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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Revisionism: Nearing 4th anniversary of Madeleine McCann's disappearance, Anorak pokes holes in Portuguese town's attempted airbrushing of blame

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre -A Minute for Madeleine


Above, Madeleine McCann, the-then three year-old Everton fan missing from Praia da Luz, Portugal now for four years.

This afternoon,
Anorak has posted a scathingly tart rejoinder to the blind acceptance by many about what has been reported and broadcast thus far on this tragic story, particularly about the supposed depth of feeling by the people of the seaside Portuguese town from which this young girl disappeared. Of what, yes, 'it all means...'

It takes aim and fires!
In my opinion?
Bulls-eye times ten.

It's rightful target? This morning's story in The Sunday Telegraph, which had a teaser photo of Maddie at the bottom, just below the front page photo of Queen Elizabeth and former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Read the story so you'll better understand the spot-on criticism and analysis from Anorak:

Madeleine McCann: time to forget?
As the fourth anniversary of Madeleine McCann's disappearance approaches - and coincides with a new book written by her mother, Kate - Olga Craig returns to Praia da Luz to see how the Portuguese resort has put the incident behind it

By Olga Craig 7:00AM BST 24 Apr 2011



Anorak piece quite correctly thinks that the whole tragic episode is being airbrushed out of memory and that it's not just the Portuguese doing the convenient forgetting -since they want to keep the European tourists coming back and spending their Euros- but even some British journalists who are abetting this deliberate attempt to make the public's concern and the resulting media attention, appear frothy, frivolous and misplaced.

There's little doubt that some but not all of the reporting was.
I've read that sort before and so have many of you, but in casting such a wide net, these latter reporters only show their own profound lack of perspective, sincerity and humanity.

Without getting into all the details or naming the guilty, to me, it sounds suspiciously similar to the smug patronizing attitude I heard in-person at nice places throughout Washington -and later read in print- by some liberal reporters and columnists about Chandra Levy's disappearance and murder.

Who said that it was, you see, oh dear, 'much ado about nothing.'

we were reassured, it was just another summer story in The Beltway that would soon disappear once Labor Day rolled-around and the big-time journalists returned from The Cape or Aspen or wherever the new in-spot was, as that story would then be squashed into nothingness by WaPo editors with a love for lengthy stories about the budget.

Yes, I was told,
reporting on Chandra Levy was almost beneath some of them, a graduate of a top-tier school said, who surely imagines that they'll be running the Washington Post some day when right-thinking people are making the grave decision.

I kid you not, Washington is absolutely full to the gills with people like that.
It's not
just the elected officials who have an extraordinary sense of grandeur about themselves and their future dates with destiny, it's the reporters.

Is there anything worse than journalists who are openly contemptuous of average people and their interests, lecturing everyone else in sight about what things "really" mean,
from the vantage point of their f-ing high horse?
I think not.

In case you forgot or never read it here the first time, while she was not someone I personally knew, Chandra Levy used the same exact gym I did in downtown Washington.
I actually saw her from time-to-time, just as I saw lots of people there who, after awhile, became familiar faces of a sort, even if I didn't know their entire back-story.

Those ubiquitous fliers of her that you saw on the news stories so many hundreds of times were the very one I passed everyday on my way into the gym.

My two previous post on Chandra Levy are at the bottom of this post.

Here's the piece from Anorak that shoots and scores!

Madeleine McCann: Fourth Anniversary Tour, With Robert Murat
Read this great post at:


Sky News'
updated links to videos, photos, articles and Life of Crime blog by Sky's crime correspondent Martin Brunt at
http://news.sky.com/skynews/madeleine while those of The Sun are at http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/maddie/

The official site to find Madeleine McCann

I don't get them in the mail in Hallandale Beach like I did for the 14 years I lived in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., but a good reason why you should always look at ADVO's "Have you seen me?" fliers:

Why you should always look at ADVO\

Because sometimes the kids seen on them do turn up. Above, Elizabeth Smart. I still remember the day that she was found alive, and quite unexpectedly, having kept the mailer above in a dresser drawer, knowing that I'd never run into her around D.C., finding myself crying the moment MSNBC broke the news that she'd been found ALIVE.

The Daily Mirror
Madeleine McCann search: JK Rowling helps Maddy's mum Kate write book on

by Greig Box-Turnbull, Daily Mirror


February 13, 2011
As predicted here, McClatchy & Miami Herald never refer to illegal alien status of convicted killer of Chandra Levy in article. Shocker!

February 11, 2011
Killer convicted! Illegal immigrant from El Salvador sentenced to 60 years in prison by D.C. jury for 2001 murder of Chandra Levy

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#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy

Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016

Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015

Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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View of Rio De Janeiro from my room.

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