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11/15/2006

Let the Bodies Hit the Floor

Filed under: — Gunner @ 10:48 pm

Tired of being beaten over the head with accounts of counts and stories of American military and Iraqi civilian deaths, blogger Chuck Simmins of America’s North Shore Journal has decided to do a little counting of his own.

In recent months, American losses in Iraq and the toll taken on civilians have been in the news. No one seems to be keeping track of the deaths of our enemies. So, I will.

I have created a page called Terrorist Death Watch on which I will be tracking the losses taken by our terrorist enemies. I began the count as of November 1, 2006, to pick a date.

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Is this especially bloodthirsty? I don’t think so since so many of the old media have chosen to run as an on-going feature a listing of our losses in the War on Terror. One of the reasons that so many Americans see the War in negative terms is that the media is only presenting one side of the story.

I agree that the Terrorist Death Watch is not bloodthirsty; indeed, it is merely a collection of data from press releases that the press has decided the public doesn’t need to dwell on or even see, as is more often the case. I would say it is certainly less ghoulish than the media’s constant focus on our own sacrifices while ignoring practically anything being accomplished.

Hat tip to Argghhh!!!

11/13/2006

A Blogger Changes his Programming

Filed under: — Gunner @ 11:43 pm

There are a variety of reasons that I’m going, but a fairly compelling one is curiosity coupled with dissatisfaction about the present coverage of the war.

With these words as his reasoning, INDC Journal’s Bill Ardolino has announced that he will be going to Iraq as an embed with American troops. This is a courageous endeavor based upon strong conviction. Presumably, after his efforts in the blog-forced gangbang that was Rathergate, Bill will also be on the lookout for anachronistic typography on terrorist documents.

There is a catch, though, as Bill needs a little assistance in funding his journey. If you can help a good guy out, please do so. Check out the photo that he has linked — we need bloggers like that on the battlefield.

9/12/2006

Blogroll Additions

Filed under: — Gunner @ 9:24 pm

I have added three fine sites to my blogroll:

Feel free to pay them a visit if you’re not already familiar with them.

8/7/2006

Reuters Withdraws All Photos by Lebanese Freelance

Filed under: — Gunner @ 11:14 pm

First, it was forged documents that I’d Rather not write about right now.

Yesterday and today, the story was poorly modified pictures.

Reuters withdrew all 920 photographs by a freelance Lebanese photographer from its database on Monday after an urgent review of his work showed he had altered two images from the conflict between Israel and the armed group Hizbollah.

Note: please realize that should read as two confirmed modifications. We wouldn’t want to imply that the other 918 are all legit.

Global Picture Editor Tom Szlukovenyi called the measure precautionary but said the fact that two of the images by photographer Adnan Hajj had been manipulated undermined trust in his entire body of work.

Again, see earlier note. Also, there seems to be legitimate questions of staged photos and deceitful captioning by Hajj. Feel free to follow up on this aspect by reading the excellent blogs I link to later in this post.

“There is no graver breach of Reuters standards for our photographers than the deliberate manipulation of an image,” Szlukovenyi said in a statement.

“Reuters has zero tolerance for any doctoring of pictures and constantly reminds its photographers, both staff and freelance, of this strict and unalterable policy.”

The news and information agency announced the decision in an advisory note to its photo service subscribers. The note also said Reuters had tightened editing procedures for photographs from the conflict and apologised for the case.

Removing the images from the Reuters database excludes them from future sale.

Reuters ended its relationship with Hajj on Sunday after it found that a photograph he had taken of the aftermath of an Israeli air strike on suburban Beirut had been manipulated using Photoshop software to show more and darker smoke rising from buildings.

Credit for this initial takedown goes to Little Green Footballs.

An immediate enquiry began into Hajj’s other work.

It established on Monday that a photograph of an Israeli F-16 fighter over Nabatiyeh, southern Lebanon and dated Aug 2, had also been doctored to increase the number of flares dropped by the plane from one to three.

Dr. Rusty at The Jawa Report nailed this one and goes to the trouble of summarizing his related posts for his readers.

Hajj was not in Beirut on Monday and was not responding to calls. He told Reuters on Sunday that the image of the Israeli air strike on Beirut had dust marks which he had wanted to remove.

Questions about the accuracy of the photograph arose after it appeared on news Web sites on Saturday.

Several blogs, including a number which accuse the media of distorted coverage of the Middle East conflict, said the photograph had been doctored.

Folks, large portions of the mainstream media are being manipulated, sometimes seemingly willingly, by our enemies. “Our” media have become a weapon to be wielded against our civilization — we have no way of knowing what portion of this manipulation is actually discovered. As just a small piece of evidence of bias, I point to the Reuters piece actually acknowledging distorted coverage of the Middle East conflict, whether by shoddy practices or blinders caused by mindset, which is wrapped up with an almost snide description of a “number” of blogs which “accuse the media of distorted coverage.” Who cares if those blogs are right? Well, you should. At that point, accusation becomes pointing out fact.

A belated hat tip, as I first read about it yesterday as the story was developing, to Ace and his oft-updated coverage.

7/31/2006

Time to Get Back

Filed under: — Gunner @ 11:05 pm

… to where I once belonged — this hiatus from blogging has gone on long enough. Obviously a lot has happened in my life of late, what with a wedding and all, but there’s certainly been a lot more going on in the world at large about which I would have liked to have spouted my drivel.

That said, what’s done is done, spilt milk, yada yada. Look not here for tales of phony anti-war rangers and rumors of blog feuds, shows of sockpuppets and college instructors turned darkly psychotic blog commenters. Now, had you been following the fine sites on my blogroll, you’d be quite familiar with all of these tales already.

Speaking of my blogroll, there’s a few things I want to point out before I once more unto the blogging, dear friends.

The Mudville Gazette‘s Greyhawk, the founder of the MilBlog webring, has gathered up several of the best MilBloggers around for a new and appropriately-titled group project: MilBlogs. It’s certainly worth checking out repeatedly; several of the contributors were already on my blogroll and others soon will be.

GunnNutt, blogger and devout supporter of the troops, has left behind her old site for one more dedicated to her self-appointed and much-appreciated support role. Please visit her at Semper Gratus.

Lastly — though I know I’m missing a million things I’d wished I’d pointed out over my break — I would like to send out a hearty congrats to long-time blogroll denizen, Phil Gray of Shades of Gray (Umbrae Canarum), for his completion of a long journey with a successful defense of his doctoral dissertation. Now maybe he too will get back to blogging.

5/30/2006

Carnival of Liberty XLVII

Filed under: — Gunner @ 10:43 pm

This week’s installment of the Life, Liberty, Property community’s Carnival of Liberty is up over at New World Man. Go read another fine collection of posts from a libertarian slant.

5/2/2006

Carnival of Liberty XLIII and a Personal Note

Filed under: — Gunner @ 11:35 pm

This week’s installment of the Life, Liberty, Property community’s Carnival of Liberty is up over at Searchlight Crusade. Go read another fine collection of posts from a libertarian slant.

As an unrelated note, this is possibly my last post until after my wedding this weekend, and maybe even until after my honeymoon. I cannot recommend enough the fine members of my blogroll — they do a wonderful job of keeping me informed and entertained.

4/21/2006

2034

Filed under: — Gunner @ 10:51 pm

Just a little political blogosphere satire, courtesy the Commissar.

Enjoy, comrades.

4/19/2006

Light the BlogCandles

Filed under: — Gunner @ 11:35 pm

Preston Taylor Holmes and the gang over at Six Meat Buffet are celebrating their second blogiversary. Feel free to pay them a visit and offer congrats on another entertaining whirl around the sun.

4/18/2006

Carnival of Liberty XLI

Filed under: — Gunner @ 9:12 am

This week’s installment of the Life, Liberty, Property community’s Carnival of Liberty is up over at Left Brain Female. Go read another fine collection of posts from a libertarian slant.

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