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-Lurid Crime Tales-
automated drug subs?
Even with the boarding party on the way, jumping off a sinking boat, usually at night, is dangerous. U.S. laws have been changed so that the crews escaping from their sinking boats, can still be charged with drug smuggling (despite the loss of the evidence). This, plus the new Colombian laws, is why the drug gangs are looking into automating the boats, so that no crew is needed at all.
Posted by: 3dc || 06/26/2009 09:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [289 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Great! Sink them on sight from now on since they won't be manned!
Posted by: gorb || 06/26/2009 13:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Sink them very quietly, then tell the drug lords that the subs in fact did arrive and that the intended recipients made off with the entire stash. Let them sort it out.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/26/2009 15:11 Comments || Top||

#3  And then of course you would tell the intended recipients they were never sent.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/26/2009 15:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Making drugs shorter in supply will...

Make the drugs worse quality.
Increase crime.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/26/2009 15:29 Comments || Top||

#5  Making drugs shorter in supply will...

Make the drugs worse quality.
Increase crime.

Whatever on that issue, a closely related issue which is far more important: Subs don't care what they carry. Drugs or nuclear materials, no difference to them. Big difference to us. Secure our borders with whatever it takes.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 06/26/2009 16:21 Comments || Top||

#6  End the "war" on drugs and the smuggling will stop, leaving much more resource for stopping real threats to the country from across boarders.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/26/2009 18:01 Comments || Top||

#7  HMMMMM, and OVER-THE-BORDER [OTB] UNMANNED UAVS as modif for drug-running, etc.???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/26/2009 18:59 Comments || Top||

#8  End the "war" on drugs and the smuggling will stop

And we'll have several million dead people OD'd on cheap cocaine and their family members who the addicts have killed for money or for objecting to their self destruction.
Posted by: ed || 06/26/2009 20:06 Comments || Top||

#9  And it's not just cocaine. Meth will kill you quicker. So will heroin and some designer drugs. No thanks. I'd rather pack the dealers off to work camps for 10 years or more, send first time users to detox/rehab/boot camps, and death to the king pings (foreign and domestic) as enemies of the state.
Posted by: ed || 06/26/2009 20:12 Comments || Top||

SCOTUS: Student Strip Search Illegal
Duh. Since when does it take the Supreme Court to figure this out? We're doomed.
Details about the story posted yesterday.
Arizona school officials violated the constitutional rights of a 13-year-old girl when they strip-searched her on the suspicion she might be hiding ibuprofen in her underwear, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday. The decision put school districts on notice that such searches are "categorically distinct" from other efforts to combat illegal drugs.

In a case that had drawn attention from educators, parents and civil libertarians across the country, the court ruled 8 to 1 that such an intrusive search without the threat of a clear danger to other students violated the Constitution's protections against unreasonable search or seizure.

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Posted by: gorb || 06/26/2009 04:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [304 views] Top|| File under:

#1  'Justice Clarence Thomas was the lone dissenter. "Judges are not qualified to second-guess the best manner for maintaining quiet and order in the school environment," he wrote.'

As per usual, the leftist crowd is skewering Thomas for his dissent. It will be interesting to see their reaction when this decision is used as a precedent to challenge school policies that they wish to enforce in their districts. One can assume many a lawyer will exploit this decision to confront issues beyond unreasonable search or seizure. Can you say “Zero Tolerance”?
Posted by: DepotGuy || 06/26/2009 9:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Ibuprofen is an illegal drug?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/26/2009 10:58 Comments || Top||

#3  It's generally against school rules for students to have anything more interesting than a chocolate bar, Crazy Fool. School nurses will only pass out pills with a doctor's prescription, so they don't even have baby aspirin on hand.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/26/2009 12:11 Comments || Top||

#4  Yes railing, you sure must know a lot about baby aspirin.

Why don't you tell all the respected Rantburg readers about your dad's occupation (unemployed Chemist) and about his chemistry certificate from Hudson Valley Community College?

Ha! ha!
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Posted by: TRUTH yeah! || 06/26/2009 12:39 Comments || Top||

#5  Have you always been stoopid or did you take a course?
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Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2009 12:44 Comments || Top||

#6  Your right TW - but being against school rules does not make it exactly 'Illegal' (picky - but then I'm an engineer type). Just against the rules.

Somehow I don't think it rises to the level of requiring a freaking strip search - particulary on a 'tip' from a fellow student. Its Motrin for gosh sake.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/26/2009 12:57 Comments || Top||

#7  [TRUTH yeah! has been pooplisted.]
Posted by: TRUTH yeah! || 06/26/2009 12:59 Comments || Top||

#9  A lot of teenage girls this age have their period and cramps and believe it or not require Motrin, Aleve, or other pain reliever. The school officials seem to lower the standard for idiocy.

So, do these school officials have to register as sex offenders and stay away from the school?

The greatest evil which fortune can inflict on men is to endown them with small talents and great ambition.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/26/2009 16:55 Comments || Top||

#10  God created the idiot for practice - then he created the school board.
--- Mark Twain
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/26/2009 17:47 Comments || Top||

#11  ibuprofen isn't much of a controlled substance.

If that really was the purpose of the strip search, the school officials need to be charged with child molestation.

Abuse of authority isn't tolerable.
Posted by: flash91 || 06/26/2009 18:05 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Gullible Warming Alert: The Climate Change Climate Change
Steve Fielding recently asked the Obama administration to reassure him on the science of man-made global warming. When the administration proved unhelpful, Mr. Fielding decided to vote against climate-change legislation.

If you haven't heard of this politician, it's because he's a member of the Australian Senate. As the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to pass a climate-change bill, the Australian Parliament is preparing to kill its own country's carbon-emissions scheme. Why? A growing number of Australian politicians, scientists and citizens once again doubt the science of human-caused global warming.

Among the many reasons President Barack Obama and the Democratic majority are so intent on quickly jamming a cap-and-trade system through Congress is because the global warming tide is again shifting. It turns out Al Gore and the United Nations (with an assist from the media), did a little too vociferous a job smearing anyone who disagreed with them as "deniers." The backlash has brought the scientific debate roaring back to life in Australia, Europe, Japan and even, if less reported, the U.S.
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Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 06/26/2009 11:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [343 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I've been searching the web for more on Dr. Simpson, haven't found much yet. It was interesting that she felt she had to wait until she retired before speaking her skepticism about global warmism.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 06/26/2009 16:16 Comments || Top||

War by other means: China to block Hummer takeover
A Chinese firm's bid to buy the gas-guzzling Hummer car brand will be blocked on environmental grounds, according to Chinese state radio.

Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery emerged as the surprise buyer for the brand earlier this year. But China National Radio said Hummer is at odds with the country's planning agency's attempts to decrease pollution from Chinese manufacturers.

Sichuan Tengzhong disputed the accuracy of the radio report. "The fact that it is from an article from a state media organisation does not mean it is government policy," the company said in a statement. "Some people may have views and speculation, but the Chinese government has a process that we respect."

The acquisition from General Motors needs Chinese regulatory approval.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/26/2009 16:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [313 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So maybe the Chinese will open a US plant or two and build them here? Lots of available TIF Districts and cheap labor (in a few months once the laid-off UAW folks realize that their beloved automaker unions are of little or no help when the local's benefit fund runs dry).

Plus they don't seem to get bent out of shape by a
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/26/2009 17:12 Comments || Top||

Kimmie switches to Keds
SEOUL, June 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korean dwarf leader Kim Jong-il, who reportedly fell ill last year, was recently shown wearing sneakers during his public outings, switching from his trademark platform shoes that added height to his small stature.

In photographs released by state media on May 24, a day before North Korea conducted its second nuclear test, Kim, 67, is sporting a pair of dark-colored sneakers along with a gray parka, suit pants and dark sunglasses. He was giving "field guidance" at a historic site in the country's northern region.

The walking shoes had a rubber sole attached to their bottom that would enhance height comfort.

Kim, known to be 162 centimeters tall, or about 5'3" in heels in his dreams, has worn stilts height-lifting shoes during official events, including his summit with the late South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun in 2007. But the platform shoes were switched to flat dress shoes after he reportedly suffered a stroke in August last year.
Couldn't handle the nose-bleed height, huh ...
The flat shoes have now been replaced by hospital slippers sneakers, according to pictures released in recent weeks. But some pictures, like those released on June 5, 6 and 8, still show Kim in clown flat shoes during visits to farms and factories that can be easily reached by walking.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/26/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [311 views] Top|| File under:

#1  My basketball coach he done kicked me off the team
For wearing high heeled sneakers and acting like a queen

-Earache My Eye
Posted by: Pappy || 06/26/2009 17:49 Comments || Top||

Sweden: 13 charged over counterfeit cash made in Lebanon
Thirteen people were indicted by a Swedish court on Thursday after being caught with 2.5 million kronor ($318,000) in counterfeit dollar and euro bills. “The bills are very well-done. I’d guess this is the largest seizure of false currency ever in Sweden,” said Michael Schönhoff of the Stockholm police.

The fake bills were printed in Lebanon and were then transported to Sweden in plastic bags by one of those charged in connection with the operation.

Police engaged in an intensive surveillance operation in early 2009 to gather evidence against the men. In addition to confiscating the fake currency, police also discovered a large number of dyed Swedish bills, most likely taken in a bank robbery. All of those charged in the case live in the Stockholm area.

Seven face up to four years in prison for gross unauthorized possession of false currency.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/26/2009 19:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [390 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Lars? Sven?
Posted by: Frank G || 06/26/2009 20:43 Comments || Top||

#2  The photo at the article shows a pile of new US $100's, not mentioned in the text, along with the dyed Swedish kronor and the Euros. I wonder why.
The big question, for me: were the fakes done on a government press, as in NK? Does Lebanon print it's own banknotes, anyway?
Posted by: Grunter || 06/26/2009 23:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Iran has been counterfeiting currency for a while. Hizballah is their pipeline for moving the merchandise to the west. It's economic warfare plain and simple.
Posted by: ed || 06/26/2009 23:54 Comments || Top||

Turkey trying to revive EU membership
[Iran Press TV Latest] Turkey calls on the European Union to revive Ankara's deadlocked EU accession talks adding its membership would assist EU's affiliation with Muslims.

EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis said the EU would need Turkey as a transit route for energy supplies.

"The EU needs Turkey at least as much as Turkey needs the EU," he told reporters at the start of two days of talks and public appearances in Brussels intended to revive Turkey's efforts to join the 27-nation bloc, Reuters reported.

"It will help the EU's outreach to the East," said Bagis, who is also Turkey's Chief Negotiator with the EU.

This is while Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu were also due in Brussels for talks with EU officials on Friday.

Erdogan was expected to meet the President of the EU's Executive European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso while Davutoglu was due to meet EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn.

Turkey's membership talks are almost at a standstill, raising doubts that the predominantly Muslim country of 70 million people will be able to join the EU.

Reforms demanded by the EU have fallen prey to political infighting in Turkey, some member states openly oppose its accession, and Ankara's progress has been blocked by its refusal to recognize EU member-state Cyprus.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [298 views] Top|| File under:

Home Front: Politix
ABC's White House special struggled for viewers - beat out by a rerun of CSI
President Obama's town hall meeting on health care delivered a sickly rating Wednesday evening.

The one-hour ABC News special "Primetime: Questions for the President: Prescription for America" (4.7 million viewers, 1.1 preliminary adults 18-49 rating) had the fewest viewers in the 10 p.m. hour (against NBC's "The Philanthropist" debut and a repeat of "CSI: NY" on CBS). The special tied some 8 p.m. comedy repeats as the lowest-rated program on a major broadcast network.
Just for the record, "The Philanthropist" episode was about as tedious as television can get. We kept watching in the hope that it would get better, but it never got as far as awful. It didn't occur to us to check ABC to see if the president was any better.
The special was shot at the White House and featured the president answering questions about his health care plan. The president's primary message was that those who like their current insurance will be able to keep it and that taking no action will result in higher health care costs.

The special drew fire from Republican leadership after refusing to allow an official opposition response, or even a paid ad. ABC also interviewed Obama on "Good Morning America" to help promote the special.
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 06/26/2009 02:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [296 views] Top|| File under:

#1  You've got to know your audience. Those watching the teley on that night and time are likely more interested in 'entertainment' than critical issues of the republic. Apparently, even with all the 'kings horses and all the kings men' Obama just isn't that kind of draw to attract much beyond his koolaid krowd. A warning that will be ignored by the egotist in the room.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/26/2009 7:41 Comments || Top||

#2  P2k, I have to question if "universal health care" is even a critical issue, much less even necessary.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 06/26/2009 9:19 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm sure TASS, oops, ABC will say that it exceeded expectations and was compelling, important television.
Posted by: Cornsilk Blondie || 06/26/2009 9:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Well, since you raise the point. Given that Americans are living longer today than any other time in history and we probably have the largest population of over 80 year olds on the planet, 'universal health care' is a political entertainment gambit to enthrall the masses. The 21st Century version of the traveling barker selling snake oil. It's a good show but lousy in really curing ills other than to suppress with some form of opiate.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/26/2009 11:25 Comments || Top||

#5  The health care thing is not even a good show. Today's Dilbert is far more relevant about what is on the minds of more and more of the electorate:
Dilbert 26 June 2009
Panel 1:
Coworker to Dilbert & Asok the intern, all holding coffee cups: "I can't afford my mortgage because of my pay cut. The bank will take my house.
Panel 1:
Asok the intern: "I saved a bundle by being a renter. I should buy your house for next to nothing."
Coworker eyes bug out in silence.
Panel 3:
Coworker glowers at Asok.
Asok the intern peering at glowering coworker over the edge of his coffee cup: "Too soon?"
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 06/26/2009 16:19 Comments || Top||

#6  ABC tanked. No surprise. Everyone already knew ABC was in the tank. Viewers said nothing of interest here, I guess we will move on.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/26/2009 16:46 Comments || Top||

Global Warming bill shaky
Former Vice President Al Gore canceled plans to fly to Washington for a news conference with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, and instead was working the phones from Tennessee to help push a landmark climate bill to passage.

Friday's vote on the measure is expected to be close, but multiple sources on both sides of the aisle say they're confident that the bill will pass -- with some Republican votes -- following a deal between House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson.

"It's a question of what was energy efficient for the vice president," Pelosi said of the decision to keep Gore in Tennessee. "We were narrowing the list of the undecideds. We had a great narrowing of the undecideds." The speaker, President Barack Obama and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel were all telephoning undecided or wavering House members in both parties.

As part of their efforts, Obama added a last-minute Rose Garden Thursday, where he predicted that the vote on the bill would be close. To those members of Congress who are undecided, he said: "We've been talking about this issue for decades, now is the time to act."

The American Clean Energy and Security Act, better known as the Waxman-Markey bill, would cut greenhouse-gas while promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency. The measure, which is likely to have a tough go in the Senate, is a linchpin of Obama's first-year agenda. A victory would give the White House momentum going into a vote on health care later this summer.
What would a defeat give?
The speaker's office sent this notification to reporters Thursday morning: "As the list of undecided Members narrowed, the Speaker thought it was unnecessary to impose on the Vice President's schedule to travel to Washington, and instead to continue coordinating efforts from Tennessee," spokesman Drew Hammill said in an e-mail. Gore, who was coming at the invitation of the speaker, was going to make the case for strong action one of the president's top priorities -- energy and global warming -- without delay. He supports the House bill as the way to cut pollution, make dramatic increases in using energy efficiently, and increase use of renewable energy, which will boost jobs and improve our national security.

Earlier this week, Gore held a conference call to mobilize more than 10,000 of his Repower America grassroots activists.
And were they mobilized? The article doesn't say anything about lawmakers getting 10,000 calls, letters and emails supporting this bill.
Posted by: gorb || 06/26/2009 05:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [389 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If the bill passes, does Gore go away?
Posted by: Bobby || 06/26/2009 6:01 Comments || Top||

#2  At this point the bill is so full of special interest provisions, so full of arcane language, so full of exceptions and exceptions to the exceptions, so full of contingencies and required reports and required studies that it should be an embarrassment to the authors. Yesterday, the Wapo, essentially came out against it on these grounds.

Bring it on.
Posted by: Lord garth || 06/26/2009 8:19 Comments || Top||

#3  “…following a deal between House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson.”

The Climate Change Boondoggle has been in the works for years and as recently as last week even the proponents couldn’t agree on the validity of their “facts” and figures. Now Rep. Peterson, in the 11th hour, was able to get both the agriculture and forestry industries exempt from the definition of a “capped sector”. Yet, according to the EPA, the agricultural sector alone was responsible for 6 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. So one would assume those exemptions would substantially alter Waxman’s previous calculations. Don’t worry…you can bet thier “deal” has it all worked out.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 06/26/2009 10:48 Comments || Top||

#4  So what I want to know, how many of our supposed 'leaders' in the House/Senate/Administration that are trying to ram this POS through, are personally invested in the "GoreCap" trading firms or markets?
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/26/2009 10:59 Comments || Top||

#5  I wonder if Gore was asked to stay home because Obama didn't a cold snap to hit the DC area on the day of the House vote?
Posted by: tipover || 06/26/2009 11:12 Comments || Top||

#6  “Former Vice President Al Gore canceled plans to fly to Washington for a news conference with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday…”

Ha…Waxman and Pelosi caved at the last minute and offered an enticement bribe to Democrats from Timber producing districts. (Upper NW) Over strong objections, from none other then Al Gore, they are allowing “Biomass” to be defined as a renewable energy source. According to Gore, the use of Biomass will only “encourage unsustainable logging in federal forests to meet demand for biomass power plants.” Not to mention this decision really throws the promises of CO2 reduction benefits, as envisioned in this bill, into a tailspin. The MSM narrative was Al politely declined his invitation so as not to upstage Obama. However, reality suggests Gore was home pouting.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 06/26/2009 13:23 Comments || Top||

#7  Energy and climate-change bill narrowly wins a test vote in House
Posted by: tipper || 06/26/2009 15:16 Comments || Top||

#8  So, how about taxing Congress for their windfall profits.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/26/2009 16:33 Comments || Top||

#9  Any bill on global warming is going to be shaky because the concept of global warming is shaky.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/26/2009 16:41 Comments || Top||

#10  apparently, it passed 219-212 with eight GOPers voting for it. Malkin is hunting down their names, addresses, emails, license plates...etc.

A monumental bill that none of these idiots even READ should be qualifications for removal, tar and feathering, and loss of pension
Posted by: Frank G || 06/26/2009 19:38 Comments || Top||

#11  the traitors are named:
Bono Mack
Smith (NJ)
Posted by: Frank G || 06/26/2009 19:39 Comments || Top||

#12  Blue Staters all! No surprises here. Food stamps cash-for-clunkers, natural gas, electricity, and heating oil vouchers for the "poor and needy" ... here they come!
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/26/2009 20:08 Comments || Top||

#13  Look for electric bills to double and everything else to go up less. Basically a trillion dollar/year anchor on the American economy.
Posted by: ed || 06/26/2009 20:25 Comments || Top||

#14  My congresscritter, NutLoebsack, voted for it. Big shocka there, especially since the little weasel who answered the phone in his office refused to say how he voted. The university twits are gonna be so happy...until the heating bills come in.
Posted by: Cornsilk Blondie || 06/26/2009 22:50 Comments || Top||

Palin visits troops in Kosovo
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Gov. Sarah Palin is visiting U.S. troops in Kosovo. Palin's office had said the governor traveled Wednesday to see Alaska National Guard troops at an undisclosed overseas location. On Thursday, her office said she was visiting about 140 aviators with the Guard in Kosovo.

Her spokeswoman, Sharon Leighow, says that for security purposes, the governor's office could not release Palin's destination until it was cleared by the Department of Defense. Leighow says Palin will be on the trip through the weekend.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/26/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [305 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I wonder if she will tell stories of dodging sniper fire? I would guess not becaue SHE would shoot back! I may be in an extreme minority but I would like her to take a serious run in 2012.
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 06/26/2009 6:52 Comments || Top||

#2  At this rate she may be the only one left ...
Posted by: Steve White || 06/26/2009 8:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Will we get any displayplastic turkey stories?
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 06/26/2009 8:53 Comments || Top||

#4  You're not in the minority, I think.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2009 10:33 Comments || Top||

#5  48% of America agreed with you CS.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 06/26/2009 10:53 Comments || Top||

#6  she commented about Jawn Kerry's (D-dipshit) "why couldn't the missing Governor be from Alaska?" dig at her.

She replied: "why the long face?"

heh heh
Posted by: Frank G || 06/26/2009 16:32 Comments || Top||

#7  Beautiful pic here
Posted by: Willy || 06/26/2009 16:59 Comments || Top||

Senate panel OKs funds for seven more F-22s
WASHINGTON — The Senate Armed Services Committee added $1.75 billion Thursday to a Pentagon budget proposal for seven more Lockheed Martin F-22 fighter jets, heightening a promised showdown with the Obama administration, which opposes the additional planes.

The committee voted as the House, by a vote of 389-22, approved its own version of the fiscal 2010 Defense Department spending bill, which included $369 million as a down payment for 12 additional F-22 Raptors, plus $603 million for a backup engine for Lockheed’s F-35 joint strike fighter.

Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate panel, said he was confident that he and other opponents of the additional aircraft "have a fair chance of winning" when the full Senate votes on the defense bill. No date for that vote has been set.

His committee voted 13-11 in closed session to approve money for the additional aircraft, Levin said. The panel also voted 12-10 to add $438.9 million for a backup engine for the F-35, Levin said.

The Obama administration has already threatened to veto a $680 billion military budget that contains money for the jets. The White House Office of Management and Budget told Congress in a letter Wednesday night that it objects to both spending items in the House measure.

The Defense Department says it has enough F-22s and argues that the F-35’s "current engine is performing well." Spending on a second engine is "unnecessary" and would "impede the progress" of the joint strike fighter program, the letter said.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/26/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under:

God strikes Mian Tufail dead
[Geo News] Various political and religious leaders have expressed deep sorrow and grief over the sad demise of former chief Jamat-e-Islami (JI) Mian Tufail on Thursday. Leaders including Governor Punjab Salman Taseer, CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, Provincial Minister Raja Riaz, Finance Minister Punjab Tanveer Ashraf Kaira, Senator Pervez Rasheed, PML-N Quaid Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and others expressed condolence over the death of JI's former Chief Mian Tufail and prayed success for the departed soul in eternal life.
Posted by: Fred || 06/26/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [296 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Islami

India wants to sort out ‘unresolved issues’ with China
NEW DELHI - India’s defence minister on Thursday said New Delhi was committed to resolving its list of “complex, unresolved issues” with China through peaceful means, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

India says China occupies 38,000 square kilometres (14,670 square miles) of its territory, while Beijing claims 90,000 square kilometres of Indian territory, or the whole of the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. The two Asian neighbours fought a brief but bloody war in 1962.

“There is enough space for both India and China to grow into influential nations in the evolving international order,” Defence Minister A.K. Antony was quoted as saying at a military function in New Delhi. He said there were “complex unresolved issues” but added that “India believes that these should be resolved through peaceful means.”
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#1  Get the boxing gloves...
Posted by: mojo || 06/26/2009 13:31 Comments || Top||

#2  ION CHINA, CHINESE MIL FORUM > CHINA HAS "TENS OF THOUSANDS" OF LARGE-SCALE RIOTS EACH YEAR, ostens agz Party-Govt corruption and other abuses???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 06/26/2009 19:02 Comments || Top||

120 die in unrelenting heatwave across India
May they all be reborn as something better.
NEW DELHI - A searing heatwave across India has claimed at least 120 lives as officials warned that deficient rainfall may result in lower agricultural output and higher food prices, officials and news reports said Thursday. Soaring temperatures accompanied by power outages and water shortages sparked off angry protests in the national capital New Delhi and the financial hub of Mumbai.

Fifty-eight people died in eastern Orissa, the state worst-affected by the heatwave, VN Sahu, an official at the emergency control room in state capital Bhubaneshwar said on the telephone. In northern Uttar Pradesh state, 30 people have died of sunstroke, the Deccan Herald newspaper reported. Heat-related deaths have been reported since last month.

The monsoon rains, which usually hit eastern and northern India by the second week of June, were yet to arrive.

Temperatures of more than 40 degrees Celsius were recorded in large swathes of northern, central and eastern India over the past week. In the national capital New Delhi, daytime temperatures were hovering at 43 degrees Celsius in recent days, with weather officials forecasting no respite. The highest temperature recorded in Orissa was in the Sambalpur region where the mercury touched 46.2 degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile, 17 people have died since Monday in the eastern state of Jharkhand, which is reeling under scorching heat. In the neighbouring Bihar state, seven people died from heatstroke. Eight people died in the coastal district of Vishakapatnam in southern Andhra Pradesh which has also been in the grip of a heatwave over the past few weeks, media outlets reported.
Posted by: Steve White || 06/26/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [411 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If only the Goreacle could have been lured from his energy consuming lair, this tragedy could have been prevented. All praise the Gore Effect and its cooling powers!
Posted by: SteveS || 06/26/2009 21:26 Comments || Top||

#2  thousands could've sheltered in his shadow alone, but nooooooooo....
Posted by: Frank G || 06/26/2009 21:33 Comments || Top||

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WWII poison darts secret emerges
Top secret War Office papers have revealed a strange and macabre weapons project tested by the Allies during World War II.

Lethal clouds of tiny poisoned darts were to be tipped with mustard gas to kill enemy troops without damaging nearby buildings or equipment.

The file has been released by the National Archives.

Test results were inconclusive and although the scientists remained enthusiastic, the project was shelved. The concept was developed between 1941 and 1945 at the Porton Down research base in Wiltshire.

Research scientists thought clouds of poison darts, blasted from canisters high above the battlefield, could be even more lethal against enemy troop concentrations than high-explosive shells.

Mustard gas compounds in the needles would ensure anyone whose skin was broken would die a swift and horrible death, or at least have terrible injuries.

Assessing the effectiveness of the darts one report notes: "If penetrating into the flesh, will cause death if not plucked out within 30 seconds. If plucked out within this time, will cause disablement by collapse. Collapse occurs within one to five minutes, and death within 30 minutes."

A hand-written comment written next to this observed: "I doubt whether the darts can be plucked out. The paper tail would come off."

The scientists later pooled their knowledge with Canadian and American research teams. In one experiment, the Canadians had dressed sheep and goats in two layers of battledress material and positioned them across a wide area, some in trenches, to be exposed to the killer darts.

Scientists predicted that symptoms displayed by the animals would be similar to those affecting humans.

"The pulse becomes very slow and the blood pressure falls. The subject collapses and lies on its side with twitching muscles. Where the dose is lethal, death occurs on 30 minutes, usually preceded by convulsions."

Despite some initial success, the project did not always run completely to plan. When the scientists came to procure the needles needed for their experiments - it seems they caused not a little confusion.

An exchange of letters between Singer Sewing Machine Co. Ltd in Bristol and the Biology section at the experimental station in Porton Down illustrates how the need for secrecy stopped scientists explaining exactly what they needed the needles for.

One letter from Singer, dated December 24 1941, begins: "In reply to your letter of the 23rd instant, we are afraid we do not quite understand your requirements. From your remarks, it would seem that the needles are required for some other purpose, other than sewing machines."

Historians looking at the files today said they provided a "fantastic insight" into what the Allies were prepared to do to win the war.

Mark Dunton, a contemporary history specialist at the National Archives, said: "I have never heard of poisoned darts being used as a weapon of war in this way before. To our modern sensibilities it seems shocking and there's a real sense of viciousness about this weapon. But it shows the Allies were prepared to consider anything - no matter how gruesome - to secure a victory."

The file shows the darts were never used because they were a "highly uneconomical weapon" and only a small proportion of people would have been killed.
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#1  Chemical weapons were not used during WWII by mutual consent, which worked out well for the allies because the Nazis were way ahead of us in this field.
Posted by: Iblis || 06/26/2009 13:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't forget the Nazis used them on an industrial scale against civilians. They were just too scared to ever start using them against Allied forces.
Posted by: Bulldog || 06/26/2009 15:29 Comments || Top||

#3  To our modern sensibilities it seems shocking and there's a real sense of viciousness about this weapon. But it shows the Allies were prepared to consider anything - no matter how gruesome - to secure a victory

Yikes. A perfect expression of the moral confusion attached to unconventional munitions, then and now. You see, the injuries and painful deaths and maiming caused by bullets and explosives are, well, just not as bad as deaths and injuries caused by chemicals.

Also a nice touch with the shock about the Allies were willing to do "consider anything" to win. Really? I hadn't noticed, what with firebombings of cities, laying waste to half of Europe to drive the Germans out, and unsentimental and correct application of the Geneva Conventions when it came to executing (or torturing, in effect) spies.

And this guy is, um, an HISTORIAN.

Methinks a lot of the "restraint" involved with CW in WWII was simply practical - usefully applying such ordnance isn't so easy, especially in a war introducing true (mechanized) mobility to most of the land forces.

I've always thought that a "preparation" of Iwo Jima involving weeks and weeks of intense non-stop chemical bombardment might have been a good idea. Surely would have added to the limited impact of the conventional "typhoon of steel" applied.

Iwo might in fact be the exception to the rule that chemical ordnance in modern warfare has limited utility.
Posted by: Verlaine || 06/26/2009 18:32 Comments || Top||

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