Archive for March 2004

Heh

The GOP has a new version of Kerry vs. Kerry up, this time featuring commentary by Don King.

Reds Trade

Reitsma to Braves for reliever Jung Bong and minor league pitcher Bubba Nelson.
Can’t get too worked up about this trade. Nelson is ranked as the Braves’ third-best prospect and O’Brien seems to think Bong could be a starter so it’s not like the Reds got obviously screwed on this one. Chris Reitsma’s a good guy. Sad to see him go, wish him nothing but the best.

Attacked by the left (literally)

Matt Margolis of Blogs for Bush and the eponymous

Big changes at Tech TV

Comcast has agreed to buy TechTV and is folding it into their own network, G4. Additionally tonight was Leo Laporte’s last night as host of The Screen Savers. Sad to see Leo taking a diminished role on TSS, personally I’d rather see him give up Call for Help, but I understand that there’s not really a good alternative hosting option for CFH like there is with TSS.
I can’t say I’ve ever seen one show on G4 that I liked, so let’s hope they don’t mess with TechTV’s shows too much. At the very least I think they need to keep Call for Help, The Screen Savers, Tech Live, Fresh Gear, and X-Play(which is a better gaming show than anything G4 has).

Grasping at straws?

Brian Griffin thinks I’m grasping at straws with Tuesdays post on a report of a document that may show that Osama bin Laden was an Iraqi “collaborator”. I’m going to have to disagree.
For 2 years we’ve heard from the left that Iraq had nothing to do with Al Qaeda. We can’t attack Iraq, they have nothing to do with Osama. Iraq under Saddam is a secular government; Al Qaeda hates them as much as they hate us!
Documents like this and those that show that Abdul Rahman Yasin, 1993 WTC bomber, was given safe harbor in Iraq go to show that no matter how much the left may disagree, the Iraq war was not completely disconnected from the War on Terror. We didn’t attack Iraq because we needed oil (have you looked at gas prices recently?). We didn

Richard Clarke in ’02

Um, the first point, I think the overall point is, there was no plan on Al Qaeda that was passed from the Clinton administration to the Bush administration.
Second point is that the Clinton administration had a strategy in place, effectively dating from 1998. And there were a number of issues on the table since 1998.

And the third point is the Bush administration decided then, you know, mid-January, to do two things. One, vigorously pursue the existing policy, including all of the lethal covert action findings, which we’ve now made public to some extent.

So, point five, that process which was initiated in the first week in February, uh, decided in principle, uh in the spring to add to the existing Clinton strategy and to increase CIA resources, for example, for covert action, five-fold, to go after Al Qaeda.

Over the course of the summer

Iraq’s connection to Osama

The Washington Times has obtained an Iraqi Intelligence Service document from 1993 that lists Osama bin Laden as a “collaborator”. Could be fake, but an official says it appears authentic.

We have obtained a document discovered in Iraq from the files of the Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS). The report provides new evidence of links between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
The 1993 document, in Arabic, bears the logo of the Iraqi intelligence agency and is labeled “top secret” on each of its 20 pages.
The report is a list of IIS agents who are described as “collaborators.”
On page 14, the report states that among the collaborators is “the Saudi Osama bin Laden.”
The document states that bin Laden is a “Saudi businessman and is in charge of the Saudi opposition in Afghanistan.”
“And he is in good relationship with our section in Syria,” the document states, under the signature “Jabar.”
The document was obtained by the Iraqi National Congress and first disclosed on the CBS program “60 Minutes” by INC leader Ahmed Chalabi.
A U.S. official said the document appears authentic.
Washington Times (via HobbsOnline and Powerline)

The whacko element of the left

Brain Terminal has a good video exposing just what some of the crazier element on the left believe. They took a camera to Al Gore’s/MoveOn’s January speech on global warming and just interviewed some of those who attended.
Additionally, here are some amazing pictures from a protest in San Fransisco on Saturday.
If these people didn’t take part in the selection of our government some of this stuff might just be funny.
(via Instapundit)

Nathaniel Jones: Case Closed

Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen cleared six Cincinnati police officers of criminal wrongdoing in the death of Nathaniel Jones, an intoxicated man who died after a violent struggle with officers as they tried to arrest him.
Allen said today that he will not present the case to a grand jury.
“My office sees no evidence that any crime was committed by any police officer,” Allen said.

“It is always troubling when someone dies in police custody, but when officers are subjected to unprovoked attacks by citizens, they have not only the right, but the duty to defend themselves,” [Allen] said. “In defending themselves, they also defend you and me.”
Cincinnati.com

Good. It’s tragic that he died, but nothing I’ve seen suggested that the officers acted unlawfully.

On Richard Clarke

Ok, in Richard Clarke you have a man who thinks he was demoted by the Bush administration. A man who teaches at Harvard with John Kerry’s foreign policy advisor. A man whose biggest charges seem to involve his personal interpretations of people facial expressions and actions. A man who seems to put the full blame on a 9 month old administraition and ignores the 8 years of the previous administration. An interview with a news program owned by the same company as his publisher is, in which that connection was not disclosed.
Forgive me if I take his charges with a big ol’ grain of salt. I realize he’s saying bad things about a Republican so many immediately want to believe him and raise him to the level of a hero,
but you might want to read the administration’s take on it.
–Addendum–
What follows is the part of a story on cyberterror by Declan McCullagh from 1 year and 1 day ago that relates to Richard Clarke.

But now that agency budgets are up for review, Ridge seems to be treading the same alarmist path as did his former cybersecurity deputy, Richard Clarke, who quit in January.
Clarke was a professional paranoiac, a modern-day Chicken Little blinkered by a career spent in the cloistered intelligence community. It didn’t help that Clarke’s r