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Changes At The Top

Anne Garrels [one of the best foreign correspondents ever] mentioned this earlier on All Things Considered and now the Houston Chronicle has the AP story: New Israeli general oversees Lebanon.

The last time the Israelis did this was when the Egyptians were given the IDF problems in the Yom Kippur War. Sending in Major General Moshe Kaplinski to “assist” Major General Udi Adam, the current commander of the northern front, is not a good sign.

August 8, 2006   Comments Off on Changes At The Top

It’s The Water

Back in mid July Juan Cole provided me with the epiphany that produced Of Course.

My thoughts are reinforced and [backed up with a lot of maps] by the News Hounds with the article, You Can’t Drink Mud and Salt.

It really points out what the Golan Heights and Shebaa Farms are really about, as well as my thoughts on the West Bank and southern Lebanon.

August 8, 2006   Comments Off on It’s The Water

Because It’s Tuesday

Find the Kitten

Friday Cat Blogging

How about a closer look under the reflector?

Friday Cat Blogging

Nice weather for a turtle – to eat the cat food.

Friday Cat Blogging

[Editor: Yes, I’m a bit distracted. Why do you ask?

August 8, 2006   7 Comments

Hassan Nasrallah

Phinky reminds us of the very old wisdom nosce hostem: know your enemy.

The Wikipedia entry on Hassan Nasrallah is brief and probably balanced, but it leaves out controversy.

It is wise to see what his enemies say, and the Middle East Intelligence Bulletin can reasonably be considered an enemy. A review of the masthead –

Editor: Gary C. Gambill
Publishers: Ziad K. Abdelnour & Daniel Pipes
Editorial Board: Thomas Patrick Carroll, Michael Rubin & Youssef Haddad

leaves little doubt as to the circumambient atmosphere of the journal.

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August 8, 2006   2 Comments


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On lefty blogs being “slashdotted” means getting a link from Atrios or another major A-list blog.

Most hosts put limits on your bandwidth usage, and if you exceed it, they shut you down, which is not a good thing just before election day.

Update: Sorry, this is the problem I’m referencing.

August 8, 2006   Comments Off on FYI

You Can Get Anything You Want…

So, I decided to renew my memories on something I last studies about forty years ago and put U-238 into Google. This appeared on the right:

Sponsored Links
U 238
Whatever you’re looking for
you can get it on eBay.

August 8, 2006   3 Comments