Urbin Report

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Just being mildly observant here...

According the the SF Chronicle, the man who injured as many as 14 people by attacking them with a large motor vehicle in San Francisco is also believed to the same man who struck and killed a man in Fremont earlier.

The man is identified as 29-year-old Omeed Aziz Popal. It is not that far fetched to give odds that this guy is Muslim rather than a Seven Day Adventist.

A SF Police spokesman said the attacks in the city occurred at 12 locations over a 20-minute period.
"The hits were intentional,'' he said, noting that police are treating them as assaults.

Now maybe I'm going out on a limb here, but the last time somebody intentionally drove an SUV with the intention to kill as many people as possible, it was a young Muslim male who said he was attacking unbelievers to avenge insults against Islam. Maybe, just maybe, there may be a connection here.

Just being mildly observant here...

Monday, August 28, 2006

9/11 film review...

Govindini Murty reviews the movie The Path to 9/11, that will air on ABC (not to be confused with the movie currently in theaters).

The writing, acting, directing, editing, cinematography, and overall story-telling are first-rate. "The Path to 9/11" is fast-paced and thoroughly gripping the entire way. The five-hour miniseries (aired over two nights) is based on the 9/11 Commission report, and also on ABC News correspondent John Miller’s book, "The Cell."
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This is the first Hollywood production I’ve seen that honestly depicts how the Clinton administration repeatedly bungled the capture of Osama Bin Laden. One astonishing sequence in "The Path to 9/11" shows the CIA and the Northern Alliance surrounding Bin Laden’s house in Afghanistan. They're on the verge of capturing Bin Laden, but they need final approval from the Clinton administration in order to go ahead. They phone Clinton, but he and his senior staff refuse to give authorization for the capture of Bin Laden, for fear of political fall-out if the mission should go wrong and civilians are harmed. National Security Adviser Sandy Berger in essence tells the team in Afghanistan that if they want to capture Bin Laden, they'll have to go ahead and do it on their own without any official authorization. That way, their necks will be on the line - and not his. The astonished CIA agent on the ground in Afghanistan repeatedly asks Berger if this is really what the administration wants. Berger refuses to answer, and then finally just hangs up on the agent. The CIA team and the Northern Alliance, just a few feet from capturing Bin Laden, have to abandon the entire mission.


HT to Ace.

Futher Proof that Kos Kids don't share the same reality with Rational Adults.

After the far left extremist branch of the democrat party, under the leadership of DNC Chair Howard Dean, stabbed loyal democrat, and former party VP candidate, Joe Lieberman in the back, they are now shocked that Lieberman won't lend his support to democrats running for office.

As Mr. Reynolds put it, Payback is a bitch.

That six degrees of seperation thing...

Sometimes it hits close. Iranian born US Citizen Anousheh Ansari will become the world's first female space tourist when she blasts off aboard a Russian rocket on September 14. I've meet Ms. Ansari, even talked with her a few times. She may not remember me, but I remember her. She and her husband founded a telecommunications company in Texas that was bought by Sonus Networks. A deal that made her the single largest Sonus stock holder and a very wealthy woman. I met her while I was working at Sonus.
Odds are she doesn't remember me, I was just one of many engineering managers while she was an executive VP who rarely visited the Westford offices.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

A conflict of interest

From today's Washington Times Inside Politics column:

U.S. District Court Judge Anna Diggs Taylor, who last week ruled that the government's warrantless wiretapping program was unconstitutional, serves as a secretary and trustee for a foundation that donated funds to the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, a plaintiff in the case, ACLU et al. v. National Security Agency.
The independent government watchdog Judicial Watch said it discovered the potential conflict of interest after reviewing Judge Diggs Taylor's financial-disclosure statements, available on Judicial Watch's Web site, www.judicialwatch.org.
According to her 2003 and 2004 financial-disclosure statements, Judge Diggs Taylor served as secretary and trustee for the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan (CFSEM). She was re-elected to that position in June. The official CFSEM Web site states that the foundation made a "recent grant" of $45,000 over two years to the ACLU of Michigan, a plaintiff in the wiretapping case. Judge Diggs Taylor, a 1979 appointee of President Carter, sided with the ACLU of Michigan in her recent decision.
According to the CFSEM Web site, "The Foundation's trustees make all funding decisions at meetings held on a quarterly basis."
"This potential conflict of interest merits serious investigation," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

What media bias?

The in your face, unprofessional bias over at CNN.com.
Confederate Yankee has some rather damning screen captures.

Two pictures I really am fond of

Of course, they are pictures I took.
A Pair of Pale Horses

I took this one at a street fair in Westborough, MA as part of the town's 4th of July celebrations.

waiting

A freshly minted Phd waiting for her name to get called at Tufts University's 2006 Hooding Ceremony.

A little academic garb trivia here. The three racing stripes on the sleeve denote that is a Doctororial robe and the dark blue on the hood note that it is for a Doctorate of Philosophy. The light blue is one of Tufts school colors (blue and brown).

On a lighter note...

Some college humor, since as of next week, I'll have two kids in college (one undergrad, the other going for his doctorate)
From the depths of the Internet:

HELL EXPLAINED BY CHEMISTRY STUDENT

The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington Chemistry mid-term.

The answer by one student was so "profound" that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well :

Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?

Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.

One student, however, wrote the following:


First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.

This gives two possibilities:

1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase
until all Hell breaks loose.

2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes
over.

So which is it?

If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, "It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you," and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct......leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting "Oh my God."

THIS STUDENT RECEIVED THE ONLY "A"

More updates on Iraq

Not the typical "Doom & Gloom" FUD news.
The Daily Dispatch takes a critical look at the NY Times and their reporting.

According to the New York Times, civilian deaths in Baghdad are at an all-time high, marking the failure of the Baghdad security plan launched by the al-Maliki government, and the descent of Iraq into civil war.

But according to Iraq’s national security minister Mowaffaq al-Rubaie, the sectarian violence peaked in mid-July, and has declined sharply since then, indicating the success of the security plan.

The first viewpoint has been promulgated in most metropolitan dailies, all the broadcast networks, and on CNN and MSNBC. (FOX News has actually presented both contentions, although with scant detail.)

We dug up the second viewpoint in the Malaysia Star, August 22, 2006. It is not readily available to consumers of American media. But the underlying data – the civilian death toll — is accessible via the internet. Civilian deaths are falling rapidly, as al-Rubaie contends, not spiraling out of control, as the New York Times implies.
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The two most meticulous English-language sources on Iraqi civilian casualties are maintained by Leftwing opponents of the Iraq War.
www.icasualties.org and www.iraqbodycount.net

These websites list every “war-related” civilian death reported by the international press corps in Iraq. The sites can be faulted for attributing certain crime-related deaths to the war. But they cannot be faulted for failing to document their sources. “IraqBodyCount” goes a step further, noting contradictions between the highest and lowest death-reports associated with a given incident. The site maintains a simultaneous running tally of the “maximum” and “minimum” casualties reported.

In July, icausalties.org reported 1063 civilian casualties. In the first 22 days of August, icasualties reports 593 civilian casualties. Extrapolated for a full month, this would yield a net August death-decrease of 21.4%.

But that isn’t the whole story. Comparing the first 11 days of August against the second 11 days, there has been a hefty relative drop. Using the icausualty.org numbers, we find that Iraqi civilian casualties, Aug. 12-Aug. 22, declined 25.1% from early August.


Bagdad required a different approach.
Starting August 9th, the government beefed up the security detail in Baghdad for a “clear and hold” operation called “Operation Forward Together.” Iraqi security forces took the lead, with coalition embeds providing professional advice and logistic support. The most violent areas of Baghdad were targeted first, and each “cleared” area was garrisoned by a standing ISF presence. “Clearing” meant hunting down the bad guys where they live, killing or arresting them, and confiscating their weapons stockpiles.

Committees of safety were organized across sectarian lines, often with the help of local imams and tribal leaders, to keep lines of communication open between the communities. The number of anti-terrorist tips promptly increased, allowing the ISF to focus on the gangs and individuals at the core of the problem. Police presence reduced the civilian pressure for tit-for-tat killings. The sectarian violence in Baghdad has NEVER been popular.

In a weird way, the difference between the two strategies recapitulated American arguments over the war on terror. The first strategy – dependence on checkpoints – was defensive, and didn’t work. The second – killing the bad guys where they live – paid immediate dividends.

Emphasis added by me. Cutting and running is bad policy at this point. The better plan is to channel General George S. Patton, Jr. and not Howard Dean.

Civil War v. Police Action. Daily Dispatch nails it with this analysis:
A final irony of the failure of MSM to report strategy, tactics, and results in Operation Forward Together, launched two weeks ago, is that what the media has ignored is essentially a police action – precisely how the MSM wants to fight the “War on Terror.” The guys slaughtering dozens of unarmed people at markets in Sadr City are not an army. They have no government-in-exile, no territorial base.

They are simply criminal gangs that hire out to jihadi ideologues, local militias, or revenge-seeking tribal leaders – i.e., anyone who will pay them. A dead giveaway that this is NOT a civil war is the continued decline in coalition casualties, despite the presence of more Americans embedded with the ISF at the center of the violence.


Go read the whole thing.

Via Gateway Pundit is Back Talk's look at the numbers and how they don't match what the NY Times is trying to tell you.

The idea that the insurgency has gotten worse "by almost all measures" is amazingly off the mark. In fact, it is not worse according to the most obvious measures. To appreciate why this is so, you need to understand that measures taken over the short term are inherently noisy. So, looking at one month of casualty figures tells you very little in the same way that looking at the outcome of a single baseball game tells you very little about the strength of the two teams. To get a clear picture, you need to aggregate the numbers over time. Since we have complete data for the first 7 months of 2006 (January through July), I looked at what has happened over the first 7 months of this year compared to the immediately preceding 7 months (i.e., the last 7 months of 2005). Here is what I found:

US military fatalities are down in the first 7 months of 2006 (average of 57 per month) compared to last 7 months of 2005 (average of 73 per month).
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Is the number of wounded really soaring? In truth, the number of US wounded is down in the first 7 months of 2006 (average of 425 per month) compared to last 7 months of 2005 (average of 499 per month). This is easily confirmed by going here.

I am surprised that the New York Times cannot even be trusted to consult readily available data that can be easily examined to evaluate their judgment of the strength of the insurgency. At the very least, they should have a paragraph in their article that begins like this: "Despite many figures suggesting that the strength of the insurgency is, if anything, declining, our belief is that it is actually gaining in strength because the number of IEDs being planted is on the increase. The reason why many other indicators suggest a weakening insurgency is that..."

I have no idea how they'd complete that sentence, but that's what the reporters need to do if they wish to grapple with the actual evidence (big "if" there).


Gateway Pundit follows up with this bit of news that probably didn't make the pages of the NY Times:
"Coalition and Iraqi forced captured "well over" 100 known Al Qaeda terrorists and associates in the last week!"

It must be blog sweeps week...

At least that is Glenn Reynolds says as he points out this this video blog from the beach.
Warning, she's not in a burka, but in a bikini!

The Ghost of Billy Carter may visit HRC

The Canada Free Press has some updates on what Hillary Clinton's brothers have been up to:

The Washington Times reported that a bankruptcy judge has frozen Tony Rodham’s bank account. A court-appointed trustee is demanding Mrs. Clinton’s brother repay more than $100,000 in loans he obtained from a carnival company, United Shows of America, Inc.

How did Tony, who has described himself as a consultant — Gee, could he be a little vaguer? — get his mitts on carnival cash?

This is just a guess, but it may possibly have had something to do with two presidential pardons granted by Rodham’s brother-in-law. These weren’t part of Bill’s last minute specials; he approved them months before he left office.

In 2001, the New York Times described what happened:

"Former President Bill Clinton's brother-in- law Tony Rodham helped obtain a presidential pardon for a Tennessee couple last March over the objections of the Justice Department, Mr. Rodham and lawyers involved in the pardon said today.

"Mr. Clinton pardoned Edgar Allen Gregory Jr. and his wife, Vonna Jo. The Gregorys, who live outside Nashville and own United Shows of America, a carnival company based in Smyrna, Tenn., were convicted of bank fraud in 1982, accused of using the assets of a bank they owned to give loans to friends."

The article went on to say that neither Rodham nor the Gregorys would disclose their financial relationship. Justice Department officials strongly objected, but Tony wasn’t clowning around. The carnies received their pardons.

Now he’s in the news again, which may not be good for Sister Hillary’s ambitions. It might remind voters how her brother Hugh Rodham had taken $400,000 in exchange for getting other people pardoned. One ran a cocaine ring. The other was convicted of business fraud and three years after his pardon from Clinton was sentenced to 18 months in prison for not paying millions in taxes.
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Then there was Hugh and Tony’s excellent Russian adventure. They wanted to grow and export hazelnuts from Georgia. Not Billy Carter’s Georgia, Joe Stalin’s Georgia. The scheme ran into trouble when the boys involved themselves in some tangled Soviet intrigue and brother-in-law Bill’s administration nixed it.

Whenever trouble surfaced, Hillary and Bill routinely denied they knew what the Rodham boys were up to. That’s not easy to accept. After all, Hugh and Tony were close enough to go on the Clintons’ honeymoon with them. For a time, Hugh listed the White House as his home address.
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Add to the mix her brother-in-law, Roger Clinton of the Ne’er Do Well Finishing and Pardon Peddling School, and you have a recipe for scandals that would make her husband’s administration look respectable. Well, almost.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Back in Michael Moore's Iraqi Paradise...

Blackfive reminds us what it was like for the average Iraqi living with the Ba'th party in control:

"On April 16, 1987, in the evening as the cattle were returning home and the sun was setting in the sky, about eight to 12 jets covered the sky. The jets started firing on the villages of Belisand and Sheikwasan. The explosions were not very loud. There was green smoke rising from the bomb later … Lots of citizens immediately had red eyes and began to vomit." - Kurdish villager, Ali Mustafa Hama, testifying about the murder of his village by Saddam Hussein

French Diplomacy at work

Uncle Jimbo at Blackfive sums it up:

Once again we get to watch the graceless diplomatic dance as France and Iran pretend that talking or bribery will stop the Iranians from finishing their nukes. The amazing thing is they do this while the Iranian leadership proudly proclaims they will not stop their uranium enrichment and they have now locked the IAEA inspectors out of their facilities.
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If the Mullahs do not allow the inspectors back into their facilities very shortly we will have a situation where we will no longer have any idea how far along the process is. As of now they have successfully enriched a considerable amount of uranium to “low” enrichment levels used for nuclear energy. The next step is to refine it up to “high” enrichment levels needed for weapons, and the first step in that process is booting the inspectors so they can deny doing this.

Funny thing about this is I can’t think of anyone who believes they won’t use the weapons once they get them.


That not funny as in "Ha Ha" funny. It's funny in the "Gee that's sick" kinda funny.

The mindset of this years freshman class

This is a little scary since my youngest son is one of those Freshman

1. The Soviet Union has never existed and therefore is about as scary as the student union.
2. They have known only two presidents.
3. For most of their lives, major U.S. airlines have been bankrupt.
4. Manuel Noriega has always been in jail in the U.S.
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6. There has always been only one Germany.
7. They have never heard anyone actually “ring it up” on a cash register.
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20. Text messaging is their e-mail.
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31. They grew up in minivans.
32. Reality shows have always been on television.
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40. Affluent troubled teens in Southern California have always been the subjects of television series.
41. They have always been able to watch wars and revolutions live on television.

The view from Iraq

According to Reuters (no pictures):

The level of violence in Baghdad has fallen sharply since July thanks to troop reinforcements and the new government's efforts to reconcile warring Shi'ites and Sunnis, Iraq's national security adviser said on Tuesday.

Mowaffaq al-Rubaie insisted that the sectarian and insurgent bloodshed that has seized Iraq was not a civil war, a description U.S. President George W. Bush's administration has strenuously avoided in the face of mounting casualties.

"This is absolutely not a civil war," Rubaie told Reuters in an interview during a visit to Japan. "Al Qaeda tried for that for three years and failed miserably. But it has created a crack between Shias and Sunnis."

[...]

He challenged the notion that violence was out of control in the Iraqi capital, saying it had peaked last month.

"The surge was only until mid-July," he said. "The number of attacks is down from mid-July by 45 percent and extra-judicial murders ... are down 35 percent since mid-July. We're there, we're definitely on the mend."


HT to Rob at Say Anything.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Saber rattling in the Gulf

Units of the Iranian Military fired on a Romanian oil rig and then occupied the rig according to CNN.

Scary News

Monday, August 21, 2006

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Ahhh...the French...



Jules Crittenden writes in the Boston Herald:

In recent weeks, France stepped forward to act as a broker of peace in Lebanon. “Act” is the key verb in that last sentence, as it now would seem that the only other verifiable part of the sentence is “in recent weeks.”

To correctly parse that sentence, one must understand that when France suggested it wanted to broker peace in Lebanon, it did not necessarily mean “broker” or “peace” or “Lebanon” in the way we might understand those words. The same is true when France further suggested it wanted to “lead” a “strong” “multinational” “force” there.

I don’t speak French, so I have no idea what the actual French words are for those concepts or what possible nuances there may be. I’ve been relying on news reports in English, which now inform me that the French do not intend to send any significant number of troops to what is supposed to be a force of 15,000 in Lebanon, like everyone thought they said they would.

The heady moment of peace brokering having passed, uponsober reflection, the French now say they already have a general and some staff in south Lebanon ordering about UNIFIL, the U.N. monitoring entity there. That’s plenty of leadership, the French suggested: All France needs to contribute now is another 200 combat engineers.

In tactical terms, when it comes to securing a Middle East conflict zone, that can be referred to as “squat.”

Isn't this violation of Geneva Conventions?

Hezbollah fighters found wearing IDF uniforms according to the NY Sun.

"In the least friendly fire imaginable, Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon encountered Hezbollah wearing Israel Defense Force uniforms...

During a battle on the evening of August 6 and early hours of August 7, in the town of Hule, an IDF unit found two Hezbollah dressed in Israeli fatigues and helmets in a civilian home. The battlefield commander was forced to order his men to remove the white hats they wear on their helmets to distinguish his men from the enemy."


HT to Hillary Needs A Vacation.

The wrong headline...

It's not surprising that the Boston Globe got the headline wrong.
They wrote: "Israeli raid endangers cease-fire deal"

The correct headline should read:

Syria & Iran smuggle weapons to Hezbolla in violoation of cease-fire.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Reuters continues to make news...



Here is the story:

...Havana-based Reuters correspondent Marc Frank is a former writer for the People’s Daily World, a Communist Party USA publication.

In Frank’s little-known 1993 book, “Cuba Looks to the Year 2000,” he admits having written over 1,000 articles for the communist publication as their Havana-based Latin American correspondent during a five year period in the 1980’s. According to its website, the publication (which has since changed its name to the People’s Weekly World) shares a “special relationship” with the Communist Party USA:

The PWW is known for its partisan coverage. We take sides — for truth and justice. We are partisan to the working class, racially and nationally oppressed peoples, women, youth, seniors, international solidarity, Marxism and socialism. We enjoy a special relationship with the Communist Party USA, founded in 1919, and publish its news and views.

A glimpse into Lebanon's future

UN "Peacekeepers" at work:

The United Nations is investigating a suspected child prostitution ring involving its peacekeepers and government soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the U.N. mission said on Thursday.

Among accusations being investigated is that pimps are using the presence of U.N. peacekeepers to lure vulnerable girls to go and work as prostitutes in areas of South Kivu where they are deployed, the mission said in a statement.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Another terrorist attack stopped

Bloomberg reports:

Two suitcases containing bottles of gasoline, propane gas and a detonating device that were found abandoned in German regional trains last month were bombs primed to go off and kill a "high number'' of people, police said. . . .

The July 31 attempt "is likely to have a terrorist background,'' Zierke said. Investigators found pieces of paper with Arabic letters and telephone numbers from Lebanon in clothes which were in the suitcases to pad the gas bottles, he said. They also found starch bags from Lebanon which were sold in a store in or around Essen, a city in North-Rhine Westphalia.


Mr. Reynolds has the following to say on the subject:
I'm sure it was their invasion of Iraq, or maybe their opposition to the Kyoto Protocol that led to this...

It couldn't be part of an overall Islamist war plan or anything.


Indeed.

Capitalism wins in the end...



Image by Fred Zepplin

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

democrat DA Bruce Krischer shielding a multiple statutory-rapist

Ace has the story on Florida State Attorney Bruce Krischer.

Palm Beach Chief of Police Michael Reiter has asked Rush Limbaugh's foe, State Attorney Bruce Krischer, to recuse himself from a case, believing he's in the tank for the defendant.

The accused is a dedicated Democrat, as is Krischer himself. The accused, Jefferey Epstein, has donated more than a $100,000 to Democrats, including Hillary! Clinton.

Reiter wants to charge Jeffrey Epstein for four counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor with girls as young as fourteen.

Krischer was somehow only able to get a prostitution charge against Epstein from a grand jury, despite a house filled with hidden cameras and pictures of young girls.

Reiter is seeking the aid of the FBI.

Note the DA didn't need to take the charges to a grand jury. He could have just filed charges on his own.

There were 17 witnesses against Epstein. Two "house managers" -- whatever they are; butlers and overseers, I guess -- are prepared to testify about having to clean up Jello and the like after Epstein's "parties" with the fourteen year old girls.

Krischer used the grand jury to tank the case, presenting the weakest case possible in order to have a pretext to not charge Epstein. That's the suspicion.

It seems like a good suspicion.

My kind of health drink

The NY Times reports:

Researchers have found strong evidence that coffee reduces the risk of several serious ailments, including diabetes, heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver.
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Coffee contains antioxidants that help control the cell damage that can contribute to the development of the disease. It is also a source of chlorogenic acid, which has been shown in animal experiments to reduce glucose concentrations.
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Larger quantities of coffee seem to be especially helpful in diabetes prevention. In a report that combined statistical data from many studies, researchers found that people who drank four to six cups of coffee a day had a 28 percent reduced risk compared with people who drank two or fewer. Those who drank more than six had a 35 percent risk reduction.

Some studies show that cardiovascular risk also decreases with coffee consumption. Using data on more than 27,000 women ages 55 to 69 in the Iowa Women’s Health Study who were followed for 15 years, Norwegian researchers found that women who drank one to three cups a day reduced their risk of cardiovascular disease by 24 percent compared with those drinking no coffee at all.

Kicking your base in the nuts...

That seems to be democrat party plan according to this AP news story.

A Democratic political ad is under fire from Hispanics who say it unfairly compares Latino immigrants to terrorists.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sponsored a 35-second ad on its Web site that shows footage of two people scaling a border fence mixed with images of Osama Bin Laden and North Korea President Kim Jong Il.

Pedro Celis, chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly, said in a statement Tuesday that the DSCC should remove the ad because it vilifies illegal Hispanic immigrants and is "appalling."

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

THEY WILL PLAY ON YOUR FEARS!

According to the NY Times, the democrats are planning on being the fear mongers they accuse the Republicans of being:

Seeking to counter White House efforts to turn the reported terrorist plot in Britain to Republican advantage, Democrats are using the arrests of the suspects to try to show Americans how the war in Iraq has fueled Islamic radicalism and distracted Mr. Bush and the Republican Congress from shoring up security at home. They say they intend to drive that message home as the nation observes the coming anniversaries of Hurricane Katrina and the Sept. 11 attacks.

But they are not waiting. A video Monday on the Web site of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee showed footage of Osama bin Laden, referred to an increase in terror attacks, highlighted illegal immigration and pointed out the nuclear aspirations of Iran and North Korea.

“Feel safer?” it concludes. “Vote for change.”


HT to RightWing Sparkle and AmericaBlog

She nails it...

Karol Sheinin writes the following spot on target commentary:

Howard Dean was on 'Meet the Press' (transcript here) over the weekend and referred to Saddam Hussein as "a pain in the neck".

A "pain in the neck" is what parents call their kids when they won't stop whining for ice cream, what you call your boss when he gives you work at 5pm on a Friday, and how you refer to the umpire that gave your team a bad call. It's not really, tough enough for a dictatorial mass murderer.

Dean's comments are just more proof that Democrats really, truly, wholly don't get it. Saddam Hussein invaded two sovereign countries, brutally murdered the Kurds, his thug sons raped women and young girls, cut off limbs, slaughtered whole families, built prisons for children, and rained down pain and destruction on the people of Iraq like Howard Dean can not possibly imagine. His downplaying of the evil of Saddam Hussein shows he's unfit for any sort of leadership role. I can't wait for Dean's statement that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is such a jerky face and that Kim Jong Il is so, like, annoying.


As Dennis Miller said about the various types of anti-war protesters:
"The second type you have at these parades seems to be the people who want to mislabel Hitler. Everybody in the world is Hitler. Bush is Hitler, Ashcroft is Hitler, Rumsfeld is Hitler. The only guy who isn't Hitler is the foreign guy with a mustache dropping people who disagree with him into the wood chipper. He's not Hitler."


Whatever reality the far extremist hard left lives in, it is not the same on shared by rational thinking adults.

Monday, August 14, 2006

His own brother did time, but Fidel's brother gets protection...

As you must remember, Roger Clinton, brother of former President Bill Clinton, did time for dealing cocaine.
Now ABC News reports:

Federal prosecutors in Miami were prepared to indict Raul Castro as the head of a major cocaine smuggling conspiracy in 1993, but the Clinton Administration Justice Department overruled them, current and former Justice Department officials tell ABC News.

The officials say Castro, as Cuban Defense Minister, permitted Colombian drug lords to pay for the use of Cuban waters and airstrips as staging grounds for smuggling runs into the United States in the 1980s and early 1990s.

"It was a major investigation involving numerous witnesses that was killed at the highest levels in Washington," said a former Justice Department official with direct knowledge of the case.

I'm sure you saw this on CBS News...

Ok, I'm joking. By way of Ace:

A photographer named Bryan Denton, whose work has appeared in the NYT, posted on a professional-photographer's forum something remarkable. He wrote that, while in Lebanon, he personally witnessed Lebanese digging up dead bodies already in graves for presentation to the media as fresh victims. And, while Denton walked away from such obviously-sham photo opportunities, he says that the Lebanese stringer photographers were lining up behind him to snap pictures.


i have been working in lebanon since all this started, and seeing the behavior of many of the lebanese wire service photographers has been a bit unsettling. while hajj has garnered a lot of attention for his doctoring of images digitally, whether guilty or not, i have been witness to the daily practice of directed shots, one case where a group of wire photogs were choreographing the unearthing of bodies, directing emergency workers here and there, asking them to position bodies just so, even remove bodies that have already been put in graves so that they can photograph them in peoples arms. these photographers have come away with powerful shots, that required no manipulation digitally, but instead, manipulation on a human level, and this itself is a bigger ethical problem.

Meanwhile, in "enlightened" California

...Ok, I was surprised to see this in a medium sized newspaper.

Once again, you shouldn't be surprised by this...

...if you have been paying the slightest bit of attention.


In direct violation of UNSC Resolutions:

Lebanon's UN ambassador bitterly slammed Israel's month-long bombardment of his country ahead of a hard-won truce, and vowed that the treaty would be Israel's last with any Middle East country.

"Lebanon will be, I think, the last state to sign a peace treaty with Israel," UN ambassador Nouhad Mahmoud told CNN television's "Late Edition" program, without explaining the remark. ...

The diplomat added that the 15,000 Lebanese soldiers to be dispatched to south Lebanon to help keep the peace alongside a similarly-sized international UN force "are not going to use force" to disarm the Hezbollah militia which has been battling Israel.

"Hezbollah will just leave the area as armed elements as I understand it, and the Lebanese army will take over the whole region along with the United Nations forces," he said

Sunday, August 13, 2006

How is Casto doing?

Released photos of Fidel Castro show evidence of Reutergate type changes.

This picture should not come as a surprise...

...to anybody who has been paying attention.

By way of Leslie Bates comes this photo posted at Little Green Footballs. It is from an "anti-war" rally in San Francisco.


Not only is the extremist far hard left adopting anti-semitism at a rapid rate, they are continuing to show a really poor grasp of history.

Speaking of History, I pointed out on May 20, 2003, that the so-called "anti-war" left in San Francisco oppose the existence of the state of Israel.

Color me not surprised...

According to the British press:

Terror suspect Waheed Zaman met controversial MP George Galloway many times, his sister said last night.


George Galloway as you remember was a big defender of Saddam Hussein and received hundreds of thousands of pounds from Saddam's coffers back when the mass murderer was in power.

Reality to Juan Williams

He's a bright guy but I have to question what he just said on TV. He claimed that Hezbollah can't declare victory because of the condition of Lebanon.

Hezbollah doesn't give a shit about Lebanon. From their view, death and destruction in Lebanon is a win for them.

Sadly, the big winner between the war between in Israel and Hezbollah, which is being conducted in Lebanon, is Iran.

Quote of the day

"The war and George Bush have not turned the world against the United States. The world has always been against the United States. The war simply revealed the divide and exposed the illusory utopian world view as being false." -- Chris Tiberius

HT to Leslie Bates.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

For the geeks out there...

I know you're there, I'm here, you're out there.
This is for us, Star Trek inspirational posters.

HT to Ace

They are predicable...

The crazy Kos Kids, they wouldn't recognize an actual fascist until one hung 'em on a meat hook, and then they would ask what they did to make them angry.
Rob from Say Anything, brings us the results of a poll at the Daily Kos:

The thwarted U.K. plot
1. was legit. 222 votes - 37 %
2. was more drama from BushCo to keep us all afraid. 373 votes - 62%


Yes, two out of three Kos Kiddies are certifiably insane.

While you may not be interested in the War against Islamofacism...

...it is certainly interested in you!
CNN reports that British police arrest 20 suspects in plot to blow up jets flying between UK and U.S and that Intelligence indicates plot has "very strong links to al Qaeda."

We're talking "mass murder on an unimaginable scale" here.

Michelle Malkin has details.

Blog plug

Not mine, but Blogging the Revolution of 1776. Stop by for plenty of interesting American History.

Lieberman roundup.

Ann Coulter notes:

In yesterday's primary, Connecticut Democrats dumped Joe Lieberman, an 18-year incumbent, because he supports the war on terrorism. This is the same Joe Lieberman who voted against all the Bush tax cuts, against banning same-sex marriage, against banning partial-birth abortion, against the confirmation of Judge Alito, against drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and in favor of the Kyoto accords. Oh yes, this was also the same Joe Lieberman who was the Democrats' own vice presidential candidate six years ago.


Democrate Doug Weistein points out:
Let's see if I've got this right. Conventional wisdom says that the country has gone progressively to the center/right. The last two Democratic presidents were centrists. The Democrats desparately want to regain control of Congress in 2006, and the White House in 2008. Joe Lieberman was the Democratic standard-bearer just six years ago, along with Al Gore. The DSCC and the Democratic establishment [aside from President Clinton] provided little or no help to Lieberman in his campaign, which is the same as opposing him. And many left-leaning Democrats are now gleeful over his defeat by a "trust fund baby" in the Connecticut primary, which makes the party as a whole look like total freaking disloyal idiots to the rest of the country. . . .

The left wing of the Democratic party better get its collective head out of, er, the clouds, or they'll have it handed to them come election day.

I wouldn't be the least surprised if Lieberman runs as an Independent, kicks Lamont's ass in the general, and then sticks it to the Democratic party forever. I wouldn't blame him. And I say that as a loyal Democrat.


Ilya Shapiro writes:
...Ned Lamont squeaking out 51.8 percent of the vote against the 2000 Vice-Presidential nominee's 48.2 percent.
...
This was a retrospective referendum on Iraq, and the "Democratic wing of the Democratic party" -- to use now-DNC chair Howard Dean's famous slogan from the 2004 presidential race -- ejected one of the most down-the-line Democrats of the past 25 years.

In all the spin about how a "moderate" cannot win given our nascent "politics of polarization," we lose sight that Lieberman's supposed moderation rests mostly in his even-tempered disposition. This is a man, after all, who received an 80 percent approval rating Americans for Democratic Action and only 8 percent from the American Conservative Union (less than Hillary Clinton and Barbara Boxer and equal to Chuck Schumer and John Kerry). Heck, even in voting to authorize President Bush to go to war in Iraq, he was joined by a majority of his colleagues (including Clinton, Schumer, John Edwards, and Minority Leader Harry Reid) in a lopsided vote that was greater than that approving the first Gulf War.

Yet Lamont adviser Jesse Jackson said in an op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times Monday that "A loss for Lieberman would be a win for progressives." Jackson went on to fault his party's putative Vice-President -- many who pulled the lever for Lamont no doubt still consider Al Gore to be President -- for "embracing key elements of the conservative agenda," including questioning certain excesses of affirmative action and supporting cuts in capital gains taxes that have ushered in a new class of investors.

Such arguments expose the nasty truth at the heart of the modern "Party of Jefferson": You have to embrace the entire Democratic catechism (abortion on demand, racial preferences, etc.) or risk banishment from this "party of inclusion." While accusing the GOP of being a group of intolerant extremists -- so intolerant that the party establishment is funding Lincoln Chafee (who has a voting record equal to Lieberman and Clinton, and more liberal than 14 Democratic senators) against a conservative opponent -- it is the Democrats who are repeatedly shown to have binding litmus tests.


In related news, here is a statement from the Lieberman campaign website:
UPDATE ON THE ATTACK ON THE LIEBERMAN CAMPAIGN WEBSITE

STATEMENT FROM SEAN SMITH: "For the past 24 hours the Friends for Joe Lieberman's website and email has been totally disrupted and disabled, we believe that this is the result of a coordinated attack by our political opponents. The campaign has notified the US Attorney and the Connecticut Chief State's Attorney and the campaign will be filing a formal complaint reflecting our concerns. The campaign has also notified the State Attorney General Dick Blumenthal for his review."

"We call on Ned Lamont to make an unqualified statement denouncing this kind of dirty campaign trick and to demand whoever is responsible to cease and desist immediately. Any attempt to suppress voter participation and undermine the voting process on Election Day is deplorable and has no place in our democracy."


Mr. Reynolds has more links on the subject.

Let us keep in mind what the far hard left extremists over at the daily Kos said about Senator Lieberman:
"Joe Lieberman is a racist and a religious bigot" (by "greenskeeper," posted on Daily Kos, Dec. 7, 2005).

On "Lieberman vs. Murtha": "as everybody knows, jews ONLY care about the welfare of other jews; thanks ever so much for reminding everyone of this most salient fact, so that we might better ignore all that jewish propaganda [by Lieberman] about participating in the civil rights movement of the 60s and so on" (by "tomjones," posted on Daily Kos, Dec. 7, 2005).

"Good men, Daniel Webster and Faust would attest, sell their souls to the Devil. Is selling your soul to a god any worse? Leiberman cannot escape the religious bond he represents. Hell, his wife's name is Haggadah or Muffeletta or Diaspora or something you eat at Passover" (by "gerrylong," posted on the Huffington Post, July 8, 2006).


Former special counsel to President Clinton Lanny Davis (hardly a tool of the Republicans) got his share of hate from the far hard left:
One Sunday morning on C-Span I debated Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel on the Lieberman versus Lamont race. Afterwards I received a series of emails--many of them in ALL CAPS (which often suggests the hyper-frenetic state of these extremist haters)--that were of the same stripe as the blog posts, and filled with the same level of personal hate.

So much for the party of open mindedness, tolerance and respect for your fellow passengers on Spaceship Earth.



You would think they would at least take Photoshop 101...

It depends who writes the History Books...

This won't show up in "liberal progressive" history books regardless of how true it is:

James Lileks on Fidel Castro:

"Eventually it will come down to this ... History will note that the people in the American jails at the tip of this island ate better than the average Cuban."


HT to Leslie Bates.

Pushing my photos on Flickr again

Eclipse Pics. Get yours at flagrantdisregard.com/flickr

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

On the good news front...

Far hard left liberal extremist democrat Cynthia McKinney lost the primary battle for her district in Georgia.
It seems that the good people of Georgia, even those who are registered democrats, have had enough of her 9/11 conpsiracy theories, attacks againsts Captitol police officers and general Anti-Semitism.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Greg Gutfeld nails liberal fears

He spent a week reading the Huff Post and collected various far hard left liberal fears and posted the list.
Here are some highlights:

Fear that liberals haven't degraded the education system enough so most people still know that Abraham Lincoln and FDR suspended many liberties to deal with similar crises

Fear that people will realize the easiest way to cut back on greenhouse gases is to convert to nuclear energy
Fear that your activism will be exposed as a front for your narcissism
Fear that low taxes actually do create prosperous societies
Fear that people will find out what a hypocrite you are because you call for higher taxes while using tax shelters

Fear of judgmental people
Fear of appearing narrow-minded
Fear of intolerance
Fear that with your tirades against SUVs, Wal-Mart, meat, cigarettes, guns, whisky, and organized religion, you are the judgmental, intolerant one.

Fear of Hugo Chavez dying
Fear of Castro Dying
Fear of Communism dying

Fear of Israel and their determined desire to blow up terrorists
No fear of Hezbollah and their pleasure in blowing up citizens

Fear of group think
Fear that your lockstep obedience to progressive boilerplate is a purer example of subservience than anything you'd ever find in "Repuglican" circles

Fear that school vouchers will enable poor minority children to attend your children's private schools

Fear of someone sitting you down and forcing you to deal with the fact that even if global warming was absolutely manmade and as bad as Gore says it is, that the threat of islamic terrorists getting WMDs and using them is far greater and imminent and requires offering at least moderate allegiance to the current president of the United States and to Tony Blair and Sen. Lieberman.

Fear that even if the democrats win the 08 election, Europeans will still look down on us and Muslims will still want to kill us.
Fear that capitalism actually works better than any other economic system
Fear that America really is the freest country in the world
Fear that going it alone when you think you're right is more moral than trying to build a coalition with dictators, thieves and cowards.

If you don't toe the far hard left democrat line...

...the enlightened, tolerant liberals will resort to threats:

A friend of mine just returned from Connecticut, where he had spoken on several occasions on behalf of Joe Lieberman. He happens to be a liberal antiwar Democrat, just as I am. He is also a lawyer. He told me that within a day of a Lamont event--where he asked the candidate some critical questions--some of his clients were blitzed with emails attacking him and threatening boycotts of their products if they did not drop him as their attorney. He has actually decided not to return to Connecticut for the primary today; he is fearful for his physical safety.


HT to Mr. Reynolds, who has more on the subject.

Ms. Malkin has more.

Note the author of the main quote is Lanny Davis, a Clintonite. He was a special counsel to President William Clinton between 1996 and 1998.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Speaking of those wacky Iranians...

The UK Times reports:

IRAN is seeking to import large consignments of bomb-making uranium from the African mining area that produced the Hiroshima bomb, an investigation has revealed.

A United Nations report, dated July 18, said there was “no doubt” that a huge shipment of smuggled uranium 238, uncovered by customs officials in Tanzania, was transported from the Lubumbashi mines in the Congo. Tanzanian customs officials told The Sunday Times it was destined for the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, and was stopped on October 22 last year during a routine check.

The disclosure will heighten western fears about the extent of Iran’s presumed nuclear weapons programme and the strategic implications of Iran’s continuing support for Hezbollah during the war with Israel.

It has also emerged that terror cells backed by Iran may be prepared to mount attacks against nuclear power plants in Britain. Intelligence circulating in Whitehall suggests that sleeper cells linked to Tehran have been conducting reconnaissance at some nuclear sites in preparation for a possible attack.


HT to LGF.

How do you say Soreloserman in Spanish?

According to Ace, it's "Sore Loserhombre", and it's pretty typical leftist behavior.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), who had taken to the streets to demand the recount while insisting that he would not recognize the recount if it went against him (huh?), must now decide whether to call for a nationwide rebellion. In spite of the opinion of a plethora of outside observers, from the European Union to the United Nations to the USA, that the election was fair and the decision justified, AMLO has insisted that he was defrauded and should be the president elect.

Ace provides the translation to reality speak:
At the risk of stating the obvious: the Left's conception of "democracy" seems to be "we always win, no matter what the votes say." No other result is legitimate.

Which isn't really democracy, you know.

The scary thing is that there are poeple who still take this guy seriously...

James Earl Carter, thankfully a former US President is still out there embarrassing himself and the American people.
His latest foot in the mouth episode is claiming that "In my opinion, maybe the worst ally Israel has had in Washington has been the George W. Bush administration."

Gee Jimmy, let us review history a bit. It was one of your less brilliant moves to push for allowing Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to return to Iran. That lead to the 1979 revolution that put the current Iranian government in power. The very same government that has given Hezbollah the two thousand plus missiles it has fired at Israel. The very same missiles that Hezbollah is not supposed to have (UNSC Resolution 1589, which the UN has done a brilliant job of ignoring).

Related note: The Iranian Revolution occurred in 1979. I had this nice liberal lady the other day trying to tell me that it must have happened in the 1980 because either Reagan or Bush 41 had to been the President at the time of that foreign policy disaster.
Keep in mind that is the same person who tried to tell me before that it was GW Bush who was demanding recounts in Florida back in November of 2000. Nice lady, but her knowledge of history is severely distorted by viewing through a far left wing liberal lens.

Setting the wayback machine to...

...two years ago today, we find the Sarasota Principal Defends President Bush From Fraud And Hate

Michael Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9/11" criticizes President Bush for listening to Sarasota second-graders read a story for nearly seven minutes after learning the nation was under attack on Sept. 11, 2001.
But Gwendolyn Tose'-Rigell, the principal at Emma E. Booker Elementary School, says Bush handled himself properly.

"I don't think anyone could have handled it better," Tose'-Rigell told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in a story published Wednesday. "What would it have served if he had jumped out of his chair and ran out of the room?"


That post was brought to you by Leslie Bates and once again prompts me to ask if Michael Moore is telling anything remotely connected to the truth, then why does he need to lie and twist peoples words in order to create the message he wants?

Blatent Media Bias

Reuters admits to doctoring a photograph to make damage from an Iserali Air Force strike look much worse.

In a releated story, a Reuter's employee makes his/her views known by email death threats to an American blogger:

The message, sent from a Reuters internet account, read: "I look forward to the day when you pigs get your throats cut."

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Ahhh...the French

Captain Ed captures the moment:

France lost the manuevering room to dictate Israel's position when their foreign minister, Philippe Douste-Blazy, heralded Hezbollah's sponsor Iran as a "stabilizing force" in the region. Douste-Blazy then had to backpedal furiously when Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad openly called for Israel's destruction days later and told Muslim nations that the cease-fire France was peddling amounted to a good first step. Iran embarrassed France further yesterday by publicy announcing that it had armed Hezbollah with rockets and missiles in the past.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Morning Quotes

The Boston Big Dig, they promised a tunnel, but we got the shaft.

"Hopely, she can become famous enough for having built her early career around "ass-fucking" or rumors of "ass-fucking" to deserve her own porno parody. Perhaps it will star an eager strawberry blond performer going by the name Anna Marie Coxx who will demonstrate far more "integrity" when it comes to "ass-fucking". Then it would serve our little wankette right if the public only confused them." -- llamajockey

"Peace Activists" always seem to demonstrate where it's safe, in America.
Why don't we see Peace Activist demonstrating in Iran, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, North Korea, in the places in the world that really need peace activism the most?
-- Raymond S. Kraft

"Always attack, Never defend." -- liberal democrat stratagist Paul Begala

"Pacifism is objectively pro-fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side, you automatically help out that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, 'he that is not with me is against me.'" -- George Orwell

"You don't need to be 'straight' to fight and die for your country. You just need to shoot straight." -- US Senator and Conservative Icon Barry Goldwater

"The French are our cowardly-canaries-in-the-German-crazytime-coalmine. We'll know Germany is a threat again the moment the French start kissing our fat American asses again." -- Ace

"We want one class to have a liberal education. We want another class, a very much larger class of necessity, to forgo the privilege of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks." -- democrat and former US President Woodron Wilson (1856-1924) addressing a group of businessmen shortly before WWI.

"A tax-supported, compulsory educational system is the complete model of a the totalitarian state." -- Isabel Paterson (1886-1961)

"The aim of public education is not to spread enlightment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and orginality." -- H.L. Mencken, Baltimore Sun

"Some of these days they are going to remove so much of the "hooey" and the thousands of things the schools have become clogged up with, and we will find that we can educate our brooks for about one-tenth the price and learn 'em something they might accidentally use after they escape." -- Will Rogers (1879-1935)

"To translate it into UNIX system administration terms ... the post-modern, politically correct atheists were like people who had suddenly found themselves in charge of a big and unfathomably complex computer system (viz. society) with no documentation or instructions of any kind, and so whose only way to keep the thing running was to invent and enforce certain rules with a kind of neo-Puritanical rigor, because they were at a loss to deal with any deviations from what they saw as the norm. Whereas people who were wired into a church were like UNIX system administrators who, while they might not understand everything, at least had some documentation, some FAQs and How-tos and README files, providing some guidance on what to do when things got out of whack. They were, in other words, capable of displaying adaptability." -- Cryptonomicon

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Cause and Effect

Here in the Peoples Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we have some of the strictest Victim Disarment Laws in the country.

That results in a record homicide rate where the violent criminals have the safest working environment, the City of Boston.
The body count is up to 48, seven more than this time last year.

On this day in 1990...

Iraq invaded Kuwait.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Abuse At Gitmo!

Where is the outrage from the usual suspects (ANSWER, the UN, far hard left liberal extremists Americans, the French, etc.) over this torturous abuse?

HT to Blonde Sagacity

PHOTOS THAT DAMN HEZBOLLAH

Not that it takes much.

The Herald Sun Reports:

This is the picture that damns Hezbollah. It is one of several, smuggled from behind Lebanon's battle lines, showing that Hezbollah is waging war amid suburbia.

The images, obtained exclusively by the Sunday Herald Sun, show Hezbollah using high-density residential areas as launch pads for rockets and heavy-calibre weapons.

Dressed in civilian clothing so they can quickly disappear, the militants carrying automatic assault rifles and ride in on trucks mounted with cannon.

The photographs, from the Christian area of Wadi Chahrour in the east of Beirut, were taken by a visiting journalist and smuggled out by a friend. . . . The Melbourne man who smuggled the shots out of Beirut and did not wish to be named said he was less than 400m from the block when it was obliterated.

"Hezbollah came in to launch their rockets, then within minutes the area was blasted by Israeli jets," he said.

"Until the Hezbollah fighters arrived, it had not been touched by the Israelis. Then it was totally devastated."

Hezbollah sees civilian deaths in Lebanon as a win for them. This news is not surprising to those who have been paying attention.

Mr. Reynolds has more, including:
"The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it had not received agreement so far to its request to visit two Israeli soldiers abducted by Hezbollah guerrillas."


John at Powerline makes the following on target observation:
The strangest aspect of all this, of course, is that no one doubts that Israel killed the civilians in Qana accidentally while targeting terrorists, whereas, on the other hand, Hezbollah has launched hundreds of rockets into Israel for the sole and express purpose of killing civilians. Yet where is the outrage against Hezbollah? Why is it that Kofi Annan swings into action only to denounce Israel and to promote the course that Hezbollah wants, namely a time-out so that it can rebuild its terrorist infrastructure?

Mr. Reynolds follows up with: "Yeah, it's almost like he's on Hezbollah's side, or something."
Bingo!

Given Hezbollah's media skills, it is not outside the realm of the highly fornicating likely that the Qana photographs were staged.

Check out TigerHawk's roundup of anti-Israel demonstrations around the world. In case you miss the key point, here is his conclusion:
None of these protestors are asking for an end to war. None ask for Hezbollah to stop firing its rockets, or for Syria to stop shipping in new weapons, or for Iran to stop threatening to go to war. They all demand that Israel just take it. Who are they kidding? Other than the mainstream media, I mean.


BTW, I still hold that when someone compares the Boy Scouts of America to Hamas, it's bloody fornicating obvious that they don't share the same reality with the rational members of humanity. Further attempts at rational discussion are at this point, moot.

Why did the qana building fall eight hours after the Israeli air strike?

Ynetnews reports:

An IDF investigation has found that the building in Qana struck by the Air Force fell around eight hours after being hit by the IDF.
...
Eshel and the head of the IDF's Operational Branch, Major General Gadi Eisnkot said the structure was not being attacked when it collapsed, at around 8:00 in the morning.

The IDF believes that Hizbullah explosives in the building were behind the explosion that caused the collapse.

Another possibility is that the rickety building remained standing for a few hours, but eventually collapsed. "It could be that inside the building, things that could eventually cause an explosion were being housed, things that we could not blow up in the attack, and maybe remained there, Brigadier General Eshel said.