Wednesday, December 31, 2008

'08 Resolution Fulfilled

One post a day, that was the deal. Last January 1st, I did a stupid thing - I wrote my New Years resolution into a post.

I will write, at least, one post a day - good, bad, or indifferent. I hope that by the end of 2008, I will not only have a minimum of 366 more posts (I had to pick a Leap Year, sheesh!), but also be a better, smarter writer and maybe even a better person. The 'better, smarter' part is a stretch, but 366 is closer to doable.
I'm happy to say I succeeded in my resolution. I wrote at least one post each day in 2008. Sometimes, I wrote two, or three, and even four in one day. Hey, I had to use-up that Leap Second somehow.

Am I a "better, smarter writer and maybe even a better person"? I've no idea. Probably not. I do know it's easier to start a post while looking at that blank screen even if I do have to start three, four, seventeen times before I can get to the end. I've wondered if I will continue and I've thought, "Nah, it's too hard!" But then I think, "Probably. It's become a disgusting habit that will be too hard to break without a 12 step program." Is there a 12 step program for bloggers? Maybe I should start one next year.

Of all those posts, was there one that was viewed more than any other? Yes, there was and it continues to draw attention for reasons beyond me. Is Sarah Palin a Bad Mother? You Be the Judge has been viewed overwhelmingly more than any other. Just today, 'Bad Mother' has been viewed 56 times, the next highest today was the daily post at 18 views.

For that post, I published a series of photos of the Palin family taken by Meghan McCain, John McCain's daughter, on the day Gov Sarah Palin was announced to be the Republican VP running mate. All of the referrals have been through Google Images. The posting has been picked up by many other forums, including one devoted to hunting and fishing, and apparently by some universities.

The majority of viewers have been from various Universities and colleges around America, and several Federal agencies and Cabinet Depts. I was even frightened by a frequent visit from Google employees. I was afraid my blog might be blacklisted because it was during that time period when liberals hijacked the Google rating system. But as it turned out, a few Google folk actually like Indigo Red and continue to read. Thanks.

I want to send a special "Thank you" to the members of the Army and Navy who have become fairly regular readers. I am humbled by your patronage.

Most certainly I don't want to slight the Marine Corps. The post, Battle of Adobe Walls, Afghanistan, told the story of Marine Sgt. William O. Bee and his close encounter with Taliban fighters. That series of photographs continues to amaze. Bee and the 24th MEU, were relieved by The Princess of Wales Royal Regiment, British Army on Sept 8, 2008. Sgt Bee said on that occasion, "The people here have seen a lot of countries come and go – everyone from the Gurkas, the Russians and the British. Hopefully they will remember us for our professionalism and as the ones who affected permanent change."

I hope to continue my feeble hobby through the next year and make many more people happy or angry. If the best we can do is "indifferent", well, that's OK too.

Thank you all for reading. Happy New Year, be safe, and tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Crucifixion is Popular Again

Just when you think the Mohammadan savages can't get any more savage, both Hamas and Iran enact a new law in line with the rest of Sharia justice.

Crucifixion is back! Please, please - hold your applause.

Yep, nailing people to crossed 2x4s will be all the rage across the ummah next year. The law specifies crucifixion for traitors which to Westerners is a very exacting crime, but to the Islamic nutjobs, treason can be defined very loosely from collaborating with anyone not Muslim to eating ice cream. Expect crucifixion to be used frequently at first for it's shock value alone. Then Muslims will move on to the fun part of crucifixion - we all remember The Life of Brian, right? Always look on the bright side of life and all that. Besides, we've become rather inured to beheadings. Beheading is soooooo over.

For an in depth description of crucifixion and what happens to the body during the gruesome process see Autopsy: The Son of Man.

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Isarel Discovers Appeasement Does Not Work

Land for peace. That was the deal. Israel would trade land to the Palestinian entities in exchange for peace, heavenly peace. As far as the Pali-entities were concerned that's what they were giving Israel - heavenly peace. A continual barrage of rockets lobbed indiscriminately at Israeli towns killing indiscriminately.

Israeli softheads thought Palestinian would be satisfied with the appeasement options. Hardheaded Israelis referred to the Chamberlain appeasement policies with Hitler which didn't work out well for Jews or anyone else. Now Israel as a whole is thinking maybe appeasement with Palestinians was not such a hot idea.

Tuesday found Israelis who never thought they would be living under rocket fire preparing bomb shelters and scrambling for cover at the sound of warning sirens.

In Ashdod, Israel's fifth largest city, onlookers came to inspect the wreckage — the bus stop pocked with shrapnel, a nearby swing set destroyed and a tree uprooted.

Staring at the debris was Gabi Aronov, a 25-year-old factory worker, who was sent reeling in his apartment from the force of the blast. He said the Gaza withdrawal had brought his enemies closer to his doorstep.

"If we give them any more, they will eat us alive," he said.

School was canceled in large swaths of southern Israel on Tuesday, many businesses shut and traffic thinned. Newspapers and TV stations displayed color-coded maps informing Israelis that they had 15, 30 or 45 seconds to reach cover after the siren goes off. In Ashdod malls, directions to the nearest shelters were posted.

Israeli hard-liners maintain that every withdrawal brings Israel's enemies closer: They say the Oslo accords negotiated in the Norwegian capital in the 1990s turned parts of the West Bank into breeding grounds for suicide bombers; the 2000 pullback from south Lebanon brought Hezbollah closer to Israel.

In 2006 Hezbollah rockets reached Hadera, a city 27 miles north of Tel Aviv, and Israeli intelligence believes the Lebanese militia now has rockets that can reach 125 miles, far beyond Tel Aviv — meaning the vast majority of Israelis are in range.
"The historical lesson of Oslo, of Lebanon and of Gaza proves that with every concession, every territory we leave is used for attacks against us," said Yaakov Amidror, a former general now with the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.
We gave appeasement a chance. It doesn't work.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Fruitcakes, Tamales, and Justice

A California state law forbids "the operation of an unregulated retail food business from one’s private home."

Two stories appeared in my local paper, the OC Register, Dec 25 and 27.

An 86 yr. old World War II vet, after 10 - 15 years, can no longer make and sell pecan fruit cake from his home.

A cherished holiday tradition may be coming to an end for some Shasta County residents.

Eighty-six-year-old Jack Melton, who has been baking and selling his pecan-laden fruitcakes from his home for the past 10 to 15 years, has been told to stop by Shasta County Environmental Health Department officials.

Melton, a disabled World War II Navy veteran, has been told to quit selling his popular word-of-mouth fruitcakes from his home because state law forbids the operation of an unregulated retail food business from one’s private home, said Fern Hastings, a senior environmental health specialist.

Hastings said Melton must make his fruitcakes in a commercial bakery kitchen that has passed a health inspection in order to sell them.
A Mexican immigrant, legal status unspecified, makes and sells tamales from her apartment shared with her husband and daughter. The State has taken no action to halt the home food business.

Alicia Lopez has been selling Christmas tamales since she was a girl growing up in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Last year – her 15th in Orange County – she prepared and sold between 1,000 and 1,200 tamales to folks keeping up the tradition of eating the steam-cooked treats on Christmas. This Christmas, however, she made and sold only about 650.

“This year, my orders are way down,” said Lopez, who manufactures tamales out of her Costa Mesa apartment with her daughter, Rosa, and husband, Esteban. “Because of the economy, there are people who don’t have money for tamales because there are no jobs.”

Lopez is one of many tamaleras who make up the underground homemade tamale trade that flourishes in the county’s Latino communities.
I am damned proud to live in a country where Justice is blind. Stupid, but blind - very, very blind.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

Death to All Juice

Finally! A Muslim nutcase that makes sense. Death to All Juice is something I can understand.

Actually, it's not All Juice, just Zionist Juice. Personally, I would have limited it to all juice that comes in a box. Even if it does have mango in it.

Pamela has more snaps.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Weather Zealots: More Snow = Warmer Planet

According to Earthweek: A Diary of the Planet ,

The odds of experiencing a white Christmas in countries that celebrate the Christian holiday in the Northern Hemisphere have begun to diminish within the last century due to global warming, climate experts said.

Despite the near-blizzard conditions across North America and parts of Europe this month, having a winter wonderland in late December in London and Paris could be only a freak occurrence by 2100, according to Friedrich-Wilhelm Gerstengarber, climate researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
The Farmer's Almanac says,
For 2008–2009, the Farmers’ Almanac is forecasting a “numbing” winter, with below-average temperatures for at least two-thirds of the country. Only the Far West and Southeast will see near-normal temperatures. Few, if any, locations will enjoy many above-normal temperature days this upcoming season.
The Timesonline says of Europe,
The skiing conditions just get better and better this winter. After one of the best starts to a ski season for many years, the snows keep on falling across Europe. Stormy weather across

Italy this week produced big snowfalls in the north and floods farther south. And all over the Alps, fresh snows have been preserved in cold temperatures, with the promise of more to come. This weekend a big Atlantic depression rolls across the UK with a heavy belt of rain that will then work its way through Western Europe, turning to heavy snow over the mountains.

Often an early snowfall quickly melts away because the ground is too warm. But this winter the cold temperatures have frozen the ground, helping the snow to settle and built up a thick base, offering some protection against any milder spells later in the season.
Walter Williams, syndicated columnist writing in the OC Register today, is prompted to ask, How long must Earth cool before warming zealotry does?

Americans have been rope-a-doped into believing that global warming is going to destroy our planet. Scientists who have been skeptical about man-made global warming have been called traitors or handmaidens of big oil.

The Washington Post asserted on May 28, 2006, that there were only “a handful of skeptics” of man-made climate fears. Bill Blakemore on Aug. 30, 2006, said, “After extensive searches, ABC News has found no such (scientific) debate on global warming.” U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said it was “criminally irresponsible” to ignore the urgency of global warming. U.N. special climate envoy Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland on May 10, 2007, declared the climate debate “over” and added “it's completely immoral, even, to question” the U.N.'s scientific “consensus.” On July 23, 2007, CNN's Miles O'Brien said, “The scientific debate is over.” Earlier he said that scientific skeptics of man-made catastrophic global warming “are bought and paid for by the fossil fuel industry, usually.”

The fact of the matter is an increasing amount of climate research suggests a possibility of global cooling. Geologist Don J. Easterbrook, emeritus professor at Western Washington University, says, “Recent solar changes suggest that it could be fairly severe, perhaps more like the 1880-1915 cool cycle than the more moderate 1945-1977 cool cycle. A more drastic cooling, similar to that during the Dalton and Maunder minimums, could plunge the Earth into another Little Ice Age, but only time will tell if that is likely.”
Though not the originator, Mark Twain is credited with saying, "Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it." As loopy as they are, the Global Warming crackpots, bless their hearts, are doing their damnedest to prove the adage wrong. I only wish it wasn't going to cost so damned much for them to learn that winter is cold, summer is hot, spring and autumn are just right.

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HAMAS Prompted Israeli Assault Months Ago

The current Israeli assault, Operation Cast Lead, on Hamas controlled Gaza began six months ago.

The impetus for the military action began years ago. This chronology of terrorst attacks is just the time period Jan 19, 2006 through Sep 22, 2008. Over the past week before the assault initiation, Hamas fired some 300 missiles and mortars into Israeli territory and more than 3000 over the past year.

19 Jan 2006 - 20 injured in bombing at fast-food restaurant in Tel Aviv.
5 Feb 2006 - 1 killed, 5 injured in stabbing attack on taxi bus en route to Tel Aviv.
1 Mar 2006 - 1 killed in shooting attack at gas station near Migdalim, West Bank.
28 Mar 2006 - 2 killed (including 1 teenager) in explosion of Qassam rocket they found in western Negev area.
30 Mar 2006 - 4 killed (including 1 teenager) by suicide bomber posing as Jewish hitchhiker.
17 Apr 2006 (1340) - 11 killed (including 2 Romanians, 1 French citizen, 1 dual Israeli-French citizen, 1 Israeli who died of injuries 13 May, and 1 American teenager who died of injuries 14 May), over 60 injured by suicide bomber (one terrorist also killed) outside a fast-food restaurant in Tel Aviv after being prevented by a security guard from entering.
27 May 2006 - 1 soldier injured in Katyusha rocket attack on army base at Mount Meron.
11 Jun 2006 - 1 killed, 2 injured in shooting attack on West Bank highway north of Jerusalem.
25 Jun 2006 - 2 soldiers killed, 1 soldier kidnapped, and 4 soldiers injured by terrorists infiltrating across the border in the Rafah area.
25 Jun 2006 - 1 teenager kidnapped between Batar Illit and Neveh Izut; body found 29 Jun in Ramallah.
12 Jul 2006 - 3 soldiers killed, 2 others kidnapped by Hezbollah terrorists crossing the border from Lebanon; among ground forces pursuing the terrorists across the border, 4 were killed in the bombing of a tank and 1 was killed during recovery following the bombing of the tank.
12 Jul 2006 - Hezbollah rockets (120) fired from southern Lebanon into northern Israel, striking Shlomi and Shebaa Farms; Kassam rockets (16) fired from Gaza.
13 Jul 2006 - 2 killed, 29 injured by Hezbollah rockets (125) fired from southern Lebanon: 1 killed in a home in Nahariya, 1 killed in Safed; other rockets fell in Haifa; Kassam rockets (7) fired from Gaza.

14 Jul 2006 - 2 killed, 2 injured by Hezbollah rockets (103) fired from southern Lebanon: 2 killed (including 1 child) and 2 injured in home in Meron; other rockets struck Haifa; Kassam rockets (19) fired from Gaza.
14 Jul 2006 (2130) - 4 soldiers killed in antiship cruise missile attack against Israeli naval vessel off the Beirut, Lebanon; the C-802 missile launch, from Lebanon, was claimed by Hezbollah but was probably carried out by Iranian military personnel; a second C-802 missile sunk an Egyptian civilian vessel off Lebanon.
15 Jul 2006 - Hezbollah rockets (100) fired from southern Lebanon at Haifa, Tiberias, and other sites; Kassam rockets (2) fired from Gaza.
16 Jul 2006 - 8 killed, 50 injured by Hezbollah rockets (45) fired from southern Lebanon: 8 killed by Fajar rocket strike on Haifa train depot, 50 others injured in Haifa area; other rockets struck Afula and Nazareth; Kassam rockets (12) fired from Gaza.
17 Jul 2006 - 20 injured by Hezbollah rockets (79) fired from southern Lebanon: 9 injured by Katyusha rocket strike on hospital in Safed, 11 injured by rocket strike on apartment building in Haifa; other rockets struck Atlit; Kassam rockets (12) fired from Gaza.
18 Jul 2006 - 1 killed, 60 injured by Hezbollah rockets (113) fired from southern Lebanon: 1 killed near bomb shelter in Nahariya, 60 injured near Safed and Nahariya; other rockets fell in Haifa area, Karmiel, Maalot, Rosh Pina, and Tiberias; Kassam rockets (8) fired from Gaza.
19 Jul 2006 - 2 killed, 30 injured by Hezbollah rockets (106) fired from southern Lebanon: 2 Arab children killed and about 30 Arabs injured by two Katyusha rocket strikes in Nazareth; Kassam rockets (4) fired from Gaza
20 Jul 2006 - Hezbollah rockets (33) fired from southern Lebanon; Kassam rockets (10) fired from Gaza.
21 Jul 2006 - Hezbollah rockets (92) fired from southern Lebanon; one Kassam rocket fired from Gaza.
22 Jul 2006 - 20 injured by Hezbollah rockets (129) fired from southern Lebanon: 4 injured in Safed, 3 injured in Haifa, 13 injured in other locations in northern Israel; Kassam rockets (5) fired from Gaza.
23 Jul 2006 - 2 killed, 16 injured by Hezbollah rockets (88) fired from southern Lebanon: 1 killed, 12 injured in Haifa, 1 killed in a shop in Kiryat Ata; 1 injured in Carmiel; other rockets struck Acco, Kiryat Shmona, and Tiberias; Kassam rockets (12) fired from Gaza.
24 Jul 2006 - 49 injured by Hezbollah rockets (109) fired from southern Lebanon into Kiryat Shmona, Nahariva, Safed, and other sites; Kassam rockets (5) fired from Gaza.
25 Jul 2006 - 2 killed, 48 injured by Hezbollah rockets (100) fired from southern Lebanon: 1 teenager killed by a Katyusha rocket strike on a home in Maghar; 1 died of a heart attack while moving to a bomb shelter in Haifa; other rockets struck Acco, Kiryat Shmona, Maalot, Nahariya, Safed, Shfaram, and Tiberias; 1 foreigner injured by Kassam rocket strike on house in the Negev fired from Gaza; one other Kassam rocket fired from Gaza.
26 Jul 2006 - 55 injured by Hezbollah rockets (166) fired from southern Lebanon: 16 injured in Maalot; other rockets struck Acco, Haifa, Karmiel, Kiryat Shmona, Rosh Pina, Safed, and Tiberias; Kassam rockets (8) fired from Gaza.
27 Jul 2006 - 19 injured by Hezbollah rockets (109) fired from southern Lebanon: 3 directly injured and 16 treated for shock in Kiryat Shmona; other rockets struck Carmiel, Maalot, Nahariya, Rosh Pina, Safed, Shlomi, and Tiberias; Kassam rockets (3) fired from Gaza.
27 Jul 2006 - 1 killed, body found in car near Qalqilya.
28 Jul 2006 - 3 injured by Hezbollah rockets (104) fired from southern Lebanon; seven Khaibar-1 rockets struck in or near Afula, and other rockets struck several sites including a hospital in Nahariya; Kassam rockets (4) fired from Gaza.
29 Jul 2006 5 injured by Hezbollah rockets (86) fired from southern Lebanon; one Kassam rocket fired from Gaza.
30 Jul 2006 - 69 injured by Hezbollah rockets (148) fired from southern Lebanon; one rocket struck near a kindergarten school in Acco; other rockets struck Acco, Haifa, Kiryat Shmona, Krayot area, and Safed; Kassam rockets (3) fired from Gaza
31 Jul 2006 - 6 killed in Haifa by mortar fire; Hezbollah rockets (4) fired from southern Lebanon, striking near Nahariya; Kassam rockets (5) fired from Gaza.
1 Aug 2006 - Hezbollah rockets (8) fired from southern Lebanon.
2 Aug 2006 - 1 killed, 28 injured by Hezbollah rockets (231) fired from southern Lebanon: 1 killed in Kibbutz Sa'ar, north of Nahariya; 7 directly injured and 15 treated for shock following strike by Khaibar-1 rocket in Bet Shean; 6 injuries from other rocket strikes in Acco, Haifa, Hatzor, Kiryat Shmona, Maalot, Rosh Pina, Safed, and near the West Bank city of Jenin.
3 Aug 2006 - 8 killed, 80 injured by Hezbollah rockets (180) fired from southern Lebanon: 4 killed (including 1 teenager) in Acco; 4 killed (including 3 Arab teenagers) in a car in Maalot, injuries in Carmiel, Kiryat Shmona, Nahariya, and Tiberias; injuries included 50 direct injuries and 30 treated for shock.
4 Aug 2006 - 3 killed, 86 injured by Hezbollah rockets (200) fired from southern Lebanon: 1 killed, 4 injured (including 2 children) in a home in Maghar; 2 killed in Majdal Krum; other rockets struck Acco, Carmiel, Kibbutz Sha'ar Yishuv, Nahariya, and Safed; one or more long-range rockets struck Hadera.
5 Aug 2006 - 4 killed, 15 injured by Hezbollah rockets (170) fired from southern Lebanon: 3 killed in Arab al-Aramshe, 5 injured in Haifa; 1 died of a heart attack in a bomb shelter in a Haifa suburb and 10 treated for shock.
6 Aug 2006 - 15 killed, 215 injured by Hezbollah rockets (175) fired from southern Lebanon: 12 soldiers killed, 15 injured near Kibbutz Kfar Giladi, north of Kiryat Shmona while preparing to enter Lebanon; 3 killed, 200 injured in Haifa in strikes on several apartment buildings.
7 Aug 2006 - 17 injured by Hezbollah rockets (160) fired from southern Lebanon: rockets struck Acco, Kiryat Shmona, Maalot, Rosh Pina, and Safed.
8 Aug 2006 - 2 injured by Hezbollah rockets (160) fired from southern Lebanon: 2 injured in Fasouta; other rockets struck Acco, Kiryat Shmona, Maalot, Nahariya, Safed, Tiberias, and in the Golan Heights.
9 Aug 2006 - 2 injured by Hezbollah rockets (160) fired from southern Lebanon: 2 injured in Safed; other rockets struck Acco, Kiryat Shmona, Maalot, and in the Golan Heights; five long-range rockets struck Fakua in the West Bank, believed targeted on Afula or Beit Shean; one Khaibar-1 struck Haifa, believed targeted on Hadera; other long-range rockets struck near Gilboa.
10 Aug 2006 - 1 Italian killed in stabbing attack in East Jerusalem.
19 Aug 2006 - 1 soldier killed in shooting attack at Bekaot checkpoint in Jordan Valley.
12 Sep 2006 - 1 soldier killed in shooting attack during army operations near Kissufim Crossing in Gaza.
1 Nov 2006 - 1 soldier killed in shooting attack in Beit Hanoun, Gaza.
15 Nov 2006 - 1 killed, 1 injured in Sderot by Kassam rocket strike fired from Gaza.
20 Nov 2006 - 1 killed (died 21 Nov) in Sderot by Kassam rocket strike fired from Gaza.

29 Jan 2007 - 3 killed in suicide bombing (one terrorist also killed) at bakery in Eilat.
25 Feb 2007 - 1 killed in stabbing attack near Beit Omar.
21 May 2007 - 1 killed in Sderot by Kassam rocket strike fired from Gaza; victim was in a car near a shopping center.
27 May 2007 - 1 killed in Sderot by Kassam rocket strike fired from Gaza.
12 Jul 2007 - 1 killed in attack on Israeli troops in Bureij camp, Gaza; attackers used explosives, rocket-propelled grenades, and machine guns.
18 Sep 2007 - 1 soldier shot and killed by terrorists during counterterrorism operations in Ein Beit Ilmeh refugee camp in Nablus, West Bank.
17 Oct 2007 - 1 soldier killed in exchange of gunfire with terrorists in southern Gaza.
29 Oct 2007 - 1 soldier killed in exchange of gunfire with terrorists in southern Gaza, near the Sufa crossing.
19 Nov 2007 - 1 killed in shooting attack on car near Kedumin in the West Bank.
28 Dec 2007 - 2 soldiers killed while hiking in the Hebron area.

15 Jan 2008 - 1 Ecuadorian killed in shooting attack at Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha.
24 Jan 2008 - 1 soldier killed in shooting attack at checkpoint near Shuafat.
4 Feb 2008 - 1 killed, 38 injured in suicide bombing in shopping center in Dimona (1 terrorist killed, second terrorist killed by police officer) .
27 Feb 2008 - 1 killed by Kassam rocket attack on Sderot campus of Sapir College
1 Mar 2008 - 2 soldiers killed by mortar, antitank, and RPG fire from terrorists during operations in Gaza against Hamas rocket launchers.
6 Mar 2008 - 2 soldiers killed (one died 9 March) by bombing attack on jeep near security fence in central Gaza.
6 Mar 2008 - 8 students killed (including 7 teenagers), 11 injured in shooting attack at Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem; the terrorist was killed by an IDF officer.
9 Apr 2008 - 1 soldier killed, 2 soldiers injured during gunfight with terrorists in southern Gaza Strip.
9 Apr 2008 - 2 killed in Nahal Oz fuel terminal by shooting attack preceded by mortar fire.
16 Apr 2008 - 3 soldiers killed, 3 soldiers injured in attack at Gaza security fence south of Nahal Oz fuel terminal.
19 Apr 2008 - 13 soldiers injured in suicide bombing using three explosive-laden jeeps, two of which detonated; four terrorists also killed.
25 Apr 2008 - 2 security guards killed in shooting attack at Nitzanel Shalom industrial park.
9 May 2008 - 1 killed in Kibbutz Kfar Aza by mortar fire from Gaza Strip.
12 May 2008 - 1 killed at Moshav Yesha.
14 May 2008 (1800) - 90 injured (including 1 infant) at an Ashkelon shopping mall by a rocket fired from Gaza Strip.
5 Jun 2008 - 1 killed, 4 injured in Kibbutz Nir-Oz by mortar fire from Gaza Strip.
2 Jul 2008 (1200) - 3 killed (including two women), 66 injured (including 2 infants) by Palestian using a bulldozer to attack cars, pedestrians, and two buses in Jerusalem on Jaffa Road between the Central Bus Station and Mahane Yehuda market; the terrorist was killed by police.
11 Jul 2008 - 1 border patrolman injured in terrorist attack in Jerusalem, dying 23 July from his injuries.
23 Jul 2008 - 16 injured in attack by terrorist using a bulldozer in Jerusalem to attack a bus and four other vehicles; the terrorist was killed by police.
10 Sep 2008 - 1 soldier injured in acid attack by Palestinian woman.
22 Sep 2008 - 4 injured (1 soldier, 3 Palestinians) in acid attack by Palestinian woman at Hawara crossing near Nablus.
22 Sep 2008 (2300) - 17 soldiers injured in attack by Palestinian driving a car into a group of Israelis at an intersection in Jerusalem; the terrorist was shot and killed.

The chronology is much longer than this list. See Johnston's Archive extending back to 1948 for a more complete history of terrorist outrages against Israel.

On the evening of March 1, 2008, Israeli Ambassador Daniel Carmon addressed the UN Security Council. The meeting began began at 8:30PM and concluded at 9:07PM, such is importance the UN places on the conflict. The Ambassador told the Council,

More than 250,000 Israeli citizens were in the range of deadly and murderous weapons of Hamas, in the care of its backers in the region and their malicious vision, he said. “The Government of Israel should not apologize for protecting its citizens. In fact, where was the Security Council just three days ago, when Hamas fired 80 rockets at Israel, in just a matter of hours? Where was the outrage and condemnation?” he said. Israel had addressed the situation for a very long time, he said, pointing to the many letters sent this week to the Council, expressing alarm and concern with Hamas’ attacks and reiterating Israel’s determination to protect its people. “This is our right. This is the right of all States to act in self-defence, in accordance with article 51 of the United Nations Charter,” he said, stressing that it was Israel’s duty and obligation.
The Permanent Observer of Palestine, Riyad H. Mansour, also spoke. He expectedly blamed Israel for everything, including the Council's inaction. The report of the meeting states, "The Council’s lack of action had only led to the perpetration of more war crimes against innocent civilians..." In Islamic parlance, 'innocent civilians' means Muslims only. The deaths of Israeli children are not the deaths of innocent civilians.

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Life Imitates Art

Art and life often imitate one another. Bookworm sees a similarity between a New York Times photo from today's Israeli retaliatory assault on Palestinian Gaza and Michelangelo's Pieta in St. Peter's Basilica. The resemblance is striking and, I think, less than accidental, if not in actuality, then certainly not in editorial judgement.

Another affecting photo in the NYT photo essay immediately recalled for me the Girl in the Redcoat scene from the film "Schindler's List". The muted redcoat stands in ambiguous contrast in an otherwise black and white film and draws our attention to an anonymous little girl. In the cinematic arc created by Spielberg, we see the girl in the redcoat dodging the NAZIs and eventually making her way into an empty house to hide under a bed. Later, we momentarily see the redcoat on a cart filled with corpses.

The NYT photo is a muted gray caused by the dust thrown up by the Israeli bomb explosions. Very little color shows through. But our eye is drawn to an orange jacketed figure in the amorphous mass of people.

Are we supposed to feel sympathetic toward the man and those around him as we did for the girl in the redcoat? Are we to wonder what has happened to him? Is he dead? Did he survive? If a sympathetic response is intended, I simply don't have any.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Better Intel with Viagra

As if there weren't enough Muslims in the world, the CIA is handing out Viagra to Afghan tribal leaders with flaccid libidos so they can rape their child brides.

The Afghan chieftain looked older than his 60-odd years, and his bearded face bore the creases of a man burdened with duties as tribal patriarch and husband to four younger women. His visitor, a CIA officer, saw an opportunity, and reached into his bag for a small gift.

Four blue pills. Viagra.

"Take one of these. You'll love it," the officer said. Compliments of Uncle Sam.

[T]he man was a clan leader in southern Afghanistan who had been wary of Americans -- neither supportive nor actively opposed. The man had extensive knowledge of the region and his village controlled key passages through the area. U.S. forces needed his cooperation and worked hard to win it, the retired operative said.

After a long conversation through an interpreter, the retired operator began to probe for ways to win the man's loyalty. A discussion of the man's family and many wives provided inspiration. Once it was established that the man was in good health, the pills were offered and accepted.

Four days later, when the Americans returned, the gift had worked its magic, the operative recalled.

"He came up to us beaming," the official said. "He said, 'You are a great man.' "

"And after that we could do whatever we wanted in his area."
Isn't this how we got into this mess in the first place - handing out gifts of guns and Stinger missiles to Mujaheddin commanders like Osama bin Laden? We were hailed as heroes then, too. Until it backfired and we were attacked decades later. In about twenty years, the Viagra babies will be old enough to join the jihad against today's great men.

"Whatever it takes to make friends and influence people -- whether it's building a school or handing out Viagra," said one longtime agency operative and veteran of several Afghanistan tours.
Great, just great.

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Wish

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Thank You, El Salvador

El Salvador will withdraw their 200 remaining troops from Kut, Iraq sometime after Dec 31, 2008. El Salvador has had troops deployed in Iraq since August 2003 as part of the UN coalition force led by the U.S. and, along with Honduras, were the only representatives of Latin America to participate in the freeing of 28 million people and the toppling of a tyrant.

The majority of their work has been humanitarian like building roads, health clinics, and schools. In Iraq, even humanitarian duties are deadly; five Salvadoran soldiers have been killed and 20 wounded. From an Army once linked to death squads during the disastrous civil war, it is now one of the most respected institutions in El Salvador.

President Tony Saca said Iraqi President Jalal Talibani wrote him a letter requesting that Salvadoran troops remain. However, Iraq never followed-up on the request, so his troops will leave at the end of the UN mandate. Saca said, "We haven’t received, in recent days, any request from the Iraqi parliament or Iraqi authorities... If we had received something recently, my decision would have been to keep the troops in Iraq."

In the five years that Salvadoran soldiers have been in Iraq, they have completed 350 health, education and infrastructure projects that benefited an estimated 7 million Iraqis.

"As president of this country and as the commanding officer of its armed forces, we should be happy with our participation in Iraq," Saca said. "We have helped rebuild a large part of the Iraqi area."
El Salvador and Salvadorans should be proud of the service they've rendered and the world should be grateful that this tiny nation with so many problems of their own stepped up to help others half way around the world. Despite the 81% war disapproval, Salvadorans will eventually be happy they came to the aid of others.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Wanted: More Washingtons in Washington

Tuesday, December 23, 1783.

Possibly the most important date in American history that is mostly unknown. On that day at 12 o'clock, General George Washington, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army offered his commission in resignation to the the Congress.

In the aftermath of the Revolutionary War, many citizens, high and low class alike, clamored for Washington to be crowned King of America, King George. Washington wanted none of it and resigned from public service rather than become a king, after all, freedom from the capriciousness of royalty was why the late war was fought. It was, however, expected of the victorious commander of the conquering army to take the crown. That is what nearly all victorious generals of the past had done. By refusing the crown, George Washington acted committed the single most important act by an individual citizen in this nation's history and left its fate in the hands of a civilian government.

Speaking to the President of the Senate, Members of Congress, and various other officials and guests, Gen'l Washington quietly intoned,

Mr. President:

The great events on which my resignation depended having at length taken place; I have now the honor of offering my sincere Congratulations to Congress and of presenting myself before them to surrender into their hands the trust committed to me, and to claim the indulgence of retiring from the Service of my Country.

Happy in the confirmation of our Independence and Sovereignty, and pleased with the opportunity afforded the United States of becoming a respectable Nation, I resign with satisfaction the Appointment I accepted with diffidence. A diffidence in my abilities to accomplish so arduous a task, which however was superseded by a confidence in the rectitude of our Cause, the support of the Supreme Power of the Union, and the patronage of Heaven.

The Successful termination of the War has verified the most sanguine expectations, and my gratitude for the interposition of Providence, and the assistance I have received from my Countrymen, increases with every review of the momentous Contest.

While I repeat my obligations to the Army in general, I should do injustice to my own feelings not to acknowledge in this place the peculiar Services and distinguished merits of the Gentlemen who have been attached to my person during the War. It was impossible the choice of confidential Officers to compose my family should have been more fortunate. Permit me Sir, to recommend in particular those, who have continued in Service to the present moment, as worthy of the favorable notice and patronage of Congress.

I consider it an indispensable duty to close this last solemn act of my Official life, by commending the Interests of our dearest Country to the protection of Almighty God, and those who have the superintendence of them, to his holy keeping.

Having now finished the work assigned me, I retire from the great theatre of Action; and bidding an Affectionate farewell to this August body under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my Commission, and take my leave of all the employments of public life.
From a simple desire to return home for Christmas dinner and having had enough of public service, George Washington handed in his resignation and within hours was on his horse headed for hearth and home. We need more Washingtons in Washington today.

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Bit of Peace and Taste of Christmas Come to Iraq

Army Gen. Ray Odierno, ranking commander of US forces in Iraq, spoke with the APs Chelsea Carter Saturday saying he will make a decision about US troop deployments in early spring following the January provincial elections. He reckons the two month time period will allow time enough to deal with any violence that may flair up and ensure that those elected to office can actually take office. The time is also needed to redeploy troops to southern Iraq to replace the departing British troops.

According to an Iraqi military official, violence has dropped precipitously across the entire war ravaged country. It's not exactly peace, but the level of killing has "returned to pre-war levels" and that's got to count for something.

In 2006, U.S. forces tried to hand over security in parts of Iraq to security forces only to have them collapse in the face of sectarian violence and insurgent attacks.

Iraqi forces are responsible for security in 13 of the 18 provinces, with coalition forces available for help if requested.

There has been an 86 percent decline in violence this year from last year, Iraqi army Maj. Gen. Qassim Atta said Sunday. Attacks have dropped from 180 a day last year to about 10 a day this year. He also said rates of killings had declined to below pre-war levels, about one per 100,000 people.
Too bad the good guys aren't winning the war. If we were winning the war then Iraq might be able to publicly celebrate Christmas with Santa Claus and a large poster of Jesus Christ in Baghdad on Sunday.

Oh, wait! For the first time ever, Iraqis did publicly celebrate Christmas with Santa and Jesus on Sunday without violence, bombs, and killing. The celebration was sponsored by the Interior Ministry and was cordoned by armed troops.

The event takes place in a public park in eastern Baghdad, ringed with security checkpoints. Interior Ministry forces deployed on surrounding rooftops peer down at the scene: a Christmas tree decorated with ornaments and tinsel; a red-costumed Santa Claus waving to the crowd, an Iraqi flag draped over his shoulders; a red-and-black-uniformed military band playing stirring martial music, not Christmas carols.

On a large stage, children dressed in costumes representing Iraq's many ethnic and religious groups -- Kurds, Turkmen, Yazidis, Christians, Arab Muslims not defined as Sunni or Shiite -- hold their hands aloft and sing "We are building Iraq!" Two young boys, a mini-policeman and a mini-soldier sporting painted-on mustaches, march stiffly and salute.
Interior Ministry spokesman Major-General Abdul Karim Khalaf said, "All Iraqis are Christian today!"

Oh, wouldn't that be nice... no Muslim terrorists to spoil a perfectly good day ever again.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

From Aussie Iron Ore to Toyota Corolla Sold in America

Globalization has been coming since ... forever. The first time one guy from over there traded with a guy from over here, globalization has been coming. Every act of trading has been one more baby step on the way to globalization.

PARADE Contributing Editor Simon Winchester wanted to find out just how intertwines the world economy really is, so he followed iron ore from Earth to final product.

At an iron-ore mine in western Australia, I once stood and watched as a young man worked an excavator to claw bucketfuls of deep-red ore from the ground. For a project, I wanted to follow the ore on its journey from raw material to finished product. So I went on a train that took it to a port, then traveled on the Chinese ship that carried it to Japan. There it was refined into steel ingots, which were sent to a factory outside Tokyo and fashioned into a Toyota Corolla. Next I got on a mighty ship carrying thousands of Toyota imports across the Pacific Ocean to Seattle.

The car made from my ore--small, red, sporty--was unloaded in Washington and put on a truck. I rode with it to a dealer in San Francisco, where I bought the car. Then I drove it to a port and put it, and me as well, onto a Norwegian passenger liner bound for Australia. Ten days later, I unloaded and drove the car to the cliff face and to the young excavator operator.

"Here," I said to him, pointing at the car. "This is what your bucketful of iron ore made." He was astonished. Astonished that I had come back to see him. Astonished that his pile of ore had been made into a car. But most astonished of all to learn that so many people--Chinese, Japanese, American, Norwegian--from so many countries had been involved in the process. "I guess we are all linked," he said. "Even if we never think we are."
That's a happy ending, but there is always a cloud in the silver lining. The Earth isn't really getting smaller, in fact, it's actually getting bigger by nearly 40,000 tons of cosmic dust deposited on the planet every year. But the world certainly is getting smaller by improved real time communications, material exchanges between entities that depend upon trade with far flung locales. I work for a company that makes battery chargers for communications stations requiring self-contained power. Our power supply units are made in Taiwan and Italy without which we do not have a product to sell. Globalization effects me directly.

Along with raw materials and products come ideas both good and bad. Physicists in Chicago can conduct experiments in Switzerland without leaving home. Terrorists can likewise kill hundreds of people halfway across the world without leaving their camel skin tents. Without globaization, science collaboration would not take place and Muslim killers would only kill their own.

Globalization effects all of us in America and everyone one else around the globe. Winchester writes,

Almost all events, no matter how far away, have an effect on us. Upheaval in Bolivia? That could mean a shortage of cellphone batteries down the road. (Bolivia has the world's largest reserves of lithium, vital to small batteries.) War in the Democratic Republic of Congo? We may have to produce fewer jets, since Congo is a leading exporter of cobalt, a metal crucial to jet engines. More dramatically, if the conflict heats up between Pakistan and India, then nuclear annihilation threatens, since they both have atomic weapons. And yet how much do most Americans know about Bolivia, Congo, Pakistan, or India?
And lots of other stuff, too. From Tanzania comes tanzanite which is the metal in every cellphone that makes them work. From Central America we get bananas that give our bodies potassium so we can work properly. From Pakistan we get clerks for our 7/11 stores and gas stations. Globalization is here and it's here to stay. We've come too far to quit now.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

I'm All Right

Madeleine Peyroux

I've not a clue about the circus performers in the video, but I do love this song and Madeleine is as good a singer as they come.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Water Really is Evil

Dead water it's called. Ship captains have known that the water in which they sail can cause their ship to spontaneously slow. Triathletes and strong swimmers have often complained the sea water is 'evil' sometimes because they lose momentum and they tire quickly. It's suspected this evil water has caused drownings.

Scientists may now know what causes the evil dead water. Leo Maas, a fluid dynamicist at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, said,

"We've been considering the possibility that the drownings of strong swimmers in fair-weather conditions might be the result of dead water, but until now, we weren't really sure if this phenomenon could strike something as small as a single human. Now it seems that it can."
New Scientist has the full story.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

California to Tax Income Tax

California is in a financial pickle and the Democrat led Legislature has been looking for any and every excuse to raise taxes and keep on spending like ...well, Liberals. And drunken Liberals at that.

Amongst the 1/4 cent sales tax hike and the $7.3 billion cut from education programs and social services (police, fire, and hospitals) meant to scare the living daylights out of the public so that paying higher taxes doesn't look so bad, is this gem -

2.5 percent Personal Income Tax Surcharge - $1.65 billion. Establishes a 2.5 percent surcharge on Personal Income Tax liabilities beginning for the 2009 tax year. This generates $150 million in the current year and $1.5 billion in the budget year.
That's right. A tax on the income tax. A dictionary will tell us that a surcharge is (1) An additional sum added to the usual amount or cost; (2) An overcharge, especially when unlawful. Democrat legislators may think they are being progressive and innovative, but, come on. Taxing the income tax! That's crazy talk!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Long Live the Pint

Not much good comes out of Brussels, the EU capital. Most of what comes out of the European Parliament are laws and regulations restricting the lives and actions of formerly free Europeans. But, once again, the Brits have foiled the Ministers of Brussels.

The English pint survives. The EU had tried to force pubs to serve beers and ales by the half-liter. After much deliberation, Parliament voted to give up and let Britain keep the pint, the mile, and all imperial measures.

Minister for Europe Caroline Flint said the agreement will save British companies additional labeling costs during troubled economic times.

"It's a victory for common sense," she said. "It shows that the EU is listening to the concerns of businesses and consumers and is not intent on imposing a 'one-size fits all' regime where unnecessary."
It's an historical truism that people will suffer almost any indignity, any hardship, any insult and abuse. But, when the alcohol supply is threatened, trouble always ensues.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

U.S. Death Map

Of earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, heat, wildfires, or thunderstorms which kills more Americans? Is there a place to live in America that is safer than the rest of the country?

Surprise! There's been a study that now has all the answers.

WASHINGTON, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Heat is more likely to kill an American than an earthquake, and thunderstorms kill more people than hurricanes do, according to a U.S. "death map" published on Tuesday.

Researchers who compiled the county-by-county look at what natural disasters kill Americans said they hope their study will help emergency preparedness officials plan better.

Heat and drought caused 19.6 percent of total deaths from natural hazards, with summer thunderstorms causing 18.8 percent and winter weather causing 18.1 percent, the team at the University of South Carolina found.

Earthquakes, wildfires and hurricanes combined were responsible for fewer than 5 percent of all hazard deaths.

Writing in BioMed Central's International Journal of Health Geographics, they said they hoped to dispel some myths about what the biggest threats to life and limb are.

"According to our results, the answer is heat," Susan Cutter and Kevin Borden of the University of South Carolina wrote in their report, which gathered data from 1970 to 2004.

"I think what most people would think, if you say what is the major cause of death and destruction, they would say hurricanes and earthquakes and flooding," Cutter said in a telephone interview. "They wouldn't say heat."

"What is noteworthy here is that over time, highly destructive, highly publicized, often-catastrophic singular events such as hurricanes and earthquakes are responsible for relatively few deaths when compared to the more frequent, less catastrophic such as heat waves and severe weather," they wrote.

The most dangerous places to live are much of the South, because of the heat risk, the hurricane coasts and the Great Plains states with their severe weather, Cutter said.

The south-central United States is also a dangerous area, with floods and tornadoes.

California is relatively safe, they found.
Imagine that. With earthquakes and wildfires, California is a relatively safe place to live. Now, if we can get rid of the gangs, illegal aliens, high taxes, Pelosi, Boxer, Feinstein, and the Democrat majority California will once again be Paradise by the Sea.

More Death Maps.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Bill Richardson Investigated for Corruption

Bill Richardson, New Mexico Governor, is under investigation in the pay-to-play municipal bond market scandal that threatens to severely deepen the current international financial crisis.

Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) -- A federal grand jury is investigating how a company that advised Jefferson County, Alabama, on bond deals that threaten to cause the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, did similar work in New Mexico after making contributions to Governor Bill Richardson’s political action committees.

The grand jury in Albuquerque is looking into Beverly Hills, California-based CDR Financial Products Inc., which received almost $1.5 million in fees from the New Mexico Finance Authority in 2004 after donating $100,000 to Richardson’s efforts to register Hispanic and American Indian voters and pay for expenses at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, people familiar with the matter said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation asked current and former officials from the state agency if any staff members in the governor’s office influenced CDR’s hiring, said the people, who declined to be identified because the proceedings are secret. Richardson [D], who is President-elect Barack Obama’s designate for Commerce Secretary, has a staff of at least 30 people.

“They’re looking at everything related to CDR,” William Sisneros, the finance agency’s chief executive officer, said of the FBI probe. “They’re just trying to evaluate all the relationships to see what CDR was doing for the money.”

The investigation reflects another front in nationwide efforts by U.S. prosecutors to investigate so-called pay-to-play in the municipal bond market. The term refers to banks and advisers who make political contributions or personal gifts to public officials in return for fee-paying financing assignments.

On Dec. 1, Birmingham, Alabama’s mayor, Larry Langford [D], was charged by federal prosecutors with soliciting $235,000 in loans, expensive clothes and jewelry from Montgomery, Alabama-based bond underwriter Blount Parrish & Co. Langford, the former president of the Jefferson County Commission, included the firm on bond and derivative deals that netted it about $7.1 million. CDR, which wasn’t named in that indictment, advised Jefferson County on the derivatives.

The New Mexico probe comes two years after the FBI searched CDR’s offices as part of a nationwide investigation into whether banks and advisers conspired to overcharge local governments on financing deals. That probe by the New York office of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division is ongoing, and CDR says it is cooperating.
Democrats have not yet officially "taken power" in Washington and around the country, but they have already slipped back into their comfort zone. The rest of us call it corruption.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

McCain - Sit Down and Shutup

School marmish John McCain admonished Republicans and the RNC for criticizing Barack Obama and questioning the 'truthiness' of his words and actions throughout the Chicago fiasco.

Politico's Mike Allen writes

On ABC’s “This Week,” host George Stephanopoulos asked: “The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Mike Duncan, has been highly critical of the way President- elect Obama has dealt with this.

"He's had a statement every single day, saying that the Obama team should reveal all contacts they've had with Governor [Rod] Blagojevich. He says that Obama's promise of transparency to the American people is now being tested. Do you agree with that?”

McCain replied: “I think that the Obama campaign should and will give all information necessary. You know, in all due respect to the Republican National Committee and anybody — right now, I think we should try to be working constructively together, not only on an issue such as this, but on the economy stimulus package, reforms that are necessary. And so, I don't know all the details of the relationship between President-elect Obama's campaign or his people and the governor of Illinois, but I have some confidence that all the information will come out. It always does, it seems to me.”

John McCain ran as one of the worst of the Republican candidates to come down the pike in years. He was never the Party leader and he is not the Party leader now, although I supported his campaign and cast a vote for him against Barack Obama.

Obama and his Chitown cronies are crooks and criminals. John McCain never recognized that fact and refused to go after Obama simply because Obama is black. That was a racist decision because it said very publicly that Blacks cannot compete on an even playing field. John McCain was a fool and now he needs to sit down and shut up. He's damaged the Republican Party and Conservatism enough.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Still Life with Modern Icons

David Ligare - Still Life with Burgers, Fries and Apple

I have always admired the still life genre. The form has changed little over the centuries and continues to be a staple in art and remains extraordinarily difficult to construct a really good and memorable image. This is one of those.

h/t orangeguru at Ultraorange

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Ayatollahs vs FA-18

Commercial aircraft flying into Iranian airspace communicate with not only with the local Air Traffic Control facility when in the Persian Gulf AOR, but also with the Iranian Defense Radar giving the Persian military a ten minute warning. The pilot is required to give their call sign, transponder code, type aircraft, and points of origin and destination.

This story is relayed by Michael Ledeen in a Pajamas Media article and a h/t to Bookworm. One of his regular correspondents wrote that he had flown
with a guy who overheard this conversation on the VHF Guard (emergency) frequency 121.5 MHz while flying from Europe to Dubai. It’s too good not to pass along. The conversation went something like this…

Iranian Air Defense Radar: ‘Unknown aircraft at (location unknown), you are in Iranian airspace. Identify yourself.’

Aircraft: ‘This is a United States aircraft. I am in Iraqi airspace.’

Air Defense Radar: ‘ You are in Iranian airspace. If you do not depart our airspace we will launch interceptor aircraft!’

Aircraft: ‘This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 fighter. Send ‘em up, I’ll wait!’

Air Defense Radar: (no response … total silence).
This is one of those stories you just hope is true and if it isn't no one says anything.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Obama Goombah Review

Going through our lives, we all meet many, many people. Most of the people we meet are decent hard working types who would feel guilt if they jaywalked. Some of the people we meet are on shaky ground, but are essentially good folk. A few of the people we meet are truly bad people, criminals at heart who may or may not have committed a crime, but we are always on guard around them.

Then there are folks like Barack Obama who has, it seems, a special talent for finding and befriending truly unsavory personages. For years, Obama and these people were close friends. Then they were exposed as the scum they truly are, and Obama disowned each and every one claiming the person exposed was not the person he had known for twenty years.

Questionable associations of Obama
By The Associated Press,
San Jose Mercury News

In his life and career in Illinois, President-elect Barack Obama has crossed paths with some notable figures who have drawn scorn and scrutiny. Among them:

GOV. ROD BLAGOJEVICH: Obama has maintained a cordial but distant relationship with Blagojevich during the governor's tenure.

He has complimented Blagojevich for running "a sound administration" with "the right priorities." He supported his fellow Democrat for re-election in 2006, even though the governor backed someone else over Obama in the U.S. Senate Democratic primary.

Obama's circle of major Illinois political allies and supporters is largely separate from Blagojevich's, with two major exceptions. Both Obama and Blagojevich got extensive money and support from Chicago businessman Antoin "Tony" Rezko. At least one top aide to Obama, Michael Strautmanis, previously worked for Blagojevich.

But Blagojevich's disdain for Obama was clear in court documents released Tuesday after the Illinois governor was arrested. Blagojevich, accused by federal prosecutors of conspiring to sell or trade for personal benefits the Senate seat left vacant by Obama, was overheard complaining at one point that Obama's people are "not going to give me anything except appreciation." He added: "(Expletive) them."

Obama said Tuesday, "I had no contact with the governor or his office, and so I was not aware of what was happening."

ANTOIN REZKO: "Tony" Rezko, who raised money for the campaigns of both Obama and Blagojevich, is awaiting sentencing after being convicted in June on charges of using clout with Blagojevich's administration to help launch a $7 million kickback scheme.

The charges have no connection to Obama, but Rezko is tied to the Illinois senator in other ways.

Rezko and his family donated at least $21,457 to Obama and helped raise over $200,000 more, though not for his presidential bid. He also advised Obama on the purchase of a new Chicago home and, in his wife's name, purchased a vacant lot next door to the new Obama home when the seller wanted to dispose of both properties at the same time. Rezko then sold a slice of the property to Obama.

Obama has donated Rezko's contributions to charity and says it was a mistake to work with Rezko on buying the house.

JEREMIAH WRIGHT: Wright was Obama's minister for 20 years. He helped Obama embrace Christianity, performed Obama's marriage, and baptized Obama and his two daughters.

Wright was known for thundering "God Damn America" in clips that dominated cable television news programs for weeks last spring. Wright accused the government of creating AIDS.

Obama has done his best to distance himself from his former minister, to the point of resigning from the church that Wright once led.

Wright's comments were a stumbling block for Obama's campaign. In an impassioned speech about faith and race, the Democrat at first expressed support for Wright, saying that "I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother."

But six weeks later during a speech at the National Press Club, Wright offered eyebrow-raising opinions about the U.S. government, praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and hinted that Obama was distancing himself from the pastor for political expediency.

The next day, Obama said he was outraged and denounced Wright's remarks.

WILLIAM AYERS: Today, Ayers is a university professor and a member of Chicago's intellectual establishment. Forty years ago he was a member of the Weather Underground, a radical group that claimed responsibility for a series of bombings, including nonfatal explosions at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol.

Ayers was a fugitive for years with his wife, fellow radical Bernadine Dohrn. But after surrendering in 1980, the charges against Ayers were dropped because of prosecutorial misconduct.

Obama had a very limited relationship with Ayers, who lives in the same neighborhood. They served together on the board of a Chicago charity, and in the mid-1990s when Obama first ran for office, Ayers hosted a meet-the-candidate session for Obama at his home.

Ayers was front and center in GOP claims that Obama was "palling around with terrorists," as Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin put it.

Obama has condemned Ayers' radical activities, and there's no evidence they ever were close friends or that Ayers advised Obama on policy.

Ayers said in November that he hardly knew Obama. "I think my relationship with Obama was probably like thousands of others in Chicago. And, like millions and millions of others, I wish I knew him better," Ayers said in a newspaper interview.

EMIL JONES: Jones, the president of the Illinois Senate, amounts to Obama's political godfather and was an important part of Obama's longshot victory for U.S. Senate in 2004. He helped the little-known politician meet the right people, and he picked Obama to handle high-profile legislation during the two years leading up to the election.

But Jones' political style is very different from Obama's.

Jones is known for steering state money to a few favored institutions, including some that employ his relatives. Several of his relatives have gotten state jobs, and his wife's government salary jumped 60 percent after he became Senate president. He has played an important role in blocking ethics legislation in Illinois.

When Jones announced last summer that he would retire from the Illinois Senate when his term ends in January, an Obama campaign spokesman said "Jones has been a passionate advocate who has fought for working families and the underprivileged."

Jones was considered a possible successor to Obama in the Senate.

RASHID KHALIDI: Khalidi is a scholar and author on Middle Eastern affairs who has criticized Israeli policies and was part of a Palestinian advisory panel to peace talks in the early 1990s.

He's also a friend of Obama.

They met while both were teaching at the University of Chicago and living in the same neighborhood. Obama and his wife, Michelle, sometimes had dinner with Khalidi and his wife, Mona. The Khalidis hosted a political fundraiser for Obama in 2000, and the Woods Fund charity gave money to the Arab-American Action Network, run by Mona Khalidi, while Obama served on the charity's board.

Khalidi and Obama have both said they hold very different opinions on Israeli issues, but their friendship has been used to raise questions about Obama's support for Israel — and to generate Internet headlines such as "Meet Obama's Terrorist Friend."

Late in the 2008 presidential campaign, the Republican nominee, John McCain, and Palin criticized Obama for attending a 2003 party for Khalidi. Obama's campaign dismissed the complaints, saying Khalidi was not an adviser to him and that Obama does not share Khalidi's views.

MICHAEL PFLEGER: Pfleger, a Roman Catholic priest in Chicago, has been known as a firebrand for years. He has protested over a wide range of issues, including gun shops and Jerry Springer. Obama has referred to him as a spiritual adviser.

Last spring, Pfleger visited Obama's church and preached a sermon in which he mocked Hillary Rodham Clinton and accused her of expecting to win the presidential nomination because she was white. Pfleger apologized, but Obama condemned the remarks and resigned from the church.
I am far from being a socially adept person, but the number of criminals I have ever met is very few. For Barack Obama to have met, befriended, and maintained these friendships shows an incredible ineptitude in judging character.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

U.N. - 52, Skeptics - 650

United Nations scientists (oxymoron alert!) said today they have proven "beyond a doubt that global warming is real."

Last year, 52 scientists working for the U.N. declared that Global Warming is a clear and present danger to the existence of life on this planet as we know it. This year, over 650 scientists, some of whom once worked on the U.N. climate research project are saying the global warming theory is hogwash.

In the real world, snow is falling in Houston, Texas. Records dating back to when weather record keeping began in the U.S., 1895 show that snow has fallen this early in Houston only once before - Dec. 10, 1944. Six days later in the Ardennes Forest of France, the Battle of the Bulge began.

Next week here in Southern California, weather guys are predicting a once in 50 year event. Currently, there is a cold air mass (-81 degrees) over Siberia. That cold air mass is headed for California. The higher elevations are being advised of heavy snow fall and lower areas of freezing temperatures.

Speaking of Siberia, since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990, the number of world weather stations was reduced from 15,000 in 1970 to only 5,000 in 2000. Many of the lost weather stations were in Siberia which hosts some of the coldest spots on Earth, thus skewing the equations in favor of the weather stations still operating in some of the hottest places on Earth.

From the December 1-12 the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is meeting in Poznan, Poland. The estimated 8,000 people expected to participate, and the 10,657 people who had registered as of Sunday, are estimated to spew about 13,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the Earth’s atmosphere adding to the so-called greenhouse effect which the conference is hell bent on reducing by taxing the rest of the world's population. ‘Save the planet! Ban warming summits!’13,000 tons of CO2 released for UN Conference - Andrew Bolt Blog - December 02, 2008.

Now, if that doesn't cheer your day, nothing will.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Muslims and the Words They Use

On the surface, it seems the West and Islam are speaking the same language when both parties speak English. In reality, the words often mean completely different things.

For example, Westerners generally believe and say it is wrong to kill innocents. With this Muslims will readily agree. But are we understanding the same thing? No, we are not. To Westerners, an innocent is one who is not involved in the situation in any way, such as children, and we go to great lengths not to harm children. At one point, Osama bin Laden was in our crosshairs, but their were children in the compound so the missile strike was aborted for ear of killing or harming the children. The unintended death of Muamar Qadaffi's adopted daughter during the Reagan Administration's F-111 raid on Lyba caused us to be very cautious with the lives of innocents. To the Muslim, an innocent is another Muslim. No one else. If a person is not an Islam adherent, that person is not innocent no matter their age.

There are many key words Westerners and Muslim share in conversation, but the meanings couldn't be any more divergent. Henry Kadoch provides the following guide to Islam-speak in, December 09, 2008.

An Islam-speak glossary:

Peace - The state of cessation of all resistance to Islam. Peace only exists when Islam rules politically and religiously, and all Islamic principles are established as the law of the land.

Freedom – Freedom exists when Islam and its principles attain complete dominance and constitute the entirety of religious belief and political rule.

Justice – The state when Sharia law is the law of the land, and all judicial decisions are based on it and it alone. Justice exists when non-Muslims have no standing before a court, and when the testimony of two Muslim women is equal to that of one Muslim man.

Equality – Equality is achieved when Muslims are the only leaders of society, and are given their rightful place as the best of men, leading all institutions, political and religious. This does not extend to non-Muslims or apostates.

Tolerance – The state when non-Muslims are properly subdued and subservient to Muslim rule, agree to their second-class Dhimmi status, and duly pay the Jizya to their Muslim overlords.

Truth – Truth is the accepted Islamic version of events, as laid out in the Koran and the Sunna. Anything beyond that is merely hearsay, and in many cases blasphemy. (see Lies).

Democracy – The state when Islam is the absolute law and religion, and all peoples conform to Islamic law and customs. (see Freedom).

Freedom of Speech – Freedom of speech is achieved when Muslims, and only Muslims, are free to espouse their beliefs, and non-Muslims are prohibited from commenting on or criticizing anything Islamic.

Just Society - A society ruled by Muslims under Islamic law.

Koran - Allah’s final word, perfect and un-altered, superseding all others and the true and only guide for mankind in religion, law and politics.

Oppression - The rule of a state by non-Islamic law; actions of resistance to implementation of Islamic law and Muslim rule.

Racism - The state where anything Islamic or any Muslim is criticized or rejected.

Infidel – Any and all non-Muslims. Subject only to conversion, subjugation, or death under Islamic law.

Slavery – The rightful and lawful status of any infidel captured in battle against Islam.

Treaty – A non-binding and temporary agreement between Muslims and non-Muslims, valid only until such time as the Muslims have the power to achieve by force or other means what they have momentarily failed to achieve.

Lies – The act of hiding the truth, permissible by Islamic law for a Muslim when in fear for his safety or when it advances the cause of Islam.

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Monday, December 08, 2008

Ghost of Christmas Past

Nobody makes Poppyseed Rolls anymore. When I was a kid, Gramma made all kinds of cookies and pastries. Some of them were very odd, like the chocolate-chocolate chip cookies made with bacon fat, but oh-h-h-h, were they good. She was from England and that may explain it.

Grampa was from Hungary and although he came to America when he was 10 years old and promptly gave up Hungarian for English, he always liked the traditional sweets of the old world. Gramma often made a Poppyseed Roll for him and sometimes when we visited, she would have some. Always she would make a few rolls for Christmas.

Hungarian Poppyseed Roll (Makosh)

Extra-Rich Sweet Yeast Dough:
2 1/4-ounce packages (4-1/2 teaspoons) active dry yeast, or 2 .6-ounce cakes fresh yeast
1/2 cup warm water (105°F to 115°F for dry yeast; 80°F to 85°F for fresh yeast), or 1/4 cup warm water and 1/4 cup warm milk, or 1/2 cup water mixed with 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup unsalted butter or margarine, softened
4 large eggs
1-1/2 teaspoon salt
About 4-1/4 cups flour

Egg Wash:
1 large egg yolk, beaten slightly
1 teaspoon water

3 cups (about 1 pound) poppy seeds (ground)
1-1/2 cups water
1-1/2 cup sugar or honey; or 1 cup honey and 1/3 cup light corn syrup
2-1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon juice
pinch of salt

Make Yeast Dough:
Dissolve the yeast in 1/4 cup of warm water (105°F to 110°F). Stir in one teaspoon sugar and let stand until foamy, 5 to 10 minutes.

Add the remaining water, sugar, butter (or margarine), eggs, and salt. Blend in 1-1/2 cups flour. Add enough of the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to make a workable dough.

On a lightly floured surface or in a mixer with a dough hook, knead the dough, adding more flour as needed to prevent sticking, until smooth and springy, about 5 minutes. Place in an oiled bowl, turning to coat. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until nearly double in bulk, 1-1/2 to 2 hours, or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. (To test if the dough is sufficiently risen, press two fingers 1" deep into the center; if the indentation remain, the dough is ready) Also, you can refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.

Punch down the dough. Fold over and press together several times (this redistributes the yeast and its food). Let stand for 10 minutes.

Make Filling and Assembly:
Grind the poppyseeds or have them ground at the grocery store. Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens, about 12 minutes. It should be thick and may take longer. Let cool. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line several large baking sheets with parchment paper or grease them.

Divide the dough in half or thirds. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece into a very thin rectangle. (The thinner the dough, the thinner the cake layers.) Roll out each piece into a rectangle about 1/8" thick. Half will be about 15"x8" (thirds 10"x8"). Spread with the filling, leaving a 1/2" border along the edges. Starting from a long edge, roll up jelly roll style. Place on the prepared sheet. Baking without letting the cake rise produces thin alternating layers of pastry and filling. For slightly thicker cake layers, cover and let rise for about 40 minutes. Brush with egg wash.

Bake until lightly browned, about 35 minutes. Place the baking sheet on a wire rack to cool.
Warning: Do not eat any Poppyseed Roll 48 hours before a drug test. The results will show you to be a heroin addict.

Otherwise, eat as much as you want and enjoy.

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Obama Citizenship Stands, Supremes Refuse to Hear Case

The Supreme Court has decided the Dononfrio case which challenged the citizenship of Barack Obama and his eligibility to hold the office of President of the United States of America.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned down an emergency appeal from a New Jersey man who says President-elect Barack Obama is ineligible to be president because he was a British subject at birth.

The court did not comment on its order Monday rejecting the call by Leo Donofrio of East Brunswick, N.J., to intervene in the presidential election. Donofrio says that since Obama had dual nationality at birth — his mother was American and his Kenyan father at the time was a British subject — he cannot possibly be a "natural born citizen," one of the requirements the Constitution lists for eligibility to be president.

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Down in Brazil

Michael Franks

This my introduction to jazz.

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Saturday, December 06, 2008

King Herod Meets Lysistrata

Papua New Guinea women kill males babies to end tribal war
By Ilya Gridneff in Port Moresby
AAP - December 01, 2008 11:04am

WOMEN in Papua New Guinea's Highland region are killing their male babies to end a tribal war that has gone on for more than 20 years.

Two women from the Eastern Highlands spoke of the slaughter to PNG's National newspaper during a three-day peace and reconciliation course in the region's capital of Goroka.

Rona Luke and Kipiyona Belas, from two warring tribes, said male infanticide reduced the cyclical payback violence infamous in Highlands tribal fights.

If women stopped producing males, their tribe's stock would go down and this would force the men to end their fight, the women said.

"All the womenfolk agreed to have all babies born killed because they have had enough of men engaging in tribal conflicts and bringing misery to them," Ms Luke said.

The women could not give a figure on how many male babies had been killed.

Ms Belas said getting food was hard as husbands kept fighting and mothers and children were left to fend for themselves.

The Salvation Army told the Australian Associated Press that women were so fed up with the ongoing violence that they were taking drastic steps.

"This situation shows the extreme frustration the women have with the men in these areas," a spokesman said.

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