As I predicted in a comment at Little Green FootballsÂ a week ago, the action line in the left side of the mainstream mediaÂ hasÂ shifted from “not real” to “not feasible” after the police haveÂ disclosed evidence, including matyrdom videos from the failed terrorists. In the UK Register we have a very authoritative appearing article spouting all the myths about binary liquid explosives. Authoritative sounding when it’s not sneering and joking about mass murder that is.
Gene Simmons has sent a video thank you to a soldier of the IDF thanking him for his service in the war against Hizb’Allah. Gene has long been a libertarian leaning conservative so this does not surprise me in the least, although it will surprise some. Gene’s mother was a holocaust survivor, and he was born in Haifa.
Missile defense is going to be an ongoing part of our lives in the future, like it or not. Israel’s recent encounter with Hizb’Allah demonstrates the need for a layered defense, and left over from the previous battles with the same opponent is an old program that is now seeing the light of day, or … the light of a thousand suns concentrated in a beam, again.
I’m on a television news boycott for awhile, maybe a couple weeks. Do you suppose they will stop leading with the child murderer, and the child murdered by then? I don’t want to be callous here, but it’s not news, it’s pure sensationalism. Yeah, I hope if he’s the killer he fries, but there’s too much else going on for journalists to waste so much bandwidth on one murder case so old.
It should grate on you as well, it’s sheer journalistic sloth, no thought, no research and nothing really new will go on as they track this case and broadcast with bated breath on courthouse steps.
We have breakthroughs in missile defense, we have urgent problems such as energy production, Darfur, Hezbollah, Iran, Social Security, terrorism, the coming elections, what’s new in the schools this year (most now won’t let kids bring backpacks to class anymore, at least now we won’t have to read articles about kids with back problems from toting textbooks.)
UPDATE: This from CNN,Â Bin Laden near Chitral, down the pass from Darkot and across alpine meadow?Â
Â According to a U.S. military intelligence official familiar with the hunt, bin Laden is likely hiding in an area called Chitral, in the far north of Pakistan, bounded by Afghanistan to the west and China to the north.
Contrary to popular belief, the official said, bin Laden most likely isnâ€™t living in a cave but in a house, possibly with a family and no more than two bodyguards.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the hunt, said the thinking that bin Laden is in Chitral is based in part on trees that are peculiar to that region that can be seen in a 2003 video of bin Laden walking in a mountainous region.
In addition, the official said, the conclusion that bin Laden is in Chitral is based on the length of time it takes for bin Ladenâ€™s audiotapes to make their way to news outlets like Al-Jazeera when he comments on important events, such as the death of al Qaeda in Iraq leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. It took three weeks for bin Ladenâ€™s reaction to appear on the worldâ€™s television screens.
Here’sÂ two views from Google earth, one a plot from Darkot to Chitral, one a close up. Note the proximity to Darkot, site of the recent reports, the easy pass there, as well as the easy access to Peshawar, and the airstrip in Chitral.