Bush tells Rice not to vote for Resolution 1860

Resolution 1860 calls for immediate cease-fire. Why does USA’s Rice prepare for it yet abstained from it? Ehud Olmert is Prime Minister of Israel.

PM: Rice left embarrassed in UN vote

The Security Council resolution passed on Friday calling for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza was a source of embarrassment for US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who helped prepare it but ultimately was ordered to back down from voting for it and abstain, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday.

Rice did not end up voting for Resolution 1860, thanks to a phone conversation Olmert held with US President George Bush shortly before the vote, the prime minister told a meeting of local authority heads in Ashkelon as part of a visit to the South.

Upon receiving word that the US was planning to vote in favor of the resolution – viewed by Israel as impractical and failing to address its security concerns – Olmert demanded to get Bush on the phone, and refused to back down after being told that the president was delivering a lecture in Philadelphia. Bush interrupted his lecture to answer Olmert’s call, the premier said.

America could not vote in favor of such a resolution, Olmert told Bush. Soon afterwards, Rice abstained when votes were counted at the UN. (Source: JPost)

Sometimes siding allies can go a little too far.

There was someone named Sandwich

Just realized that there was someone named Sandwich and is possibly why our sandwiches are called ‘sandwiches’. He is John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich and below is, as always, an excerpt from Lord Sandwich’s Wikipedia entry. While Lord Sandwich himself did not invent sandwich, he provided a nice name for it. I can’t imagine calling ‘sandwiches’ something like ‘kahwees’.

The modern sandwich is possibly named after Lord Sandwich but not invented by him. However, the exact circumstances of the invention are still the subject of debate. A rumor in a contemporary travel book called Tour to London by Pierre Jean Grosley formed the popular myth that bread and meat sustained Lord Sandwich at the gambling table. The sober alternative is provided by Sandwich’s biographer, N.A.M. Rodger, who suggests Sandwich’s commitments to the navy, to politics and the arts mean the first sandwich was more likely to have been consumed at his desk.

It is also possible that Sandwich’s Grisons Republic born brother-in-law, Jerome de Salis, taught him about sandwiches. (Source: Wikipedia)

Lord Sandwich’s incompetence in the Admiralty was said to have undermined the seaworthy efforts in the American Revolutionary War.

Okay, sort of learnt something new today but I better close Wikipedia before Wikipedia consumes me. Hungry after all the reading.

Russia did not attack South Ossetia, media confused?

American and U.K. media is feeding you lies about what happened in Georgia the night of August 7th, 2008. CNN claims that Russia invaded Georgia. The truth is Georgia had committed the act of genocide against people of South Ossetia, and Russia had no choice but to protect its own citizens!

The truth about South Ossetia War, Georgia attack, and Russia’s response

I’ve been reading a little on the South Ossetia incident. I haven’t heard of this place before this attack. I thought Georgia is a place in USA actually. But news reports have been bias here. The media seem to pay more attention to Georgia as a victim instead of presenting a more objective view of the situation. This could possibly be due to Russia’s politicians reluctance to release statements on the war, but the media seems to be siding Georgia on this one.

[Note: Most of the news I read is USA new sites.]

Putin declares Russia at war!

When everyone’s talking about Olympics, Russia goes to war. 1,400 people dead.

Georgia: Russia has invaded and we are under attack

Russia sent troops and tanks into the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia today as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin declared “the war has started”.

1,400 reported dead. Georgia to withdraw troops from Iraq for use in South Ossetia.

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “War started today in South Ossetia when Georgia attacked Russian peacekeepers in the disputed region.”

Georgian President Mikhail Saakasvili told CNN: “Russia is fighting a war with us in our own territory.

Witnesses claim Tskhinvali is devastated. “I saw bodies lying on the streets, around ruined buildings, in cars,” said one.

“It’s impossible to count them now. There is hardly a single building left undamaged.”

The Georgian government said it will try to protect Russian peacekeepers who are in the disputed region. However Russia claims 10 Russian peacekeepers have already been killed. (Source: Belfast Telegraph)