Friday, May 27, 2005

Quick morning news before work

I have lots of writing to do today, so here are a few news stories of note, and a couple that aren't.

WaPo and Yahoo report that the DOD has confirmed Quran mishandling.
Pentagon officials said yesterday that investigators have identified five incidents of military guards and an interrogator "mishandling" the Koran at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but characterized the episodes as minor and said most occurred before specific rules on the treatment of Muslim holy items were issued.

Brig. Gen. Jay W. Hood, commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, said investigators have looked into 13 specific allegations of Koran desecration at the prison dating to early 2002 and have determined eight of them to be unfounded, lacking credibility or the result of accidental touching of the holy book. Of the five cases of mishandling, three were "very likely" deliberate and two were "very likely accidental," he said. But Hood declined to provide details, citing an ongoing investigation.

Commentary from AmericaBlog.

More on the ongoing Coingate scandal in Ohio. Apparently some coins are missing. Oops. From AmericaBlog,
The state of Ohio has announced it is immediately pursuing additional civil and criminal measures against Tom Noe after his legal counsel informed the state that a substantial amount of assets from the Capital Coin Funds are missing.

Mr. Noe's legal counsel advised that $10 to $12 million of Capital Coin's assets are unaccounted for.
Echidne has this to say,
I know that this is all old news and has been widely discussed in the lefty blogosphere. But the sum of ten million dollars is new and makes even a goddess perk up her ears. I have an excellent collection of U.S. quarters, the new ones. Could I interest some other state government in it, what do you think? If not that, then what about genuine goddess toenail clippings?

From the Government at Work department, with props to Booman,

A Canadian province will shut its 24-hour suicide hotline and replace it with one that operates only during business hours.
I'm not even sure what to say. I have a feeling that this will be overturned.

Tom Delay is a whiney little brat. No surprise there.

Another one from Funcentral, with a link to, Lucas does think that Ep III includes some important messages for the US.
Star Wars is a wakeup call to Americans about the erosion of democratic freedoms under George W. Bush, filmmaker George Lucas said yesterday.

Lucas, responding to a question from the Sun at a Cannes Film Festival press conference, said he first wrote the framework of Star Wars in 1971 when reacting to then U.S. President Richard Nixon and the on-going events of the Vietnam War. But the story still has relevance today, he said, and is part of a pattern he has noticed in his readings of history.

"I didn't think it was going to get quite this close," he said of the parallels between the Nixon era and the current Bush presidency, which has been sacrificing freedoms in the interests of national security. "It is just one of those re-occurring things. I hope this doesn't come true in our country. Maybe the film will awaken people to the situation of how dangerous it is ... The parallels between what we did in Vietnam and what we are doing now in Iraq are unbelievable."
And all this time I thought the freepers were just experiencing a little too much of the "if the shoe fits" complex. You know, they might see a little too much of themselves in the power hungry nature of imperialism. I can see how those who haven't had a complete consciencectomy might be a little mad.

Darth Vaders in Training... Robbing stores and flashing women... I guess you have to start somewhere. Small does the fall to the dark side begin.

by Robster @ 5/27/2005 08:17:00 AM PERMALink