- Text smaller
- Text bigger
Simpson, eh? Homer voted greatest American
June 15, 2003: A BBC poll to identify the “greatest American,” run in advance of a program promising to “confront the critical question … what does the world think of America?”, awarded the honor to Homer Simpson, the beer-drinking, donut-scarfing, bumbling nuclear-power plant technician of the Fox cartoon “The Simpsons.”
The animated buffoon ranked ahead of real-life heroes including Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.
Ironically, not only is Homer Simpson a fictional character, he apparently is also not an American.
His creator, cartoonist Matt Groening, told an audience in Montreal that Homer was named for Groening’s real-life own father, Homer Groening, who hails from Canada.
Census Bureau asks thy neighbor
June 16, 2000: For some Americans, “limited government” means limited – especially when the government’s census takers are asking question that go beyond what the Constitution requires to determine representation in Congress.
WND reported on a Pennsylvania woman named Eileen who refused to cooperate.
“We were perfectly happy to give them the count for our household,” Eileen told WND. “We found the remaining questions to be intrusive and not the intent as defined in the Constitution. We’re trying to figure out how knowing the names and birthdays of our children helps determine how many congressmen we have and how our taxes should be appropriated.”
No propblem. The census takers are authorized to ask neighbors for personal information that citizens would rather not share. For some Americans, that smacks too much of Big Brother.
‘Martyrdom’ graduation sashes incite violence?
June 17, 2004: When it came to members of the University of California, Irvine, Muslim Students Association – a group that had expressed support for the terror group Hamas and displayed posters on campus equating the Star of David with the swastika – wearing “shahada” sashes to graduation ceremonies, university officials preferred to see no evil, despite some saying the displays were an incitement to violence.
Sally Peterson, dean of students at UCI, admitted the word “shahada,” besides being a reference to Islam, “has also taken on many other meanings depending on where you sit. For some it is seen as ‘kill all Jews’ or it is seen as a reference to suicide bombers,” she said.
“It’s clearly a violation of free speech if we do not permit it,” Peterson said. “There has been significant case law to back this up.”
Gestapo shots for baby
June 18, 2003: What was supposed to be a joyous occasion – the birth of their first child – turned out to be an Orwellian nightmare for a young Colorado couple whose newborn was vaccinated for hepatitis B over their religious and philosophical objections, while armed guards stood by to prevent them from intervening.
“It makes me feel like the country I live in is no better than communist China or the old Soviet Union or Nazi Germany, and that’s a very sobering and scary outlook,” the father told WND.
“We believe in God, and that God has created us in his image. In being created in God’s image, we are given his perfect immune system. We are bestowed with His gift, the immune system. We believe it is sacrilegious and a violation of our sacred religious beliefs to violate what God has given us by showing a lack of faith in God. Immunizations are a lack of faith in God and His protection, the immune system,” he maintained.
Census worker: ‘Constitution is stupid’
June 19, 2000: When Michigan resident Kim Carey refused to answer questions about her neighbor posed by a Census Bureau employee making follow-up visits, she cited her belief that the questions are “unconstitutional,” to which the enumerator retorted, “The Constitution is stupid.”
“I was appalled at his belligerence. I felt as if I were under attack,” Carey told WND. “It’s sad and scary that an apparently educated young American representing our government could show such contempt for our Constitution. Think of the countless men who died defending those ideals. It’s sick.”
An official apologized for the employee’s actions, noting the majority of census workers are “there for the money.”
Paris Hilton gets super-sized
June 20, 2005: Suds soak the sauntering, scantily clad model, showering water is hosed over a car, glamorous jewelry is flashed and a juicy hamburger is being devoured to the tune “I love Paris.”
Think you’ve seen this ad? Think again.
Less than a month after Paris Hilton created a national beef over a sexy commercial for fast-food chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, a new ad with a lot more “weight” was created making fun of the original.
Accolo, Inc., a recruitment company based in Larkspur, Calif., was responsible for the spot, which follows the same storyline as the ad for the restaurants, with one super-sized exception.
Playing the role of Hilton is what some would plainly call a “fat slob.”
Chariots found in Red Sea?
The discovery could provide clues as to the route the ancient Israelites took as they crossed the sea, according to the Bible.
“I believe I actually sat in an ancient chariot cab,” Peter Elmer of England told WND, referring to his time exploring a submerged item in what he describes as an underwater scrapyard. “Without question, it is most definitely the remains of the Egyptian army.”
270 people saw plane shot out of sky
June 22, 2006: Just before the 10th anniversary of the destruction of TWA Flight 800, investigative reporter Jack Cashill wrote an astounding column documenting the people who witnessed a missile soar into the sky to bring down the airliner, despite the official explanation of a fuel-tank mishap from the U.S. government.
Cashill wrote: Dwight Brumley put down the book he was reading and glanced out the window of US Air 217. He noticed “what appeared to be some kind of a flare,” but he realized quickly that this bright, burning object ascending off the ocean was no flare. “It was definitely moving pretty much parallel to the US Air flight, and it was moving at least as fast, perhaps even faster.” …
By the FBI’s own count, 270 eyewitnesses saw a flaming object ascend towards TWA Flight 800. Scores of those tracked it from the horizon all the way to the doomed airplane. The New York Times would not interview one of them.
To rationalize what the witnesses saw, the FBI and the CIA conspired to create an alternate scenario, the notorious 3,300-foot zoom-climb of the crippled 747.
Cashill’s book, “First Strike,” documents the TWA 800 disaster, and its connections to terrorism.
‘We distort, you comply’
June 23, 2005: A Los Angeles artist with a history of mocking the Bush administration and conservatives including Rush Limbaugh went after the Fox News Channel with a billboard and related website called ShoxNews.com.
The billboard in Santa Monica, Calif., featured a shadowy Uncle Sam figure controlling a handpuppet, as it proclaims in giant lettering, “Shox News Channel, We Distort, You Comply,” an obvious send-up of the cable news channel’s “We report, you decide” slogan.
The campaign was created by Karen Fiorito, a self-described propagandist and culture jammer who said, “My art plays a subversive role in society, offering an alternative narrative to the dominant culture. I hope to initiate a dialogue in the community, not only about political issues, but also about the assumption that art and politics do not mix.”
‘Army halts medallions due to Bible reference’
According to WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tenn., Bob Parker of the non-profit group “Fallen Friend” has been sending the special medallions to the survivors of soldiers and police officers killed in the line of duty since 1996.
But while the front side of the medallions features an image of the Liberty Bell and two quotations: “Liberty Rings For All Nations” and “United We Stand, Divided We Fall,” the back side says “John 15:13” and “A Fallen Friend,” and it includes a space for the name of the person who was killed.
“That is Jesus’ word, John 15:13,” Parker told the NBC affiliate. The verse states: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Parker had been getting names of servicemen and women from the military, but the Army now is refusing to cooperate.
“I break down and cry when I know that I have had a positive effect on speeding up the healing process of these families,” Parker said.
Showering with ‘Jesus’
June 25, 2005: Did the Son of God make guest appearances in homes across North America?
“Shower Jesus has been freed from the wall!” exclaimed Jeff Rigo of Pittsburgh, who offered “a section of plaster wall bearing the apparent face of the Son of God. No other items, promises, tidings, or guarantees are included.”
Rigo was able to sell the holy water stain for $1,999, purchased by Internet casino GoldenPalace.com, the same company which cashed out $28,000 for a grilled cheese sandwich with an alleged image of the Virgin Mary.
America ‘In Mortal Danger’
June 26, 2006: Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., the undisputed heavyweight champion of the border security issue in the nation’s capital, officially launched his sensational new book, “In Mortal Danger,” on Fox News’ “Hannity & Colmes.”
In his book – subtitled “The Battle for America’s Border and Security,” and published by WND Books – Tancredo warns that America is on a course to the dustbin of history. Like the great and mighty empires of the past, he writes, superpowers that once stretched from horizon to horizon, America is heading down the road to ruin.
Tancredo, now running for president, says America is following in the tragic footsteps of Rome.
Living up to his reputation for candor, Tancredo explains how the economic success and historical military prowess of the United States has transformed a nation founded on Judeo-Christian principles of right and wrong into an overindulgent, self-deprecating, immoral cesspool of depravity.
Rush gets rise out of Viagra stop
“I’ve been racking my brain. I’m trying to figure out how Bob Dole’s luggage got on my airplane,” Limbaugh clowned. “I told the doctor, I said, ‘Look, I’m worried about the next election, not … .'”
He added: “The people at Customs were as nice as they could be. They just didn’t believe me when I told them that I got those pills at the Clinton Library gift shop, and they told me at the Clinton Library gift shop that it was just blue M&Ms. … I know a lot of people who don’t even need Viagra. [They] just look at themselves in the mirror and the problem’s taken [care of] – many of them in Washington, many of them Republicans, too.”
Holy aya-toadah! Iranian woman ‘gives birth to a frog’
June 28, 2004: According to the Islamic Republic News Agency, an unnamed woman from the southeastern city of Iranshahr delivered a live gray frog after what was called “a bizarre labor.”
The animal’s birth followed severe bleeding and was reportedly covered by mud.
According to an Iranian gynecologist, the frog larve entered the woman’s body – possibly while she swam in dirty water – where it grew to adult size.
Some medical experts, however, commented on the frog’s similarity to a human.
No comment was available from the surprised father.
WND sues Esquire for faked report
Faked report by Esquire
June 29, 2011: WND filed a lawsuit in the nation’s capital seeking tens of millions of dollars in damages for a faked “report” in Esquire magazine that falsely said a New York Times best-selling book, “Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case That Barack Obama Is Not Eligible To Be President,” by Jerome Corsi, Ph.D., had been pulled from store shelves by the publisher.
The claim was filed by attorney Larry Klayman for Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND, on behalf of the company, WND Books, himself and author Corsi.
Defendants named include Esquire Magazine Inc., parent company the Hearst Corp., and Mark Warren, the author of the false article.
“You can’t just make up words and put them in people’s mouths, deliberately misleading the public, deliberately defaming others and deliberately lying to inhibit commerce,” Farah said. “Media institutions such as Esquire magazine and its parent, the Hearst Corporation, for which I was employed for nearly a decade, should know better. And they will as a result of this lawsuit.”
Baby’s 1st steps … at 12 weeks in the womb
Scans pioneered by a London professor reveal complex behavior in unborn children from an early stage of development – some of which was thought only to occur much later.
The advanced imagery has captured a 12-week-old fetus “walking” in the womb and others apparently yawning and rubbing their eyes.
A whole range of typical baby behavior and moods can be observed beginning at 26 weeks, including scratching, smiling, crying, hiccuping and sucking.
Smiling was believed to not start until six weeks after birth.
Team believes it found Noah’s Ark
June 30, 2006: A 14-man crew that included evangelical apologist Josh McDowell says it returned from a trek to a mountain in Iran with possible evidence of the remains of Noah’s Ark.
The expedition returned with video footage of a large black formation, about 400 feet long – the length of the ark, according to the Bible – that looks like rock but bears the image of hundreds of massive, wooden, hand-hewn beams.
“These beams not only look like petrified wood, they are so impressive that they look like real wood – this is an amazing discovery that may be the oldest shipwreck in recorded history,” said one of the team members.
The team said one piece of the blackened rock is “cut” at 90-degree angle. Even more intriguing, they said, some of the wood-like rocks they tested proved to be petrified wood.
July 1, 2000: CBS’s Early Show anchor Bryant Gumbel found himself the target of traditional values activists after his microphone – which he thought was turned off – broadcast him calling a Boy Scouts of America supporter a “f***ing idiot” on live television.
Gumbel had completed an interview with the Family Research Council’s Robert Knight over a recent Supreme Court ruling upholding the Boy Scouts of America’s right to exclude homosexual leaders. Knight had articulated a very traditional religious viewpoint regarding homosexuality and had just left the set when Gumbel made the comment.
“In this day of tolerance and diversity, Mr. Gumbel’s obvious intolerance and bigotry is unacceptable,” said AFA President Donald E. Wildmon. “CBS should fire him immediately. There should be no place at CBS for such intolerance and bigotry.”
All the national secrets fit to print
“I think it’s useful for us to discuss, to know about how our government is waging this war to protect us,” said Bill Keller, executive editor of the Times.
“This was a case where clearly the terrorists or the people who finance terrorism know quite well, because the Treasury Department and the White House have talked openly about it, that they monitor international banking transactions. It’s not news to the terrorists.”
The story exposed how the CIA and Treasury Department accesses millions of money-transfer records from SWIFT, the international group that acts as a clearinghouse for interbank transactions.
President Bush called the disclosure “disgraceful.”
NASCAR track bans American flags
July 3, 2004: Patriotic rage was fueled near the nation’s birthplace after a local NASCAR racetrack in Virginia banned the flying of flags in the track infield, prompting at least eight employees to quit their jobs.
“This is the Fourth of July weekend, and we’re at war!” said Bryan Bowyer, who resigned his position as chief steward and race director at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va.
“The whole basis of our society is our flag and what this weekend represents. The ban just pushed me over the edge.”
The track’s owner, Dwight Schaubach, denied there was a total ban on the American flag, but explained there was a new preclusion against flying any sort of banner, flag or windsock in the track’s infield, potentially obstructing the view of race fans.
“It has nothing to do with the American flag,” Schaubach told WND. “I have not abandoned any particular flag. I’m just as much a Southerner and an American as anyone. I have flags on my personal cars. I just don’t want them flying in the infield.”
‘The Tea Party Manifesto’ goes public
July 4, 2010: While America was preparing ready for a slew of books about the tea-party movement around Independence Day, there was only one called “The Tea Party Manifesto” that offered up a loving, reverential look at the movement – along with some cautionary words from an author who predicted the movement in 2003 and who announced in 2008 it would follow the election of Barack Obama as president.
That would be the one written by Joseph Farah, author of the best-selling “Taking America Back: A Radical Plan to Revive Freedom, Morality and Justice.”
“A lot of people are asking, ‘What is the tea-party movement all about? What do these folks actually believe? What do they really want?'” said Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND. “There are also some people trying to tell tea-party activists what they can do and what they can’t do. There are some politicians trying to hijack this movement. There are some activists trying to get out in front of this parade. This book explores all that and offers a blueprint for setting the course and staying the course.”
Proud to be an American?
Eighty percent of conservatives said they were extremely proud of the country, while only 56 percent of liberals responded that way.
Some 68 percent of moderates said they were extremely proud of America.
Whites and non-whites showed a similar difference, with 73 percent of white Americans saying they were extremely proud of the country and 59 percent of non-whites responding that way.
NASCAR track lifts ban on American flags
The reversal by Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., followed national exposure of the issue in a WND story two days earlier.
Track ownership had claimed the ban was instituted to ensure a clear view of racing action for fans, and had nothing to do with the American flag itself. But some drivers and track employees felt it was an assault on Old Glory, and eight employees quit their jobs over the controversy.
“I apologize to all of you and take full responsibility for the entire stage of events that took place,” said speedway general manager Brink Nelms. “I am saddened from the fact that I have been called unpatriotic. This could not be further from the truth.”
Red-staters challenge Michael Moore film fest
July 6, 2005: Michigan may be a red state but when Michael Moore announced he would be holding a film festival in Traverse City, Genie Aldrich, who lives in nearby Suttons Bay, contacted American Film Renaissance, which sponsored what it called the “first ever conservative film festival” in 2004, to help stage a competing event.
“Traverse County went 60 percent for Bush,” Renaissance’s Jim Hubbard told WND. “That whole area is pretty much Republican.”
Some of the local townspeople were “just a little bit nervous” about the Moore event, he said. “They don’t really share Michael Moore’s worldview.”
Aldrich said when Moore announced his festival, she knew the filmmaker, whom she refers to as “Mr. Deception,” had a political agenda.
“The movies he is showing represent the minority, extreme, radical left view,” Aldrich told WND. “Even the moderate Democrats are running for the tall grass.” Local business people supporting the counter-film festival “want to show the world that this is Heartland region, and we are pro-family, pro-faith and pro-freedom.”
‘Slumlord’: Gore’s tenant calls it quits
July 7, 2000: A Tennessee woman and her family pulled up stakes and, with help from the Tennessee Republican Party, moved her belongings out of a home she rented from then-Vice President Al Gore, saying inaction on promised repairs gave her no other choice.
Initially, Gore’s property management company, Gore Realty, tried to evict the Mayberrys rather than fix the problems. But Mayberry turned to a local news station to air her complaint. Subsequent national attention resulted in a call from Gore and promises to make repairs and find a place for the family to stay while renovations were made on the house. But nothing ever happened, said Mayberry.
“How can he take care of the nation when he can’t take care of one house,” she said.
FBI cancels leaves for Y2K
July 8, 1999: While some scoffed and others fretted over the possible chaos that might occur when the calendar rolled over to a new millennium, FBI agents across the country got hit with the bad news they wouldn’t be able to take time off over the coming Christmas holiday.
Commenting on the infrequency of such a move by the FBI, WND’s source said, “To my knowledge, even during the Iranian crisis in 1980 and the war with Iraq, I don’t think the entire FBI had been on alert and all annual leave canceled.”
“It’s a mess,” he concluded, concerning the FBI’s Y2K preparation. “They’re very much behind. If it was a 72 hour ‘snowstorm,’ you wouldn’t bring out 12,000 FBI agents on stand-by and, for the first time maybe in FBI history, cancel everybody’s annual leave for a 20-30 day time frame. That’s very significant. In my line of work, that’s called a clue.”
Shepard Smith escapes jail time
In November 2000, during the Florida presidential election fiasco, Smith had been arrested for allegedly driving his car into another reporter who was standing in a parking space she attempted to save for a friend. The victim, freelance journalist Maureen Walsh of Tallahassee, was hospitalized and released later the same day with bruises on her knees and legs.
According to police, Walsh was standing across the street from the state capitol when Smith drove up and “shouted some profanities at her and basically just struck her, striking her at the knees, which threw her up on the car.”
After a few case-management hearings between attorneys and the court, the charges against Smith were dropped.
Army lab managers accused of plagiarism
July 10, 2000: Amid charges of corruption, waste and fraud leveled by at least a dozen whistleblowers within the Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, Md., came the allegation that plagiarism had become something of an accepted norm there, despite years of complaints by concerned scientists.
In a previous story, WND’s David Bresnahan reported on allegations that unauthorized use of supercomputers may have been given to foreign nationals by Army lab personnel. Officials at the Army lab denied the existence of any investigations, despite considerable documentary evidence to the contrary.
WND exposes N.Y. Times, Ron Brown’s Body
July 11, 2003: The New York Times’ Jayson Blair scandal wasn’t the first journalistic fraud perpetrated by the paper, but rather the culmination of years of often subtle, insidious distortion of reality for political purposes, charged a new book published by WND Books.
In “Journalistic Fraud,” author Bob Kohn shows how the original founding vision of the Times was hijacked by those with a political agenda who used the prestigious paper to spread a dangerous form of propaganda.
“Once you’ve read this book, you’ll never read the Times – or any newspaper – the same way again,” said Joseph Farah, co-founder of WND Books. “This book could spell the beginning of the end of the Times’ reign as America’s newspaper of record.”
On July 11, 2004, another WND Book, “Ron Brown’s Body: How One Man’s Death Saved the Clinton Presidency and Hillary’s Future,” the book about the mysterious death of the former Commerce secretary. was the No. 4 non-fiction best-seller at Amazon.com
Jack Cashill makes a powerful case that in the run-up to the 1996 election, the media reflexively overlooked the mysterious circumstances of Brown’s death and TWA Flight 800’s demise – the subject of his previous book, with James Sanders, “First Strike” – lest their investigations jeopardize Bill Clinton’s re-election.
NARAL hosts ‘Screw Abstinence Party’
July 12, 2005: Some left-leaning citizens of the Washington were left “cringing” when the state affiliate of NARAL Pro-Choice America announced a “Screw Abstinence Party” to raise funds while taking a hard-edged swipe at cultural conservatives.
“Does this strike anyone else as a cringe-worthy and counterproductive theme for a pro-choice fundraiser,” asked one reader of Seattle’s “The Stranger,” who expressed his concern the event undermined “NARAL’s credibility as an organization that is seriously concerned with unwanted pregnancies by playing into the right’s stereotypes about the left as a promiscuous bunch of libertines.”
“It seems politically idiotic for the preeminent pro-choice group in the country to be sponsoring this pandering, pseudo-hipster ‘sex positive’ event.”
A promo for the event said: “Tired of Bush & Co. spending your tax dollars on abstinence-only-until-marriage initiatives that promote dangerous misinformation? Throw your hands up and say it loud: ‘Screw Abstinence!'”
U.S. taxpayers to fund Mexican development?
July 13, 2006: For the second time in two years, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, quietly introduced a bill to create a “North American Investment Fund” that would tap U.S. and Canadian taxpayers for the development of public works projects in Mexico.
“Currently, a significant development gap exists between Mexico and the United States and Canada,” said Cornyn, one of the president’s loyal supporters in the Senate. “I believe it is in our best interests to find creative ways to bridge this development gap.”
“The purpose of this fund is to reinforce efforts already underway in Mexico to ensure their (sic) own economic development,” Cornyn said. “The funding would make grants available for projects to construct roads in Mexico, to facilitate trade, to develop and expand their education programs, to build infrastructure for the deployment of communications services and to improve job training and workforce development for high-growth industries.”
Scripture yanked from Grand Canyon
July 14, 2003: National Park Service officials, under pressure from the ACLU, decided three 40-year-old plaques containing quotes from the Bible were a threat to the Grand Canyon – millions of years old, according to some – and ordered them removed from their South Rim locations.
“The Department of Interior determined that the plaques were not appropriate for federal public facilities. The First Amendment prohibits the government from supporting a particular religion,” Maureen Oltrogge, spokeswoman for the Grand Canyon National Park, said. “It’s a difficult issue, but it is supported by numerous court decisions.”
No word on whether the ACLU planned to demand name changes for such famed Grand Canyon features as Brahma Temple, Isis Temple, Zoroaster Temple, Vishnu Temple, Holy Grail Temple or Mormon Flat.
Allstate on list of top 10 pro-‘gay’ firms
The list, compiled by Diversity Inc., includes, in ranked order: Eastman Kodak, Ford Motor Company, Citigroup, D&T USA, PepsiCo, Merck & Company, Kaiser Permanente, Visteon Corporation, Allstate Insurance and The Coca-Cola Company.
As WorldNetDaily reported, a former manager at Allstate’s headquarters sued the company, claiming the insurance giant, which financially supports homosexual advocacy groups, fired him solely because he wrote a column posted on several websites that was critical of same-sex marriage and espoused his Christian beliefs.
Obama’s ‘birth hospital’: Letter for real
July 16, 2009: After days of sustained silence, the Honolulu hospital that trumpeted – then later concealed – a letter allegedly written by President Obama in which he ostensibly declares his birth at the facility finally claimed the letter is, in fact, real.
WND obtained exclusive images of what the Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children says is the original White House correspondence, dated Jan. 24, 2009, just four days after the inauguration of the new commander in chief.
“As a beneficiary of the excellence of the Kapi’olani Medical Center – the place of my birth – I am pleased to add my voice to your chorus of supporters,” Obama purportedly wrote.
To date, the White House has still never affirmed the authenticity of the letter nor its contents.
WND’s foreign relations
July 16, 2002: A story from the official news agency of the Beijing government charged the Western news media have been painting “a sinister picture of China,” emphasizing its threat to peace.
Chief among the screed’s complaints was a story appearing three days earlier in WND.
“Yes,” wrote editor Joseph Farah, “WorldNetDaily, an upstart, independent online news source dwarfed in budget and resources by all the other press institutions cited by the report, is making an impact – an impact even felt across the globe.
“The totalitarian government of China, ruling over 1.2 billion subjects, considers WorldNetDaily its most severe – and effective – critic in the Western media. For that I am proud.”
Global run for the border
July 17, 2005: Did Taco Bell have some kind of beef with the United Nations?
Or did a vandal play a prank to promote an anti-U.N. message?
A franchise of the Mexican-style fast-food chain had some people wondering, as the marquee sign in front of a Taco Bell on U.S. Highway 1 in Jensen Beach, Fla., proclaimed a slight twist to its “Think outside the bun” slogan.
McCain: ‘I work with boobs every day’
“In Washington, I work with boobs every day,” joked McCain during an appearance on NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Drudge had reported that McCain, “who once held hearings chastising Hollywood studios for producing R-rated films and marketing them to teens – is now playing a part in one!”
Leno asked McCain about the controversy, saying “suddenly you’re in a porno movie.”
“In Washington, D.C., there’s a lot of qualities,” responded McCain. “A sense of humor is not one of them.”
Cheeks-in-2-seats violation sparks subway bust
July 19, 2003: If Stephen Lamarch’s early-morning subway commute to his 4 a.m. landscaping job at Rockerfeller Center makes you tired just thinking about it, you’ll sympathize with the 21-year-old man’s decision to stretch his 5-foot-6 frame over two seats – after all, at 2:30 a.m. there was only one other person in the train car.
“NYPD. You’re coming with us,” Lamarch reported the officers saying before he was ordered off the Manhattan-bound subway, detained for about 15 minutes and grilled about his identity and destination before being issued a summons for taking up more than one subway-car seat.
A police spokesman backed the two cops, saying they did the right thing.
“The New York City Police Department credits the enforcement of petty offenses with a 14.5 percent decline in major crimes in the transit system in 2003,” the spokesman said.
Documents tie Clinton to audit of journalists
July 20, 1999: In 1996, it was just a hunch – informed by years of news experience – when Joseph Farah alleged in the pages of the Wall Street Journal that his non-profit news organization, the Western Journalism Center, the parent company of WorldNetDaily.com, had been targeted for an Internal Revenue Service audit because of its investigative reporting into Clinton administration scandal and cover-up.
But the hunch paid off when a heavily redacted 1997 Treasury Department report titled, “Questionable Exempt Organization Examination Activity,” was released July 6, 1999, to Farah’s news organization following three years of FOIA filings and appeals for such information. Contradicting IRS officials and their Justice Department lawyers in two pending suits against the agency by the center and its legal counsel, the Treasury report stated unequivocally and repeatedly that the audit began with a letter forwarded from the White House to the IRS.
“The documents we now have in our possession, at long last, prove the White House did just that in our case and that his administration has engaged in a massive cover-up of the facts behind this abuse of power,” said Farah.
“That letter was forwarded just the way it was to convey a message to officials and underlings at the IRS,” he said. “The message was the White House has a special interest in this case. See what you can do to help him out. You don’t have to be a genius to figure that out.”
‘Electric chair’ popular in Italy
July 21, 2000: The Vatican warned Italians the popularity of a new virtual reality game, appearing in the nation’s amusement halls and called “The Electric Chair Game,” could result in “highly dangerous confusion between fiction and reality.”
“[The player] sits on a wooden chair, identical to the one used in capital punishment in [some parts of] the United States and, after inserting a few coins, undergoes the chilling experience of the electric chair,” the paper L’Osservatore Romano said.
Vatican officials blamed the “superficial culture” of the Western world for tolerating such a game. Officials also said they were especially concerned because the game seemed to target youth.
“Whole families wait in line. Hundreds of children, adolescents and adults fill the hall to see ‘who can last the longest,’ to see who makes it to the end. The winner is the one who ‘lets himself be killed,’ those who give up before the end are ‘chicken,'” the paper said.
“Do we want our youth to understand this, or will we calmly continue to line up with our children to ‘play the electric chair’ game?” said a Vatican statement.
Family movies best, Hollywood realizes
July 22, 2006: Statistics compiled by the Christian Film & Television Commission confirmed what Ted Baehr, publisher of the Movieguide website and MOVIEGUIDE magazine, had been telling moviemakers for years: “Movies with a strong Christian content year after year do better at the box office.”
Over the years those movies have turned in average income of about $160 million, he said. Movies with less significant levels of moral leadership have averaged $60 million, and those at the opposite end of the scale from Christian values have averaged $12 million.
“We’ve hammered away at that for the last 14 years with our economic analysis of the box office,” he said.
And proving once again that money talks, the trend in Hollywood is toward family-oriented films – up from 6 percent in 1985 to 45 percent in 2002. And in 1985, 81 percent of the movies were rated R, but fewer than 45 percent of the movies released since 2001 have been R.
NBC gets ‘gay’ for Miss Universe
July 23, 2006: With some of the world’s most beautiful women on display at the Miss Universe Pageant in Los Angeles, viewers of the NBC broadcast were exposed to a celebration of homosexuality with continuous “gay” jokes and innuendo.
Providing commentary for the program were Carson Kressley, a homosexual who stars on the Bravo network’s “Queer Eye,” and 2004 Miss USA Shandi Finnessey.
At one point in the program, when Finnessey was promoting a beauty guide viewers could order, Kressley said, “It’ll tell you how to be a true queen. A beauty queen.”
Regarding some of the contestants’ ability to speak more than one language, Kressley also clowned he was ready to become “bi-,” but then jokingly clarified he meant “bi-lingual.”
“I’m ready to switch teams for [Miss] Puerto Rico,” Kressley swooned.
Sandy ‘Burglar’ took Mideast peace papers, too?
July 24, 2004: Ex-National Security Adviser Sandy Berger, who admitted to taking classified terrorism documents from the National Archives, also was found in possession of a small number of classified papers containing his handwritten notes from Middle East peace talks during the Clinton administration, according to a source.
Although the Mideast notes were not the main focus of the criminal probe, the source said their removal could shed further light on Berger’s intentions. The Mideast notes were allegedly taken from the National Archives along with classified documents that officials say may paint the Clinton administration’s handling of the al-Qaida threat in a negative way.
Berger told reporters he was not guilty of criminal wrongdoing.
“Last year, when I was in the archives reviewing documents, I made an honest mistake. It’s one that I deeply regret,” Berger said. ”I dealt with this issue in October 2003 fully and completely. Everything that I have done all along in this process has been for the purpose of aiding and supporting the work of the 9/11 commission, and any suggestion to the contrary is simply, absolutely wrong.”
Why we missed Sept. 11
July 25, 2002: The Clinton administration “de-emphasized” fighting Arab international terrorism to focus on domestic terrorism – namely, white “right-wing” militia groups – which led to the FBI ignoring Arab nationals flocking to U.S. flight schools, veteran FBI agents told WND.
They said the shift was so dramatic at the FBI that dozens of boxes of evidence that agents gathered in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing case were never analyzed – until it was too late. The evidence held valuable clues to al-Qaida’s network and operations, they said.
Some 40 boxes of material left over from the WTC investigation, which lasted through the late ’90s, “were never gone through,” said one Washington-based agent familiar with the probe. Another seven to eight boxes of evidence from the Manila, Philippines, side of the investigation also were never looked at, he added.