Winter Woodpecker Gallery

We’ve got a few birds visiting the back yard today  – halted in their migratory trek by a freak Spring snow. Here’s a gallery of the  woodpecker that decided to hang about today. Click on the thumbs to enlarge.

Smoking in Winter

The neighbors probably think I’m strange, but what the heck – smoked ribs just sounded good…

Pakistan Taliban Schism Confirmed – 50 Dead

The schism that has stewed for a couple of months within Baitullah Mehsud’s loose alliance of Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan broke out into open large scale fighting in the Mohmand agency Friday. Initial reports had ten dead up until the point when the Afghan Taliban leadership brokered a peace through a Jirga. Fighting broke out again immediately after the Afghanistan Taliban left, demonstrating that they have little authority anymore.

Baitullah’s Wazir Taliban  ended by capturing the opposition forces with 50 dead and dozens injured on both sides. As Mehsud works to extend his warlord power you can expect to see more of this as he moves into regions with other tribes who will oppose him. Continue reading “Pakistan Taliban Schism Confirmed – 50 Dead”