Now They’ve Gone Too Far!

The 2008 Dakar Rally, scheduled to start tomorrow, has been cancelled due to a threat of terrorists:

PARIS (AP) — The Dakar Rally, the epic motorcycle, car and truck race across the Sahara desert, was canceled Friday by organizers citing “direct” threats of terrorism from al-Qaida-linked militants.

The race was deemed too inviting — and too easy — a target for the terror group’s new north African affiliate. The roughly 550 competitors were to have embarked Saturday on the 16-day, 5,760-mile trek through remote and hostile dunes and scrub from Europe to Senegal in west Africa.

This is the first shutdown in it’s thirty-year history. Five hundred and fifty have been hung out to dry at the last minute. It’s always been dangerous, but everyone knows that going into it.

In 1982, Mark Thatcher, son of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, got lost in the desert for six days. In 1988, the leading truck crashed and killed a driver, and over the last three years the race has claimed seven lives — five motorcyclists and two spectators.

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Dakar race organizers based in France were urged to avoid Mauritania, where a family of four was reportedly killed by militants linked to Al-Qaida.

Individual stages of the event have been cancelled in the past, but this is the first time the entire event was cancelled — much in part because eight of the stages would’ve taken place near the terror-plagued Mauritanian desert.

“It’s a weird time now when you have to cancel races because of terrorist activities,” said Bill Auberlen, driver of the No. 23 AJR Porsche Crawford. “You have to because it’s a safety issue but where’s it going to end?”

Of course, some folks first reaction is to sue.

For me, this race and the 24-hour race at Daytona Speedway have always heralded a new season of motorsports.

I’m pissed-off.

The official word from the organizers.

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Happy New Year!

…To all the nice folks that wander through here.

And you spambots, too.

Fred! Thompson’s Christmas Ad

UPDATE: My buddy BobSmith adds in the comments:

Great video: an idea for anyone who’s moved by it. Go to USO.org and donate to Operation Phone Home…every $15 donated buys 45 minutes of phone time for a serviceman/woman. Click on Donate Now on the home page and then Donate to a specific program on the following page.

An excellent suggestion.

Fred! On The War On Terror

At Pajamas Media.

What Do You Have To Do To Win A Peace Prize?

At WSJ, a list of people that didn’t make the cut.

via The Corner.

Have A Tissue Ready

Christopher Hitchens writes “A Death In The Family.”

Published in: on October 6, 2007 at 6:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

The March On The Capitol 9/15/2007

A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition held an anti-war, anti-Bush, anti-capitalism, anti-pick one march in Washington, D.C. yesterday.

Gathering of Eagles held a counter protest.

Photos of the affair are below the fold.

Update: Welcome, brother/sister Morons. Look around and tell me what you think…

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Ron Paul (A Test)

Ron Paul as U.S. President is not a good choice for this country’s future.

h/t: Dave & Cuffy.

UPDATE: Some comments on this post:

“I agree. His position on monetary policy is ill-argued, at best.”

“Moreover, his position on the Iraq War is not well thought out and clearly out of the mainstream of American voters. I do, however, like the fact that he has never voted for a tax increase.”

Get Your Fred! T-Shirts

They can be had here. They’re from IMAO.us.

Published in: on June 8, 2007 at 10:34 pm  Comments (2)  

Michael J. Totten In Kirkuk, Part 2

Meet the Iraqi Police in Kirkuk.

KIRKUK, IRAQ – Kirkuk, like Baghdad, is one of the most dangerous places in the world. Car bombs, suicide attacks, shootings, and massacres erupt somewhere in the city every day. It is ethnically divided between Arabs, Kurds, and Turkmens, and is a lightning rod for foreign powers (namely Turkey at this time) that interfere in the city’s politics in the hopes of staving off an ethnic unraveling of their own.

The city’s terrorists are mostly Baathists, not Islamists, and their racist ideology casts Kurds and Turkmens as enemies. They’re boxed in on all sides, though, and have a hard time operating outside their own neighborhoods. In their impotent rage they murder fellow Arabs by the dozens and hundreds. They have, in effect, strapped suicide belts around their entire community while the Kurds and Turkmens shudder and fight to keep the Baath in its box.

Read Part 1, Where Kurdistan Meets The Red Zone, HERE.

Published in: on April 25, 2007 at 6:32 pm  Leave a Comment