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Man pleads not guilty in Seattle Jewish Federation Shooting…
A man accused of storming Seattle’s Jewish Federation offices, killing one woman and wounding five others in a fit of rage over US foreign policy, pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges.

Naveed Afzal Haq, 30, had indicated in court last week that he wanted to plead guilty, but a judge continued his arraignment to give his lawyers time to determine whether their client was competent.

On Tuesday, defense attorneys said they had met with Haq for nine hours during the past week and found no indication that he would be incapable of assisting in his own defense.

Haq faces either life in prison or execution if convicted in the death of Pamela Waechter, 58, director of the Jewish charity’s annual fundraising campaign. King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng has not yet announced whether he will seek the death penalty.

Evening Buffet

The Maltese Falcon, a $100 million yacht that the designers claim is the largest and fastest personal sailboat in the world, link

– Because British law enforcement officers don’t have the authority to seize encryption keys, an increasing number of criminals are able to evade justice, a senior police officer said. story

– If there’s a storage fanatic in your family, a perfect gift could be coming for her or him toward the end of the year: 1-terabyte hard drives. story

– Microsoft’s security update from Aug. 8 to Internet Explorer is causing browser trouble for some systems.

After people apply the MS06-042 update, rated “critical” by Microsoft, IE may crash when certain Web sites are viewed, the company said in a notice on its customer support Web site. The problem affects IE 6 with Service Pack 1 on Windows XP and Windows 2000 systems, it said. story

SCI-FI Convention is Next Week

Complete Program Schedule

And what sci-fi convention would be complete without a tribute to Star Trek?
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Star Trek, the crew of the original Starship Enterprise have come back! (He’s dead, Jim)

Blogger™ Gets Facelift

The humble blogspot blog is getting a significant facelift. The beta is now available to new accounts, and will be made available to existing accounts at a future date.
There are three main components of the overhaul: (from C-Net)
“• Blogs now feature labeling, which is more generically known as tagging. This means people can categorize their posts with keywords in the same manner of Flickr or Delicious.

• Posts can be “locked” and viewable only by readers whom the blog owner designates.

• Some drag-and-drop capabilities have been added to Blogger’s template-editing functions–previously only controllable by a few yes/no buttons and HTML.”

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I might just give this a try.

Happy Birthday

August 15, 1947. Independence Day for India.
Our state enjoys many blessings. One of those blessings is a strong and vibrant community of American citizens who are first and second generation Indians. To my good friends the Tiwaris, Guptas, Vahdwas, Pandeys, Barghavas, Bharwanis, Kumars, and so many more, I say “Happy Independence Day” from your friends in your adopted country. I’m very glad you’re here.

IDF Takes Out Hizbullah Leader Before Ceasefire

from JPost:
DF troops killed Hizbullah Special Forces head Sajad Dawir just a few hours before the cease-fire went into effect on Monday morning.

Senior IDF officials described the assassination as a “hard hit” for the Hizbullah and a significant success for the IDF.


A Muslim Saint

from pjalpha.

The coach had put together the perfect team for the New Orleans Saints. The only thing missing was a good quarterback. He had scouted all the colleges and even the Canadian and European Leagues, but he couldn’t find a ringer who could ensure a Super Bowl victory.

Then one night, while watching CNN, he saw a war-zone scene in Afghanistan. In one corner of the background, he spotted a young Afghan Muslim soldier with a truly incredible arm. He threw a hand-grenade straight into a window from 80 yards away. Then he threw another from 50 yards down a chimney, and then hit a passing car going 80 miles per hour.

I’ve got to get this guy!” coach said to himself. “He has the perfect arm!”

So, he brings the young Afghan to the States and teaches him the great game of football. And sure enough the Saints go on to win the Super Bowl.

The young Afghan is hailed as a hero of football, and when the Coach asks him what he wants, all the young man wants to do is call his mother. “Mom,” he says, “I just won the Super Bowl!”

“I don’t want to talk to you,” the old Muslim woman s ays. “You deserted us. You are not my son!”

“Mother, I don’t think you understand,” pleads the son, “I’ve just won the greatest sporting event in the world!”

“No! Let me tell you,” his mother retorts. “at this very moment there are gunshots all around us. The neighborhood is a pile of rubble. Your two brothers were beaten within an inch of their lives last week, and I have to keep your sister in the house so she doe sn’t get assaulted!”

The old lady pauses then tearfully says, “I will never forgive you for making us move to New Orleans.”

Riiiiight, I know. Who would ever believe that the Saints would win the Super Bowl?


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