Archive for March, 2009

The real central front in terror

David Kilcullen, an Australian, an expert in counterinsurgency doctrine, and a top advisor to Gen. David Petreaus in Iraq, was asked in a recent interview in the Washington Post to identify “the real central front in the war on terror.”

His answer was Pakistan. Why?

“Pakistan is 173 million people, 100 nuclear weapons, an army bigger than the U.S. Army, and al-Qaeda headquarters sitting right there in the two-thirds of the country that the government doesn’t control. The Pakistani military and police and intelligence service don’t follow the civilian government; they are essentially a rogue state within a state. We’re now reaching the point where within one to six months we could see the collapse of the Pakistani state, also because of the global financial crisis, which just exacerbates all these problems. . . . The collapse of Pakistan, al-Qaeda acquiring nuclear weapons, an extremist takeover — that would dwarf everything we’ve seen in the war on terror today.”

Well, if you …

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…. which under the user-generated-content model, you will now provide:

From CNN:

The Rocky Mountain News, gone. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, gone.

The chain that owns the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune is in bankruptcy. Other papers, large and small, are teetering on the brink.

On Monday, the Ann Arbor (Michigan) News announced that it will publish its last edition in July. Taking its place will be a Web site called AnnArbor.com.

Three other Michigan newspapers announced Monday they are reducing their publications to three days a week. The Flint Journal, The Saginaw News and The Bay City Times will publish print editions on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, according to the mlive.com Web site, as research shows those are the highest readership days for newspapers.

And the Charlotte Observer announced Monday it will cut its staff by 14.6 percent and reduce the pay of most of the employees it keeps.

The situation now looks grim for The Tucson Citizen. In the past 25 …

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Barack Obama: Capitalism’s BFF

from the AP:

“WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he cannot “govern out of anger” just because of public outrage over bonuses paid at financial institutions kept afloat by taxpayer dollars.

Obama’s declaration came as he pushed for a $3.6 trillion federal budget proposal that already is opposed from within his own party. As he seeks lawmakers’ support for his first budget, he took a political risk in signaling discomfort with a separate plan that slaps a punitive, 90 percent tax on bonuses paid to American International Group employees.

Obama, a law professor-turned-chief executive, said during an interview broadcast Sunday that he does not like the idea of “passing laws that are just targeting a handful of individuals” or using the tax code to punish people.

“Let’s see if there are ways of doing this that are both legal, that are constitutional, that uphold our basic principles of fairness, but don’t hamper us from getting the banking system back on track,” Obama …

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How dare they criticize the mighty O’Reilly?

I see where Bill O’Reilly and his thugs are up to their old tricks again.

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Gloom, despair and agony on thee….

Scott Johnson, at the conservative blog Powerline, confesses to depression:

“I feel utterly powerless to do anything about the fellow in the Oval Office who combines infantile leftism and adolescent grandiosity in roughly equal measures. It seems to me that every day he is responsible for assaults on the freedom and well being of the American people. I can’t keep up and I can’t stand to pay attention.

His aim seems to be to reduce us to government dependents. His inattention to rehabilitation of the financial system in lieu of vastly expanding the size and scope of the government is a dead giveaway, as is his lack of concern over the vast destruction of wealth his policies are working (and will continue to work).

Perhaps most depressing to me is the manifestation of his adolescent grandiosity in his stewardship of foreign policy and national security. He doesn’t understand that the government of Iran is intent on acquiring nuclear weapons it can put to evil purposes. He thinks …

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Talk amongst yourselves….

I’m otherwise occupied at the moment.

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Things have changed a bit for Madoff….

He’s in prison, and he should never see another day as a free man. But this does seem a bit much…

“On 10 South, the 70-year-old Madoff is treated more like a lab rat than a vaunted Wall Street financier once entrusted with billions of investment dollars.
The lights burn 24 hours a day, and an inmate’s every move is caught on video. Madoff gets just 60 minutes a day outside his 8-by-8-foot cell – in wrist shackles.
Windows are blacked out so disoriented inmates can’t catch even a glimpse of the world outside.
What passes for food is slipped through a narrow slit in a stainless steel door that fronts a spartan cell – cold in winter, scorching hot in summer.
No interaction is permitted between inmates or guards. Only a ranking officer is allowed to remove a prisoner from his tiny cell.
Lawyer visits are few and far between. Reading material is almost nonexistent.
The squalid conditions are enough to make blood-stained tough guys cry – never mind a pampered ex-billionaire.
Bonanno …

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Hallelujah and pass me a cold one

Another week in the books., and I’ve got a beer glass frosting in the fridge back home, waiting for its master.

It shouldn’t have to wait much longer.

Weatherman says it’ll be a nice weekend, perfect for doing some outdoor work, playing a little golf at Hard Labor Creek on Sunday, maybe eating dinner on the back patio.

In the meantime, this is getting played a lot around the Bookman household these days.

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“The illusions we’re spinning here….”

I was prospecting for a quittin’ time song and came across this.

Somehow thought it might be appropriate. (the language, however, can be somewhat inappropriate)

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Want to watch a fish out of water?

This newspaper hack will be going live on CNN from 3-4 p.m.

Please don’t watch.

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