Archive for July, 2006

Rhodes Rants again…

July 31, 2006

Via Mr. Reynolds is Ed Cone’s comments on how reality and Randy Rhodes do not intersect:

She was ranting about Israel’s “genocide” in Lebanon.

Genocide? Whatever Israel is doing, however bad you may think it, it’s not the mass systematic extermination of a people. She piled on, saying that people who talk about the world’s last genocide (which, of course, the Holocaust was not) should never do it themselves.

She also said, wrongly, that “thousands” of people had died in Katrina.

It was pretty damn bad.

Update: Debunking Katrina Myths

Yet another "Lone Terrorist"…

July 31, 2006

…whoops! The MSM won’t call them terrorists.

Michelle Malkin points out that this Muslim, who searched for a place where he could find Jews to kill, is not alone. Don’t forget that in true terrorist fashion, he held a gun to a 13-year-old girl’s head to get through a security door.

This latest attack was made by Naveed Afzal Haq, 30, who was arrested and charged with killing one woman and wounding five others at the downtown Jewish Federation building. The murderer declared “I am a Muslim American, angry at Israel.”

It’s that time again

July 30, 2006

Carnival of Cordite #67

Something the UN is good at…

July 28, 2006

Some of my Flickr Sets

July 27, 2006

Minuteman National Park
Black & White
Random and Stray
SciFi
Your Favorites
Dogs
Westborough
Yosemite
Martial Arts
Uninterestingness
Victoria Station
Blades
Travel
Scouting

Not a complete list, but it is most of them.

Hizballah were using the UN Post…

July 27, 2006

From LGF:

Retired Canadian Major General Lewis Mackenzie was interviewed on CBC radio, and had some very interesting news about the UN observer post hit by Israeli shells; the Canadian peacekeeper killed there had previously emailed Mackenzie telling him that Hizballah was using their post as cover.

Typical Tango Tactics

July 26, 2006

The U.N. official quoted below has been spouting the typical moral equivalence about the Israel/Hezbollah war, but his specific criticism of Hezbollah is surprisingly frank and accurate. From FoxNews: U.N. Chief Accuses Hezbollah of ‘Cowardly Blending’ Among Refugees.

The U.N. humanitarian chief accused Hezbollah on Monday of “cowardly blending” among Lebanese civilians and causing the deaths of hundreds during two weeks of cross-border violence with Israel.

The militant group has built bunkers and tunnels near the Israeli border to shelter weapons and fighters, and its members easily blend in among civilians.

Jan Egeland spoke with reporters at the Larnaca airport in Cyprus late Monday after a visit to Lebanon on his mission to coordinate an international aid effort. On Sunday he had toured the rubble of Beirut’s southern suburbs, a once-teeming Shiite district where Hezbollah had its headquarters.

During that visit he condemned the killing and wounding of civilians by both sides, and called Israel’s offensive “disproportionate” and “a violation of international humanitarian law.”

On Monday he had strong words for Hezbollah, which crossed into Israel and captured two Israeli soldiers on July 12, triggering fierce fighting from both sides.

“Consistently, from the Hezbollah heartland, my message was that Hezbollah must stop this cowardly blending … among women and children,” he said. “I heard they were proud because they lost very few fighters and that it was the civilians bearing the brunt of this. I don’t think anyone should be proud of having many more children and women dead than armed men.”

Kudos to Cooper.

July 25, 2006

Paul at Wizbangblog points out that unlike CNN’s Rich Noyes, Andersen Cooper didn’t swollow the Hezbollah spin hook, line and sinker.
From Mr. Cooper’s report:

COOPER (voice-over): Drive into southern Beirut, and you quickly discover another city entirely. A heavily bombed state within a state, beyond the control of the Lebanese government.

This is Hezbollah territory. Along the road posted like billboards, pictures of so-called martyrs, Hezbollah fighters who died battling Israel.

(on camera) You can drive around. It doesn’t seem like there’s anybody around. All of a sudden your eyes, it’s almost like adjusting to the darkness. Suddenly, you realize there are people who are watching you and guys on motorcycles talking on cell phones who pass you by, watching very closely what you’re doing.

(voice-over) Tension in this neighborhood is high. Many here are convinced Israel is sending in agents to help guide their aerial attacks.

(on camera) Not allowed to enter Hezbollah territory really without their permission. They control this whole area, even after the sustained Israeli bombing campaign. We’ve arranged with a Hezbollah representative to get permission to come here. We’ve been told to pull over to the side of the road and just wait.

(voice-over) We’d come to get a look at the damage and had hoped to talk with a Hezbollah representative. Instead, we found ourselves with other foreign reporters taken on a guided tour by Hezbollah. Young men on motor scooters followed our every movement.

They only allowed us to videotape certain streets, certain buildings. Once, when they thought we’d videotaped them, they asked us to erase the tape. These men are called al-Shabab, Hezbollah volunteers who are the organization’s eyes and ears.

If NPR knew he was lying, why did they broadcast the intereview?

July 25, 2006

Check out the story on NPR broadcasting the ravings of one “Jim Sanders” with an extremely short CYA disclaimer at the end.

Skunk Works’ Polecat printable robotic plane

July 24, 2006

Via engaget blog comes this cool bit of technology:

It’s not often we’re sitting on a sophisticated 3D printer and four tons of material, but Lockheed Martin apparently wanted to see if they could “print” out a new plane from their Skunk Works facility in California. The result is the Polecat, a 91-foot wide, four-ton unmanned flying wing with the major claim to fame being that most of its internal structures were rapid prototyped on said 3D printers. Our broke selves still have to stick with printing out our airplanes in paper (though our folding techniques have significantly advanced since the Cold War), but it’s strange to think of a future where aircraft (and landcraft, and seacraft) aren’t built by people and machines, but instead are squirted out of tanks of polymer and sent on their merry little ways.

More details at new Scientist Tech.