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Archive for March, 2008

Has Boortz finally gotten suspended?

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Has Neal Boortz Been Suspended?

According to his website, boortz.com, Neal is on vacation this week. Normally, Boortz talks about upcoming vacations on the air, but this time he announced it on his website as an “Afterthought.” He also claims that he hasn’t taken his full vacation time in five years.

What odd timing … just as a groundswell of condemnation hits him for mocking and ridiculing a nine-year-old disabled child on national radio, he takes a powder.

Beginning on March 7 of this year, Boortz began playing an audiotape of a nine-year-old north Georgia boy who suffers from ADHD along with other disabilities. Boortz mocked the child’s speech patterns, said he sounded “dumb as a stump,” suggested that he’d never be anything more than a “tire changer” or a “worm farmer,” and accused his father of “child abuse” based solely on the boy’s speech.

From the comments to the article:

During today’s Neal Boortz radio broadcast (4/28/08), both guest host Herman Cain and lead traffic reporter Herb Emory said plainly that Boortz has been suspended and he will return Monday.

While any punishment of Atlanta’s draft dodging, warmongering hypocrite is welcome, Neal should have been off the air long ago, and it’s a black mark on Atlanta’s landmark radio station WSB to continue to have Boortz in its employ, along with crazed homophobe Michael Savage. It will be interesting to hear if serial liar Boortz mentions this at all on his show. Somebody leave a comment if he does, I don’t have the stomach to actually hear his voice.

US massing troops on Iranian border?

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Russian Intelligence Sees U.S. Military Buildup on Iran Border

29/03/08 — – MOSCOW, March 27 (RIA Novosti) – Russian military intelligence services are reporting a flurry of activity by U.S. Armed Forces near Iran’s borders, a high-ranking security source said Tuesday.

“The latest military intelligence data point to heightened U.S. military preparations for both an air and ground operation against Iran,” the official said, adding that the Pentagon has probably not yet made a final decision as to when an attack will be launched.

He said the Pentagon is looking for a way to deliver a strike against Iran “that would enable the Americans to bring the country to its knees at minimal cost.”

He also said the U.S. Naval presence in the Persian Gulf has for the first time in the past four years reached the level that existed shortly before the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

Great idea fellows. The last unprovoked war you ginned up really went swimmingly, we all must agree.

CIA’s shredding of evidence taints terror cases

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Tapes’ Destruction Hovers Over Detainee Cases

WASHINGTON — When officers from the Central Intelligence Agency destroyed hundreds of hours of videotapes documenting harsh interrogations in 2005, they may have believed they were freeing the government and themselves from potentially serious legal trouble.

But nearly four months after the disclosure that the tapes were destroyed, the list of legal entanglements for the C.I.A., the Defense Department and other agencies is only growing longer. In addition to criminal and Congressional investigations of the tapes’ destruction, the government is fighting off challenges in several major terrorism cases and a raft of prisoners’ legal claims that it may have destroyed evidence.

The United States hasn’t exactly triumphed in court with terrorism cases, but now, with the deliberate destruction of evidence, its virtually assured that no one will be convicted of a terrorism-related charge unless the feds first manage to prove they didn’t tamper with the evidence. In fact, in would be cheaper to probably just let anyone awaiting trial with a Middle Eastern surname go free than risk getting hammered in court for the world to see.

We can’t even do kangaroo courts right. Pathetic.

TSA removes nipple rings with pliers, Americans sleep safer

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Woman says nipple rings fell foul of airport checkLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A woman who claims she was ordered by federal airport screeners to remove her nipple rings with pliers demanded an apology from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration on Thursday.

Mandi Hamlin, 37, also called for an investigation into the February 24 incident in Lubbock, Texas, saying that snickering male agents violated TSA policy by forcing her to remove the jewellery.

Speechless I am.

Def Sec Gates decides to count the nukes

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Gates orders inventory of US nukes

Gates Orders Full Inventory of US Nuclear Weapons, Related Materials After Mistaken Delivery

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered a full inventory of all nuclear weapons and related materials after the mistaken delivery of ballistic missile fuses to Taiwan, the Pentagon said Thursday.

Gates told officials with the Air Force, Navy and Defense Logistics Agency to assess inventory control procedures for the materials and to submit a report within 60 days.

Earlier this week, Gates directed Navy Adm. Kirkland H. Donald to take charge of a full investigation of the delivery mistake in which four cone-shaped electrical fuses used in intercontinental ballistic missile warheads were shipped to the Taiwanese instead of the helicopter batteries they had ordered.

It was the second nuclear-related mistake involving the military that has been revealed in recent months. In August an Air Force B-52 bomber was mistakenly armed with six nuclear-tipped cruise missiles and flown from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., to Barksdale Air Force Base, La. At the time, the pilot and crew were unaware they had nuclear arms aboard.

Ok, two ways to take this, neither pretty. Either there is something going on behind the scenes which we’ll never know, and this is simply the public face of it, or our military are a bunch of yutzes who can’t follow procedure for the safe administration of dangerous hardware.

Great options, eh?

Don Siegalman to be released from prison

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Siegelman to be released from prison, Scrushy must stay in

MONTGOMERY — A federal appellate court today ordered former Gov. Don Siegelman released from prison while he appeals his 2006 conviction, but denied co-defendant Richard Scrushy’s request to be released.

Siegelman, railroaded into jail by what many feel is the machinations of Karl Rove, is free on an appeal bond. And the House Judicary Committee wants a word with him as well.

Gotta wonder, how much does Rove pay in retainer fees? Whew.

D.B Cooper’s parachute found?

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

D.B. Cooper’s Parachute Possibly Found

SEATTLE (AP) — The FBI is analyzing a torn, tangled parachute found buried by children in southwest Washington to determine whether it might have been used by famed plane hijacker D.B. Cooper, the agency said.

Children playing outside their home near Amboy found the chute’s fabric sticking up from the ground in an area where their father had been grading a road, agent Larry Carr said Tuesday. They pulled it out as far as they could, then cut the parachute’s ropes with scissors.

The children had seen recent media coverage of the case — the FBI launched a publicity campaign last fall, hoping to generate tips to solve the 36-year-old mystery — and they urged their dad to call the agency.

Boston “surprised” that subjects object to warrantless illegal gun searches? WTF?

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Police limit searches for guns
Opposition from residents is strong; Invited into homes without warrants

Boston police officials, surprised by intense opposition from residents, have significantly scaled back and delayed the start of a program that would allow officers to go into people’s homes and search for guns without a warrant.

The program, dubbed Safe Homes, was supposed to start in December, but has been delayed at least three times because of misgivings in the community. March 1 was the latest missed start date.

Police would ask parents or legal guardians for permission to search homes where juveniles ages 17 and under are believed to be holding illegal guns. Police would only enter homes into which they have been invited and, once inside, would only search the rooms of the juveniles.

“I would say that the police commissioner has been a bit surprised by those that are not in favor,” Driscoll said. “We’re genuinely trying to save lives.”

Surprised? Really? Surprised that the rabble object to warrantless, unconstitutional confiscations of their means to protect themselves? Surprised that some people don’t want to be victims?

LA destroying ecosystem for yard mulch

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Louisiana’s Mulch Madness

Like a Great Wall rimming the coast, cypress forests in the Atchafalaya and elsewhere in Louisiana are the single best defense against hurricanes—magnitudes stronger, more enduring, and cheaper than any concrete or earthen levee. Their extensive root system spreads several hundred feet, weaving a tight lattice that serves as an anchor against high winds and storm surges. Hassan Mashriqui, a Louisiana State University professor of coastal engineering who creates computer simulations of hurricanes, told me that a stand of cypress just a football field in width can slash a town-leveling, 20-foot-high storm surge by 90 percent.

Which makes it all the more staggering that in recent years an entire industry intent on logging cypress has lawfully sprung up. Some of the timber winds up as boards for home construction or furniture, but most trees are ground into garden mulch. That’s right: The last natural stronghold that could stop hurricanes from obliterating southern Louisiana is being pulverized into chips to adorn the very homes that the cypress would save from annihilation.

Really makes you wonder if we as a species are smart enough to be trusted with the planet, don’t it?

Late night listening: MJQ with Sonny Rollins

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Now this is how to wind down a day:

mjq

What else has TTP been spinning recently? How about…

Porcupine Tree “Nil Recurring”, King Crimson “The Great Deceiver Live 1973-1974”, NWA “Straight Outta Compton”, Black Flag “Damaged” and the legendary Melvins with “A Senile Animal”.

What are you listening to?