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Socialized UFOcare

By on 10.10.06 | 10:40AM

Following the news that a German lawyer plans to sue the government for compensation on behalf of people who say they've been abducted by aliens, I couldn't help but think that the government would save a lot of money were it to purchase UFO abduction insurance. It's only $19.95 for a lifetime policy!

Nuclear Dud?

By on 10.10.06 | 10:32AM

In today's Washington Times, Bill Gertz reports that North Korea's weapons test was not nuclear. The Washington Post cites other U.S. sources claiming the explosion was a half a kiloton (which is less than 1/40th the power of the blast caused by the A-bomb the U.S. dropped on Nagasaki). Meanwhile, Russia says it was definitely nuclear, actually five-to-15 kilotons. It's hard to know what to read in the large discrepancy between the estimates, so, like everything else involving North Korea, this may remain shrouded in mystery.

Now This Is Funny

By on 10.9.06 | 3:56PM

From al Reuters:

A German lawyer hopes to drum up more business by pursuing state compensation claims for people who believe they were abducted by aliens.

"There's quite obviously demand for legal advice here," Jens Lorek told Reuters by telephone on Thursday. "The trouble is, people are afraid of making fools of themselves in court."

U.S. Proposes Embargo, Sanctions…

By on 10.9.06 | 3:32PM

as part of a proposal to the UN Security Council, the Washington Post reports. But not suprisingly, the Europeans are noncommital and the usual suspects of China and Russia sound like they'll oppose such measures:

China's U.N. ambassador, Wang Guangya, said Beijing is opposed to the North Korean test and that it is ready to discuss "how the Security Council could react firmly, constructively and prudently with regard to this challenge."

But he declined to say whether Beijing would support a sanctions resolution. "I think we have to react firmly, but also I believe that, on the other hand, that the door to solve this issue from diplomatic point of view is still open."

One More Big Story….

By on 10.9.06 | 12:34PM

Jed Babbin is correct in his column today that the GOP should be nationalizing its races, not localizing them. Tactically and strategically, Republicans have been idiots all year long. That said, the Foley story hit early enough that it leaves time for AT LEAST one more big story to come out to change the momentum nationally in the campaigns. I actually expect one more big story that works in favor of the GOP, plus a stupid last-weekend effort by the Dems and media that may or may not work.

N. Korea Flashback

By on 10.9.06 | 12:32PM

A New York Times story datelined June 19, 1994 began:

Former President Jimmy Carter, back from meetings with the leaders of North and South Korea, went to the White House today and proclaimed that the crisis regarding North Korea's suspected effort to build nuclear weapons was over.

How Bad Will This Movie Be?

By on 10.9.06 | 11:53AM

Heard from a radio ad for Robin William's new pic, Man Of The Year:

Actress playing reporter: Have you given any thought to what the make up of your Cabinet will be?

Williams: Well, I've always favored hard woods like teak and mahogany.

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OHMIGAWD! I didn't see that one coming! ROTFLMAO!

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