Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Disturbing bits of news within the U.S. over the past 12 months...


August 29, 2006 - Hit & Run in San Francisco today. More update info here.

August 26, 2006 - Continental Airlines flight from Argentina diverted due to dynamite found.

August 23, 2006 - Flammable liquid found placed on United Airlines flight.

Potential vunerabilities with the trucking industry.

July 29, 2006 - Seattle shooting/killing at a Jewish Center.

March 7, 2006 - UNC attack with a Jeep Cherokee on University of North Carolina campus.

October 1, 2005 - Student with bomb jacket commits suicide at Oklahoma Univerity campus after failing to gain entrance into a packed football stadium.

Also, remember the July 4, 2002 incident at LAX?

Monday, August 21, 2006

These crucial next 48 hours...

Key an eye on the Middle East over these next 48 hours. Especially in relation to Iran. Prayers should be standard operating procedure.

Monday, August 14, 2006

The Terrorism Timeline...

With a major hap-tip to The Anchoress and Gerald at Closed Cafeteria (both of whom beat me to the punch in compiling and posting aspects of this list), I now ask you plainly...

What is the common denominator with regard to the following list of events (and this is by no means a complete list)?

Sep 19, 2006 --- Military coup in Thailand by a Muslim General.

Sep 12, 2006 --- Failed U.S. embassy attack in Damascus, Syria.

Aug 10, 2006 --- UK to USA flights (arrests made - foiled plot to involve 10 airplanes over Atlantic Ocean)

Jul/Aug '06 --- Hamas & Hezbullah (kidnapping and bombing of Israel)

Jul 31, 2006 --- Koblenz & Dortmund, Germany (two unexploded suitcase bombs on trains found)

Jul 11, 2006 --- Mumbai (Bombay), India (train bombings)

Jun 3, 2006 --- Toronto, Canada (17 arrested - foiled plot to use 3 tons of explosives in Toronto)

Mar 7, 2006 --- Varanasi, India bombing

Oct 1, 2005 --- Bali bombing (two locales)

Jul 7, 2005 --- London bombing (trains/underground)

Thru-out '05 --- repeated suicide bombings throughout Israel

Thru-out '05 --- Paris riots

Sep 9, 2004 --- Bali bombing (Australian embassy)

Sep 4, 2004 --- Beslan school hostage (Chechen)

Mar 11, 2004 --- Madrid bombing (trains)

Aug 5, 2003 --- Jakarta bombing (Marriott Hotel)

Oct 26, 2002 --- Moscow theater (Chechen)

Oct 12, 2002 --- Bali bombing (Kuta)

Thru-out '02 --- Daniel Pearl and others kidnapped and beheaded

Dec 13, 2001 --- New Delhi, India (Parliament bombing)

Oct 29, 2001 --- New Delhi, India (bombing)

Sep/Oct, ‘01 --- Anthrax letters in the U.S. Postal delivery (5 dead, 21 illnesses)
Sep 11, 2001 --- WTC/Pentagon/Western PA

Oct 12, 2000 --- USS Cole attack
Dec 31, 1999 --- The failed attempt at major terror attacks on the Millennium (thanks to a Washington
1999 --- Second planned attempt to assassinate Pope John Paul II in Manila (the Pope cancelled trip due to illness)

Aug 7, 1998 --- Nairobi (bombing of US Embassies – Kenya and Tanzania)

Jun 25, 1996 --- Saudi Arabia (Kobar Towers bombing)
Jan 1995 --- Planned assassination attempt of Pope John Paul II in Manila (Ramzi Yousef injured himself before the attempt)
In 1995 --- attempted airline bombing plot over Pacific Ocean
In 1994 --- Buenos Aires Jewish Center bombing

Oct 3, 1993 --- Mogadishu, Somalia (Black Hawk Down)

Feb 26, 1993 --- NYC (the first WTC bombing)

Dec 21, 1988 --- PanAm 103 (Lockerbie, Scotland)

In 1985 --- TWA flight 847 hijacking (Athens, Greece)

Oct 7, 1985 --- Achille Lauro (cruise ship killing)

Oct 23, 1983 --- Beirut (US Marines barracks bombed)
1991 --- Assassination attempt of Pope John Paul II by Turkish Muslim, (hired by Soviets)

1979-80 --- Iranian hostage crisis (444 days)

Sep 5, 1972 --- Munich (Olympics - Israeli hostages killed)

Need help figuring it out??? Read the following link at First Things to get a clue. Meanwhile, what's happening here in the USA? Check these stories here and here.

Not listed here are the multiple opportunities we had to capture or kill OBL throughout the 90s (two offers from Saudi Arabia, one offer from Sudan in '96, two opportunities with the help of General Massoud in Afghanistan).

Saturday, August 12, 2006

And now for something completely different... let's take a shower... a meteor shower!

Yes! That's right. Tonight is the peak period for the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. After sunset, look up into the Northeast and catch a glimpse of a few falling stars. Those of you in or near cities might have a more difficult time due to the light pollution. And the full moon will also diminish the viewing ability somewhat. But, if you can find a nice isolated area (with a clear sky, of course), you may be able to see one or two per minute. Your chances of catching a glimpse of this annual wonder will improve later in the night and into the early morning hours. So take a look! Make a wish! And say a prayer!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Some new links as a follow-up to yesterday's post...

Obvious concerns about the missing "students" here and here.(Montana???.... uh-huh)

More concerns about Iran and August 22nd here (it helps that that date is also the Queenship of Mary on the Catholic Liturgical Calendar).

And good news out of Iraq here regarding the security transfer process (hattip to the Anchoress).

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Some links of note regarding the #1 issue for the last five years...

Regarding the proper understanding of the Just War Doctrine: here

Regarding WMDs in Iraq: here, here, here and here.

A more accurate report on Pope Bendict's position regarding the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict: here.

Regarding Hezbollah using Christian villages in Lebanon: here and here.

Regarding the Mainstream Media and doctored photos of the Middle East conflict: just follow the on-going stories at PowerLine and Little Green Footballs.

And some great commentary by Dennis Prager here, here and here.