State-sponsored terrorism revisited

Luis Posada Carriles, a terror suspect abroad, enjoys a ‘coming-out’ in Miami. Much attention has been drawn to Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s statements regarding US-sponsored terrorism, and yet one is unlikely to hear much from the media about the terrorist that the US government continues to harbor. The official position is that Posada cannot be deported State-sponsored terrorism revisited


With the five year anniversary of the war in Iraq approaching, anti-war protests took place in major cities around the country yesterday. The second anti-war event I have attended, the rally in southeast Houston (Mason Park) attracted close to 100 supporters and two counter-protestors. Aside from hearing the typical chants and speeches, I had the ITMFA

Cluster bombs revisited

Cluster Bombs Are Not Good for Children, Hillary. I wrote about this topic briefly some time ago without realizing that an amendment (S.4882) to a defense appropriations bill was proposed shortly after to protect civilians against the use of cluster weaponry. The amendment was defeated, but most interestingly, Senator Clinton (as well as McCain and Cluster bombs revisited

Post-election Hangover

Worked my first election site yesterday. Election judge called the morning before as I had submitted my name as a volunteer. Heavy turnout was expected, and the judge was having trouble rounding up enough people. I was looking forward to attending my first precinct caucus so I made it clear early on that I had Post-election Hangover

Electability of Presidential candidates

Nader to Run Again [NYT]. Ralph announced today apparently. I am still on his mailing list from the last Presidential campaign and receive requests for contributions every few months so his announcement is no surprise to me. The usual “spoiler” talk will no doubt start again, which is shameful. If you prefer Obama, good for Electability of Presidential candidates

Iraq Redux

My Meeting with Ahmadinejad. Excellent article that I finally got around to reading this morning. Indeed, the United States is obsessed with Iran’s nuclear program – still many years away from producing an atomic bomb – while we support the neighboring states of Pakistan, India, and Israel, which have already developed nuclear weapons and which Iraq Redux

Terrorism as failed tactic

The Evolutionary Brain Glitch That Makes Terrorism Fail. Picked up from Schneier’s blog, excellent analysis as always. Although Bin Laden has complained that Americans have completely misunderstood the reason behind the 9/11 attacks, correspondent inference theory postulates that he’s not going to convince people. Terrorism, and 9/11 in particular, has such a high correspondence that Terrorism as failed tactic

You tell me it calms your nerves

Surgeon General Sees 4-Year Term as Compromised. Why would anyone try to water down a report on secondhand smoke? Who is bought and sold? Former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a Congressional panel Tuesday that top Bush administration officials repeatedly tried to weaken or suppress important public health reports because of political considerations. The You tell me it calms your nerves