Saturday, October 27, 2007

So much for the idea that we should treat terrorism as a law enforcement problem....

"Justice Department 'dismayed' over release of USS Cole bombing leader"

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. law enforcement officials Friday blasted Yemen's release of one of the leaders of the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 U.S. soldiers.

"We are dismayed and deeply disappointed in the government of Yemen's decision not to imprison [Jamal al-Badawi]," said a Justice Department statement issued by the Department's National Security Division.

"We have communicated our displeasure to Yemeni officials," the statement said.

The statement pointedly referred to al-Badawi as one of the FBI's most wanted terrorists and noted prosecutors in New York City want to get their hands on him.

"He was convicted in Yemeni courts and has been indicted in the Southern District of New York," the Justice Department said. Officials said the decision is not consistent with cooperation between counterterrorism officials of the United States and Yemen.

Al-Badawi -- who had escaped prison last year -- was freed after turning himself in two weeks ago, renouncing terrorism and pledging allegiance to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, according to news reports.

Witnesses said al-Badawi was "receiving well-wishers at his home" in Aden, Yemen, according to The Associated Press in Sana, Yemen.
International terrorism cannot be treated as only a law enforcement problem. Amongst other problems, other nations will find it expedient to treat some of the most wanted terrorists with kid gloves, attempting to do the bare minimum in order to avoid international repercussions.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Question:

To whom is Matt Ryan related at ESPN?

The whole of the Boston College-Virginia Tech game has been one giant fluff job for Matt Ryan's Heisman candidacy. Even late in the game Ryan was doing nothing but getting killed by the Virginia Tech defensive line, the ESPN announcers kept talking about Matt Ryan's great Heisman winning performance. Ryan DID eventually lead BC to 14 points in the last three minutes to win the game, but that had more to do with VaTech's mistakes than Ryan's ability. Hell, the announcers even started saying that Ryan's performance was more impressive than Doug Flutie's Hail Mary performance against Miami back in the day. I have never heard such completely biased announcers for a game before. Johnny Most would have been embarrassed to have called this game.

A few quick notes on a Friday night....

  1. Yeah, I realize that it's only Thursday. But it feels like a Friday.
  2. Mom's surgery went well. There were a few minor glitches but nothing too worrisome. Now to hope that the recovery goes well.
  3. I hate parking garages.
  4. I also hate US Postal Service vending machines.
  5. "This was not a terrorist-related act." That assertion seems disputable. However, it was certainly a dumb-ass related act.
  6. Spending time in hospitals recently I can definitively state that anyone stating that the last few years have ruined America's image in the world is full of shit.

[Post may be updated as I remember things. Or not.]

Friday, October 19, 2007

And now for something completely different: a musical interlude

Whenever life gets you down, Mrs Brown, and things seem hard or tough,
And people are stupid, obnoxious, or daft, and you feel that you've had quite eno-huh-huh-huh-huh-hoooooooough.

Just re-member that you're standing on a planet that's evolving, revolving at 900 miles an hour.
It's orbiting at 19 miles a second, so it's reckoned, a Sun, that is the source of all our power.
The Sun, and you and me, and all the stars that you can see, are moving at a million miles a day
In the outer-spiral arm, at 40,000 miles an hour, of the Galaxy we call "The Milky Way".

Our Galaxy itself contains a hundred-billion stars, it's a hundred thousand light years side to side.
It bulges in the middle, 16,000 light years thick, but out by us, it's just 3,000 light years wide.
We're 30,000 light years from Galactic Central Point, we go round every 200 million years,
And our Galaxy is only one of millions of billions in the amazing and expanding universe!

[Small Instrumental]

The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding in all of the directions it can whizz,
As fast as it can go, the speed of light, you know, 12 million miles a minute and that's the fastest speed there is,
So remember when you're feeling very small and insecure, how amazingly unlikely is your birth
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space, 'cause there's bugger all down here on Earth!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Update on my mother...

It's been two and a half month's since I last commented here on my mother's health. The current status: She has completed the BCG treatment for the bladder cancer. The docs then spent a couple of week's trying to adjust her blood pressure meds to get that back under control. (Frankly, I suspect that the medication changes they made back in July caused more trouble than they solved.)

Now that those issues are out of the way, they've scheduled the surgery to remove the section of her colon that contains the growth. She checks in next Tuesday for prep, they'll run another colonoscopy on her Wednesday, and Thursday they'll do the cutting. She should be in the hospital 3-5 days after that if they do the surgery by 'scope, or 5-7 days if they have to make a regular incision. Wish us luck....

Here's an idea....

So the middle schools in Portland Maine will be distributing birth control pills, potentially to students as young as 11. In a news report this morning, one of the announcers stated that the pills would be given to "kids", to which my wife said, "No - no, they will be given to girls."

This set me to thinking. I rapidly thought, "T wonder if boy students could sue to get access to the pill under some form of anti-discrimination law?" I said so to my wife, and added, "His justification could be that he doesn't want his girlfriend to get pregnant, or that he doesn't want his Mom having any more children - he could slip her the pill in her food."

The predictable response? "You're EVIL!"

Yes. Yes I am.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Some Items of Potential Interest

I've made a few changes to the side bar, some of which may be a vague interest.

First, I've changed my blog roll ever so slightly. I've removed Pooh's blog, because Pooh blogs no more. I've also removed Reader_Iam's old blog, because she has hidden it away. I have added author Jon Evans' blog. His blog often takes on the characteristic of a travelogue, and I highly recommend it.

I've also added a little more to my Entertainment section: Jim Hill Media, Cartoon Brew and PBCB Studios.

Finally, and most importantly for me, is the new Reference section. Here I've thrown together a vast collection of links that I have used in the past for ... wait for it ... reference! Some get used more often than not, but at times I've used most of these to good effect. The CIA site (yes, I mean that CIA) is invaluable just because of The World Factbook. I imagine the utility of most of the others is apparent, but some of these are listed purely for entertainment value - the Louvre has a great website, for example, and I highly recommend the interactive Panoramas tour. This section also includes the website that makes the whole Internet thing worthwhile - the Internet Movie Database! No longer does one have to struggle trying to remember "that guy, that was in that movie". Now you can look it up directly! I imagine that this site has saved more man-hours of work that the rest of the Internet has gobbled up. (Well, maybe not the amount of time wasted on porn, but that's hardly the 'net's fault.)

Regardless, I offer up this assortment of links secure in the knowledge that there ought to be something in here for my 3 readers to enjoy, and hopefully something that's new and entertaining.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

And just because....

Instapundit's late to the party...

... and seems to have not noticed the problems with the article in question. Maybe I should add this as a tag line in the header: "Days ahead of Instapundit!" Or maybe not, given my slothful posting habits. Still, I beat him by four days on this one, the slacker, and I have actual commentary on the story in question! Take THAT, Reynolds!