Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Money found in toilets across Japan
Envelopes containing Y10,000 ($A95.65) bills and well-wishing notes have been discovered in municipal toilets across Japan, media reports said, baffling civil servants and triggering a nationwide hunt.
Local media have estimated that over Y2 million ($A19,131) worth of
bills were found at men's rooms in city halls in at least 15 prefectures
(states) in recent weeks.
Each package of 10,000-yen bills, some wrapped in traditional
Japanese washi paper, was accompanied by handwritten letters that read "Please
make use of this money for your self-enrichment," and "One per person,"
according to reports.
Officials are baffled over the identity of the benefactor or any
motives, the reports said. Packages turned over to police were to be kept for
some time in case someone claimed them.
Deadly Pakistan Mosque Siege Ends
"This (mosque attack) is part of our government's action against religious
elements to please America," said Shabbir Khan, a lawmaker from an opposition
Islamic party, at the demonstration.
About 15 other Islamic opposition lawmakers gathered in front of the
Supreme Court in Islamabad, blaming Musharraf for Pakistan's troubles, including
the mosque attack, and calling for his resignation.
In neighboring Afghanistan, a senior Taliban commander, Mansoor Dadullah,
urged Muslims to launch suicide attacks on Pakistani security forces, calling
the assault "a cruel act."
"I would have sent 10,000 mujahedeen to support the (Red Mosque) students
but we are busy in Afghanistan and Islamabad is far from Afghanistan. I wished
to go myself to support them," he told The Associated Press by telephone.
Oh yeah, a brave one, that one. What the AP isn't saying is that their crack reporter was probably sipping an espresso just off the dangerous Piazza Navona and the brave murderer Dadullah was calling from his headquarters in a Starbucks in Istanbul where he defending his faith by buying little girls. And I'm not talking about his Starbucks Coffee Liqueur.
If Congress succeeds in its desire to run away from Iraq, Afghanistan and the Greater War on Terror, the map may change considerably in the near future.
Not coincidentally, countries subjugated by Islamofascists will be colored green.
I propose pop quizzes on the floors of Congress with public grading on C-SPAN. Those who fail should get swats in the well aired on network nightly news right after the film by al Qaeda segments are aired.
How Al Qaeda is Winning Even as it is Losing
But al Qaeda's largest harvest from "random slaughter" strategy was realized in America. Through acts of indiscriminate violence transmitted by the media, insurgents brought their war to America's living rooms. The atrocity-of-the-day is the principal informational input most Americans receive. This forms their knowledge base. The public does not live in the villages and mahalas of Iraq. Patterns of recovery, of normalcy, are not evident.
This is the essence of 4th Generation Warfare. And al Qaeda is clearly winning
it. . . . Al Qaeda is running its war on smoke and mirrors - or, more accurately, on bytes of sound and sight. Congress could act on General Petraeus' reports from the ground, rather than broadcasts generated by insurgents. This requires a simple commitment - one foreign to many in the elective branch: Leadership.
This has traditionally been a Democrat persona, but Republicans have defied the physics of stupidity and caught up in record time
To the point here, the Republicans that are squealing like scared piglets that the sky is falling in Iraq are moral and political cowards. Their cowardice is nestled in their arrogance of power and importance. In their helping the forces of chicken littles to gain a personal victory they have fashioned their own legacy. They are the Benedict Arnolds of today without the gall of Benedict Arnold.
Tygrrrr Express states it very well:
Given that all we are dealing with is the fate of the free world and
civilization versus death, destruction and barbarism, I think I will trust
General Petraeus and the soldiers with boots on the ground to handle this
We can either support General Petraeus, and contribute to saving
the world, or we can undermine him. When the history books are written, those
who chose to undermine him will be seen as uglier than the souls of those
currently at antiwar rallies.
Mr. President, you picked the right man for the job. My friends and
I are going to patiently back him, and are confident that he will deliver the
desired results in due time.
Good luck to both of you. You deserve nothing less.
Will crying George have another bolt of Bolton remorse or will he cut to the chase and pull out that old tie-died t-shirt kept in the back of his political closet?