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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.”

read more

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?

Tuesday Morning Marker

Centanni — Morris

Let’s look at three possibilities:

1. This could be a revenge kidnapping against any reporter from FoxNews.

2. The Paleos thought they were getting Morris. They do kinda favor each other.

Or 3. Centanni was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Occam’s Razor says #3 is the most likely. I cannot rule out the first two.

Fox Reporter Kidnapping Motive?

I’m just wondering out loud if there might be a connection between the kidnapping of Fox’s Steve Centanni and this story in the Guardian
An iman at a London mosque says a FoxNews reporter tricked him into talking…Representatives of an east London mosque used by several of the terror suspects reacted angrily yesterday to what they called a “sick stunt” by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News channel.
Mohammed Shoyaib, the imam of the Musjid-e-Umer mosque in Walthamstow, complained that he and other elders were tricked by a representative from the cable channel, a priest who said he was working for the Vatican and wanted to talk peace.

“He introduced himself as priest working in Rome,” said Mr Shoyaib. “Then he said he was working for peace in the world, that all faiths should work together for peace, that he needs a united message of peace for the American people. Only later he said he was from ‘a sister network of Sky News’, but never mentioned Fox.”

Hold The Dam Questions Till The End Of The Dam Article

Hoover Dam Reopens After Explosives Scare. I don’t know how I missed this. Happened yesterday, reopened today.

From MIPT:

The Hoover Dam visitor center reopened Monday while authorities continued investigating the weekend discovery of an explosive blasting cap in a construction tunnel.

Bob Walsh, spokesman for the federal Bureau of Reclamation, which operates the dam, said a fire department bomb squad was called about 1 p.m. Sunday after the blasting cap was found.

“Nobody hurt, nobody panicked,” Walsh said. The visitor center was closed as a precaution, and authorities said there was no indication of terrorism.

Officials removed the explosive from the tunnel in a canyon wall and detonated it away from the dam.

The Bureau of Reclamation estimates that close to 1 million visitors a year tour the dam on the Colorado River, 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, and millions more drive across it.

See Rock City


from mississippipolitics

Tech News Roundup

At Evolution-Security, felosi announces a private download site that is worth checking out.

I have setup the private downloads section for all supporters of our site. Content it has is almost all linux, hacking, security, and computer related ebooks there is, vids, Vulnerabilty Scanners, Security and Ethical Hacking Tools, and much more. It will not be your run of the mill downloads section, it will be frequently updated and will contain content that is not easily found on the web.
It will only cost $2.50 per month or $20 per year to access the area and I assure you will get your money’s worth. Also included is basic tech support for any linux or security questions you may have.

Other News: McBot attack is now in the wild…

Marc Maiffret, eEye Digital Security, is reportting that an automated botnet malware has been using MS06-040 to infect machines and then scan for new machines to infect. If you have *not* installed the patch for MS06-040 then you are r *at risk* and need to get a move on to patch your network..

When the malware infects your system it will download a botnet program which then connects to IRC chat servers (in china) and allows people to control your system to do whatever they want, including the ability to flood other systems, such as a DDoS attack. read more

99% of Arab Websites Are Insecure Islamophobic, you ask? Nope, just the facts, Ma’am.

And this from The Register: Eagle Eye Walmart Employee foils terrorists by alerting authorities…In the van the men were driving, police found an alarming cache of nearly 1,000 cell phones, which “can be used as detonators”, Caro Police chief Benson Page explained. “Packages are being cut open and batteries separated, the packaging and the chargers thrown away, which doesn’t make much sense,” he added.

& She gets named “Employee of the Month”.

Monday Marker

The Proportional Viet Nam Template

From the Jordan Times:
The fumbling that took place, particularly over the past month, underlines the failure of the Bush Administration (and its Israeli partner, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert) to learn from the experiences of its predecessors. The most important lesson goes as far back as the Vietnam War when all of America’s might couldn’t break the back of the Viet Cong, which successfully evicted the Americans from that Southeast Asian nation. Indeed, similar Hezbullah’s performance when it compelled Israel to unceremoniously withdraw from southern Lebanon.

This could have been written by John Kerry, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, or any number of Democrats. Even more still from the left blogosphere. We’ve heard it since the early days of Afghanistan. Quagmire!

These people, as well as many in the MSM have used the Viet Nam Template to describe the War against Islamic Fascism. The “This War is Just Like Viet Nam”, and the “Bush is Just Like Nixon” (or worse) is a tired and worn-out mantra that needs to be put to bed.

The world sees the divisiveness of the Democrats, and quotes their own talking points to promote an even greater divide. Witness the article above, and others like it. Witness Iran’s Ahmadinijad quoting “Bush’s Poll Numbers” in his 60-Minutes interview.

Here’s one more excerpt from the Jordan Times :
Hezbullah’s performance in showering northern Israel with rockets and creating havoc in Haifa, the country’s third largest city, speaks volumes and cuts down to size the world’s fourth largest military power – something no Arab regime has been able to do since the founding of Israel in 1948. In fact, Arab governments which were initially critical of Hezbullah’s daring actions, which could have been resolved diplomatically as was the case in the past, have in the end come around to support their kith and kin

“Showering northern Israel”, civilian targets, is seen by the Arab world as a legitimate and proportional way to conduct warfare. It shouldn’t be a surprise. In GW1, Saddam’s proportionate response was to fire scud missiles at Israel, a non-combatant in the affair. Perhaps then, Israel’s proportionate response should be to announce that incoming hizballah rockets will be met by outgoing rockets, targeting, … Damascus.


Congratulations are in order for GCP regulars EW1(SG) and Sarah D. The deed is done, the knot is tied, and they couldn’t be happier. Life is good, Indeed™

Rage Against The Machine

Ned Lamont, who defeated Joe Lieberman in last week’s Democrat Primary in Connecticut had some interesting things to say about the war on terror.
“Lamont, a businessman newcomer to the political stage, told Fox News Sunday the Iraq war is not connected to the war on terror.
Lamont defeated Lieberman, who is running now as an independent to hold his seat, largely on the strength of his opposition to the Iraq war, which Lieberman supports. “
source: Washington Times

Although Lamont conceded that “maybe we’ve had a wake-up call in the last couple of days,” he may find it very difficult to back up from the pacifist stand that so many on the hard left found appealing in the run-up to the primary voting.
To Ned and the Dems: Wake up! It’s easy to be “anti-war” Heck, we’re all anti-war. This isn’t Fantasyland, and the Islamic Fascists aren’t playing games.

update 8/14/06 @ 10:50
Star Parker at TownHall has some interesting observations of this subject.

Never Forget

(click on photo to enlarge)
photo credit: ZombieTime News

Sunday Open

D-I-Y Laughing Gas

borrowed from The Edge Of I-Hacked

hizballah soldiers versus Israeli Artillery

This is War — Up close and Personal…..caution….Graphic.

update at 13:05

geepers at lgf says the youtube video is from Afghanistan, not Lebanon
Absolutely not.

That is sniper fire footage from Afghanistan”

Israeli Graffiti

Carl in Jerusalem has this picture from a reader.

Hat Tip: Harvey in Efrat

Translation (for the Hebrew impaired):

Graffiti: “Sharon wake up – Olmert is in a coma!”

Caption: “No additional words are required.”

A Simple “HowTo”

from the Edgeof I-hacked, a simple howto lesson on preventing Google from logging your search history.

Google places a cookie on every user’s computer, timed to expire in 2038. With this cookie, they can track you and log your entire search history. In fact, Google has recently indicated that they won’t be deleting people’s search histories.

While this cookie may not directly identify you by name, an analysis of your search history over time can definitely help an attacker (or abusive government authority) to identify you personally~snip~
In summary, the solution is to clear all long-lasting cookies, set your browser to not keep cookies between restarts, and divert all google requests out through an anonymous proxy.

This will protect your privacy as far as google is concerned, but allow you to enjoy full-speed browsing with other sites.

Follow these simple steps: click to read more at The Edge of I-hacked

update at 11:10
Interesting followup article from C-Net
“The Seedier Side Of Search”

Fauxtography — Oldie but Goodie

Followups and Birthday Greetings

This is a followp on last week’s post regarding some interesting new gadgetry from Sony — MYLO. “My Life Online” Youtube has a video demonstration. Have a look for yourselves.

The second followup is regarding the IBM 5150 PC. We posted about it here
Happy Birthday! The PC is 25 years old today.


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