February 28, 2007

Web Reconnaissance for 02/28/2007

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

In the News: (Registration may be required to read some stories)
U.S., N. Korea to normalize ties “North Korea's top nuclear negotiator was on his way to the United States yesterday for talks on issues that a State Department official said would include the first steps toward the normalization of diplomatic relations.” (READ MORE)

Doubts trigger 416-point Dow dive “The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 416 points yesterday, the most since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as worries about the U.S. economy suddenly surged and sent inflated stock markets tumbling around the world.” (READ MORE)

New lawmakers seek war debate “Congressional Democrats -- especially new members -- are clamoring for action on the Iraq war, citing polls showing that American voters want to change course, but leaders have delayed significant action.” (READ MORE)

U.S. to attend talks with Iraq, neighbors “The United States said yesterday it would attend a pair of Iraqi-sponsored regional conferences in Baghdad over the next two months that will also be attended by archfoes Syria and Iran.” (READ MORE)Stock Sell-Off in China Hits Wall Street “A plunge in Chinese stocks rippled across global markets yesterday, triggering a massive wave of selling in the United States that sent the Dow Jones industrial average down 3.3 percent, or 416 points, its biggest decline since March 2003.” (READ MORE)

Iraq Bill Vexes Democrats “House Democratic leaders offered a full-throated defense last night of their plans to link Iraq war spending with rigorous standards for resting, training and equipping combat troops, saying that they would hold President Bush accountable for failing to meet those readiness tests.” (READ MORE)

Bombing Near Cheney Displays Boldness of Resurgent Taliban “Vice President Cheney was inside the main U.S. air base in Afghanistan yesterday when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives just outside the gates, killing as many as 23 people and showcasing insurgents' growing capabilities in advance of a widely expected spring offensive.” (READ MORE)

From the Front:
Jack Army: This logic is wrong. “I'd like to address some points that Ben makes in the comments of my recent post concerning my thoughts on Troop Support. So, here we go: ‘This logic is wrong. Not only because it polarizes debate and accuses normal Americans of not "supporting the troops" (whatever that means), but also because it is short-sighted and ignorant for foreign policy and basic national governance.’” (READ MORE)

Bill Roggio: Dividing the Mahdi Army “Multinational Forces Iraq is negotiating with elements of the Mahdi Army - With Muqtada al-Sadr now in Iran, the Iraqi government and Coalition forces are stepping up efforts to divide and conquer his Mahdi Army. Asharq Alawsat has confirmed that Multinational Forces Iraq (MNF-I) is ‘holding talks with commanders of Muqtada al-Sadr's Al-Mahdi Army with the Iraqi Government's blessing,' as well as ‘several Iraqi armed group.’” (READ MORE)

Mohammed: The more the merrier... “Advancing a political track is indispensable for a stable future for Iraq for sure. Experts and observers differ in their suggestions for solutions; some think politics must be given the priority while others insist the solution is military, but in fact both tracks are essential and should go hand in hand without giving one track a priority over the other even though one or the other sometimes seem to pose the greater challenge.” (READ MORE)

On the Web:
Michael Medved: Why liberals are right to hate the Ten Commandments “The left’s fiery obsession with removing Ten Commandments monuments from public property throughout the United States may seem odd and irrational but actually reflects the deepest values of contemporary liberalism.” (READ MORE)

Thomas Sowell: High Court and Low Politics: Part II “It is understandable that liberal Democratic presidents, beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt, loaded the Supreme Court with liberal, Democratic justices.” (READ MORE)

Ben Shapiro: We Cannot Solve The World's Problems With A Soccer Ball “I am a long-time subscriber to Sports Illustrated. I realize the magazine leans left politically; Rick Reilly's liberalism is about as subtle as a brick through a plate-glass window.” (READ MORE)

Michelle Malkin: A Gathering of Eagles “How many times have you sat in front of the television over the last four years, watching anti-war activists march on Washington, chase the ROTC off your local college campus, vandalize war memorials, insult the troops and wreak havoc under the surrender banner?” (READ MORE)

AirCongress: HotlineTV: Al Gore’s Night With Oscar “’Is this sort of the last time we have to care about Al Gore for the next year or two?’ That’s the question Hotline senior editor John Mercurio wants answered after the former vice president won an Oscar on Sunday night for his ‘Inconvenient Truth’ documentary on global warming.” (READ MORE)

The Sundries Shack: Bloggers on the Left, Attack! “It looks like the story about Al Gore’s Carbon Casa has hit a nerve. Witness this outporing of reasoned argument and refutation of fact from the HuffPuff. ‘Actually, let’s start with a more basic question. Who are these people? Well , a quick check of Alexa reveals their web site gets no traffic. Are they legitimate?’” (READ MORE)

A.M. Mora y Leon: Chavista Livestock “In the slums of Caracas, Chavista grocery patrons are now being branded on their bellies (food goes into your belly, right?) with indelible ink by store personnel to ensure that they do not buy more chicken than the government arbitrarily allows. Since at least the beginning of the year, Venezuela’s groceries have been wracked by food shortages due to Chavista price controls and controls on foreign currency.” (READ MORE)

Right Wing Nut House: The Unbearable Invisibility of Common Deceny “First of all, I must point out that most of the blog posts on the left about the attack at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan that the Taliban claims targeted Vice President Dick Cheney have, for the most part, played it straight with a little grumbling about his gallivanting around the world at this point. (For some shocking and notable exceptions, see Malkin, AJ Strata, and Dean Barnett.) Having said that, this post at Down With Tyranny deserves special attention – not only for its towering ignorance but for its unhinged hatred and despicable comparison of Vice President Cheney to Reinhard Heydrich, Himmler’s chief lieutenant in the Gestapo and at the time of his assassination, Reich Protector of Bohemia and Moravia:” (READ MORE)

ShrinkWrapped: Iran and the Core “Iran is never far from the thoughts of people who are concerned about the future. It remains the state sponsor of some of the most effective terrorist groups in the world and has been threatening to destroy both the Great Satan (America) and the Little Satan (Israel) since the theocratic revolution of 1979. There are some who propose that we tolerate Iran gaining nuclear capabilities; they suggest containment worked during the last cold war and would work just as well with Iran.” (READ MORE)

Jules Crittenden: Evolution = Conservative Values “David Brooks posits the passing of the notion of innate human goodness, supplanted by recognition of natural tendencies to competitiveness and strife. ‘This belief (in human goodness) had gigantic ramifications over the years.’” (READ MORE)

John Hinderaker: Follow That Armadillo! “One of the early articles that Scott and I wrote was called, with characteristic understatement, "The Global Warming Hoax." It appeared in the Minnesota Journal of Law and Politics in late 1992. One of the things we wrote about was the global cooling scare of the 1970s; we quoted articles from Time and Newsweek about fears that we humans were about to cause another ice age.” (READ MORE)

Iraq War Today: Support Our Troops Day, March 26th “Here is one Michigan teenager who knows how to support our Heroes: ‘My name is Alexandra Lynn McGregor and I am a junior at Waterford Kettering High School. Everyday I get to enjoy the freedoms of living in the United States of America. I can freely live the life I choose to live because there are women and men fighting all over the world, to protect me and everyone else around me. In honor of the people who fight for me, I would like to hold a national ‘Support Our Troops Day’ on March 26, 2007.’” (READ MORE)

Flopping Aces: Hilarity From Greenwald “Would anyone really be surprised to learn that Glenn Greenwald is a hypocrite? If so, please take a seat....just in case you get a case of the vapors. Via Patterico's Pontifications we find that the raging lefty is indeed, a hypocrite: (writing about the disgusting comments left on HuffPo re: the attempt on Cheney's life)” (READ MORE)

Dan Riehl: Liberal Blogs Heading Toward A Meltdown “On news that the Senate and now the House are backing away from de-funding the war in Iraq, the Liberal blogosphere is starting to look like an ice cream cone in an Al Gore movie. These are just a few early reax - look for many more.” (READ MORE)

Soldiers’ Angels Germany: Medical Warriors “I've been getting some emails about the first installment of a 5-part NBC News Special called Wounds of War. Although I don't get American TV here, Bonnie sent me the link to the piece on the MSNBC website. From what I know and have seen personally, this is the real thing and quite well done.” (READ MORE)

Captain Ed: Quid Pro Qu'Iran “The Bush administration has reversed its position on engaging with the two terror-sponsoring nations in the Middle East to help stabilize Iraq. After rejecting the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group to start conducting diplomatic talks with Iran and Syria, Condoleezza Rice announced that she would be doing just that -- but only after the White House forced Iraq to forge an agreement on its toughest internal issue:” (READ MORE)

Blonde Sagacity: Free Speech - A Fading Paragon “Everyone claims there should be free speech for everyone -and everyone definitely wants it for themselves, but the truth is...most Americans abhor it regardless of the lip service they pay the ideal. Free Speech means FREE speech. It means not only being able to say anything you want, but also listening to MANY things that make you sick. I know that seems like I'm stating the obvious, but I think it needs to be said.” (READ MORE)

Ian: Video: Coulter on Gore: ‘he may be a hypocrite but at least he’s not a moron’ “Ann Coulter along with environmental whackivists Daryl Hannah and Jon Coifman appeared on Hannity & Colmes last night to discuss Algore’s enormous energy bill. Coulter laid out Gore in this gem:” (READ MORE)

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