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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

Posted by quintapalus in Foreign Affairs, Israeli / Palestinian.
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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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Steyn’s Sunday Column… January 29, 2006, 10:46 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Israeli / Palestinian, Op-Ed Columns, People Smarter Than Me, Uncategorized.
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Great column as always, containing this absolute gem:

For example, Mariam Farahat, a mother of three, was elected in Gaza. She used to be a mother of six but three of her sons self-detonated on suicide missions against Israel. She’s a household name to Palestinians, known as Um Nidal — Mother of the Struggle — and, at the rate she’s getting through her kids, the Struggle’s all she’ll be Mother of.

Man, that’s some funny stuff. So do yourself a favor and read it all.

Well Would You Look at That – Another Lawmaker Shows a Complete Misunderstanding of the Third Branch of Government January 28, 2006, 9:24 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Democrat Stupidity, Supreme Court.
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Hillary!TM decided to open her mouth today, joining the chorus of idiots who can’t count and support the filibuster of Alito. However, it’s her complete confusion about the role of the Supreme Court that I find the most disconcerting.

From the New York Daily News:

Sen. Hillary Clinton yesterday backed a rebel band of Senate Dems seeking to filibuster a vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel Alito. Democratic leaders had warned that filibuster efforts were going nowhere and would let President Bush score easy political points, but Clinton said, “I oppose his nomination and support efforts to block his confirmation.”

“I do not think Judge Alito would advance the principles Americans hold most dear,” she said, adding she would vote against a move to cut off a filibuster should one occur.

Where exactly does this sort of thinking come from? Being stupid doesn’t count in this case because there are many smart people who would agree with her. Look people, and for my liberal friends I’ll speak slowly and use simple words so as to avoid any confusion, the supreme court isn’t supposed to “advance” anything, much less anything as ambiguous or ever changing as “principles that Americans hold most dear.” Their job is perhaps the simplest (not easy, mind you, just simple) job in all of government: they look at the cases in front of them and simply rule them constitutional or unconstitutional using citations from the Constitution itself or federal law. They are not supposed to create law. They are not supposed to forward anything. They are not the players of the game; they are only the referees.

If Hillary!TM wants to advance anything, she’s in luck because she is a legislator and, holy crap, that’s her job!! Unfortunately, it’s not the job of the Supreme Court.

Understatement of the Year January 27, 2006, 8:48 am

Posted by quintapalus in Humor, Supreme Court.
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From John Kerry’s email yesterday, written from the economic conference at Davos, encouraging and supporting the filibuster of Judge Alito:

People can say all they want that “elections have consequences.” Trust me, I understand. 

Heh.

Funny Conversation of the Night… January 26, 2006, 7:56 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Random, Crazy Shit.
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situation: roommate has a phone number of a friend of a friend to go out on a blind date.

roommate: so I’m going to give this chick a call.

me: whoa, wait a second, what are you going to say?

roommate: I’m not sure.

me: WHAT?!?! You can’t do that. You have to have talking points or something, a plan of what to talk about.

roommate: I have a plan…but…but the plan sucks!

me: (laughing uncontrollably)

blog readers: *crickets chirping*

me: I guess it’s one of those “have to be there” type moments. But thanks for making me feel awkward.  Dicks.

Who Are You? January 25, 2006, 12:49 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Uncategorized.
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I’m an Audi TT!

You’re not the fastest, nor the most nimble, but you’re cute and you have style. You’re not intensely competitive, but when you pass by, everyone turns to look.

Take the Which Sports Car Are You? quiz.

Google: Principled Defenders of Privacy or Communist Enabling Stooges? January 24, 2006, 10:18 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Industry, Outrage, Technology.
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You may remember a story from last week regarding the Bush administration’s attempts to get porno querying habits from search engine companies like Yahoo, MSN and Google. (Full disclosure: don’t waste time trying to track me down; Quinto uses the search string “thai+asian+slut” regularly and often. What’s the matter? So I like the Asian girls, sue me.) Yahoo and MSN complied and Google told the feds to get bent:

Google on Thursday rebuffed the Bush administration’s attempt in federal court to force it to hand over search-engine data on millions of customers. The Justice Department asked a federal judge in San Jose on Wednesday for an order to turn over the records as part of the adminstration’s efforts to revive a controversial online pornography law. The issue is expected to be resolved by March. Google has already refused to comply with a subpoena, issued in August, to turn over a mountain of material, including all requests entered into Google’s search engine from any one-week period and 1 million randomly selected websites from Google databases. Rival search engines Yahoo and Microsoft’s MSN have cooperated with the government. But Google, the world’s largest search engine, opposes releasing the information because it says that doing so would reveal trade secrets and that the information requested is not relevant to the government’s case.

BTW, this is one of those issues that drives me batty with the Republican party. Can’t we leave this BS nanny state stuff to the Democrats? Oh no, there’s porn to be found on the Internet! So what! Let parents do their jobs and stay out of people’s lives with this stuff.

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“Cool” Facts About Jack Bauer… January 24, 2006, 3:31 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Humor, Television.
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(compiled from various lists floating around the internet)

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1) If you wake up in the morning, it’s because Jack Bauer spared your life.
2) If Jack Bauer was in a room with Hitler, Stalin, and Nina Meyers, and he had a gun with 2 bullets, he’d shoot Nina twice.
3) Upon hearing that he was played by Kiefer Sutherland, Jack Bauer killed Sutherland. Jack Bauer gets played by no man.
4) Jack Bauer’s favorite color is severe terror alert red. His second favorite color is violet, but just because it sounds like violent.
5) Jack Bauer once forgot where he put his keys. He then spent the next half-hour torturing himself until he gave up the location of the keys.
6) Jack Bauer got Hellen Keller to talk.
7) Jack Bauer killed 93 people in just 4 days time. Wait, that is a real fact.
8) Jack Bauer was never addicted to heroin. Heroin was addicted to Jack Bauer.
9) 1.6 billion Chinese are angry with Jack Bauer. Sounds like a fair fight.
10) Superman wears Jack Bauer pajamas.
11) Jack Bauer doesn’t miss. If he didn’t hit you it’s because he was shooting at another terrorist twelve miles away.
12) Lets get one thing straight, the only reason you are conscious right now is because Jack Bauer does not feel like carrying you.
13) When you open a can of whoop-ass, Jack Bauer jumps out.
14) If Jack says “I just want to talk to him/her? and that him/her is you… well amigo, you’re fucked.
15) Killing Jack Bauer doesn’t make him dead. It just makes him angry.
16) When life gave Jack Bauer lemons, he used them to kill terrorists. Jack Bauer fucking hates lemonade.
17) In grade school, a little boy punched Kimberly Bauer, and Kimberly ran home to tell her dad. That little boy’s name? Stephen Hawking.
18) Jack Bauer does not sleep. The only rest he needs is what he gets when he’s knocked out or temporarily killed.
19) No man has ever used the phrase, “Jack Bauer is a pussy? in a sentence and lived to tel-
20) In kindergarten, Jack Bauer killed a terrorist for Show and Tell.
21) Jack Bauer literally died for his country, and lived to tell about it.
22) As a child, Jack Bauer’s first words were “There’s no time!?
23) Jack Bauer’s family threw him a surprise birthday party when he was a child. Once.
24) If you are still conscious, it is because Jack Bauer doesn’t want to carry you.
25) If you get 7 stars on your wanted level on Grand Theft Auto, Jack Bauer comes after you. You don’t want to get 7 stars.
26) Guns dont kill people, Jack Bauer kills people.
27) Everytime Jack Bauer yells “NOW!? at the end of a sentence, a terrorist dies.
28) Jesus died and rose from the dead in 3 days. It took Jack Bauer less than an hour. And he’s done it twice.
29) If you send someone to kill Jack Bauer, the only thing you accomplish is supplying him a fresh set of weapons to kill you with.
30) Jack Bauer could get off the Lost island in 24 hours.
31) If Jack Bauer was gay, his name would be Chuck Norris.
32) After arguing over what was the better show, 24 or Walker Texas Ranger, Chuck Norris went to attack Jack Bauer with his trademark roundhouse kick. Jack Bauer caught it.
33) There is no such thing as the theory of evolution, but only a list of animals Jack Bauer has allowed to live.
34) Jack Bauer is so awesome he can watch 60 minutes in 20 minutes.

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

Posted by quintapalus in Foreign Affairs.
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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.

These Do Not Exist… January 23, 2006, 8:10 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Iraq.
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From StrategyPage.com:

January 23, 2006: American troops in Iraq have run across chemical artillery shells on quite a number of occasions. There’ve never been more than a handful found in any particular cache, and all of them have been old, easily dating back to the period of the ’90-’91 war. These shells were probably stashed away for “safekeeping? and then forgotten. Apparently none of the shells are usable, and in most cases the chemicals have deteriorated or leaked away. It would be extremely unlikely that any of these shells would be of tactical use. But if someone were to use one in an IED attack, despite the fact that no one would be injured by the chemical component, the PR impact might be serious.

I acknowledge that we didn’t find the “stockpiles” of chemical weapons that everyone agreed were in Iraq, but I can’t stand it when it becomes conventional wisdom that “there were NO WMD’s in Iraq” because that just isn’t the case. So yeah, other than the occasional caches of chemical warhead artillary shells, chemical warhead rockets, 55 gallon drums of chemical and biological agent compounds, there were NO WMD’S IN IRAQ!!

There, it’s settled then. You can go back to doing whatever it was that you were doing.