Saturday, November 11, 2006

Football, work, news

Football day for me. Work tonight on a shift-swap, guy at work needed this evening off and I (without looking at the schedule correctly) said ok. I forgot that SC was going to Florida and would garner the 2:30 CBS slot, making my UT team get the night game. [yes I volunteered to work midnights when Tennessee was playing a night game (sigh)]
----------News
  • Outgoing Mexican President having problems.(lawsuits, bombs, can't leave the country)
  • Indian nurse (living in Toronto) doing good deeds for kids of Guyana.
  • Kylie Minogue has a concert.(first since breast cancer)
  • Sex paying for school.(this is news O.o)
  • UN officials meeting the warring parties in Burma.(kiss of death?)
  • Chinese quotas spark protest.(pets/not people this time)
  • British terrorism getting out of hand.(dhimmitude next?)
  • Sonia Gandhi to get Order of Leopold award from Belgium.
  • Poland is looking for some honesty from Russia in energy talks.(good luck)
  • Saturn having a hurricane.(BIG storm)
  • ----------Tech
  • Cell Phones at school. (need/want)
  • Firefox keys to success in the browser world.
  • Google feels bad about infecting your computer.(karma sutra ...)
  • Firefox (ala windows) security fixing, now that they have 15% of the market.(growth brings its own problems)
  • XBox going 'cable'.(game/news/movies?)
  • ----------Sports
  • Sheffield out of NY.
  • Pray for Bill Walsh battling cancer.
  • Gordon takes pole for the race tomorrow.(pfft)
  • The Visor returns to the Swamp.(FL big)
  • Expert Picks on college football.
  • UConn looking shaky in opener.(men's bb)
  • Nat'l Champs begin title defense.
  • Parker (at UT) best woman ever?
  • Nat'l Champs almost stumble.(women's bb)

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    Friday, November 10, 2006

    Around the Globe

    News from everywhere (via WorldNews):

  • Spies lose the kitty for Fwance.
  • Lindsay Lohan tosses 4-letter words. (o.O)
  • Bids flooding in for German TV Group.
  • Sicily approves theme park monies.
  • Assassination tribunal for Lebanon.(finally?)
  • Anti-Israel U.N. vote. (not unusual, everything is Israel's fault unless Bush did it)
  • Iran ignoring Argentina's request for a Jewish bombing.(didn't see that coming? heh)
  • Colombia tries to rid legislative of para-military.(good move)
  • Iron Silk Road gets inked in Asia.(Marco....)
  • Bolivia asks US for help with drug problems.(thought we were the enemy?)
  • Stocks and the buyers of, don't seem to like Democrats.(who'da thunk it)

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    Lots of discussion lately about terrorism and it caused by the Iraqi war.
    1979
    Nov. 4, Tehran, Iran: Iranian radical students seized the U.S. embassy, taking 66 hostages. 14 were later released. The remaining 52 were freed after 444 days on the day of President Reagan's inauguration.

    1982–1991
    Lebanon: Thirty US and other Western hostages kidnapped in Lebanon by Hezbollah. Some were killed, some died in captivity, and some were eventually released. Terry Anderson was held for 2,454 days.

    1983
    April 18, Beirut, Lebanon: U.S. embassy destroyed in suicide car-bomb attack; 63 dead, including 17 Americans. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.
    Oct. 23, Beirut, Lebanon: Shiite suicide bombers exploded truck near U.S. military barracks at Beirut airport, killing 241 marines. Minutes later a second bomb killed 58 French paratroopers in their barracks in West Beirut.
    Dec. 12, Kuwait City, Kuwait: Shiite truck bombers attacked the U.S. embassy and other targets, killing 5 and injuring 80.

    1984
    Sept. 20, east Beirut, Lebanon: truck bomb exploded outside the U.S. embassy annex, killing 24, including 2 U.S. military.
    Dec. 3, Beirut, Lebanon: Kuwait Airways Flight 221, from Kuwait to Pakistan, hijacked and diverted to Tehran. 2 Americans killed.

    1985
    April 12, Madrid, Spain: Bombing at restaurant frequented by U.S. soldiers, killed 18 Spaniards and injured 82.
    June 14, Beirut, Lebanon: TWA Flight 847 en route from Athens to Rome hijacked to Beirut by Hezbollah terrorists and held for 17 days. A U.S. Navy diver executed.
    Oct. 7, Mediterranean Sea: gunmen attack Italian cruise ship, Achille Lauro. One U.S. tourist killed. Hijacking linked to Libya.
    Dec. 18, Rome, Italy, and Vienna, Austria: airports in Rome and Vienna were bombed, killing 20 people, 5 of whom were Americans. Bombing linked to Libya.

    1986
    April 2, Athens, Greece:A bomb exploded aboard TWA flight 840 en route from Rome to Athens, killing 4 Americans and injuring 9.
    April 5, West Berlin, Germany: Libyans bombed a disco frequented by U.S. servicemen, killing 2 and injuring hundreds.

    1988
    Dec. 21, Lockerbie, Scotland: N.Y.-bound Pan-Am Boeing 747 exploded in flight from a terrorist bomb and crashed into Scottish village, killing all 259 aboard and 11 on the ground. Passengers included 35 Syracuse University students and many U.S. military personnel. Libya formally admitted responsibility 15 years later (Aug. 2003) and offered $2.7 billion compensation to victims' families.

    1993
    Feb. 26, New York City: bomb exploded in basement garage of World Trade Center, killing 6 and injuring at least 1,040 others. In 1995, militant Islamist Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and 9 others were convicted of conspiracy charges, and in 1998, Ramzi Yousef, believed to have been the mastermind, was convicted of the bombing. Al-Qaeda involvement is suspected.

    1995
    April 19, Oklahoma City: car bomb exploded outside federal office building, collapsing wall and floors. 168 people were killed, including 19 children and 1 person who died in rescue effort. Over 220 buildings sustained damage. Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols later convicted in the antigovernment plot to avenge the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco, Tex., exactly 2 years earlier. (See Miscellaneous Disasters.)
    Nov. 13, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: car bomb exploded at U.S. military headquarters, killing 5 U.S. military servicemen.

    1996
    June 25, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia: truck bomb exploded outside Khobar Towers military complex, killing 19 American servicemen and injuring hundreds of others. 13 Saudis and a Lebanese, all alleged members of Islamic militant group Hezbollah, were indicted on charges relating to the attack in June 2001.

    1998
    Aug. 7, Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: truck bombs exploded almost simultaneously near 2 U.S. embassies, killing 224 (213 in Kenya and 11 in Tanzania) and injuring about 4,500. 4 men connected with al-Qaeda 2 of whom had received training at al-Qaeda camps inside Afghanistan, were convicted of the killings in May 2001 and later sentenced to life in prison. A federal grand jury had indicted 22 men in connection with the attacks, including Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden, who remained at large.

    2000
    Oct. 12, Aden, Yemen: U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole heavily damaged when a small boat loaded with explosives blew up alongside it. 17 sailors killed. Linked to Osama bin Laden, or members of al-Qaeda terrorist network.

    2001
    Sept. 11, New York City, Arlington, Va., and Shanksville, Pa.: hijackers crashed 2 commercial jets into twin towers of World Trade Center; 2 more hijacked jets were crashed into the Pentagon and a field in rural Pa. Total dead and missing numbered 2,9921: 2,749 in New York City, 184 at the Pentagon, 40 in Pa., and 19 hijackers. Islamic al-Qaeda terrorist group blamed. (See September 11, 2001: Timeline of Terrorism.)

    2002
    June 14, Karachi, Pakistan: bomb exploded outside American consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 12. Linked to al-Qaeda.

    Notice, all these are BEFORE the Iraqi war (you know, the one that caused all the terrorism). Ok, since Iraq caused so much terrorism, let's look at the attacks since (US):
    2003
    May 12, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: suicide bombers killed 34, including 8 Americans, at housing compounds for Westerners. Al-Qaeda suspected.

    2004
    May 29–31, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: terrorists attack the offices of a Saudi oil company in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, take foreign oil workers hostage in a nearby residential compound, leaving 22 people dead including one American.
    June 11–19, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: terrorists kidnap and execute Paul Johnson Jr., an American, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 2 other Americans and BBC cameraman killed by gun attacks.
    Dec. 6, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: terrorists storm the U.S. consulate, killing 5 consulate employees. 4 terrorists were killed by Saudi security.

    2005
    Nov. 9, Amman, Jordan: Suicide bombers hit 3 American hotels, Radisson, Grand Hyatt, and Days Inn, in Amman, Jordan, killing 57. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility.
    hmmm...makes that little meme seem shot eh?
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    Israel, Chavez, Iran

    VENEZUELA
    Chávez attacks Bush as a 'genocidal' leader
    Venezuela's president continued his criticism of President Bush after the pro-Chávez legislature declared that the 9/11 attacks were `self-inflicted.'
    BY PHIL GUNSON
    Special to The Miami Herald

    CARACAS - When Venezuela's leftist President Hugo Chávez called President Bush ''the devil'' in a U.N. speech in September, many thought his ''anti-imperialist'' rhetoric had reached rock bottom.

    But fresh depths have since been plumbed. The Venezuelan government, to judge from recent events, officially regards Bush as a genocidal Nazi who arranged the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to justify aggression against other nations.

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    Khamenei calls elections a victory for Iran By Jon Hemming

    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday called U.S. President George W. Bush's defeat in congressional elections a victory for Iran.

    Bush has accused Iran of trying to make a nuclear bomb, being a state sponsor of terrorism and stoking sectarian conflict in Iraq, all charges Tehran denies.

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    Sneh to 'Post': 'IDF must stop Iran'
    By GIL HOFFMAN Sanctions against Iran are unlikely to work, so Israel must be prepared to thwart Teheran's drive for a nuclear capability "at all costs," the newly installed Deputy Minister of Defense Ephraim Sneh has told The Jerusalem Post.

  • 'I prefer fewer declarations and more deeds'


  • "I am not advocating an Israeli preemptive military action against Iran, and I am aware of all of its possible repercussions," Sneh stressed. "I consider it a last resort. But even the last resort is sometimes the only resort."

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    It looks alot like Israel will be going it alone for awhile. Unless this newly elected Congress is more pro-Israel than I think. Also, our enemies seem very pleased by the election results, shouldn't this be a bad thing for most people?

    Friday free for all over at StoptheACLU, give them a click.
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    Thursday, November 9, 2006

    60 Minutes' Ed Bradley Dead At 65

    According to CBS via Drudge:
    (CBS) Veteran 60 Minutes correspondent Ed Bradley died Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan of complications from leukemia.
    I didn't agree with a few (ok a lot) of his views, but I always thought he was one of the better people on 60 minutes. Sad day for his family and friends :(

    Wednesday, November 8, 2006

    Day by Day

    I've added Day by Day to the header. Feel free to click on it and visit the website (see old cartoons, contribute, etc.)
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    Where's the Aclu on this? (Freedom)

    Freedom means many things to many different people. Freedom of expression (speech) is the most common thought of and used freedom we have. But it is not only the right of speech, but the right of silence.

    Across the country many colleges and universities are hell-bent on removing the freedom of speech from their students.
    The lawsuit, Brooker v. The Governors of Missouri State University (MSU), was filed on Oct. 30 by the Alliance Defend Fund on behalf of Emily Brooker, a student in the university's school of social work. The ADF, a Christian legal group that advocates religious freedom, accuses tax-funded MSU of retaliating against Brooker because she refused to sign a letter to the Missouri Legislature in support of homosexual adoption as part of a class project.
    Unfortunately this isn't an isolated incident. This happens at many campuses every year and not many of these make the news. You would think the ACLU would be tooth and nail in this fight, but alas, they don't seem to care about anyone's rights unless they are anti-christian. The ADF (Alliance Defend Fund)seems to be the group that steps up to the plate to defend real liberties, whereas the ACLU defends only those liberties that help radicalism or big government.

    Basically in this case, a student was required to sign a letter to the state legistlature that she defended the right of gay men to adopt children and become foster parents. This letter conflicted with the students religious views and she refused. (It was decided that she could write an 'alternate' letter, but then the teacher filed a Level 3 grievance against her). What the student (and ADF) are attempting to accomplish is: 1) Remove the level 3 blight from the record, 2) a public apology from the college and a change in policy and 3) a monetary supplement. This seems standard to any lawsuit filed by anyone now adays. (Fix it, apologize, pay me) but seems to have some legal merit and a reasonable assumption of passing.

    People should pay close attention to cases like this (especially if you are in school, going to goto school or have kids that will) since it signals (hopefully) a change in acadamia for more freedom for the students to think independently of the professors political/ethical views.
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    BoP Chart at top

    Update:
    BoP chart removed, really who cares now :)
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    The BoP chart at the top has 2 *'s indicating races are still in question. There are 14 R held seats (I think, can't find much except that 14 seats are still in doubt, 2 of those could be in Georgia and be D held) and 2 Senate seats still in doubt.

    Everyone is reporting 0 independents in the House (I could have sworn that there was 1 that won last night, but I'm changing to 0 just to be like everyone else [heh]).

    Hopefully Republicans won't become the new moonbats after this election. We'll see if any of Pelosi and Reids comments pre-election hold up in the Democratic Congress. I expect not alot will get done (not much different than the last two years) but hopefully they will suprise me.

    I would like to congratulate all the winners (whether R,D,I, or whatever) on hard fought victories. The Allen-Webb campaign was pretty much the only real bad spot in the national races (sure there was slinging in alot of them, but nothing compared to what those 2 candidates did/said). I would also like to thank EVERY voter who made it a point of voting and excerising their duty to the people of this country. Whether you believe with me or against me, I appreciate your level of interest and dedication to your candidate of choice.

    We'll see what the next two years brings us and in a few weeks, we'll have new horses to start preening over for the White House in '08.

    Again, congrats to the Dems for their takeover in the House and apparent take-over in the Senate (still technically too close to call, but as you see, I've put the 2 points in the D's).
    Jay over at StoptheACLU has more on this and his sentiments for the new Democratic congress and what they should do.
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    Senate

    Looks like a split. 49-49 with 2 ind. But both independents will vote dem so effectively a 51-49 Dem take.

    Virginia and Missouri will do recounts and the like, but don't expect either to flip (just looking at numbers, not news... could be a reason 1 or both stay R)
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    Tuesday, November 7, 2006

    House gone

    Looks like the house is def. gone (not a suprise even though I 'predicted' otherwise) but still not as bad (so far) as it could have been.

    The senate looks like a hold (with recounts/litigation to come). So we get judges and they get subpoenas ><
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    Voted


    Just say no to Speaker Pelosi :)
    RevealTheACLU and StopTheACLU have some voting movies.
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    Monday, November 6, 2006

    Soldiers are former bullies

    h/t Taranto at BestOf:
    The neocons and the war
    By Dennis C. Jett
    November 05. 2006 6:01AM

    There is a very easy way to end the quagmire that Iraq has become - reinstitute the draft.

    No, wait. Anyone who aspires to become vice president or president should read on and not rush off to find a student deferment or strings to pull to get into the air national guard. The new selective service system would be nothing like the old one.

    This time there would be only two categories of potential recruits, regardless of their gender, age, health, student or family status - neoconservatives and others. The first group would be inducted immediately and sent off to boot camp. The second group would be permanently exempt.

    Read the entire article here
    The DEAN of International Studies at Florida (gator anyone?) plays the leftist meme of the war (and its handling) to be bad and neocons fault. He also says that neocons were the nerds in school and they sent the bullies to war. His editorial is littered with cherry-picked facts and could easily be a democratic campaign flyer.
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    Socialists and Terrorists

    From the wider world where our elections are just as important but the people out there can't vote comes news...

    In Central America: Socialism is alive and well again (oxymoron)
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Leftist Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega appeared Monday to have easily defeated four other presidential candidates in his long quest to return to power 16 years after a U.S.-backed rebellion helped force him from office, according to a respected electoral observer group projecting victory based on a sampling of the votes.
    Since he won, I'll be there are no recounts or stories of fraud :)
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    In the Middle East: Hamas and Fatah have decided to play nice and (re)form government. They don't get to the part where they renounce violence and recognize Isreal, so I wouldn't count on this adding up to much.
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas traveled to Gaza Monday for negotiations with Hamas to put what he hoped will be the finishing touches on a national unity government made up of independent experts.
    These stories may seem unrelated to the upcoming elections tomorrow, but look closely at the world views and you'll see they are not. VOTE!
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    Everyone Vote tomorrow!

    Possibly the best write up on the vote that I've seen:

    Heaven vs. Hell: A Parable
    Posted by M

    While walking down the street one day a US senator is tragically hit by a truck and dies.

    His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

    “Welcome to heaven,” says St. Peter. “Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.”

    “No problem, just let me in,” says the man.

    “Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from higher up. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.”

    “Really, I’ve made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,” says the senator.

    “I’m sorry, but we have our rules.”

    And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.
    Read it all here.

    That pretty much sums up the point. Make sure you vote and you get your friends to vote also; let's stem this democratic 'wave' that they think is coming.
    Also posting on this subject is The Median Sib.
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    Election Results

    I'll be the first (that I've read) to put it on paper what I predict will happen.

    Senate: R 54 D 46 (with Lieberman voting D)
    House: R 220 D 215

    Anyone else?

    Seems The American Spectator beat me to the punch, so I'll link you to it.
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    Sunday, November 5, 2006

    World- Iraq / Israel

    I know everyone is running with the Saddam verdict, but I'll just link to the yahoo link, since it's where I first saw it.

    Iraqi tribunal sentences Saddam to hang By HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 26 minutes ago BAGHDAD, Iraq - Saddam Hussein was convicted and sentenced Sunday to hang for crimes against humanity in the 1982 killings of 148 people in a single Shiite town, as the ousted leader, trembling and defiant, shouted "God is great!" ADVERTISEMENT As he, his half brother and another senior official in his regime were convicted and sentenced to death by the Iraqi High Tribunal, Saddam yelled out, "Long live the people and death to their enemies. Long live the glorious nation, and death to its enemies!" Later, his lawyer said the former dictator had called on Iraqis to reject sectarian violence and refrain from revenge against U.S. forces.

    Iraqi tribunal sentences Saddam to hang - Yahoo! News

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    Also news from Israel:

    Israeli PM: Gaza offensive will continue By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press Writer Sun Nov 5, 7:40 AM ET JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert pledged Sunday to press ahead with Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip until the army significantly decreases Palestinian rocket fire on Israel. ADVERTISEMENT In new fighting, Israeli troops killed two Palestinians, including a Hamas gunman, raising the death toll to 46 Palestinians in the 5-day-old operation in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanoun. One Israeli soldier has been killed.

    Israeli PM: Gaza offensive will continue - Yahoo! News
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    Plug o.O

    I finally got a plug from someone :)

    Jay over at Observations has added me to his read list and even linked me. Sooner or later I'll get a reader or two over here and then we'll be something. (ok, maybe not)

    I've been reading his site and his friends for abit now, some good stuff over there, check it out.