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-Lurid Crime Tales-
"Bottom" story of the day -- literally!
Police say woman pinned boyfriend to wall with buttocks

A Nitro woman was arrested for allegedly fighting with her boyfriend and keeping him against his will. Constance Ann Hertel, 48, of Kanawha Avenue, had been arguing with her boyfriend for several hours Friday, and when the man tried to leave she wouldn't let him, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

According to the complaint, when the man tried to pack his belongings, Hertel came into his bedroom and threw a screwdriver at him, hitting him in the back. She also struck him in the torso with a plastic cup, the complaint said.
Gee, that must have hurt. Hrrrrmph.
Nitro Police Patrolman T.A. Fouch said in the report that Hertel then pinned the man against the wall with her buttocks, and as he tried to free himself, she grabbed him around the head and scratched him across the chest.

She was charged with domestic battery.
Shouldn't that be "domestic butt-ery"?
Posted by: Mike || 12/12/2007 16:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "pinned the man against the wall with her buttocks, and ... grabbed him around the head and scratched him across the chest"

Lessee - she's got him pinned with her ass, while managing to grab his head and scratch his chest.*

Who the hell is she - Rubberwoman?

*Which Bill Clinton would pay money for.... (except he never pays)
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 12/12/2007 16:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Baby got back?

(Sorry, someone had to say it.)
Posted by: no mo uro || 12/12/2007 17:50 Comments || Top||

Mafia museum to open in Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas is building a museum about some of its founding fathers and most influential figures — guys with names like Bugsy, Lefty and Lansky.

The mob museum will stand as frank acknowledgment of the major role mobsters played in developing Las Vegas into the gambling capital of America and giving the city its rakish glamour during the 1940s and '50s.

"Let's be brutally honest, warts and all. This is more than legend. It's fact," said Mayor Oscar Goodman, a former defense attorney whose clients once included mobsters Meyer Lansky and Anthony "Tony the Ant" Spilotro. "This is something that differentiates us from other cities."

The project has gained the support of the FBI and is guided by a retired FBI agent. They say they are involved because you can't tell the stories of Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, his banker, Lansky, casino boss Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal and others without telling the story of the lawmen who pursued them.

"This is a way to connect with the public and show the results of our work," said Dan McCarron, a spokesman for the FBI in Washington. . . .

Just remember: what happens in the museum stays in the museum.
Posted by: Mike || 12/12/2007 13:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Organized crime eventually was driven out of Las Vegas in the 1970s and '80s by the FBI, local police and prosecutors, state crackdowns and hotel purchases by corporate interests.

Posted by: tu3031 || 12/12/2007 15:27 Comments || Top||

#2  Nice museum ya got there. Be a shame if something happened to it.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/12/2007 16:30 Comments || Top||

#3  The Mafias, etc were weakened vv RICO Act which gener put the burden on personages to prove they were NOT mafiosi nor engaged in illegal or criminal acts, RICO also gave the Feds, etc. wider powers + longer lead times to investigate and confiscate any and all assets, direct or indirect, used in mafia activities = being investigated for mafia activties. It doesn't matter anymore under RICO how many times an asset is legally or deceptively sold or resold to avoid investigation = prosecution - RICO gives the Feds authority to confiscate it anyway. "I HAVE A LAWYER(S)" may no longer matter becuz, broadly-speaking, RICO > the Feds may assume that one's attorneys are part of the mafia activity, and not just a narrow-scope legal defender. THE FEDS EXPECT MAFIOSI, ETC. TO DO ANYTHING, EVERYTHING TO PROTECT THEMSELVES LEGALLY = USE LEGAL COVER.

Lastly, it didn't help the Mafias that the younger generations seemingly don't have the patience, extensive networks, personal and other group skills or protective "ethics" that their predecessors did, i.e. prefer to betray, destroy, or otherwise sell each other out than work together or protect each other???

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/12/2007 20:19 Comments || Top||

#4  So did Harry Reid sneak this in with Hillary's Woodstock Hippie Museum grant?
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/12/2007 20:57 Comments || Top||

#5  So crime does pay, big.
Posted by: Cliter Oppressor of the Antelope7808 || 12/12/2007 21:26 Comments || Top||

#6  Because we all know that the mob no longer operates in Vegas.
Posted by: Whomong Guelph4611 || 12/12/2007 21:57 Comments || Top||

Man Dressed as Robot Heckles Bill Clinton. Then it Gets Weird....
OWA CITY -- Former Presidents are used to hecklers, but a robot? Bill Clinton was speaking in Iowa City Monday when a man dressed in a silver metallic suit made a scene.
"Gort! Klaatu barada nicto!"
The protester said he wanted Clinton to apologize for a comment he made in 1992 about a rapper named Sister Souljah and then threw colored cards of color into the air. As the protester was being escorted out of the room,
"Don't tase me, bro!"
Clinton told him he needed to find a more environmentally-friendly way to protest.
Bill clearly got the best of that exchange.
Posted by: Mike || 12/12/2007 07:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6499 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That's a pretty shit retort by Clinton.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/12/2007 8:07 Comments || Top||

#2  What should Clinton have said?

Post now!
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/12/2007 8:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Is this the professor who got dressed up in a robot suit to call for robots' rights (and heckle Mr. Clinton)?
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/12/2007 8:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Not what he should have said, but what he meant was: You got a sister?
Posted by: Spot || 12/12/2007 8:35 Comments || Top||

#5  "Say you look about as cold hearted as my dyke wife, that's metal pants to you buddy"
Posted by: Clem || 12/12/2007 8:43 Comments || Top||

#6  "I thought his performance was a bit wooden": Monica Lewinsky.

Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/12/2007 9:01 Comments || Top||

#7  Well, if you'd take off that metallic robot suit once in awhile, all those secret messages I've been sending you might've gotten through. Including my apology to Sista Souljah, and who shot Biggie and Tupac. Take off the suit and check your galactic voicemail and you'll see I'm not lyin...
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/12/2007 9:50 Comments || Top||

#8  Maybe,

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto!
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 12/12/2007 10:08 Comments || Top||

#9  If he would have said that, then done the robot dance on stage for a few seconds, his stock would have went up even in my book.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 12/12/2007 10:10 Comments || Top||

#10  and then threw colored cards into the air

Is talking about colored cards considered sinktrap bait?
Posted by: SteveS || 12/12/2007 10:31 Comments || Top||

#11  "You have violated Robot's Rules of Order and will be asked to leave the future immediately."
Posted by: mojo || 12/12/2007 11:35 Comments || Top||

#12  In the comments boxes at the website where I found this story, there is this little gem:

He should have given this review of the Clinton Presidency:

"Sin! Tax! Error"
Posted by: Mike || 12/12/2007 11:41 Comments || Top||

#13  Now I know who used up all the Segway parking.
Posted by: mhw || 12/12/2007 11:47 Comments || Top||

#14  Put down your cigar. You have ten seconds to comply.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/12/2007 12:04 Comments || Top||

#15  I'm guessing it wasn't a female robot.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/12/2007 12:44 Comments || Top||

#16  OK, grom wins this thread! ;-p
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 12/12/2007 16:52 Comments || Top||

#17  Awwwww, #8 beat me to it.

ION possib as per GUAM, SPACE.com > ARTHUR C. CLARKE's MARTIAN "BANYAN TREES" HAVE BEEN CHOPPED DOWN. Clarke's show remains very popular here.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 12/12/2007 21:24 Comments || Top||

#18  Klatu! Barada! Nicto!
Posted by: Cromert || 12/12/2007 23:35 Comments || Top||

2 hurt in Las Vegas bus shooting
Two students were critically injured and four others hurt when they came under fire as they left a school bus in Las Vegas, US police say. The six were all either middle or high school students and were shot just before 1400 (2200 GMT), the Associated Press news agency reports. At least two people are believed to have taken part in the shootings, a police officer said.
Posted by: lotp || 12/12/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The US Police? Weren't they the guys who sent in Snake Plisken?
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/12/2007 10:41 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Dummy of the Day submission
BERLIN - A man nearly died from alcohol poisoning after quaffing two pints of vodka at an airport security check instead of handing it over to comply with new rules about carrying liquids aboard a plane, police said Wednesday.

The incident occurred Tuesday at the Nuremberg airport, where the 64-year-old man was switching planes on his way home to Dresden from a vacation in Egypt. New airport rules prohibit passengers from carrying larger quantities of liquid onto planes, and he was told at a security check he would have to either throw out the bottle of vodka or pay a fee to have his carry-on bag checked. Instead, he chugged the vodka — and was quickly unable to stand or otherwise function, police said.

A doctor called to the scene determined he had possibly life-threatening alcohol poisoning, and he was sent to a Nuremberg clinic for treatment. The man, whose name was not released, is expected to be able to go home in a few days.
Posted by: Seafarious || 12/12/2007 17:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

Bottom story of the day
When George Clooney made a recent trip to the United Emirates in Dubai, he made it clear that he would not be a candidate in the United States upcoming presidential election.
Posted by: Mike || 12/12/2007 15:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oh. My. Whatever. Will. We. Do....
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/12/2007 16:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Of course he isn't.

Michael Douglas already got that role....
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 12/12/2007 16:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, we should vote for any actor who runs for political office. After all, they are better looking, have better hair, and pretend to be someone else a lot better than the average person.
Other than that, they are collectively dumber than a box of rocks.
Posted by: Rambler || 12/12/2007 17:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Reagan did all right...
Posted by: tu3031 || 12/12/2007 17:08 Comments || Top||

#5  But Clooney the Scourge is no Reagan.
Posted by: Korora || 12/12/2007 20:15 Comments || Top||

Great moments in Human Resources #26
A soon-to-be former AOL employee confirms the rumors of mid-December layoff. The holidays are always an embarrassing time to let employees go, but what's worse is the way management delivered the bad news. Our source tells us that "when the brain trusts sent out the holiday party email they only sent it to people who would still be here -- even though some of us hadn't been notified we were on the block yet." Dear employee, you're not invited to continue working at the company. Yours cordially
Posted by: Mike || 12/12/2007 09:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "The bad news is you no longer have a job. But the good news is you get a separation package - a package of complimentary AOL CDs!"
Posted by: Pappy || 12/12/2007 14:31 Comments || Top||

#2  You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. Just email and a good browser.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/12/2007 16:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Geez, laying off people at Christmas....

A couple of jobs ago, I (along with several others) had a job that was going to be eliminated at the end of the budget year. Upper management decided this around May or June - just a cost-savings measure, nothing personal.

Of course, the end of the budget year was also the end of the year - and they intended to wait until December to tell us. Two problems with that: One was the middle managers told them that since they'd already made the decision, it was rotten of them not to tell us right away so we could look for other jobs within the company, and if upper management didn't tell us soon, middle management would.

The other problem, which they didn't know about, was we already knew about it (one of our group had a friend in the right place). So I started planning long before I was officially told (they looked truly puzzled that I wasn't upset when they did tell me - in August).

I can't tell you how grateful I was not to be able to find a job within the company. :-D

We got a severance package, of course,which helped, and there were some lean years ahead, but the free-lance work I did in the ensuing years eventually helped me land my present job - which I LOVE.

So it can be a blessing - or a curse - depending on your attitude and your skills. I wish the AOL layoff-ees the best.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 12/12/2007 16:42 Comments || Top||

#4  Lucky for you, Barb! (Waves across the room - how's the industrial-capacity popcorn-popper holding up!)
I had one company close, out from under me, but I was a trusted employee and knew right away. Closed the books, cleaned out the office, worked from home at 3/4th pay to meet the client obligations. The CEO did define "until August" to mean the first of the month, whereas I am sure he had originally said until the end of the month, but no biggie. The next place I worked for full-time, the usual warning of a case of unemployment was an abrupt and mysterious change in the combination to the employee enterance.

I have had friends who had places of employment fold between one day and the next and owing several weeks of pay to legitimatly surprised employees, so in the grand scheme of things, AOL is a couple of steps up.

Thank god for a military pension...
Posted by: Sgt. Mom || 12/12/2007 20:28 Comments || Top||

#5  Popper's doing well, Mom - just came off preventive maintenance. Waves back.

Congrats on the book-signing. Unfortunately you'll probably never get Hollyweird interested in your stories - they make too much sense. (And Holly isn't called weird for nothing.)
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 12/12/2007 22:45 Comments || Top||

After a Window Washer’s 47-Floor Plunge, the Big Question Is: How Did He Survive?
A 29-year-old man plunges 17 stories in the atrium of a hotel in Minneapolis, landing on an overhang.

A 22-year-old amateur sky diver goes into free fall more than a mile above the earth when his main parachute and reserve chute fail to open. He lands in a three-foot-deep duck pond.

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Posted by: anonymous5089 || 12/12/2007 09:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Their guardian agnels got the "Employee of the Month" award.
Posted by: Mike || 12/12/2007 9:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Save the Window Washer! Save the World!
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/12/2007 10:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Sounds like City Wide Window Cleaning of Jamaica may have some splaining to do.
Posted by: bigjim-ky || 12/12/2007 10:49 Comments || Top||

#4  The company has not returned calls since the accident, and Ms. Moreno said no one from City Wide had called her to express condolences.

They probably don't speak Spanish.
Posted by: gromky || 12/12/2007 11:04 Comments || Top||

#5  Reminds me of the story about the Window Washer who had himself cloned but the clone cussed constantly. One da, while working at the top of a building, the window Washer had enough and pushed the clone off. He was later chatged with making an obscene clone-fall.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 12/12/2007 11:58 Comments || Top||

#6  *groan*
Posted by: Dave D. || 12/12/2007 12:03 Comments || Top||

#7  *giggle*
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/12/2007 12:39 Comments || Top||

#8  You are charged with using an offensive spoonerism. You have an obligation to remain silent. Anything you do say will not be recorded.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 12/12/2007 13:04 Comments || Top||

#9  There are lots of variables to falling. The most important is if it is a free fall, or if your way down in blocked en route, bouncing off of things, and slowing you down.

The next most important thing is what you land on, as a tree or bush could act like a spring and absorb a lot of momentum.

After that, is your position when you hit. There is a group of natives that regularly jump off of high waterfalls to land in only a foot or so of water. While falling, they look like they are praying, with their knees bent under themselves and their toes pointed down, with their hands together in front of them.

They discovered that this posture is the best way of absorbing impact in those circumstances, without injury or with minimal injury.

However, in other circumstances, landing spread eagled, face first, might result in *least* injury, though you will be injured, and *least* possibility of lethal internal injuries. But you will often have a broken nose, jaw, ribs, hips, knees and feet. But alive.

Parachutists have noted the rather gruesome bit that when someone free falls from a high aircraft, often on the first bounce they momentarily look okay, even though they are thoroughly busted up inside, then with the second bounce, their body flies apart.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 12/12/2007 13:44 Comments || Top||

#10  Reminds me a a Reader's Digest story I read in the '50's (yes I am actually that damn old). Gunner on a bomber fell 18,000' without a parachute and lived - broken back but fairly minimal for the gravity debt involved. They think the major factor was that he went thru some fairly tall and heavy pine trees.
Posted by: Betty Thavirong2564 || 12/12/2007 15:20 Comments || Top||

#11  It 'aint the fall that gets you, it's that sudden stop at the botom (W, C, Fields, I think)
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 12/12/2007 18:28 Comments || Top||

#12  Damn Deacon, ugg oh ow oh no...uhnnnnnn my bod is groaning all over!

Posted by: Creck Untervehr1539 || 12/12/2007 18:46 Comments || Top||

#13  Creck Untervehr1539 = RD
Posted by: RD || 12/12/2007 18:47 Comments || Top||

#14  It is important to remember the tale of the man named "Tougher than Airborne". He was going through the Airborne school at Ft. Benning, when he had both a primary and reserve chute failure. Everybody saw him plummet to Earth, and all the black hat instructors and emergency personnel went out to where he had landed.

He actually left most of a full body indentation in the ground, and as they reached him, he rolled over onto his back. Blood was running out both nostrils. He opened his eyes and said to them:

"If this Airborne shit gets any harder, I don't think I'm going to make it." Then he passed out.

He woke up wearing his wings, and for the rest of his military career was immortalized as "Tougher than Airborne".
Posted by: Anonymoose || 12/12/2007 19:50 Comments || Top||

#15  "Blood on the Risers"

He was just a rookie trooper and he surely shook with fright
He checked all his equipment and made sure his pack was tight;
He had to sit and listen to those awful engines roar,
"You ain't gonna jump no more!"
Gory, gory, what a helluva way to die,
Gory, gory, what a helluva way to die,
Gory, gory, what a helluva way to die,
He ain't gonna jump no more!
"Is everybody happy?" cried the Sergeant looking up,
Our Hero feebly answered "Yes," and then they stood him up;''
He jumped into the icy blast, his static line unhooked,
And he ain't gonna jump no more.
He counted long, he counted loud, he waited for the shock,
He felt the wind, he felt the cold, he felt the awful drop,
The silk from his reserve spilled out and wrapped around his legs,
And he ain't gonna jump no more.
The risers swung around his neck, connectors cracked his dome,
Suspension lines were tied in knots around his skinny bones;
The canopy became his shroud; he hurtled to the ground.
And he ain't gonna jump no more.
The days he'd lived and loved and laughed kept running through his mind,
He thought about the girl back home, the one he'd left behind;
He thought about the medicos and wondered what they'd find,
And he ain't gonna jump no more.
The ambulance was on the spot, the jeeps were running wild,
The medics jumped and screamed with glee, rolled up their sleeves and smiled,
For it had been a week or more since last a 'chute had failed,
And he ain't gonna jump no more.
He hit the ground, the sound was "Splatt," his blood went spurting high,
His comrades then were heard to say: "A helluva way to die!"
He lay there rolling round in the welter of his gore,
And he ain't gonna jump no more.
There was blood upon the risers, there were brains upon the chute,
Intestines were a'dangling from his Paratrooper suit,
He was a mess; they picked him up, and poured him from his boots,
And he ain't gonna jump no more
(CHORUS — slowly, solemnly)
Gory, gory, what a helluva way to die,
Gory, gory, what a helluva way to die,
Gory, gory, what a helluva way to die,
He ain't gonna jump no more!

Posted by: Steve || 12/12/2007 20:59 Comments || Top||

Blasphemy convict acquitted by LHC
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday acquitted a blasphemy convict, Muhammad Sharif, and observed that the police should not register such cases without checking veracity of the facts. The LHC accepted Sharif’s appeal against his conviction and acquitted him from the charge. On June 23, 2005, an additional sessions judge had sentenced Sharif to life imprisonment with a fine of Rs 50,000. The LHC stated that the legal requirements of lodging such a case had not been fulfilled and the prosecution had also failed to prove the allegation. The Gujranwala police had lodged a case against Sharif for allegedly uttering derogatory remarks about Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Posted by: Fred || 12/12/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

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  al-Abssi is in Syria and Fatah al-Isalm is in Gaza
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