Here’s an Aruba update. Something about duct tape and blond hair.
With some speculation about the congruent release of the Kalpo brothers Deepshit and Sixpack and the receipt of this “anonymous” tip. That led investigators right to a piece of duct tape.
For those who care, here’s an interesting twist on what that Wilson/Plame prosecutor might REALLY be snooping out.
It's a Miscellany post but the anecdotes are anything but miscellaneous.
You gotta read the story about the snake in the potting soil.
Plus grocery "sales" and Chinese revenge.
It's Notable/Quotables including one from the much maligned Judge Bork, on Jacques Chirac, a real truth about African Aid right from the source.
Only one comment this week but it's a doozy.
Rove is now responsible for causing 9/11 and get this, John Bolton's part of the plot!
From a liberal, natch.
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Allegedly a piece of duct tape with blond hair has been found in some Aruban spot or another. Could it be Natalee Holloway’s, the missing teen from Alabama, hair?
What’s even odder is the timing of this strange find. And how it came about.
Recall last week that Joran’s buddies the Kalpo fellows, were released. The tip about the duct tape came from “an anonymous source”.
I must wonder if the Aruban authorities are so desperate that they made a deal with Sixpack and Deepshit to let them go so long as they give the authorities a clue about the missing Natalee.
The way that island’s law enforcement group hides everything defies human nature. So far as I’ve been able to ascertain, it’s only the FBI that’s been leaking anything.
That’s America for you.
For it defies human nature this secrecy. Everybody likes to leak. Everybody likes to be the one in the know. Okay, maybe not everybody. But you know what I mean.
You mean there isn’t a rube Barney Fife down there that someone could cultivate with a beer and some fine dope?
Which makes me think that serious government authorities are involved in this case. And they want it over with. But Joran’s Dad doesn’t want his son sent to jail for the good of Aruban tourism.
Since the three boys were either telling so many different stories I’m thinking the only stalemate ending solution was to give some freedom in exchange for some serious physical evidence.
This case has also led me to consider our own American laws regarding police activity. There is the “Freedom of Information Act” but as I understand it the information provided is often after the fact and subject to redaction. Still, the American media, God Bless Their Evil Souls, would be camped out at that police station all day and night until they got on investigator’s nerves so bad they’d talk and schedule press conferences toot de sweet.
All Aruba has is that “Aruba Today” magazine that I’ve heard of. Which is probably owned by an American company at any rate.
Then I got to thinking, what would I do if this were my daughter? Because I know that Natalee’s mother even with that sweet southern accent, can be annoying what with her mug constantly on the TV.
But if that were my daughter I’ll be damned if I’d get on any airplane and just throw my arms up in despair. What, just tuck tail between my legs and leave my likely murdered daughter on some godforsaken island never to have knowledge of where she was or that her killer was still out gambling and partying?
I simply don’t blame the woman. For it is her presence and firm assertion that she’s not leaving without her daughter that’s lighting up fires down there.
The hair has been sent to Holland.
So the government can take care of it.
More Wilson/Plame Information
What are you going to do? The mighty Old Media keeps talking about a man who said “I heard that” during a phone conversation somehow equals revealing covert identities. So the rebuttals by Bloggers across the land must constantly be made.
For the four or five people reading this Blog down to maybe two who care about the very honest Joe Wilson, I’ve some more documentation.
From the Special Senate Intelligence Committee-bipartisan, on Joe Wilson’s report from Niger which allegedly cleared Saddam of allegations of attempts to purchase yellowcake uranium:
Wilson's] intelligence report indicated that former Nigerien Prime Minister Ibrahim Mayaki was unaware of any contracts that had been signed between Niger and any rogue states for the sale of yellowcake while he was Prime Minister (1997-1999) or Foreign Minister (1996-1997). Mayaki said that if there had been any such contract during his tenure, he would have been aware of it. Mayaki said, however, that in June 1999,(REDACTED) businessman, approached him and insisted that Mayaki meet with an Iraqi delegation to discuss "expanding commercial relations" between Niger and Iraq. The intelligence report said that Mayaki interpreted "expanding commercial relations" to mean that the delegation wanted to discuss uranium yellowcake sales. The intelligence report also said that "although the meeting took place, Mayaki let the matter drop due to the UN sanctions on Iraq."
So Joe lied in his 2004 NY Times OpEd.
But there’s more…
So it seems that France is behind that forged document about Saddam and Niger. France? I am appalled and surprised. Not that Jacques Chirac isn’t neck deep in oil-for-food money and desirous of keeping his power and his moola.
And Joe Wilson speaks fluent French.
From the UK Telegraph:
September 18, 2004
France Behind Forged Niger Documentation
The Italian spy who passed on forged documents to American and British intelligence services has confirmed that he did so on orders and under the pay of France, the London Telegraph reports in tomorrow's edition:
The Italian businessman at the centre of a furious row between France and Italy over whose intelligence service was to blame for bogus documents suggesting Saddam Hussein was seeking to buy material for nuclear bombs has admitted that he was in the pay of France. ...
Now you don’t suppose that the special prosecutor is going after Joe Wilson for treason?
Because at this point folks, surely all this hysteria about Karl Rove is so over the top can anybody believe it?
You don’t suppose that ole Joe Wilson could have taken documents with the forged signatures of old Niger regime honchos which was how the documents were “discovered” as forgeries? Could Joe have been helping the French along is what I’m saying here?
Hey, who knows? I do know that Joe Wilson lied about everything and damn there isn’t enough money in the world for me to stand up in front of the world like those desperate Democrats and defend such a liar.
Who else are they protecting?
Now on to France, once again and more recently, giving up false information. On purpose.
Hmmm. Why does France want the explosives used in the London bombings to be “military”? As in ‘something swiped from the American army’. Instead of standard terrorist bug spray used to make those things?
Seems France likes a disinformation campaign.
Folks, all the world’s a stage. You and The Wise I are the audience.
Now it seems the actors are peeing upon our feet and telling us it’s raining.
From the NY Times:
French antiterrorism coordinator Christophe] Chaboud announced to the world that he knew "the nature of the explosives" used in the London bombings.
It "appears to be military, which is very worrisome," he said, adding: "We're more used to cells making homemade explosives from chemical substances. How did they get them? Either by trafficking, for example, in the Balkans, or they had someone on the inside who enabled them to get them out of a military base."
But Mr. Chaboud did not stop with his assessments of the explosives and their origins, which, it turned out, were completely wrong. He plunged into politics, railing at the British with an I-told-you-so air that Europe was a more dangerous place because of the war in Iraq.
Chef Ramsey is still cussing and yelling as told in this second review on "Hell's Kitchen".
Here's a second review for "The Average Joe".
And it might well be the last.
For this reality series is nowhere near "real".
Folks, you gotta see this pic of the week.
Never has such a truth been encapsulated in a funny picture.
TV Events of Note
NBC-8 pm-"The Average Joe"
Reality, Romance, The Joes and Jocks compete in a roller-derby race; Anna chooses two hopefuls to go on private dates with.
NBC-9 pm-"I Want to Be a Hilton"
Reality, Former World Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis gives the contestants lessons in speed croquet, dog grooming and rowing.