Monday, February 27, 2006

Saudis Strike Back - U.S. & World News - Saudi Forces Kill Five Terror Suspects: "Saudi security forces on Monday shot dead five suspected terrorists believed to be involved in a foiled attack on the world's biggest oil processing complex, the Saudi Interior Ministry said. A sixth suspect was arrested.

The shootings came after security forces raided two houses in the Saudi capital of Riyadh that had been under surveillance...

'We think all the men involved had something to do with Abqaiq attempt,' al-Turki said, referring to Friday's attempt by suicide bombers to detonate car bombs inside the world's biggest oil stabilization plant."

I'm still trying to figure out what the bombers were trying to accomplish by bombing their own area. You would think their efforts would be put twoard hurting the west, but not so, apparently. Nice to see how quickly SA reacted though.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Iran rattles sabers, Round II

title: "If the United States launches an attack on Iran, the Islamic republic will retaliate with a military strike on Israel's main nuclear facility.

Dr. Abasi, an advisor to Iran's Revolutionary Guard, said Tehran would respond to an American attack with strikes on the Dimona nuclear reactor and other strategic Israeli sites such as the port city of Haifa and the Zakhariya area.

Haifa is also home to a large concentration of chemical factories and oil refineries. "

This does beg the question: With what? There air force is almost non-existant, much of their ground army is based on cold war technology aquired from russia, and they're navy is not that capable. Terrorist strike, perhaps?

Friday, February 24, 2006

Hamas' Moscow Trip Angers Israel

Hamas' Moscow Trip Angers Israel - Yahoo! News: "A top-level Hamas delegation will travel to Moscow next week for meetings with Russian officials, a Hamas official said Friday, part of the militant group's efforts to gain international legitimacy after sweeping a Palestinian parliamentary election.

Russia's invitation to Hamas angered Israel, which is seeking to isolate the militant group after its victory in the Jan. 25 election. Israel also condemned Turkey after Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul met in Ankara with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal.

Hamas, responsible for dozens of suicide bombings in Israel, is sworn to the destruction of the Jewish state. Israel, the United States and the European Union list Hamas as a terrorist organization."

WHAT???? Russia is apparently becoming, not our ally. Giving Iran nueclear material, snuggling with Hamas, and involved with the old school Iraq, Russia is also no longer a democracy, thanks to Mr. Putin.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

US Unemployment: 4.7% - Business News - Jobless Claims Fall Unexpectedly: "278,000 laid-off workers applied for jobless benefits last week, a decline of 20,000 from the previous week.

It was the biggest drop in five weeks, since a decrease of 36,000 claims the week ending Jan. 14. Weekly jobless applications have been below 300,000 for six straight weeks, a range that reflects healthy job conditions.

The unemployment rate fell in January to 4.7 percent, a 4 1/2-year low, as businesses added 193,000 new jobs last month, up from a gain of 140,000 in December.

Analysts believe the level of layoffs this year is consistent with strong job gains in coming months of around 200,000 per month."

Economys up, and Bush is pushing to make the tax cuts permanent.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

GOP Governors Threaten to Block Port Deal - Yahoo! News

GOP Governors Threaten to Block Port Deal - Yahoo! News: "Two Republican governors are threatening legal action to block an Arab company from taking over operations in major U.S. ports and some GOP lawmakers say the deal should be closely examined.

In the uneasy climate after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Bush administration decision to allow the transaction is threatening to develop a major political headache for the White House.

New York Gov. George Pataki and Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich on Monday voiced doubts about the acquisition of a British company that has been running six U.S. ports by Dubai Ports World, a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates."

Glad some one is keeping their head on straight. Homeland security sure isn't.

Acctually, all the port company is handleing is the containter terminals, not the personal transfer points.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Calming jail riots, the old school way

Los Angeles Officials Defend Effort to Calm Jails - New York Times: "Sheriff's officials are defending recent tactics used in hopes of quelling two weeks of violence in the Los Angeles County jail system, including taking mattresses away from inmates and ordering them to strip.

More than 100 inmates at Pitchess Detention Center spent much of Feb. 9 naked, without their mattresses and with only blankets to cover themselves. The punishment was an effort to calm inmates who had repeatedly attacked each other, even after privileges like access to mail, television and phones were taken away, said Sammy Jones, chief of the custody division.
The violence began Feb. 4 with a riot at a jail in northern Los Angeles County that left a black inmate dead. Another black inmate collapsed and died last Sunday after a small fight at a downtown jail.
Mr. Jones said the harsh treatment of inmates had worked. In the three dorms where the measures had been taken, there was no new violence. Inmates were given clothing the next day.

Mark Rosenbaum, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, said the revelations about safety concerns in the dorms, as well as the stripping of inmates as punishment, pointed to a 'huge systemic problem' in the jail system, which holds about 19,000 inmates."

Looks like it worked. We had the Mexican Gangs going after the mostly Black Gangs from LA for about 4 days, so the inmates were segregated. In addition, they most violent had they're clothes and mattress privliages taken away.

Yeah, thats really rough alright. Compared to having a limb removed, I think it's soft.

Friday, February 17, 2006

San Francisco

“I don’t think we should have a military...”

Story: "The statement came after Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes grilled Sandoval for voting against stationing the USS Iowa on San Francisco Bay. Sandoval, who sided with the majority of his fellow supervisors, said he felt it was inappropriate to put a 10-story symbol of war on the Bay."

The city of San Fransico refused to allow the USS Iowa to dock in the harbor (8-3 vote), after it was arranged to have the ship dock in their city for educational need. And because they don't support the war, apparently they don't support the troops either.

In addition to that:
"A Board of Supervisors committee approved a resolution Thursday calling for the investigation and impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney."

I do believe it is time to annex San Fransico back into the United States.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Iran sitiuation, Round II

Top News Article | "France accused Iran on Thursday of pursuing a secret military nuclear program, drawing a swift rebuke from Tehran before talks next week on a Russian proposal for resolving the dispute.

The United States said the international community was very concerned about Iran developing nuclear arms but diplomacy was being used to try to resolve the standoff. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was very optimistic about the diplomacy.

French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said Iran's nuclear work, which Tehran says is solely for power generation, could not possibly be designed for civilian uses alone.

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani responded with a warning to the West not to hector Tehran, an exchange that boded ill for talks in Moscow on Monday on the Russian proposal.

Russia has offered to enrich Iranian uranium on its soil and return it to Iran for use in atomic reactors, thereby easing international concerns Iran could produce bomb-grade uranium."

A couple of thoughts:
1. Not all French officials are idiots, even some of them recognize that a hard-line ultra-militant iranians are not innocently developing neuclear power.
2. What does Iran even need nuclear power? They've got so much oil available to make energy with. And it's not because they want a clean enviroment, its the desert, and they're methods of drilling are not a standard to measure cleanliness by.
3. Whats with the Russians?????? They have got to have some ties with the Iranians, and I would not be suprised if it was assistance in their nueclear program.
4. Tehran is asking to be invaded.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Violence continues in riots - U.S. & World News - Two Killed in Continued Cartoon Violence in Pakistan: "More than 70,000 people flooded the streets of the northwestern city of Peshawar, said Saeed Wazir, a senior police officer. The massive crowd went on a rampage, torching businesses and fighting police, who struck back with tear gas and batons. A bus terminal operated by South Korea's Sammi Corp. was torched, police said.

Protesters burned a KFC restaurant, three movie theaters and the offices of the main mobile phone company in the country. A Norwegian mobile phone company's offices were also ransacked. Gunfire was heard near the burning KFC, as police tried to clear people from a main street, witnesses said.

An 8-year-old boy died after being struck in the face by a bullet fired by a protester, police officer Shahid Khan said. A 25-year-old man was killed by an electric cable that was snapped by gunfire, said the man's cousin, Jehangir Khan.

At least 45 people were being treated for injuries.."

Yes, and Islam is a peaceful religion. These comics were published almost SIX, count em SIX months ago. This is now officially not about cartoons, this is about an excuse to burn, kill, and fight with the police.

Monday, February 13, 2006

BREAKING: Money doesn't buy happiness

BREITBART.COM - Money really doesn't buy happiness, study finds: "Money doesn't buy happiness, and now there's a study to prove it. Australian researchers found that people in well-off Sydney are among the most miserable in the country, while those in some of the poorest areas are much more satisfied with their lives.

'Only at very, very high levels does money actually have any impact to act as a buffer,' said Deakin University researcher Liz Eckerman.

'Money doesn't actually buy happiness and that's what was shown very clearly for the nearly 23,000 people we've interviewed so far,' she told ABC radio.

The findings, collated since 2001, show that while there are no extremes of well-being in Australia, the happiest areas had a lower population, more people aged 55 or over, more women, more married people and less income inequality."

Haha, aren't the results just SHOCKING.
I do like this saying though:
Money doesn't buy happiness, but sure lets you pick your own form of misery.

The Iran roundup

Telegraph | News | US prepares military blitz against Iran's nuclear sites: "Strategists at the Pentagon are drawing up plans for devastating bombing raids backed by submarine-launched ballistic missile attacks against Iran's nuclear sites as a 'last resort' to block Teheran's efforts to develop an atomic bomb.
They are reporting to the office of Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary, as America updates plans for action if the diplomatic offensive fails to thwart the Islamic republic's nuclear bomb ambitions. Teheran claims that it is developing only a civilian energy programme.

'This is more than just the standard military contingency assessment,' said a senior Pentagon adviser. 'This has taken on much greater urgency in recent months.'
The most likely strategy would involve aerial bombardment by long-distance B2 bombers, each armed with up to 40,000lb of precision weapons, including the latest bunker-busting devices. They would fly from bases in Missouri with mid-air refuelling.

The Bush administration has recently announced plans to add conventional ballistic missiles to the armoury of its nuclear Trident submarines within the next two years. If ready in time, they would also form part of the plan of attack."

Nuclear Missles: Untold millions in reaserch.
B2-Bomber: 27.5 million
The ability to fight a 3 front war with the US Military: Priceless.

In other news...

"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday that the Palestinians and "other nations" will eventually remove Israel from the region.

Addressing a mass demonstration in Tehran - one of many organized throughout Iran to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the Islamic revolution - he once again questioned the Holocaust "fairy tale".

"We ask the West to remove what they created sixty years ago and if they do not listen to our recommendations, then the Palestinian nation and other nations will eventually do this for them," Ahmadinejad said in a ceremony marking the 27th anniversary of the Islamic revolution.

"Do the removal of Israel before it is too late and save yourself from the fury of regional nations," the ultra-conservative president said. He once again called the Holocaust a "fairy tale" and said Europeans have become hostages of "Zionists" in Israel.

He also accused Europeans for not allowing "neutral scholars" to investigate in Europe and make a scientific report on "the truth about the fairy tale of Holocaust."

"How comes that insulting the prophet of Muslims worldwide is justified within the framework of press freedom, but investigating about the fairy tale Holocaust is not?" Ahmadinejad said. "

Yeah, maybe there is a really really good reason to prepare for war on Iran.
Seems like they've already declared war on our greatest ally.
(Tied with Britian, I might add)

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Common Sense - How Not to Behave at a Funeral - Your World w/ Neil Cavuto - Common Sense - How Not to Behave at a Funeral: "All I know is that when you walk into a church or a synagogue, you aren't a Democrat or a Republican, a conservative or a liberal. You're a human being, there to remember another human being."

Something Jimmy Carter forgot at Mrs. Kings funneral.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Frist lines up hard Right on Iran, Security

KCTV5 - Frist says military action a posssibility against Iran: "The United States has long advocated Security Council action against Iran, including possible political and economic sanctions, which have not yet occurred.

Asked whether Congress had the political will to use military force against Iran if necessary, First said: 'The answer is yes, absolutely.'

'We cannot allow Iran to become a nuclear nation,' Frist told reporters at the Missouri GOP's annual Lincoln Days conference. 'We need to use diplomatic sanctions. If that doesn't work, economic sanctions, and if that doesn't work, the potential for military use has to be on the table.'

Frist also defended a program in President Bush's administration that allowed the government to eavesdrop, without warrants, on international calls and e-mails in the United States that were believed to be terrorist-related."

Glad Bush has the backing of the congress, at least in the Republican side of things.

Friday, February 03, 2006


The staff at Pushing Back the Frontiers of Ignorance will be absent for the weekend.

Superbowl pick: Seahawks

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Iran's message to the west: back off or we retaliate!!!!!!!

Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | Iran's message to the west: back off or we retaliate: "Iran's foreign minister yesterday threatened immediate retaliation over a move to refer its nuclear weapons activities to the United Nations security council in comments which deepen his country's confrontation with the international community.

In an interview with the Guardian - his first with western media - Manouchehr Mottaki accused the US of manufacturing the crisis and insisted there was still time to avoid a collision. But he warned that any military action by the US or Israel against Iran would have 'severe consequences' and would be countered 'by all means' at Iran's disposal."

Yeah, saber rattling is a great way to look for peace, esspessially when no one in there right mind would trust you. Nor should they, after you claim the Holocaust never happened.