The Decline and Fall of Western Civ. for 26 Aug
- Lori Lowenthal Marcus, writing in the Weekly Standard, states U.N. "peacekeeping" forces openly published daily real-time intelligence, of obvious usefulness to Hezbollah, on the location, equipment, and force structure of Israeli troops in Lebanon. Marcus also notes UNIFIL posted not a single item of specific intelligence regarding Hezbollah forces. Statements on the order of Hezbollah "fired rockets in large numbers from various locations" and Hezbollah's rockets "were fired in significantly larger numbers from various locations" are as precise as its coverage of the other side ever got.
- The Israeli government said Saturday it is asking friendly Muslim countries to contribute troops to the U.N. force that is to help police the cease-fire in southern Lebanon between Israel and Hezbollah, reports AP.
- Meanwhile, according to AP, Iran's hard-line president on Saturday inaugurated a heavy-water production plant, a facility the West fears will be used to develop a nuclear bomb, as Tehran remained defiant ahead of a U.N. deadline that could lead to sanctions.
- Despite aggressive efforts to repair the New Orleans levee system following the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, reports the Associated Press, it isn't clear yet whether it could withstand a hurricane with heavy storm surge this year, the head of the Army Corps of Engineers conceded Saturday.
- According to Reuters, the fifth tropical storm of the Atlantic season, Ernesto, could become a dangerously powerful hurricane in the oil-producing Gulf of Mexico next week around the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, U.S. forecasters said on Saturday.
- WFMY airs a video of a motorist ticketed for "Driving While O'Reillying." Officers in Florida stopped a man for speeding and a loud stereo. During the stop, the man explains to the officer that he wasn't listening to rap, and he wasn't listening to rock and roll. He opines that since he was listening to Bill O'Reilly, it was ok to have it at top decibel.
- According to AFP. Lassi Etelaetalo of Finland beat out a slew of competitors to win the World Mobile Phone Throwing Championships title in Savonlinna, Finland, tossing his handset 89 meters (97 yards), organisers said..
- Here's a collection of offbeat videos from ROO TV.
- And finally, mister Sandra Bullock (Jesse James) proved once and for all that tattoos and a limited vocabulary a man does not make when he joined in the rants of anti-Bush posers worldwide, reports contactmusic.com. Now that I think of it, there's any number of good reasons why musicians and grease-monkeys aren't running the government.
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