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“Who’s Next?”

October 22nd, 2003 - 12:26 am

Here’s the above-the-mast teaser from Drudge:

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have concluded a secret agreement on “nuclear cooperation” that will provide the Saudis with nuclear-weapons technology in exchange for cheap oil, the WASHINGTON TIMES will report on Wednesday, sources tell DRUDGE… Developing Hard…

I’m not normally one to defend the Saudis — and I won’t today. Not quite.

Before you go off thinking the Haus of Saud wants a bomb to sneak into, say, midtown Manhattan, think instead about their more immediate threat. If the Saudis want nukes (and I don’t doubt they do) the US is, at the most, their secondary target. Iran is the traditional Arab enemy, for reasons both racial and religious. And if the Saudis are willing to risk our temper, then my concern is less about the Saudis having a bomb (although that does worry me), than about how close the Iranians are to getting a few.

Something to think about.

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“Flypaper” for Fleas

October 22nd, 2003 - 12:19 am

If you’re going to take a day off the blog to enjoy the fine weather, it helps ease the conscience to know the site was down, anyway.

Yes, HostingMatters suffered another DoS attack yesterday, thanks probably to an al Qaeda affiliate.

Dan Darling at Winds of Change thinks the two attacks in less than a week are just a taste of things to come:

The fact that they’ve decided to expand their hacking campaign to war bloggers may mean that their supporters or whatever crude cyber-terrorists are actually working for the organization are testing the waters to see what they can do (let’s face it, they can use bloggers as guinea pigs fairly easily without any fear of the authorities) and eliminate what could best be described as their ideological opponents in the process.

Joe Katzman, who runs Winds of Change, sent me the following in an email:

Welcome back to the blogosphere, and congratulations. The enemy took the war to our online homes, and you had the privilege of being there on the firing line.

If the warblogs are a frontline, let’s at least be honest — we’re not even a tertiary front. I’m flattered by Joe’s thoughts, but it’s silly to think that what bloggers do will have any significant impact on the war. Or that DoS attacks on us will, either.

What I do find heartening is this: If al Qaeda-sympathizing hackers are wasting their time on blogs, then they aren’t spending their time more “productively” attacking the Pentagon. Or worse.

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October 21st, 2003 - 10:08 am

Another busy day — and the unseasonably warm weather is just too nice to stay inside during those few free minutes.

Back tonight.

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Something to Tide You Over

October 20th, 2003 - 12:23 am

Sunday was a busy one, and Monday is going to be even worse.

So instead of the usual blogging, just a collection of links to the day’s most interesting news:

Battlefield lasers — Practicality and doctrine.

Clark and Lieberman will skip Iowa.

Fred Hiatt on the unexpected problems in postwar Iraq.

Homosexuality — not a choice?

Newt Gingrich – of all people – finds that Wesley Clark (surprise!) doesn’t agree with Wesley Clark.

Howard Kurtz looks at the Bush-haters.

Full-time peacekeepers.

Last chance to re-fi the house?

If you thought California voters were angry, wait’ll you read about Bolivia.

Osama — caught in the flypaper.

Discuss amongst yourselves. I should be back in the afternoon.

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Just Stay off Our Roads Please

October 19th, 2003 - 12:59 pm

I told you things were good here in Colorado.

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Sell-By Date

October 18th, 2003 - 12:43 pm

The Law of 14.

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Redheaded Bloggy Goodness

October 17th, 2003 - 3:11 pm

Go wish Sheila O’Malley a happy one-year blogoversary.

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Hot off Drudge

October 17th, 2003 - 2:37 pm

This kind of thing is all-too typical, but that’s still no excuse.

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Same Old Same Old

October 17th, 2003 - 9:51 am

Nelson Ascher forwarded this AP report:

French President Jacques Chirac blocked the European Union from ending a two-day summit Friday with a harshly worded statement condemning Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s remarks about Jews a day earlier.

Backed by Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis, officials said, Chirac objected to a few short sentences in a 19-page summit statement deploring Mahathir’s comment at an Islamic leaders summit that “Jews rule the world by proxy.”

Foreign ministers Thursday night had drafted a text that said: “His unacceptable comments hinder all our efforts to further interethnic and religious harmony, and have no place in a decent world. Such false and anti-Semitic remarks are as offensive to Muslims as they are to others.”

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini told reporters Thursday night Mahathir’s remarks were “gravely offensive.”

But when the paper was handed to EU leaders Friday morning, Chirac said there was no place in an EU declaration for a text of this kind, diplomats said. Other leaders agreed, although the Netherlands wanted the wording to stay in the declaration.

Doesn’t Chirac realize that the Nazi Occupation is long over? He can quit collaborating already.

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Only a Fool Would Say That

October 17th, 2003 - 1:27 am

Tell me if this shocks you.

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Oral Work

October 17th, 2003 - 1:21 am

Getting a tooth filling is bad enough. But when they have to replace one. . . well, you get twice the torture just to stay even. It’s like treading water with weights on your ankles.

The damn thing popped out

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An Open Letter to Red Sox Fans

October 17th, 2003 - 12:36 am

Jeebus, people. Not only is your team the Sox, but they were playing the Yankees, fer crissakes.

What’d you expect?

Going to extra innings in Game Seven was as good as it was gonna get.

PS Steinbrenner still sucks, you know.

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This is the fourth in a series of small lessons I’ve learned. These little tips will seem pretty obvious to anyone who’s used to investing, but might prove useful to others.

Today’s Tip: Don’t Day Trade.

You remember when day-trading was cool, back during the Great Bubble three-four years ago. Those guys (almost always guys) taking and leaving tips on all the busy busy busy stock chat rooms and message boards, when a “hold” recommendation meant “don’t sell it until at least 3:30.

Yeah, some of them made money. Most of them were hustlers. And probably all of them got ulcers.

All I can say is: Don’t.

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October 17th, 2003 - 12:21 am

I don’t know what happened last night, but every HostMatters hosted blog was down for several hours.

If the lack of new blog entries caused you any hardship — lost sleep, lack of appetite, frightened children, worried spouses, etc. — then all I can do is recommend you avoid the Internet for at least three weeks.

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Friday Recipe

October 17th, 2003 - 12:16 am

I don’t actually know any Italian recipes, I just keep adding stuff until things taste the way I remember them from all those great little restaurants on The Hill back in St. Louis.

This week’s recipe is a winter classic at our house, and probably yours, too. Difference is, we make it from scratch. It’s

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The Weather is Beautiful, Wish I Was There

October 16th, 2003 - 2:58 pm

I know it’s hard not to have fun in Hawaii, but this is ridiculous.

(Ed. Note: “Ridiculous?” Poor word choice.)

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Tell Us About the One that Got Away

October 16th, 2003 - 2:15 pm

You take off for a month and just come back unannounced? Who do you think you are — me?

Seriously, though: Welcome back, Bill.

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Read Beyond the Headline

October 16th, 2003 - 12:34 pm

Juan Gato explores the dangers posed by genetically modified foods — to the people opposed to them, I think.

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Housekeeping Note

October 16th, 2003 - 12:28 pm

Sometime a couple days ago, VodkaPundit passed 1.3 million visitors. And sometime this morning, the site delivered its two-millionth page view.

I guess if I’ve contributed anything to the blogosphere, it’s that you can disappear for a week or more at a time and still keep most of your audience.

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Better a False Profit than None?

October 16th, 2003 - 12:15 pm

Eric Raymond discusses why some Christian leaders prefer Palestinian terrorists to the US-led removal of Saddam Hussein:

A clue to the problem is that though the U.S. is demographically a mostly Christian nation, the effect of U.S. cultural hegemony is a secularizing one. American popular culture severs the bonds of fear and ignorance that hold people unquestioningly to their ancestral relgions. The American vision of each individual as an autonomous being who derives his rights from his humanness, from the simple fact of his capacity to assert them, is deadly antithetical to any religious tradition that vests moral authority in a transcendant God.

But like any of Eric’s essays, you should really read the whole thing.

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The Evil Dead Speak

October 16th, 2003 - 12:06 pm

Blogger Jon Walz scored an interview with B-movie icon Bruce Campbell. Joe Bob says, check it out.

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Tie Breaker

October 16th, 2003 - 10:44 am

It’s never too early to start predicting election winners. And of the nine Democratic candidates for President next year, Howard Fineman has the list of possible winners narrowed down to. . . six?


Here we are, 100 days or so from the start of voting in what will be a rapid-fire and rapidly decisive series of caucuses and primaries, and no one has one achieved true, slam-dunkable frontrunner status. Just the opposite: There are no fewer than six contenders with scenarios for victory realistic enough that they still must be taken seriously, try as some might to dismiss them.

As in the horserace, so on the issues. Hanging out together in interminable non-debate debates, the nine Democratic contenders seem at times to have congealed into a glutinous, undifferentiated mass, each sounding more and more like the other as the days pass. Now they

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October 16th, 2003 - 10:25 am

Here’s the real story on morale in the Navy:

For the 26th month in a row, the U.S. Navy met it’s recruiting goals. In the last 12 months, the navy has signed up 41,976. A year ago, the goal was 48,000 recruits. But so many sailors unexpectedly re-enlisted that the number of new recruits needed eventually came down to 41,000. For the next twelve months, the navy is looking for 41,200 recruits. That number may go up if the U.S. economy continues to improve. A booming civilian economy, not the prospect of combat, has been the greatest threat to meeting recruiting goals.

Now does anyone have the figures for the other services?

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Easier to Ask Forgiveness Than Permission

October 16th, 2003 - 9:49 am

Finally, a win at the UN:

In a diplomatic victory for the United States, the Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday aimed at attracting aid to stabilize Iraq and putting it on the road to independence.

So what does it all mean? Not much. Read the next graf:

The vote bolstered U.S. efforts to win credibilty for its rebuilding effort in Iraq and to ease the burden of American troops there. But at a summit in Brussels, European leaders ruled out any immediate commitments of troops and money for Iraq.

C’est la guerre.

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This Is Gonna Hurt

October 16th, 2003 - 9:31 am

Spinsanity takes on Michael Moore’s latest book. I’d give you a juicy excerpt, except that the whole thing is today’s Required Reading.

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An Open Letter to Cubs Fans

October 16th, 2003 - 12:49 am

I know you’re hurting now, but next year you’ll understand that I was right.

PS My beloved Cardinals fell apart in September, allowing the Cubs to get as far as they did. But if you think this letter is a disguise for some kind of sick bitterness, you’re absolutely right.

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Well Done

October 16th, 2003 - 12:02 am

Yang Liwei is home safe.

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This is the third in a series of small lessons I’ve learned. These little tips will seem pretty obvious to anyone who’s used to investing, but might prove useful to others.

I sleep the same way I play softball

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October 15th, 2003 - 12:00 pm

Joel Sprayregen argues that Israel has just as much right to get rid of Arafat as the US did in removing Saddam. Read:

How does Arafat compare with Saddam? On Sept. 9, 1993, Arafat delivered to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on the White House lawn a letter stating: “The PLO recognizes the right of the State of Israel to exist in peace and security.” On Sept. 11, 2000, Al-Sabah, official publication of the Palestinian Authority, declared: “The time for Intifada has arrived; the time for Jihad has arrived.” Seventeen days later, the Palestinians initiated their latest war. The result: almost 900 murdered Israeli civilians and more than 5,000 seriously injured.

Some foolishly argue that Arafat can not control the “radicals.” Barry Rubin, co-author of a new biography of him, points out: “What many foreign observers have failed to understand is that for more than two years Arafat himself has been firmly in the radical camp.”

But what are the chances that Sprayregen (or facts, for that matter) will have any influence on the usual apologists?

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No More 507s

October 15th, 2003 - 11:46 am

Phil Carter reports that the Army will start emulating the Marine Corps in one important respect.

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