Thursday, February 03, 2005

Garofalo: Fingers with ink comparable to Nazi salute

Actress, liberal radio host calls
Republican gesture 'disgusting'

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Iraqis With Fake Passports Detained In Mexico

POSTED: 11:58 am PST February 2, 2005

SAN DIEGO -- Two Iraqis have been charged with immigration offenses in Mexico after being arrested last week in Tijuana, according to Mexican officials.

The Iraqis, Steven Yohanan Kurkis and Kaml Meti Bashar, presented passports from Greece with the names Nikolaos Skarvelis and Nabil Megalli, according to a news release from the Mexican Attorney General's office obtained by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The American, Samer Toma Oraha, presented an expired U.S. passport to Mexican immigration authorities after arriving in Tijuana from Mexico City on an Aeromexico flight Jan. 26, according to Mexican authorities.

The Iraqis traveled from Greece to Spain and then to Mexico and were going to be led into the United States by Orhora for a fee of $10,000 each, according to a preliminary investigation.

A federal judge in Mexico will determine whether to pursue the charges against the men. They were being held in a Tijuana state prison.

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The Hug Heard Around the World

U.S. first lady Laura Bush (R) applauds while her guest [Iraqi voter] Safia Taleb al-Souhail comforts Janet Norwood (C), whose son, Marine Corps Sergeant Byron Norwood of Pflugerville, Texas was killed during the assault on Fallujah, as the Marine was honored during U.S. President George W. Bush State of the Union address in the House Chamber in Washington February 2, 2005. REUTERS/Larry Downing

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Slain Marine's Mom: Hug Wasn't Staged

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The mother of a Marine who died liberating Iraq and who provided the emotional high point of Wednesday night's State of the Union Address when she hugged a grateful Iraqi voter sitting in the gallery, denied Thursday morning that the unforgettable episode had been staged, as several left-leaning commentators have alleged.

Appearing with her husband, Bill, on ABC's "Good Morning America," Janet Norwood, mother of Sgt. Byron Norwood, was asked by host Diane Sawyer whether the embrace was pre-planned. The exchange went like this:

SAWYER: It was such a moving moment for everyone, including clearly the president, in the room last night. Safia al-Suhail, whose father had been killed under Saddam, and who had held up her finger with ink on it to show she had voted for the first time in her life, was sitting in front of you.
First, did you know she would be there? And did you know you were going to lean over [and hug her]?

MRS. NORWOOD: No. We had no idea who was going to be there. We met as we went in the door [to the gallery]. She turned around and introduced herself. I asked her if her finger was purple and she held it up and showed me that it was. And I just grabbed her finger.

It would have made our son so proud to see the success of elections in Iraq.

MR. NORWOOD: We didn't know about her dad until something was mentioned. But it certainly enhanced our opinion of her. She was a very, very fine person.

MRS. NORWOOD: She thanked us for our son's sacrifice and made sure we knew that the people of Iraq were grateful for the sacrifices that were made, not just by our son, but by all of them.

SAWYER: And what did you say to her?

MRS. NORWOOD: I just told her how happy we were that the elections were successful and told her that our son would have been pleased.

MR. NORWOOD: Byron really believed that the Iraqi people deserved a chance to take ownership of the concept of freedom. And they certainly proved that they can do that now. So he would have been very pleased.

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Iraqis Not Dying In Iraq According To Ted Kennedy

The wacko Kennedy known as Ted wonders when Iraqis will get out there and fight. He asks when will Iraq's die for their country. "When are the Iraqis going to fight for their own country? When are they going to start shedding their own blood ... as American servicemen with this amount of training are ready to shed theirs," said Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.

Deputy defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz answers Kennedy when he indicates that Iraqi soldiers are dying more frequently than American soldiers.

Ted Kennedy is completely lost. As Brit Hume asks, "Where is Kennedy getting his briefings on Iraq?"

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