Friday, November 23, 2012

The day after...

So, are you still thankful...or just full?

Time's a wastin', so let's jump right into the post-Thanksgiving Day bloggage...

Might these be Saddam's old toys? - Why would Czech anti-chemical warfare troops [be working] in Jordan? Foreign's John Reed posts the following: "Czech troops are in Jordan, providing technical expertise in case Syria's massive stockpile of chemical weapons is somehow unleashed by the Assad regime, rebels, or terrorists. "We do have the traditional CBRN [chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear warfare] specialization, we have our anti-chemical units in the Gulf, in Kuwait . . .  we do have some even in Afghanistan, we do have some cooperation now with Jordan because of the danger with Syria," Czech Defense Minister Alexandr Vondra told Killer Apps yesterday while discussing the Czech military's special role within NATO: dealing with CBRN threats. While there are reports of some of the Syrian government's advanced Russian-made SA-24 handheld surface-to-air missiles falling into rebel hands, we have yet to see evidence of Assad's chemical or biological weapons making their way out of their supposedly secure storage sites -- although there are reports of government troops moving the chem/bio weapons in an effort to keep them safe. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently told the White House that any military effort to secure Syria's chemical weapons would take tens of thousands of troops.  

So how's that "Arab Spring" workin' out for ya? The Muslim Brotherhood's mouthpiece/leader in the Land of the Pharaoh hasn't even been in power a year and he's looking more and more like a dictator who could end up being worse than the deposed former leader: "citing deadlock, Egypt’s leader seizes new power and plans Mubarak retrial." It appears that the Islamicists learned well from their Nazi friends back in the day.

Memories: In 1941, Haj Amin al-Husseini (the Muslim leader in Jerusalem) fled to Germany and met with Adolf HitlerHeinrich HimmlerJoachim Von Ribbentrop and other Nazi leaders. He wanted to persuade them to extend the Nazis’ anti-Jewish program to the Arab world.

Egypt, pt. 2: "Protests rock Egypt after Morsi seizes new powers."

Meanwhile back in the good ol' US of A...

Welcome to Katrina, Part 2: Here's a choice headline, "NYC sends health teams to post-Sandy food handouts, rubbing some wrong way," which goes with a choice story - "Bobby Eustace, an 11-year veteran with the city's fire department tells that on Sunday he and his fellow firefighters from Ladder 27 in the Bronx were issued a notice of violation for not maintaining restaurant standards in a tent set up in Breezy Point, Queens, to feed victims and first responders. 'It’s just a little ridiculous. The inspector came up and asked if we were wearing hairnets. I told him, ‘We have helmets. This is a disaster area,’' Eustace told “Then he asked is we had gloves and thermometers [for food]. I said, “Yeah, we have rectal and oral. Which one do you want?’ He wasn’t amused.'” Glad to see the bureaucracies have their priorities in order.

Rules are rules!

“The more you know” - Is Hollywood aware of the fact that NBC News Vetoed Chelsea Clinton's Marriage Equality ads? "Videos prepared by former First Daughter, who supports marriage equality, would have been used in Washington state and by But NBC News, where Clinton has worked for the past year, wouldn't allow it." Haters!

If you want an example of what not to do, you need look no further than California: "Anyone who thinks that President Obama's economic policies will spur strong growth should consider U-Haul rates between California and Texas. Renting a 20-foot truck one-way from San Francisco to San Antonio, for example, will cost $1,693. But the U-Haul tab to go in the opposite direction is just $983." 

Finally, if you read one article this week, read this one: "The “Hollywood Holocaust” and Other Cold War Myths." It puts things into perspective and corrects the revisionists.

Farewell...Larry Hagman...

Breaking news..."Larry Hagman, who became a TV icon with his starring roles onDallas and I Dream of Jeannie, died from complications of cancer on Friday in Dallas, Texas. "It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for," Hagman's family wrote in a statement. Hagman, who was seen as recently as this year on TNT's reboot of "Dallas," is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, actress Maj Axelsson." (h/t: Daily Beast). It was said that Romania's communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu showed "Dallas" in Romania to demonstrate how evil Capitalism was, but they loved it so much they shot Ceausescu. On a personal note, when I was in college, Mr. Hagman often frequented the bar I worked at. He was nice but kept to himself. A real gentleman...just sippin' his drink. RIP, Mr. Hagman.

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