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That removes any and all common sense. Do they impregnate the black-robes with Idiotarian Fairy Dust?

Government Appeals Bail For USF Student

TAMPA - One of two University of South Florida students and Egyptian nationals will be allowed pretrial release on $200,000 fully secured bail and house arrest with an electronic monitor, a U.S. magistrate determined at a hearing today.

Although Magistrate Elizabeth Jenkins agreed with the prosecution that Youssef Megahed is a dangerous man, she said the government did not prove a specific danger. [Emph Mine]

Let’s see the two young Egyptian males are students at the University of South Florida and just happened to be on a little trip around the block to South Carolina and perchance in the vicinity of a U.S. military facility that has been previously used for interrogation of illegal combatants aka Terrorists. What to take for a little outing? Pipe Bombs, fuses and ammo. Later we find various other items of jihadi training materials, yet the gubmint didn’t prove Youssef Mega-DickHed was a specific danger? The rational mind has to wonder exactly what Magistrate Jenkins considers a specific danger, other than actually detonating the explosives in a populated area? Nothing to see here either folks, move right along.

The government immediately filed an appeal, which means Megahed can’t get out of jail until at least next week to give time for a U.S. District Court judge to review the appeal.

At least the Feds see the obvious issue, cut that shit-bag loose and the only thing that will beat him out of the country is the pilots at the front of the jet speeding off the runway. They’ve already decided that he’ll be released from house arrest for religious purposes, I’m sure Wahhabi practices include the Cairo Two-Step.

It was a looong day, very long and I’m fighting off something nasty, that seems to be inhabiting my G-I system as well as my sinuses and ears. Damitall. Just go read the whole thing, because I gurandamntee this story will remain buried by the Dead Tree Media, after all we’re so much more interested in that waste of Oh-Two OJ “I killed two people and all I got was a lousy book-deal” Simpson and his latest gaffe in Vegas.

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(This post, which had been put up a scant FIFTY-ONE MINUTES  prior to the stroke of midnight Central Time, was deleted so that I could delay my settling down for the night and put it back up with a timestamp of 9/12/07, just so some  whiny ass-ettes might be pacified and hence not make too much noice whilst banging their sippy cups.  (Incidentally, at the time of the original posting, it was already 9/12/07 in the Eastern Time Zone, but I guess that doesn’t mean much to some people.Oh, and never mind that the previous  post had scant little to do with 9/11, save for its title.  Guess that  escaped said sippy-cup banger’s notice, too.  -S.))

There are times I like being wrong. Such as when I predict a close game for my team, and they subsequently blow out their opponent.

Arlington Heights 10, Birdville 52
TCU 13, Texas Professional University 34
UBuffalo 42, Temple 7
Oklahoma 51, Miami 13
LSU 48, Virginia Tech 7
Dallas 45, New York Football Giants 35

I guess Temple really is that bad. The Bulls scored on the first play of the game and never looked back. It was so bad, Temple was held to -36 - yes, minus-thirty-six - yards rushing for the day.

Turner Gill’s reward for his fine work Saturday…is a trip to Happy Valley next Saturday to play JoePa and the Nittany Lions of Penn State. Can’t wait to see what that line is.

I figured that Virginia Tech’s offense had to be good enough to make at least a dent in Bo Pelini’s LSU defense.

Some dent.

LSU had a 24-0 lead after the first 18 minutes and outgained Tech 327-40 in the first half

Damn. Just, damn.

Tell you what, guys - Pelini’s gonna have a coaching job in the NFL before too long if this keeps up, never mind a college head coaching gig.

This is to be expected when you bring a young-ish team into Royal Memorial Stadium.

TCU not only led at halftime, they’d shut out The Biggest Payroll in College Football Today™ (Note to T-sip Shortdicks everywhere: That’s my First Amendment-guaranteed opinion, so take your libel lawsuits and shove ‘em up your asses) - and not many teams do that in Austin, period.

But even though the Frogs played TU tough, the meltdown was bound to happen - and happen it did, beginning in the third and getting out of control in the fourth.

Turnovers (four in all) plagued the Frogs; one fumble by punter Derek Wash led directly to a TU touchdown; another fumble led to a TU touchdown drive.

My consolation is this: TU is gonna get fuckin’ shellacked by OU.

Memo to Mack Brown: Uh, oh.

In like fashion to the LSU-Va Tech matchup, I was wrong about Miami being anywhere near good enough to stop the latest OU juggernaut.

OU has finally found its answer at quarterback - and when all’s said & done, he might be better than Vinnie Young ever thought of being.

Sam Bradford threw for five touchdowns (three to wideout Malcolm Kelly) and a Miami fumble led directly to another score as the Sooners rolled.

Anyone notice who was flailing his arms on that second Burress touchdown? That’s right - Widdle Woy Willie. Can’t blame that one on Aaron Glenn, now can you, Roy-Boy?

Not that it mattered. Much. NY’s secondary appears to be every bit as bad as Dallas’. Romo went 15-of-24 for 345 and 4 TDs (two to Widdle Terri Owens) as the Dallas offense put up its biggest opening-day numbers in over 35 years.

However, things are not all peaches & cream at (Hidden) Valley Ranch. Eli Manning threw for 312 himself on 28-of-41; in fact, it could be argued that the Giants lost because they weren’t going to their receivers enough. All night long it seemed like NY-pitch-and-catch in front of a banged up Cowboy secondary. Backup Jacques Reeves had one pick, but they were giving Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer plenty of room to operate all night long.

And I’m ready to get rid of Tyson Thompson. He’s had three years here and he still hasn’t figured out how to hang on to the ball. The bozo was directly responsible for three Giant points when he fumbled a kickoff near the end of the first half.

Still, a win is a win is a win. And I’d rather be 1-0 than tied with Philthy at 0-1.

This week’s record: 4-2. Overall: 9-2.

The PFW will turn around and come right back tomorrow, as we get an early start on things.

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A soldier knows a comrade in arms.

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A soldier knows who he can trust.

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A soldier knows his commanders will never let him down.

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A soldier knows that when he returns home, it will be to a grateful nation.

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They are your brothers, your sisters, the guy or girl next door. They are the ones who stand between you and harm, in all the empty places where they must walk.

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And when their commander in chief stands before them, the rafters shake with their cheers and applause.

Let the politicians bluster and bloviate, the Democrats orate from their bully pulpits…they have forgotten one simple lesson, one that President Bush learned from an early age, one his enemies both at home and abroad will never understand.

A soldier always knows.

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Oh come on, things can’t be this bad with the Department of Defense:

Short of Purple Hearts, Navy tells vet to buy own

Korean War veteran Nyles Reed, 75, opened an envelope last week to learn a Purple Heart had been approved for injuries he sustained as a Marine on June 22, 1952.But there was no medal. Just a certificate and a form stating that the medal was “out of stock.”“I can imagine, of course, with what’s going on in Iraq and Afghanistan, there’s a big shortage,” Reed said. “At least, I would imagine so.”The form letter from the Navy Personnel Command told Reed he could wait 90 days and resubmit an application, or buy his own medal.After waiting 55 years, however, Reed decided to pay $42 for his own Purple Heart and accompanying ribbon — plus state sales taxes — at a military surplus store.On the day he was injured, getting a medal was the last thing on his mind. Stationed close to the front lines at Panmunjom, where peace talks were under way, Reed “was a forward observer — the one that’s up on the front line directing the artillery. I had to get to the observation point.”

Reed jumped in a Jeep and had started out when a 76-millimeter shell “comes in and hits right below the Jeep in the mud. And when it went off, it blew the Jeep over and threw me into the windshield, where I busted my cheek — you can see the scar — and I was bleeding like a stuck pig.”

“And I could see this battalion aid station, with Navy corpsmen. So this doc, this surgeon, sewed me up and he says, ‘Do you want a Purple Heart?’ That’s when I said, ‘I haven’t got time! They’re waiting for me up at the front lines,’” Reed recalled. He rushed back to duty.

About three years ago, Reed said, he started thinking that it would be nice to have the Purple Heart to pass on to his two sons or daughter, or to show to his eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

“I thought it was going to be an easy thing. Well, I found out that’s not true,” Reed said. The first response Reed got was that there was nothing in his record about the incident, and that he had to provide witness statements and other verification.

Reed located two Marine Corps buddies, who provided the statements.

“Then I started sending all this information to congressmen, senators, the president, the commandant of the Marine Corps, anybody,” Reed said. “Well, I kept getting turned down.”

“The real support I got was from Sen. (John) Cornyn.”

John Drogan, a spokesman for the Texas Republican, said Thursday that the senator’s office has now arranged for Reed to get an actual medal.

“I have word from Navy folks they have just received additional Purple Heart medals, and we are going to make sure Mr. Reed gets his,” Drogan said, adding that he could not explain why the Navy Department had no medals when the senator’s office contacted it last month.

Maj. J. DeLaRosa, a media affairs officer for the Marines at the Pentagon, couldn’t believe Reed received only the certificate.

“That’s unacceptable. ‘Out of stock’? That’s like saying, ‘We’re out of ammo.’ That’s like saying ‘The Marines are going to close tomorrow.’ It just seems a bit weird,” DeLaRosa said. “There have been a lot of guys wounded, but not to the point that we’re out of medals.”

The Department of Defense estimates that 29,098 troops have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan through Thursday.

For his part, Reed is simply happy he finally received recognition for what happened to him that day. “That’s why I am so grateful to Sen. Cornyn.”

I just sent Mr. Reed a check for $42.00 because there is no excusable reason why this man – after waiting 55 years just to be awarded this medal — should have to pay for it out of his own pocket or wait another minute for the government to get their shit together.  (Okay, that is going to take longer than a minute.)

I have heard of this happening before.  I have been a volunteer at the VA here in Seattle for fifteen years. I have seen this kind of thing about twenty times.  It is disgraceful.

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LCs, lemme borrow you guys fer a second.  Got a quextion (a little…well, it’s somebody’s  lingo, there) fer ye.

As you may or may not know, every fall the Realm™ (that’s my little corner of the Blogosphere™ for you newbies) has a weekly feature called the Perfect Football Weekend™ (if you want to learn more about it, go here; if you want to see the first installment for 2007, click on this link), where I track my four or five favorite football teams.

Here’s the interrogative:  If I were to cross-post the thing over here, say, every Friday or thereabouts, would you want to participate therein?  (Yeah, I know - I should just be begging you fine LCs to just come over there and read it, but I do that enough as it is.)

(NOTE:  By “participate”, I mean you talk your best smack about your favorite football teams.  For example, LC John Wardle will want to talk about the Washington Redskins; Humble Devildog will extol the virtues of the Wisconsin Badgers (affectionately known far & wide as “Bucky”), and we can all laugh at take pity on BC’s Tampa Bay Yuckaneers.  (They do  have Chris Simms for a quarterback, after all. (grin)))

UPDATE:  Oops.  Maybe not.  I forgot - did Simms ever recover from that perforated kidney?

Update the 2nd:  Okay, make that a ruptured spleen.

Discuss.

Update the 3rd:  LC Robert Huntingdon makes a bodacious point when he notes that:

so long as we all understand in advance that insulting language towards other teams is a given

Therefore, let it become an Imperial Edict™ (and since I’m the Imperial Sgt-at-Arms, I can do that):  Carryeth not any venom from a PFW thread into any other thread.

Consider it the Las Vegas rule:  What happens here, stays  here.

Thatisall™.

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Well, at least one black robe occupying a bench actually has some concept of the criminal justice system. Furthermore, this nice little rule establishes Stare Decisis in the case of any future jihadis that happen to survive long enough, and under whatever conditions come before the bar.

Judge rejects ‘defensive jihad’ argument

Jurors who will soon debate the guilt or innocence of Jose Padilla and two other men on terrorism support charges cannot consider whether their actions were justified by Islamic law, a federal judge ruled.

Now that’s a relief on many levels. First and foremost it’s obvious that it shouldn’t be considered, and second, it would only be a matter of time where a defense attorney would muddy the waters of justice just enough to fool another jury into a verdict of “Not Guilty” by reason of religious intent and direction.

U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke agreed Thursday to a request from prosecutors to instruct the jurors that each of the men can be convicted even if they “may have believed that the conduct was religiously, politically or morally required, or that ultimate good would result.”

That’s really going to put a crimp in the failed defense, by (failed) spoldeyation argument. We finally see a judge that ‘gets it’ and unequivocally establishes that the Rule of Law doesn’t give two-shits about religious or political motivation, just a simple matter of guilt or innocence under the law. Period. Full Stop.

Jurors are expected to begin deliberations after closing statements Monday and Tuesday. Padilla and co-defendants Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi are charged with being part of a North American support cell that provided finances, supplies and recruits to al-Qaida and other Islamic extremist groups.

Fairly straight-forward charges there, dontcha think?

A cornerstone of the defense during the nearly three-month trial was the idea that Islamic teaching provides for legitimate “defensive jihad,” which differs from terrorism because it is meant to counter aggression against Muslims and does not threaten innocent people.

That would be the same jihadis that go out of their way to defend innocent men, women and children, not hiding in mosques or schools and never building IEDs, purely defensive terrorists. I suspect their definition of ‘innocent’ is limited to any and all adherents of radical islam. The rest of us are open season, with no bag limit, but it’s purely defensive you understand. *cough*bullshit*cough*

But Hassoun attorney Ken Swartz said his closing argument will not focus on whether violent actions might have been justified. Swartz said he plans to emphasize that any money or supplies provided to overseas groups was meant for humanitarian assistance.”It’s all about relief,” Swartz said. “That is not giving aid for military purposes.”

The jihadi humanitarian fund, “Just think, your $30 a month, goes toward providing little Ahmed here, with clothing, food and a custom dynamite belt. Won’t you reach out and help, today? Just think, we can eradicate all the infidels in a matter of months if only you find it in your heart and checkbook to begin your support today.”

To find the three guilty of the most serious conspiracy charge — the one carrying a possible life sentence — jurors must conclude that each defendant “specifically intended” that people overseas would be murdered, kidnapped or maimed through their actions. The prosecution case never linked any defendant directly to a specific violent act or victim, focusing instead on large groups subjected to attack such as the Russian Army and general conflicts in Chechnya, Bosnia, Lebanon, Somalia and elsewhere.

Of course, the fawning MSM has to get it’s jabs in, we know they can’t wait to get lots of footage of the defendants walking away from the courthouse free. More victims of the Eeevil Neocon Administration to fete.

Padilla, Hassoun and Jayyousi are also charged with providing material support to terrorist groups and conspiracy to provide such support, each of which carries a maximum 15-year sentence. Padilla is charged with providing himself as one of Hassoun’s recruits to al-Qaida by allegedly filling out a form in 2000 to attend a training camp in Afghanistan.

Oh come on, everyone knows Padilla was applying as an aid-worker at the A-Q humanitarian aid camp.

Not included in the Miami trial are the initial 2002 allegations that Padilla, a U.S. citizen and Muslim convert, had returned to the United States to build and detonate a radioactive “dirty bomb.” Padilla was held for 3 1/2 years as an enemy combatant before he was added in late 2005 to the Miami terrorism support case.

See there, that evil ChimpyMcBushCheney already tossed his ass in the brig for all those years, and he deserves a break.

I agree on one break though, involving most of his cervical vertabrae, along with his co-defendants. Let’s see how this one plays out, they might actually have a bit more fun being assigned to a nice federal pen somewhere in the general population.

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It’s an honest poll, I am interested in the outcome for a project I am working on.

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(Careful, it is kind of a trick question. I would suggest you look up the definitions first before you cast your vote.)

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Spam

In my ongoing battle against spam, I have found yet a new version of it: Registration Spam.

Like its other infestations, spambots have started to flood weblogs with fake user registrations. I have been getting a lot of new registrations from anton00@phreaker.com or something similar. They are starting to infest the membership lists, and before you know it, it gives the spammer an open door to your blog.

Well, no more.

I have installed the next generation of Anti-Spam. Actually, it is probably the most simplest of all of the anti-spam solutions.

It is called Trubar 4.0(Silent), and what it does is places a cookie on your computer before you start writing a comment. Then, when you submit the comment through POST, it checks to see if that cookie is on your computer. If it is, you can post. If not, well, you know…

Why the cookie?

Most spam is sent through SPAMbots. SPAMbots cannot collect and retrieve cookies. The cookie is set when you take your mouse and click it in the text area for the comment. SPAMbots not only don’t see the textarea, they don’t have mice.

In order for you to register or post comments here, you must have javascript and cookies enabled. If you use your computer for online banking, then you are good-to-go, because this is exactly the same thing online banking sites are doing.

If you have any problems, you can email me, or leave me a comment. (unless you are using a Hosting Matters email because they are blocking my IP address for mail.)

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And his name is PVT (soon to be busted so low that he’ll have to salute the latrines) Scott T. Beauchamp.

Predictably, he pats himself on the back for his moral fortitude in standing up and “outing” himself (curiously coinciding with LC & IB JD Johannes nailing his identity down to his very unit), calling everybody who criticized his brilliant work of fiction “reporting” “chickenhawks”, something which will come as a surprise to all of the critics who either served in general, served in Iraq in particular or serve at this very moment.

LC & IB Uncle Jimbo has a few choice words about that, in case you want to know (and you do, trust me on that one).

PVT Beauchamp, a legend in his own mind who, in his own words, just joined to lend legitimacy to his criticisms once he gets back to the “real” world.

Right, maggot (with our most profound apologies to carrion eating invertebrates everywhere), you’re a right royal Mother bloody Theresa.

Except that here, back in the real world, you’re either a witness to/participant in actions punishable (severely) under the UCMJ who failed to report them to proper authorities or a gottdamm, buddy-fucking, backstabbing, inveterate, lying sack of shit.

Pick one, asshole. There is no door number three.

Fucknozzle.

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Sydney, my home, is currently being hammered by major rain and storms. Winds up to 80 mph, massive waves, ships broken from their moorings and beached, and tragically, nine dead.

Chopper pilots who will later probably receive commendations for bravery and superb airmanship winched every last crewman off the ship in torrential rain and winds.

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All alive, all safe and sound…all in a day’s work.

Yet not one person is sitting on their ass waiting for the government to come help them. As usual, as soon as the storm hit, THE PLAN was activated.

The State Emergency Services received SEVEN THOUSAND calls for help at the rate of 100 an hour.(The SES is our civilian rescue and civil defence authority, all volunteers)

Men and women, in their offices or in their homes, got up, went to their respective headquarters, got their gear, received briefings and went to work.

They knew their jobs backward..because every situation had been planned for, they had trained and trained and worked and prepared..so that when the time came, they knew what they had to do.

Every situation has a procedure, every unit a plan, every team member knows their task and does it as part of a coordinated effort.

Did I mention that salvage crews are already aboard the ship? That we have a plan for that too?

Where is the Federal Government?

Standing by to lend a hand

Is the Premier of NSW sitting on his ass crying “we need buses”?

Nope, he is in his office being reported to by capable, competent people who know their jobs too.

Oh, did I mention buses? Yeah, we used them yesterday, to grab a couple hundred people stranded when the Central Coast line was cut by a landslide. Took us an hour to organise, but it was an “on the fly” problem, and the major delay was getting to the passengers because the buses had to slow down owing to low visibility.

Even the insurance companies are in on the action, lending a hand

NRMA Insurance Newcastle operations manager Suzanne Jolliffe said the company was able to help customers with emergency accommodation and had sent mobile units to the city to begin assessing property damage.

“We have an excellent track record of helping customers after a natural disaster and we are doing all we can to help those affected by the recent wild weather,” Ms Jolliffe said.

GIO home insurance general manager Lyndell Fraser urged customers whose properties had been damaged to contact the company by telephone as soon as possible, so that claims could be approved swiftly.

“Where damage to property is relatively minor, GIO staff can give immediate approval over the phone for repairs on all valid claims,” Ms Fraser said.

The NRMA, a car association who does a TREMENDOUS job, also have units out on the road for breakdowns and assistance in this weather, and who have probably been a guardian angel to more than one stranded and frightened motorist and their families.

Evacuate a nursing home with only a short notice?


No problem

The State Emergency Service (SES) is moving to safety the residents of the nursing home situated beside the Wyong River. The home has been cut off by rising waters.

“As a precaution those residents are being taken to higher ground,” SES spokesman Philip Campbell said.

Dear Mayor Nagin, the above is cordially offered to you as an object lesson in how to manage a natural disaster.

True, this is not in the same category of Katrina, but you see, Your Honour, that really isn’t relevant.

We have a plan for that.

Do you?

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