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Chapter 7, Iran War Warning, part 4.

By on 4.14.06 | 1:35AM

1. Best signals source says that Tehran chief brain and strategist Rafsanjani is now in Damascus for a round of meetings with the terror camps, from the al-Assads to Nasrallah of the Hizb to the usual suspects of PFLPGC, Hamas, IJ, Al Aqsa: the topic is agreed: the struggle to liberate the Golan Heights, the West Bank, the whole of Palestine, is the same struggle as to liberate Iraq. Iran means to crush Israel and retake Palestine just as if this was the end of the second crusade.

2. The Damascus meetings turn on what is to be done to prep for the pre-empt that the Iranians aim to launch before October showdown with the UNSC. The collective attack on Israel will soften the resistance to the general assault in the Gulf region on the oilfields.

3. Rafsanjani next heads to Kuwait to warn the Sunni princes of oil that they either turn the Americans out of their back acres or they will burn with the Americans. This same message will be delivered to Bahrain and the UAE. Burn later or surrender now.

Re: Count Me In

By on 4.13.06 | 6:09PM

Ha!

By on 4.13.06 | 5:32PM

Read this headline, and you'd think - ever so hopeful - that Rep. Tom DeLay finally did what so many Republicans would pay a lot of money to do.

But no. Rep. Patrick "Patches" Kennedy just got hit in the mouth with a tool. Of course, reading the headline quickly, you'd think it was simply affirming the general state most people believe a Kennedy to be in: Hammered.

Cowardly Central, Continued

By on 4.13.06 | 4:40PM

A commenter suggests that the censorship panel in South Park was just a gag. Wrong. See here and here.

Re: Google

By on 4.13.06 | 4:18PM

Both of those pages are the result of "googlebombing." Here's how it works: Google ranks search results according to relevant links. If you get a whole bunch of people from different websites to link to a page with a certain word or phrase, you can push that page to the top of the search results. "I'm feeling lucky" simply grabs the first search result.

Google discourages googlebombing, but they've yet to figure out what to do about it. The comment and trackback spam that plagues many blogs, by the way, is a form of googlebomb; the scoundrels are trying to raise their search-engine profiles. (The American Prospect was actually shut down by comment spam earlier this week.)

Remember the AMT

By on 4.13.06 | 4:14PM

Tax Day is quickly upon us. Some of you are still working out those last-minute returns. For you others, don't forget the Alternative Minimum Tax is still out there and growing as a threat to your income. As Daniel Gross points out, the President and Congress bleat about it every spring, but fail to act. If a GOP Congress and White House won't squelch an outrageous hidden tax hike, who will?

Google Shrug

By on 4.13.06 | 3:52PM

Quin, don't jump the gun here. This works both ways: when you type in "French military victories" and hit I'm Feeling Lucky, you get an outside site made to look like a Google results page that says those terms did not match any documents and, "Did you mean french military defeats."

So if these guys were smart enough to game the system, who's to say Google's responsible for the President Bush/failure stunt? We don't know if they are. And if we assume they are, then they have a sense of humor that works both ways.

Google Outrage

By on 4.13.06 | 2:40PM

Courtesy of Ramesh Ponnuru at NRO comes this outrage. To save you the trouble, I'll tell you what happens: When you go to Google and type in the word "failure" and then press the "I'm feeling lucky" button, what you get is the official White House biography of President Bush. That's outrageous. I'd suggest boycotting Google, but, well, it is so dadgummed convenient.

Thanks, Prowler! Plus….

By on 4.13.06 | 2:20PM

The Prowler is right on target (not just because he agreed with my earlier blog, but because his prescriptions are, as usual, also quite sage) in saying that Brett Kavanaugh deserves confirmation and that the GOP should put judges front and center. To add to that thought, I repeate a litany I have written before and which should be repeated as often as possible until the Senate blockheads finally understand it: When the issue is judges, we win.

By "we," of course I mean conservatives. And we win for a number of reasons. We win first on substance because the AMerican people instinctively know that predictable and understandable interpretations of the COnstitution and laws are essential to fair governance... which means that "originalism" and its related conservative ideals of jurisprudence are political winners (which, by the way, Alito and Roberts both helped demonstrate).

Cowardice All Around

By on 4.13.06 | 1:45PM

Brett Kavanaugh deserves an up or down vote.

Hillary Clinton should stop using the likes of Dick Durbin to hide behind (her staff organized a rolling hold on Kavanaugh's nomination so that she could not be fingered as the main culprit, and her leadership of Harry Reid and Durbin obliged).

Republicans in the Senate should force a change of rules that reveals who has put a hold on judicial nominations so the American public knows what games are being played. And why. They know it is a problem. Why don't they do something about it?

The White House should once again put the judiciary front and center on its agenda this summer. The President speaks passionately about the issue (good) and the voters eat it up (better). And conservatives win on the issue (best).

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