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Jet Blue choses the worst of both worlds

Jet BlueFirst, of all, I was planning on going to the YearlyKos because last year’s was a huge success. So, I scheduled some time off. I’m a last minute kind of guy so I hadn’t registered. Well, registration closed yesterday. I’m used to going to conferences where registration on site is relatively common. Guess not. No YearlyKos for me.

Anyway, JetBlue was flying several of the speakers out to the conference for free. Cool. They were also flying their staffs out for free. Doubly cool. Well, Billo got a hold of it. Hundreds of crazed e-mails (probably the same guy with different e-mail addresses) were sent to Jet Blue. Now, JetBlue has asked YearlyKos to remove their logo from their web site. Bad. Now, here’s the rub – they have stated to YearlyKos that they will still fly the speakers. So, JetBlue continues to upset the right wing neocons and manage to make folks at the YearlyKos see red. Crazy.

Here’s my problem with the whole saga. Why wasn’t this anticipated by YearlyKos and JetBlue? O’Reilly and Hannity are reporting on anything to avoid the war. The YearlyKos is perfect. They can lie and spin and get their ever shrinking audience whipped into a lather. There should have been a plan. A plan that was discussed not only by someone in public relations but also with the CEO and the board. Everyone has to buy in eventhough the sponsorship isn’t a huge expense for the company. There was going to be some back lash. This is the time that we live.

Words by Kos.

Send your own words to JetBlue – corporatecommunications@jetblue.com (I have sent my e-mail. I may send another.)

By |2007-07-20T23:36:53-04:00July 20th, 2007|Blogging issues|Comments Off on Jet Blue choses the worst of both worlds

Maliki choses unknown to run Baghdad operation

Brian Katulis mentioned this on my radio show this morning.  I had missed it.  Who is this guy?  Why are the Kurds nervous?  I’m now wondering about Maliki.  What is he about?  Is he really interested in a stable democratic government? 

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From LAT:

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has filled the top military job in Baghdad with a virtually unknown officer chosen over the objections of U.S. and Iraqi military commanders, officials from both governments said.

Iraqi political figures said Friday that Maliki also had failed to consult the leaders of other political factions before announcing the appointment of Lt. Gen. Abud Qanbar.

The appointment is highly significant because it is Maliki’s first public move after President Bush’s announcement that he was sending more troops to Iraq. The prime mission of those troops is to reduce violence in Baghdad, much of which is blamed on sectarian fighters.

As the Iraqi commander for the capital, Qanbar would play a central role in that campaign, and any ties he might have to sectarian groups could undermine the new U.S. effort.

In his speech Wednesday, in which he announced the troop increase, Bush said political and sectarian interference in security matters would no longer be tolerated. (more…)

By |2007-01-13T15:12:27-04:00January 13th, 2007|Iraq|Comments Off on Maliki choses unknown to run Baghdad operation
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