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I started off the broadcast talking about Bert Powell, and the events that almost led up to him getting beat up by me, this morning. Look for a blog update on that later today. After that, I went into the news:

Why Boycott Israel? [from the Washington Post]

In Iran, the government overturned the convictions of six men who, among other things, killed a young couple because they were walking together in public. In China, local authorities seized about 60 women and forcibly aborted their pregnancies. In Russia, the Putin government expanded its control of the media. In Cuba . . . oh, well, you already know. But what you may not know is that given such a vast palette of injustice and depredations, the British National Union of Journalists made a truly original move: It singled out Israel to boycott.

The boycott, mind you, is not a journalistic one. Instead, it will extend to lemons and melons and that sort of thing. The boycott was issued as “a gesture of support for the Palestinian people,” some of whom, as it happens, abducted a BBC correspondent, Alan Johnston. One group has claimed that it executed him, although no proof has been offered. Suffice it to say the situation is dire.

And in more technopolitical news:

Presidential Debates Get Webby
‘Here’s news guaranteed to tickle anyone who, like me, is both a geek and a presidential-campaign junkie: Yahoo, Slate, and the Huffington Post have announced that they’re going to cohost the first-ever online presidential debates during the 2008 campaign. There will be one for Democratic candidates and one for the Republicans, and both will be hosted by Mr. Charlie Rose.

‘The press release doesn’t have a lot of detail, other than that the debates will be held after Labor Day of this year, and that the Democratic one will have opening remarks by DNC Chairman Howard Dean. So I have a few questions. Such as….’ (PC World blog entry).

And in extremely geeky news:
‘Kryptonite’ Discovered in Serbian Mine
Rubinstien writes “A mineralogist at London’s Natural History Museum was contracted to help identify an unknown mineral found in a Serbian mine. While he initially thought the miners had discovered a unique compound, after its crystal structure was analyzed and identified the researcher was shocked to find the material already referenced in literature. Fictional literature. Dr. Chris Stanley, from the BBC article: ‘Towards the end of my research I searched the web using the mineral’s chemical formula — sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide — and was amazed to discover that same scientific name, written on a case of rock containing kryptonite stolen by Lex Luthor from a museum in the film Superman Returns … I’m afraid it’s not green and it doesn’t glow either — although it will react to ultraviolet light by fluorescing a pinkish-orange.'”

And in what’s normally a boring corner of news, DNS stuff:

OpenDNS Adds Short-Cut Service
DNS is boring, but OpenDNS has added a new Shortcut feature that lets you visit URLs without all that nasty typing. Shortcuts are short, multi-letter abbreviations for your favorite sites. Instead of typing “www.nytimes.com,” you can just type “NYT.” You can also create short-cuts for popular search sites (”g monkeys” to search Google for Monkeys, for example).

And in followup to the Virginia Tech Story:

Ismail Cho was a Liberal

Rush is right on the money again. Apparently Ismail/Cho was leftarded. So it is hardly surprising that those animals at MSU were spewing invectives when there was an attempt to remember the victims of the Virginia tech shooting (check out the video here.) Check this out over at ABC News. The liberal hypocrites (libhyps?) over at ABC are appalled by this, I applaud it;

On the April 19 broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show , the famous conservative talk radio host opined about the political views of Seung-hui Cho, the Virginia tech massacre madman.

“If this Virginia Tech shooter had an ideology, what do you think it was? ” Limbaugh asked. “This guy had to be a liberal. You start railing against the rich and all this other — this guy
‘s a liberal.
He was turned into a liberal somewhere along the line. So it’s a liberal that committed this act. Now, the drive-bys will read on a website that I’m attacking liberalism by comparing this guy to them. That’s exactly what they do every day, ladies and gentlemen. I’m just pointing out a fact. I am making no extrapolation; I’m just pointing it out. “

Limbaugh went on to say that “back in the early ’90s, when there was any kind of an incident, crime or what-have-you that attracted national attention, in the early days of this program, the drive-by media went out and they tried to connect the perpetrator to this program. They did everything they could. In fact, it went so far as Bill Clinton blaming me for influencing Timothy McVeigh to blow up the bureau building . These are the people sponsoring lies and distortion for the purposes of dividing this country and creating hatred. These are the people that invented this kind of tactic, if you will .”