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Dog Bites Man Story of the Week

Say it ain’t so! Arab Anger Flares at Israeli Incursion:

Anger flared across the Middle East on Thursday over Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip, and Arab governments were assailed for not aiding Palestinians. The Egyptian government’s top rival, the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, urged Egyptians to gather at pro-Palestinian demonstrations Friday, the day of weekly [...]

Guantanamo Bay, The U.S.’s Legal Fantasyland, Must Be Revised

In February 2004, I wrote about a talk given at my university by a guy who worked at the DoD. It was about Guantanamo Bay. At the time, I likened Gitmo to a legal fantasyland:

“Legally, Guantanamo is a bit like fantasyland. Since U.S. legal rules don?t apply, detainees do not have the same rights [...]

Putin releases the hounds

Wednesday, it was reported by FoxNews.com that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian Special Services to hunt down the killers of four Russian hostages in Iraq.

MOSCOW ? President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia’s special services to hunt down the killers of four Russian hostages in Iraq, the Kremlin said.

“The president has [...]

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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We didn’t expect hehw to [...]

National Security and The New York Times

At the heart of the controversy surrounding The New York Times’ decision to run stories about the U.S. government’s secret detention centers in Eastern Europe, the telecommunications eavesdropping program, and now the financial eavesdropping program, is the question of which government programs can be revealed to the public and when they can be revealed.

America [...]

Nutball Blog of the Week

Just as an example of the fact that the Internet has websites on every topic, I have found a blog that is slightly humorous and definitely disturbing. I was browsing through the latest Nodwick strip when I came across this link.

http://hitlercats.motime.com

Someone has dedicated a blog to cats that look like the most villainous [...]

Global Warming Debate Gets Hotter

Turns out that the AP may have overstated the number of scientists that considered Al Gore’s movie to be an accurate portrayal of anthropogenic global warming:

The June 27, 2006 Associated Press (AP) article titled ?Scientists OK Gore?s Movie for Accuracy? by Seth Borenstein raises some serious questions about AP?s bias and methodology.

AP [...]

Photo of the Week

Palestinian workers inspect a power station hit by Israeli warplanes early morning near Gaza City Wednesday June 28, 2006. Israeli tanks and troops entered southern Gaza and planes attacked three bridges and a power station, knocking out electricity in most of the coastal strip early Wednesday and stepping up the pressure on Palestinian militants [...]

Tales from the Big Easy

Sam Burns took a comment of mine and made a whole post out of it.

Regular readers of this site probably didn’t know about my years in the Big Easy, which is probably for the best. It was a rough time, I’ll tell you what.

Going off the deep end on global warming

It has been no secret that I am a global warming skeptic. I am not saying that global warming is not happening. I just have serious doubts that it is man and not a cycle caused by natural forces. My cause for concern grows when I see articles like this one in the New York [...]

PA Incumbents continue to dig deeper hole.

Last Thursday, Pennsylvania House Speaker, John Perzel made some comments in defense of the 16% pay raise last year on WITF’s Smart Talk. The WGAL web site had the full story on the comments.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — One lawmaker is reacting to televised comments made by Pa. House Speaker John Perzel in defense of last [...]

U.S. Senate Denounces Iraqi Terrorist Amnesty Plan

Amnesty for terrorists seems like a bad idea to me, too:

As part of a plan to mend sectarian strife, Iraq’s prime minister has proposed extending amnesty to insurgents and opposition figures who have not been involved in terrorist activities.

Lawmakers are still trying to ascertain the details of the reconciliation plan that Nouri [...]

National Security and the Press

This story proves two things: that the New York Times doesn’t believe that we’re at war, and that the intelligence community has more leaks than a chicken-wire canoe:

The Bush administration and The New York Times are again at odds over national security, this time with new reports of a broad government effort to track [...]

The Wrath of the Lord Visited Upon Thee

I don’t really believe this story, but if it’s true…

“WESTMINSTER, Colorado (AP) — A motorcyclist died after he was struck by lightning while riding in rush hour traffic between Denver and Boulder, police said.

Witnesses reported seeing a flash of light shortly before the motorcyclist struck the center divider on U.S. 36 Wednesday, police [...]

Overheard at Chez CheChe

Sorry, but I had to do it:

I don?t think I?ve ever seen such a look of misery and dejection on the face of my daughter as I just did a moment ago. She just couldn?t understand why Senator Rick Santorum would bring up WMD’s in Iraq when so many things are wrong in this [...]