—Iranians Seize UK Sailors, Menu Contained Rat Poison, KSM Sings, and Other Stories


FOXNews.com[AP]- Iranian Vessels Seize 15 British Navy Personnel in Iraqi Waters
Oh, well, nobody seems to be overly concerned about this, like it was a Gulf-of-Tonkin-class historical “tipping point” or anything, It apparently isn’t the first time the British have incurred Iranian displeasure.

My Way News [AP]- Rat Poison Found in Tainted Pet Food
The cause of the Menu Foods pet food scare seems to have been found. Samples of the dog and cat foods involved were found to be contaminated with aminopterin, used in some places as a cancer treatment, and in others as a rat poison.
There’s probably a metaphor about life in this story somewhere, but I’ll leave it as an exercise for the reader, if any.

FOXNews.com [AP]- Pentagon Transcripts Show Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Confesses to Sept. 11 Attacks

“The language of the war is victims…”

At a closed-door military tribunal Mohammed has confessed—or proclaimed—his principal role in planning the attacks on New York City, the murder of Daniel Pearl, Bali, the USS Cole, and dozens of other actual or planned acts of terror and assassination.
KSM went on to compare Bin Laden to George Washington. Of course, Washington isn’t the comparison they will ultimately have to answer for.
There is considerable controversy about the military proceedings, since all reporters and independent observers have been barred. The proceedings are to decide whether KSM and others are “enemy combatants” who can be held indefinitely and tried solely by the U.S. military.
It might be more instructive for future understanding of these horrific events if there was some sort of independent observation and assessment of the hearings. Of course, we instead would probably get the AP in any case….

FL Today: sts117etrepairs-705904.jpg (JPEG Image, 1600×1064 pixels)
Here’s a nice shot of the repairs proceeding on the hail-pocked foam insualtion of the External Tank attached to Atlantis. The guys in the clutter of mismatched, Home Depot™-class flourescent lights and scaffolding look like they’re setting up to paint a barn.
The big, orange, thing in the middle, by the way, is the infamous External Tank….

FOXNews.com [AP]- Pentagon: Children Used in Iraqi Homicide Bombing
Religion and politics have driven the insurgency in Iraq to an all-new level of senseless brutality. Not only did the hellspawn put children in the back seats of bomb-equipped cars to get security forces to lower their guards, but left the children in the cars as they detonated them from a safe distance.

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