More Butt Covering?

Flight 253 passenger Kurt Haskell: ‘I was visited by the FBI’ | Detroit News – – MLive.com

Following up on a visit from FBI officials about an eyewitness account first described to MLive.com, Michigan attorney Kurt Haskell described the visit in comment sections across MLive on Wednesday.

Haskell and his wife, Lori, were aboard Flight 253 when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly tried to destroy the plane. They say another man tried to help Abdulmutallab board the plane in Amsterdam.

Mystery Solved!

Mystery as spiral blue light display hovers above Norway

What’s blue and white, squiggly and suddenly appears in the sky?

If you know the answer, pop it on a postcard and send it to the people of Norway, where this mysterious light display baffled residents yesterday.

Mystery solved! It’s the same thing that’s causing Global Warming on Earth and Mars.

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Ming, The Merciless

Interesting? That’s An Understatement.

Hacked: Sensitive Documents Lifted from Hadley Climate Center – Environmental Capital – WSJ

Well, this should get interesting.The Hadley Climate Research Unit in Britain was hacked yesterday, apparently by Russian black hats, and thousands of sensitive documents, including emails from climate scientists dating back a decade, were posted online. [snip]

Officials at Hadley, a leading global-warming research center, have apparently confirmed to an Australian a Kiwi publication that the documents are genuine.

The whole affair has much of the blogosphere alight. Blogs skeptical of man-made global warming see blood in the water.

Some of the old emails from scientists made public apparently make references to things like “hid[ing] the decline,” referring to global temperature series and different ways to slice and dice climate data.

In all, it seems there are more than 3,000 files in the hacked folders, which have been reposted in various places on the Internet.

The big Copenhagen summit had lost a lot of its appeal in recent days, as world leaders kept dialing down expectations for the climate talks. Maybe this will spice things up.

Wow. Between this and the new ACORN tapes there is a lot of potential to upset a bunch of apple-carts.

But notice that it is Friday, the traditional day for news which is destined to be buried. The Sunday shows are either going to be fireworks or they may just ignore it. It wouldn’t be the first time.

There’s a lot of very lucrative rice bowls at stake here.

Damage control is quick off the mark.

Hacked E-Mail Is New Fodder for Climate Dispute – NYTimes.com

The evidence pointing to a growing human contribution to global warming is so widely accepted that the hacked material is unlikely to erode the overall argument. However, the documents will undoubtedly raise questions about the quality of research on some specific questions and the actions of some scientists.

I don’t understand. How can files showing that the ‘scientists’ fudged the research on AGW NOT erode the theory?

Earth To Obamatons; He Was Elected President, Not King.

As challenges mount, ardor for Obama cools abroad

That’s the problem, said Reginald Dale, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington: People everywhere simply expect too much, practically ensuring Obama will disappoint.

“The United States can’t solve all the world’s problems,” he said in an interview. “It doesn’t have enough money or military power. And the president is constrained by Congress and the constitution. The founding fathers wanted to stop someone from being like a monarch.”

It’s easy to promise the moon, delivering it is another thing.

Now that Obama’s actually the President he is going to have to disappoint some people. It is inevitable.

Which Do You Think Is Wrong?

A fiery Czech is poised to be the face of Europe – International Herald Tribune

Klaus, the 67-year-old president of the Czech Republic — an iconoclast with a perfectly clipped mustache — continues to provoke strong reactions. He has blamed what he calls the misguided fight against global warming for contributing to the international financial crisis, branded Al Gore an “apostle of arrogance” for his role in that fight, and accused the European Union of acting like a Communist state.

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As a former finance minister and prime minister, he is credited with presiding over the peaceful 1993 split of Czechoslovakia into two states and helping to transform the Czech Republic into one of the former Soviet bloc’s most successful economies.

But his ideas about governance are out of step with many of the European Union nations that his country will lead starting Jan. 1.

So, he was right before and has the record to prove it, but is wrong now?

People who do not suffer fools are never liked by the fools. 

Why We Can’t Catch Osama

I was at the supermarket this afternoon and saw the latest issue of Time magazine on the rack there. The cover is white with a picture of Osama Bin Laden and the caption “Why can’t we catch him?” I think Time’s question is wrong and serves no purpose as far as the War on Terrorism goes. It is a handy question for Bush haters to breat the Administration about, but it is actually quite irrelevant.

Why should we catch Osama? What would it possibly do for us?

Well it might cut off some of the funding for Al-Queda and give us a trophy prisoner to display, but the funding would find other routes and displaying him raises its own problems. No, capturing Osama is useless. It could even be counterproductive.

If Osama were to be captured alive, the U.S. would have to give him a trial. A trial that would entail lawyers and the media. Even if he were to be tried by a military tribunal he would still get a lawyer and media coverage. What an opportunity for Osama, he gets a fair trial and gets his message out courtesy of CNN, Fox and the networks. What a deal.

What do we do with him then? It is kind of a hot potato issue. If we find him guilty and execute him, the “Arab Street” erupts and the EUnuchs huff and puff and glare in out direction. His supporters use his execution as a pretext for more violence. The countries of Europe, though secretly relieved, condemn the U.S. action so as to mollify their Muslim population and what have we solved? We still have the network, probably with some new recruits. We still have the EUnuchs glaring at us. And we still have a war.

Finding him “Not Guilty” is not even a consideration. The outcry over that in the U.S. would be overwhelming. It would be political suicide for any politician to support and possibly real suicide for the Judge and panel members, even in America.

I think the best thing that should happen if Osama were to be captured would be to interrogate him, “robustly” if need be, and summarily execute him. Of course we are going to be accused of executing him anyway if it is known he is in U.S. custody and he dies, regardless of whether it is natural or not. So just do it, maintain that it was natural, and ride it out. Put it in Oliver Stone, black helicopter fringe territory and ignore it. It may come back years later, but passions cool with time. There might be an uproar in thirty years when it comes out, but it will be as timely as the news of JFK’s affairs and will die quickly.

If it can be kept quiet, do all the above, keep some DNA samples and cremate the rest. Announce to the world that the remains were found in a tunnel in Tora Bora or somewhere.

Under no circumstances allow the body to be returned to his family. Just look at the funeral of the Pakistani who was executed for killing the two CIA employees. Osama’s would be a thousand times larger.

I think the answer to Time’s question “Why can’t we catch him?” should be “because we don’t really want to.”