Daily Archives: July 14, 2002

Jordan wants bank guarantees from Palestinians …

Jordan wants bank guarantees from Palestinians

Obviously, only Israel can discriminate against Palestinians. Therefore, making West Bank residents visiting Jordan put substantial sums of money ($3000 – $7000) on deposit in Jordanian banks to make sure that they leave when their business is done is all Israel’s fault.

Many Alabamians feel land is best investment Th…

Many Alabamians feel land is best investment


The stocks go up, the stocks go down. But in Alabama, the land abides.

Stick $50,000 in the hands of each state resident, and one out of two would use the cash to buy real estate instead of stocks, bonds or other investments, according to the latest Mobile Register-University of South Alabama poll.

Yeah, but wait until the ice caps melt and Mobile County is under water. Land won’t do you much good then, will it?

Me, I would probably pay off my student loans. With what’s left over, maybe a sandwich.

Ananova – At least one shot fired in Bastille Day …

Ananova – At least one shot fired in Bastille Day incident

A “Neo-Nazi and hooligan” pulled out a .22 rifle as Jacque Chirac was passing by… The Reuters story on the incident says that the French government is planning to boost military spending. (I assume there’s no connection between the two.) That’s actually good news.

Department of Things You Couldn’t Make Up State…

Department of Things You Couldn’t Make Up

State may house inmates in tents

Also “portable classroom buildings” — that is, trailers. Either way, they wouldn’t seem to be very secure, but a lot more so than tents. I’d guess they’d still be in a fence, but still… Also, I’d bet they’d get sued for not providing appropriate housing.

60 Libertarians vying for offices Because there…

60 Libertarians vying for offices

Because there’s no better waste of time and money than running a campaign that’s sure to not only lose but to be so pathetic the TV stations don’t even give your vote totals. John Sophocleus, the Sure Loser gubernatorial candidate, teaches economics at Auburn. There probably is a comment I could make on the quality of economics instruction at Auburn, but I can’t quite put it together.

May vote for him anyway. The Democrat is crooked and I won’t vote Republican.

Israeli Aircraft Hit Palestinian Target in Gaza …

Israeli Aircraft Hit Palestinian Target in Gaza

Not sure what the provocation is this time, but there have been at least two cases of terrorists stopped before they could do anything the last day or two. The building is apparently part of one of the Palestinian security agencies, or maybe the house of a Hamas member.

UPDATE: It was Hamas leader Youssef Abed al-Wahab’s home. Thanks to Laurence Simon for pointing it out.

U.K. police believe trainee rabbi’s murder was hom…

U.K. police believe trainee rabbi’s murder was homophobic act

Andreas Hinz probably was killed, as I guessed, because he was gay, rather than because he was Jewish. Not that it matters; bigotry is bigotry. The police have the same three people in custody they did Friday, but none of them have been charged.

Reuters Wire | 07/14/2002 | India Mulls Response t…

Reuters Wire | 07/14/2002 | India Mulls Response to Kashmir Raid as Toll Rises

Another bloodbath in Kashmir. 27 people in a Hindu section of Jammu were killed by terrorists, some dressed as Hindu holy men. That number may rise; there are at least that many in the hospital, and the area is a slum (meaning that the residents probably weren’t in the best of health to begin with). Indian leaders met today, and we’ll see how they respond. Things had been pretty quiet in the last few weeks, but no more.

Norris could carry a gun as sheriff but not as cit…

Norris could carry a gun as sheriff but not as citizen

The Democratic candidate for sheriff in Fayette County, Hubert Norris, served in that capacity from 1974 to 1989, when he went to prison for racketeering. He can’t own a gun legally, but he can run for public office. Go figure.

S. Carolina leads a national surge in mobile-home …

S. Carolina leads a national surge in mobile-home living

I’m sure they’re very proud. Alabama is sixth. We’d be higher except for all the tornadoes.