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Whatever happened to…

Today, we’ll take a look at the fate of two of the poster boys of perfidy, the icons of Islamist terror, the sum of all our fears, Unlawful Combatants Yaser Hamdi (a Saudi national born in Louisiana, making him also a U.S. national, picked up on the battlefield in Afghanistan) and Jose Padilla (an American national- a Chicago gang-banger who adopted a Moslem name, picked up on a flight back from Pakistan and alleged to be involved in a “dirty bomb” plot.) Since the Government was ordered by the Supreme Court to afford Hamdi access to our legal system, it...

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Kerry’s Big Iraq Speech

Via Diana, I give you this text of Senator Kerry’s remarks at New York University today. Let me make it easy: while many will laud the speech, I’m torn between giving it a C+ and B-. Yes, he’s finally talking about the right thing, and in the right (asshole tough guy) way. AND he’s mentioning Al Qaeda and OBL (FINALLY– SOMEONE IS MENTIONING THEM!) His proposed Iraq solution, however, is a fantasy, is wrong, and will piss people off (I must tell you, I’M pissed off by it). His answer: “Go begging for help from our allies and the UN”....

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Why won’t the press report the GOOD NEWS FROM IRAQ?

Senator Kerry, addressing National Guard veterans at a convention in Lost Wages, Nevada, chided the President’s statements about Iraq as representing the President’s living in “a fantasy world.” The President, a man who famously has instructed his staff members not to give him any bad news about anything, remarked on the good stuff about Iraq… you know– “freedom”, Saddam in custody (we hear the old dictator’s kind of blue, btw– though not necessarily in a “blue state” kind of way… that would be Osama, according to the Bush-Cheney campaign), and the elections scheduled for… some time in January, 2005 (unless...

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Rosh Hashanah Greetings from the Gateway to Ground Zero

That was pretty close to the very first post title on this here eminence gris of blogtopia (yes, I know skippy coined the term) which will celebrate its third anniversary on September 18, 2004. In September, 2001, as now, the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah falls shortly after the 11th. Then, as now, the world faces some anxious times and grave uncertainties. Quite a bit has happened in the last three years, to us, to this City, to this Nation, and this World. Some of that has been discussed in this column. I hope it has been enlightening for...

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America She’s a Great Country

Kudos and congratulations to TD friend Michael Jaliman, who scored an unexpected, yet decisive victory in the Democratic primary for the Congressional seat in New York’s 19th Congressional District. Shameless political plug to follow; you’ll see why in context. Mike beat the candidate of the establishment Democratic Party up there (Putnam County and parts of Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, and upper Westchester Counties), and appears to have done so by over 20 percentage points in a race with a high turnout for this kind of primary (the winner gets to face five-term incumbent Republican Sue Kelly!). Your talking dog is pleased...

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But we painted three more schools this week…

Yet another of a seemingly endless series of suicide blasts and shooting attacks against Iraqi government targets, particularly the police and security services, resulted in the deaths of at least 59 in Iraq yesterday. I suppose at some point, if enough Iraqis end up wounded or dead amidst the intramural violence (that WE unleashed) there won’t be enough left on the street to cause still more violence. Say this much for Saddam: he kept the trains from blowing up on time. Still, though, as recently as a few days ago, I heard some apologist for the Bush Administration (quite possibly...

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Welcome to my nightmare, Part Huit

The nightmare of ten years of peace and prosperity (at least, from the stand point of banned assauult weapons, like uzis and AK-47s and the like) have come to an end, as the assault weapons ban imposed by Congress and signed by Bill CLinton in 1994 comes to an end at midnight. You don’t even have to cite Columbine and that sort of thing: Al Qaeda operatives in the United States can now much more easily get their hands on these kinds of weapons, for use within the United States. (It would smack of some kind of sick poetic justice...

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Welcome to my nightmare; Part Sept

Indications are that North Korea seems to be trying to test a nuclear weapon; and a mushroom-type cloud observed over North Korea may be an indication of how far along its nuclear weapons program has run. North Korea has already tested long range ballistic missiles, now believed capable of coming very close to the West Coast of North America (and certainly, Japan). As many of you know, in recent weeks, South Korea’s secret nuclear program has come to light (we won’t even talk about Iran.) The proliferation genie may have blown its way out of the bottle; we desperately need...

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09-11-01 Version 3.0

Time for a ramble. I’m not sure I’m going to have an opportunity to post over the weekend, and we have 9-11-01 Version 3.0 coming right at us. Not good news coming from the world writ large: Ayman Al-Zawahiri, widely regarded as OBL’s key deputy, issued a video shown on Al Jazeera promising an Al Qaeda victory (however that is defined). Coming to the third anniversary of 9-11-01, this is just bad good news, given A.Q.’s flare for the dramatically evil (the Madrid bombings occurred on 3-11-04, 911 days and 30 months after 9-11-01). We can take reasonable confidence that...

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OK… let’s try again

We all owe (yet another) debt of gratitude to our hurricane-battered Mistress of Movable Type, Kathy Kinsley, for diagnosing our server problem, enabling us to comeback… again… with… a vengeance. So, thanks again, Kathy. So much to talk about. (Well, not really, but I’m supposed to say that!) I fear this will be a den Beste length post. So be it. Two troubling themes I’d like to tie together. The first one comes straight from Kathy’s blog, where you can read my “clash of civilizations” comment and Kathy’s response. The second comes from the Unseen Editor concerning eerie parallels between...

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