Sunday, December 31, 2006

Blog Roundup

Posts from the blogs I read:

Ace of Spades

Predictions For 2007


National Review's got 'em. Dave at Garfield Ridge's got 'em. And now so do I.

In no particular order:

The release of Spiderman 3 is beset by controversy when Sam Raimi includes a scene in which a fight between Spiderman and Hobgoblin devolves from punches, to shoves, and finally ends with five minutes of slow, deep kissing.

Buoyed by the success of his reality-denying Holocaust Conference, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lays plans for his “Timothy Dalton is the Definitive James Bond” conference.

Acute Politics (in Iraq):

Saturday, December 30, 2006


I heard a fly buzz when I died;
The stillness round my form
Was like the stillness in the air
Between the heaves of storm.

The eyes beside had wrung them dry,
And breaths were gathering sure
For that last onset, when the king
Be witnessed in his power.
Autone the Angeleno:

CNN Vows Discretion with Saddam Execution Video — But Has No Problem Showing U.S. Soldiers Being Killed

December 29th, 2006


This is unbelievable ! I have watched Anderson Cooper on CNN twice in the last hour explain to viewers that they will use all means possible to not shock their audience with gruesome execution video of Saddam Hussein. CNN has the audacity to say this while simultaneously showing file footage of the dead bodies of gassed Kurds.

CNN is responsible for showing terrorist propaganda video from Iraqi insurgents of snipers killing U.S. Soldiers — No moral claim here! To further this hypocrisy they also have this stuff available for viewing at their “CNN On Demand” web site!

Blogs of War (roundup of his own):

Bombs Shake Bangkok Thailand - New Year’s Events Cancelled

There have been a number of unexpected attacks in the capital:

A senior police spokesman says at least 12 people have been injured in Bangkok after four bombs exploded in the Thai capital as revellers were preparing to bring in the New Year.

The four explosions are thought to have happened within 90 minutes of each other across the capital, beginning at 5:30pm (local time) at central Bangkok’s Victory Monument.

“I have received reports of bombs at Victory Monument which injured four people. The second site was at Klong Toey which injured six people, two of them children,” Ajiravid Subarnbhesaj, national police spokesman, said on Thai television.

Buffalo's Path (musings from Canada):

It Wasn't The Night Before Christmas

It was still dark when I sat up on the edge of the bed, placed my elbows on my legs, and my chin on my hands. My eyes weren’t focusing. I felt, rather that saw, Kat’s sleep-locked eyes open blearily and fix on my back.

“Are you in pain, baby?”

“F#$@ no, I growled. “I always sit on the edge of the bed and groan in agony when I’m feeling fine.”

“Is there anything I can do for you?” Her voice was full of concern.{bad word changed by me: LN}

Captain's Quarters about Bush:

An Overlooked Legacy?

The Washington Post notes an overlooked part of the George Bush presidency, one that gets almost no attention despite the constant focus on the region. Under Bush, the US has tripled aid to Africa, with even more increases proposed for the next two years:

President Bush's legacy is sure to be defined by his wielding of U.S. military power in Afghanistan and Iraq, but there is another, much softer and less-noticed effort by his administration in foreign affairs: a dramatic increase in U.S. aid to Africa.
Good Richard blogs about Boxer and her run away from CAIR:

Boxer Distances Herself From CAIR

First, the facts:

Sen. Barbara Boxer of California has rescinded an award to an Islamic activist in her home state because of the man’s connections to a major American Muslim organization.


Boxer’s office confirmed to NEWSWEEK that she has withdrawn a “certificate of accomplishment” to Sacramento activist Basim Elkarra after learning that he serves as an official with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

Hot Air vents about '06 interviews (and other stories).

The InstaPundit has all the news (of course):

MORE KIDNEY-BLOGGING, from Virginia Postrel.

Little Green Footballs is the hangout as always:
Palestinian Toy Gun Watch

A young boy holds a toy gun as a Palestinian man, right, speaks behind a portrait of late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein at a memorial in the Dahaysha Refugee Camp in the West Bank town of Bethlehem,Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006. Hundreds of Palestinians flocked to the streets of the West Bank on Sunday to mourn the death of Saddam Hussein, setting up condolence tents and bemoaning the fate of their steadfast ally. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Misha has plans for the New Year's Eve bash:

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Hah, betcha thought this was a B.C. post, didntcha?

On Air

Now that I have your attention, the nasty little bug that rampaged it’s way through the Ambassador’s residence appears to be leaving as fast as AQ in Somalia. As such, I’ve decided to air an off-the-cuff New Year’s broadcast over on RadioCIA starting about 9:30 CT.

JS over at Observations looks at the cost of Saddam's rule in lives:

Chronicle of the atrocities committed by Saddam Hussein:

Hussein's regime killed, tortured, raped and terrorized the Iraqi people and its neighbors for over two decades.

Hundreds of thousands of people died as a result of Saddam's actions.

Saddam had approximately 40 of his own relatives murdered.

1980-88: Iran-Iraq war left 150,000 to 340,000 Iraqis and 450,000 to 730,000 Iranians dead.

Patterico lays off the LA Times and looks at Saddam's ending:

Saddam’s Last Words: Three Different Versions (Plus Video)

Filed under: War, Scum — Patterico @ 7:05 am

In updates at the end of this post, Hot Air has video of Saddam being prepared for execution. As a bonus, there are three different stories about what Saddam’s last words were. He said “Allahu Akbar,” or something about Palestine being Arab, or a sarcastic “Muqtada.” Take your pick.

It just goes to show: you can’t get a consistent story about anything out of Iraq — even when the event is videotaped.

UPDATE: Xrlq says that this may be a link to a video of the execution. He can’t get it to load, and I can’t see it on a Treo anyway.

Jay at Stop the ACLU is on vacation, so his post is from the 22nd:

Al Qaeda Sends a Message to Democrats

by @ 9:05 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Just about to walk out the door when I see this news from ABC’s Blotter just in time for the holidays!

Al Qaeda has sent a message to leaders of the Democratic party that credit for the defeat of congressional Republicans belongs to the terrorists.

In a portion of the tape from al Qaeda No. 2 man, Ayman al Zawahri, made available only today, Zawahri says he has two messages for American Democrats.

Things are slow over at Tom Delay's site:

Followup: Durham Bull

The scandal surrounding the prosecutor in the “Duke lacrosse rape case” deepened Thursday when the North Carolina Bar Association took actions that could range from admonishment to disbarment for District Attorney Mike Nifong.

And the last of my links is from TownHall; Mitt Romney's the spotlight on this one:
The Globe on Romney and New Media
Posted by: Hugh Hewitt at 10:34 AM

Last week I posted on the lead Mitt Romney has established in outreach to new media over the other two top-tier GOP candidates for the presidency, Rudy Giuliani and John McCain. Today the Boston Globe dutifully reports the story and even mentions the post in which I gave them their lede.

The piece is the first of many from old media on new media's impact on the contest for the GOP nomination in 2008 and is generally well-reported, but four things deserve criticism in the Scot Helman article.

Click thru and read the posts and have a great day.
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