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Terrorists in the 21st century December 31, 2005

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How do you communicate with the world when simply showing your face in public could result in your bitter demise at the hands of a unmanned aerial vehicle?

How do you tell the world your message when you live in a mountain cave hiding out from constant pursuit at the hands of your enemies?

The web, that’s how. And since before 9-11 terrorist organizations worldwide have used the internet to claim responsibility for acts of terrorism and to post messages to each other or to foreign powers. (more…)

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Travel warnings and coalitions December 31, 2005

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More nonsensical ramblings enuse.

Iraq, this war sucks. I don’t care what the Bushies say about “progress.” 18,328 American soldiers and civilians have been killed or wounded as of 10 a.m. Dec. 30. That’s alot. Perhaps something good will come out of such carnage, I sincerely hope so, and if it does I would love to see it.

That aside, the U.S. Department of State issued a new travel warning for Iraq on Dec. 29. This may or may not be due to the revelation that a Florida teenager traveled to Iraq for a school project on immersion journalism. The warning is nothing new as the last State Dept. warning came June 28. (more…)

Cincinnati mosque update December 27, 2005

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My original post on the bombing at a Cincinnati mosque can be found here.

The latest news stories on Google stem from the FBI offering a $15,000 reward for help in the investigation, the most recent one is dated Dec. 22. The reward is for information leading to the “arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the bombing of the Islamic Association of Cincinnati facilities at 3668 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati on Tuesday December 20, 2005.” (more…)

Free speech update December 27, 2005

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Took a little break for the holiday, so updates have been non existent. I won’t post this til I get back to DeKalb.

If you saw this about the UMass Dartmouth student who said he was questioned for checking out Chairman Mao’s “Little Red Book” through the interlibrary loan program, then you will be pleased to know that it was all a hoax.

Thanks to Glock 21 for the update.

What to take, what not to take (to the airport) December 22, 2005

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I just saw a news broadcast on Chicago Land TV (CLTV).

The main story was about holiday air travel and security but the anchor did a little aside with nifty graphics at the end of it. The anchor pointed out what items were permissible and which were prohibited, each category had its own graphic.

Among the permissible items were nail clippers and cigar cutters. Among the prohibited, box cutters and fire arms, and the anchor kept a straight face while announcing to Chicagoland that guns and box cutters were not permitted on airplanes. (more…)

Explosion outside Cincinnati mosque December 21, 2005

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UPDATE #2: Dec. 22–

The FBI has offered a $15,000 reward for information leading to arrest in the Cincinnati mosque bombing on Tuesday. This is in addition to the $5,000 reward already pledged by the Council on Islamic American Relations.

CAIR-Ohio announced a prayer vigil for 8 p.m. this evening at the Islamic Association for Cincinnati mosque, better known as the Clifton mosque (because it’s on Clifton Ave.). This is the same mosque that was bombed on Tuesday night. (more…)

Russian polls, North Korean ramblings December 20, 2005

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Scanning the Pravda Web site I found this article about a poll of Russians conducted by the polling agency VTSIOM, which I think was actually taken over by the Russian government a few years back. The poll concerns foreign assistance with the promotion of democracy, which, suffice it to say, Russia could use some assistance. (more…)

Forget free speech, you are being watched. December 20, 2005

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I am scared now. The federal government should have a Ridiculous Library Investigations Agency.

Check this out. Liberty and justice for what?

UPDATE: Fellow blogger Glock 21 posted this in the comments but I thought I would post it here. This, of course, is hilarious (in an Orwellian way) in light of the NSA domestic spying scandal all over the headlines lately.

A quote from the President:

“Secondly, there are such things as roving wiretaps. Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires — a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we’re talking about chasing down terrorists, we’re talking about getting a court order before we do so. It’s important for our fellow citizens to understand, when you think Patriot Act, constitutional guarantees are in place when it comes to doing what is necessary to protect our homeland, because we value the Constitution.”

Sweet land of liberty, it is of thee downfall I sing.

Yahoo’s top searches December 20, 2005

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2005 Top Searches courtesy of Yahoo!

Alaska and its oil December 20, 2005

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I wanted to blog about something more substantial than some old poems but the only thing I could find was that the drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge had passed the House.

Intrigued, I wanted to find the text of the legislation.

But the text of the legislation doesn’t mention anything about Alaska, except for some Air Force operational appropriations.

I assumed these were amendments to the Defense Appropriations Bill, stuff concerning not only ANWR but also disaster relief for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. (more…)

Just . . .werd . . . December 19, 2005

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Some more poetry. Thanks for readin’ ;) I have some other stuff here, if you are interested. (more…)

Gonzo Gallery December 19, 2005

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Muppets

Feb. 2–The Gonzo Gallery kicks off today instead of stupid daily web-bits that I never updated. Here you will find Gonzo images, whatever your definition. These, I found in the public domain, if you have your own gonzo images feel free to email them to me, I will post them. (more…)

Iraq and military recruiting December 18, 2005

Posted by dr. gonzo in Iraq, Politics.
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My mind is churning over the Iraq War. What does it all mean? Such a broad question but some tangibles can be looked at.

This war is having an effect on recruiting and retention for the U.S. military. It seems the Reserves are suffering the most. While the active duty components have remained fairly steady over the years from 2000-2004, the Reserves have missed some goals. Though, I’m a little lost for some of their math on the active duty table below. (more…)

Moon Photography December 18, 2005

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My cool digital camera, a Sony Cyber Shot (corporate monsters) DSC-P150, 7.2 megapixels of quality, photo capability, has afforded me the opportunity to snap photos by the light of the moon. (more…)

Victory strategy in Iraq December 17, 2005

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I’m reading the Presidents strategy for victory in Iraq it was released Nov. 30. I’m only on page 8 (of 38) and already questions are festering in my brain. (more…)

The Weather Channel December 17, 2005

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I figured out what I can blather about. I was talking to Rasmieyh when the topic of The Weather Channel came up.

The Weather Channel is one of those unique TV networks that have the advantage of having almost every television viewer stop on it at least once a day. They use this to their benefit by hiring people like Jim Cantore, who, if you have ever seen him, is the most hilarious weather lover on Earth. I specifically recall a live spot during a blizzard he did a few years back when there was a clap of thunder overhead. He went bananas, it was great. (more…)

Sincerest Apologies December 17, 2005

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Well, my apologies to my readers and Munson. I never called her back. I have been busy. I will get to it on Monday. But I want to write about something . . . hmmm . . .

American horse slaughtering-Part Four December 15, 2005

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I guess the whole aim of these four posts was to provide a bit of context for horse slaughtering in the United States. Year after year state and federal legislation aims to eliminate it from American commerce, this year is no exception as, again, the controversy rages.

This is the last of the American horse slaughtering posts, the other three can be read here, here and here. (more…)

Hey, I can rewrite press releases too! December 15, 2005

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Well not really. I mean, I can, but should I?

Apparently a 16-year-old high school student in Sacramento was subject to an FBI interrogation after an incident a couple of years back in which he scrawled PLO upon his notebook. The incident took place at Calvine High School. This was the only Google news hit on the item; it was 24 minutes old when I posted it. That story was simply a copy of a press release I received from the Council on American Islamic Relations. (more…)

American horse slaughtering–Part Three December 15, 2005

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Alright, back to it. As I started Part Two, the United States is home to only three horse slaughterhouses. One, Cavel International, is here in DeKalb, Illinois. The other two are located in the great state of Texas, where everything is bigger, even horse slaughtering, albeit only twice as big as in Illinois. There used to be another one in Oregon but, as I said before, the Animal Liberation Front claimed to burn it down, regardless of who did it, the plant burnt down. (more…)