Friday, January 23, 2009

Misc small oddities...

1. The Daily Dish takes Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) to task for his feeble arguments against closing Guantanamo (and potentially moving the detainees into the U.S.) in 'Brownback's Lamest Reason Ever,' and then turns round and trumps him by coming up with an even lamer reason in 'A Good Reason Against the Transfer.' Hmm, one of the pitfalls of having two different people subbing for you...

2. The EU apparently is on track to delist the Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK, aka PMOI People's Mujahideen of Iran) from its list of terrorist organizations. It remains a proscribed organization in the United States...

3. As the economy declines it is also hitting the Gulf states... As these governments dial back their grandiose construction projects, the hired help from South Asia is returning home, abandoning their cars at the airports as they leave... Quote: "... Local police have found at least 3,000 automobiles -- sedans, SUVs, regulars -- abandoned outside Dubai International Airport in the last four months. Police say most of the vehicles had keys in the ignition, a clear sign they were left behind by owners in a hurry to take flight. The global economic crisis has brought Dubai's economic progress, mirrored by its soaring towers and luxurious resorts, to a stuttering halt. Several people have been laid off in the past months after the realty boom started unraveling..."

4. Under the tarmac of Berlin's busiest airport are unexploded munitions left over from World War II. The government will be cleaning these up as they widen the runways to bring them up to international specifications...

5. Per The Washington Note Caroline Kennedy's interest in the Senate seat from New York, held until recently by Hilary Clinton, was to position herself as a successor to Obama in 2016... (theory further developed here...). Mind-boggling!

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