Friday, September 30, 2005

Some Suggestions for the Network Execs

I’ve been watching as much of the new TV shows as I can stand- usually about the first 5 to 6 minutes – commercials included.

Having subjected myself to that torment, I feel entitled to make a few suggestions. (No extra charge, of course !)

The Ghost Whisperer: Let’s liven thing up a bit ! If dead people need somebody to explain to them that they are really and truly dead, let’s
put Judge Judy on the job !

Judge Judy : Read my lips , Skeletor ! I don’t care who your widow is fooling around with , or how she’s spending your pukey little estate !

Skeletor : But-but –but…

Judge Judy : Skeletor, I’ll bet you haven’t paid child support in… (glances at document, sneers viciously ) seven and one-half years !

Skeletor : ( shocked expression ) But-but Ah’m day-edd !

Judge Judy : ( Smirks triumphantly ) That’s what I’ve been trying to tell you, cuckoohead ! ( Raps knuckles against side of head.)

Skeletor : Looks at judge with dismay, then slowly de-materializes.

Widow : That’s tellin’ him Judge ! I allays hated thet cheap, no-good ,womanizin’ (bleeped) !

Judge Judy : Don’t push your luck, sweetheart ! And, by the way,there’s something new called “Dentistry”. You might want to consider spending a few bucks on it.

Judgment for the Defendant ! Get outa here !!

What do you think guys ? Want me to try some other shows ?

No ? Okay, okay ! No need to call security ! I’m outa here !!

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Is it My Imagination , or Does “The Sunshine Project” Look a bit “Cloudy” on the Topic of Anthrax and other Bioweapons ?

The following appeared on the “Conspiracy Theory” page of al-Jazeera today. It is credited to Edward Hammond, Director of The Sunshine Project:
an Austin, Texas and Hamburg,Germany –based Non-Profit organization,said to be dedicated to the elimination of bio-terror.

(What follows is an excerpt .)

U.S. military to buy huge quantities of Anthrax- Director of the Sunshine Project
9/28/2005 9:14:00 AM GMT”

“It has been revealed that the U.S. army plans to buy large quantities of Anthrax, raising questions over its commitment to treaties aimed at controlling the spread of biological weapons. reported that Edward Hammond, director of the Sunshine Project, a U.S.-German organisation that designed to prevent the use of biological and chemical weapons, discovered numerous contracts that relate to the U.S. army's Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, in which they ask companies to tender for the production of huge quantities of a non-virulent strain of anthrax, and equipment to produce of other biological agents. “

The article goes on to identify the anthrax as the Sterne strain – which , a simple search shows, is used in recombinant form as a veterinary vaccine against anthrax.

So: What’s the problem ?

Hammond is apparently concerned because the equipment used to produce this non-virulent strain can also be used to produce a virulent one. (It might also be used to produce a more effective human vaccine for anthrax – something the Sunshine Project does not seem to like.)

When you search Sunshine Project press releases , online statements,etc.,you will find a strong suggestion the Project feels being able to protect one’s population ( or –worse still – one’s troops ) from potentially lethal biowarfare agents is BAD –BAD – BAD !

You may also reach the conclusion the Project feels research facilities used for Bio-defense are a form of Bio-warfare…because they could be misused.

(In other words, a butter knife is evil, because –if you sharpen it enough- it can be used to hurt somebody .)

Here is a link to the Sunshine Project’s American website (which also links to its German version):

I was curious about The Sunshine Project, and its Director, Edward Hammond. I found the following on Mr. Hammond:

He apparently holds two Masters Degrees (field unspecified) from the University of Texas.

In the United States, Mr. Hammond is assisted by Susana Pimiento:
who holds a Law degree from University of the Andes, Bogota,Colombia, and a Masters degree in Public Policy from the Institute for Social Studies,located at the Hague.

In Germany , the Sunshine Project is headed by Jan Van Aken, PhD : a cell biologist , and former Green Party activist. Dr. Van Aken’s biography indicates he received training for the UN’s UNMOVIC bioweapons discovery program , and is on the UN’s roster; but does not disclose whether he was ever deployed to Iraq or any other “hotspots” – or indeed if he actually served in that capacity.

A brief bio may be found here:

Also in Germany, a relatively new member , Sabine Schupp handles German-language communications and publications. Ms Schupp holds a Masters degree in anthropology ,was fourmerly with BUKO – a non-profit foundation concerned with agricultural trade and biodiversity. She most recently worked with the genetics department of the Greenpeace Foundation-from which she is stated to be on sabbatical.

Her bio is here:

These four individuals appear to make up The Sunshine Project - but wait ! (As the commercial says.) There seems to be more .

The Project has volunteers – seemingly embedded in the Department of Defense , in the nation’s most sensitive weapons /countermeasures labs, in University-run biodefense programs , at Dugway , in Fort Detrick , and Lord knows where else.

Before it folded its cards , the KGB spent a fortune acquiring scientific and technical intelligence from the West – but, from what I’ve seen , the old KGB spymasters would have turned green with envy over the volume and quality of information the Project is getting for free !

Here’s an example. During the countdown to Operation Iraqi Freedom – before US troops had their boots on the ground – the Sunshine Project was telling the world the US might employ non-lethal chemical weapons.

Here’s an earlier (2002) example. Note the huge number of Freedom of Information requests that have been filed, or denied, or which are still pending.(Note also the website carrying this report.)

As most people know, you can’t just file a “shotgun” Freedom of Information request ; eg: “Send me information on all military small arms research conducted in the last 5 years.”

You pretty much have to know in advance exactly what you are seeking, where it may be found,and generally what is apt to be found if the archive is released to you. That means you have to have hard information from your contacts ; and , if the military is involved , you have to protect your sources by getting the information – seemingly new to you – through a FOI request.

The Sunshine Project is spectacularly good at gathering intelligence.

Of late, I’ve found myself wondering what else they’re good at !

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Wonders of the Visible World

In the 1690’s Cotton Mather wrote a clerical treatise on witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts , entitled “ Wonders of the Invisible World”.

(Today’s tales are not about witchcraft: but some of the stories here – in our very visible world - are a bit on the “strange” side !)

Warsaw: A rather precocious 18 month-old child took quick advantage of the fact somebody had left the keys in the ignition of the family car.

The child somehow started the engine and put the car in “reverse” – whereupon the car ran over the child’s mother and four year-old sister – AND pinned grandpa against the wall of a barn for good measure.

All (the 18 month old excepted) were seriously injured.

(There will be some who will insist such a thing could never happen ; but , as any parent can confirm, young children are capable of some nasty little “surprises” !)

Islamabad : Police and election officials have opened an investigation into exactly how the names of two dead women were not only placed on the ballot , but declared winners in a town election.

One woman had died 3 years ago; the other 13 years ago.

An election official in this fundamentalist region said he supposed, if the two women were found to be dead , fresh voting could be ordered.

(Local customs and religious law prohibit women from voting , holding office, or participating in government in any way – despite national government requirements for such participation. It looks as if somebody came up with a clever way to fool the national government.)

Ventura, CA - The Sheriff’s Department , which runs the county jails, has had to resort to issuing bright orange underwear to the inmates.

It seems the inmates, who are supposed to wear their own clothes home, have taken to pilfering jail underwear – to the tune of $ 50,000 per year.

The new orange underwear will make any attempt to pilfer pantaloons quite evident to officers supervising inmate preparations for departure.

(It will undoubtedly start a new Hip-Hop fad as well. Don’t be surprised if your youngsters start demanding you buy them overpriced orange underwear – about a week from now !)

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Sex in the Spotlight

Beijing: A joint US/Chinese project will use satellite technology-including high-resolution cameras, and GPS tracking-to monitor the sex lives of a group of giant pandas in a wilderness preserve.

There are only about 1600 of the animals left in the wild – plus an estimated 150 in captivity – and scientists want to learn the reason for the pandas’ rather low reproduction rate.

(Hmm… If we had scientists following us around all the time, I wonder how well we would reproduce ? )

The giant pandas might be a bit stand-offish, but a German trio was quite the opposite !

Berlin : Italian tourists, enjoying a leisurely Ferris wheel ride at Munich’s Oktoberfest, were taken aback when a trio of German nationals suddenly entered their cabin from an adjoining compartment, and began shooting a porn film.

There were two men carrying cameras, and an actress carrying a vibrator-which she began using, as her companions filmed away.

The indignant tourists were unable to get them to stop, and, once the ride ended,made a complaint to the police.

The German trio: an actress, a political scientist, and a 25 year-old student,said they had been conducting an experiment-in an effort to learn how foreign visitors would react to their performance.

(Unimpressed police gave the trio a “thumbs down”-possibly for over-acting.)

“Performance Art” does not always work out for the best , as another German national discovered.

Berlin: A 52 year-old man expected shrieks of dismay when he leaped-naked-out of a bush , and exposed himself to a young woman walking her dogs in the park.

The woman – an off-duty policewoman – calmly reached for her cellphone and called for backup.

The flasher fled the scene in panic, but was captured – moments later – at his home : having left a large number of bemused witnesses behind him- all more than eager to point out which way the rascal went.

(It doesn’t always pay to advertise !)

Monday, September 26, 2005

Hey Gang : Let’s Start a Web Site !

(A Cynical Look at Internet Foundations )

Let’s say we’ve got a message to put across – on the Web.
We’re not completely sure what we want to say – and won’t know until we see who is willing to come up with the money.

Should we make it Liberal ? Nah. That’s been done to death. Besides,Liberals are generally cheapskates !

Ditto for Conservatives. All the corporate funding is pretty well spoken for.

Libertarian sounds attractive – mostly because nobody can really define what Libertarians stand for . Like the fabled blind men of Hindustan ,who set out to define an elephant, each Libertarian defines one segment – his beliefs - and no one seems able to define the whole “creature”.

There are so many kinds of Libertarians – ranging from “reform Republicans” to “Communitarians” – (Neo-hippies ?), to “Copperheads” that almost anyone should be able to find a usable niche.

Libertarians seem to bash just about everybody –(major contributors excepted) - ; so if we post as Libertarians , we should be able to get contributions from the followers of any party that is out of office – because we will be bashing whoever won – automatically.

There is also a certain amount of – shall we say – foreign “educational funding” available. I have heard it said a fine Russian-based educational organization called “ Federal’naya Sluzhba Bezopasnosti

can be generous to those it considers “influential friends”.

The same is true of some of our neighbors in the Middle East. Arabs pay well, and are-truth be known- a “semitic” people; so, if we are supportive of them, we can hardly be called “anti-semitic” , can we ? And, if our screeds happen to sound so “un-American” , they are run on all the al-Qaeda websites – that’s show biz, baby !

(We will, of course, want to set up a Non-Profit Foundation of our own , wherein generous groups like FSB and CAIR, and Colombian mercantile interests can deposit contributions – thereby “laundering” them . More on this later.)

Let’s see: We’ll need an Internet website with a catchy title.

( I had thought about : “ “ , but was told a similar name is already in use by the well-known Justin Raimondo. Oh well : Back to the drawing board !)

Now let’s get to the Foundation part. It has to sound impressive, and should have an overseas address. ( More panache, you see.)

How does this sound ? “ The Vardor Institute of Skopje , Macedonia .”

Let’s go a little further, and describe it as being located “ in a remote castle on the slopes of Mount Vodna” .

( There is a Vardor River running through Skopje , and Mt. Vodna is the site of an ancient church. So far, so good !)

While we’re at it, we want to set things up so the Institute pays “stipends” to certain “adjunct scholars” , or awards lucrative fellowships- to us, of course !

How about making ourselves “ Charles Lutwidge Dodgson” Fellows -
(I’ll save you the Google search: That was the real name of Lewis (Alice in Wonderland) Carroll. ) – in Nyctographic Studies of Non-Linear Polydactylism ?

(It doesn’t mean squat, but it sounds good !)

There you have it : basic outline and business plan.

There’s only one remaining question: Are we amoral enough to go for it ?

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Justin Raimondo – Investigative Reporter

-The Anthrax Clue He Did Not Pursue-

Justin Raimondo , Editor of Anti-War .com – a sort of Neo-Libertarian “copperhead” publication - set forth his views on the Antrax attacks of 2001 in his usual multi-linked –but-tiresome style , as reproduced in “”

One of his main premises appears to be as follows:

An Army officer –( the suspiciously Jewish ) Colonel Philip Zack – was beastly – 9 years before the Anthrax attacks – to an Egyptian employee of the Army labs .

The Colonel was a close friend of a lab employee named Marian –(Oh-oh ! You don’t suppose she’s Jewish too ?) – Rippy ; and, after his retirement,continued to see her – at the lab – again, 9 years ago.

At about the same time, somebody was sneaking into the labs and using lab equipment. Raimondo infers, but does not say that person was Colonel Zack ( You know: the Jewish guy).

( One of the “minor” things about this mysterious lab sneak was the very strong possibility he/she spoke English as a second language- as evidenced by a notation discovered at the scene: the word ANTRAX.
Most people from Europe or the Middle East spell “Anthrax” that way.)

Apart from failing to pick up on the spelling – and what it might suggest –
there is something far more important our “investigative reporter” has overlooked – or consciously ignored : the fact the allegations about Col. Zack , Marian Rippy, and the “Camel Club” surfaced right after the 2001 Anthrax attacks.

Let me explain something: Raimondo’s source for all this stuff was The Hartford Courant. Right after the Anthrax attacks of 2001, the Courant began digging into the 9 year-old history of Col. Zack and the Camel Club. They used a Freedom of Information request to get most of their material.

Getting something on a FOI request is not as easy as logging on to the Internet. You have to have a reasonable idea of who,what,when, where, and why – and I can only assume the Courant already knew these things , and merely used the FOI request to verify them.

That means the Courant had a source : probably someone in the general vicinity of Hartford, or connected to someone in that vicinity.

This source would have worked at the Army labs during the early 1990’s- when the Camel Club debacle occurred , and would have had inside information as to security problems, personnel problems, and specific details of lab operations.

Let’s take that a step further. The Courant’s source might well be one of the suspects in the Anthrax attacks. Moreover, the source might well have furnished this “inside scoop” to the Courant as a means of drawing a red herring over his/her own trail.

This is the Anthrax clue the great Raimondo did not pursue.

Was it because it did not occur to him, or was it because he was too busy trying to find some nice Jewish conspirators he could blame it on ?

By the way: I’m nor trying to suggest that Justin Raimondo is anti-semitic.
He denies it; and, if you take exception to articles like this:

well, shame on you !

Oh: here’s more proof he’s not the least bit anti-semitic:

See? He spreads his love around.

He’s------Justin Raimondo : Investigative Reporter !!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Today's post covers what passes for freedom in China. The source is Boxun News-the internet resource of the resistance movement in China. Translations may be a bit rough-edged,but the message comes across nicely.

[Boxun Main - Chinese]-> [Boxun News - English]

Grass Root Election?

China government has claimed that is has Grass Root Election in its villages for many years. Former President of USA Ford and many others have applauded this "progress" in China. What is the truth? The story of Shengyou has shown the world that the leaders of this village are corrupted, how could villagers elect their "enemy" as their leader?

The story of Taishi Village is still going on, which is telling that there is NO Grass Root election in China, it is nothing but cosmetic process that is directed by government. The so-called elected are just those hand-picked by local government.

Villagers started to gather in Taishi Village (a village in Guangdong Province) to protest against the corruption since August. They requested to audit the accounting book. Their request was ignored by government. Villagers in hunger strike were arrested, then second group started the strike. They surrounded the office to protect the accounting books ¨C hopefully the evidence of corruption can be found.

Villagers were on hunger strike outside the village office

The angered villagers insisted to protest peacefully,they signed names to deny the leaders of the village. The law allows a village to change leadership if certain % of villagers wants to do so. Villagers successfully got enough people to make the changing leadership valid.

Villagers signed the appeal for changing leaders (Sept. 7)

On Sept. 13, Government sent hundreds of police and removed the accounting books by using force.

Hundreds of police were sent to this village

On Sept. 15, the government announced the protest as "illegal". About 20 villagers were still in jail by Sept. 15th.

The villagers successfully elected seven new leaders - none of them is favored by government. But local officials said this election was controlled by "people in foreign country".

Boxun's volunteer reporter ¨C Cai Chu has been releasing dozens of news from Taishi Village, Mr. Cai's one main contact in China is Guo Feixiong. Mr. Guo disappeared after Sept. 13th.

On Sept 19th, Feiyu said that he was nearly arrested after he returned to where he lived. Neighbors told him that a few police with a handcuffed and shackled man came to his place and searched his room, they left with his computers and other office equipments. Feiyu believed the handcuffed person is Liang Shusheng.

Villagers' request is minimum ¨C just audit the accounting book and fix the corruption. But the price is so high, dozens of people have been arrested.

The incidence in Taishi gives a lesson to those politicians who applauded China's Grass Root Election.

Now you should ask again, why Grass Root Election in China? China government denied free election for the reason "Chinese people do not have enough education, and is not developed well, thus not ready for election". All know that the rural area has lowest level of education, why China starts election in village level?

Huge losses of war can be tracked to the wrong decisions by politicians at the beginning, not the beginning of the war, but when civilized world compromised to evil regimes in order to trade for something. In modern history, no exception! WWII, Korea War, Vietnam War, and more recent wars. Applaud and compromise will not solve any problem, the cancer cell will not be gone by itself, it will become larger and larger. If the globe is united as one, then the globe may be destroyed by the coward and stupid politicians.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Justin Raimondo Solves the Anthrax Attacks………(NOT !)

I’ll give you a few clues:

1. It was an evil Zionist/ Neo-Con plot;

2. Carried out by Zionists and Neo-Cons;

3. For the benefit of the “War Party”:

Evidence ?

Who needs evidence ?

Not Justin Raimondo !

Justin Raimondo has HYPERLINKS !!!

Let’s quote “Our Justin” - briefly:

“In retrospect, outrage and fear generated by the anthrax attacks were essential elements of the propaganda campaign designed to link Iraq to terrorism in the U.S. and drag us into war. The attacks were so propitious in this regard that one might be forgiven for wondering if the perpetrators had this as their intention. Certainly they took great pains to convey the impression that the postal pestilence was authored by angry Arabs of one sort or another.”

Source is : September 19,2005 article by Justin Raimondo

(Note the copious use of hyperlinks – a Raimondo hallmark. They are intended to convey the impression this is a man who knows his stuff.
Link No. 1 is “propaganda campaign” and refers to an article in Justin Raimondo’s website – . Link No. 2 – “propitious” – leads us to a dictionary definition of the word (in case we are too stupid to understand its meaning.) Link No. 3 - “the impression”- leads us to a Wikipedia entry about the anthrax attacks of 2001, and presents many viewpoints-ranging from scientific to silly.)

Let’s continue. After several paragraphs attacking the evil Neo-Cons, Mr. Raimondo offers us some hot, fresh ( if you call 13 year-old news “fresh”)
leads, cribbed from The Hartford Courant.

“During a turbulent period of labor complaints and recriminations among rival scientists there, documents from an internal Army inquiry show. The 1992 inquiry also found evidence that someone was secretly entering a lab late at night to conduct unauthorized research, apparently involving anthrax. A numerical counter on a piece of lab equipment had been rolled back to hide work done by the mystery researcher, who left the misspelled label 'antrax' in the machine's electronic memory, according to the documents obtained by The Courant."

Let’s talk about that “ misspelled label “ for a moment. ANTRAX just happens to be the way people who speak English as a second language spell “ANTHRAX”. ( I’ll spare you all the Raimondo-style links on this. Just look up the word “antrax” on your favorite search engine.)

Should we be surprised the great Justin Raimondo- Investigative Reporter Extraordinaire- missed that little detail ? Is there a reason he does not want us to think the “mystery researcher” was foreign-born ??

Thought you’d never ask ! Raimondo directs us to more citings from the Courant.

Raimondo opines:

This "mystery researcher" may have been someone at the very center of that "turbulent period," one Philip Zack. Zack and a group of personnel at Ft. Detrick had been systematically harassing an Egyptian co-worker, Dr. Ayaad Assaad.

The Courant reports:
"Documents from the inquiry show that one unauthorized person who was observed entering the lab building at night was Langford's predecessor, Lt. Col. Philip Zack, who at the time no longer worked at Fort Detrick. A surveillance camera recorded Zack being let in at 8:40 p.m. on Jan. 23, 1992, apparently by Dr. Marian Rippy, a lab pathologist and close friend of Zack's, according to a report filed by a security guard."

Raimondo continues:

The harassment of Assaad, detailed here, took on bizarrely juvenile forms: an obscene poem, a rubber camel delivered to his mailbox, a constant stream of racist anti-Arab remarks such as one might find posted these days on Little Green Footballs. Court documents reveal a harrowing experience of cruel and relentless persecution carried out by a small clique, including Zack, who called themselves the "camel club."

What Justin does not STRESS is the fact we are talking about events predating the Anthrax attacks by 9 years ; nor does he bother to mention the fact most of the “labor problems” arose from wide-scale layoffs that had hit the Army labs in 1997.

He also fails to describe the follow-up: Colonel Zack and Miriam Rippy WERE called to account for their admitted misdeeds ,and , as part of a negotiated legal settlement , issued profound apologies to Dr. Assaad, -who, for the record , is a devout Coptic Christian.

Zack had already retired from the Army, so no further charges were brought against him – such as a too-close relationship with Ms Rippy – (assuming there was such a relationship.)

In bringing up this matter, Raimondo is essentially regurgitating old claims by La Voz de Aztlan , which used them to launch a virulently anti-semitic attack on the colonel.


While the anthrax letters received enormous publicity, one mailed missive that might provide a key clue to the identity of the perpetrators has received very little: an anonymous letter, sent in late September before the anthrax drama unfolded, to the military police at the Marine base in Quantico, Va., accused Dr. Assaad of being behind a terrorist plot to unleash biological horrors in American cities. The author revealed a detailed knowledge of Dr. Assaad's career at USAMRIID and claimed to have formerly worked with him.

Assaad was interrogated by the FBI on Oct. 3, then let go after the letter was determined to be a hoax. When the effects of the anthrax attacks began to make themselves known, the full horror of what had happened began to dawn on Assaad – but not, apparently, on the authorities. Says Assaad: "My theory is, whoever this person is knew in advance what was going to happen (and created) a suitable, well-fitted scapegoat for this action."

The odd timing of the letter – sent after the anthrax letters were mailed, but before their deadly contents were known – certainly seems to point in this direction. The Courant reports FBI spokesman Chris Murray saying "the FBI is not tracking the source of the anonymous letter, despite its curious timing, coming a matter of days before the existence of anthrax-laced mail became known." Instead of following the trail of this important clue, investigators went off on a tangent with the Hatfill angle, which proved [.pdf] to be a dead end.

There was nothing “odd” about the timing: The anonymous letter was sent right after 9/11 . A LOT of letters denouncing people of Middle Eastern origin were sent to the various authorities right after 9/11. Some “panned out” – most didn’t.

The FBI did manage to track down the source of the anonymous letter-although it did not share its information with Justin Raimondo, or The Hartford Courant. The source proved to be a filing clerk at the Army labs,who disliked the doctor a great deal. (He was NOT a popular figure when he worked there !)

The FBI regarded the whole matter as closed, and no reprimands were given to the clerk – who, although she proved to be wrong , had simply expressed reasonable concerns.( My source on that, by the way is not a newspaper, but one of the attorneys involved.)

Justin Raimondo “brings it all home” for us :

“ In retrospect, it was as much a part of the vortex of fearmongering that sucked us into war as tales of Iraqi WMD palmed off by Ahmed Chalabi's "heroes in error" and the extravagant effusions of Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice.”

“ No, I am not suggesting that the U.S. government or the Bush administration carried out these attacks: yet whoever did surely had in mind making it easier for the War Party to unleash mass death and destruction in the Middle East, a veritable wave of hate that would carry us to Baghdad and beyond.”

So, Justin : Let’s summarize.

The only thing you know about the Anthrax Attacks of 2001 is what you read in the papers – or on the Voice of Atzlan – or on the fevered pages of your own website.

(Guess you never heard the old proverb: “ The ignorant and foolish babble endlessly; but those who know, say nothing. “ )

Monday, September 19, 2005

Stories You Hate to Hear

Newport Beach, California : A group of 40 sea lions has been making itself rather unwelcome in this upscale community.

The creatures keep residents awake by barking most of the night.
They climb aboard residents’ prized boats : fouling and damaging them.
In one case, all 4o climbed aboard a small, pricey sailboat – causing it to sink.

Residents are at their wit’s end , because the sea lions are protected by a 1972 federal law , which says the creatures cannot be killed,harmed, or harassed.

(It is, incidentally, a law Newport Beach residents lobbied for in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s…)

Wellington,NZ: A Green Party legislator – who promised he would run naked through the streets if his rival was elected – says he will keep his promise.

Legislator Keith Locke said he would do “the nude dash” if Rodney Hide won a parliamentary seat in Epsom.

Mr. Hide won by a 3200 vote plurality.

Now Locke says there are certain preparations that have to be made before he keeps his end of the deal. There is body paint, choreography, and artistic effect to be considered. One cannot simply rush into these matters !

Local merchants have expressed a willingness to have a specific street closed off for the event, to arrange for any necessary permissions, and to supply Mr. Locke with a loincloth at the conclusion of his run.

(Perhaps slippers for Mr. Locke’s rapidly cooling feet ? )

Fargo, ND: A man who apparently thought supplying police with a videotape of himself attacking a woman he was told to leave alone would lead to a lifting of the restraining order was proven wrong.

Prosecutors say the man secreted a video camera in the woman’s home,then forced himself upon her.

The video – about half an hour long – includes plain evidence of the woman’s unwillingness, and her struggles with the defendant, according to the prosecutor.

(Everybody wants to be a star … Oh well : Guess this wannabee will soon get a walk-on part in a courtroom production ! )

Sunday, September 18, 2005

It’s Hard to Believe, But…

Tokyo: An indignant Japanese woman summoned the police after a man she met online cheated her out of 1 million Yen.

The man was “supposed to” track down and murder the wife of a man, with whom the woman was having an affair.

The hitman had promised to chase the victim down on a motorcycle,pull alongside her in a tunnel, and spray her with a lethal bio-agent…but then he realized it was a lot simpler to cheat the woman who had hired him.

(It’s so hard to find reliable help these days !)

New Jersey: An Associated Press reporter was so stunned by 42 year old Donald Adair’s harrowing tale of “loss,frustration and finally anger over the pace and quality of (Hurricane Katrina) relief efforts “ in the Gulf , she accompanied him to the Red Cross office in Fairfield, NJ , and walked him through the process of obtaining emergency funds and comfortable shelter at a local motel.

After the reporter filed her story – blisteringly critical of FEMA and the administration – Adair’s ex-wife saw the story and came forward.

It turned out Adair ( now being held on $25,000 bail on a variety of fraud charges ) had never even visited the Gulf states ; and was , moreover, a “walk-away” from a prison halfway house in California , with an outstanding escape warrant from that state.

( Not to worry ! The AP reporter will probably get some sort of award !)

New York: NY Attorney General Eliot Spitzer says J-Lo’s recent hit single-“Get Right” – might not have been as good as the radio stations made it appear.

Spitzer says the record company – Sony BMG – paid off radio stations and disc jockeys to the tune of thousands of dollars to promote the song by giving it “extra spins” – thus increasing its apparent popularity, and driving up sales.

Spitzer claims “payola” has become so endemic in the broadcasting industry , the record companies now consider it a legitimate promotion effort.

( Now who would have dreamed that broadcasters – who are, as we all know , utterly committed to bringing us only the best – would ( Sob !) resort to such ( Sniffle !) dastardly tactics ? )

Saturday, September 17, 2005

The New “ Copperheads “

( A tribute of sorts to the Mickey Moore Club, the Neo-Left,the Neo-Nazis,Lew Rockwell, Mark Yannone, Justin Raimondo and his “Neo-Libertarians”,and the Incomparable Wiolawa )

I’ve just finished reading “ American Falls” , by John Calvin Batchelor .

It is a novel of the Civil War – especially that part of the war that involved the Union and Confederate Secret Services; and there is much mention of “The Copperheads”.

The Copperheads were Northerners, who sympathized with the South to one degree or another.

Some – who called themselves “The Sons of Liberty” - wanted an outright Confederate victory on the battlefield ; others wanted a negotiated settlement that would accomplish the same goal. Most just wanted the war to end – in any way possible.

The Copperheads – right up to the battle of Gettysburg , and the resultant turn-for-the-better of Union fortunes – enjoyed sympathetic treatment by The New York Times and the New York Daily News.Both newspapers enjoyed pillorying Abraham Lincoln , whom they considered “an ape” and “ a buffoon”.

The Copperheads had their own “minority wing” in the Democratic Party –( not too surprising, because the Democrats’ real strength lay in the South and the West.) Some of this wing was openly seditious to the Union,and engaged in acts of sabotage , sheltered Morgan’s Raiders, etc.

(This sedition led to enormous over-reaction by the Lincoln Administration-so much so, the Attorney General resigned in protest.)

The mainstream of the Democratic Party championed General Mac Clellan against Abraham Lincoln , and favored a negotiated settlement with the South. They received a lot of support from the Irish immigrants – some fresh off the boat – who often wound up getting drafted as “cannon fodder” , and who viewed emancipation of the slaves as a threat to their livliehoods.

The centuries have come and gone, and the Copperheads are back – with a vengeance.

Although the New Copperheads get sympathetic treatment in the Mainstream Media , their real home is the Internet ,where “cut ‘n paste commandos” flood the available bandwidth with instant quotations from their idols , and howl down anyone who disagrees.

One of the more notable things about the new Cut ‘n Paste Copperheads is their reluctance to present their own original thoughts on a subject.

The Mickey Moore Club , the obnoxious “New Left” , the assorted racist Neo-Nazis, and Radical Libertarians , such as Lew Rockwell and perennial candidate Mark Yannone , ( and, of course, that arch-foe of shape-shifting lizards, Wiolawa ) rely on others to do the thinking and the writing .

(Are you offended that I lumped you in together ? Good !!)

Most of what they offer is coughed-up hairballs , and the occasional half-digested mouse – which they present with great cries of self-adulation.

I suppose they feel “protected” from public disgust and censure when they let somebody else take the heat. “Oh !”, they cry. “ I didn’t say that . It was So-and-So. See ? Here’s the link .”

Yeah. We see the link – and we see your warm, approving comments as you
do your best to create racial and ethnic strife, as you urge others to tear the fabric of our society apart , and as you slither out to strike from concealment.

The rest of us are expected to Ooh ! and Aah ! over the richness of your diversity – no matter how stupid or depraved it may get…

It didn’t work in Lincoln’s day,and it’s not going to work now.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Renewable Energy Problems ?

Berlin: A German inventor, who says he has developed a way to make crude fuel oil from paper, rubbish, and plastics has found himself under attack.

A local newspaper reporter somehow concluded he was making oil from dead cats ,and the published story set off a geyser of protest.

“No, nay, never !” , responds the inventor. “It’s all paper , plastics, and rubbish.”

“At worst “, he concedes , “the odd toad may have jumped into the batch.”

Sidney: An Australian man, who was wearing a woolen shirt and a nylon/synthetic jacket , is reported to have built up enormous static charges without being aware of the situation,

According to Reuters, when the man walked inside a building in the country town of Warrnambool, he set off a wild series of static discharges as he stepped on a rug.

Witnesses claim the miniature electrical storm sounded like firecrackers, and that the carpet was scorched in several places.

Reuters says, when the man got back into his car, a miniature lightning bolt scorched a hole in his floormat: prompting him to seek assistance.

Firefighters were summoned, and tested the man’s clothing with an electrical field meter: detecting a charge of 40,000 volts.

The firefighters placed the man’s jacket in a courtyard at the fire station,and noted it continued to give off “an electrical current.”

( Do you believe this story ? No ? Neither do I--but Reuters apparently did – and we KNOW how dedicated they are to truth and accuracy ! )

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Things That Make You Mutter a Bit

Nicosia, Cyprus : Alligators are definitely not native to this delightful island;however, the 12” baby alligator scrounging for food on a busy Nicosia sidewalk seemed unaware of that fact.

The head of the Veterinary Department came to the creature’s rescue by taking the critter home and putting it in a nice tub of water.

( All together now: “Aww-w-w-w-w-w-w !” )

Seriously , who brings an alligator to the Mediterranean on a date ?
Was it someone under demonic influence ?

Rome: There is an Exorcists’ convention ( I think the proper word is “conclave” ) in town, and they are quite interested in demon control.

Seriously !!

They are revising and reviewing the Rite of Exorcism , with an eye to modernizing it a bit ; and were even visited briefly by the Pope.

There is quite a bit of interest in exorcism in Italy at present , because members of a self-described Satanic cult were involved in a series of ritual murders that were bizarre enough to get on Italian TV.

Queens : First responders at the scene of an odd (even for NY) death might well have wondered what the devil had been going on.

The deceased, a 46 year-old man, employed for 22 years as a Senior Clerk in the Criminal Courts, was wearing a bra and panties , was tied up with pantyhose ,and had a “sex toy” clutched in his hand.

Neighbors said they had heard the man screaming, between 1 and 3 AM, but had ignored him , because he frequently engaged in loud outbursts at odd hours.

(Cause of death was eventually determined to be a heroin overdose.As to the other stuff ? Just keep telling yourself: “The Courts are in good hands. The Courts are in good hands. The Courts are ….” )

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The New “ Cut ‘n Paste “ Copperheads

I’ve just finished reading “ American Falls” , by John Calvin Batchelor .

It is a novel of the Civil War – especially that part of the war that involved the Union and Confederate Secret Services; and there is much mention of “The Copperheads”.

The Copperheads were Southern sympathizers to one degree or another.
Some – who called themselves “The Sons of Liberty” - wanted an outright Confederate victory on the battlefield ; others wanted a negotiated settlement that would accomplish the same goal. Most just wanted the war to end – in any way possible.

The Copperheads – right up to the battle of Gettysburg , and the resultant turn-for-the-better of Union fortunes – enjoyed sympathetic treatment by The New York Times and the New York Daily News.Both newspapers enjoyed pillorying Abraham Lincoln , whom they considered “an ape” and “ a buffoon”.

The Copperheads had their own “minority wing” – which openly favored Southern victory – in the Democratic Party . The mainstream of that party, which championed General Mac Clellan against Abraham Lincoln , favored a negotiated settlement with the South. They received a lot of support from the Irish immigrants – some fresh off the boat – who often wound up getting drafted as “cannon fodder” , and who viewed emancipation of the slaves as a threat to their livlihoods.

Reading this book, I was struck by the resemblance to the Vietnam era, and to our present struggle in the Global War on Terror.

For one thing, the Copperheads are back – with a vengeance.

Although the New Copperheads get sympathetic treatment in the Mainstream Media , their real home is the Internet ,where “cut ‘n paste” commandos flood the available bandwidth with instant quotations from their idols , and attempt to howl down anyone who disagrees.

One of the more notable things about the new Cut ‘n Paste Copperheads is their reluctance to present their own original thoughts on a subject.

The Mickey Moore Club , the obnoxious “New Left” , the assorted racist Neo-Nazis, and Radical Libertarians , such as Lew Rockwell and perennial candidate Mark Yannone , rely on others to do the thinking and the writing .

Most of what they offer is coughed-up hairballs , and the occasional half-digested mouse – which they present with great cries of self-adulation.

I suppose they feel “protected” from public disgust and censure when they let somebody else take the heat. “Oh !”, they cry. “ I didn’t say that . It was So-and-So. See ? Here’s the link .”

Yeah. We see the link – and we see your warm, approving comments as you
do your best to create racial and ethnic strife, as you urge others to tear the fabric of our society apart , and as you slither out to strike from concealment.

The rest of us are expected to Ooh ! and Aah ! over the richness of your diversity – no matter how depraved it may get.

I say : “Hey ! Cut and paste this !!
Good News and Bad News

Fakikeng,South Africa : 33 year-old Hein Wagner of Cape Town –blind since birth – has set a new land speed record for the visually challenged:
driving 167 mph across a remote airstrip in a “borrowed Maserati V8 Gran Sport".

Wagner was accompanied by a sighted person, who acted as navigator,and the episode – staged to raise money for charity – was filmed for the Guiness World Book of Records.

( The bad news is: Mr. Wagner wants to set a speed record in an airplane next. )

Los Angeles: Those opposed to the idea of hungry alligators swimming in a city park lake will be happy to learn a posse of 12 firefighters and an urban search and rescue team have succeeded in capturing “Little Reggie” – a former pet alligator someone released into the lake.

It was something of an epic struggle to move the creature into a drainage ditch, get nets over him, and wrap his snapping jaws up with duct tape.
The threshing animal was finally winched out, and will be moved to a zoo.

(The bad news is “Big Reggie” – who is said to be at least 10 feet long,and who still lives in the lake , despite herculean efforts to find and neutralize him.)

Berlin: Bavarian brewer Harald Schneider has produced what he terms “the world’s strongest beer”.

The brew is fermented for 12 weeks, and is said to taste like a mix of beer and sherry. Alcohol percentage is a whopping 25.4 % ,and Herr Schneider says two or three glasses will intoxicate most people.

( The bad news is : it’s served only in shot glasses. )

Monday, September 12, 2005

Excerpts From the Testimony of Captured Member of “Heroic Iraqi Resistance”

(The following testimony was televised.)

The following are excerpts from the investigation of Ramzi Hashem Abed, a captured Iraqi terrorist, which aired on Al-Fayhaa TV on August 12, and Al-Iraqiya TV on August 7, 2005.
Al-Fayhaa TV

Investigator: What is your full name?
Abed: Ramzi Hashem Abed.
Investigator: What is your alias?
Abed: 'Ubeidi.
Investigator: Where do you live?
Abed: Nabi Yunis in Mosul.
Investigator: What organization do you belong to?
Abed: Ansar Al-Islam.
Investigator: What organization is this?
Abed: It is Bin-Laden's group.
Abed: Mullah Al-Shafi'i said that we were going to carry out operations in Najaf.
Investigator: What kind of operations?
Abed: The Al-Qabanji operation, for example, or sending them poisoned food on the day commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein.
Investigator: Give me an example of an operation.
Abed: The Turkish embassy, for example.
Investigator: The Turkish embassy in Baghdad?
Abed: Yes, or the Red Cross. We bombed it. The guys and I bombed it.
Investigator: What was the goal of bombing the Turkish embassy or the Red Cross?
Abed: In bombing the Turkish embassy we wanted to cause a problem between the Turkmens and the Kurds.
Investigator: In other words, to cause civil strife between the two sides?
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: As for the murder of Muhammad Baqer Al-Hakim, you were one of the perpetrators, right?
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: Tell me how it took place.
Abed: The operation... It was agreed upon right from the start by Mullah Al-Raikan, Mullah Al-Shafi'i, and Al-Zarqawi. They took us Iraqis to do surveillance from a distance. There were people there who specialized in bombing operations. They are still in Baghdad and Mosul.
Investigator: How many were you?
Abed: About four or five people.
Investigator: Those who carried out the operation?
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: They sent an ambulance and used remote control.
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: Where were you exactly at the time of the incident?
Abed: We were in the cemetery.
Investigator: Why weren't you close to the incident?
Abed: Because there were specialists who carried out the operation.
Investigator: Specialists? Who were they?
Abed: Abu Sajjad, Abu Haidar, and Abu Hamza.
Investigator: All these are aliases. What are their real names?
Abed: They never give out their real names.
Investigator: You don't even know their real names?
Abed: No. For example, my name is Ramzi, right? They call me Abu Shema', after my daughter.
Investigator: OK. What was your role in this operation?
Abed: They brought us to monitor the security forces' movements.
Investigator: How did the vehicle enter?
Abed: It came in through Sweiliej.
Investigator: I mean the city itself, how did it enter Najaf?
Abed: It was easy for an ambulance to enter.
Abed: They gave Abu Sajjad 4,000 dollars.
Investigator: And you?
Abed: They gave us 400 dollars.
Investigator: A religious leader gave you 400 dollars? OK. Did the operation target Muhammad Baqer Al-Hakim specifically or the Al-Imam Ali mosque?
Abed: No... The people in charge, Mullah Al-Raikan and Al-Zarqawi, targeted Al-Hakim specifically.
Investigator: Why in this specific place? Why would they try to target Muhammad Baqer Al-Hakim near the Al-Imam Ali mosque? It is the mosque of the Emir of believers. Didn't you think of all the innocent people around?
Abed: There were also people from Iraqi military intelligence, from the Fidayin, and the internal security, who were also involved in this operation.
Investigator: So Mullah Raikan had ties with the old internal security and military intelligence?
Abed: And they are still in Mosul.
Investigator: What other operations?
Abed: Operations we carried out in Mosul.
Investigator: Like what?
Abed: Against headquarters in Mosul. The headquarters of Mas'oud...
Investigator: Mas'oud Rajab?
Abed: Yes. Against Jalal Talabani. We attacked them on the first day of Ramadan 2003.
Investigator: What squad did you tell me you belong to? Abu Sajjad's?
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: The groups you mentioned... Each group had a special mission?
Abed: Each group had suicide bombers, who are Afghans, not Iraqis.
Investigator: There were murders of police and National Guard officers.
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: Slaughtering National Guardsmen and policemen - tell me about it.
Abed: Sir, the slaughtering was done by people who belonged to the Syrians.
Investigator: Syrians?
Abed: Yes, the slaughtering...
Investigator: From your own group?
Abed: No. There was a squad that came from the Syrian border.
Abed: We carried out an operation in Mosul. We attacked the Islamic movement.
Investigator: The Islamic movement party?
Abed: Yes. This was in Mosul. We also hit the Al-Hisk headquarters.
Investigator: What is Al-Hisk?
Abed: It is the Kurdish neighborhood. We hit them, and we also hit the Communist headquarters, in Mosul.
Investigator: The Communist party in Al-Mosul?
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: Why did you mainly target Kurds?
Abed: Because in 2000-2003, Jalal Al-Talabani brought the Americans to attack us.
Investigator: You mean that this was just revenge, or did you want to cause strife between Arabs and Kurds?
Abed: No, it was revenge.
Investigator: Did you kidnap women?
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: There were operations of kidnapping and rape, carried out by the squad you belong to?
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: Tell me how many rape and kidnapping operations were carried out. My information says that the kidnapped women were university students or daughters of famous people. You raped them and got money for it, and if they were not slaughtered afterwards.... Did this really happen?
Abed: Yes, it did.
Investigator: Who would carry out these operations?
Abed: Abu Sajjad.
Investigator: Your superior?
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: Is this Jihad - raping women? Is this Jihad?
Abed: It is because they collaborated with the Americans.
Investigator: That's why they were raped?
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: A student, who is simply going to her university, is kidnapped, raped, and then slaughtered?! This was an American collaborator?!
Abed: Mullah Al-Raikan would give the names to the squad commander.
Investigator: My information says that they were kidnapped and brought to Mullah Al-Raikan's headquarters. True or false?
Abed: He would interrogate them.
Investigator: Were they raped after the interrogation?
Abed: Yes. He would give them to the squad, and they would kill them. Some would rape them.
Investigator: You bastards. This is Jihad? You call this Jihad?
Investigator 2: What was your role in these operations?
Abed: I would stand at the entrance to the headquarters. It was a house, and they would bring them there.
Investigator 2: Did you participate in the rape and murder?
Abed: No. Just one who worked for the PUK. She was a Kurd.
Investigator: In the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan?
Abed: Yes. We brought her too.
Investigator: And you raped her?
Abed: Yes.
Abed: Our Ansar Al-Islam military camps were in Halabja.
Investigator: This was in the days of the previous regime?
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: And now?
Abed: Now, there is nothing. They were all scattered. The training area was in Falluja.
Investigator: And then?
Abed: After Falluja was hit, they would come through Syria to Mosul... I mean, through Falluja to Mosul.
Abed: I want to say one thing. Lieutenant Muhammad respected me and gave me food. I never thought it would be like this. He gave me food, and we had lunch together, and the honorable lieutenant-colonel gave me some Pepsi. I never believed Shiites could show such respect and care. We were taught by people like Mullah Al-Raikan that Shi'a is not Islam.
Investigator: You mean we show you respect and you slaughter us?
Abed: Yes. Mullah Al-Raikan thinks so, and he said so more than once.
Investigator: That's what they think.
Abed: Yes, that Shiites are not Muslims, that they worship the Imam Ali and do not accept Muhammad.
Al-Iraqiya TV
Investigator: Did you rape anyone?
Abed: Only one, a relative of mine.
Investigator: A relative of yours. You kidnapped her and raped her?
Abed: No, we did not kill her.
Investigator: You didn't kill her, only raped her?
Abed: Yes.
Investigator: You have some nerve...
Abed: I want to say one thing. Before the operation they would give us pills.
Investigator: Capsules?
Abed: Not capsules. They would give us something like hashish and opium, and tell us we would not feel the operation we were carrying out.
Investigator: Drugs?
Abed: Yes.

Sunday, September 11, 2005


Dedicated to First Responders Everywhere

On the Eleventh of September
In the Year Two Thousand One
America lay wounded
In the smoke-filled morning sun.

It was a day of horror
To sear the very soul-
It was a day when Heroes
Like Todd Beamer cried : “ Let’s roll !”

In the blazing World Trade Towers
Where so many people died,
Some thirty thousand lives were spared
Because Heroes rushed inside.

A civilian, Chuck Costello
Was one who heard the Call:
He was not paid to risk his life,
But he bravely risked it all.

He rushed to the fierce inferno:
Pulled people out of Hell ;
And he went back – time and time again
Till the great South Tower fell.

Though he died an unsung Hero
May his memory live on-
Till the Great Clock chimes its final note
And the Human Race is gone !

Chuck Costello, of Old Bridge, NJ , was a family friend , and is still missed.
Odd News From the Russian Front

I was glancing through Russian news sites today, and came across some odd stories.

The oddest of all came from ---------------------------------------------------

Pocatello, Idaho : Meteorologist Scott Stevens , who is Weather Anchor for NBC News Channel 6 in Idaho, claims Japanese Yakuza gangsters used KGB-invented electromagnetic storm generators , broadcasting signals from ground-based microwave transmitters to create Hurricane Katrina, and to steer it into the Louisiana/Mississippi Gulf region.

But-but----WHY ?

It seems the Yakuza wanted to make a fortune in the Commodities Market, AND, while they were at it, pay back the United States for Hiroshima.

Mr. Stevens bases his statements on the work of another researcher,Tom Bearden; who, according to Stevens, says Yakuza and Aum Shinrikyu (death cult) teams studied weather control in Russia, under the direct supervision of KGB/ FSB agents.

The Russians then sold their storm generators to the Japanese plotters-who have been generating hurricanes for a few seasons now – just for practice.

( Dang ! And here I thought it was the Illuminati doing that stuff ! )

Volgograd: You will be relieved to learn a middle-aged Russian engineer-who nearly cut himself in half with a chain saw – has survived.

Apparently the engineer was at his dacha , trying to saw a log , when the saw “kicked back” ,and hit him in the chest.

In spite of his wounds – ( doctors say he resembled one of those “visible man” internal anatomy models )-the engineer tried to drive himself to the hospital, but was talked out of it by friends.

The engineer has been in the hospital for 12 days , and has a set of stitches
that looks like something out of an old Frankenstein movie. He is quoted as saying – a bit ruefully – “I should have used a protective apron.”

The doctors ( who don’t seem to have any concerns about patient privacy ) say they know the engineer rather well ; having patched him up following two automobile accidents, and a cleanup assignment at Chernobyl.

Makhachkala,Dagestan : ( Easy for You to say ! ) Police have detained 3 local residents and an out-of-town visitor on counterfeiting charges.

The foursome had sold off $ 49,000 in counterfeit US dollar bills by the time police became suspicious.

It seems one of the group was in possession of a $ 1,000,000 US banknote-fake of course – and an accompanying (false) certificate of authenticity.

(Apparently, there was something a bit “off” about the certificate…)

The foursome may be prison-bound , but apparently this is not an altogether unpleasant experience in some areas.

St. Petersburg: A Penitentiary Service Inspector became suspicious after discovering a woman who appeared to be a call girl – inside the grim walls of Kresty Prison.

The young woman said she had been visiting, and had lost her purse, but the Inspector was not fooled . Nyet ! Not for one minute !!

The Inspector summoned assistance, and reviewed the prison’s surveillance tapes : learning- to her dismay- certain inmates – who had money- were able to order up in-cell-delivery of call girls.

One segment of the tapes even showed a call girl – dressed in the uniform of a Penitentiary Service Inspector – being chaperoned to a cell by one of the Deputy Wardens.

( I don’t even want to THINK what that was all about ! )

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Can We “Civilize ‘em With a Krag” ??

One of our often-stated arguments for remaining in Iraq is the desire-and need ( for the sake of lasting peace in the region ) to assist the Iraqis in setting up a democracy.

I have no quarrel with such a goal-but do wonder, considering our situation at home ,how long we should commit troops there.

History suggests setting up a democracy – and stamping out terrorism – can be a long, daunting chore.

In the Phillippines , for example , we tried – starting in 1901 – to set up a model democracy, and to eliminate the threat of the (militantly Islamic)

A popular barracks song during that era was “Damn,Damn,Damn the Filipinos !” – and its chorus contained this memorable couplet:

“Underneath the starry flag
We’ll civilize ‘em with a Krag*…”

*The Krag was the Army service rifle at the time.

We did set up a democracy , but , after we returned full sovereignty to the people of the Phillipines in 1946 , it became a rather shaky structure : with wealthy oligarchs on one side , and the communist HUK guerrillas – who were largely Moros - on the other.

The HUKs were defeated , but became the Moro Liberation Front. About a decade ago , that front began to fracture along religious lines , and morphed into the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front – still very much a terrorist organization - is closely allied with a Filipino al-Qaeda group, called Abu-Sayaaf (spelling varies); and, between the two groups,has effective control of the southern end of the Phillippine Archipelago. It has even opened negotiations with the Government of the Phillippines for formal,permanent governing status !

To my way of thinking, the sooner the Iraqi people set up a functioning government, and establish their own military forces, the better.

Iraq is a tangled web of conflicting interests: Ba’athists displaced from power ; Sunni Islamists who want to set up a Caliphate ; Shi’ite Islamists who want the same thing – but run by Shi’ites; Kurds, who want full autonomy – and access to Iraqi oil revenues ; and last-but-not-least : outside nations that want to exploit Iraq’s resources, and will gladly fund any group they think can help them.

The Iraqis themselves are going to have to figure out how to manuever through these ever-grinding tectonic plates ; and, although we should be willing to rescue them from outsiders ,our own national needs must become paramount.

We can’t always “civilize ‘em with a Krag” !

Friday, September 09, 2005

Ghostly Apparations “Boo-ed” by Restauranteurs

Orlando: Two restauranteurs have refused to move into the newly-renovated Church Street Station entertainment complex, “because it’s haunted.”

According to the attorney for the restaurant owners ,”sub-contractors and other people” have reported seeing “ghosts or other apparitions” at the site.

The attorney for the landlord says he asked them “…if these were good ghosts or bad ghosts,and if they were good ghosts,why it was a problem”.

The restaurant owners – who claim to be devout Jehovah’s Witnesses-say their religion forbids them to have anything to do with spirits or demons, and they are opposed to exorcism “because it is a Roman Catholic ritual”.

The premises where the restaurant is supposed to open has been one of the Orlando Ghost Tours attractions since 2001, and is visited regularly by tourists seeking an other-worldly thrill.

Can you say : “ Publicity stunt ? “ I thought you could !

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic , an inebriated woman managed to star in her own “ grave undertaking ” …

Brussels: A 33 year-old woman , who had quaffed quite a few too many, decided to take a shortcut through a cemetery on her way home from the bar.

It was dark and private there, and the woman needed to relieve herself rather urgently ; so she crouched between the tombstones: grabbing one for support.

The headstone – quite a large and impressive one – toppled over : pinning her underneath. Unable to escape , the micturating maiden suffocated.

( Not a good place – or a particularly good way to go ! )

Speaking of unpleasant surprises----------------

London: Documents released by the National Archives reveal Nazi saboteurs had designed a number of them:

 A chocolate bar – designed to explode seven seconds after a piece was boken off;

 Bombs designed to look like canned plums,throat lozenges,shaving brushes,batteries,wood,coal , and (Achtung !) Stuffed Dogs !

Fortunately, none of these secret weapons was ever used - outside of a “James Bond “ story -or British cemeteries might have been even more crowded.
Time to “Draw Down” in Iraq ?

Hurricane Katrina – and whatever other storms may follow this season – give us an excellent reason to review our continuing involvement in Iraq.

A constitutional referendum is scheduled next month , and, assuming it is approved , Iraq can become self-governing not long afterwards.

It’s time to sit down with the Iraqis and say : “ Look: we have problems of our own to deal with now. These are problems that will require most of our energy and our funds. You’re going to have to take control of your own destiny – for good, or for evil.”

I would also tell the Iraqi people they have choices to make: Will they drift back into dictatorship ? Become a battleground for warring religious beliefs ? Fall prey to demagogues ? Will they sink ---or are they willing to do what it takes to swim ?

In October, I would withdraw all of our National Guard units. (We need them at home , more than we need them in Iraq. ) By Christmas, I would bring all Reservists home – especially those who have completed their original tours of active duty. This would get the message across more clearly : It’s now “showtime” in Iraq.

Should the Iraqi government request our military assistance , let’s stand ready to furnish it – as long as it doesn’t entail the favoring of one faction over another ; but let’s be plain : our primary goal should be the withdrawal of all of our forces – with the possible exception of highly specialized skeleton crews.

Iraq has been freed , and has been deterred from nuclear adventurism. We have acquitted ourselves honorably but cannot be the World’s Babysitter –
not when we have massive problems at home.

Mr. President : Let’s bring ‘em on home !

Since writing this, I've had opportunity to read Michael Yon's dispatch from Iraq.

Michael is in profound disagreement, and presents excellent reasons for his stand.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Mexican Police Intercept “Illegals”

Mexico City: Police who stopped a bus at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Mexico City heard odd sounds coming from the luggage compartment.

Inside the compartment, they found boxes containing : 1 eagle, 2 toucans,41 mockingbirds,3 iguanas ,14 parrots,15 snakes,55 tortoises,and 1 tarantula.

Officials are puzzling over what to to with these “undocumented visitors”.

Minot,ND – A mechanic has found a way to fight back against high gasoline prices: he has been riding his horse to work.

I realize this statement will raise certain questions, which I shall try to answer.

1. For PETA Members: The horse is actually an “animal companion”,and is provided with water and hay at the mechanic’s place of business.

2. For “Pet-o-philes” : The horse is a mare , and she and the mechanic have a long-term, strictly-platonic relationship. (You could ask her out, but I think you’ll get a resounding “ Neigh !” )

3. For Auto Enthusiasts : Yes, she is “cheap on gas” ; in fact , she is apt to produce far more than she uses – if you catch my drift.

Wellington, NZ – A Royal New Zealand Police College student learned an important lesson the hard way : Don’t volunteer for a fingerprinting demonstration if there are warrants outstanding against you.

The student had undergone some background screening, prior to admission, but had not been fingerprinted yet. He looked to be a good prospect, and authorities were somewhat chagrined to discover he was wanted on serious assault charges.

The former student is now learning the “ins” and “outs” of New Zealand’s legal system.

Administrators at the Police College have been directed to write ;” I shall obtain fingerprints first !” 100 times on the blackboard.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

That’s a CROC !!

A French-sponsored 12 member Peruvian exploration team has discovered the fossil remains of a 46 foot crocodile – deep in the Amazon jungle.

It is believed the entire Amazon Basin was once an inland sea – stretching from Atlantic to Pacific, and inhabited by creatures such as this monster and a relatively demure and petite giant armadillo – whose fossil was also found nearby.

The crocodile fossil, which included skeleton, jaws, and very large teeth , indicates the creature may have had a head measuring four feet across ; and it probably weighed “about 9 tons “.

(Pace that distance off , and try to visualize 46 ‘ of hungry crocodile. Keep reminding yourself: “ It’s only a fossil ! It’s only an old fossil !! “)

Waterford Twp., Michigan – Speaking of “old timers ” , Mr. Rolla Zuck, will be 100 years old on September 20th , and still drives a car to the bowling alley every week - where he maintains a respectable 155 average in the Senior League.

In May, he bowled two 200 games, and a 170 ,for an average of 190.

( He might be old, but he’s no fossil ! )

Moscow: Now that we’re on the topic , a young man, who had gotten “fossilized” on WAY too much vodka decided to sleep it off – on a railway track bed – between the rails of a commuter line.

The engineer of an oncoming passenger train saw him lying there, and applied the brakes-but the train rolled right over the sleeping man.

Rescuers tried to pull the man out, but failed; so the train was inched forward until it had passed over him completely, and he was in the clear.

The drunk never woke up ! He was still snoring happily as crew members pulled him out of the track bed and hauled him to safety .

( Somehow I doubt this fellow is going to live long enough to worry about Senior Bowling averages ! )

Monday, September 05, 2005

Tularemia Outbreak in Russia – Might Have Been Natural

A recent outbreak –over 400 cases of Tularemia – occurred in Russia during July and August.

The sheer number of cases – as compared to prior years – seemed alarming ; as did the proximity of the cases to Russian biowarfare research
facilities. (There were even cases in Sverdlosk – site of an Anthrax accident many years ago. )

It is well to be suspicious of coincidence ; but equally important to make sure all facts are in hand before drawing conclusions.

In researching Tularemia “episodes” a few days ago, I came upon an outbreak in Sweden in 2003 that involved well over 500 cases, and that took place in areas where Tularemia was not endemic. ( It was, in fact, quite rare in the affected area.)

No absolute conclusions were reached about the Swedish outbreak,but certain facts did emerge: a higher than normal rabbit population ,exposure of victims to rabbits, and higher-than-normal populations of mosquitos and biting insects in the affected areas.

I am advised some of these factors – especially high mosquito numbers-are present in the present Russian outbreak ,and that Russian authorities are reasonably certain nothing untoward has occurred.

That comes as a tremendous relief , because the whole world worries about the possibility of terrorists of any stripe getting their hands on such insidious and deadly materials.

Meanwhile, I return to my watch : an old herd bull, who keeps an eye open for tell-tale movement in the tall grasses of our world ; and who hopes others will take up or continue their own vigils .

It is better to snort at the approach of a badger , than to become the dinner of a hungry wolfpack – no matter how much a fool you may be thought to be.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Hurricane Produces Grief --- And Urban Legends

We’ve all seen heartbreaking images of Hurricane Katrina – which,by the way, devastated coastal areas of Mississippi too – something the Media almost totally ignores.*

To make matters worse , the “Urban Legend Machine” is operating at full capacity ; with every type of huckster you can imagine going online – or elbowing a path to the news cameras to spout off.

These are just a few of the stories being told.

1. A “prominent” ( in his own mind ) activist proclaimed his opinion poor black people had been left to die in New Orleans – and had been forced to resort to cannibalism to survive. ( I didn’t realize you could starve to death in a week ! )

2. An Anarchist claimed she had it from “unimpeachable” sources the United States had refused aid from Russia. (When confronted with headlines from 3 Russian newspapers, reporting the grateful acceptance of Russian aid by the US,she became quite indignant.)

3. A“ progressive” chap insisted the looters were not really black;and, even if they were, they were “engaged in Class Warfare” – not looting.

4. A Libertarian felt,since looting was under discussion, we should be paying closer attention to the white looters in the federal government,who were going to make the rest of us pay for the people affected by the storm.

5. The Anarchist returned to the fray: this time to tell us the looters who shot at rescue helicopters were really peaceful folks, who were forced to take up arms when the government blew up the levees. ( That didn’t go over too well, so she came up, a bit later, with #6.)

6. Katrina was a “Scalar Storm” : which used weather control and weather warfare to attack the Gulf Coast. Its purpose was to dissolve the US Constitution,and pave the way for rule by the Illuminati.

The proof of this was the weather maps shown on TV,which displayed the storm track – AND – the fact the storm was forecast by the Illuminati Card Game. (Ho-o-o-o-o-o-o-kay ! )

7. Some skinheads expressed a desire to persuade somebody to:

A. Shoot looters – especially the black ones;
B. Kill some Jews – just for drill;
C. Kill the President;
D. Kill some Mexicans .

(They made it quite clear THEY wouldn’t be doing any of this stuff !)

8. Abu Musab al Zarqawi congratulated Osama bin Laden for causing the hurricane: adding Allah was not on our side, had never been, and never would be; so we should resign ourselves to being decapitated in the near future.


*Here’s something from a family friend in Mississippi . I’ve edited out names for privacy sake,and deleted a paragraph or two for clarity.

We made it back to our house. We had over 4 feet of water in our house and everything is destroyed.

Our furniture and our beds and our linens and dishes and both refrigerators, our new washer and dryer, just everything was submerged in water.

The saddest things that were destroyed were all the pictures of the kids as they were growing up. All the photo albums were ruined. And all of our books and school yearbooks were also destroyed.

We spent all day at the house trying to take things out and save what we can. Mold is growing on everything and you can only be in the house for a short time before you must go out for air. Not to mention that since we have not power it is really hot.

Our water tower was destroyed so we don't have any water for cleaning things up. The things that we can save we have no place to put. The doors are swollen and full of water that once we opened them, we could not get them closed.

R-- cannot go into the house at all because the mold will send him straight to the hospital. After two hours yesterday, both C------ and R----- were having difficulty breathing and I stayed in the house too long trying to get things picked up that I ended up throwing up.

I am trying to find some guys with muscle to help move the heavy things. My bedroom furniture weighs a ton and we have two sleeper sofas that weigh tons too. Once we can get the furniture out, we can get the carpet out and that should help with the smell.

Anything wood has mold growing on it and the walls have mold growing on them, too. My lower kitchen cabinets are bowed and swollen. It is hard to pull the drawers out and once they are out they won't go back in.

All the pots and pans and bowls have water in them and I am not sure I want to keep them. All my small appliances were in the lower cabinet---the crockpot, rotisserie, mixer, chopper etc.

It is just a mess! Our house survived the best in our neighborhood and our house sat the highest in the neighborhood so you can imagine the rest of the neighborhood. So mold is growing everywhere and people have started putting all the destroyed things at the curb so even going outside doesn't get complete fresh air.

We have homeowner's insurance, but not flood insurance. We are not in a flood zone. We have called our insurance company and FEMA but have not seen any adjusters yet so I don't know what they are going to do.

Our hearts go out to all who are suffering in this time of crisis !

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Spider Control Made Simple

A 34 year-old German woman decided to rid her garage of spiders- so:

First she attacked the pesky critters with hair spray – lots of it.

The spiders were unimpressed , so the annoyed hausfrau grabbed a cigarette lighter , and attempted to burn them out.

Hair spray being quite inflammable , there was a sort of popping noise,and, within minutes , flaming material was oozing down the garage wall , and setting a nearby hedge ablaze.

The woman grabbed her garden hose , and tried to put the blaze out ; but it spread to her house – burning it to the ground.

It also damaged a neighbor’s home , to the tune of 100,000+ Euros – (Sorry, but you’ll have to ask George Soros about those. He bought a big bunch of them when he was trying to bankrupt us.)

(We are happy to report the spiders are gone. Alles in ordnung. See how easy that was ?)

San Francisco: Motorists stuck in traffic on the Golden State Bridge got some unexpected diversion when the owner of an ostrich farm, who was transporting two of the big birds across the bridge, saw an opening in traffic and speeded up.

One of the birds – which had evidently been watching for the chance to make a break for it – kicked out the back window of the van, and began trotting towards the toll booths.

Unfortunately, the ostrich didn’t have cash, tokens, or an EZ Pass sticker, and police swarmed out to cut it off.

Traffic was stopped for about eight minutes while the bird was removed from the roadway and returned to its anxious owner.

(Motorists expressed their solidarity with living creatures by honking their horns and flipping one another the bird , throughout "Big Bird's" great adventure.)

Los Angeles : You will be happy to hear that the executives of the ABC TV channel have decided to demonstrate their incredible sensitivity by postponing the airing of promos for their new show “ Invasion”.

The series opens with a powerful hurricane that batters Homestead,Florida:
“ thus ushering in a a series of phenomena that suggest the storm may have been a smoke screen for an alien invasion”.

The executives thought the promos might be a little too graphic for youngsters already traumatized by Hurricane Katrina – but the series will open on September 21st : by which time , the executives probably figure, we will be so sick of hurricane coverage, we’ll actually watch their show.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Cat Burglar Arrested – and Other “Animal Antics”

Berlin: German police, investigating a suspected apartment burglary,found broken window blinds, torn-down drapes, and badly trashed furniture.

A broken aquarium, and a trail of fish remains led to apprehension of the perpetrator : a large, heavyweight male cat – which surrendered only after a bitter struggle, in which he bit one officer on the thumb.

The cat was wearing a collar and identifying tag , so it was not difficult to reunite the surly animal with its owner – who ,we are told , was less ecstatic about the reunion after learning she would be held responsible for all the damages.

Rome: Reforms Minister Roberto Calderoli was accused by animal rights groups of breaking the law by harboring wild animals : wolves to be exact.

The Minister, who is not known for his diffidence, responded in the newspaper by inviting the activists to stop by.

“ If anyone wants to visually ascertain what type of wolves they are, they’re welcome. We always need fresh meat. “

(So far, no one has expressed interest in “dancing with wolves”.)

Cambridge, MA – Researchers at M.I.T. announced plans to “train” one of Sony’s robotic dogs – “Aibo”- as a weight-watching personal fitness guru.

Aibo would be connected by radio to the bathroom scales, to a pedometer,and to a personal data organizer – in which the lucky owner would get to enter details of daily food intake.

The robo-mutt would “ jump excitedly,play funky music,and flash colored lights – of flop down and play a dirge “ – depending on how well the diet was followed.

It would insist on being taken for long,healthy walks ; however, no pooper scooper would be required , and there would be no wrist-dislocating lunges at hydrants, trees, expensive shrubbery, cats, other dogs,etc.,etc.,etc.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Tularemia Outbreak in Russia –443 Cases-Origins Unknown

The ProMed site carried a report this morning concerning a Tularemia outbreak in Russia –updated to 08/29/05.

The ProMed heading says 334 cases have been reported, but simple arithmetic shows the number to be 443. Breakdown follows:

135 Moscow (Shatursky District)
99 Nizhny Novgorod
83 Vladimir region ( Gorohovetsky)
67 Ryazan
28 Voronezh
29 Sverdlosk region
2 Yekaterinburg

443 Total

Laboratory confirmation has been obtained in 128 of the cases,so far.

(This is important, because influenza can cause similar symptoms , and there has been extensive migration of infected/infectious wildfowl into much of the region covered by the Tularemia outbreak.)

A link to the ProMed site is posted here :,F2400_P1001_PUB_MAIL_ID:1000,30252

This is a link to the outbreak map:


Russian health authorities are claiming ALL of the victims were bitten by insects, or bathed in open reservoirs prior to infection.

Insect bites and contaminated food/water are known vectors of this disease,as is the handling of infected animal carcasses; however, the unprecedented number of cases – many of which have occurred in the vicinity of known bioweapons labs-suggests this outbreak has “other-than-natural” causes : whether it “leaked” from carelessly-handled containers, or whether it was deliberately transported to several areas.


Tularemia – a bacterial disease – is one of many diseases researched for biowarfare use in the former Soviet Union. Ken Alibek (Kantjan Alibekov), former head of Russia’s Vector program, and author of the book “Biohazard” , has indicated bioweapons research was ongoing in 1997-despite international agreements to the contrary.

One of the areas of research Allibek reported was “microencapsulization” of bioagents : a step which made them much more “durable” for battlefield use.

The material used in the 2001 Anthrax attacks on American soil may have been made using just such a “microencapsulization” process , in which finely powdered material is kept from clumping by the addition of a product called “nanoglass”.

The nanoglass – acting somewhat like an electrical insulator – surrounds the particles : protecting them from the destructive effects of sunlight, and causing them to “seethe” : so vigorously, that simple removal of a cap from a container will cause the product to flow upwards from the container.

(The seething is caused by built-in electrical charges called Van der Waals Forces , which attract fine particles to one another. Because of the nanoglass barrier - which, under an electron microscope, would appear like tiny round “birdshot” surrounding a medicine ball - the product moves constantly in “search” of an un-insulated surface on which it may clump.)


The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500's:

These are interesting...

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying "dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet , so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they adding more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying a "thresh hold."

(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old."

Sometimes they could ob tain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off.. It was a sign of wealth that a man could "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat."

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or "upper crust."

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a "wake."

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a "bone-house" and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the "graveyard shift") to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be "saved by the bell" or was considered a "dead ringer."

And that's the truth... Now , whoever said that History was boring !
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