26 September 2009

Another damn spy convicted

Retired AF officer convicted in China spying case
(AP)
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A jury has convicted a retired Air Force officer on charges of
selling classified information on U.S.-China military relations to a Chinese
agent and lying to the FBI about it.
James W. Fondren Jr. was convicted
Friday on three counts in Alexandria federal court and was acquitted on several
others. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.
Fondren retired from the
Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in 1996 and later worked at the Pentagon as a
civilian.
He was charged with funneling classified military information to
Tai Shen Kuo, a New Orleans furniture salesman and naturalized U.S. citizen who
turned out to be a spy for China.
Prosecutors said Fondren wrote "opinion
papers" for Kuo that were often thinly veiled reports of classified military
information.


When are they going to start hanging these bastards?

Good! G20 Protesters Blasted By "Sound Cannon"


"Assume the position."

G20 Protesters Blasted By "Sound Cannon"

aaandre sends word of the use of a "sound cannon" on G20 protesters in Pittsburgh. Only a few hundred protesters took to the streets. The NY Times notes: "City officials said they believed it was the first time the sound cannon had been used publicly." The device projects a narrow beam of extremely annoying sound, at levels that can reach 151 decibels, over a distance of a mile or more. The Guardian notes, "It is feared the sounds emitted are loud enough to damage eardrums and even cause fatal aneurysms." Officials of the company that manufactures the sound cannon say that ear damage is only possible if someone manages to stand directly in front of the device for an extended period.


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T-Shirt Inspiration

Sporting the Mossad t-shirt, hanging out at my usual Starbucks* again for final editing of Suki IV: Finally A Vacation (War With Iran).

*Used it as the cafe from Suki's neighborhood, near where I placed her mother's offices.

Like The Baker Who Rails Against Eating Flour And Sugar


Like The Baker Who Rails Against Eating Flour And Sugar

Like The Baker Who Rails Against Eating Flour And Sugar
In between peddling donuts to school children. Yes, we're talking about Michael Moore, that man of the people (the Upper West side rich people), peddling his views on the horrors of capitalism.

It gets better. Via Overlawyered's Walter Olson, Goldman Sachs stars in Moore's attack on capitalism -- and also bankrolled his producers. From futureofcapitalism.com:
The funniest moments of all in the movie, though, may just be in the opening and closing credits. We see that the movie is presented by "Paramount Vantage" in association with the Weinstein Company. Bob and Harvey Weinstein are listed as executive producers. If Mr. Moore appreciates any of the irony here he sure doesn't share it with viewers, but for those members of the audience who are in on the secret it's all kind of amusing. Paramount Vantage, after all, is controlled by Viacom, on whose board sit none other than Sumner Redstone and former Bear Stearns executive Ace Greenberg, who aren't exactly socialists. The Weinstein Company announced it was funded with a $490 million private placement in which Goldman Sachs advised. The press release announcing the deal quoted a Goldman spokesman saying, "We are very pleased to be a part of this exciting new venture and look forward to an ongoing relationship with The Weinstein Company."
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Al Gore Welfare

$529M Gov't Loan To Develop $89,000 Hybrid Sports Car

theodp writes "The WSJ reports that a tiny car company backed by former VP Al Gore has just gotten a $529M US government loan to help build an $89,000 hybrid sports car in Finland. The award this week to California startup Fisker Automotive follows an earlier $465M government loan to Tesla Motors, purveyors of a $109,000 British-built electric Roadster. Fisker's other investors (PDF) include the Al Gharaffa Investment Co., a Cayman Islands corporation."

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25 September 2009

How to Help Palestinians Leave Their Camps



Recently announced plans for a new, upscale Palestinian settlement in the West Bank are impressive. The projected town, some six miles north of Ramallah, will one day house some 40,000 people, making it the same size as the Israeli settlement towns of Beitar and Modiin. The settlement is named Rawabi, and Qatar is a primary investor. Details are being negotiated with Israeli authorities on issues such as free access across Israeli-controlled areas.
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24 September 2009

Ayers From My Father


Ayers From My Father

Ronald Radosh claims there is new evidence that former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers ghostwrote President Obama's early memoir Dreams From My Father.
Ghostwriting as I understand it can take many forms. The literary issue is unimportant to Radosh and his source -- Ingram's magazine editor and Nazi hunter Jack Cashill -- who are concerned only with placing Ayers and fledgling author Barack Obama together. (Candidate Obama disowned Ayers and denied that they had an extensive relationship.)
I am interested in the literary issue. I read and enjoyed Dreams From My Father, and to the extent President Obama disappoints me (a very limited extent, as the Obama Administration has mostly been what I expected), he disappoints me by not being more like the character in the book.
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D.C. Taxi Scandal: Now With More Bribery!


"Want a ride?"

D.C. Taxi Scandal: Now With More Bribery!

Ah, yesterday. It was a more innocent time. Back then, my colleague Ron Bailey could write this:
Two exceptionally stupid and mendacious DC City council members, Jim Grahamand Muriel Bowser, want to impose a medallion system on DC taxis.
Ron's naivete turns out to be utterly charming in retrospect. As a story in today's Washington Post reveals, he clearly should have added "corrupt" to the list:
Ted G. Loza, [chief of staff to D.C. Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1)] was taken into custody at his home in the 1400 block of Columbia Road NW and is scheduled to make an appearance Thursday in the District's federal court. A dozen federal agents raided Loza's offices at city hall just hours after arresting him.
The charges stem from alleged bribes Loza took from an unidentified person in the taxicab industry, court papers show.
Someone identified in court papers as "Individual Number 1" wanted to limit the number of taxi licenses, in order to make a planned exception for hybrid cars more valuable.
Councilman Graham initially said he was worried that the city would be "overrun" by cabs. Hooey. There is one reason, and one reason only, to favor licensing schemes like this one—if you are an industry insider who wants to keep competition out.
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U.S. terror suspects accused of targeting Marine base


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RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - Two men charged in North Carolina last month with plotting terrorist attacks overseas also planned to attack the U.S. Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia

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Illinois man charged in plot to bomb federal offices


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(Updates with court hearing) WASHINGTON, Sept 24 (Reuters) - An Illinois man was ordered held on Thursday on charges he tried to blow up a federal building in the state capital, a case unrelated to the

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Jordanian suspected of trying to blow up downtown Dallas skyscraper


Jordanian suspected of trying to blow up downtown Dallas skyscraper



DALLAS -- Federal agents arrested a Jordanian Thursday suspected of trying to blow up the 60-story Fountain Place building in downtown Dallas.
Undercover agents with the FBI tricked Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, 19, into thinking that he was detonating a bomb placed in an SUV parked outside the 60-story skyscraper at 1445 Ross Ave., before they arrested him, according to court documents. The "bomb" was inert and inactive, the Justice Department said in a news release.
"The identification and apprehension of this defendant, who was acting alone, is a sobering reminder that there are people among us who want to do us grave harm,” U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks said in the news release announcing the arrest.

He was also in the country illegally, according to the report.
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The Long Arm of the Mossad


The Long Arm of the Mossad

As the buffoonish Chavez acolyte Manuel Zelaya camps out in the Brazilian embassy, the Wall Street Journal reports that "roving bands of his supporters [have] set up roadblocks around the capital, smashed windows, and engaged in sporadic battles with police and army troops." As theWall Street Journal Europe observed, the rigged elections in Iran and the subsequent murder of pro-democracy protesters produced little reaction in the European Union—it was "too early" for such a decision, according to Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt—but Brussels swiftly applied economic sanctions on the new government in Honduras, while recently lifting diplomaticsanctions against the Cuban dictatorship. And now Zelaya, taking a page from fellow nutterKwame Ture's playbook, is accusing the Israelis (!) of poisoning him with radiation. The Miami Herald reports:
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