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January 28, 2006

What not to do

The news that UK foreign secretary Jack Straw will ‘press for action on Iran’ showcases the absolute futility of our current methods for dealing with international threats. First of all, who, exactly will Straw press? And, second of all, what, exactly, will he press them to do? Well, here it is:

Mr Straw is expected to urge the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] to refer Iran to the United Nations Security Council for censure.

Oh.

So, if I understand it, Mr. Straw will recommend meetings. And, those meetings will recommend, maybe, sanctions. Which, of course, is what we did with Iraq. That produced thirteen years of defiance by Saddam, empty threats from the ‘international community’ and ultimately led to our current war. I don’t know what the solution to the Iran problem is, but I know it’s not making the same mistakes we made with Iraq.

The BBC piece linked above ends thusly:

In his speech to the forum, Mr Straw is expected to say that Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons.

He will address 2,000 business leaders and politicians in what our correspondent describes as “one of the most influential authorities in the world”.

Mr Straw has previously told the BBC that Iran can be persuaded to co-operate over its nuclear programme only “by peaceful means”, saying the situation there was unlike that in Iraq.

I’m glad the correspondent feels they’re so influential. I can’t help but disagree. Meetings and words are not influential. I’m looking forward to seeing how the whole ‘peaceful means’ thing turns out. I just don’t see how people who can’t see the parallels between Iraq all those years ago and Iran today are going to work this all out. I’m rooting for peace, but I’m not optimistic.

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I’m not sure they get the whole ‘democracy’ concept

Fatah Members Riot After Defeat

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January 26, 2006

The China Syndrome (by guest blogger Dorian Davis )

China to “strike hard” against rising unrest.

Nice.

Let’s keep propping them up.

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Who didn’t get the message in ‘04? Who?

Kerry will try Alito filibuster

Leon H. at RedHot says it best:

There are now five Democrats publicly committed to supporting a cloture motion: Byrd, Johnson, Nelson, Salazar and Landrieu.

Displaying his usual amount of stunning political acumen, John Kerry has responded to this news by mulling a filibuster.

Update: Also via RedHot, there’s this great news.

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More on the poker blog

Ex-bloggers Peter and Candace made the same joke about our new poker blog, ‘I Had Outs’: “Good, now Alarming News will be English only.” Yaron, however, said he would miss the only sort-of understandable posts, as he isn’t planning to visit our poker blog. I don’t blame him. If I didn’t play poker, I can’t imagine finding stories of various hands interesting. But, if you’re a poker geek like us, do visit ‘I Had Outs’. Today, I pose a pointed question (pointed right at my friend SMVP): Should you check down your hand if you’re heads up at a casino table with a friend?

So now we’re giving in to terrorist demands?

This is no good:

The US military today said it would release five female Iraqi detainees, a move demanded by the kidnappers of an American reporter to spare her life.

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January 25, 2006

Census

A year ago, I made fun of the idea that NY was going to try to count the homeless population. Well, the program is actually going to happen and they’re looking for volunteers. I still think it’s kind of silly, but it will be interesting to see the results.

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Oh how much she’s learned

Cindy Sheehan, August 16, 2005, on the Chris Matthews show- “I’m a one issue person. I know a lot about what’s going on in Iraq but I don’t know anything about anything else.”

But, she seems to have learned a few things (either that or she realized a one-trick pony only gets so much press):

January 24, 2006, in Caracas, Venezuela- “I’ve always admired President Chavez for standing up to imperialism and the meddling of the American government in South America.”

January 10, 2006, Interview with Ronan Sheehan in Dublin- “And what we’re allowing to happen in Iraq, what’s happening in the Sudan . . . ”

January 10, 2006, Interview with Ronan Sheehan in Dublin- “You know, to me, these people–they’re “pro-birth”, but they’re not “pro-life”. My country executes people–we just executed one in California today, and my understanding of the Catholic Church was that we honored life from womb to tomb, not just from womb to “out”.”

That’s quite an admission

“His [Clinton's] policies are responsible for killing more Iraqis that George Bush.”

-Cindy Sheehan

Longer Sheehan post coming up.

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Today’s ‘you can not be serious’ item

Mexico to Give Migrants Maps of Arizona

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“Every way you look at it, you lose”

Palestinians vote as Hamas challenges Fatah

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In NYC

Bill at Citizen Journal is hosting a party for the Bush’s State of the Union address this Tuesday, January 31st at 7:00pm at Black Sheep, 583 3rd Avenue (38th Street).

Quite a team

From the Note:

Americans United, a union-funded liberal advocacy group that helped block President Bush’s efforts to change Social Security last year, holds a 10:00 am ET press conference at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, DC to unveil an anti-corruption ad campaign. Among those speaking at today’s event will be pollster Mark Mellman, media consultant Jim Margolis, and spammer Brad Woodhouse.

Emphasis mine.

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January 24, 2006

Club for Growth finds pro-growth Dem

I’m a couple of days late on this but I just heard Club for Growth has endorsed its first Democrat, ever. There’s no Republican seeking the seat (which is very weird, I expect that from NY Republicans but I don’t understand it in Texas), however, so I don’t think the Club will experience repercussions from its Republican donors. Whether the Democrat will experience repercussions from Democratic voters remains to be seen.

Because what we really need is another blog….

Dawn Summers and I have started a poker blog. If you like our poker posts, go on and blogroll us. We’re not sure what it will be, exactly, but the first post is about a bad laydown that I made last night.

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Yes, dude.

In a meme earlier this month, I noted ‘no, dude’ as a phrase I use often. Turns out, Michelle Malkin can ‘no, dude’ with the best of them.

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