Thursday, January 29, 2004
  Does this surprise ANYBODY?
Hezbollah: Group May Kidnap More Israelis

What the hell was Israel thinking? They, of all people, know who they are dealing with. Is this the result "International pressure"? Since when does Israel negotiate with known terrorist organizations? Since when does she reward terrorism? It was the dumbest move I've ever seen any Israeli government make, it's mind boggling...

  Avenge my ass

You think these people want peace? You think their leadership is an honest party in this suicidal "peace" process? You think the security fence riles them up?

Think again.

Meet Ali Jaara, the twenty-four year old murderer of at least 10 innocent Israelis (at least 50 injured). He worked for the PA police in one of the Palestinian towns that is NOT under Israeli control. He was a PA policeman. Get that?? And he was "avenging" the deaths of 8 ARMED PALESTINIANS killed in a firefight WITH THE IDF. Avenging? Ha! He was ready to blow himself up at any time for the glory of Allah, he was just waiting for any excuse.

I don't want to hear any more apologetic bullshit excuses. I'm tired of this crap. There is no road map to peace because the Palestinian leadership do not want peace. And I don't ever want to hear another criticism of the fence. I ask you: WHAT WOULD YOU DO???

I'm sick of this. Israel needs to finish the fence, stop the crazy hostage brokering with Hezbollah (don't ever tell me that Israel doesn't make concessions: 400+ hostages prisoners for three dead Israelis?!?!), and end their negotiations with groups that want nothing more than to drive all Jews into the sea. When will people wake up? How many of those body bags contain IDF soldiers? How many of the 8 dead Palestinians yesterday fired weapons and wore masks?

If you want a dose of reality on what's going on in that region, check out the Middle East Slideshow at Yahoo today. For every picture of the blown out bus, you get three pictures of ecstatic Palestinian criminals freed. Picture captions will give you sneer quotes around the "security" in security fence. Here's another dose of reality:

A released Palestinian prisoner passes through Erez crossing into the Gaza Strip (news - web sites), January 29, 2004. In the first phase of the German-mediated prisoner swap deal between Israel and Hizbollah, Israel freed 400 Palestinians, 23 Lebanese, 12 other Arabs and a German citizen on Thursday in return for a captive Israeli businessman and three Israeli soldiers, presumed dead. It will return the remains of 59 militants to Lebanon on Friday. REUTERS/Tsafrir Abayov

They don't even try to hide it, yet so many in the world are blind to the facts.

"The longer time goes by without progress because ... the parties can't get moving because of this terrorist activity, the more difficult it will be to achieve the goals laid out in the road map with respect to a timetable," he said Thursday in Washington.

"It's time to end the terror and the Palestinian leadership has to realize this and face it." [Colin Powell]

How many times do we need to hear the predictable reaction coming from diplomats? Two years ago I would have thought that Powell was serious. I know better now. This is going to come down to a bloody full-fledged war, ending with the annihilation of one side. It's a sad situation over there.

Friday, January 23, 2004
  Has Reuters gone wonky?
Color me shocked:
Final WTC Victim Count 2,749, Say NY Officials

A spokeswoman for the New York medical examiner's office said three names were taken off the list this week when investigators determined they could not definitively prove these people were at the site when Islamic militants slammed two hijacked planes into the twin towers.

This might be the first time I've seen a Reuters or AP story actually refer to the hijackers by their religion. They almost make it sound like their wacky, fundamentalist religious beliefs drove them to do it. Imagine that! Now, if they'd only complete this transformation and call them what they really were: Islamic terrorists.

Friday, January 09, 2004
  Weekend picks
What the heck, why not pick 'em every week? I'm no expert-- I'm more likely to pick a race horse based on his jockey's jersey colors than the horse's record... but on any given Sunday. So here goes (picks in bold):

Saturday, Jan 10

Carolina at St. Louis
Tennessee at New England

Sunday, Jan 11

Indianapolis at Kansas City
Green Bay at Philadelphia

Picking Carolina is more wishful thinking than anything. I just can't stand St. Louis! I like every other team in the playoffs this year, but can do without Kansas City. Green Bay will be a force to reckon with, but Philadelphia has the talent to beat them, all they have to do is take advantage of their inevitable mistakes.

Tennessee and New England would be a toss-up, but since I already picked New England to go to the Superbowl, I guess that means they have to win this game, too. Kansas City is very over-rated. Their record to start the season was a fluke-- there's no way they can beat Tony Dungy and his Colts.

So, back to my countdown to Spring Training...

Friday, January 02, 2004
  Superbowl picks
As we descend upon yet another NFL playoff season, I'd like to publicly declare who I think will make this year's big game.

AFC Champs: New England

NFC Champs: Philadelphia

Philadelphia wins the Superbowl by a hair. They are due.

Now pardon me while I start counting down the days 'til Spring Training...