June 26, 2008
“I’m disappointed in the Court’s ruling and believe introducing more handguns into the District will mean more handgun violence,” said Mayor Fenty. “But I want to emphasize that at this moment, our gun laws remain in effect. It may be several weeks before there are changes to announce.I checked the web site of DC's only Republican City Council member, but there wasn't a statement. Get your act together, Carol.
“In the meantime, I have directed the Metropolitan Police Department to implement an orderly process for allowing qualified citizens to register handguns for lawful possession in their homes.
Frequent commenter (and cum dumpster expert) Alice H. points me to a worthwhile opportunity for charity. The author of the blog is a terrorist attack survivor and is taking an off road bike ride to benefit a hospital that specializes in caring for the child victims of terrorist attacks, regardless of ethnicity.
If you've got a shekel to toss, you know what to do. Of course, you can also give directly to Alyn Hospital if you're feeling hands on but I find the idea of Gila riding offroad much more entertaining.
The nation's third-largest automaker is set to announce Thursday that it's making wireless Internet an option on all its 2009 models. The mobile hotspot, called UConnect Web, would be the first such technology from any automaker.I know some people would welcome this but, speaking for myself, I know that if I had this it would make Billy Joel's driving seem competent by comparison.
Struggling Chrysler is hoping that providing motorists access to the information superhighway will set it apart from competitors and help reverse a dismal year; through May, sales are down 19.3% compared with 2007, the worst drop-off in the industry.
***Thanks for the link, HotAir! Make sure to check out the rest of doubleplusundead to see what bmac, Moron Pundit, Sean M., plebian, Cuffy, doubleplusundead, and I have been up to!
June 18, 2008
Oh, yeah. That's a fantastic idea. Witness the economic genius, in particular, of Maurice Hinchey (D-Hugo Chavez):
House Democrats responded to President's Bush's call for Congress to lift the moratorium on offshore drilling. This was at an on-camera press conference fed back live.
Among other things, the Democrats called for the government to own refineries so it could better control the flow of the oil supply.
We (the government) should own the refineries. Then we can control how much gets out into the market.With these people in charge, we are well and truly fucked. Way to go, "permanent GOP majority."
June 17, 2008
John Murtha still a rotten bastard, developing...
That leaves Wuterich, but the rest have all had the charges against them dropped now, developing...
June 16, 2008
The tapes have not been made public but The Associated Press viewed 11 still frames from one of the videos. They showed a man who appeared to be Sheik Issa beating another man with lumber, firing an automatic weapon into the sand around him and forcing an apparent cattle prod into his anus. The victim also appeared to have been partly run over by a SUV and had salt poured on his wounds.
Supposedly, there are three torture videos in this adviser's possession. He's had a lawsuit against the UAE royals languishing in the courts for two years, so one has to consider that a factor too when looking at this story.
Even if this guy's lawsuit falls through, he could just as easily cause major embarrassment to the UAE's royal family by making it public or selling the videos to the media.
What will be interesting to see is what the UAE does in reaction to this, they're invested heavily in the US and have major holdings here, and are considered a more 'friendly' Arab nation than most. Beyond that, the UAE has a lot of oil, which it uses to fund their business ventures.
I have to imagine if these videos are the real deal the UAE is going to want it to disappear, but the adviser and the tapes are here in the US. I also have to think we're going to have a situation where the UAE wants this thing suppressed and is gonna be making some noise and threats behind the scenes, the US will want this all to go away, but is ultimately powerless to stop the tapes from getting leaked, shown or sold to the media. What'll be interesting will be the reaction from the public in the US, and if the UAE starts leaving or investing elsewhere or uses their oil supply as a threat.
June 15, 2008
The GOP in Congress would be wise to ignore the Saudi production increase and the price drop that follows, and continue to push to open up ANWR, the coasts and the rest of the US to drilling and create refineries. The Congressional GOP should consider doing everything they can to free up the market to reduce fuel prices their first priority.
June 14, 2008
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June 12, 2008
Employees in St. Louis are worried about losing their jobs in the consolidation, should Anheuser-Busch sell. Some people are strongly opposed to Anheuser-Busch being owned by a foreign company, and are opposed to making the deal on those grounds.
Governor Matt Blunt is also opposed to the deal, and has told the Missouri Department of Economic Development to find a way to stop it from happening. So much for that free market, eh? Sorry, but that Matt Blunt is trying to interfere with this deal is inappropriate, particularly for a Republican. This isn't a defense contractor or a business that could be used to compromise security, this is a big brewery.
Of note, one of the sites opposing the Anheuser-Busch deal on "patriotic grounds" is SaveAB.com, started by Matt Blunt's former Chief of Staff.
Perhaps the Chelada wasn't such a good idea?
June 09, 2008
Why has the State Department said nothing? Why hasn't anyone else in the Administration said anything? Or Congress? Our State Department, Administration and Congress should have done so before Khaiwani was convicted, but that he has been granted a chance to appeal buys them some time to do the right thing. The time to act is now.
June 07, 2008
Norway owns the bunker, so this isn't an international project, but other nations are welcome to donate seed samples to the vault, and are allowed to take some seeds as needed. I think where this will be important is in preservation of samples of a pure species in the event of a severe blight, like what has decimated the American Chestnut.
June 06, 2008
Usually, the culprits are Afghans who are permitted to work at US bases in Afghanistan, they're also stealing shipping containers, which sometimes carry weapons and sensitive materials. The coalition is trying to support local businesses and entrepreneurs in Afghanistan, but it clearly is coming at a high cost. Among the things they've stolen, thumb drives with information on servicemen and deployment, including social security numbers and other personal information, schematics and informations about weapons systems there, and information on experimental vehicles have all been recovered in Afghan shops.
The military has got to get this under control, either get the Afghan contractors under control, bring in trustworthy contractors, or do everything yourselves.
Geoff brings up a good point, looks like we're gonna see heads roll at the upper levels of the Air Force for their security failures, are there gonna be more for this?
June 04, 2008
"I wanna break the current shooting record. I wanna get instant recognition. The only thing that stops me is the fact of being put in jail forever, or having to kill myself, or getting killed by an officer. I could kill anyone without feeling sorry because society sucks!!!" read an entry dated April 18, the day before he was arrested.
The plot was discovered when a guidance councilor was investigating an incident where the student had made a threat. The councilor decided to do some investigating online, and found where the student had made postings praising the Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the Columbine killers. After this discovery, the school found the notebook with that entry and others, and contacted police.
Police later discovered that the student had been talking to an adult who told the student he was also planning a simultaneous massacre at an unspecified location. Police obtained a search warrant to search the man's computer and disks, and found a bunch of child porn, and the creepy perv was promptly paid a visit by Dateline NBC's Chris Hansen,
Not really, but the Chris Hansen pic is almost obligatory now for stories with pervs like this guy. The guy is in jail now and is now facing criminal charges.
Let me just say, the councilor did an excellent job, and should know that they have my utmost respect for doing what was necessary to prevent this. Many times, councilors and faculty miss the warning signs that students like this give off, or for any number of reasons see the signs but don't investigate to see if there is something more serious going on for any number of reasons.
I want to focus on prevention in this post, because that is the most important and effective way to stop these tragedies from happening, and is often the first place that students, faculty and administrators go wrong.
If you're part of a school faculty, watch for troubled students like this. If you're a student or are a parent of a student, it is imperative that they watch for students that are showing signs of trouble and instability, especially if the troubled student talks about actually engaging in a school shooting.
I know from experience, we had a minor shooting at my high school(no one was killed, but the potential very much existed). For the record, I was in the upper grades and the shooter was in the lower grades, I didn't know who the student was until after it happened.
The student that did it told one or two of their friends they were going to do it soon before the attack was carried out. It didn't go reported. We were damn lucky that no one was killed, and only one was injured, but the next group of students may not be that lucky.
If you are a student, you must, must report these things, and if you are a parent of a student, you must get your student to understand that so that these tragedies can be prevented from happening in the first place.
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