Friday Linkzookery – 13 Jul 2007

Have a great Friday the 13th!

“Congressman Murtha doesn’t have a statement because the investigation is still ongoing.”
That’s the response that Jack’s office gives when asked about recent claims that the case against at least one of the Haditha Marines is a crock. Funny response, too, since he publicly convicted them of premeditated murder over a year ago.

Please support Public Multimedia
Bill Roggio is going global. He should write a book.

Transformational UAW Deal? Accept Professors’ Pay
I don’t really know that comparing to professors’ pay has any real meaning, but I do think it’s clear that the Big 3 numbers are way too high. Particularly when compared to successful auto manufacturers.

Would you let this in your neighborhood??
Flying US flag upside down in protest of the campaign in Iraq. I’d just keep sending police, ambulances, and firemen to her house repeatedly to respond to the emergency. When there’s no emergency, send her a bill. Once every thirty minutes should do it.

Michigan Man Pleads Guilty To Spying For Saddam Hussein
Ghazi Al-Awadi of Dearborn provided info on Iraqis coming to the US, particularly Shiites and groups opposed to Saddam’s government. He’s lived in the US for over 50 years.

World’s Fastest Broadband Connection — 40 Gbps
While this currently seems like a slight case of overkill, I do think that it’s important that broadband of some sort is available to those currently stuck with dial-up.

Pakistan On ‘Red Alert’ After Red Mosque Leader Killed
Pakistan continues to be shaky ground.

Afghan girls are traded to settle debts
Women’s rights have advanced, but many girls are still treated as currency

In Syria, girls march as timebomb ticks
The girls are nearly all Iraqi refugees forced into what U.N. relief agencies call “survival sex.”

Chinese-Made Armor-Piercing Bullets Found in Iraq, Afghanistan

Meet the SCAR
Can’t wait until this thing hits the field. Civie version to be offered next year.

Spain to England ferry bomb plot thwarted?

This Week’s Business News
See? Elect some Democrats and suddenly the economy turns around.

Battleship New Jersey seeks volunteers
Tell ’em Murdoc sent you.

Severely Wounded Troops Find Meaningful Ways to Continue Serving

Scuba diving schools put on alert
“Threat indicators” lead to the warning.

U.S. to donate 186 aircraft to Afghanistan by 2012

Gamma-Ray burst Optical/Near-Infrared Detector
GROND crawled on.


  1. Here’s a suggestion: The MO faithful take up a collection for a ferry ticket and KB will head across the Baltic to check out the Peter L+

  2. flying a flag upside down in the neighborhood? Just let the retarded woman be – people are gonna think that she got lobotomized or something – if something is done to her due to the flag you already proved her point.

  3. I will admit that UAW compensation at the big 3 is probably higher than Japanese firms. However, I believe the numbers are inflated due to health care costs the Japanese don’t have. I would like to see a comparison of the non-UAW big 3 employees versus their Japanaese counterparts. I bet the CEO of GM makes more than the CEO of Toyota.

  4. There is a lot more to the story about what professors get paid than meets the eye. I don’t think that average number they collected means anything. I certainly think the amount of public sector money that’s being pumped into these institutions is destroying them, but, like so much of our society the, the effects won’t be felt for years and by then many will have raked in millions at taxpayer expense while providing little in return. The academic ‘superstarts’, so called because of their ability to attract government grants, can literally make millions a year, while those who do relatively unimportant work like teaching the next generation of engineers and scientists make little to nothing.

  5. Found on Ebay: I am offering the winning bidder the solution to the war in Iraq. This is not a flippant or facetious offer. There will be no joke forwarded to you if you are the winning bidder. If you are the high bidder, I will send you a viable solution to the conflict in which we are currently engaged. I am a Military Intelligence officer in the United States Army with an extensive background in the Middle East. I speak the language and understand the culture, history, and religion, well enough to construct a fair, honorable, and successful plan. I have spent time in Iraq as an enlisted intelligence Soldier during Desert Storm in 1991 and as an intelligence officer during this latest action. I have been involved in the planning of over 400 combat operations and have personally participated in over 300 combat operations that ranged from terrorist cell take-downs to single-handed arms market raids. I do not lack courage or the ability to act. I have headed humanitarian efforts that varied from toy drives to bridge building to educational support. I do not lack heart or the ability to feel. My passion for this solution is genuine and my zeal is not misdirected. I do not demonize any group for the actions of a few but neither do I deify any group in some misguided attempt to show my open-mindedness. I have grieved for lost friends, both American and Iraqi, military and civilian. This war is not a concept, a philosophy, or a political agenda to me. It is a highly personal issue that I have applied an objective detachment to in order to arrive at a logical conclusion. This war has currently cost us somewhere around FOUR HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS and over 3500 American lives. My buy it now price of five million seems perfectly reasonable by comparison. I’m not even asking you to risk your life. Unfortunately, sometimes it seems that the most valuable things in life are the least valued. For this reason I am starting the bidding at only one dollar. Just to sweeten the pot a little, I will not only send you the solution but I will also make myself available to you for two hours to further explain my solution and answer any possible questions that you may have. (Transportation costs are the sole responsibility of the winning bidder if they choose to exercise this option.) If you work for a senator or congressman or a possible presidential hopeful, maybe you should get everyone at the office to chip in and purchase my solution for them. Some of them might even be able to foot the bill themselves. In the NY Post article about the ad the seller says, ‘I disagree with the way the war is being handled. I think we’re doing some good things over there, but I think the end result is going to be bad.’ I think that pretty much sums up the way I feel too.