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Yet Another Sign That The Hamas Victory Was Really a “Letting the Mask Drop” Moment… January 30, 2006, 12:46 pm

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al-Reuters is reporting this morning that Arab neighbors will work with Hamas led cabinet:

All the Arab governments around Israel will deal directly with a Palestinian cabinet dominated by the militant Islamist group Hamas, ignoring U.S. and European attempts to isolate the group, analysts said on Monday.

The Egyptian and Syrian governments already have good working relationships with Hamas, although some of their main domestic opponents are Islamists, and would accept a possible role as intermediaries between Hamas and the West, they added.

Egypt may press Hamas to make concessions to demands that it recognize Israel and abandon armed struggle but it will also use Hamas’s surprise election victory to argue for changes in U.S. and European policy in the Middle East, they said.

Not that it should really shock anyone who has been paying to attention to the Middle East for the last 30 years, but if there was really any hope that the US and EU would get help in isolating Hamas, it was based on folly and general ignorance of history. Still, it’s nice to see it in a newspaper that Egypt and Syria have “good working relationships” with Hamas. That’s something that used to be downplayed because it was seen as a BAD THING to be tight with Hamas. It’s the same reason why I always kept my connections with the Branch Davidians on the down low. We be tight and all, but those guys are CRAZY and it’s not something you want to go shouting from the rooftops of the world, if you know what I mean.

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I Can’t Wait Till This Guy Finally Goes Down January 24, 2006, 10:37 am

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Bashar al-Assad, president of Syria and former non-Lebanese killing ophthalmologist, has specifically accused Israel of assassinating Yasser Arafat.

From the UK Telegraph:

Mr Assad, who himself is suspected of ordering the killing of the Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, said: “Of the many assassinations that Israel carried out in a methodical and organised way, the most dangerous thing that Israel did was the assassination of President Yasser Arafat.” He told a conference of Arab lawyers in Damascus:“This was under the world’s gaze and its silence, and not one state dared to issue a statement or stance towards this, as though nothing happened.”

Yeah, cause you just know how the world has constantly got the Jew’s back.

Riiiiiiiiiiiight.

What the Hell Is Going On? January 20, 2006, 4:12 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Foreign Affairs, Iran, The French.
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Can someone stick their head outside and let me know if it is raining frogs or any other type of amphibian because shit is getting weird around here. In the space of 24 hours we have had Hillary saying that Bush isn’t being enough of unilateral cowboy vis a vis Iran and Chirac is threatening to nuke terror sponsoring nations.

Ladies first:

She also blasted the Bush administration for allowing European countries to lead negotiations with the hard-line regime of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

“I believe that we lost critical time with … Iran because the White House chose to downplay the threats and to outsource the negotiations,” she said. “I don’t believe … in standing on the sidelines.”

Clinton accused the White House of “substituting ideology and arrogance” for “evidence-based decision-making.”

Clinton’s comments came on a day when the International Atomic Energy Agency accepted Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s call for a Feb. 2 emergency meeting to address Iran’s insistence on resuming uranium enrichment, a precursor to development of atomic weapons.

I don’t even where to start on this. I mean, Bush is doing exactly what retards decry he didn’t do with Iraq and now he gets shit for it??? I swear, Bush could cure cancer next week and the libs would bitch about how AIDS victims are left out in the cold in Bush’s compassionate conservatism. Sheesh.

On to Mr. Chirac:

French President Jacques Chirac has said France would be ready to use nuclear weapons against any state which launched a terrorist attack against it. Speaking at a nuclear submarine base in north-western France, Mr Chirac said a French response “could be conventional. It could also be of another nature.” He said France’s nuclear forces had been configured for such an event.

Jacque, Jacque, put down that sabre you jingo-istic warmongerer you!

Do you see what I mean??? The French are acting tough and Bush is getting shit for being too diplomatic…I’m almost afraid to leave the house today. I’m mean, what if, like, gravity stops working or something?

Just Another Reminder That We Need To Change Our Energy Policy Sooner Rather Than Later… January 15, 2006, 4:54 pm

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Nigeria Oil Platform Attacked, Militias Battling Troops:

LAGOS, Nigeria — Nigerian troops battled militia fighters in swamps around a Royal Dutch Shell PLC oil platform that militants attacked at dawn Sunday, the third assault on Shell oil facilities in less than a week in the troubled region. Shell confirmed the attack on the Benisede oil platform in the southern oil-rich Niger Delta and said some of its staff had been injured and taken to hospital. The company also said it had begun evacuating personnel from vulnerable facilities in the region due to worsening security.

You take this story and combine it with the political uncertainty in Venezuela and the absolutely crazy shit going on in Iran and things aren’t looking too good as far as reliable oil supplies go. I don’t think that I am going too far out on a limb to suggest that India’s and China’s economies will continue to grow and not decline, thus putting more pressure on global oil supplies. It’s becoming downright negligent and dangerous for us not to pursue energy sources within our own borders. We need to drill in ANWR, go after sources in the gulf and build more nuke plants now as well as keep pushing and developing high tech as much as possible. The faster we can make the transition from being exclusively fossil fuels the better. To use an utterance commonly associated with fragile, yet developing democratic movements: faster, please.

Quel Suprise! The French Pussy Out… January 15, 2006, 2:09 am

Posted by quintapalus in Foreign Affairs, Iran.
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Remind me to not be shocked the next time I was actually expecting some strength from our French allies and they fold faster than, well…the French army in 1939. Sheesh:

Foreign Ministry spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei, said France’s priority for now is convening a special session of the International Atomic Energy Agency to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council.

The Security Council could decide to sanction Iran. But Mattei did not prejudge what action the council might take.

He said France, Britain and Germany regard the issue of sanctions as being “premature for the moment.”

“We’ll see what happens at the Security Council,” he said in a telephone interview. “One step at a time.”

Here, allow me to illustrate:

Step 1) Iran gets the bomb

Step 2) Iran uses the bomb against Israel

Step 3) Europe pretends to be shocked; US forced to respond

Step 4) And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood, etc., etc.

Am I close on this one? Cause I feel like I’m gettin’ warm.

Why are people not taking this more seriously? I mean, I like the END OF THE WORLD as much as the next guy, but I thought I might want get laid a few more times before that happens.

H/T Ace

And the Slide into Intellectual Mush is Almost Complete… January 9, 2006, 9:24 pm

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“Famous” Jazz musician Harry Belafonte called Bush the “Greatest Terrorist” while visting Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. I’m not sure what’s worse: that the man has no concept of history or politics or rational thought or that he said those things while at the side of a genuine dictator masquerading as a president. Look, we all know that Mr. Belafonte is a few sandwiches short of a picnic, but this kind of stuff is helping to destroy the English language in a way that makes Ebonics seem like a casual hobby. The short of it is that nothing means anything anymore. So if Bush = Hitler (x=y) then we can logically conclude that Hitler = Bush (y=x). It’s basic math and logic really. Let’s continue with this a bit shall we? If the worst thing about Bush is that he passed tax cuts for the rich and the worst thing about Hitler is that he kill 6,000,000 Jews then passing tax cuts is as bad as killing 6,000,000 Jews and killing 6,000,000 Jews is as bad as passing a tax cut. Since we know that passing a tax cut isn’t actually that evil, then I guess neither is the almost near extinction of the Jewish people. Oops, there I go again – comparing mass genocide to a change in tax policy. It’s not my fault; I was told that Bush is Hitler!

Rhetoric is fine and dandy, but when it gets out of hand to the point that nothing means anything anymore, we might accidentally let the few real homicidal maniacs out there slip right through our fingers to do some real damage. I mean, sure that guy over there is filling his mass grave with 100,000 people a year, but BUSH JUST SIGNED THE PATRIOT ACT!!!!

It’d be nice to be able to hit all of these people over the head with a ball-ping hammer, but I only have one hammer and that would take forever. Instead, we are forced to read about their oral diarrhea in places like Yahoo News.

Can We Just Nuke This F*cker Already? January 6, 2006, 10:25 am

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Not content to ire the world too much with his holocaust denial, wanting to wipe Israel off the map, calling nuclear talks with the EU “useless” and generally being an overall prick, Iranian “President” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad annouced that he hopes Sharon will die and that other criminals like him will join him.  It’s like he is begging to bring the whole situation to a violent end, but we’re seeing that behavioral condition a lot more these days from our Muslim brother than not.  Oh, and can we stop immediately calling Islam a religion of peace every time some muslim kills a lot of people?  That’s starting to get real old.  Sheesh.

Extra! Extra! Iranian President Moderates Position on Israel December 8, 2005, 9:16 pm

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has shown his country and yes, indeed, the world itself that he has a special place in his heart for Israel after all. In his Excellency’s benevolent magnanimity, President Ahmadinejad has backed off his earlier comments that Israel should be wiped off the map and is now backing a gentler, kinder stance of simply moving Israel to Europe. Hardliners needn’t worry much though, as His Most Gracious Ruler is still an outright Holocaust denier.

“Too Blind to See the Irony” Headline of the Day December 8, 2005, 4:51 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Foreign Affairs, Random, Crazy Shit.
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“Montreal – tens of thousands of people ignored frigid temperatures Saturday to lead a worldwide day of protest against global warming.”

-from the Canadian Press.

While we’re on the subject, this article really sums up all you need to know on the global warming situation coming out of the recent UN Climate Change Conference that kicked off over the weekend.

“Ten years ago we thought we had a lot of time, five years ago we thought we had a lot of time, but now science is telling us that we don’t have a lot of time. Global warming can mean colder, it can mean drier, it can mean wetter, that’s what we’re dealing with

There you have it folks, the ultimate bogey man. No matter what happens, you can blame it on global warming. Cold day? GLOBAL WARMING!!  Hot day?  GLOBAL WARMING!!  Dog run over by a trixie in her Jetta while talking on the cell and putting on makeup while drinking starbuck soy-latte?  GLOBAL WARMING!!

It’s pretty awesome to establish a scenario where no matter what happens, you were right all along!

WE DIDN’T LISTEN!!!!!! ARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BTW, if you have seen the South Park episode “Two Days Before the Day After Tomorrow” stop reading this blog immediately and find a way to watch it. You’ll be glad you did.

Remember that story about Bush wanting to bomb Al-jazeera? November 26, 2005, 11:24 pm

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Here is Yahoo’s account for the back story. Al-jazeera is making a big stink out of it, but really, when I originally heard the story, my first thought was “who didn’t?” I mean, I would be surprised if it wasn’t brought up and discussed. It’s so absurd that anyone would find this shocking that it reminded me immediately of episode 9F22 of “The Simpsons”, the classic Cape Fear episode. For those readers who don’t have all Simpson’s episodes memorized, this episode covers Sideshow Bob getting parolled for the 56th time and trying yet again to kill Bart, all while parodying “Cape Fear.” During Sideshow Bob’s trial, Selma testifies that Bob tried to kill her on their honeymoon. The crowd in the courtroom whispers amongst themselves, shocked at the revelation. But then Bob’s lawyer (the blue haired, glasses wearing, slimy lawyer that usually works for Mr. Burns) asks “How many people in this court are thinking of killing her right now?” A few people in the courtroom slowly raise their hands. The lawyer then presses with a “Be honest!” and almost all the hands slowly go up around the courtroom, even a priest. Hell, even her sister Patty raises her hands and declares, “Aw, she’s always leaving the toilet seat up.”

Absolutely hilarious.

Anyone with a blank stare on their face at this point is hereby ordered to close down their computer and report to the death room as you have no sense of humor. Hey, did I say “death room?” I meant “happy, fun room.” Yeah, that’s the ticket!
But seriously, being shocked over this revelation is like being surprised to find out that the world is actually run by 12 Jewish bankers, who meet tri-annually in a high-Earth orbit in their Death Star of David to make all of their secret plans.

What?

You didn’t know that?

Ignore that last part; I’ve said too much already.