Living Dangerously

Check this video out- the peacetime military is such a safe job…

And yes, because you Support The Troops- the pilot survived. Wow.

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    Interview with Basil

    Thanks for all your questions- the result is here.

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    Mid-Evening Meanderings

    Flopping Aces has a beyond-the-looking-glass examination of Mary McCarthy’s importance.

    Hot Air is getting hotter- great Vent today. Topical, fun, short and sweet. The talking head aspect is almost gone- great stuff, MM.

    With yet another link to Malkin (who needs publicity like I need obscurity), this fair and balanced edition of Mid-Evening Meanderings notes this meeting of Dennis the Peasant’s evil cabal.

    Phin, don’t do it, man.

    Moonbats fighting for justice? Shut up!

    AJ says the Iraq war is over. Zawahiri agrees, claiming victory for Al-Qaeda. Oh yeah, Ayman? If you’re winning, why have you and Binny and Zarkman been so busy on the airwaves insisting it? Like the kid in high school bragging about all his conquests, you boys have been doing nothing but uh, let’s not get into too much detail.

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    Hot Air: Truth In Advertising

    Michelle Malkin’s new video-based blog, backed by Allah, formerly of Allahpundit and Link Mecca is an interesting project.

    The “Vent” feature is dull and bland. Malkin’s wit is all but absent and she (for her) bends over backwards to try to be ‘fair and balanced’. Leave that to the MSM, Michelle.

    I’m totally underwhelmed by the “Army of Davids” comments people are tossing Hot Air’s (and Reynolds’) way because nothing Hot Air is doing is revolutionary. (And isn’t that revolutionary? No. -Ed)

    Nothing is ordinary about Hot Air, for one thing. Malkin is a seasoned journalist in her own right, and Allah is a professional, polished writer. All in all, Hot Air is a slick, packaged product- despite its clear need to get some pizazz.

    One thing most podcasters and vcasters seem to miss is that all the content must be interesting. With text, one can skim boring stuff and be none the worse. For “serial” media like audio and video, the audience’s attention is basically stuck.

    As a final product, Hot Air is bad. Never-get-on-real-TV bad. The good news is the people behind Hot Air are talented and bright; once the shakeout period is over, Hot Air may well be quite good. As in Too-Good-For-TV good.

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    Mid-Evening Meanderings

    The Supreme Commisar has an updated Mary McCarthy matrix for viewing- nice work…

    Digger’s Realm has achieved 2,000,000 page views. Great job, Digger. I’m only 1,999,912 behind you!

    Over at CT Blog, Walid Phares has a post on the Zarqawi video, and Bill Roggio has an Afghanistan “Spring Offensive” update.

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    Iran: Please Bomb Us Now

    Away with your words, we await your bombers:

    Iran Ready to Transfer Nuclear Know-How:

    Iran’s top leader said Tuesday that Tehran is ready to transfer its nuclear technology to other countries. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the comments in a meeting with visiting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who said last month that his impoverished, wartorn country was considering trying to create a nuclear program to generate electrical power.

    “Iran’s nuclear capability is one example of various scientific capabilities in the country. … The Islamic Republic of Iran is prepared to transfer the experience, knowledge and technology of its scientists,” Khamenei told al-Bashir at their meeting.

    Al-Bashir congratulated Iran for its success in producing enriched uranium for the first time, saying the achievement was a “great success for the world of Islam.”

    “President” Omar, what’s Pakistan? Jewish?

    Sudan, Sudan. Now where have I heard a prominent Islamist talk about Sudan?

    But wait, there’s more Iranity today…

    Iran Threatens to Hide Its Nuclear Program:

    Iran’s top nuclear negotiator said Tuesday that Tehran would halt all cooperation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog if the Security Council imposes sanctions against it, and warned it might go further and hide its nuclear program if the West takes any other “harsh measures.”

    The statements by Ali Larijani were Iran’s strongest statement of defiance yet before a Friday deadline the Security Council has given the country to stop all uranium enrichment. They came a day after Iran’s president boldly predicted the Security Council would not impose sanctions on Tehran and warned he was thinking about dropping out of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

    Why would Iran want to hide its nuclear program now? It has spent so much time boasting about its peaceful energy program- and coincidentally, how much better things would be if Tel Aviv experienced a few 5000 degree days, why would the mad mullahs want to back down now?

    In their words and covert deeds, they want the Iraq plan. “Please bomb us. Please invade. We’re really bad men, you know.”

    As noted previously, it is imperative the U.S. not attack first. While Iran’s public statements are clearly getting into “fighting words” territory, the president must allow Iran to take the first swing before consigning the mullahs to history.

    Limited airstrikes would be a strategic disaster, comparable to Clinton’s Tomahawk attacks on Osama’s Afghan camps after the 1998 embassy bombings.

    Of course, there are reports that U.S. teams are already operating in Iran:

    A former Iranian ambassador and Islamic Republic insider has provided intriguing details to Asia Times Online about US covert operations inside Iran aimed at destabilizing the country and toppling the regime - or preparing for an American attack.

    “The Iranian government knows and is aware of such infiltration. It means that the Iranian government has identified them [the covert operatives] but for some reason does not want to show [this],” said the former diplomat on condition of anonymity.

    The former Iranian ambassador argues that in the event that US pressure on Iran continues, “the end of the tunnel” for President Mahmud Ahmadinejad’s administration is “weaponization of the [nuclear] technology … and a military strike”.

    “The Americans are pushing Iran to become a nuclear state. Iran just wants to be a supplier of nuclear fuel. But [with their threats] they are pushing it further.”

    Oh sure. Thanks, Mr. Al-Sahaf.

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    A Picture’s Worth…

    …some serious jail time?

    If this isn’t a conspiracy, what is?

    While ‘links’ don’t prove anything, elements of a conspiracy may exist as long as one person (McCarthy) intends a criminal act and the others are aware of it (and do nothing to stop it).

    H/T: Confederate Yankee.

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    The Elephant in the Room

    John Kerry: Where’s Bin Laden?:

    Several Democratic U.S. lawmakers pointed to a newly broadcast audiotape purported to be from Osama bin Laden as a sign that the Bush administration has wasted efforts in Iraq instead of adequately cracking down on al Qaeda.

    “It underscores the failure of this administration to capture him,” said Sen. John Kerry on ABC’s “This Week.

    “This is one of the reasons that [Defense Secretary] Donald Rumsfeld should resign,” said the Massachusetts Democrat. “Osama bin Laden is loose today because we allowed him to escape at Tora Bora. It’s that simple.”

    Uh, Big John, Bin Laden escaped Tora Bora because we relied on our Afghan and Pakistani allies to perform adequately. Remember that Afghanistan was freed with only 500 U.S. ground troops.

    And as usual, with the Democrats, it’s Iraq, Iraq, Iraq- even though the political process in that country has made a giant leap over the weekend.

    But unlike John “Jengis Khan” Kerry, a certain wacked-out Islamofascist is not so interested in the land between the rivers anymore:

    Apart from the list’s comic aspects, it is fascinating for its omissions. Why didn’t bin Laden talk about Iraq?

    Al Qaeda has lost in Iraq, and bin Laden is desperate to change the subject. He and his organization are at grave risk of being discredited, and when that happens it will be much harder for al Qaeda to attract recruits, raise money, or deal with governments.

    Between Mary McCarthy’s status as the First Domino and the appallingly tone deaf response to another Bin Laden “Please, Hammer, don’t hurt me” proclamation, the sound you hear is the oncoming train of a fourth Republican victory in November.

    Update: Looks like Iraq is mentioned in the full text of Osama’s remarks, but only in reference to the occuption- not to defeating the crusaders or anything like that. Walid Phares has a nice analysis of the speech at the CounterTerror blog, and says it is possibly as substantial as Bin Laden’s 1998 declaration of war against the West:

    This is a “state of Jihad address” by a Terror-leader who projects himself as the supreme leader of all Salafi Jihadists in the world. The document provide guidelines and vision to the followers across the continents: A call for mega-terrorism and a fiery delivery of a bloody war in all directions. Not one single civilization and religion got away from Usama’s grapes of wrath: Muslim moderates, Shiites, Christian Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox; Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and Atheists as well. Europeans, Chinese, Indians, Semites, Africans and others were all deciphered as Kuffars, infidels.

    In two decades of Salafi and Khumeini rhetoric monitoring, I haven’t heard or seen a cross-infidel speech as the one aired by al Jazeera on April 23, 2006.

    Interesting.

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    RINO Sightings

    At Strata-Sphere. L.O.G.S. so J.K.S.

    AJ’s been on a tear with the Mary McCarthy case. If folks were so eager to get Scooter Libby, why is the left so shy now, when it comes to a National Intelligence Officer, who without question should know better?

    Just askin’. I know the answer.

    Also, if you have any questions for me, hit Basil up tonight.

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    Everything you could want on CIA leak firing

    Is at the Strata-Sphere. As usual, Just Keep Scrolling.

    Of every act Bush could leave as a legacy, cleaning the CIA via Porter Goss may stand near the top. Keep it up, PG! Holla at yo boy in da street, y’hear!

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