Daily Archives: April 3, 2007

Keith Richard says he snorted his father’s ashes.

Let me check the

“Official ‘Over the Line, Smokey!’ Classification Guide, Shop Manual and Recipe Book.”

yep, I thought so…. p. 34, “snorting the ashes of a family member”……..that’s over the line.



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Brits suggest RAF pilots consider kamikaze tactics !!

Way over the line, Smokey ! Take a minute to think about the Japanese situation when kamikaze pilots were used against the Americans.   Now think about the Brits in Afghanistan.  Hello?

AF Top Guns were stunned last night after being asked to think of being Kamikaze pilots in the war on terror.Elite fliers were shocked into silence when a senior RAF chief said they should consider suicide missions as a last resort against terrorist targets.

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Iraqi casualties highest in 6 months

According to what appear to be the final totals for March, 1889 Iraqis were killed, the highest total since September, 2006.

ps: I notice that the Bush spinners are citing “numbers of attacks” being down. As in, only 4 attacks on 9/11?

pps: one report of “safer neighborhoods” in Baghdad attributed it to “check points every 100 yards.” That’s just way beyond what we can do across Iraq. And, anyway, the violence just shifts a few miles down the road. It’s not a problem that can be solved with US military force.

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The US and Iran: Elliot Abrams’ sandbox. Part 3. Tensions fall; Iranian released by US in Iraq.

Oil prices are down as Blair emphasizes a diplomatic solution.

The Russian story in its various versions continues to get play in the rumor mills. Good work on that piece, Elliot. There is even a semi-official Russian response, warning the US against any strike on Iran. There is no evidence that such a strike is in the offing.

Hmm….a constructive step by the US…who ever heard of such a thing? Abrams must have taken a day off last week:

BAGHDAD, April 3 (Reuters) – Iraq’s foreign minister confirmed on Tuesday that an Iranian diplomat kidnapped in Baghdad two months ago had been released.

Gunmen in Iraqi army uniforms seized Jalal Sharafi, second secretary at the Iranian embassy in Baghdad, on Feb. 4. Tehran blamed the U.S. military, which denied any involvement.

“I can confirm that he has been freed and is in good health,” Hoshiyar Zebari told Reuters.

“We made tremendous efforts to free him. All sides had denied holding him, which made it more difficult. But we kept the pressure up on everybody.”

Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported Sharafi had already arrived back in Iran.

Asked who had snatched the diplomat, Zebari said: “Only he knows who was holding him.”

Zebari said Iraq’s government was also trying to secure the release of five Iranians who were detained by U.S. forces during a raid on an Iranian government office in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil on Jan. 11.

Tehran says the five are diplomats. The United States has previously said they were backing militants.

“I am in constant contact with the Americans to release them. We always hear from them good pledges that they will be released,” Zebari said.


A recent statement by Scott Ritter on Iran’s nuclear program:


Right now the Iranians can only get 164 centrifuges up and running; they have another 164 cascade-ready, but they’re testing it. And they have bits and pieces of the total 3,000, but they can’t assemble them. Here’s the other, unknown secret, ladies and gentlemen: They can’t do it. They can’t do it. Centrifuges are complex. They’re about yea big. Cylindrical tube. They have to spin around at 70,000 rpm. Did you ever play with a gyroscope as a kid? Spin it up and hold it in your hand and just doing this? That’s mass. It’s moving you because the mass is shifting around. That’s only a couple of hundred rpm. Seventy-thousand rpm. If it’s not perfectly balanced, it blows up, falls apart. To be perfectly balanced, not only do you have to have precision machining throughout, you have to have ball bearings, magnets. The Iranians don’t have enough ball bearings and magnets that work, so when they spin these things up, they tend to pop, and when you pop open in a centrifuge, it shuts down. They can’t get them running for a day, let alone a year. Then, there’s the problem of feeding in the gas, the uranium hexafluoride. It’s contaminated with a substance called molybdenum. Molybdenum—even if you’re just talking about a few, microscopic pieces of it—when it spins up at 70,000 rpm, develops a mass the equivalent of several kilograms. And what happens when you have something spinning with several thousand kilograms moving around inside? It pops. It blows up.

The Iranians can’t do it. Everybody knows this. Except we, the people of the United States of America, who continue to believe anything we’re told by a media that repeats without question the assertions put forward by an administration that doesn’t give a damn about disarming Iran and is only focused on regime change using the specter of a nuclear-armed Iran as an excuse.

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UPDATED: I call on John McCain to quit.

Since nobody else has.
This man is one of the top three Republican candidates for President of the United States. In many polls, he has been shown to be favored over top Democratic candidates. He has raised many millions of dollars for his campaign.

McCain’s presidential campaign announced Monday that he collected more than $12.5 million in January, February and March.

Over the last week, has made claims even more ridiculous than any made by even Dick Cheney, and then flew half way around the world at taxpayer expense to prove himself wrong. And still asserted that he was right.

And he did it all in plain view, more than in plain view, he did it in a blaze of news coverage. Josh Marshall compared it to Michael Dukakis’ “tank” moment of many years ago. But it really is different, and much more serious. Dukakis merely seemed ridiculously out of place.

McCain, however, engaged in a series of untrue statements, then took actions over a period of days, in which he persisted in denying reality.

“What are they talking about?” Ali Jassim Faiyad, the owner of an electrical appliances shop in the market, said Monday. “The security procedures were abnormal!”

The delegation arrived at the market, which is called Shorja, on Sunday with more than 100 soldiers in armored Humvees — the equivalent of an entire company — and attack helicopters circled overhead, a senior American military official in Baghdad said. The soldiers redirected traffic from the area and restricted access to the Americans, witnesses said, and sharpshooters were posted on the roofs. The congressmen wore bulletproof vests throughout their hourlong visit.

“They paralyzed the market when they came,” Mr. Faiyad said during an interview in his shop on Monday. “This was only for the media.”

He added, “This will not change anything.”

In recent weeks, snipers hidden in Shorja’s bazaar have killed several people, merchants and the police say, and gunfights have erupted between militants and the Iraqi security forces in the area.

During their visit on Sunday, the Americans were buttonholed by merchants and customers who wanted to talk about how unsafe they felt and the urgent need for more security in the markets and throughout the city, witnesses said.

“They asked about our conditions, and we told them the situation was bad,” said Aboud Sharif Kadhoury, 63, who peddles prayer rugs at a sidewalk stand. He said he sold a small prayer rug worth less than $1 to a member of the Congressional delegation. (The official paid $20 and told Mr. Kadhoury to keep the change, the vendor said.)

He and other merchants used to keep their shops open until dusk, but with the dropoff in customers as a result of the attacks, and a nightly curfew, most shop owners close their businesses in the early afternoon.

“This area here is very dangerous,” continued Mr. Youssef, who lost his shop in the February attack. “They cannot secure it.”

But those conversations were not reflected in the congressmen’s comments at the news conference on Sunday.

Instead, the politicians spoke of strolling through the marketplace, haggling with merchants and drinking tea. “The most deeply moving thing for me was to mix and mingle unfettered,” Mr. Pence said.

Told about Mr. McCain’s assessment of the market, Abu Samer, a kitchenware and clothing wholesaler, scoffed: “He is just using this visit for publicity. He is just using it for himself. They’ll just take a photo of him at our market and they will just show it in the United States. He will win in America and we will have nothing.”

A Senate spokeswoman for Mr. McCain said he left Iraq on Monday and was unavailable for comment because he was traveling.

Several merchants said Monday that the Americans’ visit might have only made the market a more inviting target for insurgents.

But even though he was fearful of a revenge attack, he said, he could not afford to stay away from the market. This was his livelihood. “We can never anticipate when they will attack,” he said, his voice heavy with gloomy resignation. “This is not a new worry.”

He is certainly impaired in his ability to tell the truth to the American people.

Very impaired. I don’t whether he recognizes the truth. Maybe, maybe not. Could be he’s just trying to draw attention to his flagging campaign, which he has tied to the success of the “surge” in Iraq. Maybe he got caught in a misstatement and then got mad. Maybe he has other troubles. But he’s just shown himself capable of trying to sell unreality to the American people. We’ve had more than enough of that, thank you.

And what has been the response of the American media? many journalists witnessed it first hand, and reported it. But the magnitude of the story as reported in the media has been a mere footnote.


I don’t know. It certainly is ominous that the media have not treated this more seriously.

What I DO know is that John McCain has shown himself capable of the most serious kinds of irrational and misleading actions and statements.

I don’t see how this man should be ever be elected president of the United States.

I call upon him to cease his campaign, and look to his counsels regarding his career in public service.


Honestly, I used to like John McCain. But the Straight Talk Express has driven off a cliff. This man is crazy and dangerous.    —Stephen Elliott



John McCain has given exclusive rights to the video of his trip to CBS’s 60 Minutes Slogger has learned. Although the Presidential candidate has provided interviews and press conferences while in Baghdad, McCain is apparently saving the good stuff for this Sunday.

The delegation has engendered a hostile and bitter reception from the foreign and U.S. media. The general tone of the U.S. based coverage has been dismissive to insulted. Video tape of the press conference shows an incredulous and perhaps even insulted press corp. After visiting Tikrit and Ramadi McCain met with press and came under intense scrutiny by Baghdad-based media. Sounding weary and tired McCain and his entourage tried to paint a picture of Baghdad being safer than “before”. The charade could only last so long. The American military decided to cut off transmission of a press conference when it appeared that McCain’s “good news” nemesis Michael Ware raised his hand to ask a question.

Sorry, you will have to watch 60 Minutes) this Sunday.

It was clear to all assembled that the trip to Thieves Market in Shorja yesterday was a carefully orchestrated event by the U.S. military and Senator John McCain but many did not know it was specifically for CBS’s 60 Minutes. Kirk Semple of the The New York Times went back a day later to discover that it was all a sham.

“They paralyzed the market when they came,” Mr. Faiyad said during an interview in his shop on Monday. “This was only for the media.”

Unlike the Utopian scene designed for the media, many of the merchants wanted to express their need for more security. As expected, the area the group visited was locked down, traffic diverted and access restricted. The NYTimes follow up correctly points out that the market has been bombed at least half a dozen times and residents do not feel the benefits of the surge.

“In recent weeks, snipers hidden in Shorja’s bazaar have killed several people, merchants and the police say, and gunfights have erupted between militants and the Iraqi security forces in the area.”

The junket wore body armor and was surrounded by over 100 members of the armed forces. Sniper patrols bristled from surrounding rooftops, six helicopters flew overhead and the ” diamond” instead of being 4 people was 30 deep. In a classic psyops move, the entourage was told to take their helmets off and even General Petraeus put on a forage cap.

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Okay, people, make yer own dog food….

This is ridiculous. First we find out that some pet foods are made from pets. Then we get this poison maybe yes, who knows where, maybe ?? Pets are dying. And you don’t know what to think. What products, dates, dry, wet, snacks….geez……..

a bunch of different brands imported from Canada, made from wheat imported from China?

The US government doesn’t give a big rat’s ass.

Bottom line: make yer own. Or most of it.

What does a dog eat? everything. Human type diet.

You can go buy a doggie recipe book (they are all sold out, by the way) or just google away and you’ll find plenty. But it’s nothing special. Pull out the old crockpot/casserole and just throw in the meat (obviously cheapo cuts), potatoes, celery, string beans and let her rip. Season to taste.

Pass the food to Fido, Junior….

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Fugitive aliens have doubled since 9/11. Great.

The NY Times:

As of February, there were an estimated 636,000 “fugitive aliens” in the United States — foreigners who have ignored orders to leave the country. They may have entered illegally and been caught (about 60 percent of all fugitives), or they may have visited legally but then overstayed their visas or committed crimes.

What does the Department of Homeland Security do, anyway? sit around and watch replays of Katrina?

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