Thursday, 31 August 2006
Bill's 2006.08.31 Short Shorts (Updated throughout the day)
Contributed by Bill Faith

Today's mini-posts, newest items at the top:

Earlier today, I contacted Bill Frist's office to ask for an unqualified statement that would clearly state his intent to bring the Coburn/Obama bill, creating an Internet-based searchable database for the federal budget, to the Senate floor for a vote regardless of holds. Fifteen minutes ago, Senator Frist posted this to his blog:

I’m very encouraged to see that all one hundred Senators have now answered the blogosphere’s inquiries on the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act. Now is the time to act. In September, I will bring S. 2590 to the floor of the Senate for the vote it deserves.

You may be unaware that the Miss World pageant is coming up next month. The finale will be in Poland at the end of September; the Miss World web site is taking shape.

Normally, this would be a source of unalloyed pleasure. This year, though, politics has intruded. Last year's Miss England, Hammasa Kohistan, the first Muslim to be so honored, has expressed herself on the subject of terrorism:

A righteous tip o’ the hat to Bonjour Triteness, who suggests a complete picture of the Red Cross ambulance attack may only be achieved by combining Martin Chulov’s two reports:

* The “first ambulance”, no. 782, was speeding in a convoy AND stationary;

* The six people on board the convoy were all severely injured except Shalin the driver AND only two were severely injured;

* Shalin was protected by the driver’s canopy AND by the vehicle’s rear ramp;

* The ambulance/convoy was struck by a rocket/s AND missile/s fired by an Apache helicopter that was also a drone;  ...

          Michelle Malkin: Aussies probe the ambulance incident

The chairman of the Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel, Noach Flug, yesterday invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to visit Auschwitz as a guest of the International Auschwitz Committee.

Flug, himself a survivor of the camp, is one of the heads of the organization, some of whose members are non-Jewish former prisoners from Poland, Hungary, France, Great Britain and the U.S., among others.

In a letter, Flug wrote that ever since Ahmadinejad became president, "We have been closely following your appearances and racist statements and the fact that you are a serial Holocaust-denier."

Today was the deadline for Iran to halt it's enrichment of uranium and, big surprise, the IAEA reported today that that has not happened. Thus, Ambassador Bolton says it's time for the Security Council to proceed as promised and begin working to impose sanctions upon Iran.

Here's Bolton on Studio B talking about the next steps with Shep. You'll notice that he's pretty confident about what needs to be done but not very confident at all that it's going be.

I’m going to stop blogging this subject. I’ve written the same g-ddamned post 15 times now: Iran’s still enriching uranium, western diplomats are expressing “grave concerns,” the UN’s afraid it might have to act, Russia and China are hedging, Ahmadinejad says it’s their inalienable right, the Pentagon thinks they’re 10 years away from the bomb but they can’t be sure, etc etc. Then Sy Hersh puts out a piece in the New Yorker with 20 anonymous sources and Russert has him on Meet the Press to talk about it and a new round starts. Wash, rinse, repeat.

So here’s the latest wash. The deadline for Iran to stop enriching uranium passed this afternoon. The IAEA issued a new report today confirming, to the surprise of no one, that they’ve actually resumed enrichment within the past few days. And something else, too:

Readers, you know of my strong views and work debunking the "myth of the lone Muslim avenger;" reporting on the rash of "lone" Muslim shooters who have murdered Americans; and combating P.C. whitewashing of jihad. Most recently, I've extensively covered the Jeep Jihadi Mohammed Taheri-Azar in North Carolina and Seattle's Jew-hating killer Naveed Haq.

But after thoroughly considering both sides of the debate over Omeed Aziz Popal and reading the latest accounts of Popal's disturbed family history, I've concluded that this case does not quite belong with the others I've covered. Allah reviewed the theories and counterevidence yesterday and dubs Popal "old-fashioned crazy." Be sure to read a healthy debate in the comments thread over the role of blogs, speculation, and the MSM. Both Allah and Bryan at Hot Air make good points:

There's a loose thread to this "secret hold" story, and it bothers us.

By this morning, the dogged persistence of hundreds of bloggers and blogreaders garnered denials from 98 senators saying they did not hold up the Coburn/Obama spending transparency database bill. Only one senator, Ted "King of Pork" Stevens (R-AK), has admitted placing a hold on the bill.

But do the math -- you'll find that makes 99 senators. And Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) ain't one.

CBC economics correspondent Mike Hornbrook somehow got wind of the speculation on blogs that the greenbacks Hezbo’s been handing out in Lebanon might be counterfeit. Not so, says Hornbrook, in a comment left at Snapped Shot:

Gerry Daly points to an interesting new RT Strategies/Cook Political Report poll showing that, despite Rudi Giuliani being inarguably less conservative than John McCain on the key social issues, the former is more popular among likely Republican voters.

Key figures from the crosstabs [PDF] extracted below.

  • Today's Vent: Border War (H/T: Michelle)

    Watch it. It's important. Don't miss Rurik's related post here.

    Boomer emails:

Isn't this a crock of crap? 

Something is surely going wrong in today's United States.  Especially California.

While this takes place the police watched???

Americans being hurt for defending the flag and doing what is right.

And the police watched???

It's high time to put an end to the BS and start taking the country back.

Perhaps California already is well on it's way to becoming Mexifornia.

The friend who shared this with me said:

"Things like this will start a war and I think it about time it started. Who in hell do the Mexicans think they are. I'm about fed up with their shit. We need to start shooting."

Click here: WorldNetDaily: Mexican flag flies at U.S. post office

WASHINGTON — A giant cross in San Diego that's been contested for 17 years by an atheist became the property of the federal government Monday with President Bush's signature.

Supporters hope the legislation transferring the 29-foot Mt. Soledad cross and war memorial to the federal government will protect it for good. A series of court decisions have deemed the cross, built as a Korean War memorial, unconstitutional because it stands on public property.

Contributed by Bill Faith on August 31, 2006 at 11:59 PM in Bill Faith, Bill's Bites | Permalink


Posted by: onesnark

I read the article on GPS units.

Sounds like paranoid hyperventilating to me. If you want to cause mayhem -> even these authors still place someone on the ground with binoculars. And honestly. . . .once you have someone on the ground with binoculars, you don't need anything else.

Besides. . .reception of handheld GPS units on an airplane is dodgy at best even with the unit pasted to the window. And if you aren't at a window -> it won't happen.

Posted by: onesnark | Aug 31, 2006 11:50:31 AM