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Saturday, September 09, 2006
 
A Reminder

Some really poignant pictures in this 9-11 tribute. It's a newer one, quite good:

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Deena Burnett on the Lessons Learned on 9-11

She's the wife of the late Thomas Burnett, one of the heroes on Flight 93.

Burnett also said she disagrees with the attitudes of people who are against the war.

"I think that anyone who doesn't believe that war on terrorism is necessary, they don't remember. They don't remember how fearful our nation was that day," she said. "It's heart-wrenching."
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Friday, September 08, 2006
 
Baseline Killer Suspect Update

It's starting to look more and more like they may have gotten the guy who's been terrorizing south Phoenix for over a year.

A suspect arrested in the sexual assault of two sisters last year looks remarkably like the composite sketch of a serial killer who has been prowling the city for more than a year.

Mark Goudeau, a construction worker, is believed to be linked to one double attack in the series of sexual assaults, robberies and murders blamed on the "Baseline Killer." Goudeau, an ex-con, lives just about a block and a half from the last murder, smack in the area where many of the killer's 23 crimes were clustered.


Police say DNA evidence links Goudeau to the Sept. 20 sexual assaults of two sisters in south Phoenix but not to any of the other Baseline Killer cases. Goudeau was arrested Wednesday and accused of aggravated assault, kidnapping, sexual assault and sexual abuse.

The Baseline Killer began his rampage on Aug. 6, 2005, and a year later, eight people are dead, 11 women have been sexually assaulted and 22 people have been robbed. In many cases, victims had conversations with the man before the attacks. Usually, the killer struck after dark and wore disguises.


One thing that seems a little odd about the suspect is that he's a little old for a serial killer at 43. However, this seems to be a good explanation:

Records from the Arizona Department of Corrections show Goudeau was paroled from prison in March 2004 after serving 13 years for aggravated assault, armed robbery and kidnapping. The crimes, like those of the Baseline Killer, took place near Goudeau's residence.

He's apparently been a bad 'un for quite awhile:

According to court records, Goudeau was named in a rape case in 1982 but never charged. In 1989, he was arrested after beating a woman so severely with a shotgun that he fractured her skull. Goudeau claimed they had consensual sex, but the woman said he raped her and tried to force cocaine up her nose. The location: 28th Street and Osborn Road, just blocks north of where he was arrested Wednesday.

Goudeau was allowed to plead no contest to three counts of aggravated assault.

Almost exactly a year later, and before he was sentenced for the assaults, Goudeau robbed a supermarket at gunpoint in the same shopping center where the Baseline Killer is thought to have robbed three stores on one occasion and to have abducted a woman that he sexually assaulted on another. In his presentence report, Goudeau reportedly told an officer that he robbed the store to support his crack cocaine habit. Again, he pleaded no contest.


Kudos to the Phoenix police for getting their man!
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Some Universities Understand Scholarship

BYU understands that it doesn't consist of 9-11 Denial:

Brigham Young University placed physics professor Steven Jones on paid leave Thursday while it reviews his involvement in the so-called "9/11 truth movement" that accuses unnamed government agencies of orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center.

BYU will conduct an official review of Jones' actions before determining a course of action, university spokeswoman Carri Jenkins said. Such a review is rare for a professor with "continuing status" at BYU, where Jones has taught since 1985.

Efforts to reach Jones Thursday night were not successful. Jones told the Deseret Morning News on Wednesday that his paper had gone through an unusual third round of peer review in what is now an apparently unsuccessful effort to quell concerns on campus.


In fact, Jones' paper has yet to undergo a real round of peer review, as was revealed by ex-member of the "Scholars" for 9-11 Denial, Judy Wood.

Among other activities, Jones initially was responsible for the scholars' discussion forum and he and Judy Wood instituted a "peer-reviewed" Journal of 9/11 Studies. Jones appointed the advisory editorial board, later Kevin Ryan as co-editor and chose the "peers" to review manuscripts. Peer-review normally boosts the prestige of academic articles because professors within the same discipline review manuscripts but in this case there is little or no such review, even when offered. That fact convinced Wood to resign.
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Thursday, September 07, 2006
 
This Is Becoming a Habit

I am having a lot of fun listening to Andrea Shea-King and Mark Vance on Constitutional Public Radio every afternoon from 3:00-5:00 Eastern time over the internet. Their show is the familiar conservative talk, but they do it very well, and more important, they interact with their internet audience in a chatroom, which makes it feel much more like a community experience. It's a lot of fun chatting with other bloggers and news junkies, and regularly they'll cite an interesting comment or question from the chatroom.

Andrea and Mark also have started a blog called Radio Patriots. Highly recommended as well!

And I would be remiss if I didn't give kudos to Third Wave Dave, who cued me into Andrea and Mark!
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Fearless Preseason Football Prediction

It's going to be Pittsburgh again, provided Ben Roethlisberger wears his helmet. If you look at the history of the Super Bowl, very few young quarterbacks win it. Most of the quarterbacks who win it are older, usually close to 30. When a young guy wins it, odds are very high that he will win it again.
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Thanks to John Hawkins!

John was kind enough to include me on his Top 40 Conservative Blogs list. Thanks also to Mark Vance of Constitutional Public Radio, who broke the news to me.
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Clinton Says "Pull It"

Uh, no, not that.

A furious Bill Clinton is warning ABC that its mini-series "The Path to 9/11" grossly misrepresents his pursuit of Osama bin Laden - and he is demanding the network "pull the drama" if changes aren't made.

Clinton pointedly refuted several fictionalized scenes that he claims insinuate he was too distracted by the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal to care about bin Laden and that a top adviser pulled the plug on CIA operatives who were just moments away from bagging the terror master, according to a letter to ABC boss Bob Iger obtained by The Post.


Our buddy Gaius Arbo notes that when Michael Moore's mockumentary Fahrenheit 911 was all the rage, there were no calls for El Fatso to "pull it"; rather the conservatives simply went about debunking it and asked for corrections.
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Baseline Killer Busted?

Not conclusive yet, but a suspect is in custody:

Police investigating eight deadly attacks blamed on the "Baseline Killer" arrested a man in a sexual assault connected to the case, authorities said Thursday.

Police have forensic evidence to connect the 42-year-old man, whose identity was not released, to one case from last year, said Sgt. Andy Hill, a spokesman with the Phoenix Police Department. Hill said the man was being held for investigation of sexual assault and kidnapping.


Here's a little detail:

Barbara Holzapfel said the man, a cement worker who left early in the morning for jobs around the county, was a "wonderful guy." She remembered him talking to her about the Baseline Killer investigation after 37-year-old Carmen Miranda was killed June 29 at a car wash a block away.

"He would say, 'There are idiots all over the world,"' Holzapfel said.
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New Video Exposes 9-11 Denial Jerks at Ground Zero

This was done by Abby Scott and Ray Rivera. It's very, very funny, but also contains oodles of profanity, most of which is appropriate given the circumstances.
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Wednesday, September 06, 2006
 
Khalid Sheik Mohammed to Stand Trial?

This should put another nail in the coffin of the 9-11 Denial Movement.

Bush said the CIA program has involved such high-value terrorists as Khalid Sheik Mohammed, believed to be the No. 3 al-Qaida leader before he was captured in Pakistan in 2003; Ramzi Binalshibh, an alleged would-be Sept. 11, 2001, hijacker; Abu Zubaydah, who was believed to be a link between Osama bin Laden and many al-Qaida cells before he was also captured in Pakistan, in March 2002.

The list also includes Riduan Isamuddin, known additionally as Hambali, who was suspected of being Jemaah Islamiyah's main link to al-Qaida and the mastermind of a string of deadly bomb attacks in Indonesia until his 2003 arrest in Thailand.

Bush was also announcing his proposal for how trials of such key suspected terrorists — those transferred to Guantanamo and already there — should be conducted, which must be approved by Congress. Bush's original plan for the type of military trials used in the aftermath of World War II was struck down in June by the Supreme Court, which said the tribunals would violate U.S. and international law.
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Cat Furor

Or should I say "Cat Fuehrer"?
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Tuesday, September 05, 2006
 
Fuzzy Python Syndrome Strikes Again

Another man killed by his "pet".

A 14-foot pet python crushed its owner to death, authorities said Tuesday after finding the snake loose in a southern Indiana shed with the man's body.

Patrick Von Allmen, 23, was found Monday evening in the shed near Lanesville, about 15 miles west of Louisville, Ky.


But there is good news as well:

Indiana law does not restrict ownership of snakes, and the python was returned to the family.
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How Dare You Compare Democrats to Appeasers!

The outraged squawks from the left over Rumsfeld's and Bush's comments are quite amusing.

With George W. Bush talking so much about Nazis and fascism, Donald Rumsfeld warning ominously against lily-livered appeasement and Dick Cheney quoting Franklin Roosevelt on the "dirty business" of war, one might worry that this direction-challenged administration has wandered into some sort of time warp. Somebody's going to have to break it to them that Churchill and Stalin are gone and the Dodgers don't play in Brooklyn anymore.

You know the real reason they're upset about this analogy? It's because they've already cast the role of Adolph (DOH--make that Adolf as pointed out in the comments by Tyk) Hitler in their own minds, and it's President Bush.
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Monday, September 04, 2006
 
I Had A Girlfriend Like This Once

From the NY Times:

Across the eastern United States, a gruesome ritual is in full swing. The praying mantis and its relative, the Chinese mantis, are in their courtship season. A male mantis approaches a female, flapping his wings and swaying his abdomen. Leaping on her back, he begins to mate. And quite often, she tears off his head.

The female mantis devours the head of the still-mating male and then moves on to the rest of his body. “If you put a pair together and come back later, you’ll just find the wings of the male and no other evidence he was ever there,” said William Brown, an evolutionary biologist at the State University of New York in Fredonia.


Of course, this has been well-known forever, but there is some interesting work going on:

Male mantises responded very differently to hungry females and to full ones. They were more eager to approach full ones than hungry ones. When they did approach hungry females, they jumped onto their mates from farther away, possibly to lessen the chance of the female grabbing him.

Dr. Brown and Mr. Lelito also found that male mantises also took longer to jump off hungry females. Females sometimes grab males as they dismount, and so the males may have waited out of caution.
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Thank God Not A Liberal

Jeez, I probably thought like Peter Lauffer back in my lefty days.

I've been on the receiving end these last few days of some harsh criticism for saying San Francisco Chronicle photographer Darryl Bush's exquisite photograph of a solider leaving his girlfriend for Iraq was quasi-pornographic.

My critics are correct. I erred by suggesting it's quasi-pornographic. Drop the quasi. Bush's extraordinary snap is a spectacular example of the type of photograph Henri Cartier-Bresson characterized as a "decisive moment." But as used by the Chronicle, an image that in other contexts could be art or simply news reportage, becomes pornographic.


While it's refreshing to hear a liberal come out against pornography, here's the picture he finds so disgusting:

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Crocodile Done

Steve Irwin, crocodile hunter, killed by a stingray.

It is understood he was killed by a stingray barb that went through his chest and reportedly into his heart .

He was swimming off the Low Isles at Port Douglas filming an underwater documentary when the tragedy occured.

The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) was called about 11am (AEST) and an emergency services helicopter was flown to the crew's boat on Batt Reef, off the coast near Cairns, with a doctor and emergency services paramedic on board.

Irwin had a puncture wound to the left side of his chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.


Always liked the guy, always felt he overdid the "beautiful animal" bit.

Update: As suggested by Middle-Aged Male, here's a "Crikey!" for Steve!
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Sunday, September 03, 2006
 
Screw Loose Change Makes Both US News & World Report & Time's Coverage of 9-11 Conspiracy Theories

US News & World Report:

A blog and movie called Screw Loose Change both specialize in snarky commentary about Loose Change's flimsy evidence. On a recent Saturday at ground zero, bickering between the 9/11 Truthers and their critics, who have also taken to showing up weekly, grew so heated that they were broken up by a police officer.

Time's coverage comes in a wrapup after the story, but includes a link, which is greatly appreciated.

Screw Loose Change
A blog devoted to explaining and refuting the conspiracist documentary Loose Change.


All in all, not a bad day!
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Jihadi Journos?

Mark Steyn, on the money as usual:

Consider, for example, the bizarre behavior of Reuters, the once globally respected news agency now reduced to putting out laughably inept terrorist propaganda. A few days ago, it made a big hoo-ha about the Israelis intentionally firing a missile at its press vehicle and wounding its cameraman Fadel Shana. Shana was posed in an artful sprawl in a blood-spattered shirt. But it had ridden up and underneath his undershirt was spotlessly white, like a summer-stock Julius Caesar revealing the boxers under his toga. What's stunning is not that almost all Western media organizations reporting from the Middle East are reliant on local staff overwhelmingly sympathetic to one side in the conflict -- that's been known for some time -- but the amateurish level of fakery that head office is willing to go along with.
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