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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Terror Attack in London

Breaking news from the Wall Street Journal:

Explosions in London Kill 2, Injure Many on Subways, Buses

July 7, 2005 7:03 a.m.

LONDON – Near simultaneous explosions rocked the London subway and three double-decker buses at the morning rush hour Thursday, police and news reports said, killing two and injuring at least nine people and prompting officials to shut down the entire underground transport network. (link requires subscription)

I'm inclined to believe this will turn out to be the work of anarchists rather than Muslim extremists, since the attacks coincide with the G-8 summit that is going on in Gleneagles, Scotland. For reasons only the beanbrains who consider themselves to be anarchists can explain, they have been opposed to the work of the G-8 participants, even though one would think they'd be pleased with the agenda of most of the world's leaders who are meeting there; aid to Africa, curbs on global warming, and the like. But who knows.

I just hope the perpetrators are hunted down and summarily punished. After the necessary trial, of course.

More Global Warming Idiocy

When I read the headline in the Washington Post, I knew another global warming story was on its way.
Experts Predict Polar Bear Decline (link)
By Blaine Harden, Washington Post Staff Writer
I was right.
SEATTLE, July 6 -- As the pack ice that is the bedrock of their existence melts because of global warming, polar bears are facing unprecedented environmental stress that will cause their numbers to plummet, according to a report by a panel of the world's leading experts on the species.

In a closed meeting here late last month, 40 members of the polar bear specialist group of the World Conservation Union concluded that the imposing white carnivores -- the world's largest bear -- should now be classified as a "vulnerable" species based on a likely 30 percent decline in their worldwide population over the next 35 to 50 years. There are now 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears across the Arctic.
This bunch of goofballs couldn't predict the timing of their next bowel movement but they know what is going to happen with the world's polar bears 50 years from now.

The world has gone mad.

Environmentalism Gone Terribly Awry

In their efforts to improve the environment, environmentalists are prepared to slaughter every living creature on earth.

I don't know, but it just doesn't seem right.

From the Washington Times:

Turbines deadly for birds

ALTAMONT, Calif. (AP) -- When it comes to wind power, few places are more productive -- or more deadly to birds -- than this gusty stretch of rolling hills between the San Francisco Bay area and the San Joaquin Valley.

... the Altamont, where more than 5,000 windmills line the hilltops, ... has become a death trap for thousands of migrating birds that get chopped up in rotating turbine blades as they fly through or hunt for prey.

An estimated 1,700 to 4,700 birds are killed each year in the 50-square-mile Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area. Of those fatalities, between 880 and 1,300 are federally protected raptors such as burrowing owls, red-tailed hawks and golden eagles, said a study released last year by the California Energy Commission.

"Altamont is killing more birds of prey than any other wind farm in North America," said Jeff Miller, a wildlife advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity. "Incredible numbers of raptors are being killed there." (link)
So the air around Altamont is healthier to breathe what with the windmills providing pollution-free power to area residents. Unless, that is, you're standing under one of the 5000 windmills that litter the landscape there. For permeating the fresh air beneath them is the rotting, putrid, breathtaking stench of rancid, decomposing, maggot-infested endangered species' body parts; burrowing owl innards; red-tailed hawk viscera; golden eagle entrails.

I don't think Mother Nature is happy about this.

Boo Parles-Hoo

My interest in the Olympic games waned in the years when the power of the Soviet Union did the same. After we whooped up on them in the 1980 Olympic ice hockey competition and after Ronald Reagan bankrupted the commies by accelerating the arms race, an act that in itself brought us back from the brink of nuclear mutually-assured annihilation, watching a badminton match on television just wasn't the same.

But now that France got bitch-slapped yesterday by the International Olympic Committee, I may have to tune in again. Just reading some of the reactions to the city of Paris losing out in its bid to host the 2012 Olympics is entertaining.

This comes from the New York Post (New York also lost out, by the way; London won):

By Bill Hoffmann and Emma Haberman

Hey, France, you got a nice big kick in the derriere - and that's exactly what you deserved.

The resounding reaction around the world was joy, as the arrogant nation of surly snail-eaters and fois-gras fanatics was snubbed for the 2012 Olympics, the third time in 20 years it lost a bid for the Games. (link)
From there, the article got even nastier. I enjoyed it immensely.

I'm now a big fan of the Olympic games.

Another Brick From the Wall

Once upon a time long long ago, someone wrote something called the First Amendment. I no longer know much about it other than that it was a quaint notion that we had guaranteed to us certain freedoms. Or not.

Reporter Jailed After Refusing to Name Source
ADAM LIPTAK, New York Times

WASHINGTON, July 6 - Judith Miller, an investigative reporter for The New York Times, was sent to jail on Wednesday after a federal judge declared that she was "defying the law" by refusing to divulge the name of a confidential source. (link)

I was reminded yesterday that it was this same New York Times - on its editorial page - that was supporting the most egregious assault on the First Amendment in my lifetime; that being the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act, which prohibits political speech in a number of forms, particularly at election time. The Times op/ed staff had no problem with this attack on the 1st amendment; they were in fact quite gleeful when Congress passed it and President Bush signed it into law.

I was also reminded of the fact that it was the New York Times editorial staff that pushed the government into naming a special prosecutor in this case that has landed reporter Judith Miller in prison, their thinking being that they could nail a conservative columnist (Robert Novak) along with the President. It's funny how, when you open the gate, the ox will sometimes turn on you.

And there is no small irony in the fact that the Times cannot rely on the activist Supreme Court (which recently turned down their argument in this case) it is enthralled with to come to its rescue. Sometimes, Gail Collins, that "all-power-to-the-government" court you love so much is going to curtail your freedoms too, just as it has been constricting ours in recent years.

But the fact that the New York Times is getting its comeupance doesn't make the imprisoning of a news reporter for not revealing a source right. It is absolutely wrong.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.