Archive for ◊ May, 2007 ◊
An interesting analysis from Debkafile:
After hurling some 150 missiles against Israel, one of its officials, Nizhar Riyah, issued a clear statement of intent Monday, May 21: “Hamas is determined to wipe Israel off the map and replace it with the state of Palestine,” he said. Hamas will fight “until the last Jew is expelled” – not only from Sderot but also from Ashkelon and “all of Palestine.” …
The Palestinian fundamentalists quickly jumped aboard the Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah bandwagon. That bandwagon is now racing ahead in the Middle East arena, leaving Israel behind with the United States and its crises….
Hamas’s blitz against Israel is part and parcel of a savage offensive to destroy the Palestinian Authority and oust Mahmoud Abbas, which is aligned with Tehran’s overall strategy for anticipating two prospective events in 2007 and 2008: One is the beginning of the withdrawal of the bulk of the US army from Iraq. The other is the possibility, though not certainty, of an American military strike against Iran’s nuclear installations and strategic infrastructure. To prepare for the two eventualities, Tehran is building a military and logistical base in the Gaza Strip. Combined with Hizballah’s support structures in Lebanon, the Gaza base will comprise not only a threat to Israel, but also to US bases in Israel and Jordan and the American and European fleets present in the eastern Mediterranean.
What do you believe now?
Michael Totten has written one of the most lucid commentaries on Iran. A few excerpts:
“Iran has also never paid for its various assassinations and bombings in Europe, the murder of hundreds of American marines and French soldiers in Lebanon in 1983, the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people, its lavish funding of Hezbollah and destabilization of Lebanon, the abduction of the British sailors, its nuclear program, and so on. In other words, the Iranian regime, since the first day of its existence, has seen its every provocation go unanswered — which has perfectly reinforced its conviction that the West, and America in particular, is a brittle facade, economically powerful and technologically sophisticated but weak-willed, indecisive, risk-averse, and easily intimidated.”
I was perusing the news headlines on Yahoo and I came across this: “Ruling Scottish Party Backs Independence“. I thought “wait a minute. Isn’t this that fight that William Wallace started more than 700 years ago?” Heck, Mel Gibson made a great movie on this subject, called it Braveheart, and won an Academy Award.
During the “dot-bomb” era, everyone believed that the Internet was going to “dis-intermediate” all of the middle men in business transactions. Of course, this didn’t happen quite as expected… Now, we’re finally seeing an interesting use of the Internet to help eliminate the least useful intermediary of all — the real estate broker.
There is an interesting start-up called Redfin that uses a combination of MLS and Google Maps to enable an easy match-up of seller and buyer.
Many of you will recall that on July 8, 1947, witnesses claimed that an unidentified object with five aliens aboard crashed onto a sheep and cattle ranch just outside Roswell, New Mexico. This is a well-known incident that many say has long been covered up by the U.S. Air Force and the federal government.
However, what you may NOT know is that in the month of March 1948, exactly nine months after that historic day, the following people were born:
Albert Arnold Gore, Jr., Hillary Rodham, John F. Kerry, William Jefferson Clinton, Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Charles E. Schumer, Barbara Boxer
See what happens when aliens breed with sheep?
This piece of information may clear up a lot of things.
Hat tip to Walt Wood
The Dayton Bombers hockey team won their third playoff round in 7 games yesterday, beating the Florida Everblades 3-1 in front of nearly 7,000 fans at Florida’s Germain Arena (Dayton beat Trenton, NJ and Cincinnati in earlier playoff rounds). The ECHL player of the year, Dayton goalie Adam Berkhoel, stopped 29 of Florida’s 30 shots on goal… Dayton stopped Florida from scoring on their 7 power play opportunities. Dayton’s Paul Kelly (Mark’s cousin?) scored a goal and assisted on another for the Bombers.
This is obviously the year for sports teams playing in the “Nutt House” (Nutter Center Arena), with the Wright State Raiders basketball team going to the NCAA tourney, and the Dayton Bombers playing for the ECHL Championship… At least we now have one Ohio team that can beat a team from Florida.
This is fantastic success for the Dayton hockey team… For those of you not aware, the ECHL is a “AA” hockey league with 26 teams from around the nation (including locations such as Fresno, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Charlotte, etc). It appears that the Bombers are playing the Idaho Steelheads for the ECHL Championship (Ironically ECHL is supposed to mean “East Coast Hockey League”)… I think that Renaissance is going to have a company outing at the home game on May 29th.
For all of our family vacations, I typically drag along our Canon SD 700 6-megapixel camera along with our Canon Elura 40 Mini-DV tape camcorder. For the last five years, I’ve been searching for a decent quality unit that combines both video and photo into one unit.
Canon has recently introduced their HR10 HD camcorder that captures 1080i HD quality video, and also sports 3 megapixel camera capability. The HR10 has a 10X optical zoom, image stabilization, and records everything to a mini DVD disk. All of this for around $1,000. It looks worthy of consideration…