Saturday, August 13, 2005
SCHROEDER REBUKES BUSH'S STRONG SIGNAL TO IRAN - but then, what would be the last resort under Schroeder's strategy?
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has warned the US to back away from the possibility of military action against Iran over its nuclear programme. His comments come a day after President Bush reiterated that force remained an option but only as a last resort Mr Schroeder's rejection of force came at the official launch of his party's election campaign. Mr Schroeder directly challenged Mr Bush's comment that "all options are on the table" over the Iran crisis. "Let's take the military option off the table. We have seen it doesn't work," Mr Schroeder told Social Democrats at the rally in Hanover, to rapturous applause from the crowd.
US President George W Bush says he still has not ruled out the option of using force against Iran, after it resumed work on its nuclear programme. He said he was working on a diplomatic solution, but was sceptical that one could be found."All options are on the table," said Mr Bush, when asked about the possible use of force during an interview for Israeli TV. "The use of force is the last option for any president. You know we have used force in the recent past to secure our country," he said.
Friday, August 12, 2005
FLASH: BABY'S BIRTH PROVES VIABILITY BEGINS BEFORE END OF SECOND TRIMESTER; SO, SHOULDN'T ROE V. WADE BE ADJUSTED?
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The premature baby of a 37-year-old woman who gave birth just hours after finding out she was pregnant is going home Annice Allen said she went to hospital thinking she was having severe menstrual cramps. Three hours later, she found out she was 23 to 24 weeks pregnant and gave birth to a 1-pound, 4-ounce girl she named Jimice. "The doctor says, 'Ok, the fetus is 23 weeks,'" Allen said. "We said, 'The fetus?' We went back and forth with that, and he said, 'How old are you?' I said, 'I'm 37.' So, he puts his hand on me and says, 'A fetus is a baby.' I said, 'I know a fetus is a baby, but I didn't know I was pregnant.'" The baby was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck. "One push, and out comes the baby," Allen said. "She comes out, (husband) Jimmy hits the floor, my mom picks Jimmy up, and it was really crazy." After four months in the hospital, Jimice now weighs 5 pounds, 2 ounces and is going home. Prior to Jimice's birth, Allen said she and her husband had tried to have children but had given up after two miscarriages. "We kind of gave up on it," Allen said. "Then, finally, here she comes." Doctors said the baby was on a ventilator for about one month.
["... the Court defined the reciprocal limits of state power and individual freedom within each of the three stages of pregnancy: (1) During the first trimester, the abortion decision must be left to the medical judgment of the pregnant woman's attending physician, as well as the pregnant woman herself; (2) Between the first trimester and viability, the State may regulate the abortion procedure in ways that are reasonably related to maternal health; and (3) Subsequent to viability, the State may regulate and even proscribe abortion, except where it is medically necessary for the preservation of the life or health of the mother. ]
"... a remarkable productivity story playing out in the trash business...the widely believed shortage [of dump space] that had drawn headlines in the 1980's... [has become] ...a glut of disposal space..." ... "the waste industry is in the early stages of the kind of increase in efficiency more typically seen in technologies like computer chips and turbines that generate electricity."... The change is shown in the published disposal records of the three largest waste haulers - Waste Management, Allied Waste Industries and Republic Services - which combined handle more than half the nation's trash. In the last four years, they buried 882 million tons of waste. But the remaining permitted capacity of their combined 410 dumps did not shrink. It expanded over those four years by more than one billion tons. The three companies now expect expansions of another 1.8 billion tons. At that level, their combined capacity could handle the nation's trash sent to dumps for about 26 years. "... "The nation's 25 biggest dumps, which are beginning to resemble operations in other more efficient and consolidated industries, account for about 24 percent of total capacity, Solid Waste Digest estimates, and that concentration will probably continue. Already, the Republic Services landfill in Las Vegas has more than 200 million tons of space, as does Waste Management's site in Arlington, Ore. And a desert site yet to begin accepting trash, owned by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, can hold more than 600 million tons, or enough to take 20,000 tons a day for 100 years."
As LGF puts it:
Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Hosein Musavian explains why they entered negotiations: to buy time to finish building the Esfahan nuclear processing facility.
We suspended the UCF in Esfahan in October 2004, although we were required to do so in October 2003. If we had suspended it then, (the UCF) in Esfahan would have never been completed. Today we are in a position of power: (The UCF) in Esfahan is complete and UF4 and UF6 gasses are being produced. We have a stockpile of products, and during this period, we have managed to convert 36 tons of Yellow Cake into gas and store it. ... Thanks to our dealings with Europe, even when we got a 50-day ultimatum, we managed to continue the work for two years. This way we completed (the UCF) in Esfahan.
WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR, A MUSHROOM CLOUD!?
Terror alert update from AP, with thanks to all who sent this in:
LOS ANGELES — The FBI has warned police that Al Qaeda cells might use fuel trucks as weapons to attack Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, but officials stressed Thursday the warning was based on uncorroborated intelligence. ... The bulletin warned police that terrorists could use fuel tankers in assaults on the three cities.
"... one of the more extreme things I post on with frequency here at CUANAS, is the fact that I believe that Iran wants to obliterate Israel. As in wipe them from the face of the map, possibly with nuclear weapons.Yes, that sounds crazy. Who would think that a modern nation state would even consider using nuclear weapons in a preemptive strike against another state. Well, how about the London Telegraph:
Ever since its 1979 Islamic revolution the only fate Iran has had in mind for Israel has been simple: its destruction. Now that Teheran seems to be moving towards acquiring its own nuclear arsenal, its plans for its great enemy threaten to be both fiery and radioactive. Sometimes Iran's stated policy towards Israel is couched in inflammatory rhetoric, like that on a 40ft banner that used to hang outside the entrance of the foreign ministry in Teheran bearing the message: "Israel Must Burn".
Thursday, August 11, 2005
SATURDAY NIGHT UPDATE FROM CINDY SHEEHAN
By Buddy Spell
LOUISIANA ACTIVIST NETWORK
August 6, 2005
Briefly, I just got off of the telephone with Cindy at 10:58 PM (CST).
She’s on the side of the road with six (6) other activists.
They expect others to arrive from the VFP convention in Dallas to spend the
night with them tonight.
Cindy says that the protesters will be killed if they stay the night.
“We’re not letting them intimidate us. If we get killed out here, know that
the Secret Service killed us.”
She asks that we all light candles in solidarity and looks forward to more
company in the days ahead.
Folks, the time has come today! Peace out.
Britain yesterday described as "unacceptable" the smuggling of weapons from Iran into Iraq after revealing that a consignment was intercepted at the border between the two countries. ... A senior British official disclosed yesterday details of the incident two weeks ago when a group crossing from Iran was intercepted near Maysan, which is in the British controlled sector of Iraq. Iraqi security forces opened fire and the smugglers fled back to Iran leaving their cache of timers, detonators and other bomb-making equipment. ... Disclosure of the smuggling came hours after four American soldiers were killed and six were wounded as a patrol was attacked near Baiji, 112 miles north of Baghdad, late on Tuesday. A bomb wrecked two Humvees and a bigger armoured vehicle.
Bombs wound 26 in southern Philippines ABC , Australia - Bombs have exploded in the southern Philippine port city of Zamboanga wounding 26 people, in attacks that security forces blamed on Muslim militants. ...
Manila on watch for Indonesian suicide bombers Reuters UK - By John O'Callaghan. MANILA, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Indonesian suicide bombers may be in the Philippine capital, planning attacks on ...
Philippine investigators release 7 bombing suspects Xinhua, China - MANILA, Aug. 11 (Xinhuanet) -- Philippine investigators released seven people, including a Malaysian national, who have been questioned ...
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
PREDICTION: "EL BARADEI : IRAN'S NUKE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM :: CHAMBERLAIN : HITLER'S CLAIM TO THE SUDATENLAND"
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
"The threat in Turkey stems from global Jihad elements…" ... "Notably, terrorists arrested in Turkey last year in the wake of suicide attacks in Istanbul revealed that al-Qaeda was planning to target an Israeli cruise ship in the country. The terror cell, which targeted synagogues and the British consulate in Istanbul, originally intended to hit an Israeli ship, but the plans were averted after the ship changed course and docked at another port. One of the Turkish terrorists told police in Turkey the cell decide to strike the British consulate at the last moment, after the Israeli ship was diverted."
Monday, August 08, 2005
I REPEAT: THIS IS SO SICKENINGLY PERVERSE IT IS EVIL.
Sunday, August 07, 2005
Here's my "gut-read":
The only plausible explanation (as far as I can surmise) is that perhaps Sharon (who must know how Barak’s actions strengthened Hiz b’Allah) felt he needed to redeploy the troops to more important positions (where they could more readily/powerfully defend larger population blocs in Israel proper) in advance of some impending major event or operation which might foment a huge violent anti-Israel response by Arabs within and without Israel (and by the anti-Semitic weasels of Old Europe) - as in the case of a preemptive strike against Iran -- one which which would annihilate their nuclear program and their offensive military assets (air force, air-strips, and navy).
As for Bibi: I think he is motivated by high morals (and NOT “crass opportunism” as JPOD at NOR’s THE CORNER belives) - as was Sharansky andeven the late Robin Cook (who each also resigned cabinet positions toprotest their government’s decisions).
Um.... this is WAR, after all.