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Saturday, November 09, 2002

I Still Like Declan Patrick Aloysius MacManus Better

According to the Times: Eminem hailed as new Elvis

Eminem, the white rapper who once terrorised the country with his violent and scatological lyrics, has been hailed as the next Elvis Presley thanks to his role in the film 8 Mile.

But if Reuters (one man's news service is another man's dripping propaganda organ) had written this, I think it would have went:

Eminem, the white rapper who once fought for freedom with his violent and scatological lyrics, has been hailed as the next Elvis Presley thanks to his role in the film 8 Mile.

So, I gather Disgraceland will be somewhere in the Detroit suburbs?

EXTRA: Elvis will be on The Simpsons tomorrow!


Apologize? Never!

Rick Kahn did it his way:

Rick Kahn, the eulogist for U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone who ignited a firestorm of protest after his impassioned (and some said partisan) memorial speech, does not regret his words that night, saying they were not a political rallying call but a cry from the heart.

If only "some" said it was partisan, the Star Tribune staff apparently think that the majority of people in Minnesota still don't have a problem with the "eulogy" despite the election results. But it gets better -- or worse:

"I can't regret and I don't regret speaking from what was in my heart because I felt that for, just one time in my life, I needed to say that," Kahn told Eric Eskola of WCCO-Radio on Friday, in his first interview with a Minnesota reporter since the memorial service. "There are too many things in this world that divide people. Too many people line themselves up too sharply on one side or the other. That's not what Paul was about, the person that becomes the dividing line."

Nothing divisive about little Ricky's "eulogy."

"I've been to some political rallies in my life. This was not a political rally," Kahn said.

I guess it all depends on how we define "was."

"I didn't hear anybody that night talking about this as why we need to win this election in terms of Social Security or taxes. It is heartbreaking to me that people would characterize the event, including my portion of it, as being 'bitterly partisan.' I didn't say anything bad at all, and I wouldn't. It's not in my heart."

Rick Kahn has a heart?

"The election is over, and it's the last thing I want to talk about anymore."

Unless someone from the press asks him about it.

It's amazing, they still don't get it.


Deviancing Norm Down

Lot's of folks have taken well deserved shots at Garrison Keillor's commentary on Norm Coleman's election this week. I'll just quote one short sentence:

And Norm finessed Wellstone's death beautifully.

Uh huh. Heartless, soulless, Senator-elect Norm Coleman disgustingly manipulated Senator Wellstone's death.

Garrison Keillor asks Terry McAuliffe to pass him the shoveful, since he's not digging fast enough. Keep digging Dems, the magic amulet for electoral success is surely lurking down there in the mud somewhere.


Without Much Justification or Fanfare

The United Nations Security Council permanent members should be:

The United States of America
The People's Republic of China (non sequitur that it is)
The European Union

England drops out because their interests are well represented by the EU and the US. And I'm a big Anglophile who would like to see them retain their vote for a lot of reasons.

France drops out because, well, as though I need a reason. But practically speaking, the EU takes care of France.

India is added because 1 billion people live there, it's in Asia and its a good third world representative. There are a lot of other good reasons for this, but listing them would violate the heading.

Japan is added because of it's economy and its status in Asia and the Pacific Rim.

Brazil is added as the powerhouse of South America. Perhaps some new entity should be created that better represents all of South America.

Africa is a notably absent. Primarily because there are no African countries very high up in the league tables. Someday, perhaps an African entity like the EU will be able to claim a seat, but I can't see this happening in my natural lifetime.

Ultimately, a better rationale for the UNSC would be to establish some objective criteria for admission, reevaluating the members qualifications every 10 years. Something like alternating between adding members by largest population and then largest economy until 7 members are reached. This may result in a change in the list of permanant members occasionally, but why would this be a bad thing?


I Know You Are, But What Am I?

Andrew Sullivan gives this quote from Derrick Jackson in the Boston Globe a Begala Award:

"Give the Republicans credit. They know what they stand for. Tax cuts. Guns. Bombs. Oil. Big business. Old boy networks. Privatization. Plundering the earth. Pillorying and padlocking the poor. Party-line votes."

So what do the Democrats stand for?

Increased taxes. No doubt about that. The economy will thrive on higher taxes, right?

Gun Confiscation. It makes the rest of the program a little easier to execute.

Suicidal pacifism. Why defend ourselves with bombs?

$4 a gallon gas. Kyoto to destroy the economy, which they otherwise seem to care so much about.

No business. First they came for the big businesses...

Young boy networks (isn't that the opposite of old?). OK, that's a cheap shot, but still, which party has really put the most women in positions of power?

Nationalization of everything. No businesses, no economy; no economy, no issues; no issues, no elections necessary.

Pillorying and padlocking the rich. And the middle class since that's where most of the money is.

Split-ticket voting. This is a new one to me, but I can dig it.

There has been a lot of chatter this week about what the Democrats should do now. How about living in the real world to start? Like any good 12-step rehabilitation program, the first step is to admit you have a problem, and they apparently aren't there yet.


SPECTRE They're Not

It was all just a terrible case of mistaken identity:

Revenge for what Americans have done to Muslims spurred the Bali bombings but the attackers picked the wrong target and killed many Australians instead, the head of the Indonesian investigation team said on Friday.

So which of the usual suspects (Mr. Pilger, line 1) will claim that Australia should not react to the Bali bombing since they didn't really mean to hurt Australians. And for bonus points, our suspect will also cite this as a rationale for not fighting alongside America in the War on Terrorism.

Thursday, November 07, 2002

Richard the Lyin' Hearted

Richard Cohen must still be feeling a little queasy since he has not published his column for Thursday. Whether it is because of his last column titled American Politics Ad Nauseum or because of the election results, well, I have my suspicions.

Here I am with a little time on my hands and nothing to Scourge. I guess I'll go play with the kids instead.

Wednesday, November 06, 2002

Carnival of the Vanities

Bigwig over at Silflay Hraka does an admirable, though quite quirky and quaintly quarky, job of sorting through the billions of bits bubbling about in the blogosphere to select those with the choicest spin, color and charm each week for inclusion in the Carnival of the Vanities. This week's version is #7, and your humble narrator has been honored yet again with the inclusion of a post. For anyone not yet familiar with it, it is an excellent way to get a fabulous fraction of the factious flavor of blogging.

Go on. Click on over. You know you want to.



Bush - Cheney. You don't fix something that isn't broke. Condoleezza is still young enough to wait for 2008 to run with Jeb Bush or Jim Talent (I think Patrick Ruffini has hitched his wagon to a rising star). As an aside, I still have trouble believing that John Ashcroft ran for President 6 years ago. Danger for the Republicans will be in not acting quickly on taxes, filling judicial vacancies, restocking the Supreme Court, and, of course, vigourously prosecuting the War on Terrorism with extreme prejudice.

The Democrats present some interesting options. I think the usual old horses are going to have trouble raising money and they will fade fast because nobody wants to fund a sure loser (Gore, Gephardt, Daschle, Clinton - Hillary). At some point, it will sink in the Hillary Clinton can never be elected president, but it may take a thorough whacking or two first. Anyway, 2004 is too soon for her to finish cementing her base and recovering from the election of 2002. I believe it will be a race between three candidates, because the Democratic constituencies nominally break down in to three camps in geographical terms. The left coast, the northeast, and the south. The other major area is, well, everything else, and no Democrat coming out of flyover country has succesfully done anything nationally since Harry Truman. California will field a candidate because of it's immense size - probably Barbara Boxer as a stalking horse for a 2008 run for Hillary. Ms. Boxer will claim the whacked-out liberals as her base. Of course, she couldn't get 35% nationally under any circumstances, and she would really struggle in the early eastern primaries, so that's out. Gray is toast and we will never hear from him again, unless immense quantities of oil, water, and gold are suddenly discovered within California's borders. The Northeast Establishment will field a candidate, most probably John Kerry. Unfortunately for John Kerry, he's about as detached from middle America as one can be. He'd put up a respectable showing, and he's got gobs of money, but it's hard to imagine what red states he'd carry and he'd probably lose three or four of the blue states that Gore carried, so I don't see it happening for him. Not a wipeout, but not a winner. That leaves the south. And in the south, there's only one first rate player, and that is John Edwards. He will end up getting the nomination pretty easily for a lot of reasons. And for his running mate, he will pick either Harold Ford or Ed Rendell, not sure which yet. It won't be Hillary because Hillary is never going to settle for second, she she'll be shut out from this time forward. Everybody knows that Bush is going to be swept back in for a second term unless things really get bad because you do not switch presidents in the middle of a war, and the war is about to get a lot hotter, so this is a practice run for 2008.

Remember, you read it here first!


Doesn't This Beg A Question?

Democrats Engage in Soul Searching

I guess they lost their's sometime back, or perhaps they sold it.


The Lilliputians Are Restless

According to UPI:

The world now faces President George W. Bush triumphant after the midterm elections. His Republican Party is in command of both Houses of Congress, and Bush can claim a potent new mandate for an assertive foreign policy whose unilateralist "America First" implications have disconcerted friends and foes alike.

That stupid Bush never did catch on to the Europe First or China First plans so popular with the previous administration.

"We are dealing with a power that has no limit in its dealing with foreign issues," said Mohammed Shaker, head of the Egyptian Council on Foreign Relations, whose wariness of a Bush administration unrestrained by any other branch of government was widely shared beyond U.S. shores.

At least, no limit that can be imposed by the Egyptian Council of Foreign Relations.

"My guess is that one of the losers of this election campaign might be (Secretary of State) Colin Powell, who has been seen by most foreign governments as a voice of caution and of wisdom in an administration that otherwise seems largely filled with hawks," commented one senior NATO diplomat based in Washington.

Yes, it must be hard to find any hawks wondering around the halls at NATO HQ these days. And if there is any lie greater than "George is stupid" that should be put to bed, it has to be this recurring mantra that Colin Powell doesn't agree with and support his President. Jeez.

"If there were much hope for any American compromises on international issues like the Kyoto Protocol (on global warming) and the International Criminal Court, this election result probably knocks all that on the head," commented one European ambassador. "This might not be an easy administration to work with in the sense of finding agreed solutions. I suspect we might hear rather more 'take it or leave it.'"

Hope springs eternal here in the heartland.

In South Korea, some commentators saw the election result strengthening Bush's hands if he decided to get tough with North Korea over its admission that it was enriching uranium with a view to developing nuclear weapons.

Strengthening his hands? Hells bells, I think he just opened up a new deck.

"The prospect of waging war on Iraq looks to be increased," Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV said Wednesday."

Through no fault of Saddam's apparently.

"Not quite elected in 2000, Monsieur Bush sees his political base reinforced by a remarkable electoral success that offers him an even greater freedom of maneuver in his strategy towards Iraq," commented France's leading daily, Le Monde.

Not quite comprehending how things have changed since the President's election in 2000, France sees it's political base destroyed by America's unwillingness to be held captive to Gaulish ghoulishness in oppressing average Iraqi's in return for Saddam' 40 pieces of silver.

"The results staggered many pundits who saw Bush as a dimwit who had become president through good fortune and a court-managed technicality," said The Times of India Wednesday."

Reality is a real bitch ever time you try to pretend it doesn't exist.

"They also surmised that the events of 9/11 had a profound effect on America despite previews suggesting the elections would be based on local issues."

Ya think?


Mine and Theirs

Here is the full text of the US resolution on Iraq presented by our ambassador:

The Security Council,

Recalling all its previous relevant resolutions, in particular its resolutions 661 (1990) of 6 August 1990, 678 (1990) of 29 November 1990, 686 (1991) of 2 March 1991, 687 (1991) of 3 April 1991, 688 (1991) of 5 April 1991, 707 (1991) of 15 August 1991, 715 (1991) of 11 October 1991, 986 (1995) of 14 April 1995, and 1284 (1999) of 17 December 1999, and all the relevant statements of its President,

Recalling also its resolution 1382 (2001) of 29 November 2001 and its intention to implement it fully,

Recognizing the threat Iraq's noncompliance with Council resolutions and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles poses to international peace and security,

Recalling that its resolution 678 (1990) authorized member states to use all necessary means to uphold and implement its resolution 660 (1990) of 2 August 1990 and all relevant resolutions subsequent to Resolution 660 (1990) and to restore international peace and security in the area,

Further recalling that its resolution 687 (1991) imposed obligations on Iraq as a necessary step for achievement of its stated objective of restoring international peace and security in the area,

Deploring the fact that Iraq has not provided an accurate, full, final, and complete disclosure, as required by resolution 687 (1991), of all aspects of its programs to develop weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles with a range greater than one hundred and fifty kilometers, and of all holdings of such weapons, their components and production facilities and locations, as well as all other nuclear programs, including any which it claims are for purposes not related to nuclear-weapons-usable material,

Deploring further that Iraq repeatedly obstructed immediate, unconditional, and unrestricted access to sites designated by the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), failed to cooperate fully and unconditionally with UNSCOM and IAEA weapons inspectors, as required by resolution 687 (1991), and ultimately ceased all cooperation with UNSCOM and the IAEA in 1998,

Deploring the absence, since December 1998, in Iraq of international monitoring, inspection, and verification, as required by relevant resolutions, of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles, in spite of the Council's repeated demands that Iraq provide immediate, unconditional, and unrestricted access to the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), established in resolution 1284 (1999) as the successor organization to UNSCOM, and the IAEA, and regretting the consequent prolonging of the crisis in the region and the suffering of the Iraqi people,

Deploring also that the Government of Iraq has failed to comply with its commitments pursuant to resolution 687 (1991) with regard to terrorism, pursuant to resolution 688 (1991) to end repression of its civilian population and to provide access by international humanitarian organizations to all those in need of assistance in Iraq, and pursuant to resolutions 686 (1991), 687 (1991), and 1284 (1999) to return or cooperate in accounting for Kuwaiti and third country nationals wrongfully detained by Iraq, or to return Kuwaiti property wrongfully seized by Iraq,

Recalling that in its resolution 687 (1991) the Council declared that a ceasefire would be based on acceptance by Iraq of the provisions of that resolution, including the obligations on Iraq contained therein,

Determined to ensure full and immediate compliance by Iraq without conditions or restrictions with its obligations under resolution 687 (1991) and other relevant resolutions and recalling that the resolutions of the Council constitute the governing standard of Iraqi compliance,

Recalling that the effective operation of UNMOVIC, as the successor organization to the Special Commission, and the IAEA is essential for the implementation of resolution 687 (1991) and other relevant resolutions,

Noting the letter dated 16 September 2002 from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iraq addressed to the Secretary General is a necessary first step toward rectifying Iraq's continued failure to comply with relevant Council resolutions,

Noting further the letter dated 8 October 2002 from the Executive Chairman of UNMOVIC and the Director General of the IAEA to General Al-Saadi of the Government of Iraq laying out the practical arrangements, as a follow-up to their meeting in Vienna, that are prerequisites for the resumption of inspections in Iraq by UNMOVIC and the IAEA, and expressing the gravest concern at the continued failure by the Government of Iraq to provide confirmation of the arrangements as laid out in that letter,

Reaffirming the commitment of all Member States to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq, Kuwait, and the neighboring States,

Commending the Secretary-General and members of the League of Arab States and its Secretary-General for their efforts in this regard,

Determined to secure full compliance with its decisions,

Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,

1. Decides that Iraq has been and remains in material breach of its obligations under relevant resolutions, including resolution 687 (1991), in particular through Iraq's failure to cooperate with United Nations inspectors and the IAEA, and to complete the actions required under paragraphs 8 to 13 of resolution 687 (1991);

2. Decides, while acknowledging paragraph 1 above, to afford Iraq, by this resolution, a final opportunity to comply with its disarmament obligations under relevant resolutions of the Council; and accordingly decides to set up an enhanced inspection regime with the aim of bringing to full and verified completion the disarmament process established by resolution 687 (1991) and subsequent resolutions of the Council;

3. Decides that, in order to begin to comply with its disarmament obligations, in addition to submitting the required biannual declarations, the Government of Iraq shall provide to UNMOVIC, the IAEA, and the Council, not later than 30 days from the date of this resolution, a currently accurate, full, and complete declaration of all aspects of its programs to develop chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, and other delivery systems such as unmanned aerial vehicles and dispersal systems designed for use on aircraft, including any holdings and precise locations of such weapons, components, sub-components, stocks of agents, and related material and equipment, the locations and work of its research, development and production facilities, as well as all other chemical, biological, and nuclear programs, including any which it claims are for purposes not related to weapon production or material;

4. Decides that false statements or omissions in the declarations submitted by Iraq pursuant to this resolution and failure by Iraq at any time to comply with, and cooperate fully in the implementation of, this resolution shall constitute a further material breach of Iraq's obligations and will be reported to the Council for assessment in accordance with paragraph 11 or 12 below;

5. Decides that Iraq shall provide UNMOVIC and the IAEA immediate, unimpeded, unconditional, and unrestricted access to any and all, including underground, areas, facilities, buildings, equipment, records and means of transport which they wish to inspect, as well as immediate, unimpeded, unrestricted, and private access to all officials and other persons whom UNMOVIC or the IAEA wish to interview in the mode or location of UNMOVIC's or the IAEA's choice pursuant to any aspect of their mandates; further decides that UNMOVIC and the IAEA may at their discretion conduct interviews inside or outside of Iraq, may facilitate the travel of those interviewed and family members outside of Iraq, and that, at the sole discretion of UNMOVIC and the IAEA, such interviews may occur without the presence of observers from the Iraqi government; and instructs UNMOVIC and requests the IAEA to resume inspections no later than 45 days following adoption of this resolution and to update the Council 60 days thereafter;

6. Endorses the 8 October 2002 letter from the Executive Chairman of UNMOVIC and the Director General of the IAEA to General Al-Saadi of the Government of Iraq, which is annexed hereto, and decides that the contents of the letter shall be binding upon Iraq;

7. Decides further that, in view of the prolonged interruption by Iraq of the presence of UNMOVIC and the IAEA and in order for them to accomplish the tasks set forth in this resolution and all previous relevant resolutions and notwithstanding prior understandings, the Council hereby establishes the following revised or additional authorities, which shall be binding upon Iraq , to facilitate their work in Iraq:

-- UNMOVIC and the IAEA shall determine the composition of their inspection teams and ensure that these teams are composed of the most qualified and experienced experts available;

-- All UNMOVIC and IAEA personnel shall enjoy the privileges and immunities provided in the Convention on Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations and the Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the IAEA ;

-- UNMOVIC and the IAEA shall have unrestricted rights of entry into and out of Iraq, the right to free, unrestricted, and immediate movement to and from inspection sites, and the right to inspect any sites and buildings, including immediate, unimpeded, unconditional, and unrestricted access to Presidential Sites equal to that at other sites, notwithstanding the provisions of resolution 1154 (1998);

-- UNMOVIC and the IAEA shall have the right to be provided by Iraq the names of all personnel currently and formerly associated with Iraq's chemical, biological, nuclear, and ballistic missile programmes and the associated research, development, and production facilities;

-- Security of UNMOVIC and IAEA facilities shall be ensured by sufficient U.N. security guards;

-- UNMOVIC and the IAEA shall have the right to declare, for the purposes of freezing a site to be inspected, exclusion zones, including surrounding areas and transit corridors, in which Iraq will suspend ground and aerial movement so that nothing is changed in or taken out of a site being inspected;

-- UNMOVIC and the IAEA shall have the free and unrestricted use and landing of fixed- and rotary-winged aircraft, including manned and unmanned reconnaissance vehicles;

-- UNMOVIC and the IAEA shall have the right at their sole discretion verifiably to remove, destroy, or render harmless all prohibited weapons, subsystems, components, records, materials, and other related items, and the right to impound or close any facilities or equipment for the production thereof; and

-- UNMOVIC and the IAEA shall have the right to free import and use of equipment or materials for inspections and to seize and export any equipment, materials, or documents taken during inspections, without search of UNMOVIC or IAEA personnel or official or personal baggage;

8. Decides further that Iraq shall not take or threaten hostile acts directed against any representative or personnel of the United Nations or of any Member State taking action to uphold any Council resolution;

9. Requests the Secretary-General immediately to notify Iraq of this resolution, which is binding on Iraq; demands that Iraq confirm within seven days of that notification its intention to comply fully with this resolution; and demands further that Iraq cooperate immediately, unconditionally, and actively with UNMOVIC and the IAEA;

10. Requests all Member States to give full support to UNMOVIC and the IAEA in the discharge of their mandates, including by providing any information related to prohibited programs or other aspects of their mandates, including on Iraqi attempts since 1998 to acquire prohibited items, and by recommending sites to be inspected, persons to be interviewed, conditions of such interviews, and data to be collected, the results of which shall be reported to the Council by UNMOVIC and the IAEA;

11. Directs the Executive Chairman of UNMOVIC and the Director-General of the IAEA to report immediately to the Council any interference by Iraq with inspection activities, as well as any failure by Iraq to comply with its disarmament obligations, including its obligations regarding inspections under this resolution;

12. Decides to convene immediately upon receipt of a report in accordance with paragraphs 4 or 11 above, in order to consider the situation and the need for full compliance with all of the relevant Council resolutions in order to restore international peace and security;

13. Recalls, in that context, that the Council has repeatedly warned Iraq that it will face serious consequences as a result of its continued violations of its obligations;

14. Decides to remain seized of the matter.



United Nations Monitoring, Verification and International Atomic Energy Agency
Inspection Commission
The Executive Chairman The Director-General

8 October 2002

Dear General Al-Saadi,

During our recent meeting in Vienna, we discussed practical arrangements that are prerequisites for the resumption of inspections in Iraq by UNMOVIC and the IAEA. As you recall, at the end of our meeting in Vienna we agreed on a statement which listed some of the principal results achieved, particularly Iraq's acceptance of all the rights of inspection provided for in all of the relevant Security Council resolutions. This acceptance was stated to be without any conditions attached.

During our 3 October 2002 briefing to the Security Council, members of the Council suggested that we prepare a written document on all of the conclusions we reached in Vienna. This letter lists those conclusions and seeks your confirmation thereof. We shall report accordingly to the Security Council.

In the statement at the end of the meeting, it was clarified that UNMOVIC and the IAEA will be granted immediate, unconditional and unrestricted access to sites, including what was termed "sensitive sites" in the past. As we noted, however, eight presidential sites have been the subject of special procedures under a Memorandum of Understanding of 1998. Should these sites be subject, as all other sites, to immediate, unconditional and unrestricted access, UNMOVIC and the IAEA would conduct inspections there with the same professionalism.

H.E. General Amir H. Al-Saadi
Presidential Office
Baghdad, Iraq

We confirm our understanding that UNMOVIC and the IAEA have the right to determine the number of inspectors required for access to any particular site. This determination will be made on the basis of the size and complexity of the site being inspected. We also confirm that Iraq will be informed of the designation of additional sites, i.e. sites not declared by Iraq or previously inspected by either UNSCOM or the IAEA, through a Notification of Inspection (NIS) provided upon arrival of the inspectors at such sites.

Iraq will ensure that no proscribed material, equipment, records or other relevant items will be destroyed except in the presence of UNMOVIC and/or IAEA inspectors, as appropriate, and at their request.

UNMOVIC and the IAEA may conduct interviews with any person in Iraq whom they believe may have information relevant to their mandate. Iraq will facilitate such interviews. It is for UNMOVIC and the IAEA to choose the mode and location for interviews.

The National Monitoring Directorate (NMD) will, as in the past, serve as the Iraqi counterpart for the inspectors. The Baghdad Ongoing Monitoring and Verification Center (BOMVIC) will be maintained on the same premises and under the same conditions as was the former Baghdad Monitoring and Verification Center. The NMD will make available services as before, cost free, for the refurbishment of the premises.

The NMD will provide free of cost: (a) escorts to facilitate access to sites to be inspected and communication with personnel to be interviewed; (b) a hotline for BOMVIC which will be staffed by an English speaking person on a 24 hour a day/seven days a week basis; (c) support in terms of personnel and ground transportation within the country, as requested; and (d) assistance in the movement of materials and equipment at Inspectors' request (construction, excavation equipment, etc.). NMD will also ensure that escorts are available in the event of inspections outside normal working hours, including at night and on holidays.

Regional UNMOVIC/IAEA offices may be established, for example, in Basra and Mosul, for the use of their inspectors. For this purpose, Iraq will provide, without cost, adequate office buildings, staff accommodation, and appropriate escort personnel.

UNMOVIC and the IAEA may use any type of voice or data transmission, including satellite and/or inland networks, with or without encryption capability. UNMOVIC and the IAEA may also install equipment in the field with the capability for transmission of data directly to the BOMVIC, New York and Vienna (e.g. sensors, surveillance cameras). This will be facilitated by Iraq and there will be no interference by Iraq with UNMOVIC or IAEA communications.

Iraq will provide, without cost, physical protection of all surveillance equipment, and construct antennae for remote transmission of data, at the request of UNMOVIC and the IAEA. Upon request by UNMOVIC through the NMD, Iraq will allocate frequencies for communications equipment.

Iraq will provide security for all UNMOVIC and IAEA personnel. Secure and suitable accommodations will be designated at normal rates by Iraq for these personnel. For their part, UNMOVIC and the IAEA will require that their staff not stay at any accommodation other than those identified in consultation with Iraq.

On the use of fixed-wing aircraft for transport of personnel and equipment and for inspection purposes, it was clarified that aircraft used by UNMOVIC and IAEA staff arriving in Baghdad may land at Saddam International Airport. The points of departure of incoming aircraft will be decided by UNMOVIC. The Rasheed airbase will continue to be used for UNMOVIC and IAEA helicopter operations. UNMOVIC and Iraq will establish air liaison offices at the airbase. At both Saddam International Airport and Rasheed airbase, Iraq will provide the necessary support premises and facilities. Aircraft fuel will be provided by Iraq, as before, free of charge.

On the wider issue of air operations in Iraq, both fixed-wing and rotary, Iraq will guarantee the safety of air operations in its air space outside the no-fly zones. With regard to air operations in the no-fly zones, Iraq will take all steps within its control to ensure the safety of such operations.

Helicopter flights may be used, as needed, during inspections and for technical activities, such as gamma detection, without limitation in all parts of Iraq and without any area excluded. Helicopters may also be used for medical evacuation.

On the question of aerial imagery, UNMOVIC may wish to resume the use of U-2 or Mirage overflights. The relevant practical arrangements would be similar to those implemented in the past.

As before, visas for all arriving staff will be issued at the point of entry on the basis of the UN Laissez-Passer or UN Certificate; no other entry or exit formalities will be required. The aircraft passenger manifest will be provided one hour in advance of the arrival of the aircraft in Baghdad. There will be no searching of UNMOVIC or IAEA personnel or of official or personal baggage. UNMOVIC and the IAEA will ensure that their personnel respect the laws of Iraq restricting the export of certain items, for example, those related to Iraq's national cultural heritage. UNMOVIC and the IAEA may bring into, and remove from, Iraq all of the items and materials they require, including satellite phones and other equipment. With respect to samples, UNMOVIC and IAEA will, where feasible, split samples so that Iraq may receive a portion while another portion is kept for reference purposes. Where appropriate, the organizations will send the samples to more than one laboratory for analysis.

We would appreciate your confirmation of the above as a correct reflection of our talks in Vienna.

Naturally, we may need other practical arrangements when proceeding with inspections. We would expect in such matters, as with the above, Iraq's co-operation in all respect.

Yours sincerely,

Hans Blix Mohamed ElBaradei
Executive Chairman Director-General
United Nations Monitoring, International Atomic Energy Agency
Verification and Inspection Commission

Here is the full text of my resolution on Iraq presented by me:

You have 72 hours.

If it had started this simply, would it have taken eight weeks to negotiate the final language?


What's a Little Schadenfreude Amongst Friends?

I wonder if German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has placed a congratulatory call to President Bush yet?

And I hope we retract all amended versions of the UN Security Council resolution and resubmit the orginal for a straight up and down vote. The UN Security Council permanent members had their chance to work with the US to reach a compromise but they pissed it away, negotiating in bad faith and expecting the election to go the other way, thus hamstringing the President. So now they can take or leave it on the President's terms. They rolled the dice and lost. Big time.

DOWNDATE: Yea, that's my question at the end of the unattributed e-mail on Instapundit. So much for the 5,000 hits I thought I'd get out of it. Sigh.

DEEPER DOWNDATE: Apparently German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has placed the congratulatory call according to the Professor. Sort of. Follow the links, if you can read Deutsch. This ought to produce some useful blogcest and an interesting -- though competely useless -- exercise in trying to figure out what an unattributed tertiary hyperlink on Instapundit is worth in hits.

Tuesday, November 05, 2002

Woo Hoo!

I hope that the new Republican government's second order of business (after their obvious first duty) is to make sure that all the liars and cheaters that have abused our electoral processes in the last two general elections are pursued to the extent the law allows. And further, I hope that the penalties for abusing the sanctity of elections is raised considerably. Personally, I don't have a problem with life sentences for vote fraud.

And they should move Jim Jeffords office to the men's room. Yes, they can do that.

FWIW, I've enjoyed the Democrats losing much more than I've enjoyed the Republicans winning. Does that make me a bad person?



I thought I was going out on a limb, but it looks like I was too, ahem, conservative in my predictions. It looks right now as though the Republicans are going to net at least 2 and maybe 3 seats in the Senate, with a potential 4th in Louisiana a month from now. Fortunately, it looks like that runoff election won't change control of the Senate, or it would have been an unbelievable circus. The Republicans may also net as many as 15 more seats in the House. But in what is perhaps the most surprising result, the Democrats may only pick up one net governorship.

Say goodnight Tom.

Say goodnight Dick.

Say goodnight Terry.

No longer will I have to put up with everything Tom, Dick and Terry tried to put us through. And with any luck, the Clinton's star just dimmed considerably.

And Lincoln just lost his leverage, so Chafee can call it quits on his threats to leap to the Democrats.


How Embarrassing

Scourge LXI* has been labelled as Scourge LVI* for a week and no one seemed to notice. It has been fixed now.

Shame on me, and shame on all of you.

DOWNDATE: No one even went to the trouble of suggesting that this was the 19th best Scourge.

Monday, November 04, 2002

My Civic Duty

I can't give blood any longer out of an overblown fear that I might have ingested beef infected with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) thus acquiring Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease from my year living in England, but I can still vote in about 6.5 hours.

And so I shall.

DOWNDATE: And so I did.



Tim Blair has asked why Ted Rall gets to have all the fun. Let's start making up our own conspiracies.

Theory 1: The passengers had all been killed by gunshots before the plane took off by an angry white fundamentalist Christian man offended by the Guthrie Theater's presentation of Arthur Miller's "Resurrection Blues." The angry white fundamentalist Christian man had hoped to fly the plane into the Guthrie Theater, but, fortunately, crashed without doing so. All of this is widely known, but the media is hiding the facts to avoid having white fundamentalist Christian men unfairly viewed in a negative light.

Theory 2: In a horrible accident, Paul Bunyan was playing pickup sticks with oak trees and accidentally threw one into the flight path of Senator Wellstone's plane. This too has been hidden by the media in conjunction with PETA out of fear that without Paul to control him, Babe the Blue Ox might have to be put down.

Theory 3: O.J. Simpson has claimed that the real killer was on this plane and crashed it because he was about to be found out, but I don't believe him.

Theory 4: The J-E-W-S did it. I don't have a reason, but that has never stopped anyone else who has claimed that the J-E-W-S did something bad.

Theory 5: The mob had them all killed because Senator Wellstone wasn't going to cover the spread (-6.5).

Theory 6: Someone (unnamed) was overheard on the black box saying, "what happens if I push this button?"


With Apologies to Irving Berlin

Have you seen the well-to-do
Up and down Penn(sylvania) Avenue
On that famous thoroughfare
With their (moistened) fingers in the air

Tom, Dick, and Terry's every hour's
Spent on gaining greater power
Spending every dime
On demagogic slime

Now, if you're blue (state)
And you don't know who to sell (your vote) to
Elect the next of Terry's hits
Puttin' on the Fritz
Celebrate diversity in
Ev'rything but opinion
Perfect snits
Puttin' on the Fritz

Here's a check for a million dollars, super
Soft money caps are only meant for losers

Come, let's mix where Rockefellers
Buy gov'nerships from country fellers
With their chits
Puttin' on the Fritz

John Kerry's marraige had to make him happy
To a lady with a wealthy pappy
Very snappy

Jesse came to wish Paul goodbye
The wrath of Kahn he couldn't abide
Stupid gits
Puttin' on the Fritz


Us and Them

Have you noticed that conservatives think the charge of hypocrisy is about the worst that can be leveled against them, while illiberals shrug and say, "whatever," when they are accused of it.


Ventura Names Barkley to Succeed Wellstone

Damn. For a moment there, I was hoping it was Charles Barkley:

On the eve of one of the most hotly contested U.S. Senate elections in decades, Gov. Jesse Ventura today appointed state Planning Commissioner Dean Barkley to complete the term of Sen. Paul Wellstone, who died in a plane crash on Oct. 25.


As Hans Gruber Said

Hit them again:

Six suspected al-Qaeda members, one of whom was wanted by the FBI, were killed when a military helicopter fired two missiles at the vehicle in which they were travelling, witnesses said Monday. The black off-road vehicle was torn open by the missiles before being machine-gunned by the helicopter on Sunday afternoon in the desert region of Al-Naqaa in Marib province, 200 kilometres (125 miles) east of Sanaa, they said.


What a Surprise

The Minneapolis Star Tribune has endorsed Walter Mondale. Personally I think it's just St. Paul envy. Not St. Paul Wellstone, but St. Paul, Minnesota -- of which Norm Coleman was the mayor.

But you want to know how something like the Wellstone Memorial could turn into a disgraceful DFL political rally? Here's how the paper of record in Minneapolis characterizes its "opponents":

The agenda promoted by President Bush and largely embraced by candidate Coleman looks like this: shortchanging children and skimping on the elderly; committing the nation to endless consumption of fossil fuels; favoring corporate America over working America; bullying U.S. allies and neglecting U.S. neighbors; and mortgaging the federal budget so that Congress can keep a tax cut tilted heavily toward the rich.

Anybody remember the skit with Kevin MacDonald and his succubus played by Dave Foley in The Kids In the Hall?

Good evening, and welcome to the pit of ultimate darkness.



Insert Your Own Joke Here

The folks at WBAL in Baltimore think they have a news story here:

Funeral homes in Durham are volunteering their limousines to drive voters to the polling stations Tuesday. It's a project of the Durham Voter Coalition and cooperating funeral homes.

The dead have been voting in Chicago since before there was television.

Sunday, November 03, 2002

Another Question

If every Democrat resigned from office on 16 January 2003, giving Republicans complete control of the Government to do whatever they think is best for America, do you think Karl Rove and Marc Racicot would then become nice men?


Because they are already nice men.


A Question

If every Republican resigned from office on 16 January 2003, giving Democrats complete control of the Government to do whatever they think is best for America, do you think James Carville and Terry McAuliffe would then become nice men?


Why not?


The Election

It's coming...

I don't know who's going to win, but either way there's going to be blood in the aisles of Congress since every candidate running has been promising to fight somebody or something. George Carlin ought to be happy.

Tim Russert embarrassed himself this morning with Racicot and McAuliffe, allowing both of them to avoid direct questions and allowing McAuliffe to always have the last word. Even Will Vehrs thinks so. As Will pointed out and I cringed once he started doing it, did Tim really expect that either party chairman would pick the other guy's candidate in any race? Finally, McAuliffe only reinforced my belief that the Democrat Party is run by soulless thugs who care about nothing but power.

I had the great pleasue of spending most of this week in Washington, so I've heard nothing but ads for candidates for the last 5 days. When Steny Hoyer (or just about anybody else) has some elderly person ask in a feeble voice that we re-elect Stony so he will fight for them, why isn't Stony Hoyer held up for ridicule and shame for exploiting poor people for his own benefit, i.e., his reelection?

I'm a contrarian, so here are my predictions:
Republicans pick up 2 seats in the Senate. Big surprise will be Coleman winning.
Republicans pick up 2 seats in the House. Gephardt gets tired of being the minority leader.
Democrats pick up 3 Governorships, still leaving them in the minority.
We won't really know who is in charge of the Senate in the next Congress until the middle of December.
Terry McAuliffe will lose his job. Not just because of losses by the Democrats, but because of massive vote fraud in multiple states.
Hillary Clinton's star is going to dim dramatically after the New York debacle.
Major media laments the demise of the Democrat Party. Newsweek asks if the Democrats are finished. They do this to whichever party loses. Check the archives.

I can dream, can't I.

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