Conservative Punk Canuck has officially moved to its new location and been christened under its new name, A Chick Named Marzi
. Please update your bookmarks and if you link to me, would it kill ya to change the blog's name and url in your links section?
Hope to see you in the new digs! Not much furniture there yet but there *is* a Pepsi machine. Man, if that doesn't lure you over there, nothing will!
Iran wants to be recognized as a nuclear nation. Yeah, well, I want to be recognized as Jennifer Connelly but that's not going to happen any time soon, either.
From the CNN article
Iran has rejected any further restrictions on its nuclear program and demanded that it be recognized as a nuclear nation with the right to pursue "the peaceful use of atomic energy."
Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi accused France, Britain and Germany -- who have drawn up a tough new document that accuses Iran of not cooperating with the International Atomic Energy Agency -- of bowing to pressure from the United States.
"Iran has to be taken seriously," Kharrazi said. "Iran is powerful and has to be recognized as a responsible member of the atomic club, this is inevitable. Iran will not give up its rights to the peaceful use of atomic energy as well as its right to supply nuclear fuel to its power plants."
Geez! France and Germany are bowing to pressure from the United States? If that were even remotely true, they'd have signed on to help before the Iraq War instead of choosing to "learn from the lessons of the past" by sitting around and doing jack-squat. However, Iran knows that if it lays the ultimate blame for this on the U.S., plenty of numb-brained idiots will automatically believe it to be true and ignore the paragraphs of the article that say the following:
The 21-page report [by the International Atomic Energy Agency] ... cast doubt on the Islamic republic's explanation for how centrifuge parts became contaminated with highly enriched uranium.
Iranian officials had said the contamination was from imported parts from Pakistan, but the report by the IAEA says that is "unlikely."
"The information provided to date by Iran has not been adequate to resolve the complex matter, and Iran should make every effort to provide any additional information about the origin of the components," said the report, which was obtained by CNN.
The inspectors found that the enrichment level on the centrifuge parts was at 36 percent, which indicates Iran either has been importing nuclear material or has been enriching uranium itself, both of which Tehran has denied, said a Western diplomat close to the IAEA.
The enrichment level found on the Iranian centrifuge parts is typically found at Russian nuclear reactors.
Enriched uranium is a key component in making a nuclear bomb.
Okay, so just so you all know, the reason Iran is *not* being recognized as a "peaceful" nuclear nation is because big bad Uncle Sam has France and Germany by the balls and *not* because Iran hasn't answered some pretty damned important questions. Everyone got that?
By the way, unsurprisingly, the picture of Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi that accompanies the CNN article has, as a caption, "Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi accused France, Britain and Germany of bowing to U.S. pressure."
Not "Islamic nation can't explain uranium-enriched centrifuge parts" or "Iran importing nuclear materials" or "Iran possibly enriching its own uranium" or my favorite, "Kharrazi keeps a straight face as he calls Iran's nuclear aspirations 'peaceful'."
Nope: trust CNN to even caption their freaking pictures with some little anti-U.S. dig. All that information in the article and the one dig at France and Germany caving to U.S. pressure is all they could come up with for a caption?
I'd offer my services to CNN and gladly write their dadgum captions pro bono
but then I'd have, you know, CNN cooties.
I'm not sure if it's my brain or Blogger's server but my site is loading as slow as molasses today and no matter what I do, I can't speed it up. This seems as good a time as any to tell you that I hope to have everything uploaded to a new server with my own domain name by the middle of next week.
Well, *I* find it exciting, anyway.
Don't check CNN for this story
. In fact, CNN will probably claim they couldn't report about it because they were too busy covering the Reagan funeral.
From the Herald Sun
(among other sources):
UN weapons experts have found 20 engines used in Iraq's banned Al Samoud 2 missiles in a Jordanian scrap yard, along with other equipment that could be used to produce weapons of mass destruction.
Acting chief UN inspector Demetrius Perricos disclosed the discovery today in a closed-door briefing to the UN Security Council.
According to the text of his presentation, Perricos said a similar missile engine had been found in a scrap yard in the Dutch port of Rotterdam, while a request had been made to Turkey, which has also received scrap metal from Iraq. The discoveries raise questions about the fate of material and equipment that could be used to produce biological and chemical weapons as well as banned long-range missiles.
Read the whole article. I doubt the liberal media will give it much attention, what with a U.S. election coming up and everything. We wouldn't want anyone voting after being presented with *all* of the facts, right?
Because the facts were, are and will always be: There were no weapons of mass destruction.
today comes a wholly unsurprising story on Dan Rather, who reneged on his promise not to diss the recently-departed Ronald Reagan. Just a while ago, Rather implied it was disrespectful to offer up negative commentary on someone so recently lost to the world.
"When a twice-elected, two-full-term president dies, it's not the time for a seminar on his strengths and weaknesses, in my opinion," he told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "To paraphrase Marc Antony, I think, by and large, that the good that men do should live after them, and the evil should be interred with their bones."
Pfftt. If Marc Antony is so smart as to be quote-worthy, why the hell did he marry Jennifer Lopez?
No sooner did Rather share those thoughts with the Philadelphia Enquirer than he dredged up the Iran-Contra affair as a not-so-subtle means of taking jabs at Reagan. On the CBS Evening News that same night, Rather intoned:
"Straight ahead now on the CBS Evening News, President Reagan and the missiles-for-Iran deal. Is or is not America still paying a price for what's called the Iran-contra debacle?"
Point inferred? Everything is still the conservatives' fault.
Reagan's dead? Everything is *still* his fault!
A nation is mourning? Don't they know that everything is the fault of the man they're mourning?
Dan, Dan, Dan. Just once, buddy, do something with a little dignity, will you?
That said, I can't *wait* to see how the liberally-biased media is going to handle Reagan's funeral.
"Here comes the casket," RatherJenningsBrokaw will say. "It's a very solemn moment. Look at Mrs. Reagan. Inconsolable. A nation is in mourning today. We'd just like to pause here for a moment to remind you that inside that casket lies the man responsible for the Iran-Iraq war and thus, for Osama Bin Laden. We'd also like to take a moment to remind our viewers that in the audience are many dignitaries. There's Margaret Thatcher, who despite her recent stroke, decided to attend the funeral. There's former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. There's -- oops, no, we thought for a minute there that the gray-haired guy *might* be Bill Clinton but then we remembered that Clinton wasn't invited to speak at the funeral. We'd like to remind our viewers that Clinton is in no way, shape or form responsible for any ills that have ever befallen the United States ..."
Gosh, I'm getting misty-eyed just *thinking* about it.