter's palestine: peace not apartheid book

Jimmy Carter - Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid

I'm so impressed with Jimmy Carter right now.  Some may think he's destroying his own brand by revealing the truths of Brand Israel.  In actuality, he's fighting Israel's historical oppression of many populations by shining light on the most obvious example, the plight of the Palestinian people.

Plus, he's an opponent of anti-Semitism who I bet recognizes that Israel's criminal actions actually undermine the safety of Jews, not unlike the ways in which America's brutality and insensitivity are making it much more difficult for Americans to move freely around the globe.

But today I'm most happy about Jimmy Carter bitch slapping Alan Dershowitz.

Carter Nixes Debate With Outspoken Prof:

Former President Carter turned down a request to debate Alan Dershowitz about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the outspoken Harvard law professor ``knows nothing about the situation.''

Carter, author of a new book advocating ``peace not apartheid'' in the region, said he will not visit Brandeis University to discuss the book because the university requested he debate Dershowitz.

``I don't want to have a conversation even indirectly with Dershowitz,'' Carter said in Friday's Boston Globe. ``There is no need ... to debate somebody who, in my opinion, knows nothing about the situation in Palestine.''

Available from Amazon:
Jimmy Carter - Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid


"Mike 'The Reputation Doctor' Paul's Annual Top 10 List of Reputations in Crisis in 2006"

A press release from The Reputation Doctor.

NEW YORK, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is Mike "The Reputation Doctor" Paul's Annual Top 10 List of Reputations in Crisis in 2006. This list is compiled by and solely the opinion of global reputation management expert Mike Paul, who is also a weekly guest in the media providing expert analysis of various reputations in crisis:

  1. Donald Rumsfeld -- The now-former Defense Secretary was the
     stubborn and poor-listening architect of the war in Iraq, and because
     the U.S. has still not "won the war," he was finally asked to leave by
     President Bush under strong pressure from Democrats in Congress. Both
     the Bush administration and the U.S. as a nation have global
     reputations in crisis because of decisions in Iraq and Donald Rumsfeld
     ran the war in Iraq and tops my list this year for reputations in
     crisis.

  2. The Duke case -- D.A. Mike Nifong charged former Duke lacrosse players
     Collin Finnerty, Dave Evans and Reade Seligmann with allegedly raping
     a stripper hired for a team party in March. The case has made both
     national and international headlines for many months and highlights
     the importance of both the court of law and the court of public
     opinion. All the reputations in this case have been damaged, especially
     D.A. Nifong, who is up for re-election and has many thinking he only
     took the case in an attempt to get re-elected.

  3. Mel Gibson -- His drunken, anti-Semitic rant towards an L.A. police
     officer will blur our perception of him forever, mainly because it was
     not the first time he voiced similar opinions. To overcome a crisis,
     you must remove the root of the problem and sadly, the root has not
     been removed within Mel Gibson.

  4. Floyd Landis -- Floyd Landis was fired by his team and his sponsors and
     the Tour de France no longer considered him its champion after his
     second doping sample tested positive for higher-than-allowable levels
     of testosterone. The samples contained synthetic testosterone,
     indicating that it came from an outside source. This was the top
     steroid story in the world in 2006.

  5. Halliburton -- The Reputations Institute's recent survey ranked
     Halliburton as the corporation with the worst business reputation
     worldwide. This is not a good thing. Dick Cheney was CEO of Halliburton
     before becoming Vice President of The United States. Halliburton is a
     products and services provider to the oil and energy industries with
     major contracts in Iraq.

  6. NYPD -- Five undercover detectives and officers fired a total of 50
     shots outside a Queens strip club, killing Sean Bell and injuring his
     two friends. Before the shooting, Bell's vehicle hit one officer and an
     unmarked police car, and officers apparently thought one of Bell's
     companions was about to get to a gun, police have said. However, no gun
     was ever found on the victims. Only a few years ago, NYPD police
     officers shot a man named Amadou Diallo in the Bronx 41 times and he
     also did not have a gun. As a result, the NYPD moved from heroes to
     zeros in the court of public opinion.

  7. Enron's Ken Kay and Jeff Skilling -- Ken Lay was found guilty on all
     six counts that relate to Enron fraud, including conspiracy to commit
     wire fraud, perpetrating wire and bank fraud, and making false and
     misleading statements to employees at a company meeting, as well as to
     banks, securities analysts and corporate credit-rating agencies. He
     also was found guilty the same day on four other bank fraud counts in a
     separate case on his personal banking. In 2006, this historic case
     finally came to an end, but before former Enron Chairman Ken Lay could
     be sentenced, he died of a heart attack. However, former Enron CEO Jeff
     Skilling was found guilty of 19 of 28 counts against him and he is
     currently serving 24 years in prison. This case will go down in history
     as the most influential corporate case in recent history to influence
     both new laws regarding ethical behavior and radically changing public
     perception regarding unethical behavior by adding further fear of
     prosecution to executives' minds. Accountability is a great deterrent.

  8. Michael "Kramer" Richards -- His racial rant at an L.A. comedy club was
     not a one-liner, but went on for several minutes. The root of this
     crisis is heart work and not head work or mere words. To best improve
     his reputation, Richards must now prove to the world with action that
     his heart has changed. He should also stick to comedic acting and leave
     stand-up comedy to the pros. The crisis has also reminded all of us
     that the N-word is not something to mess with.

  9. Zidane -- It was the headbutt heard 'round the world! In the 110th
     minute of the final match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, on July 9, 2006,
     French soccer player Zinedine Zidane notoriously headbutted Italian
     soccer star Marco Materazzi in the chest. The French captain said that
     Materazzi had insulted him, targeting his sister and mother. The
     incident spawned an internet and pop-culture video frenzy referred to
     as the Zidane headbutt. Following the incident itself, Zidane was shown
     a red card by the referee, meaning he had to leave the game for his
     penalty. As Zidane had previously announced that he would retire from
     professional football after the 2006 World Cup, the headbutt became the
     last play ever of his illustrious career. Not a good thing for his
     reputation. Advice to Zidane: pro athletes in the U.S. get heckled by
     players and fans every week. Part of being a professional is learning
     to handle conflicts not just adulation.

  10. Hewlett Packard -- The confrontation at Hewlett-Packard started
      innocently enough. Last January, the online technology site CNET
      published an article about the long-term strategy at HP, the company
      ranked No. 11 in the Fortune 500. While the piece was upbeat, it
      quoted an anonymous HP source and contained information that only
      could have come from a director. HP's former chairwoman, Patricia
      Dunn, told another director she wanted to know who it was; she was fed
      up with ongoing leaks to the media going back to CEO Carly Fiorina's
      tumultuous tenure that ended in early 2005. According to an internal
      HP e-mail, Dunn then took the extraordinary step of authorizing a team
      of independent electronic-security experts to spy on the January 2006
      communications of the other 10 directors -- not the records of calls
      (or e-mails) from HP itself, but the records of phone calls made from
      personal accounts. That meant calls from the directors' home and their
      private cell phones. It was classic data-mining: Dunn's consultants
      weren't actually listening in on the calls -- all they had to do was
      look for a pattern of contacts. Dunn acted without informing the rest
      of the board. Her actions were now about to unleash a round of
      boardroom fury at one of America's largest companies and a Silicon
      Valley icon. Congressional hearings were called to investigate the
      matter and HP's reputation continues to take a major hit as trust has
      been severely breached at the leadership level within the corporation.
      Ms. Dunn: it is important to remember, the first step in crisis
      management is ego management.

ADVICE FOR ALL OF US: Learn from the mistakes of those above. You don't want to become a YouTube video star or plastered on the front page of the newspaper with a reputation in crisis. Why? Because Your Reputation Is Everything!

About Mike Paul

Mike Paul is editor of The Reputation Doctor blog. The Reputation Doctor is a nickname given to him by various clients he has counseled over the years. Mike's blog is located at www.ReputationDoctor.com. He appears regularly on Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, Court TV, ABC News, ESPN, CBS News, BBC, and others as a weekly contributor and expert in the global news regarding CEOs, political leaders, celebrities, corporations and other organizations with reputations in crisis. Mr. Paul is also president and senior counselor of MGP & Associates PR (www.mgppr.com), a leading strategic public relations and reputation management firm based in New York. For interview requests, speeches, senior counseling or other business opportunities with Mr. Paul, call 212-595-8500 or email mpaul@mgppr.com.

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GOP Turned Back On Teen Male Pages, All Gay Republicans In Office Should Be Outed Now

Foley Panel: GOP Didn't Protect Pages

The House ethics committee reported Friday that Republican lawmakers and aides failed to protect young male pages from former Rep. Mark Foley's improper advances, concluding an investigation into a scandal that convulsed Congress and contributed to the GOP defeat in last month's elections.

The panel said it found no evidence that any current lawmakers or aides violated any rules. But it said it discovered a pattern of conduct among many "to remain willfully ignorant of the potential consequences" of Foley's conduct.

You know, this would remind me so much of the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal except that Lewinsky was a consenting adult looking for action and the Democrats weren't using adultery as a wedge issue.

At this stage, I believe that all Republicans in office should be outed because the party as a whole has used gaybaiting to establish themselves in power.

No gay Republican in office deserves a place in the closet.

If you (yes YOU!) allow gay Republicans in office to remain closeted at this point in history, you are complicit in the antigay crimes of the Republican Party.


"OSS CEO Blasts Newsweek and Fareed Zakaria for Failing to Note that Henry Kissinger is a War Criminal, Not a Role Model for Getting Out of Iraq"

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Robert David Steele (Vivas), CEO of OSS.Net, Inc., has today posted a Letter to the Editor of Newsweek, available to anyone as an Op-Ed.

Dear Editor,

I find TIME and Newsweek generally useful as a common denominator for citizens that cannot afford the time or money required to stay fully abreast of current affairs, and especially foreign affairs that are undermining our Nation's security and our prospects for the future.

I rely on TIME and Newsweek to be balanced and objective. I expect TIME and Newsweek to be familiar with the scholarly literature, and not merely an outlet for pandering pontificating policy pimps.

It was therefore with enormous dismay that I picked up a copy of Newsweek in an airport, the 4 December 2006 issue, and found at the end an Opinion Editorial by Fareed Zakaria, "The Next Step? Think Vietnam."

The Editors of Newsweek chose to place the following sentences in bold larger colored font: "There is much moaning in Washington about the return of the 'realists.' But what we need is a Kissingerian effort to extricate America."

The informed mind boggles. Is the author -- and evidently the Editors of Newsweek -- completely oblivious to the fact that Henry Kissinger destroyed the Paris peace negotiations just prior to the 1968 elections, only to agree to the same terms in 1972 after an additional 20,492 Americans had died for his chicanery, as well as hundreds of thousands others across Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia?

It is time that publications like TIME and Newsweek took their responsibilities for contextual accuracy and comprehensive public education and public intelligence more seriously. I refer you to the 800+ reviews of non-fiction I have posted to Amazon, including reviews on books about "fog facts," "lost history," and the collapse of all our institutions. I refer you to my weekly report on "GLOBAL REALITY: The Week in Review" and our free forecasts on the ten threats, twelve policies, and eight challengers.

The American people need and want the truth. This Administration and the two primary political parties cannot handle the truth. You mean well, but are lacking. Please improve.

For additional information visit http://www.oss.net/.

Source: OSS.Net, Inc.

CONTACT: Robert Steele of OSS.Net, Inc., +1-703-242-1701

Web site: http://www.oss.net