Archive for May, 2006

An interesting decision out of Canada

May 31, 2006

The Globe and Mail reports:

WASHINGTON — Canadian troops in Afghanistan have been told the Geneva Conventions and Canadian regulations regarding the rights of prisoners of war don’t apply to Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters captured on the battlefield.

That decision strips detainees of key rights and protections under the rules of war, including the right to be released at the end of the conflict and not to be held criminally liable for lawful combat.

“The whole purpose of those regulations is to know if Geneva applies,” said Amir Attaran, a law professor at the University of Ottawa who has been pressing the Defence Department for details of its detainee policy for months….

Captured fighters don’t deserve these rights because this isn’t a war between countries, says Lieutenant-General Michel Gauthier, who commands the Canadian Expeditionary Forces Command and thus oversees all Canadian Forces deployed abroad….

HT to Jimmy K.

Meanwhile, in France…

May 31, 2006

MONTFERMEIL, France (AFP) – Around 100 youths armed with sticks and baseball bats clashed with police in a Paris suburb, in the worst such violence since the riots of last November, police said….

Local left-wing leaders charged in a joint statement that the trouble was sparked by the “heavy-handed” arrest of a woman from the Bosquets estate whose son was wanted in connection with a robbery…..

The UNSA police union issued a statement blaming the violence on the mayor’s “rash decisions”, while the statement by left-wing leaders accused his law-and-order policies of fuelling tensions….

HT to Jimmy K.

Crockumentary maker being sued

May 31, 2006

Michael Moore, refered to by skilled film makers Trey Parker and Matt Stone as a “Fat Socialist Weasel”, is being sued by someone who appeared in his Crockumentary Fahrenheit 9/11 without his knowledge or consent.

The New York Post has the story of Sgt. Peter Damon, a double-amputee Iraq-war vet.

A double-amputee Iraq-war vet is suing Michael Moore for $85 million, claiming the portly peacenik recycled an old interview and used it out of context to make him appear anti-war in “Fahrenheit 9/11.”

Sgt. Peter Damon, 33, who strongly supports America’s invasion of Iraq, said he never agreed to be in the 2004 movie, which trashes President Bush.

In the 2003 interview, which he did at Walter Reed Army Hospital for NBC News, he discussed only a new painkiller the military was using on wounded vets.

“They took the clip because it was a gut-wrenching scene,” Damon said yesterday. “They sandwiched it in. [Moore] was using me as ammunition.”

Damon seems to “voice complaint about the war effort” in the movie, according to the lawsuit.

But what the father of two from Middleborough, Mass., was really talking about was the “excruciating” pain he felt after he lost his arms when a Black Hawk helicopter exploded in front of him.

HT to Lorie Byrd at WizBang.
More on the story by Bryan at Hot Air.

Yes, my opening sentance was a bit harsh, but Mr. Moore is very large, an H2 sized person who should not be lecturing others on overconsumption. He is also clearly a Socialist, so that’s truth in advertising. As for the weasel comment, I publicly apologize to weasels for the comparison made in Team America between them and Mr. Moore.

For more on Moore, visit FindOutMoore.com and the Moore Commission.
Mr. Reynolds has picked up on this story.

Not your father’s Batwoman.

May 31, 2006

Back in the 1950’s Kathy Kane was introduced to DC Comic readers as Bat-Woman, the female counterpart to Batman.

Since then D.C. retconned her out of existance.

Now Kathy Kane is back, as Batwoman, but this time she “is a wealthy, buxom lipstick lesbian who has a history with Renee Montoya, an ex-police detective”

HT to Ace

Bagging Tangos…

May 31, 2006

The Jawa Report has the story on the capture of another of Iraq’s most wanted, Ahmed Hussein Dabash Samir al-Batawi. He was captured by Iraqi forces. He is believed to be the “mastermind” being the rash of beheadings done by Islamofacist extremists.

He also has the lowdown on the Iraqi Army capturing a senior al Qaeda tango by the name of Abu Musab al Zarqawi

HT to Ace.

Wishfull thinking…

May 28, 2006

…or an honest mistake. If it was an honest mistake, there should have been a correction notice posted.

I’m talking about a CBS News article that listed democrat congressman William “Cold Cash” Jefferson as Republican.

The page at the CBS News site has been corrected, but not correction notice.
The Digital Brownshirt has a screen capture of the original page.

HT to Ace & Mr. Reynolds.

Mr. Reynolds reminds us of when CBS listed GW Bush as President back in 1998, of course in a negative light.
The corrected page didn’t list who was President at the time (William Jefferson Clinton).

He left one out…

May 27, 2006

I was listening to NPR yesterday and heard a story about Darfur and why it would be a “bad thing” to send in private security companies (i.e. mercenaries) to cut back on the killing of innocents (by groups funded by the Darfur governement).
I’ll bet they can do it faster, cheaper, and without the establishment of routine child rape and the establishment of sex slavery that all too often happens when UN “Peacekeepers” that are not made up of US or British Commonwealth troops.

The story didn’t come right out and say “The UN isn’t doing anything to halt the genocide”, but danced around the subject.

Another thing that caught my ear was when the person reading the story listed countries that had experienced genocide (defined as hundreds of thousands of innocents killed). He listed Bosnia, Serbia and Darfur.

He left out Iraq. Since the Hussein government was brought down (no thanks to bribe taking UN), mass graves have been found with 300,000 bodies (men, women and childred). All created during the period Hussein was in power.

Moving in the right direction…

May 26, 2006

I heard on WBUR (“Boston’s NPR Station”) today that the Mass Legislature is moving to make it harder for illegal aliens to get public housing.
While it is a step in the right direction, one has to ask how in Multiple Levels of Hell did illegal aliens get Massachusetts public housing in the first place?

This would be funny if it wasn’t so damn sad…

May 26, 2006

In case you haven’t been keeping up on world events, knives are now illegal in Great Britian.
According to this article in The Sun, this includes Klingon Bathlets…

It’s worth a visit just to see the picture of a British cop holding a Bathlet and trying to look serious.

As far as I can tell, this idiotic law will serve only three functions.

1. Pissing off British Trekkers
2. Making millions of Law Abiding British subjects felons for having a butchers knife
3. Providing a safer working environment for violent criminals.

Take a look at the third picture (after the uncredited clip from a Paramount film).
The collection of now illegal blades includes a standard kitchen cleaver and a hatchet.
If you are semi-serious about Chinese cooking or an avid camper in England, odds are you are now a felon.

Today is Towel Day

May 25, 2006

Towel Day is celebrated every May 25, and is a tribute to the late Douglas Adams (1952-2001). The date is a celebration of Adams’ life, set two weeks after his death on May 11, 2001.

On this day, fans and followers carry with them a towel at all times throughout the day. This is inspired by the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio series (and later, novels, television series, computer game, and film), in which the towel is described as the most massively useful item any hitchhiker can carry.