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Monday, December 26, 2005
  SupaFreak Edition
My Way News: "NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (AP) - A 64-year-old man has pleaded no contest to charges in Clark County Circuit Court after telling police he regularly had been using calves for sexual gratification.

Harold G. Hart was placed on two years probation Thursday and ordered to have psychological counseling and an alcohol and drug abuse assessment after pleading to charges of sexual gratification with an animal and disorderly conduct.

According to the criminal complaint, the family living on the farm Hart visited, installed a motion sensor because they had seen suspicious footprints and vehicle tracks.

When the sensor sounded, Hart was caught leaving the barn. He later told police the farm was a routine stop, usually after bar closing or on trips to strip clubs near Marshfield or Neillsville.

Hart told police he had gone to the farm at least 50 times in the last year, sometimes two to four times in a week."
Thursday, December 22, 2005
  Eh, like we gotta do something eh

I don't remember the Canucks complaining about US military presence in the Arctic during the Cold War when there was a real and present danger from Soviet forces.
Of course that does pretty much illustrate the impotence of the canadians. A country that cannot protect it's borders and project it's national will abroad is not much of a country.
In reality I am fairly shocked that the Canadians poked their heads out from behind the US's skirts long enough to show what ungratefull wretches they are.
Not to put to fine a point on this, but exactly what could the Canadians actually do about US subs?
The Canadian sub fleet is grounded and drydocked because the Canadian Navy is incapable of safely operating and maintaining thier fleet in the face of constant cutbacks.
The Canadian Army is a joke, for example they were deployed to Afgansitan without ammunition and had to borrow from US stockpiles.
When the tsunami hit, their rapid deployment (DART) was unable to rapidly deploy due to lack of military airlift capability.

It's really easy to hide behind your bigger brother and stick your tongue out at the world. However when you pick a fight with your only protector, that is shows your churlish nature quite clearly.
The Globe and Mail: Harper would boost Arctic military presence: "Mr. Harper's announcement in Winnipeg came after recent reports that at least one U.S. military submarine recently patrolled the Arctic and likely passed through Canadian waters.

Liberal Leader Paul Martin has said his government will do what is necessary to stop American submarines from entering Canadian waters.

Mr. Harper pledged today to do more than talk.

'As prime minister, I will make it clear to foreign governments — including the United States — that naval vessels traveling in Canadian territorial waters will require the consent of the government of Canada,' said Mr. Harper."
Independent Online Edition > Transport: "Britain is to become the first country in the world where the movements of all vehicles on the roads are recorded. A new national surveillance system will hold the records for at least two years.

Using a network of cameras that can automatically read every passing number plate, the plan is to build a huge database of vehicle movements so that the police and security services can analyse any journey a driver has made over several years.

The network will incorporate thousands of existing CCTV cameras which are being converted to read number plates automatically night and day to provide 24/7 coverage of all motorways and main roads, as well as towns, cities, ports and petrol-station forecourts.

By next March a central database installed alongside the Police National Computer in Hendon, north London, will store the details of 35 million number-plate 'reads' per day. These will include time, date and precise location, with camera sites monitored by global positioning satellites."
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
  Dogg Bites Man
BREITBART.COM - 3 Stabbed at Notorious B.I.G. Record Party: "NEW YORK - Three people were stabbed early Wednesday at a Manhattan club that was hosting a record-release party for a new collection of duets featuring slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. Detectives also were investigating a shooting near the club, named Exit, that occurred around the same time. It was unclear if the two incidents were related.

Authorities could not confirm reports that the party was attended by Sean 'Diddy' Combs and Notorious B.I.G.'s mother, Voletta Wallace. The two co-produced the new 'Duets' record, which pairs the rapper's vocals with Eminem, Jay-Z and other artists.

Police said that at 3:10 a.m. patrol officers heard gunfire at a parking garage near the club. Inside, they found three men with gunshot wounds; all were taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Moments later, police received a 911 call reporting a stabbing at the club. Officers found three victims _ two men who were slashed in the face and one who was stabbed in the stomach; all were hospitalized.

There were no arrests. Detectives were questioning the occupants of a car spotted fleeing the scene shortly after the shooting. "
  If you don't check out Ace regularly you are missing out on great inside ball humor, Like Trasit Strike Poetry. Read em all.
Ace of Spades HQ: "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
Because some hack with a grade school education made me."
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
  Diggin a hole: Ruskie Style
Not content to sell weapons systems capable (on paper) of downing US fightercraft, the Russians are now picking a side in the upcoming US Military 'tour' of Syria.During OIF we had Russian 'technicians' working with their Iraqi counterparts on weapons systems and counter-measures, up to and during the offensive portion of the war.
Russian hardware does not have a good track record when confronting the might of the US armed forces. That however has not deterred the Russians from fleecing worried Dictator after worried Dictator with their shoddy wares.
However there will come a day when Russian hardware will be responsible for the death or injury of US military personnel and if you don't have someone like The Bent One to cover it up, well, that will be a day to watch the chips and see where they fall.

The last word on this; The Russians need to choose a side in the WoT. They have suffered as greviously as any country, yet they continue to coddle dictators and terror sponsoring nations.
RIA Novosti - Russia - Russia to take Syria's side if conflict with U.S. arises - Russian MPs: "MOSCOW, December 20 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will take Syria's side if charges against Syrian officials with involvement in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri cause a conflict between the United States and Syria, two Russian parliamentary members said Tuesday.

'If Russia is to choose between its two strategic allies, it will undoubtedly take Syria's side,' said Shamil Sultanov, a coordinator of an inter-faction association, Russia and the Islamic World: A Strategic Dialogue.

Nikolai Leonov, a member of parliament's security committee, who had recently visited Syria along with Sultanov and other MPs, said it was primarily beneficial for the U.S. to accuse Syria of murdering Hariri. 'Indeed, Syria is an excellent oil corridor with access to deep-water Mediterranean ports. Besides, this is a good pretext to distract the world community's attention from the events in Iraq,' the MP said.

Leonov said earlier that he was concerned that Syria could face the Iraqi scenario."
  Music to my ears
Personally I think we haven't seen anything yet. It's my guess that Fox will start mass bussing of illegals across the US border. His armed forces are already making weekly armed incursions across the border and firing on US personell.
If this asshole gets really excersized he may even dump the contents of his jails ala Castro across the border.
While I have about zero faith in the Bushies to actually do anything concrete (militarizing the border), they at least are beginning to pay some lip service to the problem.
BREITBART.COM - Mexico Retaliates for Border Wall Plan: "The Mexican government, angered by a U.S. proposal to extend a wall along the border to keep out migrants, has struck back with radio ads urging Mexican workers to denounce rights violations in the United States. Facing a growing tide of anti-immigrant sentiment north of the border, the Mexican government is also hiring an American public relations firm to improve its image.

Mexican President Vicente Fox denounced the U.S. measures, passed by the House of Representatives on Friday, as 'shameful' and his foreign secretary, Luis Ernesto Derbez, said Monday the wall was 'stupid.'

It's hard to underestimate the ill-feeling the proposal has generated in Mexico, where editorial pages are dominated by cartoons of Uncle Sam putting up walls bearing anti-Mexican messages."
  Our "Allies" the Germans
While I am sure that J. F'n Kerry has a different view of this and would immediately leap to defend his European paramours. Because if you listen to any Donk bloviate, the Europeans are better/smarter/more sensible than any of us schtoopid AmeriKKKans.
Even better, the release of this mutt appears to be part and parcel of a hostage trade with Iraqi terrorists. Nothing like a little appeasement is there Fraulien.
Germany frees jailed Hizbollah man wanted by US - Yahoo! News: "BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has quietly released a Hizbollah member jailed for life for the murder of a
U.S. Navy diver, apparently disregarding Washington's wish to extradite him, diplomats and German officials said on Tuesday.

'He served his term,' Eva Schmierer, a spokeswoman for Germany's justice ministry, told a news conference.

Sources in Berlin and Beirut said earlier that Mohammad Ali Hammadi, convicted of killing Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem in Beirut during the 1985 hijacking of a TWA flight and sentenced to life in prison, was flown back to Lebanon last week.

German legal sources said he had been released on Thursday and travelled to the Lebanese capital on Friday. Hizbollah sources confirmed that Hammadi had returned.

Schmierer said her ministry had never received a formal extradition request from Washington. But diplomats in Berlin said the German government was well aware that the Americans would have liked Hammadi extradited to the United States, where he is under indictment for Stethem's murder.

The diplomats said Hammadi's release could complicate relations between Germany and the United States, which have pledged to cooperate closely in anti-terrorism efforts"
  Right next to Sadam's stockpile I am sure.
World Tribune.com -- Report: Syria agrees to hide Iran nukes
LONDON — Syria has signed a pledge to store Iranian nuclear weapons and missiles.

The London-based Jane's Defence Weekly reported that Iran and Syria signed a strategic accord meant to protect either country from international pressure regarding their weapons programs. The magazine, citing diplomatic sources, said Syria agreed to store Iranian materials and weapons should Teheran come under United Nations sanctions.

Iran also pledged to grant haven to any Syrian intelligence officer indicted by the UN or Lebanon. Five Syrian officers have been questioned by the UN regarding the Hariri assassination, Middle East Newsline reported.

"The sensitive chapter in the accord includes Syria's commitment to allow Iran to safely store weapons, sensitive equipment or even hazardous materials on Syrian soil should Iran need such help in a time of crisis," Jane's said.

The accord also obligated Syria to continue to supply the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah with weapons, ammunition and communications. Iran has been the leading weapons supplier to Hizbullah, with about 15,000 missiles and rockets along the Israeli-Lebanese border.
  Where the Donk's Stand
Final Vote Results for Roll Call 648: "Expressing the commitment of the House of Representatives to achieving victory in Iraq"

220 Republicans For Victory
109 Democrats Against Victory

What else needs to be said.
  For fucks sakes, holding a free and fair election can't be this hard
Diebold thrown out of Florida by hacker: "A FINNISH security expert has proved to the supervisor of elections in Leon County Florida that it is a doddle to hack Diebold voting machines.

Harri Hursti took part in a fake election in Leon County using what Diebold calls unhackable technology.

At the beginning of the test election the memory card programmed by Harri Hursti was inserted into an Optical Scan Diebold voting machine. Hursti had pre-loaded the memory card with plus and minus votes.

The eight ballots were run through the optical scan machine. Correct results should have been: Yes:2 ; No:6 However, just as Hursti had planned, the results tape read: Yes:7 ; No:1

To be fair to Diebold, the Hursti Hack requires a moderate level of inside access, however it does not require a password and it is the same level of access given thousands of poll workers across the USA."
  The Religion of Nerve Gassing Children
MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base: "More than 35 people, most of them children, in the Russian republic of Chechnya have been hospitalized with illness that preliminary diagnosis indicates could be nerve-gas poisoning, officials said Tuesday.

The ill include pupils, teachers and workers at a middle school in the town of Starogladovskaya, according to Vladimir Gerasin, a spokesman for the Ministry of Emergency Situations' office for southern Russia.

The first illnesses, including breathing trouble and headaches were reported Friday and as of Tuesday emergency officials said 36 people including 25 children had been affected. Preliminary investigation points to an unspecified kind of nerve gas, said Gerasin and officials of the Chechen administration.

Separatist rebels that have been fighting Russian forces in Chechnya for most of the past decade have committed a series of terrorist attacks in Chechnya and other parts of Russia, including the 2004 seizure of a school in the town of Beslan. That hostage-taking ended in the deaths of 331 people."
Monday, December 19, 2005
  1 down 20 million more to go
Rocky Mountain News: Local: "A Mexican national was sentenced last week to 8 1/2 years in prison after he committed three crimes in three states and had been deported three times since 1996.

Isidro Palomino-Garcia, 36, was sentenced last Thursday to 102 months, or 7 years, for illegal re-entry of an aggravated felon and another 18 months for violating probation for a previous conviction of re-entry after deportation. The two sentences will run consecutively.

'This criminal alien will spend the next 8 1/2 years in prison for flagrantly and repeatedly violating our laws,' said Jeffrey Copp, special agent in charge for the Denver office of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 'We will continue to work closely with the US Attorney’s office to prosecute criminal aliens and remove them from our communities and from the country.'

Re-entry into the United States after deportation is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison."
OMG!!! Likeyouknow the US is, um, like torturing people, I am like so Oh My God, can you believe it, and they are like, Ya totally, fo'shniizzle, Free Mumia, un-Fry Tookie.

This is worse than Abu Garib, making those poor defenseless Jihadi's listen to Eminem and Dr. Dre.
Why pretty soon we will be lopping the heads off of human rights workers and beheading school teachers for teaching girls.
TheIndyChannel.com - News - Eminem Music Allegedly Used As U.S. Torture Device: "A human rights group is alleging the United States operated a secret prison near Afghanistan's capital as recently as last year.

The group claims that music by Eminem and Dr. Dre were used as instruments of torture.

New York-based Human Rights Watch has issued a report saying the United States operated a secret prison in Afghanistan and tortured detainees. The report quoted an Ethiopian-born detainee as saying he was kept in a pitch-black prison and forced to listen to Eminem and Dr. Dre’s rap music for 20 days before the music was replaced by 'horrible ghost laughter and Halloween sounds.'

The report said detainees at the facility -- known as 'Dark Prison' -- were deprived of sleep, chained to walls and forced to listen to loud music in total darkness for days."
Friday, December 16, 2005
  The Religion of Murdering Teachers for Teaching Girls
Telegraph | News | Taliban execute teacher in front of his pupils for educating girls: "Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan have executed a school teacher in front of his pupils for refusing to comply with warnings to stop educating girls.

The attack took place on Thursday at a secondary school in Nadi Ali district, Helmand province, the scene of many Taliban attacks in recent months, according to the police, who learned of the incident yesterday.

About 4,000 British troops will be deployed to the province in April to combat an increasingly confident insurgency.

Pupils at the school said two armed men arrived by motorcycle. 'They dragged the teacher from the classroom and shot him at the school gate,' said Abdul Rahman Sabir, Helmand's police chief.

'He had received many warning letters from the Taliban to stop teaching, but he continued to do so happily and honestly - he liked to teach boys and girls.' He identified the teacher by the single name of Laghmani."
  Pelosi: Our strength is in our fragmented cowardice
Pelosi Hails Democrats' Diverse War Stances: "House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said yesterday that Democrats should not seek a unified position on an exit strategy in Iraq, calling the war a matter of individual conscience and saying differing positions within the caucus are a source of strength for the party.

Pelosi said Democrats will produce an issue agenda for the 2006 elections but it will not include a position on Iraq. There is consensus within the party that President Bush has mismanaged the war and that a new course is needed, but House Democrats should be free to take individual positions, she sad.

'There is no one Democratic voice . . . and there is no one Democratic position,' Pelosi said in an interview with Washington Post reporters and editors.

Pelosi recently endorsed the proposal by Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) for a swift redeployment of U.S. forces from Iraq over a period of six months, but no other party leader followed, and House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) publicly opposed her.

She said her support for Murtha was not intended to forge a Democratic position on the war, adding that she blocked an effort by some of her colleagues to put the Democrats on record backing Murtha.

Her comments ruling out a caucus position appeared to put Pelosi at odds with some other party officials. Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean recently said Democrats were beginning to coalesce around a strategy that would pull out all troops over the next two years. Rep. Rahm Emanuel (Ill.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said on the day Murtha offered his plan, 'As for Iraq policy, at the right time, we'll have a position.'

Pelosi, one of the most liberal Democrats in the House, opposed the war and, as the senior Democrat on the intelligence committee before the invasion, argued that Saddam Hussein posed no imminent threat to the United States. She served a"
Thursday, December 15, 2005
  More leaking from people sworn to do otherwise, in an effort to cripple the President
Bush Secretly Lifted Some Limits on Spying in U.S. After 9/11, Officials Say - New York Times: "The previously undisclosed decision to permit some eavesdropping inside the country without court approval represents a major shift in American intelligence-gathering practices, particularly for the National Security Agency, whose mission is to spy on communications abroad. As a result, some officials familiar with the continuing operation have questioned whether the surveillance has stretched, if not crossed, constitutional limits on legal searches.

'This is really a sea change,' said a former senior official who specializes in national security law. 'It's almost a mainstay of this country that the N.S.A. only does foreign searches.'

Nearly a dozen current and former officials, who were granted anonymity because of the classified nature of the program, discussed it with reporters for The New York Times because of their concerns about the operation's legality and oversight.

According to those officials and others, reservations about aspects of the program have also been expressed by Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, the West Virginia Democrat who is the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and a judge presiding over a secret court that oversees intelligence matters. Some of the questions about the agency's new powers led the administration to temporarily suspend the operation last year and impose more restrictions, the officials said.

The Bush administration views the operation as necessary so that the agency can move quickly to monitor communications that may disclose threats to this country, the officials said. Defenders of the program say it has been a critical tool in helping disrupt terrorist plots and prevent attacks inside the United States."
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
  The Religion of Peaceful Co-Existence: Austrailian Church Burning Edition
The Austrailian populace being forcibly disarmed in the mid-nineties has shown signs of throwing off the shackles of shimnitude that bind western multi-culti societies, (ie the French).
This may become the next front in the clash...I guess civilizations is the wrong word. The proper term I guess is barbarians at the gate. Or an asp snuggled to it's bosom.
Whatever flowery metaphor you choose to assign; the muslims in Austrailia are showing the same penchant for assimilation and peaceful co-existence that they have shown in every other county unfortunate enough to have a large population of them.
This tit-for-tat in Austrailia is looking like it's going to spiral right out of control. Mass deportation and killings in the street out of control.
The French (true to form) chose to appease and cower before their muslim rioters.
The Aussie's are actually standing up and fighting back, it's been so long since I have seen a Western nation actually stand up for itself in the face of a 'victims' lobby rioting in the street.
It is going to be interesting to see if the Canberra government can get the two sides under control. I don't think they will any time soon. There will be more low level church burnings and minor localized terrorism from now on. Until that day that the Aussie's wash their hands of the lot of them. That or the muslims start to police themselves. However that seems unlikely to happen, there, here, or any other Western nation.

Only Victory will bring true peace.

Personally I don't know how many more years remain until we have world wide unrestrained warfare between the islamic world and the civilized western nations.
The Australian: Now churches are targeted [December 15, 2005]: "FOUR churches in Sydney's southwest have been attacked in 24 hours as the city's riots spread from race to religion.

A community hall linked to a Uniting church was burned to the ground early yesterday, carol-singers were spat on and church buildings peppered with gunfire.

In response, members of the Arab Christian and Arab Muslim communities have called for a curfew for all Lebanese youths over the weekend.

Police believe the attack on the hall, in the suburb of Auburn, was intended to destroy the Uniting church next door, while nearby StThomas's Anglican Church, which has a primarily Chinese congregation, had all its front windows smashed. Three of the attacks were on churches within minutes of each other. The night before, Molotov cocktails were used in an attack on an Anglican church in Macquarie Fields in the city's far southwest."
  The wheels of justice grind exceedingly fine
Officer issues ticket to jaywalker with fatal injuries: "Although witnesses said he was badly injured and unresponsive at the scene, police issued him the ticket. His family found it with his belongings when they went to the hospital.

'We knew it was a serious injury, but we didn't know it was life-threatening,' police Capt. Willie Smith told The Washington Post in a story for Tuesday editions. He said officers would not have issued the ticket 'if we knew he was going to die.'"
  Electric Venom finds the biggest D'oh! EVER
Electric Venom: "A love-struck Frenchman wooed the online girl of his dreams for six months - only to discover at their first meeting that he had in fact been chatting up his own mother, Yahoo! reports......"
  Sorry Kenny-Boy the pity train has already left the station
US News Article | Reuters.com: "HOUSTON (Reuters) - Former Enron Corp. Chairman Ken Lay on Tuesday said he was the victim of a 'wave of terror' by prosecutors and blamed his former chief financial officer for the energy company's spectacular downfall.

In a preview of his defense at his criminal trial next month, Lay, in a speech to a Houston group, said he was only to blame for trusting Andrew Fastow, Enron's CFO, who has pleaded guilty to charges and will be the government's key witness against Lay and co-defendants.

'We did trust Andy Fastow, and sadly, tragically, that trust turned out to be misplaced,' Lay said.

Lay, former Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling and former Chief Accounting Officer Richard Causey will face criminal trial in January for charges brought in the aftermath of the collapse of the world's largest energy trader.

Lay also took aim at the Department of Justice's Enron Task Force, which he said launched a special investigation against him even before there was evidence of any crimes."
  A new 'Pot' pill is ready to market
United Press International - NewsTrack - New drug acts as marijuana in the brain: "MONTREAL, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A McGill University study suggests a new anti-depressant drug works by raising levels of endocannabinoids -- similar to a substance found in marijuana.

The study suggests the new drug, called URB597, might represent a safer alternative to use of marijuana for treatment of pain and depression, and open the door to new and improved treatments for clinical depression.

In pre-clinical laboratory tests researchers found URB597 increased the production of endocannabinoids by blocking their degradation, resulting in measurable antidepressant effects.

'This is the first time it has been shown a drug that increases endocannabinoids in the brain can improve your mood,' said lead investigator Dr. Gabriella Gobbi, a researcher at Montreal and McGill Universities.

The researchers, including scientists from the University of California-Irvine, were able to measure serotonin and noradrenaline activity as a result of the increased endocannabinoids.

'The results were similar to the effect we might expect from the use of commonly prescribed antidepressants, which are effective on only around 30 percent of the population,' said Gobbi. 'Our discovery strengthens the case for URB597 as a safer, non-addictive, non-psychotropic alternative to cannabis for the treatment of pain and depression.'"
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
  NOLA, We can throw a party but we can't get our heads out of our asses to hold an election
BREITBART.COM - Katrina Evacuees Decry Mardi Gras Plans: "NEW ORLEANS - Some Hurricane Katrina refugees stuck in hotel rooms and unfamiliar surroundings across the United States are in no mood to party, and they are decrying the city's plans to hold a Mardi Gras celebration in February. 'This is not the time for fun. This is the time to put people's lives back on track,' said Lillie Antoine, a 51-year-old refugee stuck in Tulsa, Okla.


City officials announced last month that New Orleans would hold an abbreviated Mardi Gras celebration. Civic boosters say the festivities can help revitalize New Orleans' economy, lift morale and show the world that the city is on its way back.

In addition to scaling the two-week Carnival season to eight days, the cash-strapped city is seeking corporate sponsors for the first time to pay for police overtime and the cleanup along the parade routes and the French Quarter."
  Cox & Forkum Editorial Cartoons: well worth the daily visit.

Cox & Forkum Editorial Cartoons: "The government said three people died in Tuesday's violence in this coastal village northeast of Hong Kong, but witnesses put the death toll as high as 20.

The commander's 'wrong actions' were to blame for the deaths, said a statement issued by the government of Guangdong province, where Dongzhou is located. ...

The police shootings Tuesday were the deadliest known clash yet amid growing anger in areas throughout China over government land seizures for construction of power plants, shopping malls and other projects.

Farmers often complain they are paid too little. Some accuse local authorities of stealing compensation money.

Such incidents have alarmed communist leaders, who are promising to spend more to raise living standards in the poor countryside, home to about 800 million people.

By the government's count, China had more than 70,000 cases of rural unrest last year. Protests are growing more violent, with injuries on both sides."
Monday, December 12, 2005
  The ChiComs have their hands in the cookie jar, AGAIN
BREITBART.COM - Hacker attacks in US linked to Chinese military: researchers: "n the attacks, Paller said, the perpetrators 'were in and out with no keystroke errors and left no fingerprints, and created a backdoor in less than 30 minutes. How can this be done by anyone other than a military organization?'

Paller said that despite what appears to be a systematic effort to target government agencies and defense contractors, defenses have remained weak in many areas.

'We know about major penetrations of defense contractors,' he said.

Security among private-sector Pentagon contractors may not be as robust, said Paller, because 'they are less willing to make it hard for mobile people to get their work done.'

Paller said the US government strategy appears to be to downplay the attacks, which has not helped the situation.

'We have a problem that our computer networks have been terribly and deeply penetrated throughout the United States ... and we've been keeping it secret,' he said.

'The people who benefit from keeping it secret are the attackers.'"
  I honestly didn't think Arnie had the stones to follow thru. Especially in light of the Kennedy hiring.
BREITBART.COM - Crips Founder Williams Denied Clemency: "Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to spare the life of Stanley Tookie Williams, the founder of the murderous Crips gang who awaited execution early Tuesday in a case that stirred debate over capital punishment and the possibility of redemption on death row. Williams, 51, is set to die by injection at San Quentin State Prison after midnight for murdering four people in two 1979 holdups.

Hollywood stars and death penalty opponents mounted a campaign to save his life, making him one of the nation's biggest death-row cause celebres in decades. His supporters argued that the founder of the murderous Crips gang had made amends during more than two decades in prison by writing a memoir and children's books about the dangers of gangs.

Prosecutors and victims' advocates contended Williams was undeserving of clemency from the governor because he did not own up to his crimes and refused to inform on fellow gang members. They also argued that the Crips gang that Williams co-founded in Los Angeles in 1971 is responsible for hundreds of deaths, many of them in battles with the rival Bloods for turf and control of the drug trade."
  More incompetence for our own Somalia on the Gulf
For a state that is capable of getting organzied enough to throw a drunken orgy of a boozefest months after Katrina. Yet when it comes to the execution of one of the States primary purposes (elections) LA and Blanco can't quite seem to stop screwing the pooch and do their jobs.
The mre cynical in the blogosphere suspect the real reason for Blanco's determination to postpone elections is that she hasn't got enough of the detritus of NOLA back in town to be bused like faithful little zombies to the polling stations.
Nola.com: NewsFlash - Blanco postpones New Orleans elections: "BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Kathleen Blanco postponed the New Orleans mayoral election indefinitely on Monday, setting up a legal battle with voters who filed a lawsuit seeking to ensure the election is held as scheduled in February.

Blanco's executive order cites the recommendation of Secretary of State Al Ater, the state's top elections officials, who has said the city is incapable of holding elections in February because Hurricane Katrina caused so much damage to polling sites and voting machines.

The postponement would affect the mayor race as well as scheduled elections for sheriff and city council seats.

A group of New Orleans voters last week filed suit against the governor, seeking to force her to hold the election as scheduled. A hearing in that case has not been set.

Qualifying for the elections was set to begin Wednesday."
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Sunday, December 11, 2005
  Get Your War Porn Fix: Tank based shotgun rounds
Armor: "December 11, 2005: The M-1 tank has finally, oficially, gotten its M1028 'shotgun shell' for its 120mm gun. This is for use against hostile infantry. The XM1028 shell holds 1100 10mm tungsten balls that are propelled out of the gun barrel and begin to disperse. The tungsten projectiles are lethal at up to 700 meters. The official requirement of the XM1028 is to kill or disable more than 50 percent of a 10 man squad with 1 shot and do the same to a 30 man platoon with 2 shots.

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Saturday, December 10, 2005
  That had to all kinds of suck

local6.com - News - Hunter Rescued After Being Trapped Upside Down For 8 Hours In Deer Stand: "MOUNT HOLLY, Ark. -- A hunter suffered hypothermia and kidney damage after becoming entangled in his deer stand and dangling upside down 30 feet above the ground in sleet for 81/2 hours.

Raybon E. Upton was hunting by himself Wednesday when his ankle became caught on the deer stand and he slipped. He was trapped there until about midnight when rescuers called by his wife were finally able to free him."
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  Rolling in style

Lockwood man, sidekick, roam U.S. as Batman and Robin - billingsgazette.com: "n addition to making costumes, props and toys from the television show, Young makes Batmobiles. He began the venture with Bob Butts, the man who gave Young his first Batman job.

The cars have been featured in a Batman reunion movie and the film 'Rockstar,' but his favorite one would have to be his own. The 1966 Batmobile, built on top of a 1972 Lincoln Mark IV, comes complete with a Batphone, Bat-computer and even runs on a Bat-tery. Available for $75,000, the cars are built from a fiberglass mold of the original Batmobile.

Young convinced Butts to make kits of the car so they would be more affordable, at $16,999, and now 50-75 people around the country own them. Young was the first Batman impersonator, and for quite a while he was also the only one."

"I've never met anyone bad in the Batmobile," Young said.
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  Wizbang Carnival of the Trackbacks
Ok, I still am not ready to face my non-work inbox in any meaningful way...Why, just that old bitch neurosis riding my ass again.
That being said, I usually don't spend more than the three mouse-clicks the Firefox/blogger plug-in takes to post an article. However occasionally I actually contribute some actual (however minor) content to the blogosphere.
Then even more frequently I even trackback to some of my favorite blogs when they run open links.
of course the first time I linked back to The Jawa Report, I did not put a link on my blog back to Rusty's and got a missive slapping my wrist for the lapse in netiquette.

Sorry Rusty.
So without further ado, this is my link back to Wizabang's Carnival of the Trackbacks.

Carnival of the Trackbacks XXXXI

Reader recommended stories for Saturday, December 9, 2005:": "Carnival of the Trackbacks XXXXI

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  Handy Hints
Worth the time for a quick read. Learn new uses for Tennis Balls, removing gum, curing ulcers and all sorts of other interesting home remedies.

Handy Hints: "Handy Hints

Compiled by Richard Anthony"
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Wednesday, December 07, 2005
  Even Killer Bob agrees: Sony is the Debbil!
So it's not enough that Sony vandalizes your computer with it's feeble DRM malware. Now they are leaving Guest account access open on any computer foolish enough to have a Sony/BMG disc inserted into it.
I don't think it's enough that the state of Texas has brought suit. Any company that reckless with it's customers personal property does not deserve to be in business.
Let me add my voice to those that say
F!ck Sony and the horse they rode in on.

iWon News: "A computer security firm working with EFF discovered the security issue with the MediaMax Version 5 CDs and how it affects computers running Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s Windows operating system.

Windows allows for different levels of access to a computer. The copy-protection software installs a file folder in the computer that could allow a guest user to gain unauthorized access to the computer.

'It's a privileged escalation attack,' said Kurt Opsahl, an EFF staff attorney. 'On Windows you can have users with different privileges, and because of security weakness in the permissions of a folder, it allows a low-ranked user to act as a high-ranked user.'

The problem is commonly found on many computer programs, said Robert Horton, director of NGS Software, which tested SunnComm's software fix for the record company.

The MediaMax problem differs from the security hole discovered last month with the so-called XCP technology by First 4 Internet Ltd. of Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, that Sony BMG placed on more than 50 other CD titles. That copy-protection effort was found to leave computers vulnerable to hackers.

'The main distinction is, with XCP, it was hiding itself so you wouldn't know that it was there,' Opsahl said.

This one is not hidden, he said, but the average user wouldn't know to look for it unless it was brought to their attention.

Sony BMG recalled the discs with XCP last month and released a way to remove the software from users' computers.

Opsahl said the MediaMax patch addresses the problem, but the EFF, which has a lawsuit pending in California against Sony BMG over its use of copy-protection technology, is continuing to investigate.

'We can't say that the software is now secure,' Opsahl said. 'We're going to continue to raise these issues with Sony.'"
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  Commercials, Reason #2 why the movies are now entertainment of last resort.
Tell me again why we are paying usurious prices for concessions and tickets and then should be subjected to intermintable commercials for substandard crap (hello Gigli) in the first place.
Using my super-dooper pop corn popper I can produce theater quality popcorn. Couple that with home theater and large scale television, and the theaters can hump road cones for all I care. They have lost me as a regular patron of their dreck.
USATODAY.com - Film fans can expect more advertising on big screen: "Cinemark, the No. 3 chain, joins next month. 'By the second quarter of 2006, we'll have about 10,000 digital ad screens,' about 28% of the national total, says Cliff Marks, National CineMedia chief marketing officer.

The typical 20-minute ad package so far looks a lot like TV. Before the trailers, Regal runs a show of ads interspersed with snippets of content about the movies called The Twenty. In January, it will be renamed First Look, and go to all National CineMedia theaters.

The digital transition is attracting more big advertisers — national companies buy 75% of theater ads, Marks says. For example, Wal-Mart just made its first theater ad buy for 10,000 Regal and AMC screens.

For the patron in the seats, big advertisers at least bring bigger ad budgets — and that might lead to higher-quality ads and more experimentation, such as the mini-movie ads some have produced for the Web. And it's unlikely time devoted to pre-show ads will get much longer, since it's already about as long as practical without cutting the number of movie showings.

But not everyone is cheering.

'I detest having to go to a theater and sit through 20 minutes of advertising,' says Robert Bucksbaum, who's president of industry research firm ReelSource — and owns two theaters that don't show commercials. 'But it's definitely the wave of the future.'"
  Geek Candy: For the wannabe digital Audiophile
I found this to be a wonderful validation of my madness, er.. I mean methodology.
Mp3TagStudio is the best all-around tool for bulk tagging that I have used to date. There are easier to use tools and tools that do certain features better. However for the Swiss-army knife approach you can't beat mp3Tag Studio.
He has recently gone to a more intrusive shareware nag screen, so I quite upgrading my version. I am however actually intending to pay for a license as useful as it is to me.
Similarly Winamp has upgraded itelf into near uselessness. The new version comes preconfigured with AOL media content (blech) and tons of bloatware.
The older version of Winamp don't have all the bells and whistles, it just works. Unlike Musicmatch Jukebox, Winamp can load my music database in seconds versus minutes in Musicmatch.
Another fun feature is running shoutcast media streams from your computer. With the added feature of a web-based media control panel. So you can stream a playlist over the internet and control the playback from a webpage anywhere there is an internet connection.

Best of all, it's freeware.
Wired News: The Digital Audiophile's Toolbox: "Still, the gap between low-end digital recordings and high-end digital recordings is so vast -- and the means to fix the worst failings so well within the bounds of average folks on a budget -- that a look at just digital music software is justified.

The first thing you'll have to throw out is expectations of a tidy and simple user interface. Sure, the layout in iTunes is less daunting, but that's because Apple Computer's program offers fewer choices. Specifically, it fails to offer the options that give the highest likelihood that your prized digital music library won't be made obsolete by new formats five years down the road.

The other thing you'll come to realize is that no single program does everything well. Sadly, the software that's best at playing your music using your computer isn't necessarily the best at managing a music file's 'tags,' which are the text strings that contain the song's name, artist, album and other information.

I've tried to keep the list simple while at the same time casting a wide net. Here's what you need:"
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  A nice puff piece on the sheer schtoopidity of trying to implement a viable DRM strategy
Wired News: Music Man Cracks DRM Schemes: "Years before Sony's rootkit scandal made DRM folly a subject of international news, Halderman was already keeping a close eye on the music industry's technological measures. When, in 2003, DRM-maker SunnComm International introduced a new approach to copy protecting audio CDs in its MediaMax software, Halderman checked it out.

His research revealed that the new discs installed software that interfered with the user's ability to copy the audio CD at a kernel level. 'It was radically different than anything before; it turned the computer against the user,' says Halderman.

The software used a Microsoft Windows feature called AutoRun that executes software on a CD without the user's knowledge or consent. Holding down the Shift key stopped AutoRun and prevented the software from being installed. Halderman wrote about the software, and the 'infamous Shift key attack,' in an academic paper and posted it online. Within 24 hours, SunnComm was threatening a $10 million lawsuit, and vowing to refer Halderman to authorities for allegedly committing a felony under the controversial Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA."
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  Plain sense from Captain Ed
Rally Round the (White) Flag, Boys!: "More than 140 years after McClellanism first raised its ugly head in the Democratic party, it has returned to drive party descendants into a frenzy of confusion and defeatism. Just as Iraq has begun to establish its democratic structure and its troops have begun to show progress towards organizing for their self-defense, the Democratic leadership is frantically looking for ways to bug out. Not even the courageous voices of Joe Lieberman and Steny Hoyer in opposition to their party leadership appear able to stop the panicked rush of the Democrats to claim defeat as their standard. The distaste of watching the Democratic leaders try to top one another in declaring America the loser in Iraq will convince voters to keep Democratic hands off the levers of national security for the foreseeable future."
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Mobile call of nature traps student in Ukraine - Yahoo! News: "KIEV (AFP) - A student in Ukraine reportedly had to be freed by rescuers on after dropping his mobile phone down a toilet and getting his arm stuck trying to retrieve it.

The man, a Lebanese national studying at Odessa's State Academy of Refrigeration, was trapped for two hours before being freed, the Interfax news agency quoted local police officials as saying.

He received medical attention after being released, it added."
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  The rise of the rat powered UAV's
Why this brain flies on rat cunning - Science - www.theage.com.au: "It sounds like science fiction: a brain nurtured in a Petri dish learns to pilot a fighter plane as scientists develop a new breed of 'living' computer. But in groundbreaking experiments in a Florida laboratory that is exactly what is happening.

The 'brain', grown from 25,000 neural cells extracted from a single rat embryo, has been taught to fly an F-22 jet simulator by scientists at the University of Florida.

They hope their research into neural computation will help them develop sophisticated hybrid computers, with a thinking biological component.

One target is to install living computers in unmanned aircraft so they can be deployed on missions too dangerous for humans."
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  Score one for the bad guys.
Professor acquitted of funding Islamist group - Yahoo! News: "TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) - A federal jury on Tuesday found a former Florida professor not guilty of funding a banned Islamist group in a verdict likely to be seen as a stiff blow to the U.S. government in its attempts to prosecute terror suspects.

The jury in Tampa, Florida, took 13 days to deliver its verdict against Sami al-Arian, who along with three co-defendants was accused of raising money for Palestinian group Islamic Jihad.

The panel, delivering verdicts six months to the day after the trial started, found al-Arian not guilty of conspiracy to murder, providing material support to a terrorist group and obstruction of justice.

The other men, Sameeh Hammoudeh, Hatem Fariz and Ghassan Ballut, were also cleared of most of the charges against them.

The jury was deadlocked on several other charges and U.S. District Judge James Moody declared a mistrial on those counts."
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  Pootie Poot extends a big middle finger to the rest of the civilized world
My Way News: "Russia has every right to sell arms to Iran, its defense minister said on Wednesday, responding to mounting criticism of a $1 billion deal announced last week.

The United States, calling Iran a 'state sponsor of terror,' said selling weapons to the Islamic Republic did not help the Middle East.

'This deal, this contract is absolutely legitimate. Like it or not, it's our affair. There are plenty of things we don't like either,' Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said in comments shown on NTV television.

Moscow, already at odds with the West over its nuclear ties with Tehran, has stressed the deal concerns defensive weapons."
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Monday, December 05, 2005
  Dear Miguel
Fate being the fickle bitch that she is; maybe, just maybe some I will get to meet this little leftist shit-eater.
Two Babes and a Brain: This Will Make You Sick...: "Miguel Gallier"

Dear Soldier,

Have a great time in the war.

And have a great time dieing in the war.


Miguel Gallier

P.S. Die

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Sunday, December 04, 2005
  NerdTests.com - Fun Tester
NerdTests.com - Fun Tester: "Answers the nagging question, 'Am I a Nerd???'"

I am nerdier than 82% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!
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  Paris to halt Statue Humping in park as fertility aid.

BBC NEWS | Europe | 'Lewd rubbing' shuts Paris statue: "The statue shows Noir in a frock coat and trousers lying flat on his back, with a distinct enlargement in the groin.

The effigy has been held as an aid to love or fertility.

It is said that a woman who kisses the lips of the prostrate statue and slips a flower into the upturned top hat will find a husband by the end of the year.

The new sign warns: 'Any damage caused by graffiti or indecent rubbing will be prosecuted.'"
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Friday, December 02, 2005
  The Religion of Peaceful Co-Existance
The Australian: Death call for Mohammed cartoonist [December 03, 2005]: "DENMARK said it had issued a warning to travellers to Pakistan after fundamentalists reportedly offered a reward for the deaths of cartoonists who drew the prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper.

Copenhagen altered its travel advisory for the Muslim country after Pakistan's Jamaat-e-Islami religious party allegedly offered the 500,000-rupee ($US8,333) bounty, said Denmark's ambassador to Islamabad, Bent Wigotski.

'We changed our travel advisory on November 17. It mentions the fact that cartoons were printed by a Danish newspaper in September and many Muslims consider them blasphemous and against Islam,' Mr Wigotski said.

'We mentioned that the cartoons have been mentioned in Pakistani papers and they have generated death threats against the cartoonists,' the envoy added.

The 12 drawings by two cartoonists appeared in Denmark's largest circulation daily Jyllands-Posten on September 30 and caused an uproar in the Muslim community in Denmark and abroad."
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  More Dispy-Doodle from the Madman of the North

Typical Cheat and Retreat from the NORK's.
Bush hasn't been bad (not great by any stretch) on the North Korean issue (as opposed to China.
These tactics of course completely buffalo'd
Albright, but that was par for the course.).
International news from swissinfo, the Swiss news platform: "North Korea is ready to dismantle its nuclear weapons programmes if it can better its relations with the United States, Japan and South Korea, China's envoy to Seoul was quoted as saying on Friday.

Chinese Ambassador Ning Fukui said in a meeting with a key South Korean lawmaker that building trust between Pyongyang and Washington was essential for advancing six-party talks aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear weapons programmes.

'Ambassador Ning said he thinks North Korea has the intention to dismantle its nuclear programme,' the main opposition Grand National Party said in a statement.

'However, he expressed the opinion that North Korea would want three key things -- improving ties with the United States, Japan and South Korea -- to be resolved in order to dismantle its nuclear programme,' Ning told Park Geun-hye, the leader of the Grand National Party, the statement said.

Chinese embassy officials were not immediately available for comment.

In September, North Korea agreed at six party-talks to scrap its atomic ambitions in exchange for economic aid, security assurances and greater diplomatic recognition.

North Korea almost scuttled the agreement by asking for a civilian nuclear reactor up front before it even considers dismantling its nuclear programmes.

Washington and others said that was not a part of the deal.

Pyongyang frequently says it was compelled to pursue atomic weapons because of what it sees as Washington's hostile position towards it. U.S. officials have frequently stated Washington has no intention to attack the North."
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  Hmmm, how inflammatory can I make this... Feces Fingered Illegals Poison LA Residents Via Third World Hygiene
Lettuce the Likely Culprit in New Hepatitis A Cases - Los Angeles Times: "Health officials on Thursday identified lettuce as the likely source for a hepatitis A outbreak in Los Angeles County and urged residents to thoroughly wash the vegetable before eating it.

At least 60 people have fallen ill from the virus in Los Angeles County over the last three months. Officials are concerned because the outbreak comes after years of declining hepatitis A cases, but they have been unable to link the outbreak to a particular farm or type of lettuce.

There were at least two outbreaks: one in a downtown Los Angeles restaurant in September that affected 13; the other at an event catered by a Hollywood company in October where 19 fell ill. The other cases were scattered.

Officials would not identify the specific locations of the outbreaks, saying there is no ongoing risk at those sites.

'We believe lettuce was the problem in these events,' said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, public health director for Los Angeles County.

'This is a problem that deserves real attention, and people eating in a restaurant should ask if the produce is being cleaned carefully.'

Fielding added that consumers should wash even salads that are packaged and labeled as washed. Packaged lettuce has been linked to E. coli outbreaks, including a case this fall involving salads packaged by a division of Westlake Village-based Dole Food Co. in Salinas, Calif. The salads sickened more than a dozen people in Minnesota. "
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  Jaw droppingly schtoopid in SC
Swindlers Take $6,000 From Victim - Yahoo! News: "Greenville County investigators are warning the public about a pair of swindlers.

Deputies said a woman was in the parking lot of Wal-Mart on Woodruff Road when she was approached by another woman, who told the victim that she had $8,000 in cash, but did not like the serial numbers on the money and wanted to exchange it with the victim.

The victim was asked to go to her bank with anothe man, withdraw $6,000 and give it to the suspect, and in turn she would receive the $8,000.

When the victim withdrew the money and gave it to the woman, the woman and the man left without giving the victim anything.

The victim was not hurt."
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  Ahhh NOLA, the gift that keeps on giving
A gift of generosity goes awry - baltimoresun.com: "The Brown family of Louisiana fled Hurricane Katrina with nothing. The DiMaggio family and its Westminster church, the Firm Foundation Worship Center, had a vacant home and the desire to help.

But what seemed like a fortunate connection gradually dissolved into a flurry of accusations and bruised feelings.

Sandra and Keith Brown, who drove to Carroll County after the hurricane with seven of their eight children, say their hosts were patronizing and disrespectful. The DiMaggios said the Browns left the house in disarray and didn't appreciate all the community had done for them. The DiMaggios were stunned, they said, when they found the words 'MD sucks' spray-painted on the new white siding on the home's exterior."
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  Riiiiight, a bottle rocket visible from a jet.
KYW Newsradio 1060 - News: "FBI agents and Homeland Security officials spent the weekend investigating the report of a possible missile fired at an American Airlines plane taking off from Los Angeles International Airport.

Sources tell ABC News the pilot of American Airlines Flight 621, en route to Chicago, radioed air traffic controllers after takeoff from LAX. He told them a missile had been fired at the aircraft and missed.

The plane was over water when the pilot said he saw a smoke trail pass by the cockpit.

FBI agents believe it was a flare or a bottle rocket, but say they may never know if that's what it actually was."
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Thursday, December 01, 2005
  Cure infertility and pave the road for asshole-babies, technology, a two edged sword.
Wired News: Science Makes Sex Obsolete: "Soon, Palermo says, it may be possible to use so-called therapeutic cloning to custom-make sperm and eggs for infertile people. 'In theory, such stem-cell differentiation should be the most promising.' In fact, a research group at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom reported in June that it had made precursors to human eggs and sperm using this technique.

This could literally cure infertility. Of course, it also raises possibilities that may alarm some, like, say, enabling two gay men to create a child genetically related to both of them. A cell from one man could be turned into an egg and fertilized with sperm from his partner. Dr. Alan DeCherney, an IVF pioneer, UCLA professor and editor of the journal Fertility and Sterility, says such a scenario is about five years away from reality, and when it happens 'there will be an outcry. There's lots of homophobia. But eventually, it'll be accepted.'"
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  But But, I thought only 'Repthuglicans" could be 'fundies'?
Democrats want literacy class on Bible: "MONTGOMERY - Democratic lawmakers are pressing for a uniform Bible literacy class in Alabama's public schools.

At a news conference today, the legislators plan to announce they will push in the Legislature early next year a bill that would allow local school boards to offer 'Bible literacy' classes as elective high school courses."
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  Man Pleads Guilty In Horse-Sex Case (Update)

Loyal readers were first treated to Mr. Tait's exploits last july
No to be honest, I don't remcommend anyone read this story.
From what I have been able to glean, he was catching instead of, ahem, pitching with his equine paramour.
So read on at your own peril.
local6.com - News - Man Pleads Guilty In Horse-Sex Case: "A man has pleaded guilty to trespassing in connection with a fatal horse-sex case.

James Michael Tait, 54, of Enumclaw, was accused of entering a barn without the owner's permission. Tait admitted to officers that he entered a neighboring barn last July with friend Kenneth Pinyan to have sex with a horse, charging papers said. Tait was videotaping the episode when Pinyan suffered internal injuries that led to his death.

Tait pleaded guilty Tuesday and was given a one-year suspended sentence, a $300 fine, and ordered to perform eight hours of community service and have no contact with the neighbors."
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  Murtha again declares defeat. How exactly did he get 'hereo' status among the Donk's again?
Murtha says Army 'broken, worn out' - PittsburghLIVE.com: "The U.S. Army is 'broken, worn out' and 'living hand-to-mouth' from fighting in Iraq and may not be able to meet future military threats to this country's security, U.S. Rep. John Murtha said Wednesday.

'They're barely getting by,' said Murtha, a ranking member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Defense.

'They're drawing back on equipment buys down the road,' said the Democrat, who was in Latrobe, Westmoreland County, yesterday to address an invited group of community and business leaders. 'We are not able to buy the equipment because of the cost of the war.'

Murtha, of Johnstown, Cambria County, said the Pennsylvania National Guard is 'stretched so thin' that it won't be able to deploy fully equipped units to Iraq until next year because of equipment shortages and a lack of training for soldiers."
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  Dogg Bites Man
Scotsman.com News - International - Record label laundered drug money, court told: "A HIP-HOP record producer and his brother were accused by a federal prosecutor yesterday of laundering drug money that was delivered to their offices in shopping bags and a shoe-box.

Irving Lorenzo, the boss of Murder Inc, and his brother Christopher 'laundered money for one of the biggest, baddest, most dangerous drug lords in New York City', the assistant US attorney, Carolyn Pokorny, told a Brooklyn jury during the closing arguments at their racketeering trial.

The government claims Murder Inc - the producer of platinum-selling artists such as Ashanti and Ja Rule - formed a secret alliance with Kenneth 'Supreme' McGriff.

McGriff allegedly funnelled more than £800,000 in drug money through Murder Inc, in return for serving as the Lorenzos' protector and enforcer."
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