Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Scary Man

ChertoffWhat’s wrong with this picture? (h/t to Amato at C&L)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House has called an urgent multi-agency meeting for Thursday to discuss a potential new al Qaeda threat on U.S. soil, ABC News reported on Tuesday.

Top intelligence and law enforcement officials have been told to meet in the White House Situation Room to report on steps to minimize or counter the threat and what steps are being taken to tighten security at government buildings, ABC said.

The meeting would be one of a number that have been convened in light of new intelligence and information learned from the recent failed car bomb attempts in London, ABC reported, citing a senior U.S. administration official.

The unnamed official told ABC the level of concern of a new attack in the United States was now higher than it had been in some time.

The White House had no immediate comment on the report.

@ FDL

Oh man! How many times will theses bozo's cry wolf?

FEAR!FEAR!FEAR!FEAR!FEAR!FEAR!FEAR!FEAR!FEAR! Be scared dammit! but don't worry, we are here to protect you from young Arabs bearing bombs, we are the Almighty Protectorate of the People.

Homeland Insecurity, Un-Patriotic Act, and many more advances in fascism have brought you to the brink of Prozac. Just try to lead a stable life without BIG Pharma keeping you docile and calm.

Think people are not a bit touchy? Flip the "Bird" at a Redneck and see what happens, now flip off a Prozac addled Stepford drone.

I rest my case.

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61 comments:

DEN said...

Be sure to take a trip over to FDL and read the entire article.

The comments are great too!

DEN said...

OMG! Hearings on CSPAM
Sarah Taylor, Stand back about 20 feet, she hurts my ears!

micki said...

Fear is a renewable resource.

Ask the bushies...

micki said...

Look at this video:

Bush as a Blogger on YouTube

Openleft.com has announced a new site for progressives.

OpenLeft.com open page



Yesterday, AFV's Mike Lux, along with prominent political bloggers Matt Stoller and Chris Bowers of MyDD.com, launched Open Left

.The site will serve as a meeting place for outsiders in the progressive netroots to interact with insiders like Mike, who have long been a part of the progressive establishment. The website includes news, analysis and video content dedicated toward building a progressive governing majority in America. We here at AFV are very excited about the site, and believe it will play a large part in strengthening the progressive movement.



To maintain an open forum, the site is the first blog to include a "Right to Respond" column. This feature allows any progressive establishment group or individual who is attacked to respond with a front-page post. This will create an open dialogue about tactics and strategy on issues like Sam Alito and future Supreme Court nomination fights, the bills in Congress to withdraw troops from Iraq, going after conservatives on issues like net neutrality and climate change, and more.

micki said...

Den, I failed to mention...when I read about this "scare" last night, I thought "gut feeling" -- WTF?

What a way to run the largest agency in U.S. government! On gut feelings! Oy.

Anonymous said...

A stranger was seated next to a little girl on the airplane when the stranger turned to her and said, "Let's talk. I've heard that flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger."

The little girl, who had just opened her book, closed it slowly and said to the stranger, "What would you like to talk about?"

"Oh, I don't know", said the stranger. "How about nuclear power?"

"OK". she said. "That could be an interesting topic. But let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat grass, the same stuff. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, and a horse produces clumps of dried grass. Why do you suppose that
is?"

The stranger thinks about it and says,

"Hmmm, I have no idea."

"Then how do you feel qualified to discuss nuclear power when you don't know shit?"

DEN said...

Micki, could have been the Chili- Cheese Dogs hitting bottom.

DEN said...

Hearing adjourned, nothing happened except more obfuscation and lack of recollection.

Rovers little helper is an obnoxious lying little twit that at first said she swore an oath to the Prez, then when challenged, said the oath was to the Constitution. OOPS!

Alan said...

Micki, I sent that youtube to all my friends while ago, after setting it up yesterday when Den linked the site and said there was a funny video on it (he didn't specifically link the video but told us about it). You knew it was gonna be good when it starts off with 'bush' shooting the finger! hahaha

I completely missed Sarah Taylor. She's the one that said she wanted to testify. That gave the impression she was gonna come clean. Sounds like she didn't. K, does that mean that bush has no power to stop testimony from former employees?

Alan said...

Article in the Cincinnatti Enquirer about the poll results of that region's 'creation museum'.

Poll debunks Creation Museum
Literal Bible claims not accepted by many

More than half of the people who agreed to answer a survey believe Answers in Genesis' Creation Museum is "bizarre," "Biblically inaccurate" or "scientifically unsound," a recent poll shows.

"Recently a Creationism Museum opened up in Kentucky," the poll stated. "The museum portrays dinosaurs living alongside Adam and Eve as well as dinosaurs on Noah's Ark. Which of the following words best describes your view on this?"

The choices were: "Literal Word of God," "Biblically accurate," "Bizarre," "Biblically inaccurate," "Scientifically unsound" and "Not sure."

Fifty-four percent of the 800 responded "bizarre," "Biblically inaccurate" or "scientifically unsound," while 25 percent said they were unsure and 17 percent said the museum's views represented the "literal word of God" or were "Biblically accurate."

DEN said...

Alan, she is covering her OWN butt and rovers'.

Disgusting to me how these "Loyal Bushies" can continue to lie their azzes off and get away with it.

She is a primary example of one of rovers fools covering for criminal behavior.

The Sgt. Shultz defense. (Hogans Heros) I know nothing!

DEN said...

Repugs hate the troops!

Bob Geiger @ Huffpo

Worthless LIEberman voted with them.

Alan said...

In kind-of-a related article... The Houston Museum of Natural Science is getting the international public debut of "Lucy", the 3.2-million year old hominid from Ethiopia. Local Ethiopians aren't happy about it because of politics, but it's somewhat of a 'coup' for Houston, getting her first.

'Lucy's' Houston visit turns political


Don't count on too many local Ethiopians getting in line to see Lucy, the superstar fossil from Ethiopia, when she makes her international public debut in Houston in late August.

The Ethiopian Community Organization in Houston recently announced its position against the Houston Museum of Natural Science planned exhibit of the 3.2-million-year-old hominid.

The group blames museum officials and the Ethiopian government for what it says is a politically insensitive and profit-driven decision that could damage the fragile fossil during its trek to America. Museum officials and other exhibit supporters, however, said bringing Lucy to the U.S. is about cultural exchange — not politics.

Carey said...

Wait--I don't understand. I thought the WH refused to let Ms. Taylor appear before Congress.

An announcement: I have just switched over to Netzero DSL. That will do for the time being. It hasn't kicked in yet, but at least I'll be able to watch pertinent things like Micki's "Bush on YouTube". I'll check out the new site for progressives. That's sounds interesting.

I've have so much to do all the time. It's okay, I like it. Still, I need to work in my favorite activity--blogging with my peeps!


For everyone especially Micki.

I have not properly edited this as I'm short on time but this is a quote from Mike Gravel, a man with his finger on the pulse of history.

We are a great country. And we are at the tipping point. I don't know which side we're gonna tip on, but '08 is as important election as 1877 with that decision that changed the South. Right now we're gonna make a decision in '08 whether we continue to go down hill with our empire building. I will tell you very frankly that, with respect to Hillary and President Clinton, I view them as a package of one. They knew what was going on but they made a political vote and that political vote was to give Bush the power to go to war. That was what it was all about. In my mind, that is a vote that showed they're morally tone deaf, the both of them.

(My bold.)
__________________________________

I have to agree with that assessment. There's plenty that I like about Hillary. But, I do not trust her. Yes, she did pioneer the discussion on universal healthcare in this country. For that I fervently applaud her. She didn't know how powerful Pharma is. She's definitely a very brave person. But she is last on my list of candidates.

The biggest reason why I have already written. Ms. Clinton cannot win a national election. Not just because she's a female. The country will not come together for her. She can't win the popular vote. It's a gut feeling I've had for a long time. The first female president will not be Hillary.

Micki,

Fear is a renewable resource.

THAT IS A FREAKIN' TITLE! It's perfect!

Alan,

Taylor just said she wanted to testify. That's a little psychologcial ploy. She is soooo one of them. As Den witnessed.


Geez, the computer deleted everything on my favorites list. I hate that.

Alan said...

Carey, congrats for getting broadband... or for you about to get broadband. I guess all you need is the modem and then they tweak your phone line. My suggestion: get a router, whether you are going to set up a wireless network or not. It's a good hardware firewall from evil-doers, since you will now have an 'always on' connection.

Alan said...

Poll: Bush approval drops to low of 29%

WASHINGTON — Opposition to the Iraq war has reached a record high, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, a development likely to complicate President Bush's efforts to hold together Republican support as the Senate begins debate this week on Pentagon priorities.
Bush's approval rating has reached a new low: 29%.

In the survey, taken Friday through Sunday, one in five Americans say the increase in U.S. forces in Iraq since January has made the situation there better. Half say it hasn't made a difference.

More than seven in 10 favor removing nearly all U.S. troops from Iraq by April.

micki said...

Carey, I respect your informed opinion.

On another matter, MoveOn had these results on their climate crisis virtual townhall meeting:

Here are the full results from the Climate Virtual Town Hall vote (remember, this does not imply a MoveOn endorsement):

Sen. John Edwards
33.10%
Rep. Dennis Kucinich
15.73%
Sen. Hillary Clinton
15.71%
Sen. Barack Obama
15.03%
Gov. Bill Richardson
12.60%
Sen. Joe Biden 3.06%
Sen. Chris Dodd 3.01%
Sen. Mike Gravel 1.78%


For what that is worth...

micki said...

I think Bill and Hill are beginning to realize that she's a lightning rod -- I think before the end of the year, her presidential campaign will shut down.

micki said...

I trust Hillary as much as I trust Mike Gravel.

Mike Gravel says a lot of the right things, but he's goofy as hell. Always has been. That's why Alaskans liked him (at first). We were friends of Clark Gruening who ran against him in the primary in 1980 (aftet we left Alaska). Gravel was our U.S. Senator when we lived in Alaska -- we knew if when.

Gruening won the primary, but lost the election to his Repug opponent.

Gravel pissed off a lot of people in Alaska -- even though he did a lot of the right things. His trick was to remain vague on issues where he didn't want to answer.

Now, he can say anything he damn well pleases, because he's a has-been.

In any case, Gravel has admitted that he alienated "almost every constituency in Alaska" by the time he lost his bid for re-election to a 3rd term to the Senate.

If he were totally honest today, he'd admit he was all in favor of DRILLING ALASKA TO SMITHEREENS!

micki said...

we knew if when.

him...not if

David B. Benson said...

I dunno, Micki. Looks mighty iffy to me...

micki said...

I don't want to belabor this, but...

When Clark Gruening challenged Mike Gravel in 1980, he was doing so, in part, because he was honoring his grandfather's legacy in Alaska. Ernest Gruening (D-Alaska) was defeated by Mike Gravel in (I think) 1968 because Senator Gruening had come under attack for his increasingly "extreme" anti-war position during the Vietnam years. (In fairness to Gravel, he read a gazillion words of the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record...nevertheless, he hacked away at Gruening for his liberalism.)

Gravel capitalized on the move to the right in Alaska -- becoming the libertarian frontier it is today -- and defeated Greuning, who was a New Deal liberal. Ernest Greuning and Waye Morse (R-Oregon) were the only senators to vote against the GULF OF TONKIN RESOLUTION.

That vote was a huge factor in Greuning's defeat for re-election.

Gravel won his first senatorial term, in part, because he used all the right words to demonize a liberal in Alaska. An anati-war liberal at that!

My, oh my...how things change. Change is good. I'm all for it. But, I hate it when the "changed" piously point fingers as though their past is pure. Pure as the driven slush!

micki said...

Getting through the day isiffy...

You have a point.

The times abound with iffy propositions!

micki said...

....or should that be

The times abound in iffy propositions!?

micki said...

It's HOT here!

I walked at Whatcom Falls Park this a.m. -- glad I went out when I did. Lots of shade!

micki said...

Maybe y'all already know this...

Bush Orders Miers Not to Testify
Bush Orders Former White House Counsel Harriet Miers to Defy House Committee's Subpoena
By LAURIE KELLMAN
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON

President Bush ordered his former White House counsel, Harriet Miers, to defy a congressional subpoena and refuse to testify Thursday before a House panel investigating U.S. attorney firings.

"Ms. Miers has absolute immunity from compelled congressional testimony as to matters occurring while she was a senior adviser to the president," White House Counsel Fred Fielding wrote in a letter to Miers' lawyer, George T. Manning.

Manning, in turn, notified committee chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., that Miers would not show up Thursday to answer questions about the White House role in the firings of eight federal prosecutors over the winter.

...and so on...

micki said...

Alan -- Sorry if I missed that video from you.

Sometimes when I get a video (or other attachment) in my AOL email, it won't load, so I plan to go back to it and then forget to do so -- or something.

If I look at a video I usually go over to Safari.

I have no idea why this happens.

DEN said...

Mr. George Manning
Jones Day
1420 Peachtree St., NE, Suite 800
Atlanta, GA 30309-3053

Dear Mr. Manning:

We write in response to your letter dated July 10, which was not faxed to us until 7:15 pm last night. We are disappointed and very concerned by your statement that, based upon a July 10 letter to you from White House Counsel Fred Fielding, your client Harriet Miers intends to disregard the subpoena that was duly issued to her by the Committee on the Judiciary, and refuse even to appear at tomorrow’s hearing of the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law. A congressional subpoena, such as the one issued to Ms. Miers, carries with it two obligations: the obligation to appear, and the obligation to testify and/or produce documents. Even if a witness intends to assert privilege in response to a subpoena, that intention to assert privilege does not obviate the obligation to appear.

We are aware of absolutely no court decision that supports the notion that a former White House official has the option of refusing to even appear in response to a Congressional subpoena. To the contrary, the courts have made clear that no present or former government official – even the President – is above the law and may completely disregard a legal directive such as the Committee’s subpoena. In fact, both present and former White House officials have testified before Congress numerous times, including both then-serving and former White House counsel. For example, former White House Counsel Beth Nolan explained to our Subcommittee that she testified before Congressional committees four times, three times while serving as White House counsel and once as former White House counsel. A Congressional Research Service study documents some 74 instances where serving White House advisers have testified before

Congress since World War II.1 Moreover, even the 1999 OLC opinion referred to in Mr. Fielding’s July 10 letter refers only to current White House advisers and not to former advisers and acknowledges that the courts might not agree with its conclusion. Such Justice Department opinions are not law, state only the Executive Branch’s view of the law, and have no legal force whatsoever. We note finally that another former White House adviser subpoenaed by the Senate Judiciary Committee in the U.S. Attorney matter, Sara Taylor, appeared today pursuant to Congressional subpoena and testified about many of the relevant facts while also declining to testify about other relevant facts based on the assertion of executive privilege.

A refusal to appear before the Subcommittee tomorrow could subject Ms. Miers to contempt proceedings, including but not limited to proceedings under 2 U.S.C. § 194 and under the inherent contempt authority of the House of Representatives.

We are prepared at the hearing tomorrow to consider and rule on any specific assertions of privilege in response to specific questions. We strongly urge you to reconsider, and to advise your client to appear before the Subcommittee tomorrow pursuant to her legal obligations. The Subcommittee will convene as scheduled and expects Ms. Miers to appear as required by her subpoena.

Sincerely,

____________________________________

John Conyers, Jr.

Chairman

David B. Benson said...

It isn't just the weather and climate that is warming up...

•¿•arol said...

The MoveOn poll, I voted for Kucinich.

micki said...

Faux News' priestly pundit Jonathan Morris had this to say (in part) about Pope Ratz's newest pronouncement:

The headlines you and I have seen in reference to this document sound “retro” and “intolerant” because contemporary society is not used to hearing people like Benedict XVI express strong personal views, in a respectful and reasonable way, as an overture to honest dialogue. The Pope is keenly aware that thousands of other denominations think they’ve understood Jesus’ intentions better than him. He is hoping to hear them say it, and explain their reasoning, as he has done in this most recent document.

Here’s a hint to understand Pope Benedict: he’s a German academic by trade. He says the same things as the late Pope John Paul II, but instead of using camera angles and international voyages to tell his story, he most often uses a pen, behind which, he feels most comfortable, and perhaps most effective. The new approach will take a while to get used to, I admit, but it may be exactly what a world now unfamiliar with dialogue needs in its present crisis of truth.


Gerald -- maybe you should have a dialogue with this fella!

Here's his email:

fatherjonathan@foxnews.com

micki said...

Document released by pope stirs Catholic controversy -- as explained by Faux News Father

Oh, so this is how they explain their most recent crusade?

micki said...

John Conyers rocks.

micki said...

John Dean sez @ Findlaw:

A witness's failure to honor a subpoena can result in a contempt citation by the Congress, and of course, contempt can bring jail time. The mere threat of contempt has been used, on countless occasions, to force a wide array of high-level Executive Branch officials to produce the requested information. No president has yet instructed an officer to defy Congress and go to jail. However, there have been a number of close calls.

Secretary of Commerce Rogers Morton turned over information regarding an Arab boycott of Israel in 1975, rather than be held in contempt. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger avoided contempt when President Ford had a member of his National Security Council provide information Congress wanted. Secretary of Interior James Watt, and Attorney General William Smith, yielded to Congress rather than face contempt. President Reagan's EPA head, Anne Gorsuch Burford, was dangerously close when the House voted, 259-to-105, to hold her in contempt, but Reagan yielded.

Attorney General Dick Thornburgh turned over documents in 1991, rather than risk contempt. White House associate counsel William Kennedy turned over notes regarding President Clinton and the Whitewater Development Corporation, rather than be held in contempt.

The list is long, and I have cited only a few examples, but no tool is more effective than a subpoena, if the House or Senate has the will to enforce it.

micki said...

I'm going to break Gerald's record for the most blog comments in one day.

I will be in the Guinness Book of Records as posting the most blog comments in a 24-hour period because of general inactivity and ennui due to extreme heat as a result of climate change.

Maybe if I turned off my computer, this room would cool down?

micki said...

I know. I'm going to go into the kitchen and make some MmmmmPeachMint ice cream.

That'll be cool.

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- Going to start street vending it?

That would be even cooler (but only in the slang sense).

DEN said...

I'd bet if you gave Ben & Jerry a e-mail they might consider making the stuff, their liberals aren't they?

David B. Benson said...

Den --- Caapt already suggested it to them. Wouldn't hurt to have a few more suggestors, tho'...

carol said...

Lady Bird Johnson died. She was 94.

ò,óarol said...

This story makes me sick:

Libyan Supreme Court Upholds Death Sentences for Foreign Medics I refuse to believe that group of people purposely infected those kids with HIV.

David B. Benson said...

Carol --- I assure you that they did not. The desease pre-existed their arrival in Libya. The whole thing is a political farce to divert the balim from where it belongs.

There are evil people in the world besides the ones inside the Beltway...

micki said...

I wouldn't hold out much hope that Ben & Jerry's would introduce the MmmmPeachMint flavor.

I hear that Ben and Jerry claim that they retained their corporate culture of social/environmental responsibiity since being acquired by Unilever, PLC, in 2000, but I doubt that the BIG GUYS (i.e. the suits at Unilever) would let them market MmmmmmPeachMint.

Ben & Jerry's is part of a huge conglomerate.

Didn't I read someplace that B&J caved and will accept rBST treated-cows' milk?

David B. Benson said...

Well, we'll all just have to become street ice cream vendors then...

Gerald said...

Micki, records are made to be broken. Go for it!

I have added Father Jonathan's article to my favorites' column. I will need some time to read and answer Father Jonathan.

Let me understand that Father Jonathan has his article on that infamous Nazi network? This knowledge should be of help in answering him.

micki said...

I didn't say anything here, but I contacted a few local ice cream folks a while back about the flavor suggestion -- Amy's in Austin, Mallard Ice Cream in Bellingham, Pollyann in San Francisco, Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream outside Seattle, and a couple of others about MmmmmPeachMint ice cream.

Sorry to report, that none of them seemed to like the suggestion. Well, so far.

However, I did get the attention of a reporter for Seattle Weekly -- she emailed me and told me she thought the idea was "Delicious! Sweet!" And encouraged me to contact the Snoqualmie outfit and to keep her informed if anything happens.

It's a modest goal, but I'd like to see MmmmPeachMint Ice Cream Socials throughout the nation by Labor Day.

Gerald said...

An Expose

micki said...

Dr. B -- No kidding! I think we should figure out a way to publicize this. See my comment about the ice cream social.

Gerald, I don't watch Faux News, but it's my understanding from his article that that priest is one of the Nazi Network's (as you call it) on-staff, resident experts.

micki said...

It's a modest goal, but I'd like to see MmmmPeachMint Ice Cream Socials throughout the nation by Labor Day.

Oh....that's if no ice cream maker markets the flavor.

Well, even if they do, come to think of it.

Gerald said...

Here is a letter from a father to his son

Would God say these same words to His children?

carol said...

Dr. B, I can't believe what those people have gone thru in Libya. How horrifying. They want to execute them, too! My gosh! The whole world knows they're innocent. What would have been their motive to do what they are accused of doing anyway? This makes me sick.

carol said...

Anyone that leaves their nice, comfortable country to go to one of the...less desirable countries in this world to volunteer their help are either saints, or just plain nuts.

Gerald said...

Micki, thank you! I thought that it was the same Nazi network.

I, too, never watch FoxNews.

Psychologists are aware of imprinting. If you watch and listen to filth and garbage, your brain will be filled with filth and garbage and you will spew the same filth and garbage to the people you meet.

Hatred is so deep and widespread because Americans have listened to and watched Limbaugh, Hannity, and O'Reilly. Their spewing of hatred has taken hold in our country and the elimination of hatred in our country will take at least two generations if not longer. I will not live long enough to ever see a loving America.

David B. Benson said...

Carol --- There has been so much world-wide outcry over this that the most probable course is the dictator will simply pardon them, requiring them to leave libya.

Which I am sure they want to do anyway.

And yes, there is plenty of work in their home countries for a Palestinian doctor and Bulgarian nurses. I believe they went to Libya to try to help.

Horrible story, really...

Gerald said...

If a loving American wants to help people, he or she should have permission to enter a country to be of help. If these volunteers went into Libya without permission, they put themselves in harm's way.

I remember when the good sisters would say, "I will pray for you," I thought they could do more to help. Today, at age 68 that is all I can do but say, "I will pray for you." Please do not ease up on prayer when you are trying to help and bring about change in the world. Prayer is good for the soul.

ºCºarol said...

Doc, you think they'll end up getting out of there then???

Alan said...

Alan -- Sorry if I missed that video from you.

No no, you didn't miss one from me. I didn't send it to you guys since I got it from Den's post here (the bush blog/youtube clip). I sent it to my main list of email friends. You guys here are on a separate list that I sometimes add in. My dumbazz repugnican friend (he has a masters degree, but he's still a dumbazz) replied to that one that he liked it ("that was a good one!!"). He's not really that political, so if it's funny, he likes it, no matter which person or 'side' it makes fun of. But of course, he still watches fux news. *gag*

ºCºarol said...

They've already lost 8 years of their lives. :(

Gerald said...

Micki, here is my letter and response to Father Jonathan Morris' article.

Dear Father Jonathan:

I would be shocked if Pope Benedict had said that non-Catholics would not go to heaven. I am a Catholic and there are times that the writings of religious clerics can be misunderstood. I am not a theologian, like most Catholics and non-Catholics. The Church’s position on certain matters needs to be explained clearly and in a way that an average Catholic can understand what is written.

I agree that there is more to the challenge of personal justification and salvation than calling oneself a Catholic or a Christian. God does work everywhere and in mysterious ways. I also believe that true religion is never the cause of uncivilized discord or war. Religious conflict and war are the work of insecure people who feel they must take up violence to defend their own position of weakness, instead of trusting in the power of God to work out His plan, in His time. These people are abusing God’s name in the process.

Let me share with you two personal beliefs. Anyone who supports the Iraq war is complicit in mass murders and crimes against humanity. And, Fox News is notorious in the spewing of hate messages by their talk show hosts.

Personal stinking thinking is one thing but moral stinking thinking can lead to perdition.

Sincerely,
Gerald Socha

DEN said...

Badgers? We don't need no stinking Badgers!

The Iraqi port city of Basra, already prey to a nasty turf war between rival militia factions, has now been gripped by a new fear -- a giant badger stalking the streets by night.

Local farmers have caught and killed several of the beasts, but this has done nothing to dispel rumours of a bear-like monster that eats humans and was allegedly released into the area by British forces to spread panic.

Iraqi scientists have attempted to calm the public but, amid the confusion and mistrust spawned by the ongoing guerrilla war, the story has spread like wildfire in the streets of the city and the villages round about.

Mushtaq Abdul-Mahdi, director of Basra's veterinary hospital, has inspected the corpses of several dead badgers and tries to reassure his fellow citizens that they are not a new post-war arrival in the region.

"These animals appeared before the fall of the regime in 1986. They are known as Al-Ghirayri and locally as Al-Girta," he told AFP. "Talk that this animal was brought by the British forces is incorrect and unscientific."

@ RAW

Especially Iraqi Badgers!

DEN said...

Nite all, nite nonymouse!