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Monday, February 28, 2005

Terrorists of a Feather
by Lee

It’s all about the oil, remember?  Because, as we know, different terrorists would never work together.

New intelligence indicates that Osama bin Laden is enlisting Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, his top operative in Iraq, to plan potential attacks on the United States, U.S. officials said Monday.

Al-Zarqawi has been involved in attacks in the Middle East but has not been known to have set his sights on U.S. soil.

The Homeland Security Department issued a classified bulletin to officials over the weekend about the intelligence, which spokesman Brian Roehrkasse described as “credible but not specific.” The intelligence was obtained over the past several weeks, officials said.

The U.S. has no immediate plans to raise its national alert level, Roehrkasse said. However, the intelligence “reiterates the desire by al-Qaeda and its associates to target the homeland,” he said.

Bin Laden was in contact with al-Zarqawi within the past two months in an effort to enlist him in attacks, a U.S. official said on the condition of anonymity. U.S. analysts believe this shows the al-Qaeda leadership needs to reach out to al-Zarqawi to get him involved in considering such activities outside Iraq, the official said.

Al-Zarqawi is blamed for scores of attacks in Iraq and pledged allegiance to bin Laden and the al-Qaeda network last year. Yet he has had differences with bin Laden and his efforts are considered somewhat distinct from central al-Qaeda operations.

But that lack of centralization is what makes these organizations so dangerous.  It’s not like Get Smart, where we can just go to KAOS headquarters and drop a bomb on them.  And do the authors of this article really expect us to believe that the differences between OBL and Zarqawi are so great that they would never work together?  Give me a break.

Posted by Lee on 02/28/05 at 07:02 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (2) TrackbacksPermalink

Taking A Leak
by Lee

Once again, science gets it wrong.

Scientists may not have to go over to the dark side to explain the fate of the universe.

The theory that the accelerated expansion of the universe is caused by mysterious “dark energy” is being challenged by New York University physicist Georgi Dvali. He thinks there’s just a gravity leak.

Scientists have known since the 1920s that the universe is expanding. In the late 1990s, they realized that it is expanding at an ever-increasing pace. At a loss to explain the stunning discovery, cosmologists blamed it on dark energy, a newly coined term to describe the mysterious antigravity force apparently pushing galaxies outward.

This repulsive, unknown force is believed to make up more than 70 percent of the mass-energy budget of the universe.

But the existence of dark energy is far from proven, and some researchers believe they and their colleagues simply don’t understand gravity at larger scales. The gravitational pull between any two objects becomes less with distance. But in Dvali’s view, it weakens more than standard theory predicts.

Dvali would modify the theory of gravity so that the universe becomes self-accelerating, eliminating the need for dark energy. He presented his work here earlier this month at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dvali borrows from string theory, which states that there are extra, hidden dimensions beyond the four we are familiar with: three directions and time. String theory suggests that gravitons—hypothetical elementary particles transmitting gravitational forces—can escape to other dimensions. Dvali says this would cause “leaks” in gravity over cosmic proportions, reducing gravitational pull at larger distances more than expected.

“The gravitons behave like sound in a metal sheet,” says Dvali. “Hitting the sheet with a hammer creates a sound wave that travels along its surface. But the sound propagation is not exactly two-dimensional as part of the energy is lost into the surrounding air. Near the hammer, the loss of energy is small, but further away, it’s more significant.”

I wish these “scientists” would just pick an answer and settle on it.  Next thing you know they’ll be coming up with another cockamamie theory about the universe.  Where does it end?

Posted by Lee on 02/28/05 at 06:56 PM in Science and Technology  • (2) TrackbacksPermalink

Sick Beauty
by Lee

Welcome to life on the Dark Continent.

There is a catwalk banquet, hordes of journalists, traditional dancing and time-consuming hair styling—but at Botswana’s beauty pageant every competitor must be HIV positive.

At a palm tree-studded resort and conference center in the capital Gaborone, 12 girls are competing this weekend for the title “Miss HIV Stigma Free.”

“We are saying here we are, we are HIV positive and it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the line,” 33 year old reigning Miss HIV Kgalalelo Ntsepe told Reuters in her cluttered one room cottage, where she displays trophies of her win in 2003.

Not to be outdone, San Francisco has announced the formation of a new pageant, Mr. Rectal Warts.

Posted by Lee on 02/28/05 at 06:45 PM in Decline of Western Civilization  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Fuck You, Assad
by Lee

The Syrian-backed Lebanese government has resigned.

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Omar Karami has announced he and his government are resigning, two weeks after the murder of former PM Rafik Hariri.

The move came as crowds protested in Beirut, calling for Syrian troops to leave the country.

The Lebanese parliament was also debating an opposition-sponsored motion of no-confidence in the government.

“I am keen the government will not be a hurdle in front of those who want the good for this country,” Mr Karami said.

“I declare the resignation of the government that I had the honour to head. May God preserve Lebanon.”

His announcement came after a break in the parliamentary debate, which was being televised live.

A cheer went up among more than 10,000 protesters who had gathered in Martyrs Square to demand the resignation of the government and the withdrawal of Syrian troops.

Of course, as any good liberal will tell you, this had nothing to do with the recent elections in Iraq, and would have happened much sooner if the eeeeeevil fascist Bush hadn’t launched his illegal war for Amerikkkan hegemony.

Posted by Lee on 02/28/05 at 02:00 PM in The Religion of Peace™  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Hotel Journalism
by Lee

There’s an absolutely brilliant op-ed in The Scotsman which you simply must read.

This longing for the failure of Bush’s Iraq policy [in the British media] is understandable but rather childish. It is also behind the times. US policy has certainly not been perfect. There are blackspots and boiling points, particularly in Baghdad. Yet somehow “on-the-spot” journalists fail to remind us that Iraq is more than Baghdad and that, in vast swathes of the country, not only is normal life resuming, but it is resuming with hope for a democratic future that was impossible under Saddam.

Read the whole thing.

Posted by Lee on 02/28/05 at 12:25 PM in The Press Machine  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Big In Japan
by Lee

Remember the big deal Michael Moore made about how American students couldn’t find Iraq on a map, thus defaming the entire population of this country throughout the world?  I’ve pointed out numerous similar studies showing just how ignorant other nations are compared to us, and here’s the latest one, this time from Japan.

North Korea has menaced Japan with missiles, kidnapped its citizens and stands between it and a place in the soccer World Cup finals, but one in four Japanese high-school students can’t place the country on a map.

Only 76 percent of high school pupils in a survey by an academic body could locate the reclusive communist state, despite a daily bombardment of news about it in the Japanese media.

As for Iraq, where Japan has some 550 soldiers in one of the country’s most controversial overseas deployments and where a Japanese was beheaded by kidnappers, over 40 percent of university students and high-school pupils couldn’t find it.

“While students are interested in the news, they don’t see it as important to know where the countries are,” said Yumiko Takizawa, a geography professor at Teikyo University who ran the survey for the Association of Japanese Geographers.

“Inter-dependence and links between countries are ever more important,” Takizawa said. “It’s clear that an education system that teaches a proper knowledge of the world is needed.”

The survey polled 3,773 students at 25 top universities and 1,027 high-school pupils at nine schools across Japan.

This, like so many other stories, won’t get a mention on Mikey’s site.  He only points out stuff like this when it makes America look bad.

Posted by Lee on 02/28/05 at 10:21 AM in Michael Mooron  • (19) TrackbacksPermalink

Triple Life
by Lee

It’s an obvious fact that people who go looking for other people online often pretend to be what they are not.  For instance, a teenage boy might pretend to be a rock guitarist in order to impress a girl.  As if that isn’t pathetic enough, this case gives us an actual rock guitarist who went online to meet teenage girls, and pretented to be someone pretending to be him.

Authorities are investigating whether a 39-year-old heavy metal guitarist accused of sexually assaulting a New Jersey teen may have targeted other underage girls online.

Tod Salvador, of Burbank, Calif., was charged Friday with aggravated sexual assault, child endangerment and kidnapping, authorities said.

Lt. Kevin Rehmann of the New Jersey State Police said investigators are looking into whether the 14-year-old Sayreville girl was the only teen Salvador met online.

“We’ve confiscated several computers to examine them to see if there are other victims,” Rehmann told the Home News Tribune of East Brunswick. “We suspect there may be in several other states.”

Salvador, who joined the band Static-X in 2001, goes by the stage name Tripp Eisen.

Authorities said he met the Sayreville girl over the Internet and told her he liked to impersonate the guitarist for the heavy-metal band they both followed, Static-X. Salvador allegedly began exchanging e-mails with the girl in October.

Salvador drove to Old Bridge in January from Pen Argyl, Pa. while he was on an extended holiday visit from the West Coast, authorities said. He is accused of sexually assaulting the teen in a truck parked in a shopping center parking lot. The girl’s mother later contacted police.

I’m going to go into a chat room and pretend to be this blogger named Lee.  That’ll impress the honeys!

Posted by Lee on 02/28/05 at 10:12 AM in Decline of Western Civilization  • (2) TrackbacksPermalink

UN-Moral
by Lee

British politician Clare Short, discussing the UN’s role in helping the Tsunami victims.

“I think this initiative from America to set up four countries claiming to coordinate sounds like yet another attempt to undermine the UN when it is the best system we have got and the one that needs building up,” she said.

“Only really the UN can do that job,” she told BBC Radio Four’s PM programme.

“It is the only body that has the moral authority. But it can only do it well if it is backed up by the authority of the great powers.”

Well, as an example of that moral authority, it turns out that UN peacekeepers are raping more children the world over than anyone previously thought.

U.N. officials fear the sex-abuse scandal among peacekeepers in Africa is far more widespread and appears to be a problem in each of the global body’s 16 missions around the world.

As the world body seeks to crack down on the abuse, it could bar countries from participating in missions if they fail to prosecute offenders, even though the U.N. is hard-pressed to find contributing nations, the officials said on Friday.

Rocked by widespread abuse of women and girls, including gang rape, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations also has found sexual exploitation cases in at least four other missions—in Burundi, Liberia, Ivory Coast—as well as more recently in Haiti, they added.

“We think this will look worse before it begins to look better,” Jane Holl Lute, assistant secretary general for peacekeeping operations, told reporters. “We expect that more information will come from every mission on allegations. We are prepared for that.”

The undersecretary-general for peacekeeping, Jean-Marie Guehenno, said that up to now the U.N. had avoided identifying countries that were slow to court-martial their troops but that he had demanded action within weeks in some cases.

“They are aware of a very direct threat which is that if they don’t get their act together, we are going to tell them to get out of their mission,” Guehenno said, referring to all of the peacekeeping missions and not just the Congo.

Good thing the UN has that moral authority, eh Clare?  I mean, we wouldn’t want a fascist military force like the US delivering food and refraining from the child rape, would we?

Posted by Lee on 02/28/05 at 10:00 AM in Left Wing Idiocy  • (1) TrackbacksPermalink

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Oscar
by Lee

Liveblog ‘em here.

Posted by Lee on 02/27/05 at 08:45 PM in Celebrity Idiots  • (1) TrackbacksPermalink

Selling Out
by Lee

How do you know when your career is over?  The black guy from Hootie and the Blowfish is dressed up like a singing cowboy in a commercial for Burger King.  I guess the royalties from an album that came out ten years ago aren’t making the payments on the Mercedes.

Posted by Lee on 02/27/05 at 06:03 PM in Celebrity Idiots  • (11) TrackbacksPermalink

Meet the Minutemen, Part 26
by Lee

Once again, I introduce you to Michael Moore’s much beloved Minutemen and Revolutionaries™.

The body of an anchorwoman for a U.S.-funded state television station - a mother of four who had been kidnapped last week - was found Saturday dumped on a street in the northern city of Mosul.

The body of Raiedah Mohammed Wageh Wazan, the 35-year-old news presenter for the U.S.-funded Nineveh TV, was found six days after she was kidnapped by masked gunmen, according to her husband, who said she had been shot four times in the head.

“This is a criminal act. She was an innocent woman who did not hurt anybody in all her life. I asked her several times to quit for the sake of her safety, but she refused,” said Salim Saad-Allah, the husband.

The mother of three boys and a girl had been threatened with death several times by insurgents who demanded that she quit her job, Saad-Allah said.

The U.S. military confirmed that insurgents had threatened station employees.

You know that there won’t be a peep about this incident on Mikey’s website.  After all, anything that makes America’s enemies look like the fascist vermin they are has to be swept under the rug.

Posted by Lee on 02/27/05 at 03:26 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (1) TrackbacksPermalink

Losers Die First
by Lee

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, science will eventually find the answer to everything.  Like this for example.  If you’ve ever wondered how a fat fuck like Michael Moore is still walking the Earth, when by all rights he should have had a massive heart attack or stroke, you can blame Oscar.

A Canadian professor of medicine argues that actors who win Academy Awards on Sunday night won’t only boost their chances of other box-office hits, but will likely live longer than their fellow nominees.

Dr. Donald Redelmeier, a professor at the University of Toronto, says his research shows that Oscar winners live nearly four years longer than other actors.

And multiple winners, he says, live an average of six years longer. Want proof? Katharine Hepburn, who won a record four acting prizes, lived to the ripe old age of 96.

Redelmeier says the study proves that Oscar success has a powerful influence on a person’s health and longevity.

“Once you’ve got that statuette on your mantelplace, it’s an uncontested sign of peer approval that nobody can take away from you, so that any subsequent harsh reviews, it leaves you more resilient,” Redelmeier said. “It doesn’t quite get under your skin. The normal stresses and strains of everyday life do not drag you down.”

Great.  This also means that we’re got extra years of Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, and Sean Penn.  Oh, and one more interesting tidbit:

The study, funded by the Canadian Institute of Health and Ontario Ministry of Health, included all 762 actors and actresses ever nominated for an Academy Award in a leading or supporting role. For each nominee, researchers also identified an actor of the same gender and roughly the same age who appeared in the same film as the nominee.

Yes, my friends, you read that correctly.  This ridiculous study was financed by Canadian taxpayers.  The obvious conclusion, of course, is that the Canadian government can significantly cut down its health care costs by making sure that every Canadian resident wins an Academy Award.

Posted by Lee on 02/27/05 at 03:47 AM in Celebrity Idiots  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

To Spite His Face
by Lee

"Oh yeah?  I’ll show her!”

In a shocking incident, a 22-year-old youth of Ahmedabad district castrated himself earlier this week to do away with the root cause of his sexual frustration! Bachu Mafabhai, a resident of Sadatpura in Detroj town, chopped off his penis with a sharp blade on Tuesday morning, which according to his own confession, was to get rid himself of the root cause of his unfulfilled sexual desires that were making life miserable for him.

“I could not sleep for nights on end, I would just keep tossing and turning in bed,” Bachu, who had a broken wedding engagement four years ago, told TNN.

To escape the daily misery unleashed by his unfulfilled desires, Bachu chopped off his sexual organ and buried it near his home.

“Luckily,my wife saw him burying something and saw a stream of blood flowing from his clothes. On knowing what had happened, we immediately recovered his organ and shifted him to a hospital,” Naran, who is Bachu’s elder brother, told TNN.

Naran said that Bachu had been showing a deviant behaviour after his marriage engagement was called off because of his drinking problem. “It is difficult to get girls for marriage in our region, as brides come for a price. There are many boys like Bachu who want to get married but are not able to find girls. It is a big problem.”

After cutting off his penis, Bachu immediately applied for French citizenship.

Posted by Lee on 02/27/05 at 03:29 AM in Etcetera  • (2) TrackbacksPermalink

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Was, ich Arbeit? Nie!
by Lee

What do you get when you multiply nanny-state socialism with 11% unemployment?  This.

Are comatose people fit to work? German towns grappling with welfare cuts and labor reforms thought so when they registered them with job centers. But the federal government, facing spiraling costs, is not amused.

German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s controversial “Hartz IV” reforms, which triggered angry protests across the country last year, is once again at the center of a row after a relatively calm couple of months.

The reforms, named after Peter Hartz, personnel director at Germany’s biggest carmaker Volkswagen, replaces the previous two-tier system of unemployment benefits and welfare support for the long-term unemployed with a single flat-rate payout.

That means that starting this year people formerly on the dole that are fit to work, are now given handouts by the government in Berlin. However, if they aren’t capable of working for whatever reason, then it’s the local authorities in towns and cities who have to shoulder the financial responsibility and pay them welfare benefits.

Rather than back off on their state-controlled socialist economy, which would create more jobs, the German federal government is paying those who can work but don’t, and passing off the social responsibility of taking care of those who actually canot work.

Ah, the joys of socialism.  From each according to his abilities to each according to his needs, unless the able happen to be lazy, in which case the Nanny State will provide for them, while people in comas fend for themselves.

Posted by Lee on 02/26/05 at 09:49 PM in Europe and the UK  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink

Moo’s Yo’ Daddy?
by Lee

Having their candidate lose the election has been rough on a lot of Democrats.

A 63-year-old man is charged with sexual gratification with an animal for allegedly having sex with calves.

Harold G. Hart, of Neillsville, allegedly told police that he routinely stopped at a Greenwood farm, usually after bar closing or on trips to strip clubs near Marshfield or Neillsville.

A criminal complaint filed in Clark County Circuit Court said the farm’s owners installed a motion detector on Jan. 22 after regularly seeing footprints and vehicle tracks on their land. Around 4 a.m. the next morning, a sensor sounded and Hart was caught leaving the barn, but Hart allegedly said he just used a bathroom in the barn and had never been there before.

Hart told police he had sex with heifers before he went into the service in 1963 and resumed about a year ago at the farm. He admitted to using a rope to tie calves around the neck and estimated he had been to the farm “at least 50 times,” according to the complaint.

Upon hearing the news, both Sweden and The Netherlands offered Hart status as an oppressed political refugee.  I wonder, were the calves female or male?  Because if he did it with a male calf, then he’d be gay.

Posted by Lee on 02/26/05 at 08:01 PM in Decline of Western Civilization  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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