Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Global Conning

You've heard the hysteria (how could you miss it?). Humans are making the planet warmer. Chaos will ensue. Tidal waves. Mass extinction. Blah blah blah. So, amidst all this breathless doomsaying, why isn't the mainstream media telling you that "[t]his carefully ignores the latest US satellite figures showing temperatures having fallen since 1998, declining in 2007 to a 1983 level - not to mention the newly revised figures for US surface temperatures showing that the 1930s had four of the 10 warmest years of the past century, with the hottest year of all being not 1998, as was previously claimed, but 1934"?

I guess it's sort of an Inconvenient Truth.

But don't you DARE question the "science." The "scientists" have spoken.

Monday, November 26, 2007

We've Got These, Part 2

Terminator, here we come.

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Religion of Peace Update!

British teacher in Sudanese international school allows students to name class teddy bear Mohammad, now faces blasphemy charges and angry mob calling for her head.

Now, I'll bet you dollars to donuts that this nice British lady is a big believer in the equal intrinsic worth of all people and cultures and would tell anyone who deigned to listen that the world would be a wonderful place if meanies like George W. Bush and his Halliburton pals would just go away and let the guitar-toting unshaved peaceable types run the show.

I wonder if she still thinks that now.

And, in all seriousness, I hope she gets out of the Sudan fast, and safely.

Also, a note to self: If I ever decide to own a pig, I shall name it Mohammad. Because I can.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Good News In France

Sarkozy's resolution in staring down the strikers is proving to be a winning strategy. The rail and subway workers appear poised to return to work.
The collapse of support for the strike by individual rail workers marks the first success in what Mr. Sarkozy considers the key goal of his presidency, the abandonment of expensive entitlements and special conditions for public sector workers, including generous early retirement and pension benefits for half a million rail workers, which he believes make France uncompetitive.
Keep it up, Mr. President.

And You Thought Killing The Earth Was Bad

Some scientists believe humans may be shortening the life span of the universe. This conclusion stems from the principle of quantum physics that certain things exist only as probabilities until such time as they are actually observed. If you remember Schrodinger's Cat, this might have some conceptual familiarity:
New Scientist reports a worrying new variant as the cosmologists claim that astronomers may have accidentally nudged the universe closer to its death by observing dark energy, a mysterious anti gravity force which is thought to be speeding up the expansion of the cosmos.

The damaging allegations are made by Profs Lawrence Krauss of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and James Dent of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, who suggest that by making this observation in 1998 we may have caused the cosmos to revert to an earlier state when it was more likely to end. "Incredible as it seems, our detection of the dark energy may have reduced the life-expectancy of the universe," Prof Krauss tells New Scientist.
I suppose the only way to save the universe is to ban science. An amendment to the Kyoto Protocol surely is in the making.


My prayers have been answered. At long last, a group of whack-job hippies have made an important decision that will make the planet a better place. They've sterilized themselves and will not reproduce. Is it too much to hope for that this trend might spread to other corners of the Left?

Okay, stepping out of flippant mode for a second, this story is actually rather nauseating.
Had Toni Vernelli gone ahead with her pregnancy ten years ago, she would know at first hand what it is like to cradle her own baby, to have a pair of innocent eyes gazing up at her with unconditional love, to feel a little hand slipping into hers - and a voice calling her Mummy.

But the very thought makes her shudder with horror.

Because when Toni terminated her pregnancy, she did so in the firm belief she was helping to save the planet.
That's right. Toni had an abortion . . . for the good of the planet. Now I'm not one to moralize on abortion. As a policy matter, I struggle with it. What galls me is the sheer narcissism at work here. You see, anyone can "save the planet" by recycling and riding a bike to work. But, oooh, look at at me, I love the planet so much, I killed my baby for it.

No doubt to a chorus of "you go girl" from her patchouli-stinking comrades who, given the mindset of the average Leftist, probably cultivated an unholy amount of good ol' knee-jerk Western Guilt for the sin of having reproduced. At which point the only way to even attempt to assuage that guilt was to press the earth-destroying offspring into service at organic-food co-ops and anti-Israel protests.

Toni's selflessness is indeed something to behold:

"I've never doubted that I made the right decision. Ed and I married in September 2002, and have a much nicer lifestyle as a result of not having children.
"We love walking and hiking, and we often go away for weekends.

"Every year, we also take a nice holiday - we've just come back from South Africa.

"We feel we can have one long-haul flight a year, as we are vegan and childless, thereby greatly reducing our carbon footprint and combating over-population."

You see? It's terribly important for each of us to reduce his or her "carbon footprint." And as long as you abort the only child you've ever conceived, it's perfectly okay to burn some jet fuel. You know, as a reward for being such an awesome steward of Mother Earth.

If you read the rest of the article, you'll meet the boyfriend of another, like-minded eco-warrior, who blames babies for global warming. No, I'm not kidding.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

The Stream-of-Consciousness "What I'm Thankful For" Post

My family, especially my parents, who love me and have always loved me simply because I'm me. Good friends who forgive my foolishness. Living in the greatest, most free nation in the history of human civilization. Twenty-six ounce steaks. The courage and determination of proud warriors who sacrifice all to preserve us. Especially Navy SEALS and Army Green Berets. Their families, who sacrifice as much, or more. Teachers. Surround sound. The NFL. Live music. The smell and sound of the ocean. Rocky I, II, and III. Gravity. Strangers in foreign countries who give directions to American tourists. The calm determination of a president to forcibly resist enemies his detractors would rather appease. Jessica Biel. The internet. Jessica Biel on the internet. Israel. Comedy. Freshly brewed coffee. Spring. Curiosity. Opposable thumbs. Mysteries. The sound of my nephew saying my name. Capitalism. Kissing. Patriotism. Dreaming. Ronald Reagan. Optimism. Ronald Reagan's optimism. Fairy tales. Waking up thinking it's Friday and realizing it's Saturday. Silence. Noise. Advil. Hitting one long, straight drive in an otherwise forgettable round of golf. Standing on a Swiss mountaintop and laughing at nothing in particular due to a combination of thin air and a temporary shedding of worldly worry. Las Vegas. Second chances. Rediscovering old friendships. The sun.


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Unsolicited Confession No. 4

It might have been partly the influence of the 101 degree fever I was sporting while shivering under my comforter late last night, but I came to the realization that I would make an outstanding cult leader. Charisma, check. Destiny for greatness, check. Movie-star good looks, check. Powerful psychological influence over the feeble-minded, check.

I'm just a little uncertain of my indomitable ego, though. So I have to work on that. Because if the rubes see even a trace of hesitation in your eyes, they simply won't drink the kool-aid. Or send their daughters to your bed.

Text Our Troops

Hundreds of thousands of our troops will spend Thanksgiving in harm's way, far from home. Here's a great way that you can personally thank one of them, and all you need is a cell phone with text messaging capability. It's called "America Supports You."

Text a message of thanks to 89279 (TXASY). It will be forwarded to one of our soldiers in the field. More than 52,000 messages have been sent (2 by me), and there's still time to send more. It's free. All it takes is a few seconds. Please show your support.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Go Sarko!

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is dealing with the first "crisis" of his term -- massive, nationwide strikes, which actually are a way of life in France.

According to an article in the International Herald Tribune (owned, I believe, by the New York Times), in a sentence that unironically reveals the ludicrous nature of modern French society: "This is the season for strikes - and a difficult moment for the French economy."

The "season for strikes." Like maple syrup season, only with class-ist angst. So how many strikes are we talking about?

"Transit workers have been striking since last Tuesday to protest the conservative government's plan to eliminate special retirement privileges that the private sector does not enjoy. Although many workers have since returned to the job, the job action is costing the
French economy between $440 million and $586 million a day, the Finance Ministry said Monday."

But there are also impending strikes of "teachers, hospital workers, tax agents, bank tellers, postmen, telecommunications, airport and other public-sector workers, even weathermen . . . ."

That's not all: "French lawyers and judges are scheduled to strike next week to protest structural changes that could eliminate 200 courts. Tobacco shop owners are planning to protest over the country's new anti-smoking law."

Oh, and the beauty of France is that you don't even have to have a job to get in on the fun: "In an unrelated move, university students also are staging strikes, protesting - paradoxically - against a new law that gives underfunded state universities more autonomy and access to some private funding. Courses are blocked at more than two dozen of 80 universities in France. By contrast, a strike by gas and electricity workers has collapsed."

This, folks, is what happens when you socialize your economy and permit the government to regulate everything from your rate of pay to the number of hours you may work each week. And because taxes are so high (to pay for all of the extensive social programs from healthcare to childcare to subsidized smokes), people depend exclusively on the government to provide for all of their basic needs, including their retirement.

In short, the private sector has, over time, ceded all authority for micromanaging the economy -- and, thus for individual financial decision-making -- to the government. Sarkozy wants to change all that. And the natives are terrified, naturally. God forbid they should be given the right (not the obligation, mind you, the right) to work more than 35 hours a week. Because if the government lifted that cap, then, gawsh, some enterprising folk might go and do something terribly un-French, like work more to earn more. Horror.

But Sarkozy's determined to do exactly what he pledged to do when we was running for office: "'Sarkozy's calculation is to say, 'I want an American-type of society where you can make money and it's not a sin.' But I'm not sure you can change a hundred years of habits just like that. Sarko is playing poker here. It's a dangerous game.'"

Sure it is. But it's the only way France can haul itself out if a total economic down-spiral that has its ranked "only the 18th most competitive nation in the world; the country's public debt has grown faster than anywhere else in Europe. Unemployment sits at 8.4 percent, but is 22 percent among people under age 25 and up to 50 percent in some troubled suburbs."

We wish the French President luck. France needs this, and Western Europe needs an example.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

We've Got These

Few things make me happier than reading about super-cool gadgets that our men and women in uniform get to use in retaining our military superiority.

This is just such a thing.

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Thursday, November 15, 2007


If you've used Microsoft Word for any substantial period of time, this will resonate.

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I've posted before about moronic "anti-war" protesters who manifest their rage by attacking military recruiting centers. Apparently, some crazy-left "activists" in Olympia, Washington decided to take their flagellation to a new level by blocking military shipments at the sea port.

Ace of Spades (who opened my eyes to the Megan Meier story) offered up a quick post about it yesterday.

And hilarity ensued.

Seems these "progressive" types have an interactive, online community calendar, where they post notices for whatever mindless, flag-burning, Bush=Hitler marches they have upcoming. Well, some of Ace's readers decided to contribute to the calendar. With spectacular results.

It's since been taken down, but not before someone captured a screen shot. (Click on the image to enlarge.) Revel in it.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A Pakistan Primer

The inimitable Mark Steyn explains it all to you -- or, rather, states why it can't all be explained or predicted or summed up and why those who would tell President Musharraf what to do really ought to just sit down, have a glass of milk, and do the Jumble or something.

Via NRO.

Chavezwatch: The Insanity Continues!

A few days ago, our Benedick (whom I like to think of as the Rog to my Rerun, though I must emphasize that I look a lot *less* like Rerun now than I did when I was 9 months pregnant -- and if you didn't grow up in the 80s and have no clue who Rog or Rerun are, then I can't help you) linked to an article about the Spanish King, Juan Carlos, who recently responded to the nonsensical ranting of the Venezuelan dictator and ally of Bad Guys Everywhere with a good old-fashioned "Why don't you just shut up?"

It happened right out in the open at a summit in Chile, and evidently Hugo didn't like being given the business by some fussy old king. So, he is now demanding that King Juan Carlos apologize. Or else!

Or else what, you ask?

Or else Chavez is going to take the money in Spanish banks located in Venezuela, apparently.

Shouldn't this be a big deal? Am I missing something here? Or is it just that Chavez has done this so many times (both the threats and the actual usurpation of private property) that it's just old news?

Also, in case you hadn't had your daily dose of irony, apparently this flap all started when Chavez called somebody else a fascist.

BREAKING: We are all racists!

That includes you, if you are (a) Caucasian and b) a believer in a program that was, until recently, force-fed to Resident Assistants at the University of Delaware.

Quoth UD's program:

A RACIST: A racist is one who is both privileged and socialized on the basis of race by a white supremacist (racist) system. The term applies to all white people (i.e., people of European descent) living in the United States, regardless of class, gender, religion, culture or sexuality. ... By this definition, people of color cannot be racists, because as peoples within the U.S. system, they do not have the power to back up their prejudices, hostilities, or acts of discrimination.


Sigh. I'm certainly not the first person to bring this up (among many others, NRO's splendid Phi Beta Cons has been on the case). And happily, this program is no more -- though, apparently, not before the few RAs with the stones to publicly question its wisdom were pulled aside and threatened with loss of their position and its benefits. But -- as I noted in a post several weeks ago -- I was an RA in college, and while I certainly was spoon-fed an awful lot of diversity claptrap (if I recall, it tasted like lentils), it was nothing like this.

It's scary out there, I tells ya. Thank goodness for the fine folks at F.I.R.E., who stand sentry for all of us.

Snack Deprivation As Torture?

This, according a a Fox News story that's vague in a truly amusing way:

Two students accused of kidnapping and torturing a man with hot cookies are no longer welcome back on campus at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, at least for now.

The school's police chief, Regina Hays, has notified sophomore Jordan Sallis and junior Rosario James to stay away as the face charges of kidnapping, robbery and battery.

Authorities say three men went to James' house November Second to buy marijuana, but two of the men grabbed the drugs and fled, leaving the third behind. That's when the suspects allegedly held that man and tortured him to press him into finding money for the stolen drugs.

The victim later managed to escape.

So how did this go down, exactly?

Pot Seller: Hey, man. Like, your buddies totally took off without paying for the pot.

Pot Buyer: Dude, I have no idea why they did that.

Pot Seller: Look, man, we need our money. This is way uncool.

Pot Buyer: I know, man, but what do you want me to do? I'm too high to even, like, escape with those guys.

Pot Seller: Dude, you've got a choice. Give us the money or, like, tell us who your friends are.

Pot Buyer: Whoa, man, I'm not, like, a narc or anything. I am really @#$%ing hungry, though. I've got the munchies bad.

Pot Seller: Oh yeah? Well I just happen to have this big plate of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.

Pot Buyer: AW YEAH! DUDE! Gimme one of those!

Pot Seller: No way, man. I'm going to, like, sit here and eat all these cookies. And you're gonna watch.

Pot Buyer: NOT COOL! Seriously, Dude. Not. Cool.

Pot Seller: *crams entire cookie in mouth* Mmmm. Mmmm mmm mmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Pot Buyer: DUDE!

Pot Seller: *crams second cookie in mouth, sips milk* Ogh mangh -- dheshe aw shum gwhate fhwockin khukeev.


Pot Seller: Whersh dha muh-eeh? Huh?


Boys at Gitmo . . . you paying attention?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Since I saw this story earlier today, I've been unable to keep my anger from steadily increasing. Blogger Ace of Spades notes a story in the St. Charles (Missouri) Journal that will make your stomach turn.

Thirteen-year-old Megan Meier had a history of weight problems, low self-esteem, and social difficulties. Then one day, she met a handsome sixteen-year-old boy named Josh via her MySpace page (an online social networking site popular with teens). They developed a flirtatious online relationship. Until, suddenly and without explanation, Josh became abusive and hateful, taunting Megan with assurances that everybody hated her and decimating what little confidence she'd developed through their correspondence.

And Megan killed herself.

And, while that's ultimately the worst part of the story, in a way it's not.

You see, "Josh" wasn't a Josh at all. "Josh" was a fiction crafted by the parents of one of Megan's former friends. Neighbors who lived on the same block as Megan's family, who had bought their home with Megan's mom's assistance, who had stored their belongings in the Meier's basement. And these people -- who have not been named publicly -- are apparently without remorse.

The parents of Megan's former friend created a fake online profile, gradually nurtured Megan's trust, and then -- knowing she had a history of emotional problems and even an earlier suicide attempt -- used it to crush her spirit.

Now, nobody is naming these people. But I suggest to you that I can give you all the tools you need to find out who they are to a substantial degree of likelihood. Keep in mind, substantial likelihood is not what I consider to be a strong enough basis to make an outright accusation. But if you're curious how I garnered my suspicion, you need only follow these simple steps:

Megan's parents (who are now splitting up) are Ron and Tina Meier, in suburban St. Louis, MO. The article tells us that their house is in a subdivision called Waterford Crossing.

A search shows us that Ron and Tina Meier own a house at 251 Waterford Crystal Drive, O'Fallon, MO.

St. Charles County, MO -- in which they live, also has a property database:

If you search for the address above, you find


These are the victims. Twice confirmed.

Now the tricky part. We need to find the right set of neighbors. The Journal article gives us one key clue to help us narrow it down:

"It was Tina, a real estate agent, who helped the other family purchase their home on the same block 2½ years ago."

So I must look for a home purchased on the same block two-and-a-half years ago.

I run an advanced search back at the property web site. I look for all 2005 purchases. Four hits. Three of the four hits reflect purchases in October or November 2005 -- only about two years ago, not two-and-a-half. The other hit shows an April 6, 2005 sale date. That's about two-and-a-half years ago. And it's the only sale on that street that occurred in the first half of 2005. Indeed, going back to 2004, the only sale was in August of that year. That's more than three years ago, and it's title owner appears to be a single woman. (Interesting side note -- recall from the Journal article who divulged the truth to Ron and Tina about the identity of "Josh.")

If you look at the street number of the address on the house sold in April 2005, you'll find it's only 18 off from the Meiers'. Given that houses are typically numbered alternately, with odds on one side and evens on the other, this puts the house no more than 9 houses down . . . and possibly fewer, since many subdivisions skip numbers in order to allow for future development. I checked Google Maps. A satellite photo shows that they are, in fact, merely 4-5 houses down. Which is precisely what Megan's mother said during a Fox News interview with Megyn Kelly this afternoon.

The names: I won't print them. As I said, I cannot be sure they are the culprits, and it would be irresponsible of me to accuse them of anything. But this publicly available information, coupled with the contents of the Journal article, was too compelling for me to ignore.

Whoever it was, there is a very special place waiting in Hell for them.

UPDATE: For those who simply want the names, rather than following the trail of breadcrumbs, at least one blogger (who has contributed to the comments to this post) has taken the plunge. I'm not fully endorsing the conclusion, for reasons stated above, but again -- publicly available information.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Let's Try One More Time!

Socialists (and, yes, we have plenty of them in the U.S.) shut their eyes and deny the fact that large-scale experiments in socialism fail utterly every time. Chavez's Venezuela is only the latest example.

Power Line explains.

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Do You Know What Today Is?

It's Veterans Day. Amidst your shopping, football watching, leaf raking, and other mundane activities today, please take a quiet moment and think about those who have sacrificed -- and who continue to do so -- to preserve the way of life we all so easily take for granted. An occasion such as this one is a fitting time to reflect on the fact that those who mindlessly and slanderously demonize our brave military men and women to curry cheap political favor with extreme left-wing constituents are absolutely wrong when they attempt to enshroud their calumny in the trite meme that "dissent is the highest form of patriotism."

I submit that picking up a weapon and doing battle with those who would kill or subjugate your countrymen is a considerably more noble form of patriotism. And I am humbled by the millions of my betters who have done just that to preserve our young nation.

And, while reflecting, please consider making a donation to one of the fine charitable organizations that strive to give back to those who have given so much in service of their country. The Wounded Warrior Project is a great place to start.

God Bless our Heroes.

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

It's About Time

While Hollywood stars continue to bask in the company of fascist thug, Venezuelan "President" Hugo Chavez, a world leader (if only a ceremonial one) has finally had the gumption to say two very important words to the would-be Castro:

"Shut up."

Bless you, King Juan Carlos. Would that more people of prominence had your common-sense reaction to this pig.

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

"What Hillary Clinton Stands For"

No, the title of Joe Klein's article in Time is not intended to be a joke. But it might as well be. Klein tries to prop Hillary up as a tactical genius who uses gamesmanship to secure progress. But his contortions do a poor job of concealing that her aspirations add up to to little more than opportunism and power lust. Klein himself writes, "And having watched both Clintons for nearly 20 years now, I believe it is an honest summation of what they think they're about: 'stuff done,' as Bill Clinton used to say. That means being flagrantly political, working the system, making the compromises necessary to get the best deal possible to enact their priorities."

Move over Lincoln, here comes another true American hero.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

More Economics

I apologize for the light blogging lately. It has a lot to do with IT issues at work. In any event, Andrew has made some interesting points in the comments to the last post. I'm inspired to link to the blog hosted by the Club for Growth, a watchdog political-advocacy group that champions fiscal responsibility in the public sphere. There are some interesting points about the health of the economy generally, and some specific news items on Congressional pork and related matters.

I hope to get back to my daily blogging productivity later this week.

Incidentally, I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge that the Dow lost 360 points today. What's it mean? Don't ask me -- I think it's obvious I'm not an economist!

Friday, November 02, 2007

The Economy Is How Bad?

This is what Bush has done to the economy. This is the legacy of so-called "tax cuts for the rich." Do you really want the Democrats to take us in a "new direction"? What other direction might that be? There's only one.

But don't tell that to the Democratic contenders for the White House:
All of the major Democratic presidential candidates would allow President Bush's tax cuts for wealthier households to lapse. Most support raising the cap on income subject to Social Security taxes. Some want to raise taxes on capital gains and other investment income.

On Capitol Hill, a leading Democrat -- House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles B. Rangel of New York -- has proposed an additional tax on wealthy people and a levy on hedge fund managers to help pay for easing the tax burden on the middle class.
Because nothing says "growth" like destroying incentives to work harder and earn more.

Why do "liberals" insist on pushing policies that have proven over and over and over again to lower tax revenues, curtail private investment, and shrink the economy?

It's the Politics of Envy. There's nothing unfair about making more money if you work harder or perform a service or manufacture a good that's more valuable -- particularly when, by any measure, you end up paying a disproportionately high amount (in gross and percentage terms) of your income in taxes. But the majority of people don't excel. And they get jealous. And so Democrats nurture that jealousy, engineer policies designed to reward it, and collect the votes. And then things happen like, say, the Carter administration.

But only if we let them.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

History Writ Large

Important moments in the long history of human civilization have been marked by rhetoric -- speeches -- given by the leaders who have presided over those events. We're all familiar with snippets of speeches. Kennedy. King. Churchill.

I stumbled across an amazing site the other day that collects the greatest speeches given in American history. Called American Rhetoric, the site publishes not only the texts of famous oratory, but also a huge collection of accompanying audio and video.

For example, last night I watched Reagan's First Inaugural, as well as his momentous 1987 "Tear Down This Wall" Brandenburg Gate address. Having been five years old when he was elected, it's absolutely fascinating (and inspiring) for me to watch his speeches with the eyes and ears of a full-grown "Reaganite" Republican. If you can stand it, recall President Reagan's live address to the nation from the day the Challenger was lost.

Of course, for my money, the greatest speech Reagan ever gave was "A Time for Choosing," in support of Barry Goldwater's candidacy in '64. It's eerie how the themes he hammers home resonate so clearly more than forty years later. And awesome to watch him take his first, huge step into national politics. You want to know why I'm a Republican? I could never put it better than Reagan did. Just watch him go.

Or, if you're not into Reagan, try JFK's Inaugural Address. Or Truman announcing the Truman Doctrine. Or even FDR's first "Fireside Chat." It's not all politics, of course. "I Have A Dream." Lou Gehrig's "Farewell to Baseball."

There's even a superb collection of great movie speeches.

But it's the real stuff that really engrosses me. If there's a better way to put yourself in another moment of history, I've not yet found it.

Be warned, though. You could lose hours of your life revisiting these moments in time.

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"Al Qaeda Is Dead"

Increasingly in Iraq, anyway, according to prominent Sheik Omar Jabouri, tribal and political leader. Mark down South Baghdad as the latest victory.

And no, you won't find it in the New York Times.

That's why we love Michael Yon.

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