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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Carter Comments a catalyst for race debate, Goldstone to Israel: Probe war crimes detailed in UN Gaza report, Glenn Beck,

He lamented the tone of disrespect toward the current president, adding: “Those kind of things are not just casual outcomes of a sincere debate on whether we should have a national program on health care. It’s deeper than that.” “I live in the South and I’ve seen the South come a long way,” he said. But, “I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of a belief among many white people not just in the south but around the country … that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It’s an abominable circumstance and grieves me and concerns me very deeply.” Carter’s Racism Charge Sparks War of Words By Kate Phillips

Richard Goldstone, the author of a United Nations report on Israel's winter offensive against Hamas, urged Israel on Wednesday to investigate alleged war crimes detailed in the document. "My first wish and hope is that there will be open and full inquiries in Israel, and the ability of Israel to do that, I accept completely has been done before with regard to at least two other inquiries that I know of which were acceptable by international standards," said Goldstone in an interview with Channel 1. Goldstone, a South African war crimes prosecutor, said that by doing so, Israel could prevent the findings of his report from being brought before International Criminal Court in The Hague, where charges could be brought against Israeli officials involved in the military campaign. Goldstone to Israel: Probe war crimes detailed in UN Gaza report

Europe Says One-Third of Karzai Votes Are Suspect By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. and SANGAR RAHIMI - KABUL, Afghanistan — European Union monitors said Wednesday that about one-third of the votes cast for President Hamid Karzai in the Aug. 20 election are suspicious and should be examined for fraud.

On his radio show today Glenn Beck expressed concern about the declining quality of our public discourse. Apparently, the national dialogue is being polluted by people who say things without basing their assertions on solid evidence. Really? Like who? According to Beck, the main culprits are those who point to race as a motivating factor in some of the crazy attacks (you lie!) against Obama. Said Beck, without any shred of irony that I could suss out, "I would say that the false cries of racism on Joe Wilson ... when there's absolutely nothing to back it up... Just back it up! Just back it up! You wanna say "Hey, I think this guy's a racist ... let's listen to the explanation. What is your evidence that this guy's a racist....what is your evidence." Glenn Beck Gives Tutorial on How to Engage in Civil Dialogue, Says You Can't Make Wild, Baseless Accusations


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