Saturday, February 25, 2006

He's no Baghdad Bob but....

An advisor to Iran's Revolutionary Guard, one Dr. Abasi, has stated that if the U.S. launches an attack on Iran that Iran will retaliate by attacking Israel's main nuclear facility.

Huh? Okay, let's forget for a moment that this makes no sense at all and that Dr. Abasi is just too afraid to threaten the United States directly. Let's concentrate on the missing information in Dr. Abasi's history lesson.

Remember Entebbe? Let me tell you, if I am ever on a plane that is taken hostage I hope it is a plane chock full of Israelis. Listen, they don't sit around and wring their hands, they take action. Remember how France built Saddam Hussein that lovely nuclear reactor? Oh yeah, well it was for the purpose of supplying energy only. I mean, just because the man walked around on billions of dollars worth of oil doesn't mean he wasn't concerned about becoming too reliant on fossil fuels. Well, Israel had one good look at that, all shiny and new, then flew right in and destroyed it. It's no good Dr. Abasi, with the state of your military, you better find someone else to threaten.

Now, if you want that sort of threat to work, you get Al Gore elected President. Then you threaten to blow up some endangered whales or something if we don't immediately meet your demands. But Rollo thinks you have about the same grasp on reality as the former Iraqi Information Minister - except you're not as funny. Getting there, though. Work on it.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Oh sama these days, you're gonna miss me baby...

An audio tape posted on a militant web site Monday contains the voice of Bin Laden vowing the following:

"I have sworn to only live free. Even if I find bitter the taste of death, I don't want to die humiliated or deceived".

Osama would rather taste of death than be captured alive.

Works for me.


Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Here and There

Rollo was pleased to hear that legendary superhero BATMAN is being called in to track down Osama Bin Laden. That's the premise of the new graphic novel by Frank Miller, HOLY TERROR! BATMAN. Rollo's idea was to somehow find a way to count all the training Bin Laden received from the CIA as a government student loan that's been defaulted or even just tax him for the monetary value of that training and send the IRS after him. Nobody gets away from the IRS.

In other news, Rollo is watching the new diet techniques of Saddam Hussein. Rollo did think that prison food was making him pudgy, and maybe even a little cranky. Rollo wonders how effective it is for a man on trial for war crimes for which he could get the death penalty, to threaten to starve himself. What's the big reaction to that? Ho, hum.

Anti Mohammed cartoon protestors are still at it, rioting erupted in Lahore, Pakistan. The rioters vandalized buildings and burned some down, including Kentucky Fried Chicken. Guess they wanted extra crispy.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

GAO report tracks victim's spending

While the focus on the fraudulent use of those debit cards issued to evacuees after Hurricane Katrina has been on the use of false or multiple social security numbers, the GAO has filed an interesting report on just where some of that money was spent. Purchases tracked to the cards include porn, strip clubs and tattoos.

An abstract of the report can be found here.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Victimizing America

This has got to be the best story of the week:

Millions of Katrina aid wasted, review finds

After Katrina, there was a hue and cry that the federal government didn't care, didn't act fast enough, didn't do enough. In fact, FEMA appeared to be a branch of government specifically set up to ensure that victims of disasters did not survive.

So, FEMA rushes down to Louisiana and one of the first things they do is hand out $2000.00 debit cards to victims of Katrina so they can purchase basic necessities. But it seems that a good many of those debit cards were obtained with false social security numbers, addresses and names.

What? Someone other than the federal government taking advantage and stealing from victims of disaster?

Who would have believed it?