October 30, 2004
Officials initially thought it was the body of decapitated hostage Shosei Koda, murdered yesterday by terrorists. But later examination found that it was not Koda's body.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosoda said Saturday, "It was nearly certain that the body is not the one of Mr. Koda."More information is sure to follow on this one.
UPDATE 12M ET Sunday: The body has now been positively identified as that of murdered 24 year-old Japanese hostage Shosei Koda.
Japanese Embassy officials in Baghdad sent fingerprints of the body to the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, and police experts there positively identified the body as Koda's, (Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka) Machimura said.Monsters. That's the only term to describe such uncivilized individuals masquerading as human beings.
"It is to our great sorrow that after putting all our efforts into securing his release he has become a victim of terrorism," Machimura said.
"We cannot allow this kind of action. Japan, in cooperation with the international community Â…, must continue the battle against terrorism."
Fort Lewis College student Mark O'Donnell said he was showing people his College Republicans sweat shirt, which said "Work for us now Â… or work for us later," when Maria Spero kicked him in the leg at an off-campus restaurant.I guess it would have been OK for her to kick someone if they weren't a student, eh?
Spero then said "she should have kicked me harder and higher," said O'Donnell. "To physically take that out on someone because you disagree with them, that is completely wrong."
Spero, a visiting instructor of modern languages, apologized to O'Donnell in a letter dated Oct. 29.
"I acted entirely inappropriately by kicking you, giving vent to a thoughtless knee-jerk political reaction that should never have happened," she wrote. "Before the incident, I did not know you and that you are a Fort Lewis student."
O'Donnell says that Spero's apology letter isn't enough, and is planning on filing a formal complaint with the College.
October 29, 2004
Al Ghul (which translates from Arabic as "The Demon's Head) was exceptionally long-lived, thanks to something called a "Lazarus Pit," which contained a chemical brew that once immersed in it, would heal him of his maladies, leaving him rested and ready to face the Dark Knight once again.
A side effect of the Lazarus Pit was total madness, which also compares with Bin Laden.
BIN LADEN TRANSCRIPTMore below the fold...
FRI OCT 29 2004 17:45:46 ET
Newsreader: A new message from Bin Laden to the American people about the reasons and resulats of the 9/11 attacks.
Newsreader 2: The head of AL Qaeda says the continuation of us policy will lead to the repetition of what happened.
Male presenter: The head of AL Qaeda organization directed a message to the American people and this video and audio apearence in this tape which Jezeera required for the first time for two years. In the beginning of his message, he spoke about the reasons why they chose the US to execute 9/11.
OBL: You American people, my speech to you is the best way to avoid another conflict about the war and its reasons and results. I am telling you security is an important pillar of human life. And free people don't let go of their security contrary to Bush's claims that we hate freedom. He should tell us why we didn't hit Sweden for instance. Its known that those who hate freedom don't have dignified souls.like
the 19 who were blessed. But we fought you because we are free people,
we don't sleep on our oppression. We want to regain the freedom of our
Muslim nation as you spill our security, we spill your security.
Female presenter: Bin Laden spoke for the first time about the main reasons he thought of executing Sept 11 attacks, confirming that the Israeli operation in Lebanon was the first incident where he thought of it.
At nearby Wilberforce and Central State Universities (they are about five or six miles east of Xenia; my grandparents' house was actually in the village of Wilberforce), supporters were led to believe that Kerry would stop if they could get 100 people to see him.
Eventually 150 students and supporters Â— including congressional candidate Kara Anastasio Â— gathered for four hours on a cold (rainy and snowy) Ohio day.Ah, but there's the rub. Kerry and the Democrats figure they do have the black vote sewn up.
And the Kerry caravan drove right on by. All the long-suffering got from the candidate was a clenched "victory" fist out the window.
According to Shavon Ray, president of Wilberforce's NAACP, the students were devastated Â— with comments such as "This is why I don't vote."
Ray told the local NAACP chapter the affair was a "slap in the face."
After the incident Â— and Ray's criticism Â— made the local paper, the Democratic Party sent one Ken Miller to Wilberforce to meet with Ray. He offered 50 tickets Â— and 8 VIP tickets Â— to a Kerry event in Dayton.
Ray declined what she saw as "hush tickets." Taking seriously the idea that the NAACP is supposed to be non-partisan, Ray turned the tickets over to Wilberforce's student government.
Next, Miller offered to have Rev. Al Sharpton stop by as a speaker. That annoyed Ray even more: "We don't want a black face to speak to black students."
The final straw was when Miller said Sharpton would be sent to speak to Central State University Â— along with X-rated rapper Foxy Brown.
When Ray reminded Miller that they didn't want anything to do with Sharpton, Miller allegedly responded, "What do you want Â— Kerry to lose the f---ing race? We got you Al Sharpton. What more do you want?"
For Shavon Ray, it was simple: "The [campaign] could have just offered an apology and shared their sympathy to our school."
Perhaps Kerry shouldn't be held responsible for mistakes and intemperate behavior of the local Democratic organization. But Ray, fairly enough, says, "If you can't handle this situation Â— which is minor Â— how are you going to handle the type of situations a president faces?"
She adds: "This is not acceptable. You can't bypass us like we don't even matter, like you have our vote pocketed and you don't."
And they figure they can treat blacks like Oliver Twist asking for more gruel.
The sad part is that there are many blacks who take that kind of treatment from Democrats, when they wouldn't take it from anyone else. Why? Because they are afraid to leave the "liberal plantation."
Senior intelligence sources have indicated that Bin Laden is speaking directly to the American people.
Sounds like he's giving his endorsement of John Kerry.
More details as they come.
UPDATE 4:30P ET Says the US resembles "corrupt Arab governments."
Osama also says the 9/11 attacks would have been less severe if we (as a nation) had been more alert.
He also accused the Bush Administration of "misleading" the American people in the years since 9/11.
I was joking before, but this REALLY DOES sound like Osama is campaigning for Kerry!
UPDATE 5P ET: According to Al Jazeera, Bin Laden's statements were critical of President Bush, but warned the American public that John Kerry would not be able to safeguard things either.
He accused Bush of reacting slowly to the September 11 attacks, saying: "I never thought that the supreme leader would leave 50,000 of his people in the two towers to face the terrifying events alone at the time they were in need for him."UPDATE 5:45P ET: Both President Bush and Senator Kerry are set to make responding statements to the Osama tape within the next hour or so. Stay tuned.
Refering to next week's elections, he told Americans: "Your security is not in the hands of (Democratic candidate John) Kerry or (President George W.) Bush or al-Qaida. Your security is in your own hands ...."
Claiming responsibility for the attacks, bin Ladin said, "we decided to destroy towers in America," because "we want to regain the freedom of our nation."
He added that "the reasons to repeat what happened" on 11 September 2001 remain.
UPDATE 5:50P ET: Kerry's statement:
As Americans, we are absolutely united in our determination to hunt down and destroy Osama Bin Laden....I will stop at nothing to capture or kill these terrorists...Bush's statement:
Americans will not be intimidated or influenced by an enemy of our country. I'm sure Senator Kerry agrees with me on this. We're at war with these terrorists, and I'm confident that we will prevail.
It follows a threat on Wednesday to behead 24-year-old Shosei Koda.At the same time we received word of this, word of a new tape from Osama Bin Laden speaking directly to the American people has surfaced. Al Jazeera is due to air that video within the hour.
The threat was made by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's militant group in an internet video.
They said they would kill Mr Koda within 48 hours unless Japan withdrew its troops from Iraq.
But Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi insisted his non-combat troops would ill remain in the country.
And according to senior intelligence officials, this is a new tape that HAS been authenticated. More info (and a separate blog entry) due within the next half-hour .
Major Austin Pearson from the 3-I-D was present at the briefing to talk about the ammunition stored at the depot.
Pearson says he brought the ordinance to a holding area, and then was in charge of destroying the Iraqi ordinance at the holding area.
This contradicts John Kerry's charges that the ordinance was in the hands of the terroists, thanks to the "ineptness" of the Bush Administration (and though he didn't say it, he laid blame on the soldiers as well).
The press appears to be spinning this as a CYA political move by the Pentagon.
More details are sure to follow as the hours progress.
Armor admits that it could be illegal under the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform act, but points out that Americans want to talk about their candidates right up until the election itself.
[Shot at home. 80-mile view of Blue Ridge Mountains in background.]Good points, all. And well worth getting on the air -- provided the feds don't put the kybosh on it.
I'm John Armor -- and this ad may be illegal. Small gifts paid for it.
IÂ’ve known John Kerry 41 years. When he joined the Yale Political Union, I was an officer and veteran debater. Here's what I saw:
Kerry was arrogant. He thought we must believe him, because HE was John Kerry.
[Show photo of Kerry in his shaggy-hair mode before Congress in 1971. Photo dissolves into Kerry pointing with his bony finger of doom, today. Give captions for both photos Â– John Kerry, Senate Â“war-crimesÂ” testimony, 1971 Â– John Kerry, campaigning for President, 2004]
How has he changed? More money, more wrinkles, more arrogance. But still self-centered. Should such a man command the American military -- in time of war?
What makes this ad illegal? A divided Supreme Court approved the campaign finance Â“reformÂ” act. [Use gestures for quote marks.]
It says we canÂ’t broadcast ads that name a federal candidate, 60 days before an election. But thatÂ’s EXACTLY when we want to talk about candidates. I'm doing that. If the feds don't like it, they can find me here:
[Displayed on screen to end of ad:
Box 243, Highlands, NC 28741]
I'm John Armor. I not only approve this ad, I wrote every word of it.
White liberals have been indulging their fantasies of violence against conservatives lately Â– physically attacking conservatives, ransacking Bush-Cheney headquarters (though not any NRA headquarters, I note). The white wife of vice presidential candidate John Edwards recently warned of riots unless Kerry is elected.Gosh! I thought we were supposed to be the bad guys!
And Democrats wonder why they have to ask white people to hold "African-Americans for Kerry-Edwards" signs at their rallies Â– as happened in St. Petersburg, Fla., last Saturday. The Kerry campaign is hemorrhaging black voters like teenaged girls fleeing an R. Kelly house party. None of the Democrats' top black leaders Â– Jesse, Al, Bill Clinton Â– has been able to stem the tide.
Here's the deal on politics and race in America: Republicans don't need black voters, but they want them. Democrats don't want black voters, but they need them. Blacks have been the Democrats' most loyal voters, typically giving the party upward of 90 percent of their vote. But Democrats ignore blacks.
That's according to none other than the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who said precisely that in a speech to "Campaign for America's Future" at the Democratic National Convention this summer.
The Democrats' inspired 11th-hour message to black voters is: "Here are your crumbs, your scraps, your measly handouts. Too bad you're so childish, incompetent and dependent, huh? Now run along and cast your vote for the guy with the "D" next to his name and we'll see you in four years, 'K? Buh-bye, now."
And apparently, black voters can also look forward to a lot of patronizing demagoguery from the Democrats, such as the claim that Republicans maliciously suppressed the black vote in Florida in 2000.
Kerry claims Republicans disenfranchised 1 million black voters in Florida in 2000, but neglects to mention that after extensive and expensive hearings, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission failed to name a single one of them. Can you name just one out of that "million," Sen. Kerry? We've found more WMDs in Iraq than we've found disenfranchised blacks in Florida.
Indeed Â– to the contrary! Â– in 2000, blacks composed 11 percent of registered voters in Florida, but made up 17 percent of those who actually voted. If that's how Republicans "suppress" the black vote, blacks are better off when Republicans attack them than when Democrats pretend to be nice to them.
Ah, but Revrum Jesse & Revrum Al says it's OK to listen t' John Kerry -- after all he'll give Revrum Jesse & Revrum Al a place in his new administration (and everyone else be damned, right?).
See ya next Tuesday...
What the leftists don't realize (or are ignoring) is that Al Qaqaa is not a single warehouse, but multiple buldings. Not only that, but there are still SOME explosives at Al Qaqaa today.
Oh, and let's not forget the seal of the IAEA weapons inspectors that's on the door of one of the rooms in question -- troops from the 3-I-D say they specifically did NOT enter that room.
Finally, there's the satellite evidence released by the Pentagon showing trucks moving materials out of the facilities prior to the arrival of the 3-I-D and 101st Airborne.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld entered the debate Thursday, suggesting the 377 tons of explosives were taken away before U.S. forces arrived, saying any large effort to loot the material afterward would have been detected.Is it definitive? I'll admit that it isn't -- toward either explanation.
"We would have seen anything like that," he said in one of two radio interviews he gave at the Pentagon. "The idea it was suddenly looted and moved out, all of these tons of equipment, I think is at least debatable."
The Pentagon also declassified and released a single image, taken by reconnaissance aircraft or satellite just days before the war, showing two trucks outside one of the dozens of storage bunkers at the Al-Qaqaa munitions base.
The particular bunker is not one known to have contained any of the missing explosives, and Pentagon spokesman Larry Di Rita said the image only shows that there was some Iraqi activity at the base when it was taken, on March 17. Di Rita said the image says nothing about what happened to the explosives.
But it does not support the haranguing of the leftists who call me and others on the right stupid and idiots.
But then again, as long as they call us stupid, and try to throw enough "October Surprise" fecal matter at the wall, they think they can keep us off balance enough to sweep in and take the election Tuesday.
Bottom line: I don't trust John Kerry to protect the citizens of this nation -- he's too concerned with political correctness, and with America's standing in the world to protect the people here at home. Period.
October 28, 2004
Each fall before the May release of a Star Wars film, fans have two things on their mind: teaser poster and teaser trailer. Now, the first of these wish-list items is a reality, as starwars.com reveals the striking new teaser poster for Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.The first teaser trailer for Revenge of the Sith will likely be out next week (running in front of Pixar/Disney's The Incredibles).
Next week, the teaser poster and banner for Episode III will start appearing in movie theaters in North America and elsewhere.
Like the teaser posters for The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, this one features Anakin Skywalker. Hayden Christensen is depicted as the heroic Jedi warrior, with the encroaching dark cloud of his future represented by his flowing cloak hinting at the Dark Lord to come.
My inner geek is happy again.
In a letter dated Oct. 8 and released Thursday, the IRS told the NAACP it had received information that chairman Julian Bond conveyed "statements in opposition of George W. Bush for the office of presidency" and specifically "condemned the administration policies of George W. Bush in education, the economy and the war in Iraq."The NAACP has refrained from endorsing a Presidential candidate this year, but speeches by Bond and others associated with the organization leave little doubt that the organization fully supports John Kerry, and would do everything within it's power to remove Republicans in general and the Bush Administration in particular from office.
The letter reminded the NAACP that tax-exempt organizations are legally barred from supporting or opposing any candidate for elective office.
Bond's speech on July 11 included a long section that sharply criticized the Republican Party, Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for their positions on an array of issues important to black Americans.
Bond defended his remarks Thursday, saying they focused on policy, not politics. "This is an attempt to silence the NAACP on the very eve of a presidential election," he said. "We are best known for registering and turning out large numbers of African-American voters. Clearly, someone in the IRS doesn't want that to happen."
He added, "It's Orwellian to believe that criticism of the president is not allowed or that the president is somehow immune from criticism."
Bond's statements in response to the IRS letter reenforce that notion.
It's a wonder that Bond hasn't cried "Racism," in response. Then again, the day is still young.
ABCNEWS withheld portions of an alarming new al Qaeda videotape which warns the next terror attack will dwarf 9/11 from the feds when they submitted the video for analysis, a top federal source tells the DRUDGE REPORT.Or, to look at this logically, ABC does not want to put out something that might benefit President Bush and his chances at reelection.
ABC strongly denies the charge.
"What took place on September 11 was but the opening salvo of the global war on America and that our Lord willing, the magnitude and ferocity of what is coming your way will make you forget all about September 11," the man, whose face is covered by a headdress, warns in the video. "After decades of American tyranny, now it's your turn to die."
A top goverment source said from Washington that ABC withheld the final 15 minutes of the tape from the feds -- the portion of the tape where the man warns of retribution for Americans electing Bush and Cheney.
"The FBI did not see the last 15 mins," the source claims.
"You are guilty, guilty, guilty. You're as guilty as Bush and Cheney. You're as guilty as Rumsfeld and Ashcroft and Powell...," the man states.
He goes on to warn of an upcoming horror: "The streets will run with blood," and "America will mourn in silence" because they will be unable to count the number of the dead.
"People of America, that was the verdict now for the sentencing: as participants and partners in the crimes of the regime, you too shall pay the price for the blood that has been spilled."
One ABC source, who demanded anonymity, said Thursday morning, the network was struggling to find a correct journalistic "balance" before airing any story on the video.
"This is not something you just throw out there while people are voting," the ABC source explained.
It is widely felt that AQ elements might attack the US in the days leading up to the election in hopes that American citizens would elect John Kerry out of fear for our collective safety. However, most analysts from both sides of the political aisle believe that such an attack would remind the American public of the danger we face, and how President Bush helped to overcome those fears after 9/11 -- and vote in increasing numbers for Bush next week.
It is speculated that ABC News, seeing this writing on the wall (and of course considering their on-the-record stance of doing whatever they can to remove the Bush Administration from the White House), wants to spike this story, at least until after Tuesday. After all, they want to give their boy (Ketchup Boy) a good chance if they can for Tuesday.
If Americans die as a result of ABC's action or inaction, every individual involved in this debacle inside of ABC News needs to be prosecuted for treason. This is not something that is worth playing games with. But here we are -- with ABC playing political games with the lives of the American public.
UPDATE 6p ET: New word out that ABC News plans on playing the video on World News Tonight at 6:30p ET. It is not known whether or not it will be the entire tape or not.
CNNfn is only available in about 30 million of the nation's 110 million television homes. With the coming expiration of its deal with the DirecTV satellite system, it faced the prospect of losing more distribution.Other announcements from "the Death Star" (neé CNN Center) today include a partial revamp for Headline News.
It began in December 1995 when business, and business news, was hot. CNBC's ratings plunged when the Internet bubble burst on Wall Street, and CNNfn failed to gain footing, too.
Management turmoil didn't help: CNNfn's biggest star, Lou Dobbs, left in 1999 and then returned in 2001. He'll continue his program on the main network. CNNfn also announced in 2001 that it was changing the network's name to CNN Money, but the idea was dropped after a management change.
It recently shifted focus away from Wall Street toward personal finance. Two of its programs Â— the real estate series "Open House" and "Dolans Unscripted," a talk show with personal finance experts Ken and Daria Dolan Â— will move to the main network.
Headline News will soon offer actual prime-time programming, as opposed to its ongoing thirty-minute "newsradio" type of newscast.
Today's hostage is an unnamed Polish or Polish American woman.
The monsters have said they'll hold her until their demands are met. They haven't threatened her life -- yet.
The group, calling itself the Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Fundamentalist Brigades, says that she will not be released until two demands are met. Al-Jazeera denies that the group has threatened to kill her but has not yet released the entire video.
First, the group demanded that all female Iraqi prisoners be released. The Coalition, though, has consistently denied holding more than two women since that demand was first made by The Army of Ansar al-Zawahiri, a group that had kidnapped the now released Italian aid worders Simona Pari and Simona Torretta.
The second demand by the group was that Poland withdraw it's troops from Iraq. According to Middle East Online news service Polish Defense Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski has said "The Polish government is not in the business of meeting kidnappers'
The Iraqi interim government has told the United States and international weapons inspectors that 377 tons of conventional explosives are missing from the Al-Qaqaa installation, which was supposed to be under U.S. military control.What's a missed digit between friends? And of course this on top of finding out that what WAS there got spirited away before the 3-I-D and 101st Airborne got there?
But International Atomic Energy Agency documents obtained by ABC News and first reported on "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings" indicate the amount of missing explosives may be substantially less than the Iraqis reported.
The information on which the Iraqi Science Ministry based an Oct. 10 memo in which it reported that 377 tons of RDX explosives were missing Â— presumably stolen due to a lack of security Â— was based on "declaration" from July 15, 2002. At that time, the Iraqis said there were 141 tons of RDX explosives at the facility.
But the confidential IAEA documents obtained by ABC News show that on Jan. 14, 2003, the agency's inspectors recorded that just over three tons of RDX were stored at the facility Â— a considerable discrepancy from what the Iraqis reported.
This sounds more and more like the NY Times, CBS News (this was supposed to be the lead on this Sunday's 60 Minutes in an attempt to trump Bush on the eve of the election), and the Kerry campaign went off half-cocked.
October 27, 2004
GERTZ // THURSDAY // WASH TIMES: Russian special forces troops moved many of Saddam Hussein's weapons and related goods out of Iraq and into Syria in the weeks before the March 2003 U.S. military operation, The Washington Times has learned. John A. Shaw, the deputy undersecretary of defense for international technology security, said in an interview that he believes the Russian troops, working with Iraqi intelligence, Â“almost certainlyÂ” removed the high-explosive material that went missing from the Al-Qaqaa facility, south of Baghdad.Oops!
I guess Kerry and the Dems are left with egg running down their faces.
The Kerry campaign has been running with the missing arms story since the NY Times came up with it Monday morning -- even when NBC contradicted it Monday evening. The Kerry campaign has put two ads on the air with the obvious lies of the Times piece.
Now, the Pentagon is about to drive a nail into the story.
To follow up on yesterday's story on WSVN-TV/DT Miami's chief meterologist, Bill Kamal's arrest and subsequent firing, Kamal will remain in federal custody, according to published reports in Miami.
Former Channel 7 Chief Meteorologist Bill Kamal remains in federal custody this morning facing charges of soliciting sex from a minor.Kamal was fired by WSVN once the scope of the charges against him became known.
Kamal made his first appearance in federal court on Tuesday.
Prosecutors recommended against bond, so Kamal will remain behind bars.
His next court hearing will be on Nov. 3.
If Bush Wins--or Steals--This Election, Don't Just Sit ThereI truly have a fear that if President Bush is reelected Tuesday, there will be violence. And the conservatives won't be the ones to start it.
If Bush gets reelected on November 2--if half of our fellow citizens lose their minds, or if he manages to steal the election again--storming Seattle's federal offices, prisons, and property will let him know that we're not going down without a fight this time. Here's a list of federal sites in Seattle that could be perfect places to protest:
If things get out of control, seek refuge in the office of Senator Patty Murray (she doesn't really like W. either).
But if we wind up with another 2000-style deadlock--if election results are contested in Ohio or Florida, or if Republicans try to stop people from voting in any state--that's where the real action will be. Protestors with guts should head to those states to make their voices heard. And if Bush manages to steal the election, then we'll see you in D.C. in January. Bring some eggs.
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