Random Musings
Friday, April 30, 2004
Man who attacked Royals coach arrested: "The man who ran onto the field at a Chicago White Sox game with his son and attacked a coach has been charged with felony burglary, and prosecutors are asking a judge to revoke his probation."

Gosh, that fine, upstanding, citizen got in trouble again? Imagine that. Frankly I was stunned that this idiot, who went on a drunken rampage with his son (his SON!) and brutally attacked a man in front of 20,000 witnesses and on national TV would get probation.

Looks like I was right.

Mr. Ligue needs to spend some time in prison.


Friday, April 16, 2004
CNN.com - Cocaine found on U.S.-bound Navy ship - Apr 16, 2004: "A stash of cocaine and heroin was found aboard the Colombian Navy's main training ship shortly before it was to sail for the United States, the Navy said on Friday, in a fresh embarrassment for the nation's scandal-plagued security forces."

Is it any wonder they can't stem the flow of drugs? Even the Columbian military is, intentionally or inadvertently, smuggling drugs across the border.


Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Yahoo! News - Army Extends Tours Despite 1-Year Pledge: "WASHINGTON - About 21,000 American soldiers in Iraq (news - web sites) who were to return this month to their home bases in Louisiana and Germany will have their tours extended at least three months to help combat the surge in anti-occupation violence, defense officials said Wednesday. "

Not just Louisiana and Germany. My cousin is based out of Illinois. Her unit was already in Kuwait waiting to get on the flight back home when they got orders to turn around and go back to Iraq. They're not at all happy about it, as you can imagine, they were all psyched up for reunions with family and friends back home after a long deployment.

Now they're being extended back into Iraq for an undetermined period of time.


Yahoo! News - Wis. Woman Charged With Faking Abduction: "Hundreds of people from Madison and Seiler's hometown searched for her after she disappeared, and her claim about an armed man touched off a major manhunt that authorities said cost the police about $96,000.
Her first court appearance was scheduled for Thursday, but her attorney was expected to appear in her place.
Lawyer Randy Hopper would not say Wednesday whether she would contest the charges. He called Seiler a 'model student, a model citizen.' "

Naturally. All model citizens fake their own abduction and touch off an extensive and expensive manhunt.


Monday, April 12, 2004
CNN.com - Pakistan: Jail term for key critic - Apr 12, 2004: "Pervaik Malik, the top Pakistani opposition leader and a fellow member of parliament, called for Musharraf's resignation and said there would be demonstrations throughout the country beginning Tuesday.
Hashmi was arrested on October 29 on charges of defaming the government and the army. "

Once again I am reminded how lucky I am to live in a country where you can't be imprisoned for simply criticizing the government.


The New York Times > International > Asia Pacific > Hoping for Free Saris, 21 Indian Women Die in Stampede: "NEW DELHI, April 12 Twenty-one women were killed on Monday in the northern Indian city of Lucknow in a stampede set off when free saris were offered at a public birthday celebration for a close aide to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. "

What a terrible tragedy and a sad comment on the human condition.


Sunday, April 04, 2004
Baghdad Burning: "Abu Hassen is lawyer who has taken on very few cases since the end of the war. He explained once that the current Iraqi legal system was like a jungle with no rules, a hundred lions, and thousands of hyenas. No one was sure which laws were applicable and which weren't; nothing could be done about corrupt judges and police and it was useless taking on criminal cases because if you won, the murderer/thief/looter's family would surely put you in your grave or the criminal himself could do it personally after he was let out in a few weeks. "

This is a really amazing blog written by a young lady who lives in Baghdad. If you really want a peek at what the Iraqi people are going through, not just the press releases that come out but the real stuff, you should read this blog.


Thursday, April 01, 2004
Yahoo! News - At 96, a Uke Legend Still Has Plenty of Pluck: "At 96, a Uke Legend Still Has Plenty of Pluck"

What a great story! I got to hear Bill Tapia perform on the Perry & Price show once and he was outstanding.


Yahoo! News - Clarke's Charges Gain Acceptance: "Nearly three-fifths of those surveyed echoed the contention by Clarke that Bush placed a higher priority on invading Iraq than combating terrorism. And a smaller majority agreed with the charge by the onetime White House counterterrorism chief that Bush did not focus enough on the terrorist threat before the Sept. 11 attacks. "

No great surprises here. I've long said that I believed that Bush was preoccupied with Iraq.

That said I should make it clear that I don't believe there was anything the Bush administration could have done to prevent the 9/11 attacks.


Yahoo! News - Gruesome Iraq Images Could Shake U.S. Opinion: "The images immediately evoked comparisons to the 1993 killings of 18 U.S. troops in Mogadishu, when crowds were filmed dragging the corpses of two U.S. soldiers through the streets. Washington ended its military presence in Somalia soon afterwards. "

In my opinion it was a big mistake to withdraw from Somalia after that attack (it wasn't a great idea to go there to begin with) and while I'm no fan of the war in Iraq it would be an even bigger mistake to withdraw from Iraq after this latest attack.

It's cliche to say "The terrorists win" but it's also true. If we let them chase us out by committing horrific acts of violence then we encourage them to use horrific acts of violence to get their way in the future.


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