Saturday, May 30, 2009

Around the Moronosphere 5/30/09 - In which I solve the Chinese Uighur issue

Doubleplusundead - Obama is psychic - actually regular readers of Kuru Lounge know that he is a god.

Hot Air - Carl Levin: Cheney’s lying about the CIA memos that allegedly prove torture works - Really? So Cheney put his reputation on the line and started turning up on television everywhere to make the case that enhanced interrogation works, even though he secretly knows it doesn’t? And Obama has the smoking-gun memos in his possession and could destroy Cheney at any moment by declassifying them — and yet hasn’t? And Cheney knows that, and yet still he presses on?

He must be some poker player.

Basically the same thing I said yesterday but nice to see someone agrees with me.

Instapundit - REUTERS: Global Markets Weekahead: Return of inflation? - “Surging oil and commodity prices coupled with a falling dollar are prompting some investors to brace for a return of inflation, which would benefit equities and damage most government bonds.”

On the other hand, there’s this: Euro-Zone Inflation Rate Falls to Zero.

Wow I wish we had someone with the foresight to have opened up offshore drilling and expanded oil exploration and production here at home. Oh wait, John McCain wanted to do that.

Important Cleavage Mystery Solved
Stop the ACLU - When Obama’s Lost Ted Rall…. - ….you know things are not all fairy dust and unicorn poots in Liberal World. Seems as if ole Teddy has been smacked with the Cluebat Of Reality, much like Conservative wishy washy right leaning folks who were enthralled by The One have been.

Rall's quote - Obama is useless. Worse than that, he’s dangerous. Which is why, if he has any patriotism left after the thousands of meetings he has sat through with corporate contributors, blood-sucking lobbyists and corrupt politicians, he ought to step down now — before he drags us further into the abyss. (snip)

Obama is cute. He is charming. But there is something rotten inside him. Unlike the Republicans who backed George W. Bush, I won’t follow a terrible leader just because I voted for him. Obama has revealed himself. He is a monster, and he should remove himself from power.

I am just guessing but it seems like Ted doesn't really care for the President much.

The Other McCain - That muffled thumping sound you hear - When Pravda thinks you have gone too commie maybe you need to reexamine your policies.

Alabama in Between - Safe rule of American politics: Two-thirds of “GOP Insiders” are never right.

Caption This - Break Time at Dell Technical Support

Demure Thoughts - Free Book for Kindle with a Tagline That Screamed DOWNLOAD ME! -

"”... a United Nations battle group, clustered around the U.S.S. Hillary Clinton (named after “the most uncompromising wartime president in the history of the United States”), is tasked in the year 2021 with stopping ethnic cleansing by an Islamist regime in Indonesia.”"

Bwaaahaaahaaaa. Coffee out the nose damn it

Support Your Local Gunfighter - Katherine Heigl: Hot, Yet Dumb - "Ya know, if this woman would just shut up and act, she would be riding the roller coaster to super-stardom. Instead, she seems to think that she is the next Meryl Streep, and her arrogant - yet lovely - arse is annoying all the wrong people."

Locusts and Honey - The way commercials should be made

Other Stuff:

Al-Jazeera - Pakistan Retakes Swat Valley City - Pakistan's army has gained control of the main city in the Swat valley after several days of street-to-street battles with Taliban fighters, a military spokesman has said.

Pakistani pundits are saying that there is still a lot of fighting left to be done in the area

BBC - Australia pressed to take Uighurs - US President Barack Obama has asked the Australian government to accept a group of Chinese Muslim detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

The Uighurs have been cleared for release by US courts.

It is the first time Australia has been approached by the Obama administration over the Uighurs. Two requests by the Bush administration were turned down.

Yeah they have said no twice before but this time it's Obama asking and he is the one true hope of humanity. This is just a suggestion but maybe if they changed their name from Uighurs (wiggers)they would have more luck. I have the feeling that everyone thinks if they take these guys they are going to be getting a bunch of Seth Green's from can't hardly wait.

I suggest something like super cool awesome dudes

DAWN - New front about to open against Pakistani Taliban? - PESHAWAR: Security forces Saturday warned residents of the northwestern town of Charbagh to leave the area ahead of a possible attack on militants there, officials said.

The warning was made in leaflets dropped by helicopters on the town, 20 kilometres north of Swat, the area where the army launched a full-scale operation against militants on May 8.


Another security official confirmed that leaflets had been dropped in Charbagh ahead of a possible ground and air offensive.

‘There are intelligence reports about the presence of a number of important Taliban commanders in the area,’ he said.

However, he did not give further details, citing security concerns.

LA Times - Pakistan religious schools get scrutiny - Under heavy pressure from the U.S., President Asif Ali Zardari pledged recently to reform the madrasa system, in a campaign against militancy that has included a Pakistani army offensive in the Swat Valley.


Shah isn't worried; he's heard it before. He rattles off a string of past national leaders, including Gen. Pervez Musharraf, assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

"They all said they would change us," he said, wearing a gold watch and juggling two cellphones. "We are too strong, and it will never happen. This is just talk for the Americans."

Experts tend to agree. The madrasa curriculum and routine -- studying the Koran and other religious texts to the exclusion of much else, with a strong focus on rote memorization and strict obedience -- has resisted change for centuries.

Washington Post - CIA Announces Push to Improve Agency's Language Proficiency - Five years after it was faulted by the 9/11 Commission for inadequate language skills among its employees, the CIA yesterday launched an ambitious program to double the number of analysts proficient in languages deemed critical in the fight against America's enemies.


Panetta unveiled plans for recruiting more officers fluent in foreign languages and for retraining thousands of current employees, using the agency's in-house "CIA University." The agency will offer night classes and online training, and will enable new recruits to study languages while awaiting security clearance, he said.

Good. They might also want to offer to pay high school and college students to study languages. maybe defraying tuition and textbook costs or something.

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