Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Norwegian Snow


PHOTO: ANDERS MARTINSEN


Southern Norway was hit by its heaviest snowstorm in decades last week, and it's taking a long time for residents to dig themselves out. Airport personnel in Kristiansand helped lots of people find their cars and free them from the long-term parking lot.

Yes you read it right, Kristiansand, home of our friend Erling got pasted with a snowstorm that broke records, go here for more pics.

Yes Erling, be careful what you wish for, very careful, and stop by and let us know you are still around.

Now we resume your normal programming.


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42 comments:

micki said...

Is this normal programming?? ;-))

Illegal immigrant willing to take fired CEO's $800,000/year job for much less -- Mexican will work for only $600,000

...The Onion video

DEN said...

OK I'm back,

but forgot my Yak,

I do have a new plan of attack,

reach out and give Gonzo a smack!

micki said...

Den, that photo looks like a fantasyland!

Lovely, though.

DEN said...

Norway has many colorful houses unlike here where Homeowners Associations dictate "Beige" for all.
Must be same, same is good, different is bad.

I hope Erling is OK, I haven't heard from him in a while.

micki said...

White House Spokesman Tony Snow has Cancer in Abdomen (Update2)

By Roger Runningen

March 27 (Bloomberg) -- White House Press Secretary Tony Snow has been diagnosed with cancer in his lower abdomen and the disease has spread to his liver, his deputy said today.

Snow underwent surgery yesterday afternoon at a Washington area hospital to remove a growth discovered during a routine exam within the past week. Snow, 51, was treated for colon cancer in 2005.

DEN said...

Cancer sure has been making headlines lately, first Elizabeth Edwards, now Tony Snow,

that sinister crap knows no political boundaries.

Alan said...

The article on AOL's "welcome" page says Snow's entire colon was removed in '05. I didn't know about that. Doesn't that mean he has to use a colostomy (sp ck) bag?

DEN said...

Gonzo is there to protect the kids from harm, or so he says, but wait, what is this?

March 27, 2007 -- BREAKING STORY. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' "loyal Bushie" U.S. Attorney for Western Texas covered up a major pedophile scandal with the connivance of the Justice Department's Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, already under pressure for firing several U.S. Attorneys not considered "loyal Bushies," now faces another scandal. Albert Moskowitz, the Chief of the Criminal Section of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, sent a letter dated September 27, 2005, to the Superintendent of the Texas Youth Commission's West Texas State School youth detention facility declining the prosecution of two of the Texas agency's employees -- Ray Brookins and John Hernandez -- for engaging in sexual molestation of 10 underage males incarcerated at the facility. The charges of molestation were originally brought by Texas Ranger Brian J. Burzynski. Earlier, in a July 28, 2005 letter, the Assistant US Attorney for West Texas, Bill Baumann, who works for US Attorney Johnny Sutton, a close friend of Gonzales, sent a letter to Burzynski declining federal prosecution in the pedophile case. In a decision that indicates that the Gonzales Justice Department defines child molestation in very narrow and high threshold terms, Baumann wrote that the young men at the West Texas facility that claimed they were raped by Brookins and Hernandez did not sustain "bodily injury" or "bodily pain." Baumann also defined aggravated sexual assault as resulting from a "perpetrator knowingly causing his victim to engage in a sexual act (which can include contact between the mouth and penis) by force against the victim or by threatening or placing the victim in fear that the victim (or any other person) will be subjected to death, serious bodily injury or kidnapping). Baumann stated, "I do not believe that sufficient evidence exists to support a charge that either Brookins or Hernandez used force to cause victims to engage in a sexual act."

More at WMR

WMR better have the goods on this crew, pedophilia is nothing to falsy accuse someone about.

Alan, have you heard anything in TX?

DEN said...

Operation Bite: April 6 sneak attack by US forces against Iran planned, Russian military sources warn

WASHINGTON DC, -- The long awaited US military attack on Iran is now on track for the first week of April, specifically for 4 am on April 6, the Good Friday opening of Easter weekend, writes the well-known Russian journalist Andrei Uglanov in the Moscow weekly “Argumenty Nedeli.” Uglanov cites Russian military experts close to the Russian General Staff for his account.

The attack is slated to last for 12 hours, according to Uglanov, from 4 am until 4 pm local time. Friday is the sabbath in Iran. In the course of the attack, code named Operation Bite, about 20 targets are marked for bombing; the list includes uranium enrichment facilities, research centers, and laboratories.

The first reactor at the Bushehr nuclear plant, where Russian engineers are working, is supposed to be spared from destruction. The US attack plan reportedly calls for the Iranian air defense system to be degraded, for numerous Iranian warships to be sunk in the Persian Gulf, and for the most important headquarters of the Iranian armed forces to be wiped out.

Nope, this does not look good.

We need an intervention on the WH NOW! These people are out of control.

micki said...

Alan, here's some general information re your question above

Alan said...

Alan, have you heard anything in TX?

Uh huh, it's pretty big news here in Texas. That particular case in west Texas set off a broader investigation throughout the juvenile system... and they've found more abuse cases at other locations. The thing is, those are all STATE CHARGES, not federal. I quit reading WMR for just that kind of unverified reporting. It's not unheard of for folks to try for another bite of the apple with federal civil rights violations charges, AFTER losing at the state courts, but it doesn't very often work because of double jeopardy provisions. Again, it's a STATE problem and likely has nothing to do with Abu Gonzales.

micki said...

Den, Thom Hartmann was talking about that report this morning -- and pointed out that it is being published and discussed in media all around the world, except (as far as he could ascertain) in the U.S. and the UK.

micki said...

Abu Gonzales! LOL.

I thought of another name for him when I read that bush nicknamed him Fredo.

Al Fredo -- you know like the Italian pasta sauce.

;-)

DEN said...

With regards to the voting machine debacle, a blind man could see this guy is seriously flawed.


Dear Den:

Thank you for inquiring about H.R. 550, the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act introduced by Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ). I appreciate the opportunity to share my thoughts with you on this issue.

In a hearing held during the 109th Congress on identical legislation, concerns over the use of paper ballots came to light, such as voting machine malfunctions that would result in the loss of the "verifiable" paper records. In addition to technical problems that affect paper ballots, this type of system puts the disabled - specifically the blind community - at a disadvantage. With the passage of the Help America Vote Act in 2002, blind people are now able to vote independently and confidentially for the first time. H.R. 550 would take away that ability for those citizens.

While I share your commitment to fair and free elections, I will not support imposing a federal mandate, as H.R. 550 would, that requires states to adopt a costly system which has proven to be flawed. Instead, I will continue to work closely with the Election Assistance Commission and local election officials to determine which systems work, which do not, and what role the federal government should play in regulating those systems.

While I regret we do not agree on this issue, I would like to thank you for sharing your views with me. If I may be of further service on this or any other federal matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
John T. Doolittle
Member of Congress

Yea keep those f#*ked up Diebold machines for the 10 or so blind voters! They must think we are all STOOPID!

Alan said...

Here's the latest...

TYC inquiry is gathering momentum

DEN said...

Alan, perhaps you could explain this

Did Al Gonzales and Johnny Sutton blow the TYC case?

The Democrats at the Lone Star Project say U.S. Attorney General Al Gonzales and U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton in San Antonio blew their chance to bring justice to the Texas Youth Commission sexual abuse case.

Texas Ranger Brian Burzynski took the case of sex abuse at the West Texas State School to federal authorities in 2005 when he got frustrated that a local district attorney would not prosecute.

Sutton's office on July 28, 2005, sent Burzynski a letter saying they would decline to prosecute two TYC administrators for having sex with boys in their custody.

When the TYC system build-up was occurring during the administration of then-Gov. George W. Bush, Gonzales was the governor's general counsel and Sutton was his policy director on criminal justice issues.

Something fishy here I think.

micki said...

I heard that Monica Goodling is seeking immunity.

If she gets it, another Monica could be bad news for a sitting president....

DEN said...

Oh Goody, goody, goody!

I can't wait!

micki said...

Oh, wait a minute.

Now that I had time, I looked at the entire article on the April 6th attack story...

Uh, oh. Anything that Webster Tarpley says, I generally take with a grain of salt.

If there is anything to this story of an April 6 Sneak Attack on Iran, I'll wait to hear it from a more credible source than Tarpley.

(Not that I wouldn't put it past the busheviks, mind you....)

David B. Benson said...

Den --- Heard about an interesting possible dual use for electric commute cars.

Solar power is only generated in the daytime. So, drive to work and plug in your car to charge up. At the end of the work day, plug in your car to charge down, saving on relying on the grid in the evenings.

Don't charge down too much! :-)

micki said...

...and the Russian military story as a source...????

Is Judith Miller involved in this? ;-))

DEN said...

Micki, think something is sour in the story?

I don't know Webster Tarply at all,
is he some sort of hack?

I will delete it if it is substantially incorrect.

Carey said...

Here's something else I just saw in What Really Happened.


Russian intelligence sees U.S. military buildup on Iran border
17:31 | 27/ 03/ 200


MOSCOW, March 27 (RIA Novosti) - Russian military intelligence services are reporting a flurry of activity by U.S. Armed Forces near Iran's borders, a high-ranking security source said Tuesday.

"The latest military intelligence data point to heightened U.S. military preparations for both an air and ground operation against Iran," the official said, adding that the Pentagon has probably not yet made a final decision as to when an attack will be launched.

He said the Pentagon is looking for a way to deliver a strike against Iran "that would enable the Americans to bring the country to its knees at minimal cost."

He also said the U.S. Naval presence in the Persian Gulf has for the first time in the past four years reached the level that existed shortly before the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

Col.-Gen. Leonid Ivashov, vice president of the Academy of Geopolitical Sciences, said last week that the Pentagon is planning to deliver a massive air strike on Iran's military infrastructure in the near future.

A new U.S. carrier battle group has been dispatched to the Gulf.

The USS John C. Stennis, with a crew of 3,200 and around 80 fixed-wing aircraft, including F/A-18 Hornet and Superhornet fighter-bombers, eight support ships and four nuclear submarines are heading for the Gulf, where a similar group led by the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower has been deployed since December 2006.

The U.S. is also sending Patriot anti-missile systems to the region.

DEN said...

Regardless, we still need to extricate the neo-cons from DC.

Chickenhawks are damn dangerous!

DEN said...

Is it authentic?

It's easy to to be fooled into believing stories on the Internets.

Carey said...

FUCK CANCER

DEN said...

Where did THAT come from?

Carey said...

I don't know about you, but this April 6 report may not be factual in dates or various details, but.....

It isn't surprising, is it?

Carey said...

I have found myself reading less of Wayne Madsen, it's true. Still, his column is always one to be checked. I reckon he's an emotional journalist and that tends to get away from him at times.

DEN said...

I don't want Armaggeddon on my watch!

•¿•arol said...

MICHIGAN - The temperature hit 76 degrees yesterday, one degree higher than the all-time high for March 26 of 75 degrees, set in 1925. The normal temp is 45°.

DEN said...

Rense has Tarpleys' story here.

•¿•arol said...

Dammit! Got that wrong. It says 47° is normal for this time of year. One must get their facts straight.

DEN said...

January 27, 2007
Bush Is About to Attack Iran
Why Can't Americans See it?
by Paul Craig Roberts

The American public and the US Congress are getting their backs up about the Bush Regime's determination to escalate the war in Iraq. A massive protest demonstration is occurring in Washington DC today, and Congress is expressing its disagreement with Bush's decision to intensify the war in Iraq.

This is all to the good. However, it misses the real issue – the Bush Regime's looming attack on Iran.

Rather than winding down one war, Bush is starting another. The entire world knows this and is discussing Bush's planned attack on Iran in many forums. It is only Americans who haven't caught on. A few senators have said that Bush must not attack Iran without the approval of Congress, and postings on the Internet demonstrate world wide awareness that Iran is in the Bush Regime's cross hairs. But Congress and the Media – and the demonstration in Washington – are focused on Iraq.

What can be done to bring American awareness up to the standard of the rest of the world?

In Davos, Switzerland, the meeting of the World Economic Forum, a conference where economic globalism issues are discussed, opened January 24 with a discussion of Bush's planned attack on Iran. The Secretary General of the League of Arab States and bankers and businessmen from such US allies as Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates all warned of the coming attack and its catastrophic consequences for the Middle East and the world.

Writing for Global Research, General Leonid Ivashov, vice president of the Academy on Geopolitical Affairs and former Joint Chief of Staff of the Russian Armies, forecasted an American nuclear attack on Iran by the end of April. General Ivashov presented the neoconservative reasoning that is the basis for the attack and concluded that the world's protests cannot stop the US attack on Iran.

This guy is credible I think.
Dated January 27.

DEN said...

Carol, global warming is in your neighborhood!

DEN said...

From Yahoo News:

WASHINGTON - The Democratic-controlled Senate narrowly signaled support Tuesday for the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from
Iraq by next March, triggering an instant veto threat from the White House in a deepening dispute between Congress and commander in chief. Republican attempts to scuttle the non-binding timeline failed, 50-48, largely along party lines.

The vote marked the Senate's most forceful challenge to date of the administration's handling of a war that has claimed the lives of more than 3,200 U.S. troops. It came days after the House approved a binding withdrawal deadline of Sept. 1, 2008.

Wow, next March! better than Sept.

DEN said...

Now if we could replace the Neo-con war mongers before they get started with another war.

micki said...

No, no, Den...I just don't hold Tarpley in the highest esteem.

That's my personal opinion of him -- others may disagree. Shoot! Some people love Fox News!

micki said...

I wouldn't put anything past the busheviks/neocons, but personally I think that saner heads may be prevailing on the attack Iran stupidity.

bush's recent tough talk aside, he's not rattling his sabres as vociferously as he did back in his January 10th speech. I am not in denial on this, but I think that political hawks are realizing that bombing the shit out of Iran is a bad, bad idea. They know that it would embroil the U.S. in another fruitless conflict -- which would undoubtedly have enormous consequences in THE HOMELAND. Plus, I think the warmongering neocons are starting to realize that bombing Iran would guarantee that they Iranians would close ranks around their crazy motherf**ker lunatic, Ahmadinejad.

I think there is no doubt that the bushevik neocons planned to use the military option with Iran -- but, even they, might be seeing that it's a losing proposition. Our military appears to be against another open-ended conflict. But...I've been wrong before. (I don't have my head in the sand, or up my whatever...if you're reading here, KS-S.)

DEN said...

Micki, tough to tell which reporter is telling the truth, so many into self promotion at any cost.

Fringe reporting comes with risks one of which is looking stupid promoting them when they publish.

Unlike yours truly, I'm a political magpie, repeating interesting stuff I find with the attendant risk of sounding stupid by repeating some of it, and bloviating further.

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DEN said...

Dr. Benson, regarding global warming has there been any significant study on the carbon contribution of Diesels?

Here, every other vehicle is a Diesel burning obviously high sulfur fuel oil compound; Diesel #2.

Wowzer those things STINK!

Alan said...

Alan, perhaps you could explain this

Don't have to. The article was pretty self-explanatory. The cases should be brought up in a STATE court, like it said.
When the local district attorney wouldn't act, he should have turned to Greg Abbott, the state Attorney General instead of the feds. Failing that, publicity always works, as it has this time.

*didja see where it said the feds could only charge a misdemeanor? That's why it's always the last resort.