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Friday, April 23, 2004

I love animal stories:

Florida resident Pamela Edwards had adopted the black, short-haired cat in the summer of 1997, naming it Cheyenne. Just a few months later, Cheyenne disappeared. Edwards hung flyers and ran ads in the local paper to try to locate the cat, but had no luck.

Earlier this month, she received a call from her local shelter: Cheyenne had been found, in San Francisco.

The computer age has allowed us to verify such stories. An embedded microchip shows that this cat is the same cat as a cat lost in Florida, 3,000 miles away.

This is significant indeed. Pat Tillman has been killed in Afghanistan.

For those of you who don't know, Tillman was a very good, if unrecognized, linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals football team.

A real American hero has died. Pat Tillman gave up the life of a famous millionaire to defend his country and he died in that service.

God bless Pat Tillman.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

The American ABC has a story about the U.N.'s oil-for-food program.

The same names keep popping up. Yes, that includes the allegations against the English MP, George Galloway.

I tend to believe that if so many news outlets are reporting the same names and thus exposing themselves to lawsuits like the one Galloway recently won against The Christian Science Monitor, then there must be something to it.

The documents that the Monitor used were proven in a court of law to be forged. Fair enough to Mr. Galloway. But (and that's a big but), these other allegations against Galloway are based on an entirely different document.

If this is proven a forgery as well, I will recognize that fact.

I loved this:

Dog rescues another dog from alligator

It was Friday at a backyard boat ramp, where all Leslie could see was Bean's body. Her head was engulfed by the gator.

"I saw the gator," said Leslie. "He was chomping down."

And attached to one of Bean's short legs was Sophie.

"She stepped up to the plate, grabbed her by the back leg," recalled Leslie. "She knew she wasn't supposed to be there and knew that wasn't supposed to be there. She never let go."

And it wasn't until Leslie threw a 20 pound piece of concrete at the gator that Bean was free. Sophie dragged her to safety. Next came a trip to the vet.

What a wonderful story.

I've just signed up for Google's new free email. If I like it I'll make it my blog email.

Sunday, April 18, 2004

Hehehe. You've gotta look at Tim Blair's latest poll question. I voted for "Sheik Quakey, the world's trembliest Palestinian" as the new anonymous successor to Abdel Aziz Rantisi as head of Hamas.

Carroll Andrew Morse has an excellent summary of the history of Hugo Chavez as president of Venezuela:

Hugo Chavez was elected president of Venezuela in December of 1998. Almost immediately, he took his first steps towards consolidating all of the power of the Venezuelan state into his own hands. He organized a series of referenda. The first authorized re-writing the Venezuelan constitution. The second selected delegates to a Constitutional Assembly, distinct from his country's legislature, to do the re-writing. The rules governing the election of the Constitutional Assembly featured a few non-standard items. Although no candidates -- neither Chavez's supporters nor his opposition -- were allowed to run under party banners, Chavez used state funded media to campaign for the election of his supporters. This, combined with Chavez's personal popularity, allowed Chavez supporters to win 120 of the 131 assembly seats.

The Constitutional Assembly, with the backing of Chavez, moved beyond re-writing Venezuela's Constitution. In August of 1999, the assembly set up a "judicial emergency committee" with the power to remove judges without consulting any other branch of government. The New York Times quoted the judicial emergency committee chairman as saying, "The Constitutional Assembly has absolute powers. The objective is that the substitution of judges will take place peacefully, but if the courts refuse to acknowledge the assembly's authority, we will proceed in a different fashion."

Morse calls this a lesson in how to set up a dictatorship while expressing admiration for the Venezuelan people's pursuit of democratic methods for getting rid of Chavez.

This could be a brewing situation that may someday require direct U.S. involvement.

The New York Times (reg. req.) had a story yesterday about Russia's refusal in the U.N. Security Council to allow the oil-for-food investigation to begin.

I'm waiting for the leftwing protests at the French and Russian embassies around the world. I want to see the left condemn the axis of weasels for helping Saddam and indeed for being participants in the abuse of the Iraqi people.

Where are the "no-blood-for-oil" signwielders now?

U.S. News and World Report has a short piece about the U.N.-oil-for-food scam:

If you wondered why the French were so hostile to America's approach to Iraq and even opposed to ending the sanctions after the 1991 Gulf War, here's one possible explanation: French oil traders got 165 million barrels of Iraqi crude at cut-rate prices. The CEO of one French company, SOCO International, got vouchers for 36 million barrels of Iraqi oil. Was it just a coincidence that the man is a close political and financial supporter of President Jacques Chirac? Or that a former minister of the interior, Charles Pasqua, allegedly received 12 million barrels from Baghdad? Or that a former French ambassador to the U.N., Jean-Bernard Merimee, received an allocation of 11 million barrels? Perhaps it was just happenstance, too, that a French bank with close ties to then French President Fran?ois Mitterrand and one of the bank's big shareholders who is close to Saddam became the main conduit for the bulk of the $67 billion in proceeds from the oil-for-food program. All told, 42 French companies and individuals got a piece of this lucrative trade. No matter how cynical you may be, it's sometimes just plain hard to keep up with the French.

We must remember that these are the illegal activities between Saddam and his French friends. The legal (once sanctions were ended with French help of course) contracts were even more lucrative for the French.

U.S. News doesn't forget about the Russians. They were given billions of barrels of oil in the oil-for-food scheme.

Let's see. Who led the opposition to the U.S. intervention in Iraq? Who went so far as to try to rally world opinion against the U.S.? Yes, it was the French and Russians.