That's what a report in the Iraqi newspaper Azzaman says: "Strela-type SAM-7 surface-to-air missiles, modern explosives, and a large number of personnel arms including Kalashnikovs and BKC machineguns." Omar at Iraq the Model notes the similarity to a report from last month from al-Sabah, a paper "that is not normally in agreement with what Azzaman publishes."
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A Saturday front-pager in the New York Times focused on Treasury Secretary John Snow and why he's still around. The piece was as bizarre as Snow's situation -- he dutifully continues to serve even though it seems obvious to everyone that the Bush White House would like to replace him ASAP. So why hasn't it replaced him? "Largely because the White House has been unable to find a replacement, administration officials say." Isn't this, then, the real story? Who, pray tell, has been approached and turned the President down?
Meanwhile, it took this report to get out sterling economic news the N.Y. Times would otherwise have never conveyed, given how well the news might reflect on the Bush economy.
Thus, John J. Castellani, president of the Business Roundtable and someone who knows Snow well, is quoted as saying: "This is an economy that by any statistical measure would be the envy of any administration of any party...."
If you were lucky enough to miss Meet the Press today, you did miss one important point. Talking to Tim Russert, Newt Gingrich let slip that tomorrow -- just in time for W's big speech -- the Heritage Foundation will release an analysis of the Senate bill that shows it will result in amnesty for more than 30 million illegals, three times the number already here. Here's Gingrich's words, the money quote:
But for you to establish the principle that we're now going to reward those who have broken the law the longest, we're going to create an entire forgery industry so people prove they've been here as long as possible, breaking the law, and you don't think we're going to send a signal to the entire planet:
Paul: Though I don't know that we've ever talked about him, somehow I sensed you with your perfect command of the fight game would find time to pay tribute to Floyd Patterson, whom I remember from before you were born. In fact, the gentlemanly Patterson was a perfect complement to many classy sportsmen of the time, whether it was Frank Gifford or Jerry West or Elgin Baylor or Oscar Robertson or Sandy Koufax. He was the first heavyweight champion I remember, one one automatically took to -- which is why the pummeling Ingemar Johansson gave him was horrible to watch (I saw the worst of it on a newsreel at the Airport Drive-In Theater in Goleta, California, where my parents often took my sister and me to a night at the movies inside our '50 Studebaker), just as his glorious KO of Johansson in their rematch was one of the great moments of my early sporting life, proof positive that good guys could prevail.
I didn't get a chance yesterday to mark the death of Floyd Patterson, who was heavyweight champion of the world from 1956-1959, and then again from 1960 -1962. He was the first man to regain the title after losing it - which is a lot easier to do today with all the phony title belts floating around, and multiple champions in every division.
The musical, that is. One of the first lines is, "I have concluded that one useless man is called a disgrace, two are a law firm and three or more are a Congress." Subtract the good music and humor and we have 2006.
I'll be on Fox News Channel with John Gibson about 5 pm EDT talking about the steady stream of leaks that are so very damaging to our nation. Hope you can catch it.
Sorry to spoil the party, guys, but all I can contribute to this discussion is to note that the best novel I've read in recent years is Jane Eyre. After something like that, how can one possibly settle for anything contemporary?