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NICE TRY, TOM: This supposedly

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:28 pm

NICE TRY, TOM: This supposedly reassuring op-ed by Tom Ridge in the Washington Post fails to explain how ABC continues to be able to smuggle uranium into the country.

Meanwhile, the Post reports that federal authorities are considering criminal charges against ABC News for the smuggling operation. Nice. If you can’t protect the borders, at least intimidate reporters who try to reveal that fact. Right, guys?



Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:25 pm

EXTRA! EXTRA! WAPO HAS SENSIBLE EDITORIALS: Why can’t more editorials be like this one from the Washington Post? It is titled “Two Years Later, Abroad . . .” and discusses the lessons of 9/11 and some of the issues relating to the war on terror. (A companion editorial, titled . . . And At Home, is also pretty good.)

In truth, the editorial contains no startling revelation or new way of thinking about any of the issues. But it is startling, nonetheless, to see one of our major left-leaning newspapers printing something balanced and sensible — as opposed to the lies and incompetence the New York Times served up the other day on judicial nominees, or the sanctimonious 9/11 drivel the Times favors us with today.

Even better is this editorial, which denounces the cheap shots Democrats are taking against Bush. For example, John Edwards has recently harshly criticized the Patriot Act — while forgetting to mention that he voted for it.

I think I am am liking the Washington Post more and more. (For a leftist paper, that is.)


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:24 pm

WE CAN’T CONTROL EVERYTHING: I don’t mean to be giving terrorists ideas, but the remote control plane described in this story — which caused a security scare at an Australian jail — has a range of 755 meters. That’s 2,477 feet: almost half a mile. Imagine a terrorist standing at the fence just outside of LAX with one of these babies, and you can see the possibilities.


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:02 pm

GOOD OL’ LILEKS: You just gotta love this quote:

Two years later I take a certain grim comfort in some people’s disinterest in the war; if you’d told me two years ago that people would be piling on the President and bitching about slow progress in Iraq, I would have known in a second that the nation hadn’t suffered another attack. When the precise location of Madonna’s tongue is big news, you can bet the hospitals aren’t full of smallpox victims.

Of course, I don’t really buy the premise. Everybody forgets that Al Qaeda usually goes two years plus without a major attack. I figure the wait just means they want the next one to top the last. Still, I give you the quote (and the piece) because ol’ Lileks is a good writer. Read the whole piece.


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:58 pm

UH, I’M STILL VOTING YES ON THE RECALL: Gray Davis has apologized (sort of) for his silly remark about Arnold’s pronunciation of the word “California.”

Interesting that this story managed to find traction. I mentioned it the other day and said that, while it was interesting, it was buried deep in a minor story in the Dog Trainer. I guess the rest of the state doesn’t necessarily view things the same way the DT does.


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:57 pm

MMMMMMMMMMMM . . . DOG: The Houston Chronicle reports that Cambodians are being urged to eat more dogs. The story features quotes from the city governor of Phnom Penh, who sounds like your mother imploring you to clean your plate: “Come on, dog meat is so delicious . . . The Vietnamese and Koreans love to eat dog meat.”

Come on! Timmy likes dog! If you don’t eat your dog, you can’t have any chocolate spiders for dessert!


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:51 am

WHILE YOU’RE AT IT, COULD YOU ALSO APOLOGIZE FOR RUNNING OUR STATE INTO THE GROUND: “The California Senate voted 19-2 on Tuesday to demand an apology from Democratic Gov. Gray Davis for what many regard as an ethnic slur made against Arnold Schwarzenegger.”

I say no apology is necessary. A successful recall is penance enough.


Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:50 am

ABCNEWS FOILS CUSTOMS AGAIN: “For a second year, U.S. government screeners have failed to detect a shipment of depleted uranium in a container sent by ABCNEWS from overseas as part of a test of security at American ports.”


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