Wednesday, December 31, 2008
"U.S. Army Spc. David Cartwright plays with some puppies outside the Iraqi Police District Headquarters in Mahawil, Iraq, Dec. 21, 2008. Cartwright is assigned to the 1st Platoon, 230th Military Police Company, 793rd Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Wendy Wyman."
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By Thomas Sowell
" Whoever called politics "the art of the possible" must have had a strange idea of what is possible or a strange idea of politics, where the impossible is one of the biggest vote-getters.
People can get the possible on their own. Politicians have to be able to offer the voters something that they cannot get on their own. The impossible fills that bill perfectly."
"In the early morning of New Year's Eve 2008, an F-16C Fighting Falcon sits tethered to the hot cargo pad at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Dec. 31, 2008. The aircraft is tethered to secure it in place prior to a full afterburner engine run-up. The Minnesota Air National Guard?s 179th Fighter Squadron carries the 332nd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron designation while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson."
"Of course the socialist media will try to keep this news from the sheeple, so they can scream about civilian deaths. Most of the 400 deaths were TERRORISTS, there are very few innocent civilians in Gaza, because many are brainwashed to hate and kill jews at a young age."
Dec. 29, 2008: "Traffic can be seen through a hole in snow and ice in Blue Island, Ill., that was left over from a weeks worth of bizarre weather that brought temperatures from single digits to the mid-60s. After heavy snow turned to ice a warm front passed through the area mixed with rain leaving much of the Midwest with views of green lawns again."
By Andy Borowitz
Rips Bernie in New Video
"The alleged Ponzi scheme of New York investment manager Bernie Madoff has claimed yet another victim, as al-Qaeda kingpin Osama bin Laden today revealed that he lost over $1 billion in the fraud.
While the roster of Madoff victims have included many prominent names from the world of entertainment and the media, such as Steven Spielberg and Mortimer Zuckerman, Mr. bin Laden is believed to be the first acknowledged casualty from the world of terror."
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Via: Hot Air
By Wesley Pruden
" The Israelis finally get enough of the constant rain of rockets on their border towns and villages, fired by Hamas thugs recognized by nearly everybody as international jackals, and strike back to stop it. Guess who the villains are."
"When asked how they feel about President-elect Barack Obama as commander in chief, six out of 10 active-duty service members say they are uncertain or pessimistic, according to a Military Times survey.
In follow-up interviews, respondents expressed concerns about Obama’s lack of military service and experience leading men and women in uniform.
“Being that the Marine Corps can be sent anywhere in the world with the snap of his fingers, nobody has confidence in this guy as commander in chief,” said one lance corporal who asked not to be identified."
"Hollywood action director Michael Bay enlisted the U.S. military to provide realistic props for his 2007 giant-robot epic Transformers. After the Pentagon helped rewrite the script, Bay got access to helicopters, warships and -- for just $25,000 an hour -- F-22 stealth fighters."
"Eighteen month-old Thai elephant 'Ming Jung' ('My Boy') plays with a branch of an unused Christmas tree at Cologne zoo December 30, 2008. The elephants of Cologne zoo are fed with left-over and unused Christmas trees each year - a delicacy for the animals according to the zoo's director. The elephants eat up to three Christmas trees per day and the trees help them to keep their teeth clean."
Monday 29 December 2008
"The Bush hatred we are seeing in the media today belongs in the long catalogue of human psychopathology — not rational behavior. The latest version is the shoe-throwing incident in Iraq. Iraq happens to be a hot war zone, in which tens of thousands of innocent people have been killed by hidden bombs. Bush's protective detail had no way of knowing whether an assassination attempt was under way, in just the way Saddam tried to assassinate George H.W. Bush, Sr. At the end of his two terms of office, the President flew to Iraq, into harm's way, knowing the dangers, to hold an open press conference. "
Monday, December 29, 2008
"2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment X Co supporting a british patrol in Kajaki, Helmand, Afghanistan."
I took my Dad to the mall the other day to buy some new shoes (he is 92).
We decided to grab a bite at the food court. I noticed he was watching a teenager sitting next to him.
The teenager had spiked hair in all different colours: green, red, orange and blue. My dad kept staring at him.
The teenager would look and find him staring every time.
When the teenager had had enough, he sarcastically asked, 'What's the matter old man, never done anything wild in your life?'
Knowing my Dad, I quickly swallowed my food so that I would not choke on his response, knowing he would have a good one - and, in classic style, he did not bat an eye in his response.
'Got drunk once, and had sex with a peacock. I was just wondering if you were my son.'
"We have stretched our hand in peace many times to the Palestinian people. We have nothing against the people of Gaza," Ehud Barak said to a special session of parliament. "But this is an all-out war against Hamas and its branches. The restraint that we have demonstrated is the source of our strength when it is time to fight."
U.S. annexation of the territory, Texas is admitted into the United
States as the 28th state
* 1908, Otto Zachow and William Besserdich of Clintonville, Wisconsin,
received a patent for their four-wheel braking system, the prototype of
all modern braking systems
* 1940, London suffers its most devastating air raid when Germans
firebomb the city. Hundreds of fires caused by the exploding bombs
engulfed areas of London, but firefighters showed a valiant indifference
to the bombs falling around them and saved much of the city from
destruction. The next day, a newspaper photo of St. Paul's Cathedral
standing undamaged amid the smoke and flames seemed to symbolize the
capital's unconquerable spirit during the Battle of Britain
* 1998, two top Khmer Rouge leaders apologized for the deaths of as many
as two million people during their regime in the 1970s, and asked
Cambodians to forget the past
Sunday, December 28, 2008
"For Mr Invisible, the first and last blow to his burgeoning career as a superhero was an unexpected punch that flattened his nose.
“After months of designing my costume, getting my street moves just right, it was my first week out as a Real Life Superhero – and probably my last. This tiny, tiny girl did not like me trying to calm down her screaming boyfriend. She blindsided me, I’m still bruised. It’s dangerous out there,” said the deflated would-be crime fighter last week.
Mr Invisible is cheered that at least his grey one-piece “invisibility suit” works, proven when a drunk urinated on him in an alley. But he is weary of lurking in dark, down-town Los Angeles after dark."
"PHILADELPHIA — Relatives of those who died aboard United Airlines Flight 93 want the Bush Administration to seize the land needed for a memorial where the plane crashed in Shanksville, Pa., in the 9/11 terrorist attacks."
Saturday, December 27, 2008
"Websites could be given cinema-style age-ratings under plans by the Government to limit access to "unacceptable" material, Culture Secretary Andy Burnham warned."
"In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Mr Burnham said "clearer standards" were needed as to what could be displayed online.
He said it was his "absolutely categorical" view that there was material on the web - including beheadings - which should not be available to anyone."
"Both Iran and its Hamas proxy in Gaza have been busy this Christmas week showing Christendom just what they think of it. But no one seemed to have noticed.
On Tuesday Hamas legislators marked the Christmas season by passing a Sharia criminal code for the Palestinian Authority. Among other things, the code legalizes crucifixion.
Hamas's endorsement of nailing enemies of Islam to crosses came at the same time as it renewed its jihad. Here too, Hamas wanted to make sure that Christians weren't neglected as its fighters launched missiles at Jewish day care centers and schools. So on Wednesday Hamas lobbed a mortar at Erez crossing point into Israel just as a group of Gazan Christians were standing on line waiting to travel to Bethlehem for Christmas."
Specifically, the group would aim to kidnap a female soldier, the PRC's Abu Abir told the Nazareth-based Arb al-Dahel."
Friday, December 26, 2008
"As I observed the immediate aftermath of the shoe throwing incident in Baghdad, I noted that the most striking effect occurred among the Western public, and particularly within the United States. Commentators and regular citizens were asking themselves again, seven years later, “why do they hate us?” missing one more time the fact that this particular violent expression, far from being a unique emotional reaction by one individual, is part of a war of ideas; it is a continuous organized confrontation over the future of the region. In short, this was another form of Jihadism, one I am coining now as a Jihad by the Shoe (Jihad bil Hizaa). Here is why."
By Walid Phares , more
address a joint meeting of the United States Congress, warning that Axis
would "stop at nothing"
1947, heavy snow blanketed the Northeast, burying New York City under
26.4 inches of snow in 16 hours; the severe weather was blamed for some
1988, crash investigators uncover wreckage which may hold the key to
the Lockerbie air disaster
1990, Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei affirms that the death sentence on
writer Salman Rushdie for alleged blasphemy will remain in force
1991, Jack Ruby's gun sells for $220,000 in auction