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Intelligence Director Reveals Details

Well, sorta.  I know this article said that these were “never-disclosed figures”, but why is it that they seem so incredibly familiar?  I KNOW I’ve read the claim, that fewer than 100 people inside the US have been monitored, sometime in the last year or so.  (Too bad I don’t have a URL for a quote)


The man in charge of keeping the nation’s secrets has let a few out. National
Intelligence Director Mike McConnell raised eyebrows by revealing previously
classified details about government surveillance in an interview with a Texas

As for the rest, I don’t know what he told that Texas newspaper, but the part that appears in this story is old news.

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China Blames Mattel For Recall

China is in the news once again… <churchlady voice>”Well isn’t that special”</churchlady voice>

Seriously though, it’s really getting to be something of a pattern… China gets in the news and again it’s got to do with something negative going on in China.  Only now they want to blame Mattel…


Chinese manufacturers and American toy giant Mattel Inc. are both responsible for
recent recalls of millions of lead-tainted toys worldwide, a Chinese official said in
an interview.

While I’ll agree that Mattel has a certain level of responsibility in terms of their own quality control.. checking out purchases and so on, it doesn’t excuse the Chinese manufacturer for using lead based paint on toys.. something that the rest of the world has had the sense to stop doing decades ago.

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Report Blames CIA – Is This A Surprize?

Of course it isnt.  It’s also not new information.  This little tidbit has been floating around in one form or another since shortly after 9/11.  And while were at it, why not remember that the FBI and several dozen other agencies flubbed it big time as well.  Largely out of inter-agency feuding and rivalry.  They were (and probably still are dispite attempts to change things) all very reluctant to share information with other agencies.  Working together is NOT something that any of ’em have ever been known for.


The CIA’s own watchdog says the agency did not effectively tackle al Qaeda before
Sept. 11, 2001. The agency was slammed for never developing a plan to stop the
terrorist group and missing crucial opportunities to thwart the 9/11 hijackers.

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China Strikes Again

Was it only a day or two ago when I last posted about this building fiasco with Chinese made products and the hazards / contaminations / etc., etc. that keep popping up?  Well, here’s the latest one.


In another blow to the toy industry, Mattel issued recalls for millions of
Chinese-made toys that contain magnets that can be swallowed by children or could
have lead paint. The recall includes 7.3 million play sets and 1.5 million die cast

Frankly I’m beginning to wonder just how much it’s going to take before American businesses get something resembling a clue and make some serious changes in how much business they do with China… and put in place some stringent quality requirements for whatever products they continue buying from China.

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Voter Warns Obama

I think that Obama would do well to heed the advice that he was given here… It’s an age old idea really, not to make remarks that will absolutely come back to haunt him later on.

Obama Gets Warning From Friendly Voter

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) – Presidential hopeful Barack Obama was warned by a friendly voter Monday to avoid public spats with his Democratic rivals – but remarks he made later could add fuel to the criticism against him.

Politicians get into verbal arguments all the time, it’s the nature of the beast and that particular beast is genuinely nasty during election years.  The thing is, once something is said it’s bloody well impossible to get it UN-said… especially in today’s internet world where there will always be hundreds of people willing to remind you of whatever it was.

With that in mind, it’s better to think twice and speak once.

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