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Kerry Incoming

By on 1.27.06 | 1:13AM

Trusted Senate source reports Francophiliac junior senator from Massachusetts enroute from Davos to Capitol to take the lead in a filibuster fight against Alito.

No ready explanation. Mysterious as French language. Democrats now moving into mystical phase of self-immolation.

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Ahmadinejad and big holes in the ground

By on 1.27.06 | 12:47AM

Best source continues to report that Ahmadinejad is still missing, or disappeared, as of this hour. He has not been seen now for ninety-six to one hundred twenty hours. Statement read in his name on TV -- denouncing the Brits for the Ahvaz explosions -- is the first time since his ascendance that he has not appeared in person to breathe fire.

Speculation about missing president is in two directions:

1. Ahmadinejad is out of sight as he participates as president in a war game exercise. This is consistent with intelligence reporting Iranians' moving around air defense hardware, digging holes and trenches, testing apparatus that would be needed during an air raid from the Great Satan or the Junior Satan, otherwise known as the US and Israel. No name provided for war exercise.

2. Ahmadinejad is out of sight as he confers over the next step in the confrontation with the IAEA. This is consistent with the Iranian approach, which is to maneuver, betray, stall, manipulate, delay.

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What a Day

By on 1.26.06 | 3:41PM

Lieberman sides with the leftist fringe of the Democratic Party, and Byrd rejects them. Amazing.

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AmSpec Gets RSS

By on 1.26.06 | 3:26PM

You may have noticed a small "XML" icon at the top of this blog page for the last week or so. Today, another one graces the top of the Spectator.org home page. These mean AmSpec is now streaming our pages to you in RSS.

What's RSS? It stands for "Really Simply Syndication" -- a web publishing format that allows readers to peruse many content sources at once. We don't provide you an RSS reader, but there are many free third-party readers. I recommend Google Reader. It's free, web-based, and easy to use.

AmSpec offers you two RSS feeds: AmSpecBlog and our daily article lineup. Just copy those html links into your RSS reader and you're off and running. For more, here's our mini-tutorial.

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Barghouti in exchange for Pollard

By on 1.26.06 | 2:35PM

The Hamas smash triumph in the PA parliamentary elections, unexplained and unexpected by all news sources with the small exception of my radio show and my best sources in Gaza and the West Bank, now makes possible (and much more likely) one of the great politically cynical deals of this early 21st century.

Acting PM Olmert now said to be leading the think tank of the otherwise unorganized Forward Party with the bold, fresh and over the top idea of maneuvering a release of Al Aqsa founder and Fatah superhero Marwan Barghouti, serving five life terms for murders, in exchange for the release of disgraced, bizarre, said to be Orthodox superhero and not so super espionage agent Jonathan Pollard, serving eternity in news media silence in North Carolina.

Makes no sense? How does this help Olmert? What does this mean for Team Bush? What peace process? Why Barghouti? What does Hamas have to do with the Free Pollard crowd? Isn't Barghouti a hothead? Isn't Pollard a hothead?

More soon.

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President still missing

By on 1.26.06 | 2:23PM

Best source confirms that, as of this hour, Persian bloodhound Ahmadinejad is still missing, or disappeared, and that there is no comfortable or easy explanation.

You will recall that Ahmadinejad missed his appointment with Iraqi villain-politician Mookie Sadr some seventy-two hours ago, and missed his speech in Ahvaz some forty-eight hours ago, and missed going on Tehran TV in person to denounce the Brits and James Bondettes for the Ahvaz explosive device attacks some twenty-four hours ago.

Still missing.

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Re: Calling a Democrat a…

By on 1.26.06 | 2:19PM

I dissent. To say "Democrat Party" instead of "Democratic Party" does more damage to the credibility of the speaker than to that of the subject. This, I believe, is Bill Buckley's position, and I'd have some trepidation about opposing WFB as far as the English language is concerned.

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Salazar Hates Italians

By on 1.26.06 | 2:12PM

Well, that's one way to spin Sen. Ken Salazar's remarks on the Senate floor now. He's voting against Judge Alito, the son of an immigrant, because, among other reasons, he's not a diversity pick.

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Iraqi WMD still in Syria

By on 1.26.06 | 2:06PM

Best source confirms the intelligence of Iraqi wmd moved to Syria in 2002 provided by Iraqi Air Force general Sada in his new book, SADDAM'S SECRETS.

Writing in today's New York Sun, editor Ira Stoll, after a meeting with Sada at the Sun's offices, summarizes Sada's evidence. In June 2002, Chemical Ali supervised the transfer of wmd chemical stocks from Baghdad to Damascus by loading the cargo onto Iraqi Airlines 747s with seats stripped out. There were fifty six flights in all, with the cover story that Iraq was aiding Syria after disastrous flooding. Name of Syrian general receiving wmd not confirmed by best source, pending.

This is consistent with intelligence developed over many years that Iraq developed a multiple layered CBRN program.

Sada, fearing for his life, and the lives of his sources the pilots who flew some of the aircraft, also makes mention of civilian truck convoys transfering wmd to Syaria prior to the war. This connects with multiple reports from IDF general officers, active and retired, that convoys were observed travelling from Baghdad to Damascus and then onto Lebanon in late 2002.

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Newsflash: Kerry May Run Again

By on 1.26.06 | 1:48PM

The AP breathlessly reports from Davos that (gasp!) Sen. Jean Francois Kerry has his eye on the presidency still. In light of his near-daily press releases, who knew?

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