Saturday, January 27, 2007
As others have expressed, we dodged a big bullet when we didn't elect Kerry to the presidency.
Pretty clear that he hasn't changed a bit from his "summer soldier" days. And what's wrong with the people of Massachusetts, who keep electing this clown? Paul Revere and the Adamses must be spinning in their graves.
The man is a waste of perfectly good oxygen!
Thursday, January 25, 2007
A fact that doesn't come out loud and clear in the TV broadcasts is that the perpetrator was arrested nearly a year ago, on 1 Feb. 2006, according to the WaPo story of the incident.
This is big news, and it's bad.
I have no idea what minimum mass of U-235 is necessary to make a fission bomb, but I suspect, given that the Hiroshima bomb contained about 40 lbs. (18 kg.) of enriched uranium and the technology has advanced drastically in the 60 years since it was used, that the actual minimum mass is probably somewhere in the range of 15-20 lbs. (7 to 10 kg.), assuming the latest technology is used. So this guy was basically peddling about a third to a half as much uranium as would be needed to make a fission bomb.
I'm going to apply the cockroach theory to this story: for every one you see, there are a dozen more hiding in the walls. This would suggest that there have been some sales of weapons-grade uranium that we don't know about. If this is true, there may be unaccounted-for nukes that are deployable right now by people who don't like us very much.
The facts of this story should keep homeland security planners and the spooks that advise them up at night. For example, all the guesses that you hear about Iran's nuke capability are based on the assumption that the Iranians will "grow their own" nuclear material for their bombs. This story could mean that they have one or more bombs already, and their production industry is only to enable them to build up their nuclear arsenal. Even worse, this incident makes the Memorial Day scenario uncomfortably plausible.
As if we didn't have enough to worry about.
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
That may be the most astute political decision he's made in at least 20 years.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
The news channels were full of cold weather-related stories all weekend, with tens of thousands without electricity in Missouri and 21 deaths attributed to the ice and snow storm that preceded this "cold snap." The California citrus crop is all but totalled, and cattle are starving and dying of thirst in the snow. This weather will have a significant effect on the US economy, lasting through the summer.
I blame Global Warming, and it's all Bush's fault.
(All weather information from Weather.com)
Friday, January 12, 2007
Well, I don't know the answer to that question, but it is an interesting fact that Starkist Tuna owns one of the two tuna processing plants in American Samoa, and that the two plants together employ about 75% of the workforce in American Samoa. It is also interesting that Starkist is vehemently against raising the minimum wage, and that its parent company, Del Monte Corp., is headquartered in none other than Nancy Pelosi's congressional district.
I think any time a politician uses a line similar to, "We're going to have the most ethical Congress in history," voters should disqualify that politician from holding any elected office. Every time I've heard the line spoken by a politician who is subsequently put in power, the actual result is the exact opposite. Politicians must have a "Do as I say, not as I do" gene or something.
As Glenn says, "Jeez."
Monday, January 08, 2007
It strikes me that, if a terrorist were planning to release a chemo or bio agent in the New York area and wanted to learn how the agent would disperse, one easy way to do so would be to release an odorant like methyl mercaptan (the stuff they put in natural gas to make it smell bad) and see where the reports come in from. I'm sure I'm far from the only person who's thought of this--I sure hope I'm far from the only person who's thought of this.
The only thing wrong here is that the weather in NYC is wet/drizzly/foggy and it seems to me that would hinder the dissipation of any kind of agent, especially a bio agent like anthrax. If someone were doing a dry run, I would think he'd want the meteorological conditions to be similar to those in which he'd conduct the actual attack, rather than the most adverse conditions. All in all, I believe that this incident is purely an accident or an honest mistake by someone, but post 9/11, it's prudent not to be complacent.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
And by the way, John Conyers, the designated Chairman to be of the House Judiciary Committee, apparently has significant ethical problems that have been whitewashed by the House Ethics Committee. Pot, meet kettle.
The Who had it right: "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss."
Thanks to Instapundit for the pointer.