Crash and Burn
Randy "Duke" Cunningham was not who I expected to see involved in a bribery scandal
. It's a serious letdown for those of us who held him in high esteem for his past service to the nation, but I don't think any serious person of the conservative persuasion will be offering any attempts to rationalize or even defend such behavior. We have to move on.
At least it didn't bring down the whole government
, as happened in Canada today, also over improper finances. I don't think I've ever seen one day where the difference between the parliamentary model and the American system of government. Wouldn't you hate to go through a new, surprise political campaigning period over Christmas?
Egypt, Iraq in the Arabic press and Visits with Hizbullah
Thamer Abu Baker of the Jordan Times offers a roundup
of Arabic press coverage of the Egyptian parliamentary elections and current Iraq issues.
Meanwhile, the stupidity of certain Presbyterian Church USA leadership reaches a new apex as they meet with Hizbullah
in Lebanon, according to MEMRI and Lebanese sources. A few 9/11 victims' relatives also had a meeting with Hizbullah, which should further disprove any notions of the "absolute moral authority" of surviving relatives.
Andy McCarthy at NRO
refers to Ed Epstein's report in today's Wall Street Journal
on the Atta in Prague story, which the revisionists are including among several things that didn't happen. As Rumsfeld is fond of saying, people are entitled to their own opinions but not their own facts.
Also today they're saying Zarqawi was "absolutely" not killed over the weekend, as hopeful reports previously indicated. We all knew to wait for confirmation one way or the other. Meanwhile, we just have to assume that he's alive and active until we know otherwise.
I'm almost a week late reporting this but since I mentioned that Egyptian blogger Abd al-Karim Soliman was detained, I should mention also that he was released
last week. I also wanted to point out that I've added Egyptian Sandmonkey
to my blogroll. He also has complete coverage of the recent Egyptian parliamentary elections and numerous other humorous, useful and encouraging posts.
Can it Be?
I saw it in JD Watson's
comment before I saw the report on Drudge and the Jerusalem Post that Zarqawi might be dead
. I guess I won't get too excited before it can be confirmed but it does seem consistent with his most recent patterns, which included sending one of his top people as a suicide bomber in an operation that basically lost the whole country of Jordan for him all at once. I guess we'll find out sooner or later once the forensics people do their thing.
Whatever you think of Michael Moore, he's never topped British MP George Galloway, who defines aiding and abetting an enemy if anybody does. From this story at MEMRI
, covering his speech at Damascus University, he apparently thinks the only good Arab government is a repressive dictatorship of the minority.
I think the most useful view
of Rep. Jack Murtha's recent statements is that from Iraq the Model
, someone directly affected by whatever we do in Iraq. Referred also by K-Lo at NRO
Oglethorpe County Bomb Scare
While the world watched France burn another day, someone called in a bomb threat
to both the bank in Crawford and the school in Lexington here in Oglethorpe County, Georgia.
Many of you may already know about the Palestinian Authority's efforts to promote suicide bombing as the people's greatest calling, even in early grades of school, complete with music videos and interviews on TV where a child will tell the reporter, "I want to be a shahid."
Now MEMRI brings us word of an Iranian-produced animated film
for children which teaches the same lesson, that not even one's own life is too much to pay for revenge against the Zionist oppressors. The film aired on IRIB 3 TV on 28 October in the 8 pm local time slot. I think it's a safe bet they'll be repeating this film in the future.
Egyptian Blogger Detained
The nation of Egypt remains considerably less blog-friendly than Iraq, especially for those bloggers interested in the rights of women, Coptics and anyone else who isn't a Sunni reactionary. The report comes firsthand from the Big Pharaoh
as well as from Manal and Alaa
, as referred by Instapundit
and K-Lo at the Corner
Lately we've been talking about cutting excess federal spending here in the US. If I remember correctly, I think annual foreign aid to Egypt is something like $2 billion. If they don't want to reform, we could use that money on other things. I would suggest mentioning this if you want to contact the Egyptian embassy
Moons of Pluto
Using the Hubble Space Telescope, two unknown satellites of Pluto have been observed
. It's technically unconfirmed but nobody seems to doubt it.
Sony is now encoding their audio CD's with what is essentially spyware
using rootkit technology, damaging any computer that tries to rip any such CD's. It's part of what they call their copy-protection scheme but I don't see any smart reason to take a destructive approach. Eliot Spitzer needs to look at this.