A Beeb and blog round-up

Students go on rampage in China

Hundreds of students have rioted against the police in central China.

Witnesses said the unrest, in the city of Zhengzhou in Henan province, was sparked on Wednesday after a student was beaten by police.

She had been selling items on the street, apparently without a license. There was an argument and reports say officials broke her front teeth.

At this point other students began to gather round and witnesses say hundreds clashed with police and burned cars.


While the G8 guys fret about Global Warming, Cold snap prompts Peru emergency and April freeze hurts Kentucky farmers

Meanwhile the North Koreans are firing missiles and the Lebanese are bombing Palestinians and no one at the G8’s complaining. Imagine if Israel was doing that…

Speaking of the G8, this would be a good picture for a caption contest:


The Anchoress has an excellent discussion over immigration, and another one on Pres.Bush that are must-reads.

Gerard has the Memo from Israel to Palestine (h/t Larwyn)


Via Maria, Who is Nicolas Sarkozy? What to expect from France’s new president, scion of one of the oldest Jewish families of Salonika, Greece

In a lighter mode:
Separated at birth?

  • Arrogance has to be earned. Tell me what you’ve done to earn yours – Dr House
  • Believe fervently in miracles, so that you too can be plucked from the Sea of Stupidity – Siggy

On the other hand, has anyone seen Hugh Laurie and Siggy in the same place at the same time?


Pres. Bush’s speech at the US Coastguard Academy

Updated with video. Please scroll down

Today President Bush delivers the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. I took part in a bloggers’s conference call with the White House this morning regarding the points Pres. Bush made during his speech, as follows,

Osama bin Laden sent Iraqi-born terrorist Abd Al-Hadi Al-Iraqi to Iraq:
– According to our intelligence community, Abd al-Hadi had been a senior advisor to bin Laden and served as his top commander in Afghanistan. Abd Al-Hadi never made it to Iraq. He was captured late last year, and he was recently transferred to the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay.

In January 2005, Osama Bin Laden tasked terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi with forming a cell to conduct terrorist attacks outside Iraq:
– Bin Laden emphasized that America should be Zarqawi’s number one priority in terms of foreign attacks
, and Zarqawi welcomed this direction and claimed that he had already come up with some good proposals.

– Bin Laden then tasked one of his top terrorist operatives, Hamza Rabia to send Zarqawi a briefing on al Qaeda’s external operations, including information about operations against the American homeland.

– Our intelligence community reports that a senior al Qaeda leader, Abu Faraj al-Libi went further and suggested that bin Laden actually send Rabia to Iraq to help plan external operations. Abu Faraj later speculated that if this effort proved successful, al Qaeda might one day prepare the majority of its external operations from Iraq.

– In May 2005, Abu Faraj was captured and taken into CIA custody. Several months later, in December 2005, Rabia was killed in Pakistan. And several months after that, in June of 2006, the terrorist Zarqawi was killed by American forces in Iraq. Successes like these are blows to al Qaeda and a testament to steps we have taken to strengthen our intelligence, work closely with partners overseas, and keep the pressure on the enemy by staying on the offense.

As Lawrence Wright said, al-Qaeda’s happy if the US stays in Iraq because the civil war’s serves their purposes; al-Qaeda’s happy if the US withdraws and leaves a likely genocide, spreading to other countries.

Death is what al-Qaeda is selling; and defeat them we must.

The speech is being broadcast live right now on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

Update: Video:

Update: And Now, Al-Qaida In Lebanon


Saint Dymphna, and today’s items

Before I start on today’s items, I’d like my visitors to know that I’m not in the area affected by the brush fires. My thanks to the friends who asked, who actually learned about the fire before I did.


Dymphna celebrates the feast of her patron saint,

Dear President Bush:

Not to worry. So another lunatic left-wing therapist has decided that you’re looney tunes, and of course Newsweek swallows this malarkey and spits back out at us, but what does that prove beyond another manifestation of BDS?

Ace looks at Newsweek. (h/t Larwyn)


Ich bin ein American… (h/t Maria)

Doug Ross has a bright idea for a post.
Dr Sowell writes about The Anger Of The Left (h/t Maria)

Fitness in Less Time Than You Think? Janet-my-personal-trainer had me doing 80 cruches yesterday.

It felt like a lot longer than it took.


Did you listen to Thursday’s podcast on Tony Blair, and Friday’s on Israel yet?