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Chinese internet secret police in US

By on 2.15.06 | 12:11AM

Spectacular report from Forbes Magazine source on the 40,000 internet police in China: several new software designers have bested and defeated the goons. One called "Tor" constructs an underground railway of virtual tunnels that makes it exhausting and expensive to follow a user in China who dials out to the free world. Another called "Psiphon" creates a proxy system (if I understand correctly) that is closed to the outside but open to members of a family both inside and outside China.

Critical news is that Falun Gang is most active and skilled on the internet, recruiting Chinese Communist Party members who reject the Party online once they learn the facts of the brutality of their masters toward the spiritually hungry and long-suffering Falun Gong members. To renounce the Party is sensational heresy in China. The leading province for renouncing Chinese Communist members is Heilungjiang, on the Russian border, where a recent chemical factory fire caused a poisoning of the Songhua River: importantly, the local Party members are enraged that Beijing permitted the province leadership to lie about the spill.

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More Saddam Tapes: creepiness

By on 2.14.06 | 11:06PM

More Saddam tapes from intelligencesummit.org: ABC News will preview again Wed 15 on World News Tonight, and then will present special broadcast of Nightline with Brian Ross at 11 pm eastern, Wed 15, on the Saddam tapes -- approximately 12 hours of outtakes of Saddam Hussein's meetings over many years about WMD and so forth horrors with his own cabinet and staff.

Saddam "Chin" Hussein -- the Vinnie "Chin" Gigante-like figure strolling Koran in hand into his own trial in Baghdad -- ordered these tapes made to record his genius over many years to deny and deceive the UN inspectors looking for WMD in Iraq.

Revelations include discussion of a WMD attack on the United States sometime in the late 90s.

Revelations include calling on the expertise of a prominent member state of the UN Security Council in order to conceal WMD and weapons systems.

Revelations include discussions of assassination plots against prominent world leaders, none of whom will enjoy hearing his or her name mentioned once the tapes are played.

Revelations include a nightmare scenario that will not surprise readers of AmSpecBlog.

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Attn: David Horowitz

By on 2.14.06 | 6:10PM

Back in my hometown I learn from my local News-Press that for a sleepy town Santa Barbara remains on the cutting edge. Where elsewhere you read about conservative college students complaining about the liberal bias of their professors, here the conservative griping begins in high school.

"I am a conservative student attending Santa Barbara High School," Tyler McManigal writes in a letter to the editor of the Santa Barbara News-Press, "and it is no secret to me or any other students that the greater majority of teachers are liberal.

"Conservative students always find themselves having to defend their political views in the classroom because they are challenged by these liberal teachers, who give their one-sided political views and anti-Bush statements."

Because conservative students, who "may be the minority view in high school," are forever having to defend their political views, there is fortunately a golden lining, young Tyler writes:

"[B]ecause we have to constantly defend our political views, conservative students are forced to be more aware of and familiar with current events.

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Extra Credit

By on 2.14.06 | 5:48PM

The new President of Bolivia is a coca farmer. Now, his Administration is proposing to include coca leaves on the menu for Bolivia's school kids, because the leaves are so nutritious!

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Film Dud

By on 2.14.06 | 5:38PM

So Star Wars creator George Lucas was up on Capitol Hill today with Rep. Nancy Pelosi today talking about the Democrat Party's "Innovation Initiative."

There is nothing to it. It offers private businesses and innovators nothing in the way of financial incentives to invest in things like high-tech R & D, broadband, manufacturing, or educational programs targeting engineers or science.

What struck us was Lucas's statement that Pelosi had basically been begging him for money for years. But a database check at OpenSecrets.org doesn't indicate that Lucas has been a huge donor to Pelosi or anyone else in the Democrat Party.

Surely the Democrats could have found someone with a better pedigree for giving to their causes.

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Vets Needn’t Apply

By on 2.14.06 | 2:22PM

Iraq war vet Paul Hackett's surprise withdrawal from the race for the Dem Senate nomination to run against Ohio's Mike DeWine comes as a shock to the other vets being recruited by the Dems. According to several reports, Hackett's candidacy was propelled, in part, by Sen. Schumer's promise that he'd not have to worry about campaign funding. And then hitherto invisible Cong. Sherrod Brown pops up, and says he wants to run. So what's the reaction from the Dems? Little Miss Gun Control drops Hackett like a hot rock and works hard to cut off his funding. Why shouldn't vets believe this is just another symptom of the Democrat disease?

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The David Gregory Show

By on 2.14.06 | 11:41AM

The NBC correspondent's on his high horse about White House disclosure of the hunting accident. He's not playing inquisitive reporter anymore, but conducting himself like a prosecutor in cross examination. This is quickly descending into Gregory whining.

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Batman Goes To War

By on 2.14.06 | 10:52AM

Comic-book legend Frank Miller has announced that his next book, Holy Terror, Batman!, is "a piece of propoganda" where Batman goes after al Qaeda:

The reason for this work, Miller said, was "an explosion from my gut reaction of what's happening now." He can't stand entertainers who lack the moxie of their '40s counterparts who stood up to Hitler. Holy Terror is "a reminder to people who seem to have forgotten who we're up against."

It's been a long time since heroes were used in comics as pure propaganda. As Miller reminded, "Superman punched out Hitler. So did Captain America. That's one of the things they're there for."

That's a refreshing change from the anti-war Superman that appeared a few years ago.
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Re: WMD, Hamas and Western Will

By on 2.14.06 | 10:20AM

James: I agree. We need to be vastly more clear in our opposition to government participation by terrorists. One of the troubling things I heard in Iraq in December was several of our top commanders talking about a "Sinn Fein" solution to the insurgency. Letting them become part of the government can only be done after the terrorists have renounced violence and turned in their weapons, not before.

I do have one large bone to pick with you: "contextualize"??? ARRRRRRRRGH. I hereby propose that anyone who takes a perfectly innocent noun and turns it into a verb by adding "ize" should be lashed publicly or at least locked in the stocks to be pummelled with vegetables.

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