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  • Gay Rights Protests Follow Gergiev to Carnegie Hall

    10/11/2013 7:25:53 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 13 replies
    ArtsBeat ^ | 10/10/2013 | MICHAEL COOPER
    . The furor in the West over Russia’s new law placing restrictions on the discussion of homosexuality continues to dog the conductor Valery Gergiev, who is one of Russia’s most important cultural exports these days. Mr. Gergiev, a prominent supporter of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who signed the law, drew protests Thursday night at Carnegie Hall, just as he did last month at the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera. Shortly after Mr. Gergiev walked onto the stage at Carnegie Hall to begin leading the celebrated Mariinsky Orchestra in a program of three Stravinsky ballets, the concert was...
  • Egypt crisis: Mansour appoints ElBaradei as interim PM

    07/06/2013 12:02:34 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 July 2013 Last updated at 14:25 ET
    Leading liberal Egyptian politician Mohamed ElBaradei has been named interim prime minister. He was appointed following crisis talks led by President Adly Mahmud Mansour - three days after the army removed Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi amid growing nationwide unrest. The move has in turn triggered mass unrest by supporters of Mr Morsi. Mr ElBaradei - a former head of the UN's nuclear watchdog - is expected to be sworn in later on Saturday. He and other party leaders attended a meeting called by Mr Mansour on Saturday. Mr ElBaradei leads an alliance of liberal and left-wing parties, the National Salvation...
  • Soaping The Slippery Slope (who perverted our Universities)

    09/08/2012 11:44:42 AM PDT · by Broker · 9 replies
    World Magazine ^ | Aug. 25, 2010 | Marvin Olasky
    What happened to so many once-Christian colleges in the United States? Two fine books describe the decline. George Marsden's 462-page The Soul of the American University shows how once-Protestant universities became secular look-alikes. James Burtchaell's The Dying of the Light: The Disengagement of Colleges and Universities from Their Christian Churches uses 868 pages to show not only how schools moved from liberal theism to secularism but how, before that, they moved from theologically conservative to liberal I'll try to give the high points of 1,330 pages in fewer than 1,330 words: Three central messages are (1) Follow the money, (2)...
  • Police: Black man tells white official ‘I hate all white people’

    07/19/2012 5:43:50 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 34 replies
    WPXI ^ | July 19, 2012
    <p>Police have charged a black man with harassing a Pittsburgh-area borough official by screaming "I hate white people" as the woman arrived early for a council meeting.</p> <p>Carnegie police filed harassment and disorderly conduct charges Tuesday against 40-year-old David Settles, of Carnegie, stemming from the July 9 encounter with Carnegie borough Councilwoman Carol Covi.</p>
  • "The New Leviathan: HOW LEFT-WING MONEY ... SHAPES American Politics & THREATENS America's Future"

    07/09/2012 3:13:45 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 3 replies
    C SPAN 2 Book TV ^ | June 22, 2012 | David Horowitz
    "The New Leviathan:""How the Left-Wing Money-Machine Shapes American Politics""and Threatens America's Future" By David Horowitz and Jacob Laksin David Horowitz contends that tax-exempt organizations of the political left,who present themselves are more aligned with the concerns of the poor and working class than conservative groups and the Republican Party, have assets over 100 hundred billion dollars and outspend conservatives seven to one. The author argues that the Left has used their finances to promote a progressive agenda that has transformed the political landscape. David Horowitz speaks at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles.
  • Decoding India's MMRCA Decision

    06/02/2011 9:23:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Force Magazine, India ^ | June 3, 2011 | Ashley J. Tellis
    Decoding India's MMRCA Decision Ashley J. Tellis Force, June 3, 2011 India ’s rejection of the F-16IN Super Viper and the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in its hotly contested medium multirole combat aircraft (MMRCA) competition has disappointed many in the United States. Because there were great expectations that New Delhi would leverage this fly-off to cement its strategic partnership with Washington — particularly in the aftermath of the herculean American efforts to consummate the civilian nuclear cooperation agreement — India’s selection of two European platforms, the Eurofighter and the Rafale, as the finalists for the multirole component of its air force...
  • The Root of Sexism

    03/08/2011 9:28:29 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 8, 2011 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The very quarter which pumps out reams of studies on the dangers of sexism can’t get its collective mind off the root of that word. “A few weeks into the term, Deborah Stearns asks her Montgomery College students to do something they’ve probably never done in a classroom before: to name all of the sexual terms that they know, no matter how vulgar or taboo they might be,” Rachel Louise Ensign wrote in the March 11, 2011 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.”By the end of the class, the students have put together a lengthy and varied list.” “I...
  • The Muslim Brotherhood's Long-Standing War On The West (US Politicians)

    02/02/2011 10:18:40 PM PST · by bronxville · 148 replies
    US Politicians Duped By The Brotherhood In the United States, one individual maintained a pretense of "moderation" which would later embarrass the left and the right. According to the testimony of Dr. Michael Waller to the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Abdurahman Alamoudi was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. A man born in Eritrea in 1951, he arrived in the US in 1979 and became a naturalized US citizen on May 23, 1996. From 1985 onwards he became involved in many Muslim groups. In 1990 he founded the Washington DC-based American Muslim Council (AMC), which Waller states "has...
  • A Beck inspired 'blackboard' on left wing funding from foundations to public media and more

    03/12/2010 5:37:18 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 17 replies · 1,087+ views
    After creating a huge post regarding all the different ways that the left shuffles funding around towards NPR, I realized it was probably a bit too long and I thought there might be a better way. So here is a visual which should help make it easier:
  • Tracking Left wing funding of NPR

    01/02/2010 5:41:39 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 40 replies · 3,045+ views
    As you start to read all this, you'll laugh at how incestuous it all gets. Let's start with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which as I've noted in the past is tied in with the Soros foundation. Together, the two worked on something called The Project on Death in America.(PDIA) http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2341083/posts And speaking of Mr Soros, he himself(his foundations) have given directly to NPR. Compared to some of the other numbers I'm seeing, it's a small amount of $250,000. But it doesn't matter. Soros money is soros money in my book. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2396058/posts Additional information about RWJF can be found here....
  • Mike Ditka for Senate, again

    01/06/2009 4:15:50 PM PST · by Salena Zito · 14 replies · 832+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 44th Estate ^ | January 6, 2009 | salena zito
    Mike Ditka has been a lot of things in life, including that man that could have possibly beaten then Illinois state senator Barack Obama when he ran for U.S. Senate in 2004. Instead Ditka chose not to run because of business obligations, Alan Keyes did the honors and we all know how that turned out. The Pittsburgh native, Republican, and accomplished former NFL player, television commentator, and coach is now being ‘drafted’ once again to run to fill the seat vacated by Obama. A seat that remains open despite Gov. Blagojevich’s perfectly legal (yet tainted) appointment of former Illinois attorney...
  • Maimonides: Patron Saint of Venture Capitalism

    12/29/2008 8:34:57 PM PST · by lpmorrow · 2 replies · 472+ views
    Democracy Project blog ^ | 12-28-08 | Laurie Morrow
    Suppose you were standing on the stairs outside the New York Public Library, beside Leo Astor or Leo Lenox, who gaze with serene, marbled regard across the exuberant pandemonium of Midtown Manhattan. Suppose, also, you were to ask the panoply of patrons passing by to name the fictional character who best captures the essence of capitalism. Chances are, the names you’d hear most often would be of miserly or unscrupulous figures—Dickens’ unredeemed Ebenezer Scrooge, for example, or Gordon (“Greed is Good!”) Gecko, from the movie Wall Street. Even in December, no one heading up to the Main Reading Room is...
  • National Tartan Day, 2008

    04/04/2008 6:36:30 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 94 replies · 290+ views
    The White House ^ | April 4, 2008 | GEORGE W. BUSH
    A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America Americans of Scottish descent have made enduring contributions to our Nation with their hard work, faith, and values. On National Tartan Day, we celebrate the spirit and character of Scottish Americans and recognize their many contributions to our culture and our way of life. Scotland and the United States have long shared ties of family and friendship, and many of our country's most cherished customs and ideals first grew to maturity on Scotland's soil. The Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish Declaration of Independence signed in 1320, embodied the Scots'...
  • Father of wolf victim relieved to have answers

    11/04/2007 10:21:55 PM PST · by george76 · 54 replies · 327+ views
    CBC News ^ | November 2, 2007
    The father of an Ontario man killed in a wolf attack in northern Saskatchewan says it's a relief to finally have the truth come out. A coroner's jury in Prince Albert ruled Thursday that wolves killed Kenton Carnegie in November 2005. The 22-year-old University of Waterloo engineering student had been on a work-term ... An expert, who prepared a report for the coroner's office, said it was more likely a bear killed Carnegie. But in the end, the jury dismissed that notion, declaring it a wolf attack. "Kenton was an honest man," he said. "His life was honest, we didn't...
  • Wolves Suspected in Death of 22-year-old Ontario Man

    10/17/2007 7:30:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 67 replies · 221+ views
    Epoch Times International ^ | Nov 17, 2005 | Stephanie West
    Last week, the body of 22-year-old Kenton Joel Carnegie was found near Wollaston Lake in Northern Saskatchewan mauled to death by what is suspected to have been wolves. "All of the injuries discovered in the autopsy are consistent with animal bites. But you can't completely rule everything out until the investigation is complete," Heather Russel, spokesperson for the RCMP told CBC. Although the type of animal bite has not been confirmed, suspicions run high that they were that of wolves. Tracks were found near the body, and locals have been reporting a growing number of close encounters with wolves. Carnegie...
  • U.S. fund awards Russian who died trying to save child

    07/07/2007 4:43:21 AM PDT · by JohnA · 8 replies · 747+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | Jul 7, 2007 | RIA Novosti
    MOSCOW, July 6 (RIA Novosti) - A Carnegie fund commission in the U.S. awarded a medal for heroism Friday to a Russian man who died trying to save a girl from falling into a canyon. Vitaly Tsikoza, 41, of Novosibirsk fell 140 meters (450 feet) to his death trying to save three-year-old Paulina Filippova at American Fork Canyon in Utah on September 24, 2006. The Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission meets five times annually to choose honorees. Since the fund was established in 1904, over 9,000 people have received heroism medals.
  • Ancient Meets Modern In Unique Effort

    03/01/2006 8:09:40 AM PST · by KMJames · 2 replies · 223+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | 3-1-06 | Jennifer Bails
    Ancient Meets Modern In Unique Effort ...In their quest to become better doctors, University of Pittsburgh medical students soon could put aside their human cadavers for a few hours each week to study dinosaur bones and other fossils. Officials from Pitt's School of Medicine and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History plan to announce a unique partnership today that will allow aspiring physicians to take courses at the museum. In return, museum scientists will have access to the university's CT scanners, electron microscopes and other medical technology to analyze their vast collection of specimens... ...The course will cover the evolutionary...
  • CONSERVATIVE AND PROLIFE PROFESSOR AWARDED PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

    11/25/2005 6:42:57 AM PST · by Lawrence Roberge · 39 replies · 969+ views
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: November 17, 2005 Jill Minette, CASE, 202-478-5666 Professor Lawrence Roberge, 413-547-8448 NATIONAL HONORS FOR TOP PROFESSOR IN CONNECTICUT (Washington, DC)-The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education have named Lawrence F. Roberge at Goodwin College the 2005 Connecticut Professor of the Year. Professor Roberge was selected from among nearly 400 top professors in the United States. Professor Roberge was the Chair of the Science Dept and Associate Professor of Science at Goodwin College from 2003 until 2005. During his tenure, he organized the construction of science labs...
  • Funding Hate - Foundations and the Radical Hispanic Lobby, Part I

    06/04/2005 8:22:58 AM PDT · by TERMINATTOR · 18 replies · 774+ views
    THE AMERICAN RESISTANCE FOUNDATION ^ | Fall 2000 | Joseph Fallon
    In today's Orwellian America, where all groups are equal, but some groups are more equal than others, four radical "Hispanic" organizations — League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA), and National Council of La Raza (La Raza) — champion discrimination against non-Hispanics in general and European-Americans in particular. In most cases funded by the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations and in all cases abetted by the U.S. government, LULAC, MALDEF, MEChA, and La Raza are "politically correct" hate mongers. These four organizations, which form the core of...
  • New Technique Produces 10-carat Diamond

    05/16/2005 3:19:04 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 80 replies · 2,978+ views
    Crystal-clear material is better for optics, scientific applications May 16, 2005 Researchers at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, D.C. have produced 10-carat, half-inch thick single-crystal diamonds at rapid growth rates (100 micrometers per hour) using a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process. The size is approximately five times that of commercially available diamonds produced by the standard high-pressure/high-temperature (HPHT) method and other CVD techniques. In addition, the team has made colorless single-crystal diamonds, transparent from the ultraviolet to infrared wavelengths with their CVD process. Most HPHT synthetic diamond is yellow and most CVD diamond is brown, limiting their optical applications. Colorless...
  • View from the Left: Immigration Should be a Liberal Issue

    05/16/2005 5:47:01 AM PDT · by SJackson · 31 replies · 767+ views
    Hillary gets it. Hillary Clinton says she's against illegal immigration. And she would fine employers who hire illegal aliens. Pundits say the New York Democrat is using this hot-button issue to position herself for the 2008 presidential election. It's a way to hit Republicans from the right. Polls show huge majorities of both Republicans and Democrats oppose illegal immigration -- and are frustrated that President Bush won't do a thing to stop it. But this issue does not belong to the right. Or it shouldn't. Illegal immigration hurts most liberal causes. It depresses wages, crushes unions and kills all hope...
  • Mexico to Send Protest Letter to U.S. (about extention of wall at California-Mexico border)

    05/14/2005 10:21:08 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 41 replies · 1,202+ views
    AP ^ | May 13, 2005 | TRACI CARL
    MEXICO CITY - Mexico will send a diplomatic letter to the United States protesting the extension of a wall along the U.S.-California border, officials said Friday. Ruben Aguilar, a spokesman for President Vicente Fox, said the president would also continue to pressure the U.S. government to approve a migration accord that would allow more migrants to work legally north of the border. President Bush proposed a temporary work program last year, but it has stalled amid opposition in Congress. Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez said Thursday that Fox had instructed him to send the diplomatic letter with the message...
  • Campaign Finance Reform Conspiracy - (John McCain willing dupe of Soros-backed group?)

    04/17/2005 2:33:45 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 6 replies · 617+ views
    THE NEW AMERICAN.COM ^ | APRIL 2, 2005 | WILLIAM NORMAN GRIGG
    I'm going to tell you a story that I've never told any reporter," stated Sean Treglia, a former program officer of the Pew Charitable Trusts, during a March 2004 conference at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. "Now that I'm several months away from Pew and we have campaign finance reform, I can tell this story." Speaking to an audience of the initiated, Treglia described how the crusade for campaign finance reform was “an immense scam perpetrated on the American people by a cadre of left-wing foundations and disguised as a ‘mass movement,’” wrote New...
  • WSJ: The Billionaire's Boon -- Why George Soros loves John McCain

    11/03/2004 5:32:40 AM PST · by OESY · 3 replies · 363+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 3, 2004 | Editorial
    [O]ne big loser was... McCain-Feingold campaign finance "reform".... Preliminary reports say a record $3.9 billion was spent on this year's Presidential and Congressional campaigns, 30% more than four years ago. Instead of severing the supposedly corrupting links between big money and politics, the reform's main effect has been merely to channel the cash through different political hands, and with less accountability. ...McCain-Feingold has succeeded in the narrow goal of staunching the flow of contributions from corporations, Big Labor and wealthy individuals to the two major political parties. Labor unions have turned more of their attention to voter registration and turnout....
  • John McCain Gets Soros Cash

    03/11/2005 8:59:18 AM PST · by edcoil · 142 replies · 6,390+ views
    DiscovertheNetwork.org / Moonbat Central ^ | March 10, 2005 | Richard Poe
    <p>Senator John McCain's Reform Institute has suffered some bad press recently due to its involvement in an influence-peddling scandal with Cablevision. As usual, however, mainstream media have failed to go to the root of the matter.</p> <p>Founded on June 26, 2001, McCain's Reform Institute for Campaign and Election Issues has long served as a nerve center for the so-called "campaign finance reform"movement - a movement which has done nothing to clean up campaign finance, but has done a great deal to empower federal judges and government bureaucrats to regulate political speech, in defiance of the Bill of Rights.</p>
  • John McCain Gets Soros Cash

    03/10/2005 3:51:21 PM PST · by Alexander Nevsky · 12 replies · 998+ views
    DiscovertheNetwork.org / Moonbat Central ^ | March 10, 2005 | Richard Poe
    Senator John McCain's Reform Institute has suffered some bad press recently due to its involvement in an influence-peddling scandal with Cablevision. As usual, however, mainstream media have failed to go to the root of the matter. Founded on June 26, 2001, McCain's Reform Institute for Campaign and Election Issues has long served as a nerve center for the so-called "campaign finance reform" movement – a movement which has done nothing to clean up campaign finance, but has done a great deal to empower federal judges and government bureaucrats to regulate political speech, in defiance of the Bill of Rights. Now...
  • Mexico's Fox toughens talk on U.S. immigration law

    05/14/2005 8:21:13 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 202 replies · 2,887+ views
    Drudgereport ^ | May 13, 11:29 PM (ET) | Rueters
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Vicente Fox called recent U.S. measures to stem illegal immigration a step back for bilateral relations on Friday and said Mexican migrants do jobs "that not even blacks want to do." In comments likely to raise the temperature of the immigration debate, Fox defended the role of undocumented Mexican workers in the United States to a group of Texas business people meeting in Mexico. "There is no doubt that Mexicans, filled with dignity, willingness and ability to work are doing jobs that not even blacks want to do there in the United States," he...
  • Leftist Foundations Under Fire

    05/12/2005 5:13:00 PM PDT · by AZ_Cowboy · 12 replies · 1,077+ views
    FrontPage ^ | 5/12/05 | William A. Schambra
    The news media's treatment of foundation involvement in public policy may have changed forever on March 17. That was the day the New York Post published "Buying 'Reform': Media Missed Millionaires' Scam," an account by one of its columnists, Ryan Sager, of the massive spending by several mainstream foundations to secure passage of the 2002 overhaul of campaign-finance laws and to keep the issue alive. Mr. Sager told his readers he had discovered "an immense scam perpetrated on the American people by a cadre of left-wing foundations and disguised as a 'mass movement.'" Foundations like Ford, Open Society, Carnegie, Joyce,...
  • Conclusions of the U.S.-Mexico Migration Panel

    05/12/2005 5:55:18 PM PDT · by JesseJane · 128 replies · 2,086+ views
    Caregie Endowment for International Peace/Global Policy Program website ^ | February 15, 2001 | Caregie Endowment for International Peace / Kerry Boyd
    Carnegie Endowment for International PeaceGlobal Policy Program International Migration Policy Program /event On February 15, 2001, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace International Migration Policy Program hosted a breakfast briefing featuring three members of the U.S.-Mexico Migration Panel, which released a report on February 14 to U.S. President George W. Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox including proposals to change and improve the relationship of the U.S. and Mexico regarding migration. Speakers included Demetri Papademetriou, Co-Director of the International Migration Policy Program and the U.S. Convenor of the panel; Frank Sharry, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum; and B....
  • Carnegie Policemen use Call of The Wild to roust home intruder

    03/29/2005 2:06:55 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 13 replies · 495+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | 03/24/05 | Brandon Keat
    Susan Barefoot cried fowl Wednesday morning when an oversized intruder burst into her Carnegie home.The prowler, a large wild turkey, crashed through the kitchen window of the home on Federal Avenue moments after Barefoot stepped away from the sink to go to the bathroom.....
  • A High-Risk Nuclear Stakeout(Pakistani nuke transfers to Libya)

    02/27/2005 8:22:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 802+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 27/2/05 | Douglas Frantz
    A High-Risk Nuclear Stakeout The U.S. took too long to act, some experts say, letting a Pakistani scientist sell illicit technology well after it knew of his operation. By Douglas Frantz, Times Staff Writer WASHINGTON — Nuclear warhead plans that Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan sold to Libya were more complete and detailed than previously disclosed, raising new concerns about the cost of Washington's watch-and-wait policy before Khan and his global black market were shut down last year. Two Western nuclear weapons specialists who have examined the top-secret designs say the hundreds of pages of engineering drawings and handwritten notes...
  • No peace from Gorbachev

    11/12/2004 8:43:05 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 6 replies · 357+ views
    CFP ^ | November 12, 2004 | Judi McLeod
    Funded-by-Americans, former Soviet Union Leader Mikhail Gorbachev thumbs his nose at American authority. On Wednesday, Gorbachev will award a prize, through the international foundation he founded and operates, to a man expelled from the United States only last September. The singer once known as Cat Stevens, now Yusuf Islam, was nabbed and expelled from the U.S. after authorities diverted his London-to-Washington flight to Maine to remove him, on suspicion of ties to terrorism. On Wednesday, Islam, who converted to Islam in the 1970s, will be handed the Man for Peace award in Rome, where he’ll be feted by Gorbachev and...
  • The Chechens' American friends

    09/09/2004 1:29:43 AM PDT · by konijn · 13 replies · 811+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday September 8, 2004 | John Laughland
    The Chechens' American friends The Washington neocons' commitment to the war on terror evaporates in Chechnya, whose cause they have made their own John Laughland Wednesday September 8, 2004 The Guardian An enormous head of steam has built up behind the view that President Putin is somehow the main culprit in the grisly events in North Ossetia. Soundbites and headlines such as "Grief turns to anger", "Harsh words for government", and "Criticism mounting against Putin" have abounded, while TV and radio correspondents in Beslan have been pressed on air to say that the people there blame Moscow as much as...
  • Arabs For Israel at Carnegie Mellon University

    05/24/2004 2:53:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies · 224+ views
    Arabs for Israel ^ | May 24, 2004 | Nonie Darwish
    On November 20th 2003 I spoke at Carnegie Mellon University at a lecture series entitled "Arabs for Israel," sponsored by the Young Zionist Organization of America. The idea of this series is to show that there are Arabs and/or Muslims who feel positively about, and support Israel. The series started with a talk by Ishmael Khaldi, “My experience as a Bedouin Growing up in Israel.” Ishmael Khaldi is a proud Bedouin Israeli. Khaldi is also Muslim, and was born the third of eleven children in a Bedouin family in the village of Khawalid, northeast of Haifa. He grew up in...
  • The Bad News Is Good News for Democrats

    10/30/2003 5:31:08 AM PST · by OESY · 28 replies · 251+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 30, 2003 | CHRISTOPHER MARQUIS
    WASHINGTON — Iraq is a mess, the world resents America and its debt-burdened economy is an international embarrassment. That was the Democratic perspective voiced at a conference that ended here on Wednesday, that things could hardly be more grim. "The bad news is, we're headed in the wrong direction" said Sandy Berger, President Clinton's last national security adviser. "The worse news is we can't afford it." So why, then, was there a smile on Mr. Berger's jowly face? Why was John Podesta, the former Clinton chief of staff, standing in the wings and shouting "Tremendous!" into a cellphone? And wasn't...