Scanning the headlines

Busy news day: Times square bomb at military recruiting center, pipe bombs at UC Davis, continued volatility in the financial markets, hedge fund woes continue, politics, politics, and more politics. Here’s a few of the stories that have grabbed my attention…..

122 FAA badges “unaccounted for.”

Dozens of federal inspector credentials giving access to airports have gone missing, an NBC 5 investigation revealed.

According to the investigation, 122 Federal Aviation Administration safety inspector badges have been stolen or lost in the past five years. The credentials are one of the few forms of identification that give complete and unfettered access to airport facilities, including the cockpits of planes in flight.  (News 5)

Obama’s Oil for Food connection.

The sudden emergence of [Iraqi billionaire Nadhmi] Auchi into this story indicates Rezko’s deals may include a money trail leading back to dead Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Auchi’s Saddam links trace back to a failed 1959 assassination attempt on the life of then-Iraqi-prime-minister Abdul Karim Qasim.Auchi’s General Mediterranean Holdings company was also the largest private shareholder in Banque Nationale de Paris which later merged with Paribas to become BNP Paribas. At Saddam’s insistence, billions of dollars of Oil for Food transactions passed through BNP from its 1995 inception until 2001. (American Thinker)

Mookie “comatose, in Iranian hospital”

Shi’ite cleric and leader Muqtada Al-Sadr was secretly transferred a few days ago from Iraq to Iran for hospitalization as he was comatose.

It was reported that his illness resulted from food poisoning.

Al-Sadr is being treated by Iranian specialists, as well as by Russian doctors brought in to help the Iranian medical staff treat him. Source: Al-Siyassa, Kuwait, March 3, 2008

World’s smallest gun

swissguntiny.jpgThe SwissMiniGun is a 2.16-inch replica of a Colt Python, and it’s a real gun that shoots tiny bullets that are just .35 inches long. This miniature Swiss-made revolver and its ammunition are painstakingly crafted using watchmaking technology.  (gizmodo)



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