Thursday, June 08, 2006

---Al-Zarqawi dead, Tianamen Anniversary, Indonesia, Pakistan Bans 'Da Vinci Code', and Other Stories 

Abu Musab, we hardly knew ye....
My Way News [AP]- Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi Killed in Air Raid
Abu Musab "Gunner" Al-Zarqawi, that wacky wedding crasher, is dead and in hell. A number of others died in the U.S. airstrike, including his "advisor" Abdul Rahman and a woman and a child. Of course, the one thing the human species has never had a shortage of is fools, and another one will certainly step up to replace him before the sun sets on the wreckage of the building he was in. In fact, the bizarre and contradictory reaction of the terrorist’s family shows why we are having so much trouble with these guys in the first place:
My Way News [AP] - Al-Zarqawi Now a Martyr, His Brother Says

...and elsewhere....
My Way News [AP] - Security Tight for Tiananmen Anniversary
The Chinese celebrated the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protest by beating up a helpless old woman who threatened to hold up a sign. Remembrances in Hong Kong were somewhat more successful:
FOXNews.com [AP] - Thousands Mark Tiananmen Square Anniversary in Hong Kong

...and elsewhere....
FOXNews.com [AP]- Iraqi Students Dragged Off Bus, Killed
Armed thugs in Iraq furthered their “cause” by separating 21 Shiite high school students from their Sunni classmates, dragging them off their school vans, and executing them. Virgins for everybody!

...still elsewhere....
My Way News [AP]- Thieves Steal Personal Data of 26.5M Vets
The phrase “improperly brought material home” is becoming a virtual motto for the U.S. civil service these days. What this boo-boo-brain was doing with the critical personal information of millions of military veterans in his house (it has since been learned that even more were on the hard disk than first suspected) defies imagination.

Just because it works....
FOXNews.com[AP] - Prison Fellowship Ministries Forced to Close
An anti-recidivism campaign in Iowa prisons based on Christian Bible study has been ordered to cease by a U.S. District judge. A representative for “Americans United for Separation of Church and State”, gloated, "Anyone who doesn't stop it is putting a giant 'sue me' sign on top of their
building." [ I have since learned---from reading other online sources, certainly not from the AP---that this is Chuck Colson's prison ministry. ]

Much as I would like to further promote my thesis---that humanity will never run out of fools---with a discussion of lawyers, I only have so much disk space.

Another disaster in Indonesia
FOXNews.com [AP]- Indonesian Quake Toll Jumps to 5,137
There is some speculation that the 6.3-magnitude quake may have aggravated the activity of Mount Merapi, which has threatened thousands more with a potentially major eruption:
FOXNews.com [AP] - Mount Merapi Rumble Forces Evacuation of 3,000 More

...and just when you think you know what’s going on....
FOXNews.com [AP]- Pakistan Bans 'Da Vinci Code' for 'Blasphemous' Material About Jesus
In the U.S., of course, we can fully expect that the 'Da Vinci Code' will become required reading/watching for high school and college students nationwide. In Pakistan, however, the movie has been banned, out of concern that it may offend the nation’s Christian minority.

Marriage Vote Fails
Government fails.

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