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Reportage from the field.

'Galloway is a hot, blustering bully - but I'm staying on his case until the very end' By Christopher Hitchens

(Filed: 18/09/2005)

The experience of spending some hours on a public platform with George Galloway is disappointingly similar to the experience of watching him on al Jazeera, or on Syrian state television. One learns exactly nothing that one did not already know.

When addressing audiences in the Middle East, his metaphors of martyrdom and rape, and his celebration of the "resistance" forces are a little more florid, perhaps, but I shall have to concede that even in New York he has the nerve to tell an audience that the atrocities of September 2001 were essentially the fault of the United States itself. That was not his finest moment - and nor was it by any means his lowest one - but I began to see again his essential appeal, which is an utter indifference to embarrassment.

Bashing Bush in Aspen by Robert Novak

Bashing Bush in Aspen
by Robert Novak

September 22, 2005

ASPEN, Colo. -- For two full days, George W. Bush was bashed. He was taken to
task on his handling of stem cell research, population control, the Iraq war
and, especially, Hurricane Katrina. The critics were no left-wing bloggers.
They were rich, mainly Republican and presumably Bush voters in the last two
presidential elections.

Hitch: A War to Be Proud Of

A War to Be Proud Of

The case for overthrowing Saddam was unimpeachable. Why, then, is the
administration tongue-tied?

by Christopher Hitchens
09/05/2005, Volume 010, Issue 47 The Weekly Standard

LET ME BEGIN WITH A simple sentence that, even as I write it, appears
less than Swiftian in the modesty of its proposal: "Prison conditions
at Abu Ghraib have improved markedly and dramatically since the
arrival of Coalition troops in Baghdad."

I could undertake to defend that statement against any member of Human
Rights Watch or Amnesty International, and I know in advance that none
of them could challenge it, let alone negate it. Before March 2003,
Abu Ghraib was an abattoir, a torture chamber, and a concentration
camp. Now, and not without reason, it is an international byword for
Yankee imperialism and sadism. Yet the improvement is still,
unarguably, the difference between night and day. How is it possible
that the advocates of a post-Saddam Iraq have been placed on the
defensive in this manner? And where should one begin?

Stress Relief

To cope with stress lately, I find little math problems to solve. If I can solve them by writing a perl script, then it's that much more fun.

For example, suppose a type of cereal has game cards inside. There are four different cards, each equally likely to be found in a box. On average, how many boxes must one buy in order to get all four cards?

Think about it, make a guess, then check out the following script: Game card simulation


It's been called to our attention that an error was made publishing the photo of our new Special Correspondent for environmental and spiritual issues, Gnumby. We deeply regret this mistake!

Here is the correct photo:

Hopefully we can all pull together to put this bit of unpleasantness behind us!!!

The Face of Iraqi Terrorism

The Face of Iraqi Terrorism

A new study shows where the foreign fighters in Iraq are coming from.
Care to guess?

by Stephen Schwartz

03/04/2005 12:00:00 AM

FOR MONTHS, a behind-the-scenes, seldom-mentioned debate has raged in
the West, over the origins of the "foreign fighters" attacking the
U.S., coalition, and local anti-jihadist forces in Iraq. Some,
including Saudi dissidents like Ali al-Ahmed of the Saudi Institute and
myself, have suspected Iraq's dangerous southern neighbor, the kingdom
of Saudi Arabia, of being the main source.

Our evidence often seemed thin. We cited the repeated calls by hundreds
of Saudi clerics for volunteers to go north of the unpatrolled border
to kill themselves and others. We circulated translations and
photographs of Saudi "martyrs" whose biographies appeared in the
kingdom's print media and on websites.

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