Chris Matthews appeared on Monday's "Jeopardy!" alongside CNN's Lizzie O'Leary and former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs in a special "Power Players" edition of the game show, taped last weekend in Washington. So since Chris Matthews was on MSLSD he get the title of "Power Player"?
And the host of MSNBC's "Hardball," to put it politely, bombed.
Problems started for Matthews when he requested a category in the form of a question.
"Let's go back to, what is 'Crossword Clues E?'" Matthews said. "I mean, I'm sorry, let's go $200 for the category 'Crossword Clues E.'"
For the answer "Full name of the U-2 pilot shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960," Matthews responded, "Who is Gary Powers?" The correct response was "Who is Francis Gary Powers?"
"We need the full name," host Alex Trebek told Matthews.
"Who is Gary Powers?" Matthews said, repeating himself.
"No," Trebek said to audience laughter.
Later, after Trebek said, "A U.S.D.C. is one of these, charged with the jurisdiction of a specific region," Matthews responded, "What is a U.S. attorney?"
The correct answer was "What is a district court?"
"In 1986, the Supreme Court ruled that the 'hostile environment' type of this can be sex discrimination."
Matthews responded, "What is a hostile workplace?" The correct answer was "What is sexual harrassment?"
In the category "6-Letter World Capitals," the clue was "St. Basil's Cathedral is there." Matthews responded: "What is Istanbul?"
The correct answer: "What is Moscow?"
Conservative bloggers gleefully recounted Matthews' performance, noting that he once used "Jeopardy!" to criticize Sarah Palin.
"In a delicious example of instant karma," Billy Hallowell wrote on TheBlaze.com, "the self-proclaimed brainiac got his chance to show American how smart he was, but came up quite short."
"This guy has the nerve to ridicule anyone," Noel Sheppard wrote on NewsBusters.org. "Where do you find 'attorney' in the acronym 'U.S.D.C.'?"
All three contestants failed to correctly answer the "Final Jeopardy!" clue. Matthews finished last with $2,300. Gibbs won with $5,600; O'Leary came in second with $4,200. For the win, Gibbs collected $50,000 for the Pine Hills Literacy Project. Matthews and O'Leary were given $10,000 each for their respective charities. Maybe this will help cure Chris's "Tingly Leg Syndrome".
Perhaps we should've all seen this coming. As Politico noted on Monday, Matthews finished with no money during a rehearsal.
[Al Ahram] Presidential candidate Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh's campaign has invited his supporters to a huge event called "Strong Egypt" that it will hold next Friday afternoon at Cairo Stadium.
The event, which takes its name from Abul-Fotouh's presidential platform, will be attended by the presidential candidate and a number of the prominent public figures who have announced that they are supporting the moderate Islamist's presidential bid.
According to the campaign's official Facebook page, the event is designed to display the size of Abul-Fotouh's support. The event will include a march to the stadium from Rabaa Al-Adawaya mosque, organised by the campaign and the Masrena movement.
Cairo International Stadium is the second largest stadium in the Arab world, with a seating capacity of 75,000.
Abul-Fotouh's event comes after huge rallies were organised by the Moslem Brüderbund and Freedom and Justice Party to support their candidate Mohamed Mursi. Thousands of supporters attended the events in Mansoura, Alexandria and Giza in recent weeks.
Posted by: Fred ||
05/15/2012 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Arab Spring
Um, what's the definition of moderate Islamist again? Does Barack qualify?
[Dawn] A crowd surrounded a UN peacekeeping unit in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday and opened fire, wounding seven Pak peacekeepers, UN officials and diplomats said.
Other peacekeepers in the contingent were hurt by stones thrown by the 1,000-strong crowd around the base in the Bunyiakiri district of South Kivu province, said UN front man Martin Nesirky.
The peacekeepers were Paks, according to diplomatic sources. The maimed men were taken to hospital in Goma, the main city in eastern DR Congo.
Pakistain asked the UN Security Council to hold a meeting on the attack and make a condemnation, diplomats said.
The crowd was apparently protesting against attacks in the region carried out by Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda rebels, Nesirky told a briefing.
The UN mission in DR Congo reported that "elements" of a Mai-Mai group, the Rai Mutomboki, "may have been part of the protest and may have fired on the peacekeepers," Nesirky said. The Rai Mutomboki is an armed self-defense group.
"The mission is monitoring the situation and has sent reinforcements to the area, which is now reportedly calm but tense," the UN front man said.
With less than seven weeks to go until the July 1st elections, Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) presidential candidate Enrique Pena Nieto continues to maintain a commanding lead over his nearest rival Partido Accion Nacional (PAN) presidential candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota by 20 percentage points, the same lead he has had since the start of the campaign March 30th, according to data supplied by an ISA-GEA poll published in Milenio news daily.
The political week started with a debate, and a national as well as international press distracted by the cleavage of a Mexican model for all of 15 seconds at the start of the debate. The week continued with barbs against Pena Nieto, especially with reference to his past associations with former president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, and PRI's response to those attacks.
Last week, just after a week of several unsettling press gaffes and strong, if disturbing indications of a campaign that is imploding, Vazquez Mota told reporters that internal polling placed her candidacy within ten percentage points of Pena Nieto. Her claim has some justification, since the polling done by PAN in the Michoacan elections was a more accurate reflection of how close that race was than news polls had indicated at the time.
Despite that seeming good news, leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador briefly overtook Vazquez Mota earlier in the week by less than two percentage points, only to slide back to third place. Despite that setback, Lopez Obrador continued to protest to his supporters that he would win, and by a comfortable margin.
When undecided voters are excluded by the polling, Pena Nieto continues to maintain a comfortable lead of slightly less than 15 percent, which he has held since the start. Still, Mexican undecided voters are the second largest block, as this writer has pointed out before, a possibly worrying trend for the frontrunner, albeit all the current undecided voters are unlikely to break for any one of the candidates.
In the two weeks before the next presidential debate it will be interesting to see if Pena Nieto and the PRI can maintain this lead all the way into the elections. So far he has been not only the candidate to beat but also has been comfortable enough in his lead to revert to the old PRI tactic of co-optation, in which the goal is to poach support from political rivals.
More interesting at times than what is said, are topics not discussed at all. Topics the administration avoids talking about are not limited to Mexican politics, they also include the border fence and security, immigration, drugs, and Operation Fast & Furious. Call me crackers, but I believe these subjects may all be in some way be, connected.
Negative news is just about the only thing we seem to get out of Latin America. I look for Brazil and Mexico to really develop fast now.
I have worked with a Mexican owned manufacturer and can only say they are hard working and driven 24/7 people. Mexico has several new billionaires that are legit. Next time you purchase a bread or bakery item it could be a Mexican manufactured product. Even co-pack or private label. Then our government has made life so difficult, development will go to Mexico.
[Gulf News] The Philippines yesterday said that while it does not recognise a Beijing-declared ban on fishing in certain areas of the South China Sea, it will impose its own restrictions if only to conserve marine resources in the area.
Reports reaching Manila said the South China Fisheries Administration Bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture had recently imposed a ban on fishing in areas of the South China Sea, including the Scarborough Shoal in northwestern Philippines, from May 16 to August 1.
The imposition of the ban is part of measures observed annually since 1999 to allow fish and other marine life to replenish their stocks.
Manila said that it would not abide by the ban because the areas identified by China overlap with the country's 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Posted by: Fred ||
05/15/2012 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Commies
IIUC, China's ban is against both Chinese + non-Chinese fishing activities, as enforced by China.
At last check, China is planning to build 36 armed maritime cutters [FLECS] for deployment to both SCS + Daoyus [Senkakus = Okinawa-Taiwan Straits] in order to unilater enforce its sovereignty.
Despite China's rhetoric this past weekend denying that it is prepping for war in the SCS, IMO this new ban on fishing actually contradicts + affirms that it is. THE US + PHIL MUST WATCH THEIR STEPS NOW, as CHINA = IRAN = HAS BEGUN "SHAPING THE BATTLEFIELD" IN ANTICIPATION OF MILITARY CONFLICT.
China on the surface may appear willing to negotiate wid PHIL, ETC. for formal "joint" or bilateral econ dev of the various disputed SCS islands, BUT IMO CHINA WILL ULTIMATELY NOT SIGN OR APPROVE SUCH VENTURES OR TREATISES UNLESS ITS SOVEREIGNTY = "SOLE" CONTROL OF THE ISLANDS + SCS REGION IS RECOGNIZED BY THE OPPOSITE GOVT(S).
* E.G. DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > [Manila Times OPED] CHINA: PHILIPPINES MUST SURRENDER SOVEREIGNTY.
NOT "SHOULD", BUT "MUST"???
The only reason I see for China to totally ban fishing in the SCS, fishing being a Beijing-recognized vital national activity for China, is because China wants Any + All Civilians out of the way before the shooting = warfare begins.
IN EFFECT, CHINA HAS GIVEN THE PHIL + ITS US ALLY A SUBTLE BUT ESCALATORY "RED LINE", as consistent wid its historical preference for exercising "soft power/diplomacy".
China will not take the Issue to the UNO + UNCLOS because it needs Milbases to guard both Hainan Island + Taiwan, + does not trust the UNO = UNSC to support its case or "post-US" Agenda.
THE ABOVE LEAVES "POST-US" WANNABE RISING CHINA WID ONLY TWO REAL OPTIONS - CONCEDE ITS CLAIMS OF SOVEIGNTY [ + hence its "Manifest Destiny" as future World #1] TO OTHER COUNTRIES; OR ELSE TO FIGHT!
* TOPIX, WORLD NEWS > CHINA AGAIN WARNS PHILIPPINES NOT TO ESCALATE TENSION.
* WORLD NEWS > SOLON SAYS RP [Republic of the Philippines] LOSING SCARBOROUGH SHOAL TO CHINA.
* DEFENCE.PK/FORUMS > "CHINA LOSING SOUTH CHINA SEA BATTLE".
Lest we fergit, NUKE-ARMED PAKISTAN = has stated that BFF "CHINA'S ENEMY IS ITS ENEMY" [PHIL + US, wid US also read, INDIA].
CHINA AGAIN WARNS PHILIPPINES NOT TO ESCALATE TENSION.
It is the geo-political version of "the bitch made me do it". Push will come to shove, and I don't see anything on the horizon that can stop it. Other than its neighbors completely ceding the SCS to China, I mean.
Greece will hold a new election in June after days of talks failed to resolve the country's political deadlock, party leaders say.
The Athens Stock Exchange plunged on the news, diving 4.86 per cent minutes after the announcement before recovering somewhat.
The May 6 election left no party with enough votes for a majority in parliament and repeated efforts over nine days to cobble together a coalition government proved fruitless.
"The country is unfortunately heading again to elections," Socialist party leader and former finance minister Evangelos Venizelos said. "It is heading back to elections in a few days under very bad circumstances, because certain people coldly put their short-term party interests above the national interest."
The protracted political uncertainty has worried Greece's international creditors, who have extended the country billions of euros in rescue loans over the past two years. The election campaign was dominated by the debate over Greek's dismal financial state and the strict austerity measures taken in return for the bailout - and anti-austerity parties on both the right and the left made huge gains in the vote.
Venizelos said the head of the small Democratic Left party, Fotis Kouvelis, had proposed forming a two-year government, but had insisted that it include the anti-bailout radical left Syriza party.
[Bloomberg] Greece's possible exit from the euro moved to the center of Europe's financial-crisis debate, rattling markets as authorities in Athens struggled to form a government. Meetings brokered by Greek President Karolos Papoulias were set to continue today after Syriza, the leading anti-bailout party, rejected a unity government following inconclusive elections May 6. That moved the country closer to a new vote, with at least five European central bankers broaching the once- taboo topic of its exit from the euro.
Once again I will take the opportunity to point out the difference between illegal aliens and illegal immigrants. They are not immigrants, and they have nothing to do with immigration. This confusion of terms is one of the liberal MSM's greatest triumps in our day. I have nothing against orderly, assimilable immigration, but I am against illegally entering my country, as I am against illegally entering another country except to escape persecution, harrassment, and death. The only reason any governor would allow these risks in amongst the people they are sworn to protect is because they are trying to buy their vote with the legitimate people's safety and money.
On Tuesday, a federal deportation program that scours local jails for illegal immigrants will expand into New York and Massachusetts, despite objections from the Democratic governors of those states.
Lots of people legally come to visit New York. Most of them legally leave.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said they opposed the Secure Communities fingerprint sharing program because it interferes with local policing priorities. Under the program, the fingerprints from local jails are matched against a federal immigration database. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) then asks local jails to detain people they think may be in the country without authorization, while it decides whether to try to deport them. Immigrants rights advocates say the program expels thousands of people who have no criminal records and makes witnesses to crimes afraid to come forward because they mistakenly believe they will be fingerprinted and deported. No criminal record - except for illegally entering the country.
The odds that they did something illegal go up if they're found in jail...
The federal government at first gave the impression that states and counties could opt out of Secure Communities, before reversing course and saying it would be up and running in every county by 2013, with or without local officials' consent. ICE officials say Secure Communities allows them to focus on deporting criminals, the agency's top priority. ICE recently changed one aspect of the program so that fewer illegal immigrants without criminal records who are fingerprinted after minor traffic violations--such as driving without a license--are detained.
But some counties, such as Santa Clara County in California and Cook County in Illinois, refuse to place detainers on people at ICE's request. After Secure Communities was implemented in Washington state in April despite Gov. Chris Gregoire's objections, immigrant rights groups urged King County officials to join those counties in refusing to cooperate with ICE, according to the AP. It's unclear if the federal government will take action against counties that ignore ICE's detainers.
Some 10,000 cyber attacks occur in Israel every minute, according to Interpol President Khoo Boon Hui, who spoke at the international police organization's European Regional Convention in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.
According to Khoo, forces of Evil and criminals are quick to utilize new technologies to carry out the attacks. He said that 80% of online violations are committed by crime organizations.
Khoo suggested that many criminals worldwide are abandoning conventional theft in favor of the cyber variation due to the high payoff; banks in the US lose $900 million a year to cyber crime. He noted that sophistication is required in order to get an advantage over internet criminals.
[An Nahar] Canon Inc. is moving toward fully automating digital camera production in an effort to cut costs -- a key change being played out across Japan, a world leader in robotics.
If successful, counting on machines can help preserve this nation's technological power -- not the stereotype of machines snatching assembly line jobs from workers, Jun Misumi -- company front man, said Monday.
The move toward machine-only production will likely be completed in the next few years, perhaps as soon as 2015, said Misumi, although he declined to give specific dates.
Japanese manufacturers have been moving production abroad recently to offset the earnings damage from the soaring yen. And fears are growing about a hollowing-out of Japan Inc. as jobs move to China, India and the rest of Asia, where labor costs are cheaper.
Misumi was adamant that jobs won't be cut at Canon.
"When machines become more sophisticated, human beings can be transferred to do new kinds of work," he said.
Toyota Motor Corp. is also working on beefing up automated production not only to cut costs but achieve better quality. In a recent plant tour for news hounds, Toyota showed how welding got much faster and more precise through instantaneous laser-welding.
Toyota used that technology to make Lexus luxury models move and withstand sharp turns better.
Despite growing pressure from the high yen, Toyota is innovating production efficiency to keep annual Japan production at 3 million vehicles, about a third of its global production, by reducing costs through boosting robotics use.
As long as the Canon Hackers Software Development Kit still works with the new cameras ... I don't have a pro or con position.
Posted by: Water Modem ||
05/15/2012 1:41 Comments ||
human beings can be transferred to do new kinds of work,"
I've plenty of training in economics so I have heard all the "answers" to this question but I have to ask again....."What KINDS of work?"
The ever growing reliance on automation pretty much precludes the movement of workers to other "construction" work.
How many programmers do you need?
How many people that build cameras, cars, etc. could actually do a good job at brain work?
The things that are left that can't (yet) be easily automated are the jobs that don't pay well at all. The ones that do pay well are not needed in large numbers. That's the whole point of increasing productivity.
gorb, as I said I am fairly well versed in economics (poli sci major, eco/math minor ... now stop laughing, I was young and naive)
The question still remains government will have to provide an education education in what? How many current new grads are at best under employed because there are not enough jobs in their fields even for the engineers no less the physicists?
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.