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Wednesday, November 30, 2005
  Damn Straight!
The ChronicleHerald.ca: "OXFORD — Town councillors have put the Christ back into Christmas by decreeing that no other name be used to describe the holiday season within Oxford’s boundaries.

The councillors unanimously passed a motion Monday contending that 'the holiday originated from the birth of Jesus Christ.'

They also voted to make the entire month of December the Christmas season and called on Mayor Lloyd Jenkins to make the proclamation as soon as possible.

Deputy Mayor Leonard Allen said he made the motion because of recent news stories indicating that cities and towns were removing the word Christmas from the holiday season in the name of political correctness.

Boston considered calling Nova Scotia’s Christmas tree gift to the city a 'holiday tree' but relented after a storm of protest.

'I think Christmas is what it is, a holiday that denotes the birth of Christ,' Mr. Allen said after council’s Monday night meeting.

'Politically correct or not, I don’t think the name should be changed because the holiday is what it is.'

The deputy mayor admitted he didn’t know how well his motion would have gone over in Halifax or Toronto, 'but I would have presented the motion there, too, if I was on council there. I do feel that in this rural community where we live, it will be well-received. We here recognize Christmas as Christmas.'"
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
  The Who Said It Game - Iraq Style
If anyone takes even the couple of minutes required to just skim the extensive list of quotes it becomes readily apparent that the democrats hate Bush more than they love their country.
The Who Said It Game - Iraq Style: "A repository of quotes from prominent Democrats regarding pre-war intelligence on weapons of mass destruction in Saddam Hussein's Iraq."
  Idiot Idea of the day

BREITBART.COM - Miami Police Take New Tack Against Terror: "Miami police announced Monday they will stage random shows of force at hotels, banks and other public places to keep terrorists guessing and remind people to be vigilant.

Deputy Police Chief Frank Fernandez said officers might, for example, surround a bank building, check the IDs of everyone going in and out and hand out leaflets about terror threats.

'This is an in-your-face type of strategy. It's letting the terrorists know we are out there,' Fernandez said.

The operations will keep terrorists off guard, Fernandez said. He said al-Qaida and other terrorist groups plot attacks by putting places under surveillance and watching for flaws and patterns in security.

Police Chief John Timoney said there was no specific, credible threat of an imminent terror attack in Miami. But he said the city has repeatedly been mentioned in intelligence reports as a potential target."
Monday, November 28, 2005
  Get your house in order guys, and clean up your act! You are starting to look/act like the donks
Top News Article | Reuters.com: "LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. Rep. Randy 'Duke' Cunningham, a California Republican, resigned on Monday after pleading guilty to taking $2.4 million in bribes in exchange for help in securing Defense Department contracts.

Cunningham, 63, made his announcement after entering his guilty plea on felony charges in San Diego federal court.

The eight-term Congressman and decorated Vietnam War veteran had already said he would not seek re-election in 2006. He is scheduled to be sentenced on February 27, when he could be ordered to spend 10 years in prison and pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines."
  Cox & Forkumn nail the issue again

Cox & Forkum: As Plain As...: "Iran has been under intense international pressure to curb its nuclear program, which the United States claims is part of an effort to produce nuclear weapons. Iran denies such claims and says its program is aimed at generating electricity.

Iran insists that it has the right to fully develop the program, including enrichment of nuclear fuel -- a process that can produce fuel for nuclear reactors or atomic bombs.

On Thursday, the European Union accused Iran of having documents that show how to make nuclear warheads and joined the United States in warning Tehran it could be referred to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions."
Sunday, November 27, 2005
  All your data are belong to us
Cruising thru Tammy Bruce's site and found this disturbing little gem; Pretty much as of now, every single electronic transaction you have run is available to anyone with a checkbook.
I *still* know who you called last month - The Red Tape Chronicles - MSNBC.com: "It's actually obscene what you can find out about people on the Internet.

Take cell phone records -- literally. Your cell phone bills are there for the taking, for about $100 a month. Dozens of Web sites offer this service –- one month, or one year. Every call, every phone number. However scary that sounds, it won’t really hit you until you see it for yourself -- so click here for an example of what's out there. Then hit 'back' in your browser, and let me explain.

Who your friends are. How to contact them. Even where you were. All those crumbs are on sale. Right now. Online. To anyone.
At about the same time, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., introduced legislation designed to crack down on the sale of cell phone records by pretext callers. More recently -- just last week -- Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., sent a letter to both the FTC and the FCC demanding action."

Now the ever camera obsesseded Chucky Schumer did the standard Donk dance and made a bunch of well intentioned noises about a problem then promptly turned around and violated the very principles he was pretending to care about.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
  Best Headline Today:
Canon braces for arse-induced copier carnage | The Register

Canon braces for arse-induced copier carnage | The Register: "What Canon means by 'non-work-related' mostly revolves around the aforementioned 'rear-end copying'. Engineers report a 25 per cent increase in emergency call-outs over Xmas, and 32 per cent of the long-suffering copier Flying Squad has at some time repaired shattered glass.

Mind you, there's more to a Canon engineer's life than extracting a grainy likeness of Maureen from Human Resources' posterior from a wrecked, beer-soaked machine. Midlands-based David Salt explained: 'I had to repair a machine after a customer had held their pet cat down on copy glass and copied it,' while Dan Hunt of the South West admitted: 'I had to repair a machine that had its copy board glass smashed at a military base. They eventually admitted that it had fallen out the back door of their Chinook Helicopter.'

Items retrieved from ailing copiers make interesting reading too: mice, a sleeping cat, spiders, a crab, a swarm of bees, a cockroach, a snake, a kitchen knife, a sausage roll , stockings, dominoes, and a cheque for £6,000.

Ah yes, and a vibrator and a condom. Now that must have been one hell of an office party. ®

We understand that Canon has recently increased its glass plate thickness from 4 to 5mm, and accordingly expects a reduction in arse-induced failure. No, that is not an invitation for drunken pressure testing. Behave yourselves."
  VDH takse the seditious Donk's to the woodshed, again.
National Review Online (http://www.nationalreview.com): "For now Democrats stammer, sputter, and go the Bush shoulda / coulda route — not quite ready to take the McGovern sharp turn, forever waiting on polls and events on the ground in Iraq, always unsure whether peace and democracy will come before the 2,500th American fatality.

Yet as they hedge — on television praising Congressmen Murtha who advocates withdrawal, but making sure they vote overwhelmingly on the record to reject his advice — they should consider some critical questions.

First, are the metrics of this war in the terrorists’ or our favor? Are the Iraqi security forces growing or shrinking? Are elections postponed or on schedule? Are Europe, Jordan, Lebanon, and others more or less sympathetic to a war against Islamic terrorism in Iraq? Are bin Laden, Zawahiri, and Zarqawi more or less popular or secure after we removed Saddam? Is al Qaeda in a strengthened or weakened position? Is the Arab world more or less receptive to democracy in the Gulf, Egypt, Lebanon, and the West Bank? And is the United States more or less vulnerable to a terrorist attack as we go into our fifth year since September 11?

I ask those questions in all sincerity since the conventional wisdom — compared to the true wisdom and compassion of those valiantly fighting the terrorists under the most impossible of conditions — is that we are losing in Iraq, our enemies are emboldened, and the Arab world has turned against us. But if we forget the banality of New York Times columnists, the admonitions of NPR experts, and the daily rants of a Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy, or Al Gore, more sober and street-smart Democrats are in fact not so sure of these answers.

So these wiser ones wait and hedge their wagers. They give full rein to the usefully idiotic and irresponsible in their midst, but make no move yet to undo what thousands of brave American soldiers have accomplished in Iraq.
  Chertoff wheezes and strains, and somehow manages to work part of his head out of his ass. About Time!
Top News Article | Reuters.com: "The notice serves as a travel document allowing its holder past Border Patrol checkpoints on the roads leading from the border to the interior. Most OTMs do not show up for their hearing and meld into the population.

Known as 'catch and release', the practice has become part of an increasingly acrimonious debate over immigration policy and border security, an issue likely to loom large in Congress, next year's mid-term elections and the 2008 presidential poll.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said last month his department's aim was to 'return every single entrant -- no exceptions' but gave no deadline. Mexicans are usually returned immediately -- and most of them try again, some within hours.

Along the border, agents say ending the practice will take time and depends on how quickly the government can build additional detention space told hold OTMs before they are sent to their home countries.

OTMs were a relatively minor problem until 2003, when word of the loophole spread and triggered a growing flood -- including thousands of Brazilians inspired by a popular soap opera, 'America,' whose sultry star plays an illegal immigrant who swam the Rio Grande and made good in the United States."
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
  Calvin and Hobbes Snow Art Gallery

I was talking to a friend that had never read the Calvin and Hobbs cartoons, not even the snowmen ones. Well a couple of google searches later and he is a convert.
For those that haven't seen any of the Calvin and Hobbs snowmen cartoons, take the time. And for the rest of you; they are still darn funny, consider it an early Christmas present.

"Calvin and Hobbes Snow Art Gallery"
Monday, November 21, 2005
  Screwing the Pooch
My Way News: "VIENNA, Austria (AP) - Washington and its European allies will forgo pushing for Iran's referral to the U.N. Security Council later this week, giving Russia more time in persuading Tehran to give up technology that could make nuclear arms, diplomats and officials told The Associated Press on Monday.

For the Americans and the European Union, the plan holds the promise of success even if Iran continues to reject the proposal that would move its uranium enrichment program to Russia.

The acceptance of that plan, in theory, would deprive the Iranians of the chance to enrich uranium to weapons grade, suitable for use in the core of nuclear warheads.

But if the Russians fail to win over the Iranians, Washington and the Europeans hope Moscow and other key board members of the International Atomic Energy Agency now opposed to Security Council referral will moderate their opposition."
  A big middle finger to the RIAA and the Music Labels
National Post: "The EMI discs use different software than Sony BMG, and have yet to cause any computer troubles.

Labels say they need the technology in order to stop people from sharing music with those who haven't paid for it.

Still, retailers say such technology is punishing those who are actually willing to fork over cash for music - an ever-dwindling group as it is.

'Consumers are not liking it,' says Leslie Purchase, assistant manager at CD Plus in the Halifax Shopping Centre. 'People are getting very frustrated by (copy-protected CDs).'

She's noticed an increase in customers who put CDs down after noticing the 'copy-controlled' or 'copy-protected' label.

'A lot of customers won't buy them now. They say 'I don't want it',' she said.

The copy controls are possible through digital rights management technology, or DRM. It lets labels restrict the number of times a CD can be shared - meaning burned or copied.

More controversial is the ability to control which programs consumers can use to playback their music. With EMI and Sony BMG discs, for instance, the music is compatible only with Windows Media Player but not with ITunes (for PC users)."
  The Sun Online - News: Xmas waste in a manger
The Sun Online - News: Xmas waste in a manger: "“If I was self-employed I could earn £30,000 a year but I don’t want to be my own boss. And to be honest, it’s not worth me working for less than £20,000.

“All the money I get just goes in the bank and I use my switch card to pay for everything. Why shouldn’t I spend some of it on Christmas decorations? Poverty is all relative.”

Corby, whose last job was with Exeter City Council, claims to be too ill to work but refused to say what was wrong with him.

His wife Susan, 44, is also long-term sick and Corby claimed he needs to be off to care for her."
  Boldly declaring defeat, Murtha grovels like a good Dhimni for the Left and the Islamists.
USATODAY.com - Staying is not the answer: "Staying the course in Iraq is not an option or a policy. I believe we must begin discussions for an immediate re-deployment of U.S. forces from Iraq. I believe it can be accomplished in as little as six months, but it must be consistent with the safety of U.S. troops. (Related: Our view)

The public is way ahead of Congress and is thirsting for a new direction. Sixty-six percent of the responses I have received are in favor of my plan. The public knows this war cannot be won with words. Most agree the insurgency cannot be won militarily. The Iraqis themselves must be the driving force. Yet we have lost their hearts and minds. America wants and deserves real answers. What is the clear definition of success? Is there a plan? How much longer and how many more lives? In short, what is the end game?"
  Texas goes after the goons at Sony/BMG
This could not happen to a better bunch. For those that have not been following this click here for previous posting on the topic.
IMHO, one wishes that the Sony Music division gets completely and horribly punished over this.
Vandalizing your customers computers is not the best way to keep them and frankly the law needs to catch up to the technology in this arena.

BREITBART.COM - Just The News: "The state of Texas sued Sony BMG, alleging that the company 'surreptitiously' installed spyware on personal computers through music CDs with a copy protection program.

'Sony has engaged in a technological version of cloak and dagger deceit against consumers by hiding secret files on their computers,' said Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott in a statement after suing under the state's anti-spyware law.

'Consumers who purchased a Sony CD thought they were buying music. Instead, they received spyware that can damage a computer, subject it to viruses and expose the consumer to possible identity crime.'

Sony BMG, one of the world's biggest music companies, said last week it was ending the use of the software provided by a third-party vendor and allowing consumers who purchased CDs to exchange them for similar items without the software.

The joint venture of Japan's Sony and German-based BMG recalled the CDs after a firestorm of protests and the threat of legal action over its use of the so-called XCP copy protection software."
Friday, November 18, 2005
  Little Green Footballs posts the "The Democrats' Plan for Iraq"

lgf: The Democrats' Plan for Iraq: "The Democrats' Plan for Iraq"
  Lacking the courage to stand up and be counted for their seditious 'convictions' the Donk's run and hide like girly-men. Cowards to the end
My Way News: "WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans maneuvered for swift rejection Friday of any notion of immediately pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq, sparking a nasty, sometimes personal debate over the war and a Democratic lawmaker's own call for withdrawal.

Furious Democrats accused the GOP of orchestrating a political stunt, leaving little time for debate and changing the meaning of a withdrawal resolution offered by Democratic Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania.

For those reasons, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent word to rank-and-file Democrats to vote - with the Republicans - against immediate withdrawal of American troops.

Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., said of the nonbinding resolution, 'We want to make sure that we support our troops that are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. We will not retreat.'

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Democrats went to the floor to denounce the vote, being staged before Congress left Washington for a two week break. And they gave Murtha a standing ovation as he entered the chamber Friday during the Iraq debate and took his customary corner seat.

'This is a personal attack on one of the best members, one of the most respected members of this House and it is outrageous,' said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, responded: 'This is not a stunt. This is not an attack on an individual. This is a legitimate question.'

GOP leaders decided to act little more than 24 hours after Murtha, a hawkish Democrat with close ties to the military, said the time had come to pull out the troops.

By forcing the issue to a vote, Republicans tried to place many Democrats in a politically unappealing position - whether to side with Murtha and expose themselves to criticism, or oppose him and risk angering the voters that polls show want an end to the conflict."
  Competently executing your duties does not apply if youare a hyphenated-American AND a Donk.
This waste of skin and taxpayers dollars has a long history of incompetance and outright malfeasance.

Elections Commission fines Oliphant $10,000 for neglecting elections duties in 2002: South Florida Sun-Sentinel: "But commissioners and their staff said that Oliphant willfully neglected her duties, resulting in 23 polls not opening by 7 a.m. and 32 polls failing to heed to governor's order to stay open past 7 p.m. so that voters could cast a ballot.

'Her failure was willful,' said Eric Lipman, the commission's assistant general counsel. 'She said she relied on her staff…but you can't be a ceremonial head. She abdicated her responsibility.'

The Elections Commission had charged Oliphant with 55 violations of state election law, which could carry a maximum fine of $55,000. Judge Claude Arrington knocked it down to two violations, suggesting a $2,000 fine - but no more than $10,000 - because of the former supervisor's financial troubles. The commission on Friday, however, re-upped the total to 55."
  Now here is a true sports fan, gack! (update)
Readers were first regaled with tales of this testament to sports appreciation.
Now Ace has the follow-up. *shudder* with lots of detail.
Rugby fan can't explain self-mutilation - Breaking News - World - Breaking News: "'I'd told my pal Gethin Probert before the game that Wales didn't stand a chance,' Mr Huish told The Sun.

'It wasn't a bet but I said I'd cut my b*lls off if we won.

'I listened to the game on the radio at home by myself.

'After the match I got up for a pee and saw the cutters in the bathroom.

'Gethin had left them after repairing the chain on my toilet.

'I remembered what I'd said and thought he had left them for me.

'I thought 'Oh no, I haven't got to do anything like that have I' and then I thought 'You can do it'.

'So I started hacking away at my tackle.

'It took about 10 minutes and there was quite a bit of pain but I just kept going.

'The cutters were blunt so I had to keep snipping.'

After picking his testicles from the toilet bowl, he went to the social club.

'I went in and shouted out 'I've done it!',' Mr Huish said.

'I took my b*lls out and passed them in the bag to a friend.

'Some people then laid me on the floor.'

Mr Huish continues to see a psychiatrist.
  Pissing in the Ice machine
*in best old man voice* Back in my day, one of the cooks was caught pissing in a tray of mashed potatoes that were due to be served to the crew at chow.
He was summarily escorted off the ship (for his own safety) and as far as I know, he was discharged from the service.
In reality, I think he got off easy, if the crew would have gotten ahold of him....well enlisted justice can be harsh at times.
WHAS11.com | News for Louisville, Kentucky | Statewide News: "A Nicholas County High School student was suspended after he was accused of urinating in an ice machine that at least 31 people got ice from before the incident was reported.

Ben Buckler, chief of police for Nicholas County Schools, said another student dared the boy, who told officials he relieved himself in the ice machine in the gymnasium lobby just before physical education class Wednesday.

School law officials say charges will be filed, although officials were still trying to decide Thursday what to charge him with.

He was suspended for 10 days, pending an expulsion hearing.

Other students witnessed the incident, but it wasn't reported to Principal Doug Bechanan until Thursday morning. By the time the machine was taken out of service, some students and staff had taken ice from the machine.

School officials contacted the Department of Public Health in Frankfort.

'They said it was gross and morally wrong but not a health risk,' Buckler said."
Thursday, November 17, 2005
  With the barbarians at the gate, SA turns it's back on civilization with blind eye to Mugabe the Monster
Scotsman.com News - International - South Africa signs pact with Mugabe: "SOUTH Africa signed a defence and intelligence pact with its neighbour Zimbabwe yesterday, spurning attempts by western governments to isolate the Harare government of Robert Mugabe.

Under the agreement, the two countries will share information on security issues, while Zimbabwean pilots and instructors will travel to South Africa for training.

At the signing in Cape Town, Ronnie Kasrils, South Africa's intelligence minister, said: 'This ... further consolidates a long-standing socio-political and economic relationship between our two countries.'

Zimbabwe's problems were no different to those faced by other countries that had come through a colonial past, he added.

South Africa, roundly criticised for not taking a stronger line against Mr Mugabe, has vowed to continue working with Zimbabwe's government to try to solve that country's difficulties. Charles Nqakula, the South African safety and security minister, said: 'We are not going to do anything based on some of the populism chants that happen on our soil and elsewhere that is going to upset that programme.'

Yesterday's deal comes at a time when Europe and the United States are increasing pressure on Mr Mugabe's government, which has been widely accused of vote rigging and human rights abuses.

Zimbabwe is reeling from its worst economic and political crisis since independence from Britain in 1980, triggered in part by government seizures of white-owned farms. It blames its problems on a western campaign of sanctions and isolation, led by Britain and the US, following its land reforms."
  Facilitating the illegal tsunami that afflicts the US
DailyBulletin.com - News: "SAN DIEGO - The high-top sneakers cost $215 at a San Diego boutique, but the designer is giving them away to migrants before they cross to this side of the U.S.-Mexico border.

These are no ordinary shoes.

A compass and flashlight dangle from one shoelace. The pocket in the tongue is for money or pain relievers. A rough map of the border region is printed on a removable insole.

They are red, white and green, the colors of the Mexican flag. On the back ankle, a drawing of Mexico's patron saint of migrants.

On this side of the border, the shoes sit in art collections or the closets of well-heeled sneaker collectors. On the other side, in Tijuana, it's a utilitarian affair: Immigrants-to-be are happy to have the sturdy, light-weight shoes for the hike or dash into the United States."
  The Donk Party. Cut, Run, Retreat, Ignore, and Appease....cowards to the end
U.S. Newswire : Releases : "Hastert Saddened by Rep. Murtha's Comments...": "'I am saddened by the comments made today by Rep. Murtha. It is clear that as Nancy Pelosi's top lieutenant on armed services, Rep. Murtha and Democratic leaders have adopted a policy of cut and run. They would prefer that the United States surrender to the terrorists who would harm innocent Americans. To add insult to injury, this is done while the President is on foreign soil."
  Kill all the Lawyers first
So, if you are a dumbass and fall asleep at the wheel. Well then you get a multi-million dollar payout because it's the vehicles fault you crashed your-own-damn-self.
Ford Ordered to Pay $61M in SUV Accident: "A jury has ordered the Ford Motor Co. to pay more than $61 million to the family of a 17-year-old boy killed in a roll-over accident when his friend fell asleep while driving an Explorer.

Ford was liable in the accident because it sold a vehicle with poor handling and stability, the jury said Tuesday.

The company planned to appeal, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The family of Lance Crossman Hall claimed Ford knew the Explorer was prone to roll-overs and failed to warn consumers about the vehicle's defects.

Ford blamed defective Firestone tires for the Explorer's handling and stability problems, and the company knowingly continued to produce unsafe vehicles, Bruce Kaster, an attorney for the family, said Wednesday.

'This tragic accident occurred when the driver of the vehicle fell asleep at the wheel while traveling at highway speeds. Real-world experience and testing show that the Explorer is a safe vehicle, consistently performing as well as or better than other vehicles in its class,' Ford spokeswoman Karen Shaughnessy said."
  Donk's and voter fraud. Two things that just go together
Detroit votes don't add up - 11/16/05: "DETROIT--The city's regular election audit has found some 30 percent of voting precincts in the Nov. 2 election have discrepancies in vote tallies, according to the city's canvass, which is continuing.

And according to a state elections official, the city is finding sealed ballot boxes that have not yet been counted, including one found Tuesday.

Changes to the city's vote counts will occur by the end of this week or early next week because of errors and found ballots, said Michigan Director of Elections Chris Thomas. But the changes are not expected to affect vote tallies in any significant way, said his spokeswoman, Kelly Chesney.

In addition, because of the problems with the election, Detroit Director of Elections Gloria Williams said she wants to conduct a hand recount of some precincts to ensure the validity of the machine results.

But Thomas said that is not the normal procedure and he does not see the necessity for it; the state will look into it.

Meanwhile, in a contentious exchange, City Clerk Jackie Currie and Williams told Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land that because absentee ballots are being held by the state for possible investigation by the FBI, the city may not be able to finish its regular audit of the election on time. State law requires the audit to be completed by Nov. 21. At that time, city election results become finalized.

Land drove to Detroit's elections department to observe Tuesday's Board of Canvassers meeting. She and Thomas told the board that they do not feel comfortable moving absentee ballots to the city elections department for the audit. City canvassers must come to the state office in the New Center area, where the elections department is also located, to perform the review of ballots required to account for discrepancies in vote tallies found so far, Thomas and Land said.

'Don't expect the canvass to be completed on time,' Williams said"
  Progress in soon to be Islamic Holland
Muslim wins right to reject the hijab - World - Times Online: "ISLAMIC groups across Europe have campaigned for years for the right of Muslim women to wear the religious headscarf, or hijab. Now a Muslim woman in the Netherlands has won the right not to wear it.

Samira Haddad, 32, won her case against the Islamic College of Amsterdam, which insists that all Muslim women wear the hijab. The secondary school rejected her for a job after she said in an interview that she did not wear it.

The country’s Equality Commission ruled in Ms Haddad’s favour, saying that the college had illegally discriminated against her on the ground of her religion and that it could not legally compel Muslim women to wear headscarves.

The case highlights the increasingly tense and complex debate surrounding Islamic religious clothing. France and regions of Germany have banned hijabs in schools and other public buildings, while the Dutch Government has followed various Belgian towns by proposing to ban the all-covering burka in certain public places. It says that it could be used by terrorists to conceal their identity.

Muslim groups say that women should be able to wear what they choose, although they have been reluctant to pursue the stance taken by many orthodox Muslims, that Muslim women should be compelled to cover their heads."
  The Religion of Murdering Villagers in their sleep
The Australian: Militants kill Thai villagers [November 17, 2005]: "NARATHIWAT, Thailand: Nine villagers from the same family were gunned down in their sleep yesterday by suspected Islamic militants in southern Thailand, as attacks escalated in the Muslim-majority region.

An unknown number of militants used grenades and automatic weapons to attack three homes in Ra Ngae district's Bo-Ngo village at 1.30am, killing all of those in one of the houses, including an infant, witnesses said. The massacre brings to 18 the number of people killed during the past week.

'There are nine villagers shot dead and another nine wounded,' said Pracha Tearat, governor of Narathiwat province where the attack occurred, adding that the wounded had been taken to hospital and were out of danger.

Mr Pracha said the victims were targeted because they co-operated with the Government in its bid to quell an Islamic insurgency in southern Thailand that has been raging for more than 22 months."
  Ever the cowardly defeatists.
Senior Democrat urges Iraq pullout - Yahoo! News: "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democratic congressional leader on defense called on Thursday for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from
Iraq, increasing pressure for a change in Bush administration policy just days after the Senate asked for a plan to end the war.

'The U.S. cannot accomplish anything further in Iraq militarily. It is time to bring them home,' said Rep. John Murtha (news, bio, voting record) of Pennsylvania, the senior Democrat on the House of Representatives subcommittee that oversees military spending and one of his party's top spokesmen on defense."
  Mad Mullah's thumb thier turbans at the IAEA
News: "VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has begun processing a new batch of uranium despite Western pressure on it to halt sensitive atomic work, possibly harming attempts to defuse a standoff over its nuclear aims, a diplomat said on Wednesday.

Iran had notified the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in late October that it intended to process a new batch of uranium at its Isfahan uranium conversion plant but did not start the work last week as originally planned.

'Conversion has resumed,' the diplomat, who is close to the International Atomic Energy Agency, told Reuters.

A spokesman for the U.N. nuclear watchdog did not confirm the statement, but said IAEA inspectors were in Isfahan. "
  FrontPage magazine.com :: Where the WMDs Went by Jamie Glazov
FrontPage magazine.com :: Where the WMDs Went by Jamie Glazov: "This conclusion is the consequence of confusing litigation with intelligence. Litigation depends on evidence, intelligence depends on indicators. Picture yourself as a German intelligence officer in Northern France in April 1944. When asked where will the Allies land, you reply “I would be happy to tell you when I have solid, legal proof, sir. We will have to wait until they actually land.” You won’t last very long. That officer would have to take in all the indicators, factor in deception, and make an assessment (this is a fancy intelligence word for an educated guess).

The Democrats understand the difference between the two concepts, but have no qualms about blurring the distinction for political gain. This is despicable. This has brought great harm to our nation’s credibility with our allies. A perfect example is Senator Levin waving deception by one single source, al-Libi, to try and convince us that this is evidence there was no connection between Iraq and al-Qaeda, as though the entire argument rested on this one source. Senator Levin, and his media servants, think the public can’t read through his duplicity. He is plunging a dagger into the heart of his own country."
  This just in, Gary Glitter still a freak.
Police Search for Gary Glitter in Vietnam - Yahoo! News: "Foreign Ministry spokesman Le Dung said officials have confirmed that Glitter, 61, whose real name is Paul Francis Gadd, was residing in a home in southern Vung Tau city and had applied for permanent resident status in Vietnam.

Glitter rose to fame with glam-rock songs in the 1970s, most notably his only U.S. hit, 'Rock and Roll Part 2,' a largely instrumental song that has been a staple at stadium sporting events for years. Among his other songs hits were 'I'm the Leader of the Gang (I Am)' and 'Do You Wanna Touch.'

Glitter fell from grace in 1999 when he was convicted in Britain of possessing child pornography. He served half of a four-month jail sentence before being released. He later went to Cambodia and was permanently expelled in 2002, though Cambodian officials did not specify his crime or file charges.

Dung said that Glitter had left the house on Nov. 12, and police are seeking his whereabouts."
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
  "She's supposed to have transwarp." -- Sulu, "Aye. And if my grandmother had wheels, she'd be a wagon." -- Scotty,
BREITBART.COM - Just The News: "In life, James Doohan was the 'Star Trek' engineer who worked miracles on the Enterprise, but a rocket meant to blast his remains into space has engine trouble.

A Falcon One rocket was to lift the ashes of Doohan, who played engineer Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott aboard the fictional Starship Enterprise, into space next month but the launch has been delayed at least until February, organizers said Tuesday.

'They had an engine test they didn't like so they will do another month of testing,' Charles Chafer of Space Services Inc. told AFP.

Unlike Scotty, who told Captain James T. Kirk in a Scottish accent, 'She'll launch on time and she'll be ready,' the US Department of Defense engineers involved with the rocket mission needed more time to sort out engine problems, Chafer said."
  The Legacy of the Bent One: nitpicking and sniping from the safety of his overseas forum.

Slick signs an executive order making regime change the official policy of the United States. He then turns around undermines and sabotages that same effort when his successor is in office, for political gain. This is the face of the Donk party, two-faced and hypocritical.
Click on the graphic for a greatest hits list on Clinton's two faced perfidy regarding his foreign policy and Bush's
continuation of that same policy.

And people wonder why Donk's are not to be trusted with the security of the United States.
Jerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World: "The United States made a 'big mistake' when it invaded Iraq, former President Bill Clinton said Wednesday, citing the lack of planning for what would happen after dictator Saddam Hussein was overthrown.

'Saddam is gone. It's a good thing, but I don't agree with what was done, ' Clinton told students at the American University of Dubai.

'It was a big mistake. The American government made several errors ... one of which is how easy it would be to get rid of Saddam and how hard it would be to unite the country.'

Clinton did however say that the United States had done some good things in Iraq: the removal of Saddam, the ratification of a new constitution, and the holding of parliamentary elections."

graphic via Michelle Malkin.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
  AGAIN! The ChiComs get the cookie jar without concequences or deterrence.
Four arrests linked to Chinese spy ring - Nation/Politics - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper: " Key compromises uncovered so far include sensitive data on Aegis battle management systems that are the core of U.S. Navy destroyers and cruisers.
China covertly obtained the Aegis technology and earlier this year deployed its first Aegis warship, code-named Magic Shield, intelligence officials have said.
The Chinese also obtained sensitive data on U.S. submarines, including classified details related to the new Virginia-class attack submarines.
Officials said based on a preliminary assessment, China now will be able to track U.S. submarines, a compromise that potentially could be devastating if the United States enters a conflict with China in defending Taiwan.
Mr. Chi, an electrical engineer, also had access to details on U.S. aircraft carriers and once was aboard the USS Stennis. A Pentagon report made public earlier this year said China's military is building up capabilities to attack U.S. aircraft carriers.
China also is thought to have obtained information from the spy ring that will assist Chinese military development of electromagnetic pulse weapons -- weapons that simulate the electronic shock caused by a nuclear blast -- that disrupt electronics.
It also is thought to have obtained unmanned aerial vehicle technology from the spy ring.
All four persons were arrested yesterday and charged with theft of government property. Law-enforcement officials said that the charges are expected to be upgraded to espionage or espionage-related once the nature of the information involved is fully investigated. "
  And the farce continues on. The only UN official to be dismissed is re-hired.
WBAL Radio - Maryland's NEWS TALK SPORTS Station: "UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United Nations agreed Tuesday to reinstate the only U.N. official who was fired over the Iraq oil-for-food scandal, after an internal appeals body ruled that he had done nothing wrong, his lawyer said.

Joseph Stephanides was advised of the decision in a letter received Tuesday morning, said his lawyer, George Irving. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan still believes that Stephanides, fired on May 31, violated staff rules in his handling of an oil-for-food contract but agreed the punishment was too harsh, Irving said."
  Krauthammer writes the eulogy for the coming French collapse
TIME.com: What the Uprising Generation Wants -- Nov. 21, 2005 -- Page 2: "But the prospects for success in France are far fewer, because even if France changed, woke up and welcomed those it had once invited, it is very late. The grandparents who first came would have eagerly accepted the invitation. But their young have grown up in an alienated monoculture that has contempt for the godless decadence of French secularism with its empty churches, sexual license and existential ennui. France doesn't want them. They don't want the France they are throwing rocks at. But they are not leaving. And they are growing.

France always thought it had one last resort, one ready strategy for fending off the rage of its Arab street: beyond avoidance lay appeasement. No country in the West has done more to cultivate world Arab opinion, to appease Arab terrorists, to ostentatiously oppose American Middle East policy (Iraq above all), to champion the signal Arab cause of Palestine. It was no accident that Yasser Arafat chose Paris as his place to die--Paris, after Jerusalem, his second holiest city.

Paris burns anyway. As the French seem to learn every 70 years, appeasement does not work. It merely whets the appetite. And the angry alien young were already hungry."
  The ALF, the other white meat, er, terrorist scumbags worthy only of public execution
Independent Online Edition > Crime: "Animal rights extremists have targeted the widow of a former pharmaceuticals agent who has been dead for more than a year.

Kathryn Grant, 51, and her teenage son were at home when the family car was torched by fanatics who later boasted on a website 'your decisions will come back to haunt you forever even when you have gone'.

Mrs Grant said: 'I cannot believe they have done this knowing Alex was no longer managing director.'

Alexander Grant, 49, the former managing director of the UK division of Roche, the Swiss pharmaceutical conglomerate, died of an unknown heart condition shortly after he and his wife celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary in New York in March last year.

Roche has long been a target of animal rights activists for its links to Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), a research laboratory that has been one of the most high-profile subjects of vilification by campaigners.

Sussex Police confirmed yesterday that they were hunting the arsonists after the fire brigade was called to put out the blazing car near Mrs Grant's home on 13 October. The BMW X5 went up in flames after a fire was started beneath it."
  Well, they caught 6, out of....how many?
BREITBART.COM - Just The News: "Six U.S. Navy crew members looking for quick and profitable marriages to illegal aliens face federal charges after being among 10 people caught in an FBI sting operation targeting the sham unions, prosecutors said.

The six, assigned to the U.S.S. Eisenhower in Norfolk, Va., were nabbed after the FBI learned that a Baltimore man, Kenneth Adam Howard, 26, was recruiting men and women to enter sham marriages in New York, according to a complaint in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Howard, who was among those charged with conspiracy, offered to provide people to marry illegal aliens at a cost of $3,000 to $4,000 per marriage, the complaint said.

His lawyer, James M. Keneally, declined to comment Monday after U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael H. Dolinger set bail at $200,000.

The six Navy members and a former seaman who had been assigned to the U.S.S. Eisenhower came in recent weeks to New York, where they thought they were meeting illegal aliens from Egypt, Russia, South America and Europe, the complaint said."
  The Religion of Chicken-Lover Haters
Explosion Outside KFC in Pakistan Kills 3 - Yahoo! News: "KARACHI, Pakistan - A powerful car bomb exploded outside a KFC restaurant in southern Pakistan on Tuesday, setting off a massive fireball that overturned cars and shattered steel and glass. Three people were killed and 22 injured.

An ethnic Baluch nationalist group from southwestern Pakistan claimed responsibility. A spokesman denied the group targeted civilians, saying it tried to hit the offices of a state-owned oil and gas company above the KFC.

'We did it to protest, and we did it to pressure the government to get our rights,' Chakar Azam, spokesman for the Baluchistan Liberation Army, said in a phone call to The Associated Press."
  Fidel Chavez manages to get the Mexican's panties in a wad.
BREITBART.COM - Just The News: "Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez accused Mexican leader Vicente Fox of being a 'puppy' of President Bush and said: 'Don't mess with me, sir.' Fox shot back on Monday that 'we have dignity in this country' and demanded an apology. Now the two nations are withdrawing their ambassadors.

The severing of diplomatic relations came after a week of verbal sparring that highlighted Latin America's differences over free trade and relations with the United States. The conservative Fox tends to side with Washington on many issues, while Chavez, a socialist and populist, has been one of the hemisphere's strongest critics of Bush.

Venezuela's president has repeatedly accused Fox of being a 'puppy' of American interests and of disrespecting him after the pair took opposing positions during this month's Summit of the Americas.

On Sunday, Chavez used his weekly radio and TV show to warn Fox: 'Don't mess with me, sir, because you'll get stung.'

Fox retorted in an interview with CNN: 'Other countries might accept (Chavez's) wording and the way he attacks everybody and he attacks institutions. We are not willing to do that in Mexico.'

Venezuela called its ambassador home Monday rather than apologize for the remark, and Mexico responded by recalling its own envoy to Venezuela.

Fox said his government was mulling its next move.

'We can't allow people to offend our country,' he told CNN en Espanol."
Monday, November 14, 2005
  Wow, the 'Cool Mom' got the book shot out of a cannon at her.
DenverPost.com - LOCAL NEWS: "'Cool mom' Silvia Johnson was sentenced today in Jefferson County to 30 years in prison, on a host of charges, including contributing to the delinquency of minors, sexual assault and violating a restraining order.

Johnson, 41, told an investigator she got drunk with two teenage boys and had sex with them because she wanted to be a 'cool mom.' As part of the plea agreement struck in July, two felony drug charges against Johnson were dropped."
  The Mad Mullah's have cracked the case, it's those dastardly jooooooooosssss
'Zionist links to Amman blasts': "Tehran - Iran said on Sunday it suspected Israel was behind the suicide attacks in Amman, even though Jordanian officials have blamed the bombings on militants linked to Iraq-based al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

'The explosions in Jordan are a suspicious matter.

Most probably the Zionist regime (Israel) was behind them,' Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters."
  Another Darwin candidate
ksl.com - Utah's Online Source for Local News & Information Man Jumped From Truck Following Argument: "(KSL News) Police now say an argument caused a 21-year-old man to jump from a moving truck in South Jordan.

Tyler Poulson was riding with his brothers last night when he became offended by one of them using profanity. Poulson, who recently returned from an LDS mission, threatened to get out of the truck if he continued.

One of the men, not thinking he would, told Poulson to.

Earlier police said the car was going about 35 miles an hour when Poulson opened the door and jumped. He was pronounced dead on scene."
  Global Warming bigger threat than terrorism. Reason #3 why the Donk's have no business in power.
Gore makes sustainable investment his business - Business - Business: "'I don't want to diminish the threat of terrorism at all, it is extremely serious, but on a long-term global basis, global warming is the most serious problem we are facing.'"
Sunday, November 13, 2005
  Ex-N.O. cop is arrested in truck said stolen
Ex-N.O. cop is arrested in truck said stolen: "A former New Orleans police officer who authorities say left his post during the Hurricane Katrina aftermath was booked with unauthorized use of a truck after Houston police stopped the man for speeding Saturday.

After being pulled over on a busy Houston freeway, Willie Earl Bickham, 36, showed identification and told police he was a member of the New Orleans Police Department.

Houston police noticed the black 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck, which was marked with the Sewell dealership's name, did not have license plates. Police were also suspicious of the registration information provided by Bickham. When police consulted computerized records, they learned the truck was listed stolen after Katrina.

Houston Police Department spokesman Sgt. Nate McDuell said Bickham was cooperative, but said he was a New Orleans police officer. McDuell said police learned from New Orleans police that Bickham resigned in the first week after the storm to avoid being fired for abandoning his post.

McDuell said Bickham was booked with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and with impersonating a police officer.

He said Bickham had a gun and a police identification document that may have been issued by New Orleans police. Bickham was not booked in connection with the gun and police identification pending action by New Orleans police."
Saturday, November 12, 2005
courant.com | Newspaper Apologizes For Offensive Caption On Its Web Site: "DANBURY, Conn. -- The News-Times has apologized and fired a copy editor who put an offensive caption on its Web page under a photo of a girls' high school soccer team.

The Immaculate High School girls' team was celebrating a goal scored in a championship-clinching win Nov. 5. The newspaper's Web site published a photograph of the jubilant team, but said it was celebrating a teammate's decision to 'come out of the closet as a lesbian.'

'It was a flagrant, awful violation of every journalistic principle,' said Paul Steinmetz, the paper's editor. 'It's just embarrassing to us and untenable.'

The copy editor, who was not identified, was 'goofing around' and didn't realize the caption had gone online, Steinmetz said."
  A pack of smogs worth of nicotine in every beer?!
New Zealand's source for oddstuff - strange, weird & bizarre news on Stuff.co.nz: New German beer may satisfy drinkers and smokers: "Smoking pub patrons looking for their nicotine fix may soon get it from their next glass of beer, not a cigarette.

A new beer has been launched in Germany which contains nicotine and 6.3 per cent alcohol.

Alcohol Healthwatch in New Zealand said drinking three 250ml cans was the equivalent of smoking three packets of cigarettes.

Alcohol Healthwatch director Rebecca Williams said the new beer was seen overseas as a way of getting around smoking bans in public places."
Thursday, November 10, 2005
  Dogg Bites Man: Shooting at rap film
ThePittsburghChannel.com - Channel 4 Action News - Waterfront Slaying Investigated; Rapper's Movie Gone: "WEST HOMESTEAD, Pa. -- Gunfire in the Loews Waterfront movie theater killed a man Wednesday night, West Homestead police said.

The victim, identified as Shelton Flowers, 30, of Wilkinsburg, was hit in the thigh and chest. He died later at UPMC Presbyterian.

Employees at the concession stand reported hearing the shots, police said. Soon after that, Flowers was found near some video game machines.

Two men were seen running out of the main entrance after the shooting, witnesses told police. Another man left through the rear doors.

Police said nobody has come forward to identify a shooter, even though the building was busier than a usual weeknight, with the 50 Cent movie, 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin'' debuting on two screens."
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
  And thus ends the great legal drama of our age
So much for that. For the original post click here

IOL: No Nasa millions for irate Russian astrologer: "Moscow - A Moscow court on Tuesday threw out a $-300-million 'moral damages' claim against Nasa by a Russian astrologer who tried to sue the US space agency after it crashed a scientific probe into a comet."
Aftenposten Norway, Norwegian news in English: "The SINTEF (The Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research at the Norwegian Institute of Technology) study claimed that 11 out of 26 front to front collisions involved conscious attempts at suicide, with the car seeking the truck.

Professional truckers said the collisions often leave drivers with psychological problems, with many haunted by the incidents.

'For truckers it is a macabre sight when suicidal types wave and smile as they drive into the front of a rig,' said Alf Ragnar Karlsen of the Norwegian Transport Worker Union."
  Look for Le Worm and Co to block this as well
BBC NEWS | Europe | France to deport foreign rioters: "Mr Sarkozy told MPs that non-French nationals - 'not all of whom are here illegally' - had been convicted of taking part in the attacks.

'I have asked the prefects to deport them from our national territory without delay, including those who have a residency visa,' he said."
  Greenpeace; keeping the environment safe from everyone...but themselves

I guess when you are saving the world for the children, er, child-porpoises you can't be bothered with little issues like safely navigating your vessel in unfamiliar waters.
For the non-sailing/non-Navy geeks, there is a little publication called Notice to Mariners (there is even an on-line version for goodness sakes). The NTM comes out each week with updates and changes on all nautical objects; buoys, lights, soundings, etc. Competant Navigators maintain their charts. When receiving new charts, especially from non-NOAA entities, one of the first things you do is to update the charts to the latest NTM!

When you receive a chart, it may be based on a survey that can be over 40 years old. The NTM is the mechanism that a Navigator uses to keep a chart current after it is published/surveyed.

I guess competance does not matter when you are trying to 'save the world'

BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Greenpeace fined for reef damage: "Environmental group Greenpeace has been fined almost $7,000 (£4,000) for damaging a coral reef at a World Heritage site in the Philippines.

Their flagship Rainbow Warrior II ran aground at Tubbataha Reef Marine Park, in the Sulu Sea, 650km (400 miles) south-east of Manila.

Park officials said almost 100 sq m (1,076 sq ft) of reef had been damaged.

Greenpeace agreed to pay the fine, but blamed the accident on outdated maps provided by the Philippines government.

'The chart indicated we were a mile and a half' from the coral reef when the ship ran aground, regional Greenpeace official Red Constantino told AFP news agency.

'This accident could have been avoided if the chart was accurate,' he said, adding, however, that Greenpeace felt 'responsible' for the damage."
Monday, November 07, 2005
  Telegraph | News | Leaders fiddle as France burns

Telegraph | News | Leaders fiddle as France burns: "Despite an assurance from Philippe Douste Blazy, the foreign minister, that France was 'not a dangerous country', the spread of violence prompted the Foreign Office in London to warn travellers that trouble could break out 'almost anywhere'.

Dominique de Villepin, the beleaguered prime minister, announced that officials in riot-hit areas would be authorised to impose late-night curfews 'wherever it is necessary' in a bid to halt the disturbances.

He rejected calls by a police union for troops to be sent in but said that 1,500 reservists were being called up and repeated an appeal to parents to keep adolescent rioters off the streets."
  Why quelling the Paris Intifada matters
DEBKAfile - France’s Ramadan Uprising - a Ticking Bomb for Europe: "Today, French counter-terror sources are willing to admit, albeit on the quiet and not for attribution, that those clandestine terrorist cells may well be at the bottom of the current riots. They note the history of the Palestinian uprising, which kicked off in 1987 with stones and petrol bombs, only to evolve into a suicidal terrorist war by the late nineties. They fear this process may be beginning - not just in France but in the rest of Europe too, that the covert nucleus of trained and indoctrinated Islamic terrorists al Qaeda buried inside Europe is being turned against the continent, starting in France."
  RIP Grokster
BREITBART.COM - Just The News: "Grokster, the free music-swapping website that prompted a legal battle ending in the US Supreme Court, agreed to shut down its service under a settlement with the US music industry, industry officials said.

Grokster will shut down its peer-to-peer (P2P) network that had been accused of massive copyright violations, prompting a lawsuit that ended with the highest US court ruling that it contributed to piracy, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)"
  The Paris Intifada continues despite furious appeaasement by the French.
My Way News: "PARIS (AP) - Rioting by French youths spread to 300 towns overnight and a man hurt in the violence died of his wounds, the first fatality in 11 days of unrest that has shocked the country, police said Monday.

As urban unrest spread to neighboring Belgium and possibly Germany, the French government faced growing criticism for its inability to stop the violence, despite massive police deployment and continued calls for calm.

On Sunday night, vandals burned more than 1,400 vehicles, and clashes around the country left 36 police injured, setting a new high for overnight arson and violence since rioting started Oct. 27, Michel Gaudin told a news conference.

Australia, Austria, Britain, Germany and Hungary advised their citizens to exercise care in France, joining the United States and Russia in warning tourists to stay away from violence-hit areas."
Sunday, November 06, 2005
  He won't be happy until someone bombs his ass and makes him the Leftist martyr that he pines to be.
BBC NEWS | Americas | Venezuela threatens US over F-16s: "President Hugo Chavez has warned the US he could give some of his country's F-16 fighter jets to Cuba or China.

Mr Chavez accused the US of breaking a contract to supply spare parts for the jets it sold to Venezuela in the 1980s.

He suggested that Washington would be less than pleased if military rivals gained access to the advanced planes.

The F-16s were sold to previous governments that had better relations with the White House. The US sees Mr Chavez as an unfriendly head of state.

The Venezuelan president's latest provocative announcement came during a nationally televised address, dominated by appeals to Latin Americans to end the dominance of the US.

Speaking of the fighter planes, he said he was 'only thinking out loud'.

'Maybe we will just send them back to them, or perhaps we will send 10 planes to Cuba, or to China, so they can have a look at the technology of these aircraft.'"
  Another filthy anti-war hack slandering the US in the mode of KOS
STLtoday - News - Politics: "In a speech in Syracuse in March, the Post Standard newspaper quoted him as saying, 'The reason the Marines teach you discipline . . . is so that you can confront the enemy and kill him. . . . Or so you can put a bullet into a 6-year-old, which is what I did. '

In the interview with the Post-Dispatch, Massey said he never personally had shot a child.

'I meant that's what my unit did,' he said.

He could not provide details.

Nor could he name any Marine who could corroborate any of his stories.

'Admitting guilt is a hard thing to do,' he said."
  Sony maliciously tampers with it's clients personal computers.
BBC NEWS | Technology | The rootkit of all evil?: "The software, called Extended Copy Protection or XCP, hides itself on your hard drive using techniques normally reserved for viruses, worms and trojans, which use similar 'rootkits' to evade detection.

And if you notice it is there and try to remove it you may stop your computer recognising its CD drive.

This is because the cloaking techniques involve making changes to the Windows registry, altering the way device drivers work and generally messing with your installation."
Saturday, November 05, 2005
  Movie Review: A movie that has to be seen twice
This is one of those movies that you have to watch (at least) twice. The second watching is remarkedly different from the first.
The first screening is a great action flick; part 1984, Farenheight 451, and Brave new world. With a liberal seasoning of excellent leavening of violence laden combat and fight scenes.
The second time thru, the subtleties and nuance that is woven into the background and into the acting become appearant. Christian Bale is implacable, and Taye Diggs, spends a lit of time laughing at a joke that only he gets.

This is one of those movies that you insistently foist off on all your friends, just trying to get them to see the genius, and to enjoy it half as much as you did.

Like Serenity,

IGN: Equilibrium Review: "Though the film gets immeasurable mileage out of its cinematography, stunning futuristic production design, and music (an awesome neo-Wagnerian choral score by Klaus Badelt, a frequent collaborator of Hans Zimmer), it's (not surprisingly) the performers who give the proceedings so much gravity. Bale has never been better, combining the sleek coldness that served him so well as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho with a heartbreaking portrayal of a man rediscovering his lost humanity (and paying for the recovery of that humanity: Wimmer cleverly has the violence become more intense and wrenching as Preston learns to feel again). Bale is strongly supported by Emily Watson (one of the most soulful actresses working today, here perfectly cast as a beautiful sense offender who spurs Preston's rebellion against the system), Taye Diggs (having a wicked good time as Preston's suspicious partner), and Angus MacFadyen (sinister and oddly mournful as the head Clerick). This is a cast who seem to be giving their all in the service of a brilliant script, and guided all the way by a superb director."
Friday, November 04, 2005
VDH's Private Papers::The Real Global Virus: "It’s past time that we quit worrying whether a killer who blows himself up on the West Bank, or a terrorist who shouts the accustomed jihadist gibberish as he crashes a jumbo jet into the World Trade Center, or a driver who rams his explosives-laden car into an Iraqi polling station, or a Chechnyan rebel who blows the heads off schoolchildren, is in daily e-mail contact with Osama bin Laden. Our present lax attitude toward jihadism is akin to deeming local outbreaks of avian flu as regional maladies without much connection to a new strain of a deadly — and global — virus.

Instead, the world — if it is to save its present liberal system of free trade, safe travel, easy and unfettered communications, and growing commitment to constitutional government — must begin seeing radical Islamism as a universal pathology rather than reactions to regional grievances, if it is ever to destroy it materially and refute it ideologically.

Yet the antidote for radical Islam, aside from the promotion of democratization and open economies, is simple. It must be militarily defeated when it emerges to wage organized violence, as in the cases of the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Zarqawi’s terrorists in Iraq, and the various killer cliques in Palestine.

Second, any who tolerate radical Islam should be ostracized. Muslims living in the West must be condemned when they assert that the Jews caused 9/11, or that suicide bombing is a legitimate response to Israel, or that Islamic immigrants’ own unique culture gives them a pass from accustomed assimilation, or that racial and religious affinity should allow tolerance for the hatred that spews forth from madrassas and mosques — before the patience of Western liberalism is exhausted and “the rules of the game” in Tony Blair’s words “change” quite radically and we begin to see mass invitations to leave.

Third, nations that intrigue with jihadists must be identified as the enemies of c"
Thursday, November 03, 2005
  Wired News: The Cover-Up Is the Crime
Wired News: The Cover-Up Is the Crime: "The firestorm began when Mark Russinovich, a computer security expert with Sysinternals, discovered evidence of a 'rootkit' on his Windows PC. Through heroic forensic work, he traced the code to First 4 Internet, a British provider of copy-restriction technology that has a deal with Sony to put digital rights management on its CDs. It turns out Russinovich was infected with the software when he played the Sony BMG CD Get Right With the Man by the Van Zant brothers.

A rootkit is a particularly insidious type of Trojan horse that hides its existence from users and programs by tampering with the operating system on the most fundamental level. Where normal malicious code might be content to choose a deceptive file name, a rootkit 'hooks' operating system calls that might reveal its presence, and essentially reprograms them to lie -- like bribing the coroner to conceal a murder.

And the lie the First 4 Internet code tells is a whopper. Under the program's influence, Windows will deny the existence of any file, directory, process or registry key whose name begins with '$sys$.' Russinovich verified this by making a copy of Notepad named '$sys$notepad.exe,' which promptly vanished from view.

That means that any hacker who can gain even rudimentary access to a Windows machine infected with the program now has the power to hide anything he wants under the '$sys$' cloak of invisibility. Criticism of Sony has largely focused on this theoretical possibility -- that black hats might piggyback on the First 4 Internet software for their own ends.

On Wednesday, Sony answered its critics by promising to issue a patch that allows antivirus software to pierce First 4 Internet's cloaking function. But in our view, the hacker and virus threat is something of a red herring. The harm of the Sony DRM scheme is not that it enables evildoers, but that Sony itself did evil.

We needn't go skulking through the computer undergroun to find malicious action here. By deliberately corrupting the most basic functionality of their customers' computers, Sony broke the rules of fair play and crossed a bright line separating legitimate software from computer trespass. Their actions may be civilly actionable.

Sony may even have committed a crime under the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which can carry fines and prison terms for anyone who "knowingly causes the transmission of a program ... and as a result of such conduct, intentionally causes damage, without authorization, to a protected computer." Corrupting Windows so it misreports the contents of a hard drive sounds a lot like "damage," and the click-wrap license agreement on the Sony disk amounts to pretty thin "authorization" -- disclosing only that "this CD will automatically install a small proprietary software program ... intended to protect the audio files embodied on the CD." "
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
  Dhimni Carter opens his pie-hole again
BREITBART.COM - Just The News: "The Bush Administration's prewar claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction were 'manipulated, at least' to mislead the American people, former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday.

The decision to go to war was the culmination of a long-term plan to attack Iraq that resulted from the first President Bush not taking out Saddam, Carter said on NBC's 'Today' show.

Carter also said he supports the move by Senate Democrats to force an update on the investigation into prewar intelligence on Iraq, and says Republicans have been dragging their feet on the investigation.

Democrats Tuesday used a rarely invoked Senate rule to force a secret session as a way to dramatize their assertions that the Bush administration misused intelligence in the run-up to the war in Iraq.

A bipartisan committee has been appointed to review the investigation. "
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