Ouch! That’s gonna leave a mark.
It gives me an excuse to post this again.
I was quite skeptical when Gov Kulongoski announced that he would have the State government conduct an inquiry into the Kim search. The State doesn’t have people that deal with searches on a regular basis.
Evidently I was not the only one that felt that way. But these people are in a position to do something about it.
The Oregon State Sheriff’s Association has launched an investigation into the search for the Kims, the California family stranded in rural Josephine County on Nov. 25.
The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office asked the association for the review after Gov. Ted Kulongoski announced a similar inquiry by state agencies involved in the search.
The Sheriffs not only have the primary responsibility for SAR, they are also resistant to the State’s penchant for finding that all the problems could be solved by giving Salem control.
At least we’re going to have people that know what they’re doing examining the process. The Governor should just stay in Salem and continue with his policy of directing (or at least promising) large sums of money to groups that supported him during the last election.
The first paragraph states it’s the Israelis fault for “jeopardizing” the truce.
JERUSALEM – Israel decided on Wednesday to resume pinpoint attacks against Palestinian rocket-launching cells in Gaza, seriously jeopardizing what is already a shaky, month-old truce with Gaza militants.
But if you go to the fourth paragraph you find that the Palestinians never abides by the truce to begin with.
Palestinian militants violated the truce within an hour after it took effect on Nov. 26, and by the military’s count, have launched more than 60 rockets at southern Israel since then.
So why is the story about the Israeli’s endangering a truce that has not been recognized by the other side?
Because the Israeli’s are considered part of the western world. They are civilized and are expected to live up to some ideals.
But the Palestinians, we widely accept, are little more than animals. It’s not that they violate the truces, it’s that they’re simply incapable of meeting the standards of civilized behavior and since they are incapable of it, they are not expected to adhere to it.
The UN decrees….
The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a draft resolution Saturday that bans trading with Iran in items that could contribute to the country’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs for its refusal to suspend uranium enrichment.
and it is met with a yawn by the Iranian.
Having observed the UN for the past thirty-seven years they know that the UN resolution will have the same effect as one written on a cocktail napkin in the ladies room of the Starbucks in Toronto.
Since the UN has proven itself perennially incapable of actually doing anything except issuing meaningless pronouncements.
Explain to me exactly why it is claimed that we need countries like France on our side?
PARIS — France is to withdraw its 200-strong special forces from Afghanistan, all of its ground troops engaged in the U.S anti-terror operation there, authorities announced Sunday.
The decision to pull the elite troops, based in the southeastern city of Jalalabad, comes as the Taliban militia are gaining strength despite the strong engagement — some 32,800 troops — of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force. France has balked at sending its 1,100-strong NATO contingent outside the relatively safe Afghan capital, Kabul.
Evidently the Taliban is just too tough for them. They’re pulling out while saying that they will continue to support the war, from a safe distance.
In defense of the French, they already have a commitment to provide troops in several nominally “former” French colonies like the Ivory Coast to gun down demonstrators that might threaten French control and in Lebanon to protect Hezbollah fighters rebuilding and restocking after their war with Israel.
Frito-Lay spokeswoman Lisa Greeley, who said that the company made a commitment in 2004 to develop a healthier line of snacks but “never thought it would actually come to this,” described the Flat Earth brand as “tailor-made for the small, vocal minority of health-conscious consumers who apparently can’t just be content with salads, bananas, apples, or any of the literally thousands of fruits and vegetables already widely available.”
Yeah, it’s The Onion. But many of The Onion’s spoof stories have proved to be on the money before.
With the current crop of neo-puritan “activists” doing their damnedest to insure that their beliefs are forced down the throats of everyone else, there should be a market for this.
I rather like their marketing.
In January, Frito-Lay will launch a Flat Earth marketing campaign based on the slogan, “Bet You Can’t Eat Even One.” Surprisingly, however, the company is also in talks with distributors to ensure that Flat Earth snacks are installed in every school vending machine in the country.
“Oh, they’re definitely going in the vending machines,” Carey said. “Everyone’s going to share in this misery, not just a handful of Naderites with spastic colons or loser kids with no taste buds whose parents want them to grow up to be boring milquetoasts afraid to have any fun. And don’t think we haven’t forgotten you either, office workers on snack breaks and anyone who wants to serve a big bowl of disappointment at a cocktail party.”
The legend has it that in 1940’s and 50’s Oregon, there were signs readin “N****r, don’t let the sun set on you in [town]. Those signs, if they ever existed, are long gone. But the thinking behind them remains.
Schumacher Furs & Outerwear, the target of more than a year of anti-fur protests, is facing a landlord’s notice to swiftly vacate its downtown Portland location.
In those days it was politically correct to be opposed to the “wrong kind” of people moving into your community. Opposition was expressed with burning crosses and sometime worse.
Now days it is politically correct to oppose furriers and loggers. But these days instead of burning crosses and night riders we have the fur protesters and eco-vandals. Although they say different, there is actually no appreciable difference between the thugs that ran blacks out of town in the 40’s and the idiots that are running Schmacher out of town today. They are the ones that embrace whatever the political correct theme of the day and use it as an excuse to act out their thuggish daydreams.
They’re all the same; they just have an updated politically correct coat of paint. Scratch it and you’ll find the same old cretins from yesteryear.
Gov. Ted Kulongoski ordered three state agencies Friday to review the search for James Kim and his family, and said he would appoint a task force to examine how to improve Oregon search and rescue efforts.
In Linn County alone, we average about one search a month. Sometimes more, sometimes less.
It has been this way for years.
But the victims in those cases are usually just ordinary people, of no consequence to the media outside Oregon. But James Kim was an editor, a journalist, and as such a member of the club. His case was therefore worthy of nationwide coverage.
Governor Teddy noticed this and is going to use it to his advantage. So far he has only been able to play Santa Claus to the organizations that supported him in the election by promising heaps of money to be distributed among their leadership.
But he has the problem of what to do with individuals that supported him. There are only so many patronage jobs, and most of those were already filled during his first term.
The Kim case is a godsend, if you can still use that word in Oregon. He has the chance to appoint some supporters to this commission. They can have endless meetings at Sun River or some other resort, and Ted can gain admiring news coverage for months.
In the event of a real search, he can dispatch them to the scene, after first furnishing them with detailed maps and maybe a guide if they have to leave the Salem or Portland area. While there they can mill about and watch for any reporters or TV cameras. If they notice them they can spring into action to claim any success for Governor Ted, and point fingers if the results are less than satisfactory.
Murphy, the Oregon emergency management director, said state officials aren’t looking to take search and rescue responsibilities away from the counties.
“If they need additional help, then maybe that’s the state’s role to come in and assist,” he said. “Are there other things we can do to help them that we aren’t doing?”
yeah. They’re from the government and they’re here to help.
Kulongoski spokeswoman Taylor said the governor is also concerned about the loss of federal payments to counties with large parcels of federal lands, for which no taxes are collected. The counties rely on those payments for search and rescue operations, Taylor said.
One additional topic for the task force to consider is how to make up for that lost federal money, she said.
What was Ted’s answer for funding shortfalls? Oh yeah, increase the tobacco tax. That’ll solve everything.
Britain’s border controls were condemned as “non-existent” today after it was claimed that the suspected murderer of a policewoman fled the country by disguising himself as a veiled Muslim woman.
Police reportedly believe that Mustaf Jamma, a prime suspect in the fatal shooting of Pc Sharon Beshenivsky, used his sister’s passport and wore a full niqab to evade checks at Heathrow airport.
Did his sister provide the passport and the veil?
Sounds like another reason to ban the wearing of full niqab, at least in Western countries. If it’s too uncomfortable for Muslim women to comply they should consider relocating somewhere that it is common. Like Saudi Arabia or maybe Iran.
Because if they were capable of operating world wide, as some misguided people think they are, this could be serious.
Al Qaeda’s allies in Somalia are on the verge of seizing the secular government’s last stronghold – opening the possibility of a “new Afghanistan” to shelter America’s enemies.
Somalia is at a critical juncture. In the coming days, the world will learn whether the transitional federal government is strong enough to fend off the terrorists’ assault. If it fails, al-Qaeda will win its first countrywide safe haven since 9/11.
But thankfully they’re confined to Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan.
Nancy Pelosi said so, so it must be true.