October 31, 2006

Web Reconnaissance for 10/31/2006

A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention.

In the News: (Registration may be required to read some stories)
Black Democrats support Steele “Former Prince George's County Executive Wayne K. Curry and five fellow black Democrats on the county council excoriated their party yesterday and endorsed Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, a Republican, for U.S. Senate.” (READ MORE)

Democrats wait in the wings with subpoenas “Both political parties say America's safety requires the next Congress to improve mass-transit security and intelligence efforts, but Democrats think it must immediately address fraud and waste at the Department of Homeland Security.” (READ MORE)

Former Republicans campaign as Democrats “Call it the year of the former Republican. At a time of widely expected Republican losses in both chambers of Congress, a new breed of politician has emerged: former Republicans challenging Republican incumbents.” (READ MORE)

China cited as N. Korea supplier “China helped North Korea develop nuclear weapons and in the past year increased its support to Pyongyang, rather than pressing the regime to halt nuclear arms and missile activities, according to a congressional report.” (READ MORE)

News From the Front:
Raid kills 80 at Pakistani school “Pakistani helicopter gunships yesterday destroyed a religious school that the military said was fronting as an al Qaeda training camp, killing 80 persons in the country's deadliest military operation targeting terrorism suspects.” (READ MORE)

ISF CAPTURES IED CELL “Special Iraqi Police forces, with coalition advisers, conducted a raid Oct. 29 in al Kut and captured nine members of a bomb-making cell and a cache of weapons, improvised explosive devices and components for making IEDs, which target Iraqi security forces and civilians. Iraqi Police secured and searched multiple objectives and detained the bomb maker and other cell members without incident. The IED cell is responsible for attacks against Iraqi civilians employed by coalition forces.” (READ MORE)

IRAQI ARMY CONDUCTS RAID TO FIND MISSING SOLDIER “Special Iraqi Army forces, with coalition advisers, detained three people during an operation in Sadr City, Baghdad Oct. 31. The purpose of the mission was to search for the missing US Soldier and to capture the leadership of a kidnapping cell reported to have knowledge of the Soldier’s location.” (READ MORE)

Bill Roggio writes A Closer Look at the Chingai Airstrike in Bajaur, Pakistan “Questions over target of strike in Bajaur, who conducted it, and why. Zawahiri may have been a target. As we reported just this morning, there were going to be questions about the air strikes in Chingai that targeted a local madrassa serving as an al-Qaeda and Taliban training camp. Just hours after the strike, questions are arising about who actually conducted the strike, who was the target of the strike, how it was carried out, and why it occurred. Reports are emerging that the U.S. conducted the strike (as we predicted) and Ayman al-Zawahiri was the target.” (READ MORE)

On the Web:
Common Freaking Sense writes Are Ya Kiddin' Me Right Now? “OK, so as referenced last night, Netscape has taken to using bloggers as anchors for the news on their homepage. The link will take you to a column in the Philly Enquirer by James Lileks. It's a funny little read about the first hundred days, if the dems take control on Nov. 7. Well, the Ultra-Super-Lefty-Bloggers-Of-Doom did not like that Netscape let something that poked fun at the Donkey-People through. Heaven forbid... Oh wait, can't say Heaven..... Promised-After-Life-of-Your-Choice forbid we have a little chuckle in these times of impending "disaster" as one of the USLBD's so quaintly put it.” (READ MORE)

Victor Davis Hanson writes The Dark Ages: Live From the Middle East “The most frightening aspect of the present war is how easily our pre-modern enemies from the Middle East have brought a stunned postmodern world back into the Dark Ages.
Students of history are sickened when they read of the long-ago, gruesome practice of beheading. How brutal were those societies that chopped off the heads of Cicero, Sir Thomas More and Marie Antoinette. And how lucky we thought we were to have evolved from such elemental barbarity.” (READ MORE)

Allahpundit writes Zawahiri was target of Pakistan madrassa airstrike “The ostensible target was Faqir Mohammed, an al-Zawahiri deputy who hosted a meeting of Taliban and AQ fighters two days ago in Bajaur. They fired four or five missiles into the building, though, according to the Pakistani military, killing approximately 80 jihadis. Which sounds like an awful lot of firepower to be using for an aide-de-camp.” (READ MORE)

Hugh Hewitt writes John Kerry's Contempt For The American Military “John Kerry's contempt for the American military was on display in an appearance at Pasadena City College yesterday. Keep in mind he was the Democratic Party nominee, and keep in mind that the Democratic leadership and the MSM shares this contempt, but are usually much better at disguising it.” (READ MORE)

Dafydd writes Time Flies When Killing Nothing But Innocent Bystanders “By now, everybody and his unkie's monkle knows about the Lancet survey that purports to show that the Iraq invasion has killed about 655,000 extra Iraqis -- nearly all of them innocent. Actually, since the Lancet's survey only went through July 2006, and assuming the rate is unabated, a total of more than 704,000 "extra deaths" should have occurred by now, the end of October 2006. I shall accordingly use this figure hence.” (READ MORE)

Captain Ed writes John Kerry Supports The Troops As Special-Education Cases “John Kerry has never hidden his contempt for the armed forces very well, not even when he served as an officer in the Navy. Yesterday the mask slipped a little bit, as John Ziegler at KFI notes on his website, and Allahpundit mirrors at Hot Air. At a political rally for California's Democratic challenger to Arnold Schwarzenegger for governor, Phil Angelides, Kerry told the Pasadena City College crowd to study hard and get an education -- or wind up like the losers in the military:” (READ MORE)

John Hawkins writes George Soros Feels No Guilt About Profiting From The Holocaust “If you ask me, this excerpt from an interview with George Soros is a little bit creepy and cold blooded, especially coming from a guy who could just as well have been a target of the Nazi death squads instead of making money off of them. …If that's the environment in which his, "character was made," that really doesn't say much for his character.” (READ MORE)

Sgt Hook writes Army’s Wounded Warrior Symposium “A group of some 55 of your wounded warriors and their families met lat week in Arlington to discuss the Army’s Wounded Warrior program. The intent of this symposium – the second one in the last six months – is to understand and prioritize these issues as families navigate the maze of benefits throughout hospitalization, recovery, rehabilitation and transition back into the Army or their civilian community. The discussions were undoubtedly helpful to improving how we assist our injured Soldiers to adapt and overcome, but to learn the stories of these young heroes is humbling.” (READ MORE)

Cassandra writes KerryWatch: Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Soldiers “America. It's a great country. The land of the free and the home of the brave. Here, we have the freedom to do, or be, or even say anything we want. America is a land filled with opportunity; a land of plenty, and peace. A land where a young boy or girl can grow up to be an astronaut, a doctor, an engineer, an exotic dancer, or even a United States senator who gratuitously insults the men and women who gave him the precious freedoms enjoyed by every American:” (READ MORE)

Andi writes Connecting with Other Milspouses “Since I began blogging, there have been three experiences that were so large, and so important, that it was impossible to capture the sentiment through a keyboard. The first large experience was my first trip to Walter Reed. The second experience was the MilBlog Conference and the third experience took place this past weekend in Killeen, Texas when SpouseBUZZ went live. Click here to read the Killeen Daily Herald story about SpouseBUZZ LIVE. I’m an Army wife, I know this community. I’ve held the hands of wives at Walter Reed. I’ve let them cry on my shoulder and I’ve watched them face incredibly difficult obstacles with grace and dignity.” (READ MORE)

Chickenhawk Express writes Appeal For Redress Can't Verify the Signatures - Surprise, Surprise “No surprise at all here - The Australian Sun Herald is reporting that the anti-war group, Appeal for Redress, is having difficulty verifying that all the signees are truly in the US military. (hat tip to Sweetness & Light) A group claiming earlier this week to represent 65 "active-duty" troops opposed to the war in Iraq acknowledged Thursday it cannot validate the number or the authenticity of all the names it claims to have gathered.” (READ MORE)

Stop the ACLU has ACLU & Hispanic Groups Files Suit Against Hazelton, PA “Cross Posted from Revealing The ACLU: If you remember from past posts, Hazelton PA has taken a strong stand against Illegal immigration. A city ordinance, passed on September 11th, imposes fines on landlords and employers who rent to or hire illegal immigrants.
Well, the ACLU, after a month of posturing finely filed a suit yesterday and is seeking a temporary restraining order to stop this law from taking being enforced, as plan, on Wednesday.” (READ MORE)

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