Just when you got your entire life online. You pay your bills there, serve content wirelessly, and Twitter like a madman. You’re living the 24/7 virtual dream and, BAM! Complete blackout. Apparently it could happen. The U.S. Government this week made an announcement in advance of North Korea’s nuclear tests that the rogue government has invented a “Super EMP” capable of taking down power grids across the United States. It’s my worst nightmare. An electro-magnetic pulse has long been the weapon of choice in Hollywood, but in real life it’s proved stubbornly difficult to produce. I practically went insane when my ISP went down for 8 days. How is a spoiled, techno-saavy Westerner like myself supposed to survive on books alone? It can’t be done I tell you. Now this may be the yellow cake uranium of the North Korean conflict or it may be a clear and present danger. The question is how can we ever know? Anyone close enough to the test to confirm it, isn’t going to be able to send cell phone images or even e-mail. Yikes!
“Saif al-Adel, an Egyptian, was named al-Qaeda’s interim leader…”
— Al Jazeera
“WHAT?! You told them?! Why not just paint a big fat target on my ass!”
— Saif al-Adel
“The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat Al-Qaeda.”
— President of the United States, Barack Obama
“Indeed…because it’s unlikely that this nation will, every again, be able to borrow (waste, burn…) $400,000,000/day for every one of the approximately 3500 days since 9/11.”
Just when you were about to start your New Year’s diet word comes from CBS that Al Qaeda is hatching a plot to poison your croutons. I swear it’s either a slow news day or they are seriously making this up. I think we’ve fallen into the paranoia abyss people. You really should be more worried about U.S. corporations poisoning your food “by accident” as they’ve done numerous times in the last few years. E. Coli, salmonella, and listeria have all been circulated by our Food Industrial Complex. While the Food Safety Bill passed the Senate vote this past weekend, we’ve still got a long way to go before we are truly safe. Besides, let’s face it if you’ve seen how fat Americans are becoming you already know we’re not eating salads.
Soldiers won’t be popping out of the proverbial closet any time soon. You see, the Pentagon doesn’t want them shouting their now legally protected sexual orientation from the rooftops. According to Defense Secretary Gates they need time to create a deliberate process, and they must first conduct a study to determine that repealing the law won’t impair the ability of troops out there fighting. While I don’t personally see how it could, I understand that at the end of the day the Pentagon is just playing for time. Maybe they have a lawsuit up their sleeves or maybe the old generals just aren’t ready for the out and proud. Or maybe, just maybe this is all simply political theater. Time will tell.
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Given this story, it’s what I imagine China is encountering when trying to reach the U.S. and South Korea for “emergency” talks. Can you imagine being the poor guy who has to tell the Premier that, “They’re just not picking up sir…”
Get ready for it folks because dirty laundry is about to come your way again courtesy of Julian Assange and Wikleaks. The target this time is the U.S. State Department and Wikileaks is getting ready to dump a boatload of diplomatic communiques that have the entire world in an uproar. U.S. officials are all over the media saying how this is detrimental to doing business in a “civilized” manner. Well I haven’t seen the documents, but I’m guessing if they’re this worried they were doing some pretty uncivilized stuff. What I can’t understand is that people in this day and age think that they can do all of this “secret” dirty business and keep it hidden. It’s the internet age people, it’s going to come out. Politicians are smart enough to air out their closets at the beginning of their campaigns. Why didn’t the Obama Administration empty out the Bush closets when they came into the White House? It would have saved a lot of time and garnered them a lot of credibility. As it is now they just look complicit.
It was announced this week that the infamous “Mission Accomplished” banner former President George W. Bush spoke under will become part of his presidential library collection. Will it be hung for all the world to see? Unclear. It’s currently in storage and they’re not sure how they will use it. I say hang it high, Hell put is in front of the entrance. Don’t let this man divorce himself from his past mistakes as he has done all his life. He started 2 wars. Make him stand and cut the opening ceremony ribbon under his banner of shame.
Though it’s pretty safe to say that the violence plaguing Mexico hasn’t spilled over the border quite yet, Texans are preparing themselves as if the second coming of Santa Anna is nigh.
In response to concerns recently raised at a Fort Hancock town meeting Arvin West, the sheriff of Hudspeth County, advised the local citizens to get a gun. He then followed up with a quintessentially Texan observation:
You farmers, I’m telling you right now, arm yourselves… As they say the old story is, it’s better to be tried by twelve than carried by six.
Echos of Judge Roy Bean (“The Law West of the Pecos”).