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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 04:42 PM
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E&P: Laura Bush wants focus on Iraq "schools opening": L.A. Times reports a different school story
Editor&Publisher: Laura Bush Pleads for Positive Media Coverage from Iraq -- But 'L.A. Times' Finds More Bad
By E&P Staff
Published: December 16, 2006

NEW YORK -- In a TV interview this week, Laura Bush, the First Lady, complained about one-sided media coverage in Iraq and, like many others before her, asked for more of a focus on the positive, including "schools opening."

The Los Angeles Times today, no doubt coincidentally, presented a major story on schooling in Iraq today, by Baghdad correspondent Solomon Moore. It's called "Battlefield School."

It opens this way:

"Iraq's schools, long touted by American officials as a success story in a land short on successes, increasingly are being caught in the crossfire of the country's escalating civil war.

"President Bush has routinely talked about the refurbishment and construction of schools as a neglected story of progress in Iraq. The U.S. Agency for International Development has spent about $100 million on Iraq's education system and cites the rehabilitation of 2,962 school buildings as a signal accomplishment.

"But today, across the country, campuses are being shuttered, students and teachers driven from their classrooms and parents left to worry that a generation of traumatized children will go without education.

"Teachers tell of students kidnapped on their way to school, mortar rounds landing on or near campuses and educators shot in front of children....

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_di...
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 04:48 PM
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1. I'm so damned tired of the velvet glove treatment Pickles gets...
SOmeone needs to confont her with THIS.... :mad:
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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 04:50 PM
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2. Has anyone ever confronter her about anything?
nt
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 04:54 PM
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3. Go to hell, Laura. Where are Barbara and Jenna? Oh yeah. Partying.
What a loser! If the schools are so great why doesn't Jenna teach in one of them and why doesn't Barbara volunteer to treat medical victims? Afraid they'll be in harms way? What a cowardly thing to do. Face up to the reality Mrs. Chimpy, Iraq is a bloody, violent disaster.
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Ezlivin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 04:56 PM
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4. Queue up and be a substitute teacher in Baghdad, bitch
Put up or shut the fuck up.

She's probably too goddamned busy filming more fun with Barney and the pets.

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CanonRay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 05:17 PM
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5. She is apparently as stupid as her husband. After all, she married the idiot.
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Iris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 05:19 PM
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6. Why? So they can watch their teachers shot in front of their eyes?
Does anyone else remember that story from a couple of years back?
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cap Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 06:40 PM
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7. someone should tell her about the real state of the schools
that were "rehabilitated". The workmanship on those schools was abysmal and many of the schools are non-functional. Those contracts should never have received our tax dollars. Brown & Root war profiteering at tax payer expense. Thanks for reminding us, Laura.

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Disturbed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 06:53 PM
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8. Laura Bush is a pathetic phony.
The Corp Media pushes her "nice" image. She is a vile, over privileged, phony, Sociopath just like her husband.
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ninkasi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 06:59 PM
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9. I'm going to try to penetrate the Xanax haze
and hope that she hasn't had too many shots of whatever she drinks. Laura, in order to attend school, the children have to get there safely. Due to the incredible violence the malevolent chimp you married has caused, parents are afraid to send their children. They might be killed or kidnapped on the way, or the school might be blown up, or they might be under one of the many curfews we impose on Iraqi citizens.

They may have to watch their teachers getting killed, or just not show up. Your husband broke this country, broke it because he wanted to be a war president, and smirk and swagger and strut, and feel less a failure than he is. That's impossible. He is the greatest disaster ever to happen to American, and Iraq. Ok, lecture done, pour another drink, and pop another pill, and retreat back into your self-induced stupor. After all, your precious offspring will face nothing worse than hangovers.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 07:17 PM
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10.  laura honey--the iraqi`s had the best school system
in the middle east until your husband blew the shit out of them...
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badgerpup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 07:34 PM
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11. Laura is always on about schools being built...
Why don't you build morgues instead?
The ones they have now are inundated, and overloaded, thanks to your husband's idea of "Freedom on the march!"

Seems an awful lot of people got trampled and crushed...not to mention blown to pieces in the process. :grr: :puke:
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 07:43 PM
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12. I wonder if Laura read this one...
Resistance Growing Up at School
By Ali Al-Fadhily and Dahr Jamail
Inter Press Service
October 12, 2006

The bomb went off just outside the school as the IPS correspondent stood speaking to children and teachers within.

The headmaster smiled. "You will hear many of these every day if you stay here another day or two," he said. "The resistance will not stop until the last American leaves." The children too took no notice of the blast, which shook the doors and windows of the half-destroyed school in this town near Fallujah, 70km west of Baghdad.

The children are growing up in occupied Iraq - and they are resisting it. "Americans are bad," said 11-year-old Mustafa. "They killed my family." The family were killed in Operation Phantom Fury of November 2004 as they tried to flee the city, teachers said. That operation killed thousands and destroyed much of Fallujah and towns around it. "God will send all Americans to hellfire," cried another child in the classroom. Attempts to suggest that not everyone they thought American was bad proved fruitless.

"How can we teach them forgiveness when they see Americans killing their family members every day," the teacher in the classroom who gave her name as Shyamaa told IPS. "Words cannot cover the stream of blood and these signs of destruction, and words cannot hide the daily raids they see."
http://www.globalpolicy.org/security/issues/iraq/resist...
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 08:07 PM
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13. "significant UNDER REPORTING of the VIOLENCE in Iraq"
Iraq Survey Group report.

But shhhh! Don't tell pickles she's a stupid lying idiot!
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 09:22 PM
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14. Does the pickled one like this story from
Iraq?


"WP: Women Lose Ground in the New Iraq"

snip~

"Once They Were Encouraged to Study and Work; Now Life Is 'Just Like Being in Jail'"

"Life has become more difficult for most Iraqis since the February bombing of a Shiite Muslim mosque in Samarra sparked a rise in sectarian killings and overall lawlessness. For many women, though, it has become unbearable."


Feckless twitch.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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