Margielyn Didal gets ‘unexpected’ recognition as PSA Athlete of the Year

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES It was only in August when Didal bagged the gold in the women’s street skate event and pocketed P6 million as cash incentive for her feat.Winning in the Asian Games was no doubt her biggest accomplishment to date and she’s more than ready to ollie her way to another.The 19-year-old Didal, however, has to qualify for the Olympics first before anything else, which is something she believes she’d be able to do.“I’m 100 percent confident because I have the full support of my friends, family and sponsors,” said the bubbly Didal. “I have been getting a lot of support.”Didal is preparing for her next Olympic qualifying tournament which fires off three months from now in London.She said most of her training is done in Hong Kong where there’s an abundance of skateparks. The 19-year-old Didal, however, has to qualify for the Olympics first before anything else, which is something she believes she’d be able to do.“I’m 100 percent confident because I have the full support of my friends, family and sponsors,” said the bubbly Didal. “I have been getting a lot of support.”Didal is preparing for her next Olympic qualifying tournament which fires off three months from now in London.She said most of her training is done in Hong Kong where there’s an abundance of skateparks. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief From skating in the streets of Cebu to the grand stage of the Asian Games in Jakarta, where she came out of nowhere to snag the gold medal just six months ago, and now the red carpet, Margielyn Didal is still trying to wrap her head around the whirlwind of events that completely changed her life.Didal on Tuesday was one of five Filipina Asian Games gold medalists bestowed with the highest honor as Athlete of the Year by the Philippine Sportswriters Association during its annual PSA Awards Night at Manila Hotel.“Unexpected,” Didal said of her recognition. “Unexpected because before, people don’t give any attention to skateboarders but now, they’re not only giving us attention but also an award.”“I’m very grateful for the honor to be awarded as Athlete of the Year.”Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go were the other four given the Athlete of the Year award.ADVERTISEMENT AFC CUP: Ceres scrapes past Shan United MOST READcenter_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying “Unexpected,” Didal said of her recognition. “Unexpected because before, people don’t give any attention to skateboarders but now, they’re not only giving us attention but also an award.”“I’m very grateful for the honor to be awarded as Athlete of the Year.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWeightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go were the other four given the Athlete of the Year award.It was only in August when Didal bagged the gold in the women’s street skate event and pocketed P6 million as cash incentive for her feat. SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold PLAY LIST 02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold01:16SEA Games: Didal, Means assure PH of 1-2 finish in Game of Skate02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Margielyn Didal. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–From skating in the streets of Cebu to the grand stage of the Asian Games in Jakarta, where she came out of nowhere to snag the gold medal just six months ago, and now the red carpet, Margielyn Didal is still trying to wrap her head around the whirlwind of events that completely changed her life.Didal on Tuesday was one of five Filipina Asian Games gold medalists bestowed with the highest honor as Athlete of the Year by the Philippine Sportswriters Association during its annual PSA Awards Night at Manila Hotel.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: KETTLEBELLS FOR STRENGTH AND FAT LOSS

first_imgKettlebells are pieces of strength-training equipment made from cast iron and can be intimidating to someone who is not familiar with how they work. Using kettlebells in your fitness routine can challenge your body and build strength, stamina, endurance and flexibility unlike other piece of equipment.Kettlebells were largely unheard of in the west until former-Soviet elite Special Forces’ trainer Pavel Tsatsouline brought Kettlebell training to the US in 1998.Up until that time, Kettlebells were a tool for developing incredibly well conditioned soldiers and athletes in the former Soviet Union. A common fitness goal for women is losing body fat and inches around the waist, thighs and arms.Kettlebell training offers you the ability to burn fat with high-intensity workouts.Any weight loss program can be difficult to accomplish, but using kettlebells provides a fun and exciting alternative to “normal” workouts that help to keep you motivated.Design your workout programs for high repetition compound movement exercises, such as the kettlebell swing, reverse lunge or shoulder press in a circuit, with little to no rest between sets.Kettlebells are effective at increasing strength by using full-body functional movements that incorporate several muscle groups for each exercise.An example of a strength workout combines kettlebell swings, front squats and reverse lunges.Perform 10 repetitions of swings, followed immediately by 10 front squats and then 10 reverse lunges. Continue for a total of five rounds and rest as needed. What size Kettlebell? If you are going to buy one Kettlebell, it pays to try them out first. Here is a rule of thumb to work by:Beginners:Men start with an 12-16kg bellWomen – start with an 8-12kg bellIntermediates:Men start with an 16-20kg bellWomen – start with an 12-16kg bellAdvanced:Men start with an 20-24+kg bellWomen – start with an 16-20+kg bellThe weight of bell that you choose will differ from exercise to exercise. You will be able to deadlift more than you will shoulder press, so the weight of bell should reflect the difficulty of the exercise.Perhaps the king of all Kettlebell exercises, the Kettlebell Swing, is a powerful movement that develops the entire posterior chain of muscles while providing a great platform for building endurance and athletic conditioning.Believe it or not, just using this one exercise 3 times weekly for sessions of a mere 5 minutes will improve your cardio output, mobility and strength.The Kettlebell swing is a complicated movement and can cause injury if not taught correctly; if you are thinking of using kettlebells, ask the advice of an experienced and qualified kettlebell trainer. Performance: Place the Kettlebell between your feet in a shoulder width stance. Crouch down as if you were closing a car door with your butt, grip the kettlebell and swing it in front of you by quickly rising up and thrusting your hips forward. Your hands act as a guide – allow your hip drive to do the work, not the arms or shoulders.Kettlebells are a versatile piece of equipment that are a great addition to any workout.Once you have mastered the techniques your range of exercise combinations are limitless.I have found them to be a great tool that my members regularly use in all my Rushe Fitness classes for strength and fat loss.#TrainSmartThe next phase of Rushe Fitness classes start on the 21st of September.If you would like more information on the or to book a space, please contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118?ref=hl * Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Fitness EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: KETTLEBELLS FOR STRENGTH AND FAT LOSS was last modified: September 6th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmet rushefitness columnkettlebellslast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo unveils new, limited edition Nike boots on China tour

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has released a new collection of boots while on tour in China.The superstar forward recently signed for Juventus in a shock £99m transfer, and has celebrated with a new Nike collaboration. “Made with a pattern that includes an ancient boat compass, the captain’s “C” and a new Chinese-character version of Ronaldo’s famed CR7 mark (C罗), the logo suggests the player’s capacity to galvanize – metaphorically, to breath fire into – Chinese football.“Highlighting the collection is the Mercurial Superfly Elite FG CR7. It is decorated with a print symbolizing the Fire Dragoon and emblazoned with the CR7 China logo. Ronaldo jetted off to China after his unveiling at Juventus “For small-sided play, the all-new Nike FC CR7 features a Nike React midsole for comfort and a gum rubber outsole for durability against concrete pitches. It features a Golden dragon print detail on the black upper, and is punctuated by the C罗 logo.”You can watch the video of Ronaldo’s time in China below. 3 The Nike Mercurial Superfly Elite FG CR7 center_img 3 3 The Nike FC CR7 As part of his time in the country, Ronaldo announced his new Mercurial Superfly Elite FG CR7 boot and Nike FC CR7 trainers, which will be only available in China.A press release stated: “Coinciding with Cristiano Ronaldo’s second China tour with Nike, the exclusive C罗 collection carries an exclusive new logo and equips athletes for play on and off-pitch.last_img read more

REVEALED: MOUNTAIN BIKERS SPREAD THEIR GOSPEL WITH ‘BITTA CRAIC’ FOR BEGINNERS

first_imgThe Donegal Mountain Biking Club are so enthusiastic about spreading the word about their sport, they’ve come up with a special category for beginners….the ‘Bitta Craic’ section.The club is launching its Castle Cycles Mountain Bike Series for 2012.This series is a 3-race competition with points awarded at each race and an overall prize awarded at the end of the series. Said MTB man Findhan Strain: “For 2012, the Club has introduced a new category for those looking for a bit of fun.“The three categories running this year are Senior Mens, Womens and the ‘Bitta Craic’ category.“With the various categories this year, Donegal MTB are confident of attracting novices and experts alike.”The series starts with the legendary ‘Bogman’ race on the 15th July. The Bogman event is one of the most enjoyable events of the mountain biking year and this year promises to be better again with new sections added to the route to increase the fun factor.More than 100 competitors are expected to turn out this year as the mountain biking bug is catching on…and there might be a few more if it really catches on.Potential competitors are being urged to give it a try and Donegal MTB guarantee that when you give one a go, you will be hooked!Registration is now open for the Bogman on www.donegalmtb.com.Go on…sure it’s a bit of craic! REVEALED: MOUNTAIN BIKERS SPREAD THEIR GOSPEL WITH ‘BITTA CRAIC’ FOR BEGINNERS was last modified: May 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:REVEALED: MOUNTAIN BIKERS SPREAD THEIR GOSPEL WITH ‘BITTA CRAIC’ FOR BEGINNERSlast_img read more

VIEWPOINT: WHY POLITICIANS NEED TO LISTEN TO DONEGAL BUSINESS PEOPLE

first_imgDonegal businessman James Arnold cares about the future of the county where he lives. He may be successful in his own right but the road ahead keeps him awake at night. In an article specially written for Donegal Daily, the recruitment specialist offers his thoughts on how Donegal and the north-west can emerge from the recession a much stronger and vibrant place.Donegal businessman James Arnold.Happiness is a North West called Hamlet!This year two important people in Ireland said two very important things which should wake up and resound a voice all over the North West of Ireland. Pearse Doherty the Sinn Fein TD said “Donegal has the highest rate of unemployment in Ireland at twice the state average, the lowest disposable income and youth unemployment is almost at 50%.”. This is true!SDLP MLA Colum Eastwood said concerning Derry and Strabane, that the latest claimant levels were bleak and needed addressing. “These figures illustrate once again that Derry and its surrounds are facing serious economic difficulties and the Executive, Invest NI seem ambivalent to this. They constantly tell us they are working very hard to deliver for Derry and the North West on the economic promise since the Peace Process, but every time these figures are released Derry and its proximity is at the wrong end of the league table.”Now! How do we fix this?Politicians need business people to fix it! An economic accord!A new initiative!An exciting new North West accord by collectivism!If Peter Robinson MP – the First Minister… Or if Martin McGuiness – the deputy First minister and co equal in the Northern Ireland Assembly care about the North West, let them listen to a businessman talking sense. If the President of America – President Obama considers what I have to say important enough about the politics of whole world and writes a personal letter to me within 30 days – won’t the elected representatives of my own beautiful country also extend a small invitation and reply to hear what I have to say too? Because what I have to say is important. So listen please!Elected politicians are not the only ones which care about the people in all of our society. Business people matter too! They care as well. They watch, they flinch, they move on. They seek for opportunities to grow – to invest – to employ, to make our country ( both regions of our country) – to make them great! If we make a profit – it is taxed – so we cannot be blamed for being successful. Our relationship with Great Britain has outgrown the gruesome past of 600 years. Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Ireland some time ago lifted the entire island. These things matter.Ireland’s love for Queen Elizabeth ( expressed in the words of a child – ‘She is the real Queen – she is here’) and the relationship of Great Britain and Ireland has been restored by words, kind words. Her bow – at our memorial of our own dead shook the chairs of the hurted. I am convinced of that. We all live with the past, we remember the past, we have a legacy of the past, but Ireland and Britain’s love for each other in our very own generation has been restored. Many great and brave people wept and sacrificed so much for this achievement. It’s all over. And what teenager and what young adult does not love William and Kate and their kids? None!So what do I propose?Donegal, Derry and Strabane. I want to talk about us. All these regions have the highest unemployment rate in Europe – 50% .It is bigger than Spain or Greece!Donegal as an economic region has never worked successfully or economically within the E.U. Indeed the county voted twice to exit from the E.U. altogether because of its failure to address the economic issues concerning the region and its people within Ireland and its proximity to Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom.It is the only region in all of Europe to say No to the E.U. and not without good reason. There are reasonable grounds for this. Its geography and its demographics and its failure to compete fairly. Donegal, Derry and Strabane are all bordered together beside two competing states and all feel the pinch – so too is Tyrone and Fermanagh.But there is a circle of discontent within Donegal, Derry and Strabane. This is the circle of discontent. Mass unemployment exists inside the circle. The problem has not been addressed. Its location is situated in the farthest extremities of Western Europe. It’s out there on its own with conflicting economics, tax rates and VAT – and due to the mistakes of the past is not connected. The is a perpetual source of economic discomfort due to its political demography.Proposal for happinessI propose an economic circle – a dedicated zone for Donegal, Derry and Strabane – A tri-fold development recovery zone – ‘A North West of Ireland accord’ if you will. There are many stake holders and the rewards are wonderful. It will involve the government of the Republic of Ireland, The Government of Northern Ireland, The two governments of Ireland and Great Britain and negotiations with all relevant parties with the European Union. In a nutshell, negotiations are needed to declare the North West region of Ireland and its U.K. border regions an ‘Economic development zone’ with the E.U.How many jobs for the region?25,000! and with the services sector plugging in – 15,000– total 40,000 new jobs!Corporation tax rate negotiated for the region for 25 years?A corporation tax rate for the region of 5%Who?Asia!Europe imports billions of products from Asia, billions upon billions every year.If the IDA and the NI development authority between them select about 75 – 100 good clean manufacturing – clean energy jobs – suitable companies – already and consistently supplying to the E.U. to locate within the dedicated zone – a small part of their operation then it can work. A paltry 5 -10% is all that is needed – and they will jump to take it. It will have no economic threat to the E.U’s existing manufacturers as they are already importing the goods and indeed the new zone will make it easier and less expensive. All the details can be worked out with both governments. We need to work together more than ever before.Gains!All parties will gain. It’s a win win win!All governments will see a substantial benefits saving, an income tax take up, a reduction in unemployment dole outs. The E.U. will see a fall in unemployment.Losers?None, because the zone is limited. The agreement reached between the parties is focused to achieve a goal and nothing beyond.I call on all parties to debate it and bring the region to full employment and social welll being and prosperity.James ArnoldProprietorProspects Recruitment in Ireland.VIEWPOINT: WHY POLITICIANS NEED TO LISTEN TO DONEGAL BUSINESS PEOPLE was last modified: September 4th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessdonegalJames Arnoldlast_img read more

Ryanair strikes halted as airline granted High Court injunction

first_imgRyanair has been granted an injunction from the High Court this morning (Weds) preventing a planned strike over the next two days by some of the airline’s pilots based in Ireland.Around 180 pilots who are members of the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association, which is a branch of the Fórsa union, were due to take industrial action tomorrow and on Friday in a dispute over pay and conditions.It follows a ballot of eligible IALPA members which was passed by the overwhelming majority of those who took part. Ryanair sought an injunction preventing Fórsa and 11 named individuals from proceeding with the work stoppage, which was due to get under way after midnight tonight.According to RTE, during two days of High Court hearings, the airline argued a strike would be a breach of an agreement put in place following a series of strikes at Ryanair last year.It requires any matters of dispute between the two sides to be referred to an independent mediator and to go through a dispute resolutions process before industrial action can take place.Ryanair also claimed that the secret ballot that led to the vote in favour of industrial action was unlawful. However, the union strenuously denied this and told the court it had been conducted according to union rules and the law.It also claimed that its current pay claim is not covered by the terms of the 2018 agreement.Ryanair strikes halted as airline granted High Court injunction was last modified: August 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Amazon Launches Kindle Worlds Store, Its Self Service Platform For Fan Fiction Authors

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Amazon Amazon announced today that its platform for fan fiction writers is officially open for business. Dubbed Kindle Worlds Store, the platform is works on a self-submission model where authors can pick a “world” (the settings and characters derived from other fictional works) they want to write in, create a new story and sell it through Amazon. Here’s how it works for authors, according to Amazon:  dan rowinski Choose Your World: Choose a World to write in and read the content guidelines. Sign Up and Submit: Sign in (or sign up) with your Amazon account and submit your work using our self-service submission platform. Review and Publish: Amazon Publishing will review your submission for compliance with the stated guidelines and we’ll publish your work once approved. Each sale of the Work will result in a royalty to the author. Promote and Track Your Work: Post publication, sign into Author Central to track progress on your work.Authors that wish to write fan fiction for Amazon will only be allowed to do so in world’s where Amazon has procured a license from the original content creator. To launch, Amazon has partnernships with stories like Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard and Foreworld Saga by Neal Stephenson among several others. Authors will need to agree to content quality agreements and certain content restrictions. This authorized fan fiction portal is not a carte blanche for would-be authors to completely rip off the characters and story elements of the original authors, but rather to play with new stories built upon those worlds. Amazon states:The owner of the intellectual property related to the Original World (the “World Licensor”), has granted us the right to allow you to participate in Kindle Worlds for the Original World.  Accordingly, we grant you the limited, nonexclusive, nontransferable, revocable right to create your Work using elements from the Original World owned or controlled by the World Licensor, such as characters, scenes and events (collectively the “Original World Elements”), in accordance with the World Content Guidelines.If you are a fan of the original “worlds” that Amazon has made partnerships with, this type of authorized fan fiction could be of great entertainment. Otherwise, Kindle Worlds may be a little bit too far afield for most people. At the same time, it is an interesting concept in the world of publishing and something that has not really been done en masse before. Will you write … or read … fan fiction published by Amazon? Let us know int he comments.  A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Plea to restore Internet in Darjeeling rejected

first_imgWith Class 9 students being unable to fill up their board examination forms without Internet, the Darjeeling teachers’ association on Monday met the district magistrate and sought restoration of its service, but in vain. The authorities rejected the demand saying they would make special arrangements for students to go to Siliguri to fill up their forms.The authorities have cited persisting law and order problem in the Hills, facing an indefinite shutdown seeking a separate Gorkhaland for the last 40 days. Internet services in the Darjeeling Hills had been suspended on June 18. No violenceMeanwhile, there was no report of any untoward incident from the hill town since Sunday night.GJM supporters took out rallies at the Chowkbazar area demanding Gorkhaland amidst patrolling by police and security forces. Tight vigil was in place at every entry and exit route.Except pharmacies, all other public service installations including shops, restaurants, hotels, schools and colleges have remained closed since imposition of the shutdown.With food supply severely hit due to the shutdown, GJM activists and NGOs were seen distributing food items among the people.According to officials, the State government sealed the Siliguri-based office of a Nepali language satellite television channel alleging that it was promoting unrest. The administration said the channel was promoting enmity between groups and encouraging violence and arson. The allegations were denied by the channel. “The Internet is banned for last 37 days and now this ban on the channel,” GJM supremo Bimal Gurung said.last_img read more

Governor’s rule imposed in Jammu and Kashmir

first_imgJ&K Governor N.N. Vohra, the man in the hot seat President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the imposition of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect, a senior government official said on Wednesday.Also Read  Governor N.N Vohra sent a report to Union Home Ministry on Tuesday evening recommending Central rule in the State after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti submitted her resignation soon after the BJP pulled out of the alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).As Mr. Kovind is on a three-nation tour, the proposal was sent to Suriname, his current stop.“When the Governor sent the proposal on Tuesday evening, the President was already in transit from Athens to Suriname. As soon as he touched down in Paramaribo, he signed the recommendation giving his assent to Governor’s rule in J&K,” said the official.last_img read more

Naked In The Bush

first_imgThe sheer incompetence of the Bush administration in the war on terror now stands exposed. It’s time for Americans to elect a new chief.  The ferocity of the assault by the Bush administration and his right wing zealots against former White House counter terrorism coordinator Rickard A. Clarke reveals just how sensitive and tender Bush’s much-touted national security nerves are.Clarke touched off a fire-storm by his scathing criticism of the Bush administration’s handling of the war on terrorism in his just-released book Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror and in testimony before an independent commission investigating the Sept 11 hijackings.Clarke alleges that Bush and his security team failed to heed repeated and mounting intelligence warnings of al-Qaida attacks in the summer of 2001, only months before the World Trade Center attacks. He also charges that after 9/11, the Bush administration manipulated the public anger over the attacks to mobilize the country for an invasion against Saddam Hussein, who had played no role in the Sept 11 attacks. Finally, he asserts, that the misguided war on Iraq diverted crucial intelligence, military and financial resources away from the hunt of al-Qaida and its leader Osama bin Laden. It also enflamed Islamic hostility, the incubator for new al-Qaida recruits, against the United States.There is nothing remarkable in Clarke’s allegations. Bush’s preoccupation with Iraq and his cavalier approach to terrorism is obvious to anyone attentive to the public record. Reports released by the 9/11 commission document that a disinterested Bush was repeatedly cautioned about mounting al-Qaida threats – warnings, which evoked some imperial wisdom on “swatting flies.”Bush, who won the disputed presidency through legal manipulations, then presided over a disastrous economy, saw the war on terror as a public relations bonanza and milked the 9/11 tragedy for all its political worth.The commander asleep at the wheels even had the gall to make the war on terrorism the linchpin of his reelection campaign, selecting the improbably liberal city of New York for the conservative Republican National Convention to shamelessly showcase poignant images of the 9/11 tragedy. Understandably therefore, the president’s men are panic stricken over the public attention being paid to a former courtier’s revelations that the emperor wore no clothes. Clarke, remember, was close enough to see the emperor naked.Bush’s attack dogs were unleashed to discredit Clarke, to cloud the issues, to make his criticism sound partisan. Senate Majority leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., even sought to intimidate Clarke by threatening to declassify his two-year-old congressional testimony, in which Clarke was allegedly more flattering of his then boss than now when he is free of official retaliation. Clarke better watch his tongue, Frist seemed to caution: we could prosecute you for perjury.Ironically, Clarke announced that he welcomes the declassification, suggesting that the secret testimony and communications of of Bush’s national security adviser Condoleezza Rice also be declassified.The public can see through this right wing politics of smear, character assassination and intimidation. A Newsweek poll after Clarke’s televised appearance before the 9/11 panel found that voter approval for Bush’s handling of the war on terror fell a solid 13 points – from 70 percent in January to 57 percent.Any wonder? Bush protested: “Had I known that the enemy was going to use airplanes to strike America, to attack us, I would have used every resource, every asset, every power of the government, to protect the American people.”Of course you would Mr Bush. Terrorists, however aren’t as stupid as you to put you on such advance notice. And if those are the flares you must be sent to wake up, God help America. But then, you are such a believer. You say your prayers. Saner Americans will hopefully vote for a new chief.   Related Itemslast_img read more