Last Round Up for 2008

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds. Sam Adams

So much going on, so little time to cover it all.

The Middle East is up first:

  • Iranian students want to attack Israel. Tehran, Iran – Hard-line Iranian student groups have appealed to the government to authorize volunteer suicide bombers to leave Iran and fight against Israel in response to the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip. (Via CBS News)
  • Hundreds of Iranians storm British embassy. Iranian radicals stormed the British compound in Tehran last night, replacing the Union flag with a Palestinian one in protest against Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip. British officials will be assessing whether the security breach, unprecedented in recent years, was an isolated incident or presages further violent demonstrations.A hardline Iranian news agency said that protests against Britain and Egypt, whose embassy was also targeted, would continue. (Via Times Online)
  • Jordanian Embassy attacked in Tehran The Jordanian Embassy in Tehran was attacked with explosives, at midnight Tehran time, last night. The Embassy spokesman has confirmed this report. Several Jordanian citizens were inside the embassy during the attack; no one however sustained any injuries. The spokesman also said that he was not certain about the identity of those responsible for the attacks. (Via Gateway Pundit)
  • 20,000 Iranians Register to Fight Israel TEHRAN (FNA)- A number of almost 20,000 people in different Iranian cities on Monday started enrolling their names in the list of volunteers to fight against Israel while thousands more are joining the campaign today. [snip] The registration came a day after Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a religious decree saying whoever dies in fight with Israel and in defense of Gaza would be a martyr. (Via Fars News)
  • And back to the ‘other’ news floating around out there:

  • My favorite subject At long last, as in the Manhattan Declaration last March, hundreds of proper scientists, including many of the world’s most eminent climate experts, have been rallying to pour scorn on that “consensus” which was only a politically engineered artefact, based on ever more blatantly manipulated data and computer models programmed to produce no more than convenient fictions. (Via Telegraph)
  • Top 10 things global warming caused in 2008. Global warming was blamed for everything from beasts gone wild to anorexic whales to the complete breakdown of human society this year — showing that no matter what it is and where it happens, scientists, explorers, politicians and those who track the Loch Ness Monster are comfortable scapegoating the weather. (Via Flopping Aces)
  • Misery loves company? Why We’re Still Happy [in a slumping economy] Frankly If I’m laid off and my husband is laid off, I would not be happy! Nor would I be worried that someone has more money than I do. I’d be more worried about how we’ll pay our next mortgage payment! (Via NYT)
  • Denver gun buy-back collects 15 weapons. 40 people show up with 120 guns so what gives? Or, rather, didn’t. (Via Denver Post)
  • The New Deal would have worked if… Liberal-progressive-socialists again eagerly anticipate returning to the disastrously failed economic policies of Franklin Roosevelt.The standard liberal-progressive-socialist litany is that socialism, in the New Deal and subsequent years, would have succeeded, if only the government had spent more money for a longer time. Many liberals lament that the New Deal didn’t go far enough in socializing the economy. (Via Intellectual Conservative)
  • Hey Oregonians! Say good bye gasoline tax….hello mileage tax! [snip] …Kulongoski proposes to continue the work of the special task force that came up with and tested the idea of a mileage tax to replace the gas tax. The governor wants the task force “to partner with auto manufacturers to refine technology that would enable Oregonians to pay for the transportation system based on how many miles they drive.” (Via Albany Democrat Herald)
  • A Bush Victory in Court Judge Agrees With Bush in Ruling on 2 Detainees’ Status. A federal judge in Washington ruled Tuesday that the government was properly holding two Guantánamo detainees as enemy combatants, the first clear-cut victories for the Bush administration in what are expected to be more than 200 similar cases. (Via NYT)
  • Obama pledges schools upgrade in stimulus package. The estimated price tag for this . . . investment. They’re calling it an investment now.$225 Billion. (Via MSNBC)
  • Mediapocalypse Now. When the economy sneezes, the media business catches pneumonia. The problem for the media business in 2008 was that the economy caught pneumonia. When the economy gets pneumonia, the media business gets it too–then someone knocks it across the back of the head with a shovel. Or several shovels. Advertising is cratering. (GM is essentially a media-funding company with a carmaker attached.) The audience is fragmenting. (Via Time)
  • Russia Says Ukraine Threatening Europe’s Gas Supply In the latest chapter in a row over money Ukraine owes Russia for gas deliveries, a Gazprom spokesman accused Ukraine of threatening Europe’s gas supply on state television. Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials entered last-ditch talks in Moscow to avoid a gas supply cutoff on January 1. (Via Deutsche Welle)
  • Obama’s leadership approval rating as high as Bush’s after 9/11. Whatever. (Via CNN)
  • Vicki Iseman sues NYT. Washington lobbyist Vicki L. Iseman has filed a $27 million defamation lawsuit against The New York Times for a February article about Iseman and her relationship with Sen. John McCain. (Via Patriot Room)
  • Here’s a good laugh for the end of 2008. (Via Patriot Room)
  • Hope everyone has a Happy New Year’s Eve.
    ~Melissa

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