Comments by: YACCS
Sunday, June 29
Nuke Centrifuge Parts Found
The CIA has in its hands the critical parts of a key piece of Iraqi nuclear technology -- parts needed to develop a bomb program -- that were dug up in a back yard in Baghdad, CNN has learned.Sigh. Folks are still maintaining that no WMD were found, therefore Saddam was as innocent as a newborn babe and it was only the EEEvil US that caused the problems in the first place before GW 1.
But the more that's found, the quieter the story gets in the press. Isn't that odd.
Saturday, June 28
Well, we have a new member of the family. A tabby by the name of "Jaspurr". Jackie's been a bit lonely after the death of Julia, so we got her a companion at Good Mews, an adoption agency in Marietta. It was a real test of willpower - they had so many cats... I actually thought about getting more than one for a few seconds - then common sense kicked in. But it was a real test of willpower.
It was also a test of the loratadine I've been taking. Loratadine, or Claritin, has been approved for over the counter sales. AND you can get a bottle of a hundred generic loratadine for $40. (Which beat the stuffings out of Allegra which barely worked for me, and I paid $25 a month for.)
I was impressed. They had 80+ cats at Good Mews. I didn't even sneeze, and I could still breathe through my nose. It was the next best thing to not having any allergies at all. I LOVE effective medication.
Wednesday, June 25
Don't Mess With the Tchotchkes!
At latest count, the number of the 170,000 missing priceless artifacts from Baghdad's antiquities museum (search) is down to 33.But to the folks in Washington, people ARE more important than things. We could have gone in and nuked Baghdad to a crispy glow, we could have done indiscriminate bombing of population centers.
We attempted to minimize civilian casualties - and did a damn fine job of it. What other nation has done the same?
But we got blamed for the looting of the museum. We get blamed for everything that goes wrong. We don't get credit for putting an end to a dictator who fed his people into chippers - we get blamed for a broken vase.
Gee. Well, may as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb - Iran and Saudi Arabia, anyone? And then we'll send the 82nd Airborne after Hamas.
Two point to whoever can identify THIS.
Here's a hint.
It first became operational in the mid-60s, and is still in use today - though not as much. No private vehicles are allowed inside the gate, and whatever comes out is HEAVILY guarded until it gets to where it's going and installed.
And - it's in Wyoming.
Monday, June 23
Inside ‘Order of the Phoenix’
Rowling: “It’s a war. Essentially a war has broken out again and when I say the beginning of the deaths, I mean the deaths that are meaningful, I suppose, to the reader. In this book, what I consider to be a major character dies. It was awful to write. It was absolutely awful. And I was literally, well I did, I cried after doing it, and walked into the kitchen afterwards in tears. And Neil said to me, ‘What’s the matter?’ And I said, ‘Well I’ve just killed the person that I’m going to kill.’ He doesn’t know who it is. And Neil said, ‘Well, don’t do it then.’ Which showed he completely didn’t understand that you need to be very unpleasant and vicious to your characters to write heart-warming children’s books. He’s a doctor, he just doesn’t get it. He’s more into saving people than killing them.”Now the wait for book 6 begins.
Sunday, June 22
Just finished the new Harry Potter book at 10:03 AM. (Only required staying up till 3:30 and then getting up at 7, and a few other interruptions...)
I see some serious and interesting parallels to WW2 history here. The Ministry of Magic's been in serious denial about Voldemort's return, and pushing hard to discredit Potter and Dumbledore. (Think of Chamberlain and Hitler.) When it becomes VERY evident that there's a problem, the "Daily Prophet" starts running articles on home defense and what to do if attacked by Death Eaters.
I won't go any further into the plot than that. A number of very interesting details are filled out - including what draws the carriages that take the 2nd through 7th years to Hogwarts, AND a rather interesting and amusing subplot regarding Forge and Gred...
Well worth the money, and the lost sleep.
Saturday, June 21
"Response to your request" - no request, sorry.
"re: Margeret" - who's dat?
"Here's your check!" - send it by mail, or don't bother me.
"Try viagra. It will be our secret." - You try it, and keep it even more of a secret.
"Test this ESCORT anywhere in the world" - Didn't Ford discontinue the Escort?
"Re: I can’t get rid of it" - Too bad. Have you tried a doctor?
"Did I offend you?" - Yes. Now go away.
"Fwd: Magic trick" - Watch me make your e-mail disappear in the trash can.
"my body needs your attention tonight" - Try the yellow pages, under Massage.
"Its Celeb Taboo for a reason" - and I'm not interest in the reason.
"Re: our conversation yesterday" - What conversation?
"Receive a free night with a escort xkldiv" - did Ford do a xkldiv model? Hmmm. No thanks.
"Receive a free night with a escort jfzadfjlop" - I have no idea what an escort jfzadfjlop is.
"Re: please re-send the email" - never sent it in the first place...
Gee. Anything to get you to open the e-mail...
Thursday, June 19
You know, there's a big difference in the folks in our country.
On the one hand, you've got the raving moonbats over at Indymedia - you know, the ones who post signs like "We support our troops - when they shoot their officers." (And yes, it WAS there over at SF.Indymedia for a long time on their main page - then they apparently realized they were alienating people, and took it down...)
On the other, you've got folks like this... Warning - glurge alert. And it's even more touching because it's true...
From Jessica's Well
"The Indymedia idiots think because they scream loudly and nobody bothers to take them to task most of the time that they're on the right side of things and people support them.
Yet for a soldier fallen in Iraq, this was the turnout. No screaming, no sign-waving, no press attention. Simple, quiet patrotism and dignified respect for those fallen.
The country is in good hands, with people like these at the core. The Indymedia folk may scream about how corrupt it is, how it's all about the oil, how it's all a farce - but the people who matter, the 'vast unwashed' that the leftists think are brainwashed, know better.
And my heartfelt salute to Army Spc. James M. Kiehl. Thank you. You died while helping make the world a better place for all. And at this point, the words are pretty late, and nowhere sufficient - but thank you.
Wednesday, June 18
How the West grew rich - The Washington Times: Commentary
The idea that Africa at the time the slave trade was going on was some sort of peaceful paradise flies in the face of the established history. And it's also really interesting that it's still going on today.
Makes the US seem pretty good in comparison... not that some folk would admit that.
Sunday, June 15
Iran Blasts U.S. for Backing Pro-Democracy Protests (washingtonpost.com)
Okay - is there any proof that the US is backing the demonstrations? Or is simply noticing what's going on considered support by those paranoid theocrats? (Then again, it isn't paranoia when someone IS trying to get you... at least, get you out of office.)
Couldn't be that they're just tired of the current mullatocracy, could it?
Nah, the kids just LOVE being repressed.
Now, it's kind of funny. I contrast the demonstrations here with the stuff put on by the Indymedia crowd, and I'm just kind of amazed. The folks at Indymedia are convinced they're repressed and everyone will revolt when they realize just how oppressed everyone is - while they say darn near nothing about students who ARE repressed and demonstrating against it.
Big surprise, eh?
Of course, I guess that's the difference between playing at rebellion and actually having to do it. The Indymedia crowd make a big thing about how repressive things are in the US - while they're ignored by the mainstream.
Good luck to the Iraqis! They deserve support in their quest for freedom, while Indymediots deserve their obscurity.
BAGHDAD — A daughter of Saddam Hussein (search) said last night that she is convinced her father is still alive. In her first interview, Raghad, 36, said: "I know he survived the war."It's really rather amazing how Osama and Saddam have both survived, but they can't find anyone with a videocam to give some evidence.
Let's see... Saddam stole billions, but can't afford a camcorder. Osama's got the support of the entire Islamic world, but can't find anywhere to charge his batteries so he can get the camcorder running again...
Yeah. He's alive. Sure he is... and he's got photos of him and Elvis to prove it...
Saturday, June 14
Iran's having problems. From Foxnews...
TEHRAN, Iran — Dozens of militants stormed at least two university dormitories, beating up students in their beds and detaining several of them as violence aimed at silencing government critics raged through Iran's capital.Oh, yeah. That's going to suppress the problems...
One difficulty is that the students are VERY aware that they're being screwed by the mullahs, and the mullahs are aware that they've just about reached the limits of what the population can stand. However, they've got a very limited range of responses that they're programmed for, and they can't break out of their authoritarian mold. And the students know this.
Koorosh Afshar on Iran on National Review Online
When my peers and I gather for our regular underground meetings, we often discuss that article. It helps to remember it as we plan our next moves against the 24-year-long plague that has hit our homeland, the land of the Persians.For some, it would seem like an Islamic republic, or a theocracy, would be a good thing. In practice, I'd say from looking at the ME in general and at Iran specifically, that it doesn't work long-term. Think Communism, with a religious theme...
Iran's about to boil. And the mullahs can't stop it...
Looks like the right-click "Blog This" doesn't seem to be working...
So, back to the old fashioned way...
Wednesday, June 11
Okay - updates are in order.
Father's doing fine - he's feeling much better.
Sue's feeling better - she had a cold over the weekend.
Aaron's feeling fine.
Me, I'm tired and a bit depressed.
Rainy night in Georgia... I hate nights like this. But, we make do.
The bus bombing in Israel is... terrible. I can understand that the Palestinians want a homeland of their own. I can understand that they feel there's no hope of getting one. But why is it every time that Israel and the PA start talking, and progress is being made, groups like Hamas have to blow themselves up and stall the process?
Well - maybe it's because the know if there IS peace with Israel, then their funding (and their reason for existance) disappears. And so does their power. So does Arafat's power, for that matter...
So, any step towards peace will be stopped by Hamas or other terrorist group if at all possible...
Or so I think.
Saturday, June 7
Parental unit update...
Father's out of the hospital - apparently he had an atrial fibrullation event. Medication's been prescribed - we'll see how it goes.
Friday, June 6
Father's in the hospital again - chest pains. Mother just called with the news.
It's not like this is ...unexpected. Mother and Father are up there, they're rather frail - and Father just had a heart attack and they put in stents into some arteries. So we'll see where that goes.
Don't know if I'm going to have to make a trip out there or not. But I do know that lack of sleep won't make things any easier - I'm going to try to get some tonight and call out there in the morning to see what's what.
I was hoping to get them to move out here - but I'm... well. I'm not optomistic.
Thursday, June 5
The jet powered beer cooler
What follows is my story about a shed, a warm beer and a home made jet engine. It is being presented for entertainment purposes only and no-one should attempt to emulate what I have done here. The risks should be obvious but it is worth pointing out that beer is a very dangerous substance when used without due care.It's...
Hmmm. I never would have thought to use a jet engine to cool beer. Just goes to show that engineering can solve almost any physical problem... and a bit of innovative thinking can really lead to interesting results. I wouldn't have thought you could GET 2 degrees centigrade from a jet engine...
Arab Street Hate - Arab Leader Hate - On Point Commentary by Austin Bay StrategyPage.com
The charge made by international critics that America is dangerous is true. America has been dangerous since 1776 -- dangerous to autocrats and the vicious elites that still control much of the planet.Yet you'll see folks on the left complain about how we're not free in the US...
Guess it's a matter of perspective on that. Maybe they're compaining about how they're not free to live on the dole and be 'activists' 24/7/365 - that they actually have to get funds from somewhere. Maybe they're mad because they can't go in and trash corporation offices under the guise of free speech without getting arrested. Maybe they're upset because most people can recognize a tantrum when they hear it, and the best way to deal with a tantrum is to ignore it until it becomes destructive.
Or, maybe they're just mad because no matter how much they protest, they're not seriously oppressed. They've got their fantasies about being 'freedom fighters' - and how can you be a freedom fighter without being crushingly oppressed first? So, if you aren't oppressed, you've got to MAKE like you're being oppressed....
Sigh. They haven't a clue about oppression...
Wednesday, June 4
Students in Burqas at Paris' School of Eastern Languages
"L'Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales" (INALCO) (The National Institute for Eastern Languages and Civilizations) is the perfect example of a successful melting pot. People of various traditions, cultures and customs rub shoulders in the establishment. At times, the coexistence nears perfection. Turks, Armenians and Kurds study Turkish together. Jews and Arabs mingle to learn Arabic or Hebrew. One person may converse with another in a dialect of the Maghreb, while the other responds in Judeo-Arab. Hundreds of individuals jostle at the gates for a chance to immerse themselves in the cultures and languages of Japan, China or Russia. The main campuses are in Dauphine, Clichy and Asnières.There's a severe and growing intolerance cropping up - on the Islamic side of the house.
A professor of Near Eastern contemporary history was told by some students that she did not have the right to quote or interpret the Koran during her classes. Their argument was that she is not a Muslim and therefore cannot talk about the holy book. Her classes touch upon sensitive issues in places like Israel, Palestine or Iraq. After her class, some students handed out partisan documents refuting the elements of her course.But wait - it gets more interesting.
But not everyone from those regions agree with the tightening of the screws by the Islamists.
A 25-year-old Muslim student who arrived from an Arab country last year is flabbergasted by the problems encountered in France. "I've traveled 1,700 km so I don't have to see these people. And now I find them in Paris. It's crazy." he says. "You don't have these issues at the Arabic department of University of Paris IV. Why ? There's a striking complacency in Asnières." He handed out leaflets in Asnières before the student elections. "Too many Hebrew students on this list," he was told. According to an elected member, there are three Hebrew students out of a list of 16 representatives. "Crazy" and terribly worrying.Good luck, folks. You're facing a hard time, I think, with no easy resolution...
Tuesday, June 3
Islam Denounced By Muslim Dissidents: A study of the Quran, Muhammad and Islamic Terrorism
Faith Freedom International echoes the voice of Muslim dissidents that strive for freedom of faith and freedom from Faith in Islamic countries. We are against Hate, not Faith. We revere human rights not human beliefs. We endeavor to be factually correct not politically correct. You may not like to hear what we say, but you cannot afford not to listen.Take a look. It's worth examining...
CNN.com - Dixie Chicks ruffle more feathers - Jun. 3, 2003
Just as the controversy appeared to be dying down after the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines mildly ridiculed President Bush before the start of the Iraq war, country radio programmers are disappointed in the group once again.You'd think they'd learn.
KNIX Phoenix music director Gwen Foster is "disgusted with certain artists who just cannot see that the world doesn't revolve around them and their pettiness all the time."But they're STARS. The world revolves around them, doesn't it?
Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Baghdad Blogger
Salam Pax has a column in the Guardian. Very worth reading... an excerpt follows...
I heard today that one of the infantry divisions is being put back in combat mode. The Military presence has been increased in the streets and soldiers don't look as calm as they did a week ago. Al-Jazeera and Arabiya show angry Iraqis who say things about the promises that America has not kept and the prosperity of which they see no sign. Iraqis are such an impatient lot. How could it be made clear to these people that if they don't cool it and show some cooperation there is no way anyone will see this prosperity? I really don't want to see this country getting caught in the occupier/occupied downward cycle. I know it won't.Read the whole thing. It gives you a view of Iraq that you won't get from any major news outlet - and likely would be totally ignored by the Indymedia crowd...
DEMONSTRATOR SERIOUSLY INJURED BY POLICE IN EVIAN G8 DEMONSTRATION. : SF Indymedia
As a result of actions by the Swiss traffic police as a part of the repression of protestors against the Evian G8 Summit on Sunday 1st June, a UK national, Martin Shaw has been severly injured and hospitalised. The protestor, part of a 15 person international collective blockading a bridge in Switzerland to prevent G8 delegates passing from Geneva to Lausanne, was participating in a banner drop with the slogan “G8 Illegal”. Martin and another protestor who doesn´t wish to be named were hanging from both ends of the same rope from a 30m high bridge over a small stony riverbed alongside the banner.You know, this is much more Darwin award stuff. This is just plain STUPID. If that's what the anti-G8 crowd think are effective tactics, they'll be extinct shortly.
And after the accident - if they suspected spinal injuries they SHOULDN'T move him.
No, no sympathy at all...
Samizdata.net - The British Islamofascist menace – more than a ripping yarn from the BBC
But episode two was a hell of a lot more than a ripping yarn. It included as convincing an enactment of how a British-based Islamofascist manipulator and unleasher of suicide bombers might go about his evil business as I have ever heard or seen from the BBC, on any programme. It was the complete reverse of escapism. It was facing one of the bitterest and nastiest truths about this country and its future that is now out there for us to face. The only escapist fantasy was that at the end of the episode, two people died in the bomb explosion rather than several dozen. But a bomb explosion there nevertheless was, and we saw the poor silly suicide bomber pull the wire.The Brits have (if you'll forgive me) a tendency to ignore cultural problems until it's too late. Witness the prelude to WW1 and WW2. Some shouted warnings - but were ignored until there was a solid and apparent threat.
There's a threat. It can't be ignored much longer. Could this be the beginning of an awakening to that threat?
Monday, June 2
Wallace & Gromit's Cracking Contraptions
The Snoozatron (2:18)If you're a Wallace & Grommit fan, I don't have to tell you what to expect. If you're not - then you need to be and I don't want to ruin the surprise for you.
Sunday, June 1
Telegraph | News | Come on over the water's lovely
There's no dysentery or cholera, no sign of a human catastrophe, the roads and medical centres are empty and the countryside charming. Yes, writes Mark Steyn, there's no place like Iraq for a holidayHmmm. Could it be that 'objectivity' and 'fairness' aren't very applicable when it comes to reporters any more?