ROURKE: 'BUSH WAS IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME'
Daily Express-The Hollywood tough-guy spoke out about his political views in a candid interview with Britain's GQ magazine, and admits he doesn't understand why so many people blame Bush for a string of world issues - including Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism in the West.I am sure it pleases the President to have the star of such hits as 9-1/2 Weeks and Wild Orchids in his corner. Strangely enough, Rourke does make some sense about the situation.
And the actor, who claims he didn't follow last year's (08) historic U.S. election battle between Barack Obama and John McCain, urges the public to consider the tremendous pressure the controversial president was under following the terror attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.
He tells the publication, "President Bush was in the wrong place at the wrong time, I don't know how anyone could have handled this situation. read more...
Sun-Times: Journalists Being Shut Out by Obama
Newsbusters-According to Sun-Times columnist and long-time Chicago journalist, Carol Marin, journalists at Barack Obama news conferences have come to realize that Obama has pre-picked those journalists whom he will allow to ask him questions at the conference and many of them now "don't even bother raising" their hands to be called upon.
One wonders why journalists are allowing this corralling of the press? Would they have allowed George W. Bush to pre-pick journalists like that? Would they meekly sit by and allow themselves to be systematically ignored, their freedom to ask questions silenced by any Republican? Would journalists so eagerly vie with one another for the favor of Bush like they are Obama's? read more...
The Democrats have never done this. How could Obama ever be ridiculed? Shear propaganda, the media reports honestly about the President-elect because they are part of a noble and honorable profession.
Europe baffled by broken gas promises
FT.com-The bitter gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine descended into near-chaos on Tuesday, leaving European Union diplomats baffled as promises to restart supplies fully were broken and Moscow suggested that the US had meddled in the affair.Here is a new theory. The Soviet Union, yes I called them the Soviet Union, is trying to make the Euros understand that they have them in the grip. Of course in Mother Russia it's that evil empire of the Ukraine and the US forcing the poor innocent Rooskies into this corner. I wonder if they actually think that anyone outside of Russia believes them. Yah gotta love'em, they are a comical bunch.
In a potentially alarming twist on Tuesday night, Gazprom, the Russian gas company, said it was unable to meet its legal commitments to supply European countries with gas because Ukraine was allegedly blocking the flow across its territory.
Russia and Ukraine both defied terms of a contract agreed last weekend with the EU to allow an EU-backed monitoring mission to observe gas transit, leaving people in 18 countries across the continent with supply disruptions. read more..
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