Putting aside the "3-4 year-old" intelligence [oxymoron] that has Washington and the media freaking out at the moment, there seems to be a more immediate issue. North Korea is deploying nuclear sea-based missiles that could be used to target the west coast. [Reuters]
U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency documents show -- North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il received the warheads by way of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon. [Gorenfeld]
Reverend Moon, owner of the Washington Times and the self proclaimed 2nd coming of Christ, was recently crowned in front of 81 Congressmen in a bizarre coronation ceremony. With a long financial and political relationship with the Bush family, Rev Moon has declared “There will be a purge on God's orders, and evil will be eliminated like shadows. Gays will be eliminated, the 3 Israels will unite. If not then they will be burned. We do not know what kind of world God will bring but this is what happens. It will be greater than the communist purge but at God's orders.”
Turkmenistanians will now be tested on scripture when applying for a driver’s license. [Reuters/Yahoo] Lets just hope John Ashcroft doesn’t get any ideas – like singing “ Let the Eagle Soar” when applying for a liqueur ID.
A Japanese man was arrested for writing down the words "suicide bomb" while flying en route to Ohio. Apparently, he was teaching himself English by copying the newspaper. A Transportation Security Administration employee offers, "We caution people not to write about bombs because if they're going on vacation, their travel plans will be disrupted." [AP/Yahoo] Maybe a ban on pencils? Boycott France?
10. "Terror Tip: Carefully inspect mail before opening; check for return address, post mark, excessive postage, ect..."
9. "Terror Tip: Try to fly on wide-body planes; terrorists often avoid them."
8. "Terror Tip: Never take the first taxicab in line; hail a moving cab instead."
7. "Terror Tip: Spend as little time at the airport as possible; avoid heavily glassed areas."
6. "Terror Tip: When in a foreign country, don’t advertise that you’re an American by speaking loudly, holding up maps, exchanging currency at airports, showing American flags, etc..."
5. "Terror Tip: Never stay in a hotel with an underground parking garage and never park on such a garage -- terrorists love car bombs."
4. "Terror Tip: Try to avoid crowded areas; Especially in large cities; avoid public transportation and tunnels and bridges during heavy commuting times."
3. "Terror Tip: Only carry essential money cards and identification."
2. "Terror Tip: Do not live or work in a highly urban area that most likely would be a terrorist’s target, such as New York City, Washington D.C., or San Francisco."
1. "Terror Tip: Make out a will and letter of instruction in case you die. Get fingerprinted, get your blood samples and obtain dental X-rays so your body can be identified incase you fall victim to an attack."
For more fun filled tips, there’s “Staying Safe: The Complete Guide to Protecting Yourself, Your Family, and Your Business” available from amazon.com.
Leave it to Kerry and Edwards -- they've released a free to download book called Our Plan for America. The aptly named 252 pages outline what the Kerry/Edwards ticket has planned for the presidency.
The book focuses on three main objectives; security, opportunity, and family – sounds like your basic broad-stroke election punditry, but Our Plan for America goes beyond empty sound bytes to explain in simple terms what the Kerry/Edwards team has to offer. My only criticism -- the book uses the word "America" 871 times. That's a whole lot of America.
Basic Summary... To rebuild "a strong, respected America" looking to leadership of Presidents past -- Wilson, Roosevelt, Truman, and kennedy. To create an "energy independent America" by putting an end to America’s dependence on Mideast oil. To Build a strong economy by raising up the middle class. To go beyond the empty promises of “No Child Left Behind”, to raises teachers salaries, and to provide quality, affordable, health insurance for every American. Conclusion? 'One America' where everyone has access to the American Dream. A more detailed summary here.
It's the Southpark creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone who have the Whitehouse fuming today. Their new film, Team America: World Police, uses marionettes to tell the story of an elite special missions team that combats both global terrorism and leftist celebrities. It also hits the box office 2 weeks before the November election.
"I really do not think terrorism is funny, and I would suggest PARAMOUNT give respect to those fighting and sacrificing to keep America safe," a senior Bush adviser told the DRUDGE REPORT this weekend.
The senior White House adviser, who asked not to be named, fumed after seeing the movie's website and trailer.
"This is just unconscionable. Not funny..." [Drudge]
It’ll be interesting to watch how the Bush administration and the right wing reacts to the film over the next weeks. Paramount has sunk $20 million bucks into the project, and while I don’t think they’ll succumb to the browbeating, as did Disney, I do think there'll be quite a bit of media criticism.
So there it is -- in theaters October 2004, Team America: World Police, another thing to piss off George Bush.
Always with the vague, non-specific, non-detailed, unnamed, unsubstantiated, uncorroborated, yet credible terrorist chatter. Last week it was Boston, then it was California and New Mexico, and today it’s New York. Let’s just hope the FBI isn’t still getting their intelligence from a guy named Curveball.
[CNN] New intelligence indicates al Qaeda is threatening to attack corporate and financial institutions in New York City, a federal law enforcement official has told CNN.
The official said on Saturday the information suggests "there is a new plan in the works."
There are no details on possible methods of attack, and authorities are aware of no specific time frame.
Although the information has not been corroborated, its source is considered credible, the official said.
Do you [insert name here] solemnly swear to take Dick Cheney and George Bush for another 4 years -- to love, honor, and protect them. For richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, for as long as they both shall live?
I'm sure the official pledge is a bit different, but surely the overall gist is the same. So if you're a registered Democrat, curious to hear your President or Vice President speak -- unless you sign the Bush/Cheney "loyalty oath" -- you’ll be refused tickets.
[AP/Star Tribune] Some Democrats who signed up to hear Vice President Dick Cheney speak here Saturday were refused tickets unless they signed a pledge to endorse President Bush.
The measure was a security step designed to avoid a disruption, which Bush campaign spokesman Dan Foley alleged Democrats were planning. Democratic Party officials denied it.