State Of The Union

I got in from work at around 10:15 this evening, so I read the SOTU over at LGF. Consequently, I can't really comment on its delivery, but I can comment on its content. There's good stuff in there, but the first thing that really caught my attention was this:

The road of victory is the road that will take our troops home. As we make progress on the ground, and Iraqi forces increasingly take the lead, we should be able to further decrease our troop levels but those decisions will be made by our military commanders, not by politicians in Washington, D.C.

Yep, one more way that Iraq is absolutely not Vietnam. Just another f-you to all the lousy no-good sons of bitches that have said otherwise.

The reference to Iran was just right.

The same is true of Iran, a nation now held hostage by a small clerical elite that is isolating and repressing its people. The regime in that country sponsors terrorists in the Palestinian territories and in Lebanon and that must come to an end. The Iranian government is defying the world with its nuclear ambitions and the nations of the world must not permit the Iranian regime to gain nuclear weapons. America will continue to rally the world to confront these threats. And tonight, let me speak directly to the citizens of Iran: America respects you, and we respect your country. We respect your right to choose your own future and win your own freedom. And our Nation hopes one day to be the closest of friends with a free and democratic Iran.

America will bring the stick to your insane leaders, but we offer you, the Iranian people, the carrot of friendship.

There was a brief mention of immigration.

Keeping America competitive requires an immigration system that upholds our laws, reflects our values, and serves the interests of our economy. Our Nation needs orderly and secure borders. To meet this goal, we must have stronger immigration enforcement and border protection. And we must have a rational, humane guest worker program that rejects amnesty allows temporary jobs for people who seek them legally and reduces smuggling and crime at the border.

It sounds good, but lip service often does. Personally, I'm pretty happy to see some states leading the charge.

But the talk of the town has been about energy.

The best way to break this addiction is through technology. Since 2001, we have spent nearly 10 billion dollars to develop cleaner, cheaper, more reliable alternative energy sources and we are on the threshold of incredible advances. So tonight, I announce the Advanced Energy Initiative a 22-percent increase in clean-energy research at the Department of Energy, to push for breakthroughs in two vital areas. To change how we power our homes and offices, we will invest more in zero-emission coal-fired plants; revolutionary solar and wind technologies; and clean, safe nuclear energy.

We must also change how we power our automobiles. We will increase our research in better batteries for hybrid and electric cars, and in pollution-free cars that run on hydrogen. We will also fund additional research in cutting-edge methods of producing ethanol, not just from corn but from wood chips, stalks, or switch grass. Our goal is to make this new kind of ethanol practical and competitive within six years. Breakthroughs on this and other new technologies will help us reach another great goal: to replace more than 75 percent of our oil imports from the Middle East by 2025. By applying the talent and technology of America, this country can dramatically improve our environment move beyond a petroleum-based economy and make our dependence on Middle Eastern oil a thing of the past.

Even if the Middle Eastern Oil Weapon really is a myth, this is certainly a good thing. Transfer of wealth to terrorist states (even ones we don't want to call terrorist) is definately not doing us any good and won't in the future either. Besides, we totally need more math and science teachers.

Tonight I announce the American Competitiveness Initiative, to encourage innovation throughout our economy, and to give our Nations children a firm grounding in math and science.

Apparently POTUS feels the same way.

Not Everything is wine and roses though.

Today marks the official retirement of a very special American. For 24 years of faithful service to our Nation, the United States is grateful to Justice Sandra Day OConnor.

Well.... I guess it would have been rather inappropriate to throw in a "thank God" at the end of that last part. Still....

Then there was this:

A hopeful society has institutions of science and medicine that do not cut ethical corners, and that recognize the matchless value of every life. Tonight I ask you to pass legislation to prohibit the most egregious abuses of medical research human cloning in all its forms creating or implanting embryos for experiments creating human-animal hybrids and buying, selling, or patenting human embryos. Human life is a gift from our Creator and that gift should never be discarded, devalued, or put up for sale.

This little shctick about cloning and stem cell research comes off like a bad sci-fi novel at best and religious alarmism at the worst.

Still, it ends well.

Before history is written down in books, it is written in courage. Like Americans before us, we will show that courage and we will finish well. We will lead freedoms advance. We will compete and excel in the global economy. We will renew the defining moral commitments of this land. And so we move forward optimistic about our country, faithful to its cause, and confident of victories to come.

That's the highlight real from me folks. And I can't end it any better than that quote up there.

New Linkage....

Don't know how I missed her, but this chica is on point.

So, according to "big media" the Bush Administration failed when it didn't intercept phone calls into the U.S. from known terrorists, and it is violating the Constitution now when it does intercept such calls.

That's why she's now got herself a place in my links. Check her out. Or I breaka your face....


About Fucking Time....

Since Hamas is living down to the expectations of all rational observers....

DAMASCUS, Syria, Jan. 28 -- Days after Hamas's victory in Palestinian parliamentary elections, the group's exiled political leader vowed Saturday to continue its confrontation with Israel and suggested that the radical Islamic movement would turn its military wing into a national army for defensive reasons "like any other country."

Congress has decided to make some long over due progress

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican of Florida, will introduce House legislation this week to slash American funding to the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations; designate the Palestinian Authority as a "terrorist sanctuary," and close down some Palestinian Authority offices in America as part of a reduction of Palestinian-American diplomatic ties.

The PA has long been a terrorist sanctuary (read: organization). It's just that some people had to be hit in the face with a sledgehammer to get it. I'm also digging the inclusion of the UN in this bill. I say we free up that valuable New York property and evict 'em all together. Didn't I tell you good things would come out of this?

Not to mention this....

(AGI) - Rome, 30 Jan "To admit Israel in NATO". This was Defence Minister, Antonio Martino's idea, as stated in Radio 24-Il Sole 24 ore 'Vivavoce' program.

Keeping my fingers crossed on this. It's certainly looking like the displaced Arabs totally fucked themselves in this election. I'm diggin' it so hard.


More Delusions....

....from Iranian leadership.

Were Israel to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, Iran would respond so strongly that it would put the Jewish state into "an eternal coma" like Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's, the Iranian defense minister said Wednesday.

"Zionists should know that if they do anything evil against Iran, the response of Iran's armed forces will be so firm that it will send them into eternal coma, like Sharon," Gen. Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said.

Najjar said the United States and Israel have been trying to frighten Iran, but neither country would dare attack to Iran.

Oh...this guy....he's got a one way ticket on the bullettrain to dead-ville, and he doesn't even know it. That, my friends, is comedy.

It Feels Kind Of Wrong....

...to be celebrating news like this.

By early Thursday morning in had become clear that Hamas had shocked prognasticators by winning virtually all of the 66 seats in electoral districts.

But I can't help, but hope that maybe it means we'll finally wash our hands of the displaced Arabs and quit pressuring Israel into self destructive concessions. It looks promising. Israeli leadership has already stated that a Hamas led PA can't be trusted (like it could be trusted anyway), and President Bush has stated that the US won't deal with Hamas unless it renounced terrorism.

Regarding its future diplomatic policy regarding Israel, a senior Hamas official said recognizing and negotiating with Israel are "not on our agenda."

Yep.... I think it's pretty clear what's on their agenda.

Reaction from the White House looks good on paper, but Fatah is a terrorist organization too, and we certainly dealt with them. Still a girl can hope.

But Ms. Rice said that the international community had to send "a clear signal" to Hamas that it needed to drop its hard-line agenda.

"Anyone who wants to govern and do so with the support of the international community has got to be committed to a two-state solution and must be committed to the right of Israel to exist, must be committed to the renunciation of violence," she said.

On Wednesday, White House spokesman Scott McClellan was even more blunt.

"Hamas is a terrorist organization," he told reporters this morning. "Under current circumstances, I don't see any change in that."

And with words like that, hope isn't all that hard to do.


Oh That 10th Ammendment....

State legislators everywhere seem to be discovering amazing things...namely...their balls.

Frustrated by congressional inaction and pushed by anger at home, state legislatures across the United States are debating tough new restrictions on illegal immigrants.

For years, states deferred to the federal government on immigration matters, but as illegal immigrants have spread throughout the country and Congress has been unable to pass an immigration reform bill, that has changed. In the first six months of last year, states considered nearly 300 immigration-related bills and passed 36 of them, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Well, 36 is a damn better start than anything Congress has done lately, but it's still pretty damn shabby.

"You can say it's a federal problem all you want, but the truth is it's in your backyard so the problem's yours," said Susan Tulley of the Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform, an advocacy group that seeks to reduce illegal immigration.

This Susan Tulley might have just made it to my holiday gift list.

Who'da Thunk It....

Insurgents delcare war on al-Qaeda in Iraq.

With any luck, they'll fight to the last man.

Four Corners...

...is nice, but I can't wait until they play blackout.

Congrats, IAF on the missile strike.

Bush Administration Pisses Away...

...a perfectly good opportunity to drop all funding to the displaced Arabs.

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The Bush administration is spending foreign aid money to increase the popularity of the Palestinian Authority on the eve of crucial elections in which the governing party faces a serious challenge from the radical Islamic group Hamas.

That's right, instead of letting those syphallitic goat fuckers elect the shitbags of
Hamas and thereby prohibiting us from further dealings (not to mention funding), we're throwing more money at them. And at the PA no less, which we just don't wanna call a terrorist organization. Fuckers.

U.S. and Palestinian officials say they fear the election, scheduled for Wednesday, will result in a large Hamas presence in the 132-seat legislature. Hamas, formally known as the Islamic Resistance Movement, is at war with Israel and is classified by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization. But its reputation for competence and accountability in providing social services has made it a stiff rival of the secular Fatah movement, which runs the Palestinian Authority and has long been the largest party in the Palestinian territories.

Fatah? Secular? Well....okay, I mean they're cool with female homicide bombers. This is retarded, this is a perfect opportunity to just wash our hands of the displaced Arabs and committ to being pro-Israel (which we should have already done). Instead, because we don't like the candidate we're gonna funnel money to (read: interfere with) their election. Well, golly ... I wonder who we'll be funding during the next elections in France and Germany. Equal opportunity and all....

Big Bad Oil Weapon...

...is like dying in virtual reality. Roger Stern's artical in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says that not only is oil not scarce, but that the ability of the Middle East to use it as a weapon is quite overblown.
Unfortunately our belief in the oil weapon is really what gives it power (get the vr thing now?), and shapes our foreign policy.


RoPMA At It Again...

Today a homocide bomber in Tel Aviv. JPost reports 30 wounded. Yahoo news updates as 15 dead.

Filthy murderous wastes of skin. Whatever parts of him they can find should be wrapped in bacon.

Yes, We Are Winning

Osama or his stand in offer a truce....

CAIRO, Egypt, Jan. 19, 2006 (The Canadian Press delivered by Newstex) -- Al-Jazeera aired an audiotape purportedly from Osama bin Laden Thursday saying al-Qaida is making preparations for attacks in the United States but offering a truce to build Iraq and Afghanistan.

Translation: they need to catch their breath.

"Based on what I have said, it is better not to fight the Muslims on their land," he said. "We do not mind offering you a truce that is fair and long-term. ... So we can build Iraq and Afghanistan ... there is no shame in this solution because it prevents wasting of billions of dollars ... to merchants of war."

Translation: Please Mr.Great Satan, we are very much thinking we are losing and would like the chance to rebuild our forces so we can fight this war in your cities instead of ours. Kay, thanks so much, bye.

Bwahahahaha!! There you have it boys and girls, clear proof that this war is not only winnable, but that we're winning it. Of course the BBC misses the point completely.


...Or Not.....

So an Islamic group is urging a Catholic school to change over to the Muslim persuasion. Their point is that most of the students are follow Islam and therefore the school should make the switch.
Boys and girls I present unto you a microcosom sample of the RoP MO. Instead of building their own school, they over-run a pre-existnig one and then expect it to change for them. Instead of building their own free and successful country, they over-run a pre-existing one and expect it to change for them.
Fortunately for the Catholic school, it answers to the local archdioses which is unlikely to agree to any such thing.
Unfortunately for the continent of Europe, it answers to it's population of spineless socialist twits, who are rapidly becoming out numbered by the unasymilated masses of the uncivilized.

Sinking Deeper Or Just Rolling In It....

....either way Kuisling Annan is still a piece of shit.

In other words, as far as Annan is concerned, the problem is not that Iran has escalated the stakes. The problem is that involvement of the Security Council, which is supposed to be the "organ bearing the main responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security," is escalation. The U.N. chief aims to shift the dynamic from taking strong action against an Iranian madman, bent on nuclear proliferation and the obliteration of a U.N. member state, to placing roadblocks in the way of an American-driven effort to stop it.

Big surprise there, but I wonder if it's still "escalation" when we (or the Israelies, if we fail to act soon enough) bomb Iran back to primordial slime (they're alreay in the stone age).


The Trouble I've Seen....

So yesterday was the day of names.
At work a girl gave me her name and number and I can't remember what she looks like because I really don't look at customers.
Last night was quiz night and everyone wanted to know if I remembered their frackin' name, which I generally didn't.
Except for the beautiful girl I was talking to, but when she did the spot check I totally wasn't confident because I hadn't remembered anyone's name all frackin' night, so she totally thought that I didn't know her name.
But I totally got the names of the two guys I missed last night.
By the way, I never found that beautiful girl again. Lame. So frackin' lame.


Notoriously Unreliable....

It seems as if all the women in my life are notoriously unreliable.
Shikataganai, neh?
Perhaps it's my fault for not being interested enough. Honestly, I've been uninspired as of late and consequently, I have probably demonstrated a remarkable lack of enthusiasm.
*Sigh* I'm just tired of being bored. It's gotten to the point where I'm not even dissapointed anymore.

Oh well....


Milestone Worth Celebrating.....

Here's an Iraq milestone the Pravda's Hudson chapter won't be telling you about.

According to the Brookings Institution's Iraq Index (PDF file, see page 16), the holy warrior mortality and imprisonment count is screamin' unchecked towards 60,000

Dudes, I'll totally drink to that.


What Passes...

So last night I watched the season three premier of Showtime's Lesbian soap opera, "The L Word". After last night's espisode, it's kind of a toss up as to exactly what the 'L' stands for. Tell, you what, heads it's Lame. Tails it Laconic.

After mini-series sized recap of the previous season the audience was treated to several minutes of the main characters listing euphamisms for genitalia. [sarcasm] Originality! [/sarcasm]

"Queer As Folk" was edgier and smarter. Dialog and plot content of "The L word" is what a network soap would be if every single writer spent every waking moment on valium and hired a porn director to make up for it. I've felt this way from about halfway though season one. With rare exception, the 45 minute show could easily be stripped down to 15 minutes just by cutting out awkward silent stares, dramatic pauses, and soft core porn.

The show is approximately 2/3 filler, but this is what passes for a good show in the lesbian "community". There are no other options to choose from, so the audience is about as demanding as a coma patient.

The majority of the characterizations posess the depth of a sheet of paper. And the funny part is that this series is supposedly acclaimed for being "bold" and "groundbreaking". And it is, in a world where "Queer As Folk" never existed. Post QAF, "The L Word" is just recycled tripe patronizing an audience that is rarely catered to. Also the actresses are really hot.

But three seasons in, the fact that I would love bang just about every member of the cast is really no where near enough to keep me watching.
You wanna see a good series on Showtime? Watch "Weeds". You wanna see a good series without have to shell out extra money for a subscription channel? Watch "Nip/Tuck", or better still, watch "Battelstar Galactica". N/T has all the originality and edge that TLW thinks it has. It has the soft core porn aspect, plus it has violence. Sweet!

And BG is absolutely the best show on TV. Hands down. I saw the season premier and I am so stoked for the rest of the season I can hardly contain myself. It looks fucking awesome. So skip out on TLW unless you're hard up for a weak soap opera that's got some hot girl on girl soft core. (Honestly if you're that hard up, you should probably just buy some porn.)



New Season of Gallactica starts tonight!
This is seriously the best damn show on TV and I am wicked stoked about tonight.

Now Can We Kick Some Ass.....

I mean it's not like there wasn't plenty of evidence before this little stunt, but if it has to take anything else we might as well nuke ourselves.

Iran failed to attend a meeting in Vienna to discuss its decision to resume nuclear fuel research, the UN's nuclear watchdog says.

[sarcasm] But hey.... that could mean anything, so let's be understanding.[/sarcasm]

"But they should know that the Iranian nation and government will defend the right to nuclear research and technology and will go forward prudently."

Frankly I'm in favor of a good swift kick to their crotch, but Officers Club thinks that bombing them might not be necessary. Either way, it's time for democracy, whiskey, sexy to hit Iran.



I tend to not blog about my personal life. Really it's for two reasons. I suppose I'll elaborate on those reasons now- namely because several people have asked me about whether or not I blog about my personal life in the past few days.

The first reason is really that, I can't write about people that I know without feeling a little weird. (If you take note, the few times I do blog about my personal life, I don't mention names.)

The second reason is that if I'm gonna blog my life, I might as well write a sitcom script for Logo. And that's a blow to heavy for even my ego to handle. The part of me that fancies myself a writer cannot abide the idea that that writer is a washed out Hollywood hack. (Though my life alla sitcom would be infinately more dynamic than 'The L Word'. Unfortunately there would also be less sex. Sad, but true and mostly my fault.)

All of that to say that...I may.... may... blog a little more about my personal life. Not a lot, but a little bit more about my immediate surroundings.

If There Was Ever Any Doubt....

As to just how putrid these husks of humanity really are.... (From Front Page magazine)

I prayed from the depths of my heart that Allah would cause the success of his operation. I asked Allah to give me 10 [Israelis] for Muhammad, and Allah granted my request and Muhammad made his dream come true, killing 10 Israeli settlers and soldiers. Our God honored him even more, in that there were many Israelis wounded.

I once heard it said that there will only be peace in the Middle East when Arabs value the lives of their children more than they value killing Jews. This serves as a further reminder that that peace will only come when every last murderous shit-stain has met the business end of a gun. Preferably an Israelie or American one.

More On MSN's Little Red Book...

...and it's reprecussions over at RConversation.

In my view, this issue goes far beyond China. The behavior of companies like Microsoft, Yahoo! and others - and their eager willingness to comply with Chinese government demands - shows a fundamental lack of respect for users and our fundamental human rights. Globally.



Those Crazy Displaced Arabs....

Everybody's a target for these guys. Even Egypt.

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian militants angry at the jailing of their leader by Palestinian police stole two bulldozers Wednesday and rammed through a wall near the border with Egypt, hours after they blocked the official border crossing and took over government buildings.

[sarcasm] Well that's rational thinking for you. Your leader imprisons a criminal, but you disagree with it, so you attack someone who has nothing to do with it. Yep. Makes sense. [/sarcasm]

The gunmen, who belong to the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a violent offshoot of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party, rammed through the massive wall as a show of force against the Palestinian Authority. They had not breached a second wall directly on the border with Egypt.

[sarcasm] Ah, I see. Your chief complaint being that your leadership isn't strong enough, you resolve to make it weaker because that will totally fix things. I love these guys. [/sarcasm]

Of course mixed in with all of this hilarity is another alleged kidnapping attempt. This time the potential "victims" were the parents of one St.Pancake.

In other chaos, Palestinian gunmen burst into a Rafah house early Wednesday and tried to kidnap the parents of Rachel Corrie, an American who was killed in 2003 as she protested the impending demolition of a house in the southern Gaza town, according to a witness.

Wait. That's....that's still funny. Leave it to the LLL to love an idiotarian asshat flavored pancake.

But it gives the USA Al-Jiz an opportunity to parade that asshat again, right before the obligatory smear on Israel.

Also, Israeli opposition lawmakers demanded authorities quickly finish an investigation into new bribery allegations against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and announce the results before Israel's March 28 elections.

That's right, an entire article devoted to the sweeping chaos engulfing the Displaced Arabs that has just recently become apparent to the rest of the world, it is somehow appropriate to toss in six paragraphs on the Sharon's questionable financing practices. [sarcasm] Oh. I get it. Whatever happens in the Middle East, from tire fires to rioting Displaced Arabs, it's all the fault of those Jooooos. [/sarcasm]

New Study Shows Baby Boomers Still Clueless....

Can't copy and paste so click here. Then come back and read.

Adverts increase usage of a product? You don't say! I hope someone tells the corporations about this before they find themselves with more money.....

Honestly, talk about a non-story if ever there was one. Good fucking grief. If I'm reading this right, then the study was basically a survey, where the contributing questions to their graph were something like:
1.) How many ads for alcoholic beverages do you see over x amount of time?
2.) How much do you drink over y amount of time?

That sounds kinda like a correlation study to me (also because I don't know too many parents of minors who are willing to send their kids off for some potential boozing in a well controlled study). That doesn't really indicate cause and effect, so much as that there might be a relationship between the two.

That being said, the fact that in the US the only recreational thing for most kids between the ages of 16 and 20 to do, is go to the mall probably isn't a contributing factor at all. Nor is the fact that a growing number of malls are banning unsupervised teens, I'm sure.
And it can have absolutely nothing to do with the fact that we treat alcohol as taboo when coming to young people, because young people aren't rebellious at all and consequently have no interest in breaking taboos.

And Gee, that's just off the top of my head. Give me a fucking break. People need to get a grip.

Shameless Attention Whoring....

Apparently two schools are fighting over which one's wardrobe served as the inspirational wardrobe for Narnia.

Besieged with media inquiries, each school tells reporters much the same thing: Their wardrobes were certainly owned by the prolific don, who died Nov. 22, 1963; however, it is unclear whether Lewis had either one in mind when the four children in his story poked into an armoire and somehow wound up cavorting with the chatty animals inhabiting Narnia.

Mheh.... Fucking hilarious.

That's Gonna Hurt....

Looks like Putin's thuggery just earned him a bitch slap.

New proposals to ease Europe's reliance on gas from Russia will be ready by the end of the year, the European Commission said.

A report on improving the EU's security of gas supply will be considered by EU leaders in March in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine pipeline dispute which has now been resolved.

And from EUrowenies too.... That's a blow to the wallet and the ego.

Iran Update....

JPost brings us this unsurprising information....

"In addition to sensitive goods, Iran continues intensively to seek the technology and know-how for military applications of all kinds," the Guardian quoted the report as saying.

It is so time to kick the tires and light the fires, amigos.

Whining Liberal Cry Babies Had It Right in 2000....

Ralph Nader is a complete fucking tool. (Now put down the rocks.)

NEW YORK, April 27 (AScribe Newswire) -- Narcolepsy Network Inc., announced to its members today that Abbott Laboratories will cease production of Cylert, a medication used by an estimated 10,000 Americans afflicted with the sleep disorders of narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia. In an untreated state, both of these disorders are characterized by excessive sleepiness and sleep attacks during the day. At the same time, Public Citizen's Health Research Group, on behalf of individuals with ADHD, has petitioned the FDA to ban Cylert and its generic equivalent, Pemoline, due to risks associated with this medication.

In a statement today, Sharon Smith, President of Narcolepsy Network, said, "Even with treatment, narcolepsy limits patients in every aspect of their lives. A ban on Pemoline will have a tremendously negative impact on those narcolepsy patients who cannot tolerate other agents. Tolerance levels for risk associated with a medication are tied to the existence of alternatives and the consequences foregoing treatment. Without a medication to relieve excessive daytime sleepiness, these patients will no longer be able to function well enough to continue their present daily activities. No life event is as devastating and far-reaching as the loss of one's ability to function. A ban on Pemoline will force individuals to resort to disability. They and their family members will suffer the economic consequences of a significantly reduced income and loss of medical and retirement benefits. Others will no longer be able to achieve sufficient wakefulness to accomplish the ordinary tasks essential to independent living and will become burdens to their families, the Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid Systems and to society in general. The ADHD population has many alternative medications from which to choose."

Not to mention....

November 8, 2005Cylert, a central nervous system stimulant that was approved by the FDA for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (A DH D), has also been used to treat fatigue in MS. The FDA has now determined that the risk of liver toxicity from Cylert and generic pemoline products outweighs the benefits of this drug. In May 2005, Abbott chose to stop sales and marketing of Cylert in the U.S. All generic companies have also agreed to stop sales and marketing of this product (pemoline tablets and chewable tablets).

But you don't have to take my word for it. Mrs. Hayden is boiling over with rage, and honestly I think she presents a better case than I ever could....

If Ralph Nader is run over by a beer truck and killed, if a very large meteorite falls on the offices of Public Citizen and vaporizes the lot of them, I won’t feel sorry. Not the least little bit.

See? I just don't think I can top that.



Even the Paleswinian "police" have decided to join the act.

GAZA (Reuters) - About 200 policemen stormed government offices in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on Monday to protest at the failure of the Palestinian Authority to fight growing lawlessness, witnesses said.

[sarcasm] Because nothing demonstrates your dissaproval of chaos like contributing to it. [/sarcasm]

The incident was the latest sign of chaos in Gaza, which has suffered growing internal unrest since Israel withdrew last September after 38 years of occupation.

Right, if by "occupation" you mean controlling land that you won in a war that you didn't start. Still, Steven Den Beste predicted this sometime ago (back when he was still blogging politics). It's absolutely worth reading.

Madmen, Tyranny, and Nukes Oh My....

LGF has this heads up on Iran.

By the end of Khatami’s second term in 2004 “we were distanced from the goals of the (1979 Islamic) Revolution and our activity in the Islamic world had been somewhat diminished,” Jalali quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

Let me think...Iran...1979.... Well golly! That seems like fun!

Theran (Reuters)- The Iranian government on Monday ordered the closure of a daily newspaper and banned a new women’s bi-weekly from publication in the first media crackdown since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took office in August.

Wow! You mean it was 4 whole months!? But wait, there's more!

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran has decided to resume research into nuclear fuel production, a top official said Tuesday in a statement certain to increase concerns that Iran is moving toward production of nuclear weapons.

Told you we had a slam bang finish in store for you. The time for us to act is way fuckin' nigh, friends.

*Update: The IDF is on the ball though.
IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz on Tuesday said that Iran's nuclear program "can be destroyed."

Two More Down Amigos....

Way to go IDF!

GAZA (Reuters) - Israel killed two Palestinian militants in a missile strike on a car in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday, Palestinian medics said.

The Israeli military said it had launched an "aerial strike", which targeted a vehicle carrying a senior member of Islamic Jihad in the Jabalya refugee camp.

Sweet! Who's buying the pizza?

Little Red Books Abound....

A detailed look at Russia's energy games.

The second lesson is that Russia’s imperial ambitions must be stopped today. It is important to stand by Ukraine and the other countries that lie between Germany and Russia. Rerouting Russian gas directly into Germany via the Baltic Sea, whilst bypassing Ukraine, Poland or the Baltics, should not be allowed. So long as Gazprom remains a Russian state-owned gas monopoly, it is necessary that some other authorities – be it other governments – are in a position to exert some control over the company’s gas deliveries. And seeing as Russia has apparently remained under the political control of former agents of the previous communist regime, such as KGB veteran Putin, it is imperative that Ukraine be brought into NATO.


How MSN Learned to Love the Little Red Book....

RConversation takes a good look at MSN's bandwagon approach to the chinese crackdown on bloggers.

Microsoft’s MSN Spaces continues to censor its Chinese language blogs, and has become more aggressive and thorough at censorship since I first checked out MSN’s censorship system last summer. On New Years Eve, MSN Spaces took down the popular blog written by Zhao Jing, aka Michael Anti. Now all you get when you attempt to visit his blog at: http://spaces.msn.com/members/mranti/ is the error message pictured above. (You can see the Google cache of his blog up until Dec.22nd here.)

Note, his blog was TAKEN DOWN by MSN people. Not blocked by the Chinese government.

The whole thing is worth reading, so check it out.

The Run Down....

So New Years Eve....
My coat, phone, and nano were stolen. I missed getting to see some of my really good friends and New Years Day I awoke with the Plague.

So I totally went to work yesterday with the plague.

And now I have to try to rebuild my phone book. Unfortunately I just have to call several numbers as officially lost. Lame. But most of the ones that I use, I should be able to replace.

But the lost ones are a touch upsetting. Well, several of them are.

Anyway, I still have the plague so sporadic blogging today.



Meh.... Nuclear dreams and wake up smiling. I'll explain later. Hope you awoke to find 2006 a happier time than I did.