The Jake Files

April 9, 2006

Mainstream Media Hysteria on Iranian Nuclear Contingency Planning

From the UK's Telegraph:

The Bush administration is planning to use nuclear weapons against Iran, to prevent it acquiring its own atomic warheads, claims an investigative writer with high-level Pentagon and intelligence contacts.

President George W Bush is said to be so alarmed by the threat of Iran's hard-line leader, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, that privately he refers to him as "the new Hitler", says Seymour Hersh, who broke the story of the Abu Ghraib Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal.

Some US military chiefs have unsuccessfully urged the White House to drop the nuclear option from its war plans, Hersh writes in The New Yorker magazine. The conviction that Mr Ahmedinejad would attack Israel or US forces in the Middle East, if Iran obtains atomic weapons, is what drives American planning for the destruction of Teheran's nuclear programme.

Hersh claims that one of the plans, presented to the White House by the Pentagon, entails the use of a bunker-buster tactical nuclear weapon, such as the B61-11, against underground nuclear sites. One alleged target is Iran's main centrifuge plant, at Natanz, 200 miles south of Teheran.

This has been all over the Sunday morning news shows.  Seymour Hersch is on Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer right now talking about it.

Can I just ask a simple question here?  Does anyone seriously think that we do not have a detailed plan to invade, bomb, or strike with nukes, every single nation on earth?  That's what our military planners do – they make plans for any contingency. 

It would be grossly negligent if we DID NOT have plans to nuke, bomb conventionally, or invade by land, Iran or any other country.  Anyone who fails to realize that, or ignores the fact in favor of a good hysteria story, demonstrates just how little they understand national security issues.

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Interior Decorating for Cubicle Dwellers

Filed under: Economy & Business,General,Work — Amazing Jake @ 9:10 am

The Amazing Jake previously wrote about the perils of cubicle farms here.  Now, Fast Company has an article about a new book that tells you how to spruce up your cubicle.  Alas, there are no pictures.  Amazon awaits your order.

Culture of Corruption

I found this article in the NYT (hat tip Instapundit):

As lawmakers have increasingly slipped pet projects into federal spending bills over the past decade, one lawmaker has used his powerful perch on the House Appropriations Committee to funnel $250 million into five nonprofit organizations that he set up.

Those actions have prompted a complaint to federal prosecutors that questions whether any of that taxpayer money helped fuel a parallel growth in his personal fortune.

The most ambitious effort by the congressman, Alan B. Mollohan, is a glistening glass-and-steel structure with a swimming pool, sauna and spa rising in a former cow pasture in Fairmont, W.Va., thanks to $103 million of taxpayer money he garnered through special spending allocations known as earmarks.

This is an obscene twisting of the already out-of-control practice of earmarking funds that, if it's as bad as it sounds, should land this guy in jail.  But it won't, because we'll never hear much more of this in the mainstream media.  Mollohan, is by the way, a Democrat.  Which would make the whole Democratic "culture of corruption" screed against the Republicans an inconvenient inconsistency. 

Queen on American Idol

Filed under: American Idol,Entertainment,Music,Pop Culture,Television — Amazing Jake @ 1:13 am

So, the final eight contestants on American Idol will all be singing Queen songs on Tuesday.  This has the potential to be a disaster of biblical proportions, and I don't just mean when Paul Rogers performs with Queen on the Wednesday results show.

The Chaotic Mind proposes a song list and the singer that should perform each. 

Songs that I think they should do:  You're My Best Friend, Tie Your Mother Down, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Under Pressure, A Kind of Magic, Somebody to Love, These Are the Days of Our Lives, The Show Must Go On.

This will be the night of song choice like no other.  I honestly cannot think of a single Queen song that Taylor Hicks will sound credible on.  Bucky will probably pick something with a more rock-edgy sound (probably one of the well-known anthems like We Will Rock You), the crowd will love it for some unknown reason, and he'll probably make it through again.  Ugh.

Chris is the only one that can credibly sing anything like Hammer to Fall.  Kellie Pickler is doomed (she was what, like FOUR when Freddie Mercury died?).

NO ONE can sing Queen like Freddie Mercury.  I don't know if I look forward to Tuesday with anxious anticipation for one of my favorite bands, or with utter dread for the debacle that will surely unfold on national TV.

Chandler City Council Runoff Campaign Begins

I received the first direct mail piece of the runoff campaign on Friday.  Becky Jackson has apparently secured the endorsements of Rick Heumann, Chris Stage, and Frank Peake.  Of course, she didn't actually tell us in her mailer what positions she is taking on any particular issues.  That would make it too easy to distinguish one candidate from another.

Let's see, if one wanted to determine where a candidate stood on an issue, where would one look?  Hmm.  How about google search?  It's pretty sad that a candidate's web page is ranked 9th in a basic google search, but that a humble commenter such as the Amazing Jake comes up 1st and 2nd.

And what do we find when we follow the link to that candidate's site?  A picture of the candidate playing Scrabble? 

If anyone's interested, here is the sum total of Ms. Jackson's future plans for Chandler

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