Tuesday, September 30, 2003
I'm not paying too much attention to this whole "CIA Leak" story, as I think that the media is playing it up for more than it is.
First off, I don't really think that someone like Novak would deliberately release the name of a current covert operative. After all his years in Washington, one would think he'd know better.
Second, why is this story just breaking now? The piece by Novak ran back in JULY. That's 2.5 months ago! A bit slow on the pickup?
I don't feel like blogging much about it, since others have covered it much more throughly. RWN has info on it (first and second posts)
The folks at the Corner have been all over it too (sorry, there are too many links to provide specific ones)
Instapundit has a few links: On sources, on tasking Wilson, the press.
My desire is for the media to move on from this; and to report other news (and by "other news" I mean things not involving the Laci Peterson case, the Kobi case, etc.)
update: I came across this transcript with Fmr. CIA director James Woolsey on CNN (link from Druge), some important quotes:
If this article/editorial by Joseph Farah (editor of WND) is indeed true, not only does it reflect poorly on the Democrat Party, it's also ashame, to say the least. (Heck, it may even vindicate parts of Coulter's latest thesis)
I'll let you make your own judgements about this.
Is it just me or have there been a lot of these stories? I'm starting to lose count.
This one is from WND and Insight Magazine
Iraq-al-Qaida link revealed: Saddam part of 'money-laundering operation' for Islamic terror group
Monday, September 29, 2003
The pro-America club I helped form here at Brandeis last year (and that I'm currently serving as President of), United We Stand just got a mention in National Review on Dead Tree!!!!!!!!
(Though I did get somewhat shafted by not being quoted directly; nor did my name get in, but that's petty stuff).
Here's a link to the article (or for those of you who get NRODT or NR Digital we're on page 44).
Off to celebrate!
In addition to all that I've previously posted on Edward Said, here's two more pieces:
One by David Frum
The other by Jonah Goldberg
And one by Ibn Warraq
[yes, I know that's an Indymedia URL, but otherwise you need a WSJ subscription]
And some fun at Indymedia
Mexico threatens to cut off all bulk exports of Tequila to the USA...
Can you imagine the response?
[Via Stephen Silver]
First things first, there is a controversy as to whether or not Lerner is even an ordained Rabbi. But I don't want to go back into that whole thing.
Clinton ran as a "centrist Democrat" if memory serves correctly, and while in office, the "Republican Revolution" (which led to the Republicans gaining control of the House in '94) led to some Republican agenda victories under Clinton.
Lerner's reference to "undermining of Liberal thinking" probably refers to things such as the passage of NAFTA, Welfare Reform (as per the GOPs desire) among other things. Of course, these are unpopular on the Left. I don't think this "subversion" lead to anything for President Bush really.
Lerner is a member of the very, very far left, so his characterization of Clark and Dean as "Moderate Republicans" is humorous at best. I'm wondering who Lerner supports, Kucinich?
Clark may have voted for the GOP in the past, but now he's claiming that he's a Democrat. That's still gotta be resolved.
As for Nikita Dean, he's nowhere near being a Republican. He's not even near RINO land. Nikita is a hard-core liberal. Heck, he even hates Rush Limbaugh! How could he be a Republcian and hate Rush?
Oh, what a bunch of laughs some people can be.
(no, I don't know if "sillyness" is a real word, but I"m using it anyway). So there were a few editorials in today's Boston Globe. One by George Will (you can read it here). which I must say was quite good.
There was a piece on Chechniya (sp?), and then there was Cathy Young's column (which The Smarter Cop takes on)
The other piece was titled "California Leads On Civil Unions", and it was written by a "visiting scholar at the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center".
I personally am opposed to "Civil Unions" and same-sex marriage--and those beliefs are based on my religious upbringing. At the same time, I have nothing against GBLTQI (I think that's the acronym) people--in fact, I have friends who are classified by that acronym.
But that's not what I want to take issue with in this piece. Nor do I want to take the author to task for the cheap shot at Fox News. Rather, the author says:
No, this is incorrect. Especially on a Federal level. The Judge's job is to make rulings based on the existing laws--it is not to make new laws from the bench. A Federal Justice is to base their rulings according to either Federal laws (in some cases) or to rule based strictly on what the Consititution says. Not what they think it should mean, nor what they think it should say, but what is written within it.
Nowhere in a judge's job description is "protecting minority rights" listed. Granted, in many cases, a minority's rights can be upheld based on existing laws, but otherwise, there is no basis to subvert the laws and letter of the consitutiton to do so.
Sunday, September 28, 2003
Well, it's the start of a new year. I was sick on Saturday (bad headache) but I bounced back today. However, the weather today was quite rainy, so I didn't get to go throw bread into the Charles yet. (I'll do it later this week).
I was very dissapointed that I wasn't able to be at my grandparents for the holiday, as I used to always go there for Rosh Hashana, but since coming to school, I've been unable too. I miss all of grandma's yummy Kosher food. It stands in contrast to the junk Aramark served for a holiday dinner (egg salad).
I've spent the evening catching up on all the school work I wasn't able to do this weekend.
I'm also trying to catch up on what happened in the Blogsphere.
I've been told that there was a rally by the communists and anti-semites of ANSWER today in Boston (and that the Freepers were there). I can't wait for pictures. Heh.
Friday, September 26, 2003
To all those out there who are going to be celebrating Rosh Hashanah, a
Shanah Tovah T'katevu--Happy New Year
And for everyone else, have a great weekend!
Blogging will resume here at JawsBlog on Gimmel Tishrei Tav-Shin-Samech-Dalet (3 Tishrei 5764).
[Otherwise known as Sunday Night]
I'm sure you've seen the latest ingenious project to come out of France...
Oh, you haven't? Well, from the same people in France that brought you the book claiming that a plane never hit the Pentagon, comes: The 52 Most Dangerous American Dignitaries--The Bush Regime Card Deck
It's sickeningly twisted (their deck that is). They also think 9/11 was a big American conspiracy as well.
But on the lighter side of things, for those on the American Right with a sense of humor, I saw on Fox News this AM the 52 Most Dangerous Liberals in America Deck
If you're going to make a parody...at least make it tasteful. Got that weasels?
A story which ran on page A1 of today's Globe was: Drug implant offers hope, spurs worry
Now strictly from a technological standpoint, this is simply awesome. It shows how far we've advanced in medical technology. Granted, it has some drawbacks, like the inability to titrate the drugs in some scenarios, but I'd assume researchers are already busy working on an enhanced version.
The article rightfully points out that a lot of psychatric problems can be managed with medications, and that one of the problems is that in some cases patients don't take their meds which leads to further issues. If you don't take the meds to control the condition, well you're not going to get better.
However, there are the obvious moral issues and I guess constitutional issues. The obvious question that will arise is if a state can mandate the treatment (of a mentally ill individual). Is it an invasion of privacy? Or is the potential benefit to the common good [of the individual and society] outweight that?
Some potential betterment to society issues include: decreased hospitalization of some patients. A possible reduction in homelessness (with mentally ill individuals being medically treated). Would this also lower the general costs to society? Could treatment of disorders lead to less crime?
But at the same time, the forced administration of medicine could be an invasion of privacy. Does gov't have a right to do it?
When I got a copy of today's Boston Globe and flipped through it, I immediately notice this story: Legislature takes up issue of student loads; Bill filed to limit weight of public schools' books
I read the article, and shook my head with disbelief.
For starters, the goverment shouldn't be legislating things such as backpack weights--that steps way over its bounds. I mean how are they going to enforce such a rule?
Second, what ever happened to lockers? When I was in school, I didn't lug my textbooks with me everywhere; if I didn't need 'em, I kept them in my locker. Other teachers didn't have us use the book(s) in class, so we were told to keep 'em at home. So maybe every so often you have to lug a few books...big deal!
Third, for the most part, in recent years, textbook sizes have been decreasing. I have two younger siblings, and I've noticed this trend with their books. Maybe with the exception of some history texts and my HS Physics book (which my sister also had).
Fifth, I'm suprised that there are 4000+ ER visits related to backpacks (nationwide I believe) per year. That's very perplexing. But I don't think legislating will do anything to fix this problem.
This is crazy...
I'd suggest reading:
Krauthammer's piece titled: From Partisanship to Pathology, especially since he takes it to Sen. Ted "Swimmer" Kennedy (D-MA)
Rich Lowry has a funny piece titled: What Democrats Believe
Joel Mowbray's piece, which states the obvious: Pundits posing as reporters
Bruce Bartlett says: The Laffer Curve Works!
and Mona Charen has a though provoking piece called: Who can You Trust?
As for the Globe, there was a blame Israel letter; and a blame Israel editorial as well.
Thursday, September 25, 2003
Drudge is breaking a story on comments that, Presidential Candidate Gen (ret) Wesley Clark made at the Pulaski County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner in Little Rock, Arkansas on May 11, 2001, General Clark declared:
Clark is also on record saying the following about President Bush:
and either in that speech or at another time, Clark is on record saying the following about Reagan:
Wow! Should all this really be true, Clark is going to be all but sunk. It's virtual heresy in this years Dem Primary to praise Bush and his Administration, and praising Reagan is almost always a no-no in Democrat strategy books. I mean look at all the momentum Dean has gained thus far simply by bashing President Bush?
This may be the begining of the end for Clark.
In light of the Afirmative Action bake sale that was recently held at SMU, I've come up with the following (humor) idea for a Brandeis Bake Sale:
(Prices are arbitrary, I'm just playing with numbers)
--White or Israeli Jewish Students from the NY/NJ Area: $1.50
--White or Israeli Jewish Students from MA: $1.25
--White/Israeli Jewish Students from elsewhere in the US: $1.00
--Non-Jewish Students from Mass.: $0.75
--Non-Jewish Students: $0.50
--Indian and Asian (includes SE Asia) Students: $0.50
--International Students: $0.50
--Black and Hispanic Students: $0.25
--People willing to openly admit that they're a Republican/Conservative: Free
*all cookies and baked goods are Kosher
Any other ideas?
Colombia University professor of literature, and pro-palestinian terrorist appologist, and founder of the bullshit theory of "Orientalism", Edward Said has passed away of Lukemia.
Long time readers of this blog know just how much I disliked Said, and how bonk his theories are. For more information on Said, visit posts by these bloggers: Emperor Misha, Hootinan, Amish Tech Support.
And for more on Said and Middle-Eastern studies, check out Campus Watch (note: I have a piece on their site that is recommended reading too!)
Update: Here's two prior columns on Said, one by Stanley Kurtz and one by the JCPA: THE FALSE PROPHET OF PALESTINE: IN THE WAKE OF THE EDWARD SAID REVELATIONS
Edwards admits trial lawyers are bad.
Next up at 11, the ghost of Richard Nixon starts a jazz band.
[via someone's AIM away message]
This comes on the heels of report that Sen. Edwards (D-NC) has missed 90% of Senate votes...
From something that first made headlines in CA (at UCLA in Feb and May and up at Berkley)
Now, the Affirmative Action Bake Sale returns....this time at Southern Methodist University (SMU)
I could've gotten a cookie for 50 cents! That's a steal! (especially compared to Aramark's prices).
But the ignorant quote of the article, is as follows
Uh...doesn't a "diverse community" depend on race as a factor in that "diversity"?
No, I didn't watch the California Debate this evening (so, that's not what I mean by entertainment).
But here is the OMC Handy-Dandy List of Websites Opposing Dem Candidates [note: many are by other Dems].
Enjoy! (Hat tip to the Ole Miss Conservative for the list)
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
Came across two interesting articles this afternoon, which raise speculation that the GOP (or perhaps just President Bush) is attempting to tack back to the right, perhaps in an effort to shore up its [social and fiscal] conservative base--who have been dissapointed recently with the President.
On the social conservatism side: Marriage law eyed for GOP platform
Then on the fiscal side, Park Service controversy over outsourcing: The Senate may resurrect a Bush plan to farm out park jobs to the private sector
It'll be interesting to see how these things evolve...
Perhaps it's just me, but I was under the impression that for the most part, Texas was a state where PETA folk didn't do very much...
But now comes along the following story about a mall where
While this landlord has a right to dictate the rules of her property, I think that this is an absurd idea. Perhaps Misha, Laurence, Serenity, Rachel Lucas, Dok Russia and some other Texan VRWC bloggers need to have a meet-up in Austin and visit this mall.
JPost: Undercover troops break up Tanzim party; 12 arrested
That's one way to crash a party....but why not consider rewarding the IDF troops with a party of their own: get 'em some Pizza! Or send them some honey and chocolate--for a sweet new year!
Okay, this is a far deviation from the usual fare here on my blog. I was going through the Dead-Tree version of the Justice, and I saw the headline for this letter, and was shocked. I was very suprised that the Justice would first off decide to run this letter, as it'll open up a firestorm.
The letter is from an alum, who I remember from my first two years here at the school. This guy was, um, how can I put it politely....very, very, very out there. He was bright and all, but he lacked tact and was just a bit too far. He's also, very, very, very, very religious.
He's the same individual who was mentioned in regards to this incident last year.
So with that disclaimer, you can go read the letter.
[note: this blog does not agree with the main thesis of his letter (that its a crime) though he does make some good arguments in the course of the letter (specifically his defense of Justice Scalia)]. But otherwise, I can't believe he'd write this. (The letter last week Defending Scalia and his reasoning was much, much better)
Tuesday, September 23, 2003
Yes, it's Tuesday, meaning that the latest issue of the Brandeis paper "The Justice" is out!
Now what is the first thing that we do when the Justice comes out? We go straight to the Police Blotter! (Do not pass Go! Do not collect $200! Go stright to reading the blotter). It's one of the best parts of the paper.
Hmm...what else is in the news this week (at first glance)...
Looks like some first years are really gonna get screwed: First-years may get new roommates in triples. Yeah, that sucks for them...but alas, we do have a housing crunch, plus a mid-year entering class.
In "buisnes" news...Contract with Coke in limbo. So from what I gather, since the "Expressway" (C-store) sells Pepsi products, Coke may be upset. Fair enough. I personally perfer Diet Pepsi to Diet Coke (My house lives on Diet Pepsi--but that's another story), but I try not to shop at the C-store if possible. Why? Because it's a huge, huge rip-off. But this is just a funny story.
It looks like Hillel may be dragged back into the news, as Chabad wants recognition as a club, yet doesn't want to go under the Hillel Umbrella. Hmmm....interesting....this could turn out to be something much more.
And finally (for now at least) there's this article about a first-year who was DQ'ed from the Student Gov't elections because she had a link to the elections page on AIM. I don't know who this girl is, but I sort of feel bad for her. At the same time, I have no idea as to what the election rules are either, so I'm gonna withold judgement on this whole story. Perhaps the elections committee should update their rules?
More from the Justice later
From the Ha'aretz (English) Ticker:
05:12 Saudi diplomat: Saudi Arabia tried to act against terror before Sept. 11, 2001, but had met resistance from U.S.
Monday, September 22, 2003
"As for the political leaders themselves, President Bush and Tony Blair should be proud of their resolve in the face of so much doubt."
Did you guess Gen (Ret.) [turned candidate] Wesley Clark? If not, you should've. It's from an April 10th piece he wrote for the London (UK) Times (reposted here)
Wow...just a few days into the campaign, and Clark is getting busted by his own lies. He better be shoving booth of his boots in his mouth at this rate.
Many remember the "after 9/11 someone from the White House called me to say that Iraq was involved" story...so I won't revisit it.
Clark's latest claim ran in Newsweek when he reportedly told Colorado Gov. Bill Owens (R): "'I WOULD HAVE BEEN A REPUBLICAN IF KARL ROVE HAD RETURNED MY PHONE CALLS'... "
But, it turns out...that Clark NEVER CALLED Rove!
Ouch. That'll sting....badly I may add.
Wow....it's really been a couple of very slow days in terms of the news to say the least (save for news from Iraq and Clark entering the race).
I guess that gives me more incentives to do schoolwork...but I need editorial article ideas...thoughts?
Just a brief jeering session right now...
So Yom Kippur is from a Sunday night to Monday this year. okay, that's how it falls. No biggie.
However, I've got both a test and a paper due on the Tuesday following Yom Kippur (boo! Hiss!)
The paper I'm not that worried about, as I'll likely have it completed before then. On the other hand, I'm upset about the test, for obvious reasons. And unfortunately due to mid-term grades being do, the instructor can't reschedule it. Booo! Hiss!
Okay and that's my rant.
IDF Troops kill Hamas leader in Hebron
Let Misha know if you're going to sponsor a pizza!
Sunday, September 21, 2003
So earlier this week, I blogged about Sen. Ted "Swimmer" Kennedy's (D-MA) comments regarding the war in Iraq
Did Sen. Kennedy think he'd get away with those remarks unscathed? I'd really, really hope not.
For starters, Rush Limbaugh (as usual) was all over Kennedy for his ass-backwards thinking.
Then, House Majority Leader, Tom DeLay (R-TX), took a shot back at Kennedy. According to this article from Fox News, DeLay said:
But Kennedy felt like launching another shot back at DeLay (woohoo! A Congressional Rumble!) saying [via same source]:
Uh, Sen. Swimmer--would you like to indicate how DeLay attacked "the patriotism of those who question them"? I don't see any such attack by the Representative from Texas.
And it looks like two presidential wanna be's chimed in on the debate too.
The French looking Senator from MA, John Kerry, who served in Vietnam:
Again, DeLay is a texan which is why he may have done work in his State. Plus the Dems shouldn't have bolted, but that's now a dead issue. And look who is accusing who of shrill partisan tactics....and since when did the GOP monopolize patriotism? You've been drinking the Kool-aid again haven't you.
Then Howard "Nikita" Dean decides to chime in as well:
Okay, let's put this Texas thing to rest now. After the census state's have to redistrict based on Congressional seat gains/losses (which are related to the Census). So from what I understand, the GOP controls both the Texas House and Senate. Therefore, they're obviously going to draw the new maps to favor their party. That's how politics work--after all, politics is "who gets what, when and how".
So Dr. Dean--the reapportioning apparently hasn't been done. If it was done, this would be a moot point. No? And how is DeLay responsible for everything that goes on in his home state? And they're not "stealing" anything either. This goes on in every state--you should know that governor. This is politics--pure and simple--and in this case, the GOP has the advantage.
In a late entry to the game, President Bush is also responding to Swimmer's comments saying:
Note: Here's where Dean got the "Nikita" nickname. The "swimmer" one should be obvious
I've got a major dilema on my hands.
For the first time this year, the Cleveland Browns game are actually on TV here in Boston
I've also got homework to do....
What do I do? Such a dilema, no?
It looks like members of the VRWC are going to be flocking to their local bookstores (or their favorite online realtors) and buying this latest book about President Regan. It's a compilation of his many, many letters, titled: Reagan: A Life in Letters.
Time Magazine gave a write-up on the book here; but I think it's very safe to say that despite Time's claims to the contrary, President Bush isn't another Reagan (well at least in terms of domestic agenda he isn't. Just look at how the size of gov't has grown).
But I have a feeling that members of the VRWC are gonna be rushing out to get their hands on a copy of this book when it's released on September 23rd
Update: JaySolo shares his thoughts on the book (and he wants to get a copy too!)
Wow..Clark must really be trying to steal from Howard "Nekitta" Dean's playbook. Remember Dean wasn't sure if Saddam's fall from power was a good thing?
Well, now Newsmax is reporting that in an interview with Fortune Magazine, Clark said:
Hmmm...how quickly Clark seems to forget about (among other things), Hussein's jailing of children, Uday and Qusay's raping and torture practices and that's just the tip of the iceberg
Oh, and let's not forget Saddam funding terrorism (more)...Yeah...sure he wasn't
And now this guy is the Dem front runner?
Saturday, September 20, 2003
Zogby Blog informed me about this study on binge drinking from Harvard which correlates the price of beer to binge drinking.
I think that this argument is off the mark. While that may be one cause of binge drinking, I think the bigger problem is that most people don't know their limits. Couple that with the fact that once inebriated, people don't listen to their friends who tell them that they've had too much.
I also seem to have another visitor to my blog, who says, and I quote
First off, I'm not a neocon. When I first registered to vote, I registered as a Republican. Granted, I was more of a centrist back then, but I've since become more conservative. We could also go into the whole "What is a neocon" thing, but that's been overused way too much.
Also, my "cluelessness about the election"? Face it, Dean has no chance of winning the Presidency should he win the Dem nomination. He's way, way, way too liberal, and that will kill him. Wesley Clark--it's too early to tell, but there's a lot of stuff that could easily shoot him down--especially the fact that he lacks political experience. (is that the stupid thing you wanted to hear?)
That's what is being reported about a Muslim Chaplain who worked at Gitmo.
This isn't good...
Friday, September 19, 2003
So I guess I have a semi-busy weekend. I've got at least one lacrosse practice, and perhaps a second one. I've got two parties to attend (granted, I can't drink at 'em, but I attend anyway). I do have some books on genetics, transgenic animals and molecular manipulation from the library I should read...'should' being the imparitive word.
One of my suitemates went to Target yesterday and decided to buy an 1000 piece puzzle, and a 4 (of the six of us) were sitting around last night just doing the puzzle. It's addicting (in an unconcious way) and I think that I'll be drawn to working on the puzzle a lot (in addtion to my suitemates). There's just something about puzzles...ya know?
I think on Sunday I'm gonna also start working on my next piece for the newspaper. Anyone have any ideas for a topic I can write on? (Suggestions are very welcome)!
So I was in my suitemates room, and his window faces directly towards another dorm building (for Brandeis people it faces Ziv 129).
So I'm in his room and I notice something out of the window, and what do I notice? A USSR flag hanging in a window!
Yes, a USSR flag, red with the hammer and scythe (or is it a sickle?) Either way it's a USSR flag! Does that mean the commies have begun to infiltrate the campus? (Or does someone have a twisted sense of humor?)
If its the former, I think we've gotta get in touch with the Ashcroft Jackboot Brigades!
Sen. Ted "Swimmer" Kennedy (D-MA) seems to have gone off the road again...now claiming:
This comes from the same man who on September 27, 2002 said:
Speaking of "unnacounted for" Ted...where'd all that Big Dig money go? And what about Chappaquiddick?
Look at the following post that John Little found over at DU. I like John's idea of Lieberman-Chomsky stickers. That would be very funny.
And so now Clark who it seemed was trying to paint himself as an anti-war candidate (and in the process potentially squash some of Dean's momentum) has now said he likely would've voted for the Iraq resolution.
So what's Clark up to? He's pulling a Kerry-like move....not to mention the fact that he's stealing Kerry's staff
Now the Democratic primary is starting to become interesting....
Update: Clark waffles again! Now he's saying "I would never have voted for this war". Now he and Dean can fight over who gets to be named waffler....
So now there are ten people involved in the circus for the Dem nomination. I'd say that off the top of my head, four can automatically be ruled out: Mosley-Braun, Graham, Sharpton, Kucinich.
I had Fox News on this morning (like I do every morning), to hear the headlines and any major news. I'm usually doing something else while it's on, so I don't give it my undivided attention.
So all of the sudden there's a commercial break and someone starts saying: "what if you were the last one to be sent to Vietnam....what if you were the last one to be killed in Vietnam..."
The voice then goes "meet John Kerry, he earned [fill in the medals] in Vietnam then came back to protest the war...and he's ready to lead the fight for you the people"
By then I'd just broken down in laughter. Kerry is still trying to run on this whole "I served in Vietnam" shtick. And now he's doing the "I served, then I protested" thing....sounds a lot like his current song and dance, with him having voted for the Iraq resolution and now backpeddling from that vote.
I just had to laugh really hard at that. I'm also surpised he'd pay for an ad on that evil republican controlled network Fox News.
Thursday, September 18, 2003
Uber-famous Brandeis alumnus Tom Friedman wrote in the NY Times, that we're "at war" with France (or at least in a proxy war with them .
So since Friedman said it, does that mean Brandeis should declare war against France
What a funny website...very creative too
In response to the following post of mine (from yesterday), the wise, humorous and creative Dr. Jal of Idiotarian.com left the following comment:
I like getting comments from readers, and I usually reply to them in the comments thread, though part of what Dr. Jal said is important (and thus bolded).
We know that Iraq and Al-queda had ties, that's for certain.
Today, Tom of Hootinan blogged the following Iraq Linked To '93 WTC Bombing.
That would vindicate what Dr. Jal said about Iraq having ties to the first WTC attack.
As for Iraq having ties to the OKC bombing in 1995, there are people out there who have compiled evidence to make a rather good case. See this WSJ editorial, and Jayna Davis' website. Davis is an OKC investigative reporter who has been examining a ME connection to the bombing since 1995...and I've heard her interviewed on the radio, and she sounds like she has a good case, alas, I'm still reserving judgement on this.
Regarding the last scenario Dr. Jal mentioned, I've never heard of this, so I guess I'll have to start looking into it. But I agree that there are still Al-Queda and ISI ties, and one of the things Al-queda [I should say Bin-Laden] was mad about was that Fraudi Arabia didn't allow Arabs to beat back Hussein, and that they allowed the infidels to base in their "holy land"
Update: Just found this article: DIA says Pakistan backed al Qaeda
Senate Democrats Fail to Block Nuke Funds
There was an issue of Science Magazine a few issues ago, which briefly addressed this topic in an article--put not from a political viewpoint. It was more about the physics of the whole idea, specifically the development of a bunker buster that's able to penetrate deep enough into the ground to detonate without above-ground fall-out. In short--there are physics issues that need examined, and I think that should be the first of any steps taken.
But part of me just wants to smerk at the fact that the ammendment against this part of the project was proposed by none other than Ted "Swimmer" Kennedy (D-MA), and he got defeated. Hehehe.
Oh, and it's about time congress passed an energy bill!
The IDF keeps up the good work! Back to handing out candy!
Wednesday, September 17, 2003
He's Back!!! Hooray!!! I loved his press conferences during the war...here' s his latest:
Iraq's Former Information Minister Says Saddam Mishandled War
Here's the complete transcript from Al-Jazeerah. (I can't believe I'm linking to Al-Jezeera)
So the loony leftists behind that whole "MoveOn" get up, must have too much time on their hands. They've got a new campaign...to get everyones favorite SECDEF fired: Donald Rumsfeld
Among MoveOn's sillier arguments for giving Rummy a pink slip:
Did you catch the oxymoron in that line?
Which is why $66b of the $87b are going to the armed forces to expand them after the cuts that took place due to reduced (post- Cold War) spending in the 90s. And you people claim to support the troops.
I've got to ask...why should the Federal Goverment even be spending money on after school programs?
They are? I haven't heard of one in the last 48+ hours I don't think. That's not very daily.
Yeah....that's just a sampling of the logic behind MoveOn's latest campaign. I've got an ingenious idea....what if instead of continuing to waste money on fruitless causes like they do now, MoveOn donate it to charity...to help people who they claim to speak for....
Multiple Choice question!!!
So is the tape "demanding that U.S. troops withdraw from Iraq and saying that their defeat is inevitable." by:
a) Dennis Kucinich
c) Saddam Hussein
d) Howard Dean
e) ANSWER/NOIN/UFPJ (et. al)
Leave your guess in the comments
Bush: No Link Between Iraq, Sept. 11 Attacks
Okay, besides speculation that Atta may have met with an Iraqi Intel agent in Prague, when did the President or any other administration figure come out saying that there was an Iraq-September 11th connection?
Despite the fact that 60-70% of the population believed there was one (for some reason yet to be known), I don't think there was any formal linkage of the two.
However, the Al-queda--Iraq links have been made.
Sadly, it looks like I'm having my first day of being sick this semester. Sigh. I think I'm gonna go take a nap, and hopefully I'll be better for the two meetings that I have this evening here at school.
Tuesday, September 16, 2003
My opinion column from the 9/18/03 version of the Brandeis Free Press
Feds to Adopt Single Terror Watch List
All I can say, is what took them so long? And why wasn't this done ages ago?
On that note, what took the US so long to come out and say the obvious: Bush Administration Blames Syria for Terrorists Entering Iraq
Feds to Adopt Single Terror Watch List
All I can say, is what took them so long? And why wasn't this done ages ago?
The latest issue of the Brandeis newspaper The Justice is out, and oh boy, there's real news this week (besides the Police Blotter)! There's even a few postings worth! (wow!)
Let's see...we've got crime, [potential] scandels, intrigue...ooh...
Let's start with Crime (aside from the Police Blotter--which is always a great read). Someone (or some people), stole the flat screen plasma tv from the new campus center. Boo! You bastards (whoever you are)! I'm wondering, does the new campus center have security cameras in it? If it doesn't, shouldn't it (for reasons like this?)
Stats on the new first year class are out. There are 827 students, more women then men...and as usual, it seems like most of the students are from, where else: MA, NY and NJ....
Now for the "intrigue" part of the Justice...Hillel is in the news twice! First off, there's suspicion in the Student Senate about an "emergency" money request from Hillel.
Then, Hillel is also in the news, over money handling issues, with one of their most popular sub-grops, the pro-Israel club ZAHAV (Zionists for Historical Accuracy and Veracity), who may pull out from the Hillel Umbrella [cue the: "dum dum dum" soundbite].
And speaking of the police blotter, who is the idiot who did donuts on the Baseball field???
More blogging on the Justice in subsequent posts
Monday, September 15, 2003
That's all we've gotta say about Rep. Patty Murray (D-WA) over her holding a $1000/plate fund raiser on the morning of 9/11/03 in DC. Even worse, it was held between 8:30-9:30AM; the time window when the planes hit the towers.
This is the same idiotarian Representative who in December of 2002, made the Idiotarian.com "Hall of Idiots"with this as part of her entry:
Top ten ways Fox News Intimidated CNN
First Patients of Canada's Government-Approved Marijuana Demand Their Money Back (that story is true)
So apparently the tools over at MoveOn have decided to waste more money with a new project. They're going to point out Bush's "misleading" words in the SOTU (because of the 16 words about Niger....yeah go figure).
Here's their wording:
So let's see what today's quotes are...
Okay, I've got some facts for you fools. The Iraq reconstrcution costs are a one time thing for starters. And if we have a defecit, that means the goverment is spending too much! So, let's CUT SOME SPENDING too. Hmmm....let's start by slashing the $80+ billion farm bill.
And what about passing on our problems...what about allowing the privitization of Social Security? What about Medicare reform? Forget that new Prescription drug bill from the Senate. Isn't that suppost to cost, oh, about $400 billion (at least)?
Then I think we should cut back on federal education spending (save for the DC vouchers). The Federal gov't shouldn't be paying for schooling, it should be up to states/cities/communities to do. That's just for starters....yeah....got that Democrats?
Well yes, jobs have been a problem. But we first off underwent a recession--therefore jobs are lost. Then combine that with the burst of the "tech bubble" in the 90s, which put a lot more out of work. Then factor in 9/11, and the major effects it had on the New York and National economy.
But, the tax cuts are boosting the economy! The WSJ is reporting "Accelerated Economic Growth" [link via Zogby Blog] and also from Zogby Blog, this other piece from the WSJ: The Dividend Experiment
The economists always say that the last thing to happen in an economic recovery is the return of jobs....but they'll be back.
So as usual, STFU you folks....and FETE
So according to USA today, "CNN's top war correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, says that the press muzzled itself during the Iraq war"
Oh no! The squashing of dissent!
And, she says CNN "was intimidated" by the Bush administration and Fox News, which "put a climate of fear and self-censorship."
Intimidated by the Bush Administration? Your station is constantly criticizing him...so how were you intimidated?
As for Fox News, what the hell do they have to do with it? Last time I checked, they didn't try to squash dissent or different opinions.
Fox News' spokesman came back with a great response:
And we should also mention, this is the same CNN that deliberately censored reports about what was really happening in Iraq under Saddam
Emperor Misha takes on Amanpour's comments too.
Now is it just me, or doesn't anyone else remember how during the war, there were the pundits and/or retired military personel in the studios saying it was a quagmire, that we needed more troops, etc.? Some "self-censorship" no?
The Globe had two letters in response to Jeff Jacoby's great piece: The war on America didn't begin on 9/11
One asshat wrote (likely citing his PLO revisionist history book) that the Jooos "expultion" of the arabs in 1948 lead to Islamic hate for America. And Israel is the evil state...
Then there was another letter, also by someone who must've been drinking the wacky kool-aid. His letter, titled: Jacoby added nothing to discussion
No sir, this is not revisionist history nor is it reductionism, it's fact. Face it. And Islamofacism is a term used to describe radical Islam; not "political Islam" as you like to call it. (Have you been drinking the Edward Said punch?).
And rightfully so, if I may say so myself.
And by arming the Afghanis, they beat back the USSR (a.ka. The Evil Empire) and fought off the spread of communism. This also weakened the USSR, which was our strategic objective at the time. Also note, that the Afghani campaign predates the existance of Al-queda.
You can go read the rest of the letter yourself.
And finally, two people who have their heads on straight, rip the Ombudsman (Ombudswoman?) for refusing to call terrorists what they are
Here are the two letters:
George McGovern: Dean's Campaign Reminds Me of Mine
I dunno if it's just me, but I want al of this recall crap to be OVER WITH once and for all. I'm sick of hearing about Cirque-de-Sacremento on the news all the time. I just want the ballot to occur, an d everything to be over.
Is that really too much to ask for?
BC, the Imperial Torturer's post about Democrats calling for Tax Cuts [for buisnesses] really perplexes me. It seems like one of the Dems talking points is tax cuts are bad (throw in the "only for the rich" or another slogan). It seems very contradictory to say the least...Especially since most of the "rich" are the same ones who own a lot of buisnesses/corporations. Yeah...I'm perplexed to say the least.
[Historical note: Democrats haven't always been against tax-cuts; JFK pushed some through during his administration].
Speaking of money, Emperor Misha has a post up about personal wealth amongst US Senators. From the pie chart, it seems like it's not the GOP that's the "party of the wealthy". It's known that french looking Sen. John Kerry (who by the way served in Vietnam) is the richest man in the Senate (mainly through marriage). And going through the comments, it looks like Republicans raised more money from smalldonors [64% of which came in donations of less than $200]; while the Democrats got 92% of the money from the 23 donors who contributed at least $1 million. (Also see this)
So my question is....why don't the pundits just cut the slogans and crap and face up to the public with these facts? [easier said than done; I know]
[based on a post at WKIKYA]
I miss my freshman hall. Good times, good memories. For the Brandeis folk out there, I lived in East for my Freshman year. In short, the halls were very, very narrow, so it sort of "forces" people to bond. Lucky fo rme and my peers, we readily bonded--and shared a year full of ups and downs together. [more ups than downs]
Many of us who remain at the University are still good and close friends (I even live right now with three of my first-year hall mates)--and we reminice about the year.
So many memories, from the lounge, Pete's Pizza, football, the lounge, the quote board, the video games (way too many rounds of Goldeneye), prank wars, hall frisbee...oh, so many memories. Good times they were...
Though unlike the end of LilBucner's story, we really didn't drift off into the cliques--go figure. Granted, we are a very 'diverse" group...
Why do the laundry machines (more specifically the dryers) here at school suck so much?
Why haven't the Browns won a game yet this season?
Is it just me, or does anyone else think that it would be cool to ride in the PopeMobile?
[no offense to any catholics]
Why is monday the worst day of the week?
Anyone have any better ideas of how I can kill off boredom/waste time while I wait for my laundry?
(Yeah, I realize I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel here)
Sunday, September 14, 2003
No, I'm not discussing Coulter's book. Rather, I'm talking now about the Israeli left--primarilly those "peace activists" who visited with Yassir Terrorfat.
The Israeli Police is looking into this...and if you ask me, these people should be tried in court for treason.
Some things I've found around the blogsphere:
Matt Margolis catches fmr. Sec of State Madeline Albright trying to rewrite history, and nails her on it.
B.C. the Imperial Torturer reveals that there are Democrats calling for Tax Cuts
Over at LGF, Charles reveals that the Cleveland Plain Dealer listed popular places among Palestinians for dining, shopping, hanging out. and reveals some more about Cleveland's Imam (same post)
I added a comment contributing more information about Imam Damra, including his ties to Sami Al-Arian:
In regards to my last posting....yeah, I'm out of shape. No questions asked.
After my run (and a shower), I buckled myself down to do some work. I read three articles for neurogenetics and two for cellular neuroscience (I won't mention the topics as I'd likely perplex all those who read this). I'm not sure what (schoolwork) I'll do next. Schoolwork can really suck at times...
At least I don't have to do layout for the Free Press this week. Woohoo! Oh, I"ll be posting my column shortly.
It's time for a spin around the blogsphere to see if there's anything interesting up today (sundays are usually very slow).
Yeah, I'm out of shape. Why do I mention this? Simply because I have lacrosse conditioning practice this afternoon...
I'm hoping it goes better than I anticipate it will
Saturday, September 13, 2003
10 Years ago the Oslo accords (link to the treaty text) were signed in Washington DC. Ten years later, it's obvious that the Oslo Accords failed miserably. Since their signing, over 1,227 innocent Israelis have been murdered by Arab terror.
Here's the Jerusalem Post's 'symposium' on how the accords failed. I'd have to suggest ignoring Uri Averny and Yosi Belin's pieces, because they're the far, far, Israeli left.
Here's another take, via a MEMRI interview illustrating how some saw Oslo as a "trojan horse" to wipe out Israel. [more from Likud Netherlands]
Also, for those of you interested in all the accords signed during the past 10 years, check out the Avalon Project
In short--as history has shown, the accords were a failure.
I've gotta get one of these fight terrorism license plates (for my non-existant car).
They're from Texas though...so perhaps I should consider going to that state for grad school; for the most part, Texans seem to have the right attitudes.
No, besides Colin Powell interfering with Israel's internal affairs and battle against terror.
I'm talking about the Ohio State Buckeyes. Yes, the did win in 3OTs today, but from what I heard, they just squandered things in the second half of the game. I heard that there were 5 turnovers! That is unacceptable when it comes to football. At least they won...
Friday, September 12, 2003
It's been a slow afternoon...which in a sense is good. I had cellular neuro this afternoon then came back to the suite to do some reading for my neurogenetics class. Soon I have to go run and get myself together for services (searches for halo).
This weekend looks like it may not be too busy, which is a good thing. I've only got two lacrosse practices, only 4 more articles to read for my science classes (for tuesday) and some simple work for my Hebrew course. Now granted, that makes it sound easier than it really is...the key thing will be if I actually understand the science articles.
For those in the New England area, with nothing exciting to do, and in the mood for a good laugh (and who can tolerate idiocy):
Oh, and more importantly, the Buckeyes are playing NC State tomorrow. It's a shame that the Buckeye's are without Clarett for the rest of the season, but the guy has to get his (off-field) act together. I don't think there's any way to deny/dispute that.
Tomorrow night is also Pachanga here at Brandeis! For those of you not from Brandeis, Pachanga is a big dance-party, full of drunk Brandeis students (or in other words, beer goggles atop Brandeis goggles).
Finally, yesterday some of the imperial rats celebrated a birthday! (picutres too!)
According to Monsoor Ijaz (one of the coolest analysts--no questions asked), the answer to the first question is: yes.
The second is "maybe".
Confused? Interested? Read the transcript of Ijaz's appearance on Special Report with Brit Hume
The PLO puppet in DC is on Fox News right now. He's trying to spin everything against Israel. The host is trying to stymie that. Here he goes again..."foriegn military occupation....Israelis need to be out..."
I think the anchor put it best "we'd like to find out from a palestinian about the palestinians". Yeah...the PLO guy babbled.
Get this, the PLO guy also called Arafat an "honest man".
Update: Hooray for "Fair and Balanced"! Dore Gold is on now! Yay (fmr.) Ambassador Gold! Woohoo for truth, common sense!!!
I believe the proper term is "Hooah", but no matter what the word, the 3rd Infantry Division (official website) needs recognized for their work in kicking Saddam's (and terrorist) ass in Iraq!
The President awarded the 3rd ID the Presidential Unit Citation to the unit today
Anyone know of any way to thank this unit? (Well here are some links)
[via LGF] In what will either be a major foot in mouth moment or a sign of Dean returning to his "progressive" support base's positions--Dean said the following:
Geez...at least the AP, Reuters et. al. call them "militants".
The Pundits seem to be on a roll recently! So here are my favorites for today (for now at least)
Charles Krauthammer: The missed opportunity
Jonah Goldberg: Certainty is dwindling - a surefire disadvantage
Ollie North: Selfishness vs. selflessness (also want to emphasize the Tunnel to Towers Run North mentions)
Update: Some additions I saw this AM:
Joseph Farah: Don't Expel Arafat...
Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ): Connecting the Dots
Thursday, September 11, 2003
Things you must read today (besides Emperor Misha's post and links):
VDH has another piece out: Who would believe how much we’ve accomplished?
As do the rest of the folks over at NRO....go read it!
Over at FrontPage Mag:
Horowitz has an interesting piece: 9/11 and the "Anti-War" Left
A piece by Ben Johnson: Winning Is The Best Defense
Over at Town Hall
Suzanne Fields: Arming the human spirit to fight back
From the Boston Globe:
Jeff Jacoby reminds us that the "War On Terror" against the US began before 9/11/01
and at Opinion Journal:
By the Solicitor General of the US (whose wife was murdered on 9/11): 'We Shall Prevail'
And while it doesn't count as "reading", Cox and Forkum have a must see cartoon
G-d Bless America
I was taking a 9am course: "History of Asian Art"...so I'd leave my room at about 8:50ish, and wander over to the art building in an extremely tired stupor. The art building (Pollack) basically consists of an auditorium (where our class was) and an [empty?] office or big closet. We had no hallways, no windows, no nothing.
At 9:05, the lights in the auditorium went dim, as they did every class day and the slides started as did the lecture.
The class completed as usual at 10:30, and I walked towards the science complex (Gerstenzang) for Organic Chem Lab lecture.
As I was walking across campus, I saw a lot of people talking to each other...no big deal I thought. As I got closer to the building, there was a facilites services truck (nothing unusual again). But the facilities guy was telling someone something about "plane from Logan crashing into the World Trade Center" His (truck) radio was also on, and there was news coming from there. From the bits and pieces I was hearing, it sounded like a plane had departed Logan and crashed into the Boston "World Trade Center" (it's a building along the harbor--about a mile or two from Logan).
So I made it to Orgo Lab lecture and I began to hear more. People were on their cell phones. And then another friend said a plane had crashed near pittsburgh. I was very confused. Then the professor came in and told everyone "we all know what's going on". Granted, we all didn't. So I asked someone who was sitting by me what had happened, and then I heard...and was shocked.
Needless to say, right after lecture, I went back to my suite (Rosenthal) and just sat in the common room glued to the news...in shock...
Emperor Misha gives some more insights on this day...
And to those who seek to destory us and loathe us.....we won't forget this. No, we won't.
G-d Bless America
I'm not sure if this is tin-foil worthy, or if this deserves to be in a category of it's own. Via LGF: Al-Arian: Case Has Pro-Israel Bias.
Wednesday, September 10, 2003
Okay, perhaps it's wishful thinking that spending will be cut significantly. But this came across the wires yesterday: Democrats Fail to Boost Education Spending
Among the details from the article:
If this is the start of an excercise in fiscal conservatism by the GOP....it's about time!
Throwing money at failing schools doesn't fix the problem--as I've said time and time again. You've gotta fix the systems from within and at the home levels. (I don't want to open up that whole can of worms yet)
So I started reading the dead tree version of The Justice and the forum section this week is horrible! It's like most of the people who wrote are clueless. And ditto for whoever decided on graphics.
One op-ed (which will be introduced momentarilly) has a gigantic picture (~5x3) of The Imperial "Tub o' lard" (Michael Moore) and within it, there's a small picture of President Bush (looks like a SOTU pic). Aaagh, what an ugly sight that was! Who made that decision?
Apparently, the article didn't make it online. But let me give you the synopsis. The girl was told to read "Angry White Men" and in it, the piece of trash known as Moore apparently laments that under Bush it's no longer safe to travel places b/c of anti-Americanism. But, under Clinton, it was "safe".
Besides the fact that this is an ignorant thesis, seeming that Moore forgets the events of 9/11 and how that changed the safety of traveling. The argument says that the violence in Israel is an example (which is wrong, seeming that it began before the 2000 election). Or the threat of anti-American attitudes b/c of the Iraq war (not very strong). Then the person laments the economic revenue France lost b/c of decreased tourism from Americans. Oh well, if the country hadn't been a bunch of weasles.
Basically, the person sells out to Moore's lies, and there's just a really bad picture. Very poor journalism if you ask me.
Coming soon: Fisking the "Be all you can be: Join the poor army"
The latest issue of Brandeis' school paper The Justice is out.
Let's take a look at some of the stories making news this week:
First, Fuck Aramark. Aramark is the food service provider here at school, and it sucks. I appreciate the fact that they have a Kosher dining option and all, but they still do a shitty job over all. Their prices are also a rip off. My friends who eat at the other dining hall tell me that for lunch, if they order a simple wrap, it costs ~$5! And you can barely afford a drink to go with it (if you're on meals). Muffins cost $0.75! And now, instead of letting us accumulate guest meals (from un-used meails), they've limited us to just 5 a semester!!! [first item].
Speaking of Aramark...apparently the Vegetarians and vegans on campus are also unhappy with them. While I think some of their requests are a bit overboard, all in all, Aramark could definitely improve their act. Oh, and Aramark, on the Kosher side, please give us lettuce and veggies that are not brown and bruised.
Aramark is also under fire (as they should be) for continuing to jack up prices on us student. Simultaneously, the quality of food has gone down faster than (fill in the blank). Unfortunately, the Justice let itself be whitewashed by Aramark propaganda.
(can you tell I don't like Aramark? I'm not alone in my sentiments)
Moving on, to other news, not having to do with Aramark.
There's an article on how students are wising up and starting to purchase books elsewhere besides the bookstore. Let me summarize what the moral of the article is: Capitalism is great! Competition (among retailers) results in lower prices, benefitting the student. I've gotta admit, it is wierd when you buy a book from the Barnes and Noble owned bookstore, but online at Barnes and Noble's website, the same book is listed cheaper.
It was also disspointing to hear that Ora Gladstone, who has been with Hillel here for 22 years is getting layed off. Ora is a really nice lady, who has done great things, and she will be missed. This is a shame.
And in sadder news, former university administrator Amram Ducovny, who was the father of the TV hit the "X-Files"
More news from the Justice after...well....after I read more of it!