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When Sarah Palin booked a flight to Europe, the French immediately surrendered.

calendar   Sunday - July 13, 2008

Another winner from IowaHawk

For anyone who has lived through those awful “business initiatives”, those awful Monday morning “Status Meetings”, sat through those never ending pre-pre-meeting meetings where “quality leaders” “drill down” to a “fine granularity” to uncover “core issues” and find “a fresh perspective” by being “Change Champions” working on “developing a dynamic paradigm” in order to “reach milestones” and “attain customer confidence”, Iowahawk has obtained and printed a secret Al Qaeda internal memo showing the “rollout” of their new in-house quality initiative communications dashboard. It’s a wonder it took AQ this long to adapt the western business model; surely enhanced perceptions and fresh management perspectives with quickly follow and quality metrics will leap all the hurdles to exceed the goals outlined by this broadened vision statement.


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The “Q” is for “Quality”

A Message from the Director

Ayman al Zawahiri
Director of Change Management
Al Qaeda Industries Worldwide, Inc.

Hello, valued Al Qaeda associate! Welcome to the inaugural issue of Vistas, the new electronic newsletter designed to keep you informed on all the fast-paced comings and goings within our Total Quality Jihad family.

In a dynamic marketplace characterized by rapid change and unexpected missiles, even the most disciplined adaptive organizations can find it challenging to keep the lines of communication open. Without understanding the strategic “big picture,” associates will sometimes be confused by misleading rumors they read on unreliable infidel blogs and websites like “F*cked Insurgency” and “Jihad Deadpool.” With Vistas, you will learn the real story—of how we are attacking the competitive casualty gap with a paradigm-changing tactical adaptive strategy focused on paradise value optimization. Yes, there will be some changes, but our core leadership mission remains the same one established by Chairman Emeritus Osama Bin Laden when he founded Al Qaeda in his family goat shed nearly 15 years ago: to create a robust, cave-centric, best-of-breed strategic organization for global caliphate management solution services. If we all pull together as accountable subteams, we are on-track to rebuild momentum after the Q4 Infidel elections!

INTRODUCING QAEDANT

As a commitment to our spirit of goal-oriented adaptive martyrdom innovation, I am proud to announce the launch of Qaedant, our new corporate branding identity.

Developed in conjunction with our strategic branding agency FDB&D-Medina, this handsome new organizational logo will help us maintain consumer mindshare and let the world know that we continue on the cutting edge of advanced Jihad technology. Show your team pride by buying official Qaedant logo merchandise from the attached electronic catalog—including mugs, keffiyas and semtex belts!

Go read the rest. It’s teh funni!



Side Note: All AQ associates who feel the need to play the infidel Buzzword Bingo game at our Change For Quality meetings will achieve martyrdom far ahead of schedule!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/13/2008 at 12:18 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - July 12, 2008

weekend graphics by Rancino

just for fun ...

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Oooh, oooh! I need to be of marrying #620! Oh yes, she is the one!!


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sting ray migration off of Key West Florida. Um, no thanks, I’ll go swimming later, ok?



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/12/2008 at 11:19 PM   
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France Finds Obama’s missing nuts, gives them a try

France rejects veiled Muslim wife




A French court has denied citizenship to a Muslim woman from Morocco, ruling that her practice of “radical” Islam is not compatible with French values.

The 32-year-old woman, known as Faiza M, has lived in France since 2000 with her husband - a French national - and their three French-born children.

Social services reports said the burqa-wearing Faiza M lived in “total submission to her male relatives”.

Faiza M said she has never challenged the fundamental values of France.

Her initial application for French citizenship was rejected in 2005 on the grounds of “insufficient assimilation” into France.

She appealed, and late last month the Conseil d’Etat, France’s highest administrative body which also acts as a high court, upheld the decision to deny her citizenship.

Wow. Go figure. Sorry lady, you ain’t french enough. Maybe if she admitted to having several affairs, or to at least not being a virgin before marriage like in that other case ...

The big questions are 1) will they now tell her to leave the country?, 2) will her husband kill her over this insult to his honor?, and 3) will Obama ever notice they’re missing?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/12/2008 at 06:01 PM   
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The Sea Ice Seems Just Fine, Thanks For Asking

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You can compare the Arctic ice levels for any two days from 1979 to today at The Crysosphere Today. They love to blow the alarmist horn of Global Warming Climate Change, but the first picture I’ve posted here is pretty typical. Yes, there is a bit of melting going on up there at the North Pole. But it’s the middle of summer, duh, and what you see here is pretty typical. The thinner red areas are in different areas each year, but the size of them this season seems quite typical.

It does not look to me that the fabled Northwest Passage will open up at all this year, as it did for a few weeks last year. And down at the South Pole it’s the dead of winter, and the ice pack is solid. If you run the 30 day animation you can see that the Antarctic ice is actually growing a bit, towards Argentina.

All in all it looks pretty normal for me, north and south. Not a drowning polar bear or starving penguin in sight. Give Al Gore a bitch slap if you see him, m’kay?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/12/2008 at 05:21 PM   
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Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less - sorry, not allowed

Clinton appointed judge blocks oil/gas drilling in Michigan




On Thursday, U.S. District Judge David Lawson overturned a decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service to give Savoy Energy of Traverse City a permit to drill an exploratory well near the AuSable River’s south branch.

Rep. Matthew Gillard, D-Alpena, said Friday he was ecstatic regarding the judge’s ruling to overturn a 2005 decision that allowed oil and gas drilling near the Mason Tract.

“I hope this will be the final word,” Gillard said. “On behalf of my constituents and residents throughout Michigan who care about protecting our most precious natural assets, I have long been concerned about this drilling plan.”

According to the Associated Press, Lawson ruled the agency had acted “arbitrarily and capriciously” by giving Savoy the permit in 2005.

The proposed wellhead would be located in the Huron-Manistee National Forest about three-tenths of a mile from the Mason Tract. Federal assessments had found the drilling would have no significant environmental impact. The Sierra Club and Anglers of the AuSable sued the government to halt the drilling.

In 2005 Savoy had plans to build at least three wells in the Mason Tract if results from exploratory tests turned out to be positive. The lifespan of the wells was estimated to be from 20-25 years.

Savoy Energy obtained a permit from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in 2003 to construct an 11,000-feet exploratory well in the Huron-Manistee National Forest and then “slant” drill to search for gas deposits under the Mason Tract.

Gillard said it’s irresponsible for people to be drilling in roadless and natural wild lands.

“As a state lawmaker, I believe one of my primary responsibilities is to preserve Michigan’s outdoor gifts - its lakes, forests, rivers and streams - for the pleasure of future generations,” he said.

This drilling would have been a little bit outside the famous Mason Tract area ( please read this short paper to understand what was planned to be built! ) by the Huron National Forest. The Mason Tract surrounds part of the south branch of the Au Sable river, world famous for being one of those fly fishing trout meccas. Although the area is open to fishermen, hunters, hikers, and perhaps off road vehicles, it is a relatively pristine wilderness.

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I have no idea if oil or gas has been found in the nearby area, but the well under discussion here would have taken less than 4 acres of land, which is not very much at all. If gas was found, the wellhead would be more than 2 miles away from the river itself.

Leaders of the environmental groups urged the company and the government to look for other places to explore for oil and gas.

“We’ve said from the beginning we didn’t want to stop them from drilling,” said Marvin Roberson, a forest policy specialist with the Sierra Club. “We want them to drill from a place that won’t be harmful to the old-growth forest or the recreational experience.”

Although the Mason Tract is state property, the federal government owns rights to minerals beneath it and leased production rights to Savoy. In 2003, the company filed for a permit to drill into one of its lease holdings.

The plan was to clear about 3.5 acres of forest for a well site on federal land, then drill beneath the Mason Tract at an angle. If enough gas or oil was found, the company intended to install a pipeline and build a production facility about a mile east of the well.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management approved the project shortly after the Forest Service granted the permit. But it has been on hold since Lawson issued an order in December 2005 blocking the company from clearing land to get started.

So this looks to me like a case of NIMBY on the one part, and a case of judicial activism on the other. The state owns the land, but the fed owns the mineral rights underneath. Huh? Odd, but I can accept that part. Fine. So the Savoy company leased the rights from the fed, and the state issued them a permit 5 years ago to drill. Then when the Forest Department gave them the go-ahead to actually clear a bit of land and get to work, this judge steps in and stops them. Because, don’t you just effing know it, there’s this little birdie who might be upset by the noise, and Savoy didn’t spend enough time trying to understand the birdy’s feeeelings.

But the judge ruled the Forest Service didn’t consider how degrading the area could harm tourism, and said the agency did a “woefully inadequate” job of evaluating how the drilling might affect the Kirtland’s warbler, an endangered songbird that nests in the area.



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This bird is more important than you are

Kirtland’s Warbler has evolved itself into a corner, so to speak. It winters solely in the Bahamas, and nests only in a few counties in central Michigan in habitat that must contain jack pine not less than 10 feet tall or greater than 20 feet tall.  I wonder what the taxpayers would say if they knew how many millions of their dollars have been spent over the years to maintain the proper habitat for this finicky little bird?





It is beyond past time that we move past this nonsense. This Not In My Backyard attitude has to go. Oil and gas exploration companies need to show that they can explore and drill wells without destroying the environment, but the tree huggers are just going to have to be a bit flexible: you can not build these things without cutting down a few tress and digging some holes. Let’s find a sensible middle ground, and let’s find it right the hell now.

learn more about Kirtland’s Warbler after the jump. And about the millions of tax dollars that have been spent to save this fussy species.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/12/2008 at 01:16 PM   
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sadness

Oh poo. This sucks. Of all the “journalists” and MSM talking heads, Tony was one of the very very few that I had any respect or admiration for.





FoxNews broadcaster and former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow has died. He was 53.

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Tony Snow, the former White House press secretary and conservative pundit who bedeviled the press corps and charmed millions as a FOX News television and radio host, died Saturday after a long bout with cancer. He was 53.

A syndicated columnist, editor, TV anchor, radio show host and musician, Snow worked in nearly every medium in a career that spanned more than 30 years.

“Laura and I are deeply saddened by the death of our dear friend Tony Snow,” President Bush said in a written statement. “The Snow family has lost a beloved husband and father. And America has lost a devoted public servant and a man of character.”

Snow died at 2 a.m. Saturday at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Tony had been battling colon cancer for several years. Things looked good for a while, but in the end the cancer won. Although his stated reason for leaving the White House was “to earn some more money” it was pretty obvious the end was near. The surgeries and chemotherapy had aged him, visually at least, a good 25 years.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/12/2008 at 11:31 AM   
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calendar   Friday - July 11, 2008

This has to be a joke

Obama To Sponsor NASCAR Race Car




Are you freakin kidding me? What’s he gonna do, show up and pass out arugula crepes and small crystal glasses of a fine vintage Montrachet? Oh wait, he isn’t actually going to be there, just put his stickers all over one of the cars. What some folks won’t do to get a sponsor, hey?

Sports Illustrated has learned that for the first time in history, a major presidential candidate may sponsor a race car in NASCAR’s premier series. According to sources, Barack Obama’s campaign is in talks to become the primary sponsor of BAM Racing’s No. 49 Sprint Cup car for the Pocono race on August 3. Details of the agreement are expected to be worked out over the coming days.

A BAM spokesperson has revealed the team will hold a press conference July 23 in Miami to reveal the partnership, currently a proposed one-race deal with an option to continue. Obama will be at the briefing, which will be tied to the “Get Out The Vote” campaign message he spread throughout the 2008 primary season.

And it gets even better ...

Ken Schrader will drive the entry, a Toyota, at Pocono for BAM, which is outside the top 35 in owner points and must qualify for the race on speed.

A Toyota. At NASCAR. Sponsored by Obama. The ultra-leftist. Ho. Lee. Shit. Ken’s gonna crash so fast. 10 laps, tops. Purely by accident.

Hang on a sec. Isn’t this the same guy who had the Carrot Top car? Oh hell, he’ll do anything to get a sponsor ...

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/11/2008 at 12:00 PM   
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Another Obamafuscation

Sayeth the Obamessiah yesterday:

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set.” “We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.”




Barreeeeey, joo hasss som ‘splainin to do!


What one earth does this statement mean? Is he calling for a national citizen’s militia? Is he trying to organize a cadre of “analog brownshirts”? A civilian security force just as powerful as the military? Isn’t this the guy who was against Heller before he was for it? The same guy who wants to disarm Americans in every way possible? And now he wants funding for several million pairs of jackboots? What. The. Fuck.?

Ok, let’s try to figure out what this dimwit is talking about by examining the context. Maybe there’s some nuance there I missed.

“It also depends on the teacher in East L.A., or the nurse in Appalachia, the after-school worker in New Orleans, the Peace Corps volunteer in Africa, the Foreign Service officer in Indonesia,” he said.

Obama had first outlined many of the proposals he talked about Wednesday during appearances in Iowa last December.

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set,” he said Wednesday. “We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.”

He said he would make federal assistance conditional on school districts establishing service programs and set the goal of 50 hours of service a year for middle and high school students.

For college students, Obama would set the goal at 100 hours of service a year and create a $4,000 annual tax credit for college students that would be tied to that level of service.

Ah so desu ka! Obie is talking about a forced volunteer labor force. WHAT??? Cuz you know, “arbeicht mach frei”. Hey , it says so right over the gate up there next to the guard tower. Look! Ok, and if the schools don’t bend the child labor laws to make their students pick up litter and change the Depends at the old folk’s homes, then the school won’t get any tax dollars. That is exactly what he is saying, isn’t it?

I was talking with my mother last week about the Big BO. She doesn’t really get involved in politics, but she brought up this very issue. It turns out that all the local school kids - and those in many many other parts of the country ( I have no kids so I had no idea ) - are already forced to do many hours of volunteer work. Required. Mandatory. And not as some kind of punishment either. She had seen or read some news item where quite a number of young folks had responded to this idea of Barry’s with a “Hey man, I’ve done my time. Get somebody else.”

Now I’m even more confused. Obama wants to set up a huge and insanely expensive federal program to pay schools to force your children to secure the nation? So we’re going to have 4th graders manning the border checkpoints? 8th graders guarding nuclear reactors? High school freshmen fighting crime and stopping the drug gangs? As volunteers?

That can’t be it. He has to be talking about something else. He can’t mean real national security objectives. Things like winning wars, securing the borders, etc. Even though those were his EXACT words. He’s got to be talking about the OTHER kind of national security objectives. Like planting flowers in the parks. And feeding the hungry. And bathing the hippies. And ensuring absolute political correctness. And making sure nobody has any opinion different from his. And ... um, wait, I’m back to describing the Brown Shirts again, ain’t I? Oops.

I’m just spinning around in circles here. Does anyone actually listen to what this buffoon says? He wants to conscript your children! Young Pioneers? Hitler Youth? What the fuck is going on in this guy’s head? And remember, these are words from a carefully prepared speech he gave. A speech where someone else artfully made coherent and concise the blurred visions and sound bites that rattle around inside his mind.

And the keynote of his speech? “Our destiny as Americans is tied up with one another,” he said. “If we are less respected in the world, then you will be less safe.” Does anybody have a spare Babelfish in my size that can handle DoubleSpeak? TripleSpeak? What does this mean? We all have to work together to make things better in America (nothing specific, just draft the youth to do volunteer work) because if the rest of the world respects us for planting flowers and feeding the hungry (you know, those poor Americans who are already obese), then they will attack us less often. Is that it? Because, and correct me if I’ve missed something, “we” here in America have been attacked exactly twice since the end of WWII (and the only attacks then were the 6 or 7 shells a jap submarine lobbed at the west coast): the 1st World Trade Center bombing in 1993, and the 2nd WTC attack on 9/11. That’s it. Total. Since the end of the War of 1812. And not a single attack since then, even though Chimpy McHitlerburton, the moronic evil mastermind and all his failed policies, has been in charge doing his utmost to make the rest of the world lose respect for us, which has made us so less safe that we’ve been attacked ... not at all. And I’m pretty sure not one of our Navy’s ships has been bombed, nor have any of our embassies been overrun. We haven’t even had an airliner hijacked. Um, maybe you can send me the latest updated Babelfish that can handle QuadraSpeak. With the giant bullshit filter please. I think I need it to figure this Obama guy out. WTF.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/11/2008 at 10:57 AM   
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Music for the mesmerized masses

CNN just slightly behind the times

but still on track with the approved agenda

imageI caught a bit of whatever CNN calls its morning show today. They were running a little puff piece on the Obamessiah, about all the songs performers the world over have written in support of him, and isn’t that just awesome?? So many from so many different places; here’s just two examples from the Caribbean; look how Obama is connecting with people from all over ... blah blah blah gak. I wasn’t fully conscious at the time but I’m pretty sure they managed to puff the segment out to cover at least 5 solid minutes. So much ado about nothing. 

Now, when I first get up and I’m starting to inject that first cup of coffee, I don’t want hard news fired at me. Give me a couple minutes to come to life. Let me just sit there and watch Robin Meade smile and move and blink those big brown eyes and shake all that hair ... let that all just seep down to my brain stem, so that my first actual thought of the day is “how the hell does she cram those happy sweater puppies into that blouse?” That’s not a bad way to wake up at all. So a little background music fit into that really well.









Somewhere around the second cup the words started to soak through. Some of the lyrics from the first tune, done by reggae singer Cocoa Tea:

Well this is not about class
nor color race nor creed
Make no mistake its the changes
what all the people done need

Let’s shout out -
Barack. Obama. Barack. Obama. Barack. Obama. whoa yeah
(they say) Barack. Obama. Barack. Obama. Barack. Obama. whoa yeah
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African Americans rise
and keep your eyes on the prize
cuz now all the Party Men realize
the black man is in their eyes

Well its not a joke its a fact
we’ll be painting the white house black
and I can believe it too
black folks we run the red white and blue

Give him a shout out-
Barack. Obama. Barack. Obama. Barack. Obama. whoa yeah
(they say) Barack. Obama. Barack. Obama. Barack. Obama. whoa yeah




Wow. A chant for the masses. No, it’s got nothing to do with race at all. Which is why the entire song is about being black. Huh? But it’s a catchy tune. Pretty good.
Now for those of you who have your brains in gear a bit more, the second one, performed by The Mighty Sparrow, who is the calypso star, is amazingly explicit:

Barack! Barack!
He’s fighting for openness and honest government!
Barack!
He’s doggedly defiant,
Phenomenal strength and wisdom beyond comment!

After you put we in a quagmire!
Not this time!
We come out to vote!

What’s at stake?
Clean up Washington overall!
In the wake
Of the Jack Abramoff scandal.
The middle class done elect a man,
It’s without representation,
This régime has too much corruption!
He wants to see,
A whole energy policy,
Inclusively,
Extent? Comprehensively:
Renewable fuels to clean coal,
There’ll be no price gouging at all,
These things are Barack Obama’s goal.

Entrenched in the crooked régime, we must all, take note,
They’ll be kicking and screaming at me, so we all must vote!
By not exercising these rights,
It’s refusing to see the light,
Democrats! Rise up! Stand up and fight!

Barack! Barack!
On the Senate Affair Committee he’s a giant!
Barack!
Dignifiedly resilient,
And with rock star status he’s Barack The Magnificent!




Wow, that’s a whole brain full of points in just six and a half minutes. I will give The Mighty Sparrow major props - this is some really deep stuff, wrapped up in a happy little tune. Amazing.


Little Barry is running an amazing campaign. He has the media so deeply in his pocket that all they need to do is turn their heads a little to see if Jesse Jackson has cut his nuts off yet. I think John McCain has a polka tune out. Probably on a 78rpm record, and performed by the Wheezing Wobblers down at the Senior Center. Send in a few box tops and his campaign will mail you a copy, 4th class postage. I hear is quite the swinging tune.


And here is an interesting thing: these Obama tunes have been around for months and months. Sparrow’s tune was cut almost an entire year ago, and Tea’s piece came out no later than early March. I wonder why CNN waited so long to run the news? It almost makes me wonder if they have a huge pile of stories all lined up and choreographed, set to be aired at specific times ... ah, that sounds too much like a conspiracy theory. Which would imply they’re turning themselves inside out to support this commie. Couldn’t happen. Not in America.


Obama ‘08: America needs the RIGHT guy, not the White guy


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/11/2008 at 08:23 AM   
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Israel will not hesitate if threatened.  (CERTAINLY HOPE NOT)

But then let us not forget.  Israel isn’t allowed to actually totally win wars and when they do, they aren’t allowed to reap the benefits (if any) of victory.
It’s against international law.  And they can only defend themselves according to the lights of pro-arab europeons. Which means hardly at all.
Unless they have permission.  Which they won’t get unless they first promise not to cause hurt feelings and boo-boos among those trying to finish what Hitler started.

Israel will not hesitate if threatened, defence minister says
By Alex Spillius in Washington and Carolynne Wheeler in Jerusalem
Last Updated: 8:08AM BST 11/07/2008

Israel’s defence minister warned Iran his country was ready to act if threatened, as Tehran test fired another salvo of missiles capable of hitting the Jewish state.

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Ehud Barak said that while military action was a last resort, his country had proved in the past it would not hesitate when “its vital security interests are at stake.”

“Currently, the focus is international sanctions and vigorous diplomatic activity, and these avenues should be exhausted,” Mr Barak said.

But he added: “Israel is the strongest country in the region and has proved in the past it is not afraid to take action when its vital security interests are at stake.”

The comments came after Iran conducted military exercises, launching a second round of Shahab 3 ballistic missiles in as many days. With a range of 1,250 miles, the missiles can hit Israel.

In response to Iran’s war games, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned that America would not back down in the face of threats against Israel.

Closing a three-day European trip in Georgia, Miss Rice said: “We are sending a message to Iran that we will defend American interests and the interests of our allies.

“We take very, very strongly our obligations to help our allies defend themselves and no one should be confused about that,” she said.

She linked the first round of the Iranian missile tests to US plans for a missile shield based in eastern Europe, which would theoretically offer protection against missiles launched from Iran.

the rest of the article here:
http://tinyurl.com/692w6r


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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 07/11/2008 at 06:56 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - July 10, 2008

Our leaders are in carbon-cloud cuckoo land.

leaders are in carbon-cloud cuckoo land.  Leaders?  What leaders?  We don’t got no stinkin’ leaders.  oops. wrong movie.
I read this guy in The Telegraph a lot. He writes on this subject quite a bit and naturally takes bricksNbats due to his anti gorebal warming opinions.
And as well all know, only the tree huggers and gorebals have a right to opinions.

By Christopher Booker
Last Updated: 12:01am BST 10/07/2008

For a perfect example of what is meant by “gesture politics” - an empty pledge given solely for effect, which the politician has no hope of honouring - one could not do better than this week’s commitment by the G8 leaders on how they want us to fight climate change.

Sitting on their cloud-wreathed Japanese mountain top, they solemnly agreed that, to halt global warming, their countries would aim by 2050 to halve their emissions of carbon dioxide.

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A tiny indication of the fact that they didn’t really have a clue what they were talking about was a slip by Japan’s prime minister, Yasuo Fukuda, when he had to be corrected for announcing that the CO2 cut would be measured from “1990 levels”.

Even when he amended this to “present-day levels”, he was merely spouting empty words into the oriental air.

Three things make this aspiration by the leaders of the world’s “eight richest countries” not just vainglorious grandstanding, but positively dangerous.

The first is that, as well as having no idea how they could achieve such an absurdly ambitious target, they may inflict immeasurable damage on their economies just by trying to do so.

One after another, it is becoming clear that all the costly measures so far proposed to cut carbon emissions are pie-in-the-sky.

The drive for “renewable” sources of energy, such as building thousands of wind turbines, is turning out to be little more than self-deception (the combined output of all the 2,000 wind turbines so far built in Britain is less than that of a single, medium-sized, gas-fired power station).

Even the environmentalists have realised that biofuels are a farce, needing more CO2 to produce than they save. The EU’s much-vaunted “emissions trading scheme”, so far costing us all an estimated £40 billion, has not resulted in any reductions of CO2 emissions whatever.

If the G8’s leaders genuinely wanted to cut carbon emissions by 50 per cent over the next 40 years, this would mean taking steps they haven’t even begun to contemplate. It would require such a drastic cut in our energy use and standard of living that their peoples would have risen up in mass revolt long before the target was reached.

And nothing better shows up the unreality of all this - as President Bush tried to point out in the summit’s only flash of honesty - than the fact that China (not represented at the G8, although it now has the world’s fourth largest economy) is already putting out more CO2 than anyone else.

As it builds two new coal-fired power stations a week, China has no more intention than India of joining the Western economic suicide club.

The second reason why this infatuation with cutting carbon emissions is beginning to look extraordinarily reckless is that the whole scientific theory on which it is based now appears distinctly questionable.

The orthodox global-warming thesis, accepted by pretty well every politician in the Western world, but not by a growing number of scientists, is that, as CO2 levels in the atmosphere continue to rise, so too should global temperatures. Unless we can drastically reduce those CO2 levels, the world is thus threatened with catastrophe.

In the past year or two, however, evidence has been piling up to suggest that there may be a fundamental flaw in this theory. Even though atmospheric CO2 has continued to rise to levels not seen since the distant geological past, temperatures have not been following suit.

After 2000 the global temperature curve flattened out at a level significantly lower than the freak year 1998, and in recent months temperatures have dropped to levels not seen since the early 1980s.

Despite the best efforts of the global-warming lobby to keep the scare going, the northern hemisphere enjoyed its coldest winter for decades, and this summer has shown the curve sinking even lower.

Even the warmists are having to find excuses for the fact that their theory doesn’t exactly seem to be holding up, conceding that the next 10 years may see a period of global cooling, before the “underlying warming trend” returns worse than ever.

Other scientists point out that, rather than look to CO2 for an explanation of global temperatures, a much more convincing link can be seen in the activity of the sun, with current sunspot levels having dramatically fallen to levels associated with historic periods of global cooling recorded in the past.

Yet just when such huge question marks are being raised over the “CO2 equals warming” theory, our politicians have swallowed it whole, as an act of blind faith - using it to justify such massive costs to our economy that our whole way of life seems destined to change significantly for the worse.

The third respect in which all this is becoming seriously dangerous applies specifically to us here in Britain. While Gordon Brown prattles about wind turbines, and plays silly games for the cameras with electric cars, Britain within a few years is facing the near certainty of a massive shortfall in our electricity supplies.

By 2015, thanks to the obsolescence of our nuclear power plants and the forced closure of nine of our major coal and oil-fired power stations under EU anti-pollution rules, we are due to lose 40 per cent of our current generating capacity - and Mr Brown hasn’t the slightest practical idea of how to fill the gap.

Forget the nonsense about a 50 per cent cut in carbon emissions by 2050. Our Government has already committed Britain to go even further, by imposing a statutory cut of 60 per cent through its Climate Change Bill.

But long before that, unless those who rule us come down out of cloud cuckoo land very fast, our lights will go out, our computers will shut down, our economy will judder to a halt and we shall face a national catastrophe. We may well be meeting that 60 per cent target sooner than we think - but not for reasons that reflect well on our politicians, of any party.

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 07/10/2008 at 01:11 PM   
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Osama Bin Laden’s right-hand man, shopping in London.

Brits must be hard pressed keeping civil about this pond scum. 

Abu Qatada, Osama Bin Laden’s right-hand man, shopping in London
By Duncan Gardham, Security Correspondent
Last Updated: 1:32PM BST 10/07/2008

Abu Qatada, the man once described as Osama bin Laden’s right hand man in Europe, was pictured out walking the streets on the third anniversary of the 7/7 terror bombings.

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This photograph shows Qatada doing the family shopping in London.

It was taken on Monday, the anniversary of the July 7 attacks, and can now be published after a court order banning recent pictures of the preacher was lifted.

Qatada managed to carry a pack of heavy bottles of Diet Coke, even though he has in the past claimed incapacity benefits for a bad back.

Under his other arm was a family pack of toilet rolls and on his back was a green rucksack for other items.

Earlier he smiled in the summer sunshine as he exchanged a joke about his prayer beads with a woman in the street.

His thinning hair, after nearly six years in jail, was covered by a white Islamic prayer cap, but round his right ankle, covered by a white sock, was the electronic tag which ensures he returns home.

Qatada, 47, is allowed out of his house for two hours a day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon- under the strict terms of his bail.

He was released from Long Lartin high security jail in Worcestershire jail last month after the Government failed to have him deported to Jordan where he is wanted for terrorism offences.

The Appeal Court ruled that Qatada would not get a fair trial in Jordan because statements against him may have been extracted by torture.

The case is being taken to the House of Lords but in the mean time Qatada’s family is understood to be claiming around £47,000 a year in benefits - £500 a week in child benefits for the four of his five children under 18, £210 for income support, £150 for incapacity benefit, £45 in council tax benefit – along with a council home worth around £800,000.

(DOUBLE ALL THE MONEY FIGURES AND YOU’LL GET USA DOLLARS.  isn’t there anyone who can rid the world of his shadow? apologies to Sir Winston)

Qatada has been described by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, as a “truly dangerous individual” who was “heavily involved, indeed at the centre of terrorist activities associated with al-Qa’eda.”

They took the view that he had given religious authority to numerous high profile terrorists across the world, including the leaders of the September 11 attacks.

His bail conditions say he is specifically banned from receiving visits or communicating with a long list of individuals including Osama bin laden, his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri, and the preacher Abu Hamza.

He is also banned from attending a mosque or providing religious instruction to anyone other than his wife and children, and may not publish any statement without prior approval.

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 07/10/2008 at 12:51 PM   
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Air traffic controller advert for candidate with 20/20 vision written in Braille

I don’t know how these stories find me, I swear I don’t.  Must be a gift.  More PC loony tunes.

By Laura Clout
Last Updated: 2:36PM BST 10/07/2008

An airport has been accused of taking political correctness too far, after advertising for a new air traffic controller in Braille.

Although ‘20/20 vision’ is a requirement of the position at St Mary’s airport on the Isles of Scilly, the application form is offered in both Braille and audio format.

But the operators of the airport say they are merely adhering to equal opportunity guidelines to avoid accusations of discrimination.

The airport, operated by the Council of the Isles of Scilly, is seeking a fourth air traffic controller and offering a salary of up to £36,000.

The advertisement states that applicants must have excellent vision in order to guide aircraft safely into the hilltop airport, which is often fogbound.

Yet at the bottom is the note: “If you require this document in an alternative language, in larger text, Braille, easy read or in an audio format, please contact the Community Relations Officer.”

A spokeswoman for the Council of the Isles of Scilly said the wording was included on all job adverts “to ensure that potential job applicants know that they can access information in a format to suit them.”

All air traffic controllers have to meet international standards and pass a medical, including a stringent eye test.

However, the move was applauded by Bill Alker, from the Royal National Institute for the Blind.

“We welcome the Isles of Scilly’s Council for their good practice and would hope more employers do the same,” he said.

Keri Jones, the controller of Radio Scilly, said the note had attracted widespread ridicule.

“We have had loads of calls about it and people generally find it quite funny,” she said.

“The islands are always at the cutting edge of innovation, so it would certainly be something for Scilly to have the world’s first blind air traffic controller.”

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 07/10/2008 at 12:27 PM   
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The other half of the circle matters too

Iran test fires more long range missiles

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran test-fired more long-range missiles overnight in a second round of exercises meant to show that the country can defend itself against any attack by the U.S. or Israel, state television reported Thursday.  The weapons have “special capabilities” and included missiles launched from naval ships in the Persian Gulf, along with torpedoes and surface-to-surface missiles, the broadcast said. It did not elaborate.
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imageThe director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, Lt. Gen. Henry Obering, said Iran’s missile tests have emphasized the urgency of going ahead with plans to place a proposed U.S. missile defense system in Eastern Europe.

Among the missiles Iran said it tested Wednesday was a new version of the Shahab-3, which officials have said has a range of 1,250 miles and is armed with a 1-ton conventional warhead.

That would put Israel, Turkey, the Arabian peninsula, Afghanistan and Pakistan all within striking distance.

Get out your Google Earth and play with it. Draw lines 1250 miles long from various points in Iran. You will quickly see that these missiles can target Moscow too. And damn near all of India. And a large part of Western China. And Greece, Bulgaria, and Macedonia. Heck, they can hit Poland. And depending on the quality of their targeting systems, any ship in the whole eastern Mediterranean and the whole northern Indian Ocean. Egypt too. And we’re all enemy infidels as far as Tehran is concerned. Especially those heathen idolaters in India and the godless Chinese. Wake up world, the loonies have gone long range.

And if our estimates are off by as little as 15%, then a large part of Italy, including the Vatican, becomes a target as well. Austria too.  Just another couple hundred miles and they can bomb Finland. The world isn’t that big, and all ICBMs really need to do is go up and then have a little hang time. The world spins all by itself (at more than 700mph over Europe) and gravity takes care of the coming back down part just fine.

So why is it that only Condi seems to be having something to say? Ok, she isn’t all by herself, and (oh gag me, but it’s true) France may be taking the best approach:

Tehran’s standoff with the West took a new toll when French energy giant Total SA said it is too risky to invest in Iran for now. The decision raised questions about the future of major western involvement in developing Iranian gas reserves.

“The conditions are not present for investing in Iran today,” said Total spokeswoman Lisa Wiler. “We hope that the political relations will improve so that we can invest.”

Total had been in discussions for developing a liquefied natural gas project linked to Iran’s South Pars gas field with Malaysia’s Petronas.

Every world leader should be going ape shit. The UN ought to be gathering up armies, not just talking. Instead, they seem to be ignoring this completely.

How bad would it impact oil prices if the whole world stopped buying their crude? I really seriously think we, the planet, need to fully embargo these crazies. Nothing gets in, nothing gets out. Let them starve. Maybe they should have a couple accidental plagues while we’re at it. A side order of Ebola or something.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/10/2008 at 11:35 AM   
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