Poindexter’s Revenge

Where is the outrage? Why aren’t leftwing bloggers and know-nothing Senators screetching at the top of their lungs? Why has no one punished the vile outlaws who would examnine and speculate about such a thing? What am I talking about? Just this:

The UK has been ranked 10th in the world for its vulnerability to a terrorist attack.
Britain’s close relationship with the US, its role in the Iraq war and a “sophisticated militant Islamic network”, were key reasons cited by the study.

It also highlights the UK’s high number of symbolic targets such as the Houses of Parliament.

In the study, by risk assessment group the World Markets Research Centre, the UK was ahead of Russia, Liberia, Yemen and Lebanon as a country most likely to be targeted.

Colombia, Israel and Pakistan head the Global Terrorism Index for 2003-04, with the USA in fourth place.

Risk assessments for terrorism were carried out in 186 sovereign states and against countries’ overseas interests for the next 12 months.

Countries were given points out of 10 for five risk criteria – the motivation, capabilities and presence of terrorist groups, the potential scale of the damage and the effectiveness of counter-terrorism forces.

Why- someone could make money off this information!!!

I hope Poindexter is at home giving all of the critics of the Terrorism Futures Market the finger. They deserve it.








Fratricide in California

Via Calpundit, I note that Bill Simon is beginning to air commercials attacking… Arnold Schwarzenegger:

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon (search) will run the first radio ads directly attacking GOP front-runner Arnold Schwarzenegger (search) by focusing on the issue his economic advisor raised by suggesting Californians might need to pay higher property taxes.

The radio spots have been cut and may begin airing on California talk radio stations as early as Sunday night, Simon spokesman K.B. Forbes told Fox News early Sunday.

Forbes would not say how much the campaign spent on the radio adds or which stations would carry them, but did say the anti-Schwarzenegger spots would run “on major talk radio stations up and down the state.”

There is a reason California is dominated by Democrats- the California GOP is fundamentally unfit to lead. If you can not learn from your past mistakes, can not learn to run a palatable candidate and have both wings of the party come together, you simply do not have the presence to run anything more complicated than a lemonade stand.








More Sniper News

More news on the WV Sniper as details begin to slowly trickle forward (login required, use ‘test/test/’):

Police speculated Friday that a large, white male driving a black pickup with an extended cab may be responsible for Thursday nights killings outside two Kanawha County convenience stores, and possibly others.

Kanawha Sheriff Dave Tucker said at a Friday afternoon media conference that the killer could be a possible serial-type murderer.

Both victims of Thursday nights convenience store shootings, Jeanie Patton, 31, and Okey Meadows, 26, were shot in the head area in a manner similar to the shooting of Gary Carrier Jr., 44, who was shot outside a Charleston convenience store Sunday night.-

Initial tests of the bullets in all three shootings revealed the same characteristics, but investigators have not concluded the bullets were fired from the same weapon, said Kanawha County Chief Deputy Phil Morris.

They are closing in, I hope. Here is some more information about the victims. Here is even more coverage from the Charleston Daily Mail.








Figures

As any good Steeler fan will tell you, there is nothing good about Cleveland. It just figures that those bums were reponsible for the blackout, as well:

A failure to contain problems with three transmission lines in northern Ohio just south of Cleveland was the likely trigger of the nation’s biggest power blackout, a leading investigator said Saturday.

Alarm systems that might have alerted engineers to the failed lines were broken, according to FirstEnergy Corp., the Akron, Ohio-based utility that officials said owned at least two of the three lines.

It was not immediately clear whether that impeded efforts to isolate the local line disruptions, some of which occurred an hour before power system shutdowns cascaded Thursday from Michigan to New York City and into Canada.

“We are fairly certain at this time that the disturbance started in Ohio,” Michehl Gent, head of the North American Electric Reliability Council, said in a statement. “We are now trying to determine why the situation was not brought under control after three transmission lines went out of service.'”

Typical.








Rot In Hell

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Rot in Hell, Idi Amin. I am sure Chomsky, Ramsey Clark, and some gun control enthusiasts are upset, but the rest of the world will look at your cold, lifeless carcass with profound glee. My only regret is that your death was from natural causes, rather than the result of due process. I guess you will have to get yours in the afterlife.








Smartasses

The Iraq’s want to offer some help regarding the NY Black-Out:

“Let them taste what we have tasted,” said Ali Abdul Hussein, selling “Keep Cold” brand ice chests on a sidewalk. “Let them sit outside drinking tea and smoking cigarettes waiting for the power to come back, just like the Iraqis.”

Here are some tips from the streets of Baghdad:

_ SLEEP ON THE ROOF. Without power and hence without air conditioning Iraqis have taken to climbing up stairs in the hot nights. Some install metal bed frames on rooftops, while others simply stretch out on thin mattresses. “It’s cooler there,” said Hadia Zeydan Khalaf, 38.

_ SIT IN THE SHADE. Many Iraqis head outside when the power’s off. “We sit in the shade,” said George Ruweid, 27, playing cards with friends on the sidewalk. Of the U.S. blackout, he said: “I hope it lasts for 20 years. Let them feel our suffering.”

_ HEAD FOR THE WATER. “We go to the river, just like in the old days,” said Saleh Moayet, 53.

_ SHOWER FREQUENTLY. “I take showers all day,” said Raed Ali, 33.

_ BUY BLOCKS OF ICE. Mohammed Abdul Zahara, 24, sells about 20 a day from a roadside table.

Here are some tips from West Virginia for the suffering Iraqi’s:

1.) Quit sabotaging your god damn power transmission sites.

2.) Quit looting your damn country.

3.) Quit shooting your AK in the air out of anger, sadness, joy, jubilation.

4.) Quit shooting your AK at coalition troops and provisional Iraqi police.

Silliness, I tell you. I shall also note, when the power went out, no one went to their local Shi’a Cleric to demand protests and burnings of the American flag. They dealt with it, and tried to be part of the solution.








Dennis Meets Pejman

Pejman read Dennis K’s weblog yesterday. He was not impressed.








Where Have They Gone

The last post by Scott Ott reminds me of the glory days of Will Warren, who used to be the poet of the blogosphere. Here is one of my favorites (which my mother claims is the funniest thing she has ever read):

Merci for Not Expiring

If you want to skip a jailing
when your body takes to ailing
And the doctor starts to shake his head and sigh,
Just dont find yourself a-dwellin
in the town that makes a felon
Out of any citoyen who tries to die.

If your chest hurts something awful,
go and do it where its lawful:
The boneyards full in fair Le Lavandou.
All the signs theyre now requiring
say “Merci for not expiring!”
Find somewhere else to bid your last adieu.

When your breathing turns to wheezing,
Mayor Gil youll be displeasing,
And hell cut you with his fearsome Gallic scowl:
“Not in this townits illicit.
Could we make it more explicit?
Get up, get out, allez,” hell fairly growl.

When youre nearly nonexistent,
Mayor Gil is most insistent:
“Just hit the roadyou might try St. Tropez.”
If youre soon to be deceasing,
say bonjour to French policing
When you pick Le Lavandou to pass away.








Scott Ott, Genius

Genius at work:

2003-08-15) — The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) announced today that its fall lineup will include ‘Straight Eye for the Homo Guy’, a new show based on a similarly-named program on another network.

On each episode a team of five heterosexual males will do a “makeover” on one homosexual man.

Preview screenings of the pilot showed the five guys uncomfortably shuffling around the menswear section at Wal-Mart picking out trousers for a guy named Maurice, who they refused to take with them.

Read the whole thing.








More on the Sniper Shootings

The Hillbilly Sophisticate has some more on the sniper shootings. I will do my best to keep up to date. I might try calling the local sheriff tomorrow.

*** Update ***

It appears that momentum in the coverage is increasing.








Hotmail?

I can’t access hotmail- is this due to the blackout?








WV Sniper Update

If this string of murders continues, and if the narcissistic NY Press gets their AC back, we will probably hear more about the random killings that appear to look like the DC sniper attacks from last year. At any rate, here is another news story on the issue:

Two people were killed late Thursday in separate shootings outside Kanawha County convenience stores, in what police said could be related random shootings.

The two became the second and third people shot dead outside Kanawha Valley convenience stores within four days, and the third and fourth people murdered in Kanawha County on a bloody Thursday.

Thursday night, a woman was gunned down while pumping gas at a Campbells Creek convenience store about 10:20 p.m., while another person was shot slightly more than an hour later outside a Cedar Grove store. Both were killed.

They appear to be random shootings, said Lt. J.S. Bailes, Kanawha County sheriffs spokesman.

Random, and hopefully unrelated.








Curiouser and Curiouser

I just don’t get this statement:

Now, there’s no question that Arnold has racial baggage: he supported Proposition 187, he’s hired a bunch of Pete Wilson’s campaign people, he’s got the whole Nazi father thing to deal with, and he belongs to U.S. English, a group that advocates making English the official language of the United States. But even so, I wonder if that’s really such a big problem.

This is racial baggage? His dad, support for Prop 187, and wanting English to be the official language? The bar for racism, or, in this case, allegations of racism, has now been lowered to the point that the term is meaningless- which is a shame. There are some real racist pukes out there.








F– The French

The other day, Calpundit posted his list of interesting conservative weblogs. Someone in the comments section said I should be (I am not sure how conservative I really am), and this jackass sneered:

Balloon Juice is just another one of those French-bashing snicker snicker types. Best to avoid.

Hehe. At any rate, why bash the French, when all you have to do is point out what they are doing:

France was on Friday resisting a US-backed plan to lift UN sanctions against Libya in exchange for financial compensation for victims of the 1988 Lockerbie aircraft bombing, saying that victims of a later attack should also get a similar pay-out.

France “is not prepared to waver on this,” foreign ministry spokesperson Cecile Pozzo di Borgo said on Thursday, referring to a demand that Libya provide more compensation for the families of 170 people killed in the 1989 blast that brought down a French airliner over west Africa.

So France is going to use its position on the Security Council to block the lifting of sanctions, scuttling the deal, because it is better than the deal they negotiated several years ago (a deal that did not even think about the Lockerbie victims).

Libya, two of whose nationals were sentenced and jailed over the attack, has now agreed to pay out $2.7bn to victims’ families in exchange for a gradual lifting of international sanctions.

However France has said it wants similar compensation for the families of the 170 people who died when an airliner operated by the UTA company was blown out of the sky by a bomb over the Sahara Desert less than a year later, on September 19, 1989.

Libya has already paid 30m under what Tripoli and Paris last October called as “a definitive resolution” of the UTA matter, but the French foreign ministry insisted on Thursday that a “complementary settlement” should now also be made in light of the Lockerbie deal.

The initial sum Libya paid France went to only a third of the victims’ families – only those kin who had registered as civil plaintiffs in a French trial of the case — and each payment ranged from 3 000 to 30 000 euros, compared to the 8.8m to be paid to the families under the Lockerbie arrangement.

Due to the veto power it holds as a permanent member of the UN security council, France could potentially block a move to lift the sanctions on Libya.

How do you say scum in French? Note to International corporations- this is not an aberration- this is how the French do business.








Malvo Repeat?

This is the story that will soon dominate all headlines:

KANAWHA, W.Va. — Two people are dead after two separate shootings at two different gas stations in West Virginia.

The first shooting was reported around 10:15 p.m. Thursday at a Speedway Gas Station in Campbells Creek. Police say woman was shot in the head while she was pumping gas.

Then around 11:45 p.m., at the Go-Mart in Cedar Grove, another victim was also shot and killed.

Officials with the Kanawha County sheriff’s department say they are looking to see if the shootings are connected.

“Anytime you have a case like this and you have related incidents you are going to look at similarities,” said Sheriff’s department spokesman Jeff Bailes. “It doesn’t necessarily mean they are connected but you have to look at that possibility.”

Thursday’s shootings come less than a day after two people were found dead in their car in Charleston, W.Va., and earlier this week a man was shot and killed while talking on a pay hone at the Go-Mart in Charleston, W.Va.