Sergeant Keith Matthew Maupin -- R.I.P.
The father of Sergeant Matt Maupin says the Army has informed him his son's remains have been identified in Iraq.
Lt. Lee Packnett, an Army public affairs officer in Washington,
confirmed that the Maupins were notified Sunday that their son's
remains had been identified. Packnett said an official statement about
the identification would be released Monday.
Matt Maupin was a 20-year-old private first class when he was
captured April 9, 2004, after his fuel convoy, part of the 724th
Transportation Company, was ambushed west of Baghdad.
Prayers and condolences for the family and friends of Sergeant Maupin. I sincerely hope his killers have already been sent to hell.
More Talk Of WarHugo Chavez continues to accuse others of wanting war after he moved troops to his border with Colombia. Now, it's John McCain.
"McCain seems to be a man of war too. He said
yesterday that Bush has been very tolerant with Chavez. He's gone to
Iraq to offer more weapons and more dollars — and more war," Chavez
said. "God save us — and beyond God, may the people of the United
States save us from greater madness."
He should be placed on the State Department's list of nations that are supporters of terrorism. Period.
Chavez Is Upset Again *Corrected*
Hugo Chavez is upset again with Columbia, this time because the Defense Minister made a public statement that their raid into Ecuador that killed the #2 leader of FARC was justified.
"For the love of god, President Uribe, don't allow this.
The government of Colombia is in your hands, send a message to
the spokesmen of war," he told a cheering crowd.
When I wrote about this back on the 7th of March, I said that Chavez would look for any excuse to rekindle tensions as an excuse to invade Colombia. I haven't seen anything yet to make that seem less likely.
Ecuador's attorney general said the government was
considering trying Colombian officials in international courts
for their part in the attack.
Because the international courts are bastions of justice. Feh.
He's probably upset with Colombia as well. Touch'e!
Posted by: Machinist teh knucklehead at 25 March 2008@03:22:57 (yFIK0)
Yep. Just about to drop off and realized what I had written. Figures you would have caught it, heh. Karmic justice.
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 25 March 2008@04:06:01 (Q5ggV)
Columbia has brought in Interpol to check the harddrives in the laptops they recovered in the raid. Once Interpol verifies the data is legit, we'll have actual, solid evidence that Hugo actively supports terrorists...
Posted by: swj719 at 25 March 2008@14:58:34 (xNyOl)
As opposed to his meetings with Cuba, Iran, Russia, Belarus, Iraq (under Saddam), etc...? Interpol is going to find a ton of legitimate information connecting Chavez to FARC and terrorism... what remains to be seen is what will come of it.
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 26 March 2008@01:59:53 (Q5ggV)
States Balk At Real ID
I can't help but notice that this article mentions some extremely weak objections to State ID Cards meeting a Federal Standard before being accepted at a Federal level. If someone is entering a Federal Building or boarding a plane, their identity should be established in a reliable manner.
At issue is a law known as Real ID that would require new security
measures for state-issued driver's licenses. The Bush administration
says the law, passed after the Sept. 11 attacks, will hinder
terrorists, con artists and illegal immigrants. Opponents say it will
cost too much and weaken privacy protections.
And how much did 9/11 cost? How about illegal aliens? Voter fraud? Identity theft? Why would any responsible agency be resistant to reliable identification? The argument about weakened privacy is just as flawed. If they're talking about that information being accessed inappropriately, that happens now. There is no reason to think that the information will be less secure and every reason to believe that misuse will be identified quicker than it is now because it can be cross-referenced faster.
What expectation of privacy should there be in boarding a commercial flight or entering a Federal Building? Even without a Real ID standard identification card, any person can still fly or conduct their business inside a Federal Building once they've undergone a secondary screening. If they don't like the idea of a secondary screening... get a Real ID compliant identification card or don't try to engage in activities that require reliable identification.
This should have been done a long time ago. Nobody is being forced to get a particular ID card and it's not a National Registration. All it's doing is making sure that a state driver's license will provide a reliable identification of that person... a minimum standard. What good is an ID card that doesn't ID someone reliably?
But I Thought We Went To War For The Oil?
Barack Obama said today that the Iraq War was to blame for higher oil prices in a slumping economy.
"When you're spending over $50 to fill up your car because the price of oil is four times what it was before Iraq,
you're paying a price for this war," Obama said. "When Iraq is costing
each household about $100 a month, you're paying a price for this war."
So if we went to war for cheap oil, why are prices going up? Of course, if prices had gone down, he would blame the Iraq War for hastening Global Warming, right? Nothing is so good that it can't be spun negatively... against America if possible. What a tool.
There is a little wheat in what he's saying, amid all the chaff: what's been going on for the last five years in Iraq has certainly had an impact on oil prices. But it's an impact you can't readily measure, and of course the Chinese and Indians and everyone else would be buying just as much, if not more, oil.
And there is the obvious truth that if Iraq were not so well endowed with oil, we wouldn't have bothered with Saddam, and he wouldn't have had the resources to become worth bothering about.
Posted by: kishnevi at 21 March 2008@13:34:47 (FFHuv)
2And there is the obvious truth that if Iraq were not so well endowed
with oil, we wouldn't have bothered with Saddam, and he wouldn't have
had the resources to become worth bothering about.
I would agree with that much of it. It seems disingenuous for the left to claim we went to war because of oil, then complain because we didn't take any.
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 21 March 2008@15:08:14 (Q5ggV)
Shhhh.... It's Secret
Plans for the new headquarters of Canada's Counter-Terror Unit were found in a trashcan in Ottawa.
The 26 blueprints, bearing a Department of
National Defense stamp, reportedly show everything from the location of
the security fence to the floor plan of the new home of the Canadian
Joint Incident Response Unit, the Ottawa Citizen reported.
Did Sandy Burger get a work visa to Canada and nobody noticed?
Hamas Terrorists Fail Mid-Terms, One Gets An "Incomplete"
Two Palestinian terrorists blew themselves up after "mishandling" explosives at a training center.
Palestinian militants accidentally set
off a large blast at a Hamas training base in the central Gaza Strip on
Thursday, killing two members of the violent Islamic group and wounding
another, a Palestinian medical official said.
Too bad it wasn't during the comprehensive final exam, but splodey-dopes should always be this competent. Preferably in large peer-group sessions.
This is a good idea, but why are the Olympics being held in China in the first place? What did the selection committee think would happen? If they treated China as a responsible nation they would start to act like one?
Moves to punish China over its handling
of violence in Tibet gained momentum Tuesday, with a novel suggestion
for a mini-boycott of the Beijing Olympics by VIPs at the opening
Having the Heads-of-State skip the Opening Ceremonies would send a great message. I like this even better:
U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Darryl Seibel said there are no rules forcing athletes to attend opening ceremonies.
The Olympic rules forbid any open protest or political expression by the individual athletes, and rightly so. They are there to compete and represent their country, not to try and set foreign policy. They can protest or give interviews all they want before and after the Olympics, but should keep their personal politics to themselves while competing.
I like the thought of everyone skipping the Opening Ceremonies, athletes and world leaders, but it should be an individual decision and they should keep their reasons to themselves until after the Games are over.
Final Question: Why is this idea coming out from the European Union?
Final Question: Why is this idea coming out of the European Union?
Because it's ineffectual? Because they're using St. Jimmeh as a role model?
As I've snarked elsewhere, sure, it worked so well in 1980, why, 9 years later the USSR fell and it was all because of the boycott!!!
And as I saw someone note at Ace's today, Nazi Germany fell just 9 years after the '36 Olympics. So in 9 years commie China will become democratic!!!!
They should never have given them to the Chinese. It's like that Dean of what, Columbia? who attacked Ahmadinejihad after inviting him. I thought that was petty, if he felt that way he should have boycotted the speech and said why or kept him from coming, not attack him in that childish manner.
The only difference between a boycott this year and 1980 is that in 1980 the people being screwed were pretty much all under 20 and were most likely never going to get the chance again. Now? Many are pro-athletes and will likely be back in 4 years.
Posted by: Veeshir at 19 March 2008@10:50:12 (zXUuJ)
Not a full boycott Veeshir, just the Opening Ceremonies. I agree about a total boycott... causes more problems than it solves.
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 19 March 2008@11:51:17 (Q5ggV)
I would suggest that any boycott makes you look ineffectual, weak and useless. Again, that's why the EUnuchs are for it. That's their specialty.
Denying the commies the Olympics in the first place was the way to go. I mean, is anybody really surprised that China murders dissenters?
Since they gave them the Olympics in the first place, they tacitly approved of the detention and murder of political dissidents, to act all upset about it now is just lame and an exercise in trying to convince me they are Shocked! Shocked! I tell you that commie dictators are oppressive and murderous.
My favorite was the local despot saying that the security forces didn't carry guns and most of the dead were either killed by the rioters or died while trying to escape. That's what cartoon/Hollywood villains say.
Posted by: Veeshir at 19 March 2008@12:33:41 (zXUuJ)
The first line in the post argued that China shouldn't have gotten the Olympics in the first place. Complaining about it now, without doing anything further, would be ineffectual, weak, and useless. Not doing anything at all is tacitly condoning them, or that's what they will believe anyway. Shaming them goes farther in their culture than it would in ours, so boycotting the Opening Ceremonies can at least send that message without depriving our athletes their opportunity to compete.
I would just as soon stop having the Olympics if countries like China can host them. It makes a mockery of what the Olympics were intended to represent. The fact that professionals were allowed to compete was bad enough, the whole program is a joke now. I don't watch any of it on TV and probably never will. I don't see the point.
Posted by: Stashiu3 at 20 March 2008@02:35:06 (Q5ggV)
Just For Self-Defense
The 57-year-old man who was in a coma after being exposed to a deadly poison in his hotel room has told his brother it was just "for self-defense".
"He just confirmed that it was not intended for anybody," Erich
Bergendorff said in a telephone interview from his home north of San Diego in Escondido "It was something that would be used for his own purposes, for self-defense."
Ricin is illegal for individuals to make or possess any reason. Saying it was for self-defense is ludicrous.
Police say they also found firearms in the room, along with castor
beans — from which ricin is derived — and four "anarchists cookbooks"
in the room, marked at sections describing how to make ricin. But
officials have said they have not found evidence in the motel room or
elsewhere of contamination and have downplayed the possibility that
Roger Bergendorff posed a threat.
Nope, just a patriotic American attempting to exercise his Second Amendment rights and being oppressed by our fascist government. I really hate the MSM... really. They'll downplay domestic terrorism because 'that's what the police told them'... but call the police and the administration liars and incompetents when the story disturbs their narrative.
Give Chavez What He Wants
South American thug Hugo Chavez wants to be put on the United States' list of "State Sponsors of Terrorism" so they "can shove it".
"They threatened to put us on the list of terrorists that
they've got there. Great, let them make their list and shove it
in their ... pocket," Chavez said with a pause for comic
Interesting. I've written before about this dictator here, and here, and here. Notably (perhaps only to me, heh), in the comments of that last post I stated:
By putting them on the list, we stop buying their oil. Stop buying
their oil, their economy takes the hit. The economy takes the hit, the
people take a more active role in removing the problem, which is Chavez.
they're already disaffected with his policies because it screws up
their lives, they're going to become more disaffected if continuing his
policies screw up their lives even further. Nationalism isn't going to
save him because he's beaten that horse to death already. Besides, they
are a state sponsor of
terrorism, let's call it as we see it and let the chips fall where they
may. That's the morally courageous path.
"Please don't throw me in that briar patch! put me on that State Sponsor of Terrorism List!" Br'er Rabbit Chavez doesn't want on that list because then we don't buy his oil. The thing to do is, give him what he says he wants and let him reap that harvest.
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