Hi there, !
Today Wed 10/06/2004 Tue 10/05/2004 Mon 10/04/2004 Sun 10/03/2004 Sat 10/02/2004 Fri 10/01/2004 Thu 09/30/2004 Archives
447525 articles and 1581479 comments are archived on Rantburg.

Today: 87 articles and 481 comments as of 15:40.
Post a news link    Post your own article   
Area: WoT Operations    WoT Background    Opinion            Posting Order
Arafat calls on world to end Israeli campaign in Gaza
Today's Headlines
Headline Comments [Views]
Page 3: Non-WoT
8 00:00 Mrs. Davis [333] 
3 00:00 Memesis [240] 
1 00:00 Dave D. [244] 
15 00:00 Hugh G. Rection [251] 
9 00:00 Poison Reverse [248] 
7 00:00 John [257] 
2 00:00 Zpaz [250] 
0 [247] 
1 00:00 Pappy [247] 
4 00:00 Sliger Sniper4633 [239] 
2 00:00 OldSpook [243] 
24 00:00 JMP [271] 
10 00:00 Pappy [242] 
3 00:00 nada [238] 
0 [254] 
0 [230] 
5 00:00 BigEd [233] 
10 00:00 Tony (UK) [240] 
Page 1: WoT Operations
5 00:00 lex [435]
3 00:00 anymouse [260]
16 00:00 Zenster [259]
0 [243]
1 00:00 John [249]
0 [243]
5 00:00 dennisw [251]
2 00:00 Ms. Sittley [322]
3 00:00 Anonymous4724 [263]
8 00:00 Weird Al [253]
10 00:00 Grunter [249]
0 [243]
4 00:00 Zenster [255]
1 00:00 2b [267]
0 [279]
8 00:00 2b [251]
3 00:00 Bryan [254]
1 00:00 Bryan [254]
1 00:00 Ptah [253]
0 [252]
7 00:00 Zenster [254]
0 [255]
1 00:00 Frank G [259]
Page 2: WoT Background
20 00:00 badanov [374]
2 00:00 Pappy [237]
15 00:00 Memesis [234]
6 00:00 Poison Reverse [237]
1 00:00 Sock Puppet of Doom [267]
28 00:00 anonymous [388]
2 00:00 2b [249]
3 00:00 Zenster [250]
4 00:00 John [252]
4 00:00 2b [247]
0 [238]
4 00:00 Don [245]
9 00:00 Cheaderhead [250]
12 00:00 Pamela [249]
3 00:00 Zhang Fei [236]
19 00:00 Pappy [262]
2 00:00 Zenster [250]
9 00:00 Silentbrick [248]
8 00:00 RWV [227]
4 00:00 Zenster [247]
4 00:00 .com [634]
15 00:00 2b [304]
12 00:00 Crusader [247]
5 00:00 Classical_Liberal [242]
1 00:00 Poison Reverse [253]
0 [247]
7 00:00 Zenster [246]
5 00:00 Zenster [254]
13 00:00 jdwill [228]
0 [243]
15 00:00 Howard UK [240]
4 00:00 2b [251]
0 [273]
9 00:00 mva30 [235]
1 00:00 V is for Victory [237]
2 00:00 mojo [241]
3 00:00 lex [233]
12 00:00 2b [812]
1 00:00 OldSpook [245]
7 00:00 smn [239]
2 00:00 Paul Moloney [238]
7 00:00 Zenster [242]
0 [235]
0 [231]
Page 4: Opinion
1 00:00 lex [315]
17 00:00 John [273]
-Short Attention Span Theater-
Hillary Clinton, the action hero
LONDON: She might not be Arnold Schwarzenegger, but Hillary Clinton has surely inspired an action figure.

According to Ananova , a new action figure of Hilary Clinton will be available from November 1. The doll can be pre-ordered on the internet from the US makers, hero builders for $19.95.
"I did not have sexual relations with that woman."
The doll comes with a navy blue suit and shoes with a light blue blouse and lily white underwear.
Come over here and bend over so I can snap them draws, biaaatch
Posted by: Poison Reverse || 10/03/2004 7:47:17 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [333 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Does it have an ample butt?
Posted by: Raptor || 10/04/2004 10:08 Comments || Top||

#2  thankles and male genitals
Posted by: Frank G || 10/04/2004 10:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Action hero, eh?...does anybody get action or is this doll only for girls?
Posted by: Mrs. Davis || 10/04/2004 10:24 Comments || Top||

#4  co-sponsored by snap-on tools, Mrs D - whadya think? :-)
Posted by: Frank G || 10/04/2004 10:28 Comments || Top||

#5  I heard RIDGID had the fraanchise. New set of calendars and everything.
Posted by: Mrs. Davis || 10/04/2004 10:34 Comments || Top||

#6  Not Frigid?
Posted by: .com || 10/04/2004 10:35 Comments || Top||

#7  comes with Janet Reno and Donna Shalala playmate options (ugh!)
Posted by: Frank G || 10/04/2004 10:44 Comments || Top||

#8  Don't forget the Lamp Throwing model (batteries not included) Buy now and get Silver filcher for FREE!
Posted by: Mrs. Davis || 10/04/2004 16:14 Comments || Top||

Vibrating trousers treat acute angina
Posted by: Lux || 10/03/2004 20:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [240 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well they may not cure it, but you won't care that you have it...
Posted by: tu3031 || 10/03/2004 21:09 Comments || Top||

#2  I thought vibrating trousers are caused by acute angina.

Rimshot!! Thanks folks I'm here all week.
Posted by: Doc8404 || 10/03/2004 21:12 Comments || Top||

#3  "The treatment, called Enhanced External Counterpulsation or EECP, works by increasing blood flow to the heart."

The journo had a hearing problem. :-)
Posted by: Memesis || 10/03/2004 21:23 Comments || Top||

Hey, Drew! How's it hangin'?
A Bedford couple named their baby son Drew Peacock before realising it sounded rude. The baby's father Russell [Peacock] said he only twigged it when he put it in an internet search engine looking for famous namesakes, and was asked: Do you mean Droopy C**k? "It was as if I'd been smacked with a right hook. I started repeating 'Drew Peacock' over and over again. Then I thought - what have we done? I went numb and couldn't speak for two minutes. Then I couldn't stop laughing."

Mother Shetal Patel had also failed to spot their error despite being a registrar's assistant, says The Sun. She said: "I thought Russell had seen a ghost when he came away from the computer. We decided on the name a month before he was born - we both loved it straight away." The couple are now concerned Drew's name will cause him problems in later life. Russell said: "People at work are already saying, 'Hey, look there's Droopy's dad'. But we don't want to change his name. It's on his birth certificate and other documents."
Posted by: Bulldog || 10/03/2004 5:59:02 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [251 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Imagine how I felt.
Posted by: Heywood Jablome || 10/03/2004 19:14 Comments || Top||

#2  I had a professor in college in the late 1960's whose initials were S.O.B. (I won't mention his name - I think he's still alive). He was anything but (though he did use all 3 initials - on purpose).

His parents didn't have a clue.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 10/03/2004 19:20 Comments || Top||

#3  You think that's bad, how'd you like to be me?
Posted by: Anita Dick || 10/03/2004 19:24 Comments || Top||

#4  My name is just fine, I'm a proctologist.
Posted by: Ben Dover || 10/03/2004 19:25 Comments || Top||

#5  "Drew Peacock"? How unfortunate...
Posted by: Studly Wellhung III || 10/03/2004 19:27 Comments || Top||

#6  What's so funny?
Posted by: Mike Hunt || 10/03/2004 19:56 Comments || Top||

#7  heh heh , is Homer there? Homer...sexual?
Posted by: Bart Simpson || 10/03/2004 20:10 Comments || Top||

#8  That's my brother's military callsign, Heywood. Even his wife calls him that. And when they had to explain it to mom & dad…
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 10/03/2004 20:15 Comments || Top||

I've been haunted by my name, my whole life!
Posted by: Patrick Fitzgerald || 10/03/2004 21:08 Comments || Top||

Me too!

Posted by: Gerald Fitzpatrick || 10/03/2004 21:09 Comments || Top||

#11  Is there a Micheal Hunt here? Is Mike Hunt in the house?? hehe
Posted by: Any Bartender || 10/03/2004 21:16 Comments || Top||

#12  No, Mike Hunt went to Fu King chinese restaurant.
Posted by: Dick Hardon || 10/03/2004 21:45 Comments || Top||

#13  "I'm sick of your puns!" she cried with a voice full of emulsion.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 10/03/2004 21:49 Comments || Top||

What mean, all these funny names?

Posted by: Ho Lee Fook || 10/03/2004 22:02 Comments || Top||

#15  Yeah. What's up with that?
Posted by: Hugh G. Rection || 10/03/2004 22:11 Comments || Top||

Mount St. Helens VolcanoCam (waiting...)
Posted by: Mark Espinola || 10/03/2004 13:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [250 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Which is it? A volcano or a mountain?
Posted by: Semanticly Confused || 10/03/2004 18:40 Comments || Top||

#2  This breaking news just in, Generalíssimo Francisco Franco is still dead.
Posted by: Zpaz || 10/03/2004 18:55 Comments || Top||

USGS: Mount St. Helens could erupt within 24 hours
Observatory 3 miles from volcano's base evacuated
Scientists warn that Mount St. Helens could erupt within 24 hours, and with more force than previously expected. Saturday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey issued a Level 3 Volcano Alert, indicating an eruption could occur within the next day, said Tom Pierson with the USGS. That level alert is the third of four -- with the fourth being eruption. The alert was issued after scientists detected the movement of magma, or underground lava, the USGS said.
Posted by: Mark Espinola || 10/03/2004 1:36:39 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [233 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How big are they predicting?
Posted by: Charles || 10/03/2004 8:54 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't know, but I saw a geologist being interviewed a few hours ago on CNN and he looked really happy about the coming show.
Posted by: Bryan || 10/03/2004 8:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Time to donate a small portion of Washington state to Russia, methinks. There goes Kyoto...
Posted by: Bulldog || 10/03/2004 9:10 Comments || Top||

#4  I'd been wanting to see Mt. St. Helens ever since the 1980 eruption, and I finally got my chance two years ago on a vacation to the west coast.

All I can say is, that sucker is IMMENSE. And so was the devastation from the '80 eruption: miles and miles of blasted forest. It was pretty sobering.

What I found most interesting was how fast the area is recovering: what once was grey, ash-covered moonscape right after the eruption is now covered by trees and brush, some of it 20-30 feet high. Down along the river, the growth is so thick in places you can't see the mountain. At one point, I went on a sort of "nature trail" that described the expected recovery from the eruption, detailing what sort of vegetation could be expected "X" number of years after the blast; and I noticed that what I was seeing **WAY** exceeded what they predicted even a half-century from now.

All in all, it was pretty amazing.

As for the current activity, I doubt it'll amount to more than a small fart, compared to the 1980 blast.
Posted by: Dave D. || 10/03/2004 10:10 Comments || Top||


Tive vs depth chart of eartquakes. Note on righrt-hand side...pushing to the surface...

Also most recent strong earthquake is west of Fridays blowing off of steam...

USGS Volcano Cam shows haziness in the crater spreading east - wind blowing ash-dust from Friday's event...
Posted by: BigEd || 10/03/2004 13:24 Comments || Top||

Blair abandons plans to endorse Brown as successor
Posted by: Fred || 10/03/2004 12:07:17 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [240 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Brown's gone down.
Posted by: 2b || 10/03/2004 8:29 Comments || Top||

#2  I foresee some real fireworks in the future in the shape of a leadership challenge prior to the next election. Alternatively Brownwill go quietly (unlikely) and be given the Foreign Ministry/ Home Office portfolio whilst the leadership will be destined for Hain.
Posted by: Howard UK || 10/03/2004 8:34 Comments || Top||

#3  I foresee some real fireworks in the future in the shape of a leadership challenge prior to the next election. Alternatively Brownwill go quietly (unlikely) and be given the Foreign Ministry/ Home Office portfolio whilst the leadership will be destined for Hain.
Posted by: Howard UK || 10/03/2004 8:34 Comments || Top||

#4  If this is the same Peter Hain who was a political activist in South Africa in the 70s, I remember him being quite a firebrand. Then he left for the UK, along with countless others who left for various destinations, and South Africans are now stumbling through the ruins of Apartheid, apparently lacking the will and/or the ability to build something better in its place.
Posted by: Bryan || 10/03/2004 8:48 Comments || Top||

#5  Not Hoon, Howard? Heh.
Posted by: Bulldog || 10/03/2004 9:12 Comments || Top||

#6  Same Hain, Bryan. Not well aware of his history myself, though.
Posted by: Bulldog || 10/03/2004 9:12 Comments || Top||

#7  No, not Hoon! Would like to see Brown next PM... may owe too much to the old left though. Whose this Milliband chap?
Posted by: Howard UK || 10/03/2004 9:14 Comments || Top||

#8  Hoon: The Defence Secretary the military refer to as "Buff". Ho ho ho.

Milliband - isn't he the chap who retired to "spend more time with his family" a year or so ago? Guess that didn't go down too well with the wife and kids. Competent spinner, I think. Not sure about leadership potential. I wouldn't jump in a boat if Brown got in, but I'm sure there are many better options. Kilroy's got the ambition! But I think he's on the way out. Soon to be a definite liability for UKIP, I think...
Posted by: Bulldog || 10/03/2004 9:22 Comments || Top||

#9  Yup, Kilroy's about to join the frothing at the mouth brigade, methinks. Good on UKIP if it starts making immigration an issue.
Posted by: Howard UK || 10/03/2004 9:31 Comments || Top||

#10  Hain is also a Europhile and very leftist. God forbid that he get the leadership.

Milliband is Milburn - was the health secretary and wanted to push forward the foundation hospitals initiative that just might have made the health service better. Brown hamstrung it.

Don't know about Killroy frothing at the mouth, but someone has got to start saying things that are unpalatable to the chattering classes in Islington - multi-culturalism does not work and a very large number of people in this country are very concerned about mass immigration. Of course, they're all racists and can be discounted, locked up for religious intolerance or not given public sector jobs...

I'd prefer to see the Labour party rot - they're just communism-lite.
Posted by: Tony (UK) || 10/03/2004 11:32 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Aristide Backers Riot for 3rd Day in Haiti; Death Toll Rises to 7
Supporters of Haiti's ousted president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, threw stones and fired guns on streets littered with debris and overturned cars on Saturday in a third day of violent protests demanding Mr. Aristide's return. At least seven people have been killed in the violence so far, including three police officers whose headless bodies were found Friday. A fourth police officer was also shot and killed on the first day of fighting.

"Aristide's partisans have begun an urban guerrilla operation that they call Operation Baghdad," Jean-Claude Bajeux, a rights activist, said Saturday. "The decapitations are imitative of those in Iraq, and they are meant to show the failure of U.S. policy in Haiti." Tensions have exploded in Haiti as the country struggles to recover from catastrophic floods caused by Tropical Storm Jeanne two weeks ago. The storm killed more than 1,550 people and left some 900 missing, most presumed dead. It also left an estimated 300,000 homeless, some 200,000 of them in the northwestern city of Gonaïves. The storm's aftermath has tied up about 750 of the 3,000 United Nations peacekeeping troops in Haiti. Against that backdrop, Mr. Aristide's Lavalas Family party on Thursday began three days of commemoration of the 1991 coup that toppled Mr. Aristide's first government. They also demanded an end to "the occupation" and "the invasion" by foreign troops - referring to the American-led force that came in after Mr. Aristide's ouster by a rebellion in February and the United Nations peacekeepers who have taken over since June.
Posted by: Fred || 10/03/2004 10:25:03 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [239 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Send Jimmuah.
Posted by: Troon Snorong Shipman || 10/03/2004 10:40 Comments || Top||

#2  I have an idea. Stop the decapitations and strike at America the old fashion way. Make a pillow in the shape of the U.S using red, white, and blue cloth. Then, all the HELLHaitians take turns stabbing the pillow with needles, while reciting voodoo lingo. Repeat if necessary.
Posted by: Poison Reverse || 10/03/2004 15:37 Comments || Top||

#3  PR - wtf? This article answers someone's question here the other day - why can't Haiti get their act together? Gangs, crime, corrupt assholes like Aristide, no education, wasted natural resources, French influence....is that enough?
Posted by: Frank G || 10/03/2004 15:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Perhaps it time to have the Steve Irwin "Congo" experience visit Haiti. Crikey, that place is....

Sliger Sniper - man, that is so cool.
Posted by: Sliger Sniper4633 || 10/03/2004 20:46 Comments || Top||

Fujimori Accounts Hold Millions of Dollars -- Peru
Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori (news - web sites)'s bank accounts contain millions of dollars, much more than he could earn and potential proof that he stole large sums of state money during his 10-year rule, a Supreme Court judge said on Saturday. Judge Jose Luis Lecaros said foreign and Peruvian bank accounts declared by Fujimori, who denies any wrongdoing, contain "hundreds of millions of soles," far more than the former president could have earned during his time in government or via the property he owns. "There is a great imbalance" between his earning power and his income, Lecaros told CPN radio. He declined to say how much had been traced during the yearlong investigation, or whether Fujimori had access to any of the accounts.
I dunno, what's the average earning power of a deposed dictator these days?
Peru is preparing a new request to extradite Fujimori from Japan, giving more details to support its accusations and including the corruption charges, Lecaros said. Peru wants to try Fujimori for authorizing the killing of 25 people by an army death squad in the early 1990s. Fujimori fled to Japan when a massive corruption scandal felled his hard-line presidency in 2000. He has Japanese citizenship and Japan as a rule does not extradite its nationals. Prosecutors said last year they had traced a $150,000 check that showed Fujimori had diverted donations by two Japanese aid agencies to his bank account in an affiliate of the Bank of Tokyo in Peru, Norbank, in 1996.
Posted by: Mark Espinola || 10/03/2004 1:58:42 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [230 views] Top|| File under:

The Best Argument Ever About Gun Control
Japan's rank-and-file police officers are calling on the general public to protect themselves as they believe law enforcers alone cannot maintain peace and order, a National Police Agency (NPA) report showed on Friday. The 2004 NPA white paper asked 2,000 experienced officers working at local police boxes across Japan about "what is needed to maintain security." A staggering 95 percent of them admitted that they alone could not maintain domestic order, the survey shows. Some 80 percent of them said that individuals should try to protect themselves, while 50 percent said citizens should form local crime prevention groups...
Two factors determine how many police are needed: patrol area and population density. Officers are limited by both, and if either exceeds the average policeman's abilities, then the public must defend itself. Any effort at (reasonable) gun control must recognize this fact.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 10/03/2004 1:14:28 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [257 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I read the article. I did not read anything about gun control. What is "reasonable gun control?"
Posted by: John || 10/03/2004 16:51 Comments || Top||

#2  "What is reasonable gun control?'"

No personal nukes. I think that's reasonable.
Posted by: jackal || 10/03/2004 17:31 Comments || Top||

#3  No personal nukes. Aw shucks. 2nd Amendment doesn't say anything about personal nukes. I guess the founding fathers did not anticipate them.
Posted by: John || 10/03/2004 17:43 Comments || Top||

#4  reasonable gun control is when you hit what you were aiming at
Posted by: Frank G || 10/03/2004 17:57 Comments || Top||

#5  Reasonable gun control is in the teaching of the correct grip on the handgun.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 10/03/2004 18:10 Comments || Top||

#6  An example of reasonable gun control would be prohibiting dangerous felons and the insane from carrying guns. But more to the point, one set of laws for NYC and another for rural Montana would seems to make sense *in relation to* the ability of their local law enforcement to provide adequate security for their needs, based on a patrol area to policeman ratio. If you have to wait for 2 hrs for a cop to arrive, you need to defend yourself against imminent threat. However, population density also matters. A policeman in rural Montana may provide security for 500 people, in NYC for 7500--an argument in *favor* of people defending themselves in NYC. That is, it doesn't matter if you have to wait 2 hrs for the cop to drive to your location, or because he is too busy to get to you immediately. Which is why *both* area and population matter in calculating out to what extent people need to defend themseves, when balanced with safety issues. A concealed handgun in NYC would be fine--seldom does anyone *need* a .50 cal MG in a dense urban area. However, in rural Montana, a concealed handgun is suspiciously odd, compared to a shotgun, rifle, or holstered handgun. This is an acceptable relativism, unlike most of the current debate, where gun control is based on fear of loud noises and other such nonsense. The article has something extraordinary in it, an admission by a police force that it physically *cannot* do its job--an admirable admission, and one I doubt any US police department could make, except when it was near budget time. And NO US police department would *ever* ask to public to individually protect themselves. They would develop hyperventilation at the thought.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 10/03/2004 18:18 Comments || Top||

#7  I agree that it is a scary situation for the police in Japan.

Gun safety is important. Gunowners need to act responsibly. I find that most of the time they do.

In Tennessee we have had several incidents where carjackers were shot by some citizen--lowers recidivism. We have had a few cases where the citizen should have been armed and unfortunately was not.

A few years ago, I read that violent crime was reduced as the results of states with concealed carry laws. However, crimes against property increased--the crimes that were easy increased.

I am a believer in the Constitution of which the 2nd Amendment is a part. I like to think I am responsible despite my joking around.
Posted by: John || 10/03/2004 19:18 Comments || Top||

Turkey Insists on Equal Terms in European Union
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has staked his political reputation on leading Turkey into the European Union, said Saturday that Turkey would not accept any affiliation with the union that falls short of full membership. In a wide-ranging interview in his official residence here, Mr. Erdogan rejected as "ugly" the suggestion that Turkey be offered a special partnership or held to a different standard for European Union membership than other countries. Such possibilities have been suggested in the increasingly contentious public debate over Turkey in some European countries. Mr. Erdogan, a supremely self-confident man who is both a Muslim and a dedicated nationalist, said Turkey would have no interest in being a special, marginalized case. "No member country or candidate country has ever been offered a conditional or a special membership, or a conditional or special negotiation period," said Mr. Erdogan. "It's just in the case of Turkey that these ideas come forward? That would be ugly."
Posted by: Fred || 10/03/2004 10:20:03 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [243 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Turkey wants to be treated equally by the worldly, sophisticated, multicultural Euros.

Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 10/03/2004 11:43 Comments || Top||

#2  They can insist all they want.

Not going to happen. The Euros will continue to look down their noses at the Turks. Especially the Greeks, who will enjoy the Turks dangling slowly at the end of the rope, running out of hope, losing their grip.

Hey Turkey, how's the reward form the EU for your betrayal of the US feel now? Like a knife in the back?

I cannot, at this time, think of any country that deserved it more.
Posted by: OldSpook || 10/03/2004 12:08 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Massachusetts Paper Endorses Bush, Spanks Kerry
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 10/03/2004 19:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [244 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Dang. Now one of my pet theories is shot to hell: obviously, there is someone in Massachussetts who doesn't have his head up his ass.
Posted by: Dave D. || 10/03/2004 20:34 Comments || Top||

One nimrod goes on a hunger strike to influence another fellow nimrod. LOL!
Activist Goes on Anti-Nader Hunger Strike
A peace activist who once fasted for 63 days to protest movie violence and war toys is launching another hunger strike to persuade Ralph Nader to abandon his presidential bid. Jerry Rubin, 60, said he plans to consume only liquids from Saturday until Nov. 2 if Nader doesn't take a meeting with him. "I know Ralph Nader and I don't think he's doing the right thing," Rubin said Saturday. He said the consumer advocate's campaign is dividing the progressive political movement.

Many believe the votes Nader received in Florida in 2000 would have gone to Democratic candidate Al Gore had Nader sat out the election. Gore lost the state — and the national election — to George W. Bush (search) by 537 votes. Rubin is often confused with now-deceased "Chicago Seven" defendant Jerry Rubin. He legally changed his name to Jerry Peace Activist Rubin to avoid confusion with the 60s radical.

The peace activist is no stranger to hunger strikes: In 1988, he broke a two-month fast with a bite from a giant pizza topped with a pepperoni peace sign that he then left for "Rambo" star Sylvester Stallone. He again fasted in 1997 to persuade movie production company Dreamworks SKG to abandon plans to relocate its headquarters to wetlands. He collapsed after 26 days, but Dreamworks abandoned the idea, saying it could not reach a satisfactory financial agreement.
Posted by: RJB in JC MO || 10/03/2004 2:13:03 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [248 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "What a maroon" Daffy Duck.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 10/03/2004 16:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Nimrod is not a put-down. It is a nickname for a hunter from a character in the book of Genesis.
Unless you don't like hunters.
Posted by: Urako || 10/03/2004 16:39 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm sure he considers that economic decision by Dreamworks as solely due to his protest against corporate hegemony....lol
Posted by: Frank G || 10/03/2004 16:40 Comments || Top||

#4  Urako the Wacko,

What in the hell are you talking about?
Nimrod was the grandson of Noah. He was the King Babylon. He was the king that ordered the tower of Babel to be built. After he died, his wife forced everyone to celebrate his spiritual resurrection, you know the pagan ritual, Easter.

Not to be confused with the resurrection of Jesus on the thrid day.

Posted by: Poison Reverse || 10/03/2004 20:17 Comments || Top||

#5  Why pay to go to a movie when the moonbats provide all this entertainment for free? :-p
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 10/03/2004 20:41 Comments || Top||

#6  Why pay to go to a movie when the moonbats provide all this entertainment for free?

It's a major reason I have maintained since this spring 2004 is gonna be soo much fun.
Posted by: badanov || 10/03/2004 20:42 Comments || Top||

#7  Poison Reverse:
"Urako the Wacko, What in the hell are you talking about?"
I believe I'm talking about the same thing as you, just not as rudely.
Here's Merriam-Websters take:
1 : a descendant of Ham represented in Genesis as a mighty hunter and a king of Shinar
So calling someone a nimrod is not a put-down.
I just didn't want to bore everyone with the whole tale like you did.
But I must admit, you do have much more class than I.
Posted by: Urako || 10/03/2004 21:32 Comments || Top||

#8  Glad I read the article because I thought Jerry Rubin got killed in a pedestrian accident--he was the pedestrian. Thought I was living in the Twilight Zone there for a minute.

I prefer "dipwad" to Nimrod. Gets rid of all the nuances and Biblical connotations/classical literature--neither of which I was very good at. What's the old saying about throwing your pearls before swine?
Posted by: John || 10/03/2004 21:49 Comments || Top||

#9  Ok Urako,
You have my apology.
Posted by: Poison Reverse || 10/03/2004 21:53 Comments || Top||

John F. Kerry - Weird Photo of a budding Command in Chief
Your thoughts....I am speechless.
Posted by: Capt America || 10/03/2004 7:51:05 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [271 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Whatever you do, DON'T VOTE FOR THAT MAN!
Posted by: Dave D. || 10/03/2004 9:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Good to see he finally got his head out of there.
Posted by: Tom || 10/03/2004 9:38 Comments || Top||

#3  That must be how he got nicked in the butt in Vietnam.
Posted by: Bryan || 10/03/2004 9:53 Comments || Top||

#4  This guy really is an All-American.... and Jew, Christian, Muslim. What a tool.
Posted by: nada || 10/03/2004 10:05 Comments || Top||

#5  Clearly an attempt at being "like" JFK, the real one.
Posted by: crazyhorse || 10/03/2004 10:08 Comments || Top||

#6  My personal favorite is the Michael Dukakis moment when Kerry is in the bunny(?) suit.
Posted by: John || 10/03/2004 10:24 Comments || Top||

#7  Kerry just doesn't get football or guns. That is scary in itself.
Posted by: John || 10/03/2004 10:28 Comments || Top||

#8  Has John Fn. Kerry ever so much as played a down of football.
Posted by: badanov || 10/03/2004 10:36 Comments || Top||

#9  Step 4: Bend your elbow at a 90 degree angle.

Step 5. Using the supplied extractor tool, ...
Posted by: Steve White || 10/03/2004 12:06 Comments || Top||


"An Incredible Cinematic Wonder"
Posted by: BigEd || 10/03/2004 12:15 Comments || Top||

#11  Looks like he has the Village People vote locked up. But, I don't remember Goofy Politician being a character in the band.
Posted by: ed || 10/03/2004 12:28 Comments || Top||

Posted by: BigEd || 10/03/2004 13:10 Comments || Top||

#13  I don't think the ball's necessary. It's a much better pic if you crop to just Kerry and the folks behind.
Posted by: Bulldog || 10/03/2004 13:16 Comments || Top||

#14  Here, let's get rid of that thing:
Posted by: Dave D. || 10/03/2004 13:19 Comments || Top||

#15  Bill: Hello
John: Bill, how's it going? Thanks for the new staff, but the campaign's still not going well. Any other ideas?
Bill: Well John, you still look like an effete, stuffy French poodle. The people don't like that. Perhaps if you'd toss a football around, and maybe look goofy at the same time. That way people'll know you're tough, and that you're a regular guy.
John: Thanks Bill, I'll try that. Maybe get some photographers to take pictures.
Bill: Great! I'm sure that'll help Hillary's '08 - uhhh, I mean your campaign.
John: OK, Thanks again, Ciao!
-- click --
Bill: Asshole!
Posted by: A Jackson || 10/03/2004 13:21 Comments || Top||

#16  Dave D- YOU RASCAL!
Posted by: BigEd || 10/03/2004 13:38 Comments || Top||

#17  Dave D: He can't find his ass in broad daylight, but he is using only one hand.
Posted by: Angie Schultz || 10/03/2004 13:47 Comments || Top||

#18  Kerry introduces his new foreign policy called the BOHICA Doctrine - bend over here it comes again
Posted by: H || 10/03/2004 13:57 Comments || Top||

#19  brings to mind this image
Posted by: Frank G || 10/03/2004 13:58 Comments || Top||

#20  Oops- forgot the caption:

"His campaign advisors momentarily distracted, Presidential candid John Kerry (news - web sites) sneaks in some quality time with his imaginary playmate, Ralph."
Posted by: Dave D. || 10/03/2004 14:08 Comments || Top||

#21  Did you notice that the picture was taken by AFP? This must be the part of Kerry that the French want to see.
Posted by: RWV || 10/03/2004 14:08 Comments || Top||

#22  As usual, LGF seems to have reconstructed the real picture.
Posted by: Phil Fraering || 10/03/2004 14:19 Comments || Top||

#23  Of course Mr DRUDGE has a more troubling photo

Hugh Hewitt's Book, "If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat"
Should have the sequel:

"If We Cheat To Make It Close, Then Our Lawyers Take Over"
Posted by: BigEd || 10/03/2004 14:37 Comments || Top||

#24  Female Aide:

Aww, jeez ... somebody gave him a frickin' football!

Dammit, dammit, dammit!

No, don't look at him! You'll just encourage him!
Posted by: JMP || 10/03/2004 18:02 Comments || Top||

Gloom and doom purveyors By Oliver North
Col North states the facts
This might get me into trouble 'round here, but I always thought the right place for Col. North was the brig, for lying to Congress.
Maybe it's something in the water. Perhaps it's a disorder created by the political silly season back home in the U.S. Whatever the cause, it's pretty clear Sen. John Kerry and many of my "colleagues" in the so-called mainstream media have been infected with a very bad case of Gloom and Doom.

Based on Mr. Kerry's comments during the Great Debate last week — and the punditry of his press pals — we're in deep trouble here in Southwest Asia. To hear him and his buddies, the barons of bombast, spin it, President Bush "took his eye off Osama" in Afghanistan and let him "get away" just to embroil America in the "quagmire" of Iraq. Where have these people been windsurfing? Madrid?

Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Mark Espinola || 10/03/2004 2:31:37 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [242 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Right, and J F'n Kerry should be president, right? Seems there was something about war crimes he acknowledged doing....
Posted by: Capt America || 10/03/2004 5:24 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't think North belongs in the brig anymore than Clinton does, but I agree he's not the best face of the party.
Posted by: 2b || 10/03/2004 8:33 Comments || Top||

#3  This might get me into trouble 'round here, but I always thought the right place for Col. North was the brig, for lying to Congress."

What do you mean by the meaning of "is." I never slept with that woman. I invented the Internet. We have had to suffer from a great deal of lying in Washington. Congressional raises get passed in the middle of the night. Don't forget the Gulf of Tonkin. Rathergate. Need I go on?

I wouldn't get on North too much. The current focus is Kerry and not North. I do not trust Kerry with the country. North is not trying to be President and lead the country.

North did try to raise the alarm about Al Qaida and terrorists back during the Reagan administration. People just weren't listening to the important part of his message.

Doom and gloom have to be spread for the Democrats to win. It is the politics of despair. It is their MO.

The voters just need to keep their eyes on the ball and not be deceived by "der SKerry slickness." I worry that many will be deceived by the $4000 suits, $200 haircut, orange skin tone, and lip make up and constant spin. I hope we as a people are not that shallow and see through the smoke screen.
Posted by: John || 10/03/2004 8:49 Comments || Top||

#4  In military circles, North is your basic self-promoting martinet. These folks often gravitate towards D.C. and the Pentagon, and are often "ethically challenged." They are generally 'militarists', convinced a snappy uniform and a handsome face win wars; yet in practice they are "Flashman" types. Their enemies are the 'militants', the mission accomplishers who are both utilitarian and honorable. The two types do NOT get along, and while the military wants the former in peacetime, it must have the latter in wartime. Militants rarely advance beyond O6, but the few who do are extraordinarily dangerous. Militarists thrive in the higher eschelons, but rarely ever matter in the long run. A militarist at the troop level gets his troops killed.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 10/03/2004 10:35 Comments || Top||

#5  Not trying to mangle your theories; I just want to get the facts straight.

Firstly, what is a Flashman type?

You said militants are what the military wants in wartime, but you said that the militants who get past O-6 are dangerous. Dangerous to whom? Us or the enemy?
Posted by: badanov || 10/03/2004 10:44 Comments || Top||

"...North is your basic self-promoting martinet."

Martinet n

1. A rigid military disciplinarian.
2. One who demands absolute adherence to forms and rules

Are you sure you didn't mean marionette?

Mr. Peabody
Posted by: Mr. Peabody || 10/03/2004 11:16 Comments || Top||

#7  John: This might get me into trouble 'round here, but I always thought the right place for Col. North was the brig, for lying to Congress.

And have a second impeachment proceeding, with Reagan being added to Nixon in the pantheon of impeached presidents? The real outrage is that aid to the anti-Communist contras was outlawed, even as John Kerry and Tom Harkin openly backed the Communist Sandinistas.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 10/03/2004 15:34 Comments || Top||

#8  actually it's not all bad to remind people of the battle lines during the eighties, when Kerry was a resolute peacenik, Sandinista-kisser and nuclear freeze idiot.

Kerry's proposal to scrap bunker-busters while giving nuclear fuel to Iran recalls the worst stupidities of the CND/Helen Caldicott crowd during the Reagan/Andropov era.

Nothing would help Bush more right now, IMHO, than to steer the debate into a choice of Reagan vs Mondale, hawk vs unilateral disarmament freak. I hope Rove is onto this.
Posted by: lex || 10/03/2004 15:41 Comments || Top||

#9  lex - heh, heh.
Posted by: 2b || 10/03/2004 20:32 Comments || Top||

#10  Firstly, what is a Flashman type?

Harry Flashman, fictional Victorian rogue and soldier, who was primarily concerned with protecting his own skin. Somehow always managed to come out on the good end of things.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/03/2004 22:51 Comments || Top||

Iran Majlis begins impeachment of minister
Majlis deputies here Sunday began a proceeding to impeach Minister of Roads and Transportation Ahmad Khorram. The minister, the fifth in President Mohammad Khatami's cabinet to face impeachment charges in Majlis (parliament), is to defend the conduct of his ministry in the past three years before some 116 deputies of the parliament. Some 60 foreigner journalists have applied for permission to cover the impeachment trial, which has gathered widespread interest because it is the first of a Khatami cabinet member by the 7th Majlis.
Would this be the guy taking the fall for the Bam fatalities?
Posted by: Mark Espinola || 10/03/2004 12:44:43 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [247 views] Top|| File under:

Africa: Subsaharan
Zim Food Shortages Rampant Despite Govt Claims
DESPITE claims by President Robert Mugabe that the country is not facing food shortages, government last week launched its drought relief programme in the arid Matabeleland South province. Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Paul Mangwana, launched the programme last Thursday in Beitbridge. The launch of the feeding scheme was seen as an admission of the severity of the food crisis. Felix Mafa, executive director of Post-Independence Survivors Trust, said the move shows there is a problem with food supply. "The latest move by the government absolves (Bulawayo mayor Japhet) Ndabeni Ncube from any blame and confirms that lots of Zimbabweans are suffering as a result of the food shortages. There is a scarcity of food in this country," he said.

Figures compiled by the Bulawayo City Council have shown that 162 people have died since January as a result of malnutrition. But government has reacted angrily to the reports, saying the country has an abundant supply of maize, the staple food. The drought relief programme is set to benefit thousands of people who are finding it difficult to source food in the border town of Beitbridge, which is located in the drought-prone region. Beitbridge MP Kembo Mohadi, who is also Home Affairs minister, said the launch of the feeding scheme would go a long way to alleviate the plight of people in the district. The launch of the programme came a few days after Information minister Jonathan Moyo claimed Zimbabwe had an abundance of maize. Mafa said the programme exposed Moyo's statements as threadbare. "Moyo is a propagandist and he is not qualified to talk about statistics on food. How can government claim that there are no food shortages on the one hand and then on the other go on to have feeding programmes. It's hypocrisy of the highest order," Mafa said.
Posted by: Fred || 10/03/2004 10:30:34 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [247 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Word from one Zimbabwe blog is that the government reportedly is now kicking black peasant farmers off their land.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/03/2004 11:23 Comments || Top||

Africa: North
Locusts invade Mauritania capital
A giant swarm of locusts has invaded the capital of Mauritania, Nouakchott, in north-western Africa. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation has warned that the locust plague is still in its early stages and is set to worsen in the coming weeks.

Locusts have already ravaged much of Mauritania's crops and pasture land. The air crackles with the flutter of their wings and trees rustle with their incessant munching. "We are fed up with these locusts", said one Mauritanian. "We haven't got much greenery and they eat it all."

Swarms of locusts have descended on the Mauritanian capital three times in recent months, filling the sky, shredding leaves and bombarding inhabitants. On the streets of Nouakchott children swing sticks like baseball bats, striking out the locusts. Others, forced to go outside have taken to wearing upturned buckets on their heads to protect themselves from the clawed insects which like to settle in hair and on shoulders.

For the city dwellers, the locusts are a nuisance, but for 80% of Mauritanians, who make their living from farming or livestock, the current plague is an act of God. In the south, many Mauritanians have seen their entire harvest wiped out in a number of hours.

And this is just the beginning. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation told the BBC a new generation of locusts is maturing and taking to the skies, bringing the risk of famine ever closer.
Posted by: Mark Espinola || 10/03/2004 2:10:36 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [238 views] Top|| File under:

#1  #define tinfoil_hat
Its a sign, i tell ya!
Volcanoes, earthquakes, and now locusts!
The End is Nigh!!!!
#undefine tinfoil_hat
Posted by: N Guard || 10/03/2004 10:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Better locusts than Jihadis. With locusts, you only lose your food, which can be replaced. It's hard to replace your head.
Posted by: jackal || 10/03/2004 17:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Don't forget the hurricanes and asteroid, too.
Posted by: nada || 10/03/2004 17:35 Comments || Top||

Africa: Subsaharan
Leaders Launch Drive to Curb Polio in Africa
Posted by: Mark Espinola || 10/03/2004 02:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under:

Who's in the News

E-Mail Me

The Classics
The O Club
Rantburg Store
The Bloids
The Never-ending Story
Gulf War I
The Way We Were

Hair Through the Ages

On Sale now!

A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.

Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.

Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has dominated Mexico for six years.
Click here for more information

Meet the Mods
In no particular order...
Steve White
Scooter McGruder
john frum
Bright Pebbles
trailing wife
Frank G
Alaska Paul

Two weeks of WOT
Sun 2004-10-03
  Arafat calls on world to end Israeli campaign in Gaza
Sat 2004-10-02
  109 Terrs Killed in Samarra Offensive
Fri 2004-10-01
  IDF force with 100 tanks enters northern Gaza
Thu 2004-09-30
  Sudan's Bashir accuses U.S. of backing Darfur rebels
Wed 2004-09-29
  Baghdad terr snagged with women's underwear on his head
Tue 2004-09-28
  Johnny Jihad Appeals for Early Release
Mon 2004-09-27
  Hamas: Arab State May Have Helped in Syria Killing
Sun 2004-09-26
  French national killed in Saudi Arabia
Sat 2004-09-25
  Sudan foils Islamist coup plot
Fri 2004-09-24
  Maskhadov sez Basayev should be tried for Beslan
Thu 2004-09-23
  Noordin Mohammed Top not in custody
Wed 2004-09-22
  Spiritual leader of al-Tawhid killed
Tue 2004-09-21
  2nd US Hostage Beheaded in Two Days
Mon 2004-09-20
  Afghan VP Escapes Bomb
Sun 2004-09-19
  Berlin Deports Islamic Conference Organizer

Better than the average link...

Rantburg was assembled from recycled algorithms in the United States of America. No trees were destroyed in the production of this weblog. We did hurt some, though. Sorry.
WoT Operations (23)    WoT Background (44)    Opinion (2)    (0)    (0)