Friday, October 29
Osama Bin Living the Highlife
Some are freaking about this tape and think that it will be spun as good news for the Chimperious Majesty. This can be nothing but bad news fot the dimwit, Man it's piling up fast.
Thursday, October 28
Did the contents of every septic tank in america just hit the fan
CARE is getting out of dodge.
Guliani is blaming the troops.
Jeanne has a timeline of the missing explosives.
Toy store owner visited by Homeland Security Officers. Something about a Rubik's Cube clone.
All about keeping the homeland safe frome patent and trademark violations.
"I was shaking in my shoes," Cox said of the September phone call. "My first thought was the government can shut your business down on a whim, in my opinion. If I'm closed even for a day that would cause undue stress."
When the two agents arrived at the store, the lead agent asked Cox whether she carried a toy called the Magic Cube, which he said was an illegal copy of the Rubik's Cube, one of the most popular toys of all time.
He told her to remove the Magic Cube from her shelves, and he watched to make sure she complied.
"One of the things that our agency's responsible for doing is protecting the integrity of the economy and our nation's financial systems and obviously trademark infringement does have significant economic implications," she said.
Six weeks after her brush with Homeland Security, Cox told The Oregonian she is still bewildered by the experience.
"Aren't there any terrorists out there?" she said.
Did I mention how pleased I am that Boston has the monkey off it's back. As a Red's fan, but more importantly a fan of the game and it's history, I am happy to congratulate all the long beleagered RedSox fans everywhere.
I would like to point out to the regulars around here that as the pace of the crapstorm leading up to the final day of the election has reached levels I would have previoulsly thought unlikely, I have found a profound difficulty to express myself of late. My Brain is tired. I feel like a one eyed cheetah trying to focus on a herd of zebra as they fly by, an indistinguishable curtain of black and white. In any event I pray that this is a temporary setback, and that my tank of snarky invective will be filled again.
Monday, October 25
Sunday, October 24
350 Tons of Dual use High Explosives!!????
Despite pressure from DOD to keep it quiet, the IAEA and the Iraqi Interim Government this month officially reported that 350-tons of dual-use, very high explosives were looted from a previously secure site in the early days of the US occupation in 2003. Administration officials privately admit this material is likely a primary source of the lethal car bomb attacks which cause so many US and Iraqi casualties.How many times can you say "what were you thinking?" with regard to the obvious and criminal lack of planning for the post war, aka Phase four, "slide to be provided". We finish with a breath of clarity from a 'highly informed official'
As part of the UN sanctions regime still in place when the US invaded, the IAEA had “under seal” 350 tons of RDX and HDX explosives, since singly, and in combination, these materials can be used in the triggering process for a nuclear weapon. However, the explosives were allowed to remain in Iraq due to their conventional use in construction, oil pipe lines, and the like. Since the explosives went missing last year, sources say DOD and other elements in the Administration sought to block the IAEA from officially reporting the problem, and also tried to stop the new Iraqi Interim Government from cooperating with the IAEA. But finally, on Oct. 10, the Iraqi’s formally notified the IAEA, and on Oct. 15, the IAEA formally notified the Bush Administration.
“this is the stuff the bad guys have been using to kill our troops, so you can’t ignore the political implications of this, and you would be correct to suspect that politics, or the fear of politics, played a major role in delaying the release of this information.”You think?
Iraqi Trainees Executed, While Isreali's Rattle Sabre
BAGHDAD. Oct. 24--The bodies of 49 freshly trained Iraqi army recruits were discovered on a roadside about 75 miles northeast of Baghdad, lined up and executed by insurgents, Iraqi officials said early Sunday.These guys were unarmed, and executed by a well informed resistance. John Kerry suggested that we should train the Iraqi forces outside the theatre if necessary, and he's right. Who is going to sign up now? How many bricks fell in how many pairs of trousers worn by soon to be former members of the IDF.
In a separate attack, a State Department security officer was killed when a rocket or mortar landed in a U.S. military base at 5 a.m., according to a spokesman for the American embassy.
The killings of Iraqi recruits occurred about 8 p.m. Saturday near the army's main training base in Kirkush, which the recruits had just left aboard three buses to begin a leave, according to officials and news service reports. The buses stopped at a checkpoint manned by insurgents clad in uniforms of the Iraqi National Guard, according to the al-Aribyia satellite news channel.
The recruits appeared to have filed off the buses, lined up in four rows and laid down before being shot. The first 37 bodies were discovered Saturday night. Another 12 were found after daybreak Sunday.
"After inspection, we found out that they were shot after being ordered to lay down on the earth," said Gen. Walid Azzawi, commander of the provisional police in Diyala, northeast of Baghdad, according to the Associated Press.
It was unclear what kind of security, if any, accompanied the recruits, who apparently were unarmed. The victims were said to be largely from Iraq's southern provinces, and were traveling toward home on a road that hugs Iraq's border with Iran. The bodies were found near Mandali, a town on the road leading south and east from Kirkush.
Now Isreal has to up the ante and threaten Iran with a unilateral strike against its Nuclear infrustrucure. Sweet, bring on the four Horsemen.
JERUSALEM — Increasingly concerned about Iran's nuclear program, Israel is weighing its options on a military strike to prevent the Islamic republic from gaining the capability to build atomic weapons, according to policymakers, military officials, analysts and diplomats.Now I'm not an Idiot, but there is little doubt in my mind that the plants primary purpose is energy, and weapons grade uranium producted a nice side effect. And given that they are surrounded by Nuclear Powers, and possess a large quantity of a desireable resourse, I can't blame them for a second for wanting to have the bomb. Lets see who our neughbors are; China, Pakastan, India, Isreal, Russia and Kazakstan, oh and lest I forget a buch of US boats in the Gulf. Nice neighborhood, lots of dark allys and possibly more dark motives. I am by no means a fan of nuclear weapons, and feel their proliferation a very ominous threat, but respecting the concept of national soveriegnity, they got every right.
Israel is watching U.N. and European efforts to forge a diplomatic agreement to shut down Iran's uranium-enrichment program, but if it concluded that Tehran was approaching a "point of no return," it would not be deterred by the difficulty of a military operation, the prospect of retaliation or the international reaction, officials and analysts said.
Iran, which is rich in natural-gas and oil resources, says its nuclear program is for energy purposes only.
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told the Yediot Ahronot newspaper last month that "all options" were being weighed to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear-weapons capability. The army chief of staff, Moshe Yaalon, declared: "We will not rely on others."I Think that Bush might be able to keep this is a bag until the election, but it will likely represent yet another flaming bag of crap left on the porch of the whitehouse for Kerry to clean up, after commander one and done has left the place.
Iran presents "a combination of factors that rise to the highest level of Israeli threat perception," said analyst Gerald Steinberg of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies in Israel.
"Nuclear weapons in a country with a fundamentalist regime, a government with which we have no diplomatic contact, a known sponsor of terrorist groups like Hezbollah and which wants to wipe Israel off the map — that makes stable deterrence extremely difficult, if not impossible," Steinberg said.