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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Eight Men Have Now Come Forward to Claim Sexual Encounters with Larry Craig
Posted by: Fred || 12/04/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#2  That pic has to go. I about barfed on my keyboard.
Posted by: Spot || 12/04/2007 8:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Big tent / wide stance...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/04/2007 9:53 Comments || Top||

#4  WG4611's linked article tries to spin this loser as an 'ex'aide to Cantwell, when, if you RTWT shows he was on the clock when he tried to set up the meeting with the '13 YO boy.' The Seattle radio stations are singing the same song ( ie: ex, ex, ex)
Shouldn't be surprised out here in lefty land.....
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 12/04/2007 13:11 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Mummified dinosaur reveals surprises: scientists
A partially mummified hadrosaur discovered by a teenager in North Dakota may be the most complete dinosaur ever found, with intact skin that shows evidence of stripes and perhaps soft tissue, researchers said on Monday. Enough of the animal remains to show it ran quickly and was far more muscular than scientists believed such dinosaurs were. "It's sort of King Tut meets T. Rex," paleontologist Phil Manning of the University of Manchester in Britain said in a telephone interview.

The creature is fossilized, with the skin and bone turned to stone. But unlike most dinosaur fossils, tissues are preserved as well. This includes large expanses of the animal's skin, with clear remains of scales. "This is not a skin impression. This is fossilized skin," Manning said. "When you run your hands over this dinosaur's skin, this is the closest you are going to get to touching a real dinosaur, ever."

The remains of the hadrosaur, dubbed Dakota, were found in 2000 by Tyler Lyson, then 17, on his uncle's ranch in North Dakota. The hadrosaur, a plant-eating dinosaur that walked on two legs, lived 67 million years ago, during the late Cretaceous Period.
Posted by: Fred || 12/04/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Mummified dinosaur reveals surprises: scientists " evidence of sex with Larry Craig!"
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/04/2007 6:21 Comments || Top||

#2  So they all died of shame?
Posted by: SteveS || 12/04/2007 8:32 Comments || Top||

#3  No the dinosaurs died out because they didn't want to offend those who followed the mamalian faith.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/04/2007 9:22 Comments || Top||

#4  Enough of the animal remains to show it ran quickly and had a much wider stance was far more muscular than scientists believed such dinosaurs were.
Posted by: Excalibur || 12/04/2007 9:29 Comments || Top||

#5  All fans of 'The Far Side' know why dinosaurs became extinct.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/04/2007 9:41 Comments || Top||

#6  I figured this was a Helen Thomas story
Posted by: Frank G || 12/04/2007 9:48 Comments || Top||

#7  though it read 'mohommified dinosaur' and was about prince charles.

Out here in the great American desert ocean it is easy to go strolling around the countryside and find many fossils - though of the Ichthyasaur type. I swear I found a piece of fossilized skin during one of those walkabouts but was given to the KU museum when I was a lad.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/04/2007 12:57 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Sarkozy, in Algeria, calls French colonialism 'profoundly unjust'
The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, said Monday that France's colonial system was "profoundly unjust," in a step toward ending decades of rancor between France and Algeria, once the crown jewel among French colonies. "Yes, the colonial system was profoundly unjust, contrary to the three founding words of our republic: liberty, equality, fraternity," he said at the start of a three-day state visit to Algeria.

The visit comes with tensions running high. France has refused for years to apologize for brutality during the colonial era. And an Algerian government minister said that Sarkozy won the presidential elections last spring because he was backed by a "Jewish lobby." Sarkozy responded Monday with an appeal for both France and Algeria to fight "all forms of racism."

"There is nothing that more closely resembles anti-Semitism than Islamophobia," he said. "Both have the same face: that of stupidness and hate."

Posted by: Fred || 12/04/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, said Monday that France's colonial system was "profoundly unjust,"

And what does he call Arab colonialism in France?
Posted by: Excalibur || 12/04/2007 9:27 Comments || Top||

#2  I thought when the Frenchies colonized Algeria it was mostly unoccupied?
Posted by: Fred || 12/04/2007 10:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Small problem: the Algeian president has not said the same about Algerian piratry who in fact was the main reason for French invasion.
Posted by: JFM || 12/04/2007 10:15 Comments || Top||

#4  I am French, and I voted for Sarkozy last May, and I am outraged by his declaration.

Antisemitism is racism: hate directed against people because of what they are.

Islamophobia is not racism: it is hate directed against people who willingly have chosen an ideology (and islam is one of the worst ideology of all human history).

Sarkozy acted like a coward.

I am disgusted.
Posted by: Leroidavid || 12/04/2007 12:21 Comments || Top||

#5  This propaganda about anti-Semitism resembling Islamophobia is spread world wide by the islamonazis.

I am disgusted to see that Sarkozy is now repeating islamonazi propaganda.
Posted by: Leroidavid || 12/04/2007 12:25 Comments || Top||

#6  Yes, JFM, France conquered Algeria in the XIXth century because the North African Arabs were constantly attacking French, Spanish and Italian coasts and ships.

In fact, according to the best historians, from XIth century to XIX century, more than 2 millions (yes, 2,000,000) European white people have been captured and enslaved by the Arabs (working for the kingdom of Alger).

So, France has to insist officially on Algeria to apologize for its brutal enslavement of 2 million Europeans.
Posted by: Leroidavid || 12/04/2007 12:35 Comments || Top||

#7  This right after one algerian minister vented about the supposed jewishness (horror! A jooooooooo! Btw, historically, before the french colonization jews from proto-algeria had a terrible, terrible non-status, officially set between the dog and the pig, no, really) of sarko, and his subservience to the Zionists™... but, after all, algerian pols keep insulting France, blaming her for all their woes, saying that we have a terrible debt,... and in return, they've got France whoring itself to try to keep her influence against the growing Us and chinese shadow.
Oh, and Sarko said algeria and France were gonna "reciprocate" on visa, which basically means easier entry for algerians on french territory.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 12/04/2007 13:14 Comments || Top||

#8  So, easier entries for Algerian islamists and antisemites and anti-French extremists...


As if we didn't have already enough problems in our suburbs, with all those young Algerian-French burning cars and trying to kill policemen...
Posted by: Leroidavid || 12/04/2007 13:20 Comments || Top||

#9  Lemme think here. Most of those rioters are "of african background," but are actually French citizens, right? Could the easy visas be for _their_ benefit, to facilitate return to the ancestral home?
Posted by: James || 12/04/2007 17:34 Comments || Top||

#10  They are French citizens, yes, so, to return them to their ancestors' homeland, we would need to deprive them of the French citizenship. And this is only possible for people who weren't born on French soil, and who pose a serious threat to the country. Alas, the vast majority of those French-Algerians were born on French soil.
Posted by: Leroidavid || 12/04/2007 17:55 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Niger secures $236 mln Islamic funding for dam
NIAMEY - Landlocked Niger has secured $236 million from Islamic donors to build a long-awaited dam on the Niger river to provide hydro power and help grow food for the largely desert country, the government said.

Home to one of the world’s poorest and fastest-growing populations, Niger stretches deep into the Sahara desert. It suffers frequent hunger crises exacerbated by widespread poverty and desert encroachment onto traditional farmland, and its economy depends largely on uranium mined in the arid north by former colonial power France.
For some reason, the French aren't ponying up the money for their former colony. They're happy to take the uranium.
‘Funding for building the Kandadji dam and associated projects has been secured,’ Prime Minister Seyni Oumarou said in a statement late on Sunday after returning from a meeting with donors in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, last week organised by the Islamic Development Bank.

The government has been talking about building the Kandadji dam upstream from the capital Niamey for nearly four decades, but the Islamic donor funds should allow the first phase of the huge development project to begin in mid-2008.

The Niger river, crossing the extreme southwestern corner of the country on its way to Nigeria and the Atlantic, has a fertile flood plain ripe for irrigated agriculture and potential to reduce the country’s huge dependence on imported electricity. ‘Building the dam will allow us to solve at least three problems: firstly regenerating the natural environment, secondly improving food security through water-based agriculture or irrigation, and thirdly to provide electricity,’ Oumarou said.

However, the donor funding will cover barely a third of the projected 300 billion CFA franc ($670 million) cost of the broader Kandadji project, and Oumarou said the hydropower station itself would be financed through a public-private partnership. He said a dozen potential investors had expressed interest in the project, which would reduce Niger’s dependence on neighbouring Nigeria’s National Electric Power Authority, from which it imports much of its electricity needs.

The dam site at Kandadji around 180 km (110 miles) northwest of Niamey, near Niger’s borders with Mali and Burkina Faso, has not been affected by the Tuareg rebellion in the north.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/04/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  However, the donor funding will cover barely a third of the projected 300 billion CFA franc ($670 million) cost of the broader Kandadji project, and Oumarou said the hydropower station itself would be financed through a public-private partnership.

Shocking that our congress hasn't rushed in with 2 or 3B of US taxpayer dollars to assist.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/04/2007 1:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Time, Besoeker, give them time.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/04/2007 9:44 Comments || Top||

#3  We need to send Joe Wilson to Niger pronto to look into the dam thing and give us a report!
Posted by: Mike || 12/04/2007 11:23 Comments || Top||

Hasina in court to face extortion charges
Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina appeared in court Monday where it was confirmed she would be facing extortion charges, a state prosecutor said.

The leader of the Awami League, one of Bangladesh’s main parties, was led to the dock amid high security at the special courtroom in the parliament complex in Dhaka, said state prosecutor Mohammad Borhanuddin. “After the hearing, judge Azizul Haq ruled that his court has the jurisdiction to hear the extortion case against Sheikh Hasina,” said Borhanuddin. “The court has fixed December 9 the next date of hearing when it is expected to lay the charges against her and start the trial,” he said. State lawyers have said Sheikh Hasina, who ruled the country in 1996-2001, faces two charges - namely extortion and threatening to extort.

If found guilty she faces a maximum of five years in jail. She has been accused of extorting 29.9 million taka (435,000 dollars) from the owner of a business group in 2000, and was arrested on July 16 after the owner filed an extortion case against her at a Dhaka police station.
Posted by: Fred || 12/04/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: Politix
SwiftKids For Truth
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/04/2007 13:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  These are screaming hilarious!

"John Edwards gota $4,000 manicure. I know this because my Mom gave it to him."
Posted by: Mike || 12/04/2007 13:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Who are swift kids? Hillary Clinton is a man? I think this is just a video to denigrate the Swift Boat Vets by associating this kind of stuff with the real issues they brought up.

This strikes me as classic Clinton. Overplay the hand and then use it as an example of how your opponent can not be trusted.

Posted by: Whomong Guelph4611 || 12/04/2007 17:08 Comments || Top||

#3  beware mobies

Moby Arrested
Posted by: Whomong Guelph4611 || 12/04/2007 17:40 Comments || Top||

Boehner wins leak case lawsuit
Pay up, Baghdad Jim...
House Minority Leader John A. Boehner yesterday achieved a definitive victory in his decadelong fight with a leading liberal Democrat who leaked an illegally taped 1996 telephone conversation among House Republican leaders.

The Supreme Court yesterday let stand a lower federal court's ruling that Rep. Jim McDermott of Washington had wrongfully leaked the tape to two newspapers, contrary to House rules, and that Mr. Boehner could sue him for damages.

"As I've said many times — when you break the law in pursuit of a political opponent, you've gone too far," Mr. Boehner said yesterday after the court's decision. The lawsuit "was the right fight for the right reasons, and I am pleased to see it reach a successful conclusion."

The fight began more than a decade ago amid the ethics war being waged against then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich and a Florida couple's illegal taping of a cell-phone conversation between the Georgia Republican and other House party leaders, including Mr. Boehner. The tape found its way into the press via Mr. McDermott, who then was the top Democrat on the House ethics panel investigating Mr. Gingrich and pushing for a special prosecutor in the case.

Mr. McDermott had asked the Supreme Court to hear his appeal of a decision by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, arguing that his free-speech rights gave him the right to leak the illegal taping to the New York Times and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The trial judge called Mr. McDermott's actions "willful and knowing misconduct" that "rises to the level of malice."

The justices yesterday refused to hear the appeal, without commenting on their action.

The Seattle-area lawmaker said he was disappointed with the Supreme Court's decision but didn't regret giving journalists access to the tape. "I knew when I asked the Supreme Court to review this case that the odds were against me, since the court accepts only a small fraction of the cases submitted," he said. "Nonetheless, I thought that the constitutional principles presented — the First Amendment protection of truthful speech and the separation of powers doctrine — warranted the court's attention. I pursued this case based on my belief in the people's right to know, and I continue to believe it was my sworn responsibility to vigorously defend that right."

But the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, in a 5-4 decision in May, disagreed and added that Mr. McDermott's offense was especially egregious since he was the top Democrat on the House ethics committee at the time.

"When Representative McDermott became a member of the ethics committee, he voluntarily accepted a duty of confidentiality that covered his receipt and handling of the illegal recording," wrote the five-judge majority. "He therefore had no First Amendment right to disclose the tape to the media." House ethics panel members are barred by congressional rules from disclosing "any evidence relating to an investigation" without the panel's agreement.

Lower courts have ruled that Mr. McDermott must pay Mr. Boehner $10,000 in actual damages, $50,000 in punitive damages, plus "reasonable" attorneys fees. Determining legal costs has been set aside while Mr. McDermott, who has created a legal-defense fund to pay his expenses in the case, appealed the verdict and his claim of constitutional issues. Mr. Boehner submitted an affidavit in 2000 putting his attorneys fees at $530,000, but the appeals process is estimated to have raised his costs to about $800,000.

Last December, the then-Republican-led House ethics committee decided not to take action against Mr. McDermott, despite finding he broke ethics rules by letting reporters listen to the taped call. A Republican lawmaker familiar with the case said Democrats on the committee blocked punitive action against their colleague.

Mr. McDermott is widely regarded on the left as a hero for the Boehner fight and other issues — such liberal blogs as Daily Kos regularly encourage donations for his legal-defense fund. He appeared in the Michael Moore film "Fahrenheit 9/11," was one of fewer than 70 House members to vote against the Defense of Marriage Act and visited Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in Baghdad in the weeks before the U.S.-led invasion.

Mr. Gingrich was heard on the December 1996 call by John and Alice Martin over a police radio scanner. In the call, he told Mr. Boehner and other Republican leaders how to react to the ethics accusations. The Martins gave the tape to Mr. McDermott in January 1997, and both newspapers published articles based on the tapes shortly afterward. The Martins pleaded guilty to violating a federal anti-wiretapping law and were fined $500 each.
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/04/2007 12:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If you really think about this story, there's quite a lot here that's very scary. For all the whining about civil liberties and privacy and governmental power and bias and individual rights, you rarely see a set facts like these which baldly disregard all those concerns.

And that's only go on the facts as reported, leaving everything else to the imagination.
Posted by: Glung McGurque2454 || 12/04/2007 21:21 Comments || Top||

O'Bama being smeared as a 'stealth Muslim'
A leading American newspaper on Monday castigated evangelical circles believed to be responsible for an insidious smear campaign against Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama, projecting him as a “stealth Muslim.”

In an editorial, the Los Angeles Times wrote, “The Great American Smear is back. In 2000, the victim was Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain, and the vector for transmission was telephone lines and leaflets left on windshields in church parking lots. This year, the victim is Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama, and the vector is e-mail messages that appear to have originated in evangelical networks. As always, the smears play to the ugly underside of American politics: prejudice and hatred.”
Hmmm, wonder who benefits from that, hmmmm, ...

And the Hildebeast is certainly capable of using 'evangelical networks' ...
The newspaper said it is worth considering the persistence of the Internet rumours that Obama, well known to the people of Chicago as a Christian, is actually a stealth Muslim, a “Manchurian candidate” who would take the presidential oath with his hand on the Quran. LA Times recalled that the rumours first surfaced during Obama’s run for the Senate but took off in a “viral” e-mail campaign in 2006. An e-mail called Obama “The Enemy Within”.

GOP strategist Ed Rogers also pointedly mentioned Obama’s middle name, Hussein. In January, the Obama campaign was forced to denounce Fox News for repeating a false Insight magazine report that he had spent fours years in an Indonesian madrassa.

CNN sent out a reporter who found that the school Obama had attended had nothing in common with the “Pakistani incubators for jihadists”, and though his campaign has set the record straight repeatedly, last week the Washington Post ran a front-page story about Obama’s “Muslim ties”.
Posted by: Fred || 12/04/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Why would that be a smear? Aren't all cultures equal and isn't it a wonderful thing to belong to the Religion of Peace?
Posted by: Grumenk Philalzabod0723 || 12/04/2007 0:10 Comments || Top||

#2  The fact is his Dad is a muslim and he attended muslim religious training at some time in his life.
Make of that what you will I question his "Christian" beliefs after hearing what passes for religion where he attends church.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 12/04/2007 5:30 Comments || Top||

#3  The school he went to registered him as a muslim. Strange as it may sound, rellgion and race are matters that you are commonly asked about in SE Asia.
Posted by: phil_b || 12/04/2007 6:43 Comments || Top||

#4  On Jihad Watch, Robert Spencer gives an account of a CNN plan to portray Obama as a victim of the vast right wing conspiracy. That's not journalism.
Posted by: McZoid || 12/04/2007 7:22 Comments || Top||

#5  If Dad was a muslim, then the kids would be considered muslims too (at least by the ummah). So apparently, he's either a) a muslim, or b) an apostate.
Posted by: Spot || 12/04/2007 8:09 Comments || Top||

#6  The bigger picture here ...

Posted by: doc || 12/04/2007 9:00 Comments || Top||

#7  Or all of this is time wasting bull shit.
Posted by: Helmuth, Speaking for Cromong3228 || 12/04/2007 9:36 Comments || Top||

#8  I don't care about that. In his book though, he is always ranting about black solidarity and tribe while coming down on whites. He is nothing more than a Malcom X wannabe.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/04/2007 10:00 Comments || Top||

#9  no I don't think he is a Malcom X wannabee

More like a self righteous and ego-driven bs artist.

Kind of like a mix of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton - that's scary enough.
Posted by: mhw || 12/04/2007 10:12 Comments || Top||

#10  He's unworthy to be president based solely on his political record.
Posted by: Whomong Guelph4611 || 12/04/2007 11:07 Comments || Top||

#11  I have read that Obama refuses to put his hand on his heart when the US national anthem is sung...

Is this true ?
Posted by: Leroidavid || 12/04/2007 12:11 Comments || Top||

#12  Obama with hand over little Barak during Star Spangled Banner:


Posted by: OyVey1 || 12/04/2007 13:25 Comments || Top||

#13  Thanks for this link, OyVey1.
Posted by: Leroidavid || 12/04/2007 13:32 Comments || Top||

#14  He does have a nice voice, though.
Edwards has nice hair.
Hillary has... well, she's got some nice pants suits, I guess.
Posted by: eLarson || 12/04/2007 20:40 Comments || Top||

No more money to be paid to Russia for Gorshkov: Indian Naval Chief
Chief of the Indian Navy and the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee, Admiral Sureesh Mehta on Monday said that India should not pay more money than initially agreed for the acquisition of the Russian aircraft carrier Gorshkov.

Speaking to reporters a day ahead of the Navy Week celebrations, Admiral Mehta said, "We should not pay anything more than what we have committed in the original contract (for the Gorshkov)," adding, "`When we signed the deal, it was fixed-price contract, taking into account all eventualities of retrofitting."

India had initially signed the 58 billion rupees (1.5 billion dollars) deal in January 2004, but the cost is expected to rise after India accepted the Russian demand of increasing Rupee-Rouble escalation rate from 2.8 percent as earlier agreed to 5 percent.

The 44,570-tonne aircraft carrier was scheduled to be delivered by August 2008, but delays in its delivery have raised severe concerns here, and last week Defence Minister A K Antony said in the Parliament that the "overall progress of repair and re-equipping of the ship is slow."

Admiral Mehta today said that said the Indian Navy now owns the aircraft carrier, which has been re-christened as INS Vikramaditya, since New Delhi has already paid more than 400 million dollars for it.

He said that the delay is basically due to the Russian Government diverting the trained manpower engaged in the repair work of the aircraft carrier to other shipyards where they are constructing their new ships and submarines.

``It was Gorshkov project which helped Russian shipyards provide jobs when their economy was down. With our money, there has been lot of prosperity in the (Russian) region,`` he said, adding, "But now, sudden oil boom has brought about a lot of prosperity, enabling the Russians to launch new warships and submarines, diverting the workforce.``

Last week, Antony told the Lok Sabha that the Russian side has submitted a revised Master Schedule indicating a delay in the project and they have attributed the delays to "growth of work".

Admiral Mehta said that the retrofitting process would take at least two years, and added, "We have to see where our relations are going to with Moscow.``
Posted by: john frum || 12/04/2007 05:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This is one unhappy Admiral...

“When we took the Gorshkov which the Russians said they were giving free of cost, for just $1 (and for the cost of its refit), it was a sort of partnership. Of course we wanted that ship. We did a very detailed contract. It is a very good contract. When we went over there (to the Sevmash shipyard in Russia where the vessel is being refitted), the shipyard was in a decrepit state. Over the years we have seen how the shipyard has improved with our money... the workforce on the Gorshkov is far less than what we would like it to be,”

“Where is our relationship with Russia going?” the admiral wondered aloud rhetorically.

Posted by: john frum || 12/04/2007 5:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Note that in a few months, a US shipyard refitted the former USS Trenton LPD. It was sold to India for less than 40 million, complete with training for its crew. It is now the second largest warship in the Indian Navy
Posted by: john frum || 12/04/2007 5:43 Comments || Top||

#3  side view
Posted by: john frum || 12/04/2007 5:52 Comments || Top||

#4  Let's see . . . Constellation is laid up in reserve, Kitty Hawk will be decommissioned in the near future, and John F. Kennedy was just decommissioned.

Just sayin' is all.
Posted by: Mike || 12/04/2007 8:05 Comments || Top||

#5  the Russian Government diverting the trained manpower engaged in the repair work

How very typically Russian (or Chinese). Do something nice for them, and they thank you by giving you the shaft. Such pleasant people.
Posted by: gromky || 12/04/2007 8:15 Comments || Top||

#6  Fearless Leader has altered the deal.

Posted by: doc || 12/04/2007 9:06 Comments || Top||

#7  The only question is whether the Indian's can learn better from experience than we do. I am optimistic. You won't see them attending a "peace conference" for Kashmir brokered by Dr. Rice any time soon.
Posted by: Excalibur || 12/04/2007 9:24 Comments || Top||

#8  I imagine this experience will be remembered the next time the Russians are trying to sell things to India. You don't mess with paying customers.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 12/04/2007 11:21 Comments || Top||

#9  Let's not forget the USS Independence and the USS Ranger in Mike's line up of one owner boats.
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 12/04/2007 13:21 Comments || Top||

#10  Principle No. 1 in Business:

Do not f*ck over your clients. They are NOT a captive audience.

This could become an opportunity, all right, with the US.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 12/04/2007 13:55 Comments || Top||

#11  Are ships under construction normally that rusty?
Posted by: 3dc || 12/04/2007 14:08 Comments || Top||

#12  Are ships under construction normally that rusty?

yep 3dc.. whenever da ship under construction are rusky!

/~:) horribilis.. i knows
Posted by: Red Dawg || 12/04/2007 14:31 Comments || Top||

#13  “Where is our relationship with Russia going?” the admiral wondered aloud rhetorically.

South hopefully.. but pragmatist on both sides will prevail...
Posted by: Red Dawg || 12/04/2007 14:34 Comments || Top||

#14  KOMMERSANT < RUSSIAN TANKS HEADED FOR INDIA. Up to 300 upgraded T-90S, but not at once.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/04/2007 21:02 Comments || Top||

India nuclear submarine ready by 2009: navy chief
NEW DELHI (AFP) — An Indian-built nuclear-powered submarine will be ready for sea trials in two years, and the navy has ordered 32 new warships, naval chief Sureesh Mehta said.

India, which carried out a string of nuclear tests in 1998, has already built ballistic missiles for its army and configured warjets to carry such weapons. "Our scientists have confirmed that they would have the advance technology vessel (nuclear submarine) project ready for trials by 2009," Mehta told reporters.

In India's nuclear deterrent plans, "placing of nuclear weapons under the sea is the third triad which at present we don't have and we hope at one point we will," he said.
The Indians sound like they wish to be a world power. And they're going about it in a very intelligent way.
Mehta also said New Delhi was negotiating with Moscow to lease a Russian nuclear-powered submarine, which he said was "to enable our men to train on how to operate nuclear reactors and other platforms."

The announcements came after Mehta said he rejected a Russian request for an additional 1.2 billion dollars to finish a deal struck in 2004 to refurbish a Soviet-era aircraft carrier, Admiral Gorshkov.

He warned Russia, which accounts for 73 percent of India's military supplies, that delays on the carrier work could mean that preferential treatment in future arms deals could be scrapped. "We cannot put all our eggs in one basket and so we must have a multi-vendor opportunity," he said. "This is how we are going to deal with Russia now."
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India may scrap 600-mln-dlr Eurocopter deal: official
NEW DELHI (AFP) — India's army may scrap a 600-million-dollar deal for 197 helicopters from an EADS unit because of complaints about the bidding process and the role of agents, an official said Sunday. India's policy-making Defence Acquisition Committee is expected to issue a fresh tender for the helicopters in the next financial year, said an official with the committee who did not want to be named.

An Indian army spokesman declined comment on the deal, awarded in February 2007 as part of an army modernisation programme.

The official said New Delhi was probing links between an army general and Indian agents of Eurocopter, part of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, which makes civil and military aircraft. The deal was suspended in June 2007 on the recommendation of a federal watchdog overseeing major government purchases.

"Some aspects of the deal probed by the Central Vigilance Commission also included complaints from (US-based) Bell Helicopter that it had been rejected on flimsy grounds," the committee official said. "There are elements of truth in the complaints, especially the one involving an officer who was part of the evaluation committee while his brother headed the company that is Eurocopter's sole distributor in India," he said.

India banned middlemen in military deals following allegations of bribery in a multi-billion dollar artillery deal in the 1980s that brought down the government of former premier Rajiv Gandhi.

Military observers say the cancellation would deliver a blow to EADS, which views India as major client for Airbus passenger planes among other things. It plans to invest 2.5 billion dollars over 15 years in research and production here.

An Eurocopter spokesman earlier declined comment on the allegations, but said the firm did employ agents. "We do not have a family tree of all people working with Eurocopter," the Indian Express newspaper quoted the spokesman as saying. "We have hundreds of agents and representatives across the world," the spokesman added.

Eurocopter has also been accused by the vigilance commission of not providing the right helicopter for use in field trials and did not closely monitor the implementation of the deal, the official said. "Eurocopter acted more as the buyer than a supplier in this particular deal," the official said.

Several firms bid for the contract, including Russian helicopter-maker Kamov, which dropped out in 2004. Indian defence specialists selected the Eurocopter 350B3 light reconnaissance model over Bell's LongRanger, which cost less, after an intensive testing period.

The Indian army also wants to buy 285 heavy- and medium-lift helicopters to replace the bulk of its fleet of 500 Soviet-era machines.

The military establishment, which invited tenders earlier this year for 126 fighter jets worth 10 billion dollars, has emerged as one of the biggest buyers of armament products among developing countries.
Posted by: john frum || 12/04/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  calling 49Pan.,...
Posted by: 3dc || 12/04/2007 1:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Not a bad idea. The Eurocopters the US bought for civilian rescue are crap.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/04/2007 7:12 Comments || Top||

#3  How much money is India spending on its defense budget? New SSNs, new helicopters, new top of the line Russian tanks, new carriers, new ballistic missiles and ABM systems and possibly developing a fifth generation fighter again with the Russians. Between India and the United States will rest the security of the free world. Stick a fork in the Europe - even the British - they are done.
Posted by: Excalibur || 12/04/2007 9:32 Comments || Top||

#4  The Indian defense budget is less than 3 percent of its GDP
Posted by: john frum || 12/04/2007 10:39 Comments || Top||

#5  Yup. I would think that there are some places in India where having a working cooling system might be handy.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 12/04/2007 10:43 Comments || Top||

#6  What? Crooked dealings and back-alley funds transfers from the highly moral EU?
Posted by: mojo || 12/04/2007 11:07 Comments || Top||

#7  I'm on it 3DC....... Thanks
Posted by: 49 Pan || 12/04/2007 14:07 Comments || Top||

Bali climate change conference update
-The new PM of Oz signed the Kyoto Treaty

-The EU delegation called for 50% reduction below 1990 levels by 2050

Posted by: Seafarious || 12/04/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Meanwhile the climate in the real world continues to cool, especially in the southern hemisphere. Look at the sea surface temperatures southern hemisphere We are getting colder since 2000.
Posted by: phil_b || 12/04/2007 0:22 Comments || Top||

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/04/2007 5:36 Comments || Top||


GUNS-N-ROSES > "DON'T CRY" [Joseph and James] > among other symbolismd for the Moudian-Osamaian Apocalypse known as the GWOT, a long dead Soldier-Warrior, Servant of God, and Madonna Fan is awakened and re-animated by God only to discover that the lands he knew + HIS GRAVE are now UNDERWATER. He will walk under the sea to emerge unto the dry land. D *** NGED CAPT JACK SPARROW + "PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN" [Cursed Barbosa's Pirates walking under the sea towards a Brit warship]. Brought to you by 1960's Oliver STone, Texas-sized Asteroids, and almost a Lindsay Lohan film.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/04/2007 5:44 Comments || Top||

#4  phil b

A good place to get the most current estimate of sea surface temperatures is at:


I'm not familiar with trend studies. However, I'm sure if you choose a convenient starting point, you can get whatever trend you want (there was a very strong El Nino in 98-99 so if there has been 'cooling' since it probably represents regression to the mean. The more important point is that the surface (down to said 30m) represents a very small part of the picture. Any serious effort to get trend must include not just the ocean surface but the entire column structure as well as the land and atmosphere (although the ocean holds almost all the thermal energy of the combined system and thus is an inertial barrier to any big change).

On the other hand, its cold today in the East and I wish I was in a ***** hotel in Bali.
Posted by: mhw || 12/04/2007 6:59 Comments || Top||

#5  The EU delegation called for 50% reduction below 1990 levels by 2050
"Calling for" and "actually doing" are quite different. How many EUro countries have reached their original Kyoto goals? I'm glad I don't live in the EU - that's one mighty big hairshirt to wear.
Posted by: Spot || 12/04/2007 8:18 Comments || Top||

#6  mhw, check out the sea surface temperature anomaly. This will be the biggest la nina in a generation. There is already a clear cooling trend in the southern ocean temperatures (second link).


Posted by: phil_b || 12/04/2007 17:22 Comments || Top||

#7  Someone posted this at Climate Audit and it should be of interest here.

Dear All, I am a “Non-Governmental” observer at the IPCC conference in Bali. There are supposedly 12,000 people attending, half of them journalists and half the sort of people who have spent a lifetime avoiding useful work. The Indonesians have laid on 4,000 security staff, mainly army with automatics. These stand in twos at street corners. There are also armed frogmen on the beach. My prediction is that the conference will let India and China off the hook and allow them to go to the industrialised nations average of CO2 emissions. [snip] The strange thing is that increased CO2 in the atmospher is wholly beneficial - a minuscule amount of warmingand a whole lot more plant growth. It is the best thing for the third world. We are doing our best to get carbon back into the atmosphere but the oceans are gobbling it down, taking half of what we produce. The partial pressure differential is increasing as the atmospheric CO2 level increases.If the oceans are taking half of what we produce at 100 ppm over pre-industrial, does that mean that they will take 100% at 200 ppm over pre-industrial? Has this been modelled? It could be that we don’t even get to a doubling, let alone the optimum 1,000 ppm that commercial greenhouses run at.

There are a lot of UN security staff here, wearing blue uniforms and American-style police badges and sidearms. God knows what they do all year between conferences.

The IPCC process is trying to get as much control as possible before the cooling of Solar Cycle 24 sets in. Then it will be a rearguard action to preserve what they can. As Dr Svalgaard has pointed out elsewhere, TSI is flatlining and, if the cycle is weak, it will also be late. My calculations are that the global temperature will decline by 0.2 degrees per annum during this minimum and it won’t be much better coming out of it. This is derived from the global temperature/solar cycle correlation in Svensmark and Friis-Christensen’s reply to Lockwood and Frolich (adjusted for El Ninos and volcanoes).
Posted by: phil_b || 12/04/2007 19:40 Comments || Top||

Olde Tyme Religion
Muslim Scholars Debate Apostates in Islam
Excerpt. Tough crowd...
Al-Sweidan: Before the break, I asked our audience for their views on this important issue. Does a Muslim have the liberty or the right to change his religion? The results are as follows: 24% said: "Yes, he has the right to change his religion." 76% of the people said: "No." Let's hear some opinions and then I will return to out guests.

Audience member: Sir, if you become an apostate, your punishment is death. There is a great problem that most of us, 70% of us, are Muslims because they were born to Muslim fathers and mothers. Before a person converts to Islam, he has the liberty to choose, but remember that if you want to convert from Islam, you will be punished by death. So you have the liberty to choose, but on the condition...

Al-Sweidan: That's not liberty.

Audience member: It has conditions...

Al-Sweidan: What you are saying is: You have the right to become an apostate, but I will kill you.

Audience member: That's right. I won't tell him not to.

Al-Sweidan: What can be worse than being killed?

Audience member: That's why he will not become an apostate.
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/04/2007 13:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What's to debate? Their devil book is perfectly clear on the subject.
Posted by: Excalibur || 12/04/2007 14:00 Comments || Top||

#2  When I read this article I thought to myself: Hey, this is cool...24% of the muzzie audience indicated were saying "yeah, sure...you can convert away from islam...yeah,sure... you have the right to convert away from islam. No problem."

The other 76% were clearly saying...No, you don't have the right to convert away from islam.

Then I started to read between the lines:

24% say you have the "right/liberty" to convert away from islam (!!!). 76% say you do not.

Here's the problem: I'm thinking, however, 100% believe -in either case- the penalty is still the same: Death. Which just happens to be the same conclusion drawn by ALL four schools of islamic jurisprudence. Sharia law is a real b*tch with no sense of humor.

Read the whole thing. If you think I'm wrong in my interpretation of the audience response let me know. I am not wrong, however, in noting that all four schools of islamic jurisprudence believe that death for apostacy is the proper penalty - at least for males. (Females get a pass on the death penalty for apostacy because they're stupid - I'm not making this up.)
Posted by: Mark Z || 12/04/2007 14:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Sounds like the mafia or some street gang.

When you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way
From your first cigarette to your last dyin' day.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 12/04/2007 15:39 Comments || Top||

#4  Soon I expect Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg to agree that Christians too will kill you for converting away from their religion. Once you've decided that all these religions are pretty much the same thing, there's no reason to notice even the most glaring differences.
Posted by: Baba Tutu || 12/04/2007 17:37 Comments || Top||

#5  The best (most illuminating) part is here:

"Gamal 'Allam: Islam is the only religion that begins with the imperative "Read." It is the only reasonable and convincing religion.

Al-Sweidan: But what if a person is not convinced?

Gamal 'Allam: Then there is something wrong in his head.

Al-Sweidan: That's what you think, but isn't he entitled to have something wrong in his head?

Gamal 'Allam: Anybody who is insane should go to a mental asylum, or else if he is insane, his head should be removed so that it does not contaminate the heads of others."

As yes... freedom, Islamic style
Posted by: Fod || 12/04/2007 18:18 Comments || Top||

#6  Can we stop calling muzzie idiots who have only read the koran scholars? Scholars doesn't seem right.
Posted by: jds || 12/04/2007 19:18 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Myanmar refuses to include Suu Kyi in reforms
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Philippines charges 36 for coup bid
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Canada Says Ambassador to Iran Expelled
OTTAWA, Canada (AP) - Iran has ordered Canada's ambassador to leave the country, the Canadian foreign minister said late Monday, calling the move entirely unjustifiable. Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier suggested the expulsion of Ambassador John Mundy, who was recently appointed and yet to have his credentials accepted, was a tit-for-tat move by the government in Tehran.

Canada and Iran have tried to come to an agreement on an exchange of ambassadors for some time, but Canada is not willing to accept the candidates Tehran has proposed thus far.

``Unfortunately, we have as yet been unable to accept the candidates Tehran has submitted,'' Bernier said in a statement. ``We believe that the expulsion of our ambassador is an unfortunate and unjustified consequence of this situation. As always, Canada remains prepared to receive an Iranian ambassador provided a suitable candidate is presented,'' he said. ``We stand behind our ambassador, who has performed his diplomatic duties with professionalism and dedication,'' the statement added.

The diplomatic slap came one day after the Iranian charge d'affaires expressed frustration that his country's overtures to Canada were being ignored by the Canadian government. Seyed Mahdi Mohebi said in an interview with The Canadian Press that he has twice asked for a resumption of high-level contacts up to the foreign minister level. ``It is one-sided love,'' Mohebi told CP in an interview conducted in Farsi. ``Love should be mutual.''

Relations have been frosty since former Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor helped spirit Americans out of the U.S. Embassy in 1980 before they could be taken hostage shortly after the Iranian revolution.

Recently, Iran's supreme court ordered a review of the death of Zahra Kazemi, the Canadian photojournalist who tied in custody after being arrested outside of a Tehran prison in 2003. Authorities said she died after falling ill. Her son believes she was tortured and raped before being killed. Mohebi said he hoped a resolution of the case would lead to a warming of relations.

Bernier said the Canadian Embassy in Iran will be now headed by the charge d'affaires. Both countries will continue to maintain embassies in the respective capitals and conduct normal operations, the release said.
Frankly, you might as well close up shop. It's not like the Iranians are going to respect you, and it's not like you can do business there. Now they won't even accept your ambassador. Save some coin and come home.
Posted by: Steve White || 12/04/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Our former Prime Minister Jean Chretien was off to Iran representing Canadian oil interests the minute he was out of office. His son-in-law owns part of France's largest oil conglomerate. This is a man who postured and moralized about the American liberation of Iraq; his paymasters. Yet street protesters are apoplectic at supposed conflicts of interest by Dick Cheney.

Thank God for Stephen Harper.
Posted by: Excalibur || 12/04/2007 8:51 Comments || Top||

#2  What Excalibur said but in solid gold.
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 12/04/2007 18:06 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Baby Jesus, Reindeer Thefts Up, Christians Pour Into the Streets
ARREDONDO FARMS, Fla. -- A Grinch may be lurking among a Central Florida neighborhood, stealing holiday decorations, reindeer and a baby Jesus.

Police said three homes in a neighborhood near Gainesville have been targeted. A resident said her entire nativity scene, including baby Jesus, was stolen. Other residents said they worry their decorations will be stolen, too.

Deputies are recommending residents to display their lawn ornaments close to the house where they can be seen from the inside. Like the Grinch, deputies said it's not likely the thieves will return the stolen decorations.
Christians! Lets Blame it on Ali Baba and his Forty Thieves!!
Posted by: Unolulet Fleaper7697 || 12/04/2007 13:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Don't mess with my decorations, or I'll beat you with a baby Jesus!
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/04/2007 15:09 Comments || Top||

#2  There's a guy down the street. I wish someone would steal his decorations
Posted by: Chedderhead || 12/04/2007 17:45 Comments || Top||

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/04/2007 19:44 Comments || Top||

Home Front Economy
Don't Fear The Weaker Dollar — It's Keeping The Economy Afloat
The plunge in the dollar has turned normally calm voices strident and fearful. A weak currency, they say, spells catastrophe for the U.S. economy. But like much conventional wisdom, this isn't true. Nor is it true that the dollar, to use one favorite recent word, has "collapsed."

You wouldn't know it, however, from recent headlines. This week's Economist magazine, known for its cool-headed discussion of economic events, has this on its cover: "The Panic About the Dollar."

Others see in the dollar's slump a metaphor for America's future — one of decline and waning influence in the world.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 12/04/2007 08:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  O dear me.

It's like taking a pay-cut so you can work more, and describing that as good news.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/04/2007 9:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Like "global warming," it is part of an ongoing cycle. It's been lower than it is now before, and stronger after that...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/04/2007 9:52 Comments || Top||

#3  A weak dollar isn't horrible. Just like a strong dollar isn't all good. This is just the typical up and down swing of currency. While true, a weak dollar means less buying power here at home and makes travel a hell of a lot more expensive, on the flip side it makes exports from the US a lot cheaper (see industrial durable goods sales up). The dollar had a nice strong run and was, IMHO overvalued. It is only balancing out like the housing market. The bubble popped and we are returning to equilibrium.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/04/2007 9:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Take Boeing, for example. They like being able to undercut Airbus.
Posted by: mojo || 12/04/2007 11:05 Comments || Top||

#5  Well, business cycles are all very well and good, but this isn't the Ringgit or Baht or Ngultrum we're talking about here. This is the U.S. Dollar, and its current state of crappy value is scaring off tons of people who will not come back.
Posted by: gromky || 12/04/2007 11:05 Comments || Top||

#6  The weak dollar is terrible news, it means we may be inflicted with waves of Eurotourists and their unwashed ways and monopoly money when we should be over in Europe talking too loud and asking where the McDonald's is and why no free refills on the sodas.

The world is upside down.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 12/04/2007 11:25 Comments || Top||

#7  They will always come back gromky. We buy most of the world's shit, therefore they will be back.
Posted by: DarthVader || 12/04/2007 11:32 Comments || Top||

#8  It's like taking a pay-cut so you can work more, and describing that as good news.

How??? Unless you took an actual pay cut -- how has your purchasing power been impacted?
Posted by: dan || 12/04/2007 11:56 Comments || Top||

#9  The money traders may be upset but the working folks will really appreciate this in the long run. And may the companies that just built factories in China and then bragged about not having to look at the US for production stew in their own juices. This weakening of the dollar will reduce the number of jobs going off-shore and may even put factories back in Mexico so the illegals will go home to work (per VW's and Airbus's announcement of possible new factories in US or Mexico).

And no, I am not pro-union, just pro-blue collar.
Posted by: Throger Thains8048 || 12/04/2007 12:27 Comments || Top||

#10  g: Well, business cycles are all very well and good, but this isn't the Ringgit or Baht or Ngultrum we're talking about here. This is the U.S. Dollar, and its current state of crappy value is scaring off tons of people who will not come back.

The British pound once bought $8. It now buys $2. The yuan used to buy $0.50. Now it buys about $0.14. Last I heard, both the pound and the yuan are still accepted as payment for goods. People will always be back.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 12/04/2007 12:47 Comments || Top||

#11  Go ahead - go look up fiat money and see what it is (and isn't) and how it behaves (and doesen't)
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/04/2007 13:54 Comments || Top||

#12  Personally, I'm going long on Yap.
Posted by: Seafarious || 12/04/2007 19:48 Comments || Top||

#13  Seafarious - as an added benefit you won't need a gym membership. Just carry around some spare change.
Posted by: DMFD || 12/04/2007 21:07 Comments || Top||

Strong euro causes Airbus, VW to mull opening US factories
Oh dear Lord, Airbus is dangling jobs in exchange for winning a US military plane contract.

Saints preserve us .....
Airbus has been lusting after that air tanker contract for a long time. Interesting issue, though: Boeing has shut down the 767 assembly line, as I recall, and that was the airframe they were going to use for their version of the tanker. Makes you wonder which airframe they'll choose now.
Posted by: Seafarious || 12/04/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Can't wait to watch American and european unions fight over turf...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 12/04/2007 9:55 Comments || Top||

#2  Sea; I think BCAC has not yet shut down the 767 line, but has slowed work until tanker contract is decided. this is to prevent / delay dismantling of tooling and allows them to divert workers to the 787 'travel work' side of the house. i expect that if Airbust wins the tanker contract (whenever the USAF decides to get off their butt and award same) the 767 work will accelerate to fill all orders and free up floor space for the Dreamliner.
Posted by: USN,Ret. || 12/04/2007 13:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, that's cool. We've gotten to the point where other countries are outsourcing their work to the US.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 12/04/2007 15:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Good Lord almighty: manufacturing jobs in the US.
Posted by: eLarson || 12/04/2007 20:37 Comments || Top||

#5  Okay, lessirree, the WORLD's GDP via today's Net news is reportedly US$55.0Trilyuhn, of which the USA controls aproxi 25% - BUT-T-T, various Perts including the UNO WORLD BANK had prev calc that the COMBINED US NATIONAL-GLOBAL GDP was approxi anywhere bwtn US$300T-US$900T already???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/04/2007 21:15 Comments || Top||

#6  ICO the USAF, it'll be a long time comin' between Darlene Druyun and now, Riecher’s tragic and unecessary suicide (aren't most of them?) AF has serious acquisition mgt problems...

However...It does seem, that with a bit of "creativity" they "might" just find a way to restore their self-confidence and our faith in them...
Posted by: Leonard Plynth Garnell || 12/04/2007 21:59 Comments || Top||

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