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Iraq ‘intensifies’ attacks
Sep 30th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Iraq ‘inten­si­fies’ attacks

Nigeria: Senator Wants Use of Firearms Legalised .
Sep 30th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Nige­ria: Sen­a­tor Wants Use of Firearms Legalised. A mem­ber of the Sen­ate Com­mit­tee on Police Affairs, Sen. Lekan Balo­gun yes­ter­day in Abu­ja called for the law­ful pos­ses­sion of firearms by all Nige­ri­ans for self pro­tec­tion.

Balo­gun told that News Agen­cy of Nige­ria (NAN) that the law­ful pos­ses­sion of firearms was the only panacea toward cur­tail­ing the polit­i­cal killings in the coun­try.

He said: ‘If I’m armed, you would not come to my house and harass me with a gun because you don’t know who will die in the process.’

Balo­gun, a gov­er­nor­ship aspi­rant on the Plat­form of PDP in Oyo State, who recent­ly escaped assas­si­na­tion bid in his bed­room in Ibadan, said that nobody should be allowed to monop­o­lise vio­lence because of pos­ses­sion of firearms. [FirearmNews.com]

Here’s a rarity–a politi­cian who actu­al­ly cares about the peo­ple he rep­re­sents, and not just his own pow­er. I won­der if he’d con­sid­er mov­ing the Cal­i­for­nia and run­ning for US Sen­ate?

Apple among companies with worst BODs [ The Macintosh News Network ] No kidding.
Sep 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Apple among com­pa­nies with worst BODs [The Mac­in­tosh News Net­work]

No kid­ding.

Anti-semitism, or something worse? .
Sep 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Anti-semitism, or some­thing worse?. There is an inter­est­ing move afoot in some US uni­ver­si­ties. Vocal fac­ul­ty and stu­dents, by no means a major­i­ty, are call­ing for their insti­tu­tions to divest their endow­ment port­fo­lios of stock in com­pa­nies that do busi­ness with Israel. The move­ment com­pares itself to the divest­ment strat­e­gy used to put pres­sure on the Apartheid gov­ern­ment of South Africa. In that case, the goal was to com­bat obvi­ous oppres­sion of the black pop­u­la­tion by a white minor­i­ty. The case can be made, whether one agrees with it or not, that the Israelis’ behav­ior toward the Pales­tini­ans is com­pa­ra­ble. The move­ment has been dubbed anti-Semitic by Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty Pres­i­dent Lawrence Sum­mers, and the pro­po­nents vil­i­fied as racist. Why, the ques­tion is asked, aren’t they agi­tat­ing for pres­sure again­st coun­tries like Chi­na, or sev­er­al African nations, or any num­ber of places where a speci­fic eth­nic pop­u­la­tion is being severe­ly oppressed by those in pow­er. Why indeed? [kuro5hin.org]

The author the­o­rizes that the attacks on Israel are moti­vat­ed by ras­cism, because the Israelis (like the for­mer South African gov­ern­ment) is made up of white “Euro­peans.” An inter­est­ing the­o­ry, but I don’t think that’s quite it. I think the left­ists attack Israel because Israel is friend­ly to Amer­i­ca. In oth­er words, “the friend of my ene­my is my ene­my.”

“Innocents Betrayed” Goes Into Production! ."> Innocents Betrayed” Goes Into Production! .
Sep 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Inno­cents Betrayed” Goes Into Pro­duc­tion!. Jews for the Preser­va­tion of Firearms Own­er­ship -

“Inno­cents Betrayed” Goes Into Pro­duc­tion!
— They hope to release
it ear­ly in 2003. They still need dona­tions. [End the War on Free­dom]

This is a doc­u­men­tary on the role gun con­trol has played in the geno­cides of the Twen­ti­eth Cen­tu­ry.

Denver Spy Files Target Libertarian Party .
Sep 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Den­ver Spy Files Tar­get Lib­er­tar­i­an Par­ty. The Col­orado Free­dom Report -

Den­ver Spy Files Tar­get Lib­er­tar­i­an Par­ty
— The Den­ver Police have
clas­si­fied the Lib­er­tar­i­an Par­ty as “Mili­tia type orga­ni­za­tion, pro
gun rights.” Hehe. [zem] [End the War on Free­dom]

The report includes this rather naïve com­ment: “Why the Den­ver Police Depart­ment tar­get­ed for inves­ti­ga­tion the Lib­er­tar­i­an Par­ty for peace­ably advo­cat­ing the Bill of Rights and obey­ing the Col­orado Con­sti­tu­tion remains a mys­tery.” Obvi­ous­ly the ques­tion is the answer.

NV Cattle Rustling: An Eyewitness Report .
Sep 25th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

NV Cat­tle Rustling: An Eye­wit­ness Report. The Nevada Live­stock Asso­ci­a­tion at Sier­ra Times -

NV Cat­tle Rustling: An Eye­wit­ness Report
— seems that a hun­dred
armed b.l.m. nazis stole two hun­dred head of cat­tle. That’s a hang­in’
offense where I come from. I hope the locals start shoot­ing, real
soon. [sier­ra] [End the War on Free­dom]

Appar­ent­ly some unarmed locals tried to watch what the Feds were doing, but they were run off at gun­point. The Feds cer­tain­ly are spend­ing an awful lot of our mon­ey rustling cat­tle.

Fire on the Mountain Part 2 .
Sep 25th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Fire on the Mountain Part 2. A picture named LAFair-Fire.jpg
Fire on the Mountain Part 2
It appears the silly bastards who started a fire on the mountains above us, by doing some ritualistic sacrifice of a goat a couple weeks ago, must have thought they didn't get the job done. This time it appears they had to bring the BBQ to finish the job but instead they've burnt down the entire mountain.
Sunday afternoon in the 106 degree heat, a plume of smoke started rising up near Glendora, a town about 3-4 miles North of us. The fire started quickly and the smoke billowing off the mountain was growing larger by the minute. The neighborhood was a buzz with the phrase "Fire on the Mountain" as we looked out our patios and pointed toward the plume. It didn't look like it was much worse than the earlier fire. However within hours ash and smoke was covering the entire valley and the LA County Fairgrounds. Every extra fire truck, forestry fire fighter and conservation fire crew was running full tilt toward the mountain. The news was reporting it was about 4,300 acres and over 1000 fire fighters were on the mountain. Oh damn it was going to be a long night.
By Monday, the plume was in multiple places along the ridgeline and growing. However it was beginning to move down the mountain toward houses and cabins of friends of ours. It was raining ash over our yard and beginning to look like Pompeii. A phone calls were in order, Do you need help? We can take both trucks and move your stuff out. Yes. Do you need help moving out the horses? Again the answer was yes. We hooked up the trailer and loaded the trucks up with water, towels and blankets.
Most of Monday we moved horses and livestock to Industry and Chino. The most of the horses were more than happy to get out of the smoke. It was a long day. By 7 PM I realized I hadn't eaten when a sheriffs shoved a ham sandwich in my hand and told me we needed to get out of the canyon, because the wind had changed direction and was headed our way. We threw the belongings of our friends in the trailers and headed out with the sprinklers running and the fire choppers heading in to start the water drops on the property. I felt like I was in the middle of a bombing run.
A picture named FireWilliams2002.jpgBy the time we got off the mountain we decided to group over at another friends home and eat a real dinner. From their patio about 3 miles from the fire and a mile from us we got our first glimpse of the real scope of the fire. The fire-line stretched along a line including Azusa, Glendora, San Dimas, La Verne and Claremont. It was the longest stretch of fire Doug had ever seen since they moved from LA to the valley when he was a child. The last time the fire had burned up there was when he was in Kindergarten about 1960.
As we watched the fire was dancing as it ate up the brush and trees. We kept in touch with the guys as they headed back up the mountain to check on the house despite the evaculation order. So far the firefighters had held the fire back from the properties. We tried to rest at the house but ended up measuring time by listening for the helicopters taking water from the lake nearby for making the water drops. It was a long, long night.
By this morning the fire had grown to over 10,000 acres and it was obvious the crews couldn't get a handle on it yet, despite the backfires and the water drops. The temperatures were all ready climbing over 80 degrees. We had to go check on the livestock and horses while the kids unloaded the trailer into the garage. While we were out it was officially announced the Angeles National Forest was completely closed to the public for the rest of the fire season.  They also are trying to declare it a disaster area.
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The entire day was spent running between the livestock and the mountain. The fire has grown to nearly 18,000 acres and still not contained. Over 3000 fire fighters are on the mountain. It had burnt down over 50 cabins and homes up on the mountain. The ham tower at Johnstone Peak was down from the fire. Hams were working other repeaters helping out. Friends called to tell us the flames and smoke were visible from the downtown Los Angeles. South Coast Air Quality Management District in Diamond Bar put out a warning because of the smoke and ash in the air for the Los Angeles basin.
We drove up the canyon tonight to check on friends who lived on one of the back canyons to find they'd had a water drop slightly miss and hit their house. While their were a few broken tile, everything was still standing and okay. The fire had come within 20 feet of the house.
As night fell tonight the fire fighters announced that the fire had broken the Glendora Ridge and Baldy Village on Mt. Baldy was being evacuated. At this point everyone we know are all right, but the sight of fire dancing on the hills directly outside my window are not a comforting sight. [Mary Wehmeier's Blog Du Jour]

A very interesting eye-witness account of the current rather large fire. Brush fires are very common in Southern California, but this one is the worst in quite a while. These fires happen because most of the people in SoCal spend nearly all their lives in the city, and have no idea how to behave when they get outside of it. Throwing matches or cigarette butts away is merely littering in a city, but can easily start a large fire in the dry brush.

Boston Globe .  The impact of Schroeder’s crass anti-american campaign tactic in the German elections continues to backfire.  L
Sep 24th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Boston Globe.  The impact of Schroeder’s crass anti-american cam­paign tac­tic in the Ger­man elec­tions con­tin­ues to back­fire.  Like the US, Ger­many should be focus­ing on fix­ing its econ­o­my.  With 10% unem­ploy­ment (2x the US), and near­ly 0% growth (vs. a slow 1% in the US), indulging in US bash­ing and tales of woe about the fate of Iraq (a coun­try most Ger­mans, like most Amer­i­cans, prob­a­bly couldn’t place on a map) dur­ing a cru­cial elec­tion, is dis­heart­en­ing. [John Robb’s Radio Weblog]

Here’s a quote from the arti­cle that illus­trates nice­ly where the anti-American votes in Ger­many are com­ing from:

bq. In West Berlin’s Shon­eberg neigh­bor­hood, a lib­er­al strong­hold, Marie Brinck­mann, 21, wore a black beret and held a red rose she had just received from a Red par­ty cam­paign work­er. She was asked about the anti-American tone of the elec­tion. ”It is cool to be anti-American,” she said flat­ly.

BBC : “Some critics have been less than impressed with Google’s news service.” [ Scripting News ] I wonder how many of those critic work for competing
Sep 24th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

BBC: “Some crit­ics have been less than impressed with Google’s news ser­vice.” [Script­ing News]

I won­der how many of those crit­ic work for com­pet­ing news services–like the BBC, for instance?

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