Friday, August 30, 2002
There are routinely candle light vigils by activists in front of American prisons before we execute vicious monsters by lethal injection. There aren't any in front of the Nigerian embassy before women there are stoned to death because they got pregnant without being married.Interesting reading.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon-proposed plan to restrict foreign-owned commercial and cargo aircraft from flying into and from New York and Washington and over Somerset County, Pa., was dropped Thursday following protests from the carriers and after an assessment by U.S. officials that such a ban probably would be illegal, an official said.I can't wait until September 14 when there will no longer be a threat of terror from the skies. Terrorists must be under some sort of contractual obligation to not attack after midnight, Sept. 13. (sigh)
(Channel 4000) Baseball negotiators talked into Friday morning, inching toward a possible labor deal as the nation awaited word on whether players would strike later in the day.The nation waits?! Please. What if the nation's grocers went on strike? Maybe then the nation would watch negotiations closely. How many folks are actually hoping the rich players strike against the even richer owners? The lowest paid players would each lose two paychecks, totaling $30,000 dollars. Where can I donate to a fund for unemployed players?
I'd find a strike amusing. And I still find something else to do with my free time.
Thursday, August 29, 2002
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Wednesday, August 28, 2002
(AP/Pioneer Planet) Target Stores of Minneapolis issued a call Tuesday to all 1,100 stores nationwide to stop selling the clothing printed with "eight eight" and "88," which stands for "Heil Hitler" because H is the eighth letter of the alphabet.Good catch, guys. Now somebody had better let Bubba Franks and Marcus Robinson know about this.
Tuesday, August 27, 2002
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Sunday, August 25, 2002
And ultimately that's what all the third world customers of Soviet tanks and other sophisticated military equipment have discovered: they're great as long as you don't try to actually use them. If you actually expected to fight, you were a hell of a lot better off with American or European equipment, even though it was a lot more expensive.The Soviet stuff looked nasty but in actualy operation, wasn't. There are a number of posts before this one; they're very interesting.
Saturday, August 24, 2002
Friday, August 23, 2002
I believe Western culture -- rule of law, universal suffrage, etc. -- is preferable to Arab culture: that's why there are millions of Muslims in Scandinavia, and four Scandinavians in Syria. Follow the traffic. I support immigration, but with assimilation.
8/23/2002 07:24:00 AM
Wednesday, August 21, 2002
A group of Saudis plans to sue the U.S. government and media organizations for the alleged psychological and financial damage they suffered in the aftermath of September 11, their lawyer said on Wednesday.Nope. It's from Reuters.
(Star Tribune) The trains on the Hiawatha Avenue light-rail line are already running behind schedule: Transit officials plan to push back the start of service on the new line from fall 2003 to April 2004 to save money.Just think how much money they would have saved on the twelve-mile, $675 million line by pushing back the start date fifty or sixty years. Or would it?
A six-month delay will defer $2 million in hiring and training start-up costs for the line and help the Metropolitan Council comply with the Department of Finance order to all state agencies to reduce their budgets by 10 percent starting July 2003, according to Met Council Chairman Ted Mondale.They're really not "saving" any money, just paying it out later. Moving money around makes a corporation evil and corrupt but it's okay here because this is for public transportation. Trust us, we know what's good for you.
Monday, August 19, 2002
911 memorialRemember 3,000 people by putting a million out of work for a day? How about letting the free people have the freedom to remember 9/11 the way they want to, not by preventing them from traveling or working.
Asked why the C.I.A. failed to obtain the archive before CNN, Bill Harlow, the agency's spokesman, replied, "There are more of them in Afghanistan than there are of us, and they are paid better."Closed and oppressive societies will just never get this.
The NYT piece mentioned that tests were conducted on dogs.
CNN began broadcasting portions of tapes it obtained, one of which shows what appears to be the agonizing death of three dogs exposed to a chemical agent, apparently before Sept. 11.The PETA web site doesn't have any comment.
Saturday, August 17, 2002
YOU KNOW, ONCE YOU sue for a hundred trillion dollars, you might as well sue for a gazillion dollars and get it over with. Journalists are always impressed by the sums of damages demanded, but don't realize that in federal cases where punitive damages are sought, there is no requirement that the complaint's demand for damages have any bearing on reality.I like that: gazillion. Is earth and all it holds worth one-hundred trillion dollars? Well, the lawsuit has since been "corrected" and the amount is now just "more than $1 trillion."
This is an additional thought on why that carry-conceal writer was a moron. Martha Donald was already violating the law. She was, against the current law, carrying a concealed weapon. Whether the new law passed and she could legally carry it doesn't change anything. The relevant inquiry is not how many current criminals would carry conceal legally and kill someone, but how many non-criminals who currently don't carry a weapon because it's against the law would suddenly arm themselves and kill people. The writer might've had a point it Martha wasn't carrying a gun, the law passed, she got one and then killed the cop. How is it that carry conceal has anything to do with this shooting? Whether or not carry conceal is the law you still can't shoot a cop.
8/17/2002 12:11:00 PM
Lord, we all know that police officers should never get killed and we hate to see it happen. But it does. Thousands have died in the service of their communities, and they have been remembered and honored. But the mourning for Office Schmidt, with its willingness to dismiss the woman who shot her as less than human, smacks of a strange combination of gender and racial bias. Would Officer Schmidt really want to be singled out and elevated to icon status, above the thousands of other officers who have died in the line of duty? On what basis? Would people have reacted differently if Martha Donald had been somebody's 60-year-old Swedish grandmother suffering from a bipolar disorder? You betcha they would have, Lord.If Star Tribune writers and a Minneapolis City Council member had referred to the Swedish grandmother as a "victim" just as they did for Martha Donald, then, no, we would not have reacted differently. Is a cop killer subhuman? I won't argue against it. Swedish grandmother or black resident of a public housing complex -- it makes no difference. But, to Jones, it's always about race.
See, you have to understand what kind of city we live in here, Lord. [...] We've got a white City Council member [Joe Biernat] who's admitted to the FBI that he's a crook, but do you think the City Council has said word one about that? Nope. Meanwhile, when black City Council Member Brian Herron sold out his constituents a couple of years ago, people were stampeding to the microphone in council chambers so they could condemn him.Readers should note that Herron plead guilty and resigned from the City Council in quick order. Biernat has not yet been charged with a crime.
Maybe if you sent us something with Martin Luther's name written on it, something that looked official, they'd think that you worked for him and maybe then they'd listen. Just don't send any more Bibles, Lord. They have no idea what to do with them.Maybe Minneapolis needs to re-name a street after King, just as the other Twin City of St. Paul recently did.
A big thank-you to Charlie Weaver and Robert Ulrich for their Aug. 7 Commentary article. Even though the intent of their article seemed to be to impress upon citizens how difficult it is for authorities to track what we now call "terrorists," they have given Minnesota lawmakers the best reason why they should not pass the concealed-carry gun law that narrowly missed passage for two years.With a concealed carry law and accompanying criminal checks, Martha Donald may or may not have had the opportunity to legally carry a gun. We'll never know. Not that it mattered anyway to Donald. She still had her gun. But the writer doesn't want anyone else to have one.
The price we'll pay, if this law is passed, will be more citizens and more law enforcement officers losing their lives. The ones doing the killing will be the new criminals the law will create.Huh?
I've never been a big advocate of concealed carry laws but moronic commentaries like this don't sway me at all.
Friday, August 16, 2002
Thursday, August 15, 2002
8/15/2002 01:33:00 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 600 family members of Sept. 11 victims filed a 15-count federal lawsuit Thursday against Saudi officials and institutions, charging they financed Osama bin Laden ( news - web sites)'s terrorist network.Maybe the charaties that will receive the winnings will be named later. Because, you know, it's not about the money.
Wednesday, August 14, 2002
The United States, with a larger military budget than that of the rest of the entire world, is complaining like a spoiled brat that Iraq is a threat to world peace, such a big threat that we have to attack that country to prevent the awful things that Saddam Hussein may be planning. Give me a break.War is bad. Always bad. Iraq can't hurt us, right? Right. Just like nineteen highjackers could never hurt 3,000 Americans. Saddam wouldn't use weapons of mass destruction. No, Saddam wouldn't do that. The U.S. is the only bully in this world.
Give us all a break.
8/14/2002 12:21:00 PM
Monday, August 12, 2002
Friday, August 09, 2002
8/09/2002 03:57:00 PM
"It's OK when you do it in a close game. But to do it when you're seven runs up is kind of stupid."--Minnesota Twins first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz on the celebratory antics of "demonstrative Baltimore reliever Willis Roberts," quoted in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Aug. 9
WASHINGTON (AP) - More than 2,000 computers and 72 weapons have been lost or stolen from the U.S. Customs Service over the last three years, Sen. Chuck Grassley said Thursday as he prodded the agency to fix the problem quickly.Focus on stopping terrorists? Losing weapons and badges can't possibly be helping. How about focus on cleannig up your act.
With 19,000 Customs employees, 2,000 missing computers is one missing for each ten employees.
And shouldn't an audit do more than "raise questions?"
Thursday, August 08, 2002
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Wednesday, August 07, 2002
WABC -- In the latest in a series of airport security nightmares, a woman flying from New York to Florida was forced to drink three bottles of her own breast milk before being allowed to board a flight at JFK International Airport - in an incident that has one prominent New York civil rights attorney ready to sue.
Excerpts from a Strib story today:
About 20 feet away, posters signed by members of the neighborhood honoring both Schmidt and the other victim, Martha Donald, were taped to a garage door. (Bold lettering mine)Note how the paper describes the shooting:
But less than a week after a resident and a Minneapolis police officer fell victim to gunfire in one of the apartment buildings, community members turned the annual celebration into a memorial for them.That's right - "fell victim to gunfire." As if both shootings are morally equivalent. The newspaper is morally bankrupt.
(AP) Saudi Arabia has made clear to Washington — publicly and privately — that the U.S. military will not be allowed to use the kingdom's soil in any way for an attack on Iraq, Foreign Minister Prince Saud said Wednesday.
Tuesday, August 06, 2002
(AP) HIROSHIMA, Japan -- The mayor of Hiroshima, Japan, criticized the United States as his city marked the 57th anniversary Tuesday of the world's first atomic bomb attack.Apparently Hizzoner didn't share his feelings about the Bataan Death March, Pearl Harbor, the Rape of Nanking or Unit 731. Or this little revelation.
8/06/2002 09:16:00 PM
Monday, August 05, 2002
8/05/2002 09:48:00 AM
Washintgon Post -- PITTSBURGH –– A 17-year-old Canadian passenger on a US Airways flight from Toronto was arrested for using a lighter on his shoe, authorities said.Silly Canadians.
Friday, August 02, 2002
8/02/2002 06:13:00 PM
The children of a woman shot to death along with a Minneapolis police officer says the shootings don't make sense, and describe their mother as a church-going, loving, non-violent person.And this:
Relatives concede that she did carry a gun for protection after being attacked years ago when she was living in ChicagoAdditionally, KSTP had these quotes from Donald's family:
"She wasn't violent, she wasn't a violent person. I don't understand what happened to my mom." -- daughter Michelle DonaldIt appears that if you asked the Donald family to define "victim" the answer might not be what most people would say.
8/02/2002 11:13:00 AM
(Minneapolis Star Tribune) -- The arrival of federal security screeners at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will be later than expected -- perhaps not until late August or September.If you have unqualified people doing the hiring, is there any chance the they'll hire qualified people?
This is amusing:
A spokesman for the screening firm said that the hiring process has taken longer than expected because in some cities applicants hadn't shown up for scheduled appointments and then had to be tracked down.Track them down?! If they don't bother to show up for an interview why would you want to hire them?
"The fact that the Pittsburgh plane was filled with normal Americans, businessmen with wives and kids – let’s face it: yuppies – and not with the political science department of a typically left-wing university is the difference between a White House that’s still standing and a smoldering ruin on Pennsylvania Avenue." (Rob Long)
We have no problem living side by side with them, but to Islamic extremists we are a stark danger – and we would remain a stark danger even if we militarily disengaged from the world, stopped supporting Israel, and made all the other concessions that some suggest we should. Because it isn't the Third Armored division which they fear; it's television and radio and fashion and the Internet. It's bikinis and Saturday night dates; it's rock-and-roll. It's comfortable clothing. It's Saturday in the park, and hanging out at the mall after school. And it's our women, our damnably independent women, who not only demand equality with men but have proved that they deserve it by performing just as well as men. They fear our women, because they fear their own women.
Thursday, August 01, 2002
WASHINGTON (AP) - FBI agents wearing protective gloves searched trash bins Thursday at the apartment complex of a former Army researcher considered a "person of interest" in the anthrax investigation.
The Republican lives in a mansion with a charming Democrat, Maria Shriver. The liberal lives in a row house on Nick at Nite with a cranky wingnut, Archie Bunker.One's real life is compared to the other's screen life. Huh? Don't feel left out Arnold, she also had a good quote about your screen life:
Mark Barabak of the Los Angeles Times wrote that promoting an education initiative might help improve Schwarzenegger's stilted small talk and "soften the image of an actor responsible, by one count, for more than 275 on-screen murders."Could Dowd, mixing reality and acting, think Schwarzenegger is a real murderer? Maybe it's just a fantasy.
(Minneapolis Star Tribune) -- Pentel said his proposed one-quarter increase in transportation spending would go to new technology, village planning, bicycle freeways and other alternative travel modes. "The car culture is just an economic sinkhole right now," he said.Bicycle freeways? In Minnesota? Perhaps commuters will use cross-country skis when snow covers the ground and the temperature is closer to zero than Worldcom stock. That part about "alternative travel modes" worries me. I might be allergic to horses and ever since I saw "The Fly" I'm not too keen on the whole idea of teleportation.
EVERYONE KILLED in the University bomb attack was a non-Israeli, but thousands of Palestinians still celebrated. This combination of bloodthirstiness and ineptitude is characteristic.Instapundit has an update to the earlier post:
I WAS WRONG (well, the early reports I relied on were wrong) when I posted last night that all of those killed in the Hebrew University bombing were non-Israelis. It turns out two were Israeli citizens. The other five were Americans. I was still right about the Palestinians dancing in the streets, though.