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What Are We Doing Over There?

I asked myself, who are the insurgents we are fighting in Iraq? Aren’t they Syrians and Iranians? And who is building those IEDs and sending them into Iraq? Isn’t it Iran? And I look at the steady repair of offensive weapons in Lebanon and ask where are those weapons coming from? Aren’t those weapons coming from Syria? Isn’t it Iran that flatly calls for the annihilation of Israel and isn’t it their hate for Israel that is one of the spurs for nuclear weapons? So why are we turning toward Syria and Israel for help? Look at these headlines:

Syria and Russia discuss cooperation

Iran eyes its summit with Iraq, Syria, Conference seen as bid for larger role in the region

Hugh Hewitt interviewed Victor Davis Hanson and there was this exchange:

HH: Is this an Archduke Ferdinand moment with the assassination of Gemayel?

VDH: I think it may be. I really do. I think that Syria realizes that as soon as they saw that the United States was going to cease pressure on them, it was time to go in and start killing non-Shia politicians, reporters especially. They’ve killed journalists, they’ve killed T.V…it’s not just this Gemayel. It’s not just a Christian politician. They’ve been doing this for two years, killing, systematically, any critics. And they sense that they get a green light from us when we pull back. And I think it should be a wake up call for the United States, that when you go to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, you don’t go to war in a half measure. You either go to war or you don’t go to war. And we’re in a war in Iraq, and we’re in war with, as the President said, Islamic-facism, and autocracy and dictatorship, and there’s no better examples than Iran and Syria.

You cannot make nice with Iran and Syria! They do not respect the rule of law and any agreement you reach will only survive as long as it is in their interest to keep it alive. You really only have two choices when you see injustice, stand aside or get involved. Both have risks. I think you can stand aside and switch to get involved. It is impossible to get involved and switch to stand and watch.


Update: Mount St. Helens

There have been a series of earthquakes at Mount St. Helens in the 1.1 to 3.2 over the last week.

Now Reuters quotes scientists led by Richard Iverson of the U.S. Geological Survey as saying

these quakes appear to result from the movement of a huge plug of igneous rock known as dacite being shoved out of the volcano.[…]

“There’s really nothing that we’ve seen over the past two years that would indicate that a major explosive eruption is on the way,” Iverson said in an interview.


(unless we saw) dramatic increases in the amount of gas that was coming out of the volcano or dramatic increases in deformation, then we would revise our forecasts,” he said.

Mount St. Helens Earthquakes/a> Volcano Mover Mike


Followup On Hurricane Sergio

From Earth Observatory,

When Sergio first reached tropical storm status on November 13, it broke a record set in 1961, the last time more than one tropical storm formed in the Eastern Pacific in November, according to the National Hurricane Center.

And…Sergio was the fourth storm to aim directly at Cabo and miss.

Sergio Tropical +Storm Hurricane Mover Mike

Long-range Earthquake Triggering

The other day I asked the question Why Are There More Earthquakes? I noted that quakes tend to roll around the Pacific Rim and based on that, we could expect quakes on the Western side of the rim. Someone else is making some conmections between earthquakes in one place as a scale model for further earthquakes:

A Spanish scientist, Alvaro Corral, a researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, used statistical physics to analyze data on the distance between consecutive earthquakes. He said his conclusions could lead to support for the idea of long-range earthquake triggering.

Corral also observed earthquakes in a certain region, such as California, could be extrapolated to the whole planet. In other words, the spatiotemporal occurrence of earthquakes in California is a scale model of what happens across Earth.

He goes on to write:

…small earthquakes, which are much more frequent, are the best model to use for the occurrence of larger earthquakes.

Does that mean that earthquakes in the Salton Sea area or Yellowstone or Mammoth Mountain are a signal of some kind? I only have questions!

Earthquakes Spanish scientist Alvaro Corral Mover Mike

Director Robert Altman R.I.P

Robert Altman has died. I love movies, and some of my favorite movies are on this list of movies directed by Altman:

* The Delinquents (1957) (Altman’s big-screen directorial debut)
* The James Dean Story (1957) (documentary) (co-dir: George W. George)
* The Katherine Reed Story (1965) (short documentary)
* Pot au feu (1965) (short)
* Countdown (1968)
* That Cold Day in the Park (1969)
* MASH (1970)
* Brewster McCloud (1970)
* McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
* Images (1972)
* The Long Goodbye (1973)
* Thieves Like Us (1974)
* California Split (1974)
* Nashville (1975) Over the course of a few hectic days, numerous interrelated individuals prepare for a political convention as secrets and lies are surfaced and revealed.

* Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson (1976)
* 3 Women (aka Robert Altman’s 3 Women) (1977)
* A Wedding (1978)
* Quintet (1979)
* A Perfect Couple (1979)
* HealtH (1980)
* Popeye (1980)
* Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
* Streamers (1983)
* Secret Honor (1984)
* O.C. & Stiggs (1984) (released in 1987)
* Fool for Love (1985)
* Beyond Therapy (1987)
* Aria (1987) Рsegment: Les Bor̩ades
* Vincent & Theo (1990)
* The Player (1992) A studio executive is being blackmailed by a writer whose script he rejected but which one?

* Short Cuts (1993) The everyday lives of a number of Los Angeles residents are the subject of this loosely-knitted collection of short stories

* Prêt-à-Porter aka Ready to Wear (1994) A fashion show in Paris draws the usual bunch of people; designers, reporters, models, magazine editors..

* Kansas City (1996) Robert Altman’s jazz-scored film explores themes of love, crime, race, and politics in 1930’s Kansas City.

* The Gingerbread Man (1998)
* Cookie’s Fortune (1999)
* Dr. T & the Women (2000)
* Gosford Park (2001) Multiple storylined drama set in 1932, showing the lives of upstairs guest and downstairs servants at a party in a country house in England.

* The Company (2003) Ensemble drama centered around a group of ballet dancers, with a focus on one young dancer (Campbell) who’s poised to become a principal performer.

* A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

Robert Altman Director Mover Mike


Guard the Borders Blogburst

By Heidi at Euphoric Reality

Last week, two Muslim leaders in Boston were arrested for immigration fraud – illegally filing fraudulent visa documents and obtaining religious workers’ visas. The arrests were the culmination of a multi-year investigation in Boston and New York:

The ICE agents arrested Hannan Wednesday along with 32 other people in eight states and the District of Columbia in connection with an alleged nationwide scheme to help many foreigners, mostly from Pakistan, immigrate and remain in the U.S. by filing false applications for religious workers’ visas. Most of those taken into custody did not have religious training or experience to qualify for the visas, and held secular jobs here in the U.S., such as working at gas stations and factories or driving trucks, according to the ICE. Others were religious workers but had used fraudulent identity documents to get their visas, the agency said.
The agency claims the petitioners of the visas took substantial cash fees from the foreigners for the false paperwork filed on their behalf.

Despite the fact that the imams were not arrested precipitously, but only after a multi-year investigation, they have an excuse ready:

“All it is is a minor administrative technicality error” in his immigration paperwork, said Vilal Kaleem, associate director of the American Muslim Society’s Boston chapter. “It’s completely disgraceful in the manner they dealt with it,” he said of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
Kaleem said Hannan was driving his family to an immigration office for an interview for the green-card proceedings on Wednesday when the federal agents arrested him. Hannan’s son and daughter were crying following the arrest, Kaleem said.

So, so sad. My heart breaks.

Meanwhile, the Muslim community in Boston is doing what Muslims do best: seething.

Muslim leaders in the Boston area expressed outrage yesterday over the arrest and jailing of two senior clerics…”It’s just so flabbergasting the way they would do this” …”This seems to be a direct attack at our religion and community”…”it is deeply humiliating when a man of such high religious status in our community is treated as a criminal in front of the world”…”Why do you just arrest some respected members of the community and haul them away?”…”People are attached to the imam. They will be very upset. Everyone loves him.”

Oddly enough, it is apparently not humiliating for “a man of such high religious status” to act as a criminal. Because though our government rarely enforces it, it is still technically illegal to break our immigration laws. Unfortunately, when it comes to our immigration law, this will likely turn into the following scenario: They broke the law. They got arrested for breaking the law, but now it’s the government’s fault for enforcing the law.

The Muslim American Society provides contact information to their community so that they can demand a “safe and speedy return” and to demand “fair, speedy, and respectable treatment” of the imams. I’ll provide the contact info here for you should you prefer to register thanks that our laws are actually being enforced:

The MAS provides contact information, so folks can insist on “fair, speedy and respectable” treatment of the imams.

Senator Edward Kennedy (617)565 3170
Request to speak to Tom Cohan, (ext. 119)

Senator John Kerry (617) 565-8519
Request to speak to Carmen Velazquez

Yeah, I know – fat lot of good it will do to contact those two Senators, but if you’ve got nothing better to do, have at it.

At a time when Muslim immigration to America is at an all-time high, even more are sneaking into the country illegally than ever before. In July, Homeland Security discovered that more than one-third of religious workers visas were obtained using fraudulent means, and the fraud was particularly rampant among Muslims.

The probe found a particularly high fraud rate among applicants from countries the government deemed to pose a security risk, such as Egypt, Algeria, Pakistan, Syria and Iraq, the report found.
Some immigration watchdogs say that the program should be seriously curtailed because, even in cases where the applications are legitimate, the visas could bring radical clerics into the country.

Last year, for example, the FBI arrested three Pakistani men associated with a mosque in Lodi, California. All had entered on religious-worker visas. Two were accused of ties to a terrorist training camp in Pakistan before coming to the United States, and the third, an imam, allegedly delivered sermons endorsing violence against non-Muslims before he came to America.

This is only one more reason among many why our immigration enforcement is the front line of our national defense. The two issues are inextricably intertwined. To remain lax in immigration enforcement is to invite infiltration and attack. This is why all those whose first act on American soil is a criminal one MUST be deported, no matter their ethnicity or nationality. Our immigration laws have to be strictly enforced if we are to have any hope of future security.

This has been a production of the Guard the Borders Blogburst. It was started by Euphoric Reality, and serves to keep immigration issues in the forefront of our minds as we’re going about our daily lives and continuing to fight the war on terror. If you are concerned with the trend of illegal immigration facing our country, join our Blogburst! Just send an email with your blog name and url to admin at guardtheborders dot com.

Iran Redux!

Hat tip to Doctor Zin at Regime Change Iran:
From ThreatsWatch.org:

Iran’s Nuclear Program Still A Clandestine Operation

Most importantly going forward is the little recognized factor that the once-secret Somali ore transfers would provide Iran untraceable uranium stores in amounts unknown to the IAEA. While the Iranian nuclear program was exposed in 2003, much of its extent and facilities remain outside the scope of observation. The still-clandestine nuclear program remains under direct military control, not within the ‘civilian’ Iranian nuclear agency.

With a store of uranium unknown to the IAEA, Iran could produce enriched uranium that would not need to be accounted for during IAEA inspections. This would give Iran in the future a plausible appearance of producing only what it needed to fuel reactors while creating weapons in parallel. Indeed, yesterday chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani suggested that Iran would welcome renewed IAEA inspections if the Security Council dropped its drive for sanctions and returned the Iranian dossier to the IAEA, a monitoring agency without an enforcement mechanism beyond reference to the Security Council.

What remains clear is the Iranian desire to still work beyond the observation range of the IAEA and outside the scope of the NPT, just as it did for decades prior to the 2003 exposure of its clandestine nuclear program. That clandestine nature continues to this day, with or without IAEA inspections.

Once again a Mid-East country is seeking uranium from an African nation. Maybe we can send Joseph Wilson there to tell the Dims that there is no threat.

Iran Somalia Uraniume IAEA Mover Mike


Just in time for U.S. Rep Charles Rangel, from DEBKA:

Addressing a Harvard University audience Saturday, Army Gen. John Abizaid compared the rise of militant ideologies such as the force driving al Qaeda to the rise of fascism in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s and said: “If we don’t have guts enough to confront this ideology today, we’ll go through World War Three tomorrow.If not stopped, said the general, “extremists would gain an advantage to gain a safe haven, to develop weapons of mass destruction, to develop a national place from which to operate. And I think that the dangers associated with that are just too great to comprehend.”

Army Gen. John Abizaid U.S. Rep Charles Rangel al Qaeda Mover Mike

Rangel Renews Call for Draft!

U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel – Democrat, renews his call for a draft with these words:

If we’re going to challenge Iran and challenge North Korea and then, as some people have asked, to send more troops to Iraq, we can’t do that without a draft.[…]

Rangel said his legislation on the draft would also offer the alternative of a couple of years of public service with educational benefits.

Many of you worry about the loss of freedom under Bush. At least you could volunteer to risk your life in some stupid war. If Rangel has his way, your sons and daughters will give up two years of their life, and possibly their lives, to the government.

If he has his way will you be smiling like Charlie?

U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel Draft Iran North Korea Mover Mike

Why Are There More Earthquakes?

I started to write about 5.9 and about earthquakes that have taken place in the last couple of months. It seemed to me that we were experiencing a larger than normal amount of quakes in the world. First, we had Hawaii at 8.3 6.7 mag, then
Papua New Guinea, followed by the Kuril Islands, Argentina, back to Papua New Guinea, the Banda Sea, seven major quakes again in the Kuril Islands, the Western Indian-Antarctic Ridge and finally the Ryukyu Islands, Japan. The quakes seem to bounce around the Pacific Rim first from East to West then from South to North. What is missing is an answering quakes(s) on the North America side.

I got to wondering, are we experiencing more quakes at 5.9 or above than normal? The USGS has a list of significant quakes since 1556. Taking a look at quakes since 1900. I noticed that almost every year had a significant earthquake. There were 5 in 1905, 2 in 1910 (one was a 6.8 in Oregon), 4 in 1934 and 1946, 6 in 1957, 4 in 1970, 1975, 1979 and 1997. Then something changed!

9 earthquakes in 1998, 13 in 1999, 6 in 2000, 8 in 2001, 24 in 2002, 28 in 2003, 38 in 2003, 36 in 2004, 37 in 2005 and through November 17th of 2006, 34! I will have more to say about this subject in future postings!

USGS Earthquakes Geology Mover Mike


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