Monthly Archives: December 2005

“The Prince and the Pauper”

Happy New Year! Pat Lang

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90 Delegates Disqualified for Baath Membership?”

I do not usually use the wildly erratic Israeli site "DEBKAfile" as a source but this report, if true, would be such bad, bad news that I thought I should post it.  Yes, there was an election.  Yes, there will … Continue reading

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“And Did You See the Dress She Was Wearing?”

All you news junkies out there!!  Count up on your fingers and toes the number of times this week you have heard anchors and "guests’ from the media mention the "White House Christmas Party for Journalists." Off-hand comments about what … Continue reading

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Khaddam – Chalabi Wannabe?

"Khaddam was an important adviser to Hafez Assad and later to Bashar Assad before he resigned at the Baath Party congress in June. He visited Hariri’s grieving family the day after the slaying, calling the assassination an "earthquake" that would … Continue reading

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Chalabi Reborn?

"As a fuel crisis deepened in Iraq, the government replaced its oil minister with controversial Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi, whose poor performance in the Dec. 15 elections was a setback in his recent attempt at political rehabilitation. The oil … Continue reading

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“Old Wine in New Bottles”

By Tom Lasseter Knight Ridder Newspapers KIRKUK, Iraq – Kurdish leaders have inserted more than 10,000 of their militia members into Iraqi army divisions in northern Iraq to lay the groundwork to swarm south, seize the oil-rich city of Kirkuk … Continue reading

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Count the Hands

I confess to loving Willy and Joe.  I will put up cartoons from "Up Front" from time to time.  Best wishes to all those connected to the 45th Infantry Division (Thunderbirds), The Oklahoma National Guard and their museum. Pat Lang

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The Bush use of NSA to Bypass the Courts.

A friend wrote to ask me a couple of clarifying questions about my earlier posts on the national security NSA intercepts against US Persons here in the States.  This was my reply. Pat Lang "NSA is a part of the … Continue reading

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The “Threat” and our Liberties

From a couple of notes I received about the "NSA" piece below it appears that there is some misunderstanding abut my constitutional views.  I would have thought that unimportant to anyone but me, but I see there is some concern … Continue reading

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NSA and Judicial Surveillance.

After thinking about the NSA domestic intercepts program, I have decided that much of the discussion of this subject misses the point about what has changed in communications surveillance in this country. Before 9/11 (with a few exceptions) domestic communications … Continue reading

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