Urbin Report

Monday, July 31, 2006

Rhodes Rants again...

Via Mr. Reynolds is Ed Cone's comments on how reality and Randy Rhodes do not intersect:

She was ranting about Israel's "genocide" in Lebanon.

Genocide? Whatever Israel is doing, however bad you may think it, it's not the mass systematic extermination of a people. She piled on, saying that people who talk about the world's last genocide (which, of course, the Holocaust was not) should never do it themselves.

She also said, wrongly, that "thousands" of people had died in Katrina.

It was pretty damn bad.


Update: Debunking Katrina Myths

Yet another "Lone Terrorist"...

...whoops! The MSM won't call them terrorists.


Michelle Malkin points out that this Muslim, who searched for a place where he could find Jews to kill, is not alone. Don't forget that in true terrorist fashion, he held a gun to a 13-year-old girl's head to get through a security door.

This latest attack was made by Naveed Afzal Haq, 30, who was arrested and charged with killing one woman and wounding five others at the downtown Jewish Federation building. The murderer declared "I am a Muslim American, angry at Israel."



Friday, July 28, 2006

Something the UN is good at...

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Some of my Flickr Sets

Minuteman National Park
Black & White
Random and Stray
SciFi
Your Favorites
Dogs
Westborough
Yosemite
Martial Arts
Uninterestingness
Victoria Station
Blades
Travel
Scouting

Not a complete list, but it is most of them.

Hizballah were using the UN Post...

From LGF:

Retired Canadian Major General Lewis Mackenzie was interviewed on CBC radio, and had some very interesting news about the UN observer post hit by Israeli shells; the Canadian peacekeeper killed there had previously emailed Mackenzie telling him that Hizballah was using their post as cover.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Typical Tango Tactics



The U.N. official quoted below has been spouting the typical moral equivalence about the Israel/Hezbollah war, but his specific criticism of Hezbollah is surprisingly frank and accurate. From FoxNews: U.N. Chief Accuses Hezbollah of 'Cowardly Blending' Among Refugees.

The U.N. humanitarian chief accused Hezbollah on Monday of "cowardly blending" among Lebanese civilians and causing the deaths of hundreds during two weeks of cross-border violence with Israel.

The militant group has built bunkers and tunnels near the Israeli border to shelter weapons and fighters, and its members easily blend in among civilians.

Jan Egeland spoke with reporters at the Larnaca airport in Cyprus late Monday after a visit to Lebanon on his mission to coordinate an international aid effort. On Sunday he had toured the rubble of Beirut's southern suburbs, a once-teeming Shiite district where Hezbollah had its headquarters.

During that visit he condemned the killing and wounding of civilians by both sides, and called Israel's offensive "disproportionate" and "a violation of international humanitarian law."

On Monday he had strong words for Hezbollah, which crossed into Israel and captured two Israeli soldiers on July 12, triggering fierce fighting from both sides.

"Consistently, from the Hezbollah heartland, my message was that Hezbollah must stop this cowardly blending ... among women and children," he said. "I heard they were proud because they lost very few fighters and that it was the civilians bearing the brunt of this. I don't think anyone should be proud of having many more children and women dead than armed men."

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Kudos to Cooper.

Paul at Wizbangblog points out that unlike CNN's Rich Noyes, Andersen Cooper didn't swollow the Hezbollah spin hook, line and sinker.
From Mr. Cooper's report:

COOPER (voice-over): Drive into southern Beirut, and you quickly discover another city entirely. A heavily bombed state within a state, beyond the control of the Lebanese government.

This is Hezbollah territory. Along the road posted like billboards, pictures of so-called martyrs, Hezbollah fighters who died battling Israel.

(on camera) You can drive around. It doesn't seem like there's anybody around. All of a sudden your eyes, it's almost like adjusting to the darkness. Suddenly, you realize there are people who are watching you and guys on motorcycles talking on cell phones who pass you by, watching very closely what you're doing.

(voice-over) Tension in this neighborhood is high. Many here are convinced Israel is sending in agents to help guide their aerial attacks.

(on camera) Not allowed to enter Hezbollah territory really without their permission. They control this whole area, even after the sustained Israeli bombing campaign. We've arranged with a Hezbollah representative to get permission to come here. We've been told to pull over to the side of the road and just wait.

(voice-over) We'd come to get a look at the damage and had hoped to talk with a Hezbollah representative. Instead, we found ourselves with other foreign reporters taken on a guided tour by Hezbollah. Young men on motor scooters followed our every movement.

They only allowed us to videotape certain streets, certain buildings. Once, when they thought we'd videotaped them, they asked us to erase the tape. These men are called al-Shabab, Hezbollah volunteers who are the organization's eyes and ears.

If NPR knew he was lying, why did they broadcast the intereview?

Check out the story on NPR broadcasting the ravings of one "Jim Sanders" with an extremely short CYA disclaimer at the end.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Skunk Works' Polecat printable robotic plane

Via engaget blog comes this cool bit of technology:

It's not often we're sitting on a sophisticated 3D printer and four tons of material, but Lockheed Martin apparently wanted to see if they could "print" out a new plane from their Skunk Works facility in California. The result is the Polecat, a 91-foot wide, four-ton unmanned flying wing with the major claim to fame being that most of its internal structures were rapid prototyped on said 3D printers. Our broke selves still have to stick with printing out our airplanes in paper (though our folding techniques have significantly advanced since the Cold War), but it's strange to think of a future where aircraft (and landcraft, and seacraft) aren't built by people and machines, but instead are squirted out of tanks of polymer and sent on their merry little ways.


More details at new Scientist Tech.

Private spaceport being planned.

According to Wired:

A spacecraft taking off from a private West Texas spaceport being bankrolled and developed by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos would take off vertically, but unlike NASA's space shuttle would also land vertically, according to an environmental study that offers a glimpse into the secretive plans.

The craft would hit an altitude of about 325,000 feet -- or almost 62 miles -- before descending and restarting its engine for a "precision vertical powered landing on the landing pad" in sparsely populated Culberson County, about 125 miles east of El Paso.

Those were among the plans detailed in a 229-page draft of an environmental review filed with the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA would issue permits and licenses for Blue Origin to go ahead with launch plans.

Mugged by the Peacenicks

No surprise here, the so-called "peace rally" reported by the Boston Globe was actually a pro-terrorist rally.
Solomonia blog has details on how he was attacked and threatened by the terrorist supporters in Boston.
It's complete with pictures and videos. Take the time to read the whole thing.
HT to Ms. Malkin.

The Tesla Roadster

Now this is cool. Autoblog reports on the electric Telsa Roadster. The name itself is enormously cool. If you don't know why, your knowledge of American technology history is lacking.


Last night Tesla Motors unveiled their uber-chic Roadster, a supercharged electric vehicle that looks, feels and drives like many other high-end sports cars. The main difference is the noise. Powered by a 3-phase, 4-pole AC induction motor, the Roadster can go 130 mph and does 0-60 in about 4 seconds, all completely silent.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

It's a big tent party...

Obviously not the democrats, which is moving farther and farther to the far hard left extremist liberal end, but the Republicans.
Case in point, the race for governor in Nevada has former adult film star Melody "Mimi Miyagi" Damayo running in the Republican primary.
From the interview at Right Wing News:

John Hawkins: When did you start getting into politics and what drew you to the Republican Party?

Mimi Miyagi: I am an avid supporter of bearing arms since 2001....I love the people in the (Republican Party). I have been to some of the Democratic parties here and there, but the positivity, the upbeat attitude of the Republicans was more for me.

John Hawkins: So, you kind of thought the Democrats were pessimistic and negative?

Mimi Miyagi: ...I don't like all the mudslinging and a lot of the things they say about the Republicans really (aren't) true. The Republican Party is about individualism, it's about freedom, it's about lowering taxes. That is something I truly believe in.
...
Mimi Miyagi: ...The Republican Party is about individualism and people who support free speech...it only makes sense to fall into that Party.

HT to Ace.

A couple of Star Trek Notes.

First, there is a move scheduled for 2008.

Second, the Animated Series is coming on on DVD in November.

Taking a look at Congresspersons in action...

...or not. Back on July 11th, Matt Drudge reported that far hard left liberal democrat Rep. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia's 4th district couldn't be bothered to show up to two televised debates.

He quotes the Congressional Quarterly:

DeKalb County Commissioner Hank Johnson and architectural firm project manager John Coyne, who are challenging McKinney, debated Saturday on WSB-TV and also participated in a second debate Friday that was sponsored by the Atlanta Press Club and which will air tonight at 7 p.m. Johnson's campaign said that McKinney's absence was a "slap in the face" to her constituents.


Two days later, Drudge has the story that probably didn't make the front page of the Boston Globe:
PAPER: Rep. Kennedy Takes Weekly Urine Tests And Near-Daily AA Meetings
Thu Jul 13 2006 08:38:04 ET

A month after pleading guilty to driving under the influence, Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) now follows a strict court-ordered script that includes, among other things, weekly urine tests, twice-weekly meetings with a probation officer, near-daily Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and a weekly meeting of recovering addicts led by a Navy captain, ROLL CALL reports.

Kennedy, sources say, has to report to a probation officer twice a week at the Washington, D.C., courthouse complex. And on one of those days he has to, ahem, relieve himself in a cup.

And even when the Congressman isn’t checking in with the probation officers, they check in on him.

One source tells ROLL CALL's Mary Ann Akers that by order of the District of Columbia Superior Court, where Kennedy was sentenced last month, a probation officer accompanied by a D.C. police officer pays random visits to Kennedy’s Capitol Hill apartment on as little as 10-minutes notice.

News Flash!

Kinky Friedman is still running for Governor of Texas.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Who is "heroic" in the eyes of the MSM

I pointed out before that Time Magazine does not want to portray US Troops as "Heroic":

Time magazine had a reporter and a photographer embedded with the 3rd ACR. When the battle was over, they filed a lengthy story and nearly 100 photographs.

"When the issue came out, the guts had been edited out of the reporter's story and none of the photographs he submitted were used," said the admiral, quoting Col. McMaster. "When the reporter questioned why his story was eviscerated, his editors...responded that the story and pictures were 'too heroic.'"


The NY Times has no trouble in praising those who are killing US Troops.
Mr. Goldstein notes:
Writes Times assistant managing editor for photography Michele McNally of a photo taken by NYT photographer Joao Silva showing an al-Sadr army sniper in the act of firing on US troops, “Right there with the Mahdi army. Incredible courage.”

Incredible courage? Well, far be it for me to question such self-congratulatory enthusiasm, but it seems to me that actual “incredible courage” would have entailed, say, Joao Silva getting word to US troops, or bumrushing the sniper and beating him unconscious with a heavy telephoto lens.

Whereas what we’ve witnessed here is the product of (admittedly) dangerous opportunism in the service of plaudits and cocktail party invites.

But then, I’m still into the whole bourgeois nationalism thing.


HT to Ms. Malkin

I'm generally not a fan of taxes...

...but in the case I'm calling for one. There was story in the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle about a woman complaining that the fee to wire money to Mexico has risen from $4 to $6. She told the reporter, through an interpreter, that this was a hardship since the she was sending was from her Social Security. Question One: If this woman is at least a Legal Resident, and has been working in this country long enough to collect Social Security, Why in the Multiple Levels of Hell does she need a fornicating translator to speak to a reporter from an English language newspaper?

The $6 is a bank fee. The banks are looking at the cash flow to Mexico (remember Ross Perot's "Giant Sucking Sound?") and are out to profit from it.

The border states, and states with a large Illegal population (just about all the other states) should put a 50% tariff on all cash wire transfers to Mexico and use the money to increase border security and offload from legal taxpaying citizens the cost of the millions of illegals already in the country.

If the Feds were to slap another 25% (or more) tariff on wire transfers to Mexico on top that, that would be even better.

The government of Mexico encourages its citizens to illegally migrate to the United States of America because they send money from our economy to the failing economy of Mexico. If that scheme suddenly wasn't profitable, perhaps the Mexician government would do more to clean up their own problems.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

This is no suprise to anyone who pays attention...

Mr. Reynolds notes:

DESPITE GUN-CONTROLLERS' CRITICISMS of Florida laws on handgun carrying and self-defense, Florida's crime rates are way down.

Meanwhile, in the District of Columbia, where gun laws are much stricter, it's a crime emergency.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Tomorrow Yosemite

I'm left coasting. Details later. Tomorrow I'll be in Yosemite.
There are a few hotspots there, so I'll try to get a post in and post some pictures.

Quote of the Day

”I have big teeth. I lisp. My eyes disappear when I smile. My voice is funny. I don’t sing like Judy Garland. I don’t dance like Cyd Charisse. But women identify with me. And while men desire Cyd Charisse, they’d take me home to meet mom.”

-- June Allyson

Rest in peace.
_

Friday, July 07, 2006

The French/Gitmo Connection

Our UK friends at The Independent point out French hypocrisy:

The French government has been plunged into embarrassment by the revelation that its intelligence agents interrogated six French citizens inside the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay.

Defence lawyers said the trial of the six men on terrorist charges, which began in Paris on Monday, had been seriously compromised. They said the French authorities had previously refused to admit that the six had been interrogated by French counter-terrorism agents at the detention centre in Cuba.

The newspaper Libération yesterday published a confidential diplomatic telegram from the French embassy in Washington to Paris in April 2002, which made it clear that French agents had questioned the men in the US camp the previous month. France has always challenged the legality of the camp and has - until now - refused to admit that it had interrogated its own citizens there.

The French Foreign Ministry implicitly admitted yesterday that the telegram was genuine, but insisted that the meetings were normal "consular visits" to "citizens in trouble abroad". This failed to explain the presence of agents from the Diréction Génerale de la Sécurité Extérieure (DGSE) and Direction de la Surveillance du Territoire (DST), the French equivalents of MI6 and M15.


HT to Ace.

NYC Terror attack foiled

According to the NY Daily News:

The FBI has uncovered what officials consider a serious plot by jihadists to bomb the Holland Tunnel in hopes of causing a torrent of water to deluge lower Manhattan, the Daily News has learned.

The terrorists sought to drown the Financial District as New Orleans was by Hurricane Katrina, sources said. They also wanted to attack subways and other tunnels.

Counterterrorism officials are alarmed by the "lone wolf" terror plot because they allegedly got a pledge of financial and tactical support from Jordanian associates of top terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi before he was killed in Iraq, a counterterrorism source told The News.


HT to Mr. Reynolds, who notes:
Doesn't that mean they're not exactly lone wolves?

Indeed.

Update: Wizbang has more details.

Setting the Way Back Machine...

...to one year ago today, we find:

A liberal college professor calling for the murder of US soliders.

The non-reality based moonbats at the DU blaming the Islamofacist terror bombings in London on, of course, Karl Rove.

A poem by Rudyard Kipling.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

It is all part of his master plan...

The failure of the North Korean missile to stay in the air long enough for the American military to shoot them down is actually part of their master plan.

You see, while the world has been focused on the missiles, the North Koreans have been stealing trains.

While everyone's attention was focused on North Korean missiles, the real story is the North Korean economy. It continues to fall apart, and more North Koreans are unhappy about that. Worse yet, more North Koreans are finding out how badly they have been screwed by their leaders. Meanwhile, North Korean officials engage in even more bizarre behavior. For example, food and fuel supplies sent to North Korea have been halted, not to force North Korea to stop missile tests or participate in peace talks, but to return the Chinese trains the aid was carried in on. In the last few weeks, the North Koreans have just kept the trains, sending the Chinese crews back across the border. North Korea just ignores Chinese demands that the trains be returned, and insists that the trains are part of the aid program. It's no secret that North Korean railroad stock is falling apart, after decades of poor maintenance and not much new equipment. Stealing Chinese trains is a typical loony-tune North Korean solution to the problem. If the North Koreans appear to make no sense, that's because they don't.

Give us your illegal aliens...

...so says the Peoples Republic of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Cambridge City Council declared the city a "sanctuary city" for illegals. Now they are complaining that someone is actually pointing this out.

There is a plan to post billboards in New Jersey that read:

Attention: Illegal Aliens. Cambridge, Mass. is a sanctuary city. For help getting there, contact projectusa.org/NJ-mass transit.


The City of Cambridge, which has called for a moratorium on immigration raids by federal authorities, should welcome this assistance in promoting their progressive agenda.

HT to Jay Tea at Wizbang.

Teaching 9/11 denial at the UW-Madison.

Ann Althouse, a UW-Madison law professor writes that an Introduction to Islam course will include material stating the the 9/11/01 attacks resulting the collapse of the World Trade Centers was plan of the US Government.

Moonbattery aside, what does that have to do with an Introduction to Islam course?

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

It was a secret to the Belgium government...

The NY Times latest spin is that the "secret" program of tracking terrorists through their financial records wasn't really the "secret" they told their readers it was.
No big deal, every body knew about it is their new claim, dispite how they described the program in their initial story. Everybody except the host country of SWIFT, it seems.

Dubai: Financial transaction details may have been surrendered on a far greater scale to US intelligence agencies than originally believed as part of the "war on terror", privacy campaigners claim.

Last month the New York Times broke the story that CIA agents and US treasury officials have been secretly monitoring financial transactions routed through Swift, an acronym for the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication.

Swift provides electronic instructions for transfers between virtually every bank, brokerage house, and stock exchange and routes 11 million transactions each day. The Brussels-based, industry-owned co-operative links 7,800 financial institutions in more than 200 countries.
...
The European Commission has already said that EU law does not cover the handing over of financial data by Swift. The European Parliament will debate the US action on Monday.

Belgium Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt has ordered an investigation into the activities of Swift, which is regulated by the Belgian central bank and is subject to Belgian law.


HT to Rob at SayAnything, who points out:
If all this was news to the Belgium government than certainly this was news to the terrorists.

Thanks again, New York Times.


Stephen Spruiell notes this important bit of data:
Why should any company in any country cooperate with the United States? Its assistance will almost certainly become a major liability once the New York Times splashes the details all over its front page.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Deja Vu all over again...

Former Rep. J.C. Watts Jr, an Oklahoma Republican, quoted the philosopher Yogi Berra in the Las Vegas Journal-Review on the current situtation in Washington, D.C.

 "Observing the machinations and maneuverings of Democrats on Capitol Hill, I feel like I'm watching a replay of Republican tactics carried out in 1997 and 1998."
  "Harken back to yesteryear when a man named Bill Clinton was on the White House hot seat. Texas Rep. Tom DeLay was allowing no delays in his ascendancy to power in the Republican conference. Because of his deep disdain for Clinton and his eagerness to build a political empire, DeLay mapped out a simple plan: Attack Clinton, run against Clinton, defeat Clinton. We neglected our own accomplishments and agenda and ran against the incumbent president. It was all Clinton, all the time.
  "Unfortunately, the Republicans failed to note one very important fact: Bill Clinton was not on the ballot in 1998.
  "Now, just eight years later -- but a lifetime in political years -- the Democrats, emboldened by snapshots in time called public opinion polls, are running against George W. Bush.
  "They're putting all their eggs in a basket marked 'Iraq.' It matters not a whit to them that the leader of terrorist cells in Iraq has been taken out. They won't take anyone's word on the war -- not the president's, not even those of the late and unlamented terrorist Abu Musab Zarqawi. You may not have heard this on your favorite newscast, but Zarqawi's not-so-safe house housed a document he wrote citing the successes of U.S. efforts in Iraq, as opposed to the insurgency's own ineffectiveness and declining morale."


HT to the Washington Times Inside Politics column.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

New Pictures

I have new pictures posted on flickr.

This date in 1776

The Contential Congress by unanimous vote passed the Declaration of Independence. A rewritten version with the final edits was signed on July 4th.

Playing the Victim Card Again

That and the Race Card seems to be the main weapons of the democrat party. The New Editor has the details on the latest whinings of the extreme hard left.