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Nice Headline

From the BBC: Bush ‘ordered intelligence leak’.

The Libby revelation should put an end to people claiming that the Shrubbery is concerned with national security when it comes to leaks, and make plain that politically based leaks are a problem that originated with this White House.

These people use classification to silence their critics and de-classification to attack them. They could not care less about national security. Corruption, cronyism, and incompetence – the guiding principles of the Shrubbery.

April 6, 2006   4 Comments

Consigned To History

Via CNN, NOAA has officially removed Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan and Wilma from the rotation of tropical storm/hurricane names. The names of storms that cause significant damage or the loss of life are removed from the list to avoid future confusion.

The first name of the new season is Alberto, which was a tropical storm and major rain event when it came ashore near me in 1994. The names that are not removed are reused every six years.

April 6, 2006   2 Comments

Total Agreement

In the first hour of All Things Considered their coverage of the Zacarias Moussaoui sentencing hearing included an interview with Mrs. Mindy Kleinberg. Her husband, Alan, was a securities trader with Cantor Fitzgerald, working on the 104th floor of the north tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11.

I find myself is the rare position of being in total agreement with the lady: Moussaoui is an evil person who should spend the rest of his life in prison to protect society, but he was not part of the 9/11 plot and is being used as a scapegoat.

She wants to see the people who were responsible captured and tried; the FBI fixed; the CIA fixed; emergency services in NYC have a working communications system.

Consider for a moment what Moussaoui has claimed: he and Richard Reid were going to highjack an airplane and fly it into the White House. Richard Reid is best remembered as the “Shoe Bomber”, a man whose nefarious plot was foiled when he was unable to master the art of lighting a match.

They are probably not bad enough to be declared clinically insane, but I wouldn’t let either one of them outside a prison until we know a great deal more about the human psyche and can determine with certainty that they are not a threat. I think both would love to die in a horrible fashion that involves the death of many others. American street gangs are filled with this personality type, but most outgrow it, or die in the process. I am having a hard time believing either one is capable of masterminding a take-out order.

April 6, 2006   2 Comments