Sunday, September 25, 2005
Louis Charbonneau and Francois Murphy, Reuters:The U.N. nuclear watchdog passed a resolution on Saturday requiring Iran to be reported to the Security Council over a failure to convince the agency its nuclear program was entirely peaceful.Gary Metz aka DoctorZin
Friday, September 02, 2005
"Because of its low-lying landmass, the region is also uniquely vulnerable to hurricanes. Should a major hurricane hit the Bayou region, the potential loss of life and property could be tremendous. Consequently, evacuations must be carefully choreographed." (January 1, 2005, Clifford S. Barney, John Borden, GeoIntelligence)
As of January 2005, The Department of Defense and Homeland Security were already studying the security and infrastructure of Louisiana. Did it help? Did anyone listen?
Geointelligence - Cajun Counterterrorism: "The road southwest from New Orleans into the heart of Cajun country rolls past chemical plants, oil refineries, pipelines, and storage tanks, crisscrossing a network of manmade waterways and natural rivers and lakes. In this land of levees, canals, bridges, and bayous, nearly all industry and residents are connected in one way or another to the maritime and energy industries. This connection means vulnerability.
"Transected by the Mississippi River, which carries 40 percent of all U.S. exports, southern Louisiana is also home to the Port of Southern Louisiana — the busiest port in the world in terms of tonnage — as well as the Port of New Orleans. Combined, these two facilities account for 60 percent of all U.S. grain exports. The economic impact of disrupting these ports was clearly demonstrated when a supply ship near the Port of New Orleans recently sank, blocking the only channel open to ocean-going ships making their way into the lower Mississippi.
"In addition, the region is a hub for both offshore oil and gas drilling operations and the offloading of petroleum from foreign tankers, as well as a strong industrial base for the refining, distribution, and storage of petroleum products. Southern Louisiana accounts for significant production of military and civilian jet fuel. The volume of these hazardous chemicals near populated areas is also a constant source of concern.
"Because of its low-lying landmass, the region is also uniquely vulnerable to hurricanes. Should a major hurricane hit the Bayou region, the potential loss of life and property could be tremendous. Consequently, evacuations must be carefully choreographed.
"These factors combine to make southern Louisiana a potential 'perfect storm' for homeland security threats. That's precisely why the Department of Defense (DoD), through its Homeland Security/Defense Command and Control Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration program (HLS/D C2 ACTD), sponsored a pilot project to demonstrate technologies for information sharing and communications interoperability aimed at improving the security of the southern Louisiana oil industry and related critical infrastructure." (Geointelligence)
From God's lips to a Kennedy's ears ... Hurricane Katrina was visited upon the inhabitants of Mississippi because their governor, Haley Barbour, "offended God" by helping President Bush oppose the Kyoto Protocol.While Kennedy claimed the ferocious storm was directed by God as punishment for the environmental sins of Republicans, Muhammad Yousef Al-Mlaifi, director of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Endowment's research center, proclaimed "The terrorist Katrina' is a 'soldier of Allah". (World Tribute)
... the storm Katrina is the fifth equatorial storm to strike Florida this year... and that a large part of the U.S. is subject every year to many storms that extract [a price of] dead, and completely destroy property. I said, Allah be praised, until when will these successive catastrophes strike them? But before I went to sleep, I opened the Koran and began to read in Surat Al-R'ad ['The Thunder' chapter], and stopped at these words [of Allah]: 'The disaster will keep striking the unbelievers for what they have done, or it will strike areas close to their territory, until the promise of Allah comes to pass, for, verily, Allah will not fail in His promise.' [Koran 13:31]."One is left wondering how it is that an environmentalist ideologue and an Islamist would have such similar thought processes.
Thursday, September 01, 2005
There are many, many other worthwhile places to donate, but I prefer the American Red Cross for this disaster. It is heartwarming to see all of my conservative blogger friends offering places to donate, or having auctions to raise money. Instapundit has a long, long list of places recommended by other bloggers. Peggy Noonan at Opinion Journal wrote today:
Bloggers. In February I wrote that bloggers will help get America through a national crisis. They just did. Nothing has the immediacy and believability of local reports by citizen journalists living through a local story. Terry Teachout performed a public service linking to Katrina blogs; Glenn Reynolds offered links to relief organizations. The Times Picayune's live-blogging has been solid. Local bloggers were great until they started losing electric power and couldn't send anymore. Mr. Teachout told me at the end they were blogging by BlackBerry. As power comes back the greatest blogging should begin--what it was like, what the recovery is like, what is happening on the streets. Thanks in advance.However, imagine my suprise when I happened to visit a liberal site and found that they are channeling their donations to the American Red Cross, through a liberal front.
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The British shadow education secretary ..., David Cameron, defined Britishness as "freedom under the rule of law," adding that this expression "explains almost everything you need to know about our country, our institutions, our history, our culture - even our economy." ... Mr. Cameron spoke with a bluntness unique in four years of politicians' discourse since September 11, 2001: "The driving force behind today's terrorist threat is Islamist fundamentalism. The struggle we are engaged in is, at root, ideological. During the last century a strain of Islamist thinking has developed which, like other totalitarianisms, such as Nazi-ism and Communism, offers its followers a form of redemption through violence."
But it was the British shadow defense minister, Gerald Howarth, who went the furthest, suggesting in early August that all British Islamists must go. "If they don't like our way of life, there is a simple remedy: Go to another country, get out." He directed this principle even to Islamists born in Britain, as were three of the four London bombers: "If you don't give allegiance to this country, then leave."
These statements, all dating from the past half year, prompt several observations. First, where are the Americans? No major U.S. politician has spoken of making American-based Islamists unwelcome. Who will be the first? ... And finally, these comments are likely to be leading indicators of a broader campaign to restrict and remove Islamists – a move that comes none too soon.
Peggy Noonan of Opinion Journal writes "I hope the looters are shot":
As for the tragic piggism that is taking place on the streets of New Orleans, it is not unbelievable but it is unforgivable, and I hope the looters are shot. A hurricane cannot rob a great city of its spirit, but a vicious citizenry can. A bad time with Mother Nature can leave you digging out for a long time, but a bad turn in human behavior frays and tears all the ties that truly bind human being--trust, confidence, mutual regard, belief in the essential goodness of one's fellow citizens.
Some farsighted residents have generators and they too became targets of the lawless.
The New York Times: John Carolan was sitting on his porch in the thick, humid darkness just before midnight Tuesday when three or four young men, one with a knife and another with a machete, stopped in front of his fence and pointed to the generator humming in the front yard, he said.
One said, "We want that generator," he recalled.
"I fired a couple of rounds over their heads with a .357 Magnum," Mr. Carolan recounted Wednesday. "They scattered."
He smiled and added, "You've heard of law west of the Pecos. This is law west of Canal Street."
Shannon Love at Chicago Boyz explains to Europeans and Blue State America how this natural disaster explains why it is that Americans love their guns and SUVs.
Boston Herald, Thursday, September 1, 2005Kerfuffles is not going to let him go down easy, either. Mr. Environmentalist Kennedy wrote that hypocritical screed on a computer in an air conditioned office with electricity. If this was almost anywhere in the northeastern United States, as suspected, he was using energy created from the burning of coal. Yes coal, which, according to Kennedy and his fellow global warming activists, is responsible for causing global warming and Hurricane Katrina.
It must be nice for Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to have a dry, air-conditioned office in which to pen a navel-gazing think piece blaming Republicans for the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. As dead bodies floated in the flood waters of Louisiana and Mississippi and tens of thousands of people sat in humid shelters wondering how to piece their lives back together, or just hoping for a drink of water – Kennedy saw an opportunity to wax eloquent about . . . global warming. And the environmental activist took it one shameful step further blaming Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and his views on global warming for, essentially, bringing the hurricane down on his own people.
Is global warming, if it is in fact happening at present which is not proven, just a natural cycle in the billions-year-old earth's history or has it been caused by man's interference in the environment? Curiously, charges and evidence of global warming started about the same time that western countries began taking steps towards cleaner air. Now comes evidence that "atmospheric brightening" may be the culprit. Atmospheric brightening occurs when particulates are removed from the air to improve its quality. However this cleaner air allows more sunlight to penetrate and, hence, accelerate global warming. If that is found to be the true cause of global warming, we would need to fix it by burning stuff outdoors, removing the particulate scrubbers from smokestacks, and banning electric or hydrogen cars? If not, as the environmentalists will soon be warning us - "we all will bake".