Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Dan Abrams: 'CNN should have called it what it was, a defense of Islamic fundamentalism and the worst type of moral relativism.'

MSNBC's Dan Abrams Slams CNN's Holy WarThe video to the right (click it to watch) speaks to the title, but consider this a small round-up on CNN's three-part miniseries "God's Warriors" hosted by Christiane Amanpour.

Starting with Camera:
God's Jewish Warriors — CNN's Abomination

God's Muslim Warriors — CNN's Double Standard

God's Christian Warriors — CNN Slurs Christians

Video of the three shows are up on YouTube. There are a numerous clips, so it's best to search for them by specific show. Here's the first set on God's jewish Warriors. Here's the second set on God's Muslim Warriors. Here's the third set on God's Christian Warriors.

I liked Jaibones' comment on Allah's post at HotAir.com:
If any part of Christiane Amanpour’s piece were accurate and objectively representative of the truth, then her bruised and bloated body would have been found in a dusty, filthy alleyway, headless, and her hooded head would be found a mile away on a pike.

Muslims = terrorists and murderers, thousands of examples, sickening even to read about. Theocrats with religious imperial dreams of a worldwide caliphate.

Christians = peaceniks with an ancient and checkered history of governmental excesses, and a present day reality of universally positive outreach to poor people in communities all over the world. Some hilarious and widely reported incidents of sexual hypocrisy and abuse.

Jews = a small tribe of ancient peoples with roots in the cradle of civilization near Jerusalem and an astonishing history of persecution, the forefathers of the Christian religion, and a present day that is largely secular and wildly diverse, but also religious and sometimes orthodox faith, hunkered down in a UN-created nation surrounded by Koranimals. They are supported militarily by the hyperpower U.S., and willing to defend themselves to the death.

Here's the official site for the series.

CNN Presents - God's Warriors

Robert Knight has a nice piece up at Townhall.com called CNN’s God’s Christian Warriors Leaves Viewers… Scared:
One of these days, CNN will have to dispense with the ominous music it uses for Christian documentaries and go for the full effect, using the Jaws soundtrack.

Last night, in the third segment of a six-hour series called God’s Warriors, CNN served up a two-hour, heady brew of fear, distortion and manipulative media techniques to paint a scary picture of conservative Christians in America.

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If all this comes to pass, the public schools might have to start admitting that they break for “Christmas” in December, and stop teaching kids that promiscuous sex is inevitable and as wholesome for them as Cheerios.

Amanpour devotes much of the program to grassroots Christian political activism, leaving the impression that conservative Christianity is all about politics. In fact, politics is a side issue to most Christian believers. At one point, she opines: “God’s Christian warriors know where they want the country to go. And they’re not going to stop fighting until their battle is won.”

The takeaway message? Secular-minded Americans, you had better do something, because these Christian warriors are power-hungry and coming for your freedoms.

Not surprisingly, NewsBusters has been all over it. Here are some of their posts to check out:

MSNBC's Abrams Hits CNN's Amanpour for Defending Islamic Fundamentalism, by Brad Wilmouth

On CNN, Muslim ‘Warrior’ Gets Sympathetic Treatment, Christians Are ‘Totalitarian’, by Matthew Balan

CNN Tries to Make Monkeys Out of God's 'Christian Warriors', by Robert Knight

CNN’s 'God's Warriors' Reflects MSM’s Bias Against 'Big 3' Faiths, by Matthew Balan

Liberal Former NBC Staffer Critiques CNN's 'God's Warriors', by Ken Shepherd

MSNBC's Hall Defends CNN's 'God's Warriors': Christians, Jews Could Turn Violent, by Mark Finkelstein

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Slams CNN Specials on Christian, Jewish Extremism, by Scott Whitlock

CNN’s Upcoming Miniseries Equates Christian Activists With Taliban?, by Matthew Balan

For Upcoming Special, CNN Equated Suicide Bombing 'Martyrs' with Christian Youth Group, by Lynn Davidson

CNN Presents - God's WarriorsAnd here's a finishing quote from Amanpour herself back in June:
You know, it's really nice, but I really strongly feel -- and I feel more and more -- that our job is simply to stick to the basics of what this profession is about. It's about reporting without fear nor favor. It's about recognizing the serious in this world and going out and telling the stories, giving a voice to those who don't have a voice, and just simply trying to tell the truth, because our viewers really want it, they really deserve it. And, you know, whether it's against dictators, or whether it's in elected governments, we must always remember that our job is not to be part of the propaganda campaign, but to report without fear nor favor, because if we don't, we can get really into a big disaster. And I, as you know, feel very strongly that that's what happened in the lead-up to the Iraq war.

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Jackie Mason on Political Correctness:

The Ultimate Jew:


Right on Jackie!

Recent related: Baron Bodissey takes a shot at Ten Postulates of Political Correctness:
1. America is uniquely evil.
2. America is never justified in defending itself.
3. Illiterate people from poor societies are superior to Americans.
4. The Earth would be better off without human beings.
5. Making a profit is always immoral.
6. Differences between individuals or groups are unfair.
7. For Designated Victim Groups, strong feelings excuse all behavior.
8. Policies informed by Judæo-Christian principles are inherently suspect.
9. Conservatives are hypocrites; liberals are sincere.
10. There are no acts of God; there are only acts of Government.
Read the details here.

Unfriendly Skies

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Debunking Universal Health Care

I agree with Glenn:

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Michelle Malkin and Tom Tancredo on illegal immigration... and a Beck bonus

Michelle nails it in the talking points as she hosts The Factor tonight:


And, Glenn Beck from a couple of days ago on Elvira Arellano:


Both. Spot. On.

Mark Steyn wonders where our sanctuary city is.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Noel Sheppard: Bill Moyers makes me sick... (updated) - Is this the kind of biased reporting our tax dollars should be paying for?

Bill Moyers Claims: Rove Turned Religion Into a Weapon of Political CombatI agree Noel:
How utterly disgraceful. Yet, maybe more sick-making is the number of Americans that applaud such vitriol aimed at their fellow citizens.

Forgive me, but I need to go hug my children, and remind myself that not everybody in this country supports this kind of anti-American propaganda.
From the comments of Noel's post:
Working for Lyndon Johnson way back when Moyers midwived the birth of the attack ad and divisive politics in 1964 campaign against Barry Goldwater. Now Moyers has lived long enough and spouted enough liberal pieties and bristled with sufficient self righteous indignation that he's an icon to the lefties, absolutely peerless and incorruptible in their eyes. I suppose one has to admit that is some kind of triumph, to have outlived one's own stink.
Update: Moyers gets spanked by his own ombudsman:
You know it's bad when your own ombudsman compares you to Richard Nixon, or suggests that you need an ombudsman devoted only to you. But that's exactly what PBS Ombud Michael Getler has been pushed to with the latest Bill Moyers "editorial"
Niiiice.

The PBS Ombudsman Column talks about The Gift That Keeps on Giving. Rove on Wallace:
"If someone says he is a believer, why is that not accepted? He (Moyers) has decided he will be the judge and the jury about whether I'm a believer. He attributes this to unknown parties and then defends it in a letter to Chris Wallace, with no personal interface with me at all. How does the San Antonio Express know? They don't. They don't know me well. He (Moyers) then relies on a blogger who says 'I could be wrong here.' Well, he is wrong."
And here's video of Wallace on Moyers on Rove from this morning (8/26):


And there's more from Noel... Is this the kind of biased reporting our tax dollars should be paying for?:
Has Bill Moyers become PBS's Jack Cafferty, Bill Maher, Rosie O'Donnell, and Keith Olbermann all rolled into one crusading, Bush-hating, anti-war propagandist funded by American tax dollars?

After all, on Friday, he followed up last week's disgraceful rant about Karl Rove with an eight-minute segment on how "The Bush White House has launched a massive new P.R. campaign with the message: the surge in Iraq is working. Let's stay the course!"

In it, Moyers offered not one shred of balance to this completely anti-war report by totally ignoring recent statements from liberal think tank members, leading Democrats, and military officials indicating that conditions in Iraq are indeed improving.

Instead, Moyers disgracefully suggested that the White House is misleading Americans about the surge in much the same way it did weapons of mass destruction; mocked military recruiting ads and techniques, and; cited a British newspaper claiming our army is crippled by fatigue. A full transcript of this abomination follows with video available here for those that can stomach it:
Click here for the rest of Noel's post.

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Friday, August 17, 2007

San Francisco vs. Michael Savage

Pictures From The Rally Against Savage Radio talk show host Michael Savage is being run out of town in San Francisco. Videos of the protest here.

Let's start with Scott Rogers from the Conservative Voice:
... After listening to some of what the Savage protesters had to say, I was convinced that these people are brain washed. They are being led to believe that conservatives are anti-immigrant and racist. They are wrong. Conservatives are not anti-immigrant, we are anti ILLEGAL immigrant. We are not racist, nor is Michael Savage. We have no problem with our LEGAL immigrants from Latin America, although that seems to be few and far between these days. We also have no problem with immigrants who follow our laws by coming here legally, instead of breaking the law on their first day in this country by crossing the border illegally! Illegal immigrants should be given no special treatment, no free rides and certainly no free college educations. The longer Congress waits to take care of this problem, the sooner local governments will begin acting on their own. I still wonder why we have immigration laws that we do not enforce. Yet when we have a man like Michael Savage expressing himself, the FIRST Amendment is ignored. Figure that one out.

Now to Michael Medved:
[R]egardless of my disagreements with the man’s style and substance, he’s absolutely right to stand up to bullying and intimidation by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Whenever a governmental official attempts to silence a journalist or commentator, then all those committed to free speech – whether conservatives, moderates or liberals – ought to protest vigorously against this clear-cut abuse of authority.

And World Net Daily chimes in with Government slams radio talk-show host for his stand against illegal immigration:
"You are protected by this civil rights act because you are the victim of the same type of mob terror that (the) Klan used to inflict," wrote Horowitz. "This terror is being organized against you simply because people do not like what you say. Translated into legal language, you are being attacked by a type of terrorist because you have exercised your First Amendment rights."

Horowitz wrote: "The Klansman in your case is wearing a suit and not a white robe. He is doing his dirty work under the hood of his elected position instead of under the coward's hood of the Klan."
Michael Savage is fantastic. Listen to him here 9pm-midnight M-F EST.

YouTube search here.

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Friday feel good: Looks can be deceiving...

From today's play of the day over at All Pro Dad:
We all subscribe to the theory that we should look beyond a person’s looks and lot in life to see what he is really made of. In truth, we’re not very good at it. Want to teach your children the value of looking beyond the outside into the soul of a person? Watch this video clip with them and discuss it:

I'm obviously way late on this clip... there's already been almost 10,000,000 viewers over at YouTube, but did anyone else get goosebumps? Very cool.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Alligators are not green, and Iraqis are making plenty of political progress...

Three Marks on the HorizonPlease read Michael Yon's latest titled Three Marks on the Horizon:
False advertising is afoot. I write these words from Indonesia, soaking wet, having just returned from photographing rice paddies in a pouring rain, wearing a Florida Gators shirt. That means there is a green alligator on my chest. While supporting my team, my shirt perpetuates the myth that alligators are green, when in fact they are black when wet, gray when dry.The mantra that “there is no political progress in Iraq” is rapidly becoming the “surge” equivalent of a green alligator: when enough people repeat something that sounds plausible, but also happens to be false, it becomes accepted as fact. The more often it is repeated—and the larger the number of people repeating it—the harder it is to convince anyone of the truth...

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Large numbers of Iraqis detested us after the prisoner abuse stories, and some over-the-top attacks on Fallujah, for example. But through time, somehow the American military has managed to establish a moral authority in Iraq. It’s not the only authority, but the military has serious and increasing moral clout. In the beginning, our influence flowed from guns, or dropped from the wings of jets. Later it was the money. Today, the clout still is partially from the gun, and definitely the money is key, but there is an intangible and growing moral clout and it flows from an increasing respect among Iraqis for our military. Washington has no moral clout in Iraq. Washington looks like a circus act. The authority is coming from our military. The importance of this fact would be difficult to overstate.

Also, here's some recent video from Michael:
This is night vision video footage of the launch of Javelin missiles, as told in the dispatch, "Rattlesnake," on Michael Yon's Online Magazine. C Company of the Duke of Lancasters infantry was part of a coordinated ambush on insurgents emplacing IED's along the roads in Southern Iraq. This is only one small element in a mission that involved multiple units attacking from different positions.

Read the full story here.

Related: From Dennis Prager's latest - If It's Bad for America, It's Good for Democrats:
The most obvious area in which this rule currently applies is the war in Iraq. The Democrats have put themselves in the position of needing failure in Iraq in order to win the next election. And again, perceptions matter more than reality. Even if America is doing better in the war, what matters most for the Democrats are Americans' perceptions of the war. The worse the stories from Iraq, the better for Democrats.

That helps to explain why the mainstream media, who ache for a Democratic victory, feature stories of wounded American soldiers, grieving families of killed soldiers and atrocity stories - such as the apparently fictitious story printed in the New Republic. But they almost never feature stories about military heroism and altruism. Americans read and watch far more stories about soldiers who commit atrocities than about soldiers who commit heroic actions and who show love to Iraqi civilians.
Read it all.

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Doug Giles and Robert Spencer on Spencer's latest book: Religion of Peace: Why Christianity is and Islam Isn’t...

New Vent: Michelle interviews Robert Spencer about Religion of Peace: Why Christianity is and Islam Isn’tDoug Giles always has his own brilliant twist to add, and it's usually not subtle.

His latest column titled Christianity Sucks and Islam is Awesome? is no exception, and it pairs up perfectly with Michelle Malkin's latest Vent - an interview with Robert Spencer about his latest (7th) book.

Click the image or the link above for Michelle's interview with Spencer over at HotAir.

Here's the closing thrust from Doug Giles' column:
Giles: Christianity Sucks and Islam is Awesome?Listen, 21st century truth reconstructors . . . you’ve gotta relax. Please do us all a favor and go get healed from your bad Sunday school experience and lay down your church grinding axe. Thinking people aren’t buying the “Christianity = Islam” smack.

Get real, Goofy. You and I both know that regardless of what a few loopy CINO’s (Christians in name only) have done via violence in the name of the Father that it is not in the body of Christian doctrine to hack off the noggin of the obstreperous. There’s not even an obscure passage in the Book of Revelation that some demented clod could twist like your Gumby doll to make the Christian scripture green light your demise or anyone else’s. Additionally, Christians aren’t longing for TBN to replace DC as our nation’s headquarters.

So chill, you shrill shredders of Christianity.

On the flip side, it is within the pages of the Koran to convert, conquer or kill non-Islamic people. And I’m a thinkin’ that no matter how much you work to besmirch Christianity and misinform on behalf of militant Islam, that if they had it their way, you, the secularist, would be a deceased grease stain on God’s green earth.

Therefore, gay guy, loosen that neckerchief and relax on the anti-Christian rhetoric, okay? Atheists, dial down and go back to studying monkeys (or whatever you do) and secularists, switch to decaf and exhale because you guys are barking up the wrong tree in trying to paint Christians as a coercive, could-be-violent, cabal like, militant Islam.

Radical Muslims, on the other hand, are the ones you need to sweat—because their book has zero tolerance for the likes of Sully and Jay—or anyone for that matter, who doesn’t lock step. You can bet your backside that if uncut Islam were in charge, Christopher Hitchens would be history, Drew Barrymore would be nevermore and Andrew Sullivan would never be seen again.

The Judeo-Christian worldview (and subsequently, the great western traditions it under girds) is the only powerful cudgel in existence to ward off militant Islam. That’s what makes the Left’s lies about Christ’s Church and the Left’s desires to diminish it so diabolical. If the church’s presence and power gets marginalized via these secularists’s anti-Christian propaganda, then all I’ve got to say is, “I hope everyone is cool with wearing burkhas.”
Check out Spencer at www.jihadwatch.org and on HotAir video.

You can find Doug Giles columns here and much more at www.clashradio.com.

Related: The Truth about Islamic Crusades and Imperialism

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Thursday, August 09, 2007

I am genuinely afraid that this political system will not react until we lose a city...

Newt is right. Please click the image to watch the video from CNN:

Newt at the National Press Club August 7, 2007

More from Newt on winning the war at home at the Iowa straw poll from Ames:

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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Charles J. Sykes: 50 Rules Kids Won't Learn in School

50 Rules Kids Won't Learn in SchoolCharles J. Sykes offers life lessons that are not included in the curriculum for most children today: honest advice about what they will encounter in the “real world” post-schooling and how their parents can help them best prepare—not with cushy self-esteem talks, but rather with honest challenges.

His 50 lessons are frank, sometimes harsh, and often hilarious, including:

#1 - Life is not fair. Get used to it.

#7 - If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure, so he tends to be a bit edgier. When you screw up, he’s not going to ask you how you FEEL about it.

#15 - Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping. They called it “opportunity.”

#42 - Change the oil.

#43 - Don’t let the success of other depress you.

#48 - Tell yourself the story of your life. Have a point.

Sykes elaborates on each of his points, creating a wise, no-nonsense guide for parents to help their children help themselves. Each rule is explored with wise, pithy examples that parents, grandparents, and teachers can use to help children help themselves succeed---in school and out of it.

A few more rules kids won’t learn in school:
#9 Your school may have done away with winners and losers. Life hasn’t.
#14 Looking like a slut does not empower you.
#29 Learn to deal with hypocrisy.
#32 Television is not real life.
#38 Look people in the eye when you meet them.
#47 You are not perfect, and you don’t have to be.
#50 Enjoy this while you can.

Order here.

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Quote of the day... (Minnesota bridge collapse - updated)

Sowell: A Bridge Too Far GoneThomas Sowell is spot-on, as usual:
"The real problem is that the political incentives are to spend the taxpayers’ money on things that will enhance politicians’ chances of getting re-elected. There may be enough money available to maintain bridges and other infrastructure but that same money can have a bigger political pay-off if spent building something new instead of maintaining and repairing existing structures."
Thanks to the Patriot Post for the quote and photo source.

Update: More on the bridge congressional collapse from Sen. Tom Coburn:
...It is undeniable that official Washington has “taken its eye off the ball” with respect to bridge safety, and a host of other issues. Yet, the true structural flaw in our political system is not insufficient spending, but misplaced priorities.

No area better illustrates Congress’ misplaced priorities than pork-barrel spending. The Federal Highway Administration declared the bridge “structurally deficient” in 1990 and directly warned Minnesota officials. Yet, since 1990, Congress has show more devotion to pork-barrel spending than repair work. ...
Read it all.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Excitement undermines happiness...

Happiness Is a Serious ProblemDennis Prager is right and wise as usual:
(listen here!)

If you want your children to be happy adults and even happy children - and what parent does not? - minimize the excitement in their lives. The more excitement, the less happy they are likely to be.

In both adults and children, one can either pursue excitement or pursue happiness, but one cannot do both. If you pursue excitement, you will not attain happiness. If you pursue happiness, you will still experience some moments of excitement, but you will attain happiness only if happiness, not excitement, is your goal.

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The solutions are as simple to offer as they may be difficult to enforce. Limit the amount of excitement in your children's lives: the amount of video games, the amount of non-serious television, the amount of music whose only aim is to excite. If they are bored, they will have to remedy that boredom by playing with friends, finding a hobby, talking to a family member, walking the dog, doing chores, reading a book or magazine, learning a musical instrument or foreign language, memorizing state capitals, writing a story or just their thoughts, exercising or playing a sport, or just thinking.

Dennis PragerThe younger the age from which children are deprived of superficial excitement, the longer they will remain innocent - i.e., not jaded - and capable of real happiness. For as long as they live under your roof, and therefore (hopefully) under your control, you can implement excitement detox. If you do, they may hate you now, but they will thank you later, which is far superior to liking you now and hating you later. And in parenting, that is often the choice we must make.
Read the entire column, or listen to him discuss the subject on his radio show.

If you want to check out more of Dennis, listen to any/all of Dennis' podcasts of his radio show... he's truly fantastic.

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A great Reagan quote...

Reagan 20-20Pulled from the Patriot Post:
Freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp. Are you willing to spend time studying the issues, making yourself aware, and then conveying that information to family and friends? Will you resist the temptation to get a government handout for your community?

Realize that the doctor’s fight against socialized medicine is your fight. We can’t socialize the doctors without socializing the patients.

Recognize that government invasion of public power is eventually an assault upon your own business.

If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he’ll eat you last.

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The New York Times stands out as a primary transmission belt for the Clinton campaign’s effort to melt the ice-queen image...

Brent Bozell on Humanizing Hillary, Canonizing Chelsea:
Here’s one sign that Hillary Clinton is the Democratic presidential frontrunner. Reporters are tripping over themselves to convince us how likable and human she is, strong and yet nurturing. It’s the same playbook the media used for Al Gore and John Kerry, both just as stiff, robotic, and unlikeable then as Hillary is now. So they’re portraying Hillary not only as strong and invincible, but also as warm as a down comforter and as sweet as Mrs. Butterworth.

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Two days later, Hillary’s enablers at the Times were back at the task. At the top of the front page was a story on "Chelsea Clinton, Primed for a Second Stint as First Daughter." In a big color photo, Chelsea stood between two Hillarys, a smiling real one and a regal official painting. Reporter Jodi Kantor played them as two clones of Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way. Both mother and daughter were favorably described by ever-present "friends" of Hillary: like her mother, Chelsea has the habit of "pre-empting questions by asking lots of them," the "passionate interest" in health care, and the tendency to sound scripted. Both mother and daughter have used White House contacts to build careers, but "won over skeptical colleagues with their diligence and enthusiasm." Even now, Kantor rhapsodized, Chelsea is still "playing a more glamorous version of her lifelong role: model daughter."
Read it all here.

Related:
Watch Hillary grovel at the Yearly Kos
NewsBusters covers Hillary coverage

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Can anyone save Al Gore?

The Ultimate Global Warming ChallengeFrom Noel Sheppard at NB:
As soon-to-be-Dr. Al Gore continues to duck every person on the planet willing to debate him about his unproven anthropogenic global warming theories, one well-known skeptic has put his money where his mouth is.

On Monday evening, the website JunkScience.com, owned and managed by Steven Milloy, announced The Ultimate Global Warming Challenge.

Presenting, the $100,000 ultimate global warming challenge:

Manbearpig

Related resources:
NewsBusters is all over Global Warming hype in the media
AccuWeather's Global Warming Center
Movie: The Great Global Warming Swindle

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