NYT Writer: “Forget 9/11!”

Thomas Friedman Wants America to Get Over 9/11

The Chief ran across this commentary on a recent Tom Friedman piece in the NY Times Slimes. Ordinarily I would link it directly, and go from there…but decided in this case not to give him the drect readership from even a reference link.

You can get the gist of it from the coverage in CFP, along with appropriate critical commentary.

Thomas Friedman thinks you are “stupid” if you still care about the atrocity committed against this country by Islamofascists in New York on 9/11/2001.

He thinks “9/11 is over” and we all should just move on. Even worse, he has decided that we are no longer a great country, but are filled with seemingly meaningless “fear,” that we have a dilapidated infrastructure, and that while America used to be “the gold standard,” he believes “We aren’t anymore.” Friedman is falling for the typical, leftist doom-and-gloom scenario and imagines that China is better than we are, Europe is more inviting, and we have become the new Rome after the fall. His closing line is “We can’t afford to keep being this stupid!” By contrast to Friedman, my opening line to him is “We can’t afford to be this self-loathing!”

What a total crock! Can you say “Poor situational awareness”? This guy desperately needs a sharp blow upside the head with the old cluebat.

A Light in the Darkness

Charges dropped in Iraq against sniper
The U.S. soldier, along with other members of his unit, was been implicated in the deaths of Iraqi men.

The subheader on this one is a classic DUH! Snipers implicated in the deaths of Iraqi men? Hello ! THE CHIEF CERTAINLY HOPES SO! Snipers are SUPPOSED to be killing people – that’s what they are trained & tasked to do!

Members of U.S. Army Spc. Jorge G. Sandoval Jr.’s unit hugged him Friday in the minutes after a military court dropped murder charges against him in the deaths of two Iraqis.

One soldier, Sgt. Anthony Murphy, savored the good news. “It’s been really tough. Today is a good day,” he said. Murphy bristled at the idea that there was a cloud over their unit. “What we did was honorable — what we were trained to do and ordered to do,” he said. Spc. Joshua Meachum said, “Snipers have no other job but to kill. We don’t shake hands with sheiks. We don’t give candy to kids. We don’t set up a checkpoint. We have one sole job and that is to kill.”

Score one for the good guys.

Senate RINOs Show Their (White) Flag

GOP senators offer new timeline for Iraq

A small group of Republicans facing election fights next year have rallied around war legislation they think could unite the GOP: Call for an end to U.S. combat in Iraq, but wait until President Bush is almost out of office.

Interesting timing there…”almost out of office”…not TOO much of a waffle there, eh?

The RINOs are (unfortunately) alive and well in the Senate, coming up with a bastardized proposal that combines the worst of Bush’s and the Donk’s ideas for the Iraq war.

The proposal, by Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, would require that Bush change the mission of U.S. troops from combat to primarily support roles, such as training Iraqi security forces and protecting U.S. infrastructure in Iraq. His legislation would set a goal of completing such a mission transition within 15 months.

Oh great! We’ll still be there on duty, but we won’t be ACTIVELY fighting…in other words, we’ll still be targets, but will be unable to engage in proactive tactical engagement to prevent being attacked. Also, the surrender by date certain provision is included in this load of crap.

The RINO leading roll call:

Co-sponsors of the bill include Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina and Norm Coleman of Minnesota. Of the sponsors, only Voinovich is not up for re-election in 2008.

Meanwhile, the Donks and the RINOs are arguing about just where the timeline should be drawn.

Sen. Carl Levin, the Democratic chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said he worked closely with Voinovich until late Thursday in the hopes of striking a compromise proposal. Levin wants to set the goal in nine months, but acknowledges he doesn’t have the votes to pass it. After Voinovich suggested extending the goal to 15 months, Democratic support dissipated, said Levin, D-Mich.

This reminds the Chief about the girl who agreed to sleep with her boyfriend for $1,000,000. When he suggested that she might be willing to do so for $5 she took great offense replying “What kind of girl do you think I am anyway?!”

His answer: “Your answer to the first question established THAT. Now we’re just negotiating the final price.”

Unfortunately, such is the state of our Congress.

FBI Acting as Staatspolizei?

FBI chief orders internal probe

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III ordered an internal investigation into whether bureau agents interfered with midterm congressional elections by disclosing a corruption probe that undermined the re-election bid of Republican Rep. Curt Weldon weeks before the Nov. 7 vote.

Political influence in the FBI? Where could THAT be coming from? Wouldn’t you know…a Clintonista:

The federal investigation of Mr. Weldon and his daughter was requested by Melanie Sloan, a former assistant U.S. attorney during the Clinton administration, who heads the liberal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Miss Sloan said in an interview that her request was sent after a Los Angeles Times report in 2004 suggested Mr. Weldon, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, helped steer defense contracts to his daughter’s business consultancy.

The outcome of the whole thing?

He was later cleared of the charges by the House Standards of Official Conduct Committee.

Of course, he also lost his re-election bid, so the efforts of Ms. Sloan were successful from the point of view of the Clintonian Donks, to whom political triumph is the ultimate goal of the universe.

Foggy Bottom Boys Caught Again

Univ. of Cal. Backs Down from ‘No Jews Allowed’ Program

A U.S. State Department-funded University of California program which provides business training for residents of the Middle East specifically excluded Israeli Jews – until Jewish journalists protested.

Although the lead refers to U.C., the program in question was set up with the selection criteria established by none other than the Foggy Bottom Boys at the US State Department.

A U.S. State Department-funded University of California program which provides business training for residents of the Middle East specifically excluded Israeli Jews – until Jewish journalists protested.

It’s obvious what the intent was here, and obvious that even the Foggy Bottom Boys couldn’t get away with this degree of overt anti-Semitism, no matter what their normal inclinations may be when left to their own devices.

A Modest Proposal

Lebanese Presidential Candidate Plans to Establish Federal State in Lebanon

“The federal regime… First, people must get it out of their heads that it means partition. The purpose of a federal regime is to prevent partition. If we do not establish a federal state, we will reach partition. A federal state is meant to prevent partition. Is the United States partitioned in any way? It is a federal state. Is Switzerland partitioned in any way? It is a federal state. Is Germany partitioned? It is a federation. The UAE is a federal state. Why is the UAE a federal state, even though they are all Sunnis and they all speak Arabic? There are no Christians, Druze, Shiites, Kurds, Armenians, or Greek Orthodox over there. They are all Sunnis, yet they established a federal state. Why? The most stable country in the Arab world today is the UAE. Not only the UAE – all the countries with a federal regime are the most stable and prosperous countries in the world. That is because they have a federal regime. If we do not establish a federal regime, where are we headed? Either we will continue with the current regime, continue to fight and slaughter one another, or else one of the sides will try to establish a religious state. It will use its majority to take control, and will try to establish a religious state. This will be very difficult, and will also lead to massacres and fighting. Otherwise, we have no choice but to move over to a federal state.”

There are more details listed…essentially each of the proposed provinces will have the right to determine its own internal policies: i.e. a Sunni province could ban alcohol, while a neighboring Christion province could allow it, etc.

This idea makes a LOT of sense…unfortunately, it may make so much sense that it could not be adopted in today’s middle-east. So sad!

So You Maybe Expected Something Else?

Iran’s Ahmedinejad blasts Bush in UN speech

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad used the stage of the United Nations to launch a broad assault on the US yesterday, accusing Washington of violating human rights.

Yadda, yadda, yadda.

He predicted that the era of Western predominance in the world was drawing to a close and would be replaced by a “bright future” ushered in by the return of the 12th imam, a messianic figure in Shia Islam.

Of course this will only happen after the apocalyptic destruction of the evil Jews and the American Great Satan…but who’s keeping track?

There’s more of the usual crapola widely available in this piece, and elsewhere…but the Chief will pass on this gas.

Ahmadinejad….

Ahmadinejad Arrives for New York Visit

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, facing protests and tabloid headlines calling him “evil” and a “madman,” stirred debate Monday about free speech ahead of his appearance at Columbia University.

Another reason to get reid of the UN: it requires putting up with stuff like this. Pack it up, and ship it off to Geneva, and good riddence to bad rubbish.

Columbia President Lee Bollinger has promised to grill Ahmadinejad on subjects such as human rights, the Holocaust and Iran’s disputed nuclear program. The Iranian leader previously has called the Holocaust “a myth” and called for Israel to be “wiped off the map.” Bollinger said Monday it was a question of free speech and academic freedom.

As far as Columbia University…their University President just couldn’t pass up the chance to tweak the administration in any possible way. As far as free speech is concerned, the RIGHT to speak has no guarantee of a provided venue to speak from, nor, does it mandate any requirement to listen.

Overall summary:
• Ahmadinejad (Ahm-mad-on-a-jihad) is an Islamofascist buffoon…a dangerous buffoon, but a buffoon nonetheless.
• Columbia University is an embarrassment to itself…especially after it’s standards of academic freedom and free speech don’t extend to the United States ROTC.

Columbia’s reasoning about the ROTC ban is in protest against the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy which they say is anti-gay. Meanwhile, Ahmadinejad’s Islamofascist regime kills gays. Go figure.

Syria Getting Nukie from NorKs

Israelis seized nuclear material in Syrian raid

Israeli commandos seized nuclear material of North Korean origin during a daring raid on a secret military site in Syria before Israel bombed it this month, according to informed sources in Washington and Jerusalem.

The attack was launched with American approval on September 6 after Washington was shown evidence the material was nuclear related, the well-placed sources say. They confirmed that samples taken from Syria for testing had been identified as North Korean. This raised fears that Syria might have joined North Korea and Iran in seeking to acquire nuclear weapons.

This is obviously good for Israel, and it’s good that the US was willing to acquiesce to the Israeli actions…but…at the same time the US administration is crowing about making deals with the NorKs that has them “giving up” their nuclear ambitions in exchange for US aid.

This sounds to the Chief like the Foggy Bottom Boys at the State Department are gettind rolled again, with the NorKs getting to have their cake and eat it too, by getting the US to assist their basket-case economy while they are REALLY just moving their nuke efforts offshore and continuing business as usual.

As for Syria…after receiving loads of WMD type stuff from Saddam before we went in to Iraq, this is just more of THEIR style of business as usual…which makes it even more reprehensible for the recent friendly fiendly excursions of various US luminaries as Donk Prez wanna-be Dennis “the Red” Kucinich and former Senator Abourezk (Donk – SD) to kiss the hem of the robe of Bashir Assad and his Hesbollah house-guests.

As usual, another mess in the Middle East.

Predictable Opposition to Refinery Emerges

Refinery proposal ignites battle for support

The predictable NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) reaction to Hyperion Energy’s proposed Union County, SD oil refinery is off and running.

Whatever. Typical NIMBY opposition to any form of serious economic development (unless it’s a project of your own).

This will be a long, drawn out argument…and hopefully the project will proceed. The country needs refineries, and the 1800 permanent jobs will be a strongly positive addition to the state.

ex-Pres Still Clueless

Carter: Iran No Threat to Israel Now

Former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday that it was almost inconceivable that Iran would “commit suicide” by launching missiles at Israel. Speaking at Emory University, Carter, who brokered the 1979 Camp David peace accord between Israel and Egypt, said Israel’s superior military power and distance from Iran likely are enough to discourage an actual attack. “Iran is quite distant from Israel,” said Carter, 83. “I think it would be almost inconceivable that Iran would commit suicide by launching one or two missiles of any kind against the nation of Israel.”

SOUNDS reasonable, right? The bit about Iran not willing to suicide? The only trouble with this is that according to Ahmadinejad there is different agenda in play: triggering the return of the Mahdi from his well, which necessitates the generation of widespread chaos and anarchy as the necessary pre-requisite.

This plan necessitates the end of the Iranian Islamic Republic – which will become part of the new caliphate.

Carter just can’t wrap his mind around the fact that the Iranian rulers are not playing with the same deck that we are.

SURPRISE! SD Donks Want Bigger Fed Program

Congress working on veto-proof SCHIP bill

Here’s a shocker: South dakota’s Donk Congresscritters (Herseth-Sandlin, & Johnson) both support the current scheme to expand the SCHIP – State Children’s Health Insurance Program. The nominal justification of this is to provide health care coverage for children in circumstances of poverty, yadda, yadda, yadda.

The current version of the law expires September 30th. The proposed replacement that the Donk Congresscritters are pushing for would massively, and expensively expand the coverage…with poverty afflicted children now being in families of up to $80,000 income.

The program, in concert with individual states, covers children in families earning up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. There are ongoing efforts in Congress to expand that to take in more children from higher income families and even adults who care for them. Democratic proposals range as high as $35 billion. It would make the total cost of the program about $60 billion within five years.

So, our own Donk Congressette Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin has admitted to be working a sort of political calculus: how to change the cost of the program to increase as much as possible to expand government dependency (Hey, she’s a Donk – that’s what they do!) while still able to reach enough votes to be veto-proof, since the Prez won’t accept the proposed expansion:

Bush considers that an incremental step toward socialized health care and threatens to torpedo such expansion. He wants to see the program grow by no more than $5 billion.

Herseth-Sandlin says Congress this week “is figuring the best way forward in light of the 60 votes needed in the Senate to call the administration’s bluff on that veto threat. “I know President Bush prefers an extension of the law. That’s an option on the table. But that misses an opportunity to expand coverage in a reasonable way that, in my opinion, is paid for,” she says.

SUBTEXT: How much trimming can we do to con enough Republicans into backing us so we can push this through and stick one to the President? Also note Ms. H-S describes this as expanding coverage “in a reasonable way”. Coverage for children up to $80K income? Also, this raises the ages of eligibility for “children” into their nid 20′s. Looks like her Donk colors are showing through, and the “blue dog” isn’t really very blue af all…shocking!

Bush considers that an incremental step toward socialized health care and threatens to torpedo such expansion. He wants to see the program grow by no more than $5 billion.

We surely should not be setting up this sort of new entitlement. It sure looks to the Chief like the President has the right idea for once, as does Sen. Thune (R-SD)

Sen. John Thune supports Bush’s position on the issue. “I strongly support continuing the SCHIP program, but I do not support the Democrat effort to radically change this successful program from its original intent,” he said.

Former Senator SD’s Terror Connection?

The Chief was catching up with some stuff and found this at MEMRI.

Abourezk on Hizbullah TV: The Arabs Involved in 9/11 Were Cooperating with the Zionists

Kind of breath-taking to find a noted if not notorious South Dakotan with unabashed sympathy for Islamoterr organizations and their agitprop memes. I suppose the former Senator felt like he just had to keep up with Kucinich on the TV.

You don’t have to take my word for this stuff…the video is also at MEMRI…so you can see this venting of anti-semetic and pro-Hezbollah propaganda for yourself.

The following are excerpts from an interview with former U.S. senator James Abourezk (D-SD), which aired on Al-Manar TV on August 30, 2007. To view this clip, visit http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1551.htm.

To start with:

Interviewer: “Mr. Abourezk, welcome to Al-Manar TV.”
James Abourezk: “Thank you very much.”
Interviewer: “It’s good to have you.”
James Abourezk: “Yes, I watch Al-Manar on one of the cable channels in America.”

Chief’s note: Al-Manar is the TV service of the Damascus-based, Iranian-backed Hezbollah organization. Supposedly Hezbollah is not supposed to have access to US cable access, and although this apparently is NOT enforced it doesn’t stop Abourezk from complaining about the non-enforced policy anyway. (Hmmmm. with Abourezk’s office in Rapid City, is the cable outfit there carrying this, or is Abourezk hanging our these days in D.C., or somewhere else?)

Interviewer: “Good, that’s excellent. Especially [considering] the fact that Al-Manar TV was banned in the U.S. Does that really show something which is like shooting the freedom of expression?”
James Abourezk: “Well, freedom of expression is free for those whom the government likes. If they don’t like them, freedom of expression goes out the window, apparently.”

Right, Senator…that’s why you have been arrested for seditious (if not treasonable) activity! NOTE: The constitutional definition of treason against the United States includes “…adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort…”.

Hezbollah is definitely an enemy of the United States. One can quibble about an enemy not existing without a formally stated declaration of war…but the Chief, in his simplicity, uses a simple reality check: “If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck. Again. Hezbollah is an enemy force in the world.

After calling Harvard Law School’s Alan Dershowitz “a real snake” for fefusing to support an Islamofascist agenda, he moves on to another topic: Hezbollah terrorists are “resistance fighters”.

Interviewer: “You also called Hizbullah and Hamas ‘resistance fighters.’”
James Abourezk: “They are.”
Interviewer: “While the U.S. administration brands them as ‘terrorist organizations’…”

Maybe because they are noted for committing acts of terrorism.

James Abourezk: “That was done at the request of Israel. That name was done at the request of Israel – that the United States calls them terrorist organizations.”

Now we get down to it: the whole misunderstanding of the “resistance fighters” is due to the influence of the evil Jews. (All together now: Seig Heil!) After some further discussion of how the REAL terrorists of the world are Israel, it’s time to get back to one of the the current fave raves of the (Daily)Kos gang: 9-11 Conspiracy!

Interviewer: “Here I need to ask you something, which is growing and escalating in the Western world, and particularly in the U.S., which is this immense wave of anti-Arab, anti-Muslim sentiment, lumping all Arabs together as ‘terrorists.’ This was clearly manifested in movies and TV series, like 24. Why? Why now? Is it just after 9/11?”
James Abourezk: “No, it’s after the Soviet Union collapsed. The Zionists were looking around for another enemy to have, because to them the Soviet Union was an enemy because they wouldn’t allow Jewish emigration. So they used that as an organizing tool, basically, and when the Soviet Union collapsed, there was no more organizing about the Soviet Union. So they looked around, and they said: Well, the Muslims. Let’s find the Arabs and the Muslims, and make them the boogeyman. And that’s what they did.”
Interviewer: “But why did this sentiment of hatred increase after 9/11?”
James Abourezk: “Well, because the Arabs who were involved in 9/11 cooperated with the Zionists, actually. It was a cooperation. They gave them the perfect excuse to denounce all Arabs. It’s a racist sort of thing, really racist – you know, picking out these 19 or 20 terrorists – they were terrorists – and saying all the Arabs are like them. So, you know, people in America don’t really look at it that deeply, and they accept what the government and the press are saying.”

Of course the fact that approximately 3000 Americans were murdered by Islamoterrorists in the United States couldn’t have anything to do with it, could it? (Nooooo. It’s all a Jewish-Bushitlerian plot!)

With some discussion of US policies vis-avis Syria (Bad USA, good Syria!), he ends this with slavering adoration for the Hezbollah war on Israel.

Interviewer: “Sir, in 2001, you came all the way from the U.S. to Lebanon to congratulate Lebanon, the Lebanese, and the resistance for the Israeli withdrawal from Southern Lebanon. Now what do you say during this time, which is in remembrance a year of the Israeli aggression against Lebanon and the earthshaking victory of the resistance, supported by the people of Lebanon. What do you say to them?”
James Abourezk: “That was quite an extraordinary thing, I thought. I actually marveled at the Hizbullah resistance to Israel, how they did it. It was a marvel of organization, of courage and bravery. I thought it was quite something.”
Interviewer: “Do you think it’s only the courage and organization that made them do this?”
James Abourezk: “Yes, absolutely. They were highly organized, the resistance, and they were very brave. They didn’t turn and run, like some Arabs armies have done. They were defeated because of that. But this is something new for the Arab world. I said at the time: The Lebanese army should ask Hizbullah to come and organize it, to train them, you know. And all the Arab armies should have the Hizbullah come and do that.”

OK. So Hezbollah is the model for the whole Arab world. Ponder that one! ’nuff said.

Fortunately this interview came to an end before I became TOTALLY nauseous. F.E.T.E.

The Saudi Reign of Terror

Our ALLY?

Six years after visiting its brand of terror on New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, Saudi Arabia has become a world-class exporter of Islamist violence. The toll is grisly: Well over 3,000 Saudi citizens roaming the world — and just as many schemers are actively involved at home — are managing terrorist networks and planning and executing suicide bombings and jihadist attacks that span the globe:

• More than 30% of the insurgents fighting the Lebanese army at the siege of the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp, which claimed a toll of well over 300 during the past three months, were Saudi fighters.

• Between 20 and 30 Saudis intending to be suicide bombers cross into Iraq every single day. Several thousand more are there fighting, tasked with killing Americans and the aShiite Muslims they view as apostates.

• The ranks of Al Qaeda have been fattened in the past three years, once again with Saudi recruits. More than 1,000 Saudis are currently training in a Qaeda camp in Syria, which itself is the subject of contentious negotiations between Saudi Arabia and the Syrians, who still refuse to arrest them or shut down the camp. Young Saudi men are also training in Al Qaeda camps in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran.

Unfortunately there’s even more on this.

Hezbollah Here Now

Police Prevent Terrorist Attack in Michigan

Federal authorities in Dearborn may have stopped a planned terrorist attack and mass murder before it happened. Police got a tip that a 26-year-old medical student was planning an attack, and when they stopped him in a Dearborn park, he had an AK-47 assault rifle and was dressed in black military style clothing. He also had black makeup on his face as he climbed into an SUV with the loaded weapon. The man was arrested and is facing several felony charges. Police say he has a website where he claims to be a member of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

Any more questions?

Iran’s Modest Proposals

Ahmadinejad: Iran can help secure Iraq, Israel is ‘cruel’
It’s hard to beat this for the highly corrosive concentration of distortions and outright lies from the Iranian Presidential Hitler wanna-be.

Iran wants “peace and friendship for all,” the country’s president said Wednesday while again denying Western assertions his nation is pursuing nuclear weapons and trying to destabilize Iraq.

Not working towards nuclear weapons? You can believe that if you want to, but if you do believe them, please e-mail me to buy some great tropical beachfront property here in Moody County, South Dakota. I can set you right up!

But Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took a hard line against Israel, calling it “an invader” and saying it “cannot continue its life.”

Part of the Iranian Mein Kampf plans.

Asked if Iran had launched a proxy war in Iraq — something the U.S. ambassador and top military commander there both asserted this week. “Forces have come into Iraq and destroyed the security, and many people are killed,” the Iranian president told Britain’s ITN during an interview in the garden of the Iranian presidential palace in Tehran.

Yep, IRANIAN arms and forces active in Iran HAVE “destroyed the security” and resulted in the deaths of many people.

“And there are some claims that may seem very funny and ridiculous….Iranians do not believe in war and consider it a “last resort,” he said.

Of course, if Iran had a war it might get wrecked. Much better to continue to ship IED’s, rockets, and fighters into Iraq to fight the coalition, with no unfortunate blowback.

He further claimed that Tehran is a friend of Iraq — maintaining “good relationships” with the Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish factions — and “if Iraq is not secure, we are the first country that would be damaged. He added, “Responsible people should understand this: that Iran is against any sort of insecurity and attacks,”

…and the best way to avoid any “insecurity and attacks” would be for everyone to live peacefully united in their submission to the will of the mullahs.

“We want friendship — friendship to all. We love all nations and all human beings. Anyone who is killed, we are against it.”

Subtext: If you aren’t Moslem, you aren’t truly human, and we act accordingly: you’re in a HEAP of trouble, infidel!

The Islamic republic could help improve conditions in Iraq, but first coalition forces must leave, he said. “We can help solve many problems in Iraq. We can help secure Iraq. We can help the attackers leave Iraq if the American government and British government correct themselves.” he said. Ahmadinejad has said in the past that Tehran would fill any power vacuum left by a withdrawal of coalition forces in Iraq.

Once again, peace through submission…to the mullahs.

He goes on in the interview remarking more on the non-existant nuclear weapons issue, and a reiteration of the advocacy of a forceful and inevitable death of Israel.

F.E.T.E.

Moon Race Re-established…by Google

Google Backs $25 Million ‘Lunar X Prize’

Every so often the Chief sees something that is really heartening…a light in the forest of the current plethora of news noire. This is one of those items.

Although the Chief doesn’t like everything that Google has been up to…like helping the ChiComs “sanitize” net access…but this is a good thing.

The group whose $10 million prize spurred privately funded rocketeers to send a small piloted craft to the cusp of space in 2004 has issued a new challenge: an unmanned moon shot.With the audacious new contest comes a much bigger prize — as much as $25 million, paid for by Google, the ubiquitous Internet company.

The “Google Lunar X Prize” was announced today in Los Angeles at Wired Magazine’s NextFest conference. The contest calls for entrants to land a rover on the moon that will be able to travel at least 500 meters and send high-resolution video, still images and other data back home. The X Prize Foundation saw the new contest as one of “the grand challenges of our time that we can use to move people forward,” said Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, chairman and C.E.O. of the foundation.

The prize for reaching the moon and completing the basic tasks of roving and sending video and data will bring the winner $20 million, according to the contest rules; an additional $5 million would be awarded for additional tasks that include roving more than 5,000 meters or sending back images of man-made artifacts like lunar landers from the Apollo program.

Let the race begin. There are a number of groups that are possible contenders…gentlemen, start your engines!

Comedy “Star” Proclaims new Religion!

Comic Kathy Griffin: ‘Suck it, Jesus!’

Kathy Griffin, the star of the Bravo show “My Life on the D-List,” used her appearance on the Emmy awards program to tell Jesus to “suck it” and to claim full credit for the honor for herself….”I guess hell froze over,” Griffin announced. “A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this. He had nothing to do with this.”

The Chief has to admit, she makes a great point. Jesus had NOTHING to do with these awards. The only thing left is to identify WHO did have something to do with this. Griffin claims credit, but WHOSE system is she operating under? (HINT: It doesn’t belong to Jesus, or God.)

Lest anyone misunderstand her intent, Griffen went on to speak more truth with “This award is my god now.”, thus openly initiating a cult of the Emmy statue.

And these Ho’wood types think that their verbal diarrhea really means something in the real world?

Human GlowBull Warming Science Refutations

Challenge to Scientific Consensus on Global Warming
Analysis Finds Hundreds of Scientists Have Published Evidence Countering Man-Made Global Warming Fears

A new analysis of peer-reviewed literature reveals that more than 500 scientists have published evidence refuting at least one element of current man-made global warming scares. More than 300 of the scientists found evidence that 1) a natural moderate 1,500-year climate cycle has produced more than a dozen global warmings similar to ours since the last Ice Age and/or that 2) our Modern Warming is linked strongly to variations in the sun’s irradiance. “This data and the list of scientists make a mockery of recent claims that a scientific consensus blames humans as the primary cause of global temperature increases since 1850,” said Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Dennis Avery.

Other researchers found evidence that 3) sea levels are failing to rise importantly; 4) that our storms and droughts are becoming fewer and milder with this warming as they did during previous global warmings; 5) that human deaths will be reduced with warming because cold kills twice as many people as heat; and 6) that corals, trees, birds, mammals, and butterflies are adapting well to the routine reality of changing climate.

Frankly, this is not news to the Chief…although this is one of the best-protected secrets of the MSM, as is noted by the authors of this recently released survey of the current science.

Despite being published in such journals such as Science, Nature and Geophysical Review Letters, these scientists have gotten little media attention. “Not all of these researchers would describe themselves as global warming skeptics,” said Avery, “but the evidence in their studies is there for all to see.” The names were compiled by Avery and climate physicist S. Fred Singer, the co-authors of the new book Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years, mainly from the peer-reviewed studies cited in their book. The researchers’ specialties include tree rings, sea levels, stalagmites, lichens, pollen, plankton, insects, public health, Chinese history and astrophysics.

WELL! If it ain’t us, then what IS it that drives global climate? Hmmmmmm? SURPRISE:

Singer emphasizes “Humans have known since the invention of the telescope that the earth’s climate variations were linked to the sunspot cycle, but we had not understood how. Recent experiments have demonstrated that more or fewer cosmic rays hitting the earth create more or fewer of the low, cooling clouds that deflect solar heat back into space-amplifying small variations in the intensity of the sun.

THE SUN? Affecting the earth’s climate! SHOCKING!

Avery and Singer noted that there are hundreds of additional peer-reviewed studies that have found cycle evidence, and that they will publish additional researchers’ names and studies. They also noted that their book was funded by Wallace O. Sellers, a Hudson board member, without any corporate contributions.

The truth IS out there…and it’s not convenient to AlGore and his ilk.

Calling a Snake a Snake

Giuliani: Clinton Spewing ‘Political Venom’ on Iraq

One day after Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., sharply questioned the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Rudy Giuliani blasted his Democratic presidential rival, accusing her of spewing “political venom” in the Iraq war debate. “I don’t know what she’s trying to say when she’s accusing a general of the ‘willing suspension of disbelief,’” Giuliani said Wednesday on the “Randy and Spiff” show, a radio program which airs in Atlanta. The former New York mayor repeated his criticism of the Democratic frontrunner for president later in the day Wednesday during a media availability in Akron, Ohio.

The piece has more details of Rudy’s critique…but you get the drift.

The Chief heartily concurs with the Mayor in this case.

More Mideast Nuke Problems?

As if the fulminating situation with Iran isn’t enough, now here comes Syria, with surplused out NorK stuff.

Apparently with the NorKs moving out of the nuke business, they’re holding a going-out-of-business sale!

Report: Israel spots nuclear installations in Syria

Israel believes that North Korea has been supplying Syria and Iran with nuclear materials, a Washington defense official told the New York Times. “The Israelis think North Korea is selling to Iran and Syria what little they have left,” he said. The official added that recent Israeli reconnaissance flights over Syria revealed possible nuclear installations that Israeli officials estimate might have been supplied with material from North Korea.

Meanwhile, Israel seems less willing to take for granted threatening arms buildups by Syria:

U.S. Confirms Israeli Strikes Hit Syrian Target Last Week

After days of silence from the Israeli government, American officials confirmed Tuesday that Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes inside Syria last week, the first such attack since 2003. A Defense Department official said Israeli jets had struck at least one target in northeastern Syria last Thursday, but the official said it was still unclear exactly what the jets hit and the extent of the bombing damage.

Apparently even Olmert feels that at times, enough is indeed enough.

Russian Bomb Squads at Work

firstly, there is the report that the USSR Russia is pushing the envelope of fuel-air explosives.

Russia tests superstrength bomb: military

Russia has tested the world’s most powerful vacuum bomb, which unleashes a destructive shockwave with the power of a nuclear blast, the military said on Tuesday, dubbing it the “father of all bombs”. The bomb is the latest in a series of new Russian weapons and policy moves as President Vladimir Putin tries to reassert Moscow’s role on the international stage.

The Russsians note that this is a non-nuclear weapon, & they may be planning to use it on Islamoterr formations, etc. in the Chechen war. Sounds like a plan to the Chief. Good hunting!

The other bombing was self-administered, with Putin politically blowing apart his own government, in a pre-election maneuver to aid his Putinative (putative) successor.

Putin Dissolves Russian Government

President Vladimir Putin dissolved Russia’s government Wednesday in a major political shakeup ahead of parliamentary and presidential elections, the Kremlin said. The dissolution is expected to result in a new prime minister, who will be seen as Putin’s choice to succeed him after he steps down next spring.

Russian “democracy” at work.

Belgium Moving to Disintegrate?

Crisis in Belgium: If Flanders Secedes Wallonia Disintegrates

This posting from Brussels Journal kind of caught the Chief by surprise. Although I have looked at this site occasionally, not a lot during the late summer. Apparently there is a real centrifugal force operating in Belgium which is tending to realign the map into some more traditional directions, such as an independent Flanders.

There’s a pretty interesting historical look at Belgium, which was cobbled together around 1830 as a compromise between Britain, France, Netherlands, and the “Belgian” factions: the Flemish and the Walloons. The piece ends with a 1942 suggestion of FDR to Britain that this split should take place.

Will this happen? Who knows. Stranger things have occurred in recent events in Europe (and elsewhere).

What’s it to us? Who knows. Probably some effects on the development, or devolution of the EU system…THAT would be of some real significance.

Brits Starting to get a Clue About Guns

Wouldn’t you feel safer with a gun?
British attitudes are supercilious and misguided

This op-ed from the Times of London, often regarded as the newspaper of record for the UK, takes a good comparative look at the situation with gun crime in the US compared to the UK, and unfavorably comments on the non-effectiveness of the UK’s gun laws, especially their prohibitory handgun laws.

The kernel of the piece clearly comes out against the current policies, and in favor of the average Brit being restored the right to self-defense:

The short answer is that “gun controls” do not work: they are indeed generally perverse in their effects….Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”

Continuing the reality check:

In Britain, however, the image of violent America remains unassailably entrenched. Never mind the findings of the International Crime Victims Survey (published by the Home Office in 2003), indicating that we now suffer three times the level of violent crime committed in the United States; never mind the doubling of handgun crime in Britain over the past decade, since we banned pistols outright and confiscated all the legal ones.

Another interesting bit is the historical record of guns in Britain…

We are so self-congratulatory about our officially disarmed society, and so dismissive of colonial rednecks, that we have forgotten that within living memory British citizens could buy any gun – rifle, pistol, or machinegun – without any licence. When Dr Watson walked the streets of London with a revolver in his pocket, he was a perfectly ordinary Victorian or Edwardian. Charlotte Brontë recalled that her curate father fastened his watch and pocketed his pistol every morning when he got dressed; Beatrix Potter remarked on a Yorkshire country hotel where only one of the eight or nine guests was not carrying a revolver; in 1909, policemen in Tottenham borrowed at least four pistols from passers-by (and were joined by other armed citizens) when they set off in pursuit of two anarchists unwise enough to attempt an armed robbery. We now are shocked that so many ordinary people should have been carrying guns in the street; the Edwardians were shocked rather by the idea of an armed robbery.

If armed crime in London in the years before the First World War amounted to less than 2 per cent of that we suffer today, it was not simply because society then was more stable. Edwardian Britain was rocked by a series of massive strikes in which lives were lost and troops deployed, and suffragette incendiaries, anarchist bombers, Fenians, and the spectre of a revolutionary general strike made Britain then arguably a much more turbulent place than it is today. In that unstable society the impact of the widespread carrying of arms was not inflammatory, it was deterrent of violence.

As a real fan of Britain (with most of his DNA originating from the British isles) the Chief is heartened by this, and hopes that this may be a harbinger of HM subjects recovering the experience of living with a backbone again.

A Modest Proposal…

Corrections Chief Proposes ‘Chain Gang’ To Trim Budget

What a concept!

The state could save millions of dollars by housing low-security inmates in tents, slapping them in leg irons and putting them to work maintaining roads, Florida’s prisons chief said Friday. Department of Corrections Secretary James McDonough also offered to take a 10 percent pay cut – more than $11,000 – as part of his recommendations for helping the state trim its budget.

Gov. Charlie Crist and the Florida Legislature are looking for ways to cover a $1.1 billion budget gap this year because of lower-than-expected tax collections caused mainly by Florida’s housing slump. McDonough said he thinks the tents and road work would save about $43 million.

Hey, if this sort of thing works with Joe Arpaio in Arizona, why not Florida? (Why not a lot of other places, too?)

UK Has the Right Concept!

Migrants will be forced to learn English

The Chief was surprised to see this note from the UK in the Sunday Telegraph:

Tens of thousands more immigrant workers will be forced to learn English before they are allowed into the country, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal. The controversial crackdown, which is expected to reduce the number of people entering Britain by at least 35,000-a-year, will be unveiled by Gordon Brown in a speech to the Trades Union Congress in Brighton.

What a concept! A national language!

Now, if the indubitably politically correct post-Blair Engsoc UK can do this, why not the US?

ChiCom Trade Shell Game Unraveling for US

Is China quietly dumping US Treasuries?

The economic shell game that the US has been playing for far too long in maintaining a ruinous trade deficit with the ChiComs may be on the verge of ending…with some very unpleasant consequences for us, and for much of the rest of the world’s economy.

A sharp drop in foreign holdings of US Treasury bonds over the last five weeks has raised concerns that China is quietly withdrawing its funds from the United States, leaving the dollar increasingly vulnerable.
# China threatens `nuclear option’ of dollar sales

Data released by the New York Federal Reserve shows that foreign central banks have cut their stash of US Treasuries by $48bn since late July, with falls of $32bn in the last two weeks alone.

Perhaps not coincidently, Taiwan is making sounds about renewing its quest to re-enter the UN, something the ChiComs harshly reject as being a preliminary move towards independence. Their stated policy is to counter such a move with all means – including military force.

Two top advisers to the Chinese government gave strong hints in August that Beijing should use its estimated $900bn holdings of US Treasuries and agency bonds as a “bargaining chip”, words taken as an implicit threat to trigger as US bond crash if provoked.

The US policy of defending Taiwan could be quietly abrogated, under the threat of ChiCom economic pressure…like dumping off US T-bonds, which could seriously affect the status of the dollar internationally, with immediate further ramifications on the world energy market.

The picture is further complicated by US ATTEMPTS to pressure a currency market revaluation of the ChiCom Yuan to try to stanch the trade hemmorhage, which (surprise, surprise, is being received with little enthusiasm in Beijing.

Neither alternative would be good for us. If YOU were Dubya, do you throw Taiwan off the bridge, or watch the dollar be brought down, triggering a serious recession if not an actual depression. We do have one thing in our favor. They hold so much of our debt paper, if they crash it, they lose a lot of money. Of course, they ARE Communists, and just maybe the money is NOT the object at all.

Looks like the ChiComs are getting ready to score a big win over us, without a shot being fired. Lao Tzu would be proud of his descendants for implementing his ancient advice.

Stupid Crook Department

Mississippi Man Mistakenly Calls 91l, leads Cops to His Meth Lab

A man trying to call a news station to complain about not getting a FEMA trailer after Hurricane Katrina accidentally dialed 911 and was charged with making methamphetamine after police arrived, authorities said.

Curtiss Randall Coleman was trying to get the number for Biloxi’s WLOX-TV on Wednesday just before the 6 p.m. newscast, investigators said. He misdialed when trying to reach directory information and called 911 instead of 411. When he hung up on the emergency dispatcher, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department was sent to the home to see if anyone was in need of assistance.

Deputies said that when they arrived at Coleman’s house, no one answered the door. Officers broke in and allegedly found a methamphetamine lab.

Sometimes, there is justice in the world!