Maria’s articles from today and yesterday
I’ve spent this week attending to matters other than the blog, but luckily there are several items of interest, and Maria’s been sending very interesting articles, which I am now able to link to:
For starters, don’t miss the CARNIVAL OF THE CLUELESS #32: THE “WHAT’S MY JIHAD?” EDITION
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is studying 12 hours of audio recordings between Saddam Hussein and his top advisers that may provide clues to the whereabouts of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.
CARTER: STILL NO CLUE (emphasis mine)
In what could only be taken as a direct attack on Bush’s electronic surveillance of suspected terrorists — a program Carter has repeatedly denounced as “illegal” — the ex-prez said of Mrs. King and her slain husband, Martin Luther King, “they became the targets of secret government wiretapping and other surveillance.”
True enough — though Carter couldn’t quite bring himself to note that the wire-tapping was conducted under Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, and was originally ordered by Attorney General Robert Kennedy, all Democrats.
Graduates unfit for work, say top firms
The Next Temptation of the Christian Church: churches into movie theaters?
The Pellicano briefing
Leaky Double Standard
What Hamas teaches us about Islam, Iraq, and democracy
On the cartoon jihad
Controversy is about culture clash, not cartoons
Iranian fingerprints on cartoon-rage riots? Lebanese leader accuses Tehran of plotting torchings with Syria
Cartoons from the Arab World
THE ‘CARTOON RIOTS’: EUROPE’S NEW TIME OF TESTING
First they came for Israel, then they came for America…
Point of no return
When some honcho in the international terrorist network is captured in Afghanistan or Iraq, and the phone numbers in his computer are found by his American captors, it is only a matter of time before his capture becomes news broadcast around the world.
In the hour or two before that happens, his contacts within the United States may continue to use the phones they have been using. Listening in on their conversations during that brief window of opportunity can provide valuable information on enemies within our midst who are dedicated to our destruction.
Precious time can be wasted filing legalistic documents to get some judge’s permission to tap the domestic terrorists’ phones before CBS or CNN broadcasts the news of the captured terrorist leader overseas and the domestic terrorists stop using the phones that they had used before to talk with him.
With Iran advancing step by step toward nuclear weapons, while the Europeans wring their hands and the United Nations engages in leisurely discussion, this squeamishness about tapping terrorists’ phone contacts in the United States is grotesque.
Has anyone been paying attention to the audacity of the terrorists? Some in the media seem mildly amused that Palestinian terrorists are threatening Denmark because of editorial cartoons that they found offensive.
From Maria, in a lighter mode
Russia aghast as red tape causes vodka shortage, and the ice age hasn’t even arrived yet.
Good news for Steve: Low-Fat Diet Does Not Cut Health Risks, Study Finds
Wonders of modern science: Exploding ink and a Cannabis cough cure. But is the whoopy cushion only a fad?