Thursday, December 14, 2006

Johnson Update / Miss America / Rafah / UN

Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) is recovering after surgery. Lots of people talking about this. DKos, The News-Press, the Examiner, WashingtonMonthly, the WSJ, Michelle Malkin (with video from the ViewTM talking conspiracy), InstaPundit (with a link to PajamasMedia), WaPo, PowerLine, Captain's Quarters, TNR and JS over at Observations.

As you can see, people from both sides of the aisle and even those on the fence are writing about the Senator. Some people do indeed write about the outcome if he doesn't get better, but on the most part it's all about support. Everyone continue to pray for Mr. Johnson and his family.
TMZ reports on the Miss America situation:

Miss USA Dethroned?

Miss USATMZ has learned that officials from the Miss USA pageant will make a "major announcement" today and may strip reigning Miss USA Tara Conner of her title due to inappropriate behavior.

Sources tell TMZ that executives from the Miss USA organization and NBC (which broadcasts the pageant) met Tuesday to discuss Conner and alleged incidents of her inappropriate behavior, including her conduct at New York City bars. While no one from the pageant would comment on the rumored troubles, several sources tell TMZ that a big announcement is expected some time Thursday. According to these sources, officials are extremely unhappy with the current Miss USA's conduct in public. (link)

Later in the article they have updates where 'the Don' states that Miss America is not being dethroned and they will work with her to fix her behavioral situations. This would be the 2nd Miss America dethroned that I can remember, so slightly big news (if you follow M.A. at all).
Meanwhile in Rafah:

18 wounded as Hamas, Fatah, Egyptians clash at Rafah

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Eighteen people were wounded on Thursday night in renewed clashes at the Rafah border crossing, hours after Hamas gunmen tried to seize control of the terminal, on the Egypt-Gaza border.

Witnesses said Hamas gunmen were firing at the Egyptian side of the border, drawing return fire from the Egyptians and presidential guards from Fatah.

During the battle, masked gunmen in three cars and a bulldozer stormed the terminal, witnesses said. The gunmen went on a rampage inside the building, destroying computers and furniture inside and plunging the area into darkness, the witnesses said.

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was still being held back from returning to the Gaza Strip just a couple of hours after Israel had given him permission to embark. (link)

Palestinians try to throw their luggage over a barrier as they wait to cross the border into Egypt at the Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.
Photo: AP
Palestinians vs Jews, Palestinians vs Palestinians, now Palestinians vs Egyptians & Palestinians. Seems to me that Israel isn't really the trouble spot in this region.
The U.N. gets a new chief:

New U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon vows to restore trust

Thu Dec 14, 2006 3:17pm ET
By Irwin Arieff

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - South Korea's Ban Ki-moon was sworn in as the eighth U.N. secretary-general on Thursday and vowed to restore trust in an institution tainted by scandal and a growing divide between rich and poor nations.

The former South Korean foreign minister, 62, takes over on January 1, succeeding Ghanaian Kofi Annan, 68, who steps down at the end of the month after 10 years as U.N. leader.

"You could say that I am a man on a mission. And my mission could be dubbed 'Operation Restore Trust': Trust in the organization and trust between member-states and the secretariat," Ban said. (link)

Let's all hope he is much better than Kofi was at EVERYTHING. The U.N. is at the point where the easiest way to save it would be to dismantle the apparatus and start over. It couldn't be any worse than the things that go on there now. While the U.N. spent years condemning Israel in the M.E. and the U.S. for not saving the world, they let the tragedy in Dafur rage, they stole money from various countries/people (oil-for-food) and they continue to allow their 'peace' workers to rape young women all over the world.

There is not much that can be said that is good about the U.N. so I won't even try.
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