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Friday, April 29, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

At the beginning of the week, I noted a little exploding frog problem that they are having in Germany.

Now, it seems, that the mystery may be solved: Birds May Be Behind Exploding German Toads

Why are toads puffing up and spontaneously exploding in northern Europe? It began in a posh German neighborhood and has spread across the border into Denmark. It’s left onlookers baffled, but one German scientist studying the splattered amphibian remains now has a theory: Hungry crows may be pecking out their livers.

That’s just not right.

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By Steven L. Taylor

Via Reuters: Bombers Hit Iraqi Forces, Kill 24

Nine car bombs targeted Iraqi security forces in Baghdad and the nearby town of Madaen, a bloody display of capabilities one day after a new government was formed. The top U.S. general said this week the rebels were as strong as they were a year ago.

Eighty-nine people, mostly police and National Guardsmen, were also wounded, underscoring the security challenge facing Iraq’s new leaders after three months of post-election wrangling that appears to have emboldened the insurgency.

Of course, I question the concept of “insurgency” (which typically connotes a native force fighting either the state or occupiers) in this case if these attacks were, as the story states, the work of Zarqawi. If so, they are nothing more than terrorists and criminals bent on nothing more than death and the disruption of Iraqi progress:

The latest Zarqawi tape posted on the Web appeared to have been recorded last month. It warned President Bush that his troops would face more danger in Iraq.

“We promise God that the dog … Bush will not enjoy peace of mind and that his army will not have a good life as long as our hearts are beating,” the speaker said. “We are coming.” Zarqawi also warned fellow insurgents against taking up any offer of negotiation from the Americans or their Iraqi allies.

In general it seems to me that this type of group, which has goals that are global in nature, needs a different label—although I am not certain as to precisely what that term ought to be. “Terrorist? describes the actions, but is wholly inadequate as an analytical category, and “insurgent? doesn’t fully convey their nature either.

I see the Sunnis militants as insurgents, but question the categorization of Iraq’s al Qaeda franchise as being “insurgents? any more than the Madrid bombers were insurgents or the 911 hijackers.

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Joe Gandelman has commentary and an extensive round-up of reactions regarding the President’s press conference last night.

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Thursday, April 28, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

MSNBC is focusing on the qusetion of means testing Social Secuirty.

The Fox folks are doing the same.

Chris Matthews did give the President kudos for being honest about gas prices.

By 8:20 central CNN was talking about the Michael Jackson trial….

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Bryan of AWS isn’t too pleased with the nature of the questions.

Potential screaming is involved.

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The President seemed to perk up once foreign policy became the topic of discussion.

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By Steven L. Taylor

I think his answer to the Bolton question was pretty good and politically smart and direct: the UN is important, but it needs reform. Therefore let’s send a straight talker to help that process.

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By Steven L. Taylor

“we can’t trust the Iranians when it comes to enriching uranium”

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By Steven L. Taylor

John Roberts’ energy question is on target: the energy bill won’t have an immediate effect on gas prices. Bush is also right: more supply would put pressure on prices. The question becomes: is there sufficieny supply capacity to ratchet up?

As least the President is honest about not being able to “wave a mgic wand” nor can he command prices to go down.

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David Gregory asked a pretty good, although not harsh, question on the role of faith in the judicial nomination process. Bush’s answer was rather rambly.

It sure would be nice if the President could better articulate the judicial philosophy issue.

Update: James Joyner thought that the question was “well handled.”

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