November 1, 2006

Web Reconnaissance for 11/01/2006

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

In the News: (Registration may be required to read some stories)
N. Korea agrees to six-party talks “North Korea agreed yesterday to return to six-nation talks on its nuclear programs after the United States said it will discuss financial sanctions against Pyongyang on the sidelines of the multilateral talks.” (READ MORE)

Specter of tax man haunts Democrats “Repealing President Bush's tax cuts and boosting social-welfare spending have been the meat and potatoes of the Democrats' campaigns since the 2002 election, and they would be in a position to attempt both if they win control of Congress next week.” (READ MORE)

Airline Security Flaws Exposed “Student's house is searched after he puts a tool on his Web site that creates fake boarding passes.” (READ MORE)

News From the Front:
Baby boom echoes in Iraq “In the face of relentless violence, political chaos, economic uncertainty and nightly curfews, Iraq's maternity wards are experiencing an unlikely baby boom.” (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)

FIVE TERRORISTS KILLED, ONE DETAINED IN BAGHDAD “Coalition Forces killed five terrorists and detained one suspected terrorist Tuesday morning during a raid in Baghdad that targeted individuals associated with a suspected senior leader of an al-Qaeda in Iraq network. As Coalition Forces approached the targeted building, several people ran inside. The assault force continued inside and received fire. They immediately returned fire, killing five terrorists armed with AK-47s. Several women and children were also in the building but they were not injured or detained.” (READ MORE)

Omar of Iraq the Model writes Iraq's Army to receive additional 18,800 soldiers “A plan to increase the numbers of Iraqi security forces was announced yesterday and the plan was immediately approved and endorsed by defense secretary Rumsfeld. There was still some controversy and uncertainty about the number of troops that are intended to be added. But according to this fresh press release from the Iraqi cabinet (from Voice of Iraq/Arabic) the planned increase will include adding 18800 soldiers to the units of the army overseen by the defense ministry.” (READ MORE)

On the Web:
Allahpundit writes Video: Bush rips Kerry for comments about troops; Update: McCain rips Kerry again “I thought the nutroots would be having an out-of-body experience after Kerry’s remarks today but it turns out some of them are smarter than that. Dean Barnett e-mails to point us towards this Kos thread, where opinion on Lurch is split. More significant is the verdict of Olbermannesque Bush-hater Jack “Broken Government” Cafferty, who played Brian Fantana to Kerry’s Champ Kind this afternoon by recommending he stop talking for awhile.” (READ MORE)

Victor Davis Hanson writing at The Corner writes Kerryism “Kerry surely must be one of the saddest Democratic liabilities around. Some afterthoughts about his latest gaffe, which is one of those rare glimpses into an entire troubled ideology: How could John Kerry, born into privilege, and then marrying and divorcing and marrying out of and back into greater inherited wealth, lecture anyone at a city college about the ingredients for success in America?” (READ MORE)

Hugh Hewitt writes What Did John Kerry Do? “He slandered the military, of course, and the white hot anger is the result. (See this e-mail from a Navy officer. I have received scores of similar e-mails and calls) But Kerry also reminded and clarified. Kerry reminded people that the war against the war has been underway since mid-2003, and that the Democrats have never taken the many opportunities to try and rally around the effort to reconstruct a free Iraq but at every turn have demanded an exit on some sort of rushed and arbitrary timetable.” (READ MORE)

Lorie Byrd writing at Wizbang writes John Kerry Needs To Study Harder “Maybe John Kerry should have done his homework and remembered the study Tucker Carlson wrote about back in 2005. Maybe Kerry doesn't read conservatives like Tucker Carlson. (Carlson has been a fierce opponent of the Iraq War, but I think he is still considered a conservative.) I'll bet Kerry reads the Washington Post though. But Kerry said he just misspoke. Why should all Democrats be held accountable for something John Kerry said?” (READ MORE)

Captain Ed writes Bush Gets A Win On North Korea “The Bush administration found vindication yesterday when North Korea agreed to return to six-party talks without any concessions from the US. The news of Kim Jong-Il's capitulation came through China, whose influence undoubtedly led to the breakthrough:” (READ MORE)

John Hawkins writes Another Lame Poseur Conservative “Ex-conservative, John Cole over at Balloon Juice, is shoveling manure as fast as he can at his former allies on the right. At one time Cole ran a reliably conservative blog, but about the time Terri Schiavo became a big issue, he got a real bee in his bonnet about religious people being allowed to have a voice in the Republican Party, too, and he flipped out and veered left. In other words, he pulled an Andrew Sullivan and got so upset that the majority of the conservative commentariat disagreed with him, that it twisted his whole philosophy.” (READ MORE)

Sgt Hook writes Not That Bright “It seems some of our esteemed civilian leaders on Capitol Hill have categorized your Soldiers as not that bright. At least one is of the opinion that if we had worked harder in school we wouldn’t be “stuck” serving our nation. Well, that may be, but I for one am damned proud to be stuck where I am. Almost 20 years ago I stood with my back straight and my right hand raised before the flag of the United States of America and took the following oath…” (READ MORE)

Donald Sensing of One Hand Clapping writes I try, I really try . . .”Since the 2004 election, I decided to avoid posting about partisan politics, that is, issues attached to candidates or holders of office. I decided to discuss issues as before, but without discussing the personalities behind those issues except, as far as possible, in a non-partisan way. Until today.” (READ MORE)

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